|Posted on February 19, 2019 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Download festival headliner Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled next month's performances in Sydney and Melbourne due to ongoing ill health.
The 70-year-old heavy metal star pulled out of his Australian dates just hours after cancelling his March 21 performance at Download in Japan.
The former Black Sabbath frontman, who built one of music's biggest solo careers after being fired from the band in 1979, was hospitalised earlier this month with complications from the flu.
He was due to play at Download in Sydney on March 9 and in Melbourne on March 11.
Melbourne band Airbourne have been added to the line-up, which also includes Slayer, Judas Priest, Alice in Chains, Ghost and Rise Against among others.
"Ozzy recently developed pneumonia and has spent some time in hospital. Thankfully he is now through the worst part, his doctors have advised that he stay at home to recuperate for a full six weeks with no travel," said Osbourne's wife, Sharon Osbourne.
The confirmation followed a statement earlier today on the Download website that revealed the Prince of Darkness had pulled the plug on his Japanese performance.
"Following Ozzy's recent postponement of UK and European tours due to ill health, the Download Japan team has been wishing for a speedy recovery in the hope that he would be able to perform at the festival," the statement said. "Unfortunately however, Ozzy has been forced to cancel his appearance at Download Japan 2019 on doctor's orders. We apologise to his fans, and anyone inconvenienced by this news.
"Ozzy, who has been suffering from pneumonia, has left the hospital, but has been told to continue to receive treatment at home for a period of six weeks. We wish Ozzy all the best for a full and speedy recovery."
These latest cancellations come after Osbourne pulled out of the UK and European legs of his No More Tours II shows earlier this year, based on doctors orders.
At the time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said on his website, "it just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to shit", as his battle with the flu was preceded by a thumb infection that also hospitalised him.
"I'm completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour," he said in late January. "Again, I apologise to everyone. God bless. Love you all, Ozzy."
|Posted on February 18, 2019 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
“Whether planned or not, theatrics are always a part of rock and roll at its best,” KISS vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley once told me. “We never put on makeup and used pyro or other effects to cover anything up. It was to enhance the presentation.”
In part, that explains why the band’s self-titled debut, which came out Feb. 18, 1974, was pretty much overlooked. Outside of a dedicated following in the suburbs, KISS were virtually unknown. And while the album included “Deuce,” “Firehouse,” “Strutter” and “Cold Gin,” which became career-spanning staples of KISS’ set, the songs remained unappreciated until they reappeared on the highly theatrical Alive! at the end of 1975.
“It struck me almost immediately that the recording didn’t sound at all like us live,” Stanley said. “What was put down on tape was such a timid fraction of what we were in concert. I didn’t understand it because bands who were our contemporaries had much better sounding albums. But we did manage to capture the piss and vinegar and the determination and devil-may-care attitude that was behind it. And I think the album still sounds contemporary. It sounds a lot like a lot of other bands who have probably cut their teeth on it.”
Vocalist and bassist Gene Simmons and Stanley wrote most of the songs on KISS when they were in their pre-Kiss band Wicked Lester, which formed in 1971 and disbanded at the end of 1972. After recruiting new guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss, KISS tracked their first album at Bell Sound Studios in New York City with producers Kenny Kerner and Richard Wise over the course of three weeks.
“We were so green,” Stanley said of the sessions. “I was intimidated by the studio and intimidated by the idea of touching something and ruining the gear set up or ruining a take we were recording. The microphone might as well have been me singing into an elephant’s ass. It was something that was in the way. I felt so incredibly out of place.”
Compared to the band’s live show and later recordings, KISS sounds clean and glossy, as if the producers had just finished a session with Grand Funk Railroad and left the amp, guitar and control board set to the levels they were at before KISS entered the room. Even so, the quality of the aforementioned “Deuce, “Firehouse,” Strutter” and “Cold Gin,” as well as “Nothin’ to Lose,” with its glam piano, female background vocals and soaring guitar solo, the bluesy electric thunder of “100,000 Years” and the multi-textured, near-progressive, cowbell-enhanced rockfest “Black Diamond,” are unimpeachable.
