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  • Ex-Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard's Re Imaginos livestream show takes place Saturday
    by ABC Audio on April 9, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Credit: Ace BouchardJust a reminder that former Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard will play a special livestream concert this Saturday, April 10, that will feature, for the first time ever, a full performance of his 2020 solo album, Re Imaginos, which is a reworked version of his old band's 1988 concept album, Imaginos. The show will take place live from the Deko Entertainment label's 2Trax Studios, and will be viewable at Mandolin.com, starting at 4 p.m. ET. The event celebrates the arrival of a two-LP vinyl edition of Re Imaginos, which was released today. Bouchard will be performing live, with accompaniment from David Hirschberg on bass and backing vocals, as well as pre-recorded tracks. In addition, Albert tells ABC Audio that his brother and ex-Blue Oyster Cult band mate Joe Bouchard has contributed some video of him playing trumpet parts that will be featured in the presentation. In addition to performing all of Re Imaginos, Albert will be playing some Blue Oyster Cult deep cuts and solo tunes, as well as doing some musical improvisations. Standard tickets for the concert cost $10, while VIP tickets offering a virtual one-on-one meet and greet with Albert can be purchased for $40. Limited-edition colored-vinyl Re Imaginos bundles and a T-shirt commemorating the livestream event are available now at Merchbucket.com. Fans purchasing those items will receive a 10% discount on the livestream show. As previously reported, Bouchard says he recorded Re Imaginos for Blue Oyster Cult fans "so that they can hear a more properly realized version of the tale" told on the Imaginos album. Albert considers Re Imaginos a tribute to late Blue Oytser Cult manager, producer and lyricist Sandy Pearlman, whose surreal horror- and science fiction-influenced writings were the basis for Imaginos. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • What does Metallica's #BlackAlbum2021 post mean?
    by ABC Audio on April 9, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Credit: Ross HalfinMetallica fans are in a frenzy after the metal legends posted a hashtag related to their iconic 1991 self-titled release, aka The Black Album. On their Instagram, Metallica shared a video from a 2012 live performance of the Black Album closer "The Struggle Within." The caption includes a quote from the song -- "Boredom sets into the boring mind" -- as well as the hashtag #BlackAlbum2021. It's that list bit that's got everyone worked up. Since The Black Album turns 30 this year, fans are speculating that Metallica might be planning an anniversary tour. Also of note, the video in the Instagram post comes from a show in Nickelsdorf, Austria, during which 'Tallica performed all of The Black Album in reverse order. Nothing's been officially announced yet, though, so stay tuned. By Josh JohnsonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Dennis DeYoung debuts surreal video for upcoming album's lead single, "The Isle of Misanthrope"
    by ABC Audio on April 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Frontiers Music srlFormer Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung has released the lead single from his upcoming farewell studio album, 26 East, Volume 2, a six-minute, prog-rock-flavored rock tune titled "The Isle of Misanthrope" that's available now as a digital download and for streaming. Coinciding with the track's release, DeYoung has debuted a surreal, over-the-top music video for the song at his official YouTube channel. Writing about the clip on his Facebook page, DeYoung humorously points out that it features "rockin' monks, space travel, time machines, mysterious orbs, dinosaurs, ancient ruins, three masters, strange sunglasses, beautiful sea sirens, howling wolves, fake lutes, screaming guitar solos, funky monks, (can you ever have too many monks) and hidden Styx stuff." He adds, "There's a mysterious narrative unfolding in this six-minute opus with numerous musical and video twists and turns, harkening back to [Styx's] great Equinox and Grand Illusion albums. Harken harken." DeYoung explains in a statement that, lyrically, the songs "is a commentary on the contemporary state of mankind under the guise of ancient times. The more things change the more they remain the same." 26 East, Volume 2, a sequel to DeYoung's 2020 album 26 East, Volume 1, will be released on June 11, and is available for pre-order now. Ides of March and ex-Survivor member Jim Peterik, who co-wrote five songs that appeared on 26 East, Volume 1, collaborated on an additional four songs on Volume 2. Peterik also contributes guitar, bass and backing vocals to the record, while The Ides of March's horn section is featured on a track called "Hello Goodbye." In addition, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello lends his talents to the song "The Last Guitar Hero." Here's the full 26 East, Volume 2 track list: "Hello Goodbye""Land of the Living""The Last Guitar Hero""Your Saving Grace""Proof of Heaven""Made for Each Other""There's No Turning Back Time""St. Quarantine""So Little Did We Know""Always Time""Isle of Misanthrope""GIF" By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Cheap Trick's Tom Petersson reveals he's recuperating from a recent heart operation
