Headlines for Wednesday, April 10, 2013
ALICE IN CHAINS: More Classic Rock
Alice in Chains' two remaining original members, singer-guitarist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, say their recording philosophy hasn't changed since the band began -- just make songs they all like and can get excited about. Their upcoming album, The Devil Put the Dinosaurs Here, is no different, but Cantrell tells us he hears a lot of certain influences on it.
The pair also explained why they decided to make Alice in Chains Twenty-Three, their just-released promotional video that parodies promotional videos, which they've posted on the comedy website Funny or Die.
STONE SOUR: Thinking of Fan's Wallets
Stone Sour's decision to split House of Gold and Bones into two parts was inspired in part by their fan's wallets.
Guitarist Josh Rand says the split was not done only for artistic and packaging reasons -- the band loves that the two packages put together create an actual house -- but they discovered that in many countries around the world, it's cheaper to buy two CD's separately than it is to pick up a double-disc set.
House of Gold and Bones Part 2 is in stores now. Stone Sour continue their spring tour Wednesday in Huntington, New York.
JOHN LENNON: Son Works With Tyler
Monday was Julian Lennon's 50th birthday, and in celebration he posted a video on his Facebook page for his new song, "Someday," featuring Steven Tyler on background vocals. The video shows clips of The Beatles, Tyler and many who tried to make this world a better place, including Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama and Gandhi. Tyler can be heard singing the line, "How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people," which is from The Beatles' song, "Baby You're a Rich Man."
Julian's step mother, Yoko Ono, posted a birthday greeting to him on Twitter as well as a link to the song.
Last fall, John Lennon's son with Yoko, Sean Lennon, joined Aerosmith on stage in New York for The Beatles' "Come Together."
See video HERE!
DAVID LEE ROTH: Was an AccidentDavid Lee Roth tends to joke quite often when giving interviews, or he talks in long winded Roth-isms. But in an interview Down Under, he has opened up about his personal life, something he rarely does.
On his childhood: He says his mom, Sybil, told he was "an accident... Coming from a supremely dysfunctional family, I can see why I am the way I am. I spiritually left the family home at 12, but moved out with Dad when I was 17. That’s when my parents officially split. My two sisters remained with Mom. I am still close to my sisters and love them dearly."
First kiss: "My first kiss was the one by which all others will be judged, at least from a guy’s standpoint. It was with a skinny blonde girl called Janine Scott. I shoveled crap behind a stable for a wage as a kid and she was one of the rich kids. We made out behind the stables. I was 13. We were barely teenagers, but there was a lot of Shakespeare going on."
First sexual encounter: "The first girl I slept with was 18 and I was 14. We were at Club Med in Tahiti. It was our first family vacation. I had sex with one of the Tahitian dishwashing girls, named Elaine. It was the first time I saw bikinis, Europeans and was exposed to an international crowd. We ended up together under a full moon on the beach. We fumbled and struggled and she could barely speak English, but she kept saying: 'I like it, I like it.' I kept thinking, 'You’re supposed to love it.'"
Current relationship: "I have had four great loves in my life, but have never been married or even come close. Those women are now all married and we’re still good friends... I live in Tokyo and hang out with a girl half my age and it’s no longer a legal issue [laughs]. It was not an impulsive move to come here. We are in love and my girlfriend is Japanese. As far as getting married now, I still don’t think it’s for me. I have issues, which stem from my past. I am a wanderer; I was sent to my first shrink when I was six because my parents thought I had autism. They were wrong. The Roth side of the family always settled down later in life... Who knows what the future holds for me in this department. I am quite happy in my current relationship."
ROGER WATERS: Tries to Set the Record StraightRoger Waters has issued a statement on the cancellation of his career retrospective at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, originally scheduled for April 30th, and then rescheduled to June 19th, 2013. It was reported that it was scrapped because some members of the Jewish community were not happy with the event, due to his views on Israel.
Waters says, "I was invited by 92Y to take part in an interview on the 30th of April this year. I checked out a couple of previous talks on YouTube, and as they appeared to be serious and measured discourse, I accepted the invitation to take part... On April 3rd, my publicist in New York received a phone call from Susan Engel, the Director of Lectures at the 92Y, cancelling my re-scheduled engagement without explanation. She did leave a telephone number which we called, but it was only an answering machine with the message that 92Y was closed for Passover. We left messages asking to talk to Susan Engel but have so far received no reply. I have since been made aware of rumblings on the net suggesting that resistance in the local Jewish community to my coming engagement may have had something to do with its cancellation. If that be the case it saddens me. In these troubled times, opportunities for serious, measured discourse are too precious to be discarded on the altar of sectarian prejudice. Not to talk is not an option."
