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Metal Legends Judas Priest Announce Dates For 2019 North American Tour

Metal Legends Judas Priest Announce Dates For 2019 North American Tour

With Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, confirmed as one of the most successful of the band’s entire career – landing in the “top 5” of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S., at #5) – demand to see the legendary metal band in concert is higher than ever.

And North American headbangers will get their chance to experience the legendary band on a nearby concert stage this coming spring/summer, when Priest will tour throughout the continent – with the classic metal band Uriah Heep as support.

Kicking off on May 3rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wrapping up on June 29th at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, fans will get an opportunity to catch Priest at the height of their concert powers on any one of the tour’s 32 dates.

“Metal maniacs – Judas Priest is roaring back to the USA for one more blast of Firepower! Firepower 2019 charges forth with new first time performances born out of Firepower, as well as fresh classic cuts across the decades from the Priest world metalsphere. Our visual stage set and light show will be scorching a unique, hot, fresh vibe – mixing in headline festivals, as well as the in-your-face venue close ups. We can’t wait to reunite and reignite our maniacs…THE PRIEST IS BACK!” -Judas Priest

There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their nearly 50-year career – responsible for issuing such all-time classic albums as British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, and Painkiller, as well as the anthems “Breaking the Law,” “Living After Midnight,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”

And Priest’s presence and influence remains strong, as evidenced by the chart performance of ‘Firepower’ and its glowing reviews, a Grammy Award win for ‘Best Metal Performance’, plus being a VH1 Rock Honors recipient and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.

Also, Priest can be credited as being one of the first metal bands to pioneer wearing leather and studs – a look that would eventually be embraced by metalheads throughout the world.

Undoubtedly, Judas Priest’s upcoming North American tour will only add to their ever-growing status of heavy metal legends.

JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:

05/03/19 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
05/06/19 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
05/08/19 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
05/09/19 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
05/12/19 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
05/14/19 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/15/19 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/16/19 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
05/18/19 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
05/19/19 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
05/22/19 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
05/23/19 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
05/25/19 – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre
05/28/19 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
05/29/19 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
05/31/19 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
06/01/19 – Little Rock, AR – First Security Amphitheater
06/03/19 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
06/05/19 – Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena
06/08/19 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
06/10/19 – Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX Centre
06/11/19 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
06/13/19 – Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre
06/14/19 – Prince George, BC – CN Centre
06/16/19 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place
06/17/19 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
06/19/19 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort and Casino
06/21/19 – Kent, WA – Accesso Showare Center
06/22/19 – Portland, OR – Moda Theatre of the Clouds
06/24/19 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
06/25/19 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
06/27/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
06/29/19 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel

For more information, please visit judaspriest.com

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Deep Purple and Judas Priest Join Forces For Summer 2018 Tour

Deep Purple and Judas Priest Join Forces For Summer 2018 Tour

Legends will collide late this summer when Deep Purple and Judas Priest embark on a co-headlining North American tour. Produced by Live Nation, the outing will kick off August 21 in Cincinnati, OH and visit 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping September 30 in Wheatland, California.  ickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 27 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the Deep Purple and Judas Priest tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 24 at 10am local time until Thursday, April  26 at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit here.

Deep Purple’s latest studio album, inFinite, was released April 7, 2017, via earMUSIC. Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), inFinite featured 10 new tracks recorded with no musical boundaries in the spirit of the ’70s. The metal pioneers have released five studio albums since 1996, augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse, and Don Airey. Fans will be thrilled as they cover decades of favorites for this run. For more information, please visit here. Additionally, Airey will release his solo album One of a Kind on May 25.

Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, was released March 9, 2018, via Epic Records. Co-produced by Tom Allom and Andy Sneap, the 14-track album has become one of the most successful of the band’s entire career — landing in the “Top-5” of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S.), and scoring their highest charting commercial rock radio single in decades with “Lightning Strike.” Few heavy metal bands have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their near 50-year career, and with a line-up featuring Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Richie Faulkner, Ian Hill, and Scott Travis, Judas Priest will be scorching across North America with some heavy metal Firepower again this summer and fall on tour with Deep Purple! For more information, please visit here.

DEEP PURPLE + JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:
8/21 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
8/22 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/24 — Detroit, MI — Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
8/25 — Mt. Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort*
8/27 — Hamilton, ON — FirstOntario Centre
8/29 — Montreal, QC — Bell Centre
8/30 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
9/1 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/2 — Bethel Woods, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9/5 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
9/6 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
9/8 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
9/9 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
9/11 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
9/12 — Jacksonville, FL — Daily’s Place
9/14 — Atlanta, GA — Verizon Amphitheatre
9/16 — Biloxi, MS — Mississippi Coast Coliseum
9/18 — Kansas City, MO — Starlight Theatre
9/20 — Welch, MN — Treasure Island Casino*
9/21 — Council Bluffs, IA — Harrah’s Council Bluffs*
9/23 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
9/26 — San Diego, CA — Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/27 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
9/29 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/30 — Wheatland, CA — Toyota Amphitheatre
*Non Live Nation date

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‘Juke Box Heroes Tour’ To Feature Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening!

‘Juke Box Heroes Tour’ To Feature Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening!

Foreigner is ready to rock audiences around the nation in 2018!

Legendary rockers FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE and JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING, are getting into the holiday gift-giving spirit early with the announcement of their 2018 29-city summer “Juke Box Heroes Tour,” produced by Live Nation. Nothing warms up the chilly holiday season like the promise of a hot summer tour, and concert tickets make the perfect gift.

The legendary artists will cross the U.S. starting Friday, June 15, 2018 in Bangor, ME at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion.  All three bands are led by Englishmen Mick Jones, David Coverdale and Jason Bonham who are part of the fabric of British rock, and will bring a summer of great music across the country. Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary tour was one of last summer’s best selling runs.

Tickets for the “Juke Box Heroes Tour” go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 8th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Tickets for Foreigner VIP packages including Meet & Greets with the band will be available at ForeignerVIP.com.

Citi® is the official presale credit card for the “Juke Box Heroes Tour.” As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase  presale tickets beginning Tuesday, December 5th at 10am local time until Thursday, December 7th at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

“I’m excited to join forces with my fellow U.K. countrymen, David Coverdale and Jason Bonham, for what’s sure to be a rockin’ summer tour in the States,” says FOREIGNER founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones.

As Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale says, “We are truly excited and looking forward to playing in 2018 with our friends, Foreigner and Jason Bonham, on their North American tour.”

Says Jason Bonham, “Being part of Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary Tour last summer was wonderful. Opening a show like that was very special to me, so when Mick asked if I’d do it again in 2018, I said yes without hesitation. I’m excited that Whitesnake will be filling out the middle slot this time as I’ve known David since I was 14 years old. It’s going to be a WHOLE LOTTA FUN!”

Since the 1977 release of their first hit “Feels Like The First Time” and their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, FOREIGNER has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 75 million.  Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts forty years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart success.  FOREIGNER also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time” listing.  Catalog sales often eclipse those of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Aerosmith, and most of their Classic Rock peers.  (Source: Nielsen SoundScan week ending 8/3/17). FOREIGNER’s catalog sales were recently celebrated in Business Insider as hitting the Top 40 among the Best Selling Music Artists of All Time ahead of Britney Spears, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Prince, Queen, and Bon Jovi.

Throughout this tour, FOREIGNER will continue their long-standing partnership with The GRAMMY Museum, by which local school choirs are invited to join the band on stage in almost every market they play. Through this program over the past several years, the band has raised well into the six figures for music in school programs, and given thousands of students a life-changing experience to rock on stage with one of the most well known bands of all time.

The band recently released a celebratory 40th anniversary album that features 40 tracks tracing their distinguished career. Entitled 40, the album is a comprehensive compilation of original hits and several tracks from the current lineup, with Kelly Hansen on vocals. All tracks were recorded between 1977 and 2017. The current line-up  is Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, saxophone, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar), and Chris Frazier (drums).

Founded in 1978 by former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, WHITESNAKE has earned multi-Platinum status for numerous albums, including TROUBLELOVEHUNTERREADY AND WILLING and COME AN’ GET IT, as well as the album that introduced the explosive hard rock revamped WHITESNAKE sound with SLIDE IT IN. The band is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987’s self-titled multi-Platinum smash hit album, WHITESNAKE.  From these albums came multiple Top 10 hits worldwide, including two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love,” as well as the unforgettable hammer of “Still Of The Night,” all leading to virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the globe. Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish WHITESNAKE as the perennial platinum favorite they have become and they’re back with a vengeance in 2018.  The world-renowned group featuring David Coverdale (vocals), Reb Beach (guitar), Joel Hoekstra (guitar), Michael Devin (bass), Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Michele Luppi (keyboards) are currently in the studio recording their tentatively titled new studio album FLESH & BLOOD.

