|Posted on April 16, 2019 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Alice Cooper is scheduled to appear on both Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at FanX: Salt Lake City Comic Convention. A spotlight panel is set for Friday from 4 -5 PM in the Grand Ballroom. Alice will also be available for photo ops and autographs at the event.
Complete details here:
Alice Cooper recently announced a handful of July tour dates, marking the premiere of his all-new Ol' Black Eyes Is Back show, which will have a very different look than recent tours. These dates will precede his summer 2019, month-long co-headline run with Halestorm.
The premiere of the tour will take place at Foxwoods on July 4th in Mashantucket, Connecticut and run through July 11th in Wabash, Indiana before joining forces with Halestorm on July 17th in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Ticket info here.
All Alice Cooper tour dates are below, including the previously announced shows with Halestorm, which are presented by Live Nation.
Alice Cooper headline dates:
4 - Mashantucket, CT - Grant Theater @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
6 - Columbus, OH - Express Live! (Outdoors)
7 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center Theatre
9 - Dubuque, IA - Five Flags Center
10 - Madison, WI - The Sylvee
11 - Wabash, IN - Honeywell Center
13 - Stayner, ON - Roxodus Festival *
* festival date
Dates with Halestorm:
17 - Allentown, PA - PPL Center
19 - Pittsburgh, PA - KeyBank Pavilion
20 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
21 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
23 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
25 - St Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
26 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
28 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre*
29 - Cedar Park, TX - H-E-B Center*
31 - Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
1 - Houston, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
4 - Nashville, TN - The Opry House*
7 - Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
8 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
10 - Portland, ME - Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
11 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
13 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
15 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
16 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
* not a Live Nation date
|Posted on April 16, 2019 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
Eric Carr was on the verge of giving up on his musical career after years of struggles in 1980 when he was suddenly offered a dream job as drummer for Kiss.
As exciting as this offer surely was for the previously unknown club-circuit musician, Carr soon faced his first big challenge: How to avoid going onstage dressed like a giant orange chicken.
The addition of Carr as a replacement for Peter Criss marked the first lineup change in the history of Kiss. It was quickly decided that he wouldn't assume the Catman makeup worn by his predecessor. "That seemed too obvious to us," Paul Stanley explained in his book Face the Music, "and maybe sacrilegious."
So a new character was needed, one that could stand alongside Gene Simmons' Demon, Stanley's Starchild and Ace Frehley's Spaceman. The first concept, a hawk, sounded great on paper. After all, they're fierce hunters and considered to be among the most intelligent birds in the world. Unfortunately, none of those attributes translated into a usable costume.
"We had a costume built with a protruding chest and feathers all over it. He painted a beak on his nose. But he looked like the mascot for a high-school football team," Stanley recalled. "All that was missing were the big foam chicken feet. It was horrible."
In Greg Prato's book The Eric Carr Story, Carr's sister Loretta Caravello concurred. "It didn't look good," she said. "He looked like a duck. If you've seen the costume, it looks awful. They would have laughed him right off the stage. It looked like something out of Sesame Street -- Big Bird." (This Pinterest photo shows a seemingly not-thrilled Carr showing off an early version of the hawk makeup. You can get a better look at the full costume here.)
With just two weeks remaining until Carr's first public appearance with Kiss, band manager Bill Aucoin was forced to problem-solve in a hurry. "The guys really got frustrated," he told Prato. "Gene and Paul at the end of the day said, 'Look, you're the manager. You take care of it ... we're leaving. They weren't sure this was all going to come together."
After an all-night brainstorm session, Carr and Aucoin came up with a costume based on a different animal: a fox. Simmons and Stanley gave their blessings, and Carr's first show with the group -- on July 25, 1980, at the Palladium in New York -- was a much-needed success for the band, which had seen its live following and record sales fall in recent years.
Future Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante was among those in attendance that night. "It was great. He was a different drummer than Peter was," he told Prato. "I thought he was a really good fit for those guys." Carr soon tweaked his original fox makeup after realizing the original design was too busy. "When he would watch videos or look at pictures, he'd say that nobody could see the definition of his face," explained Caravello. "So he came up with putting the strip of white down the middle."
While his first studio project with the band, 1981's experimental and much-maligned Music From the Elder, went over like a lead balloon, Carr's powerful drumming helped Kiss return to a more familiar hard rock sound and renewed commercial success. The release of 1983's Lick It Up marked the end of Carr's Fox persona, as the band dropped the makeup and the members revealed their real faces. It was a promotional Hail Mary -- and it worked, with the band earning itself much-coveted MTV airplay and kicking off a second wave of platinum-selling albums and successful arena tours.
Carr remained with the group until his 1991 death from heart cancer. The group dedicated 1992's Revenge to his memory, closing the album with a studio drum solo he had recorded in 1981.
Half a decade later, Kiss reunited with original members Criss and Frehley, put their makeup back on and mounted three highly successful tours. But when the pair left the band for a second time, Simmons and Stanley had their replacements -- Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, respectively -- don the Catman and Spaceman makeup.
