Once again, I seem to have an issue with keeping up on my Rock Picks of the Week. I need to be diligent and make sure I post my picks week in and week out. That being said, expect another Rock Pick Ketchup soon, as I have created quite the backlog of picks, some of which are already falling down the rock charts, as they have been out for awhile. So heeeeeree we go: First up is Los Angeles band Rival Sons, who return with a new album released this Tuesday in the European market called 'Head Down' on Earache Records. Rival Sons have quickly gone to the top of my list of new favorite bands, with their retro, classic rock inspired sound. They have it all in their music; agression, subtlety, and amazing musicianship. The band has continued to target Europe, consistently touring there and building an amazing fanbase. Now they need to break huge in their homeland! The band have released an amazing new music video for the track ‘Keep On Swinging,’ which you can see below. A North American release for 'Head Down' will happen in November.
The band once again worked with director Greg Ephraim, who has also shot Rival Sons music videos for ‘Pressure and Time’ and ‘All Over the Road’.
Vocalist Jay Buchanan commented on the video: "Shooting the video for Keep On Swinging was a pleasure. Snake handling while wailing to a congregation in an old church is pretty high up there on the list of odd ways to pass the time; excuse me while I go to hell."
Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley added: "We recently returned from an exciting expedition; it was an adventure. The Spirit was moving in that room. We were playing in a church somewhere in the South (can't reveal exact location) and had to convince this congregation we could be a musical catalyst for the casting out of demons; we succeeded. We had to tame snakes with our music. There was a swarm of ravens. A girl that was baptized was on fire! Crazy stuff! And it was all caught on tape... I'm sure it will be all over the interwebs soon. Be on the lookout."
Pure awesomeness from Rival Sons!!
'Lover Alot' is the latest track released from Aerosmith's forthcoming new album 'Music From Another Dimension!' slated to be released on November 6th. While I was excited and relatively pleased with the first track released from the album 'Legendary Child,' this track is THE Aerosmith track I have been waiting for. It harks back to early Aerosmith songs in structure and delivery. It bodes well for the rest of the album, except for the AC ballad they have also recently released. I guess they have to try and get another 'Angel' or 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' out there. 'Lover Alot' is THE SHIT! and I love it alot!
Aerosmith recently posted part one of the making of their new album, which you can watch below and the band will be touring again in 2013, but only have one date slated, as part of the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 22nd in Las Vegas, NV.
Slash have released the second track from 'Apocalyptic Love.' 'Standing In The Sun' is another great track from an album that doesn't have a weak link. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have not only brought forth an album of great material, they have made their space as one of the great rock bands out there today. Let's hope we get many more albums from this lineup of fantastic musicians.
Slash and the band are currently on a headlining U.S. tour with Foxy Shazam as the opener, and will follow that with a European tour with Mark Tremonti's new band opening some of the shows. That should be interesting as Tremonti and vocalist Myles Kennedy are in Alter Bridge together. Add a couple of AB songs to the set I suppose.
Halestorm are back with another track in Rock Picks of the Week, 'I Miss the Misery,' the third single from their latest album 'The Strange Case Of...' ' It's another powerful track from the band fronted by one of the most dynamic and talented females in rock, Lzzy Hale, who was recently named the hottest chick in hard rock by Revolver Magazine.
Halestorm recently wrapped up the Carnival of Madness U.S. tour with Evanescence, Chevelle, New Medicine and Cavo. At the El Paso, Texas tour stop on August 18th, another top female in rock, vocalist Amy Lee of Evanescence joined Lzzy Hale onstage for a duet on the Halestorm track 'Break In.'
Hale posted, “El Paso tonight was the first night I’ve ever had a duet with a woman. Amy Lee rocked it with me on ‘Break In’! Love her!”
Lee responded, “I loved singing with you. Your voice shreds and that is my SONG right now! Thanks for letting me ‘Break In’ on your set tonight .”
Hale tweeted back, “The pleasure was all mine! It was so beautiful! You rule, babe! I’m so grateful for your friendship. You brought new life to ‘Break In.’”
Here's Lzzy Hale in a clip from Beacon Audio as she reflects back on her "Beacon Moments": each "decision, experience or choice that shapes the outcome of the rest of your life".
Halestorm kick off a European tour September 21st in the U.K., and will make stops in Moscow and Toyko on Oct. 23rd and Oct. 27th. The band then returns for headlining dates in the U.S. starting Nov. 8th in Mobile, AL that will carry through to a New Year's Eve show in Baltimore, MD.
