THE KINKS’ DAVE DAVIES MESSAGE TO AC/DC’S MALCOLM YOUNG: “NEVER GIVE UP”

ac:dc400 Former Kinks guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies has offered support for AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, following news that the latter was taking a break from the band due to ill health. “Never give up,” Davies wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

He suggests to “remember all the important ‘tricks’ you learnt and keep going over and over them in your mind- always exercise your hands and fingers- picking coins from the floor- picking up pins from a flat surface-constantly touch the tips of your fingers with the thumb and try to do it faster and faster- image playing your best solos ever in your mind before you go to sleep-daily.”

In another post, Davies, who suffered a stroke a decade ago, writes, “I have no idea exactly what physical state Malcolm Young is in, but the public sending out negative vibes about the whole thing is not going to help at all. It really does not help by people taking a negative view that his career is over. Part of the healing process is convincing the brain and MIND that it is capable of anything. I wish him well.”

After having rumors floating around for quite awhile, AC/DC finally released an official statement confirming that guitarist Malcolm Young would be “taking a break from the band due to ill health.” The band did not comment on the nature of Young’s ailment.

additional source: rollingstone.com

JON BON JOVI HELPS TO BUILD JBJ SOUL HOMES FOR THE HOMELESS IN PHILADELPHIA

jonbonjoviprofile400 Jon Bon Jovi is showing some brotherly love to the less fortunate in Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, he attended the grand opening of a low-income housing development that bears his initials. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes will be occupied by low-income tenants and the formerly homeless.

Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership provided the lead gift for the $16.6 million complex in the Francisville neighborhood. The project also received public funds.

Residents will have access to social services provided by Project HOME, a group dedicated to ending homelessness. The four-story building includes retail and office space.

Bon Jovi is a longtime advocate for affordable housing in Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and many other cities. The New Jersey native once co-owned the Philadelphia Soul arena football team.

source: The Associated Press

DEEP PURPLE “MADE IN JAPAN” DELUXE VERSIONS ARRIVE MAY 27TH

DeepPurpleMadeInJapan640 Together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple have been referred to as the “holy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal” in the early to mid-Seventies. One of the most influential and important guitar bands in history, they have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

Made In Japan was recorded live over three nights during August 15th-17th, 1972 at Festival Hall, Osaka and Budokan, Tokyo. Four of the tracks come from the band’s 1972 Machine Head album. It featured what many consider the classic Deep Purple lineup – Ian Gillan (Vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (Guitars), Roger Glover (Bass), Jon Lord (Organ) and Ian Paice (Drums). Originally recorded only for the Japanese market, the album has since become seen as one of Deep Purple’s seminal albums, and one of the greatest live albums of all time (A Rolling Stone reader’s poll in 2012 voted Made In Japan as the sixth greatest live album of all time).

“Deep Purple was at the height of its powers. That double album was the epitome of what we stood for in those days. It wasn’t meant to be released outside of Japan. The Japanese said, ‘Will you please make a live album?’ We said, ‘We don’t make live albums; we don’t believe in them.’ We finally said okay, but said we wanted the rights to the tapes because we didn’t want the album to be released outside of Japan. That album only cost about $3,000 to make. It sounded pretty good, so we said to Warner Bros., ‘Do you want this?’ They said, ‘No, live albums don’t happen.’ They wound up putting it out anyway and it went platinum in about two weeks” – Jon Lord, Deep Purple

2014 will see the album newly remastered and released in a number of special formats. The format options include previously unseen footage on DVD, bonus material and mixes, memorabilia and a hardback book. The Made In Japan formats are listed below with full track listing following.

• Single CD – Newly remastered version of the original album.
• Deluxe Edition (2CD) – Remastered original album, plus second disc with previously unreleased encores from all three shows.
• Digital Download – Remastered original album and Deluxe Edition will both be available.
• Limited Edition Deluxe Boxed Set – this collection includes:
o Remastered audio of all three complete shows across 4 CDs
o DVD featuring rare documentary and live footage
o 7″ promo single
o 60 Page hard bound book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.

Made In Japan: Deluxe Edition Track Listing:

Disc One – Original Album Remastered (Osaka, August 16, 1972)

1. Highway Star
2. Smoke On The Water
3. Child In Time
4. The Mule (Drum Solo)
5. Strange King Of Woman
6. Lazy
7. Space Truckin’

Disc Two – Encores From All Three Nights

1. Black Night (Osaka, August 15th, 1972)
2. Speed King (Osaka, August 15th, 1972)
3. Black Night (Osaka, August 16th, 1972)
4. Lucille (Osaka, August 16th, 1972)
5. Black Night (Tokyo, August 17th, 1972)
6. Speed King (Osaka, August 17th, 1972)

Made In Japan: Limited Edition Deluxe Boxed Set track listing:

Disc One – Osaka, August 15th, 1972

1. Highway Star
2. Smoke On The Water
3. Child In Time
4. The Mule (Drum Solo)
5. Strange King Of Woman
6. Lazy
7. Space Truckin’

Disc Two – Osaka, August 16th, 1972

1. Highway Star
2. Smoke On The Water
3. Child In Time
4. The Mule (Drum Solo)
5. Strange King Of Woman
6. Lazy
7. Space Truckin’

Disc Three – Tokyo, August 17th, 1972

1. Highway Star
2. Smoke On The Water
3. Child In Time
4. The Mule (Drum Solo)
5. Strange King Of Woman
6. Lazy
7. Space Truckin’

Disc Four – Encores From All Three Nights

1. Black Night (Osaka, August 15th, 1972)
2. Speed King (Osaka, August 15th, 1972)
3. Black Night (Osaka, August 16th, 1972)
4. Lucille (Osaka, August 16th, 1972)
5. Black Night (Tokyo, August 17th, 1972)
6. Speed King (Osaka, August 17th, 1972)

Disc Five – DVD

Made in Japan – The Rise of Deep Purple MK II
Smoke On The Water (Official clip)
The Revolution
Germany 1972 (Small documentary piece from Boblingen Sporthalle Stuttgart -February 10th, 1972)
Smoke On the Water (Live clip from Hoftsra University – May 29th, 1973)

SEBASTIAN BACH DISCUSSES HIS SINGING VOICE, BEING BRUTALLY HONEST AND COLLECTING MEMORABILIA

SebastianBach Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited spoke with former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach. Excerpts appear below.

Classic Rock Revisited: There a lot of people on the internet that love to hate you. I think your solo career has been hit and miss. Some I like better than others. On Give ‘Em Hell I admit your voice is stronger than ever. This sounds as good as the Skid Row days, man.

Sebastian: That’s cool man. You’re not hurting my feelings. A lot of people have different opinions. Some journalists tell me they like Angel Down the best and some of them tell me they like Kicking & Screaming the best. If I have different journalist telling me they like different albums as the best one, then I win.

Classic Rock Revisited: The haters are going to say, “Bach sounds too good. He’s got to be doctoring his voice.”

Sebastian: If somebody thinks it’s an expression of hate to tell me that I sound too good then they have got to do better than that. That is my voice. If you’ve been listening to me since my first album…I wasn’t doing anything on my first album in the studio. I am not sure what ‘doctoring up my voice’ even means. What do they think I am going to do to it?

Classic Rock Revisited: One of your strengths is that you a have a unique sound to your voice in a genre and a time period that does not have a lot of unique sounding vocalists.

Sebastian: The way I sing is not the typical heavy metal way. I don’t shout and yell. I save all of my power for those high screams. I know how to focus my energy into those high screams. Sometimes, if you watch me on YouTube and I am yelling at the monitor man, it is because it is frustrating, on a rock and roll stage, for me, because, if I am in a situation where I am yelling over the drum kit, or the bass amp, then I am not singing. If I come off like I am mad at the fucking monitor man it’s because when I am doing a record like Give ‘Em Hell, I am singing in the studio and I am not shouting over the cymbals or the drum kit. You know what I’m saying?

When you say I have a unique sound, then I have to remind you that the sound on a song like I’ll Remember You is not yelling, its singing and it is different than shouting at the top of your lungs. It is a totally different style, and that is how I got to do Broadway. I know how to do that, but when I listen to Give ‘Em Hell, I could not be more proud of my voice. If somebody wants to put me down by telling me I sound too good, then the jokes on you (laughter).

Classic Rock Revisited: You are a genuine person. The good, or the bad, you are genuine about who you are. Has that hurt you at times in your career? You are honest to a fault.

