Tag: Grammy Awards
The Recording Academy announced that Bruce Springsteen has been selected as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year. Springsteen is being honored for his charitable works, his social activism and his legendary music career.
Springsteen will be presented with the honor on at an A-list gala on Friday, February 8, two days before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will truly be a memorable weekend for Springsteen, as his 'Wrecking Ball' album is sure to be a multiple nominee.
In a statement Thursday morning, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow called Springsteen, "a truly gifted and Renaissance artist of our time, a national treasure, and an exemplary humanitarian. His career is a testament to the power of creative excellence, and his contributions as a philanthropist speak to the tenacity of the human spirit. We are privileged and honored to pay tribute to Bruce this year as our MusiCares Person of the Year."
The MusiCares Foundation provides financial and other assistance for musicians in need.
Bob Seger has put a self-imposed deadline of September 24th for his new album’s arrival in stores.
Seger attended last weekend’s Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles and was quoted as saying, “I came here to get stoked up, see a bunch of great talent, and I’m gonna fire up the writing pad tomorrow night." Seger brought his wife, daughter and son to the event to the Grammys as well, especially for one artist."I told my manager Monday, 'I gotta see Adele sing.' The whole family loves her,'" he says. "It’s really the main reason I started my way here."
Seger has been writing his first new studio album since 2006′s ‘Face the Promise.’ He began a three-month block of songwriting on Jan. 1, and prior to that, he already had a few finished tunes in the can, including one called ‘Ride Out.’
Dave Grohl has released the following statement in response to the perception in some musical circles that he was insensitive and putting down other musical genres with his comments about the lack of a "human element" in modern music during one of his Grammy Awards acceptance speeches. First of all, who gives a shit! Second, I liked his comments! I appreciate and do like other genres of music too, but what he said did have some validity. It's his opinion and he can have it. Here's his statement:
Oh, what a night we had last Sunday at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The glitz! The Glamour! SEACREST! Where do I begin?? Chillin' with Lil' Wayne...meeting Cyndi Lauper's adorable mother...the complimentary blinking Coldplay bracelet.....much too much to recap. It's really is still a bit of a blur. But, if there's one thing that I remember VERY clearly, it was accepting the Grammy for Best Rock Performance...and then saying this:
"To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what's important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that's the most important thing for people to do... It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer. It's about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head]."
Not the Gettysburg Address, but hey......I'm a drummer, remember?
Well, me and my big mouth. Never has a 33 second acceptance rant evoked such caps-lock postboard rage as my lil' ode to analog recording has. OK....maybe Kanye has me on this one, but....Imma let you finish....just wanted to clarify something...
I love music. I love ALL kinds of music. From Kyuss to Kraftwerk, Pinetop Perkins to Prodigy, Dead Kennedys to Deadmau5.....I love music. Electronic or acoustic, it doesn't matter to me. The simple act of creating music is a beautiful gift that ALL human beings are blessed with. And the diversity of one musician's personality to the next is what makes music so exciting and.....human.
That's exactly what I was referring to. The "human element". That thing that happens when a song speeds up slightly, or a vocal goes a little sharp. That thing that makes people sound like PEOPLE. Somewhere along the line those things became "bad" things, and with the great advances in digital recording technology over the years they became easily "fixed". The end result? I my humble opinion.....a lot of music that sounds perfect, but lacks personality. The one thing that makes music so exciting in the first place.
And, unfortunately, some of these great advances have taken the focus off of the actual craft of performance.Look, I am not Yngwie Malmsteen. I am not John Bonham. Hell...I'm not even Josh Groban, for that matter. But I try really fucking hard so that I don't have to rely on anything but my hands and my heart to play a song. I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that's what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real.
I don't know how to do what Skrillex does (though I fucking love it) but I do know that the reason he is so loved is because he sounds like Skrillex, and that's badass. We have a different process and a different set of tools, but the "craft" is equally as important, I'm sure. I mean.....if it were that easy, anyone could do it, right? (See what I did there?)
So, don't give me two Crown Royals and then ask me to make a speech at your wedding, because I might just bust into the advantages of recording to 2 inch tape.
Now, I think I have to go scream at some kids to get off my lawn.
Paul McCartney News: Rolling Stone Cover story, Grammy Week recap, Tribute album, Hollywood Walk of Fame
Paul McCartney is on the cover of the Rolling Stone March 1st edition, which is available on newstands tomorrow (Feb. 17). Here's an excerpt from the cover story by Brian Hiatt:
Twenty years ago, when Paul McCartney turned 50, he remembers his then-manager pushing the idea of retirement. "It's only right," he was told. "You really don't want to go beyond 50, it's going to get embarrassing." In June, McCartney will be 70 ("I'm never going to believe I'm 70, I don't care what you say," he says. "There's a little cell in my brain that's never going to believe that"), and he still has no plans to stop touring or recording. "You get the argument 'Make way for the young kids,' " he says. "And you think, 'Fuck that, let them make way for themselves. If they're better than me, they'll beat me.' Foo Fighters don't have a problem, they're good. They'll do their thing.
