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A new trailer for “Lemmy“, the long-awaited documentary examining the life and career of MOTÖRHEAD frontman and rock icon Lemmy Kilmister, can be viewed below.
“Lemmy” directors/producers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski spent three years following Kilmister around the globe — from his Hollywood home to the hockey arenas of Russia.
“Lemmy” features appearances by such high-profile Kilmister friends/peers as METALLICA, Dave Grohl, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Billy Bob Thornton and pro wrestler Triple H.
Hailed as a godfather of heavy metal, 64-year-old Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister has established himself as the living embodiment of rock and roll over the past four decades. After stints with popular Mersey beat band THE ROCKIN’ VICKERS and influential psychedelic rockers HAWKWIND, and even a brief time spent as a member of Jimi Hendrix‘s road crew, Lemmy formed MOTÖRHEAD in 1975.
Going on to record such influential metal classics as “Overkill“, “Ace of Spades” and “Bomber“, the Grammy Award-winning MOTÖRHEAD and Kilmister‘s fusion of punk and metal registered a major influence on such bands as METALLICA, GUNS N’ ROSES and NIRVANA.
2010 marks the 35th anniversary of the birth of MOTÖRHEAD, which features Kilmister, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee.
For more MOTORHEAD click here.
Two classic DIO tracks — “Holy Diver” and “Stand Up And Shout” — will be made available on September 14 in the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Wii.
With more than 400 artists, including JIMI HENDRIX, THE WHO, AC/DC and GREEN DAY, who are exclusive to Rock Band, as well as more than 1,100 songs available through the Rock Band platform and 65 million songs sold through its download store alone, Rock Band is the undisputed sales and content leader in the interactive music space, providing the deepest and best selection of artists, songs and albums. Rock Band DLC additions for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii.
For more information on the tracks click here.
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS’ ‘Damn The Torpedoes’ CLASSIC ALBUMS: Released On DVD – August 3, 2010
Eagle Rock Entertainment’s critically acclaimed Classic Albums series has recounted the back-stories of some of popular music’s most enduring and beloved albums. On August 3, the next installment, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: Damn The Torpedoes, will be simultaneously released on DVD and Blu-ray. The documentary will also be broadcast on VH1 Classic.
Unweaving the creative process behind this all-American rock ‘n’ roll gem, this 56-minute documentary presents newly filmed interviews from Heartbreakers Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, and Ron Blair, as well as co-producer Jimmy Iovine and engineer Shelly Yakus. Completing this package is 42 minutes of bonus features not included in the upcoming VH1 Classic broadcast, as well as in-depth multi-track tape analysis, and new and archival performances.
It takes a concoction of memorable hooks, artistic energy, and a lasting impression to create a work worthy of the label “classic album.” Damn The Torpedoes, featuring the hits “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Refugee,” “Here Comes My Girl,” and “Even The Losers,” still has that fresh, dynamic sound that skyrocketed it to #2 on the U.S. charts and into the hearts of audiences worldwide.
Rolling Stone magazine in their review in the December 13, 1979 issue, said that Damn The Torpedoes was “the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ album we have all been waiting for.” In their September 16, 2004 issue they declared it one of “the greatest albums ever made”
Now more than 30 years after its release and the emergence of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers as a major musical force, Damn The Torpedoes is a worthy addition to the Classic Albums library.
Previously delving into definitive works by Elvis Presley, The Doors, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Meat Loaf, Phil Collins, U2, Bob Marley, and most recently Black Sabbath, Classic Albums has peeled away the layers, via comprehensive interviews, studio recreations, and vintage footage, to reveal the stories behind the music.
Carlos Santana was initially intimidated by mentor Clive Davis‘ pitch for his next album — another “Supernatural“-style all-star collaboration, but this time on a collection of iconic rock songs by the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and others.
“I was like, ‘No, I don’t know if I want to do this one, Clive. This one’s a little challenging,‘” the guitarist and bandleader told Billboard.com.
“And he would stay on the phone for at least 45 minutes to an hour, three times in one year, and I was like, ‘Oh, lord…’ But then I started realizing that someone with that intense passion of commitment couldn’t be wrong, so I had to trust him. And it was incredible.”
