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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.
Aerosmith News: Steven Tyler’s Father dies at 95, Jeff Beck to join Steven Tyler at iHeartRadio Music festival; Joe Perry joins Irene Good Bye Cabaret Benefit
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler's father, Victor Tallarico, died this past Saturday (Sept. 10) in Nashua, New Hampshire at the age of 95. Victor was surrounded by family when he died peacefully. His online obituary read: "Victor was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Susan Ray (Blancha) Tallarico. He leaves a brother, Ernest Tallarico, of Tampa, Florida, two children, Steven and Lynda; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many friends."
"Among Victor's proudest accomplishments were his offspring: Lynda, a retired teacher who resides in southern Vermont, and Steven, who, having been well launched into the music business by Victor, became famous as Steven Tyler, the lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith."
Last year Tallarico talked to the Nashua Telegraph about his famous son, "My favorite song of his? 'Dream On'. Because it's not really a rock song. Of course, I'm proud of him. [He's] number one in the rock field. There is no one like him. There will never be. He, as far as I'm concerned, is a genius." Condolances goes out to the entire Tallarico family.
Guitar legend Jeff Beck will be a special guest at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the two-day music event hosted by Ryan Seacrest that will mark the biggest live concert festival in radio history. Beck will join Steven Tyler in a special performance to kick off the second night of the Festival on Saturday, September 24th.
The two join an amazing lineup of music's superstars including Jane's Addiction, Sublime with Rome, John Mayer, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Kenny Chesney, Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Rascal Flatts, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson and special performances from Usher and Sting.
Joe Perry and a surprise guest star are joining the Woodstock area on Sunday, September 18th at 4 PM, at the Woodstock VT Town Hall Theater to thank the rescue workers and volunteers, and raise funds for the hardest hit households. The Irene Good Bye Cabaret Benefit is free, for all ages, and includes a free will contribution. 100% of all proceeds will go to the Woodstock VT Area Flood Relief Fund of Sustainable Woodstock. You can contribute to the fund online here , or via mail:
Woodstock VT Area Flood Relief Fund
PO Box 611
Woodstock, VT, 05091
Rock for Japan: Japan Disaster Relief benefit digital album available, 80′s Rockers for Japan concert to take place on April 16th, EMI Rock Benefit Auction underway
Universal promised a new hit filled digital album with the proceeds going to benefit Japan Disaster Relief. They delivered big time with a little something for everyone and they were also joined in the effort by the other major labels. Here is all the details along with the tracklist:
In what stands as a major global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music have joined together for the worldwide release of "Songs for Japan," an unprecedented compilation of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available worldwide on the iTunes Store for $9.99 and available now at ebay.com from the link below:
Proceeds from "Songs for Japan" will be directed to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) to support its disaster relief efforts. The society will use the funds for the ongoing provision of immediate relief and for eventual recovery support to the affected population. The artists participating on "Songs for Japan," the music labels and music publishers have waived their royalties and proceeds from the worldwide sales of the album to ensure that the JRCS receives as much support as possible from this global initiative. iTunes will also donate its proceeds from the album's worldwide sales to the benefit of the JRCS, and has prominently featured the project throughout its stores worldwide.
The "Songs for Japan" track listing features an all-star lineup:
1. John Lennon "Imagine" (Remastered)
2. U2 "Walk On" (Radio Edit)
3. Bob Dylan "Shelter From The Storm"
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers "Around The World" (Live)
