May 27, 2016 – Today’s the day. The 17th solo album by acclaimed guitar maestro PAUL GILBERT (Mr. Big), I CAN DESTROY, is out now via The Orchard on iTunes, Amazon, and major retail outlets. A video for the album’s first single, “Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal,” can be seen on PAUL’s official YouTube page. 

A full album stream premiered yesterday on, while various interview video clips with PAUL GILBERT have premiered throughout the past week on,,,,, and  

“My guitar playing was born from playing in my teenage heavy rock bands,” GILBERT explains. “After playing for 40 years, I’ve been able to evolve the way that I see the fretboard, and how I hear the guitar in my head. This opens up my soloing, and also my writing. I couldn’t have written this music when I was a kid. I couldn’t have written these lyrics either. I needed time to live…to experience joy, and anger, and love, and frustration at people who don’t use their turn signals.” 

It’s no accident that I CAN DESTROY cuts a wide swath of styles and textures, from the full-frontal assault of  “Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal” to the jazz-blues lament of “One Woman Too Many” (which also features GILBERT’s patented four-pick Makita drill-bit riffery) to the radio-friendly balladeering of “Love We Had” to the smoking-hot gut/heart punch of “I Am Not the One (Who Wants To Be With You),” the latter track’s title a playful reference to the ubiquitous #1 hit GILBERT enjoyed as part of his gig as lead guitarist for the still-going-strong Mr. Big. 

GILBERT knew that I CAN DESTROY producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Rush, Joe Bonamassa), whom he previously collaborated with on Mr. Big’s 2011 release WHAT IF, would push him to do his best from the get-go. “One thing I knew about working with Kevin as a solo artist is that there weren’t going to be that many overdubs on the record — not that many takes, and not many fixes,” he reports. “As a musician, that puts the fear into you. It’s a good fear, and it made me want to prepare in a pretty healthy way.” 

With Shirley onboard to get behind the board, GILBERT next had to cull together some top-drawer musicians to bring into the studio. “On drums, we’ve got Thomas Lang, who’s somewhat of a drumming legend, and on bass is Kevin Chown,” details Gilbert. “He was the only guy I’d never worked with before, and he was great. He played all the right stuff. He’s played with everybody from Chuck Berry and Little Richard to Sebastian Bach.” 

I CAN DESTROY is already racking up rave reviews. Guitar World proclaimed, “Gilbert’s dazzling guitar work is at the center of a group of songs that vary stylistically from the Iron Maiden/Judas Priest vibe of the title track, to the Thin Lizzy/Boston-like ‘Knocking on a Locked Door’ and ‘One Woman Too Many,’ to the Steely Dan-flavored strains of ‘I Will Be Remembered.’” While in a separate story, declared, “...Gilbert cuts a wide swath of styles and textures. There's the full-frontal assault of  ‘Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal,’ the jazz-blues lament of ‘One Woman Too Many’ (which also features Gilbert's patented Makita drill-bit riffery) and the gut/heart punch of ‘I Am Not the One (Who Wants to Be with You).’” 

In further news, PAUL GILBERT is gearing up for this summer’s Great Guitar Escape 3.0, which is being held July 25-29 at the Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, CA. Packages are available at the event’s official site,

For the camp’s third year, the legendary shredder went all out and invited a few iconic friends to join him as guest instructors. These include Megadeth’s Kiko Loureiro and Dave Ellefson as well as former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Art of Anarchy), Andy Timmons (Danger Danger), and master jazz guitarist Mimi Fox. This all-star lineup will be hosting workshops, reflecting their signature sounds and styles and offering an immersive experience for 75 campers. Moreover, they’ll be jamming, performing, and hanging with you 24/7. About the Great Guitar Escape 3.0, GILBERT comments, “I really feel like we got the best lineup possible for version 3.0. Each instructor brings something extremely unique to the table. You’re going to learn, feel inspired, and most of all have a great time. This is four days of complete and total guitar immersion. We can’t wait. Get ready!”

ROCK NEWS FOR 05/26/16

AT&T and AUDIENCE® Network Present: "Cheap Trick"

Exclusive Interview and Performance with legendary 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Airs Friday, May 27, at 9:00 PM ET/PT On DIRECTV and U-verse (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114)

Watch the trailer for "Cheap Trick" airing Friday, May 27, at 9:00 PM ET/PT (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114 (here).

Tune in to the AUDIENCE Network special"Cheap Trick" airing Friday, May 27, at 9:00 PM ET/PT (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114). The legendary band and new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees stop by Red Studios in Los Angeles for a celebratory concert featuring their classic hits. In this episode, Cheap Trick joins Ted Stryker for an in-depth interview covering topics from their pioneering rock sound to persevering throughout their unstoppable four decade-plus career. The group's 17th studio album BANG BOOM CRAZY...HELLO was released on April 1 via Big Machine Records and debuted at #3 on Billboard's "Top Rock Albums" chart while entering the overall SoundScan/Billboard Top 200 at #30

Watch a "First Look" from the AUDIENCE Network concert special "Cheap Trick" now on both Guitar World and Guitar Player as the group perform their hit songs "Surrender"  (here) and "I Want You to Want Me" (here).

Watch an acoustic inside track from "Cheap Trick" on AUDIENCE Network airing Friday, May 27, at 9:00 PM ET/PT (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114) (here).

AUDIENCE Network's new music slate continues to deliver groundbreaking concerts, in-depth artist interviews, unique stories and exclusive performances across all genres, plus select programming in ultra high-definition/4K*, to audiences nationwide since multiple series began airing this past January. Recent concert specials include: CeeLo Green, Hank Williams Jr., Peter Frampton, Flo Rida, Lukas Graham, Kelsea Ballerini, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, 2 Chainz, and others. New shows premiere via national broadcast Friday at 9:00 pm ET/PT on DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114,as well as streaming on, and on smartphones and tablets, via the DIRECTV and U-verse apps.** 

AUDIENCE Network's multiple series of original and exclusive performances gives music fans an intimate view of music's most influential artists today. The network collaborates directly with musicians to create a unique show from their perspective.  

Cheap Trick is part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razor blade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock 'n' roll. Front lined since 1974 by Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), and Tom Petersson (bass guitar), the Rockford, IL-born band has played over 5,000 shows and earned total record sales well in excess of 20 million with more than 40 international gold and platinum certifications. Already on the road supporting BANG ZOOM CRAZY...HELLO, Cheap Trick--Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson, and Daxx Nielsen on drums--will join this summer's "Rock Hall Three For All Tour" with Heart and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, beginning July 14 at Clarkston, MI's DTE Energy Music Theatre

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AC/DC Address Possible Future With Axl Rose

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young says the band is thrilled with Axl Rose's performances and offers his thoughts on a possible future with the singer as the group reaches the halfway mark of their spring tour of Europe.

"He's doing very well," Young tells Germany's "I mean, under the situation that we had, it was very good that he volunteered and said, 'Hey, if I can help, let me try.' So he's been very good. And he had to learn a lot of songs very quickly, and he's done a great job."

As for Rose's possible future with AC/DC beyond 2016, Angus says "We were committed to finishing this tour, so that's been our main goal. And Axl helping us....I know he's very excited; he keeps saying, can he do more?

"But we don't really know at the end how we will go from here. But we wanna get this tour, which we were committed to doing, we wanted to finish what we started." Read more here.

Nikki Sixx Has Humorous Outlook On Feud With KISS

Former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has compared his recent war of words with Kiss stars Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley to "a bunch of old women fighting."

Sixx tells Loudwire Nights: "The problem is that sometimes you will say something and the media will take just that 15 seconds and that gets magnified. It can get blown out of proportion.

"When I grew up, I loved Kiss - they influenced me as a songwriter. Kiss gave Motley Crue one of their very first tours. They've done a lot of great stuff for me in my life.

"Gene's a very opinionated man, so am I. I'll be honest with you, I think we just kinda look like a bunch of old women fighting at this point." Read more here.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Release Stream Of 'The Getaway'

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are premiering the title track from their forthcoming album "The Getaway." Due June 17, the follow-up to 2011's "I'm In You" marks the Los Angeles group's first record in five years.

The group teamed up with producer Danger Mouse on the project, which saw mixing handled by Nigel Godrich. The title tune is the second preview of the band's 11th studio release following the lead single "Dark Necessities."

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have resumed touring after singer Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized earlier this month with an intestinal flu which shut down a performance at a radio station festival in Los Angeles.

"It was a painful and sad thing to have to cancel shows, we don't really do that," Kiedis told ET Canada. "I'd rather play deathly ill than not at all but in this particular instance I was starting to go down to the ground. I got some help and now I've got to figure things out." Read more and stream the new song here.

Temple Of The Dog Settle Dispute Over Master Tapes

Grunge supergroup Temple Of The Dog's self-titled 1991 album is set for a 25th anniversary reissue after a legal argument over ownership of the master tapes was settled.

Last year it was revealed that record label A&M was suing Rajan Parashar, co-founder of Seattle's London Bridge Studios, insisting that he hand over the recordings.

They came into his possession on the death of his brother Rick, who produced the album that features Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron, plus Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Jeff Ament.

Now A&M and Rajan Parashar have come to an agreement, according to Soundgarden mainman Cornell. Read more here.

Ozzy Osbourne Helps Unveil Tram Named In His Honor

Ozzy Osbourne returned to his native Birmingham, England on Thursday to launch a new tram named after him. The Irish Examiner reports the Black Sabbath rocker unveiled the tram in front of a packed crowd on Corporation Street in the city centre.

"It's great to be here. Thank you very much," Ozzy told the crowd. "We never thought when we started in 1968 that we'd be here. It's been an incredible journey.

"Once a Brummie, always a Brummie," he added. "When I was a kid there were trams in Birmingham and I always wondered why they stopped. Every time I come there's something different. It takes me a minute or two to guess where I am. It changes all the time, it's great."

Asked by reporters if he would consider buying a tram, he said: "Not a tram, a crazy train maybe…" Read more and see video reports of the unveiling here.

Nick Menza Reflected On Megadeth's Rust In Piece In Final Interview

Nick Menza reflected on the Rust In Peace sessions for his former band Megadeth in what is believed to be his final interview. The late drummer says that the 1990 record possessed a "raw energy" because the band recorded it in the studio live - hinting that 1992's Countdown To Extinction had less impact because they chose to overdub pre-recorded instruments instead.

He tells The Wave NW: "We rehearsed Rust In Peace for a year, then we went into the studio and we cut it live. There's no click track on that record - it's really raw and has a lot of energy.

"Rust In Peace is the milestone album, because it's not using the click, it's about being tight. You've got to go into the studio and be prepared. The next record, Countdown To Extinction, is done to click and it's overdubbed. It captured the energy live, but nothing like Rust In Peace."

He continues: "Using the clicking track puts the 'overhead' on - the governor - which only lets you break out into a certain energy field, where you can't get crazy the way you would live.

"If you play to a click, it's done. You're done. The energy stagnates and gets sterile and I can't even sit through that. It's not gonna happen. If you go in and write the songs on the spot, then you don't really play what occurs naturally, if you play it a 1000 times." Read more here.

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Live Bullet 40th Anniversary Special

Syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Live Bullet, the pivotal live album by Detroit journeyman rocker Bob Seger. The show sent the following details

With sales to date of over six million copies, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's April 1976 double live album Live Bullet may be the biggest-selling album in history to have missed the Top 30 initially. Live Bullet sales took off after Bob Seger's breakthrough Night Moves, his tenth album, skyrocketed later that same year.

1968's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" hit single had been the "bullet" in the chamber, but during the ensuing seven years Seger added a clip full of songs including "Beautiful Loser"," the rapid-fire rocker "Katmandu", and the secret weapon "Turn the Page". As Bob explains to InTheStudio host Redbeard, playing with live ammo those next several years was challenging to prove that Seger was not firing blanks .

Bob Seger had this to say, "After "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" did rather well, the next seven years or so were a little dry, and I've always called those years, 'Bob learns to make albums', because that's a whole different thing than making a hit single. I had to develop my writing because I was on the road constantly, where I really didn't have much of a chance to write. We were doing like 250 nights a year... At some point I said to myself, 'I really enjoy doing this. I really don't want to have a what musicians call a 'day gig'." Stream the special here.

Richie Sambora Taking Different Direction On New Album Says Orianthi

Former Bon Jovi man Richie Sambora has taken a country direction on his upcoming album with Orianthi, she's revealed. The guitarists have been a couple since meeting backstage in 2013, and began working on the duets record last year, along with producer Bob Rock.

Fomer Alice Cooper band member Orianthi tells Rolling Stone: "I'm a big country fan. The great thing about country songs is the storytelling. They're really moving and well-crafted, and that's something Richie and I wanted to explore."

The album doesn't yet have a title or release date, but it's described as a "vocal and guitar-driven" work. "There are songs where I'm singing and he's backing me up, and vice-versa, and songs where we're singing together," Orianthi says. Read more here.

Adrian Belew Excited About Work On New Pixar Short 'Piper'

Adrian Belew says he's thrilled with his work on Piper, a short movie by animation studio Pixar that features his music, which is set to be released next month.

The six-minute production tells the story of a small bird that lives on a beach, and must challenge herself to find food while avoiding treacherous waves. It will be screened before Finding Dory, the full-length sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo.

Describing Piper as "possibly the studio's cutest character creation yet," Belew says: "I've visited Pixar four times and it never ceases to thrill me - so much creativity and technology in one place." Read more here.

Lemmy Saved the Day For Clutch

Clutch guitarist Tim Sult has recalled how Lemmy came to the rescue when Dan Maines' bass guitar was lost by an airline. Clutch and Motorhead were on the same bill at Germany's Rock IM Park in June of last year. But Maines' Rickenbacker bass was misplaced by the airline, leaving Clutch in a sticky situation.

Motorhead mainman Lemmy was quick to loan Maines one of his Rickenbacker basses, saving the day for the US rockers. Lemmy died in December of last year, just days after being diagnosed with cancer.

Sult tells UCR: "Last year we played a show with Motorhead where we flew into Germany and the airline lost our bass player's bass. Lemmy was actually cool enough to let him play one of his basses for our entire set. That's pretty much my favorite Lemmy story ever." Read more here.

David Bowie's Son On The Loss Of His Father

Since David Bowie passed away in January, his family has remained mostly quiet about his death--allowing his legacy to speak through his work and the outpouring of appreciation for his artistry.

This week, Bowie's son Duncan Jones appeared on the Nerdist podcast and explained that before his father died, they both had time to connect and make peace with the icon's failing health.

"I'm OK, I'm good," he said. "I was very fortunate, we got a chance to say our goodbyes. It's a weird one for me, I don't really know how to talk about it or what to say about it - other than the fact that we got a chance to say our goodbyes.

"Weird things make me miss him, but it's still early days. I'm sure I always will, but it's tricky. He was a big gravitational pull in my life as far as who I saw myself as. How I separated myself from the world and how I saw myself." Read more here.

Paul Simon Streams EDM Inspired New Album 'Stranger to Stranger'

Driven by his signature tribal rhythms, intricate yet simple melodies and percussive treatments, and embellished with ideas drawn from EDM, Paul Simon has presented another collection of poetically charged stories in song. His new album Stranger to Stranger is his first since 2011's So Beautiful or So What.

Simon said the album is "about getting you to actually hear something in a new way ' about making music that sounds old and new at the same time - music with a sense of mystery." Stranger to Stranger is currently available for streaming on NPR's First Listen.

Simon branched out musically during sessions for the album by working with Italian EDM artist Clap! Clap!, who he says is an artist that "makes music sound new and old at the same time" and utilizes the unique tonal approaches pioneered by composer Harry Partch. Read more here.


Led Zeppelin Trial Forces Robert Plant To Cancel Benefit Show

 Robert Plant has cancelled his upcoming appearance at next month's Meltdown Festival in London in order to appear at Led Zeppelin's copyright infringement trial over "Stairway To Heaven."

Plant was due play a June 19 date at the city's Southbank Centre as part of "The Boat We're In", a benefit for the British Red Cross' refugee awareness campaign.

The singer and festival confirmed the schedule change, saying, "Robert is a defendant in a court case in LA which was due to take place May 10th. Through court rearrangements, the hearing has been moved to June 14th. Robert has been proud to contribute towards the British Red Cross/Refugee awareness campaign through his participation on the Long Rd EP. The Elbow song 'Blanket Of Night' is a spellbinding and remarkable succinct piece of music.

"Robert has been enthusiastic to help in any way to the increased awareness and support of so many powerless and distraught peoples. Therefore the opportunity afforded at Guy Garvey's Meltdown was an event that Robert was passionately drawn to." Read more and listen to both songs that are the center of the lawsuit here.

'HOT MAMA' -New 'Summer Anthem' by Foghat!

"Perfect Anthem for Summer"! Foghat new release 'HOT MAMA'!

Foghat just premiered the first track from their upcoming record 'Under The Influence' due out on June 24th!
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“Hot Mama” is 3:43 of explosive guitar-driven rock’n’roll with that signature Foghat sound and a perfect anthem for the summer of 2016. You want new ’70s classic rock from one of the bands that perfected it? That guitar! Those drums! The kick-ass vocals! What are you waiting for? Give it a listen!"

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New lyric video Moodswing

Live Nation and the Jeff Healey Estate reveal the incredible line up of artists confirmed for the Jeff Healey 50th birthday celebration. Featured in what promises to be an amazing night of music are guitar heroes Albert Lee, Philip Sayce, Sonny Landreth, The Trews, Walter Trout, the Jeff Healey Alumni Band and some special surprise guests. Fans are encouraged to join this celebration of the life and legacy of the legendary, Canadian music icon and one of Toronto's favourite sons - Jeff Healey. All proceeds from this event are being donated to World Eye Cancer Hope. World Eye Cancer Hope is a charity designated by the Jeff Healey Estate that does amazing work with childhood retinoblastoma - the same cancer that took Jeff's sight.  

The Jeff Healey Estate, in conjunction with Convexe Entertainment/Mascot Label Group, released Heal My Soul in March 2016. Heal My Soul includes never heard before tracks recorded by Healey. The music on Heal My Soul captures Healey in full flight, displaying the virtuosity that made the Toronto native one of the most revered musicians in the world. Taken from Heal My Soul here’s a lyric video for the song Moodswing.

Jeff Healey is remembered as one of the most outstanding guitarists and all-around musicians of the past 30 years. Jeff lost his sight during early childhood due to retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Playing guitar since the age of 3, he developed the distinctive lap-style guitar technique that helped bring him international attention by his late teens. A Grammy nominee and JUNO Award winner, Jeff's five album releases with The Jeff Healey Band totaled millions of sales worldwide. Over the course of Jeff Healey's career, he also shared stages and earned the admiration of countless other musicians including; B.B. King, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Allman Brothers Band. Jeff Healey died on March 2, 2008 at 41 years old after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer.

Megadeth's Nick Menza Cause Of Death Confirmed

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza died of natural causes, according to findings from the County Of Los Angeles Department Of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

He collapsed on stage on May 21 with his current band Ohm, and passed away soon afterwards. Eyewitness accounts suggested he'd suffered a severe heart attack.

Now that view has been confirmed by the County Of Los Angeles Department Of Medical Examiner-Coroner, who list a single cause of death as "hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease." The case has been closed.

One person who attended the Baked Potato venue in Studio City, California, told Blabbermouth: "It appeared to be a seizure. Nick stopped breathing. Two patrons began CPR until EMS arrived. EMS worked on him for 25-plus minutes, including adrenaline shots, three shocks and non-stop compressions." Read more here.

Van Halen's Future Pondered By David Lee Roth

David Lee Roth discusses his possible future with Van Halen on the latest edition of the frontman's online streaming series The Roth Show. The main theme of the episode is how Roth spent his time living in Japan over the past few years, including learning the language as well studying various martial arts.

"It's not like my career path is going to get altered," explains Roth. "I sort of know what the next ten summers are going to bring - Eddie Van Halen aside, those are ups and downs.

"I don't know when we're going to tour but I have a sense that we will; I don't know that we're going to record again - when that'll happen - but I have a sense that it's gonna happen."

Things appear to be quiet in the Van Halen camp since the group closed out their 2015 tour in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" with a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in early October. Watch the episode here.

Allman Brothers Band Albums Set For Audiophile Reissue

The Allman Brothers Band will reissue nine remastered classic albums on vinyl on July 22nd including a limited edition 15LP box set as well as the titled being offered in high definition digital audio.

The project will present the group's output from 1969 to 1979 on audiophile quality 180-gram vinyl, starting with an expanded 2LP edition of the band's self-titled 1969 record featuring the original 1969 stereo mix and the 1973 "Beginnings" stereo mix.

"Live At Ludlow Garage: 1970" makes its debut in a triple-LP package presenting the complete concert for the first time, with 2LP sets each of 1971's "At Fillmore East", 1972's "Eat A Peach" and 1976's "Wipe The Window, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas" alongside single LPs each of "Idlewild South" (1970), "Brothers And Sisters" (1973), "Win, Lose Or Draw" (1975) and 1979's "Enlightened Rogues"

Remastered by Kevin Reeves, all nine LP packages feature faithfully replicated original album artwork and will be available individually and in a Limited Edition 15LP Collection with exclusive extras in wooden peach crate. Read more here.

KISS' Paul Stanley Explains Why He Reunited With Ace Frehley

Paul Stanley says it was about time he worked with Ace Frehley again because "life's too short." The KISS frontman appears on former bandmate Frehley's solo album Origins Vol.1, singing on a version of Free's Fire And Water. And in an interview filmed on the set of the video for the track, the pair discuss the collaboration and their relationship.

