Day in Rock Report for 12/06/2017
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The 13-track project - which includes 10 unreleased tunes - marks the third volume in a trilogy from the guitar icon's archive, following 2010's "Valleys Of Neptune" and 2013's "People, Hell And Angels."
Many of the album's tracks were recorded by the Band Of Gypsys, Hendrix's trio with Buddy Miles and Billy Cox. Johnny Winter appears on "Things I Used To Do"; original Jimi Hendrix Experience members Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding are featured on "Hear My Train A Comin'"; and Lonnie Youngblood appears on "Georgia Blues."
"Both Sides Of The Sky" was produced by Eddie Kramer alongside John McDermott and Janie Hendrix, the guitarist's sister and president of Experience Hendrix.
"Jimi's true home was the studio - that's where the music and the magic happened," says Kramer. "He loved everything about recording, and it's been my distinct pleasure and an honor to play a part in that process both then and now.
"The first thing is you put the tape on and you listen to it and the hairs just stand up right on the back of your neck and you go, 'Oh my God. This is too (expletive) incredible. It's an incredible thing. Forty, 50 years later here we are and I'm listening to these tapes going, 'Oh my God, that's an amazing performance.'"
"It was amazing just to watch him in the studio or live," adds Kramer. "The brain kicks off the thought process - it goes through his brain through his heart and through his hands and onto the guitar, and it's a seamless process. It's like a lead guitar and a rhythm guitar at the same time, and it's scary. There's never been another Jimi Hendrix, at least in my mind." Read morehere.
"Fun fact- When your husband dies by suicide, the LA County Coroner's office will PARAPHRASE your private conversation with them to dramatize and sensationalize the story and then SCUMBAG FILTH like TMZ post it for the world to feast on," Bennington's wife posted to Twitter. "It was redacted to protect all the kids!!"
"And now I get to go pull my 11 yr old out of school- because all the kids can use their phones at lunch-to be the first to tell him what REALLY happened in Nov.," she added, referencing son Tyler Lee Bennington. "Thanks again to SCUMBAG reporting. F— you, TMZ." Read morehere.
The band announced their June 2018 return to the country via Twitter on Wednesday (Dec 6th), they tweeted "UK, you've been amazing! We'll be coming back to see you all again in June for our only UK shows of 2018."
Frontman Corey Taylor added, "We're excited to return to the UK for a second time in support of Hydrograd. These are Stone Sour's only UK dates in 2018 and we're happy to include two cities we didn't play in December. Stone Sour are building towards our future, so come out in June and have a f***ing good time with us!"
The new dates will include stops in Manchester, London and Nottingham and follow their upcoming North American tour plans which include a coheadlining tour with Halestorm and some headline shows that will feature support from Red Sun Rising and The Dead Deads. Read morehere.
Mayer tweeted fans, "Thank you everyone for the well wishes. Had surgery yesterday and woke up to see some amazingly kind and loving tweets. I'm so sorry that we couldn't finish out the last few dates of the tour. This band and these shows mean the world to me. Love you all dearly."
Dead & Company also updated fans. The Grateful Dead offshoot shared the following updates, "The Dead & Company concerts scheduled for Dec. 7 in Orlando, Florida and Dec. 8 in Sunrise, Florida, in addition to the Dec. 5 show in New Orleans, are postponed." Read morehere.
They are giving fans an early taste of what is to come with the release of the lyric video for the new album's first single "Bless The Blues" which can be streamed online here.
The group includes Def Leppard's Phil Collen, Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo, Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Buble & Gregory Hines), and Forrest Robinson (drummer for Joe Sample & The Crusaders, India.Arie & TLC). See the tracklistinghere.
"Grip Shoes" is without a doubt one of my favourite songs I have been a part of. We had started to write our second album and made some instrumental demos prior to a tour we had in the fall of 2016. Grip Shoes immediately stuck out me, specifically the guitar melody in the chorus. I must have listened to the demo a hundred times during that tour, working and developing the vocals. Once the tour was over I started vocal pre-pro and developed the whole song, turning what we had into the song it is today.
