Day in Rock Report for 10/30/2017
Today's Day in Rock Stories
Streamed live by hennemusic, the tribute saw appearances by members of Avenged Sevenfold, Bring Me The Horizon, Blink-182, Alanis Morissette, Bush, Korn, No Doubt, Steve Aoki, Sum 41, Echosmith, Machine Gun Kelly and System Of A Down, among others.
"I don't have the words," said Mike Shinoda as he greeted the sold-out crowd, reports Rolling Stone. "I don't think any of us do." Just three songs into the evening, Linkin Park delivered an instrumental version of their 2004 US Top 15 hit, "Numb", with an empty microphone stand at center stage while the crowd of more than 17,000 sang along in place of Bennington, who committed suicide at his Los Angeles area home on July 20 the age of 41.
Midway into the concert, Shinoda described the moment he learned of his singing partner's death, and he shared a solo version of new song "Looking For An Answer", which he said was written just eight days later.
The evening built to a dramatic and raucous finale of Linkin Park's 2007 classic, "Bleed It Out", with all of the evening's guests returning to help the group close out the tribute event.
Linkin Park are asking fans to donate to their One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington as they work to bring attention to the issue of mental health.
"Thank you to everyone for being a part of our show in honor of Chester at the Hollywood Bowl," shared the group on their social media sites. Stream the showhere.
The legendary shock-rocker's appearance comes just days after he wrapped up a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand in support of his latest album, "Paranormal."
Produced by Bob Ezrin, the project features guest appearances by Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr.
The set also includes a bonus disc consisting of six live tracks recorded last year in Columbus, OH with Cooper's current touring lineup, and two brand new songs written and recorded together with original Alice Cooper Band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce. Check out the song "Paranormal"here.
The performance took place during the second of two dates at the venue, which made UK concert history by breaking the attendance record at the O2 Arena. On October 22 and 24, Metallica played to a record-setting 22,211 people each night, beating the previous record of 21,000 set by Muse in 2016.
Metallica's 'in-the-round' staging allowed for an extended seating capacity at the venue, and the band were honored with a specially-commissioned illustration by The O2's Head Of Programming, Christian D'Acuna.
The London appearances marked the group's return to the road following a rare, month-long break from their WorldWired tour. Watch the videohere.
It has been announced that Dead & Co., Raphael Saadiq and Rancid will provide extra diversity to an already eclectic bill that boasts Metallica, Dave Mathews, and G-Eazy.
"For 34 years, Metallica has flown the flag for the Bay Area all over the world," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told Billboard. "The recent tragic events up in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties have left us all saddened. We're here to help as much as we can, and this concert on November 9 is one small way we can do that." Read morehere.
The track from 1970's "In Rock" appears on a bonus disc of a previously unreleased 80-minute live show from France's Hellfest that is included in the November 3 release of a 2CD digipack version of "inFinite" that delivers the original 2017 album, as well.
"Bloodsucker" will also be featured on the 3LP set, "The inFinite Live Recordings, Pt. 1", which will be available December 8.
November 3 will also see Deep Purple issue the 97-minute documentary, "From Here to inFinite", on Blu-ray; it presents, for the first time, the development of the group's 20th album and a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the band.
The set delivers two hours of bonus material, including music videos, three previously unreleased live videos ("Time For Bedlam", "Birds Of Prey" and "Smoke On The Water") - all filmed and recorded at Hellfest 2017 - as well as in-depth behind the scenes footage, movie documentary outtakes, interviews, and an audio commentary by band members themselves. Watch the videohere.
This tune came about in a less typical way than how we usual write songs. Our go-to process usually involves coming up with guitar hooks, a groove, or anything we can latch onto. Then we find out how the next part should feel (and on and on). Sometimes the lyrics and melodies evolve at the same time the music is being developed. Sometime the words don't come until the music has already hit the ground running.
Writing 'Imposter' was a bit different. We just started playing this one groove based around a single chord with a few of its notes being taken in and out. It just felt so natural and hypnotic that we didn't see the need to deviate from it. Having the same thing basically being looped over and over again created a landscape we could tell a story over. I had a few words written down and toyed with cadence and melody while Kyle started finding the guitar hook that eventually became the face of the song. We just played it over and over until the moments that felt like they needed to rise or fall came into view.
'Hold my hands so I'm not forgotten' was one of the lines I had in my notebook. It popped out with the chorus melody while we were playing and is what the rest of the words ended up telling the story of. That line is referencing the idea of losing sight of yourself. As if there's someone you're asking to hold onto in order to stay grounded and remember who you truly are. It's always been very easy for me to look at the lives of people I admire or envy and think that the lifestyles I perceive they have are the perfect recipe for success and happiness. But that's just not the case. The fact of the matter is, knowing yourself is absolutely the most important. The song follows a narrative of a person looking himself in the mirror and drawing faces upon it to mimic his image of success. A literal interpretation of what he thinks success looks like. But as time goes on those drawings wash away and he's left with himself.
Anyways…thanks for the ears and eyes folks. Hope you liked the song. Cheers.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
The clip for "The Sound (& Visions) Of Silence" was filmed aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 53 by Commander Randy Bresnik and flight engineers Sergey Ryazanskiy and Paolo Nespoli. It features stunning footage of Earth and outer space from the space station's orbit 250 miles above the planet.
Disturbed's version of "Sound of Silence" is from the band's 2015 album, Immortalized, and was up for Best Rock Performance at this year's Grammy ceremony, but lost the award to David Bowie's "Blackstar." Watch the NASA video for "The Sound (& Visions) of Silence"here.
Due December 1, the project captures the group live at the Sheffield Corporation in December of 2014. The live set will be available via 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl and digital editions.
December 1 will also see the band reissue its previous records, including their 2010 debut, "My Re-Generation", and 2014's "The Further Adventures Of ..." on CD, LP and digital.
Down N Outz - who primarily play Mott-related tunes (including songs by Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions) - were formed specifically to open a series of 2009 reunion shows for Mott The Hoople at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
The group features Elliott, The Quireboys' Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), former Vixen bassist Share Ross, and drummer Phil Martini. Watch the videohere.
The trio of music stars got together for a searing take on Domino's 1955 classic, "Ain't That a Shame." Neko Case, Ry Cooder, Brandi Carlile and Raul Malo also performed at the event.
The ceremony was hosted by Chris Isaak and took place at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. During the evening, The Neville Brothers, Roy Orbison and Roseanne Cash were inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame class.
Check out Elvis Costello, Dr. John and Trombone Shorty's tribute to Fats Dominohere.
The track follows the previously released "Holy Mountain," which came out early this month. The new song features bracing guitars abrasive electronic beats and only two vocal lines: 'You gotta get yourself together" and 'Keep holding out, holding on."
High Flying Birds finished "Fort Knox" on their last day in the studio, where they worked tirelessly to create the follow-up to 2015's Chasing Yesterday, said Noel Gallagher in a statement. He also admitted that the idea for the song came from a conversation about Kanye West's 2010 song "The Power."
"The singer, y-see, had never even heard the track, and she started to do this vocal over it, and it was like, 'f—— hell!'" he said. "It all just fell into place."
Producer David Holmes described Who Built the Moon? as "fun," adding, "People are going to be surprised. I think people love Noel and they're desperate for him to make a really big, bold, up-tempo beast of a record."
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will launch a U.S. tour in support Feb. 9, 2018 in Detroit. Dates run through March 12 in Los Angeles. Check out "Fort Knox"here.
All ticket purchasers will receive a limited-edition digital EP featuring acoustic performances of "Kryptonite," "It's Not My Time," and "I Don't Want To Know." The VIP pre-sale will begin on Tuesday, October 24 via www.3DoorsDown.com with a general on-sale to follow on Friday, October 27. The first leg will begin in Airway Heights, WA on January 16 and continue through February 11 in Detroit, MI. More dates will be announced soon.
Lead singer, Brad Arnold says "over the years we've always enjoyed stripping down our songs and playing them acoustic. For us as a live band it breathes new life into these songs, allows us to switch-up our set and dig really deep into our catalog. We're looking forward to playing in some intimate venues, which we don't often do, and being up close and personal with our fans." Read more and see the dates
Hook was asked about his role as executive producer of a new documentary called "Hired Gun" and about the film. He responded, "The project started a couple of years ago. I was jonesing to do something that was a passion project outside of the group, so I started the movie with a director friend of mine, Fran Strine. We started talking what would make a compelling documentary, because we both shared that mutual lust for documentaries. So, we chose the concept of "hired gun" or "hired guns," because we know so many musicians who are being paid to play for other people, so I thought instantly I would be able to access the content."
He was then asked "how did you set out to find the musicians featured in the film?". Hook responded, "We made a master list of anyone we thought would have a good story. We didn't get everyone we wanted, but the first person to step forward was Alice Cooper. I had played for Alice Cooper, so he said, "Yes, I'll do an interview for the movie." Once he got involved, it gave it a certain credibility, and from there, we were able to get Rob Zombie, John 5-- everyone is sort of connected." Read the rest of the interviewhere.
Now, Cena has proven to be a fan of alternative music and, yes, a skilled pianist. Indeed, it's pretty surprising to see him deliver a warm, emotional instrumental rendition of Pixies' 1988 classic, "Where is My Mind," in a way that belies the fact that he could effortlessly break the piano into pieces, probably with his bare hands.
The tender rendition of the angular alternative song was created to commemorate former professional wrestling team the Bella Twins' YouTube channel hitting 900,000 subscribers (Cena is engaged to Nikki Bella).
In the black & white clip, Cena is captured in a tuxedo, delicately teasing the Pixies' tune out of a grand piano. You've gotta see this to believe it. Watch ithere.