Day in Rock Report for 11/03/2011
(Ultimate Classic Rock) Ever thought about climbing a 'Stairway to Heaven' while searching for highly placed objects in your home? Finally, now is your chance. Inspired by Led Zeppelin's iconic logo, a student at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design has designed an innovative new ladder with jagged contours. more
(The 1st Five) Alternative Press has confirmed that Jonny Craig (Dance Gavin Dance, ex-Emarosa) has been released from jail and will subsequently be attending court ordered drug rehabilitation more
(NME) The Killers' bassist Mark Stoermer gives away his solo album, 'Another Life', as free download more
(The 1st Five) Corrosion of Conformity have signed with Candlelight Records. The band consisting now of the Animosity line-up of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, is working on releasing their eighth studio album in early 2012. more
(Noisecreep) Like all countercultures the Juggalos are somewhat of a phenomenon and, according to the FBI, may actually be a dangerous group of people. The Guardian reports that the loyal fans of hip-hop crew Insane Clown Posse have been classified by a new FBI report as a "loosely-organized hybrid gang." more
(Rolling Stone) Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford's longtime manager John Baxter has filed a lawsuit against Halford and other members of the band and its management team more
Earlier this year, at the 2011 Sonisphere festival in Bohemia, Cancer Bats surprised fans by performing an entire set of Black Sabbath covers as Bat Sabbath. The band has now decided to once again become Bat Sabbath for a series of live dates more
(Lambgoat) Catalepsy has announced the return of former vocalist Josh Anderson, who sang for the band from early-2008 until Fall 2010. Anderson replaces Rick Norman, with whom the band has parted ways for undisclosed reasons. more
(FMQB) Peter Gabriel is the next artist lined up for CBS' Live At Letterman webcast series. Gabriel will perform live from the Ed Sullivan Theater next Wednesday, November 9 backed by a full orchestra more
(AA) Green Day premiered a number of new songs during their recent Halloween concert at New York City's Webster Hall, dedicating about half of their set to previewing new music more
(The 1st Five) After nearly a year on hiatus, The Spill Canvas broke back onto the scene with a hometown reunion show last month. Now, the band has announced that they've launched a Kickstarter to let fans help fund the recording of a new album. more
(SRX) Wicked Sins frontman Dyer Knight has composed and recorded the song "All I Wanted (Song And Dance Man)" as a tribute to former Warrant vocalist Jani Lane. more
(Lambgoat) I The Breather will enter the studio later this week with producers Paul Leavitt (All Time Low) and Taylor Larson (Sky Eats Airplane) to begin tracking their next full-length. more
(The 1st Five) Alkaline Trio will play a New Year's show at the Metro in Chicago on December 31st. more
(Lambgoat) Ignite will play a handful of December shows on the East Coast. more
(The 1st Five) Captain, We're Sinking have just announced that they'll be releasing their sophomore full length in 2012. more
(AA) EVE6 is almost done recording and now they're ramping things up to release their first album since "It's All In Your Head", they'll be releasing the album in 2012 more
(Lambgoat) Adaliah and Stand Your Ground will be touring in the Southeast next month more
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(Rock News Desk) Early-era AC/DC bassist Mark Evans is still angry that he was invited to attend the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and was then uninvited.
He joined the band in 1975 and remained for most of their time with Bon Scott, appearing on their first five albums. But after naming him as a "foundation inductee" in 2002, the Hall of Fame changed their minds and left him out of their list of past and present inducted members.
Now he says organisers made a mistake in inviting him and they should have apologised for it, rather than trying to cover their error by claiming the situation had changed. more on this story
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(Banana 101.5) Dave Grohl is not happy that his name is being used to help push sales on the posthumous release from Michael Jackson because he does not appear on the album.
Michael Jackson had several unfinished recordings at the time of his death over two years ago. Some of those were finished by producers and other musicians and included on the album 'Michael' which was released late last year.
