|Posted on June 23, 2019 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
James "J.C." Curleigh, the new CEO of Gibson Brands, Inc., which owns the Gibson guitar line, filed a lawsuit against competitor Dean Guitars, alleging multiple breaches of trademark and unfair competition.
Gibson, which emerged from bankruptcy last year and later appointed Curleigh, claimed in new Texas court papers that Dean – which is owned by Armadillo Distribution Enterprises infringed seven trademarks. The document listed the shape of Gibson's Flying V, Explorer, ES and SG guitars, its “dove wing” headstock plus its Hummingbird and Moderne trademarks.
Gibson further accused Armadillo of attempting to give the impression that Dean guitars are affiliated or connected to Gibson, thus committing trademark counterfeiting. Gibson have called for profits, damages and costs from Armadillo, with the request that the profits and damages element should be “trebled or otherwise multiplied to the extent permitted by statute.”
The move follows a comment by Gibson’s director of brand experience, Mark Agnesi, who sent a message to other manufacturers: “We want you to know you have been warned. We’re looking out and we’re here to protect out iconic legacy.” Gibson social media posts containing the comment were later removed, apparently as the result of negative reaction from the playing community.
“We believe that Gibson's claims are baseless and will vigorously defend ourselves,” Armadillo said in a statement. “As the proud owner of some of the most famous brands in the music industry, we respect and value the intellectual property rights of others. But we also recognize that some things are just too commonplace and basic for one company to claim as its property.”
The statement went on to argue that some of the guitar shapes named in the lawsuit had been used by Dean for “over the part forty years." “Dean Guitars is not alone," it added. "Other guitar companies have for decades used the commonplace guitar shapes that Gibson now tries to claim exclusive rights to.”
In the filing, Gibson claimed that a cease-and-desist letter had been sent to Armadillo in 2017. “Following Gibson’s recovery from a well-publicized period of financial instability, it seems the company has escalated its complaint under the new leadership of James "JC" Curleigh, Cesar Gueikian and KKR & Co.," Guitar.com noted. "The company sent its own cease and desist in May 2019, followed by this court filing.”
STRYPER FRONTMAN MICHAEL SWEET - "I DESPISE THE TERM 'CHRISTIAN METAL'; IT LIMITS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO"
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Stryper frontman Michael Sweet has posted the following message on social media:
"I’ve never liked the term 'Christian Metal'. Metal is metal, rock is rock. If you’re a believer and in a band with believers then you’re a rock/metal band comprised of Christians. When you label the genre with tags then you limit what the band can do.
I remember walking into a record store years ago and Megadeth released an album the same day as us. Their album was at the front of the store with a huge display. I asked the guy where the new Stryper album was and he pointed to the back of the store and said 'Back there, in the Christian Rock section.'
You see, it limits what we’re trying to do. I’ve never swept Christ under the carpet. I’ve always been as bold as one can be on stage and off and will continue to be so. I’ve never shied away from the fact that I’m a Christian. Ever! Yet at the same time, I despise the term 'Christian Metal'. Is this really so hard to understand?
Sweet recently guested on the Cobras & Fire podcast and revealed the band's History tour, which kicked off May 10th in Greenville, SC, "will give people a better understanding of our history. All the songs and the bands and the music we grew up with that kinda moulded our lives - Judas Priest, Van Halen. We're going to give people a glimpse of that and perform 10 or 11 covers, and then, of course, 10 or 11 classic Stryper songs. We're mixing it up a little bit."
Check out fan-filmed video from the Greenville and Annapolis shows below:
The setlist on the tour is currently as follows:
"Soldiers Under Command"
"Calling On You"
"Rock and Roll Band" (Boston cover)
"Shout It Out Loud" (KISS cover)
"Heading Out To The Highway" (Judas Priest cover)
"Heaven And Hell" (Black Sabbath cover)
"Panama" (Van Halen cover)
"We Will Rock You" (Queen cover)
"Crazy Train" (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
"All She Wrote" (FireHouse cover) (with band introductions)
"In God We Trust"
"Always There for You"
"To Hell With The Devil"
|Posted on June 23, 2019 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
After being forced to postpone their ‘No Filter’ North American tour due to Mick Jagger's heart surgery, the Rolling Stones kicked off their 2019 summer trek last night (June 21) with a performance at Soldier Field in Chicago.
