Day in Rock Report for 03/09/2018
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The project marks the band's first studio record with new lead singer Jeff Gutt after a lengthy audition process that saw the group review about 15,000 online submissions for the gig.
Gutt was discovered by a bassist Robert DeLeo after playing a show in Detroit with the Hollywood Vampires, even though he hadn't submitted an audition tape.
"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."
Gutt made his live debut with the group during an exclusive show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA last November before Stone Temple Pilots launched a US tour with him at The Canyon in Santa Clarita, CA on March 2.
"We are thrilled about what lies ahead," says guitarist Dean DeLeo. "The best way for us to honor our past is to keep making new music." Stream the songhere.
The guest appearance marked a rare return to the stage for Johnson, who left AC/DC in the middle of their "Rock Or Bust" world tour in 2016 after being advised by doctors to stop performing in arenas and stadium-sized venues immediately or risk total hearing loss.
"On stage it was getting harder and harder to hear the guitars, even hear the keys, and I was basically going on muscle memory," the singer recently revealed. "And I'm not the kind of guy who likes to cheat. The way I look at it, I had a great run."
While Axl Rose stepped in to help AC/DC complete the trek, Johnson began working with the inventor of in-ear monitors, Asius Technologies founder Stephen Ambrose, to find a technical solution that would allow him to return to live performances one day.
Johnson made his post-AC/DC live debut when he joined Robert Plant during a guest spot at a May 2017 Paul Rodgers show in Oxford, UK, and followed that up last summer when he performed his former band's 1980 classic, "Back In Black", with Muse at the Reading Festival. Watch the Fleetwood and Johnson jamhere.
The clip corrals scenes from a variety of movies from the Star Wars franchise, emphasizing such agents from the Dark Side of the Force as Darth Vader and Darth Maul.
"Great fan made video!!," Osbourne shared on Twitter with the well-edited clip created by "Voordeel" that pairs the Star Wars scenes with the menacing grind and stomp of the Sabbath track. Watch the clip via Ozzy Osbourne's Twitterhere.
After initial reports surfaced on Tuesday (March 6) that the two were involved in a physical altercation, Lee tweeted that he and his fiancee were in bed when Brandon burst into the room and knocked him unconscious.
Lee's son then issued a statement, claiming that the altercation was caused by his dad's alcoholism and that he's "devastated." "I'm devastated at the events of the last several days that have been a result of my father's alcoholism," Brandon told PEOPLE in a statement. 'I've worked tirelessly organizing an intervention and it's incredibly upsetting that it never came to fruition."
"I wanted my dad's hopeful sobriety and recovery to be a private family matter but, as a result of his accusations on social media, I feel forced to speak out," Brandon continued. "I have and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as needed. I love my father and just want to see him sober, happy and healthy."
In reaction to his son's statement, Lee tweeted that he is not an alcoholic and that he's just "enjoying" his life. 'I have a few drinks here & there because I'm f—- retired and enjoying my life," Lee wrote. 'I worked 30+ f—- years I deserve it. You didn't arrange any intervention, you barely spoke to me while u were here. Just coverin ur a–!!"
Following his statement, Lee tweeted that he was quitting social media, writing: "See ya later social media! Can't read anymore liesss." Read morehere.
Along with previewing the full album, the listening party attendees will pick up free three-inch Jack White buttons, while supplies last. Raffles will also take place at the parties for various swag, such as a Jack White tote bag or a vinyl single with the track "Over and Over and Over." Attendees will be able to enter to score a grand prize specific to their location.
In other news, White recently spoke with Los Angeles' KROQ on The Kevin & Bean Show and the topic turned to the current state of rock 'n' roll. What were his thoughts?
"Rock 'n' roll needs an injection of some new young blood to really just knock everybody dead right now," he said. "It think it's brewing and brewing and it's about to happen, and I think that it's good. Since rock 'n' roll's inception, every 10, 12 years, there's a breath of fresh air…some sort of what you could I guess call "punk attitude" or something like that, a wildness." Read morehere.
