Alice In Chains is being honored by Seattle’s MoPop Museum of Pop Culture on December 1st, and the band will be celebrated by a cadre of their peers, as well as hold their first performance of 2020. Korn, Metallica, Mastodon, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana are among the artists who will take part in virtual tribute performances when AIC is presented with this year’s Museum Of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Founders Award. The full list of presenters (virtually) is listed below. Continue reading
Heart has shared another live performance clip from their upcoming live DVD/Blu-ray Live in Atlantic City. Joined by Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro, watch a killer rendition of their classic hit ‘Bébé Le Strange’. Live in Atlantic City is out January 25 via earMUSIC. Pre-orders are live at the link below now. Continue reading
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart, featuring sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson are finally releasing their excellent 2006 live special as an album/deluxe LP/CD/DVD/BluRay package as Live In Atlantic City. Originally aired as VH1 Decades Rock Live, the newly mixed and mastered special will be released on January 25 via earMUSIC. Watch a performance video of ‘Lost Angel’ right now!Continue reading
Whilst there is no pre-requisite for nominative determinism in music when you call your band Lucifer, you do set a bit of an expectation that your sound is going to, at the very least, a bit dark and evil. No one seems to have told Lucifer this. Their second album of what can only be loosely regarded as Occult Rock weaves its (black) magic in a way that is as unexpected as it is compelling.Continue reading
At last night’s Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony, Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains joined Ann Wilson of Heart to pay tribute to their late friend and Seattle brethren Chris Cornell. Cornell passed away on May 18th, 2017. Watch a video of them covering Soundgarden classic ‘Black Hole Sun’. Continue reading
Heart’s forthcoming new album of re-imagined versions of older material Beautiful Broken is due out July 8th. The album features Metallica’s James Hetfield backing up Ann Wilson on the song ‘Fanatic’. The teaser for the album is available at this link or below.
Heart’s Nancy Wilcson comments on the new album:
“There is really a seventies feel to this record both in the sound, and the way we got to the emotional core of each song. We picked songs that we always wanted to re-do, plus we’ve added three new tracks. On both new and old, we have the band playing together the way we used to. This is classic HEART.”
In case you haven’t been following the story of The Agonist in the last year, they were in the unenviable position of making a change in the voice and face of the band when mainstay Alissa White-Gluz was hand-picked as the new Arch Enemy singer. Even more tricky… the band seemed to not want her to go, as an upstart band on the same label as Arch Enemy, so you might say the band was in a perilous situation. On top of that, the band was facing pivotal album number four in their career, so to say they had a challenge before them on many fronts, would be an understatement.
However, the band triumphantly rose up and actually created a release with Eye of Providence (Century Media) that stands on equal footing with the bands finest work to date. New singer Vicky Psarakis added last summer injected a her own style, while not changing what the bands make-up musically was at all. Her screaming is on par with White-Gluz, with a brassy contralto, mid-range singing voice; not unlike the best female rock singers in history such as Ann Wilson, Pat Benatar or Linda Perry. This gives Psarakis a grit to her delivery that adds to the emotion of the tracks. Many of the hallmarks of the bands’ past are present on Eye… : anthemic metalcore songs, guitar wizardry, killer double-kick beats, and the pristine production of of long-time producer Christian Donaldson (Crypstopsy).
And the songs! This album has strong, well-written tracks, each with their own identity, but firmly in the tradition they have had. From the blistering opener ‘Gates of Horn and Ivory,’ ‘My Witness, Your victim’, ‘I Endevour’, ‘Perpetual Notion’, ‘A Necessary Evil’ and many more, this album runs the gamut from thrash, prog and rock over and over again. Most of the album carries the positive and impassioned messages associated with them. Acknowledging that it is really hard to lose a singer, especially one so popular with fans, The Agonist has surely proved a lot of doubters wrong here.
The World Premiere of Rock Icon will be airing on Vh1 Classic on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10 pm EST/9 pm Central for the first episode featuring Geddy Lee of Rush. The show was created by Sam Dunn of Banger Films (Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, Iron Maiden: Flight 666). International syndication information will be announced at a later date.
The following is a list of all ten artist air dates for Season One.
Geddy Lee: Feb 21
Rob Halford: Feb 28
Ted Nugent: March 7
Ann Wilson: March 14
Dave Mustaine: March 21
Nikki Sixx: March 28
Slash: April 4
Daryl Hall: April 11
Joe Elliott: April 18
Billy Corgan: April 25