Stanley tells 95.5 KLOS: "Look, life's too short, and regardless of whatever differences we will have and continue to have and things that we don't agree on, there's no denying what we started together. And what we started together is the reason that we're still here today. So why not celebrate it?"

Frehley left Kiss for the second and final time in 2002 and he was thrilled that he managed to convince Stanley to work with him again. He says: "I'm gonna be honest, I was patiently awaiting the email and finally I got it and I was just completely floored. I thought it was a very special vocal, it brought tears to my eyes. The track came out way better than I anticipated." Read more and watch the interview here.

Pink Floyd To Be Honored By Royal Mail With Stamp Collection

A collection of 10 stamps in honor of Pink Floyd will be released by Royal Mail in the UK this summer. Royal Mail says the stamps will be issued on July 7, "to celebrate one of the most successful and influential British rock bands of all time."

Six of the stamps will feature artwork from six classic Pink Floyd albums - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Atom Heart Mother, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Endless River.

A further four stamps, gathered in a miniature sheet, feature images from Floyd live performances including shows at London's UFO Club and on The Wall and the Division Bell tours. Read more here.

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Asked Johnny Depp For Guitar Lesson

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was so taken with Johnny Depp's guitar skills that he asked the actor for lessons, Alice Cooper has revealed. The trio are the leading members of the Hollywood Vampires supergroup, dedicated to the memory of Cooper's late drinking buddies.

Cooper tells EonMusic: "Johnny is one of these guys that just loves that era, and he's a killer guitar player. There's a movie called Chocolat and he plays this gypsy guitar player. He does all this Django Reinhardt stuff - and it's really him.

"It's not somebody playing for him. Joe Perry heard that, and he called up and said, 'Can I get guitar lessons from you?' So that's how good Johnny is." Read more here.

Alice In Chains's Jerry Cantrell Brought Deftones To Tears

Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham says the band cried tears of joy when Alice In Chains man Jerry Cantrell was recording a guest guitar solo. AIC guitarist Cantrell guests on Deftones track Phantom Bride, which features on latest album Gore. And as Cantrell recorded his part, the band were overwhelmed by his contribution.

Cunningham tells Rock 105: "We had tears of joy when he was laying it down. When he plays, you know immediately it's him, and that's a rarity. And we've grown up on him and became friends with his band over the years, toured together. And it was just a magical pairing."

The drummer says Deftones were trying to come up with a suitable guest star for the track when they decided to ask their old friend Cantrell. He adds: "We had this song. It was pretty much done. It could have been left as is, but it sort of had this big kind of a gaping hole in the end, like a gap, that could have just been or we could have filled it up with something." Read more here.

Kelly Osbourne Tweets Insult Towards Ozzy's Alleged Mistress?

Kelly Osbourne posted a harsh tweet that is believed to be directed towards her father Ozzy Osbourne's alleged mistress. Osbourne tweeted a derogatory comment which references a specific sexual act and also includes the woman's phone number.

"He's given me an unbelievable life and he's given me three gorgeous children and I love him," Sharon said of their current separation. "I'm just trying to take it all in, take it all in and process it… I've been avoiding looking at any pictures or reading anything. I know what's gone on, and I don't need to read about it, it's like putting salt in a wound and I don't need to."

Regarding whether the split is permanent, Sharon said, "I honestly don't know. At this point I cannot answer that, because I don't know what I want." Read more here.




May 25, 2016 -- THE WINERY DOGS-- Richie Kotzen (lead vocals/guitar), Mike Portnoy (drums), Billy Sheehan (bass)—will launch their latest U.S. headlining tour Saturday, June 25 in Hinckley, MN at the Grand Casino Amphitheatre in support of their critically-acclaimed, self-produced second album, HOT STREAK, which was released in North America October 2, 2015 on Loud & Proud Records. It was preceded by the first single, “Oblivion,” which quickly made its way onto the Top 30 of the Billboard “Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart.  A double vinyl edition of the new album was released November 13, 2015. 

To get fans revved up for the new tour, the hard rocking trio is releasing a new single, “Captain Love,” to radio on June 3. A Vicente Cordero-directed video for the song premiered on earlier today. It’s one of the band’s favorite songs on the album. While lyricist/singer/guitarist Richie Kotzen doesn’t confess to be the subject of the song, drummer Mike Portnoy believes it’s the perfect groove to be played in strip clubs around the world, as he and Kotzen explains in this clip

"Eight months after kicking off our 1st U.S. leg last October and following runs in Europe, Japan & South America,” explains Portnoy, “we are excited to round home plate and return home with some more U.S. shows in June and July." 

After landing in the Top Five on many of Amazon’s pre-order charts, including #1 on the Amazon Best Sellers/Hard Rock chart and #1 on the Amazon Pre-Orders/Hard Rock Albums charts, THE WINERY DOGS celebrated a HOT STREAK of first week album sales. It sold 30% more than their 2013 self-titled debut, landing them on various Billboard album charts including #2 on “Top Current Alternative Albums” and #30 on the “Top 200 Albums.”  Elsewhere on the Billboard charts: 

#5                     “Top Current Hard Music”
#5                     “Top Hard Music Albums”
#6                     “Top Current Rock Albums”
#6                     “Album Core / Genre Rock”
#15                   “Top Current Physical Albums”
#16                   “Top Current Albums” 

HOT STREAK shows the powerfully pedigreed trio’s initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the strum and headbang of “Captain Love” to the propulsive uplifting vibe of “The Bridge” to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of “Fire.” If these three DOGS thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, HOT STREAK barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory. 

Vintage Guitar magazine hailed HOT STREAK as an album that, “...combines blue-eyed soul, heavy rock, memorable hooks, and lightning-fast licks. Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen, and Mike Portnoy deliver prodigious talent, never forgetting that it’s all about the song and the groove.” 

Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following stops:

DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Sat 6/25            Hinckley, MN                 Grand Casino Amphitheatre
Tue 6/28            Eau Claire, WI               State Theater
Wed 6/29          Ashwaubenon, WI          Green Bay Distillery
Thu 6/30            St. Charles, IL               Arcadia Theater
Sat 7/2              Hazard, KY                   The Forum
Sun 7/3             Sterling Heights, MI       Stars & Stripes Festival
Tue 7/5             Buffalo, NY                   Taft Music Hall
Fri 7/8               Houston, TX                  Warehouse Live
Sat 7/9              Dallas, TX                     Gas Monkey Live
Sun 7/10           San Antonio, TX            Alamo 

About Loud & Proud Records:

Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label whose mission is to provide a true partnership between artists and their label. Loud & Proud’s roster of releases is a diverse collection of established and developing artists. Notably, the label’s longstanding relationship with Lynyrd Skynyrd has yielded releases from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Zant (featuring brothers Johnny and Donnie); The Rossingtons (Gary & Dale Rossington), and Blackfoot (featuring Rickey Medlocke). The label also represents recordings by rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; emerging Nashville roots/blues artists The Delta Saints; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winners Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winner Rick Springfield; five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; jam scene favorites The String Cheese Incident; powerhouse rockers KIX and more. Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records) released such prominent artists as Rush, Neil Young, Robert Plant, KISS, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band and more. Loud & Proud Records is distributed worldwide by ADA, a Warner Music Company and is marketed outside North America by International Solutions.




Slash’s Brent Fitz to Fill-In on Drums for Tour

(Los Angeles, CA – May 25, 2016) Whitford/St. Holmes, featuring the dynamic duo of Aerosmith guitarist, Brad Whitford and Ted Nugent vocalist/guitarist, Derek St. Holmes are back together and ready to release their new studio album and hit the road with Whitesnake - all beginning on June 3rd!  

Joining the two on the road will be bassist Chopper Anderson and keyboardist Buck Johnson, who both played on the Reunion album.  Filling in on drums for all dates will be Brent Fitz (SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators) replacing Troy Luccketta, who will be touring with Tesla at the same time.

 “We are very excited to have Brent join us on this run,” says Whitford. “Troy is so good, he is just not an easy guy to replace!”  “We really needed a guy with the right feel.” adds St.Holmes, “Brent brings that with him along with the power that kicks these songs out like they were meant to be. We can’t wait to get out there with him.”

When asked how Brent felt about his new gig he was quick to answer. "I was already excited for the new Whitford/St.Holmes reunion record. So, it goes without saying how thrilled I was to get a call from Derek and Brad asking me to step in on drums for the upcoming tour. Playing brand new music with these two legends, and in such a great new band, couldn't be more exciting!  I consider them both architects of my own musical makeup, so of course I'm looking forward to playing a few of their own classics as well!"

Whitford/St. Holmes are excited to reunite and reclaim the rock magic they first produced over thirty years ago.  It was 1981 when Whitford, who had left Aerosmith, first teamed up with Derek St. Holmes to release their self-titled debut.   Tracks like “Sharpshooter” and “Whisky Woman” carried on the stadium rock n roll style that made them famous. The album received critical acclaim and they did a successful round of tour dates before returning to their respective bands and shelving the duo.

Recently, while living in the same town on the outskirts of Nashville, the two got together and began writing a number of songs.  Before they knew it, they had an album, assembled a band and recorded the self-produced, and appropriately titled, Reunion.  Playing these songs live is going to be the icing on the cake for Whitford and St. Holmes, as Derek said, “We want to share it with our friends, all those hardcore rock ‘n’ roll fans… Like our fans and good whiskey, we all seem to get better with age. These new cuts are bold, brassy and ballsy and we can’t wait to play them live.”  


The upcoming tour with Whitesnake launches on June 3rd in Dallas and continues on through Texas, Indianapolis, Ohio, Detroit, Boston and more with headlining dates peppered in between.  This leg of the tour will conclude on July 2nd with a headline show.  The band will also play with Lynyrd Skynyrd on July 31st at  Festival Park in Elgin, IL.

For up to date tour info and more, visit:

Whitford/St. Holmes On Tour This Summer (all dates with Whitesnake unless noted)
Fri 06/03/16 Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory         
Sun 06/05/16 Houston, TX Revention Music Center
Mon 06/06/16 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre         
Wed 06/08/16 Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre    
*Thu 06/09/16 Traverse City, MI Ground Zero (with Tom Keifer)
Sat 06/11/16 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park      
*Sun 06/12/16 Whitsburg, KY Appalshop Theater  (Headline Show)
Tue 06/14/16 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion At Riverbend        
Wed 06/15/16 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center At The Heights       
*Thu 06/16/16 Pittsburgh, PA Stage One (Headline Show)
Fri 06/17/16 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
*Sun 06/19/16 Farifield, CT The Warehouse   (Headline Show)
Mon 06/20/16 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre         
Tue 06/21/16 Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theater
*Wed 06/22/16 Sellersville, PA      Sellersville Theater (Headline Show)
Thu 06/23/16 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom       
Sat 06/25/16 Boston, MA House Of Blues Boston        
Sun 06/26/16 Portland, ME Maine State Pier      
Tue 06/28/16 Lewiston, NY Artpark Amphitheater         
Wed 06/29/16 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore Silver Spring  
*Thu 06/30/16 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage (Headline Show)     
*Fri 07/01/16 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall (Headline Show)
*Sat 07/02/16 Pawling, NY Daryl’s House (Headline Show)
 *Sat 07/30/16 Elgin, IL Festival Park (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Rock Is Dead Says Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea believes that rock music is dead and band's now are viewed as a money making venture. Flea was chatting to Pearl Jam's Mike McCready on the latter's radio show on SiriusXM's Pearl Jam Radio when he took aim at the current state of rock music which says 'is a dead form.'

Flea revealed that he pursued a career in a rock band because he was 'a f***ing lunatic.' He explains: "I was like 'f*** it, I don't care, this is what I want to do, this means everything to me, I found a home.' I've been a weird, neurotic, loner kid all my life, I was always the kid you called fag in high school, punk rock gave me a home."

He adds: "Nowadays, you decide you want to be in a rock band [and] it's like, 'Oh great, let's get you an image consultant, and a lawyer, and a manager, and let's see what we can do here. It's a great money-making opportunity for you, junior.'" Read more here.

Crazy Train: Ozzy Osbourne To Get Tram Named In His Honor

A tram in Birmingham, UK, is to be named after Ozzy Osbourne. Transport body Centro announced that one of their Midland Metro trams will pay tribute to the rock icon, who was born in Aston.

Osbourne says: "It's an honor to have a tram named after me, I'm proud to be a Brummie and this means so much." The Black Sabbath frontman will meet the train at the new Corporation Street stop on Thursday morning (May 26).

Trams returned to the streets of Birmingham for the first time in more than 60 years in December, with the Metro running to the new stop in Bull Street in the city centre. Read more here.

Paul McCartney Launches Virtual Reality Series

Sir Paul McCartney is launching a six-episode documentary series shot in VR (Virtual Reality) as part of his promotion of PURE McCartney, a career-spanning compilation album due June 10.

The Beatle is teaming up with Jaunt, the industry's leading producer of VR content. According to a release, each of the shorts will dive into the stories behind some of Paul's most iconic songs.

Filmed in his private home studio, the PURE McCartney VR episodes, will start with 'Dance Tonight" and "Coming Up," to be followed by 'My Valentine" , 'Mull of Kintyre" and 'Early Days."

In "Dance Tonight," McCaartney reveals how he got the cast, including Natalie Portman to play roles in the 2009 music video. Watch "Dance Tonight" here.

Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan Documentary Hitting Theaters

Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan will screen his documentary, "It's So Easy And Other Lies: Live At The Moore", in US theaters starting May 26, according to Deadline.

They report that XLrator Media will present the film in 50 US cities ahead of the its theatrical release in Los Angeles on June 3. Directed by Christopher Duddy, the project sees McKagan telling his life story in a live performance setting at the famed Seattle venue in 2013.

The Seattle appearance was part of a promotional tour by McKagan in support of his 2012 memoir, "It's So Easy (And Other Lies)", which debuted on the New York Times' Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 17.

The documentary's release comes three weeks before the partially-reunited Guns N' Roses will begin a summer stadium tour of North America at Ford Field in Detroit, MI on June 23. Read more and watch the trailer here.

AC/DC Classic Fuels New Applebee's Commercials

AC/DC's 1980 classic, "Rock 'n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", provides the soundtrack to a new ad campaign for restaurant chain Applebee's. The commercials tell Applebee's "Hand-Cut, Wood-Fired" story with shots of hand-cut steaks being "seared to smoky-oak perfection" on the company's "fire-breathing workhorse" grill.

The rebranding campaign emphasizes the new American-made, wood-fired grills as the centerpiece of nearly 2,000 of its U.S. restaurants and introducing certified USDA Choice steaks hand-cut in-house as the signature item of a revamped and streamlined menu that elevates quality, flavor and freshness.

"We're in the midst of a transformation at Applebee's, and we are recommitting ourselves to every aspect of the guest experience," said Julia Stewart, Chairman and CEO of Applebee's parent company DineEquity, Inc. and President of Applebee's. "Food is, of course, central to that, and in talking to guests, we discovered that a platform built on 'USDA Choice,' 'hand-cut in-house' and 'wood-fired' was not only powerful but had the potential to differentiate us in a noisy and crowded market." Watch the three official ads here.

Jared James Nichols Tributes Biker Films In 'Don't You Try' Video

Jared James Nichols has premiered the video for his track Don't You Try with TeamRock. The US guitarist has issued the new track to coincide with the start of his European tour supporting Zakk Wylde, which gets underway on May 25.

Nichols tells TeamRock: "Basically, the song is about belief - in all aspects of life. About what you're told when you're young and how it has an impression on you. How strong other people's words can be. How there is always something in the back of your mind kind of chasing you. At the end of the day, you have to believe in what you want."

The video pays homage to bikers of the 60s and 70s, and Nichols says the idea came to him while he was drifting off to sleep. He adds: "I remember the dream so vividly. I was cruising in my old Ford when all of the sudden I was taken over by a biker gang. We worked with director Ben Strang and decided to make it a homage or parody if you will.

"It turned out funny as hell and undoubtedly a throwback to the classic exploitation biker films of the late 60s early 70s. We plan on opening our European shows with the song." Read more and watch the video here.

Neal Morse Band's New Album Is Tommy Meets The Wall Says Portnoy

Mike Portnoy took to Facebook on Monday and has described the upcoming Neal Morse Band record as "the greatest album of my career...our Tommy meets The Wall."

The as-yet-untitled, double concept album is due for release later this year and drummer Portnoy says is stands up against some of the best concept records ever released.

He says: "Listened to the latest tracking ruff on the upcoming Neal Morse Band album yesterday. I have to say it again - this is the greatest album of my career.

"It is my/our Tommy meets The Wall. Absolutely mammoth and my greatest recorded work, my Desert Island Disc. Can't wait for you all to hear it." Read more here.

Neil Young Set For The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Appearance

Neil Young will be among the guests appearing on CBS-TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, May 26. Young is gearing up for the June 17 release of a new live album called "Earth."

The set mixes 2015 concert readings with the Promise Of The Real band - featuring Willie Nelson's sons Micah and Lukas - alongside ambient elements like car horns, insects and animal sounds.

"Ninety-eight uninterrupted minutes long, Earth flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together," explains Young. "Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times."

The project offers 12 tracks from Young's career and "I Won't Quit", an unreleased tune the rocker debuted at Farm Aid 30 in Chicago, IL last September. Check out a video of the performance of the song here.

Paul McCartney Says Kanye West Is A Monster

Beatles legend Paul McCartney seemed like a strange collaborator for Kanye West on "FourFiveSeconds," their single with Rihanna. So what does the Beatle really think of the controversial rapper? In an interview with the BBC, McCartney described West as a "monster" and "a crazy guy who comes up with great stuff so he inspires me."

Those 2014 recording sessions bore other fruit, including "All Day," a song whose lyrics shocked McCartney on first glance. "I get this track back, a thing called 'All Day' [and] he's taken my melody and he's made it seriously urban, which is funny because the lyrics use the N-word-a lot!" McCartney said. "'How long have you been at the mall? All day, n-word.'"

Sir Paul says famous friends like Oprah Winfrey warned him against making the song, fearing that he would wade into controversy. "It's a great record, sonically it's brilliant, but quite a few people said, 'You can't be connected with this, there's, like, 40 N-words!'" he said. "People like Oprah, who are a little conservative about that stuff, she says, 'You shouldn't do it, even black people shouldn't use that word.' I said, 'Yeah, but it's Kanye! And he's talking about an urban generation that uses that word in a completely different way. It's the context. So I was actually pleased with it."

Listen to McCartney's full BBC interview here.

Megadeth Plan Benefit For Nick Menza's Family

The members of Megadeth were as shocked as fans with the untimely death of former drummer Nick Menza on Saturday night. Frontman Dave Mustaine issued a public statement and revealed that the group will be putting together a benefit concert for Menza's family.

Menza, who part of the band's iconic 'Rust In Peace', 'Countdown To Extinction' and 'Youthanasia' era lineup, passed away while performing with his band Ohm at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles. He was 51 years old.

Band leader Mustaine had the following to say about Menza's passing: "I woke up this morning to a text message from my son, with the news of Nick Menza's passing. Shocked, devastated and saddened don't begin to describe my feelings.

"Originally a tech for the band, Nick soon displayed such talent and personality, it didn't take long for us to realize he belonged on stage with us, behind the kit. We asked Nick to join Megadeth as our drummer in 1989. At the time, the band already had its first platinum album, which only served to stoke the fire.

"We all wanted world domination -- with so much of our lives and dreams ahead of us. As we navigated through the pitfalls of life and the music business, our first album with Nick, 'Rust In Peace', and subsequent albums 'Countdown To Extinction' and 'Youthanasia', kept up the momentum. We parted ways after 'Cryptic Writings'. We, like all brothers, would disagree at times, but our bond was strong throughout.

"As a player, Nick had a very powerful jazzy flair, unpredictable and always entertaining, And as great a drummer as he was, the time spent with him as a person, a bandmate, and a friend was even more fun.

"There were several times we discussed him coming back to the band, but for various reasons, it never came together. We've been in touch all along, he had come out to our shows recently, and he had remained a great friend, a true professional and a larger-than-life personality.

"The Megadeth family take care of each other, and expect to hear soon about an initiative to help Nick's children. All of us in this community are connected, take care of yourself and your loved ones. My deepest condolences go out to Nick's family."

Mustaine also left the door open for other former members of the band to join them at the upcoming benefit show. He said during a radio interview, "We're hoping to leave an open stage for all of the alumni from Megadeth to come onstage and play with us so we can leave behind something for Nick's children, which I think have been left in a bad way. We wanted to get that stuff all set up and that's where the wheels are turning."

He also addressed the idea that he and Menza didn't get along. "Contrary to popular belief, Nick and I were very, very close. I think when you're that close with somebody the temperature runs a lot hotter than in most relationships, so the love is that much deeper and the anger is so much more hot and the sadness is so much more profound."



The Dead Daisies’ superlative new studio album ‘Make Some Noise’, will be released on SPV Records thru eOne on Friday, August 5th, is a vital, vibrant and utterly uplifting opus, which way more than lives up to the legendary ‘classic third LP syndrome’ epithet.

‘Make Some Noise’, packed with huge hooks, giant, intense guitar riffs and glorious, distinctive vocals, celebrates the kind of rock ‘n’ roll that has gone from strength to strength ever since it emerged in the early 1970’s and that sweaty clubs, concert halls and stadiums the world over would be impossible to imagine without. Each of the joyously performed, perfectly crafted, melody drenched 12 songs instinctively aims straight for the centre of the listener’s autonomic nervous system, totally enveloping the heart and soul and compelling them to move to the irresistible rhythm.

