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Heart News: Sept. 16th CBS Sunday Morning and other TV appearances, Hollywood Walk of Fame Induction, ‘In The Studio: Little Queen’ streaming online (video)
It's a busy time for Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, as their fantastic new book 'Kicking & Dreaming: A Story Of Heart, Soul & Rock & Roll' will be released this week, and they have numerous TV appearances scheduled. You can pre-order the book now at amazon.com. Their new album 'Fanatic' will also be released on Oct. 2nd, and you can watch a new 'making of' video clip that was just posted below. On top of that, the rock legends will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Wilson sisters' star will be unveiled in front of the Musician's Institute (6752 Hollywood Boulevard). "This location is a coveted spot for many Rock n' Rollers. and these ladies will join the likes of bands Journey and Motley Crue who also have stars on that property," said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies. "We are thrilled with this latest star addition as many young, aspiring female rockers look up to these legendary ladies of Rock n' Roll."
According to a press release: “Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, storming the charts in the 70s with hits like ‘Crazy On You’, ‘Magic Man’, ‘Barracuda’, ‘Straight On’, and so many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments, too, making them the first women in rock to do so. Heart continued topping the charts through the 80s and 90s with huge hits like ‘These Dreams’, ‘Alone’, ‘What About Love’, ‘If Looks Could Kill’, ‘Never’, and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters’ enormous talents as musicians and singers. Nearly 35 years after their first big hit, Ann and Nancy Wilson were back in the Billboard Top 10 in 2010 with Heart’s Red Velvet Car album, and a Top 5 DVD Night At Sky Church.”
The Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony takes place September 25th. Guest speakers will include great friends Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains, and actress Rita Wilson. Ann & Nancy will receive the 2,481st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony takes place at 11:30AM PT and will be live streamed at www.WalkofFame.com.
Heart Mongers time to show Heart some love! Create a 30 second video congratulating Heart for their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Videos will be combined to create a special congratulatory video from the fans. Please send all videos to Heart@mileshighproductions.com. Hurry, because submission deadline is September 20th at 2pm PST.
Ann & Nancy have some TV apperances slated to promote the upcoming book and album including tomorrow (Sept. 16) on Sunday Morning on CBS, Sept. 18th on CBS This Morning, Sept. 29th on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, and Sept. 30th on 'Heart Fanatic Live' from Caesars Collisseum on HD NET. Some great Heart TV programming! Set the DVR's!
Here's a great making of the 'Fanatic' video just posted by the band. Check it out!!
North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary the classic million-seller HEART Little Queen. After scoring a Top 10 album with their indie debut Dreamboat Annie, Heart launched their follow up Little Queen in 1977 which demonstrated Heart's musical diversity, from hard rockers “Barracuda”, “Little Queen” and “Kick It Out” to acoustic numbers like “Love Alive” and “Dream of the Archer”. Ann and Nancy Wilson explain to show host Redbeard.
“You can't keep those folky roots away. Nancy and I are such folkies, It's really amazing. I say that in a good way.” (Nancy): “I think if there is anything we brought to Rock'n'Roll it is the blending of acoustic stylings with heavy rock.” Ann and Nancy Wilson also preview some of the personal stories from their forthcoming memoir, Dreaming and Kicking: a Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll, plus share new Heart music from their upcoming album Fanatic. Hear both parts of this special only available online at inthestudio.net
The eighth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert will honor Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell and certified interventionist and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Senior Consultant Neil Lasher at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 31. Grammy.org recently interviewed honoree Jerry Cantrell, where he touched on playing the event back in 2006 with James Hetfield of Metallica, the other artists playing the event, grammy nominations and wins, new music from Alice In Chains, what it means to recieve the honor, addiction in general and more.
