Day in Rock Report for 04/25/2018
Today's Day in Rock Stories
According to the Iceland Monitor, what will be the largest concert ever held in the country has been put together by organizers behind the annual Secret Solstice Festival./
The group will ship 35 containers of gear for the week-long preparations for the remote location event, which will see a number of renovations to the stadium - including the building of a special floor to protect the field from concertgoers. Read morehere.
Iommi was a guest at a charity fundraiser at the Opus Restaurant in Birmingham and during the event the host Gary Newborn asked him if the band would play together again.
He responded (via here), "It's highly unlikely, but we may. You can never say never, because we've done it [before] ... So many times, you say, 'Oh, that's it now,' with different singers and this and that, and all of a sudden we're playing together again. I would hope we could do some one-offs, but we'll never tour the world again as we did, because it is really exhausting."
He added, "People think, 'What a great life,' and it is a great life, but it has its toll on your body. All the traveling at different hours of the day and night. You finish a show at 11 o'clock. What we'd normally do is we'd base ourselves in one place, like New York or wherever we were, and then we'd stay in New York for 10 days, fly out and do a show and fly back in the night.
"So by the time you get to the hotel, it's four o'clock or five o'clock [in the morning]. And you don't pass the time, you can't sleep. And that's the difficult part. Even though you travel the best way you can. You could never fault the service. We had a great plane, we had great hotels - everything was marvelous - but it's still tiring."
He then concluded, "I think when you get to our age, it changes from when we're 20. We could stay up all night, but now I'm 30 and it's a different thing."
The rocker began the evening by taking his mother, Karen, to see Bruce Springsteen perform his "Springsteen On Broadway" show at the city's Walter Kerr Theatre in celebration of her 75th birthday.
"Happy Birthday Gramma Karen!," wrote Vedder's wife, Jill, on Instagram to mark the occasion. #theoriginalboss #springsteenonbroadway #familyphoto #75 #thankyoupatty."
Following the show, Vedder and company dropped in to see friend and celebrity photographer/filmmaker Danny Clinch perform with his band at the Tribeca Grill during an event for the Kristen Ann Carr Fund, which raises money and awareness in the fight against sarcoma, a form of cancer. Read more and watch video of the jam
The newly announced dates kick off with a U.S. run that will begin on October 20th in Salt Lake City, UT at the Maverik Center and wrap up on November 20th in Phoenix, AZ at the Comerica Theatre.
After a short time off they will head overseas for the Euro tour which will be launching on December 2nd in Glasgow, Scotland at Glasgow Academy and finishing up on December 19th in Rome, Italy at Palalottomatica.
Tickets for both tour legs will go on sale this Friday (April 27th), 10 a.m. local time. See all of their upcoming tour dateshere.
The Stones will be alternating the opening acts at the various shows on the eight concert run including former Oasis star Liam Gallagher, Florence + The Machine, The Vaccines, The Specials, Richard Ashcroft (two shows), Elbow and James Bay.
The trek will be kicking off on May 22nd in London with Liam Gallagher opening, with visits planned for Southampton, Coventry, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Cardiff before returning to London to wrap things up with on June 19th with James Bay set to support. Read morehere.
Tipton - who recently announced his retirement from the road following a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease - was in the lineup for the group's classic tracks "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight" while marking his fifth appearance during the band's "Firepower" world tour.
The guitarist personally chose album co-producer Andy Sneap to take over his touring duties, while leaving the door open for possible performances on the trek.
The group's 18th album, "Firepower" recently landed the veteran metal outfit their highest-charting US album with its debut at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, while also scoring their first UK Top 10 album in 38 years with a No. 5 entry on the Offical Charts.
Judas Priest's current spring run with Saxon and Black Star Riders will wrap up in San Antonio, TX on May 1. Watch video of Glenn's jam of all three songs with the band
The band played a reportedly song called "Gimme the Keys" and the performance was captured by a fan who shared it via YouTube. The song is most likely set to appear on the band's new album, which frontman Neil Fallon discussed during a radio interview ahead of the festival.
Fallon told 103.7 The Eagle Rocks that the effort will be called "Book Of Bad Decisions" and they expect to release it in September. He said of the recording process, "We were only [there] three weeks, and we managed to bang out 15 songs. It's done, in the bag. [producer Vance Powell] was a joy to work with, and it's a great-sounding record, and we're really pleased with the way it came out."
