(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar is sharing the origins of the 1986 Van Halen classic, "Dreams", as he promotes his newly-released acoustic album, "Lite Roast." The project sees Sammy teamed with Waboritas guitarist Vic Johnson to deliver stripped-down versions of tunes from Hagar's career, including the VH track.
"It was the '5150' record, and we did it in like less than a month," Hagar tells Ultimate Classic Rock. "Mick Jones from Foreigner, I got him to come in and produce it with us, and he was saying, 'You guys need one more song.' We had the whole album except that song. We were saying 'Oh, f- you, we just want to get out on tour,' we were so happy and jacked up that we just couldn't wait to get out and play for the people."
"[Jones] was saying, 'Give me one more song' and we didn't have one - we had nothing," continues the singer. "So Eddie starts pulling out all of these cassette tapes that were laying all over the floor and he's just sticking them in the cassette player and hitting play, fast forward, play, fast forward, play - and all of the sudden we hear [Hagar imitates classic riff from 'Dreams']. All of us look at each other and we're like, 'Oh, that's cool - what's that?' It wasn't like a whole thing - he had the intro and then he had [that riff], so we all said, 'Well, let's work on that.'"
"So the band started working on it and got it sounding really pretty cool," explains Hagar, "and then I'm going, 'Oof, I don't have any idea what to sing to that! I don't have any idea what the lyrics for that are going to be,' and Mick kept saying, 'Come on!' because we weren't on a deadline, but we all wanted to get out to play. And then all of the sudden I was hanging it up, because it just didn't hit me musically, as far as the melody and a lyric [to go along with it]."
At this point, Jones continued to work with Hagar to find a way to make the tune work. "So Mick would come out to my house in the morning and for about a week, and we'd go for a walk on the beach and he would start humming things to try and inspire me," he says. "'What about this?' And I'm going, 'Arrrgh,' and then all of the sudden, I just heard in my head, driving in - I had it in my car cassette player, I'm sure - and I'm listening, and I started going 'Higher and higher' in my head. So I kind of had a melody, I came in and I just started singing, and it was in that f-in' register. I had never sang in that register ever in my life, but it just came out and I just kept singing it."
Read more and listen to both versions of the song here.
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(Classic Rock) James Hetfield insists Metallica are glad they made their infamous movie Some Kind Of Monster - even though they still find it hard to watch. Despite its controversial contents, Metallica will release a 10th anniversary edition next month, with a 25-minute additional feature shot last year.
Asked if the movie makes difficult viewing, Hetfield tells US radio host Elliot Segal: "Yeah -hearing yourself, watching yourself, seeing the mirror back at what other people see. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, the directors, ended up being pretty much fly on the wall, so you really kind of forget the cameras are there and you're being yourself.
"A lot of times I'm not really comfortable with myself, seeing myself in the situations. But, man, I learned a lot about what I don't like about me, which was good - and I think everyone involved pretty much felt the same way about themselves."
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(TeamRock Radio) Blink-182 offshoot Angels & Airwaves are gearing up to release an animated short movie that will accompany their fifth album The Dream Walker.
Tom DeLonge's outfit will launch Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker online on December 9 - although the date for the follow-up to 2011's Love Part Two hasn't yet been confirmed.
The band explain: "The Dream World is an alternate universe created by humankind's shared unconscious thoughts. When Poet Anderson journeys deep into this world, he meets his own Dream Walker, a mysterious guardian angel who leads Poet to confront his demons and his destiny."
DeLonge recently recalled laughing at the record label exec who told him he'd become rich and famous. Blink-182 are currently working on their seventh album. Watch the trailer here.
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(hennemusic) KISS frontman Paul Stanley is among the guests featured on the next edition of Oprah: Where Are They Now and the show have released a preview of the episode, where Stanley shares his first impression of future bandmate Gene Simmons.
"When I first met Gene over at a guitar player's house that I was playing with and he was playing with in another band, I didn't like him," says Stanley. "I thought he was full of himself, opinionated, brash, insulting. Gene's first comment to me was, 'Oh, I hear you write...play me something.' So he was a bit smug and arrogant and full of himself
and nothing has changed."
