Day in Rock Report for 06/06/2011
TMZ sent over this good news for Bon Jovi fans: Richie Sambora is out of rehab and has just landed in New York City, but he's not staying long -- he's rejoining the Bon Jovi tour.
Sambora told our photog at JFK he was feeling good -- which was evidenced by the fact he signed dozens upon dozens of autographs for fans.
He just arrived from Los Angeles, but plans on heading right back out -- he's meeting up with Jon and the boys for the European leg of the tour. They are scheduled to play in Croatia on Wednesday. Sambora checked himself into rehab in late April after, we're told, he fell of the wagon. more on this story
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We received this sad news on Sunday: David "Frankie" Toler, former Allman Brothers Band drummer, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 2:00 PM in hospice care in Bradenton, Florida, after a prolonged illness at the age of 59.
Frankie is survived by his wife, Marsha, their daughter, Aja Kayle, and his older brother, Dan Toler. Frankie Toler's health had been in decline for several years and it prevented him from recording and going on tour, but after receiving a liver transplant two years ago he had been able to play at some band rehearsals. more on this story
Frankie Toler had an extensive and stellar career as a world-class professional drummer, and played on the world stage with legendary bands and musicians, many whom are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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(Rock News Desk) Jimmy Page made a surprise appearance with folk-rock star Donovan in London at the weekend, where he recreated one of his pre-frame session roles.
In 1965 the future Led Zeppelin guitarist was paid £13 to play guitar on the title track of Donovan's Sunshine Superman album. So when the iconic folk performer decided to recreate the album live, he invited Page to join him and the London Contemporary Orchestra in the city's Royal Albert Hall.
Page took to the stage and repeated live what he'd recorded in Abbey Road Studios 46 years ago, in front of a delighted audience who'd heard rumours of his presence before the show began. Later he took part in the encore track Mellow Yellow. more on this story
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(Gibson) Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler recently appeared on the Matt Kissane Show, discussing the possibility of a reunion of the classic Appetite for Destruction-era lineup of Guns N' Roses.
"I always say, as long as the five of us are alive, it could happen," Adler said. "But now I'm gonna turn that around and say, as long as God is alive, I think it will happen. And the most important thing is GN'R owes it to the fans to do a reunion tour." more on this story
In a separate interview with The Jewish Chronicle, Adler said that he hopes frontman Axl Rose and guitarist Slash can put their differences behind them. "Why do you think we were so successful?" he mused. "Because it was the five of us. We had something special. We had a bond. No matter how much (expletive) there's been all these years, there's one thing that Axl and his lawyers can never take away, and that's that we were five brothers who achieved the goals we had since before we were teenagers. And what do brothers do best? They fight with each other! I don't hate them now. My wounds are healed. It's a shame that Axl and Slash won't talk. Every day they don't talk is a day that magic isn't being created. Even if we just did one tour, one record, one song togetherthe gods want to hear it."
