Coming on September 22nd is the latest Genesis retrospective, titled R-Kive. The 42-year, 37-track set differs from every other Genesis collection in that it features healthy does of solo tracks from the members of the band's classic lineup: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, and Steve Hackett. The album -- which ignores the band’s debut album, 1969’s From Genesis To Revelation -- begins with “The Knife” from 1970’s Trespass featuring co-founder Anthony Phillips -- whose solo work is not on the new set.
Highlights on the collection include Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill,” and “Biko”’ Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight,” his duet with Phillip Bailey on “Easy Lover,” alongside Mike Rutherford’s Mike + The Mechanics’ “Silent Running” and “The Living Years.” Although Tony Banks and Steve Hackett’s outside work is equally represented, the closest thing each member had to a hit -- Banks’ 1983 “This Is Love” and Hackett’s 1986 “When The Heart Rules The Mind” with GTR featuring Yes’ Steve Howe, are both missing.
Rob Zombie's guitarist, John Five, has revealed in an interview with a Canadian rock journalist that he has recorded a brand new album with Van Halen singer David Lee Roth, which he says is "incredible" and which he hopes to release at some point in the near future. Five told writer Mitch Lafon, "It's 11 of the greatest songs you'll ever hear, and it's just me and Dave, and we had Gregg Bissonette play drums on it. And it's unbelievable . . . just great, great songs. And hopefully sometime it'll see the light of day. But he's, of course, busy with Van Halen and all that stuff. But it's an incredible record."
Five added that he and Roth made the record "maybe a year and a half ago," saying, "I always go over to his house and we write music and things like that. It's a lot of fun. They're all original songs. I would just go over to his house during the day and write this music and then he would book the studio at night."
Five said that the material "sounds like just Dave from that Van Halen I or II or Women And Children First era, (in terms of his) singing (style), and it's incredible, man."
Five, whose real name is John Lowery, got his first big break playing on Roth's solo album, DLR Band, before landing stints with Marilyn Manson and now Zombie.
Five has been playing in Rob Zombie's band since 2005 and has been the longest-running member of the group. We asked Zombie what makes for a great band member: ["What makes a great band member is someone who knows their place in the band. 'Cause usually the fighting comes from someone wanting to - they always think, 'Well, you're doing that so I should do that' or 'why don't I do this' or 'you just use his songs and not my songs.' And when people are smart enough to know, 'There's only four spots and I have one of them, and I should be happy,' and it doesn't diminish their role in any way, that's what makes for a great band member, you know."
John Five will release his eighth solo album, titled Careful With That Axe, on August 12th -- a different record from the one he did with Roth.
Roth himself is reportedly at work with Van Halen on that band's 13th studio album.
John Five, Rob Zombie and the rest of Zombie's band will start a short fall tour on September 8th in Portland, Oregon.
The Beatles have announced that Ron Howard will serve as the director of the eagerly awaited documentary on the group's touring years. The temporarily titled "The Beatles Live Project" will focus on the group's pre-fame days making their bones as a band in Liverpool and Hamburg, Germany up through their final tour in 1966 which culminated with their last public concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. The film -- which still has no official release date -- is being produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison. Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde will act as executive producers for the Beatles' company Apple Corps. Apple is partnering with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment and Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures for the doc, which Sinclair hopes will hit theaters late in 2015.
Ron Howard spoke about the project to Billboard, explaining, “What’s so intriguing to me is not only the subject, but the context we can bring to it now. Not only can we do a study of these touring years, the narrative of an odyssey, we can look at the significance of the Beatles as individuals -- as musical geniuses, as societal leaders and their effect on global culture. Dramatically it makes a lot of sense and cinematically, we have a chance to offer a unique experience.”
Howard told Rolling Stone: "We are going to be able to take the Super 8 footage that we found, that was all shot silent. We'll not only be able to digitally repair a lot of that, but we've also been finding the original recordings. We can now sync it up and create a concert experience so immersive and so engaging, I believe you're going to actually feel like you're somewhere in the '60s, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it. And as a film director, that's a fantastic challenge."
The project features the best in the business. Nigel Sinclair -- who served as the producer of Martin Scorsese's George Harrison documentary, George Harrison: Living In The Material World; The Who's Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who; and Scorsese's No Direction Home: Bob Dylan -- told Billboard about some of the groundbreaking finds while producing the doc: “If we find a performance that’s particularly good, say in Cleveland in 1964, and have been able to find the sound with separated tracks, that’s something that will add a whole new dimension."