"If you're enjoying it, why do something else? And what would you do? Well, a good answer is 'Take more holidays,' which is definitely on the cards, but I don't seem to do that. I love what I do so much that I don't really want to stop. I'm just kind of casually keeping an eye on how I feel, and onstage, it feels like it's always felt. So for the time being, the band's hot, I'm really enjoying myself, still singing like I sang, not experiencing, touch wood, any sort of problems to speak of. If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
It doesn't hurt that his touring schedule has been reduced to shorter, intense bursts in recent years, largely because of his shared-custody arrangement for his eight-year-old, Beatrice. "We don't do the big sloggo tour, we don't do the big U2-Stones go-out-forever thing, and get a bit fed up with it," says McCartney, who's planning some dates for later this year. "What we do now is events and selective dates. Because of my custody situation, I can only do that. At first, we thought, 'Oh, God, is this going to be a problem?' and it's actually turned out to be some kind of a blessing."
He can see himself rocking well into his eighties. "I can imagine it," he says. "As to whether my imagination will come true, I don't know. The last couple of years, I've gotten into guitar – so there's all sorts of little things that crop up that entice you forward, and you go, 'Hmm, I'd like that.'
I broach the idea of actually dying onstage – would he be into it? He recoils slightly, then smiles. "What kind of question is that? I must say, that's not in my imagination. Rocking on until a grand old age... the only thing would be when it's not pleasant anymore, then it would be 'That's a good time to stop.' But it's way too pleasant at the moment. And it pays. Good gig, man. But I know exactly where you're coming from, though. How long can this go on...?"
Paul also discloses that the Beatles occasionally discussed the idea of reuniting. Unfortunately, talks never got past the preliminary stage due to what McCartney called a lack of “passion behind the idea” and fears over whether their newer work together could approach the standards set by their brilliant catalog.
“[I]t could have spoiled the whole idea of the Beatles, so wrong that they’d be like ‘Oh, my God, they weren’t any good,’” he told Rolling Stone. “The re-formation suggestions were never convincing enough. They were kind of nice when they happened – ‘That would be good, yeah’ – but then one of us would always not fancy it. And that was enough, because we were the ultimate democracy.”
Despite Beatles members appearing on each other’s solo recordings over the years, and showing up at each other's concerts their only reunion under their group name came in 1995 when they recorded overdubs onto a pair of unreleased John Lennon demos for the ‘Anthology’ project.
Class act McCartney wrapped Grammy week in Los Angeles in a somber way by leaving flowers with wife Nancy Shevell for Whitney Houston outside a memorial at the Beverly Hilton. R.I.P. Whitney.
Sir Paul not only won a Grammy on the pre-show broadcast, he performed 'My Valentine' with Joe Walsh on the show, then wrapped it all up with an awesome performance of the Beatles classic 'Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End,' with Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Joe Walsh. If you haven't seen this, it's a must watch. If you have, it's a must watch again!
Here's an Artisan News Grammy recap
The preceding Friday night (Feb. 10) Paul McCartney was honored as the MusiCares Person Of The Year awards, the crown jewel of Grammy week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A who's who of the music world came out to honor Sir Paul, and the event raised more than $6.5 million for the Recording Academy's division that provides medical care and other support for musicians in need.
A fully endorsed tribute record is in the works with covers of Beatles, Wings solo McCartney material. Artists slated to participate are Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, Jeff Lynne, Heart, Wanda Jackson, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Ronnie Spector, The Cure and Corinne Bailey Rae. The collection, which has yet to partner with a label or distributor, has been put together by longtime producer and music supervisor Ralph Sall (Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, plus many, many, more). He was also behind 1991's 'Deadicated: Songs of The Grateful Dead,' 'Stoned Immaculate: The Music of The Doors' and 'Common Thread: The Songs of The Eagles.'
Sir Paul McCartney received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday (Feb. 9).
“Way back in history, in Liverpool when we were kids and we were listening to Buddy Holly and all the rock and roll greats, I would have never thought the day would come when I'd be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” McCartney said at the ceremony. “That was an impossible thing to happen. But here we are today.” Sir Paul then thanked “three boys” in his life: John, George and Ringo.
McCartney’s star, the 2,460th given, was approved in 1993. He was the last Beatle to accept the honor, with John Lennon’s and George Harrison’s given posthumously.
Guest speaker Neil Young praised McCartney’s musicianship, saying, “When I was in high school and the Beatles came out, I loved the Beatles and I tried to learn how to play like them, and no one could figure out what Paul was doing on the bass. Not only was he playing differently because he plays left-handed, he played notes that no one had put together before — in a way that made us stand in awe of this great musician.”
Rock Picks of the Week: Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, Furyon, My Darkest Days
Foo Fighters 'These Days' is the third single to be taken from the band's seventh album 'Wasting Light', which came out in April last year. The video was just released and compiles onstage action and behind-the-scenes footage of the group’s recent arena tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Foo Fighters will continue to be busy in 2012, having to attend multiple award shows all over the world, to undoubtedly collect a big-time amount of hardware for the 'Wasting Light' album. They all had better build a new trophy display case to fit them all.
