Black Label Society frontman/guitar god Zakk Wylde will release “The Song Remains Not The Same” on May 3. The offering features unplugged versions of material from Black Label Society’s latest album, “Order Of The Black,” as well as additional material recorded during the same sessions.

“The Song Remains Not The Same” was conceived, created and compiled by Zakk Wylde himself and the title is, of course, a nod to one of Wylde’s favorite bands, Led Zeppelin. BLS cover a few major tracks, including “Can’t Find My Way Home” (Blind Faith), “Junior’s Eyes” (Black Sabbath), “Helpless” (CSNY) and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Simon & Garfunkel).

Here’s the BLS version of “Can’t Find My Way Home”

Tres Mts. features his old buddies Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam, Richard Stuverud from the Fastbacks and dUg Pinnick of King’s X. The band released its first single, “My Baby,” last month, as well as their album “Three Mountains”.
They did a few gigs in March and hopefully they will do more tour dates this Summer. Jeff Ament said this about how the band came about: ‘I first saw dUg Pinnick sing and play in 1989 with his band Kings X at the Central Tavern. Three years later, I asked them to open some shows for Pearl Jam and we quickly became friends. I always joked, “when are we gonna make that heavy R & B record, you and me?” In 2001, dUg joined Richard Stuverud and me in one of our yearly writing sessions in Montana and again in 2004 with Mike McCready. After a few years of crossed up schedules, in 2010, we finally mixed the baker’s dozen songs that make up Tres Mts. These guys are all monsters and this batch of tunes is gonna be fun to play live.”

Here’s “My Baby”

Ben Harper is giving us a little taste of music from his first solo album of new material in eight years. ”Rock N’ Roll Is Free” is the album’s first single and is Harper’s return to a straightforward, punchy rock and roll sound inspired by Neil Young. A download of the track is available through Amazon now, and the site is taking pre-orders for the new album “Give Till It’s Gone” in CD and vinyl formats. The album hits stores on May 17th, via Virgin Records.

Harper is also going to be keeping a rather busy schedule out on the road in support of the upcoming album. With numerous festival appearances lined up and the makings of a full European tour on the horizon (so far, France, Italy, and Switzerland are getting all the love), there doesn’t look like any downtime in Harper’s future. He’ll be playing the Coachella Music festival in Indio, CA. on April 17.

“Long Slow Drag” is the second single off of the debut album from Taddy Porter. It’s the follow up to “Shake Me”, which also was a former rock pick on MarshallofRock.com. The new video features model/actress Chelsea Tyler (daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler) and was directed by Casey Tebo (Aerosmith, Judas Priest).

Taddy Porter is Andy Brewer (lead vocals / guitar), Joe Selby (lead guitar / backing vocals), Doug Jones (drums) and Kevin Jones (bass). Formed in Stillwater, Oklahoma in October 2007, the band have been collaborating to create timeless, undeniable rock songs that have found fans in markets across the country.

“Long Slow Drag” is a big ballad that lyrically Doug shares, “everyone can relate to. We have all had to leave someone at some point in time, and this is about enjoying the time you have.”

Taddy Porter are back out on tour again starting tonight in Portland, Maine. Get tour dates at taddyporter.com

Up next is “Embrace The Sun”, the new video from Greek melodic metallers Firewind featuring Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. (real name: Kostas Karamitroudis). It’s from their latest album “Days Of Defiance.”

Firewind has recently released the “Embrace The Sun” single and it features a special instrumental mixdown of the song as b-side as well as the video clip for song both in regular and in alternate band-performance-only version. The band is working on putting together a massive North American touring package for the fall, the details of which will be announced soon, once Gus G. completes his world tour with Ozzy.


Here’s a “making of” video