Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction were inducted into the Guitar Center RockWalk in Hollywood yesterday (June 1, 2011).
Perry, Dave and Stephen rocked up to RockWalk for their induction with a speech from Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello.
Their handprints are now part of the walk together with those from Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, AC/DC, Bonnie Raitt, Aerosmith, Carl Perkins, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Queen and Run DMC.
Jane’s Addiction will now participate in the Guitar Center unsigned artist program where one unsigned band will win the opportunity to open for the band when they launch their summer tour.
Jane’s Addiction will release their next album ‘The Great Escape’ in August. It will be the band’s first album since ‘Strays’ in 2003.
Adele has announced a European tour for Spring 2011. Adele has announced a European tour for Spring 2011, which comes to the UK and Ireland in April. ‘Rolling In The Deep’, Adele’s forthcoming single is released on Sunday January 16th. Written and produced by Adele and award winning British producer Paul Epworth, it’s a ‘dark bluesy gospel disco tune’ according to Adele herself. Adele’s new album ’21′ is set to be released on Monday January 24th. Most of the album was recorded in Malibu with the legendary Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Jay Z, Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and back in Kensal Rise in London with Paul Epworth (Plan B, Bloc Party, Florence). Adele cites Wanda Jackson, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Mary J Blige, Mos Def, Elbow, Tom Waits and Kanye West amongst others as key influences on ’21′. About its release she says ‘ It’s taken a while and it knocked me for six when writing it. It’s different from ’19′, it’s about the same things but in a different light. I deal with things differently now. I’m more patient, more honest, more forgiving and more aware of my own flaws, habits and principles. Something that comes with age I think. So fittingly this record is called ’21′. The whole reason I called my first album ’19′ was about cataloging what happened to me then and who I was then, like a photo album you see the progression and changes in a person throughout the years’. ‘Rolling In The Deep’ is released on XL Recordings on Sunday January 16th ’21′ is released on XL Recordings on Monday January 24th. The full dates are:
12th – Olympia, Dublin, Ireland
14th ‘ O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
15th ‘ O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK
17th – Ritz, Manchester, UK
18th – HMV Institute, Birmingham, UK
20th – Guildhall, Southampton, UK
21st ‘ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
Jerry Lee Lewis to write autobiography. Jerry Lee Lewis is going to tell his incredible story in an autobiography for HarperCollins Publishers. “I have spent my life listening to those who know so little say so much about me and my life,” said Lewis in a statement. “I am ready to say a whole lot about why I lived my life the way I did. People can read it, burn it, or never give it another thought. Either way the truth is about to be told, and I’m the only man still standing who can touch it.” Jerry Lee Lewis is a living legend and literally the last man standing from the crop that gave is Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison. “Mr. Lewis personifies the American story, in all its richness and contradiction,” said Cal Morgan for IT Books. “He’s a man of astonishing natural talent, profound belief, and indomitable spirit. What a thrill to have the chance to work with him on this unforgettable book.” Morgan won the rights to the book after an auction. Jerry Lee Lewis signed to iconic Sun Records in the 50s and delivered early rock and roll hits like ‘Great Balls of Fire’ and ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On’ more than half a decade before The Beatles formed. The Lewis book will be released in 2012.