Also on board Scott Pascucci, managing director of Concord Music Group and former head of Warner’s Rhino Entertainment, who served as an executive producer on the Harrison doc, and has recently been associated with Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival: 2013 and Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin.'
The amount of new first hand interviews, previously unseen photographs, original paperwork on their travel and payment, information on their hotels, decoys, and details about the venues they played, easily makes Some Fun Tonight the most important book ever written about the Beatles' days as a live act.
AC/DC has completed work on its 16th studio album and its first without guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young, who stepped down earlier this year due to an undisclosed illness and is currently hospitalized. Singer Brian Johnson told Classic Rock about the Vancouver recording sessions, " “It was brilliant over there. We’re done. I’m very excited and we’ve got some great songs.”
Johnson added, "We miss Malcolm obviously. He’s a fighter. He’s in hospital but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again. Stevie (Young, guitarist), Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult.
Johnson called Malcolm "such a strong man," saying, "I’m sure he was rooting for us . . . He’s a small guy but he’s very strong. He’s proud and he’s very private so we can’t say too much. But fingers crossed he’ll be back.”
Johnson said that he wanted to use Man Down as the title of the follow-up to 2008's Black Ice, explaining, "It’s a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that.”
There is no title yet for the disc, which is due out either by the end of this year or early in 2015. A world tour is likely to follow its release.
Johnson was interviewed in his hometown of Newcastle, where he was awarded a Doctorate in Music from the city’s Northumbria University.
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Rickey Medlocke and Gary Rossington have joined forces with Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts and country legend Charlie Daniels, to help launch Gibson Guitar’s new "Southern Rock 1959 Les Paul." The new reissue, which is available at authentic Gibson retailers nationwide, is the first Gibson instrument to specifically pay tribute to a music genre. A portion of proceeds from each guitar sold will be donated to the Music Health Alliance.
Gibson Custom’s tribute to "Southern Rock 1959 Les Paul," which starts at just over $9,000 is a “’Reverseburst’ sunburst that is slightly reminiscent of a heart centered on the guitar’s top, a nod to the tremendous spirit that pushed Southern Rock from fringe to mainstream consciousness.” Guitar aficionados can purchase one of the fifty exclusive signed guitars by rock legends Gary Rossington, Wet Willie’s Jimmy Hall and Charlie Daniels for $18,824
Don Henley believes that the key to a successful band is understanding that it’s not a democracy. Henley, who, along with the rest of the Eagles are currently on tour in the UK, spoke to Australia's News.com (News.com.au), and explained, "You cannot take four or five creative people who have egos and creative desires and expect them all to see things the same way all the time. There’s going to be resentment and jealousy and fighting about credits and money. There’s an old saying that says it’s amazing to think of how much could be accomplished if no one cared who got the credit."
Upon reuniting in 1994, co-founder Glenn Frey insisted that he and Henley receive more money than the rest of the band -- Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, and Don Felder. It was Felder’s issues with the money situation the led to his firing from the band. Henley, explained: “Glenn has no qualms about talking about that. He feels like we deserve it, because we started this mess. We guided it, we’re the ones who had the connections that got the record deal with David Geffen, we wrote most of the hit songs. We felt like, and we still feel like, we are the leaders of this band. Although we certainly do listen to the opinions of the other guys. We all seem to be able to reach consensus these days and go forward.”
Although co-founding bassist Randy Meisner is too ill to perform, co-founding guitarist Bernie Leadon is the special guest on the current tour, playing his first Eagles dates since 1975. Henley is thrilled to have him back, saying, “It’s like riding a bike. It took us a few weeks but we got back in the groove quickly with Bernie. It’s great having him around again.”
When asked about whether there was a consideration about asking Felder to join the extended 40th anniversary tour, Henley said, “I don’t think so. No. I don’t really have too much to say about him. We’re still embroiled in some legal wrangling. I’m not really at liberty to make much comment on him or where we’re at. Overall I think things worked out the way they’re supposed to."
He added: "The thing about bands is you have to have leaders in a band. Everybody can’t be on equal footing. It’s like a football team. Somebody’s got to be the quarterback. Somebody’s got to snap the ball, somebody’s got to run with the ball, somebody’s got to block. If people play their positions and play their strengths everything turns out well. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We always understood that, some of the other people apparently didn’t understand that.”