Oprah: Where Are They Now airs this Sunday, October 26 at 9:00PM ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Stanley and KISS will play their first Las Vegas residency this fall. Watch the preview here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Butcher Babies have released a video for their cover version of Napoleon XIV's They're Coming To Take Me Away. The song is taken from the group's new covers EP Uncovered, which is out now also features versions of tracks by ZZ Top, Suicidal Tendencies, The Osmonds and SOD.
Singer Carla Harvey says: "It was a blast recording songs that we have been fans of our entire lives and putting our spin on them. We all chose a song that had some significance to us. My pick was They're Coming To Take Me Away, because I have a vivid memory of my stepdad, who I considered completely insane, playing it over and over again on his car stereo when I was a pre-teen. The song is about being taken away to a mental institution. I can still see him tapping his fingers on his steering wheel to the beat."
Explaining the video for They're Coming To Take Me Away, Harvey's fellow singer Heidi Shepherd adds: "As kids, we always loved this creepy, quirky song around Halloween time. So, we thought it would be perfect to ring in the Halloween season with this video reminiscent of old slasher films."
Watch the video and check out the tracklist here.
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(Classic Rock) The Treatment have released a new music video for their track Running With The Dogs, which is the title track from the band's forthcoming second album.
Running With The Dogs will be released in the United States on November 4 via Spinefarm Records. It was originally made available in the UK in February.
Currently in the last week of a headline UK tour, The Treatment are offering immediate downloads of tracks Running With The dogs and Emergency to US fans who pre-order the album from iTunes. Watch the video here.
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(hennemusic) Queen have released a new TV commercial for their forthcoming compilation, "Queen Forever". Due November 10 (Nov. 11 in North America), the set presents a mix of Queen's hits and classic tracks, including three previously unreleased songs featuring Freddie Mercury.
The package includes a long-anticipated track from Queen and Michael Jackson, "There Must Be More To Life Than This", a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen tune "Let Me In Your Heart Again" originating from the band's "The Works" album recording sessions, and the new stripped-down ballad take on "Love Kills."
"Queen Forever" will be available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set. Fans can watch the online stream of the Queen Forever TV commercial here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Enter Shikari have launched a stream of their track The Last Garrison. It's taken from upcoming fourth album The Mindsweep, set for release via their own label Ambush Reality on January 19.
Frontman Rou Reynolds recently said of the follow-up to 2012's A Flash Flood Of Colour: "We pushed ourselves with some of the rawest angriest vocals we've ever done, as well as some of the most dulcet and delicate. It's even more diverse than normal - we've built more confidence and fearlessness to widen our influences.
"Melody and aggression will always be an important side of what we do, but there's also an effort to concentrate on texture too." Check out the stream of the new song here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Sabaton have released a lyric video for their track Night Witches. The song is taken from the Swedish metal outfit's latest album Heroes, released earlier this year.
According to the band, the song is about female fighter pilots in World War II. Singer Joakim Broden also said in April that the gloomy Swedish weather was partly responsible for the country's prolific track record in producing metal bands.
Sabaton are currently in the middle of a world tour, which hits the UK Next month. You can check out the upcoming UK dates and watch the new lyric video here.
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(Prog) Obsidian Kingdom have released a video for their track Ball-Room, from brand new debut album Mantiis. It's launches today via Season Of Mist.
The label had the following to say about the video, "Behold Obsidian Kingdom's music video for Ball-Room - one of the bloodiest chapters out of Mantiis, and a shocking visual tale portraying sex, death, and a good load of frenzied pleasures.
"The clip is not recommended for the faint of heart. Don't forget to wash your eyes after you've watched it." Obsidian Kingdom play four UK and Ireland dates ahead of a European run. Grab the dates and watch the video here.
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(Radio.com) For this edition of Single Again, Radio.com spoke to Jim Peterik of Survivor, about "Eye of the Tiger" the theme from Rocky III and the biggest hit single of 1982. Peterik's new book Through the Eye of the Tiger details his surprisingly clean-cut career, from his days as a member of the Ides of March (best known for the 1970 hit "Vehicle," which Peterik wrote) on up to songwriting collaborations with Brian Wilson and others.
