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THE DEAD DAISIES To Release 'Unspoken' Single Next Week
THE DEAD DAISIES — the hard rock "collective" founded by Australian musician and businessman David Lowy — will release a new single, "Unspoken", on April 17. The song is taken from the band's fifth album, "Holy Ground", which is due later in the year via Spinefarm Records — the home of hard rock and metal within the Universal Music Group. "Holy Ground" was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in the south of France with producer Ben Grosse. The follow-up to 2018's "Burn It Down", will be the band's first to feature Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), who joined the group last year as its new bassist and vocalist, replacing John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE) and Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY). "Unspoken" was written during THE DEAD DAISIES' first studio session last summer. Glenn recalls: "I wrote the chorus while driving into Hollywood. I pulled over, turned on my iPhone and recorded the chorus. I transported myself back to 1972 just for a moment. The intro is the theme of the song. It's bombastic, primeval and haunting. This song is about letting go, getting past the fear, and to breathe again." Last August, THE DEAD DAISIES released "Righteous Days", the band's first song to feature Hughes. In an interview with "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" at this past January's NAMM convention in Anaheim, California, Hughes spoke about how he came to be involved with THE DEAD DAISIES. He said: "They wanted someone in, and they were asking me about a year ago if I would be interested in doing this. And I've been doing the 'Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple' [shows] for a couple of years, and I thought it would be appropriate for me to take a break from that and do something other than [that]. And I got together with the guys and we had a play. I've known Doug [Aldrich, THE DEAD DAISIES guitarist] a long time, as you know. And it just fell together beautifully. It's a beautiful piece of music. I can't wait for people to hear it." Asked what the new DEAD DAISIES material sounds like, Glenn said: "It's classic rock and it's a groovy album. It's got a lot of melodies to it. It's what you can imagine with me joining them — what could have happened and what has happened. It's a very interesting piece of music." According to Glenn, "the ability to be in a wonderful place in the south of France" to make the new DEAD DAISIES album made for "a wonderful atmosphere. Spooky and haunted, but I've been in a lot of those places," he explained. "It was a great moment to make this record with those guys in that genre of a castle — château, if you will. I don't know if you've seen any footage of it. It's grand and glorious. … "When you get a band together, especially with me coming in as the 'new guy,' and then you actually live together — you have breakfast, lunch and dinner — and you're in the same place," he continued. "And you wake up, and it's work, work, work. And I thought it was a great process to be, for six weeks, doing that, to make it really jell. And it worked wonderful." Hughes went on to praise Lowy, saying that collaborating with THE DEAD DAISIES leader — who is also the son of billionaire Frank Lowy, the founder of one of the biggest retail groups in the world, Westfield — was a "wonderful" experience. "He's a studious guitar player," Glenn said. "He works his socks off. With Doug playing lead, David plays rhythm, it's a good combination with me playing the way I play. "Listen, I love Marco Mendoza — a dear friend of mine — and I love John Corabi, but they left the band," Glenn said. "And here I am. But people need to know that they're my friends and I love them dearly. And they are still part of THE DEAD DAISIES family, and that's the way it is. The love factor is very high with all of us." According to Wikipedia, since the band's formation in 2012, THE DEAD DAISIES has featured two dozen different members (including "session" players and "temporary substitutes"), including drummer Brian Tichy (FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE), GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus and GN'R keyboardist Dizzy Reed. The group has toured with the likes of AEROSMITH, KISS and BLACK STAR RIDERS. THE DEAD DAISIES are: * Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) - Lead Vocals/Bass Guitar * Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO) - Guitar * David Lowy (MINK, RED PHOENIX) - Guitar * Deen Castronovo (JOURNEY, BAD ENGLISH, HARDLINE) - Drums
GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA 'Wouldn't Be Surprised' If He Already Contracted COVID-19 And Got Over It