The song was written in Croatian language first in 2014. I remember doing a demo on Christmas Eve in 2014. It had very Audioslave riff and lots of measure changes… As time went by, I always thought the chorus was the only thing that would survive in this song, I was looking for the other parts… 2015 came soon, and I really started having Zakk Wylde phase, listening to Pride'n'Glory and ''Order of the black'', still my favourite BLS album. And a lot of riffs from that album had identity and balls. So I thought, maybe I just do a very slow, heavy riff, ballzy and see how it fits with the rest of the song. Even on demo it sounded huge, so I knew when we would do it for real, it would be what I was looking for. Lyrics were complicated but still very simple, with the clear message - Too much is not enough, but still the time runs out and if you run for the money, you got nothing left when you get old, the same old kid is screaming for the days you lost runnin' for basically - nothing. The choruses in the song are very slow, and I had more space developing the melody. I've had Ronnie James Dio in my mind, as soon as I sang the melody, it sounded like something he would write, just with a little more edge.
So I though, okay - now I have the heavy/southern riff with melodic verses and double tempo in the chorus, Van Halen-ish kinda chorus… What am I missing. Animal Drive is known for doing very old school influenced songs, but we would always include a breakdown, which is something old bands wouldn't do. So I made a little Nu-metal breakdown which we cut from the song few weeks before delivering the masters.
Keller had a cool idea for that breakdown, so we did it his way, and I think it sounds very cool. If we weren't so limited with time, we could do a lot more, but I'm proud how it turned out. And so, we decided to go with title ''Time Machine'' although the song title didn't appear in the lyrics. And I felt like something is still missing (probably because I listen to a lot of Progressive stuff and there always has to be a twist ha, ha) and we added the last part on piano and vocals where I sing low (The idea was kinda better than what turned out to be on the track) to display an old man remembering how he lost all his time.
And then I sing with my regular voice, explaining how ''that kid'' that was screaming is gone, ''Cause there's no such a thing as time machine''. We also had a very intro into the song, which was cut by our producer Andreas, he wanted a song to start immediately.
The bridge section in the song is very early 90's heavy metal sounding, to break the riff and the chorus pentatonic scale a little bit. And there you have it, sounds like Animal Drive in the end!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
The session sees the legendary rocker reflecting on his career as he promotes his latest effort, "Carry Fire", while also discussing whether he considers music a profession, craft or art.
"I think craft is the term I would use," explains Plant. "You grow into what might initially be an infatuation with the idea of entering something very special, very daring… Being attracted to the footlights and the entertainment and the smell of a venue and the anticipation in a crowd, I loved that. I thought that was an amazing thing, you know. I've been a music fan and a fan of all things that are interesting and occasionally unique, so I'm always a member of the audience and an entertainer, really. So, yeah, it's a craft."
Plant's appearance on The Big Interview With Dan Rather will premiere on AXS TV on Tuesday, March 13 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m PT. Watch the previewhere.
The trek launches June 12 in St. Augustine, FL, with shows mapped out through July 24, when the bands light up the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 24 in Morrison, CO.
An additional special guest will be added to the bill in the coming weeks.
Before setting out on tour, Paramore will head down to Tennessee for a set at this year's Bonnaroo festival. Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 16 at 10am local time via Live Nation. Read more including the dateshere.
"We can confirm that since last summer the band had been working with Universal Music on the creation of a very special 25th anniversary edition of the album, a newly remastered version with previously unreleased material of ours as well as other bonus material from the era of our debut album," reads a statement from the surviving members, posted on the Cranberries' website. "We had planned to release this special edition this month to coincide with the 25th anniversary. However, given Dolores' passing in January we put the entire project on hold."
The statement goes on to say: "In recent weeks we revisited this. After much consideration we have decided to finish what we started. We thought about it and decided that as this is something that we started as a band, with Dolores, we should push ahead and finish it. So that's the plan, to finish the project and get the special 25th anniversary edition album out later this year. We will also be completing the recording of a new studio album as previously announced, which we also started last year and for which Dolores had already recorded the vocals. All going well we hope to have this new album finished and out early next year." Read morehere.
Due April 27, the project presents the band's biggest hits as compiled from a pair of May 2017 sold-out shows in Lucerne, Switzerland with a 58-piece orchestra and a 60-piece choir.
