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Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry revealed that he went into the studio with Beatles legend Paul McCartney, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp to record for a "private" project.
Perry made the revelation during an interview with The Chicago Sun-Times. He said, "I did a [recording] session with Paul McCartney a month and a half ago for a private thing," Perry told the paper earlier this week. "I met him once or twice [over the years] to say hello.
"To spend 6 or 8 hours in studio with him recording! He makes you feel like [you're recording with just another guy]. He just happens to be a mother--g huge talent! Everyone's in the room at once; you play until you get a good take."
When asked what it was like to play with McCartney, Perry said, " It's the great ego leveler. I was in the studio with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, playing guitar, and the three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we're sitting here with Paul McCartney! And we're all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids. Paul was really nice. He's all about business [when he's recording]. At 72 he can still hit all those notes."
Perry wasn't ready to offer up details about why they were all in the studio together. He said, "It's a project that were keeping under wraps for now. There will be [an announcement when the time is right]."
Read the full interview here.
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There was sad news from the Mr. Big camp on Thursday as the band announced that drummer Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and will be taking a back seat on the band's upcoming tour as a result.
The band plan to launch a world tour this fall in support of their new studio album, "
The Stories We Could Tell" and they said in a statement that they will be taking an as yet unnamed drummer on tour but Torpey will be performing "on suitable live songs as well as participating in the groups acoustic set."
Torpey had this to say to fans, " I've been dealing with Parkinson's symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened.
"I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability."
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(TeamRock Radio) US band Vulfpeck managed to squeeze $21,000 out of Spotify streaming royalties - from an album of complete silence, which they described as as "the most silent album ever recorded."
They uploaded the ten-track release Sleepify and asked fans to keep it on repeat while they slept, in order to fund their upcoming tour. In return, tickets to every show would be free.
They managed to raise $19,655.56 from over 5.5million playbacks, with each track generating around three-tenths of a cent per play. They also became entitled to a copyright payment of around $1100. more on this story
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(TeamRock Radio) Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes has admitted he spent years as a drug addict before fighting back ahead of sessions for the band's 2013 album Sempiternal.
And he says his bandmates, friends and family wanted to "kill" him before he spent a month in rehab. The experience served as inspiration for BMTH's fourth record, which won them Album of the Year gong at the Alternative Press Music Awards in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday.
Sykes said during his acceptance speech: "I want to say something that I never thought I'd talk about - before we wrote Sempiternal I was a f***ing drug addict.
"I was addicted to a drug called ketamine. I was on it for years and I was f***ed off my head. My band wanted to kill me, my parents wanted to kill me and my brother wanted to kill me. Everyone wanted to f***ing take me to hell - but they didn't. They stood by me. They supported me through all that sh*t and we wrote Sempiternal because of it." more on this story
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(Radio.com) Jack White will headlining this year's Farm Aid in Raleigh, North Carolina. Farm Aid is the longest running benefit concert series in America and has raised more than $45 million to help family farmers keep their land.
White will headline the show, taking place on September 13 at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater, alongside Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and the Lazaretto singer's new best friend, Neil Young.
The lineup also includes Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors and Insects vs Robots.
Perhaps, White will bring a lucky farmer up to the stage to join in on "Seven Nation Army" like he did at a recent show in Milwaukee. Watch the lucky girl get a chance to jam here.
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(Radio.com) New Jersey rockers the Gaslight Anthem don't shy away from the creepy in their new music video. The video for "Get Hurt," the first single from the band's forthcoming album of the same name, was released yesterday (July 24) and brings the song to life.
"Spend my nights in dislocation/Talking to spirits on the floor," frontman Brian Fallon sings as a rat is seen being petted. The video, though, mainly features performance footage of the band, showing them rocking in a dark bar as animated dancers act out getting hurt by being choked, beaten or pushed to the floor.
The Gaslight Anthem will release Get Hurt on Aug. 12. In an interview with NME they said the album will be a completely different vibe than their previous releases.
Read about that and watch the video here.
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(hennemusic) A copy of AC/DC's rare 7" single for the original version of "Can I Sit Next To You, Girl" featuring their original singer has sold for almost $4,500 USD on eBay.
