Tag: Foo Fighters
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
After the performances on this past weekend's season finale of 'Saturday Night Live,' guest host Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and the Foo Fighters kept the rock going at the going-away party for the cast and crew, with the Foos reactivating their cover band alter ego Chevy Metal.
Chevy Metal played a handful of rock favorites with past and present 'Saturday Night Live' cast members joining in on vocals.
Amy Poehler-led a rendition of Joan Jett's 'Bad Reputation.' Castmates Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg (who are rumored to be leaving the show) rocked another Joan Jett classic, 'I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,' Will Forte rocked Black Sabbath's and then Jagger joined Chevy Metal on the Stones classics 'Miss You' and 'Bitch.' Check out the performances below along with clips of Jagger's appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.'
The cast party was the end of a busy day for the Foo Fighters, who headlined Bamboozle in Atlantic City earlier in the day before heading to New York to play the ‘SNL’ set.
Here's Jagger's performances of 'The Last Time' with Arcade Fire, '19th Nervous Breakdown/It's Only Rock N' Roll' with the Foo Fighters and 'Tea Party' with Jeff Beck. The Stones hadn't performed 'The Last Time' and '19th Nervous Breakdown' in years. Check out some of the show's best moments, including an Jagger impersonation of Steven Tyler.
Jagger also led a touching send-off for SNL leading lady Kristen Wiig, who's leaving the show after seven years and did a last dance with her castmates to Arcade Fire backing Jagger on a rendition of 'She's A Rainbow.'
Rolling Stones News: Mick Jagger hosting SNL tonight- watch promos, ‘Live At The Checkerboard Lounge’ DVD/CD due in July
Mick Jagger hosts and performs on tonight's season finale Saturday Night Live with musical guest Foo Fighters, Jeff Beck and Arcade Fire. Should be a great episode
Jagger's hosting gig marks the close of the show's 37th season. While Mick has appeared numerous times on the show as he guest, he also has some comedy experience, including a 1985 "pathological liar" sketch with Jon Lovitz, and a 2001 "mirror" skit featuring Mick and Jimmy Fallon mimicking each other's gestures. Jagger joins cast member Kristen Wiig in these hilarious promos. This is expected to be Wiig's last SNL, as it's speculated she will be leaving the show.
Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones - Live At The Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981 Unique show available on DVD & DVD/CD July 10!
On November 22nd 1981, in the middle of their mammoth American tour, the Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago prior to playing 3 nights at the Rosemont Horizon. Long influenced by the Chicago blues, the band paid a visit to Muddy Waters’ club the Checkerboard Lounge to see the legendary bluesman perform. It didn’t take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining in on stage and later Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz also played their part. It was a unique occasion that was fortunately captured on camera. Now, restored from the original footage and with sound mixed and mastered by Bob Clearmountain, this amazing blues night is being made available in an official release for the first time.
‘Saturday Night Live’'s season finale on May 19th looks to be a mini-rock fest of sorts with host Mick Jagger also performing with the Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire on the show.
Entertainment Weekly reported the story on Friday morning. Foo Fighter Dave Grohl has been on the show three times as much as the Rolling Stones‘ frontman. However Grohl has never hosted, something Jagger will be doing solo for the first time.
In 1978 Jagger hosted the show with the rest of the Rolling Stones, and he has also since starred as a musical guest. He also returned earlier this year to cameo when Jimmy Fallon hosted. Between Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and Them Crooked Vultures and his appearance with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Grohl has taken the SNL stage 11 times.
Next weekends show could also be the final one for show regulars Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis and Kristine Wiig.
John Fogerty still up for a Creedence Clearwater Revival Reunion, will release new album of collaborations this fall
Last July John Fogerty told the Calgary Herald that he was finally ready to consider a reunion with his old Creedence Clearwater Revival band mates after years of bitter feuding.
"If someone started talking [about a reunion], I’d sit still long enough to listen," he said at the time. That was followed by Doug Clifford and Stu Cook of CCR basically saying that "Leopards don't change their spots", and that it just wasn't going to happen.
Still, in a new Rolling Stone Q&A, Fogerty says he's contining to leave the door open for potentially playing again with his former bandmates.
RS: I spoke with you last year, and you said that you weren't completely opposed to the idea of a Creedence reunion. Do you still feel that way?
I was asked that in an interview last year, and I just gave an honest answer. It wasn't anything I had actually premeditated or thought ahead of time. I just know that when the interviewer asked me, I sort of realized I didn't have that reaction that I used to have all the time. And so I quite innocently said, "Yeah I guess it's a possibility," you know – in other words, I guess I've grown or moved or mellowed, whatever it is. I've always hoped that that would happen so you're not walking around with your brain going ag 90 mph working on some thing 40 years in the past that's not gonna change anyway.