He added, "Also our conversation at the 92Y would not necessarily have needed to be restricted to our hopes for just and peaceful outcomes for both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. I have other interests, we could have talked about how Pink Floyd got its name, or whether David Gilmour and I will ever get back together (sorry, irony) or suicide rates among returning veterans or Las Madres de Malvinas, or the missing in Mexico, or the concept of Us and Them.
To bundle up in our dread beliefs serves us not at all...
P.S. At time of posting we have still had no response."
AEROSMITH: Wait Until Next YearJoe Perry has been using the time in between legs of Aerosmith's tour to work on his autobiography. But don't expect it later this year as he had first hoped. He now says, "It's coming out sometime in 2014. Too much stuff to rush it for 2013." He's working on it with writer David Ritz and he will be the third member of the band to tell his story following drummer Joey Kramer and Steven Tyler.
RUSH: Well, Since They're in L.A....Since Rush will be in Los Angeles next week for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18th, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are making the most of the trip. They'll take part in a question-and-answer session following a screening of the band's documentary, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, at the ArcLight Cinema in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 16th.
Beyond the Lighted Stage originally screened in theaters in June 2010. It came out on DVD later that month.
WHITE STRIPES: Raiding the Live Vault AgainThe White Stripes may be gone, but they won't let you forget them. They're issuing yet another limited-edition live album from their bottomless vault.
Nine Miles From the White City is a vinyl-only two-disc set that was recorded in Chicago back in 2003. It features covers of songs by Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson and Captain Beefheart, in addition to 20 or so originals.
The package, part of the Third Man Vault series, also includes a single featuring demos of "Little Acorns" and "I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother's Heart," and a photo book documenting the Elephant recording sessions. The whole batch is due for release late next month.
GUNS N' ROSES: Sorum Visits CongressVelvet Revolver and ex-Guns n' Roses drummer Matt Sorum visited Congress on Tuesday to lobby for increased arts funding.
Sorum joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Capitol Hill as part of group marking National Arts Advocacy Day. The pair did a brief jam session for a gathering of legislators and arts advocates from across the country who were planning to visit congressional offices.
Sorum said he was on hand because his mother was a music teacher and that his high school classes in orchestra, jazz and marching band were critical in launching his career. He also recently started Adopt the Arts, a charity to support arts education in Los Angeles.
Source: Associated Press
Headlines for Tuesday, April 9, 2013
DAVID DRAIMAN, DEVICE: Two for Tuesday, Three on WednesdayDavid Draiman's Device album hits stores Tuesday -- but the Device you'll see on stage when they start their first tour on Wednesday in Mobile, Alabama looks a little different than the team that put together the recording.
The album was a two-man project with former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo, and Draiman tells us he thinks they accomplished what they'd set out to do.
Live, Device is Draiman, plus former Dope guitarist Virus and Evanescence drummer Will Hunt. Draiman explains why Lenardo is no longer involved.
ROLLING STONES: Bill Wyman Sings a Different Tune Regarding the U.S.Bill Wyman is singing a slightly different tune when it comes to reuniting with the rest of The Rolling Stones -- or maybe it's different stories for different papers.
Last the London Telegraph quoted Wyman saying he wasn't invited to do any of the Stones' recent American shows. But Monday's Express says Wyman turned down a chance to work with the Stones in America.
Wyman was disappointed that his reunion with The Rolling Stones lasted just two songs and five minutes. Thus this quote in the Express: "I came off just as I was warming up and getting into it. When they asked me to go to America for two weeks to do three shows there, I said for two songs? No thank you."
You have to wonder if it's bluster or just hurt feelings.
ERIC CLAPTON: Partners with Hard Rock Cafe on Fund-raising SouvenirsEric Clapton is teaming with the Hard Rock Cafe on a line of souvenir merchandise that will benefit his pet charity, Crossroads Centre Antigua. Specially designed men's and a women's T-shirts have gone on sale, as well as two collectors' pins. The legendary guitarist says in a statement, "It is a great project and I hope that people will be proud to wear the T-shirts and pins in the knowledge that those in need of rehabilitation from alcohol and drugs will benefit."
The items will be available at Hard Rock locations in Orlando, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Foxwoods (Connecticut), Nashville, New Orleans, Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Toronto and Honolulu.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Stream New SingleThe first single from the new Queens of the Stone Age album is streaming on the band's website.
