|Posted on May 6, 2020 at 10:15 PM||comments (0)|
Before they started pumping out some of rock's most anthemic power-ballads, Guns N' Roses were known as "the most dangerous band in the world." They've evidently softened up a bit over the years, and have now even announced a children's book named after the Appetite for Destruction hit, "Sweet Child O' Mine," in collaboration with author James Patterson.
The rockers announced the upcoming picture book on their social media accounts with a 30-second teaser video, which features the iconic song in the background. According to People, the story follows two girls named Maya and Natalia Rose — GN'R manager Fernando Lebeis's daughter and niece — as they grow up touring with the rock band.
"We ourselves have been part of the 'Guns family' for over 30 years ... being able to bring this into a children's print book is truly special and a fun milestone in our lives," Lebeis added. The illustrations were painted by children's book artist Jennifer Zivoin.
The book will be available on Sept. 1 and can be pre-ordered here:
The Amazon description of the book reads, "Iconic band Guns N' Roses gives new meaning to the beloved lyrics from 'Sweet Child O' Mine' in this vivid, heartfelt picture book. Follow a child's wondrous discovery that music is everywhere around us--from the gentle wind blowing through the bluest skies, to the fearful crash of the thunder and the rain."
"Sweet Child O' Mine" was one of the songs that broke Guns N' Roses in the late '80s, almost a year after Appetite for Destruction came out. Written by Axl Rose for his eventual wife Erin Everly, the melodic love song was one of the lighter moments on the debut album. It became the first music video from the 1980s to reach one billion views on YouTube this past October.
|Posted on May 6, 2020 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
ZZ Top played their first-ever show in Europe on April 19, 1980. Just to make a potentially nerve-racking experience even more stressful, the concert was also broadcast live on German national television.
The Texas-bred trio rose to the occasion, delivering a powerful 22-song set that introduced them to millions of fans that night. From a global perspective, the show ignited a fire the band had been lighting for more than a decade.
"Germany brought us to the world," singer and guitarist Billy Gibbons tells UCR on the show's 40th anniversary. "That was the particular night that really lit the fuse for ZZ Top with our newfound friends and fans across Germany, and then crawling slowly across Europe."
After releasing six albums and earning significant stateside success during their first decade together, ZZ Top began stirring curiosity among overseas music fans. Gibbons remembers that all three shows on the band's first trip across the Atlantic were met with "a rousing round" of enthusiasm. "The records were out and the mystery and mystique of ZZ Top led to a welcomed rocking embrace once we hit the stage," he says.
The first concert, at the 7,700-seat Grugahalle in Essen, Germany, was broadcast live for a special edition of the long-running Rockpalast TV show. "Peter Rüchel, the promoter who dreamed up the presentation, had successfully persuaded German TV to authorize an all-night broadcast, something that was new to audiences across the country," Gibbons explains. "And Peter, being a stalwart ZZ Top fan, arranged for us to hit the deck at the prime hour when the viewership was at a zenith. So, in the middle of the night, we hit it and hit hard. The outcome was having made a zillion new friends who got acquainted with our Texas trio in a big way."
The guitarist remembers being given "a special back-entry shortcut to take the stage. However, the approach was pitch black, and before we had any idea of what exactly we were getting into, we were up on deck when the lights came up, and well into our opening number. I don’t think anyone had even bothered to announce to us it was to be a televised set! So we plowed forward with the usual ferociousness with a grin and a grind for which we had become known. … A lucky moment for sure!"
The Expect No Quarter tour also included one of ZZ Top's first big experiments with technology. The nightly performances of "She Loves My Automobile" and "Hi Fi Mama" from the recently released Deguello album featured the onstage band accompanied by a video of the three members doing double duty as the Lone Wolf Horns.
"It was the first foray into performing along to film," Gibbons recalls. "We invented a somewhat primitive contraption that tethered sound to a picture. ... ZZ has always been a band flying by the seat of its pants, most often making it up as we went along. We were able to somehow ease through the songs with us as our own backing group. Having learned how to play the horn-section parts, we kinda knew we could feel our way in and out and get the job done. Good times while we were sweating bullets."
Bootleg copies of ZZ Top's European debut were traded all over the world for more than three decades before it was officially released in 2009 as half of the Double Down Live DVD.
