If you’re a regular guitarist and going to attempt a cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” you’d probably be thinking about your choice of Gibson Les Paul, Marshall amps and, oh, top hats? Not so for teenager Michelle Kwan. She covers “Sweet Child O’ Mine” on a gu zheng, a Chinese zither with 18 (and sometimes more) strings. Her YouTube clip is becoming a hit. Yes, the main riff is probably “easy” if you are skilled at play the zheng, which Kwan clearly is. But watch the video in full for the vocal melody and the second “Slash” solo (overdrive pedal included.) We hope Slash gets to see this, as it is possibly the most inventive covers of one of his songs ever.
Not brave enough? Check out Slash’s Gibsons. And we await all your Chinese Democracy jokes…
From Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo tequila to Joe Perry’s Rock Your World Hot Sauces, guitarists have always liked a good drink and a chow-down.
New to the game is Slash. The Umami Burger company - with locations in Oakland, San Francisco, Miami and New York City – have now collaborated with the legendary guitarist to create his own hamburger.
“Tattooed with a big "U" on the bun, the Slash Burger contains shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, American cheese, avocado spread, and wasabi aioli, served with a Parmesan cheese crisp,” they say.
The Slash Burger costs $15, with one dollar going to Los Angeles Youth Network. It is available at 20 Umami locations until November 27.
If you want Slash music and not Slash food, he and Myles Kennedy debuted “Nothing Left to Fear” on Conan O’Brian.
In a just-published interview with M Music & Musicians, Lindsey Buckingham said, “The way we do things in Fleetwood Mac is always a political mine field. If it’s not Stevie, it’s me—someone is always causing trouble. [laughs] I know Warner Brothers is dying to get an album from us, even though we’re not signed to them anymore. Stevie needs to come to the table with some material. In order to contemplate a new album, she has to want to do it.”
Buckingham went on to say that Nicks’ positive experience making In Your Dreams, her 2012 solo album, complicates the prospects for a new Fleetwood Mac LP. “She had a wonderful experience making that album,” he says. “She hasn’t said this—this is just me—but knowing Stevie, she’s probably thinking, ‘If I have to write five new songs, do I want to give them to Fleetwood Mac?’ And that’s fair enough. I think she’s feeling a bit protective and territorial about the experience she had doing her solo project. And I can totally relate to that.”
Fleetwood Mac is currently on the European leg of their 2013 tour.
A member of Metallica may be coming to a movie theater near you. To mark the release of Through the Never, their new 3D film, band members James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Rob Trujillo will appear in various IMAX theaters around the country during screenings this Thursday (Sept. 26) and Friday (Sept. 27).
According to the group’s website, they will be there to “introduce the film, say 'hi,' have a little popcorn and kick off all the festivities of opening weekend.” You can check the schedule here.
In other Metallica news, the band appeared at New York’s legendary Apollo Theater on Saturday, performing an 18-song set for 1,500 fans. The following afternoon the group visited Yankee Stadium to pay tribute to Yankees pitching great Mariano Rivera, who’s set to retire at the end of this season. Metallica performed “Enter Sandman,” the song that’s accompanied all Rivera’s at-home mound appearances since 1991.
An exhibit showcasing iron sculptures created by Bob Dylan is set to open in London this November, the BBC has reported. Titled “Mood Swings,” the exhibit will be featured at the Halcyon Gallery from November 16 through January 25, 2014. "I've been around iron all my life, ever since I was a kid," said Dylan. "I was born and raised in iron ore country – where you could breathe it and smell it every day. And I've always worked with it in one form or another."
Among the sculptures are seven gates made from vintage iron and scrap metal, adorned with random objects such as a wrench, a roller skate and a meat grinder. "Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow," Dylan explained. "They can be closed but at the same time they allow the seasons and breezes to enter and flow. They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways there is no difference."
All the featured items—which also include a new collection of Dylan’s silkscreen works—will be available for purchase. "His iron works demonstrate his boundless creativity and talent,” remarked Halcyon president Paul Green. “As these artworks are made at home, not on the road, they give us a rare glimpse into another part of the artist's own personal universe."
Late Beatle John Lennon’s travels to Bermuda in 1980 will be recreated in an app called "John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes" which is set to be released through the iTunes App Store on November 5. The app follows Lennon’s travels to Bermuda during the last year of his life, while working on songs for what was to become the album Double Fantasy.
In the app the user will be able to hear demos of the songs "Woman," "Starting Over," "I'm Losing You," "(Just Like) Starting Over," "Nobody Told Me" and "Dear Yoko." There is also an interactive element to the app in which the user can visit a disco.
All proceeds from the app will go to the campaign “Imagine There’s No Hunger.” Said Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono in a statement: “I think the album app captures the sense of discovery and the artistic dialogue that John and I shared at that time and provides a new way to help us imagine a world without hunger.”
Universal is getting ready to release a deluxe edition of The Kinks’ 1971 album Muswell Hillbillies. According to Classic Rock, the release will contain two discs, and all songs have been remastered, and come with a newly designed booklet.
Aside from the original album, the deluxe edition will contain five unreleased tracks, as well as alternate versions, and session material. At the time of its original release The Kinks consisted of Ray and Dave Davies, keyboardist John Gosling, bassist John Dalton and drummer Mick Avory.
The remastering was done by Andrew Sandoval, while the booklet was designed by Phil Smee. The deluxe edition of Muswell Hillbillies will be released on October 7.
Metallica fans, be sure you watch The Colbert Report tonight (September 24)! James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo, will all be on the show. The band is there to promote their new 3D film Metallica: Through The Never.
Not only will Metallica sit down for a chat with host Stephen Colbert, they will perform as well.
