|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale, who turned 68 last September, made headlines last week when he said that 2021 would be an "appropriate" year for him to retire. He elaborated on his comments in a new interview with the "Appetite For Distortion" podcast, saying: "I thought when I was writing 'Here I Go Again' as I was coming up to my 30th birthday, I thought the party was over. I was inconsolable. And 38 years later, I'm releasing albums, making new deals with record companies. It's mad — teetering on my 69th birthday. So whether or not I can go in and do 'Still Of The Night' when I'm in my 70s, I'm not so sure about that. But who knows? I've been taken by surprise too many times in my life to know that this magic there that exists… Whenever you make plans, that's when God has a laughing fit. 'Oh, really? Those are your plans? Well, let me just throw this into the mix.' [Laughs]"
Addressing his previous remarks, Coverdale said: "I was asked a question, and I just thought it was amusing to say, 'Oh, what better age for the lead singer of WHITESNAKE [to retire] than 69? I can't wait to design the t-shirts.' That was just fun.
"I hope I do get out and play [in my 70s]," he clarified. "There's nothing comparable to standing in front of 10, 15, 20, 30 thousand people and have them singing — a hundred thousand people we were doing in South America last year — singing along to every word that you wrote. Some of these people weren't even born when those songs were released. There is nothing more fulfilling than that to an artist, to have an appreciative audience make you feel so uplifted. It's breathtaking. I certainly hope to have that experience again. And if I can't do the big stuff, then I'll do the little stuff and do 'An Evening With David Coverdale' — of more acoustic-based conversations, [including] a Q&A with me [where you can] find out 'the real story of what happened.'"
Last month, WHITESNAKE announced the cancelation of all of its previously announced touring activities, including this summer's U.S. trek with SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE and NIGHT RANGER, so that Coverdale can undergo surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia.
Back in 2016, Coverdale told Rolling Stone that he was "trying" to retire with the release of "The Purple Album", which was billed as "a re-imagination of classic songs from Coverdale's time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE's Mark III and Mark IV studio albums." Coverdale was DEEP PURPLE's frontman from late 1973 to early 1976 and sang on the albums "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste The Band".
Coverdale had both his knees replaced with titanium in 2017 after suffering from degenerative arthritis. He later explained that he was in so much pain with arthritis in his knees that it hampered his ability to perform live.
WHITESNAKE has been touring in support of its latest album, "Flesh & Blood", which was released last May via Frontiers Music Srl.
You can listen to the full interview here:
|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
Alter Bridge are saluting Covid-19 frontline workers and first responders in a newly-released video for "You Will Be Remembered", a track from their 2016 album, "The Last Hero."
"We wrote You Will Be Remembered as a tribute to anyone who gives themselves in service to others," explains Alter Bridge. "In this current climate, those stories are around us every day and we just wanted to offer our own small visual tribute to some of those people. There are numerous stories and we want to thank everyone that is doing their part to get us through this unprecedented time. Thank You."
This week, Alter Bridge postponed dates for a spring US tour in support of their latest album, "Walk The Sky." The month-long series was set to open in Atlanta, GA on May 1 and included a number of festival appearances.
Watch the video here:
NEIL PEART TASK FORCE TO OVERSEE MEMORIAL FOR LATE RUSH DRUMMER; OVER 25,000 PEOPLE SIGNED ONLINE PETITION
|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
A Neil Peart commemorative task force has been struck by the city to look at ideas for honouring the Rush drummer and former St. Catharines resident, reports Welland Tribune.
City council approved the task force's terms of reference Wednesday and appointed Mayor Walter Sendzik and Port Dalhousie Couns. Bruce Williamson and Carlos Garcia to its membership. Their job, along with other members, will be to review options for a memorial celebrating the life and musical career of Peart, along with its location and how it will be funded and maintained.
Peart, a member of the Order Of Canada and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, grew up in St. Catharines and worked at Lakeside Park's former midway. He died on January 7.
The idea for a statue or other memorial to honour Peart in Lakeside Park has been community driven. More than 25,000 people signed an online petition to have Peart honoured with a plaque or statue in the Port Dalhousie park. The public will be able to submit concepts at a meeting later this year after the rest of the task force members are appointed.
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|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 9:55 PM||comments (2)|
Rockers continue to be productive while under COVID-19 lockdown, as both Styx and the Scorpions revealed that they’re using the time in quarantine for work on new music.