'Slow Drag,' is the rocking new track from the great George Lynch and Lynch Mob. It is a straight ahead rocker featuring long time Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan. Top notch musicianship and production bring this track alive from the first note. The band shot this latest video for the track on June 29th in Houston, Texas with film producer W. Ross Wells of Zen Film. While in Houston, the band was also filmed for an upcoming episode of "Live From Sugar Hill", a rare all-acoustic performance shot at Sugar Hill Studios by Grammy producer Dan Workman and Zen Film. "Live From Sugar Hill" is sponsored by Vitamin Water/Coca Cola, and will air soon.
'Slow Drag' comes off the band's four-song EP, "Sound Mountain Sessions", which was released on August 7th via Rat Pak Records.
'Sound Mountain Sessions' track listing:
1. Slow Drag
2. World Of Chance
3. City Of Freedom
Lynch Mob has also tapped Brian Tichy (Whitesnake) as its new touring drummer for the upcoming summer shows in support of the band's new release.
Lynch Mob is:
Oni Logan - vocals
George Lynch - guitar
Robbie Crane - bass
Brian Tichy - drums
Jesse James Dupree and Jackyl have released their latest studio album 'Best In Show', which is the follow-up to 2010's 'When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide,' and celebrates the band's 20th anniversary in the music business. The band hit the scene in 1990, and immediately began firing off rock radio hits like "Down On Me," "When Will It Rain," "I Stand Alone," and most notably, "The Lumberjack" during which Dupree performs a chain-saw solo. The introduction of Jackyl's fifth instrument on album and in concert quickly became one of the band's many trademarks as the group blazed a path to infamy. The band has earned two Guinness Book of World Records citations and the designation "The Hardest working Band in Rock 'N' Roll" for performing 100 shows in 50 days as well as 21 shows in 24 hours. The new album features 12 tracks including covers of Run DMC and Dr. Hook and will be released through Mighty Loud Entertainment. An exclusive Best Buy deluxe edition of 'Best In Show' includes a bonus DVD and two extra tracks. Check out the album's debut single, 'Screwdriver':
Jackyl upcoming tour dates:
Sep. 13 & 14 - Ocean City, MD - OC Bike Fest
Sep. 15 - Howland, ME - Seboeis Stream Campground
Sammy Hagar's "4 Decades Of Rock" concert took place in Lake Tahoe, Nevada last night (Sept. 1) and the Red Rocker was joined by none other than Tahoe resident David Coverdale of Whitesnake on stage. Coverdale performed an awesome rendition of the Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll". Check it out below.
The '4 Decades of Rock' show is something that Hagar envisions taking on the road next year. Sammy Hagar & The Wabos opened the show, followed by The Other Half, featuring Hagar and his Chickenfoot bandmate Michael Anthony. A Montrose tribute set followed with Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and Joe Satriani, with the concert wrapping up with a couple of Chickenfoot tracks featuring Anthony, Hagar, Satriani and Carmassi.
Before bringing on Coverdale at last night show, Hagar said from the stage, "If I only did this once in my lifetime, I would be happy. This is a great night. I forget about it. I'm out there just partying and working, having a good time, and next thing I know, I'm turning 65 (on October 13). I'm cool with it. Everybody's always trying to lie about their age. Fuck that. I never dreamed I'd still be doing this, but now, I never dreamed about quitting!"
'4 Decades Of Rock' concert setlist:
Sammy Hagar & The Wabos
2. There's Only One Way To Rock
3. I Can't Drive 55
4. Three Lock Box
5. I'll Fall In Love Again
6. I've Done Everything For You
7. Heavy Metal
8. Little White Lie
9. Mas Tequila
The Other Half (featuring Hagar and Michael Anthony)
10. Why Can't This Be Love
11. Good Enough
12. When It's Love
13. Top Of The World
14. Best Of Both Worlds
Montrose (with Joe Satriani on guitar)
15. Good Rockin' Tonight
16. Bad Motor Scooter
17. Rock The Nation
18. Rock Candy
19. Space Station #5
Chickenfoot (with Denny Carmassi on drums)
20. Rock And Roll (with David Coverdale of Whitesnake)
Former Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg has revealed that he is being forced to defend himself again against his former Vandenberg bandmates, over HIS name. Former members Bert Heerink, Dick Kemper and Jos Zoomer are now trying to take control of the Vandenberg name through a trademark office. An initial lawsuit filed by the three was dismissed by a judge.
Adrian Vandenberg said about the situation: "Sometimes there are things in life that are so ridiculous and seemingly far-fetched, that if the scriptwriter for a cheesy TV soap would come up with it, the producers would roll on the floor laughing, foaming at the mouth and tell the writer to start looking for another job. Well, in my life a situation just as surrealistic is happening as we speak."
