Day in Rock Report for 01/09/2017
Today's Day in Rock Stories
The three tunes were first issued last fall on the Original Cast Recording of the Broadway musical, "Lazarus", a production featuring Bowie's music that was inspired by Walter Tevis' novel The Man Who Fell To Earth; the musician previously starred in the 1976 film adaptation of the same name that was directed by Nicolas Roeg.
A year ago, Bowie released his 25th album, "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday - just two days before his passing from liver cancer on January 10, 2016.
"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer," read the official statement delivered via the singer's social media sites. "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."
Following his passing, Bowie's "Blackstar" debuted at No. 1 on the UK charts and a total of 10 of his records landed in his native country's Top 40.Watch the videohere.
"Well, I had the treatment when I got back from (our tour of) South America," Iommi tells Planet Rock. "I went in for the throat operation - they found a lump at the back of my sinus in the throat and we had to have it checked in case it may have been cancerous.
"But it turns out it wasn't, which I found out on Christmas Day, which is brilliant! So far (I'm all good). I daren't say that - I'll probably fall down the stairs now!"
The guitarist shared the update while speaking with the UK radio station about "How Good It Is", a new song that he has just released with the Birmingham Cathedral Choir. Read morehere.
The Times reports principal band members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice and the estate of Jon Lord have filed a lawsuit in London's High Court accusing Rao of siphoning off up to £4 million in royalties from their financial companies, HEC Enterprises and Deep Purple (Overseas) Ltd.
The High Court have frozen Rao's assets after he admitted "borrowing" or "lending" at least £2.27 million of the company's money. Only £477,000 has been recovered to date, while both companies went into administration (bankruptcy) a year ago.
The funds were discovered missing during a review of the group's books after former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore sued the companies last year, alleging that he was owed £750,000 in unpaid royalties. Read morehere.
Whitford recently spoke with Metal Express Radio about the band's not-so-impending retirement and told the outlet that they may tour for several years and may also record some new music.
"We really are calling it the Farewell Tour but it's going to probably take us between the next three to five years as we plan on touring the States, South America, Europe and Japan and wherever else, so it's going to take a while.
He had the following to say about the possibility of new music, "We're at the talking stage of doing some more music. It's quite hard right now as Steven [Tyler] is out on the road with his band. We had a talk a few weeks back about going into the studio. When that'll happen, though, I'm not sure. We certainly have plenty of ideas." Check out the full interviewhere.
Joel has announced additional stadium and arena dates including the very first concert that will be taking place at the Atlanta Braves new stadium SunTrust park on April 28th.
The legendary music icon will be kicking off his 2017 live action this Wedneday (Jan 11) at Madison Square Garden in New York City and has announced dates that run through September 9th where he will stage a concert at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pa. Read morehere.
"Power, glory, rock n roll with a whole lotta soul," says frontman Ricky Warwick. "You gotta testify or say goodbye. Tell me no secrets, tell me no lies. Get up on the stand look me straight in the eye. You gotta testify or say goodbye... Kinda says it all, really!"
The tune follows the project's lead single, "When The Night Comes In", as the second preview of "Heavy Fire", due out February 3. Black Star Riders recorded album number three just outside of Nashville, TN with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Mastodon).
"Not many new bands get to record three albums these days," explains guitarist Scott Gorham. "Without doubt this is BSR'S best album so far. We had a great time recording it and can't wait to play the new songs live on tour in March."
The band will launch the record with a tour of the UK and Ireland that begins in Cardiff, Wales on March 2. Watch the videohere.
Joining Densmore and Krieger were family members of the late Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison as the city honored the group by proclaiming January 4 as the "Day Of The Doors" with a proclamation from Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin during a public event at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues, the location of the iconic "Venice" sign.
"Well, it's 50 years of The Doors," said Krieger. "We started right here in Venice and we're ending up right here in Venice too so it's all a cycle, you know?"
"The ocean is just right out there and that's where Jim got the idea to write the song Moonlight Drive," recalled Densmore. "So then we went to Hollywood and made it, but our roots are here."
Frontman Morrison died under suspicious circumstances in Paris, France in 1971 at the age of 27, and keyboardist Manzarek died from bile duct cancer in Rosenheim, Germany in 2013 at 74.
