Fresh off the back of the critically acclaimed covers album “Stop Us If You’ve Heard This Before Vol 1” and the performance of the weekend at Download festival 2008, The Wildhearts have confirmed a full uk tour for December 2008.
“Stop Us If You Have Heard This One Before Vol 1” is an album of diverse covers which vary from the hard hitting sound of Helmet to the more melodic and poppier Super Furry Animals. Full tracklisting is as follows:
AC Rocket (Foil)
Geez Louise (The Unband)
Understanding Jane (The Icicle Works)
The World Comes Tumblin’ (The Distillers)
Waiting Room (Fugazi)
Ice Hockey Hair (Super Furry Animals)
Possum Kingdom (Toadies)
Pep Talk (Desecendents)
Rocket 69 (Lee Harvey Oswald Band)
Battleship Chains (Georgia Satellites)
Rearrange You (Baby Chaos)
Everyday Formula (Regurgitator)
The Judge (Soul Asylum)
Carmelita (Warren Zevon)
See the band live at the following dates
3rd Dec Sheffield Academy 1
4th Dec Glasgow, Barrowlands
5th Dec Oxford Academy 1
6th Dec Hard Rock Hell II – http://www.hardrockhell.com festival date
7th Dec Manchester Academy 1
8th Dec Wolverhampton Civic Hall
10th Dec London Hammersmith Apollo
MULTI talented vocalist/guitarist DANNY VAUGHN is having a very busy few months at the moment. Not only has he recently headlined Firefest V fronting Tyketto but he is also currently out on the road with the Illegal Eagles throughout October & November performing over twenty shows with one of UK’s top tribute bands. Mind you if all of that wasn’t enough Vaughn will round out 2008 with a pair of solo acoustic show in December at The Cluny in Newcastle & Dudley JB’s.
As Vaughn himself says “I’ve always loved playing these acoustic shows, the audience really appreciate what we do but this time around I wanted to do things just a touch differently for them, turning the show into a kind of story teller’s night. Instead of it being just myself I’ll be bringing along a four piece band and of course the set list will include several of the Tyketto and Vaughn regulars but the plan is also to present a decent amount of the songs that don’t often get played live. It’s basically going to be a gathering of friends at Christmas with the added benefit of some great music.
In addition to the show itself it is also planned to record the gigs for a live release early in 2009.The plan will be to issue two versions of the album, a very special limited edition version that will only be available to those who actually attend the gig which will feature a different track listing to the second version which will go on general sale.
Danny Vaughn – Live & Acoustic @ Christmas
Friday December 12th – Dudley JB’s
Saturday December 13th – Newcastle The Cluny
You could call Linkin Park a lot of things, but you could never accuse them of being lazy.
Frontman Chester Bennington’s back injury forced them to sit out their October tour through China, but it looks like the band is not slowing down anytime soon. It’s been just a few short months since the conclusion of this summer’s Projekt Revolution tour — featuring Busta Rhymes, Chris Cornell and the Bravery, among others — and already, Linkin Park’s members are planning their return to the studio. Even as their latest release, 2007’s Minutes to Midnight, inches toward the 2.6 million-sold mark, the band has been writing new material for months, Bennington said. Just don’t ask him what that material sounds like.
“Asking someone to describe what something sounds like is like telling a blind person to guess what I look like,” Bennington told MTV News over the weekend. “It’s almost impossible. I can tell you that it’s our first stab — and perhaps our only stab, depending on how good we do — at creating a concept record, so there are a lot of things that are going to either free us up in a lot of ways or restrict us in a lot of ways. In terms of describing what it sounds like … it sounds like peanut butter and jelly. It’s sounding delicious.”
According to Bennington, it was a friend’s idea to write a concept piece. Though he wouldn’t discuss the concept in detail, he said he was looking forward to the challenge.
