Papa Roach Working on New Material…in Garage?

Courtesy Papa Roach via TwitterPapa Roach is reverting to their roots as a garage band…sort of.

Frontman Jacoby Shaddix has added a post to the band’s Facebook page showing the inside of a garage, with the caption, “Writing lyrics in my garage! Taking back to where it all started! Never forget where you came from!”

This follows a post two months ago in which Shaddix acknowledged the band’s “1st day in the studio in Las Vegas with producer Kevin Churko! So excited for this next phase of life…feeling inspired.”

Churko has worked with Five Finger Death Punch, Slash and Ozzy Osbourne, among others.

The new album will be Papa Roach’s first since their 2011 album The Connection.

Following the release of The Connection, Shaddix was sidelined for a time with vocal problems, and last March he told ABC News Radio that he was considering putting the band on hiatus and working on some solo projects, which haven’t yet materialized.

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Black Label Society Gets First #1 Debut

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Catacombs of the Black Vatican has sold 26,000 in its first week of release, landing Black Label Society at the top of Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums chart. This is the first time BLS has scored a number one debut — their last album, Order of the Black, opened at number two.

Catacombs‘ first single is “My Dying Time” and its success has helped to propel the album’s sales. The video is very slick and fast-paced, which singer Zakk Wylde says wasn’t his idea. “The video [is what director] Justin [Reich] created,” he admits in a label press release. “My [idea] was of me waking up in the morning and going to the grocery store and this is the video he made [instead].”

Black Label Society is on tour in support of Catacombs of the Black Vatican. Here are the tour dates:

4/18 — Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
4/19 — Missoula, MT, Wilma Theater
4/21 — Billings, MT, Shrine Auditorium
4/25 — Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
4/26 — Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
4/27 — Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Metro Park
4/29 — Ybor City, FL, The Ritz
4/30 — Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues
5/02 — Birmingham, AL, Iron City
5/03 — Charlotte, NC, Carolina Rebellion
5/04 — Silver Spring, MD, Filmore
5/05 — Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
5/07 — Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
5/08 — Worcester, MA, The Palladium
5/09 — Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
5/10 — New York, NY, Best Buy Theater
5/12 — Norfolk, VA, Norva
5/13 — Stroudsburg, PA, Sherman Theater
5/15 — Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
5/16 — Columbus, OH, Columbus Crew Stadium
5/17 — Fort Wayne, IN, Piere’s
5/19 — Sioux Falls, SD, The District
5/20 — Chicago, IL, House Of Blues
5/21 — St Paul, MN, Myth
5/23 — Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater
5/24 — San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
5/25 — Pryor, OK, Rocklahoma
5/27 — New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
5/28 — Houston, TX, House of Blues
5/30 — Omaha, NE, Rockfest
5/31 — Kansas City, MO, Liberty Memorial
6/01 — Denver, CO, Ogden Theater
6/02 — Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex – Rockwell
6/04 — Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theater
6/05 — Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
6/06 — San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
6/07 — Los Angeles, CA, Fonda Theater

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Neil Young's New Album, "A Letter Home," Available Now Online

Third Man RecordsHappy Record Store Day, Neil Young fans! A day before the big audiophile promotion, and without any fanfare or official announcement, the folk-rock legend has made his new album, A Letter Home, available for purchase via the official online store of ex-White Stripe frontman Jack White‘s Third Man Records label. A vinyl LP version of the record can be ordered for $20, not including shipping fees.

A Letter Home was co-produced by Young and White, and features 10 cover tunes by various singer-songwriters who have inspired and influenced Neil. Among the songs are Bob Dylan‘s “North Country Girl,” Bruce Springsteen‘s “My Hometown,” Willie Nelson‘s “On the Road Again” and Gordon Lightfoot‘s “If You Could Only Read My Mind.” Several of the tunes included on the album have been featured in Young’s recent concert sets.

As previously reported, Neil recorded A Letter Home on a 1947 Voice-o-Graph recording booth that’s located at White’s Third Man Records store in Nashville. The device allows the user to record a song directly onto a vinyl disc. A statement from Young describes the album as “an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology [that] captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever.”

Here is a complete track listing of A Letter Home, along with the artist who originally recorded each song:

“Changes” (Phil Ochs)
“Girl from the North Country” (Bob Dylan)
“Needle of Death” (Bert Jansch)
“Early Morning Rain” (Gordon Lightfoot)
“Reason to Believe” (Tim Hardin)
“On the Road Again” (Willie Nelson)
“If You Could Only Read My Mind” (Gordon Lightfoot)
“Since I Met You Baby” (Ivory Joe Hunter)
“My Hometown” (Bruce Springsteen)
“I Wonder If I Care as Much” (Everly Brothers)

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