Judas Priest's Rob Halford Leads Inaugural The Rock Brigade Podcast
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford was the features guest on the very first episode of The Rock Brigade podcast, which is billed as "not so much a podcast as it is a good old fashioned rock 'n' roll talk show!"
The new show was launched by our friends over at Classic Rock Revisited and is hosted by CRR founder Jeb Wright along with James Rozell. In addition to Halford, the first episode also features Warrant's Robert Mason and ThundHerStruck drummer Stephanie Leigh.
They sent us these details about the episode "Halford talks in-depth about Priest's 30th anniversary release of their classic album Turbo. Robert Mason discusses the upcoming Warrant album produced by Dokken's Jeff Pilson. He also plays a fun game with Jeb and James! Stephanie Leigh closes the show debating AC/DC's best, worst and most underated albums." Stream the episode here.
ROCK NEWS FOR 01/23/17
RAY DAVIES TO RELEASE ‘AMERICANA,’ HIS FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN NEARLY A DECADE, APRIL 21 ON LEGACY RECORDINGS
STREAM NEW SONG “POETRY” NOW VIA NPR MUSIC:
January 23, 2017-New York, NY-On April 21st, Ray Davies will release his first new album in over nine years – ‘Americana’ – via Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music Entertainment). The 15-track collection of originals serves as a master-crafted return for one of the most acclaimed and iconic songwriters of the past 50 years, and follows Davies’ 2013 memoir of the same name, using the book as both source material and creative catalyst. Davies enlisted The Jayhawks as backing band, and recorded the album in London at Konk, the studio founded by The Kinks in 1973.
Album highlight “Poetry” is streaming now via NPR Music, listen here: http://n.pr/2kju2RN
‘Americana’ will be available digitally, on CD, and Vinyl. For pre-order, please visit https://raydavies.lnk.to/Americana, https://RayDavies.lnk.to/amz-vnl
‘Americana’ was written, conceived, and arranged, by Davies, and co-produced with Guy Massey and John Jackson. The album is an autobiographical work, chronicling the inextricable role America has played in Davies’ life. From his earliest days touring the U.S. with the Kinks and subsequent blacklisting by the American Musicians Union, to his years playing stadiums and eventually staying in New York and New Orleans for a time, America has served as both muse and tempest to Davies.
The songs on ‘Americana’ dig into the rich American musical tapestry, through the lens of Davies’ own wholly unique American experience. The music swerves from the open-road manifesto of “The Great Highway,” to a delicate duet with The Jayhawks’ Karen Grotberg on “Message From The Road,” to “Poetry,” which offers a vital reminder of Davies’ ability to spin small detail into penetrating truth. The album also features a number of short spoken-word passages from Davies’ memoir. A second volume to ‘Americana’ will be a released later in 2017.
Since the release of his last studio album of new material, 2008’s ‘Working Man’s Café,’ Ray Davies released the 2010 collaborative project ‘See My Friends,’ which featured Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, Metallica and Spoon; performed at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics; served as inspiration, the original story plus music and lyrics for the hit UK musical ‘Sunny Afternoon’ (winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Musical) and much more. At the beginning of 2017 Davies topped Queen Elizabeth’s New Year Honours List, and will shortly be receiving a knighthood for his service to the arts. Davies is a member of both the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame and Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame. Five albums by The Kinks were chosen for Rolling Stone's '500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list.
2. The Deal
4. Message From The Road
5. A Place In Your Heart
6. The Mystery Room
7. Silent Movie
8. Rock 'N' Roll Cowboys
9. Change For Change
10. The Man Upstairs
11. I’ve Heard That Beat Before
12. A Long Drive Home To Tarzana
13. The Great Highway
14. The Invaders
15. Wings Of Fantasy
Bill Leverty Checks In With Info on a New Song He Has Available
I wanted to let you know that I just released a new song called “You’re A Natural”.
If you can, please help me spread the word and tell people to get it directly from my website: http://www.leverty.com .
It’s up on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other digital music sites as well.
The song features the PHENOMENAL rhythm section of Michael Foster on drums and Keith Horne on bass.
Also, FireHouse has some new tour dates that we just added:
• February 10, 2017 - Medina, MN Medina Entertainment Center
• February 18, 2017 - Hopewell, VA Beacon Theater
• February 23, 2017 - Kent, WA Showare Center
• March 18, 2017 - Fort Yates, ND Prairie Nights Casino
• July 22, 2017 - Lima, OH Loud n Lima Music Festival @ Allen County Fairgrounds
• September 16, 2017 - Irasburg, VT Shrinedom at Creek Hill Barn
• October 28, 2017 - Pekin, IL Rock N Skull 2017 @ Avantis Dome
More tour dates coming soon!!
Thanks so much for supporting my music and helping me spread the word!!…
--Bill Leverty : http://www.leverty.com
Unusual AC/DC Cover Becomes Viral Hit
A unusual cover of the AC/DC classic "Thunderstruck" by a Spanish bagpipe band has gone viral after a video clip of the performance was posted online last week.
The clip of Rondalla de Santa Eulalia de Mos performing the iconic hard rock hit drew almost a million views in its first few days of release, according the UK outlet Daily Mail.
They quote the group's musical director and conductor Daniel Burgos Paz as saying: "I would never have believed that anything like this could happen to us." He then added: "We thought we had a bit of an impact, because we are always seen in local media, but nothing to do with what has happened now. Fame is over us." Watch the video here.
Guns N' Roses Play First Reunion Show Of 2017
Guns N' Roses resumed their Not In This Lifetime tour with their first show of 2017 in Osaka, Japan on January 21, and video from the concert has surfaced online.
The date at the city's Kyocera Dome saw the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan deliver their standard 23-song set of classic tracks, with emphasis on 1987's "Appetite For Destruction" - the biggest selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.
The concert began with the now familiar opening of "It's So Easy" and "Mr. Brownstone", while featuring staples like "Welcome To The Jungle", "Sweet Child O' Mine", "November Rain" and show-closer "Paradise City."
The Osaka event marked the first of five shows in Japan this month, which will be followed by dates in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Thailand in February. Watch the video footage from the kick off show here.
