LIVE RECORDING OF DAVID COOK’S ‘IDOL’ PERFORMANCE WILL BE SOLD ON iTUNES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHARITY
All Proceeds From Sale of Live Version of ‘Permanent’ Will Be Donated To D.C.-Based Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure
Exactly one year after winning the seventh season of “American Idol,” David Cook returns to the most popular television series in America on Wednesday night to perform “Permanent,” — a song he wrote with Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida. The studio version of “Permanent” appears on his platinum-selling debut album for 19 Recordings/RCA Records, “David Cook.” The live recording will be available for purchase on iTunes immediately after the live broadcast. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to finding a cure for brain cancer.
Earlier this month, Cook raised money and awareness for ABC2 by running in the organization’s 5K “Race for Hope” in the District of Columbia. Now, the live recording of “Permanent” will be available as a charity single on iTunes for one month, raising more money to benefit ABC2. The organization uses an entrepreneurial venture philanthropy approach to bring more treatments to patients sooner by stimulating new research and accelerating the development of new therapies for brain cancer. ABC2 looks forward to the day when all patients who are diagnosed with brain cancer can be told they have a manageable disease.
ABC2 provides researchers with the pivotal support they need to make critical breakthroughs. The organization funds novel translational research aimed at finding the fastest possible route to a cure. ABC2’s partners range from medical research centers to early-stage biotechnology companies to large multi-national pharmaceutical companies. Since brain cancer affects a relatively small portion of the population, ABC2 recognizes the importance of investing in the early stages of the most novel sectors of the discovery and development pipeline, in order to “buy down the risk” for its partners and speed progress of innovative new treatments to the clinic.
If you missed Burn Halo on Rockline on Monday night, you can listen to the Rockline Replay at this link. It is a cool interview with singer James Hart, and a live concert with the band.
Check it out!!
‘I can say with absolute honesty, regardless of all the ups & downs, that it was a splendid ride back then…a frenzied, express train of a ride…I wouldn’t change a thing.’
-David Coverdale, 2009
With Whitesnake’s newest album soaring into the U.K. Top 10, the launch of a summer U.S. tour, and having already sold more than 100 million albums in an illustrious career, one of rock’s most successful bands is celebrated with the reissue of two classic ’80s albums. Slide It In – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition and Slip Of The Tongue – 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, both released June 30, 2009 by Geffen/UMe, are presented in CD+DVD sets with numerous rare or previously unreleased audio and video bonuses. The deluxe packaging features new cover art and a 24-page booklet including rare photos and new liner notes – each with the participation of the band’s charismatic founder and leader David Coverdale.
In other Whitesnake news, the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” which features one of the band’s classic songs, “Here I Go Again,” was nominated for 5 TONY awards including the “Best Musical” category.
Coverdale had been the lead singer of hard rock pioneer Deep Purple before launching Whitesnake in 1978. After several U.K. albums acclaimed for their R&B-based hard rock, Whitesnake debuted in the U.S. with 1984’s Slide It In. Featuring “Slow An’ Easy” and “Love Ain’t No Stranger,” the album went Top 40 and double platinum. Boasting friction and finesse, power and polish, suggestiveness and soul, Whitesnake soon became the leading exponent of the hard rock romantic and one of the defining acts of the era.
But the U.S. version of the album had a different mix – more commercial, more U.S. radio-friendly – with a different guitarist and bassist than the original U.K. album. In fact, many Europeans bought the U.S. version in order to experience the new, slicker Whitesnake.
The Slide It In – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition adds the U.K. mix for eight of the album’s tracks plus an acoustic live in Japan “Love Ain’t No Stranger” and single b-side “Need Your Love So Bad.” The bonus DVD presents seven performances, six making their DVD premieres – three versions of “Love Ain’t No Stranger” (music video, acoustic in Japan, and from the Live…In The Still Of The Night DVD), two of “Guilty Of Love” (music video and from the band’s 1983 headlining performance at The Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington), the “Slow An’ Easy” video and a 1984 “Top Of The Pops” performance of “Give Me More Time.”
