This year’s Hall Of Fame nominees have been announced and as usual, there’s plenty of debate. Everyone has their opinions on which acts deserve to be nominated and which acts have been slighted.
This year, nineteen acts have been nominated, with nine first-time nominees. Let’s start with the first timers. (Artists become eligible for nomination twenty-five years after the release of their first album). Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine, who released their debut albums in 1992, are both nominated in the first year of their eligibility.
Then there are a number of legendary artists who, for some reason or the other, haven’t been nominated before. Acts like Dire Straits, Kate Bush, Nina Simone, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Sister Rosetta Sharpe and Moody Blues. In addition, there are artists who’ve previously been nominated, but didn’t make the final cut. These include Bon Jovi, J. Geils Band, the Zombies, the Meters, the Cars, Depeche Mode and more. Previous nominees like Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, Bad Brains and the Smiths didn’t get similar nods this year.
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“Baby Gotta Fever”, a new song from L.A. GUNS, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “The Missing Peace”, which will be released on October 13 via the Italian record label Frontiers Music Srl. The disc’s cover artwork was created by the Las Vegas portrait painter Kahla.
As the revival of the classic ’80s hard rock and heavy metal scene continues unabated here in the 21st century, one reunion has been at the top of the wishlists of many a fan for a long time: the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis under the L.A. GUNS banner. What once seemed like a distant memory with no hope of returning has now come around and fans are about to be rewarded for keeping their fingers crossed and their hopes up.
“The Missing Peace” track listing:
01. It’s All The Same To Me
03. A Drop Of Bleach
04. Sticky Fingers
06. Baby Gotta Fever
07. Kill It Or Die
08. Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
09. The Flood’s The Fault Of The Rain
10. The Devil Made Me Do It
11. The Missing Peace
12. Gave It All Away
“‘The Missing Peace’ is truly an album by definition,” said Guns. “It’s a collection of music that I have been working on for about twelve years with various styles of rock music. From blues to classical influences, these are all hard-hitting songs. I am very proud of all of the contributions to this album by other members and writers. L.A. GUNS fans are in for a treat.”
The last time Lewis and Guns joined forces was back in 2000 with legendary producer Andy Johns for the making of what would become “Waking The Dead”.
Speaking with Express & Star, Tracii said: “With Phil and I in particular, we have a certain chemistry that’s undeniable. And, you know, when you’re at your loneliest, you wanna go home, right? So, we both felt like it was time to go home and be comfortable with that undeniable relationship that we have musically. I mean, right away, the first time we got back together and played, you know, it’s so obvious, you can’t deny it. At some point in your life, you can’t deny what’s real.”
Regarding the sound of the new L.A. GUNS material, Tracii said: “Phil’s vocal style and his way of writing kind of offsets that balance of the heavy music, that’s something that’s possibly more mainstream or identifiable, so there’s a lot of, you know, kind of typical sleazy L.A. GUNS, high-energy riff rock. There’s a little bit of sloppy New Orleans, kind of sweaty, kind of bluesier stuff too. It’s a big record.”
L.A. GUNS’ present lineup is rounded out by Shane Fitzgibbon on drums and Johnny Martin on bass with Michael Grant on guitar as a touring member.
On the topic of the decision to use the L.A. GUNS moniker for the new album, Guns told LA Weekly: “When you put Phil and I together, that’s the sound of L.A. GUNS. There’s no way around that. As much as I love certain other [former] members of the band, it’s hard to say what their contribution to the overall sound of the band was — but Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, the band’s gotta be L.A. GUNS. It can’t be anything else.”
Back in December, Phil announced that he was leaving the L.A. GUNS version that included drummer Steve Riley.
L.A. GUNS 2017 is:
Phil Lewis – Vocals
Tracii Guns – Guitars
Johnny Martin – Bass
Michael Grant – Guitar
Shane Fitzgibbon – Drums
The acclaimed 2016 documentary, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years,” will make its television debut this fall on PBS. Directed by Ron Howard, the film focuses on the years 1962 through 1966, tracing the Fab Four’s musical journey from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to their final stadium concert, at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.
The film has earned several prestigious awards, including both a Grammy and an Emmy. Included in the documentary are rare and never-before-seen archival footage of shows and interviews, as well as new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and prominent observers.
According to an official statement, the film “captures the exhilaration of the Beatles’ rise to fame, as well as the toll it eventually took on the band’s members, prompting them to stop touring and devote their prodigious musical talents to their groundbreaking studio recordings.” The documentary was produced with cooperation from McCartney, Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison. The PBS premiere will air on Saturday, November 25.
RSO Feat. Guitarist Power Couple RICHIE SAMBORA And ORIANTHI: ‘Rise’ EP Out Now (with special guest THE DOORS’ guitarist Robby Krieger)
RSO, the new band featuring guitarists Richie Sambora (BON JOVI) and Orianthi (Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper), will release its new five-song EP, “Rise”, on September 29.
It’s not surprising that when Sambora and Orianthi first met four years ago they clicked immediately. Despite being from opposite ends of the world, the two have everything in common. Both are platinum-selling singer-songwriters and world-class guitarists with magnetic stage presence and who share influences that range from classic rock to blues to R&B to country. Both have written chart-busting singles, toured the globe, collaborated with superstar artists, and have released three solo albums (Sambora: 1991’s “Stranger In This Town”, 1998’s “Undiscovered Soul” and 2012’s “Aftermath Of The Lowdown”; Orianthi: 2007’s “Violet Journey”, 2009’s “Believe” and 2013’s “Heaven In This Hell”).
