Source: Classic Rock Magazine
SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers will release their fan-powered covers ten-track album as a six-track EP after they failed to secure release permission from every artist they’d originally included.
Fans had chosen the list of songs to be recorded acoustically – but Myers last month confirmed that Bon Jovi were amongst those unhappy with the project, and wouldn’t let them use a cover of Wanted Dead Or Alive.
The plan was for each song to be accompanied by a video – and Smith says that’s where problems arose. He explains: “Some of the artists were cool with letting us put them up on YouTube and show the video of the song being records. Some weren’t cool with the video, and that’s totally their decision.
“The first six were approved and good to go, and you could show the video with it and everything else, so those are the first six that we’re going to release.”
Along with the Bon Jovi song, Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight, Pearl Jam’s Black and Adele’s Someone Like You won’t appear. The pair still hope those covers can be released in audio only over the coming months.
In another change of plan, the digital Acoustic Sessions EP will be launched on January 28 as a Smith & Myers title instead of a Shinedown one. Hear their take on Clash classic London Calling below.
01. London Calling (The Clash)
02. Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay (Otis Redding)
03. Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
04. She Talks To Angels (Black Crowes)
05. Blue On Black (Kenny Wayne Shepard)
06. Runaway Train (Soul Asylum)
Eicca Toppinen of the Finnish rock cello quartet APOCALYPTICA has explained to The Pulse Of Radio why the band was forced to pull the vocals of SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith off their current single, “Not Strong Enough”.
Toppinen said that the whole thing was a case of record company politics. “When we were speaking with Brent and SHINEDOWN about the collaboration, we checked their schedule,” he said. “It was like, ‘Okay, they will be over with their album.’ Nobody expected that they will release seven singles from one album (‘The Sound Of Madness’). They were still going on radio in the fall with their own singles, and then the record company was like, ‘Okay, but you can’t go out with the Brent version of ‘Not Strong Enough’. And then we started to think about, ‘Okay, what shall we do? We have a great song in our hands, but we are not allowed to deliver it to radio.’”
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Finnish rock cello quartet APOCALYPTICA has been forced to pull the vocals of SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith off the band’s new single, “Not Strong Enough”. Smith’s vocal track remains on the version found on the group’s latest album, “7th Symphony”. But a source told The Pulse Of Radio that APOCALYPTICA failed to secure the right to release the song to radio with Smith’s voice on it from SHINEDOWN’s label, Atlantic Records. Instead, the radio version will feature vocals from HOOBASTANK’s Doug Robb.
APOCALYPTICA drummer Mikko Siren told The Pulse Of Radio how “Not Strong Enough” came together with Smith on vocals. “We met Brent some two years ago,” he said. “We did some festivals in (the) States and we saw them live, and we were really impressed of his voice. And the song itself, I think it really requires that strong voice who can sing that melodic lines, and he holds it up so great. So when we had the song and we remembered him being around, we asked him and we were lucky enough that he agreed to come in.”