They had to shake off some understandable early-show rust and sound issues. Jagger even admitted that first nights are always "a little wobbly," then proved it by forgetting to introduce longtime keyboardist Chuck Leavell, but he otherwise showed no signs that he was about to turn 75 in a month and had heart surgery two months ago. He was his usual energetic self, strutting across the stage, including the long walkway down the center and two shorter ones on the sides, throughout the entire show. The closest he came to acknowledging his health issues was saying that they loved Chicago so much that they decided to open here instead of Miami.
But the band found their groove after a stripped down mid-show set at the end of the center walkway, similar to the mini-stage on the Bridges to Babylon tour, and they finished with strong takes on "Midnight Rambler," "Start Me Up," and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." You can see the full set list below.
The set design was surprisingly stripped back. The elaborate concepts of the past (see the Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle and Voodoo Lounge sets) were replaced by four tall, rectangular video screens, with the outer ones angled to give those on the sides a better view. The only other adornment was a clear canopy over the stage, presumably in case of the rain that was expected, but never got beyond a drizzle before they took the stage. It was almost, to use a word rarely applied to the Stones, elegant.
St. Paul & the Broken Bones, a retro-soul band from Birmingham, Ala., that’s gotten a strong reputation in the past five years due to their energetic live show, kicked off the night with a strong 40-minute set. Frontman Paul Janeway wore a black, sequined cape and pulled out all the classic soul-man moves as his powerful voice, complete with a remarkable falsetto, led his band through songs reminiscent of Al Green fronting Earth, Wind & Fire. They closed with a cover of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” that concluded with Janeway writhing on the ground and earned an ovation from the crowd. They have three albums, with the most recent being 2018’s Young Sick Camellia.
The Stones had originally scheduled touring around the April release of their Honk compilation album. The band was forced to postpone the previously announced dates while Jagger dealt with health issues. The frontman required “minimally invasive” heart surgery, with tour plans left on hold while he recovered. At the time, Jagger expressed frustration that his medical matters had interfered with touring, saying he was "so sorry to all our fans in America & Canada with tickets. I really hate letting you down like this. I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on the road as soon as I can.”
In May, Jagger posted a video of himself dancing in front of a studio mirror, building fan excitement that the frontman was once again performance-ready. Indeed, just a day later the band announced their rescheduled ‘No Filter’ dates. The trek will keep the band busy through the end of August.
Then, of course, there’s the discussion of new music. The Stones have not released an album of new material since 2005 (2016’s Blue & Lonesome was a covers album). Jagger previously said he had “lots of stuff” for a new release, with Keith Richards even suggesting that a new Stones LP could come out in 2019. What affect Jagger’s medical issues have had on the creative process is anyone’s guess, but fans remain hopeful that a new album will see the light of day soon.
While the Stones may not be thinking about retiring, their sponsor believes fans should be. The Alliance for Lifetime Income, a non-profit aimed at helping people financially plan for their retirement, is the sole sponsor of the ‘No Filter’ North American tour.
Rolling Stones Set List, Solider Field, Chicago: June 21, 2019:
1. "Street Fighting Man"
2. "Let's Spend the Night Together"
3. "Tumbling Dice"
4. "Sad Sad Sad"
5. "You Got Me Rocking"
6. "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
8. "Dead Flowers"
9. "Sympathy for the Devil"
10. "Honky Tonk Women"
11. "You Got the Silver"
12. "Before They Make Me Run"
13. "Miss You"
14. "Paint It, Black"
15. "Midnight Rambler"
16. "Start Me Up"
17. "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
18. "Brown Sugar"
19. "Gimme Shelter"
20. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
|Posted on June 23, 2019 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
Spotify is claiming they overpaid songwriters and publishers in 2018 and now they want their money back.
The situation is touchy as artists and publishers have decried the company's poor compensation model, which lead to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board mandating a 44 percent payout increase between 2018 and 2022. Spotify is currently appealing the mandate while simultaneously exploiting its complexities to seek financial restitution, reports Music Business Worldwide.
The complexities concern Spotify's student discount plans (student accounts equate to 0.5 subscribers) and family bundle rates (family bundle accounts equate to 1.5 subscribers), which allow up to six family members to share the same account for just a few dollars more a month.