HeavyAsHell.com announces its public launch on March 1, 2010. The site will fill a gap in the social news community for fans of rock, metal, punk and other guitar-based genres. HeavyAsHell aggregates the best stories about ‘heavy’ music from around the web. It sprung from the negative experiences founder Mark Carras had with other news aggregators that buried or denied stories about harder genres, literally shutting out fans, journalists and bands from the benefits of social news. While the site will provide a haven for certain types of music, says Mark, ‘Heavy is in the ear of the beholder. Johnny Cash covering NIN’s ‘Hurt’ is heavy.’ There are two registration levels at HeavyAsHell. Bands register an account with basic information to create a page that will catalogue all its news. Everyone else – fans, writers, bloggers, site runners, labels, publicists – register as users. Users are essentially site editors. Users can submit news, reviews, videos and photo links that they find on the web. They can comment on content, and can vote on posts which in turn will position the story higher on the site. These various activities accumulate ‘sins’ (points). There will be benefits to being an active sinner. Starting March 1, HeavyAsHell will be giving away more than $10,000 in prizes to the top registered users. Each week, the top user will win $1000 while the second place user gets $500 and the third place $250. Additional prizes will be provided by Nuclear Blast America, Prosthetic Records, Rock Ridge Records, the band Mongrel and others. Users will be ranked automatically by their submissions, comments and voting activity. Full Rules and Conditions will be posted on the site at www.heavyashell.com/contest.
Monday night FOX aired “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood’s All-Star Holiday Special. The opening was Carrie’s current hit “Cowboy Casanova.” That’s fine because it’s her big hit right now. But Carrie was wearing a Sandy-from-Grease outfit (seriously, they probably had to sew her into it) and she was surrounded by all these beautifull male back-up dancers. My boyfriend remarked, “Is this Christmas in Heaven?” After the opening performances of “Cowboy Casanova” and “Before He Cheats,” Continue reading →
Roger Daltrey says one of the goals of his upcoming “Use It Or Lose It” tour is to get his voice in prime shape for the start of the Who’s next album later this year.
Daltrey tells Billboard.com that bandmate and Who composer Pete Townshend “is demoing now, and I’ll be demoing vocals in December. And hopefully if this tour has done it’s job, I’ll be in really good form as a vocalist and, who knows, we might make our best work. “But,” Daltrey cautions, “that’s a piece of string. That (demoing process) could go on for six months. You just never know.” Townshend has previously acknowledged working on two projects — a new musical called “Floss” and Continue reading →
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones will release her fourth studio album on Parlophone / Blue Note Records this November. Jones wrote nearly all of the songs in the past two years since completing tours in support of her 2007 global chart-topping, U.S. double-platinum album Not Too Late. Beloved by fans for her sultry vocals and jazz-informed, piano-driven pop songwriting, Jones has taken a new direction on the as-yet-untitled album, seeing it as a chance to experiment with different sounds and an opportunity to work with a new set of Continue reading →
They’ve got hit records. They’ve starred in movies and on TV. And they’ve got perfect hair. Ah, life is good for the Jonas Brothers. And on Sunday, the Pied Pipers of squealing ’tweener girls will be back in Tacoma, headlining the Tacoma Dome with cuts from their brand, spankin’ new album, “Lines, Vines and Trying Times.” Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas held a conference call shortly after the tour was announced. And, from the transcript, here’s some of what they had to say about their new sound, having fans in the White House and getting ‘dissed on “South Park”: Nick on musical influences: Some of our biggest influences in the writing process are people like Elvis Costello, Prince and Johnny Cash, and Neil Diamond is a new one. Also, the Zutons out of the UK and Kings of Leon. We’ve been working on trying to use metaphors, in a way, to kind of mask a literal thing that happened to us. I think that, personally, Elvis Costello is excellent at doing that. And (we’re) listening to his music and trying to, you know, do our best to imitate that gift that he has of being