“There are lots of very good reasons why this kind of rock ‘n’ roll has never gone out of fashion,” band members David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Ratt), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) all agree; “Our songs are simply timeless, immortal, classic! That’s why working with The Dead Daisies is so much fun, and that’s why the reaction is always phenomenal, no matter when and where this band turns up.”

“I'm very pleased with ‘Make Some Noise’,” says Aldrich. “It was a very productive time spent in Nashville and New York! The record is a straight up rock n’ roll record. Very raw and punchy. We didn't do lots of overdubbing of the guitars which I's really got a good vibe like the days we spent writing and recording. I think it is a cool record that adds to an already cool catalogue they the band had prior. The best part is the guys are all friends and very cool to be working together again!”

The Dead Daisies were formed by guitarist and songwriter David Lowy, whose keen instinct and clear vision has guided the recruitment of an amazing revolving line-up of renowned musicians since the band’s inception in 2012. Initially, Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed of Guns ‘N’ Roses, plus Rolling Stones band members Darryl Jones and Bernard Fowler, as well as John Tempesta and Charley Drayton of the Cult were involved. Lowy has once again enlisted incredibly talented international stars to record ‘Make Some Noise’. “For me as a vocalist, this kind of high caliber line-up is an absolute dream come true” enthuses John Corabi, continuing “When you work with The Dead Daisies, everybody is amazingly motivated to deliver top performances”.

From blazing opener ‘Long Way To Go’ (the first single and soon-to-be crowd favourite) onwards, this album rocks hard right through to the very last note. Cross references from legendary bands from the past feature just as much as highly contemporary sounds and trendsetting directives. Compositions such as ‘Mainline’ and ‘Last Time I Saw The Sun’ bring to mind the likes of Aerosmith and Mr. Big, while ‘Song And A Prayer’, with its fluid guitar licks and anthemic chorus, is mightily reminiscent of Guns ‘N’ Roses.  ‘Make Some Noise’, the title track itself, is nothing less than a self-confident, tongue-in-cheek rousing rock statement, bound to be chanted over and over by euphoric audiences at this consummate combo’s electrifying live gigs.

‘Make Some Noise’, which was superbly recorded and produced by Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry) in Nashville in February and March 2016, contains ten originals plus two inspired new incarnations of The Who’s ‘Join Together’ and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Fortunate Son’.

The Dead Daisies, a must-see live act who have already toured with the likes of ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Def Leppard, among others, have lined up a UK and Irish tour in July in support of ‘Make Some Noise’. Audiences across Europe, U.S., and Japan will get the chance to catch the biggest new name in Rock at the following gigs and festivals and when the band joins America's No. 1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time KISS, on their highly anticipated Summer American 'Freedom To Rock' tour. 

David Lowy aptly concludes that “The Dead Daisies mean pure fun to me. This band is first and foremost about our passion for this kind of music and about celebrating classic rock’n’roll. Because one thing is clear: if we have fun in the studio and live on stage, that spark is bound to ignite our audience.”

Long Way To Go * We All Fall Down * Song And A Prayer * Mainline * Make Some Noise * Fortunate Son * Last Time I Saw The Sun * Mine All Mine * How Does It Feel * Freedom * All The Same * Join Together

New: MAKE SOME NOISE (Release date: Friday, August 5th 2016) /



(May 24, 2016) -- 2014 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member ACE FREHLEY today has released, via 95.5 KLOS, a brand new video interview show on set immediately after the video shoot for his cover of Free’s 1970 hit “Fire and Water” featuring none other than KISS frontman PAUL STANLEY.  The six minute clip is the first time the two have been interviewed on camera in over 15 years. The last time the two sat for an interview was during the KISS farewell tour in 2002 in Australia.

The video notches itself into rock and roll history as the first time both Frehley and Stanley appear in a music video since KISS’ music video for “Psycho Circus” released in 1998. It’s also the first time in 14 years that the two shared a stage since KISS’ appearance at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Finally, it’s the first time Frehley has released a music video since 1989, which was Frehley's cover of "Do Ya" released by both The Move and ELO.

Last month, ACE FREHLEY cracked the U.S. top 10 with his latest effort Origins: Vol. 1 charting at #1 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, #3 on the Billboard Rock chart and #6 on the Billboard Current Chart selling more than 16k units in its first week of release according to Nielsen Soundscan. Internationally, the LP most notably came in at #2 on the Sweden Hard Rock Charts and #05 on the England Indie Album Breaker Charts.

Origins: Vol.1 and its success serves as the follow up to Space Invader, which debuted at #9 on the Top 200 Chart in 2014, the same year Ace Frehley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an original member of KISS.

ACE FREHLEY released Origins Vol. 1, a collection of 12 newly recorded classics from Ace’s formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll on April 15, 2016. This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS' 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus.

Ace spoke with Rolling Stone about the new record, his guest players and recording with Paul after all these years. Rolling Stone writes: Regarding his reunion with Stanley, Frehley shrugs off any residual tension between the two of them. "We've always been friends," he says. "The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy."

Rolling Stone debuted "White Room," a few months ago, the classic hit originally performed by Cream. Other guests are none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy's classic "Emerald," Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs staple "Wild Thing," Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition "Parasite" for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Magic," and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS “Alive!” mainstay "Cold Gin."


Dimebag Will Be Featured On New Hellyeah Album

Pantera icon Dimebag Darrell Abbott will be heard on upcoming Hellyeah album Undeniable, guitarist Tom Maxwell has confirmed. Dimebag was shot dead on stage in 2004 while performing with Damageplan, featuring his brother Vinnie Paul Abbott, who formed Hellyeah two years later.

The pair once laid down a cover of Phil Collins track I Don't Care Anymore, which has remained in Paul's archive ever since. Maxwell tells 97.7 QLZ: "Dime and Vinnie recorded that track years ago. We went in, dug up his tracks and put it on the record. So we've got a little Dime. Dime's on our album."

He adds: "It's just an honest record, man. We just went in there and didn't know what we were going to do. I think we just matured. We're writing some of the most savage music - we're digging deep and reinventing ourselves on some things." Read more here.

AC/DC Add Date To Tour With Axl Rose

Axl Rose and AC/DC have extended their European tour with a newly-announced show in Dusseldorf, Germany on June 15. The concert at the city's multi-functional football stadium Esprit Arena adds a 13th date to the spring run which features the Guns N' Roses frontman stepping in to handle vocals in the absence of longtime member Brian Johnson.

The Dusseldorf show will mark the third German date of the tour following upcoming gigs in Hamburg on May 26 and a June 1 appearance in Leipzig. Tickets for the June 15 Dusseldorf concert are on sale now via

AC/DC launched the spring tour with Rose in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7 to rave reviews worldwide. With Rose, the Australian rockers have managed to extend their Rock Or Bust setlist from 20 to 24 songs with the rotation of new additions representing classic tracks from Bon Scott-era: "Dog Eat Dog" from 1977's "Let There Be Rock", "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" and "Riff Raff" from 1978's "Powerage", and "If You Want Want Blood (You've Got It)" and "Touch Too Much" from 1979's "Highway To Hell." Check out video of one of their rarities from the first show of the tour here.

Dokken's Classic Lineup Reuniting

Dokken's classic lineup of Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown are to play together live again later this year. Drummer Brown confirmed the news that they would take to the stage for six shows in Japan "at the end of this year" and says further live dates could be possible, but they don't want to plan too far ahead.

The sticksman tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "There's talk of us doing something in Japan at the end of this year and if that happens and we make it through, then there could be talk about something. Let's just get through six shows and if we can do that, then maybe we can go ahead. It's just up in the air."

Frontman Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch have a volatile relationship, with both sides trading barbed comments in the past. And when asked how he sees the pair getting on when they're reunited, Brown says: "It was something that was there since day one and it's never going to go away - and that's what's making me feel hesitant about getting together again.

"I haven't see a change in either one of them, so I don't know what to expect. But I'm willing to find out. In spite of ourselves, we always seem to do well. It's never very easy and I'm sure it's not going to be this time either." Read more here.

Ramones Announce Expanded Deluxe Reissue For 40th Anniversary

The Ramones will kick off their 40th anniversary celebrations with the July 29 release of an expanded reissue of their groundbreaking 1976 album debut.

The 29-minute masterpiece helped launch the punk rock scenes in both America and Britain, and went on to inspire countless other artists to find their own voice.

A new 3CD/1LP deluxe edition will present a remastered stereo version of the self-titled project, a new mono mix and a pair of live sets from the summer of '76 and can be preordered here.

The project has been overseen by the album's original producer and mixer Craig Leon. "The earliest mixes of the album were virtually mono," says Leon. "We had an idea to record at Abbey Road and do both a mono and stereo version of the album, which was unheard of at the time. I'm thrilled that now, 40 years later, we followed through on that original idea."

The anniversary edition's second disc spotlights single mixes, outtakes, and demos. Several of those recordings have never been released, including demos for "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," "53rd and 3rd," and "Loudmouth."

The third disc captures the band performing two full sets live at The Roxy in West Hollywood on August 12, 1976. While the band's first set has been available before, the evening's second set will see its debut in the new package.

Rounding out the set is a vinyl LP containing the new mono mix of "Ramones", all packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. The 3CD/1 vinyl LP set is a limited edition of 19,760 individually numbered copies.

The full tracklist for "Ramones: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" can be found here.

Rolling Stones Release 'Totally Stripped' Preview

The Rolling Stones are sharing a video preview of their forthcoming live collection, "Totally Stripped." Due June 3 via Eagle Rock Entertainment, the set expands on the 1995 unplugged album, "Stripped", which delivered acoustic and alternate versions of the band's classics alongside select covers of tunes by Bob Dylan and Robert Johnson, among others.

"Totally Stripped" sources three complete Stones concerts from 1995 - the Paradiso in Amsterdam, L'Olympia in Paris and London's Brixton Academy - and is rounded out with an overhauled version of the documentary of the same name, which gives viewers behind the scenes look at the making of the original package.

"Totally Stripped" will be available in a variety of formats, including DVD or SD Blu-ray, DVD+CD or DVD+LP, single CD / 2LPs and Deluxe Editions on DVD or SD Blu-ray complete with a 60 page hard book set containing 5 discs which boasts hours of previously unavailable music and can be preordered here.

"This is a club band," laughs Keith Richards, "that just got bigger gigs." Check out the preview video here.

Dream Theater Will Do 'Something Very Different' On Next Album

Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess believes it would be a mistake for the band to follow concept album The Astonishing with a similar product. Their 13th title, released in January, explores a dystopian future where the power of music is used to wage war against an evil empire.

Asked about how the band might go about topping the work, Rudess tells Dream Theater World: "I don't think it's a question of necessarily topping it. I think this is a particular creative adventure for us, to write a concept album very much like a musical or a rock opera.

"I think that whatever we decide to do next - which we haven't really decided - will be something very different." He adds: "It's not going to be another concept album. I don't think that would be the best thing to do. But it will be some creative adventure that we'll feel like we want to put our energies behind." Read more and watch the full interview here.

Graham Bonnet Reunites With Alcatrazz Bandmate On New Album

Graham Bonnet is reuniting with his former Alcatrazz bandmate Jimmy Waldo to work on his upcoming album. The pair have not recorded together since their stint in short-lived supergroup Blackthorne in 1994.

They are also planning a series of select reunion shows next year with Waldo's current band New England - which features former Alcatrazz bassist Gary Shea. It will be their first time performing together since 1986.

Waldo features on several tracks on the upcoming Graham Bonnet Band record. Bonnet said of his decision to record with guitarist Conrado Pesinato, bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone and drummer Mark Zonder: "It's been a while since I last released a full-length album - but this band is the perfect group of musicians to do just that." Read more here.

Stephen Stills Was Flattered By Jimi Hendrix's Interest

Stephen Stills says he was "flattered" when he found out that Jimi Hendrix wanted him to play bass with him. The pair played together on Stills' self-titled debut album in 1970, which was released a month before the guitar icon died. But he says he was asked to join Hendrix's band full-time, but a hand injury prevented him from doing so.

Stills tells Classic Rock: "I didn't realise they were really discussing it seriously until I read Mitch Mitchell's book. I was quite flattered. But they did call me. I was in Hawaii with a broken hand, so I couldn't go."

And asked if he was tempted, the multi-instrumentalist says: "I'd have done it in a heartbeat, as long as it paid. But there were an awful lot of people that had an awful lot invested in Crosby, Stills & Nash." Read more here.

Megadeth Icon Nick Menza Dead At 51

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza has died aged 51. The sticksman reportedly died from a heart failure while performing onstage with his band Ohm at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles.

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said (via Twitter): "Tell me this isn't true. I woke at 4am to hear Nick Menza passed away on May 21 playing his drums with Ohm at the Baked Potato. #nickmenzarip."

His death was confirmed in a post written by his friend Allen Hall, which was shared on Menza's official Facebook page. It says: "We lost an amazing talent and fantastic person yesterday. Nick Menza was the nicest and most sincere guy you should ever hope to meet.

"He would take the shirt off his back to help you if you needed it. He had a passion for artwork, not just metal music." Read more here.



(May 23, 2016) Legendary Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos has released a second track from his forthcoming solo album, Greeting From Bunezuela!, due out on June 24, 2016.  

Bun E.'s version of The Who's "Armenia City in the Sky" features vocals from John Stirratt (Wilco, The Autumn Defense) and premieres today via Ultimate Classic Rock. Listen here.

The album preorder is also available today. Fans who purchase the album will receive "Armenia City in the Sky" and "Do Something Real" as instant grat tracks. Purchase the album here.

In addition to Stirratt, the album also features Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices), Xeno (original Cheap Trick vocalist), Hanson, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), John Stirratt (Wilco), Nicholas Tremulis, Alex Dezen (Damnwells), Rick Rizzo (Eleventh Dream Day), and members of Candy Golde and the Monday Night Band.

"Do Something Real," a cover of a Robert Pollard song featuring Pollard on vocals, was released right before Carlos' April induction into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with longtime band Cheap Trick.  Tracklisting for “Greetings From Bunezuela!” (order subject to change):

    Do Something Real (Robert Pollard) - feat. Robert Pollard
    Armenia City In The Sky - (The Who) feat. John Stirratt
    Him Or Me (Paul Revere & The Raiders) - feat. Hanson
    I Love You No More (The Blackstones) - feat. Alex Dezen
    Tell Me (The Rolling Stones) - feat. Alejandro Escovedo
    It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Bob Dylan) - feat Dave Pirner
    Let The Mystery Be (Iris DeMent) - feat. Xeno
    Idea (The Bee Gees) - feat.  Robert Pollard
    Les Cactus (Jacque DuTronc) - feat. Nicholas
    I Can Only Give You Everything (Them) - Rick Rizzo
    Slow Down(Alejandro Escovedo) feat. Alejandro Escovedo
    Count On Me (Fra Lippo Lippi) feat. Xeno
    I Don’t Mind (Alex Dezen) - feat. Alex Dezen


The ferocious guitarist fuses his blues and rock influences in eleven original songs that celebrate Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, and Robin Trower with special guest appearance by Lita Ford on "Coming Home"

Gary Hoey will release his Provogue / Mascot Label Group debut DUST & BONES on July 29th.  Looking towards his 20th album release Hoey shares, "This is where I belong—playing this ferocious blend of blues and rock music.  My last album, Deja Blues, proved to myself that I could play authentic blues, and now that I feel more at home there, I felt it was time to mix my favorite guitar styles into something seamless, organic, and powerful.”

Released through Mascot Label Group, Dust & Bones showcases Hoey’s Fender Stratocaster-driven fury alongside open-D-tuned resonator guitars plugged into half-stacks. The massive sonic attack was essential for paying sincere and appropriate homage to some of Hoey’s influences, such as Johnny Winter (“Steamroller”), Robin Trower (“This Time Tomorrow”), and Brian Setzer (“Who’s Your Daddy”), as well as a thrill-a-minute mash up of Robert Johnson meets Led Zeppelin (“Boxcar Blues”). There’s also a classic power ballad (“Coming Home”) where Lita Ford sings a duet with Hoey.

“This is the biggest-sounding album I’ve done in years,” says Hoey. “From the guitars to the vocals to the rhythm section—everything was designed to produce a huge impact. I’m just so proud of this record.”

For the Dust & Bones tracks, Hoey went with a power-trio configuration, rocking hard with drummer Matt Scurfield and bassist AJ Pappas. The other selections on the 11-song CD are the first single, “Dust & Bones,” as well as “Born to Love You,” “Ghost of Yesterday,” “Back Against the Wall,” “Blind Faith,” and “Soul Surfer.”  Guitar Player Magazine's Editor in Chief Michael Molenda offers, "Gary Hoey’s awesome command of styles, tones, and techniques drives so many different moods on Dust & Bones that you’ll feel as if he transports you across the musical universe and beyond. Buckle up!"

AC/DC's Brian Johnson Reveals Hearing Loss Details

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson is speaking publicly for the first time about the hearing issues that sidelined him from live performances in March on the advice of doctors in order to prevent further damage.

The crisis was serious enough for AC/DC to postpone 10 spring dates in the US on their "Rock Or Bust" world tour while Johnson met with medical professionals and the band to determine his health status moving forward.

In a new interview with SiriusXM radio host Doron Levin, Johnson provided a timeline of his hearing issues, which originally began approximately eight years ago while racing at the Watkins Glen International.

"For the first time ever, I forgot to put my earplugs in," Johnson began. "After about 35 minutes, my left ear; a little pop. All that happened was I suffered tinnitus for about six or seven months, but it cleared up and I was fine again. We did another tour after that and I was fine."

The issue resurfaced enough during AC/DC's current tour that it started interfering with his ability to perform. "In Sydney, before Christmas, I was in the hospital on nine different occasions working with this wonderful doctor called Doctor Chang," says the singer, "and he had perceived that one night, we were playing Winnipeg at this huge stadium outside and it was raining cats and dogs, and it was absolutely freezing cold. And I caught a fever, and so did… well, Angus already had a fever.

"We were dripping wet, soaking wet, absolutely freezing, and then straight after the show, we had to get on an aircraft and fly straight to Vancouver, which was a two-and-a-half-hour flight, and unfortunately, the fluids went up into my sinuses and then around my ear. But we had to carry on. We did a gig there, then we did San Francisco, then we did Los Angeles, and then we came home for a two- or three-week break, and then off we went to Australia. And my ears still hadn't popped."

"And I was getting worried because my right ear, my good ear is just about totally deaf," Johnson continued. "And when I got to Australia, that's when Doctor Chang found out that the fluids had crystallized and had been eating away at my ear. So my good ear, I lost… I don't know what percentage, but it was enough to make things very difficult.

"So they worked on me. They had tubes in my arm, I was getting liquids and steroids into the system to try to break it down and clear it up. But he did look me in the eye with that horrible look that doctors have when you know something bad's coming [laughs], and he just said, 'Yup. I'm afraid you're not gonna get that back. But we can work with you, and we'll try it.' So we did. And we did all the gigs in Australia - that was great - and then we came back and I did ten shows in America, but I'm afraid after that, when I went for my second check, that's when they said, 'You're killing your ears.'"

It was at this point that doctors advised Johnson that his ears could no longer handle the sound levels in arenas and stadiums without further - and possibly permanent - damage. Read more and listen to the interview here.

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Addresses New Singer Speculation

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has shot down speculation that the band may launch a tour with a guest singer in place of frontman Steven Tyler, who is currently focusing on his solo efforts.

The speculation was sparked by comments made by guitarist Brad Whitford in an interview with Metal Rules where he said of the idea of touring with another vocalist, "Absolutely, we have considered it - but whether it will happen I don't know. I think it would be great."

After Whitford's comments made headlines, Perry released the following statement: "Any rumor out there about us looking for another singer is completely untrue. All five of us were just on the phone together talking about how excited we are to go to South America and Mexico City."

According to the band's publicist, the dates that he mentioned will run from September 29-October 27.

Stone Temple Pilots Not Trying To Replace Scott Weiland

Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo says the band will pick a new singer in due course - but they know late frontman Scott Weiland can never be replaced.

Weiland died in December, aged 48, while on tour with his solo band, after he'd split with STP for the second time in 2013. He'd previously been fired by Velvet Revolver for behavior associated with drug addiction issues.

Robert, brother Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz went on to work with Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and released their High Rise EP with him before they went their separate ways.

Robert tells Rolling Stone: "It's impossible to replace Scott. We created something that only the four of us could create. It's about moving forward, but it's also about someone honoring that, and being able to get their creativity around that." Read more here.

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis Learned From Health Scare

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has vowed to learn lessons from his recent health scare. He was rushed to hospital just before the band were due to perform in California earlier this month, and later diagnosed with intestinal flu.

And although he's on the mend, he says he feels "not great but good." Kiedis tells ET Canada: "I think I had to get sick to take a look at myself, and get to the causes and conditions of my overall health.

"I push pretty hard sometimes, and I take my health for granted on a certain level because I feel strong and capable. But every now and then, the body is like, 'You're doing something wrong. Fix it or we're going to let you know about it.'

"I think my body let me know that I had to change my ways a little bit." Read more here.

Rival Sons Stream New Song 'Tied Up'

Rival Sons have released an online stream of their new track "Tied Up" which comes from their forthcoming fifth album 'Hollow Bones.' The follow-up to Great Western Valkyrie is set for launch on June 10, after previously being slated for a May release.