Rather than require songwriters and publishers to pay back this money owed, Spotify intends to deduct the balance from 2019 payouts.
"Spotify is clawing back millions of dollars from publishers in the U.S. based on the new CRB rates that favor the DSPs [Digital Service Providers], while appealing the [wider CRB decision]. This puts some music publishers in a negative position. It’s unbelievable," a "senior figure" in the music publishing industry told MBW.
David Israelite, CEO of the National Music Publishers Association, responded to Spotify's actions, telling MBW, "I find it so hypocritical for a digital service that is appealing the CRB decision to then take advantage of the parts of that decision that benefit it. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised."
KINGS OF CHAOS MEMBERS SEBASTIAN BACH, WARREN DEMARTINI AND GILBY CLARKE COVER SKID ROW'S "18 AND LIFE" LIVE IN TEXAS (VIDEO)
|Posted on June 23, 2019 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
On Saturday June 15th, Kings Of Chaos headined the ROT (Republic Of Texas) Rally in Austin, Texas. The all-star ensemble includes guitarists Warren DeMartini (Ratt) and Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses), along with bassist James LoMenzo (White Lion, Black Label Society, Megadeth), drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, John Fogerty) and vocalists Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) and Lou Gramm (Foreigner)
Fan-filmed video footage of Kings Of Chaos performing the Skid Row classic "18 And Life" can be viewed below along with previously posted footage of Ratt's "Lay It Down" and "Wanted Man" being covered on the same night.
RICHIE FAULKNER Says GLENN TIPTON 'Will Very Much Be Involved' In Creation Of Next JUDAS PRIEST Album
|Posted on June 23, 2019 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner has told Ultimate Guitar in a new interview that Glenn Tipton "will very much be involved" in the making of the band's next studio album.
The 71-year-old guitarist announced his retirement from touring in February 2018 after revealing his unfortunate diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. He passed on the torch to the producer of the "Firepower" LP, Andy Sneap.
Asked if there are still plans for Tipton to take part in the songwriting process for PRIEST next disc, Faulkner said: "Absolutely, yeah. Glenn has some physical challenges with Parkinson's, as we all know, but as far as ideas and creativity, Glenn is still very much a behemoth in terms of what he creates and what he thinks and how he sees music and riffs and melodies. He's a really unique musician/guitar player/songwriter. And I think it's one of the contributing factors to why JUDAS PRIEST has always been one of the forbearers, one of those unique players in heavy metal. They've always had their own voice. There are lots of reasons for that, but one of the big reasons, in my opinion, is Glenn Tipton's way of writing and phrasing and note choices. And he's still very much in control of all that stuff. Also, in the studio, it's a bit of a more relaxed environment in terms of time constraints. For example, Glenn had to pull back from touring. When you play live in front of 10,000 people, you've got to play it once and you've got to play it correctly. If there are challenges with that in the studio, there is a bit more leniency — you can play it again, you can go over that take and take the better take. Time is very much on your side in the studio. So Glenn is very much involved in the creative process and he will very much be involved in the creation of the next record, no doubt."
Tipton was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disorder five years ago, after being stricken by the condition at least half a decade earlier. The guitarist, who has performed on every PRIEST record since the band's 1974 debut set, "Rocka Rolla", is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live.
Glenn has appeared onstage with PRIEST many times following his retirement, always performing the same fan-favorite tracks "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Livin' After Midnight".
PRIEST's current touring lineup consists of Halford, guitarists Sneap and Faulkner, drummer Scott Travis and founding member and bassist Ian Hill.
JUDAS PRIEST is currently touring the U.S. with fellow classic heavy rockers URIAH HEEP. The 32-date trek kicked off on May 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and will wrap on June 29 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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A previously unreleased version of a 1986 track from legendary late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, "Time Waits For No One", has surfaced more than three decades after its original recording.
Produced by UK music legend Dave Clark (of Dave Clark Five fame), the tune was first featured on a companion album for the hit musical, "Time", which opened at London's Dominion Theatre in April 1986; the musical merged sci-fi, rock music and ahead-of-its-time special effects and multimedia, and featured a cast that included Sir Laurence Olivier and Cliff Richard that went on to break box office records while playing to over a million people during its two-year run.