On Wednesday, April 8, GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna took part in a Facebook Live chat with iHeartRadio. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below. Asked how he is coping with quarantine life during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Erna said: "I've gotta tell you, man, honestly, I have not, since day one, with this thing been one of the people that are flipping out about this. At the same time, I'm following the rules, I'm being responsible, because I know there's other people that are way more in jeopardy than I am. "I actually wouldn't even be surprised — I'll tell you a quick story — if I already got COVID and got over it, because right in the middle to late part of February, I went to L.A. with my daughter, a couple of her friends and my girlfriend, which we do every year for her February vacation," he continued. "And two days after I got off the plane, I got this really weird flu. And I remember it feeling foreign. It was, like, 'Ah, is this the flu or is it allergies?' It was the body chills, the body aches, it went into my chest — it was really feeling like it was getting my chest infected. I was coughing, coughing, coughing — dry cough. Like, every symptom that they say you get. I just didn't get the shortness-of-breath thing, but I'm assuming since I'm a runner and I sing a lot, I probably have a much bigger lung capacity than a lot of people. And then I'm thinking, well, maybe I didn't get it, 'cause no one else got sick. But I had to take Azithromycin [also known as Z-Pak]. This was before it was a thing, or being called the thing, so there was no test yet or whatever, so I really couldn't test. But my doctor was just, like, 'Hey, don't forget, you have a Z-Pak in your bathroom bag,' 'cause I keep one on me when I go on tour, just in case. So I took it, and it knocked out the chest respiratory stuff. But then I coughed for, like, a while — for days and days — and it probably took about 14 days to get rid of it. So I'm just wondering if I got this thing already and I'm immune to it now, which I'm hoping. "So, even with that — not knowing or knowing if I had it or I didn't have it; I'm not sure — but it was a really foreign, weird-feeling flu. And so it makes me think, with all the symptoms, that maybe I caught an early dose of it." Erna, who lives in New Hampshire, says that he has been obeying Gov. Chris Sununu's "stay-at-home" emergency order which went into effect late last month. "My GODSMACK headquarters is about three or four miles up the street from my house, which also has a gym built into it," he said. "So I just go there. And I have a very small group of people around me at all times, but all those people are super responsible. They don't go anywhere, they're not in groups, they're not going to stores and hanging out with people. Either we're working, to do things like this, or in the gym working out and then back home. So I'm not going crazy because I'm isolated so much. I get out, I go for a run, I take a drive, I go to my studio, I work on some music, work in the gym and come back home, and that's about it. But at least I have human contact." According to Sully, there are reasons to be optimistic about the economic turnaround once the crisis has passed. "It's gonna take us a minute to get back," he said. "For sure, people are nervous, they are scared, they are fearful, they are trying to figure out how they're gonna keep their savings replenished or keep their houses or what's gonna happen with their jobs. But I will just say that it's all gonna work itself out. It's just gonna take a little time, because this thing did some real damage. But this isn't the end of the world; it's not Armageddon. If anything, people know that we're resilient and humans in general are resilient." He continued: "I just wanna kind of inspire people by sending out good, positive messages like this video and like these other things that we have — our families and our friends — and people that we always complain about, 'Oh, I never have enough time with my kids. I never have time to see my friends anymore. I'm so busy. I work, I work, I work.' Well, God just gave you a gift, man. So, sit home and enjoy it, 'cause it's not gonna last forever and we will get back to our normal routine and things are gonna heal, including the economy. I just want people to stay positive about this, 'cause we are the only ones that can control what's gonna happen from this point forward. They will eradicate this virus — they will get rid of that part — but how we handle it and how we conduct ourselves from that point forward is gonna dictate how normal we become again. So just hang in there, man, and be responsible, but know that this is just a moment." On Wednesday, GODSMACK released the video for the song "Unforgettable", the latest single from 2018's "When Legends Rise". The band invited 400 music students to join them for the shoot, which took place at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. "Unforgettable" comes on the heels of last year's career first for GODSMACK as they scored three No. 1 singles from "When Legends Rise", including "Under Your Scars", "Bulletproof" and the title track.