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(Antiquiet) Flea took it to Twitter to announce that the Red Hot Chili Pepper's new record is finally coming on August 30, entitled I'm With You. Coming 5 years after their last album, Stadium Arcadium, I'm With You is set to be the first without Frusciante since 1995's One Hot Minute (which featured Dave Navarro on the guitar). more
(Billboard) Chaka Khan may be a legacy artist in the industry, but that isn't to say the legendary songstress isn't as busy as ever. At the top of her list? A duets album, including a Led Zeppelin cover alongside "American Idol" judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. more
(Jam!) Coldplay's new track "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall "debuted on Friday, but many fans were quick to point out that it sounds a lot like a song called "Ritmo De La Noche," which has been recorded by acts including Mystic, the Sacados and Chocolate. Their camp say it was intentional and they even worked with the original songwriters more
(Lambgoat) Both Hopesfall and Codeseven will apparently reunite at the same show in August. Said show will take place on August 5th at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, NC. more
(Metalrage) Slipknot/Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor was interviewed at the first-ever Carolina Rebellion festival. When asked about his plans for the foreseeable future, Taylor said, "We're talking about doing another Stone Sour album. I've already got about 16 songs written. We're gonna do something? This will the first time we get to do back-to-back albums." more
(BW&BK) Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya received the key to his birth city Vińa del Mar, Chile on Friday, June 3rd from Mayor Virginia Reginato for Musical Career Recognition. This is the first official recognition of Chile to Tom Araya, who left Chile at five years of age with his family for the US. Check out video footage here
(The 1st Five) F**ked Up's new album David Comes To Life hits stores this Tuesday, June 7th. To celebrate the release F**ked Up will be opening their own record store in Toronto for one day only to sell fans David Comes To Life and, from what it sounds like, other rare goodies. more
Enabler and Ambassador Gun will be touring together in support of their upcoming split more
(NME) AC/DC hint 40th anniversary will be marked with new album and tour Brian Johnson says band 'haven't reached our full-stop yet' more
(Metalrage) Helix are planning to release a compilation album in the fall featuring five new songs plus selections from the band's previous three CDs, "When Pigs Fly", "Vagabond Bones", and "Power Of Rock And Roll". more
Rival Sons, who are preparing for the release of their new album, Pressure & Time, have confirmed two headlining shows in the UK. The band will play two headlining shows in Leeds and London on July 12th and 13th respectively, before joining Judas Priest and Queensr’che more
(AA) Fans of the band Splender have been anxiously awaiting new music from the band who last released an album over 9 years ago. It was rumored that the band would release an album in 2010, but the release never came to fruition. Splender lead singer Waymon Boone set the record straight on the status of the band in a recent interview with Alternative Addiction here
(BW&BK) Rhapsody of Fire vocalist Fabio Lione on Kamelot - "If they would ask me, I'd be more than happy to join the band permanently" more
Ligeia will team up with In Alcatraz 1962 for a brief July tour in Eastern Canada. more
(Punknews.org) Vendetta Red, who split in 2006, have returned with plans for a new album and an appearance at this year's Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival in Seattle, WA on Monday, September 5th. more
On this day in 1979, Def Leppard played at Crookes Workingman's Club in Sheffield. The gig was reviewed in the U.K. music paper Sounds, which led to a recording contract with Phonogram Records.
On this day in 2002, The Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glenn Colvin) died at his Hollywood, CA apartment from a heroin overdose. He was 49. Colvin was the group's primary songwriter, penning such classic Ramones songs as "Rockaway Beach," "'53rd & 3rd'" and "Poison Heart."
On this day in 2003, a High court judge in London ruled that rap lyrics should be treated as a foreign language after admitting that he was unsure of the meaning of "shizzle my nizzle" and "mish mish man." The court battle was over a copyright issue between the Ant'ill Mob and the Heartless Crew. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here
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(Gibson) U2 fans might want to give more than a cursory glance to any hitchhikers they encounter from this point forward. On Tuesday (May 31), Edmonton Oilers hockey player Gilbert Brule gave a lift to a hitchhiking pedestrian who turned out to be
Bono. The U2 frontman and his assistant were walking in West Vancouver, British Columbia, when it began to rain. Brule and his girlfriend happened to drive by, and Bono accepted their offer for a ride.
As a gesture of thanks, Bono gave Brule and his girlfriend backstage passes for the U2 show at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium the following night.
"I like people who play ice hockey they stop for hitchhikers," Bono told the concert crowd, according to the Associated Press. "I know this from experience. I was hitchhiking in Vancouver yesterday, actually I was! And this guy and his girlfriend picked me up. He was cool, an ice hockey player. His name was Gilbert Brule as it happens. I'm so grateful I've decided I want to be Gilbert Brule." more on this story
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(Gibson) As of right now the Dio Disciples a band made up of former Dio members and singers Tim "Ripper Owens and Toby Jepson only have European tour dates scheduled. But it looks like the group, which is paying tribute to late metal legend Ronnie James Dio, could be headed to North America later this year.
"We picked Europe first and the main reason is the summer festivals," Owens told Metal Assault. "So we go there first and we're working on U.S. dates [for September]. We're trying to take it one step at a time; we're trying to build this thing and [do it right]."
