Day in Rock Report for 08/08/2017
Today's Day in Rock Stories
Back in March, Hagar shared his idea of a tour that would also include Roth and original bass player Michael Anthony. He said at the time, "You never know. That's really the only way I would be interested in a Van Halen reunion. Everybody's saying, 'Well, what would it take?' For me, no money, man. I don't need money. I would do that for the fans and give the money to food banks or something."
He has now reiterated the idea in a new interview with Maxim (via Classic Rock calling the potential tour "one of the greatest rock setlists of all time." The Red Rocker went on to tell the publication, "First of all, I have not been approached. Secondly, it was my idea to have Dave and I go out on tour, so if everyone was happy and behind the idea 100% - no egos, no grudges - then of course I would be into it. But only with Michael Anthony on bass.
"That's what the fans want and I know we could give them one of the greatest rock setlists of all time. We're in a fortunate place with the band because all of the original guys are still here. We could reunite - singing and playing the way it should be. It couldn't get any better than that. But we'll see."
The band will be launching a special retail event called 'Guns N' Roses Was Here,' in the famed Los Angeles Maxfield and Bravado boutique from August 11th through 18th.
We were sent the following details "'Guns N' Roses Was Here' gives past, present and future GNR fans a new interpretation of their celebrated 1987 album with limited-edition capsule collections. Maxfield and Bravado sought out top collaborators ranging from unexpected streetwear brands to designers deeply rooted in GNR's style, to bring new life to the classic artwork that has transcended time." Read more
Crahan spoke about the band's new music plans to NME via Teamrock. He revealed, "We have decided to do things differently. Our label had been bought and sold, people who used to give me advice are gone now, we're still standing. We're not going to wait around for Corey Taylor to say that he's ready - no one's going to wait for me to finish directing a movie. The same thing goes if someone wants to go out on tour with someone else.
"Every three or four months we've been getting together and we've been writing for up to 30 days. Currently, we have about 27 pieces of work - about seven or eight are completed. They're not completed songs, that's far from the truth. That's where people start fighting over Corey Taylor not being there or Jim Root wanting to do something else." Read morehere.
The group has canceled their August 11th appearance at the Douglas County Fair in Roseburg OR, August 19th performance at Moonstock 2017 and their set at the Alaska State Fair on August 25th.
The band broke the news to fans with the following message: "It is with a heavy heart that we are forced to cancel our upcoming shows in the Oregon, Illinois and Alaska this month due to the need for Jacoby Shaddix to have immediate vocal cord surgery and rest." Read morehere.
The cover is the latest track from the group's ongoing expansion of their 2016 album "The Stage". Frontman M Shadows had this to say, "When we decided to expand the album and add new tracks, everyone in the band chose a song that would be interesting to cover.
"Zacky came up with the idea of doing a punk rock version of the Del Shannon classic. While in the studio, Synyster brought up our old friend Warren Fitzgerald, saying it'd be great to have him play on the track and give the song the kind of reckless abandon he's known for with The Vandals.
"With Warren on board, Zacky wanted to have a crack at singing, which really put the song over the top. I do a little talking thing with him in the middle of the track, but that's it. The rest is all him and it came out great."
Vengeance added: "I've always loved Runaway and the dark undertone hidden behind the upbeat doo wop track. You can hear sincere anguish in his voice. I raised my hand to add a little punk rock flair to the vocals, have some fun, and give the fans a little something to talk about." Check out the songhere.
Fortunately, Wood says he's "fine" now. "It's more I wasn't going to lose my hair," the rock iocn told The Daily Mail. "This hair wasn't going anywhere. I said, 'No way.' And I just kept the faith it would be all right."
Wood revealed the turmoil and uncertainty the treatment and waiting period caused his family. "There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains - time to say goodbye," he said. "You never know what is going to happen."
Nevertheless, Wood expressed gratitude that his hard-partying lifestyle didn't catch up to him sooner. Read morehere.
The song comes from the group's forthcoming Mark Ronson produced album "Villains", which is set to be release don August 25th. Frontman Josh Homme had this to say about the effort: "The most important aspect of making this record was redefining our sound, asking and answering the question 'what do we sound like now?'