Filmmaker Nimród Antal’s Metallica: Through The Never feature concert footage of the band shot on a huge stage in Vancouver last year, interspersed with a story line that center around a Metallica roadie played by Dane DeHaan.
The film will be released on Friday September 27 at IMAX theaters for one week. It is set to expand to additional theaters on October 4.
The Colbert Report airs tonight at 11.30 P.M. ET/PT on Comedy Central.
With Mötley Crüe kicking off their second Las Vegas residency, and Def Leppard about to release a DVD and live album of theirs, readers of pioneering hard rock site Metal Sludge have called for KISS to be the next band to stake out a patch of the Strip.
In a poll on Metal Sludge, KISS took out 766 votes, with Van Halen coming in second at 367. There was a big gap between second and third place though, with Aerosmith coming in at 62 votes and AC/DC following closely behind with 60, then Metallica with 40.
Metal Sludge was founded in 1988 by Stevie Rachelle of the band TUFF, although for the first six years of the site the identity of its creator was a well-kept secret.
Def Leppard's Viva! HYSTERIA! album and will be released on October 18 in Europe and October 22 in North America. It captures the band's residency at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas, including their opening set as 'Ded Flatbird' playing obscure and rarely-played cuts before launching the show proper with a complete rendition of their mega-selling Hysteria album.
And now Mötley Crüe An Intimate Evening In Hell residency sees the Crue incorporating more fire than anything ever seen in a rock show before. As singer Vince Neil told the Las Vegas Sun's Robin Leach, "It’s more than any rock group has ever produced or attempted. It really is entering the depths of hell. There’s fire all around and fire coming down from above. There’s no question this is the most dangerous theatrics ever created and far more than anything we expected. But, hey, this is Vegas, and we do bigger, bolder, badder, sleazier here better than any other place on Earth."
Who do you think should be the next band to hold a Vegas residency?
Frank Zappa fans anxiously awaiting the release of the Roxy By Proxy album will have to sit tight just a little bit longer, with the project experiencing some manufacturing delays.
It'll be worth it though: Roxy by Proxy has been described by the Zappa Family Trust as “All Roxy, No Elsewhere: 76 minutes of never-before-released Frank Zappa master recordings from the Roxy Performances of 9 & 10 December 1973: "Inca Roads," "Penguin in Bondage," "T’Mershi Duween," "Dog/Meat," "RDNZL," "Cheepnis & Dupree’s Paradise," "King Kong," "Chunga’s Revenge" and you know, that’s not all. Yes, it is the same band as the Roxy part of Roxy & Elsewhere.”
The set also includes a "voluminous booklet jacked with liner notes by the redoubtable Ms Ruth Underwood."
The new shipping date will be announced some time within the next two weeks, while the associated movie will be ready in time for the Zappa Plays Zappa show at the Roxy in West Hollywood on the 40th anniversary of Zappa's performances there.
Two men are in custody for their allegedly defacing Seattle’s Jimi Hendrix statue in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill, report NewsRadio. The vandalism came on the 43rd anniversary of Jimi’s death (18 September).
The men, reportedly drunk at the time , strolled into an art supply store that shares the sidewalk with the statue and purchased spray paint. They then “tagged” the statue before moving on to nearby construction equipment and neighborhood buildings, according to Seattle Police.
The suspects were stopped in downtown Seattle by transit police who had been notified of the disturbance. Responding Seattle Police officers were able to positively identify the men based on witness statements and surveillance footage from the art supply store. Both suspects had blue paint on their hands and clothes.
A cleaning-up project to restore the statue is already underway.
The story of how a Gibson B.B. King Lucille found its way back to the blues legend is in a new book. The tale is in B.B. King’s Lucille and the Loves Before Her.
In 2009, Eric Dahl found an electric guitar in a Las Vegas pawnshop that had been stolen from King. Dahl didn’t know that at the time, so he simply bought the Lucille. The Southeast Missourian reports Dahl saying it was “the discovery of a lifetime.”
“I've played guitar since I was 5, and have collected guitars since high school,” Dahl said. “I started going to pawn shops in Cape to look at guitars, and I continued that when I moved to Las Vegas. I got in good with some of the owners, and I told them to let me know if something interesting ever came in.”
Contacted about the Lucille, Dahl bought it… and later found a small stamp on the back of the guitar reading: Prototype 1.
Dahl contacted Gibson who confirmed Gibson the company had presented the Prototype 1 model to B.B as an 80th birthday present in 2005, and it had been used as his main guitar during performances. But it was then stolen in the summer of 2009.
“That started my research,” Dahl says. “I learned from sources in the guitar world that Gibson made 80 anniversary Lucilles, but there were also two prototype models made. Then I contacted a Gibson representative who told me that the Prototype 1 electric guitar had been stolen from Mr. King in the summer of 2009.”
Dahl got to meet B.B. to hand the guitar back, and it inspired him to write his book, B.B. King's Lucille And The Loves Before Her.
“Nobody else had done a book about Mr. King’s music gear,” he said. “The book was three years of research. It wasn’t easy, but I’m glad I finished it.”
The book contains the history and color photos of each guitar King is known to have used during his epic career, starting with the one-string Diddley Bow he played as a child in Mississippi. The book also contains information about King's other pre-Lucille guitars, including a Schmidt model named Stella.
Dahl himself is a huge B.B. King fan and adds his book “is for Mr. King to know about while he is still alive. I think he’ll enjoy it.”
Bruce Springsteen really had his work cut out for him when he started working on what was to become his breakthrough, the album Born to Run. His two previous albums Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., and The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, although critically well-received, had failed to sell as well as the record company had hoped. Born to Run took about 18 months to record.