In an interview conducted via Zoom, Styx bassist Ricky Phillips explained to radio personality Chasta how he and the band continue to collaborate. “I’m down here doing a lot of work, writing bass parts for stuff as Tommy Shaw sends it to me,” the musician explained while sitting in his Austin, Texas based studio. “He’s writing and working in Nashville where he lives, and then he sends me stuff here. I work on it. Eventually when we all come out from our caves we’re gonna get in a room and carve a new record.”
Asked to describe the new material, Phillips said, “There's a lot of proggy stuff and a lot of odd signatures, but you never feel like you're in a music theory class. It's done in a very friendly way.”
Like Styx, German hard rockers the Scorpions are laying down new song ideas, even while its members are apart.
“It's different because we can't be in one room together, there's no interaction really,” frontman Klaus Meine explained in an interview with the fan site Scorpions News. The rocker went on to note the added challenges of recording without a producer or engineer on hand. “It's very different this time, and it's true, I have a lot of respect for those guys dealing with all the technical side of making an album.”
As for his bandmates, Meine noted they’re in constant communication. “We're in touch on the net, on Skype, Facetime and all that, and [we] try to make the best out of it, you know, try to move on with the songs. But of course, we all can't wait for the day we all can be together with the whole band in the studio.”
Unlike the Scorpions last release, 2017’s compilation album Born to Touch Your Feelings: Best of Rock Ballads, Meine insists the new LP will be made up of “all new songs.”
The frontman also feels very lucky to be able to keep working when so many others in the world can’t. “We have a very privileged situation that at least we can be at home and can work in our own studios and keep things going,” Meine admitted. “To have a chance to go back in the studio and keep working on new songs - write new lyrics, now that's to be creative, it's a wonderful thing, especially in these days. We're all in lockdown and we have no chance to go nowhere really. We cannot travel, we cannot move, but at least we can be creative, we can take a deep dive in our own creative world. And hopefully something good comes out of it.”
|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
Former VIXEN singer Janet Gardner has released a music video for a new song called "Talk To Me". The track is once again a collaboration with her husband, guitarist/producer Justin James, who has previously worked with STAIND, COLLECTIVE SOUL and TYKETTO. The clip was made at home during the shelter-in-place order due to COVID-19.
"Talk To Me"'s arrival comes less than a week after Gardner and James announced that they have completed work on her third solo album.
Janet's second solo LP, "Your Place In The Sun", was released in May 2019 via Pavement Entertainment. The effort combined modern rock elements with the classic sound Gardner has become known for in her decades of female-fronted and influential fury.
Janet announced her departure from VIXEN in January 2019, saying in a statement that it was time for her to step aside and let drummer Roxy Petrucci and bassist Share Ross "pursue their vision for the future of VIXEN."
Gardner, Petrucci and Ross are considered to be part of VIXEN's classic lineup, along with founding guitarist Jan Kuehnemund, who died of cancer in October 2013.
Gardner contributed lead vocals to VIXEN's most commercially successful studio albums — "Vixen" (1988), "Rev It Up" (1990) and "Tangerine" (1998) — as well as the group's latest release, 2018's live album "Live Fire".
In January 2018, Gardner underwent surgery to remove blood clots in her brain, a condition known as a subdural hematoma.
While Gardner was recovering from her surgery, VIXEN played a show in Durant, Oklahoma in March 2018 with a fill-in singer, Lorraine Lewis of FEMME FATALE. In January 2019, Lewis was announced as Gardner's official replacement.
You can check out the track here:
|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Ozzy Osbourne is celebrating Parkinson's Awareness Month, a disease that he himself is battling, by donating a portion of the proceeds from his tour merchandise to charity.
The Black Sabbath legend revealed in January that he has been diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's disease and his is observing the awareness month by raising funds for Keep Memory Alive.
Ozzy had this to say, "I am pleased to be supporting Keep Memory Alive as part of national Parkinson's Awareness Month. Keep Memory Alive funds essential support and educational programs for patients and their families and is committed to ensuring progress towards better treatments and ultimately a cure." Fans can purchase tour merch and help the cause here:
|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 9:30 PM||comments (1)|
The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the 2020 touring industry, with event producer Danny Wimmer Presents announcing the cancellation of three additional festivals this fall. The hard rock and metal centric Louder Than Life festival, plus the more eclectic Bourbon & Beyond Festival and the country-leaning Hometown Rising -- all three festivals taking place in the Louisville area -- have all been called off for 2020.