But despite their myriad accomplishments, both Sambora and Orianthi are aware that they are best known as accompanists. Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee Sambora is, of course, a founding member of multi-platinum, Grammy-winning band BON JOVI, with whom he has sold over a hundred and thirty million albums worldwide and co-written multiple hits. Australian-born Orianthi is a virtuoso rock guitarist who has shared stages with SANTANA, Prince, ZZ TOP, Steve Vai and Carrie Underwood, among others, and was enlisted by the late Michael Jackson for his “This Is It” concert tour. She was also the first female member of Alice Cooper’s band.
“I feel like Ori and I are probably misunderstood,” Sambora says. “I’m seen as the guitar player with BON JOVI and she’s seen as the guitar player with Michael Jackson. That’s what our legacy has permitted us. But we’re like the best-kept secret that people haven’t discovered yet.”
The perception that both these multi-faceted artists shine most in a lead singer’s shadow is about to be demolished with the release of “Rise”, a five-song EP that the two have made together. Reflecting the musical versatility of its creators, “Rise” is the first taste of several genre-spanning bodies of work encompassing rock, blues, pop, R&B, and country, and creating a whole new lane for male-female vocal duets, thanks to the harmonious blend of Sambora and Orianthi’s voices (“Like Sonny and Cher on steroids!” Sambora cracks).
It showcases the duo’s knack for writing indelible melodies and uplifting lyrics, and, of course, their top-flight musicianship. And finally, RSO displays the combustible chemistry that Sambora and Orianthi have both onstage and off.
The two first met in Hawaii in 2013. Sambora was vacationing there and was asked by his old friend Alice Cooper to join him onstage at a charity show. Orianthi had been Cooper’s guitarist since 2011. “Alice and I are sitting in the audience while the band is rehearsing and I said, ‘Who’s that?’ And he said, ‘That’s Ori. She’s played with Michael Jackson.'”
“We just hit it off straight away,” Orianthi recalls. “We started jamming out and it was really great. Afterward Richie invited me to come hang out and we started writing and the chemistry was just there.”
“From the first time we were onstage, it was so powerful,” Sambora says. “It felt inevitable that something was going to happen. I, personally, knew in my heart, after that first time we played together that it wasn’t going to be the end.”
Two months later, Sambora invited Orianthi to join him on a festival tour of her native Australia and later Europe. The two traveled together, performing and feverishly writing songs. “There was an airstrike in France and we had to drive eight hours in a van,” Sambora recalls. “We got out the guitars and wrote three songs in the van. Ours is a true Bonnie and Clyde rock and roll kind of story.”
Sambora and Orianthi eventually became a couple and now share a home in Los Angeles where they have built a recording studio in their kitchen, complete with studio-size speakers, keyboards, computers, and mics. There are amps in the dining room, the living room overflows with racks of guitars, and the home theater has been converted into a drum room. Most of the songs were recorded there over the past two years with songwriter/producer Bob Rock (METALLICA, BON JOVI).
“It was Bob’s idea to build a studio at the house,” Sambora says. “You wake up in the morning and you’re coming down the stairs, scratching your ass, and by the time 9:30 rolls around, you’ve got a song.”
“Or I’m coming down the stairs and I’m handed a guitar to play a solo as soon as I wake up,” Orianthi adds. “Richie’s like, ‘That sounds awesome!’ and I haven’t had any coffee, yet.”
“I didn’t let her drink coffee that day,” Richie says with a laugh. “I wanted her to play slower. “It’s great because we’re always writing and can record anytime,” Orianthi says.
“We have an open-door policy,” Sambora says. “Most of our friends are musicians and they can come hang out whenever they want and maybe play on a song.” (That’s how THE DOORS’ guitarist Robby Krieger wound up on one track.)
At home, the two have created an inviting world filled with love, friendship, laughter, and passion for music that seeps into the songs, many of which are uplifting stadium-fillers about bringing people together, empowering them, and making them feel good, like the roaring rock song “Rise”. The powerful “Masterpiece” places RSO’s vocal interplay front and center and slowly builds to an incendiary guitar riff. One of the pair’s favorite tracks is “Truth” — a gorgeous piano-driven ballad about how when you find true love, nothing will stand in its way.
“I think these songs are about just being human,” Sambora says. “People have more in common with each other than they think. Ori and I have had the chance to see that up close, in front of millions of people around the world, for many years. It’s ingrained in us as songwriters, that desire to transcend language and genre, to play for people, entertain them, and write songs that can be the soundtrack to their lives.”
SOURCE: ABC NEWS
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died Wednesday, Playboy Enterprises, Inc. announced. He was 91.
“Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones,” Playboy Enterprises, Inc. said in a statement Wednesday night.
Hefner is survived by his wife Crystal and four grown children: Christie, who served as CEO of Playboy Enterprise for more than 20 years; David, Marston and Cooper, the latter of whom currently serves as Chief Creative Officer at the company.
Cooper said in a statement, “My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom.”
Cooper added of his father, “He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.”
It was that first issue of Playboy with Marilyn Monroe that launched Hugh Hefner as a social and sexual revolutionary. And after all the bunnies, all the playmates, all the girlfriends, one named Brandy, and the twins named Sandy and Mandy, Hefner wanted to be near Monroe for eternity.
He bought the crypt next to Monroe’s at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in California, which he planned to be his final resting place. Reflecting on his own life, Hefner once said “the interesting thing is how one guy, through living out his own fantasies, is living out the fantasies of so many other people.”