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Schon appearance on a recent episode of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon and revealed that he believes "there's only one Steve Perry, even though I haven't heard him sing in years."
The guitarist went on to say, "I'm dying for him to put out his own record And I'd love to correlate with him on something that's different than Journey; something more R&B, because I love playing soul and R&B and blues and that's something that a lot of people don't really know, because I've been doing all these rock records." Stream the full interviewhere.
Tankian posted a lengthy message on Facebook following recent comments from Daron Malakian, who said, "When it comes to making another album, there's just a certain way that System make albums, and there's a bunch of us that want to make an album that way and there is, I guess, one of us that doesn't want to make an album his way. And not everyone is on board with that. That's been the issue.
"I have material for a new System album. Right now, if everyone got together and was ready to play ball, I have an album ready. If it was up to me, System would have never gone on hiatus."
Serj shared the following via his here page under the heading of "Confessions about Soad by Serj Tankian": "We are extremely lucky mofos for our fans to want a record out of our ragtag misfit of a crew after all these years, at times demanding it. This of course has led to numerous rumors about the band and our inability to make a record together coupled with he said/he said excerpts from each of our interviews in the past and present at times by sensationalism seeking media who are in no way, let's say, changing the worrld for the better themselves.
"So I'm going to attempt to clarify things for all of our sake once and for all hopefully without vilifying anyone in the process. It is true that I and only I was responsible for the hiatus Soad took in 2006. Everyone else wanted to continue at the same pace to tour and make records. I didn't. Why? For numerous reasons" Read themhere.
The Seattle rockers headlined the closing night of the three-day event on a day that also saw sets by White, Alice In Chains, MGMT and many others. The Portugal stop marked one of the final shows of Pearl Jam's summer European concert series, which wraps up with a July 17 date at London's O2 Arena that was originally set for June 19 but postponed after singer Eddie Vedder lost his voice during the second week of the trek.
The group will next begin a series of US stadium shows at Seattle's Safeco Field on August 8 and 10 while pledging a minimum of $1 million toward local homelessness initiatives and challenging everyone to join them towards raising a minimum of $10 million for the cause.
Following the hometown gigs, Pearl Jam will perform at Missoula, MT's Washington-Grizzly Stadium on August 13, as well as two nights at Chicago's Wrigley Field (Aug 18 & 20) and a pair at Boston's Fenway Park (Sep 2 & 4). Watch video of the Rockin' jam here.
Tracking concert revenue from January 1 to June 30, pop star Ed Sheeran topped the list with earnings of $213.9 million over 52 shows this year, with Bruno Mars a distant second at $113.4 million.
The Rolling Stones' No Filter European tour - which marked the band's first appearances in their native land in five years - made the cut in third place with revenue of 100.3 million.
The Eagles - with new lineup additions Deacon Frey and Vince Gill - land at No. 6 on the Pollstar mid-year chart with sales $84 million; Roger Waters "Us +Them" trek came in at No. 9 with $60.7 million, and U2 rounded out the Top 10 with $59.9 million dollars.
While the Foo Fighters (No. 12 at $53.6 million), Bruce Springsteen (No. 16 with $45.8 million) and Metallica (No. 19 with $40.6 million) were among the rock acts who made the Top 20, it was Springsteen's series, "Springsteen On Broadway", that delivered the highest average ticket price on the list of $508.78 Read more here.
This was my first attempt to write a song specifically for the band in 2008. When I joined the band, I had sent over some of my solo songs for the guys to listen to. To me, it was more of a formality and I didn't expect anyone to really listen to them. Garry Peterson approached me shortly after cos he loved one of the songs and he mentioned that he really wanted to do some new material. They had tried a bit in the past but nothing came of it. I remember commenting that it would be a tall order to write songs that hold the same weight as the old hits. Firstly, they are great songs and secondly, they have been around so long they are now part of the classic rock vernacular.
I did the demo and it hasn't really changed much since. I remember getting phone calls and emails from Garry and Kimmy, his brother Randy and Randy's wife Verna...They all loved the song and were very encouraging. This validation gave me the sense that we were probably on the right path musically.
The song is basically a lament on the passage of time. We were young, naive and full of exuberance. In those days, the soundtrack to our lives was the radio. Whenever a new great song hit the airwaves, the DJ would say a few words then off to the races! It livened up the party, it was your first kiss, your best friend when you felt alone, it made you drive a little faster in the car and you'd tune in just to hear it over and over again. The character in the song could be any one of us in the back 9 of life. Getting older and coming to terms with that part of your life being long gone is something you just have to experience. It takes a bit of getting used to. The upside is, great music will transport you back to so many great memories in an instant. Music is healing. I see it and feel it every single night in our audience.
And speaking of music, Garry really liked the odd drum pattern from the demo so he incorporated it into his part. Will E. played some of that 60's jangly 12 string guitar. I used my old '69 SG through a Vox AC30 which gave it that Revolver period Beatle vibe. Leo Shaw played those Farfisa type organ lines typical of that period. Tommy Shaw came in and sang some background vocals and the song ended up being our first music video release for the album. Pretty good for the first try!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, go to the band's official site to hear their big news (hopefully announced by the time you read this!)right here!
Disturbed Pay Tribute To Vinnie Paul- Deftones Launching Their Own Music Festival- Gene Simmons Jams With Doro and moreBW&BK reports that Disturbed frontman David Draiman made an emotional speech before the band launched into a performance of Pantera's "Walk" in tribute to Vinnie Paul on Saturday night (July 14th) at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin. Vinnie Paul passed away on June 22nd at 54 years of age. Fan-filmed video of Draiman's speech and Disturbed's performance can be seen here
Deftones have announced that will be launching their very own music festival called Dia de los Deftones. The single day event will be taking place on Saturday, November 3 at Petco Park at the Park in San Diego, CA and in addition to the Deftones, it will also feature Future, Mike Shinoda, Rocket From The Crypt, Ho99o9, Doja Cat, Vein, and Vowws.