In retrospect, Stanley said creating new characters for Carr and guitarist Vinnie Vincent was a mistake. “I think where we went astray is when we first replaced Peter and we decided we needed a new character," he told Joe Rogan in 2014. “I mean, we had a Fox and an Egyptian Warrior. Next we would have the Turtle Boy and the Frog Man.
"We really built these four images. And, arguably, you can go anywhere in the world and people know who Kiss is, regardless of whether they know who those people are. So to give up that because we found that those guys were no longer either capable or wanted to give it 100 percent, well, then who loses out? The fans. So, no. Those images are the images that will continue when I’m not here either.”
|Posted on April 16, 2019 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
Black Stone Cherry have premiered a video for their track My Last Breath.
It’s the latest song taken from their 2018 album Family Tree and features fans of the band who sent the Kentucky outfit personal messages for inclusion in the final video.
The band say in a statement: “We’re so pleased to share our new video My Last Breath today.
“This video is incredibly special and personal for not only ourselves, but to so many others around the world! The fact that so many people opened up their hearts and shared some of the most emotional and personal messages on camera is what makes this so touching, vulnerable, and in our opinion, one of a kind.
“We truly hope this song will resound in your hearts and in your souls, and stir up that overwhelming, yet beautiful thought: ‘If all I had left was my breath, here what I’d spend it on.’ You can watch the video here:
Black Stone Cherry will head back out on the road later this month across the US and then return to the UK and Europe this summer – a run that’ll include a headline set at the UK’s Ramblin’ Man Fair.
Black Stone Cherry 2019 tour dates:
Apr 18: Flint The Machine Shop, MI
Apr 19: Grand Rapids Elevation, MI
Apr 20: Racine Route 20, WI
Apr 25: Hopewell beacon Theatre, VA
Apr 26: Fredericksburg Hard Times Four Mile Fork, CA
Apr 27: Leesburg Tally Ho Theatre, VA
Apr 29: Lancaster Chamelon Club, PA
Apr 30: Cambridge Middle East, MA
May 01: Asbury Park The Stone Pont, NJ
May 03: Columbia The Senate, SC
May 04: Panama City Beach Bike Week, FL
May 09: Atlanta Centre Stage, GA
May 10: Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre, AL
May 11: Natchez The Bluff, MS
May 12: Dothan The Plant, AL
May 16: Belvidere The Apollo Theatre, IL
May 17: Columbia Blue Note, MO
May 18: Lawrence Granada Theater, KS
May 24: Greensboro Blind Tiger, NC
May 25: Maryville The Shed, TN
May 26: Pryor Rocklahoma, OK
May 30: Chattanooga Riverbed Music Festival, TN
May 31: Huntington V Club, WV
Jun 01: Sandusky Ohio Bike Week, OH
Jun 09: Frankin JD Legends, OH
Jun 21: Murrells Inlet Suck Bang Blow, SC
Jun 22: Bristol Thunder Mountain Music Park, TN
Jun 29: Wappingers Falls Tail Winds Music Festival, NY
Jul 05: Pistoia Blues, Italy
Jul 06: Rock The Castle Festival, Italy
Jul 08: Budapest A38, Hungary
Jul 09: Bucarest Quantic Club, Romania
Jul 10: Sofia Club Mixtape 5, Bulgaria
Jul 13: Caerphilly Caerphilly Castle, UK
Jul 14: Aberdeen Music Hall, UK
Jul 16: Glasgow Barrowland, UK
Jul 17: Dublin Academy, Ireland
Jul 18: Belfast Ulster Hall, UK
Jul 20: Ramblin’ Man Fair, UK
Jul 22: Zwolle Hedon, Netherlands
Jul 23: Bochun Matrix, Germany
Jul 24: Karlsruhe Substage, Germany
Jul 25: Nuremberg Hirsch, Germany
Jul 27: Frankfurst Batschkjapp, Germany
Jul 29: Weert Be Bosuil, Netherlands
Aug 01: Poland Rock festival, Poland
Aug 02: Wacken Open Air, Germany
Aug 08: Eau Claire The Metro, WI
Aug 09: Dubuque Q Casino, IA
Aug 10: Le Roy Jame At The Ridge, NY
Aug 24: Laurinburg Outback ATV Park, NC
Aug 31: Aarburg Riverside Arena, Switzerland
Sep 03: Marseille Le Dome, France
Sep 05: Bordeaux Arkea Arena, France
Sep 07: Madrid Vistalegre, Spain
Sep 08: Barcelona St Jordi Club, Spain
Sep 10: Turin Pala Alpitour, Italy
Sep 11: Mannheim SAP Arena, Germany
Sep 13: Berlin Max Sceling-Halle, Germany
Sep 15: Bratislava Incheba, Slovakia
Sep 16: Wien Stadhalle, Austria
Sep 18: Stuttgart Porche Arena, Germany
Sep 20: Paris La Seine Musicale, France
Sep 21: Brussels Forest National, Belgium
Sep 23: Hamburg Barclaycard Arena, Germany
Sep 25: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Sep 27: Stockholm Hovert, Sweden
Sep 28: Gothenburg Partille Arena, Sweden
Sep 30: Leipzig Arena, Germany
Oct 01: Munich Olympia Halle, Germany
Oct 02: Tilburg 013, Netherlands
|Posted on April 15, 2019 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello has confirmed to Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station that the band is hard at work on material for the follow-up to 2016's "For All Kings" album. Regarding how the new music is shaping up, Frank said (hear audio below): "There's some anger there, which I'm happy to hear. There's some good anger, and that leads to a good, heavy record."
