|Posted on December 8, 2019 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
Rush icon Geddy Lee has revealed that the live recording of "Crossroads" by Cream not only inspired him to play bass but also made him want to be part of a rock trio.
Lee fulfilled both of those dreams with Rush, becoming one of the most acclaimed trios in rock. Geddy recently spoke to Rolling Stones about his five favorite rock songs with distinctinve bass parts.
He had this to say about Cream's live cover of the Robert Johnson classic, "This is a classic and hugely influential rock / blues jam. Having seen Jack Bruce roam wildly up and down the neck of his Gibson EB3 in concert, I can testify that it not only made me want to play bass, but play bass in a rock trio. And the other two guys in Cream weren't so bad either."
See his full list here:
|Posted on December 4, 2019 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
Nikki Sixx says that he and his MÖTLEY CRÜE bandmates "missed each other" in the four years since they played their last show.
CRÜE fans who shelled out for the band's 2014/2015 "farewell" tour were led to believe that the group would never return after playing its final concert on December 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band touted the signing of a pre-tour "cessation of touring" agreement as cementing the fact it truly was the end of CRÜE's life on the road.
Speaking about the CRÜE's decision to reunite for next summer's stadium tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON, Sixx said: "Honestly, I don't think any of us thought, when we were on 'The Final Tour', we would ever get back together. We weren't really getting along at that point. We had been together 35 years, and it had been a lot of years on the road. I don't think we took a lot of time for ourselves off; we were just constantly touring for all that time. And when it came to the end, we broke the band up and everybody went their own ways. I think we really needed that break, and it was during the making of 'The Dirt' movie, we started working on the script, started being on the set, we started hanging out again together. And I think we really started to realize — without even talking about the music — how much we missed each other. And then that got us to go in the recording studio, which is where the whole thing always starts for all of us. And we wrote a bunch of new music, and had a blast in the studio. And then the movie took off. And our fans were super stoked, but we also got a new generation of people. And that kind of started the conversation. But it really was from the heart. We missed each other, to be honest with you, and we missed being in a band together."
According to Sixx, the upcoming tek — a 22-stop run visiting the country's most iconic stadiums — will be the perfect opportunity for fans of 1980s hard rock to experience some of the era's biggest hits in a unique live setting.
"This tour, is, to me, the ultimate tour of next summer coming up," he said. "I think from Joan Jett starting, to POISON, MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD, every single song… Bret [Michaels, POISON frontman] was saying to me a while ago if he wasn't on the bill, he'd be going to the show. And I'm with you on that."
CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee said that production design started earlier this week.
"There's a lot of new technology right that we haven't gotten a chance to play with," Lee said.
"The Stadium Tour" kicks off July 7 at Miami, Florida's Hard Rock Stadium and wraps up September 5 at Los Angeles's SoFi Stadium. Tickets go on sale on December 13 at 10:00 a.m.
MÖTLEY CRÜE toured with POISON in 2011 and DEF LEPPARD toured with POISON in 2017. Next summer's trek will mark the first time the three hard rock groups have hit the road together.
"The Stadium Tour" was announced earlier today at a Hollywood event hosted on SiriusXM's Volume channel by Slim Jim Phantom of THE STRAY CATS.
|Posted on December 4, 2019 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
For music fans who've spent their lives examining the liner notes of their favorite albums, they’ve already gone beneath the surface of the songs, seeking to unpack the individual layers of what they’re hearing on record.
These expeditions can extend into conversations -- and often debates -- about who played what and who was responsible for those elements and riffs that have become as classic as the overall landscape of the songs they occupy. Concerts -- and later music videos -- gave fans a chance to get visual confirmation on exactly how artists achieved that particular sound or nailed that one solo. It's an opportunity to inspect the tools of the trade employed in the studio.
Those details make Play It Loud: The Instruments of Rock & Roll, which recently opened at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, a special experience. The exhibit made its debut earlier this year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and featured a collection that presents a cross-section of rock 'n' roll history. It's one of the first opportunities fans have had to see so many classic instruments -- including drums, keyboards and lots and lots of guitars -- in one location.
Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder was on hand at the Met in April to help kick things off, playing the classic “Hotel California” in front of an invited audience that included Jimmy Page. Understandably, he was a bit nervous. “I’ve played in front of hundreds of thousands of people,” he said at that time.“I’ve never been as nervous as I am to play this guitar in front of Jimmy Page.”
He's referring to a white Gibson double-neck guitar, which he used during the tour in support of Eagles' hit 1976 album Hotel California to reproduce what he accomplished in the studio on the title track. Fans can get a look at the instrument up close, thanks to its inclusion in the Play It Loud exhibit, which will remain at the Rock Hall through September 2020.
Felder delivered an encore performance of “Hotel California” last month in front of a packed house at the Rock Hall for Play It Loud's introduction. In a backstage interview before he played, Felder, who has a collection of more than 300 guitars, shared some of his favorite pieces in the exhibit.
“I think the one that really hit me the hardest was Jimi Hendrix’s white Stratocaster," he tells UCR. "I was at Woodstock. I saw Jimi Hendrix play that guitar. When I saw it, it was like, ‘Wow. Okay, this is the real stuff.' [Eric Clapton’s] Blackie was another fun guitar I loved to see. Jimmy Page’s red double-neck for [Led Zeppelin's] ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was great to see. The Everly Brothers’ acoustic guitars that are on display here, I have one of those Everly Brothers guitars exactly like that with the pick guards on the body and the stars on the neck, issued about the same time that those were made. So there were certain things there that I really enjoyed seeing that really struck home to me that I related to a great deal.”
