Day in Rock Report for 06/09/2011
(hennemusic) This wasn't hard to predict. A mashup has been created featuring Lady Gaga's "Judas" and a song by metal legends Judas Priest.
The second single off Gaga's "Born This Way" was inspired by a Priest connection. "I've had lots of ex-boyfriends betray me — a**holes, we all have them — and in particular there was one who loved Judas Priest, loved heavy metal," Gaga told Britain's MTV.
"Originally, I began to write the song about an ex-lover, who betrayed me, who loved heavy metal music and then as I started to write the lyrics, I thought about Judas and the biblical implications and how Judas was the betrayer. So I thought of a more beautiful and liberating way to tackle the message of the song — we attack the idea by saying my ex-boyfriend betrayed me and this person in my life haunts me but I forgive them and we'll move on to make room for what's good." more on this story
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(Gibson) When it comes to Metallica merchandise, there is apparently no "Thing That Should Not Be." In fact, the Big Four headliners have just announced the upcoming release of a product even suitable for family game night: Metallica Monopoly.
That's right, James Hetfield and company are joining the ranks of KISS, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles with their own licensed version of the popular Parker Brothers/Hasbro board game.
According to the band's official website, the game will be available next week. No "Battery" necessary. more on this story
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(Rock News Desk) Alice Cooper once found himself in a hotel penthouse holding a gun to Elvis Presley's head – with the King ordering him to pull the trigger.
The shock-rocker took a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet one of his all-time heroes in 1971, but could never have imagined how it would pan out.
"Elvis took took me into the kitchen, opened a drawer, pulled out a loaded pistol and told me to put it to his head. I didn't know what to do. I was expecting one of his security men to come in any second, see me holding a gun and shoot me dead," Cooper tells the Mirror. "But a little voice in my ear was telling me, 'Go on – this is history. You'll always be the guy who killed Elvis.' In my other ear was a voice saying, 'You can't kill Elvis. Wound him and you'll only get a few years.' Find out what happened next
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(Gibson) The past year has seen a slew of rumors pertaining to a Beach Boys reunion since the band celebrate their 50th anniversary next year. Surviving original Beach Boys Mike Love, Brian Wilson and Al Jardine have talked about reforming.
Last month Wilson told BBC 6 Music about his reunion thoughts: "Nothing's really holding me back. I just don't know if I want to be around those guys, you know. They're zany guys. They're crazy."
But now Brian Wilson has scuppered any plans according to Music-news.com. Talking to the Village Voice about a Beach Boys reunion, Wilson said: "I don't know anything about that. I don't really have a relationship with the other members right now, and I'm not really interested in them." more on this story
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(BMN) Devildriver have entered the studio with producer Mark Lewis (All That RemainS, Trivium, Chimaira) to begin recording a cover version of Metallica's "Holier Than Thou" for a 20th-anniversary tribute to Metallica's self-titled album. more
(Bob Merlis) We told you about the ZZ Top debut onboard Soyuz spacecraft; NASA has just posted video of astronauts/cosmonauts with "Flyin' High" playing. Check it out here
(FMQB) U2 have delayed plans to release a new album in 2011, and tell Rolling Stone their next studio album probably won't be released until 2012. The band has been working regularly on new material during their extensive U2 360 tour more
(BW&BK) According to the Winnipeg Free Press, KISS' Gene Simmons has entered into the debate on what the return of Winnipeg's NHL team should be named. "The Winnipeg Destroyers," says Simmons, with the obvious tie-in to KISS' legendary 1976 album Destroyer. more
Black Country Communion – the English-American rock supergroup featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa – will be the featured LIVE guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, June 8 at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK(7625).
(hennemusic) Paul Rodgers will be performing his Free classic, "All Right Now," prior to the start of the Vancouver Canucks' NHL Stanley Cup Playoff home game versus the Boston Bruins this Friday at Rogers Arena. more
(Billboard) Stage producer Vivek Tiwary ("The Addams Family", "American Idiot") has landed unprecedented rights to Beatles songs for his debut film, "The Fifth Beatle," about manager Brian Epstein more
(BW&BK) Mötley Crüe are set to play three shows in Australia this September with Poison frontman Bret Michaels on the bill as support. more
Vevo will exclusively live stream the 2011 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Friday, June 10 beginning at Noon ET (5pm BT) - Saturday, June 11 beginning at 11:30am ET (4:30pm BT) and Sunday, June 12 beginning at 12:30pm ET (5:30pm BT). Performances include: Florence + The Machine, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, The Strokes and many more. here
(BW&BK) Dates for former Mötley Crüe vocalist John Corabi's acoustic summer tour with Cinderella are confirmed. Corabi is currently finishing up his new acoustic CD, which will be released this summer. more
All Shall Perish will be releasing a new full-length this summer. The album is titled "This Is Where It Ends" and it will hit stores on July 26th (in North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. Lambgoat has one of the new songs here
Take It Back!, Rust Belt Lights, and Boys No Good will be touring together this summer more
On this day in 1972, Elvis Presley made entertainment history by performing four sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. George Harrison, John Lennon, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Art Garfunkel were among the music stars attending the shows, which were recorded and became the album Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden.
On this day in 1972, Bruce Springsteen signed with Columbia Records and started assembling the E Street Band from various Asbury Park ex-bandmates. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here.
Happy Birthday Les Paul
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(Gibson) Jack White has denied that he's involved in writing the score for the movie version of The Kinks' Schoolboys In Disgrace album.
According to NME.com, The Kinks' Ray Davies recently talked to the BBC about White's involvement in the film. He said that White is "a great technical player and would bring some great anarchy to it, which is in keeping with the script."
A White spokesperson, however, issued this denial: "Jack White has great respect for The Kinks and the film's director, Bobcat Goldthwait, but has no plans to record any music for the film as erroneously reported." more on this story
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(Gibson) Sixty-year-old guitarist Mick Mars has told the Dallas Observer that he has plans beyond playing "Girls, Girls, Girls" forever.
"I think that bands get tired of playing certain songs because they've played them for so long, year after year after year," Mars said. He's still enjoying that, though, with the Crüe's fans choosing their current set list via an online poll. "Some of those songs we haven't played in 20 years, like "Smokin' in the Boys' Room," Mars admitted.
But Mars also has other plans. He revealed he recently jammed with jazz legend George Benson and they bonded over a common-love of Wes Montgomery. The session so affected Mars that he's now considering releasing a solo effort of R&B, soul, and blues songs. It will happen "if and when I find the right people," he said. "I found the right drummer, and I've asked Macy Gray if she'd like to guest on it," he said. "It's not going to be anything like Mötley Crüe." more on this story
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(Gibson) Country legend Glen Campbell is getting the all-star rock and roll treatment for his final album. The singer and session guitarist is bowing out of the record business this year with his last ever album, Ghost on the Canvas, which arrives August 13.
Jakob Dylan, Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices and Paul Westerberg from The Replacements have penned songs for the record, while guest artists include Billy Corgan, Dick Dale, Chris Isaak and Rick Nielsen.
Campbell, who is a Country Music Hall of Famer, scored over 80 top ten hits and sold over 45 million albums. Aside from his career as a singer, he was also a prized L.A. session player, working on records by Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and The Monkees. more on this story
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Machine Head have announced a September 27th release date for their new album via Roadrunner Records and the first song from the effort is coming next week.
The as-yet untitled new album is being recorded at JingleTown Studios in Oakland, with frontman Robb Flynn producing. more on this story
An advance mix of a new song "Locust" will be on sale at iTunes on June 14th and will be included on an iTunes Mayhem digital sampler. Download cards for the digital sampler will be distributed at every date of the REDMF so fans can redeem the song after being summarily kicked in the face by Machine Head's always devastating live show.
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Death Cab for Cutie's new album "Codes And Keys," has entered the Billboard 200 at no 3, marking the week's top chart debut.
With total sales in excess of 102,000, the album is also #1 on both the "Top Alternative Albums" and "Top Digital Albums" charts (with downloads comprising 57% of the first-week sales).
DCFC has spent much of the past month on a sold-out tour of intimate venues, a trek that concludes tomorrow night at The Fillmore in San Francisco. The show will be taped for broadcast on both MTV.com and VH1.com, with an airdate currently slated for next week. more on this story
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(Gibson) Lynyrd Skynyrd will serve as the theme of a new restaurant set to open in Las Vegas, the band has announced. Ready for business this fall will be Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer, located at the Excaliber Hotel & Casino. In addition to featuring reams of memorabilia on display, the restaurant will showcase cover bands playing all the Skynyrd hits, plus (it's hinted) perhaps the occasional appearance from Skynyrd themselves.
In a prepared statement, the restaurant's proprietors said their philosophy "will quite simply be to rock the house. As guests walk in they will immediately be transported to a setting reminiscent of Hell House, the ram-shackled structure in the backwoods of Jacksonville where the Skynyrd sound originated."
Craig Gilbert, a partner in the corporate entity that came up with the concept, added that "Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer will embrace the band's unique spirit and the lifestyle it so proudly defined." more on this story
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(Gibson) Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea, has given a personally customized bass guitar and lessons up for prizes in an eBay auction.
According to the Daily Express, Flea's graffiti decorated bass will benefit the 1983 documentary, Style Wars. The auction will raise money for restoring the film's negatives.
Aside from the decorated bass, Flea is also offering special one-on-one lessons to the highest bidder. Actors Brad Pitt and James Franco and director Spike Jonze are also taking part in the auction. more on this story
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(Gibson) Sex Pistols legend John Lydon had developed a speech impediment after oral surgery. According to the Daily Express, the singer, once dubbed "Johnny Rotten" for his bad teeth, had suffered from infections and abscesses recently.
Lydon told the Sheffield Star, "I'm not a vegetarian. I'm smart enough to realize I've got two sets of teeth in my mouth and I want to use both. Actually I have very few real teeth left. That's something my parents didn't pass on to me. They passed many good things on, but dental health wasn't one of them.
"I have to keep having them done and they keep getting infections. I'm just recovering from a double abscess. I've had eight stitches in the front of my mouth so my top lip is sewn over the top gum so I'm talking a little strange. Every time I laugh the stitches pull." more on this story
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(The Metal Den) TMD has obtained extremely rare live audio of Metallica performing a cover of the Misfits song "London Dungeon."
The recording took place on August 24, 1985 at Ruthie's Inn in Berkeley, California, as part of a secret gig that was essentially a warm up for their historic "Day on The Green" concert. more on this story
The Day on The Green had the young, rising band sharing the bill with the likes of Scorpions, Ratt, and Y&T on August 31, 1985 at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA.
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Eagle Rock have announced a June 28 CD and DVD release date for The Doobie Brothers Live At The Greek Theatre 1982.
The rafters of Berkeley, California's famed Greek Theater shook with rock'n'roll fervor as the final date of the final tour of hometown heroes The Doobie Brothers brought many in the crowd that night to tears. Billed as their "Farewell Tour," the band, guitarist/vocalist Pat Simmons, keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald, drummer Keith Knudson, guitarist/violinist/harmonica player John McFee, saxophonist/keyboardist/flautist Cornelius Bumpus, drummer/percussionist Chet McCracken, bassist Willie Weeks, and conga player Bob LaKind, pulled out all the stops on a set that revisited their every era.
This incredible night included the surprise return of band co-founder Tom Johnston for the final two numbers. On their biggest hit, "Listen To The Music," original member John Hartman also joined the band as did former members Tiran Porter and Michael Hossack. It would prove to be the last onstage Doobie Brothers music for five years. more on this story
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(Gibson) On this day in 1964, Bob Dylan first recorded one of his most famous songs. "Mr. Tambourine Man" was a song the folk artist had written earlier in the year, around the same time as "Chimes of Freedom." Unlike "Chimes," with its politically conscious bent, "Tambourine" took the young songwriter into new territory.
It's thought that Dylan began writing the song during a trip to Mardi Gras and that the colorful and often surrealistic imagery in the song ("your magic swirling ship") was directly inspired by the festivities in New Orleans. Some critics and writers have found references to the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud, while Dylan himself later said that he was influenced by Federico Fellini's La Strada when writing the song.
Many have theorized that "Mr. Tambourine Man" is about drugs – specifically LSD – with the title character serving as code for a drug dealer. But Dylan has denied this, largely because he hadn't even tried LSD at the time the song was written. So who is "Mr. Tambourine Man"? Some have suggested it's Bob's muse, or that it's the Pied Piper, a gospel preacher or even Jesus Christ. A more literal interpretation links the song to guitarist Bruce Langhorne, because he brought a four-inch deep Turkish frame drum – similar to a tambourine – to a previous Dylan recording session. more on this story
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(Gibson) Beady Eye will film their Isle of Wight performance for the video of their new single "The Beat Goes On."
According to NME.com, Liam Gallagher and band will perform at the festival on June 12.
"The Beat Goes On'" has a release date of July 11, and the B-side will be a new song, "In the Bubble with a Bullet." more on this story
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(Gibson) Rush's drum maestro Neil Peart recently spoke about his inspiration as a young drummer to Joe Bosso at MusicRadar.com. Peart explained that he learned to play by listening to records by his favorite artists: "When I was growing up, I played along to the radio, so I played along to Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Association and The Byrds, and I was really playing along to Hal Blaine. He played on all of those records and so many more. There was another drummer who said that he was shattered to find out that his six favorite drummers were all Hal Blaine!"
Peart also talked at length about his philosophy on solos. "If drummers are 'anti-solo,' that's up to them. They're musicians, and they can play whatever they want. But my inspirations early on were people like Buddy Rich, seeing him on The Tonight Show, or Gene Krupa. I think of The Gene Krupa Story movie, which opens with an overhead shot of him playing so energetically and beautifully...
"Stewart Copeland, who's a good buddy of mine, he's very anti-drum solo, too. Yet he jokes that when he was a kid, around the same era as I was, that any drummer who didn't play drum solos was 'lame.' But it can be too much of a good thing, sure. Take John Bonham, who's a drummer I greatly admire: I watch some of his performances, and they're fantastic, but you know, it gets long and self-indulgent." more on this story
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(Fresno) Katatonia are teaming up with Opeth for a six week North American tour, dubbed the "Heritage Tour", which will conquer over 30 cities across the US and Canada beginning in September.
Guitarist Anders Nyström issued the following statement in anticipation of this monumental combination of Swedish metal heavyweights:
"Both you and we know that North America damn well deserves to see more of Katatonia, right? So how could we possibly resist heading back to the states this fall when Opeth are giving us the opportunity to be their special guests? It was just a matter of time before it had to happen again. Yes we toured together in the same formation ten years ago in Europ,e and not only was that tour very well received by both bands' fans, but we also shared a great ride together as long time friends. Some people have even been calling this bill their 'dream line-up', so it's only fair that the loyal fans in North America now get their piece of the cake too! So come out and see us on this great tour and remember we're playing headlining sideshows as well! Looking forward! Cheers!" more on this story
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Journey's Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Arnel Pineda stopped by the BBC last Friday for an interview with BBC's Breakfast Time.
They discussed their new album Eclipse, their new single ("City of Hope") and the unprecedented resurgence of "Don't Stop Believin'." The interview is available here
Journey is currently touring in the UK, kicking off the European leg of The Eclipse Tour on June 3 to a sold-out crowd at London's Wembley Arena, with special guests Foreigner and Styx. more on this story
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(Gibson) Dominic Winter Auctioneers in England will auction drawings of Paul McCartney's never seen '70s cartoon character, Bruce McMouse, on June 16.
According to the Guardian, The Bruce McMouse Show was filmed but never released. The drawings, done by McCartney and his family in 1973, see McCartney's creation, Bruce McMouse, smoking a pipe. Bruce's wife, Yvonne, is pictured in her curlers, and there are also sketches of Bruce's music loving daughter Soily.
Chris Albury from Dominic Winter stated: "The Bruce McMouse Show … was intended as a one-hour, part-animated, film for ITV with two advert breaks. The idea was to show concert footage from the Wings Over Europe tour of 1972 interspersed with animation action relating to the cartoon characters Bruce McMouse and family living under the floorboards of the stage. Although it was completed, it's never been shown." more on this story
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Main Man Records have announced a June 28 release date for Take It Or Leave It, a tribute to The Runaways featuring music legends like David Johansen and Bebe Buell, indie rockers like The Dandy Warhols and Care Bears on Fire, old school bands like Starz and The Adolescents, one TV icon (Robbie Rist) and two of The Runaways. The interpretations of 36 songs are so diverse and some are just totally unexpected.
A donation from the proceeds will be made to a cancer research foundation in the name of Sandy West, The Runaways' late drummer.
Take It Or Leave It is a 2-disc collection with 36 tracks that span The Runaways entire catalog. Their best known songs, like "Cherry Bomb" and "Queens Of Noise," are represented alongside more obscure tunes like "Hollywood" and "Born To Be Bad." The fullness of the selection makes it evident how generations of artists, from L7 and The Go-Gos to Redd Kross and Guns n' Roses, call back to the passion-fueled rock sensibility of The Runaways. more on this story
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(Sub) Drum Channel have announced that the next Band Concert will be Mike Cosgrove with the original line up of Alien Ant Farm (AAF). The whole band will be in the Drum Channel studios, playing exclusively several songs in a free live broadcast on Thursday 23rd June 2011 at 6:00pm PDT. They will all also take part in a special live interview.
AAF's original members Mike Cosgrove (Drums), Tye Zamora (Bass), Terry Corso (Guitar) and Dryden Mitchell (Vocals) were reunited in 2010 and are currently working on new material prior to the release of a new album later this year.
Mike Cosgrove visit to Drum Channel with the band will be an exciting opportunity to see Mike's technique close-up in action, plus you can check out more of Mike's playing on DrumChannel.com with his side band Mystery Schools and see his splash hi-hat technique on Mike's Secrets From the Pros Lesson also on the DC website.
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Favored Nations sent over word that Phil Soussan, famously known for writing Ozzy Osbourne's "Shot In the Dark", releases his brand new solo album entitled "No Protection" as a follow up to "Vibrate", his first critically acclaimed album.
Phil has played with the likes of rock legends such as Ozzy Osbourne, Vince Neil, Billy Idol, Steve Lukather, Richie Kotzen and with an early version of "The Firm", formed by legendary Led Zeppelin guitar player Jimmy Page.
"No Protection" is the culmination of 3 years' work, recording, producing and mixing a collection of 13 songs that were all written over a period of about a year. The songs are a reflection of the idea that in life, time waits for no one. "What is unique about this album is that I felt the inspiration to record an album on which I play virtually all of the instruments and perform all of the vocals." Phil said. "I had always wanted to play all the instruments on a record, ever since I saw McCartney do just that; it was a very tough and tricky thing to do but I have become a better musician for it! I am very proud of this CD" more on this story
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(Sub) MonstrO announce a September 6, 2011 release date for their self-titled debut release through Vagrant Records.