Cantrell will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. Lasher will be the recipient of MusiCares' From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
Hosted by television personality Steve-O, the evening will feature a special performance by eight-time GRAMMY nominees Alice In Chains featuring guitarist/vocalist Cantrell, guitarist/vocalist William DuVall, bassist Mike Inez, and drummer Sean Kinney. GRAMMY-nominated musician Moby will DJ live during dinner, and other musicians performing include Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart, Duff McKagan, Mark Lanegan and Billy Idol. Read more about the event here: www.grammy.org/musicares-jerry-cantrell
Here's an excerpt from the interview conducted by Steve Baltin:
Q: I saw you play with Metallica at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit in 2006. That was obviously a special performance, but I know you've been to a number of these shows. Are there any favorite memories for you?
JC: Yeah, that one is obviously a classic. I've been a fan of Metallica and friends with those guys for a long time and that was just great — half Alice In Chains and half Metallica playing together. Obviously, on a more serious note, it's inspiring to see James [Hetfield] take control of his issues, some of the same things I have issues with. And it's just inspiring to see somebody make the effort and make a turn for the better.
Q: By accepting this award do you feel like a role model or a positive example?
JC: A better way to look at it is I admire those guys for the effort they make. It's cool to get here, it's cool to know that you can get here and it's nice to be [proof] that no matter where you find yourself in life you've always got a chance to turn it around.
Q: When you look at not only your bandmates, but even recent examples like Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, do you feel very fortunate?
JC: A common part of the human experience is if you f*** around with it long enough, it's gonna get a hold of you. That's been the case for me and for a lot of people too. It's not just explicitly musicians, but being a musician and [having] so many friends that are, it's really nice to have an organization like MusiCares to take care of each other. I remember when I first came here in 2003, Buddy Arnold helped me out.
Q: Tell me about the other artists playing at this year's benefit concert.
JC: Ann and Nancy [Wilson of Heart] are the top of the heap. They've been there for us and we've been there for them too. Any time we got a chance to remind people how important their role has been to music and the world and what that means to us, we're always there for them. I look at them as my older sisters, they've given a lot of great advice and they fought through a lot of adversity and I'm very much looking forward to having them play.
When they told me I was gonna receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award, they asked me if I would make a little list of the people I would like to see play. I had just seen [Mark] Lanegan out in Silver Lake and he killed it. God, it was amazing. I hadn't seen him in some years and it was a really magical experience, so I gave him a call and asked him. Duff [McKagan]'s been a friend for years and been very involved with our band as well in various ways. And I don't know Billy [Idol] personally, but I do know Billy Morrison and Steve Stevens, the guitar player. I jammed with Steve a couple of times as well.
What does it mean to you to be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award?
That the award is honoring Stevie, who's an incredible musician and then also a person that made changes and turned his s*** around — it's a hell of an effort. It's nothing easy. It's doable, but it's not an easy thing and I can tell you that from experience. It takes some balls for sure, and it takes some serious effort at times. To receive this, what it means, is I'm very honored. And obviously that it started with Stevie, that's a pretty great thing. As a guitar player you don't get much better than that. Read the rest of the interview here: www.grammy.com/lessons-learned-with-jerry-cantrell
Alice In Chains News: Band working on new album, Jerry Cantrell involved in Sea-Tac Airport Initiative and to be honored by MusicCares MAP Fund Benefit
Jerry Cantrell revealed that Alice In Chains is working on a new album they hope to have out befor the end of 2012.
Alice in Chains 2009 album 'Black Gives Way to Blue' was the bands first album in 16 years and first without late vocalist Layne Staley, whose memory served as the inspiration for the last album. The band began working on new material as far back as last summer, but their progress was interupted when Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.
Cantrell has since recovered and told Rolling Stone of the new album, "It's time to get to work and the material is really interesting, the body of work that we’ve done. It’ll be as different as any one of our records is to any other, and it’ll also be just as recognizable. It’s an Alice record, for sure."
Cantrell predicts that the album will be out in late 2012 or early 2013 at the latest but says the band won’t rush the album to meet a deadline. “We’ve been very lucky to be able to kind of do things at our own pace for our entire career. And this is no exception.”
