Saxon Reveal Details For New Covers Album “Inspirations”, Premiere Video For Cover Of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black”

Saxon have announced that their new covers album, “Inspirations,” will be released on March 19. A video for the effort’s first single, a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” can be found below:

Biff Byford said the following about “Paint It Black”:

“Loved this band since I first saw them and heard them. I liked The Beatles, but The Stones appealed to my rebel side; their iconic look… so many great songs, such a great attitude in the music!”

He also added the following about “Inspirations”:

“The warmth and feel of ‘Inspirations’ had so much to do with being together in this magnificent place [Brockfield Hall] and doing it ‘old-school’ style. This is how many bands back in the day —including some of the ones covered here — made such great albums, so it just felt really good to be able to do this somewhere like Brockfield Hall.”

“We wanted to do an album based on our influences, the songs and bands that inspired us to write what we did and still do and it was also interesting to see what my voice could do as I haven’t sung many of these songs before.”

“We didn’t want to change any of the songs too much, just play them more like Saxon and we also think it’s very important to have — and share with the fans — some fun in these dark times.”

“Inspirations” Track Listing:

01. “Paint It Black” (The Rolling Stones cover)
02. “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover)
03. “Paperback Writer” (The Beatles cover)
04. “Evil Woman” (Black Sabbath cover)
05. “Stone Free” (Jimi Hendrix cover)
06. “Bomber” (Motörhead cover)
07. “Speed King” (Deep Purple cover)
08. “The Rocker” (Thin Lizzy cover)
09. “Hold The Line” (Toto cover)
10. “Problem Child” (AC/DC cover)
11. “See My Friends” (The Kinks cover)

Chris Cornell’s Posthumous Covers Album “No One Sings Like You Anymore” Released

Late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s posthumous covers album “No One Sings Like You Anymore” has received a digital release. You can find that on the service of your choice or pre-order a physical copy (out March 19) HERE.

“No One Sings Like You Anymore” Track Listing:

01. “Get It While You Can” (Howard Tate/Janis Joplin cover)
02. “Jump Into The Fire” (Harry Nilsson cover)
03. “Sad Sad City” (Ghostland Observatory cover)
04. “Patience” (Guns N’ Roses cover)
05.v“Nothing Compares 2 U” (Prince cover)
06. “Watching The Wheels” (John Lennon cover)
07. “You Don’t Know Nothing About Love” (Carl Hall cover)
08. “Showdown” (Electric Light Orchestra cover)
09. “To Be Treated Rite” (Terry Reid cover)
10. “Stay With Me Baby” (Lorraine Ellison cover)

Cornell‘s widow Vicky said the following:

“This album is so special because it is a complete work of art that Chris created from start to finish. His choice of covers provides a personal look into his favorite artists and the songs that touched him. He couldn’t wait to release it. This moment is bittersweet because he should be here doing it himself, but it is with both heartache and joy that we share this special album. All of us could use his voice to help heal and lift us this year, especially during the holiday season. I am so proud of him and this stunning record, which to me illustrates why he will always be beloved, honored, and one the greatest voices of our time.”

His daughter Toni also commented:

“When my dad was making this album, it was so fun – I remember waking up in the morning, having breakfast with him and going with him into the studio. We would take our piano lessons there, and Christopher would play video games with Brendan and my dad. We got to experience so much with him and have so many amazing memories. I’m really happy to be sharing this album. We love you, daddy”

His son Christopher added:

“We had so much fun in the studio during this time, and on days off we’d go to Tree People and hike around there. We would also play hide and go seek inside the Beverly Hills Hotel and when security would show up they would think it was so funny that my dad was running through fire escapes with us. For me, this album represents who my dad was. I’m really proud of him and his work. I hope you all love this record as much as I do.”

Helmet Planning New Covers Release And Early 90s Live EPs

During a recent appearance on the “Thunder Underground” podcast, Helmet’s Page Hamilton revealed that the band have several releases planned. This includes a covers record and two 90s live EPs.

Hamilton said the following [transcribed by The PRP]:

“I’ve wanted to do an album for a couple of years—a new album. But we’re sort of at the mercy of the record label. I’m talking to my managers like ‘Okay can we go to another label? They’re not stepping up and labels are having a hard time figuring out how to make money off of album sales and I’m sympathetic.

