|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
Greta Van Fleet have revealed their new song "Lover, Leaver" from the upcoming Anthem of the Peaceful Army album and you can hear it in the player here:
While the track is new and will be released on their upcoming album, the band has played it live frequently over the past year-plus and "Lover, Leaver" has generally received a positive response within their sets.
Greta Van Fleet say that the new album is a conceptual one, and offer a description of "The Peaceful Army." They explain in a statement:
"Music, a dialect that enables us to communicate with no cultural or linguistic boundaries, that enriches and binds a human community emotionally and spiritually. It is a tool of peace and a revolution of the soul where freedom and harmony preside.
The world is a place of beauty… full of color, full of luster, diversity and synergy, where we can freely agree to disagree without acrimony. There is no darkness without light, each sunrise brings a new day; we grow, we learn, and we love. Then it is our turn to share our tales of wisdom, of love and loss, light and darkness, life and death, before we ourselves move on from this life.
We are searchers of truth as were our greatest ancestors. We are drifters, we wander lands of snow and sand in an age-old quest for answers that lie beyond this material plane. And in our search, we can encounter alluring deceptions that we mistakenly embrace as truths…sorcery.
Today… a time where innocence still survives, wonder abounds and hope resides. Before us, an assembly of love, peace, and unity, a journey for wisdom, a renaissance. We are on the precipice of adventure… a fresh chapter… a new age…
This is a call to arms… let us sing the Anthems of the Peaceful Army."
The Anthem of the Peaceful Army album is due Oct. 19. The record was produced by Marlon Young, Al Sutton and Herschel Boone; collectively known as The Rust Brothers. The group recently released another new song titled "Watching Over" that you can check out here:
|Posted on September 19, 2018 at 10:25 PM||comments (0)|
During an appearance on "America's Got Talent" season 13 finale earlier tonight (Wednesday, September 19), KISS confirmed that it will embark on its "farewell" tour, dubbed "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour", in 2019. The news was delivered in trademark larger-than-life KISS style with a blistering performance of "Detroit Rock City", proving why the band is known as one of the most iconic live performances that simply can't be missed.
Said KISS frontman Paul Stanley: "This is gonna be our last tour. It will be the most explosive, biggest show we've ever done. People who love us, come see us. If you've never seen us, this is the time. This will be the show."
KISS added in a statement: "All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... unapologetic and unstoppable."
Gene Simmons recently told Sweden's Expressen newspaper that KISS's next tour will last three years. Calling it the band's "most spectacular tour ever," the bassist/vocalist added that the trek will make stops on "all continents."
Rumors of KISS's final run of live shows gained strength several months ago following the news that the band was attempting to trademark the phrase "The End Of The Road." An application from KISS was filed in February to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which means that the band could use it in connection with "live performances by a musical band."
As most fans remember, back in 2000 and 2001, KISS already performed a "Farewell Tour". The trek, which was the last to feature drummer Peter Criss, played 142 shows over five legs, covering North America, Japan, and Australia. Stanley later said that the 2000 tour was nothing more than an attempt by the group to "put KISS out of its misery" after years of ego clashes and disagreements over songwriting credits between the band's original members.
"The 'Farewell Tour' was to get off the stage with our tails between our legs while we still had some self-respect left," Simmons explained. "And it became very clear the fans didn't want us to go."
Simmons said in a 2017 interview that KISS had "a few more years" left before it would call it quits. He told Glasgow Live: "We're the hardest-working band in show business. I wear over forty pounds of studs and armor and all that stuff, seven-inch platform heels, spit fire and have to fly through the air and do all that stuff." He continued: "In hindsight, it would have been smarter to be a U2 or THE [ROLLING] STONES, to wear some sneakers and a t-shirt and you're comfortable. No, we had to do it the hard way.
"So we're not gonna be able to do it into our 70s, and I'm 67 now," he explained. "We'll do it for a few more years, and then when we think it's time to go, we'll go, and we'll do it the right way, with a big party. I'd like to think that we would do something that rocks the planet — something big and worldwide and maybe free."
Earlier this year, Stanley said that he wasn't sure "about the idea of KISS coming to an end. We've built something that's so iconic, and I think it transcends any of the members so I can certainly see me not being there, seriously." He also spoke about his reasons for wanting to spend less time on the road. "I don't want to go leave home," he said. "I have a family and I have children and, honestly, I think my primary responsibility is to be a dad, and I don't want to miss out on that. And certainly, as we got older, we know that life is finite and I pick and choose what I want to do at this point."
Check out KISS on "America's Got Talent" below:
|Posted on September 19, 2018 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
When Bon Jovi completed their 16-month tour in support of Slippery When Wet, they intended to take time off and recharge. Four weeks to be exact. Then they started working on New Jersey.
“We really didn’t do anything for three or four weeks,” Jon Bon Jovi told Classic Rock. Hot on the heels of the best-selling album of 1987, Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora wasted no time getting down to business and writing the follow-up. Both men lived in New Jersey and their check-ins with each other shifted from personal to business. “They changed from ‘What’re you doing today?’ to ‘I got this really neat hook!’” Bon Jovi said.
By Thanksgiving 1987, they were in full writing mode; by Christmas, the band had more than an album's worth of material but something was amiss.
“We demoed the first batch of songs, 17 in all and we really started to feel the pressure because we didn’t have the amazing song," Bon Jovi recalled. "I panicked, to be honest. I really wanted to do it again. Not for the monetary reasons, but it was such an amazing feeling to have done what we’d done. … I’m walking around the house yelling, ‘I gotta pay for this place. We’ve got to write some fucking hot songs!’”
