Wolfgang Van Halen's tribute song to his father "Distance" has claimed the No. 1 spot on the MediaBase and BDS Active Rock Radio Charts, following two television performances of the track.
Mammoth WVH, Wolfgang's solo band, performed the song during their television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and then unplugged for an acoustic performance on the Today show.
Following those performances, "Distance", which Wolfgang released last fall as tribute to his late father Eddie Van Halen, climbed to the No. 1 spot on the BDS chart, which it had also topped following it's initial release.
The song is a bonus track on Wolfgang WVH's self-titled debut album, which is set to be released on June 11th, and features Wolfgang playing all of the instruments and vocals.
Wolfgang had this to say about the song hitting No. 1 again, "The response to 'Distance' has been incredibly overwhelming. The immense support from everyone at radio who played the song and all of the fans who called requesting it has been more than I could have imagined. Thank you to everyone who helped me get my first #1 song. I wish Pop was here to see it."
He said of the song and tribute video at the time of release last November, "As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I was imagining what my life would be like without him and how terribly I'd miss him.
"While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life. I never intended 'Distance' to be the very first piece of music people would hear from me, but I also thought my father would be here to celebrate its release. This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop."
Watch the "Distance" video here.
(hennemusic) Black Sabbath are streaming audio of a rare live version of "Die Young" ahead of its inclusion on the March 5 release of an expanded edition of their tenth album, "Mob Rules."
Previously-unreleased in North America, the performance of the "Heaven And Hell" cut was originally featured as the b-side of the 7" single for the title track to 1981's "Mob Rules."
"Mob Rules" marked the group's second studio project with Ronnie James Dio and first with drummer Vinny Appice; the album hit No. 12 in the UK and reached No. 29 on the US Billboard 200.
The expanded reissue featured the remastered album, a new mix of "The Mob Rules", and an expansive selection of rare and unreleased recordings - including an entire concert recorded in Portland, OR in 1982.
Black Sabbath are also releasing an expanded edition of 1980's "Heaven And Hell" on March 5. Stream the songhere.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder discussed his love of baseball during this week's appearance on the brand new podcast The Artist and The Athlete.
The recently launched podcast series is hosted by Lindsay Czarniak (FOX NFL, NASCAR, formerly ESPN), and it pairs a music artist with a sports figure to discuss a variety of topics.
Vedder was paired with Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo for this week's episode and Eddie explained during the chat how his love of baseball began when he was taken to Wrigley Field at six years old. Watch the excerpt here.
Cleopatra Records will be releasing a new collection featuring Badfinger collaborations, entitled "No Matter What - Revisiting The Hits" on March 26th.
The collection will be released digitally, as a digipack CD and tri-color (red, white and blue) colored vinyl. We were sent the following details: You've grooved to Matthew Sweet's "Baby Blue," played air piano along with Rick Wakeman on "Come And Get It," and swooned hearing Rick Springfield's voice on "Love Is Gonna Come At Last" - but now the wait is finally over as the full-length collaboration between Joey Molland's Badfinger and a stellar line-up of special guest superstars is finally released!
No Matter What - Revisiting The Hits gathers an immense amount of talent on one album - in addition to the aforementioned, guests include Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson, blues legend Sonny Landreth, eclectic art rockers The Legendary Pink Dots and many more - who offer their unique twists on some of Badfinger's biggest, most era-defining hits from the Paul McCartney-penned "Come And Get It" to "Day After Day," to the monster ballad "Without You."
The latter was originally released by Badfinger in 1970 but became a global phenomenon when Harry Nilsson recorded a version in 1971, and then it conquered the airwaves again in 1994 courtesy of Mariah Carey's bombastic version, and now Rock Hall Of Fame nominee and producer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire Todd Rundgren offers a passionate rendering of the song that is by itself worth the price of admission to this great collection. See the tracklisting here.
(hennemusic) Yes are sharing video of a performance of their classic track, "Roundabout", from the newly-announced "Union 30 Live" box set. Due May 3, the limited-edition 30-disc Super Deluxe package marks the 30th anniversary of the 1991 tour of the progressive rock icons, which saw Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White reunite to record and tour in support of the "Union" album.