While the album delivered a full production version of "Time Waits For No One", Clark searched through his vaults to find a mix without backing vocals, which he located in the spring of 2018.
The producer brought in original session keyboardist Mike Moran to record a new piano track while creating a stripped-down take on the song, much like he heard in rehearsal; the new mix was paired with footage from the original video shoot at the Dominion Theatre.
Alongside the song and video's release, Clark is also streaming footage of an interview with the Queen icon and himself that sees the pair share their experience working together to create "Time."
Watch the interview clip and the official video here:
|Posted on June 23, 2019 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody has launched Moody's Medicinals, his own line of CBD and non-CBD health and wellness products.
So far, Moody's Medicinals features three products: lemon-flavored CBD water, peppermint-flavored CBD throat spray and peppermint-flavored throat spray without CBD. See an image off all three items above.
What distinguishes this line from some competitors is that none of the products contain sugars, alcohols or unnecessary additives.
Moody has personally benefitted from the use of CBD to manage anxiety, PTSD and OCD. He also introduced CBD to his mother, who experienced improvements to chronic conditions.
"I use Moody’s Medicinals, because it tames my anxiety before, during and after performances," says the frontman, who created and founded the company. "On the road, I’m often not able to eat on a normal schedule and Moody’s Medicinals has managed my appetite when I need it and helped me stay focused and healthy."
Head to the Moody's Medicinals website for more info:
A kickoff event is scheduled for June 28 at Trip Ink Tattoo Company/I Heart Vape in Las Vegas from 6 to 8 p.m. Fans who purchase a Moody's Medicinals item will receive a signed photo and a meet and greet with Moody at the event.
Five Finger Death Punch are currently at work in the studio on the follow-up to last year's And Justice for None album.
|Posted on June 23, 2019 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Metallica are streaming live video of a performance the 1997 classic, "The Memory Remains", from a June 13 show at RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany
The tune was the lead single from the group's seventh album, "ReLoad"; the track peaked at No. 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million copies.
The Cologne stop is part of Metallica's 25-date spring/summer European concert series, which started last month and has dates scheduled into late August.
The band recently upgraded the free Metallica App, which gives fans the latest updates on the WorldWired tour, including live videos, photos and setlists.
"We're psyched to share with you the latest way to enjoy the tour, even if you can't make it in person," says the group. "Look for regular updates as the tour rolls through Europe and beyond!"
Watch the video here:
|Posted on June 23, 2019 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
Alice Cooper explained how he’d persuaded Johnny Depp to sing the David Bowie classic “Heroes” on the new Hollywood Vampires album Rise, which was released on June 21.
The actor and guitarist recorded lead vocals for the cover version after being reminded that he’d played a singing role in 2007 Tim Burton musical movie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
“It was just a song I felt we should do,” Depp said in a new video interview that also features Cooper and Joe Perry. “It’s always meant a lot to me; it meant a lot to me over the last few years.”
Cooper added: “I knew Bowie pretty well but I didn’t have an emotional connection to him like that, as much as Johnny did. Johnny says, ‘Well, you sing it,’ and I said, ‘No, you sing it.’ And he says, ‘I don’t sing.’ I said, ‘You did Sweeney Todd…’ Reminding him that he sings! And he sings it better than I could ever sing it.”
You can watch the interview below:
“I’d forgotten. I’d forgotten that I did Sweeney Todd,” Depp admitted, to which Cooper noted it was “very hard” to forget “a project that took two years.” Depp replied: “But if you don’t see it, it’s almost like it doesn’t exist, you know?” He then thanked Cooper for telling him the movie “was good, by the way.”
The Vampires recorded their version of “Heroes” in Hansa Studios, Germany, where Bowie had cut the original. Depp recalled that working “in that huge, beautiful room, ornate room, was just incredible.” Cooper added: “If you’re going to do a cover, especially that cover, do it there.” Perry remembered watching Depp reading the lyrics before they recorded, and appearing to become “possessed” as he started to sing and proceeded to “own the song.” “Well, it’s like anything – you don’t know you can do it till you try. I had no idea I could hit any of those notes."
Check out the video for "Heroes" below:
|Posted on June 23, 2019 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
During a brand new interview with Graspop Metal Meeting, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell spoke about what is lacking in the current music scene, particularly with younger groups who are just starting out.
