(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have scored a UK top 10 debut with their latest release, "Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City." According to the Official Charts Company, the project enters the UK Top 100 album chart at No. 7.
The band were recorded during three sold-out arena shows in Mexico City in September 2019 on the multi-year Legacy Of The Beast world tour, which is scheduled to finish next summer in Europe after plans changed due to the global health crisis.
"When the final leg of our 2020 Legacy tour this summer had to be cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, the whole band was very disappointed and deflated and we know our fans felt the same," says bassist Steve Harris. "We'd been really looking forward to bringing the show to even more countries and although we've been able to reschedule most of our European own-shows for 2021, we thought we'd take a listen to the recordings from the tour so far and see if we could create a definitive live album souvenir that everyone, everywhere could enjoy.
"I'm very pleased with the results, especially as this set list includes songs which have never made it to a live CD before, such as 'For The Greater Good Of God', and other older songs like 'Where Eagles Dare', 'Flight Of Icarus', 'The Clansman' and 'Sign Of The Cross' which haven't been included in our live set releases for many years.
"We've never released a live album from Mexico before," adds Harris, "and I think this recording does justice to the passion and joy of our Mexican fans who always give us such a fantastic welcome whenever we play there." Read more and stream a song from the packagehere.
Paul McCartney has shared an excerpt of a new song called "The Kiss Of Venus" via a trailer for his forthcoming "McCartney III" album, which is now set to hit stores on December 18th.
The album's released was pushed back a week due to "unforeseeable production delays," according to the Beatles legend's camp. It was originally set to hit stores on December 11th.
The record will be released digitally, on CD, and on LP manufactured by Third Man Pressing. "Vinyl configurations will range from standard 180g to a Third Man Edition of 3,000 hand-numbered red vinyl copies, a U.S. indie retail exclusive pressing of 4,000 hand-numbered white vinyl LPs, and more." Watch the trailer here.
(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen is streaming a lyric video for the brand new single "The Power Of Prayer", which is a song from his latest studio album, "Letter To You."
The clip mixes vintage visuals of the rocker with footage from the recording session of the tune at his New Jersey home studio, where he worked with the E Street Band last fall on his 20th studio set.
Produced by Ron Aniello and the singer, "Letter To You" recently debuted at No. 1 in 11 countries and earned a No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart in the US.
Springsteen and the band will perform on the December 12 episode of NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live, which will be hosted by actor Timothy Chalamet. Watch the videohere.
Within The Ruins are celebrating the release of their new studio album, "Black Heart," by released a music video for "Devil In Me", one of the tracks on the record.
Frontman Steve Tinnon had this to say about the visual, "We're extremely excited to release the video for 'Devil In Me!' The concept for this was something new for the band, and we all stepped out of our comfort zone a little bit to make it happen, but we're very happy with how it turned out!
"The idea was to visually bring to life most of the lyrics in the song and tell the story of what it's about. I wanted the viewer to not only hear, but see, the transformation I'm referring to, and understand the metaphors in the track.
"It was fun to be able to tell the story without a lot of musical performance to push it along, and we've been eager for everyone to see it!" Watch the video here.
Little Hurt recently released a new track called "My Head Hurts", from their forthcoming "Every Second" EP, and to celebrate Colin Dieden tells us about the track. Here is the story:
I wrote 'My Head Hurts' kind of out of necessity. This has been an incredibly tough year - for everyone. And I'm no exception. So many life changing events took place for me in such a short period of time and there were moments where I felt kind of hopeless.
I really just needed to yell into a microphone and play my guitar really loud and that's what I did. I think anyone hearing this song will be able to apply it to whatever is happening in their own lives and even the state of the world.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!
(hennemusic) Eddie Van Halen is featured on a newly-unearthed extended cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic, "If 6 Was 9." According to Guitar World, keyboardist David Garfield recruited Van Halen for the 1996 recording alongside singer and guitarist Michael Landau, bassist Will Lee and drummer Simon Phillips for his "Tribute To Jeff Porcaro" album.
Garfield is now sharing an extended version of the Hendrix track as part of his new EP, "Guitar Heroes OTB - Vol. 1." While the main session was recorded in Chick Corea's Mad Hatter Studios in Los Angeles, the keyboardist worked with Eddie on his overdubs at his own 5150 Studios.
"I went up to his house to work on the tracks with him, and he was so cool," says Garfield. "We bonded as keyboard players, too. After that session, we played a live gig together at the Baked Potato, along with Steve Lukather and Michael Landau. We continued to stay in touch, and often he would call me out of the blue, asking for help with keyboard related stuff. I even found a guy to travel with him on tour and play additional parts offstage, as well as be his keyboard tech.
