|Posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Disturbed’s David Draiman wants to represent rock at next year’s Super Bowl. The band has begun a campaign for Draiman to sing the National Anthem before the game, something the vocalist has dreamed of since he was young.
Once again, the Super Bowl Halftime Show will not feature a rock band in 2020. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform next year, celebrating the Hispanic heritage of Miami, where Super Bowl LIV will be held.
Disturbed shared a recent Billboard poll asking who should sing the National Anthem before the 2020 Super Bowl. Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie is currently in the lead, but Disturbed have encouraged fans to type Draiman’s name into the poll:
"Let’s stir it up
Open link, type in “David Draiman” in the other section, and click VOTE"
“I’ve dreamt of doing it my entire life. Been rehearsing it since I was a little boy,” Draiman told Loudwire. “I love my country, and I would be honored beyond words to have the opportunity to try and inspire, strengthen, and give hope, at a time when we need those things more than ever. Plus...it would be nice to have rock represented on SOME level at the Super Bowl, and to prove to everyone that there ARE rock singers out there who can do the anthem as much justice as ANY pop artists out there, and even possibly take it higher.”
A hard rock or metal vocalist has never sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, with the closest example being Billy Joel in 1989 and 2007.
VIVIAN CAMPBELL Dismisses LAST IN LINE 'Cash-Grab' Accusations: 'I'm Certainly Not Doing It For The Money'
|Posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
Vivian Campbell has laughed off the "cash-grab" accusations leveled at his LAST IN LINE project, saying that the band is barely making ends meet while on the road.
"You're talking about flying Southwest, staying at a Holiday Inn Express, driving in a... van and eating cheese sandwiches every day," he told Tulsa World.
"I do not need to do the LAST IN LINE thing," the guitarist, who has been a member of DEF LEPPARD for 27 years, continued. "I do it because it's catharsis for the soul. I'm certainly not doing it for the money. It makes me a better guitar player and I think I'm playing better than I've ever played in my life and I think DEF LEPPARD benefits from it."
Campbell, along with drummer Vinny Appice and bassist Jimmy Bain, was part of DIO's first incarnation, which reunited in 2012 alongside singer Andrew Freeman to form LAST IN LINE.
When LAST IN LINE formed, the intent was to celebrate Ronnie James Dio's early work by reuniting the members of the original DIO lineup. After playing shows that featured a setlist composed exclusively of material from the first three DIO albums, the band decided to move forward and create new music in a similar vein.
"I wouldn't have done it if Ronnie was still alive because, if Ronnie was still alive, then there would have been some incarnation of the band DIO and I wouldn't have wanted to compete with that or be in conflict with it," Campbell told Tulsa World.
LAST IN LINE takes its name from the second DIO album released in 1984. Appice, Bain and Campbell were Ronnie James Dio's co-conspirators and co-writers on the "Holy Diver", "The Last In Line" and "Sacred Heart" albums — the records that defined the classic early DIO sound and have gone on to become part of rock history.
LAST IN LINE's sophomore album, "II", was released in February via Frontiers Music Srl. As with 2016's "Heavy Crown", the new disc was produced by DOKKEN and FOREIGNER bassist Jeff Pilson.
"Heavy Crown"'s release had been preceded by tragedy when Bain unexpectedly passed away at the age of 68 on January 23, 2016. LAST IN LINE, honoring what they knew would be Bain's wish to keep the band moving, brought in renowned bassist Phil Soussan (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) and committed to sustained touring in support of the album, hitting festivals, headlining clubs, and sharing the stage with metal luminaries such as SAXON and MEGADETH.
|Posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:30 PM||comments (0)|
Cheap Trick reflect on how Japan gave them their first big breakthrough in a new preview clip that AXS TV has shared from this week's episode of The Big Interview.
The episode airs this Wednesday, October 9th at 8pE/5pP and features original members Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson sitting down with host Dan Rather.
In the preview clip, Nielsen reveals, "We started getting fan mail from Japan, because of the Japanese press talking about us at a Queen show.... Normally they wouldn't mention the opening act."
Zander said, "In Japan, they have these comic books and they're thick ones and Queen and KISS were always in there. And all of a sudden, we were in there as like their young brothers. So that helped promote us in Japan before '[Cheap Trick at] Budokan' even came out."
Petersson added, "They kind of like that quirky cartoon character thing going on, which Queen has, which KISS certainly has. We were like cartoon characters. None of the other audiences, our record company in the states and stuff, they thought 'boy this is too weird.' But the Japanese, they got a kick out of it. That's how they learned English. They listened to records over and over and learned how to pronounce English words. It's kind of demented nursery rhymes."
Zander concluded, "Not everyone in rock during that time was in these comic books. It had a lot to do with the caricatures of ourselves, but the music had to be there too."
Watch the preview below:
|Posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Scorpions and Helloween both performed on October 4 at Rock In Rio 2019 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Video of both bands' full sets can be seen below.