"We are still amazed [by] how far reaching the Rockpalast '80 effect was, embraced by the rock ’n' roll underground scene," Gibbons concludes. "[It] is still something of an enigmatic moment, the effect of which reverberates from back in the day up to the present, especially when discovery of the film brings an early ZZ Top into play. It’s all about a rockin’ good time."
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Ozzy Osbourne says that his acclaimed new studio album "Ordinary Man" happened by accident, that he has no intention of making a new record.
The album came at the urging of producer Andrew Watt after Ozzy had worked with him on the Post Malone single "Take What You Want". Ozzy and Watt recruited Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith to join them to quickly write and record the album.
Ozzy explained how the album happened during a new interview with Guitar World. He said, "The whole thing was an accident. "I didn't plan on doing an album, I was in the middle of my farewell tour. And then I got that staph infection in my f***ing finger. That was one. Combat that with pneumonia.
"I said, 'What the f***?' But working with Andrew, it got me going. I was lying on my back for a f***ing year. I'd been in so much f***ing pain. This was the best medication to get me back in the game."
The metal legend continued, "The way I looked at it, I'd been f***ed up for the last year with the surgery I had on my neck and this f***ing spinal problem. I was getting down and depressed. And doing what I do, music, it's the best tonic you can have. And for whatever reason, Andrew and I got on so well.
"So, we went from making the Post Malone song to making an album. It was off the cuff, which is always the way I like to do it, because very often when you plan something, it doesn't work out. But it came together so quickly with Andrew."
|Posted on May 6, 2020 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
On June 19, Rhino Records will release The Rock Album by Whitesnake - a new collection that features revisited, remixed and remastered versions of the group’s best rock songs.
Listen to the 2020 remix of "Give Me All Your Love" below:
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Brian May is throwing cold water on the idea of a Bohemian Rhapsody sequel.
“We don’t really think there’s another movie there. That’s the long and the short of it,” the guitarist declared during an interview with Rolling Stone. “I think we should look somewhere else. There are other ideas that we had, but I don’t think a sequel will happen. But we have looked at it pretty seriously.”
Released in 2018, Bohemian Rhapsody earned more than $900 million and took home four Academy Awards. May had previously hinted that there “might be a sequel,” but now the rocker seems resigned to keeping it as a stand-alone film.
Rumors about a second Queen biopic have been circulating for more than a year. At least one idea would have started where the last film ended - continuing the story of Queen and Freddie Mercury from the moment they stepped off the Live Aid stage. Separately, star Rami Malek suggested he’d like to see a deeper inspection of the romantic relationship between Mercury and his longtime partner, Jim Hutton. Other ideas batted around include a film focused on Mercury’s childhood and the singer’s battle with HIV/AIDS.
“I don’t think that would be an uplifting thing to do,” May remarked regarding a film centered on Mercury’s final days. “I’m not saying it’s impossible, because there is a great story there, but we don’t feel that’s the story we want to tell at the moment.”
Still, even as he downplayed the likelihood of a sequel, May wouldn't entirely shut the door on the idea: “We’ve talked. Basically we think not, at the moment. Things could change, I suppose, but I think it would be difficult.”
May and drummer Roger Taylor had been poised for a busy 2020. Their Queen + Adam Lambert project - which finds the band reviving their songs alongside the former American Idol singer - had been scheduled to tour across the globe, but those plans have been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The group recently released a revised version of its classic "We Are the Champions" titled "You Are the Champions" in dedication to healthcare workers worldwide.
|Posted on May 6, 2020 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
n November last year, Iron Maiden teamed up with West Ham United for a new football kit design.
The Die With Your Boots On partnership saw the band’s logo displayed on the front of the English Premier League outfit’s claret and sky blue shirt, with the shorts featuring the club crest and ‘IMFC’ branded on the on the opposite side.
Now Iron Maiden have teamed up with Brazilian brand WA Sport for three football shirt designs, based around the covers of Piece Of Mind, Powerslave and Fear Of The Dark.
The shirt badges are also inspired by the artwork and are branded with “Maiden FC”.
Sadly, the officially licensed shirts only seem to be available for the Brazilian market, but let’s hope they make their way world-wide at some point in the future.
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German/American metallers ACCEPT are writing and recording material for a new studio album.
ACCEPT's next disc will be the follow-up to 2017's "The Rise Of Chaos", which marked the band's first release with guitarist Uwe Lulis and drummer Christopher Williams, replacing Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann, respectively.
