Serj Tankian Says He Created Classical Music Project, Orca, by Accident
Serj Tankian believes in happy accidents. The System of a Down frontman says that he decided to create his classical symphony, Orca, after a chance meeting with one of his friends.
“When I was writing [my 2010 solo album] Imperfect Harmonies years ago, I ended up with the first two acts of Orca by accident,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I was sitting down listening to them and then a friend of mine from TV was sitting listening to the tracks and he said, ‘Dude, that’s your first act of your symphony.’ So I came up with the symphony. It sounds quite simple but it was a long, long process to make it as perfect as possible.”
On Tuesday, Tankian released a live recording of Orca which was performed with the Das Karussell Orchestra in Austria on October 28, 2012. The singer notes that while he had some reservations about recording a live performance of the piece, he was thrilled with the way it turned out.
“There’s always that nervousness of wanting things to be perfect, and they’re never perfect obviously, but with orchestras they’re professional musicians,” he explains. “They get it done pretty quick, so we’re very lucky to work with the people that we did in Austria and get this recorded.”
The singer adds that while he has a number of European dates scheduled for Orca to be performed, he would like to bring the symphony to the U.S. sometime in the near future. “We are planning to do something in the states but we don’t have anything etched in yet,” he reveals. “We’re doing about 15 shows in Europe and Russia and we’re doing that in September, October. I want to do more shows in the U.S. with Orca, we just have to find the right opportunities and right promoters to get it done.”
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The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Teams with Rolling Stones' Mick Taylor on New Blues Track
The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney is teaming up with one of the biggest names in rock on an upcoming album by London-based American blues singer Stephen Dale Petit. NME is reporting that the drummer will perform with former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Tayloron “Holla,” a new track which will be featured on Petit’s next release, Cracking the Code.
"It’s been mind blowing to get to work with the best musicians and producers in the world, the crème de la crème,” Petit tells the magazine about the collaboration. “I can't wait for people to hear it."
While a U.S. release date for Cracking the Code has yet to be announced, it will arrive at stores in the U.K. on September 9.
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Stone Gossard Hints at More Pearl Jam Tour Dates; Says Band is “Almost Done” with New Album
Pearl Jam hasn’t done very much touring in the last few years, but with a new album heading our way, guitarist Stone Gossard says that the guys may hit the road a little harder than they have in the past.
“We’ve gotten very good at knowing how much we want to tour and finding an amount that keeps us healthy and happy,” he tells Consequence of Sound. “There will be a record out soonish, it’s almost done, and I’m sure there will be more touring coming in the next year.”
Gossard adds that as long as everyone in the band is enjoying being on the road, you can expect the guys to keep scheduling more tour dates. “Such an enormous part of our band is playing live and going on the road, but luckily we can make the choice to not do it so much that it kills us,” he explains. “If we have good shows and people feel something from those shows, it’s because we don’t feel like we’re chained to this thing...we’re enjoying it with the audience.”
As of now, Pearl Jam only has two tour dates left on their calendar this year. The band will be playing sold-out shows at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, Canada on July 16 and at Wrigley Field -- the home of the Chicago Cubs -- on July 19.
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Andrew WK to Perform Special DJ Set on Black Sabbath’s Upcoming North American Tour
Andrew WK has been chosen by Black Sabbath to be the opening act for the heavy metal legends’ upcoming tour -- but he won’t be singing. The notoriously hard-partying singer has revealed that instead of rocking the mic, he’ll be performing a special DJ set each night of the veteran band's North American run.
"This is the greatest honor I could be given,” says the singer in a statement. “I remember when the phone rang and I first heard that Black Sabbath wanted me to be their exclusive opening act. I was really in a state of disbelief -- almost sick with amazement and excitement.”
Sabbath’s North American tour kicks off on July 25 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, Texas. Visit BlackSabbath.com to view the full itinerary.