The band debuted "My God Is the Sun" during its appearance at Lollapalooza Brazil late last month. Their new album, Like Clockwork, will be released on June 4th. Fans who pre-order it through iTunes will get an immediate download of "My God Is the Sun."
ANDY JOHNS: More Rockers ReactMore reactions are coming in to the passing of legendary producer-engineer Andy Johns. He died of undisclosed causes over the weekend at age 61.
Slash: "RIP Andy Johns. One of the great engineer-producers of our time... He will be sorely missed."
Queensryche's Michael Wilton: "RIP Andy Johns. Thanks for the amazing music you gave us all."
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith: "RIP Andy Johns... Made some of my favorite all-time records."
Ratt's Juan Croucier: "RIP legendary producer-engineer Andy Johns, an amazing talent. You'll be missed by so many. God bless."
Queen's Brian May: "So sad to hear of the passing of Andy Johns. Great record producer. Lovely guy, patient, skilled, funny, encouraging, sharp...all the qualities you want in someone who is getting your music onto tape."
Peter Frampton: "Andy Johns, engineer-producer and longtime friend, has left us and way too soon. He worked with Humble Pie on our first two albums. Better known for Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones' classic albums. So many other amazing-sounding records were recorded-produced by Andy. My thoughts are with his family and especially his brother Glyn. We will all miss Andy. RIP."
BLACK SABBATH: More Shows, but None in U.S. YetBlack Sabbath have announced a bunch more shows, but nothing in the U.S yet. The group will be hitting Europe starting November 20th in Helsinki, Finland and wrapping up December 10th in their hometown of Birmingham, England. U.S. shows are expected in the late summer or early fall.
Black Sabbath's new album, 13, is due out June 11th.
IRON MAIDEN: U.S. Dates RevealedIron Maiden are coming back to the U.S to do a few shows.
They'll hit a bunch of cities they haven't visited in a while on their way to their Rock in Rio performance in Brazil on September 22nd. The tour starts on September 3rd in Raleigh, North Carolina and wraps up on September 13th in San Bernardino, California. Megadeth are on board as the opening act.
VAN HALEN, SAMMY HAGAR: Hey, You Look GoodSammy Hagar thinks Eddie Van Halen looks like he's got things together.
Hagar was interviewed by Vegas Rocks Magazine and was asked what he would say if he ran into him one day. Hagar said, "Well, right now I'd say, 'Wow. Great. I've seen some pictures of you recently. You look like you're healthy and doing great. I'm really proud of you and I'd like to see you continue doing that. Here's my phone number. Call me up if you wanna hang and just have some fun and goof off.' And whatever that led to."
Hagar added that if he ever played with Van Halen again, someone else would have to be on board -- ex-bassist Michael Anthony. Hagar says, "I would do it again under different circumstances. So it'd be like that. And then I would also say, 'And also here's Mikey's phone numbers with mine.'"
THE WHO: Wrap Up Tour With Benefit ShowThe Who will wrap up the U.K. leg of their Quadrophenia and More tour with a benefit concert.
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend did the same thing at the end of their U.S. tour back in February. This one is set July 8th at London's Wembley Arena. Proceeds will go to Refuge, an English domestic violence charity that runs 45 women's shelters as well as community outreach services.
The Who's tour starts on June 8th in Dublin, Ireland.
ERIC CLAPTON: Check Out Guitars at CrossroadsSome pretty valuable guitars will be on display at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival this weekend in New York.
The Road to Crossroads Exhibition will include Clapton's famous Fender Stratocasters "Blackie" and "Brownie," his early cherry red Gibson ES-335 and Stevie Ray Vaughan's Fender Strat "Lenny," on loan from the Guitar Center Legends Collection and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The collection -- which also includes items from previous Crossroads Festivals -- will be displayed inside New York's Madison Square Garden Friday and Saturday while the fest is going on.
Clapton wrapped up the North American leg of his tour Saturday night in Pittsburgh and joined his opening act The Wallflowers during their set to perform a cover of The Band's "The Weight."
See video HERE!
KID ROCK: 20 Bucks to See Him This SummerKid Rock will be hitting the road -- but not your wallet -- this summer.
Rock's $20 Best Night Ever tour will offer tickets for that price in every section of the amphitheaters he's performing in, starting June 28th in Bristow, Virginia. These $20 tickets will be sold at Wal-Mart locations near each venue. To offset the cost of the lower-priced seats, 1000 tickets to the best seats to each concert will be sold through Live Nation's Platinum Tickets program, which will charge what's called "market price."
