Day in Rock Report for 08/17/2017
Today's Day in Rock Stories
Allman, who passed away on May 27 from complications of liver cancer at the age of 69, will be remembered by friends, family and former musical collaborators at events in Los Angeles, CA, Macon, GA and Nashville, TN.
On September 7 - the eve of the album's release - Allman's son, Devon, longtime friend and manager Michael Lehman, Gregg Allman Band guitarist/musical director Scott Sharrard and "Southern Blood" producer Don Was will pay homage to the late rocker with an evening of stories, memories and music at The Clive Davis Theater at The Grammy Museum.
A September 9 event at The Big House Museum in the Allman Brothers Band's adopted hometown of Macon, GA will see Devon Allman, Lehman, Sharrard, and Gregg Allman's closest friend Chank Middleton offer their remembrances of the Southern rock and jam band pioneer.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will declare Allman's birthday, December 8, to be known as "Gregg Allman Day" moving forward, while honoring the musician posthumously with a key to the city.
A September 15 tribute event will take place in Nashville, TN as part of the 18th annual Americanafest: The Americana Music Festival & Conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater. Devon Allman and Michael Lehman will share a stage with musicians Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne, Pony Bradshaw and John Paul White for the evening celebration. Check out the new album's first single "My Only True Friend"here.
The band reports that police in Houston searched their gear while on their current tour in support of their self-titled debut album and members of the band were temporarily placed in police custody during the inspection.
The group says that they are not releasing any additional comments under the advice of legal counsel. The band features Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer/Suicidal Tendencies), Justin Pearson (Retox/The Locust), Mike Patton (Faith No More/Tomahawk) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival of Dead Deer).
They returned to the road on Wednesday for their concert in Austin, TX at Emo's and the tour in support of the recently released album runs until September 23rd where it wraps up in Denver, CO at the Ogden Theatre. See the dateshere.
Blythe spoke with BlackCraft cult clothing at the Chicago Open Air festival and explained why he and the band need a break, "If you just keep on churning out product, your next choices are gonna be informed too much by your previous ones. So I think some time off will give us some time for creative development."
He also explained the timing, "To me, it doesn't really matter what the time is - if it's good, it's bad, it's whatever - it's what has to happen. I personally have to have some time off, or I'm gonna lose my mind."
After Crosby's comments (which were made via Twitter), Ted Nugent took to his Facebook page to fire back at the rock legend and two-time Rock Hall of Fame inductee with the blunt, fiery vitriol we've come to expect from him.
"Everybody knows that David Crosby is an evil rotten soulless punk that has criminally poisoned his bloated carcass his entire vapid life," Nugent wrote. "I couldn't be more proud that such an uncaring dirtbag hates me while he competes with Michael Moore to see who can go the longest without hygiene. Zombie-boy would hurt himself if he tried real rock & roll like mine. Lets all pray he can form a syllable before his borrowed liver fails. I laugh at his pathetic slovenliness as I wrap up the greatest ultra-fun tour of my life." Read morehere.
The veteran band's seventh studio effort will be hitting stores on August 25th and the new visual was conceived by frontman Joshua Homme, directed by Jonas Akerlund, produced by Serial Pictures and filmed on location back in early August.
Homme had this to say, "Dancing and headbanging are truly individualistic expressions of losing oneself fully in appreciation of music-who better to combine these things into a singular vision than someone who's directed Madonna and Lady Gaga videos--and also happens to have been a member of Bathory?" Watch the videohere.
"Ascension Gate" came into being within a time when I was very focused on writing new material for the album. It was a really intense time as I wrote the whole album in a comparatively short time of less than a half year. The music of "Ascension Gate" is inspired by Scandinavian (Death-) Metal and carries a dark and gloomy atmosphere.
My personal inspiration for writing this song was the darkness and melancholy of late autumn and winter when the days are short and the nights seem to swallow everything - even the own thoughts. But still one bears the knowledge that this state is not eternal and the light will xome back sooner or later giving birth to the everlasting circle of life.
In this sentiment one is asking the fundamental question whether death means end and darkness or if there is a possibility to transcend this point.
"Ascension Gate" metaphorically raises the question of the existence of an ulterior world of which everyone who believes in has an individual image in mind. In a slight way the song also criticizes those who are not able to think or speak about death as it is still a taboo in most societies although being a 'normal' thing that every organism including humans have to face one day. All this is comglomerated in a catchy and melodic song.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album
The new album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Deftones, KoRn, Mastodon) and is set to hit stores on October 27th. The band just released the lead single "Novacaine" which can be streamed here.
