When it comes to hard rock contenders no band was more feted than Blue Murder. Masterminded by British-born super guitarist John Sykes, who had previously played pivotal roles in the Tygers Of Pan Tang, Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake, the birth of Blue Murder triggered huge anticipation amongst the hard rock community. At this time, Sykes’ stock was at an all time high and his dismissal from Whitesnake at the peak of their success with the multiplatinum 1987 album seemed utterly senseless.
Quick to maintain momentum, Sykes pieced together the fledgling Blue Murder by enlisting A-grade support in the form of bassist Tony Franklin (from the Firm) and seasoned drummer Carmine Appice (Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck). It was a classic power trio set-up with a musical direction influenced by both modern and traditional styles, from Led Zeppelin to the bluesy bluster of Whitesnake.
Signed to Geffen Records, the album was produced by studio mastermind Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi, The Cult) and mixed by Mike Fraser. It stunned critics and fans alike, containing long, often complicated, tracks with ambitious arrangements and a panoramic production that emphasized creativity over commerciality. As a statement of intent the album massively succeeded in establishing Sykes as a major creative force with a rock solid reputation that has served him well over the subsequent years.
With 24-bit remastering from the source tapes, a 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, a new interview with John Sykes, enhanced artwork and photos spread out over a 12 page full color booklet, Rock candy Records is bringing the 1989 self-titled debut album to the masses once again. The ten track release can be purchased now at rockcandyrecords.com.
Watch the videos for Blue Murder’s Valley of the Kings and Jelly Roll below.
Megadeth have revealed the cover art of their forthcoming new album, Super Collider, which will be released on June 4th through Dave Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft, which is distributed by Universal.
Songs include Forget To Remember and Dance in The Rain (both written with David Draiman of Disturbed and Device), A House Divided, The Blackest Crow, Super Collider, Burn, King Maker, and Don’t Turn Your Back. A clip of that song can be heard at megadethgame.com.
Steve Baltin of Rolling Stone spoke with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry about their induction into the Songwriting Hall of Fame and their co-headlining tour in Australia with Van Halen. Read the entire interview below.
Rolling Stone: Awards offer an opportunity to reflect. When you look back, which moments stand out?
Steven Tyler: We come from an era when Sweet Emotion and Back In The Saddle were considered dark and we weren’t accepted. We were just a B-side album band. We were never a singles band. Then the Eighties came along with Dude (Looks Like A Lady). I listen to that now and I think, “What?” It’s fun to hear, kind of like Wooly Bully, but were we trying too hard to be a singles band? It doesn’t fucking matter. We’ve been strung out and sober. We’ve sold in and we’ve sold out. Some days we didn’t even sell at all. What matters is we’re still together as a band.
Joe Perry: One of the things that really hits the nail on the head is the time Steven and I got a phone call from our manager telling us we went to number one with I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing. That was our first number one single. We looked at each other and said, “Holy shit! That’s great, but I thought for sure we had a number one in there somewhere.” And then we just put the phone down and went back to what we were doing. We’ve been such a live band for so many years, the only time I remember thinking, “Wow, we’ve got something,” is when we aimed for something that would carry the day live. ‘Cause that’s what we do – we’re here to entertain the crowd.
Rolling Stone: You mentioned being a B-sides band. Does that mean songwriting awards carry an extra special weight for you?
Steven Tyler: They feel really good. But we’ve always just played our music and haven’t given a shit. Still, the “Cheap imitation of the Rolling Stones” criticism was constant. And it hurt for the first couple of years. It was constantly Mick Jagger this and Mick Jagger that – that I copied him, and Janis Joplin too. Mick was the cheapest, easiest shot. “Well, he looks like him, so let’s write about that.”
Joe Perry: You could tell that they weren’t listening, because we definitely weren’t sounding like the Stones.
Steven Tyler: Done our best to try to, though.
Joe Perry: We steal from everybody. Amateurs copy and pros steal, and we’re professionals. We make no bones about the fact that we took from the people that came before us.
Rolling Stone: Many bands that take a break, whether forced to or by choice, come back feeling rejuvenated. Has that ever been the case for you?
Steven Tyler: We’ve never been apart longer than two years. I’ve watched that premise with everybody else, though – just recently my dear friend Mick Fleetwood got back together with his guys after five years. We’ve toured when there were no albums, when management said, “you’re not gonna make any money,” but we did.
Joe Perry: I’ve seen bands split up for five years and do nothing. That sounds great to me, but it just hasn’t worked out that way. We joined this club for better and for worse – made a deal with the devil and haven’t been able to get out of it. But we’ve been lucky enough to fall back on each other. If a couple of guys aren’t working right, the others pull it back together. It’s always worked like that.
