Thursday, March 31, 2011

Yes Prepare To 'Fly From Home'

Yes are getting ready to release Fly From Home, their first new studio album in 10 years with legendary, two-time Grammy Award-winning producer Trevor Horn at the helm.

It all started when Horn and bassist Chris Squire re-discovered the track "Fly From Here," which has never been recorded as a studio track.

“Chris and I were talking one evening about a song ‘Fly From Here’ that we never recorded,” explains Horn. “I said I was prepared to spend two weeks with Yes recording that song. When I arrived in America to record it, I was taken prisoner by the band and only allowed my freedom again in return for producing the whole album. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

Fly From Home encompasses Yes’ signature brand of mysticism and grand-scale compositions. Maintaining a complex, symphonic sound that features the beautiful harmonies and strong heavy riffs they are known for. “The new album represents the best of Yes from the 70s and the 80s with a current twist,” states Squire.

Keyboardist Geoff Downes also reunited with the band to record Fly From Home. The album will be released on Frontiers Records July 2011. More details about the album, its packaging and the band's live plans for the rest of the year will become available shortly. In the meantime, keep up with Yes at Yes World.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Duff McKagan's 'Loaded' Celebrates Record Store Day

Fresh off their SXSW performance, Duff McKagan’s Loaded are going all out for this year’s Record Store Day! Performing at Seattle’s Easy Street Records on Saturday, April 16, the band will also release a limited edition vinyl of their new album, The Taking.

This 12” special edition of The Taking will include a 12 song digital download card. The digital download includes the track “Indian Summer,” which does not appear on the regular vinyl release (in stores April 12). The LP will only be available to Record Store Day stores. See www.recordstoreday.com for a complete store listing.

Easy Street Records is located at 20 Mercer Street, in Seattle, WA 98109. Loaded will perform at 2:00PM, and then treat fans by signing their brand new copies of the vinyl after the performance.

Duff McKagan’s Loaded is excited about being a part of the Record Store Day festivities! Click here to view their latest webisode about the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fotxxp8rjDw

For more information, please visit http://duff-loaded.com/.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Bob Seger Mixes Classics With New Material At Tour Opener

With a brand new album still in progress, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band are making due with that old time rock 'n' roll on their spring tour -- which was just fine with the 8,200 fans who attended opening night Saturday (March 26) at the sold-out Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Starting the two-month trek just over four years to the day his last tour -- supporting 2006's Face the Promise album -- wrapped, Seger and company delivered an energetic and exhaustive 25-song, two-hour and 15-minute show that began with the anthemic travelogue "Roll Me Away" and spanned his career with a few surprises stirred into the usual mix of favorites. After all, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is one of those rarefied performers who has built a large canon of hits -- "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," "Old Time Rock and Roll," "We've Got Tonight," "Turn the Page," "Katmandu," "Against the Wind," "Hollywood Nights," "Night Moves" -- that absolutely have to be played or he won't get out of the building alive.

Those were all there, but Seger also used the tour opener for the live debut of "Downtown Train," his version of the Tom Waits song that he recently released as an appetizer for the new album, and "Gets Ya Pumpin' " from the 2010 compilation Early Seger Vol. 1. He also brought out the "Against the Wind" album track "Good For Me," "Night Moves' " "Come to Poppa" and his powerhouse rendition of Ike & Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits" as well as "Her Strut," which Seger, in a rare misstep, introduced as being from 1978's Stranger in Town when it's actually on Against the Wind.

Those kinds of opening night foibles were few and far between, however, as Seger and the Silver Bullets appeared honed and well-rehearsed, bolstering the tight arrangements with solos by saxophonist Alto Reed, keyboardist Craig Frost and guitarist Mark Chatfield and, on several songs, muscular support from the four-piece Motor City Horns. The Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing" gave Seger's three backup vocalists the spotlight while he took a break, and performances of Otis Clay's "Tryin' to Live My Life Without You," Chuck Berry's "C'est La Vie," "Sunspot Baby," "Horizontal Bop" and the fail-safe coupling of "Travelin' Man" and "Beautiful Loser" remained reliable crowd-pleasers.