In the Born To Run documentary Wings For Wheels that was included with the 30th Anniversary Edition of the album, Springsteen says about the song: “This particular single took us a long time. I recollect us spending almost 6 months at intervals making it.” Basically a third of the entire recording time was spent working on the title track. Bruce’s vision with the whole album was to achieve a sound similar to that of Phil Spector’s famous “Wall of Sound.” “If this record didn’t make it, it seemed obvious that it was going to be the end of the recording career,” said E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt in the same documentary. The pressure was definitely on.
“Born to Run” was recorded before drummer Max Weinberg, and pianist Roy Bittan joined the band. David Sancious handles the piano part, and the drums were recorded by Ernest “Boom” Carter. Sancious and Carter left the E Street Band shortly after recording the song, to join a jazz band. Because of Carter’s jazz influences, the drum sound on “Born to Run” is very different from the rest of the tracks on the album. Most noticeable is the syncopated drum fill in the song. In Wings For Wheels, Weinberg explains that he struggled to capture the feel of Ernie’s fill: “This one little lick that he played in the middle, that’s on the record. I tried to play it. A very syncopated kind of jazz-fusion part. Finally, it just never came off right, so I eliminated it, and I’ve never played it.” Weinberg’s playing works great though, since his straight up rock groove is more in line with Springsteen’s material.
“Born to Run” also has the distinction of being the only song on the album to be partially written on guitar. Springsteen wrote the main riff on guitar, before finishing the song on piano. The song was written in a little house in Long Branch, New Jersey, as was the rest of the album, according to Springsteen. Whenever the house has come up for sale over the years, it has gained quite a bit of attention, even on an international level, because of its importance in the early career of Bruce Springsteen.
The driving force in “Born to Run” is the main guitar riff, which is played in the song’s intro and the chorus. While not technically advanced, the melodic nature of it makes fans “sing along” to the riff at concerts. To the casual listener Bruce Springsteen might not seem like more than an average guitarist, but anyone who has seen him live would beg to differ. During concert performances of “Born to Run,” The Boss directs the entire band with the help of his guitar. Bruce has explained in interviews that he once held the ambition to be the fastest guitar player in Asbury Park, and while that style of playing doesn’t exactly lend itself to the type of music he plays, he still busts out blazing solos when playing live, like for example “Prove it All Night.”
“Born to Run” was written long before the album came out. Springsteen started playing it live as early as May 1974, which resulted in Allan Clarke of The Hollies’ cover of the song almost being released before Bruce’s own version.
Lyrics are very important to Bruce Springsteen, and at the time of making Born to Run, he would obsess just as much over the lyrics as he would the music. “The music was composed very, very meticulously. So where the words. The amount of time spent honing the lyrics was enormous. The notebook that I wrote ‘Born to Run’ in, you would take the first page and you would see a line or two. Fifty pages later you’d get something close to the finished song,” said Bruce in Wings For Wheels. In its essence, “Born to Run” is really a love song. Bruce, or whoever he imagines the song’s protagonist to be, wants to pick up his girlfriend and get out of New Jersey. The song also feature cars, and street racing, a favorite subject of Bruce’s at the time. Racing and muscle cars are at the heart of songs like “Jungleland,” and “Racing in the Street.”
“I worked very very long on the lyrics to ‘Born To Run’ because I was very aware that I was messing with classic rock n’ roll. The images that easily turns into clichés. I worked really hard on getting the soul of the song, the spiritual side of the song right,” said Springsteen. The hard work paid off. “Born to Run” is still a staple in Bruce’s live show, and will continue to be so for the rest of his career.
According to his official website, Lomax passed away in his sleep on Sunday (Sept. 15) following a brief illness. He was 69.
Although he never achieved fame on a wide scale, Lomax was an integral part of the ‘60s Liverpool scene. Signing to The Beatles’ Apple label in the ‘60s, he was backed by members of the Fab Four on the 1968 single, “Sour Milk Sea,” written specifically for him by George Harrison. The song received lots of radio play but failed to achieve chart success. According to Bill Harry, author of The Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia, Lomax’s lackluster sales “completely baffled The Beatles because Jackie had one of the rare and distinctive voices which have the potential of turning its owner into a superstar.”
After leaving Apple, Lomax moved to Los Angeles, where he made several well-received records, including a strong collaboration with Harrison. Recently he had returned to England, where he completed a new album titled Against All Odds. The LP will be released in the coming.
Roger Waters is working on a new album, which would be his first full-length studio disc since the 2005 opera, Ca Ira. Speaking to BBC News, the former Pink Floyd bassist-singer said, “I've had a few breakthroughs recently which I won't talk about, but I am going to make another record. I've had a very, very strong idea and I shall pursue it. I will make at least one more record and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it.”
In the same interview, Waters revealed that he regrets bringing suit against his former Floyd bandmates in 1986 over use of the group’s name. Asserting that Pink Floyd was “a spent force creatively,” Waters had sought to prevent guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason from carrying on under the Pink Floyd banner. “I was wrong,” he told the BBC. “Of course I was. Who cares?”
Waters last studio rock LP was the 1992 album, Amused to Death. Last year, he told Rolling Stone he had completed a song for a new album tentatively titled Heartland.
Late Beatle John Lennon would have embraced the Internet era and modern technology, according to Yoko Ono, thanks to the Internet’s ability to bring people from across the world together with a single click.
“Oh, John would have been totally excited about the computer age, because that's the kind of thing that John and I were dreaming of,” Ono told Rolling Stone. “Like the Smile Project [where Ono set out to make a film capturing a smile face of everyone in the world] – we were almost having that kind of format of, like, communication in our heads…”
She added, “It’s very interesting to think about, that John was a person in a rock group, and what they were doing was totally different from what I was doing, but he just jumped in. He was totally open.”
