Roger Waters Slams ‘Rogues And Thieves’ That Ruined Music
(Classic Rock) Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters says in a new interview that the advent of digital streaming services has ruined the business model for developing new artists. Waters tells The Times (via Ultimate Classic Rock): “I feel enormously privileged to have been born in 1943 and not 1983. To have been around when there was a music business and the takeover by Silicon Valley hadn’t happened, and in consequence, you could still make a living writing and recording songs and playing them to people. “When this gallery of rogues and thieves had not yet injected themselves between the people who aspire to be creative and their potential audience and steal every ******* cent anybody ever made and put it in their pockets to buy ******* huge mega-yachts and Gulfstream Fives with. These thieves. It’s just stealing. And that they’re allowed to get away with it is just incredible.” He adds: ‘I’m angry, even though it doesn’t change my life in any way.”
Nikki Sixx Will Never Play Motley Crue Songs Again After Final Show
(Classic Rock) Nikki Sixx has big plans for Sixx A.M. when Motley Crue’s Final Tour is over – and they don’t include living off his ‘big’ band’s legacy or ever playing a Motley song again. The bassist and his Crue bandmates are putting the band to bed with a world tour that ends on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles. And after taking a month off, Sixx will get to work on Sixx AM’s fourth album and put in place plans to tour the world with guitarist DJ Ashba and frontman James Michael. And Sixx is so excited by the possibilities that lie ahead, he has vowed never to play Motley Crue songs as part of a Sixx AM set. Sixx tells Riff You: “We don’t play Motley Crue music and we never will play Motley Crue music. “The day Motley Crue plays its last show, I will never play another Motley Crue song again… even if it’s one I wrote. To be respectful to Motley Crue is the biggest gift I can give to fans. “What’s important to me is to never do anything I already did in Motley Crue, because I cherish that music, those times and those band members. So, I never want to try and replicate that.”
The Yardbirds Recruit Bowie Guitarist Earl Slick For New Lineup
Founding member of The Yardbirds Jim McCarty has revealed the new lineup of the group which features longtime David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick. The new lineup will be launching a North American tour this fall. In addition to Slick, McCarty also recruited bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Billy Idol, Brian Setzer, Mick Taylor), Myke Scavone (Ram Jam & Doughboys) on blues harp, vocals, and percussion, and guitarist/singer John Idan. Founding member Chris Dreja will not be part of the North American fall tour which is currently scheduled to kick off on October 30th in Norfolk CT and conclude on November 10th in Loughlin NV.
Bret Michaels Releases ‘Girls On Bars’ Video
(hennemusic) Bret Michaels has released the video for his new single, “Girls On Bars.” The country-rock crossover is the lead single from Michaels’ forthcoming collection, “True Grit”, featuring 21 tracks by the Poison frontman. “It is a very Americana, fun summer song that reminds me how much I love music with a sublime video feel of hanging with the fans,” says Michaels. “I wrote this song with my good friend and fellow Pennsylvanian, Luke Laird, who is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter of hits like Little Big Town’s ‘Pontoon’, Eric Church’s ‘Talledega’ and Luke Bryan’s ‘I See You.'” “True Grit” features guest appearances by Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke, Jimmy Buffett, Rascal Flatts and Loretta Lynn. Michaels is currently on the road across the US playing dates on his True Grit tour.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Planning New Album
(Radio.com) It’s been three years since Lynyrd Skynyrd’s last album Last of a Dyin’ Breed and fans won’t have to wait much longer for their followup. The band, who’ve been gearing up for an archival campaign with the June 2 release of their two-disc live set Sweet Home Alabama and the CD and DVD tribute concert One More for the Fans! with cameos from Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton and more, will soon be hitting the studio. According to an interview with the last original member of the group, guitarist Gary Rossington, at Billboard, after the band was approached with a couple of offers, they decided to work on another full-length. “We’ve been offered a couple deals,” Rossington told Billboard. “The record business is so different now, but they want us to do a new album with new material and we’re gonna do it. “We’ve been writing it a little bit here and there, and through the years we’ve written songs we never really used ’cause we didn’t have enough time to record them. So we’re gonna get do some new material here. I’m not sure when it’s gonna come out; it’ll probably end up being next year ’cause we’re so busy with material this year, but we hope to record it in the fall.”
