Day in Rock Report for 12/12/2017
Today's Day in Rock Stories
"I'm proud to announce that I'm going to be doing a Benefit for Fire victims in CA," says Schon. "Back to the roots where it all started for myself in SF the beautiful city by the Bay."
Dubbed "Neal Schon's Journey Through Time", the February 9 event at The Independent in San Francisco, CA will see the rocker joined by former Journey members Gregg Rolie on keyboards and drummer Deen Castronovo, as well as bassist Marco Mendoza and keyboardist John Varn.
Schon recently released his first-ever holiday EP. The four-song set includes "Ave Maria," "Can't Help Falling In Love" and instrumental renditions of Journey hits "Open Arms" and "Faithfully." Read morehere.
The all-day affair will feature appearances from Interpol, Goldfrapp, Slowdive, Ride, Editors, Twilight Sad and more acts to be revealed at a later date.
The Cure will headline with a two-hour set, which we're guessing will just be the warm-up for another two-hour set. See the official event poster and ticket detailshere.
More importantly, Morello revealed that Tool was nice enough to play him some of the new music that they've been working on. "Had the honor of being the first outsider to hear new Tool music today!!," Morello shared. "Still just instrumentals but sounded epic, majestic, symphonic, brutal, beautiful, tribal, mysterious, deep, sexy and VERY Tool. Really great. So excited to hear the record when it's finished."
There is still no indication when fans can expect to get their first dose of new Tool music, but from the looks of things, it is actually in the works. See Morello's post
Here's another big honor: Both sales totals mark the highest single-week sales numbers for an album by any rock artist in 2017. A portion of the sales numbers for Songs of Experience were included in a promotion that bundled the record with tickets for U2's 2018 Experience + Innocence Tour.
Songs of Experience is the companion set to 2014's Songs of Innocence, which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 upon its release. The No. 1 showing for U2's Songs of Experience makes U2 the first band to ever achieve No. 1 records in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. They join three artists who have also achieved that tally: Bruce Springsteen, Janet Jackson and Barbra Streisand.here.
A new teaser trailer for the doc captures the legendary rock icon at various stages throughout his career, with Bowie himself providing voice-overs for much of the clip. The doc focuses on the artist's final pair of studio albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, as well as the stage production, Lazarus.
"Always go a little further into the water than you feel you're capable of being in and when you don't feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you're just about in the right place to do something exciting," Bowie can be heard saying at one point during the trailer.
The Last Five Years Check out the teaser below. Read morehere.
The four-minute sound collage packed with song snippets, sound effects and disjointed word flashes including "Abulia" and "Papillon," which may or may not be song titles from White's anticipated new album.
Wild bursts of guitar explode next to calming piano passages and disjointed beats throughout the new video, which has generated a variety of puzzled responses from fans.
"I have no idea what I just watched, but I am excited and loving it," shared on YouTube viewer. "Can't wait for the new album." Watch the cliphere.
Billed as "Joe Perry And Friends", the event lands three days before the January 19 release of the record and will see the rocker perform a mix of new music, Aerosmith tracks and covers.
"Sweetzerland Manifesto" sees Perry collaborating with guest vocalists Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, David Johansen and Terry Reid, and others including Johnny Depp, Zak Starkey, and his own sons Tony and Roman Perry.
Peery's first full studio record since 2009's "Have Guitar, Will Travel" was recorded at Studio 1480 in Los Angeles and produced by the guitarist and Bruce Witkin, with Depp serving as executive producer and additional help from longtime Aerosmith associate Jack Douglas, who co-wrote and co-produced a number of tracks.
"Sweetzerland Manifesto" is being previewed with the lead track "Aye, Aye, Aye", featuring Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander. "Being friends and fans of each other for 40 years, Robin and I had always talked about writing together," Perry tells Rolling Stone. "I was in L.A. working on my newest solo record and Robin was in town with Cheap Trick and called me with an idea for a song. He sang the chorus over the phone which was all he had at the time. I dug it and said, 'Hell yeah, come on up.'
"This song turned out to be one of two tracks on the album I hadn't written the music for before. Robin came up to Sweetzerland and six hours later 'Aye, Aye, Aye' was born. The song moved along as fast as a ride on a Japanese bullet train. In fact, we were able to track it live that night." Listen to the songhere.
The new book will serve as a sequel of sorts to the massive 1996 autobiography, which was eventually turned into the big-screen blockbuster, What's Love Got to Do with It.
Turner's new book will mark her 60th year as an entertainer, and cover a range of topics, including a previously unrevealed "life-threatening illness" (via EW). Read morehere.
"My plan is a lo-fi album that will be my lowest-selling, but most loved," Sheeran told The Times. "I only heard Springsteen recently. I was with Kit [Harington] from Game Of Thrones.
"We had a night out in New York, got back to his hotel to drink more, and he played 'Atlantic City.' Then, when I heard Nebraska'" Sheeran didn't go into any more detail about the record. Read morehere.
In what is known these days as a 'side hustle,' Greenwood is also a critically-acclaimed composer of film scores, having crafted background music for films like There Will Be Blood, The Master, Inherent Vice (all directed by Paul Thomas Anderson), as well as, Bodysong, We Need To Talk About Kevin and Norwegian Wood. His score for There Will Be Blood was described by Rolling Stone as "a sonic explosion that reinvented what film music could be" while the legendary Hans Zimmer described it as, "recklessly, crazily beautiful."
His latest score for the film Phantom Thread (another Paul Thomas Anderson film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis) has now been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Score. Read morehere.
Osbourne took part in a campaign from the End The Silence campaign by charity Hope And Homes For Children where they asked music stars to reflect on songs that made an impact on them in their youth.
Ozzy selected the Beatles classic "She Loves You" and explained (via Classic Rock), "That song changed my life. She Loves You had such an impact on me. I remember exactly where I was. I was walking down Witton Road in Aston, I had a blue transistor radio and when that song came on I knew from then on what I wanted to do with my life.
"This was so brand new and it gave me a great feeling. Then I became an avid Beatles fan - they were great. I owe my career to them because they gave me the desire to want to be in the music game."
Friedman released the new studio effort this past summer and this new music video uses candid family home videos and photos from the Friedman family to the guitarist journey from average kid to an acclaimed musician.
He had the following to say, "Once you've grown up in this complicated world, it's easy to forget the simpler times that were so important in making you who you are now, as well as the people in your family who put up with all of the loud music, smoke and noise coming from your bedroom, and all the other BS that you put them through.
"With this video, rather than looking at how much of a goofy kid I was, I hope that it inspires you to think about your own family or whoever was closest to you when you were just starting out in the world." Watch the videohere.
The band has released an online stream of the brand new song "Space Gun" which is also the title track to their brand new album that is set to be released on March 23rd. Listen to it here.
Robert Pollard and company still have a handful of live dates this year including a New Year Year's Eve show at the Empty Bottle in Chicago and have already revealed some dates for a spring tour in support of the new album. See the album tracklisting and all of the announced tour dateshere.
The band is aiming for a release next summer and they are working on the new record with Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God and Gojira) who has previously work with Max Cavalera with the Soulfly leader's other band Killer Be Killed.
Cavalera had the following to say in a recent interview, "I'm actually writing right now. I'm collecting the riffs right now and getting the ideas. I'm excited, because I think the album will have a little bit of a return to some tribal sounds that I haven't done since 'Prophecy'." Read morehere.