SLIPKNOT has unveiled the official video for “The Negative One”, the first new song released by the band in six years. The track is taken from the group’s upcoming fifth album, which is due out in October. The disc follows up 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone” and is the band’s first without founding bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was let go late last year.
SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that fans will have to wait a bit longer for things like the new drummer’s identity and the record’s title. “We’re keeping a lot of that under wraps, out of fairness, because we want the music to speak for itself,” he said. “We don’t want people listening to our music and making up their minds about something before they even know what the music is. So trust me, you know, when the time is right, we will give you the answers that you need, and that’s the way it is.”
Reports have suggested that SLIPKNOT has recruited drummer Jay Weinberg to play on the new album and tour. Weinberg is the son of Max Weinberg, longtime Bruce Springsteen and the E STREET BAND drummer.
SLIPKNOT announced in December 2013 that it had parted ways with Jordison. The band has not disclosed the reasons for Jordison‘s exit, although the drummer issued a statement in January saying that he did not quit the group.
The clip for “The Negative One” was directed by SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan, who has directed most of the band’s music videos and concert documentaries.
Taylor told the BBC that “The Negative One” is not the official first single from the album, explaining, “That was just a gift for the fans, like we wanted them to hear a piece of the album. The single [titled ‘The Devil In I’] comes out in a few weeks and it’s completely different. It’s more melodic, but it’s dark, it’s powerful man, its something different, people are going to lose their minds when they hear that.”
The singer told The Pulse Of Radio that Gray‘s death forced the band’s remaining members pulled closer together in the studio. “It was almost like getting to know each other again,” he said. “We were all kind of grieving in our own way and dealing with things in our own way, and knowing that we had to be healthy to go in, we had to be creative to go in, and knowing that we were gonna have to fill this huge void, we just kind of took it upon ourselves to make up for that emptiness by being a little bit of Paul. Like we were all a little bit of Paul in our own way.”
The second edition of SLIPKNOT‘s Knotfest event will take place on October 24-26 in San Bernardino, California. More than two dozen other acts will join the headliners, including FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, OF MICE & MEN, IN THIS MOMENT, HELLYEAH and ATREYU.
Fan-filmed video footage of QUIET RIOT‘s August 2 performance at the Yamhill County Fair in McMinnville, Oregon can be seen below.
In a brand new interview with MLive.com, QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali spoke about the band’s decision to enlist Jizzy Pearl (LOVE/HATE, L.A. GUNS, ADLER’S APPETITE, RATT) as its new lead singer following the departure of Scott Vokoun.
“There is the misconception that Jizzy is the fourth [QUIET RIOT] singer [since the band reformed in 2010],” Banali said. “He’s actually the third. We hired Mark Huff and let him go and I asked my friend and former MONTROSE singer Keith St. John to fill in for three shows that we had on the books. That hardly qualifies him as a singer for QUIET RIOT. We then hired Scott Vokoun and subsequently also let him go. That’s where the real story begins when we asked Jizzy Pearl to come on board. After giving to unknowns the opportunity, we went with a pro. Jizzy is the real deal.”
He continued: “I am very conscious of Kevin‘s [DuBrow, late QUIET RIOT singer] legacy and the legacy of QUIET RIOT as I continue this journey. You can never replace a singer or performer like the late, great Kevin DuBrow who was the total rock and roll package. He was also my best and closest friend, so that plays into it as well. To me it has to sound like QUIET RIOT, though not exactly as it was with Kevin, but it still has to have that ‘sound’ and energy. Jizzy is doing a fantastic job of keeping the spirit, music and sound of Kevin‘s vocals while bringing his own sound to the band which blends really well.”
Banali also talked about QUIET RIOT‘s new album, “10”, which contains six new songs with Pearl on vocals and four live tracks from 2007 with DuBrow,
“The six new studios songs were co-written by me and songwriter, guitarist, vocalist Paul Sabu,” Banali explained. “Paul and I did a recording project together a few years back and we wrote and worked well together for that. I wanted songs that brought some of the spirit of QUIET RIOT to the here and now. Paul and I made demos of the six songs and then I gave them to the band to learn and add their own DNA to them. Then we went into the studio to record the master tracks. I produced the record and the tracks were recorded and mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Neil Citron, who is also a close friend.”
