THE GUITAR SOCIETY 22June2011
This day in music
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
|Brought to you by this day in music . comBorn on this day:
1936, Kris Kristofferson, songwriter, actor
1948, Todd Rundgren, singer, producer
1949, Alan Osmond, The Osmonds
1953, Cyndi Lauper, U.S. singer
1964, Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream
1970, Steven Page, Barenaked Ladies
1956, Elvis Presley started a three-day run playing 10 shows at the Paramount Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The stage manager was told: “Pull all white lights. Presley works all in color, Presley act has no encore. When he leaves the stage, immediately close curtains.”
1963, 13-year old Stevie Wonder first entered the U.S. singles chart as Little Stevie Wonder with “Fingertips Parts One and Two.”
1964, The Beatles played their first ever show in New Zealand at Wellington Town Hall. The local Chief Constable refused a police escort for The Beatles leaving just two policemen to control over 5,000 fans.
1968, Herb Alpert started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “This Guys In Love With You.” His first #1 for the A&M label and the writer’s Bacharach and David’s first chart topper. A #3 hit in the U.K.
1969, American singer, actress, Judy Garland, died of a barbiturate overdose aged 47, she was found on the floor of her rented Chelsea home, in London, UK
1970, Led Zeppelin appeared at Laugardalsholl Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland.
1971, Melanie, Quintessence, The Edgar Broughton Band, Pink Fairies, Terry Reid, Gong, David Bowie, Hawkwind, Arthur Brown, Brinsley Schwarz, Fairport Convention and Family all appeared at the Glastonbury Fayre in England.
1981, Mark Chapman pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering John Lennon in 1980. He was later sentenced to 20 years to life.
1988, American session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis died of a heroin overdose after collapsing in a laundry room in Venice, California, aged 43. Worked with Conway Twitty, The Monkees, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Leonard Cohen, Keith Moon, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller, Harry Nilsson and Taj Mahal.
1992, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after a gig in Belfast, Northern Ireland suffering from acute stomach pains brought on by ulcers.
2002, U2 guitarist, The Edge, married his girlfriend of ten years Morleigh Steinberg in Eze in the south of France. The couple first met when she was a belly dancer on the bands Zoo TV tour. Guest’s included Bono, Eurythmics Dave Stewart and Lenny Kravitz.
2008, Coldplay went to #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Viva La Vida,” their first U.K. #1. History was made by this single, as it had no physical CD-single release in the UK, being available by Internet download only. The song won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2009.
|Chickenfoot fans can expect a new, heavier album from the supergroup this fall. Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony said the group (which also includes Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith) have wrapped up sessions on the record, the band’s second, according toUltimateClassicRock.com.Anthony addressed the album in response to birthday wishes (he just turned 57) on his Facebook page: “Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes! The only thing that makes my day better is that mixing on the new Chickenfoot CD is done! It’s a lot heavier than the first record and I can’t wait to get it out there!”
The bass player also spoke to Adam Carolla, on the comedian’sCarcast podcast, about release dates for the new music. “The first single should hit the airwaves sometime this summer with the full enchilada to follow in the fall,” he said.
The album is allegedly titled Chickenfoot IV, even though it’s only the second full-length from the guys.
|Talking to Gibson.com about Queensrÿche’s new album, Dedicated to Chaos, singer Geoff Tate explained that the album was specifically written and recorded with headphones in mind.“One of the things we talked about early on with this album is we really wanted to concentrate on the headphone aspect, because people listen to music really differently these days. They don’t sit in their room with their stereo system and completely absorb the record like we did when we were growing up. They listen to it passively, and most people listen on their iPods now,” he said. “So we thought, ‘Let’s just make it that way.’ We spend a lot of time with headphones on. That’s primarily how we compose, so why not take what we listen to and follow suit with that? We wrote the record on headphones, recorded it on headphones, mixed it on headphones – it’s pretty much a headphones thing! We listened to all the demos on headphones as we were working out at the gym or doing what we do, just to make sure it had a good feel to it.”
