Day in Rock Report for 11/13/2018
"I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" will take place at The Forum in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 16. Hosted by ABC-TV late night host Jimmy Kimmel, the event will feature performances from the members of Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave, Ryan Adams, and many more
The event will benefit both the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for the painful genetic disorder which Cornell supported.
"We are honored to have all these amazing artists and friends come together to pay tribute to and show their love and appreciation for Chris, his music and the mark he's left on the world," says Vicky Cornell. "We look forward to sharing this night with all the fans." here.
According to Billboard, the band advised fans of the situation just hours before they were set to take the stage at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB on November 10, while also shutting down plans for a November 12 show at the Saddledome in Calgary, AB.
"So sorry we couldn't play for you tonight Edmonton, but we had to protect that wondrous force of nature that is Stevie's voice," wrote guitarist Neil Finn in a since-deleted tweet. "We'll be back in April better than ever."
Fans can use their tickets for the pair of cancelled shows when the band returns to perform in Edmonton on April 13 and Calgary on April 15. here.
The guitarist collapsed backstage and was treated by paramedics before being rushed to hospital minutes after performing his band's 1975 classic, "Walk This Way", with Joel at Madison Square Garden on November 10. "Doing well," tweeted Perry on Tuesday. "Thanks for all the love and support!"
"Following a guest performance during Billy Joel's show last night at Madison Square Garden, Joe Perry experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital," said a Perry spokesperson in a released statement on November 11. "This morning Perry remains in the hospital where he is alert and responsive. The Aerosmith guitarist will be unable to appear today at Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp in Florida and apologizes to those attending. Perry is expected to return to the road later this month."
Sources connected to the rocker told TMZ that he's been having "breathing issues for the last few weeks and it came to a head last night", and that the issue involves congestion in the lungs. Read more here.
According to Billboard, the project jumps from No. 25 to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in its third week after sales of 59,000 units (up 187 percent) earned in the week ending November 8 according to Nielsen Music.
The set includes the title tune, "Under Pressure" with David Bowie, a new remix of "We Will Rock You", and a handful of tracks from the band's performance at Live Aid in 1985 - the first time the recordings have been released in audio form
Issued on October 19, sales of the soundtrack have taken off following the film's arrival in theaters worldwide where it topped the global box office with a huge opening weekend.
The film's success has also pushed other Queen records back up the US charts, with the 2000 compilation, "Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection", jumping from No. 194 to No.9 with 39,000 more units (up 662 percent) sold - to deliver the iconic UK band a pair of albums in the top 10 at the same time for the first time ever - while 1981's "Greatest Hits" climbs from No.71 to No 48 following sales of 13,000 more units (up 26 percent) Read more here.
Directed by Clifton Collins, Jr., the footage was shot by fans as requested by the band during their October 16 show at the Hollywood Palladium - where bassist Duff McKagan made a special appearance on a Guns N' Roses classic.
Fans submitted their video clips via the the Cinebody app so that it could compiled into the song's official music video.
"It was great to involve the fans to make this video," says Slash. "They did an awesome job! Having Clifton shoot as well as edit it all together was just perfect."
Produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Alter Bridge, Iggy Pop, Incubus), "Living The Dream" recently debuted at No. 27 on the US Billboard 200. Watch the video here.
The band also announced that they will be leading the release early in the year by revealing the track "Shut Up & Kiss Me" as the album's lead single and music video.
Along with the new record, the band will be hitting the road next spring for a U.S. tour to support the effort. The trek will be kicking off on April 12th in Newkirk, OK. See the dates here.
Frontman David Coverdale had this to say, "We are truly excited and looking forward to playing across the globe in 2019 on what will be a continued celebration of the 40th anniversary of Whitesnake.
"I am so honored and grateful to have toured this incredible world we share, for over 40 years, celebrating and enjoying unforgettable moments with millions of people, all of whom have joined me on this amazing journey. I truly love the shared experience and simply love my job and always will... Over four decades of reptilian fun! Thank YOU!"
The band has shared the new live video for the performance of their classic hit "Run To the Hills", which was captured during the successful European leg of the tour. Watch it here
Frontman Bruce Dickinson shared his excitement about the upcoming dates, "We've got all kinds of crazy things going on, including a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during Aces High, tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvelous flame-throwers which I have a hell of a lot of fun with, as you will see!
"And of course we have Eddie, as you've never seen him before, and absolutely loads of other surprises. I've had the time of my life playing with all these magnificent props on stage, it's been fantastic, we can't wait to bring this show to you!"
Some of the highlights include six members of Curved Air's newly recorded full band version of "Soon," as well as current bass player in YES, Billy Sherwood re-recorded the Chris Squire's signature bass track, "The Fish", and current lead singer Jon Davison performed on an acoustic medley.
Other stars on the album, which can be ordered here, include Steve Hackett, Marco Minnemann, Tony Kaye, Jay Schellen, Nick D'Virgilio, Robert Berry, Francis Dunnery, Leslie Hunt, Marisol Koss, Pat Sansone, Randy McStine, Robin Schell, Sally Minnear and co-producers Dave Kerzner and Fernando Perdomo
"YES turned 50 the year I turned 50 and Geoff Downes was one of the reasons I became a keyboardist myself! To celebrate and pay tribute to YES's music with Geoff, Jon and Billy along with so many incredible musicians from different bands and generations has truly been a blast. YES are a big influence for me and my own music. This album was a great way for myself, Fernando and all of us to show our love for both the songs and the many great people who have been part of YES going all the way back to their very first album!" - Dave Kerzner, co-producer, Yesterday and Today here.
