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.