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)
VAN HALEN and SHINEDOWN have been nominated for Favorite Band at the People’s Choice Awards 2013. Click here to vote by November 15th.
Now in its 39th year, the People’s Choice Awards continues to be the only major awards show voted on entirely by the public for fan favorites in music, movies and television. The People’s Choice official website at PeoplesChoice.com houses the voting platform where fans determine the categories, nominees and winners for the annual awards show. Every year, potential nominees are determined by national ratings averages, box-office grosses, music sales and PeoplesChoice.com data, then vetted through EPoll Market Research.
The latest episode of Shinedown TV‘s “ONEonONE” features SHINEDOWN guitarist Zach Myers as he conducts a question-for-question interview with FOZZY frontman and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. Check it out below.
SHINEDOWN and FOZZY are taking part in this summer’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. The third annual rock extravaganza — which boasts a main stage lineup that also includes GODSMACK and STAIND — got underway on August 17 at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and continues through September 30.
SHINEDOWN‘s new album, “Amaryllis” debuted atop Billboard‘s “Rock Albums” chart and at #4 overall on The Billboard 200 — SHINEDOWN‘s biggest chart debut thus far — with over 105,000 units sold its first week out.
FOZZY‘s new album, “Sin And Bones”, sold around 3,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Members of MEGADETH, SHINEDOWN, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM, LAMB OF GOD and DEVILDRIVER spoke at this year’s Download festival about the recent Roadrunner Records “restructuring” under parent label Warner Music Group, which resulted in roughly 36 staff members worldwide being let go and several regional offices being closed (including the office in the U.K.). Check out what they had to say below. Also available is footage of the U.K. staff of Roadrunner Records being presented with the Inspiration award at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards on June 11 at Indigo2 in London, England.
In the U.S., Roadrunner is continuing to operate as a standalone frontline label, although 16 staffers in the States have lost their jobs, according to Billboard.biz. In addition, Roadrunner Records founder/CEO Cees Wessels left the label 17 months after the completion of its sale to the Warner Music Group.
Initially founded in the Netherlands in 1980, Roadrunner Records earned its place as one of the most prominent international independent record labels. The Roadrunner catalog boasts early releases from such seminal artists as KING DIAMOND, TYPE O NEGATIVE, SEPULTURA and ANNIHILATOR. More recently, the label has experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists NICKELBACK and SLIPKNOT, gold-certified STONE SOUR and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, as well as modern heavy hitters TRIVIUM and MACHINE HEAD.
Bands on U.K. office of Roadrunner closing down:
Roadrunner Records receiving Inspiration award at Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards:
Marvel Music/Hollywood Records announce the return of SOUNDGARDEN with the release of the band’s first song in 15 years, “Live To Rise”. The song will be featured in the end credits to this year’s highly anticipated movie, “Marvel’s The Avengers”. “Live To Rise” is included on “Avengers Assemble”, a 14-track compilation of music from and inspired by the film. “Avengers Assemble” will be released on May 1.
SOUNDGARDEN stated, “We’ve been hard at work on our new album, which will come out this fall. When the opportunity arose to write an original song for ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ film came our way, we thought it could be a cool match. We are excited to release our new song ‘Live To Rise’, which is also the only new song in the film.”
“The Avengers” original motion picture soundtrack, with score by Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning composer Alan Silvestri (“Captain America: The First Avenger”, “Forrest Gump”, the “Back To The Future” trilogy) will be available at online retailers on May 1.
In addition to SOUNDGARDEN‘s “Live To Rise”, the “Avengers Assemble” collection features original songs inspired by the exciting and action-packed film event. The diverse range of artists includes RISE AGAINST, SHINEDOWN, BUSH and REDLIGHT KING.
“Avengers Assemble” track listing:
01. Live To Rise – SOUNDGARDEN
02. I’m Alive – SHINEDOWN
03. Dirt And Roses – RISE AGAINST
04. Even If I Could – PAPA ROACH
05. Unbroken – BLACK VEIL BRIDES
06. Breath – SCOTT WEILAND
07. Comeback – REDLIGHT KING
08. Into The Blue – BUSH
09. A New Way To Bleed (Photek Remix)” – EVANESCENCE
10. Count Me Out – PUSHERJONES
11. Shoot To Thrill – THEORY OF A DEADMAN
12. Wherever I Go – BUCKCHERRY
13. From Out Of Nowhere – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
14. Shake The Ground – CHERRI BOMB
Additional track on the international release:
15. Pistols At Dawn – KASABIAN
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.”