It seems like 2016 has taken so many legends from us, but I am happy to say it hasn't taken all of them! Chuck Berry is still going strong at 90 years old! Happy Birthday to him!
Keep Reelin' and Rockin' Chuck!
And in other great news, he has announced that he is recording a NEW album to be released in 2017! See, 2017 is looking better and better everyday. The album is said to be titled Chuck, is comprised of new original songs and is being recorded in the St. Louis area. Now, lets just hope Jack White isn't the producer. ZING!
I spend some time playing with it and didn't get much info accept that he is based out of CA. Duh. He did make funny jokes about Matt "Horsecock" Sanders, and that Zacky is know as El Gordo Lindo. Also mentioned.... CAPITOL RECORDS???
And what is up with this picture???
It was posted by the band a few hours ago. What does it all mean???
I hope it means that each member has finished recording their part of the new album!
One thing I never talked about on this blog was my favorite band, and that is because I was trying to keep it niched down to rockabilly. But now that I opened it up to all rock-n-roll I can blog about what I am really passionate about- and one of those things is Avenged Sevenfold!
I am so passionate about them that this month I got their logo, the Deathbat, tattooed on me! It has been a dream since I was sixteen, and I couldn't be more proud. However, not very long after people all over the world started reporting random Deathbat sightings, from London, to Paris to Berlin and Toronto. But as usual, the band is tight lipped and won't say WHAT IT MEANS! What does it mean? We must know? Are they celebrating my recent tattoo with me? Probably not.....
The only hint we may have is a Twitter post from Vengeance University about "October being a reason to celebrate." While Zacky is the one we can count on the most to say SOMETHING, as he is the only one on social media as "Vengeance University", this is pretty vague and could just be commenting on his love of Halloween. Some fans question if it means that the new album (that we are all patiently waiting for after the last teaser in April) may be released on 10/31. I have my doubts though, as we have all heard about the legal battle surrounding the release and break of contract with their label, Warner Brothers. Avenged is know for making us wait a very long time for albums, and building them up so much that the wait is almost physically painful. I expect nothing less from them at this point.
Another fan on social media said that the original artist of the Deathbat logo, a friend of the band's from highs school, recently died and that it is a homage to him. That sounds nice in principle but it seems like just a rumor as the band would have posted something on social media mentioning the loss of a friend. I mean, at least they would in my opinion.
Many fans point to a tour announcement coming but A7X is already on tour, and has already announced multiple tour dates with Disturbed and Chevelle for these "cities of evil" (London, Paris, etc). So, why the secret? Doesn't add up if you ask me. Only time will tell I guess.
The real question I have is, if the band has ALL of Halloween through New Years off at home, to rightfully spend with their wives and children (congrats to Zacky for the new little boy!), WHY can't they play ONE SoCal show? Why? Why do I have to fly up to Sacramento to see them later this month? I'm happy that they will be home for the holidays but I can't help but feel like they are shunning their home town. They haven't played a local show since Mayhem Fest in 2014! And lastly, where is our Deathbat projection? I feel so left out! Please make it up to us!
As always, this socialite will keep you informed as news breaks!
RIP Claiborne Joseph Cheramie 9-9-1939 to 9-26-2016
I write this post with the heaviest of hearts today, as this surely has to be one of the hardest posts I have ever had to do. If you have been reading my blog a while, or follow me on Facebook, you probably have noticed that I do not jump on the pity band wagon as soon as someone passes, acting like they were my most favorite person of all time. I didn't post about Prince, Lemmy or Bowie....but this one is different and demands an immediate blog post. Joe Clay was among the top few artists I would be most heart broken to lose, and today that day has finally come.
This morning Joe's daughter Nicole Cheramie posted on his Facebook wall that Joe has passed. We all knew he had been sick but we were all assuming he would pull through. After all, he has always been one of the most energetic guys around. He was still touring like crazy, even at 94! He was tough as nails too. I saw him just last year dive off the stage, crowd surf and then smoke a cigarette after his set. Nothing could keep Joe down!
I was lucky to be able to see Joe preform many times. I saw him in Vegas a few times and in his hometown of NOLA. I was able to photograph him, talk to him in person, and we were active facebook friends. I even had his phone number! I am so thankful now that I got to interview him for this blog and Vintage Rock Magazine.
Now Joe is in heaven with his Duck Tail's and 16 Chicks! RIP Joe, you will be missed!
Read my interview with Joe's life and long career here.