Archive for October, 2020

DON’T SLEEP – COVER TOM PETTY’S “RUNNIN’ DOWN A DREAM”

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

East Coast hardcore torchbearers DON’T SLEEP are celebrating the life and times of Tom Petty, with their previously unreleased cover of the legendary songwriter’s track “Runnin’ Down A Dream.”

Listen To “Runnin’ Down A Dream” Now.

“Tom Petty is a musical treasure,” admits frontman Dave Smalley. “His music is one of those rare things that nearly everyone vibes on – everyone from hippies to hardcore hoodlums. When DON’T SLEEP was talking about what cover song we wanted to do, there were lots of great ideas but there was always one guy saying “yeah but…” But when our lead guitarist Tom McGrath suggested Tom Petty, and specifically this song, there was zero hesitation from anyone. To make a cover great, you need to feel it. And everyone felt it. We tracked this in The Green Room studio in Harrisburg, PA with producer Matt Holmes, and it was done super late in the evening, after midnight. Energy levels through the roof, karma bright. I had a ton of fun singing it, and the words are freaking phenomenal. We salute you Tom!”

DON’T SLEEP’s chemistry is made up of hardcore vets fronted by Smalley, known for his lung-emptying exhales with Dag Nasty, ALL, Down By Law, DYS and others. The band released their debut album Turn The Tide earlier this year (September 4th), produced by Brian McTernan (Be Well, Battery) and Gorilla Biscuits / Youth Of Today member Walter Schreifels. The album follows their two EPs – Don’t Sleep (2017) and Bring The Light (2018). No stranger to the stage, DON’T SLEEP has toured with Shelter, Sick Of It All, Madball, Face To Face, and performed on the final Vans Warped Tour in 2018.

Source: Mission Two PR

LONG LIVE DON’T SLEEP.

STONE.

On This Day In Metal History – October 15 – From Jimi Hendrix To Van Halen

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

October 15, 1965 – Rock icon Jimi Hendrix signed a recording contract with Ed Chalpin. The contract was for three years.

October 15, 1984 – An EP of previously released songs, 74 Jailbreak, was released by the invincible AC/DC, via Atlantic Records.

October 15, 1987 – Guitar wizard Joe Satriani released his second studio album, Surfing With The Alien, via Relativity Records. This proved to be Joe Satriani’s breakout album, with the title track receiving world-wide commercial success.

October 15, 1988 – Hall Of Fame band Bon Jovi saw their fourth studio album, New Jersey, reach #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Whoa.

October 15, 1995 – The mighty Van Halen performed at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Los Angeles California. Van Halen were touring in support of their tenth studio album: Balance.

Rest In Peace, Eddie Van Halen.

Stone.

Eddie Van Halen – Forever

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on October 8, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

 

Guitar World – February 2009

I express my condolences to the family, friends and fans of Eddie Van Halen. What else can be written about Eddie Van Halen which has not already been written or said? He was beyond incredible playing the guitar, writing songs and pioneering entirely new and wondrous sounds to Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal combined.

The Van Halen albums are like baseball and apple pie, to me. American made, West Coast Hard Rock. Historically speaking, Van Halen dominated Hard Rock during those very late seventies and stretching well into the early nineties. A music icon, is Eddie Van Halen. I, like countless others, have accepted the sounds of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar like it is an appendage. Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing always sounds so familiar, comforting, inspiring, exhilarating, personal and monumental, all rolled up together like a sacred security blanket.

Rest and Rock in peace, Eddie Van Halen. Thank you for sharing your musical magic with the world; to be enjoyed by generations forever.

I still cannot wrap my head around this year thus far; it has been a nightmare directly from hell. – Stone

BARONESS – Release Limited Edition “Live at Maida Vale BBC – Vol. II” For Record Store Day’s Black Friday

Posted in Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on October 7, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

Oct. 7, 2020 – Baroness release Live at Maida Vale BBC – Vol. II, a limited edition vinyl release featuring four tracks from the band’s Fall 2019 session at the famed London studio, as part of this year’s Record Store Day Black Friday event (Nov. 27, Abraxan Hymns).

Live at Maida Vale BBC – Vol. II track list:

  1. Throw Me An Anchor
  2. Borderlines
  3. I’m Already Gone
  4. Tourniquet/Can Oscura

The EP was recorded during the band’s European tour in support of Gold & Grey, with Baroness joining BBC Radio 1 Rock Show host Daniel P. Carter and producer Simon Askew at Maida Vale Studios on Sept. 27. Live at Maida Vale BBC – Vol II features black splatter vinyl with an etched b-side, custom artwork created by Baroness’ John Baizley and will retail for $23.98.

Baroness released Live at Maida Valle – BBC in 2013, following the band’s Yellow & Green tour. Pitchfork said the four-song offering “displayed the same grit and drive for which Baroness first garnered acclaim,” while PopMatters said the collection “crackles with energy.”

The band’s most recent release, Gold & Grey (http://smarturl.it/baroness-goldandgrey) arrived in June of 2019 with Stereogum saying the collection “is the best thing Baroness has ever done… a masterpiece,” NME declaring it “a work of art in the truest sense of the word “ and NPR, noting the synchronicity between Baroness’ music and imagery, observing that “Gold & Grey feels like a callback to the heyday of the rock album as art object.” The 17-track release debuted atop Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums Sales and Independent Albums’ Charts and found the band gracing the covers of both Revolver and Kerrang! magazines. The band documented the album’s creation in a series of videos, dubbed “Making Gold & Grey” (https://smarturl.it/makinggoldandgrey).

With Baroness’ 2020 tour schedule canceled, the four-piece released “Tourniquet (Socially Distant)” in April, offering fans a new, stirring rendition of the song (https://youtu.be/HeZw2W2L4Ss) and a message of hope: “Be safe. Be good to each other. Act with personal and civic responsibility. We’ll see you again soon.” The band convened last month for a livestream event that saw them perform Gold & Grey live in its entirety for the first time ever. Metal Insider said the special performance was “mesmerizing, emotional and, perhaps, the band at its creative height thus far.”

photo courtesy of Baroness

About BARONESS:

The GRAMMY® Award nominated Baroness is John Baizley (vocals/guitar), Gina Gleason (guitar), Nick Jost (bass) and Sebastian Thomson (drums). The Philadelphia-meets-New York based band have grown to be one of rock music’s most critically-revered as well as one of the most inventive artists of the modern era with each release in their kaleidoscopic canon seeing the band further defining their unique musical vantage point. Baroness’ catalog of studio recordings is: Gold & Grey (2019), Purple (2015), Yellow & Green (2012), Blue Record (2009), Red Album (2007), A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk (Split LP, 2007), Second (EP, 2004) and First (EP, 2004).

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