DEEP PURPLE TO RELEASE TWO LIVE ALBUMS ON SEPTEMBER 18TH

deeppurple640 Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover writes:

“One band, two crowds, two countries—a tale of two cities indeed. From Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival, one of the biggest metal festivals in the world and a city unto itself, to Japan and the stately Nippon Budokan, the most revered venue in Tokyo. Each has its own distinct personality.

Wacken is a success story beyond par, starting out humbly by two friends in a field in rural Germany and becoming one of the best organized and attended metal festivals… ever. We were most impressed by the facilities, security, backstage, camping… in fact the whole production was superb.

As was the crowd, an awesome sight from the stage, generating a palpable sense of occasion. In the sunset, we were treated to a great welcome from the sea of tattoos and black leather facing us.

Festival crowds are unique because most people are there for the occasion itself rather than for any particular band. For us that is always a welcome challenge and a chance to connect with many who may never have seen us before. But the real stars are all in the audience. Thank you, Wacken.

By way of contrast, the Budokan is a temple of peace (except for the infamous occasion when all the seating was destroyed). Made in Japan was partially recorded there and we’ve played there many times since. For such a large space, the acoustics are excellent; this special building never ceases to impress.

On this particular evening, we came in at the back door, climbed the cool, marble staircase and entered the familiar dressing room. Feeling like we’re the only people in the building, it’s hard to believe there’s even an audience out there.

But there is, young and old, sitting patiently or chatting quietly—the embodiment of civility. It’s almost like the respectful hush one might find in a cathedral. But they’re here to rock. And rock they do. They may be quiet while they’re waiting, but they are far from shy during the show. They gave us an unforgettable evening. Thank you, Tokyo.”

From the Setting Sun… (In Wacken) has been filmed by 9 HD cameras at Wacken Open Air Festival 2013. For the first time in Deep Purple’s history, the band will release a 3D version of their performance on Blu-ray, filmed at Wacken.

…To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo) has been filmed by 12 HD cameras at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo in April 2014.

The audio of both shows has been mixed in Hamburg, Germany by Eike Freese and Alex Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn) with the supervision of Roger Glover.

From the Setting Sun… (In Wacken) and …To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo) will be made available on 2CD+DVD, DVD, Blu-ray (Tokyo performance), and Blu-ray 3D (Wacken performance) on September 18th on earMUSIC.

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KING’S X FRONTMAN DOUG PINNICK DISCUSSES THE BAND’S SELECT LIVE SHOWS AND POSSIBLE NEW ALBUM

dougpinnick Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with King’s X singer/bassist Doug Pinnick about a select number of shows the band will be playing this month and other topics. Highlights from the interview appear below.

BraveWords: How did these King’s X dates come up?

Doug Pinnick: Our booking agent just calls us every now and then, and says, ‘Hey, we’ve got some offers. Do you want to play?’ And we get back to him and say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ – it’s pretty simple. [Laughs]

BraveWords: Will more dates be added?

Doug Pinnick: I hear some more are being added – I got an email this morning from our manager, asking for approval of a couple more weekends. So I guess we’re setting up and going to do some shows now. We’ve got the Texas run, and then we’ve got the east coast run, and think we’ve got something else coming too now.

BraveWords: Which songs would you like to see included in the setlist?

Doug Pinnick: For me, the songs have to be tailored around my voice, because the older I get, the lower my voice gets, and I can’t sing a lot of the old songs. Basically, if we can sing them, then we’ll do them. But if I can’t sing them, then we have to pass them. It’s just getting to that point now, because I’m 64, and my voice is just not working like it used to – I can’t sing Over My Head like I was 20, y’know?

BraveWords: How is Jerry doing, health-wise?

Doug Pinnick: Jerry’s doing great. It’s so funny that everybody is worried about him, but he’s been healed up for a long, long time now. He’s doing fine.

BraveWords: Is there any talk of a new King’s X studio album?

Doug Pinnick: We actually committed to a new record. We don’t know when we’re going to do it yet, but everyone says, ‘OK. Let’s go forward.’ So that’s all I can tell you at the moment. I don’t know when, but we’re planning on doing a record – finally I’ve got everybody to say, ‘Let’s do it’.

BraveWords: Looking back at all the King’s X albums, which one would you say was the most overlooked?