ACDCCollector reports the single, which features original singer Dave Evans on vocals, is featured on a New Zealand-only Polydor label pressing, b/w "Rockin' In The Parlour."
The 7" single sold for $4,471 USD on the popular auction site. Originally recorded and released in 1974, "Can I Sit Next to You, Girl" is the band's debut single. The song presents Evans on lead vocals, Malcolm and Angus Young on guitars, older brother George Young (The Easybeats) on bass and ex-Masters Apprentices member Colin Burgess on drums.
AC/DC re-wrote and re-recorded the song with new singer Bon Scott, and reissued it on the 1975 Australia-only album, "T.N.T."; it later appeared on the international version of the "High Voltage" album in 1976.
Stream the original version here.
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(Radio.com) Stevie Nicks has a new album on the way, but it's actually not that new. According to Rolling Stone, her upcoming release 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault will be out Oct. 7 on Warner Bros. and will feature songs written by Nicks between 1969 and 1987, along with another two that were written in 1994 and 1995.
In a recent interview, Nicks decided to revisit the previously lost songs after checking out the bootlegs on YouTube. "We went onto YouTube and we found all the songs that, somehow, were taken from my house or picked up or loaned out or whatever
and we went to Nashville (and recorded them)," Nicks said. "So they're like all starting from like 1969 maybe? I call them my 24 karat gold songs."
Nicks has a surprise in store for vinyl fans, who will be able to grab a copy of a limited edition double LP on Sept. 29. "Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story," Nicks said in a statement. "They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories - the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you." more on this story
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(Classic Rock) Zephyr's 1969 debut album, featuring Tommy Bolin, has been remixed, remastered and will be released early next month. Following on the back of a limited edition 3-CD box set of the album, which sold out upon release in May, comes this remastered version which will be released on August 5.
The album was remixed by founding member and bassist David Givens, who was joined in the band by guitarist Bolin, Candy Givens on vocals/harmonica, pianist John Faris and drummer Robbie Chamberlin.
Speaking about the forthcoming release, Givens says: "For the first time you can hear what we heard before everything went wrong. I'm happy with the results."
Along with the remastered tracks, the album features unreleased live material, studio improvisations and two of Bolin's freeform jams which were unearthed during the process of remixing the album.
More details and tracklisting here.
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(hennemusic) Alter Bridge have released a new animated video for the song "Cry Of Achilles", which was directed by SiLee films via Genero. The track is from their current album, "Fortress."
Alter Bridge recently wrapped up a European tour, which was followed by two US festival dates earlier this month. Singer Myles Kennedy is now on the road with Slash as part of Aerosmith's Let Rock Rule summer tour.
Alter Bridge return to live action this fall with a 13-date, month-long US tour that begins October 4 at the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, and will wrap at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on October 26.
Watch the video here.
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(hennemusic) Judas Priest are sharing the story behind "Snakebite", one of the tracks found on their new album, "Redeemer Of Souls," which gave the band the first US Top 10 album of their career.
"Just a great live song," says guitarist Glenn Tipton. "I think it will be fantastic to play it live. It's a little bit like 'You've Got Another Thing Coming
it's got that sort of vibe going for it. But a great live track. It's a track written for the audience and it does the job."
The 17th release by the UK metal legends debuted at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 with 33,000 copies sold; the band previously peaked at No 11 with 2008's "Nostradamus."
Watch the video here.
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(hennemusic) ZZ Top have issued a performance of the 1983 "Eliminator" classic, "Gimme All Your Lovin'", from their newly-released package, "Live At Montreux 2013."
Available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, the set captures the Texas trio in concert at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland on July 10, 2013.
The set features a blend of tracks from classic early '70s ZZ Top albums such as "Tres Hombres" and "Fandango" through their '80s blockbuster period with "Eliminator" and "Afterburner", up to their most recent release and return to their blues roots with 2012's "La Futura."
A few days ago, ZZ Top announced that they have been forced to postpone the start of their summer US tour following news that bassist Dusty Hill will undergo surgery to remove two kidney stones this week.
Read more about that and watch the video here.
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(Radio.com) 2014 may be remembered as the year music festivals started to show weakness, as few have been able to stand out in an ever-increasingly crowded field.
