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
Chickenfoot are headlining the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma on May 27th and HDNet will be carrying the show live! You can also enter for your chance to win a Joe Satriani signature model guitar!
it all kicks of at 5ET/2PT.
New Medicine, Eve To Adam, Cavo, 10 Years, Red, Redlight King, Aranda, Janus, Lillian Axe, Black Stone Cherry, Charm City Devils, Trivium, Art of Dying, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way, The Darkness, Volbeat, Chevelle, P.O.D., Hellyeah, Theory of A Deadman, Puddle of Mudd, Jackyl, Creed, Queensryche, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Slash and more are all part of what is the biggest rock event of the year so far. Get more details here: www.facebook.com/HDNetConcerts
Chickenfoot posted a 10 minute video from the opening night of the Different Devil 2012 tour. Go inside the soundcheck, show and aftershow of their gig on May 4th in South Lake Tahoe, NV!
Drummer Chad Smith rejoined Chickenfoot onstage for the first time on the tour in support of their latest album, 'Chickenfoot III' on May 16th at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre. Kenny Aronoff has been handling the drumming chores due to Smith’s commitment with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Earlier in the set before Chad jammed with the band, Sammy Hagar made a passing reference to him, joking that, "if Chad was here, I’d kick his ass." After the band left the stage, a man in a Kiss t-shirt and backwards baseball cap sat down behind Aronoff’s drums. The fans then realized that it was Smith, and went nuts.
The band proceeded to jam on 'Oh Yeah’, after which Hagar turned to Smith and said, "Chad, you haven’t had this much fun all year and you know it." They then broke into a cover of Jimi Hendrix‘s 'Foxy Lady' with a bit of 'Manic Depression' thrown in. That was followed by 'Different Devil,' then a tribute to the late Ronnie Montrose with a cover of 'Rock Candy,' with Aronoff helping out on the cymbols.
Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti previews three new tracks from upcoming solo album ‘All I Was’
One of the hardest working guitarists in rock, Mark Tremonti, has posted three samples of tracks from his upcoming album due this June called 'All I Was.'
Tremonti, who is currently on tour with Creed, was joined by bassist/guitarist Eric Friedman and drummer Garret Whitlock for the recording during a break from his other band Alter Bridge and rehearsals with Creed. Tremonti handles lead vocals on the hard rocking album. Check out samples of 'You Waste Your Time,' 'So You're Afraid' and 'The Things I've Seen':
Slash is back with the first track 'You're A Lie' from his upcoming album 'Apocalyptic Love' out May 22. This new project with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators is the most anticipated hard rock release of the year so far, and by all indications from the first track, it is going to live up to all expectations. 'You're A Lie' is my favorite track of 2012 so far.
Myles Kennedy joined Slash on two tracks on his solo album, and they were the best part of what was a great album. After extensive touring, Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) and Slash were more than ready to deliver a stellar album, at least when Slash could get the hardest working man in rock, Myles Kennedy to fit in some recording. Myles will have some time to devote to rocking these new tracks on tour as his Alter Bridge bandmates will be concentrating on Creed for awhile.
"I completely left the lyrics to Myles. As far away from lyric writing as I can get, the better," Slash told Rolling Stone, laughing. "He's a good lyricist, so it's not an issue."
The song was the second track Slash brought to Kennedy, but it wasn't done until the very end of the sessions. "We changed the arrangement twice, and it was the last thing we worked on in the studio when we were doing the album," he says. "It was the last one we did and, funnily enough, the first one we released."
Did he know it was a single? "The single concept has always been the last thing I ever want to deal with," he says. "I come from that AOR mentality where a single to me can be a five-minute, six-minute, really cool rock track."
Now that one is chosen and the record is nearly done, save for a few mixes, Slash can turn his attention to the upcoming live shows. "I'm looking forward to going out and jamming the stuff live and doing what it is that I do best," he says.
The concert will feature several new songs. "There's a song called 'Anastasia,' which would be killer for us to play live because it's probably the longest, most instrumentally adventurous song on the record. There's a lot of guitar in it," he says. "There's the song called 'Apocalyptic Love,' which is the title track of the record and the first song we ever did together."
A full tour kicks off on May 3 in Baltimore, and the band will play a number of big Rock festivals including Carolina Rebellion on May 5, Rock On The Range on May 19 and Rocklahoma on May 25, and other radio station festivals.
Slash will also rock the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in L.A.on April 11, sharing a stage with Marilyn Manson, Sixx A.M., Evanescence and more on a night when KISS' Gene Simmons will be honored. "I love Gene. Gene's awesome, so it's good that he's getting an award at that event," he says.
Slash will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame next month with Guns N' Roses. According to Slash, he still doesn't know what will happen. "It's just far enough away at this point where I'm not focusing on it at all and there's been no new news about what's gonna happen there," he says.
Slash is also part of series of commercials for the L.A.I.R. (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles) exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo with none other than Betty White.
Apocalyptic Love tracklist:
"One Last Thrill"
"Standing in the Sun"
"You’re a Lie"
"No More Heroes"
"We Will Roam"
"Not for Me"
"Hard & Fast"
"Far and Away"
Seether keep the rock coming with another Top 10 track, 'No Resolution.' It's the third single from the 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray' album, and continues the success of the first two releases from the album;'Country Song' and Tonight.'