Doug Pinnick: Overlooked? All of them – are you kidding? [Laughs] Y’know, I don’t know, because I don’t really know what people like and what they didn’t. And I don’t look at record sales, because we never sell a lot of records anyway. So I have no clue what would be overlooked. When I talk to fans, everybody has their favorite, and it’s one of all ten of them. I don’t know, everybody has their favorites – I wouldn’t know myself, personally.

BraveWords: What about as far as upcoming solo projects?

Doug Pinnick: I’ve got a Jimi Hendrix tribute record I’m doing right now with a couple of people, which is a lot of fun, and I plan on doing my solo record within the year, and plan on a new KXM record – we’ve been talking about trying to do something in September with that, Ray [Luzier] and George [Lynch]. And my Grinder Blues band will hopefully do some shows and do another album, also.

Read more at Bravewords.

source: bravewords.com

VAN HALEN TO HEADLINE THE MUSIC MIDTOWN FESTIVAL IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA

vanhalen2015-640 Van Halen have just announced that they will co-headline this year’s Music Midtown festival at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA.

The band will be joined on the weekend of September 18th-19th by co-headliners Elton John, Drake and Sam Smith

“Every year, we strive to take the festival to a new level and this year is certainly no exception,” said Peter Conlon, President of Live Nation Atlanta. “With the addition of a fourth stage and this year’s stellar lineup, I think we have done it again!”

Tickets for the festival go on sale this Saturday, June 27th at 10 a.m. EST at www.musicmidtown.com, www.livenation.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. As the official credit card of Music Midtown, Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, June 24th at 10 a.m. EST through Friday, June 26 at 10 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass Program.

Early Bird 2-Day General admission tickets are $ 136.00 (while supplies last) and regular 2-day General Admission tickets are
$156.00. VIP packages will be available for an enhanced festival experience to include:

VIP $600.00 Weekend Ticket

* Admission to Festival
* Dedicated VIP Entrances
* Complimentary food, beer and wine
* Preferred Stage Viewing Areas
* Centrally located lounge area
* Private Air Conditioned Restrooms
* First opportunity to purchase VIP packages for 2016

Super VIP $ 1,200 Weekend Ticket

* Admission to Festival
* Dedicated Super VIP Entrance
* Valet Parking
* Luxury Lounge located at the Electric Ballroom Stage
* Exclusive Viewing Decks at Electric Ballroom & Roxy Stages
* Gourmet catered fare by Zac Brown’s Southern Ground and full open bar
* Transportation between Electric Ballroom and Roxy Stages
* Official festival poster and t-shirt
* Private Air-Conditioned restrooms
* First opportunity to purchase Super VIP packages for 2016

All tickets are subject to applicable service charges and acts, event time and date are subject to change.

For more information, visit www.musicmidtown.com.

Van Halen Van Halen 2015 North American tour: All dates, cities and venues subject to change:

July:

5 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
7 Portland, OR Amphitheater Northwest
9 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
11 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
16 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
18 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
20 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
22 Kansas City, MO Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
24 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
26 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
28 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
30 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

August:

1 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
3 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
5 London, ON Western Fair District
7 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
9 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
11 Hartford, CT Xfinity Center
13 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
15 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
23 Hershey, PA Hershey Park
25 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
27 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
29 Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live
31 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

September:

2 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
4 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
6 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheater
11 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
13 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
15 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
17 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
18-19 Atlanta, GA Piedmont Park
21 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
23 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
25 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
28 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
30 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre

October:

2 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

DEF LEPPARD GUITARIST VIVIAN CAMPBELL SHARES SOME GOOD NEWS, HE WON’T BE MISSING THE BAND’S TOUR, AFTERALL

Viviancampbell-306 Vivian Campbell won’t miss Def Leppard’s upcoming US tour despite the return of his cancer.

The guitarist announced this weekend that his Hodgkin’s lymphoma had returned following stem-cell treatment last year. He feared that another round of treatment would mean he’d have to step back from touring duties, but he is now able to rejoin the tour Saturday, June 27th.

He now reports, “I’ve dodged the bullet of radiation. I was due to start a course that would have sidelined me for most of the first leg of the US tour. But my brilliant doctors have steered me towards an alternative course of treatment that will enable me to rejoin the tour this Saturday night.”