He added: “Jizzy has done a phenomenal job singing these songs and bringing the spirit of Kevin‘s vocal style while not losing his own vocal identity. Guitarist Alex Grossi did a fantastic job recording the guitars, as did Chuck Wright, who played bass on two of the tracks. I also invited my dear friend and historic QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo to play on two tracks and another great friend Tony Franklin to play bass on two tracks. Tony has QUIET RIOT history as he was the bass player on the ‘Rehab’ record, which was our last record with Kevin.”
QUIET RIOT‘s new lineup — featuring Pearl — made its live debut on New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2013) at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona.
DuBrow died in November 2007 of an accidental cocaine overdose. He was 52 years old.
Fan-filmed video footage of SKID ROW‘s August 4 performance at Circolo Magnolia in Milan, Italy can be seen below. Check out photos at this location.
SKID ROW — Johnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Dave “Snake” Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums) — has just released a new seven-song EP, “Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two”, via Megaforce Records. The CD contains covers of QUEEN and AEROSMITH classics as bonus tracks.
In a recent interview with Finland’s Kaaos TV, SKID ROW guitarist Dave “The Snake” Sabo stated about “Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two”: “[This was] the most fun that I’ve personally had making a SKID ROW record in our history of the band… for a number of reasons.
“We’re afforded a freedom that not many artists get to enjoy. So we do everything on our own schedule. And the writing process was so stripped down and fun.
“[SKID ROW bassist] Rachel [Bolan] and I have been friends and started the band together 28 years ago, and so, after all that amount of time, 28 years later, to be able to sit in a room with this guy, and he with me, and actually have fun creating music, there’s something special to be said about that. And so, that, combined with the fact that we just always seemed like we were on the same page throughout the whole process. [We had] a couple of little disagreements there, but nothing that was detrimental in any way; it was helpful. And every day, we would listen to the music and we’d have the same thoughts: ‘It’s close, but it’s not there yet.’ ‘it’s close, but it’s not there.’ ‘OK, we’re right there. We’re at the door.’ ‘OK, it’s done.’ Everything was just right on the same page. That’s the first time that’s ever happened. And we just had a great experience the whole way through. Everybody really came to the table and loved the music and brought their ‘A’ game. I mean, we were in and done in a couple of weeks, which is amazing. And it wasn’t like we were cutting corners or anything like that. Everyone just practiced the crap out of the music and the songs — we rehearsed really hard — and everyone loved the music so much that they made it their own, and thus, they performed that way. And it is. It’s all of ours’. It’s five guys.”
Asked about the main differences are between last year’s “United World Rebellion: Chapter One” EP and “Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two”, Bolan told Finland’s Kaaos TV: “Well, there’s not many differences except in the recording process. We recorded in a few different places with the first EP, where we recorded the whole thing in the same studio with the second. But we took the same approach to writing and recording. The writing for the first one, I’d say, we labored a little more, because we were trying to go back to our roots, and I know that’s a cliché saying for bands to say, but it was true. And after 25 years, it’s really hard — harder than you would think — to retrace your steps to where you were when you were that 22-year-old kid jamming in front of a mirror and playing your first big gigs or whatever. So we really had to find our roots and rediscover what got us off in the first place, the guys that wrote the first two records, and I think we succeeded in it. That was the biggest difference — I think it was a little harder to write the songs [for the first EP] — but I think what we came out with, the final product, was well worth it.”
Jukka Nevalainen will take a break from his duties as the drummer for the Finland-based symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH in order to deal with his health issues.
Nevalainen has released the following statement regarding his decision to step aside during the recording sessions for NIGHTWISH‘s forthcoming album:
“How to begin telling something that you wouldn’t want to have to tell, although you know that the decision you made is the only (at least the only right) one you could make at the moment? I face this dilemma now, and will do my best to find the right words.
“For a number of years, I have suffered from occasional but very difficult insomnia, something that has been my unwanted companion during many of our tours, too. I’ve done my best to try to control it or at least to cope with it. Still, we don’t even really know why we need sleep, so unfortunately there’s not much information available on why some of us suffer from sleeplessness. There is no 100% cure for the problem.
“During the last month, it has become evident for me that due to my insomnia, I can’t fulfill my duties as a musician in the way that I’d want and with the precision that the music deserves. Thus I have decided to step aside from my duties as the drummer of NIGHTWISH during the recording of the forthcoming album and the subsequent tour. I will still be involved in managing the day-to-day affairs of the band, but the dearest and the most important thing, playing, is, for the time being, not possible. Time will tell what the future holds.