Don Felder, who’s currently out on the road as a solo act this summer opening for Styx and Foreigner, told us that when the Eagles reunited, rather than risk any dramatic flare-ups within the group, the band’s management created a situation where the Eagles pretty much only ever had to deal with each other onstage
With the April 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony premiering this past weekend on HBO, Joel Peresman, the CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, took some shots at Paul Stanley -- who's been quite vocal about Kiss' treatment by the Hall. Peresman spoke frankly to Radio.com about the often head-scratching induction path for many acts, admitting, "I get into debates about this all the time! I tell people what I do (for a living), and then they say, ‘Well, how come this one isn’t inducted?’ The thing is, nobody’s wrong. There’s no wrong opinion. Like, ‘Why isn’t Chicago inducted?’ Or ‘Why isn’t the Moody Blues inducted?’ Or ‘Why hasn’t Jane’s Addiction been inducted?’ People aren’t wrong. I don’t really have a good answer for them.”
With all the issues regarding Kiss' entry into the hall after being passed over for the past 15 years, Peresman touched upon both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's speeches at the ceremony, saying of Simmons, "It was a lovely speech, it was actually kind of classy, as opposed to Paul’s. That speech was the best advertisement for (pointing out that) what we did was right. He’s been almost borderline racist, not in that speech, but in other interviews talking about how hip-hop artists shouldn’t be inducted because they don’t play instruments. It’s like, ‘What are you, kidding?’ And he talks about the nominating committee, and how those guys don’t buy records. Those guys buy records! They’re f***ing fans! Those guys are writers and critics and musicians. Those are the people who buy records and got into the business because they love music.”
Backstage at the Rock Hall inductions, Peresman told us he hopes that Kiss will feel comfortable enough with its place in the Rock Hall to be become regular contributors to the museum in Cleveland: [“With all the posturing back and forth, I still think that, y’know, it’s a great honor. Y’know, I’ve always been a Kiss fan no matter what the verb-age is going back and forth, so, y’know, I was really happy they were being inducted. I think a lot of people that are customers that go to the museum in Cleveland -- because ultimately everything that we do in the foundation is to benefit the museum in Cleveland. We want people to visit there, we want them to learn about the history of rock n’ roll; so that’s what the museum exists for. So, to have a band like Kiss is an important part of rock history and we’ll go forward, and hopefully they’ll be involved and come visit when they play. . . they’re playing there in the summer and hopefully they’ll come visit.”] SOUNDCUE (:34 OC: . . . they’ll come visit)
Paul Stanley's main issues with the Rock Hall -- besides the fact that it took one-and-a-half decades to finally induct Kiss -- has been that only the four original members were allowed to be inducted -- and not the various lineups that played as Kiss over the past three decades. Stanley particularly took exception with the fact that all members of the Grateful Dead were inducted, seemingly with no questions asked. Peresman explained that different bands bring a different set of criteria: [“As I’ve said numerous times, a lot of the artists we look under (the) complete body of work, up until the moment the nominating committee meets to talk about ‘em. Those artists that were part of the Grateful Dead and were inducted in the Grateful Dead were contributing members — that our nominating committee felt up until the time they were inducted — which is different in this situation.”
In addition to Kiss, the inductees to the Rock Hall class of 2014 were Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates.
Ahmet Ertegun Awards went to the Beatles' late manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham.
The Award for Musical Excellence -- formerly known as the Side-Men category -- was presented to the E Street Band, who were inducted by Bruce Springsteen.
Log on to HBO.com for stations and times for the 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction ceremony.
JUST OUR OPINION
First of all, if we were Kiss and didn’t get inducted into the Rock Hall until the same year as Nirvana -- a band that didn’t release its first single until 1988 -- we wouldn’t have shown up at all. Paul Stanley chose to fight this thing upon being nominated by calling the Rock Hall out for perfectly valid reasons. Kiss was played non-stop on MTV between 1983 and 1989. Every single got airtime and they scored major video hits alongside all the other hair bands of the day. If that second non-makeup chapter of Kiss hadn’t been relevant, their comeback wearing makeup never could have happened -- not at Dodger Stadium it couldn’t. So the answer is; yes, EVERYBODY in Kiss should’ve been inducted.
For the record; Vince Welnick did not deserve to be inducted alongside the founders -- or even latter-day members -- of the Grateful Dead, so Joel Peresman using that example is as dumb as it is incorrect. Kiss’ costumes and stage sets will bring TONS of people into the Rock Hall Museum -- Lynyrd Skynyrd lyrics, original P.A.’s, and hats won’t. It’s good business. Kiss has a HUGE fan base. Kiss fans will bring more money to Cleveland than Rolling Stones fans EVER would.