KISS legend Gene Simmons jam his band's classic song "War Machine" with Doro Pesch on stage at Masters Of Rock 2018 in Vizovice, Czech Republic on Sunday (July 15th). Watch some fan filmed footage of the jam here
BW&BK have posted a rare video of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow performing "All Night Long" in the US on December 1st, 1979. The lineup features Graham Bonnett on vocals, Don Airey on keyboards, Roger Glover on bass, Cozy Powell on drums and Ritchie Blackmore on guitar. This is the Rainbow lineup that recorded just one album, Down To Earth. Watch it here
Decapitated have released a music video for the song 'Kill The Cult'. The song comes from the group's latest studio album "Anticult". Watch the video here.
Three Days Grace are returning home to Canada for the 16-date tour in support of their latest album "Outsider". Drummer Neil Sanderson had this to say, "As cool as it is to tour and experience the world, there's nothing better than going coast-to-coast for all our fans here at home. Can't wait!" See the dates here
Deicide are streaming a new track called "Excommunicated," which comes from the band's forthcoming album, Overtures of Blasphemy, due out on September 14. Listen to the new song here
Guitarist Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, Whitesnake, Dio) has released a preview of his new video series The Doug Aldrich Guitar Method, which is premiering this Thursday. Check out a preview here
Rick Wakeman has announced that he will be launching a 26 date solo tour in support of his forthcoming album "Piano Odyssey". See the dateshere
Set to begin in Sydney on October 18 before hitting Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle and Brisbane, the series will see the rocker sharing stories from his book, which debuted at No. 1 on the UK's Sunday Times Bestsellers List and No. 10 on the New York Times' Hardcover Non-Fiction Best-Seller List upon its release late last year.
In "What Does This Button Do?", Dickinson - a man who famously never gives interviews about his personal life - reveals, for the first time, the most fascinating recollections including his years with Iron Maiden, the early days, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, going solo, realizing his dream of flying jumbo jets and his recent battle with tongue cancer.
The singer worked on the project extensively while on the road for the band's world tour in support of 2015's "The Book Of Souls", which covered 39 countries and 117 shows since February 2016. Dickinson filled seven A4 notebooks by writing his story in longhand, in addition to his duties as a performer and as the pilot of Iron Maiden's new 747 jumbo jet Ed Force One as he flew band, crew and 22 tons of equipment around the globe. Read more including the dates here.
The band will be launching the tour in support of their new album "Erase Me" and the trek will be kicking off on November 2nd in Nashville and wrapping up on December 14th in 14 Tampa.
Chris Dudley had this to say, "We're dang excited to finally announce the Erase Me U.S tour. We're bringing along Dance Gavin Dance, a special guest that we think people are going to be pretty pumped on (patience!), and The Plot In You." See the dateshere.
The book was written by Lukather and author Paul Rees. Luke will also be narrating the audiobook, which will be available via Audible. We were sent the following details:
Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively left a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO. The band has sold over 40 million albums and have over half a billion streams worldwide as of 2018. They continue to be a worldwide arena draw staging standing-room-only events across the globe. They are pop culture, and are one of the few '70s bands to have endured the changing trends and styles. Read more
The 25 cities tour is set to kick off on November 16 at the State Theatre in SETZER's adopted hometown of Minneapolis and conclude on December 22 in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater and will feature support from Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones.
Setzer had this to say, "People tell me all the time what joy I bring them over the holidays. I don't take this for granted. People don't say something like that unless they mean it. When we get a standing ovation at the end of the Christmas show, it means something just a little extra." See the dateshere.
The trek will kick off November 29 at the Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts in Salina, Kansas and run through December 19 with new stops added in Boulder, Seattle, Portland, Beverly Hills, Albuquerque and Dallas.
Emmanuel will be touring in support of his latest album "Accomplice One," which features duets with artists such as Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Amanda Shires, and others including Jerry Douglas on "Purple Haze." See the dateshere.
The North American leg of the tour will kick off on January 9th in Indianapolis at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre and will be concluding on March 21st in Birmingham, AL at the Alabama Theatre.
These North American dates follow Kacey's previously announced European dates. The Oh, What A World: Tour will begin October 13th in Oslo, running through November 6th in Dublin, with Kacey headlining London's legendary Wembley Arena on October 27th. See the dates
The track was recorded during sessions at Officine Meccaniche in Milan and AIR Studios in London. Cester was backed by Calibro 35. "As soon as I heard the sound - drum loops and soul vibes - I knew it was the direction I wanted to go in and it created the impetus to start my new project," says Nic.
"It's a simple summery song that I wrote after my wife and I spent years living like gypsies, setting up camp in many different cities: from the Middle East to Berlin, back to Melbourne and, eventually Milan. Despite it sounding so summery, I actually started recording this demo on my kitchen table, with Davey Lane [You Am I] on bass, during a long, cold winter in Italy." Listen to the new songhere.
Along with past favorites, the tour will include tracks off their new album Night & Day (Day Edition) including "Just My Type," the video, which released just last week, has already amassed over 3 million views.
The headlining tour will kick off in Seattle on September 15th and make stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Boston before wrapping in New York City on October 4th. (Please see complete tour dates below.) All tickets for the USA tour will go on sale Friday, July 27th at 10am local time. See the dateshere.