About Superman Is Dead SID, punk rock pioneers of Bali, were born and bred in Kuta Rock City. The band is three chord attitude-heavy young men, by name : Bobby Kool (lead vocal, guitar, a dog lover and a graphic designer) , Eka Rock (low ridin’ family man, beer drinker, laid back bass and backing vocal and a warm smilin’ Rock ‘N Roll bandman, IT warior) , Jrx (low ridin’ beer drinking Rock ‘N Roll prince charming, drummer and a hairwax junkie, Bar owner) The name ‘Superman is Dead’ started its’ evolution from Stone Temple Pilot’s “Superman Silvergun”. The name moved on to “Superman is Dead” cause they like the idea that there’s no such thing as a perfect person out there. SID actually stumbled together in ’95, drawn by their common love of Green Day and NOFX. Their influences soon extended to the punk ‘n roll genre a la Supersuckers, Living End and Social Distortion, and here they stay. They say what they wanna say, how they wanna say it. In your face, to say it precisely. SID public image, self described, is “Punk Rock a Bali” (think raw energy of NOFX vs Social Distortion supersonically fueled with beer-soaked Balinese Rockabilly attitude). History ? SID produced their first three albums independently (the boys worked years of crappy night jobs), with fabulous, small scale indie labels 1997 “Case 15”, 1999 “Superman is Dead”, 2002 “Bad Bad Bad”(mini album, 6 tracks). In March 2003, SID finally signed with Sony-BMG Indonesia after extended negotiations regarding their right to sing the majority of their tracks in English and have full artistic rights over their ‘image’!! With that decision they single handedly became the first band from Bali to be invited to sign with a major recording label in Indonesia, the first band in their nation (to my knowledge) to be recording majority of songs in English and the first punk band in Indonesia to get the national exposure and promotion that working with a major label in a third world country provides. And so the history of Indonesian Punk Rock begins! And as for the question that everyone wants to know, the infamous bomb in Bali happened about 75 M from their home, hangout center, punk rock boutique, bar and rehearsal studio that is also Jrx’ house, in the heart of Kuta. After panel beating back the rolling doors of the studio and shifting a little debris, rehearsals continued as usual. Yeah, they saw a lot, it sucked big time, but its’ not gonna stop ’em! And where are they now? At the end of 2002, one of the more respectable music mags here cited SID as “The Next Big Thing” for 2003. With the release of their fourth album “Kuta Rock City” followed by major air play nationally and in some countries overseas, coupled with the instant popularity of their newest film clip. SID suddenly find themselves touring continuously throughout Indonesia. Last week they were in four major Indonesian cities, on three islands, in 7 days! Sometimes playing for free at underground scene clubs, sometimes at street skate parties or alternative band festivals, at lots of universities and even occasionally at “classy” venues who would have probably denied them entrance years ago! Which means more beers for all. In 2003 SID even got a mention in Time Asia. They also won a few music awards “MTV Awards for The Best New Artist 2003”, “AMI Awards for The Best New Artist 2003” and nominated again in “AMI Awards 2006 for The Best Rock Album”. October 2007, they did an amazing Australian tour, 8 cities, 16 gigs, 33 days with their strong D.I.Y work ethic. June – July 2009, Superman Is Dead held An American Tour, 16 Gigs in 16 cities. 11 gigs of them were the ‘ Vans Warped Tour’ and the last 5 gigs were ‘From Bali With Rock’. They did a very hard work to succeed this excited tour, had crossed the big land from westcoast to eastcoast and got back to westcoast. SID had share stages with international bands such as International Noise Conspiracy, NOFX, MXPX and Hoobastank. They remain proud, boys from the streets of Kuta with a love of punk rock, beers and a good time. Ready for whatever comes next, excited about the next gig. LANGKAH FENOMENAL SID • August 2002, Openning Act Hoobastank, Hard Rock Hotel, Kuta, Bali • Superman Is Dead “Hot & Freaky People 2003” MTV Trax Magazine January 2003 • June 2003 Superman Is Dead “MTV Exclusive Artist of the Month” • Double Platinum Sony Music for Kuta