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Steve Vai Digs ‘Innerness’ a Painfully Beautiful Piece

True to his words on the hunt for exotic guitar brutalities, ‘Guitar God’ Steve Vai, has shared his inner feelings about the track ‘Innerness’ from his upcoming album. The latest post from Steve, on the social media site reads:

“Sometimes I sit in the studio and get an idea, work on it and when I listen to it back, it surpasses my expectations. That’s what just happened here at the new Harmony Hut and I’m blown away. Painfully beautiful piece called “Innerness”. The new record is starting to take shape from audio gold. I just can’t wait for you to hear it.
I know it’s taking me a long time. It always does. So sorry about that.
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With anticipation building up for the new 2011 Steve Vai album, the eager fans know that this is definitely worth waiting. Meanwhile as announced in the official Steve Vai website, ‘“The Bodhi Tree” VaiTunes #7 is now available online for download on all the major digital music retailers

iTunes, Amazonmp3, Rhapsody, Napster, eMusic, Lala.com, IMVU, Shockhound, Amie Street, LimeWire Store and the Nokia Music Store‘The Bodhi Tree digital booklet PDF‘ is also available on the VaiTunes page.

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What’s so civil about war, anyway?

“What we’ve got here is…failure to communicate.” The chart topping Guns N’ Roses hit single, ‘Civil War’ starts with the recording sample of Strother Martin’s speech and goes about questioning every intention and aspect of a war. As the 150th anniversary of Civil war is marked and remembered in America, the question still remains unanswered, ‘When will America recall its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan?’

Some people may support war, just to defend their gullible mindset, which was projected to them by the likes of Bush government. The supporters of war are either oppurtunitists or slaves to their fears. It is time that the unnecessary war carried by the American military comes to an end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you find rockstars to be of double standards, talking about the world issues and living a luxurious life, then you got to open your mind to hear and understand the artistic expression of these musical geniuses. World peace may look like an unfulfilled wish for humanity but in the recent times we have seen the revolution by people who brought the real ‘Change’ as opposed to the presidential promises of ‘Change’.

As the song goes-

“My hands are tied
For all I’ve seen has changed my mind
But still the wars go on as the years go by
With no love of God or human rights
‘Cause all these dreams are swept aside
By bloody hands of the hypnotized
Who carry the cross of homicide
And history bears the scars of our civil wars”

With all the human rights flouted, it is time that America brings a closure to its outsourced Civil War.


PA asserts Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine did NOT collapse in Russia, but not without a Charlie Sheen joke

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine’s Personal Assistant, Rikki, churned out a passionate post to assert that the singer did NOT collapse in Russia. In the March 20 piece posted on Megadeth.com, presses that “DAVE MUSTAINE NEVER COLLAPSED IN RUSSIA. Not ON stage, not back stage, not ever. He was NOT rushed to the hospital,” among busting other metal myths but not without a Charlie Sheen joke.

“Dave addressed his health issues himself, and I have no idea where anybody got the idea that there was a collapse because simply put, it is NOT TRUE. Anybody who was at that show can verify that, and as his personal assistant, as his right hand out here on the road, I want to testify to anybody who doubts it, this never happened. It’s really pathetic that people have to play the telephone game and spread bulls*&t rumors to trump up some fantasy that they have played out in their heads,” the PA writes in the blog post titled, ‘DAVE MUSTAINE IN GOOD HEALTH; RUMOR OF HOSPITALIZATION UNTRUE’.

“Please pass the word along to anyone who may say other wise, and to fellow Megadeth fans, and to people who claim to know otherwise,” she goes on to urge, before reiterating the “candid and honest” rockstar’s revelations that the trouble was due to kidney stones, “quite a normal thing, and extremely painful.”

Bashing the rumor mills, the post says, “Something as strongly worded as “collapse” can come across as way more dramatic and blown out of proportion than you may realize.”

