JOE SATRIANI Is Working On Two New Albums While In Quarantine

Legendary guitarist Joe Satriani spoke to Australian Musician about how he has been staying busy during the coronavirus downtime. He said (see video below): “I got it in my head that I wanted to create two separate records in the next few months. One would be another instrumental album, and another would be a vocal-oriented record, but they would be centered around my live band. The unusual nature of that was because the band is so unique, with Kenny Aronoff on drums and Bryan Beller on bass guitar and an Australian phenomenal musician Rai Thistlethwayte on keyboards and guitar, who’s also a fantastic singer.”

According to Satriani, while his previously announced tour in support of his latest studio album, “Shapeshifting”, has been “put on hold” due to the coronavirus crisis, he and the rest of this band “have been texting each other music almost every day, and so we’re all on board thinking that remotely we’re gonna build these records over the next number of months. So that’s what we’re doing with this time at home — we’re trying to be as creative as possible.”

“Shapeshifting” was released on April 10 via Sony Music/Legacy Recordings. The disc was co-produced by Satriani and Jim Scott (FOO FIGHTERS, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS) with longtime associate John Cuniberti on board handling the mastering duties. Satriani enlisted a wide range of collaborators, both old and new, to help him bring the songs to life. Aronoff, bassist Chris Chaney (JANE’S ADDICTION) and keyboardist Eric Caudieux were the core musicians on the new album, with additional contributions coming from Lisa Coleman (THE REVOLUTION) and Christopher Guest.

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BLAZE BAYLEY Says Making Albums Is A ‘Very Long’ And ‘Intense’ Process

British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley, who fronted IRON MAIDEN more than 20 years ago, was recently interviewed by mental health advocate and musician Todd D. Goldfinger about his career and the struggles along the way. Speaking about how he has been staying busy during the coronavirus downtime, Blaze said: “We have a long schedule and we have a long lead-up, so we plan things well in advance. That’s how I was able to do ‘Infinite Entanglement’ as three albums in three years with three tours, and a fourth tour to go with it. And we already planned right now to be working on a new studio album.

“The next release that I’m doing is a vinyl of ‘Tenth Dimension’ and the anniversary tour to go with that, but at this time, in all the spaces that we have between the summer festivals, we were always going to be working on new songs and on my ‘Infinite Entanglement’ book. So I was supposed to be at home anyway, working at home. I’d been on tour forever. And then the governments say, ‘You should work at home now.’ And I’m, like, I’m already working at home. Now somebody’s telling me to do something I’m already doing — the most annoying thing, probably, that you can possibly experience. I’m, like, you’re telling me to do what I’m already doing. Now I don’t wanna do that. I wanna go out. So that’s been a challenge.

“But yeah, that’s what I’m doing,” he continued. “I needed a big break between writing part three of the trilogy, because we used so much energy, creatively and physically, to get those albums on time, to get them done, that I really needed a fresh place to start from. And I’m very lucky that my manager found a way to get me to this place.

“I did not wanna bring out an album that was rushed and that I had to just get an album out. I wanted to bring out an album with time to go, ‘Okay, I can leave that song alone for a couple of weeks, three weeks, and then come back to it. And how do I feel.’ And polish a lot of things. And this is what’s worked for me in the past when I’ve had time to do that.

“So that’s what I’m doing right now,” Blaze added. “It’s a very long process. It’s intense at times, but it’s writing those lyrics, working on the music, and trying to get this magical triangle where the music and the lyric and the melody express the same feeling. And when that works, when you find that place, that is a song, for me, that really lives and is something to be so proud of. But that is not an easy thing — for me, anyway. It’s a constant search and sometimes a battle to find a way to get these three elements to come together.”

In April, Blaze released “Live In Czech”, a live album and DVD recorded last fall at the Melodka venue in Brno, Czech Republic. The theme of the tour followed on from Blaze‘s “Infinite Entanglement” trilogy of albums and the setlist particularly featured some of the more epic songs from the trilogy which hadn’t previously been included in concert setlists. The set also contained a selection of songs from his albums with IRON MAIDEN during the 1990s.

In September, Blaze plans to reissue his 2002 album “Tenth Dimension” with new packaging and upgraded artwork. There will also be a vinyl version for the first time.

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THE PRETTY RECKLESS’s TAYLOR MOMSEN: ‘Rock And Roll And Live Music Can’t Go Away’

THE PRETTY RECKLESS frontwoman Taylor Momsen was recently interviewed by the 93.3 WMMR radio station. Asked if she thinks the coronavirus crisis will have a long-lasting effect on the touring industry and live events, Taylor said (hear audio below): “Oh, man, I don’t know. When it comes back, I’m sure it’s a gonna be a little different — I’m sure there’s gonna be some regulations that are different or safety codes or whatever. But the one thing I do know is that rock and roll and live music, that can’t go away — it simply can’t. It’s needed in the world, and I know that musicians will figure out a way to do it. I joined a band to play live — I can’t not play — so we’ll figure it out.”

Speaking about how she is spending her time in quarantine, Momsen said: “Honestly, I’ve been basically quarantined for the past three years. We had a hard couple of years and I kind of went down and stepped out of the public eye to gather myself and make this album [the upcoming ‘Death By Rock And Roll’]. So I was really looking forward to getting back out on the road. With releasing the first single and getting back out on tour, I was, like, ‘I’m back — back into society.’ And, obviously, this has put a damper on that. So I’m kind of used to the quarantine lifestyle. However, I’m extraordinarily sad that we can’t play right now, because I just so badly wanna get onstage and scream ‘Death By Rock And Roll’.”