Guitarist Scott Holiday recently said: "We tried to make something that's familiar and sounds like us - but we also tried to challenge ourselves and our listeners."

Rival Sons appear at the Download festival next month and play a number of their own shows between support slots on Black Sabbath's The End tour. Check out the new song here

Santana Discuss Origins Of Reunion

Carlos Santana says the reunion of his early 1970s lineup provides a second chance for the band after 45 years apart. The guitar icon reconnected with lead vocalist and keyboardist Gregg Rolie, guitarist Neal Schon, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve in 2013 to begin work on the recently issued Santana IV.

Led by the track Anywhere You Want To Go, the project brings most of the classic Santana lineup together on record following a performance at their 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and after a series of random encounters that provided Schon with an opportunity to convince Carlos that it was time to regroup.

Schon tells Rolling Stone: "I kept running into Carlos in the Bay Area. I said to him, 'If you really want to turn everybody's head around, we should get the original band back together.'"

The guitarist - who joined Santana in 1971 at the age of 17 and left with Rolie to form Journey in 1973 - eventually wore Carlos down. Carlos explains: "It seemed like everywhere I go, this cat is there. His eyes became very vulnerable, very ego-less."

The lineup eventually hooked up at Santana's rehearsal space in Las Vegas for what Schon thought was a meeting about a possible reunion. Read more here.

Volbeat 'Seal The Deal' With New Song Stream

Volbeat have released a lyric video for their new track Seal The Deal. It's the title song to the Danish outfit's upcoming sixth album, Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie, due out on June 3.

The follow-up to 2013's Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies was introduced with the lead single The Devil's Bleeding Crown.

Frontman Michael Poulsen tells Billboard: "The album is Volbeat, but there is progress, too, when it comes to songwriting with huge melodies. It has the songs I have been trying to write for years and it seems like I was in the right spot to gather all the pieces."

A series of spring US shows debuted new bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen in the lineup following the departure of Anders Kjolholm last year; Larsen has just been confirmed as permanent member of the group. Check out the new song here.

AC/DC and Axl Rose Break Out Rarities In Prague

Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose performed his sixth concert with AC/DC on the Rock Or Bust tour in Prague, Czech Republic on May 22 and video from the event has surfaced online.

The show at the city's Letnany Airport featured an expanded 24-song set that included two AC/DC live rarities: "Dog Eat Dog" from and 1977's "Let There Be Rock" album (first time since 2009) and "Touch Too Much" from "Highway To Hell" - making its first appearance since 1979.

Rose continues to perform with the help of a walking boot as he recovers from a broken foot suffered during Guns N' Roses' April 1 club gig at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

The singer is currently at center stage in place of Brian Johnson, who stepped aside for live performances in March on the advice of doctors in order to prevent further damage to his hearing. Read more and watch the video footage here.

Steve Vai Announces 25th Anniversary Collection and Tour

Steve Vai will launch his 25th anniversary collection containing his two albums Modern Primitive and Passion And Warfare on June 24. The 2CD pack is a collection of classic tracks and previously unreleased material. Modern Primitive includes works-in-progress the guitar virtuoso penned following the release of his debut album Flex-Able in 1984 - which he has completed especially for the release.

The pack includes a bonus remastering of his 1990 record Passion And Warfare. Vai will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of this release with a world tour later this month, in which he'll perform the album in full.

Vai says: "Performing this record from top to bottom, with some very special surprises in the works, is something I've always dreamed of doing. There are songs here I've never performed before, and I'm delighted that 25 years after its release, I feel as though my guitar chops are as much up to the task as ever before." Dates can be viewed here.

David Byrne Writes Joan Of Arc Musical

Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has written a musical about Joan of Arc. Last year, the singer confirmed the project was written without revealing the subject matter directly, while declaring, "It's about a woman whose life is in the historical record."

He previously worked with Norman Cook, aka Fat Boy Slim, on the concept album and stage production Here Lies Love about the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos.

The musician has regrouped with much of the team behind Here Lies Love - including director Alex Timbers - to tell a contemporary version of the story about the 15th Century heroine who led the French army to victory over the English at Orléans before later being captured, tried for witchcraft and heresy and burned at the stake in 1431 at the age of 19.

Byrne says: "This show is about Joan of Arc, a story everyone sort of knows, or knows something about, anyway. Everyone certainly knows how it ends, which I like - it means that everything that happens will feel like an irrevocable tragic advance toward a preordained ending." Read more here.

The Darkness Frontman Recorded Iconic Song Naked

The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins recalls stripping naked while recording the band's classic hit I Believe A Thing Called Love. Hawkins got his kit off in 2001 when recording the song, which would reach no.2 in the UK Singles Chart in 2003.

As he struggled to hit the high notes on the song, he thought being naked would ease his nerves - and wind up former drummer Ed Graham. Hawkins tells Classic Rock: "I was naked in the vocal booth. At first I did it as an experiment to see if it would help, because I was struggling with the vocal.

Then I just started doing it because it made Ed a bit uncomfortable, then it became a tradition. Perhaps I was just showing off. But that is part of my job, I suppose."

Hawkins insists that the band remain proud of the song and the album Permission To Land. Read more here.

Paul Stanley Vs. Nikki Sixx War Of Words Continues

Paul Stanley once again called out Nikki Sixx, with the KISS frontman accusing the former Motley Crue bass player of 'harping" on comments made by Gene Simmons and calling Sixx's public statements 'ludicrous' and 'silly'.

Stanley had previously told Sixx to "shut up" in a social media post after the Motley star insulted Simmons over controversial comments that Gene made about the death of Prince. Simmons quickly apologized after Stanley himself chastised him for the remarks.

Following Stanley's post, Sixx posted and then deleted a response on Facebook and Paul was asked about the war of words by Billboard.

Stanley tells the publication, "It's just silly stuff, honestly. It's one thing to call somebody out and to have a point of view on somebody's quotes, but then to just harp on it...You have to be suspect of the motives. Whatever questions I have about things that Gene has said is one thing, but to beat him into the ground becomes self-serving. It just gets annoying.

"For other people to harp on it and beat it into the ground is not something I want to sit by and listen to. When somebody starts to denigrate or take potshots at your contributions or your band or anything else, when you consider the source it gets to be ludicrous."


Marillion and earMUSIC are proud to announce the worldwide release of “F E A R”, the new studio album by one of the most innovative and internationally acclaimed British bands of the last  40 years. 

There is more to the album title than a first glance allows.  

“F E A R” stands for Fuck Everyone And Run, a title which is neither meant aggressively or with any intention to shock but merely an appraisal of today’s world, its politics and increasingly-prevailing human behaviour. 

Explains singer and lyricist Steve Hogarth: “All worthwhile human impulses come from love. And all negative and destructive human impulses come from fear.

This album is called Fuck Everyone and Run or F E A R. 

This title is adopted not in anger or with any intention to shock. It is adopted and sung (in the song ‘New Kings’) tenderly, in sadness and resignation inspired by an England, and a world, which increasingly functions on an ‘Every man for himself’ philosophy. I won’t bore you with examples, they’re all over the newspapers every day. 

There’s a sense of foreboding that permeates much of this record. I have a feeling that we’re approaching some kind of sea-change in the world – an irreversible political, financial, humanitarian and environmental storm. I hope that I’m wrong. I hope that my FEAR of what ‘seems’ to be approaching is just that, and not FEAR of what ‘is’ actually about to happen.”

F E A R (recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in England) is the band’s 18th studio album and will be released on September 9th, 2016 on earMUSIC as a 1CD Digipak, Limited Edition Super Audio-CD, Vinyl and Digital. Now available for physical pre-order with the digital pre-order to follow soon. 

More details about the album will be revealed in the near future. 

Marillion will introduce songs from the new album at headline shows throughout 2016 and into 2017. 

North America tour:
Friday, October 21                           San Francisco, CA             The Regency Ballroom
Saturday, October 22                     Beverly Hills, CA                Saban Theater Beverly Hills
Tuesday, October 25                      Denver, CO                         Paramount Theatre
Thursday, October 27                     Chicago, IL                           Vic Theatre
Friday, October 28                           Chicago, IL                           Vic Theatre
Saturday, October 29                     Northfield, OH                  Hard Rock Live
Monday, October 31                      Toronto, ON                       Danforth Music Hall
Tuesday, November 1                   Montreal, QC                     Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
Wednesday, November 2            Québec, QC                        L'Impérial Bell
Friday, November 4                        Boston, MA                        Royale Boston
Saturday, November 5                  Washington, DC                9:30 Club
Sunday, November 6                     Philadelphia, PA               Keswick Theatre
Tuesday, November 8                   New York, NY                    PlayStation Theater





OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST, arguably the unholiest musical union of all time, will offer concert-goers a variety of ticketing and camping options to experience a double-header music and lifestyle weekend like no other on the planet

OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST ticketing and camping packages include some unique offerings including a personal photo opportunity with Black Sabbath (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi & Geezer Butler), collectible and commemorative items, VIP "Fast Lane" entry into the festival, pit pass, reserved seating and VIP parking.  Theseand many other amenities are available via a variety of ticketing packages (additional details below).  Single day tickets range from $25.00 for GA lawn to $39.50-$149.50 for reserved seats, with GA pit passes starting at $99.00 for Sunday and $149.00 Saturday. Weekend passes range from $40.00 for GA lawn to $69.00-$239.00 for reserved seats, and $239.00 for GA pit passes.  VIP packages start at $249.00 for VIP Lounge; options include the Ultimate Slipknot VIP Experience at $1,000.00, the Black Sabbath M&G Package at $1250 and the Ultimate Ozzy Osbourne Experience at $2500Camping selections include Tent Camping for $150.00 and RV Camping for $250.00.  Additional details on camping and ticketing options can be found at OZZFEST.COM and KNOTFEST.COMTickets for the Live Nation-produced OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10:00 AM (PT) at OZZFEST.COMandKNOTFEST.COM

Last week (Thursday, May 12) at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA, representatives from some of the 40 acts on the OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST bill gathered together to reveal the merger of two of the most well-known and established brands in rock--OZZFEST, celebrating its 20th anniversary,and KNOTFEST, which debuted in 2012.  Beyond the festival namesakes Ozzy Osbourne (with Geezer Butler) and Corey Taylor (with fellow Slipknot members, Shawn "Clown" Crahan and DJ Sid Wilson), Sharon Osbourne; David Draiman, Disturbed; Scott Ian, Anthrax; Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society; Jamey Jasta, Hatebreed; Jill Janus, Huntress; Dave Lombardo, Dead Cross; and Eddie Hermida of Suicide Silence all were on hand for the historic announcement. 

The line-up for OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST,  Saturday, September 24 (OZZFEST) and Sunday, September 25 (KNOTFEST), at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA, is as follows, with both OZZFEST and KNOTFEST dedicating a stage in honor of their departed comrade Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead.  Saturday's OZZFEST will be headlined by Black Sabbath--marking their last Southern California performance ever as part of the band's final tour--and Sunday's KNOTFEST bill is topped by the festival's namesake, Slipknot.  In the longtime OZZFEST tradition  of continuing to support the music for which it was created, both line-ups will again feature many acts that OZZFEST and KNOTFEST fans have seen at previous outings in both the U.S. or internationallyOZZFEST alumni appearing this year include Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, and Kataklysm, while Sunday's KNOTFEST bill will feature OZZFEST alumni Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, and TriviumKNOTFEST returning artists include Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Trivium, Suicide Silence, Butcher Babies, Man with A Mission, Whitechapel and SIM.

Saturday, September 24

MAIN STAGE:  Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, and Rival Sons.
LEMMY STAGE:  Children of Bodom, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, Huntress, and Dead Cross.
NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE: Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails, The Shrine, and Still Rebel.

Sunday, September 25
MAIN STAGE:  Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, and Trivium.
LEMMY STAGE:  Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Overkill, Emmure, Butcher Babies, and Man with A Mission.
NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE:  Whitechapel, Combichrist, Death Angel, Carnifex, Loathe, SIM, and ONI. 

Ticketing package details are as follows:


  • VIP Commemorative Laminate
  • VIP 'fast lane' entrance into the festival SATURDAY & SUNDAY (skip the lines and get in fast!)
  • Preferred parking space SATURDAY 9/24 & SUNDAY 9/25 (one per order)
  • Access into the VIP LOUNGE on Saturday and Sunday which includes:
  • Cash Bar
  • Exclusive Food Truck in VIP Lounge
  • VIP Restrooms
  • Photobooth with keep-sake Photos
  • On-site VIP host 



  • One premium reserved ticket in row 18 - 24
  • Collectible 2016 Beginning and End VIP gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
  • Commemorative concert ticket
  • On-site VIP host



  • One PIT ticket or Rows 15-20 Seated, for Saturday
  • VIP Commemorative Laminate
  • VIP 'fast lane' entrance into the festival (skip the lines and get in fast!)
  • Access into the VIP LOUNGE on Saturday which includes:
  • Cash Bar
  • Exclusive Food Truck in VIP Lounge
  • VIP Restrooms
  • Photobooth with keep-sake Photos
  • On-site VIP host



  • Personal photo opportunity with Ozzy, Tony & Geezer
  • One VIP parking space per order (where available)
  • Collectible 2016 Beginning and End VIP gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
  • Official Meet & Greet laminate
  • Commemorative concert ticket
  • Crowd - free merchandise shopping opportunity
  • On-site VIP host



  • One reserved ticket in the front row!
  • Personal photo opportunity with Ozzy, Tony & Geezer
  • Go behind the scenes and ASK ANYTHING at the very intimate VIP Q&A session with Ozzy Osbourne... in his dressing room! (small cameras allowed)
  • One VIP parking space per order (where available)
  • Collectible 2016 Beginning and End VIP gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
  • Official Meet & Greet laminate
  • Commemorative concert ticket
  • Crowd - free merchandise shopping opportunity
  • On-site VIP host



  • One PIT ticket or Rows 15-20 Seated, for Sunday
  • VIP Commemorative Laminate
  • VIP 'fast lane' entrance into the festival (skip the lines and get in fast!)
  • Access into the VIP LOUNGE on Sunday which includes:
  • Cash Bar
  • Exclusive Food Truck in VIP Lounge
  • VIP Restrooms
  • Photobooth with keep-sake Photos
  • On-site VIP host



  • One PIT ticket or One Reserved seat in Rows 1-10 for Sunday only
  • Designated VIP "Fast Lane" entry into the festival
  • VIP Meet & Greet Laminate
  • Preferred Parking Space (one per order) on SUN
  • Access to VIP Lounge on SUN, which includes:
  • Cash Bar
  • Exclusive Food Truck in VIP Lounge
  • VIP Restrooms
  • Photobooth with keep-sake photos
  • On-Site VIP Host
  • Meet and Greet with SLIPKNOT
  • Photo Op with SLIPKNOT
  • Pre-signed Poster



  • One PIT ticket or One Reserved seat in Rows 1-10 for Sunday only
  • Designated VIP "Fast Lane" entry into the festival
  • VIP Meet & Greet Laminate
  • Preferred Parking Space (one per order) on SUN
  • Access to VIP Lounge on SUN, which includes:
  • Cash Bar
  • Exclusive Food Truck in VIP Lounge
  • VIP Restrooms
  • Photobooth with keep-sake photos
  • On-Site VIP Host
  • Meet and Greet with SLIPKNOT
  • Photo Op with SLIPKNOT
  • Pre-signed Poster
  • VIP "Behind the Scenes" Tour with CLOWN from SLIPKNOT
  • Exclusive Q&A Session with Corey Taylor from SLIPKNOT

New Live MOTÖRHEAD Set 'Clean Your Clock' Out Friday, June 10 - Watch 'Overkill' Live Video Now 

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Clean Your Clock - Live in Munich 2015
One of Lemmy Kilmister's Final Performances
Available as DVD/BluRay/CD/Vinyl

MOTÖRHEAD's recently announced live set Clean Your Clock - featuring one of the band's final performances together at the Zenith in Munich, Germany - will hit stores on Friday, June 10 via UDR Music. You can pre-order the set in several formats via the links below. Today, you can watch a brand new live concert recording of "Overkill" from Clean Your Clock here:

Pre-order Clean Your Clock here:

Coloured Double Vinyl in Gatefold with Pop-up Art
Standalone Audio CD Jewel Case:
 CD / DVD, Gatefold with Pop-up Art:
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Limited Edition Box Set standard zinc alloy 'MOTÖRHEAD Forever' edition:
Limited Edition Box Set Silver / Gold Pin edition exclusive via UDR:

There will be no more MOTÖRHEAD tours because Lemmy is no longer here, and many, many people did not get a chance to hear them one more time on what proved to be their last-ever piece of road work. This makes Clean Your Clock a vitally important release.  It is both a celebration and an epitaph, glorious yet not without melancholy, maintaining the warmth and curve of Motörhead's unique live sound.

On November 20 and 21, 2015, at the Zenith in Munich, Germany, UDR made the decision to record - what happened to be the very last live shows ever recorded - and MOTÖRHEAD proceeded to deliver two storming sold out shows. Where there had once been almost too-fast breakneck pace, there was measured yet still thunderous rock'n'roll served up only as they could, Phil Campbell playing better and better, and Mikkey Dee elevating the art of drumming to the superlative heights which made him one of metal's most coveted skinsmen. Lemmy sounds so dialed in, a little mean even (in the best possible way) snarling here and there, cackling when appropriate, and singing in a way which will defy every single pre-conceived expectation you might have had.  Yes, he was fighting ailments.  But no, he was not flimsy or faded, in fact on Clean Your Clock he lays down the marker for all near-70 year olds in terms of wicked bad-assery.

Clean Your Clock is the natural sound of one of rock'n'roll's mightiest, rarest and most astoundingly excellent beasts - MOTÖRHEAD.  There isn't a plaudit they haven't received and there isn't a plaudit they don't deserve.  And if there had to be a 'final' MOTÖRHEAD album, perhaps it is fitting that Clean Your Clock, a superb live encapsulation of the band at home, is the one.

So TURN-THIS-UP because as Lemmy himself said, the only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud... and remember Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD in the best possible way!

Clean Your Clock Tracklisting:

Bomber / Stay Clean / Metropolis / When The Sky Comes Looking For You / Over The Top / (Guitar Solo) The Chase Is Better Than The Catch / Lost Woman Blues/ Rock It / Orgasmatron / Doctor Rock / Just 'Cos You Got The Power/ No Class/ Ace Of Spades/ Whorehouse Blues / Overkill   

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Warren Zevon Legacy At 40
InTheStudio.NET Remembers Gambler’s Son

Dallas, TX - May 19, 2016.  InTheStudio.NET, the web home of North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Albums celebrates forty- years of Warren Zevon.

Warren Zevon, the gambler’s son, released his first album this week forty years ago. By the time Zevon’s third album Excitable Boy was released in Summer 1978, he already had hits albeit by Linda Ronstadt at her career peak with Zevon’s “Poor Poor Pitiful Me”, “Carmelita” and “Hasten Down the Wind”, but because the hit “Werewolves of London” was most people’s first impression of Warren as a performer, he was tagged with the “novelty song singer” label. When it was first released, several of the songs of Excitable Boy were downright subversive for the times. .

There was “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner”, an unblinking yet tongue-in-cheek look at the shadowy world of mercenaries and gunrunners in third-world hotspots.  The title song was a lighthearted romp through the anatomy of a psychotic serial killer, complete with girl group backup singers, while the raucous rocker “Lawyers, Guns and Money” was highly autobiographical, we find, in this classic interview with Warren. 

Warren is gone now (he died of cancer in 2003), but it’s notable that Excitable Boy, with its clean straightforward arrangements played by a hot studio band, does not sound dated like some other releases from the period.  

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(New York, NY) - Classic rock n' roll fans around the globe can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of seminal guitarist Punky Meadows' (ex-Angel) new video for the kick-ass, catchy rocker "Straight Shooter" on Ultimate Classic Rock today.  The performance-driven video is taken from Meadows' first-ever solo album, FALLEN ANGEL, due out this Friday, May 20th and is filmed by Austin Hein Productions.  Of the new video, Punky Meadows' commented, "This new video was so much fun to make and we all had a killer time working on it.  You'll find yourself singing along and doing your best air guitar solo.  Rock on and keep the smokin' guitar fires burning!"

FALLEN ANGEL will be the first new music from Punky Meadows in years and features the soaring guitars and arena-sized rock sounds for which he and Angel came to be known.  To access the album cover for FALLEN ANGEL, please click here.  FALLEN ANGEL is available in two formats.  The standard CD will include a 16-page booklet which features previously unreleased images of Punky Meadows throughout the years.  A very special limited edition will also be available which is autographed by Punky and includes two bonus tracks, one with Angel lead singer Frank Dimino, as well as an exclusive Punky Meadows guitar pick.  Both formats are available for sale at www.mainmanrecords.comPunky Meadows will play an exclusive album release party in New York City on June 14th at BB King's.  Tickets are available here.

Punky Meadows is best known as lead guitarist of the 70s band, Angel (Casablanca Records). Angel, like labelmates KISS, were a highly-successful theatrical band that headlined throughout the world, but was particularly successful in Japan.  Punky was a huge influence to many musicians for not only his great feel, tone and unique style of guitar playing, but also his image that many have tried to emulate over the years.  Angel released six albums on Casablanca Records before disbanding in 1981 due to the demise of the label. During his career Punky had been sought after and asked to join such bands as Kiss, Aerosmith, New York Dolls and Michael Bolton. Upon the disbanding of Angel he occupied himself with successful business ventures while continuing to play guitar and write songs.