No rap act will draw rock fans and their money to the Cleveland museum. If that’s the reason for the Rock Hall induction ceremonies and list -- which is what Peresman says -- it’s a stupid idea to alienate the Classic Rock fan, who is without question the biggest lifetime consumer of music. Once Curtis Blow gets in -- probably six years before Yes and Journey -- his fans will neither be aware of his new honor, or even care enough to see his exhibit. If the Rock Hall did the same year-long exhibit with Kiss as they’ve recently done with the Dead and the Stones, they would -- without a doubt -- earn five times the amount in the first three months.
The deal is THIS; Kiss was telling us they were great from the word “go.” The powers that be at, say, Rolling Stone, (which is HEAVILY tied to and some even say synonymous with the Rock Hall) never liked that. Rolling Stone liked it when THEY got to tell you want was hip, or new, or smart. Kiss was not on their list. Which is fine, because the proof is in the sales. REAL rock magazines today understand and DO cover Kiss (without irony) -- Classic Rock, Mojo, and Uncut. They feature ROCK N’ ROLL figures. Not movie and TV stars, comedians, and murderers like Rolling Stone -- a magazine that featured Bart Simpson on its cover just short of a quarter century before finally giving Kiss the honor.
"Do The Bartman" got on the cover before "Detroit Rock City."
Joel Peresman has a TV show to promote. It’s not a particularly great show -- a little long winded, with four of the inductees not appearing and Kiss not performing. He’s chosen to give this interview and drop that the “racist” bomb on Stanley to promote a boring awards show. Forget the fact that Paul Stanley is NOT a racist, and is absolutely right in his critiques against the Rock Hall not withstanding, Peresman ultimately will not NOT get the extra viewers he wanted by throwing this obvious and destructive sound byte quote around -- but he just might get himself served with a libel suit from Stanley. You wanna keep going head to head with Paul Stanley??? REALLY??? The ONLY thing that Joel Peresman should've said about ANY of this was "Hey -- if it was up to me EVERY great artist in rock would be in The Hall!"
In truth, it’s too late for the Rock Hall to redeem itself, because the cheese factor and the lameness of the TV special shtick is so old, and it’s been like 75 years now. After Pearl Jam, there’s TRULY no one left. Who??? Radiohead??? Coldplay??? The White Stripes??? Who even has an OPINION about that??? Doesn’t it just become the bad MTV VMA's from 2002 when you said to yourself -- “Y’know, I was too old for this 15 years ago. I'm gonna get something to eat."
Out this week is the deluxe edition of Billy Joel's A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia. The set contains the documentary -- which premiered in January on Showtime -- along with a book of rare and never-before-seen photos and newly written liner notes. The original live album chronicling Billy's Russian visit, 1987's Kohuept -- which translates to "Concert" -- only featured 12 songs, but the new CD -- A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia - The Music, features newly remastered sound with 11 additional tracks -- including a bonus rehearsal version of the Beatles' classic "She Loves You."
Billy spoke about the new project, telling American Songwriter magazine, "It was originally done in documentary form, right after we played the Soviet Union in the '80s. For some reason or another, there was interest in it again -- and actually, now that Russia invaded the Ukraine, it is kind of timely. Remember the Cold War? You don't really want to go back there again. It's funny watching those politicians stamping their feet, going, 'Those damn Russians. We better threaten them with an atomic bomb' Don't drag us back to that."
He went on to recall the groundbreaking Russian gigs, saying, "That was a watershed moment. It felt like we made a difference, and I saw the power of music. It broke through all of these political barriers. They knew our pop music, through out blue jeans, through Coca-Cola. That was a better way to know us than through our politicians. And there were a lot of similarities. That audience looked just like an American audience -- they played stupid air guitar, they went crazy, they jumped up and down. They're just like we are! And the music was the medium for that."
Billy Joel, who is nearly halfway through his 12-sold out monthly performances at New York's Madison Square Garden, told us a while back that although he's fine releasing live albums, he's far too self-conscious to ever mine his archives for a full album of outtakes: ["There are some things that people should never hear. And I know people are interested. I'm a fan of hearing outtakes that the Beatles did. I love that stuff, because I'm such an aficionado of their music. Selfishly, sure I wanna hear it, but I would understand if people wouldn't want people to hear that stuff. The best way for people to hear your music is as if it were Promethean, as if it just sprang out of your forehead in one fell swoop."