Sebastian: That is the reason my old band isn’t together with me. You just hit it on the head; that’s the reason. If you listen to the records that I do without them, and the records that they do without me, which, honest to God, would you rather fucking listen to? I am not saying I am better than anybody else. I know that my solo records sound more like classic Skid Row records than the Skid Row records that I am not on. That is a fact.

When somebody comes to me with a song and it is not as good as I Remember You or 18 and Life and I am expected to sing it, but I don’t feel it, and I am the guy that has to tell somebody that I am not going to sing their song, then they hate my guts. They hate me.

I have no choice. I really don’t have a choice. I don’t know how to sing a song that I don’t like. I don’t do that. I didn’t get into rock and roll to sing songs that I don’t like. I don’t. I can’t. I can’t do that. I have to love it. I have to fucking believe in it with all of my heart, or I am not going to show up. It is not going to be me; it is going to be somebody else. So, in that way, that has hurt me, but when all is said and done, and you put the CDs on, and you listen to them, it has helped me.

Classic Rock Revisited: Is there a tour coming up?

Sebastian: I am about to announce forty tour dates all across Europe, Canada and America. I am playing in London at Sonisphere with Metallica, Alice in Chains and Iron Maiden. That will be a big show. That is huge.

Classic Rock Revisited: Last one: Do you still collect signed memorabilia? I know you had a lot of weather damage to your house and wondered if that survived.

Sebastian: Yeah, I do. The house…I am still kind of dealing with my living situation, so I don’t collect as much as I used to. The weirdest thing was that I didn’t cry so much when I was at the house…it’s a five acre property. The time that I cried is when I was walking on the paths in the woods that I had cut. I am a runner, and over twenty years of living there, I had all my own paths throughout the whole woods that were all mine. I knew every rock, every tree, every leaf and every little piece of dirt…I knew where everything was in those woods. That’s what fucking hit me. When I was alone in the woods, walking through my paths, that is when I cried. That is kind of crazy because I still own the land and I can go walk on them anytime (laughter).

Read more at Classic Rock Revisited.

source: classicrockrevisited.com

SEBASTIAN BACH POSTS VIDEO FOR “ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD” ONLINE, NEW SOLO ALBUM “GIVE ‘EM HELL” IS RELEASED TODAY

sebastian_bach-400 Sebastian Bach has released a video for the song, All My Friends Are Dead from his new album, Give’Em Hell, which was released today (April 22nd) on Frontiers Records. Watch it below.

Bach had previously released a video for Temptation and a lyric video for the song Taking Back Tomorrow.

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DEF LEPPARD’S JOE ELLIOTT ON HOW TO WRITE A SONG: ” [MY MOTTO IS] NEVER GO TO BED WITHOUT [A] PEN AND PAPER”

joeelliot400 Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott. Excerpts from the interview below.

Songfacts: How do you write your best songs?

Joe Elliott: To be quite honest, songs percolate in your head first, and normally when you’re too far away from an instrument to get to one. You’re in an airplane or you’re on the back of a bus, or you’re in bed. “Never go to bed without [a] pen and paper” is my motto, or these days an iPhone. Sometimes you get up in the morning and there’s a melody going around annoying you like a bee in a jam jar.

Now, most people, Phil [Collen - Def Leppard guitarist], for example, would just pick up a guitar, because that’s all he knows. He doesn’t play the piano. Sometimes I just sit at a piano and I’ll start trying something and go, “Well, this is a piano song.” And I might try and do it on the guitar and go, “Hmm, could work both ways, but it sounds better as a piano song.” And I will leave it that way.

Two Steps Behind, for example, I wrote on a guitar. Obviously, because that’s what it is. But other stuff that I’ve written, like Undefeated off the Mirrorball album, was all written on guitar. But the new Down ‘n’ Outz material for album three – God willing it gets made – was all pretty much written on piano. But there’s going to loads of guitars all over it, as well.

It’s horses for courses. It really is that varied. Angus Young you wouldn’t need to ask that question to, because you know exactly how he writes all his songs. But with somebody that’s a bit more varied, like a Bowie or a Freddie Mercury or Ian Hunter, will write on both. I like the idea of being able to do that because it gives you a broader scope.

Songfacts: One of my favorite Def Leppard songs is Too Late for Love, and I was surprised that it was released as a single but never as a video, which I think prevented it from being a true hit in the US. (The song didn’t chart on the American Hot 100 and made just #86 in the UK.)

Joe: Here’s why: because Photograph is the first single off Pyromania, and it went through the roof because of MTV. Once people started getting cable all over the States, this fledgling MTV thing took off. We got fantastic bounce-back from people watching it on MTV and then asking the radio stations to play it. The two started bouncing back from each other request-wise, and the song just went crazy.

It was in the middle of that year that I think we released Rock of Ages, and then towards the end of the summer maybe I think Foolin’ came out. And we’d shot the video for Foolin’. I remember doing it – I think we did it in August of ’83. So that kind of covered the end of the tour, which finished in September.

By the time we went back to Europe to do the end of the world tour, they decided they wanted to go to radio with Too Late for Love, but we weren’t really in any kind of a position to make a video for it. Plus, there was this feeling amongst us like, “It’s a fourth single, but it’s just being put out there for the sake of it. It’s only being released because of the success of the first three.”

It was never a game plan in January of that year. It was a on the spur-of-the-moment decision made maybe in August or September that we would go with a full single, to which we responded, “Well, okay, fine, whatever you want. But there won’t be a video, because we’re too busy touring.” It was just the record company trying to prolong the length of the album and see if that song was going to fly.

But as great a song as it is, I believe that any success that it achieved was based on the fact that the first three did so well. It’s a fantastic album track, but it’s not a single. To me. You know what I mean? To me, it’s like putting Kashmir out as a single. [Many of Led Zeppelin's most famous songs, Kashmir and Stairway To Heaven among them, were not released as singles.]

It’s like, “Are you kidding me?” It’s just a great album track. It’s not a single. It doesn’t have the hook. It’s a brilliant piece of arrangement, it’s a good bit of writing, it’s a great lyric, it’s a brilliant piece of music. But it’s a rock track. It’s never going to challenge Thriller or Billie Jean. Whereas, Photograph and Rock of Ages were, because they were anthemic in a lyrical and a vocal way. They were a call to arms. And Too Late for Love is a bit more “lamentable,” if you like.

Read more at Songfacts.

source: songfacts.com

CALIFORNIA BREED PREMIERE “MAKING OF THE ALBUM” SERIES ON GUITAR WORLD.COM, SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT MAY 19TH

glennhughesjasonbonham400 California Breed, the powerful new rock trio featuring legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt, have premiered the first in a series of “making of” clips from the recording of their self-titled debut album, out May 19th on Frontiers Records. Watch the first clip today from Guitarworld.com below and tune into Guitarworld.com every Tuesday for the next five weeks for another interview with the band.

Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the hard-hitting trio’s first single Sweet Tea has hit number seven on the Classic Rock chart and continues to climb. The band also recently debuted an animated lyric video for the new song Midnight Oil. Midnight Oil and Sweet Tea are available as instant tracks by pre-ordering the album exclusively from iTunes.

California Breed will be available as a CD, digital download and a Deluxe Edition CD + DVD featuring the bonus song Solo, two video clips and a documentary. Fans that pre-order the digital download on iTunes will receive an instant download of the first single, Sweet Tea upon ordering. The iTunes and Amazon pre-order links are as follows: iTunes, Amazon CD and CD Deluxe Edition CD + DVD.

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AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN

americanheadcahrge400 Following their highly successful US/UK tours in support of their most recent Shoot EP, Minneapolis industrial mob American Head Charge announce their long-­‐awaited fourth full length studio album, set for release in 2014. In connection with the new record, the band have announced an Indiegogo campaign to give fans the chance to contribute to their first studio album in nine years,and the band are offering some incredible incentives.

The incentives include signed CD’s, guitar lessons, a night out on the town in Las Vegas with the band, band members coming to your house to cook you dinner and even the chance to have the band play a show just for you.

The link to the Indiegogo campaign and a list of the brilliant offers can be found here.

Vocalist Cameron Heacock commented: “We are more than excited to get into the studio and work with producer Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Mudvayne) on our upcoming crowd-­‐funded record. The music industry is such a different place these days, and we’d much rather have our fans in charge of the record as opposed to a bunch of suits whose only interest is the bottom line. Indiegogo, and crowd-­‐funding options, have made this a possibility, and we’re taking full advantage of it.” American Head Charge were  formed in 1998 by bassist, Chad Hanks and vocalist, Cameron Heacock and since their formation they’ve released three records, one compilation/DVD, and one EP, the most successful being the Rick Rubin produced The War Of Art. They’ve shared stages with the likes of Slipknot, Rammstein, Ministry, System Of A Down and Slayer, headlined sell-­‐out tours across the world and played as part of countless high profile festivals, and will be appearing at Download 2014.

