Day in Rock Report for 01/02/2018
Today's Day in Rock Stories
"People have these extinction events in their lives; it could be psychological or it could be physical. And, yes, it was physical for me, but I think I have spared myself all that soap opera," Bono said. "Especially with this kind of celebrity obsession with the minutiae of peoples' lives--I have got out of that. I want to speak about the issue in a way that lets people fill in the blanks of what they have been through, you know?"
"It's one thing if you were talking about it in a place of record like Rolling Stone, but by the time it gets to your local tabloid it is just awful. It becomes the question that everyone is asking," the U2 star explained.
Bono went on to put his situation into context, particularly for those of lesser means who've had similar experiences. "People have had so much worse to deal with, so that is another reason not to talk about it," he opined. "You demean all the people who, you know, never made it through that or couldn't get health care!" Read morehere.
The track from Frehley's KISS-era solo album is played at Citi Field following every home win by the New York Mets, and was chosen by the New York Rangers for the guitarist's appearance as they hosted the Buffalo Sabres at the stadium for the 10th anniversary edition of the annual NHL event.
"It's gonna be harder for me because I don't run around as much as the players do," Frehley told the NHL Network before the game, "but I'm going to be wearing surgical gloves with cut-off leather gloves, so that's gonna help protect my fingers, which is really the most thing I'm going to worry about, I'm going to be running on adrenaline."
Viewers were only able to see a small part of Frehley's performance during the NBC broadcast as the rocker and his band were on stage while the players from both teams were shown entering the stadium. Check out videohere.
Cornell's eligible song is "The Promise," the final song he released before he passed away. The tune is featured in the movie also called The Promise, which centers around the Armenian genocide.
Benatar's song "Dancing Through the Wreckage" is eligible to be nominated, as it appears in the documentary Served Like a Girl, which follows female military veterans who are taking part in the Ms. Veteran America competition. Benatar co-wrote the song with her husband and Neil Giraldo as well as songwriter Linda Perry.
Nicks' eligible tune, "Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go," was recorded for the movie The Book of Henry, which stars Naomi Watts. The song was actually penned by Ryan Miller, the lead singer of Guster, and if the song is nominated, the nomination would go to Miller.
Other songs eligible for an Oscar include Elvis Costello's "You Shouldn't Look at Me That Way," from Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool; Amy Lee's "Speak to Me," from Voice from the Stone; Dan Auerbach's "Run That Race," from Cars 3; and Bastille's "World Gone Mad," from Bright. Read morehere.
While Davis has previously stepped away from Korn to participate in other projects - notably J.D.S.F.A (Jonathan Davis and the Simply F****** Amazings with guitarist Shane Gibson), his EDM avatars Killbot and JDevil, he's never released a solo project under his own name.
That's set to change, according to a video Davis posted online earlier this week. In the video, he confirms that, "Korn is gonna be off for a while and I'm gonna be working on my solo stuff next year." Davis continued, "I'm really excited. I've been working on these songs for 10 years and it's turned out amazing. So there'll be a record coming out next year. I just shot videos yesterday for a couple of songs, and the tour will be next year, and some of the dates have gone up, so you know."
Davis has a number of summer festival appearances already scheduled. He also clarified that the new album is material comprised of what would have been "the J.D. S.F.A. record, but J.D. S.F.A. is no longer [guitarist Shane Gibson passed away in 2014]. Unfortunately, since Shane's passed, that band's done and it can't be recreated. So this is J.D. right now."here.
The three reunited back in October 2016 and have since played several shows, with former Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso rounding out the band.
Earlier this year, Pearcy revealed that Ratt was working on material for a possible follow-up to the band's 2010 album, Infestation. "Warren and I already demoing up some Ratt music for, you know, what's going on this year," he said. "… Who knows? Maybe we'll try to get a record started for Ratt. It's been, like, what, six years ... or something, seven years, since Infestation? ... I don't know how long it's been. It took 10 years to do that. But that''s a whole other animal in itself." Read morehere.