KISS knew they had the songs and the live show to win over the world. But for some reason they were scoffed at from the start by music journalists. “Critics, for reasons known only to them and their therapists didn’t want anything to do with KISS,” Stanley said. “It threw me because we clearly were undeniable. We clearly took what we did seriously and I think that was intimidating to a lot of people. I remember one review that was very funny because it was transparent and it was obvious what was behind it. But there was this review in Seattle that read something like, ‘this band called KISS better save their money because it’s going to be over as quickly as it started’ Well, I would dare to say he’s probably seen the food stamp line sooner than I have.”
It wasn’t just critics that didn’t flock to the party. KISS peaked at No. 75 on the Billboard album chart and only sold 75,000 copies before Alive! was released. In 1977, the album went gold, but that pales in comparison to many of KISS’ other records. Even in their hometown of New York City, KISS were dismissed at first as gimmicky and crass.
“What was so strange about that was we knew the bands that were being praised in New York and we killed them all,” Stanley said. “Those bands who were considered hip or who were the darlings of the New York scene spent more time at Max’s Kansas City or at clubs than they did learning their craft. The reason we weren’t considered hip or cool was because we didn’t hang out. We were – God forbid – practicing. We were rehearsing. Most of those other bands, their music became the soundtrack to a fashion show. We weren’t about that. We were about rock and roll. So we never really wanted to be a part of the New York scene and we were never embraced by it because we had ambitions. We had a work ethic. We took it seriously. That wasn’t cool back then.”
Naysayers couldn’t dismiss KISS for long. In April 1976, KISS earned their first platinum record for Destroyer and they would never look back.
|Posted on February 18, 2019 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
15 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield Theater
17- Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
18 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
20 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Convention Centre
21 - Calgary, AB - Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
23 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
25 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall
26 - Windsor, ON - Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
29 - Toronto, ON - Rebel
31 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
1 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
3 - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
6 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
7 - Fort Wayne, IN - Performance Pavilion at Sweetwater
9 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah's - Stir Cove
12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle Atlanta
13 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live Orlando
|Posted on February 18, 2019 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
"Their music made them famous. Their lives made them infamous," reads the teaser, as quick clips of the film versions of a car crash, a wedding, and Shout at the Devil-era live performances flash by the screen. "Win it all or lose it all, we are Motley Crue," says a voice-over in conclusion.
The Dirt will premiere via Netflix on March 22. Nikki Sixx will premiere a new Motley Crue song from the film on Feb. 21 during an appearance on Jonsey's Jukebox.
Last month, Machine Gun Kelly, a rapper who was hired to play Tommy Lee, said that he read The Dirt when he was 13 ("It was my Bible ... I had the wrong idols growing up, for sure"), but said he only fully realized the level of debauchery in which Motley Crue indulged during the filming.
"It wasn’t until we were on set and doing these scenes that we were like, 'Whoa, this is dark. What are people going to think about this?'” he said. "But there’s something about the truth in that book -- the fact that you do fall in love with these people [who] then do this giant nose dive into this dark place."
Bob Rock produced the four new songs, which were recorded last fall. Upon hearing the rough mixes, Nikki Sixx said they felt "real and raw. Everybody is playing like mad and the songs crush. ... Plus we have a surprise that will confirm that we’re outta our minds. You can trust us these are ball-busters. Everybody can relax. We’re soon gonna smack you upside the head with some killer new tracks. ... We know what we’re doing.”
|Posted on February 18, 2019 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
Robert Plant's new band SAVING GRACE played two shows last week as the support act for FAIRPORT CONVENTION. The gigs took place on February 14 at The Anvil in Basingstoke and on February 16 at The Forum in Bath. Another concert is scheduled for February 22 and The Alban Arena in St Albans.
SAVING GRACE — which includes Plant on lead vocals and harmonica, Suzi Dian on vocals, Tony Kelsey playing the mandolin, baritone and acoustic guitars, Matt Worley playing the banjo, acoustic and baritone guitars and cuatro and Oli Jefferson on percussion — made its live debut on January 25 at the SpArC Theatre in Shropshire.
SAVING GRACE's music has been described on social media as "inspired by the dreamscape of the Welsh Marches" and "from a whisper to a scream."
There is another band called SAVING GRACE — a Christian metal act from New Zealand.
