Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based rockers THEORY OF A DEADMAN have released a video for their new song “Savages” starring Alice Cooper. The track is from their album of the same name which was released in July.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Alice‘s contribution is a spoken-word message saying, “Time after time we never learn from our mistakes / When we will realize we’re all just the same / We’re all humans fighting human nature to stay alive / We’re predators teaching our children to be just like us / To fear and hate like us / Will we ever realize we’re just savages? / God save us all.”
The legendary rocker’s part was recorded at his home studio in Phoenix. Tyler Connolly, vocalist and guitarist of THEORY OF A DEADMAN, recently told Loudwire, “He was great, you know he was a pro. He had never seen the lyrics before. He said, ‘I have this.'”
For more than a decade, THEORY OF A DEADMAN has been among the most distinctive and popular bands in hard rock history, combining frank, earnest lyricism and extraordinary melodies with massive power and electrifying dynamics. With singer/songwriter Tyler Connolly at the helm, the Vancouver-based band has earned a fervent fan following as well as a long line of multi-format hits, among them the #1 Mainstream Rock breakthrough “Bad Girlfriend” (found on 2008’s RIAA platinum-certified “Scars & Souvenirs”).
On October 14, former VAN HALEN and current CHICKENFOOT bassist Michael Anthony was interviewed on the “Lamont And Tonelli Show”, which airs on the Bay Area rock station 107.7 The Bone.
After Anthony was told by the radio hosts that he is such a great lead singer in his own right that he could probably front his own band, Michael said: “Yeah, you know, but I don’t need that kind of pressure on me. Lead singers, they’re their own breed.”
He added: “It wasn’t until the fourth or fifth VAN HALEN record that people would go, ‘Wow! You’re singing backgrounds on those records. That’s not David Lee Roth.’ And I go, ‘Hell, no! That’s not David Lee Roth.'”
Asked which classic VAN HALEN song he would pick to sing lead vocals on, if he had to choose one, Anthony said: “Ahh…. Oh my God… I sang ‘Somebody Get Me A Doctor’. That actually goes over quite well. But I don’t know… Man, I’d sing any of ‘em. I could sing any of that crap. C’mon! I can sing it all. [Laughs]”
In a February 2013 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth spoke about the touchy subject of Anthony potentially replacing current bassist — and Eddie Van Halen‘s son — Wolfgang Van Halen. He said: “Ed has his own vision, I’m assuming. We haven’t really been able to speak about it and it’s a disappointment, just as not having a chance for a reunion of the original band. Clearly, vocals are every bit as much a component of success as a rhythm section or a guitar solo… What we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever — that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in EARTH, WIND & FIRE, as identifiable as the high voice in the BEACH BOYS. VAN HALEN is an indelicate house blend of both — that’s intentionally.”
In October 2011, ex-VAN HALEN vocalist Sammy Hagar accused the band of using tapes of backing vocals originally done by Anthony on its 2007/2008 reunion tour, for which Anthony was replaced by Wolfgang. Hagar told Attention Deficit Delirium, “Those vocal harmonies on the last tour were Mike on tape. Mike should’ve reamed them for it. Wolfie don’t sing like that, and Ed sure as hell don’t. Go on the Internet and listen to Ed‘s voice live from the reunion with me. Hear him sing on ‘When It’s Love’ and some of those songs. Ed can’t sing, and his voice is shot if he can, from cigarettes and booze anyway.”
Anthony and Hagar both last played with VAN HALEN on a 2004 reunion tour that ended acrimoniously. Both maintain that Anthony was booted from VAN HALEN for maintaining a friendship and working relationship with Hagar.
Hagar told The Pulse Of Radio that he thinks VAN HALEN made a grave mistake leaving Anthony out of the reunion tour with Roth. “Anyone in their right mind would know if you’re gonna get Roth back finally! after all these abortions they’ve had, you get Mikey and you do the reunion tour, what the world really was waiting for. Not just fuck it up again. It’s almost like they don’t care about their fans. They just want to badger them until — see how much they’ll take.”
“Trouble”, the new video from former WHITESNAKE guitarist Bernie Marsden, can be seen below. The song, which features a guest appearance by WHITESNAKE, is taken from Marsden‘s new solo album, “Shine”, which was released on August 18 via Provogue as a double-LP, CD and digital download.
At a rough guesstimate, Marsden‘s name appears on a hundred albums — maybe more. In addition to a long-running solo career, the Buckinghamshire-born guitarist has been a recording musician since the early 1970s via membership of such groups as WHITESNAKE, UFO, WILD TURKEY, BABE RUTH, PAICE ASHTON & LORD, COZY POWELL’S HAMMER, ALASKA, M3 and many more. Though there’s a tendency to pigeonhole him as a blues-rock guitarist, each of Marsden‘s acts had its own individual flavor.
Devotees of the blues genre are unlikely to overlook the fact that “Shine” is released on Provogue — home of Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout and others — and many are likely to have put two and two together regarding its contents. But let’s be clear, shall we? “Shine” is NOT a dyed-in-the-wool-blues album. “To me, it’s a classic rock album with a modern feel,” points out Marsden with customary good cheer.
“When I asked the bosses at Provogue what type of album they wanted from me, they simply replied: ‘Make a Bernie Marsden album.’ And that’s what I did.”
The light, airy commercial feel of “Shine” is largely attributable to producer Rob Cass, who pieced together its contents in Studio 3 of the legendary Abbey Road facility, though the backing tracks for three of its selections were cut at Riverside Studios in Somerset. During the 1980s, Cass had actually spent six months as the lead singer of Marsden‘s group ALASKA before carving a career as a successful producer with a wide range of rock, pop and classical artists. It was Cass who sought out Marsden, e-mailing him to suggest they catch up over a reunion lunch at the home of his production company, located at Abbey Road Studios.
“Rob wanted to thank me for having sent him an air ticket to come to London from Ireland [to join ALASKA] and helping to get his career underway,” Bernie relates. “Coincidentally, I was looking for a producer because I’ve been writing, playing and producing for too long. I really liked the sounds that Rob gets, and that’s how the whole thing came together. If people think I was recording at Abbey Road because WHITESNAKE‘s ‘Here I Go Again’ made 18 gazillion quid, then they’re quite wrong… though it did make 17 gazillion quid!” he adds with a hearty laugh.
Marsden believes that the famous facility has an atmosphere that permeates the sounds created within its walls — hence the album’s final instrumental song is titled “NW8″, after the studio’s postcode.
“THE BEATLES recorded ‘Revolver’, my favorite album of theirs, in Studio 3, so it has that sense of history,” he says, “but I honestly believe Abbey Road to be the best studio in the world.”
Although Marsden was wary of flooding the credits with too many special guests, “Shine” does feature some extremely well-known names, from Joe Bonamassa to WHITESNAKE singer David Coverdale and the DEEP PURPLE duo of Ian Paice (drums) and Don Airey (keyboards). Jimmy Copley of Jeff Beck fame behind the kit and Mark Feltham of NINE BELOW ZERO also supplies some breathtaking harmonica playing.
“I can’t help it, I’ve got a lot of mates — and quite a few of them are guitar players,” Bernie laughs.
“Shine” track listing:
01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 12. 13. NW8
Photos of POISON‘s first rehearsal for a performance at a private event in Southern California can be seen at BretMichaels.com. A posting on the site reads: “So far no fist fights, sounds great and feels great. Maybe a reunion in 2015…”
POISON drummer Rikki Rockett recently told the “92 Minutes Of Hair With Mel” show on the Las Vegas, Nevada radio station KOMP 92.3 about rumors and speculation about a possible rift within POISON, particularly as it relates to him and singer Bret Michaels: “Actually, there’s nothing wrong within the band that I’m aware of — I mean, unless something happened and nobody told me.
“Sure, we’re trying to put a tour together. And if we can put it together and it makes sense and we can get our crap together, we will do something.
“What I was answering in one question [in a previous interview] was, ‘At this moment, as I sit here, we’re not contracted for a POISON tour next summer.’ That’s all I was saying. And it contradicted something Bret had said [in a separate interview], but not really. Bret didn’t say we had a tour for sure either. He said, ‘I think we’re gonna probably be able to tour. And I’m not saying that we are.’ He didn’t commit to either. Whatever… It’s fine.”
According to Rockett: “POISON has never disbanded. POISON will continue on as long as it makes sense. I mean, C.C. [DeVille, guitar] departed for a while and that was really the only time we weren’t the original lineup. But we always will be until it just doesn’t make sense anymore.”
Rockett told the “Iron City Rocks” podcast that POISON has been doing “corporate gigs for different companies, which are fun, and they pay very well. It gives us a chance to all get together and play. And, in fact, we have one in October and we have one in January . But they are the only shows that POISON is doing this year; we are not doing a tour this year. There is a few things that are being thrown around right now by our management for next spring, and we’ll just have to see.”
Rockett took to Twitter in February 2014 to complain that POISON couldn’t hit the road this summer because a certain member of the glam-metal act was “making it a problem.”
POISON last toured the U.S. in 2012 as part of the “Rock Of Ages” package with DEF LEPPARD and LITA FORD.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, a British man has launched a crowdfunding campaign to have NICKELBACK banned from playing in London. Craig Mandell is hoping to raise $1,000 for his effort to keep the Canadian rock act out of the English capital for the foreseeable future. Mandell explained, “With your help, we can ensure that the band do not schedule any gigs here, do not attempt to come here — nor even phone here.”
He added, “Just imagine, thousands — perhaps tens of thousands of music lovers — all not witnessing an exclusive concert by NICKELBACK in London. It will be glorious.”
Those who participate in Mandell‘s scheme — which has raised just $104 at press time — will have an email sent on their behalf to NICKELBACK‘s management. The harshness of the message depends on how much money is contributed.
For the top price of $50, Mandell will send NICKELBACK a copy of their own music, saying, “This way, the band will hear their own music, and likely retire immediately.”
Mandell has given himself until November 3 to raise the funds necessary.
Mandell is friends with Andrew Goldin, who recently launched a successful crowdfunded campaign to bring FOO FIGHTERS to Richmond, Virginia for a concert. A similar effort has been underway to convince the FOOs to play a show in the Cornwall region of the U.K.
NICKELBACK‘s new album, “No Fixed Address”, arrives on November 18.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES‘ video for the band’s new single, “Heart Of Fire”, can be seen below. The track is taken from the theatrical rock act’s self-titled fourth studio effort (also known as “IV”), which arrives on October 28. Frontman Andy Biersack told The Pulse Of Radio that the message of “Heart Of Fire” is simple. “The song ‘Heart Of Fire’ is about how time and circumstance change you and how the goal is always to not let the passion that you have for something that you love burn out because the world around you changes it,” he said. “I mean, it’s very interesting to look at a group of people that are in a band — I think we all are more passionate today about the band maybe than we’ve ever been, and that’s a really cool thing. The song is really about allowing yourself to keep that passion burning for something that you truly enjoy.”
“Heart Of Fire” is described in a press release as “an upbeat rocker that showcases the band’s signature dual-guitar attack and driving rhythm section all behind a positive lyrical message the band has become known for.”
BLACK VEIL BRIDES filmed videos for two singles last month, including “Heart Of Fire”, which was shot in Santa Clarita, California.
Biersack told VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner prior to the filming that the plan was “just to do something that is a high-impact performance video. I think that the song calls for it,” he said. “We’re not going to do a whole lot of storyline in it. Obviously we made a whole movie out of the last record so we really want something that is very performance based and kind of shows more of what the live show is like. And also, it’s still going to be ridiculously over the top and theatrical, ’cause it’s us.”
The new album follows up last year’s “Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones”, which featured the Top 15 rock radio single “In The End”.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES will launch a massive U.S. headlining tour on October 21 in Niagara Falls, New York, with dates booked all the way through December 15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST‘s October 6 performance at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada can be seen below.
According to Montreal Gazette, just over 4,000 fans attended the show, which was staged in an arena that holds 15,000-20,000, depending on the concert setup (and 21,273 for hockey sellouts).
The band’s setlist was as follows:
01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 12. 13. Hell Bent For Leather
14. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
15. Living After Midnight
Asked if there was a negative vibe swirling around the band during the “Epitaph” tour, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton told Guitar World magazine: “I don’t know if it was a negative vibe around us as much as it was a little bit unsure of what the future held for JUDAS PRIEST. For me, the ‘Epitaph’ tour was one of the most satisfying and gratifying tours we had ever done. It was a grueling task to go out and play for two and a half hours every night, but to play a song off every album brought out a lot of sentimental feelings, and I think we all rose to the occasion. But there was a little bit of uncertainty around the band — what we were going to do next, that kind of thing. And it wasn’t until we started writing the album and really getting into the meat and potatoes of it that we realized, Hold on, this is going to be more than just another album — there’s something special going on here. And that starts to breed enthusiasm. You look forward to the future. You look forward to playing these songs onstage. So I think the band has evolved since the ‘Epitaph’ era into a different way of thinking. We’ve never been more content, and we’re excited about the future.”
Added PRIEST singer Rob Halford: “In light of the ‘Epitaph’ experience, if and when the final note is played, we certainly won’t be announcing it. I think it’s just going to happen one day, and that’s probably the nicest way to do it. You take very small steps back until you’re done, and I think it’ll be that way for us. But the fact that PRIEST‘s music will live forever, the way Beethoven and Bach‘s music lives forever, that really is the most incredible accomplishment that you can dwell on and feel proud of.”
Regarding whether it was disappointing to join a legendary band like JUDAS PRIEST and suddenly have people speculating about the group’s demise, guitarist Richie Faulkner said: “When I came onboard and was welcomed into the family, I was very aware of where the band were in their career. Not that I wasn’t already aware of it, since I’m a fan of the band, but it certainly wasn’t something I was going to pass up just because there’s a chance that the band was coming to the end of its career. And maybe if there was any sense within the band of winding down, maybe I’m the one who’s keeping them going. And some people out there might not like me for that, but what was I going to do? Not join the band? Sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horns. And as a result, here we are with 18 new studio tracks and a new JUDAS PRIEST album.”
JUDAS PRIEST‘s 17th studio album, “Redeemer Of Souls”, sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS will spend all next week as the musical guests on CBS-TV‘s “Late Show With David Letterman”, where the band will perform a different song from its upcoming “Sonic Highways” album each night. Frontman Dave Grohl will also sit for an interview with David Letterman on Monday, October 13, the first night of the band’s residency.
The residency will conclude on Friday, October 17, the same night that the Grohl-directed documentary series also called “Sonic Highways” will premiere on HBO.
The film chronicles the making of the album, which the band recorded at historic studios in eight different U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, New Orleans, Nashville and Austin.
Each episode will document the recording of one song, as well as the musical history of the studio and the city in which it’s located.
The series will feature interviews with artists like Dolly Parton, Slash, CHEAP TRICK‘s Rick Nielsen, LL Cool J, Macklemore and others, as well as non-musicians like President Barack Obama and record exec Clive Davis.
The “Sonic Highways” album comes out November 11, with Grohl saying, “This album is instantly recognizable as a FOO FIGHTERS record, but there’s something deeper and more musical to it.”
“Loneliness Is A Killer”, a brand new song from BUSH, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track is taken from the band’s sixth studio set, “Man On The Run”, which is due out on October 21. It follows up BUSH‘s 2011 comeback effort, “The Sea Of Memories”, which was the first all-new BUSH album in a decade.
BUSH recorded “Man On The Run” at Studio 606, the private studio owned by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl. The Pulse Of Radio asked BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale if Grohl ever dropped by or sat in on a session. “No, he didn’t sit in with us, but he is incredibly kind,” he said. “He’s a good friend and you know, it’s a private studio so to let us come in there is quite a, is an incredible gesture. We benefited greatly from it because the studio sounds great, it’s just a great place to be and very kind of Dave.”
Fans can catch Rossdale serving as a guest mentor, alongside his wife Gwen Stefani, on the October 13 episode of the NBC talent search show “The Voice”.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, BUSH will reissue four of its previous albums on October 14 in remastered editions, including 1994’s “Sixteen Stone”, 1996’s “Razorblade Suitcase”, 1999’s “The Science of Things” and the 1997 remix LP, “Deconstructed”. Rossdale told The Pulse Of Radio that putting the reissues together has been a bittersweet experience. “We’ve done some remastering of the stuff and we’ve got some nice things planned, some alternate versions of things,” he said. “It’s been quite nostalgic for me, going back into the past, I mean looking through oceans of old photographs and being maybe quite nostalgic when I try not to be nostalgic. It’s fun and enlightening and heartwarming and sad all at once.”
All of the tracks — including hits like “Glycerine”, “Machinehead” and “Comedown” — have been remastered in high resolution from their original audio recordings.
“This Is Who I Am”, the new video from RATED X (formerly LEGACY X), the new band featuring legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS, MOTHER’S ARMY), bassist Tony Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER) and guitarist Karl Cochran (JOE LYNN TURNER, NUCLEAR ASSAULT), can be seen below. The song is taken from RATED X‘s debut album, which will be released in Europe on November 7 and in North America on November 11 via Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label known for embracing new music from legendary rock artists. The CD features all-new songs built upon a classic hard rock foundation, with a distinctly contemporary edge.
RATED X was formed at the suggestion of Frontiers president Serafino Perugino, who mentioned to singer Joe Lynn Turner that a band of highest-caliber musicians should be assembled to create an album of classic hard rock music. Turner, the former lead vocalist for both RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE and a solo artist in his own right, agreed, and the search for the right players was on. Carmine Appice, who already had a relationship with Frontiers, was on board immediately. A true percussion icon, Appice‘s resume is one that rock legends are made of: VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS, OZZY OSBOURNE, ROD STEWART, BLUE MURDER, KING KOBRA and others.
Appice‘s former BLUE MURDER bandmate and bassist Tony Franklin (best known for his work with THE FIRM, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Kate Bush and WHITESNAKE) signed up next. After a lengthy search for the right guitarist, they settled on longtime Turner collaborator Karl Cochran, who has also worked with Ace Frehley in the past.
“I believe we wanted to keep it a bit retro with a modern edge,” says Turner. “The songs are classic rock, but then that’s an understatement. They are what they are; and they transformed as we went along recording. So, all in all, we are very happy to finish the record and finally able to get it out to the public. Everyone in this band is a true individual and stylist. When you put it all together, you have RATED X.”
The debut album, simply titled “Rated X”, is remarkable in that it sounds like a band that has worked together as a unit for years. The songs are powerful and the performances are tight and innovative. Frontiers in-house producer Alessandro del Vecchio not only handled studio production but added keyboards on several tracks. Pat Regan (MR. BIG, DEEP PURPLE, GOTTHARD, KISS, DORO) mixed the album.
Says Appice: “With [Alessandro's] help in coming up with the song ideas and working together with the band, I believe we came up with the sound from the late ’70s-’80s. To me, it sounds like BLUE MURDER with Joe Lynn Turner singing. Having Tony and myself as the rhythm section and with the heavy guitars, it gives the record a BLUE MURDER vibe. Then, adding Alessandro on keys gave us a bit of the DEEP PURPLE thing. It all works together and I loved playing each song.”
“Rated X” track listing:
01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 12. Stranger In Us All