Rival Sons released Great Western Valkyrie, their fourth album, on June 6th.
Rival Sons on the web:
Rival Sons released Great Western Valkyrie, their fourth album, on June 6th.
Rival Sons on the web:
Songfacts: How would you say that you write your best songs?
Scott Weiland: Well, this album is different, the current one that I’m working on with the band. In the past, writing alone, I’ve written much more eclectic records. It’s more obscure music. The two big bands that I’ve played in up to this point, Velvet Revolver and STP, are known for big, D-tuned power riffs, power chords, and big sound. So it’s different.
When I was writing with STP and Velvet Revolver, it was kind of the same thing: One of the guys would have a song idea and we’d kind of suss it out with the band and then I’d write my melodies and then write my lyrics to the melodies. And as a solo artist, I kind of felt free to go off and explore all different styles of music that I’ve been interested in over my lifetime and find some sort of cosmic melting pot for it. That was fun, but it was more difficult to bring that to the stage, because it meant we had to have more players and a lot of effects.
We’d bring in loops and stuff – the loops that we created for the album, we’d bring them out live. Which was fun, but I think for a lot of the STP and Velvet Revolver fans, it was kind of a stretch for them to wrap their heads around because they were very left-of-center records, 12 Bar Blues  and Happy in Galoshes . This is much more of an indie-sounding record, but it still is very much a rock and roll record. There’s big, fuzzy riffs and it’s cool. It’s a whole new experience.
Songfacts: What was the lyrical inspiration behind the STP song, Dead and Bloated?
Scott: It’s not really about anything. It’s just stream-of-consciousness words. I mean, at the age of 21, 22, I didn’t have a whole lot of life experiences. So it’s more about the vibe, the angst and that kind of a thing, as opposed to actual life experiences.
Songfacts:…what about the STP song Creep, what do you remember about the lyrical writing of that song?
Scott: That’s just the idea of being a young person somewhere, caught between still being a kid and becoming a young man. It’s that youth apathy, that second-guessing yourself, not feeling like you fit in.
Songfacts: And what about Slither from Velvet Revolver?
Scott: That song, what was that song about? Just got done performing it. The lyrics are about a relationship. “When you look you see right through me, cut the rope, fell to my knees, born and broken every single time.” It’s just feeling not right in a situation.
Read more at Songfacts.
This interview was conducted at Joe Perry’s book signing in New York City on October 7th. To read details about Joe Perry’s biography, please click here and to see pictures from his Manhattan book signing, click here.
NY Post: You’re not afraid to talk about your love for Michael Bublé.
Rob Halford: Even though I’m a metal singer, the fact that I’ve been able to appreciate other types of performers has probably paid dividends.
When I listen to Michael Bublé, it’s exciting, it’s inspiring. I feel the same way with Michael Feinstein or Ryan Adams. I’m drawn to singers who have something different to say vocally, and Adele would be in there. I saw [Barbra] Streisand in Phoenix and that was mind-blowing. Her voice is just so pure.
NY Post: You’re definitely thinking outside of the metal box.
Rob Halford: I’ve also always had a passion for some types of opera — I’ve got a massive Pavarotti collection. I sing Nessun Dorma when I warm up backstage.
NY Post: Is Priest ever going to put out the tracks you guys did in ’88 with producers Stock Aitken Waterman, of Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley fame?
Rob Halford: I personally would love to release them, but there’s a different consensus within the band. Our rendition of [the Stylistics’] You Are Everything is just beautiful — it’s an ’80s megarock ballad, with big drums, big vocals, sweeping strings.
People are a lot more open-minded now, whereas in those days it could have created a bit of push-back, maybe even some damage to our reputation.
NY Post: Yet from Day 1, you’ve pushed the boundaries in your stage visuals, with all that leather and chains.
Rob Halford: The outfit I used to wear for our first three or four songs was like carrying one of those huge military backpacks! I had to have an operation on my spine a year ago.
My new outfits are just as visually strong but they’re about a quarter of the weight — we’ve reduced the tonnage of the studs [chuckles]. I’ve been in London working on them with Ray Brown. I look a bit like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz on the new tour.
Read more at the New York Post.
Rock or Bust track list.
1. Rock or Bust
2. Play Ball (To listen to this song, click the name)
3. Rock The Blues Away
4. Miss Adventure
5. Dogs of War
6. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder
7. Hard Times
8. Baptism By Fire
9. Rock the House
10. Sweet Candy
11. Emission Control
CD and LP versions of Rock or Bust are packaged in a limited 3D animated cover. All digital pre-orders of Rock or Bust come with an instant download of Play Ball.
