The guys in Y&T have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $26,000 for a documentary about the band's career. (More than $10,000 has been pledged so far!) The film will be narrated by rock radio DJ and That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk. Check out the video below by Y&T's Dave Meniketti and read more on the project:
This documentary will tell the great story that is Y&T by the guys who lived it. From the days of rehearsing in the front room at Leonard's grandmother's house in Oakland, California, to the present day celebrating over 40 years, you'll hear about: the early days, the crazy stories of recording the first two Yesterday & Today albums, meeting Bill Graham and opening for Journey, Boston and Queen, the band's big breaks recording and touring overseas, being on the road with AC/DC, Ozzy and Dio, the short-lived breakup in the early '90s, the reformation 3 years later, a tribute to Phil, and much more.
Tom Petty has released a statement on his website about the recent settlement that saw him awarded songwriting royalties for Sam Smith's 2014 song "Stay With Me" when it was determined the track had a distinct resemblance to the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' 1989 classic "I Won't Back Down".
"About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam's people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all."
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler was arrested January 27 following an altercation at the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California.
The 65-year-old musician (full name Terence Michael Butler) was charged with misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism and has since been released "after detox and citation," the Inyo County Sherrif's Department said in a press release.
Way to go, Geezer! Usually it's the crazy, young rockers that get into bar fights!
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell continues his recovery after undergoing stem-cell treatment in his continuing battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
During an interview with "That Metal Show" host Eddie Trunk, Viv said:
"I seem to be in a good spot at the moment. You can never be too certain with these things, 'cause they can come creeping back. But after three rounds of chemo over the last two years, I did a stem-cell transplant in October. And the first [post-transplant] PET scan that I did on New Year's Eve came back really, really good — there's no sign of the tumors — so I'm hopeful that we're on the right path."
In addition to a new Def Leppard studio album (due in May), Campbell has also finished recording an album with his side project Last In Line, featuring the original Ronnie James Dio band (Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, Claude Schnell and new vocalist Andrew Freeman.)
Sweet & Lynch is a new supergroup / side project featuring Michael Sweet of Stryper and George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame. The band is rounded out by James Lomenzo (ex-White Lion) on bass and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake) on drums.
Michael Sweet has been pre-promoting this project for the better part of a year, sharing short audio clips and two promo videos online before the album Only To Rise finally dropped this week. (On sale for $11.99 at Best Buy!) The press release for the album has Sweet explain the sound of the band:
"It's an incredible combination of classic 70's and 80's. You will hear some flavors of Journey, Bad Company, Dokken, Van Halen and Stryper. James and Brian are amazing musicians. They tore it up. The drums and bass are just as impressive as the guitars. The musicianship level is top notch."
Make no mistake, Michael and George are the stars of the show here. At first listen, this album really is the perfect mash up of Stryper and Dokken. Sweet's signature tenor and upper register vocal melodies are all over this album. But Lynch takes a back seat to nobody and he definitely gets his licks in on this CD. Michael Sweet's production is crisp and there are heavy riffs, chorus vocal harmonies and killer guitar solos at every turn. Lynch doesn't over-play here, he tastefully delivers what the songs are asking for.
Sweet and Lynch wrote all the tunes on this release, but the songs themselves don't sounds like Stryper compositions. Opening track "The Wish" is a great example where lyrics like "Girl I want to love you just like Hollywood" would never appear on a Stryper album.
"Dying Rose" keeps the pace fast before the tempo dips down a bit during "Love Stays". "Time Will Tell" is the only song on the album that sounds just like a Stryper track – all the way down to the chorus harmonies that are identical to Stryper's "Blackened" from 2013.
Most of the album rocks hard, but "Me Without You" was the pleasant left turn I was hoping for. With a softer melodic approach, it's easily a standout track on the CD.
Two of the final songs "Strength In Numbers" and "Hero-Zero" are the weakest tracks on the album IMO. And the ending of "Only To Rise" confused me because I'd never heard an album fade out on a drum fill. I was waiting for a big power chord / cymbal crash combo to end the song, but then the CD was over!
Check out "Dying Rose" below to get a taste of what Sweet & Lynch have recorded for Only To Rise. It would have been nice to see Lomenzo and Tichy featured in the video to give it more of a "band" feel. Minor gripes aside, this is a solid release and well worth checking out if you're a melodic hard rock fan. Michael Sweet is in fine voice here and George Lynch fans will love hearing his signature Mr. Scary guitar solos.
ONLY TO RISE TRACK LISTING:
Time Will Tell
Me Without You
Strength In Numbers
Only To Rise
Faith No More have announced a series of North American tour dates, in advance of their forthcoming comeback album. No Denver date yet, but hopefully that will be rectified in the near future.
The as-yet-untitled CD is due this May. FNM founder and bass player, Bill Gould, is overseeing production.
"Here we go," said Gould. "First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven't played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way."
FAITH NO MORE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
April 15 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Forum
April 16 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater
April 17 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
April 19 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
April 20 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
April 23 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
April 24 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
April 25 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
May 07 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
May 08 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
May 09 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
May 13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
May 14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
May 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Super Sunday is almost here and now you can take a sneak peek at Bud Light's Super Bowl commercial. During the spot, a giant coin slot opens up to reveal a life-sized version of the Pac-Man video game.
When Sam Smith released his 2014 track "Stay With Me," many listeners noticed the distinct resemblance to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' 1989 classic "I Won't Back Down". Petty's lawyers also took notice, and the UK crooner has since agreed to pay songwriting royalties.
According to The Sun, Smith and Petty settled out of court back in October, but details only emerged just this weekend. The settlement reportedly included a 12.5% writing credit to both Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne of ELO. The song's credit on ASCAP — American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers — now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the chief songwriters.
A rep for Smith "acknowledges" the similarities between "Stay With Me" and "I Won't Back Down". However, the rep contends that it's all a "complete coincidence."