Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Black Sabbath Day in Birmingham proposed


Black Sabbath Day in Birmingham?

It could happen, according to a report in the Birmingham Post.

Local city council is reviewing a document entitled Destination Birmingham, written by Councilor Philip Parkin.

The proposal suggests the city could raise its profile by associating itself with the metal legends, while recognizing their hometown and contributions to the music world.

“The report is saying that Black Sabbath reforming is significant, Black Sabbath are huge and metal is huge,” said Parkin. “Given this, it is us saying to the council that we need to celebrate the fact these people come from Birmingham and there could be various ways we could do it.”

“We could hold a civic event and potentially invite the band along to say thank you from Birmingham for the contribution they’ve made to music in our city,”
Parkin continued. “An event like this could show people that it is possible, Black Sabbath show that it is possible.”

“This report is about what’s happening today and in the future, not just in the past. The music scene is really bubbling along in Birmingham at the moment. It’s an interesting time for new bands and we want the council to support that.”


Black Sabbath’s reunion and their agreement to headline Download Festival in June is an opportunity we should not miss,” says the report.

The four-piece revealed last week they were planning to finish writing their new album back in Birmingham, while guitarist Tony Iommi is also battling cancer.

The reunited Sabbath are recording their first album in 34 years with producer Rick Rubin and are heading out on a world tour later this year.


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VIDEO: Foo Fighters – These Days


The Foo Fighters have delivered their new video for “These Days.”

Directed by Wayne Isham, the “Wasting Light” clip features the band playing stadium shows in Australia and New Zealand.

The video is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD on JANUARY 31 ONLY from iTunes here.

Up next for the Foos is a performance at the Grammy Awards.

The Foos are nominated for six (6) Grammys, including Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album for “Wasting Light”; Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for "Walk"; Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for "White Limo"; and Best Long Form Music Video for “Foo Fighters: Back And Forth.”

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast by CBS on Sunday, February 12 at 8:00 PM EST from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.


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Foo Fighters – These Days




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AUDIO: Van Halen – As Is preview


Van Halen have offered up another preview of a track from their new album, “A Different Kind Of Truth,” due out next Tuesday.

“As Is” begins in a dark, rhythmic place - bringing up memories of “Sunday Afternoon In The Park” from 1981’s “Fair Warning” – and then launches into overdrive, with squeals from both Eddie’s guitar and David Lee Roth.

Producer John Shanks was blown away by the band during the recording of the new album.

"When the sessions started,” Shanks told the Los Angeles Times, “just seeing how Eddie and Alex play together — there's such a synchronicity in their feel and rhythm and their playing. There were times, honestly, I was just moved by it, not just as a musician, but as a human being. The nuances of the way they communicate is staggering."

VH will be communicating with fans when their world tour kicks off February 18 in Louisville, Kentucky.


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Van Halen – As Is (preview)



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VIDEO: The Beatles – Lost ‘Here Comes The Sun’ solo found


The guitar solo from The Beatles' 1969 hit single “Here Comes The Sun” has been discovered after 43 years.

NME reports the solo, which failed to make the final cut of George Harrison's major contribution to The Beatles' 11th studio album “Abbey Road,” was found by Harrison's son Dhani, Beatles' producer George Martin and his son Giles during a visit to the studio which gave its name to the album.

In a video, the three men are in the studio listening to the Harrison classic when they stumble upon the solo, which Dhani Harrison admits he had no idea existed.

The solo kicks in at 1:01 in the following clip…





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The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun



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Monday, January 30, 2012

The Cult: New album due this spring, preview new song




The Cult return this spring with “Choice Of Weapon,” their ninth studio effort.

Rolling Stone reports the album – the band’s first full-length in 5 years – is due May 22.

Co-produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E.) and longtime collaborator Bob Rock (Metallica, Aerosmith), “Choice of Weapon” was made in several studios, including the band's own Witch Mountain as well as spots in New York City, Los Angeles and the California desert.

Rolling Stone caught up with Cult frontman Ian Astbury for an album update.

“Let's put it this way – the paint's still wet. We're breaking it to you guys first,” says Astbury. “I think we missed our initial release date, partially due to the way that we ended up finishing the record. We began with Chris Goss, who is a very close friend and somebody I've been friends with for over 20 years. And we always talked about doing a Cult record together. Chris did all the refinement, helping us find the material, craft it, and I think we've been at it for quite a while. It just became attrition. Everyone was getting kind of exhausted. Kind of wearing each other out in the studio.”

“You know, there's no really clear beginning or end date, really, with the creative process,”
Ian continues. “I think it's ongoing. It's almost like you're always working with different ingredients, different influences. Things can change. I mean, I personally like to take things right up to the wire, so that things are as relevant and as fresh as they can be. Like, I'm still changing some song titles right now, based upon different vibrations I'm picking up on, either from myself or within my group or from an outside source.”

