Day in Rock Report for 12/09/2018
Rock and metal fans were shocked when Jethro Tull's "Crest of a Knave" was awarded the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance and here caught up with Freimuth to reflect on the controversy and how it changed things for the Academy.
"I wasn't here at that time and I don't weigh in on the choices made by our voters," Freimuth said. "What happened as a result of that particular situation is that we've made a change to our process where we added this whole layer called screening committees.
"We now have 24 different committees of people ranging in size anywhere from 15 to 70 people who sit around and listen to all the music and make sure that it gets to the right category so something like that doesn't embarrass us again."
In the Best New Artist category, Greta Van Fleet are named alongside seven other acts, including Chloe X Halle, Luke Combs, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.
The group's 2017 EP, "From The Fires", will compete for Best Rock Album against projects by Alice In Chains ("Rainier Fog"), Fall Out Boy ("Mania"), Ghost ("Prequelle") and Weezer ("Pacific Daydream").
In the Best Rock Performance category, Greta Van Fleet's debut single, "Highway Tune" - from the 2017 EP "Black Smoke Rising" - will go head-to-head against tracks by Arctic Monkeys ("Four Out Of Five"), Chris Cornell ("When Bad Does Good"), The Fever 33 ("Made An America"), and Halestorm ("Uncomfortable").
The "Black Smoke Rising" title track is one of five tunes in the running for the songwriter's award, Best Rock Song, where it is finalist alongside music released by Twenty One Pilots ("Jumpsuit"), Bring Me The Horizon ("Mantra"), St. Vincent ("Masseduction") and Ghost ("Rats").
"We are all so very honored and humbled to have been nominated for a Grammy Award, and so appreciative for the love and support we get from our fans, because we do what we do for them," says Greta Van Fleet. "All of the wonderful things that have happened to us over the past year, including these nominations, is because of our fans, the Peaceful Army."
Currently on the road across North America in support of their 2018 album debut, "Anthem Of The Peaceful Army" - which debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 this fall - the band will play three shows at Detroit's Fox Theatre later this month, where they will celebrate their industry recognition with the Children's Hospital Of Michigan.
"To share this honor and say thank you," adds the group, "we will donate $1 from every December Detroit ticket to @CHMFoundation, on behalf of The Peaceful Army." Read morehere.
"When Bad Does Good" - the lead single from the newly-released self-titled collection of the late Soundgarden singer's work - has been named as a finalist in the category alongside tracks by Arctic Monkeys ("Four Out Of Five"), The Fever 33 ("Made An America"), Greta Van Fleet ("Highway Tune") and Halestorm ("Uncomfortable").
The song was produced, recorded, and mixed by Cornell and was found in his personal recordings archive; it wasn't until friend Josh Brolin reminded the singer's widow, Vicky, of the unreleased song that she decided to share it with his fans.
"Thank you to the Recording Academy / Grammys for the nomination for 'When Bad Does Good'," posted Vicky on social media. "Chris would be so proud."
A newly-released video for the tune sees Cornell's son, Christopher, star as a paperboy - an occupation his father held in his youth - riding his bicycle around Seattle as images of lyrics from the Soundgarden frontman's history appear around the city.
"For me," says the young Cornell, "this video represents my dad and all the art he created throughout his life and what his music meant then and what it means now - not just to me and my family, but the city of Seattle and all of his fans."
An all-star cast of rockers - including Metallica, Foo Fighters and members of Soundgarden - will salute the late singer at "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" on January 16 at The Forum in Los Angeles. Watch the new videohere.
The 4CD/7LP "Appetite For Destruction: Locked N' Loaded" box set featured 73 total songs, including 49 previously-unreleased tunes while presenting a remastered version of the original record (across 2LPs) and a Blu-ray audio disc with new 5.1 surround sound mixes alongside the band's 1986 EP "Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide", a second EP containing B-sides from the era, 25 previously-unreleased recordings from the band's 1986 sessions at Sound City studios, and two previously-unreleased tracks from their recording sessions with producer Mike Clink.
The expanded package also included a 96-page handbound book with unreleased photos from Axl Rose's personal archive, 12 new illustration lithos visualizing each song from the album, seven 7" singles and replica band memorabilia from the era.
The team of art directors who put together "Locked N' Loaded" have been named as finalists in the Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package category for the 2019 event, alongside the creative teams who designed releases by The Decemberists ("I'll Be Your Girl"), the Grateful Dead (Pacific Northwest '73-'74: The Complete Recordings"), Weird Al Yankovic ("Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of Weird Al Yankovic") and Johnny Nicholas ("Too Many Bad Habits").
The "Appetite" reissue helped Guns N' Roses return to the US rock charts for the first time in almost a decade with the single, "Shadow Of Your Love", which was recorded with Clink during the 1986 Sound City sessions.
The song's appearance on the US Mainstream Rock Songs chart marked the group's first tune on the list since the 2009 appearance of "Better" from 2008's "Chinese Democracy", while also earning the distinction of being Guns N' Roses' first radio single featuring its original lineup of Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler since "Patience", which peaked at No. 7 in March 1989.here.
The Swedish rockers' fourth studio set was named a contender for Best Rock Album alongside releases by Alice In Chains ("Rainier Fog"), Fall Out Boy ("Mania"), Greta Van Fleet ("From The Fires") and Weezer ("Pacific Daydream").
The 2018 record was launched with the anthemic lead track, "Rats", which picked up a songwriter's award nomination in the Best Rock Song category, where it will compete against tunes by Greta Van Fleet ("Black Smoke Rising"), Twenty One Pilots ("Jumpsuit"), Bring Me The Horizon ("Mantra") and St. Vincent ("Masseduction"). Read morehere.
Directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy), the project takes an unflinching and deeply personal look into the life of legendary bluesman while following his career through The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominos, and his solo years.
The film sees Clapton share the stories behind his classics and hits alongside interviews with his grandmother Rose Clapp, George Harrison, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Ahmet Ertegun, Steve Winwood, and his former wife, Pattie Boyd.
"Life In 12 Bars" has been announced as a finalist in the Best Music Film category at the 2019 music industry awards, where it will compete against projects about Whitney Houston ("Whitney"), Quincy Jones ("Quincy"), Itzhak Perlman ("Itzhak") and Elvis Presley ("The King").here.
"We are so honored to be appreciated by our peers," says vocalist and guitarist Matt Pike. "We love and live our art." "It doesn't matter whether we win or not," says drummer Des Kensel. "It's just an honor to be recognized for our hard work and sacrifice after devoting our whole lives to music."
Finally, bassist Jeff Matz adds, "This is pretty mind-blowing. We're beyond thrilled about the nomination. We all put a lot of sweat and sleepless nights into writing and recording this album. It's amazing that our efforts are being recognized in this way."
The 2019 Grammy Awards will be held on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles, CA at the Staples Center.
Recorded with producer Nick Raskulinecz at studios in Seattle, Nashville and Los Angeles, the project debuted at No. 12 on the US Billboard 200 earlier this fall.
Alice In Chains' sixth record is a Best Rock Album finalist at the annual event, where it will compete for music industry votes against Fall Out Boy's "Mania","Prequelle" by Ghost, Greta Van Fleet's "From The Fires", and "Pacific Daydream" by Weezer.
"Very much appreciate the Grammy nomination for 'Rainier Fog' for Best Rock Album," tweeted vocalist William DuVall. Read morehere.
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