Tag: Kevin Cronin
A new trailer of 'Sound City,' the feature-length documentary directed and produced by Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, about Los Angeles' legendary and now defunct Sound City recording studio in Van Nuys, California has been posted. The concept for the movie was conceived by Grohl after he bought an equally famous Neve 8028 recording console from the studio. The console, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment.
The Neve 8028 was used to record an amazing list of classic albums by the likes of Nirvana, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns N' Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica and countless others over the past 40 years. The clip features John Fogerty, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood and others discussing their experiences recording at the legendary Los Angeles studio and working with the Neve 8028.
"It's tube-driven, it's analog," comments Fogerty. "The bass sounds better, the human voice sounds better." Sound City will reportedly include new music and interviews with a wide variety of other artists, including Rick Springfield collaborating with Corey Taylor, members of Cheap Trick, Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon and Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini of Ratt. No release date for the film has yet been announced, but Grohl hopes to have it out by early 2013.
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.
Foo Fighters to perform live on 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Grohl talks music industry problems and Sound City Studios Documentary (video)
Your buddies and mine, the Foo Fighters will be rocking The 54th Annual Grammy Awards. On February 12th, the Foo Fighters will bring what promises to be a special performance to cap off a fantastic 2011. It's almost a lock that the Foo Fighters could win multiple Grammys, as they are up for Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song for ‘Walk,’ Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for ‘White Limo’ and more.
Awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Foo Fighters have won six Grammys throughout their career, most recently capturing Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance wins in 2008. The Foos won their first Grammy Award in 2001, earning a Best Rock Album statue for ‘There Is Nothing Left to Lose.’
Among the other nominations for this year’s Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance are Dream Theater for ‘On the Backs of Angels,’ Mastodon for ‘Curl of the Burl,’ Megadeth for ‘Public Enemy No. 1′ and a surprising contender in Sum 41 for their track ‘Blood in My Eyes.’
Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift are the other performers announced so far. The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, also known as ‘Music’s Biggest Night,’ will air live on CBS on Feb. 12 at 8pm ET.
Recently Grohl spoke with Billboard and was asked about the problems plaguing the industry, to which he responded:
“Someone asked me recently, ‘What do you think the problem with the music industry is?’ I said, ‘take the Adele record, for example. It’s an amazing record and everybody’s so shocked that it’s such a phenomenon. I’m not. You know why that record’s huge? Because it’s f—ing good and it’s real. Now imagine if all records were that good. Do you think only one of them would sell? F— no! All of them would. If all records were that good the music business would be on fire, but they’re not.’”
Grohl was also quick to dismiss the journalistic cliche that his beloved rock & roll is dead:
“There’s always gonna be rock’n'roll bands, there’s always gonna be kids that love rock’n'roll records, and there will always be rock’n'roll. I travel all over the world and play music, and it’s easy to think rock’n'roll has gone away when you’re in a country like America. We just got back from a trip Down Under, we did a tour of Australia and New Zealand where we were pulling 40,000-50,000 people a night, selling out stadiums. To me, that means rock’n'roll is alive and well. The thing that will never go away is that connection you make with a band or a song where you’re moved by the fact that it’s real people making music. You make that human connection with a song like “Let It Be” or “Long and Winding Road” or a song like “Bohemian Rhapsody” or “Roxanne,” any of those songs. They sound like people making music. In America, rock’n'roll isn’t in the forefront of the mainstream as it is the rest of the world…I don’t know what it is, but it’s one of the few countries in the world where rock’n'roll is not huge.”
More details are out on a documentary Dave Grohl was putting together on the studio where he recorded ‘Nevermind’ with Nirvana — Sound City Studios. According to what Grohl said recently, we can expect some “epic” performances in addition to the rockumentary.
The now closed Sound City Studios was the grounds where many incredible rock album were recorded, just a few of the artists who’ve recorded there include Metallica, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, Willie Nelson, and Eric Clapton. We initially learned of Grohl’s documentary secondhand from REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin, who briefly teased the project before realizing he should probably let Dave deliver the news. The topic came up in a Q&A featured in the latest issue of Rolling Stone and Grohl talked about what inspired him to helm the project:
“When Sound City closed last year it was a very sad day. That place was like a church. The list people that recorded there is like a virtual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We recorded ‘Nevermind’ there back in 1991. That funky old place had the best drum room in the world. The drum sound at the beginning of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit?’ That’s Sound City. I decided to make a film about that feeling when you put five guys in a room, hit “record” and the hair on the back of your neck stands up. Expect some epic jam sessions.”
I'm thinking the “epic jam sessions” Grohl is talking about explain the reported collaboration with Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini of Ratt. Ratt have recorded albums at Sound City Studios as well.
Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N' Roses) made an appearance on George Lopez' final show last night (August 11th). TBS gave Lopez Tonight the axe on Wednesday. At least he went out with a bang, with Slash and Rival Sons as musical guests in the last couple of days. It's unfortunate Lopez Tonight was canceled, as it had the most rock music of all the late night talk shows. George grew up with rock music, and is a huge fan late 70's-80's Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
In the footage below, George was joined onstage by Eva Longoria, Derek Fisher and Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Arsenio Hall. He had some final thoughts about the show, words for his guests, and above all, his fans. Plus, Michael Bearden & The Ese Vatos performed KISS' 'Rock And Roll All Nite' with an all-star band, including Slash, Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Sheila E., and more.
Said Slash about his appearance: "The Lopez show was a blast! Check it out!"
L.A.-based blues-rockers Rival Sons made their national television debut, performing the title track from new album, "Pressure & Time" on Tuesday (August 9). Rival Sons ripped it up, showing why they are surrounded by the buzz they are getting, their album completely kicks ass, and I have to see this band live. Props to George for being the first to book this band as a guest.