Day in Rock Report for 04/09/2012
(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses fans continue to wait on official word of the band's status at next week's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony.
By all appearances, the reunion of the original GNR lineup hinges on Axl Rose, as all other band members except Izzy Stradlin are expected on hand in Cleveland for the event.
While Axl continues to be a self-created mystery, he was caught on video Friday night leaving the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood with (Axl obsessed) singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey and asked by the paparazzi at TMZ if there is any chance of GNR doing a reunion tour with the original lineup.
He responded, "Not in this lifetime." Watch the video here.
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(hennemusic) KISS continue work on promoting their upcoming summer tour with Motley Crue.
The band will perform on the April 9 and April 10 episodes of of ABC-TV's "Dancing With The Stars" - episodes air tonight (Monday) at 8 p.m. EST and Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST.
Billed as "The Tour," the KISS/Motley shows mark the first time the two bands have shared a stage since 1982. more on this story
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(hennemusic) Sebastian Bach had some fun recently when he posted an April Fools' gag suggesting that he was reuniting with his old band.
Here's the post: "Wow, i have been waiting a long time to make this announcement. It looks like the stars have finally aligned! It is amazing to me to say that ... Yes... Talks are underway for the reunion tour of all reunion tours!! I am happy to announce I am negotiating details with my old band & we are gonna get the band back together for an epic tour of sheds, arenas, casinos & marinas that will span the globe! We are going to start immediately on our new CD "Rock Sucker" that is guaranteed to be Eddie Trunks wet dream come true & we are all getting along famously! Or infamously, as the (hard) case may be! More details to come, watch this space!!"
Bach later confessed to the prank - which was picked up as a real item by FOX News and added, "where there is smoke, there is fire. Kinda sorta." more on this story
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(hennemusic) Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler been working in the studio on his debut album with his current band, now known as "Adler." The group features frontman Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Mars Electric), and Lonny Paul (Adler's Appetite).
"I love the music that we're creating!" states Adler. "I haven't been this excited about my band since the GN'R days. Jacob is exactly the singer I have been searching for. He has an amazing range and is a great writer and frontman. Lonny is an amazing guitarist and songwriter and the vibe is amazing!"
Adler will issue their debut single, "The One That You Hated," on iTunes on April 10th. Have a listen here. Have a listen here.
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(Gibson) A film treatment is planned for one of Bob Dylan's most acclaimed albums, Entertainment Weekly has reported. The movie rights for Blood on the Tracks, the 1975 album Dylan made as his marriage to Sara Lownds was crumbling, has been purchased by Brazil-based production company RT Features. Company executives Rodrigo Teixeira and Fernando Loureiro said they will produce an English-language feature film based on the emotionally charged album, which includes such classic Dylan songs as "Tangled Up in Blue" and "Simple Twist of Fate."
"As long time admirers of one of the greatest albums in the history of music, we feel privileged to be making this film," said Teixeira, in a prepared statement. "Our goal is to work with a filmmaker who can create a classic drama with characters and an environment that capture the feelings that the album inspires in all fans."
No timetable has been set for the film's production. Teixera and Loureiro added that they hope to find a director "with the unique vision to fulfill on screen what Dylan accomplished in the studio." more on this story
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Demon Hunter release their new album, True Defiance, this week. To celebrate we asked frontman Ryan Clark to tells us about some of his favorite tracks from the album. Today he tells us about "Someone To Hate."
Interestingly enough, "Someone To Hate" was actually the original title for "Collapsing," the lead single from our previous album, The World Is A Thorn. As a matter of fact, there is an original version of "Collapsing" with some of these lyrics on it, and at that time, the verses were all screaming vocals. We went back into the studio after we'd finished the whole record (which is the only time we've done that) to revise the song. I completely rewrote the verses and pre-chorus, and we decided to do melodic singing vocals throughout the entire song.