"You've gotta find the right balance between being good at your craft and still having the right attitude," he said (see video below).
"When I hear a lot of bands — not necessarily rock bands, but all sorts of different genres; bands who come out in this day and age — a lot of 'em, what is missing… I mean, they have talent, they can write songs, they can sing, they can play, but they don't have balls. And you listen to something back from the '90s or the '80s or '70s, there was something earthy about it, there was an intent you had to have," he explained.
"Phil [Collen, fellow DEF LEPPARD guitarist] is 61. I'm not far behind. We're all at a certain level and we've gotten really good at our craft, but we still go out there and we play it with a real fucking rock attitude."
DEF LEPPARD has a handful of European shows left between now and early July before the launch of the band's Canadian tour.
In late August, DEF LEPPARD will stage its second Las Vegas residency. The band will take over Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for 12 nights between August 14 and September 7.
The British rockers played their first Las Vegas residency six years ago at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
TOM KEIFER SHOOTS DOWN POSSIBILITY OF CINDERELLA REUNION - "THERE'S BEEN ISSUES FOR DECADES BETWEEN US AND THEY'VE GONE YEARS UNRESOLVED"
|Posted on June 23, 2019 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
Cinderella frontman turned solo artist Tom Keifer recently spoke with WRIF's Meltdown about his solo career, and shut down any possibility of the band reuniting in the future.
Keifer: "I'm not gonna weigh in on the dynamics of Cinderella and what caused that to go south. The only thing I'll say is what I've said in the past, and that is, there's been issues for decades between us and they've gone years unresolved. And when issues go unresolved, they usually fester and get worse. We've never aired our laundry, ever, and I'm not about to now. It's a situation that doesn't work anymore."
Keifer's summer tour schedule is as follows:
29 - Taylor Summer Festival - Taylor, MI
30 - The Cowan - Nashville, TN
2 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA
3 - Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH
5 - Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood, NJ
8 - Beacon Theatre - Hopewell, VA
9 - The Firmament - Greenville, SC
10 - Innovation Amphitheater - Winder, GA
15 - House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA
16 - Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill - Dallas, TX
17 - Warehouse Live Ballroom - Houston, TX
21 - BLK Live - Scottsdale, AZ
23 - The Canyon - Montclair, CA
24 - Libbey Bowl - Ojai, CA
25 - The Rose - Pasadena, CA
27 - Crest Theatre - Sacramento, CA
30 - The Coach House Concert Hall - San Juan Capistrano, CA
31 - The Cave - Big Bear Lake, CA
11 - Cotton Eyed Joe - Knoxville, TN
12 - BMI Indoor Speedway - Versailles, OH
18 - Seneca Niagara Resort - Niagara Falls, NY
19 - Goodyear Theater - Akron, OH
1 - Medina Entertainment Center - Medina, MN
2 - Arcada Theatre - St. Charles, IL
|Posted on June 23, 2019 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Just days after Classic Rock ran an exclusive feature about Facebook banning posts containing the cover of Led Zeppelin’s 1973 album Houses Of The Holy, it's been revealed that the social media giant now plan on reversing the decision.
The cover image was shot by Hipgnosis designer Aubrey Powell and shows naked children climbing over the Giant's Causeway – a piece of art that reflected the late 60s/early 70s fascination with natural childhood innocence.
But the image fell foul of Facebook’s community guidelines on nudity or sexual activity, leading to posts featuring the artwork to be removed by the social media giant.
However, in a new statement to UCR, Facebook say that the decision will now be reversed.
A spokesperson told the website: “As out community standards explain, we don’t allow nude images of children on Facebook. But we know this a culturally significant image. Therefore, we’re restoring the posts we removed.”
The move is expected to be rolled out over the coming days, with other similar content to be reviewed by Facebook on a case-by-case basis.
In 2011, the artwork for Nirvana's Nevermind was banned by Facebook before being allowed on the site, while other covers including Jane’s Addiction’s Nothing Shocking and Ritual De Lo Habitual, along with Van Halen’s Balance, are also permitted.
|Posted on June 18, 2019 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
Motley Crue will release an audiobook edition of their 2001 memoir, "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band", on Tuesday, June 25.