Asked what makes him angry right now, Bello said: "Life. There's a lot of things in my mind that aren't right, and that funnels its way into ANTHRAX. So it should be good. I'm excited about the new ANTHRAX."
ANTHRAX is continuing to tour in support of "For All Kings", which was called by some critics ANTHRAX's strongest album to date. Its arrival followed a five-year period during which the band experienced a rebirth of sorts, beginning with ANTHRAX's inclusion on the 2010 "Big Four" tour with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH, and continuing with the 2011 release of comeback LP "Worship Music".
"This record's over three years old now, and we've been touring — I swear to God — every day of it, it feels like, 'cause I haven't seen my family in quite a while," Frank told WRIF. "But it's been a great run. We've been on [SLAYER's] farewell tour, and it's been amazing; the numbers are insane coming out on this tour. We just finished Japan and Australia. We're going to Europe in June, with the whole festival thing, with some SLAYER shows, and having some fun."
Bello's latest comments echo those made by ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante, who recently told Australia's "Everblack" podcast that the band's new music is shaping up to be "a little more in the aggressive style."
The group's upcoming disc will be ANTHRAX's third full-length release since the return of singer Joey Belladonna, who came back into the fold for the "Big Four" shows, in the process helping inspire a new wave of creativity.
|Posted on April 15, 2019 at 9:10 PM||comments (1)|
15 - Fix Factory Of Sound - Thessaloniki, Greece *
16 - Fuzz Club - Athens, Greece *
19 - Kwadrat - Krakow, Poland
21 - RathausSaal Telfs - Telfs, Austria
23 - Fryshuset Klubben - Stockholm, Sweden
24 - Tradgarn - Gothenburg, Sweden
25 - Vulkan - Oslo, Norway
26 - Pumpehuset - Copenhagen, Denmark
4 - MS Connexion Complex - Mannheim, Germany
5 - Conrad Sohm - Dornbirn, Austria
6 - Christmas Bash - Geiselwind, Germany *
7 - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting - Oberhausen, Germany *
* Firewind do not appear
|Posted on April 15, 2019 at 9:05 PM||comments (0)|
Former Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, who’ll tour as part of the Dio Returns hologram show this summer, said he was confused over people loving late musicians portrayed onscreen in movies but hating the idea of hologram projections appearing onstage.
He also argued against those who object to money being made from the memory of Ronnie James Dio by using live projections, saying that money was made from movie versions too.
Speaking just as Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody passed the $900 million mark in world box-office takings, Owens told Everblack that "it's kind of funny, yet people all went and saw the Queen movie, where somebody is acting on somebody else who is dead. I don't get the concept. People are like, ‘People are going to make money from it.’ First of all, people make money from anything; that's what you do. Second of all, Wendy Dio spent a bazillion dollars just trying to make fans happy with this thing. She's not made a dime yet. She's lost a lot of money just trying to make fans happy.”
He also queried why people would object to a hologram while “they would go to a wax museum and see a wax statue of Lemmy and think, ‘Oh my God, this is fantastic.’ ... “They'll say, ‘I love that Queen movie.’ Then they go, ‘It’s terrible you're doing this. Let Ronnie rest in peace.’ … Listen, let them be mad.”
Owens said the Dio hologram show was a “great idea." “I'm doing it because I'm friends with Ronnie," he noted. "[His] vocals are from the live version and the band is playing live. It's pretty cool. … Then I'm going to come out and sing a couple of songs, then Oni [Logan] will sing a couple of songs and the hologram will do some more.”
He said he sees it like this: "If they would make a David Bowie hologram, I would go see it. If they made an Elvis [Presley] hologram, I'd go see it. I'd go see it because, first of all, I never saw Elvis and I never saw David Bowie. I'd want to go see how this thing is, the curiosity. I love the artists and I would love to see the show. I'm just doing it as a fan who is jumping in on something that is new.”
You can listen to the full interview below:
|Posted on April 15, 2019 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Steve Perry has released a video showing how his promo for We’re Still Here was created.
The former Journey frontman launched the Myriam Santos-directed video last month – and while Perry had previously shared a trio of studio videos for tracks from his comeback album Traces, We’re Still Here was his first official shoot as a solo artist since 1994’s Missing You.
Check it out below:
The video sees Perry driving a black 70s Chevelle SS through the streets of Hollywood – the location that inspired him to write the track with Canadian producer and songwriter Brian West.
