Archive for August, 2011
Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams will release "Ashes & Fire", his 13th studio album in October. On August 30, Adams stopped by at the BBC Radio 2 studios and perform this acoustic cover version of Iron Maiden's 1986 single "Wasted Years." Listen to it here:
Lita Ford, Candlebox, Puddle of Mudd and Rev Theory are all part of the 2011 JVC Mobile "Turn Me On 4 Decades" Online Viral Video. Check out this cool video and the old school JVC cassette deck at the get go...hey! I had one of those!
Bush are back with their first album of new material in 10 years called "The Sea Of Memories", to be released on September 13. Produced by Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Metallica), the CD is the first to be made available via Bush's own imprint, Zuma Rock Records, through an exclusive partnership with eOne Music. The first track "The Sound of Winter" is marking a major comeback for the band and is on it's way to approaching the success of some of their previous tracks from the 90's.
About the album, singer Gavin Rossdale said about the album: "When making music, you have a choice to repeat what you've done or move on. It would've been safe to just rework (1994's debut album) 'Sixteen Stone' over and over, but what kind of life would that be? When you're driving down the road, you're focused on what's in front of you; you don't really think to keep checking in your rear view mirror. I like the idea of art changing, developing and morphing."
The current Bush lineup includes original drummer Robin Goodridge, guitarist Chris Traynor and bassist Corey Britz. Traynor replaced original axeman Nigel Pulsford in 2001 while Britz has stepped in for Dave Parsons.
Bush has announced a headlining tour of North America that will kick off September 13 at the Babcock Theatre in Billings, Montana. On September 27 at 4th & B in San Diego, Bush will begin a tour with Chevelle and special guests Filter. Bush has also partnered with I Love All Access to offer a variety of VIP packages for the tour.
Look for Gavin Rossdale on "Chelsea Lately" September 21 and on September 22, Bush will perform on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
Lenny Kravitz is back with the first single from his new release "Black and White America" called "Stand." It's another great track from Lenny, exuding positivity and joy, while delivering an impowering message. Lenny has always been known as a student of the musical past, with his music and image harking back to the 60's and 70's. In this video from recordstoreday.com, Lenny himself gets a good look at his new baby. The vinyl release is also out only at participating indie record stores. The smell, the packaging, the photos..it's all good with vinyl!
Lenny has been branching out into acting in the last couple of years, first with a critically acclaimed dramatic role in "Precious", and next with the role of Cinna, a fashion stylist who designs outrageous costumes for Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to wear while participating in the Hunger Games. Cinna develops a close friendship with Katniss, and his designs help shape her character. "The Hunger Games" movie will be released on March 23, 2012. The movie is based on best selling trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins.
Lenny also continues with his acting chops in his new extended directors cut for the first single "Stand". Lenny plays three different characters, including band leader Desmond Ritchie, drummer in The Fab Three, Bubba Washington and game show host Bart Billingsworth. Lenny looks ready to take Wayne Brady's job on "Let's Make A Deal" if he wants it.
Lenny will be headlining the free Samsung & AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Concert Series on August 31 at Terminal 5 in New York City. Also look for Lenny performing as part of the Toyota Concert Series on the NBC's Today show on Friday, September 2nd in New York City. Lenny will be touring Europe until the end of November, so don't expect a full North American tour until early 2012.
Lenny also released a "behind the scenes" for his video "Stand" from the set of "Run For Your Money." Bart Billingsworth, Desmond Richie and Bubba Washington are all profiled in this hilarious film:
Up next are Toronto, Canada rockers My Darkest Days, who have been working thier ass off in 2011, and it's paying off! Non-stop touring has gotten the band big-time exposure, and now they are onto the third single from their self-titled debut album. After the success of the first two singles "Porn Star Dancing" and "Move Your Body", the band are onto "Every Lie" for the new single. It's approaching top 20 at active rock, with top 10 potential.
The guys are back on the road Septemeber 1st in their hometown of Toronto at the Canadian National exhibition, before hitting Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, including shows with Finger Eleven, Great White and Sick Puppies.
Cold "Wicked World" is the next Rock Pick of the Week. Cold are wrapping up a summer tour with Volbeat with three consecutive nights at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California, before continuing on solo with dates in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The song comes from the Jacksonville, Florida band's 5th studio album "Superfiction."
Cold have been in the game for quite awhile, having formed in 1996, broken up in 2006, and gotten back together in 2009. "Wicked World" is a current top 20 track at active rock radio.
Up next is ex-Dangerous Toys frontman Jason McMaster's band Broken Teeth with a straight ahead kick ass rocker called "Bullet". The song is featured on the band's latest album, "Viva La Rock, Fantastico." 'Bullet' is the third video release from the record. McMaster was inducted into the South Texas Music Walk Of Fame on June 4th in his home town of Corpus Christi, TX. McMaster is the first metal artist to be honored by the South Texas Music Walk Of Fame.