I understand that. But I have a deal with them and I’m supposed to, so what we’re doing is right now, is I also have a live album, we have a live album on the deal so we’re gonna release a CBGBS show from ’90 and a ‘Big Day Out‘ show from I think ’92, something like that—the first time we played Australia… It had to be maybe ’93, it was post-‘Meantime‘, pre-‘Betty‘.

And then the CB show, we didn’t have an album out yet. Those were the very early songs like ‘Impressionable‘, which was an AmRep 7″, I can’t remember what else is on there. One song didn’t have a title and I turned it into an intro to ‘Impressionable‘. And we did ‘Sinatra‘ and ‘Murder‘. So, there were songs that were going to be on ‘Strap It On‘.

So yeah, but we’re still releasing those two live EPs and then we did these all these cover songs during the recording of ‘Dead To The World‘.

And it was kind of like, we’re gonna release, then somebody at the management office screwed up so that set us back a year. It was like all this, one thing after another. So now we’re finally, the label’s like, ‘Oh, we’d like to be involved in that. We’ll release those.’ Because I’ve had the artwork done. They’ve been mixed.

And you know one song was mixed by Jay Baumgardner and mastered by Howie [Weinberg] during the ‘Dead To The World‘ mixing and mastering sessions.

And so we thought we had it ready to go. It’s just kind of like it’s, I, I understand. I mean the music business is looking for you know an instant hit. instant gratification. We put this out like Taylor Swift, and she puts a million dollars in our pockets on day two. That’s not Helmet.

But it’s nice to have our stuff out there to kind of expand the catalog, because I feel good about the catalogue that we’ve built, you know, over the all these years.”

Saxon Finishing Up New Covers Album “Inspirations”

Biff Byford has revealed that Saxon are planning to release a new covers album titled “Inspirations.” The band are currently finishing up the effort and more details are expected soon.

Byford said the following:

“I wanna tell you about a project we’re getting really excited about. We’re just finishing it; I’m just finishing the vocals off now. It’s gonna be a cover album.

Somebody had the idea of doing something a bit of fun, because our new Saxon album has been put back till next year. So, yeah, we’re gonna call it ‘Inspirations’, and it’s a collection of songs that inspired us and influenced us to go down the rock and roll highway, looking for fame and fortune. So, yeah, there’s some big songs on there, there’s some surprises, some really difficult songs to play and to sing. But we like doing it.”

He also added:

“I just finished the last vocal tonight. We did it the old way — old Marshall amps, old Marshall amps, real drums in a huge hallway in a big stately home that we used near York. So there’s gonna be a video about that soon. Hopefully you’re gonna be able to pre-order the album before release. And we’re gonna drop a single soon, so keep your eyes open on social media for that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Miley Cyrus Working On Metallica Covers Album

During a recent interview with Interview Magazine, Miley Cyrus revealed that she is working on a Metallica covers album. She said the following about that:

“We’ve been working on a Metallica cover album and I’m here working on that. We’re so lucky to be able to continue to work on our art during all of this. At first, it [the COVID-19 pandemic downtime] felt uninspiring and now I’ve been totally ignited.”

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong To Release “No Fun Mondays” Covers Album In November

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will be releasing a new covers album featuring the various tracks from his “No Fun Mondays” series on November 27. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

“No Fun Mondays” Track Listing:

01. “I Think We’re Alone Now” (Tommy James And The Shondells cover)
02. “War Stories” (The Starjets cover)
03. “Manic Monday” (The Bangles cover)
04. “Corpus Christi” (The Avengers cover)
05. “That Thing You Do” (Adam Schlesinger cover)
06. “Amico” (Don Backy cover)
07. “You Can’t Put Your Arms Round A Memory” (Johnny Thunders cover)
08. “Kids In America” (Kim Wilde cover)
09. “Not That Way Anymore” (Stiv Bators cover)
10. “That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Eric Carmen cover)
11. “Gimme Some Truth” (John Lennon cover)
12. “Whole Wide World” (Wreckless Eric cover)
13. “Police On My Back” (The Equals cover)
14. “A New England” (Billy Bragg cover)

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Delays New Covers Album, Teases Video For Cover Of Cheap Trick‘s “Auf Wiedersehen“

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has announced that his new covers album “No Cover“ has been delayed until November 20. The effort was postponed after vocalist Thom Hazaert suffered “massive heart failure.”

