Fan-filmed video footage of HALESTORM performing a new song, “I Like I Heavy”, during the band’s current tour can be seen below. The track is expected to appear on HALESTORM‘s follow-up to 2012’s Grammy-winning sophomore effort, “The Strange Case Of…”, which is due in early 2015. The CD is being recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, CAGE THE ELEPHANT).
HALESTORM debuted two other new songs — “Heartbreaker” and “Mayhem” — at shows in Tennessee and England this past spring.
“The Strange Case Of…” yielded two chart-topping rock singles in “Freak Like Me” and the Grammy-winning “Love Bites (So Do I)” .
HALESTORM is set for a second run supporting Eric Church on his blockbuster “Outsiders World Tour”. The new dates begin January 8 at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center and then continue through early February. The “Outsiders World Tour” carries on the phenomenal pairing of HALESTORM and Eric Church, a collaboration begun when the country superstar teamed with HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale for a show-stopping duet performance of his hit single “That’s Damn Rock & Roll” on this summer’s 2014 “CMT Music Awards”. HALESTORM will next join forces with Church and the acclaimed “Outsiders World Tour” on November 20 at Green Bay’s Resch Center, with dates scheduled through mid-December.
In other news, HALESTORM will release a vinyl edition of both of their previously released covers EPs. “ReAniMate: The CoVeRs Collection (2011-2014)” will be available on December 2 via the band’s webstore.
AC/DC‘s new album, “Rock Or Bust”, which arrives on December 2, is the band’s first without founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who was forced to retire earlier this year due to being stricken with dementia. His brother and bandmate Angus told The Pulse Of Radio that the whole situation has been heartbreaking. “It is,” he said. “I’m his brother, but also the rest — his immediate family, his wife and kids and everyone, you know. But he kept going as long as he could, he said, you know. I mean, he was still writing until he couldn’t do that anymore. You were hoping, you know, that he would get better. The physical side of him, he got great treatment for that, so he’s good with all of that. But the mental side has just deteriorated, you know. So he himself said, you know, I won’t be able to do it anymore.”
The first song heard from the new album, “Play Ball”, was unveiled late last month.
Angus revealed in a recent interview with Rolling Stone that his brother began showing symptoms of his illness on the band’s last album, 2008’s “Black Ice”.
Angus also said that Malcolm was in treatment during his last tour with AC/DC, from 2008 to 2010.
Malcolm is currently in full-time care at a facility in Australia and did not play on “Rock Or Bust”, although all the songs on the disc are credited to the two brothers.
Malcolm‘s replacement in the band is his and Angus‘ nephew Stevie, who replaced Malcolm on tour in 1989 when the latter dealt with his alcoholism.
AC/DC has also not announced whether drummer Phil Rudd will join the band on its world tour next year. Rudd was arrested earlier this month and drug and murder-for-hire charges, although the latter were dropped.
BackstageAxxess.com recently conducted an interview with Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne‘s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On playing with Ozzy Osbourne:
Gus: “It’s such a mindblowing experience. It’s hard to put into words how awesome it is. You only have to show up on time and play the best you can. It’s just mindblowing to be a part of such a big machine, see how it works, how it travels, how it gets set up, how everything is done. And just playing all these big shows next to that dude, who is one of the guys who are responsible for the music we play today.”
On whether there will be another solo album to follow this year’s “I Am The Fire”:
Gus: “I’ve been very happy with the way things are going with this new solo project, so I’ve already been writing some songs for the next one. I would like to do the next album fairly quickly, so hopefully next year [I can get it done].”
On his plans for a new FIREWIND album:
Gus: “Well, there hasn’t been much happening with that. I mean, I have ideas and riffs that I keep on the side for the next record, but I’m just not really in a rush with it right now. You know, seven albums in ten years, it’s just… I think we can afford to kind of take it easy for the next one.”
A special expanded edition of “I Am The Fire” was released in Europe on November 3 (digitally in North America on November 4). This limited CD + DVD digipak features four bonus tracks and a 62-minute bonus DVD (including the album’s four official video clips so far, plus three live tracks, six guitar tutorials, as well as an EPK and track-by-track commentary).
“I Am The Fire” entered the official chart in Greece at position No. 27. The CD sold around 700 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
“I Am The Fire” was mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER) and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus‘ home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013.
FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl spoke to UK’s Absolute Radio about the band’s decision to record its new studio album, “Sonic Highways”, in eight different iconic studios in eight different cities over the course of a year.
FOO FIGHTERS laid down the music for the album in cities that have a great musical history and invited local legends to contribute to the sessions as well.