"Some of you may remember that before joining my close friend David Coverdale in his band Whitesnake, I had my own band under my own name 'Vandenberg', which I founded, wrote all the music and lyrics for, made the paintings for the album covers, designed the logo for etc. etc. and I eventually disbanded my own band in 1986 to join Whitesnake."
"Now sit down, fasten your seatbelts, here comes the surrealistic part: almost a year ago I got summoned by a lawyer representing the three guys who I invited to play in my band at the time in 1981, trying to claim my own name 'Vandenberg' and actually trying to prohibit me from using my own name 'Vandenberg' through a lawsuit .. now how bizarre is that?!?"
"These individuals, singer Bert Heerink, bassist Dick Kemper (appropriate first name) and drummer Jos Zoomer, each of them factually not having achieved anything worth mentioning in about 27 years, now opportunistically trying to lift piggyback on the name/reputation that I was fortunate to build through years of working my ass off with Vandenberg, Manic Eden and Whitesnake. A sad situation indeed, since I always thought these guys were friends."
"The Bert Heerink attempt is even more pathetic than the others, since I had to fire him from my band a year before I disbanded it, for reasons that I won't disclose right now. So this individual wasn't even in my band when I disbanded it. Nevertheless this person attempts to claim my personal name 26 years later (apparently Heerink doesn't have anything to say at all about his own life, because his 'wife' is in charge of this whole thing, Spinal Tap-style) Naturally the judge wiped their claims away. You'd expect these leeches would crawl back embarrassed under the damp, mossy stones that they'd been hiding under for 27 years, but noooo; right now they're trying once again to hijack my name through a different route (a 'trademark office')."
"It is basically like when you invite a couple of people for a ride on the backseat of your new car, and then after the ride these passengers claim that your car is now theirs because they were given a ride in it. Some people have no shame... In Holland their first attempt was all over the newspapers, and after several questions from you guys I promised to keep you up to date about this bizarre situation. Don't hesitate to let these individuals know your honest opinion about this, whatever it is, they have FB pages."
"I will keep you posted again as soon as news comes up about this surrealistic, but actually sad soap. Never a dull moment!"
Wow, you can't say Adrian doesn't tell it like it is. I would like to think this filing will be bogus too.
The legendary Jon Lord has passed away after a lengthly battle with pancreatic cancer. Our condolences go out his to his family and friends. Thanks so much for all the great music and joy you brought to our lives Jon. Here is the official statement from JonLord.org.
"It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.
Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including Smoke On The Water and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.
Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.
Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.
Jon passes from Darkness to Light.
Jon Lord 9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012."
Lord founded Deep Purple in 1968, and along with drummer Ian Paice was with the band in their inception from 1968 to 1970. He co-wrote many of the band's songs, including the rock classic 'Smoke On The Water' and was responsible for the legendary organ riff on 'Child Of Our Time'.
He remained with the band when they reformed in 1970, until his retirement in 2002.
Renowned for his fusion of rock and classical or baroque forms, he was perhaps best known for his Orchestral work 'Concerto For Group And Orchestra' first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold. The feat was repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.
He also worked with Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton And Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men.
David Coverdale and Whitesnake released the following statement:
"All the members of Whitesnake & all at Whitesnake.com wish to express their sincere condolences to Jon's Family, Friends & Fans...David Coverdale said "It was an absolute joy & pleasure for me to know him & to work alongside him. He is missed already."
Steel Panther Invade Europe!, Vivian Campbell rocks the Fanthers at House of Blues Hollywood (video)
The Steel Panther european onslaught has begun and the band will be bringing you a new web series that documents their life on the road during the recent tour! Over the next few weeks, they will be releasing weekly webisodes featuring footage of backstage shenanigans, fans they can’t understand, the occasional boob signing and much more! The first webisode was posted yeaterday, but it was pulled becasue Lexxi Foxxx wasn't happy with his amount of facetime and has requested a relaunch of our first webisode, which will be re-posted shortly. Check out the teaser clip below.
The band sat down for an interview with Brian Adler from Adlercast recently and talked '17 Girls In a Row,' the 'Balls Out' album, vaginal rejuvenation and BVS, rocdocs, the 9 volt battery taste and more.
Guitarist Vivian Campbell (Dio, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy) rocked with Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxxx and Stix Zadinia at House of Blues in Hollywood on May 28th. It was a return visit for Viv with Steel Panther, as he joined them back in January at one of their residency gigs at House of Blues Anaheim. This time they performed Dio's 'Holy Diver' and 'Rainbow In the Dark,' as well as Def Leppard's 'Rock of Ages.'