"People say, 'What's going on with Van Halen?' Okay, absolutely nothing," Hager told host Eddie Trunk during an appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation" (audio below). "I have no idea. I haven't heard from the guys. To me, they made a real strong statement by not wishing me a happy birthday for my seventieth, especially amongst the fact that so many people have died. I mean, a week before that Tom Petty died. Tom Petty's birthday was the next Thursday after mine, and he was still a young man, as far as I'm concerned.
"With all them people dying, if somebody turns seventy, that's a monumental thing," the Red Rocker continued. "It's, like, you would think if they ever wanted to be friends, it would be so easy. And even if they didn't wanna be friends, it's just something that would be the right thing to do."
Hagar has not had any real contact with his former group since a 2004 reunion tour ended poorly, outside of a Happy Birthday tweet from Eddie Van Halen in 2016.
The singer's on-again/off-again interest in, and passive-aggressive attempts to, rejoin the group has sent mixed messages to both the band and fans ever since his original departure in 1996, but things appeared to be settled somewhat last year when Hagar delivered what is believed to be his first ever public apology to Van Halen after two decades of bashing them in media interviews. Read more and stream the full interviewhere.
"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young," said the band in a statement "Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed."
"As his brother," adds Angus, "it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done."
"It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother," said the Young family in a statement. "Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside."
"Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.
"Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O'Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother."
"While thanking all for their overwhelming support and heartfelt condolences, the family ask that you respect their privacy during this time of heartbreak and grief," they add. "For those wishing to send messages to the family please visit the Sydney Morning Herald Malcolm Young Memorial website which will be available next week. The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army."
Malcolm Young was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1953, as one in a family of eight children. Most of Young clan emigrated to Australia in 1963, with older brother George forming The Easybeats in Sydney a year later and going on to score a 1966 No. 1 hit in the members' adopted homeland with "Friday On My Mind." Read morehere.
Grohl and the Foo Fighters were in the city ahead of a November 15 show at the same venue. "What a great night Tulsa. Thank you Dave Grohl for coming out for Paradise City!," posted Guns N' Roses on their social media sites after the show.
The fourth single from "Appetite For Destruction", the song reached No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the record went on to become the biggest selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.
The Tulsa stop is part of a fall North American leg of Guns N' Roses' Not In This Lifetime Tour that will wrap up at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA on November 29. Watch video of the jamhere.
A veteran of the Detroit music scene, Gutt (pronounced goot) has spent the last year writing and recording with founding members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz.
Available now via digital and streaming services, "Meadow" will appear on the band's as-yet-untitled album, which will be released next spring in conjunction with a North American tour.
The special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners at The Troubadour - which featured the live debut of "Meadow" - marked the beginning of a new journey for the band, one that began last year when they launched a worldwide search for a new singer with whom to write, record, and tour.
"We wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward with us," says Dean. "It took some time, but we found our guy."
Before choosing Gutt, the trio received and reviewed about 15,000 submissions online before selecting more than 30 singers to audition in person with the group at Studio 606 in Los Angeles. Gutt sang with the band on the last day of auditions. Ironically, he was the only one who hadn't submitted music online. Instead, he was invited after Robert DeLeo heard about Gutt after the bassist had played a show in Detroit with the Hollywood Vampires.
"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.
"The chemistry was there from the start, and Jeff kept coming up with one great melody after another," raves Kretz. "We ended up finishing 14 songs, which is the most that Stone Temple Pilots has ever recorded for an album." Stream the new songhere.
"Due to the events of the last few days, Brand New will be postponing it's upcoming three shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland," they wrote. "Ticket refunds will be accepted at the original point of purchase."
The tour cancellation comes after a woman alleged that Lacey "solicited nudes from me starting when I was 15 and he was 24." In a since-deleted Facebook post, the woman added that Lacey "manipulated the hell out of me, demanded specific poses/settings/clothing, demeaned me, and made it clear that my sexuality was the only thing I had to offer. He knew what he was doing was s-- so he wouldn't touch me until I was 19. I should've known better by then, but he had screwed me up so much psychologically that all I wanted was his approval."