Kurt Cobain ‘Montage of Heck’ Coming To DVD and Blu-ray
Following Monday night’s premiere on HBO, UMe announced that the Kurt Cobain documentary “Montage of Heck” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD this fall. UMe sent over these details about the film, ” Brett Morgen who wrote, directed and produced the documentary began working on it in 2007 when Cobain’s family approached him with the idea and offered him unrestricted access to all of Cobain’s personal and family archives. “The documentary features Cobain and Courtney Love’s only daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, as a co-executive producer on the film and includes footage from various Nirvana performances and unheard songs, as well as unreleased home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, and songbooks. “The film’s title, Montage of Heck, takes its name from a musical collage that was created by Cobain with a 4-track cassette recorder in 1988, of which there are two versions; one is about thirty-six minutes long and the other about eight-minutes long. Several of the film’s scenes were animated by Stefan Nadelman and Hisko Hulsing.”
U2 To Return To The Tonight Show
(hennemusic) U2 will return to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday, May 8. “You heard that right!,” tweeted Fallon with the news. “U2 will be back on the show.” The appearance marks the group’s return to the NBC late night program since they were forced to postpone a week-long residency following a serious bicycle accident involving Bono in Central Park last November. While attempting to avoid another rider, the singer suffered a series of injuries including a facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye, three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade, and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm, which shattered the bone in six different places; doctors repaired the bone with three metal plates and 18 screws.
Halestorm Frontwoman Lzzy Hale Explains Direction On Wild Life
(Gibson) Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale says in a new interview that the band didn’t set out to make a lighter album with “Into The Wild Life”, it just worked out that way. In an interview with May The Rock Be With You, Hale said the band had a different concept of ‘heavy’ thing time around. “When we were talking about making songs heavier, it didn’t necessarily mean stacks of Mesa Boogies and a lot of crunch and layers and walls of guitars,” she said. “It means the weightiness of the heaviness, the Sabbath, the Zeppelin and I guess the Judas Priest aspect.” It also meant there were only two rules in place for the recording: “we’re not going to record the record in the same way that we did the last two, and is it good or not?” Hale said the choice of Jay Joyce as producer was at the suggestion of Atlantic Records. “…We wanted to shake some things up and he was actually suggested by our A&R guy at Atlantic as kind of an odd choice,” Hale said. “Jay Joyce is this crazy rocker dude! He’s like this cool, chain smoking, creative ball of energy, and his bread and butter – because of circumstance and the area that he’s in in Nashville – his bread and butter has been a lot of country artists and a lot of alternative.”
Rush’s Alex Lifeson Looks Back At ‘Closer To The Heart’
(Gibson) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson takes a look back at one of the Canadian band’s enduring classic songs, 1977’s “Closer to the Heart” in a conversation with Guitar World. Lifeson remembers, “All of our early albums were written on acoustic guitar. When Geddy [Lee, bass and vocals] and I would write the music, we’d sit down with a cassette recorder and two acoustic guitars, in spite of the fact that we were a hard rock band. “Closer to the Heart” is a sweet, ballady type of song, but we mix it up. It takes an interesting course as the arrangement builds. Once we got the basic arrangement down, we knew that the intro would be acoustic, and then we took it up a notch dynamically and brought the whole band in. “The 12-string intro gives it the illusion of being an acoustic piece, and then the rhythm section comes in and the song changes into a kickin’ rock tune.”
Ozzy Osbourne Talks Difficulties of Staying Sober
(Radio.com) In the latest Minimation, where Radio.com animates classic interviews with legendary artists, they revisit a 1992 interview with Ozzy Osbourne where he says that sobriety is difficult for a wiry guy like himself. In the early ’00s, we all got a bit of TMI courtesy of Ozzy’s family, courtesy of MTV’s smash-hit reality show, The Osbournes. But in this interview from a decade earlier, Ozzy gave a bit of insight into his private life, including a bit of the dynamic between him and his wife/manager Sharon. In the interview, Ozzy begins talking about his poor penmanship when signing autographs, but the conversation then veered to his sobriety. “That’s the hardest thing about keeping sober, I used to have a few cans to mellow out.” Without a few brews in his system, he said, “I’m a terminal insomniac,” even though he’d also drastically reduced his coffee intake. “I’m on the edge all the time.” And then there were the frequent midnight bathroom trips, which resulted in Ozzy being threatened by Sharon. With a shoe. The interview was but a preview of what we’d see on MTV just a few years later.