“On a personal level, my decision obviously feels indescribably sad. Fortunately, looking at it with some distance, it is ‘just’ part of the constant, inevitable ebb and flow of life. The sad things are part of it as well as the beautiful, unforgettable experiences and adventures that I’ve already had the pleasure to experience in spades. Surely, there will still be many adventures ahead, too.
“My good friend Kai Hahto [WINTERSUN] will play drums on the forthcoming album. I’m extremely grateful that he didn’t hesitate for a minute when he decided to help us in this challenging situation. What comes to touring, everything is still open, but we will let you know as soon possible what the lineup will be.
“If beginning this was hard, so is ending it. So maybe I will just quote something fitting.
“‘You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.’ ― Eckhart Tolle”
Nevalainen‘s videotaped statement can be seen below.
NIGHTWISH recently inked a North American deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Due in early 2015, the band’s as-yet-untitled eighth studio album will be the first to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER), who has toured with NIGHTWISH since October 2012.
NIGHTWISH has been signed to Nuclear Blast for the European territory since the release of the band’s 2004 album, “Once”.
Bassist Rudy Sarzo, one of the most legendary and respected names in hard rock history — having played alongside Randy Rhoads in QUIET RIOT and OZZY OSBOURNE, as well as toured and/or recorded with WHITESNAKE, DIO, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and now in Geoff Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE — was interviewed on episode 107 of the “Let There Be Talk” podcast with rock and roll comedian Dean Delray. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
In a 2012 interview with Guitar World, Sarzo was asked if still sees Rhoads‘ influence today — and if he still thinks about him. “I think about him enough to have to sit down and write a book to answer the No. 1 question I get asked around the world: What was it like to play with Randy Rhoads?” Sarzo said. “He’s such an influential musician even today, 30 years after his passing. The way I put it is, in any post-Randy Rhoads guitar player, I always hear some kind of influence in their performance, even in their compositional style. Every time I receive an email or a message on Facebook or whatever, from kids, young guitar players, 10, 14 years old, they say, ‘Man, I discovered Randy Rhoads. He’s my favorite guitar player.’ That really touches me because it’s great to hear a new generation giving Randy the credit he deserves for being the well where most guitar players drink from. He has influenced generations and still does.
“So do I think of Randy every day? Of course I do. We all do. All of us that got to know him and perform with him. We have that common. We’ll never lose that bond, that thread, our admiration toward Randy as a musician and as a friend.”
Sarzo was also asked if his feud with the Ozzy camp was all in the past now. “Yes, yes,” he said. “Silly things happen. If you look at the big picture, you look more at what we have in common than what we have not. At the end of the day, that’s what always takes precedence. Everything is really wonderful between the Osbournes and me, which is the way it should be. Because if you ask me what the most significant group in my career was, it has to be being a member of the Ozzy Osbourne band. They gave me my first break, they took a chance on me, a complete unknown, just based on Randy‘s recommendation. If it wasn’t for them we would probably not be having this conversation. I owe my career to Sharon, Ozzy and Randy Rhoads.”
In a brand new interview with RollingStone.com, DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan was asked if he is upset that his band has not yet been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame despite the fact that it has been eligible since 1993.
“Whatever you say to a question like that, you sound supercilious or dismissive or disgruntled or sour grapes,” he replied. “I spent all my younger life trying to avoid institutionalization as much as I could and then I realized that these sorts of things are for your family and fans. So I don’t mind what happens. We’re grateful for anything that comes along our way.
“I think it would be undignified for us to enter the fray and stamp our feet and say, ‘Yeah, we don’t need it anyway.’ It’s really an American thing. We don’t really understand it, but if I treat it with respect, we’ll see what happens. That’s all I can say.”
Asked if he would be willing to play with DEEP PURPLE‘s founding guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, at the ceremony if the band was inducted, Gillan said: “Well, we are the living, breathing DEEP PURPLE. This is the longest that any lineup has ever been together in this band. And it would be unconscionable to think about bringing Ritchie in. I don’t have an issue with Ritchie, nor does anyone. I’ve been in touch with Ritchie recently and everything’s cool, so there’s no bitter, personal problem. We’re too old for that and everything’s in the past, but no. That would be out of the question. How insulting that would be to [current guitarist] Steve Morse, for example? So if that’s the stumbling block, fair enough. Never the twain shall meet.”