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo have their own memories attached to the instruments on display. Trujillo started playing Tobias bass guitars early in his career, borrowing money from his Suicidal Tendencies bandmate and former schoolmate Rocky George to help pay for his first custom instrument from the company. Tobias' basses, including the Aztec De La Chloe, which Trujillo first used on Metallica’s 2008 tour came to hold special significance as the years stacked up.
“I had several basses before I started touring, and that particular instrument was my first official touring bass," he recalls. The Aztec De La Chloe "was the first instrument that my wife [Chloe] had actually done her wood-burning artwork on. It’s got the Aztec theme, so it’s very special. I haven’t seen that bass in years. It’s so special and meaningful to me, because her creativity and my first impression of being on the road and that particular model and brand and the artwork and the unification of all of that brings back great memories.”
Hammett’s KH-3 Custom Eclipse ‘Spider 13’ was one he received not long after he started endorsing ESP Guitars. As he remembers, it was a thrilling experience after years scraping to make ends meet.
“Back then, getting a guitar from anyone was just a major thing for me,” he laughs. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, someone gave me a guitar, it’s so cool!’ I remember anticipating the arrival of this guitar, and we were in the studio recording 'So What.' The guitar arrived that day. I opened up the case and saw it and was like, ‘Oh my God, it looks incredible!’”
He quickly plugged it in and noticed it sounded so great that he wanted to commemorate the moment by putting it on tape. He used the guitar that same day to play the solo on “So What.”
He also wanted to take the instrument on tour, but had some trepidation as he started looking at the routing and where the band was headed. “I’ve got to bring it on tour!" he says. "But then the next thought was, 'We’re going to Russia.' We’d never been to Russia before, and the Berlin Wall had just come down about a month previous and the U.S.S.R. had ceased to exist. I was remembering that I was very nervous about bringing it to Russia because of all of the old past Cold War stuff and thinking, ‘Oh, it will be okay! It’s all different now!’ I brought it to Russia and subsequently on that entire tour for the Black Album and the Load and Reload tours as well.”
Each Play It Loud instrument has a story to tell. As fans go through the exhibit, they’ll unlock these tales. “They [all] have music attached to it, so when you see them, you kind of hear that,” Rock Hall president and CEO Greg Harris explains. “When you hear that, you remember the people that you listened to it with. You remember the greatest road trip of your life, you remember what was being played in the dorm room your freshman year. All of those things. It connects all of us. This exhibit is about getting these things that were the tools and the iconic pieces that made these songs that then connected all of us.”
The exhibit was developed in collaboration with the Met and came together over five years. The collection has been tweaked and expanded for its Rock Hall appearance. Harris credits the curators, who did an “amazing job” pulling things together from the initial wish list of items they hoped to acquire. Whether it was the guitar Chuck Berry used to record “Johnny B. Goode” or Clapton’s signature “Blackie” Fender Stratocaster, there were instruments curators knew had to be part of the experience.
“You make those lists, and then every one is sort of a different approach and a different move," Harris noted. "But I will say that with a combination of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, once approached, the artists were enthusiastic. They look at it and to some of them, it was like, ‘Rock 'n' roll has come of age. We’re going to be in the Met?’ Which is really cool.”
KISS GUITARIST TOMMY THAYER'S LIMITED EDITION EPIPHONE ELECTRIC BLUE LES PAUL OUTFIT AVAILABLE NOW WORLDWIDE; DEMO VIDEO STREAMING
|Posted on December 4, 2019 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
Epiphone, the leader in affordable professional instruments presents the fourth Epiphone signature guitar from KISS legend, Tommy “Spaceman” Thayer.
The new, limited-edition Tommy Thayer Electric Blue Les Paul Outfit features a unique Electric Blue finish with mirrored pickguard, Seymour Duncan JB Humbuckers, and Grover Rotomatic tuners.
All previous guitar collaborations with Tommy and Epiphone have completely sold out. The Epiphone Tommy Thayer Electric Blue Les Paul Outfit includes a Blue hardshell case and a Certificate of Authenticity and is available now at Authorized Epiphone dealers worldwide.
Read the exclusive Q&A with Tommy Thayer, here:
Watch Tommy demo the guitar, below:
Tommy Thayer has been an Epiphone Signature Artist since 2014 and both his “White Lightning” Les Paul and Explorer were an instant success with fans and critics alike. The new Tommy Thayer Electric Blue Les Paul features a classic Les Paul profile made from Mahogany with a Maple cap and finished in Electric Blue - from custom paint designer John Douglas - with Les Paul Custom style white and black binding on the top. The Mahogany neck has a 60s SlimTaper profile with an Indian Laurel fingerboard and standard Les Paul trapezoid inlays. The neck has a 24.75” scale, a 12” radius, 22 medium frets, and a 1.69” Graph Tech nut. The truss rod cover has a metal “bell” shape engraved with Tommy’s name and the back of the “dovewing” headstock features a “SpaceMan” logo and a reproduction of Tommy’s signature in silver.
For his Electric Blue Les Paul, Tommy chose Seymour Duncan JB Humbuckers, the original archetype hot-rod humbucker and one of Duncan’s earliest and most revered designs. The neck pickup features a covered JB Humbucker while the bridge pickup features an open-coil JB Humbucker with blue bobbins. Volume and Tone Controls come with custom Blue Top Hat knobs with metal pointers. Tommy selected the classic Lock Tone ABR bridge and Stop Bartail piece along with Grover Rotomatic tuners with an 18:1 tuning ratio for fast and reliable tuning and intonation. The Tommy Thayer Electric Blue Les Paul Outfit comes with a Limited Lifetime Guarantee and Gibson’s world famous 365/24/7 Customer Service. See your Authorized Epiphone Dealer soon while supplies last.