Owens said that the band, which includes Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren, are having a tough time creating the perfect setlist for their performances, which begin June 29 in Milan, Italy. "I don't care what band you're in, it's hard to make a setlist," the singer said. "And when you have someone like Ronnie [whose recorded work] goes back a long ways, you're not gonna please everyone, but every day we rehearse, we've added another song in there, trying a different song." more on this story
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(Gibson) The music video for the new Foo Fighters single, "Walk," is getting an extensive rollout. The video, which was inspired by the Michael Douglas film, Falling Down, debuted earlier this week on MTV, MTV.com and VH1.com.
Last night the Foos performed the song live during the 2011 MTV Movie Awards show. In addition, the documentary film, Back and Forth, which chronicles the group's career, will be released on iTunes today (June 7).
One week later, a DVD version with 35 minutes of extra footage will be available through retail outlets, with a Blu-ray version being sold exclusively at Best Buy.In the next few days, Foo Fighters are expected to announce a slew of new tour dates. Check it out here
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(hennemusic) Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" summer tour just wrapped a 2-week run through South America.
Now, comes news of an incident at the third show, in Brazil on May 31. Alice's assistant KC has issued the following statement:
"Ok SickThings... If you see anyone wearing or trying to sell a vest similar to this (see pic at the full story link), it was STOLEN in Porto Alegre, Brazil... right off of the stage, after soundcheck in the afternoon, by someone with access to the stage. There are only 5 of these vests with embroidered patches on the back, and each is unique. Alice is offering a great reward to the honest person who returns it, no questions asked." more on this story
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(Gibson) While this summer will be taken up touring to promote his latest album, Born Free, Kid Rock is already talking about the follow-up. According toBillboard.com, Kid Rock wants to go back to a "fun" sound after getting "serious" with Rick Rubin.
"We've already started writing for the next record and talking about the feel and where we want to go with it," he said. "I think Born Free was kind of a transitional record with Rick Rubin and going into the rootsy, American Blues/Rock & Roll vibe."
Now he's looking for something with "maybe a Cocky feel
some really good, fun rock songs to some of the country stuff to some of the mix of hip-hop and rock and blues and try to make a nice mix of a record. But a fun record, not serious." more on this story
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(Rock News Desk) AC/DC singer Brian Johnson says he began wearing his trademark cap because he didn't want to be recognized doing a day job after he fell from fame in 1976.
Four years before he replaced Bon Scott in what would become the biggest rock band in the world, Johnson found himself broke and unemployed following his departure from Newcastle outfit Geordie.
The band had enjoyed four top-twenty hits including All Because of You, which reached number six in 1973 so when Johnson found himself working as a windshield fitter he didn't want anyone to connect him with his previous success. more on this story
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(Gibson) Much of the talk about Paul McCartney's latest re-releases has centered around his critically acclaimed 1970 album, McCartney. But another classic by the Beatle bassist is also set for release in a "deluxe" format later this month.
McCartney II was Macca's first solo album in 10 years when it was released in 1980. Among the tracks on the album was the single, "Coming Up," which went to #1 in the U.S. in June of that year.
The song is largely remembered for its video, which cast Paul and wife Linda in a variety of roles in a fictional band called The Plastic Macs (a play on John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band).
Vanity Fair has posted an exclusive look at the making of the video here
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(Rock News Desk) Exodus will never offer former singer Steve 'Zetro' Souza another chance to rejoin the band, says Gary Holt.
The guitarist's vow comes after the current Hatriot frontman told journalists he was sure he'd return to the thrash outfit for a third stint at some point in the future.
But Holt says he's had his chance and replacement Rob Dukes is a permanent fixture and has criticised Zetro for putting Hatriot in a difficult position with his comments. more on this story
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Kaiser Chiefs released their fourth studio album, The Future is Medieval, on Friday via a brand new digital platform on www.kaiserchiefs.com through Fiction / B-Unique Records.
Fans heard about the release of the new record for the first time on Friday, the same day they are given the chance to purchase the new music.