In the ensuing argument, Rikki goes on to bust some popular myths about musicians accompanied with an unexpected and hilarious swipe at the scandalous ‘Two and Half Men’ star, Charlie Sheen.

“You heard it here first: Britney Spears does NOT have 2 heads (though Charlie Sheen, I’m not so sure), Ozzy does not eat bats for breakfast on a daily basis, and Dave Mustaine did NOT collapse in Russia.”


Foo Fighters Releases New Single ‘Rope’

The new Foo Fighters’ single track, ‘Rope’ is out to revive the rock band’s hard rocking style. This song definitely carries the Foo Fighters signature sound and is intensifying the wait for the new album for the hungry fans.

Rope Foo Fighters

So until we wait in anticipation, the new single ‘Rope’ will definitely loop in your playlist.

Click to listen to the new single ‘Rope’ by Foo Fighters.


Daily Madness #27 – Digital Portrait : Layne Thomas Staley

Layne Thomas Staley (August 22, 1967 – April 5, 2002) was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-lyricist of the rock group Alice in Chains, which was formed in Seattle, Washington in 1987 by Staley and guitarist Jerry Cantrell. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. The band became known for its distinct vocal style, which often included the “snarl-to-a-scream” vocals of Staley, as well as the harmonized vocals of Staley and Cantrell. Staley was also a member of the supergroups Mad Season and Class of ’99. He struggled throughout his career with severe drug addiction, which caused his death in April 2002.

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Valentine’s Day Playlist: Best Love Songs

Love is the cure and Love is the disease! This valentine’s day, LexicalPixies recommends some of the best love songs, woven with the magic of love and melody by some of the greatest bands and artists.

Valentines Day Best Love Sons

1. Love will keep us alive
Band/Artist: Eagles
Album: Hell Freezes Over

Lyrics Excerpt:
“I was standing
All alone against the world outside
You were searching
For a place to hide
Lost and lonely
Now you’ve given me the will to survive
When we’re hungry…love will keep us alive
When we’re hungry…love will keep us alive”

Pixies say:
Sung by the bassist of Eagles, Timothy Bruce Schmit, this track on solace and sustenance of love is a must-hear song for Valentine’s day.

2. Can’t Fight This Feeling
Band/Artist: REO Speedwagon
Album: Wheels Are Turnin’

Lyrics Excerpt:
“I can’t fight this feeling any longer.
And yet I’m still afraid to let it flow.
What started out as friendship,
Has grown stronger.
I only wish I had the strength to let it show.”

Pixies say:
This love ballad by REO Speedwagon describes an evolution of a friendship into love. The song stands the test of time to prove that true love and friendship can not be separated.

3. Heaven
Band/Artist: Bryan Adams
Album: Reckless

Lyrics Excerpt:
“Baby you’re all that I want
When you’re lyin’ here in my arms
I’m findin’ it hard to believe
We’re in heaven”

Pixies say:
This power ballad will make you believe that true love is heaven. Pixies strongly recommend the unplugged version of the song.

4. You’re Still the One
Band/Artist: Shania Twain
Album: Come on Over

Lyrics Excerpt:
“Looks like we made it
Look how far we’ve come my baby
We mighta took the long way
We knew we’d get there someday
They said, “I bet they’ll never make it”
But just look at us holding on
We’re still together still going strong”

Pixies say:
A perfect song for couples who have been through hell and still staying together.

5. Patience
Band/Artist: Guns N’ Roses
Album: G N’ R Lies

Lyrics Excerpt:
“Shed a tear ’cause I’m missin’ you
I’m still alright to smile
Girl, I think about you every day now
Was a time when I wasn’t sure
But you set my mind at ease
There is no doubt
You’re in my heart now”

Pixies say:
One among the best songs of G’N R, Patience is the medicine for couples going through a rough patch.

6. Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
Band/Artist: Van Halen
Album: Balance

Lyrics Excerpt:
“I can’t stop loving you
And no matter what I say or do
You know my heart is true
Oh, oh, I can’t stop lovin’ you”

Pixies say:
A classic love ballad written by all the members of Van Halen hails the kind of unique and pure love that is everlasting.

7. You and I
Band/Artist: Scorpions
Album: Pure Instinct

Lyrics Excerpt:
“You and I just have a dream
to find our love a place
where we can hide away
you and I were just made
to love each other now
forever and a day”

Pixies say:
A melody that will quickly turn very personal for couples in love.

8. Coming Back to Life
Band/Artist: Pink Floyd
Album: The Division Bell

Lyrics Excerpt:
“Lost in thought and lost in time
While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted
Outside the rain fell dark and slow
While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime
I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the moment had arrived
For killing the past and coming back to life”

Pixies say:
This song describes the kind of love that has brought several back to life.

9. I Live My Life For You
Band/Artist: Firehouse
Album: 3 (Three)

Lyrics Excerpt:
“Y’know you’re everything to me and I could never see
The two of us apart
And you know I give myself to you and no matter what you do
I promise you my heart”

Pixies say:
Sway with this love song by the American rock band Firehouse on the beautiful promise of love.

10. More than Words
Band/Artist: Extreme
Album: Extreme II: Pornograffiti

Lyrics Excerpt:
“Saying I love you
Is not the words I want to hear from you
It’s not that I want you
Not to say, but if you only knew
How easy it would be to show me how you feel
More than words is all you have to do to make it real
Then you wouldn’t have to say that you love me
Cos I’d already know”

Pixies say:
As the title suggests, this ‘Extreme’ song urges lovers to show feelings of love with actions, in turn making them real .


Valentine’s Day with Augustana and Lucinda Williams

The Valentine’s Day just got special for music lovers in LA as the ‘Sweet and Low’ rockers Augustana will be performing alongside Lucinda Williams at Bardot on February 14.

Announcing this on Facebook, Augustana wrote, “Hey LA friends, we’re going to be joining the incredibly talented Lucinda Williams for It’s A School Night at Bardot on February 14th (Valentine’s Day)! You can RSVP on their website… See you then!”.

Augustana and Lucinda Williams' 'It's a School Night' show

Augustana and Lucinda Williams' 'It's a School Night' show

Those interested in attending can RSVP on It’s A School Night website.

Augustana has over 170,000 fans on Facebook.

While the gig comes as a great news for the Augustana and Lucinda Williams’ fans in LA, most of the comments on the social networking site were from the disappointed ones.

“GRRRR! I live on the east coast but would be there in a heartbeat if I could! That would be my dream valentine’s day!!” wrote Emily Tennant.

Korey Vallance wrote, “Yet another reason I wish I lived in LA.”

However, one question in the comments threads that did strike us was from Todd Zilla, who asked, “new record any time soon?”

We hope Augustana would heal the thousands of aching hearts who have missed all the recent shows and the one coming up on Valentine’s Day by just releasing a new album.


‘The Big 4’ – Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer & Anthrax – to thrash California on April 23

The wait is over and the announcement has been made – the 2011 edition of the ‘Big Four’ or ‘Big 4’ show will be held on April 23 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

The Big 4 festival brings together four legendary bands of thrash metal – Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.

“Four of the heaviest bands of all time, share one stage for the one and only U.S. appearance, Saturday April 23rd 2011 – Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA,” read an announcement on ‘The Big4’ Facebook page.

The Big 4 Festival - Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax

The Big 4 Festival - Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax

The announcement came after the anticipation was built up on the social networking site and other social media platforms like Twitter on the upcoming announcement.

“Announcement Tuesday January 25th 8am PST,” said the earlier post.

The ticket sales will begin on Friday, January 28 at 10 am.

Megadeth Fan Club members have a day’s advantage with tickets’ presale beginning on Thursday, January 27 at 8 am PST. Metallica also announced that Fan Club members can check MetClub.com for pre-sale and VIP package info.