DEF LEPPARD, MOTLEY CRUE, POISON And JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS: 'The Stadium Tour' Details Revealed
|Posted on December 4, 2019 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
The world's most iconic and celebrated rock legends will hit the road together next summer for a coheadlining tour so massive that it could only be held in America's biggest stadiums. "The Stadium Tour" featuring DEF LEPPARD, MÖTLEY CRÜE, with POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS will hit select cities in the U.S. where each band will bring their electrifying stage shows while promising to perform their stadium sized anthems. Produced by Live Nation, the summer tour is set to steamroll through America, visiting the country's most iconic stadiums, was announced today at SiriusXM's Hollywood Studios live on the Volume Channel 106.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 13 at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com. Check local listings for details. Citi is the official presale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, December 10 at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, December 12 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi EntertainmentSM.
Tuesday, July 7 - Miami, FL - Hard Rock Stadium
Thursday, July 9 - Orlando, FL - Camping World Stadium
Saturday, July 11 - Charlotte, NC - Bank of America Stadium
Tuesday, July 14 - Arlington, TX - Globe Life Field
Wednesday, July 15 - Houston, TX - Minute Maid Park
Sunday, July 19 - San Francisco, CA - Oracle Park
Thursday, July 23 - San Diego, CA - Petco Park
Saturday, July 25 - Phoenix, AZ - State Farm Stadium
Sunday, August 9 - Atlanta, GA - SunTrust Park
Tuesday, August 11 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
Thursday, August 13 - Buffalo, NY - New Era Field
Saturday, August 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park
Sunday, August 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - PNC Park
Tuesday, August 18 - Milwaukee, WI - Miller Park
Thursday, August 20 - Detroit, MI - Comerica Park
Saturday, August 22 - Washington DC - Nationals Park
Sunday, August 23 - Flushing, NY - Citi Field
Tuesday, August 25 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park*
Friday, August 28 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
Sunday, August 30 - Denver, CO - Coors Field
Wednesday, September 2 - Seattle, WA - T-Mobile Park
Saturday, September 5 - Los Angeles, CA - SoFi Stadium
CRÜE fans who shelled out for the band's 2014/2015 "farewell" tour were led to believe that the group would never return after playing its final show on December 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band touted the signing of a pre-tour "cessation of touring" agreement as cementing the fact it truly was the end of CRÜE's life on the road.
On November 18 — three years and 11 months after the band played its last show — CRÜE posted a video with Machine Gun Kelly, who portrayed Tommy Lee in the band's biopic "The Dirt", explaining that due to the band "becoming more popular than ever" and "gaining an entirely new legion of fans" in the four years they've been off the road, the band felt the need to blow up their previous contract in order to come out of retirement.
Back in 2014, bassist Nikki Sixx told Rolling Stone that MÖTLEY CRÜE couldn't legally play again after the completion of the farewell tour. "The only loophole is if all four band members agreed to do it, we could override our own contract," he said. "But we know that will never happen. There are people in this band who will refuse to ever do it again, and you're talking to one of them. There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again because I have such pride in how we’re ending it.
"If anybody ever — and I don't believe anybody ever would — would call any other bandmembers and say, 'Hey, it's been 10 years, let's just do 10 shows. A million a pop,' it could never happen unless all four bandmembers agreed," Sixx added. "And if we did agree, the way we've set it up — including this conversation right now — we'd have so much egg on our face. We have so much pride that that alone would stop it."
After the members of MÖTLEY CRÜE reunited last year to record four new songs for "The Dirt" film, some fans assumed that the group would be open to the idea of playing together again at a special event to promote the movie. But Sixx shot down the idea earlier this year, telling Rolling Stone: "Sometimes I look out at my friends, like the guys in AEROSMITH and METALLICA, and I'm, like, 'God damn it, did we retire too soon?' But there will be no one-offs in our future. Maybe we'll just get together and jam in [guitarist] Mick Mars's front room."
|Posted on December 4, 2019 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
Deep Purple have apparently completed work on a new studio album in Nashville with famed producer Bob Ezrin, according to a social media post from frontman Ian Gillan.
The new record will follow the band's 2017 studio album "InFinite", which was also produced by Ezrin. Gillan took to Facebook to share the story of the new album. He wrote, "It was late March in 2019, when I found myself in Nashville TN, renting an Airbnb delight called 'Rose River Cottage', on one bank of the Cumberland River, almost directly opposite the Grand Ole Opry, from where the quaint music would drift across the water into the wee small hours.
"It was springtime, and - along with the woodchucks - I was emerging from hibernation. Across town, other members of Deep Purple were staying in more urbane accommodation. This was a shock, as we are famous for our lack of planning and we all wondered what had drawn us together in this place and time.
"An even greater surprise was to follow; each member (arms and legs I'm talking about) arrived at a rehearsal studio and then a recording studio at roughly the same time on roughly the same day with roughly no idea of what we were doing.
"It was a total coincidence, the like of which has probably never been witnessed since - unbelievably - exactly the same thing happened a few years earlier when we spawned some In-Finite ideas.
"Then - blow me down - Bob Ezrin turned up and said 'Let's have dinner on Monday'
"Someone enquired 'What's the big occasion?'
"Bob replied 'To celebrate the fact that we are all still alive...'
"'In which case' continued the world-weary muso, 'We'd better make it Sunday'
"But we survived the weekend and had dinner on Monday.
"Tuesday, we made another album and Wednesday we went to the pub....
"Something like that anyway (it was all a blur) and now we gird our lions (yes, I know, but I'm in Africa) for a year of febrile activity into which a rare amount of planning has been invested; obviously not by us.
I sense the grinding of campaign wheels, the oiling of creaky roadies, rumours of itineraries and ripples of creativity in Hamburg. Quite plainly something is in the air; but I have no idea what it could be.
