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Month: January 2021

Acoustic collaboration addresses tribalism and the cultural rift in the U.S. and warns it’s time to fix it For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

How Billie Joe Armstrong wrote Green Day’s game-changing three-minute classic Basket Case in a basement surrounded by pizza boxes For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)

“Reports of Dark Watchers all along down here,” begins Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, as he introduces his new vlog, which can be seen below. “Someone lives down here too. But, can I find my way back out?” Check out some of Rikki’s other recent vlogs:For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

Supergroup The Firm saw Jimmy Page turn to Paul Rodgers to sort out his post-Zeppelin malaise. Our review suggests things didn’t turn out as super as expected For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)

Alex Lifeson of Rush recently spoke with Andre Cholmondeley of Make Weird Music about the 25th anniversary of his solo album, Victor, and the 40th anniversary of Moving Pictures. An excerpt, focusing on Victor, has been transcribed as follows: “It was a really good exercise for me to explore some…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

Vokonis will release their fourth studio album, Odyssey, in spring 2021. More dynamically diverse than ever, the six new tracks feature guest musician Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) on keyboard. Odyssey is Vokonis’ first true prog-record. A record for the new decade.
After the success of Vokonis’ third…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

Former PORCUPINE TREE frontman Steven Wilson was asked in a new interview with FaceCulture if the recent passing of legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen affected him at all. He responded (see video below): “Honestly, it didn’t, because I was never a fan. I know he’s an extraordinary musician, and it’s always sad when an extraordinary artist dies, [but] I was never a fan of the so-called shredder mentality. And I think in many ways, he was the father of that whole kind of movement. “I never understood that ‘playing as fast as you can’ thing,” he continued. “And I know that wasn’t all he did — I know he was a more flexible musician than that — but I think that the legacy that he has, Eddie Van Halen, is in creating the shredder phenomenon, which is something so vile to me. That kind of idea that you play music almost like you’re playing an Olympic sport is kind of anathema to my kind of ideas on creativity and music.” In response to Wilson‘s comments, Eddie‘s son Wolfgang tweeted: “Damn this bums me out hard. Been a huge fan of his for years. [PORCUPINE TREE‘s 2005 LP] Deadwing is one of my favorite albums of all time.” Steven previously touched upon the subject of guitar shredding in a 2018 interview with Music Radar. Speaking about his third solo album, 2013’s “The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)”, Wilson said: “My stuff isn’t super-hard to play, but it isn’t easy. It’s somewhere in the middle. You need chops to be in my band, but the one thing I can’t stand is shredding. I cannot abide and it has nothing to do with music and everything to do with sport. And music is not sport. It never should be. Being able to play fast has got nothing to do with my music at all. “One of the struggles with [‘The Raven That Refused To Sing’ guitarist] Guthrie [Govan] was trying to get him to stop playing fast… because when he plays slowly, as everyone knows, he is sublime. But his natural setting is to play quite fast and shred. I had this kind of battle with him where I’d try to pull him back and say, ‘Play slower, play less notes…’ which he did absolutely beautifully when he did. “That’s the number one prerogative for me: every musician has to come in understanding the importance of playing slow, playing nothing, playing with space and feeling. They sound like really obvious things, but you’d be amazed at how many people and kids out there haven’t learned that lesson. Be creative, play with space [and] understand the importance of silence.” Wilson‘s latest studio album, “The Future Bites”, was released last year via Caroline International. The follow-up to 2017’s “To The Bone” was described in a press release as “an exploration of how the human brain has evolved in the Internet era.” The effort was recorded in London and co-produced by David Kosten and Steven Wilson. Eddie died in October at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Van Halen No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

For more, go to: Blabbermouth.net (Source)

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi pays tribute to his “great friend” Eddie Van Halen For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)

  Cousin Betty is the brainchild of Australia’s Damien Stofka a guitarist/songwriter, who has created riffs and written songs for Molten Universe, Death Mattel, LITTER and various other projects for the last 15 years. Cousin Betty today release their 2nd single, Tape Hiss, via […] For more, go to: TheRockpit.net (Source)

This Thursday, February 4th, at 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern, Todd “Dammit” Kerns (Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, Toque, The Age Of Electric) talks to guitarist Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot, Hookers & Blow) on YouTube. “We played together in Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed’s Hookers & Blow when I filled…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)