Author’s Picks: Top 5 Favorite Female Rock Singers

There are a lot of very talented female vocalists there in rock alone but so far I only got hooked on a few of them. So here’s a list of my favorites starting from the 1990s up to the present.

Now I’m certain that many hardcore rock fans out there would argue about my picks, and I’ve no problem with that since I admit that I’m not a fully dedicated fan of the genre; I’m a fan of ALL genres so my only excuse for my choices would be my unfamiliarity with the artists or their songs.

Here they are starting from the bottom to the top.

5. Hayley Williams (Paramore) – No surprise here (unless you feel strongly against her and her band). Aside from loving her songs, the other reason why Hayley made it to my short list is because she’s the most recent and the last female rock artist that I heard about in mainstream media. Plus, I just found her vocals to be refreshing despite the fact that her sound is a bit similar to Avril Lavigne’s.

4. Dolores O-Riordan (The Cranberries) – Next on my list is one of my favorite bands from the 90s. I mean, who would forget their hits like Linger, Dreams, and Zombie?

3. Amy Lee (Evanscence) – In the third spot is the band that made me appreciate the goth look. Despite what some say, being that the band’s only true hit was Bring Me to Life, I personally happen to like most of the tracks in their Fallen album, particularly Tourniquet, Taking Over Me, and of course, My Immortal.

2. Shirley Manson (Garbage) – I fell in love with Garbage’s music the moment I heard Stupid Girl, and loved the band even more after hearing Push It. Shirley Manson looks gorgeous and badass while the band’s music is edgy. Even after over a decade, the band still hasn’t lost their touch as evidenced from their last album Not Your Kind of People.

1. Alanis Morisette – The only female rock singer on my list that isn’t a member of any band. I love most of the tracks on her album Jagged Little Pill, with Ironic being my most favorite. I hardly skip a track whenever I play the album.

5 Rock Band Vocalists That Sound Alike

Ever since I heard the news that Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington has just replaced Stone Temple Pilot’s lead vocalist Scott Weiland I was shocked. Now, I’ve nothing against Chester or anything but personally I really just don’t think that his voice fits well with the band’s style, probably not unless the band changes the way the play music or Chester change his vocals style in order for them to match perfectly. Again, don’t get me wrong, I like Chester, I’m a fan of LP actually, but him and STP? Mmm, I don’t know.

Ever since I heard the song Plush (the acoustic version), I was already hooked. I think the reason why I fell in love with STP is because of Weiland’s back-of-the-voice singing style, and yes I know that it’s very similar to Eddie Vedder’s (Pearl Jam) but what else can I say? Weiland’s voice just sounds great with the band’s music. Anyway, speaking of voice here’s the list of 5 band vocalists that I think share the same back-of-the-throat singing style.

Stone Temple Pilots (Scott Weiland)

Pearl Jam (Eddie Vedder)

The Calling (Alex Band)

System of a Down (Serj Tankian)

Creed (Scott Stapp)

Jerry Cantrell Jams with Duff McKagan’s Walking Papers

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Imagine members from popular rock bands like Alice In Chains, Screaming Trees, and Guns n’ Roses performing on one stage together: it will be one rocking evening you would surely never forget.

New Seattle band Walking Papers, composed of Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns n’ Roses), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) longtime Seattle musician Jeff Angell, Benjamin Anderson (The Missionary Position), were joined by Alice In Chains guitarist/singer Jerry Cantrell at the sold-out Crocodile in Seattle. They performed Your Secret’s Safe With Me and Two Tickets.

Walking Papers’s album was released on October 16 via Boredom Killing Business/Sunyata Records with Duff playing bass on the entire record and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready contributing on the guitar solo parts.

Watch the live performance as captured by a fan.


INXS To Break Up After 35 Years According To Drummer Jon Farriss

Drummer Jon Farriss of the 80s rock band popularly known as INXS shocked everyone, even his fellow bandmates, during a Perth gig last Sunday night when he announced that they were playing their very last performance.

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“I’m getting teary,” an emotional Farriss said before the band launched with Need You Tonight.