While it would have been easy to record the first 10 songs they wrote, Sambora was obstinate about not repeating themselves. “The last thing we wanted to do here was put out Slippery Part 2” he said.
But as the band rolled into 1988, it continued writing, eventually bringing key Slippery collaborator Desmond Child, along with Diane Warren and Holly Knight, into the process. Ultimately, the band penned 34 new songs and planned on making a double album until they met serious resistance from their record label, which was dead set against it.
The band then went to Vancouver, returning to Little Mountain Studio to work again with producer Bruce Fairbairn and engineer Bob Rock, who would also mix the album. The key question was how to choose from the more than 30 songs. As it did with Slippery When Wet, the band sought out advice from fans. They had Fairbairn call up his babysitters and told them to invite all of their friends to the studio to listen to the demos.
“They listened to everything, and we gave them all a piece of paper and a pen and told them to write it down what they thought of it and number it," Bon Jovi recalled. "And they did. It works real well. Ultimately they are the ones who got to like the record."
The top-ranking song was “Born to Be My Baby," but it was the high rankings of “Wild Is the Wind” and "Stick to Your Guns" that surprised Bon Jovi the most. “When I had the kids come in and listen to it, ["Wild Is the Wind"] was the third song they picked," he said. "I don’t feel any great attraction to it. I like it but I don’t love it."
The album’s lead single, “Bad Medicine,” served as the perfect tongue-in-cheek rocker that heralded the band’s return in September 1988. “That was a funny situation," Sambora told Metal Hammer in 1994, "because that chorus was essentially written when we were shooting a commercial for Fuji tape in Japan, standing in water up to our knees! I was in a rocky, volatile relationship at that point, and all of a sudden this title just banged up into my head: ‘Bad Medicine.' I walked up to Jon on the set between takes and I said it to him, and he said, ‘Yeah, hang onto that because we’re going to make that real good.' We rewrote it and rewrote it and rewrote it, until it was really, really very good.”
The album’s second single, “Born to Be My Baby,” served as a thematic sequel to “Livin’ on a Prayer” with its focus on the everyday struggles ordinary people go through. (Tommy and Gina, the main characters from that earlier song, even got a shout-out in “99 in the Shade.")
The explosive album opener, “Lay Your Hands on Me,” was a studio creation that wasn’t demoed. During the recording, the band was visited by the video production team of producer Curt Marvis and director Wayne Isham, who encouraged the group to write a song that would open its show in a grand and mighty fashion. Using African drums inspired by Peter Gabriel, whom they had seen on his So tour during the summer of 1987, they created the song as “a way to say that, even after the success of Slippery, and say what you will about the band now, that we're still accessible," Bon Jovi said.
New Jersey also featured a pair of ballads that were eventually released as singles. “I’ll Be There for You” is distinguished by Sambora’s bluesy guitar and served as a showcase for his and Bon Jovi's harmonies. “Living in Sin” was the only song from New Jersey to be written in California and the lone solo Jon Bon Jovi composition on the album. He tapped into his Catholic upbringing for the lyrics, which reflected the state of his relationship with Dorthea Hurley, who became his wife in April 1989 in the middle of the New Jersey tour.
Even with those five singles, the record's centerpiece, to many fans, was "Blood on Blood." Inspired by Rob Reiner's movie Stand by Me, the song brims with sentiment like no other in the band's catalog. During press stops for the album, both Bon Jovi and Sambora pointed to this song as their proudest accomplishment as songwriters, with Sambora comparing it to the "emotional roller coaster of a movie. "As long as those pictures are painted still, with the lyrical content and you get that feeling at the end of a song," he said. "We look to find what happens at the end? How do you feel at the end? ... ‘Blood on Blood’ is something we really live by.”
New Jersey closed with “Love for Sale," an acoustic blues jam lifted directly from the demo tape recording made by the band. “We let you inside the room where we write our songs," Bon Jovi said. "Now you see how it goes down. ... Just to show you a little more personality of the band."
"Jon and I just sat down with a bottle of wine, a harmonica and just started to wail," Sambora added.
They originally wanted to title the record Sons of Beaches, with cover art that would take images from the Jersey Shore and mesh them with a design that referenced the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. But they changed their mind and named it after their home state instead.
“It’s not necessarily the place 'New Jersey,'" Bon Jovi explained. "It’s the same thing as I imagine Sheffield to be, or Liverpool to be, or Pittsburgh or Cleveland here in the States for point of reference. It’s a place you are from, but it’s an attitude that you carry around with you."
Because the press and fans had put such a heavy focus on their look, especially the members' hair, Bon Jovi decided not to put themselves on the album's cover. “I don’t feel that we need to depend on pictures of the band,” Bon Jovi said at the time. “I’d rather be known because we wrote great songs." "Let the music do the talking," Sambora added. "The videos and the magazines ... they'll overexpose you enough."
Released on Sept. 19, 1988, New Jersey debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200. One week later it surged to No. 1, where it stayed for four weeks before being supplanted by U2’s double album Rattle and Hum. It stayed on the chart through January 1990, selling 7 million copies in the U.S. and another 5 million overseas. It is still the only hard rock album to have five singles hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, with “Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There for You” both reaching No. 1.
Bon Jovi supported the album with a 16-month world tour of arenas and stadiums that started on Halloween in Dublin and concluded after 237 shows in February 1990. While the studio and the songwriting process were integral to Bon Jovi, the road is where they flexed their chops on a nightly basis, pushing themselves while cementing their legacy and circling the world. In a pre-tour interview in 1988, Sambora said it best when he reflected, “Your home is the stage. I think we will continue to be cowboys for as long as we live.”