Speaking about the inspiration for the song, Perry said: “Brian and I had just started writing the song and were sketching it out in the studio. When we broke for dinner I went to this place down the street – and that was the first time I'd been in Hollywood in a long time.
“There I was on Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood and Vine just walking around. I saw a whole new generation of 16 and 17-year olds running around just... alive. And through these kids I felt a kinship. We're still here doing the same thing.”
Last month, Perry released a deluxe edition of Traces which features all 10 tracks from the original record, plus five bonus songs from the studio sessions.
VIVIAN CAMPBELL On His Battle With Hodgkin's Lymphoma: 'I Just Wanted To Give Cancer The Big Middle Finger And Go On'
|Posted on April 15, 2019 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell recently spoke to City Of Hope about his continuing battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma, with which he was diagnosed in 2013.
For the past three and a half years, Vivian has been part of a medical trial in Los Angeles, at City of Hope — one of the world's leading cancer research facilities — being treated with medication called pembrolizumab, which became FDA approved in early 2017.
Campbell, who receives pembrolizumab infusions roughly once a month, said: "Compared to chemo, it's so easy. I've had practically no side effects. The hardest part of it for me to this day continues to be the scheduling, because I travel so much for work."
Campbell said that his strong constitution and no-nonsense Northern Ireland upbringing were key in not letting cancer get the better of him.
"I consider myself very, very fortunate that I've been able to find this treatment that I've responded to so well," he said. "Being able to continue my life and continue my work I think has been a big part of being able to come through all of this. My work is what keeps me alive. My bandmates initially wanted me to stay home and convalesce. I'm stubborn and I'm Irish and I never wanted to do that. I've always refused to capitulate to the cancer. I just wanted to give cancer the big middle finger and go on."
Campbell, who has also performed, toured and worked with legendary artists including THIN LIZZY, DIO, WHITESNAKE, RIVERDOGS and Lou Gramm, went on to say that he feels well and his outlook is positive.
"I've always been a glass half-full kind of person, but now with cancer, my glass is brimming," he said. "You really kind of recalibrate your thinking about each and every day in life. You look at your life a different way and you look at your priorities a different way. It helped me become a better guitar player. It helped me look inward. ... It's just been good for me. I kind of always look at it as when life gives you these sorts of obstacles, you have two choices. You can give in or you can fight, you know?"
Vivian and his DEF LEPPARD bandmates were finally inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on March 29 — 14 years after the British rockers first became eligible.
|Posted on April 15, 2019 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
Journey will return to Las Vegas later this year for a new residency. The run will consist of nine shows at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
The dates will take place between Oct. 9 and Oct. 26 in the 4,300-seat venue, which is set to undergo renovations this summer. Among the changes will be a new sound system and a high-definition video wall; the floor will also become a general-admission area.
This will be Journey's third time playing multiple dates in Vegas, following shows at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in 2015 and 2017.
Tickets for the October concerts go on sale to the general public April 19 at 10AM PT, with a pre-sale for American Express card holders beginning tomorrow at 10AM PT. Another pre-sale, for fan-club members, takes place on Wednesday at 10AM PT. The band's website has more details, including VIP packages.
As 2018 came to a close, Neal Schon said the band was taking off 2019 so other members could work on solo projects -- "except for possibly a few dates near the end of the year leading into 2020," he noted.
The time away, Schon added, gave him the opportunity to embark on a Journey Through Time solo tour with former members Gregg Rolie and Deen Castronovo that spotlighted the band's pre-Steve Perry era. He's also working on a new solo album with Marti Frederiksen and plans to release another record, Universe, in August.
|Posted on April 15, 2019 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
"Gangsters Are Running This World"
"Gangsters Are Running This World" (Purple Version)
|Posted on April 15, 2019 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
Megadeth were on our radar for a new album in 2019, but according to bassist David Ellefson, they probably won't release it this year. He recently spoke with Detroit's WRIF station about its postponement and assumes the band will deliver a new record at the top of 2020.
Megadeth's last release was 2016's Dystopia, which won them a Grammy for Best Metal Performance the following year. They planned to begin working on the next album at the beginning of 2018, following Dystopia's tour cycle. "Probably our biggest challenge is we don't live in the same cities...Nashville is kind of the creative hub of our operation, where we release and we do everything. We did only about eight weeks of shows last year that kind of came up, Europe and Mexico and stuff," the bassist says.
He then reassures that the band is organized and on top of their files, as they all share a Dropbox folder. The postponement of their tour with Ozzy Osbourne to 2020 will hopefully allow them the time they need to get as much of the new material finished as they can. "All things happen for a reason, so I think on the Megadeth schedule...we're gonna definitely be really hunkering down now to get that going," he explains.
Citing the schedule the band was on when working on Dystopia, Ellefson assumes it'll be similar this time around: "As much as we were hoping to have a record out this year...sometime probably early 2020 is my thought that that's probably when the record will be ready to come out." Dave Mustaine did say in March that he has eight songs written for the new record, so maybe things will move faster than Ellefson assumes. Time will tell.