"Perhaps, after another brief hibernation, all will become clear, in the spring of 2020.
|Posted on December 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
Former Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider is a man of many talents. Beyond music, the entertainer has dabbled in acting, screenwriting and he even once hosted a morning radio show. Now, Snider is setting his sights on something akin to the Great American Novel, judging by a recent tweet.
The Twisted Singer icon previously put pen to paper in telling tomes such as Shut Up and Give Me the Mic (2012), Dee Snider's Teenage Survival Guide (1987) and the upcoming We're Not Gonna Take It: A Children's Picture Book. But now, the musician-cum-writer is composing a novel.
"I know I've been kind of quiet lately," Snider shared Tuesday (Dec. 3). "Doing a lot of writing. Just finished 1st pass at my novel. Sent out to 'trusted readers' awaiting notes. Then comes 2nd, hopefully final draft. Shop to publishers after that. Still a ways before you get to read it, but this is the process."
Of course, Twisted Sister called it quits back in 2016, but that doesn't mean Snider stopped performing live altogether. Still, in a video update this September, the glam metal veteran revealed he was "taking a break from concert performing for a while" to focus on various other projects.
HALESTORM's LZZY HALE Says She Gets Letters From Parents Thanking Her For Taking A Stance On Social Issues
|Posted on December 4, 2019 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
Terry "Beez" Bezer of WhatCulture Music recently conducted an interview with HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale and guitarist Joe Hottinger. You can watch the entire chat below:
A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On bands having something to say about social issues:
Lzzy: "We grew up on bands where that was the idea. The fact, hey, man, I'm a real person. I'm a dork from Pennsylvania and I had all these ideas growing up but never had the medium, but now that you have the medium, it's, like, why not spread that out there? We grew up on bands who did the same thing. They talked about it in their songs, the things they believed in, they challenged people politically and did all these things with their music. I think music still holds a very important part in all of that and culturally."
Joe: "As a public figure, you [referring to Lzzy] more so than anyone else, it's good to have an opinion. It's nice to hear. People look up [to her] for things."
Lzzy: "It's funny. I almost expected — you have to cross your own line when you decided that, 'Okay, I want to be nice to everybody and we have this diverse fanbase and everything.' When you make that line of, 'No, it's really important for me and my soul to be able to use my life and this amazing gift that I've been given for good and to stand up for what I believe in.' The thing I didn't expect was so many love letters from parents. You would have thought that maybe you would gotten 'You're standing up for something… Shut up and play music.' And it's just been amazing. In meet-and-greets, too, the other day, I had this man — he's a dad and he brought his kid to the meet-and-greet and he hugged me and he cried on my shoulder. He said 'My little girl suffers from depression and you gave her this thing and all these ideas she has. She says, 'If Lzzy can stand up for what she believes in and not care for what anyone thinks, so can I.' It made me misty in the meet-and-greet because I'm, like, 'This is amazing.' It's something I was not expecting just from me being myself. Always err on the side of honesty. It works. [Laughs]"
On whether HALESTORM's "definitive statement" is still to come:
Lzzy: "I think so."
Joe: "I hope so."
Lzzy: "Honestly, our goal as a band, I don't necessarily think that there's ever… We always thought there would be, we thought there would be a line, 'Okay, there's going to be a point in time where, 'All right, we did the [METALLICA's] 'Black Album'. But I honestly think that we're always chasing whatever's next. We make a record and it's, like, 'Okay, it's going to be the next one.' And then we're going to make this one and it's, 'Okay, it's going to be the next one.' I just think that as long as we keep trying to top ourselves. [Laughs]"
Joe: "Our motto is to get better, always. Each live show, we talk after each show we play, 'Well, we could have done this a little better.' Just try to get better always. The same with records. Always focusing just a little bit more and try to, I don't know what is we're going for…"
Lzzy: "I liken it to you're just peeling back these layers; you're peeling back this onion. It's a combination of all these things. You're comfortable now lyrically, speaking my mind and singing things that I really feel passionately about. And then musically, we're getting better every day and we're touring a lot and we change up the set every day just so we can keep our chops up. And kind of harness that, 'Oh gosh. It's just the four of us.' We don't do tracks or trickery. It's one of those things hopefully, by the time we do every single record we're a little better. Always more. Never less. [Laughs]"
HALESTORM's latest album, "Vicious", was released in July 2018 via Atlantic.
|Posted on December 4, 2019 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
Slash doesn't believe that he wouldn't be doing what he is currently doing with Guns N' Roses or his solo band if he had not cleaned up his act 13 years ago. He actually believes that he might not even be alive.
The famed guitarist talked about getting sober during a recent interview on BBC Radio. He said, "I got sober in 2006; 13 years ago. It was definitely not easy. First, you have to come to terms with the fact that you're beyond repair; your addictions or whatever have gotten to the point where you're not enjoying yourself and you're not really functional, and so on and so forth.
"And you have to have that clarity, which is hard. Once you have that, you have to keep reminding yourself of that so that you can start. What you want to do is try and have a different kind of existence and it just takes a lot of work to get there.
"I wouldn't be doing anything like what I have been doing for the last 13 years if I was still going like I was. I probably wouldn't be here, most likely."
Watch the interview below:
|Posted on December 4, 2019 at 6:40 PM||comments (0)|
On February 14, Whitesnake will release a limited edition 12" picture disc single featuring "Always & Forever" b/w "After All", limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. Reserve yours here:
Whitesnake recently released the video below, along with the short message: "A gift for you all... slideshow from the Flesh & Blood World Tour, which continues in 2020."
Whitesnake and Scorpions are coming for their first ever double headline tour of Australia and New Zealand in February. Dates below.
19 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, Australia
22 - Qudos Bank Arena - Sydney, Australia
24 - Entertainment Centre - Brisbane, Australia
27 - Spark Arena - Auckland, New Zealand
Whitesnake and Foreigner have announced that they will be hitting the road across the UK in 2020, alongside very special guests Europe. Tour dates below.