One of the songs titled '(I Can't Make It) Another Day,' features Lenny Kravitz on backup vocals, guitar, and several other instruments. According to the album's credits Dave Grohl plays drums on the song, but Dave says it's not so. more on this story
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(Gibson) Jakob Dylan's Wallflowers are the latest group hitting the reunion trail. The '90s hitmakers are getting back together early next year, according to a Rolling Stone interview with Dylan.
"I've got new songs and we've all been talking," Dylan said. "We've been trying to carve that time out for a while."
The band, famous for "One Headlight" and other hits, will set to work on their first album since 2005. The Wallflowers last toured in 2009, before going on hiatus. more on this story
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Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society are giving fans an early Christmas present with the iTunes release of their new EP, Glorious Christmas Songs That Will Make Your Black Label Heart Feel Good.
In other Black Label Society news, Zakk Wylde and company have been confirmed as main support for Guns N' Roses for a series of dates in the United States (with more to be announced). Of the upcoming tour, Zakk Wylde commented, "Get ready for the maximum amount of rock n' roll possible in one night."
Immediately following their current run as main support for Judas Priest on the "Epitaph" tour, the Black Label Society/Guns N' Roses dates will begin on December 4th in Nashville and will also include a few solo Black Label Society headline shows. more on this story
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Chris Pennie has left Coheed and Cambria after four years with both sides cited "creative differences" as the primary reasons for the departure, according to a statement from Pennie.
Pennie's official Facebook has this posting yesterday: Pennie officially joined Coheed in 2007, replacing drummer Josh Eppard and touring extensively with the band internationally. He is featured on Coheed's most recent studio album, Year of the Black Rainbow.
Pennie will shift his full attention to his most recent projects, acclaimed progressive metal band Return to Earth (Metal Blade/Bald Freak) and Fight Mannequins. Return To Earth is currently working on their third album after releasing their Metal Blade debut, Automata, in 2010. Fight Mannequins, Pennie's music production company with Return To Earth guitarist Brett Aveni, recently completed their first documentary score and have produced two exciting artists whose albums will be released in 2012. more on this story
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(Rock News Desk) Rob Halford's ex-manager is suing his former client and the rest of Judas Priest for $50m just months after he caused controversy by calling them "leaches".
John Baxter had worked with the singer since 1982 until being dismissed a day after he posted comments on Halford's website in August, calling into question the behaviour of Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton, and connecting discontent with the departure of axeman KK Downing at the end of 2010.
Baxter was sacked in a lawyer's letter which accused him of trying to prevent Halford from touring the US by withdrawing his sponsorship of the singer's work visa. Now the former manager says he's owed millions as a result of breached contracts. A lot more details and a music lawyer's view on the validity of the case
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(Rock News Desk) Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian believes that for every fan who's bought new album Worship Music, as many as four have illegally downloaded it. And he says filesharers should be denied access to the internet.
The thrash act's long-awaited tenth album sold 30,000 copies in its first week of release in September. But Ian remembers a time when Anthrax sold five times as many records and blames downloading for the decline.
"The fact that we sold 30,000 the first week and entered at number 12 was awesome, for 2011," He tells the New Times. "If you put that in 2011 we would have sold probably 250,000 the first week and been number 12. In 1993 Sound of White Noise entered the charts at number seven and it sold like 110,000 copies." more on this story
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(Gibson) British band Blur have been meeting up "regularly" and recording again, singer/lyricist Damon Albarn has confirmed.
Albarn told the NME that the Britpop band recorded a spoken word piece with poet Michael Horovitz earlier this year. The track was put together in response to the brief threat that 2011's Notting Hill Carnival, in west London, would be cancelled. Albarn remains coy about whether the track will see the light of day, commenting:
"If they'd have cancelled the carnival and thank God they didn't maybe we'd have put it out. It had its moment: it was a perfect plea to reinstate the carnival. So it wasn't relevant it was relevant for about 12 hours." more on this story
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(Gibson) The Cure have announced that they will release a live album of their 2011 Bestival headline set.
The reunited band headlined the U.K.'s Isle Of Wight-based Bestival festival in September, playing for two and a half hours and playing 32 songs. The Cure will release a recording of the whole gig in a two-CD package on December 5.