Through social media, fans have let him know that they want to hear from him and with his newfound passion in music and inspiration from close friend Danny Farrow Anniello, together they have written 15 new songs for the Punky Meadows solo album FALLEN ANGEL.  Punky Meadows is Punky Meadows (lead/rhythm guitar), Danny Farrow (rhythm guitar), Felix Robinson (bass), Chandler Mogel (lead vocals), Bob Pantella (drums) and Charlie Cav (keyboards).  Felix Robinson and Punky last worked together in Angel.

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Eight-Time Grammy® Award Winner Jeff Beck’s First New Studio Album In Six Years Set For Release From Atco On July 15

This Summer, Beck Will Also Release His New Book BECK01, Tour With Buddy Guy, And Lead A Special Career-Spanning Concert At The Hollywood Bowl

LOS ANGELES – On Jeff Beck’s forthcoming studio album LOUD HAILER, his first in six years, the legendary guitarist combines fluid fretwork with topical lyrics to make a powerful statement about everything from the love of power, to the power of love. LOUD HAILER will be available on Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment, on July 15 on CD ($18.98), LP ($21.98), and digitally.  

Loud hailer, which is another name for a megaphone, is a suitable moniker for an album that isn’t shy about speaking its mind. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains: “I really wanted to make a statement about some of the nasty things I see going on in the world today, and I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this loud device to shout my point of view.” The album’s first single, the riotous rocker “Live In The Dark,” will be unleashed soon.

To help him write the 11 tracks on LOUD HAILER, Beck enlisted two fierce young females from London: singer Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg. It was a chance meeting with Vandenberg last year at a birthday party for Queen drummer Roger Taylor that eventually led to the trio’s collaboration. “She invited me to one of their shows, and I was blown away,” the guitarist recalls. “When we got together in January, I explained the subject matter I had in mind, we sat down by the fire with a crate of Prosecco and got right to it. The songs came together very quickly; five in three days.”  

Beck produced LOUD HAILER with Filippo Cimatti, who also works with Rosie and Carmen. In addition to the core trio, the album also features drummer Davide Sollazzi and bassist Giovanni Pallotti, who were both recruited by Cimatti. 

Bones lends her powerful voice to nine of the 11 songs on LOUD HAILER, including the intense album opener “The Revolution Will Be Televised,” the reflective ballad “Scared For The Children,” the funk infused “O.I.L.” and the tranquil album closer “Shrine.” The album is rounded out by two signature Beck instrumentals in “Pull It” and “Edna.” 

A few days after the album’s release, Beck will launch a summer tour of the U.S. with blues legend Buddy Guy. And on August 10, Beck, with special guests to be announced shortly, will make his Hollywood Bowl debut for a very special, career-spanning concert that celebrate 50 years of ‘dynamic music making.’ “It will be head teacher Beck in a gown and mortar board in front of the class giving everyone a history lesson,” he jokes. The show will also include an orchestra. 

Over the course of Beck’s illustrious 50-year career, the trailblazing guitarist has earned many accolades. He has twice been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. First, as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and then again, as a solo artist, in 2009. Rolling Stone ranked him as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and he has earned a total of eight Grammy Awards during his long career. In addition, Beck has been a guest performer at scores of sessions with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Buddy Guy to Tina Turner and Mick Jagger. Throughout his career, Beck routinely makes the fantastically difficult sound effortless. 

In addition to recording LOUD HAILER, Beck has been hard at work on his first official book, BECK01 (Genesis Publications, Available on July 12, this signed, limited edition book explores Beck’s passions for hot rodding and rock ’n’ roll. 

Inspired by the sleek curves, luxurious finish and iconic imagery of the hot rods he builds, BECK01 is hand-bound in leather and aluminum with every book numbered and personally signed by the author, Jeff Beck. The guitarist’s handpicked selection of more than 400 rare and unseen photographs and items of memorabilia is narrated with an original manuscript of nearly 20,000 words, making BECK01 the definitive visual and historical record of the dynamic musician. Included is an eloquent forward by John McLaughlin that begins, “Jeff Beck is my all-time favourite guitarist, what do I say after that?” Indeed.

Track Listing

1.      “The Revolution Will Be Televised”
2.      “Live In The Dark”
3.      “Pull It”
4.      “Thugs Club”
5.      “Scared For The Children”
6.      “Right Now”
7.      “Shame”
8.      “Edna”
9.      “The Ballad Of The Jersey Wives”
10.  “O.I.L.”
11.  “Shrine”


Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics opens May 20 at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Twisted Sister Frontman Dee Snider, who testified at the 1985 Senate Hearing on Parental Advisory, to open new exhibit

CLEVELAND – As Cleveland prepares for the 2016 Republican National Convention, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is opening a very timely exhibit around rock and politics. Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics looks at some of the most important debates in our country through the lens of rock music. The exhibit includes exclusive video interviews with Bono, David Byrne, Dee Snider, Tom Morello, Lars Ulrich, Gloria Estefan, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Carter, and others, and combines them with interactives, photography and never-before-seen artifacts to examine how music has both shaped and reflected our culture norms on eight political topics:

·         Civil Rights
·         LGBT Issues
·         Feminism
·         War & Peace
·         Censorship
·         Political Campaigns
·         Political Causes
·         International Politics

PNC presents Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics, presented by Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Sound Exchange, Altria Group, and AT&T, organizes the experience by presidential administrations – from Eisenhower through Obama – and uses historical context to shed insight into how we view these issues today. A continuously updated digital screen connects music’s impact to some of the most pressing media issues of today, including Springsteen’s cancellation of concerts in North Carolina following the signing of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, the Arab Spring and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. 

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who testified at the 1985 Parents Music Resource Center (PRMC) Senate Hearings on Censorship, will perform an acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” during the opening event on May 19. Snider testified along with Frank Zappa and John Denver at the PRMC Hearings, which had the stated goal of increasing parental control over the access of children to music deemed to have violent, drug-related or sexual themes via labeling albums with Parent Advisory stickers. Snider’s artifacts and stories are told in the exhibit including how Presidential candidate Donald Trump came to use “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as his campaign song. 

Included in the exhibit are:

·         Jimi Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner” Fender Stratocaster from Woodstock (pictured)
·         John Lennon’s acoustic guitar from the 1969 Montreal and Amsterdam “Bed-ins for Peace”
·         Correspondence between the FBI and Priority Records regarding N.W.A’s  "Fight the Power."
·         Original handwritten lyrics from Bob Dylan’s "The Times They Are a-Changin'," Chuck Berry’s "School Day," Neil Young’s “Ohio,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A” and Green Day’s “American Idiot”
·         Original Village People stage costumes
·         Artifacts related to the Vietnam war, the May 4, 1970 shooting at Kent State, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. 

Curators from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Newseum worked with veteran music journalist, author and television producer Bill Flanagan (VH1 Storytellers, CMT Crossroads, CBS News Sunday Morning) to create this unique exhibition. It will open run May 20 through Nov. 27 when the exhibit travels to the Newseum in Washington, D.C to open Jan. 13, 2017, in time for the Presidential Inauguration. 

The Rock Hall will be doing themed programs about rock and politics for visitors all summer long, including a screening of Free to Rock: How Rock & Roll Helped End the Cold War on Wed., June 29 at 7 p.m. Visit for more information on upcoming events and programming.  

Axl Rose Back On His Feet At AC/DC Concert

Axl Rose was back on his feet for part of his fifth concert with AC/DC on the Rock Or Bust tour in Vienna, Austria on May 19 and video from the event has been posted online.

Fans at Ernst-Happel-Stadion rocked through a now standard 23-song setlist with Rose mobile enough to spend some of the show on his feet with the help of a walking boot as he continues to recover from a broken foot suffered during Guns N' Roses' April 1 club gig at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

The singer also continues to use a scaled-down version of a throne on loan from Dave Grohl, who had the customized setup made after breaking his leg during a June 12, 2015 show in Gothenburg, Sweden; the inury resulted in surgery and led to the cancellation of the Foo Fighters' European tour last summer.

"We all look forward to Axl not requiring the chair anymore," drummer Chris Slade wrote in a recent exchange with fans. "Shouldn't be too long now."

AC/DC's spring European trek runs 12 dates with shows wrapping up in Aarhus, Denmark on June 12. Check out the videos here.

Rolling Stones Surprise Fan At Exhibitionism

One Rolling Stones fan recently got an awesome surprise while checking out the band's career-spanning exhibit, Exhibitionism, in London. Alex Emmanuel was shocked, in a good way, when the members of the Stones -- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood -- walked into the exhibit space to greet him.

"I suppose I can die now," Emmanuel said in a video of the moment posted on YouTube. "For a moment I felt like I was a member of The Rolling Stones."

Emmanuel had no idea the meet-up was going to happen, but he was flown from New York to London as part of London's tourism promotion campaign. Read more here.

Iron Maiden's McBrain Laughs Off School Fight That Broke His Nose

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain's message to the school friend who broke his nose is: "Look where I am now - f*** you!" He's made the light-hearted comment while recalling the childhood incident that left him with his trademark flat features.

In a video that's been given entertainingly cautious subtitles, McBrain tells The Drummer's Journal: "I had a fight at school with one of my best mates, Peter Beecham. He beat the f*** out of me, he did. He broke my nose - I didn't know he'd broken my nose.

"It started off with a duffle bag fight, then he clobbered me. We started a slapping fight and I clapped him one. He hated it, 'You f***ing bastard!' And the fists came out.

"It was after school, everybody came in the circle, 'Fight! Fight! Fight!' He clobbered me good, the bastard." McBrain and Beecham haven't seen each other in years, leading the drummer to speculate: "I wonder where he is today, if he's still with us. You never know.

"You bastard. Look what you did. Look where I am now, though - f*** you!" Watch the video and read more here.

Thin Lizzy's Gorham Says Everyone Saw Ricky Warwick Hire As Crazy

Scott Gorham admits everyone thought he was "f***ing crazy" to recruit singer Ricky Warwick to front Thin Lizzy. The guitarist says he's worked closely with all members he's chosen for the band - which also includes Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis and Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton.

Gorham tells MusicRadar: "I remember when I first hired Ricky to front Thin Lizzy, everybody thought I was f***ing crazy. They said, 'What? The guy from the Almighty?'

"I had worked with him before, and knew people needed to give him a chance. After we did the first tour, everybody got it. I feel pretty vindicated in that respect, in that I can say, 'I told you so.'"

He continues: "You have to think long and hard about who wants to be in your band, and then who can be in your band. With Thin Lizzy, my head is on the chopping block if I don't get the right members in.

"Thankfully, so far, I have picked the right people for the right jobs, and long may that continue. It's not like I pick guys out of thin air or just watch them on YouTube. I have been up close and personal with the guys in the band before they joined, so that way I have 100% confidence that it will work and that it will work in a big way." Read more here.

Gary Hoey Announces New Album, Streams Title Song 'Dust & Bones'

Gary Hoey has announced that he will be releasing his latest studio album "Dust & Bones" on July 29 - and he's made the effort's title track available to stream.

The blues guitarist says his 20th record is inspired by artists including Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson and Robin Trower. Lita Ford also makes a guest appearance on duet, Coming Home.

Hoey says: "This is where I belong - playing this ferocious blend of blues and rock music. I did my last album, Deja Blues, to prove to myself that I could play authentic blues.

"Now that I feel more at home there, I felt it was time to mix my favourite guitar styles into something seamless, organic, and powerful. This is the biggest-sounding album I've done in years." Stream the song here.


Loud & Proud Records will release Red White & Blue (Live), a recently unearthed live Van Zant show recorded on January 28, 2006 at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia and is the only concert recording in existence from the only tour by brothers Johnny (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Donnie (38 Special).

The concert opens with the crowd-pleasing “Takin’ Up Space,” and includes their 2005 hit “Help Somebody,” which reached #7 on the Country Singles chart. The brothers also perform fan-favorite versions of 38 Special’s “Wild Eyed Southern Boys,” which Johnny sings for the first time, as well as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Call Me the Breeze” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

One of the most telling lines is from the title track, “Red White & Blue,” a song the Van Zants wrote which first appeared on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 2003 album Vicious Cycle is, “We’re trying to sing the truth to you.” That line alone encapsulates exactly why the Van Zants have always had such a deep connection with their audiences. But Red White & Blue (Live) may have been lost if it hadn’t been for the man known as “LJ,” Donnie’s longtime 38 Special bandmate, bassist Larry Junstrom. LJ had just bought some mobile recording equipment and asked permission to record the show with his then-new Pro Tools rig. He recorded the concert and then some months later called Donnie and urged him to listen to what he captured.  Donnie knew it was a good show, but he couldn’t believe how good. The plan was always to release it, but somehow the recording was forgotten about until recently. After fans had been repeatedly asking for another Van Zant project, LJ reminded the brothers of the live concert’s existence.  “The plan was always to enjoy ourselves and have fun,” says Donnie, “and this recording captures a moment when we had a great night.”

The brothers joined together over twenty years ago to form Van Zant and have delved deep into the family’s country-tinged roots. The two were inspired by the fact that their late brother, Ronnie, the spiritual leader and original lead vocalist and chief songwriter for Lynyrd Skynyrd, had always wanted to do a country record. “Let’s do it for Ronnie,” avowed the brothers. The Van Zant’s significant contribution to southern rock, country and popular music across the board has created an unparalleled legacy and is the reason they have been dubbed The First Family of Southern Rock. “It has been quite a while since Donnie and I have worked together on a project,” says Johnny Van Zant. “We can't wait to see what the fans think. We love it, so we hope they do too.”

Red White & Blue (Live)Track Listing:
1. Takin’ Up Space
2. Ain’t Nobody Gonna Tell Me What To Do
3. Sweet Mama
4. Wild Eyed Southern Boys (originally performed by 38 Special)
5. Things I Miss The Most
6. I Know My History
7. Help Somebody
8. Plain Jane
9. I Can’t Help Myself
10. I’m Doin’ Alright
11. Red White & Blue
12. My Kind Of Country
13. Call Me The Breeze (originally performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd)
14. Sweet Home Alabama (originally performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd)


Van Zant


Foghat comes full circle with their new album “UNDER THE INFLUENCE" [], released Friday, June 24th. Drawing from their collective musical influences, the band not only brought in some special guests from their past who helped launch and inspire the Foghat story, but also invited some new friends into the mix to continue the journey of this never idle band.    

They started recording at their Florida studio, Boogie Motel South in 2013. In addition to Foghat members Roger Earl, Craig MacGregor, Charlie Huhn and Bryan Bassett,  two additional figures helped shape the sessions - Buddy Guy alumni, Scott Holt, who lent a hand in the writing, and added fantastic guitar and vocals to several tracks, and Grammy winning producer/songwriter, Tom Hambridge.   

With their resident genius, guitarist Bryan Bassett at the helm, the project was going slow since Bryan was doing triple duty, playing, writing and recording the tracks, while in the midst of a Foghat tour. So Tom Hambridge came aboard. According to Roger Earl "I met Tom when presenting 3 awards to Buddy Guy and Tom (his producer) at the Memphis Blues Awards.  Tom said that he was a fan, and would love to produce a Foghat record. Putting that in the back of my mind, this was the perfect opportunity. Tom came down to Boogie Motel South to meet the band and we clicked and started writing together immediately. Working with him was inspirational! 

During this time, an opportunity arose for some ‘other’ recording at Dark Horse Institute in Nashville for a friend's graduation project. Scott, Bryan and Roger recorded 6 tracks and a new ‘band’, ‘Earl and the Agitators’, with Scott Holt as lead guitar/vocals was born.  They are now playing some dates opening for Foghat with Roger and Bryan doing double-duty.  This great experience prompted Foghat to move the recording of “Under the Influence” to Dark Horse Studios where they brought in two of their major influences. 

Foghat was ‘spawned’ from the British Blues band ‘Savoy Brown’ in 1971, so it was fitting to ask Savoy founder and guitarist Kim Simmonds to join in.  

As Roger Earl puts it “Kim gave me my shot!”  As soon as Kim started playing, everyone was mesmerized! 

Included on this release is a new recording of ‘Slow Ride” to celebrate the 40th anniversary. They invited Nick Jameson, (original bass player and producer of ‘Slow Ride’ on the 1975’ Fool for the City’ album) to play along with Foghat bassist Craig MacGregor who played bass on Foghat ‘LIVE’ (1977). They had a blast, and Foghat lead singer, Charlie Huhn, was as usual at the top of his game with his incredible vocals and guitar work! 

And to round out the project the amazing Dana Fuchs added some of her bluesy/sultry vocals to a couple of tracks! 

Three years in the making, Foghat had fun with this record and the result is an eclectic blend of rock and blues with a little funk and R&B on the side for good measure. 

It showcases the combined talent of all of the members both in the writing and the playing. This band never stops! 

Pre-order links:
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Track listing:
Under The Influence 
Knock It Off 
She’s Got A Ring In His Nose 
Upside Of Lonely 
Heard It Through The Grapevine 
Made Up My Mind 
Hot Mama 
Heart Gone Cold 
Honey Do List 
All Because Of You 
Slow Ride 

Foghat Tour Dates (including Record Release Party at B.B. Kings, NYC – September 21st, 2016) here:



Adrian Galysh Premieres "Messin' With The Kid" via Guitar Player

Classic blues track cover features guest guitarist, studio ace Carl Verheyen
New blues-rock album
Into The Blue due May 25
Click here to listen

LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2016) – Guitarist Adrian Galysh does his rock-driven take on classic blues track "Messin' With The Kid," and you can now listen to the song premiere exclusively through Guitar Player. Listen to the track here.

Featuring studio session ace, guitarist Carl Verheyen, "Messin' With The Kid" comes off Into The Blue, available May 25, 2016 via iTunes,,, and You can pre-order the album now here.

"This is a very fun tune to play live, and a song I knew I wanted to record as soon as I decided to make a blues album," said Galysh. "This song goes over really well in concert and has a fun audience participation section that I included on this recording. I wanted to bring a modern approach to this classic song that I first heard the Blues Brothers do, and came up with a Robben Ford-esque arrangement, and invited guitarist Carl Verheyen lay down a guest guitar solo."

Produced and recorded by Galysh in Los Angeles, Into The Blue features nine tracks and draws heavily on the guitarist’s ‘70s-era influences. Galysh shares vocal duties with powerhouse vocalist Kacee Clanton, known for her soulful work with Joe Cocker, Luis Miguel, Beth Hart, and Janis Joplin’s band, Big Brother and The Holding Company. The album also features special guest performances by studio session ace Carl Verheyen (Supertramp); chicken picker Johnny Hiland; drummer  Joey Heredia (Stevie Wonder, Tribal Tech); and bassist Paul Loranger (Eric Sardinas).

In support of his album, Galysh will have a release show on May 25 at 9:30 p.m. in Los Angeles at The Baked Potato, located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., in Studio City. Tickets are available on-site.

Preview Into The Blue now at, and pre-order it here.


Steve Vai To Release Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition On June 24t

Legacy Recordings Celebrates The Groundbreaking Sounds Of

Guitarist/Composer Steve Vai With Release of Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition On Friday, June 24th

2CD Collection Premieres Previously Unreleased Music—Written Or Recorded By Steve Vai (from 1984-1990)—In Addition To Passion and Warfare Bonus Tracks Debuts Bonus Track “Lovely Elixir” This Morning

Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour Coming This Year 

May 19, 2016 - Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Steve Vai's Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition, a celebratory 2CD collection of classic tracks and previously unreleased music, on Friday, June 24. It is available now for pre-orders:

Steve Vai and Legacy Recordings are commemorating the 25th anniversary of Passion and Warfare with a special 2CD edition of the album which includes the first-ever release of Vai's Modern Primitive songs and recordings. Based on song sketches and works-in-progress penned and recorded by Vai following the release of Flex-Able, his debut album, in January 1984, the music on Modern Primitive has been completed by Vai for release as a full album disc and the 2nd CD is the bonus remastering of the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition.  

"The music on Flex-Able is so vastly different from Passion and Warfare, one could wonder if the same guy actually made both records," Steve writes in his liner notes for the collection. "Modern Primitive is the missing link between these two records. It's sort of Cro-Magnon Vai." 

Newly remastered from the original analog tapes, the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition disc includes, as bonus tracks, four previously unreleased recordings from the Passion and Warfare sessions. 

Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition is being released as a 2CD physical collection while each disc will be available as a sepárate title on all digital platforms.


The 2CD Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition will be housed in a 4-panel soft-pack with a 20-page Modern Primitive booklet and a 24-panel Passion and Warfare poster fold. 

In addition to the first-time release of his "lost" Modern Primitive music, composer/producer and electric guitar virtuoso Steve Vai will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare, with a world tour starting on May 28th featuring—for the first time ever in concert—full performances of his groundbreaking instrumental rock masterpiece in its entirety. "Performing this record from top to bottom (with some very special surprises in the works) is something I've always dreamed of doing," Vai said.  "There are songs here I've never performed before, and I'm delighted that 25 years after its release, I feel as though my guitar chops are as much up to the task as ever before." 

Often cited as one of the greatest and most influential instrumental rock guitar albums ever recorded, Vai's Passion and Warfare was originally released through Relativity/Epic Records in September 1990 and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. Inspired by a series of dreams Vai had experienced as a young man, Passion and Warfare has been described by the artist as "Jimi Hendrix meets Jesus Christ at a party that Ben Hur threw for Mel Blanc." Recorded at The Mothership, Vai's home studio in the Hollywood Hills, Passion and Warfare includes the classic track, "For the Love of God," cited as one of the best solos of all time in a Guitar World magazine reader's poll. 

