Rush is up first with their amazing new track 'Headlong Flight,' from the 'Clockwork Angels' album, which will be released on June 12th. The over 7 minute track attacks the senses in a way we have come to expect from the band.
Bassist-singer Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer-lyricist Neil Peart have recorded an entire album that follows the same narrative thread — that of a young man's journey to follow his dreams in a dystopian alternate world.
Rush will kick off their North American tour on Sept. 7th in Manchester, New Hampshire, with dates rocking through Dec. 2nd in Houston, Texas. The band will also be this will be headlining the Sweden Rock Festival in June of 2013, their first appearance at a European festival in 33 years! Their show at Sweden Rock Festival will be the only festival appearance in Europe, and the band's first festival appearance since they played at Pinkpop in Holland in 1979. In 2004, Rush played in Sweden for the first time in 25 years, selling out the Globe Arena in Stockholm.
Alex Lifeson breaks down 'Clockwork Angels' track-by track here: www.musicradar.com
Geddy Lee talked with Spin Magazine recently. Check out the interview here: www.spin.com
'Clockwork Angels' track listing:
3. Clockwork Angels
4. The Anarchist
6. Halo Effect
7. Seven Cities Of Gold
8. The Wreckers
9. Headlong Flight
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden
Rival Sons' new video, for the fantastic track 'Face Of Light' is the next Rock Pick of the Week. The video sees a softer side of the band as they go through the beautiful scenery of the Peak District in the English countryside. The video was filmed with director Dan Ruttley during the band's recent sold-out UK tour with Black Stone Cherry.
Frontman Jay Buchanan comments: "I am happy to say that our record Pressure & Time is about to give us our third single with the song 'Face Of Light'. This is a very special song to us and I am delighted to put out a single with a positive message that can still break a tooth. Three singles from one record; I am so thankful for the support we've been shown. This will more than likely be our last single from the P&T record, so it's a fitting farewell to an unforgettable year with a song so personally close to the vest for me."
Rival Sons are ready to kick ass on all the major European rock festivals and have a couple of gigs in June lined up opening for Guns N' Roses in Netherlands and Germany. The band has recently completed recording their second album 'Head Down' in Nashville and it will be released in August on Earache records.
Bruce Springsteen's 'Rocky Ground' is up next from the 'Wrecking Ball' album. The black-and-white clip shows footage of the hands of a number of different people writing out the lyrics of the tune on a notepad superimposed over various urban scenes shot in slow-motion.
The clip was directed by Thom Zimny, Springsteen longtime videographer, whose credits include the 2010 documentary 'The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.' The Boss makes a brief cameo in the video; see if you can spot him.
We've been traveling over rocky ground and a new day is coming.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the second-biggest German show of their career on Wednesday (May 30) in Berlin before 55,000 fans. Springsteen played a set focused on new material from Wrecking Ball and an assortment of old favorites, but he opened the night with his first-ever live performance of Wizz Jones' 1973 tune "When I Leave Berlin."
Linkin Park's new album 'Living Things' will be out on June 26th, and the first track 'Burn It Down' is obviously a massive success. It currently sits at #3 on the rock charts, and the band released a video for it last week. Check it out and the 'making of' clip below.
The band's big summer Honda Civic Tour with Incubus kicks off on August 11th in Bristow, Virginia.
Godsmack's cover of the Joe Walsh classic ‘Rocky Mountain Way’ from their 'Live & Inspired' album is up next. The track is rising up into the top 10 of the rock charts, and it's well deserving with their kick ass version of the song for a new generation. The band performed 'Rocky Mountain Way' every night on the recent wrapped Mass Chaos tour with Staind, and now they’ve just released a performance based video for the tune.
My Darkest Days are back with the title track as the next single from their latest album 'Sick And Twisted Affair.' The album was produced by Joey Moi, who has worked with Hinder, Daughtry and Santana. It includes guest musicians John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) along with Three Days Grace members Barry Stock and Neil Sanderson.
The band has posted part 2 of their behind-the-scenes teaser,and in it they describe the tough personal relationships that served as much of the album’s inspiration. “I think we’ve all been in a relationship before that’s just so toxic,” explains lead guitarist Sal Costa. “You want it to be over, but don’t really want it to be over… Just seeing them with another person eats you alive.” “Humans, we’re all just walking contradictions,” adds Walst. The guys are rocking all summer long with Nickelback, Bush and Seether and continue.
“We listen to all types of music. We take stuff from R&B, hip hop, country and bring it into rock and make it something new,” so says My Darkest Days‘ frontman Matt Walst. The band took Joe & Mystikal’s 2007 Top 40 smash single “Stutter,” added a little sex appeal and re-worked it into a rock banger.
