Baroness, Pink Floyd & More – Q101 Music News For Sept. 24th 2014

Baroness, Pink Floyd & More – Q101 Music News For Sept. 24th 2014

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Baroness Talks About New Album

in a new interview, John Baizley spoke with Steel For Brains about Baroness’ next record: “We’re in the midst, and I think or I hope that we’re entering the second half of writing right now. I think we’re beginning to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel as far as that’s concerned. It’s kinda like at this point we’ve been off tour since February. That’s a very long time for me. I haven’t been off tour this long in nearly twelve years of playing music.

But I’ve got family and everything, so it’s nice to have a break from touring. We definitely wanna get back out and do the things that we’re good at: travel and adventure, meet new people, play more shows, go places we haven’t been before.

As you and probably everyone else know, we had to go through a pretty significant lineup change last year after the crash. They didn’t want to tour anymore, and that’s fine. No hard feelings and no love lost. I still love those guys. But changing 50% of your band is a pretty big deal, and we were unsure how that would play out, and it’s taken a little time just to let it sink in and become a well-oiled machine again.

We definitely had the lag thing immediately. It took very little time to get that. When it comes to writing, though, it took a little while to become comfortable and for everybody just to be able to understand what writing in Baroness is like and what the band is ultimately going towards.
Fortunately that’s already happened and now we’re just kind of kicking ass and writing. It’s hard to say any timeline. I don’t feel like I’m talking out of turn or giving away an secrets, but we’re definitely not doing another double record. We wanted to do it once.

We knew the idea was preposterous, and we knew that it was asking a lot from people, and that was such a focus the last time we wrote. Now we’re kind of on the opposite end of the spectrum. It’s very much more focused than the last record. I think it’d be interesting if Baroness put out a record that you didn’t need to put on two pieces of vinyl if you were to press it, so we’ll see if that can happen.

As of a couple of weeks ago I was listening to some of the rehearsals and demos we’ve done, and I’m super amped on where we are now. The fact that we’re still writing music, and the fact that it’s still got that intrinsic Baroness sound to it despite or in spite of what we’ve gone through – I’m super thrilled about that. As always it’ll be interesting to see what happens when the record comes out. We’re happy we still have an audience.

We’re happy we’re still alive. We wanna keep playing. Artistically speaking I’m just trying to find the time to make things happen. I’ve got a couple of things including one big solo show that I’ll be talking about in four or five months, and as always I’m doing the Baroness cover which traditionally takes hundreds and hundreds of hours, so I’m just gearing up for that.

Pink Floyd Discuss ‘The Endless River’

“‘The Endless River’ has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions,” explains Gilmour. “We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we’ve added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.”

“‘The Endless River’ is a tribute to Rick,” adds Mason. “I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.”

Ace Frehley Says “Let there be rock!”

“I can’t wait to hit the road again with this new lineup,” says Frehley.

2014 Ace Frehley Tour Dates
11/13 – New Brunswick, N.J. – State Theatre
11/14 – Sugar Loaf, N.Y. – Sugar Loaf PAC
11/15 – Greensburg, Pa. – Palace Theatre
11/17 – Durham, N.C. – Carolina Theatre
11/18 – Annapolis, Md. – Ram’s Head
11/20 – Huntington, N.Y. – Paramount
11/21 – Uncasville, Ct. – Wolf Den
11/22 – Atlantic City, N.J. – Music Box @ Borgata
11/24 – New York, N.Y. – BB King’s
11/25 – New York, N.Y. – BB King’s
11/26 – Glenside, Pa. – Keswick Theatre

Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell Is Going In For Stem-cell Surgery

Speaking with Las Vegas’ KOMP 92.3 on the ’92 Minutes of Hair With Mel’ program, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott stated, “Vivian, for the second time, is now in remission. The first time we were told he was in remission and he was, but it didn’t take. It didn’t stay; it came back. But this time, through clever management with his doctors, they were able to monitor him through the whole tour, so he could do the tour with KISS this summer.”

Elliott added, “As we speak, he’s getting ready to go in to have stem-cell surgery, which will hopefully get rid of this thing once and for all. So, up until Christmas, he’s gonna be kind of out of action, because once they start on this, they have to keep him so locked down and away from germs and stuff. I think anybody visiting him has to put on one of those nuclear suits. He’ll be locked away and he’ll be the boy in the bubble, but he’s very confident that he can do this and his spirits are great.”

Nonpoint, Gemini Syndrome, Islander And 3 Years Hollow On Tour

2014 Nonpoint, Gemini Syndrome, Islander and 3 Years Hollow Tour Dates
10/23 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Rock House
10/24- Kent, Ohio – The Outpost
10/25 – Syracuse, N.Y. – Lost Horizon
10/26 – New York, N.Y. – Webster Hall
10/28 – Patchogue, N.Y. – The Emporium
10/29 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – Putnam Den
10/30 – South Burlington, Vt. – The Venue
10/31 – Hampton, N.H. – Wally’s Pub
11/01 – Hartford, Ct. – Webster Theater
11/02 – Sayreville, N.J. – Starland Ballroom
11/03 – Baltimore, Md. – Ottobar
11/04 – Virginia Beach, Va. – Shakas
11/05 – Jacksonville, N.C. – Hooligans
11/07 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Revolution Live
11/08 – Orlando, Fla. – Kink Music Festival
11/11 – Cape Coral, Fla. – Dixie Roadhouse
11/12 – St. Petersburg, Fla. – State Theater
11/13 – Jacksonville, Fla. – 1904 Music Hall
11/14 – Destin, Fla. – Club LA
11/15 – Biloxi, Miss. – Kress Live
11/16 – New Orleans, La. – The Parish
11/18 – Little Rock, Ark. – Juanitas
11/19 – Houston, Texas – Scout Bar
11/20 – San Antonio, Texas – Scout Bar
11/21 – Dallas, Texas – Trees
11/22 – Wichita, Kan. – The Cotillion
11/23 – Merriam, Kan. – Aftershock

Lenny Kravitz Coming To Letterman To Promote New Album

“This record brought me back to a place of what I love so much about music, back to the feelings I had when I was in high school,” says Kravitz. “It’s a real rock & roll record – it’s raw, it’s got soul and it came together really quickly.”

Dave Lombardo Lets Loose In Interview

“How do you feel about never playing Slayer songs again? Can you see yourself not doing that?”
Lombardo responded, “Ehhmm… ok, here we go! I answer this f—ing question and next thing you know, Blabbermouth is all, ‘He doesn’t see himself playing Slayer songs ever again!” and out of the entire f—ing interview, that one f—ing line is taken. I’m not answering it! I’m not gonna answer it because I’m f—ing sick and tired of it. No offense towards you, but it’s just so redundant. But you know what? Good press, bad press, I don’t give a f—! Just spell my name right! [Laughs] It’s all good, but I don’t wanna get into that.”

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