Switching gears to new music, Ono says she doesn’t really have any new favorite bands. She’s too busy for that. “I don't have time to listen to anybody’s music,” she said. “I’m making it, you know.”
Hey, Rush fans: Come Nov. 19, you’ll have a new live double-CD collection and DVD from the prog-rockers.
Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour was recorded last November at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas. The release features a three-hour performance by the band that includes plenty of hits, from “Tom Sawyer” to “The Spirit of Radio,” as well as cuts off the band’s latest studio release, Clockwork Angels. The live release will also mark the Canadian group’s first since their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
In addition to the material on the two CDs, the DVD will also offer a 25-minute tour documentary that packs behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with band members, a rare sound check performance of Rush’s “Limelight” and more. Check out the full track listing for the CDs and DVD below.
Rush’s Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour Track Listing:
“The Big Money”
“The Body Electric”
“The Analog Kid”
“Where’s My Thing?”/ “Here It Is!” (drum solo)
“Headlong Flight”/ “Drumbastica” (drum solo)
“Peke’s Repose” (guitar solo)/”Halo Effect”
“Seven Cities of Gold”
“Wish Them Well”
“The Percussor (I) Binary Love Theme (II) Steambanger’s Ball” (drum solo)
“Red Sector A”
“The Spirit of Radio”
“Limelight” (soundcheck recording)
Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo recently spoke to Classic Rock about the state of the band’s follow-up to their latest studio effort Death Magnetic from 2008. Trujillo says the band got sidetracked by the work on their upcoming IMAX release Metallica: Through The Never: “Before all the film stuff, we were jamming these ideas and having a lot of fun. But we got sidetracked.” However, Trujillo has good news for fans who are waiting for a new album from the heavy metal giants: “In 2014 it’ll be all about getting new music – without any interruptions, hopefully.”
Regarding the current state of the recording process, Trujillo admits that the band does not have any finished songs as of yet, but have plenty of jams and riffs to use as a starting point. “It feels like Death Magnetic was the launch pad – it’s the introduction to what we have now,” Trujillo said. “On the last album we had a lot of long songs. I liked that, but I also liked the short stuff too. That’s one thing I’m excited about: there’s the thrash element back in the mix. It’s kind of been missing in the past.”
When asked about how he thinks Metallica: Through The Never will be received, Trujillo said: “It can’t be any worse than the Lou Reed album! I have a feeling the fans will love it. And they’ll get their album in the next year or so.” Judging from the trailers that have been released so far, the stage and the concert footage look spectacular. Can we hope that Metallica will bring that particular stage along on the next tour?
Paul McCartney has revealed the setlist for his upcoming album New. It’s his first release of all new material since Memory Almost Full in 2007. The title track was released last month, an upbeat pop affair, that sounds like what you come to expect from the ex-Beatle. When looking at the setlist for New it becomes apparent that McCartney has worked with four different producers for the album. Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns, and Giles Martin (son of producer George Martin) all have production credits on the upcoming album.
"The original idea was to go to a couple of producers whose work I loved, to see who I got on with best," said McCartney in a press release. "But it turned out I got on with all of them! We made something really different with each producer, so I couldn't choose and ended up working with all four. We just had a good time in different ways."
It appears as if the title track will be one of the few that sounds like classic Paul McCartney, since he apparently experimented with different styles on the new album: "It's funny, when I play people the album, they're surprised it's me," said Sir Paul. "A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you'd recognize as mine."
Here is the tracklist for New, which is due in stores on October 15 in the United States, while being released one day earlier in the UK:
Black Sabbath will release a live DVD culled from two shows of their world tour in support of new album 13.
Titled Live...Gathered In Their Masses (after a line in "War Pigs," of course), the film is culled from the band's April 29 and May 1, 2013 shows in Melbourne, Australia.
The final track listing hasn't yet been released, and the two Melbourne shows featured different set lists including a number of cuts from 13 proper as well as bonus tracks from the album's extended version.
The North American leg of the 13 tour wrapped on September 3 with a sold-out show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, and Black Sabbath will head to South America and Mexico in October for a headlining stadium tour where they're expected to play to more than 300,000 fans. They'll then hit Europe in November and December.
Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses will be released via Vertigo/Republic on November 26.
Brian May says Queen is considering releasing a full album featuring unreleased tracks made with Freddie Mercury. As reported by Vintage Vinyl News, the Queen guitarist made the revelation during an interview with iHeart Radio, during the annual “Freddie For A Day” event in London.
"We thought we'd exhausted everything that was around and could be worked on,” said May, “but since then a number of things have come to light from various sources that we'd just plain forgotten about, including the stuff with Freddie and Michael Jackson. Just a couple of weeks ago, we thought: Maybe we shouldn't be just working on bits and pieces? Maybe we should be heading towards an album? It just might be."
Queen’s 1995 album, Made in Heaven, was the band’s last record to feature Mercury, who died in 1991. The group completed the project using vocals and keyboard parts that Mercury had recorded prior to his death. Earlier this summer, May confirmed that three duets Mercury recorded with Michael Jackson in 1983 will be released this fall.
Ray Dolby, the engineer whose name became synonymous with audio noise reduction technology, died yesterday (Sept. 12) at his home in San Francisco. He was 80.
Dolby began his career in 1949 working for the Ampex Corporation, where he helped to develop early videotape recording systems. He founded Dolby Laboratories in London in 1965. The company went on to become an industry leader in audio technology, devising ways to cut background hiss in tape recordings and later developing surround sound. The company relocated to San Francisco in 1976.
