Day in Rock Report for 01/11/2018
Today's Day in Rock Stories
"I am still going to work. I'm doing a few gigs. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park [British Summer Time Festival] in July," the guitar icon tells BBC Radio 2 host Steve Wright in a new interview. "The only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my seventies and being able to be proficient. I mean, I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work.
"I am hoping that people will come along and see me [for] more than [because] I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it's amazing to myself that I am still here."
The hearing issues follow a 2016 disclosure by Clapton that nerve damage has made playing guitar, among other things, a challenge for him.
"I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year," he revealed at the time. "It started with lower back pain and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy, which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg.
"[It's] hard work to play the guitar and I've had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve. And I've had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old."
Clapton was forced to postpone a pair of concerts in Los Angeles last March when he came down with a case of bronchitis; he was spotted in a wheelchair at the city's airport leaving town with the assistance of one his daughters. Read more and listen to the interviewhere.
Part one of The Rise of L.A will be released on DVD on Janaury 19th and was directed by Bob Nalbandian and narratored by Megadeth cofounder David Ellefson.
The new preview clip features Ulrich looking back at Metallica's early influences and punk music. Watch it here. Nalbandian spoke with Billboard about the genre crossover that happened during that period, "Prior to thrash metal, punk and metal fans were outright adversaries in Los Angeles, but the early thrash metal shows brought the two forces together to rebel against the popular glam-rock movement that was so prevalent in Los Angeles in the '80s." Read morehere.
Directed by Pasqual Gutierrez, the clip for the first song the rocker wrote for his forthcoming third solo record was filmed in Los Angeles and Nashville last year.
"I just started humming notes out loud, staring out the window," White tells Rolling Stone. "After that, you really can't explain it. You just have to get out of the way and let it happen. And you don't really notice it as it's happening."
For the follow-up to 2014's "Lazaretto", White recorded with a new lineup of musicians that includes drummer Louis Cato (Beyoncι, Q-Tip, John Legend), bassist Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger), synthesizer player DJ Harrison, keyboardist Neal Evans (Soulive, Talib Kweli, John Scofield), percussionist Bobby Allende (David Byrne), and backing vocalists Ann & Regina McCrary of Nashville's legendary gospel trio The McCrary Sisters.
"Connected By Love" and "Respect Commander" are both now available digitally worldwide and as a physical 7" pressed at Third Man Pressing in Detroit, MI.
In addition, a limited-edition tri-color 7? will be on sale for one day only - Saturday, January 13 - exclusively at Third Man Records storefronts in Nashville and Detroit and available only for as long as the line for them lasts .. and never to be made accessible online. Watch the videohere.
The former Black Crowes singer will be playing songs from the band's song catalog on a 17-date tour this spring which is set to kick off on April 17th in Port Chester, NY at the Capitol Theatre.
He will be joined in the group by his former Black Crowes bandmates Audley Freed and Andy Hess, along with up and coming guitarist Marcus King and his fellow Chris Robinson Brotherhood stars Tony Leone and Adam MacDougall.
Robinson had the following to say in the announcement, "Spring will be sprung and the songs will be sung," said Robinson in a statement. "This crow will fly high with old friends and new. Bring on, bring on! I can't wait to hit the stage with some rock 'n' roll for the ages. It's been five years since I've had the privilege of singing these songs and with Audley Freed, Marcus King, Andy Hess, Adam McDougall and Tony Leone all onboard, a soulful rockin' funky good time is guaranteed!" Read more including the dateshere.
Imagine Dragons, Miley Cyrus, Little Big Town and the Zac Brown Band are among the latest list of performers scheduled to perform at the show. Juanes, Portugal. the Man, Brandi Carlile, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas are also new additions to the performance lineup.
These new acts joined previously announced artists John Legend, Harry Styles, Keith Urban, Lorde, HAIM and OneRepublic. Fleetwood Mac will headline the show. Read morehere.
"Legendary" was the first song that came out of my head when we started to put together material for our next full-length album. The style of it is very classic The Unguided (and also early Sonic syndicate) so fans who are familiar with our previous sound will recognize the elements in this track for sure. The song starts off with some badass riffage topped with melodies, goes into a catchy chorus and ends with some face melting breakdowns. This structure is very typical me, so the core parts of the songs basically wrote itself just by jamming on my guitar.
When we were about to hit the studio to record the album, I remember this track was one of our least favorite of all the material we had. We had several meetings discussing what material we should aim for to record, and this song was close to be cut out, since we thought it was weaker compared to the rest we had. But we considered it would be worth having some old stylish tracks included, so we kept it in. I think we had a pile of about thirteen full songs before we hit record, but to avoid bad luck, we stripped it down to ten!
Finally in the studio (Studio Radionika, Stockholm Sweden) this track started grew a lot on everyone. Usually you have a clear vision how the result of a song will be like in the end. But in this case, it changed radically during the process. Everything from the drums, guitars, keys, and vocal arrangements became far more overwhelming what we could ever imagine. And on top of that, our producer Dino Medanhodzic delivered a mixing job to die for. The track instantly become one of my favorites and I΄m still gives it a spin every now and then. It also impressed a lot of people on our label since they suggested "Legendary" to the opening single, which must mean we did something right on this one!
