Rock Picks of the Week: Soundgarden, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Tom Keifer, Adler, Love & Death, Slash

Rock Picks of the Week: Soundgarden, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Tom Keifer, Adler, Love & Death, Slash

Feb 11, 2013

Soundgarden starts off rock picks with their Dave Grohl directed video for 'By Crooked Steps.' It's the second single from the new album 'King Animal', and a comedic look at the band as segway gang. The band strap on the helmets and make their way through town, sporting the attitude to go along with the segway domination.

Soundgarden are near wrapping up their U.S. tour, with multiple gig in Oakland  and Los Angeles, CA. The band will be filming the last show of the U.S. tour at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles for "Live from the Artists Den," and will also be giving away round-trip airfare & tickets for one fan & a guest to attend the Feb 17th show. To Enter the contest just go to: http://bitly.com/SGArtistsDen.

The band will also be playing some festivals, including Carolina Rebellion and Rock On The Range during May. Soundgarden will likely be taking a break when the tour wraps up, with drummer Matt Cameron on to finish and album with Pearl Jam follow with a tour.


Soundgarden By Crooked Steps single cover

Soundgarden King Animal album cover

Another great track from Corey Taylor and Stone Sour is next, as 'Do Me A Favor', from 'House of Gold & Bones Part 2", is kicking ass in rock picks this week. It's an epic track with everything you would want: adrenaline, melody, meaningful lyrics and an epic vibe. Stone Sour are at the top of the list for great current rock and both albums, videos, an online presence, album packaging, the live show and a graphic novel all contribute to one amazing project!

Stone Sour are currently on tour with Papa Roach in the U.S., and will be playing multiple festivals this Spring and Summer. Check out everything Stone Sour at their official website here.

'House Of Gold & Bone Part 2' track listing:

12. Red City
13. Black John
14. Sadist
15. Peckinpah
16. Stalemate
17. Gravesend
18. ‘82
19. The Uncanny Valley
20. Blue Smoke
21. Do Me A Favor
22. The Conflagration
23. The House Of Gold & Bones

Stone Sour Do Me A Favor single cover

Stone Sour House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 album cover

Recent Grammy winners Halestorm are back in rock picks with their top 5 track for 'Freak Like Me', from their album 'The Strange Case Of...'. Lzzy Hale and the guys have had one hell of a 2012, carrying in 2013 and capping off with a Grammy win for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance for 'Love Bites (So Do I)'. The band have have released a new "thank you" video version of the song for fans that documents their past year. Watch that at Rollingstone.com

Halestorm will kick off a European tour in the UK on March 6th, with a return to the U.S. for a tour with Bullet For My Valentine starting in Denver, Co. on Apr. 12th.

Halestorm The Strange Case Of... album cover

Tom Keifer of multi-platinum band Cinderella has released the first single from his upcoming solo album 'The Way Life Goes'. 'The Flower Song' has been described as having the feel of a vintage Faces cut, with a 'Maggie May' feel. I can hear it and I like it.

'The Way Life Goes' is set for release on April 30th. To says about the track: "To me, that song is about how unbelievable it is that you're able to find that one person that's perfect for you. Obviously, it's told from the perspective of a guy, but I think it's true for both men and women: When you find that one person, it's a miracle."

Keifer wrote the song with Jim Peterik, formerly of the bands Survivor and the Ides of March. Another track, 'Solid Ground', is set to be released on March 11th.

"The Flower Song is one aspect of the record," Keifer says. "The record ranges from that more acoustic side to hard-driving, high-energy rock songs, and everything in between. It's a pretty diverse album."

Keifer began writing for what would become 'The Way Life Goes' during the mid-'90s. Shortly after he began cutting tracks, his wife, Savannah, gave birth to their first child. "We took a little break right there to be parents for a while," he says. Tours with Cinderella and Keifer's ongoing vocal troubles also delayed the album's completion.

Keifer plans to launch a solo tour in February to give fans a taste of 'The Way Life Goes'. "I'm going to try to strike a balance" of new material and old favorites, he says. "I'd say it's going to be 50-50, like a preview of new songs off the record, then some Cinderella favorites, some of them done just like the record and a couple of them reinvented a little."

Keifer says his voice is doing well now, but "that's a daily battle for me. I didn't have nodes, or something that could be lasered off. The condition I have is neurological. It's something I have to deal with every day, because one of my cords just doesn't respond the way it should.

"I stick to my routine and regimen every day and try to keep them doing what they're supposed to do. I'm not going to lie to you: It's not fun, and I have my ups and downs with it."