Foreigner's Lou Gramm Leads The 80s Cruise Lineup
The 2017 edition of The 80s Cruise will be taking place next month but that hasn't stopped organizers from announcing the lineup of artists taking part in next year's installment.
The 2018 cruise will taking place in March of next year and the lineup is lead by former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm, along with Mike + the Mechanics, Loverboy and The Tubes.
They have recruited Rick Springfield as the host and headliner. MTV VJs Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood and Alan Hunter will be co-hosts. Additional artists include Tommy Tutone, Thomas Dolby and ex-Katrina & the Waves singer Katrina Leskanich.
This year's cruise will launch on February 18th and includes Cheap Trick, The Romantics, Survivor, Go-Go's frontwoman Belinda Carlisle, Men at Work singer Colin Hay and more. Visit the official site here.
Megadeth, Bad Company Stars Lead Ronnie Montrose Tribute
Iconic American rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose was saluted by a stellar line-up whose own careers were influenced by the legendary and powerful Montrose sound at Ronnie Montrose Remembered.
The event, which took place on Saturday night, was one of the most talked-about shows happening around NAMM 2017. Just some of the rock veterans that took part were: Brad Gillis, Night Ranger; Howard Leese, Heart/Bad Company; Tracii Guns, LA Guns; Keith St. John, Montrose; Rudy Sarzo, Whitesnake/Ozzy Osbourne; David Ellefson, Megadeth; Jimmy Degrasso, Black Star Riders/Alice Cooper and many more.
Montrose singer Keith St. John wants the guitar great's legacy to continue. He says, "Ronnie's contribution to rock music in the early '70s heavily influenced the up and coming American rock guitarists for next two decades more than he probably ever realized or gave himself credit for. I just want to give those who really appreciate Ronnie the chance to get together in a loving concert setting where we can really dig in and enjoy each other through the commonality of his music."
Howard Leese of Heart, says this about Montrose: "I played with Denny Carmassi for 10 years in Heart after he was the drummer for Montrose for 4 years and Ronnie's band Gamma for 3 years, so I felt I knew Ronnie in a big way by our one degree of separation in the industry, and of course, all Denny's stories.
"The very first time I saw him play was on the Midnight Special TV show back in the early '70s. Ronnie was dripping with sweat and passion and I was totally blown away! Ronnie helped light a fire in me and made me want to approach guitar playing with that kind of zeal and expression and I've never forgotten that. I would like to play that same song on January 21st and bring as much thrill and passion to it as he did when I first saw him that night!" Read more here.
PREVIOUS ROCK NEWS
Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield Form New Band ROADCASE ROYALE Featuring Members of Heart and Prince's New Power Generation
ROADCASE ROYALE’s Debut Song “Get Loud” to Premiere Exclusively During the Concert for America Live Stream on January 20
Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/roadcaseroyale
Los Angeles, CA — January 20, 2017 — Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Heart, has teamed up with former Prince band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form a new super group called ROADCASE ROYALE. The sound of ROADCASE ROYALE is muscular rock with some R&B/Blues and in depth ballads thrown in, reflecting the iconic sounds of both their respective bands. ROADCASE ROYALE’S debut song is available to stream now via the band’s Soundcloud page. The song, “Get Loud,” is a ROADCASE ROYALE original, and will debut January 20th immediately following Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, which will be livestreamed through Facebook. The song will also be featured at the Women’s March on Austin, TX (the largest ever gathering of Texas women) on January 21.
Joining Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals) are lead guitarist Ryan Waters (the musical director for Liv’s solo work and Prince protégé) along with Heart members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums). Each of the members’ musical talents shines in “Get Loud.” The song begins with a laid-back groove, providing a solid acoustic and electric foundation for Warfield’s vocals — all about getting loud and standing up for women’s equality. “Get Loud” blends this important message with the groups R&B and rock influences, resulting in a uniquely powerful track.
Joining Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals) are lead guitarist Ryan Waters (the musical director for Liv’s solo work and Prince protégé) along with Heart members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums). Each of the members’ musical talents shines in “Get Loud.” The song begins with a laid-back groove, providing a solid acoustic and electric foundation for Warfield’s vocals — all about getting loud and standing up for women’s equality. “Get Loud” blends this important message with the groups R&B and rock influences, resulting in a uniquely powerful track.
The band has recorded five new original songs as well as plans for a tour early in 2017. Wilson has said, ROADCASE ROYALE’s activity doesn’t mean Heart is going away. “ROADCASE ROYALE is a side project,”. she notes, “and not a replacement for Heart.” She also stated that the name ROADCASE ROYALE came to the group during a backstage meeting they had last year, and said “When I came up with the name ROADCASE ROYALE it was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy duty road cases that our amps drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road. Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus.”
“It’s going to be fun to see our road cases with ROADCASE ROYALE stenciled on the side!” Wilson added
More about ROADCASE ROYALE:
Led by former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield and Nancy Wilson, co-founder of Heart, ROADCASE ROYALE has a rich background in rock and R&B. Warfield, Wilson, and their bandmates bring their decades of experience from the upper echelon of the music industry to ROADCASE ROYALE, along with a renewed sense of direction and drive. Joining Wilson and Warfield are Warfield’s lead guitarist and musical director Ryan Waters and Heart veterans Dan Rothchild (bass), Ben Smith (Drums) and Chris Joyner (Keys). Each of these members shine in ROADCASE ROYALE with their various sensibilities creating the group’s sensitive, passionate, and driving rock and R&B sound.
HELLYEAH ANNOUNCE MARCH TEXAS TOUR
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY
CHICAGO OPEN AIR FESTIVAL DATES ANNOUNCED
OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR HELLYEAH'S "LOVE FALLS" RELEASED TODAY (WATCH HERE)
NEW YORK, NY January 20, 2017-- HELLYEAH have announced a tour around Texas beginning in Amarillo on March 1st and ending in Corpus Christi on March 7th. The Amarillo show is free and will be first come, first serve. Tickets are available HERE.