Cash in? Not really. All profits from sales of the live album will be donated to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, a charitable, independent and professional organization which offers counseling, advice, information and support services to young people ages 25 and under on the Isle of Wight. The Cure frontman Robert Smith says: "We had such a great time in the Isle of Wight at Bestival that we wanted to release this show as a way of thanking fans and islanders alike." more on this story
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(Gibson) Tony Iommi spoke to Gibson.com on November 1 and confirmed he still has riffs and songs ready for a new album. But will it be Black Sabbath album?
"I still have tons of stuff," Iommi says. "I'm almost bursting at the seams with ideas, all the time. It's just finding the time. I'm lucky in that regard. But having said that, who knows where it would come out?"
In his must-read memoirs, Iron Man, Iommi revealed he has at least six demos from recent years with Ozzy Osbourne singing. He now tells Gibson.com that they have not been heard outside his studio. "They are still kicking around," says Iommi. "I'll decide what I do. There are all these rumors flying around about a Black Sabbath reunion, but we'll have to see. If it was the original lineup, great. But we will have to see. Some riffs, I wouldn't use on a new Black Sabbath album, anyway. I'd have to change them. But I've still got loads of ideas." more on this story
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Queen drummer Roger Taylor recently announced the launch of a North American talent search looking for players to star in "The Queen Extravaganza" tour.
A plethora of vocalists, guitarists, drummers, bassists and keyboard players auditioned online at queenextravaganza.com, submitting video footage of themselves performing one of four classic Queen songs: "Killer Queen," "Somebody To Love," "Seven Seas of Rhye" and "I Want To Break Free."
With one week of open auditions remaining, Taylor continues to pour through the submissions and is preparing for the November 9th announcement of the lucky semi-finalists. more on this story
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(hennemusic) Danko Jones caught some flack from Metallica fans for his recent comments slamming the new "Lulu" collaboration with Lou Reed.
Surely not the only one vocal is his opinion about the new release, Jones was previewing it last weekend when he referred to it as the "Ishtar/Waterworld/Battlefield Earth of Rock N' Roll"
even going so far as to offering up his Metallica collection for sale, writing, "Good Morning! Heard Metallica/Lou Reed album last night. Metallica collection now for sale. Tweet your $$$."
Now, in his weekly podcast, Danko is letting fans know he was having a little fun with the record and isn't really planning on letting his substantial Metallica collection go any time soon. more on this story
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Talking Metal kindly sent over some excerpts from their latest episode which features an interview with KISS legend Ace Frehley who is promoting his new book, No Regrets.
Here are some portions of the interview. On the new book: "This book is about from the time I was a kid growing up in the Bronx, playing in bands prior to Kiss, going into the audition with Kiss, playing with Kiss, leaving Kiss, doing my own stuff, you know, Kiss was just a portion to my life. It was a big portion but there are a lot of other pieces to the puzzle."
When questioned further about the "old tapes" he said: "I was thinking of releasing old jam sessions and songs that nobody's ever heard, I haven't even heard in a long time. I have over 100 reels of 2 inch tape. Eric Carr is probably on a few of them, the late Bobby Mayo who used to play with Peter Frampton, a couple of guys from Alice Cooper's original band, Dennis Dunaway and Neil Smith, also I worked on tracks with Chris Kimsey (the Rolling Stones' producer), stuff with Eddie Krammer. A lot of my stuff was edited out of the Elder and I have a lot of the original solos so that might be something interesting for Kiss fans. more on this story
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(hennemusic) Fastway are gearing up for the release of "Dog Eat Dog," their first new studio album since 1990.
The band features former Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke and Little Angels vocalist Toby Jepson; it was originally formed in 1983 by Clarke and UFO bassist Pete Way, but has gone through lineup changes over the years.
