Album release date, track list, and That Metal Show taping announced
While finishing touches are being put on their summer-release studio album, HOLLYWOOD FOREVER, L.A. Guns spent a few days in Los Angeles shooting three videos to support the record, and are releasing “You Better Not Love Me” online next week.
With videographer Jack Foster behind the lens, the band shot indoor scenes at the legendary Circus Disco in Hollywood. With an LED logo in the background, the band meshed theatrics with its expected rock energy on the big stage. Later, additional scenes were shot in L.A.’s colorful Little Mexico and the landmark Hollywood Forever cemetery. Videos for “Requiem (Hollywood Forever),” and “Aranga Nigre” were also shot. Said Stacey Blades, “It was a blast hammin’ it up in a big venue and stage for the cameras. We are so excited about the new album coming out and videos to boot. 2012 is the year of L.A.GUNS!”
Also announced this week is the final track list for HOLLYWOOD FOREVER. The album, which is the fourth L.A. Guns record produced by Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Van Halen), will drop June 5.
You Better Not Love Me
Requiem (Hollywood Forever)
I Won’t Play
Vine St. Shimmy
Arana Negra (originally recorded by The Bicicletas)
Gonna Take You Down
Underneath The Sun
Dirty Black Night
Additionally, L.A. Guns is taping an exclusive interview with That Metal Show on March 17. They’ll discuss moving above and beyond past conflicts and the exciting events of 2012, including the album and upcoming tour. The episode will air May 19.
Here & Now Tour Continues – 9 More Dates Added
You asked for it and you got it. Nickelback has extended their spring/summer North American tour with 9 newly announced shows. The guys will stop in a total of 49 cities – including the just-added shows in Hershey, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Saratoga Springs, Darien Lake, Charlotte, Virginia Beach and Raleigh – where the band will draw from their seven-album arsenal to perform a show of hits and chart-topping singles. Special guests Bush will join Nickelback for the full tour, including the new dates, with additional support to be announced soon. Tickets for the recently announced shows go on sale in select markets on March 16th and 17th at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.
Fan Club members will be able to purchase tickets beginning Friday, March 9th. Fan Club details can be found here. Citi® cardmembers will also have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, March 12th at 10:00 am local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com
VIP Packages for the tour will also be available through VIP Nation, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information click here!
|DATE||CITY||VENUE||ON SALE DATE|
|7/14/12||Hershey, PA||Hersheypark Stadium||3/17/12|
|7/18/12||Cleveland, OH||Blossom Music Center||3/17/12|
|7/20/12||Cincinnati, OH||Riverbend Music Center||3/17/12|
|7/21/12||Indianapolis, IN||Klipsch Music Center||3/17/12|
|7/24/12||Saratoga Springs, NY||Saratoga Performing Arts Center||3/17/12|
|7/25/12||Darien Lake, NY||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center||3/17/12|
|7/27/12||Charlotte, NC||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre||3/16/12|
|7/28/12||Virginia Beach, VA||Farm Bureau Live||3/17/12|
|7/30/12||Raleigh, NC||Time Warner Cable Music Pavillion||3/16/12|
In what could be his best release since Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Bruce Springsteen has returned with a magnificent album fueled by anger, poignant with insight, and offering a glimmer of hope for the future. That album is Wrecking Ball, and it is the first album Springsteen has recorded since the death of his dear friend, and founding E-Street Band member, Clarence (Big Man) Clemons.
While the last Springsteen album (2009’s Working On A Dream) was criticized as being too rushed, too polished, and too pop oriented, none of those comments can be regurgitated for this record. Wrecking Ball is the antithesis of Working On A Dream. Musically, the album is heavier. Lyrically, the album is angrier. Spiritually, the album is much more uplifting and inspiring. Wrecking Ball is a request to a nation; regain the fire that once burned bright in their belly.
If Working On A Dream was themed with hope, opportunity, and a chance for change, Wrecking Ball is a call to action for that change to happen now. The frustration and demand is felt in these songs written by a man mired in blue collar roots who is saddened by the current state of his America. The current situation has cheated us with empty promises and side mouth talking. The time to act upon those promises is now. It’s time for people to rebound and put in the hard work, as a group, not as individuals, required to take back the strength we all once commanded. There is hope in the future. The hope comes with a price though. We have to be willing to put in the sweat required today in order to receive a brighter tomorrow.
While not as patriotic as Born In The USA, Wrecking Ball speaks to the American public. The cynicism of modern day Bruce is immediately felt on opening track “We Take Care Of Our Own.” The lyrics cry out that we feel cheated. The promises of a better today have not arrived and need to. Springsteen sings that “the road of good intentions has gone dry as a bone,” letting us know that the time for talk is behind us and the time for immediate action is upon us. If we join together and take care of our own, we will be able to accomplish anything that we desire.