Following his participation in the monumental reunion of Led Zeppelin at London’s O2 arena in 2007, drummer Jason Bonham decided to take the music his father was such a huge part of out on the road. The result became Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. Best described as a band that perfectly recreates the music of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening not only celebrates one of music’s most iconic bands but also the life of Bonham’s late father, who died in 1980.

When asked why he decided to start the project, Jason said, “It was medicine to relieve myself from the amount of Led Zeppelin that I had studied and rehearsed prior to the O2 show and then dealing with the realization that it wasn’t going to go anywhere beyond that one concert. It originally began as me just wanting to put together a show, but once I realized I could make it more than just the music it became something more. It gave me the opportunity to give a little nod to what everyone knows about my dad’s wild side but also show his sensitive side as well. For me, he was always dad at home and this was an idea to show a deeper side of that.”

Check out the tour at any of the following stops, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks and posted on FOREIGNER‘s official website. Fans can also check out livenation.com for updates on tour dates and news.

“JUKE BOX HEROES TOUR” SUMMER 2018: 
DATE
CITY
VENUE 
6/15/2018
Bangor, ME
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/16/2018
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/19/2018
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater
6/20/2018
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
6/22/2018
Wantagh, NY
Northwell Health at Jones Beach
6/23/2018
6/26/2018
Camden, NJ
Cincinnati, OH
BB&T Pavilion
Riverbend Music Center
6/27/2018
Burgettstown, PA
KeyBank Pavilion
6/29/2018
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live
6/30/2018
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
7/3/2018
7/4/2018
Raleigh, NC
Charlotte, NC
Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
PNC Music Pavilion
7/6/2018
Nashville, TN
Ascend Amphitheater
7/7/2018
Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Amphitheatre
7/8/2018
Simpsonville, SC
Heritage Park Amphitheatre
7/10/2018
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center
7/11/2018
Chicago, IL
Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/13/2018
Noblesville, IN
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/15/2018
Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/17/2018
Kansas City, MO
Starlight Theatre
7/18/2018
St. Louis, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/20/2018
The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/21/2018
7/24/2018
7/25/2018
7/27/2018
7/28/2018
7/31/2018
8/1/2018
Irving, TX
Denver, CO
West Valley City, UT
Auburn, WA
Ridgefield, WA
Chula Vista, CA
Irvine, CA
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Pepsi Center
Usana Amphitheater
White River Amphitheatre
Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Five Point Amphitheater

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RESONATE: Glenn Hughes On The Creation of His New Landmark Album And More!

RESONATE: Glenn Hughes On The Creation of His New Landmark Album And More!

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The legendary Glenn Hughes – Photo by Georgina Cates

It has been a landmark year for “The Voice of Rock.” In 2016, Glenn Hughes was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of fame, thrilled audiences across the nation on a solo tour and hit the studio to create one of his most powerful albums to date. “Resonate,” which will be released via Frontiers Music Srl on November 4th, is the 8th studio album from the rock legend and serves another incredible milestone from his storied career. “Resonate” is a lyrically rich album that blends the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk with his astonishing voice. From album opener, “Heavy” to the last chords of the closer “Long Time Gone,” the new release promises to be a contender for numerous Album of the Year lists. It features his live solo band members, Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer Lachy Doley (keyboards), in addition to long-time friend and drummer Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), who joined them in the studio for opening and closing numbers. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Glenn Hughes to discuss his whirlwind year, the creative inspirations behind “Resonate” and what the future holds for him as an artist.

It’s great to speak with you, Glenn. Last time we spoke you were days away from being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What was that experience like?

The induction was incredible! To be up there with my dear friend, David Coverdale, was a great moment for both of us. To have been recognized into the institution where other members weren’t was very strange. However, we don’t get to choose who gets inducted. That is the Hall of Fame’s job to do that. It was a grand and glorious event for everyone! I have known the guys in Chicago for a long time and Steve Miller is an old friend from back in 1972, so I pretty much knew everybody who was getting inducted! It was a great, great evening and for the Hall of Fame to extend the love for me to become an ambassador and to be of service to those coming into the Hall of Fame is a true honor for me.

You followed that incredible night up with a tour of the United States. How was the trip?

It’s always an honor for me to play anywhere in America because it has been so long since I had done a tour. To play up in the northeast was a great way to start the summer. It is so, so beautiful up there! My god, it’s incredible! It was really hot but the fans turned out and we had great audiences and everyone was very receptive throughout the tour, all the way from the East Coast through the Midwest, all the way up the North and then back into LA. Every place we visited was incredible and the good news is that we’re making plans to tour again in the spring!

That’s terrific! It’s been an incredible year for you and you followed up the tour by heading back into the studio for a brand-new solo album! What drew you back to your musical roots for this one?

It was like going home for me because the way I originally started out writing as a teenager was in my mother’s house. With this album, as you know, I was recovering from double knee transplants in the spring. I was writing the whole time in my studio. I wrote all the songs on “Resonate” in my studio and then took them to be recorded with my band. It was a really beautiful experience. It is probably one of the easiest albums I have ever written, simply because I had so much time to write. I write every day, even on Christmas Day I am in my studio! I just can’t help myself! [laughs] I’m in love with the art form of writing music and it is really the key center point of who I am.

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Is “Resonate” an album you could have written as a younger man?

I think everything I do in my older years is something I couldn’t do when I was younger. I think I’ve become more of a studious musician, as both a player and a writer. I think as I get older the channel is still open for me. I know a lot of my peer group, when they are in their 60s, sort of retire or just don’t feel it anymore. Perhaps maybe they just want to do something else? For me, I am in fine tune to what I should do. I know that I’ve been given a gift to write songs and share those songs with people across the planet, so it’s my pleasure to keep making music and keep it fresh!

It has been a few years since your previous solo album. That’s not to say you haven’t been busy in the meantime! What made this the right time to release a solo record?

It was definitely time for a new solo album. With Black Country Communion doing three albums and a DVD and then California Breed doing an album, it took about five years out of my life. With the surgery on my knees and the heart surgery, I was down for two years in recovery, so it was time for me to come back with this album. This is an album, like you said, where I’m going back to my roots. This is a rock record for rock fans. I think people are excited by the fact that I’ve returned to that element. It’s very dangerous, lyrically dense and heavy in lyrical content as well. I wasn’t frightened. I worked through some fears to do this album. You know, when I write, I can tell if a song I am doing is going to be completed. I don’t finish some songs if I feel it may not be right for a particular album. Every song you hear on this album was written in the spring in my studio and I knew that I was onto something. I knew I could take the songs into the Copenhagen and record this album with my band.

While the writing may have come easy, I’m sure you faced challenges along the way. What can you tell us about those?

As far as the recovery aspect of it, it took six months for my legs to become functional. I think we may have talked about this before but I had to learn how to walk again. Anything to do with my physicality was a little bit difficult. When you have two knees put in, it’s like a child learning to walk for the first time and it was difficult. It was not easy and I had to be in physical therapy for 10 weeks, which is pretty grueling and you’re being told you’re not walking correctly. I have videos of me trying to walk and it was pretty gruesome. The onslaught of the problem was all physicality. My mind and my spiritual condition was always there. I was always ready for the challenge! Being in recovery, whether it’s from drugs and alcohol, heart surgery or knee transplants, has always been a part of who I am. I’ve always maintained following recovery and here I am on the other side of that and feeling on top of the world!

The name of the album is “Resonate.” Which of the songs on this record resonate the most with you? Pardon the pun!

They’re all special to me and they are like mini movies to me. They are all visual. It’s like an actor reading the script. When I sing a song, I go into a certain role of where I am in this particular song. For example, “Heavy” has a heavy chorus and “Let It Shine” has a very light ingredient in the verse. There is also the denseness of “Flow” and “God of Money” is a really dark song, which is about the dangers of putting anything before your art. Be it sex or drugs or whatever, you can’t do that! I wanted to sing about the fears of doing things inappropriately. There are so many things I’ve learned in the course of these last 50 years about what I can and cannot do! One thing I wasn’t when I was 22 was wise but I am now because wisdom comes with age. I have learned from some great doctors, meditational readers and therapists. I really do believe in spiritual progression and believe we can be kinder, calmer and more considerate if we use the spiritual condition.

I’m sure some songs come easier and others are harder to nail down. Which ones came easiest and which were the harder to wrangle onto the record?

Wow! That’s a good question. I have to be careful the way I answer this question. All of the songs wrote themselves. I would go into the studio and play a certain chord and out of that chord would come a verse, a title or a riff. Each song would kind of write itself right in front of my very eyes! It would sort of just appear! I have really been blessed with not having writer’s block in the last 20 years. I’ve been very fortunate to have a huge stockpile of songs. There was not a song that was difficult on this album. There are songs with two or three different arrangements like “Long Time Gone” or “When I Fall,” which is a little bit different. They all came pretty easily. I’m actually kind of laughing while I’m telling you this because it has never been so easy for me to write something!