Read lots more with Ian Astbury at Rolling Stone here.


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Van Halen: David Lee Roth’s handwritten lyrics to Stay Frosty


David Lee Roth has offered up an image of his handwritten lyrics to “Stay Frosty,” one of the tracks on Van Halen’s forthcoming new album, “A Different Kind Of Truth.”

A preview of the song was included in last week’s CSI episode.

The bluesy-acoustic romp starts out swampy before launching into full-tilt boogie overdrive; the tune will likely remind VH fans of the band’s cover of “Ice Cream Man” from their 1978 debut.

Van Halen’s new album is due next Tuesday, February 7; their tour kicks off February 18 in Louisville, Kentucky.





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Van Halen – Stay Frosty (preview)



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AUDIO: Jack White – Love Interruption




Former White Stripes main man Jack White has announced details of his first solo debut album release.

Due April 24, “Blunderbuss” was produced by White and recorded at his own Third Man Studio in Nashville.

White describes the project as "an album I couldn't have released until now. I've put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas."

White has offered up his first single, “Love Interruption.”

The song will be available to purchase Monday night at 9 pm PST/12 AM EST.

A vinyl version of the "Love Interruption" single featuring exclusive non-LP B-side "Machine Gun Silhouette" will be released February 7 on Third Man Records, but is available now for pre-order at www.jackwhiteIII.com and www.thirdmanrecords.com.


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Jack White – Love Interruption



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VIDEO: Trivium unplug for classic Iron Maiden cover

Orlando, Florida rockers Trivium continue to tour in support of their latest effort, “In Waves.”

Trivium’s fifth record debuted at #13 on Billboard in August, the highest opening-week chart entry for the band.

The group spent the fall on the road with Dream Theater, and are now on a North American co-headlining swing with Swedish metallers In Flames.

Trivium recently stopped by 98 Rock in Tampa Bay for an interview and performance session, where they unplugged for some of the new tracks and a cover of an Iron Maiden classic.


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Michael Anthony: No plans to challenge Van Halen over old songs


While Chickenfoot’s Sammy Hagar continues to bash away at his former band, Van Halen (see here and here for some of Sam’s comments), bassist Michael Anthony continues to take the high road.

Anthony was dismissed from VH following their ill-fated 2004 reunion tour with Hagar, and eventually replaced by Eddie’s son, Wolfgang.

During Chickenfoot’s recent week-long series of shows in Europe, the mild-mannered Anthony spoke with Planet Rock about looking forward to hearing the new VH album.

"They [Van Halen] played a show in New York the other week," says the bassist. "There was [a] song they played called 'She's The Woman', which is actually a song that was, basically, written before I even joined Van Halen."

The bulk of VH’s “A Different Kind Of Truth” is based on material written and/or demoed during the 70s and early 80s, when Michael was a key part of the lineup.

But don’t look for Anthony to go after his former bandmates for songwriting credit on the reworked compositions, despite their original policy of crediting all members equally.

"I don't want to do anything," said Michael. "I just let it be. And, hey, it'll be nice to hear some of those old songs again that I haven't played in a long time."

The first VH single, “Tattoo,” has its roots in the band’s unreleased mid-1970’s song, “Down in Flames,” as the two share the chugging riff and verse parts, with fresh lyrics added by Roth.


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Van Halen – Tattoo



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AUDIO: Van Halen – She’s The Woman preview
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AUDIO: Van Halen – China Town preview
AUDIO: Van Halen – The Trouble With Never preview
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AUDIO: Van Halen – Blood And Fire preview
Wednesday: Van Halen to debut new song on CSI
Van Halen add more dates to US tour
Van Halen: Tattoo hits #1 on Billboard Hard Rock Singles chart
VIDEO: David Lee Roth explains Van Halen’s Tattoo
VIDEO: Van Halen unplug for You Really Got Me
Van Halen: David Lee Roth’s handwritten lyrics to Tattoo
Sammy Hagar slams new Van Halen single
Van Halen: Tattoo earns Top 20 debut on Billboard’s Rock Songs chart
Van Halen offering new album on vinyl
Van Halen tops the hennemusic Hot 10 for 3rd week
Eddie Van Halen donates 75 guitars to L.A. schools
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Van Halen recording engineer talks about new album
AUDIO: Van Halen ‘Tattoo’ single goes on sale, extended preview available
Van Halen singer’s uncle raves about Café Wha? show
VIDEO: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth – Ode To Uncle Manny
Van Halen tops the hennemusic Hot 10 for 2nd week
Van Halen: ‘A Different Kind Of Truth’ Deluxe Edition details
Van Halen: 'A Different Kind Of Truth' track listing
VIDEO: Van Halen rock 1979 classics in New York
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AUDIO: Preview new Van Halen single, ‘Tattoo’
VIDEO: Van Halen rock 'Panama' at New York club show
VIDEO: Van Halen arriving at Café Wha? in New York
VIDEO: Van Halen debut new song at New York club show
Van Halen: ‘Tattoo’ single available for pre-order
Van Halen 2012 tour dates announced
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VIDEO: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth confirms album title, New York concerts
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VIDEO: Van Halen release raw 2012 tour promos
Van Halen tour: VIP packages will be available
Van Halen rehearsal update
Van Halen: single, video & album release dates revealed
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AUDIO: Rare 1978 Van Halen interview
Van Halen win two hennemusic Rock News Awards
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AUDIO: Van Halen – The Trouble With Never full preview