Plant's last studio album was 2017's "Carry Fire".
|Posted on February 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
KISS icon Paul Stanley is featured in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times discussing the band's End Of The Road tour. An excerpt from the story, which includes talk with Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer and the KISS road crew, follows.
“Let's be frank about it: The idea of being a 70-year-old member of a road crew for most people is not what they would aspire to,” says Stanley. “I'm still in touch with people who have moved on to different times in their life. That's a choice you make and a smart one. I can't imagine somebody 40 years later still wanting to be tuning my guitars or climbing that scaffolding.”
The singer has weathered his own physical abuse through years of touring and multiple surgical repairs to his rotator cuffs and both knees as well as a hip replacement. At the concert tonight, Stanley will fly along a zip-line above the crowd during “Love Gun,” shouting “I’m comin’ to see ya!” In concert, he says, the stunt is easy. Rehearsal is different.
“I'm not really fond of it,” he says of being airborne in an empty arena. “With an audience it has an air of invincibility, and that's exhilarating. To be Superman with a guitar doesn't suck.”
Read the complete story here:
|Posted on February 18, 2019 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
DEF LEPPARD will return to Las Vegas for its second residency this summer. The band will take over Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for 12 explosive nights between August 14 and September 7.
DEF LEPPARD played its first Las Vegas residency five years ago at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, a pioneering effort for a rock band.
"This is something that we've done before, so we know what we're getting ourselves into — not this particular venue, but the idea of doing a residency," DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott told 8 News Now (see video below). "We did 'Viva! Hysteria' there in 2013, and you learn there's a huge difference between playing 12 shows in 12 towns or 12 shows in one town. A, we get to sleep in the same bed for the best part of the month, which is one of the best bits about it. B, the fans come to visit us. And the fact that you are kind of in residence, when you do a couple of shows and you may have a day off, that day off, you don't have to travel, you're already there, you get in an Uber and you leg it off to go see the 'Love' show by THE BEATLES, Cirque Du Soleil thing, or whatever's still on… There's so many things to do in Vegas that we won't be bored. And the energy that you get, just your body, the energy that it reserves and it gets through not having to travel, that helps with the show a hell of a lot. We learned that last time around."
Asked which bandmember he needs to keep an eye on while they are in Las Vegas, Elliott responded: "From a gambling point of view? [Bassist] Rick Savage. He's not a gambler in the sense of like he's gonna lose his house, but he does like to play the slots. But he's one of these guys that's got weird electricity. If he wears a watch and he stands by one of these machines, the watch will start going backwards. So I think there's a chance that he might win a few bob. The rest of the guys, and myself included, [are] not really that fussed about gambling. But I love the atmosphere that it creates when you watch a room full of slots and there's old ladies and there's young kids all pulling away at the handle and chucking their quarters in there. It's just a fantastic sight. It's just a great vibe. And it's the only place in the world that really has that kind of atmosphere."
Zappos Theater has previously hosted residencies from Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Lionel Richie and has announced more dates with returning star Pitbull, as well as new residencies from Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera.
Tickets for "Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency" go on sale February 22. The 12 performances scheduled so far are August 14, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 29 and 31 and September 1, 4, 6 and 7.
DEF LEPPARD's brand new greatest-hits collection titled "The Story So Far - The Best Of", was released in November.
The band will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this spring. The honor comes after the British rockers got the most votes in the Rock Hall's online fan poll.
One of the top-selling rock acts of of all time, DEF LEPPARD has been eligible for the Rock Hall since 2004.
The 34th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held March 29 at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center. HBO will broadcast a truncated version of the ceremony later in the year.
Check out the interview here:
|Posted on February 18, 2019 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
Nikki Sixx has called out Kiss on social media, accusing them of ripping off Motley Crue’s stage production.
Kiss played The Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday night, and, prior to the show, Sixx posted a still from Crue’s final tour from 2014/15 on Instagram, with the caption: “If ya wanna see an exact reenactment of this just go to the Los Angeles Forum tonight.”
Sixx later posted a composite image showing him being carried above the crowd on a crane and one of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons doing something similar.
Sixx said: “Wow. Our body wasn’t even cold before they took this exact grande finale from our tour. Might not matter to Kiss fans but it does to Crue fans.
“I dug their music when I was a little kid and it was cool to co-headline together a few years, but this disappoints me. Anyway. Onwards and upwards.”
It’s not the first time Sixx has had a pop at Kiss. A spat between them began in 2016 after Simmons referred to Prince’s death as self-inflicted and “pathetic”. Sixx responded by urging the Kiss bassist to “call it a day” and said he had no respect for him any more.
Sixx later softened his stance, telling Loudwire Nights: “Gene’s a very opinionated man, so am I. I’ll be honest with you, I think we just kinda look like a bunch of old women fighting at this point.”
Motley Crue’s long-awaited biopic The Dirt will premiere on Netflix on March 22, with the Crue getting back together to record four songs for the film – one of which will feature rapper Machine Gun Kelly.
ROB HALFORD LOOKS BACK ON FIREPOWER ALBUM - "THE ONLY THING WE REALLY WANTED TO DO WAS RE-INVENT SOME OF THE CLASSIC MOMENTS OF JUDAS PRIEST"
|Posted on February 18, 2019 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
The Firepower album reaffirmed Judas Priest's position atop the metal tree, with Halford admitting the band made a conscious effort to recreate periods from their glory days of music on the album.
Halford: "The only thing that I can recall thinking is when Glenn (Tipton), Richie (Faulkner) and myself sat down and said with all of these great albums and all of these great songs later the only thing that we really wanted to do was re-invent some of the classic moments of Priest, which we could trace to the length and breadth of our roots if you think about it with albums like Sad Wings of Destiny, Screaming For Vengeance, Painkiller, British Steel, Sin After Sin, Killing Machine... it just goes on and on (laughs), but internally we knew what that meant so that was the focus".
JAMES LABRIE Says DREAM THEATER Wanted To Get Back To Writing A 'Classic' And 'Heavy' Album With 'Distance Over Time'
|Posted on February 18, 2019 at 6:40 PM||comments (0)|
James LaBrie says DREAM THEATER wanted to "get back to writing a classic heavy album" with its upcoming 14th full-length effort, "Distance Over Time". The move was apparently influenced by the 25th-anniversary tour in support of the band's seminal "Images And Words" LP and the lukewarm reaction to its light and ponderous 2016 double-disc concept release, "The Astonishing".
In June of 2018, the five members of DREAM THEATER secluded themselves in a private location in upstate New York to write and record "Distance Over Time". The communal and free-flowing atmosphere paid off, according to the singer.
"I think coming off the two-year [tour] and most of it for 'The Astonishing', it was quite evidently clear to us — we have been talking about it for a while that we wanted to get back to writing a classic, heavy album, a classic DREAM THEATER heavy album, but still maintaining the progressive side to us, but making it a little bit more concise, making it where the songs didn't necessarily have to be epic in length and their showings and arrangements," LaBrie told Australia's Heavy (hear audio below). "Something that was very defined, something that was undeniable in its statement with each song. We kind of also knew that we wanted to write an album that would be under an hour. So it was just a very conscious effort to go in, write a very — a classic, heavy album in DREAM THEATER terms."
He continued: "We lived together, so it made the fact that we were around one another and we closed the rest of the world off so that we could just be very focused on what we were doing, it made for a very somewhat prolific experience, I would say, because things were happening quickly and I'd say that it was a spirited effort and very cohesive from the very beginning. Things just seemed to be jelling. Ideas were numerous, plentiful and so it was just something that I think we were feeding off one another's energy, one another's commitment and it was just a great time. Not to mention, you got to remember, when we weren't in that room, in that studio writing, we'd be outside cooking together or just constantly talking about the music, which really lent itself to why I think it came out and it ended up being what it is. So all these things, I think really kind of helped to shape how this album turned out, the songs themselves and the sound of it and the vibe throughout."
Asked what made the writing sessions so "prolific" considering that DREAM THEATER gave themselves only a handful of weeks to assemble the entire album, LaBrie said: "The writing of the album was about 17, 19 days, about that, that we wrote the album. If you look in the past and even though we might be at whatever album in DREAM THEATER's discography, is that's kind of been, to a certain degree, that's kind of been the timeline for the actual days that you're putting the material together. It's been about three, four, maybe five weeks where everything just seems to come together. I think it was why I wanted to state it was prolific because the fact we were around one another, we were living together and like I said, it's a hundred meters from the house we were living in to the studio. You're constantly in that environment, so it was easy to be discussing at all times, the music, if you wanted to. To get on to another idea or someone say, 'Oh, you know what? I was thinking this last night. You don't even have to do that.' You're sitting in the living room with one another: 'Hey, you remember when we were working on 'Paralyzed'. Why don't we do this when we get to the chorus?' There was a lot of that going on where the conversations also enabled us to find ourselves in a quick pace: 'Oh, man! Awesome!' Things were coming together and sounding terrific. I think overall, DREAM THEATER, we've always worked very fast, even though we've had many different ways that we approach or how we might want to record or where we want to record, depending on what we feel is necessary for that particular album that we're writing."
"Distance Over Time" will be released on February 22. The disc, which marks the first for the band's new label InsideOut Music, was produced by guitarist John Petrucci, mixed by Ben Grosse and mastered by Tom Baker.
Check out the interview below:
|Posted on February 18, 2019 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
With five nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor, this Sunday's (Feb. 24) Academy Awards could be a big night for Queen. In addition to being on hand to collect any trophies it may win for Bohemian Rhapsody, the band, with Adam Lambert, will perform during the telecast.
"We will rock the Oscars," Lambert tweeted, including an emoji and the date and time (8PM Eastern) of the broadcast.
Sunday's show concludes an awards season that has been very good to Bohemian Rhapsody and its star, Rami Malek, who portrayed Freddie Mercury. After receiving near-universal praise for his performance, he's picked up a Golden Globe (with the film also winning for Best Motion Picture) a Screen Actors Guild Award and, most recently, a BAFTA, which is Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.
"Thank you very much to Queen," Malek said in his acceptance speech. "To Brian May. To Roger Taylor. To the entire Queen family. I wouldn't be here without you. And to the greatest outside of them all for being so unwavering and unflinching and uncompromising in every which way. Thank you, Freddie Mercury."
Malek is one of the favorites to take home the Best Actor Oscar, although the film is a long shot for Best Picture. It has also been nominated in the categories for sound editing, sound mixing and film editing.
If the Oscars performance leaves you hungry for more of Queen + Adam Lambert, they are embarking on a six-week tour of North America beginning in July. You can see all the dates here.
Queen + Adam Lambert 2019 North American Tour Dates:
7/10 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
7/12 -- Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
7/14 -- San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
7/16 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
7/19 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
7/23 -- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
7/24 -- Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
7/27 -- Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
7/28 -- Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
7/30 -- Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
7/31 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
8/3 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
8/4 -- Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
8/6 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
8/9 -- Chicago, IL @ United Center
8/10 -- St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
8/13 -- Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
8/15 -- Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
8/17 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
8/18 -- Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
8/20 -- New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
8/22 -- Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
8/23 -- Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
|Posted on February 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
Karina Greenin, the daughter of Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton, has revealed that she’ll run next month’s Barcelona marathon to raise money for her father’s charity.
Tipton’s battle with Parkinson's disease became public early last year, with his Priest bandmates announcing the creation of the Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation last summer.
Greenin says in a statement: “As many of you know, my dad has Parkinson's. It affects so many aspects of his life, and sadly has recently forced him to retire from full-time touring – the tremors causing problems with coordination that impair the speed and accuracy of guitar playing.
“My dad is ever the fighter and has an amazing positive attitude trying to battle this cruel disease.
"Judas Priest have set up The Glenn Tipton Parkinson's Foundation in his honour – all proceeds raised from the foundation will go directly to a ‘pioneering new treatment called MR guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy which although in its early stages has already had great success with a Parkinson's related condition called essential tremor.’
“Dad is keen to make a difference to help other people fighting the disease, and I'd love to support him. I'm participating in the Barcelona marathon to try and raise some funds. Any donations are hugely appreciated!”
The marathon will take place in the city on March 10. To make a donation, visit Karina’s Go Fund Me page:
|Posted on February 17, 2019 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
Funko has revealed that they are releasing Pop! Rocks: Kiss soon. A press release reads: “If you wanna rock and roll all night and party every day, these KISS Pop!s will make the perfect companions. Bring home Pop! The Starchild, The Demon, The Spaceman, and The Catman!”
Previous artists who have appeared as Pop! Rocks include Metallica, Queen, AC/DC, and Rush.
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The Scorpions have hit a new milestone after their classic hit song "No One Like You" hit 7 Million all-time streams on the Apple Music service, the iconic band revealed on social media.
The song was originally released in March of 1982 from the band's eight studio album "Blackout". The track topped Billboard's Rock Track chart at the end of May of that year with the video of the clip enjoying a healthy amount of play on MTV at the time.
This news comes as the band is reportedly planning to record their next studio album with a "famous" producer. Guitarist Rudolf Schenker revealed the plans to Headbangers Lifestyle in an interview late last year.
He said, "We will meet again in the New Year and everybody will come and bring in ideas in the studio. We already found a producer to record with. A famous and well-known personality... No, I'm not gonna say who he is... really not! But we are all very excited to produce a new, historic rock 'n' roll album."
Rudolf also revealed that the band was inspired to make a new album by the addition of former Motorhead drummer Mikky Dee to their lineup. He said, "Why we have this idea of recording a new album is because Mikkey became, let's say, a great force for Scorpions.
"When we were fighting for a change and [trying to] get us back on track with the band, and it didn't work, we found Mikkey. Mikkey just fits perfectly into the chemistry of Scorpions. Plus, he is a very creative person. That means we have now the chance to make an album that is special and fresh."
The band has yet to officially confirm the new album plans but they have announced a string of live dates across Europe this summer and an appearance at Rock In Rio in October.
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TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon recently appeared on the Detroit radio station 101 WRIF's "Talkin' Rock With Meltdown" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the band's decision to hire DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen to produce its new album, "Shock":
Frank: "We've known Phil for a long time. I actually wanted him to produce our album when we first got back together in 2000, because I had done some shows with him in the '90s. He's such a great friend and got positive energy. We learned a lot — a lot of different ways of approaching things. For example, we didn't think we could ever record an album on the road, [and] 90 percent of this album was done in hotel rooms and dressing rooms and stuff like that. We recorded it with a portable laptop. The attention to detail that Phil really puts into it is what he learned from Mutt Lange. We used to just kind of go in and just throw it down live, and Phil took the approach of what he learned from Mutt Lange. It's definitely a different album for us; there's no doubt about that."
On why the band wanted to use an outside producer in the first place:
Frank: "People don't realize how hard it is to make an album when you've got five guys in a band. I mean, why do you think THE BEATLES broke up? They had four guys and they were only together for five or six years. It's very difficult. For a band like us that's been together for 35 years, you need an outside coach to come in and really help you direct it. He did a great job of it. Each one of us has very strong opinions, and when you get five strong opinions trying to work on a song, it can be very difficult. A band has to have that. THE BEATLES, they had George Martin. You've got to have an outside... I like to use the word coach. Maybe 'mediator' would be a better word, [or] 'counselor.' It's a funny process when you get five hard-headed people together... We definitely gave him the keys to the car and said, 'You drive us to where we're going.'"
On his past comments that he recorded his "From One Place To Another" solo albums to push himself to improve as a vocalist:
Frank: "That's what I love about music — it's a nonstop well of learning. You can continue to improve your style, your sound, your different things. You can learn by going back and learning what some of the old-school people did. I was just watching this movie on Netflix about Jimi Hendrix, and some of the things that he was doing, I want to try with my guitar. You can never stop learning. That album, I took it on as a labor of love to really develop my lead singing voice. Lead singing is different than singing backup. It's a whole different art to tell a story. Music is a lot of fun for that reason. You can never stop learning."
On whether he feels his vocals have indeed gotten better:
Frank: "I have definitely noticed an improvement in our live show. On this tour, I am doing a lot of singing with Jeff [Keith, TESLA vocalist]. Jeff and I got together before we left on this tour for about a month. We started right around Christmas-time. He came over to my house and we practiced harmonies and we practiced digging up some old songs that we haven't done in a long time. I'm singing a lot of parts with him, and I feel like my vocals have come a long way since I did 'From One Place To Another'... I learned a ton of different stuff, and it helped strengthen that vocal cord muscle up a little bit, I think."