The album — Santana‘s first since “All That I Am” in 2005 — is due out in September and is not yet titled. The track list is being finalized as well, but during sessions Santana reunited with “Smooth” partner Rob Thomas on Cream‘s “Sunshine of Your Love” and worked with Joe Cocker on Jimi Hendrix‘s “Little Wing,” Scott Weiland on the Rolling Stones‘ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” Chris Daughtry on Def Leppard‘s “Photograph,” Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell on Led Zeppelin‘s “Whole Lotta Love,” Papa Roach‘s Jacoby Shaddix on Deep Purple‘s “Smoke on the Water” and rapper Nas, who lays down rhymes on AC/DC’s “Back in Black.”
Santana chose half of the songs while Davis, Sony Music‘s chief creative officer, picked the other half. Davis, who originally signed Santana in the 1960s, masterminded his 1999 comeback “Supernatural,” a worldwide smash that also garnered nine Grammys.
“What I brought to the table is my heart, knowing that I complement, I don’t compete,” Santana said of the recording sessions. “I brought my heart, trusting that there’s enough in me of purity and innocence and genuineness that I couldn’t possible, excuse the expression, fuck it up. I know Eric (Clapton). I know Jeff Beck. I know Jimmy Page. And they know me. I have supreme certainty and confidence that they’re going to say, ‘Hey man, I love what you did with my song.”
While he considers every song “incredible,” Santana said his very favorite is the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which he recorded with India Arie and cellist Yo Yo Ma.
“I sent the song to George Harrison‘s widow, Olivia, and I got back an email that says, ‘Carlos, I listened to the song and I started crying and jumping with joy at the same time. And I want you to know that George really loved you, because he understood your passion for compassion.’ And I was like, ‘Bam!’ that’s like George Harrison himself, through his beautiful wife, validating my existence and what I did with that song.”
Santana plans to preview some of the covers during his upcoming summer tour with Steve Winwood, which gets under way June 30 in Saint Paul, Minn. He also plans to have Winwood “join my band” for collaborations he hopes are “totally different” than what fans might expect.
“I would prefer not to do Steve Winwood or Santana songs with him,” Santana explained. “I would like to go to the Bob Marley repertoire or Marvin Gaye or African music by King Sunny Ade or really, really obscure other-side-of-the-tracks. So I’m crossing my fingers.”
After the summer tour with Winwood, Santana is returning to Las Vegas in August for his second residency at the Hard Rock Hotel. Santana is touring Europe in September and October, including a stop at London’s O2 Arena.
Santana has another album ready to go as well, an all-instrumental set called “Shape Shifter,” which he recorded with his band and he plans to release after the next album has run its course.
Current SANTANA dates:
5/25/2010 Tuesday Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon
5/28/2010 Friday Le festival MAWAZINE Rythmes du nde, Rabat, Morocco
6/30/2010 Wednesday Xcel Energy Center, St Paul, MN Steve Winwood
7/1/2010 Thursday Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI Steve Winwood
7/3/2010 Saturday Saturday in the Park Festival, Sioux City, IA Steve Winwood Free Festival
7/4/2010 Sunday Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO Steve Winwood
7/6/2010 Tuesday Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH Steve Winwood
7/7/2010 Wednesday Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Indianapolis, IN Steve Winwood
7/9/2010 Friday Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL Steve Winwood
7/10/2010 Saturday DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI Steve Winwood
7/11/2010 Sunday Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON Steve Winwood
7/13/2010 Tuesday Quebec City International Summer Festival, Quebec City, QC Steve Winwood
7/14/2010 Wednesday Lebreton Flats, Ottawa, ON Steve Winwood
7/15/2010 Thursday Bell Centre, Montreal, QC Steve Winwood
7/17/2010 Saturday Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY Steve Winwood
7/18/2010 Sunday Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY Steve Winwood
7/20/2010 Tuesday PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ Steve Winwood
7/21/2010 Wednesday Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT Steve Winwood
7/23/2010 Friday Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA Steve Winwood
7/24/2010 Saturday Trump Taj Mahal Casino/Hotel- Etess Arena, Atlantic City, NJ Steve Winwood
7/25/2010 Sunday Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA Steve Winwood
7/27/2010 Tuesday Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA Steve Winwood
7/28/2010 Wednesday Time Warner Cable Music Pavillion, Raleigh, North Carolina Steve Winwood
7/29/2010 Thursday Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA Steve Winwood
7/31/2010 Saturday 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL Steve Winwood
8/1/2010 Sunday Cruzan Amphitheater, West Palm Beach, FL Steve Winwood