Remembering their fallen bandmates, Krieger explained, "You know you cannot say what Jim would have done or said because he always would do something different, but I bet you he would've been here and he would've dug it and I think he would've been proud."
"I'm sure Ray would've loved it," added Densmore. "He was always working the band, and this is great."
Following the ceremony - which included a ceremonial lighting of the Venice sign and the band's logo - Krieger and Densmore ran through a version of the band's classic, "L.A. Woman", as the crowd cheerfully sang along. Watch video from the eventhere.
Megadeth Boot Camp will feature an acoustic performance by the band along with fireside stories from the road; guitar, bass and drum lessons, and a jam session; an off-site wine tasting with Mustaine, and more.
"It's gonna be at my estate in California," Mustaine tells Q104.3 New York's Jonathan Clarke. "I still have my home in California. I live in Tennessee full time now, but I still [have a home] in California. It has a vineyard on it, it's got a river running through it, a two-hundred-year-old oak-tree-farm kind of area - real neat. And we're gonna invite all the fans. They come the first night. We kind of get to know everybody, and then we'll have dinner and have a wine tasting.
"And then the next day is all clinics all day long - how to play guitar, how to play bass, how to play drums, how to write lyrics… And then we're gonna have the brewmaster from Unibroue [who collaborated with Mustaine on the official Megadeth beer À Tout Le Monde], he's gonna be there. We're gonna have a couple of other people there. The producer that worked on the record with me. We're gonna be recording in my studio there. We're gonna have the original track to 'Symphony Of Destruction'. Anybody that wants to can go in there and sing the original lyrics over 'Symphony Of Destruction', make their own version to take home with them. That's like a side thing; that's not included in the pack. And then that night, we'll have dinner and beer."
"Saturday morning," continues Mustaine, "(bassist) David Ellefson - as a guy that's got twenty-five years in a twelve-step program - is gonna do a meditational program that morning. And then Sunday, since he's pastor - some people would question that - he's gonna be doing a little non-denominational church service for us on Sunday morning. And then we're gonna do some more clinics and stuff like that.
"And Saturday night, we're gonna have like a s'mores party, and we're gonna sit around storytelling and stuff like that. And then Sunday, before we leave, we're gonna try and get all two hundred people to play 'Symphony Of Destruction' together and have this two-hundred-person army of acoustic guitars playing. 'Cause I figure somebody out of that two hundred is gonna know how to play it right, and they'll drown out the ones that don't." Read morehere.
In addition to the group's upcoming tour-which runs from mid-February through mid-July-Schon is working on three other projects: a collaborative album with drummer-producer Narada Michael Walden, an avant garde "techno" album, and, most notably, a stripped-down blues record with Joe Bonamassa producer Kevin Shirley. "Blues is where my roots are," he said, "so at the end of the [Journey] tour, I'm going to set aside some time to head into the studio and knock it out."
Speaking with Guitar World, Schon was also asked if he ever thought Journey would one day be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I didn't really think about it," he said. "We were up about 17 years ago, and when we weren't nominated, I kind of forgot about it. One of the main things that got us in was our fans voting so hard. The fans and the music are the main things for me. They spoke and the Hall listened. It's an honor to be in there and get the nod for some of the staples and cement we've made." Read morehere.
It will be a significant milestone for RSD. It was created in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees, and since 2008 has grown massively. RSD now includes 1,400 participating independent stores in the U.S. and thousands more globally. While the major labels have since joined the celebration, independent labels remain the crux of RSD, providing 60 percent of the official releases in 2015.
Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes was named the first RSD ambassador - after coining the idea - in 2009. Since then, RSD ambassadors have included Josh Homme, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Jack White, Chuck D and Dave Grohl. Metallica served as RSD ambassadors in 2016, performing a set at Rasputin and releasing a live CD, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!, to raise money for charity.
Although that was also a CD release, the success of RSD has reflected the growth in recent years of music on vinyl. It's happened in the U.K and also in the U.S. Read morehere.
The new effort will follow their 2013 self-titled album and will feature the return of original drummer Zac Farro. Haley had the following to say: "about a year ago, we began writing & demoing songs for #5. following up our self-titled album didn't seem like it was going to be an easy task and, unsurprisingly, it was not.
"the problem about comparing yourself to... yourself... is that even though it's better than looking elsewhere, you're still looking in the wrong direction. for me, it wasn't until i trusted that the past is finished with me that i could go looking for what's next. our pasts can be a great comforter, or a horror movie; a noose, or a shield... but it is 'past' for a reason. after a rest, we have to go looking for what's supposed to come after that. - h" See the posthere.
The tour is scheduled to kick off on March 10th in Portland, Or at the Bossanova and will be concluding on March 29th in Grand Rapids, MI at The Stache.
Norma Jean had the following to say about the trek, "We're very excited to announce The Polar Similar Tour and our first headlining US dates since the release of the new album." See the dateshere.
The tour will feature support from Crowbar and Havok and is set to kick off on February 22nd in Santa Ana, Ca at the Observatory and will conclude on March 11th in Salt Lake City, UT at the Complex.
The band released the new album back in September and it is the first Suicidal Tendencies release to feature Slayer legend Dave Lombardo on drums. See the tour dateshere.
He had the following to say about hitting the road, "I'm thrilled to be coming over to tour the UK and Europe this month and February. My band will now be a four piece. On guitar is Søren Andersen, on drums Pontus Engborg, and on keyboards Jay Boe.
"Song selections will be a mix from my new album Resonate, and from my well of historic songs through the decades. This tour is all about ROCK and what it means to us all, including my band, and to my fans and friends. Let's get 2017 going with a killer night for ROCK lovers, movers and shakers. I'm in. Let's go! See you down the front!" Read more and see the dateshere.
"Champion deals with the concept that we are what we eat, not just our physical health but our soul's well-being," says Dan Reed. "It's about surrounding ourselves with people that feed our dreams, support and push us to be more creative, more alive, and to enjoy the ride."
"The video portrays the intensity in the eyes of people from every walk of life. Having the band performing in front of the rear projected screens was to immerse those of us who wrote and will be performing this song live to visually state we all live in this bubble of light where every person we meet brings new insights, lessons, strength, and if we're lucky, wisdom." Watch the videohere.
2016 was a major year for Rossington: as well as the new album, Take it on Faith, he also recovered from two heart attacks - one in October 2015 and one this past summer. But he's also still on a crusade to keep classic Lynyrd Skynyrd songs alive on the road.
"All these years later, 'Freebird' and some of these songs have taken on an anthem-like feel," Rossington understandably says. "Everybody yells out 'Freebird' or 'Sweet Home Alabama.' I'm the only one left that gets to tell about it... I'm gonna keep on going until I can't."
Of his new album with Dale he says, "Most of them were blues songs, and blues never changes. You can play blues from way back in the day until now... We just did it with tape, analog, you know? Put down a basic, overdubbed a little bit, and 'boom,' there it was. For blues, that's the best way. But we did a little Pro Tools for tuning up things and moving things and this and that." Read morehere.
Fans in Europe will get the album a couple weeks earlier on March 3rd. It will be available in various formats including Abreaction will be released as a limited deluxe Digipak that folds out to a cross (EU version), limited Digipak (US version), limited gatefold LP+CD with a 12-page LP-booklet and as digital download/stream.
The band will be giving fans a first taste of the new effort with the release of the first single "Transsubstantiation" on January 13th which will available as instant download for fans that preorder the album and will be on major streaming platforms. Read morehere.
"Beverly Kills" is a song that shows how everyone in the world is a consumer. The band is laughing at them and also crying because of how people are so blind and living an illusion filled with greed and jealously. The song in fact, is a hymn to Kali, the Hindu goddess of material illusion. She provides all those wicked lessons that can teach you or in a worst case scenarios, can kill you.
As we were finishing the music for the song in our rehearsal room in downtown LA , the first time we officially played it, right when I was going to scream the lyrics "she is a demon" we had a power outage and were left in complete darkness. It was right then and there, that we realized we had something special with the song; the spirits where listening...
It was one of the easiest song to record, the flow in the studio was on point, I think we all like the song so the energy is definitely there. From that point, the song became a Deity that gets everything she wants and that's how this single stole the music video from another song… we had originally intended the Beverly Kills music video to be the music video for Sharks of Disharmony so we will see what happens because this song can steal the world.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and preorder the albumright here!