Archive for September, 2012
Pussy Riot, the Russian punk rock collective have posted a protest video thanking fellow artists for their support and blasting 'the evil men' including Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they burn a picture of.
Three Pussy Riot members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, received sentences of two years for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred." Two additional Pussy Riot members reportedly fled Russia to avoid potential charges. In the new clip, Pussy Riot thanked the international music community for their support, including Madonna, Bjork and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day, while burning a photo of Russia’s President Putin.
The women in the clip say in regards to their battle, “We’ve been fighting for the right to sing, to think, to criticize, to be musicians and artists; ready to do everything to change our country, no matter the risks. We go on with our musical fight in Russia, and our country is dominated by [an] evil man. This man [Putin] thinks it’s illegal to call yourself a feminist, to sing punk music. This man thinks it’s illegal to stand up for rights of the gay and lesbian community. This man thinks that you can’t criticize your government. This man thinks that if you sing and dance in an inappropriate way, you get two years in prison."
Night Ranger ’24 Strings And A Drummer’ unplugged live CD/DVD to be released Oct. 22nd, ‘Sister Christian’ singing competition on ‘Bachelor Pad’
Night Ranger are set to release a new unplugged CD/DVD of their 30th Anniversary celebratory performance in California. The release, titled '24 Strings & a Drummer: Live & Acoustic' will be available on Oct. 22, features performances from an intimate show the rockers played this past May at founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, California.
'24 Strings & a Drummer' is a greatest-hits album of sorts, with the group running through new acoustic arrangements of many of their biggest hits, like "Sister Christian," "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and "When You Close Your Eyes." Also featured is a version of Night Ranger's recent single "Growin' Up in California," from the band latest studio effort, 2011's 'Somewhere in California.'
The CD contains one extra track, a cover of the Don Henley classic "Boys of Summer." The DVD, meanwhile, offers such bonus material as a Somewhere in California making-of documentary and the official promo video for "Growin' Up in California."
Track listing for the '24 Strings & a Drummer' CD/DVD:
1. This Boy Needs to Rock
2. When You Close Your Eyes
3. Sing Me Away
4. Growin' Up in California
5. The Secret of My Success
6. Sentimental Street
7. Four in the Morning
8. Let Him Run/Goodbye
9. Forever All Over Again
10. Don't Tell Me You Love Me
11. Sister Christian
12. (You Can Still) Rock in America
13. Boys of Summer" (CD only)
Night Ranger’s ‘Sister Christian’ was spotlighted on ABC's reality show ‘Bachelor Pad’ this week, with the contestants joining in a singing competion of the song. ‘Bachelor Pad’ is a spin-off from ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ that brings back eliminated challengers from those shows for a second chance at finding some bullshit "true love."
In this week’s challenge, the remaining ‘The Bachelor Pad’ cast members shared their renditions of the tune in front of none other than Night Ranger band members Jack Blades, Kelly Keagy and Brad Gillis. The guys put on their best game faces for the competion, but probably wished the check was bigger for their participation in this trainwreck.
If you want to see the other renditions, check out the full episode here: www.abc.go.com
Glenn Hughes says upcoming Black Country Communion album may be their last, forms another supergroup called Kings of Chaos
Vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes of Black Country Communion recently told ABC News Radio that the band's third studio album, 'Afterglow' (out Oct. 30) quite possibly may be their last, but not because he doesn't want the band to continue. BCC features drummer Jason Bonham, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa. Glenn said, "This may be the [band's] last album," he declared. "I hate to break it to you, but it just may be, because I need to be in a band that tours on a regular basis."
Hughes also said that due to guitarist Joe Bonamassa's own solo recording and touring commitments, Black Country Communion has no solid plans to tour in support of Afterglow. "If I had a magic wand," he added, "I would wave it over everybody's head and go, 'Hey, you guys, we're gonna go and do 200 shows [in 2013] and we're gonna be a huge rock 'n' roll band globally. It's not gonna happen. I figured that if this was to be the last album…then I need to come in with some pretty wild and epic tracks," he noted. "So, I'm really proud of this album."
It looks as though Hughes has already formed another supergroup of sorts called Kings of Chaos with several of the other famous musicians who took part in a recent Rock N Roll All Stars tour of South America. The band's lineup includes Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, bassist Duff McKagan (ex-Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver/Loaded), drummer Matt Sorum (ex- Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) and guitarist Steve Stevens (ex-Billy Idol).