The band is touring in support of their latest release, UNDEN!ABLE, which includes the track "Love Falls." Directed by William "Wombat" Felch, the official music video for "Love Falls" premieres TODAY. Check out the video HERE! The band has partnered up with the YOU ROCK FOUNDATION on the video, which allows artists to share their stories to help spread awareness and help battle stigmas. Read more about the YOU ROCK FOUNDATION HERE.
Legendary guitarist Eric Gales reveals new track 'Change In Me'.
From the upcoming album ‘Middle Of The Road', out 24th February via Mascot Label Group/Provogue.
“One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world” Joe Bonamassa
“He is absolutely incredible” Carlos Santana
“How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery” Dave Navarro
“This guy could be the best player on Earth” Mark Tremonti
Eric Gales' new album Middle of the Road will be released on 24 February 2017 and is the running theme throughout the record. “It’s about being fully focussed and centred in the middle of the road. If you’re on the wrong side and in the gravel you’re not too good and if you’re on the median strip that’s not too good either, so being in the middle of the road is the best place to be.”
Middle of the Road is Eric Gales fourth album on Provogue/Mascot label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Black Stone Cherry, Warren Haynes, The Robert Cray Band, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) after Transformation (2011), Relentless (2010) and The Psychedelic Underground (2007) and it sees him at his most expressive yet; it is a deeply personal and reflective record that echoes where he is in his life right now and he opens himself up and allows himself the chance to really flourish.
Much of the album is achingly heart on its sleeve and Change in Me [The Rebirth] is one of those moments, it’s about a new change in life. “I changed up some things in life and decided to go a new route”. He has released 14 studio albums in total ahead of Middle of the Road and a host of other collaborations, one of which led him to work with producer Fabrizio Grossi (Alice Cooper, Joe Bonamassa, Billy F. Gibbons, Ice T, Leslie West, Slash, Walter Trout, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Paul Stanley, Supersonic Blues Machine).
Recorded in several locations; Room A Studio and Fab’s Lab in North Hollywood as well as Cuz Studio and Sound in Cleveland, MS and ‘Cotton Row Studios in Memphis, TN. With Aaron Haggerty (drums), Dylan Wiggins (B3 Organ), LaDonna Gales (All backing vocals), Maxwell ‘Wizard’ Drummey (Mellotron on Repetition) and Eric Gales providing all lead vocals, guitar and bass. It’s a beautiful snapshot of life right here, right now. “I played bass on the entire record, it was beautiful” he beams. “I’m a bass player at heart so Fabrizio was like ‘bro you need to be playing the bass’. It was something that was very natural for me to too, I loved it.”
This refers to the time he spent in jail serving at the Shelby County Correction Center in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon. Elaborating he adds; “While I was in there all the officers and guards were like, ‘bro you know this isn’t where you’re supposed to be. When you get out of here, go take the world by the horns and ride it all the way out.’ It took a couple of years after but, I’m here.” Whilst he was incarcerated he was able to play shows, for the Mayor, the city and festivals, his own version of Johnny Cash Walk the Line.
This is where Middle of the Road finds the rebirth of Eric Gales. A new album that has seen him more free than he’s ever been and on the biographic songs you take this journey with him. Along the way he brings in not only a host of guest and collaborators, but also those closest to him: Lauryn Hill, Gary Clark Jr, Eugene Gales, LaDonna Gales, Lance Lopez, Raphael Saadiq and Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram.
“When I say the world will hear about it, you’ll see what I mean when you hear the record,” he says. “This record is going to take me everywhere that I’ve never been, and everywhere I’ve ever wanted to go.” Eric Gales
JOHN MELLENCAMP RELEASES NEW SONG “EASY TARGET”
PREMIERES SONG DURING APPEARANCE ON THE KATIE COURIC INTERVIEW FOR YAHOO NEWS
THOUGHT PROVOKING LYRIC VIDEO FOR “EASY TARGET” LIVE NOW
Today, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, GRAMMY® Award-winner, JOHN MELLENCAMP shares a brand new song, “Easy Target” out today on Republic Records.
Listen to “Easy Target” HERE.
Easy Target is John’s reflection on the state of our country. An outspoken artist, Mellencamp continues his journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song. Today, Mellencamp premiered & performed the song on The Katie Couric Interview for Yahoo News watch the interview and performance here.
In addition, Mellencamp unveiled a thought-provoking lyric video for “Easy Target” which premiered today on People.com. Watch the lyric video here.
John Mellencamp’s career in music has spanned over 35 years and has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly respected singer/songwriters of a generation. Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed; he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award and Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and more recently, the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years.
John continues to focus on another facet of his artistic expression: painting. His style has progressed over the years as evidenced by several gallery shows and published portfolios, and in recent years he has increased his output by completing over 100 new works. His pieces were shown in 2012 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville under the title “Nothing Like I Planned: The Art Of John Mellencamp” and, more recently at the Butler Institute of American Art in an exhibition entitled “The Paintings Of John Mellencamp.” “The Paintings of John Mellencamp” traveled to the Museum of Art-DeLand, Florida and John’s art was showcased at the ACA Gallery in New York. The unique instrumentation of his band and his poignant songs about everyday life in the American heartland, are widely credited with being the forbearer of the Americana/No Depression genre of rural-inflected music. An extraordinary collaboration performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, comprised of members of John Mellencamp’s band is The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T Bone Burnett. The show is being further developed in London, though King and Mellencamp are no longer as actively involved. Mellencamp continues his journey as the walking embodiment of heartland rock; passionate, plain-spoken, and a self-proclaimed rebel.
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A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Gotye, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Keith Richards, Of Monsters and Men, Seth MacFarlane, Zendaya, among many others. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Cash Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj), John Varvatos Records (Zac Brown Band), Lava Records (Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), NBC's The Voice, XO (The Weeknd), School Boy Records (PSY, Sheppard), among others. In addition, Republic maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Label Group which is comprised of Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, The Eli Young Band) and Dot Records (Maddie + Tae).
Where Are The New Guns N' Roses and Nirvanas Asks Lars
Lars Ulrich says the days of the kinds of bands you couldn't take your eye of like Guns N' Roses, Nirvana or Oasis are gone as he bemoans the fact there are no modern bands who inspire him anymore.
