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Hawk Rock News – 8/20/14

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to spread across the Internet, with Foo FightersSlipknot‘s Corey TaylorFall Out Boy and Duff McKagan all pouring buckets of water and ice over their heads to help a campaign to raise awareness of the disease and spearhead funding for its research and treatment.

The Foos may have delivered the most creative and entertaining clip yet: after starting with Dave Grohl accepting the challenge from country star Zac Brown and challenging Jack Black, John Travolta and Stephen King in turn, the video turns into a spoof of King’s classic novel and movie Carrie, complete with Grohl decked out in a prom dress and drummerTaylor Hawkins next to him in a powder blue tuxedo. If you remember the story you’ll guess how the clip ends.

  • Meanwhile, McKagan turns to his hometown Washington Huskies for help with his video after being challenged by Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready.
  • In his clip, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor mentions being challenged by three different people, adding, “It’s all for a good cause, so here’s my ice bucket challenge,” before getting his freezing bath.
  • The campaign started as a tribute to Pete Frates, a former baseball player currently suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
  • The Challenge consists of athletes, musicians and regular people dumping buckets of ice over their heads on video to bring attention to the disease and encourage donations for its study and treatment.
  • People who take part must name who issued the challenge to them, then issue it to others, all while making a donation for ALS research within 24 hours of taking the challenge.


Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley is back with his first solo album in nearly five years, titled, Space Invader. Frehley, who’s already at work on the album’s follow-up — a proposed covers set — tackles the Steve Miller Band‘s 1974 chart-topper “The Joker” on Space Invader.

We asked Frehley about where his head was musically upon hitting the studio this time around: [“I just tried to make a good rock record, y’know? I listened to my first solo album from 1978 and I got some ideas and I tried to incorporate some elements from that record into this new album. ‘Cause, ‘y’know, my fans always cite that as one of their favorite records.”

  • Frehley told us that he avoided any type of drama during the making of Space Invader, and kept the project firmly under his control at all times: “I had a lotta fun on this record, I kept it, y’know, very few chefs in the kitchen, y’know? I produced the record, I wrote the majority of the material. I mean, most of the time it was just me and an engineer, or me and an engineer and my drummer Matt Starr.”


Happy Birthday to Robert Plant, who turns 66 years old today (August 20th)!!! Although Plant has enjoyed a successful solo career since 1982, he will always be best known for his years fronting Led Zeppelin and co-writing the majority of the band’s songs with Jimmy Page.

Last month, Plant spoke to the NME following the announcement of the next two Led Zeppelin reissues on October 28th — Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy — and addressed Page’s claims of him being uninterested in teaming up, saying, “I feel for the guy. He knows he’s got the headlines if he wants them. But I don’t know what he’s trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled.”

Plant revealed that he proposed working again with Page — and presumably Zeppelin — in an acoustic capacity: “A couple of years ago, I said, ‘If you’ve got anything acoustic, let me know. I’ll give it a whirl.’ It was hands across the water. He just walked away. But we couldn’t do anything proper. The weight of expectation is too great.”

The studio debut of Robert Plant’s current band Sensational Space ShiftersLullaby And. . . The Ceaseless Roar, will be released on September 9th. Plant and co. kick off their North American dates on September 25th at Port Chester, New York’s Capitol Theatre.

In 2012, Plant rush released a surprise live album from the Space Shifters, only two weeks after recording the set in London. The 15-track-collection, called Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters 7/12/12 HMV Forum, London, GB, includes tracks from Plant and bandmember Patty Griffin‘s solo works, blues covers of Howlin’ Wolf and John Mayall tunes, along with handful of Led Zeppelin classics. In addition to Patty Griffin, the Space Shifters features members of Plant’s pre-Band Of Joy group, Strange Sensations, including frequent Plant collaborator Justin Adams.

Despite the December 2007 Zeppelin reunion in London featuring himself, Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham filling in for his late dad John Bonham, Plant has been the lone hold-out in committing to a full-on reunion. Several of the industries’ top promoters have essentially offered the band a blank check should they commit to any number of road dates.

  • In October 2012 at the New York City press conference following the press preview of Zeppelin’s concert film, Celebration Day — which, along with is accompanying CD, chronicles the 2007 reunion gig — Plant played it coy and then downright rude to reporters clamoring for some type of statement about future Zeppelin plans. After some coaxing by the event’s moderator, Plant finally answered the reunion question with a bit of respect for the reporters in the room: “We were so happy that we were actually gettin’ it right (coughs) and taking it beyond what we thought we were about that night. There were moments in it where we just took off and pushed off in some place. The responsibility of doing that four nights a week for the rest of time is a different thing. ‘Cause, we’re pretty good at what we do; the tail should never wag the dog. If we’re capable of doing something in our own time that will be what will happen. So any inane questions who are from syndicated outlets (laughter), you should just really think what it takes to answer a question like that in one second, y’know? We know what we’ve got.”
  • Coincidentally, just as the Zeppelin reunion rumors first began to catch fire in 2007, Plant enjoyed the biggest success of his solo career with his collaboration with Alison Krauss on their joint album Raising Sand, which hit Number Two on The Billboard 200 album charts. Plant and Krauss’ cover of the Everly Brothers‘ “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” scored the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
  • Raising Sand producer T-Bone Burnett was sure that the duo would click immediately: “I know Alison’s adventurous, and I didn’t know Robert until we started working together. But, I’ve certainly followed him and I knew that he was adventurous, and I knew they were both interested in the history of music. So I suspected we could find common ground pretty easily.”
  • In 2009, Plant was appointed a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) on the Queen’s New Years Honors list, marking the first time that any member of Led Zeppelin has received an official accolade fromQueen Elizabeth. The Queen’s Honors are handed out twice a year, in June and at the New Year, and are awarded to people for all types of service, including the performing arts.
  • Although Led Zeppelin guards its catalogue against use in commercials, in 2004 they allowed their song “Rock And Roll” to be used by Cadillac, and let NBC use their song “Bring It Home” to be used in Olympic TV spots. Plant says that he actually doesn’t mind the use of their material on TV, providing it’s done with taste: “I think that’s appropriate. I don’t know how people view it, but as far as a young generation goes, if you hear that music in as many possible places as you can outside of the normal home for it, then it can only be a good thing.”
  • Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters North American tour dates (subject to change):
    September 25 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
    September 27, 28 – Brooklyn, NY – BAM
    September 30 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
    October 2 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
    October 4 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
    October 7 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium

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