When writing songs for True Defiance, I came back to the lyrics and title for "Someone To Hate" because I still liked them and I didn't want them to go to waste. I did end up rewriting the bulk of them, but the general idea is still there.
The working title for the demo of this song was shamelessly titled "Slay" for fairly obvious reasons. I first wrote the opening guitar lead and it was just begging for a rhythmic gallop over the top. I think it sounds insanely hard. The picking for that lead was actually 1/4 the speed on the original demo and Patrick suggested we speed it up like a black metal lead, which was a great idea. The same is true for the bending note in the pre-chorus. It was originally one strum, bent in time. Aside from the amazing solos, this is where Patrick really shines- he takes my basic ideas and makes them much cooler. Every occurrence of a pinch harmonic (which you can hear in this song) is also his personal input. I leave most of these details to him as he's 10 times the guitar player I am. I love pinch harmonics, especially when used tastefully. They immediately remind me of the mighty Tommy Victor, which is a very good thing.
This song features one of my favorite guitar solos on the new record as well. When we were getting ready to record, I showed Patrick an At The Gates solo and said, "Hear that? That little stutter effect? I want that in a solo!" I assumed it was a pedal effect, and Patrick said, "No, that's him tapping the whammy bar really fast." I was like, "Seriously?" And he was right. You can hear what I'm referring to right in the middle of this solo. It's an awesome little detail.
The keyboards in the bridge section are all Aaron Sprinkle's handy work. This kind of thing is definitely one of Aaron's strong suits- the little details that add so much to the song. One of my favorite Sprinkle additions also appears in this song- at the beginning of the very last chorus. He created this really cool electronic part that adds a great dynamic to the section. It reminds me a little of Nine Inch Nails, a little of Soilwork. Either one being awesome.
One last minute addition was the line "Heart is cold" at the top of the chorus. I felt that the vocals came in too late in the chorus, so a short line tagged onto the beginning was the perfect remedy.
The lyrics to the song speak about the idea of being hated by those that oppose my world view, and how being someone to hate isn't something I'll necessarily shy away from, if it's for the things I believe in whole-heartedly. In this scene, if you aren't making someone upset, you're not saying much of anything.
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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(hennemusic) Bret Michaels has announced the upcoming launch of a new column on his website.
Michaels is a rockstar, philanthropist, entrepreneur and TV star - for every one of those sides of Bret there is a story as to how he got there and where he is going: how the singer has pushed the boundaries, fought his diabetes and succeeded in so many different arenas of life.
Bret will now detail his thoughts on health, wealth, love and the pursuit of happiness (among other things), with the launch of his new column, "Music For Your Soul." more on this story
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(Gibson) Thrash metal heroes Slayer have launched their own brand of wine. The red wine, Reign in Blood, is a Cabernet Sauvignon from California.
According to the wine's website, Reign in Blood is "as uncompromising and tough as the band. After a couple of Seasons in the Abyss, the wine has an undisputed attitude and a soft nose of dark berry fruits with oak and spicy nuances. Good mouth feel with hints of fresh fruit and juicy, smooth tannins. Well structured and rounded with subtle notes of oak, showing true Divine Intervention. Best company for the wine comes as no surprise, enjoy it while headbanging, riffing or with food, friends and great music. Reign in Wine!"
Right now the wine is only available in Sweden, but worldwide sales are in the pipeline. more on this story
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(Gibson) A 1975 Rolling Stones concert has been made available to the public. The Sunday, July 13 gig was wrongly labeled as "LA Friday."
It was the band's last show of a five-night run at the Los Angeles Forum.
According to the Rolling Stones Archive website, the concert "was part of the Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas, which started with a bang, the band playing on a flatbed truck driving down 5th Avenue in New York City, showcasing their new guitarist, Ronnie Wood." more on this story
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(TMZ) Former Crazy Town singer and Celebrity Rehab star Shifty Shellshock is expected to be released from the hospital sometime this month and his family wants him to go straight from there to rehab, TMZ has learned.
As TMZ first reported, Shifty has been hospitalized since March 29 and was in a coma up until April 3.
