Go behind the scenes with rocker Chris Cornell on the set of his new video for “Scream.” Watch Chris discuss the concept behind the video and the unique, ethereal quality that director Alan Ferguson (Fall Out Boy, Jay-Z) helps create. “Scream” is the title track off of the forthcoming album produced by Timbaland due out this year.
According to Digitalspy.co.uk, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has implemented a new rule for anyone entering the rock band’s dressing room.
The 46-year-old told Playboy that he will allow people backstage on the proviso that they shed a layer of clothing.
“You must remove one article of clothing – your pants, your top – or else you are not allowed in my dressing room,” he said. “That gets the fucking party started so quick. Everyone’s walking around topless.”
Weathermaker Music, the label owned by touring juggernauts Clutch, has inked a multi-year, multiple release
North American deal with Sony/BMG owned RED Distribution. First on deck, slated for a February 17th release through the formidable alliance, is the new BAKERTON GROUP release entitled “El Rojo!”
Produced by Clutch and J. Robbins at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, MD, “El Rojo” will be the first full tilt release from THE BAKERTON GROUP, the psychedelic instrumental jazz-laden alter ego of Clutch (all 4 original Clutch members make up The Bakerton Group). In addition, Per Wiberg from Opeth was brought in to handle all piano, synth and keyboard duties on all 10 of “El Rojo’s” tracks.
In other Clutch related news, some of the incredible footage from the band’s first ever live DVD/CD, “Full Fathom Five,” will be featured on Comcast Cable’s On Demand “Concert TV” channel starting December 15th, along with classic rock icons Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Black Crowes, Deep Purple, Santana, U2 & Motorhead.
“Clutch have so many fans here at RED, and we couldn’t be happier they chose us to be their distribution partner..
. Helping the band build their new label will make 2009 an even better year at RED.” – RED Senior Vice President of Product Development Alan Becker.
“We’re so amped about our deal with RED. I’m convinced their team is as hungry as we are to take The Bakerton Group, Clutch and Weathermaker Music to the next level.” – Weathermaker Label Manager Jon Nardachone.
Listen to snippets of two tracks from El Rojo now!
El Rojo Tracklisting
1. Time Horizon
3. Peruvian Airspace
4. Bien Classico
5. Life on Lars
7. The Gigantowakhia
8. Work ‘em
9. Last Orbit
10. Bill Proger’s Galaxy
The Bakerton Group will hit the road in support of El Rojo. Joining the group on the road will be Red Fang. Then as a special treat, Clutch will perform a full set and headline each night of the tour. This is your chance to see both The Bakerton Group and Clutch music performed live together!
2.11.09 – V Club, HUNTINGTON, WV
2.12.09 – Headliners, LOUISVILLE, KY
2.13.09 – The Village, LITTLE ROCK, AR
2.14.09 – Remington’s, SPRINGFIELD, MO
2.15.09 – The Canopy Club, URBANA, IL
2.17.09 – The Majestic Theater, MADISON, WI
2.18.09 – The Double Door, DETROIT, MI**
2.19.09 – The Vogue, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
2.20.09 – The Terminal, TRAVERSE CITY, MI
2.21.09 – The Shelter, CHICAGO, IL **
2.22.09 – The Machine Shop, FLINT, MI
2.24.09 – Montage Music Hall, ROCHESTER, NY
2.25.09 – Higher Ground, BURLINGTON, VT
2.26.09 – The Asylum, PORTLAND, ME
2.27.09 – The Chance, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
2.28.09 – The Crazy Donkey, LONG ISLAND, NY
3.01.09 – The Chameleon Club, LANCASTER, PA
**The Bakerton Group headlining show
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Queensryche has announced an extensive North American tour in support of their forthcoming new studio album, “American Soldier.”
The tour dates are as follows:
16 – Snoqualmie Casino – Seattle, WA
17 – Snoqualmie Casino – Seattle, WA
18 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
19 – Senator Theater – Chico, CA
22 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
23 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
24 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
25 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
26 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
28 – Paramount – Denver, CO
29 – Voodoo Lounge – Kansas City, MO
30 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee , WI
1 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee, WI
3 – Northern Lights – Walker, MN
5 – Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
6 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
7 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
8 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
10 – Palace Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
12 – Turning Stone Casino – Verona, NY
13 – Palace Theatre – Stamford, CT
14 – Starland Ballroom – Sayerville, NJ
15 – Nokia Theater – New York, NY
16 – Showboat – Atlantic City, NJ
17 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
19 – Ruth Eckerd – Tampa, FL
20 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
21 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
22 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
23 – Hemisfair Park – San Antonio, TX
24 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
When word came out that Honeymoon Suite would be releasing a new album in 2008, lead singer Johnnie Dee was quoted as saying the new album would be a return to the bands roots and was he ever right. If I didn’t know better it would be easy to think the band’s latest release “Clifton Hill” was released between “the Big Prize” and “Racing After Midnight”, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because in my opinion those are Honeymoon Suite’s two best releases. The band announced the return of the original line up in 2007 and brought producer Tom Tremuth, producer of their debut album, back on board for “Clifton Hill” and the results couldn’t have turned out any better for the band. While they did have a few songs make the charts in the U.S. the band was never a household name which is unfortunate because these Canadians write some very good AOR in the same vein as Journey and fellow Canadians Loverboy.
