Sad news has emerged from the music world as famed producer/engineer Andy Johns passed away on Sunday at age 61. According to guitarist Stacey Blades, who was collaborating on a project with Johns, the producer had entered the hospital 10 days ago and that his health wasn’t doing so well over the past six months.
Johns was the engineer for many of Led Zeppelin‘s biggest albums, including Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin IV, Houses Of The Holy, and Physical Graffiti. He produced Van Halen‘s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and two albums from guitar legend Joe Satriani. Johns also engineered the Rolling Stones albums Goats Head Soup, Sticky Fingers, and Out Of Our Heads.
Johns is survived by his wife and two children.
We offer our deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and the vast amount of musicians and industry folk who knew and worked with him. READ MORE
Modern classic hard rock band Heaven & Earth have released an official music video for “No Money, No Love”. Directed by photographer Glen Wexler (Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Michael Jackson), the video is a visual smorgasbord of midgets, magicians, prostitutes, and more, all within an old Hotel.
Heaven & Earth’s debut album, Dig, will be released April 23rd. It was produced by Dave Jenkins (Metallica, Tower Of Power) and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), and David Paich (Toto).
Discussing Dig, founder Stuart Smith states, “I feel that with the crafting of the songs on this album, the incredible band we’ve put together, especially with powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta and the unwavering support of Quarto Valley Records’ President, Bruce Quarto, we really have a shot at getting Heaven & Earth the attention it deserves. This album is by far, the best thing I have ever done in my life.”
Adrenaline Mob, the supergroup formed by ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Symphony X singer Russ Allen, and Sonic Stomp‘s Mike Orlando, will be touring the US in support of their debut album Omerta (review). The tour will consist of two legs this spring although only the first leg has been revealed.
The band will also be releasing an EP of covers. Featuring eight tracks, the EP includes songs by Black Sabbath, Dio, Heart, and more. Check out all the information below. READ MORE
Artist Maxim Dalton painted a poster of 35 of the greatest guitar players ever. While it doesn’t include some famous axe wielders (I don’t see Dimebag Darrell on there), it is a pretty comprehensive painting of guitarists who have shaped and influenced their genres. The painting was released as a limited edition poster but sold out long ago.
But what I want to know is can you identify them all! So head on below to test yourself on your guitar player knowledge! READ MORE
Van Halen has released a video for She’s The Woman and, wow, it sucks. I don’t know who they’ve been getting to storyboard and direct these videos, but that person needs to be fired immediately. Watching David Lee Roth forget which lines to lip-sync to or putting the wrong drum section during a passage is somewhat unbearable. Seriously, when you watch the video (if you choose to do so, of course), you can see that the drums don’t match up at certain points. You’ll hear the snare but you won’t see the snare hit until a beat or two later. Ugh…. If you want to watch the amateur hour, it’s below.
Make sure to check out our review for A Different Kind Of TruthHERE. READ MORE
In 1984, after releasing and touring in support of their album “1984” (review), the biggest hard rock band of all time, Van Halen, parted ways with lead singer David Lee Roth. Only two years later, they hired a new frontman named Sammy Hagar. The general consensus is that it was a pretty bad move, and ended up causing the band to sound like the one thing that you could NEVER call them during the David Lee Roth era, bland. Flash forward to 1998. Having now parted ways with Hagar, the band hired and recorded an album with their third lead singer, Gary Cherone. This proved to be a devastating move for the band, as the album received negative reviews from fans and critics alike, as well as poor album and ticket sales. Now flash forward to present day. It is 2012, and after 28 years of drama and bad decisions, the original Van Halen lineup (sans bassist Michael Anthony), has released a new studio album, “A Different Kind Of Truth“. Now the only question left is, has it been worth the wait? READ MORE
Tomorrow marks the return of Van Halen with their latest studio album A Different Kind Of Truth (deluxe edition iTunes preorder)! And what better way to celebrate this event than by giving one of you readers a chance to win a prize pack that includes the new CD, a sticker, and a poster? If this piques your interest, then hop on down below to find out how to enter!
Ah, 1984, the year I was born in. The year that the Apple Macintosh came out. A year that has become synonymous with dystopian society. It was also the year that Van Halen’s iconic album 1984 came out. While the sixth studio album was a departure from their recognized sound, many critics lauded the album and its exciting foray into new territory. It would also be the last album the band recorded with vocalist David Lee Roth (until this years A Different Kind Of Truth). But does this album still have the same punch as it did nearly three decades ago? Or has age worn this beast down? READ MORE
Van Halen have released Tattoo, the first single from their upcoming album A Different Kind Of Truth, which comes out Feb. 7th. You can check out the official video below. Problem is, the song kinda sucks. No, scratch that. It really sucks. Even if you took out the poorly synced video, the fact that it looks like David Lee Roth keeps forgetting his lines, and the “we’re gonna shoot in black and white for the sake of looking artistic even though NOTHING ARTISTIC IS HAPPENING” look, the song is just plain boring. There is no spice or pizazz. There is no excitement. It’s just a generic rock song that is destined to go in one ear and out the other. Honestly, even though I listened to it just a few minutes ago, I’ve already forgotten the melodies.
Check it out below and, if for some reason you still feel so inclined, you can preorder the album on iTunes.
Van Halen have announced a full North American tour in support of their upcoming album A Different Kind Of Truth. The album is heavily rumored to be dropping on Feb. 7th, as suggested by the image above, and will be the first studio album to feature David Lee Roth since their iconic 1984 album. The first single/video for Tattoo will be coming out next week. Kool & The Gang will open on select dates, although those have yet to be announced. The massive tour schedule can be seen below.
When it comes to Rock and Roll, it’s amazing how much influence some bands have on future generations. When one thinks of Van Halen, The Beatles, ZZ Top, Chuck Barry, and more, you can almost see the effect that these bands have on what is on the radio today. One of these bands that has had great influence (and one of my favorite 80′s rock bands) is Tesla. This is why I’m pumped to announce that we’ve got an exclusive prize pack to give away to one lucky reader. Check after the jump for prize details and rules for entry.
VH1 just kicked off the sixth season of “That Metal Show”, where hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine are back to interview some of your favorite artists. The show features an all new one-hour format allowing more time to get up close and personal with these metal stars. Make sure to check out the show every Saturday at 11pm.
Check after the jump to see which artists are scheduled for each episode.
Okay, so this doesn’t fit in with the standard genres that we here at Bloody-Disgusting usually cover. However, I love me some Steve Miller Band and when I karaoke, I will proudly go up and sing ‘Abracadabra’. So I have to say that I’m really excited when I read that Roadrunner Records and Steve Miller’s Space Cowboy Records joined up to release the first new Steve Miller Band album in 17 years!! ‘BINGO!’ is coming out June 15th and I’m definitely going to pick up a copy. Even cooler is that apparently, ‘BINGO!’ is one of TWO albums, the second of which is being released next year!
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