In an interview with Noisey, the Metallica drummer said: "Ten years ago or 30 years ago, it was different. Like, 'Oh my god, Guns N' Roses. Oh my God, who are these Nirvana guys! Oasis!'
"You were hearing about it, and you wanted to meet them. Nowadays, there aren't any bands that have had that impact on me. The last time where I was like, 'Holy f***! This really inspires me,' was this band called The Sword, from Austin, Texas. Stoner rock, kind of a modern Black Sabbath. Super cool. They showed up seven or eight years ago, and I just had to bring these guys on tour.
"There is a Norwegian band called Kvelertak. These bands are few and far between nowadays. This is not a black-and-white statement. I know more about film than I do about music because I follow it more.
"That doesn't mean if something awesome came and slapped me in the face. then I wouldn't embrace it; it just shows up less and less." Read more here.
Kid Rock To Kick Off New Season Of The Big Interview
Kid Rock will be the featured artist for the premiere of the new season of The Big Interview which will launch next month on AXS TV, the cable and satellite network has announced.
The premiere episode for this new season of the Dan Rather hosted program is set to take place on Valentine's Day (February 14th) at 8 PM e/ 5 PM p and will feature an in-depth interview with Kid Rock.
The new season will feature 18 episodes and while the full guest roster has not yet been revealed, the network did say that it will include ZZ Top legend Billy Gibbons, former Brooks & Dunn star singer Kix Brooks as well as country icon Crystal Gayle. Check out a teaser video for the new season here.
Ozzy, Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold Lead Rock USA Lineup
Ozzy Osbourne has another post-Black Sabbath farewell solo appearance as one of the headliners at this year's Rock USA festival this summer in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Ozzy has been tapped to headline the music festival along with Avenged Sevenfold and Slayer when it takes place on July 13th, 14th and 15th at the Ford Festival Park.
More big names from heavy rock will also be part of the festivities including Megadeth, Stone Sour, Korn, Volbeat, Lamb of God, Candelbox and Hellyeah, Falling In Reverse, We Came As Romans, Avatar, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crobot, Kyng, Citizen Zero, Through Fire, Miss May I, Code Orange, Bobaflex, The Pretty Reckless, Anthrax, and more. Find ticket details here.
Mikkey Dee Reveals Scorpions New Album Plans
Former Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee made news last year when he joined the Scorpions and he made news this week when he revealed the German rocker's new album plans.
Dee reportedly made the revelations during an appearance at a news conference for the Hall Of Heavy Metal History induction ceremony, according to Metal Talk.
They report that Dee said that the band, which he says is currently taking a break, has started work on the new effort with an eye towards releasing it in early 2018. Read the report here.
Judas Priest Stream Live 'Locked In' From Turbo Reissue
Judas Priest are streaming a live recording of "Locked In" as a preview to the February 3 release of an expanded 30th anniversary reissue of their 1986 album, "Turbo."
The second single from the veteran UK band's tenth studio record can be heard in a recording of a May 1986 concert at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO that is featured in the updated set, which also includes a remastered version of the original album.
"Turbo" peaked at No. 17 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 1 million in the country. "The 80's is considered to have been the best decade for heavy metal," says the band. "Judas Priest roared through it and at the half way point went into unchartered territory with 'Turbo'. Always believing that metal should have no boundaries, Priest challenged themselves taking on board new technical inventions to create fresh ideas and push their sound forward. The combined songs show another side of Priest's range of creativity that captures a theme and energy infused with the over the top sensibilities of that era.
"The 'Fuel For Life' tour certainly encapsulated the decadence of the times! 'Turbo' remastered and accompanied by a pedal to the metal live recording from Kansas reveals Priest on high octane - Raising fists and devil horns to the next level."
The expanded 30th anniversary reissue will be available as a 3CD set, LP and via digital download. Stream the song here.
Ringo Starr Giving Away Song 'Now The Time Has Come'
Ringo Starr's song "Now the Time Has Come" was recorded in conjunction with the International Day of Peace and released in September. Today (Jan 20th) the song will become available for free download.
The song was written by Starr and produced by Bruce Sugar. So far, we've heard two versions: The first is a collaboration with Richard Page, Colin Hay and Billy Valentine, while the other features Fonseca.
In the spirit of the International Day of Peace, the song aims to celebrate "commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples," Starr said in a statement. Read more here.
Jack Russell's Great White Release 'Sign Of The Times' Video
Jack Russell's Great White have released a new music video for the track "Sign Of The Times." The song comes from their forthcoming album "He Saw It Comin'".
The band's namesake had the following to say about the inspiration for the new song, "I got the idea for 'Sign Of The Times' while sitting at an airport waiting for a plane.
"I was looking around people watching and after a few minutes it came to me that almost everyone was staring into their device of choice. I felt sad for humanity and it's loss of conversation."
The new album is set to be released next Friday, January 27th. The new "Sign Of The Times" clip can be streamed online here.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington Reveals His Go To Guitar
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington recently talked about his go-to guitar for Take It on Faith, the collaborative album he made last year with his wife, singer Dale Krantz. Although Rossington took an array of guitars into the studio, ultimately he settled on his trusty Les Pauls.
"I always use Les Pauls," he explained, speaking with Premier Guitar. "With Skynyrd, I always used my '59 Les Paul the whole time until 1977. I just use reissue Les Paul Standards now. They're still old and good."
Asked to describe the "perfect Les Paul," Rossington held firm to his love of the Les Paul Standard. "To me, it's [that guitar]," he said. "Humbucking pickups are great. I love the warm tones that you can get…. I always liked Gibson-really because of Keith Richards and Brian Jones. Way back when I was learning to play, they had Les Pauls. I saw them on 'The Red Skelton Show' and I just fell in love with that guitar." Read more here.
IRON MAIDEN “THE BOOK OF SOULS” TOUR RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA IN 2017!
25 SHOWS ANNOUNCED FOR THE U.S.A AND CANADA
LOS ANGELES, CA - January 19, 2017 - IRON MAIDEN’s hugely successful The Book Of Souls World Tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in summer 2017. The mammoth tour opened in Florida last February playing fourteen sold-out shows in the U.S.A and Canada along with a further 58 concerts in 34 other countries around the globe.