The results have been chronicled in an eight-part documentary series, called “Sonic Highways”, that Grohl directed. The series premiered on HBO last month.
Speaking about how the environment can affect the sound of a record, Grohl said (see video below): “Well, there’s so many elements that… It could be the room, it could be the studio, it could be the board, it could be the city, it could be the accent or the tempo of the city. It could be the geography or the history or the culture of the place. So it turned into kind of a bigger conversation nof regional music — like, why did the blues go to Chicago? Or why did jazz come from New Orleans? Or [why is] Nashville the country capital? But all of these reasons happened for non-musical reasons. Blues made its way to Chicago because after black emancipation, millions of people from the South moved up North just to get work, but they took the music they were singing in the South up to Chicago, and the city changed the sound of their music. So the blues that Muddy Waters was playing in the South on the plantation was way different than what he was doing when he got up to Chicago, because he got an amplifier and it turned into Chicago blues.”
He continued: “What I started dicovering is that the music from these places, the roots of it goes so deep that it’s historic — there’s history and there’s culture, and all of these different elements influence the musical outcome of that place. Not just the studios, but the cities themselves.”
Grohl interviewed a number of personalities for the “Sonic Highways” series, including Slash, Dan Auerbach of the BLACK KEYS, LL Cool J, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Pharrell Williams, Joan Jett, CHEAP TRICK ‘s Rick Nielsen, Paul Stanley of KISS, Joe Walsh, ZZ TOP‘s Billy F. Gibbons, Macklemore, Buddy Guy and even President Barack Obama.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, “Sonic Highways” is unlikely to topple Taylor Swift‘s latest effort, 1989, from the top of the Billboard 200 album chart this week. “Sonic Highways” is expected to debut at No. 2 on the chart with first-week sales of around 190,000 copies. That won’t be enough to overcome Swift, whose new disc is predicted to sell around 300,000 copies to notch its third week in the top spot.
The complete chart will be released on Wednesday morning (November 19).
The previous FOO FIGHTERS album, 2011’s “Wasting Light”, was its first No. 1, selling 235,000 copies in its first week.
ToneChaser.org has uploaded video footage of original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley‘s November 17 performance at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina. Check it out below.
Frehley‘s touring lineup includes none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace‘s “Trouble Walking” platter in 1989, and is doing so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach.
On bass and vocals is Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger‘s 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley‘s new album, “Space Invader”, on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL.
Finally, Scot Coogan is behind the drum kit for Frehley‘s tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace‘s band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 “Rock Of Ages” tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON.
“I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer,” Scot said. “When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again.”
Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER‘s self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta.
Says Frehley: “I can’t wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I’ll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, ‘Space Invader’, for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!”
Matt Starr, the featured drummer on “Space Invader”, will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
“Space Invader”, the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).
Ace‘s previous CD, “Anomaly”, opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27.
“Space Invader”, which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”.
AC/DC‘s Angus Young, Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about the departure of founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who was forced to leave the band earlier this year because he is afflicted with dementia.
“Mal always wanted the music to go on,” Johnson said. “And I’m not going to say no.”
“It’s something that had actually been happening for a long time,” Angus added, explaining that his brother’s lapses in memory and concentration “had surfaced even before the last project,” AC/DC‘s 2008 album, “Black Ice”. “[But he was] still capable of knowing what he wanted to do. I had said to him, ‘Do you want to go through with what we’re doing?’ And he said, ‘Shit, yeah.'”
Regarding the making of AC/DC‘s new album, “Rock Or Bust”, without Malcolm, Johnson said: “It was awful and great at the same time. Angus must have felt strange playing these tunes without Malcolm.”
Young, Johnson and Williams also addressed the legal problems of drummer Phil Rudd in the interview, with Young saying that “the drum situation is a question mark. But we will definitely be out there [touring in support of the new CD].” He added: “Our problems had begun even before the situation he’s in now. And our thing was we were going forward.”
The arrest of Rudd, who was ten days late for the “Rock Or Bust” recording sessions, was “a big blow to us,” Angus admitted. But, he reiterated, “we will definitely be out there. We are committed to this.”
Drummer Bob Richards sat behind the kit for the filming of the videos for singles “Play Ball” and the title track, but it is not known whether he will join the band on tour if Rudd cannot.
On November 11, Rustyn Rose of Metalholic.com conducted an interview with guitarist C.J. Pierce of Texas heavy rockers DROWNING POOL at the Knitting Factory in Boise, Idaho.
On whether DROWNING POOL is working on material for the follow-up to 2013’s “Resilience”:
“We have more songs written now than our entire back catalog. We have so many songs. [We’re working on stuff] non-stop; in fact, in the dressing room today, I was working on some music. Now it’s a matter of, what kind of record do we wanna make? We have heavier songs, lighter songs, some traditional-sounding DROWNING POOL songs, and we have what I call DROWNING POOL evolved songs. [Singer] Jasen‘s [Moreno] ideas are coming in as well. So I love them all, and we wanna get in there sooner than later — hopefully March or April at the latest — to record the next CD and then keep going.”
On whether there are any plans for DROWNING POOL to release a new studio album:
“I keep pushing the acoustic record. We have tons of songs ready to [be played] acoustic style, and we have enough to put together probably two if we wanted to. And also on top [of that] [we have] new acoustic songs. And we sit around and do that a lot — in the back of the bus and every now and then we’ll go to radio stations and we’ll just goof off. So, yes, at some point there will be one. It’s just a matter of time when we can get to it.”
On his other band AS ABOVE / SO BELOW, also featuring C.J.‘s brother Jacob Pierce:
“That came along naturally. My brother and I… my brother Jacob Pierce sings. We’ve always talked about doing a project together. And we tried this one thing called BROTHERS PIERCE we were working on for a little bit. But now we have time off, I do a lot of work with him, so I recorded the first demo. And Maxxx, the guitar player, fell and broke his wrist. And we just started booking some shows, so I filled in for him, and then started writing songs. And DROWNING POOL had some time off, so next thing you know, I’m writing songs and doing shows with AS ABOVE / SO BELOW. So I kind of came into it naturally. And it’s fun for me, ’cause it’s another outlet, and it’s a different style of music, so it kind of allows me to do more things… There’s only so much you can do with DROWNING POOL, and these guys, I love ‘em, but it’s a whole another ballgame over here, a whole different [bunch of] guys to play against and just a whole another vibe. On top of that, it’s my brother, and it’s a lot o fun to rock out with my bro there. So we have enough songs to do another record. That’s another thing that’s on my to-do list: an acoustic record, a DROWNING POOL record, an AS ABOVE / SO BELOW record.
“It’s got a nice mix of stuff. Maxxx is a PANTERA fan like me, so it’s got that metal vibe to it, but our drummer, Joey [Payow], does a lot of odd-timing stuff. DROWNING POOL is a straight-forward rock band, so it’s fun to explore different time signatures and things like that in [AS ABOVE / SO BELOW]. And my brother and I sing together harmonies, and it seems to work; we have the same kind of tone. And it’s fun to play in a band with another guitar player, since DROWNING POOL has always been a one-guitar-player band. So doing guitar harmonies and all that stuff, it’s fun as well. So it’s a different thing completely. But if you like DROWNING POOL, you’re gonna love AS ABOVE / SO BELOW.”
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and bassist Cliff Williams have spoken out about their bandate Phil Rudd‘s recent arrest, saying that the drummer is “not the Phil we’ve known from the past.”
On November 6, Rudd was charged with attempting to “procure murder” by New Zealand police but the charge was dropped a day later by the Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones after a meeting with Rudd‘s attorney, Paul Mabey, and police. Rudd must return to court on November 27, where he still faces one charge of threatening to kill as well as possession of meth and marijuana, which his lawyer described as “minor.”
Speaking to USA Today, Williams said that getting Rudd to the studio for the recording sessions of the new AC/DC album, “Rock Or Bust”, “was tough.” Young added: “It put us in a difficult situation. It put us in a spot where we couldn’t move forward. Does the guy show up? Is he reliable to do his job in good shape? We’ve always been a solid, reliable unit.”
AC/DC issued a statement last week on Rudd‘s arrest, saying that Phil‘s absence will not affect the release of “Rock Or Bust” and the band’s upcoming tour.
“Phil created his own situation,” Young told USA Today. “It’s a hard thing to say about the guy. He’s a great drummer, and he’s done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He’s not the Phil we’ve known from the past.”
Young declined to elaborate on reports that drugs could be involved, telling USA Today, “When you get into that land, it’s very hard.” He added: “I don’t know the exact situation…I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out.”
Rudd was missing from the band’s new publicity photo and was also a no-show at the group’s video shoot for “Play Ball” and “Rock Or Bust”. Rudd was replaced for the filming by drummer Bob Richards (who had previously played with SHOGUN and IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith), with singer Brian Johnson reportedly telling fans at the shoot that Rudd was unable to participate due to an undisclosed “family emergency.”
Rudd‘s arrest was the second major blow to AC/DC in 2014. Founding guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to leave the band earlier this year because he is afflicted with dementia.