And when he inserted the line "sweet 16 turns 65" in the show-closing "Rock and Roll Never Forgets," Seger sounded gobsmacked that he's still rocking at retirement age -- but certainly not complaining about it.

The Seger tour continues Tuesday in Saginaw, Mich., and is currently slated to wrap on May 21 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. Seger plans to return to work on the album during the summer and told Billboard.com that he's also considering a fall tour "if we have fun" on the current outing.

Bob Seger's opening night set list included:

Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Her Strut
Main Street
Old Time Rock and Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin Gamblin' Man
C'est La Vie
Good For Me
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser

(Eight-minute intermission)

Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
It's Your Thing
Gets Ya Pumpin'
Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu

(Encore)

Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights

(Encore)

Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Major Record Labels Join For Japan Relief Album

The world's four leading record labels have lent hit tracks to an album released on Friday to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross Society following this month's earthquake and tsunami.
What started off as an initiative by Universal Music, the world's biggest record company, has turned into an industry-wide collaboration. The result is the 38-track Songs for Japan.

Universal said it was handling the servicing of the digital album, while Sony Music would produce a physical version provisionally set to hit stores on April 4.

Featured on the album, available on the iTunes Store for $9.99, are artists including John Lennon ("Imagine"), U2 ("Walk On"), Bob Dylan ("Shelter From the Storm"), Lady Gaga ("Born This Way") and Bruce Springsteen ("Human Touch").

Participating artists, music labels and music publishers have waived their royalties and proceeds from global sales, and iTunes has also said it would donate its proceeds from the album to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

The 9.0 magnitude quake on March 11 and giant waves it triggered left more than 10,000 people dead and 17,500 missing.

Following is the full track listing:

- John Lennon/"Imagine"
- U2/"Walk On"
- Bob Dylan/"Shelter From The Storm"
- Red Hot Chili Peppers/"Around The World"
- Lady Gaga/"Born This Way"
- Beyonce/"Irreplaceable"
- Bruno Mars/"Talking To The Moon"
- Katy Perry/"Firework"
- Rihanna/"Only Girl (In The World)"
- Justin Timberlake/"Like I Love You"
- Madonna/"Miles Away"
- David Guetta/"When Love Takes Over"
- Eminem/"Love The Way You Lie"
- Bruce Springsteen/"Human Touch"
- Josh Groban/"Awake"
- Keith Urban/"Better Life"
- Black Eyed Peas/"One Tribe"
- Pink/"Sober"
- Cee Lo Green/"It's Ok"
- Lady Antebellum/"I Run To You"
- Bon Jovi/"What Do You Got?"
- Foo Fighters/"My Hero"
- R.E.M./"Man On The Moon"
- Nicki Minaj/"Save Me"
- Sade/"By Your Side"
- Michael Buble/"Hold On"
- Justin Bieber/"Pray"
- Adele/"Make You Feel My Love"
- Enya/"If I Could Be Where You Are"
- Elton John/"Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
- John Mayer/"Waiting On The World To Change"
- Queen/"Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)"
- Kings Of Leon/"Use Somebody"
- Sting/"Fragile"
- Leona Lewis/"Better In Time"
- Ne-Yo/"One In A Million"
- Shakira "Whenever, Wherever"
- Norah Jones/"Sunrise

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thin Lizzy Considering Return to the Studio

Scott Gorham is thinking it may be time to bring the Thin Lizzy boys back into the studio again.

The venerable group hasn't released a new album since 1983's Thunder and Lightning and certainly have not thought about it since iconic frontman Phil Lynott's death in 1986. But guitarist Gorham, who was with the group from 1974-83 and has led various configurations of reconstituted Thin Lizzys since 1996 says the current lineup -- which includes original drummer Brian Downey, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Ted Nugent), singer Ricky Warwick and keyboardist Darren Wharton -- may just be good enough to try to add some music to the Lizzy legacy.

"That's the No. 1 question we're getting from people -- are we gonna record some new material?" Gorham says. "The fans seem to trust this lineup, and I don't blame them. We've kind of jumped this emotional hurdle together. Ricky's writing some f***ing killer lyrics, and with the kind of talent that's in Thin Lizzy now I think we can pull off a really cool set of tunes. At least it's something that we can think about now, where before it wasn't on the table."

No firm recording plans have been made yet. Thin Lizzy is currently on the road in North America and has lined up some European dates for June -- including a pair opening for Def Leppard in Ireland and a spot on the Sweden Rock Festival lineup in Solvesborg -- and Campbell in particular will be busy with Def Leppard touring obligations through the summer.

Meanwhile, there's no lack of Thin Lizzy music for fans. Gorham and Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott, a big Lizzy fan, recently spearheaded deluxe expanded edition reissues of the group's 1976 breakthrough album Jailbreak -- which featured the hit "The Boys are Back In Town" -- and the same year's Johnny the Fox, part of a continuing Lizzy reissue series. The Live and Dangerous concert set was also overhauled for the U.K.

All of the reissues feature bonus demos and live tracks, and Gorham was particularly happy to have a chance to improve the original mixes.

"Joe and I had been fantasizing for years, 'Wouldn't it be cool if you could get a record company to just throw some cash at you and said, 'Go ahead and do some remixes,' " Gorham says. "We were calling it 'the millennium mix' -- what it would be like if Thin Lizzy were actually happening today but had all the advantages of all the digital gear and different equipment that's available to everybody now. So when the opportunity came up, we just jumped at it. It was a hell of a lot of fun."

Gorham says he anticipates reissues of 1977's Bad Reputation and 1980's Chinatown next but is not planning the same level of involvement as on Jailbreak and Johnny the Fox.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Pete Townshend Regrets Forming The Who

Pete Townshend regrets forming The Who and said he would have been happier as a solo artist.

Together with the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle and singer Roger Daltrey, the guitarist created one of the rock world's most iconic acts. He admits, however, that if he could live his life all over again, he'd be a solo artist.

Townshend tells Uncut magazine's special issue The Who: The Ultimate Music Guide, "What would I have done differently? I would never have joined a band. Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration."

In the revealing interview, the rocker attributes his hearing loss problems and other health issues to being in The Who.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sound Rules! A Sound & Hearing Celebratio​n

On Wednesday, May 4th, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., the House Research Institute (HRI) will present "Sound Rules! A Sound & Hearing Celebration" at the Director's Guild of America (DGA) Theatre in New York City, located at 110 West 57th Street in Manhattan.

Sound Rules! is a FREE hearing loss prevention education & entertainment event for teens that will feature Paul Stanley, lead singer/guitarist of KISS and hearing health experts from the House Research Institute, along with valuable contest prizes and giveaways.

Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information and registration, visit http://www.soundrules.org.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Black Country Communion Recording Second Album

Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American classic rock group featuring blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), has announced the track listing for their highly anticipated second album.

Produced by Kevin Shirley, the album, which is simply entitled 2, will be released in the U.K. on June 13th via Mascot Records, and June 14th in the U.S. on the J&R Adventures label.

The album track listing is as follows:

1. The Outsider
2. Man In The Middle
3. I Can See Your Spirit
4. The Battle For Hadrian’s Wall
5. Save Me
6. Cold
7. Smokestack Woman
8. Faithless
9. An Ordinary Son
10. Little Secret
11. Crossfire
12. Crawl

In July, Black Country Communion will embark on a UK tour that will take in concerts at Llandudno Cymru Arena (23rd July), London’s High Voltage Festival (24th July), Leeds O2 Academy (26th July), Newcastle O2 Academy (27th July), Glasgow 02 Academy (29th July), and the Manchester Academy (30th July).

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Jethro Tull Celebrate Aqualung's 40th With North American Tour

In celebration of the park bench, dribbly-nosed voyeur's 40th Anniversary, Ian Anderson returns to the USA with his band Jethro Tull, starting June 8 in Denver, CO and ending on the 27 in Chicago, IL.

The group features longtime members Ian Anderson (flute, vocals, acoustic guitar) and Martin Barre (guitars), Doane Perry (drums), as well as David Goodier (bass) and pianist John O'Hara. The latter two joined in 2006 after working with Anderson on some of his solo projects.

The group will be performing the Aqualung album in its entirety plus a range of their other favorites from the last 42 years. Critics dubbed Aqualung “a concept album,” particularly for Ian's critical, skeptical views of organized religion, mostly on side B ("My God," "Hymn 43"). Anderson has disputed - almost resented - the assessment seeing the record as "just a bunch of songs." This led the band to give the critics a full-blown concept album with the following studio release Thick As A Brick which topped the Billboard charts in 1972.

On AQUALUNG, the group explores the struggles of the less fortunate in our society (e.g., "Aqualung," "Cross-Eyed Mary," "Up to Me"). Teenage angst and formal education difficulties (e.g., "Wind Up") are explored, and Ian returns to his parental themes with "Cheap Day Return," a tune encompassing Anderson's feelings while traveling North on the train to visit his sick father. "Locomotive Breath" touches on the issues of globalization, population expansion and runaway economics. Sound familiar?

With now some 30-odd albums to their credit and sales totaling more than 50 million, the apparently un-commercial Tull continues to perform over a 100 concerts per year with its rich variety and depth of expression, wherever fans, young and old, want to hear rock, folk, jazz and classical-inspired music. Music for boys in long trousers and girls with brains.

In 2011, Tull will tour in Australia, Ireland, and Germany. And Ian will perform solo shows in Germany, Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Panama, Mexico, Czech Republic, the UK, Sweden, Denmark and Finland finishing with his customary charity Christmas concerts at three UK cathedrals.

In 2006, Ian was awarded a Doctorate in Literature from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement in Music and, in the New Years Honours List 2008, an MBE for services to music. In 2012, he expects to be awarded the Smithsonian Medal of Honor for smelling OK for someone his age and having ears still in proportion to the rest of his head. His bladder remains elastic and his prostate the size of a pinhead.

2011 North American Tour:
June 8: Red Rock Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
June 10: Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
June 11: The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
June 12: TBA, Valley Center, CA
June 13: The Grove, Anaheim, CA
June 14: TBA, Saratoga, CA
June 16: Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR
June 17: McMenamins Edgefield Concerts On The Lawn, Troutdale, OR
June 18: TBA, Woodinville, WA
June 19: Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver, BC
June 21: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB
June 22: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB
June 23: Casino Regina, Regina, SK
June 25: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
June 26: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
June 27: Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, IL

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sammy Hagar Says He Was Abducted By Aliens

No doubt Sammy Hagar, a former lead singer for Van Halen, has enjoyed a lot of far out experiences in life. However, the rocker told perhaps his farthest out tale to MTV. He was abducted by aliens.

Or, at least, his brain was.

In an interview for his new book, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock at mtvhive.com, Hagar lets go of what even he admits might make him "sound like a crazy person" to some readers.

He and the reporter are talking about dreams he claims to have had about UFOs, and when asked whether he believed he had been abducted, Hagar answers: "I think I have."

The reporter seemed surprised. "What? Really? I was kidding. You seriously believe that?" he asks.

Hagar laughs and goes on to explain that a passage in the book described as a dream in which he is contacted by aliens from outer space in California was, in fact, reality.

The tale describes how the beings tapped into his mind through a wireless connection.

"It was real," Hagar told the reporter, according to the story on MTV's Hive website. "They were plugged into me. It was a download situation ... Or, they uploaded something from my brain, like an experiment."

Hagar goes on to describe another experience at the age of four where he believes he saw an alien space ship in broad daylight hovering over a country field where his family lived.

The rock guitarist and vocalist is no stranger to wild times. He was a part of several bands, including Montrose, during the "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" era of the 1970s and 1980s, and during its heyday Van Halen was among the biggest acts in rock music.

In his book and in the interview with MTV's Hive, Hagar lets the stories fly on the sex and drugs he did during those years, and he even has a few not-so-nice things to say about another Van Halen lead singer, David Lee Roth, whom Hagar replaced in 1985.