    by ABC Audio on April 9, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Mike Pont/Getty ImagesOn Thursday night, Cheap Trick celebrated the release of their new studio album, In Another World, by performing on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Fans who watched the band's rendition of the rocking "Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll" probably noticed that bassist Tom Petersson was sitting down throughout the performance, and now he's revealed why that was. In a message posted on CheapTrick.com, Tom, who turns 71 next month, explains, "I had to have open heart surgery a month ago and I'm under doctor's orders to take it easy. I'm currently recuperating and slowly but surely getting stronger every day. Can't wait to get back to see all of you again soon." You can check out Cheap Trick's Late Show performance on the program's official YouTube channel. In Another World was released today, and features 13 tracks, including "Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll" and a cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth," the latter of which boasts a guest appearance by Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. Cheap Trick is scheduled to begin a tour of Australia on April 30 called Under the Southern Stars 2021 that also features Bush and Stone Temple Pilots. It's not known if Petersson will be participating in the trek, which runs through May 16. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Two-day 'Protect Live Music!' benefit livestream, featuring Kevin Cronin, Jerry Harrison & more, begins today
    by ABC Audio on April 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Courtesy of ConsequenceThe two-day virtual livestreamed music festival Protect Live Music! kicks off today, April 9, at 5 p.m. ET. REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin and Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads are among more than 90 artists who will perform during the benefit event, which is hosted by the website Consequence -- formerly Consequence of Sound -- and will raise money for the National Independent Venue Association, or NIVA. NIVA supports independent music venues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Other artists on the Protect Live Music! lineup include Bruce Hornsby, Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen's new band Mammoth WVH, Slash collaborator Myles Kennedy, The Melvins, The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon, Duane Betts of Allman Betts Band, and Hearty Har, the group led by John Fogerty's sons Shane and Tyler. Harrison will be teaming up with one-time Talking Heads touring guitarist Adrian Belew and Brooklyn-based group Turkuaz to play songs from his old band's 1980 album Remain in Light. To gain access to the streaming event, you can reserve virtual tickets by visiting Consequence.net. The festival will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET both today and on Saturday, April 10. You can check out a full schedule of the performances at Consequence.net. To raise money for the cause, a line of Protect Live Music! merchandise is being sold at Consequence's online store. By Matt Friedlander and Josh JohnsonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen says with new album, band has "become more thoughtful" but still rocks
    by ABC Audio on April 9, 2021 at 10:00 am

    BMG Cheap Trick's 20th studio album, In Another World, gets released today. The 13-track collection features all the familiar Cheap Trick elements, including Beatles influences, glam, power pop, heavy rock and power ballads, but there also are less familiar aspects, such as introspective tunes and topical songs alluding to politics and the COVID-19 pandemic. Reflecting on the material on the new album, guitarist/songwriter Rick Nielsen admits to ABC Audio, "I'm more of a 'jump to it' and 'wear my influences on my sleeve' [guy]...But…I think we've become more thoughtful." That being said, Nielsen maintains, "[W]e've never tried to be what we're not, never tried to be the next new trend. We like what we like, and we do that pretty well." An interesting aspects of the album is that it features two versions of the same song, "Another World," one a melodic ballad and the other a revved-up rocker. Nielsen says Cheap Trick had already recorded the slow version of "Another World" and was "goofing around" in the studio when he suggested trying to playing the song super fast. "[W]e kept the same chords and we kept the same almost everything, but it's a completely different song," notes Rick. "'Cause not everybody likes the slow romantic ballads." In Another World ends with a cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth," which features a guest appearance by Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. Nielsen says he decided to ask Jones if he wanted to play on the track after jamming with Steve on the song during a visit to the radio show Jones hosts. "It was kind of fun," Rick says of the collaboration. "And…it was a good match...'cause we liked [the Sex Pistols]." Here's the In Another World track list: "Here Comes the Summer""Quit Waking Me Up""Another World""Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll""The Party""Final Days""So It Goes""Light Up the Fire""Passing Through""Here's Looking at You""Another World (Reprise)""I'll See You Again""Gimme Some Truth" By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.