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Glenn Hughes – Photo by Georgina Cates

I also wanted to focus on the people who work with you on this album. What can you tell us about them and what they brought to the table?

These guys are my band! Soren Andersen [guitars and co-producer] and Pontus Engborg [drums] have been with me for 10 years. Lachy Doley is an Australian guy who plays with my friend Jimmy Barnes. He played with me in Australia a few times when I played over there and I brought him into play keyboards. He’s just an amazing keyboard player! Of course, we also have Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, who is my best friend. He has been on my last six albums. We have an unwritten law where whatever I record he is always there, so I’m very fortunate to have my best friend on my album. These guys are very much in tune with what I’m doing. What I did was bring each song to them on a different day and play the songs to them one at a time. From there, we recorded each song and focused on the album track by track. We didn’t rehearse the entire album. We would rehearse one song and then another song and that is the way I wanted to do it. I feel it worked out really well that way.

How did you and Chad Smith cross paths and forge a friendship?

In 2003 at the NAMM show, a friend of mine who was an endorser at the LA show in January, asked me if I would like to play with Chad. I was doing a show the following evening. My friend said that Chad was going to be with him and asked if I would like Chad to come up and play some songs with me. I asked him if he knew my material and he said, “He knows all of your material!” I thought that was hilarious! I met Chad in the afternoon on the show day and he was going to play on two songs but he ended up playing on eight songs of a 12 song set! From that moment, we have kind of been inseparable. We are best friends, our wives are best friends and I am the Godfather to one of his kids. He’s such a very, very cool man. He’s a funny guy, very musically intelligent and an insanely good drummer. He is a very musical drummer. When he plays with me he gets to go off and gets to be Keith Moon and Bonzo and gets to do what he wants to do. I think it’s really cool that he gets to do that!

Earlier this year, it was revealed Black Country Communion will make its return in 2017. How did you guys get back on the same page after the past few years apart?

One thing I want to make clear to everybody across air nation is that Joe Bonamassa and I never fell out. It just happened that after “Afterglow” was recorded and released in the fall of 2012, there was no touring schedule set. Being that there was no touring schedule set, I decided to leave the band simply because I needed to go back to my solo career. There was never falling out. Joe was continuing with his solo career and it just never worked out that we could do a lot of touring. Over the course of the years, we have spoken to each other and we had lunch the spring. We said, “Wouldn’t it be great to make another record? Maybe the time is right to do that.” There’s certain times when people get back together for reunions and if they have their material, they have a good insight. We are actually writing now and we have written half of the album. Joe is coming next week to finish up the songs and we will be headed back into the studio in January.

While it is early in the process, what’s the direction you see yourself moving sonically?

You know, it’s a combination of all three albums. It will sound like Black Country Communion. When you hear the first few bars of the song, you will know it’s us! We are not making any severe left turns or opening up any new doors of trying to do something that is different from the way we started. We are very focused on what we should do. We are making a rock album for rock fans. We’re not making anything different than pure rock music in the tradition of what Black Country Communion set out to do in 2010!

I know you have an autobiography but the past few years have been an amazingly productive time for you. Any plans to do another book of some sort in the future?

Oh, I think so. A few people have come to me about doing another book. I think when I have the time, maybe sometime in the next five years, I will do that. I’m happy to tell you that I’ve never been this busy! I’m writing the new Black Country Communion album, “Resonate” comes out in the next two weeks and my tour starts in Europe on the eighth of November, so I’ve never been this bloody busy! Thank God I’m in good health, good shape and good state of mind! Long may that continue!

Glenn Hughes - Photo by Georgina Cates

Glenn Hughes – Photo by Georgina Cates

As I mentioned, I love you’re such a force for positivity in all you do. It is a strange time here in America right before this election. Seeing as you do have such a positive world outlook, I wanted to get your thoughts on America at this point in time.

Obviously, we are in a position right now where we have two candidates that may not be the ideal view for Americans. We are facing reality. We are less than two weeks away from the election. I’m not going to talk to much about who I think should be president because everybody’s got their own opinion and I think artists and actors should stay out of it. With that said, we are in a bit of a mess here. We have to hope that Congress and the things we move forward on, the stability of our economy, protecting our borders and keeping Americans free in all four corners of the world, is very important to our nation. We stand at the abyss right now where we have to be very, very positive. It’s very, very clear to me what’s going on in the political race. It’s just a nightmare with what we’re facing. We have to stay positive. America is the greatest country in the world! I only hope and pray that in the next couple of weeks, when it comes down to the election day, that we have guile and some insight on how we can move our country forward. I have been living here for 43 years and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!

You’ve seen changes in the music industry throughout the years. What excites you most about being an artist in this day and age?

As I am a songwriter, that keeps me busy. I have always been a songwriter and in the last 20 years I’ve written more than I’ve ever done. I think that’s because of my sobriety years. It’s songwriting that keeps me focused. As you know, I tour a lot and travel all the time. It’s always the songs that center me! It’s these songs on “Resonate” that I carefully write knowing they will be recorded and listened to by a lot of people. Look, I have been freely given this gift to carry the message. The message is all about love and healing. I say again, music is simply the greatest healer in this dark time. Music is something that we can all relate to. It will help you, save you and keep you warm, safe and cuddly. Music will never change the world but it sure can heal a lot of people!

For all the latest news and dates for Glenn Hughes, visit his official website at www.glennhughes.com. Connect with him on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The Legendary Glenn Hughes Releases Music Video for Debut Single “Heavy”

The Legendary Glenn Hughes Releases Music Video for Debut Single “Heavy”

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Glenn Hughes, the legendary “Voice Of Rock,” has released the first music video from his upcoming 8thsolo album, Resonate. The video for the debut single “Heavy” is now available worldwide and can be seen below! The music video also features a guest appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, who also played on the track. Resonate is scheduled for release on November 4th by Frontiers Music SRL.

“It’s time to bust out the big grooves,” explains Glenn Hughes when asked about the track.

Resonate will be available in two configurations: regular cd and deluxe edition including one bonus track and DVD. The Deluxe Edition includes the bonus track “Nothing’s The Same”, plus a bonus DVD disc featuring the “Making of” the album documentary – “Heavy” (song video), and “Long Time Gone” (song video). A vinyl release will be made available via the Frontiers’ label partners Soulfood Music. The album is available for pre-order via Amazon), iTunes) and Google Play. The single “Heavy” is also available on Spotify with the full album streaming on release date. Resonate wasproduced by Glenn Hughes & Soren Andersen.

From album opener, “Heavy”, to the very last chords of the closer, “Long Time Gone”,  Resonate promises to be a contender for ‘Album of the Year’.  The album features his live solo band members, Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards). In addition, long-time friend and drummer, Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), added his drumming skills to the tracks ‘Heavy” and “Long Time Gone.” An EPK talking about Resonate can be seen here: https://youtu.be/JCz34DX40l8

It might well be the most-heavy sounding of his solo albums, but as is his trademark, musical diversity shines through and as Glenn commented upon completion of the new recording, “This album is the first kind of a complete Glenn Hughes album”.

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Rock Icon Glenn Hughes Announces New Solo Album “Resonate”

Rock Icon Glenn Hughes Announces New Solo Album “Resonate”

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the highly-anticipated, twelfth original GLENN HUGHES album Resonate – scheduled for release worldwide on November 4th A true vocal and musical icon of our times,

Glenn is back with his heaviest solo album to date. Glenn commented upon completion of the new recording: “this album is the first complete Glenn Hughes album“.  Resonate will be available in two configurations: regular cd and deluxe edition including one bonus track and DVD. The Deluxe Edition includes the bonus track “Nothing’s The Same”, plus a bonus DVD disc featuring the “Making of” the album documentary – “Heavy” (song video), and “Long Time Gone” (song video). A vinyl release will be made available via the Frontiers’ label partners Soulfood Music. Resonate was produced by Glenn Hughes & Soren Andersen.

2016 was the busiest year yet for Glenn Hughes. Glenn was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Deep Purple in April, recently wrapped up his successful sold-out US headline tour, and now finally Glenn’s first solo album in over 8 years will see the light of day! Resonate is truly a triumphant return to form for “The Voice of Rock”! No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card and the new album, Resonate will shine as a true Glenn Hughes landmark release.

From album opener, “Heavy”, to the very last chords of the closer, “Long Time Gone”, the new release promises to be a contender for numerous ‘Album of the Year’ lists. It features his live solo band members, Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards), in addition to long-time friend and drummer, Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), who joined them in the studio for the opening and closing numbers. Check out an EPK with Hughes discussing the making of Resonate below.

