BPMD – featuring Bobby Blitz (Overkill) on vocals, drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Sons of Apollo), bassist Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) and guitarist Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) – released their debut full-length album of ’70s rock covers, American Made, this past June via Napalm Records. It’s no surprise that the members of BPMD consider the late Eddie Van Halen one of their biggest musical influences, therefore, the the inclusion of an impassioned cover of Van Halen’s D.O.A. on the album was a given. With the recent news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing, the band has come together to honor the guitar icon with a heartwarming video of their favorite EVH images, featuring their tribute cover. The video can be viewed here.
In a joint statement of tribute, the band offers, “The world lost an icon, innovator, showman, virtuoso, master songwriter and perhaps one of the biggest inspirations ever to learn how to play guitar. This video is meant to be a tribute to Ed, nothing more, and we hope you enjoy. We will always have Eddie in our hearts.”
1. Wang Dang Sweet Poontang 2. Toys in the Attic 3. Evil 4. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers 5. Saturday Night Special 6. Tattoo Vampire (featuring Buck Dharma of Blue Öyster Cult) 7. D.O.A. 8. Walk Away 9. Never in My Life 10. We’re an American Band
Guitarist John 5 was a guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation, on October 7th, where he discussed the passing of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen on October 6th from cancer.
Five told Eddie (via Blabbermouth.net), “We all knew that Eddie was not well, but he’s like our Superman,” John 5 said. “[We all thought] ‘Eddie’s gonna be fine. We saw him at the Tool concert. He’s gonna beat this. Everything’s gonna be fine. He’s our Superman.’ And when that news hit, I was talking to Fred Coury [Cinderella], and I said, ‘I’ve gotta go.’ I just hung up and I had to pull over on the freeway. I just couldn’t believe it. I was just shocked. It’s just the worst news — the worst. Because we listened to him every day; we saw his picture every day; he’s been a part of our lives since the late ’70s, and now he’s gone. But he changed the world forever, that’s for sure.”
Five, who got his first big break playing on David Lee Roth’s solo album, DLR Band, said he learned the news about Eddie’s illness from the singer, “I talked to Roth a while ago, and he was, like, ‘Yeah, Eddie’s not doing well. And I remember I’m sitting there at his place, and I started to well up, I was starting to tear up. I was, like, ‘Okay, get ahold of yourself.’ Because that’s you hearing it from someone that’s close to Ed. I was, like, ‘All right. Keep it together.’ Because I was shocked. I was, like, ‘Oh my God. This can’t be.’ “
“I didn’t really talk about it that much,” he said. “But I talked to Ed on the phone quite a bit. We would just sit on the phone for a long time. I don’t really talk about this, but we’d sit on the phone and chit-chat for a long time, and tell stories and talk about guitars and talk about bands, and it was always positive.
I think I met him the first time in ’93 through Robert Knight, the photographer. It was kind of nice contact — ‘Hello, how are you?’ — at events and stuff. But then it got a little closer when I started playing with Dave and Manson and everything. But yeah, he gave me a guitar; I gave him one of mine. We were pretty close — not super, super close like I am with Dave or Mike [Anthony] or something like that. But he knew — I would just always tell him how much he meant to me and how much he meant to a zillion other guitar players.”
Elaborating on what made Eddie’s guitar playing so special, John said, “The thing about Ed is — which people that don’t play guitar don’t understand this — he looked at the instrument different, just like [Apple co-founder] Steve Jobs would look at a computer different or anything else; [American inventor Thomas] Edison would look at something different. And that’s what was so special, and that’s why we have lost such a giant, such an important figure in music.
“I would go down to the Van Halen rehearsal and I would pick up his guitar and play through his rig, and I would sound nothing like Eddie Van Halen even if I played a Van Halen song,” he explained. “And that’s the difference, because it’s what’s inside you. It’s those hands; it’s that feel. It’s like trying to describe the color blue. It’s a feeling, and it’s something you have. And I don’t know if we’ll ever have that again — ever.”
Former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have released a new video message about the passing of their former bandmate Eddie Van Halen. It was filmed on October 7th , while at rehearsals for Hagar’s annual birthday bash. Watch the clip here.
In a recent interview with Van Halen’s manger Irving Azoff, the band were in discussions for a reunion tour in 2019 (with Michael Anthony (as original lead singer David Lee Roth had already re-joined the band), when guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s illness progressed.
The guitar God passed on October 6th, and with him, a legacy.
Today (October 9th), Greta Van Fleet releases its first new song in more than a year, My Way, Soon (Lava/Republic Records.) The song is a liberating and jubilant track that celebrates and reflects the band’s personal transformation over the past three years. Also, released is the track’s companion music video,Go here to check it out.
When Greta Van Fleet released Highway Tune in March of 2017, a song that they wrote in their parent’s garage before any of them had turned 18, they had no idea the change it would bring to their lives. The song would go on to become an international hit and Top Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Singles chart. Highway Tune would be followed by three more consecutive number one singles, a debut album that entered Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Top Album Sales charts at number now, a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Album,” appearances on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live, a Gold-certified debut album, an overflow crowd at their Coachella debut, a personal phone call from Elton John inviting them to perform at his Academy Awards Viewing Party, and most consequentially, 246 sold-out tour dates in 13 countries over five continents.