The Atlanta, Georgia-headquartered psychedelic hard rock band recorded MonstrO in just 14 days with Alice in Chains vocalist William DuVall in the producer's seat.
"We didn't waste a moment (in the studio), and it worked like a band is supposed to work," said bassist Kyle Sanders. "The album gets spacey, dreamy, and tripped-out, and then it gets straight-up heavy. I want it to be some kind of escape for people and for them to walk away from it happy and feeling completed in some way." more on this story
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Equal Vision Records will release I the Mighty's new EP, which was produced by Erik Ron [Panic! At The Disco, VersaEmerge, Foxy Shazam], this Fall.
I the Mighty will take their dark, moody, ambient sounds on the road this summer, as they co-headline a west coast tour with Sacramento, CA's A Lot Like Birds.
"Signing with Equal Vision is truly a dream come true for us. We have all been fans of many artists on the EVR roster since we were kids and it's been a goal of ours to work with a label of such a respectable caliber," states Walsh. "We're thrilled to begin this partnership and couldn't be more stoked on what is to come." more on this story
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(Big Hassle) The Wandas have announced the August 30th release of their new self-titled album.
The band approached this collection of road-tested songs with a retro recording process, determined to bring back the warmth and natural ambient feel of 60's and 70's recordings.
Surrounding themselves with rich instruments such as a Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Hammond B3 Organ and analog delay pedals, the band recorded this beautiful new album in six days, most of the songs completed in 3 takes or less. more on this story
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At A Loss Recordings have announced the vinyl and digital North American release of Whitehorse's latest album, Progression.
Progression was initially released early this year on CD by Sweat Lung Records, to coincide with Whitehorse's 2011 American tour. The brutal venture took the band through a massive amount of the country, including several performances at this year's SXSW as well as a full Southeast/East Coast tour alongside The Body, who they not only co-released a split 7" with but who are also now labelmates with via At A Loss Recordings.
At A Loss will release Progression digitally on July 5, 2011, and the deluxe LP vinyl format will be released later in the Summer; the lacquers are currently being cut at Chicago Mastering Service by Jason Ward, and a final release date will be announced shortly. more on this story
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Today Jo Johnsrud from Shraphead tells us about "Nothingness" from their brand new album "Blind & Seduced". Here is the story:
Hi there crazy metalfans! This is Jo Johnsrud, guitar/singer in Shraphead.
We have just released our debut album. The song I am gonna talk about is "Nothingness". This is a very dark and emotional song for me. And I tend to get my anger and frustration out in the music.
That way I feel the music get's more value.. for me anyway.. The worst thing i know is music that is completely dead, and one dimensional. Anyway.. the song began to take form when i was at friends house, André and Kim. We were sitting and watching something on tv, and me as always with the guitar on my lap. Suddenly, the verse riff came to my mind, and we all loved it instantly. It was natural to give it a dark theme feel. Because right then I had
a very difficult time in my life. And it felt like after we made the song, I could move on, and that helped me a lot.
It also sets a perspective on how much energy the song contains. The song is about how people in the society, have to add up to the expectations from the mainstream crowd with the "pop culture" attitude.. and if you for example are sitting alone over a period of time in your life, and maybe are afraid to step out, because of the cruel welcoming you know your gonna get. Well I can't blame them. I sing in the song: "Bringin on the storm just to be alone."
And i think that explains it all.
Where the influences comes from I have no clue.. probably from some of my old favorites like Metallica and Machine Head which I keep dear to my heart. But i think it would be incredible naive to rule out any other possible source of influences. Hope you enjoy the song that is nr. 8 on the album Blind & Seduced. Peace
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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Pyle is now a producer and a veteran of the Juno-winning Canadian band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet but back in 76, where this photo essay begins, he was an underage teenager sneaking into the nightclubs of Toronto just as the punk scene was coming to a head.
- Read the full Trouble in the Camera Club: A Photographic Narrative of Toronto's Punk History 1976-1980 review
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