GUNS N' ROSES Bassist DUFF MCKAGAN: 'It's Really F**king Important To Stay At Home'
GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan spoke to Riki Rachtman Radio's "The Triple R" podcast about how he and his family are coping with quarantine life during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. He said: "We're looking at it very serious. I have two kids and a wife. We live in Seattle, so that was the first hotspot [in the U.S.]. We were down here [in L.A.] as a family. I was rehearsing with GUNS, ready to go out and do a South American tour, into Europe, into America. So, as the virus hit, we stayed in place in L.A. Mae [Duff's daughter] had come home from college, from New York, on March 11th, and that's kind of the day and days that things started really getting serious." Duff went on to say that some people seem unable to grasp the profound gravity of what could lie ahead of us if we don't take aggressive action immediately. "It's an exponential thing, and people who maybe invest money and know compounding of interest — if you get eight percent on your money compared to seven percent on your money, how much more money you can have over 20 years? This is compounding," he explained. "This is an exponential thing that happens when people don't stay home. I'm not blaming it on all the people that aren't staying home, but it's really fucking important to stay at home. Don't go out. Because it's not just you — we're not just talking about you. We're talking about two other people you're gonna infect, and then the four other people they're gonna infect into eight, and that happens [really quickly], that it can grow into 32 people you can infect." McKagan also talked about the pain facing the U.S. economy as the coronavirus pandemic makes its swift pivot from public health crisis to financial catastrophe. "I don't know what the outcome of this is gonna be in jobs," he said. "My most important thing right now is keeping the people that work for me employed. We have eighty-plus people on our crew that we're terrified about right now. We have to figure out what we're gonna do and keep them from losing their house or something like that. The only thing I can do is keep the people that work for me employed. I'm able to do that. I think it's a responsibility. I think it's patriotic — whether they're working or not." He continued: "We have truck drivers. And we have hotels that we've booked, we have all the people that work in those hotels, the people who are working in parking lots and concessions, and everybody works for us, which is a big traveling group. We have riggers and carpenters and lighting people. And then, of course, the backline, people at the monitor, the sound people. And it adds up. Every time we go into a city, people come from outside the city and get their hotels to come stay and see us play and buy food at restaurants and all that kind of stuff. So we bring small economies to these cities we go to, and everybody's gonna feel it, of course. "So, yeah, we feel a responsibility to get back out there," he added. "Of course, we can't until it's safe. So we sit here. We talk about it. We try to keep abreast of everything that's going on daily." After leaving (and before eventually rejoining) GUNS N' ROSES in the 1990s, McKagan went to business school, founded a wealth management firm for rock stars, and took up journalism. McKagan wrote a column for the Seattle Weekly and covered financial matters and sports for Playboy.com and ESPN.com, respectively. In 2011, McKagan released an autobiography, "It's So Easy (And Other Lies)", and four years later his latest book, "How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)", which the musician himself described as "half rock 'n' roll memoir, half guide to life." Duff's latest solo album, "Tenderness", was released last year via UMe. The LP was produced by and features recent Grammy winner Shooter Jennings.
LAMB OF GOD's RANDY BLYTHE On Coping With Quarantine Life: 'This Is Not The Zombie Apocalypse'
LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe recently spoke to Bloody Disgusting about how he is coping with quarantine life during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. He said: "In general, for me, it's a matter of realizing that this is not the zombie apocalypse; however cool that would be for a film, it's just not. "For someone who is not struggling with clinical depression or anxiety, it is not that big of a deal to sit on your couch for two weeks, a month, or whatever," he continued. "I think about my grandma who grew up in the [Great] Depression and went to World War II. I talk to her on the phone some and she has told me many tales. [During the Great Depression], people didn't have enough food, and not because the grocery stores were running out and people were hoarding, people didn't have enough food because there just wasn't enough food — period. During World War II, there was rationing for everything. But during those times, people came together for the greater good, and I think that's what we have to do more than anything else. We need to embrace this idea of postponing regular life for a bit and think about the greater good. "I think the seriousness of this is going to be made apparent very soon and people will start taking it very seriously, because they'll have no choice to," he added. "Staying out of the catastrophizing monkey mind is a good way to deal with this. Of course, wash your hands, practice social distancing and think about the difference between what you want and what you need realistically. I want to go surfing, worse than anything, but all the beaches are closed. I don't need to go down, sneak around the beach and possibly be exposed to this thing, or if I'm carrying it, give it to someone else … It's time to be really proactive and take this thing seriously." LAMB OF GOD will release its new, self-titled album on May 8 via Epic Records in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Records in Europe. The follow-up to 2015's "VII: Sturm Und Drang" marks LAMB OF GOD's first recordings with Art Cruz, who joined the band last year as the replacement for the group's founding drummer, Chris Adler. Cruz filled in for Adler on several LAMB OF GOD tours in the past couple of years before being named Chris's official replacement last July. When Adler's absence from LAMB OF GOD's summer 2018 tour was first announced, he released a statement saying that he had been undergoing physical and occupational therapy for injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident in late 2017. Cruz made his live debut with LAMB OF GOD in July 2018 in Gilford, New Hampshire.
MEGADETH's New Album Is Ready To Be Recorded
On Wednesday, April 8, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson talked to Canada's The Metal Voice about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album. He said (see video below): "We've been working on it, and it's written, and it's ready to be recorded. In fact, we were gonna start recording it toward the end of March. But, of course, all of this happened. We ended up having to cancel out of the Hell & Heaven Fest in Mexico City, which I think was March 15th. And right after that, we were gonna go to Nashville and get started cutting tracks, but with everything shutting down like this, we obviously have to put health matters for us… And it isn't just the four of us — you go in the studio, and now you've got a whole staff of people in studios and carting services and all kinds of other services that go along with making records. Everybody's locked down right now. So once the lockdown lifts and it's safe to go back to — I hate to say 'normal life,' but it's safe to basically engage in that again, we will absolutely be ready to rock." Speaking about the musical direction of the new MEGADETH material, Ellefson said: "I think it's a great record. It's very heavy. There's a lot of really fast thrashing stuff. And a lot of it is that the vibe is — it feels very cohesive between the four of us. We worked on a lot of it together, the four of us. Everybody works at home, and we'd throw some ideas into a folder and we'd kind of start working on that. But we spent a lot of time last summer — before we had to shut down for Dave's [Mustaine, guitar/vocals] throat cancer treatments — we spent a couple of months together working on it. And that was great, because that adds a whole different angle, a different skew, if you will, to the flavor of the record. That's how we used to make all the early albums — we'd all live together in Los Angeles and we'd rehearse five, six days a week and then we'd be in the studio together working on it. And over the years, people live in different locations, and, of course, we have a lot of availability of digital technology, so we can kind of send things around to keep collaborating even in downtime like this. But I think there's a real feeling on this record that we want this to be a band record. We don't want this to be something where we just come in and sort of plug into the computer and record our parts and go home. And the recording process is what it is, but I think for the writing and this pre-production phase that we've been in, we have really put the time in as a band, and I think it's gonna really show on the album." Asked which previous MEGADETH album the new songs are musically closest to, Ellefson said: "I think every MEGADETH [album] now is a culmination of all of the records. 'Cause you can't help but not be influenced a little bit by your own past. I mean, we've got everything from that real raw, thrashy stuff from 'Killing Is My Business' and 'Peace Sells'; we've got the more refined moments of 'Youthanasia' and 'Cryptic Writings'; so there's all that stuff together. So I think the album's gonna have a little bit of everything, and I think that's good news for a MEGADETH fan, because not everybody is a thrasher, and the thrashers don't just wanna hear ballads. [Laughs] I think when it's done — and it's a little early to say, 'cause it's not finished recording yet — but I think when it's done, just from the material we have right now, I think everybody's gonna be really happy with it." Last December, Mustaine spoke to Rolling Stone about the sound of the new MEGADETH songs. He said "The Dogs Of Chernobyl" has a feel similar to 2016's "Dystopia" album, while he said "Faster Than Anything Else" and "Rattlehead, Part Two" — both of which only have working titles at this point — speak for themselves. According to Mustaine, Ellefson contributed a ballad at the frontman's urging that will feature the bassist's lead vocals for the first time. "I said to him, 'What was the biggest song that KISS ever had?'" Mustaine said. "He goes, 'Beth'. I said, 'Yeah, we should write a song like 'Beth', where it's a ballad and it’s just you singing it. I think you should write a song about what it's like being in MEGADETH with me, because I read all your lyrics, and I know that your lyrics are aimed at me. You're upset. So why don't you write about it?'" He added: "I'm going to try to work on it now for this record, and if it doesn't get on this record, I'm going to try to work on it on the next record. Because it was actually really cool to see Ellefson writing something and hear him singing." The early sessions for MEGADETH's 16th studio album took place last year in Franklin, Tennessee with co-producer Chris Rakestraw, who previously worked on "Dystopia". MEGADETH's next LP will be the first to feature drummer Dirk Verbeuren (ex-SOILWORK), who joined the band almost four years ago. Guitarist Kiko Loureiro made his recording debut with MEGADETH on "Dystopia", whose title track was honored in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 2017 Grammy Awards. MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD are scheduled to embark on a 55-date tour this summer.