LILLIAN AXE TO RELEASE LIVE ACOUSTIC ALBUM THIS MAY

LILLIANAXE400 Louisiana Music Hall of Fame members, Lillian Axe, will be releasing their thirteenth album, the acoustic live, One Night in the Temple, produced by Steve Blaze, on May 27th via CME Records / Sony Music (RED) in the USA and Canada and on Melodic Rock Records/Cargo for the rest of the world on May 19th.

Performed acoustically in an intimate setting housed in a Masonic Temple in the Bayou, with their most die-hard fans, One Night in the Temple, features all their hits including, True Believer, Show A Little Love, Crucified, Misery Loves Company, Ghost of Winter, The Great Divide, Bow Your Head, Waters Rising and the crowd favorite Nobody Knows.

Lillian Axe founder Steve Blaze reflects; “ when I first had the idea of putting this show together, it was originally going to be a private 20 person show with acoustic guitars, vocals and no production, however, it took on a life of its own.”

One Night in the Temple; will be released as 3 disc set (2CDs/1DVD and 2CDs/1Blu-Ray), housed in an elaborate digipack. Filmed in high definition, the Blu-Ray will contain the acoustic performance, fan question and answer session, videos for the songs Caged In and Death Comes Tomorrow, featuring 3 songs live in concert from their July 4th, 2013 performance at the Paragon Casino and behind the scenes footage while the DVD will contain one song from the Paragon Casino and the video for Death Comes Tomorrow.

One Night in the Temple track Listing:

Disc 1: Waters Rising, Death Comes Tomorrow, Ghost of Winter, See You Someday, The Great Divide, Nocturnal Symphony, Sad Day On Planet Earth, Bow Your Head, Show A Little Love and Misery Loves Company.

Disc 2: Crucified, The World Stopped Turning, Dyin’ to Live (Shades of Blue), Until The End Of The World, The Day I Met You, The Promised Land, Nobody Knows, My Apologies, True Believer and Nobody Knows (Crowd Version).

Lillian Axe is Brian Jones (lead vocals), Steve Blaze (guitar and vocals), Sam Poitevent (guitar and vocals), Eric Morris (bass guitar) and Ken Koudelka (drums).

Lillian Axe will be touring to support this release this summer beginning in the middle of July.

Confirmed dates with more to be announced:

4/18 in Houston, TX @ Concert Pub North
4/19 in Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club
5/9 in Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall
7/19 in Pekin, IL @ Goodfellas
9/27 in Melbourne, FL @ 80′s In The Park Festival

For more information on Lillian Axe, please visit lillianaxe.com and facebook.com/lillianaxe.

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JOE SATRIANI RELEASES CAREER-SPANNING BOX SET TODAY, APPEARS IN USA TODAY, ON ARSENIO HALL SHOW TONIGHT AND ON ROCKLINE TOMORROW NIGHT

joesatrianicompletereccover640 Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has released Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings, a 15 CD library box housing the rock guitar virtuoso’s most comprehensive anthology ever, out today (April 22nd).

To read all about this comprehensive box set, please click here.

Satriani appears tonight on The Arsenio Hall Show where he will sit in with their award-winning band, and tomorrow, Joe will be the featured guest on Rockline.

On the print side, Joe is featured today in the Life Section of USA Today, on the current cover of Guitar World Magazine, and on April 5th, Joe appeared on the season 13 finale of VH1’s, That Metal Show.

One of the most influential and respected instrumental rock guitarists to emerge in the past three decades, Joe Satriani is that rare “musician’s musician” who’s crossed over into the mainstream with music sublime and complex, appealing to a wide variety of tastes.

A true master of the six-string, Satriani worked as a guitar teacher in his early career, with a number of his students—among them Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde, David Bryson (Counting Crows), Charlie Hunter and more—achieving their own considerable successes.

While in considerable demand as a sideman throughout his career—he’s toured with Mick Jagger, Deep Purple and many others—Satriani has pursued his own musical vision over the years through a series of instrumental rock albums (many of them Grammy nominated) which chronicle his evolution as an artist and his eloquence as a guitarist.