Fans have gotten glimpses into the band's crazy world of backstage scandals, celebrity love affairs, roller-coaster drug addictions, and music in the band's autobiography since the book first came out and quickly became a New York Times bestseller.
Following its recent success as a Netflix biopic, "The Dirt" will make its audiobook debut next week, featuring the recorded voices of Sebastian York, Roger Wayne, Fred Berman, MacLeod Andrews and Hillary Huber.
Directed by Jeff Tremaine, the 2019 film follows Motley Crue's rise from the Los Angeles club scene to headline-making international stardom and stars Machine Gun Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee, Daniel Webber as singer Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx and Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars.
|Posted on June 18, 2019 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
During a recent interview with Sara of the Philadelphia radio station 93.3 WMMR, ALICE COOPER guitarist Nita Strauss discussed her initial meeting with the legendary shock-rocker.
"The first time I met Alice was in the most surreal situation that you could possibly imagine," Nita said. "When I met Alice, I had actually already gone through the audition process. A lot of people don't know this, but [his] band is based all over the world. There are a few living in the States; there are a few living in Europe. We all live in different states from each other, so my audition was all done via video. I was sending in videos; they were giving me notes and asking to see different stuff; so by the time I met Alice for the first time, I had already gone through the audition process and I was already in the band. I had my flight out to start the tour.
"Then I got a call from Bob Ezrin, who has been Alice's longtime producer," Nita continued. "He said, 'Alice is in the studio, working on the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES record with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, and I thought it might be nice for you two to meet since you're going to be in his band.' I said, 'That would be great. I would love that. Thank you. Just tell me when to come down.' He said, 'Well, right now, of course.' I'm on my way to the gym [and have] my hair in a bun. I turn the car around, run back, brush my hair and go.
"As it turns out, the studio that they recorded in is at Johnny Depp's house," Nita explained. "There I am, walking into this mansion — a minor detail that they left out — this elaborate, beautiful mansion in Hollywood. [There were] no guards or anything — they're like, 'Oh, just go on in.' I literally just walked in and sat down and waited quietly by myself, and then this beautiful girl came in and introduced herself. She's like, 'Hi, I'm Calico Cooper, Alice's daughter.' She immediately made me feel so at home. Then when Alice came in, it's the same thing."
|Posted on June 18, 2019 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
et a double dose of "Black" this fall, as Black Label Society will be hitting the road with The Black Dahlia Murder, while bringing along promising newcomers Alien Weaponry for what should be a great fall bill.
The tour actually starts right at the end of summer, kicking off Sept. 11 in Ventura, California and making its way north, then traveling back down the southwestern U.S. before traveling through the Midwest and ending up out east in Destin, Florida for an Oct. 10 finale. Tickets for the trek will go on sale this Friday (June 21).
Black Label Society recently completed a run celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Sonic Brew album, but will be back to promoting 2018's Grimmest Hits on the upcoming dates.
The Black Dahlia Murder last released the Nightbringers album in 2017, while New Zealand metallers Alien Weaponry have been getting solid word of mouth based off their 2018 debut disc, Tū.
Black Label Society / Black Dahlia Murder / Alien Weaponry 2019 Tour Dates:
Sept. 11 - Ventura, Calif. @ Ventura Theater
Sept. 13 - Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Sept. 14 - Spokane, Wash. @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Sept. 15 - Missoula, Mont. @ The Wilma
Sept. 16 - Billings, Mont. @ Pub Station
Sept. 18 - Colorado Springs, Colo. @ The Black Sheep
Sept. 19 - Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine Theater
Sept. 21 - Odessa, Texas @ Dos Amigos
Sept. 22 - Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
Sept. 23 - Baton Rouge, La. @ Varsity Theatre
Sept. 25 - Fayetteville, Ark. @ Fayetteville Town Center
Sept. 27 - Turtle Lake, Wis. @ St. Croix Casino
Sept. 28 - Belvidere, Ill. @ The Apollo Theatre
Sept. 30 - Kitchener, Ontario @ Elements
Oct. 01 - Cleveland, Ohio @ House of Blues
Oct. 02 - Pikeville, Ky. @ Appalachian Wireless Arena
Oct. 04 - Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
Oct. 05 - Montclair, N.J. @ The Wellmont Theater
Oct. 08 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. @ Revolution Live
Oct. 10 - Destin, Fla. @ Club LA
|Posted on June 18, 2019 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
Gene Simmons, legendary frontman and co-founder of KISS, one of rock’s most successful and longest-running bands, announces three Ontario appearances this November.