Still, of those that have impressed with their lineup, Riot Fest may stand above them all, with a rock lover's dream assortment booked for dates in Denver, Toronto, and Chicago, the latter of which is the crown jewel.
Now, Chicago has announced the daily breakdown for their fest, taking place Sept. 12-14. Opening day on Friday will be anchored by Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Gogol Bordello, Pussy Riot, and Rise Against.
Saturday will boast The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Metric, Taking Back Sunday, and Descendents. Sunday will close things out in style with The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Tegan and Sara, The Hold Steady, Dropkick Murphys, and Primus.
Check out the day-by-day breakdown here.
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(Classic Rock) Mark Slaughter, the lead vocalist for multi-platinum-selling band Slaughter, has revealed that he is working with producer Michael Wagener on his first solo album.
Not content with simply laying down vocals for the as-yet-untitled album, Slaughter is playing all instruments, with the exception of drums, which will be provided by Mark Goodin.
Speaking about the project, Slaughter says: "My band have been playing with Vince Neil for a while now and while they've been doing that, I've been writing and recording songs. I have really been doing this for the love of writing music."
Some of the music won't be what people might expect. Mark explains here.
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(hennemusic) KISS have been announced as one of the performers set to appear at Fashion Rocks in New York this fall. The lone rockers on the bill so far, KISS will perform alongside Afrojack, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, Miranda Lambert, Nico & Vinz, Rita Ora, The Band Perry, Usher and more.
Mixing fashion and music, Fashion Rocks will be broadcast live from the Barclays Center in New York on Tuesday, September 9 on the CBS television network (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).
"Fashion Rocks is the only show that celebrates the inextricable link between fashion and music, a relationship that is more relevant today than ever before," said Richard Beckman, CEO of Three Lions Entertainment and executive producer of the broadcast. "For the first time, we'll air the event live during Fashion Week from Barclays Center. It will be a spectacular affair, featuring some of the world's most talented musicians as well as today's hottest fashions." more on this story
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(Prog) Enchant will break a ten-year silence when they launch The Great Divide in September via InsideOut. It's their first release since 2004's Live At Last and their first studio outing since Tug Of War, which appeared the previous year.
The 2014 lineup features vocalist Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard and Thought Chamber), guitarist Douglas A Ott, bassist Ed Platt, keyboardist Bill Jenkins (Sound Of Contact, Thought Chamber) and drummer Sean Flanegan (Cynthesis).
Mainman Ott says: "There was a time I was unsure of Enchant's future - but fear not. We're very excited and proud of this endeavour. It's classic Enchant, but with a bunch of new twists and turns. It's been a long time in the making, but it's surely worth the wait."
More including a video teaser for the album here.
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(Prog) Bigelf mainman Damon Fox feels like he's coming home every time he visits Britain. And he's doubly delighted to be headlining the Resonance Festival in London next weekend, because it's an opportunity to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.
The event also stars The Enid - who'll play a unique set - NoSound, Mostly Autumn, KingBathmat, The Fierce And The Dead, Thumpermonkey and many more - and promises "music without boundaries for young and old."
Fox tells TeamRock: "Every time I step onto British soil I think to myself, 'I'm home.' I adore England and the timeless music that originates from its fertile backdrop. We're absolutely thrilled to be headlining such a prognostic festival for such a meaningful cause." More.
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(TeamRock Radio) Napalm Death are back in the studio, recording guitar tracks for their us-yet-untitled 16th studio album. A message on the grindcore pioneer's Facebook page says: "Song number 2 is getting the guitars tracked as I type. A great mixture of old school hardcore/grind and crunching pit mayhem riffage."
The new album is being recorded at Parlour Studios, England with Russ Russell overseeing production and will be the band's follow-up to 2012's Utilitarian.
The group entered the studio back in April, saying: "We're getting some cool dynamics in drum tones and songs, which will ultimately lead to a more diverse and crazy-sounding album." more on this story
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(Prog) Arena bassist John Jowitt is to leave the band by mutual consent, they've confirmed. He joined soon after they formed in 1995 but won't take part in their 20th anniversary celebrations next year, including the launch of eighth studio album The Unquiet Sky.