"I'm sure sorry we lost him way too soon," he adds. "I was hoping to collaborate with him again. Rest in peace, my brother Ed."
Eddie passed away on October 6 at the age of 65 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Stream the songhere.
Ozzy Osbourne says that Andrew Watt, who produced his latest album "Ordinary Man", is not the same after his battle with the Covid-19 coronavirus earlier this year.
The legendary metal vocalist spoke to GQ and told them that he himself has to be extra careful to shield himself from the virus because he has as respiratory disease that puts him at increased risk if he catches the virus. He said, "I've got emphysema, so if I get this virus, I'm f***ed".
He explained that he is taking precautions and then details how it impacted Watt. "If I go out, I wear a mask, but I don't like wearing a mask, so I don't go out much.
"The producer on my album got the virus. I'd phone him up every day and he said he couldn't sleep, because as soon as he went to sleep, he'd stop breathing. He's not the same person now... It's like anyone who's had a near-death experience: he's become a bit careful with life.
"But my two granddaughters caught it and you wouldn't think they had anything wrong with them. It just bounced off them."
System Of A Down have reached a new career milestone after the music video for their 2001 song "Chop Suey!" has surpassed one billion views on YouTube.
The track came from the band's sophomore album "Toxicity" and also was nominated the next year in the Grammy Award's "Best Metal Performance" category.
The one billion views milestone places the "Chop Suey!" video in an elite class of videos that have surpassed that number that includes Guns N' Roses' "November Rain", Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", Linkin Park's "Numb" and "In The End", and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Watch the video here.
AC/DC just scored a No. 1 debut with their new album "PWR/UP" and Angus Young addressed the criticism that all of their albums sounds similar, which appeared to once again be a winning formula for the band with the success of their new record.
Angus spoke with The Project in Australia and spoke about the band not changing their style over the years. "With us, it's to be expected. As my brother [Malcolm] used to say, when somebody said, 'Every album you've ever made sounds the same,' he said, 'Yeah. It's the same band.' When we started, we weren't reinventing the wheel. This is what we do best, we make rock and roll."
He went on to discuss how a lot of the songs on the new album originated with his late brother Malcolm Young. "With Malcolm, he would just always get rolling. That was him.
"A lot of these songs we'd done on this album, a lot of them are tracks he always said, 'Well, we've gotta get these done.' He always wanted them out there on an album."
Angus also reiterated earlier comments that he has a wealth of material from Malcolm that remains unreleased. "Around the album 'Black Ice', which was the last album Malcolm was on, we had a number of years off and we had so much stuff that we had written together - boxes full of stuff." Watch the full interview clip here.
Journey frontman Arnel Pineda has released a new single "This Christmas - A Beacon Of Hope" and also thanks those who are part of his Arnel Pineda Foundation for helping those in need.
He said, "The Year 2020 has brought many challenges for all of us: Taal Volcano eruption in January, Typhoon Vamco/Ulysses in November and the ongoing COVID crisis.
"Every single one of you has played the hero one way or another. Thank you for your commitment and dedication. Thank you for your collaboration, compassion and courage. Thank you for providing exceptional care and - most importantly - thank you for giving us hope during these uncertain times.
"APFI volunteers and donors have been - and are still - doing what we can with all that we have." Check out the song here.
Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp says that there has been no talk of a of Creed reunion, but he did share that he and Mark Tremonti wrote almost an album's worth of music in 2012 that could be used for a reunion record.
Stapp revealed the news during an appearance on the Stop! Drop & Talk podcast. When asked about the possibility of a reunion, Scott responded, "I actually was just with Mark and Scott Phillips Friday. Everything is good. Everything is positive. We are friends. And communication is there.
"Nothing is planned. Right now, there is nothing on the schedule. There is nothing that I am keeping from you. When there's an announcement to be made, I promise you guys will know."
Scott was then asked about rumors that they had material from the "Full Circle" sessions left over that has not been released. He responded, "Mark and I got together, I think it was in 2012, and I actually crashed at his place for, I wanna say, a couple of weeks, I can't remember exactly, and we wrote eight or nine songs.
"So we've got some stuff that we put together in 2012. I was listening to a couple of 'em the other day, and I was, like, 'You know what? It doesn't sound old to me.' It's something we could demo for a new record.
"I'm not saying that that's gonna happen. Don't put words in my mouth. I'm just saying we did write some songs, and we're sitting on those." Watch the interview here.
(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will perform on the December 12 episode of NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live. Hosted by actor Timothy Chalamet, the program will see Springsteen promoting his latest album, "Letter To You."
The New Jersey rocker's 20th studio effort recently debuted at No. 1 in 11 countries and earned a No. 2 spot on the US Billboard 200. "Letter To You" was recorded live with the E Street Band over five days last year at Springsteen's home studio; the set includes nine recent compositions as well as new recordings of three of his legendary, previously unreleased songs from the 1970s: "Janey Needs A Shooter," "If I Was The Priest" and "Song For Orphans."
The recording sessions were captured in a feature-length documentary film, "Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You," that was released by Apple Original Films and premiered on Apple TV+ in sync with the album's arrival last month. Watch the "Letter To You" videohere.
(hennemusic) The Kinks are streaming a new animated video for their 1970 classic, "Lola." The clip presents the song's lyrics in a graphic novel format as drawn by Biff comic strip creators Chris Garratt and Mick Kidd.
A top 10 hit in both the US and UK, "Lola" is featured on the upcoming series of expanded 50th anniversary editions of the band's album, "Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One", which will be released on December 18.
The 2020 reissues will include the remastered album alongside studio outtakes, demo recordings, BBC performances, and previously unreleased material.
"The album is a celebration of artistic freedom (including my own) and the right for anyone to be gender free if one wishes," says Ray Davies. "The secret is to be a good and trusting person and friend."
The 50th anniversary project will be available in multiple formats, including CD, Deluxe 2CD, LP, digital and as a Deluxe Box Set. Watch the videohere.
(hennemusic) Neil Young is releasing a second run of his "Archives Volume 2 (1972-1976)" box set after the initial package sold out in less than 24 hours this past weekend.
Available exclusively via the New Young Archives website, the project delivers 131 tracks in chronological order from the rocker's 1970s output and includes new unreleased versions of older material alongside the recently-issued trio of "Homegrown" and the live packages "Tuscaloosa" and "Roxy: Tonight's The Night Live", a re-arranged "Tonight's The Night" record with two new tracks, and a live album with Crazy Horse in London and Tokyo, among other things.
Orders will include instant access to hi-res 192/24 digital downloads of four tracks ("Come Along And Say You Will," "Homefires," "Powderfinger", and a 1973 live recording of "The Losing End") and a free one-year subscription to the site. Watch the promo video and read morehere.
Acclaimed singer songwriter Ed Roman recently released a new single "Tomorrow Is Today" from his new project "A Recipe For Perpetual Spring" and to celebrate we have asked Ed to tell us about the track. Here is the story:
Tomorrow Is Today.. The latest single from award winning Canadian singer songwriter Ed Roman. From a new project entitled "A Recipe For Perpetual Spring"
I'm never gonna tell you what I like then you'll know me too well. Know me too well.
But then again I might be revealing all I can tell. All I can tell all I can tell.
I've loved stolen and cheated I've lied and I've lost oh what the hell. Oh what the hell.
Ain't no use believing in what I believe believe yourself. Believe in yourself.
I gave all my money to the man behind the white picket fence. White picket fence.
I said please look after my soul and spiritual recompense. My recompense.
He spent our gold silver nickels dollars in dimes on self-defense. His own self defense.
Then he whistled and smiled and said I am off to Switzerland and France. Switzerland and France.
No better time like the present.. Carpe Diem. Strike the hammer while the iron is hot.
All of these ideas and metaphors of yesteryear are contained within the lyrical sonic complexity of this song. Through the subtle drip mechanism of conditioning we now pump our emotional limbic system into the digital platforms of the moment. Never taking into consideration what could be being gleaned from every thought that we have. Every day physical potential exists in front of us without the necessity of having to participate in the framework of the matrix. So much time money and energy has been wasted on plastic dinosaurs and oversalted effigy soup. The cosmos revolves in a divine cycle. We are forced to begin over and over again like children until we learn the relinquishment of our ego and proximity of our potential's.
"Tomorrow Is Today" is a mantra or realization that the extensive moment of fecundity that we find ourselves living in our but fleeting and the potential for higher existence is just within our grasp. We are but yet children in this galactic system. Galactic children with our heads in our asses thinking that we are the quintessential carbon unit. We couldn't be further from the truth. We still have billions of miles yet to travel in our development before we can truly understand our place in the cosmos. The most important thing is we act every day on our thoughts and our feelings. Struggle and learn from the creative process of failure. Spend less of your time with your head in your hand, phone in your face and look forward to the horizon where every day new opportunity lies in wait. Tomorrow Is Today is the reflection of "act now" in the living moment. Your opportunity is already here.. there's no point in waiting for tomorrow.. The planet is gonna keep on spinning whether were here or not.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!