Roger Daltrey says that his new album wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Pete Townshend.
Daltrey says his new solo project As Long as I Have You was up in the air, as the musician wasn’t sure if it was worth recording. But his bandmate Pete Townshend confirmed it was, appearing on seven of the tracks.
The album that propelled Kiss into super-stardom, Destroyer, turns 42 this week!
From the enchanting ballad “Beth” to the amplifying headbanger “God of Thunder”, Kiss touched many different genres and infused multiple styles of music to create a sound entirely their own.
But while the album sold millions of copies worldwide and contains a handful of karaoke favourites, there may be some facts about the album you don’t know. We collected five of them to celebrate the four decades we’ve spent rocking out to Destroyer!
1. “Detroit Rock City” is based on a true story
Paul Stanley wrote the song after he found out a fan died outside of an arena Kiss was playing at (he was struck by a car.)
Today marks 41 years since Iggy Pop’s The Idiot changed our life (for the better!)
The Idiot was Pop’s first solo record since breaking away from The Stooges, shortly after a stint in a mental hospital. Recording started in July 1976, when Pop and David Bowie hit the Château d’Hérouville studio in France to record “Low.”
Gone were the brash guitars, and replaced by synthesizers and electronic elements. The changes were praised by critics, but many thought Bowie’s influence was too heavy and not reflective of Iggy’s output.
Many of the songs on The Idiot were based on Iggy’s real life experiences. “China Girl” was about Kuelan Nguyen, a woman he met and had an affair with behind her husband’s back… even though neither of them spoke the same language. “Dum Dum Boys” outlines Iggy’s perception of The Stooges’ ups and downs.
Greta Van Fleet is made up of four young musicians, brothers Josh (vocals), Jake (guitar) and Sam (bass/keys) Kiszka, and best friend Danny Wagner (drums). They’re all from the tiny Michigan hamlet of Frankenmuth known for its family-style chicken dinners and the world’s largest Christmas store. Michigan has bred some of the greatest rock bands in the history of classic rock including The MC5, The Stooges, Grand Funk Railroad, The Amboy Dukes, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, The White Stripes and now, Greta Van Fleet.
The most recent recordings shine a light on some of the band members’ earliest musical influences found in the blues, soul and funk; artists like Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, Sam & Dave, Howlin’ Wolf and Wilson Pickett. As Screamer magazine said in its From The Fires review: “These new tunes show how much Greta Van Fleet is really capable of and how deep the talent runs.”
Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” is one track that has special meaning for the band. “All of us are very affected by oppression of any type,” said Josh, “cultural, racial, sexual. I’ve never experienced what Sam Cooke did so I have to admit, it was a little difficult for me, getting behind the mic, but I did it because singing this song meant a lot to me.” As Icon vs Icon wrote about this track, “This is where the group truly shows they are like no other. This isn’t simply a rock song, or even blues, it’s a gospel ballad that will move even the toughest soul.”
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we’re looking at the legacy of Rory Gallagher.
The Irish rocker first started in the band Taste, but later established a solo career. Over the course of his musicianship, he sold over 30 million records across the globe.
One of his biggest fans? Alex Lifeson, guitarist of Rush.
Here’s what he had to say on Gallagher’s legacy, exclusively to MusicVaultz:
“It is truly remarkable how many guitarists over the years have cited Rory Gallagher as an influence. I was introduced to his playing during the Taste years but it was during one of Rush’s early tours opening for Rory in the fall of 1974 that left the greatest impression. He oozed passion in his playing and I envied his ability to transcend the moment. I learned a lot from him as a guitarist but it was his character that touched me most. We spent many nights talking about history, politics and music ’til the wee hours. After a short break off, we recommenced the tour and he gave me a gift of a series of Flann O’Brien’s books, one of his favourite authors. I still have those books and will always remember that thoughtful and kind consideration. He had a sweet soul and graciousness that I’ll never forget.”