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Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Black Keys, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, Theory of a Deadman, Eve To Adam, Art of Dying
Since my Rock Picks of the Week have continually turned into the Rock Pick of the month or every three weeks, I must make a commitment to being more diligent about catching up. So here is my Ketchup. Some of these tracks have been out awhile, but I have to give them a pick.
Black Keys 'Gold On the Ceiling'
Black Keys have had another massively successful track with this one, as it's currently the #1 track on the alternative charts, top 5 at adult rock, top 10 at active rock and top 20 on the rock charts. The Keys recently performed it on the MTV Movie Awards as part of a tribute to Johnny Depp, who joined the band on guitar.
The Keys recently filmed an episode of the Travel Channel’s 'No Reservations' with host Anthony Bourdain and have shot a cameo, in full ponytails, for a Comedy Central series 'Workaholics.' They also will continue touring in 2012 with some big time gigs including as headliners at the inaugural Firefly Festival in Dover on July 20-22, New York’s Catalpa Festival on July 28th, Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 3rd, and Montreal’s Osheaga Festival on Aug. 5th. Then they'll head overseas for a few European festival dates, followed by a return to the U.S. in October for a brief West Coast swing a and a gig at the recently announced Austin City Limits festival. They'll finish out 2012 with tours of Australia and Europe.
They are also worthy of a tribute album called 'Black On Blues,' out July 17th, which features such artists as Iggy Pop, Leslie West, Ginger Baker of Cream, Dave Davies of The Kinks and more.
Van Halen 'She's The Woman'
I was glad to see that the band actually put out a video behind this one, compiled from rehearsal and concert footage. I like almost everyone thought the worst when VH pulled those 30 dates from their current tour schedule, but was relieved that they just "simply bit off more than we could chew," acording to David Lee Roth in his recent video message addressing the situation.
Van Halen‘s former bassist Michael Anthony heard DLR's explanation for the postponed dates, but he isn’t quite so sure that is the main reason. Their was a report with tour insiders saying the band members "hate each other" and are "arguing like mad." Sammy Hagar weighed in saying, "I'm surprised it took this long. I predicted this was going to happen a lot sooner … They’re hard people to get along with, those brothers."
Anthony told Classic Rock Magazine: "Everybody’s got their own opinions. Who knows? To me it sounds kinda interesting – if you say you’re tired and you want to recharge your batteries you don’t put 30 shows on sale. If I were a fan I’d be going, 'Why are you putting 30 shows on sale?'"
Anthony also offered a possible explanation for why three days lapsed between the announced schedule changes and Roth’s public statement about them: "Maybe that’s the three days you take to come up with your story?" Despite his assessment, he had kind words for the group. "I wish them well — they put out a great album, they’re a great live band, they always have been," he says.
Would he ever consider rejoining the band? "I don’t know. As time goes on now, less and less. Eddie’s got his son up with him now. The circumstance would have to be right. I was always the never-say-never guy, but I don’t really think about it any more...Chickenfoot, my relationship with those guys is great."
Van Halen have since announced more tour dates in 2013, as well as a tour of Japan. There is also speculation that the guys will be rocking the 2013 Super Bowl. Look for the next single from 'A Different Kind Of Truth' to be 'Stay Frosty.'
Foo Fighters, who have become one of my favorite bands EVER, released yet another song from the 'Wasting Light' album. 'Bridge Burning' follows the lead of all the previous tracks released, getting significant airplay. The Foos haven't released an official video, but here's a video interpretation of the song from the band's 2011 'This Video Sucks Contest; directed by Will Doyle & Richard Peete.