"Going Out With A Bang"
"Make It Real"
"Coast To Coast"
"Top Of The Bill" / "Steamrock Fever" / "Speedy's Coming" / "Catch Your Train" (70's medley)
"We Built This House"
"Cidade Maravilhosa" (Traditional cover) (Tribute to Rio)
"Send Me An Angel"
"Wind Of Change"
"Tease Me Please Me"
"Big City Nights"
"Still Loving You"
"Rock You Like a Hurricane"
You can watch the Scorpions set here:
"Eagle Fly Free"
"Ride the Sky"
"A Tale That Wasn't Right"
"How Many Tears"
"I Want Out"
You can watch the Helloween set here:
|Posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
The conversation regarding Van Halen's future has been all over the place the last few months, and even David Lee Roth recently said he thinks it's over. Now, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather has shed some light on the band's possible hiatus, attributing it to health issues.
"I love Ed and Alex [Van Halen], they've been friends of mine for 40 years. I'm still friends with Mike [Anthony]. I love all those guys. I'm Switzerland, man. I don't get in the middle of all that," Lukather told Eddie Trunk on a recent podcast episode. "I've been in contact with Ed. We text all the time. I really can't say much, man. I don't wanna say anything."
The Toto guitarist continues to praise Van Halen as one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and acknowledges that everyone wants them become active again.
"[Eddie] and Alex are sitting there laying back and they're waiting to see what happens next. I think they're on a hiatus," Lukather explains. "There's been some health issues that they're dealing with and stuff like that. We're older guys now, and to go on the road, and stuff like that, it requires a lot of extra effort in terms of as a human being...I'm not the guy to say anything. I love those brothers so much and we've always had a great relationship. I'm a big fan and also adore them as human beings."
Eddie Van Halen was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2000, and underwent a procedure that removed a third of his tongue to get rid of it. He's been cancer free since 2002.
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Metallica have shared a new website which suggests the band will make an announcement later this week.
They posted a link to MetallicaXX.com on Twitter, with fans clicking on the link met with a countdown timer which is due to hit zero on Thursday at 12noon (GMT).
There’s no official indication of what the announcement will be, but the XX could point to the number 20 – and, as this year marks the 20th anniversary of Metallica’s landmark S&M album, perhaps the reveal could be a home release of their recent S&M2 shows from San Francisco.
Last month, Metallica played two sets with the city’s symphony orchestra, led by conductor Edwin Outwater, with a special appearance by Michael Tilson Thomas, with the film set to hit cinema screens around the world on Wednesday (October 9).
Metallica also shared a clip of their performance of 1997 track The Memory Remains last week, ahead of a trio of preview screenings which took place in London, New York and Los Angeles over the weekend.
Metallica explained: “The response to the two S&M2 shows at San Francisco’s new Chase Center has been nothing short of mind-boggling!
“We had the most incredible time with the San Francisco Symphony and now cannot wait to share it with the world on the big screen.”
It was recently reported that Metallica guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield had re-entered rehab, which resulted in the band postponing their tour of Australia and New Zealand.
|Posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
Peter Criss' first stint with Kiss ended in a private whimper; he made sure his second departure was loud and public.
Angered after learning he was getting paid $10,000 a show less than his fellow returning salaried bandmate, guitarist Ace Frehley, Criss threatened to leave the temporarily reunited original lineup's 2000 tour early. He agreed to stay for the last handful of dates after getting a matching salary bump, but began adding a teardrop to his Catman makeup in protest of what he deemed as unfair treatment.
"In prison, a teardrop signifies that you're tough because you had killed someone," he explained in his 2012 biography, Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss. "But to me, it meant that they had fucked me over."
"I thought it made him look like Emmett Kelly's famous Weary Willie character," countered bandmate Paul Stanley in his own 2014 book, Face the Music: A Life Exposed. The guitarist noted that Criss' behavior -- constantly posting signs counting down the number of days left on tour, poorly putting on his makeup and playing songs too slowly in concert -- made the rest of the band miserable.
"For the last seven dates, we'd put on our makeup and nobody talked to one another anymore," Criss concurred. "Nobody laughed, there was no music playing in the room -- it was all about just getting through those shows."
"Peter, you're playing too slow!," Stanley recalled band manager Doc McGhee yelling at the drummer during one show. "Well, so are they!" Criss shouted back. "What are you talking about? You're the fucking drummer!"
Everything came to a head at the last show of the North American leg of what was intended to be the band's farewell tour, which took place on Oct. 7, 2000, in North Charleston, S.C. While Stanley was performing his usual end-of-show guitar-smashing ritual, Criss decided to do him one better.
"I got up, and while the riser was still high up in the air, I started kicking my drums off it," he recalled. "Everyone stood up and cheered, and Paul thought the cheers were for him until he turned around and saw a huge floor tom-tom coming down at him. So he took his guitar, threw it down on the stage and walked off. He must have kept walking, because I didn't see him or Ace of Gene when I went in to take my makeup off."