31 - May - London, England - The O2 Arena
1 - Cardiff, Wales - Motorpoint Arena
3 - Birmingham, England - Arena Birmingham
4 - Glasgow, Scotland - SSE Hydro
6 - Newcastle, England - Utilita Arena
8 - Manchester, England - Manchester Arena
|Posted on December 4, 2019 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
The Darkness have shared a lyric video for their new single How Can I Lose Your Love. Check it out here:
The promo features live footage of the band and has been released to coincide with the their UK and Ireland tour, which will continue tonight (December 3) at Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Speaking about the track, which features on the band’s new album Easter Is Cancelled, guitarist Dan Hawkins says: “Stylistically and emotionally, it’s just big and epic. The guitars are really loud on that tune. In fact, everything is really loud. It draws you in, builds you up, then hits the brake.”
Frontman Justin Hawkins adds: “I suppose this song is describing a relationship where it got away from me and I was helpless. I felt like I was trying to rescue it, but after a while you wonder if it’s worth saving. I’ve been in that position more than once.
“Sometimes I’ve been the one that’s created the collapse, sometimes I’ve been the victim of the collapse. I hate it when people say ‘no regrets’ because you don’t learn anything. You’re doomed to repeat the same stuff. Everyone should have regrets.”
The Darkness are playing the new album in full on their current tour along with a selection of fan-favourites.
The Darkness 2019 tour dates:
Dec 03: Southend Cliffs Pavilion, UK
Dec 05: Norwich UEA, UK
Dec 06: Cambridge Corn Exchange, UK
Dec 07: Bath Pavilions, UK
Dec 09: Portsmouth Pyramids, UK
Dec 10: Brighton Dome, UK
Dec 11: Watford Colosseum, UK
Dec 13: Manchester Academy, UK
Dec 14: Newcastle O2 Academy, UK
Dec 15: Glasgow O2 Academy, UK
Dec 17: York Barbican, UK
Dec 18: Liverpool O2 Academy, UK
Dec 20: London Roundhouse, UK
The Darkness 2020 tour dates:
Jan 25: Strasbourg Laiterie, France
Jan 26: Paris La Cigale, France
Jan 27: Bordeaux Krakatoa, France
Feb 03: Lyon Ninkasi KAO, France
Feb 04: Zurich XTRA, Switzerland
Feb 08: Munich Technikum, Germany
Feb 10: Vienna Simm City, Austria
Feb 11: Nuremburg Hirsch, Germany
Feb 12: Berlin Kesselhaus, Germany
Feb 14: Copenhagen Amager Bio, Denmark
Feb 15: Stockholm Nalen, Sweden
Feb 17: Oslo Rockefeller, Norway
Feb 18: Gothenburg Pustervik, Sweden
Feb 20: Hamburg Markthalle, Germany
Feb 21: Cologne Essigfabrik, Germany
Feb 22: Sint Niklas De Casino, Belgium
Feb 24: Amsterdam Melkweg Max, Amsterdam
Feb 25: Frankfurt Batschkapp, Germany
|Posted on December 4, 2019 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs said the band was working on what will be its 19th album, with hopes to release it in fall 2020.
It will be the first time former Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee contributes to a Scorpions studio record. Its release will follow a Las Vegas residency the band has planned for July.
“We've been writing some material before we went on tour this summer," Jabs told The Metal Bar (via Blabbermouth). “So we have songs – about 10, I guess – but we will have to do some more writing once this tour is over, and then prepare for the rehearsals and recordings right after our shows in New Zealand and a couple in Asia.”
He noted they'll be working with producer Greg Fidelman, who's resume includes Metallica and Slipknot. "The plan is to record until the first of July, where we have a residency in Las Vegas for a whole month," he added. "And then, during that time, we can either do the final touch-ups or mix. And then the album should come out in the fall of 2020. And then, of course, we go on the road again.”
Jabs said Scorpions’ songwriting process has changed over the years. “In the early days, I took the guitar and came up with some great riffs and was excited about that,” he explained. “Today, almost every riff has been played already by myself and by others. … So the approach is slightly different — it's more about the song and the melody and even the lyrics, sometimes, they could be the inspiration.
"The riff and all the guitar work, you do that later on. Not always, but it's not the main source for songwriting anymore, as it used to be in the beginning, when we were so excited. 'Oh, listen to this new riff. It's great. Let's turn it into a song.' It's a little bit the other way around now.”
The band previously played a five-night residency in Las Vegas in 2016. Their announced tour plans include appearances in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Singapore in February and March.
|Posted on December 2, 2019 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
The Van Halen Store is offering the EVH Red Frankenstein High Top Sneakers, the all-new classic high-top sneaker from legendary rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
- Featuring the iconic 'Frankenstein' design with Red, Black and White Stripes.
- Superior quality and comfort
- Vulcanized construction, durable canvas and rubber soles
- Similar to Chucks basketball shoe
- Featuring "5150" running verticle on the back
- Printed "EVH" logo on the tongue, heel, sole, and insole
TESLA, ACCEPT, Y&T, RATT, NIGHT RANGER, BANG TANGO, DORO Confirmed For 2020 Edition Of M3 ROCK FESTIVAL
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M3 Rock Festival is celebrating a dirty dozen — the 12th edition of Merriweather Post Pavilion's internationally-renowned '80s metal festival promises three days of excitement with festivities beginning Friday, May 1 with the annual Kix-off party, followed by a full weekend of performances Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3.