5. Lady Gaga "Born This Way" (Starsmith Remix)
6. Beyonce "Irreplaceable"
7. Bruno Mars "Talking To The Moon" (Acoustic Piano Version)
8. Katy Perry "Firework"
9. Rihanna "Only Girl (In The World)"
10. Justin Timberlake "Like I Love You"
11. Madonna "Miles Away" (Live)
12. David Guetta "When Love Takes Over" (feat. Kelly Rowland)
13. Eminem "Love The Way You Lie" (feat. Rihanna) [Clean Version}
14. Bruce Springsteen "Human Touch"
15. Josh Groban "Awake" (Live)
16. Keith Urban "Better Life"
17. Black Eyed Peas "One Tribe"
18. Pink "Sober"
19. Cee Lo Green "It's Ok"
20. Lady Antebellum "I Run To You"
21. Bon Jovi "What Do You Got?"
22. Foo Fighters "My Hero"
23. R.E.M. "Man On The Moon"
24. Nicki Minaj "Save Me" (Clean Version)
25. Sade "By Your Side"
26. Michael Buble "Hold On" (Radio Mix)
27. Justin Bieber "Pray" (Acoustic)
28. Adele "Make You Feel My Love"
29. Enya "If I Could Be Where You Are"
30. Elton John "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
31. John Mayer "Waiting On The World To Change"
32. Queen "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" [Remastered]
33. Kings Of Leon "Use Somebody"
34. Sting "Fragile" (Live In Berlin)
35. Leona Lewis "Better In Time"
36. Ne-Yo "One In A Million"
37. Shakira "Whenever, Wherever"
38. Norah Jones "Sunrise"
-Former and current members of AC/DC, Dio, Whitesnake, Ratt, Dokken, Thin Lizzy and Megadeth are among the musicians who are scheduled to take part in the '80s Rockers For Japan benefit concert on Saturday, April 16 at Harper's in Reseda, California. Organized by singer Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White), the show will feature musicians from some of the '80s most popular rock and metal bands.
Ilous and Jeff Paris have written a song and are creating a video that will feature many of the participating musicians. The song will be recorded, and the video shot, live at the benefit event. It will subsequently be available on iTunes. Proceeds from the event and sales of the track and video will be donated to the American Red Cross Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief efforts.
Rockers confirmed to be taking part include:
Chris Slade (AC/DC, The Firm)
Rudy Sarzo (Dio, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Öyster Cult)
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Billy Idol)
Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big)
Juan Croucier (Ratt)
Jon Levin (Dokken)
John Payne (Asia)
Teddy Zigzag (Guns N' Roses)
James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society, White Lion)
Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake)
Robin McAuley (Survivor, MSG)
Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC, UFO)
Robert Sarzo (Hurricane)
Mitch Perry (MSG, Asia, Edgar Winter)
Other vocalists contributing to the benefit song include Don Dokken and Paul Shortino. The show will also feature guitarist Michael Thompson, an American musician well known in Japan. A live streaming broadcast will be made available via Front Row Entertainment (Frontrowent.tv) and viewers will be able to watch the event for free online; a link to the Red Cross will be provided and the musicians who are participating request that those watching make a small donation.
-Artists and songwriters from across the EMI family are raising funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan through an auction of personal items and memorabilia.
The charity auction, which will be managed by eBay, features items from some of the world’s biggest rock stars including Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Alice In Chains, and more.
All funds raised will be used towards the Japanese Red Cross disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
The first phase of the charity auction started yesterday (April 5) and will run until April 15, with more than 200 exclusive items. A second phase of the auction will take place between April 11 – 21. All the items can be viewed at ebay.com from the link below:
The list of items for sale in the first phase of the charity auction from April 5 – 15 includes the following:
*Alice In Chains - a signed setlist, and 20 piece poster set
*Depeche Mode - a limited edition lithographic print create to celebrate the release of the Tour of The Universe Barcelona DVD, signed by the band and framed.
*Huey Lewis & The News - hand written, autographed & framed lyrics, plus a personalized certified gold album for Greatest Hits, and a VIP concert experience & personal phone call from Huey to the winner
*Simple Minds - spend a day on tour with the band
The list of items for sale in the second phase of the charity auction from April 15 – 21 includes the following:
*Iron Maiden: exclusive limited edition ‘Ed Force One’ A2 print signed by Iron Maiden, two pieces of original Iron Maiden Japan 2011 event artwork signed by artist Herve Monjeaud, plus signed Nicko McBrain drumsticks as used on The Final Frontier World Tour
*Megadeth - a guitar signed by Dave Mustaine
*David Gilmour - three framed and signed prints of David Gilmour in Gdansk, photographed by Anna Wloch, including David, Polly and Lech Walesa, David on stage at soundcheck and a selection of David's guitars.
*Beach Boys - signed limited edition Pet Sounds plaque, plus hand-written, autographed & framed lyrics to a Beach Boys song from Brian Wilson
*The Beatles - the last of an extremely limited edition Schwinn bicycle featuring the Yellow Submarine artwork
*Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) - a limited edition tour t-shirt worn by Billy Corgan
*David Bowie - 35 albums signed by the artist
-More rockers have shared the thoughts and condolances with the people of Japan in the last couple of weeks.
Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has issued the following message:
"Beloved Japanese Friends... I honour, I love and I respect you and you are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers everyday... Please stay safe & strong thro' these difficult times... Love & Light."
Don Dokken had this to say:
"It is truly a tragedy, but the Japanese are resilient people. We were planning on doing shows there late this summer but now everything's on hold. I think everyone in the world should donate for food and medical help. If and when we go back to Japan we will donate some of the tour profits, it's the right thing to do. We owe them a lot for all the years of supporting us. It's a great country, and I'm sure they'll pull through, but still it's a sad situation right now."