A statement from DWP reads:
"In our heart of hearts we hoped and prayed that COVID-19 would not prevent us from having the 2020 Louisville Trifesta. In what feels like a repetitive bad dream, we now have to announce that Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life and Bourbon & Beyond festivals, held at Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, are being cancelled for 2020. We are working really hard to bring as much of our 2020 lineups back to 2021.
Even though the festivals are not until September, the advanced planning realities of producing three back-to-back-to-back events have necessitated that a decision be made sooner than later. Our decision also conforms with the advice of health officials.
As with our other cancelled events, we will be offering full refunds to our fans. All purchasers (including transfers from Welcome to Rockville, Sonic Temple and Epicenter) will be notified of their options and procedures via email next week.
We are truly heartbroken it has come to this. We want to thank you for your patience, support and loyalty. We hope you are staying safe as well as physically and mentally well. We are blessed to have such an amazing Festival Family, and together, as a community, we will get through this.
A full lineup for Louder Than Life had yet to be revealed, though it was announced that Metallica was set to headline two of the nights. DWP had also intended to expand Louder Than Life to four days, with many of the acts that had been scheduled for the promoter's spring festivals reportedly shifting their plans to make the fall festival.
As for ticket refunds and other questions concerning the 2020 Louder Than Life festival, please visit the Louder Than Life event website and check out the frequently asked questions section on the frontpage. Emails with complete details on refunds are expected to go out no later than April 28. Meanwhile, DWP expect Louder Than Life to return in 2021 at the Highland Festival Grounds and Kentucky Expo Center. Dates will be revealed at a later time.
|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
Evanescence have released a brand new single Wasted On You, and announced forthcoming new album, The Biitter Truth.
Amy Lee and co have dialled up the dramatics on their latest track, building from a stark intro to a sweeping, driving climax.
The song will appear on their fifth album, The Bitter Truth, which is their first album of new material in nine years.
Evanescence say the new album be released “incrementally” throughout 2020,. The band intend to release new songs at intervals during the next few albums, before releasing the full album later in 2020.
Says Amy Lee: “We were recording this music right up until we couldn’t go into the studio anymore, and finished it remotely through file sharing and phone calls. We are still writing and have a lot more work to do on this album, but this time we wanted to release the songs individually, as we create, to live more in the moment with our fans and our music.
“Wasted On You wasn’t the song we were planning to release first, but when the whole world went into indefinite lockdown and everything changed, so did the feeling and meaning of what we wanted to say right now. I didn’t write these lyrics about what we’re all now going through, but somehow that’s exactly what they are.”
You can check out the track here:
|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
To celebrate the 12th anniversary of Def Leppard’s 10th studio album Songs From The Sparkle Lounge (released April 25th, 2008), find out all the facts behind this album in the video below:
Def Leppard is ready to rock with their new live release, London To Vegas, out May 29. This limited edition 2Blu-ray+4CD, 2DVD+4CD and digital format release features two spectacular concert films: Hysteria At The O2 and Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood.
Filmed in December 2018, Hysteria At The O2 captures Def Leppard celebrating the groundbreaking Hysteria, one of their two diamond-certified 10x platinum albums (the other being Pyromania). Performed in its entirety before a ravenous sold-out crowd, this momentous homecoming event is made all the more powerful as it was their long-awaited debut at the iconic O2 Arena in London. Featuring electrifying performances of “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Animal,” “Women,” and “Love Bites,” band members Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar), and Rick Allen (drums) conclude the set with a host of extra hits including “Let’s Get Rocked,” “When Love and Hate Collide,” and “Photograph.”
Six months later, just after their induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Def Leppard undertook a residency in Las Vegas at Zappos Theatre in Planet Hollywood. Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood is a 28-song deep dive into not only their greatest hits, but rarities such as “Too Late For Love,” “Billy’s Got A Gun,” “Slang,” and “Promises.” Highlighting Def Leppard’s versatility, Hits Vegas presents a livewire stage show with two stages and video walls, punctuated with intimate, acoustic renditions of rarely performed songs “Let Me Be The One,” “We Belong,” “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad,” and “Two Steps Behind.”