M3 Rock Festival's Official M3 Kix-Off Party Friday, May 1 features hometown heroes KIX with special guests HEAVEN'S EDGE and SLAUGHTER. The full-blown 2020 M3 Rock Festival begins Saturday, May 2 and includes multiplatinum-selling internationally known '80s artists: TESLA, ACCEPT, Y&T, DORO, FASTER PUSSYCAT, L.A. GUNS, KILLER DWARFS and more. But that's not all! Stick around for Sunday, May 3 featuring RATT, NIGHT RANGER, STRYPER, Steven Adler of GUNS N' ROSES, STEELHEART, BANG TANGO (with the original lineup), DANGEROUS TOYS, TYKETTO and LITTLE CEASAR. Stay tuned for even more artist announcements.
Take to the skies this year with Merriweather Post Pavilion's new SkyLawn — keeping your feet on the grassy ground while soaring 43 feet above the pavilion. It's like walking on air, with the views to match!
Over the past decade, M3 has become more than a festival — it's an '80s arena rock experience. Drawing diehard fans from six continents, 20 countries, and every state, M3 has evolved into an annual pilgrimage for those who grew up with '80s rock (a genre of music now referred to as the 'new classic rock") as well as for younger fans who embrace the fun and excitement of the glam metal era.
Each year, VIP and Pavilion seats sell out quickly. Three-day and VIP packages go on sale Friday, December 13 at 10 a.m. EST through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 9:30 Club, The Anthem and Lincoln Theatre during normal box office hours. If available, single-day tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.
For more information, visit M3rockfest.com:
|Posted on December 2, 2019 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
Poison have shared a mysterious countdown clock on their website and frontman Bret Michaels did not shoot down a rumor that the band will be teaming up with Def Leppard and Motley Crue for a major tour.
The tour rumor picked up major momentum when Motley Crue recently announced that they will be reuniting to tour but did not confirm that it would be with Def Leppard and Poison.
Poison added a countdown clock to their website that will hit zero this Wednesday, December 4th at 1:30ET. Michaels appeared on Fox11 last week and was asked about the rumored tour.
He did not confirm, or deny it but instead answered, "That is the rumor". See the interview below:
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Megadeth are hoping to release new songs before embarking on a European tour supporting Five Finger Death Punch in January. Discussing new material with Rolling Stone, Dave Mustaine said that he encouraged bassist David Ellefson to write a ballad about their tumultuous relationship, which has been smoothed over in recent years.
With working titles such as "The Dogs of Chernobyl," "Faster Than Anything Else" and "Rattlehead, Part Two," Megadeth have plenty of material ready to go, they just need to get into the studio and lay down the official tracks. "It might be two, it might be four," Mustaine said, teasing the number of songs fans can expect to hear before the new record's arrival.
One of the other tracks the band is preparing is a ballad written and sung by Ellefson. Mustaine, eager to get his bandmate involved in the writing process, explained, “I said to him, ‘What was the biggest song that KISS ever had?' He goes, ‘Beth.’ I said, ‘Yeah, we should write a song like "Beth," where it’s a ballad and it’s just you singing it."
But there's more to it than that. The two have had a rocky past and Ellefson now operates as a salaried employee of the band rather than the full-time member post he manned from 1983 through 2002. "'I think you should write a song about what it’s like being in Megadeth with me, because I read all your lyrics, and I know that your lyrics are aimed at me,'" Mustaine told Ellefson. "'You’re upset. So why don’t you write about it?'"
There's no promise that this song will make its way onto the forthcoming record, however. "I’m going to try to work on it now for this record," urged Mustaine, "and if it doesn’t get on this record, I’m going to try to work on it on the next record because it was actually really cool to see Ellefson writing something and hear him singing."
The still untitled album will be Megadeth's first since issuing 2016's Dystopia, which earned Megadeth their first Grammy victory for Best Metal Performance for the title track. It'll also be the first for drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who replaced Chris Adler part-way through the touring cycle for the album.
Megadeth had originally laid out expectations of releasing their new album this year, but Dave Mustaine's throat cancer diagnosis prolonged the writing and recording process. In his latest update, he said he's feeling "strong" and he'll make his return to the road in January at the dates listed below.
Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth + Bad Wolves 2020 European Tour Dates:
Jan. 14 - Kiev, Ukraine @ Palace Of Sports **
Jan. 16 - Moscow, Russia @ Adrenaline Stadium **
Jan. 18 - St. Petersburg, Russia @ A2 **
Jan. 20 - Helsinki, Finland @ Hartwell Arena
Jan. 22 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Hovet
Jan. 23 - Oslo, Nrway @ Spektrum
Jan. 24 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena
Jan. 26 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ AFAS Live
Jan. 28 - Paris, France @ Zenith
Jan. 30 - Cardiff, U.K. @ Cardiff Arena
Jan. 31 - London, U.K. @ Wembley Arena
Feb. 03 - Berlin, Germany @ Max-Schmeling Halle
Feb. 04 - Hamburg, Germany @ Sporthalle
Feb. 06 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle
Feb. 08 - Oberhausen, Germany @ Koenig-Pilsener Arena
Feb. 09 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Schleyerhalle
Feb. 10 - Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle
Feb. 12 - Warsaw, Poland @ Torwar
Feb. 14 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Tipsport Arena
Feb. 16 - Milan, Italy @ Alcatrazz
Feb. 17 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion
Feb. 19 - Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle
Feb. 20 - Budapest, Hungary @ Budapest Sportarena
|Posted on December 2, 2019 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
Roger Daltrey revealed that Pete Townshend wrote a rap sequence in one of the songs for the Who's upcoming album – but the singer refused to perform it.
Titled Who, the new LP arrives on Dec. 6. Daltrey previously described it as their best work since Quadrophenia. However, he wasn’t happy with an early version of "All This Music Must Fade" when Townshend sent it to him.
“I hated it at first, but it’s such a catchy song,” Daltrey told Rolling Stone. “On the demo, he had some rapping on it. Well, no fucking way I’m going to rap. No way. Let the youngsters wear those clothes.”