Rock City Album • 2003, MTV Award “Most Favorite New Artist” • 2003, AMI Award “The Best New Artist” • 2004, SCTV Music Awards “The Most Famous Album Nominee, Pop Rock Category” for Kuta Rock City Album • 2006, AMI Awards “The Best Rock Album Nominee” for Black Market Love Album • 2006, “Superman Is Dead The Best Local Band” The Beat Awards. • 20 the best Indonesian Album 2006 for The Black Market Love Album. Rolling Stones Magazine Januari 2007 • April 2007, SID Opening Act for American Punk Rock Band NOFX at Hard Rock Café, Kuta, Bali. • Soundrenaline Sound of Change 2007 Jimbaran Bali, “Message of Change” Artist Nominee. • 17 June 2007, Guest Star Artist “Final Gudang Garam Rock Competition” Jakarta • October 2007, Superman Is Dead did an amazing Australian tour, 8 cities, 16 gigs, 33 days. • 150 the Best Indonesian Album for Kuta Rock City Album. Rolling Stones Magazine, Special Collectors’ Edition Desember 2007. • 50 Hype Things in Indonesian Music Industrial 2008 for Superman Is Dead. • Trax Music & Attitude Magazine Edition Januari 2008. • 2008, Openning Act MXPX Jakarta. • “SID as a New Icons of Bali”. Yak Magazine Maret, April, May 2008. • June 2009. Superman Is Dead American Tour. Played 11 gigs and cities of ‘Vans Warped Tour’ , and the last 5 gigs and cities were ‘From Bali With Rock Tour’ VIDEOGRAPHY 2002 “White Town” Album “Bad Bad Bad” Director by Outsider Film 2003 “Kuta Rock City” Album ”Kuta Rock City” Director by Rizal Mantovani 2003 “Punk Hari Ini” Album “Kuta Rock City” Director by Ridwan 2004 “Muka Tebal” Album ”The Hangover Decade” Director by Outsider Film 2004 “Rock ‘N Roll Band” Album “The Hangover Decade” Director by Outsider Film 2004 “Disposable Lies” Album “The Hangover Decade” Director by Umum Production 2006 “Bukan Pahlawan” Album “Black Market Love ”Director by Eric Est Movie 2006 “Black Market Love” Album “Black Market Love” Director by Bob Calabrito 2007 “Menginjak Neraka” Album “Black Market Love” Director by Eric Est. Movie 2007 “Lady Rose” Album “Black Market Love ”Director by Eric Est. Movie 2007 “Goodbye Whiskey” Album “Black Market Love” Director by Outsider Film 2008, Superman Is Dead Rock-A-Bali Australian Tour 2007, Produksi outSIDer Inc, Format DVD, For Promotional Stuff Not for Sale 2009, ” Kuat Kita Bersinar ” Album ” Angels and The Outsiders” Director by Patrick Effendy 2009, ” Jika Kami Bersama- Featuring Shaggy Dog ” Album ” Angels and The Outsiders” Director by Patrick Effendy 2009,” Saint Of My Life” Album ” Angels and The Outsiders” ,A footage music video from SID American Tour 2009 Some Videos have been uploaded at Youtube.com Please click the URL to check’em out : http://www.supermanisdead.net/nl.php?id=88 DISCOGRAPHY INDIE ALBUM Case 15, 1995 , Produksi Independent Intertainment, Format Cassette Superman Is Dead,1998, Produksi Rizt Clothing, Format CD & Cassette Bad Bad Bad, 2002, Produksi Rizt Cloth.& Suicide Glam, Format CD (mini album) Bad Bad Bad, 2002, Produksi Spills Record, Format Cassette INDIE COMPILATION 100% Attitude, 1999, Produksi Lunatic Records, Format Cassette No Place To Get Fun, 2002, Format Cassette New Generation Calling, 2003, Produksi Spills Record, Format Cassette Video Kami “A Rock Society” 2006, Video Clip “Menginjak Neraka”, Produksi A Mild Live Production, Trend Setter Magz & The Blado Ent. Format VCD (Not For Sale) MAJOR COMPILATION Fantastic Bands, April 2005, Produksi Sony Music, Format CD & Cassette Class Rock “Today’s Sensation”, Produksi Sony Music October 2004, Format CD & Cassette A Mild Live Soundrenaline 2004, Produksi Sony Music & A Mild Live, November 2004, Format CD & Cassette Planet Rock, Produksi Sony Music, August 2005, Format CD & Cassette MAJOR ALBUM Kuta Rock City, 2003, Produksi Sony Music Indonesia, Format CD & Cassette The Hangover Decade, 2004, Produksi Sony Music Indonesia, Format CD & Cassette Black Market Love, 2006, Produksi Sony BMG Indonesia, Format CD & Cassette Angels and The Outsiders, 2009. Produksi Sony Music Indonesia, format CD & Cassete ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK D’ BIJIS, Produksi Sonny Music & Class Movie, January 2007, Format CD & Cassette Please visit our detail discography page : http://supermanisdead.net/discography.php
March 21, 2009 – Guns N’ Roses is proud to announce that guitarist n’ songwriter Dj Ashba has joined the band for an upcoming tour.