According to our sources, doctors expect the Crazy Town singer to make a full recovery and be discharged from the hospital in the next few weeks. Our sources say there is no permanent damage and that physically he is fine ... but that Shifty is unable to still fully comprehend what is going on, have coherent conversations or really communicate.
We're told Shifty's family hopes to get him into rehab straight from the hospital. Shifty has an upcoming court hearing on his drug arrest for cocaine possession and the family hopes the judge will allow him to stay in rehab rather than throw him in jail. more on this story
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(Fresno) Arsis have tapped Shawn Priest to replace their recently departed drummer, Mike Van Dyne.
Priest, who has toured with Arsis in the past, will be behind the kit for the band's upcoming fifth studio album.
Commented Priest: "After several major tours with Arsis since 2008, I am more than happy to take the position of full-time drummer. These guys have become some of my best friends and based on the new material we've been putting together, I think the new record will be one of the best and most extreme Arsis releases to date. Get stoked people." more on this story
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Last week we told you that the world lost the inventor of one of the keystones to rock and roll, Jim Marshall, the man behind Marshall amplifiers. Slash has released the following tribute to Marshall:
"I consider myself very fortunate to have known the late Jim Marshall. He was such a fantastic individual.
"Not only did he create the loudest, most effective, brilliant-sounding Rock & Roll amplifier ever designed, but he was a caring, hardworking family man who remained true to his integrity to the very end. His work ethic was unequaled and his passion unrivaled. more on this story
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(Gibson) Epiphone Casino-wielding guitar hero Gary Clark Jr. is collaborating with rapper Nas on music for ESPN's coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Rolling Stone reports that the two artists will be tweaking some of their existing material (including Clark's "Bright Lights") to suit the occasion.
The reworked versions will be used as the broadcast goes in and out of commercials and will find parallels between the music and the drafts i.e. Clark's lyric "you gonna know my name by the end of the night." The draft coverage begins at 8 p.m. on April 26. more on this story
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Sin City Sinners sent over word that they have added actor/musician Zach Throne to their lineup: Zach joins original Sinners Todd Kerns (Slash) Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat) & Rob Cournoyer (Raging Slab)
As a musician, Zach has recorded, performed and/or toured with Susanna Hoffs of "The Bangles", Jerry Cantrell of "Alice In Chains", Anthrax, Barenaked Ladies, Lemmy from Motorhead, Cheap Trick, Meatloaf and Jamie Walters.
As a session vocalist for television and film, Zach has performed on many commercial jingles as well as sung the Greg Brady vocals for the films The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel. He also sang the theme song for the ABC television series Grace Under Fire. more on this story
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(NB) Belphegor plan to enter the Mana Recordings Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 29th to begin recording their next album.
The band has tapped Erik Rutan to produce their new, as of yet untitled album, which will be released in the end of the year via Nuclear Blast Records.
Helmuth comments: "Around 2006 I have contact Erik the first time, I guess. We talked about the producing of the 'Bondage Goat Zombie' album, but he wasn't available. This time, we have to do it!! Our sound, attitude
or lets say trademark, is a symbiosis of all extremities that came out of this glorious genre,...Diabolical Blackl Death Metal. Since February 2012 we rehearse and write hard on nine shredding sound collages. To record chapter X with Erik is perfect, since he exactly know what we need and how we get this shit done. The thing is, the new compositions are full of intensity and pure aggression. The combination of European Metal coldness, atmosphere and sickest elements - crossed with an American brutal sound, is the master plan. This experiment is going to be ultra-sick! I dig to work with motivated, possessed and enthusiastic artists, to keep the fire burning, in all related things (producers, musicians, etc.) No rules, all is permitted. This is the main reason why Belphegor survived almost 20 years." more on this story
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Job For A Cowboy fans can hear the band's new album, Demonocracy, streaming online in its entirety.
Produced by Jason Suecof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium) at Audiohammer Studios, the album will see its North American release tomorrow, April 10, 2012. Listen to the stream here.