On the subject of his contribution to the Who's songs over the years, Daltrey argued that he was probably entitled to more writing credits than he’s received. “I wrote all the ad-libs,” he said. “I should have, but I can’t be bothered to make a fuss about it now. It’s fucking bollocks.” He added of Townshend: “If he needs the money …”
You can check out the track here:
Elsewhere in the interview, Daltrey said that those who believe he is “kind of a hard nut” have “got it backwards. I’m not. I’m a softy. I’m the softest person in the world.”
He also reflected on how he and Townshend split offstage duties, accepting the description of himself as band “chaperone,” adding: “It always has been, ‘Pete does the album, but don’t expect him to put the tour together,’ right? That’s always on my lap. It has all worked out very well. So, I’m happy to shoulder that. I’m good at it.”
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS TO RELEASE PERDIDA ACOUSTIC ALBUM IN FEBRUARY; "FARE THEE WELL" SONG STREAMING; NORTH AMERICAN TOUR CONFIRMED
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Stone Temple Pilots embark upon a new sonic adventure with Perdida, the band’s first-ever acoustic album. It includes 10 deeply personal songs that weave introspective lyrics together with unexpected instruments to take listeners on an emotional and musical journey through letting go and starting over.
“You have to live it to write it,” says guitarist Dean Deleo. “And this record is a reflection of where we’ve been recently.”
Bassist Robert DeLeo says Perdida (Spanish for ‘loss') hows how music has helped them process grief, search for meaning and, ultimately, create something beautiful from the pain. “When I’ve gone through things in my life, I’ve found that sitting down and having an honest conversation with my guitar is the best therapy.”
“Recording an acoustic album like Perdida is something the band has wanted to do for many years,” says drummer Eric Kretz. “We performed on MTV Unplugged in 1993, and we usually play acoustic mini-sets on tour, so when Robert and Dean started playing their new songs for us during our tour last year, we knew right away they would be perfect for an acoustic album.”
Writing lyrics for an introspective album like Perdida meant exposing himself like never before, says singer Jeff Gutt, who joined the band in 2017. “It’s an emotionally honest album and I needed to approach it that way for these songs to resonate. I had to let myself be as vulnerable writing the lyrics as Dean and Robert were writing the music.”
To record Perdida, the quartet assembled at Kretz’s Bomb Shelter Studios in February. The key to making the album, Dean explains, was finding a way to say more with less. “Everything you hear serves a purpose, from the space in the arrangements to the different instruments. We only added things that served the songs.”
As a result, there are instruments on Perdida that you don’t normally hear on an STP record, like flute (“I Didn’t Know The Time,") alto saxophone (“Years,") guitarrón (“Miles Away,") and enough vintage keyboards to make Rick Wakeman jealous. “We’ve done similar things before - like the trumpet solo on ‘Adhesive’ from Tiny Music - but never on such a large scale,” Robert says. “Working with other musicians on this album was such a joy because it gave us a rare opportunity to hear our songs through someone else’s ears.”
That approach shines on the title track, where a nylon-string guitar takes the lead as keyboard, violin, viola and cello ebb and flow behind Gutt’s soaring vocal on the chorus: “Oh perdida come and go/Stay with me tonight/But in the morning please be gone.”
“She’s My Queen” is another highpoint on the band’s sonic adventure. Built around an Indian drone and carried along by a gently pulsing beat, the song casts a hypnotic spell that’s punctuated by background singers, flute and Marxophone - a special kind of hammered dulcimer from the 1920s.
The songs that open and close Perdida - “Fare Thee Well” and “Sunburst” respectively - are fitting bookends, Gutt says. “They really capture the emotional journey that takes place on this album. It starts with saying goodbye on ‘Fare Thee Well’ and ends with a new beginning on ‘Sunburst.’ It’s a melancholy record, but it ends on a hopeful note.”
As it happens, those two tracks also spotlight facets of the DeLeo brothers’ distinctive songwriting voices. “Fare Thee Well” by Robert pulls you in from the first strum of the guitar and has you singing along after one listen. In Dean’s “Sunburst,” the melody unfolds gradually, rising and falling multiple times before building to a cathartic guitar-fueled crescendo.
Perdida is out on February 7. Pre-order here:
Listen to the album opener, "Fare Thee Well", below:
"Fare Thee Well"
"I Didn't Know The Time"
"She's My Queen"
"You Found Yourself While Losing Your Heart"
"I Once Sat At Your Table"
In addition to the album, Stone Temple Pilots will also launch an acoustic tour in early 2020.
“Some songs are obvious candidates for an acoustic performance,” Dean says. “What will be really interesting are the unexpected choices, where we reimagine a familiar song and present in a totally different light.”
Kretz says the band is looking forward to not only performing the new songs, but also pulling songs from previous albums into the setlist. “We’ll finally get a chance to play songs from our catalog that we’ve never played live, or in some cases, haven’t played live in more than 20 years.”
“We’ve talked about doing this kind of tour for years, and now it’s finally happening,” Robert explains. “We’re excited because it’s not only a chance for us to celebrate our new album in a special way, but also everything that’s brought us to this moment.”
5 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
7 - Snoqualmie, WA - Snoqualmie Casino
8 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
9 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
12 - San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theatre
13 - Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
15 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
17 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
19 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
21 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
22 - Covington, KY - Madison Theatre
25 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
27 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
29 - Atlantic City, NJ - Tropicana
1 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
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Dream Theater have released an animated video for their Distance Over Time track At Wit’s End. You can check it out here:
The song clocks in at over nine minutes long, with the band launching the promo as they prepare to embark on their South American tour. It’ll get underway with a set at the Convention Center Ulysses Guimarães, in Brazil, on December 4.
