Tag: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Audio Fidelity have delayed the release of the SACD (Super Audio CD) version of RUSH's Counterparts album until February 19th. The 1993 release was the 15th studio album by Rush and highest charting album in the US, peaking at #2 on the Billboard 200 (only behind Pearl Jam's Vs.). The lyrics of Counterparts continue the trend of Roll The Bones with dark and emotional themes being the primary focus. Some songs are "heavy" sounding tracks like 'Animate' and 'Stick it Out', which topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks for four weeks in late 1993, becoming the band's fifth single to do so. 'Leave That Thing Alone' earned a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental.
The first leg of the 2013 North American ‘Clockwork Angels” road dates have been announced, with the tour kicking April 23rd in Austin, Texas at Frank Erwin Center and wrapping up on May 9th in Uncasville, Connecticut at Mohegan Sun.
Rush will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April in the ceremonies from Los Angeles by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters.
Rock Picks of the Week: Alice In Chains, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Papa Roach, Big Wreck, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Alice In Chains have released their new track 'Hollow' and it lead off on Rock Picks of the Week. The clip for the song includes photos fans have taken or created that were inspired by the track's lyrics after the band post lyrical phrases from the song via Instagram and asked fans to contribute.
The band has finished recording its fifth studio album and second without original vocalist Layne Staley. The new disc is the second from the band with vocalist/guitarist William Duvall and the follow up 2009's 'Black Gives Way To Blue.' There is no official release date yet for the new album, but it should be expected in the spring of 2013. 'Hollow’ will be available for purchase on iTunes beginning Jan. 8th.
Add me to the list giving glowing reviews to the great Gary Clark Jr. for not only his latest album, 'Blak and Blu,' but his career in general. The man is more than well on his way to being one of this generation's guitar greats and if you don't know his name now, you definetely will!. Many are comparing Austin, Texas' Clark Jr. to Jimi Hendrix. Clark Jr. just played with the Stones on their '50 and Counting' tour, and he will be joining many other legends on stage as his potential seems limitless right now. In fact, after his current European tour, Clark will be back in the states for Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival at New York's Madison Square Garden on Apr. 12 & 13. It is an amazing lineup of guitar talent, and Gary will be there! Congrats to him on all his accolades! Check out some of these amazing reviews:
"He consolidates Hendrix, Stevie Ray, '90's grunge, hip hop, soul and R&B into a cool mix that makes your jaw drop. He can out groove and out play any (one) on earth, but he's into songs, not showmanship"-
San Antonio Current
“When Gary Clark Jr's right hand hits the strings of his electric guitar, it's almost always a downstroke, as if he wants gravity on his side… the notes fall off his guitar like raindrops." -
This singer-guitarist may be the next Hendrix... churning his distorted strings into a euphoric moment of psychedelia" -
New York Times
"Austin resident Gary Clark Jr., who may be the city's next big music star flashed his blend of blues, soul and rock, mixing fluid, muscular guitar with rootsy bark or a falsetto croon" -
The Wall Street Journal
"Gary Clark Jr. a young force steeped in old sounds.... Ten years in the making, Gary Clark Jr., is about to become an overnight sensation"-
"Every generation has its chosen one and right now, this is Clark's time" -
I think he'll live up to it all! Check out his latest track 'Ain't Messin' Round.' I want Gary Clark Jr. to play my house party someday! Below that is the clip of Gary and John Mayer absolutely rocking with the Stones!
Heart have released their next track and video from their amazing 'Fanatic' album. Ann and Nancy Wilson grew up in a military family, and they pay tribute to all of our armed forces in the new clip for the song. Congrats to Ann & Nancy for their so well desrved and overdue induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The ladies and their band changed rock n roll, been a positive for music in general, and have influenced generations of rockers, female and male!! Love you ladies!
Papa Roach have released their second track 'Where Did The Angels Go,' from the new album 'The Connection.' The Vacaville, California rockers are on the road in Europe with Stone Sour for the band's first extended tour since singer Jacoby Shaddix had surgery on his vocal cords in September. The band has overcome that scare and are at full force for the latest tour, which will continue on a co-headlining tour with Stone Sour in the U.S. statrting in early 2013. The tour kicks off on January 20th in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Canada's Big Wreck are up next with their track 'Albatross', which conveys feeling and emotion not found in many rock records anymore. Big Wreck are definite survivors of the music biz and in it for the love. The band was formed in 1994 at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, and subsequently signed to Atlantic Records. But after releasing two albums, 1997's 'In Loving Memory Of...' and 2001's 'The Pleasure and the Greed' albums, the four-piece band had a messy break up that was not amicable to say the least.