Make no mistake. The “Voice of Rock” never left the building!

‘RESONATE’ TRACKLISTING

  1. HEAVY
  2. MY TOWN
  3. FlOW
  4. LET IT SHINE
  5. STEADY
  6. GOD OF MONEY
  7. HOW LONG
  8. LANDMINES
  9. WHEN I FALL
  10. STUMBLE & GO
  11. LONG TIME GONE

More About Glenn Hughes:
Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer.

The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was TRAPEZE. In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale.

Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of solo albums, but more recently has been involved with award winning supergroups’, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION with guitar star Joe Bonamassa, keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham and CALIFORNIA BREED, who also featured both Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham.

Glenn Hughes was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Mark III line up of Deep Purple. He spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of the group, recording on the classic albums: Burn, Stormbringer, and Come Taste The Band. Hughes and other members of Deep Purple were in attendance to receive the honour. This achievment was a culmination of a 40+ years career which saw Glenn leave his indelible mark in several musical endeavours and bands.

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FORCE OF NATURE: Glenn Hughes Talks Life, Longevity And His Bright Future!

FORCE OF NATURE: Glenn Hughes Talks Life, Longevity And His Bright Future!

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Glenn Hughes needs little introduction. He is a multi-faceted artist who lives, breathes and embodies rock and roll. Hughes spent more than five decades in the music business carving his niche. He developed a distinctive and infectious style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. This incredible style, coupled with his one of a kind voice, earned him the moniker of “The Voice of Rock” by fans around the globe. As an artist, his musical legacy was forged by his unforgettable work in bands ranging from Trapeze to Deep Purple to Black Country Communion to California Breed. In 2016, Hughes will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the members of Deep Purple. The ceremony is set to take place April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. However, this doesn’t mean the end of the road for Glenn Hughes. In fact, to hear him tell it, he is just warming up!

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Hughes to discuss his musical legacy, the challenges he faced along the way, his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and what the future holds for this unstoppable, musical force of nature!

I want to go back to when your amazing career started. What went into finding your voice as an artist early on?

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It was simply serendipity. I was like turning right on Fifth Avenue, instead of turning left. Let me just say, very quickly, I was in a band when I was a mid-teenager. I was a guitar player and the singer had to go away on a holiday with his mom and dad, so I had to stand in for him. We were playing cover songs from the Beatles and the Stones and blues songs. I might have been only 14 years old, this is around 1965 or 1966. I remember sitting in with the band and playing these songs the best I could. I had never sang before. My dad was in the room, which was a pub in England. He had his back towards the stage and was ordering a drink. He said to me, “All of a sudden I heard the voice of an angel. I turned around and it was my son!” I’ve got to be honest with you, it was so sweet but I was so young, I didn’t quite understand the compliment. I was just doing my singer a favor and, when he came back, he could have went on with his gig, ya know? I joined a couple of other bands as a guitar player. I was doing a little bit of lead singing. When Trapeze formed, I was only like a background singer in the band. The band had a meeting one day and said, “We think that you are better than the lead singer.” I said, “Really?” I was always flabbergasted by that. It was almost like God or something like that was forcing me to sing or showing me a door to grab that mic or take that bass and do my thing. I never had any idea when I was a child that I would be a lead singing bass player. I started out playing the bloody trombone because I was named after Glenn Miller. I played guitar for three years and then found myself playing bass. The next thing I knew, I was lead singing playing bass. It was a bit of a five year journey to get to that place.

You spent most of your life playing the music you love. When you hear the words rock and roll, what does it mean to you?

What rock and roll was to people of an older generation would have been Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis Presley, of course. What rock and roll was to me was “Twist and Shout.” Remember now, the Beatles didn’t even bloody like it! I didn’t know that for quite some time! One day I was coming home from school, a pre-teen, and I saw this rock and roll band called The Beatles on TV. My inner voice said, “Whatever that is I want some of it!” It wasn’t about the girls screaming or anything other than the music and the fact they were playing something called a guitar. That was an interesting thing to me at that age. My parents went out and went without so I could have a guitar. I slept with that guitar and made my way in life!

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It took you down an amazing path. You have been so successful in your career. To what do you attribute your longevity?

Honestly, coming to grips with the fast lane and coming to grips with when someone has a tremendous amount of success and starts to have profile. Remember, this was before the internet! This was 1970. When someone has something in their hands that they have worked hard for since they were 12 years old and, all of a sudden, overnight, they become known. I attribute everything to hard work. I realized at some point in my life, after making a lot of records and starting to move into the fast lane of drinking, drugging and chicks that everything was getting in the way of my music. I think I was very lucky to have been one of the guys who was able to realize that my gift in life has been music and something else had begun to take over. You know brother, when I was a young man, I never grabbed onto my mother’s skirt and said, “Mommy! When I am an old guy, I want to be a drug addict!” It wasn’t like that! Let’s be clear, in the ‘70s, we were getting drunk with famous people and executives and that doesn’t happen anymore. What I am trying to get to is that I am really grateful that I have been able to walk on that fucking highway and not fall off! A lot of my friends didn’t make it, ya know. I have had a very long career because I have been honest, I have been in acceptance, I don’t have any resentment and I always, always keep changing. My friend David Bowie, when he was living at my house years and years ago, said to me, “You have to continually change, change, change, the way you play, the way you write and the way you look.” He was right! That is exactly what I have tried to do!

You shared friendships with and worked alongside some tremendous artists. Who had the biggest impact on you personally and as an artist?

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Stevie Wonder. We all know that I love him. When I met Stevie in 1974, we kind of fell in love with each other as humans. I was very, very lucky to go into the studio with him and he came into the studio with me. I fell in love with him as a person because of the way he conducts his life with family and children, along with how he treats his people and staff. The man can’t see but he taught me not only how to sing but how to breathe. I will never forget that! Everyone on this planet has an idol or a mentor. Mentors in life are so relevant today. He was my mentor and still is. We still see each other. Well, I see him but he doesn’t see me. [laughs] It is very simple. Some people in the rock world will go, “Oh, there is Glenn again, talking about R&B music.” I can’t lie to you. I don’t want people to think my mentor was somebody else. My mentor is someone I chose because of the way he conducts his life, the way he handles situations and his spiritual progression, not perfection.

When you look back on your life, in a creative and personal sense, how have you most evolved?

My answer would have to be spiritually. When it comes to my musicianship, I am one of these guys who plays all the time and writes all the time. I am not going to name names but there have been other people who have stepped into the fast lane, done some damage to themselves and lost the ability, hunger or magic moment and have never gotten it back. I never ever stopped playing or writing. I got sober a long, long, long time ago. When I first got sober my sponsor said to me, “You are going to write better songs and sing better.” I said, “Really?” He said, “Trust me.” I was really encouraged by that. I stayed on that path, ya know. Music to me is the center of the universe. Again, I music, because we live on a dangerous planet. All the shit that is going down not only in America but around the world with terrorists, dolphin killing and everything else. We are all in a strange bloody place. My world is, hopefully, spiritually healing. Hopefully, I can help one person or two and move through my life with that which has been freely given to me. It is a gift. They call me the Messenger and I hope that I can carry a message to people. That message is really simple, man. It is about love. Yeah, call me a hippy. I am one!

That is one of the things I love about you, Glenn. I follow you online and you are always so positive and bringing positivity forward. That is rare these days and I love your authenticity when it comes to the message.

Well, thank you! I do go online but I don’t read comments or anything like that. By the way, Jason, it is none of my business what people say or write about me. I am not a hate guy, it’s just not who I am. It is none of my business what people say about me. My business is how I conduct my life around my family and how I can move spiritually through my life. People take shots at people who have profile. They can shoot as much as they want but I am someone who is really, truly grateful to be standing on a stage in New York City in April to get a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame award, which not many of my peers get. I can name you 10 bands that should be in there and they are not. So, I am truly grateful that I am a member of a band that is getting in there!

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It is a tremendous honor to be headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How did you first get the news you were being inducted and what were your initial thoughts?

I was in Tokyo in December when I heard the news. In November, I knew they would soon be announcing the inductees. I knew the voting was going pretty well for us from the fans votes. Jason, this is really important, I would split this award in half with Tommy Bolin and I would spilt in another half with the fans. This award really goes to the fans. They have stood by the band steadfastly for 40-something years. This award is all about fans and the grace that I have been given because of the fan base. It is really truly amazing!

Even with this prestigious award on your shelf, you won’t be calling it a day anytime soon! First of all, you have a headlining tour coming up this summer! What excites you about that?