Hughes said that Kings of Chaos will "tour pockets of the world -- the exotics, if you will, and the tropics and even America." He said things a tour will launch this April in South America, where the group plans to hit cities that the Rock N Roll AllStars had intended to play before the gigs were canceled.
Hughes also said the new group will record new music: "We're gonna do a series of EPs. On those EPs there will be three covers and one original song. And…the lineups with the Kings of Chaos, vocally, will change. The core band will be the same. So, it's gonna be always moving and changing." Kings of Chaos actually make their recorded debut on the forthcoming Deep Purple tribute album 'Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head', which will be released on September 25th. The track "Never Before" is their contribution to the project, minus Hughes on vocals. Hughes does play on two tracks on 'Re-Machined,' 'Maybe I'm a Leo' and 'Highway Star.'
Noisecreep recently caught up with former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes to chat about the new Deep Purple tribute album 'Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head', the recent passing of Purple keysman Jon Lord and how the band isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet: www.noisecreep.com
Marshall of Rock Interview: Bassist/Producer/Engineer Billy Sherwood of Nektar talks new album, Yes connection and more
I had the pleasure to talk to the multi-talent Billy Sherwood today and it was some great conversation. Billy is a man of incredible talent, with a true and passionate love of music. A master musician, award winning producer, mixer and engineer, Billy has worked with an A to Z list of legendary rock artists in every facet of the music business. I caught up with Billy while on his way to rehearsal with legendary art rock band Nektar, as the other guys were in his rear-view mirror as we spoke. We touched on Billy's involvement with Nektar and their only 2012 gig tomorrow night (Sept. 6) at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California. We also talked about one of his other projects, The Prog Collective, his over 20 year involvement with the band Yes, his rock production work on many rock tribute albums, including a new one for Supertramp called 'Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp'. Billy also talked about his production/engineering work with a wide range of artists, inlcuding Paul Rodgers, Dangerous Toys, and Motorhead, sharing an interesting story about recording with Lemmy at the on-set of the Los Angeles riots that you've got to hear. Add to that his take on the current state of the music industry, what created his passion for music in general and what iconic entertainment figure was his Godfather, and it makes for some interesting music conversation. Check it out below:
Special thanks to Deborah Brousseau of Spinner PR
Here's the official press release for Nektar with all the info and links on tomorrow night's show. Get tickets and check it out if you're in the area!:
Los Angeles, CA…On September 6th, legendary art rock outfit Nektar will be performing its only 2012 U.S. concert at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Nektar’s renowned big sound and epic live performance in an intimate setting makes this a can’t-miss show.
Though comprised of four Englishmen, Nektar formed in Germany in 1969, and earned a cult following for its psychedelic, spacey approach. In the mid-1970s, Nektar attracted attention and a growing fanbase in America with several concept albums and a uniquely visual live show. The band continues to perform today to a fervent and developing audience, and remains an influence for “space rock” artists around the world.
Nektar is featured in the August 14 Cleopatra DVD release, SPACE ROCK INVASION, a live show taped in Los Angeles, and is releasing SPOONFUL OF TIME (September 11 via Cleopatra), an incredible collection of classic rock covers re-imagined with the help of members of Yes, King Crimson, Symphony X, Opeth, Marillion, Asia, The Moody Blues, Dream Theater, Tangerine Dream and more.
An added treat, multi-talented musician Billy Sherwood will be debuting as bass player with Nektar. Sherwood has played in Yes (and several of its reconfigurations), Yoso, Toto, Circa, World Trade and others. As a producer, mixer and engineer, he’s spearheaded THE PROG COLLECTIVE, and contributed to recordings by Yes, Motorhead, Paul Rodgers, Dangerous Toys and all-star tribute albums to artists such as Queen, AC/DC, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He will also be producing and playing bass on the new Nektar album of original songs, recording this fall.
The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Tickets for Nektar are $15 and can be purchased in advance by calling 949.496.8930 or at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/147983. Doors are at 6pm, show starts at 8pm with Sixstep. This is an all-ages event.