Dolby earned many honors during his lifetime, including a Grammy award in 1995 and Emmy awards in 1989 and 2005. His son, filmmaker and novelist Tom Dolby said, “Though he was an engineer at heart, my father's achievements in technology grew out of a love of music and the arts. He brought his appreciation of the artistic process to all of his work in film and audio recording.”
Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, also hailed Dolby as an innovator. “His technologies have become an essential part of the creative process for recording artists and filmmakers,” remarked Portnow, “ensuring his remarkable legacy for generations to come."
Carlos Santana, Billy Joel and Herbie Hancock are among the recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors. As reported by the Associated Press, the honorees will be saluted during a gala performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on December 8.
“I guess people understand that Santana is not just a Mexican guitar player – I bring a collective-consciousness awareness agenda with me,” said Santana, who relocated from Mexico to San Francisco with his family, when he was six. “I grew up with the generation of Woodstock and Bob Marley, ‘One Love,’ and ‘Imagine,’ John Lennon. I am one of them, and we don't do what we do to be commercial or to be popular or to be cute. It's not entertainment or show business for us. For us, it's a calling."
Actress Shirley MacLaine and opera singer Martina Arroyo will receive this year’s Kennedy Center Honors as well.
A new set of Beatles performances made for the British Broadcasting Corporation will soon see the light of day. As reported by the New York Times, On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 will be released on November 11. The two-disc set features 63 tracks comprised of 40 songs and 23 spoken segments.
The new set remedies many of the complaints leveled at The Beatles Live at the BBC, the original collection of Beatles BBC recordings released in 1994. Missing from the 1994 release were such hits as “Please Please Me,” “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” all of which are included in the new collection. All told, The Beatles performed 88 songs on the BBC, including 36 songs the band never recorded at Abbey Road Studios. A remastered version of the original 1994 BBC set will be issued at the same time as the new collection.
Can’t wait for Metallica’s IMAX movie Metallica: Through The Never to be released? Well this should tide you over until the movie hit the big screen later this month. Metallica have just released two one-and-a-half minute long teasers for their part-story line, part concert movie. Interspersed with the impressive concert footage we get to see actor Dane DeHaan, who plays a roadie for Metallica that get send on an errand when things go wrong and some serious rioting takes place.
Metallica: Through The Never is released to IMAX screens on September 27. Watch the two clips from the movie below:
Bowie recorded with the band at the Electric Lady studios in New York. Bowie a long-standing fan of Arcade Fire joined them on stage at the Fashion Rocks event in New York in September 2005 and then again later that month at the city's CMJ Music Marathon – one of his most recent live performances.
Arcade Fire’s Win Butler has told the BBC that Reflektor will “surprise people.” He says, “I think in Connecticut we were playing maybe 50 or 60 songs, like we literally played 60 songs while we were there and then kind of slowly refined it.
“It’s longer than [2010 album] The Suburbs – it's a double record – mostly down to the fact that the songs are a lot longer. I mean, “Reflektor” is seven-and-a-half, there’s another couple of seven-minute songs on the record and so it made more sense to stretch it out to two records with two distinct sides. It’s more of a classic double LP vibe where you have to flip the side and it takes you to a different place.”
Tony Iommi is continuing to receive cancer treatments after Black Sabbath completed their North American tour on September 3.
Iommi writes on his website: “Well, we’ve finished the U.S. leg of our world tour. It was a bit longer than I would have liked as I’ve already been in hospital having another infusion. The tour was amazing though, you always hope it’s going to go well but you never know, it's great to look out and see so many people of all ages.”
Iommi adds that the new 13 songs have been received well by Sabbath fans, and that he's looking forward to taking the band to South America - a first for him, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler at the same time.
Iommi previously said that Black Sabbath’s live dates revolve around his treatment. “The tour dates are arranged so that I can always get back for treatment.”
On the up-side, Black Sabbath’s 13 remains a massive success. It was the band’s first album to top the U.K. chart since Paranoid (1970). With a gap of nearly 43 years, this beats the previous record held by Bob Dylan. It was also a U.S Number 1.
The estate of Jimi Hendrix is no stranger to releasing posthumous material by the late guitar master. Next up is a live CD featuring Jimi’s set at the Miami Pop Festival. Named after the two-day concert in 1968, the album contains Hendrix entire headlining set. What makes this album special is the fact that it holds the first stage recordings of the songs “Hear My Train A Coming,” and “Tax Free.”
Miami Pop Festival is set for a November 5 release, in conjunction with the documentary Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’, which is set to air on PBS on that same day. The album, which also contain bonus performances of “Fire,” and “Foxy Lady” from the afternoon show that same day will be released both on CD and as a double vinyl set. The documentary will also be available on DVD and Blu-ray.
David Bowie will release a new mix of his 1977 single "Sound And Vision" from his classic ‘Berlin Trilogy’ album Low next month.
Sonjay Prabhajar has returned to the original master tapes to tease out elements that were reigned in on the original mix, including Ray Young's piano and the backing vocal recorded by Mary Hopkin, who was credited as Mary Visconti on the original version as she was married to Bowie producer Tony Visconti at the time.
Hopkins had a number one single "Those Were The Days" in 1968 and was one of the first musicians to be signed to the Beatles' Apple label. She sang on many albums produced by Visconti, by artists including Tom Paxton, Ralph McTell, Bert Jansch, The Radiators From Space, Thin Lizzy, Carmen, Sarstedt Brothers, Osibisa, Sparks, Hazel O'Connor and Elaine Paige.
The new mix of "Sound And Vision" was commissioned for an ad campaign for the Sony Xperia Z smartphone ad campaign. The ad is directed by Rarsem Singh, who directed R.E.M's "Losing My Religion" video.
The new mix of "Sound And Vision" will be released on October 4 via Warner Music.
