Music News For The Week Of March 16, 2014
Make sure you check out my interview with Seventrain’s Drummer Joel Maitoza under the interview link at the top of the page as well as their CD review.
Alter Bridge will be releasing a live DVD (Blu Ray/CD album) on June 3rd. It’s called Alter Bridge: Live In Milan. I can’t believe they still play clubs here in the states. Check out this video trailer for the release to see what I mean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzEGbuwLnDY
Slash will be opening for Aerosmith this coming summer on tour. It will probably be late July through August, since Aerosmith has dates already through July.
Speaking of Aerosmith, on Record Store Day (April 19), they will be re-releasing four of their albums; Rocks, Draw The Line, Night In The Ruts and Rock In A Hard Place. All will be individually numbered on vinyl.
In case you want to know more about Record Store Day, go to their web site: http://www.recordstoreday.com.
Drummer Scott Asheton of the Stooges passed at the age of 64. No known cause of death. He influenced many a drummer. Iggy Pop doesn’t see a future for the Stooges without him. RIP!
The Eagles have added North American dates, starting in August. You can get them here: http://www.eaglesband.com/events?h=2014-06-25+12%3A00%3A00&p=3&d=next
Flotsam And Jetsam made some lineup changes. Guitarist Edward Carlson and bassist Jason Ward have been replaced by Steve Conley and Michael Spencer.
AC/DC’s brothers Angus and Malcolm Young had previously recorded an album before they became AC/DC. They were on an album by Marcus Hook Roll Band called Tales Of Old Grand Daddy. The release of it comes out June 2. You can hear the song Natural Man from it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi_S99uexdI#t=57
Def Leppard and KISS dates have finally been revealed and are on sale now. You can get dates here: http://www.kissonline.com/tour
Neal Schon (Journey) will be releasing a solo album called So U on May 19. It features Black Star Riders’ bassist Marco Mendoza and Journey drummer Deen Castronovo. More interesting to me is the fact that Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) co-wrote most of the tracks. I’m not sure what to expect on this one.
The Rock On Range line ups have been announced. You can get them here: http://www.rockontherange.com/
No, I don’t care about Coldplay. The one good thing about them is, well, there isn’t anything about them that is remotely considered good.
For that matter, neither do I care about R.E.M.
Rival Sons have released a preview of their album Great Western Valkyrie, which comes out on June 10th. All I can say is this band keeps getting better and better. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nEextIwbCc
Joe Elliott’s Down ‘N’ Outz will release Further Adventures Of on April 21st.
Art Of The Enemy is a new metal band out of Connecticut. You can check out their song, Face To Face. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtOfTheEnemy
Last week’s Rockucation question was: This singer was part of a band during the Grunge movement. But he and his band didn’t come from Seattle. He also fronted a second band, that was a supergroup. In both bands he was booted out for his drug and alcohol use. He is currently touring as a solo act. Who is the singer and what two bands was he in? Lots of good guesses, but the right answer came from Evan Portno of Coventry, RI. The answer was Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.
If you are into instrumental albums, then you need to check out the Ontologics. They have a pretty cool sound. You can get more info about them here: http://ontologicsmusic.com/epk/
Neil Young has added Spring Tour dates. Get them here http://neilyoung.com/tour.html
I really don’t care that there is a Nirvana fan out there doing a campaign to save Kurt Cobain’s childhood home. Really, I don’t. Neither should you. What you should care about is that original drummer Chad Channing won’t be inducted in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Krokus is streaming their song Hoodoo Woman from their latest release Long Stick Goes Boom. You can listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQqVFB5lOgw
Metallica released the demo version of Lords Of Summer. You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiOtev3rEKI
Hell Yeah’s new album will be released on June 10, called Blood For Blood. But on March 25th, two of their songs will be available. Their single Cross To Bier will be released to radio as well.
Ok here is a band out of RI that you need to check out: Whiskey Riot! My fave is Moonshine Inn. Who knew a banjo could rock! http://www.reverbnation.com/whiskeyriotband
Slash released Real To Reel Part Four for our viewing pleasure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKnvjtqb4jE
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This week’s Rockucation question is: After the Yardbrids, Jimmy Page was forming Led Zeppelin. Who was his first choice for vocals. It wasn’t Robert Plant, but this person who turned him down recommended Robert Plant. This singer was also approached by Deep Purple to replace Rod Evans and he said no to them as well, hence Ian Gillan got his shot. Who was this singer?