Day in Rock Report for 02/23/2019
The band kicked off the first leg of the farewell trek at the end of last month and Stanly and Simmons spoke with radio personality Dan Neerabout the tour.
When asked how they see the final moments of the very last concert of their long career, Stanley responded, "I don't wanna say bittersweet, because there's nothing bitter about it. It'll certainly be incredibly emotional, because I have so much to look back on that the band has made possible, that the fans have made possible, and I wanna know at that last show that I gave it everything I could. And I'll walk away proudly."
Simmons said, "I'm a fairly big guy - I'm 6' 2", I'm probably closer to 250 pounds. I'm not a skinny guy, and proud of it. But I know I'm gonna be weeping like a 12-year-old girl who has someone stepping on her feet at that last show.
"Tears of happiness, I might add. How many people on earth get to do what we've done? You've gotta take that perspective, because KISS has always been more than a band. KISS has been a unifying force for different generations... When you see a five-year-old kid at a concert - our concert - who has KISS makeup and is sitting on the shoulders of his dad who's wearing KISS makeup, who's next to his dad, who's 50 or 60, and he's wearing makeup. And that kid does my hand gesture for the first time in his life... It's hit me before. I turn around, and you're in tears, because you realize it's more than a concert and it's more than songs - it's a part of people's lives. They tattoo their bodies with our faces, they name their kids after our songs. It's a culture. It's a nationhood."
The band had this to say, "We are aware of the accusation surfaced last night about the band. The member that has been called out has been removed from our line up. That being said, we are going to take some time to regroup and figure out how to move forward. Our upcoming tour is canceled. We hope everyone finds their own peace."
Lopez said the following, "Last year, I had what I thought at the time was a consensual interaction with a woman, until I heard last night that she felt I had pressured her into sex. At first, I feld confused, because every interaction we had after the fact felt normal. After processing for a moment, I understand that it is not my place to judge whether or not she felt pressured, and if there is any doubt in her mind then I must taker her at her word.
"At this time, I feel that I need to reevaluate what I know about communication and consent, and I should not have a platform to perform music professionally. I'm so sorry for the pain I caused, and I know that I am not the victim here. There is no good way to apologize, but my regret is deep and real and I hope this is a learning moment for me. Believe survivors."
The mix of amphitheater, casino and festival appearances will wrap up October 12 at the Concord Pavilion in San Francisco, CA - the city where he famously recorded the legendary live album, "Frampton Comes Alive."
"Looking forward to seeing everyone this summer and fall," says Frampton. "We have Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening joining us for most of this run and my son Julian, with Julian Frampton Band, on the west coast dates. See you soon." Read morehere.
The Linkin Park star will be taking his solo show across the pond early next month for a European headline tour that will be kicking off in Berlin on March 2nd in support of his album "Post Traumatic". See the dateshere.
Using the Led Zeppelin Playlist Generator, visitors can build a playlist using any track from the band's catalog, including all their studio and live albums plus the deluxe editions released over the last few years.
Once complete, the Generator will then create custom, personalized cover art in the famous Zeppelin font to accompany the playlist and allow fans to share it via social media.
The 50th anniversary website has been launched with two brand new playlists personally curated by Jack White and UK rockers Royal Blood. Read morehere.
Alongside "Hot Blooded", the title track to the group's upcoming second album was one of two new songs the band played at the London venue while on the road in support of their 1977 self-titled debut.
Now, forty years later, the Rainbow set been restored from the original film reels, remixed and remastered for the 2019 reissue.
"1978 was an absolutely magical time for the band," remembers founder and guitarist Mick Jones, "and to come back over to the UK to play a headline show at the legendary Rainbow really was a dream come true.
"The audience was amazing that night. We couldn't have wished for a better show."
Due March 15, "Live At The Rainbow" will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital video. Watch the videohere.
The album will be available digitally, on CD, deluxe CD and vinyl LP and will features the band reworking some of their classic hits and fans favorites, in addition to three new tracks (the title song, "One Way," and "What Would You Do") Stream "Out Of The Blue" here.
Fans that opt for the deluxe CD will also get the following six unplugged songs: "Don't Know What Came Over Me", "The Best Is Yet To Come", "The Living Years", "Beggar On A Beach Of Gold," "Another Cup Of Coffee" and "Over My Shoulder". Read morehere.
"Done My Best" was the first song we wrote for the new album But, At What Cost. It started with a riff that Codey was jamming on in rehearsal. It had a fresh feel and was the track that drove the rest of the writing process.
I remember when it came time to start recording "Done My Best". After a long day in the studio, I had a lyric that was stuck in my head "Open your eyes to another surprise, something that don't exist, common sense is all but dead."
After the session, I was driving home, different lyrics started running through my head. I pulled into a park and ride and sat in my truck writing for the next few hours. The lyrics were all over the place, so I had to sift through the lyrics and try and make sense of it all.
"Done My Best" is about how we all have idiot tendencies. Some days I feel like we have lost the common sense side of life... maybe it's just me. It's tough not to let the world around us make decisions for us, but in the end, we all must do our best to treat each other with love and respect... So, we can make it through another day.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the albumright here!
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