We're not worthy! Alice Cooper's 1991 album Hey Stoopid will be reissued later this month with three bonus tracks.
Produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Queensryche), the album was Alice's 19th studio set, and it included a veritable who's who of hard rock and metal making guest appearances: Slash, Vinnie Moore, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars, Ozzy Osbourne, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and even Joe Satriani and Steve Vai playing a tag-team solo on "Feed My Frankenstein," one of the album's three hit singles.
Co-written with Zodiac Mindwarp, "Feed My Frankenstein" is also notable for its appearance in the film Wayne's World.
The bonus tracks are It Rained All Night," "Hey Stoopid (Beba edit)," and a cover of "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix.
The new version of "Hey Stoopid" will be released on September 23rd, 2013.
The unplugged phenomenon had already been a pretty big deal prior to Clapton's 1992 Unplugged appearance, but the album was responsible for a dramatic kickstart in the popularity of the acoustic guitar.
It's sold over 10 million copies and earned Clapton six Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Rock Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song.
The new version, Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered, will include the remastered version of the original album as well as a second disc of other songs that weren't included on the 1992 release: a cover of Big Maceo Merriweather’s “Worried Life Blues,” an alternate version of "Walkin’ Blues" and early versions of "Circus" and "My Father’s Eyes," both of which would later be recorded for 1998's Pilgrim.
The set will also include a DVD featuring a newly restored version of the original MTV broadcast and more than an hour of previously unseen rehearsal footage.
Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered is due for release on October 15 via Rhino.
Eric Clapton’s ‘Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered’ CD & DVD Track Listing
The Daily Telegraph reports that the audio interview – with Village Voice journalist Howard Smith – was recorded shortly after The Beatles had finished work on the 1969 studio album. However, it lay forgotten in Smith’s attic for nearly 40 years but will now be put up for sale by RR Auction.
In the interview, Lennon says of working on Let It Be: “We were going through hell. We often do. It’s torture every time we produce anything. The Beatles haven’t got any magic you haven’t got. We suffer like hell anytime we make anything, and we got each other to contend with. Imagine working with The Beatles, it’s tough."
Lennon added: “There’s just tension. It’s tense every time the red light goes on.” Lennon described the LP as a “strange album.” “We never really finished it. We didn’t really want to do it. Paul [McCartney] was hustling for us to do it. It’s The Beatles with their suits off.”
The audio interview tape has a reserve of $300, but will surely sell for much more.
Speaking to Megan Friend (via the Huffington Post), Slash says, “It’s a simple story where less is more. It’s not an action movie. We’re exploring the environment of the macabre - of what’s in the dark. What we can’t see. That's what's intriguing about it. Chainsaws are just brutal. I wanted to expose the weird twisted nature of the characters and society. I wanted to do something that goes back to what I think is really scary.”
In the interview, Slash salutes the literature of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Ray Bradbury, and the movies of Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock and George A. Romero as a big influence. “My natural tastes have always been dark… not that I’m a dark person, but I’m drawn to things that aren’t necessarily soft and fluffy. When I was a kid, I bought a Grateful Dead record because of the skull on the cover, not knowing what kind of music was inside.”
He continues, “My real passion has always been the more dark, sexy kind of rock. “Whole Lotta Love” is one of the nastiest, most sensuous songs ever recorded. Black Sabbath brought the texture of horror to music in a melodic, fantastical way. Rock‘n’roll and the darker side of things just naturally go together, in heavy metal especially. Even the Stones have dabbled in the darkness. The heavier the music, the more they paint with that satanic brush.”
Slash developed the score for the movie in conjunction with renowned composer, Nick O’Toole. Myles Kennedy also contributed to the project by writing the lyrics for the moody title track. “It’s an amazingly haunting piece,” says Slash. “There's no bass and drums - just guitar and vocals. Nothing like you’ve heard before from us.
“It was an interesting process. I learned that writing with a visual in mind is a completely different experience. There are no rules, no boundaries or arrangement limitations.”
Nothing Left to Fear hits theaters on October 4, 2013. The Nothing Left to Fear Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is out the same day.
A planned collaboration album with virtuoso guitarist Beck was in the pipeline before Stewart started work on recent album Time. Stewart has told Billboard: “We were doing to do a modern sort of Beck-Ola, maybe, but we couldn’t agree on a great many things. Whether Jeff would want to do a tour, there’s two chances: slim and none. When Jeff’s angry at you he stays angry for a long time. I sent him a Christmas card the year before last and never heard anything back.”
The Faces did make a comeback in 2010. But with Stewart unavailable, they toured with Mick Hucknall on vocals. Faces guitarist/bassist Ronnie Wood, now a long-serving Rolling Stone, had promised they were working on new music together, but it came to nothing.
Now Stewart says: “I think there’s more a chance of the Faces doing something – but that has to wait till we know the Stones are finished.”
Stewart plus Wood plus Beck would be some tour: they last fully recorded together on the Beck-Ola album of 1969.
Steven Tyler made a surprise appearance Tuesday night (Sept. 3) at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café, the Nashville Business Journal has reported. After watching scheduled songwriters Mallary Hope, Phil Barton, Lindsey Lee and Marti Frederiksen perform “in the round,” Tyler took the stage and performed “Jaded,” the 2001 Aerosmith hit he co-wrote with Frederiksen. The veteran rocker went on to perform “Dream On” as well.
"He had the greatest time," said the Bluebird’s general manager, Erika Wollam Nichols, who added that Tyler maintained a low key presence. "He kept going on and on about how he had never been at a place like that. It was very cool to see him get excited by what the Bluebird was."