Ashba, who officially replaces current NIN guitarist Robin Finck, is best known as co-founder of hard rock bands Sixx AM and Beautiful Creatures.
“Dj’s a gifted, energetic guitarist that Guns N’ Roses is proud to have on board!!” exclaims Axl Rose.
“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to work together. Guns’ radar has silently been aware of Dj’s presence for quite some time! He brings a fresh approach to our particular brand of mayhem expanding the tapestry of Guns N’ Roses live. Once Dj’s name was in the hat, the hat disappeared!!”
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of a band that I have always loved and respected,” said Dj Ashba.
“I’m looking forward to working with Axl, who is not only one of the few great front men of our generation, but a true artist.”
Dj Ashba co-wrote and co-produced Motley Crue’s latest album “Saints of Los Angeles,” which garnered a 2008 GRAMMY nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance, as well as co-wrote and co-produced the Sixx AM album “Heroin Diaries.”
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Guns N’ Roses was founded in Los Angeles in June 1985. Their unique style incorporated punk, blues, thrash, and other genres of music into the popular heavy metal music of the time. The band was formed by singer Axl Rose, guitarists Tracii Guns and Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Rob Gardner. The name was derived from the last names of Guns and Rose, and makes reference to members previous bands: Hollywood Rose and LA Guns.
When Tracii Guns and Robbie Gardner could not attend the first Guns N’ Roses show in Seattle, Rose called guitarist Slash and drummer Steven Adler, whom he had met recently, and asked if they would join the band on stage for the show, they agreed and creating band’s most famous line-up. On the way back to Los Angeles, the five members wrote the lyrics for the song “Welcome to the Jungle”, which eventually became their signature song.
The band released a self-produced EP, Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide, in 1986. Copies of the EP reached Geffen Records executives who soon signed the band. Appetite for Destruction, GNR’s debut album, was released on August 21, 1987. The album sold twenty million copies and hit #1 on the charts. The album included the songs “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City”, all of which were top ten singles on the Billboard charts. As of 2005, Appetite For Destruction remains the best-selling debut album of all time.
The band began opening shows for major bands in the rock industry, but as Appetite for Destruction’s sales began to rise, a world tour in support of the album was scheduled. Guns N’ Roses traveled across United States, and in the spring of 1988, they were invited to the notorious Monsters of Rock Festival in Europe. The band shared the stage with groups including Iron Maiden, KISS and Judas Priest. The behavior of the members of GNR was gathering attention from the media. McKagan, Slash and Adler were constantly seen on stage under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Members of the crew at the time even stated that Slash had to be carried on to the stage by a group of people and that he often passed out after the concerts ended. During the Monsters of Rock concert in the UK, two fans were killed when the crowd present at the concert began jumping and surging forward at when the Guns N’ Roses’ show started. The media blamed the deaths of the fans on the band, although they were unaware of the incident until after the show ended. All these events during the Appetite for Destruction tour earned the group the title of “the most dangerous band in the world”.
The song “Welcome to the Jungle” was included on the soundtrack of the fifth Dirty Harry movie The Dead Pool, which led to a couple of seconds of screen time for the band.
Guns N’ Roses’ next release was the half-acoustic CD G N’ R Lies in 1988, which hit #2 on the music charts. The song “One In A Million”, which used the words “niggers” and “faggots”, led to controversy that accused the band (or Axl) of racism and homophobia. Axl denied these allegations, pointing out that he was a fan of homosexual singers like Freddie Mercury and Elton John and that his then lead guitarist was half black.
