Previously Unreleased LEMMY KILMISTER Recording With HEADCAT Guitarist Sees Light Of Day

Previously Unreleased LEMMY KILMISTER Recording With HEADCAT Guitarist Sees Light Of Day

Danny B. Harvey, the guitarist who played with Lemmy Kilmister for seventeen years in the rockabilly supergroup HEADCAT (formerly THE HEAD CAT), has just released a new CD collaboration with Annie Marie Lewis.

Niece of Jerry Lee Lewis, daughter of Linda Gayle Lewis and cousin of Mickey Gilley, Annie Marie Lewis is a great singer who continues to perform with Jerry Lee. On the CD, she does a duet of an early Elvis Presley song “Trying To Get To You”, featuring Lemmy on vocals and Danny on guitar and bass.

Harvey told BLABBERMOUTH.NET about how the recording came about: “Lemmy and I first discussed doing this duet about a year before he died when we were talking about how ‘Trying To Get To You’ would make a great country/ rock and roll duet because it’s a rockin’ love song. HEADCAT had recorded and released the song twice but there was also a third version that Lemmy loved his vocal take on but didn’t like our backing track as much. I told him I could fix it up and add Annie‘s vocal. As a lark, I did a rough mockup of it and played it for him during our second to last HEADCAT show in January 2015. He loved it and told me to ‘proceed with caution’ and laughed. He never got to hear the final version because he passed away before I could play it for him. I had it with me the last time I hung out with him, at his seventieth-birthday celebration two weeks before he died, but because of the circumstances of the birthday celebration, with all his friends [there], his being tired and not feeling well, we discussed it briefly but I never got to play it for him. Two weeks later, he passed without me getting to play it for him. After a year of deciding what to do with the duet, I decided to release it in time for the fortieth anniversary of Elvis‘s passing. Since it came out two weeks ago, it’s been well received and I know Lemmy would have loved it, him being such a big fan of Jerry Lee and Elvis.

“Interesting note: On December 13, 2015, as Lemmy, Annie, his girlfriend and myself got up to leave the Rainbow to return to his birthday celebration at the Whisky, I snapped a picture of the three of them. It not only turned out to be the last picture of Lemmy at the Rainbow but also the last known photo of him taken while he was alive. When he passed away, all over Europe they posted that photo of Lemmy, Annie and Cheryl as his ‘last pic.’ It’s a weird irony that I took the last photo of Lemmy and Annie Marie in the photo.”

Danny B. Harvey and Annie Marie Lewis‘s 14-song CD, “Reckless, Wild & Crazy”, can be purchased at www.dannybharvey.com.

HEADCAT, which also features Slim Jim Phantom (THE STRAY CATS) on drums, recently recruited former MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent as the replacement for Lemmy.


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Previously Unreleased LEMMY KILMISTER Recording With HEADCAT Guitarist Sees Light Of Day
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COREY TAYLOR Would Rather Release Albums Than Standalone Singles

COREY TAYLOR Would Rather Release Albums Than Standalone Singles

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor told New Zealand’s Stuff that he doesn’t believe that the physicality of actual albums or CDs will ever die out despite the rise of music streaming and the likes of Spotify. “I’d much rather put out an album, you know?” he said. “As much as I want to embrace the new way, I also really love the old way. And while many people stream, there are just as many people who still love to buy the physical copy.

“So, for me, it’s about really kind of tap-dancing and keeping one foot on either side and trying to embrace the future, while not turning your back on the past.”

Taylor said that he understand why bands are less incentivized to make full-length records, with digital music sales continuing to fall as the music business inches closer to an access-over-ownership model.

“Any way you can get music out to people I am all about and I encourage people to do it,” he said. “But, at the same time, there is something to be said about putting the creativity and the art into making an actual album.”