Dave Grohl has also been jamming with various rockers who also recorded at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles for a documentary on the legendary studio. Ratt's Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini have jammed with Grohl, as have Slipknot's Corey Taylor. REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin has also revealed that he will be a part of the project as well. Nirvana recorded the legendary 'Nevermind' album at Sound City.
Foo Fighters recently confirmed they are planning to head into the studio to record a new album this year. Despite only releasing 'Wasting Light' last year, frontman Dave Grohl revealed on the band's official blog that he has already started compiling ideas for new songs.
He wrote: "We're not finished yet. There are still more shows to play, more songs to write, more albums to record, for years to come. I mean if you would have told me 17 years ago that in 2012 I would be writing songs for our eighth studio album... well."
Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Look Around' is the third single from off the band's album 'I’m With You', and the next Rock Pick of the Week. The video is moves from room to room, showing each band member in a different setting, and of course a shot of Flea in his tighty-whities. Frontman Anthony Kiedis recently underwent surgery to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached flexor tendon in his foot and is expected to make a full recovery, but it caused the upcoming tour dates to be moved, in many cases to months later. Check out the latest tour dates and news at www.redhotchilipeppers.com
Here's a short time lapse and a behind the scenes 'making of' video for 'Look Around'
Jane's Addiction's 'Underground' is the up, and the latest release from 'The Great Escape Artist.' I have posted the tame version of the video, but the band wants you to check out the sexier, explicit video for 'Underground' at www.playboy.com
Jane's Addiction have played sporatic gigs in support of the album, but will kick off their 'Theatre of the Escapists' tour on Feb. 22nd in St. Louis. The band will play legendary concert halls on this upcoming tour, with many venues hosting Jane's Addiction for the first time. Check out tour dates here.
Up next is a new band from the UK that really rocks! I like their vibe, I like their direction, and I like their brand of no bulshit rock and roll. Frontiers Records is excited to announce the Worldwide release of Furyon's debut album 'Gravitas' on March 23rd in Europe and March 27th in North America.
Furyon is a new band from the UK who like nothing more than to challenge expectations. Raised on a diet of heavy metal, prog, and classic rock, Furyon mix all these components for a truly unique and contemporary sound. Delivering huge rock radio friendly songs, with technically challenging, yet infectiously catchy musicianship. Dedicated to one sole purpose, making hard hitting songs that will stand the test of time. "Our music is good songs with touches of intelligence" says singer Matt Mitchell, "There are a many different moods that come out from this album and all the songs have meaning and substance. Heavy and Melodic! That is what Furyon and this album 'Gravitas' is about".
What separates Furyon from the crowd is the sheer quality of their musicianship. Boasting two truly world class guitarists in the form of Chris Green and Pat "The Shred" Heath, Furyon have few peers when it comes to the quality of their iconic riffs, and jaw dropping solos. Backing them up is one of the tightest rhythm sections the rock world has to offer with the awesome combination of Lee Farmery, and Alex (Nickel) Bowen. Leading from the front is the outstanding vocal versatility of Matt Mitchell, whose emotion drenched voice effortlessly moves between melodic and crunchingly heavy. "We really have been inspired by many bands over the time (as all musicians and writers are)" continues Matt, "but for this album inspirations from bands like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Tool, Mastodon, Alter Bridge and Iron Maiden spring to mind".
In 2009, after a sell out tour, and accompanying EP, Furyon set about the serious business of writing their debut album. The early demo's reached the ears of US producer Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy), and a powerful and symbiotic relationship was formed. "Our hook up with Rick Beato was through Kip Winger" recalls Matt. "We toured with Winger on their Karma tour and we had spoken with Kip about the band Shinedown and how we liked their productions. Kip hooked us up with Rick and to our delight he was interested in doing the album. Rick is a truly great Producer and writer".
Released independently on a low profile and later covermounted on Metal Hammer UK, 'Gravitas' has now been picked up by Frontiers Records and the world will know all about Furyon soon!
Canadian rock band My Darkest Days have returned with their new single ‘Casual Sex’ off of their upcoming sophomore album, which is due this coming spring.
My Darkest Days consist of frontman Matt Walst, lead guitarist Sal Costa, bassist Brendan McMillian, keyboardist Reid Henry and drummer Doug Oliver. The song ‘Casual Sex’ features guitar work from virtuoso axeman John 5 (Rob Zombie / Marilyn Manson), and is produced by Joey Moi and mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Linkin Park).
The upcoming album follows their 2010 self-titled debut, which sold more than 200,000 copies. That album featured their hit ‘Porn Star Dancing,’ which had Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and guitar work from Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde on it. Look for a brief headlining club tour with Veer Union supporting at the end of March and first week of April.
The band shares the same management as Nickelback, thus the synergy as My Darkest Days will be opening for Nickelback, Bush and Seether on their North American tour from April 10 - June 26th. It looks like My Darkest Days are going to continue their streak as one of the hardest working rock band out there.