Archive for July, 2011

Queen Guitarist Brian May protests Golf Club animal brutality

Queen guitarist Brian May, a longtime animal-rights activist, is protesting the Peterculter Golf Club in Aberdeen, England, because of its failure to ban a member who bludgeoned a fox with a golf club.

“It’s evident that the vast majority of the British public are disgusted by cruelty to animals, as shown by the public outcry against this particularly senseless piece of brutality,” says May.

Donald Forbes clubbed the fox after it stole his chocolate biscuit, and the animal had to be put to death by another member to put it out of its misery. Forbes was fined $1200 by a court but was reinstated by the country club nine months after the incident.

“The members of this Aberdeen club have the opportunity to show their disapproval in an appropriate way — by banning this unsavory character for life,” adds May. “But they seem to be unready.”

A lawyer for the country club said, “The committee took account of his previous unblemished record over many years of membership. This decision in no way condones Mr Forbes’s actions.”

Via: UltimateClassicRock


Paul McCartney’s experience of 9/11 to be broadcasted by Showtime

Showtime will mark the 10 year anniversary of the events of 9/11 with a special broadcast that documents Paul McCartney’s experiences both during and after the tragedy.

Titled ‘The Love That You Make,’ the new documentary will air Sunday, September 10 at 9PM ET. McCartney’s day began with his plane being grounded on the tarmac in New York, and as Real Screen reports, he then returned to the city, witnessing the developing events firsthand.

Filmmaker Albert Maysles and his partner Bradley Kaplan spent six weeks following McCartney as he began to assemble plans and rehearse for ‘The Concert For New York City.’

Shot in 16mm black and white, the footage captures McCartney on the streets interacting with New Yorkers and also features other performers, including Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Sheryl Crow.

Maysles has prior experience filming McCartney – he lensed the 1964 Beatles documentary ‘What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A.,’ a film about their first visit to the U.S.

Remembering the events, McCartney comments, “It was an honor to be able to help New York and America at that time in its history. There was a feeling of shock and fear in the air that I thought we could help alleviate with music. And the fact that so many people stepped up to join us made for a very uplifting evening for us all.”

Beatles fans can also look forward to a new George Harrison documentary from director Martin Scorsese, which will air on HBO in two parts on October 5 and 6.

Via: UltimateClassicRock

Unreleased material of Ronnie James Dio to be released in October

A new album featuring twelve previously unreleased tracks that Ronnie James Dio recorded in 1971 will be released this October. Here is the official word with the details:

(Kayos) Over the years, legendary singer Ronnie James Dio fronted some of the most popular/enduring hard rock/heavy metal bands of all-time, including Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell, and Dio. But before all of these bands, there was Elf. Described as a “Rock/Honky Tonk/Blues band,” a forthcoming release, ‘And Before Elf…There Were Elves,’ will prove that Ronnie could easily handle other rock-related styles.

Released on October 11th via the Niji Entertainment Group, ‘And Before Elf’ will feature twelve previously unreleased tracks (all from 1971), comprised of both live in the studio and live on stage tracks.

The album will feature a striking Lenticular/3D/Hologram cover, that when you turn it, you will see two alternating images – Ronnie from the first Elf LP, as well as a vintage group shot from 1971. And although these recordings are 40 years old, the sonic quality still passes the test, as longtime Dio engineer Wyn Davis remastered the original tapes.

Formed in 1967 in Cortland, New York, The Elves also featured other members that would carve a niche for themselves in the hard rock world!
Guitarist David “Rock” Feinstein (Dio’s cousin) would go on to front the Rods. Elf would last for a trio of albums, before Ronnie exited the group in 1975, to co-form Rainbow with ex-Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

“And Before Elf…There Were Elves” Track Listing:

1. You Shook Me
2. Stay With Me
3. Four Day Creep
4. Buckingham Blues
5. Wakeup Sunshine
6. Driftin’
7. Smile For Me Lady
8. You Felt The Same Way
9. Simple Man
10. Drown Me In The River
11. Cold Ramona
12.. Little Queenie

Motley Crue’s Vince Neil joins Warrant for Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll (Video)

What does Vince Neil do on a day off from the traveling circus that is the Motley Crue/Poison/New York Dolls tour?

He finds a place to rock.

As the big tour rolled into Uncasville, Connecticut for a show last Friday at the Mohegan Sun arena, Vince and other members of the Crue tour popped in to the Sun’s Wolf’s Den to check out a show by ‘80s rock pals Warrant on Thursday.

Warrant invited Neil up on stage for the Led Zeppelin classic, “Rock & Roll,” much to the screaming delight of fans in the room.

