McCartney, Stones, Led Zep,
Grammy nominations have been announced. Paul McCartney is named in four categories, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones both have three nominations and Led Zeppelin have two.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held
Best Rock Performance
David Bowie: ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’
Imagine Dragons: ‘Radioactive’
Led Zeppelin: ‘
Jack White: ‘I’m Shakin’’
Best Metal Performance
Black Sabbath: ‘God Is Dead?’
Dream Theater: ‘The Enemy Inside’
Killswitch Engage: ‘In Due Time’
Volbeat: ‘Room 24’ (featuring King Diamond)
Best Rock Song
Gary Clark Jr: ‘Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round’
Nirvana / Paul McCartney: ‘Cut Me Some Slack’
Rolling Stones: ‘Doom And Gloom’
Black Sabbath: ‘God is Dead?’
Muse: ‘Panic Station’
Best Rock Album
Black Sabbath: ‘13’
David Bowie: ‘The Next Day’
Led Zeppelin: ‘Celebration Day’
Neil Young with Crazy Horse: ‘Psychedelic Pill’
Best Recording Package
Metallica: ‘Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)’
David Bowie: ‘The Next Day’
Best Boxed Or Limited Edition Package
Rolling Stones: ‘The
Paul McCartney & Wings: ‘Wings Over
Best Historical Album
Rolling Stones: ‘Charlie Is My Darling –
Bill Withers: The Complete
Best Surround Sound Album
Paul McCartney: ‘Live Kisses’
Primus: ‘Sailing The Seas Of Cheese’ (Deluxe Edition)
Best Music Film
Green Day: ‘¡Cuatro!’
Paul McCartney: ‘Live Kisses’
McCartney, Ringo, Queen, Slash Pay Homage to Mandela
In the wake of the death Thursday of former South African president Nelson Mandela, a wide variety of music artists came forward to pay tribute to the influential and beloved politician and freedom fighter.
Paul McCartney issued a statement calling Mandela “one of the great men of all time,” adding, “I particularly admired his lack of bitterness towards his jailers, which I think set the tone for
Ringo Starr wrote, “God bless Nelson Mandela peace and love.”
Surviving Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor had a close connection with Mandela, having played at and helped organize a November 2003 benefit concert in Cape Town, South Africa, for Nelson’s 46664 AIDS-awareness campaign.
May recalled spending some time at Mandela’s game park retreat while organizing the concert, saying, “They were life-changing days, with quiet time and talks around a camp fire at night…(Mandela) was the most inspiring man of his generation. His message, by example, was the power of forgiveness. He showed us that it’s possible to act after great injustice with no thought of revenge. He was light, funny, enormously generous, and, quietly, the greatest example to the world that a man can be.”
Guitarist Slash also lamented Mandela’s passing, writing, “Really sad to hear we have lost the great Nelson Mandela, one of the few pillars of humanity we had left.”
Jagger Featured on Brother’s Album
Mick Jagger has gone in the studio with his younger brother, Chris Jagger.
Mick confirmed his appearance on ‘Concertina Jack,’ Chris Jagger’s ninth solo album, via Twitter. Chris’ most recent album was 2009′s ‘The Ridge’; his website also mentions contributions to a pair of 1980s-era Rolling Stones projects, ‘Dirty Work’ and ‘Steel Wheels.’
“I’m not a big one for anniversaries,” says Chris Jagger in a statement, “but in the brew ha ha revolving around the Rolling Stones and 50 years, I realized it’s 40 years since my first record came out.”
Mick will appear twice on ‘Concertina Jack,’ the title track and ‘Diamond and Pearls.’ Sessions took place in
Van Halen Meets with Music Students
Eddie Van Halen made a surprise visit to music students at LA Unified School District's
Van Halen shared stories about the importance of music in his own life with twenty seven aspiring musicians. "I wasn't born 'Eddie Van Halen,' successful or famous, it took years of dedication and practice, practice, practice," said Van Halen.
"The gift of music is yours, no one can take that away no matter what. It is not a rich/poor thing nor does it discriminate. If you have a love or even a like for music, go after it, pursue it. Music helps lift your self-esteem, it gave me an identity, kept me out of trouble, gave me goals and the desire to improve. It gave me a life. I am an example of what music can do for someone. What it did for me, it can do for you all. Anything is possible".
Van Halen and the Fender Musical Instruments Company donated one of his signature EVH 5150lll amplifiers to the class. Eddie also presented each guitar student with a gift bag filled with EVH brand picks, guitar straps, cables, electric guitar strings and a Frankenstein key chain. Fender also contributed acoustic guitar strings to the gift bags.
Van Halen's visit to the music students was inspired after he attended a fundraising event a few weeks ago for the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation where he was first introduced to Foshay's Musical Director.
Last year, Van Halen donated 75 electric guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation who distributed the guitars to nine schools throughout
Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ ‘Star Wars’-Themed Parody
A new fan created ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ YouTube video has gone viral, this time with new words based on the ‘Star Wars’ series.
