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Here are the top stories from this past week's Day in Rock report
The band had this to say about the Grammys appearance, "First, it was a total honor to be nominated, but now this?!!? We're beyond excited that we have been invited to perform on the 59th annual Grammy Awards telecast on Sunday, February 12, 2017.
"It's been three years since we were lucky enough to participate in the awards show when we last performed with world-renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang and we're thrilled to be asked back.
"We have something very unique and special planned for this celebratory night, so tune in to watch on CBS-TV... check those local listings for your timezone and keep watching here for more information." Read morehere.
The new single is entitled "Make War" and was co-written by Moore who also contributed to the production as well as the vocals, according to the announcement.
Moore left the group in 2007 to pursue a solo career and found major success in the electronic music world under the moniker of Skrillex. Stream the new trackhere.
Speaking to The Irish Examiner he said: "When we started, genre wasn't really a thing in the business. Rock music was all encompassing. You had different bands doing different things and it was all totally fine.
"What happened was that the marketing mentality came into the business. They started breaking everything down and putting music in boxes. At that point, writers began placing us in the same box as Motley Crue. It wasn't about the music - it was a selling technique. To be compared to Motley Crue...? I took it as kind of an insult, frankly." Read morehere.
In the meantime, McVie and Lindsey Buckingham have decided to switch gears and record their first ever duets album together. The pair, along with drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, have been working at Village Studios in West Lost Angeles, where Fleetwood Mac recorded Tusk in 1979. Their new album, tentatively titled Buckingham McVie, will arrive in May.
Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, McVie discussed the creative spark she felt after reconnecting with Buckingham. "We've always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we've done between us," she said. The two wrote "World Turning" from 1975's Fleetwood Mac together, as well as a handful of songs from 1987's Tango in the Night ("Mystified," "Isn't It Midnight" and "You and I, Part II"). Read morehere.
Speaking with Yahoo! about writing the score for Patriots Day with creative partner Atticus Ross, Reznor discussed his take on the state of music today. "The Internet is giving voice to everybody thinking that someone gives a s--- what they have to say," said. "I think, in general, that has created a toxic environment for artists and led to some very safe music."
Safe music translates into boring music, according to Reznor. "Artists are trying to make music to please the tastemakers that tell the sheep what to like," he added. "It's a vicious cycle and I think it's unhealthy. I don't see any Princes emerging on the scene today. I see a lot of people making formulaic, made to please, vegan restaurant patron-type s---." Read morehere.
With McKagan now back with Guns N' Roses for the partial band reunion, something Sorum has not been invited to take part in, the drummer is now fostering a bond with a new bassist in Kings of Chaos.
In an interview with Rob rush on the 94.3 Shark radio station, Sorum said: ""You know, I've got Robert DeLeo playing bass now [for Kings of Chaos], and we did the Hollywood Vampires together, and man, that guy is a musician.
"And it's a great thing to get out of my comfort zone, because Duff McKagan was my bass player for 25 years. We did multiple bands together - Neurotic Outsiders and Velvet Revolver and Kings of Chaos and of course Guns N' Roses."
He continued: "So it was good for me, because when you are a bass-player-[drummer] rhythm section, you create a bond and you kind of go through life with that guy, and I've always been his drummer and he's been my bass player.
"So when they went out there to do it [without me], I was, like, 'Oh, okay. Well, that's weird.' But it wasn't his decision, obviously. So I'm doing my thing, and I'm moving forward, and I get to run my own band which is great; I'm the boss.
"The only problem is everyone asks you questions all the time, so you've gotta be prepared for that, to be the boss of the band." Read morehere.
Bonnet made the revelation during an interview with MetalTalk to discuss his new studio album "The Book". Asked if he regretted leaving Rainbow, he said, "Yeah, absolutely. Because I was probably a bit too my ego was taking me somewhere else. I was a bit too cocky. But in the end, it worked out okay."
He was also asked if he had recorded vocals for the classic Rainbow song "I Surrender" and revealed, "I started to record it, yeah. I did some backing vocals and quit after the backing vocals were done, because we had nothing else. And I looked at Roger Glover, and I said, 'What else are you gonna do? I've done backing vocals. What else have you got?' 'We have nothing.' So I went back to L.A. And then they called me up a little bit later to say, 'We've got some more songs now.' I said, 'What's the point of me coming back now?' I said, 'I've decided to do something different.' [And they said] 'Well, look, if we get another singer in to do some of the songs you don't wanna do, we'll get somebody else to do those and you do what you wanna do, the songs you like.' And I said, 'No. That won't work - two singers.' So I just quit, believe it or not. What an idiot I'm kicking myself now, because I should have stayed a bit longer. And I apologized for that to the band." Watch the full interviewhere.
McMahon left the band back in late 2015 but surprised fans by joining the group at the music festival. Video footage has surfaced from the appearance and the singer made comments that make it sound like this was not just a one off reunion.
He told the audience (via Lambgoat), "I was a drug addict, I was a broke musician, and I had some f***ing issues... I got married, I did some f***ing soul searching, and now I'm back to take over the world with my fine brothers."
He then added that he was "coming back to join [his] brothers in world domination." Watch the videohere.
Pearcy spoke with Sleaze Roxx about the return of Ratt and was asked "what role did [Blotzer] really play in Ratt aside from playing the drums?" and the frontman responded, "Played drums and a pain in the a**."
He then elaborated, "The songs that he did get credit [for], we just threw him a bone. He had nothing to do with writing those songs. It's just to stop the complaining. It's like you calm the mad dog. Throw him a bone. And even on those later albums, those songs that he was able to do were not Ratt songs. They were not up to par.
"There were other people involved and you don't find out until after the fact so you know, you live and learn. It's one thing to make a living. It's another to make it on somebody else's music. Just because you were in this band doesn't mean you have control over every aspect of this band [music] you didn't write. Eventually, you're going to have to pay up." Check out the full interviewhere.
The "Rest In Peace" era Megadeth drummer died last May while performing at a music club in Los Angeles with his band OHM. Last week, TMZ reported (via Loudwire) that his mother filed his death certificate in probate court.
The drummer's mother Rose is said to have filed the certificate with the court along with other legal documents in order to be named the administrator of his estate, according to the report. Read morehere.
In November of 2015 the Eagles of Death Metal were performing at the Bataclan Theater in Paris when the venue was attacked by terrorists, 89 people were killed. The film follows the band as they return to the Bataclan in February for an emotional performance.
The trailer is brief but intense. "How do my sweetest friends unseen this," asks Josh Homme (who was not performing with the group at the time of the attack) "they can't."
"I just want to do what I'm supposed to do to make sure that everyone comes through this OK, says a tearful Jesse Hughes, "and I want it to fix me too." Watch the trailerhere.
The singer believes the over-engineering in many modern rock records is 'too perfect' as he harks for the old days of recording. "I think a lot of that has to do with musicians nowadays recording with so much computer technology that it's almost impossible to feel their real soul," he said.
"Like in a Skid Row song, like '18 And Life' or 'I Remember You' or 'Monkey Business', that's really the sound that was coming out of my mouth; it's not Pro Tools or computers or anything like that.
"They didn't exist then. And the same, obviously, with all our favourite records in the '70s and the '80s, before computer came in the scene and recording. I think that's why we can't find any good frontmen - 'cause we can't hear them behind all this technology; everything sounds too perfect. Human beings aren't perfect."
Digging further into his theories on recording vocals with the new wonders of Pro Tools and production software he continued: "I think when you record an album and you go to sing and you can give a half-assed take, and then the producer, or the engineer, puts it on his laptop and adjusts it so it sounds like a good take, but it really is a bad take, that's like the opposite of the way we used to make records.
"We used to sing it a hundred times, or however many times it took, until we found the magic, most amazing take that we could do. And that's like the opposite way of recording." Read morehere.
In the book Deanna peels the lid back on life from her perspective as her son descended into drug addiction whilst one of the five foundation stones of the greatest rock n' roll band in history.
Deanna gives an honest look at the pain and suffering caused by the abuse, which became self-destructive. A gripping display of the dangers of drug addiction overcome by the persistence of a mother's love
The book promises to take readers on a rollercoaster of emotions from the highs of being a key member of Guns N' Roses to the lows of legal battles, financial ruin, two heart attacks, multiple suicide attempts, a debilitating stroke, and numerous stints in rehab.
Steven Adler has not rejoined his old band mates for their partial reunion tour although he has been invited to make guest appearances. He rejoined the band on November 5, 2016 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina to perform one song: "My Michelle". The previous night, Adler played "Out Ta Get Me" with the group at the same venue. Read morehere.
The band recruited the former DragonForce singer at the end of 2015 to replace Tony Harnell (TNT), who was in the band briefly following the departure of longtime frontman Johnny Solinger.
Footage from a recent concert in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has surfaced online where Bolan made the following comments to fans, "I wanna make this announcement finally formal. He's been with us for a year, our new lead singer, ZP Theart.
"We're going in the studio soon to make a new record. We love this guy. He just lives too far away. We've gotta get him to move to the States, but that's coming down the road." Watch the cliphere.
The two new tracks that made their first appearance in the band's live set during their first show of 2017. "'Halo On Fire', there's a juxtaposition in all of us, good, evil, and when does that come out, when does it show itself?," explained James Hetfield to the band's fan-club magazine So What! "Some people portray themselves as real saints, and the more their darkness is, the more they have to portray themselves as saints. So you're basically getting away from the real 'you,' like you're making up for all of this stuff that you think is really bad.
"I think also what was that one show? 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'? I never saw it, but I saw some highlights of it where it was like, 'Oh, this guy is well accomplished and look at this guy.' And then he's got this basement of torture and horror all for his pleasure, and people were falling for it and wanting it. And then at the end of the day, they both bleed. It's not good for anybody." Watch that clip here and the "Now That We're Dead"here.
The special run of shows will include nine 'Reelin' In The Chips' concerts beginning on April 12th and wrapping up on the 29th with American Express presale beginning today, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. PT through Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. PT. General public tickets will be available on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m.
Steely Dan's Donald Fagen and Walter Becker will be backed by Jon Herington (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), Freddie Washington (bass), Jim Beard (keyboards), a four-piece horn section and three backup vocalists, according to the announcement. See the dateshere.
In the space of three weeks the ex-Slipknot drummer, currently playing with Vimic and Sinsaenum, went from flu symptoms to being unable to walk and paralysis from the waist down.
But now Jordison says following extensive physical therapy and continued gym sessions he is in the best shape of his life. Speaking to Neomedia Group he said: "What happened was toward the end of my Slipknot touring cycle, I became very ill - like, very sick. And like I've said before, we all know when you have a cold, we all know when you have the flu, we all know these symptoms. I suffered from asthma when I was a kid.
"There was a pain and a weirdness that I'd never felt before. And next thing I know, my legs just started failing on me. And next thing I know, my playing was going downhill, and then next thing I know, I was unable to walk. And then next thing I know, I was paralysed from the waist down. It literally happened within the span of, like, three weeks. So I instantly, of course, checked myself into the hospital and went into intensive care.
"I had amazing, amazing doctors that really were working around the clock to find out what was wrong. It turned out to be the acute transverse myelitis condition. And from then, what I did is I spent some time in the hospital, like a couple of months and started working with therapists. And next thing after that, once I got discharged from the hospital, I went into intense physical therapy. And I still stay in it. Now, even though I'm fully recovered - I'm literally stronger than I've ever been in my life - I just still stay on that regiment, man." Read morehere.
The new clip was directed by Wylde's long-time collaborator Justin Reich and follows the promo clip for "Sleeping Dogs", which featured Slipknot / Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. Watch the new visual here.
Fans can catch Wylde on the road as part of this year's Experience Hendrix Tour as well as a handful of Zakk Sabbath shows this week surrounding the annual NAMM show in Southern California. See the dateshere.
The song appears on the group's forthcoming album "I'm Only Dreaming" which is set to be released on February 17th and was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Balance & Composure, Lauryn Hill). Listen to it here.
Eisley's Sherri DuPree-Bemis had this to say about the new track,
"This song started out as a bit of a dark love song to my daughters. I struggle with sleep anxiety and it's been a dark spot in my life for years. I wrote it to them, wanting them to know they could always sleep tight because I'd always be awake, watching over them, keeping the darkness away. ('Because I'm louder than a lion, my hands wipe out the ghosts. I'm brighter than a diamond my light will shine the most').
"I realized that even if I can't sleep well, I can at least watch over my daughters as they rest peacefully; Even though being awake through the night alone can be very lonely and dark. Anthony Green wrote his own lyrics for his part, He sings, 'Lovely, let me be still tonight. Shadows circling, your eyes won't shut'. It fits so perfectly." Read morehere.
The large format (370x290mm portrait) book will be entitled "Mr Rotten's Songbook" and 1000 copies will be published. Fans can now preorder the book here.
Lydon had this to say about the inspiration for the book "I've written many songs over the years and I've always wanted to combine it all in one picturesque way. When I write songs, I think in pictures so it's the most appropriate thing I could do and looking at all the images together led to Mr Rotten's Songbook."here.
The album is set to hit stores on March 3rd and will include the following tracks: "You Asked for It", "Shinjuku Masterlord," "Smokey," "Natural Born Killer," "Flag of the Beast," "Ice Man Confessions," "Russian Hotel," "Aftermath," "Call Me Ninib," "Major Key Alert," "Turtle in a Hare Machine," "Torch," "Derelict," and "Gucci Prison." Watch the teaser here.
The band will be hitting the road for a U.S. tour with After The Burial in support of the new album. The Carry The Flame Tour will be kicking off on February 22nd in Cleveland, OH at the Agora Ballroom. See the dateshere.
The album is set to hit stores on February 17th and the new clip was filmed with director Blake Judd at Jack Brown's Joint, which is said to be Danny's favorite burger bar and watering hole. Watch it here.
Worsnop has announced some special release events in his native UK to celebrate the new album including two exclusive, intimate in-store performances shortly before the album's launch, as well as a special headlining performance in London. See the detailshere.
The digital release following the 2DVD and 2Blu-ray sets which are scheduled to hit stores on January 27th. Both are available for preorder here. We were sent the following synopsis for the new home video:
Directed by Kahlil Joseph (also known for directing Beyonce's "Lemonade" film), The Reflektor Tapes captures the band's artistic journey, from recording sessions in Jamaica and Montreal, to an impromptu gig at Carnival in Haiti - a country with which Arcade Fire have a long-standing and personal relationship - before joining them on tour with their renowned live show, playing to packed houses in London and Los Angeles and garnering rave reviews along the way. Read morehere.
The special benefit event will be spread over three dates (Feb 3rd, 4th and 5th) in Williams' hometown of New Orleans at the local music venues Siberia and Poor Boys.
The lineup for the first night is lead by Crowbar and Goatwhore. The second night will be spearheaded by sets from Eyehategod and Superjoint with the final night featuring Suplecs and Pallbearers. See the full lineuphere.