This Week's Top Stories
Here are the top stories from this past week's B-Sides report
Led Zeppelin has revealed an alternative version of the classic track "Houses of the Holy," which is part of their forthcoming reissue of the 1975 album "Physical Graffiti."
"Physical Graffiti" will be latest album released as part of the band's reissue campaign with the deluxe remastered versions of their classic albums released with bonus material including alternate versions of some of their most famous songs.
Guitarist Jimmy Page, who oversaw the reissues, tells Rolling Stone, "'Houses of the Holy' is unlike anything that anyone was doing, It's just something that's totally of its own. I think the lyrics are brilliant on it."
Radio.com points out that the new "House of the Holy" version "is a departure from the original with its upfront vocals from Robert Plant and more commanding bass lines from John Paul Jones. Even John Bonham's drumming style is noticeably different."
The deluxe version of reissue will also include alternative versions of "In My Time of Dying," "Sick Again," "Kashmir," "Trampled Under Foot" and "Everybody Makes It Through", "Boogie With Stu", "Driving Through Kashmir (Kashmir Rough Orchestra Mix)".
The reissues of "Physical Graffiti" are set to be released on February 24th in several different configurations. You can preorder the digital version here, the 2CD version here, the deluxe 3CD version here, the vinyl version here and the super deluxe box set here.
Listen to the alternate version of "House of the Holy" at Radio.com
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Motley Crue are not going out quietly. On the same day that the band revealed the final tour dates of their career, they have also released a new single and video.
The new track, "All Bad Things," has been released digitally and the band also created a music video for the song that looks back over their 34 year career.
The new single won't be the last release from the band before their final tour date on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles, as they also revealed that they are working an "collector's album package" that will include the new track and "other surprises". Check out the new video
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(TeamRock Radio) Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin was arrested at a US airport after taking a ride on a baggage carousel. The singer's latest brush with the law happened at Denver Airport in Colorado as he arrived for a scheduled gig.
According to reports, after Scantlin jumped on the carousel he ended up in a restricted area of the airport and was arrested. He was bailed later that night, resulting in the show running late.
Denver promoter Rock Panther Presents say in a statement: "So if you haven't heard yet Wes the lead signer from Puddle Of Mudd decided to take a joy ride on the carousel at the airport this morning through restricted access and got arrested. Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Prog-metal outfit Periphery have released a stream of Juggernaut: Alpha ahead of its launch later this month. It's released along with Juggernaut: Omega on January 26 via Century Media Records and will their first full-length studio outing since 2012's Periphery II: This Time It's Personal.
The band decided to split the album as they wanted listeners to fully appreciate the complex story and musical themes. Drummer Matt Halpern said: "Because Juggernaut is very detailed and dense in terms of character development, peaks and valleys, climaxes and resolutions, we've divided the story and music in two.
"Although the albums are split in two physically, the story is only complete when the albums are digested consecutively. This allows the listener to recognise and hear the lyrical and musical overlapping themes, foreshadowing, and connected ideas."
Read more and listen to the album stream
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(Radio.com) Fresh off of releasing their latest album, Monuments to an Elegy, at the end of the year, Smashing Pumpkins have shared a video for one of the record's standouts, "Being Beige."
Contrary to the title, there's nothing very beige about the slow-burning song. It's an increasingly surreal visual that offers just as much to decode as any one of frontman Billy Corgan's blog posts.
The three-and-a-half minute clip juxtaposes Corgan's bare face with black and white carbon-like graphics of fossils, flowers, and the moon. There's also two seemingly unexplained naked nymph-like women who catch on fire while hovering over the ocean.
Even though the track features drum work by Tommy Lee, he doesn't make an appearance in the video. Instead the only other bandmate Corgan is joined by is guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Watch the video
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The new supergroup The Gentle Storm have released a lyric video for the song 'Endless Sea (Storm Version)', which is a track from their forthcoming debut album, "The Diary."
The group, which features Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) and Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project), will release the album on March 24th
The band offered this description of the new track, "Endless Sea is the album opener and it serves as an introduction to our story-based album. Susanne, the main character, sings about her busband Joseph, who has just sailed out on another long voyage to the Far East.
"We are very excited to offer everybody a first taste of our forthcoming album with the release of these lyric videos. This is such a special album to the both us."
Check out the video
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(TeamRock Radio) Australian singer Mahalia Barnes, daughter of former Cold Chisel star Jimmy Barnes, has teamed up with guitarist Joe Bonamassa to release a tribute album to funk singer Betty Davis. Ooh Yea The Betty Davis Song Book will be released on February 23. Davis, the wife of jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, released a trio of much sought-after funk albums between 1973 and 1975.
