Star-studded charity ‘Tower Of Strength’ cover

Wayne Hussey has brought in a bunch of his goth mates to record a new version of The Mission’s ‘Tower Of Strength,’ with proceeds going to COVID-19 related charities chosen by each contributor. It’ll be released digitally on August 28 and on CD and vinyl on October 2, but you can hear a little preview in the video above.

Credited to ReMission International, there will be various versions released including vinyl, CD and a digital bundle.

Collaborators include: Andy Rourke, Billy Duffy, Budgie, Evi Vine, Gary Numan, James Alexander Graham, Jay Aston, Julianne Regan, Kevin Haskins, Kirk Brandon, Lol Tolhurst, Martin Gore, Michael Aston, Michael Ciravolo (Beauty In Chaos, Schecter Guitars), Midge Ure, Miles Hunt, Rachel Goswell, Richard Fortus, Robin Finck, Steve Clarke, Tim Palmer and Trentemøller.

“When Covid-19 hit I started receiving messages asking ‘why don’t you re-issue Tower Of Strength for the front line workers?’,” Hussey says. “The song had apparently been adopted as an anthem by some NHS workers, and it got me thinking that I would like to contribute something to the greater cause at this unprecedented time and the only thing I could really contribute is music. So in conjunction with my good friend Michael Ciravolo, I came up with the idea of recording a new version of Tower Of Strength for charity by enlisting the help of musician friends and acquaintances. Tower Of Strength was first released by The Mission as single in 1988 and then again in 1994. It charted twice in the UK top 40 and has proved to be probably our biggest song and the one we generally close our shows with. It is anthemic. I wondered if recording a more well known song might have a greater reach but neither Michael or I could come up with any suggestions that seemed to fit lyrically without getting too corny. So Tower Of Strength it was then.”

“Usually I detest things that are done for charity that are also self-serving, but I came up with a plan that satisfied my conscience. I spoke with my fellow Mission band members who co-wrote the song – Craig Adams, Mick Brown and Simon Hinkler – and we agreed to give up any publishing income generated by the new version to nominated charities, including mechanical and performance royalties and 100% of any revenue raised by sales. TOS2020 has been renamed to divert funds from the original version, and the charities will all be personally nominated by the people involved in its recording and release. Because the musical contributions are global our idea is that the proceeds will be divided and distributed equally among all the beneficiaries.”

“Whilst all the versions will be available to listen to on all streaming platforms I’m gonna ask you to help the cause by buying at least the digital package which is priced at only £2.99. It’s not much, is it? For the price of a coffee you’ll receive all five versions. Come on, help us to help others.”

Pre-order here now: www.themissionukband.com
Digital release date 28th August
CD & 12” vinyl release date 2nd October
Merchandise available here: www.themissionukband.com

TOS2020 – ReMission International track-listing:

Vinyl Side A (cat no: SPV 243541 LP)
1. TOS2020 (Beholden To The Front Line Workers Of The World mix)
2. TOS2020 (single)

Vinyl Side B
TOS2020 (Trentemøller Remix)
TOS2020 (Albie Mischenzingerzen Remix)

CD (cat no: SPV 243542 CD-EP)
1. TOS2020 (Beholden To The Front Line Workers Of The World mix)
2. TOS2020 (Trentemøller Remix)
3. TOS2020 (Albie Mischenzingerzen Remix)
4. TOS2020 (single)

Digital Bundle (cat no: SPV 24354D)
1. TOS2020 (single)
2. TOS2020 (Beholden To The Front Line Workers Of The World mix)
3. TOS2020 (Trentemøller Remix)
4. TOS2020 (Albie Mischenzingerzen Remix)
5. Tower Of Strength (original – new remaster) – The Mission (free bonus track with bundle only)

Charities to benefit from the single include: NHS Charities UK,St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Memphis, Music Venue Trust UK, Covenant House, New Orleans, Disasters Emergency Committee, MusiCares, Plan International, Direct Relief, Alzheimer’s Scotland, Liberty Hill Foundation, The Shrewsbury Ark, Memorial Sloan Kettering Center NYC, Prostate Cancer UK, The Teddy Bear Clinic, Red Rover, Help Musicians UK, Crew Nation, Venice Family Clinic, The Anthony Walker Foundation, Projeto Cáo Communitário and The City Of San Francisco COVID-19 Fund.