He adds, “They’ve tailored future treatments to accommodate the schedule, so I won’t have to miss any more shows. I’m so happy and indebted to the wonderful physicians who have worked to make this happen. See you Saturday.”

Campbell was originally diagnosed in 2013. He received a false all-clear before undergoing the pioneering stem-cell procedure, and in January announced he was “cautious but confident” over his prognosis.

Def Leppard will release their self-titled 11th album later this year.

Def Leppard North American tour:

June:

23: Tampa Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater, FL
25: West Palm Beach Cruzan Amphitheater, FL
27: Birmingham Oak Mountain Amphitheater, AL
28: Atlanta Aaron’s Amphitheater, GA
30: Charlotte PNC Music Pavilion, NC

July:

2: Bristow Jiffy Lube Live, VA
3: Virginia Beach Farm Bureau Live, VA
5: Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena, CT
7: Gilford Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion, NH
9: Mansfield Xfinity Center, MA
11: Bethel Woods Center, NY
12: Darien Lake Center, NY
14: Toronto Molson Canadian Amphitheater, ON
15: Youngstown Coveli Center, OH
17: Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre, MI
18: Oshkosh Rock USA, WI
21: Mt Pleasant Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino, MI
23: Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, NY
24: Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center, NY
25: Holmdel PNV Bank Arts Center, NJ
27: California Mid-State Fair, CA

August:

7: Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground, SD
8: Sioux Falls Arena, SD
10: Oklahoma City Chesapeake Energy Arena, OK
11: Kansas City Starlight Theatre, MO
14: Missouri State Fair, MO
15: Iowa State Fair, IA
17: Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center, OH
18: Nashville Bridgsetone Arena, TN
21: Dallas Gexa Energy Pavilion, TX
22: Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, TX
23: Austin360 Amphitheater, TX
27: Minnesota State Fair, MN
28: Grand Forks Alerus Center, ND
30: Noblesville Klipsch Music Center, IN

September:

1: Great Allentown Fair, PA
3: Louisville KFC Yum! Center, KY
4: Maryland Heights Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, MI
5: Tinley Park First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, IL
16: Auburn White River Amphitheater, WA
17: Ridgefield Northwest Amphitheater, WA
19: Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheater, CA
20: Los Angeles Forum, CA
22: Chula Vista Sleep Train Amphitheater, CA
23: Phoenix Ak-Chin pavilion, AZ
25: Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater, NM
26: Denver Pepsi Center, CO
28: West Valley City USANA Amphitheater, UT
30: Spokane Arena, WA

October:

2: Bozeman Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, MO
4: Bismarck Civic Center, ND
5: St Paul Xcel Energy Center, MN
7: Moline iWireless Center, IL
9: Tulsa BOK Center, OK
10: Wichita Intrust Bank Arena, KS
11: Lincoln Pinnacle Bank Arena, NE
14: Columbus Schottenstein Center, OH
16: Columba Colonial Life Arena, SC
17: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, FL

MOTÖRHEAD ANNOUNCE US TOUR DATES, NEW ALBUM “BAD MAGIC” COMING AUGUST 28TH

motorhead640 Grammy Award winning iconic rock band Motörhead, who are embarking on a 40th anniversary world tour in support of their upcoming release Bad Magic, have announced a US tour. These North American shows start in mid-August, with Saxon and Anthrax as special guests on select dates, before ending with the now-legendary Motörboat Cruise between Sept 28th-Oct 2nd from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas. The cruise also features Slayer, Anthrax and a bumper line-up of bands including three exciting new acts, Others, Budderside, and No Words.

Bad Magic is the band’s 22nd studio album and is slated to be released August 28th through UDR Music/Motörhead Music. The album was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles, CA with long-time producer Cameron Webb. Bad Magic is the follow up to the band’s highly successful album Aftershock which saw Motörhead enjoy their most successful year yet, including a fourth Grammy nomination.

Motorhead North American Tour Dates:

August:

19 Riverside, CA – RHA
21 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
22 Los Angeles, CA – Shrine
24 San Francisco, CA – Warfield
27 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
28 Denver, CO – Riotfest

September:

1 Austin, TX – Cedar Park Center
2 San Antonio, TX – Aztec
4 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
5 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
8 St. Louis, MO – Pageant
9 Indianapolis, IN – Murat
11 Chicago, IL – Riotfest
12 Detroit, MI – Fillmore
15 Wallingford, CT – Oakdale
16 Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
19 Toronto, ONT – Riotfest
22 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre
23 Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
25 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues

Bad Magic – track listing:

1. Victory Or Die – 3.09
2. Thunder & Lightning – 3.06
3. Fire Storm Hotel – 3.35
4. Shoot Out all of Your Lights – 3.15
5. The Devil – 2.54
6. Electricity – 2.17
7. Evil Eye – 2.20
8. Teach Them How To Bleed -3.13
9. Till The End – 4.05
10. Tell Me Who To Kill – 2.57
11. Choking On Your Screams – 3.33
12. When The Sky Comes Looking For You – 2.58
13. Sympathy For The Devil* – 5.35
*by The Rolling Stones

Motorhead on the web:

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MARILYN MANSON SAYS THE 1999 COLUMBINE MASSACRE “REALLY SHUT DOWN MY CAREER ENTIRELY”

marilynmanson640 Page Six of the New York Post reports:

Marilyn Manson shared his wisdom about staying authentic as an artist with the ad and tech elite at Cannes Lions, and concluded, “America needs someone like me to make it not suck as much as it could.”

The singer, speaking at the Grey Music Seminar with Grey Group’s Tor Myhren, described how he has survived a lengthy career as one of the most controversial and polarizing artists, explaining it is because he has remained true to himself, “It’s difficult because you don’t want to become a caricature of yourself, and you don’t want to be a cliche … sometimes I wonder if I have outgrown my spotlight.”

He continued, “You have to question these things. I still get excited performing live still, but when you see the immediate reaction from a crowd, its like being a theater performer, its something you can’t get from being a writer or being an ad man … its almost ritualistic.” But he added, “I don’t like being a celebrity.”

“One of the first questions anyone ever asked me when I started out in music was, ‘Are you worried that your image will overshadow your music?’ I said, ‘No, I am worried that my music will overshadow my image,’” he quipped.

In an interview where he shared a series of seemingly random sardonic stories, jokes and amusing anecdotes, Manson, dressed head to toe in black and wearing glasses and minimal make-up, said, “My father told me when I was very young, after he taught me how to be a sniper, because he was in Vietnam … My dad said, ‘Son I will give you three pieces of advice … if ever you are with a woman, squirt lemon juice on her, if she screams, don’t have sex with her, she has a disease. Second he said, ‘Son when you get a job, on day one fire someone so everyone fears you.”

Clarifying his comments about being an artist, he added, “I think that people have to believe in you and its easy to fake it, its easy to create things that are fake. My name is two fake names … Nowadays kids are more cynical because they have more information … you can’t try to sell something that is fake. Having an avatar or having a persona online isn’t having a personality either, when everybody could be famous, to me it is not a challenge – it makes it easier, it makes the best rise to the top. Anybody can make music, and be famous.”

He talked about the effect of the 1999 Columbine massacre on his career after he was initially blamed when it was falsely reported that the killers were affected by his music, “When Columbine happened, it really shut down my career entirely, the casinos and the establishments refused to book my shows, it was almost unprecedented, not only did I not do anything, but they were not fans of mine, I sat and watched it live on TV and they said initially they [the shooters] were wearing Manson make-up and t-shirts, then we found out later that they weren’t, but once the wheels started spinning … I put cease and desists on all press and I didn’t do interviews, because I thought it would give them exactly what they want.”

Manson described being interviewed for Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine, and added, “I started speaking about how there is a whole campaign of fear that really controls the greater part of America, and that’s why I do a shout out to France, because I look at America in the same way that an outsider would. A lot of people ask me if I would ever become an expatriate, and I considered the idea, but I think America needs someone like me to make it not suck as much as it could. If you think my music made them [the shooters] do something, which it didn’t, they were not fans – what do you think I would do?”

Of the current nature of fame he added, “It has become increasingly more difficult to maintain what I call ‘not emptying a bucket of mystery’, there are a lot of people who know a lot about your life.”

“Sometimes you end up becoming exactly what you are fighting against. If you are against pop culture, you become part of pop culture, when I make music I am my worst critic. I don’t like to read reviews unless they are good, I don’t drive myself for accolades … people have an opinion on the internet, but they are all hiding behind the cloak of the internet.”

source: pagesix.com

DEF LEPPARD GUITARIST PHIL COLLEN SAYS THE BAND’S NEW ALBUM IS “THE BEST THING WE’VE DONE SINCE ‘HYSTERIA'”

PhilCollenheadshot400 Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen about his new blues project, Delta Deep, and Def Leppard’s next album. Excerpts from interview appear below.

