WILL ROCK BECOME EXTINCT ONCE THE LEGENDS DIE OFF?

Damon Linker of The Week reports:

Rock music isn’t dead, but it’s barely hanging on. This is true in at least two senses.

Though popular music sales in general have plummeted since their peak around the turn of the millennium, certain genres continue to generate commercial excitement: pop, rap, hip-hop, country. But rock — amplified and often distorted electric guitars, bass, drums, melodic if frequently abrasive lead vocals, with songs usually penned exclusively by the members of the band — barely registers on the charts.

There are still important rock musicians making music in a range of styles — Canada’s Big Wreck excels at sophisticated progressive hard rock, for example, while the more subdued American band Dawes artfully expands on the soulful songwriting that thrived in California during the 1970s. But these groups often toil in relative obscurity, selling a few thousand records at a time, performing to modest-sized crowds in clubs and theaters.

But there’s another sense in which rock is very nearly dead: Just about every rock legend you can think of is going to die within the next decade or so…

…Behold the killing fields that lie before us: Bob Dylan (78 years old); Paul McCartney (77); Paul Simon (77) and Art Garfunkel (77); Carole King (77); Brian Wilson (77); Mick Jagger (76) and Keith Richards (75); Joni Mitchell (75); Jimmy Page (75) and Robert Plant (71); Ray Davies (75); Roger Daltrey (75) and Pete Townshend (74); David Gilmour (73); Rod Stewart (74); Eric Clapton (74); Debbie Harry (74); Neil Young (73); Van Morrison (73); Bryan Ferry (73); Elton John (72); Don Henley (72); James Taylor (71); Jackson Browne (70); Billy Joel (70); and Bruce Springsteen (69, but turning 70 next month)…

…From the beginning, rock music has been an expression of defiance, an assertion of youthful vitality and excess and libido against the ravages of time and maturity….

…Rock music was always a popular art made and consumed by ordinary, imperfect people. The artists themselves were often self-taught, absorbing influences from anywhere and everywhere, blending styles in new ways, pushing against their limitations as musicians and singers, taking up and assimilating technological innovations as quickly as they appeared. Many aspired to art — in composition, record production, and performance — but to reach it they had to ascend up and out of the muck from which they started.

Before rock emerged from rhythm and blues in the late 1950s, and again since it began its long withdrawing roar in the late 1990s, the norm for popular music has been songwriting and record production conducted on the model of an assembly line. This is usually called the “Brill Building” approach to making music, named after the building in midtown Manhattan where leading music industry offices and studios were located in the pre-rock era. Professional songwriters toiled away in small cubicles, crafting future hits for singers who made records closely overseen by a team of producers and corporate drones. Today, something remarkably similar happens in pop and hip-hop, with song files zipping around the globe to a small number of highly successful songwriters and producers who add hooks and production flourishes in order to generate a team-built product that can only be described as pristine, if soulless, perfection.

This is music created by committee and consensus, actively seeking the largest possible audience as an end in itself. Rock (especially as practiced by the most creatively ambitious bands of the mid-1960s: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, and the Beach Boys) shattered this way of doing things, and for a few decades, a new model of the rock auteur prevailed….rock bands and individual rock stars were given an enormous amount of creative freedom, and the best of them used every bit of it. They wrote their own music and lyrics, crafted their own arrangements, experimented with wildly ambitious production techniques, and oversaw the design of their album covers, the launching of marketing campaigns, and the conjuring of increasingly theatrical and decadent concert tours.

This doesn’t mean there was no corporate oversight or outside influence on rock musicians. Record companies and professional producers and engineers were usually at the helm, making sure to protect their reputations and investments. Yet to an astonishing degree, the artists got their way…

…Like all monumental acts of creativity, the artists were driven by an aspiration to transcend their own finitude, to create something of lasting value, something enduring that would live beyond those who created it…

…It was all a lie, but it was a beautiful one. The rock stars’ days are numbered. They are going to die, as will we all. No one gets out alive. When we mourn the passing of the legends and the tragic greatness of what they’ve left behind for us to enjoy in the time we have left, we will also be mourning for ourselves.

Read more at The Week.

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KING’S X FORCED TO CANCEL THEIR EUROPEAN TOUR DUE TO A FAMILY EMERGENCY

King’s X has been forced to cancel its European tour due to a “family emergency.”

The band has posted the following message on their Facebook page:

“It is with our deepest apologies, that we must announce that due to a family emergency, King’s X will be cancelling their upcoming European Tour, including their appearance at the Veruno Prog Rock Festival in Italy. We are truly heartbroken that we will not be able to see all of our European fans, as we have been clamouring for these dates since we announced them. We would like the fans and all those concerned to know the band are ok, and to respect the band’s privacy and please give them some time. We are doing everything in our power to reschedule the tour for 2020. (More news to come).

Tickets will remain valid for the new dates or refunds can be obtained from the point of sale.”

King’s X European tour was expected to begin on September 6th in Germany and end on September 29th in England.

The band was signed to Australian independent record label Golden Robot Records in 2018.

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GLENN HUGHES JOINS THE DEAD DAISIES, REPLACES SINGER JOHN CORABI AND BASSIST MARCO MENDOZA

Former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath member Glenn Hughes was announced as the new singer and bassist with the Dead Daisies, replacing John Corabi and Marco Mendoza in the band.

The new lineup – Hughes, former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, ex-Journey drummer Deen Castronovo and David Lowy – released their first song together, Righteous Days, along with the announcement. Listen to the song, below.

“The Dead Daisies are a musical collective whose members come together through a common love for great rock music,” a statement read. “It’s a living, breathing, musical organism with the credo, ‘Rock is indeed alive and well!’  From the band’s inception, the idea was for members to bring their own ideas to the table but also have the flexibility to come and go when working on their other projects. Both John and Marco are, and always will be, a part of the Dead Daisies musical family, but at this point in time they have decided to do some work on their own solo projects.”