During an appearance on the "Talking Metal" podcast, ACCEPT's latest addition, guitarist Philip Shouse, stated about the band's plans for a new LP (hear audio below): "New music is being worked on and recorded and coming out at some point. I talk to Wolf [Hoffmann, guitar] about once a week. I just talked to Mark [Tornillo, vocals]. Me and Mark and Christopher were in a Zoom meeting a couple of nights ago, so they're doing well. Mark's wife is a nurse. She's in [New] Jersey, so she's working her ass off [during the coronavirus pandemic], and we thank her for it."
Shouse first played with ACCEPT at the 2017 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival and officially joined the band last year after performing with the group on the "Symphonic Terror" tour.
ACCEPT's latest release was "Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017", featuring the band's performance at the aforementioned Wacken Open Air.
Wolf Hoffmann - Guitar
Mark Tornillo - Vocals
Christopher Williams - Drums
Uwe Lulis - Guitar
Martin Motnik - Bass
Philip Shouse - Guitar
You can check out the audio here:
|Posted on May 6, 2020 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Bill & Ted Face the Music is due to be released this summer. But there's one thing the filmmakers still need to complete the long-awaited Bill & Ted sequel, and that's the participation of fans. Want a chance to be in the movie? The film is now accepting video submissions of moviegoers' best rockstar moves.
Ready to rock out with Bill and Ted? It doesn't matter if you own an instrument or just want to show off your air guitar chops. Either way, the "Party On With Bill & Ted" campaign provides a backing track for headbangers to use. Simply rock out to the 30-second selection and send in your clip by May 20.
An accompanying website provides further instructions and tips on how to give your video the best chance for inclusion. "Film yourself, family, friends and even your pets rocking out!" a prompt explains. "Learn the tempo or play the demo in the background for yourself. It's okay if you can't play."
Screenwriter Ed Solomon first made note of fans' chance to participate earlier this week on Twitter. Along with Chris Matheson, he's the creator of the franchise that Wyld Stallyns devotees know and love. The pair wrote both the original Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991).
It's been a long time coming for movie fans to get a third film that follows beloved characters Bill S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore "Ted" Logan (Keanu Reeves). In Bill & Ted Face the Music, the pair's children are reportedly at the center of a new adventure. Now's your chance to take part.
Submit your video to "Party On With Bill & Ted" here:
|Posted on May 6, 2020 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
L.A. Guns, featuring Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, have released a brand new single called 'Let You Down' and an accompanying lyric video for the track.
The song was written and recorded this past month as the band works on their forthcoming album, but they liked the song so much they decided to release it right away.
Frontman Phil Lewis had this to say,, "This is our new single, 'Let You Down,' a deep haunting work and words from a tormented soul. It was recorded during quarantine, so Tracii laid down his guitar tracks in Denmark, I did my vocals at home in Las Vegas, and Adam Hamilton played drums and mixed it in LA.
"Under normal circumstances, it would have been recorded in a more traditional way, but somehow the isolation adds to the atmosphere of this very cool song. I'm sure you're going to love it. Cheers."
Tracii Guns added, "This song just appeared at the right time, while we were writing and recording on different continents. Also, we won't be performing anytime soon and it seems like the type of song that our fans can hold on to for awhile."
Watch the video below:
|Posted on May 5, 2020 at 10:25 PM||comments (0)|
Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick shares some of his memories and memorabilia from the Hot In The Shade Tour on the 30th anniversary of the tour kickoff in Lubbock, Texas on May 4th 1990.
The Hot In The Shade Tour was the last tour with drummer Eric Carr, who died of cancer on November 24, 1991.
Hot In The Shade is the 15th studio album by KISS. Released in October 1989, it was certified Gold just two months later in December 1989 by the RIAA. Its most successful single, "Forever", reached #8 on the Billboard charts.
|Posted on May 5, 2020 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry didn’t mince words when addressing the coronavirus’ effect on society.
"I would say this is as close to a world war as you could get, in a lot of ways," Perry said during a conversation with Boston radio station WBUR. "If you tick off the boxes, it is a world war. Basically, it has shut down the touring business for an indefinite period of time."