Cantrell will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan award at the MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit later this month for his continued contributions to help musicians who struggle with addiction. "Everybody’s human, everybody has flaws, everybody falls down. It’s just a fucking fact of life," said Cantrell. "A lot of people stand and get the fuck back up after falling. Some people don’t get that chance. My band’s been a harsh example of that – what happens when you don’t deal with it."
The official lineup for the May 31 charity event will feature performances from Duff McKagan, Billy Idol, Heart and Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age singer-guitarist Mark Lanegan, in addition to Alice In Chains.
The event takes place at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia and has general admission balcony tickets available for $55, while VIP floor seats will fetch $1,250 a pop. All proceeds from the benefit dinner and concert will go to the MusiCares MAP fund.
The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the Pacific Northwest is making effective use of the region’s rich musical history, both past and current. The airport has launched a new campaign, called The Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative, Experience the City of Music, to feature the sights and sounds of the area, increasing the visibility of the local talent in the busy, heavily-traveled airport. Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell is just one of the many artists involved in the initiative.
Cantrell recorded an overhead safety and information announcement about where any of the 32 million people who pass through Sea-Tac can take a smoke break. Cantrell’s message lets passengers and travelers know the airport’s no-smoking policy, with a little dose of humor. He says, "This is Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains reminding you that smoking is allowed on the lower drive outside the building and only in designated areas...Bummer, dude."
Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder is also involved in the campaign.
"Seattle is known around the world for its music culture, so it’s great to see this identity embraced and showcased to all the travelers going through the airport,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. "Jet City, meet Music City."
Rock ‘N’ Roll AllStars play first gig in Paraguay, then follow up with surprise club show in Buenos Aires (video)
The Rock 'N' Roll Allstars kicked off their South and Central America tour last Thursday (Apr. 19) at Jockey Club in Asunción, Paraguay. Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) spearheaded the tour, which also features Gene Simmons (KISS), Sebastian Bach, Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver/Loaded), Gilby Clarke (Guns N'Roses), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Trapeze/Hughes-Thrall/Black Sabbath/Black Country Communion), Ed Roland (Collective Soul), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol/Vince Neil) and Mike Inez (Ozzy Osbourne/Alice In Chains). Check out footage below of the opening gig on the tour as well as pro-shot footage from a surprise club show at Teatro Vorterix in Buenos Aires, Argentina last night (Apr. 22).
The tour continues tonight with an arena show in Buenos Aires, with shows continuing on April 27th in Lima, Peru.
Here's the pro-shot club footage:
In his quest to become a literary giant, guitarist and jokester Zakk Wylde (ex- Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) has written the definitive handbook to all things Heavy Metal. 'Bringing Metal To The Children,' on sale April 10th through William Morrow, will attempt to do just that.
In 'Bringing Metal To The Children,' Zakk Wylde, the man who turned heavy metal touring into a journey of fantastical excess, shares what really goes on behind tour bus windows and backstage doors. The twenty-five year music veteran of the Ozzy Osbourne band and Black Label Society details his survival techniques for maintaining a life on the road, managing a band of raging vikings, and somehow making it on stage and blowing the crowd away night after night.
Beginning with Wylde’s “true rocker test” (TRT), the reader answers and self-scores ten questions to determine if he is a true rocker and should continue reading, or if he’s just a complete tool who needs to hand the book to someone more metal. Wylde continues the journey with his epic stories about life on the road, using his Black Label Society (BLS) coaching techniques to instruct the reader on proper touring hygiene, pre-concert preparations, and post-show etiquette. The road stories include wild nights with many of heavy metal’s gods including; Rob Zombie, Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell, Alice In Chain’s Mike Inez, Skid Row’s Snake Sabo, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, professional wrestlers Chris Jericho, Bubba Dudley and Stone Cold Steve Austin, UFC Former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin and of course the Godfather of heavy metal, Ozzy Osbourne.
'Bringing Metal To The Children' also features Wylde’s roadmap for success in the music business, tour planning and exclusive tips for the aspiring “metal musician,” as well as the best methods for surviving a mosh pit and plans for how to set up a shooting range on the tour bus. Read an excerpt of the book here.