All told, it was much a much more dramatic day than the one that ended Criss' first Kiss tenure. As part of the legal agreement for his 1980 departure from the group, he agreed to make it look like he was still in the band by appearing in the video for the song "Shandi," taken from Unmasked, an album on which he did not actually perform.
"Ace and Paul walked out of the room without even saying goodbye to me," Criss said of the shoot. "As Gene [Simmons] was getting ready to leave, I saw that his bass guitar was propped up against the wall. 'Hey, Gene, can I have your bass? I'd like to have something to remember the band with,' I said. 'You really want it?' he said. I nodded yes. 'Yeah, you can have it,' he said softly."
After the more contentious final 2000 show, Criss reportedly turned down a $1 million payday for an eight-show 2001 tour of Japan, a move Stanley sarcastically called a "brilliant business decision." He was replaced by Eric Singer, who had previously played in the non-makeup version of Kiss from 1991-96.
Frehley departed the group for a second time when the farewell tour ended in April 2001, making the Oct. 7, 2000, show the last time the original lineup performed together. Instead of breaking up, group mainstays Stanley and Simmons recruited Tommy Thayer to take over lead guitar. "For a while, honestly, we lost sight that we didn't have to stop," Stanley later said of the decision to forgo retirement and carry on without Criss and Frehley. "We had to get rid of them.”
In a controversial move, Singer and Thayer performed onstage wearing the same makeup designs made famous by their predecessors. This didn't go over well with the band's founding drummer. "I am the original Catman, there'll never be another one," Criss told radio host Eddie Trunk during a 2013 interview. "Eric and Tommy, to them, it's a job. He's playing Ace Frehley's licks to the T, Eric's playing my drum licks to a T. There's a whole generation of kids that are clueless as to what Kiss is about. They go to see them now and they think that's Kiss."
Despite this objection, Criss wound up rejoining a Frehley-less version of Kiss for another series of tours in 2003. "All of a sudden they bring Peter back, and you got Tommy Thayer playing guitar wearing the Ace makeup, and all of a sudden no one minded it was Ace’s makeup design," Singer noted. "Peter had no problem, did he?"
However hypocritical he felt about performing with Thayer in makeup, Criss found his third stint in the band thoroughly miserable. "You started this thing like GM, and you were a CEO, and now you’re washing floors," he said in 2012. "It’s that kind of feeling. It was tough, being how I am, and doing things my own way. Now, I was sort of having to walk the line. It got really uncomfortable. It wasn’t fun anymore.”
Still, he didn't quit. Instead, Simmons and Stanley opted not to renew Criss' contract when it ended in 2004, and Singer returned to what has become the longest-running lineup in Kiss history.
Simmons, Stanley, Frehley and Criss shared the stage but did not perform together during the band's 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Criss retired from live performances after a handful of solo farewell dates in 2017. The following year, Kiss announced plans for their own final tour.
“I’m proud of the guys and what we did, all that was great," Criss told the Courier Mail at the time of his retirement. "But now it’s time to forgive, forget and move on with your life.”
You can watch Peter Criss destroy his drum kit here:
|Posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins has revealed that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a social media post shared by the band.
The veteran group is gearing up to release their new album "Unleash Your Madness" on November 8th but with the diagnosis the band has been forced to call off live performances to promote the effort.
They wrote, "We are sorry to announce these bad news. Our brother Ronnie has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer...
This means we will have to cancel all shows announced until the end of January 2020 and we're all sorry for the inconvenience that might bring.
Right now all plans are on hold, so for the moment we can't say much more due to the current situation but we will keep you updated.
"ALL focus is now on Ronnie's health and undergoing treatment.
We hope for your love and understanding. /Ken, Rene, Chris and Allan"
Atkins shared his own message to fans, "It's scary how your world can be turned upside down in a couple of weeks. I went to my doctor for a routine check complaining about some back pains in mid-August.
"I then went through numerous scans, bronchoscopy, biopsies etc. and spent a lot of time waiting for answers in uncertainty.
And so finally three weeks ago I found myself diagnosed with lung cancer.
"Now this has by all means been a shock to me, my family and those close to me since it came totally unexpected without any typical symptoms and everything just happened and developed so fast lately.
"I'm already in treatment and underwent surgery two weeks ago, then spend some 10 days in hospital with pneumonia as a consequence apparently linked to the surgery.
"According to the medical staff my prospects are good considering it's lung cancer. However, I will have to undertake further treatment the next couple of months to be on the safe side.
"This means that I unfortunately will have to step back from most musical activities concerts etc. for an indefinite period of time.
"I'm going into this with a positive mindset and with the continuing love and support from my family and friends I'm determined to battle this disease the best I can -God willing! LOVE Ronnie Atkins"
|Posted on October 7, 2019 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
Sebastian Bach performed at Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Colorado on October 5 as part of his tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of SKID ROW's self-titled debut album.
Bach opened the 15-song set with "Tornado" — the LP's final track — and "Forever" before the singer performed the rest of "Skid Row" in order. As an encore, Sebastian played three songs from SKID ROW's 1991 album "Slave To The Grind": the title track, "In A Darkened Room" and "Monkey Business".
