Iconic bassist Bob Daisley has posted the following at his official website:
At last, my autobiography For Facts Sake is ready to roll. It covers my whole life and my fifty-year career in music, and features everyone that I’ve ever worked with-Chicken Shack, Mungo Jerry, Widowmaker, Rainbow, The Blizzard of Ozz, Uriah Heep, Ozzy (and Sharon) Osbourne, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, the notorious Don Arden, and too many others to mention here. The stories reveal some interesting and, until now, unknown facts about many of these artists and characters, and with more than 460 photos throughout the text, it provides a pictorial view of my journey.
I wanted to make it affordable for the many fans that have given their support, I hope that it lives up to your expectations. Thanks to you all.
Signed copies can also be orders for no extra charge. The book costs £18.99p ($29.12) + postage & packing. If you wish to purchase more than one copy, please contact email@example.com.
The book measures 11″ x 7.5″ (280 x 190 mm) and is an inch thick, there are over 460 photographs, mostly color, the majority of which were taken by Daisley and have remained in his personal archives until now.
This is a limited offer and end on the July 28th. Orders received after that date will not be eligible for a signed copy.
For Facts Sake will be released August.
Please visit bobdaisley.com for more information and to purchase a copy of the book.
Bryan Reesman of Grammy.com spoke with guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen about The Winery Dogs and his other creative outlets. Portions of the interview appear below.
Grammy.com: You use blues and soul as a starting point on The Winery Dogs. How does each member’s various backgrounds come together on the album?
Kotzen: What’s interesting about the band is that we all have our backgrounds. We each have different things that we’re into that the other guy might not be as hip to, but we do have that common ground, which for us is the fact that we all love that late ’60s [and] early ’70s classic rock. That’s the thing we connect on, and then as individuals we all have our different things that we bring to the table. Mike has the heavier, metal/progressive thing, and Billy invented his own kind of bass playing. I have the more Philly R&B elements going on, so I think that’s what makes the record interesting. You’ve got a definitive-sounding record, but the thing is none of us got lost. You still hear Mike Portnoy’s style, you still hear my style and you still hear Billy’s style.
Grammy.com: As time goes on, do you feel you are becoming more open to new opportunities in music?
Kotzen: As I get older, I don’t want to do anything I don’t want to do. I don’t want to do anything that I’m not excited about musically, even with this band. If there had been any moment that was too much of a hassle, I wouldn’t have done it. The situation I’m in is a little different from other people in that I’ve been self-contained now for over 10 years. I make solo records, I go out, I tour and have my base. And I enjoy that and love doing that. I’m not [asking myself], “What can I do next? I’ve got to do something different.” I already am that and am happy with it. So anything I do beyond that has to be in addition to. I’m pretty content. Not that I feel like I can’t improve, but just in the sense of what music represents is more about the creative process and less about music.
I can live without music [but] I can’t live without being creative. To make a point out of that, I do work on my house. I built a deck outside my kitchen. It took me a month and a half to build. I did everything, and that feeling I had when I finished the deck was very similar to the feeling I have when I write a song. It’s the creativity [that] gets me … it’s not necessarily Friday night being onstage playing cover tunes. I wouldn’t do that. The creative process of being in the studio and having a lyric idea and a drumbeat and developing that into a song, and two days later hearing it through the speakers the way I heard it in my head, that’s the part of music that I love.
Grammy.com: Are there other things that help you be creative outside of music and help you recharge your batteries?
Kotzen: For years, my house has been a project, but now I’ve done so much to it that I’ve run out of things to do. I had a recording studio for a while that was in a building I bought. I [remodeled] it and did a lot of construction, so that was a project. I really like those kinds of projects. I play cards with my friends, I love basketball. I put a half-court in my yard just because I’m obsessed with that. I have to have a balance. If I just finished making a record, I don’t immediately want to start another one. I want to take a break.
Slash–the iconic, Grammy-winning guitarist–will release the soundtrack album for the first-ever motion picture he has co-produced, Nothing Left To Fear, on October 4th, the same day the film opens in select theaters. The Nothing Left To Fear Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was written and produced by Slash and Nick O’Toole. It includes the film score plus two original songs: Nothing Left To Fear which features vocalist Myles Kennedy and the instrumental Welcome To Stull.