Legendary will be featured on our upcoming album "And the Battle Royale" which was [recently] released through Napalm Records. Hold your balls and prepare to be Legendary!!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
This milestone show for the band was recorded live in Johannesburg, South Africa at The Ticketpro Dome (then known as The Coca-Cola Dome), in the closing stages of their Native World Tour. Having been on the road at that point for over two years, the band brought their stadium-ready anthems and muscular live sound to 20,000 fervent fans in an explosion of light and sound; and performed hit after hit with contagious energy, including "Counting Stars", "Apologize", "All The Right Moves" and "If I Lose Myself". Watch the trailer here
Native, the band's third album which featured the game-changing "Counting Stars" - a #1 hit record in 54 countries - debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 2013 and sold over 5 million units worldwide. The suitably gigantic Native Tour had the band criss-crossing the planet en route to multiple shows in 154 cities in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, as well as North and South America. Read morehere.
'I, of course, okayed it with her, but that ended up being a big part of this record," Flowers told Song Exploder about the song addressing his wife's PTSD from childhood trauma.
"And so the song is from my wife's point of view, and it's from her perspective. And it's about resilience. So, she's singing to me. It's almost like this submission, it's her accepting like, 'I'm facing this thing.'" Watch the videohere.
Both the song and the video were shot on location at Abdala Studios in Havana, Cuba and Tommy had the following to say, "In 2016 I did a guitar camp in Havana, Cuba with Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolol.
"We worked up an arrangement of this famous Django Reinhardt song. We took all our guitar students to Abdala Studio to witness the recording as part of their education. You wouldn't know it but there were over 80 people sitting quietly in the room as we recorded this track live.
"A big thanks to Frank and Vinny for bringing this beautiful song to my attention. That studio is where so many great Cuban recordings where made including the Buena Vista Social Club records."
Vignola added, "Tommy is very curious and eager to learn new songs. When I played 'Djangology' for him, he fell in love with it. Tommy is a complete musician. Although he doesn't need anyone else, he certainly is a fabulous accompanist. A real professional." Watch the video
Frontman Rob Damiani had the following to say about the new clip, "Like most bands when they first sign a worldwide deal, we were shipped off to LA to meet the bigwigs and shoot videos.
"We had someone taking us to fancy meals, promising us the world, and in our naivety, we lapped it all up. It quickly became apparent that it's just a facade." Watch ithere.
The tour will launched in support of Dan's new studio album Perfection Kills, which is set to be released on February 2nd. He is giving fans an early taste of what is to come with the release of the video for the track "Dog Day" .
The album is the follow up to 2016's critically acclaimed Introvertigo which was voted #1 BluesRock Album 2016 by Blues Rock Review. Perfection Kills was recorded at Scherzo Productions, a recording studio in Dan's home town of Pretoria, South Africa. Dan chose Scherzo because he wanted to make a different sounding record and he felt it was the right studio for his vision. Watch the video and see the tour dateshere.
The invitation was inspired after Williams saw a video of the Stranger Things actor singing a Paramore song with his own band. "Dear Gaten, (Paramore guitarist) Taylor York & I saw your band's ("Misery Business") cover and all i can say is," Williams wrote on Twitter with a devil horns emoji. "Open invite to crash a pmore stage and thrash those luscious locks around (& harmonize, obv) whenever the spirit (of rock) leads you."
Matarazzo was quick to accept Williams' invitation with a Twitter response: "Dude!! Yesss!!!! Let's make this happen!" Williams coolly let the Stranger Things star know that she would send him Paramore's tour itinerary for him to pick a date for his big moment with the band. See the tweetshere.
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Born in Columbia, South Carolina to a local singer/songwriter, she discovered acting as a teen, which took her eventually to New York City to pursue that dream, yet she also taught herself how to play the guitar and write songs. "I really loved digging into the characters and their stories and all of the collaboration that came with acting," LeBlanc says. "It was safer to tell other people's stories. Writing songs was always about my own personal stories and that was scarier."
While in the process of leaving a tumultuous relationship and after leaving a job in NYC that she called "insane and toxic," LeBlanc found herself unsure of where to go next. She booked a tarot card reading in the hope of finding some answers. "The tarot card reader basically told me that I was going to move to Nashville-that was where I was meant to be-and that people needed to hear my music," LeBlanc says. "She also said I can't hide anymore, and that I was also going to meet a man connected to that city." At that point, Nashville had not been on her radar, but something about it felt very right. She made her first trip there a couple months later and eventually made the permanent move to Nashville to pursue her music.
A Man Like You is a collection of songs about the time in her life when she took a leap of faith to move to a new city while having left behind someone she felt deeply for but could never talk about those feelings out loud. "This is sort of a confessional album where I'm exploring all of my unresolved feelings for someone and sifting through how to move forward having made my own decisions," she says.