Saturday, December 28, 2019

Phil X & the Drills video Too Much For My Own Good

Phil X and the Drills have released their music video for "Too Much For My Own Good" featuring Taylor Hawkins (best known as the drummer for the Foo Fighters). The song is from the Drills' EP Stupid Good Lookings, Vol. 1, which came out in May this year.

Check out the "Too Much For My Own Good" video:

What do you think?

P.S. The video dropped a day ago but I'm posting it today, which happens to be Hugh McDonald's birthday so huuuuge happy birthday to Huey! 😀

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Jeanna de Waal & David Bryan perform If

The latest collaboration between David Bryan and his musical theatre partner Joe DiPietro is Diana: A True Musical Story, based on the life of Princess Diana.

Here's a video featuring Jeanna de Waal, who plays the title role, singing "If" from the musical. David accompanies her on the piano:

David also spoke to Rolling Stone about the Diana musical. Here's a snippet where he discusses the writing of the songs:
Bryan wrote different styles of music for each character. Diana’s songs are in a rock-pop style from the Eighties. Queen Elizabeth’s music sounds more regal, with horns and drums. Charles gets rock songs with strings and orchestrations. Parker Bowles gets what Bryan describes as a “light FM” sound. He made the paparazzi sounds like the Clash. “I tried to make all these styles live on top of each other, so in the songs there will be a part where the punk comes in and it’s over a classical piece and a rock & roll piece goes on top of that,” he says. “So in theory, it was easy in my brain but to do it was not so easy, but it’s fun.”
Broadway previews of Diana begin in March 2020.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Bon Jovi 2020 album preview & more

Jon Bon Jovi recently spoke with Pollstar about the upcoming album 2020, including some detail about specific songs. This part about the writing and recording of "Lower the Flag", which deals with gun violence, stood out for me:

I saw that Sunday morning, with [the] Dayton [shooting] and what had happened, and I just started strumming on the guitar, and it came and it came rather quickly over the course of maybe two days. I kept tweaking it, and I knew I had something. I was so proud of what I had but, I didn’t have a song title. I sat there and I said, “What the hell is the name of this song?” And I said, “It doesn’t really have a proper chorus,” and I was thinking of Neil Young’s “Ohio,” and telling a story. And I said, Okay well (singing) “Four dead in Ohio,” and then you go, “I guess that’s the name of this song.”  And then, when you really sit with that song, there is no second verse. (singing) “Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah” ... that might be a great hook, but it’s not a verse. And when I wrote this, I was playing it for a bunch of people, Shanks was one of them. And I said, “I don’t know why Neil, who’s so poetic and prolific, didn’t write a second verse and instead went for that.” And Shanks was like, “That’s a great hook.” I go, “Well, this song isn’t about hooks, it’s about telling this story.” And then I still had no title. That’s when I put the last line repeating what the first line did, and I said, “There’s the title, ‘Lower The Flag,’” because that’s exactly what the whole thing is about.
Even that bridge was just so different for me, (singing), “If there’s something we can talk about, let’s talk about it.” And the rhythm of that melody was something that I’d written, I got it, I did it and went in the studio with it. I had everything completely finished, and I went in with (bassist) Hughie (McDonald) and [drummer] Tico [Torres], me and Shanks. And I was playing guitar, and I’m playing the guitar on the record, and Tico starts playing, and we said, “[the drum] is not helping, it’s hindering the progress of the song.” We said, this isn’t a drum song, this isn’t what this should be. And so he flew all the way to California and didn’t play on it, because we knew what we had lyrically and just wanted to tell the story
The article mentions that Jon did a lot of writing on his own, and we've already heard that "Unbroken" sounds like solo Jon, but I do hope the album sounds like a band record. But I guess most of all I hope it's good. 😉

Here's Jon performing "Unbroken" at the Rockefeller Center. He was joined on stage by men and women who have served in the military:

No word on an official release date for the album yet, or a tour, but Phil X and the Drills are touring Europe in March 2020 so presumably Bon Jovi won't be on the road then.

CBS Sunday Morning also did a nice story with Jon and Dorothea recently about their work with the JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurants. They're opening a new one at Rutgers University next year.

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