Day in Rock Report for 10/24/2017
Today's Day in Rock Stories
"It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young," said the pair in a statement. "Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC.
"As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man. As a brother, you could not ask for a finer brother. For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts."
Originally based in Glasgow, Scotland, most of the Young family emigrated to Australia in 1963, with George forming The Easybeats in Sydney a year later. The group scored a 1966 No. 1 hit in the members' adopted homeland with "Friday On My Mind", written by Young and fellow guitarist Harry Vanda.
After The Easybeats disbanded in 1970, Vanda and Young became one of Australia's most successful songwriting duos and production teams. The pair produced AC/DC's 1975 debut, "High Voltage", and its follow-up, "T.N.T." - both Australia-only releases - before the debut was reissued internationally in 1976. Vanda and Young were also on board for 1976's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", 1977's "Let There Be Rock" and "1978's "Powerage", as AC/DC became stars in Australia and while gaining pockets of support around the world.here.
The trek - which opened in St. Louis, MO on July 27 - saw the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan perform 15 dates before more than 535,000 fans to earn revenue of $53 million.
The group snagged their highest box office take at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN on July 30, where they raked in $5.5 million from 48,740 sold seats.
According to a mid-year report by Pollstar, Guns N' Roses had the highest-grossing worldwide tour in 2017, with an industry-leading $151.5 million gross from January 1 to June 30.
A 19-date summer European leg of the "Not In This Lifetime" tour recently added $112 million in ticket revenue to expand the total take from the extended global trek to more than $300 million in 2017 and over $400 million since its launch in April 2016.
Guns N' Roses are currently playing shows on a fall North American leg that will wrap up at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA on November 29. Watch the video and see the upcoming dateshere.
A spring run will begin in Austin, TX on April 18, with shows running to early May, following which the group will begin a series of European concerts in June.
The Foos will return to North America for more dates in July, including a two-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden, a pair of shows at Boston's Fenway Park, and a late July appearance at Chicago's Wrigley Field. See the dates and ticket detailshere.
The "new studio album, 'Firepower,' will be arriving in early 2018," shared the band across their social media sites. Produced by Andy Sneap and Tom Allom, the project marks the follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls."
The 7-week opening leg of Judas Priest's 2018 world tour - with guests Saxon and Black Star Riders - will begin in Wilkes Barre, PA on March 13 and wrap up in San Antonio, TX on May 1.
All dates will be running a Judas Priest Fan Presale starting Wednesday, October 25 at 10 AM local time with the password: FIREPOWER that fans can use to purchase tickets in advance. See the tour dateshere.
"Scott Putesky and I made great music together," Manson wrote on Instagram. "We had our differences over the years, but I will always remember the good times more. Everyone should listen to 'Man That You Fear' [from Antichrist Superstar] in his honor. That was our favorite."
Manson (real name Brian Warner) met Putesky in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1989 and the two subsequently formed Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids. The group shortened its name to Marilyn Manson and he appeared on the bracing debut album Portrait of an American Family and breakthrough EP Smells Like Children, which featured the Eurythmics cover "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," which broke Marilyn Manson into the mainstream. Read morehere.
This song came together very quickly. The guitar part was written in one sitting, inspired by a 12 string acoustic that I had just gotten back from having modified to play slide on, and in a very low, open tuning. The chorus wrote itself, initially, as it fit the vibe of the raunchy guitar part. The lyrics of the chorus are a mash-up of the phrase "troublemaker", which I had planned to use after seeing Jamie Foxx utter it in a particularly overly-theatrical romantic scene in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained", and Slim Harpo's blues classic "Hip Shake Thing". I capped it off with the line "love me like a 45.", which I thought clever, in that it could have two interpretations; one violently dark, the other a reference to an affinity for old music, but both equally weighted with innuendo.
The verse lyrics are partly describing myself from an outside perspective and the rest drawn from various women that I have encountered in dubious circumstances or that were questionably motivated at the time. That subject always qualifies nicely under the moniker of "Rock & Roll".
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
The song comes from their forthcoming album "Open Your Omen", which will be released next year and is being mixed and mastered by Mustaine, according to TeamRock.
Mustaine had this to say: "This album wails! Joey Jordison and Vimic are incredible. High-octane drumming and heavy, melodic songs make this band something you definitely need to check out!
"I dig them so much I laid a solo down on Fail Me (My Temple). From there, we decided to take them on tour with us down to South America where Megadeth is massive."
Jordison added: "The riffs, lyrics, and drums of Open Your Omen will tell you a lot. We started this record when I was coming out of the Acute Transverse Myelitis condition. It's literally what saved me and helped me get back to where I'm healthier than ever.
"These guys and this album pushed me to not only relearn how to walk, but how to play the drums again. Open Your Omen is the rebirth of the rest of my life." Stream the new songhere.
The band features former Dream Theater stars Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal.
Portnoy had this to say: "I can't believe it's finally here! The Sons Of Apollo debut album is finally out! This album has a little bit of something for everybody - classic rock, metal, prog… it's a musical feast for the ears. To prime everybody for the release, we're excited to debut the video for Lost In Oblivion. This song is full-on energy, excitement and shred!
"From that crazy double bass drum pattern that took me forever to perfect, to the insane bass and guitar unisons throughout the song, to Jeff's always-hooky chorus, this song is another great example of what this band is about.
"We can't wait for everybody to finally have the full album this week and we look forward to hitting the road in 2018 - playing all around the world all year long!" Watch the videohere.
The special 10-date tour across the UK will feature the hologram of Orbison accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, according to Classic Rock.
The trek is scheduled to launch on April 8th at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff and will include stops in Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Liverpool, London before concluding on April 20 at the BIC in Bournemouth. See the dateshere.
Instead of recording a traditional concert, the band had decided to record a rehearsal session for their upcoming tour in London on November 7th that will include a live audience and they are taking input from fans to select the tracklisting, according to TeamRock.
Wayne Hussey had this to say, "The idea, mine so blame me, is that a rehearsal scenario is a controllable environment as opposed to the mayhem and unpredictability of a 'live' show." Read morehere.
The group will be releasing the limited edition (just 100 copies) on October 30th and it will include a photo of Talbot's mother on the cover. He explained the move (Via TeamRock), "Our music has saved us in many ways. My old dear didn't have the luxury of finding something that could save her.
"I've had her ashes pressed into 100 vinyl to symbolise just how important she was to this album, to this band and of course to me and my drive to exist in the most loving and honest me.
"We strive to make music that invigorates people to express themselves freely without prejudice or mockery. Now you can see that we've put everything into our art so that maybe you can too. Don't go gentle. All is love." Watch a video that goes into the process behind the vinyl pressingshere.
The song comes from their recently released comeback album "The Missing Piece". Lewis had the following to say about the new clip, "I am incredibly proud of the video for The Flood's The Fault Of The Rain. Director Wayne Joyner and animator Bill Bronson created a dark, powerful, and moving visual of one woman's fight against abuse - a topic that unfortunately continues to be a reality."
Guns added, "It had to portray the strength of a woman scorned in the darkest possible way because the reality of abuse is incredibly dark and I am very pleased with imagery that Bill Bronson created to portray the horrible reality." Watch ithere.
Satyr had this to say about the brand new visual, "I wanted To Your Brethren In The Dark to be a director's interpretation of the song, rather than a band performance type of thing.
"Seeing what we do through the eyes of another artist is always interesting to me and just like the song, the video has become a little bit of a journey on it's own.
"To Your Brethren In The Dark is definitely one of the flagship songs on the record. It is about emotion, our nature, the spirits, the autumn, the sombre and rainy days, those who we lost and the ones who we have not met yet."
He added, "You could say it is a tribute to the sorrow in man and to the drama of the nature we surround ourselves with. A song for the dark towers of the past and those who will rise in the future. Pass the torch to your brethren in the dark." Watch the videohere.
The band is set to embark on a special run of in-store activations with fans. For access to these limited space signings and select acoustic performances, fans can pre-order The Canyon in person from Permanent Records, Rough Trade Records and Amoeba Berkeley.
The hard-hitting new track follows the first song from The Canyon, "Over and Over Again." Watch The Used's lyric video for the new song "Rise Up Lights" and see the in store dateshere.