The band’s publicist told Noise11 to expect an official statement any time soon whereas their new singer, Ciaran Gribbin, posted a message on Facebook the following day saying, “Dear friends. I know a lot of you are concerned and want clarification on what happened at the INXS gig last night in Perth. As I write this most of INXS are on a plane flying from Perth to Sydney. Please try and be patient as the Band plan to release a full statement on the subject ASAP. I’m sorry I can’t say anymore at this time and hope this helps ease a few worries and concerns. Thank you All for all the love and kind wishes. Ciaran”

INXS was formed by Farriss 35 years ago (1977) in Sydney with his older brothers Andrew (keyboard) and Tim (lead guitar). The band was torn apart when their frontman, Michael Hutchence, died of suicide back in 1997. The role was then taken over by Jon Stevens for a few years followed by J.D. Fortune, who was then replaced by Ciaran Gribbin in September 2011.

Watch their performance of Need You Tonight in their last concert:

Rolling Stone’s Poll for Best Rockumentaries

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Here’s a chance to vote for your favorite rockumentary of all time. Rolling Stone magazine has just released a poll and asked their readers to name the best rock documentary.

On top of the list is Martin Scorsese’s concert film of The Band’s last live appearance, The Last Waltz. In the concert, big names like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and Neil Diamond joined the group on stage for classic performances.

Next is Woodstock, which won Best Documentary in the Academy Awards. The third spot goes to Rob Reiner’s This is Spinal Tap, a mockumentary film about a band who have some misfortunes along the way. But don’t be mistaken for the group as real although the actors who portrayed their roles can actually play.

Below is the list that made it to the poll:

  • The Last Waltz (Band)
  • Woodstock
  • This is Spinal Tap
  • Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)
  • The Kids Are Alright (Who)
  • Pearl Jam Twenty
  • No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
  • The Beatles Anthology
  • Beyond the Lighted Stage (Rush)
  • It Might Get Loud (Jimmy Page, the Edge, Jack White)

Ex-Korn Brian Welch’s Band Love And Death Releases Video for ‘Chemicals’

Ex-Korn guitarist Brian Welch (a.k.a. Head) and band, Love And Death, have just released the official music video for the title track of their EP Chemicals. Other reports on Welch was about his appearance at the Carolina Rebellion festival last Saturday (May 5th) where he rejoined his former bandmates and together performed their classic song Blind. Enjoy watching the videos of both the EP and the concert appearance below:

Love And Death – Chemicals

Head reuniting with KoRn at the Carolina Rebellion festival

FREE iTunes Download: Live to Rise by Soundgarden

After 15 long years, Soundgarden has finally released their first new song ‘Live to Rise’ and is now available for fans to download for free on iTunes! The song was released as part of the promotion for the upcoming Disney movie Marvel’s The Avengers, which is said to run until April 24 and will also include an exclusive clip from the movie The Face Off.

Soundgarden singer-songwriter Chris Cornell said in an interview with Billboard that, “The hard part of writing a song for a film is it has to act as a Soundgarden song, first and foremost, then obviously, it has to coexist with the film.”

The band was asked to contribute a song for the movie’s official soundtrack while working on their reunion album which was set to release by fall this year. They didn’t find any of their tracks to fit the movie enough based on Cornell’s statement and so Cornell and guitarist Kim Thayil decided to start from scratch and thus led up to the creation of “Live to Rise.”

Click on the image to start downloading!

Rolling Stones to Hit the Studio Soon


The Rolling Stones are hitting the studio soon “to throw some ideas around”, according to guitarist Ronnie Wood. The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with various projects that would include a photo book and feature-length documentary.

The rumored anniversary show might not happen though until at least 2013 as concerns with Keith Richards’ health are showing but they will get together to shake the rust off. Added Wood, “It’s like working out for the Olympics or something you’ve got to go into training.”

Check out more of Wood in this interview:

GNR’s HOF Induction to Continue Without Axl

A spokesperson from the HOF has just confirmed with Billboard that rock band Guns N’ Roses’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is still set to go on as scheduled despite Axl Rose’s decision to boycott the said event.

Axl’s decision made news last Wednesday (April 11th) after the LA Times received an open letter from him wherein he not only stated the reason why he chose not to attend the ceremony but also a request to not be inducted into the Hall at all. The decision caused a division amongst fans — some criticized and accused him of being self-centered while others supported him for sticking up for what he believes in. Despite this, all of them agree on one thing: that they regret not being able to see their favorite band together for one last time.

Meanwhile, Slash shares what the induction means to him in this clip: