|Posted on January 15, 2020 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
EVH has revealed the all-new Striped Series Frankie, refreshed Wolfgang WG Standard models including the all-new Wolfgang WG Standard Exotic Spalted Maple and new colors for the Wolfgang Special.
Widely regarded as the most recognizable electric guitar ever, Eddie Van Halen's iconic and revered Frankenstein guitar has arrived with a price tag the everyday musician can afford in the form of the Striped Series Frankie. (Manufacturer's suggested retail price: $2,344.81)
Sporting Eddie's famed red with white-and-black-striped paint job and a worn-in reliced look, the all-new Frankie features a basswood Stratocaster-style body paired to a graphite-reinforced quartersawn maple neck. An oiled finish on the back of the neck allows for hours of playing comfort, while the 12"-16" compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets was designed for fast and furious playing styles.
Routed for an HSS pickup configuration just like Eddie's original instrument, the Frankie features an EVH Wolfgang humbucking bridge pickup with a dummy Strat neck pickup and a dummy five-way blade housed in the middle position.
A sturdy and dependable EVH-branded Floyd Rose locking trem and Floyd Rose locking nut work in tandem for precise tuning even with extreme changes in pitch, while the EVH D-Tuna retunes to drop-D and back with strict accuracy at the flick of a finger.
Other unique features of the Frankie include a white skirted Strat-style single volume control knob (labeled "tone"), custom black pickguard, reliced chrome hardware, standard strap buttons and EVH neck plate.
The Wolfgang WG Standard has been refreshed with new colors and all-new baked maple necks and fingerboards, while the WG Standard Exotic lineup welcomes the all-new Wolfgang WG Standard Exotic Spalted Maple.
Boasting the same style and massive sound Eddie Van Halen created with a price tag the everyday musician can afford, all Wolfgang WG Standard models offer a basswood body with special "comfort cut" forearm contour for maximum playing ease. The bolt-on baked maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods hold strong against the ravages of temperature and humidity, while a conveniently located spoke wheel at the base of the neck makes for quick and painless truss rod adjustments.
These stylish axes also feature an oiled finish on the back of the neck and a 12"-16" compound radius baked maple fingerboard with rolled edges, 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays.
Dual EVH Wolfgang humbucking pickups mounted directly to the body increase vibration transfer, resulting in sustain for days on end. Two domed control knobs have been dialed-in to Van Halen's exacting specifications — the smooth-feeling 500k pots make it easy to find a unique sound while retaining the crisp high-end sparkle of the Wolfgang pickups. The EVH-branded Floyd Rose Special bridge and R2 locking nut consistently keep the instrument in tune through the heaviest playing.
The Wolfgang WG Standard is now available in Gloss Black with a black headstock and black chrome hardware, as well as in Cream White, Matte Army Drab, Neon Orange, Quicksilver, Slime Green or Taxi Cab Yellow with a black headstock and black hardware.
Capped with an elegant quilt maple top and masked-off natural body binding, the Wolfgang WG Standard QM is available in Black Fade, Chlorine Burst, Northern Lights, Tahiti Night or Transparent Amber with a black headstock and black chrome hardware.
Featuring a spalted maple top and masked-off natural body binding, the Wolfgang WG Standard Exotic Spalted Maple is available in Natural with black headstock and black chrome hardware.
Designed with stunning style, giant sound and high-speed playability, the Wolfgang Special is now available in Burgundy Mist Metallic, Deep Purple Metallic or Ice Blue Metallic finishes with a matching headstock. The Burgundy Mist Metallic model features black body binding and black hardware, while the Deep Purple Metallic and Ice Blue Metallic models feature cream body binding and chrome hardware.
The Wolfgang Special features a basswood body with an arched top and a robust graphite-reinforced bolt-on quartersawn maple neck. The neck is carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen's exacting specifications and features a hand-rubbed urethane finish on the back. Primed for high performance, energetic riffing and blazing leads, the 12"-16" compound radius ebony fingerboard has 22 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays. Truss rod adjustments have also never been easier thanks to a spoke wheel conveniently located at the base of the neck.
A pair of flagship custom designed black EVH Wolfgang Alnico 2 humbucking pickups are mounted directly to the body, providing dynamic yet articulate voicing, as well as endless sustain for powerful chords and melody lines. A dependable EVH-branded Floyd Rose locking trem and Floyd Rose locking nut work in tandem for precise tuning even with extreme changes in pitch, while the EVH D-Tuna retunes to drop-D and back with strict accuracy at the flick of a finger, with a low-friction volume control for smooth swells and a high-friction tone control that prevents accidental tone shifting.
Two of the most important and recognizable names in rock 'n' roll joined forces in 2005 to develop and launch the EVH brand of guitars, amplifiers and musical products. Guitar icon Eddie Van Halen combines more than 35 years of unparalleled instinct and innovation in instrument and amp design with the expertise of the craftsmen and engineers at Fender to create some of the highest quality, best sounding and most durable musical instrument products available today.
EVH brand products are the embodiment of Eddie Van Halen's legendary sound crafting abilities created in partnership with Fender, one of the world's leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Notable products include EVH 5150III amplifiers and cabinets, Frankenstein replica guitar, Striped Series and Wolfgang guitars in addition to high-quality EVH guitar and amp accessories.
For more information, please visit www.evhgear.com.
|Posted on January 15, 2020 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
Earlier today, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced that this year’s inductees would be Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, T-Rex, The Doobie Brothers, The Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston.
The decision means that artists including Judas Priest, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, Soundgarden, MC5, Pat Benatar and Todd Rundgren, who were shortlisted, didn’t make it in.
And that’s drawn criticism from Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, who has called the decision “a total joke.”
Responding to one fan on Twitter, who was bemused by the final selection, Faulkner replied: “Doesn’t make sense does it? Hence why the Rock Hall holds no credibility for me and never has.”
He went on to say: “I’ve said it before but 50 years in and still making music, touring the globe to the best fans in the world is the biggest accolade I can think of.
“These institutions are founded on what these guys helped create and to not be included is a total joke. I have spoken.
“If you wanna call it the Rock Hall, then you should start with a healthy foundation of rock – in all its forms – to build on. The founding brothers and sisters that created and developed our beloved style of music and aided its evolution. Otherwise, what does it mean?”
Judas Priest, who were also nominated in 2017, will kick off their 50th anniversary celebrations in Helsinki on May 30 and complete the first run of shows with a headline set at the UK’s Bloodstock festival on August 9.
They’ll then head out across the UK and Europe with Ozzy Osbourne on his rescheduled dates.
|Posted on January 15, 2020 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
URIAH HEEP guitarist Mick Box has paid tribute to Neil Peart, who died on January 7 in Santa Monica, California after a three-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The iconic RUSH drummer was 67 years old.
Over the weekend, Box took to URIAH HEEP's social media to write: "Devastating news re Neil Peart. He certainly left a musical legacy that will go on forever and in his lifetime he inspired a million other drummers."
He went on to call Peart's passing "a great loss to the musical world." He added: "Our condolences go to his family and band mates Geddy [Lee] and Alex [Lifeson]."
In a 2019 interview with The Metal Voice, Box remembered how RUSH opened for URIAH HEEP on tour in 1974, with Peart performing his very first RUSH show on this trek.
"You know what?", Box said. "We gave them our audience and they took it by the throat and they won the day. They were always good musicians."
The guitarist also recalled that RUSH was being accused by some music fans as being nothing more than a LED ZEPPELIN copy on its eponymous debut. "I think in the early days Geddy was getting the Robert Plant comparisons because he's got a high voice and things like that," he said. "But they waded through all of that and came out stronger, and it was very obvious that they were going to be a force to be reckoned with, especially as a three-piece."
URIAH HEEP is continuing to tour in support of its 25th studio album, "Living The Dream", which came out in September 2018 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Peart joined RUSH in 1974. He was considered one of the best rock drummers of all time, alongside John Bonham of LED ZEPPELIN; Keith Moon of THE WHO; and Ginger Baker of CREAM. Peart was also RUSH's primary lyricist, drawing inspiration from everything from sci-fi to Ayn Rand.
|Posted on January 15, 2020 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
You may recall last summer that Metallica's James Hetfield had agreed to donate ten of his classic custom cars to the Petersen Automotive Museum for an exhibit this year. Now comes word that Hetfield will be appearing at the opening night festivities at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, taking part in a chat and helping to auction two of his ESP guitars.
Hetfield has been largely out of the public eye since last fall when Metallica shut down their touring and the musician announced that he was entering rehab to battle his addictions.
The Jan. 30 ceremony will launch the exhibit, which has been dubbed "Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection." Among the vehicles on display are Voodoo Priest, based on a '37 Lincoln Zephyr, a '36 Auburn roadster named Slow Burn, a Delahaye inspired '34 Packard, Aquarius, a '36 Ford in bare metal called Iron Fist, a purple '56 Ford F-100 pickup truck, and three cars by custom fabricator Rick Dore: Black Pearl, a custom 1948 Jaguar, a '52 Olds named Grinch, and Skyscraper, Hetfield's 1953 Buick Skylark.
"'Reclaimed Rust' brings together two industries that go hand in hand with artist expression," said Petersen Automotive Museum executive director Terry L. Karges in a statement. "This is the first time the Hetfield collection will be showcased to the public and we can't wait to share the inspiration behind these extraordinary vehicles with the world."
Learn more about the exhibit and pick up tickets to the opening reception here:
The exhibit is expected to remain on display at the Petersen into October.
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The Recording Academy recently confirmed performers for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, including MusiCares Person Of The Year Aerosmith, who will perform a medley of some of their legendary hits.
Variety is now reporting that, according to a source close to the situation, Run-DMC will perform with Aerosmith at the Grammy Awards on January 26. The duo are not expected to perform with the Boston group for their entire set - which makes it seem likely that the band will perform a career-spanning medley, as artists often do on the show, and Run-DMC will join them for “Walk This Way".
Live from Staples Center, and hosted by Alicia Keys, the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, January 26 at 8 PM, ET/5 PM, PT.
Four-time Grammy-winning band Aerosmith first performed on the Grammy stage on the 33rd Grammy Awards in 1991. This year, they are appearing as the MusiCares Person Of The Year, being recognized for their considerable philanthropic efforts over five decades and undeniable impact on American music history.
|Posted on January 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
Judas Priest have been snubbed again for inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, the MC5 and Soundgarden were also denied entry into the Hall, though Nine Inch Nails have secured a position as Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.
The full list of 2020 inductees includes Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex, while Jon Landau and Irving Azoff will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Awards.
Pat Benetar, Dave Matthews Band, Kraftwerk, Rufus feat. Chaka Khan and Todd Rundgren were also part of the list of nominees announced last year, but they did not receive the votes for induction.
The Rock Hall’s annual “fan ballot” did little to sway the opinion of its voting body, as Dave Matthews Band received the most votes, followed by Pat Benatar. The Doobie Brothers — the only future inductees within the Top 5 — came in third, while Soundgarden and Judas Priest rounded out fourth and fifth place, respectively.
This marks the second time Judas Priest have been nominated, also failing to receive the Rock Hall’s vote for the Class of 2019. The MC5 have been nominated a staggering five times, including the last four straight years. Soundgarden and Motorhead were both nominated for the first time in 2019.
Future inductees Nine Inch Nails received nominations in both 2015 and 2016, finally securing a spot in the Hall on their third time.
The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class represents, once again, a complete distaste for heavy metal by an inept voting body, and an outright failure to recognize the genre as historically important.
The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be held May 2 in Cleveland, Ohio.
|Posted on January 15, 2020 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band BON JOVI has broken every touring record imaginable, topped every chart, and received every accolade, and now has its sights set on kicking off 2020 with new music and touring. The Grammy Award-winning band announced the "Bon Jovi 2020" tour today, presented by Live Nation, will start in the U.S. this June and play arenas across America. The "Bon Jovi 2020" tour will feature Bryan Adams.
Recently named by Pollstar as one of the top touring bands of all time with nearly 10 million tickets sold in just the last decade alone, the magazine said: "One can count on one hand the number of rock bands that broke out in the 1980s that are still successfully touring today, but doing so with fresh, new music that retains the authenticity that is at the heart of the best in rock 'n' roll."
Jon Bon Jovi has spoken in recent interviews of the depth and breadth of a forthcoming album, set for release later this year from Island Records. Fans will get exclusive access to that album; every ticket sold includes one CD copy of "Bon Jovi 2020".
BON JOVI fan club members and American Express Card Members can purchase tickets prior to the general public beginning Tuesday, January 21 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, January 23 at 10 p.m. local time. A limited number of LaneOne Premium Packages will also be available, including amazing seats, transportation, preferred entrance, preshow hospitality, commemorative laminate and more. Check LaneOne.com for LaneOne details.
Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, January 24 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Visit venue websites for local information.
June 10 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
June 11 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
June 13 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
June 16 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose
June 18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
June 20 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena *
June 23 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
June 25 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
June 26 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
July 10 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena *
July 14 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
July 16 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
July 19 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
July 21 - Chicago, IL - United Center
July 23 - St. Louis, MO - Enterprise Center
July 25 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena
July 27 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
July 28 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
* without Bryan Adams
Over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades since its formation in 1983, BON JOVI has earned its place among global rock royalty and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2018. With over 130 million albums sold worldwide, and extensive catalog of hit anthems, thousands of concerts performed in more than 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, and ticket grosses well over $1 billion around the world in just the past decade, BON JOVI is the consummate rock and roll band.
|Posted on January 15, 2020 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
Foo Fighters have marked Dave Grohl’s birthday by promising fans some “seriously crazy shit” in 2020.
Grohl turned 51 yesterday, with the band using the celebration to post a video graphic on their social media channels to point to the fact that this year, the band turn 25 years old.
In a post, Foo Fighters say: “Holy Shit! 25 years? Thank you guys for being with us year after year, for singing along and making every show the best night of our lives.
“We’re just getting started, so buckle up, 2020 – it’s going to be an insane year full of some seriously crazy shit.”
In August last year, Grohl was asked by NME about the possibility of new material ahead of their headline set at Reading and Leeds.
He said: "There’s always something. I’m constantly writing but not always seriously, then at some point they become a little more formed. When I feel like they’re ready, that’s when I bring them to the band. We’re not that far along in any kind of official process, but there’s always something."
He added: "There is one new song that would fucking destroy and I would love people to hear it."
The Foos are currently gearing up to honour Aerosmith at the Los Angeles Convention Centre on January 24, where Steven Tyler and co. will he named the 2020 MusiCares Person Of The Year for their “considerable philanthropic efforts over five decades and undeniable impact on American music history.”
Alice Cooper, Gary Clarke Jr, John Mayer, John legend, H.E.R., Emily King, Jonas Brothers and Yola will join Foo Fighters at the event, which takes place two days before the 62nd Grammy Awards.
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Matchbox Twenty have announced that they will be embarking on a North American headline tour this summer that will feature support from special guest The Wallflowers.
The Matchbox Twenty 2020 Tour will be kicking off on July 17th at the Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, PA and will conclude at the iconic Hollywood Bowl on September 28th.
Frontman Rob Thomas had this to say, "I'm proud to be a part of the greatest pop rock band in the world and I can't wait to play with them again.
"Stepping on stage with Matchbox and sharing those songs with the fans feels as natural as breathing to me at this point." See the dates below:
Fri., Jul. 17 - Bethlehem, PA - Wind Creek Event Center
Sat., Jul. 18 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Sun., Jul. 19 - Syracuse, NY - St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Tue., Jul. 21 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
Wed., Jul. 22 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Fri., Jul. 24 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sat., Jul. 25 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
Sun., Jul. 26 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Tue., Jul. 28 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Wed., Jul. 29 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Fri., Jul. 31 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Sat., Aug. 01 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sun., Aug. 02 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
Tue., Aug. 04 - Atlanta, GA - Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Wed., Aug. 05 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Fri., Aug. 07 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Sat., Aug. 08 - West Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
Sun., Aug. 09 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily's Place
Tue., Aug. 11 - Pelham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Thu., Aug. 13 - Memphis, TN - TBA
Fri., Aug. 14 - Houston, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sat., Aug. 15 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion
Mon., Aug. 17 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheater
Tue., Aug. 18 - Rogers, AR - Walmart Amp
Wed., Aug. 19 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis
Fri., Aug. 21 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago
Sat., Aug. 22 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Music Center
Sun., Aug. 23 - Moline, IL - TaxSlayer Center
Tue., Aug. 25 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
Wed., Aug. 26 - Burgettstown, PA - S&T Bank Music Park
Thu., Aug. 27 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Sat., Aug. 29 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sun., Aug. 30 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
Tue., Sep. 01 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Wed., Sep. 02 - Toledo, OH - Toledo Zoo Amphitheater
Fri., Sep. 04 - Welch, MN - Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Sat., Sep. 05 - Sioux City, IA - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sun., Sep. 06 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
Tue., Sep. 08 - Omaha, NE - CHI Health Center Omaha
Thu., Sep. 10 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Sat., Sep. 12 - Boise, ID - Ford Idaho Center
Sun., Sep. 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
Tue., Sep. 15 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheatre
Wed., Sep. 16 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
Thu., Sep. 17 - Ridgefield, WA - Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sat., Sep. 19 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
Sun., Sep. 20 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
Tue., Sep. 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
Wed., Sep. 23 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Thu., Sep. 24 - Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre
Sat., Sep. 26 - Las Vegas, NV - Palms Casino Resort
Sun., Sep. 27 - Bakersfield, CA - Mechanics Bank Arena
Mon., Sep. 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
KHYMERA FEAT. DENNIS WARD TO RELEASE MASTER OF ILLUSIONS ALBUM IN MARCH; "WALK AWAY" LYRIC VIDEO STREAMING
|Posted on January 15, 2020 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
Frontiers Music Srl announces the release of Khymera's new album, Master Of Illusions on March 6. Pre-order the album here, and watch a lyric video for the first single, "Walk Away", below. The single is available now on all digital music outlets.
While Khymera started out as an alliance between Italian producer/musician, Daniele Liverani and then Kansas singer Steve Walsh, it developed into a regular musical project when bassist and producer Dennis Ward (Magnum, ex-Pink Cream 69) entered the fold.
While known as a bassist, Dennis always sang background vocals with his bands, so he was more than ready and willing to take over the lead vocals on the Khymera albums A New Promise, The Greatest Wonder, and The Grand Design. While Khymera has been on hiatus for some time, Dennis is ready to come back with a new album, Master Of Illusions, which comes about four years after the release of the last album, The Greatest Wonder.
"I started writing in 2017," says Dennis. "It was a slow process. I first tried to collaborate with a pair of songwriters but it did not work out. I was actually having a very hard time trying to write the songs I was looking for. Fortunately, I was offered one song from Michael Palace that became the song 'After All This Time' and shortly after I collaborated with Pete Newdeck (Drums), Michael Klein (Guitars), Eric Ragno (Drums), and Jean Funes (Silent Tiger). Then everything fell into place pretty quickly. I was able to finalise melodies and lyrics and complete the recordings."
Musically, the new album very much follows the logical progression of the musical path that was started when Dennis joined the project. Master Of Illusions is a strong, extremely melodic release, which showcases the fantastic vocal abilities of Dennis and highlights his great skills as a songwriter and producer.
"One of my personal favourites is 'Rhythm Of My Life'," continues Dennis. "Not only because I like it, but because it was the last song I wrote. The lyrics are kind of summing of my life routine and my work as an artist and music producer and how I believe that no matter how stuck one can get if you just allow it things to happen they will, hence the song 'Just Let It Happen' which is another favourite not only because of the lyrics, but because of the mesmerizing atmospheric soundscape in the background. I had fun writing and playing that one. 'Paradise' is another favourite because I literally had the whole song written, including most of the lyric, in less than a work day. I think it has a catchy chorus and a good message."
Khymera still offers one of the most shining examples of what great European melodic rock is all about: crystal clear production, soaring vocals, killer musicianship and songwriting that reminds fans of the heydays of the genre when bands like Giuffria, Icon, and Signal roamed the Earth.
"The First Time"
"Master Of Illusions"
"The Sun Goes Down"
"The Rhythm Of My Life"
"Follow The Sun"
"Father To Son"
"After All This Time"
"Victim Of Your Love"
"Let It Happen"
You can check out the "Walk Away" lyric video here:
|Posted on January 15, 2020 at 6:40 PM||comments (0)|
Sharon Osbourne said she found “Ordinary Man,” Ozzy Osbourne’s duet with Elton John, too emotional to listen to all the way through.
The title track of Osbourne’s upcoming album was released last week, featuring John singing the second verse of a Beatles-inspired track. The lyrics discuss the challenges of the Black Sabbath icon’s life, while Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash contributes two solos.
“I’m just so happy for Ozzy that it’s been well-received,” Sharon said on her TV show The Talk (via Music-News.com). “I can’t listen to it all the way because it makes me cry. I just can’t.”
She added that the single artwork, which shows Ozzy walking alone in a field, was taken by their son Jack while the pair was shooting their documentary series Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour several years ago. “Jack took that picture, and we just thought it was such a natural shot of Ozzy, like nobody ever sees him like that, that it was just perfect for this song,” Sharon explained.
Listen to Ozzy Osbourne and Elton John's 'Ordinary Man' here:
The Ordinary Man album came together after Osbourne struggled with depression relating to his inactivity after battling several medical issues.
“If it wasn’t for making this record, I would still be in traction, thinking, ‘I’m going to be lying here forever,'" he said in September. "I’ve missed music so badly. My fans are so loyal and so good. Up until making the album, I thought I was dying. But that got me off my arse. ... It’s the greatest album I’ve done. ... I said to Sharon that I didn’t feel like I’d made an album because we haven’t ended up screaming at each other.”
His old friend John shared similar sentiments when he recently spoke about becoming addicted to drugs in the ‘70s. “Music, from the age of three or four, was my comfort blanket," he said. "And when I was doing terrible things to myself in the '70s and '80s, it was also my comfort blanket. And so it kept me alive. Music has been everything to me. … If I hadn't have had that love of music, I would have died, without question. Because even when I was at the depths of despair, I used to play music all the time.”
|Posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
Even a veteran rocker such as Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris has other musicians he'd rather avoid than meet face to face. But as it turns out, Harris' particular brand of evasion isn't born from any ill will. It's just because meeting your heroes can sometimes turn out to be a confounding affair.
Such was the case when Harris met Peter Gabriel for a tennis match, the Iron Maiden bassist doing his best to sidestep interaction with the former Genesis singer for fear that he'd "fanboy" too hard. That's how Harris described it to the magazine Classic Rock in the issue that hits newsstands this month.
"I ended up playing tennis with Peter Gabriel once, just because he was on the court in the same hotel as me," the Iron Maiden icon recalled. "I don't know if he even knew who I was, but I didn't say anything because I didn't want to get tongue-tied. I didn’t want to act like a fanboy, even though I felt like one."
Gabriel isn't the only performer that's intimidated Harris with their musical talent. The 63-year-old bass player also claimed he "avoided meeting Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson for so long because I didn't know what I'd say to him."
The situation should ring familiar to any musician or listener who'd prefer not to run into their role models. Harris' story about Gabriel cropped up when asked about who he'd like to work with outside of hard rock and metal.
"When you're into bands that much, you don't really think about working with them," Harris further explained. "You never really have a chance. You tend to put them on a pedestal."
|Posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
Joe Satriani has announced that his new album Shapeshifting will be released this spring.
A final date and further details have still to be confirmed, but Satch’s 18th studio album will coincide with his previously revealed Shapeshifting European tour, which will get under way in Mainz, Germany, on April 15.
The guitar virtuoso will be joined onstage by bassist Bryan Beller, drummer Kenny Aronoff and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte – and along with new material, they’ll also play tracks from albums including Surfing With The Alien and Flying In A Blue Dream.
Satriani is currently preparing to be inducted into the Metal Hall Of Fame, with the ceremony set to take place tomorrow (January 15) alongside other 2020 inductees Steve Vai, Geoff Tate, Don Dokken, Graham Bonnet, Stephen Pearcy, Chris Poland, Prong, Stone City Attractions and Metal Church.
In other Satriani news, a deluxe edition of his classic 1987 album Surfing With The Alien has been released on digital platforms today.
Along with the original album tracks, the new edition features 10 bonus songs and new artwork.
Satch says: "Seeing my chrome guitar bursting through a multi-colour wormhole seems quite fitting. It’s as if it always belonged there.”
Joe Satriani: The Shapeshifting Tour 2020:
Apr 15: Mainz Halle 45, Germany
Apr 18: Karlsruhe Tollhaus, Germany
Apr 19: Berlin Huxleys, Germany
Apr 20: Oberhausen Turbinenhalle, Germany
Apr 21: Amsterdam Melkweg, Netherlands
Apr 24: Enschede Muziekcentrum Enschede, Netherlands
Apr 25: Winterbach Salierhalle, Germany
Apr 27: Aarhus Train, Denmark
Apr 28: Odense Posten, Denmark
Apr 29: Copenhagen Amager Bio, Denmark
Apr 30: Stockholm Fryshuset, Sweden
May 02: Oslo Rockefeller, Norway
May 06: Prague Congress Centre, Czech Republic
May 07: Vienna Wiener Stadhalle, Austria
May 08: Budapest Barba Negra Track, Hungary
May 12: Florence Teatro Verdi, Italy
May 14: Napoli Teatro Augusteo, Italy
May 15: Lecce Politeama Greco, Italy
May 16: Rome Auditorium Conciliazione, Italy
May 18: Milan Teatro Dal Verme, Italy
May 19: Nuremberg Löwensaal, Germany
May 20: Heerlen RABOzaal Heerlen, Netherlands
May 22: Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion, UK
May 23: Glasgow O2 Academy, UK
May 24: Gateshead Sage, UK
May 25: Manchester Bridgewater Hall, UK
May 26: London Palladium, UK
May 28: Birmingham Symphony Hall, UK
May 30: Gerardmer Motordays Festival, France
May 31: Strasbourg La Laiterie, France
Jun 02: Paris L'Olympia, France
Jun 04: Nantes Cite des Congres, France
Jun 05: Saint-Malo La Nouvelle, France
Jun 06: Clermont-Ferrand La Cooperative de Mai, France
Jun 07: Lyon Le Transbordeur, France
|Posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
Ron Keel Band, fronted by million-selling vocalist Ron Keel, has signed with HVM Entertainment & HighVolMusic, partnering longtime friends Ron Keel & HVM chief Bill Chavis in an arrangement that includes multiple album releases on HighVolMusic as well as booking and management through HVM Entertainment.
Both parties are coming off successful 2019 campaigns; Ron Keel Band’s acclaimed release Fight Like A Band amassed rave reviews, worldwide airplay and a string of high-profile concert dates. Chavis launched HVM Entertainment to provide a comprehensive platform for artists signed to the label such as EMN (Every Mother’s Nightmare), Asphalt Valentine, Native Sons, Snake Eyes Seven, DC4 and now Ron Keel Band.
The first release from this new team will be South X South Dakota, the band’s tribute to the icons of southern rock which features new covers of classics by the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, Blackfoot, Marshall Tucker Band and more. A release date is set for late April, as Ron Keel Band prepares for a busy summer touring season while writing and recording a new all-original album to be released on HighVolMusic in early 2021.
“This is a win-win for everybody,” Chavis proclaims. “Ron Keel brings a lot to the table and a lot to the label. We’ve been friends for almost twenty years, and I’ve been a fan of Ron’s work much longer than that. Together we’re going to release and promote some great music and make a lot of noise in this business.”
Ron Keel, whose 2020 performances will include multiple appearances on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise as well as his first-ever tour of Australia, echoes that enthusiasm. “It’s a perfect fit from every angle. Bill, Lori [Lori Chavis, who handles marketing & publicity for the HighVolMusic empire] and I all have a deep respect and appreciation for past accomplishments, while sharing a relentless commitment to move forward and tackle new challenges.”
|Posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
Mike Portnoy has spoken about his friendship with Neil Peart in a new interview recorded since the death of the Rush drummer.
Peart died on Tuesday last week, with the news becoming public on Friday after Rush issued a statement on social media to say that the 67-year-old had passed away following a three and a half year battle with brain cancer.
Yesterday, broadcaster Eddie Trunk held a special edition of his Trunk Nation show on SiriusXM dedicated to Peart. Portnoy was one of the guests and he spoke about his relationship with Peart down the years, calling his death “shocking” even though he was aware of the drummer's cancer battle.
Portnoy said (via Blabbermouth): “Yeah, I've known for about two years now and was held to secrecy. It was something that he and everybody in his camp went to great lengths to keep private and keep secret. And that was Neil – he was a very private guy.
“Even though I've known for this amount of time and I’ve had time to psychologically prepare knowing that it was inevitably coming, it didn't make it any less shocking. It just took the wind out of me when I heard it on Friday.
"For the whole rest of the world that didn't know about this, this must have come completely out of nowhere. I can't imagine how shocking it must be.”
Portnoy was asked when he last had contact with Peart, to which he replied: “I saved all of the emails he sent me and last night I read through a whole bunch of them and I broke down crying. It really hit me hard last night.
“You've read his books, you’ve read his tour programmes, you've read his blogs – that's the way he wrote his emails. Whenever I would get an email from him, it was very lengthy and went into a lot of details of whatever he was going through.
“The last email I got from him was a little over a year ago. He sent me a holiday email with a photo of him in a Santa Claus hat, and some photos with his daughter, Olivia. He would always send me photos of them dressed up for the holidays or reading books together and things like that.”
Portnoy added: “I feel so much gratitude and I was just so lucky and fortunate to have had that kind of relationship with him, because I know how few people did. So it's such an honour for me to have had that relationship with him the last 15 years or so.”
Trunk Nation also featured an interview with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who worked with Rush on their final two albums Snakes & Arrows and Clockwork Angels.
Trunk posted a snippet of the interview on Twitter, where Raskulinecz reflects of working with Peart for the very first time.
Listen to the audio clip below:
|Posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
In a new feature by music writer Joel Gausten, legendary drummer Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT, W.A.S.P.) discusses the new QUIET RIOT album ("Hollywood Cowboys"), the band's massive early 1980s success and keeping the group alive as he battles stage four pancreatic cancer. An excerpt from the piece appears below.
Of course, no QUIET RIOT gig would be complete without their legendary cover of SLADE's 1973 classic "Cum On Feel the Noize". Those four minutes and 51 seconds helped 1983's "Metal Health" become the first heavy metal album to ever top the Billboard chart, famously knocking THE POLICE's iconic "Synchronicity" off the throne and kickstarting the commercial hair metal boom that flooded MTV and record stores for the remainder of the decade. Nearly 40 years after "Metal Health"'s monumental success, Banali remains honored to have been part of the historic ride.
"We were really, really fortunate to have been at the right place at the right time, having written the right songs and having had the opportunity to have a SLADE song become a worldwide hit for QUIET RIOT," he said. "It was a combination of being at the right place, being at the right time, having the right lineup, having a great record and having MTV be a huge part of promoting us. All of those stars aligned themselves to make it possible for us not only to be a different sound, but to be able to have a Number One album on Billboard, which was unheard of. I still love the fact that we were able to do that and were afforded that opportunity."
Through Banali's determination and guitarist Alex Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright's unwavering presence, QUIET RIOT has been afforded a new opportunity to succeed in the present tense. After keeping the fire burning a full decade without late singer Kevin DuBrow, Banali insists that the band still has much more to do.
"What I would like to accomplish is have QUIET RIOT continue to record and create new music, even though the music industry is not what it was and most of the recordings are stolen," he said. "Streams mean nothing to me; what means a lot to me is the fans' support for the new material as much as they supported the previous records that have come out. When you write and record new music and release it, it's like getting a shot in the arm. I'm incredibly proud of QUIET RIOT's history and the music we've created, but a musician is not a musician if all they do is just play the same thing they've always played. I understand that the fans want to hear those songs, and I'm more than happy to play them because I love all the QUIET RIOT songs. But it's important to me as a musician to continue to write new music regardless of whether the critics like it or not.”
The complete feature is available at www.joelgausten.com:
|Posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
Bad Wolves have released a music video for their latest single "Sober." The track comes from the band's sophomore studio album, "N.A.T.I.O.N"
Frontman Tommy Vext had this to say about the concept of the track, "This song was a unique opportunity to talk about addiction not only from the perspective of the addict but also from the perspective of their loved ones.
"The message is very different from traditional songs that seem to always perpetuate a mentality of self victimization which is exactly the kind of misguided thinking that perpetuates the mental obsessive side of alcoholism & addiction.
"In the end the moral of the story is about holding on to not giving up on ourselves or the people who are trying - who are really, really trying to make and better themselves."
Watch the video here:
|Posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
For this edition of Gear Factor, the Music Experience's Squiggy sits down with Lzzy Hale to discuss her five favorite songs to perform live, but also gets an interesting tale in which Hale reveals that Halestorm almost didn't realize they won a Grammy.
The group won in 2013 for Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance for their song "Love Bites (So Do I)" in a year in which Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Lamb of God and Marilyn Manson were the other nominees. "Everyone’s like, ‘That must be a big deal.’ We had no clue. We didn’t have anything prepared for that because we’re not going to win. We’re gonna go and get dressed up and we’re going to go to parties and it’s going to be awesome," recalls Hale. "So when they said the name of the song, we didn’t get up at first. They said ‘Love Bites’ instead of Halestorm. So we were all like, ‘Who’s Love Bites? Oh my God, it’s us!’"
The song remains a favorite for Hale in the live setting, with Lzzy latching onto its punky riffage.
Other current Lzzy Hale live favorites? She digs back into the early days for "I Get Off," but also picks out a pair of more current choices -- "Black Vultures" and "Chemicals." Of the latter, she remarks, "It wasn’t even on a normal album release and these kids are coming up to me and talking about how it’s just helped with their depression and it spoke to them in a certain way."
She continues, "I was writing that one at home and I was going through kind of a hard time myself, so I was kind of writing that for me. It never made it on the record, but then we decided to record it and release it and here I’m thinking, ‘It’s just an extra song, nobody’s gonna care.’”
So what is Lzzy's overall favorite live song? Check out the Gear Factor episode above to find out.
Though Halestorm are currently working toward a new project, you can find them back out on the road later this year. See their tour dates here:
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Marshall Amplification hung out with Joel O'Keeffe and Harri Harrison of Airbourne before their show at Rock City to talk music, inspirations and their Marshall rigs. You can check out the videow below:
Australian rockers, Airbourne, will embark on the first North American tour in support of their riff-roaring new album (and fifth overall), Boneshaker, out now via Spinefarm Records. The spring tour kicks off April 20 in New York City and concludes on May 23 in Montreal. The trek includes appearances at several major rock festivals, such as Sonic Temple and Epicenter. All dates are below.
"We're mega pumped up to the max to bring the Boneshaker World Tour to the USA," says frontman and guitarist Joel O'Keeffe. "We’ve been blazing non-stop across Europe and Australasia and now we're coming your way USA to kick your ass!”
30 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
1 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
2 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
3 - Concord, NC - Epicenter Festival *
6 - Houston, TX - Bronze Peacock/House of Blues
7 - Dallas, TX - Three Links Deep Ellum
9 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
10 - Daytona Beach, FL - Welcome To Rockville *
11 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
12 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East
14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
16 - Columbus, OH - Sonic Temple *
18 - Buffalo, NY - Rec Room
19 - London, ON - London Music Hall
20 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
22 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial Bell
23 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
* Festival Date
|Posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
British rockers THE DARKNESS will spread their "Easter Is Cancelled" message across North America on a headlining tour kicking off on April 13 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at Union Hall and wrapping on May 23 in Chicago, Illinois at Park West. THE DARKNESS will play its latest album, "Easter Is Cancelled", in full, followed by a set of their greatest hits and fan favorites. The shows promise to reflect the grand scope and vision of the new album alongside the band’s spectacular canon. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 17 at 10 a.m. local time.
Frontman Justin Hawkins states: "North America! We come to you again, humble in our mission but resolute in our purpose. Join with us in the benediction of ROCK, as we bring our 'Easter Is Cancelled' world tour to your spume-flecked shores. We cancelled Easter and now we are going to cancel your souls — let's reboot together in the epiphany that only 150% pure adrenalin can bring. You are me, I am you, and music is the river that will carry us to our destiny. P.S. concert tickets available at extremely reasonable prices from all usual outlets."
Artist pre-sale: Get early access to tickets with password "LOSTINROCK" from Wednesday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. (your local time) to Thursday, January 16 at 10:00 p.m. (your local time).
Apr. 13 - Edmonton, AB @Union Hall
Apr. 14 - Calgary, AB @The Palace Theater
Apr. 15 - Vancouver, BC @Vogue Theatre
Apr. 17 - Portland, OR @Wonder Ballroom
Apr. 18 - Seattle, WA @Showbox
Apr. 21 - San Francisco, CA @Regency Ballroom
Apr. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @The Novo
Apr. 24 - San Diego, CA @The Observatory – North Park
Apr. 25 - Tempe, AZ @Marquee Theatre
Apr. 28 - Houston, TX @The Studio at Warehouse Live
Apr. 29 - Dallas, TX @Granada Theater
May 01 - Concord, SC @Epicenter Festival*
May 02 - Atlanta, GA @Shaky Knees Festival*
May 03 - Birmingham, AL @Saturn
May 05 - Nashville, TN @Cannery Ballroom
May 06 - New Orleans, LA @Republic NOLA
May 08 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @Culture Room
May 09 - Daytona Beach, FL @Welcome To Rockville*
May 11 - Boston, MA @Royale
May 12 - Philadelphia, PA @Union Transfer
May 13 - New York, NY @Webster Hall
May 15 - Pittsburgh, PA @Rex Theater
May 16 - Columbus, OH @Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival*
May 17 - Detroit, MI @Majestic Theater
May 19 - Minneapolis, MN @Skyway Theatre
May 20 - Kansas City, MO @Truman
May 22 - St. Louis, MO @The Ready Room
May 23 - Chicago, IL @Park West
* Festival dates; not headlining shows