Radio.com: What do you think will be the most surprising revelation for people reading your book Through the Eye of the Tiger? Jim Peterik: Well I think first of all, people are going to go 'Who's Jim Peterik?' [laughs] And then the revelation might be that he's involved with a lot of songs that are still on the radio that they may even like. And not even just the obvious stuff like "Eye of the Tiger" but also .38 Special and ["Vehicle" by] the Ides of March, which was my first hit record.
What about for the people who were already familiar? I guess it's the fact that-I don't want to moralize in any way, shape or form-that I never really fell into the rock 'n roll lifestyle. I'd like to at least shatter some of the stereotypes that you have to do to make it. They really fell into the huge pitfalls that a lot of rockers did.
Was that difficult with people around you falling into that? It was almost easier-I saw what it did to them and what idiots they were when they were high. And I just wanted to go into the next room and write the next hit song.
Was "Eye of the Tiger" the first time you ever wrote a song to order? Well, it was the first time we really specifically set out to go "OK, we've got to write the most amazing song ever for this movie called Rocky III." We had a great script to work from and the rough cut of the movie right in front of us, so if we messed up we'd have no one to blame but ourselves.
Were you a big fan of the prior Rocky movies or boxing before Stallone approached you? Huge fan of Rocky I, and II was good, too, my wife and I were really into it. So when I got home that fateful day in early 1982, I had a message on my answering machine that went: "Jim, nice answering machine you got there, give me a call, it's Sylvester Stallone." So I thought, yeah, right, c'mon. Stallone would have a handler or an agent
it's not every day you get a message from Stallone. So I thought somebody was pranking me. I called my buddy Sal who did an imitation of him: "Come on, don't do this to me." He's like "Do what?" So I called him back and Stallone answers, "Yo." And I said, "Is this Sylvester Stallone?" And he goes [affects Stallone voice], "Yeah, call me Sly." So I go, "Hi Sly, how you doing?" And he goes, "Yeah, I like the sound of your band. I want that sound for my new movie, can you help me out?" And I said, "Is the pope Catholic?" I knew this was the chance of a lifetime.
He sent us a rough cut of the movie, the first three and a half minutes of a montage. So me and [Survivor guitarist] Frankie Sullivan just watch this thing, and he's got a Les Paul and starts playing the "chugga, chugga, chugga" thing. I see the punches, you know, Mr. T knocking the daylights out of Stallone, and I go "bom
bom bom bom." Literally syncing the guitar part to the punches we see onscreen. So we had a really good start, and then we begged Stallone to send us the whole movie, which he finally did the next day. Begrudgingly, because he wasn't supposed to. But that's when everything took shape, because that's when we see Burgess Meredith's character going "Roc, you're losing the eye of the tiger!" And we go, "There's our song."
How did Stallone shape the song? Were all of his suggestions good ones? They weren't really specific. He said, "I want something with a pulse, something for the kids, something you can pump your fists to." He just shaped us into what he wanted, and we delivered. We demoed the song the day after we wrote it, and he heard it and goes, "You guys really did it, that's what I'm looking for. But you got lazy on me and didn't write a third verse." And I'm glad we wrote that verse, it made it better.
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Today Reagan Jones from the duo Iris tells us about the song "Phenom" from their brand new album "Radiant," which is being released today (October 24). Here is the story:
Phenom is kinda exalting a characteristic of my life few people would want for themselves. I live alone, I travel alone, I do almost everything on my own, and I really enjoy that I can explore life, the world, and grow as a human unimpeded except for those things I let in the way.
Relationships almost never stick with me, I'm always called to being back in my own space, walking with God, and working on the spiritual nature of who I am, where I'm going after death, and what my purpose is here in this life. At the moment, I feel I can leave almost any situation and start over again with an inspired exuberance, so Phenom celebrates this rather odd lifestyle.
It's dangerous to live this way; it's walking a tightrope with the depths of loneliness right beneath you, but I believe by mastering solitude you can turn this into the ride of your life.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!
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