On the band's place in rock music:
Frank: "We're just making our own way. We have to forge our own path. TESLA came out in the late '80s. The last half of the decade when the glam scene was happening, we were doing our own thing. Then in the '90s, when grunge happened, we were kind of doing our own thing too, so we kind of didn't really fall into any of those categories. We've had to just make our own way, which is a great thing, actually. It's just a lot more work [laughs]... The record companies were definitely trying to make us into MÖTLEY CRÜE at the very beginning. MÖTLEY CRÜE was wearing all the crazy clothes and all that shit, but we just did our own thing. That's kind of what LYNYRD SKYNYRD and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS [BAND] and those bands did — they just did what they loved to do, and just did it naturally."
"Shock", TESLA's ninth full-length album, will be released on March 8.
TESLA's current lineup includes four of the band's five original members: Hannon, Keith, Brian Wheat (bass) and Troy Luccketta (drums). Guitarist Dave Rude joined in 2006 as the replacement for Tommy Skeoch.
|Posted on February 17, 2019 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has offered a brief response to former guitarist Ace Frehley’s recent “gloves are off” statement.
Last month Frehley branded his ex-colleague an “asshole and a sex addict” in an outburst that followed Simmons’ comments about why an original lineup reunion would not be a major part, if any, of the band’s current farewell tour. Frehley also claimed Simmons had tried to hit on his wife last year, and that “slanderous” references to the guitarist’s substance abuse issues had cost him “millions of dollars.”
In a new interview Simmons told the L.A. Times: “I'm not gonna say anything in print other than I love Ace and Peter [Criss] and I thank them forever — they're every bit as important as Paul [Stanley] and myself for launching the band. I’m not going to make any guesses of why the emotions are so volatile, but it's happened before.”
Frontman Stanley previously told Billboard he was refusing to be “sidetracked by anything” including Frehley’s statements, adding: “I have no comment about that.”
In the new interview Stanley also reflected on the changes in the band’s touring practices over thee decades. “About 25 years ago when we first were approached with the idea of having a plane, we were totally against it because we thought that it was excessive and symptomatic of everything we didn't want to do or be. But it allows you to do more shows; you actually work harder, but the grind is easier.”
WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE Has No Plans To Retire: 'I'm Very Reinvigorated, Energized And Very Inspired'
|Posted on February 17, 2019 at 6:40 PM||comments (0)|
David Coverdale has once again said that he is not planning to retire anytime soon, despite his previous comments.
Back in 2016, the WHITESNAKE leader announced that he was looking to pull the plug on his career after touring in support of "The Purple Album", the 2015 tribute record to Coverdale's time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE.
But now Coverdale, who will release a new album with WHITESNAKE this spring, says that he has no intention of discontinuing his touring activities.
"Well, I wanna keep going," he told SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation". "It's the passion. I really felt that we owed the WHITESNAKE fans a new original record. That was very primary on my thought process of doing this. But, yeah, obviously, I'm 67 years old now. But I had a blast out there.
"The guys were telling me — and they certainly don't have to — [they] were very complimentary about my performances through last summer. It's really up to me to stay as healthy and as in shape as I can. It was hard to get into shape for me regarding what I've been through and my body had been through at my age in 2017, but I so love performing. You're gonna have to get me off with one of those shepherd's crooks — pull me off to the side. But, yeah, I'm very reinvigorated, energized and very inspired to give it everything I have. For how long, I don't know."
Coverdale also talked about his heavy touring schedule for 2019, including a U.S. trek that is scheduled to launch in early April.
"I had both knee replacements after suffering years of debilitating arthritis," he said. "And I only went out for two months last year — with my friends FOREIGNER and Jason Bonham — to see how they worked. I didn't dare commit to a world tour that particular time. And, thankfully, they worked perfectly. And blessings on my doctor, Brad Penenberg. I just spoke to [ex-WHITESNAKE bassist] Marco Mendoza this morning. He's gonna be doing something soon. [I was] giving him a good talking up, that Brad Penenberg is the absolute best. Steven Tyler sent me to him. We're all getting those issues. But I'm really excited to be going out and doing full shows. It's gonna be a ridiculously busy year for us. We've got that month-long U.S. tour, which was a total surprise to me, 'cause we toured so recently. But promoters were very, very high on the idea of it. And then we're over to Europe."