Following the tour, Dream Theater will take a short break before heading across the Atlantic for a run of European dates in early 2020 where they’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Metropolis Pt.2 Scenes From A Memory album.
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci said: “The response to Distance Over Time has been overwhelmingly positive and we are really looking forward to playing some of the songs from that album live for our European audiences in an ‘Evening With’ setting, along with our full headlining show production.
“For those of you who were there when we premiered Scenes From A Memory live in Europe 20 years ago, this will not only be a trip down memory lane but also the chance to see it presented in a completely new light and the way it was always intended to be.
“Our updated presentation has all-new animated video content depicting the characters and storyline through the entire show as they’ve never been ‘scene’ before!”
Petrucci adds: “For those of our fans who were either not born yet, too young, or had not yet been introduced to Dream Theater 20 years ago, this will be a fresh opportunity to experience Scenes live for the first time in its entirety.
Find a list of Dream Theater’s upcoming live shows below.
Dream Theater 2019/2020 tour dates:
Dec 04: Brasília Convention Center Ulysses Guimarães, Brazil
Dec 06: Rio De Janeiro Vivo Rio, Brazil
Dec 07: São Paulo Anhembi Sambadrome, Brazil
Dec 08: Curtiba Ópera de Arame e Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Brazil
Dec 10: Porto Alegre Pepsi On Stage, Brazil
Dec 13: Buenos Aires Arena, Argentina
Dec 15: Santiago Movistar Arena, Chile
Jan 11: Amsterdam AFAS Live, Netherlands
Jan 12: Oberhausen Turbinenhalle 1, Germany
Jan 14: Stockholm Cirkus, Sweden
Jan 15: Stockholm Cirkus, Sweden
Jan 17: Helsinki Icehall, Finland
Jan 18: Oulu Teatri Oulu, Finland
Jan 20: Trondheim Spektrum, Norway
Jan 21: Oslo Spektrum, Norway
Jan 23: Hamburg Sporthalle, Germany
Jan 24: Helsingor Kulturvaerftet Hal 14, Denmark
Jan 26: Paris Seine Musicale, France
Jan 27: Lyon Halle Tony Garnier, France
Jan 29: Barcelona St Jordi Club, Spain
Jan 31: Madrid Wizink Center, Spain
Feb 01: Porto Gondomar Pavilion, Portugal
Feb 02: Lisbon Campo Pequeno, Portugal
Feb 05: Ludwigsburgc MHP Arena, Germany
Feb 06: Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle, Germany
Feb 08: Budapest Arena, Hungary
Feb 09: Munich Zenith, Germany
Feb 11: Rome Palazzo dello Sport, Italy
Feb 12: Milan Mediolanum Forum, Italy
Feb 14: Zurich Samsung Hall, Switzerland
Feb 15: Prague Tipsport Arena, Czech Republic
Feb 16: Wroclaw Orbita Hall, Poland
Feb 18: Hannover Swizz Life, Germany
Feb 21: London Eventim Apollo, UK
Feb 23: Glasgow SEC Armadillo, UK
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Andrew Watt, who produced and played guitar on Ozzy Osbourne's forthcoming album, has explained how he got involved with the metal legend and recruited Guns N' Roses icon Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith to make the record.
Ozzy will be releasing that new album "Ordinary Man" early next year and it came after Osbourne made a guest appearance on the hit Post Malone song "Take What You Want", which was produced by Watt.
Andrew recently sat down with Billboard and explained how that collaboration came to be, and also went into more details about the making of the new Ozzy Osbourne album.
He had this to say about the Malone collaboration, "One night, Post was at the Rainbow Bar & Grill and saw this picture of Ozzy, and he bought it and took it home. When I heard that, I had this image of him walking down Sunset with that picture, and I was, like, 'I gotta make a song for Post and Ozzy.' I've said insane sh*t out loud before, and this was one of those times.
"I'd never met Ozzy before, but I had met his daughter [Kelly Osbourne]. I told her my idea and asked if she thought her dad would be into it. She's a Post fan, so she's, like, 'Yes, absolutely.' Then Ozzy got really sick and was in the hospital, so it was, like, 'He's gonna do it,' but then his health was taking longer, and it was, like, 'Is he gonna do it?' I just kept staying on Kelly and [Osbourne's wife] Sharon, and eventually they told me to come over. So we did it. That experience was incredible."
Watt went on to say the following about the new Ozzy album, "The day after [the vocals for 'Take What You Want' were recorded], Ozzy texted me, like, 'I want you to make an album with me.' I was, like, that would be amazing, but can I do this? I picked up the phone and called up Chad Smith. I said, 'Dude, Ozzy just asked me to make an album for him. Are you down to do it?' And he said, 'Are you f***ing kidding me? When?' Then I called up Duff McKagan from Guns N' Roses and he said, 'Are you f***ing kidding me? When?'
"We wrote and recorded Ozzy's entire album, musically, in four days. There was no premeditation. The three of us just got in my basement, put on headphones, looked at each other, and wrote 12 songs, 10 of which constitute the album. It was magic. I don't even remember it. Then Ozzy came over to my basement to listen to the music. I played him all 10 tracks at full volume, and at the end he just goes, 'It's cool.' And my heart just f***in' went into my gut. He was, like, 'I'll call you tomorrow.' Stands up, gets his cane, goes upstairs. I go, 'Oh my God, he hated it! What do I do?'
"He calls me the next day, like, 'Okay, so when do we start writing?' I sound like I'm making this up, but he comes over the next day, and we made Ozzy's entire album from top to bottom, all music, guitar solos, all vocals written, in four weeks.
"It's the proudest of anything I've ever been, because it brought the 12-year-old kid out of me again. Don't get me wrong, I love the pop music that I make, but this is what I feel like I was born to do: play rock guitar. I got to be f***in' Randy Rhoads in 2019."