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TVNZ is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed two shows in New Zealand in March 2019 as part of his No More Tours 2.
Ozzy will play shows in Christchurch at Horncastle Arena on March 13th, and Auckland’s Spark Arena on March 16th. Judas Priest will open for Osbourne on the dates.
In a recent interview with Philly.com, Ozzy has again reiterated that his No More Tours 2 does not mean he’s retiring.
"What I'm stopping is doing what I'm doing now, going around the world all the time," Osbourne said. "I wish people would understand I'm not retiring. Is it my bad English accent? It's called the No More Tours tour. It doesn't say 'No more tours ever'."
Find Ozzy's tour itinerary here:
Ozzy and Judas Priest are both on board for the 2019 instalment of Australia's Download festival, scheduled to take place in Sydney (March 9th at Parramatta Park) and Melbourne (March 11th at Fleminton Racecourse).
Other acts confirmed for the festival include Slayer, Alice In Chains, Ghost, Rise Against, The Amity Affliction, Anthrax, Halestorm, Behemoth and more.
For compete festival details, head to downloadfestival.com.au.
|Posted on September 19, 2018 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
Steve Perry wrote the song “Patiently” with Neal Schon hours after having met Journey, the band that would change his life.
But, as he told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show, he’d written a set of lyrics about himself without even knowing it that night in 1977.
“Before that, the bass player in my band that was going to be signed had died in a car wreck, so I was done,” Perry said. “I called my mom and said, ‘I’m going back to my hometown. I’ve tried this, Mom, it’s not working out.’ She said, ‘Hold on! Something good will happen.’
If that wasn’t enough of a turn of fate, there was another element to the experience. “I didn’t even realize that from a Freudian standpoint, the lyrics are kind of me waiting to walk out onstage -- for my song and me to contribute to the band what I wanted to bring,” Perry admitted. “I didn’t even know that till later. Kinda scary that, actually.”
Be sure to listen to Ultimate Classic Rock Nights on more than 50 stations across the U.S. from 7PM until midnight, Monday through Friday.
|Posted on September 19, 2018 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
Disturbed are teaming with SiriusXM for a special hometown performance at Chicago’s Vic Theatre on October 10th. This special SiriusXM subscriber event will air October 18th on SiriusXM’s Octane and Turbo Channels.
That night’s electrifying setlist will include new single “Are You Ready”, which is already #4 at rock radio and climbing and its Roboshobo-directed companion video (watch below) has racked up more than 3.4 million YouTube views in just a few short weeks.
The pre-order for the Evolution album is live at all digital retailers with special D2C packages available on the band’s official website and features lead single “Are You Ready” as an instant download. Pre-order Evolution here:
Says Disturbed, “It is with tremendous pride, joy, and anticipation that we look forward to sharing the next chapter in the creative life of Disturbed with the world. This record is truly unique, and very special to us, and we can only hope that upon listening to it, that the world will feel the same. The record showcases the most adventurous and eclectic combination of musical styles and moods that we’ve ever attempted in our careers. Each song truly has its own identity, feel, and power. The writing and recording sessions that fostered this album were truly an emotional and magical experience for us, creating without boundaries or limitations, and simply going where each day’s musical inspiration led us. Influenced by some of the great classic rock records of our youth, it is an experience unlike anything we’ve previously created. Its time is drawing near for the world to finally hear what is undoubtedly the most daring record of our lives. Evolution is coming. Are you ready?”
Evolution arrives in the wake of the group’s 2015 full-length Immortalized, which became their fifth consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200, earned a platinum certification, and yielded the triple-platinum crossover smash “The Sound Of Silence.” The latter received a nomination at the 2017 Grammy Awards for “Best Rock Performance.” Additionally, they took home “Best Rock Artist” at the iHeartRadioMusic Awards and received acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, and more.
For Evolution, the band - David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums], and John Moyer [bass] - re-teamed with Immortalized producer Kevin Churko and recorded at the Hideout in Las Vegas.
"Are You Ready"
"No More "
"A Reason To Fight"
"In Another Time "
"Stronger On Your Own"
"Hold On To Memories "
"Savior Of Nothing"
"Watch You Burn"
"Best Ones Lie"
Deluxe Edition includes:
"The Sound Of Silence" [Live] (Featuring Myles Kennedy)
"Are You Ready" (Sam de Jong Remix)
Check out the "Are You Ready" video below:
|Posted on September 19, 2018 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
Metallica have put a lot of focus on their charitable efforts over the past few months, since launching the All Within My Hands foundation in February of 2017. Now, the band have just announced the All Within My Hands Foundation Helping Hands Concert and Auction.
The show will take place at the Masonic in San Francisco, and the event will feature the organizations that Metallica have supported with their charitable efforts. Fans will also have a chance to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items and catch the band playing a rare acoustic performance.
Cage the Elephant will be the opening act. Tickets for the balcony and a limited number of floor seats will go on sale via Ticketmaster this Friday (Sept. 21) at 10 AM PT. You can also enter to win a pair of third-row floor seats here and bid on prime floor seats at this location:
Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation donated more than $750,000 to local food banks during its first six months of operation. During their recent North American WorldWired Tour, they donated 10,000 to local food banks in every city on their run.
To learn more about the organization, click here:
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Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing has once again dismissed bassist Ian Hill's explanation for why he wasn't invited to rejoin the band following Glenn Tipton's decision to retire from the road due to his battle with Parkinson's disease.