Frontman Jesse Hasek had this to say, "Six albums and a hundred songs in, I wondered if I've already written my best stuff. But at some point, you start to get real adult problems. You see people go from such optimism in their 20s to having life just beat them down later. I think we all kind of get desensitized and numb to life on some level. That's what this song is about."
The coheadlining trek will be kicking off on October 17th in Pittsburgh, PA at Diesel and is scheduled to wrap up on November 11th with a show in Indianapolis, IN at The Vogue. See the dates
The arena has been closed since May 22nd, when a terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert left 22 people dead and dozens more injured in the attack.
The charity reopening event is set for September 9, and will be headlined by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Support acts include Rick Astley, The Courteeners, Blossoms and poet Tony Walsh. More acts are to be announced. Read morehere.
The short trek is set to kick off on September 7th in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom and will include stops in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Montclair, New Jersey; Huntington, New York; Lewiston, Kentucky; Cleveland, Ohio and will wrap up on September 15th in Detroit, Michigan at The Fillmore.
Corrosion Of Conformity have also announced that they will be appearing at Psycho Las Vegas this weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada which will feature Mastodon, Swans, The Murder City Devils, Cult Of Luna with Julie Christmas, and more. See the Danzig dates
The video for what is billed as a "catchy, '80s new wave-nuanced anthem" can be streamed here and the band also announced a tour to support the new album.
The U.S. trek will begin with an appearance at the Cold Waves VI Festival on October 1st in Chicago, IL at the Metro and will wrap up on October 28th in Milwaukee, WI at The Rave II. See the dateshere.
The clips were captured during the band's performance at The Regent Theater last summer and were produced by Jay Spangler and available via any VR viewer or Google Cardboard. Check them out here.
The band also announced that they will be returning to the Regent Theater on December 29, 2017 as part of a three-day run, co-headlining with the Dwarves. 45 Grave will also perform at the Regent show. Other dates include December 30 in San Diego and December 31 (New Year's Eve) in Mesa, AZ. More details will surface on these dates soon.
The Blood Stained Earth Tour is scheduled to visit 29-cities and will be kicking off on September 1st at Voltage in Philadelphia, PA and will run until October 2nd when it wraps up at Soundstage in Baltimore, MD.
Goatwhore also announced that they will be taking part in this year's Ozzfest Meet Knotfest on November 5th in San Bernardino, Ca that will feature performances from Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson, and more. See the dateshere.
They will be joining the already impressive lineup scheduled to rock the stage at the event including Ice-T's Body Count, Halestorm, Starset and Power Trip as well as a special guest performance from Judas Priest frontman and the Metal God himself Rob Halford.
Anthrax singer Charlie Benante had the following to say, "All of us in Anthrax are honored to be included in this year's Loudwire Music Awards, both as nominees in the Best Live Band category, and with a special performance at the show.
"The Loudwire Music Awards is a celebration of OUR music, and the support that Loudwire has given to all of us in hard rock, metal and thrash is really appreciated. We take pride in our live show as it's always a chance for us to connect with the audience, and we hope to bring the Loudwire Awards to a metalized frenzy with the special live set we're planning." Read more including the list nominees for this year's awardshere.
The release of "Transformation" comes with a music video, which features Morrison performing the song live during a concert at London's Porchester Hall. "From a very early age, I connected with the blues," Morrison explained in a press release about the album's selection of R&B classics.
"The thing about the blues is you don't dissect it–you just do it. I've never over-analysed what I do; I just do it. I was lucky to have met people who were the real thing–people like John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bo Diddley, Little Walter & Mose Allison. I got to hang out with them and absorb what they did. They were people with no ego whatsoever and they helped me learn a lot."
Morrison has a handful of U.S. tour dates scheduled for the fall in support of the new album. See them and the video for "Transformation"here.
For decades, fans would travel to Graceland to remember the King without paying. This year, however, things have changed. The entrance price to walk past Presley's grave is now $28.75 and fans aren't too happy about it.
"I looked forward to going down there this year, and they come up with all this," longtime Presley fan Fred Schwarz told FOX. "I don't want to even go to Memphis anymore. The people running that are not Elvis fans. They are in business. Corporations, they want the bottom line."
On Tuesday evening (August 15), the annual candlelight vigil was held commemorating Presley's death. The vigil runs through Wednesday and this time fans had to purchase an Elvis Week Property Pass wristband to be allowed to walk up the driveway and visit the graves where Presley and his relatives are buried. Read morehere.
"Remember to take a break from the news at some point so your head doesn't fall off your body," the singer tweeted to fans with the video clip. "Here's 'Imagine' on a Casio."
The resulting video finds no less than three pairs of hands jabbing at a keyboard and plunking out a version of the Lennon favorite. Take a break and watch the cliphere.