Archive for October, 2013
On October 14th Y&T will release a 4CD set called 'Earthquake: The A&M Years 1981-85', which features six studio albums with B-sides and a rare Friday Rock Show album featuring their appearances at Reading and Monsters of Rock.
There was a time in the late 1970s/early 1980s when America was seemingly overrun with great hard rock bands. They all had power, individuality and the sheer audacity to ignore trends and go with their instincts. And in this company of lycanthropic lotharios there were none better than Y&T.
The San Francisco based heavy metal act burst on the scene when they were known as Yesterday and Today and recorded two albums for the London label. They were snapped up by A&M and recorded a number of albums for the label including what is regarded as one of the finest metal albums of all time in, 'Earthshaker'. All of their output for the label is featured on this multipack that also has albums such as 'Black Tiger' and 'Down For The Count', available in Europe legally for the first time in a number of years.
In 1981 Y&T released the sensational 'Earthshaker' album and exploded on the scene with the sort of thoroughbred command that had more in common with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal than the smoother and more mainstream attitudes starting to invade and pervade in the States. When you listen the flood of riffs which are the hallmark of this album, it's just irresistible. From the opening shards of "Hungry For Rock" through the titanic "Rescue Me" and onwards to the stormy "Hurricane" and finally to the climactic, epic "I Believe In You", this was an album that had not one weakness. Each track combined a spontaneity with lively, well crafted ideas. And these were musicians who could live with anyone on the planet. Moreover, topping it all off were the soaraway vocals of Dave Meniketti. One of the great hard rock singers, his voice can both crack concrete, and yet also drips with honeyed nectar. It is capable of sounding innocent and vulnerable, yet quickly turn on its heels and become a roaring savage.
While 'Earthshaker' set a benchmark for 1980s American hard rock that few were able to emulate, 'Black Tiger', released the following year, was the proof that it was far from being a one-off. The songs on 'Black Tiger' were of the highest order. "Open Fire", "Hell Or High Water", "Forever", "Black Tiger" and "My Way Or The Highway" were straight out of the top drawer, and it was no surprise when the album became the first from Y&T to chart in the UK, as it reached number 53.
If 'Black Tiger' was the natural successor to 'Earthshaker', then 'Mean Streak' in 1983 proved to be equally invaluable. Produced by Chris Tsangarides, a lot of the songs on this album have become staples of the band's live set through the years. These include the title track, "Midnight In Tokyo", "Hang 'Em High" and "Down And Dirty". 'Mean Streak' made it to number 35 in the UK.
But this sniff of success was only the appetizer for what was about to happen. Now, Y&T took a massive leap forward in sales terms, as they elected to go for a more commercial style. The result in 1984 was their biggest album to date, 'In Rock We Trust'. Working with producer Tom Allom, they sold close to half-a-million copies in America, and reached number 33 in the UK. 'In Rock We Trust' features "Rock & Roll's Gonna Save The World", "Masters And Slaves", "Lipstick And Leather" and "(Your Love Is) Drivin' Me Crazy" -- real stompers kissed by the stamp of class.
Things got even more accessible in 1985, when 'Down For The Count' hit. Produced by Kevin Beamish, Y&T finally got a successful single in America, as "Summertime Girls" made it to number 55. Bright, breezy and breathtaking, it showed how Y&T were able to embrace the MTV generation, yet also come up with an anthem to appeal to their diehards. Using keyboards for the first time, they also had a battery of other top quality songs to back up "Summertime Girls". These featured such moments as "Looks Like Trouble", "Hands Of Time", "Don't Tell Me What To Wear", plus an exquisite cover of Loggins And Messina's "Your Mama Don't Dance".
While they were hauling themselves up to a new level of success during this period of time, the band were still a formidable presence live. They show this on the 1984 live album 'Open Fire', which more than lived up to its title, as it brought together a manic montage of their finest songs, all lifted by the added cachet of their stage presence. And they proved equally adept when captured live for the BBC's 'Friday Rock Show', which represents a cross section of the band's finest accomplishments.
By 1986, drummer Leonard Haze had gone and three years later Stef Burns took over on guitar from Joey Alves. By 1991, it was all over, and the band split up. Yes, they did return in 1995, and continue to this day in various guises (only Meniketti now remains from the halcyon days). But when you want to hear Y&T in their prime -- when you wish to get a taste of why they were once regarded as one of the world's greatest hard rock bands... well, the music on these four CDs is all you need. It represents the glory age for a glorious band.