In a recent interview with Backstage Axxess, Hill said that the idea of bringing Downing back to PRIEST was never entertained. "When he retired, we took on Richie [Faulkner], you know, so he's playing all Ken's parts," Ian said. "So, it's not Ken's [parts] that are missing, it's going to be Glenn's parts that he would be playing. Really, Ken, what's he going to do? Come over to my side of the stage and play Glenn's parts? It wasn't his job, if you know what I mean, that had become vacant. It was Glenn's. Glenn and Ken are two excellent guitarists, [but] both are completely different in styles and sounds, and for Ken to be playing Glenn's parts anyway, it really wouldn't have sounded right anyway. We never thought about Ken for that reason."
Asked by Please Kill Me what he thought of Hill's justification for why K.K. wasn't contacted about coming back to PRIEST, Downing said: "I'm a guitar player. Richie's a guitar player. We know exactly what's gonna happen. I resume my normal position and Richie takes over on Glenn's side of the stage, and we just become JUDAS PRIEST again. And Richie doesn't have to play 'Sinner', because I can do it better than him… because I'm the originator. Richie does a great job, but I can play it and perform it better than him. It would be better for the people, because they remember me doing it all of their lives, for God's sakes, which is decades. It would just be better for them to see me do it than Richie doing it."
He continued: "You can see me and Richie up there working and playing and performing pretty damn good together because I would make sure that we were ripping across that stage like there was no tomorrow. It is what it is, though. The guys are on tour [in the U.S.] now with DEEP PURPLE and they're gonna be out there with Ozzy [Osbourne] in the U.K. next year. So it is what it is. But that was the severest thing I've heard Ian say. Would I be interested in going back there and having Richie play my parts while I play Glenn's? I'm sorry, but the answer is no. Andy [Sneap, who is replacing Tipton on the current tour] is great. I consider him a mate, and I've been up to his studio, and he's great. But even if that happened, do the people want to see Andy playing Glenn's parts or do they want to see me?"
Downing went on to say: "People want to relive. I'm exactly the same. When I go see a band now, whether it's UFO or SCORPIONS, I want to see the original bandmembers. I want to see them out there for as long as I possibly can, if there's an option. Because we all go back remembering the days when we first saw the band, and that's what we paid the ticket for. But one of the reasons I wrote the book" — referring to his just-released autobiography, "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest" — "is I'm just sick of those guys trying to kind of bury me through the Internet. I really don't know what the deal is. It's stemming from somewhere. It's heartbreaking to see that going on, ya know. It's unfair, really. It's unfair."
|Posted on September 19, 2018 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
On October 27, Megadeth will headline the Jogjarockarta Festival in Indonesia and they've invited President Joko Widodo and Governor Ganjar Pranowo to attend the show. Widodo, who was elected President in 2014, is a devout metalhead and was invited to attend Megadeth's appearance at last year's Hammersonic Festival as well.
Megadeth extended the invite to Widodo and Pranowo on Twitter, to which the Governor responded, (roughly translated from Google) "In fact, I love Megadeth and will watch, God willing."
Prior to his election as President, Widodo served as as the governor of Jakarta. He attended a Metallica concert in 2013 and made it known that he not only loved the legendary Bay Area thrashers, but Led Zeppelin and Napalm Death as well.
In 2015, metal artists reached out to Widodo to implore him to halt the execution of two Australian men who had been caught smuggling heroin into Indonesia. The country has strict drug laws and despite pleas from Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Napalm Death's Barney Greenway to spare the lives of the "reformed" convicted and condemned men, the executions were carried out. Axl Rose then took aim at the Indonesian Preisdent on Twitter.
|Posted on September 19, 2018 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
Billy Idol has announced dates for a Las Vegas residency that will be taking place in 2019 at the city's Pearl Concert Theater in the Palms Casino Resort.
Currently playing shows on a US tour, the veteran rocker will play a five-night run in January and, again, in October of next year that will see him perform tunes from throughout his career, including tracks from seminal British punk band Generation X and his solo hits.
"Steve Stevens, my band and I have played Vegas many times and its always been a blast," says Idol. "We can't stay away! Las Vegas keeps us coming back for more. Let's make these shows at the Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort the best yet!"
See the dates and promo video here:
LED ZEPPELIN FRONTMAN ROBERT PLANT - "WE WEREN'T ROCK AND ROLL... WE WERE JUST A BAND THAT PLAYED SOME MEAN STUFF"
|Posted on September 19, 2018 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Robert Plant isn't a fan of labelling musical genres. With his past so closely tied with rock n' roll, Louisville Eccentric Observer's Kyle Meredith asked Plant how important that genre is to him these days.
"Rock and roll kind of was Jerry Lee and Little Richard and Larry Williams and Fats Domino," says Plant. "What happened in the late ‘60s, you can’t call Big Brother And The Holding Company or Janis Joplin rock and roll. It was something else, and I think that we followed into the United States following people like Cream and whoever else was around in those days. Herman’s Hermits, perhaps? But whatever it was, we weren’t rock and roll - we were just a band that played some mean stuff, tough, really, really powerful stuff, which was called rock. And then when it got into the hands of the misconstrued, it became hard rock, so is somebody going to tell me that ‘Friends’ or ‘Battle Of Evermore’ is hard rock? I don’t think so. I find the whole thing, all of it, right the way through from 1968 to now, it’s just making music."
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Steve Lukather's just-published autobiography, The Gospel According to Luke, could have provided him with an opportunity to settle some old scores.
But as the Toto guitarist reveals in an exclusive new video interview, he decided against it.
"More than throwing people under the bus that deserve to be thrown under the bus,I took the high road, for the most part," he explains. "There's a few people that get a nudge, but they deserved that. I tried to be cool and I tried to avoid lawsuits, and that's a very important thing in my life. I'm sick of fucking lawsuits, all right?"