ZZ Top joins the tour on July 28th and stays on until it wraps up on September 15th in Tampa, Florida.
Headlines for Monday, April 8, 2013
IN STORES THIS WEEKStone Sour release the second part of their concept album (which is also a comic book series) with House of Gold and Bones, Part Two.
The Danish group Volbeat follow up their U.S. breakthrough album Beyond Hell/Above Heaven with an album with another awesome title -- Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies.
Disturbed's David Draiman kept with the D theme in naming his side project Device. Their self-titled album includes a cover of "Close My Eyes Forever" with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm.
Paramore return with their self-titled fourth album, their first as a trio.
The Postal Service's Give Up: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition is a two-disc set with the original album, two previously unreleased songs, rarities, B-sides, remixes and cover versions.
ROLLING STONES, LED ZEPPELIN: Producer/Engineer Andy Johns Dies
Producer/engineer Andy Jones, who famously worked on The Rolling Stones classic Exile on Main Street and Led Zeppelin 4, died on Sunday. He was 61.
Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony commented on John's death on his website. The pair had worked together on albums by Van Halen and Anthony's current band, Chickenfoot.
Anthony wrote, "Just heard about the passing of my friend and producer, Andy Johns. Words cannot express my sadness upon hearing this. Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing and working with Andy, you know what I'm saying. I loved you brother. Annette, you are in my thoughts and prayers."
Johns earned his place in rock history by working on some of the most important albums and songs of the rock era.
Johns is the young brother of Glyn Johns, whose credits include work with The Who, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles. He's also the uncle of Ethan Johns, who's produced albums by Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon and Rufus Wainwright.
He is survived by his sons, singer-songwriter Will Johns and drummer Evan Johns of the band Hurt.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES: Deluxe Album Coming in JuneBlack Veil Brides' Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones will get a whole lot bigger in June.
A deluxe edition of the album is in the works and will be packaged in a large black box with all-new artwork, three new songs, a book of unreleased photographs and a DVD or Blu-ray of the band's film Legion of the Black. The movie follows a group of rebels known as The Wild Ones as they defend themselves against an organization called F.E.A.R.
The release is timed to coincide with the band's stint on this summer's Warped Tour, which starts June 15th in Auburn, Washington.
COACHELLA, STAGECOACH: More Fests in the Fall?The company behind the massive Coachella and Stagecoach festivals might start staging more concerts in the same location in the fall.
The town of Indio, California has approved a deal with Goldenvoice to allow the festivals to be staged at the Empire Polo Grounds through 2030. The new agreement doubles the amount of money per ticket sold the town gets while allowing the promoters the right to expand from three high-capacity events each year to five.
Goldenvoice hasn't said it will add the two fall festivals, but one can have a maximum capacity of 75,000 and the other can have 99,000 attendees.
BLACK SABBATH: Ozzy Is PumpedOzzy Osbourne seems pretty happy with the new Black Sabbath album, 13.
In all the international press he's done so far, he's raved about the reunion album, and in a chat with Australia's Triple M he says, "We wrote 16 songs…and I put it on my CD player, expecting me to be unhappy with the end result, but this big grin came on my face and my hair on the back on my neck [stood up]… It's better than my wildest dreams. It's so good."
Osbourne adds, "People have been quoting me that this album was quite possibly the most important album of my career. What I meant by that is I didn't want it to sound like a follow-up to Never Say Die!, 'cause that was when we were dying out within the band."
13 is due out on June 11th.
BLACK CROWES, ALLMANS: A Family TourThe Black Crowes and The Tedeschi-Trucks Band -- featuring Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks -- are teaming up for a month-long summer tour.
It kicks off on July 19th in Nashville and wraps up on August 15th in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Tickets for most shows go on sale April 12th.
ROLLING STONES: Who KnowsKeith Richards says The Rolling Stones’ 50 and Counting tour may not be their last.
Keith, who's been answering this same question since the mid-’60, says, “Do you know how many times that one's been asked? Who knows… If the guys are flying and rocking and everybody feels good, I don't see why they wouldn't do 51 and Counting, 52... But at the moment, we're well aware that we're getting up there." The tour starts in early May in Los Angeles.
Watts up with Charlie? Drummer Charlie Watts says he’s not looking forward to the Stones' gig at England’s Glastonbury festival. “I don't want to do it. I don't like playing outdoors, and I certainly don't like festivals. It's not what I'd like to do for a weekend. Glastonbury, it's old hat really. I never liked the hippie thing to start with." The Stones will be there on June 29th.
The Stones’ other big U.K. show, in front of 65,000 people on July 6th in London’s Hyde Park, sold out in less than five minutes, and a second Hyde Park show is being planned for July 13th.
JOURNEY: Don't Believe What You ReadJourney continues to get press, but it’s more about guitarist Neal Schon’s personal life and not their music.
The latest news has England’s Daily Mail apologizing to Schon and his fiancée, reality TV star Michaele Salahi, for a false story it recently published. In a first for the paper, an apology has been posted on the homepage of the British newspaper’s website and reads as follows:
On February 22nd, 2013 we published an article…[that] claimed falsely that Mr. Schon was a deadbeat dad and repeated allegations that he had neglected his ex-wife and two young children… We accept that these allegations are untrue and apologize to Mr. Schon, Ms. Salahi and the family for any distress caused. We have agreed to pay Mr. Schon and Michaele damages and legal costs.
The Daily Mail based its story on false and vicious online statements made against Schon by his former mother-in-law, Judy Kozan. Her comments came just hours after Schon was victorious in a court case filed by his ex-wife, Amber Schon, in which she asked for an additional $2700 in monthly support payments. A Minnesota judge ruled that Schon had met all of his child support obligations… Schon has since filed a lawsuit against his former mother-in-law in an attempt to end the constant harassment and for the damage that has been caused.
ROGER WATERS: Talk Scrapped Over PoliticsA Roger Waters speaking event has been scrapped -- reportedly over politics.
The Waters career retrospective at the 92nd Street Y in New York was originally scheduled for April 30th and then re-scheduled to June 19th before being cancelled this week. The Jewish Daily Forward reports that certain parts of the Jewish community were not happy with the event, due to his views on Israel and support for Palestine.
Headlines for Friday, April 5, 2013
BEASTIE BOYS: Mike D Helps RockawaysBeastie Boys' Mike Diamond has been quietly helping out a section of New York still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
His Rockaway Plate Lunch food truck has served up more than 19,000 free hot meals in the Rockaways area of Queens, which was devastated last fall. Diamond tells Good.is that the goal -- with a meal of chicken, beans, rice and vegetables -- is to give people "a very complete, warm, flavorful meal, and certainly a lot more nutritious and balanced than a fast food option. We were conscious of giving people something that they were familiar with but at the same time was hearty and warm."
Diamond adds that he and his partners in the truck are looking to transition the truck into a more sustainable force. He says, "There’s still the need for warm food out there, but our real goal for this summer is to help revitalize the local economy. So we’re trying to switch the truck over from giving away food, to charging for food but having it become staffed, run and operated on every level by citizens of the Rockaways."
PRIMUS: Some Deluxe CheesePrimus's 1991 breakthrough album, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, will be out in a deluxe edition May 21st.
Two live tracks from the band's most recent tour and a remix have been added to the original album, and a second disc -- either Blu-ray or DVD -- features new stereo and surround-sound mixes of the album as well as four new videos.
DAVID LEE ROTH: Diamond Dave Is TopsWith Wrestlemania 29 this Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Ultimate Classic Rock put together a list of the Top 10 rock acts that could transform themselves as wrestlers and at the top of the list is David Lee Roth. The writer of the piece claims Roth knows how to fight -- he is trained in martial arts -- has the gift of gab and is "willing to dress like a peacock. No rock star fulfills these three job responsibilities better than Roth."
Following Roth is:
2) Axl Rose
3) Zakk Wylde
4) Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
5) Nikki Sixx
6) Alice Cooper
7) Steven Tyler
8) Angus Young
9) Dee Snider
10) Gene Simmons
BLACK SABBATH: Cover RevealedBlack Sabbath has unveiled the artwork for their new album, 13. A video posted on YouTube shows flames giving way to the number-13 while a snippet of new music is played. 13 will be out on June 11th.
See video HERE!
LED ZEPPELIN: Page PleasesGene Simmons and his wife and son were at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York on Wednesday when they had a star sighting. Simmons says, "Ross Halfin, rock photographer impresario walks over to say hello, having just photographed us in Australia -- and who is standing right beside him? Jimmy Page! [My son] Nick just about had heart palpitations. I quickly grabbed my phone and took a photo. And Jimmy, as always, is the consummate gentleman. Hail the Riff Master of them all."
Nick's mother, Shannon Tweed, took to her Twitter account to tweet, "Haven't seen my 24-year old son cry in a long time, but tonight in New York was special."
Courtesy of Gene Simmons.com
Headlines for Thursday, April 4, 2013