Hazaert commented:

“There’s no easy way to say it, but in July, right in the middle of recording the album, I had massive heart failure and went into full cardiac arrest. My heart literally stopped for several minutes, and I was revived at the hospital.

There was a long recovery, but we managed to finish the record, and secure amazing deals with our friends at EARMusic, and Ward, but obviously we had to revisit our timeline a bit. And literally, maybe a month and a half later we were in Los Angeles, at Al’s house, shooting the video for ‘Auf Wiedersehen‘.

I’m just extremely humbled and thankful to be here to be able to, not only, finish this incredible record, but be able to see it released Worldwide with incredible label partners, which really almost wasn’t the case.”

“Originally we had envisioned ‘No Cover‘ as a smaller, limited release ‘quarantine project’ we were doing for fun with a bunch of our friends, really just to not have to release our studio album during the pandemic. But as it neared completion, and we really got to see what it was turning into, we realized it was worthy of so much more.

I have a long history and friendship with Max at EARMusic, and they are an incredible label, and home to some of our favorite artists, and friends – Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, and more, and we are ecstatic to be able to partner with them for not only this release, but future Ellefson releases as well.

Ward had already released ‘Sleeping Giants‘ for us last year in Japan, and we had secured a deal with them for our upcoming 2021 studio album, so it was a natural fit when we went to them with the idea of partnering with us on ‘No Cover‘.”

Ellefson added:

“It really was a crazy, whirlwind process, not only making such an involved album so fast, but also remotely, during a pandemic, with not only dozens of guests, but the entire band, spread around the Globe. And then, almost losing our singer in the middle of it.

But at the end of the day, it turned out better than any of us had hoped, and really was one of the most fun records I’ve ever made. It’s been great to pull so many great and positive things out of 2020, despite all the challenges.”

The following guests will be featured on “No Cover”:

Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Eddie Ojeda (ex-Twisted Sister)
Al Jourgensen (Ministry)
Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-Slayer, etc.)
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.)
Brandon Yeagley (Crobot)
Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
Frank Hannon and Troy Lucketta (Tesla)
Mark Slaughter
Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower, Evil United)
Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan, ex-Megadeth)
Chuck Behler (ex-Megadeth)
Gus G (Firewind)
John Aquilino (Icon)
Doro Pesch
Jimmy DeGrasson (ex-Megadeth, etc.)
Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
Dave Alvin (White Trash)
Todd Kerns (Slash & The Conspirators)
Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
Russ Parrish (Fight)
Christian “Opus” Lawrence (Dead By Wednesday)

“No Cover” Track Listing:

Disc One:

01. “Freewheel Burning” (Judas Priest cover) (feat. Jason McMaster, Gus G, Andy James, Dave McClain)
02. “Tear It Loose” (Twisted Sister cover) (feat. Eddie Ojeda, Dave McClain)
03. “Love Me Like A Reptile” (Motörhead cover) (feat. Doro Pesch, Greg Handevidt, Chuck Behler)
04. “Holiday in Cambodia” (Dead Kennedys cover) (feat. Charlie Benante, Bumblefoot)
05. “Rebel Yell” (Billy Idol cover) (feat. Paolo Caridi)
06. “Wasted” (Def Leppard cover) (feat. Frank Hannon, Jacob Bunton, Dave McClain)
07. “Riff Raff” (AC/DC cover) (feat. Jason McMaster, Dave Lombardo, Bumblefoot)
08. “Nailed To The Gun” (Fight cover) (feat. Andrew Freeman, Russ Parrish, Jimmy DeGrasso)
09. “Not Fragile” (Bachman-Turner Overdrive cover) (feat. John Aquilino, Paolo Caridi, Bumblefoot)
10. “Auf Wiedersehen” (Cheap Trick cover) (feat. Al Jourgensen, Brandon Yeagley, Charlie Benante)

Disc Two:

01. “Love Machine” (W.A.S.P. cover) (feat. Dirk Verbeuren, Dave Alvin, Bumblefoot)
02. “Love Hurts” (Nazareth cover) (feat. Brandon Yeagley, Chuck Behler, Tyson Leslie)
03. “Eat The Rich” (Krokus cover) (feat. Jason McMaster, Dave Sharpe, Opus)
04. “Sheer Heart Attack” (Queen cover) (feat. Bumblefoot, Doro Pesch, Charlie Benante)
05. “Over The Mountain” (Ozzy Osbourne cover) (feat. Andrew Freeman, Bumblefoot, Jimmy DeGrasso)
06. “Sweet FA” (Sweet cover) (feat. Todd Kerns, Bumblefoot, Shani Kimelman)
07. “Beth” (KISS cover) (feat. Tyson Leslie, Bumblefoot)
08. “Say What You Will” (Fastway cover) (feat. Mark Slaughter, Troy Lucketta)