The Foos hit the Marcus Ampithetre in Milwaukee, WI on June 28, before hitting festivals in Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium and Netherlands during the month of July. They stop in Belfast, ND on August 21st for a one off U.S. date, then return to the UK for two gigs in late August. The band will wrap up their never ending tour on September 22nd at DeLuna Fest in Pensocola, Florida. Dave Grohl will then focus on completing his Sound City Studios documentary, which I cannot wait to see! Spin Magazine recently brought forth why Dave Grohl is the 'nicest guy in rock.' Check out the reasons why here: www.spin.com
Theory of a Deadman's 'Hurricane' is another great track from the band's latest album 'The Truth Is...'. It has already gone top 5 on the rock tracks, as the band continues building on their past success thus far. Theory of a Deadman will be headlining on tour for the rest of the summer. Check out a date near you here: www.theoryofadeadman.com
Frontman Tyler Connolly recently did a funny little experiment in New York's Time Square called 'You Don't Know Me.' Check out both parts:
New York rockers Eve To Adam are up next with their track 'Reach.' While it didn't have the "reach" I would have hoped as far as radio airplay goes, it did further the band's reach and exposure in a positive way. It comes from the album 'Banquet For A Starving Dog', and is a positive, uplifting song. You can 'Reach,' you just gotta believe, and I believe in this band!
Eve To Adam recently ended a run touring with Creed at the Fillmore on May 31 in Detroit, Michigan, and their currently at home working on new material and preparing for summer shows while promoting their new single, a cover of the Alice Cooper classic, 'School's Out.' The single is now available for digital download and has been getting a very positive reaction from critics and fans alike. The track was even debuted on June 5th by Alice Cooper on his radio show! Get the song here on itunes
Canadian rockers Art of Dying are back in the rock picks of the week with their latest track 'Sorry.' It's another great track from the 'Vices and Virtues' album. The Art of Dying is my life to live. Vocalist Jonny Hetherington and the guys bring quality rock, and I expect continued growth from this band in the future!
Recently we had the chance to get into the studio with producer Dan Donegan from Disturbed to lay down an acoustic version of "Sorry". We've been so touched by all of the 'Sorry profile pics' over the last few months that we decided to make a video for the acoustic version of the song featuring our biggest fans. Thanks for making this video possible, we couldn't have done it without you!
- Jonny Hetherington
The band has a few more gigs this summer. Check them out here: www.artofdying.com
Slash talks “Use Your Illusion I & II” 20th Anniversary, new “Made In Stoke 24/7/11″ DVD/Blu-Ray release
The release of the Guns N' Roses ‘Use Your Illusion I & II' album will mark their 20th anniversary this Saturday, September 17. Slash recently gave an extensive interview to MusicRadar.com where he detailed what the band was going through before, during and after the recording sessions. He says things had hit rock bottom just before GNR began working on the project. It had been four years of touring and partying since ‘Appetite For Destruction’ was released in 1987, however Slash had managed to kick a heroin habit in time to get serious. From the onset he and Axl Rose disagreed about the project’s direction. Read the entire article below.
It was definitely exploratory compared to Appetite,” he tells Music Radar. “I mean, honestly, I’d have preferred to do a record with just 10 f—-ng songs that were a bit more straightforward, but it was an opportunity to finally get the band to work again.”
The band relocated to Chicago, but what was an intended team-building exercise went bust. As the band returned to L.A. Slash discovered drugs again and engaged in a number of high profile shenanigans, like running naked and sobbing around an Arizona golf course, truly believing he was being chased by the ‘Predator.’
“We reconvened. I think the Guns N’ Roses chemistry was a natural thing that was always there if we could just get past other distractions. When we dropped all the bullshit and just started playing, there was a natural synergy between us.” A two-night writing session churned out songs like ‘The Garden,’ ‘Get in the Ring,’ and ‘So Fine.’ Others — like ‘Civil War’ — had been written while on tour. And a few were solo efforts.
“I wrote ‘Coma’ in my heroin delirium,” Slash admits. “That’s a song that I’m still proud of. There’s not a lot of ‘technique’ — it’s a pretty straight up kinda Slash approach.” While Slash could manage his drug habit, others couldn’t. Drummer Steven Adler was kicked out the band when he couldn’t keep up, but after months of screwing around the band got serious and recorded 36 songs in 36 days. For the sake of moving forward, Slash gave into Rose’s demands for synthetic instrumentation, but the singer’s perfectionism was sign of trouble to come.
“The problem was with Izzy (Stradlin),” Slash says in the MusicRadar interview. “Because the album reached such gargantuan proportions as far as the production and complexity and the massive expectations [that] Izzy started to bow out. He was harder to find, because that was against his rock ‘n’ roll philosophy, which I totally agree with.”