Warrant are touring in support of their new release, “Rockaholic,” which came out in May.

Warrant – Rock And Roll
With guest Vince Neil
Original by Led Zeppelin
Mohegan Sun Wolf’s Den – Uncasville, CT – July 14, 2011

Via: Hennemusic

Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye cover Blue Moon to advertise Manchester City FC’s new home kit (Video)

Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye have filmed a video in which they cover the classic ballad “Blue Moon.” Why? It’s to advertise soccer team Manchester City FC’s new home kit. “Blue Moon” is City fans’ own anthem, often sung at matches.

Liam Gallagher (and brother Noel) are both ardent Manchester City fans; other guitar-playing fans include Johnny Marr and The Cult’s Billy Duffy.

The video shows frontman Liam kissing the badge on the new shirt of his beloved football team, before he and Beady Eye launch into the song. Their version of the track also mixes into their new single “The Beat Goes On,” which will be released on July 18.

“I’ve been a City fan since I was a kid so to be involved with the launch of a new kit is colossal,” Liam said. “Manchester City fans are known for having a lot of style and the new shirt looks mega.

“‘Blue Moon’ is a top tune and has been City’s song for as long as I can remember. It’s been covered by loads of people but the only good one until now was the one Elvis did. I hope the fans buzz of our version and sing it along to the stadium.”

However, Liam is obviously being indulged by his bandmates: he is the only member of Beady Eye who is even from Manchester. Drummer Chris Sharrock, from Liverpool, supports a much smaller team, Tranmere Rovers.


“The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” RHCP new single (Audio and Lyrics)

Click here to  listen to “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie”

KROQ Radio have published The Red Hot Chili Peppers new single, The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie on their website!

“It gives me profound pleasure deep in the fiber of my being to announce the august 30 release date of the new red hot chili peppers’s record,” RHCP bassist Flea tweeted in early June. Coming 5 years after their last album, Stadium Arcadium, I’m With You is set to be the first without Frusciante since 1995’s One Hot Minute.

Click here to  listen to “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie”

I’m With You was produced by Rick Rubin, who has produced the band’s previous five albums: 2006’s Stadium Arcadium, 2002’s By The Way, 1999’s Californication, 1995’s One Hot Minute and 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The album was mixed by Andrew Scheps and Greg Fidelman.

Click here to  listen to “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie”

I’m With You tracklist:

01. Monarchy Of Roses

02. Factory Of Faith

03. Brendan’s Death Song

04. Ethiopia

05. Annie Wants A Baby

06. Look Around

07. The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie

08. Did I Let You Know

09. Goodbye Hooray

10. Happiness Loves Company

11. Police Station

12. Even You Brutus?

13. Meet Me At The Corner

14. Dance, Dance, Dance

The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie Lyrics

Click here to  listen to “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie”
Lipstick junkie be funky all he wanty
she came back wearing a smile
Look-alike someone drug me
they wanted to unplug me
No one in here is on trial
Its just a turn-around

And we go
well and we go
Oh oh oh oh

Tic-toc, I want to rock you like the 80s
Cock-blocking isn’t allowed.
Tug boat sheila is into memorabilia
Who said three is a crowd?
We better get it on the go


Hey, now
We’ve gotta make it rain somehow
She told me to
And show me what to do
Oh Maggie makes it in her cloud

I said , hey, now
We gotta make it rain somehow
She told me to
And show me what to do
She knows how, to make it loud

Rain dance maggie advances to the final
Who knew that she had the goods?
Little did I know her body was one delicious vinyl
To your neck of the woods
I want to lick a little bit


Hey, now
We’ve gotta make it rain somehow
She told me to
And show me what to do
Oh Maggie makes it in her cloud

You got the wrong girl
But not for long girl
Its in a song girl
Cos I’ll be gone girl


Hey, now
We’ve gotta make it rain somehow
She told me to
And show me what to do
Oh Maggie makes it in her cloud

I said
Hey now
I want to rock this valley crowd
She told me to
And told me what to do
She knows how to make it loud

But not for longer
Its in a song girl
Cos I’ll be gone bye bye yeah
bye bye girl
bye bye
bye bye
bye bye

Paul McCartney wake up call to Atlantis Shuttle crew (video)

Paul McCartney joined the parade of musical stars waking up the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis’ final mission with a rendition of the Beatles classic ‘Good Day Sunshine’ this morning.

Following in the recent footsteps of his buddy Elton John, as well as R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe, McCartney awoke the astronauts with a pre-recorded clip of ‘Sunshine’ followed by an extremely chipper message: “Good morning, guys — wake up! And good luck on this, your last mission. Well done!”