The 2010 edition of the Big 4 festival took place on June 2010 at Sonisphere Festival at Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria. The DVD of the show and a limited-edition guitar pick was unveiled in the year-end.

“You’ve probably heard us all say it . . . the vibe was just so incredible at last year’s Big 4 shows that we can’t stop now!! So we’re finally bringing the love to our home turf on April 23, 2011 with ‘Tallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax in Indio, CA at the Empire Polo Club (yes, the more observant of you will note that this is the same spot where the Coachella Festival takes place the weekend before),” a statement on Metallica.com read.

The Big 4 festival took birth in 2009. Back then, it was something so surreal to even imagine these four heavyweights share the stage. We’ll recall what Lars Ulrich said when the rumours began doing the rounds in September 2009:

“I think it would be a super-fun thing to do. It’s something that I would definitely support. It’s something that I would love to encourage. It’s something I love to be very proactive in putting together. But right now it’s not something that really left that party; it’s not something that’s like hush-hush being worked on behind the scenes or anything like that.

“I read some of those Internet sites myself once in a while, and it’s not something that’s going down, but it’s something that I would be totally for at some point if it could happen. And we would love to be a part of that at any level possible.”


Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler in spotlight due to American Idol; but why?

With all the buzz around the tenth and the latest season of the American Idol, Steven Tylor, who along with Jennifer Lopez, is the new entrant on the judging panel is enjoying a lot of the attention. All through Thursday, Steven Tyler and American Idol related search terms dominated the Google Trends list. On Twitter, the lead singer of Aerosmith took a spot on the Trending Topics list.

Steven Tyler on American Idol

Banner promoting Steven Tyler on American Idol on Aerosmith.com

If you are one among the thousands of loyal rock worshipers who cringed at the idea of Tyler selling himself to reality TV, you are not alone. According to media reports, the band members of Aerosmith were not too happy with Tyler choosing to go on the American Idol.

“Aerosmith band members weren’t too happy with Steven Tyler’s foray into that type of musical activity, however, especially Joe Perry, and they said as much back then, but Steven chose to push forward anyway,” the Examiner reported.

When he was questioned as to why he chose to appear on American Idol, Tyler told Howard Stern that his feet were killing him and he needed to rest. The singer, who is famed for songs like ‘Dude looks like a lady’, ‘Amazing’, ‘Crazy’, ‘Crying’, ‘Angel’, ‘Dream on’, ‘Love in an elevator’, ‘Nine Lives’ and ‘Permanent Vacation’, had undergone several surgeries on his feet after some of the aging star’s dance moves did not fit in well with his body.

It is a known fact that Tyler continues to struggle with drug problems. As recent as 2009, the Aerosmith front man was forced to get off the stage after drugs resulted in a broken shoulder. He also received 19 stitches on his head after a fall.

However, Tyler’s honesty with the media has earned him brownie points.

In another report, the Examiner observes, “Tyler’s brazen honesty about his addiction issues and his falling out with fellow Aerosmith band member Perry because he wasn’t “too good” to do “Idol” is all refreshingly different from most cover-your-backside press speak by celebrities.”

According to the latest reports, Tylor is still feuding with Perry despite the reports that the band is getting together this weekend to record new material. Public verbal attacks continue. Tyler was recently quoted as saying, “(We last spoke) a long time ago, on tour. I think he’s bummed out I’m sober. Joe is missing in action. I texted him 20 minutes ago: ‘Hey Joe, where are you?’ He’s angry with me for what? Because I took f**king Idol? What a crock of s**t.”

Tyler now sits along side another new judge, the pop singer Jennifer Lopez and the only remaining member from the original judging line-up, Randy Jackson on the tenth season of American Idol. The rock star is said to be far more ‘nice’ than Simon Cowell, who was known for his mean remarks.