Back in 2015, Taylor said that record labels were continuing to lose the digital music battle or piracy war because they couldn’t “catch up with the technology.” He told the “Eddie Trunk Podcast”: “For me, it’s an interesting dichotomy. Because, on one hand, you’ve got people who are streaming, but then they use that to decide whether or not they wanna buy the album, as opposed to illegal downloading. But then there’s the other side of it where people are kind of using it as, basically, satellite radio, where it’s, like, ‘I’m just gonna listen to this.’ But people still pay a subscription for it. So, in one way or another, the economy is still working. It’s just that… We can’t catch up with the technology; that’s the problem. There’s so many innovations that the powers that be can’t figure out… they can’t get ahead of it.”

Taylor added that rejecting the streaming business model has been a losing battle for the labels even if fighting for higher royalties from streaming services is noble. However, hoping the likes of Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music all just die so we could return to the age of $18 CDs is simply not realistic.

“It’s funny, ’cause I look at it like chasing a serial killer, basically,” Corey said. “It’s, like, you’re constantly trying to get ahead of them, following the evidence of what’s going to happen next, so you can stop it. The labels have kind of started doing that — they’re trying to see where it’s going to head — but because the technology’s so frenetic, you can’t really get ahead of it. So you’ve got people like me… And I’m very fortunate — I kind of established myself before any of that happened. I mean, we were the last generation… We got grandfathered in, as I like to say.”

STONE SOUR is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, “Hydrograd”, which was released on June 30 via Roadrunner Records. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER.
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P.O.D. Premieres New Track 'Soundboy Killa'

P.O.D. Premieres New Track 'Soundboy Killa'

P.O.D. has released a brand new song called “Soundboy Killa”. The track, which can be streamed below, is the first fresh music from the Southern California outfit since the arrival of its ninth studio album, “The Awakening”. That disc came out in August 2015 via T-Boy/UMC and was produced by the band’s longtime collaborator and friend Howard Benson, who has previously worked with IN FLAMES and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others.

P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval stated about “Soundboy Killa”: “Rock and roll has become entertainment that just says what the consumer wants to hear. There’s no more edge or rebellion that sets it apart from the norm. ‘Soundboy Killa’ is classic P.O.D. guitar-riff power, headbanging groove with the lyrical attitude and edge missing in today’s rock and roll.”

In early September, P.O.D. will embark on the “Soundboy Killaz” fall tour with special guests ALIEN ANT FARM, POWERFLO and FIRE FROM THE GODS.


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GODSMACK Has Seven 'Great' Songs Completed For Next Album: 'It Is A New Sound For Us'

GODSMACK Has Seven 'Great' Songs Completed For Next Album: 'It Is A New Sound For Us'

GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin spoke to The Morning Call about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s follow-up to 2014’s “1000hp” album. The group’s seventh studio disc will arrive in 2018 to coincide with the group’s twentieth anniversary.

Larkin said: “We have a strong seven [songs completed] right now, but we also have another ten that are works in progress. But we do have the majority of the new record, and I’m really happy with it. It’s great songs, man, and that’s why it takes us usually four years in between albums, ’cause we really care about our songs [laughs], obviously, but this time it’s the twenty-year anniversary — 2018 — of the band, so we felt a little extra pressure to make this a great record after two decades.”