Of course, this morning was hardly the first time Beatles music has been played for the crew across the soon-ending thirty-year history of the program. ‘Good Morning Sunshine’ has been transmitted up to the space explorers three other times, including once directly from a live McCartney concert, and ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Birthday’ and ‘With a Little Help From My Friends,’ among others, also have been blasted out into the final frontier.


Jane’s Addiction are playing a free show in New York

JANE’S ADDICTION are playing a free show at Terminal 5 in New York City on July 25th. Fans who attend will experience the world’s first-ever consumer generated 3D concert. To be a part of the action, plus see the band play some new tracks off of The Great Escape Artist, click here and enter the fan presale code FANST5.

September 27th has been confirmed as the North American release date The Great Escape Artist, via Capitol Records. The album will be available on September 26th internationally.

Via: Bravewords

Paul and Ringo: Beatles reunion is a NO GO

The surviving Beatles have quashed the rumors of a possible “reunion” at the London Olympics in 2012.

Previously, it had been reported by U.K. newspaper The Sun that festival organizers were hoping to get Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to perform together at the ceremonies, perhaps with members of the Harrison and Lennon families joining in to properly represent all four original Beatles.

Representatives for both McCartney and Starr have shot down those reports, with McCartney calling it “tabloid stuff.” A rep for Starr said “this is not true.”

Julian Lennon, who theoretically would have filled his father’s role on stage at this event, commented via his Facebook page: “There will NEVER be a Beatles reunion, because two of the members of the band have since passed… And NO ONE could, or should try to replace them.”

There is at least the possibility that McCartney himself might appear at the London Olympics, something he discussed in somewhat vague terms during an interview last month.

Via: ClassicRockMag

Slash rocked Ireland with guest star FERGIE (video)

It’s probably not too often that Slash and the Black Eyed Peas play the same festival, but it happened last weekend in Ireland.

The Peas headlined the Oxegen Festival on Friday, the first of the three-day event, while Slash was the final rock performer on the main stage Sunday, appearing before Beyonce and Coldplay.

Since their paths crossed so easily, Slash connected with Fergie and she joined him for a couple of songs during his set, including the single, “Beautiful Dangerous,” and a cover of Heart’s classic,“Barracuda.”

Slash had plenty to chat about on Twitter Sunday, including the weather. “Poured buckets at 1 point during our set. I don’t know why I think that is so cool. I guess it feels dramatic,” adding “I f**king LOVE R & R festivals! God damn!”

Slash plays the Sonisphere Festival in Madrid, Spain this Friday, before other weekend appearances in Lisbon, Portugal and Bilbao, Spain.


Via: Hennemusic

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci Talks New Album, Rush and Yes

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci says that the band’s new album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, stays true to the group’s initial concept. He talked to Revolver magazine about the record, which is due out September 13.

“It’s everything that makes Dream Theater what it is. It’s all our elements – metal elements, progressive elements, melodic elements, and all the playing and fusion elements we’ve always had. I try to stay pure to the initial conception of our band; we’re a progressive band and we’re a metal band, mixed.”

Petrucci spoke about a couple of his biggest influences.

“My favorite bands growing up were Yes and Rush so “Hemispheres,” “Close to the Edge” “And You and I” – those big, dramatic songs are a huge part of what we do, married with the metal sound and melodic sound that makes us unique,” he said.

He also discussed the break with drummer Mike Portnoy. A Dramatic Turn of Events is the first Dream Theater album to feature new percussionist Mike Mangini, following Portnoy’s departure.

“I love Mike. We’ve known each other for so long… I met him when I was, what, 17? We went to Berklee [College Of Music] together. We went through everything. He’s an awesome guy,” he said. “It was a heartbreaking chapter in our lives, but it’s just one of those things in life where there’s a big change, and you don’t expect it, and what matters is the way you face that change. You can embrace it or you can run from it. We just chose to move on.”


Radiohead – The King of Limbs Live from the Basement to premiere on MTV


Radiohead: The King of Limbs – From the Basement is set to premiere on MTV’s high def channel Palladia on Saturday, July 23 9PM ETwith a repeat at midnight.

For those without Pallladia, fear not as the show premieres on MTV2 on Saturday, July 30 at 3AM ET / 12AM PT. Here is the synopsis they sent over:

Radiohead pulls back the curtain to reveal an intimate in-studio performance of their new album ‘King of Limbs’ for Palladia and MTV2 viewers. This special will also feature raw behind-the-scenes footage providing fans with an up-close-and-personal look at the band.

The special is a blend of music performance and documentary from a laid-back studio environment, conducive to brilliant music composition.