"I have been a fan of Betty Davis for years now," says Barnes. "I can remember the first time I heard her stuff, I was hooked! She is wild, free, nasty, raw, funky, intense, powerful and sexy. I love the instrumentation, I love the backing vocals. I've always wanted to make a record that sounds like what she was doing.
"Making this album was a real joy. I love the realness. Recording it the way we did kept it really exciting and raw - no tricks or fix ups, old school and real. A perfect take is one that means something and feels great."
More including a trailer for the project
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(hennemusic) Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo has posted photos from the studio as they continue to record their debut album with singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.
Guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz can be seen working on the project in the series of photos that Robert posted online via Twitter.
Bennington was brought into the band after original frontman Scott Weiland was fired by Stone Temple Pilots in February of 2013, leading to a series of public statements and lawsuits by both parties.
In 2013, the band released an EP, "High Rise", which debuted at No. 24 on the US Billboard 200 chart following first week sales of 12,000 copies. Check out the photos
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(Classic Rock) Blues Pills frontwoman Elin Larsson reveals playing in a Black Sabbath tribute band when she was younger led her to appreciate rock and heavy metal.
And while she says her influences include Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and the Beatles, it was the Birmingham metal icons who gave her her first taste of heavy music.
She tells Metal Express Radio: "When I was in my teens I was asked to play in a Black Sabbath tribute band by my friends at school. We listened to the first and second Sabbath albums and that was when stuff opened up for me - this more heavy rock world which is really cool." Read more
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(hennemusic) Metallica were the featured guests of honor as the NHL's San Jose Sharks hosted Metallica Night on Wednesday. The band were on hand for the event, which saw the Sharks take on their rivals, the Los Angeles Kings.
Metallica were presented with custom-made Metallica-Sharks jerseys before they hit center ice, with drummer Lars Ulrich performing the ceremonial puck drop.
The Sharks have been using Metallica's 1983 classic, "Seek & Destroy", as their entrance music for a long time. "Who would have thought back in 1982 when we wrote that song that that song would have that kind of mileage on it?", said Ulrich. "And even to, obviously, be able to write a song and have your name associated with a piece of music that plays that kind of role in so many people's lives all over the world."
"And in this particular case, the fact that the Sharks come out through a giant shark mouth and the smoke and the fire and the music and the energy in the building and so on, it's obviously, it's one of your proudest moments. It's a very cool thing to be associated with."
"It sets a tone," adds James Hetfield. "The sound quality - not the best - but that's all we knew in '83. But I love the fact that someone has taken our song and is still using it like that. And it's synonymous with Sharks hitting the ice, coming out of the mouth, through the teeth, and then the smoke. Very awesome."
Check out video from the event
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(Classic Rock) A spoof video clip presents the Big 4 of thrash metal - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax - as 8-bit characters in a video game. The game itself doesn't exist, but Loudwire and the Filthy Frackers let their imaginations run wild to offer a glimpse of how it might have looked.
They say: "Imagine slamming this gem into your NES - Metallica's One, Slayer's Reigning Blood, Megadeth's Sweating Bullets and Anthrax's Madhouse in 8-bit chip tune music. We also took inspiration from each tracks' video, so look out for iconic scenes."
The Big 4 performed together for the first time in 2010, and the moment was captured on DVD. They delivered a total of 14 shows with the last taking place in New York in 2011. Future gatherings appear unlikely due to the challenges of reaching agreements between all four bands.
Watch the video
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(Classic Rock) Bob Dylan has released his cover of Frank Sinatra's Stay With Me. It's taken from his forthcoming collection of Sinatra covers, Shadows In The Night, which is released on February 2. Other tracks featured on the album include Some Enchanted Evening and Lucky Old Sun.
"It was a real privilege to make this album," said Dylan. "I've wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a five-piece band... I don't see myself as covering these songs in any way. They've been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day."
In November, Dylan played a show for a lone fan for Swedish television, and in the same month told TV series Showtime that he wrote songs in the 60s because he was bored. Check out the cover
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(Radio.com) Interpol are finally treating fans to the visual clip for "Everything Is Wrong," a standout from their 2014 album, El Pintor. Frontman Paul Banks, who stood in for their departed bassist Carlos Dengler on their chart-topping record, continues to wear multiple hats with this release. Banks not only appears in the music video, he also self-directed it.
The black and white clip, which features a cameo from Christopher Abbott, best known for his role as Alison Williams' boyfriend Charlie on Girls, trails members of the band in the hours leading up to one of their performances.
The video comes in time to promote the track before it sees another release as a 7-inch single on Record Store Day that will be paired with b-side "What Is That."