After an epic and storied 45-year career, and hot on the heels of “End Of The Road,” his final world tour with KISS, Gene Simmons sits down with Canadian audiences for an intimate and candid conversation.
Simmons who rose to fame in the ’70s as the blood-spitting, fire-breathing, bass-playing Demon will share his life stories in this tell-all moderated discussion on how he approached his band as a business, stepping up to new opportunities and taking massive risks. The entrepreneur, author, television personality and Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer, who with KISS sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, will unleash his acumen and lay out his secrets on what it takes to climb the ranks to join the wealthy and powerful in his unstoppable and unapologetic style. Audience members will be invited to take part in the conversation through an interactive Question & Answer period that promises to generate an interesting discussion.
Simmons’ three Ontario appearances begin in London on November 6 at The Start.ca Performance Stage at Budweiser Gardens. A stop in Niagara Falls follows on November 8 at The Scotiabank Convention Centre. The final appearance will take place in Peterborough on November 9s at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.
Pre-sale tickets for the London show go on sale Wednesday, June 18 at 10 AM, EST. Tickets for the Niagara Falls and Peterborough shows go on sale Monday, June 24 at 10 AM, EST. Pre-sale code: GENE
For more information and tickets, head here:
|Posted on June 18, 2019 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
He’s wearing a Panama hat, but he’s not singing about the country (or the hat). No, David Lee Roth is singing about a woman, again, though also about a car, for the first time – which explains the mixed metaphors.
Recorded for Van Halen’s blockbuster sixth album, 1984, “Panama” was the band’s last hit single with their original singer and one of the few tracks to have been performed by every lineup. It was also a refreshing return to guitar-led music, after previous synth-heavy singles “Jump” and “I’ll Wait.”
Mixed metaphors, incidentally, is what you get when you try to establish the truth behind the song. Roth has discussed it on many occasions, but – in classic fashion – he’s seldom told the same story twice about the song that illustrated the pinnacle of the band’s ‘80s world dominance.
Reputedly, he wrote the lyrics in response to the accusation that he sang about only women, partying and fast cars – prompting him to realize he’d never actually written about fast cars. There’s some doubt about the vehicle in question, however; it’s apparently not the 1951 Mercedes custom in the video.
It’s either a drag racer Roth once watched in action, named Panama Express, or it’s a 1969 Opel Kadett station wagon that was once mounted on a wall of his home – complete with a prop deer smashing through the windshield. In 2012, though, he suggested the car was named As Is and not Panama, and that the art installation made for it is called My First Deer and not Panama. It can be seen in his 2003 video for “Shoo Bop.”
Regardless, the car engine heard during the bridge of the song is definitely not called Panama – it was the sound of Eddie Van Halen’s 1972 Lamborghini Miura S, which was reversed into his 5150 Studio for the recording. “They thought we were nuts to pull up my Lamborghini to the studio and mic it,” he once said. “We drove it around the city, and I revved the engine up to 80,000 rpm just to get the right sound.”
“Panama” was one of the first tracks to be recorded in that studio, which Van Halen had built partly as a means of taking control of the band’s sound from producer Ted Templeman. They still use it today, and Van Halen reportedly still owns the Lamborghini.
Perhaps tragically in light of its reputation, he doesn't remember how or when he came up with the song’s riff. “I have no memory of coming up with any of those riffs,” he admitted in 2015. “Even the stuff I wrote for the last record, I don’t remember. It just comes to me. I never sit down and decide to write a song. I’ve never done that.”
The situation was partly explained by the fact that he usually wrote on tour, alone in one hotel room after another, with just vodka, cocaine and a tape recorder for company. “Alcohol and cocaine were private things to me. I would use them for work,” he explained. “The blow keeps you awake and the alcohol lowers your inhibitions. I’m sure there were musical things I would not have attempted were I not in that mental state. You just play by yourself with a tape running, and after about an hour, your mind goes to a place where you’re not thinking about anything.” (Van Halen has been clean since 2008.)