The four Greta Van Fleet band members – Josh and his twin brother Jake Kiszka (guitars), younger brother Sam (bass, keyboards), and long-time family friend Danny Wagner (drums) – were still under the legal drinking age, and two of them hadn’t yet graduated from high school. However, within a few months, they left their safe and familiar family homes in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and entered a whole new – and entirely unanticipated – whirlwind of a world. A world where they would learn and grow beyond their wildest imagination.
As Danny explains, “The definition of ‘normal’ has very much broadened over the past couple of years, and it has affected us as musicians, especially in the writing and recording of this new album. We realized that while growing up, we had been shielded by a lot of things, we were unaware of a lot of things. And then we were thrown out into this huge world, and it was a bit of a culture shock at first.”
“We’ve seen how people live in different parts of the world,” added Sam, “and we’ve developed intrinsic respect for different cultures and people. We’ve gone from driving down a highway to a show and seeing endless miles of shantytowns in Sao Paulo, to playing some of the richest places on earth.”
Added Jake, “The more we’ve seen – different cultures, people, and traditions – we’ve also seen a similarity between ourselves and these different cultures. It surprises me how similar we all are.”
The Hard Rock powerhouse Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons from Wales have released a music video for their brand-new single We’re The Bastards from the upcoming new album We’re The Bastards, which will be released on November, 13th via Nuclear Blast.
Singer Neil Starron the new album, “It’s definitely great to know that we have an audience now. We know there are people that want to hear it, but the truth is that we just had fun with it. Once again, we made the record we wanted to make and it’s been really exciting. It was awesome to take our minds off everything and just concentrate on recording a kick ass album for the fans to enjoy”
The album is available as CD, limited digipack including 4 bonus tracks, 2LP Gold, 2LP Sparkle [UK exclusive], digital album, 2 LP Orange/Black Splatter [Mailorder + Wholesale exclusive] and 2LP Black and can be pre-ordered here.
We’re The Bastards tracklist reads as follows:
1. We’re The Bastards 2. Son Of A Gun 3. Promises Are Poison 4. Born To Roam 5. Animals 6. Bite My Tongue 7. Desert Song 8. Keep Your Jacket On 9. Lie To Me 10. Riding Straight To Hell 11. Hate Machine 12. Destroyed 13. Waves
Bonus tracks [limited digipak]:
14. Big Mouth (Live) 15. Freak Show (Live) 16. Dark Days (Live) 17. Rock ‘n’ Roll (Live)
Formed in the aftermath of Motörhead’s dissolution, following the death of Lemmy Kilmister in 2016, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons were always going to draw a crowd at any discerning rock or metal festival. Led by one of the genre’s most respected guitarists and completed by his sons Todd (guitar), Tyla (bass) and Dane (drums) and powerhouse frontman Neil Starr, the band emerged onto the 2017 touring circuit powered by a huge amount of good will, a smattering of Motörhead covers and a handful of new songs that crackled with passion and swagger. Landing themselves a prestigious support slot on Guns N’ Roses 2017 summer stadium run, the Bastard Sons hit the ground running.
Fast forward to 2020 and, just like everyone else, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons had to cancel a lot of carefully-laid plans when the global pandemic descended on us all. But as if to confirm their absolute dedication to blowing people’s heads off with thunderous rock n’roll, the band refused to cancel plans to record a follow-up to their widely lauded debut. Recorded and engineered during lockdown by guitarist Todd Campbell, the second Bastard Sons album may be just the tonic people need right now and it is bigger, better and even more raucously uplifting than its predecessor. In fact, it’s the sound of a great band hitting their stride and buzzing with confidence.
Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons are:
Phil Campbell | Guitar Todd Campbell | Guitar Tyla Campbell | Bass Dane Campbell | Drums Neil Starr | Vocals
Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has announced the Space Truckin’ picture disc EP, a title exclusive to Record Store Day on November 27th, in the form of a 12-inch vinyl picture disc for his single, a cover of the Deep Purple classic. The limited-edition vinyl release also features additional bonus tracks such as Mission To Mars and The Return Of Space Bear. To celebrate the announcement, Ace has shared an extended double music video for Mission On Mars and Space Truckin’, watch it here.
“Space Truckin‘ was recorded years ago, and then I just re-recorded some parts and changed it a little,” Frehley said in a statement. “We never ended up putting it on a record, so it was just sitting around. It turned out very well. Rob Sabino is a very accomplished studio musician, and we actually grew up in the Bronx together, so we go way back.”
Space Truckin’ picture disc EP track listing:
1. Space Truckin’ 2. Space Invader (Radio Edit) 3. Mission To Mars 4. Space Truckin’ (Radio Edit) 5. The Return Of Space Bear
Space Truckin’ is taken from Frehley’s newest album, Origins Vol. 2, out now via Entertainment One (eOne), which continues Ace’s reflections on a lifetime in music and inspiration. No stranger to cover versions throughout his musical history — having recorded, rebranded and repossessed such notable nuggets as New York Groove, Do Ya and I Wanna Go Back throughout his eight previous studio efforts — this new collection presents a thoughtful and exciting selection of songs that inspired and helped shape the legendary guitarist. That spirit of fun is carried through with exquisite execution, and guitar aficionados will enjoy Frehley’s fresh interpretations of these classic songs.