Artist: Mastodon Title: “Stairway To Nick John” (Single) Label: Warner Music Group Release Date: 5/17/2019 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 5/5
Back in September 2018, Mastodon longtime manager Nick John lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and during his funeral the band paid a tribute to their friend by covering the Led Zeppelin classic “Stairway To Heaven”. The track was sung by the band’s drummer Brann Dailor and the recording of this happening made its way around the Internet before being professionally recorded and released for this years Record Store Day. Now having listened to their stunning version of the track which is called “Stairway To Nick John” in his honor, I just wanted to throw together some thoughts about their take on such a classic number during such a terrible time. Continue reading “Stairway To Nick John” (Single) by Mastodon→
I’m continuing to share the scoop about the upcoming Record Store Day coolness as I learn about them because a lot of our readers are avid collectors of them and we aim to please here at the Media Command HQ. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I outlined the exclusives for UMe on THIS POST and now its time to see what our friends at Rhino Records will be offering up. There is a whole variety of stuff here and we’ve shared them all for good measure. Let’s go.
The Press Release:
Rhino, the catalog division of Warner Music Group, is announcing its most ambitious collection of vinyl to date for Record Store Day 2018 with a wide variety of titles from WMG’s labels including Atlantic, Elektra, Parlophone, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, and 679 Recordings. This year’s not-to-miss list includes 30 limited edition 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch vinyl releases from the world’s most respected and celebrated artists. Some highlights include Led Zeppelin’s first-ever Record Store Day release and Cheech And Chong’s marijuana-shaped picture disc, complete with a scratch n’ sniff sticker to name a few! Full details on all titles are listed below. All releases will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers on April 21, 2018. For a list of participating stores, please visit the RSD website linked at the close.
AIR – Sexy Boy – 12-inch picture disc; Limited edition of 6,000 copies, $21.98
Cheech & Chong – Up In Smoke (40th Anniversary Edition) – 7-inch, scratch and sniff , marijuana- shaped picture disc, Limited edition, $17.98
Today is the fortieth anniversary of a milestone album among milestone albums as we raise a glass in honor of Led Zeppelin’s sixth record “Physical Graffiti”. Where were you on this day back in 1975? I was ten and can admit that Led Zep music was still pretty far away from my own focus and I was instead paying more attention to the never ending reruns of “Batman” and the much loved Monster Week or Science Fiction/Planet Of The Apes week on the 4:30 Movie. However with that being said when I was finally indulging into music I would get a healthy education from this particular Zep issue and their seminal “Led Zeppelin IV” as well. Historically speaking this has remained one of my personal favorites from the bands catalog based on just how many songs that I enjoy from it and still do. When it was being recorded, it seemed that Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham had too many songs for one single LP and that would lead to the release of this double vinyl that we have been worshipping as fans of music for so very long. Continue reading Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti”; A Milestone of Milestones @ 40 Years (1975-2015)→
The big night for music ended only a short while ago and since the Internet is going to blow up with postings and viewpoints about the winners, I wanted to quickly raise a glass of toast for the Rock and Metal acts that took home this prestigious award this year. Just in case you didn’t tune in for some reason, I have listed not only the categories that most interest our demographic, but also showed the other nominees along with the winner so you can see who they won out over. I even added some personal thoughts on a couple of the winning groups. Here we go, the 2014 Grammy Award winners for the Rock and Metal Categories are……(snare drum roll kindly if you can).
Best Metal Performance
‘T.N.T.,’ Anthrax ‘God Is Dead?,’ Black Sabbath (Winner)
‘The Enemy Inside,’ Dream Theater
‘In Due Time,’ Killswitch Engage
‘Room 24,’ Volbeat featuring King Diamond
Thoughts: Some complained about the new Sabbath album being too slow and foreboding while others lamented the lack of Bill Ward on the release but despite that I was rather happy to see these legends receive the award which to me is NOT only for the new album but for all their work at the Metal craft and starting off a genre that is a vibrant movement in music so many decades later. Cheers Gents. Continue reading Congratulations To Black Sabbath & Led Zeppelin On Their 2014 Grammy Awards!→
The Details: Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham is often cited as one of the music industry’s most respected and influential drummers of them all and you can hardly argue that when you hear his legendary sound and start to name all the drummers whose own skills he had inspired. As a former skin basher myself, I always loved the powerful groove that Bonham laid down and was always amazed at how well he combined being explosive at times while at others was as subtle as a whisper. No wonder so many genuflect when his name is mentioned. The Bonzo Birthday Bash is exactly what it sounds like. If you have not figured it out, it will be a collective of numerous drummers of note all gathered together to celebrate and perform the music that Bonham gave us. I’ll have more details after this leader but this all being said, I am pleased as a paradiddle to let you know that thanks to the fine folks at Livenation, some PiercingMetal readers will be seeing this interesting show on the house. Read on. Continue reading Win Tix To See The Bonzo Birthday Bash In NYC On 5/30/2013→