Hits Vegas offers a behind-the-scenes bonus feature, while Hysteria At The O2 is rounded out with the bonus Hysteria: Then And Now mini-documentary. As a whole, Def Leppard: London To Vegas encapsulates the prestige of one of rock’s most iconic bands.
Packed in a 10” box with a 40-page hardback book, the set is completed with audio from both concerts. Hysteria Live, featuring the performance of the complete Hysteria album from the O2 show, will also be available separately on crystal clear 2LP, packaged in a gatefold sleeve.
|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Sebastian Bach has blasted Donald Trump supporters as "complete fucking idiots."
The former SKID ROW singer made the comment in response to a tweet from rock legend David Crosby, who is also not one to mince words when it comes to his thoughts on President Donald Trump.
The founding member of THE BYRDS and CROSBY, STILLS & NASH took to his Twitter on Saturday (April 25) to address news reports that at least 30 New Yorkers ingested household cleaners in the 18 hours since the president suggested using it to fight coronavirus.
When one Twitter user asked if Americans are "uneducated," Crosby replied: "Almost half the country is embracing ignorance and racism as a life philosophy...they don't read ...they don't value education at all ...they claim to be religious but don't act like Christians at all ...they are basically quite stupid ...and don't know it".
Crosby's tweet prompted another Twitter user to chime in with "Alienating half the country is a brilliant career move", while also tagging Bach in his post. Less than a minute later, Sebastian fired back with "Voting for Donald Trump makes you the complete fuking idiot."
Last August, Bach, who frequently criticizes Trump's policies, lambasted America's 45th president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence and other Republican leaders for their inaction on gun regulation. A month earlier, Bach made headlines when he said that he "would do a better job" running the county than Trump.
In a 2018 interview with TheRecord.com, Sebastian revealed that he voted for Hilary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
"I don't understand how anybody would accept a reality-show host as president instead of a politician," he said. "It's insanity. It's like starting a band and your first show is at Toronto SkyDome. You gotta build up to it."
Three years ago, Bach told Music Injection that things had gotten particularly bleak in the first few months after Trump took office.
"Well, since Donald Trump became president, Facebook became not fun for me," he said. "Every headline sucks, everything sucks and I get to the point where I can't take it! All of that news, constantly, day after day, week after week, it gets me down and it gets me in a bad mood.
"I don't know about everybody else, but when I read about nuclear war, I find it hard to get on with my day," he added. "I thought we got rid of that nuclear war conversation in the '70s! It gets [me] very sad and angry at the same time. Climate change makes me angry. It makes me mad that people deny that when the world is fucked. It makes me furious."
Sebastian recently confirmed that he was in the process of making the follow-up to his 2014 album "Give 'Em Hell".
|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
A decision about the fate of the Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Poison summer Stadium Tour has not yet been made, according to Bret Michaels.
The Poison frontman was asked about a possible postponement of the trek due to the Covid-19 pandemic during an appearance on The Jenny McCarthy Show on SiriusXM this past Thursday (April 23rd).
Bret said that they were no official word yet on the status of the tour and explained, "We'd all have to discuss it as bands and everybody. It comes down to the bands, because you've also got the lives of crew, your production, everybody that's traveling with you.
"And we all would have to make that decision together. And I think you do it when it's right and it's safe, because the first thing that matters is health is number one."
Michaels still wants to do the trek but said, "But our health, the crew's health, the fans' health, that's the first thing." He explained he would love to play the tour "when the health time is right, when we know no one's gonna get sick and we can go out there and bring it a thousand percent."
Check out the full interview below:
|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 9:05 PM||comments (0)|
Ticketmaster and their parent company Live Nation have faced their fair share of criticism concerning ticket refunds during the current global pandemic, but their policy has been amended to help out concertgoers amidst this period of financial crisis.
"Fans, we hear you. We don’t want you to be waiting in limbo while shows are being rescheduled. Thanks to your feedback, @LiveNation has revised our refund policy. If new dates aren't set in 60 days, you'll be able to get a refund at that time," tweeted Michael Rapino, president and CEO of Live Nation, before directing fans to the updated policy.
As was policy prior, Live Nation ticket holders will automatically receive a refund for their cancelled events. Alternatively, if your show is at a Live Nation venue, you will have 30 days to opt in to receiving your refund as a 150 percent credit to use towards buying future tickets.