Regarding the musical direction of the new GODSMACK material, Larkin said: “It is a new sound for us in that we’re working with different producers and so we’re trying to implement some kind of new sound without losing our heritage. But, you know, we tried it before in different ways. On the ‘IV’ record, for instance… Well, we’ll go back to ‘Faceless’. On the ‘Faceless’ record, we wanted to make a real metal record that was very precise and tight, so we got [producer] David Bottrill, who was famous for working with TOOL and et cetera. And then the next record, ‘IV’, we wanted to take a much more bluesy, classic-rock stand with our sound, and so we got Andy Johns to produce — who had worked with [LED] ZEPPELIN and THE WHO, and he’s a legend, rest in peace. Then with [the 2010 album] ‘The Oracle’, we got Dave Fortman in, who was famous for SLIPKNOT and EVANESCENCE, and kind of went back to a heavier sound. And then the last one — you know, each one’s thematic, you can tell what we’re doing. Each one also was separated by four years, so we had lots of time to kind of think about ‘Okay, we want to change the sound.’ We understand what we are — we know we can’t completely change our sound, but with the said, when you’re together this long, we don’t want to keep making the same record over and over again, either. So the last record, ‘1000hp’, we kind of wanted to make that a more raw — using a little more punk rock influence on our tempos and stuff. And so this one, again, we’re not trying to reveal too much here in the press, ’cause we do want some kind of, ‘Wow! That’s new GODSMACK!’ you know? But we are working with different producers now who are helping with songwriting, even, and arrangement to try and get some kind of relevant new sound for our twenty-year band.”

According to Larkin, no one has heard the new GODSMACK music “except the four of us and several producers that we’re working with in L.A., who I’m not even gonna mention because we haven’t picked the actual guy who we’re gonna hire to guide us through this. So it’s all hush-hush right now, unfortunately,” he said. “But I can tell you this, man — it’s still going to be GODSMACK, and the songs I’m really happy with.”

Shannon said that the plan is still for GODSMACK to release a new single in January, with the full-length album to follow around April. “We’d like to go to other counties first while the single goes so that people can kind of get familiar with it by the time we go out and tour America,” he said. “So we might go to — February, March through Europe or maybe Australia, we’ll figure it out. But we’d like to leave the country for a while our new single comes out to radio, and then by the time next April we’ll start the American tour, and hopefully people will be at least familiar with one of the tracks.”

Larkin added that GODSMACK has yet to make a decision as to which of the new songs will be released as the first single. “There’s lots of different elements that are important in picking a new single,” he explained. “It’s not just — especially if you’re lucky enough to have three or four options, then we gotta look at, like, for instance, a movie soundtrack is like a great way to get your new single heard, and so, obviously, if it’s an action movie we wouldn’t want to use some kind of slow-tempo ballad-type song or something. It’ll be a more up-tempo action song… But, basically three of the songs out of seven we feel would have single capability commercially. And so we have to wait to see what opportunities arise for the launch of the actual song before we can pick which song it’ll be.”

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna said in a recent interview that the band will “open a new chapter” in its career by adopting “a new sound, a new stage and a new look” in time for the release its next studio album. He said: “We have made a conscious decision to kind of change the game a bit… We’re gonna change things up enough, maintain the integrity of what we are and what we do. But it feels so far that the writing is going a little bit more down into a commercial, mainstream kind of feel. But, again, without losing the power and the stuff that we built our heritage on.”

Erna‘s latest comments echoed those he made last month in an interview with “Whiplash”, the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie. Speaking about his songwriting is evolving, Erna remarked: “I’m not that young, angry kid that I used to be once. I’m a lot older now, I have a daughter of my own, I’m in a good place in my life. I don’t have a whole lot to really be stressed out about or mad. And so the music has to evolve with that.”

He continued: “So now where things are a little bit brighter and a little bit better, we’re not gonna write about flowers and ice cream, but I certainly think that it’s gonna have a little bit more positive of a message and I definitely think it’s even gonna have a little bit more of a commercial edge to it. Because we’re older now, and we wanna kind of continue to write and play music that we also enjoy and not always have to be in ‘screamo’ mode and chugging away.”

Erna said that he wants to focus on composing “really well-written songs,” adding, “I listen to a lot of great songwriters — Elton John, Michael Jackson, whoever it is that has been legendary and iconic. And I try once again to absorb and learn from them so we can put out the best record we can due to the year and the day and age that we’re in.”

GODSMACK‘s last release was a song called “Inside Yourself”, which was made available in October 2015 as a free download at the band’s official web site.

The new GODSMACK CD will be its first effort for BMG, following a split with the band’s label home since 1998, Republic/Universal.
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