“The show isn’t attempting to replicate Cowell, but is opting for a sweeter, gentler judges’ panel. Based on an audition sample given to the media, Lopez seems to be a nurturer, a less loopy Paula Abdul. Tyler is a bit of a wild card. You never quite know what’s going to come out of his mouth,” noted Access Atlanta.


Album Recall Of the Month, January 2011: BlackBird, Alter Bridge (2007)


Title: Blackbird
Artist: Alter Bridge
Label: Universal Republic Records (UK, US, Australia, Japan)
Release: October 8, 2007 (to December 4, 2007)

Band Line-up
Myles Kennedy — lead vocals, backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Mark Tremonti — lead guitar, backing vocals
Brian Marshall — bass guitar
Scott Phillips — drums, percussion

Songs written and composed by Myles Kennedy, Brian Marshall, Mark Tremonti, and Scott Phillips.

Song Title (Duration)

1. Ties That Bind (3:19)
2. Come to Life (3:51)
3. Brand New Start (4:54)
4. Buried Alive (4:35)
5. Coming Home (4:19)
6. Before Tomorrow Comes (4:06)
7. Rise Today (4:21)
8. Blackbird (7:58)
9. One by One (4:20)
10. Watch Over You (4:19)
11. Break Me Down (3:56)
12. White Knuckles (4:24)
13. Wayward One (4:43)

Best Buy Version

14.  The Damage Done (3:45 )
15.  New Way to Live (5:40)

UK/iTunes Version

14.  We Don’t Care At All (3:42)

Pixies say:
For the clueless, Alter Bridge was born out of the demise of Creed in 2003-04, caused due to internal turmoil. The then-former Creed members, lead guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips were joined by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist formerly of The Mayfield Four, Myles Kennedy,  to form the band.

Alter Bridge has so far released three albums: One Day Remains (2004); Blackbird (2007) and AB III (2010). Even though One Day Remains, released on August 10, 2004 by Wind-up Records, received mixed reviews; with the album’s lead single, ‘Open Your Eyes’, the band had made a notable entry. Selling 750,000 copies worldwide, the album achieved gold status – albeit lower than Creed’s multi-Platinum success.

Amid pressures seeking reunion of Creed alongside criticisms that Alter Bridge sounds like Creed with a different singer, the band managed to bring out Blackbird, featuring the already-popular singles ‘Rise Today’ and ‘Watch Over You’, in October 2007.

“The material we’ve been working on is really aggressive and I think it’s the best work we’ve ever done. We can’t wait to get back in front of our loyal fans later this year,” said Tremonti  of the album while announcing the record deal with Universal Republic.

The album is, in deed, the best the band has produced so far. Following the first album of acquaintance, Blackbird portrays a band in its prime. The album reflects the coming of age of the band. The guitar and drumming prowess coalesced to perfection with strong nailing vocals – makes it an absolute treat. Moreover, considering that it was produced in a time as recent as 2007, the metal artistry is commendable. No single song needs a mention, it is one of those albums you can just listen on queue and on loop for days.

The album was later followed by AB III, after the band took a break due to Creed’s reunion tour and new album. Meanwhile, Kennedy started working on a solo album and with Slash on his self-titled album, with whom he throughout 2010 as his lead vocalist. Despite these factors, Alter Bridge continued to write music through 2009 and began recording their third album in February 2010. In August 2010, RoadRunner Records announced that the AB III would be released under its label. The band continued to impress even with the third album.

However, for the pure power in the music and the sheer skill in the art, Blackbird has won the accolades of being the first Album Recall of the Month for January 2011 on LexicalPixies.

A little about Album Recall, as the title suggests we aim at introducing or recalling one album from the past, near or far, every month. Please feel free to make your suggestions via comments.

Links and Resources:

*See Alter Bridge Official Website
*Buy Blackbird on Amazon
*Read Interview- Life After Creed:Alter Bridge look to a Strapp-Free Future