"If you can't make a great first record, you should just stop - but if you can make a great record but you keep making records and your sound doesn't evolve, you become a parody of that original sound." Watch the video at Classic Rockhere.
Gallagher, whose debut solo album As You Were comes out in October, was in Canada to play the Osheaga festival, when he decided to drop in at McKibbin's Irish Pub in Montreal and start strumming guitar along with the band.
"He came, he sang, we drank, and just like that he was gone' awesome guy, surreal afternoon," wrote attendee Ben Alexander on social media. Regarding his visit, Gallagher tweeted, "Montreal very cool the park on the top of the hill is a trippy little f— I'm sure I just seen zebadee" . Watch Gallagher strumming awayhere.
Since Bennington's death, countless fan and celebrity tributes have surfaced online and some fan filmed video of Sunday's night's tribute in Los Angeles has made it's way online line as well.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Watch video from the tributehere.
Gilmour's 2016 shows at the ancient venue - the first-ever rock performances played to an audience in the ancient Roman amphitheatre built in 90 BC - marked his return to the site 45 years after he first played there for Adrian Maben's classic film, "Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii."
The guitarist delivered a mix of solo tracks and Pink Floyd classics, including the rarely-played "The Great Gig In The Sky" from "The Dark Side Of The Moon", and "One Of These Days", the only song that was also performed by the band in the same venue in 1971.
The 2016 concerts were in support of Gilmour's fourth solo album, "Rattle That Lock" debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 and at No. 1 in his native UK, among other places.
Directed by Gavin Elder, the 2017 package will be available on 2-CD, Blu-ray, 2-DVD, 4-LP, deluxe Blu-ray box and download. "David Gilmour Live At Pompeii" will debut in more than 2,000 cinemas worldwide on September 13. Watch the videohere.
The first release show will be taking place on October 12th at Bla in Oslo, followed the next night (October 13th) in Bergen at the Garage. The shows will include two unique event posters and the band will be meeting fans at the merch stand.
Enslaved will also be hitting the road this fall to support the new album. The dates will be a mix of headline shows and the band supporting Opeth on their upcoming UK and Ireland tour. See the dates and the album tracklisting below:here.
Kelly had this to say about the new effort, "I was aware of that as we were making it. The guitar riff at the start of 'Firewood and Candles' (the first single/focus track/video) is like a Sunnyboys song.
"Those kind of guitar lines, nothing fancy but really strong, are like the ones Steve Connolly used to play with the Messengers. I can see a lot of parallels to those records I was making then." Watch the videohere.
Though most of the songs from the project were eventually released on other albums, the collection itself never came out. Nonetheless, fan demand for the project has been high, so Young decided to finally give the people what they want. Hitchhiker will come out in its entirety on September 8, and will feature new production by John Hanlon.
In addition to the original versions of songs fans may know, the album also includes the previously unheard songs 'Hawaii" and 'Give Me Strength." Listen to the title trackhere.
The song, "Haunted" just landed on an official Spotify playlist called "Fresh Folk," although I wouldn't classify it as a folk song in the traditional sense. It was written about the end of a marriage engagement. I was in a three-plus-year relationship that was leading towards marriage when the relationship ended. We were engaged, but the wedding/marriage didn't seem to be in the cards at the end of the road. It really seems that it ended for the best, but the fallout of a relationship like that can sometimes be difficult to deal with.
Writing "Haunted" was a means to dealing with that aftermath. The goal was to be honest about how I was feeling at the time without being so specific that no one else could relate to it. I didn't want to name any names, but I wanted to make clear what I was talking about. I also really wanted to find a way of propping myself up on the hope that I got/still get from metaphysical things. Everything that I do is somehow initially based on the faith that I can do it. This includes faith that lead me to lean on something intangible in order to get through a difficult season. There is a feeling of grinning and bearing in the chorus as I tried to weave a bit of humor into it ("Thank God I'm haunted..."). I wanted to experience something a bit cathartic there so that the grinning would eventually overpower the bearing side. Ultimately, this song was an attempt to capture the Southern gothic side of what we do as gospel singers. I think that we were successful in doing this and I'm proud of the recording.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!