 AC/DC Star Addresses Retirement Speculation And Axl Rose

AC/DC drummer Chris Slade has addresses an Angus Young retirement rumor and the band's current tour with Guns N' Roses frontman taking over lead vocals in the group in place of Brian Johnson, who stepped aside for live performances in March on the advice of doctors in order to prevent further damage to his hearing.

Slade addressed the questions in a series of interactions with fans on his Facebook page including the group's current European tour with Rose, and the band's future moving forward.

"Of course, everyone would like it to be Brian up there, but unfortunately, due to his health problems, this is not possible," writes Slades. "Axl is doing a wonderful job, and the majority opinion now is that the band were right to finish the Rock Or Bust tour with him. Fans have the opportunity to go to the shows or not, it is entirely their choice or indeed their loss."

The Rock Or Bust tour marks the return of Slade and guitarist Stevie Young to the lineup following the retirement of founder Malcolm Young and a series of legal issues faced by longtime member Phil Rudd.

The Axl-led AC/DC has extended shows from 20 to 23 songs on the spring run with the addition of three classic tracks, including a pair from 1978's "Powerage" - "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" and "Riff Raff" - and "If You Want Want Blood (You've Got It)" from 1979's "Highway To Hell."

When a fan expressed concern over the changes and speculated if guitarist Angus Young was considering shutting AC/DC down and retiring, Slade replied: "Angus is definitely NOT thinking of retiring." Read more and see videos of the performance of the rarities here.

Black Sabbath Legend Makes Surprising Admission

Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler reveals in a new interview he used to self-harm when he was younger and that he'd have killed himself if the band hadn't made it.

Sabbath's 1970 single Paranoid was written about the bass player's mental state at the time, as he battled with depression. And he reveals the extent of his problems in a brand new interview with Classic Rock magazine.

Butler says: "I used to be a cutter. I'd cut my arms, stick pins in my fingers, that kind of thing. I used to get really depressed and it was the only thing that could bring me out from it.

"If Sabbath hadn't made it, I'd have been long dead. I'd have killed myself." Read more here.

Led Zeppelin Members Will Appear At Stairway To Heaven Trial

Lawyers for Robert Plant and Jimmy Page have confirmed the Led Zeppelin members will attend the upcoming trial to defend a copyright infringement lawsuit over the band's signature song, "Stairway To Heaven", when it starts on June 14.

The suit - brought by Randy California's estate and members of Spirit by trustee Michael Skidmore - claims the acoustic introduction to 1971's "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental "Taurus."

The Wrap reports plaintiff's attorney Francis Malofiy brought a motion in a California federal court on May 17 requesting U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner to order the Page and Plant to attend the proceedings to testify or risk a penalty of default, with the jury to be instructed to draw a negative inference from their failure to appear. Malofiy claims the pair's "refusal to specify if they will appear is causing havoc."

"Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, with the aid of defense counsel, want to dictate the court's schedule," the filing reads. "The lack of common courtesy from defense counsel is, frankly, astonishing. Defendants are acting as if this is a concert where their celebrity status allows them to decide when they will appear."

However, Led Zeppelin's attorneys confirmed the pair would be on site for the proceedings in an email sent to Malofiy on May 6, writing "We have previously made it clear that Messrs. Page and Plant will attend the trial, but with them coming from England we cannot guarantee the day they will arrive." Read more and listen to both songs here.

Guns N' Roses Reveal Reunion Stadium Tour Support

Guns N' Roses have announced the first pair of opening acts that will join them on their summer stadium tour of North America. Alice In Chains will open the first five dates of the Not In This Lifetime tour, which starts June 23 in Detroit, MI.

Lenny Kravitz will step in for two pairs of shows in Foxborough, MA and East Rutherford, NJ in mid-July, with artists for the remaining concerts to be announced.

The trek will see the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan perform material from the band's legendary albums, including 1987's smash "Appetite For Destruction" - the biggest selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

The GNR lineup is rounded out by guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Frank Ferrer alongside new addition, keyboardist Melissa Reese. Read more including the dates here.

Eric Clapton 'Might Be Saying Goodbye' On New Album

Eric Clapton included a version of blues standard I'll Be Seeing You on his album I Still Do in case it's his final release, he's said. The 71-year-old has been considering retirement for some time, and he's already put an end to his days of large-scale touring because he doesn't enjoy travelling any more.

Clapton tells the Chicago Tribune: "I love the song and I love the sentiment. It's one of those things that's been haunting me. Just in case I don't cut another record, this is how I feel. I kind of might be saying goodbye - but I've been doing that for a while."

I Still Do is his first studio project with producer Glyn Johns since 1977's Slowhand. But Clapton had to contend with a serious skin issue just as work began.

"I had full-body exzema and it ended up on my hands," he recalls. "It was a nightmare. I started thinking it was psychosomatic - that maybe I was nervous. And maybe I was." Read more here.

Metalheads Are 'Great Parents' Says Disturbed Star

Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan has described metalheads as 'great parents' for bringing their children up to love heavy music. Donegan says the band have noticed a whole new generation of fans in the audience since they returned from a four-year hiatus with last year's comeback album Immortalized.

The guitarist tells Jenn Marino (via Blabbermouth): "It's amazing to be off the road for four and a half years and come back and see that next generation of kids.

"That's some great parenting there. Bringing their kids out to the shows now, and it's a wide demographic of fans that we've kind of developed over the years.

"I'm not trying to knock all the other genres, but that stuff kind of comes and goes. Rock music, you get lifelong fans out of this genre." Read more here.

Dead & Company Announce Free Concert

Grateful Dead offshoot Dead & Company have announced plans to play a free show at The Filmore in San Francisco on May 23rd and in return they are asking fans to 'pay it forward'.

The group writes in their Facebook announcement, "All we ask is that you "pay it forward" in some way, large or small, and share those acts of kindness with us by using the hashtag #DeadandCoSF. Please share your good deeds and generosity with us, and let the cosmos know how you are paying it forward."

The group, which features former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti, also revealed that tickets for the show will be available beginning today, May 19 at Noon PST and provided a link that can be found here.

Iron Maiden Competition Was Not Rigged Says Organizer

 The organizer of a competition to find a support act for Iron Maiden's upcoming show in Johannesburg, South Africa, has denied that it was rigged.

Little-known Joburg band Jasper Dan were picked from a batch of 28 hopefuls who entered a battle-of-the-bands event called Battle For Iron Maiden and handed the opportunity to open for Maiden at Carnival City Festival Lawns in Johannesburg this coming Saturday (May 21).

But established bands and music experts in South Africa are up in arms over the decision, accusing the competition organizers of corruption. The controversy surrounds the fact that Jasper Dan have never released any music and played hardly any gigs before those held as part of Battle For Iron Maiden.

Questions have also been asked over how much money organizers Big Concerts made from the Battle For Iron Maiden events and where the money ended up. Simon Foulds of Big Concerts was interviewed on Gary Cool's Republic Of Rock show on TeamRock Radio and defended the judges' decision in picking Jasper Dan from a shortlist of six acts in the final. He also insisted the proceeds were used to host the various heats and final of the competition.

Foulds says: "It's pretty simple, the band went on stage and met all the criteria and were the best band on the night. The bands weren't paid and they knew that. The prize was the Iron Maiden gig and the bands were told that from the beginning. They all knew what the deal was." Read more here.

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Attacks Misconception

Dave Mustaine says he thinks that "the world is a beautiful place." The Megadeth frontman has garnered a reputation for being one of the most divisive personalities in metal - but he says that many people falsely assume that he has a negative view of society

He tells KBAD 94.5: "A lot of people think I have a very negative view of the world. I think the world's a beautiful place, but that there are bad people here, instead of some other people who are very pessimistic and think the world's a bad place and that there's only a few good people left.

"I try and go through my day, my job, my travels and just make people as happy as I possibly can. I'm not here to say, 'Oh, the world's gonna end,' and all this kind of stuff."

While he denies that their latest album Dystopia is the band's commentary on current US affairs, he admits they use their music to educate fans. He adds: "Part of the problem with people is they listen to what I say and they think I'm making a judgement. And what I'm doing is saying, 'Look, here's a situation. Find out for yourself. Get your own truth.' Read more and watch the full interview here.

Jon Anderson And Roine Stolt Release New Album Preview

Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson and Flower Kings leader Roine Stolt have released another teaser for their upcoming collaborative album Invention Of Knowledge.

A short audio clip featuring a snippet of the track Know... can be heard below. Anderson/Stolt issue Invention Of Knowledge on June 24 via InsideOut.

Anderson said: "Music is always the driving force in my life - working with such a wonderful musician as Roine made the creation of this album very unique."

Stolt added: "We've been inventing as we go along. Jon is an endless source of new ideas. It's been a very interesting and rewarding time and the result is just insanely detailed." Read more and check out the album teaser here.

Yngwie Malmsteen Announces New Album 'World On Fire'

Yngwie Malmsteen will launch his album World On Fire on June 1. The Swedish guitarist says he spent two years working on the record between tours - which he says made the songwriting process "inspiring."

Malmsteen says: "I spent two years working on it, touring, recording, touring, recording. And that's actually much better in a way. Back in the day I would write the songs then rehearse them with some musicians, then go and do a backing track and we'd record it, mix it, learn the songs to go play them on tour, then do it all again. That way isn't necessarily conducive to making the best music.

"So in a very backhanded way, this weird twist of fate in the music industry has actually made it a more inspiring environment. I can write anytime and record anytime." Read more here.

Rob Zombie, Social Distortion, Bad Religion For Riot Fest

Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Deftones and Rob Zombie are among the first wave of acts announced for Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago in September.

Both the Denver event on September 2-4 and the Chicago festival on September 16-18 boast the The Original Misfits - who reunited especially for the festival - along with Deftones, Descendents, Underoath, Death Cab For Cutie, Bad Religion and NOFX on their lineup.

But Denver will exclusively host Jane's Addiction, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed and Converge - while Rob Zombie, Social Distortion, Brand New, Andrew WK and Pierce the Veil will perform only at the Chicago weekend. Bills for both weekends can be viewed here.

Zakk Wylde Releases Custom Emjoi Set

Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde has entered the world of custom emojis, which has thus far been dominated by rap and EDM stars, with the release of his very own emoji set.

The new set was released via Emoji Fame. Co-founder Gavin Rhodes had the following to say about Zakk's new emojis, "Many members of the Emoji Fame team are secretly guitar nerds, so when Zakk Wylde agreed to do an emoji set with us we were beyond excited.

"Zakk is arguably one of the top-ten most influential guitar players of all time and we're immensely proud of the set that we put together with him. His emojis are hilarious with a double dose of SHRED thrown in for good measure." Check em out here.


Shooting Star's guitar player Van McLain (McElvain) is a good friend of mine. He is suffering from West Nile Virus and needs our financial help to assist in paying his bills. Anyone who has enjoyed his music can help Van ....see the below link and help the man out if you can spare anything at all. As he wrote and sang..."Hang on for your life tonight!" He is hanging on but going through a tragic time. Please help if you can.

He is a genuine guy and a true friend. I am praying for his recovery....


Aerosmith Consider Replacing Steven Tyler

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford says the band have considered touring without frontman Steven Tyler. The singer has been in Nashville working on his upcoming solo country album since last year. And when asked if they could hit the road with a guest vocalist, Whitford says it's something the band have discussed.

He tells Metal Rules: "Absolutely, we have considered it - but whether it will happen I don't know. I think it would be great." Tyler's side-project has been a bone of contention amongst his Aerosmith bandmates, as it resulted in them cancelling most of their 2016 tour plans, according to the guitarist.

Whitford, who'll release Reunion from his collaboration with former Ted Nugent Band singer Derek St Holmes next month, admits their studio sessions felt "like a vacation" from Aerosmith as they work so well together. Read more here.

Legacy Recordings Set to Release LOU REED - THE RCA & ARISTA ALBUM COLLECTION on Friday, October 7

Definitive 17-Disc Deluxe Box Set Anthology Compiles 16 Essential Album Titles from 1972 to 1986, Newly Remastered Under Lou Reed's Personal Supervision

May 17, 2016-New York, NY-Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the much-anticipated release of Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection on Friday, October 7.

The definitive box set library of music recorded by the iconic American rock musician from 1972 to 1986, one of the richest and most protean periods of the artist's career, Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection is available now for pre-order: and

Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection brings together--for the first time in one comprehensive anthology—the 16 groundbreaking studio and live album titles written, recorded (and often produced) by Reed as a solo artist following the 1970 dissolution of the Velvet Underground, the profoundly influential avant-rock ensemble he'd founded in 1965.

“Our first date was a trip to the AES (Audio Engineering Society) convention. As wireheads Lou and I loved beautiful recordings and spent years making our studios, instruments and gear the best they could possibly be," said Laurie Anderson, American musician/composer/performance artist and Lou Reed's wife and partner for twenty-one years.  "Lou put his heart into remastering these records. They are not smoothed out. Sometimes remastering revealed their details and roughness in the most exciting ways. They leap out at you with their original energy. 

"I also love the rare images and the great selection of Lou’s words about his music in this collection.  Lou was a superb analyst and sharp critic and the interview excerpts bring back his crazy sense of humor, his generosity and his big view of the world and the meaning of music. Anyone who has loved Lou’s music will be so happy to have this. I’m really grateful to Sony for putting this one out." 

Each of the 16 albums (Lou Reed Live  Take No Prisoners, from November 1978, fills 2CDs) in the 17CD library was newly remastered under Lou's direct personal supervision, a long-term project completed shortly before the artist's passing, at 71, on October 27, 2013.

"This box set was Lou’s last project. He oversaw the remastering of all of his solo recordings made for RCA and Arista Records….This work was done at New York’s Masterdisk in June and July 2013, with engineer Vlado Meller and Rob Santos of Sony/Legacy," Hal Willner wrote in his liner notes for Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection. "Everyone who was in that room or around Lou during this period witnessed a beautiful thing as he enthusiastically relived that whole period of his work with the joy of rediscovery, excitedly pointing out subtleties in sounds he hadn’t heard in years. In retrospect, reminiscing about these sessions done less than four months before he died, the moments seem even more magnified."

Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection--produced by Lou Reed, Rob Santos, and Hal Willner—offers fans access to several titles which have been out-of-print, hard-to-find or unavailable in the CD and digital music eras.

A limited edition 12"x12" deluxe box set library, Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection is the ultimate tribute to an essential epoch in Lou's career as a transformative figure in American music. This definitive anthology contains 16 full-length albums on 17 compact discs in addition to an 80-page hard-bound book featuring memorabilia from Lou's personal archives, rarely seen photos and artwork, interviews with Lou conducted during his years as a recording artist for RCA and Arista and evocative in-depth liner notes—written by Lou's longtime friend and the collection's co-producer Hal Willner—chronicling Lou's involvement with the making of Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection.

The collectible deluxe box set also contains—suitable for framing—five 8"x10" prints and a facsimile reproduction of a rare RCA promotional poster (598mm x 572mm, folds to 299mm x 286mm).

Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection celebrates the studio and live albums created by Lou Reed in the 1970s and 1980s while demonstrating the crucial contributions he made to the popular and rock music of that era and the decades that followed.

An American master and true rock & roller, Lou Reed transformed popular art, music and culture through a body of work that continues to affect the way fans hear and see the world.

Reed, who cut his first single as a teenager in the late 1950s, began his professional career working as a New York in-house assembly line songwriter in the early 1960s while developing his pure artistic vision as frontman for the Velvet Underground.

After leaving the VU in 1970, Lou launched his unparalleled solo career, beginning with an extended run (1972-1986) at RCA Records and Arista Records that's included a string of signature songs—"Perfect Day," “Walk On The Wild Side," "Satellite of Love," "I Love You, Suzanne"—as well as albums iconic (Transformer, Berlin, Coney Island Baby, New Sensations) and iconoclastic (Metal Machine Music, Lou Reed Live  Take No Prisoners).

Lou Reed brought the insight of literature and the honesty of journalism into some of the most elegant pop songs ever written while recording some of the most artful records ever made. No one has ever understood the primordial essence or the visionary potential of rock & roll better than Lou Reed, the quintessential New York rocker.

Lou Reed was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in a ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall held on April 18, 2015. Lou—along with John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker—was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996.

"The Bells: A Day Long Celebration of Lou Reed," a full day of free events curated by Laurie Anderson and Hal Willner, has been scheduled for Saturday, July 30, 2016 as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival in New York City (

1. Lou Reed (April 1972)
2. Transformer (November 1972)
3. Berlin (July 1973)
4. Rock n Roll Animal (live – February 1974)
5. Sally Can’t Dance (August 1974)
6. Metal Machine Music (July 1975)
7. Coney Island Baby (December 1975)
8. Rock and Roll Heart (October 1976)
9. Street Hassle (February 1978)
10. Lou Reed Live  Take No Prisoners (2 CDs – November 1978)
11. The Bells (April 1979)
12. Growing Up in Public (April 1980)
13. The Blue Mask (February 1982)
14. Legendary Hearts (March 1983)
15. New Sensations (April 1984)
16. Mistrial (June 1986)

Supersonic Blues Machine announce first European live date and release new video.

Supersonic Blues Machine debut European Live performance with Billy Gibbons, Robben Ford & Walter Trout:  4th June at Holland International Blues Festival

 Watch the video for Remedy ft Warren Haynes here:

“Modern blues doesn’t get much better than this” - “Superb” 9/10 The Blues

“Formidable…a modern day super-session which manages to hang on to the heart and soul” Classic Rock

“A sleek, stretched Cadillac of a Blues band” Fireworks

“You won’t find more soloing on any release this year” Guitar & Bass

They only released their debut album as ensemble in February but  Supersonic Blues Machine will now take their music to stage in Europe. This summer, 4 June at the Holland International Blues Festival (alongside Beth Hart, Tedeschi & Trucks, JJ Grey & Mofro, Jools Holland and Bonnie Raitt).  

Supersonic Blues Machine was formed by Fabrizio Grossi, Lance Lopez and Kenny Aronoff. They will be performing with Billy Gibbons, Robben Ford and Walter Trout. Billy, Robben and Walter also featured on SBM’s debut album West of Flushing, South of Frisco. 

Taken from West of Flushing, South of Frisco is the band’s new single Remedy features Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals. In the brand new video you will also spot some of the other gentlemen mentioned above. 

Fabrizio Grossi "Remedy is very important to us! It's the result of us joining forces with Warren Haynes, who's not only a dear friend, but a true legend and inspiration for us all. But Remedy is also a great showcase for what Supersonic Blues Machine stands for - Blues, Rock, Soul, Gospel, melodic guitar work and grooves! These are our core elements, and the lyrical content is the sum of our life philosophy: tolerance, friendship, embracing the positive and using music, respect and love to connect with each other. We're really proud of it, and honoured Warren Haynes was part of it."  

Fabrizio Grossi (bass/producer/engineer/wordsmith) worked his artistry in his birthplace - Milan, Italy - before migrating to London, Canada, New York, and currently Los Angeles.  

Texan Lance Lopez (guitar/vocals) accrued at least one lifetime of experience before he was out of high school while playing bars in Louisiana and Florida. College came in the form of tours with R&B legend Johnny Taylor and blues masters Lucky Peterson and Bobby Blue Bland. 

Kenny Aronoff (drums) has a resume that spans four decades and reads like a “Who’s Who” of roots rock legends, including John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Eric Clapton, Jack White, Billy Gibbons, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, and Dr. John.  

The Apocalypse Blues Revue The new band from Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola Announce signing with Provogue/Mascot Label Group and new album

Provogue are delighted to announce the signing of The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the incredible new project from Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola. They will join the home of blues alongside Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Warren Haynes, Leslie West, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Beth Hart and SIMO.

Alongside Larkin (drums) and Rombola (Guitar) they will be joined by Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone (vocals) and Brian Carpenter (bass) from Ricky Medlocke’s Blackfoot, the quartet honors blues traditions, while etching their stamp on the genre in blood.

“As far as blues goes, Apocalypse Blues Revue is a little heavier, a little darker, and has some punk rock attitude in the lyrics,” affirms Shannon. “We wanted to make something deep that will provoke thought. It had to be evil though. We’re not trying to make it happy. It’s called blues for a reason! It was also an opportunity to show the world what a phenomenal guitar player Tony is.”

Shannon witnessed Tony’s knack for the style first hand, while writing together for Godsmack’s 2010 offering The Oracle. Burnt out on metal and hard rock, the pair would loosely jam without boundaries. During one impromptu session in their Southwest Florida rehearsal spot, the drummer laid down a slow, simmering groove, and another side of the guitar player reared its head.

“I couldn’t believe it,” smiles Shannon. “I didn’t even know he was into blues or could play the way he does. My reaction was immediate. We had to officially start a blues band.”

Provogue/Mascot Label Group’s CEO Ed van Zijl was equally impressed when he heard the band for the first time: “This is a very cool band and they made a very cool record. Melodic and groovin’ Blues Rock with touches of Hendrix and The Doors. The whole album sounds very organic and natural, great songs and vibe as if they have been playing together for a long time. I love it!” Talking about joining the label Larkin adds; “We looked at Mascot’s roster and track record, and made the decision on the spot. We didn’t feel we needed to shop the band to any other labels, it just felt too perfect.”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue will release their debut album later this year, more info to follow soon.