Frontman/guitarist Ian Thornley is considered one of Canada's top guitarists, and the band still gets significant airplay at rock radio there for tracks such as 'The Oaf (My Luck Is Wasted),' 'That Song' and 'Blown Wide Open.' Thorney carried on with his band 'Thornley', which was on Chad Kroeger's of Nickelback's 604 Records. Thorney released two albums, 2004's 'Come Again' and 2009's 'Tiny Pictures.' During that time he also shared the same management as Rush.
In late 2010, Thornley reconnected with Big Wreck's guitarist Brian Doherty and they toured Canada under the banner "An Evening with Thornley and Big Wreck." In 2011, Thornley left 604 and decided to put out albums via his management's label, Anthem. He, Doherty, guitarist Paula Neta, bassist Dave McMillan and session drummer Chris Henry (Brad Park is live drummer) entered the studio with Thornley producing alongside engineer/mixer Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Cancer Bats). Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Death Angel) executive produced.
Under the name Big Wreck again, 'Albatross' was released in Canada this past March and it will come out in the U.S. on Rounder this Feb. 19th. A great track, that I hope brings the band the recognition they deserve in America.
Lynyrd Skynyrd have had great success with their latest album 'Last Of A Dyin' Breed', which is great from start to finish. The band have released a lyric video for 'Good Teacher', and it's our last rock pick of the week. The Skynyrd road machine will continue into 2013, with tour dates on the east coast kicking off on Jan. 15th at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Also look for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to re-air Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 'Last of a Dyin’ Breed' Performance on December 27th. Skynyrd....still kicking ass!!
After many years of being passed over for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and quite possibly being the top band mentioned who should be in, Rush will become members in 2013. “We are honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” the band said in a statement on their Facebook page. “The three of us are especially appreciative of our loyal fans whose support and dedication has gone a long way to making this possible. P.S. And special thanks to our moms for voting 6,000 times!”
"It's a terrific honor and we'll show up smiling," Rush's singer and bassist, Geddy Lee, told Rolling Stone. "It made my mom happy, so that's worth it." Lee is especially happy for Rush's army of hardcore fans. "It was a cause they championed," he says. "I'm very relieved for them and we share this honor with them, for sure."
Besides Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart being named, Ann & Nancy Wilson with their band Heart were named as inductees as well. Heart rocked during a time of male dominated band's in rock n' roll, and showed that ladies can rock just as well, inspiring an entire generation of females. Ann Wilson of Heart said about the induction: "Some people have an idea of what the shape of rock & roll is supposed to look like. We're not really it. Personally, that's why I think it's taken quite a while...We're always traveling and out there doing it. It can start to feel like you're a tree falling in the forest, but nobody notices. So this kind of acknowledgement is really sweet."
The public was allowed to vote for the first time in the history of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Votes were taken online, and the result was a "fan's ballot" that was counted along with roughly 600 other ballots.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on April 18th, 2013 at the Nokia Theater and then broadcast on HBO May 18th. Tickets for the public go on sale January 25th.
Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers announced the inductees earlier today, with blues legend Albert Lee, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Donna Summer joining Rush and Heart. Lou Adler and Quincy Jones were announced for induction as recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. Other nominees Deep Purple, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Procol Harum, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Meters, Chic, the Marvelettes, Kraftwerk and N.W.A. did not gain enough votes necessary to make the 2013 class. Hopefully next year for the more than deserving Deep Purple.
Glenn Hughes says upcoming Black Country Communion album may be their last, forms another supergroup called Kings of Chaos
Vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes of Black Country Communion recently told ABC News Radio that the band's third studio album, 'Afterglow' (out Oct. 30) quite possibly may be their last, but not because he doesn't want the band to continue. BCC features drummer Jason Bonham, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa. Glenn said, "This may be the [band's] last album," he declared. "I hate to break it to you, but it just may be, because I need to be in a band that tours on a regular basis."
Hughes also said that due to guitarist Joe Bonamassa's own solo recording and touring commitments, Black Country Communion has no solid plans to tour in support of Afterglow. "If I had a magic wand," he added, "I would wave it over everybody's head and go, 'Hey, you guys, we're gonna go and do 200 shows [in 2013] and we're gonna be a huge rock 'n' roll band globally. It's not gonna happen. I figured that if this was to be the last album…then I need to come in with some pretty wild and epic tracks," he noted. "So, I'm really proud of this album."
It looks as though Hughes has already formed another supergroup of sorts called Kings of Chaos with several of the other famous musicians who took part in a recent Rock N Roll All Stars tour of South America. The band's lineup includes Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, bassist Duff McKagan (ex-Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver/Loaded), drummer Matt Sorum (ex- Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) and guitarist Steve Stevens (ex-Billy Idol).