“We got through the basic tracks and I think that’s what gave the albums such a natural feel. But when we started getting into the time it took to do overdubs and vocals, he sorta disappeared.”
A week after the albums were released, Stradlin officially quit. Including manager Alan Niven and Adler, that made three critical departures over the course of one album. The band never recovered, and Slash quit five years later. The guitarist says he hasn’t listened to either ‘Illusion’ album in years but admits, “There’s a lot of good crap on those Illusion records…”
Read the entire fantastic article here.
Slash‘s very first live album as a solo artist, ‘Made In Stoke 24/7/11′ will be released on both CD, DVD and Blu-Ray on Nov. 15 by Eagle Rock Entertainment.
On July 24, 2011, he made a very special visit to in the British town of Stoke-On-Trent, where he was raised until he was five, at the end of the 2010-2011 tour. Slash But he said he still had "vivid memories" of the city. "I have memories that I went to school there, of the basic neighborhood that I lived in. I remember exactly what the house looked like. Just everything in general, for some reason my memory is really clear. Better than my memory of later years."
The Stoke-on-Trent concert sold out in less than two hours after tickets went on sale on May 6. Over 1,500 fans attended the show, which marked Slash's first-ever concert in his hometown.
‘Made In Stoke’ preserves every moment of the sweaty hit-loaded gig for posterity. It will be available in two different configurations: a double CD and a deluxe edition package featuring the CDs plus a DVD of the concert with five bonus tracks and an interview with Slash.
Career-wise, every aspect of Slash’s career is here: Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit and tracks from his solo debut, all driven by the powerhouse vocals of Myles Kennedy, the versatile Alter Bridge vocalist who has proven to be a more than capable match for Slash’s legendary songs and riffs. His band lineup included bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fitz and guitarist Bobby Schneck.
Kennedy, Slash and band are currently immersed in the studio working on album No. 2 under the Slash banner, which is tentatively slated for an April 2012 release.
Look for Slash at the roast of actor Charlie Sheen, set to air this Monday Sept. 19 on Comedy Central.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Been There Lately (SLASH'S SNAKEPIT song)
2. Nightrain (GUNS N' ROSES song)
4. Mean Bone (SLASH'S SNAKEPIT song)
5. Back From Cali
6. Rocket Queen (GUNS N' ROSES song)
7. Civil War (GUNS N' ROSES song)
8. Nothing To Say
11. Doctor Alibi (with Todd Kerns on vocals)
12. Speed Parade (SLASH'S SNAKEPIT song)
13. Watch This
14. Beggars & Hangers-On (SLASH'S SNAKEPIT song)
15. Patience (GUNS N' ROSES song)
16. Guitar Solo / Godfather Theme
17. Sweet Child O' Mine (GUNS N' ROSES song)
18. Slither (VELVET REVOLVER song)
19. By The Sword
20. Mr. Brownstone (GUNS N' ROSES song)
21. Paradise City (GUNS N' ROSES song)
-Back From Cali
-Beggars & Hangers-On
-Been There Lately
-Interview with Slash
Ozzy Osbourne‘s "Crazy Train" is being featured in the promotional campaign for Comedy Central’s upcoming roast of the "winning" Charlie Sheen. Sheen, Mr. tiger blood and Adonis DNA, is appearing in a handful of TV spots promoting the roast. In one particular commercial, the self-styled “Sheenius” plays a conductor of what else but a crazy train! Check out the promos below.
In the 30-second spot, which is steeped in Sheen-speak, the actor is running the Roast Express, which makes stops at Sheen-friendly locations like Goddess Harbor, Winnington, Tiger Valley and Dude Can’t Handle It Unplug this Bastard Junction.
A hot chick asks “Charlie, does this train stop at Normalville?,” to which Sheen replies, “Honey, we left there a long time ago.” Ain’t that the truth! This is one train that’s going off the rails and happily so. It’s also quite possibly one of the most effective uses of a popular Ozzy song in some time.
The Charlie Sheen Roast is set for Sept. 19. One thing that could make the Sheen roast even more entertaining? If Ozzy himself showed up to verbally burn the actor. Regardless, this potentially could be the best roast ever!
