Day in Rock Report for 11/21/2017
Today's Day in Rock Stories
"It's with great, great sadness that I must tell you I have to cancel the Day Of Errors tour dates scheduled in December," writes Ward. "I wound up in hospital this past weekend with heart problems. I am OK and in good recovery at this time. However, I've never experienced this particular type of heart problem before, and due to its nature, I had to make the decision to cancel the dates.
"I want to send my sincere apologies to everyone who was planning to come out to the shows. I'm so sorry we won't be making it - I was looking forward to seeing you all and sharing this music with you. I'll be in touch soon."
Day Of Errors - Ward, vocalist Jason "Dewey" Bragg and guitarist/vocalist Joe Amodea - made its live debut in June 2016 at Gaslamp in Long Beach, CA and were scheduled to launch a 7-date run of US west coast dates starting December 7 in Eugene, OR before Ward's health issue surfaced. Read more including a list of dateshere.
The young Van Halen bassist took to Instagram to warn fans about the dubious account. He wrote in the series of posts, "This account has being going around and messaging people pretending to be @eddievanhalen (no underscore)
"If you're following @_eddievanhalen (with an underscore) you're following the wrong account. Notice how it doesn't have a verification check? Go report this account, everyone!"
Wolfgang went on to post an image of a message he sent to the unidentified user. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, he wrote in the one-sided conversation, "Oh hey, Dad! How's it going?! It's me. Your son. You obviously know that because you're totally my dad." He added "Stop messaging people pretending to be someone you're not. You've been reported and your account is going to be shut down."
He followed up with a photo of himself with his father and captured the picture, "I stopped by to see Pop anyway. Just to make sure he wasn't a woman from Boston named Vanessa trying to steal $40,000. I'm still not 100% sure." See the postshere.
"For 32 years we stood side by side on stage," wrote Johnson on his website. "I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young. I can't believe he's gone. We had such great times on the road. I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar, his riffs have become legend, as has he.
"I send out my love and sympathy to his wife Linda, his children Kara and Ross, and Angus, who will all be devastated ... as we all are. He has left a legacy that I don't think many can match."
"He never liked the celebrity side of fame, he was too humble for that," continued the singer. "He was the man who created AC/DC because he said 'There was no Rock 'n' Roll' out there I am proud to have known him and call him a friend, and I'm going to miss him so much. I salute you, Malcolm Young."
Johnson - who joined AC/DC in 1980 following the death of Bon Scott - last toured with Young on the band's 2008-2010 Black Ice World Tour. According to Angus, the trek saw Malcolm showing signs of memory loss, and he began to receive treatment for the issue.
The guitarist retired from AC/DC in 2014 due to his declining health, before entering a full-time health care facility in Sydney. Young "passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside", noted the family in a statement. Read morehere.
Fans can view footage of the first live performances of the group's new single, "Meadow", as well as "Still Remains" from 1994's "Purple." A veteran of the Detroit music scene, Gutt (pronounced goot) was chosen during the band's open audition call for a vocalist after the 2015 departure of Chester Bennington, who returned to Linkin Park before his passing a few months ago.
Gutt was discovered by a bassist Robert DeLeo after playing a show in Detroit with the Hollywood Vampires, even though he hadn't submitted an audition tape.
"Talk about a happy accident," explains Robert. "It was clear right away that Jeff had the range to sing vocally challenging songs like 'Piece Of Pie' and 'Interstate Love Song'. But we soon discovered that he also has a great ear for melody and knew how to write a song."
In September 2016, the four of them started working together and spent the next several months finishing off song ideas and writing new music for an album due in spring 2018.
The third singer in Stone Temple Pilots' recording history, Gutt acknowledges the band's legendary original frontman Scott Weiland, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 48 from an accidental overdose while on tour.
"No one will ever fill Scott's shoes and I'm not trying to - he's a legend," says Gutt. "But these songs deserve to be performed and people want to hear them. I'm just honored that the guys chose me to help them continue to build this band's legacy." Watch the videohere.
The band's blockbuster Not In This Lifetime Tour will be concluding the current North American leg on November 29th at The Forum in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood.
The show marks the hometown return for the band which formed in Los Angeles. They hit the big time when their single "Welcome To Jungle" finally caught the attention of MTV and the video went into heavy rotation and helped kick off their legendary career.
The song was partially inspired by frontman Axl Rose's culture shock when he relocated to Los Angeles from a small town in Indiana, which was portrayed in the music video, although he later said in a 1988 Hit Parader interview that he wrote the lyrics while visiting Seattle and was surprised at the contrast with L.A.
To get an idea of what to expect when the band touches down in Los Angeles for this final tour leg concert and their upcoming tour next year, read our review for their recent show in Chicagohere.
The current lineup for Shatterproof has been together for about 6 years now. The past six years have been full of relationships, good and bad, high points, low points, and everything in-between. We have written songs about every obvious concept an ego rock band could come up with. One thing that we have prided ourselves on is always challenging ourselves to make something that is completely unique from anything we have made thus far… After so many years of writing breakup songs, I felt it was time to find some fresh inspiration.
At the time, I was going through a personal battle, my annual "im-so-sick-of-how-social-media/my-phone-runs-my-life" cleanse. I can't stand how many hours I have given to this little machine. I will never get that time back! The first thing I do when I wake up: check my phone. The last thing I do before going to bed: check my phone. So every year or so I get sick of it and give up social media for a month or two. Unfortunately, time lost isn't the worst part… My self-worth is very much relying on our numbers. Shatterproof has become the coolest thing about me. It's like I am an average-joe during the day, and a rockstar at night. Despite how "famous" we may or may not be, my ego is extremely involved with being that 'cool lead singer guy'. When the band posts a photo or releases a music video, I hover over my phone like an addict, refreshing the app and holding my breath, hoping to hit the appropriate likes/favorites/views etc. When the numbers are good, my ego feels good. But when the numbers aren't there, I am overwhelmed with insecurity.
That is what the Definition of Fine is about.
It is about how people feel they can't eat without showing the world that they're eating the best food. Can't enjoy a vacation without showing off what an elegant lifestyle they live. Humans aren't perfect… Or at least any of the ones I have met. But we all have an immeasurable need to make sure we appear unflawed. I included a line in the song that reads:
"god I'm so awkward, what do I do with my hands? I wish your fingers would fill them, until the silence would end"
When everyone comes across as perfect, I find myself crushing on a girl, then immediately reminding myself that she's perfect… and I'm me. When I'm in public and I am uncomfortable I just pull out my phone; much easier to retreat into my phone than to walk up to a stranger and introduce myself. Some days I can overcome this social anxiety, and sometimes I can't. Maybe this is just a personal battle, but I have a feeling its not. I think the Definition of Fine is very relatable to everyone in this digital age. And whether or not you like our music, I would strongly recommend looking up from the phone sometimes, there's a lot of life to soak up.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the EPright here!
Marilyn Manson took his stage surname from the late cult leader; he took his first name from Marilyn Monroe. In his autobiography The Long Dark Road Out Of Hell Manson wrote that his stage name embodies the "balance between good and evil."
The California Department of Corrections reports that Manson passed away on Sunday (Nov. 19) due to natural causes. He died in jail, where he was serving nine life terms in California prisons for the cult-related murders of seven people in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969. His victims included actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant at the time. In addition to being the leader of one of the most infamous cults, Charles Manson was an aspiring singer and songwriter.
Some fans were initially confused, thinking it was the singer and not the cult leader who had passed. Listen to Marilyn Manson's Charles Manson Coverhere.
Butch explains, "Hello and good day to you all, friends! The elves over at my management company have asked me to put together a little message for you guys to let you in on some cool news... We kinda, mistakenly made a Holiday record. Yep.. That's right.. We gathered into the studio one day, to work up a bunch of fun and silly holiday songs for a caroling party, someone accidentally hit the 'record' button and the microphones captured what we like to consider a pretty light-hearted, intoxicated romp of holiday cheer for all of you to hear.
"We thought it was too good and too fun not to share it with the World. So we bring you, Over The Holidays (And Under The Influence), a holiday full-length album for you! This is the ultimate holiday gift and also a great thing to put on at parties and let it humor you with altered versions of some of the classics for young and old alike!
"This is officially my first ever Holiday full-length album and i couldn't be more ecstatic with it. There's been so much awful hate and negativity in this world as of late, that we felt like the right thing to do was ring in some holiday laughs and cheers this year. Here's how to get the album for your very own (including very limited vinyl that ships immediately). Plus, the artwork elfin' rules... See what i did there?
"Happy Holidays and best wishes everybody, Butch and the band". Check it outhere.
The clip follows singer Hayley Williams in a shiny bodysuit as she wanders around various areas of New York City. The faces of most everyone she encounters are covered by upside-down smiley face emojis.
"The 'Fake Happy' video was a very special video for me," explained the band's drummer, Zac Farro, who directed the clip. "This is the first time I've directed a music video on film. It was shot on 35mm. Also the first time working with my talented friend and DP, Josh Goleman. Everyone involved was amazing. I'm super stoked for people to see this music video. I feel it's subtle and charming and suits the song perfectly." Watch the videohere.
The clip sees producer Kevin Shirley cracking the whip in the studio with members of the supergroup - bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham.
"BCCIV" sees the lineup reunite following a split in 2013. "A lot has happened since we last recorded the Afterglow album in 2013," explains Hughes, "so, in many ways, the new album shows BCC with a much harder, riffier and bigger and bolder sound. If you're looking for a folk album, this ain't the one. I wanted the new album to physically shake your soul.
"The results speak for themselves. All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums. The new album is more of a progression."
Black Country Communion will launch "BCCIV" with two exclusive concerts in the UK in January, with shows at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on January 2 and London's Hammersmith Apollo on January 4. Watch the videohere.
ALT 92.3 FM heralds the return of alternative rock to New York City for the first time in six years. The new station is dedicated to delivering a true alternative for listeners, boasting an expertly curated playlist with local, informed discovery.
"In a city where alternative music is a way of life, we are thrilled to finally fill the void in radio in New York City," said Pat Paxton, Entercom's President of Programming. "With the launch of ALT 92.3, we will cater to the passionate audience who have helped define the genre for decades - and we couldn't be more excited to turn up the volume." Read morehere.
"There was only one show performed in support of the 1992 release of Automatic For The People, on 19 November at the group's old haunt, the 40 Watt Club in Athens GA," the post reads. "Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of this performance with a 'live' stream of this recently discovered footage."
Audio from the live set is available on all versions of the 25th Anniversary Reissue of Automatic For The People. Watch the full sethere.