The album will be released exclusively at PledgeMusic.com/slash, giving fans access to interviews, song streams, first looks at film art, clips and more. When fans pledge and pre-order the album, they will gain access to one-of-a-kind experiences with Slash, as well as merchandise for the film. For more information on all packages available, click PledgeMusic.com/slash.
Due in select theaters Friday, October 4th and available on Blu-ray Combo-pack, DVD and On Demand starting Tuesday, October 8th. Nothing Left To Fear is a harrowing tale in the spirit of the terrifying horror films of the 1970s. The movie is inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas, which is surrounded by Internet folklore proclaiming the town to be one of the Seven Gateways to Hell. Wendy (Anne Heche), her husband Dan (James Tupper of “Revenge”) and their kids have just moved to the small town of Stull, Kansas, where Dan is the new pastor. But in this sleepy community of friendly neighbors, a horrific series of occurrences awaits them: Their teenage daughter (Rebekah Brandes of “Bellflower”) is being tormented by grisly visions. Her younger sister (Jennifer Stone of “Wizards Of Waverly Place”) has been marked for a depraved ritual. And deep within the heartland darkness, one of The Seven Gates Of Hell demands the blood of the innocent to unleash the creatures of the damned. Ethan Peck (“10 Things I Hate About You”) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) co-star in this demonic shocker featuring original music by producer SLASH and inspired by the real-life paranormal legacy of Stull. Nothing Left To Fear is the first film from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Slash’s production company, Slasher Films, and was written by Jonathon W.C. Mills and directed by Anthony Leonardi III.
“As a long-time fan of the Horror genre, I want to produce films that are in an older tradition of the genre,” relates Slash. “That is to say, films that leave more to one’s imagination, that are psychologically scary and character-driven, and what scares you is more cerebral than superficial. Slasher Films is my vehicle to realize that aim, and NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR is the first film with more to come.”
Following is the full tracklisting for the soundtrack for the new film Nothing Left To Fear:
1) The Road to Stull 2) Cold Welcome 3) Lamb’s Blood 4) One Choice, Two Fates 5) A Prayer 6) Dark Dreams 7) Sermon 8) The Tooth 9) Retrieval 10) Silent Secrets 11) Pain and Premonition Part 1 12) Pain and Premonition Part 2 13) Observations 14) The Secret Tower 15) Do Your Part 16) Don’t Forget 17) A Flash and a Feeling 18) Abduction 19) Bleeding In 20) Urgency 21) Have Faith 22) The Decline 23) Trauma 24) The Blood Lust 25) Our Broken Home 26) Revelations 27) No Safety in Numbers 28) Childhood’s End 29) The Fear 30) The Perfect Circle 31) Nothing Left to Fear (featuring vocalist Myles Kennedy) 32) Welcome to Stull
Unblackened, a new live DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Video from Black Label Society will be released on September 24th, 2013 by Eagle Rock Entertainment. [Pre-book Order Date September 9, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD]
Additionally, Zakk’s label home, eOne Music will release the audio version of the Unblackened DVD under the same name. The double disc release will have six additional tracks not found on the DVD including two acoustic versions of Queen Of Sorrow and Won’t Find It Here, and covers of Leon Russel’s Song For You and Aint No Sunshine by Bill Withers.
Since their early nineties inception, Black Label Society, formed and helmed by guitar legend Zakk Wylde, has been at the forefront of hard rock. Their penchant for hard riffs and blazing solos has resulted in a slew of hugely successful albums and a reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation. Unblackened, however, unveils another side of the band.
Filmed and recorded earlier this year in high definition at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia, Unblackened is Black Label Society presenting their songs in a whole new light, with greater use of acoustic instrumentation. Wylde plays both guitar and piano, with Nick Catanase on guitar, John DeServio on bass/vocals, Chad Szeliga on drums, Derek Sherinian on keyboards/piano, and Greg Locascio providing additional vocals. Their stripped-down approach highlights the subtler nuances of the songwriting, without losing any of the fire or intensity. Classic tracks like Stillborn, The Blessed Hellride, In This River, Throwin’ It All Away, Losin’ Your Mind, and many others are still punctuated by the stinging, searing solos that fans know and love, while showcasing the versatility of the band.