“For me, you say the words ‘concept record,’ and the first thing I think of is theater or the opera or something,” he said. “There’s a story, and everything has to relate to that story. It sounds a little daunting to me, so, I think my confidence level will drop, but when it was presented to us by this friend of ours, we liked the idea. It was an inspiring idea, and it was something we could relate a lot of the things we like to write about to. It couldn’t have come strictly from us — an outside source brought it to us in a way that was exciting.”
Linkin Park plan to enter a recording studio before December to track the as-yet-untitled effort, at about the same time the band’s Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes live CD/DVD is set hits stores on November 25. Bennington estimates that it will take six weeks to record the new album. He said the band would be open to working with Rick Rubin (who produced Minutes to Midnight) again on the project. They just haven’t yet decided in whose hands they’d like to put their first conceptual album.
Bennington has been working with producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Daughtry) on the debut disc of his side project Dead by Sunrise. He said he wrote all of the material for the band’s inaugural offering with a very specific mission in mind.
“I wanted to make sure the record was different from the Linkin Park record,” he said. “It’s not as hard as it sounds. If you take Mike [Shinoda] out of the equation — because I personally feel he’s created our signature sound — it automatically sounds different. It’s more of a standard rock record. There are elements to it where you can tell where the inspiration comes from, but it’s pure rock with melody.”
Dead by Sunrise — also featuring Orgy’s Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck — have been working on the LP over the last couple of years and should be finished tracking the disc sometime in early 2009, with plans to release the set in spring.
“I would say that, in terms of working with the band, it all works very similar to the way Linkin Park works,” he said. “I’ve written all of the songs personally, on an acoustic guitar, and we take it from its acoustic guitar level and build it. Whether it’s a heavy rock track or a ballad, or taking all the rock elements out and creating primarily an electronic-driven track, we do it together.”
A few days prior to the release of their latest album “Black Butterfly” I had an opportunity to talk to Buckcherry guitarist and co-founder Keith Nelson. Now almost two months since the release of the album I had the opportunity to talk to front-man Josh Todd not only about the new album and tour but also about his acting career and his opinion about President elect Barack Obama. I went into this interview with an idea Josh was a wild and crazy front-man but when the interview was over I was left with a completely different impression, in a good way.
HRH: Josh, thank you for taking the time to talk to us today.
Josh Todd: Sure, no problem
HRH: You guys are currently on the road with Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown, and Saving Abel, how is the tour going so far?
Josh Todd: It was going great until we ran into a blizzard and couldn’t make it to our show tonight.
HRH: You played Billings, MT last night and were supposed to play Fargo tonight?
Josh Todd: Yeah last night was awesome.
HRH: Buckcherry.com has this line up of bands together till December. Who are some of the bands you are looking at taking out on the next leg?
Josh Todd: We are trying to figure that out right now as far as what we are going to do after the new year. But when we find out we’ll let everybody know.
HRH: What are the plans going into the new year for the band?
Josh Todd: Well we have this new album “Black Butterfly” and it has a lot of great songs so we are going to be putting in alot of time and effort to make sure everyone gets to hear the depth of this record like we did with “15” we toured two years and over 300 shows and we have already done 65 shows and the album hasn’t been out for two months yet. So we are just going to be touring and getting these songs out on the radio so everyone will know what’s going on here.
HRH: How many songs off of “Black Butterfly” are you able to include in the set?
Josh Todd: Let’s see, we play Rescue Me, Don’t Go Away, Too Drunk, and Cream so about four.
HRH: You have been covering “the Stroke” by Billy Squier live. Is that something we may see you guys releasing for maybe a soundtrack or a b-side?
Josh Todd: We don’t play the whole song, we do it as part of a medley with “Crazy Bitch” and the fans seem to like it.
HRH: Do you get to play any of the songs off of “You Made Me”?
Josh Todd: No
HRH: Are there any plans for another solo album?
Josh Todd: Not at the moment.
HRH: After 4 albums “Black Butterfly” is the first one to hit the Top 10. How big is that for the band?
Josh Todd: It is huge for us you know. We have been after this for a long time and that is something you dream about hitting milestones like that. We always want to elevate our game from record to record and that is what we try to do.