03. Big Guns
04. Sweet Little Sister
05. Can't Stand The Heartache
06. Piece Of Me
07. 18 And Life
08. Rattlesnake Shake
09. Youth Gone Wild
10. Here I Am
11. Makin' A Mess
12. I Remember You
14. Slave To The Grind
15. In A Darkened Room
16. Monkey Business
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user Dan's 420 Chronicles):
In June, Bach issued an "open invitation" to the other members of SKID ROW's classic lineup to "get onstage and jam" during the vocalist's current tour. A few days later, during an interview with Finland's Kaaos TV, guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo confirmed that he would not accept Bach's latest overture. "I'm working with my band," he said. "This is SKID ROW, and this is what I do."
Drummer Rob Affuso — who left SKID ROW in 1998 and claims to be "the only former member that keeps in contact with all former SKID ROW bandmates and is still good friends with them all" — subsequently joined Bach on September 25 at Sony Hall in New York City to play the band's classic song "Makin' A Mess".
Asked by Rolling Stone if he thinks his former bandmates are offended that he put his invitation out there publicly, Bach said: "No. I think it's an ego thing. They don't like when I get attention, and they don't get attention. It's always been like that. I can already see them getting mad, because I'm selling out shows, and they're not part of the show, and blah, blah, blah."
|Posted on October 6, 2019 at 9:05 PM||comments (0)|
With an explosive new album at the top of the charts and millions of fans all over the world, Motley Crue were one of the biggest bands on Earth in the fall of 1989. To kick-start their highly anticipated Dr. Feelgood Tour, the group decided to return to one of its favorite clubs with a performance at the legendary Whisky A Go Go on Oct. 5, 1989.
Motley Crue cut their teeth on the Sunset Strip, playing at such iconic spots as the Roxy and Gazzari’s. Still, the Whisky A Go Go always stood out among the rest and had served as a key predictor of the band’s success. In 1982, they sold out three nights at the iconic club, an achievement bassist Nikki Sixx calls “one of the highlights of [their] career.”
In the band’s autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band, Sixx recalled telling his grandparents about the shows. “You’re not going to believe it! We sold out three nights at the Whisky. We fucking made it,” Sixx said on the phone call. His grandfather glibly replied, “Made what? Nobody even knows who you are.”
By 1989, everyone knew who they were. Motley Crue rode their electric blend of glam and heavy metal to dizzying heights, scoring hits throughout the ‘80s with songs like “Shout at the Devil,” “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Home Sweet Home.” Along the way, they also built a reputation as one of rock’s wildest bands, with drug use, arrests and copious amounts of partying going hand-in-hand with their personae.
The Whisky was the location for many of these debauched antics, including the band’s fight with a local biker gang, and an occasion when Sixx abandoned a groupie mid-sexual escapade. “I tied a girl up in the Whisky bathroom with Mick's guitar cable, and then went to get a bump of blow from Tommy,” the bassist recalled to LA Weekly. “I forgot she was in there! I think Vince found her and everything was [fine].”
Fond -- and disturbing -- memories aside, the band knew that opening 1989’s Dr. Feelgood Tour at the Whisky would be a logistical nightmare. The group’s popularity had long outgrown the club’s small confines and advertising a Motley Crue show at their old hunting ground would undoubtedly cause pandemonium. With that in mind, the band booked the performance under its favorite pseudonym: the Four Skins.
Over the course of a powerful 16-song set, the band tore through many of its biggest hits. At one point, singer Vince Neil paused to thank the crowd. “You guys fucking made it in, huh?” he joked to his adoring fans. “It’s been a long time since we played here, I’ll tell ya. But this is home to us!”
Footage from the performance would later be used in the music video for “Kickstart My Heart,” a track that was played live for the first time during the Whisky A Go Go set. Dr. Feelgood became one of the band’s most acclaimed albums, scoring two Grammy nominations and selling more than 7 million copies worldwide.
Rumors regarding one last performance at the Whisky A Go Go swirled following Motley Crue’s announcement of The Final Tour in 2014. "It's gotta be there. It's the only place to end it,” drummer Tommy Lee asserted, insisting that the club was a natural place to wrap the band’s touring career.
Though the idea was “romantic,” it ultimately did not come to fruition. Motley Crue instead played their final show at Staples Center in Los Angeles, about nine miles from their old Sunset Strip haunt. Still, they did manage a return to the Whisky in 2019, celebrating the premiere of their Netflix biopic The Dirt with an after-party at the club.
|Posted on October 6, 2019 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
On October 4th, Iron Maiden performed at the Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to 90,000 people. Pro-shot video of the entire show is available below:
The setlist on the night was as follows:
"Where Eagles Dare"
"2 Minutes To Midnight"
"For The Greater Good Of God"
"The Wicker Man"
"Sign Of The Cross"
"Flight Of Icarus"
"Fear Of The Dark"
"The Number Of The Beast"
"The Evil That Men D"
"Hallowed Be Thy Name"
"Run To The Hills"
|Posted on October 6, 2019 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
Before he agreed to let Kiss to end their decade-long studio exile with 2009's Sonic Boom, Paul Stanley laid down some important ground rules.