Conducted by Ernst Van Tiel, the set represents a year-long collaboration between Foreigner founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones and Grammy-nominated composing/arranging team Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer.
"I could never have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner 40 years ago, that we'd still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later," says Jones. "Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer's orchestral arrangements have shown us a new symphonic dimension of our music, which I hope our fans will enjoy."
"Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus" will be available via CD, 2LP, DVD and digital formats. Watch the videohere.
Due March 9, the project is a record inspired by the loss of his father, Richard Bass, when Kennedy was a child; a Christian Scientist, Bass refused medical treatment and passed away from appendicitis when the future rocker was just four years of age.
"As the years went on and I started to figure out that this was something that could have been prevented, it certainly added a fair amount of gravity to the situation and left me with a lot of questions," Kennedy tells Billboard. "I wasn't sure how people would respond because it was such a personal story, but when I first brought it up with my mother and explained to her the premise of the record she understood and kind of helped fill in some details. I think overall it's been pretty supportive and understanding on the part of my mother and brother, in particular.
"A lot of the songs are trying to get into my mother's head and what she might have been thinking and things she might have been struggling with as a young mother with two boys in tow," he continues. "So a song like 'Love Can Only Heal' illustrates how even though she had lost the love of her life, was probably very lonely and there was probably a massive void, she was trying to retain a certain amount of optimism that maybe those wounds could be healed and that there's possibly somebody out there waiting in the wings to kind of pick the family back up and help us move along."
The Alter Bridge singer launched a world tour in support of "Year Of The Tiger" in South Africa this week ahead of playing dates on a European tour that will be followed by a spring US run in May.here.
The album was made in collaboration with Hammond organ/trumpet virtuoso Joey DeFrancesco, and features Morrison putting a fresh spin on jazz, blues standards and deep cuts from his catalog (via Rolling Stone).
DeFrancesco brought along his own band to make the album, with guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Michael Ode and tenor saxophone player Troy Roberts all contributing to the final product.
One of the tracks, "Close Enough for Jazz" (originally found on the 1993 album, Too Long in Exile) will be released as a limited-edition seven-inch single for Record Store Day 2018, which falls on April 21. The flip-side of the single will feature a cover of Guitar Slim's "The Things I Used to Do."
See the complete album tracklisthere.
'There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all it's confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness," explains Snow Patrol singer and songwriter, Gary Lightbody, in a press statement. "Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other. This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around. The loss of it. Trying to reconnect with it. To remember it."
Lightbody has stayed plenty busy while the band was on hiatus, co-writing songs with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift. Now, he's ready to refocus his sights on the return of Snow Patrol.
'Seamus Heaney, my favorite poet of all time, said at 71 that he was only discovering what some of his poetry means, and this is coming from a Nobel Prize-winning poet. It's a great testament to inspiration," Lightbody said. 'Sometimes it takes you five years to write the thing. Like now. And you know for sure when you finish an album like that, where you've poured over every detail and put every atom of yourself into it, everything makes sense and I bet you I'm never not proud of this record."
Watch a trailer and see the full tracklist for Snow Patrol's comeback albumhere.
These are just the first pair of acts slated to perform at this year's March Madness Festival, a free event slated for March 30 to April 1 at Hemisfair in San Antonio, where the men's Final Four basketball games will happen.
Imagine Dragons will headline the Coca-Cola Music party on March 31, with Maroon 5 headlining the Capital One JamFest on Sunday, April 1, closing out the festival weekend (via NCAA). Read morehere.
Martin's ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow has shared a video of the musician helping their daughter Apple hone her guitar skills. Their song of choice? "Yesterday" by the Beatles.
It's no secret that The Beatles had a major impact on Martin's musicianship and general approach to pop-rock (is it just a coincidence that his daughter shares the same name as the Beatles' record company?). Under her dad's guidance, Apple might have a show business future herself.
Paltrow (from whom Martin famously "consciously" uncoupled in 2014), captioned the video "Guitar time" with an apple emoji. Watch the Martin family music lessonhere.
When she was diagnosed with ALS, her family started the pepper challenge. It caught on quickly in the world of sports, as her son Tim is a former ESPN announcer (via People).