You know, I have played all over the world but I really haven’t played anything in America for quite some time. I am playing a run in August and I am really looking forward to playing in the country I have lived for 43 years. Part one of the tour is from August into September and part two will be next spring. I am concentrating more on America and I am going to keep building, building and building because I live here. I am always traveling to Australia, Malaysia and Japan. I play a lot in Europe. Bloody hell, I play Eastern Europe so much! It is really important for me to play in the country that I absolutely love! I live in the greatest country in the world and I really want to play here! There is not a city or town in this country that I live in that I don’t love. I love America and I love Americana. That might sound a little corny to you but it is not to me. This is a country where I had success very, very early on as a teenager. It is the first country that accepted who I was and the first country where I had real fans. I have been really, really grateful for that. I fell in love with Texas, all those years ago, in 1971. I had a place down there in Dallas. When I joined Deep Purple, we all moved to LA and I have been here ever since 1973. I love Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Chicago and New Orleans. The fact of the matter is, I am an Englishman living in America, man! I am more American than British and this is the country I love. This is where my blood is!

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You always have a bunch of irons in the fire as an artist. Where do you see yourself headed musically?

I am going to make an album this year! I did three with Black Country Communion and one with California Breed but I haven’t made a solo album since 2008. I am now going to go into the studio and make a Glenn Hughes album. I am going to Copenhagen in late June to make a Glenn rock album — groove based rock music, which is my forty in my solo thing. After Black Country Communion blew up and was successful, I realized my fan base really wanted the rock side of Glenn but they know it is groove, you know? So, I am going to give my fans kind of what they want and I am going to have fun making it!

What can you tell us about your songwriting process? Is there a method to your madness?

Normally, it is all the same as far as the style of the way I write. It starts with picking a guitar up and I have guitars in pretty much every room in my home, some with amps and some acoustic. There is never a moment where I don’t have one in my hands really. I might hear a melody and I might pick a chord that will fit the tone of the track or it might just be a groove. I’ll be in the car and I might hear a groove in my head. I am a very groove-oriented songwriter. Even in Black Country Communion, the songs are very groove-oriented. What I will do normally is come up with a verse or a chorus. It doesn’t matter which order it is in or I might come up with an intro. Sometimes I may even come up with a song title and then write a song around it. For example, “Soul Mover,” first I wrote the title and then I wrote the song. It is all sort of entwined. I do like to write with other people but I do a lot more work when I write alone.

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You have seen the music industry and musical landscape change exponentially over the years. How have things changed for you along the way and what is the best lesson we can take from your amazing journey as an artist?

I can breathe easier, travel easier and relate to people better. When I was 24 years old, one thing I wasn’t was wise! I might have been a wise guy but I wasn’t wise! What I am now, after open heart surgery and two new knees, I have become grounded and calm. That is really important for me. Somebody is probably out there reading this and drinking a Jack Daniels at 19 years old going, “Fuck that shit!” Trust me, I have lived most of my life in my garden with my hands in the soil. I love to see shit grow. When I was 24 and heard someone like my father say that, I would have said, “That’s bullshit!” But it’s true! There are two Glenn’s. There is the one who travels and plays around the world and the one who sits at home with his wife. You have to have separate lives. With what I do, I am pretty much an actor on stage. That is the way I feel about it. I turn into something else when I am on stage. I think that is what it is for me, there are two different versions of Glenn.

You know, people often say, “I wouldn’t change a thing.” I am lucky, Jason, because I have survived a heart attack and open heart surgery, as you know. I still wouldn’t change a thing. There have been some really diabolical things done to me in my life. I have been hurt by people and I may have hurt others along the way with my behavior whilst I was inebriated but I have made amends to people. Being a rock ‘n’ roller or being a modern day troubadour, if you want to call it that, means you have to have stamina, strength, determination and soul but most of all you have to be real. You can’t ride that fakeness. You have to be honest. I think my lyrics, when I was writing lyrics in Deep Purple, some of them were OK but I don’t write like that anymore, man. I write about really deep things. There are songs I wrote for Black Country Communion like “Cold,” “Faithless” or “Soul Mover,” which show the way I really feel about life. It is really important for me to carry that message.

As a fan I appreciate your openness as a songwriter and the positivity you bring to the table, Glenn. I want to sincerely thank you for your time today. I am sure we will talk again soon and I am sure you will have even more to tell us about the tricks you have up your sleeve!

Trust me, Jason! There is more news coming!

Awesome! Thanks again and I wish you continued success, friend!

You’re welcome, Jason! Have a good day, man!

For all the latest news and dates for Glenn Hughes, visit his official website at www.glennhughes.com. Connect with him on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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CALIFORNIA BREED: Glenn Hughes On Breathing Life Into His Latest Project!

CALIFORNIA BREED: Glenn Hughes On Breathing Life Into His Latest Project!

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Think of California and you think of brilliant colour and bright sunlight. Think of a breed and it’s all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the two together as California Breed and you have the most exciting new band of 2014 — California Breed! At it’s core is the legendary Glenn Hughes. Hughes is an artist who has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire – up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion. When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Jason Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They’re only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history – including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few. Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn’s friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt. Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer’s own studio in Nashville, they were able to capture a breathtaking range of sounds and melodies, typically unheard of for a three-piece. Even though the band is multi-generational, they clearly have no issues speaking the same musical language had have formed a uncompromising collection of 13 songs that simple dazzle and will surely serve as the next exciting music chapter in their ever-growing musical legacies. Jason Price of Icon vs. Icon recently caught up with the legendary Glenn Hughes to discusses his deep-rooted love of music, the creation of California Breed, the challenges of bringing their debut album to life and more!

I always like to go back to the beginning to give your readers a look at what helped to shape an artist. What are your earliest musical memories?

I grew up in a house that was booming with Frank Sinatra. My Mom and Dad were not musicians but really had great voices and still do. I grew up listening to radio. Funny enough, I grew up in the Elvis period but it didn’t strike a chord with me. Frank Sinatra’s voice, even when I was a very young man, still a boy really, had an incredibly melodic feel to it. That was the first thing to really affect me. I was named after Glenn Miller, the famous trombone player that died in the Second World War when his plane went down. I actually played trombone in the school orchestra. There was no mistaking what I was supposed to be doing!

Was there a particular catalyst that made you pursue your passion as a career?

Of course! When I was eleven years old, I switched the TV on during the black and white period back in 1962 or 1963. There was a kid’s show on at 5 o’clock and I saw The Beatles. They were singing “Twist and Shout.” I said, “I’ll have some of that please!” Six or nine months later, my Mom bought me a new guitar for Christmas. It was very cheap and inexpensive wood with no designer name to it. I learned to play when I was thirteen or fourteen. I figured my way around the guitar and had lessons for about three months and I was on my way! I befriended Ringo Starr and John Lennon, well before he died, and told them my story. How many musicians have told The Beatles that? If you were a kid growing up in the north of England in the 1960s, you had to be a Beatles fan or a Rolling Stones fan, so it was The Beatles that got me started.

Obviously, you have accomplished quite a lot in your career. What is it that has fueled your creative fire through the years?

Everybody knows that I sing and play bass but as I have gotten older and wiser, I have more stories of real life to tell you about. With that said, the ability to be as songwriter is something I truly enjoy. I enjoy picking a guitar up, recording that song and then giving it back to the fans. Songwriting is really the key for me.

California Breed is your latest project. You are coming off the heels of Black Country Communion but what really got this project up and running?

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When Black Country Communion broke up in September of 2012, it was kind of a private disbanding. It wasn’t made public until the spring of 2013. Jason [Bonham] and I decided we would continue playing together but not under the umbrella of Black Country Communion Part 2. We wanted to go back to an organic feel of more British Rock based guitar, bass and drums. We wanted to strip away the keyboards. When you have three guys playing, when one of you over play, the other two under play and that is the way it is. That’s the way it is. That really only happens successfully in trios. Jason and I were certain we would play together in a trio but the question was “Who will play guitar?” Everybody is going to think “Why didn’t they go with somebody who is famous?” We could have chosen someone who is famous, one of our friends, but they have their own bands and successful careers and it would be hard for us to tour with those guys. Low and behold, my friend Julian Lennon had a party the night before the Grammys in 2013. He introduced me to Andrew Watt and the rest is rock ‘n’ roll history!

Both Jason and Andrew are hugely talented. What do these guys bring to the project?

The one thing I expressed to Jason, even on the last two Black Country Communion albums, was that I really wanted him to push more as a songwriter. We all know he can play drums but what I want people to know is that he has a good voice and he is a really good songwriter. I think he was really happy to complete “Save Me” on Black Country’s “2” album, which is a really great song. On this album, I would write a song and then Andrew would finish it and Jason would finish our songs. What I really wanted with this band was for it to be collaborative. I think all the bands we all like are all collaborative effort. I think when you have three or four guys writing together or finishing each other’s songs, it really means something to the development of the band and to the songs.