In April 2016, Coverdale said that he was "looking at retiring" the following year, on the 30th anniversary of the band's self-titled 1987 album. But he later admitted that "it was kind of a foolish thing for me to say." He also credited the the tour in support of "The Purple Album" with "re-energizing" him. "I was totally honest. I thought, 'This is probably it,'" he said. "But I had an incredibly good time on tour with my musicians. It just makes it more inspiring to look at the future with these guys. I have no desire to hang up my rock 'n' roll sneakers just yet."
WHITESNAKE's new studio album, "Flesh & Blood", will be released on May 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. Joining the singer on the disc are Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitar, Michael Devin on bass, Tommy Aldridge on drums, and Michele Luppi on keyboards.
|Posted on February 17, 2019 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Last week (Feb. 6), Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus revealed that the band would record more material after Slash finishes touring. He had mentioned the likelihood of a new album before and now Slash has also confirmed that a new record is in the works.
"Axl [Rose], Duff [McKagan], myself and Richard [Fortus] have all talked about… there's material and stuff going on already for a new record," said Slash in an interview TVK's "Rock City" (video below):
He also explained there's no master plan, going on, "It's just, with Guns N' Roses, you don't go, 'Oh, there is a plan, and it's gonna be like this,' because that's not how it works. So, basically, the only real answer to give is we're hoping to put a new record out, and we'll just see what happens when it happens."
Both in December and last week, Fortus had claimed that a new album would be coming "soon" and that there was material being recorded. He was reluctant to divulge any further information, however.
Speaking about the Guns N' Roses reunion shows at Coachella, which were the first to be booked before the "Not in This Lifetime" tour would criss-cross the globe for two-and-a-half years, Slash noted the band's chemistry. "For the guys in the band — for myself to be on stage with Duff and Axl and just have that chemistry was so powerful," he began, adding, "You forget, because it had been a lot of years since I jammed with both those guys, and it was really powerful. And one thing led to another, and we just ended up having this amazing tour that you couldn't possibly dream of. It was a really great tour. And it lasted a really long time. I think it was the longest tour we ever did. It was about two and a half years."
If this album does come to fruition, it will be the first Guns N' Roses record to feature Slash, McKagan and Axl Rose together since the covers set, The Spaghetti Incident?, which was released in 1993.
|Posted on February 17, 2019 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
Journey have announced that they’ll document their landmark 2017 performance at Tokyo’s Budokan with a new live release.
The band played material from their 1981 album Escape and 1983's Frontiers on the night – and the package titled Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers will launch on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/2CD and Blu-ray/2CD on March 29 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.
A statement on the release reads: “These albums, which produced eight top 40 singles combined, have sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide, and cemented the San Francisco band's music in the cultural zeitgeist.
“Kicking off the two-hour set with Don't Stop Believin’, Journey kicks into high gear, presenting a set not just of their hits, but deep album cuts like Escape's Lay It Down and Frontiers’ Back Talk, which haven't been played live since the albums' original touring cycles.
To mark the announcement, Journey have released a trailer which can be watched below:
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Journey guitarist Neal Schon had to undergo emergency gallbladder surgery.
He’ll return to the stage on his Journey Through Time shows on February 22 and said: “I should be good to go, but if I have to sit I will.”
Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers:
1. Don't Stop Believin' Intro
2. Don't Stop Believin'
3. Stone In Love
4. Who's Crying Now
5. Keep On Runnin'
6. Still They Ride
8. Lay It Down
9. Dead Or Alive
10. Neal Schon Guitar Solo
11. Mother, Father
12. Jonathan Cain Piano Solo
13. Open Arms
14. Separate Ways Intro
15. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
16. Send Her My Love
17. Chain Reaction
18. After The Fall
20. Edge Of The Blade
21. Steve Smith Drum Solo
22. Back Talk
25. La Raza del Sol
26. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
|Posted on February 17, 2019 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
According to Fox 13, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has canceled his upcoming show at the Florida Strawberry Festival, organizers announced yesterday.
The festival's Facebook page made the announcement, saying Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band will no longer perform on March 3.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band will no longer be able to perform at the upcoming Strawberry Festival," a band representative said in a statement.
The Florida Strawberry Festival is an 11-day community event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Each year, over 500,000 visitors enjoy the festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, rides, exhibits of commerce and, of course, its strawberry shortcake.