Unlike some of the band's more recent, often muddled records, there would be no trend-chasing, no ballads, and no outside songwriters or musicians. Most importantly, he needed to have final say.
"I was through second-guessing or being second-guessed," Stanley explains in his 2014 biography Face the Music: A Life Exposed. "At least if we did something I loved, there would be one big fan regardless of what else happened."
The band's previous release, 1998's Psycho Circus, found Stanley and fellow Kiss mainstay Gene Simmons attempting to bring their highly successful live reunion with founding members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley into the studio. While the record has more high than low points, the foursome were unable to agree on much past the fact that they couldn't record together.
"Making (that) album was a disaster all around," Stanley recalls. "Peter and Ace didn't show up... instead of working with (them) we spent all our time talking to their attorneys. I wish their attorneys could have played on the album. It would have been cheaper."
"We found out they didn't want Ace or me to play on the album," Criss counters in his 2012 book Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss. "They were offering us $850,000 each not to play!"
Instead, drummer Kevin Valentine played on all but one track, and past and future Kiss alumni Bruce Kulick and Tommy Thayer took Frehley's place on lead guitar on all but three songs. Six of the album's 10 songs feature at least one outside co-writer.
Also wary of repeating the mistakes made on past trend-chasing Kiss albums, such as 1981's medieval-themed concept album Music From 'The Elder,' 1987's keyboard-heavy Crazy Nights or 1997's grunge-imitating Carnival of Souls, Stanley insisted the band stay true to their original mission statement. "I never believed the world needed a second-rate Soundgarden, Metallica or Alice in Chains," he declared in 2004's Kiss: Behind the Mask. "I was dead-set against doing that kind of an album."
In the end, the chance to show off Kiss' harmonious new lineup was too much for Stanley to resist. Eric Singer, who played with the band for five years in the '90s, returned to the group after Criss' final departure in 2004. Former Black n' Blue guitarist Tommy Thayer, who had been working with the group behind the scenes for years, including re-teaching both Criss and Frehley their parts prior to the original lineup's reunion tour, took over on lead guitar in 2002.
The resulting lineup has gone on to be the longest-lasting in the group's history, and for Stanley, marked a welcome return to professionalism and unity. "The band's never been better," he explained to Noisecreep in 2009. "And it really seems like a time where we could actually -- if we put our minds to it -- put something together that would be definitive and something we could be proud of."
Plus, he wanted to end the band's studio career on a higher note. "I thought it would be a shame to let Psycho Circus be our final statement," he stated in Face the Music.
So in the summer of 2009 the band got together and assembled an 11-track album of original, uptempo songs, every one written and performed exclusively by some combination of the four band members.
"It was a very quick process," Stanley told Noisecreep. "It was written very quickly. We didn't want it to be brain surgery. We wanted it to be natural and organic. We did it that way and then we went and rehearsed and literally recording the album took six weeks. It's rock 'n' roll, not rocket science."
Released seven weeks before Sonic Boom's Oct. 6, 2009 street date, "Modern Day Delilah" was one of Kiss' most instantly appealing singles in decades. It helped propel the album to the No. 2 spot on Billboard's sales charts, a record for the group. The song's promotional clip packed all of the explosions, blood and fire of the band's current stage show into four minutes of mayhem, and also found time to have Godzilla-sized versions of the makeup-wearing foursome strut around New York City, just like in the Rolling Stones' "Love is Strong" video.
Another Stanley-penned Sonic Boom song, "Say Yeah," has become a permanent part of Kiss' setlists over the years, even earning a spot on the band's End of the Road farewell tour. In 2012 the group returned to the studio for another similarly tightly-focused album, Monster.
In a 2019 interview with 105.7 The X Rocks, Stanley says he considers both Sonic Boom and Monster "great albums," and argues that because of the group's previous history it will take years for them to be recognized properly. "It's always interesting — when a song comes out, it's competing with songs that have memories for people, and histories. 'Lick It Up,' now, is a classic song. 'Psycho Circus' is a classic song... it's just interesting how it takes years for songs to get that patina, so to speak."
|Posted on October 6, 2019 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
MusiCares announced today that four-time Grammy-winning band, Aerosmith, will be honoured as the 2020 MusiCares Person Of The Year. The tribute will take place during the 30th Anniversary MusiCares benefit gala, two nights prior to the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards telecast.
In the midst of celebrating 50 years as a band, Aerosmith will be recognized for their considerable philanthropic efforts over five decades and undeniable impact on American music history. Over the years, Aerosmith has shown support for a number of charity organizations around the world, including MusiCares and vocalist Steven Tyler’s philanthropic initiative Janie’s Fund, which supports young women who’ve suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. The band made a surprise announcement about the honor onstage during their Park MGM Las Vegas residency Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild, on Thursday night.