“She Ain’t Alright” is a great way to start “Clifton Hill” off, this rocker has everything an AOR fan wants to hear. Derry Grehan inspires some great air guitar on this song and Dee’s vocals and the rest of the band sound as great as ever.
“Tired of Waiting” follows the same recipe as “She Ain’t Alright” although it is a little more radio friendly nevertheless it amounts to another solid song. Drummer Dave Betts plays this song like his life depended on it.
“Riffola” isn’t the best song on the album but it is still good, a little heavier than the first two songs. Grehan puts on another great performance and the whole band sounds just like a band that has been playing together for some 20 odd years, tight and in sync with one another.
“Ordinary” is a mid tempo song that starts off with some nice keyboards by Ray Coburn before it kicks in on the second verse.
Dave Betts is at it again, playing like his life depended on it in the opening of “the House” and the band as a whole gets back to rocking while Dee takes a stroll down memory lane thinking about growing up and how it has affected him today.
“Why Should I”, “That’s All You Got” and “Restless” are three more songs that really stand out and exemplify Honeymoon Suite.
In one fell swoop on “Clifton Hill” Honeymoon Suite were able to get back to their roots, while not dating themselves and were able to make themselves a viable band once again in today’s music scene. Hopefully this time around they will be able to make a dent in the U.S. and get the credit they deserve as a great rock band.
- She Ain’t Alright
- Tired O’ Waitin’
- The House
- Why Should I?
- Down To Business
- Sunday Morning
- That’s All I Got
- Separate Lives
Honeymoon Suite is:
Johnnie Dee – Vocals
Derry Grehan – Guitars
Dave Betts – Drums
Gary Lalonde – Bass
Ray Cockburn – Keyboards
According to legendary heavy metal guitarist Tony Iommi, the upcoming album from HEAVEN AND HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH members Iommi, Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) andVinny Appice (drums) — is tentatively scheduled for release in March/April via Rhino. The group’s first LP since SABBATH‘s“Dehumanizer” (1992) is being recorded at Rockfield studios in Wales, U.K. (where “Dehumanizer” was also tracked). “It’s all going very well, I’m pleased to say,” Iommi said in a January 5, 2009 online posting.
Ronnie James Dio, who co-wrote the self-produced album with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler during sessions in Los Angeles and England, told Revolver magazine that the CD “sounds great. It’s a real cross-section of everything we’ve done, from ‘Heaven and Hell’ through ‘Mob Rules’ and ‘Dehumanizer’. I think there’s a lot of ‘Dehumanizer’ in it, but a lot of other things, too, a real good blend of what this band has represented.”
HEAVEN AND HELL has scheduled the following European tour dates:
May 30 – Moscow, RUS @ B1 Maximum
May 31 – Moscow, RUS @ B1 Maximum
Jun. 02 – Helsinki, FIN @ Icehall
June 3-6 – Sölvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock
Jun. 04 – Oslo, NOR @ Spektrum
Jun. 08 – Gießen, GER @ Hessenhallen
Jun. 09 – Berlin, GER @ Zitadelle
Jun. 10 – Bamberg, GER @ Jako-Arena
Jun. 13 – Burgum, NETH – Waldrock
Jun. 14 – Karlsruhe, GER @ Europahalle
Jun. 16 – Bonn, GER @ Museumsmeile
Jun. 17 – Zürich, SWI @ Volkshaus
Jun. 19-21 – Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
More shows will be announced soon.
More than two years ago, Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice reunited to record a trio of new songs for Rhino‘s “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”before launching a highly anticipated and greatly acclaimed world tour under their new moniker HEAVEN AND HELL. Revitalized by the reunion, the lineup is back in the studio now recording the first-ever full-length studio album from HEAVEN AND HELL. To whet the fans’ appetites for the new album, HEAVEN AND HELL returned to the road this past summer for a short stint on the Metal Masters Tour, a month-long North American trek with JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD, and TESTAMENT.
Regarding the band’s decision to continue to operate as HEAVEN AND HELL rather than BLACK SABBATH, Iommi told Billboard.com earlier this year, “It really is BLACK SABBATH, whatever we do. We just choose to go out as HEAVEN AND HELL so everyone knows what they’re getting [and] so people won’t expect to hear ‘Iron Man’ and all those songs. We’ve done them for so many years, it’s nice to do just all the stuff with did with Ronnie again.”
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has set “Anomaly” as the title of his new solo album, tentatively due this spring. Check out the cover artwork below.
In an early 2008 interview with Billboard, Frehley stated about his forthcoming solo CD, “Basically, I’m trying to get back into the mindset I was in when I did my first solo record [1978's 'Ace Frehley']. That record seemed to have all the elements everybody liked — a real cool instrumental, a hit single, some real heavy rockers, a nice variety of different genres of music.”
Among his favorite new tracks are “A Little Below the Angels”, hard-rocking “Pain in the Neck” and an instrumental called “Fractured Quantum”, which is a follow-up to his previous instrumentals “Fractured Mirror” and “Fractured Too”. Another favorite is “groove song” titled“Genghis Khan”, which he likens in tone to LED ZEPPELIN‘s “Kashmir”.
Frehley told MyrtleBeachOnline.com that he’s shooting for 12 tracks on his next album, his first in 18 years. Studio work has spanned several months, and some of the songs go back 12 years.
Frehley recently spent time on the road fronting a band that featured second guitarist Derek Hawkins, drummer Scot Coogan (ex-BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION) and bassist Anthony Esposito (ex-LYNCH MOB).