He added about the material on the record, "This record has a lot of ... maybe not a lot of, but instances where I looked back into events of my own life or Clutch's career, took them and exaggerated them for the purposes of drama. I've always been wary of that, cause I don't really like nostalgia, but I also realize after 25 years, there's a whole catalogue of experiences that I can take and draw from that." Watch the fan filmed footage of the new song debuthere.
Harding, a.k.a. Wesley Stace offered an abridged 10 track version of the album on vinyl for Record Store Day this past weekend and will now released an expanded 17-track version on CD and digitally.
In addition to Springsteen, the album features collaborations with Minus Five, Fastball, Eric Bazilian and the Universal Thump and will include material originally recorded by the Velvet Underground and Conway Twitty. Read morehere.
The third single from the group's fourth album, "…And Justice For All", also has the distinction of being the first music video issued by the band while delivering their first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1990. The US Top 40 hit helped push the album to No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and US sales of more than 8 million copies.
The Geneva show is part of Metallica's current arena tour of Europe in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", which the group will bring to North America this fall.
"Following last summer's sold-out 25-date stadium run," says the band, "this year we're bringing the in-the-round production currently being seen in European arenas to the U.S. and Canada kicking off on September 2, 2018 in Madison, WI. Watch the video here.
It is a collection of the best performances culled from six shows in July and August 2003 and includes 36 tracks recorded between July 25 and August 10, 2003 in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Darien Center, NY, Hartford, Charlotte and Raleigh, with no song repeated.
The Allman Brothers Band formed in 1969 and quickly became one of the most popular live bands in American rock music history, selling millions of records along the way. Hailed for their live improvisation and marathon performances, the group released the At Fillmore East album in 1971, and it's still hailed as one of the best live albums ever. The group played its last live performance October 28, 2014, at New York's Beacon Theatre. Read more
The former Motorhead guitarist and the band will be supported on the UK portion of the trek by Leader Of Down (which featured late Motorhead guitarist Würzel).
Campbell and company had this to say, "We are thrilled to announce 'The Age Of Absurdity' UK and Germany headline tour for November and December. It'll be great to play full headline shows again in the UK and return to Germany to play some cities we missed out earlier this year, showcasing tracks from our new album as well as playing some Motörhead classics!" See the dateshere.
The newly expanded version of the album is set to be released on June 22nd and featured the original album remastered along with ten b-side recordings from the era of the original record release.
Singer Shirley Manson had this to say, "Version 2:0 is in my opinion the quintessential garbage record. We are all very grateful to the millions of people who took it to their hearts at the time it was released and to those who continue to love on it still".
The tour will be kicking off on September 29th at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA and will be wrapping up on October 27th at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. See the dateshere.
The song comes from the group's 2017 studio album "Look At Yourself" and singer Frankie Palmeri had the following to say about the new clip, "I just want to thank all the great people involved with the filming and production of the video.
"The label, film crew, and actors and were nothing but cool to work with on this. Hopefully our fans look forward to hearing this track on our upcoming Summer Tour all across Europe." Watch the videohere.
The new studio effort hit stores on June 15th and frontman Ben Ward had this to say about the first song from record, "'Sons of Salem' is the first track on the album and we consider it an Orange Goblin anthem.
"We see this song being a staple of the live set with the singalong chorus and the awesome, catchy riff. A mean and moody intro to the album that sets the tone throughout, it's short, sweet and straight to the point.
"The lyrics are about the sons of the Salem witches returning from the grave to seek vengeance on the religious fools that murdered their mothers during the witch trials." Listen to the songhere.
The video was directed by Mike Leber and the song was co-written with Andrew Farriss of INXS. Casey shared these background details about the track, "The song 'Anything You Want' was written with INXS' Andrew Farriss when I was auditioning to be a member of INXS.
"The song has an intense energy and makes you move! We wanted to capture that vitality in the video. My wife (Daniella Casey) is a dance instructor so she rallied up her troops and the vibe they brought is straight-up INCREDIBLE!!!
"The director (Mike Leber) took the visual over the top with color and movement. This video is a fun burst of energy that gets you on your feet as the girls knock you off em!!" Watch the videohere.
Heavy Blog Is Heavy premiered the performance clip and said, "You ever yearn for the return of the sludge scene from the late 2000s where Baroness' Blue Album and Mastodon's Blood Mountain were the prevailing style before the arena rock vibes took over?
"Look no further than Vancouver natives Black Wizard, who are working diligently to keep that flame alive, bridging classic rock like Thin Lizzy with modern stoner metal tones in a way that we just haven't been hearing in the past year to such a degree of success." Watch the videohere.