Aerosmith had been scheduled to resume their Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency on May 20 before the COVID-19 pandemic brought the live-event industry to a halt. While Perry is understandably disappointed that his band had to cancel shows, the silver lining is that he's been spending more time with family.
“As soon as I realized we weren’t gonna be playing for at least months, if not a year, it was almost like I felt like I was on vacation for the first time in 30 years," he explained. "I didn’t have to think [when I got home], ‘Well, I don’t need to unpack my bags because I’m leaving in a week.’”
Although the guitarist is looking forward to getting back onstage, the safety of Aerosmith fans is his top concern.
"If they somehow wanted to open the shows — and I doubt they would do it — we wouldn't push our luck," Perry said. "We also feel like we don't want to be the ones responsible, the ones to say to people, 'It's okay to come in. Take your chances. Wear masks. Come in and rock out!'
"I don't see 5,000 people in an arena or theater. It's too contagious. It doesn't take much to pass it from one place to another. It would take a lot to get me on a plane to Vegas at this point."
Naturally, Perry is also thinking of his own safety, as well as his bandmates'.
“We’re pretty healthy as far as 70-year-olds go,” Perry declared. “Whatever we do onstage, with Steven [Tyler], as physical as he is, that stuff doesn’t bother us, but it definitely puts more pressure on your immune system, and we’re in that [danger] zone.”
Even though Aerosmith’s members don’t have any serious underlying health issues, Perry noted they’ve “definitely lived hard lives": “The things that you’ve done 20 or 30 years ago, like smoking - you smoke for 10 years and still they can see signs in your arteries and lungs.”
For now, Perry and his band just have to isolate and wait. Like most people, they hope that society can safely return to normal soon. Aerosmith still have summer tour dates scheduled in Europe, as well as a homecoming performance at Fenway Park in Boston on Sept. 18. Determining whether these shows go ahead will be in the hands of “the powers that be." "If they say we can’t do the shows," he said, "that’s when they’d be canned.”
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IRON MAIDEN has uploaded a six-minute video in which guitarist Adrian Smith and the band's "Killer Krew" reveal how they have been making the most of their coronavirus downtime.
IRON MAIDEN's longtime manager Rod Smallwood recently urged everyone to listen to the experts when it comes to deciding how to respond to the coronavirus crisis.
The British heavy metal legends have been forced to postpone or cancel a number of shows this spring and summer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
IRON MAIDEN is rumored to have completed work on a new studio album, to be released later this year. The group hasn't issued any fresh music since 2015's "The Book Of Souls" LP, which was recorded in late 2014 in Paris, France with longtime producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley.
If the reports of a new MAIDEN album are true, it will mark the band's 17th studio effort and the sixth to be produced by Shirley, who has worked with MAIDEN for the past two decades.
"The Book Of Souls" was the longest MAIDEN album, clocking in at 92 minutes, with lyrics heavily based in the themes of death, reincarnation, the soul and mortality.
Check out the video here:
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Metallica's All Within My Hands charitable foundation has typically found time during the month of May to urge fans to take part in a day of service, helping out at food banks across the country. This year, with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the world, the band has refocused their charitable efforts, announcing plans for a May Month of Giving.
"Inspired by #GivingTuesdayNow, we decided to make May our Month of Giving, to do our part in meeting the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19," state the band. "Rather than focusing on one campaign this year, every Tuesday throughout May we will spotlight a different organization we are supporting through our AWMH grants for COVID-19 relief."
They continue, "Each week we will share with you what these organizations do and show you how you can chip in. The Metallica Store will also feature select 'Month of Giving' products and donate proceeds to our partner organizations throughout the entire month of May."
Week one finds the band shining their attention on the Feeding America organization. AWMH reached out to our partner food banks across the United States and asked them what, in their own words, they need most at each location.
It is definitely a time of need for Feeding America, as the band revealed, "Our friends and partners at Feeding America shared some stark numbers with us. In order to meet the increasing demand, the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks will need an estimated $1.4 billion over the next six months to provide food to people facing hunger and to sustain and quickly evolve operations amidst the COVID-19 crisis." You can see what Metallica-branded products you get for helping out and learn how to aid Feeding America branches across the nation here.
Future weeks will turn the spotlight on Crew Nation, the USBG National Charity Foundation and Direct Relief.
Check out Lars Ulrich Speaking About Metallica's May #MonthOfGiving:
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The Rolling Stones launched their new, limited-edition weekly streaming concert series, "Extra Licks", on May 3 with footage from the band's 2016 film, "Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America."