The main disc features a multi-camera shoot DVD, with an accompanying soundtrack mixed by Trevor Rabin from the Shoreline Amphitheatre (August 8, 1991) show; also included in the box is a mixture of fan recordings, desk tapes and FM/Radio Broadcasts, as well as a numbered certificate reproduction Tour program, reproduction AAA Laminate, reproduction cloth passes, 10 band photos and two posters.
"Union 30 Live" is presented in a flight case which accommodates 10 x 'fatpack' style jewel cases each containing 3x discs to make the 30 discs in total. Each heavy-duty flight case has been sprayed individually, and the stickers placed by hand. No two flight cases are the same, making each one unique and a highly collectable piece of rock and roll memorabilia.
"It has been well documented that I loathed the Union studio album as the whole project was taken out of our hands and destroyed by those handed the responsibility for finishing it off," says Wakenman. "However, the Union Tour was another matter. Probably the most amazing and enjoyable tour I have ever been on with Yes and I am so glad it was recorded and filmed as it was an incredibly special time that can never be repeated. The Union Tour is for me, the most important event in Yes history.."
Yes will also release a limited-edition 4LP version of "Union 30 Live" on May 3. Watch the video and see the box set contents listhere.
(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd are sharing video of a vintage performance of their classic track, "Gimme Three Steps", as a preview to the April 9 release of "Live At Knebworth '76."
The lead single from the Jacksonville, FL band's 1973 debut, "Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)", is among the 11 tracks captured during their August 1976 appearance at the Knebworth event, which saw them perform before 150,000 fans as part of a day-long bill that included Todd Rundgren's Utopia, 10cc, Hot Tuna and headliners The Rolling Stones.
"Live At Knebworth '76" will be available in multiple formats, including DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, limited edition 2LP+DVD, and digital video; as a bonus, the Blu-ray set also features the full-length 2018 documentary, "If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd."
The group are currently scheduled to launch a series of summer live shows in Glen Allen, VA in late May. Watch the videohere.
(hennemusic) Myles Kennedy is streaming video of the debut live performance of "In Stride", the lead single from his forthcoming second solo album, "The Ides Of March."
The rocker is seen sharing the story behind the song before delivering it alone and surrounded by guitars on stage at the legendary Fox Theater in Spokane, WA.
"Chill out...that pretty much sums it up," explains Kennedy. "The lyric paints a picture of a survivalist preparing for an impending zombie apocalypse. It was inspired by the first wave of lockdowns as everyone was buying vast amounts of toilet paper and supplies. I started to ask myself if it might be wise to try and gain some perspective and not overreact... keep calm and carry on."
Due May 14, "The Ides Of March" sees the Alter Bridge and Slash vocalist regroup with longtime friend and drummer Zia Uddin and bassist/manager Tim Tournier - who worked on Kennedy's 2018 debut, "Year Of The Tiger" - for the 2021 record, which was recorded in Florida with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette.
"The Ides Of March" will be available in a variety of formats, including digital, CD, black and colored 2LP vinyl, including Die Hard Limited Edition and Limited Deluxe Box options available via Napalm Records. Watch the videohere.
Country rock meets 70s arena rockers BlackWater Cobra recently released their debut single "Guy Like Me" and to celebrate we have asked guitarist Eddie Savage to tell us about the track. Here is the story:
I wrote "Guy Like Me" over the course of a weekend. After a hectic work week, I pulled into the driveway, walked into the house, dropped my work sh*t down, grabbed a bottle of whiskey and made myself a drink. I went and sat down in the living room, lit up and a cigarette and turned the tunes on. I sat there thinking to myself; "damn do I ever hate this bullsh*t job, I wish I was spending my life on tour, on a bus, playing music with a kickass band. I grabbed an acoustic guitar off the wall and the song basically wrote itself.
By Monday morning I had made a half ass demo of the tune and sent it to the band.....waiting eagerly to get a response wondering if it was going to be "oh thats a cool song" or "Ed how much did you have drink before you wrote this?! Shelf the song!" ...
Luckily.. they loved it. Within weeks we had worked it out at band practice and took it into the studio to capture it! We spent a weekend at Genesis Sound in Toronto trying to stay focused but having a hell of a time doing it! We were happy with the product we had by the end of the weekend and we hope you like it too!
So go light your smoke, pour up a strong one and check out "Guy Like Me" now!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!