Three years later, the band’s self-titled album charted Top 5 for more than six months, went eight times platinum, and made Whitesnake a global superstar. The follow-up, 1989’s Slip Of The Tongue, the only Whitesnake album with guitar wizard Steve Vai, went Top 10 and platinum and spun off the Top 40 hits “Fool For Your Loving” and “The Deeper The Love.”
The Slip Of The Tongue – 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition offers the newly digitally remastered original album and six bonus tracks – the rare b-side “Sweet Lady Luck,” alternative mixes of “Now You’re Gone” and “Fool For Your Loving,” a live “Judgement Day” and previously unreleased 1990 Monsters Of Rock versions of the title track and “Kitten’s Got Claws.” The videos of the latter two performances make their DVD debuts as do five others on the bonus DVD: the promo videos for “Now You’re Gone,” “Fool For Your Loving” and “The Deeper The Love,” and live “The Deeper The Love” and “Sailing Ships.” “Judgement Day” was previously on the Live…In The Still Of The Night DVD.
Coverdale dissolved Whitesnake shortly after 1990’s Donington festival, but would later reform the band. In 2008, Good To Be Bad, its 10th studio album and first since Slip Of The Tongue was issued. On June 14, 2009, Whitesnake will make its fourth Castle Donington appearance – and first since 1990 – this time for the Download Festival. The ‘Snake continues to Rock and Roll, more successfully than ever.
Rock Gone Wild Wednesday’s start today! Videos from bands playing at the Rock Gone Wild Festival, every Wednesday until August.
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Billy Sheehan is back with a brand new solo CD. This time around Billy brought an all star cast with him. Holy Cow features Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Dug Pinnick (King’s X), and Ray Luzier (David Lee Roth, KORN).
I have always had a lot of respect for Billy Sheehan. He blew me away when I saw him when he was a member of the David Lee Roth band in 80’s. Since then I have always considered Billy to be one of the top bass players in hard rock. I must admit that I had low expectations with Holy Cow. I haven’t had a whole lot of luck with the solo CD’s I have picked up in the past. They are typically hit or miss, and they usually get shelved fairly quickly. I don’t think that is going to happen with Holy Cow.
Sheehan has crafted some pretty cool tunes on this disc. I wouldn’t consider Billy Sheehan a great singer but he does do good job on the tunes here. His music is far better than his vocals, and his bass work as well as guitar playing is superb on this disc.
“In A Week or Two”, “A Lit’l Bit’l Do It To ‘Ya Ev’ry Time” (with Billy Gibbons on guitar), and “A Bloodless Casuality’ are amongst Holy Cow’s best moments.
The instrumental tracks are better than I expected them to be. “Dynamic Exhilarator” features Sheehan’s long time Mr. Big band mate, Paul Gilbert on guitar. “Theme From An Imaginary Sci Fi” is fun, only to hear Sheehan go off on his bass.
There are a few songs that I prefer to skip through as they just didn’t do it for me. I think a couple of instrumental tracks is fine, but five is a bit overkill in my opinion.
The Bottom line: this isn’t a perfect CD by any means, but it does have some good songs and definite replayability. It is definitely a CD that will appeal to Billy Sheehan’s long time fans.
For more information on Billy Sheehan, and “Holy Cow”, check out the Billy Sheehan myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
1. In A Week or Two
2. A Lit’l Bit’l Do It To ‘Ya Ev’ry Time
3. Dynamic Exhilarator
4. A Bloodless Casuality
5. Make It To Another Day
6. Just Another Humanoid
7. Turning Point
8. Theme From An Imaginary Sci Fi
9. Another Broken Promise
10. Two People Can Keep A Secret
11. Cell Towers Listen
12. She Goes from Cruel To Missionary
13. Sweat on an E String
14. Swimming Underwater