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As previously reported, Trixter’s Steve Brown is the temporary replacement guitarist for Vivian Campbell while he recovers from cancer treatments.
Brown’s debut appearance with band too place on September 28th when Def Leppard played Wembley Stadium during the NFL’s Dolphins/Raiders game. See the performance below.
Campbell recently posted the following message at the band’s official website:
“As many of you know, I’ve been scheduled to start a stem cell transplant and as soon as I got home from tour I began the necessary tests and preparations. I’ll be admitted to hospital soon for all the yucky bits, so in the meantime I’m headed to Target to stock up on cozy pajamas, fresh underwear, and a sackful of car-porn.
Unfortunately, this means that I won’t be able to perform with the band on the upcoming NFL broadcast on Sept. 28th, nor will I be able to do the shows scheduled for Oct/Nov.
While I can’t say that I’m looking forward to the process ahead, I’m very much looking forward to what I feel will be a most successful outcome. Next year will be very busy for Def Leppard with a new album and a world tour, and frankly, I don’t think they would sound as loud without me, so I have no intention of letting the team down!
See you all (with hair!) in 2015. – Viv”
Rock or Bust is the first AC/DC album in the band’s 41 year history without founding member Malcolm Young on the recordings. It has been revealed recently that Young is suffering from dementia.
AC/DC will undertake a world tour in support of Rock or Bust in 2015. Stevie Young, nephew of founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, plays rhythm guitar on the album and will accompany the band on tour.
Tune-in this Saturday (10/11) at 9:45 p.m. ET/6:45 p.m. PT to watch global rock heavyweights Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP) perform LIVE from The Arena at Gwinnett Center, in Duluth, GA. 5FDP has teamed up with Yahoo and Live Nation to live-stream Saturday’s show, one stop on the band’s current North American co-headlining tour with Volbeat which kicked-off October 24 and has already sold out many of the run’s dates.
Click here to watch the live stream.
Fans will also have the freedom to stream the concert wherever they are through Yahoo Screen iOS, Android, mobile Web, desktop, and Smart TV platforms including Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox 360. This is one of 365 concerts to stream over a 12-month period on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen.
For all tour dates, please visit fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour/.
Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label known for embracing new music from legendary Rock artists, has released the first video by its newest acclaimed band: Rated X featuring vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder, King Kobra and others), Bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Blue Murder, and Whitesnake and guitarist Karl Cochran (Joe Lynn Turner, Ace Frehley). Entitled This Is Who I Am, the song is taken from the band’s self-titled debut set for release in the EU on November 7th and in North America on November 10th. Listen below.
Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes here will receive an instant download of the song or it can be purchased as a digital single.
Rated X was formed at the suggestion of, and under the guidance of Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino. Frontiers in-house
producer, Alessandro del Vecchio, not only handled studio production, but added keyboards on several tracks. Pat Regan (Mr. Big, Deep Purple, Gotthard, Kiss, Doro) mixed the album.
The band’s debut album, entitled Rated X, features all new songs built upon a classic Hard Rock foundation, with a distinctly contemporary edge. This Is Who I Am, with its solid bottom, soaring guitar riffs driven by Turner’s compelling vocals, is sure to please hard rock fans around the world.
Says Joe Lynn Turner, “It’s about a personal experience of mine and I think it relates to everyone. We all want to shine as individuals. Too many people were judging me and telling me how to look and how to act; basically it’s about rebellion.”
“It has a really cool groove,” says Carmine Appice. “I love the hook and I love what it is saying.” Much of the album was recorded in different cities, using current recording technology, however, it never strays from a solid band sound.
“The songs will stand by themselves,” says Karl Cochran.” They are strong songs.”
Adds Tony Franklin about the project, “There is a lot of talent in this band and we respect each other. Some of us in this band have known each other for 20 to 30 years. So, it didn’t feel like something that had just been put together randomly. It feels real.”
Watch an electronic press kit about the band below.
Rated X track list:
1. Get Back My Crown
2. This Is Who I Am
3. Fire And Ice
4. I Don’t Cry No More
6. Devil In Disguise
7. You Are The Music
8. Peace Of Mind
9. Maybe Tonight
10. On The Way To Paradise
11. Our Love Is Not Over
12. Stranger In Us All