"MusiCares has been saving lives for 30 years," said Deborah Dugan, President/CEO of MusiCares and the Recording Academy. "The Person Of The Year gala is the pinnacle of the essential work that MusiCares is doing year-round, and it’s truly magical in the way that it unites and galvanizes our community and inspires others to take action on their own. As we continue to expand our services to people in need, we are thrilled to pay tribute to one of the most beloved bands of all time. Aerosmith has walked the walk when it comes to raising funds to impact music people in recovery. It is sure to be an amazing evening."
The MusiCares Person Of The Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week each year. The 30th anniversary benefit gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a gala dinner, a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians and other artists, and the award presentation. Proceeds from the gala will provide essential support for MusiCares initiatives year-round.
Grammy Week culminates with the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 PM, ET/5 PM, PT.
Established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly influence the health and welfare of the music community.
|Posted on October 6, 2019 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
The official lyric video for the song "We Were The Wild" from the legendary rock band ANGEL can be seen below. The track is taken fron ANGEL's comeback album, "Risen", which was released on October 4 via Cleopatra Records. The album has 17 solid tracks featuring 15 brand new songs written by original members Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino along with current member Danny Farrow, and a remake of the classic track "Tower". They describe the songs as very diverse ranging from heavy to very melodic with real strong hooks featuring many elements of the classic ANGEL sound. This album will appeal to all ANGEL fans of every era and previous albums.
Said Meadows: "I am very proud of this album and ANGEL fans will LOVE it! It really kicks ass and is very diverse with songs that will satisfy every ANGEL fan and take you on a musical journey! The band played their asses off! Play it from top to bottom, you will not want to miss a beat."
Added Dimino: "This is an album that will take you on a journey to many different roads, all exciting. Enjoy it and play it loud!!!"
Along with original members Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino are Danny Farrow, Charlie Calv, Steve Ojane and Billy Orrico.
"Risen" track listing:
01. Angel Theme
02. Under The Gun
03. Shot Of Your Love
04. Slow Down
05. Over My Head
07. We Were The Wild
09. (Punky's Couch Blues) Locked Cocked Ready To Rock
10. Turn Around
12. Our Revolution
13. Tell Me Why
14. Don't Want You To Go
15. Stand Up
16. My Sanctuary
17. Tower (bonus track)
ANGEL was discovered in a nightclub by none other than Gene Simmons of KISS, a man who had a knack for finding and nurturing talent. ANGEL was also known for their androgynous look and dressing all in white, a pure yin-yang contrast to KISS's own all-black clothing and elaborate stage outfits. In 1975, the glam-rockers were signed to the home label for KISS, Casablanca Records, ultimately releasing six albums (five studio, one live) uninterrupted between 1975-80 that mixed the best elements of glam, hard rock, and pure unadulterated fist-pumping melodic singalongs.
While ANGEL never quite achieved success as their labelmates KISS did, they left their mark on in-the-know rock fans of the era with tracks like the hard-driving "Rock & Rollers", "Tower", the perennial holiday favorite "The Winter Song", and their key contribution to the soundtrack of the Jodie Foster-starring 1980 teen drama "Foxes", "20th Century Foxes". The lineup for their self-titled 1975 debut, "Angel", consisted of guitarist Punky Meadows, bassist Mickie Jones, vocalist Frank DiMino, keyboardist Gregg Giuffria, and drummer Barry Brandt. This lineup recorded two more albums, 1976's "Helluva Band" and 1977's "On Earth As It Is In Heaven", after which Jones would be replaced on bass by Felix Robinson. Two more studio efforts, 1978's "White Hot" and 1979's "Sinful", ensued before the release of a live set, 1980's "Live Without A Net".
ANGEL started to fall apart in the early 1980s after Casablanca pulled the plug on the group due in part to disappointing album sales. In 1981, Robinson and DiMino left to pursue other projects. Meadows and Giuffria tried to keep ANGEL going and came close to landing a record deal with CBS. But it didn't pan out, and ANGEL finally disbanded.
In August 2018, Caroline/UMe saluted the core output of ANGEL with "Angel: The Casablanca Years". This ascendant, band-approved seven-CD box set featured the Washington, D.C.-bred glam/rock outfit's six albums that were released on Neil Bogart's legendary Casablanca Records label, in addition to a seventh disc that contains mono mixes, single edits, soundtrack contributions, and other rarities. ANGEL expert Dave Reynolds contributed insightful liner notes to the box set's included 28-page booklet, which also featured rare photos and other memorabilia.
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It looks like Stone Temple Pilots will be paying homage to their folk influences in the near future. According to drummer Eric Kretz, the band's new album is done, and it even features a flute solo.
"It's a beautiful record," Kretz told Loudwire Nights last weekend at Louder Than Life festival. "It's different in that — every record we've done has some really hard-hitting songs and we usually open every album with it, whereas this one doesn't have loud, hard-hitting songs. We really tapped into an emotional side of ourselves and took it to do the whole record that way."