First night reviews from Ft Lauderdale called it “…a full-throttle, devil-may-care performance that thrilled a sold-out BB&T Center” (Sun Sentinel) with Revolver magazine reporting how the band’s legendary mascot Eddie dominated the Maya-themed stage: “From a walking zombie towering over band members during the set, to being featured on a host of back-drops and huge blow-up figures – the quintessential symbol was omnipresent for the entire show” including Eddie having his heart literally ripped out of his chest and hurled into the crowd by singer Bruce Dickinson!
The full list of dates:
JUN 03 BRISTOW, VA JIFFY LUBE LIVE
JUN 04 PHILADELPHIA, PA WELLS FARGO CENTER
JUN 07 NEWARK, NJ PRUDENTIAL CENTER
JUN 09 CHARLOTTE, NC PNC MUSIC PAVILION
JUN 11 TAMPA, FL AMALIE ARENA
JUN 13 NASHVILLE, TN BRIDGESTONE ARENA
JUN 15 CHICAGO, IL HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
JUN 16 MINNEAPOLIS, MN XCEL ENERGY CENTER
JUN 19 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK CHESAPEAKE ARENA
JUN 21 HOUSTON, TX TOYOTA CENTER
JUN 23 DALLAS, TX AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER
JUN 24 SAN ANTONIO, TX AT&T CENTER
JUN 27 ALBUQUERQUE, NM ISLETA AMPHITHEATER
JUN 28 PHOENIX, AZ TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA
JUL 01 SAN BERNARDINO, CA SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATER*
JUL 03 LAS VEGAS, NV T-MOBILE ARENA
JUL 05 OAKLAND, CA ORACLE ARENA
JUL 07 SALT LAKE CITY, UT USANA AMPHITHEATER
JUL 09 LINCOLN, NE PINNACLE BANK ARENA
JUL 11 KANSAS CITY, MO SPRINT CENTER
JUL 12 ST LOUIS, MO HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
JUL 15 TORONTO, CANADA BUDWEISER STAGE
JUL 16 QUEBEC CITY, CANADA VIDEOTRON CENTRE
JUL 19 MANSFIELD, MA XFINITY CENTER
JUL 21 BROOKLYN, NY BARCLAYS CENTER
Steve Harris commented; “We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the UK as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn’t have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible!
So this year we’re able to reach many more cities in America, including a return to places Maiden haven’t played for many, many years like Lincoln Nebraska, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Oakland California. We also welcome playing in Brooklyn for the first time.
We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There’s been a great reaction from everyone to this tour’s theme, people really seem to love it. We’re still deciding on the final set-list and we’ll work that out once we get into rehearsals. Most of our North American fans haven’t seen the show yet so as we want to give them the same Book Of Souls live experience that we took around the world, it’s unlikely we’ll change much. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, so we will continue to do that!”
Tickets start going on-sale Friday, January 27 – check www.ironmaiden.com for market specific info. As usual, there will be an exclusive pre-sale for IRON MAIDEN Fan Club members, details of which can also be found on www.ironmaiden.com along with information on how Fan Club members can participate in the draw to be “First To The Barrier.”
IRON MAIDEN are delighted to welcome Ghost http://ghost-official.com/ as their Special Guests for the North American leg of The Book Of Souls World Tour.
*There will also be some further bands added to the show at San Bernardino.
After great feedback to last year’s North American trial of the concept, Maiden fans will again be able to enjoy a TROOPER VIP Upgrade package that will allow them early access to the venue, a pile of TROOPER goodies and MAIDEN swag, TROOPER beers, food and a designated area to meet with other fans, plus the opportunity to win some great prizes. The upgrade packages are available at US$199 from www.troopervip.com. The concert ticket must be purchased separately.
For the 2017 shows Maiden will once again, in conjunction with the Promoters, be implementing a partial paperless ticketing system in as many venues as possible, which they have been successfully doing since 2010 and has worked well in lessening the ticketing scalping and drain of the prime tickets into the Secondary Ticketing sites.
The Book Of Souls is Maiden’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No. 1 spot in over 40 countries around the world and No. 4 in the U.S.A.
Bob Seger Giving Away Glenn Frey Tribute Song
The first anniversary of the death of Eagles icon Glenn Frey was marked by his friend and fellow music legend Bob Seger with the release of a free tribute song.
Seger recorded the new track called "Glenn Song" at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville last year and made it available as free download on his website on Wednesday, the anniversary of Frey's passing last year at the age of 67.
"I think it was take one or two," Seger said of the recording in an interview. "It was the first song we did that day. I said to the drummer, 'Hit it hard even though it's a ballad and that's a little incongruous.' I wanted a ballad with a heavy beat because that's the way I remember Glenn."
The Detroit hitmaker also reflected on his long friendship with Frey, recalling the following memory from 1967 when they first heard an iconic album from Jimi Hendrix, "When You Experiencedcame out, we bought it and took it to Glenn's parents house in Royal Oak. We went up to his room and played it. We looked at each other at the end like, 'Oh my God, we're out of a job.'" Download the song here.
Guns N' Roses Reunion Wasn't Motivated By Money
Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus says that the rekindling of the friendship between Axl Rose and Slash and subsequent return to the band for the latter had nothing to do with money.
The stadium tours with the current line-up of Guns N' Roses with Slash and Duff back with frontman Axl Rose are reportedly raking in in excess of $5.5m per show.
But speaking to Guy 'Favazz' Favazza of the St. Louis, Missouri radio station KSHE, Fortus shot down suggestions the reunion was fuelled by dollar signs.
"No. Axl has been going on on time for years before [the reunion]," said Fortus. "It's been great. Is money the motivating factor for him? Absolutely not. I've never seen that guy motivated by money, as long as I've known him. Otherwise, this reunion would have happened a long time ago."
"Honestly, I don't think money was a motivating factor for anybody, other than the stars just seemed to align. We didn't have a bass player, we didn't have a guitar player. Really, that's how it sort of happened." Read more here.
U2 Add Dates To The Joshua Tree Anniversary Tour
U2's The Joshua Tree Anniversary Tour just got bigger with the band announcing that they have added new shows to the North American leg of the trek.