Tyler said the room—which seats 100—was the smallest venue in which he had ever performed. According to the Associated Press, Tyler is in Nashville for the express purpose of writing new songs.
Metallica Through the Never is primed to reach theaters across the country later this month, but before then, the metal guys will host a special viewing of the 3D film in their hometown. Metallica have announced they’ll screen the movie on Sept. 17 at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, Calif., in conjunction with the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival.
“We’ll all be on hand for a post screening interview and audience Q & A with the founder of the festival and Executive Director of the California Film Institute, Mark Fishkin,” the band announced in a statement. “We hope you can join us to watch the film, hang out, and talk about Through the Never. This screening is a benefit for the nonprofit California Film Institute, which celebrates and promotes film as art and education through the presentation of the Mill Valley Film Festival and year-round exhibitions at this theater.”
Tickets for the special screening are $85 each and currently available via MVFF.com. Meanwhile, Metallica Through the Never will play at every IMAX theater in North America for a full week beginning Sept. 27. After the IMAX run, the movie will branch out into regular theaters across North American beginning Oct. 4.
Ronnie Wood will pay tribute to Reed during a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The concert, set for Nov. 1, will have Wood and his backing band performing as the finale for London’s annual BluesFest.
“Jimmy Reed was one of the premier influences on The Rolling Stones and all the bands that love American blues from that era until the present day,” Wood said in an official statement. “It is my honor to have the opportunity to celebrate his life and legacy with this tribute.”
Wood is hardly a stranger to London’s BluesFest. He performed at the festival last year, playing a tribute to the many musicians who appeared on the Chess Records label roster.
The 2013 London BluesFest, which begins on Oct. 29, will also offer performances from Van Morrison, Natalie Cole, Bobby Womack, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mick Hucknall and Robert Plant and his group Sensational Space Shifters. For more information on the show, head to the BluesFest website.
David Bowie released his latest album, The Next Day, in March, but so far, the famed singer-songwriter has expressed no desire to perform live in the support of the release. Now, it appears some big-named promoters are trying to convince Bowie to return to the stage, and they’re offering up some big bucks to make it happen.
According to U.K. newspaper The Mirror, Live Nation has promised a multi-million-pound sum of money to get Bowie to perform in 2014 at Olympic Park in East London, England. Moreover, promoters at AEG Live are apparently putting together a similar pitch to get Bowie to perform next year at London’s Hyde Park.
The Mirror goes on quote a source close to Bowie who says that while he “currently [has] no live dates planned,” he isn’t completely against playing live again.
Bowie’s last run happened in 2004, but when he suffered a heart attack, the tour ended early. Bowie’s last public show was back in 2006.
New Sting anyone? If you are looking for anything resembling The Police, you might be disappointed. This is more on the side of his jazzier feel of his solo career on "And Yet." One thing you can always count on, he's a great lyricist, and he doesn't disappoint here.
Look for Sting's new album, The Last Ship September 24th. Take a listen below.
Aside from being a successful solo artist, Sammy Hagar, aka the Red Rocker, has surrounded himself with some of the world's best guitar players as a member of Montrose, Van Halen, and Chickenfoot. But Hagar himself is no slouch when it comes to playing killer riffs and soloing. Sammy says that he is self-taught, and that he's picked up quite a few tips and tricks along the way from guys like Ronnie Montrose, and Eddie Van Halen. Gibson guitars have always been a part of Hagar’s guitar collection, and he is often seen playing Les Pauls and Explorers on stage. Hagar even has his own signature Explorer, and a signature Les Paul - the Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul . Here’s a few quotes from Sammy on what he likes about Gibson guitars, his influences, his guitar playing style, and some advice for wannabe guitar players.
In a video interview with Gibson, Sammy talked about what he likes about the Les Paul:
“I’ve always been a Les Paul, Gibson player. For some reason, the necks, the way they sound, the weight of a Les Paul is important when you’re throwing that big rock pose, and the guitar is hanging down hard. You got a light guitar and you throw the pose you feel the guitar bouncing around, Les Paul’s like - bam! So it’s got a really macho thing. It makes you just feel rough and tough playing. It’s like driving a muscle car for me. The Les Paul’s like a muscle car.”
In that same interview, Sammy spoke about using a Gibson Explorer on his early albums:
“I love an Explorer because on my 1979 Danger Zone front album cover, I had this Explorer on the cover. I played an Explorer half my pre-Van Halen years - I was an Explorer player. I had this wonderful Explorer. It was one of the first remakes I think - it was the first remake of the Explorer. I still have that guitar, and I used it on all those albums, on Danger Zone, ‘Love or Money’ - the song ‘Trans Am’ [which is actually from the album Street Machine.] That album was done with that Explorer.”
Hagar also imparted some advice to up-and-coming guitarists:
“Because I sing and play guitar, I never, except in the early days, did what you’re suppose to do to become the hottest guitar slinger. Like with Joe Satriani, Eddie Van Halen - those guys sat in a room and practiced scales all day. [...] If you wanna be a slinger, you got to go in and put in the time. There’s no other gateway to get around it, you cannot cheat.”
In another video interview, Hagar talked to Gibson about all the songs he’s written on Gibson guitars:
“I’ve written, like I said, probably 90 percent of the songs, other than acoustic songs [on Gibson guitars]. My electric [songs], you know “One Way To Rock,” “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Heavy Metal” - they were all written on Les Pauls, or an Explorer. I have a few Explorers. It’s the idea when you strap on a big, heavy, fat neck Gibson, and you crank in to a big loud cranked-up amp. It inspires you to write a certain way.”