While the drummer doesn't want to call the upcoming music an acoustic album, he admits there are a lot of acoustic guitars used on it and even instruments that they've never featured on an album before. "[There's] a wicked flute solo! It's so cool. We kind of tapped into our love of folk music that we grew up on in the '60s and '70s and put some lush electric guitars on top of that sound."
The album, which hasn't been titled yet, is due out sometime next year, and Kretz admits that the tour to support it will be different as well. As for whether the band were looking for a new sound, he said, "It was very organic. Originally, we were gonna do a couple of songs...we just delved in to knock out a whole record back in March."
"It was basically like painting in the studio, this record more so, because it was just so many beautiful layers of colors," he continues. "It's just pure musicianship and beautiful songwriting."
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Sharon Osbourne has spoken out against tabloid reports that her husband Ozzy Osbourne is near death following a series of health issues that have kept the metal legend off the road.
Some of the incendiary claims stated Ozzy "will be dead by Christmas," and that he was "on a crazy train to death." Sharon took the opportunity to address those reports on her television show The Talks, shooting them down and assuring fans that "Ozzy ain't going nowhere."
She added, "I'm not lost for words a lot, as you all know. But why do people just say this was true? How cold and callous are those headlines? Where's people's empathy?"
Ozzy has had a very difficult time with his health starting with pneumonia and suffering an injury that dislodges some metal rods that were placed after an accident. But he has gone on record lately saying that he is doing better and even recorded nine songs with Post Malone's producer, Andrew Watt, in just in four weeks.
Sharon said on the TV show about the troubling headlines, "It's not true, by any stretch of the imagination. I've been open with everyone and so has Ozzy.
"He had a terrible, terrible bout of bad luck with his health, one thing after another. And then after his fall that he had, it's been awful for him. But he's getting better. He's recuperating. Why be so like, 'He's on a crazy train.' How disrespectful to anyone. ... Ozzy ain't going nowhere."
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Metallica have officially won a trademark battle in Chile that will now allow them to sell their own merchandise in the South American country after losing their last attempt in 2012.
The ruling in favor of Metallica was handed down on Oct. 3, reports Bloomberg Law. The band filed a lawsuit against Horacio Mardones, who had registered a "graphically and phonetically identical trademark [to Metallica's] for clothing and footwear.
The Chilean Supreme Court has now annulled this trademark as Metallica successfully argued their case. Ricardo Montero, the band's lawyer, said, "We were able to show that the Metallica brand is well-known abroad and that Mr. Mardones was using the brand in bad faith."
With Mardones' trademark on Metallica branded items no longer in effect, it means that Metallica can now sell their own merchandise in their country for the first time in over a decade, going back to when the legal battle between the two sides first began.
While Metallica have postponed their tour of Australia and New Zealand as James Hetfield seeks addiction treatment in rehab, they have made no statement regarding their tour dates scheduled for 2020.
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Australian hard rock legends Rose Tattoo have inked a deal with Cleopatra Records and will issue their eighth studio album, Outlaws, in February. To coincide with the release, the band are rolling out extensive tour dates in Europe and will perform for two nights from May 8th-9th and the famous Whisky A Go-Go on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. These are the first US tour dates in 38 years!
For a complete list of tour dates click here:
Rose Tattoo’s current lineup features leader and singer Angry Anderson, former AC/DC bass player Mark Evans, guitarist Bob Spencer (ex-The Angels ), Dai Pritchard on slide guitar and Jackie Barnes (the son of legendary Australian vocalist Jimmy Barnes) behind the drums.
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Guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB, KXM) recently spoke with Derek "Mr. Shred" Thomas of "Talking Shred". The full conversation can be seen below:
A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On having to cancel his appearance with DOKKEN at this year's M3 Rock Festival after contracting pneumonia:
George: "We're going to make up for it big time. I'm not supposed to say anything, but next year, we're going to do something — but not what you think... We're going to do something, but it's going to be DOKKEN and LYNCH MOB together going out, and then at the end of the night, me and Don [Dokken] are going to go out and do a few DOKKEN songs together."
On whether he's considered making an instrumental "shred" album:
George: "Absolutely. I have some trepidation about it because of the glut of insane players who are making it hard for old guys like me to keep up. I look at all those Instagram guys, and my mind is just blown every day. It's so beautiful, because a lot of it is, they're not doing what they did in the late '80s/early '90s and just going hyperspeed shred. They do that too, but they're going back to bebop and jazz and Wes Montgomery stuff, Joe Pass stuff — just really heavy, playing over changes and doing really beautiful even traditional music. On top of that, the Tosin Abasi, multi-string, multi-tapping, two-handed, all that stuff too, and putting it all together and coming up with hybrid new stuff, which is fascinating... I've been trying to do the finger[picking] thing. I can't really do it. I do a fake finger thing, and that's just me trying to be Jeff Beck, because I think we all just want to be Jeff Beck."