He added: “I’m saying what I’m about to say not to wind Ritchie up, if he’s reading this. He knows that we’ve got to talk about these things. So I say this with no rancor, and let’s get the record straight: I was just as much of an asshole as Ritchie was. But Ritchie carried it on for a little longer. Had Ritchie stayed with the band, it would have been all over. It would have just ended. Without any doubt in anyone’s mind — it was all over. So the day he walked out was the day we had to rebuild. We had Joe Satriani for one year, and he got us over the crisis, and then we got Steve and started to rebuild. Within a couple of years, we started playing arenas again, and it’s been fantastic ever since.
“So to go back to the question of ‘Would we do the show with Ritchie?’ I think that would be hugely disrespectful to what I call the living, breathing, DEEP PURPLE. There’s always been a living, breathing, DEEP PURPLE, good or bad at any stage of our evolution, and how it is now is particularly healthy and it wouldn’t be right.”
In a 2012 interview with Billboard, Blackmore said that he had no interest in participating in any Hall Of Fame celebrations, whether DEEP PURPLE was inducted or not.
“Personally, I couldn’t care less [if DEEP PURPLE is inducted],” the guitarist said. “I would never go. I’m not really a fan of that stuff. Considering some of the people that are in the Hall Of Fame, I’m not sure if it’s a good idea, so I don’t care one way or the other, actually.”
He added: “I think our fans seem to care more than I do. They’re always saying, ‘You should be in the Hall Of Fame. You should be in this, you should be in that.’ If I can pay the bills, that’s all I care about.”
Blackmore left DEEP PURPLE for good in 1993 after a second stint with the group. He has since spent most of his time recording albums and performing select concerts with his current project BLACKMORE’S NIGHT, his Renaissance and Medieval music collaboration with his wife Candice Night.
According to the Hürriyet Daily News, MEGADETH played an impromptu three-song acoustic set following the band’s August 4 concert in Istanbul, Turkey.
The intimate performance at the Hard Rock Cafe in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district in the early hours of August 5 included “unplugged” arrangements of the MEGADETH classics “She Wolf”, “A Tout Le Monde” and “Symphony Of Destruction”.
Video footage of MEGADETH‘s Hard Rock Café appearance can be seen below.
On Monday, MEGADETH played a full electric set as the headliner of the Rock Off festival at Küçük Çiftlik Park. Also featured on the bill of the three-day event were HIM, AMON AMARTH, STRATOVARIUS and GOJIRA.
Rock Off marked MEGADETH‘s fourth performance in Istanbul, following prior visits in 2001, 2005 and 2012.
As previously reported, MEGADETH is continuing work on material for the band’s next album, tentatively due in 2015.
“We’re taking our time with this one,” MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine told Loaded Radio in a recent interview. “The last record we’ve done, we felt we were really on a positive upswing with [producer] Johnny K and we were excited to get in and do the record. But looking back over time, all the records that we had a lot of success with, personally…. Because, I mean, at the end of the day, if you don’t like what you’re doing, then what’s the point? But the ones that we really got the most enjoyment out of was the ones that took the longest to write. We would sit with the songs and let them digest and assimilate and become part of us, instead of, ‘OK, that’s a great song. Let’s go.’ Or versus, ‘You know what? Would it be better if we [played] this part one more time or cut that one in half or sped this up a little bit. There’s so many variables.”
MEGADETH latest album, 2013’s “Super Collider”, sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
California rockers BUCKCHERRY will issue a new EP, simply titled “Fuck”, on August 19 via the band’s newly established F Bomb imprint. The record is scheduled for release just days after the band joins GODSMACK, SEETHER and SKILLET on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour.
Never a band to play by the rules, BUCKCHERRY has made a career out of pushing the boundaries and buttons of conventional rock music. Whether it’s a song audaciously celebrating the finest white flake (“Lit Up”), an homage to unstable and irresistible young ladies (“Crazy Bitch”) or an apologetic ballad (“Sorry”), BUCKCHERRY have always done things their own way and it’s paid off with six highly successful studio albums and multiple hit singles over the last decade. And apparently they were only getting warmed up!
BUCKCHERRY will return this summer with one of its boldest and most controversial releases to date, “Fuck”, a six-song EP that unapologetically rattles the speakers as much as it will the censors. The record features six balls-to-the-wall tracks that erupt with gritty riffs and sharp-tongued lyrics, including the radio single and riotous cover of Icona Pop‘s hit song “I Love It”, which the band naturally cranks to 11 and renames “Say Fuck It”.