B O B B Y  N O U R M A N D Pays Homage to Billy Idol with "S I S T E R" - Out Now: May 17th

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-VIBE Magazine 

There’s no one that pays artful homage to legendary acts quite like Bobby Nourmand. His tasteful interpretations of acts like The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkle, and The Beatles have amassed over a million streams on SoundCloud, building a fanbase itching to hear his next deep, dark invention.

Today’s release fuses together two artists, Bobby Nourmand and Billy Idol, from two separate decades, in a calculated blend of deep house basslines, meticulously placed guitars and vocals, and Bobby’s iconic melodies. It’s a listening experience that begins with Idol’s original iconic grit, ultimately transcending into a modernly crafted story that builds with layers upon layers of increasing intensity.

2016 has already showcased Bobby Nourmand as one of the most quickly rising producers in the industry, highlighted by the release of his first signed record, “S M O K I N’ J O E.” Released under The Magician’s Potion imprint, the track has amassed over 1,000,000 streams across SoundCloud, YouTube, and Spotify, with no sign of slowing down. Along with the track’s success, fans have also been introduced to Bobby’s live sets, which packed out houses at Exchange LA, The Delano Beach Club and FDR for Miami Music Week, and at Webster Hall for The Magician's official EDC afterparty.


CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 18, 2016) – On July 17, the evening prior to the official kick-off of the Republican National Convention, Cleveland - The Rock and Roll Capital of the World - will see a party unlike any they have ever seen as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icons Lynyrd Skynyrd will provide entertainment for the “Welcome To Ohio Late Night” party held at The Auto Lot, a pop-up venue in downtown Cleveland and hosted by Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger.

Local Ohio foods will be on hand, as well as local beer presented by the Ohio Craft Brewers Association in partnership with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. The event is produced by Blue Star Productions, LLC in conjunction with the Green Beret Foundation, The Folded Flag Foundation, The Guardians of Heroes Foundation, OH Fallen Heroes, and SRT-K9 Unit, with those military charities receiving proceeds from the event.

Originally formed as My Backyard in 1964 by Ronnie Van Zant, Bob Burns, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, and Larry Junstrom, the band changed its’ moniker to the iconic name in the early 1970s, and became a fan favorite in the Jacksonville, FL area. They inked a deal with Sounds of the South Records in 1972, and released their self-titled disc the following year. Selling over two million units since its’ release, the album featured “Free Bird,” which became one of the most important singles of the Southern Rock era. Future hits included “Sweet Home Alabama” and “What’s Your Name.”

The band’s story took a tragic turn in October 1977 when a plane crash took the lives of Van Zant, Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines, and several of their road crew. The band took a decade-long hiatus before reuniting for a tour and live album, Southern by the Grace of God. Since then, the band has toured and recorded extensively, with their most recent release being Last Of A Dyin’ Breed. The band’s current line-up includes original member Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Johnny Colt, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

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 AC/DC's Brian Johnson And Jim Breuer Stream 'Mr. Rock N Roll'

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson is a featured guest on the new Jim Breuer single, "Mr. Rock N Roll." The pair share vocal duties on the tune - one of two tracks Johnson appears on (the other is "My Rock N Roll Dream") - as part of the comedian's debut album, "Songs From The Garage."

Due May 27, Jim Breuer and his band The Loud & Rowdy roll through 11 tracks on the project, which was produced by Volbeat/ex-Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano.

Breuer says he wrote the song about the rock spirit. "Don't ever underestimate someone's ability to live for the moment," Breuer tells Rolling Stone. "At the end of the day everyone has a 'Mr. Rock n Roll' in them."

The record gave the comedian a chance to work with his longtime friend and AC/DC legend. "To me, Brian is the most powerful voice in rock & roll," he says. "He is also the funniest and most generous man I have ever known. I am still in awe of how he recorded the song and forever thankful."

Breuer was one of the first people to speak up about Johnson's status with AC/DC back in March following news that the singer was forced to step aside from live performances on the advice of doctors in order to prevent further damage to his hearing.

"(Brian told Angus Young) 'I would really like to finish and do some shows. I think we can knock this out,'" Breuer explained. "Then all his luggage that he toured with showed up at his driveway. There's been no calls. No, 'How's your hearing? How's your health?' Boom. Here's your (stuff), nice to know you."

A month later - in mid-April - AC/DC confirmed Axl Rose would handle vocals for the group's spring European tour, which launched in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7. Check out the song here.

Eric Clapton Shoots Down George Harrison Rumor, Mystery Remains

Eric Clapton has stated that late Beatle George Harrison doesn't make a posthumous appearance on his upcoming album I Still Do, after a pseudonym credit gave rise to speculation.

A guitarist called "Angelo Mysterioso" is listed for the song I Will Be There, and the name bears close resemblance to "L'Angelo Mysterioso" - the title used by Harrison on Cream track Badge, which he co-wrote with Clapton in 1969.

But Clapton tells Guitar World: "It's not George. The thing is, the person wishes to remain anonymous. So we came to that arrangement and we both thought it was the best idea.

"I can't even tell you that much. I'm sworn to secrecy, and I hope he is too. But I quite liked it." Read more here.

Queen and David Bowie Top Favorite Duets Poll

Queen's collaboration with David Bowie on 1981 single Under Pressure has been voted Britain's favorite ever duet. The song appears on compilation record The Duets Album, out now via Universal Music. And in a poll carried out by Morar Consulting, Under Pressure was the most popular across all age groups.

Participants in the 16-29 year-old age group were not even born when the song came out 35 years ago, but they rated it more than anyone else, with 49% of the vote.

Under Pressure came about after a jam session in the Swiss Alps. In a recent tribute to the late David Bowie, Queen guitarist Brian May described how Bowie latched on to the signature bass line in the early part of the jam.

May said: "Each of us went into the vocal booth consecutively, without listening to each other, and, listening to the track, vocalised the first things that came into our heads, including any words which came to mind.

"The next step was to cut up everybody's bits and make a kind of compilation 'best of' vocal track. We all backed off and David put down a lyric which now focussed on the 'under pressure' part of the existing lyric. It was unusual for us all to relinquish control like that but really David was having a genius moment." See which other duets made the cut here.

Zappa Vs Zappa Battle Heats Up

Dweezil Zappa has hit back after his brother, Frank Zappa Trust executor Ahmet posted an open letter disputing the guitarist's claims that he was forced to change the name of his Zappa tribute show and pay $150,000 each time he played one of his father's songs.

Branding Dweezil's story that he was forced to change the name of his Zappa Plays Zappa show to Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa as "incomplete and misleading," Ahmet points out that Dweezil only has to pay a $1-a-year fee to using the original show name and "follow the exact same rules as the rest of us."

But Dweezil has issued a statement of his own suggesting his brother's "actions speak louder than words," accusing him of "contradictions and unsubstantiated half truths." He also launches a tirade against the "bogus" contract, alleging their late mother Gail created an "unfair and unacceptable working relationship" by reneging on their deal and withholding merchandise profits from his shows over the last 10 years.

Dweezil also claims their late mother, who managed Zappa's estate until she died last year, left a "legacy of multi-million dollar debt-inducing lawsuits" in a bid to trademark everything connected to the late rock icon. He says Ahmet is "continuing the injustice" by not honoring the original contract. Read more here.

Peter Gabriel Announces Half-Speed Reissues Of Classic Albums

Peter Gabriel will issue his albums So, Us and Up on remastered vinyl on June 10. The records will be reissued at half-speed 45 RPM to "deliver the maximum sound range."

The So album from 1986 will be released across two heavyweight 180g LPs, while 1992's Us and 2002's Up will launch across three heavyweight 180g LPs.

Gabriel says: "It has been heart-warming to see the return of vinyl. Even though I loved being free of its limitations in the digital world, there is still a warmth and presence to vinyl that somehow makes it a more natural human companion. It is great to see a new generation learning the secrets of the grooves." Read more here.

Ex-Guns N' Roses Guitarist Will Always Be Thankful For Axl

DJ Ashba says leaving Guns N' Roses was the 'hardest decision' he ever made but he says his decision has been justified through the satisfaction of touring with Sixx: A.M playing songs he helped pen himself.

The guitarist was speaking to Music Radar when he revealed: "I loved sharing the stage with Axl Rose and the guys. Axl put together such an incredible bunch of musicians, and I was proud to be part of that."

He continues: "I'll always be thankful for Axl believing in me. But it's not my band and it never will be. I was performing songs written before I got there. I had a blast doing it, and I will cherish it.

"But we did a 19-day sold-out run on the SIXX:A.M. 'Modern Vintage' tour and it was that tour of playing my own songs - songs that came from my soul - and seeing how they connected to the fan base, I could not put that feeling into words, and I realized that I needed to follow my heart." Read more here.

Paul Stanley Tells Nikki Sixx To Shut Up

KISS frontman Paul Stanley called out Nikki Sixx in a social media post after the former Motley Crue bass player made insulting comments about Stanley's bandmate Gene Simmons.

Sixx made disparaging comments about Gene following controversial remarks that Simmons made about the death of Prince in an interview with Newsweek, which he quickly apologized for.

Stanley took to his official Facebook page after he learned of Sixx's comments and wrote, "Jesus Christ Nikki Sixx! Would you please shut up, find another way to be in the news and get off your self inflated pedestal.

"Regardless of some things Gene Simmons has said that I may take issue with, his influence on musicians (you included) is undeniable and will continue.

"More importantly, his work, generosity and monetary contributions to numerous causes and charities for those less fortunate makes your ongoing rant, in the scheme of things, the unimportant but annoying squeak it truly is. Move on."


Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders, Brother Cane, Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper) is pleased to announce his first solo electric project with the ‘Echo’ EP, released in March 2016.  

Recorded throughout 2015, the 5 track EP sees Johnson taking the lead with vocals, guitars and other instruments alongside drummer Jarred Pope and bassist Tony Nagy, and is the perfect showcase for Johnson’s songwriting and guitar playing. Big riffs sit alongside driving rhythms and the instant melodies.  

‘Echo’ was produced and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz – whose credits includes Rush, Alice In Chains and Foo Fighters – at Rock Falcon Studio in Nashville.  Johnson says “We worked together on Black Star Riders ‘Killer Instinct’ album. A few weeks later Nick asked me if I had any solo songs I wanted to record and we were off and running. His contribution to ‘Echo’ is immense. I’m very proud to share this music with the world,” he adds.

The EP tracklisting as follows:  

1. Dead,  
2. Nobody Usin’,  
3. The Waiting Kills Me,  
4. Scars,  
5. Just Move On  

Damon Johnson has a rich history as a rock guitarist. The Alabama native first came to prominence with his band Brother Cane before moving on to play guitars for Alice Cooper and contributing songs to the likes of Stevie Nicks, Ted Nugent, Skid Row, Queensryche and Carlos Santana. Damon left Alice Cooper to play alongside the legendary Scott Gorham in Thin Lizzy (the band is playing a series of shows in 2016).

Most recently Damon has been a founding member and songwriter with the critically acclaimed Black Star Riders. The “Echo” EP is the next step of his rich musical pedigree.  

Purchase the “Echo” EP here : and here

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The Cars Share Best In Show Honors Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes Guest On InTheStudio

Dallas, TX - MAY 17, 2016.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands puts out the checkered flag for some of the best of The Cars with singer/songwriter/guitarist Ric Ocasek behind the wheel and keyboardist Greg Hawkes riding shotgun.

The Cars’ zero-to-platinum popularity came amidst the final fizzle of the mid-Seventies Punk Rock sparkler, and the sound and attitude that survived was labeled by at least one rock writer as the nebulous one-size-fits-none term New Wave. 

The drivetrain of the five man Boston band was always powered by the songs of Ric Ocasek. Growing up in the Otcasek household (Ric(k) later would also drop the “t” from his surname), early 1960s Sputnik paranoia and Telstar technology mixed with Cold War James Bond spy intrigue for Ric, courtesy of his father. “He was a systems analyst for NASA”, remarks Ocasek to InTheStudio host Redbeard. “There were ‘black boxes’ around our house that were locked. People from the government used to come and interview my Mom and ask her if he talked in his sleep!”

The Cars test track where they tuned up their sound was the mid-Seventies Boston club scene. With the follow up to their surprise hit debut (#16 on Rolling Stone magazine's Top 100 Debut Albums of All Time), the torque of The Cars' "Let's Go", "Touch and Go", "Shake It Up", "You Might Think" and monster ballad "Drive" all propelled the cross-legged Woodstock generation off of their butts and back onto the dance floor. The sleek polished chrome and glass production combined distinctive instrumental touches from rock and roll's past in a way that, paradoxically, sounded cutting edge modern, with ten Top 30 hits and twenty-five million albums sold just in the US.

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Gov’t Mule & ZZ Top Announce Concerts

Gov’t Mule have announced a special run of September U.S. tour dates with American rock pioneers ZZ Top. Influenced by their trailblazing career, Gov’t Mule will share the bill with a band that helped inspire their own musical journey as they forged the path to becoming legendary rockers in their own right. Pre-sale tickets for the run will be available this Wednesday, May 18 at 12pm ET.

Sep. 9 // Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY
Sep. 11 // Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA
Sep. 13 // Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD
Sep. 14 // Koka Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park in Cary, NC
Sep. 15 // Celebrate Virginia After Hours in Fredericksburg, VA
Sep. 17 // Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, IL (Pre-Sale 6/1)
Sep. 18 // Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, MO
Sep. 20 // Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO


Long-time YES fans, rejoice! Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman are proud to announce that after a hiatus of 25 years, they are to reform the definitive YES line-up as – Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman (ARW)

Since they last played together in 1990 on the highly successful YES ‘Union Tour’, there have been various hybrid versions of the band. However, none featured the iconic voice of Jon Anderson, the outstanding guitar talent of Trevor Rabin, and the keyboard wizardry of Rick Wakeman. The aim of the band will be to restore the standard of excellence in performance that they established with their 1990 shows - which saw YES members past and present come together for the first (and only) time of the legendary band's career.

"To be able to sing and perform with Rick and Trevor at this time in my life is a treasure beyond words," explains Jon. "I'm so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago, it's going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels."

"Trevor and I have wanted to play Yes music together since the Union Tour," adds Rick. "And as for so many of us, there is no Yes music without Jon.  The 'Holy Trinity of Yes' is for me, very much a dream come true."

The most successful prog rock group of all time, YES was founded by Jon Anderson in 1968 and went on to sell millions of units with releases such as FragileClose to The EdgeTales From Topographic Oceans, Going For The One and 90125, as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours. 

While Rick is associated with the '70s "prog era" of the band (which saw YES become a worldwide stadium headliner) and Trevor associated with the '80s "pop era" of the band (which furthered the band's popularity - including the band's biggest chart success), Jon is the bridge between both factions (as he was a member of both eras).

Not content to rest on past glory, Jon, Trevor and Rick are working on new songs, which are currently being recorded. The band will make its live debut in North America in October/November, followed by the Rest of the World in 2017.

The worldwide ARW Tour is being produced by legendary concert promoter Larry Magid, who is considered an architect and leader of the modern concert business. With over 16,000 concerts to his credit and still counting, he has produced national and international tours for Yes, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Earth Wind & Fire, Il Divo, The Allman Brothers Band, Patti LaBelle, Grover Washington Jr. and many others. In 1985 Larry Magid co-produced the American portion of Live Aid and in 2005 he was the producer of Live 8.

The following are confirmed dates, and on-sales for each market will be announced soon. 

Additional dates may be added:

Tue/Oct-04     Orlando, FL                 Hard Rock Live 
Thu/Oct-06     Hollywood, FL            Seminole Hard Rock Casino 
Fri/Oct-07       Clearwater, FL            Ruth Eckerd Hall 
Sun/Oct-09     Durham, NC                Durham Performing Arts Ctr
Mon/Oct-10    Atlanta, GA                 Fox Theatre 
Sat/Oct-15      Glenside, PA                Keswick Theatre 
Sun/Oct-16     Glenside, PA                Keswick Theatre 
Wed/Oct-19    Boston, MA                 Wang Theatre
Fri/Oct-21      Wallingford, CT           Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Sat/Oct-22      Huntington, NY           The Paramount 
Mon/Oct-24    Montclair, NJ              Wellmont Theater 
Wed/Oct-26    Red Bank, NJ              Count Basie Theatre
Fri/Oct-28      Atlantic City, NJ          Borgata Event Center 
Sat/Oct-29      Akron, OH                  Goodyear Theater at East End 
Tue/Nov-01    New York, NY            Beacon Theatre 
Wed/Nov-02   Pittsburgh, PA             Heinz Hall
Fri/Nov-04      New Buffalo, MI        Four Winds Casino 
Sat/Nov-05      Chicago, IL                Chicago Theatre 
Mon/Nov-07    Nashville, TN            Schermerhorn Symphony Ctr 
Wed/Nov-09    St Louis, MO             Fox Theatre
Fri/Nov-11       New Orleans, LA      Saenger Theatre
Sat/Nov-12      San Antonio, TX       Majestic Theatre 
Mon/Nov-14   Austin, TX                  ACL at the Moody Theater 
Wed/Nov-16    Denver, CO                 Paramount Theatre
Thu/Nov-17     Salt Lake City, UT      Capitol Theater  
Sat/Nov-19      Las Vegas, NV           The Pearl  
Sun/Nov-20     Phoenix, AZ               Celebrity Theatre  
Tue/Nov-22     Los Angeles, CA        Orpheum  
Fri/Nov-25      San Francisco, CA      Masonic 


How would you like the opportunity to not only meet and jam with classic rock icon Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Guess Who fame, but also, walk away some great guitar gear and a trip to New York City? This too-good-to-be-true scenario will indeed come true for one lucky winner, as part of the recently announced “Rock Out With Randy Bachman Contest” via Vintage Guitar Magazine. One lucky winner will win a D’Angelico EX-SS Guitar, a Supro 1690T Coronado Amp (total value $4,234) and a chance to rock out with Randy Bachman in New York City this June. 

Simply follow the instructions below to make a video of yourself soloing on Randy’s “Heavy Blues,” from his album of the same name. We removed Peter Frampton’s original fills and solos from the song to allow you to show Randy YOUR stuff and he will personally select the winner. Besides the guitar and amp, the winning video will also be guaranteed 100,000 online views with a pre-roll personal endorsement by Randy Bachman and a travel voucher of $1,500 (U.S.) for a chance to Rock Out with Randy Bachman in New York City this June!

Here’s how to enter:

Download the “Heavy Blues” No Solo Version on iTunes or free from the Linus Entertainment Label Store.

Listen to the original album version of the song, noting the placement of Peter Frampton’s fills and guitar solos. Then make a video of you playing your licks and solos with the “No Solo Version” to show Randy YOUR stuff.

Upload to YouTube the video of your blazing solos, making sure to add “Rock Out with Randy Bachman” and “Vintage Guitar magazine” to the video description and tags so we can find it! Remember to make the video public on YouTube.

Get your family and friends to “Share” and “Like” your video!
Deadline for entries is May 27, 2016. Winner will be selected personally by Randy Bachman, and announced on June 3, 2016.

To see how it’s done, check out the “Heavy Blues” YouTube mashup video of past contestants here: 

What are you waiting for? Strap on your guitar, crank up your amp, download the tune, and jam! For more info please visit the Rock Out With Randy Bachman contest page:

Randy Bachman’s latest studio album Heavy Blues is available NOW, check out what they’re saying:  

“A raucous, blues-rock album. Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Peter Frampton & Robert Randolph add screeching licks to Bachman’s still enviable ability to craft memorable riffs. Producer Kevin Shirley keeps it all as heavy as you’d want” – UNCUT


Ozzy Osbourne's New TV Series Announced

Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack will star in a new show produced by the History channel called "Ozzy & Jack's World Detour," which will premiere July 27 at 10 p.m. on the History channel.

The 10-episode hour-long series will see the pair tour the world to visit a number of historically significant locations including Mt. Rushmore, Stonehenge, The Alamo, Roswell, The Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios.

"Jack and I are doing a thing for the History Channel, like a father and son spoof on history," Ozzy told Billboard last fall. "We went to Stonehenge and met a guy who thinks he's the reincarnation of King Arthur. And we went to Bletchley Park to see the machine Alan Turing used to break the German kind.

We're going to Mount Rushmore, to the abandoned silos where America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It's educational for me, actually - history with an Osbourne slant." Read more here.

Former Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di'Anno Hospitalized

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno has reportedly been hospitalized and was forced to cancel his upcoming solo tour of Brazil, according to a social media post by tour promoter Blog N Roll Producoes.

The reason for the hospitalization has not been disclosed and there has been no official word from the Di'Anno camp. The promoter published the following statement via Facebook (translated from Portuguese by BraveWords):

"It is with great regret that we are obliged to inform all the indefinite postponement of the tour of Paul Dianno by Brazil in the next month of June. Paul is in the hospital and, today in the morning, we have been informed directly for him that his table of health at the moment is extremely delicate. Exams are being made to obtain the diagnosis I need, but there isn't a term for that diagnosis, because the necessary treatment and their period of recovery.

"We work with Paul in the past year and all I can say is that he was great with all the people involved in the tour. He became a friend to all and we are very sad with the news. We want to see him again on the road as soon as possible.

"We are available to clarify issues related to the shows marked (where all their contractors and local partners have already been duly warned by us throughout the day today) and we ask for the understanding in the sense that we do not develop in relation to the state of health Paul. This is a private matter and such detailed breakdown it's not up to us, but only to him.
Grateful for the understanding of all, Blog N Roll Productions".