Keifer just kicked off a solo tour in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Feb. 9, with additional shows scheduled for New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Nashville and more.

"The Way Life Goes" track listing:

1. Solid Ground
2. A Different Light
3. It's Not Enough
4. Cold Day In Hell
5. Thick And Thin
6. Ask Me Yesterday
7. Fools Paradise
8. The Flower Song
9. Mood Elevator
10. Welcome To My Mind
11. You Showed Me
12. Ain't That A Bitch
13. The Way Life Goes
14. Babylon

Tom Keifer Flower Song single cover

The new track from ADLER 'Good To Be Bad', featuring a guest appearance by Rob Zombie/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5, from ADLER's debut album, 'Back From The Dead', marks a return visit to the rock picks from what in my opinion is the best music Steven Adler has released since being in Guns N' Roses. With production by Jeff Pilson (Dokken/Foreigne/War & Peace/T&N) and was mixing by Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour/Steel Panther), and the musicianship of frontman Jacob Bunton, guitarist Lonny Paul, and bassist Johnny Martin, the album is an 11-track collection of great rock from top to bottom.

Adler will be rocking The Whisky A Go-Go on Feb. 15th in West Hollywood, CA., with more dates soon to be announced.

Look for Steven as a guest on the new 'The Ben Show' that will debut on Comedy Central on February 28th. He will appear on the debut episode that airs 10pm EST/9pm CST.

 

Love & Death, the new band from former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has released a new clip for the first single from their new album 'Between Here & Lost'. 'The Abandoning", is a blistering, bombastic knock to the senses.

The single and album are a fantastic return to the metal scene for Welch, with the CD consisting of 11 tracks, ranging from songs about personal struggle and triumph ('Chemicals', 'My Disaster', 'Paralyzed') to emotionally charged anthems ('Fading Away', 'Watching The Bottom Fall') and even a heavy version of Devo's 1980 hit 'Whip It'. Welch put the band together in 2009, eventually putting together the lineup that is the band today.

"This record was birthed from trials, tribulations, pain, suffering, anxiety, depression, and drama," stated Welch. "However, we came out on top and the end result is a very real, raw and honest record. We are so stoked for people to hear it! From our opening song, 'The Abandoning', to our cover of DEVO's 'Whip it', to our collaboration with Mattie Montgomery from FOR TODAY on 'I W8 4 U', It's an exciting piece of art and the listener will feel the different range of emotions with the lyrics and melodies of each song."

Look for Love & Death on tour soon.

Love & Death are:
Brian "Head" Welch
lead guitarist: JR Bareis
bassist: Michael Valentine
drummer: Dan Johnson.

'Between Here & Lost' track listing:
1. The Abandoning
2. Whip It
3. Watching The Bottom Fall
4. By The Way...
5. Meltdown
6. My Disaster
7. I W8 4 U (featuring Mattie Montgomery)
8. Fading Away
9. Paralyzed
10. Chemicals
11. Bruises

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Love and Death 2013

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have released another video from one of the rock albums of the year in 2012 with 'Anastasia'. The former Guns N' Roses guitarist is now releasing his music through his own label, Dik Hayd Records,
and the band will be releasing another yet to be recorded album together at some point, probably in late 2014 or early 2015. The band is currently on a European tour, with upcoming date in Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Russia and more in the month of February. In March the band will hit the UK and Ireland followed in May with what looks like the last tour date of the year May 11 in Toyko for Ozzfest with Black Sabbath. Vocalist Myles Kennedy will then get back to work with Alter Bridge, but should record another album with Slash and the band in early 2014.

Slash Apocalyptic Love album cover

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators 2012

Bonzo Bash NAMM Jam 2013 rocks with All-Star lineup of music greats (video)

Bonzo Bash NAMM Jam 2013 rocks with All-Star lineup of music greats (video)

Jan 26, 2013

All all-star lineup of musicians took part in the Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm 2013, the ultimate tribute to late Led Zeppelin drummer John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham last Thursday (Jan. 24) at the newly remodeled Observatory (formerly the Galaxy Theater) in Anaheim, CA. Some of the drummers involved included: Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses), Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Dream Theater), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Ray Luzier (Korn), James Kottak (Scorpions), Rikki Rockett (Poison), and many more.

Bonzo Bash founder and S.U.N. guitarist Brian Tichy (formerly of Whitesnake) recently said at the announcement of theis year's Bash, "Bonzo Bash is a drummer's playground. There's plenty of toys and our parents taught us to play well with others.

