Tag: Home School Valedictorian
Rock Picks of the Week: Black Country Communion, Joe Bonamassa, Adelita’s Way, Fozzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Candlelight Red
Rock Picks of the Week are back, and although a few of these tracks have been out for a bit, I will be catching up on my picks and expect some additional posts. Starting off is a band that doesn't look like may survive past it's third release. Black Country Communion's new album 'Afterglow' was released on October 30th, but if the recent tweets by band members and their producer/"fifth member" are any indication, the band could be no more. For me, that is a serious bummer, as I felt BCC should have always been more popular and well known in not only rock circles, but in all of music. 'The Confessor' is the first track released from 'Afterglow,' and it delivers like I knew it would.
Vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, and producer Kevin Shirley, who is (or was) the band's unofficial "fifth member" took to Twitter last month to discuss their thoughts and frustrations about the cancellation announcement of the only tour date the band had announced, whith was called off right after pre-sale tickets became available. Shirley – who had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa together in a band together after seeing them jamm onstage in Los Angeles back in November of 2009.
Hughes has always wanted BCC to do major touring in support of their albums, and has been upfront about his frustration with Joe Bonamassa’s solo career not allowing the band to do that. Hughes took on a much bigger role with the new album, and has also recently stated that he didn't think the band could continue as is, because of that desire to tour.
Hughes has already announced he will be a part of the 'Kings Of Chaos, which features Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke, Joe Elliott, Sebastian Bach, Steve Stevens and more. That band's first appearance is on the Deep Purple tribute album, 'Re-Machined". Hughes is on that album as well, but just not as a part of the Kings of Chaos lineup, who also have a song on the tribute album.
As fas as the tweets go, producer Kevin Shirley initially said after the concert cancellation, “I like to leave these things alone, but I feel an apology is in order. When you’re thrown a lifeline, it doesn’t serve you to steal the rope! And tweeting doesn’t make it history, or true. Your call will be answered – please enjoy the music.”
Bonamassa then tweeted, “I am very sorry about the Black Country Communion canceled gig. But principle still stands for something in 2012. I’m ready to move on.”
That was followed by Hughes re-tweeting Bonamassa’s comment and adding, "Me too." Hughes had earlier tweeted after the cancellation, "Been a rough week."
If this is it, it will be so sad to see this fantastic band disappear. There may be hope however to see the band live, but without Bonamassa on guitar. Drummer Jason Bonham has recently mentioned that something could be worked out with Bonamassa's consent and help in picking a replacement touring guitatrist for a BCC tour. We'll see if that is a possibility in the coming weeks.
Joe Bonamassa's solo track 'Dislocated Boy' is up next and despite Joe's reluctance to commit on an extended basis to Black Country Communion and my disappointment with that, the guitar legend always brings an amazing level of passion and musicianship to everything he does. I also love his solo work and I understand why he doesn't want to halt any momentum to what is and always has been the most important part of his career.
The track comes from the 'Driving Toward the Daylight' album, which was originally released last May. Check out the video clip featuring guest guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. Bonamassa has recently released another album, the double CD set 'Joe Bonamassa: Live From New York's Beacon Theatre,' and has a spring tour alreeady booked. Check out dates and everything else about what's going on with Joe at jbonamassa.com
Las Vegas rockers Adelitas Way have had a great 2012, with the band taking their last track released from the ‘Home School Valedictorian’ album all the way to the top of the rock airplay charts. 'Criticize' was a slow climb for quite some time on the charts, but then just exploded and went straight to the top. Their latest album came out over a year ago, but the band is still having success with it, as the latest rock pick of the week, 'Alive,' is their fourth single from the album. Check out the video for the track, which has a positive message that we all need to try to follow: 'Laugh a little louder/Love a little harder.'
Adelitas Way had a great time touring with with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Helyeah, P.O.D., Fozzy and more on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour at the end of September, and recently wrapped up shows with Theory Of A Deadman and Charm City Devils. The band have one show scheduled in December, but expect more touring from the band in early 2013.
Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy are up next in rock picks. Fozzy's latest album, 'Sin And Bones,' was released this past August, and the band has been touring consistently behind it since it came out. Fozzy joined Geoff Tate and Candlelight Red for shows, as well as some U.S. headlining dates in Oct./Nov. and are now slated to kick off a European tour on Nov. 27th with Soil to wrap up 2012.
'Sandpaper', is the lead single from 'Sin And Bones', and it features a guest appearance by Avenged Sevenfold lead singer M. Shadows. A great hard rock track from a band that continues to rise in the rock world, and reach a level of success that has allowed Jericho to curtail his WWE wrestling job and concentrate on kicking ass with Fozzy.
