Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bon Jovi Burning Bridges

The album is called Burning Bridges. Songs recorded inside the studios of Bon Jovi in years past now making their way into the present. You can't have a Bon Jovi past without Sambora. Jon Bon Jovi and company are back. We're 17 days away from the official release of Burning Bridges. A collection of mostly leftover material from previous recording sessions. It's being released in conjunction with their 12-city international tour, which gets under way on September 11th in Indonesia. They've released a lyric video for the first single, "We Don't Run." Bon Jovi is working on another album of all new material that will be released early next year.

Monday, August 3, 2015

John Fogerty To Mentor On NBC's The Voice

Classic Rocker John Fogerty has just inked a deal that will put him back on NBC's The Voice. Except this time... he's a mentor. John talks about those that influenced him. But who was the one singer/songwriter that he wanted to meet but didn't get the chance? This past May. Classic Rocker John Fogerty appeared on the season finale of NBC's The Voice, performing a medley of Creedence Clearwater Revival songs with Team Pharrell member Sawyer Fredericks, who won the competition. Apparently it was a good experience for all concerned -- Fogerty has reportedly signed on to be a mentor on Adam Levine's team at the request of Levine, who is a fan.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Coda Is Remastered And Set Free

I could never figure out why musicians and movie directors re-release what's already been made famous. Then Jimmy Page put it into perspective. What the artist hears in the studio at creation is never what listeners pick up. Because of modern technology the music that shaped our lives is much closer to the way it escaped the artist. Jimmy Page talks about Coda. Jimmy Page talking about the year-long Zeppelin campaign to reissue all nine of the bands studio albums. Page tells us that three final releases contain "twice as much studio material as there originally was because it's such an important world, the recording world of Led Zeppelin." In looking back at the entire project, Page says, "It's just been so cool to be able to now have so many gems that you've never heard. There's never been any bootlegs of these things. They've just been really, really carefully kept and I'm really pleased I did that, that they didn't all escape, and it gave a chance to be able to put these things into context at the time when these things were recorded." Presence has five unreleased reference mixes from the sessions, along with alternate versions of "For Your Life," "Achilles Last Stand" and "Royal Orleans," plus the the previously unheard instrumental "10 Ribs and All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)." The companion disc that comes with In Through the Out Door supplies rough mixes of every track from the original album, including early versions with working titles such as "The Hook" ("All My Love"), "The Epic" ("Carouselambra") and "Blot" ("I'm Gonna Crawl"). Coda, an album of outtakes compiled after the death of John Bonham in 1980, comes with two companion discs containing 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974. The oldest song is a blues jam called "Sugar Mama," recorded in 1968 at Olympic Studios during sessions for the band's self-titled debut. "Baby Come on Home" from the same session is also included, along with the previously unreleased "St. Tristan's Sword," an instrumental recorded during the Led Zeppelin 3 sessions in 1970. Also on Coda is the 1972 performance of Jimmy and Robert Plant with the Bombay Orchestra doing "Friends" and "Four Hands" ("Four Sticks" from Led Zeppelin 4). Rounding out the collection are an early version of "When the Levee Breaks" titled "If it Keeps on Raining"; rough mixes of "The Wanton Song" and "In the Light" from the Physical Graffiti sessions; and an instrumental mix of "Poor Tom" from 1970.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

One More For The Fans

Johnny Van Zandt talking about Peter Frampton. A note slipped under his door stated: If you need a guitarist get Peter. That opportunity played true this past November during all-star tribute concert to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lynyrd Skynyrd One More for the Fans includes performances by Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick and Gregg Allman, among others. The members of Skynyrd spent much of the show watching the performances from seats in the Fox Theater, and Gary Rossington says the experience gave him a new perspective on songs he's been playing for 40 years. He adds, "I got chills hearing some of them."

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Brad Whitford's New Solo Project

Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. Talking about the magic of what it's like when hooking up with musicians creates incredible music. He's jumping onto a solo project. As soon as the band wraps up its tour wraps in early August he'll finish work on his second album with Derek St. Holmes -- the voice of such early Ted Nugent songs as "Stranglehold" and "Dog Eat Dog." The first Whitford-St. Holmes album came out in 1981. They reconnected after Whitford moved to Nashville, where St. Holmes lives. In a video posted on Aerosmith's website, Whitford says they cut nine tracks in two days with bass player Charlie Anderson and Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta. They plan to play out in November, but the project has a limited time frame -- Whitford says Aerosmith will tour again in 2016.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bobby Whitlock Takes Derek and the Dominoes To The Stage

There's more to Derek and the Dominoes than Eric Clapton. Bobby Whitlock will showcase that thread of creation starting this September. Performing songs that were brought to life in the studio but never performed on stage. Layla is only a sliver of the true journey of a brilliant writer within the pages of music history.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Is RUSH Walking Away From The Stage Forever

Geddy Lee of Rush. The bands Classic Rock impact led to the R40 40th Anniversary tour. But on a personal living in the past isn't his path. Tonight is their final show on the R40 40th anniversary tour. For singer-bassist Geddy Lee, this has been a trip of mixed emotions. Geddy Lee of Rush considers the impact of nostalgia on the band. "I'm always conflicted looking backwards. I think it's an unhealthy thing in a band to look backwards too often. I think one of the secrets of us being able to move forward so comfortably is that we don't look backwards that often. We just keep our eyes on what is the next exciting thing for us to do." Geddy Lee on one of the ways he would like to see Rush continue to perform. OC:...realm of possibility. "Listen, I'm up for anything. I would love to do, you know, special events where you kind of design a particular show built around a particular concept and that's something that's certainly in the realm of possibility." So until then, Rush fans will have to wait and see if this week's shows -- tonight (Monday) in Phoenix, Thursday in Irvine, California and the finale on Saturday in Los Angeles -- will be it for the Canadian trio.