The album is the sound of a group in prolific form as evidenced by the quality of all 20 tracks released today. The band's intention is to create a music experience that can be shared and enjoyed by all and, at the same time, revitalize and subvert the industry standard. more on this story
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Rolling Stones Keith Richards is set to be awarded with the Brass Balls award for his contributions to the music industry.
The honor will be bestowed upon Richards by Robert De Niro during Spike TV's "Guys Choice" event which taped on Saturday and is set to premiere this Friday, June 10thJune 10 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
"Keith Richards is a rock-n-roll superhero who lives his life the way he plays his music...balls to the wall," said Casey Patterson, EVP, event production, talent and studio relations, Spike TV. "Our audience doesn't just want to honor Keith Richards, they want to be Keith Richards." more on this story
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(Gibson) Journey are in the midst of a big summer tour, and they're trying to figure out the best way to incorporate their new songs with their back catalog of hits. The veteran rockers have just released a new studio album, Eclipse their second with singer Arnel Pineda and are trekking the globe with Foreigner, Styx, Night Ranger, Kansas and others.
Guitarist Neal Schon recently told Ultimate Classic Rock about Journey's set list selection. "We have the greatest hits we have to play that every night," he said. "We have all these great ballads, which have already proven themselves and people wanna hear every night, so I mean, where do we find room to stick more of this new stuff in our set, when we have an hour-and-a-half to play?
"I felt there were a lot of grooves that we were missing in our set; funky rock grooves and stuff like that, and I just felt ready for more [of] what I wanted to play on stage." more on this story
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(Gibson) News out of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is that the latest Irvine Welsh film adaptation should be a treat for music fans. Based on a story by the Trainspotting author, Ecstasy is being helmed by director Rob Heydon and shot in the Canadian city. The Sault Star reports that the film has several musical connections.
Chief among those connections is a killer soundtrack, featuring Arcade Fire, Brian Eno, Paul Oakenfold, Aphex Twin, Deadmau5 and Primal Scream. According to Heydon, Welsh's prior success helped pave the way to some of the music rights. "I think based on the success of Trainspotting it was easier to get the music than the average Canadian film," he said. "It'll surprise a lot of people."
Sharp-eyed viewers will also catch a glimpse of a Canadian musical legend in the film's cast. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson reportedly plays an "unconventional physician" in the movie. more on this story
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(Gibson) Roots drummer ?uestlove has announced that he and his band are working on a orchestral influenced concept album. According to Billboard.com, ?uestlove said: "This is going to be our first full-fledged narrative concept album. It's going to be a challenge to figure out how to get from point A to B or in this case, point B to point A, and have it seem natural."
He said the sound would be "heavy on sort of orchestral chamber music with harder beats in it."
The band are keeping the album title secret for now, but did let on that it has an "unusual spelling." The drummer said, "It's a one-word title that's spelled incorrectly... what a way to tease you, right?" more on this story
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(Big Hassle) Against Me! have launched their own record label, which they are calling Total Treble Music. Within the US and Canada, the label will be distributed via RED/MRI and will be the home of all future Against Me! releases.
Having spent their career on both major and independent labels of varying sizes, the creation of Total Treble Music will afford the band full control of their creative and professional destiny moving forward. The band hopes to partner with other labels for the rest of the world for future releases. more on this story
In addition to the band's label news, Against Me! are gearing up for the release of their brand new two-song 7"/digital release. Recorded at the storied Smart Studios in Madison, WI, prior to its closing, "Russian Spies"/"Occult Enemies" will be released via Sabot Productions on June 14.
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(hennemusic) Rush recently released the 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their 1981 classic, "Moving Pictures," complete with an audiophile surround sound mix, music videos, rare photos, and more.
At quadruple platinum in the U.S., "Moving Pictures" was the band's eighth studio album and remains its biggest selling release to date, highlighted by the group's best-known track, "Tom Sawyer," as well as the hit "Limelight," radio favorite "Red Barchetta" and Grammy®-nominated instrumental "YYZ."