Lukather collaborated on the book with Paul Rees over the course of two years, coming up with 700 pages of material before it was edited down to 352. And even though he admits he would have cut it down differently, he says the book is still an accurate representation of who he is.
"As far me telling my story, it was difficult because there's so much to it," he says. "And I told it as honestly as I could, and [the publishers] picked out some of the records that they thought were strong enough. And I told my stories. I told about my childhood and some of the people that I grew up with that turned out to famous musicians or actors or whatever. And that's how it ends up ... [with] some of the darkness of my life. I wanted to be honest about it."
You can watch the video below:
Toto were back in the news earlier this summer when Weezer covered "Africa" after a social media campaign started by a teenage fan went viral. Toto then recorded Weezer's 2001 hit "Hash Pipe" in response.
"I love the message," Lukather said at the time. "And we wanted to do it justice. We wanted to do our thing to it, but still pay respect to it. And we added a couple of our kitschy little things to it, which I hope that they laugh [at]. We wish we could be in the room when they hear it."
Toto will resume their U.S. tour on Oct. 20 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greenville, Tenn. They'll remain on the road until Nov. 17, when they wrap it up at the Lynn Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Lynn, Mass.
You can see all the dates at their website:
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A question-and-answer session with Slash and Myles Kennedy in which they break down SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS' new album, "Living The Dream", can be found below. The disc will be released on September 21 via Slash's own label Snakepit Records, in partnership with Roadrunner Records.
"Living The Dream" is Slash's fourth solo album, and third with Slash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass and vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar and vocals). The band has launched a physical pre-order for "Living The Dream" including: a limited-edition deluxe premium 2LP yellow vinyl within a premium "Living The Dream" vinyl-size 20 page hardback book, an exclusive one-sided seven-inch single of "Driving Rain" featuring an etching on the B-side with a special set of Slash guitar picks, standard digital and physical CD album, poster as well as a limited-edition t-shirt and hoodie are available.
"Call Of The Wild"
Slash: "'Call Of The Wild' is a riff I brought to the band when we were on a break during the 'World On Fire' tour. I can't remember the nucleus of it or where it came from, but it just was a cool riff and something I felt pretty strongly about. In my mind, it was always of paramount importance to get back to that particular riff and chord progression. Sometimes you get an idea and you're committed to it and you have to see it through. And this was one of those ideas."
Myles: "It's probably one of my favorite riffs on the record. And the whole thing came together really nicely. The lyric revolves around the idea of burning out on this technology-obsessed world that we live in and coming to the realization that it's time to power down and get back to the essence of living. 'Call of the wild,' you know?"
"Serve You Right"
Slash: "It's not exactly a conscious homage, but the opening is definitely a take on that AC/DC, Ted Nugent kind of style, with that simple open-A approach on the guitar. It's something I normally avoid because it's been done to death, but I just haven't heard any cool songs like that in the last ten to 20 years so, I felt comfortable doing it this time. This one is actually a unique type of song for this band, because it's really, really straightforward — the guitar riff, at least, is nothing super profound. It's more of a rhythm than anything. When I first brought it to the guys I didn't think anybody was going to take much interest in it because there just wasn't that much going on. But it was one of those things I stuck with until we found the right groove for it, and then it started to take on a life of its own. And I'm really looking forward to playing this one onstage. It's going to be a really great live song."
Myles: "'Serve You Right' was one of those things where I had a melody initially, but I didn't have any idea what the lyric was going to be about. It started to come together when I saw that painting of the nun in the bathroom at Slash's studio. That got me thinking about some things, one of which was an article I had read a while back about a book called 'The Nuns Of Sant'Ambrogio', by an author named Hubert Wolf. It's a true story about a young deviant nun who had been abusing her power in the convent. Which sort of tied back into that painting. So that's where the inspiration for the lyrics came from — those two things."
Slash: "This is sort of a funny one. I came up with the scratching idea [in the verses], and I didn't know what it was supposed to be for or what it was supposed to mean, but it just was fun to do. [Laughs] I thought when the guys heard it they would think I was fucking crazy, but they actually really liked it. And then the rest of the riff that comes after is basically one of those typical things that I do off the top of my head when I just want to do something really heavy. Whatever that first idea is, that's the one that usually works."
Myles: "Lyrically, this one is about coming to the realization that the thing that drives you is also destroying you. A lot of these songs come from living on the road — you write about what you know. With 'My Antidote', I was thinking about burning the candle at both ends on tour, and yet still managing to find solace in the music. You're comforted by what you love, which is getting up onstage and performing. That line in the chorus, 'my antidote / in stereo' — that's music, essentially."
"Mind Your Manners"
Slash: "This is the one that I basically wrote on the spot to help the band get up and running once we got back in the studio this past January. It's just a go-for-it type of song. Pretty straightforward and fun to play."
Myles: "'Mind Your Manners' was something I didn't even hear until the guys had already started jamming together. I got to listen to the final rough arrangement, and I just thought it was a really cool, up-tempo sort of thing. I said, 'That's definitely going to have a nice place on this record…' Lyrically, it's about how when things are going well there always tends to be someone who tries to rain on your parade and knock you down. You have to keep people like that in check and not let them get to you."
"Lost Inside The Girl"
Slash: "I initially wrote it at home on an acoustic guitar and then brought it in to the guys. It's a bit different for us, and it was one of those things where you play it for people and you don't know what their reactions are going to be — if they're going to hear what you hear. So, you sort of sheepishly present it, and you try and look serious, but also not too serious, in case you embarrass the shit out of yourself. [Laughs] But, the guys actually took to it pretty quickly and we started to put the arrangement together. And I love the vocal — when I first heard Myles sing it, I thought, 'God, that's really sort of an overtly romantic song...' It wasn't until he explained it to me that I went, 'Oh, this is really dark!'"