The first of six concert films from throughout the band's career - available digitally for the first time - delivered performances of seven classic tracks by the band that were previously only available as extras on the Ole Ole Ole! DVD home release.
The "Extra Licks" debut featured "Out Of Control" and "Paint It Black" from Buenos Aires, Argentina; "Honky Tonk Women" and "Sympathy For The Devil" from Sao Paulo, Brazil; and three tunes from a show in Lima, Peru: "You Got The Silver", "Midnight Rambler" and "Miss You."
The eight-week trek saw The Rolling Stones perform a total of 14 concerts in 8 countries before more than 1.2 million fans - including the band's first-ever appearance in Cuba
The "Extra Licks" series will premiere classic concert footage on YouTube each Sunday at 3 PM ET as part of the company's #StayHome campaign during the current global health crisis.
Watch the first installment here:
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On June 19, Rhino Records will release The Rock Album by Whitesnake - a new collection that features revisited, remixed and remastered versions of the group’s best rock songs. A new lyric video for the song "Restless Heart" can be seen below:
The album is the first release in the band’s “Red, White and Blues Trilogy,” a series of fresh, new collections organized by musical themes that will include: Love Songs (Red), The Rock Album (White) and The Blues Album (Blue).
In the album’s liner notes, Whitesnake founder and lead singer David Coverdale writes: “All the songs have been revisited, remixed and remastered. Some have been musically embellished where my co-producer Michael McIntyre, my new mixer Christopher Collier and I felt it appropriate or necessary to bring out the best in these songs.”
The Rock Album spans over three decades with songs originally released between 1984 and 2011 on six Whitesnake studio albums. One track – “She Give Me” – is taken from Coverdale’s 2000 solo album, Into The Light.
The group’s music from the 1980s is well represented by “Love Ain’t No Stranger” from Slide It In (1984) and “Judgement Day” from Slip Of The Tongue (1989), as well as “Still Of The Night,” “Give Me All Your Love” and the #1 smash “Here I Go Again” from Whitesnake’s 1987 self-titled album, which has been certified mega-platinum.
Restless Heart (1997) gets its due on the collection with four songs, including the blistering “Can’t Stop Now”. The Rock Album also features music from 2008’s Good To Be Bad (“Best Years” and “Can’t You Hear The Wind Blow”;), in addition to the title track from 2011’s Forevermore. Other highlights from The Rock Album include a remixed version of “All Or Nothing” that features additional guitars pulled from the original multi-track tapes, plus an alternate arrangement of “Tell Me How” from Forevermore.
The Rock Album will be available June 19th digitally, on CD, and as a 2-LP set pressed on 180-gram, white vinyl. Pre-order yours now at this location:
|Posted on May 5, 2020 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
Black Sabbath played their final show on Feb. 4, 2017 in their native Birmingham, England, but might the door be open for a one-off performance? Guitarist Tony Iommi told Eddie Trunk on his SiriusXM Trunk Nation show that he's not opposed to it.
As heard in the player below, Iommi says, "I think that it would be good, if we could do that. The hard thing is, certainly with Sabbath, because it's such a big thing, you can't just do an occasional show. Because of the crew and you have the whole setup, it would have to be a year or an 18-month tour ... I'm not opposed to doing anything; I just would do it in a different way."
It was recently revealed that the lines of communication remain open between Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne, as the two musicians have been talking daily during self-isolation.
Reflecting on the band's touring, Iommi stated that while he enjoyed doing a final tour, it was taking a toll on him. "It was great to be able to go out and do a final tour. To be honest, I felt a bit bad [about] it, because it was basically my choice, my fault, because touring, for me, at that extent wasn't a good thing physically."
The guitarist revealed that the band was typically setting up a home base in one city, flying back after performances. "To get in at four o'clock in the morning from doing a gig, after you've done the gig, and fly back to the hotel — it was a lot of late nights. You're living a life like I used to when I was 20. Even though we were traveling [under] the best [conditions] — we had our own plane, we had fabulous hotels and we'd base ourselves in New York or Los Angeles for 10 days, or somewhere else, and do it like that. Go out, fly out, do the gig, come back, but by the time you've done that, you got back into the hotel, it's three or four o'clock by the time you get to bed. And for me, now, it was just difficult, and my doctor said to me to try and calm it down a bit. And it just seemed like the right thing to do at that time."