Listen to the full interview below:
|Posted on April 14, 2019 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
Judas Priest released British Steel on April 14, 1980, and there are many fans and historians who would swear by their black leather jackets that the legendary band was at the top of its game with that propulsive, iconic album. Sad Wings of Destiny, Screaming for Vengeance, Defenders of the Faith and Painkiller all hold a prominent position in the pantheon of excellent and important metal releases, but when it comes to influence, consistency and accessibility, British Steel is, perhaps, a notch above them all.
Arriving during the very outset of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, 1980's British Steel forged a template and set the bar for countless bands, including Iron Maiden, Saxon, Diamond Head and Grim Reaper.
“When we were doing British Steel, there was definitely that feeling within the band and label that something really exciting was just around the corner,” says vocalist Rob Halford. “As it turned out, British Steel was really the record that propelled the band, particularly in America through songs like ‘Breaking the Law’ and ‘Living After Midnight.’ And ‘Living After Midnight’ was the song that gave us that all-important radio accessibility that we’d been striving for.”
British Steel isn’t Judas Priest’s most musically complex album. Most of the songs are simple and straightforward, but from the anti-authoritarian charge of “Breaking the Law” (the opening track on the U.S. release) to the flailing guitar leads and rhythmic, pre-thrash barrage of “Rapid Fire” (track one in the U.K.) it’s a complete, satisfying and cohesive release. There’s a bit of musical experimentation (“Metal Gods,” “The Rage”;), some chant-along anthems (“United,” “You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise") and plenty of moments custom-made for fist-in-the-air headbanging.
From the album’s immaculate construction to its natural flow, one might guess Judas Priest spent months perfecting the songs before tracking them over an equal amount of time. In actuality, once they entered the Tittenhurst Park Recording Studios, a live-in estate in the English country of Berkshire, England, that was formerly owned by John Lennon, the band had 28 days to record with producer Tom Allom.
“We only had 40 percent of it written when we went in,” says guitarist Glenn Tipton. “In this day and age, it would be very difficult for us to go into the studio and record and then write, as well. But we had a surplus amount of energy and enthusiasm at that time, and it really did pay off. I suppose there’s a certain argument saying if you give yourself a deadline you’ve got to come up with the goods. And we actually did.”
While Judas Priest were recording British Steel, their management was already planning a tour. There was no margin for error when it came to scheduling, but being under the gun provided incentive. Priest had no time to second-guess themselves, so they went with first ideas and first takes, which gave the album a sense of immediacy.
“I think the way we made it probably has a lot to do with why the album still sounds pretty fresh today,” says guitarist KK Downing. “It sort of sounds like a live album, and I guess that’s what it was. All the takes were done at the same time unlike nowadays where everybody puts the parts down separately. We played the parts together as a band until we got them right, and that’s what makes it sound like it’s got that really good live energy. It’s not overproduced and still sounds raw and cool.”
For Halford, part of the strength of British Steel comes from the collaborative process in which the band was forced to create. “We went into the sessions with a handful of ideas, but the bulk of material came from Glenn and KK and myself sitting around for the first time as a writing team. Previously, one of us would bring a completed song to the table and we’d work on that. The British Steel sessions brought us together as a trio of writers for the first time and we focused as a band in a way that we hadn’t done before.”
While they weren’t exactly lacking ideas, Judas Priest pulled inspiration from anywhere they could. One night after returning from the pub, Tipton picked up his guitar and started jamming on a catchy riff. Encouraged, he played it over and over while Halford was trying to sleep. “It was 4AM, and Glenn had set his stack set up downstairs from the room I was in,” Halford recalls. “I was annoyed, so I went down and said, ‘Hey, Glenn, can you turn that down a bit because I can’t sleep. It’s four o clock in the morning and you’re living after midnight.’ And Glenn’s immediate reaction was, ‘Oh, that’s a great song title for this tune. Check out these chord progressions.’”
As great as the chemistry was while Judas Priest worked on British Steel, they barely had time to finish the songs let alone sit back and analyze what they were creating. As soon as they finished tracking, they were onto their next career step, rehearsing for a tour that was scheduled to launch March 7, 1980. It would be more than a month before the album came out and even longer before “Living After Midnight” lit the airwaves on fire. Priest didn’t play any songs from British Steel on the UK leg of the tour, which featured opener Iron Maiden. When they arrived in the States that summer of 1980, they had added “Living After Midnight,” “Steeler,” “You Don’t Have to be Old to be Wise” and “Grinder” to their set.
“I don’t think we found out until quite a while after British Steel was released that it was going to be so significant,” Downing says. “The combination that made it so important to Priest was the songs, the riffs, the titles, the art work and the fact that the actual look of the band had become more uniform and consolidated with the leather and studs. It seemed to be the album that pulled everything together for Priest. At long last we knew who we were, what we were and what we intended to do.”
|Posted on April 14, 2019 at 10:35 PM||comments (0)|
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen recalled their initial fear when their track “Love Bites” became their only No.1 hit single on release in 1987.
