Multiple Hall of Famer, songwriter, singer, and guitarist RANDY BACHMAN announces the release of “BY GEORGE – BY BACHMAN”, a respectful and personal testimonial to George Harrison’s finest work.
RANDY BACHMAN LEGENDARY ARTIST ISSUES MOVING TRIBUTE TO HIS MENTOR AND HERO, GEORGE HARRISON
COLLECTION INCLUDES HARRISON-PENNED SELECTIONS FROM ALL ERAS AND A
Make no mistake, this is not your typical tribute album. This truly is a ‘Harrison by Bachman’ concept with Bachman’s distinctively personal stamp and style placed on The Quiet Beatle’s music. “On Jukebox, the covers album I did with Burton Cummings back in 2007, I took ‘I’m Happy Just To Dance With You’, which was written by George but written for him to sing, and put a whole new groove on it,” Bachman explains. “People already knew the lyrics so I put it into a new musical context and it worked. For this album I figured I would take George’s songs and give them new grooves. I wanted the tempos and
arrangements to be different but still recognizable by the lyrics. I took the major keys and turned them into minors. It was a whole new interpretation of a familiar song. I was quite excited about the prospect of re-imagining George Harrison’s songs.”
Bachman began work on the project in March of 2017, enlisting Mark LaFrance as co-producer/drummer, Mick Dalla-Vee on bass, and Brent Knudson for additional guitars. The quartet developed a process for creating demos for such time-tested material, reflecting the spirit of the source within their fresh approaches. Over weeks of back-and-forth,
the songs took shape and indeed some of the demo recordings made it to the finished record.
In May of 2017, recording began at Armoury Studios in Vancouver, where artists such as AC/DC, Nickelback, the Cranberries, INXS, Seal, Diana Krall, Drake and Bruno Mars have all recorded. As LaFrance recalls the experience:…“once we started digging into the recording of the album, it almost became somewhat of a healing and liberating experience. Music can really take you to places you can’t imagine, especially while creating it. Sitting in the control room while Randy is ripping out a guitar solo, grabbing notes out of thin air, is good for the soul.”
The band lived with those first recordings for some months before returning to the studio in September to finish the album, this time at Calgary’s studio Bell – a facility within the National Music Centre, where one of Bachman’s Les Paul guitars is on display as part of
Canada’s Music Hall of Fame. The studio houses all variety of rare and vintage gear, from Rolling Stones’ mobile recording studio to a historic Trident (Triad) A Range Console. Using these tools connected Bachman to his previous recording lives as well…as part of channeling elements of the past to weave through the present.
By George_opens and closes with “Between Two Mountains” a Bachman original written to tie the various elements together which comprise the album’s concept. In this song, Harrison’s position amidst the musical giants of Lennon and McCartney is acknowledged.
“George’s light shone through what could have been a shadow between such mountainous forces as John and Paul,” says Bachman. “Love is forever – and George made certain that paramount sentiment endured throughout his work and life. His music and his example mean the world to me, and I hope I have honoured that in a way that will resonate with
people who, like me, are his fans and admirers.”
There’s also a little something extra for George Harrison aficionados. “Throughout the album, I put in little signature licks that are associated with George’s songs,” reveals Bachman, “like the slide part from ‘My Sweet Lord’ or the opening chord from ‘A Hard
Day’s Night’ for the fans to notice. Kind of like Easter Eggs.”
Bachman stands in rarified air as a member of a very exclusive handful of artists who have topped the charts in two different bands: “American Woman” with The Guess Who and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” as leader and singer with Bachman-Turner Overdrive. In a career
spanning over five decades, he has earned 120 platinum, gold and silver records. His distinctive brand of guitar-driven, no-holds-barred hard rock is instantly recognized worldwide. As host of the top-rated CBC and Sirius XM radio series Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap, his listeners number in the millions.
As the most celebrated musician in Canadian history, Bachman counts among his many accolades his membership in the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba, as well as being twice inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame, and his inductions into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame in
Nashville, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Prairie Music Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the Manitoba Order of The Buffalo Hunt, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the ASCAP Global Impact Award, and holder of an honorary Doctorate in Music from Brandon University. Bachman has also earned multiple JUNO Awards as a songwriter, musician, band member and producer. In addition, Bachman can add best-selling author to his numerous list of accomplishments, having penned both Vinyl Tap Stories and Takes from Beyond The Tap.