Arena say in a brief statement: "Due to time pressure and numerous commitments, we are sad to announce we will be parting ways with John. This is a mutual decision, and we'd like to wish John good luck with his future projects, and say thanks again for all his work with Arena."
A replacement has not been named as yet. Mainman Clive Nolan has confirmed work on The Unquiet Sky will commence in the coming months. He does give some details, read that and check out the teaser video here.
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(Prog) Francis Dunnery admits he's set himself a "challenging, daunting and overwhelming" challenge with his next project. He's begun work on an album called Vampires, set to include 29 It Bites and solo tracks re-recorded "in their original form" - and he's invited fans to become part of the process.
The idea came to him after supporters congratulated him on the career-spanning setlist delivered at recent Sensational Francis Dunnery Band shows. He says: "I've been deeply inspired by all the really positive feedback.
"The last UK tour was one of my most enjoyable musical experiences in a long time. It was a huge hit from start to finish and I'd love to keep the momentum going. I'm dreadfully excited about this project - it's just the sort of thing that I like to get my teeth into. Challenging, daunting and overwhelming. What more could a man ever want?"
Find out how you can be on the actual album here.
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(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has announced that he had teamed up with Coastal.com to launch his own signature line of eyeglasses which are now available.
The first offering is Steven Tyler 401 Gunmetal eyeglasses, described as a "sophisticated semi-rimless style [that] boasts a dark satin gunmetal metal construction, paired with distinguished rectangular shaped lenses.
The temples are a rich tortoise acetate, embedded with a Steven Tyler logo by the hinges and at the tips. The singer collaborated with Modo eyewear to design a collection of eyeglasses featuring his eclectic personality that is both accessible and fearless.
Check them out here.
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Today Milen Vrabevski, MD, producer of the Intelligent Music Project II - My Kind O' Lovin' (featuring Simon Phillips, Joe Williams of Toto and John Lawton of Uriah Heep), tells us about the song "Get Into Real". Here is the story:
Get Into Real (feat. Joseph Williams and Simon Phillips) - As an author and producer I am particularly fond of this piece as it carries a substantial part of the charge of this album. It echoes in track 7 (Things We Can't Do) in the final track 13 (Conclusion) and it is a natural continuance of the title song (My Kind O' Lovin').
When I invited Simon and Joseph to be a part of this next charity project of mine (My Kind O' Lovin') I wrote to them it comes from Intelligent Music. This underlines my eternal intention to focus on essential values to be the solid ground to step on to having a meaningful life.
This song triggers vivid emotions and it's a good start to feel the all-star concept of this album, to feel the synergy between strong melodies, fabulous drumming of Simon and impressive vocals of Joseph
And of course it features great lead guitar licks, to put it in strict hard rock-prog-blues terms
When we recorded the song at Simon's studio in LA I learned two things: what the meaning of full creative input is, and
that Simon makes the best British style tea! Joe did great vocals in no time, Si did perfect drumming and percussions, as always, and John Lawton added some backing vox afterwards in my studio in Sofia. Great ensemble - so suitable for sustainable messages to the audience
It is impossible to comprehend the meaning of life without transforming ourselves in that same energy which has created us - the energy of love. The searching for love and affection is a part of us all as it triggers the energy of attraction and the spirit of cooperation. A lot of people simply never receive love, which they are otherwise subconsciously searching for. Lack of love leads to loss of all God's blessings - sense of beauty, harmony, creativeness and compassion
But even if you have them to give meaning and joy to life
passion is to be added! Hence - to grasp the meaning and sense of life, everything should be done with joy and clear conscience that it is in the name of others
When serving others you find that serving is joy. That is why the refrain calls for striving towards something significant which also makes you shiver from happiness.
It's worth trying
In this reference the question from Middle Part comes along: isn't there a better place in your mind? I truly believe that deep down in us there is a field of unlimited possibilities, a higher mind realm. There the mysteries disappear and our mission in life clearly stands out. So get ready and be open to see things in a better way through the prism of passion in your life.
Do you copy the message of your soul?
Get Into Real
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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California Breed is a new power trio featuring hard rocks go-to vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) along with rock royalty drummer Jason Bonham and relatively unknown young guitar hotshot Andrew Watt.
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