The band are wetting fans appetite for this month's release by sharing some footage of the making of the project, including video from UK's Chapel Studios shot this past September. "It's been a bit of a dramatic evolution," says Toby. "Ed [and I] worked on the material when I was first singing in the reformation of Fastway
three years ago, now. We were, actually, going to attempt to make a record a couple of years ago, but that didn't work out for a number of reasons. " There's more to the story and lots of video here
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Fall Out Boy's frontman now has his very own Slacker radio station with the launch of Patrick Stump Radio.
This station features influential songs hand-selected by Patrick Stump from a range of bands and artists including Michael Jackson, Dead Kennedys and David Bowie, exclusive commentary from Patrick and songs from his newly released solo album Soul Punk as well as a collection of live recordings by Patrick in the studio with Slacker.
Patrick Stump Radio is now available for free in Slacker's Artist Showcase station category on all Slacker Radio applications.
"I think Slacker listeners will learn a lot about who I am as a solo artist," said Patrick Stump. "This station lets me share my story through the music I enjoy and the artists I respect while really reflecting on my personal musical influences."
For exclusive video content featuring Patrick Stump in the Slacker studio including live performances, go here.
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Joe Bonamassa is set to host a Keeping The Blues Alive session in Albany, NY at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday, November 9.
Keeping The Blues Alive 501(c) is a nonprofit organization founded by Bonamassa aimed at promoting and preserving the heritage of blues music.
Through regularly scheduled events, Keeping The Blues Alive will help to create awareness about the blues and its impact on our culture, while educating and empowering the next generation of youth. Bonamassa will donate his time throughout select cities on his U.S. tour to an hour long, educational, entertaining, and inspiring lecture for students aged 13-21. more on this story
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(Sub) Hometown fans of Kyuss Lives! has are in for a very special one-off homecoming show on Friday, November 18 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
The event will see the band perform an extended two and a half hour long set showcasing songs from all of its records in addition to never-before-performed songs taken from the band's celebrated archive.
This once in a lifetime, only in the U.S. gig celebrates the near total return of the California rock pioneers and will feature original Kyuss vocalist and front man John Garcia, original drummer Brant Bjork, original bassist and former Queens of the Stone Age four stringer Nick Oliveri plus A Special Surprise Guest. more on this story
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Third Eye Blind are currently in the studio working on their fifth studio album to be released spring 2012.
During the recording of the album, the band had an idea to capture the fans during one of the band's most popular songs.
In October 2011 at a sold-out show in New York City, 3eb captured this fan intensity by turning the cameras on the audience and playing a song that has only appeared on a compilation album due to the controversial lyrics. Some of the footage was filmed on iPhones, and what it shows is a band in exchange with a new generation of fans who are as passionate as any ever.
Previews for the "Slow Motion" video are playing at select cinema theaters throughout the month of November and the single is now available on iTunes. Check out the video here.
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(hennemusic) James Durbin's debut, "Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster," finally sees its release on November 21.
A few weeks ago, Durbin tipped off fans that he would be issuing two singles for radio airplay, including "Stand Up" for rock radio, and the mid-tempo "Love Me Bad" for Top 40 stations.
This week, James was on American Idol host Ryan Seacrest's radio show to talk about "Love Me Bad," and how intense the initial recording session went for him. "We actually had to postpone the recording, because my voice gave out," Durbin said. "My producer wouldn't let me record the song. So, that was pretty funny, I'm like 'Come on man, I can do this song, I swear,' he said, 'No You've had enough, man.'" Read more and check out the song here
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Cameron Crowe recruited Sigur Ros frontman Jon Thor Birgisson (aka Jonsi) to compose music for his new film We Bought A Zoo.
Columbia Records have set a December 13th, 2011 release date for the original motion picture soundtrack for We Bought A Zoo.
Composed at the personal request of director - and huge Sigur Rσs aficionado - Cameron Crowe, for the movie that will be in theatres everywhere December 23rd from Twentieth Century Fox, the soundtrack includes original music composed by Jonsi which plays an integral part to the films heartfelt emotional landscape. more on this story
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Dickey Betts and his Great Southern Band are set to headline the Dan Toler ALS Support Benefit Festival on November 12th and 13th at Herschberger Ranch in Sarasota.
