Day in Rock Report for 12/27/2017
Today's Day in Rock Stories
Vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bass player John Paul Jones are teaming up to work with Reel Art Press to publish an official illustrated book in honor of Led Zeppelin's 50th anniversary. While not too many specifics about the book have dropped yet, a 2018 date for publication has been confirmed.
In other news, as previously reported, Page has dropped the news that unreleased Led Zeppelin material will be unleashed to the world in 2018 in line with Zep's 50th anniversary.
"There'll be Led Zeppelin product coming out for sure that people haven't heard, 'cause I'm working on that," he explained in a video interview with the Academy of Achievement. "Next year will be the 50th year, so there's all manner of surprises coming out." Read morehere.
The band announced the release of the video on social media (via one of their 'Message from The Clergy' posts) saying, "We wish to inform you that this Xmas the masses will have access to view the tour doc that has only been seen by a chosen few last year."
The fifteen-minute video can be streamed here and documents the behind-the-scenes action during the band's Popestar tour of 2016-2017. While none of the band members feature in the video, the story is told through sound engineers, instrument techs, lighting techs, fans and some very unusual costumed characters that are part of Ghost showshere.
The tune was the title track to Deep Purple's eighth album, which served as the group's first project with David Coverdale and bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes; the set peaked at No. 9 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to Gold status in the country for sales of 500,000 copies.
Due January 19, "The Purple Tour (Live)" delivers classic Whitesnake tracks alongside material from the band's tour in support of 2015's "The Purple Album", a project that saw 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."
"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 the new "Burn" video alongside footage of the concert mixed to 5.1 Surround Sound, plus band interviews, and a number of bonus performances not available on the CD or vinyl versions. Read more and watch the videohere.
Jonny Greenwood's latest soundtrack, his score to Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie Phantom Thread, is coming soon. The soundtrack will be available digitally on January 12; the CD will be available February 9 and the vinyl will be available on April 21 to correspond with Record Store Day.
The Phantom Thread soundtrack includes 18 compositions by Greenwood and has been nominated for a Golden Globe. It was recorded in London with a 60-member string orchestra conducted by Robert Ziegler.
Meanwhile, Ed O'Brien has confirmed he's finally actively working on his debut solo album. Producers Flood and Catherine Marks are working on the record and O'Brien is recording with David Bowie drummer Omar Khaki, Michael Jackson bassist/songwriter Nathan East and The Invisible's Dave Okumu. HE recently told Esquire: "We've tracked some stuff and we have some backing tracks and I'm going back into the studio with Flood and Catherine to finish those tracks up and will start some new stuff in the new year. Yes, there are some tour dates being looked at for Radiohead next year. So, I'm very busy at the moment, I've got my head in this record."here.
The band had the following to say, "Our feelings about our album, The Awakening, is that it tackles everything from depression to social-political issues while also shining a light on the darker side of relationships such as heartbreak and betrayal. But with 'Rock The Show,' we wanted to give our audience a chance to step back from their problems by reminding them to enjoy life, if only for these four minutes.
"Rock The Show' is a combination of rock and hip hop with vocals that offer a new twist on the iconic Beastie Boys / House of Pain style of delivery. We just wanted to make it fun." Watch the videohere.
The Red Rocker explains in a new interview with Rolling Stone his idea of how to stage the shows with both singers. "I'd say, 'Dave, you go out and play two songs, then walk off the stage. I walk out, I'll do two songs. I'll walk off, you do two songs.'
"Can you imagine the competition of that? Dave goes out and does 'Jump', and 'Ain't Talkin 'Bout Love'. I go out there and blow out something like 'Good Enough'. You gotta hit it hard, and you better be good. I would give my money to food banks if they would do the same. I would love to give the fans the greatest Van Halen show they could possibly have today. And then say, 'Okay, I still don't like you guys.'" Read morehere.
"We haven't started recording anything," Fortus tells The Stage Left podcast. "I mean, when I say that, as far as in the studio, doing an album. We've been recording a lot of stuff, just ideas, sort of assembling ideas, but not going into a studio and actually tracking a new record."
The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan have revived Guns N' Roses stature with the Not In This Lifetime tour, which began in spring 2016 and recently resumed with the start of a European leg before 80,000 fans at Slane Castle in Ireland.
With North and South American dates scheduled into late November, Fortus was asked if he thought they'd have time to hit the studio at some point.
"Yeah, I do," he says. "It's sort of too good not to happen at this point - that's how I feel about it. This band is really a force right now, and I definitely hope that we do, and I think we're all sort of counting on it, and we're also planning on it.
"The genius of Axl is his ability to assemble songs from different parts and make them feel cohesive as a song. And I've never seen anybody able to do that in the same way." Read morehere.
Schon took to Instagram Sunday (June 4) with the following message that appeared to be directly towards Cain: "I want to be elevated by whom I play with, not feel like I've got cement shoes. If anyone is unhappy they are not running My band, then They should leave."
The comments were featured alongside an image that reads: "My journey hasn't been easy, but I'm still…standing, laughing, forgiving, loving, learning and living. I'm perfectly imperfect and unapologetically me."
Schon got more specific with some follow-up comments (which have since been deleted), writing, "I've stated how I felt about mixing Religion and Politics and how our music is not of 1 religion - Democratic or Republican. This is and has been an issue with myself Mr Cain and his now wife since he married" - a reference to Cain's wife, Pentecostal Christian televangelist Paula White.
"I've had to fight this whole time to protect the Brand I built with Steve Perry way before Gregg and I picked Cain to replace himself when he wanted to retire from the road back then," he added. "Well frankly, I'm tired of having to defend all by myself. [Bassist] Ross [Valory] is no help. I continue to grow and be completely creative and want to take the band Neal Schon's JRNY on an exciting new trip musically.
"Yes we will always have all hits to play But there must be musical growth also. I also need to surround myself with people that care as I do. I'll never stop."
Schon also added a comment to another Instagram post featuring a live image of the guitarist and singer Arnel Pineda that reads: "We all come from somewhere - some of us remember - I do. Thank you Carlos and Gregg", referring to his days with keyboardist Gregg Rolie in Carlos Santana's band before the pair started Journey in 1973. Read Cain's apparent response and some following up posts from Arnelhere.
Vedder was interviewed on SiriusXM's new Beatles channel and recalled the incident where McCartney punched him in the face by accident while he telling a story of hitting someone.
The radio network shared a clip from the interview with a photo of Vedder and the quote "I was fortunate enough to be with Paul McCartney in the corner of a hotel bar."
Then came the fateful punch as Vedder explains (via Radio.com), "Paul McCartney just hit me in the face, and it hurt. I think I remember tasting a bit of blood."
"He apologized, quickly" Vedder revealed in laughing manner. "And I remember it hurt for a few days. And, I remember when it went away, when the pain finally subsided and the swelling went down, I kind missed it." Watch the cliphere.
It all started when Kroeger accused Stone Sour of being "Nickelback Lite" and called into question Taylor's ability to write a hit song. Corey originally responded last week and again spoke out against Chad during his appearance at the Pain in the Grass festival this past weekend.
Taylor was asked about the feud during the event and responded (via Loudwire), "I'm not talking about that d**khead. Why do I give a s*** what Chad Kroeger says?"
The questioner then said, "Chad Kroeger poking at you is like asking a criminal, 'Why are you robbing me?' Like he's going to turn around and be nice to you." Taylor responded, "I'll tell you what. This is how I figured it out. Chad Kroeger is to rock what KFC is to chicken. Is that wrong? I feel like I'm not wrong."
Blackmore spoke with The Guardian and was asked why Rainbow has gone through over two dozen members and he responded, "I've been told it's because I don't pay anybody. I don't see why that should make a difference. If you're into music, you should do it for nothing. In fact, that's the way the music business is going, isn't it? I thought artists were expected to play for nothing."
When the writer then said that "That really doesn't make being a globe-straddling, internationally successful band sound like much fun," Blackmore revealed "I try not to have fun. I work very hard at not having fun."
He then explained, "I don't think the world is a fun place. I'm very content in my own mind, in a way, but fun, I'm not too sure about. I don't quite know what fun is. I don't know why I should walk around with a perpetual grin on my face, saying everything's wonderful.
"I just don't fit into the 'fun' area," he continues. "A lot of musicians go: 'Oh, that was fun.' Well, I like to think that music is very serious, and it's not fun. I'm not one of these guys that likes jamming with people and having fun; music is too serious, and I don't feel like I can relate if I'm having fun. It's hard work and it's really gratifying to do, but fun? Fun is something where someone tells a joke and they laugh for 10 seconds. Music's much deeper than that."
The band took the stage at the music festival on Sunday night (June 4th) which marked their first New York performance in a decade and Keenan called out what he believes is the real enemy in today's toxic political environment.
He told the crowd (according to Radio.com, "I've got some good news and I've got some bad news. I'm just gonna tell you both of them at the same time.
"Fox News, Huffington Post, the left, the right, Trump, Breitbart, Facebook - none of these things are your enemy. Your enemy is ignorance. That's the fight. If you disagree with that, this next song's for you." The band then performed the title track to their 1992 debut EP 'Opiate'."
His official Facebook published the following statement on Thursday, "We unfortunately have to announce that Phil Collins' performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London will be postponed tonight (June 8) and tomorrow (June 9).
"Phil suffers from 'drop foot' as a result of a back operation which makes it difficult to walk. He rose in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and slipped in his hotel room, hitting his head in the fall on a chair. He was taken to hospital where he had stitches for a severe gash on his head close to his eye and is recovering well. He will be kept under observation for 24 hours." Read morehere.
Three baby capybaras -- large South American rodents -- have been named Rush's Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart , following a poll conducted by the Friends of High Park Zoo. More than 44,800 votes were cast in the poll, and more than 32,500 of those votes went to name the capybaras after the first names of the Rush members.
"We are thrilled to hear that 3 cute little furry creatures from South America now bear our names at High Park Zoo in Toronto!" Lee stated on Rush's Instagram page. "Thanks to all who voted to give us this special honour! By the way, which one is me? In the picture I saw none of them were wearing glasses."
The capybara triplets are a favorite among High Park Zoo attendees. The triplets were born just in February. Read morehere.
"Two days ago I was with Ace, who's not in the band - he used to be in the band three different times - and we wrote two songs," Simmons recently told Minnesota's 92 KQRS. "He asked me to write for his next solo record. So I went over to his place, way out in the desert some place, and we wrote two things."
Frehley had previously invited the KISS bassist to participate in his 2016 all-star covers album, "Origins Vol. 1", but the pair failed to connect at the time. The project did feature a reunion with former KISS bandmate Paul Stanley, as well as guest appearances by Slash, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, John 5 and Lita Ford. Read morehere.
Cornell's death was officially ruled a suicide and the singer's widow believes that an anti-anxiety drug, which has a rare side effect of suicidal thoughts, played a part in his death.
Sheehan was asked about his reaction to Cornell's death during an interview with Metal Wani and he responded, "I was quite angry about it, 'cause I do believe, and this is just one man's opinion, based on what I've seen in media… I believe his wife bringing this up that the pharmaceutical situation in the world is so dreadful and so many people are dying because they mistakenly take two, or they forget they took one and they take another one, or they forget to take it and they go into withdrawals." Read morehere.
Perry explained the evolution of the band's thoughts on retirement to NME. "We thought it was gonna be a good idea when we first started plotting the European run.
"We're gonna do South America and the States for five months and we thought 'well, we're getting near the end here, we don't know when the tour is gonna end but we know there'll be a last gig of this tour. We all have lives outside of the band. We grew up together, went from being kids in the apartment to a long and storied career, so we thought 'it's time.'"
"Then we were in South America doing interviews and we couldn't f**** say it, that there was gonna be a last gig. We were looking at each other going 'really? Are we really gonna say this is the farewell tour?' So we kinda changed our minds.
"Will the band be together in a year? We'll do everything we can to make sure it is but God may have other plans. Judging by how he's treated us over the last 48 years I'd like to think he's gonna let us see 50 but you can't guarantee that."
During the band's concert in Tilburg, Holland on Monday night (June 12) Moody reportedly missed the first songs of the performance and then later told the audience, "This is my last show with Five Finger Death Punch."
The band's statement cites Moody's 'struggles with substance abuse' as the reason for replacing him. The singer had this to say, "I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that I have fallen off the wagon again. I was on shaky ground prior to our performance in Tilburg, and although a lot of the events of that show were out of my control, the shame of not delivering pushed me over the edge. " Read morehere.
The unusual mashup of the early 1980s classics was made by Nightmare Lyra and also includes samples from Anthrax's "Caught In A Mosh", Judas Priest's Painkiller" and Billy Idol's "White Wedding."
As of Sunday night (June 18th) the video had been streamed just under 606,000 times, just a few thousand away from the 'Number Of The Beast'. Nightmare Lyra explained where the inspiration came from: "Was playing some riffs on my Ukulele the other day and suddenly I realized The Trooper and Beat It were surprisingly similar. Then I decided I had to make this." Stream ithere.
Long before it became a trend to record covers albums, Metallica released their first collection of tribute recordings with "The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Revisited" thirty years this August.
In 1998 they went even bigger with the release of "Garage, Inc", followed the next year by their "S&M" album, which was a live performance recorded with The San Francisco Symphony.
Hammett was asked about the idea of the band revisited those types of projects during an interview with 105.7 The Point (via Metal Injection). He responded, "That would be nice. I don't believe we've done something like that since, I guess, around the Load, Reload, Garage Days Re-Revisited, S&M kind of period where there was just like a real concentrated period of output."
Trucks addressed the idea the remaining band members reuniting in an interview). He said, "You can't have an Allman Brothers gig without an Allman brother. I've heard people try to argue that you can, but I'm not buying it.
"If Duane's not there, Gregg certainly better be there. There are a few bands out there right now that are using names that maybe shouldn't be. That's another discussion." Read morehere.
"Around 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning, we smelled smoke and woke up to our guitarist Tyler telling all of us to get out and there was a fire," Yves Mathieu-East, a crew member for Being As An Ocean, told St. Louis Today. 'We all rushed out. No shirt, no shoes. Everything went up in flames."
Band members lost laptops, passports, money and jewelry in the fire. Their instruments were stored in a trailer behind the bus and were unharmed by the fire. Both bands canceled a gig at the Tennessee State Fair to recuperate from the losses. Read morehere.