In a new interview recorded for CBC-TV Canada's "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight," drummer Neil Peart was asked to break down the album song-by-song. "That was an important time musically and a great time for the three of us in terms of having a good time and sharing our goals and making music," says Peart. "There was nothing self-indulgent or so-called pretentious about it. It was true boyish enthusiasm that was involved in creating all those things. We were progressing and learning and developing taste at the same time." more on this story
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Screaming Jets frontman Dave Gleeson has been confirmed as a guest vocalist for the Bon Scott Birthday Concert. Here are the details we were sent: Already being hailed as the new 'Party Boys', Australian rockers Raise The Flag lure two ex members of rock legends AC/DC for the first time! In a world first they join the lineup and help Oz rock fans celebrate the world's #1 rock singer, Bon Scott on his 65th Birthday weekend.
On the rhythm section Simon Wright (UK/USA), best known for his drum work with AC/DC, UFO, DIO and who recorded on albums 'Fly On The Wall', 'Who Made Who', 'Blow Up Your Video' along with six DIO albums, joins Mark Evans, bass man during AC/DC's rise to fame in the 70's and who's work is on albums 'High Voltage', 'TNT', 'Let There Be Rock' and 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap'.
Bon but not Forgotten features wild man Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets and Anthony 'Skenie' Skene from The Poor, both these singers have performed in other Raise The Flag at other shows across Australia and bring their own energy to the Bon lyrics. This all-star line-up drives a sensational guitar sector with ex The Angels star, James Morley and Rogue Shark Mick Adkins splitting the twin Marshall stacks with the latter taking on the big task of laying down Angus solos with the pair delivering the songs in true 'Young' fashion. more on this story
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(Sub) MTK: Music To Know Festival announces daily line-ups: Saturday August 13: Vampire Weekend, Matt & Kim, Tame Impala, M. Ward, Tom Tom Club, We Are Scientists, Francis and the Lights, Suddyn, and Nicos Gun.
Sunday, August 14: Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Ra Ra Riot, Dawes, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Naked and Famous, The Limousines, and the Young Empires.
The festival will be held at Runway 4 in East Hampton. The music begins at noon each day, ending at 10PM. More info
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(Gibson) It seems like Def Leppard are almost always on the road, which means guitarist Phil Collen has plenty of stories about some of the strange things that have happened on stage. He recently talked to Revolver magazine about such hi-jinks some of which turned quite dangerous.
Collen recalled being hit with a women's stiletto shoe while performing in Portland, Oregon. He said that the women's "[expletive]-me pump" gave him a black eye and resulted in him having to have cataract surgery a couple of years later.
But a shoe is hardly the strangest thing that's landed on a Def Leppard stage. According to the guitarist the list includes, "ninja stars, scissors, a live cat" and certain items of a more sexual nature. more on this story
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(Gibson) Grammy-winning guitarist Pat Metheny will release a new album of covers on June 14. The album, titled What's It All About, comprises the jazz great's personal interpretations of 10 classic songs, including tracks by The Beatles, Burt Bacharach, Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters and more.
Guitar fans will find special interest in Metheny's sonic choices. He recorded most of the record using an acoustic baritone guitar, with a few notable exceptions. The surf classic, "Pipeline," is played on an acoustic six-string, and The Beatles' "And I Love Her" was recorded with a nylon six-string. More exotic, though, is Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence," which was played on a 42-string (yes, you read that correctly) custom-made "Pikasso" guitar.
"It is a song I have always loved," Metheny said in a press release. "I am a huge fan of Paul Simon, in general. I had been experimenting with a way to play this piece on the Pikasso for a while. The challenges of keeping everything going on that guitar are significant, and the material needs to lend itself to that axe to make it work. In fact, at the core of that instrument is a six-string guitar that, for years, I have had in the same baritone tuning that I used on One Quiet Night (that is where the bass notes come from). This is one of the few tunes on the record where I stay in one key for the whole tune and the way I have that instrument set up is ideal for that kind of an approach." more on this story
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(ABCPR) The Dear Hunter will launch their first-ever headlining U.S. tour on July 15 in San Francisco, CA.