On his memories of playing on the HEAR 'N AID charity single "Stars":
George: "There was a line outside in the outdoor patio area going into the room, and it was almost like waiting at the DMV, except that every fuckin' guitar [player]... If you wanted to get rid of all your guitar competition, you just plant a bomb there. You would have been the only guy left, and would have won by default. Everybody was scared of Yngwie [Malmsteen], and rightly so. He was just emerging at the time, and that, I think, performance really cemented him into the history books. His place in the hierarchy was established after that pretty concretely. I noticed that when everybody went in, everybody was chasing Yngwie, so everybody was playing faster than they normally do, but uncomfortably so — kind of frenetic and nervously. I was doing it too, but it was hard to be yourself because this guy cast such a large shadow. It was a problem listening to the record for me and trying to differentiate the different players. It seemed like they all just kind of ran together, except for Yngwie."
On his upcoming projects:
George: "Right now, we're kind of in the trenches with our new LYNCH MOB record. We've got 15 songs on the board that we're pretty much done with, and we're going to write a couple more. [We're] starting to get the vocals figured out, and Jimmy's [D'Anda] starting to get the drums down on it. Most of the guitars are done. All the solos are pretty much done, except for two. We're getting pretty close, and then I switch over to another two records that I'm working on. One is a project I've been working on for six years or so with Tommy Victor from PRONG and a programmer/mixer/engineer guy named Haze who's worked with a lot of industrial bands and stuff. It's a real heavy but trippy record. It's called THE BANISHMENT. We're going to try to finish that up... I always loved that kind of music, but to me, it was like, 'God, I'd love to hear this kind of stuff, but with me in it.' I really think it would be an interesting thing to hear. The guitar that I imagine being over that, you never hear that. It's always like plugging in and just get some chords, but how about doing something that's bigger — like if Eddie [Van Halen] was in NINE INCH NAILS?... I've got another one that's all done, in the can. It's called DIRTY SHIRLEY. It's the drummer from EVANESCENCE and singer Dino [Jelusic] from TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. He's a monster."
On having numerous musical outlets:
George: "I used to have writer's block. It's a thing that most creative people have to deal with at some point in their lives. Sometimes, stuff wouldn't flow and it wouldn't happen. That has not happened to me in decades now, so now, as long as it's there, I'm going to take advantage of it while the tap's flowing... I just feed off other people. It's like the Zelig effect — that Woody Allen movie 'Zelig'. It's a faux-documentary where he becomes a chameleon, so whoever he hangs around, he sort of becomes that... It's absolutely career suicide to do this. Every manager tells me that labels are all pissed off at me — they're, like, 'You didn't tell us you had all these records coming out on other labels.' I'm, like, 'You know what? I have a right to make a living, and I love making music. There's nothing I love more than sitting in the studio, playing my guitar and writing songs with my friends. This is what I love to do, and as long as I can keep doing it, I'm going to keep doing it."
Over the past two years, Lynch — one-fourth of the classic DOKKEN lineup — has appeared on recordings by THE END MACHINE, KXM, ULTRAPHONIX and SWEET & LYNCH. The as-yet-untitled new LYNCH MOB album, expected to be released in 2020, will serve as the follow-up to 2017's "The Brotherhood".
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The first UK showing of the documentary Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper, will take place in East London next week.
The film focusses on a rare live performance from the original Alice Cooper band, which took place at the Good Records store in Dallas in 2015. The soundtrack of the show was released as a Record Store Day Black Friday release in 2018.
The premiere will take place at the Castle Cinema in Hackney, London, on Wednesday October 9, and be attended by former Alice Cooper bass player Dennis Dunaway. Dunaway will also premiere his short film, Cold, Cold Coffin, which tells the story of wealthy tycoon who discovers that his young wife married him for money.
Also in attendance will be Cindy Smith Dunaway, who created the band’s early glam look, current Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie, Good Records store owner Chris Penn, and Cold, Cold Coffin director Brian Cichocki.
The evening will also feature a Q&A session hosted by Classic Rock journalist and long-time Alice Cooper expert Ian Fortnam. Tickets are on sale now.
The UK premiere is followed by one in Los Angeles at the W Hotel in Hollywood on October 14, where the same line-up of special guests will be joined by original Alice Cooper band member Michael Bruce.
This event will be followed by a Q&A hosted by Howie Pyro (Intoxica Radio/Danzig/D Generation) and Keith Morris, author and singer from Off!, Flag, Circle Jerks and Black Flag. Tickets are on sale now.
Alice Cooper kicks off the UK leg of his Ol' Black Eyes Is Back tour this evening in Manchester, and plays London on October 10. Full dates below.
Alice Cooper Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back UK tour:
Oct 04: Manchester Arena
Oct 05: Aberdeen Event Complex
Oct 07: Leeds First Direct Arena
Oct 08: Brighton Centre
Oct 10: London The O2
Oct 11: Birmingham Resorts World Arena
Oct 12: Cardiff Arena