* Between Two Mountains
* If I Needed Someone
* You Like Me Too Much
* While My Guitar Gently Weeps
* Handle With Care
* I Need You
* Think For Yourself
* Here Comes The Sun
* Don’t Bother Me
* Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
* Between Two Mountains – Reprise
“By George – By Bachman” is released through Universal Music.
HARD ROCK HELL XII ANNOUNCE YET MORE BANDS TO THEIR LINE-UP!
HRH have announced a further wave of bands who’ll be playing at the Glorious SOLD OUT Twelfth Hard Rock Hell, rocking Camp HRH in Pwllheli, between Thursday 8th and Sunday 11th November 2018.
As you’d expect, these excellent acts (chosen and voted for by the fansin tried and tested HRH fashion) join an already impressive line-up, including headliners MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST, SAXON and THE DEAD DAISIES.
Thursday’s line-up gets enriched by multinational melodic metal band EDEN’S CURSE, who’ve recently toured with Michael Schenker Fest and have collected praise from the legendary Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. MYKE GRAY (former guitarist with Skin, Red White & Blues, Schism, and Jagged Edge) will also be performing as a storming solo
artist on the Thursday. Check out these two acts!
Friday’s additions include VAMBO (described by Subba Culture as a “blues-rock band… with a strong Whitesnake influence and a hint of Foreigner on power ballad ‘Running in Circles’ “); funk rockers DAN REED NETWORK; London-based hard rock outfit DEAD MAN’S WHISKEY; L.A. hard rockers SNEW; and EVERYDAY HEROES: a cracking four-piece band from Newport.
The Glorious Twelfth’s Saturday rosta gains JOHN COGHLAN’S QUO (which as Mark Taylor from MetalTalk.net put it will “take you on a joyous journey of his golden past in one of the most celebrated and much loved rock bands the UK has ever produced. A night of beer-raising, feel-good factor Status Quo classics.”). And it gains BLACK STAR BULLET: a hard
rock 4-piece band hailing from Coventry, known for their strong, professional stage presence and all-round entertainment.
It gains KALEB MCKANE (multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, described by producer Steve Brown; who worked with the late, great Freddie Mercury as “One of the best singer/songwriter rock guitarists I have heard this decade – an extreme quality”. Also added are Aussie high-octane, full throttle hard rockers MASSIVE.
These 11 great bands join others already announced, including: FEMME
FATALE, GIRLSCHOOL, PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, TYGERS OF PAN
TANG, THUNDERSTICK, THE RISING SOULS, THE DUKES OF BORDELLO, RENEGADE
TWELVE AND RYDERS CREED. Not to mention: ROCK GODDESS, VINTAGE CARAVAN,
BLITZKRIEG, HAWKLORDS, WITCHFYNDE, THE WILD!, THE DUST CODA, VA ROCKS,
SMOKING MARTHA, VOODOO BLOOD, ANCHOR LANE, CITY OF THIEVES, THE BAD
FLOWERS, BLIND RIVER, DEVIENCE, RIDERS TO RUIN, RED HAWK RISING, STAND
AMONGST GIANTS, and WALKWAY.
Phew! That’s a great big brew of talent to quench your thirst for rock! Europe’s leading residential festival provider delivers the goods again! Enjoy the music, along with the trademark HRH camaraderie, shenanigans and quality accommodation in the beautiful land of North Wales.
For further details and ongoing updates, waiting lists or miracles check
out www.hardrockhell.com or phone Jess on 0207 193 1164
Hired gun JASON CHRISTOPHER (Prong, Ministry, Stone Sour, Sebastian
Bach) has spent his musical career as an unsung hero, playing an
important live role for many influential bands and artists who need a
bassist or guitarist. Jason is currently playing bass on tour for New
York metal icons, Prong but many Corey Taylor fans will know him best as
Corey’s sidekick for most of his solo acoustic shows.
Jason’s a left-handed guitarist who plays a regular guitar upside down
and back to front. Not being able to afford a left handed model in his
teenage years, it’s testament to his tenacity that he made do, ‘figuring
it out for himself’. Not only a gifted musician, Jason has turned his
hand to writing about his life and experiences of ‘making it’ in the
industry. The first instalment of his engaging work has become ‘The
Rogue To Nowhere’, part one of a three-part novella series documenting
tales of growing up in Woodstock, NY and moving to Los Angeles, CA in
search of his musical dream. After arriving penniless in Hollywood and
eventually landing a job working at the Viper Room, Jason’s tales of
addiction and desperate measures make for an un-put-down-able read.
Hollywood scriptwriter, Tom Kapinos (creator/writer of TV mega-hit
‘Californication’) tells us, “[Jason] has a story to tell. He’s been to
hell and back. He’s lived the rock n’ roll dream and seen it turn into
a nightmare, but he’s come through the other side. I’ve devoured just
about every rock memoir you can think of. This one’s different and it
deserves your attention.”Jason tells us, “Did you ever want something so bad that you would leave everything behind to get it? This is the story of that… I hope you
You can pick up a signed paperback edition or Kindle digital edition
over at http://jasonchristopher.store.
Catch Jason on the road in Europe this summer with his current day job
on PRONG’s Zero Days tour. Dates over at http://prongmusic.com/
MAMMAL announces first UK show in eight years at The Camden Underworld, plus supports on Tuesday 02 October 2018. Their new single: “community” is released on 17th August 2018.
“Mammal is f**king excellent to watch; there’s no denying it. They have so much energy in their playing and performance that you cannot help but get swept away in it. These guys are building a loyal fan base and you can see why. the veritable frenzy that happened during the playing of hell yeah made me feel that i was watching a pack of wild animals unleashed – which is frankly what you want when you’re watching good rock’n’roll.” – Carolyn Miller, drum media
Mammal are the real deal. Like some scarecrow prophet, vocalist Ezekiel Ox spits out his passionate diatribe with a wild-eyed maniacal zeal,fusing rapid-fire rhetoric and soaring melody, while guitarist Pete Williamson lays down the sort of riffage that have any punter’s fist unconsciously forming the horned salute. and throughout, the lock-steady rhythm-section of bassist Nick Adams and drummer Zane Rosanoski deliverthe kind of grooves you can feel in your gut.
The cult Australian four piece have been away for far too long – it was 2008 when the single “smash the piñata” exploded in the UK. Aprecursor to the critically acclaimed album “the majority”, an album that was backed with some fearsome live performances across Europe.
But the band has announced their first uk show in eight years for October 2018. The show will be the first taste of a forthcoming new studio album. The first track from that album is set to be released in the UK in August 2018 – “community” has all the fierce, pent up, energy that has seen mammal as one of the best underground bands in the world. Don’t miss out….
Tuesday 2nd October 2018 London, The Underworld Camden
Tickets are priced below and on sale Thursday 12th July 2018
doors – 7pm // price – £15 early bird // £20 general
tickets – http://www.theunderworldcamden.co.uk
Watch the video for Underworld show :
As we approach the one year anniversary of Chester Bennington’s death
(he died on July 20, 2017). THE VEER UNION are paying tribute to the
late Linkin Park vocalist with an acoustic cover of “Numb” from
their upcoming DECADE 2: ROCK AND ACOUSTIC album.
Singer CRISPIN EARL says, “I decided to do this cover not only because
everyone in The Veer Union are huge fans of Linkin Park and wanted to
honor Chester Bennington and his immense contribution to the world with
his voice and music, but on a personal level I have also struggled with
depression which I have written and talked openly about for years. The
song ‘Numb’ has always spoken to me on very personal level and all I can
hope is that we did some justice to it, to pay homage to Chester. It was
a tremendous loss, and he will live in our hearts and souls forever.”
The cover itself is now available to download via iTunes. Meanwhile,
the Decade 2: Rock and Acoustic disc is on track for an August 31st
release, revisiting many of their best songs in both electric and
acoustic renditions. You can pre-order that release HERE.
The Veer Union will hit the road in late August, just ahead of the new
album release, sharing stages with Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Tantric and
Shallow Side. Dates for the run can be viewed below.