You can catch Interpol perform it live, along with other songs from their discography, on their next tour that begins April 8. Check out tour dates and the new video
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(Classic Rock) Sweet & Lynch - the band formed by Stryper's Michael and George Lynch (Lynch Mob, ex-Dokken) - have released a video for Dying Rose, taken from the band's debut album Only To Rise.
Joining Sweet & Lynch are bassman James Lomenzo (ex-Megadeth, White Lion, Black Label Society) and former Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy. "When I was approached to help put together an all-star line-up, I instantly thought of George Lynch," says Michael Sweet.
"George is one of the most talented guitarists out there and a 'bucket list' player for me. He wrote riffs/basic ideas and I wrote melodies, lyrics and arranged and completed the songs. I knew that we would complement each other's style.
"When you add the amazing rhythm section of Brian Tichy and James Lomenzo, you just can't go wrong with this line-up. It really is a special project and I'm honoured to be a part of it!"
Watch the video
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(Classic Rock) Motley Crue stars Vince Neil and Tommy Lee have admitted that they are finding it difficult to deliver the classic track "Home Sweet Home" at shows on their final tour.
The band have just confirmed the last run of US shows they'll play before winding down their live career at the end of 2015. And Home Sweet Home - written in 1985 and reputed to have launched a flurry of soundalike power ballads in the years since - takes pride of place at the end of each show.
Singer Neil tells Rolling Stone: "When I'm singing it I'm like, 'This is the last time I'm playing this song to these guys.' Sometimes I start to choke up a little bit if I think about it too much."
Drummer Lee adds: "Yeah, that one f***s me up." He believes it's one of several examples of how different their last shows feel. "There's a different energy out in the crowd - they're like, 'F***, this is the last time we're going to see these guys.'" Read more
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(Gibson) Aerosmith guitar hero Joe Perry had a busy 2014, touring with the band, recording a Christmas EP and releasing an autobiography, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, that made The New York Times best-seller list.
This year promises to be another sprint for the 64-year-old Gibson Les Paul playing legend, with an Aerosmith tour slated for summer and more. Although Perry had a plethora of guitars, including the 1959 'Burst once also owned by Slash that Gibson recreated in 2013 as the Joe Perry 1959 Les Paul, we recently asked him if there's a Holy Grail instrument that's eluded his grasp. His reply: a 1968 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, like the one he owned when Aerosmith recorded their 1973 debut album Aerosmith, featuring their breakthrough hit "Dream On." Take it away Joe:
"I'm still looking for a '68 Goldtop. The first Les Paul I bought was a '68 Gold top. Now that's a sought-after Les Paul, but I only paid $300 or $400 for it at the time. I'd love to have that guitar back - especially looking like it did before I scraped the gold off of it. I've got a couple of Goldtops that are close, but that particular guitar is the one. One of the rumors is that after they stopped making Les Pauls in '60 or '61, and then started making them again in '68, Gibson had a lot of parts left over. If that's true, a lot of those pieces of wood were just sitting around the factory and got used. And the pickups were great.
"I think the first Goldtop I got had mini-humbuckers, but I've seen pictures where I'm playing one with P-90s, so I'm not sure which Goldtop was the very first one I had. I was trading guitars a lot back then. We called them 'midnight trades.' If somebody had a guitar I liked at the moment, I would just trade - that and a bag of pot. One night we played a show with the New York Dolls, and I remember trading Johnny Thunders a guitar for a two-pickup TV model with P-90s. I loved the way it sounded, and I had something he liked, so we just swapped. That went on all the time."
Perry's not entirely sure the '68 Goldtop he traded or sold, and now pines for, was the instrument he played on "Dream On," as is widely thought. But he says, "I would guess that was it. Somehow a lot of our more outstanding songs featured my Les Pauls." Read more
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(The Blues) The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have released a video for their track Do The Get Down, taken from upcoming album Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015.
The blues-fuelled alt-rock outfit describe the record as "a document of New York City" and "a chronicle of grit, terror and love." They add: "It's all here - the hustler and the trust fund baby, the moshpit casualty, the celebrity chef, the crooked cop, the struggling artist, the sucker MC, the forgotten sex workers and last-chance Cinderellas.
"Within these grooves are cold-water tenements, blue-chip galleries, dingy Avenue B studios - and the last real warrior poet whose dark magick brings garage rock ghosts back from the grave!"
Watch the video
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(TeamRock Radio) Marduk, the Swedish Black Metal outfit, have released a video for Frontschwein, the title track of the band's new album. The album is the follow-up to 2012's Serpent Sermon.
"25 years of black metal history collide with eons of devastation and destruction among human beings", say the band's label. "The result is an ugly, furious album true to Marduk's sinister legacy and true to the essence of black metal."
The band have previously released streams for Wartheland and Rope Of Regret, and play four UK dates next month. Check out the dates and the new video
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