Day in Rock Report for 04/28/2017
Today's Day in Rock Stories
The two Journey cofounders worked together again last year with Santana IV and Schon plays on Rolie's forthcoming solo album, and Gregg hinted at them working together in the context of Journey in an interview with Radio.com ahead of the induction ceremony.
The topic came up first when Rolie was asked why he didn't jam with Journey when they played a show with Santana IV last year. He responded, "Well, I'm not quite sure other than there's a couple of guys; I'm not in the band. Neal wanted me to do that, and I wanted to do it, and I think it would be tremendous for fans, but there was a couple guys that voted no.
"And so that's the way it went. I think it's a shame. People would've loved to have seen everybody on that stage gelling together. That's what I got into doing this for, and having it be otherwise is kind of silly. I don't know the reasoning, I don't care about it. If that's what it is, that's what it is.
"Neal and I will do more stuff, and that's really where it's at. Remember, between Herbie Herbert and Neal Schon, that's who started this band. It's always been Neal's band." Read morehere.
The 15-track album, which follows their two part "House Of Gold & Bones" release was produced by Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Steel Panther) and was recorded at the Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, CA.
Stone Sour will be promoting the release this summer when they hit the road with Korn for The Serenity of Summer Tour. Read morehere.
The band took to social media to describe their latest single, writing, "This is the strangest song blink have ever recorded. It's in 6/8 time. It's aggressive & one of our favorites from the deluxe because of it."
The deluxe edition tracklisting features 11 new songs. The original album came out in July last year. See the band's full tweet and stream the brand new trackhere.
Billed as "take 9", The Guardian describes this version as "pretty stripped back, and it features some trippy voices echoing around towards the end ("I feel it, I feel it, oh baby now I feel it … Gotta be free now"). Then there's a brief conversation between John Lennon and Paul McCartney about singing technique, and some bits where Paul has run out of breath."
The revamped and expanded project will be available as CD, 2CD, 2LP, 6-disc Super Deluxe Edition and digital packages, all featuring a new stereo mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell following the original work by the legendary George Martin.
"It's crazy to think that 50 years later," says McCartney, "we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art." Listen to the trackhere.
The reunion of original frontman Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan has so far grossed $230 million since it was launched in April of last year.
The first North American leg alone, which played stadiums last summer, sold over one million tickets and grossed $116.8 million, according to Billboard. Read their reporthere.
"Just a young gun with a quick fuse, I was uptight, wanna let loose," frontman Dan Reynolds sings as the track opens. "I was dreaming of bigger things, and wanna leave my own life behind.
"Not a yes sir, not a follower, fit the box, fit the mold, have a seat in the foyer, take a number, I was lightning before the thunder." Check out a stream of the songhere.
"We started off a very long time ago in London trying to play clubs, and those clubs were jazz clubs," said Mick Jagger, as he accepted "Album of the Year" honors alongside bandmates Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts. "We used to try and play these jazz clubs and they used to kick us out for playing blues. So this sort of feels full-circle."
Later, as he collected the Stones' prize for Blues Artist of the Year, Jagger admitted that he initially had reservations about releasing Blue & Lonesome. "We were making another record, and we made [Blue & Lonesome] sort of in between," he said. "[The record label] were the ones that said, 'This sounds really great. We want to put it out.... Everyone's going to love it.'" Read morehere.
The preteen bassist is talented by all accounts, but it still raises the question: "Is this really necessary?" There are plenty of grown-up bassists who don't need school permission to join Korn on a nu-metal tour of Latin America, but then again. "We're having fun! He's having a great time," Korn guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer told NME. 'His dad's out here with us, just hanging out, shootin' the s---- and catching up. [Tye] knows like 17, 18 Korn songs, and he knows them really well--it's crazy. All the stops, and the breaks' it's crazy to see somebody that young so talented. He's gonna be a professional musician, and to know that at that early of an age is just inspiring."
You might wonder if a 12-year-old would feel a bit out-of-place on the road with guys in their mid- and late 40s. Tye, who was born in 2005, seems to be adjusting to his newfound fame like a pro.
"When we go to the shows, he's got people wanting his picture and his autograph - he's a little overwhelmed, but he's handling himself just like his dad, which is cool, collected and modest," Shaffer said. Read morehere.
The record will be the band's first LP since their critically acclaimed 2013 release Bankrupt! According to the band, the new effort is, "an album about simple pure emotions: love, desire, lust and innocence.
"It's also a record about our European, Latin roots, a fantasized version of Italy: a lost paradise made of eternal Roman summers (hyper-light, hyper-clarity, pistachio gelato), juke-boxes on the beach, Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroiani, fearless desire and Antique marble statues." Listen to the new songhere.
Birdy, Passion & Long Walk Home have been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 45RPM to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound. Birdy and Long Walk Home are released across 2 x heavyweight LPs whilst Passion is on 3 x heavyweight LPs with music on five sides and a special etching on the sixth side. The vinyl was cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter's main sound engineer Richard Chappell.
This is the first time that Long Walk Home has been available on vinyl. Gatefold sleeves utilize imagery from the original LPs + additional film stills and all images are newly re-scanned. Contains a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit or 16bit). Limited Editions and Numbered. Read morehere.
"I didn't know he was going to be a rockstar. I knew he was going to be a musician," Virginia told Colbert. "I knew really earlier he was going to be an entertainer. I have a feeling that some of you [entertainers] have it in your blood somewhere that you just start out being goofy, silly and making people laugh."
Along with reviewing teacher's comment on Dave's sixth grade report card, the Grohls also spoke about how the loss of his bandmate Kurt Cobain affected them as a family.