Myles: "The lyric is basically about an Instagram stalker — someone who's obsessed with someone else on social media to the point where, in their head, it's getting a little scary. And yet the person they're following has no idea they even exist. To me, that's one of the interesting things about social media. You put yourself out there and you post photos of your life and you kind of allow people in. But there's some people that, once you do let them in, they think they're more a part of the overall picture than you originally intended and it gets a little wacky. Overall, this is probably my favorite track on the record. I just love Slash's guitar part — it's really haunting. It's just a really special piece of music."
"Read Between The Lines"
Slash: "We started doing this one back in 2015. It was a riff that I came up with that I knew was a departure from what we normally do. And so, I didn't know if it was gonna fly. We started playing it, but the thing with these guys is they're so easygoing that they'll jam something very enthusiastically — even if they don't like it. [Laughs] Or at least that's what I was feeling. And then when Myles first heard it, he was, like, 'Hey…maybe you guys should make this into an instrumental.' Which, to me, was him basically saying, 'I don't have anything for this song.' But I was persistent about it because I knew it could be the coolest fucking jam and we just had to do it. So, we revisited it in January or February of this year, and it was almost like the guys forgot that they didn't like it, or maybe I had the wrong interpretation of their original reactions because it turned out to be a really cool song."
Myles: "This one, lyrically, it's a tale of unrequited love. It's about someone making subtle advances to someone else and trying to let them know that they have certain feelings for them. But it all just falls on deaf ears. We've all been there at one point or another!"
Slash: "This is something I wrote on my couch when I was home for Christmas last year, before we started rehearsing in January. I thought it was a cool riff, so I brought it in after the break and we worked it up. It's pretty new, for sure. But I like the song a lot."
Myles: "From my end, 'Slow Grind' is basically a song about being sick and tired of being manipulated or taken advantage of. It's a proclamation about turning the tables and taking back control of your life. Just getting rid of negative vibes."
"The One You Loved Is Gone"
Slash: "I actually first wrote the music to this for 'The Walking Dead'. I've been pretty close to a few of the cast members and the guys who work on the show for a long time, and one thing I noticed is they never really have anything but score in the episodes. So back in 2014 or 2015, I had this idea that maybe they could use a song, and I put something together, played it on an electric guitar that wasn't even plugged in, recorded it on to my phone and sent it to somebody over at the show's music department. And the reaction was, 'Well, this is really cool…but we don't really do this kind of stuff.' [Laughs] And, you know, when I listened back to the recording I couldn't even believe that I had the balls to send it in — it was just this scratchy, unplugged electric guitar, like, 'Hey! I've got an idea!' There was no way anybody else would have been able to understand what I was hearing in it. But anyway, it was one of these ideas I stuck with because I thought that musically it was pretty cool. I remember working on it with Myles here and there, and by the time the band started playing it at rehearsals earlier this year, it had evolved into something a little different than what it was initially. Then Myles came up with this great verse and chorus and it shaped up to be a really pretty song."
Myles: "When Slash reintroduced it at rehearsals, I think that's where it really started to come together for me. I was sitting in a hotel in L.A. and the first line, 'And I wonder even now whatever came of you…' just popped into my head. I said, 'That's a really strong hook. Now we're getting somewhere.' And I chased it down from there. And what's interesting is that it sounds like I'm singing about a longing for a lost romance, or some sort of human relationship. But the lyrics are actually about missing a dog that I had to leave behind at my parents' house when I started touring years ago — a Chow Chow/Golden Retriever mix named Cinnamon. [Laughs] He was already a little older by that point, and eventually he passed away. But he was such a great dog. So, yeah — the song's essentially about Cinnamon!"
Slash: "This is a riff I specifically remember playing with the guys for the first time at a venue in New Hampshire on the 'World On Fire' tour. It was just a cool guitar part that we ran though at soundcheck, and from that point forward the rest of the song started to come together in my mind in dressing rooms and hotels. Then when we started rehearsals in January we finally pieced it all together. And Myles came up with a great melody for it."
Myles: "It's another idea that had been around for years. To me, the riff is very reminiscent of vintage AEROSMITH. It's got a certain funk to it that is really compelling. Lyrically, it's a story about somebody who works on the road — it could be a musician, but it could also be a traveling salesman. And what makes it interesting is this guy has an addict girlfriend or spouse who continues to relapse, and she ends up getting him to come home. She's miserable and she falls back into her old bad habits, and that compels him to head back to her to save the day."
Slash: "'Sugar Cane' is really new. It originally came up in 2015, but at that time, it was just the opening riff. And we didn't get very far with it. It was one of those things where you get the riff down, pack up for the day and figure you'll revisit it at some point. But we didn't touch it again until probably March of this year. It was one of the last things we did during preproduction. I had some ideas for the verses, and then Myles came in and had some great melodies. He didn't actually introduce the final lyrics until we were in the studio recording. But it came out great in the end."
Myles: "This definitely was one of the last things we did. But I love the way it came together. Lyrically, it's about knowing that you need to move on from a dysfunctional relationship but, ultimately, the pull of biology and primal urges clouds your judgement. Once again, a situation a lot of us have been in before!"
"The Great Pretender"
Slash: "I think this one is the most unorthodox song on the record. Maybe not arrangement-wise, but definitely style-wise. It was difficult to capture the feel of what I was hearing in my head, especially when it came to being able to slow everything down from how we normally do things. It's almost like a jazzy kind of approach so, it took a second. But once we found the right groove it all started to fall into place. And Myles had a fucking awesome melody for it. So I'm really happy we managed to persevere and get it to where I wanted it. But it was definitely the hardest song on the record to put together."