Dedicated to Chaos will be released via Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud on June 28.
Read the full interview with Geoff Tate here.
|Even though Gregg Allman went under the knife in 2010 for a liver transplant (due to his Hepatitis C), he wasn’t worried about coming out OK on the other side. Allman recently spoke to Spinner.com about the situation.“I don’t think death crossed my mind twice,” the Allman Brothers Band singer said. “I just thought, ‘Hey, I got stuff to do!’ There was a long time that I wondered [about my voice]. They did the surgery just right above where you sing from. I was in the clear on that one. About four days after the operation, I started trying to sing. And it came back … It was probably the only place on my body that didn’t hurt.”
Allman said that he’s feeling good these days and that his doctor told him that his new liver “likes” him. He’ll join his buddies in the Allman Brothers Band for a Hepatitis C benefit on July 27 in New York City. The singer/keyboardist talked about his involvement in the cause.
“I just reasoned in my own head, if someone had of come along just a few years earlier and told me, ‘Hey, Look! You should go get checked for this thing, ’cause there’s getting to be more and more cases, right?’ then I would have gone and got it checked and they would have killed it with the medication that they use,” he said.
|In a new interview with Mark Egan of Reuters, keyboard legend Leon Russell thanked Elton John for resurrecting his career.After the glory days of the ’70s, Russell slipped from the limelight. “I was used to playing in front of 20,000 and then with only 300 seats, the audience was right up in my face. That took a bit of getting used to.”
Then the Elton John collaboration album, The Union, went to #3 on the U.S. album chart and Russell was back. “It’s a wonderful thing, it’s all up to Elton. I am very thankful,” he said.
A Cameron Crowe-directed documentary of the making of the album has been produced by HBO, and Russell will be playing live again this summer, with Bob Dylan, before recording a new solo album.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
|The guys in Linkin Park are pretty far along in the writing process for their new album. Producer Rick Rubin recently gave an update on the band’s progress on their follow-up to 2010’s A Thousand Suns.“Typically we’ll have a once a week meeting to go listen to the songs that they’re coming up with and talk about them,” Rubin told Billboard.com. “For so early in the project, they are much further along than they have been on the last two albums we did.
“On A Thousand Suns there were still a lot of irons in the fire. We knew, ‘OK, we can’t do this forever. Let’s leave this batch and we’ll come back and address it when we start up again.’”
The band are currently playing a bunch of festivals in Europe, before touring Asia in September. They’ve also contributed a remix of “Iridescent” to the upcoming summer movieTransformers: Dark of the Moon.
|In the face of many high-profile reunions in rock and metal – from Soundgarden to Buffalo Springfield – Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser said he’s not interested in anything of that sort. He was asked by Decibel magazine to discuss the chance of getting back together with brothers Max and Igor Cavalera.“Yeah, it’s not a possibility at all. We’re so far away from that,” he said. “Reunions are a weird situation. It’s like trying to take back time. It’s stupid. It’s like you’re shaking the last cent in your pocket. It’s not music. I’m much more interested in growing up and living for today. Sepultura 2011. I want to build from now not then.”
In the same interview, Kisser talked about what inspires his riffs nowadays.
“Well, life itself. So many things, you learn everything,” he said. “I’m a father. I have three kids. I’ve been married for more than 20 years. That’s a whole new experience. Music comes from everywhere.”
|Irish rock superstars U2 have been spending a lot of time working on their set for this weekend’s headlining spot at England’s Glastonbury Festival. Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. told Radio One’s Zane Lowe: “It’s taken a lot of time and energy to figure out what the set list is going to be. There’s a ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ camp or there is the more subtle approach where we could build slowly.“We’ve gone through a number of combinations and everyone seems to have a different opinion.”
Just how the band will finally decide is unclear, but Mullen did add, jokingly: “We all know who gets his way in the end.”