The band’s producer Nigel Godrich said it best, citing that it’s like “getting your own VIP pass to a private recording session.” This is the only time Radiohead will be captured on camera this year and Palladia and MTV2 have a backstage pass!

Dave Grohl kicks out a fan on Foo Fighters Gig (video)

When trouble kicked off in front of the stage at a Foo Fighters gig in London’s Roundhouse on Tuesday (July 12) Dave Grohl soon put a stop to it.

Halting the show he shouted at the man, pointing him out to security:

“You don’t fucking fight at my show you asshole. Let me see him, who’s fighting right now? It’s that guy in the striped shirt. Hey motherfucker look at me, get the fuck out of my show right now.”

As the man was seemingly led from the theatre, the crowd applauded and cheered as Grohl had the last word:

“I don’t put up with that bullshit – you people came here to have a good time and that guy can fuck off”.

Via: Rock AAA

Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison documentary to debut on HBO

Martin Scorsese’s documentary about late Beatle George Harrison will debut on US cable channel HBO this autumn.

Co-produced with Harrison’s widow, Olivia, it will feature home movies and interviews with surviving Beatles.

Scorsese, who also made Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light, said making the film was “a joy and an experience I’ll never forget”.

Living in the Material World will be shown in two parts in October. It will be available on DVD on 10 October.

Other interviewees include Harrison’s friend Eric Clapton, John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, and record producers Phil Spector and George Martin.

Scorsese said the documentary had allowed him to spend time with Olivia Harrison “interviewing so many of George’s closest friends, reviewing all that footage, some of it never seen before, and listening to all of that magnificent music”.

He said the first time he heard Harrison’s 1970 solo album All Things Must Pass “was like walking into a cathedral”.

“George was making spiritually awake music, we all heard and felt it, and I think that was the reason that he came to occupy a very special place in our lives.”

An accompanying book, written by Olivia Harrison, will feature photographs, letters and diary extracts from the star’s personal archive.

Harrison, who died of lung cancer in 2001, wrote Beatles songs including Something and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. He enjoyed further success, as a solo artist, and with the 1980s supergroup Traveling Wilburys.

Def Leppard tributes Joe Elliot’s Father

Joe Elliott‘s father, Joe Elliott, Sr., passed away, the band hasposted a tribute that offers details on the life and death of Joe Sr. from the group’s tour manager Malvin Mortimer. Here is the post from in full:

Joe’s Elliott’s father (“Joe Senior” to all that knew him well) suffered a significant heart attack in April this year, whilst in ICU he suffered two more attacks. He was very low for a week or so.

I was not surprised to hear from Joe a few days later that his dad was making a remarkable recovery. Not surprised because I knew him to be made of old style bricks and mortar, upright, forthright and as tough as nails. He was a gadget maker, he showed Joe how he devised home made radios, model aeroplanes and air rifles amongst other projects, in his spare time.

At the hospital Joe discussed the upcoming tour with his recovering father. Joe Senior insisted that his son go ahead and do the thing that had always made him proud. Joe packed his case and departed to start the 2011 tour.

When Joe recently heard that his dad’s condition had deteriorated severely he had to think seriously about his next move. We had already arrived at the next show when the news arrived. Joe decided to go home to support his father and mother but he insisted on doing the show that night in honor of his father: a tribute to the person who, had he not supported and financed his son and his friends, then Def Leppard, as we know them, might never have been – and we might never have had the pleasure of listening to the music that spans more than 30 years from a group that has survived amidst great challenges and against all odds.

That night Joe appeared to be tearful coming off the stage for a change of shirt, at the end of “Love Bites”, I checked to see that he was OK…He explained that it was his dad’s favorite tune. The next day, I took Joe to the airport and he flew to his father’s bedside.

A few days ago, his condition worsening, Joe Senior finally succumbed to his increasing illness and passed away quietly in hospital. Joe and his mother were together at the hospital.

At the age of 18, Joe had an opportunity to join a band. The band met regularly in Joe’s bedroom in the family home in Sheffield, UK- with the full support of his parents.

That band came to be known as Def Leppard.

In 1978 Joe asked his dad for some help to finance the recording and release of the first few songs written by the young and up and coming musicians. Joe senior put up 150 UK pounds. (at that time, about $500.) They recorded at Fairview studios in Hull, East Yorkshire, it cost 148.50 and with the loose change they shared fish and chips on the way home. (Joe’s mother Cindy played guitar and taught Joe his first few chords, Joe Sr. actually recorded, on a primitive cassette device, Joe’s first ever song. Joe was eight years old. The song was entitled “Goin’ Forever”).

Joe Senior will be missed by Cindy, Joe and all of us that knew him.