The New Hagar Album
Sammy Hagar will celebrate his 67th birthday on Oct. 13 with the release of 'Lite Roast,' an album of new acoustic versions of songs he's recorded throughout his career. Which songs, you ask? Sammy's just given us the answer, and we're passing along the track listing right here.
Hagar had already given fans a taste of one track, 'Halfway to Memphis,' a song that - like the rest of 'Lite Roast' - finds him working in a bare-bones setting with longtime Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson. As he described the sessions, "It was just me and Vic live in the studio with no overdubs. Just two guitars, sometimes one guitar, sometimes just one voice, sometimes two voices."
According to the credits listed at Hagar's website, that's pretty close to the truth - aside from a pair of cameo appearances from accordion player Andre Thierry, who pops up on 'Memphis' and the new version of 'Red Voodoo,' this is strictly a two-person affair.
Although 'Lite Roast' won't arrive until Oct. 13, fans can pre-order now via Amazon and iTunes or iTunes Canada; iTunes customers will receive "an instant gratification download of 'Dreams' and 'Halfway to Memphis.'" Check out the complete track listing below.
Sammy Hagar 'Lite Roast' Track Listing
'Finish What Ya Started'
'Deeper Kinda Love'
'Who Has the Right?'
'Halfway to Memphis'
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Gene Simmons Sticks by 'Rock Is Dead' Statement
You didn't expect Gene Simmons to back down from his recent proclamation that rock is dead, did you? The Kiss co-founder made headlines when he used an Esquire interview (conducted by his son Nick) to talk about his belief that rock was "murdered" at the dawn of the file-sharing era, destroying the music industry and clearing the way for a time in which "nobody will pay you for the 10,000 hours you put in to create what you created. I can only imagine the frustration of all that work, and having no one value it enough to pay you for it."
Simmons' argument was rebutted by some of his peers, including the Foo Fighters and Dee Snider, but he stuck to his guns when asked about it during a recent appearance on 'Kansas City Live,' insisting, "Rock 'n' roll is dead. I'm gonna ask you a question, and you decide, OK? From 1958 until 1988, it's 30 years, name hundreds and hundreds of classic rock acts. OK, I've got Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin … on and on and on. Even Motown … Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson. From 1988 until today, just give me five. You can't. Iconic? No. Nobody. How about that?"
And once again, Simmons pointed the finger at technology, saying, "I don't think it's the economics. I think it really comes down to when technology outpaces the laws of the land, it's the Wild West; people just go and grab territory and don't pay for it. It devalues new bands. It doesn't affect me - I make a living - but it's sad, because the next Beatles or the next Kiss, it does not have a chance."
And as for those who've publicly disagreed with his stance? Simmons doesn't bear a grudge, and he doesn't intend to stop offering his opinion. "It's called America. You're allowed to say stupid things. You're allowed to voice your opinion," he shrugged. "And I'm not better or worse than anybody else."
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Neil Young to Publish New Car-Focused Memoir, 'Special Deluxe'
On Oct. 14, Neil Young will follow up his 2012 autobiography, 'Waging Heavy Peace,' with a second volume that looks back on his life and career against the backdrop of his long obsession with cars.
Titled 'Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars,' the new book has been described by Booklist as "quite literally an auto-biography," and adds another 384 pages to the mountains of prose that have been written by and about Young.
Promising "extraordinary reminiscences about his Canadian boyhood, his musical influences, his family, the rock 'n' roll life and one of his deepest, most ebullient passions: cars," Young's publisher, Blue Rider Press, writes that "Through the framework of the many vehicles he's collected and driven, Young explores his love for the well-crafted vintage automobile, and examines his newfound awareness of his hobby's negative environmental impact. With his ferocious devotion to clean energy, he recounts the saga of Lincvolt, his specially modified electric car, and his efforts to demonstrate to lawmakers and consumers how viable non-gas-guzzling vehicles truly can be."
'Special Deluxe' arrives during a period of particularly intense output for the ever-prolific Young: his new album, the orchestral project 'Storytone,' is due in November, shortly after he stages his annual Bridge School benefit concerts on Oct. 25-26. The book, which is now available for pre-order, and offers fans "an unforgettable amalgam of memories, artwork, and political ponderings from one of the most genuine and enigmatic artists of our time."
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AC/DC's Former Manager Publishes 'Insider Account' of Band's Early Years
AC/DC's first manager, Michael Browning, has published his own account of his efforts to bring the band to stardom during its early years. Titled 'Dog Eat Dog: A Story of Survival, Struggle and Triumph by the Man Who Put AC/DC on the World Stage,' Browning's book traces his involvement with the future superstars from their first meeting in 1974 - when they were just one more struggling band and he was managing Melbourne's Hard Rock Cafe - to their parting of the ways five years later. In between, Browning's publisher promises "the only insider account of those amazing years by the man who helped guide AC/DC to the top."
"Michael Browning first spotted AC/DC in September 1974. They were raw and rough, and much of the crowd, Michael included, was bewildered by the flashy guitarist dressed as a school kid," continues the book's description. "But Michael knew they had something - a blistering sound, killer songs and a wildly charismatic stage presence. Within a week he'd signed them to a management contract and duly embarked on a shared journey that within five years would take them to international prominence."
'Dog Eat Dog,' which is available to order now, arrives on the heels of author Jesse Fink's 'The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC'; both books are part of a bumper crop of band-related product in 2014, led by the group's upcoming 'Rock or Bust' album and subsequent world tour.
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Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day? We're here to help with some lesser-known facts about everybody's favorite space-rock band - Pink Floyd. Of course, when an album like 'The Dark Side of the Moon' stays on the charts for a million years - yep, we checked that figure - it's easy to assume you know everything there is to know about Floyd. But there's always been more to this group than that one bestselling moment, as you'll no doubt learn from our 'You Think You Know Pink Floyd?' video, which you can watch above.
For instance, there's the story of Pink Floyd's first guitarist. No, it wasn't David Gilmour. And it wasn't Syd Barrett, either. In fact, it could have been Roger Waters. But that's not the way it worked out.
We also share more about Pink Floyd's unique approach in the studio - some of which is revealed to be as serious as you might expect, while some of it is absolutely hilarious. There's the famous rocker's pet who made an appearance on one song, and the guest singer who was instructed to "think about death" on another. Also, a backward-masked message that was anything but evil.
In fact, this video is loaded with items to help you fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way. Enjoy!
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