Lynyrd Skynyrd released a video for the title track from their new record, 'Last Of A Dyin' Breed,' and it features members of E Clampus Vitus - which I am also a member of. The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV) is a fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western heritage, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area. The fraternity is not sure if it is a "historical drinking society" or a "drinking historical society." There are chapters in California, Nevada and other western states. Members call themselves "Clampers." In the clip, the Good Ol' Boys Clampers ride in and build themselves a go-go bar, with some fantastic results! Lynyrd Skynyrd is currently on tour in support of their new album, Last Of A Dyin' Breed, which saw the band achieve their highest chart debut since 1978. The band completed a tour of the U.K. recently, and have U.S. dates scheduled into April.
Central Pennsylvania rockers Candlelight Red have released the creepy and slightly NSFW official video for 'Demons', the title track from their latest EP. Produced by SEVENDUST drummer, Morgan Rose, the band's EP features four hard-hitting tracks, and as Morgan commented, "came out unreal." Demons is available now on iTunes.
Candlelight Red have tour dates scheduled in the U.S. in December with Nonpoint.
The Cult kick off this week's rock picks with the first track released from the new album 'Choice Of Weapon,' which will be released on May 21st. 'For The Animals' features Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy at their best and continues the distinct sound The Cult always deliver. The Cult have always had my respect, but Ian and Billy say it’s about time the band were given the respect they deserve.
In an interview in the latest issue of Classic Rock, Cult guitarist Billy Duffy claims the band have “had very little recognition”, while frontman Ian Astbury rails about “some brutal things” that have been said in the past, including uncalled for jabs against his mother. The British music industry has shunned The Cult throughout the band’s career, Astbury says. “I think Billy and I have been invited to one music awards event, which was the Kerrang! party about 10 years ago.”
Duffy adds: “Not that I picked up the guitar to win awards, but when you see the amount of shite out there that gets all these things. It’s not been the easiest of rides as The Cult. We’ve really had very little recognition, and I think we’re just destined to be one of those underground bands.”
“It doesn’t rankle with me [now],” Astbury says. “When I was younger I really cared about being accepted and being a part of it. It just didn’t go that way for us. I think we just sort of kept out in the field, so to speak. Maybe that’s just the nature of who I am. Maybe I kept us out there. Sometimes it’s nice to feel a part of what’s going on.
The singer continues: “There’s been some brutal things said about me as an individual and the band as a whole. In one article it said my mother ‘must have been sniffing glue when she gave birth’ to me. One of the worst things to do is to put down someone’s mother. Especially my mother. I watched my mother die in squalor in a Glasgow tenement. She died of cancer. That was pretty brutal. I was a young musician as well. I was in my early 20s, so getting that kind of stuff thrown at you was pretty heavy.”
“Johnny Marr [Smiths guitarist] said to me once that I almost tell it too plain,” Duffy says. “He said that he’s read interviews where I really tell it like it is, and he doesn’t necessarily know whether: A) anybody wants to hear it like it is or, B) whether that serves me as best as I should. But I don’t really know how to do it any other way.”
Astbury concludes: “It’s weird when you’re being interviewed, because you want to be as honest as you possibly can but even in the depths of yourself you’re going: ‘I can’t say that.’ There are some things you shouldn’t share. There are some things I share that are dangerous to share."
The video for 'For the Animals' reflects the socially and economically divided world that we find ourselves facing. Ian Astbury said about the clip: "'For The Animals' is a metaphor for people existing in a realm outside of structured society and what cultural editors deem to be relevant. It could be the feral punk rock kids squatting in abandoned homes or the spirited individual who has little regard for social conventions. It's for people who choose not to tow the party line or try to fit in. It's for the free-thinkers who are creative and dynamic."
The video captures the rising tensions and frustration of a growing group of disenfranchised youth. The provocative clip, from visionary director Michelle Peerali and starring hot young actress Hanna Mosqueda as the lead character, portrays the 19-year-old protagonist transforming from a lost and abandoned youth, overwhelmed by the state of the world large and at her own poor economic status and broken family at home, into an empowered strong woman who finds her inner strength in the end.
In the film clip, we see the lead character navigate a chaotic world looking for an answer only to realize in the end that what she was looking for all along was within her the whole time. "She realizes that the only solution for change is actually within her. It's about her self-awareness, inner strength, and waking her internal life, realizing she has to take command of the situation and has the power to break through," says Astbury, who appears in a cameo role along with band mates Billy Duffy (guitar), John Tempesta (drums), and Chris Wyse (bass). "In the end, she finds others who feel the same way. The message being, 'if you feel you don't fit it, it's okay. There are others out there. The tribe is there.'"