Hagar also discussed his Gibson collection:
“Now I’ve got about 25 Les Pauls probably. I got three Explorers, I think. I have a couple Gibson acoustics, old Hummingbirds, things like that. [...] I have my gorgeous, 1953 I think it is, lap slide. It’s not a steel guitar with the pedals, it’s a lap slide. This baby is made one-dimensional - to make a racket, and I love that. I like my Gibson collection.”
In a video interview with Guitar.com that came out around the time of his Ten 13 album in 2000, Sammy Hagar talked about the first guitar player to influence him:
“I’m a self-taught kind of guy. I never took any lessons, except you know, other guitar players would teach me a lick here, a lick there. My first real influence on guitar was Eric Clapton. There’s no question about it, he was the guy that made me wanna play guitar. In John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and Cream, Eric Clapton was the king to me. He still is one of the greatest players of all time. I play from that style of a root. I didn’t come from an Eddie Van Halen school, I’m a little older than that.”
In that same interview, Hagar also talked about his self-developed, pull-off guitar playing style:
“I use to play off the Albert King position. Everything’s kind of based on that. Billy Gibbons use this position. I was always so frustrated that those old blues guys, that slow style which I love, but I’d get in front of 10,000 people, and I’d say ‘man I can’t be up here that relaxed.’ So I started playing by always using pull-offs. I really developed a pull-off style playing guitar. I always do a little pull-off thing, and it sounds like I’m playing faster sometimes than I really am.”
Earlier this year Vegas Rocks! Magazine asked Sammy what he’d say to Eddie Van Halen if he bumped in to him:
“Here’s my phone number, call me up if you wanna hang and just have some fun and goof off. Whatever that led to. I wouldn’t say ‘Hey, let’s get together and do it again!’ Because you would have to do that slow because I would never do it again under the last circumstances. But I would do it again under different circumstances. So it’d be like that. Then I would also say ‘and also, here’s Mikey’s [Michael Anthony, original Van Halen bassist] phone number with mine.”
“I think the Les Paul Studio guitar is the most versatile, all-round, out-of-sight guitar there is. First of all, I don’t use any effects – no pedals, nothing. I plug that guitar directly into the amp. When you hit a big power chord on that guitar -- through, say, a Marshall that’s really cranked up -- the Les Paul has a grunt and a growl that’s unbeatable. And when you turn the volume back, on the amp, and play with a clean sound, it’s got a nice rock and roll punch. If I were allowed to have just one guitar, it would be the Les Paul.”
It’s not all about Les Pauls and Explorers with Hagar. He once told Gibson.com about one of his favorite rhythm sounds:
“I also had an ES-335. I played the 335 with the toggle switch in the middle position, using both pickups, with a semi-clean – but not totally clean – amp sound. That’s one of the best rhythm sounds you’ll find anywhere on the planet.”
We’ll end with one of Sammy’s quotes from the first video interview, that sums it all up pretty well:
“I love Gibson guitars. I do not do this for money folks! I have a job that pays well. I do it cause I love it.”
Pearl Jam are getting ready to release their tenth studio album. Lightning Bolt is set to be released on October 14 on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records through Universal Music. It is the band’s first album since 2009’s Backspacer. Now the band has revealed the entire track list for the album.
Aside from first single “Mind Your Manners,” Lightning Bolt contain 11 additional tracks, including the title track and “Future Days,” which Pearl Jam debuted during a concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 19. The album also contain the song “Sleeping By Myself,” which Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder originally recorded for his 2011 album Ukulele Songs.
The full track list for Lightning Bolt is as follows:
2. "Mind Your Manners"
3. "My Father's Son"
5. "Lightning Bolt"
8. "Swallowed Whole"
9. "Let The Records Play"
10. "Sleeping By Myself"
11. "Yellow Moon"
12. "Future Days"
Guitarist Joe Satriani recently spoke to GuitarInternational on the state of Chickenfoot's as-yet-to-be-recorded third album. It turns out that the band is having a hard time finding a break in the band member's individual schedules to fit in recording sessions.
According to Satriani it might take almost a whole year before they have time to do some recording: "All I can tell you is that we had a pretty tasty dinner the other night, Chad Smith, Sammy Hagar, and myself. We were having a good time and I think we came to the realization is that it would be really hard to find some time in the next nine months to do a record. But we are committed to figuring it out."
Chad Smith is currently busy with Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are playing sporadic dates throughout the fall, while Sammy Hagar is in the process of promoting his new solo album, Sammy Hagar & Friends.
The album contains contributions from all Chickenfoot members, including former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. Satriani himself is busy touring behind his latest solo release Unstoppable Momentum.
Even though it might take a while before we get some new Chickenfoot songs, the band is far from done, according to Satriani: "I believe there are at least one or two more albums in us as a unit, but finding the time and the city where we can all get together for five days, that’s going to be the trick. We’re working on it right now."
Paul McCartney has posted a new track, “New,” on YouTube and issued details of a brand new album – also called New.
The “New” single is produced by Mark Ronson. Other collaborators include Adele producer Paul Epworth and Ethan Johns, who has previously worked with Kings Of Leon.
The New album is released on October 14 (15th in the U.S.), and its iTunes pre-order page confirms that the album contains 14 tracks. Speaking about one of the songs they had recorded earlier this year, a ballad titled “Hosannah,” Ethan Johns told Rolling Stone magazine, “The first day we had was remarkable. He walked in with this incredible song, we threw up a couple of microphones and within four hours we had this great track. I think we did an edit between the first two takes.”
“It had an incredible feel – a really evocative piece of music. A very interesting lyric, and the performance was great. Then we started to experiment with it, and I put a bunch of psychedelic strangeness on it.”
“The record is very varied. I worked with four producers and each of them brought something different,” say McCartney.
Listen to Paul McCartney’s “New” below – it’s very Beatle-esque… for which, he is allowed!