In addition to the concert, Unblackened is rich in bonus material. A new interview with Zakk, photo gallery, music video for Losin’ Your Mind, and a feature with Wylde visiting HM Prison Stocken in the UK are all included.
Zakk Wylde, who has been called one of the true guitar heroes of the past 20-plus years, served as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist for over 20 years in addition to his work with BLS. This collaboration led to a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling No More Tears, of which Wylde wrote all the music. Bestowed with such accolades as “Golden God” by Metal Hammer and the “Best Guitarist” Award from Revolver Magazine, Wylde has proven time and time again that his songwriting, guitar prowess, and on-stage persona, along with his larger-than-life personality, have made him a force to be reckoned with. Black Label Society continues to enthrall fans around the globe, and Unblackened is another incredible epitaph in the band’s canon.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Four the anticipated reunion album from Canadian rockers Coney Hatch on September 24th in North America and September 27th in Europe.
Once dubbed “The Loudest Band in Toronto” Coney Hatch is back with their first record of new material in over two decades. Four is chalked full of the unique brand of melodic riff-rock that first brought the band to the attention of critics and rock fans all over the world.
Formed back in the early ‘80s in Toronto Canada, original members Andy Curran, Carl Dixon, Dave Ketchum and Steve Shelski released three records on Anthem Records in Canada and Polygram for the rest of the world. The band toured relentlessly and played support slots on tour with the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Accept, Ted Nugent and Cheap Trick to name a few. After three releases and many miles of success and rocky road under their belts, the four band members went their separate ways in 1986.
The story of this reunion is an amazing journey that only fate could be responsible for. Late one night, on his way home from a recording session in Australia, a weary Carl Dixon had a near fatal head-on car collision that left him clinging to life. While Carl was still in an induced coma, his wife reached out to the other members of Coney Hatch and asked them to offer words of encouragement over to the phone to Carl. She held the phone to his ear as he lay unconscious in his bed. “I told him to get better quick “says bassist / vocalist Andy Curran. “I said we had a lot more rockin’ to do with Coney Hatch. I really didn’t think we’d play together again but it just came out of my mouth… and Carl remembered it!”
Be careful what you wish for!!……after many operations, Band-Aids, stitches, titanium rods, doctors, nurses, medicine and sheer gut-determination Carl Dixon returned to the stage with his three original band mates in August of 2010 in Hamilton Ontario in front of 7,500 hungry Hatch fans. News of that show travelled fast and the original Coney Hatch was soon invited to play Firefest 2011 for their first time ever in the UK! The rave reviews flooded in after that sweaty night in Nottingham and the band returned to their homeland to find a record deal offer waiting for an all new Coney Hatch record.
After much discussion and soul-searching the band decided to grab the opportunity from Frontiers to work together again. They enlisted the help of long time friend and Juno Award winning engineer Vic Florencia (Danko Jones, Nelly Furtado, Hillary Duff, Marc Jordan, Olivia Newton-John etc) to capture the new recordings.
“All of us are thrilled to have recorded a 4th Coney Hatch record” says Curran. “We never thought it would happen but the stars aligned and hell froze over! The new material feels like it could have been the record after Outa Hand before Friction… Its raw and not too over produced, but still has that vintage Hatch sound. …sonically we did a “2013 LA botox face lift” job and it sounds pretty fresh. The recording process was extremely challenging as the four of us all live separate lives in four different towns…it was honestly like herding cats, but eventually we got them all in the same bag! We’re very happy with the final outcome.”
Based on the crazy journey that plucked the band out of the bars (the Monkey Bars) in the early 80s into the hands of Max Webster kingpin Kim Mitchell and then onto Max Norman for Outa Hand and Friction no one is more surprised than the members of Coney Hatch to be back in studio with their patched up Steve Austin–ish lead vocalist/ guitarist Carl Dixon in 2013.
Four tracklisting includes: Blown Away, Boys Club, Down & Dirty, Do It Again,Connected, Revive, We Want More, Devil U Know, Marseille, Keep Drivin’, Holdin’ On.
In Carl Dixon words “We think everyone will agree that FOUR was worth the wait!”
Listen to samples from Four below:
Coney Hatch is:
Carl Dixon (lead vocal, guitar) Andy Curran (vocals, bass) Steve Shelski (lead guitar) Dave Ketchum (drums)