Lacey has since shared a lengthy apology on Facebook. "I do not stand in defense of myself nor do I forgive myself. I was selfish, narcissistic, and insensitive in my past, and there are a number of people who have had to shoulder the burden of my failures," he wrote. "I apologize for the hurt I have caused, and hope to be able to take the correct actions to earn forgiveness and trust." Read more including Lacey's complete statement below: Read morehere.
That was a move not at all appreciated by KISS frontman Paul Stanley, who slammed Manson for posting the cover upon the cult leader's death. "[It's] pathetic when somebody [whose] career never really took off is desperate enough to try for publicity by connecting himself to the news of a murdering scumbag's death," Stanley raged on Twitter.
Marilyn Manson has yet to respond to Stanley's comments, but don't be surprised if this beef explodes into a war of words between the two. Stay tuned. Read morehere.
As reported by Loudwire, Eminem was on the verge of breakout success when he contacted Iommi nearly two decades ago. Unfamiliar with the rapper's work, however, the Black Sabbath guitarist declined the request and the collaboration never came to fruition.
Longtime Iommi fans are probably less surprised than others about Eminem's "near miss." Released in 200, the Iommi album featured a slew of musical guests - including Henry Rollins, Billy Corgan, Brian May, Serj Tankian, and Dave Grohl, among others. Read more
The revelation came during an interview with The Guardian, with Plant talking about taking a new direction while recording Led Zeppelin's third album, III.
"I realized that tough, manly approach to singing I'd begun on 'You Better Run' (a 1996 cover of the Young Rascals' song by Plant's former band Listen) wasn't really what it was all about at all. Songs like [Led Zeppelin I's] 'Babe I'm Going To Leave You' ' I find my vocals on there horrific now. I really should have shut the f- up!" Read morehere.
For the band's latest track, "All Things Fade Away," the Seattle-based band tapped local singer Ayron Jones to handle vocals. "The three of us [conceived the Levee Walkers] to make music with guest vocalists," Mike McCready told Rolling Stone. "It's been a cool, enlightening experience for me as Duff and Barrett push me to be a better musician."
"We've been lucky enough to have Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke and Latin artist Raquel Sophia sing with us," McCready continued. "Our latest great singer and guitar player is Ayron Jones from Seattle. Ayron is a super-talented singer-songwriter who has added a new fuel to the fire of Levee Walkers songs. He is also a smokin' guitar player that needs to be heard."
"Ayron is such a special and badass new Seattle artist," added Duff McKagan. "I went to a show of his last year in Seattle, and it was one of those that just simply made me realize how glad I am that I chose music as a path. Mike and Barrett are, of course, the best at what they do as well. I'm a proud Walker of Levees!" Check out the songhere.
Now, a new book suggests that Scott was in fact planning on quitting AC/DC before his untimely death. In the book Bon: The Last Highway, the author Jesse Fink recounts an interview with Roy Allen, a friend of Scott's from Texas, who received a call from the AC/DC frontman in late 1979, at the end of the band's Highway To Hell tour.
According to Allen, the singer called him suggesting he was tired of the hard rock life, saying, "Roy, I want to come to Texas. I'm coming into a good bit of money soon. I've had it: the living on the road, the shows, the drinking. I'm ready to leave the band. I've got to get out. It's all killin' me and I know it. I want to know if I came to Texas, I could stay with you. We could try quit drinking together."
Allen didn't make much of it at the time, not knowing that it would be the last conversation he'd have with Scott. Read morehere.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, details of Rossington's health issue were not released when a November 3 date at the Capital City Amphitheater in Tallahassee, FL was shut down on the day of the show.