The 28-year wait for David Lee Roth’s full album return to Van Halen is about a week away from ending, as “A Different Kind Of Truth” hits stores next Tuesday, February 7.

Various previews of new songs continue to trickle out – short samples of all songs can be found online – and some full versions are starting to pop up.

“The Trouble With Never” features a couple of classic Roth lines:

“When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor?”

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

Roth and VH kick off their 2012 tour in Louisville, Kentucky on February 18.


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"A Different Kind Of Truth"

Release date: February 7, 2012

01. Tattoo
02. She’s The Woman
03. You and Your Blues
04. China Town
05. Blood and Fire
06. Bullethead
07. As Is
08. Honeybabysweetiedoll
09. The Trouble With Never
10. Outta Space
11. Stay Frosty
12. Big River
13. Beats Workin’


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Van Halen – The Trouble With Never



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AUDIO: Van Halen – She’s The Woman preview
AUDIO: Van Halen – Big River preview
David Lee Roth talks new Van Halen album
AUDIO: Van Halen – Bullethead preview
AUDIO: Van Halen – China Town preview
AUDIO: Van Halen – The Trouble With Never preview
AUDIO: Van Halen – Stay Frosty preview
AUDIO: Van Halen – Blood And Fire preview
Wednesday: Van Halen to debut new song on CSI
Van Halen add more dates to US tour
Van Halen: Tattoo hits #1 on Billboard Hard Rock Singles chart
VIDEO: David Lee Roth explains Van Halen’s Tattoo
VIDEO: Van Halen unplug for You Really Got Me
Van Halen: David Lee Roth’s handwritten lyrics to Tattoo
Sammy Hagar slams new Van Halen single
Van Halen: Tattoo earns Top 20 debut on Billboard’s Rock Songs chart
Van Halen offering new album on vinyl
Van Halen tops the hennemusic Hot 10 for 3rd week
Eddie Van Halen donates 75 guitars to L.A. schools
VIDEO: Van Halen – Tattoo
Van Halen: ‘Tattoo’ video preview
Van Halen recording engineer talks about new album
AUDIO: Van Halen ‘Tattoo’ single goes on sale, extended preview available
Van Halen singer’s uncle raves about Café Wha? show
VIDEO: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth – Ode To Uncle Manny
Van Halen tops the hennemusic Hot 10 for 2nd week
Van Halen: ‘A Different Kind Of Truth’ Deluxe Edition details
Van Halen: 'A Different Kind Of Truth' track listing
VIDEO: Van Halen rock 1979 classics in New York
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AUDIO: Preview new Van Halen single, ‘Tattoo’
VIDEO: Van Halen rock 'Panama' at New York club show
VIDEO: Van Halen arriving at Café Wha? in New York
VIDEO: Van Halen debut new song at New York club show
Van Halen: ‘Tattoo’ single available for pre-order
Van Halen 2012 tour dates announced
PHOTOS: First pictures at Van Halen LIVE in New York
VIDEO: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth confirms album title, New York concerts
Van Halen: New album title revealed?
AUDIO: Van Halen talk about the old days
NBC's Al Roker uncooperative on Van Halen flight to New York
Van Halen: 'Tattoo' single arrives next week, tour starts next month
Van Halen to play New York club show this Thursday
hennemusic: Van Halen leads list of Rockers To Watch in 2012
VIDEO: Van Halen talk about playing wet t-shirt contests
VIDEO: Eddie Van Halen remembers his 1958 Volvo
VIDEO: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth scrapbook, part 1
Van Halen tops the hennemusic Hot 10
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VIDEO: Van Halen remember the club days
VIDEO: Van Halen release raw 2012 tour promos
Van Halen tour: VIP packages will be available
Van Halen rehearsal update
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AUDIO: Rare 1978 Van Halen interview
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Sammy Hagar slams new Van Halen again


Chickenfoot recently performed part 2 of their Road Test tour, with a week of shows across Europe, in support of “Chickenfoot III.”