As Astbury sings in "For The Animals", the song and film clip is "for all the fucked up children staring down the barrel of a gun," a real and metaphorical image, the social, economic, and environmental cards this generation of youth has been dealt. It's a theme that is put into sharp focus by an aware Astbury on the band's new album, "Choice Of Weapon", due May 21 on Cooking Vinyl.
"Your choice of weapon can be anything you use to deal with your world. It could be self-knowledge. I think we're at a crossroads, as individuals and as a society, to define our intentions in life. What do you choose to do with your life? What do you need to really flourish? How do I not get stuck being a slave to convention? And as the character in the film clip writes on the wall, 'How many more ways will they find to reinvent boredom?'"
Megadeth have released the next single 'Whose Life (Is it Anyway)' from the album 'TH1RT3N' with a new lyric video. A song about fighting supression, keeping freedoms and individualism. Getting ready for a revolution with this one.
Here's some video of David Ellefson and Chris Broderick at PNC Center in New Jersey getting ready for the start of the co-headlining tour with Rob Zombie on May 11th.
Here's the remaining dates won the Rob Zombie/Megadeth tour:
May 13 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
May 18 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Deltaplex
May 19 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 20 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range
May 22 - La Crosse, WI - La Crosse Center
May 24 - Sioux City, IA - Tyson Center
May 25 - Wichita, KS - Hartman Arena
May 26 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma
Megadeth will be performing their 1992 album, 'Countdown To Extinction,' in its entirety at the Pepsi Center in Mexico City, Mexico on September 19, and at the Arena VFG in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 21. Local act RAXAS is confirmed as the support act for both shows.
Nickelback's 'This Means War' is up next. It's the third single from the 'Here And Now' album, and it is a crunchy rocker. Nickelback have now sold over 50 million albums worldwide and are the leading selling foreign group in the U.S. in the 2000's after the Beatles (they are Canadian you know). The band got their name from bassist Mike Kroeger, who was working at a Starbucks, and when giving change to customers, would say "Here's your Nickel back." Regardless of what you think of Nickelback, I'm liking the fact that they continue to make fun of the comments the haters post. They have obviously embraced and know who they are, what they do, and the niche they fill. I am not a hater and appreciate that in this digital music age, Chad Kroeger and the guys have found a way to continually put out hit songs, albums and videos, don't give a shit what anybody thinks, and on top of that will engage the haters.
Here's some recent video of the band talking hockey and Chad Kroeger's indoor ice rink. Nickelback will be performing on the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 20th. The band continues their current tour with Bush, Seether and My Darkest Days all summer long.
"The One That You Hated," the debut single from former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler’s new band, Adler is next up in Rock Picks. The video features the band performing the track while scantily-clad, heavily tattooed women dance around them.
It's a solid track from what is probably the best band Adler has put together since his departure from Guns N' Roses. "The lyrics are about two people that are no good for each other, but for whatever reason won't break up," frontman Jacob Bunton told Rolling Stone about the song. "Maybe it's the sex, maybe it's the convenience, maybe they're just scared to move on and start over, but a lot of people seem to be attracted to the people that they hate. Love and hate are intimately linked within the human brain."
Bunton added that former GN’R guitarist Slash, who makes a guest appearance on the forthcoming album, got to check out the track. "One night Slash was at the studio and we played him a couple of the songs," says Bunton. "When this song started playing, he was grinning ear to ear, so we knew either it's a kick-ass song or it's so bad we're making him laugh."
Adler’s as-yet-untitled debut album is expected to hit stores sometime this year.
Las Vegas rockers Adelitas Way wrap up Rock Picks with their latest track 'Critize,' another blistering track from the 'Home School Valedictorian' album. Rick DeJesus, Tre Stafford, Keith Wallen, Robert Zakaryan, Derek Johnston have had quite the successful 2011-12 and continue it with this track. It has been out for awhile, but I am playing catch-up on some tracks, and this is one of them. They recently wrapped up the Avalanche tour, and are continuing with some headlining and festival dates until August 15th, when the guys will hook up for the kick-off of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Fozzy, Redlight King, Deuce, Thousand Foot Krutch, Redlight King, Candlelight Red, In This Moment and Mindset Revolution. Dates have been announced, with venues to follow.
Adelitas Way headlining and festival dates:
May 13 - Central Iowa Expo - Boone, IA
May 15 - The Loft - Lansing, MI
May 19 - Columbus Crew Statium - Columbus, OH
May 20 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
May 22 - Starland Ballroom - Sayerville, NJ
May 25 - Catch The Fever Fair Grounds - Pryor, OK
Jul. 21 - Chippewa Valley Country Festival - Cadott, WI