“A long time ago in a karaoke bar far, far away,” the video begins. From there it mimics scenes from the movies as well as Queen’s famous “four faces” video for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’
Click the “cc” on the video above to activate the captions, which reveal the song’s lyrics, such as “Jabba / Just captured Han / Took him down without a fight / Now he’s frozen Carbonite.” Even Yoda makes an appearance at the end, singing the last lines with his trademark backward grammar.
The video is a project by students and faculty of the Digital Video Program and the
Lost Hendrix Interviews and Diaries Found
Lost interviews and diaries by Jimi Hendrix in which he reveals his thoughts about forming his first band, racism and his plans for the future have been uncovered.
On his first band, Hendrix wrote: "When I was 17 I formed this group with some other guys, but they drowned me out. I didn't know why at first, but after about three months I realized I'd have to get an electric guitar. My first was a Danelectro, which my dad bought for me. Must have busted him for a long time."
Hendrix was so nervous at his first gig that he had to play behind the stage curtains. "I remember my first gig was at an armory, a National Guard place, and we earned 35 cents apiece and three hamburgers.
It was so hard for me at first. I knew about three songs, and when it was time for us to play on stage I was all shaky, so I had to play behind the curtains. I just couldn't get up in front."
Writing in 1967, Hendrix revealed his thoughts on racism. "Race isn't a problem in my world. I don't look at things in terms of races. I look at things in terms of people. I'm not thinking about black people or white people. I'm thinking about the obsolete and the new.
There's no color part now, no black and white. The frustrations and riots going on today are all about more personal things. Everybody has wars within themselves, so they form different things, and it comes out as a war against other people. They get justified as they justify others in their attempts to get personal freedom. That's all it is."
He also talked about what music he would have played at his funeral. "I tell you, when I die I'm going to have a jam session. I want people to go wild and freak out. And knowing me, I'll probably get busted at my own funeral. The music will be played loud and it will be our music.
I won't have any Beatles songs, but I'll have a few of Eddie Cochran's things and a whole lot of blues. Roland Kirk will be there, and I'll try and get Miles Davis along if he feels like making it. For that it's almost worth dying. Just for the funeral.
It's funny the way people love the dead. You have to die before they think you are worth anything. Once you are dead, you are made for life. When I die, just keep on playing the records."
The Story Behind The Eagles' ‘Hotel California’ Cover
According to Don Henley, the sleeve of ‘Hotel California’ was intended to convey an atmosphere of "faded glory, loss of innocence and decadence".
Having moved to the West Coast a few months earlier, Kosh was brought in by Eagles management to meet the band and hear a rough cut of the title track from their next album.
In a 2007 interview with The Rock And Roll Report, Kosh recalled that "Don wanted me to find and portray the fictional Hotel California hostelry – a hotel which would exemplify a classic
Setting out with photographer David Alexander, the designer shot a shortlist of three locations.
Doors Plan to Play Again
Surviving Doors members Robbie Krieger and John Densmore played an unexpected four-song set at a Jim Morrison memorial event last week – and they’re planning to perform together again.
The pair had previously discussed the possibility of taking the stage together after the death of keyboardist Ray Manzarek brought them together earlier this year. They hadn’t been on speaking terms for nearly a decade following the launch of a spate of lawsuits.
Krieger and Densmore appeared side-by-side on December 5 to mark what would have been frontman Morrison’s 70th birthday. They were only expected to take part in a question-and-answer session – but they surprised and delighted the audience at the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art by playing a set including ‘People Are Strange’ and ‘Love Me Two Times.’
Afterwards Krieger told Rolling Stone: “Jim would be happy if he were here, I think. After he died I thought, ‘In a couple of years people are never going to think about us any more. People are never going to realise how great these songs are.’
If you listen to those albums, there’s so much in there that people still don’t even know about.”
Asked how Morrison might have celebrated his 70th, Krieger said: “I’m sure by this time he’d want to forget about his birthday. He’d want to forget how old he was.”
But despite enjoying his reunion with Densmore, the guitarist reflected: “It was more fun last night when John just came to my house and we played a few songs together. If we did this again it would be for some charity.
We’re talking about a show – a tribute to Ray for his birthday, February 12. We’re going to try and get something together.”
Densmore added: “I had a lot of fun. I would do this again a few times, maybe.”
Meanwhile, The Doors App, available for iPad via the Apple App Store, has had a major overhaul to reflect the passing of Manzarek. Additional content includes a video interview with Krieger and Densmore as well as an in-depth new coverage of the keyboardist, plus the original immersive, interactive features.
Bon Jovi Says Prince Sounded Great
Last week Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, came together at a charity event in
According to the Australian Herald Sun, Jon said of William, “He’s excellent…the guy was right here [next to me], he really belted it out. He was in tune, he can sing, he knew the words and everything.” Bon Jovi also called William “very engaging,” “very intelligent” and “a great sport.”