"Prelude/Angry Young Man"
"The Ballad Of Billy The Kid" - previously unreleased
"She's Always A Woman" - previously unreleased
"Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" - previously unreleased
"Big Man On Mulberry Street"
"What's Your Name" - previously unreleased
"The Longest Time" - previously unreleased
"An Innocent Man"
"Pressure" - previously unreleased
"A Matter Of Trust"
"Only The Good Die Young"
"It's Still Rock And Roll To Me" - previously unreleased
"Sometimes A Fantasy"
"You May Be Right" - previously unreleased
"Back In The U.S.S.R."
"The Times They Are A Changin'"
"She Loves You" - previously unreleased Russian concerts rehearsal recording
"New York State Of Mind" - previously unreleased
"Piano Man" - previously unreleased
On July 29th, Eric Clapton will release the tribute album to his longtime friend and inspiration, the late JJ Cale, called The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale. Rolling Stone reported the 16-song set will feature collaborations with Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, John Mayer, and others. JJ Cale, best known for writing the Clapton standards "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" -- along with Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Call Me The Breeze" -- died on July 26th, 2013 of a heart attack at the age of 74.
Clapton said in a statement announcing the album’s release: "I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did -- that's the point. I’m just the messenger; I've always felt that that's my job. I try to interpret things so that the public at large, or at least the people who listen to what I do, will become intrigued about where I got it from."
“Call Me The Breeze” - Eric Clapton
“Rock And Roll Records” - Eric Clapton & Tom Petty
“Someday” - Mark Knopfler
“Lies” - John Mayer & Eric Clapton
“Sensitive Kind” - Don White
“Cajun Moon” - Eric Clapton
“Magnolia” - John Mayer
“I Got The Same Old Blues” - Tom Petty & Eric Clapton
“Songbird” - Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton
“Since You Said Goodbye” - Eric Clapton
“I’ll Be There If You Ever Want Me)” - Don White & Eric Clapton
“The Old Man And Me” - Tom Petty
“Train To Nowhere” - Mark Knopfler, Don White, & Eric Clapton
“Starbound” - Willie Nelson
“Don’t Wait” - Eric Clapton & John Mayer
“Crying Eyes” - Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland
DID YOU KNOW???
Over the years, Eric Clapton recorded five JJ Cale songs:
•"After Midnight" (Eric Clapton, 1970)
•"Cocaine" (Slowhand, 1977)
•"I'll Make Love To You Anytime" (Backless, 1978)
•"Travelin' Light" (Reptile, 2001)
•"Angel" -- with JJ Cale (Old Sock, 2013)
JJ CALE FAST FACTS
•JJ Cale came up through the Tulsa, Oklahoma music scene good friend and collaborator Leon Russell and upon hitting Los Angeles in 1964 joined forces with fellow Tulsa musician and future Derek & The Dominoes and Eric Clapton bassist, the late Carl Radle.
•Elmer Valentine, the owner of the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip suggested that Cale -- who's given name was John W. Cale -- change his first name to "JJ" to avoid confusion with the Velvet Underground's John Cale.
•Cale, who also worked with Delaney & Bonnie, released a total of 15 albums -- including his 2006 Grammy Award winning collaboration with Eric Clapton,
Mick Jones revealed that the first new songs by him and co-founding Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm in 20 years might hit the public next year. The pair's June 2013 performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is" and "Juke Box Hero" at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City marked the first time the pair has performed together in a decade after Gramm left Foreigner for a second time.
Jones has rekindled a relationship with Gramm, and revealed to Classic Rock magazine, that the duo, who wrote most of Foreigner's classic hits together, might be teaming up one more time, explaining, "Lou told me a few weeks ago he’s discovered a few songs we were writing in the ‘80s, but never quite finished. We might take time next year to bring a couple of those out of the vaults. . . It’s a question of wading through them and finding a cassette machine to play them on.”
When asked if a reunion -- which would sideline current lead singer Kelly Hansen -- would be unfair, Jones was quick to point out: “Kelly has dedicated everything to the band. He’s phenomenal. So anything I do will be sensitive to that. If Lou and I do something it’ll be inclusive. No way will he replace Kelly."
Jones was asked what shape a Lou Gramm / Kelly Hansen Foreigner show might take, and he explained, “Something special where the old members can be involved. That would be cool. But nothing in the immediate future."