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

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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)

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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

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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

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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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