Earthquake: The A&M Years 1981-1985 track listing:
1. Hungry For Rock
2. Dirty Girl
3. Shake It Loose
5. Rescue Me
6. Young And Tough
8. Let Me Go
9. Knock You Out
10. I Believe In You
11. From The Moon
12. Open Fire
13. Don't Wanna Lose
14. Hell Or High Water
16. Black Tiger
17. Barroom Boogie
18. My Way Or The Highway
19. Winds Of Change
20. Mean Streak
21. Straight Thru The Heart
22. Lonely Side Of Town
23. Midnight In Tokyo
24. Breaking Away
25. Hang 'Em High
26. Take You To The Limit
27. Sentimental Fool
28. Down And Dirty
29. Rock & Roll's Gonna Save The World
30. Life, Life, Life
31. Masters And Slaves
32. I'll Keep On Believin' (Do You Know)
33. Break Out Tonight
34. Lipstick And Leather
35. Don't Stop Runnin'
36. (Your Love Is) Drivin Me Crazy
37. She's A Liar (album version)
38. This Time (album version)
39. Open Fire (live)
40. Go For The Throat (live)
41. 25 Hours A Day (live edit)
42. Rescue Me (live)
43. Summertime Girls (studio version)
44. Forever (live)
45. Barroom Boogie (live)
46. I Believe In You (live)
47. In The Name Of Rock
48. All American Boy
49. Anytime At All
50. Anything For Money
51. Face Like An Angel
52. Summertime Girls (studio version)
53. Looks Like Trouble (album version)
51. Your Mama Don't Dance
52. Don't Tell Me What To Wear
56. Hands Of Time
57. Hungry For Rock (live at the Reading Festival 1984)
58. Black Tiger (live at the Reading Festival 1984)
59. I Believe In You (live at the Reading Festival 1984)
60. Open Fire (live at the Reading Festival 1984)
61. Forever (live at the Reading Festival 1984)
62. Rescue Me (live at the Reading Festival 1984)
63. Mean Streak (live at Donington 1984)
64. Barroom Boogie (live at Donington 1984)
65. Lipstick And Leather (live at Donington 1984)
66. Rescue Me (live at Donington 1984)
67. Rock & Roll's Gonna Save The World (live at Donington 1984)
68. Masters And Slaves (live at Donington 1984)
Entertainment Weekly has reported that Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will lend his voice to an upcoming 'The Simpsons' episode that will air sometime next year. The episode will star Will Arnett, director Judd Apatow, and his frequent costars Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.
Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman says that in the episode, titled "Steal This Episode", Homer is taught by Bart how to illegally download films, and he starts screening them in his backyard for folks in Springfield. "Even though Homer is stealing, he's doing it for the community, he’s doing it out of the goodness of his heart," says Selman. One of the movies that Homer shows is a This is 40-esque Apatow dramedy titled 'Life is Funny' that stars Mann and Rudd, who joined forces in Knocked Up and This is 40. The FBI goes after Homer, with Halford singing a parody of the Judas Priest classic 'Breaking The Law' to help the effort.
Apatow testifies against our patriarch “with a hilarious, self-important speech about Hollywood people,” says Selman. Another Knocked Up star, Rogen, has a cameo role as himself, as does Channing Tatum. “Channing Tatum loves to do surprise twists in movies, a la This is the End,” hints Selman, “and he has a surprise twist in this one too.”
Fan-filmed video of MÖTLEY CRÜE's kick off to the 'Evening In Hell' recent Las Vegas residency has been posted and can be viewed below. The September 18 concert at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas kicked off the band's second residency at the venue.
Motley Crue September 18 setlist:
1. Red Hot
2. Wild Side
3. Louder Than Hell
4. Saints Of Los Angeles
5. Too Young To Fall In Love
6. Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)
7. Looks That Kill
8. Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
9. Live Wire
10. Shout At The Devil
11. Mutherfucker Of The Year
12. Too Fast For Love
13. Primal Scream
14. Dr. Feelgood
15. Girls, Girls, Girls
16. Home Sweet Home
17. Kickstart My Heart
A new Deluxe CD & DVD from David Lee Roth will be released on November 19 featuring those classic songs and videos from his multi-platinum releases 'Crazy From The Heat,' 'Eat 'Em And Smile,' and 'Skyscraper,' as well as and chart topping rock radio tracks from his stellar albums 'A Lil’ Ain’t Enough' and 'Your Filthy Little Mouth.'
The CD will feature 16 tracks, including entire 'Crazy From The Heat' EP, with the DVD containing 9 classic MTV videos, including the entire DAVE TV Warner Home Video release for the very first time on DVD format. It also includes new artwork and photos, printed lyrics to all songs. It is a limited edition release, so order your now at www.vanhalenstore.com
1. California Girls*
2. Just A Gigolo*
3. Easy Street*
4. Coconut Grove*
5. Just Like Paradise
6. A Little Luck
8. Tobacco Road
9. Goin’ Crazy
10. Yankee Rose
11. A Lil’ Ain’t Enough
12. Sensible Shoes
13. Hey, You Never Know
14. Hot Dog And A Shake
15. Land’s Edge
16. No Big “Ting * Crazy From The Heat EP
1. Just A Gigolo
2. California Girls
6.A Lil’ Ain’t Enough
8.Goin’ Crazy (Spanish)
9.Tell The Truth
(Plus the Dave TV Interviews)
Bass Player LIVE! 2013 is scheduled for November 9 and 10 in Hollywood, CA. The annual event will feature musician clinics and exhibitors at S.I.R. Studios and will be highlighted by the November 9 Bass Player LIVE! Concert & Awards Show presented by Hartke. This all-star concert will take place at the historic Fonda Theatre and will honor heavy metal legend, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler and rockabilly bass legend Lee Rocker, while jazz-rock phenom Tal Wilkenfeld will be presented with the “Young Gun” award.
