Whitesnake are streaming a behind-the-scenes video preview of their forthcoming album, “Flesh & Blood.”
Due May 10, the band’s thirteenth studio set presents 13 new tracks with David Coverdale joined by a lineup featuring guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin, keyboardist Michele Luppi and drummer Tommy Aldridge.
“Flesh & Blood” will be released in multiple formats, including CD, CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, 2LP sets in various colors, and a Super Luxury Boxset, which will deliver the CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, 2LP, a poster and a numbered lithograph.
“We are truly excited and looking forward to playing across the globe in 2019 on what will be a continued celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Whitesnake,” says Coverdale. “I am so honored and grateful to have toured this incredible world we share, for over 40 years, celebrating and enjoying unforgettable moments with millions of people… All of whom have joined me on this amazing journey.
“I truly love the shared experience and simply love my job and always will… Over four decades of reptilian fun! Thank you!”
“Flesh & Blood”
Release date: May 10
01. Good To See You Again
02. Gonna Be Alright
03. Shut Up & Kiss Me
04. Hey You (You Make Me Rock)
05. Always & Forever
06. When I Think Of You (Color Me Blue)
07. Trouble Is Your Middle Name
08. Flesh & Blood
09. Well I Never
10. Heart Of Stone
11. Get Up
12. After All
13. Sands Of Time
Bonus Tracks Appearing on CD+DVD Deluxe Edition and Digital Version:
14. Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong (bonus track – new studio song)
15. If I Can’t Have You (bonus track – new studio song)
16. Gonna Be Alright (X-Tendo Mix) (DVD audio track)
17. Sands Of Time (Radio Mix) (DVD audio track)
18. Shut Up And Kiss Me (Video Mix) (DVD audio track)
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Steve Perry is streaming a behind the scenes look at the making of his first official music video in nearly 25 years for the track “We’re Still Here”, from his latest album, “Traces.”
Directed by Myriam Santos, the clip features the singer driving a shiny, black ’70 Chevelle SS through the streets of Hollywood.
The footage marks Perry’s first official video as a solo artist since 1994’s “Missing You”, and his first since Journey’s “When You Love A Woman” in 1996.
Perry recently released an expanded, Deluxe Edition of “Traces” that adds five songs to the project, including “October In New York”, “Angel Eyes”, “Call On Me”, “Could We Be Somethin’ Again” and “Blue Jays Fly.”
The deluxe package is offered in a variety of formats, including digital, CD, and in two 180-gram 2LP vinyl versions, including one that features a collectible, limited-edition 3D lenticular cover.
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Greta Van Fleet performed at Lollapalooza in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 8, and video of their full hour-long performance is streaming online.
On the road in support of their full-length album debut, “Anthem Of The Peaceful Army”, the Michigan rockers delivered a 9-song set of tracks from the project and a pair of 2017 EP’s – “Black Smoke Rising” and “From The Fires” – the latter of which won the band a 2019 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album as part of the 61st annual ceremony in Los Angeles, CA in February.
The Brazil stop marked the group’s third Lollapalooza appearance during an extended series of South American gigs, following similar events in Chile and Argentina late last month.
“The past weeks have been transformative, we cannot wait to return one day,” says Greta Van Fleet. “Thank you for your energy and love.”
Greta Van Fleet will next be seen playing a pair of dates in Mexico City at the end of the month before launching a North American trek in Miami, FL on May 7.
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Pink Floyd will celebrate the 25th anniversary of 1994’s “The Division Bell” this year with the release of a limited-edition 2LP blue vinyl package.
Co-produced by Bob Ezrin and guitarist David Gilmour, the band’s 14th studio record topped the charts and went platinum in more than a dozen countries, while also winning a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the track “Marooned.”
Due June 7, the 2019 reissue – presented on translucent blue vinyl to echo its original 1994 limited blue vinyl release – delivers the 2014 remaster by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab from the original analogue tapes.
As with the 2014 vinyl reissue, the 2LP set contains all full-length versions of the tracks, as opposed to the original 1994 LP, which featured some edited tracks in order to fit the album on one LP.
“The Division Bell” sleeve artwork, created by long-time Pink Floyd collaborator, the late Storm Thorgerson – features two huge metal heads in profile talking to each other and, in turn, creating a third forward-facing head. Two three-metre tall metal head sculptures by John Robertson, weighing 1500 kilogrammes, were placed in a field in Cambridgeshire and photographed across a two-week period in all weather conditions.
“It was intended that the viewer should not see both at the same time,” explained Thorgerson. “One saw the single face, or the two profiles which meant that they were then communicating with the image”.
The artwork was designed to relate directly to the album’s core themes of communication, talking through problems and making choices.
“The Division Bell” 2019 vinyl reissue
Release date: June 7
1. Cluster One
2. What Do You Want From Me
3. Poles Apart
2. A Great Day For Freedom
3. Wearing The Inside Out
1. Take It Back
2. Coming Back To Life
3. Keep Talking
1. Lost For Words
2. High Hopes
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Neil Young will begin recording a new album with his longtime band Crazy Horse this month ahead of a planned release later this year.
The rocker revealed the news during a recent exchange with a fan on his Archives site, in response to a request for new music amongst his ongoing archival projects.
“Crazy Horse is about to enter the studio with 11 new ones,” posted Young on April 6, later adding: “The band is excited to make this new album and continue our story. We sincerely hope you enjoy our new music when it’s released this year because we know we will enjoy making it. We are very excited to get started in just a few days!”
The project marks Young’s first record with Crazy Horse since 2012’s “Americana” and “Psychedelic Pill” releases; the band’s current lineup features bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina, and multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren in place of retired guitarist Frank Sampedro.