'The Prog Collective' was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Yngwie Malmsteen, Halford, Lita Ford, Adrenaline Mob, Armored Saint, Sepultura)
'The Prog Collective' Track list and players:
1. The Laws Of Nature: John Wetton Lead Vocals / Tony Levin Stick & Bass / Jerry Goodman Violins / Billy Sherwood Backing Vocals, Drums, Keyboards, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
2. Over Again: Richard Page Lead Vocals / Geoff Downes Keyboard Solos / Billy Sherwood Backing Vocals, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
3. The Technical Divide: Alan Parsons Lead Vocals / Chris Squire Bass / David Sancious KeyboardSolos / Gary Green Lead Guitar / Billy Sherwood Backing Vocals, Drums, Keyboards, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
4. Social Circles: Annie Haslam Lead Vocals / Peter Banks Lead Guitar / Billy Sherwood Backing Vocals, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Electric and Acoustic Guitars
5. Buried Beneath: Billy Sherwood Lead & Backing Vocals, Bass, Drums & Acoustic Guitars / Larry Fast Keyboards / Steve Hillage Electric Guitars
6. Following The Signs: John Wesley Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar / Tony Kaye Hammond Organ & Keyboards / Billy Sherwood Backing Vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
7. Check Point Karma: Colin Moulding Lead Vocals / Rick Wakeman Keyboard Solos / Billy Sherwood Backing Vocals, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
'Songs of the Century: An All Star Tribute to Supertramp' Track List:
1. Breakfast In America - John Wetton (Asia) & Larry Fast (Peter Gabriel)
2. Take The Long Way Home - John Wesley (Porcupine Tree)
3. The Logical Song - Mickey Thomas (Starship), Steve Morse (Deep Purple) & Tony Kaye (Yes)
4. Give A Little Bit - Richard Page (Mr. Mister) & Peter Banks (Yes)
5. It's Raining Again - Colin Moulding (XTC) & Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia)
6. Crime Of The Century - Billy Sherwood (Yes), Rick Wakeman (Yes) & Tony Levin (King Crimson)
7. Dreamer - Annie Haslam (Renaissance) & David Sancious (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band)
8. Goodbye Stranger - Billy Sherwood (Yes), Gary Green (Gentle Giant) & Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)
9. Rudy - Roye Albrighton (Nektar) & Steve Porcaro (Toto)
10. Bloody Well Right - Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) & Dave Kerzner
11. School - Rod Argent (The Zombies) & Robby Krieger (The Doors)
BONUS ORIGINAL TRACK
12. Let The World Revolve - Chris Squire (Yes) & Tony Kaye (Yes)
Here's the rendition of Give A Little Bit' from the album: http://soundcloud.com/brosseaupr/give-a-little-bit-songs-of-the/s-zmIbk
Here's a video documenting and celebrating Cleopatra Records 20th Anniversary, with plenty of commentary from Billy in his studio. For more info or to purchase any of their releases, check out Cleopatra Records at www.cleorecs.com
Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer says he’s “exhausted” dealing with bandmates, is excited about touring with Geoff Tate’s Queensryche
After the announcement that drummer Bobby Blotzer will be part of the upcoming touring band with vocalist Geoff Tate's version of Queensryche, Ratt fans posted concern about the future of the band, which prompted Blotz to write on his facebook page:
"Hey peeps, I really appreciate the loads of positive feedback about the grouping with Geoff and company. A lot of questions about the state of RATT surfacing as well. Those should be directed in the direction the usual suspects in RATT's disappearance, Warren [DeMartini, guitar] and Stephen [Pearcy]. I've exhausted myself for two years with those two. I'm sorry for all the b.s. They have fed false info to fans. Not meant to be mean, just exhausted with unreasonable people."
Blotzer also says that he's fired up about his new gig as a member of the singer Geoff Tate's version of Queensryche, saying in a statement on Queensryche.com, "Geoff and QUEENSRŸCHE and RATT have a long history of touring together and I am very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys."
Tate was fired from Queensryche back in June after fronting the group for three decades, initially seeking to prevent his former bandmates from touring and operating under the Queensryche name without him. An initial ruling went against Tate, but the presiding judge determined that there was no legal reason why Tate couldn't also use the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. If the case ever goes to trial, the date is set for November 18, 2013.
Just days ago (September 2), Tate announced his own version of Queensryche with a lineup of Blotzer, bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Blue Oyster Cult), guitarist Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth/King Diamond). Guitarist Kelly Gray is also part of the lineup, and he actually played with Queensryche from 1998 until 2001 and produced several of their albums, along with keyboardist Randy Gane, who has toured and recorded with Queensryche and Geoff's solo group.