able to tell a story with using metaphors. Joe on the new album’s sound: It feels like just a good growth in our music, and it has a lot of more kinds of horns in the record and a lot more strings. Also, there’s more to the music rather than just a typical kind of relationship song. We had the opportunity to write the songs for our new television show and that kind of helped us as writers kind of think out of the box. And so with our new record we kind of wanted to do the same, and that’s exactly what we are doing.” Nick on “Poison Ivy”: “Poison Ivy” is a song that we wrote with our bass player, Greg Barbowsky, who we wrote the song ‘Tonight’ with on our last album. And ‘Poison Ivy’ is really cool. It’s a metaphor for various things that have happened to us about maybe a relationship you can’t get out of or something that you’ve gone back to, even though it might not be the best thing in the world for you. Joe on having Sasha and Malia Obama as fans: You know I’m sure if they would like to come we would be fine with them having tickets, for sure. And I’m sure they could probably get their own tickets without even – just magically. By July 13, actually, we’re going to be in Washington, D.C., doing a concert, so hopefully the family will come out to watch the show. I mean, they’re always invited and we’re very excited for the summer tour to make its way over there. Nick on jamming with Stevie Wonder at the Grammys: Performing with Stevie Wonder was an experience that we’ll never forget and we’re very thankful. We know that we’re young guys and that that was really, truly an honor and we’re so thankful to him and his team for making it happen. Kevin on secondary ticket brokers: We sell directly to our fans. You know, we have an initial presale straight to our fans to our fan club, and that comes straight, you know, to our fans. We want to do everything possible (to ensure) these tickets go directly to the people that want to see the show, no people that are just trying to profit from reselling a ticket. Nick on being lampooned on an episode of “South Park”: I think we always like to, you know, be open to make fun of ourselves, you know, we’ll be the first to. We did it on “SNL” and it was kind of fun. But I think for us we’re so focused on what we’re doing with this tour and our album and everything that we didn’t have too much time to see it .
After a disappointing box office for their 3-D concert movie and low ratings for their TV show, JONAS, Disney Channel-bred teen-poppers the Jonas Brothers are looking to bounce back with their fourth disc — the awkwardly titled Lines, Vines and Trying Times, which hits stores Tuesday — and their first world tour, the North American leg of which launches June 20 in Dallas. The global franchise power of the siblings — who have sold more than eight million albums in the past four years, were nominated for a best new artist Grammy this year and won an American Music Award for best breakthrough artist — was recently called into question by the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. But if the three Jonas brothers — 21-year-old Kevin, 19-year-old Joe and 16-year-old Continue reading →
Elvis Costello will be performing in Vancouver at Malkin Bowl with his latest band, The Sugarcanes, on August 24. Newfoundland’s Great Big Sea play a two-night stand at the same Stanley Park venue, Sept. 11 and 12. And Britian’s Moody Blues perform at the Centre for Performing Arts, July 30. Elvis Costello’s new album Secret, Profane & Sugarcane was produced by T Bone Burnett and features top musicians in traditional American country music. The album includes two songs co-written with Burnett, while, “I Felt The Chill” marks Costello’s second songwriting collaboration with Loretta Lynn. Costello revisits two songs from his catalogue in string band style — both originally written for Johnny Cash. In 2008, The Moody Blues re-released their first seven albums, containing the band’s chart-topping singles of the ’60s and ’70s. Each re-release features bonus tracks, radio sessions and outtakes. For Great Big Sea’s ninth album Fortune’s Favour, the band made the surprise choice to work with Hawksley Workman. “We wanted to push ourselves, to be surprised by our own music,” said Hallett, “and Hawksley was the right pilot for the flight…or the fight, depending on the circumstances.” In their quest to marry the traditional music of Newfoundland with their own pop explorations, Fortune’s Favour’ embraces new sounds and new ideas, the bands says. Tickets for all three concerts go on sale Friday at all Ticketmaster outlets.
The rock video game war will heat up again in the fall: both of the industry’s flagship series are hitting consumers with tantalizing titles in 9/09. Harmonix’s The Beatles: Rock Band arrives September 9th, and now Activision has confirmed Guitar Hero 5 is due September 1st. The game will boast 85 brand-new master recordings, and this week Activision is announcing the band lineup in a series of scavenger hunt-like stories; fans who track down all the featured artists can enter a sweepstakes to win five tickets to concerts at a venue of their choice. Tracks from Queen & David Bowie (presumably “Under Pressure”), Kings of Leon, Santana, Sonic Youth and A Perfect Circle will appear in the game. The title will also come equipped with tunes by Weezer, Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Elliott Smith and the Bronx. According to information posted on the game’s official Website, the entire set list will be available for play immediately, and for the first time home rockers will be able to select any combination of instruments — so multiple guitarists, bassists, drummers or vocalists will be able to play at the same time (the perfect use for that army of plastic instruments cluttering your living room). There’s also a new Play Party Mode, which allows instruments to join and drop out of a song without interrupting or ending the track; players need to just pick up an instrument and hit a button to join the action without navigating any menus. Gamespot reports that there’s a new series of competitive modes called RockFest, which include Momentum (difficulty level shifts mid-play) and Streakers (bonus for nailing 10-plus perfect notes). A new Revival Meter allows band members to save a weaker player who has failed out. CNET adds that Guitar Hero 5’s new features and downloadable content will be compatible with Guitar Hero World Tour. The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil,” Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and the White Stripes’ “Blue Orchid” will also appear on the game’s set list, along with songs by Blur, Blink-182, Kiss, Band of Horses and Iron Maiden.
Although it may have shocked some people at the time, Ray Charles’ fascination with country and western music was anything but an overnight development. As a child in Florida, he’d listened to the Grand Ole Opry’s radio broadcasts through the Southern skies. Thus his 1962 gold-certified album Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music and its encore Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music, Volume 2 represented a lifelong dream — and may have transformed country music along with it. The two albums, which featured the hits “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Take These Chains From My Heart” and “You Don’t Know Me,” will be reissued together in an expanded reissue titled Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music, Volumes 1 & 2 by Concord Records on June 2, 2009. New liner notes by musicologist Bill Dahl are included alongside original notes by Rick Ward and Charles’ longtime recording supervisor Sid Feller. The reissue release is part of Concord’s ambitious Ray Charles reissue program that launched this year. A 17-time Grammy winner, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee and #10 in Rolling Stone’s Greatest Artists of All Time, Charles has sold more than 10 million CDs in the SoundScan era alone. “Since joining ABC’s roster in late 1959 after permanently altering the rhythm & blues landscape that sired soul, Charles had been contemplating an LP of country chestnuts for years,” Dahl writes. “So to him it wasn’t a radical concept. What was earth shattering was the way he redefined each song. When Ray unleashed the roaring horn section from his recently formed big band, those country evergreens swung like never before.” In preparation for the album, Charles asked Feller to bring him the biggest country and western hits from the preceding 20 years. According to Ward, “Completely confused and wondering what possible use Ray could make of such material, Sid began collecting songs. The more he thought about Ray’s idea, the more excited Sid became. And by the time the sessions rolled around, he was nearly the most enthusiastic person on the studio.” Initially skeptical at first themselves, ABC Records gave Charles artistic freedom and was pleased when Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music became the label’s first million-selling album. A lot of this was due to the success of its first single, “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” Never intended to be a single, the Don Gibson-penned track was buried deep in the album sequence. Yet when actor Tab Hunter covered the song, Feller quickly edited Charles’ rendition to single length and got it into the marketplace in enough time to bury the Hunter version. It topped the pop and R&B hit parades and won a Grammy for Best R&B Recording. “You Don’t Know Me” also proved a massive R&B and pop seller. A few months later, Ray and his team convened at Capitol Studios in New York to plan Volume 2, Ray mining another dozen country standards. Within the month, the album was at retail and proceeded to reach #2 on the pop album chart. Hank Williams’ “Take These Chains From My Heart,” which kicked off the “ballad side” of Volume 2, became another huge Charles hit in mid-1963. Having made countless new country converts by giving these 24 songs a soul-steeped urban dimension, Charles continued to dip into the country and western songbook. He covered Johnny Cash’s hit “Busted” to Grammy-winning acclaim in 1963, and his remakes of Buck Owens’ “Cryin’ Time” and “Together Again” hit during the mid-‘60s. “Then again,” Dahl writes, “Ray’s unique vocal interpretations inevitably made any song from any genre entirely his own.”