My Darkest Days getting ready for ‘Twisted and Sick Affair’ album release with Livestream acoustic concert and chat
My Darkest Days are getting ready to release their new album 'Sick and Twisted Affair' (Mar. 27) and they keep on giving with a recent acoustic concert and chat on Livestream. Check out the band performing 'Come Undone,' 'Porn Star Dancing,' and 'Casual Sex' and 'Save Yourself' from the new album. The band also answers viewers questions, risque or not!
Check it all out here: www.new.livestream.com/livestreamsessions/mydarkestdays
My Darkest days have a big summer ahead of them as they open the Nickelback/Bush/Seether North American Tour staring April 10 in Moline, IL. You can listen to the first three tracks from the album here: http://www.tweematic.com/mdd/
Slash is back with the first track 'You're A Lie' from his upcoming album 'Apocalyptic Love' out May 22. This new project with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators is the most anticipated hard rock release of the year so far, and by all indications from the first track, it is going to live up to all expectations. 'You're A Lie' is my favorite track of 2012 so far.
Myles Kennedy joined Slash on two tracks on his solo album, and they were the best part of what was a great album. After extensive touring, Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) and Slash were more than ready to deliver a stellar album, at least when Slash could get the hardest working man in rock, Myles Kennedy to fit in some recording. Myles will have some time to devote to rocking these new tracks on tour as his Alter Bridge bandmates will be concentrating on Creed for awhile.
"I completely left the lyrics to Myles. As far away from lyric writing as I can get, the better," Slash told Rolling Stone, laughing. "He's a good lyricist, so it's not an issue."
The song was the second track Slash brought to Kennedy, but it wasn't done until the very end of the sessions. "We changed the arrangement twice, and it was the last thing we worked on in the studio when we were doing the album," he says. "It was the last one we did and, funnily enough, the first one we released."
Did he know it was a single? "The single concept has always been the last thing I ever want to deal with," he says. "I come from that AOR mentality where a single to me can be a five-minute, six-minute, really cool rock track."
Now that one is chosen and the record is nearly done, save for a few mixes, Slash can turn his attention to the upcoming live shows. "I'm looking forward to going out and jamming the stuff live and doing what it is that I do best," he says.
The concert will feature several new songs. "There's a song called 'Anastasia,' which would be killer for us to play live because it's probably the longest, most instrumentally adventurous song on the record. There's a lot of guitar in it," he says. "There's the song called 'Apocalyptic Love,' which is the title track of the record and the first song we ever did together."
A full tour kicks off on May 3 in Baltimore, and the band will play a number of big Rock festivals including Carolina Rebellion on May 5, Rock On The Range on May 19 and Rocklahoma on May 25, and other radio station festivals.
Slash will also rock the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in L.A.on April 11, sharing a stage with Marilyn Manson, Sixx A.M., Evanescence and more on a night when KISS' Gene Simmons will be honored. "I love Gene. Gene's awesome, so it's good that he's getting an award at that event," he says.
Slash will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame next month with Guns N' Roses. According to Slash, he still doesn't know what will happen. "It's just far enough away at this point where I'm not focusing on it at all and there's been no new news about what's gonna happen there," he says.
Slash is also part of series of commercials for the L.A.I.R. (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles) exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo with none other than Betty White.
Apocalyptic Love tracklist:
"One Last Thrill"
"Standing in the Sun"
"You’re a Lie"
"No More Heroes"
"We Will Roam"
"Not for Me"
"Hard & Fast"
"Far and Away"
Seether keep the rock coming with another Top 10 track, 'No Resolution.' It's the third single from the 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray' album, and continues the success of the first two releases from the album;'Country Song' and Tonight.'
Seether is on tour in the UK with 3 Doors Down until March 15, play a couple of headlining gigs in Istanbul and Italy, then head out for a big North American trek with Nickelback, Bush and My Darkest Days starting April 10 in Moline, IL.
Seether has been nominated for Best Live Band in the Revolver Golden Gods on Apr. 11 and you can now have the complete Seether 'Collection' with just one click at itunes. Four studio album and one live album for only $24.99.
Rise Against have another kick ass track with 'Satellite' from the 'Endgame' album in the rock picks of the week. The band just played shows on Mar. 9 & 10 in Helsinki, Finland, and are continuing on with shows in Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria. They return for a U.S. tour starting April 15 in San Diego, CA. with openers A Day To Remember and Title Fight.
