(hennemusic) Def Leppard played the pre-game show at the first of this year's three NFL International Series games on Sunday as the Oakland Raiders hosted the Miami Dolphins at London's Wembley Stadium.
The event marked the debut of Trixter guitarist Steve Brown in the band's lineup while Vivian Campbell undergoes a stem cell transplant this fall in his ongoing battle with cancer.
Def Leppard performed "Animal", "Let's Get Rocked" and "Pour Some Sugar On Me" at Wembley as NFL cheerleaders danced around the field. Up next, the UK rockers will play three casino shows in California at the end of October.
Campbell was diagnosed last year with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and immediately began chemotherapy and other treatments at the time. "While I can't say that I'm looking forward to the process ahead, I'm very much looking forward to what I feel will be a most successful outcome," says Campbell.
"Next year will be very busy for Def Leppard with a new album and a world tour, and frankly, I don't think they would sound as loud without me, so I have no intention of letting the team down! See you all (with hair!) in 2015."
Watch the NFL performance here.
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(hennemusic) Guitarist Jason Becker has revealed that Eddie Van Halen has privately responded to his ALS challenge from last month. Becker, who has lived with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) for 25 years, performed his own Ice Bucket Challenge during the viral video campaign and added Eddie's and singer David Lee Roth's names to the list.
"We have been talking lately, and he sent us a donation," writes Becker. "People should know that he didn't ignore the ice bucket challenge but wanted to do something less public and from his heart."
Roth chose to donate to the cause and posted support for others to participate, as well. Becker joined Roth's solo band in 1989 and is featured on his 1991 album, "A Little Ain't Enough." The guitarist was diagnosed with ALS as he was preparing for a tour with Roth and was given three to five years to live.
Due to his illness, Becker eventually lost the ability to speak and now communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Although his ALS gradually robbed him of his ability to play guitar, to walk, and eventually even to speak, he still remains mentally sharp and, with the aid of a computer, continues composing.
Watch video here.
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(hennemusic) A snippet of Alice Cooper's version of The Beatles' classic, "Eleanor Rigby", is serving as a preview to the forthcoming Paul McCartney tribute album, "The Art Of McCartney."
Due November 17 (Nov 18 in North America), the project features a variety of artists joining McCartney's long time band to perform songs from the bassist's legendary songwriting catalog.
Guests include Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Dr John, Yusuf, Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde, ELO's Jeff Lynne, and many more.
"The Art Of McCartney" has been compiled by Los Angeles producer Ralph Sall, who worked with the former Beatle in 2003. Sall teamed up with McCartney's backing band for the sessions; the lineup that has played with the singer for more than 12 years includes guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, keyboard player Paul "Wix" Wickens, and drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr.
Check out the song preview here.
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(Classic Rock) A Metallica fan has launched her cover of classic track One, played on a Chiniese guzheng. Michelle Kwan chose the song because it received the highest number of requests - mirroring the band's recent By Request shows in which setlists were chosen by ticket-buyers.
It follows her take of Guns N'Roses Sweet Child O'Mine, released last year, which has been viewed more than 1.2 million times. Canada-based Kwan says:
"I've seen Metallica in concert twice. My childhood dream is to perform on the big stage like them. If they ever did a collaboration with a guzheng, this is how I imagine it."
The guzheng, an early form of zither, was invented around 2500 years ago and became the most popular instrument in China over the next millennium. The modern version usually has 21 strings.
Check out the Metallica and the Guns N' Roses covers here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Transatlanic - the prog supergroup featuring Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Roine Stolt and Pete Trewavas - have released a clip from their upcoming KaLIVEascope DVD.
It's set for launch on October 27 via InsideOut in a variety of formats. The video was shot in Cologne, Germany, during their recent European tour, while the CD audio was recorded in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Neal Morse says: "The Kaleidoscope tour was indeed a landmark. We grew as a band and as people This live DVD captures Transatlantic in an amazing way - I'm sure you're going to love it." Watch the video here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Cannibal Corpse have released a video for their track Kill Or Become. It's taken from their 13th album, A Skeletal Domain, which was launched earlier this month.
Bassist Alex Webster said of the follow-up to 2012's Torture: "It's a death metal album, so it should be kind of dark and eerie sounding - but I think this one's a little more than normal."
The band are currently the subject of controversy in Russia, with religious protestors accusing them of blasphemy and attempting to have tour dates cancelled.
Watch the video here.
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(Radio.com) Norah Jones stopped by Conan Friday night (Sept. 25) to close out the final evening of Conan O'Brien's George Harrison tribute on Conan. The nine-time GRAMMY winner performed "Behind That Locked Door" from Harrison's 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass.
Jones put her own twist on the song as she took the stage with acoustic guitar. Alongside wavering electric guitar that paid homage to Harrison's original, "Behind That Locked Door" had a distinct country feel.
Jones follows previous performers this week honoring Harrison, which included Beck covering "Wah Wah," Paul Simon performing "Here Comes the Sun" as well as Harrison's son Dhani playing "Let It Down" and "Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)" with Big Black Delta.
Conan's week-long Harrison tribute is just one of many going on this month in support of the Sept. 23 reissues of Harrison's first six solo albums. On Sept. 28, Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre will host George Fest, which will be full of tributes from artists across multiple genres.
Watch Norah Jones' appearance here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Machine Head have released a fifth video in their online series from the recording studio, where they're working on eighth album Bloodstone & Diamonds.
The 12-track follow-up to 2011's Unto The Locust is set for launch on November 10, and mainman Robb Flynn has described the production process as "a heck of a ride."
The band last week postponed a run of US dates in order to concentrate on finishing the record - but their December UK tour remains intact. Watch the video update here.
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(Radio.com) When you go to see a Robert Plant performance in 2014, here's what you won't get: a "Get the Led Out" show, coasting on the glories of the Led Zeppelin discography. If you're looking to hear the Zep songs arranged the way you remember them, there's a myriad of tribute bands you can catch (may we suggest Lez Zeppelin?). These days, and for a long time now, Plant plays the music that he wants to play, with the people he wants to play it with.
But what you also won't get is a guy in denial of his past and of the things that made him an icon in the first place.
At the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) this past Saturday (Sept. 27)-the second show on his U.S. tour to support his latest album, the excellent lullaby and
the Ceaseless Roar-it was obvious that Plant is unconcerned with the size of his paycheck. He could easily make millions by reuniting with Zeppelin whenever he wants to, or with Alison Krauss, for that matter. He also seemed unconcerned with where his music fits in to the pop culture zeitgeist in 2014. And he, his band, and whoever opts to attend his concerts, are all the better for it.
That's because at his shows these days, there are absolutely zero moments of perfunctory performance. Nothing sounds tired, nothing sounds rote. Plant seems equally interested in reimagining Zeppelin classics as he is in playing his new songs and doing new interpretations of blues chestnuts.
A the BAM show, all of the songs he performed fit into one of the above categories. His solo catalog-including his recent forays into Americana-were nowhere to be found.
Plant and his band, the well-named Sensational Space Shifters (Justin Adams on guitars and other stringed instruments, backing vocals; Juldeh Camara on an African fiddle called a ritti, backing vocals; Lim "Skin" Tyson on guitar, banjo, backing vocals; John Battott on keyboards, backing vocals; Billy Fuller on bass; and Dave Smith on drums) entered the BAM stage to the sounds of Link Wray's "Rumble" (a song that one of Plant's former bandmates is a big fan of as well) with the swagger of a band that knows they are about to blow minds.
More including photos here.
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(Radio.com) The latest edition of Radio.com's animation series Minimation is taken from a 1985 interview with guitarist Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, where he discusses how he and drummer Bun E. Carlos recorded parts for John Lennon's 1980 album Double Fantasy. It was animated for Radio.com by MB X. McClain.
Like most other bands of their generation, the guys from Cheap Trick were huge Beatles fans. So it must have been a thrill for guitarist Rick Nielsen and drummer Bun E. Carlos when they received an invite to play on a John Lennon album.
As Nielsen recalled in this interview, they played on Lennon's "I'm Losing You" and "one other song that Yoko was caterwauling on" (that would be "I'm Moving On"; Double Fantasy was credited to Lennon and Ono, each of them wrote and sang half the songs).