So I blurted out whatever I blurted out. Yeah, I still feel the same way. I have since seen a couple of things that the other two guys from the old band have said in the press. [Creedence bassist Stu Cook said, "Leopards don't change their spots. This is just an image-polishing exercise by John."] Oh well. I guess they're still mad. That doesn't change how I feel. It kind of isn't affecting me anymore.
What's important is this wonderful life I have in front of me right here. I even have grandchildren. When you're looking at the world that way, worrying over if somebody knocked over a saltshaker 47 years ago, that's kind of stupid. So that's kind of where I'm at.
Fogerty has a new album coming out this fall titled 'Wrote a Song for Everyone' that will feature collaborations with a variety of stars from different music genres. Bob Seger, Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, and country acts from Brad Paisley to Miranda Lambert will be featured on the album, with more collaboartions to come.
Rollingstone.com asked Fogerty: Tell me about working with the Foo Fighters:
We'd talked about doing something together for a long time, and this was the perfect excuse. What a great band. Without even meeting everybody, there was something in the atmosphere in the building – they had their own complex – it was outstanding to be there and play music that day.
We cut "Fortunate Son." It's not wildly different or exotically different from the original, but energy-wise it's a lot closer to what the Foo Fighters sound like, just the swagger of thing, The original record was made in 1970 and that was before any sort of metal. People tend to say that Creedence was a roots rock and roll band, I don't know that that was really true, but 40 years later it seems like a good fit. Led Zeppelin was just getting going, and the volume hadn't really been turned way up yet the way it would be a little later with arena bands of the Seventies and Eighties .
RS: What does your new version of "Who Will Stop the Rain" with Bob Seger sound like?
Well, Bob is one of my favorite all-time singers. He still sounds great. He's a really lovely person, a very sweet guy. Maybe when you hear that growly voice you might think he's some kind of a grizzly bear or something but he's a very nice man. I heard him sitting in a little corner, strumming his guitar and singing "Who Will Stop the Rain?" He just sounded so great, he almost sort of inflicted an arrangement choice almost immediately. It was sort of spontaneous. I said, "We gotta hear what you're doing right now at some point in how we're treating this song." So that's certainly part of the arrangement
Fogerty talks about joining the Black Keys onstage at the recent Coachella festival and more in the rest of the interview here: www.rollingstone.com
Fogerty will hit the road for a lengthy Canadian tour in September during which he will perform the classic Creedence albums 'Cosmo's Factory' and 'Bayou Country' in their entirety, like he did at a handful of other recent shows in New York, New Jersey and Australia.
Fogerty's concert schedule also includes some U.S. dates sprinkled throughout in June, July and August, and a European trek that's will take place in June and July.
Here's the confirmed dates so far:
Jun. 15 - Airway Heights, VA - Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Jun. 17 - Edgefield - Troutdale, OR
Jun. 21 - Snow Park Outdoor Ampitheater at Deer Valley Resort - Park City, UT
Jun. 22 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride, CO
Jul. 18 - Thunder Bay Community Auditorium - Thunder Bay, Ontario
Jul. 20 - Moondance Jam - Walker, MN
Aug. 1 - Wente Vineyard - Livermore, CA
Aug. 2 - The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA
Aug. 3 - Ironstone Vineyards - Murpheys, CA
Sep. 7 - Mile One Stadium - St. Johns, NL
Sep. 8 - Mile One Centre - St John’s, NFLD
Sep. 10 - Halifax Metro Centre – Halifax, NS
Sep. 11 - Moncton Coliseum Complex – Moncton, NB
Sep. 13 – John Labatt Centre – London, ON
Sep. 14 – Sony Centre – Toronto, ON
Sep. 15 – General Motors Centre – Oshawa, ON
Sep. 17 – Sudbury Arena – Sudbury, ON
Sep. 18 – Essar Centre – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Sep. 20 - MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB
Sep. 21 - Brandt Centre – Regina, SK
Sep. 22 - Rexall Centre – Edmonton, AB
Sep. 24 - EnCana Centre - Dawson Creek, BC
Sep. 25 - CN Centre - Prince George, BC
Sep. 27 - Prospera Centre – Kelowna, BC
Sep. 28 - Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre – Abbotsford, BC
Sep. 29 - Save-On Foods Memorial Centre – Victoria, BC