The initial dates met with high demand for tickets so the group announced that they have added three new U.S. concerts: May 21st at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, June 29th at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, and June 4th at Soldier Field in Chicago.
This news comes following U2 selling out their entire UK and European stadium tour in one day and them adding new shows in London, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam to meet demand.
The tour will feature the band playing the iconic "The Joshua Tree" album in full. Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale next Monday, January 23rd.
Video From Black Sabbath's Final German Concert Goes Online
Black Sabbath launched the final series of nine farewell shows with their last concert in Germany on January 17th, and video from the show has surfaced online.
The 15-song set of classic 1970s tracks at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne opened, as usual, with the title track to the band's groundbreaking, self-titled 1970 debut and ended with the signature song, "Paranoid."
The reunited trio of Ozzy Osbourne. Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will now head to Ireland for a January 20 gig, followed by UK appearances in Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and London before wrapping up with two shows at the Genting Arena in their hometown of Birmingham. Watch the video here.
Metallica Rock Classic Song With Lang Lang
Metallica were joined by Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang for a performance of their 1989 single, "One", during their show at LeSports Center in Beijing on January 18 and video from the event is available online.
The pairing previously delivered the "...And Justice For All" track at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in early 2014, which the band recently referred to as "one of the most creative, unique performances of our career."
The Beijing show was the group's second date in China this week as Metallica resumed their WorldWired tour in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct." Watch the performance here.
Paul McCartney Reportedly Suing Over Beatles Songs
Paul McCartney is reportedly suing publisher Sony ATV over ownership of The Beatles' catalog, according to a new report from the celebrity gossip site TMZ.
Sony ATV agreed to buy out the remaining 50% interest in the catalog from Michael Jackson's estate in spring of last year for $750 millions dollars. However, based on U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 writers have the ability to reclaim the publisher's cut of their songs after 56 years (if the song was written before 1978) and 35 years (for songs written in or after 1978).
The first pieces of McCartney's Beatles catalog will turn 56 in 2018.According to the new report, McCartney expects his rights returned to him by that time, and is taking legal action to ensure that is the case after receiving the "run around" from Sony. Read more here.
Brian May Announces Queen In 3-D Photo Book
Queen guitarist Brian May has announced that he will publish "Queen In 3-D" on May 25. "Queen In 3-D" marks the first time the band's history has ever been documented in 3-D, with never-before-seen images from May's personal collection providing a uniquely intimate view of the legendary group.
"Finally! After 3 years of building, our very first LSC (London Stereoscopic Company) book of 21st century photography is almost ready to be sent off to the printers," explains May. "And the photographer is me, and the pictures are of a rock group that began to work on making a vision come true around 1970.
"Queen In 3-D! Off stage, on stage - on tour, off tour - in the studio, in the snow, in the sunshine, in the rain - in the pink and in the blue. But always in depth! Stereoscopic memories, and my own personal recollections that go with them.
"This should reach a bookstore near you around the end of May," he adds. "It will have an OWL viewer included of course… in a special secret exclusive new colour! The gnomes are on it!" Read more and watch the trailer here.
KISS Won't Make New Albums Due To Filesharing
Gene Simmons says illegal file sharing and downloading is the reason KISS are reluctant to record a new record insisting the band are not a charity and he has no interest in making a new record unless there is 'a financial model that works' for them.
The KISS mainman was speaking on The SDR Show and when questioned as to what keeps the band recording new music after four decades in the industry he responded.
"That's less of an incentive, because downloading and file sharing. People have convinced themselves they don't wanna pay for stuff," he said. "And last time I checked, KISS is not a charity. We're philanthropic, but I'll be the one that decides how much I give and where. I don't want some college kid to decide, 'You have enough money. I don't wanna pay for your record.' Okay, then go download and Radiohead record and see what happ… No, I ain't about that."
He added: "Make a distinction between commerce and philanthropy. So the idea of doing another Kiss record, unless and if there's a financial model that works, personally I'm not interested in it." Read more here.
Allman Brothers Band’s “…Peach” Bittersweet
Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts Discuss Death Of Duane Allman & Eat A Peach
Dallas, TX January 18, 2017 - North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands remembers The Allman Brothers Band’s first million seller album, Eat a Peach, on its 45th anniversary, a triumph marred by tragedy. The Allman Brothers Band were arguably the most influential American band in the first half of the Seventies, ushering in a generation of great Southern rock music, but not without suffering a massive personal and professional loss during the recording of 1972‘s Eat A Peach album.
Older namesake sibling Duane Allman was already a veteran studio player on hit sessions at Muscle Shoals Studio. Duane was the American slide guitarist who traded lick for lick with the great Eric Clapton as Derek & the Dominoes on the legendary Layla album. Again, it was Duane Allman who formed and led the Allman Brothers Band and behind them an entire new Southern Rock movement. But midway through the recording of what would become Eat a Peach, Duane died riding his beloved motorcycle.
Yet with almost superhuman resolve, singer / songwriter / organist Gregg Allman and the rest of the original group would not only continue, but reach even greater heights, eventually inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In this interview marking the forty-fifth anniversary of this bittersweet album, Gregg Allman and ex-guitarist Dickey Betts reveal how the music sustained the brotherhood.
“The music was always kickass from the very start. That was a real constant thing in our lives. Without the music, if the music hadn’t been the way it was, then the brotherhood wouldn’t have been the way it was, and the whole thing would have collapsed a long time ago.” - Gregg Allman
“People really appreciated watching you do a lot of improv and watching you put yourself out on a limb...and put the music back together right there on stage... We enjoyed it as much as anyone did.” - Dickey Betts
The Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach @ 45/ InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/allman-brothers-band-eat-a-peach-anniversary-interview-with-gregg-allman/
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Grim Reaper Frontman Has Part Of His Leg Amputated
Grim Reaper frontman Steve Grimmett has had part of his leg amputated as he battles a serious infection, according to posts made by his wife Millie on social media.
Grimmett was hospitalized following a Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper concert in Guayaquil, Ecuador on Saturday night (January 14th). His wife posted the following initial message on the band's Facebook page, "As many of you know steve was taken Ill at Saturday nights gig and he sung most of it sitting down.