Calls of unity and group action (“We Take Care Of Our Own”), overcoming tragic loss and still moving forward (“This Depression”), taking the worst that comes and conquering (“Wrecking Ball”) and seeing hope in the future (“Land Of Hope And Dreams”) dominate this record. Springsteen has reached back to a style of writing reminiscent of his early, mid-70s career and composed music with a message and a meaning. The time to stand up and fight for what we believe in is now. There can be no tomorrow if we don’t take action today. The challenge is laid forth. We can overcome it and become greater than we ever imagined.
Recording this album also found Bruce Springsteen in the studio without his best friend and longtime band mate, Clarence Clemons. The trademark saxophone has been replaced by trumpets and horns, electronic drum tracking and plenty of fiddle. Songs like “Rocky Ground” and “This Depression” contain dual messages that not only center on the current state of our nation, but also describe the pain of moving forward after losing someone that has meant so much for so many years. How does a man move forward from that? Strength, determination, and remembering what the friendship stood for are some of the key ways.
Blending his 70s style blue collar rock with his more recent Irish folk flavor, and mixing in some good old fashioned classic guitar rock, Bruce Springsteen has struck gold with his latest release. There is something for everyone on Wrecking Ball. From ballads to blues, from guitar solos, to foot stomping folk songs, Wrecking Ball has it all. That is what makes it such a great treasure. After 40 years, Bruce Springsteen still knows how to rock and roll and Wrecking Ball is the current proof of his lasting musical genius.
Rating: Out of 10
- We Take Care Of Our Own
- Easy Money
- Shackled And Drawn
- Jack Of All Trades
- Death To My Hometown
- This Depression
- Wrecking Ball
- You’ve Got It
- Rocky Ground
- Land Of Hope And Dreams
- We Are Alive
British melodic hard rockers STAMPEDE have announced that they are going back to basics as a four piece lineup with a special headline appearance at a Hard Rock Big Noise Transmission – a charity event in Wolverhampton on 30th March.
The band’s line up henceforth will consist of original songwriting duo Reuben Archer (vocals) and Laurence Archer (guitar) and original bassist Colin Bond. New drummer Tim Price, who has previously drummed for Gary Moore, Dr Feelgood, Eddie Martin amongst others, will complete the ensemble. They are due to unveil the new formation at their first show of 2012 – where they will be headlining an official launch night event at Wolverhampton’s new Numa Bar Jagged Rock Lounge venue, from which proceeds will go to The Compton Hospice, a local charity which supports patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Stampede had a busy 2011 releasing A Sudden Impulse, their first studio album since 1983’s cult classic Hurricane Town, and completing a UK tour with Y&T, dates with Anvil and Praying Mantis as well as an appearance at Hard Rock Hell V, with a slightly amended lineup which saw the arrival of second guitarist Chris Clowsley and Stevie Graystone on drums replacing original stickman Eddie Parsons.
Reuben comments: “We had a fantastic year and a lot of fun recording A Sudden Impulse despite some logistical hiccups for Laurence along the way. Regardless we were all so pleased with the finished result and the fantastic response to both the album and our live shows.
“However the original members of the band feel strongly that the next album should be recorded as near to the original line up as possible to really capture the essence of the Stampede sound. The desire is now to get back to our roots, and with Tim we have found the link to make it work in the absence of Eddie. We are very excited about it all and can’t wait to showcase Tim in Wolverhampton on 30th March, where we are delighted to have been asked to play for such a worthy cause!”
HARD ROCK BIG NOISE TRANSMISSION in support of The Compton Hospice:
STAMPEDE + special guests Disarmed Goliath & God Damn
VENUE: Numa Bar Jagged Rock Lounge, 7 North Street, Wolverhampton
DATE: FRIDAY 30TH MARCH
TIME: 7PM (DOORS)
TICKETS: £5 available here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/154171
After the “Money, Sex & Power“ single that was released in late January, German sleaze heavy rockers KISSIN‘ DYNAMITE now follow up with the second single and video clip, “I Will Be King”.
The album “Money, Sex & Power” will be unleashed on March 23rd, available as CD, ltd. digipak & limited special edition (poker case).
01. Money, Sex & Power
02. I Will Be King
03. Operation supernova
04. Sex Is War
05. Club 27
06. Dinosaurs Are Still Alive
07. She’s A Killer
08. Sleaze Deluxe
10. Six Feet Under
11. My Name Is Hannibal (bonus track on ltd. digipak)