Helix, you may remember them from the 80’s as one of Canada’s heavier bands. They released another album this year called From The Bastard Of The Blues. This is the new single, Even Jesus (Wasn’t Loved In His Hometown). I think it’s a good track. Check them out and let me know what you think.
Slash has released a preview for his Universal Studios Clowns 3D Music Maze. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsdvV5HRP5c#t=13
Neil Young has announced that his new orchestral album, Storeytone, will be out sometime in November. He has released three versions of his single, Who’s Gonna Stand Up? Here is the link to them but you will have to go about three tracks down on the page for them: https://soundcloud.com/warnerbrosrecords
You may not care, but I do. Jeff Lynne has hinted that he may bring ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) back with a tour. Now that’s something worth hoping for.
Mr. Big released another track off of their latest album, The Stories We could Tell. This is I Forget To Breathe. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7u55uJgX2c
AC/DC have made several announcements this week. One is the name of their new album, Rock Or Bust. Out on December 2. The bigger announcement is that rocker Malcolm Young has Dementia and is in medical care and is no longer able to be with the band. I want to take a minute and recognize that this rhythm guitarist was the main drive behind AC/DC and gave us great rock for over 40 years. He will be missed and most of all I hope he has an easy time dealing with the disease. They also released a teaser of a song called Play Ball, which you can hear here: http://www.acdc.com/us/news/preview-play-ball
Bob Seger announced dates for his Ride Out Tour. You can get them here: http://www.bobseger.com/tour/
Genesis’s documentary, Together And Apart, will air on the BBC on October 4, at 9:15 p.m.
The Who have a new 50th anniversary album coming out called: The Who Hits 50. It comes out October 27th. They also released a new song called, Be Lucky. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K_CGq-1u1E
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Mark Weiss, the famous rock photographer, is auctioning off his photos from the 1970s and 1980s for his charity, LunchBreak. You can bid and help a good cause here: http://www.charitybuzz.com/support/2082
Last week’s Rockucation question was: Which of these musicians was not a member of the Yardbirds? Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Ben King, Eric Clapton, or Jeff Beck? The answer comes to us from Kamran Khan of Seekonk, MA. The answer is Ron Wood.
Stevie Nicks released another track off of her 24 Karat Gold album (out now). You can check out the title track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSWGlfjQARo
Bruce Springsteen will be releasing a box set on November 17. It is called: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984. It will feature remastered versions of the first 7 albums. It will contain the original packaging, as well as a 60 page booklet, with rare and never before seen photos.
Engelbert Humperdinck and Gene Simmons released their version of Spinning Wheel, by Blood Sweat and Tears. You can torture yourself, I mean, listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX_di5S7gFs&feature=youtu.be
Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell is taking a break from Def Leppard, as he goes for treatments for his cancer. In the meantime, Trixter’s guitarist, Steve Brown, will be filling in.
Ozzy Osbourne is releasing a CD/DVD/LP set that cover his career, it’s called: Memoirs Of A Madman. It comes out on October 7. You can watch the video trailer for it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvzwcS4erDM#t=66
Pink Floyd released a 30 second teaser for their title track of their new album, Endless River. It comes out November 10. You check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHtlwQNVQeo
Whitesnake will be releasing Live In ‘84-Back To The The Bone. A collection of material from that time period. It comes out November 11th. It will be available in CD/DVD, plus deluxe versions as well.
Ace Frehley has announced his tour for the Space Invader album. You can get the dates here: http://www.acefrehley.com/tour_dates/
Super group, Flying Colors, have released an album teaser for their new album, Second Nature. By teaser I mean 9 minutes of samples. You can indulge here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFsbzgI9KEw
Joe Perry has announced more dates for his book signing tour. The book is called Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith. You can get the dates here: http://joeperry.com/rocks-life-aerosmith-signing-dates/#more-2197
Machine Head have released a video for their song, Now We Die. It’s from their soon to be released album Bloodstone And Diamonds, out on November 10. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewbdItvn2iI
Well if you are fortunate to attend UK’s Coventry University, you can attend a class by none other than the founder of heavy metal, Black Sabbath guitarist, Tony Iommi. He is a Visiting Professor of Music. Go sign up now!
Last Tuesday, The Beatles released a 4 song EP of a solo track from each member for free. You can find out more here: http://radio.com/2014/09/24/beatles-4-free-ep-solo-songs/
Cannibal Corpse have released a new video for their song, Kill Or Become. It’s off their current album, A Skeletail Domain. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAIX2vISe3M
If you are looking for something new and fresh, how about this Scandinavian band, 220 Volt? Check out their debut single, Walking In Starlight, off their soon to be released album by the same name out on September 26. Check them out here: http://www.sleazeroxx.com/news/02682.shtml
This week’s Rockucation question is: What is the one thing Guns And Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Whitesnake, Motorhead, Jethro Tull, REO Speedwagon, Foghat, Boston, Yes, and Deep Purple all have in common (and it’s not the obvious, like they all have instruments)?