The track had been composed in the studio with producer Mutt Lange, and released on blockbuster album Hysteria, but the band had never given thought to how they might perform it live, as Collen told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show.
“We’d done all these overdubs, these crazy guitar parts and vocal harmonies,” he said. “Then the song went to No.1 and we’d never played it live. So we had to take time off an go into a rehearsal room in Vancouver, and we were like, ‘Guys, how are we gonna do this song?’”
He continued: “We’d spent three years on our record; we’d done all this crazy stuff that we can’t play and sing at the same time. it was like staying behind after school, just learning this song, singing while you were playing these crazy things. It was really hard. We’d just rehearse, rehearse, rehearse – and we finally got it. Of course, now we do it in our sleep, but it was a bit scary.”
The success of "Love Bites" helped propel Hysteria to sales of over 12 million in the U.S. alone.
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|Posted on April 14, 2019 at 10:25 PM||comments (0)|
SLAUGHTER vocalist Mark Slaughter recently appeared on the "Thunder Underground" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below (interview starts at the 24:30 mark). A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On his goals as a songwriter:
Mark: "I've always had a sense of melody to what I do. Even if it's heavy, I still try to have a sense of melody instead of just slamming heavy riff, heavy riff, heavy riff. I think that's probably the difference of how I approach it as an artist, even on the heavier stuff. I always try to make it to where there's something that people can walk away humming in their head or that resonates... what I always try to do is write songs that I think can match up to what people are going through, even in my own life. If I don't get it, people aren't going to get it."
On wearing many hats in the studio:
Mark: "What a lot of people don't realize is that Dana [Strum] and I produced those [early] records and wrote those records. We're the only band from our genre that wrote, produced and still performed those songs to this day. We're kind of an oddity in that time frame. Everybody has a studio nowadays, but we were hands-on all the way across the board. In that, I think that's probably the difference — it was Dana and I writing it and assembling the songs and making sure it connected the way we wanted it to. We had great players — Blas [Elias] and Tim [Kelly] were awesome — and it's one of those things that there's a magic when you do it a band in that side of it when you're in the studio, and when you're doing it by yourself, it's like an objective outside yourself. You put it down as a producer/engineer and then [as a] performer on my records, I always come back and go, 'Okay, now how was that, really?' I have to step outside myself and really criticize myself to make sure that it's [up] to par of what I'd want somebody else's record to be."
On fighting for the right to self-produce SLAUGHTER's albums:
Mark: "On the first record, [Chrysalis] said, 'We'd like you to hook up with a producer.' We said, 'Listen — if you don't want us to do it ourselves, then why don't you just drop us, because there's plenty of other labels that would love to have our production.' We had meetings with several big labels, including Warner [Bros.], who said, 'If you guys get off the label, we'll be right there.' Chrysalis said, 'You know what? You guys are right. Just go ahead and do your thing. We love your demos. Make sure the songs are there.' They really gave us the freedom to do what we wanted to do — kind of [like] what I'm doing right now, except by myself."
On SLAUGHTER's longevity:
Mark: "Music trends up and down. One minute, it's really hot; the next minute, it's not. That's the cyclical activity of all music. Right now, it's pretty hot [for us]. There's a lot of festivals, and every year, we've been doing festivals, even in Europe. You never know where your next show's going to be coming from. It's like joining the Army – 'Are you available on May 6? There's a show'... I think that SLAUGHTER has always been a people's band. We never saw ourselves as rock stars or any of that stuff. We're just the guys next door who like to play music. If you look at it like how Sammy Hagar is, I think of us as the same type of animal. We just like to be there when the party's happening."
On joining VINNIE VINCENT INVASION:
Mark: "I was teaching guitar and I got the call that Vinnie was looking for a singer. Ultimately, I put my guitar in a stand. I taught about 279 lessons a month [at the time], so I put the guitar in the stand, and I'm a lead singer opening for up for ALICE COOPER and IRON MAIDEN... it was fricking awesome, but it was very different for me. First off, it was glammed out of my tree; I was singing a record that had already been recorded; and I was 22 years old at the time. If you look at 21, 22 years old, it's pretty young. I was a snot-nosed kid up there doing it. It was pretty cool."
On his future plans:
Mark: "It's a singles world. I think it might be more putting songs out one at a time instead of a full record. I don't know — I think everybody in this industry is trying to define it and figure out how to do it, but one thing for sure [is] I still love making music. I still have a love for songs and creating those memories. I really don't have the answer what I'm going to do. It's the music business, but it's also an art form, so however I can make the art and get it to the people the best way that makes sense, that's what I'll be doing."
On whether SLAUGHTER has any plans to record:
Mark: "We actually have a song or two that we've written, but we've never put out. I think it really is one of those things of getting everybody together to say, 'Okay, let's track this song. Let's do this song. Let's record this song.' I think that's one of the things that as your life becomes a little more hectic with things you've got to do, trying to get out of your zone is a little bit more difficult. I'm open for it — I'm ready to go — [but] it's just really getting these guys from their everyday stuff to be able to connect and do it."