BraveWords: Let’s discuss Delta Deep.

Phil Collen: It’s me and Debbi Blackwell-Cook, who is a 60-year-old black woman, who’s got this great soul voice. It’s somewhere between Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner…a Chaka Khan kind of power voice. She’s my wife’s godmother, so she has sung at our wedding and has been singing since she was two years old in her church – gospel and soul and everything. We would sit around the house and just goof off, and before you know it, we had people going, ‘What is this you guys are doing?’ Initially, it was just Motown stuff. And they’d say, ‘Where can we buy this?’ So we started writing songs. When we got Robert DeLeo from STP and Forrest Robinson on drums – who played with everyone, from TLC to India.Arie, and the Crusaders – it sounded like Rage Against The Machine does blues or something. It had this different kind of energy. We hadn’t really planned it that way, but we tracked all these elements of black music – from where it started from slavery to gospel music, blues, soul, jazz, rock, the whole gamut. Just an expression of all that. I think you hear all these elements coming out in the music. We were blown away by the direction it took, really.”

BraveWords: Are there plans for Delta Deep to play live?

Phil Collen: Yes,…we’ve been rehearsing. I was actually on tour with Def Leppard, and I got home on Sunday from Scandinavia, and the next day, I was rehearsing with Delta Deep. We’re waiting to do a tour, as well – we have to fit that in with all the scheduling, but we’ll make that happen.

BraveWords: And you also have an upcoming autobiography, Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard and Beyond.

Phil Collen: It’s not finished yet, so we’re working on that. It’s me from 0 to 57, and all the bits in between, really.

BraveWords: What is the status of the upcoming Def Leppard studio album?

Phil Collen: It is finished. We need to mix and master it, and it should be out in October. It’s called Def Leppard.

BraveWords: Who is the producer?

Phil Collen: Us, with Ronan McHugh – who’s done our last four or five albums. He’s our sound engineer, so he’s got it all down.

BraveWords: Is it comparable to any previous Def Leppard albums?

Phil Collen: I think it’s the best thing we’ve done since Hysteria. Every song is different – we only went in to record an EP, and came out with twelve songs. It’s actually going to be fourteen on the record. And they vary. Some songs have got the biggest guitars that we’ve ever done – just smack-you-in-the-face-loud-rock-songs. And other songs sound like they should be top-40. And we’ve done everything at separate times – we did two weeks initially, and then another month in May last year, and then we finished off this winter, in January/February. It was a great way of doing it – there was no real pressure, there was no record company executive, and the fans weren’t really expecting anything. So it was really down to us – like in the old days, when the Stones could go, ‘OK, we’re going to go record Brown Sugar and Wild Horses at Muscle Shoals,’ and just went in to record it because they’d written the songs. It was done for all the right reasons, I think, as opposed to the contrived version of things that we’ve unfortunately gotten into over the years – I’m talking about everyone in the industry.

BraveWords: I read a while back that Def Leppard was going to do another residency in Las Vegas, and do the Pyromania album in its entirety. Are there any plans to still do that?

Phil Collen: We keep getting a slot, if you like, but it keeps getting changed – something comes up, and it’s like, in this case, we have to go to Japan or England. Hopefully, we’ll get it sometime next year. There’s only so many slots. But we’d love to do that though.

Read more at Bravewords.

To read more about about Delta Deep, and to listen to a snippet of Bang The Lid, please click here.

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source: bravewords.com

DEF LEPPARD GUITARIST VIVIAN CAMPBELL’S CANCER RETURNS; TRIXTER GUITARIST STEVE BROWN WILL BE THE TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT FOR UPCOMING TOUR

Viviancampbell-306 Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, who has been recovering from cancer treatment, has checked in with the following update:

“I’m saddened by the fact that my cancer has returned. However, I’m beyond consolation that its return will prevent me from being able to do my job for a while. I’m still working on a schedule of treatment with my doctors, but I will see you all very soon.

My apologies.”

Trixter guitarist Steve Brown confirmed to our own Eddie Trunk that he would be filling in for Campbell.

Brown previously filled in for Vivian Campbell when the band performed the pre-game show at the first of last year’s three NFL International Series games on Sunday, September 28th at Wembley Stadium, when the Oakland Raiders host the Miami Dolphins.

[Ed’s note (aka Dana’s note): We here at EddieTrunk.com send Vivian Campbell positive thoughts and wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.]

additional source: bravewords.com

SINGER SAMMY HAGAR DEFENDS BASSIST MICHAEL ANTHONY, SEE THE VIDEO HERE

sammyhagar400pix In response to a recent interview that guitarist Eddie Van Halen gave to Billboard magazine, in which he criticized former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, singer Sammy Hagar spoke out in Anthony’s defense. Watch his response below.

After parting ways with Van Halen, Anthony has continued to work with Hagar, most currently with the band The Circle, that also includes drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson.

JOE SATRIANI DISCUSSES HIS NEW ALBUM AND JIMI HENDRIX’S INFLUENCE ON HIS GUITAR PLAYING

joesatriani640 Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with guitarist Joe Satriani. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Songfacts: Let’s discuss Shockwave Supernova.

Joe Satriani: It’s got 15 songs on it, which makes it long. [Laughs] Longer than most. I was very happy to get the green light from the guys at Legacy to be able to tell the full story of Shockwave Supernova to the fans. I explained to them, it was going to take 15 songs to do it. It’s a concept album that the audience doesn’t really need to know about – in terms of the concept.

It was a writing/composing/production device that allowed me to pull in lots of songs that I had been writing and used to support a story about a perceived alter-ego of mine, who calls himself “Shockwave Supernova.” He is the overt electric rock guitar player on stage, and he goes through so many changes over the course of the album – reflecting on his life – which leads, eventually, to him realizing that he needs to turn into something better. So he’s got to morph himself into a better version.

It all started with the end of the tour in Singapore, when I was walking out on stage, trying to remind myself not to play with my teeth anymore. And then, a few moments later, there I was, on my knees, playing with my teeth! I was like, “Who is this person who does this?”

It turned into a daydream that turned into a real idea for an album, which was that guy is “Shockwave Supernova,” who I’ve been using to bring myself out of my normal shell, when I’ve got to go public. And it was really a lot to write about. So that’s it in a very long, large nutshell, the story of the record.

Songfacts: I was taken by some of the song titles on the album (On Peregrine Wings, Butterfly and Zebra, Is There No Heaven, etc.). I assume they fit into the storyline of the album?

Satriani: For me it does, but as I said before, it was so important that the album could be accessible in any form – in little bits, song by song, side one, side two, re-sequenced by the fans however they like. There is no narrative that anybody has to follow. But each of the songs in my twisted view relate to this character as he remembers his whole career, and the crazy moments, the desperate moments, the wonderful moments, the moments that were just fun. They all relate to that story.

Songfacts: How much of an influence would you say Jimi Hendrix is still on your playing, and can you think of some songs that were directly influenced by Hendrix?

Satriani: Oh, so much. The thing that I really constantly remember from Jimi’s playing was he had a way of being different song to song. He just would not hit you over the head with this same guitar sound, over and over again. He would have something different. And then his playing would be different. Like on one song, he could play fast and fluid, and then on the next, it sounded like he was struggling to play slow. And one song, his guitar would be spacey, and the other song it would be clear and played right in your face with nothing special added to it. And I loved that. Just being a fan of putting on a record and listening to it all the way through, by the time you got to the end, you’d go, “Wow. I’ve got to hear that again. That had so many different sides to it.” And what you were really hearing was all the different sides of his musicianship.

I constantly remind myself that it’s OK in this day and age where people really do like to homogenize and compact and promote one idea and hit you over the head with it, Jimi’s era really allowed for him to be much more creative with a guitar. And I’m using “the same one” – I’ve got the same six strings on it, and there’s no reason to do the same thing over and over again.

This record certainly bears witness to the fact that I was influenced by his creativity and creating many different guitar sounds, and that’s what we did with this record: We allowed so many different guitar sounds to be the hallmark of each song. We didn’t worry about trying to promote “Joe Satriani the guitar player.” It’s really about the music.

Read more at Songfacts.

To listen to On Peregrine Wings, click here, and to read more about Shockwave Supernova, please go to this location.

source: songfacts.com