At present, Iommi continues to work on new music. However, the current pandemic has put a crimp in his plans. "Every night I play and put something down, but funny enough, I was due to be working now with my engineer, but, of course, you can't have anybody in your house because of the [coronavirus] lockdown, which is Mike Exeter, who I've used for years — he'd done the Sabbath stuff with us," says Iommi.
"We'd planned to come over and start putting some of the things I've got here down, because I've got so much stuff — I just wanna get the thing down now. So that was the original plan. And, of course, it went pear-shaped," continued the guitarist. "I spoke to him today, funny enough, and we thought maybe we might try this week and do it with Zoom over the internet — he can record me somehow. But hopefully when it all clears up, we'll definitely be starting."
As for a potential future release, Iommi says nothing is currently set in stone, but he does have "a couple of big things that could happen."
Check out the interview here:
|Posted on May 5, 2020 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, spoke to Heavy New York about the progress of the songwriting nad recording sessions for her second solo album. Strauss's upcoming disc, which is tentatively due in late 2020, will be the follow-up to her first solo LP, "Controlled Chaos", released in 2018 via Sumerian Records.
Asked if her next album will be "completely different" to "Controlled Chaos", Nita said (hear audio below): "I wouldn't say it's gonna be vastly different. It's still gonna be an instrumental shred record. I put a lot of different facets of my personality — of which there are many — on 'Controlled Chaos', so you'll see the more aggressive side still, you'll see the lighter side and the happier side, the more peaceful side… I just finished one of the ballads for this record last week, and I'm immensely proud of how it came out. So there will definitely be a wide spectrum of different emotions going on. And the biggest change, I guess, would be I am gonna have a guest singer or two on a couple of songs on this one. So that would be the main difference between the two records."
Pressed about whether writing music for a singer is a "completely separate" process for her compared to crafting all-instrumental songs, Nita said: "I wouldn't say it's completely separate for me, because I try to write a lot of my instrumental stuff as if it could be written for a singer — it still has a verse, a pre-chorus and a chorus; it still has to have a melody sit on top of it — so I find the process pretty similar. But when writing for a singer, I think you definitely wanna be accommodating of who you're writing for — you wanna think about the key, what's most comfortable for their vocal range, what might suit that singer's tone the best, like, are they a power singer, are they a growler, a screamer — whatever kind of fits that singer's personality and bring the best out of them as well."
Last month, Nita launched "Rock Guitar Fundamentals" — a three-module online guitar teaching program suitable for learners of all levels. The course is available at www.iwanttoplayguitar.com.
Nita's live show is mostly instrumental in nature, combining originals with covers.
Strauss has been playing with Alice Cooper since 2014 when she replaced Australian musician and former Michael Jackson player Orianthi. She joined Alice in time for a mammoth MÖTLEY CRÜE tour. She was recommended to Cooper by the legendary rocker's former bass player and WINGER frontman Kip Winger.
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Brian Johnson has sent a message to AC/DC fans as part of this year’s Bonfest celebrations. You cn check it out here:
The event organised by DD8 Music is dedicated to late AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott and is usually held in Kirriemuir, Scotland, where Bon grew up before moving to Australia with his parents.
But with the UK lockdown in place, this year’s Bonfest was held online for the first time.
In the video message, Johnson said: "I know you’re all disappointed that Bonfest’s not going to be on this year, but as you know, this virus has got everything pretty screwed up.
“I’m sure it’ll be back next year, bigger and better and we can all go an celebrate our favourite singer’s life.”
Addressing the lockdown, Johnson added: “I’m as bored as you are – I just want to get out there. Keep tight, stay safe and, as Bon would have said, ‘Ride On.’"
DD8 Music’s John Crawford tells The Courier: “I managed to get in contact with Brian and we have spoken several times over the last two weeks. He’s a down to earth, genuine man and an incredible story teller.
“We got talking about Bonfest, which he already knew about, and he agreed to do the video clip so I can’t thank him enough for his help and time.”
DD8 Music use the profits from Bonfest to run various initiatives in the local area, including music sessions for young people. But with the physical festival off this year, they’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to help them through the current crisis.