Earlier this year, BUCKCHERRY singer Josh Todd told Loudwire about “Fuck”: “I’m a huge fan of EPs and I had a lot of ’em when I was a kid, so it’s going to be fun to put this one out.” Though he did not givie away the concept, Josh did state, “It’s nasty and it’s raw and it’s quintessential BUCKCHERRY … It was a lot of fun writing it and it was great to do this EP for me after doing ‘Confessions’, ’cause ‘Confessions’ was so heavy and deep and this EP is just reckless and fun. It’s probably one of my most fun little projects to do.”
“Fuck” EP track listing:
01. Somebody Fucked With Me
02. Say Fuck It
04. I Don’t Give A Fuck
05. It’s A Fucking Disaster
06. Fist Fuck
You can now stream “Say Fuck It” using the SoundCloud widget below.
Rock’s favorite misfits will take their new EP on the road this summer with dates on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour and an appearance at the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California. Additionally, BUCKCHERRY recently launched its “Singles Club” via PledgeMusic, where fans have the opportunity to sign up for a 6-month subscription to receive new, unreleased cover songs the band has recently recorded.
TheToneKing.com conducted an interview with ILL NIÑO at a recent stop on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below.
ILL NIÑO‘s new album, “Till Death, La Familia”, was released on July 22 via Victory Records. The band’s lead singer, Cristian Machado, told Arena.com that “Till Death, La Familia” “will absolutely surprise a lot of people.” He continued: “I don’t think we’re the kind of band that releases the same album over and over. We always attempt to challenge ourselves musically in order to grow as artists and friends.
“The new album will have its surprises and all I will say is that it is very catchy and very groove-oriented. The lyrics, I feel, are by far the best lyrics I’ve ever written, and I really do give the guys in the band so much credit for writing such amazing songs for this new album.”
Speaking to 100% Rock Magazine, ILL NIÑO bassist Lazaro Pina stated about “Till Death, La Familia”: “We try to do something different every record. I can tell you for sure that this one is going to demonstrate a whole new ILL NIÑO style. At first, it took a lot of courage, but I’m feeling so much better about it now that the vocal tracks are beginning to come in. It’s turning out to be everything I think most of us envisioned it and kind of wanted in a new record. We’re definitely taking ILL NIÑO to a new… an additional style. We’re definitely bringing it up to 2014 and kind of creating our own thing. Hearing Cristian singing like he’s never sung before and even innovating a new heavy style of singing and a new melodic style of singing. It’s going to be interesting. I think that the fans’ll appreciate it and hopefully some new ones will come on board and say, ‘Hey. I really dig this band; I like what they’ve been doing throughout the years.’ It is… I think it’s a courageous record. It definitely does not sound like any other previous record. It’s definitely ILL NIÑO demonstrating an additional style.
“You’ve got to keep innovating yourself, and if you don’t innovate yourself, you’re playing the same thing. We’ve been doing this for a long time, we’re entitled to get a little crazy and experiment with different ideas.”
Scranton, Pennsylvania-based metalcore quintet MOTIONLESS IN WHITE will release its third studio album, “Reincarnate”, on September 16 via Fearless. Produced by Dan Korneff (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, BREAKING BENJAMIN, LAMB OF GOD), the follow-up to “Infamous” includes the new single “Reincarnate”, which was made available on July 8. The CD features guest appearances by Dani Filth (CRADLE OF FILTH), Maria Brink (IN THIS MOMENT) and Tim Skold (SKOLD, MARILYN MANSON).
“Reincarnate” track listing:
01. Death March
03. Puppets III (The Grand Finale) [feat. Dani Filth)
05. Everybody Sells Cocaine
06. Conptemptress (feat. Maria Brink)
07. Break The Cycle
08. Generation Lost
09. Dark Passenger
11. Final Dictvm (feat. Tim Skold)
12. Carry The Torch
13. Sinematic (acoustic version) [bonus track]
The official lyric video for the song “Puppets III (The Grand Finale)” — featuring a guest appearance by Dani Filth — can be seen below.
“I think I speak for most artists of any kind when I say that it’s a rarity to step back from something you created and feel 100% satisfied without seeing the flaws or things you wish you had made differently,” said MOTIONLESS IN WHITE singer Chris Motionless. “This is the first time in my life I’ve composed an album and have departed from the studio feeling like everything I’ve ever wanted to accomplish, has finally materialized. I put past mistakes behind me and focused on becoming a new body of musical existence, while maintaining the characteristics that I enjoyed most about our band. As it is mine, this will absolutely be your favorite MOTIONLESS record.”