Rolling Stone: Are you looking forward to playing with Van Halen? Who else is on your bucket list?
Joe Perry: I’m really looking forward to it. There’s been talk about us co-headlining for years. But they’re one of those bands that do a cycle then split, so it’s been really hard.
Steven Tyler: I would take a pay cut to play with AC/DC. It’s one of my last things to do, go on tour with them. I don’t really care about the money, and I don’t care about some great review. It’s more about the fans – it’s always been about them.
Black Sabbath will rock a cameo appearance on CSI‘s season finale.
In the lead-up to the release of their upcoming album, titled 13, the band will appear in the finale of the crime drama on May 15th, CBS announced Wednesday.
The band will play a concert in the show attended by some of the characters. The performance in CSI will debut the first single, End of the Beginning, from their new album.
“When we first heard that Black Sabbath was interested in premiering a song on CSI from their first studio album in 35 years, we were all really excited,” said the show’s executive producer, Don McGill, in a release. “So many of us are longtime fans.”
Black Sabbath had planned to release its 19th album in fall 2012, but rescheduled to June 11th, 2013.
The daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma has been revealed and single day tickets will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, April 17th at 10:00 AM CT at www.rocklahoma.com.
Rocklahoma–proud to be presented by Bud Light–will celebrate its seventh year May 24th, 25th and 26th with a stellar rock lineup including Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn and many more. The three-day camping festival features the top current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.
The current daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma is as follows:
Thursday, May 23th (AXiS Campground Stage):
Searching for Sanity
Friday, May 24th:
Guns N’ Roses
All That Remains
Escape The Fate
Down & Dirty
The Last Vegas
Fist of Rage
Mine Enemies Fall
Saturday, May 25th:
Alice In Chains
Bullet For My Valentine
We As Humans
Strikes at One
Well Hung Heart
For the Broken
Memory of a Melody
Sunday, May 26th:
Motionless In White
Thousand Foot Krutch
Red Line Chemistry
The Glitter Boys
New Dawn Day
Framing the Red
Rocklahoma continues to offer fan-friendly ticket prices for the three-day-weekend rock event which features over 70 artists on four stages.
Single Day general admission tickets (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) will go on sale Wednesday, April 17th at 10:00 AM CT for $69 (plus fees).
Three day general admission tickets are currently available for only $125 plus fees and will increase to $150 plus fees on Wednesday, April 17th at 10:00AM CT.
Weekend VIP reserved tickets are currently available for as low as $350 plus fees and will increase to $380 plus fees. Quantities are limited, so get them while you can.
A select few Weekend Four Packs and Groupie Packages remain, and Active Military may purchase discounted general admission tickets at any time. The Roadie Packages and Rockstar Packages are now sold out. For more information on the available packages, please visit the festival website.
The first round of the Miss Rocklahoma competition is underway through April 12th. Contestants can enter for a chance to be crowned Miss Rocklahoma 2013 by uploading their photo and information at www.rocklahoma.com. The top ten women who best embody the rock ‘n roll spirit of Rocklahoma will be announced at www.rocklahoma.com on April 19th. From April 19th-May 10th, rock fans from around the world can vote online for their favorite Miss Rocklahoma contestant. The top five finalists–revealed May 15th–will take part in an onstage competition at Rocklahoma on May 24th, with one lucky contestant being crowned the winner and ambassador for Rocklahoma 2013.
For a detailed list of 2013 Rocklahoma ticket options, VIP packages and amenities, please visit www.rocklahoma.com. Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing email@example.com. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 19th and will remain open through Tuesday, May 28th.
Former Van Halen and current Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony called into to Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Eddie Trunk Live, on Monday, April 9th, to discuss the passing of famed producer Andy Johns. In addition to discussing Johns, and other topics, Eddie asked Anthony a question about his former bandmate David Lee Roth. His response to the question appears below.
When raising the point that David Lee Roth stated in recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine that he would like Anthony back in the band and missed his vocals, the bassist said: “It was flattering to hear Dave talk like that. He never used to talk like that when we were all playing together. [laughs] But hey… I really don’t know what to say to that. It was flattering that he said that. And, obviously, I’m the kind of guy that… water under the bridge. I don’t hold any kind of grudges for anything, and you never know what will happen at anytime…. At this point in your life and career and whatever, the career aside, it’s more about the friendship and just people. And if the music side of it, if that happens, if that comes about, all the better, but that’s not what it’s really about at this point.”