They say: “We are aware these are tough times for everyone, but anything you can afford to donate will make a difference to help support the work of DD8 Music and protect the future of Bonfest.”
Johnson was forced to stop touring with AC/DC in 2016 under the threat of permanent deafness, with the Aussie giants famously bringing in Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose to complete their Rock Or Bust world tour.
Johnson has since worked with audio experts Asius on a solution to his hearing problems, with Beano appearing to confirm his return to the band back in January last year after being spotted outside a Vancouver studio with drummer Phil Rudd in August 2018.
|Posted on May 5, 2020 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
In spring of 1990, Billy Idol was supposed to be preparing for the release of his Charmed Life album. Instead, the rocker was relearning how to walk.
On Feb. 6, 1990, Idol was riding his motorcycle through Hollywood around 8:30 in the morning when he ran a stop sign and collided with a car. The singer was rushed to a local hospital where he underwent seven hours of surgery to repair a fractured forearm and broken right leg.
While Idol was fortunate that the injuries weren't worse, his recovery created unexpected problems. First, the rocker’s burgeoning acting career would be stunted - the accident reportedly cost him major roles in both The Doors and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (he did accept a smaller part in the former). Second, the singer’s plans for his next single would need to be altered.
Idol was still on the long road to recovery around the time his song “Cradle of Love” was set for release in May. Naturally, the record label wanted a music video to help promote the track. “I was out of the hospital, but I was unable to walk without crutches,” Idol recalled in his 2014 autobiography Dancing With Myself. “How the hell could I perform in a video?”
As luck would have it, David Fincher had already reached out to the musician’s manager and expressed an interest in working with Idol. By this point, the director was one of the most popular auteurs in the music video world, helming clips for many of the era’s biggest artists, including Madonna, Sting, Foreigner, Paula Abdul and Don Henley.
“Tony (Idol’s manager) explained to David that he would have to figure out a way to make it work without having me dance around on crutches,” the rocker recalled. “The next day David called Tony and said he had a concept that would overcome my handicap. Boy was I curious to find out what it was!”
Fincher’s vision would include a narrative based around the song’s theme of age gap sexual tension. A young woman would enter the apartment of her neighbor - an older, buttoned-down businessman - and seduce him while dancing to the song. Idol would appear in large painting frames throughout the apartment. This stylistic decision would allow the singer to be shot exclusively from the waist up, an idea the musician later referred to as “fucking genius.”
Released on May 5, 1990, “Cradle of Love” became one of Idol’s biggest hits, eventually peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In addition to being included on the rocker’s Charmed Life LP, the song was also featured on the soundtrack to the Andrew Dice Clay motion picture The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Originally, the “Cradle of Love” music video included clips from the film, however this proved problematic to MTV. The network had banned Clay following his raunchy routine at the 1989 Video Music Awards and refused to play the “Cradle of Love” video if the comedian was in it. A new edit solved the problem, as the movie’s clips were replaced with alternate images.
“Cradle of Love”’s music video became one of the most popular clips of early ‘90s. It scored VMA nominations for ‘Best Male Video’ and ‘Best Special Effects,’ and took home the award for ‘Best Video from a Film.’ It also proved to be Idol’s last music video to earn heavy rotation on MTV.
Fincher famously went on to bigger and better things, directing such famous films as Fight Club (1999), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and The Social Network (2011), the latter two pictures earning him Academy Award nominations for ‘Best Director.’ The filmmaker's latest project, a biopic about the co-writer of Citizen Kane titled Mank, is tentatively due for release later this year.
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Journey have announced that they have been forced to cancel their 2020 tour plans due to the restrictions from the shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The band's Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Arnel Pineda had this to say, "There is no greater thrill for us than playing for our incredibly devoted audience, but their safety must come first.
"Having seen what the world has endured during the last 45 days, and not knowing what the rest of this year or 2021 will bring, we knew the right thing to do was to make sure our fans' health was not put in jeopardy and to provide immediate access to refund options given the unexpected events caused by this terrible virus.
"We would like to thank all doctors, nurses, police, other first responders and essential workers for their heroic efforts; as well as our fans for doing everything possible to stay safe.
"We would also like to send The Pretenders our best wishes and hope to see them in the future. We will see everyone again as soon as it is safe to tour, and we will share that news as it becomes available.
"In the meantime, please Don't Stop Believin' in the wonder of life and in each other."