“If you’re around long enough people come and they grow into prominent positions,” he explained. “If you think about it, we were making records as long as the prince has been with us. As I looked around that stage and saw the prince and Taylor Swift, they both didn’t know a world without Bon Jovi records. They sort of grew up in that.”
Jon added, “If you’re around long enough and able to be blessed with the opportunity to do what you love to do sometimes if you do good, good things happen and you fall into situations where the future King of England knows the words to your songs.”
Bon Jovi’s Because We Can Tour wraps up December 17 in
Schon Plans Surprise Guest and New Journey Song for Wedding
Journey guitarist Neal Schon and reality-TV celebrity Michaele Salahi have invited family, friends and 90 millions guests to their upcoming wedding. They’ve also announced “a surprise special guest” for the nuptials, which will be broadcast as a pay-per-view event.
“It’s not Steve Perry,” Schon told TMZ in a
A portion of the proceeds from the event, which will feature a band performance and the debut of a new song by the current lineup of Journey, will go toward a charity aimed at disaster relief for the
Schon and Salahi – a villain on the reality series ‘Real Housewives of D.C.,’ but best known as a White House party crasher – will be married on Dec. 15 at the Palace of the Fine Arts in
Def Lep Guitarist
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has confirmed he’s working on his first solo album. Def Leppard are also preparing to record new music in February.
I intend to sing – however, I may ask a real singer to help out if I fail miserably at the demo stages.
I’m also writing for Def Leppard (we all are) as Leppard will be recording new music in February. So, all in all it’s a busy time creatively.”
Earlier this year
Nicks Reacts To McVie's Possible Fleetwood Mac Return
Former Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie made headlines last month when she said she would like to rejoin the group after a 15-year absence, and now Stevie Nicks has offered her comments on the situation.
"I think she's probably been asked 5 million times to come back to the band," Nicks tells Billboard. "By all of us. By every one one of us. And she has said, in no uncertain terms, 'No. No. Absolutely not. No way.'"
"If Chris wants to come back to the band," Stevie continued, "I said to her, 'It's your band. I don't really think you have to ask. Because it's your band. McVie. Fleetwood Mac-vie? So, it all depends, Chris, on you. How you feel. Do you want to take this on again?'"
Mellencamp Says He's Written Dozens of New Songs for Next Album
In a new Rolling Stone interview, John Mellencamp reveals, “I’ve got a notebook with 85 new songs that I’ve written for my next record.”
The singer/songwriter reports that he’ll once again be collaborating with T Bone Burnett, who produced 2010’s ‘No Better Than This’ and his previous album, 2008′s ‘Live, Death, Love and Freedom.’
“Burnett is going to come out to Indiana sometime in early January and we’re gonna go into the studio for however long it takes to make a new album,” explains Mellencamp, who says there’s no other producer he ever wants to work with.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer points out that he likes the fact that Burnett “is a minimalist” in the studio. “He was able to strip down all my songs. My ’90s
records were almost paint-by-numbers. He came in and said to me, ‘You don’t need this part. You don’t need that part.’”
John also reveals that, in addition to the dozens of new tunes he’s composed, he keeps adding fresh ones to the list. “The other night I woke at and I had to get out of bed to write this song,” he explains. “I didn’t wanna do it. I was like, ‘No! Not f**king’ now! I wanna sleep!’ But I had to get up and write this song. It came out all at once.”
Once he finishes the new record, Mellencamp is planning to hit the road for a major tour that will kick off in
Whitesnake: Coverdale celebrates 40th anniversary of his Purple stage debut
Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has commemorated his first live show with Deep Purple by posting a special tribute on the homepage of his website.
Coverdale, who was plucked from obscurity to replace Ian Gillan, made his stage debut with Mk III line-up of Purple 40 years ago on
The singer has posted the following message on the Whitesnake website:
”It was 40 years ago this very day,
‘The Burn’ album had yet to be released, but it showed the balls of the guys in the band to go out and play brand-new, unheard songs to a rapturous Danish audience. An unforgettable experience for me.
Thin Lizzy Guitarist on Lynott
Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham spoke with Independent.ie recently about a number of topics including the late Phil Lynott who died of pneumonia and heart failure on
"When I heard Phil Lynott had died I could not believe it. I mean – this was Phil Lynott. He could take more drugs, screw more chicks, stay up more days in a row than anyone else. He was the guy. He'd had hepatitis and come through with flying colours. I learned he had a heart attack and was in a really bad way. Then he was gone. And I was thinking . . . 'man, what the hell just happened?'"
"To lose him was a total shock," adds Gorham. "Phil was not the wallflower kind of guy at all. He was incredibly charismatic – more than is realised today, I think. If you walked into a room with him, it was like you weren't there. People just didn't notice. All they saw was Phil."