Di'Anno was the lead vocalist for Iron Maiden on their self-titled debut and sophomore album "Killers". He was replaced in the legendary band by Bruce Dickinson.

Guns N' Roses Reunion Is 'Important For Music' Says Ex-Guitarist

Gilby Clarke believed that the Guns N' Roses reunion of Slash, Duff McKagan and Axl Rose is 'important to music.' The former Guns N' Roses guitarist admits he was caught cold by the reformation as he says it wasn't a move he could see coming after Slash and Axl were estranged for more than 20-years.

In an interview with rock writer Lucas H. Gordon in Argentina, Clarke says: "In all honesty, I haven't seen [any of the recent GNR live dates], so I don't have an opinion yet.

"First of all, I'm happy that the guys are back together. I think it's really important to music, especially rock and roll music, that Guns N' Roses is a viable band that's out performing right now. I know Axl has been out there with his band playing, but it doesn't get any better than having Slash back in the band. So with Slash and Axl back together, I really think they can have some great shows and hopefully write some good music together and keep the band name and legacy alive."

He continues: "I was a part of the band twenty years ago, and a lot has happened in that amount of time. I don't know… I honestly don't know. People were asking me questions last year: 'Do you think Guns N' Roses are gonna get back together?' And I kept saying, 'No.' I didn't. I honestly didn't. So I'm surprised, just like a lot of people are, that the band's back together. But I think it's a great thing for music." Read more here.

Deep Purple Release Behind-The-Scenes Jon Lord Concerto Video

Deep Purple have released a short behind-the-scenes clip from the recording of late keyboard player Jon Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra. Lord recorded the work in Liverpool and at Abbey Road studios in 2011 and 2012 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the new clip, released via Deep Purple's official YouTube page, Lord discusses why he used four different guitarists for the latest recording of the work. It was originally recorded in 1969 with the Mk2 lineup of the band, including Ritchie Blackmore.

In the video, Lord says: "Each movement is so different. It's one man in one band, but Rithie was like three or four guitarists in one. So I wanted to represent that by using a different guitarist in each movement." Watch the video here.

Tesla Thrilled With Def Leppard Guitarist As 'Coach'

Tesla's Frank Hannon says Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen brings "passion, creativity, energy and open-mindedness" to the band's songwriting sessions for their next record.

The guitarist says Collen - who is producing their follow-up to 2014's Simplicity - inspires the band while they write and record on the road, backstage at shows and in hotel rooms on their US trek.

Hannon tells My Global Mind: "I can tell you it's been really great to have Phil on board as a musician and not a business person. He has such a passion for Tesla and fan of the band.

"We've had a great relationship with him as we have been friends for 30 years since the Hysteria Tour. When Tesla got back together in 2000 after eight years apart, we did a comeback CD called Into the Now.

"I wanted Phil to come in at that point as I had done some dates with Def Leppard in my solo band. It's really great to me that we are all working together. It's like you have a great team but if you don't have the right person motivating the team, the team doesn't do well. Phil is that right coach." Read more here.

Dire Straits' John Illsley Talks New Solo Songs

John Illsley has given Classic Rock the rundown on four tracks from his upcoming album Long Shadows. The former Dire Straits bassist issues his latest solo album on May 20 and the songs In The Darkness, Comes Around Again, Ship Of Fools and Long Shadow can be heard below.

While Illsley usually prefers not to go into too much detail about his lyrical content, he has explained the inspiration for the words on these four tracks. And he tackles everything from religious radicalisation, the Iraq war and internet porn to the influence of artists, politicians and modern celebrities.

On In The Darkness, Illsley was moved to write about the impact the digital age and the internet has, mostly with religious radicilisation and addictive, easy-to-access porn.

He says: "It's not really talked about much, but the influence of pornography over the internet... I think in the long term for a number of people it will cause serious psychological problems.

"I know a few people who are addicted to it. And if you're addicted to that stuff there's no agency you can turn to and say, 'I've got a problem.' We all get a bit blase about it actually. For 99% of people, they can take it or leave it. But there's a percentage for whom it becomes problematic." Read more and listen to the tracks here.


May 11, 2016 -- STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo—and special guest, DON FELDER (formerly of the Eagles), has chosen not to cancel their concert in Cary, North Carolina on  Wednesday, May 18 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre. They will, however, be donating proceeds from the night to various local charities. Tickets to the show are available at

While they condemn the law in North Carolina that reinforces discrimination against LGBT citizens, especially because Chuck Panozzo has been an openly gay man since the late ‘90s, they do not want let down their fans in the state. As part of the event, as it is at all of STYX’s shows, a raffle will be held by the band’s own Rock To The Rescue for one lucky fan to win a guitar signed by the members of STYX as well as DON FELDER. Funds raised as a result of the raffle, as well as ticket sales and donations taken at the venue, will benefit Girls Rock Camp Foundation, as well as local LGBT charities such as Equality NC (the oldest LGBT rights action group in the U.S.) and The LGBT Center of Raleigh. 

As James “JY” Young explains, “Ever since original bass player Chuck Panozzo let the world know that he was gay at the turn of the century, we’ve been incredibly enlightened in regard to LGBT social issues. STYX’s music has always been inclusive for everyone and this is just us doing our small part to continue to be a band that excludes no one from our fan base or our concerts. As humbled stewards of the universal language that music is, we intend to project peace, love and non-exclusion as we always have.” 

“Our nation was founded on liberty and justice for all and should remain the core essence of freedom for all people,” declares DON FELDER. “I look forward to seeing fans from all walks of life, race, religion and sexual orientation in North Carolina. I am proud that we are able to do our part to contribute to organizations fighting for equality.” 

"We're so grateful for the generous support of STYX and Don Felder," says Matt Hirschy, Director of Advancement for Equality NC. "Our work, at the forefront of repealing HB2, simply couldn't be done without continued investment from amazing artists and entertainers from around the country- and their fans right here in North Carolina pitching in to help."  

"Over the past six weeks since HB2 passed (in a special one day session), the LGBT Center of Raleigh has been working diligently to educate and advocate for our community,” continues James Miller, Executive Director of The LGBT Center of Raleigh. “As one of the few direct service organizations in the state serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, we take our job extremely seriously because in many cases, it really is LIFE OR DEATH for our community. We are grateful for the amazing reaction from the music world, helping to elevate awareness about equality and justice." 


Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by the band and spearheaded by Tommy Shaw’s daughter, Hannah, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. They research local nonprofit organizations and pick one to see if they are interested in volunteering to help the band sell tickets for a drawing to win a signed STYX guitar at each of the shows.  They give these organizations a percentage of the sales as their way of supporting their local cause and thanking them for supporting the band’s cause.  Rock To The Rescue was founded on the principle that our communities are stronger when we work together in mutual aid.  Having played thousands of shows in the last 15 years, STYX has been strongly connected with communities across the country. With local fans and community members making an effort to join in support of STYX, it is important to the band to actively participate in these communities as well. What makes Rock to the Rescue unique is that they work on a grassroots level with small groups, giving real support to real individuals who are creating positive changes in their communities. Rock to the Rescue is building initiatives in the areas of music education, health and well-being, disaster relief and aid, and animal welfare and rescue. 

Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon singer/keyboardist/guitarist Kevin Cronin.  The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City.  

In 2014, Rock To The Rescue raised $10,000 for the Philadelphia Fire Department Local #22 Widows Fund at the “Soundtrack of Summer” show (with Foreigner and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder) in Camden, NJ on July 3, as a thank you to the local fire department for cooling down STYX’s burning crew bus the day before.  And in 2013, Rock To The Rescue hosted a sold-out concert with STYX, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent, Survivor, Richard Marx and Larry The Cable Guy, in Bloomington, IL at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum that raised $450,000 for victims of the horrible storms in Illinois.  Also in 2013, Rock To The Rescue presented the Boston One Fund with a check for $108,000 for victims of the Boston marathon bombings as a result of funds raised during the “The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express” tour with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent.  

On November 19, 2015, Rock To The Rescue donated $25,000 to The Sweet Stuff Foundation to help victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. In honor of the musicians and crew who lost their lives in the attack at The Bataclan music venue in Paris where Eagles of Death Metal were performing, from that date through December 31, 2015, Sweet Stuff dedicated all money received directly to the surviving families of those who passed away, including that of the band’s merchandise manager, Nick Alexander. The Sweet Stuff Foundation was founded by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, who is also a key recording member of Eagles of Death Metal.

 ‘Mötley Crüe: The End,’ the Legendary Band’s Final Show, Comes to Select U.S. Cinemas for One Night, on June 14

Fathom Events, Live Alliance, Eagle Rock Entertainment and Tenth Street Entertainment Present the Iconic Rock Band’s Epic Final Performance in Select Movie Theaters

NEW YORK – May 11, 2016 – On December 31, 2015, legendary rock icons Mötley Crüe completed their 35-year touring career as a band with a spectacular final concert at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA, just 10 miles from the Sunset Strip where the band’s infamous and decadent career first launched. The band thrilled the sold-out arena with performances of such mega-hits as “Kickstart My Heart,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Home Sweet Home” and “Dr. Feelgood.” While not everyone was able to see their Final Show live, Crüe fans can now catch all the action when Fathom Events, Live Alliance, Eagle Rock Entertainment and Tenth Street Entertainment present “Mötley Crüe: The End” in select U.S. cinemas on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. local time for only one night. In addition to the epic concert footage, cinema audiences will be treated to behind-the-scenes footage of the band’s last global tour. 

Tickets for “Mötley Crüe: The End” can be purchased beginning Friday, May 13, 2016 online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 250 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website  (theaters and participants are subject to change).

In January, 2014, Mötley Crüe held a press conference announcing their Final Tour, complete with a “cessation of touring” agreement signed by all members prohibiting any and all future live engagements under the Mötley Crüe name. Mötley Crüe’s two-year concert trek, saw the band — Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums) — perform across five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia) for a total of more than 164 shows in 72 markets grossing over $100 million. Known for their over-the-top production, Mötley Crüe did not disappoint for their last show ever on New Year’s Eve: from massive, cutting-edge pyro, including Nikki Sixx’s bass guitar spitting fire over 30 ft. into the air, and Tommy Lee’s “Crüecifly” drum roller coaster, amongst many other spectacular elements. Lead singer, Vince Neil, delivered an emotional, “thank you” speech to the audience, while the band supplied next-level, high-octane fueled energy, ringing in the New Year on stage with thousands of balloons raining down on the crowd. The grand finale of the show included a blow-out performance of their hit single, “Kickstart My Heart” with Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil floating above the audience in far-reaching “cherry-pickers.” Leaving fans in tears, the show concluded with an emotional encore rendition of “Home Sweet Home” from the second stage riser in the center of the audience. 

Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said, “We’re excited to bring the opportunity for Mötley Crüe’s legion of supporters to experience their Final Show and relive the magic one more time. Filled with their hard-rock anthems and unforgettable stage presentation, this show is not to be missed.”

“Mötley Crüe: The End” was produced and distributed by Live Alliance and Eagle Rock Entertainment. Christian Lamb directed the concert portion. Jeff Tremaine, creator of the “Jackass” series, directed the documentary segment. For more information about the band visit

About Fathom Events

Fathom Events is the event cinema distribution arm of AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), the three largest movie theater circuits in the U.S., and is recognized as the leading distributor of alternative content. It offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico, concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction, the TCM Presents classic film series and faith-based events such as The Drop Box and Four Blood Moons. Fathom Events also takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 885 locations and 1,348 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit

About Live Alliance

Having recently produced the most successful concert pay per view live event of all time, Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well summer reunion shows, Live Alliance is the leader in live event distribution across all platforms, including theaters, cable, satellite and digital PPV distribution and linear broadcasting. Live Alliance provides top tier video production and distribution for concert films for broadcast and online live events. Working in the live concert film space for 10 years, the founders of Live Alliance were the team behind one of the very first companies to stream large scale events over the internet. Live Alliance is a pioneer in the industry and has grown to provide broadcast and technology for hundreds of clients – working with some of the biggest artists and platforms throughout the world. 

About Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Vision is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Kiss, Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world. Eagle Vision is headquartered in London, and is a Universal Music Group company.

About Tenth Street Entertainment:

Tenth Street Entertainment is a full service brand and entertainment company, representing some of the most exciting acts in music today. Founded in 2006 by Allen Kovac, CEO of Eleven Seven Music Group, Tenth Street Entertainment embodies a multifaceted media organization that is dedicated to its clients’ needs in this evolving environment. With a structured staff and offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London, the company is hands-on in its approach to selling, marketing, promoting, merchandising, and adding value to artists’ content. Combined efforts with radio promotion, marketing, publicity, new media, tour production, management, merchandising, branding, international, and licensing ensure that the clients are always connected to their target audiences. 

Tenth Street Entertainment’s client list boasts a wide range of artists including Mötley Crüe, Blondie, Nelly Furtado, Five Finger Death Punch, Sixx: A.M., Macy Gray, All That Remains, Rooney, Papa Roach and many more. Managed by Tenth Street Entertainment, the artist roster has seen major success on the Billboard and all major global charts, worldwide press coverage, and extensive, creative campaigning.

The Doors’ L.A. Woman Unhinged:
The Late Ray Manzarek Chronicles Jim Morrison’s Final LP 

Dallas, TX - May 11, 2016. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands crosses the threshold of time with an archival interview with the late Ray Manzarek for the 45th anniversary of the final Jim Morrison-fronted Doors studio album L.A. Woman.

In this classic rock interview with Doors co-founder/keyboardist Ray Manzarek, we find that the dream of the 1967 Summer of Love, embodied by The Doors’ “Light My Fire”, had by 1971 run headlong into the reality of Richard Nixon’s America. Lead singer Jim Morrison had been arrested and eventually charged with lewdness at a Miami concert; the band had been black-listed by the notoriety and pending trial; and the band’s long-term producer had walked out on their recording session. Amidst these obstacles, The Doors made L.A. Woman  including “Love Her Madly”, “The WASP (Texas Radio & the Big Beat)”, “Riders on the Storm” and the ultimate freeway song “L.A. Woman”, resulting in one of the timeless recordings from any American band. Prior to his passing in May of 2013, Ray Manzarek spoke to InTheStudio host Redbeard about the days when The Doors almost came unhinged prior to releasing  L.A. Woman.

“It was our  final record on the contract... We had lined up a 20 city tour, our first big tour. Miami happened and we got cancelled out of every city we had booked... What are we going to do? Let’s get back to writing songs. And we started writing and writing and writing, and the songs just got better and better, and stronger and harder. So out of that enforced hiatus came L.A. Woman. “ - Ray Manzarek  

With Jim Morrison’s overdose death four months after completion, L.A.Woman  would close the door on a remarkable short five year run by a band that left an indelible mark on rock history.

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Sharon Osbourne Addresses Ozzy Split Rumors

Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon has made her first public comments following a split with the legendary Black Sabbath rocker. It's been widely reported that Sharon kicked the rocker out of their Los Angeles mansion last week over accusations that he's been having an affair with 45-year-old celebrity hairstylist Michelle Pugh.

After skipping out on Monday's broadcast of the CBS-TV daytime series The Talk, Sharon returned to the panel on Tuesday and offered viewers an update on the situation.

Asked if it was true that she had kicked Ozzy out or just a rumour, Sharon said, "No, it's true!", adding "I honestly, at this point today, have no idea what I'm doing with the rest of my life. I need time to think. I really want to think about it very carefully. I'm 63 years of age and I can't keep living like this."

She further revealed that Ozzy had returned to the family home, saying, "No, he's back, and I'm out of the house." She added, "I spoke to him last night. I'm not with him, but I speak with him. I love Ozzy dearly, he's given me an unbelievable life and three gorgeous children."

Asked if she thought that her marriage to Ozzy was over, she replied "At this point I can't answer that.. I don't know what I want. I'm doing great, I really really am. I honestly, honestly can't thank people enough for their backing me, for sending me messages of love. I am empowered and I have found this inner strength and I'm like, 'right, ok, what's next.' I can handle this." Read more and watch the video footage here.

Gene Simmons Apologies For Controversial Prince Comments

KISS star Gene Simmons has posted an online apology after he sparked controversy with remarks that he made in an interview about the death of music legend Prince.

Simmons told Newsweek, "I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them. I thought he left [Michael] Jackson in the dust. Prince was way beyond that.

"But how pathetic that he killed himself. Don't kid yourself, that's what he did. Slowly, I'll grant you, but that's what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death."

He added, 'The one question I have is: When we all start out and we have these big dreams and you finally get your wish--you have more money than God and fame--what is that insane gene in us, well, a lot of us, that makes us want to succumb to the cliche of cliches: drugs and alcohol?"

Gene's bandmate Paul Stanley was the first to take to social media to address the controversy. He tweeted, "Embarrassed by cold clueless statements re Prince's death. Without all the facts better to say nothing. My apologies."

Gene later took to Twitter to offer his own apology for the comments, "I just got such s*** from my family for my big mouth again. I apologize - I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene. In my experience they've made my life, and the lives of their loved ones, difficult.

"I was raised in a culture/crowd where drug addicts were written off as losers, and since that's the narrative I grew up with, it's been hard to change with the times. Needless to say, I didn't express myself properly here - I don't shy away from controversy, and angry critics really don't bother me at all. If I think I'm right, I'll throw up a finger and dig my heels in and laugh. But this time, I was not. So, my apologies."

He added the following post-script, "What I will say is that there is a part of this that is journalists quote-mining things I've said in the past and applying it to new situations. This, too, happens often and not just to me. So, quote-mining, too, is wrong. It doesn't make my past quotes any more tactful, but still - be wary of click bait. The uglier they can make it seem, the more views they can get."

Van Halen Manager Enters YouTube Battle

Van Halen manager Irving Azoff has called on YouTube to come up with a fairer deal for musicians. Azoff - who also manages Thirty Seconds To Mars, Steely Dan and Christina Aguilera, among others - has penned an open letter to the video and music streaming site on Recode's website.

It's a response to a post on YouTube's Creator Blog called Setting The Record Straight, which addressed recent comments by Sixx AM, Metallica manager Peter Mensch and others that YouTube was mistreating artists.

Azoff says YouTube's policy of not allowing artists to opt out of appearing on the site is unfair. YouTube uses the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to justify its stance, meaning artists have to send YouTube a notice every time one of their songs is uploaded by a different user - a situation Azoff says is "impossible" to stay on top of.

He says: "If YouTube cares about copyright management then join the music business in its efforts to reform the DMCA. Or, better yet, you could really prove your love for music by not allowing music on to YouTube unless you ask the creators of that song for permission.

"I know realistically you won't voluntarily agree to take on the task of asking artists for their permission. So, if you are going to continue to force artists to notify you when an infringing song is on YouTube, once an artist tells you that she wants her song taken off YouTube, you should keep it off. When the artist sends a 'take down,' it should be a 'stay down.'" Read more here.

Motley Crue's Final Show Concert Film Coming To Theaters

Motley Crue have announced that they will be premiering "The End", the concert film of their final farewell concert, in theaters on June 14 via Fathom Events.

Directed by Christian Lamb, "The End" captures the band on the last show of their career during a three-night stand at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA this past New Year's Eve.

The group announced The Final Tour at a January 2014 press conference in Hollywood, and signed a binding legal document known as a "cessation of touring" contract which prevents them from touring beyond 2015.

Motley Crue were formed in Los Angeles in January of 1981 by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee; the pair recruited guitarist Mick Mars and singer Vince Neil and released their debut, "Too Fast For Love", in November 1981. Read more and watch the teaser video here.

Video From AC/DC's Second Show With Axl Rose Goes Online

Axl Rose performed his second show with AC/DC on the Rock Or Bust tour in Seville, Spain on Tuesday and video from the event has surfaced online. The band delivered the same 22-song set at Estadio de La Cartuja that they presented in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7 with Rose, who has stepped in to assist the band in Brian Johnson's absence due to the singer's deteriorating hearing.

Rose continues to perform confined to scaled down version of a throne on loan from Dave Grohl after breaking his left foot during Guns N' Roses' April 1 club gig at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

Seville marks the second stop of a 12-date European tour by the Australian outfit that runs into next month, following which Rose will rejoin GNR for a summer stadium tour of North America.

Rose says he will regroup with AC/DC sometime later this year for the to-be-rescheduled 10 US dates that were postponed following Johnson's departure on the advice of medical professionals in an effort to save his hearing.

"I'm happy and excited in one sense, but I think it would be inappropriate to be celebrating, in a certain way, at someone else's expense," Rose told the BBC last week in his first interview in years. "That's not what I'm here to do. It's an unfortunate situation." Check out the video here.

Neal Schon Doesn't Care If Journey Gets Rock Hall Induction

Journey guitarist Neal Schon says that he doesn't care if the band are ever inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame after the recent Steve Miller controversy.

Miller sparked uproar following his induction after he launched a tirade against the ceremony, claiming that his bandmates were asked to pay $10,000 to attend, and slammed the music business.

Black Keys duo Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney inducted Miller but later said they wish they hadn't after the music veteran "made no effort to figure out who they were."

Now Schon tells Billboard: "After reading and talking to Steve Miller about what went on with him and how it was not a good experience, I don't really care right now one way or the other

"I'd have to see what the situation is for real. I'm not about to pay money to anybody to get in anywhere - I would never do that. And at this point, there's so many people in there that are not even rock'n'roll, I don't really care about being in there at all." Read more here.