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Listen to the reworking of their 1981 classic 'Sonic Attack'
Seminal space rockers Hawkwind have joined forces with boom-voiced thespian Brian Blessed for a new version of ‘Sonic Attack’.
The epic seven-minute reworking of the 1981 classic single features the instantly recognisable animated tones of Blessed alongside the interstellar music.
The collaboration came about after Hawkwind’s London Shepherds Bush Empire gig back in February when they created their Space Ritual show of 1972.
All proceeds were donated to animal charities including Team Badger, of which Brian Blessed is a patron, and a friendship was formed.
‘Sonic Attack’s accompanying futuristic video was created by long-time Hawkwind collaborator Martin McGuiness.
Check it out in all its glory here:
‘Sonic Attack’ ft. Brian Blessed is released through Cherry Red Records on Monday 1st September. You can also pre-order it from iTunes and Amazon now.
Listen to the full interview online now
Legendary rock icon Philip Parris Lynott who passed away on 4th January 1986, would’ve been 65 last Wednesday 20th August.
All this week on Planet Rock Breakfast Paul Anthony has been paying tribute to the man and his music, by airing from his own personal archives what sadly turned out to be Phil’s last ever radio interview.
If you missed it, you can now listen to all 5 parts in full here
They've started work without producer Rick Rubin.
Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has revealed the band have already written 30 songs for their eleventh studio album.
The 34-year-old, who officially joined the Californian group in 2009, said they’ve been working hard in Flea’s recording studio despite not having a producer on board yet.
"The Chili Peppers are working every day writing,” Klinghoffer told Noise11. "We have produced a more elaborate demo stage into the writing, at least more than the band has before.
“Flea owns a really great studio now. I’ve been recording and writing with the Chili Peppers every day."
He continued: "We've written musically 30 songs now. We sort of did this last time, which was my first album (2011’s ‘I’m With You’). We piled a s****load of stuff on Anthony (Keidis) and he actually came through.
“He wrote lyrics to 50 songs in the end. We recorded 50 last time. We released an extra 17 that didn’t go on the album. We are conscious to not do that again but we are already up to 28 or 30 songs."
Klinghoffer admitted that it’s currently “up in the air” whether long-term Chili Peppers producer Rick Rubin will be involved in the record.
"Normally he becomes involved in the arranging process but he hasn’t yet been which is good for me,” he explained.
“I like it the way we are doing it so far. There has not been an official producer named yet so in the absence of that you never know what could happen."
If Rick Rubin doesn’t join forces with RHCP it will be their first release since ‘Mother’s Milk’ in 1989 without the influential producer at the helm.
'The Cry of Love' and 'Rainbow Bridge' are out in September
Two rare posthumous Jimi Hendrix albums are getting a re-release next month.
Featuring material recorded by Jimi between 1968 and 1970 at Electric Lady Studios in New York, ‘The Cry of Love’ and ‘Rainbow Bridge’ were originally released to critical acclaim in 1971 a year after the music legend’s untimely death.
Out of print for some years, the albums are now being released on CD, vinyl and digital formats on Monday 15th September.
In other news, the new Hendrix biopic ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’, starring Outkast rapper Andre 3000 as Jimi, hits cinema screens in the UK on 24th October.
You can check out the official trailer here:
‘The Cry of Love’ and ‘Rainbow Bridge’ track-listings are as follows:
THE CRY OF LOVE:
Night Bird Flying
In From the Storm
Belly Button Window
Room Full of Mirrors
Star Spangled Banner (studio version)
Look Over Yonder
Hear My Train A Comin' (live)
Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
The follow-up to 2009's 'No Line on the Horizon' is due very soon
A U2 spokesperson has confirmed that the band are planning to release their thirteenth studio album this year.
Reports circulated earlier this summer claiming the Irish rock giants were delaying the record until 2015 so they could perfect the finishing touches.
However, in a brief statement to Rolling Stone magazine, a band spokesperson said: "We've always said an album is expected this year."
There’s no concrete release date for the as-yet-untitled record but various sources have said a single is due in September with the album following in October.
Bono, Larry, Adam and The Edge have been working with Gnarls Barkley star Danger Mouse – aka Brian Burton - whose previous production credits include The Black Keys and Gorillaz.
U2’s previous album, 2009’s ‘No Line on the Horizon’, debuted at number one in over 30 countries around the globe.
Their November 2013 song ‘Ordinary Love’ for the film ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and was nominated for an Oscar.
One of the most successful rock bands of all time, U2 have sold an estimated 150million records worldwide since their inception in 1976.
Deep Purple's Ian Gillan will join the thousands playing 'Smoke On The Water'
Planet Rock is teaming up with Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan to try and smash the world record for the biggest band ever to play together.
Almost four thousand people have signed up to take part at 'Guitars On The Beach' on Lyme Regis Beach in Dorset on Saturday 6th September.
After learning that organisers were planning to include the Deep Purple classic ‘Smoke On The Water’ in the set of songs for the giant beach band to perform, Ian Gillan jumped on board.
The legendary singer sent them a note saying: “I hear you might be doing “Smoke” with the massed guitars and if that is the case I thought I’d offer my services if you need a singer.”
Guitars On The Beach founder Geoff Baker said: “Everybody involved is thrilled that Ian is going to lead us on a day which will make music history.
‘It’s quite something to write home about, that you once played with Ian Gillan in a band with thousands of guitarists.
“Smoke On The Water was recently voted the greatest guitar riff ever written, it is universally popular and it is anybody’s guess how many will join the band on the day.”
Alongside smashing a world record, the event is aiming to raise money for Lyme and West Country charities.
To join Britain’s Biggest Band and to find out more details head to www.guitarsonthebeach.co.uk
You can hear an interview with Ian Gillan on Planet Rock in the coming weeks.
Watch their incredible Ice Bucket Challenge here
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ll be well aware of the latest social media craze that’s sweeping the planet – The Ice Bucket Challenge.
Much as we’ve come to expect from Dave Grohl and co., doing their bit to raise money for neurodegenerative illness ALS Foo Fighters have upped the ante with possibly the greatest challenge yet.
It sees them parody the final scene of Brian de Palma’s 1976 horror classic ‘Carrie’ where the title character gets pigs blood poured on her after winning the prom queen title.
Dave plays Carrie in the spoof clip and drummer Taylor playing the jealous Prom King with Pat Smear and Nate Mendel laughing lasciviously from the sidelines.
Fittingly, Grohl goes on to nominate Carrie star John Travolta and the book’s author Stephen King.
Watch it in all its glory here
Foo Fighters release their eighth studio album ‘Sonic Highways’ on Monday 10th November.
Produced by Butch Vig and Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways clocks in at just over 44 minutes and is made up of the following tracks:
1. Something From Nothing
2. The Feast and The Famine
4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
6. In The Clear
8. I Am A River