8/25/2010 Wednesday The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
8/27/2010 Friday The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
8/28/2010 Saturday THe Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
8/29/2010 Sunday The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
9/1/2010 Wednesday The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
9/3/2010 Friday The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
9/4/2010 Saturday The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
9/5/2010 Sunday The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
9/29/2010 Wednesday O2, Dublin, Ireland
10/1/2010 Friday O2 Arena, London,UK
10/2/2010 Saturday MEN Arena, Manchester,UK
10/3/2010 Sunday Newcastle Arena, Newcastle,UK
10/5/2010 Tuesday Gleredome, Arnhem, NL
10/6/2010 Wednesday Sportpaleis, Antwerp, BE
10/7/2010 Thursday König-Pilsener-Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
10/9/2010 Saturday Hallenstadion, Zürich, Switzerland
10/10/2010 Sunday Zenith, Dijon, FR
10/12/2010 Tuesday Bercy, Paris, France
10/13/2010 Wednesday SAP-Arena , Mannheim, Germany
10/15/2010 Friday O2 Arena, Prague, CZ
10/16/2010 Saturday O2 World, Berlin, Germany
10/17/2010 Sunday Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
10/19/2010 Tuesday Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy
10/20/2010 Wednesday Rothaus Halle , Friedrichshafen, Germany
10/23/2010 Saturday O2 World, Hamburg, Germany
10/25/2010 Monday Arena Fyn, Odense, DK
10/27/2010 Wednesday The Globe, Stockholm, SE
10/29/2010 Friday Vestlandshallen, Bergen, Norway
10/30/2010 Saturday Vikingaskeppen, Hamar, Norway
For more information visit Santana‘s website here.
The first time I witnessed the phenomona that is Jonny Lang was 13 years ago at an outdoor amphitheatre in Hartford, CT. Jonny was a mere 16 years old, and already on his way to becoming the world’s next great guitar virtuoso. The year was 1997… now 5 albums, several tours, and a Grammy later, Jonny helps fill in the blanks of his life since then. Kid Jonny and I spoke about the Grammy’s, God, and a certain Idol he also worships.
AWAY-TEAM: First of all, congratulations on your new album ”Live at the Ryman” which came out on April 20th. Great album, I’ve been listening to it quite a bit.
JONNY LANG: Aw man, thank you.
AWAY-TEAM: I really enjoy it. I’ve been a fan of yours for a while. But, I know you’ve been wanting to do a live album for a good while…why the Ryman Auditorium? What made you choose that as the venue for your first ever live album?
JONNY LANG: Well there’s a few reasons. Probably the main one just being, we had a good show that night, um. And we had been recording most of our shows leading up to that, and that happened to be the one that, ya know turned out to be the best out of the ones that we had recorded, so. But also just the fact that it’s the Ryman, it’s a historic venue, and it was such a great place to play, ya know, so I’m glad it turned out to be that particular show just because of that, ya know.
AWAY-TEAM: So uh, one of the things people really enjoy about your work, aside from your voice, is watching you play guitar, and just kinda watching a craftsman at work. Is there any chance we may get an accompanying DVD of this performance sometime down the road?
JONNY LANG: You know, there was no video shot at that show, but we are looking to do a live DVD thing in the near future here so… I’m not sure exactly when that would come out, but yeah that’s in the works.
AWAY-TEAM: Cool. I’ll keep my eye out for that… Your current tour, it’s called “Live By Request”, has somewhat of a unique format. Tell me about that.
JONNY LANG: Well basically it’s just a um, we kinda had this idea that people could write in to the website, tell us which show they’re going to, and then request the songs they would like to hear for the night. Then we tally up the number of votes for whatever songs were requested and pick the top three or four or whatever, and then do those. Sometimes it ends up being some of the same songs we’ve been playing over the past few years, but sometimes people pick older songs, earlier back in the catalog and we’ll throw those in the set. So it’s just kind of a fun thing to switch it up a little, ya know.
AWAY-TEAM: Right. So you said that you kinda tally up the votes on that, so do you get to see all of the songs? Have you seen any really cool songs that anyone’s requested that may not particularly be your song, but you said “Wow, I’ve never really played that live before, it’d be pretty cool.”?
JONNY LANG: Yeah, I think people are just trying to be a little funny (laughs). They’ll put in a Lynyrd Skynyrd song like “Free Bird”…
JONNY LANG: But uh, you know nothing really that out of the ordinary or strange. No Steely Dan requests or anything like that, so. (laughs)
AWAY-TEAM: How about, I know you used to play a little Jimi Hendrix when you first started out. Any of that coming back at all?
JONNY LANG: Ya know, not really. Um, yeah we used to do “Spanish Castle Magic”. No, we haven’t done that in a while, but that’s a good idea, we might do that one.