Seether is on tour in the UK with 3 Doors Down until March 15, play a couple of headlining gigs in Istanbul and Italy, then head out for a big North American trek with Nickelback, Bush and My Darkest Days starting April 10 in Moline, IL.
Seether has been nominated for Best Live Band in the Revolver Golden Gods on Apr. 11 and you can now have the complete Seether 'Collection' with just one click at itunes. Four studio album and one live album for only $24.99.
Rise Against have another kick ass track with 'Satellite' from the 'Endgame' album in the rock picks of the week. The band just played shows on Mar. 9 & 10 in Helsinki, Finland, and are continuing on with shows in Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria. They return for a U.S. tour starting April 15 in San Diego, CA. with openers A Day To Remember and Title Fight.
The band are making some stops at record stores around the country to meet and sign autographs for fans. Here's the record stores:
San Diego, CA
Sunday, April 15th at 4:30pm
915 Washington Street
San Diego 92024
San Jose, CA
Tuesday, April 17th at 4:30pm
980 South Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128-3501
Friday, April 20th at 4:30pm
1105 W Idaho St
Boise, ID 83702-5625
Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, April 21st at 4:30pm
1773 West 4700 South
Taylorsville, UT 84129
Tuesday, May 1st at 4:30pm
1154 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Friday, May 4th at 4:30pm
5202 North College Avenue
Indianapolis Indiana 46220
Saturday, May 5th at 4:30pm
6106 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213-1402
Columbia, South Carolina's Crossfade are up next with the great track 'Prove You Wrong.' It comes from the band's third album 'We All Bleed' through Eleven Seven Music. The band consists of Ed Sloan on lead vocals and guitar, newest addition Les Hall on lead guitar, keyboard, and backing vocals, and Mitch James on backing vocals and bass.
The evolution marks a tidal shift in Sloan’s previous role as Crossfade’s singular commandeering voice, but he is the first to admit that sharing duties with Hall was an organic, if not essential benchmark in the band’s growth.
The pair has been buddies since the seventh grade in South Carolina, where they were both regarded as young guitar prodigies. As an adult, Hall was writing music for film scores and serving as a session and touring musician for the likes of Trey Anastasio and 70 Volt Parade, Howie Day and a number of local Columbia, S.C., acts. In 2006, “I randomly stopped by Eddie’s studio to hear tracks for Crossfade’s second album, and he told me they needed an additional guitar player to tour,” Hall says. “I learned both albums in a day and played through one song with the band and that was it; we went out and did our first show together. It immediately felt like home, playing this heavy stuff with your brothers.”
Hall longed to contribute in a fulltime role with the group—as a songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and arranger—which Sloan embraced. “I had to decide whether to tour with another band and collect a paycheck, or invest in something I really believed in,” Hall says. “Eddie and I had such a bond and mutual respect for each other. I told him I’d quit everything else and join the group if I could be part of the writing.”
Crossfade was dropped by Columbia Records, and Sloan has serious periods of self doubt, but Crossfade has overcome the adversity and cruelty the music business can present and have come back with a vengeance.
'Prove You Wrong' is a fantastic song with an equally fantastic video. Animation and band footage present an emotional song in a visually stunning way.
The band has a hometown St. Patricks day show slated at Five Points in Columbia, SC
Omaha, Nebraska rockers Emphatic are back in Rock Picks of the Week with their second single 'Get Paid' from the album 'Damage.' It follows the success of the first single 'Bounce' and continues the groove oriented hard rocking sound from the band. This is another song that was released awhile back, but really hasn't gotten the attention or airplay it deserved. I do hope the band continues to get recognition from this track, and will be able to release a third single as well, so this current album and project gets its due.
Patrick Wilson: vocals
Justin McCain: lead guitar/vocals
Lance Dowdle: guitar/vocals
Alan Larson: Bass
Emphatic will be playing Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH on May 19, Rockapalooza in Jackson, MI and on June 27 with Puddle Of Mudd in Duluth, MN at Clyde Iron Works.
New Orleans band MuteMath make their first appearance in Rock picks with 'Blood Pressure', from the band's third studio album 'Odd Soul.' The group consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist Paul Meany, drummer Darren King, guitarist Todd Gummerman, and bassist Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas. The video for the song was written, directed, and filmed in less than 24 hours during an off day in Los Angeles at the Warner Bros. Records parking lot. The band also released the second single 'Allies' last month, so I have included that as well. MuteMath have an infectious appeal and they continue to enlighten audiences and listeners with their brand of rock.
Mutemath have a few U.S. tour dates left before they go down under for an Australian tour that kicks off on May 5.
Mar 18 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
Apr. 5 - Bear Tooth - Anchorage, AK
Apr. 20 & 21 - Rites of Spring - Nashville, TN
Guitarist Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge fame will release a solo album this spring. The album will be titles 'All I Was,' and mark says it will heavier than his previous work, with a lot more guitar solos. The expected track listing is:
All I Was
So You’re Afraid
You Waste Your Time
New Way Out
Leave It Alone
Wish You Well
All That I Got
Joining Tremonti, who also does the lead vocals, are Eric Friedman (guitar/bass/backing vocals) and Garrett Whitlock (drums). We we get some cover art and music samples, we'll be sure to post them for you!