On Sept. 15, four days before the roast, Comedy Central will partner with a handful of Clear Channel radio stations in major markets to have Charlie Sheen pre-record introductions of the song "Crazy Train" during key afternoon drive-time music blocks to drive day-of awareness for the roast. On Roast Day, Sept. 19, commuters in New York City will see train tracks on the cover of that day's free morning daily, AM New York, that will lead through to two more pages of train tracks running across editorial, ultimately revealing an ad for that night's event. And guess what song will be playing when the copies of AM New York are handed out?
Charlie Sheen has battled some of cinema’s greatest villains (and Tom Berenger), but he’s never faced anything like the murderer’s row of zing slingers lined up for this roast including Jeff Ross, Anthony Jeselnik, TMZ’s Harvey Levin, Steve-o, Mike Tyson and Roast Master Seth MacFarlane.
Jack White and Stephen Colbert collaborate for a sure Grammy winning record; What’s Jack White up to?
"2011: A Rock Odyssey," took place this week on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" as Jack White agrees to help Colbert in his quest for a Grammy. Colbert apparently had a musical career in the 80's new wave era, but needs to fullfill his calling!
Colbert seeks White's help in recording a sure-to-win-a-Grammy record, which wraps up with a performance of his new song with White proteges, The Black Belles. Here's all the show segments, as well as the final concert.
Jack White has joined Bob Dylan in a tribute to Hank Williams, sprung from Dylan’s gifting of a folder of Williams’ lyrics that were never put to music.
“I did a project with Bob Dylan: he put together 20 or 25 people to finish writing Hank Williams songs that only had lyrics and didn’t have music … I had to write music for Hank Williams’ lyrics,” White said. “I looked through all the piles of lyrics, and one of ‘em just kept speaking to me. Sometimes you think ‘it’s gonna be really hard to find my spot,’ and then it picks it for you. You don’t even have to choose it; it just picks it for you.”
Dylan has yet to announce the full list of artists tied to the project, but White let a few names slip in an interview with MTV News. “He [Dylan] did one, asked Willie Nelson to do one, asked me to do one, and I think Lucinda Williams and Alan Jackson are on it too,” he said.
Dylan and White have colaborated before, performing live versions of the White Stripes’ "Ball and Biscuit" as well as "Meet Me in the Morning" from Dylan’s iconic Blood on the Tracks album, as well as others.
Jack White is in talks to provide music for comedian Bobcat Goldthwait’s musical based on The Kinks’ 1976 concept album, Schoolboys in Disgrace.
Kinks legend Ray Davies has been appointed as an executive director of the film, which is being produced by Howard Gertler and Tim Perell of Warp Films, an offshoot of Warp Records that has worked on Submarine and Four Lions and is distributing new Australian film Snowtown. White is being courted to “re-record the music,” and said the film could be a German co-production.
Schoolboys in Disgrace is a prequel of sorts to the Kinks’ 1973-74 rock opera, Preservation: Acts 1 & 2. According to the album’s liner notes, Schoolboys in Disgrace is the story of “a naughty little schoolboy” who is turned into a hard and bitter character after a public punishment in front of the whole school for getting himself into “very serious trouble with a naughty schoolgirl.” That naughty boy grows up to be Mr. Flash, the villain from Preservation.
“It’s the genesis story of a supervillain set to music,” Goldthwait says. “It’s the story of the world’s most charming criminal and a realistic high school musical for all the kids who hate sugary, sweet, unrealistic high school musicals.”
Foo Fighters keep kicking ass on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (video), Foo Fetish: 8 Shades of the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters continued making the rounds to promote the new album "Wasting Light", which is out today. Here's their kick ass performances of "Bridge Burning" and "Arlandria" from yesterday's (Apr. 11) episode of "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Comeday Central. Check it out and also don't miss the Foos on tonight's "Late Show With David Letterman". If you do miss it, check back here and I'll have it all for you.
Here's a really great blog from gibson.com, documenting all of the Foo Fighters albums, with videos from each:
Foo Fetish: 8 Shades of the Foo Fighters