The next single from “No Cover,” a cover of Cheap Trick‘s “Auf Wiedersehen,“ will be released on October 6. That track features Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, and Crobot’s Brandon Yeagley and a teaser for the video can be found below:

[via The PRP]

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) Working On Covers For New Solo Release

During a recent interview with NME, Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd revealed that he is working on a new solo release. The effort will mostly feature cover songs.

Boyd said the following when asked about a new solo album:

“That’s probably gonna happen sooner rather than later because I’ve spent the whole of lockdown mostly recording cover songs, which is something I’ve never really done before.”

He also added:

“The covers – and this was unintentional – are almost all written by women. I think maybe it’s a voice thing. I think my voice is more in that range than it is when trying to emulate most male singers. There are so many songs that I would love to cover but they are so complete on their own.

Like there’s certain Leonard Cohen songs that I’ve always wanted to cover, there’s certain Jeff Buckley songs I’ve always wanted to cover, but those songs do not need reinterpretation. If someone does it’s usually kind of insulting. You’re like, ‘Why did you do this?’

I’ve been looking for songs to reinterpret that almost feel unrealised. They’re beautiful but there’s something about them that the artist themselves weren’t fully aware of so I’m trying to see it through a different pair of eyes.”

He continued:

“It’ll be mostly covers. I’ve been writing music for 30 years and I’ve never put out an album or EP that was just interpreting other people’s songs. It’s been all original work.”

“It’s almost done. It’s not going to be as involved as an Incubus record obviously because it’s me, by myself, mostly just playing an acoustic guitar with some accompanying keys and my voice.”

On another note, Boyd also had the following to say when asked if fans can expect Incubus to make a new album in the near future:

“Oh yeah, we’re definitely gonna make more records. It’s just the coronavirus situation has kept us from being in a room together. Our band room is sitting there disinfected and just pregnant with potential, but we haven’t been able to get in there yet. So as soon as we can get in there, we are going to be very excitedly writing because there’s a whole universe of things to write about.”

Thou Release New Covers Compilation “A Primer Of Holy Words”

Thou have released a new compilation album featuring their various covers. The effort is titled “A Primer Of Holy Words“ and you can purchase it on Bandcamp.

“A Primer Of Holy Words“ Track Listing:

01. “Introduction”
02. “Prayer To God” (Shellac cover)
03. “Spin The Black Circle” (Pearl Jam cover)
04. “No Excuses” (Alice In Chains cover)
05. “Fourth Of July” (Soundgarden cover)
06. “Paroled In ’54” (Agents Of Oblivion cover)
07. “Well Fed Fuck” (Born Against cover)
08. “Screaming At A Wall” (Minor Threat cover)
09. “Into The Void” (Black Sabbath cover)
10. “Sweet Leaf” (Black Sabbath cover)
11. “Black Sabbath” (Black Sabbath cover)
12. “Lord Of This World” (Black Sabbath cover)

Ace Frehley Premieres Animated Video For Cover Of Deep Purple’s “Space Truckin'”

Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) has premiered an animated video for his cover of Deep Purple’s “Space Truckin’.” This track is from his new covers album “Origins Vol. 2,” which will be released on September 18.

“Origins Vol. 2” Track Listing:

01. “Good Times Bad Times” (Led Zeppelin cover)
02. “Never In My Life” (Mountain cover)
03. “Space Truckin'” (Deep Purple cover)
04. “I’m Down” (The Beatles cover)
05. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (The Rolling Stones cover)
06. “Politician” (Cream cover)
07. “Lola” (The Kinks cover)
08. “30 Days In The Hole” (Humble Pie cover)
09. “Manic Depression” (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
10. “Kicks” (Paul Revere & The Raiders cover)
11. “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” (The Animals cover)
12. “She” (KISS cover) (bonus track)

It’s worth noting that previous reports said that Lita Ford will be featured on “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander will be featured on “30 Days In The Hole,” Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS) will be featured on “Manic Depression” and John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.) will be featured on “I’m Down” and “Politician.”