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I couldn’t agree with you more. How did the name California Breed come about?

I will tell you, man. From last April until last September, we were really trying to come up with a cool name. At the last minute, I went into my lyric book to look for a line or a word from a song for something to pop out. In the song “Solo,” which is a bonus track for Japan, I wrote the line “A California breed acceleration…,” which means a fast moving person. I thought, “California Breed?” I wanted California to be in the title and Breed means fellowship and brotherhood to me, which we are. Every band I am in, I like to think we are a family. Me being an only child, I have always liked to honor brothers. That is where it came from!

Did you have any goals or expectations in mind for this project as you started out?

Ya know, man, I have to tell you, expectations are resentments under construction. Generally, when humans have expectations… let’s just say someone wants you to have a number one album and it doesn’t even get into the Top Ten, it is a bitter blow to one’s pride. The only thing I know is that we made a great album, we are promoting the album, we are going to tour on the album the rest is rock ‘n’ roll history. I really believe in karma and fate. Listen, man! When people listen to this album, I don’t think they are going to say “Which one of those guys is sixty and which one is twenty?” I don’t think you are going to hear that. I don’t think we set out to make a three generational album. I don’t think you can hear which one of us is twenty, forty or sixty. That is the great thing about the very spontaneous recording of these songs. They were chiseled out and recorded very quickly in a very live environment.

Did you approach the songwriting in a different way for this album?

California Breed

California Breed

No. With Black Country, I did write a lot of it because Joe [Bonamassa] didn’t’ particularly want to write. I live in Los Angeles, Andrew is in New York and Jason lives in Florida. We all got together at my place or Jason’s place. I would write one of the songs like “Sweet Tea” or “Breathe” and then I would have Andrew finish it for me, He would do the same with me and Jason would finish both of ours. Like I said, I just really wanted to be collaborative. The bands I really love are very collaborative like Led Zeppelin or The Beatles. Even though Lennon and McCartney did write a lot of their songs, The Beatles were very collaborative in the arrangements and that is what you can hear with California Breed. I think that is the difference between our band and Black Country Communion. Also, Doug Kope being the producer on this, he brought a lot of his own vibe to this. Very early on with him, I think it was the night before, we were having dinner at the hotel and I said “Have you any fear doing this?” He said, “I have no fear?” I said, “Then drive the car, man!” Human beings; we are driven by fear. We are driven by a hundred forms of fear. There is actually no fear at all. There is no judgment day on our planet. We don’t know when we are going to die, when we going to have a car crash or whatever. Fear is “Fuck everything and run!” Isn’t it? There is false evidence that fear is real. There is no fear with this project and it is a very fearless album. I talk about fear a lot because fear gets in the way of a lot of things. Listen man, on stage, I am kind of a klutz. I man fall down or something but that is just the way. However, when I am in front of that microphone or have the bass or acoustic guitar on me in studio or on stage, I have to be fearless. Fear can stop a lot of things, man. It really can! People ask me about when I was on drugs. Yeah, it numbed me and I would numb myself because I was in fear. I really admire people who can be fearless in every art form, whether it is music, sport, architectural or whatever else they do in their life. You can see it, man! I think the older and wiser I become, the more I understand about the great out there, the universe and how this is done. I really have no fear and I am full of faith!

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How has that affected your evolution as an artist through the years?

I have no resentments. People might say “Why do you say you have no expectations? Surely you expect this album to sell a million copies?” Nope. If I have an expectation, it is resentment under construction. I just think when people have these great expectations and something doesn’t go according to their plan, life goes to hell in a hand basket. I have made a wonderful album with some wonderful guys. We are going to release it, go on the road, play it everywhere and promote this great band. My life and my career have been in moments of stages, stages and moments. Every year I have grown to understand how to live appropriately, how to talk to people and how to be a friend. Ya know, I think love is the answer, man! I am a bit of an old hippie and I love the concept of love!

There is nothing wrong with that! It has certainly taken you a long way!

It certainly has! I sing about the human condition. I don’t really sing about things I don’t know. I sing about what I have lived through. If you know anything about me or have read my book (Glenn Hughes: The Autobiography – From Deep Purple To Black Country Communion), you know I have been pistol whipped, I’ve been shot at, I have been stabbed, I have had a heart attack and I have been run over by a car but I am still here, man! A lot and I mean A LOT of my friends didn’t make it! I am one of the guys who did. I don’t think you will speak to a more grateful man this year than I!

What do you feel the future holds for you and California Breed? Is this more than a one-off?

I never like to plan too far ahead but I never like to do things in ones! I think if you look back at my career you will notice I do things in twos and threes. For me, I would like to keep this project together because it is extremely good and spontaneous. I really love working with these two gentlemen and we have a great management and a great promotional, so there is no reason why we can’t go one and shake things up!

As you mentioned, you have lived a very interesting and full life. What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to young people looking to you for inspiration?

Walk through the fear because fear is not real. Enjoy life. Live life, as every day comes, like it is the last day on Earth because love is the answer!

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CALIFORNIA BREED: To Make U.S. Performance Debut May 28th At The Whisky A Go Go

CALIFORNIA BREED: To Make U.S. Performance Debut May 28th At The Whisky A Go Go

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Music fans take note! Something awesome is coming your way! The powerful new rock trio CALIFORNIA BREED which features legendary vocalist-bassist GLENN HUGHES (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), drummer extraordinaire JASON BONHAM (Led Zeppelin) and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter ANDREW WATT will have their first-ever U.S. performance in Los Angeles on WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 at the Whisky A Go Go.

Their self-titled debut album, due out May 20 on Frontiers Records was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings), recorded at his Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. The album features 23-year-old guitarist ANDREW WATT, who was originally introduced to GLENN HUGHES by Julian Lennon at a party in Los Angeles in 2013.

Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the hard-hitting trio’s first single “Sweet Tea” is a Top 10 hit on theClassic Rock chart. The video for the explosive track premiered on USA TODAYhttp://tinyurl.com/mmp7mxq. Recently, the group debuted an animated lyric video for the new song “Midnight Oil” on Classic Rock. The video was created by Nev Todorovi? who spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts. Check out the clip below!

Watch “making of the album” clips airing on GUITARWORLD.com, here: http://tinyurl.com/mh5uycb and expect CALIFORNIA BREED to announce a U.K., European and U.S. tour soon.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Nominees For 2014 Induction

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Nominees For 2014 Induction

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KISS, Nirvana, N.W.A., Hall and Oates and Cat Stevens are among the 16 acts eligible for induction for The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2014. The complete list includes of nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 are:

  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Chic
  • Deep Purple
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Hall and Oates
  • KISS
  • LL Cool J
  • The Meters
  • Nirvana
  • N.W.A.
  • The Replacements
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Cat Stevens
  • Link Wray
  • Yes
  • The Zombies

The 2014 inductees are chosen by a secret ballot of over 600 individual voters consisting of all past inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, musicians, historians, critics and members of the music industry.

The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in April 2014 in New York City. Venue and public ticket sale information will be announced at a later date. The Induction Ceremony will be presented on HBO in May.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2014 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1988.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning October 16 and continuing through December 10 at 5 p.m. EST, the public can visit www.rockhall.com/vote, www.rollingstone.com, and www.usatoday.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will constitute a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 inductees.

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that tells the story of rock and roll’s global impact via special exhibits, educational programs and its library and archives.

 

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Nominees:

Paul Butterfield Blues Band

“I was born in Chicago – nineteen and forty-one…” The racially mixed Paul Butterfield Blues Band blasted-off from the Windy City with a wall-of-sound fueled by Butterfield’s inspired harmonica and lead guitarist Mike Bloomfield’s explosive lead guitar – at that moment, American rock and roll collided with the real Southside Chicago blues and there was no turning back. Along with original members Elvin Bishop on second guitar and Mark Naftalin on organ, they conquered the landmark 1965 Newport Folk Festival. It was there Bob Dylan borrowed Bloomfield and the Butterfield band’s African-American rhythm section of Sam Lay on drums and bassist Jerome Arnold (both former Howlin’ Wolf band members) for his world-shaking electric debut that Sunday evening. The Butterfield band converted the country-blues purists and turned on the Fillmore generation to the pleasures of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon and Elmore James. With the release of their blues-drenched debut album in the fall of 1965, and its adventurous East-West follow-up in the summer of ’66, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band kicked open a door that brought a defining new edge to rock and roll.