As for rescheduled shows, tickets will automatically be valid for the new date, unless you opt for a refund within 30 days of the new show date being announced. Notification emails to ticket holders will begin May 1.
The policy also states, "If you have tickets to a show that is postponed, you will be able to select your refund option once the new date is announced. If 60 days has passed since a show was postponed and no rescheduled dates have been announced, the 30-day window for refunds will open at that time." This is one of the key changes in the updated policy. You can check Live Nation's event status to see the current state of shows that had been scheduled.
One other newly announced addition to Live Nation's policy is the formation of the "Hero Nation" program. If you have tickets to a show at a Live Nation venue that gets cancelled, you can choose to receive a credit for 150 percent of your purchase (including fees). So if you spent $200 on tickets, you will receive $300 in credit!"
The explanation continues, "When you choose this option, Live Nation will also donate tickets to healthcare workers to share the gift of live with those working on the front line through our Hero Nation program. We will donate one ticket for every ticket you originally purchased. All ticket holders will receive emails with their options beginning May 1. This offer is not valid for special events, third party rentals or festivals."
Check out the full explanation of the Live Nation ticket relief refund policy right here: https://www.livenationentertainment.com/ticketrelief/ including answers to a number of frequently asked questions and a listing of Live Nation venues. As for refunds, concertgoers should expect to receive their refund in as soon as 30 days.
|Posted on April 26, 2020 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
Gene Simmons dismissed the billions of dollars lost to the music industry as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that more important things were at stake.
The Kiss star also said he wanted to hear less complaining from people who were living in lockdown, and outlined when his band would return to complete their farewell tour.
“I wash my hands so [often] – I’ve never been so clean in my life. I’m usually a slob,” Simmons told Good Day L.A. in a recent interview (below). He described the global alert as a “crazy time” and added: “I’m so grateful to everybody out there who risks their lives for you guys and me.”
Asked how the virus was affecting music, he replied: “We can talk about the big numbers and that means billions of dollars that are lost. The rich and the famous and the good-looking folks who wear silly outfits like this and have silly hair like this… billions of dollars just flushed down the drain. So what? You’re talking about single mothers and families who live from check to check. The people who actually put on these concerts – the security people, the road crews, all that stuff – this is survival. The folks in and around the infrastructure are the people who are suffering the most.”
He said Kiss were “doing our part” and “writing checks” for “important stuff,” continuing: “I just sent a nice big check to the children’s hospital here in L.A. because you not only have children suffering from this horrible thing, there are children who are also fighting cancer.” That led him to insist: “We have nothing to complain about. Stop complaining – I keep saying that all the time… There are some miserable things going on out there; people are losing their lives. … We’re in this together – the only way is the lonely way.”
Simmons confirmed that Kiss planned to fulfil their tour commitments, saying: “We’re gonna go back once it’s safe, once there’s a cure. We would never put our fans in danger, or ourselves.”
You can check out the interview below:
|Posted on April 19, 2020 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
This weekend, Cameo — the personalized celebrity message service — held a special "Cameo Cares" virtual three-day event benefiting those impacted by COVID-19. Athletes, musicians, comedians and other celebrities participated in a virtual entertainment event Thursday through Saturday to help out COVID-19-related causes and give fans an alternative way to connect while everyone stays at home.
On Saturday April 18, there was an "Iconic Rockstars" panel conversation that included Rikki Rockett (POISON), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Rick Nielsen (CHEAP TRICK) and Andy Biersack (BLACK VEIL BRIDES). The conversation was moderated by Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, DREAM THEATER).
One of the topics that came up during the "Iconic Rockstars" chat was the "rock is dead" argument, which has popped up again and again throughout the years, including in 2014 when KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told Esquire magazine that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it."
A number of hard rock and heavy metal musicians have weighed in on the topic in a variety of interviews over the last couple of years, with some digging a little deeper into Simmons's full remarks and others just glossing over the headline.
Speaking about the health of the current rock scene, Snider said (see video below beginning at around 23-minute mark): "Rock is not dead. It's such a false narrative. Just go to the concert halls to see what's going on. I don't wanna tear up Gene, but he did something in an article in GQ a number of years ago where he said rock was dead [and] don't bother picking up a guitar. And I was, like, how can our own people be reinforcing that message? Our job is to lift up young people like Andy — not crush their spirits."