Hughes said that Kings of Chaos will "tour pockets of the world -- the exotics, if you will, and the tropics and even America." He said things a tour will launch this April in South America, where the group plans to hit cities that the Rock N Roll AllStars had intended to play before the gigs were canceled.
Hughes also said the new group will record new music: "We're gonna do a series of EPs. On those EPs there will be three covers and one original song. And…the lineups with the Kings of Chaos, vocally, will change. The core band will be the same. So, it's gonna be always moving and changing." Kings of Chaos actually make their recorded debut on the forthcoming Deep Purple tribute album 'Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head', which will be released on September 25th. The track "Never Before" is their contribution to the project, minus Hughes on vocals. Hughes does play on two tracks on 'Re-Machined,' 'Maybe I'm a Leo' and 'Highway Star.'
Noisecreep recently caught up with former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes to chat about the new Deep Purple tribute album 'Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head', the recent passing of Purple keysman Jon Lord and how the band isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet: www.noisecreep.com
Slash News: Listen to new ‘Apocalyptic Love’ tracks, Axl Rose open letter was reason for Guns N’ Roses jam at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Slash breaks down each track on new album
While promoting the upcoming concert from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators at The Orpheum Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin on May 16th, Slash revealed that he and former Guns N' Roses members Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke, would not have jammed at the recent 2012 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremonies if not for the open letter Axl Rose sent the Hall declining induction.
Andy Downing for Madison.com conducted the following interview with Slash:
How did it feel getting up onstage recently with most of the Guns N’ Roses guys at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions?
Slash: It was a really nice event all around, and it was a special moment for all the guys that showed up. It was a nightmare going into it, but when it actually happened it was like, “This is pretty cool.”
At what point did your attitude change? Was it when you all finally got onstage together?
Slash: Going up there you feel very much part of something that is bigger than...all the stories, drugs, the fights and this and that and the other. There was a body of a music that had a significant impact. When you think about where we come from, which is really like sort of the back alleys of Hollywood and being just scourges of the neighborhood…it was like, “Wow. It was a pretty big thing we ended up doing.”
What was your initial reaction after reading Axl Rose’s open letter to the Rock Hall (in which the frontman refused induction)?
Slash: The funny thing is we never would have played had he never written it. I think at one point he alluded he was at least going to go, and so we hadn’t really prepared to play at all. We were just going to show up as almost an obligatory thing — more for the fans than anything. But that letter set a fire that was like, “Okay, (bleep) it. We’re going to go play.” So it really almost didn’t happen. And if it hadn’t been for that special letter it wouldn’t have.
In a 1988 interview Axl described you by saying you were quiet, but then you pick up a guitar “and your heart and soul seem to pour out.” Has it always been easier for you to communicate with a guitar in your hands?
Slash: I would say that is my main source of communication (laughs). I find I’m more direct and heartfelt with a guitar. It definitely doesn’t come verbally. That’s actually a chore for me.
That seems to contrast with the whole rock and roll lifestyle. Was it hard for you to adapt?
Slash: You have a lot of different chemical influences to help you out of your shell, and I’m sure that helped me along with it. But for the most part I think what you do as a musician onstage is completely different from the personality offstage.
The song “Not for Me” (off “Apocalyptic Love”) sounds like it could have been written in response to those wildest years in Guns.
Slash: It’s an interesting take on those subjects of drugs and booze, because usually we’re promoting (that lifestyle). It’s a song about the morning after when you sort of decide you’re tired of the whole thing. It’s something everybody feels at one time or another.
What was that wake-up call for you (the guitarist has been sober since 2006)?
Slash: I’ve had many wake-up calls (laughs). You take it so far and then you have that feeling the next day when you look at the waste you left behind the night before and you start thinking, “God, I’m done with this.” But it’s really hard to get off that train. For me, it really took a long time to get to that point where I finally said, “I’m done.”
When the time comes, how will you handle the drug talk with your two children?
Slash: We’ve had one already because I have a 9-year-old who hangs out at the skate park, so he’s seen a few things over there. He’s got a great attitude, so it wasn’t an extensive talk. I didn’t need to try and influence his thinking because he was already there.
Have you ever faced off against digital Slash in “Guitar Hero III?”
Slash: No, I haven’t. I’ve seen it, though. They have these stand-up “Guitar Heroes” in arcades and I’ve walked into those a couple times and seen kids playing with my avatar. It’s very unsettling (laughs).
Do you think you could take him?
Slash breaks down each of the tracks on 'Apocalyptic Love', sharing details on each with: www.musicradar.com
Here's a couple of new tracks from the album besides the single 'You're a Lie.' Check out the title track 'Apocalyptic Love,' 'One Last Thrill, and 'Standing In The Sun.'