Slaughter's second solo album, "Halfway There", was released in 2017 via EMP Label Group.
SLAUGHTER has not released a studio album since 1999's "Back To Reality".
WHITESNAKE KICK OFF FLESH & BLOOD WORLD TOUR IN NEWKIRK, OK; SETLIST REVEALED, FAN-FILMED VIDEO POSTED
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Whitesnake will release their Flesh & Blood album on May 10th via Frontiers Music Srl. They kicked off their first shows of the 2019 Flesh & Blood World Tour in Newkirk, OK on April 12th with a set featuring songs from the new studio record alongside their biggest hits and songs from one of the greatest back catalogues in rock ‘n’ roll history, spanning over 40 years. A complete list of dates can be found below.
Fan-filmed video from the Newkirk show can be viewed below:
The setlist on the night was as follows:
"Slide It In"
"Gonna Be Alright" (live debut)
"Love Ain't No Stranger"
"Hey You (You Make Me Rock)" (live debut)
"Slow an' Easy"
"Trouble Is Your Middle Name" (live debut)
- guitar duel -
"Shut Up & Kiss Me" (live debut)
"Get Up" (live debut)
"Is This Love"
"Give Me All Your Love"
"Here I Go Again"
"Still of the Night"
Whitesnake's tour schedule is as follows.
April (with Black Moods)
15 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
17 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theater
19 - Biloxi, MS - IP Casino Resort*
20 - Atlanta, GA - State Bank Amphitheatre
22 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
23 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
25 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Casino*
26 - Melbourne, FL - Maxwell C. King PAC
28 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
29 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center
May (with Black Moods)
1 - Richmond, VA - Richmond, VA - The National
2 - Bensalem, PA - XCITE Center at Parx Casino*
4 - Columbia, MD - M3 Festival#
5 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penns Peak
7 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
8 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
10 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
11 - Lincoln, RI - Twin River Casino*
14 - Greenville, PA - The Palace Theatre
17 - Verona, NY - Turning Stone Casino*
18 - Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagara Casino*
12 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
14 - Donnington, UK - Download Festival #
17 - Prague, Czech Republic - 02 Arena **
19 - Milan, Italy - Mediolanum Forum **
20 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rock the Ring Festival #
22 - Clisson, France - Hellfest #
23 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting #
25 - Budapest, Hungary - Barba Negra Track
27 - Zajecar, Serbia - Gitarijada Festival #
29 - Plovdiv, Bulgaria - Hills of Rock Festival #
1 - Bucharest, Romania - Arenele Romane
3 - Zagreb, Croatia - SRC Salata
5 - Sered, Slovakia - Sered Amphitheatre
7 - Cologne, Germany - Palladium
10 - Gavle, Sweden - Furuviksparken *
15 - Saint Petersburg, Russia - Bkz Oktyabrski Theatre
17 - Moscow, Russia - Crocus City Hall
* Whitesnake only
# festival appearance
** with Def Leppard
For more information visit whitesnake.com.
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Former UFO bassist Pete Way offered his condolences to the friends and family of keyboard-guitarist Paul Raymond, who suffered a fatal heart attack aged 73 during the band’s farewell tour.
Way and Raymond were bandmates during two stints in the ‘70s and the ‘90s, while both served a total of four stints in the British band. Way also brought Raymond aboard as a member of his group Waysted in 1982. However, their relationship was marred by periods of tension and disagreement.
In 2012 Raymond addressed tensions with Way, saying: "We are a band, we enjoy playing together and despite all the splits and troubles, we always find a way to sort things out and get back together. Pete’s behaviour has always been a bit on the hard side… but as Phil [Mogg] says the door is always open for him to return. To us and the fans he is such an integral part of UFO.”
Former UFO guitarist Michael Schenker, whose MSG lineup featured Raymond from 1980 to 1981 then again in 2011, said: “It is unbelievable. Paul Raymond was a great musician and loved Rock and Roll. My condolences to his loved ones. Rest in peace my friend.” UFO said they were “too shell-shocked” to make a full statement, posting a recent photo of Raymond at the O2 Forum venue in London, England. “Thank you to everyone for your very kind and supportive messages,” they added.
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Joe Hottinger says HALESTORM is currently assembling a "special package" to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the band's self-titled debut album. Released in 2009, the LP was produced by Howard Benson (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, P.O.D.) and featured the single "I Get Off". The band went on to release three additional studio albums, becoming a mainstay on rock radio.
In a recent interview with Ned from Waterloo, Iowa radio station KFMW Rock 108, Hottinger reflected on the last decade for HALESTORM, which saw the band emerge from the small Pennsylvania town of Red Lion. "It's a trip, man," he said. "It's the ten-year anniversary of our first record and we're putting together a special package for that first album right now. Lzzy [Hale, guitar/vocals] and I just went through all these demos we made from 2005 to 2008 when we were making that first record. I had forgotten all about them. It's like hearing these songs for the first time again. They weren't terrible. There's a reason they didn't make the first record. The thing was there; the magic was there, that we fight for even today. I kind of realized that we're doing what we've always done. We're lucky. I get to do what I love with the people I love and travel the world doing it. What more could you ask for in a life? That's what we were doing back when we were playing bars around Pennsylvania. Just doing what we love with people we love. It was on a much smaller scale. But what a trip. I think we're going around the world twice this year. We end in Australia and Japan again before the end of the year. It's awesome. It's tiring, but awesome."
