Music News For The Week Of February 9, 2014!
Sophie Kahaian (July 1, 1928 to February 10, 2014)
Before I dive into this week’s rock report, I would like to dedicate it to my Mother. her name was Sophie Kahaian. She was 85 years old. She passed on February 10 at 9:45 in the morning. The past few weeks has been very tough for me and my family. I tried to keep things normal on my site and other pages, but it wasn’t easy. I , believe it or not, like to keep things private. My mother and I were very close and I already miss her and know I always will. One of her favorite songs was On Eagles Wings (A Christian song). You can hear it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrLafWZxczI. I can’t express the words on what she meant to me, a role model, a person of solid faith and a true caring and loving parent. It doesn’t seem like it covers everything about her, but I know this, that this place we call earth just lost one of it’s best people and I lost a mother and a friend.She lost the battle to cancer and though I know she is at peace, I’m not so sure I am.
AC/DC will be making a new album and doing a 40th anniversary tour. They hope to have a new album in May and plan on doing 40 dates to help celebrate with their fans.
The original Santana band will be reuniting this summer to make a new album called Santana 4.
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top just launched his own signature Gibson guitar and you can get the information here: http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-Custom/Billy-F-Gibbons-Goldtop.aspx
Hell Yeah loses two members, guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob Zilla. They have a new bassist, Kyle Sanders, and will more than likely not replace the guitarist and stay as a 4 piece band. Their new album, Blood For Blood, will be out June 10.
Children Of Bodom released a lyric video for Scream Of Violence. It’s off their album, Halo Of Blood. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI2zH7KgGg8#t=126
Sebastian Bach has announced some east coast dates. You can get them here: http://sebastianbach.com/
In case you missed it, Rob Zombie announced a tour in support of his album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. You can get dates here: http://robzombie.com/tour-dates/
Queen has teamed up with Adam Lambert (American Idol) and will do a summer tour in the States with him.
Believe it or not Van Halen is supposedly working on a new album.
Anvil announced more dates for their Hope In Hell Tour. You can get dates here: http://anvilmetal.com/?page_id=27
This week we have another super group announcement. The band is Four By Fate and features Tod Howarth (Frehley’s Comet) on vocals and guitar, John Regan (Frehley’s Comet, Frampton) on bass, Sean Kelly (Nelly Furtado) on guitar and finally, Stet Howland (WASP) on drums. You can find out more about them here: http://www.fourbyfate.com/
Bachman Turner Overdrive will be releasing their 1974 release, Not Fragile, for it’s 40th anniversary on March 18.
Scorpion Child has released a new video called King Highway, featuring Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) in the introduction. I must say I like it a lot. The song is off their debut album and you can check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAVBxu6JWtk&list=PLB4brr7vf-P6jG3VHSL-8R8Iq9MVMXKvr#t=218
The Pretty Reckless have released a new video called Heaven Knows off their Going To Hell album. It comes out on March 18. The track is pretty anthemic and quite catchy. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHBxJCq99jA
Last week’s Rockucation question was: This singer has been in bands with the following guitarists: Brian May, Mick Ralphs and Jimmy Page. Who is he and can you name the bands? The answer was Paul Rodgers and the bands were Queen, Bad Company and The Firm. The answer was given to us by Kamran Khan of Seekonk, MA.
Winger released a sample of their new song Rat Race Teaser from their upcoming album Better Days Are Coming. You can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/officialwinger/rat-race-teaser
A few weeks ago, I told you about the band Vandenburg’s Moonkings. Here is their first official release called Breathing. You can preorder their debut album here: http://moonkings.mlgmerch.com. You can wait until February 24th for it’s release but here is the video for Breathing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv9UxxWMPBQ#t=20
Saliva have released the lyric video for the title track of their new album Rise Up. The record comes out on April 29. You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLxJ3YlnYTc#t=98
Just in case you didn’t know, Bruce Springsteen is touring and you can get dates here: http://brucespringsteen.net/category/live-dates
Rocklohoma announced their lineup for this year’s shows. You can get that and more here: http://rocklahoma.com/
Black Star Riders (formerly Thin Lizzy) have announced their first U.S. dates and you can get them here: http://blackstarriders.com
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood will be releasing a new album called Phosphorescent Harvest on April 29. This will be supported by a tour. You can get dates here: http://chrisrobinsonbrotherhood.com/2014/
Black Stone Cherry have released an audio sample of Me And Mary Jane off their soon to be released album, Magic Mountain, out on May 5th. Let me be the first to tell you that if the album sounds as good as this sample then we are in for a rock and roll treat. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ga4VxyaDps
This week’s Rockucation question is: Who was the first band or performer inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?