If I were to pick a song to tell you about it would be "The Light", which is a more Americana style tune than that of the Blues/Rock vein folks are used to hearing from me. My friend and fellow writer Shamus V. Mosbey and I were sitting on my couch in my Baton Rouge home and he asked me to write a tune as we sat there so he could see the process that I take when writing and putting music to it. Shamus is a fan of my Americana and Country music and he has always turned me on to some great songs by many different writers in those styles, one of my favorites being Ray Wylie Hubbard. So I grabbed my acoustic and played a big open E minor chord, the room was dark as were the walls and the only visible light was coming from a lamp in the adjacent corner of the room which in that moment reminded me of the light of God. I come from a very spiritual background being raised in a full gospel home and playing in church my entire life, so in about 15 minutes I wrote "The Light". It talks about the light shining through the darkness, on the ocean, and across the entire World and no matter how dark the space, the light will always shine through and prevail. When I heard the finished mix for this tune, it brought both chills to my body and tears to my eyes. I came out so lovely and the piano (Phil Breen) and fiddle (Michael Harvey) just made the track sing. It really spoke to me in a positive way and I'm the one who wrote it, so I knew it was a song that I wanted to put out so all of my friends and supporters could hopefully feel the same positivity that I felt. One of my biggest goals as a writer is to write about uplifting things and how to deal with situations in love and life constructively. There is enough negativity and evil in our World today so my goal has always been to combat that with positive writings and storylines, like "The Light". Even in a sad song, you can find an uplifting moral or moment. Please check out my new self-titled album "Jonathon Long" and I hope it blesses you.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!
The tune was the lead track issued from the band's tenth album, "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct", which debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than a million copies in the country.
The Albany date is one of the stops on Metallica's 2018 North American tour, which will wrap up in Fresno, CA on December 9 before resuming in mid-January.
During the fall shows, the veteran metal outfit released a series of expanded 30th anniversary reissues of their 1988 album, "...And Justice For All."
The band's fourth studio record marked the group's first with bassist Jason Newsted, who joined the lineup following the 1986 death of Cliff Burton while on tour in support of "Master Of Puppets." Watch the video here.
The album is the band's first since the tragic death of guitarist Tom Searle, who died in 2016 after a three-year battle with cancer. His brother and bandmate had this to say, "In those first months after Tom's death, I didn't deal with it at all and I felt so unhappy and anxious. I'd ignored it and just tried to cope. But I knew that at some point, I had to learn from it.
"Ultimately, there were two choices: Feel sorry for yourself and believe the world to be a horrible place and let it defeat you. Or let it inspire us to live the life that Tom would have wanted us to live.
"I was very worried about people taking away a despondent message from the album. I felt a level of responsibility to provide a light at the end of the tunnel for people who are going through terrible experiences." Watch the video here.
The group offered this description, "Fuelled by personal loss and powered by the will to continue, When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light showcases the group's ability to maintain its signature sound while expanding upon horizons and diving deeper into the crevasse of doom-death metal.
"Even though the single and the album are conceptually connected, they are musically completely different. While Lumina Aurea - featuring Wardruna's Einar Selvik and The Foreshadowing's Marco I Benevento - marks the band's darkest and most sinister piece of music the band has ever released, the album follows a more positive approach and continues in the vein of previous albums." Read more here.
The tour is scheduled to get underway on February 1st at the Scout Bar in Houston and will be wrapping up on March 3rd in San Antonio, TX at the Vibes Event Center.
The trek announcement follows the release of the band's brand new video for their track "Unforgiven". The post-apocalyptic clip was directed by Scott Hansen and can be streamed here. Frontman Lajon Witherspoon had this to say, "The 'Unforgiven' video was a great experience for me. I loved working with everyone on that shoot. It was like being in a movie for real and I hope we can do something like that again." See the tour dates here.
Decided by a select panel of blues professionals, the annual KBA Awards recognize the writers, disc jockeys, photographers, record labels, blues societies, music clubs, festivals and others in the blues world that have played vital roles in advancing the art and commerce of blues.
The KBA Awards are just part of The Blues Foundation's 35th Annual International Blues Challenge. Held in Memphis, along historic Beale Street, the IBC kicks off Tuesday, January 22, 2019 with International Showcase performances and culminates with the finals at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 12 noon. Read more here.
Metal Hammer Editor Merlin Alderslade had this to say, "From the magazine to the website to the podcast and beyond, Metal Hammer has been at the forefront of an ever-changing metal landscape for over three decades now.
"This is an evolution of our brand that we're enormously excited about - not just another extension Hammer itself, but a reflection of the very best - and sometimes worst - that heavy music has to offer in 2018.
"Expect cutting insight, a ton of familiar names from the metal world, and no small dose of absolute bedlam - and all in the week." Watch the launch episode here.
"Built to Last" was kind of a weird ordeal for me, because I hadn't written anything previously, outside of a few bars worth of lyrics. It all started with a melody I had running through my head that I immediately felt would be a catchy chorus hook.
I then sat down and started piecing together lyrics, structure and I had every chunk of melody down exactly how I wanted them. I then brought over Christian (guitar & vocals) to help me figure out the chord progression, before Tobias (bass & vocals)finally pitched the idea of a neat little bass intro and a middle-8 during the bridge section ? a first for us.
The overall intention was to make a faster, more anthemic summer jam that was in stark contrast to our EP material, which is lyrically a bit darker and more introspective. In that sense, "Built to Last" is a very carefree ? and a slightly "immature" track ? that showcases a more light-hearted side to the band.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!
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