Led Zeppelin Insider Has Advice For Aspiring Rock Stars
(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin tour manager Richard Cole has recalled the biggest lesson he learned from band boss Peter Grant. And he believes young artists would benefit from studying the rock icons' approach to their business, which kept rolling despite their fabled backstage behaviour.
He believes the band benefitted from having genuine work experience before finding fame. "Most of us left school in England when we were 15 and went to work," he says. "I was a scaffolder, John Bonham had been a bricklayer, Robert Plant had worked with asphalt on the road.
"Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were session musicians - when they tell you to be there for 10am, you're there. These were coveted jobs so they didn't mess around. So all of us had that work ethic."
That element is missing from young artists' education today, Cole thinks. "The most common thing you hear is, 'I want to be rich and famous.' They think it's an overnight job. It's not - it's a lot of schlepping. In 1968 no one knew how much money there was in the music business. Money wasn't the driver for bands in the early days. I remember being in pubs with the Beatles and they were just happy they were making a living out of music, rather than having to do some mundane job in Liverpool."
Slash Has Found His Band
(Classic Rock) Slash says his work with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators is less like a solo project and more akin to a 'band situation'. The guitar icon released his first solo effort in 2010, with different singers taking vocal responsibility on the self-titled album's various tracks.
He tells Chitarre: "It's definitely more of a band situation, and how it relates to me as a solo artist is only just that I present the music and I run the band. But even then, we all do what we want, we all have the same goals and the same desires as far as working together and what the band should be doing and all that kind of stuff.
"So more than anything, I just deal with the mundane, busy work that needs to get done. I present the music to Myles and Myles writes the lyrics, so we have a little bit of a partnership that way."
Deep Purple Singer Jams Smoke On The Water With Over 3000 Guitarist
(hennemusic) Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan led thousands of amateur guitarists through the band's signature song, "Smoke On The Water", at the 2014 Guitars On The Beach event in Lyme Regis, UK on Saturday, and video of the performance is available.
The Dorset Echo reports more than 3,300 from all over the country were successful at securing the UK record for the biggest band playing a song together at the same time.
"It was mind-blowing, it exceeded all of our expectations," said organizer Geoff Baker. "So many people turned up and there wasn't a spot on the beach. All of us, and the town, were astonished and everyone was great. Eight boatmen got together and went into the Bay and let off smoke flares, so you have got Ian Gillan and this huge crowd all playing and singing and seeing that. I hope it will become an institution in Lyme."
Roger Waters Premieres The Wall Documentary At Film Festival
(hennemusic) Roger Waters was on hand at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday to premiere "Roger Waters: The Wall", a documentary shot during the former Pink Floyd member's three-year solo tour.
Waters introduced the film at the September 6th event and participated in a Q&A session after the screening. Videos of both appearances have been posted online.
The Wall Live tour brought the famed 1979 Pink Floyd album to arenas and stadiums around the world between 2010 and 2013. Waters played 219 dates that brought in a total of approximately $458 million dollars in box office revenue.
Mick Jagger's James Brown Film Coming To TV
(hennemusic) The new Mick Jagger-produced documentary, "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown", is now scheduled to premiere on HBO on Monday, October 27 at 9:00 PM.
Directed by Alex Gibney, the film was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, which opened its archives for the first time. The documentary features rare and never-before-seen footage, interviews and photographs, chronicling the musical ascension of the "hardest working man in show business," from his first hit, "Please, Please, Please," in 1956, to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more.
"We had full access to amazing never-before-seen photos and video from James Brown's estate, which Alex Gibney used brilliantly to tell the story of James' career from its inception through its pinnacle," says Jagger. "We spoke with the extraordinary people who knew James well and worked alongside him throughout his career. By hearing their fascinating stories and memories, we were able to paint the full picture of James as both a musical artist and social activist, whose legacy and impact on the music industry is ever-present."
Tommy Lee Headed In Different Musical Direction After Motley Crue
(Classic Rock) Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee insists he'll still be making music after the band complete their farewell tour, and reveals his upcoming project is heading in a "different direction."
The band wrap up their US tour on November 22 and Lee, who appears on the forthcoming Smashing Pumpkins album Monument To An Elegy, says there's more to come - although he's keeping details under wraps.
He tells Newsday: "I can't talk about it, but I'm writing and putting things aside. It's a different direction from my last solo work because I'm changing around all the components. It won't be something you've heard or seen before. Believe me, I'm not done after this."
Billy Idol To Give Keynote At CBGB Music Festival
(hennemusic) Billy Idol will deliver the keynote address at this year's CBGB Music Festival, part of the CBGB Music & Film Festival Conference next month in New York City.
Idol will be on hand for the October 9th event, where he'll be interviewed on stage about his forthcoming autobiography, "Dancing With Myself", and his forthcoming new album, "Kings & Queens Of The Underground."
The rocker will be joined onstage for a few songs by longtime guitarist and collaborator Steve Stevens. The 2014 CBGB Music & Film Festival Conference is set to take place October 8-12 in New York.
Captain Beefheart Box Set To Include Unreleased Outtakes
(Prog) Captain Beefheart's "overlooked" albums Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot are accompanied by a full disc of unreleased outtakes in a limited-edition box set.
Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 To 1972 will be released is set to be released by Rhino in CD, vinyl and digital formats on November 10 - and the label argue it's essential listening.
They say: "In the Beefheart discography, attention usually focuses on Trout Mask Replica, and as a consequence, the three stellar albums recorded soon after are often overlooked.
"This four-disc collection revisits the albums Don Van Vliet recorded with the Magic Band in the early 70s. The three albums are remastered for the first time. The fourth disc features 14 previously unissued outtakes from the era, revealing just how much some songs evolved before being released."
Nickelback Release Edge Of A Revolution Video
(hennemusic) Nickelback have released a new video for the song "Edge Of A Revolution". The track is the lead single from their forthcoming album, "No Fixed Address."
Due November 4, "No Fixed Address" is the group's first project since 2011's "Here and Now" and their debut on Republic Records, after many years on Roadrunner.
"We are very excited to be releasing new music for our fans and feel it's some of our strongest material to date," says frontman Chad Kroeger. "During the recording process as we looked toward the next chapter, it became clear that… the entire Republic/Universal team had a shared vision and passion for this project. Their track record of artist development speaks volumes to their success and we are honored to be partners with them."
AC/DC: The Bon Scott Era App Released
(hennemusic) A mobile app chronicling the Bon Scott-led era of AC/DC has just been released. The first in a series of apps produced by North American rock radio series In The Studio, "AC/DC: The Bon Scott Era" is an interactive experience chronicling the legendary band's long way to the top...narrated by Angus and Malcolm Young themselves.
In over an hour of in-depth discussion, the Young brothers take you on a journey through this classic era in the AC/DC story, from their migration to Australia in the early 1960s to the tragic death of their iconic frontman in 1980. As you progress year-by-year along a full biographical timeline, the memories and insights of the Young brothers are brought to life through rare photographs and memorabilia.
The App allows users to stream interviews as you make your way through the band's story, listen to them sequentially in a playlist, or download them to your device for offline use.
Joe Perry Sees Aerosmith Making New Music
(Gibson) Aerosmith continues to rock with a vengeance even after 44 years, but Joe Perry feels rock and roll, in general, has lost some of the edge it had when the band was starting out. "The music really was a lot more than it is today, more of a statement," he tells Yahoo Music, in a wide-ranging interview. "It was more of an 'us-against-them' thing, kind of the background marching orders for the revolution, for the change that happened in the '50s and '60s. Bands would go out there and play just for the joy of being able to go out and play music, without this huge celebrity thing that comes along with it now."
That said, the veteran guitarist feels Aerosmith's last album, 2012's Music From Another Dimension!, was "one of the best records [the group] has done in years." "… Over the last 20 years, we'd get these requests, like, 'Why don't you make a record like the old ones?'" he explains. "I think we got back to the real deal with the last record, but … it never got the push it should have from the label."
Perry, whose autobiography, Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith, hits stores October 7, nonetheless remains confident Aerosmith will record new material in the not-too-distant future. "I have to think we're going into the studio again, just to lay out some new songs," he says. "I don't know how it's going to go as far as sales, but as far as us as artists, I think we're gonna have to go in."
Def Leppard Release Highlights Of Summer Tour With KISS
(hennemusic) Def Leppard are sharing an online video slideshow of images from their North American summer tour with KISS, which wrapped up last week in Houston, Texas.
The trek, which began June 23 in West Valley City, Utah, saw both acts playing headline sets to fans across North America. "Thanks to everyone who came out to see our summer tour w/ KISS," posted the band. "It was an amazing & memorable summer!"
According to KISS, the groups performed before more than 600,000 fans over the course of the 42-show run. Up next, Def Leppard will play the pre-game show at the first of this year's three NFL International Series games on Sunday, September 28, when the Oakland Raiders host the Miami Dolphins at London's Wembley Stadium.