AWAY-TEAM: Yeah, I actually remember you playing that. The first time I ever saw you play, was back in 1997, it was at what was then the Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford, CT. You were about 16 at the time, and opening up for Aerosmith, and I remember saying to myself “Man, this kid’s only 16, and not only is he opening up for one of the greatest rock bands in the world, he’s actually giving ‘em a run for their money”. I was just blown away by your performance. What was it like back then, when you found out your first big tour was gonna be with those guys? Were you intimidated? Excited?
JONNY LANG: Man, just excited. And ya know they didn’t really give us a reason to be intimidated, they were all just so nice to us. Yeah, they were just really great guys, and it was just fun. It was a blast.
AWAY-TEAM: Speaking of young talent, your younger sister Jessica (Jesse Langseth) was actually a semi-finalist on Season 8 of American Idol. Has she been coming to you for advice or help? Or is she more of a “If I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do it on my own” type of person?
JONNY LANG: You know, she’s really smart. And uh, she’s very street smart too, and socially very capable. So…she doesn’t need much help from big brother, but yeah we talk about stuff like that. But yeah she’s got her head screwed on pretty good, so.
AWAY-TEAM: Any chance we might see you working together in the future?
JONNY LANG: Oh yeah. There’s always a chance of that. Ya know, she’s um, she’s kinda I think taking a little bit of a break from the music thing at the moment. But, it’s her passion. It’s what she loves to do, so I’m sure she’ll be doing it for the rest of her life, on and off at least.
AWAY-TEAM: Hey, that’s great. She’s got the drive…..Now, back to tour mates, and collaborations. You’ve toured and collaborated with people from all genres of music. Ya know, from The Rolling Stones, to Buddy Guy, BB King, Sting, you’ve even played Crossroads with Eric Clapton. And actually most recently, you played on Cyndi Lauper’s new album. Is that correct?
JONNY LANG: Yeah. Yeah man, she made an incredible album. I haven’t heard the final, I guess, version of it, but. Yeah she recorded it in Memphis, and it’s basically, ya know older soul and blues tunes, and she recorded it old school, one take-no overdubs kind of thing. Man, she understands that music incredibly well, and is singing amazingly on it. So I’m really excited for that record. We’re actually doing some upcoming television shows for that record. (June 22nd and 24th, on The Howard Stern Show, and Regis and Kelly, respectively)
AWAY-TEAM: Yeah, I thought it was a really cool little twist for her music. That was pretty cool.
JONNY LANG: Yeah dude, she’s a deep, she’s a real deep person. A true artist, ya know.
AWAY-TEAM: Well if you could choose one person, from any genre, that you haven’t worked with, to do a collaboration with, who would it be?
JONNY LANG: Man… It’s a tie between James Taylor and Stevie Wonder I’d say. Those two, that would be just a dream come true.
AWAY-TEAM: Wow, that would make for a great project.
JONNY LANG: Yeah, they’re my favorites.
AWAY-TEAM: Now back in 2000, you tragically lost your bassist Doug Nelson, right around that same time you kinda found your faith. You were drinking heavily, and doing a little bit of drugs, and then thankfully found God. Was Doug’s death ultimately what set you on that path? Or when did you sort of hit “rock bottom” and decide it was time to turn things around?
JONNY LANG: Man, I really didn’t have a like “rock bottom” experience per se, I was loving the partying and stuff like that. So it was more that God just kinda stopped me in my tracks so to speak. But, yeah you know what, Doug’s death happened a while after I kinda, I guess started my relationship with God. It definitely affected my life, ya know he was a close friend, and a great guy, and when you lose somebody close to you it gives you a good healthy check on how important life is, and ya know, makes you realize what things are important, and what things you’re kinda just wasting your time with. But yeah, he was a great friend, and just a great guy.
AWAY-TEAM: The album “Turn Around”, which came out in 2006, earned you a Grammy for Best Gospel Album. That was actually your last studio album, so when can we expect some new JONNY LANG?
JONNY LANG: I’ve kinda started working on the next studio record, and it’s still in the trying to figure out where it’s going stage, I guess. Stylistically, I’m trying to figure it out. I’ve never written so many songs before, so there’s tons of songs to pick from, and uh. It’s weird, every album cycle is different, it’s a different experience, and this one is just kinda moving slow for some reason. Sometimes it happens right away, and sometimes it doesn’t, ya know. I guess the main goal is to come up with something that is, you don’t wanna compromise the quality of it just to get it out there, so I try to make a good record no matter how long it takes. (laughs)
AWAY-TEAM: That’s important. Now, you said that you were searching stylistically for what this new album’s gonna be like. Should we be looking for something closer to the Gospel on “Turn Around” or closer to your roots on “Lie to Me”?