Chic

Chic’s founding partnership consisted of songwriter-producer-guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards (1952-1996), abetted by future Power Station drummer Tony Thompson (1954-2003). They rescued disco in 1977 with a combination of groove, soul and distinctly New York City studio smarts. Rodgers’  chopping rhythm guitar alongside Edwards’ deft bass lines were the perfect counterpart to melodic arrangements with their two female vocalists Alfa Anderson and Norma Jean Wright (replaced by Luci Martin). Out-of-the-box chart smashes “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah),” the #1 “Le Freak” and #1 “Good Times” (ranked on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Singles Of All Time) made Chic the preeminent disco band – emphasis on the word ‘band’ – of the late ’70s. Their music also extended disco’s tenure at a critical moment, as hip-hop (and later in the ’80s, New Jack Swing) began to take the stage. Over the years, artists such as Sugar Hill Gang and Diddy have turned to Chic for beats and samples: “Good Times” has been checked everywhere from “Rapper’s Delight” and Blondie’s “Rapture,” to Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust.” Rodgers and Edwards followed their five years in Chic with careers as top-flight producers for an A-list of megastars. Under Rodgers’ leadership, Chic has continued to tour, releasing live performances of its shows in Japan and Amsterdam.

Deep Purple

Taking their name from a ’30s swingtime-era pop hit, there was nothing breathy or sentimental about the British quintet Deep Purple, first organized in 1967, around a core of phenomenally brilliant musicians. Classically trained, former child prodigy Jon Lord (1941–2012) was responsible for the towering wall of organ sound that formed the band’s bedrock. Lord found an ally for his classical ideas in ace session guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. (In fact, Deep Purple was among the first to stage an orchestral concerto, a concept attempted with varying degrees of success by other bands through the years.) Rod Evans joined next, with the powerful vocal template that was introduced on 1968’s “Hush” (a Joe South song) and “Kentucky Woman” (Neil Diamond). Evans brought along his former band’s thundering drummer, Ian Paice, but Evans was eventually replaced by longtime frontman Ian Gillan; multi-instrumental Welsh bassist Roger Glover completed the first definitive lineup. Their onslaught of sound along with such contemporaries as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, led rock critics to coin a new musical genre: heavy metal. The original lineup reached an early peak on the landmark albums Machine Head and Who Do We Think We Are, whose epic chart singles “Smoke On The Water” and “Woman From Tokyo” sold Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster guitars in numbers that stagger the imagination. Touring around the world now for more than four decades, still led by Gillan, Glover and Paice, the legend of Deep Purple will endure forever.

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel’s influence is so widespread we may take it for granted. When the rest of rock was simplifying in the new wave days, the former Genesis frontman blended synthesizers and a signature gated drum sound with an emotional honesty learned from soul music to create a sensibility that would influence artists from U2 and Arcade Fire to Depeche Mode. With extraordinary ambition, Gabriel transitioned from cult artist to multimedia pop star to global rock icon. His WOMAD festival has been a 33-year laboratory for musical cross-pollination. The epic song “Biko” directly inspired the Artists Against Apartheid movement as he spearheaded the Amnesty International A Conspiracy Of Hope and Human Rights Now tours. His brilliant stage shows inspired U2’s and Flaming Lips’ and expanded the visual vocabulary of music videos with clips such as “Sledgehammer,” “Shock The Monkey” and “Big Time.” In addition, he wrote songs like “Don’t Give Up,” “Red Rain” and “In Your Eyes” that put heart and soul on the radio at a time when those values were in short supply. Four decades on as a solo artist, Gabriel continues to push the boundaries of popular music and challenge audiences across the globe.

Hall and Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates created an original mix of soul and rock that made them the most successful pop duo in history. As songwriters, singers, and producers, they embraced the pop mainstream, bringing passion and creativity back to the 3-minute single. Over the course of their career, they have recorded six #1 hits and put thirty four songs in the Billboard Top 100. Deeply rooted in lush Philly soul, Hall and Oates mixed smooth vocal harmonies and the romantic vulnerability of soul with edgy hard rock and new wave riffs to create some of the finest pop music of the 1980s. They teamed up in the early 1970s in Philadelphia, and landed a deal with Atlantic. On their first three albums they searched for the right style for their talents as they experimented with soul, folk and hard rock. They finally hit with “Sara Smile” in 1976, an irresistible sexy soul ballad that showcased their vocals, songwriting and guitar playing. After their subsequent string of hits (“Rich Girl,” “She’s Gone,” “Wait For Me”) they were energized by new wave and dance music. The result was an incredible run of original songs that topped the pop and R&B charts throughout the 1980s: “Kiss On My List,” “Private Eyes,” “You Make My Dreams” and “I Can’t Go For That” combined the best of both rock and R&B, setting the stage for the important crossover work of Madonna and Prince. They continue to record and attract new young audiences, and their influence can be felt in the work of contemporary artists like Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake.

KISS

Few bands short of the Beatles inspired more kids to pick up the guitar than KISS. With their signature make-up, explosive stage show and anthems like “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “Detroit Rock City,” they are the very personification of rock stars. Original members Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons came together in New York in 1972. While their first two records did not generate many sales, they quickly gained a national following for their bombastic, pyro-filled stage show. Their 1975 live disc Alive! captured that energy and reached Number Nine on the charts, quickly making them one of the most popular bands of the 1970s – scoring countless hit singles, sold-out tours and appearing everywhere from comic books to lunch boxes to their very own TV movie. Frehley and Criss left in the early 1980s and the group took their make-up off for 1983’s Lick It Up. They continued to be a popular live draw, but in 1996 the original quartet reformed (and they put their make-up back on) and KISS mania was reborn. In 2009, KISS released Sonic Boom, their first album of new material in eleven years. They released Monster in 2012.

LL COOL J

LL Cool J always had his sights set on rock & roll. Born James Todd Smith in Queens, New York, LL was only 17 in 1985 when he recorded “Rock The Bells,” which included the following couplet: “It ain’t the glory days with Bruce Springsteen/I’m not a virgin so I know I’ll make Madonna scream.” A year earlier, LL had made his debut on Def Jam, which was also the debut of the label itself. His first two singles – “I Need A Beat” followed by “I Want You” – sketched out the two main gears of his career: testosterone-maddened battle raps and tender, sexy love songs. The former included “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (1985), “Jack The Ripper” (1987) and “Mama Said Knock You Out” (1991). The stylish aggression built into these songs influenced no less a figure than Michael Jackson, who cut “Bad” after meeting LL in person – and after LL himself cut “I’m Bad.” The love songs may have been even more influential and popular. When “I Need Love” went to Number One on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in 1987, it was the first rap recording ever to reach that summit. His success in music has served as a launching pad to concurrent careers in the movies, on television, in fashion, and in fitness.

The Meters

James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament-Funkadelic all coasted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yet one of the true cornerstones of funk is still waiting for induction. The Meters were not only the leading instrumental unit to emerge from the great musical gumbo of New Orleans, they were also one of the tightest and hardest-grooving ensembles R&B has ever seen. The Meters formed in 1965 with a line-up of keyboardist and vocalist Art Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste; the group was later joined by percussionist/vocalist Cyril Neville. The Meters first came to local prominence as the house band for Allen Toussaint’s record label, Sansu. In 1969, the band went on its own and released a string of definitive, irresistibly slamming singles— “Sophisticated Cissy,” “Cissy Strut,” “Look-Ka Py Py” and “Chicken Strut.” In the years that followed, the band became one of the hottest session groups in the world, working with Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer and LaBelle. They recorded extensively with their homeboy Dr. John, including his Desitively Bonnaroo album and the smash hit “Right Place, Wrong Time,” and provided the musical backbone for such modern New Orleans classics as The Wild Tchoupitoulas and the Neville Brothers’ Fiyo On The Bayou. With the explosion of hip-hop, the group became familiar to a new audience when its records were sampled countless times by the likes of RUN DMC, N.W.A., Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys. Meters songs have been covered by everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the Grateful Dead, illustrating the far-reaching influence of these masters of funk.

Nirvana

It only takes one song to start a rock revolution. That trigger, in late 1991, was “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” an exhilarating blast of punk-rock confrontation by Nirvana, a scruffy trio from Seattle. “Teen Spirit,” its moshpit-party video and Nirvana’s kinetic live shows propelled their second album, Nevermind, to Number One and turned singer-guitarist-songwriter Kurt Cobain into the voice and conscience of an alternative-rock nation sick of hair metal and the conservative grip of the Reagan-Bush Eighties. Founded by Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in the logging town of Aberdeen, Washington, Nirvana were underground stars when they made 1989’s Bleach with drummer Chad Channing. Moving from the indie Sub Pop label to Geffen, the band – with drummer Dave Grohl – packed Cobain’s corrosive riffs, emotionally acute writing and twin passions for the Beatles and post-punk bands like the Melvins and the Pixies into Nevermind. A multi-platinum seller, it included the hits “Come As You Are” and “Lithium” and opened the mainstream gates for Green Day, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins. In 1993, Nirvana released the caustic masterpiece, In Utero, and gave a historic performance on MTV’s Unplugged. But in April 1994, Cobain – suffering from drug addiction and severe doubts about his stardom – took his own life. Like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, Cobain was 27, in his creative prime, when he died. Also like them, he and Nirvana remain an enduring influence and challenge – proof that the right band with the right noise can change the world.