Rockett chimed in, saying: "I think that organic rock music is absolutely going to go into the forefront again — it just is. But I think it needs to reinvent itself a little bit. People need to be a little more creative in the rock genre. It's a little bit too, like, this guy could be in that band or he could be in that band or he could play with this guy, and everybody looks the same and plays the same. There needs to be a little more of a movement, a little more of a scene. When I was growing up, there was a punk scene and there was a rock scene, and then metal came along. There were scenes, and it created a lot of energy. Rock's been a little stagnant for a while. It's there. I mean, even people like Steve Miller can put on tickets for sale and sell fucking out — it's amazing. So it's there. But as far as newer bands, I think rock is gonna have to reinvigorate itself just a little bit and not just copy what other people have done that came before them."
Biersack commented: "I think a lot it, to be fair, comes down to where you're going, though. If you're not entering those festivals, if you're not going to Warped Tour, these other things, it could seem as if there is no movement or anything different that's going on now. Look, I'm not saying that we're in some sort of heyday or rock music, but I think that, to be fair to the current bands, there is a certain amount of, 'If you don't see us, you're not gonna know it's existing.' And I think that there is some fun in the anonymity there and that we exist kind of underground…
"If you walk through a Warped Tour — I know Warped Tour isn't existing, but those types of environments — the types of bands that are playing are so vastly different, and the scene differential is huge, just within the context of what we're doing," he continued. "So I think in many ways, because it's not getting mainstream play, you're not seeing it in front of you as often, many people — myself included; I don't know what fucking bands are out there right now — because it's so piecemeal and it's so separated, you have the opportunity to stream whatever type of rock music you want."
Money was raised in a number of ways during "Cameo Cares". For every Cameo booked during the three-day event, Cameo donated its standard cut (25%) to charity. Cameo said it was hoping to raise $1 million over the course of the event, with funds going to the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, No Kid Hungry, the Actors Fund, MusiCares and the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.
"Dozens of favorite concerts, shows, TV programs, and other entertainment have been cancelled to help protect the population during the COVID-19 pandemic," Cameo co-founder and CEO Steven Galanis said in a statement. "'Cameo Cares' provides a safe, fun alternative, while helping charities serving those in need."
STRYPER FRONTMAN MICHAEL SWEET COMPLETES VOCAL TRACKING FOR NEW ALBUM - "IT IS AN ALBUM FILLED WITH HOPE AND INSPIRATION"
|Posted on April 19, 2020 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet has issued the following update:
"I’m so thankful to say that I’m officially done tracking my lead vocals and guitar solos for the new Stryper album. It may very well be our most important album and it is an album filled with hope and inspiration. Stryper has always worked so hard to be a light in the dark, now more than ever and in such desperate times. No matter what, never lose faith or stop believing that God has a plan. He holds the whole world in His hands. This new album was recorded during an incredibly difficult time yet through this time, we’ve produced our best and most powerful album to date."
The new album will be released via Frontiers Music. Stay tuned for updates.
On March 13th, Sweet took to Instagram and posted a message urging people to stand together during the Coronavirus pandemic currently running amok, resulting in widespread examples of greed and contempt for other people.
Sweet: "I went out yesterday to buy a few things and I was shocked to see empty shelves and what felt like the end of the world. I tried to buy some soup and there wasn't much left. Thermometers, toilet paper, pain meds, cleaned out! I felt bad for all the other people who were there looking for these items and unfortunately couldn't find what they needed due to hoarding and greed. I really believe that we're going to get through this and that we're going to be okay. If we're educated and take proper precautions we will overcome. It's important for us to think of others in all the turmoil and not just think of ourselves. Stay smart, stay calm, be respectful, be loving, be compassionate, be faithful, stay positive. We will persevere."
The Coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellations of numerous gigs, tours, festivals and events across the music industry on an international scale. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that they are "deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction" by the authorities. The WHO also says the vast majority of coronavirus patients recover within anywhere from two to six weeks depending on the severity of the symptoms.
|Posted on April 19, 2020 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
The Rolling Stones delivered an acoustic, in-home performance of their 1969 classic, "You Can't Always Get What You Want", as part of the "One World Together At Home" coronavirus concert special.
Streamed live by hennemusic and curated by Lady Gaga in collaboration with Global Citizen and the World Health Organization (WHO), the April 18 event highlighted the efforts of the WHO's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and stories from the world's health care heroes, alongside messages of gratitude and appreciation from those who they've treated.
A US broadcast on all the major networks was hosted by the late night trio of Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon; the show featured intimate performances by Eddie Vedder, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Keith Urban and more.
"We are honored to be invited to be part of the One World: Together at Home broadcast - from our homes in isolation," said The Rolling Stones. "A fantastic event with Global Citizen in the fight against COVID -19."
Watch the performance and read more here:
|Posted on April 19, 2020 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali is a success story. This time, it's not because of his multi-platinum recording career, but for beating the immediate prognosis of his cancer battle. It was one year ago that he was given just six months to live, as the hair metal icon recently recollected.
Despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year ago, Banali went public with the news in October of last year, which answered questions about his mysterious absences from Quiet Riot performances. In a message on Facebook, the drummer expressed gratitude for the support he's had from warm messages from fans to medical professionals to his family.
Still, the battle is not over.
"One year ago today on April 17th 2019 while at the emergency room I was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer that had spread to my liver. The prognosis was six months to live. Today marks the one year anniversary," wrote Banali.
Realizing there's still a fight to be had, the 68-year-old musician continued, "I have guarded optimism for the future while understanding that for this deadly cancer the survival rate is only 10 percent for one to five years. Nonetheless I am very grateful to be alive."
He then credited those responsible for helping him through such trying times, as he added, "Without my wife Regina Banali I wouldn't have made it this far. This is not an exaggeration, but rather the truth. Thank you for everything you do for me which is everything 24/7/365. My thanks to my multitude of doctors and nurses both at kaiser & private clinics. Last, but certainly not least, to all of you for your messages of love & prayers which means the world to me."
"Believe me when I say this journey has not been easy," expressed Banali in closing. "Together, let's see where this road leads to."
In November of last year, Banali told SiriusXM radio host Eddie Trunk, "I know the cancer will be the death of me," also noting, "It's okay to be depressed about it, but it's not okay to stay there."
Quiet Riot latest release, 2019's Hollywood Cowboys, marked the second album from the band to feature singer James Durbin, who exited the group before the record came out. Returning to the fold was frontman Jizzy Pearl, who sang on Quiet Riot's 2014 album, Number 10, and was previously a member of the band from 2013 through 2016.
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Klaus Meine spoke to the SCORPIONS' official French fan club about the band's upcoming studio album. Tentatively due in 2021, the disc will mark the German hard rock legends' first release since 2017's "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads", which was an anthology of SCORPIONS' new and classic material.
Regarding how the coronavirus crisis is affecting the work on the new LP, Meine said (hear audio below): "We were supposed to start working in the studio [two weeks ago] and all of us are working in their own studios, but we're in touch. And we keep going and we try to make the best out of this isolated situation… The last week of March, we were supposed to start working here [in Germany] before we wanted to go out together with the whole band here in the studio in Hannover. Our producer from America wanted to come over here — Greg Fidelman — and then we had to change the whole plan. And it turned out we ended up with everybody doing his own thing, working on songs and working on stuff at his own studio. So, for me, it was good. With the support of [our recording engineer] Hans-Martin Buff, he [took] me through all the different stages to record myself — not only to be a writer and a singer but also become an engineer, recording myself. And it was a nice challenge —and it still is. Every other day, I come up with things and go, 'Hey, c'mon, Hans-Martin, you've gotta show me…' It's easy to communicate this way and get things done. That's, so far, the good part of this in this very difficult time. So I think we're very privileged that we can be at home and that we can spend time in the studio and do what we do anyway. But I'm sure, and I know there will be a point where it's about time for the whole band to join together and put things on the next level."
According to the singer, SCORPIONS "have a lot of songs" written for the upcoming album. "We started writing for this album early last year until June 2019. And then we had to go back on the road," Meine said. "At that point, we had a couple of great songs already, so the whole thing was in progress. It felt really good at that point. Now, coming back from Australia and Southeast Asia, it was about time to pick up the recording sessions and go back into it. I know when Rudolf [Schenker, guitar] came back, he went to Thailand — the last show was in Singapore in early March and he went back to his place in Thailand — so he picked up the songs and a couple of weeks later, there was a lot of stuff coming back from the riff master. [Laughs] It's a good creative mood, and it's really exciting.
"Every other day, I ask myself, 'Klaus, are we really doing a new album?'" he laughed. "'Is anybody waiting for a new album from the SCORPIONS out there? But at the same time, it's wonderful, after all these years, we're still excited to create new stuff and to create new songs and we're all into it. And having Mikkey [Dee, drums] in the band now, it's, like, 'Wow.' This could be an album where it's a little bit more on the harder edge."
Meine went on to say that he is looking forward to working with Fidelman, who began his career as the guitarist and songwriter for RHINO BUCKET before launching his career as a producer, engineer and mixer, finding an early mentor in Rick Rubin.
"[Greg] used to work with METALLICA and SLIPKNOT, so we feel we have the right producer to go into a production where it's all about attitude and playing together," Klaus said. "Which, unfortunately, right now is not happening — Greg can't come over here, we can't go over there to the United States — so right now it's all a little crazy. And we don't know how long it will take, really, to keep going and take this to the next level. But right now, it feels good. There's a lot of work to do, and I'm happy that I can work on new material, and every other day I have songs — I put my vocals on. And the fact I do it myself — this is what I'm most proud of."
Because the coronavirus pandemic has effectively shut down touring as people are being asked to stay home, Meine and his bandmates have been spending their quarantine time at home with their families.
"This is the time [when] solidarity and creativity are important, and to stay in touch with each other," Klaus said.
"When we came back from Australia and Southeast Asia, we came here [to Germany], and a few days later, the situation with the coronavirus became more serious every other day. And so we thought it's important to stay in touch with our fanbase around the world and also encourage them to stay at home in these very, very special times. It's so important that we all try to not to be too close to each other.
"I haven't been at home for such a long time in one run, so it's kind of unusual for all of us, I guess," he added. "But coming from this long trip, from Down Under, we spent so much time [on the road] in the last couple of years, so it's, in a way, nice to have a break. And right now, it's beautiful weather and [I get to] see a blue sky. I can't complain, because it's beautiful to be at home with your loved ones and spend some extra time together, and at the same time have a chance to be in my studio and work on new songs, write lyrics."
SCORPIONS' last full-length collection of new recordings was 2015's "Return To Forever", partially comprising songs the band had in the vault from the '80s. It was the final recorded appearance of SCORPIONS' longtime drummer James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band in September 2016. He has since been replaced by Dee, formerly of MOTÖRHEAD.
SCORPIONS were scheduled to take over the Las Vegas Strip in July with their exclusive headlining residency show at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
The band previously played a Las Vegas mini-residency in May 2016, consisting of five shows at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
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ZZ Top have postponed a Canadian tour with Cheap Trick as the global pandemic continues to impact the live music industry. The 2020 shows are being rescheduled to next spring, with some currently confirmed and others to be announced.
"In abundance of caution during this time, we are rescheduling the Canada leg of A Celebration with ZZ Top," says the Texas trio. "This was an extremely difficult decision for the band, but we feel it's the responsible thing to do.
"All previously purchased tickets will be honored at rescheduled shows. Keep an eye on our website and socials and the venue websites for further information and updates.
"Thank you all for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you all on the road soon."
|Posted on April 19, 2020 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Swedish rock legends Europe have recorded a new version of the title track of their last album, Walk The Earth.
The recording is accompanied by a video which, like the song, was recorded with singer Joey Tempest and keyboard player Mic Michaeli performing in isolation. You can check out the video here:
Any proceeds generated by streams of the song will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières – Doctors Without Borders, to assist with their fight against Coronavirus.
"It was a natural choice for us to support Médecins Sans Frontières," writes frontman Joey Tempest. "They do such outstanding work on the frontline in over 70 countries around the world.
"We also feel that the song Walk The Earth is well suited for these circumstances. Although performed in a more somber way we feel the song still carries the basic human message of survival, spirit and perseverance in this very troubled age.
Tempest goes on to talk about the new recording, saying, "I asked Mic to record a new version on his piano in Stockholm. He emailed it to me and I recorded the vocal in my home studio in London. It was an interesting way of working and we may look at doing something else in the future, perhaps with the other members of the band.
"We hope that as many people as possible will view and share this video and we will donate all funds generated to MSF. You can of course donate directly, just visit Médecins Sans Frontières.