HRH: Buckcherry is on the third single and video with “Rescue Me” Are there plans to release more singles or videos from the album?
Josh Todd: Yeah everybody really loves “Rose” but right now we are focused on what we got going on with “Rescue Me” and “Don’t Go Away”. We’ll probably do something with “Rose” sometime after the new year.
HRH: When you release a new album is there a set number of singles that you plan on releasing or is it more of a wait and see approach?
Josh Todd: Sometimes we are clear on it, sometimes the singles change over the course of the album’s cycle. Songs we thought were going to be the one change because more people are hearing the music and we find out what everybody is really gravitating towards.
HRH: How much say does the band have in what songs are released as singles?
Josh Todd: Oh we have final say.
HRH: What other songs do you think might have been overlooked or didn’t get as much attention as they deserve?
Josh Todd: I personally like “All of Me” I think it is a masterpiece. Hopefully that will be a song, I mean there are already a lot of people that love that song but I think it is different for everybody.
HRH: I talked to Keith a few days before “Black Butterfly” release and he mentioned “Imminent Bailout” and “Cream” as two songs that were special on the album. What was the inspiration behind the lyrics of “Cream”?
Josh Todd: Cream is just about my love for music and being a music man and all the sacrifices you have to make to do this for a living. It’s my deepest love that is what it’s about.
HRH: You and Keith started Buckcherry because of a mutual love of AC/DC. Have you had a chance to hear “Black Ice”?
Josh Todd: I did I have the record, but I thought Stiff Upper Lip was a better record. But there are a couple of songs I really like, I like the first single “Rock-n-Roll Train” and there is another song called “Anything Goes” where Brian is singing with a lot more meoldy and I thought that was cool. As a whole I didn’t think the record was a great record but it is a good rock-n-roll record.
HRH: You are 37 now, can you see Buckcherry still together and performing when you are in your late 50’s early 60’s?
Josh Todd: No I don’t know why anyone would want to see that.
HRH: You were in a band called Slamhound prior to Buckcherry and I found a demo a few years ago at a record store in San Francisco. Will there ever be an “official” release of Slamhound’s music?
Josh Todd: No probably not that band hasn’t been together for years. I really enjoyed that band when I was in it but I doubt I’ll be putting anything out.
HRH: I want to change gears here a little bit if you don’t mind. Are you a political person?
Josh Todd: Nope
HRH: Do you have an opinion about President elect Barack Obama?
Josh Todd: I really like his energy plan that is something I really like but i’m not too excited about the taxes. But as far as what this guy is made of I just don’t think we know yet you know. As a whole as far as both candidates were concerned I just wish we had more choices, because I think a lot of people were on the fence with both parties. I think it is really to soon to see what is going to happen with Obama I mean we’ll see. He has to back all of his words I mean he’s got a very difficult job. I definitely wouldn’t want to be handling it. I congratulate him for his courage to take on this incredible task and hopefully he will do it with grace and really bring something to the office.
HRH: You recently had a part in the movie Eagle Eye and you have had parts in the New Guy and Salton Sea along with a couple of t.v. shows. Do you see acting as something you would like to get more serious about as far as pursuing some bigger roles or is it more of something to do when you have down time from Buckcherry?
Josh Todd: I would love to get a bigger role because I love challenges but we are never home. We tour so much that it is really hard for me to get gigs. When I’m home I get to do stuff here and there but I would love to be challenged with acting bigger than what I’ve done.
HRH: What was it like working with Val Kilmer on Salton Sea?
Josh Todd: Wow Val is like, he is an incredible guy to watch, he is a great great actor and he really taught me a lot. He was very nice to me at that point in time, he understood my situation that it was the first movie I had ever done. He was very instrumental and kind of pushing me along and I am very grateful to him for that. I just thought he was a joy to work with.
HRH: Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers before I let you go?
Josh Todd: I would just encourage them to go out and pick up a copy of “Black Butterfly” if they haven’t already and to check out Buckcherry.com to see where we are at and come out to the show and have a blast.