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE returned to the road to introduce North America to “Reincarnate” as a main-stage act on the Vans Warped Tour 2014, which kicked off last month in Houston, Texas.
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE has carved out a corner in the metal scene with its aggressive electro-tinged anthems, crowd-empowering choruses, melding with their dark and profound message. The band recruited a collection of devout fans across the world, having toured with metal juggernauts such as MARILYN MANSON, SLIPKNOT, A DAY TO REMEMBER, ESCAPE THE FATE and BLACK VEIL BRIDES.
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE‘s sophomore album, “Infamous”, was released on November 13, 2012 via Fearless.
Coming on October 14 is FOREIGNER‘s seven-disc box set, “The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991”. The set includes all the albums from the original classic run with Mick Jones and Lou Gramm — along with the band’s final Atlantic album featuring Johnny Edwards on vocals. The box consists of “Foreigner” (1977), “Double Vision” (1978), “Head Games” (1979), “4” (1981), “Agent Provocateur” (1984), “Inside Information” (1987), and “Unusual Heat” (1991), along with all the bonus tracks included on the 2002 remasters.
Guitarist Mick Jones leads the current version of FOREIGNER, which has been out on the road this summer with STYX and former EAGLES guitarist Don Felder. He told The Pulse Of Radio that he’s thrilled with the fact that the older the songs get, the younger the audience seems to be. “Luckily, we have a lot of great attendance at our shows and it’s fun playing for younger folk,” he said. “There’s a lot of interest from younger people that must’ve heard it passed down from their parents, their siblings or whatever. Y’know, some nights you look out there and you wonder what year it is. It’s like kids singing the songs, know the lyrics, go crazy and it’s like, wow, am I still… is this still happening, y’know? [laughs]”
Gramm recently revealed that he will get together with Jones later in the year to write new songs that will be made available on the two musicians’ upcoming solo albums, both of which are expected to surface in 2015.
Jones and Gramm‘s June 2013 performance of “I Want To Know What Love Is” and “Juke Box Hero” at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City marked the first time the pair has performed together in a decade after Gramm left FOREIGNER for a second time. According to Gramm, “There’s always the possibility that we’ll perform together again — that’s been mentioned between the two of us, and we kind of said, ‘Yeah, that would be fun’ — but there’s nothing going on between our respective managements about, ‘Oh, let’s make sure we put that together.'”
The singer also commented on the recent interview with Jones in Classic Rock magazine in which the guitarist revealed that the duo, who wrote most of FOREIGNER‘s classic hits together, might be revisiting some of the tunes they were “writing in the ’80s, but never quite finished.” Jones added: “We might take time next year to bring a couple of those out of the vaults… It’s a question of wading through them and finding a cassette machine to play them on.”
Said Gramm: “It’s actually the songs we were writing, working on together when we split up in 2003, so those were songs that were done at the end of the ’90s and early 2000s, and they’re really good. I have the demos.”
Dave Meniketti of Y&T spoke to Rock Radio NI about the band’s 40th anniversary and the upcoming European tour. Without wanting to go into too much detail, he said that the band hoped to have a retrospective released by the end of 2014 as part of the group’s celebration of its 40th anniversary. This would be followed, hopefully, by a new studio album during 2015. “We’re also working on another thing that hopefully might get released before the end of the year,” he explained. “I can’t really say much more about it, but it’s kinda going to be a celebration of our 40th year in business as well. A retrospective sort of thing. We’re working on that currently.”
Meniketti also told Rock Radio NI that the band would be trying to play one song from every album during the 40th-anniversary tour and that they were looking at the possibilities of including “This Time” in the setlist for the European tour that commences in October. Despite being a fan favorite, “This Time” has only been played live a handful of times.
When asked about his solo material, Meniketti confirmed that he hoped to get back into the studio to record another album and suggested that a European tour with the Meniketti band was a real possibility even before the release of a new CD.
The full interview is available to read or listen to at Rock Radio NI.
Y&T bassist Brad Lang originally joined the band in 2010 after founding bassist Phil Kennemore was diagnosed with lung cancer. Phil lost his fight with cancer in 2011 and Lang was asked to become an official member of Y&T.
Y&T‘s live album, “Live At The Mystic”, was released in November 2012 via Frontiers Records.
The band’s first studio album in 13 years, “Facemelter”, came out in Europe on May 21, 2010 via Frontiers.
Dave Meniketti (guitar, lead vocals)
John Nymann (guitar, vocals)
Mike Vanderhule (drums, vocals)
Brad Lang (bass, vocals)