"It is a relatively simple concept. When I first thought of this, the idea seemed too cool NOT to try. You get a John Bonham replica drum kit (courtesy of Natal Drums) complete with Paiste gong and tympani, up front, center stage, and have each drummer perform their favorite Led Zeppelin song with a house band (The Moby Dicks).

"It's such a unique night, seeing how all these great drummers approach the same drum set making it their own! And The Moby Dicks hold their own as a true force to be reckoned with! There is structure, and within the structure, there is freedom; freedom, groove, and volume! The combination makes the pace and vibe of this show like a backyard party right next to an annual wildebeest river crossing! John Bonham deserves it! His right foot alone deserves it!! Bonzo Bashes are always the ultimate Bonzo tribute show and that's the fact, Jack!"






Participating drummers included:
- Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses, Adler)
- Seven Antonopoulos (Opiate For The Masses)
- Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
- Will Calhoun (Living Colour)
- Jimmy D'Anda (Bulletboys)
- Virgil Donati (Allan Holdsworth, Seven The Hard Way)
- Chris Frazier (Foreigner, Whitesnake)
- Gene Hoglan (Dethlok, Testament)
- Brandon Kachel (Barbarian Overlords)
- James Kottak (Scorpions)
- Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
- Ray Luzier (Korn)
- Khurt Maier (Salty Dog)
- JoJo Mayer (Nerve)
- Jonathan Mover (Joe Satriani, The Tubes)
- Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry)
- Rikki Rockett (Poison)
- Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction)
- Simon Phillips (Toto, Jeff Beck)
- Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Dream Theater)
- Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper)
- Tommy Stewart (Godsmack, S.U.N.)
- Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Billy Idol, T&N, S.U.N.)
- Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC)
- Yael (Ugly Kid Joe)

Special guests:
- Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake)
- John "JD" Deservio (Black Label Society)
- Frank Hannon (Tesla)
- Sass Jordan (S.U.N.)
- Oni Logan (Lynch Mob)
- James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society)
- Robert Mason (Warrant)
- Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Dokken, Dio, T&N)
- Jack Russell (Great White)
- Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Talas)
- Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion)
- Keith St. John (Burning Rain)

THE MOBY DICKS (house band):
- Michael Devin (Whitesnake) - bass
- Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience) - keyboards
- Brian Thomas Tichy (Foreigner, Whitesnake, Billy Idol, T&N, S.U.N.) - guitar, drums
- Chas West (Bonham) - vocals
- Brent Woods (Brentwood Forest) – lead, rhythm guitars

 

Marshall of Rock Top 50 tracks of 2013: 50 to 26

Marshall of Rock Top 50 tracks of 2013: 50 to 26

Dec 31, 2012

Happy New Year everyone! 2012 was a really good year for ROCK, with comeback albums and tracks from the likes of Van Halen, KISS, Aerosmith, Joe Walsh, ZZ Top, Soundgarden, L.A. Guns and so many more. Here's my Top 50 tracks for 2012, kicking off with numbers 50 to 26. Thanks for checking out MarshallofRock.com, and all the best to everyone for an even more rockin' 2013!!

50. Joe Walsh - Analog Man - Joe Walsh released his first solo album in 20 years in 2012, and the title track checks in at number 50. A solid solo return from Joe!

49. ZZ Top - Gotsta Get Paid - After delays due to producer Rick Rubin, ZZ Top released their latest album 'La Futura' in 2012. It featured this track at number 49.

48. The Offspring - Days Go By - Vocalist Dexter Holland just celebrated his 47th birthday on December 29th and sounds as relevant as ever on the title track from the Offspring's latest album that was released this past June.

47. Volbeat - Still Counting - The Copenhagen, Denmark rockers had a mega successful 2012, with this cut at #47, one of my favorites from the 'Beyond Hell/Above Heaven' album. The band will take their fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal, punk and rockabilly back out on the road in early 2013 with openers Danko Jones

46. Chevelle - Face To the Floor - The Illinois rockers really broke out big time in 2012, with massive success with multiple tracks from their 'Hats Off To The Bull' album.

45. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last of A Dyin' Breed - Title track from the latest Lynyrd Skynyrd album, which is great from start to finish.

44. Linkin Park - Burn It Down - It was hard to escape this track form the 'Living Things' album as Linkin Park continued their many years of massive success with this track.

43. L.A. Guns - You Better Not Love Me - A quality return to the sleazy, hard rocking sound that made the band famous. The band released their first new studio album in 7 years, 'Hollywood Forever', and it lives up to some of the best work the band has ever done. L.A. Guns recently amicably replaced guitarist Stacey Blades with ex-Sea Hags/Arcade guitarist Frankie Wilsey. Look for the band to be back on the road for extensive touring in 2013.