"I think it did [change our relationship]," explained Virginia. "It was such a dark, sad time, and David came home after that, so we all sort of had to regroup. We talked a lot - we've always been able to say anything to each other - but that was a particularly incredible time. It's hard to express."
"Any time I felt overwhelmed with everything," added Dave, "I would just go back home, hang out with my mom and see my friends." Watch the video clip from the appearancehere.
"It's our interpretation of Slade and MC5 and AC/DC and Aerosmith," guitarist Rick Neilsen tells Billboard about the single and its homage to the group's influences. "A lot of riffs that are reminiscent of the Move, but they're not steals. It's just, like, all the bands we like."
Cheap Trick teamed with Julian Raymond on the 10-track project, which mixes new material with older, previously unrecorded songs such as "Radio Lover," "Lolita" and "She's Alright"
A 13-song Deluxe Edition adds three tunes, including a cover of The Move's 1968 single, "Blackberry Way." Read more and stream the new songhere.
This tune, like the rest of the album, is dedicated to Themetta "Toddy" Berry, his wife of 68 years, according to The New Yorker. "This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy," Berry said in a previously prepared statement. "My darlin', I'm growing old! I've worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!"
This is the second released song from the highly anticipated posthumous album after the Berry family dropped "Big Boys" less than a week after his passing.
The single was recorded with the help of Berry's son, Charles Jr., his grandson, Charles III, and the iconic blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. Listen to the new songhere.
Bowie composed music for the film as well as playing the role of Jareth, The Goblin King. "I'd always wanted to be involved in the music-writing aspect of a movie that would appeal to children of all ages, as well as everyone else, and I must say that Jim [Henson] gave me a completely free hand with it, Bowie said in a 1986 interview with Movieline.
"The script itself was terribly amusing without being vicious or spiteful or bloody, and it also had a lot more heart than many other special effects movies," he continued. "So I was pretty well hooked from the beginning."
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The Rock Hall's 33rd annual induction continues its pattern of returning to Cleveland every three years. The city hosted the event in 2015, 2012 and 2009.
A press release reveals that there will be 'a series of events" surrounding the induction, in addition to the ceremony. A community celebration including free admission to the Rock Hall and a dedication for the 2018 inductee exhibit, as well as 'other rock-and-roll-themed events and activities at the Rock Hall and throughout the city," will be on the schedule. Read morehere.
The albums are especially significant as documents of the period during which Pop and David Bowie worked together while living in Berlin in the mid to late '70s. Bowie produced and co-wrote all the material on The Idiot, and did much of the same for Lust for Life-both of which were released in 1977. He played keyboards on TV Eye Live.
A press release states that the albums "form a trilogy that remains a cornerstone of Iggy Pop's album catalog. On The Idiot, such standout tunes as 'Nightclubbing,' 'Funtime,' 'Dum Dum Boys' and the original version of 'China Girl' (later an '80s hit for Bowie) introduced listeners to a more cerebral, introspective Iggy, often substituting an understated sense of unease for the Stooges' raw aural assault." Read morehere.
The Indiana rocker was joined by Martina McBride for "Grandview", the lead single from his album, "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies", which hits stores on April 28.
Mellencamp also delivered an exclusive online solo acoustic performance of his 1982 smash, "Jack And Diane." The singer joined Myers to discuss his 23rd record as well as his second career as a painter, thanks in part to Bob Dylan. "He was in my studio," Mellencamp explained, "and I have hundreds of paintings around, and he said 'What are you going to do with them?' I said 'I don't know.' He said, "Why don't you sell them?' and I said 'To who? Who would want these things?' And he said 'Well, I sell mine.' And I said, 'Oh, OK.'"
"It never dawned on me to try and sell," he continued. "It was my hobby, ya know. It turned into a hobby; I do it all the time." Read more and watch the performancehere.
J came up with the title of this song, and I originally wasn't sure what I'd write it about. I believe it was based on a woman who was called "The Rose", but I don't remember who it was. When I was seeking inspiration for this song, a piece of artwork was mentioned to me called The Rose by Jay De Feo which is a piece that the artist spent 8 years on and it wasn't finished until she was evicted from her apartment, and they had to remove it with a forklift because it was so big and heavy. I like this idea of trying to perfect, or find something for so long, and picturing her alone in her apartment day after day sculpting, painting, and carving seeking to find the right form, and then after all of that precious solitary toiling, one's art is forced out into the world with a literal forklift. There could be nothing less suitable for a rose than a forklift. So I had this idea of something very fragile within oneself: A rose in the heart. An artist seeks to see oneself through a gigantic painting, like zooming into one's own heart. Through the myopic lens of the rose, a monolithic piece of colored dust must be evicted into the public eye, and turned into spectacle before being neatly placed in a sterile room and called art.
I then was reading about War of The Roses, and found a tragic story of two princes who were locked in the Tower of London during a power struggle for the throne, and then disappeared so as not to be able to inherit power. This got me thinking about systems of power because these two princes of course had mothers who had their hearts broken by the loss of these children, but they also subscribed to and lived in a monarchal power model which values temporal power over human life. They benefitted greatly by the power and riches they got from living in this system, yet lost that which was closest to their hearts, their roses.
Anytime we externalize what is sacred to us we risk losing it. Anytime we place a value on an object or human which is connected with our heart, and our joy, we corrupt that connection that originally brought us so much joy. The system is the machine, the forklift, the contractual obligation, the eviction, the quantification of an object or person whose essence belongs in the heart, the eternal rose. This is an act of heresy to the deepest self. Like many, I have quantified and attempted to possess those people and things which appeared as princes or roses to me. I've learned that only the essence of the external rose can be grasped and only for one moment which exists eternally within. Life is an alchemical vessel of experience not meant to enthrone matter but instead to enthrone the experience of matter which is forever the rose.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!