Job For A Cowboy are currently on the road in North America on the Metal Alliance Tour. Joined by The Faceless, Dying Fetus, 3 Inches Of Blood, Impending Doom, Wretched, and headliners, Devildriver. more on this story
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The latest episode of the Mars Attacks podcast features interviews with Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill (formerly of Pantera and Down) and Peter Ellis of Monument (formerly of White Wizzard and The More I See).
Rex Brown discusses the self-titled debut album by Kill Devil Hill, how he ended up joining the band, how this is the type of band he's wanted to be in for years, and what it's like to play with the legendary Vinny Appice.
Peter Ellis picks up where we left things off with our previous interview. At this point in time he fills us in on Monument's soon to be released EP, the members of the band, the artwork for their first single, and a slew of other things.
During the episode you'll hear snippets of songs by Kill Devil Hill, Monument, Pharaoh, Dark Day Sunday, The Cult and Overkill. Listen here.
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(CM) Jeff Loomis has premiered a brand new track, "Chosen Time," via Guitar World's website.
This song can be found on the Loomis' new album, Plains of Oblivion, which will be out tomorrow, April 10. Fans can listen to the new song "Chosen Time" here.
In support of the release, Jeff Loomis is on the road with Protest The Hero, Periphery and The Safety Fire. more on this story
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mewithoutYou are streaming their new song "February, 1878" online at PasteMagazine.com.
The song is the first single from their 5th album, Ten Stories, which is set for release May 15th.
mewithoutYou kicks off their North American headlining tour on May 17th in Washington, DC, with Buried Beds and Imaginary Cities opening on all dates. Listen to the new song here
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Charm City Devils have released a new music video for their new single, "Man Of Constant Sorrow."
"Man Of Constant Sorrow" is the first singled from their forthcoming album, Sins, which will be released on iTunes and CD Baby April 10 via Fat Lady Music. here.
The clip was shot in Baltimore and directed by Charm City Devils bassist Anthony Arambula. Check it out
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(Gibson) Recognized universally as The King of Rockabilly, Carl Perkins was born on this day in 1932 in Tiptonville, Tennessee. Born to poor sharecroppers, Perkins didn't have much growing up and often turned to music as a source of joy and excitement.
Like many rock and roll pioneers, Carl was inspired by a variety of music at a young age. He heard gospel music in church on Sundays, and black spirituals while working in the cotton fields every other day (he picked cotton from the age of six, and worked 12-14 hours each day in the summer months). On Saturday nights, he and his dad would tune into the Grand Ole Opry to hear the best country tunes of the day. And soon, Perkins would learn about the blues.
But first, Carl needed a guitar. Because he couldn't afford to buy him one, Carl's father, Buck, made one out of a cigar box and a broomstick. When Carl's musical interests outgrew the ramshackle contraption, Buck paid a couple of dollars for a beat-up Gene Autry model. Soon, the enterprising guitarist was trying to learn to play Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe tunes.
But young Carl didn't just learn from the radio. He befriended a mentor in a fellow field worker named John Westbrook an African-American man in his 60s. "Uncle John," as Carl began to call him, taught his student how to play blues and gospel music on the guitar. Perkins later recalled John's advice: "Get down close to it. You can feel it travel down the strangs, come through your head and down to your soul where you live. You can feel it. Let it vib-a-rate."
As a young player, Carl showed the beginnings of developing his own style. He took to bending the strings for no reason other than to avoid injury. Because Carl didn't have money for new guitar strings, when they broke, he would simply re-tie them. The knots would rip up his fingers when he slid them up and down, so bending became a better option. more on this story
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Iron Maiden is at the point in their career where they could easily rest on their laurels but these road dogs are getting ready to launch yet another tour- those whove seen En Vivo! will no doubt be amongst the first to snap up tickets. (4 stars)
- Read the full Iron Maiden - En Vivo! Blu-Ray review
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