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"A little over 18 months ago we announced the formation of All Within My Hands, our foundation focused on creating sustainable communities by tackling the issues of hunger and workforce education and encouraging volunteerism," says the band. "We're excited to announce that we'll be celebrating our first full year with the All Within My Hands Foundation Helping Hands Concert and Auction on November 3rd at the Masonic in San Francisco. We hope you will join us to see what we've been up to, learn about the organizations we've supported, bid on some cool auction items and we'll close out the night by hitting the stage for a rare acoustic performance. Also joining us for that evening will be our friends Cage The Elephant.
"As the WorldWired tour rolls on we have had the honor and pleasure of meeting dedicated people all over the world who focus their daily lives on helping others... it's been extremely humbling and very inspiring. We're excited to share our passion with you, introduce you to some of the people we've worked with, and of course, raise funds to assist with their incredible ongoing efforts in communities across the country and around the world.
"We're proud of what we've accomplished in our first year and know there is much more to be done. Looking forward to sharing it all with you." Read morehere.
The tune about Petty's Florida hometown was recorded during sessions for his 1998 album, "Echo", but didn't make the final cut for the project. "Echo is supposedly his dark album," producer Ryan Ulyate tells Rolling Stone "But 'Gainesville' is this guy looking back on this early life. It is very self-referential from a guy who has some nostalgia for a simpler time. I love the song. It's just great, but I can see how it didn't necessarily fit the vibe of 'Echo'."
"Gainesville" follows "Keep A Little Soul" and "You and Me (Clubhouse Version)" as previews for the box set, which was commissioned by Tom's daughter, Adria Petty, and his wife, Dana Petty, and curated by Ulyate and Heartbreakers members Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench.
The 60-song package features dozens of previously-unreleased recordings, alternate versions of classic songs, rarities, historic live performances and deep tracks from the Florida rocker, who passed away last October 2 at the age of 66 in a Santa Monica, CA hospital after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. Stream the songhere.
The band was forced to pull out of a summer tour with Three Days Grace so that Shadows could undergo surgery and he was asked about how his recovering is going during an interview with Loudwire.
He told them, "I got word today that my [vocal] cords are good to go and that I can start the recovery process. I did two months of no talking or singing and now I need to build it all back up. No damage was done so I'm grateful for that."
He added in a follow-up answer, "I could probably start singing very soon but I'm going to take this recovery slow just to make sure everything is as strong as it can be. I'll be ready to roll for the next record."
Co-vocalist Dave Stephens told fans at the show, ""This is something I wasn't sure we'd ever get to do again. I think it's what he would have wanted. I think it's the best way to honor his legacy, to keep doing what he loved. Just want to tell you a few things about him.
"One of the things that I admired most about him was his ability to not regret his past, not worry about his future and live in the present and enjoy that moment because he believed things could change so quickly and those great things could be taken from you in a heartbeat." See videohere.
Due October 19, the 4LP package presents the debut solo records by Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss. The projects were issued at the height of the group's success in the 1970s - following 1977's "Love Gun" - which was the last KISS album from the era to feature all four original musicians.
Each record in the solo series achieved US platinum status for sales of one million copies, with all peaking in the Top 50 of the Billboard 200: Simmons at No. 22, Frehley at No. 26, Stanley at No. 40 and Criss at No. 43.
Guitarist Frehley led the way in both album sales and singles chart success, with his cover of the 1975 Hello track, "New York Groove", reaching No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Available exclusively through the KISS webstore and The Sound Of Vinyl, "KISS: The Solo Albums - 40th Anniversary Collection" is limited to 2,500 copies worldwide.
Each heavyweight 180-gram LP features a unique color to match its associated cover art, with "Paul Stanley" presented in purple vinyl, "Ace Frehley" in blue vinyl, "Gene Simmons" in red vinyl, and "Peter Criss" in green vinyl.
All four albums are housed together in a deluxe black-matte slipcase that features glossy black images of the four artists' faces alongside a set of four 12-by-12-inch posters of each album cover, and an exclusive turntable slipmat that shows all four of artist Eraldo Carugati's iconic, painted album-cover face images all connected together. Read morehere.
The new package is set to be released on October 19th via Kscope on 2CD/Blu-ray, 180g LP and on digital formats. Semkina had this to say, "We usually say that 5/4 is one of the two cheerful songs we have in our discography - the second one being about burning houses down!