The guys did media interviews during the trip and, naturally, since the band features two former Van Halen members – Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony – the subject of VH and their forthcoming new album, “A Different Kind Of Truth” (due Feb 7) came up during the sessions.

While chatting with Radio Metal,Hagar was asked how he is feeling now that VH are releasing a new album.

“Oh, I’m okay with those guys doing whatever they want to do,” says Sammy. “What I’ve heard so far, I wasn’t impressed with at all, personally. I think in Chickenfoot, we’ve raised the bar a little bit on what a four-piece rock band can do, and I think they chose to take the easy route and take some of their old stuff and and re-record it instead of writing new songs. Who is Van Halen today? I don’t know, I don’t think the fans are going to be happy with it. I couldn’t care less if it’s the biggest album of the year, that wouldn’t be important to me, what is important to me is that, as artists, why would you do that? They haven’t released an album since my last album in something like 1991 or ’92, (Ed. note: "VHIII" was issued in 1998) and then they just go back. To me it makes a strange statement, it kind of says ‘We don’t have anything, we’re not a band anymore, we’re not creative.’ Isn’t it a strange statement to you?”

Radio Metal: Do you think this was intentional? I mean, as a band it’s normal to have some habits, some patterns, some ways of composing that come back, so do you think it really was intentional?

Hagar: I don’t know. To be honest with you, the last time I was around those guys was in 2004 on the reunion. It was a disaster, it was horrible, Eddie was in a really bad shape, I wrote about it a lot in my book. And I don’t know what they’re thinking to be honest with you. Because if they were thinking at all, they would certainly have Mikey in there playing bass. So I don’t know what they’re thinking. I believe it was probably intentional because I don’t think they had any choice. If they had had a choice they would’ve done all new stuff. From today. They would’ve written together like a band.

Radio Metal: So you think they don’t have any inspiration today?

Hagar: I don’t think so. I think there’s zero inspiration and zero creativity. If there was any, they would write new songs. What does the band do? When Chickenfoot got together for our first album, we were four new guys and we got together and wrote ten, twelve songs and made an album. When we decided to do our second album, we didn’t go back and take the two songs that were left over from the first album, we wrote all brand new songs. Because we’re new people, we’re inspired. Here’s what we have to say, here’s what we want to play now, here’s who we’ve become since then. And you present yourself to the fans as who you are and what you’ve become. And if you don’t have any idea of who you are or what you are and what you’ve become [laughs], then I guess you have to go back and show them what you used to be. I don’t know, does that make sense?

Radio Metal: Michael told us that he was totally open to have Chickenfoot going on tour or at least making a couple of shows with Van Halen. What about you?

Hagar: Hell yes! [laughs] Are you kidding? Right now, for free. They wouldn’t even have to pay me.

Radio Metal: Anyway, does that bother you when you hear people comparing Chickenfoot and Van Halen?

Hagar: Oh no, I think it’s fantastic. Really, it’s fantastic, are you kidding me? If you take Joe versus Eddie, you take Dave versus me, Wolfie versus Mikey, Chad or Kenny versus Al… I mean, come on! You know what I mean? Man for man, who can sing the best? Dave or I, today? Who can play the best? Joe or Eddie, today? Who could play or sing the best? Wolfie or Mikey? I think it’s a joke, sure I love the comparison as long as it’s fair. Not because you’re a big Eddie Van Halen fan, you think that he’s God therefore you think that he’s better than Joe, you have to be bipartisan and just listen and watch both of them play. Listen, I played with them both, I can tell you right now: there is no comparison today. Never mind the innovator that Eddie was. I’m talking about what they can play today.

Radio Metal: So in other words, Chickenfoot is way better than Van Halen?

Hagar: As individuals, absolutely! I’ve been in both bands, I can tell you right now. Take the new albums and compare them track-by-track and then tell me.

Contrast Sammy’s comments to something the Red Rocker mentioned earlier in the interview….when asked about lead singers being the loud mouths in bands…

Hagar: [Laughs] I’m trying to calm down in my old age. I used to shoot my mouth off a lot, before Van Halen, and in Van Halen I’d shoot my mouth off a lot, and after Van Halen I’d shoot my mouth off a lot. But now what I want to do is, since I wrote my book, now I just want to concentrate on being a positive person and have the attitude that if you don’t have something good to say about someone, just don’t say anything. I’m trying to be like that in my life now.

Check out the full Sammy session with Radio Metal here.


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