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As the band embarked on the R40 tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary, guitarist Alex Lifeson stated that it would likely be the group's last full scale tour. Lifeson has been battling psoriatic arthritis and drummer Neil Peart has chronic tendinitis.
Geddy recently sat down with The Chronicle Herald to discuss his "Big Beautiful Book of Bass" and during the conversation he was asked about the possibility of the iconic trio working together again and he responded, "I don't really know. Alex is turning into this super session guy.
"He loves playing on other people's records without the responsibilities of having to write anything other than his solo. I know he's really digging that.
"I've been doing the book, but we talk, quite a lot. We see each other quite a lot. And we visit with Neil quite often. So we're all close but I don't think we would ever do a project - the three of us.
"It's certainly possible that Alex and I would do something down the road. I can't see the three of us ever really doing anything."
The new album was produced by Greg Fidelman and during an interview with here, Corey spoke about the musical direction of the effort.
He said, "It's very dark. It's some of the darkest writing I've done in years. In the Slipknot index, this album would sit somewhere between [2001 second album] 'Iowa' and 'Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)'.
"Lyrically, it has the force of 'Iowa', but musically, it has the heaviness but the experimentation as well. It was very important for us to go somewhere crazy and make something insane."
Some of that darkness came from Corey's battle with depression that ultimately led to a divorce and the temptation to fall back into substance abuse to deal with the issues.
But Corey says that he found that dealing with those issues in the music on the new album, helped him heal. He said, "I was able to let that pain go. It means that I can kind of enjoy everything for what it is now. It's night and day from where I was two and a half years ago, so now I can listen to the music and go, 'Jesus Christ!'
"But, at the same time, it helps to know where I was. It's one thing to record something heavy; it's another to forget what inspired it. And, for me, that will never go away. My memory is long. I can tap into that, but that's it."
The Metal Voice reached out to the acclaimed frontman to inquire about setting up an interview and they shared Paul's response. He said, "Hi mate I'm going Hell at the moment waiting on surgeries my leg keeps ulcerating so they can't put in the Bionic knee yet it's very depressing ?
"I'm doing my best to stay up but it's hard I have more down days than good ? But if folks as I'm ok just at home with my crows and writing new stuff for later.
"Not really up for interviews at this time as got a lot of clinic visits and trying to focus on this ! But thank you maybe soon ? Enjoy your vacation
"I'm concentrating a lot on fund raising for the sepsis trust as the f***er almost killed me [angry/unhappy emoji] cheers."
While leaving his hotel for the event with his team, Roth stopped by his neighbor's room to say hello. "We heard some Van Halen here," said the singer to the surprised party guest who answered the door. "My name's David Lee Roth, and I'm right across the hallway."
As more guests came forward, one of them apologized for the noise, leading Roth to reply, "No, don't." Check out video of the fan encounterhere.
The album of collaborations will be hitting stores on August 30th and the new song follows the previous preview track "Redemption Day" featuring Johnny Cash.
Sheryl had this to say about the new song, "Mavis Staples means so much more to me than any words I could write about her. I feel like, in many ways, she is the Godmother to Bonnie Raitt. To say that having both of these soulful women on 'Live Wire' is a treat would be a huge understatement." Watch the video here.
Crow also had this to say about the album, "This is where my story begins; in the imagination of a young girl from Missouri who began to feel a part of a beautiful and inspiring universe of art, created by musicians who made me want to leave my small town and embark on something bigger than anything I could possibly imagine.
"As I became a mother, I've explored life through my children and seen the greater impact of our actions and voices. This collection is the Threads of both my inspirations and younger artists carrying the torch for humanity with their stories."
The song is the title track to the veteran band's forthcoming album, which was released this past Friday, May 24th. guitarist Brian had this to say, "I am very proud of this song and it's my favorite from the new album.
"It is one of the best songs I have ever co-written and cannot wait for people to hear it. I love dynamics and mood changes in songs and this has it all for me. From the clean, tension-building verse, stepping up for the bridge then dropping into a massive heavy chorus... At just over six minutes, it's an aural feast."
"It's easily the best song on this record," continues vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen. "We put so much effort into making this a true DIAMOND HEAD song from start to finish and we hope our fans feel the same."
"Pure Class; it slows the pace down," adds drummer Karl Wilcox. "Fans and new-comers will appreciate the choice of Brian's guitar work. Guitars, groove, harmonies, and hooks abound, as this track rumbles along until it reaches its thundering finale. Take a seat..." Watch the video here
Working in cooperation with Feeding America, the event asked fans to volunteer at local food banks in their communities following the success of the inaugural 2018 edition.
"We can't help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude," says Metallica. "Over 3,000 Metallica fans and AWMH supporters came out strong and showed the kind of remarkable impact that can be made when we unite to work in service of others. Thank you for making our Second Annual Day of Service a success! We hope the day will serve as year round inspiration and we encourage you to get out and give back in any way that you can, any day of the year.
"If you were looking for a way to join in this year's Day of Service but couldn't make it out to a food bank, please consider giving to our Day of Service Facebook Fundraiser," adds the group. "Every dollar makes a difference and all proceeds go directly to the Foundation, helping All Within My Hands support communities in need."here.
We Shall Be One is the most important song for Soaware, and for a very simple reason, first of all because is the first one, but above all because despite it was the first song, we got from the first notes some kind of good vibes difficult to describe.
I remember we both watched each other and we said, hey! Wow!! It works! Did we do that?! It was wired because our plan was to start doing something different from what we had done until that moment in terms of music and writing methods, but we couldn't imagine to find the right way in a short time like that, immediately, it was incredibly natural.
The plan was to start building a song structure with acoustic guitar and piano , get a couple of riffs and after that to start modeling the song with synths , samplers, drums , electric guitars and voice.
So, the plan seemed to be good , but we thought that maybe after years in a small rehearsal room with 5 or 6 people that killed each other with indescribable high volumes, so loud that it Is a sort of miracle that we still can hear something, approaching the music creation in this new methodical way was not rock enough for us.
We were worried to face limits and obstacles because the approach was completely new and too much different from our past and we were just two people thinking about all the instruments and the global sound , this last point was not a small detail at all.
But with surprise and excitement we understood it was working from the first seconds. In a while we got the verse with the acoustic guitar and the refrain using an old wall piano and Ema was so inspired that he found the voice parts immediately.
At that point we just recorded everything and we started literally transforming those acoustic instruments in something different in something electronic maybe pop but some how still a little sick as we were used to do, wanted it or not, that kind of melancholy it has been always part of our music and we didn't change our style we were just using different tools, methods , ingredients making our music.
We realized that it was totally different this is true but it was our music and we recognized ourselves in that sound. This experience also inspired the song lyrics.
Soaware band and We Shall Be One born from the desire to escape from the musical world we have been in until that moment but we knew we couldn't escape for real, because that world was and is part of us , despite we felt far from it in that moment.
This totally wired feeling is something that occurred in our life time per time and we understood that we don't have to escape from that important part of our life because we will missed it sooner or later and we'll regret it, we just need to understand what it doesn't work anymore and fix it or change it making it still ours.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself
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