Myles: "To me, Slash's guitar melody on this is so… so Slash. It's such a unique thing that he does, and so classic. As far as the lyric, it's kind of a cautionary tale about choosing your career over true love. In this case, the character's an entertainer who's coming to terms with the fact that when the glory days come to an end there's the potential to end up a pretty lonely old man. I think sometimes people who are extremely ambitious forget about what's most important in life. So, I thought it'd be interesting to touch on that."
"Boulevard Of Broken Hearts"
Slash: "This might have been the last thing I came up with and brought to the band. It was another idea I had where I wasn't sure the other guys were going to get where I was coming from. But the chorus was done in such a way that I'd knew they'd get that part of it, and from there all we'd have to do is figure out the verses and the other sections. It actually came together really quickly, and after Myles heard it he had a vocal melody almost instantaneously."
Myles: "It's a newer one, for sure. Lyrically, it's about having this awareness that you're really close to obtaining your goals, as well as beating the odds. I thought about it from the perspective of a young musician striving for something, only the doors keep closing on him. But he's already come so far. So, it's a reminder to stay on course because you're almost there. It seemed like a good idea to end the record on. Keep pushing through and persevering, and eventually what you're shooting for will happen."
SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS just launched their North American headlining tour and will visit 20 major cities before ending October 16 back in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium.
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40 years ago today, each one the four founding members of KISS — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss — released their respective solo albums all on the same day to much fanfare, chart success, and platinum sales. And now, four decades later, all four of these pioneering albums are celebrated in KISS: The Solo Albums - 40th Anniversary Collection, a limited-edition 180-gram 4LP box set by Casablanca/UMe that's earmarked for release on October 19th.
Preorders commence today, September 18th, for the limited run of 2,500 vinyl box sets, available exclusively through the KISS webstore and The Sound Of Vinyl. Each heavyweight 180-gram LP features a unique color to match its associated cover art; Gene Simmons appears in red vinyl, Paul Stanley sports purple vinyl, Ace Frehley contains blue vinyl, and Peter Criss is in green vinyl. All four albums are housed together in a deluxe black-matte slipcase that features glossy black images of the four artists' faces surrounding a silver-foil print of the infamous KISS logo.
Also included in this set are four 12-by-12-inch posters of each album cover, plus an exclusive turntable slipmat that shows all four of artist Eraldo Carugati's iconic, painted album-cover face images all connected together.
All four of these solo albums served to showcase the wide range of talents of each KISS bandmember. Gene Simmons, co-produced by Simmons and Sean Delaney, features the band's bassist and co-lead vocalist switching over mainly to acoustic and electric guitar duties for songs that highlight his penchant for Beatlesque melodies, funk, and hard rock. Highlights include a remake of "See You In Your Dreams" (initially found on KISS' 1976 benchmark album, Rock And Roll Over) and a cover of the 1940 Disney classic from Pinocchio, "When You Wish Upon A Star." Guest musicians include Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Bob Seger, Cher, Donna Summer, and Katey Sagal.
Meanwhile, Paul Stanley was co-produced by Stanley and Jeff Glixman and it showcases all-original material and stellar work across the board from the KISS lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, in addition to lead and acoustic guitar work from longtime KISS axe associate Bob Kulick. The super-catchy track "Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We're Apart)" reached No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.
Ace Frehley, produced by Eddie Kramer and Frehley, finds the lead guitarist doing what he does best. Frehley's foot-stomping cover of "New York Groove," originally a 1975 hit by the British glam band Hello, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Guest musicians include Anton Fig on drums (a sometimes KISS session musician who later became a member of Frehley's Comet) and bassist Will Lee, both of whom went on to become core members of both of David Letterman's late-night talk-show house bands led by keyboardist Paul Shaffer.
Finally, Peter Criss was produced by Vini Poncia, a onetime Ringo Starr co-writer who later produced a pair of key KISS albums, 1979's Dynasty and 1980's Unmasked. Most of the songs on Peter Criss had been written back in 1971 for the drummer/vocalist's aptly named pre-KISS band, Lips. The album also boasts a rousing cover of Bobby Lewis's No. 1 1961 hit single, "Tossin' And Turnin'," a song that KISS often wound up playing live during their 1979 Dynasty Tour.
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Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, dismissed the claim that the movie underplays the late singer’s sexuality.
The social media complaints seem to have started with screenwriter Bryan Fuller, who accused the film’s makers of “queer erasure” because a trailer showed Mercury flirting with a woman but not with any men. “Showing him romantic with a woman, but not a man (3 frames don’t count) is not a celebration of bisexual identity,” Fuller tweeted. “It’s hiding it.”
In an interview with Attitude magazine (via NME), Malek rejected the accusation. “It’s a shame that people are making remarks after a minute teaser where you just wanna see the music," he said. "It’s difficult. First, let me say that I don’t think the film shies away from his sexuality or his all-consuming disease, which is obviously AIDS. I don’t know how you could avoid any of that, or if anyone would ever want to. It’s a bit absurd that anyone’s judging this from a minute trailer.”
He went on to say that Mercury’s health issues had to be approached in a “delicate manner." “You can’t shy away from it," he noted. "It was an important moment to have in the film, one that ultimately is very sad but also empowering in a way. It shows you just how resilient human beings can be and how much we rely on the strength of our friends and family to get us through tough times. This pandemic is still very much a horrific threat to so many people in the world. It exists as a reality for so many that I think it would be a shame not to address it.”