42. Lynch Mob - Slow Drag - A great track from the Lynch Mob E.P. 'Sound Mountain Sessions'. The status of the band is in limbo as of now however, with guitarist George Lynch committed to the T&N project with Jeff Pilson, Mick Brown and Brian Tichy, as well as another power trio project with Dug Pinnick of King's X and Ray Luzier (Korn, Army of Anyone). Vocalist Oni Logan is currently part of the Dio Disciples and bassist Robbie Crane has left the band, so time will tell if we'll get any more new music from these guys in the future, but this track kicks ass!

41. Theory Of A Deadman - Hurricane - Tyler Connolly and Theory Of a Deadman continued their years of success into 2012 with mutiple tracks released from their 'The Truth Is...' album. This is my favorite from the album.

40. Fozzy - Sandpaper - Chris Jericho and Fozzy upped the ante in 2012, getting what is probably the most airplay and recognition in the band's history with this track from their 'Sin And Bones' album. The track features guest vocal from M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold and rightfully has a place on my Top 50!

39. Van Halen - She's The Woman - Van Halen triumphantly returned in 2012, and while this is not my favorite track on their 'A Different Kind of Truth' album, it warrants the #39 spot on my top tracks of 2012.

38. Bruce Springsteen - Rocky Ground - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band delivered with their 'Wrecking Ball' album, and this track conveyed the message that rock musicians idealism can still and should still have a place in music. I know it does on my list of top tracks.

37. Shinedown - Bully - Shinedown's 'Amaryllis' album is another awesome collection of songs from the band, and this anti-bullying message rocker shows that this band cares about people in a sincere way, while thoroughly rocking!

36. Black Stone Cherry - In My Blood - One of my favorite bands of late, BSC continues to make inroads in rock by not only playing anywhere at anytime to gain new fans, but with great tracks garnering significant airplay. The decision to collaborate with a few outside writers on their last album 'Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea' payed off big time. The band's album was released in 2011, but this track garnered the majority of its airplay in 2012.

35. Adler - The One That You Hated - Steven Adler and his new band have brought an album that is one of the most surprising releases of 2012. 'Back From The Dead' is top to bottom a fantastic album that will carry well into 2013 with other tracks released from the offering. "The One That You Hated' just plain rocks, as does Steven's new bandmates: vocalist Jacob Bunton, guitarist Lonny Paul and bassist Johnny Martin!

34. The Treatment - Nothing To Lose But Our Minds - Another of my personal favorite new bands, these young lads from the U.K. made major inroads in 2012 with great exposure as the opening act on the 'The Tour' with Motley Crue and KISS in the U.S. I expect big things from The Treatment and really think with their musical ability, attitude and charisma, they are going to continue on an upward rise in the U.S.! Check out their album 'This Might Hurt'!

33. Aerosmith - Legendary Child - This was the first track released from the highly anticipated Aerosmith album 'Music From Another Dimension!' The track showcases the unity and sound that only these guys can get when all together. Great track from a great American legendary rock band!

32. Tremonti - You Waste Your Time - Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and Creed brought a solo album full of serious metal in 2012. This was the lead track. Tremonti will be continuing to tour in early 2013 with Mark's buddy Wolfgang Van Halen on bass.

31. Dead Sara - Weatherman - The Los Angeles rockers featuring Emily Armstrong (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Sean Friday (drums, backing vocals), Siouxsie Medley (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Chris Null (bass guitar, backing vocals) are one of the most exciting not only new female fronted band, but any band of 2012. I only mention the female part, because vocalist Emily Armstrong is compelling, powerful and is poised to lead this band to the next level and influence a new generation of female rockers. Exciting new band, I can't wait to see their progression in the years to come.

30. Foo Fighters - These Days - A track that got most of it's airplay in 2012, I had to get some Foo Fighters on my Top 50! 'Wasting Light' was one of my top albums of 2011, and it was so good it placed tracks on my year end cuts this year. I'm gonna miss no new Foo in 2013, but they'll be back in 2014!

29. Stone Sour - Gone Soverign/Absolute Zero - Band leader Corey Taylor of Stone Sour continues to be a respected leader in the rock world, seemingly doing no wrong at the moment. 'Absolute Zero' recently went to #1 on the rock tracks charts, but these two tracks are meant to be played together. Stone Sour will be touring with Papa Roach in the U.S. in early 2013.