Last year, Young reunited with Crazy Horse for their first live performances in four years, with the guitarist remarking: “First time in a long time, live on stage. No rehearsal.”
A few months ago, Young shared plans about an expanded reissue of his 1990 album with Crazy Horse, “Ragged Glory”, that will likely include a number of unused songs from the original recording sessions as part of a possible 2019 release.
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Black Sabbath are among the acts set to be honored with their Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at a May 11 event in Los Angeles.
The Recording Academy will recognize its 2019 Special Merit Awards recipients with “Grammy Salute To Music Legends,” an awards ceremony and live tribute concert at the city’s Dolby Theatre.
Joining Black Sabbath as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick.
The honor recognizes performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.
“From their power riffs to their dark, gothic imagery,” says The Recording Academy, “Black Sabbath arguably invented the heavy metal signposts and influenced every heavy rock band that followed.”
Lou Adler, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and Johnny Mandel are Trustees Award honorees; Saul Walker is the Technical Grammy Award recipient; and, Jeffery Redding will receive the Music Educator Award.
The tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-seen renditions by those they’ve inspired.
Currently scheduled to appear are Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Clinton; Grammy winner Bootsy Collins, who will salute Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic; five-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway and Kenya Hathaway, who will pay tribute to their father Donny; past Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Johnny Mathis, who will honor Warwick; Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Sam Moore; two-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter, who will pay tribute to Eckstine; Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Simpson; past Grammy nominee Snoop Dogg, who will salute Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic; and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Warwick.
Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.
A presale is currently underway with general public tickets going on sale Saturday, April 13 @ 10:00 AM PDT.
Formed in Birmingham, UK in 1968, Black Sabbath went on to sell more than 70 million albums worldwide; they were inducted into the UK Music Hall Of Fame in 2005 and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006.
The group wrapped up a farewell tour in their hometown of Birmingham, UK in February of 2017; their final performance is featured on the live package “The End.”
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On the heels of news regarding an early 2020 tour of Australia comes word that Queen and Adam Lambert will play a newly-announced series of shows in New Zealand ahead of the trek.
The three-show New Zealand series will run from February 5 to February 10, 2020 with an all-new stadium concert experience, including their first ever appearances in Wellington and Dunedin, and a return to Auckland.
The Rhapsody tour will debut a brand new larger-than-life production following its North American debut this summer.
“This is a great opportunity,” says guitarist Brian May. “Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, New Zealand!”
Queen and Adam Lambert Fan Club presales are underway now, with general public tickets going on sale Wednesday, April 17 at 10 am NZST.
The Rhapsody tour follows the worldwide success of the biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the project – which follows Queen from their formation in 1970 through to their legendary 1985 Live Aid appearance – won four Academy Awards in February, including Best Actor to Rami Malek for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, and technical production honors in the fields of Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Film Editing.
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Sammy Hagar and The Circle performed the 1988 Van Halen classic, “Finish What Ya Started”, during an April 9 appearance on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM.
“The only song I ever played on a Van Halen record was this song…I played rhythm guitar,” says Hagar, while explaining he wrote it with Eddie Van Halen when the guitarist showed up unexpectedly at his place late one night while he was entertaining a guest; by the time the pair wrote the tune and the Red Rocker went back inside, his friend was asleep and the experience resulted in the song’s lyrics.
The third single from Van Halen’s eighth record, “OU812”, was a US Top 15 hit while the project delivered the group their second consecutive No. 1 album in the States.
Hagar and company were on hand to promote “Can’t Hang”, the new single from the group’s forthcoming album, “Space Between”, and the April 19 launch of a spring tour in support of the project.
Due May 10, the set marks the first full studio release by the band, which also features bassist and former Van Halen member Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson.
Following Hagar’s 1996 exit from Van Halen, he reunited with the group for an ill-fated 2004 tour behind a greatest hits project.
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Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has revealed that the band are planning to add some rarely-performed classic tracks to their upcoming North American tour in support of “Firepower.”
“This will be the final leg of Priest in America for this year and the third ‘Firepower’ USA run,” Halford tells Kirby Ray of Real Rock 99.3 St. Louis (hear audio below). “We’re mixing it up. If you saw us when we came through the St. Louis area last time, we’re bringing a different show this time. We’ve got a different stage set, costumes, lights, and, most importantly, the music. We’re bringing out some real beautiful old classics that we haven’t played before or we haven’t in a long time. So it’s gonna be a real treat.”
The veteran metal band have been delivering rarely-performed tunes over the past year, including 1976’s “Tyrant” and “Victim Of Changes”, 1978’s “Killing Machine” and “Delivering The Goods”, and 1984’s “Night Comes Down.”
Halford explains that Priest will continue the trend when they return to North America for shows starting May 3 in Hollywood, FL.
“We’ve probably got close to 12 or maybe 15 songs that we’re knocking around in the jam room,” says Halford. “That’s how some of these tracks like ‘Killing Machine’ came out onto the live stage. ‘Cause the guys would jam. I was in my room and I’m, like, ‘What are they doing? Is that ‘Killing Machine’? I haven’t heard that in, like, 30 years.’ And I go in. I’m, like, ‘Yeah. It’s ‘Killing Machine’. It sounds good. Let’s try it out.’ And we played it live, and the fans were loving it. So I’m sure we’ll put that on the setlist when we come back to St. Louis.”
Last month, Judas Priest stepped in as the new headliners of Japan’s Download Festival following a cancellation by Ozzy Osbourne; the event saw the group perform the 1980 track, “Rapid Fire”, for the first time in 7 years and the “Firepower” tour debut of their 1982 classic, “Devil’s Child.”
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