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Rock Quick Hits: Avenged Sevenfold, Smashing Pumpkins and more

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  • Avenged Sevenfold recently spent some time with a young fan named Desiree, granting her wish to hang out with the band via the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That organization grants wishes to children facing life-threatening illness. Footage of the band and Desiree playing a song together acoustically backstage has been posted online. (The PRP)

CHECK IT OUT: Here’s Avenged Sevenfold with Desiree

 

  • Tool/Mastodon spin-off Legend Of The Seagullmen‘s self-titled debut album is now available for streaming in its entirety. The disc will be released this Friday (February 9th). Legend Of The Seagullmen features Tool’s Danny Carey on drums and Mastodon’s Brent Hinds on guitar, along with director Jimmy Hayward on guitar, David “The Doctor” Dreyer on vocals and others. The LP will be available on vinyl, CD, and digitally. (Blabbermouth)

LISTEN: Check out the entire Legend of the Seagullmen album here

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  • Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan has poked fun at speculation over who will play bass for its reported reunion. With original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky allegedly not asked to return, Corgan teased, “According to some reports (based on photos taken or leaked) I am now a bassist. I mean, yes, I have played bass on many of your fave songs but I’m not sure I can play bass AND sing at the same time? But perhaps I can try *someday*.” Corgan also poked fun at reports that either James Iha or Jeff Schroeder would switch from guitar to bass on a new album and tour. (Loudwire)

CHECK IT OUT: Here’s William Corgan’s thoughts on the Smashing Pumpkins’ bass rumors

What a weekend! Saturday, I was high in the hills of Topanga, overlooking the ocean on a beautiful sunny day, and according to some reports (based on photos taken or leaked) I am now a bassist. I mean, yes, I have played bass on many of your fave songs but I'm not sure I can play bass AND sing at the same time? But perhaps I can try *someday*. Other reports have @jjjschroeder (who just celebrated a birthday) as a budding bassist. Which is interesting, because though Jeff doesn't mind plucking at 4 strings if needed I know he would much prefer the dulcet tones of 6 (but I have heard him confess that 7 strings is just 'too much') @jamesihaofficial on the other hand, well, I haven't seen him pick up a bass since Machina (which he played a fair share on, despite reports claiming a certain 'flaxen Saxxon' did; and as you know with much that is written is patently f-a-l-s-e). Which brings me back to my time in the hills of Topanga, dressed in a long coat, staring out into the ocean dreaming of a future not yet realized. Wisdom here dictates that I share something I have said many times as of late, which is: be here now, live in the present. There truly is no past (but that which lives in your mind), and the future too is but a dream. So kindly, truly, embrace the life you are living TODAY Which reminds me of a song that I also played bass on… #WPC #becarefulwhatyouwishfor (tattoo courtesy of @sir.cophagus

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