Sadly, however, the Cheap Trick guys' parts were replaced by session hands. The Nielsen/Carlos version, which also featured Tony Levin on bass, remained in the vaults for years until finally seeing the light of day on 1998's John Lennon Anthology box set. A music video was also created for that version of the song, with animation that utilizes some of Lennon's drawings.
Watch it here.
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(TeamRock Radio) We Are The In Crowd have released a music video for Manners, which is the fifth single from their second album Weird Kids. The follow-up to 2011's Best Intentions landed in the UK Top 40 album charts earlier this year and singer Taylor Jardine admits being in the band has been a learning experience.
She says: "There's been a lot of learning, a lot of growing up together. We still fight like children, but we lean on each other to overcome tough situations. This record has a lot to do with what we've learned - there are songs about us and who we want to be and how we want to be identified as people."
We Are The In Crowd played the Slam Dunk Festival earlier this year and will return to the UK in February, opening for Don Broco. Watch the new video here.
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(TeamRock Radio) New York hardcore outfit Madball have released a music for the track Doc Martin Stomp. The song comes from their ninth studio album Hardcore Lives which launched in June via Nuclear Blast.
The album features guest spots from Terror's Scott Vogel, H2O's Toby Morse and Jericho's Candace Puopolo. And frontman Freddy Cricien recently said the album title came from their debut record Ball Of Destruction.
He said: "I shouted 'hardcore lives' on Madball's first release. I was 12 then - it was an ad-lib that I just threw out there. I feel the sentiment behind the expression still holds true today, maybe even more so - hence the reason we finally chose to use it as a title."
Watch the video here.
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(TeamRock Radio) The producer of a documentary about Marillion has released a 17-minute trailer for the 90-minute work. Entitled Marillion & Fans: The Movie, it was shot during the band's weekend convention in Montreal, Canada, in 2011.
It explores what the music means to the fans, how they express their passion to fellow followers, and how the band interact with the extended family of supporters.
The movie has a tentative release date of March 2015. Marillion recently released live DVD A Sunday Night Above The Rain, while guitarist Steve Rothery has just launched his debut solo album, The Ghosts Of Pripyat. here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Freedom To Glide have released an online trailer for upcoming EP Sick To Death, which deals with the concept of shell shock during the First World War.
It follows well-received debut album Rain, launched on Remembrence Day last year by collaborators Pete Riley and Andy Nixon. It was inspired by the experiences of Riley's grandfather, Corporal Robert Wilson, who survived the conflict.
Riley tells Prog: "There's a subtle but conscious shift in music style with Sick To Death - but it's still very much the band our fans have come to know.
"It's a story we felt had to be met head-on, and with the respect and sensitivity it deserves." Watch the trailer here.
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Today vocalist Royce Taghon from Arizona desert rockers Voodoo Sex Cult tells us about the song "40 Days" from their brand new studio album "A Year And a Day". Here is the story:
When asked to write the meaning and inspiration behind a song, it doesn't take a whole lot when you are the main writer for a band like the Voodoo Sex Cult. Our songs range in so many different ways, from lyrical content to musical style that it leaves a lot to be said.
"40 Days" is a look at relationships in a whole new light. The idea came to me after a really ugly breakup, ending a three and a half year relationship. I was sitting around thinking of all of the things that went wrong, as one would, and I suddenly realized that it wasn't so much the other person, but me that was responsible for what had happened. So many times we want to point the finger and say, "Oh, that Bitch" or "Oh, he was a Dick", but realistically if we really sit down and do a personal inventory, we find it had a huge part to do with our actions. That can be a harsh reality, but an honest one none the less.
I guess a large part of my writing comes from personal pain, and I have had my share of that. "40 Days" is just a reflection of a self-inventory and the realization that sometimes we have to look at ourselves and forgive the other people in our lives for their shortcomings. I hope you give the song a listen and it stirs some kind of thought or emotion, then my work is complete. Oh, and enjoy the rest of the Voodoo Sex Cult album, thanks for letting me share.
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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