A vocalist, bassist, guitarist, and songwriter with two gold-certified records under his belt, McMaster is notorious for being one of the busiest musicians in rock and roll. His rock and roll resume dates back to 1982, when he fronted influential progressive metal band Watchtower, later moving on to make headlines with the southern sleaze rock act Dangerous Toys. In recent years, Jason has been channeling his talent into the Austin-based hard rock act Broken Teeth, having released five albums since the band’s formation in 1999; along with two albums from his NWOHB influenced band IGNITOR, and various tribute bands. His impact on the Texas rock and metal scene was previously recognized in 1998, with an induction into the Texas Music Hall Of Fame.
The South Texas Music Walk of Fame honors six new Texas artists every year, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that kickstarts the annual WaterStreet Market Music & Arts Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, as well as Butch Vig, who produced Nevermind, will sit down for a rare Q&A session, hosted by Jon Stewart, with a select group of SiriusXM listeners at the SiriusXM studios in New York City.
"SiriusXM's Town Hall with Nirvana," the two-hour broadcast event, will air live on Lithium, channel 34, on Saturday, September 24 at 8:00 pm ET, the 20th anniversary of the release of Nevermind. The live special is part of SiriusXM's "Town Hall" series, an intimate gathering with an iconic musician and a studio audience of SiriusXM listeners.
Hosted by Jon Stewart, the "SiriusXM Town Hall with Nirvana" will feature Novoselic, who founded Nirvana with Kurt Cobain; Grohl, whose first full length recording with the band was the classic Nevermind; and producer Vig answering questions from the live studio audience as well as questions from listeners calling in from around the country.
"This is our way to honor the artists who, with the release of Nevermind, influenced a generation and marked a change in the course of music history no generation will ever forget," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "Our 'Town Hall' series offers our listeners a rare chance to meet some of the most important and influential artists of our time."
"SiriusXM's Town Hall with Nirvana" is part of Nevermind Radio, an all-Nirvana limited-run channel on SiriusXM. Nevermind Radio will launch on Friday, September 23 at 3:00 pm ET on channel 34 and will feature the music of Nirvana's entire career, including their three classic albums, B-sides, rarities and live performances. The channel will also feature celebrities in various fields sharing their thoughts on Nirvana and their influence. Nevermind Radio will air through Wednesday, September 28 at 12:00 am ET.
Nevermind's 20th anniversary will be marked by Universal Music Enterprises' September 27 full spectrum re-release. With configurations ranging from a 4-CD/1-DVD Super Deluxe Edition to a 4-LP, 180-gram heavyweight vinyl edition to a standard digital/CD remaster of the original album, the 20th anniversary reissue of Nevermind unearths dozens of previously unreleased recordings, obscure B-sides, alternate mixes, radio sessions, studio rarities and live recordings, including a 1991 Halloween concert at Seattle's Paramount Theatre in its entirety (the only known Nirvana concert shot to film).
Joe Elliott and Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks and more to guest on new Bret Michaels solo album
Bret Michaels says his next solo album, "Get Your Rock On," will feature a multitude of guest artists, including: Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Stevie Nicks, possibly members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and groups such as Pop Evil and My Darkest Days.
"I'm in the process of doing it as we speak," Michaels told Billboard.com. "When you're having other artists perform with you, it's about working with their time schedule and a lot of taking care of some of the business before you can enjoy the pleasure of just jamming together. I try to keep it pretty organic. We have to make sure everyone's good with the timing and can get into the studio to sing. But I think we're going to have a blast making this record."
Michaels already has Elliott and Collen contributing to "Get Your Rock On's" title track, while other collaborations will be determined in the near future. He says the album may also include a live version of "Margaritaville" he performed with Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band during 2010 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in suburban Detroit.
Michaels is hoping to have a first single, likely the title track -- out by the end of the year, digitally if not on CD.
Michaels seems to always have a number of other projects going on concurently, and after wrapping up the Poison tour with Mtley Crue and continuing with solo concerts, he's working on a pair of new reality TV shows. "Something to Believe In" is a network-targeted, philanthropic feel-good program that involves Donald Trump and will feature Michaels helping out families and businesses in need. "A Star is Reborn," meanwhile, is a competition show for cable that will involve "people who were big stars, who are creative and want to make a big comeback," with the winner getting another label deal. Michaels hopes to put both shows on the air in 2012.
Poison plans to tour again in the summer of 2012, and Michaels is hoping it will be with Def Leppard, who his band toured with in 2009. And he promises that 2012 will finally bring the publication of his long-promised autobiography "Roses and Thorns: The Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy to My Reality," which has says has been retooled to meet his latest deadline.
"It's going to be about the roses and thorns of situations in my life -- what was happening, the good, the bad, the ugly and the solution," Michaels explains. "It won't be one of those books that, 'I was born here, I moved here, this happened here, me and CeCe (DeVille) got in a fight...' I wanted to give the book more of an identity. And it's been tough, because every time I think I'm finished, something new happens. But now it's closer to how I always wanted it to be, so it's going to get out there, in the summer."