The benefit is being held to raise funds for Toler's battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Herschberger Ranch is located at 13010 Fruitville Road, in Sarasota. more on this story
Also scheduled to appear are legendary singer Bonnie Bramlett, the queen of blue-eyed soul, and BlackHawk (headlining on the second day), which had a string of Top 10 country hits in the 1990s including "Every Once in A While" and "I'm Not Strong Enough to Say No." Others set to appear include "American Idol" season four runner-up Bo Bice, The Artimus Pyle Band, Sean Chambers, Wilson Williams and His Platters, Tony Tyler's newly named act Come Back Alice, the Mike Kach Group and many more. With such an impressive lineup, fans can hopefully get a chance to hear such Dickey Betts signature Allman Brothers Band classics as "Ramblin' Man," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Jessica."
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The Devin Townsend Project have announced the details about "Contain Us", their special tribute box-set for the quadrology (Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction, and Ghost).
Due out November 29th in North America, "Contain Us" was designed and created by Man Alive's Tom Bejgrowicz (who also conceived the classic and must-have Misfits Coffin box-set).
"Contain Us" official specs: A 12" x 12", 64-page, perfect bound book featuring a charcoal linen hardcover with ink-less debossing of the DTP logo on the front and applicable titling on the spine. more on this story
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Today Jack from Blonde On Blonde tells us about their hit song "Friends In Danger". Here is the story:
In the time leading up to writing "Friends in Danger", Zara and I had been listening to a band called Malachai from the UK a lot, and had become somewhat obsessed with the lo-fi production and the simplistic nature of their music.
Our band had semi fallen apart about 6 months prior, with 2 of the band members leaving, one of them being our guitar player Matt Napier. Matt was a very instrumental part of the writing process from a production stand point. He was always great at telling what was working and what wasn't in the early stage of a song being written. "Friends in Danger" was my first attempt at writing again without Matt, and I was extremely nervous about creating music on my own.
I'd had the intro riff for "Friends in Danger" in my head for a few days, sat down at my computer and recorded it, and then saved it and walked away. I often feel that whenever I record an idea, it isn't very good, so I tend to leave it for a few days after I have forgotten about it, and listen to it with fresh ears.
When I opened up the project again, I thought about the simplicity of "Snowflake" by Malachai and how direct it was, and that was my main focus when I started adding parts to the song.
I had some drum loops that I chopped up in my recording software and looped it, and I played two chords and looped them over the drums. I added tamborine instead of hi hats for something a little different, and then had the basic blueprint for the track.
I had borrowed a micro Pog effect pedal from our guitarist (Duckboi), and decided to plug it in to record the main riff, which instantly was the sound I was looking for.
The first guitar part I came up with for the lead break after the first chorus and also the guitar solo was all one take, and they are still the parts heard on the finished version.
All the lyrics were written in 10 minutes, with absolutely no revising or editing. I often find it hard to describe situations or events the way I can hear it in my head, but it happened seamlessly all in one hit.
Like most songs written by guys in bands, this one is about a girl. It details the events of a relationship I was in when the song was written. The chorus detailing the night we first met, and also the personal battles she was dealing with at the time, and how it was affecting me and our relationship. It's written from a standpoint of disappointment and frustration more than anything else.
From the time I sat down at my computer with only the riff previously recorded, to the point the song was completely written and recorded took 2 hours. "Oh My Oh My" and "Friends in Danger" are the two songs that have been the easiest and quickest to write.
I put the song my iphone when it was done and drove straight around to Zara's house. I put it on and about 30 seconds into the song she said "Who is this!". I lied and told her it was a new "Malachi" song. She replied with "This is amazing. Can that band do no wrong?". After that I came clean and told her I had written it. She is often my harshest critic when it comes to song writing, so when she expressed how much she loved that song, I knew we were on to something.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you check out the video right here!
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Ozzy Osbournes I Am Ozzy memoir from last year was such a surprise best-seller that you could almost sense at the time that there would be more to come. But no one could have foreseen the form that this follow-up book would take. (4 stars)
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