The trek is set to also conclude in the Golden State, when it wraps on August 27 in Pomona, CA.
As with their recent outing with dredg, fans will be treated to new music from the forthcoming nine-EP collection, The Color Spectrum, which is due out June 14 on Triple Crown Records. more on this story
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On this day in 1962, the first Beatles recording session took place at Abbey Road Studios. The group recorded four tracks, including "Love Me Do," which earned the four musicians £7.10 ($12.07) each for their session work. Gibson takes a look back: After Decca Records famously turned down The Beatles ("Guitar groups are on the way out, Mr. Epstein
"), George Martin was there to swoop the Fab Four up for the EMI imprint Parlophone. Elation, however, quickly turned to sadness when the boys were greeted back in Germany with the news that Sutcliffe had suddenly died from a brain hemorrhage.
The Beatles regrouped from that tragedy and on this day in 1962 went into London's Abbey Road Studios to record for the first time under Martin's direction. They recorded four songs, including "Love Me Do," which would eventually though not from this particular recording become The Beatles' first hit, climbing to #17 in the U.K. and #1 in the States (it was re-released in the U.K. 1982, peaking at #4.) McCartney wrote most of "Love Me Do," with Lennon contributing a bit in the middle.
It was readily apparent to Martin during that first session at Abbey Road Studios that Pete Best wasn't going to cut it on drums, so he brought it up to Epstein, who spoke with the band (minus Best). Martin recalled in his book, Summer of Love, "On the 6 June Beatles' session (audition) I decided that Pete Best had to go [and said to Epstein] I don't care what you do with Pete Best; but he's not playing on any more recording sessions. I'm getting a session drummer in." more on this story
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(Gibson) Larry Carlton has announced a series of tour dates in North America and Europe. The Larry Carlton Trio kicked off the tour with a series of shows at The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, a run that began last night.
After scheduled performances in Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxemburg, Carlton will return to the U.S. with a performance with the Nashville Symphony on September 30.
Carlton also announced the launch of an "all-new" LarryCarlton.com. The updated website features news, tour dates, a video library, a new music section and more. The site also features a new Larry Carlton Store, featuring CDs, DVDs, instructional courses and more. more on this story
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(ESM) Basement are hitting the road for a July UK tour supporting their label mates, Title Fight.
The tour will start July 6th, the day after their debut LP, 'I Wish I Could Stay Here' is released on Run For Cover Records.
On the off dates of the tour the band will play a record release show in their hometown of Ipswich, UK as well as a show in Norwich, UK with Polar Bear Club and Man Overboard. more on this story
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(Chipster) Candlelight Red are on the road supporting Egypt Central throughout June.
They are touring in support of their debut single, "Closer," which impacted radio last week with WZBH in Ocean City, KHTQ in Spokane, KFRQ in McAllen and WAQX in Syracuse, WKLC in Huntington WV and KBRE in Merced, CA all adding the song out of the box.
The group recently finished work on 'The Wreckage' with producer David Ivory (Silvertide, Halestorm and The Roots) which is projected to be released in July on Imagen Records. more on this story
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Today Unleash The Archers vocalist Brittney Hares tells us about "Battle In The Shadow (Of The Mountain)" from their new album "Demons Of The AstroWaste". Here is the story:
This song was written quite early during the formation of the story for the album. It details the battle between the rebels, led by our protagonist, and the Dark Army, led by the General. The album is a concept piece, describing the tale of a man that salvages a sword from a long-abandoned Earth. However, the sword is incredibly powerful, and slowly corrupts his soul to evil.
This song marks the point where our mercenary completely loses himself to the sword and destroys everyone, including his own friends and lover. I tried my best to describe the scene with both concrete and abstract terminology... I wanted the listener to imagine being the rebels, entirely terrified, expecting only death, watching the Dark Army assemble in the valley below.
The part at the end is my favorite... The boys did an amazing job of writing instrumentals that encompassed the agonizing, yet triumphant emotion our mercenary experiences after slaying two armies almost single-handedly. I really enjoy singing that part, and I hope our fans are just as affected by it as I am :)
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!
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