Now the challenge has hit the world of music, and Smith accepted. "Steve Gleason I (reluctantly) accept your #ALSPepperChallenge," Smith posted on Twitter, referencing former NFL Super Bowl champion Steve Gleason, who has publicly battled with ALS. "The ALS Therapy Development Institute has raised over $500K thru the challenge. I challenge you Mike McCready of Pearl Jam & Will Ferrell to do the same!"
In the accompanying video, the Chili Peppers drummer appears to be in Whole Foods Market, where he grabs a chili pepper from the produce section and chows it down.
"The ironic this is, I don't like chili peppers," Smith says in the clip. "I'm not a fan of a hot pepper." Smith gamely chokes down the pepper before erupting into a coughing fit as the video cuts off. Watch the videohere.
Noise11 reports the tribute by local street artist Mike Makatron was revealed at an event on the city's AC/DC Lane hosted by Cherry Bar owner and booker James Young.
"Sydney has the Opera House, but from today Melbourne will have Bon Scott," Young told the crowd before Scott's son, Dave Stevens, unveiled the sculpture.
"I think it's pretty spectacular to have this in Melbourne, the City of AC/DC," says Mary Renshaw, Bon's former girlfriend and author of the book "Live Wire."
Although AC/DC formed in Sydney in 1973 and recorded there, the band lived in Melbourne in the mid-70s around the time of the first two albums, 1975's "High Voltage" and "TNT". Read morehere.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios by the band's original lineup of vocalist/guitarist Syd Barrett, bassist Roger Waters, keyboardist Richard Wright and drummer Nick Mason, the project introduced Pink Floyd beyond the UK underground scene while being hailed as one of the greatest psychedelic albums of all time.
Remastered from the original 1967 mono mix by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman, the limited-edition Record Store Day release is delivered on premium 12" 180-gram black vinyl, and comes with an exclusive poster as well as a foil blocked outer wallet.
The 2018 reissue is the latest release from Pink Floyd Records, which recently marked global sales of over 1 million vinyl LPs since its launch in June 2016. Read morehere.
"Hello UK Freaks!," the band said, in a prepared statement. "We are so excited to return to you with our biggest headlining tour ever! And we are beyond pumped to finally get to perform at the legendary Brixton Academy, one of the places that has been on our rock 'n' roll bucket list forever! Can't wait to see all of you there!"
Prior to hitting the road, the band will release a new album that's currently being finalized in Nashville. Speaking recently with Billboard, Hale described the yet-to-be-titled LP as "definitely as step forward."
"I think you're really going to see something that comes from all four corners of Halestorm," she said, "what each of us brings to the table and just how important all four pillars are in this band. We're really pumped about having something new, and I just hope everyone likes it--and, regardless, we're stoked on it." See the dateshere.
The Who's 2018 Record Store Day release is a reissue of the band's double-LP companion album to the 1979 documentary The Kids Are Alright. The reissue comes pressed on red and blue vinyl.
The Doors will release Live at The Matrix, Part 2, a follow-up to the legendary group's 2017 Record Store Day release. The LP offers newly remastered performances captured on some of the band's 1967 shows at The Matrix in San Francisco.
Hendrix fans will get their ears on a seven-inch single with a cover of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy" on one side and the Jimi Hendrix Experience track "Trash Man" on the other side. Read morehere.
Produced by David Holmes, the project mirrored the success of the group's self-titled 2011 debut and 2015's "Chasing Yesterday" by debuting at No. 1 on the UK charts, delivering the former Oasis leader his third consecutive chart-topper.
The set, which includes guest appearances by Paul Weller and Johnny Marr, among others, peaked at No. 48 on the US Billboard 200. "Who Built The Moon?" was launched with the lead single, "Holy Mountain", which features Weller on organ.
"It was one of the first things [producer David Holmes] and I did on the first week of working together," explains Gallagher. "I knew instantly that it was going to be the first single. There's so much joy in it. Until the day I die, it will be one of my favorite pieces of music that I've ever written. It sounds great live. My kids love it, my friends' kids all love it and I am sure 'the kids' will love it." Read more here.