Soundgarden debut their first new song for 15 years 'Live To Rise'
Soundgarden have debuted their first new song for over 15 years, which is titled 'Live To Rise'. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to hear the track.
The track is taken from the soundtrack for the new Hollywood blockbuster The Avengers, which also features Kasabian, Rise Against, Bush, Black Veil Brides, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch and Evanescence.
Soundgarden are currently putting the finishing touches to their sixth studio album, which will be their first new record since 1996's 'Down On The Upside'. They reunited in 2010, 12 years after they originally split up.
The band will come to the UK this summer to headline Hard Rock Calling festival in London. Soundgarden, who will also perform at this summer's Download Festival, join Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon in headlining the event.
The Avengers will be released in the UK under the title of Marvel Avengers Assemble on April 26. It will be released in the US simply as The Avengers.
"We were set to come over to the UK in 1965, then the British Invasion kicked in and wiped us off the charts so the tour got cancelled," says Dal Winslow, guitarist/vocalist with Minneapolis garage-surf combo The Trashmen, explaining his band's absence from UK shores.
Some 50 years after they formed in Minnesota, the band are finally due to make their UK debut when they play Le Beat Bespoke Weekender in London on April 7.
"It's taken us so long but we're really thrilled to be coming over," says guitarist Tony Andreason. "We still try and pack in that same energy that we always had and there's no fooling around between songs. We like to give people what they want."
Included in the crowd-pleasing stakes is an obligatory rendition of Surfin' Bird, the band's 1963 gonzoid hit which has also guaranteed them immortality, and which has been covered by everyone from the Ramones to The Cramps as well as being used in assorted TV shows, Family Guy among them. So where does the evergreen appeal of the track lie?
"Oh, that's easy," says Andreason. "It endures because it's odd. It It's like an ear-worm, it gets stuck in your head. And it's a fun party song that always gets people going. We still love playing it live."
Splitting in '67 as assorted band members disappeared into "corporate America", The Trashmen returned in 1982, playing selected shows prior to the death of original drummer Steve Wahrer from cancer seven years later. Bassist Bob Reed's son, Robin, has since stepped into the breach as the band have continued to play selective shows.
"When we started doing shows again in the 1980s we did a show in a Minneapolis suburb and Dylan showed up to see us," says Winslow. "In Rolling Stone they asked him what bands he'd seen recently and he mentioned us and said a lot of kind things about us. That was great and it helped get our name out there again."
A further and more recent sign of popular approbation came in 2010 when Surfin' Bird was used in a Facebook campaign to keep the X-Factor's Matt Cardle from top the Christmas singles chart. It failed but subsequently Surfin' Bird entered the UK chart at Number Three.
"That was so surreal!" laughs Tony. "It proves you can't keep a good song down and it made us realize that we wished we'd come over here earlier."
So what does this first UK visit represent to Winslow and Andreason after all these year?
"To us the UK was a mystic thing," says the latter. "We knew that the Dave Clark Five, Gerry And The Pacemakers and The Beatles came from there but we had no idea what it was like."
"We'd played songs by The Searchers and The Stones in our set and we had a great deal of respect for that music, but we always looked at the UK with envy," admits Winslow. "Now, we'll be able to see what it's really like and we'll be able to actually play in front of a real UK audience. We can't wait."
The Trashmen play Le Beat Bespoké on April 7 at The Venue, 229 Great Portland Street, London. The event runs across the entire Easter weekend and also includes the likes of The Jim Jones Revue, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, July, The Sorrows, The Poets and a whole lot more.
The Foo Fighters help out John Fogerty on new album
by SALLY BAILEY
Not only will John Fogerty perform classic Creedence Clearwater Revival albums at Bluesfest 2012. He has also got an album in the pipeline featuring some of his best-known Creedence songs recorded with a bunch of special guests.
Billboard has reported that the album " Wrote a Song for Everyone" will feature songs such as “Fortunate Son” performed with The Foo Fighters and a duet with Bob Seger on “Who’ll Stop the Rain”. Other collaborations will feature on the album with likes of My Morning Jacket and country stars such as, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley all taking part.
A film company in Brazil has acquired the rights to turn Bob Dylan’s 15th album ‘Blood On The Tracks’ into a motion picture.
RT Films says it has bought film rights to the 1975 Dylan classic and will begin shooting the movie in the UK soon.