The guitarist also spoke about HALESTORM's 2019 touring schedule in support of the group's latest release, "Vicious".
"We're doing what used to be Rock On The Range, we're doing Sonic Temple, which is now in Columbus, Ohio," he said. "That's our one spring U.S. festival. That's our last show on this tour. We're playing with GHOST and SYSTEM OF A DOWN, which totally rules. I'm such a huge fan of both of those bands. Then, we're home for like a week or two, then we head to Europe and play all the big festivals over there, which is going to be a trip. I know we're doing these two German festivals with TOOL and ALICE IN CHAINS, SMASHING PUMPKINS. There's a bunch of other bands on the same day we are. How cool is that? We're doing Copenhall in Copenhagen with STP [STONE TEMPLE PILOTS]. I'm just going to be a kid in a candy shop over there. It's going to be a fun year for old HALESTORM."
HALESTORM's month-long North American tour kicked off April 12 at Ladson, South Carolina's 98 Rockfest and runs through Columbus, Ohio's Sonic Temple, with dates across the continent, including a stop at Mexico City's Domination festival in early May. PALAYE ROYALE and BEASTO BLANCO will open for HALESTORM on the run of dates, which follow HALESTORM's trek abroad in March with performances at Download festival in Australia and Japan.
Check out the interview below:
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Greta Van Fleet have released a live video for their track Highway Tune.
The song originally appeared on the band’s debut EP Black Smoke Rising, with the performance filmed in Toronto last summer.
Highway Tune was the very first song that Jake and Josh Kiszka wrote together when they were 17 and is currently their most popular track – racking up close to 50 million listens on Spotify.
Jake told previously Classic Rock: “That was really the beginning of Greta Van Fleet to me.”
Check out the video below:
Some have called the band the saviours of rock and asked in the same interview if that was a heavy burden to carry, Josh replied: “Yes it is. But somebody’s got to do it.
“If we’ve been given an opportunity, I don’t see why we wouldn’t take it. We’re just as sick of manufactured bullshit as everybody. We want to hear real music.
“Maybe we can inspire enough people to pick up real instruments and make real music from a real place.”
Greta Van Fleet will head back out on the road later this month and will also perform at Woodstock 50 in August.
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Axl Rose proposed that Guns N' Roses play Soundgarden's hit song "Blackhole Sun" just hours before the news broke about the tragic death of Chris Cornell, according to Duff McKagan.
The GNR bassist revealed the story during a special appearance at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles to discuss his upcoming solo album "Tenderness" along with the album's producer Shooter Jennings.
Duff spoke about how one of the song's on the record, called "Feeling", was inspired by the death of Cornell, McKagan's former Velvet Revolver bandmate Scott Weiland, Prince and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
According to Des Moines Classic Rock radio Station 95KGGO, while discussing how those artists inspired the songs, Duff said, "Then Chris [Cornell]. Susan [Duff's wife] and Susan Silver [Cornell's first wife] were pregnant at the same time.
"They had [their daughters] two weeks apart, and we hung out with them and our babies. That's just real-life sh*t, and then Chris going... the f***ing weird thing about that is, that night, about 8 o'clock at night, Axl came into rehearsal and said, 'Let's do 'Black Hole Sun'. Let's try that song.' We rehearsed until 12:30 that night. I got home, and Richard Fortus texted me - 'Chris is dead.'
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Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider has given the The Sydney Morning Herald and self-written interview about his career and marriage. Here are a few excerpts:
On women: “I was obsessed with girls as a teenager but wasn't popular with them. I wasn't smart enough to fit in with the intellectuals. I was into music, but didn't do drugs or drink. I hung out with musicians, looked like a freak, but they didn't like me because I didn't get high. I was good at sport, but had long hair. I was a nerd who loved comic books and was a bit of a loner. I started a band so girls would notice me.”
Relationship with Lita Ford: “One of my closest female friends is [former Runaways guitarist] Lita Ford. Our relationship has lasted many decades because I am one of the few guys who hasn't hit on her. In fact, her husband always says I am the only man he can truly trust around her. She is a strong woman, a leader and a force to be reckoned with.”
43 years with wife Suzette: “Suzette and I married in 1981 and nearly broke up in 1984. Twisted Sister was at the top of the charts and it went to my head. I became a megalomaniac. We ended up going to counselling. By 1992, I'd lost it all and Suzette went back to work until I got back on my feet. She is a costume designer who came up with the band's logo, did our make-up and made my costumes. Suzette has stuck by me through thick and thin. We have four children. I always wanted to be a rock star, but wanted to have kids, too.”
Read more at The Sydney Morning Herald.