Momsen confirmed in a separate interview with Detroit radio station WRIF that RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello guests on “Death By Rock And Roll”. Morello appears on a track called “And So It Went”.

Morello joins previously announced guests Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron from SOUNDGARDEN. The song with Cameron and Thayil, called “Only Love Can Save Me Now”, was recorded at Seattle’s legendary London Bridge Studios, where seminal LPs like PEARL JAM‘s “Ten” and SOUNDGARDEN‘s “Louder Than Love” were laid down.

Momsen told The Pulse Of Radio about working at the historic Seattle studio: “In one way, it was kind of like walking back in time. You come in and there’s just all the PEARL JAM gold records and paintings and there’s a wall that’s covered in signed drumheads and pictures of people who’ve worked there. And then the studio itself is very warm and inviting, very comfortable. So it was very suited to what I was used to, but with all this added history to it.”

“Death By Rock And Roll”, the fourth studio album from THE PRETTY RECKLESS, will arrive in late 2020 or early 2021. It will follow up 2016’s “Who You Selling For”, which featured the rock radio hits “Oh My God”, “Back To The River” and “Take Me Down”.

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SLIPKNOT’s COREY TAYLOR Completes Recording Debut Solo Album

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor has finished recording his debut solo album.

The 46-year-old rocker broke the news of the LP’s completion during an appearance earlier today (Friday, May 22) on We Are Hear‘s “Raise Your Horns With Lzzy Hale”, hosted by HALESTORM‘s Lzzy Hale.

Asked what he has been working on during the coronavirus crisis, Taylor said (see video below): “I secretly recorded my first solo album. I did with the band I’ve been using for my solo shows for years, and just a bunch of people that I’ve been working with forever. So it’s Jason [Christopher on bass], Dustin [Schoenhofer] on drums, from WALLS OF JERICHO and countless other things, and [guitarist] Zach Throne, who I’ve been jamming with for a long time, and Tooch [guitarist Christian Martucci], actually, from STONE SOUR. All five of us did it. We went in and we recorded 25 songs in about two and a half weeks, and we did everything live. And it’s dope — really, really cool.”

Regarding the material that will appear on the album, Taylor said: “All the songs are things that I’ve written over the years but they didn’t really fit with either band. So it’s stuff that I’ve just kind of been sitting on. And I realized — I just kind of turned around and I was just, like, ‘Geez, I’ve got all these songs.’ And I’ve been kind of talking about doing a solo album anyway, and I was just, like, ‘This is the perfect time to do it.’ And picking those guys was the perfect combo, ’cause we all just love the same kinds of music — the same kinds of rock, the same kinds of punk, the same kinds of metal, the same kinds of everything — and we all were able to incorporate those influences into everything.”

Taylor went on to say that “it’s been really hard to not talk about” the project since the completion of the recording sessions. “But we’re really stoked,” he added. “And the label didn’t throw up when they heard it.”

Corey previously told WhatCulture Music about the musical direction of his solo LP: “It’s definitely going to be rock-based, but it’s going to be rock meets so many different things. There will be harder-edged stuff, but there also will be big, expansive, huge, world-changing guitar songs that you’re going to want to sing along to. That’s just who I am, and I’m not going to fight who I am.”

Taylor told told SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation” that solo album will feature guest appearances by a number of well-known musicians from other groups. “I’m gonna have a core band that goes in, but I’m definitely gonna have a bunch of my friends come in and do some stuff,” he said.

Corey has said that his solo album wouldn’t arrive before 2021.

SLIPKNOT recently canceled all of its previously announced summer 2020 tour dates, including the “Knotfest Roadshow”, Knotfest UK and Knotfest At Sea, due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe.

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IRON MAIDEN’s NICKO MCBRAIN Talks Early Drumming Influences: ‘My Style Came From The Bass Players I Was Playing With’

IRON MAIDEN‘s Nicko McBrain discussed his drumming influences during a May 21 live webinar with Modern Drummer magazine. He said (see video below): “I went through a pop phase when I was learning THE [ROLLING] STONES, THE BEATLES and Marvin Gaye — all those kind of guys. I was playing pop music, soul music and went into blues. And then, obviously, for my style, the music that I was playing in the late ’60s, early ’70s transferred into this kind of funk stuff. That was my main go-to — what I loved to play… So my style came from all these genres of music.

“How I think really my style progressed was the bass players I played with,” he continued. “They were primarily funk players. And then when I [played] with Pat Travers, we had the great and wonderful ‘Mars’ Peter Cowling on bass. And that guy and I, we just clicked. ‘Cause I had this funk side to me, and yet I also had a flamboyant side, which was a more percussive player, because there was only three of us.

“My style really came from the bass players I was playing [with] and the music I was listening to at that time,” he added. “But I still took that early feel that I had, ’cause I grew up listening to the greats in the ’60s. It was ’63 when I first really got into playing; I was 10 years old… That’s where my influences came from — those bands at that time.”

Tapped to replace Clive Burr in 1982 after touring activities for “Number Of The Beast” concluded, McBrain brought a degree of finesse and technicality that was largely missing from IRON MAIDEN‘s early output. Whereas Burr was often lauded for his heavy-handed, punk-oriented style, McBrain was largely the opposite, playing with a degree of dexterity and flair that helped primary songwriter Steve Harris take MAIDEN down more adventurous paths. He is now the third longest-tenured member of MAIDEN, behind Harris and guitarist Dave Murray.

McBrain spent his early drumming years playing for the likes of Pat Travers and French rockers TRUST, eventually falling onto the radar of Harris and MAIDEN during the group’s initial European tour.

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