In 1989, Guns N’ Roses were presented with an American Music Award for favorite Pop/Rock single for “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. At the televised annual award show in 1989, Duff McKagan and Slash appeared intoxicated and used strong language while accepting the Best Heavy Metal Album award for Appetite For Destruction, and Best Heavy Metal Song award for “Paradise City”. Because of the incident, subsequent American Music Award shows have been broadcast using a five second delay.
The behavior of some members of the group lead their music label to demand the band modify their habits. The members took steps to deal with their addictions after Rose threatened to end the band if they continued with their heavy drug abuse. He also spoke up about them during an opening set for the Rolling Stones in 1989 saying that “if some members don’t stop dancing with Mr. Brownstone, Guns N’ Roses will end.” The band’s heavy use and abuse of heroin is referenced throughout Appetite for Destruction; the song Mr. Brownstone is about heroin and its effects. (Brownstone is a slang term for heroin.)
The Use Your Illusion Tour (1991–1993): In 1990 Guns N’ Roses returned to the studio to begin recording their most ambitious undertaking yet. During the recording, drummer Steven Adler was unable to perform due to his struggles with his cocaine and heroin addiction. Adler was fired in August 1990, and replaced with the former drummer of The Cult, Matt Sorum. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed joined the band as a full time member. With enough music for a double album, the band instead chose to release Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II as two separate albums on September 17, 1991. The tactic paid off when the albums debuted as #2 and #1 on the Billboard Music charts.
After the release of the albums, Guns N’ Roses went on a 28 month long world tour, which was famous for its success and for many controversial incidents along the way. In the summer of 1991, Axl Rose jumped into the audience during a concert in St. Louis, Missouri and hit one of the fans after taking away a video camera, which he was recording the show with. After that, Rose left the stage and the angry crowd began a riot in which dozens of people were injured. Rose was charged with having incited a riot, but the police were unable to arrest him until almost a year later, because the band went overseas to continue the tour. Charges were filed against Rose, but a judge ruled he had not directly incited the riot. During this time, guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit the band due to differences with Rose. He was replaced by Los Angeles based guitarist Gilby Clarke.
The band also appeared at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert that year, and went on a mini-tour with American heavy metal band Metallica. During a show in August 1992 at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Metallica frontman James Hetfield suffered severe burns after stepping too close to a pyrotechnics machine. Metallica was forced to cancel their part of the show, but asked Rose and Guns N’ Roses to continue the concert. After a long delay, Guns N’ Roses took the stage. However, Rose claimed he had problems with his voice that night and decided to cancel the band’s presentation after just four songs. This led to another riot during a Guns N’ Roses concert.
The Use Your Illusion Tour is notable for the many videos the band released to support it, including Don’t Cry, November Rain  and Estranged – are some of the most expensive ever made.
During this time, the hit ballad November Rain became the most requested video on MTV, eventually winning an MTV Video Music Award for best cinematography. During the awards show, the band performed “November Rain” with singer Elton John.
In May 1993, Gilby Clarke broke his wrist in a motorcycling accident and the band needed a replacement for some shows in Europe. Stradlin briefly returned for a string of five shows.
The historic tour ended in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 17, 1993. The tour set attendance records and lasted for twenty eight months in which more than 200 shows were played. The last show in Buenos Aires was also the last for the classic line-up of the band.
In November 1993, Guns N’ Roses released a collection of mostly punk covers entitled The Spaghetti Incident?. This album did not match the success of the Illusion albums and tensions continued to increase within the band. In 1994, Rose fired guitarist Gilby Clarke without informing the rest of the group. That same year, a cover version of The Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil was recorded by the band (with Rose’s childhood friend Paul Tobias replacing Gilby Clarke), for the movie Interview with the Vampire.
The addition of Tobias seemed to be the spark that set off the final disintegration of the band’s original line-up. During the recording of Sympathy for the Devil, Tobias played over the original solo that Slash recorded, and Rose deleted several contributions from the other members. Slash drifted in and out of the band for the next years, beginning a side project called Slash’s Snakepit before finally quitting in late 1996. He was quickly replaced by Robin Finck. The next year, Sorum was fired from the group after having a serious verbal dispute with Rose in the studio. In early 1998, McKagan opted out of his contract. This left Axl Rose as the sole original member of the band.