"After the show Steve was taken to hospital where he had an operation to remove an infection from his foot and bones. He is still in hospital in Guayaquil but this is all I know right now. Once I have more information I will let you know. Thank you for all your support and kind words. It means a lot."
Unfortunately, she revealed in a later update that the surgery did not work and he had to have part of his leg amputated. She wrote Tuesday, "unfortunately the operation didn't work and steve is currently in the operating theatre having limbs removed.
"We don't know how much of the leg will need to be removed but Steve is very very ill. He has an aggressive infection that spread very quickly over night.
"I am sorry to say the rest of the tour has been cancelled. I am hoping to fly out myself soon and stay with steve until he is ready to come home so I may meet some of you then. But don't worry, the voice WILL be back.
Love and hugs. Millie." Visit the band's Facebook for further updates here
Aerosmith and Los Lobos Stars Join Experience Hendrix Tour
The 2017 Experience Hendrix Tour just added more star power with the announcement that Aerosmith's Brad Whitford and David Hidalgo And Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos will be joining a few of the stops of this year's installment of the annual tribute tour.
They will be joining the lineup for select dates on the trek which will also include Buddy Guy, Black Label Society and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Keb' Mo', Doyle Bramhall II, Ana Popovic, The Slide Brothers, Mato Nanji from Indigenous, Beth Hart, and Jimi Hendrix Experience/Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox.
Brad Whitford will be taking part at the stops in Jackson (MS), Houston and San Antonio. He had this to say about his previous experience on the tour "It's such a wonderful atmosphere. Sometimes we'd get on the bus and travel at night and we're watching old Hendrix videos. It just doesn't stop. It's a great group of people."
Whitford added this about his appreciation for Jimi Hendrix. "He had a really deep understanding and knowledge of blues. I don't know where it came from. We all try and cop that feel. We can't quite nail it, but it sure is fun to try and emulate some of what he did. There are a lot of good lessons in that."
Los Lobos vocalist/guitarists David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas are scheduled to perform at the shows between March 9th-11th. The tour is set to kick off on February 17th in Portland, OR at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and will finish on March 26th in Prior Lake, MN at the Mystic Showroom.
2017 Experience Hendrix Tour Dates:
02/17 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
02/18 Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Resort & Casino
02/19 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
02/20 Eugene, OR - Hult Center for the Performing Arts
02/22 Davis, CA - Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
02/23 Santa Rosa, CA - Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts
02/24 Oakland, CA - The Fox Theater
02/25 Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
02/28 Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center
03/1 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
03/3 Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
03/4 Valley Center, CA - Events Center at Harrah's Resort Southern California
03/6 Salt Lake City, UT - Eccles Theater
03/7 Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
03/9 Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
03/10 Jackson, MS - Thalia Mara Hall
03/11 Houston, TX - Revention Music Center
03/12 San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre
03/15 New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
03/16 Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
03/17 Tulsa, OK - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
03/18 St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
03/19 Louisville, KY - The Louisville Palace
03/21 Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
03/22 Indianapolis, IN - Old National Centre
03/23 Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
03/24 Milwaukee, WI - The Riverside Theater
03/25 Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre
03/26 Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Showroom at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Metallica's Hetfield Sees No Reason For Bad Blood With Mustaine
Metallica frontman James Hetfield says there is no reason for any ill feeling to remain between him and former bandmate and Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine.
Mustaine was famously kicked out of Metallica in the early 1980's but Hetfield insists it is all ancient history with each man making their own journey to the point in their lives where they sit today.
"There's no reason [for things] to not be good [between us]" he said. "At this point, we've all freakin' fell off the wagon, we've all gone into the ditch, we've all gotten back on track, we've all learned from our stuff. And at the end of the day, it's just journeys - everyone is doing a different journey - and why would you hold a grudge with someone or vice versa?"
In an interview with WTF with Marc Maron podcast Hetfield explained the catalyst for the historic 'Big 4' shows the band took part in alongside fellow thrash legends Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. "It really started [when Metallica was inducted into] the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame [in 2009]," he commented.
"Getting nostalgic and thinking, 'My God, look at all the people that have helped us along the way, and look who are still around. Let's say 'thank you' to them.' And so the 'Big Four' was kind of that thing. We're all still playing after thirty… whatever it was… thirty-two years. "Let's go do a gig together. I mean, why shouldn't we?" Read more here.
Black Sabbath Members Curate New 31-Track Release
As Black Sabbath approach the final show of their farewell tour on February 4th in their hometown of Birmingham, a new compilation from the metal legends will be hitting stores.
Rhino has announced that they will be releasing "The Ultimate Collection" on February 3rd, which will feature 31 classic tracks and was curated by the band members.
The compilation will be released in standard 2-CD and digital formats as well as a limited edition "Crucifold" 4-LP heavyweight vinyl version that will be housed in a case in the shape of a cross.
The tracks on the release were remastered by renowned engineer Andy Pearce (Motorhead, Deep Purple, Lou Reed, Iggy & The Stooges).
2. Never Say Die
3. Iron Man
4. Black Sabbath
5. Children Of The Grave
6. Fairies Wear Boots
8. Rat Salad
9. Sweet Leaf
10. War Pigs
11. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
12. Hole In The Sky
13. Symptom Of The Universe
1. Dirty Women
2. Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me
3. A Hard Road
4. Lord Of This World
5. Into The Void
6. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
8. Tomorrow's Dream
9. The Wizard
11. Electric Funeral
13. Killing Yourself To Live
14. Am I Going Insane
15. Wicked World
16. It's Alright
George Harrison Vinyl Box Set Announced
Late Beatles legend George Harrison's complete catalog of solo albums will be released in a new box set, "The Vinyl Collection", on February 24.
In sync with the late Beatle guitarist's 74th birthday the next day, the package includes all twelve of Harrison's studio albums - from 1968's "Wonderwall Music" to 2002's "Brainwashed" - complete with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork.
The project also delivers the 2LP "Live In Japan", as well as two 12" single picture discs from 1987's "Cloud Nine" - "When We Was Fab" and "Got My Mind Set On You."
Material for the catalog reissue has been newly-remastered from the original master tapes and pressed onto 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. The individual albums from the collection will also be available separately, with "All Things Must Pass" as a limited-edition title. Read more here.