Tickets are on sale now at http://bassplayerlive.com. Weekend package tickets that include the concert and awards show along with all clinics and exhibits are available for only $90. Tickets for the Bass Player LIVE! Concert & Awards Show can also be purchased separately as follows:
Day Pass for Saturday OR Sunday - $37.50
Day Pass for Saturday AND Sunday - $52.50
Bass Player LIVE Concert general admission - $42.50
Bass Player LIVE Concert balcony seat - $45
All Inclusive Day Pass for both Saturday and Sunday, plus a general admission concert ticket - $90
Note: Each Day Pass purchase includes a complimentary subscription to Bass Player magazine.
The Bass Player LIVE! concert will feature an all-star band of rock luminaries performing with Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, including: Lee Rocker (Stray Cats), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, David Lee Roth), Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne), Buzz Campbell (Lee Rocker), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Corey Taylor (Stone Sour, Slipknot), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Frank Bello (Anthrax), JD Deservio (Black Label Society), Kerry King (Slayer), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, Pantera), Rudy Sarzo (Blue Oyster Cult), Tal Wilkenfeld, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), and more. Doors for The Fonda Theatre open at 6:30 PM on Saturday, November 9 and the concert begins at 7:30 PM.
The Bass Player LIVE! clinics and exhibitors will be located at S.I.R. Studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Bass players of all ages, levels and styles are invited to attend.
The concert and awards show will be hosted by Jim Norton (comedian/actor/radio host/New York Times best-selling author).
“Lee Rocker actually made the standup bass look cool,” Norton says. “Geezer Butler is simply the most underrated bassist and lyricist of all time.”
“Terry ‘Geezer’ Butler is my No. 1 influence and greatest teacher of electric bass in heavy metal music,” Newsted says. “All true metal bassists look up to Geezer as a pioneer and godfather of our chosen instrument. The best, ever.”
“Bass Player LIVE! is the biggest and baddest bass event of the year,” says Bass Player editor Brian Fox. “And this year’s lineup is our heaviest yet. When it comes to hard rock bass playing, Geezer Butler wrote the book. That he continues to perform with every bit of the raw intensity of his early days in Black Sabbath is an inspiration for players of all ages and all styles. With the Stray Cats, Lee Rocker took the upright bass—already one of the coolest instruments ever—and somehow made it even more hip, slapping the snot out of it to codify the sound of rockabilly bass. To our ears, Tal Wilkenfeld personifies the bright future of rock bass. From her work with Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Walsh to her fleet-fingered solo work, Tal’s refreshing fusion of jazz, soul, funk, and rock is something we’ve had our ears and eyes on for a long time now. We’re thrilled and honored to have these three artists anchor an evening of amazing performances.”
The daily schedule of clinics & panels is as follows (subject to change):
Saturday, November 9
Room A: David Ellefson (Megadeth) & Frank Bello (Anthrax)
Room B: Carlos Del Puerto, Jr. (Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Chris Botti)
Room A: Lee Rocker (with guest guitarist Buzz Campbell)
Room B: Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs, solo artist)
Room A: Michael Manring (solo artist)
Room B: Artists to be announced soon
Room A: Changing Face of L.A. Session Bass
Room B: Janek Gwizdala (solo artist, Randy Brecker)
Sunday, November 10
Room A: Nathan East (Toto, Fourplay, Eric Clapton)
Room B: Artists to be announced soon
Room A: Jerry Jemmott (Gregg Allman, Aretha Franklin)
Room B: Artists to be announced soon
Room A: Conversation Series Hosted By Hartke With Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, Pantera), Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs), David Ellefson (Megadeth) & Frank Bello (Anthrax)
Room B: Hadrien Feraud (Chick Corea, John McLaughlin)
Room A: Nate Watts (Stevie Wonder)
Room B: Artists to be announced soon
Additional musicians expected to attend Bass Player LIVE! include: Ariane Cap (Lara Price), Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon), Bernhard Lackner (solo artist), Brandino (Robbie Krieger), Brian Bromberg (solo artist), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Damian Erskine (Gino Vanelli), Divinity Roxx (Beyoncé), Igor Saavedra (solo artist), Jeff Hughell (Six Feet Under), Jimmy Earl (The Jimmy Kimmel Show), Juan Alderete, (The Mars Volta), Mike Merritt (The Conan O'Brien Show), Phil Chen (The Doors), Ready Freddie Washington (Steely Dan), Scott Reader (Kyuss), Sean Hurley (John Mayer), and Tim Lefebvre (Rudder), among others.