Dylan said in his 2004 memoir ‘Chronicles Volume 1’ that the album was inspired by the short stories of Anton Chekhov but at the time of release it was thought that the lyrics were about the personal break-up with wife Sara he was going through at the time.
In a radio interview years later Dylan said “A lot of people tell me they enjoy that album. It’s hard for me to relate to that. I mean, it, you know, people enjoying that type of pain, you know?”
In a statement, Rordigo Teixeira of RT Films said, “As long time admirers of one of the greatest albums in the history of music, we feel privileged to be making this film”.
“Our goal is to work with a filmmaker who can create a classic drama with characters and an environment that capture the feelings that the album inspires in all fans.”
The original Blood On The Tracks tracklisting was:
1. “Tangled Up in Blue” – 5:42 (Sound 80 Studio – Minneapolis, MN – December 30, 1974)
2. “Simple Twist of Fate” – 4:19 (A & R Studios – New York, NY – September 19, 1974)
3. “You’re a Big Girl Now” – 4:36 (Sound 80 Studio – Minneapolis, MN – December 27, 1974)
4. “Idiot Wind” – 7:48 (Sound 80 Studio – Minneapolis, MN – December 27, 1974)
5. “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” – 2:55 (A & R Studios – New York, NY – September 17, 1974)
1. “Meet Me in the Morning” – 4:22 (A & R Studios – New York, NY – September 16, 1974)
2. “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” – 8:51 (Sound 80 Studio – Minneapolis, MN – December 30, 1974)
3. “If You See Her, Say Hello” – 4:49 (Sound 80 Studio – Minneapolis, MN – December 30, 1974)
4. “Shelter from the Storm” – 5:02 (A & R Studios – New York, NY – September 17, 1974)
“Buckets of Rain” – 3:22 (A & R Studios – New York, NY – September 19, 1974)
Barry McKenna, the Last of the Original Dubliners, Dead at 72
Barry McKenna, the last member of the original lineup of the Dubliners, has passed away at the age of 72. A friend reported that he was having morning tea with McKenna when Barry's head just fell to his chest.
McKenna, known as one of the great banjo players in Irish music, started playing the instrument at an early age in lieu of his chosen but more expensive instrument, the mandolin. He helped form the Dubliners, originally called The Ronnie Drew Band, in Dublin with Drew, Luke Kelly and Ciarán Bourke.
The Dubliners got their professional break when they appeared at the 1963 Edinburgh Festival, leading to a stint on the BBC program Hootenanny. They soon signed with Transatlantic Records which released their first album, The Dubliners, in 1964. Through their recordings and concerts, McKenna became known for his performances of sea shanties and love songs. He was also known for his story telling, also known as Barneyisms.
McKenna was in the middle of celebrating his 50th year with the group when he died. He had previously seen the passing of Kelly in 1984, Bourke in 1988 and Drew in 2008.
He is survived by his partner Tina, a sister and a brother.
Manager, Graham Bidstrup has confirmed in a statement this afternoon that Jimmy Little passed away in his sleep this morning.
Jimmy Little grew up on the Cummeragunja Mission on the Murray River in New South Wales Australia. In 1955 he left for Sydney to pursue a career in music where he was nicknamed "Gentleman Jim" and "The Honey Voice" for his mellow singing style.
Having released seventeen singles in the period between 1956 and 1963, it was his song "Royal Telephone" that went to number 1 in Sydney and Number 3 in Melbourne in November 1963.
In 1994 Little was inducted into the Tamworth Country Music Roll of Renown and also released his 14th album Yorta Yorta Man. Five years later, Little was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame as well as winning the ARIA award for Best Adult Contemporary Album. The album was "Messenger" and featured cover versions of songs by the likes of Crowded House, The Church, The Sunnyboys and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. Also in 1999, Little won Best Male Artist of the Year and Best Single Release of the Year at "The Deadlys" the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Awards.
Jimmy Little went on to release the album Resonate in 2001, featuring songs written by Don Walker, Paul Kelly and Dave Graney. His final and 34th studio album "Life's What You Make It " was released in 2004 which was the same year he received a kidney transplant after being diagnosed with kidney failure in 2002. It was also the year that saw him appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours.
Following his kidney transplant Jimmy Little set up The Jimmy Little Foundation to assist indigenous Australians succumbing to kidney disease. The Foundation works with patients in regional Australia and partners with The Fred Hollows Foundation to develop education and nutrition programs for indigenous children in order to curb the cycle of bad nutrition that can lead to kidney failure.
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