The situation also forced the group to cancel a November 4 appearance at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL, and a November 5 headlining slot at the Rock Fest 80s event in Pembroke Pines, FL that will see .38 Special perform in their place,
The lone original member of the Southern Rock icons, Rossington has battled health issues in recent years, including heart surgery this past August "to address some blockage in his arteries", which followed a similar procedure in the summer of 2016 after the guitarist suffered a heart attack in late 2015. Read morehere.
The dates will see Osbourne celebrate more than five decades as a performer, both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath - who wrapped up a farewell tour in their hometown of Birmingham, UK this past February as captured on the live package "The End", which be released on November 17. When the three-year farewell wraps up in 2020, it will mark the end of global touring for the legendary rocker who, despite closing in on 72 years of age at the time, hints that more performances could follow.
The singer will be joined on the tour by longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde on guitar, bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.
"People keep asking me when I'm retiring," says Osbourne. "This will be my final world tour, but I can't say I won't do some shows here and there." Read more and see the announced dateshere.
In one story to illustrate Bennington's loyalty to his bandmates, Shinoda recounts how their label wasn't totally convinced that the debut album Linkin Park was recording at the time would do well.
As he tells it, "When we were recording [2000's] 'Hybrid Theory,' we were basically a new band with a new record deal. The label could have shelved us at any moment, and we were halfway through recording when our A&R started losing faith in us. He took Chester aside and suggested he take the band over, or put me on keyboards, or even kick me out. He told him, 'You're the talent, you should make a rock record. You don't need the rapping, you don't need the rest of the guys...' Chester finished the conversation and came in to tell us. 'So what did you say to him?' I said."
According to Shinoda, Bennington replied, "'I told him to go f*** himself". It's worth noting, that the eventual album would go on sell over 30 million copies. Read morehere.
A Perfect Circle was performing at the SMG Managed Santander Arena & Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA, on Nov. 4, where general manager David Farrar presided over the ejections at the band's direction.
Farrar made the shocking reveal on Instagram, commenting on a photo from the show taking by a fan who presumably was able to do so without being seen by security. 'Your [sic] good. We tossed over 60 people last night for taking pics," Farrar said in a now-deleted comment that was screen-capped by Metal Sucks.
Farrar went on to explain in a separate comment: "talk to Manyard.. this was 110% the bands policy and has been for TOOL, APC, and Pusicifer.. it's not a new policy."
"Someone in front of me was told to put their phone away and they were just looking at it," shared fan Nikki Woll who was at the show. "That's a little much. Not to mention security's flashlights were much more distracting than a phone."
Keenan addressed the no-photos policy in the comments section of a separate Instagram post after being challenged on it by a fan in a screenshot captured by Consequence of Sound: "No. Recording. Of. Any. Kind. For. 25. Years. Guided experience. Unplug and enjoy the ride."
It should be noted that the policy has been clearly communicated in venues on the tour. Check out a screenshot from one fanhere.
The supergroup broke the news to fans with the following Facebook post this past weekend, "We are thrilled to announce that Deen Castronovo is joining The Dead Daisies! He is here in Nashville with us where we are beginning the recording of the new album today.
"We'd like to thank Brian Tichy who has decided to pursue other projects next year. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours. We cannot wait for you guys to hear this new album we are working on! It will be a real bone-shaker!!"
"Everywhere is going to have a reckoning," he said, suggesting that sexual harassment and assault is an issue beyond just the world of entertainment. "I think the great thing is that we're in the first inning of this, and, obviously, it's long overdue."
The drummer applauded those that are coming out and sharing their stories, and that we live in a time where they can feel comfortable doing so. "I think that it's a great, great thing that everybody is standing up and that everybody -- no matter what gender they are -- feels safe in talking about their experiences," he shared. Read morehere.
"After a long period of sobriety, Charles Henry Mosley III lost his life, on November 9th, 2017, due to the disease of addiction," the Mosley family wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone.
"We're sharing the manner in which he passed, in the hopes that it might serve as a warning or wake up call or beacon to anyone else struggling to fight for sobriety." Read morehere.