The band are making some stops at record stores around the country to meet and sign autographs for fans. Here's the record stores:
San Diego, CA
Sunday, April 15th at 4:30pm
915 Washington Street
San Diego 92024
San Jose, CA
Tuesday, April 17th at 4:30pm
980 South Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128-3501
Friday, April 20th at 4:30pm
1105 W Idaho St
Boise, ID 83702-5625
Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, April 21st at 4:30pm
1773 West 4700 South
Taylorsville, UT 84129
Tuesday, May 1st at 4:30pm
1154 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Friday, May 4th at 4:30pm
5202 North College Avenue
Indianapolis Indiana 46220
Saturday, May 5th at 4:30pm
6106 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213-1402
Columbia, South Carolina's Crossfade are up next with the great track 'Prove You Wrong.' It comes from the band's third album 'We All Bleed' through Eleven Seven Music. The band consists of Ed Sloan on lead vocals and guitar, newest addition Les Hall on lead guitar, keyboard, and backing vocals, and Mitch James on backing vocals and bass.
The evolution marks a tidal shift in Sloan’s previous role as Crossfade’s singular commandeering voice, but he is the first to admit that sharing duties with Hall was an organic, if not essential benchmark in the band’s growth.
The pair has been buddies since the seventh grade in South Carolina, where they were both regarded as young guitar prodigies. As an adult, Hall was writing music for film scores and serving as a session and touring musician for the likes of Trey Anastasio and 70 Volt Parade, Howie Day and a number of local Columbia, S.C., acts. In 2006, “I randomly stopped by Eddie’s studio to hear tracks for Crossfade’s second album, and he told me they needed an additional guitar player to tour,” Hall says. “I learned both albums in a day and played through one song with the band and that was it; we went out and did our first show together. It immediately felt like home, playing this heavy stuff with your brothers.”
Hall longed to contribute in a fulltime role with the group—as a songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and arranger—which Sloan embraced. “I had to decide whether to tour with another band and collect a paycheck, or invest in something I really believed in,” Hall says. “Eddie and I had such a bond and mutual respect for each other. I told him I’d quit everything else and join the group if I could be part of the writing.”
Crossfade was dropped by Columbia Records, and Sloan has serious periods of self doubt, but Crossfade has overcome the adversity and cruelty the music business can present and have come back with a vengeance.
'Prove You Wrong' is a fantastic song with an equally fantastic video. Animation and band footage present an emotional song in a visually stunning way.
The band has a hometown St. Patricks day show slated at Five Points in Columbia, SC
Omaha, Nebraska rockers Emphatic are back in Rock Picks of the Week with their second single 'Get Paid' from the album 'Damage.' It follows the success of the first single 'Bounce' and continues the groove oriented hard rocking sound from the band. This is another song that was released awhile back, but really hasn't gotten the attention or airplay it deserved. I do hope the band continues to get recognition from this track, and will be able to release a third single as well, so this current album and project gets its due.
Patrick Wilson: vocals
Justin McCain: lead guitar/vocals
Lance Dowdle: guitar/vocals
Alan Larson: Bass
Emphatic will be playing Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH on May 19, Rockapalooza in Jackson, MI and on June 27 with Puddle Of Mudd in Duluth, MN at Clyde Iron Works.
New Orleans band MuteMath make their first appearance in Rock picks with 'Blood Pressure', from the band's third studio album 'Odd Soul.' The group consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist Paul Meany, drummer Darren King, guitarist Todd Gummerman, and bassist Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas. The video for the song was written, directed, and filmed in less than 24 hours during an off day in Los Angeles at the Warner Bros. Records parking lot. The band also released the second single 'Allies' last month, so I have included that as well. MuteMath have an infectious appeal and they continue to enlighten audiences and listeners with their brand of rock.
Mutemath have a few U.S. tour dates left before they go down under for an Australian tour that kicks off on May 5.
Mar 18 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
Apr. 5 - Bear Tooth - Anchorage, AK
Apr. 20 & 21 - Rites of Spring - Nashville, TN
Bush played a six-song set for contest winners at Triple M radio in Australia. Watch video footage of the event, which included an interview with Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale below.
Bush will join Nickelback and Seether for a North American tour starting April 10 at the i wireless Center in Moline, Iliinois. Bush's set list will include their classic hits and brand-new songs from their successful comeback album, 'The Sea Of Memories', including the new single 'Baby Come Home'.
After releasing various Happy (Valentine's) Casual Sex Day cards for use on the day of love, My Darkest Days have now given us their new video for their fast-rising track 'Casual Sex.' The band is getting ready for their biggest tour to date with Nickelback, Bush and Seether and will release their new album "Sick & Twisted Affair' on March 27th. Check out the new vid with plenty of eye candy below- and I'm not talking about Ron Jeremy with the sheep: