Jim Steinman, best known as the composer behind Meat Loaf's blockbuster "Bat Out Of Hell" album, died on Monday (April 19th) at the age of 73.
The acclaimed composer, lyricist and producer also worked with artist ranging from Celine Dion to Bonnie Tyler, but his most noted collaborations were with Meat Loaf on the Bat Out Of Hell albums.
The Jim Steinman Rockman Philharmonic Facebook page broke the sad news to fans, "It's with a heavy heart that I can confirm Jim's passing. There will be much more to say in the coming hours and days as we prepare to honor this giant of a human being and his glorious legacy.
"For now, do something that makes you feel young, happy and free. He'd want that for you!" Watch the video for Jim's epic composition "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" below:
Former Five Finger Death Punch star Jeremy Spencer's new band Psychosexual, have released a music video for their brand new single "Devil From Hell".
The song comes from the band's forthcoming album, "Unholy Hymns For Children," which is set to be released on May 14th. Jeremy said of the video, "While getting in makeup and looking at the shot list, it read 'Bottle Breaking Shot. You know it's gonna be a fun video when you get whiskey bottles broken over the top of your head."
He said of the song, "It announces we're basically coming here to kill it as much as we can. I found my own way and made my stance. This is the best way to introduce the world to this band. We're ready to make a f***ing wave." Watch the video here.
Portland rockers Cobra Cobra have released a new music video for their song "A Little Dark, A Little Sick". The track comes from their debut album "Life After Poison".
Frontman Chris Ratzlaff told V13, "While we are proud of all of the songs on our debut album, 'A Little Dark, A Little Sick' was chosen for our first music video because it's a fan favorite and has already enjoyed airtime overseas in the UK.
"We wanted to shoot a video that showcased our ability on our instruments, so we chose an outdoor location with great lighting in an industrial park in Southeast Portland.
"We feel the warehouse location and surrounding street art bring the gritty feel of the intro riff and hooks in this song to life." Watch the video here.
American Thrills have released their brand new EP "Old Things", which was recorded with the help of Chris Teti (The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die).
The band had the following to say about the new release, "The Old Things EP tackles the subject of loss and the complicated feelings that come along with it.
It's an up-beat pop punk record that any late 20-30 something can relate to. We like to play loud and want you guys in the front row, with fists in the air, screaming along with us." Stream it here.
Death metal veterans Massacre have announced that they will be releasing their first new album in seven years later this year under a new deal that they just inked with Nuclear Blast.
Vocalist Kam Lee had this to say, "I would first like to give my appreciation to Nuclear Blast for signing Massacre. It's a long time dream of mine to be a part of the metal family under the NB flag and I am even more so grateful that it's with my signature band.
"We have a lot of plans for the future of Massacre, and what a great place to be making such a proper return other than one of the best independent metal labels in the world."
Bassist Michael Borders added, "It's a privilege at this point in our careers to be associated with the big name in metal labels, we did our best to make this a proper Massacre release, an authentic sounding representation of a band we started over thirty years ago."
Nuclear Blast's U.S.A. general manager Gerardo Martinez shared, "For many of us at Nuclear Blast, Massacre is one of our favorite bands, and instrumental in the formative years of Death Metal and with their debut album alone.
"It paved the way to many artists to follow. It's an honor to be working a brand new record with Kam Lee on vocals after nearly 30 years!"
Slipknot, Rob Zombie and Mudvayne (their first live appearance in 12 years) have been named as the headliners of this year's Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival.
The third installment of the festival will be taking place on September 10th, 11th and 12th ib tge grounds of the Ohio State Reformatory (made famous by the movie The Shawshank Redemption) in Mansfield, Ohio,
The event will also feature performances from A Day To Remember, Mastodon, Halestorm, Chevelle, Killswitch Engage, Beartooth, Motionless In White, Asking Alexandria, Steel Panther, Fever 333, The Hu, Pop Evil and more.
Clown from Slipknot had this to say,"After 20+ years on the road, it's always wonderful to experience new things. We are excited to be a part of Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival. It will be great to get back out there and be with our family again. Stay safe and see you soon."
Watch the announcement video and see the daily lineups here.
Tempt have released a music video for their cover of the Foo Fighters' song "Holding Poison", which was produced by Grammy Award winner, Chris Lord-Alge and guitarist Harrison Marcello.
The original version comes from the Foo Fighters new album "Medicine At Midnight" and Tempt frontman explained why the band decided to cover it, "Because of the pandemic, the release of our debut album on Better Noise Music has been delayed a year and this was a way to get some new music out to our fans.
"When we heard the new Foo Fighters album, it just got us excited to rock out and have fun again. We had a bit of that 'I wish we had written that' feeling when we heard this song and a rehearsal jam session on it organically became a recording and video. When we played a phone recording for Chris he said 'let's do it'."
Marcello added, "This new Foo's album is right in our wheelhouse. It's big guitars, big hooks and just a fun record. Often people look to do covers of older classic songs but we were inspired by this new record. We took a bit of a cue from Jimi Hendrix when he performed Sgt Peppers at a live show on the day of its release."
Fans can catch the band perform "Holding Poison" during their live stream celebrating National Zipper Day on April 29th at 8PM Eastern time. For now check it out here.
(hennemusic) Royal Blood are sharing behind the scenes footage of the making of a video for their latest single, "Boilermaker." The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher will launch their third record, "Typhoons", on April 30.
The material sees video creator Liam Lynch - who also stars in the final version - working with green screen technology while filming a number of scenes for the recently-released clip for the song, which was produced by Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.
"Liam Lynch is a genius. That's a fact," says the band. "He truly went above and beyond to make the video for Boilermaker so special.This is probably the greatest 'making of' video ever made. You haven't even seen it yet and you already know it's brilliant."
The project marks the follow-up to 2017's "How Did We Get So Dark?", which entered the UK charts at No. 1 to duplicate the success of the band's 2014 record, which was the fastest-selling British rock debut album in their native country in three years.
"Typhoons" will be available in digital, black and colored vinyl, and CD formats; the official Royal Blood store offers a deluxe vinyl packaged with a bonus 7" single (featuring the extra track "Space") and an art print, and a picture disc. Watch the making of videohere.
August Burns Red are sharing an online stream a brand new version of their track "Poor Millionaire" that features guest vocals from Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King.
The new rendition of the song comes from the band's forthcoming "Leveler: 10th Anniversary Edition" that they will be releasing digitally on May 21st. They will also offer CD and variety of colored vinyl versions directly from their online store.
The album sees the band revisiting their fourth album "Leveler" for its 10th anniversary and will feature rerecorded versions of the tracks with special guests, new guitar solos, alternate tunings, and more.
Aside from Kirby, the record will include guest appearances from Trivium's Matt Heafy (guitar solo and vocals on "Internal Cannon,") and Periphery's Misha Mansoor does a guitar solo on "Pangaea." Stream "Poor Millionaire" here.
Joe Matera recently released a new single called "Take A Look" featuring a guest appearance from Janne Schaffer and to celebrate we asked Joe to tell us about the track. Here is the story:
I initially wrote 'Take A Look', a few years ago about my late father, who along with my mother had left their homeland of Italy in the early 1960s to emigrate to Australia where a number of years later, I was born. I took that theme about my parents uprooting and moving to a new land and expanded on the whole early immigration to Australia theme so it related to all of those who moved to the country, whether from Italy or England or even the Middle East. And I turned it also into more of a universal theme since the past several decades there has been widespread immigration occurring in countries all around the world.
The video contains archival black and white footage from 1950s and 1960s Australia sprinkled with footage of ships that brought these immigrants to their life in their new country such as Australia but also to countries such as the United States in the early part of the 20th century.
Originally, the plan was to totally record the track in Stockholm, Sweden last year but the pandemic put an end to those travel plans. So my Swedish backing band and my co-producer Tomas Skogsberg, who is credited with creating the whole Swedish Death Metal sound in the late 1980s, and who has worked with Swedish bands such as Entombed, Backyard Babies and The Hellacopters, recorded and worked on everything at his Sunlight Studios in Stockholm, while I recorded all my vocals and guitar parts in my own recording studio in Australia.
I had begun working with the same musicians and producer in 2019 when I recorded my single, 'Overload' over in Stockholm with them in the studio together when I was on tour in Sweden. I also recorded another track, 'Only One' with the same line-up and producer that was released as a single in late 2020.
The recording of 'Take A Look' was done during lock down last year. Janne Schaffer, who is an iconic Swedish guitarist having played on every ABBA album and is also one of Sweden's top guitarists and a #1 selling solo artist in his own right - a bit of trivia; in 1973 he outsold ABBA in album sales in Sweden! - plays the lead guitar on my track. And another piece of trivia; Janne's 1979 solo album Earmeal included session work from the Porcaro brothers, Jeff, Steve and Mike as well as their father, Joe Pocaro and is one of the few instances where the entire Porcaro family appears together on one album.
'Take A Look' is the first track of mine where I only play rhythm guitars. I have always played lead and rhythm guitars on my music. This time around though, I wanted to allow Janne the freedom to play the lead. When I was in Stockholm in 2019, I found out Janne was a fan of my music, so we eventually hooked up and he offered to play guitar on my track. It is such an honour to have such an iconic guitarist playing on my track.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!
Styx and Collective Soul have announced that they will be teaming up this summer to launch their very first multiple city tour together and have shared the initial dates for the trek.
So far the band have announced seven stops for the tour beginning on June 18th in Alpharetta, GA at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre and running through June 27th in Oklahoma City, OK at Zoo Amphitheatre, with more dates expected.
Tommy Shaw had this to say, "Man, have we missed you all! We are thrilled by the news that Styx will be hitting the road with our friends Collective Soul. After all this time off, (whew!) and now to get together with this masterful band of storytelling troubadours, we can't wait to see you all again live and in person, performing an evening of music we love. See you soon!!!"
Ed Roland said, "Not only is it great to get back to live music and see our fans, family, and friends; but to experience it with a great band like Styx, IT'S AWESOME! Let's Rock!" See the announced dates here.
The 40th anniversary of Billy Squier's multi-platinum album "Don't Say No" is being celebrated by the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard this week.
The show's host Redbeard had this to say, "My guest Billy Squier's 1981 second solo album Don't Say No sold over three million copies because of songs 'In the Dark', 'My Kinda Lover', 'Lonely Is the Night', & the big hit 'The Stroke'. Squier grew up in the Boston suburbs as an only child ('Life isn't easy from the singular side' he sings in the opening to 'In the Dark'), the son of an executive of the Converse Shoe Company. So in the Squier household growing up, it's safe to assume that Buddy Holly shared star billing with Bob Cousey, Bill Russell, and John Havilcek of the Boston Celtics.
"Billy Squier was introduced to John Mayall's Bluesbreakers at age 14, which introduced Billy to guitarist Eric Clapton, changing everything for the young adolescent American. Squier's desire got him first to Boston Unversity. Then his talent got him into the prestigious Berklee School of Music, but the first half of the Seventies were spent pretty much shuffling in and out of bands in Boston and New York City.
"Then Billy Squier got his first taste of the record business, recording two albums on a major label fronting the band Piper in 1976 and 1977 before splitting up. Undeterred, Squier landed a lucrative solo deal and debuted with 1980's The Tale of the Tape, containing 'The Big Beat' which I played to great response on ROCK 103/ Memphis. So it was with eager anticipation that Don't Say No was received in April 1981.
"Billy told me In the Studio that the song 'Nobody Knows', written by Squier about John Lennon while the former Beatle was still alive, ironically shares the dubious distinction of having been recorded at the same place and time as one of rock history's darkest days: the assassination of John Lennon in New York City December 8, 1980. 'The inspiration for that song was the life of John Lennon, and I wrote it prior to his death,' Billy Squier tells me. 'He lived in a building here in New York City called The Dakota, and I was walking past in the (Central) Park. I was reflecting on some of the events that had happened to me in my career, whereby my first album Tale of the Tape had generated some interest and activity. And I was just having a bit of a pause for reflection on how your life is perceived from people outside the (music) industry, what the public perception is of an Artist, and the difference between that and the real private person and their innermost feelings. And looking at this building I naturally thought of Lennon, who was one of the most prolific, important Artists of our time, and I was thinking about what it must be like to be John Lennon. That's the basis of my song 'Nobody Knows', that ' nobody knows what it's like to be in my skin...'.
"Billy Squier had already begun recording his second solo album at the Power Station( now Avatar Studio) on West 53rd in Manhattan when John Lennon returned to his Central Park West address only about twenty-five blocks away from the studio. 'Ironically and very sadly, the night John Lennon was killed we were recording that very song,' Squier confides in this classic rock interview.
"When Foreigner opened their Foreigner 4 tour in Memphis in Summer 1981, they wisely invited Billy Squier as special guest to open every show, all but guaranteeing sell outs every stop. No doubt to show gratitude for my early support, Billy invited me to him and his band on stage during the performance of his hit 'The Stroke' to sing background vocals. Now, I cannot carry a tune in a bucket, but that night in Memphis' Mid-South Coliseum in front of ten thousand fans fist-bumping into the air to the big beat, we discovered that I can shout 'stroke! stroke! stroke!' with the best of 'em." Stream the episode here.
Staind are streaming a live performance of their classic song "Mudshovel" from their forthcoming album, "Live: It's Been Awhile," which comes out May 7th.
Guitarist Mike Mushok had this to say, "There hasn't been a gig since we first wrote this song in '96 where we haven't played 'Mudshovel.' It's definitely become a fan favorite and I have as much fun playing it now as I did back then."
The band will be celebrating the album launch with The Return Of Staind: A Two Part Global Streaming Series that will kick off with "Live: It's Been Awhile (From Foxwoods) "concert, on May 1st.
That will be followed by a special concert to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their multi-platinum 2001 album "Break The Cycle," where the band will be performing the record in full. Listen to the stream of "Mudshovel" here.
(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters have pushed back their 2021 European tour to next year. Originally planned as part of the band's 30th anniversary trek in 2020, the dates were first moved to 2021 before being delayed for a second time do the impact of the pandemic.
The two-week series includes appearances at festivals across the region, including Italy's I-Days, Spain's Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias, Portugal's Rock In Rio and two nights at France's Festival De Nimes.
"We look forward to seeing you at the new dates and can't wait to be able to play for you," says the Foo Fighters. "Tickets will remain valid for all rescheduled shows. For more information on your specific show, please visit the original point of purchase." See the new dateshere.
Trivium frontman Matt Heafy revealed in a brand new interview that he teamed up with Richard Marx to give the pop star's 1989 hit "Right Here Waiting" a metal makeover.
Matt shared the news during an appearance on the Bringin' It Backwards podcast. He explained how he and Marx teamed up. "I saw his son was wearing a Trivium shirt, so I hit him up on social media.
He described Marx as a "super-amazing guy" and said that they "stayed in touch." Matt said that one day he wrote to Richard and said "'Hey, let's do a song together.' And then he texted me, 'Let's do it.' So I did a metal version of 'Right Here Waiting'. He did the vocals on it already. It's sick. Will Putney from Fit For An Autopsy is mixing the song."
Heafy hinted at the collaboration back in February. He tweeted at the time "Richard Marx x Matt Heafy!?!!" Check out the original version of the song here.
Yes have released a video for the single edit for "To The Moment", which comes from the expanded digital reissued of their 2019 boxset "From a Page featuring Live in Lyon".
The new digital version features 4 tracks created as new content for the miniature five-piece box set of recordings from that era, along with the single edit of "To The Moment " that includes original Roger Dean Artwork
The 4 tracks created as new content for the miniature five-piece box set of recordings from that era, are joined by a single edit of "To The Moment" complete with original Roger Dean Artwork.
All five of the additional tracks were recorded by the line-up of Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Benoit David and Oliver Wakeman: 1. To The Moment (6:09) - 2. Words on a Page (6:18) - 3. From the Turn of a Card (3:24) - 4. The Gift of Love (9:52) - 5. To the Moment (single edit)
Oliver Wakeman had this to say, "Following Chris Squire's passing, I felt that the new music we'd created, but not released, should be heard and not sit unfinished on a shelf.
"And with Steve, Alan and Benoit's enthusiasm for the project, I am proud to know that this music will get to see the light of day and, hopefully, be enjoyed by YES fans as a piece of previously hidden Yes history."
Alan White added, "I'm pleased to see a gem of Yes history coming to fruition in the form of this mini box set. New songs from the past and I'm hoping we can find even more music in the archives for future releases." Check out "To The Moment" here.
The Dead Daisies will be launching a new radio show entitled "Live From Daisyland" with host Doug Aldrich this Wednesday April 21st at 3PM PST via Monsters Of Rock.
Aldrich had this to say, "LIVE FROM DAISYLAND" will be nothing short of amazing! Listeners will get insider access to all things Daisies with a band member or two being in-studio each week.
"You'll be able to listen to some amazing rock tunes along with some great stories, the latest Daisies news, new releases, tour gossip, all live from either the studio or out on the road...
"We're thrilled to be partnering with Monsters of Rock Radio and I'm honored to be the show's debut DJ. This is a first for us, there's lots of surprises and kick ass playlists every week !! We really hope you enjoy listening and as always, thanks for all your support!" Fans can tune in here.
Authority Zero have released a lyric video for their new song "Fire Off Another". The track comes from the band's forthcoming EP, The Back Nine", which is set to hit stores on April 30th.
The new EP was produced by Cameron Webb (Sum 41, Pennywise, A Day to Remember, Motorhead, Megadeth). Frontman Jason Devore had this to say, "The Back Nine EP is a catalogue of five songs that exude heavy rhythm, melodies, and a strong and passionate lyrical content.
"They are songs directed toward right and wrong with intent to lift people up with hopes of a better future and mindset during our recent events and darker times." Watch the lyric video here.
Patrick Gibson has released a lyric video for his brand new single, "The American Prayer," which he released to "remind the citizens how important our law enforcement, Military, and all first responders are to our every day lives, but also the sacrifice that each one gives in the daily routine. We say 'Thank You!'"
Gibson had this to say about the new song, "As a singer-songwriter, I've always searched for truth and realism in my work and when I completed this song, I took it into the studio with my producer and that's when it became apparent to me that the subject of this composition was very important, and that I needed to find a way to share the message of the song with the world.
"The lyrics take you into the lives of the families and how it goes beyond just the human that is serving, but how it affects the entire home life and daily routine." Watch the video here.
Satsang recently released their new single "This Place" (featuring Trevor Hall) from their forthcoming album, "All. Right. Now.", and to celebrate we have asked Drew McManus to tell us about the track. Here is the story:
"This Place" was written on the heels of losing my sister. I think it is so easy to have faith in the afterlife when everything is going well, but in the face of death it's much harder to be sure. I was touring so heavily when she passed that I didn't really get to process it for a while, and when I got home and back into the mountains... it all came full circle. The ethereal place I believe exists before and after our human experience has always revealed itself to be the same to me. But typically the arrival of life is much sweeter than departure. In this song I was really trying to tap into that essence of it being cyclical rather than linear. Like most things when we look at something as a cycle rather than an end it eases tension.
I have always been fascinated with Hindu mythology as a guide for this thinking. Trevor Hall is a Neem Karoli Baba devotee and his spiritual practice is extremely deep. Having him accompany me on a song of this nature was a no brainer to me. Rather than directly talking about the life and death cycle I wanted to pinpoint the beauty in knowing its all a cycle but squeezing the juice out of the present. So the aim of the song was to focus on the beauty in knowing it's all a circle, but really sitting deeply in the beauty of the present. I believe to be fearless of death is the ultimate super power.
Living in the place of a fearless presence and knowing our final destination isn't to be feared is the essence of song. "From the depths of the earth we crawl" is a nod to the earthly struggles we must deal with while here and the response "to the place that we're from before our birth, we send our songs" is about finding what we were put here to do, our dharma. And following it with God and this cycle in mind.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!