JONNY LANG: Um, man, I really don’t know, actually. I think it’s gonna end up being more of a fusion of like soul music and um, I guess just it’ll be more about the songwriting. Ya know it might be more about the songs on this one, than the last one…if that makes sense.
AWAY-TEAM: So more stress on the lyrics, as opposed to the actual musical composition?
JONNY LANG: I think both. But I think, it may be a little bit more intricate, as far as the musical arrangement and the lyrics go, ya know. A little bit more of a crafted album, if that makes sense. So, at least for me, (laughs) take a little bit more time with it.
AWAY-TEAM: Well I’m certainly looking forward to it. I know you’ve done a little bit of acting in the past, as well. You were in “Blues Brothers 2000″, and an episode of “The Drew Carey Show”, that was all back in 1998. Can we expect to see…
JONNY LANG: (laughs) I don’t know if it was acting. It was more like just standing there trying to not look like an idiot. (laughing) But, yeah man. (laughs)
AWAY-TEAM: (laughing) So you might’ve just answered my question. So, no more acting in your future? Is that right?
JONNY LANG: Probably not. Man it terrifies the life out of me. I am not a natural born actor, for sure. It scares me. (laughs)
AWAY-TEAM: I mean you play in front of 20-30,000, and it’s like second nature, but I guess acting is just a whole different realm, huh?
JONNY LANG: I guess so man. I guess when you’re on a stage and you’re kinda far away from people, you feel like you’re kinda isolated in a weird way. It’s not as nerve-wracking for some reason in my mind.
AWAY-TEAM: Well, one more question…you now live in California, and your manager Greg Classen, like myself, is from Massachusetts. Who’s gonna win Game 7 tonight Celtics or Lakers?
JONNY LANG: (laughing) Oh boy…well, being a guy who’s from Minnesota, as far as sports go anyway, I don’t really have a team, although I do live in L.A. Ya know, I don’t know man, it’s such a good series, I would love to see Boston win. Just because, that particular L.A. team has had such a good record, so it’d be nice to see Boston win for a change.
AWAY-TEAM: I knew I liked you for a reason. (laughs)
JONNY LANG: (laughs) Yeah dude, I think I really like Boston a bit, because they’re more of like “street ballers”. They’re like more rough, ya know, rough around the edges. So I kinda like that, I like their style. But who knows man, it’s gonna be a good one. (Sadly, I was hoping for Jonny to get his wish. And we all know what happened. Dammit.)
AWAY-TEAM: Well, hey man, thank you so much for your time. It’s been a great honor to speak with you…
JONNY LANG: Aw, thanks man.
AWAY-TEAM: Unfortunately, this last time you came around, just recently you were here in Ft. Lauderdale, and I was unable to make it out to the show. but I’ll certainly be there next time you pass through Florida.
JONNY LANG: Yeah dude, if you come out man, come back and say hey.
AWAY-TEAM: I sure will…
JONNY LANG: Call Greg, or the label, or something, and come back and get hooked up man.
AWAY-TEAM: Hey, if you wanna beat up on someone on the links (Jonny had just finished up on the golf course when we spoke) too ya know I’m free there.
JONNY LANG: Oh dude, let’s do it. I need a golf partner man, nobody here plays golf, so I usually end up playing by myself. So that’d be cool man.
AWAY-TEAM: I don’t know if what I do is called golf, but I’ll sure try. (laughs)
JONNY LANG: (laughs) Cool man, that sounds good.
AWAY-TEAM: Well, hey man, thanks again, and like I said, next time you’re around I’ll definitely make it a point to get together with you. Hopefully we’ll be talking about another Grammy here.
JONNY LANG: (laughs) I hope so man. (laughs)
AWAY-TEAM: Alright brother, well good luck tonight with the show, and with the rest of your tour, and hopefully we’ll be talking soon.
JONNY LANG: Thank you man. Thank you. Take care.
AWAY-TEAM: Take it easy.
JONNY LANG: Bye.
For more information on Jonny Lang, such as tour dates, to request a song for one of those dates, as well as to pick up his latest album visit http://www.jonnylang.com/
Special thanks go to Jonny Lang for so graciously giving me his time, Jonny’s manager Greg Classen for helping to coordinate things, and to Amanda Cagan at ABC PR for making this all possible.
Photos courtesy of Wayne Crans at Dead Bird Photography.