N.W.A.

N.W.A. is one of the most important groups in hip-hop history. Their aggressive, boundary smashing, don’t-give-a-fuck perspective was made clear by their name, which stands for Niggaz Wit Attitude. Their most famous single was “Fuck The Police” which was a minimalist classic that described the frustration and anger young black men felt toward the LAPD, years before the Rodney King riots broke out. Some call them the Beatles of hip-hop because of their massive influence, sonic power and their place as a launching pad for several critical solo careers. Dr. Dre, the greatest producer in hip-hop history, created the G-Funk sound he would become known for while he was in N.W.A.. The G-Funk sound, built on P-Funk samples, synthesizer-heavy, cinematic and ominous themes would shape a generation of hip-hop. Ice Cube, who would become one of the most important MCs in hip-hop history was also in the group as was Eazy-E, an unforgettable figure. The group also included MC Ren, a formidable MC and DJ Yella, an important producer. N.W.A. is the prime influence for the sound, ideology, vibe and look of gangsta rap and the L.A. hip-hop sound. They attracted nationwide attention for their albums Straight Outta Compton and Niggaz4Life. Indeed, the FBI sent the group a warning letter that is on exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Replacements

The Replacements never had a hit single. Career-wise they were masters of self-sabotage, but in the long decade between the fall of the Clash and the rise of Nirvana they were the heart and soul of the post punk/indie/ alternative/college rock movement that kept the faith alive. Their shows could be triumphs or disasters, often both in the same night. Their albums still sound terrific today. The band’s frayed DNA lives on in Green Day, Fall Out Boy, The Hold Steady and dozens of other beautiful losers. Leader Paul Westerberg’s songwriting was a blueprint for alt-country greats like Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams. Tom Waits recorded with them, Lucinda Williams sang about them, Peter Buck produced them, Tom Petty took them out as his opening act and swiped Westerberg’s line “a rebel without a clue.” The Replacements’ influence is everywhere.

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt dominated popular music in the 1970s with a voice of tremendous range and power. She was one of the most important voices in the creation of country rock, in part because she understood how to sing traditional country songs like “Silver Threads And Golden Needles.” She regularly crossed over to the country charts in the ’70s, a rarity for rock singers. Working with producer Peter Asher, Ronstadt crafted a repertoire of songs that roamed throughout rock history that she interpreted with beautiful, precise phrasing. Ronstadt was especially good at singing early rock and roll; she had a long string of hits that revived interest in rock’s pioneers: Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou,” The Everly Brothers “When Will I Be Loved” and Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day” among them. She was equally comfortable with Motown music and the beginning of new wave. Her finest work was the run of four consecutive platinum albums in the mid-70s: Heart Like A Wheel (1974), Prisoner In Disguise (1975), Hasten Down The Wind (1976) and Simple Dreams (1977). In the 1980s, she expanded her musical vocabulary by recording songs from the classic American songbook (What’s New, Lush Life) and Mexican music that she heard growing up in Tucson, Arizona (Canciones De Mi Padre). That work proved as successful as her rock albums; she is the only artist to win a Grammy Award in the categories of pop, country, Mexican American and Tropical Latin. That diversity reflects her approach to singing: she was always looking for the best song, regardless of category.

Cat Stevens

The musical odyssey of Cat Stevens is well documented, from teenage London art school songsmith (“The First Cut Is The Deepest,” the Tremeloes’ “Here Comes My Baby”) to introspective cornerstone of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement. Who can measure the courage it took him in the late ’70s, after seven years of multi-platinum success in the U.S. (and over a decade in the UK) to convert to Islam, amidst the wave of turmoil and confusion that was engulfing the world? He left his touring and recording life behind and named himself Yusuf Islam. Inevitably, many long-time fans abandoned him, he found certain international borders closed and worse yet, controversies laid at his doorstep despite his humanist background. It was 17 difficult years between his final LP as Cat Stevens (1978’s Back To Earth), and the first CD as Yusuf and more than a decade until his first pop album in nearly 30 years (An Other Cup in 2006). “When I accepted Islam,” he told Rolling Stone, “a lot of people couldn’t understand. To my fans it seemed that my entering Islam was the direct cause of me leaving the music business, so many people were upset. However, I had found the spiritual home I’d been seeking for most of my life. And if you listen to my music and lyrics, like ‘Peace Train’ and ‘On The Road To Find Out,’ it clearly shows my yearning for direction and the spiritual path I was travelling.” The musical gifts that he has shared with the world are an important chapter in rock history – a beacon of hope that will never be extinguished.

Link Wray

Legions of rock guitarists on every continent testify that the biggest bang of all was the first time they heard “Rumble” by Link Wray (1929-2005), a dangerous slab of reverberating power chords and raw distortion laid down in 1958. In the summer of “Purple People Eater,” “Witch Doctor”  and “Patricia,” the rebellious sonic onslaught of “Rumble”  cut through Top 40 radio like a steamroller. This was more than a decade before power chords even had a name; a decade after that, in the heat of the punk era, Wray’s collaboration with Robert Gordon left every retro-rockabilly guitarslinger in the dust. The impact of Link Wray, one of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, can be heard in generations of American and British metal, punk, grunge, thrash, and psychobilly rockers, all of whom have claimed him and “Rumble” (and follow-ups “Raw-Hide” and “Jack The Ripper”) as their own. Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen head the A-list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees who bow to Link Wray’s abiding influence. Pete Townshend simply calls him the King: “If it hadn’t been for Link Wray and ‘Rumble,’ I would never have picked up a guitar.” Even Iggy Pop is an acolyte: “I left school emotionally after hearing ‘Rumble.’” The DIY recordings that North Carolina Native American Link Wray made on his three-track machine in the family’s converted chicken coop are the holiest of six-string grails. “The major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists,” wrote Cob Koda, “the blueprints for heavy metal, thrash, you name it…if Duane Eddy twanged away for white, teenage America, Link Wray played for juvenile delinquent hoods, plain and simple.” The “Rumble” goes on forever.

Yes

Yes is the most enduring, ambitious and virtuosic progressive band in rock history. By fusing the cinematic soundscapes of King Crimson with the hard rock edge of The Who and the soaring harmonies and melodies of Simon and Garfunkel, they took progressive rock from a small audience of aficionados to radio airwaves and football stadiums all over America. Hits like “Roundabout” and “I’ve Seen All Good People” appealed to rock fans who did not even think they liked prog rock, while album-side length epics like “Close To The Edge” and “The Gates Of Delirium” represent the genre at its absolute finest. Steve Howe remains one of the most underrated guitarists in rock history, while keyboardist Rick Wakeman, bassist Chris Squire and drummers Bill Bruford and Alan White are musicians simply without peer. Frontman Jon Anderson is an alto tenor singer who still hits the highest of high notes forty-five years after forming the group. While many of their contemporaries wilted once punk hit, Yes managed to change with the times and they reemerged in the 1980s as an MTV-ready commercial force, landing massive hits on the charts like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart.” While prog giants like Pink Floyd, Genesis and Emerson Lake & Palmer retired years ago, Yes continues to tour (albeit with some new members) at a pace that would leave bands half their age breathless.

The Zombies

One of the consummate joys of the first wave of the British Invasion was the startling variety of sounds and styles that emerged month after month in that heady halcyon era. At one end of the scale were the raw, blues-drenched disciples of American blues and R&B (Rolling Stones, Animals, Yardbirds), and at the other end were the more studied, sophisticated, intricately arranged atmospherics of the Zombies. There was no other band whose sound filled space as gorgeously and completely as the Zombies: the jazz-inflected electric piano of Rod Argent, the choirboy vocals of him and his St. Albans schoolmates bassist Chris White and lead singer Colin Blunstone. Other schoolmates, Paul Atkinson on guitar and vocals, and drummer Hugh Grundy rounded out the classic original lineup, which endeared itself overnight to the most loyal and dedicated army of fans to which any rock band can lay claim. At the end of the day, it always comes back home to the triad of career defining hits by the Zombies that beg the question: Where were you the first time you heard “She’s Not There” or “Tell Her No” or “Time Of the Season?” Their second and final album Odessey And Oracle has earned its reputation (and its spot inside the Top 100 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time) alongside such masterworks as the Beatles’ White Album and the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Rod Argent’s eponymous band gave majesty and definition to the ’70s, but the Zombies, which he and Colin Blunstone have been helming on records and tours for the past decade, are truly a rock band for all seasons.

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