Roth once described “Panama” as a celebration of “the farthest south that you could possibly go and still have a really corrupt good time,” which may refer to the geography of the Central American nation, or may perhaps refer to a stripper that the song is said to be partly about. He’s certainly having a good time in some of the action clips seen in the video, which were actually shot for “Jump” but left out as a result of creative differences.
Video creator Robert Lombard felt the larger-than-life antics were at odds with the intimate performance shots and left them out. That led to his dismissal, even though the video went on to win awards and inspire a generation of copycats. It would seem that Roth, working with director Pete Angelus, had his revenge by making sure the action scenes appeared in the “Panama” video.
The video also featured one of the most successful attempts to circumvent MTV’s ban on product placement. Michael Anthony is seen playing a bass that’s shaped and styled like a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. Faced with the impossible task of blocking it out or refusing to air a Van Halen video when the band was at its commercial prime, the network capitulated.
“The video is just one big goofy-faced victory lap,” one blogger wrote in 2014. “It starts with a biplane soaring in the sky, then suddenly we see Roth flying across the stage on wires, making swimming motions with a boom box on his shoulders, like some kind of 1980s archangel. The band jumps off of stage risers, mugs for the camera and does high kicks in slow motion. … The most memorable, and most inexplicable, is Diamond Dave sliding down a pole wearing some kind of rhinestone-encrusted stripper overcoat, then proceeding to shake his butt and show off his prodigious chest hair. … The message of the whole thing seems to be ‘Damn, it's fun to be in Van Halen.’”
“Jump” had reached No. 1 and the follow-up single, “I’ll Wait,” made No. 13. “Panama” also reached No. 13 – and even though it had proved lucky for Van Halen at the time, that luck wasn’t to continue. The fourth and final 1984 single, “Hot for Teacher,” got to only No. 56; the subsequent tour and its ever-increasing tensions led to Roth’s departure from the band on April Fool’s Day 1985.
The group would go on to further success with Sammy Hagar, and Roth would develop a successful solo career before returning – and there may still be more to come from the reunion. But it's likely to be a far cry from the heady days of “Panama.”
Speaking during the video shoot, after a day of sword-fencing moves, Roth said, “Van Halen has absolutely changed the face of pop music as we know it permanently and forever. … In 1984, you can’t avoid us. You can talk whatever you want about clothing and haircuts, but it’s all in the grooves. If the music moves, then you’ve got it.”
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Rush icon Geddy Lee says that there are no plans to do any more projects with the band, following the end of their unofficial retirement tour back in 2015.
Lee is busy promoting his book "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass" and was asked what he plans to do next during a recent BBC Radio 6 interview.
He responded, "I don't know what my next step is. Rush basically stopped touring in 2015, and although we remain pals, there's no plans to do any more Rush projects.
"Alex has been doing a variety of guest spots here and there, and he's digging that. And I've been working on this book, and now I'm shamelessly promoting the book, travelling around the world.
"So, when this is all done and the dust settles, I'll go back and look at those hundreds of bass guitars that are staring me in the face guiltily and I'll figure out what the next step is."
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Alter Bridge announced their upcoming sixth studio album Walk the Sky last week, accompanied by 2019 tour dates with Shinedown. Guitarist Mark Tremonti has already assured that the band is always looking to reinvent themselves, but now he's shed a little more light into the sound of the record, calling it "free-spirited."
“It’s kinda like a John Carpenter movie – this old school synth-wave kind of vibe,” the guitarist tells Kerrang!. "Like I said, we challenge ourselves to not repeat ourselves and find new inspiration to add a different layer to what we do. It’s particularly challenging when you’ve had so many records, but when I showed Myles [Kennedy] what I was thinking he absolutely loved it and was on board right away.”
According to Tremonti, Kennedy said Walk the Sky is the "answer to" 2010's AB III, which the guitarist describes as dark. "This one is the yang to the yin of that. AB III was kind of about a loss of faith and not believing, Myles was having a dark moment in that time and he wrote the majority of the lyrics. This is more of an enlightening, Zen kind of record – it’s not a preachy record by any means, it’s more of a free-spirited kind of thing," he says.
Walk the Sky will be out Oct. 18 on Napalm Records. Alter Bridge's 2019 tour kicks off this fall, see the dates here: