Day in Rock Report for 04/12/2018
Today's Day in Rock Stories
Robinson teamed up with the DeLeo brothers following the Crowes breakup but he says that nothing came of the collaboration. He explained to AL.com, "You know, we sat down and tried to write some songs and stuff and had a nice time, but nothing really came of it.
"I was already pretty much on my way to, I kind of wanted to get away from the riff-rock oriented, uh, scarves and necklaces and whatever rock 'n' roll - they're great at it. And they have written some great songs.
"I was like 'I don't want to scream and yell over loud guitars. I want to tell these stories and I want my singing and my poetry to have a different relevance to the music.'"
Elliott was a special guest during the premiere episode of Kylie Olsson's new podcast and revealed the following about what he wants played at his funeral, "I've already written it into my will.
"I want 'Anthem' by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, 'All the Young Dudes,' of course, by Mott the Hoople - and probably 'Rest in Peace' by Mott the Hoople. An obvious choice, but it's just a great song."
He added, "I will probably throw in some ironic song that will make the ones that are sniffling burst into laughter. I've got to throw something mad in there; I don't know what it is yet But 'Dudes' and 'Anthem,' because they're grand and they sound like … Well, 'Dudes' doesn't sound like a death march, but 'Anthem' by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band has got the drum roll and the piano and then the bagpipes come in and take you out. It's almost like a New Year's Eve song; it's very Scottish. And it sounds like a great song to see my ashes blow off into the distance - hopefully in quite a few years' time." Check out the full podcasthere.
According to the synopsis, "The 1994 concert features global rock star Bruce Dickinson and his band Skunkworks who performed in the midst of the siege of Sarajevo. This is a film about extraordinary people defying the horrors of war, and the musicians who risked their lives to play a show for them."
Dickinson looked back the experience in his memoir "What Does This Button Do?", recalling, "We weren't protected, there was no plan and the bullets were real, but f*** it, we went anyway.
"The gig was immense, intense, and probably the biggest show in the world at that moment for the audience and for us. That the world didn't really know didn't matter. It changed the way I viewed life, death and other human beings."
Fans that attend the theatrical screening will also be treated to an exclusive new interview with Dickinson at participating theaters. Find out if it will be showing hear you and purchase ticketshere.
The follow-up to 2014's "Lazaretto" was introduced with the lead singles "Connected By Love" and "Respect Commander" ahead of the project's arrival and debut at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200.
Produced by White, the set sold 124,000 equivalent album units to score the largest sales week for a rock album in 2018. The singer will begin an extensive North American tour in his hometown of Detroit, MI on April 19. Read more
Fans can hear remastered versions of the group's take on Budgie's 1974 track, "Crash Course In Brain Surgery", and "The Wait" from Killing Joke's 1980 self-titled debut from the project, which has been out-of-print and will be available later this week for the first time in decades.
Upon its original release, the EP peaked at No. 28 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than a million copies in the country. The 2018 reissue will be available in a variety of formats.
"Keeping with our 80's theme," says the band, "the remastered EP will not only be released as a CD and download, but also as several vinyl versions including a picture disc, as a cassette, and in a longbox (you youngsters can search the web for that term!)." Listen to both preview songshere.
The collection picks up where 2017's "Cinco: The First Five LPs" set left off, beginning with the group's first US platinum record, "Deguello", and fan favorite "El Loco" before the Texas trio owned the mainstream in the then-new MTV-era with 1983's "Eliminator" - the biggest selling album of their career that earned US diamond status for 10 million copies sold in the country.
1985's "Afterburner" delivered four US Top 40 singles on its way to sales of 5 million Stateside, while 1990's "Recycler" was another US Top 10 album hit. Each album in the box set features audio sourced from the original masters and artwork that faithfully reproduces the original releases.
Pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl, "Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs" is presented in a box made to look like the custom suits worn by guitarist Billy Gibbons on stage. Read morehere.
The new full length record will be entitled "Aribiter" and is scheduled to hit stores on July 13th. It comes following the long wait from the group's last album, "Magnetic North," which was released back in 2007.
Frontman Jay Forrest had this to say, "After Magnetic North, I felt like we left unfinished business on the table. I think Hopesfall has carried the underdog chip on our shoulder for the majority of our playing career. That's given us an edge that has defined our music.
"Now, we've hunkered down and cast our antenna out to tap into this vast creative universe. We're counting on the listener to complete the creative process and help decode the transmission. Barring World War III, I think this album will stand amongst our best." Watch the video
The special event dubbed "Play It Forward" will be taking place at 8PM local time on April 20th at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (located at 50 Mark West Springs Road) in Santa Rosa, Ca.
In addition to Summers, the lineup for the show will also include L.A. Guns' guitarist Tracii Guns, Michael Jackson's lead guitarist and Jeff Beck collaborator Jennifer Batten and more
Guitar Player Editor in Chief Michael Molenda had this to say, "The rebuilding and healing continues. The magazine was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it has many readers, friends, peers, and compatriots in the area devastated by the NorCal fires.
The GP staff wanted to do something to help musicians who had lost their homes, their treasured instruments, and, in some cases, their livelihoods. This is a small local event with a lot of heart." Find more details and ticketshere.
Ice-T had this to say about working with the band, "It's an honor to record with the legendary Madball. Body Count draws its closest similarities to NY Hardcore. This is a natural."
Madball frontman Freddy Cricien adds "It's truly an honor to have Ice-T on our record! I grew up on his music from his early hip hop stuff till now. He's an iconic figure but also a 'class act', you don't always get both at once. Ice has a great respect for NYHC and MADBALL, means the world. This was meant to happen.... real recognizes real." Read morehere.
We were sent the following details: The 2018 Blues Music Week will start and end with with Little Steven Van Zandt. Back in January, Little Steven served as a finals judge for the International Blues Challenge, and came away so impressed with the Blues Foundation's work to preserve blues heritage and celebrate blues recording and performance that he offered to return as the host of the Blues Music Awards in order to help bring even greater awareness to the significance of this music form. He will launch Blues Music Week with a special Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul show at Memphis' Minglewood Hall on Tuesday, May 8. Then, on Thursday, May 10, he'll emcee the biggest awards show in Blues at the Cook Convention Center, where he will be joined on stage by such big-name award presenters as Steve Miller, Joe Louis Walker, Janiva Magness, Tito Jackson, Candi Staton, and Tony Joe White. Read morehere.
The new home video runs for 2 hours and was captured live during the thrash veteran's sold out show at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow in February of last year where they performed their iconic "Among the Living" in full.
Green (Opeth, The Damned, The Levellers) helmed the new release and had this to say, "I've been in this for sixteen years and I can honestly say I don't think I've ever felt such power at a concert in my life. We had these noise reduction headsets so we could communicate with each other and it was so noisy, even with all that technology, people were not quite hearing what I was saying.
"The power of it was unbelievable. And I was at the back of the auditorium, so god knows what it would have been like in front of the speakers. Anthrax are legends, what more can you say?" Watch the full preview cliphere.
The new video can be streamed here and band had this to say about the trek that kicks off on April 18th in Boise, "We have been anticipating this tour since we locked in the dates over the winter.
Touring is a passion of ours, we love playing in new cities, curating a unique live performance, and meeting all the incredible folks that have helped us get to this point.
"Coastlands has gone through a reformation for 2018, both in terms of members and sound. We're excited to present a set of new material, never played out before and to visit some of our favorite cities!" See the dateshere.
Vocalist Brandon Ashley had this to say, "With this record I'm taking you back to the darkest years of my life where nothing made sense aside from pain and self-destruction. I wish to share these words and music so other people out there going through the same path could get inspired and find a way out."
The album also features a special guest appearance from Christian Eigner of Depeche Mode on a track called "Product". Grab the free download of the Tori Amos cover and learn morehere.
For the new album, the band (formerly known as just Slyde) have added six tracks to the the previously released four tracks that appearance on their 2017 EP "Back Again".
The Slyde has played over 160 shows on the Eastern Canadian circuit, including support for Protest The Hero, Ottawa Bluesfest, Canadian Music Week, IndieWeek, and Wacken Metal Battle Canada. Catch the band on the road for their Album Release shows. See the dates and the tracklistinghere.
LaFrance had this to say about the effor, "The album is like a collection of short stories. I am singing the songs as different characters, or telling their tales. A gallery of rogues from the dark side!"
The album marked the first recording with new guitarist Brice Tabis (who replaced Rod 'Doc' Coogan) and was mixed by Mike Fraser at The Armoury and mastered by Adam Ayan (Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, Queen) at Gateway Mastering.
The record also features a guest appearance from jazz pianist Chris Gestrin, and a string section on closing track "Vampire" arranged and conducted by film composer Peter Allen. See the tracklistinghere.
The initial idea for this song came to me around six years ago. I was attending a car show and I spied this young couple perusing up and down the aisles. The guy was greaser, about 19 or 20 years old, and the girl seemed kind of like a square, in comparison. She almost had a Sandy Olsson (from Grease, pre-finale) look to her, now that I think about it. That's probably where my mind was going with it. Even though the guy looked like a greaser, he was "green to the scene", as if he was still cultivating his look and style by taking cues from the old-timers. She was quietly in tow, not really uninterested, but bookish and shy in comparison to the usually pin-up and rockabetty girls that are at car shows like this one. I could tell they both were in awe of the the custom cars and music from the bands who were playing. I remember the first time I'd experienced a show that big when I was young. It was intoxicating. So I'm sitting back, observing, and I see the seasoned vets circling the girl like vultures! I mean, she really was beautiful, and she's there with this greenhorn, so naturally one of them thinks they're gonna spirit her away from him. The kid was asking the old-timers questions about their whips while the other dudes were hitting on her and trying to swoop her up. You could also see the innocence she had when she walked in turn to intrigue, and then turn to licentiousness with the more attention she got. It was like a light bulb went off in her head and she realized that suddenly she was the show-winner.
When I introduce this song at shows, I sometimes say it's a coming-of-age tune. It's about a woman's sexuality getting awakened. It's also a lost love song, though, because she doesn't end up leaving with the one she came with. I saw a lot of myself in that kid. I was young when I got into the punk rock scene and I took my cues from the older guys. I didn't have role models at home, so I found my own. I could see where his genuine interest in those guys' cars would distract him from what was unfolding right under his nose with his girl. It's sad really, but I'm sure he learned a lesson for the next time... "less chat and more hat".
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself here and learn more about the EPright here!