By the way, have you seen Wayne Hussey’s signature Schecter Corsair-12? Beautiful instrument with a unique pickup configuration.

Whoa. Schecter’s PT Pro looks killer.

Spotted something pretty spectacular on Schecter’s Instagram today: the 2019 PT Pro. It’s available in two colours (Trans Purple Burst and Trans Blue Burst) with an Alder body, Roasted Maple neck, Ebony fingerboard, glow-in-the-dark side dots and Schecter USA Z-Plus humbucking pickups. There’s coil-splitting via a push-pull pot, and a Graph Tech XL Tusq nut and a nice straight string-pull to keep everything operating smoothly. These little babies are made in Indonesia so the price won’t be inaccessible, but if you’ve played some Indonesian guitars over the last few years you’d know there’s some damn fine stuff coming out of that part of the world right now.

Schecter Robert Smith UltraCure-XII

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Schecter has plenty of great Robert Smith models (as you may have seen in this article) and they’ve just added another: the UltraCure-XII, a 12-string version of his signature guitar featuring a Diamond Adjustable-12 bridge, Schecter locking tuners, Seymour Duncan ’59 humbuckers with push-pull coil splits, mahogany body and mother-of-pearl block inlays. Head to this link for more info. Read More …

The Guitars Of The Cure

The Guitars Of The Cure

I encourage everyone to pop on a pair of headphones and listen to a few songs by The Cure – especially if you’ve never really paid close attention before. You’ll hear how a few simple melodic ideas can be blended together to form a much more complex whole. It’s really intriguing to listen to and learn from how each instrument works together, especially when the six-string bass is used: often Robert Smith might play a high melody while Simon Gallup plays a more traditional bassline, but sometimes these roles become cloudy: Gallup will play a more wandering melody while Robert plays something more anchored. The lines really become blurred between the roles of each instrument in service of the song. Robert Smith, Reeves Gabrels and Simon Gallup all have current signature model instruments to help them get their sound. Let’s have a look at them all.  Read More …

Keith Merrow Demos The Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage

A lot of pedals make the claim that they’re designed to give you the feel of an amp, but the Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage is probably the first pedal I’ve played that’s really come good on this claim. I spent a lot of time with it in January, often plugged directly into a power amp, and it really nails the feel, in terms of the responsiveness and all those intangible little harmonic overtones that happen around your playing when you’re blasting through a real amp. Keith Merrow has made a fantastic video of this pedal used in a metal context. It’s great for all sorts of things though, and I found it to be really, really, really great at Alice In Chains Dirt-style tones. This pedal is shipping soon so keep an eye out for it.

Wylde Audio Partners With Schecter

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PRESS RELEASE: Schecter Guitar Research and Wylde Audio announce signing a world-wide distribution deal.   Schecter will distribute Wylde Guitars, the creation of legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), via their distributor network covering over 70 countries, which also includes handling fulfillment of the guitars in the USA.

“We are extremely proud to be working with Zakk and Wylde Audio on this endeavor,” states Schecter Guitar Research Executive Vice-president Marc LaCorte. “Zakk has been incredible in recognizing what he wanted in his own brand and bringing the best possible product to the market.”

The first offering from Wylde Audio, including the Odin, War Hammer and Viking models, are set to debut at the 2016 Winter NAMM.  Zakk has already been putting the prototypes through their paces at recent Black Label Society shows. “I’m very excited for the launch of Wylde Audio in 2016,” Wylde states.  “For me, it’s the next logical step. You start as a player, manager, VP of Team Operations, then Team Owner.  I’ve surrounded myself with super talented people to make this vision become a reality and having Schecter on board as our distributor is going to allow me to bring Wylde Audio’s boutique quality of craftsmanship to the next level.”

Visit the Schecter Guitar Research booth 210D during the 2016 Winter NAMM show to see these in person. Zakk Wylde will also be conducting a private press conference inside the Schecter/NAMM booth 210D at 5:00pm on Friday, January 22, 2016.

For additional information visit www.wyldeaudio.com

Awesome Batman-ized Schecter Avenger

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Check out this killer Batman guitar belonging to Steve Haymaker Jr from Hydra Effect. Steve says he started with a Schecter Avenger, scoured around to find some comic books and finally got enough cool Batman comic pieces to make a nifty guitar. It has a pair of Duncan Designed HB-108 pickups, which are based on the mighty SH-8 Invader. Here is the result of his labor: Read More …