28. Aranda - Satisfied - The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma rockers bring solid rock chops with feeling in my #28 track. Dameon Aranda, Gabe Aranda, and Mike Walker have delivered 'Stop The World', an album of great music, with this track leading the way.

27. Black Keys - Lonely Boy - The Black Keys were seemingly the golden boys of 2012, with doors opening for their talent, and airplay for their killer tracks. Black Keys are going to be around for a long time and look to be not only the critic's favorites, but also favorites of the masses.

26. Soundgarden - Been Away Too Long - Soundgarden returned in 2012 with the new album 'King Animal', and this track went to number one concurrently on both the active and mainstream rock charts. The band will continue to tour in 2013 and hopefully they will be around for more than one new album and tour.

 

Top 30 list of richest drummers in the world

Top 30 list of richest drummers in the world

Aug 27, 2012

We now know who the richest drummers in the world are, and it really should be no suprise who is #1. Celebritynetworth.com compiled all information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements to come up with the figures. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents fees, and lifestyle. Check out the Top 30 below.

The 30 Richest Drummers in the World:
1. Ringo Starr – $300 Million (The Beatles/Solo)
2. Phil Collins – $250 Million (Solo/Genesis)
3. Dave Grohl – $225 Million (Nirvana/Foo Fighters)
4. Don Henley – $200 Million (The Eagles)
5. Lars Ulrich – $175 Million (Metallica)
6. Charlie Watts – $160 Million (The Rolling Stones)
7. Larry Mullen Jr. – $150 Million (U2)
8. Roger Taylor – $105 Million (Queen)
9. Joey Kramer – $100 Million (Aerosmith)
10. Chad Smith – $90 Million (The Red Hot Chili Peppers/Chickenfoot)
11. Travis Barker – $85 Million (Blink 182/The Aquabats)
12. Stewart Copeland – $80 Million (The Police)
13. Alex Van Halen – $75 Million (Van Halen)
14. Nick Mason – $75 Million (Pink Floyd)
15. Tommy Lee – $70 Million (Motley Crue)
16. Bill Ward – $65 Million (Black Sabbath)
17. Jon Fishman – $60 Million (Phish)
18. Carter Beauford – $55 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
19. Rick Allen – $50 Million (Def Leppard)
20. Tre Cool – $45 Million (Green Day)
21. Danny Carey – $40 Million (Tool)
22. Tico Torres – $40 Million (Bon Jovi)
23. Max Weinberg – $35 Million (Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band/Conan O’Brien)
24. Mickey Hart – $30 Million (The Grateful Dead)
25. Bill Kreutzmann – $25 Million (The Grateful Dead)
26. Neil Peart – $22 Million (Rush)
27. Taylor Hawkins – $20 Million (Foo Fighters)
28. Questlove – $16 Million (The Roots, Jimmy Fallon)
29: Steven Adler – $15 Million (Guns N’ Roses)
30. Mick Fleetwood – $8.5 Million (Fleetwood Mac)

Slash News: Joined by Duff McKagan at Seattle tour stop, Hollywood Walk of Fame recap (video)

Slash News: Joined by Duff McKagan at Seattle tour stop, Hollywood Walk of Fame recap (video)

Jul 15, 2012

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators made a stop in Seattle on Friday night (June 13) at the Showbox SoDo and who should show up, but ex-Guns N' Roses bandmate Duff McKagan.

He joined Slash three months after last sharing a stage together at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction ceremonies this past April. Watch the renditions of the GnR classics 'It's So Easy' and 'Paradise City' below.

"Thanks to Duff McKagan for coming down & jamming a couple tunes as well. Made it a perfect night. #itssoeasy#" tweeted Slash after the show.


On Monday (July 10) radio host Jim Ladd, film producer Robert Evans, and friend Charlie Sheen were all on hand to witness the ceremony and speak on Slash’s behalf at his induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sheen, who is also Slash's neighbor took a public swipe at Axl Rose, saying, “It’s quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on.”

He also got in some drug humor adding, “This star is going to be stepped on more than the coke we did in the ’80s,” where . Also in attendance were Slash’s wife Perla, their children, and former Guns N’ Roses bandmates Steven Adler and Gilby Clarke.

In addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honor, Slash was named by Time magazine as the No. 2 guitarist of all-time, coming in right behind Jimi Hendrix on their list.

Following the event, Slash and Myles Kennedy went into the Hard Rock for a private acoustic performance and question-and-answer session. Myles and Slash were joined by Steven Adler, who did a great job of getting the crowd to clap along and sing the chorus on 'Paradise City.' Watch footage of all of it below.