“THE RESURRECTION TOUR” = PUDDLE OF MUDD, SALIVA, THE VEER UNION,
TANTRIC & SHALLOWSIDE
8/30/2018 Newberry Opera House – Newberry, SC
8/31/2018 Firmament – Greenville, SC
9/1/2018 Devault Vineyards – Concord, VA
9/2/2018 Main Steet Staion – Daytona Beach, FL
9/3/2018 Captain Hiram’s – Sebastian, FL
9/6/2018 Red River Music Hall – Altus, OK
9/7/2018 Tonys Pizza Event Center – Salina, KS
9/8/2018 Crossroads KC – Kansas City, MO
9/9/2018 Hermans Hideaway – Denver, CO
9/14/2018 Tattoo Convention @ Bear River Event Center – Loleta, CA
THE VEER UNION HEADLINING DATES (MORE DATES BEING ANNOUNCED IN AUGUST):
9/19/2018 Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
9/29/2018 Jack’s Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/4/2018 Ethos Live – Laredo, TX
10/5/2018 BFE – Houston, TX
10/12/2018 West End Trading Company – Sanford, FL
10/13/2018 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
10/14/2018 Nighthawks – Jacksonville, FL
10/17/2018 Furnace 41 – Jonesboro, GA
THE VEER UNION IS:
Crispin Earl – Lead Vocals
Dan Sittler – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Ryan Ramsdell – Rhythm Guitar
Ricardo Viana – Drums
CONNECT WITH THE VEER UNION
Official website: https://theveerunion.com/
Bands In Town: https://www.bandsintown.com/en/a/198004-the-veer-union
With an ambient lit stage, Leeds Stylus hosts a sold out show for Myles Kennedy in its 1000 capacity venue. The crowd are packed in and are eager for some entertainment, and whilst the fans endure the heat of the place some chants emerge from the back audience in reference to the world cup ‘it’s coming home’, obviously they are still celebrating England’s semi quarter final win on Sunday but more on that later.
Dorian Sorriaux is the main support for Myles Kennedy throughout his European tour, and some of you may recognise his name, as the guitarist in his own band Blue Pills; who have opened for Myles’ band Alter Bridge in the past.
Classically trained guitarist Dorian introduces himself and thanks Myles for the opportunity to be support. If you are up on your classical guitarist knowledge you’ll be aware that they grow and shape their nails especially curved in a perfect arch to create a long ramp, the idea is to have the string travel up the ramp and get pushed into the guitar. I noticed Dorian’s devil like talons as he played through a range of folk inspired acoustic songs, from his new EP. The themes included politics, love, and some he didn’t quite know what they were about yet, as they were developing. Simplicity is the best way to describe his style of music. With his guitar in hand, and beads of sweat dripping off the guitar head to the floor, Dorian entertained a very hot and sweaty mob. A highlight being his latest single ‘Hungry Ghost’, a dramatic dark number, harmonised by Dorian’s haunting vocals. Humbled by a great response to his performance, he bid the fans well and to enjoy Myles’ show.
As the crowd waited for Myles to take the stage, candles and a backdrop with the words Myles Kennedy, year of the tiger 1974 in a repeated circle centred on an image of a Tiger set the scene. Year of the Tiger is the name of Myles first official solo album, of which the tour also takes its name; and was inspired by the year in which Myles lost his biological father at a young age. Myles Kennedy is a name in his own right but he is particularly known for his band Alter Bridge along with his collaborations with Slash (Guns n Roses) and Slash ft Myles & the Conspirators, with whom he is set to release a new album later in the year
Ecstatic applause, shouts and screams roar from the fans as the eagerly awaited Myles takes the stage, welcoming the crowd he opened with Devil on the wall from his solo album. Playing songs from the last twenty years of his career, the set list was impressive and included songs from his early band The Mayfield Four, to the amazing Starlight a song he co-wrote and performed with Slash. A nice surprise was his version of Iron Maiden’s The Trooper.
Myles is a grand story teller and related tales of his youth from picking up a guitar, to his moody teens, forming a band and writing painful needy lyrics. Using a foot machine drum pedal, he became his own one man band. And the bass drum effect was especially useful when the chants started again from the back of the audience. Not one to miss a beat Myles joined in with his foot pedal and struck up a tempo to which the crowd responded and chanted ”it’s coming home” some more. Enjoying the impromptu sing along Myles encouraged his fans to not be bored by some idiot playing for the next 90 minutes but to get involved and have a great fun time, which they did.
Myles has an immense alluring personality and it was rather epic to be part of his captivated audience, getting to see him up close and personal as he discussed his life through his stories and music.
Set list :
Devil on the Wall
Standing in the Sun (Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators cover)
Mars Hotel (The Mayfield Four cover)
Addicted to Pain (Alter Bridge song)
Starlight (Slash cover)
Life Must Go On (Alter Bridge song)
The Trooper (Iron Maiden cover)
White Flag (The Mayfield Four cover)
Haunted by Design
All Ends Well (Alter Bridge song)
Watch Over You (Alter Bridge song)
Travelling Riverside Blues (Robert Johnson cover)
World on Fire (Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators cover)
Love Can Only Heal
Year of the Tiger