Bohemian Rhapsody opens on Nov. 2, following a premiere at London’s Wembley Arena, which is adjacent to the site of Wembley Stadium, where Queen delivered their unforgettable Live Aid performance in 1985.
Former JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING: 'I Never Found GLENN TIPTON To Be Particularly Easy To Get Along With'
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In a brand new interview with The Guardian, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Ken "K.K." Downing revealed that he actually sent two resignation letters to his bandmates more than seven years ago when he decided to quit the legendary heavy metal group. The first is described in the article as "a graceful exit note, implying a smooth retirement from music," while the second was "angrier, laying out all of his frustrations with specific parties."
Downing told The Guardian that he believes the second letter was "a key reason" he wasn't invited to rejoin PRIEST following Glenn Tipton's decision to retire from the road due to his battle with Parkinson's disease.
K.K., who is promoting his newly released autobiography, "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest", also said the other members of PRIEST have tried to remove him from his ongoing position as a co-director of the PRIEST organization, a role he's unwilling to relinquish.
Despite all the bad blood, Downing said he hopes he and the other members can repair their relationship before it's too late. "If something happened to me, I'd like to think the guys would come to my funeral, and vice versa," he said. "You never know what's going to happen."
K.K. announced his retirement from PRIEST in April 2011. He has since been replaced by Richie Faulkner, who was once the guitarist in the backing group for Lauren Harris, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris.
Downing has called Faulkner his "clone" and revealed that he "never found" Tipton "to be particularly easy to get along with. Very early on, I was fully aware of the limited conditions under which he operated," K.K. wrote in his book. "If you were going to relate to him, you would do so entirely on his terms."
"Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest" was released on September 18 via Da Capo Press. The book was co-written by the Scottish author and journalist Mark Eglinton, whose previous collaborations include "Official Truth, 101 Proof" with Rex Brown of PANTERA and "Confessions Of A Heretic" with BEHEMOTH's Adam "Nergal" Darski.
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Evanescence have released a video of their performance of My Immortal.
The footage has been taken from the band’s upcoming live package Synthesis Live, which is set to arrive on October 12 on DVD, DVD/CD, Blu-ray and Blu-Ray/CD via Eagle Vision. Check out the video here:
A statement on the release reads: “Amy Lee’s incredible vocal range and the group’s expressive, multi-layered music naturally lends itself to orchestral accompaniment, shining a light on the singular beauty of the arrangements by composer David Campbell and conducted by Susie Seiter – creating a truly dynamic, cinematic sound.
“Lee has called this ‘a passion project’, which undoubtedly shines through. The sense of occasion is not lost on the band or audience alike in this unique and highly emotive show.”
Synthesis Live was filmed and recorded in front of a sold out crowd at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino on November 3, 2017, and is now available for pre-order. Find details below.
Evanescence Synthesis Live:
2. Never Go Back
4. End Of The Dream
5. My Heart Is Broken
7. Bring Me To Life
8. Unravelling (Interlude)
10. Secret Door
12. Lost In Paradise
13. Your Star
14. My Immortal
15. The In-between (Piano Solo)
17. Speak to Me
18. Good Enough
19. Swimming Home
20. Hi’Lo featuring Lindsey Stirling (Bonus video)
HALESTORM VOCALIST LZZY HALE TALKS DECIDING ON VICIOUS ALBUM TRACK RUNNING ORDER - "WE SPEND 90% OF OUR TIME AS A LIVE BAND, SO WE MADE IT LIKE OUR SETLISTS"
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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators have released a visual stream of their brand new track titled My Antidote.
It’s the latest single taken from the band’s upcoming album Living The Dream, which is due out this coming Friday (September 21). They previously released Driving Rain and Mind Your Manners from the record.
Listen to My Antidote below:
Speaking about the follow-up to 2014’s World On Fire, Slash said previously: “It's a natural progression, for sure. I think it has a little more diversity – some of the ideas are not really what I would consider to be predictable.
“The record is also a bit more structured, with songs that are shorter and more to the point than last time."
Slash feating Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators are currently on the road across North America and will return to the UK and Europe early next year.
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators - Living The Dream:
1. The Call Of The Wild
2. Serve You Right
3. My Antidote
4. Mind Your Manners
5. Lost Inside The Girl
6. Read Between The Lines
7. Slow Grind
8. The One You Loved Is Gone
9. Driving Rain
10. Sugar Cane
11. The Great Pretender
12. Boulevard Of Broken Hearts
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"A Life In Vision" is a photographic journey of one of the most admired and respected rock vocalists of all time — Ronnie James Dio.
Due on December 7, this beautiful collection of photos was taken by New Jersey photographer Frank White. They capture Dio from his first-ever U.S. show with RAINBOW in 1975 through to 2009, just a few months before he lost his fight with cancer in May 2010. This collection covers Dio's career with BLACK SABBATH, his own band DIO and HEAVEN & HELL.
Throughout the decades, Frank White captured Ronnie on stage in both the USA and Europe. Frank also took many shots of Ronnie relaxing off stage; at TV studios as well as dedicated shoots with his band.
"A Life In Vision" also includes White's recollections of working with Dio as he recalls the many times shared in his company from the other side of the lens.
"A Life In Vision" comes in its own custom-made, block-foiled buckram presentation box with a set of full-color prints, perfect for framing.
This unique item is limited to 500 copies worldwide. Order by October 30 and have your name printed in the book on a dedicated page:
- 144-page A4 hardback
- Printed on 170gsm silk paper
- Photos digitally restored and cleaned
- Custom-made block-foiled, buckram presentation box
- Set of four prints on 400gsm card