"To me, it feels that when you grow up and live in Russia, specifically in St Petersburg, everything you do is soaked up in this very special type of melancholy, which makes it difficult to write happy music.
"This song was always a very nice change from the ongoing drama of our live setlist which is usually filled with images of drowning women, dead flowers and people buried alive.
"Besides, it's always very lovely to see the audience engaging and clapping along with us." Watch the videohere.
Originally recorded by the Brooklyn singer when she was just 17, the tune reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for three weeks behind The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand."
Wilson's version of the empowerment anthem - featuring Warren Haynes on guitar - appears on her newly-released covers album, "Immortal." The project sees the Seattle singer deliver a diverse set of tracks that pay homage to some of her favorite songs and artists, all of whom have passed away in recent years - including tracks by David Bowie, Tom Petty, Chris Cornell, Glenn Frey of The Eagles, and more.here.
I wanted to convey a strong message to our listeners that no matter what you're going through in life, no matter how bad your personal situation might be, there is always an inner light inside you that burns just bright enough to pull you from the depths of your darkest days. Sometimes it's hard to find that light. Sometimes we have to dig deep to find it by thinking about our more innocent times, or using the memory of a past experience that made us feel something positive. That's one way we can turn our personal darkness into light. We have to fight for our lives and the courage to do so rests within. I wanted the music video to portray this concept so I wrote up and intricate storyline that involved and young girl being bullied, harassed and struggling with thoughts of suicide, only to then find her own inner light within a memory she kept of a more innocent and beautiful time.
Our new single "Within" dives into the inner struggles individuals face when trying to balance their personal strengths and weaknesses. The increasingly growing issue of bullying and suicide amongst today's youth are topics that resonate strongly with me.
At the time we were writing "Within" the mainstream media was focusing a lot on stories that had come out regarding bullying as well as school shootings. I had identified strongly with these topics since I as a kid was bullied and also judged for being a metal kid who didn't fit into the mainstream idea of what was considered normal in school. I personally felt that how kids treat each other today has a strong connection to their mental stability as well as harsh actions they might take in light of being mistreated. Some take their own lives while others first take the lives of their classmates. This whole concept is so alarming to me. I feel that not just kids but people as a whole use social media to exploit the shortcomings of others is so dangerous and toxic. I started to see a direct link to this idea and people committing terrible acts to themselves and others. I am also a music educator dealing with the youth of our communities so these ideas and stories really struck a nerve. I've seen in my own experiences with students just how much music and it's message can help a child. I immediately had a sense of purpose larger than myself for "Within."
I tend to watch mostly music videos and music documentaries when I'm home trying to unwind. This usually helps me to relax. One night while I was going over the lyrics of "Within" and having a few glasses of wine I watched the music video for Pearl Jam's "Jeremy." A video that I was very familiar with all of a sudden had new life given the incidents that had just been all over the news regarding teen bullying, school shootings and suicide. Immediately my lyrics that originally were a self examination had a whole new meaning and purpose. I now saw a way to bridge the gap between how I was feeling, and how the message could perhaps help others. I used the idea of Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" video as my inspiration to tell the story of a young teen who was bullied, sexually harassed, and shamed on social media only to then struggle with contemplation of taking her own life. However, unlike the "Jeremy" video, I wanted "Within" to take a positive turn at the end. I wanted her to find her inner light and have that inner light save her from her darkest thoughts and fears.
Once of the coolest things about the whole experience writing, recording and then creating the music video was that I was able to have my little cousin Gerri as the main actress in the video. One of the things I noticed with all the news coverage was just how much they focused on boys and young men when examining mental illness, Suicide, and irrational behaviors. Meanwhile, girls and young women also suffer these same things. I wanted to use a girl actor as the main focus to show that side. My Cousin is a special Fx makeup artist and into alternative fashion. She is young, sometimes shy and had a great vibe for what I was trying to create. I was so proud of her. Seeing her act and help bring "Within" to life made me smile. Being able to include my family in my work is something to priceless.
"Within" started as a self examination piece where I sing about finding my own inner light to help fight off the darkest parts of my mind. Little did I know that by writing this and creating the video I personally would see my inner light unfold before my very eyes. Originally I thought that inner light was my passion for music but what I quickly found out is that my inner light is my passion to help people see that life is beautiful and worth living despite all the obstacles and shortcomings we face. I have to say, it's been some pretty cathartic stuff!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourselfright here!
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