The statement continued with the “guys have recently been in the studio in L.A. recording some new music with legendary singer and bass player Glenn Hughes. … David, Doug, Deen and Glenn head back into the studio later in the year to finish the album and look forward to seeing you on the road in 2020! Get out there, live your life and just enjoy the music!”

Former Motley Crue singer Corabi and ex-Thin Lizzy bassist Mendoza both appeared on the Dead Daisies’ second, third and fourth studio albums. Previous band members have included Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed and Frank Ferrer of Guns N’ Roses, among many others.

Dana’s note: Thanks to T for passing this along.

additional source: ultimateclassicrock.com

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FOZZY ANNOUNCES NEW SONG “NOWHERE TO RUN,” TICKETS FOR THEIR “UNLEASHED IN THE WEST” U.S. TOUR AVAILABLE NOW

Powerhouse rock ‘n’ roll band Fozzy releases their new single Nowhere To Run today via Red Music. Listen to the anthemic track below, which premiered on Chris Jericho’s SiriusXM radio show The Rock Of Jericho this past Friday.
Fozzy is gearing up to hit the road for their Unleashed In The West headline tour, which includes special guest Jared Nichols James, starting September 5th in Denver and ending on September 28th in Atlanta. Catch the band’s high-energy set and be the first to hear new music such as Nowhere To Run. Fozzy has previously shared the stage with the likes of Metallica, Kiss, Avenged Sevenfold, Slash, Saxon, Theory of a Dead Man, Nickelback, Steel Panther and Buckcherry. See below for a list of the band’s upcoming tour dates. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Fozzy is: Chris Jericho (vocals), Rich Ward (guitars, vocals), Frank Fontsere(drums), Billy Grey (guitars) and Randy Drake (bass).

Fozzy Unleashed In The West tour dates:

September 5 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
September 6 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Theater
September 7 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
September 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Royal
September 11 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Casino/Crown Room
September 12 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
September 13 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
September 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of California Stadium**
September 15 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
September 18 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
September 19 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
September 20 – Tucson, AZ – Encore
September 21 – El Paso, TX – Speaking Rock ^
September 25 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall^
September 26 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live^
September 27 – Hattiesburg, MS – Brewsky’s
September 28 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
^special guests Sons Of Texas

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EPIPHONE: ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE RELEASE OF NEW VIVIAN CAMPBELL “HOLY DIVER” LES PAUL

Epiphone–the leader in affordable professional instruments– proudly presents the new Vivian Campbell “Holy Diver” Les Paul Outfit, the debut signature model by Vivian Campbell, the iconic guitarist for Dio and Def Leppard. The Holy Diver is based on Vivian’s prized Les Paul used on Dio’s classic albums Holy Diver and The Last in Line and features a Mahogany body with a Maple cap, DiMarzio® X2N open coil humbuckers, an EpiLiteTM case, and a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity. Available for a limited time only. See Authorized Epiphone Dealers for details and for more information, visit: www.epiphone.com.
Vivian Campbell’s “Holy Diver” Les Paul was designed with Epiphone’s team of luthiers in Nashville, TN and is directly modeled on Campbell’s first Les Paul purchased as a teenager in Belfast, Ireland. This original Les Paul went on to be Campbell’s primary touring and recording guitar when he joined Dio in 1983. Watch Vivian Campbell describe the history behind his “Holy Diver” Les Paul, below.
“First of all, I’m flattered that Epiphone would do this for me,” says Vivian Campbell. “It’s a quality guitar. Over the decades I’ve amassed a lot of guitars, but my original Les Paul is certainly the most valuable. It’s been quite a journey that we’ve been on. I hope the Epiphone ‘Holy Diver’ means as much to some young guitar player as my own heroes did to me back in the day.”
The Epiphone Vivian Campbell “Holy Diver” has a classic Les Paul profile made from Mahogany with a Maple cap in a Black Aged Gloss finish, a 3-piece Maple neck with volute, an Indian Laurel fingerboard, and medium jumbo frets. To power the “Holy Diver,” Campbell chose DiMarzio® X2N humbuckers with wide bar pole pieces that produce a powerful magnetic field to easily push your amp into overdrive. Hardware includes a brass nut and output jack, an ABR-1 LockToneTM Bridge and Stopbar tailpiece for fast and reliable intonation, and chrome Epiphone Strap Locks. An EpiLiteTM case and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Vivian Campbell is included.  Look for the Vivian Campbell “Holy Diver” Les Paul Outfit at Authorized Epiphone Dealers everywhere in Fall 2019.
Watch Vivian and his Vivian Campbell “Holy Diver” Les Paul live in action during the current Def Leppard U.Sshows in Las Vegas, NV and Manchester, TN. For all Def Leppard dates, visit: http://www.defleppard.com/tour.
Read an exclusive interview with Vivian Campbell and Epiphone, here

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JON BON JOVI SAYS THE TITLE OF THE BAND’S NEW ALBUM WLL BE “BON JOVI: 2020” AND ADDS IT WILL BE A “SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS” RECORD

Jon Bon Jovi revealed the title of his band’s new album on Tuesday night (August 27th) on board the Runaway to Paradise Mediterranean Cruise. Speaking to fans in the Norwegian Pearl’s intimate Stardust Theater, Bon Jovi shared that the new record will be titled: Bon Jovi: 2020.

“It’s an election year, so why not?” said the New Jersey rocker. “I couldn’t do any worse…”

Bon Jovi added that the album will feature more “socially conscious” themes, including songs about veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and the recent shootings in Ohio and Texas…

Read more at Variety.

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