Depending on the feel of the song, I'll either opt to write the melody first, lyrics second, or vice versa; "Grip Shoes" is a rare instance where it was a mix of both. The chorus was all feel, while I wrote the lyrics then the melody for the verses. The lyrics were inspired by the actions of a close friend of mine, as well as an introspective, existential look at myself. I think all of us can be overwhelmed, procrastinate and let life pass us by. I think in writing these lyrics, it was a wake up call to myself to push myself and do more with what I have.
The song was in a fairly finished state before going into the studio, but we still didn't have a bridge that we felt did justice to the rest of the song. Our producer, Forrester Savell, Dez (guitarist), and myself probably spent a little under an hour coming up with something that gave the song a quick, frantic, and emotional relief, which after weeks of searching for the right part was extremely rewarding. Towards the end of the recording process Forrester wanted to revisit the outro, adding a makeshift choir (all the guys in the studio) to add an extra layer of grandeur and spiritual finale to the song. I think the subject matter is something we could all relate to, and it was great to have everyone in the studio be part of that.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the albumright here!
Each of the Fan Vote winners will receive an extra vote in the Official Vote by Rock Hall members. Judas Priest are among 19 nominees vying for induction into the 2018 Rock Hall.
"This is our Oscars," Priest frontman Rob Halford tells Billboard. "When the nominations come up and the inductions come up, you often wonder that it would feel like if you were able to be on stage at that moment making an acceptance speech and particularly having the pleasure to be in the company of all the other musicians and industry people.
"So, yeah, if we do get in it will be an absolute dream-come-true moment. Fingers crossed, as they say." Read morehere.
The clip features frontman Aaron Bruno and company hanging out an old roadside bar when a gang of bikers comes in for drinks. It's not long before the scene descends into a chaotic fight that spills out onto the dirt road. Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, producer Rick Rubin and tattoo artist Dr. Woo have cameos in the visual.
"I've always wanted to make a video at The Old Place with all of my friends and showcase the spirit of old California," Bruno said of the video's real-life location in Agoura Hills, CA, in a press statement.
"It's pretty awesome when you get to film a bar brawl, but when you have free reign to shoot it at your local watering hole with all of your friends, that's just a recipe for a good time and a great outcome!," added Riley Harper, the video's director. Watch the videohere.
The clip stars Harry and Jett as anchors on a fictitious cable news show while a barrage of cultural commentary flashes across the screen over the hectic, throwback pop-punk track. "We wanted to comment on the bizarre state of media and news in the current political 'idiocracy' we are watching play out in real time and create our own news channel that dealt with current issues such as the environmental collapse, fossil fuels, bee population decline, global warming, sexism, patriarchy, Trump and Russia, feminism, consumerism, the marketing of war and more," Harry said in a press statement.
"Blondie – Debbie, Chris, Clem and everybody have been my friends for more decades than I care to admit," Joan Jett added. "They have their own style and were pioneers of the modern age of punk and rock. I am so proud to have been invited to contribute to 'Doom or Destiny', I love the music and I love the message."
"In trying times, we try harder," Blondie's Chris Stein shared. "Politics have become the new pop culture phenomena, but it seems the current landscape of music videos has so little to do with true protest or some kind of social message. It can be truthful, but irreverent, fun and funny. The punk style protest is somewhat removed from today's modern music." Watch the videohere.
The multi-format set delivers classic Whitesnake tracks alongside material from the band's tour in support of 2015's "The Purple Album", a project that saw frontman David Coverdale re-record classic songs from the Deep Purple Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on - including 1974's "Burn" and "Stormbringer", and 1975's "Come Taste The Band."
Coverdale was joined on the tour by a lineup that included guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin, drummer Tommy Aldridge and keyboardist Michele Luppi.
The singer explains there was never any intention to compete against the original recordings. "We just wanted to play the damn songs," says Coverdale. "Each member of the band. brought their incredible individual talents and a real band identity to this music. We've all done the best we can with this project with respect to the music, and the legacy of Deep Purple Mk3 and Mk4."
"The Purple Tour (Live)" will be available as CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray sets, as well as double-LP, single CD, and digital versions The double-disc collection also includes video footage of the concert mixed to 5.1 Surround Sound, plus band interviews, a new music video for "Burn", and a number of bonus performances not available on the CD or vinyl versions. Watch the trailerhere.
Reggie and the Full Effect, Have Mercy, and Household will be opening for Senses Fail when they hit the road in late February in support of their forthcoming album "If There Is A Light, It Will Find You," which is set to be released on February 16th.
The tour is scheduled to kick off on February 27th in Santa Ana, CA at The Observatory and will be concluding on March 31st in Las Vegas, NV at the Brooklyn Bowl. See the dateshere.
"Just clearing this up: TMZ erroneously printed CB had MDMA in his system when he passed," Shinoda wrote. "That was incorrect, they misread the report. They have since corrected their piece, see below. I hope other publications have the decency to do the same."
The TMZ story now indicates that the initial test that detected MDMA was determined to be a false positive: "According to the autopsy and toxicology results obtained by TMZ, the Linkin Park singer's blood also tested 'presumptive positive' for MDMA… based on one test," reads the revision. "Two subsequent tests did not detect the drug, and the ultimate conclusion was Chester was not under the influence of drugs when he died." Read morehere.
Previewed with the lead single, "Lights Out", "How Did We Get So Dark?" was recorded in Brussels, Belgium with producer Joylon Thomas and London, UK with co-producer Tom Dalgety.
The group experimented with new sounds and techniques for the follow-up to their smash 2014 self-titled debut. "One thing we learned," Kerr tells the BBC, "is we have quite a delicate sound and once you add things - the wrong things - our whole sound sort of shrivels. Or it capsizes and it doesn't sound like us anymore. We've realized a lot of the identity of our music is when me and Ben play together.
"Even the backing vocals - we did try having girls come in and sing, but it just didn't work. It had to be my voice. It had to be just about me and Ben." Watch their new videohere.
Bon Jovi received 1,162,146 fan votes, Moody Blues were in second with 947,795 and Dire Straits received 613,749. The Cars came in fourth with 552,733 and rounding off the top five were Judas Priest with 538,508 fan votes, reports Ultimate Classic Rock.
The fan votes don't actually determine which nominees will be inducted into the Rock Hall. In fact, the fan votes collectively count as just one of the approximately 800 ballots that figure into the inductee selection process — each of the top five acts receives one vote. However, the fan vote has been a good litmus test for past winners. Kiss, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chicago and Journey all topped past Hall of Fame fan votes. Read morehere.
As for the other Ozzy 2018 date, that's the Welcome to Rockville festival, which is scheduled for April 27 through 29, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. That's a lot of metal love for the Sunshine State.
The 2018 Fort Rock festival will also feature Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet for My Valentine, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and Hollywood Undead, to name a handful.
The Fort Rock performance is part of Ozzy's official farewell tour, which will run into 2020. "People keep asking me when I'm retiring," Osbourne said in an official statement. "This will be my final world tour, but I can't say I won't do some shows here and there."here.
The CD package sports the original Gardening Club cover and includes a 24 page illustrated lyric booklet, created especially for this re-release by musician/artist, Martin Springett.
Says Martin, "I am thrilled that this music is finally seeing the light of day. I felt at the time that it was special, the perfect marriage of my art and music, influenced as I was by all the classic Prog music of my youth, and the wonderfully over the top and imaginative packaging. I have been in Canada for many years now, but as many listeners have told me, I have retained my 'English sound.'" More details on the bandhere.