Rolling Stones Documentary Coming To TV Next Month
Cable and satellite network AXS TV have announced that they will be broadcasting the Rolling Stones documentary "Crossfire Hurricane" on February 14th at 9pm E/6pm P.
The film, helmed by Brett Morgen, examines the legendary rock group's first twenty years from 1962 to 1981 and features exclusive interviews with past and present members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood, and Bill Wyman.
The movie was originally released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2013 and is available here. The synopsis reads: "Taking its title from a lyric in Jumpin' Jack Flash, Crossfire Hurricane gives the viewer an intimate insight into exactly what it's like to be part of The Rolling Stones as they overcome denunciation, drugs, dissensions and death to become the definitive survivors.
"Over a year in the making and produced with the full co-operation and involvement of The Rolling Stones, Crossfire Hurricane is and will remain the definitive story of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band."
AXS TV's Michele M. Dix had this to say, "Over the last 50 years, few bands have been as important and influential as The Rolling Stones. Crossfire Hurricane provides a fascinating glimpse at one of their most defining periods, giving viewers a unique opportunity to hear these incredible stories from the band, themselves."
Corey Taylor Wants Full Guns N' Roses Reunion?
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor nailed his musical colors to the mast last week with an Instagram post showing his love for the classic line-up of Guns N' Roses.
A posted on his Instgram showed Taylor sipping from a coffee mug with the names of each of the classic line-up across the front. The reunited Guns N' Roses line-up, currently touring the wildly successful 'Not In This Lifetime' tour, has seen Slash and Duff McKagan reunite with frontman Axl Rose for the first time in more than 20-years.
Classic-era drummer Steven Adler has made a couple of guest appearances on the sticks but is not a fully-fledged member of the band while classic-era rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin has not been involved at all. See the photo here.
Lita Ford, Orianthi, Nita Strauss Lead She Rocks Album Lineup
Lita Ford, Orianthi, Nita Strauss are among some of leading women of rock featured on the new compilation "She Rocks, Vol. 1" which is being released by Steve Vai's Favored Nations.
The album is set to be released digitally this Friday, January 20th, and coincides with the "She Rocks Awards" the same day in Anaheim, CA during the annual NAMM Convention.
A physical release of the album will follow on February 4th. The compilation was produced by former Guitar World editor Brad Tolinski and executive produced by Vai.
She Rocks, Vol. 1 Tracklist:
1. Orianthi - "Transmogrify"
2. Yasi Hofer - "Cosmic Stars"
3. Kat Dyson - "U Know What I Like"
4. Sarah Longfield - "The Taxi Time Travel Task Force"
5. Lita Ford w/Lez Zeppelin - "The Lemon Song"
6. Jennifer Batten - "In the Aftermath"
7. Nita Strauss - "Pandemonium"
8. Steph Paynes - "The Sun at Her Eastern Gate"
9. Nili Brosh - "A Matter of Perception"
10. Gretchen Menn - "Scrap Metal"
11. Yvette Young - "Hydra"
OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS, KORN ROB ZOMBIE, SLAYER, GODSMACK, STONE SOUR LEAD AN ALL-STAR LINEUP OF ROCK’S TOP ARTISTS AT SECOND ANNUAL CHICAGO OPEN AIR FRIDAY, JULY 14, SATURDAY, JULY 15 ND SUNDAY, JULY 16 AT TOYOTA PARK IN BRIDGEVIEW, IL
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 20
The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup of rock’s top artists on Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature over 40 performances, including legendary rock artists Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.
Check out the official Chicago Open Air video announcement here: https://youtu.be/ZzwjaxF9jYI.
Tickets for Chicago Open Air go on sale Friday, January 20 at Noon CT at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.
In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air’s celebration of everything loud will also include Gourmet Man Food featuring local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin. The weekend gets started with The Chicago Open Air Kick Off Fiesta (details to be announced in February) and the official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party at Concord Music Hall on Thursday, July 13.
The daily band lineup (subject to change) is as follows:
Friday, July 14: KISS, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Vimic, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crobot, Code Orange, Hell or Highwater, Failure Anthem
Saturday, July 15: Korn, Godsmack, Seether, Clutch, Steel Panther, Body Count, Avatar, Mushroomhead, Metal Church, Pig Destroyer, Dragonforce, Cane Hill, Night Verses, Black Map
Sunday, July 16: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Stone Sour, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Hellyeah, Demon Hunter, DevilDriver, KYNG, Norma Jean, Whores., DED
Danny Wimmer, Founder of Danny Wimmer Presents said, "Walking through the site last year, I saw people from all over the world. Different ages, different races – people celebrating rock culture. When curating the 2017 version of Chicago Open Air, we wanted to find that balance for everyone who attends the festival. From iconic artists like Ozzy, KISS, Korn and Slayer to Rob Zombie, Godsmack and Stone Sour to Amon Amarth, Meshuggah and Behemoth. If you are a rock fan, this is a must see experience.”
"Rock is clearly alive and well in Chicagoland, and year two of Chicago Open Air promises to build on where we left off in creating one of America’s best destination hard rock festivals," said Jason Wright, Live Nation's Midwest President.
Tickets are priced as follows:
3-day General Admission Field: starting at $209.50
3-day General Admission Bowl: starting at $119.50
3-day VIP: starting at $425.00
Single Day General Admission Bowl: starting at $50.00
All VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into the event, access to a VIP lounge area featuring dedicated food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), field and stadium level viewing areas of the main stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a commemorative Chicago Open Air VIP-only laminate.
No Service Fee tickets will be available at the Chicago Open Air Official Pop-Up Party at Kuma’s Corner downtown (666 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago) on Friday, January 20, starting at Noon. In addition, all three Chicago-area Kuma’s locations (http://www.kumascorner.com/locations.html) will be selling No Service Fee tickets and exclusive Chicago Open Air / Kuma’s merchandise.
Discounted hotel rates are also available through Curadora. Visit www.ChicagoOpenAir.com for details.
Here’s a preliminary list of Chicago Open Air special events, Gourmet Man Food and craft beer partners, as well as onsite experiences and nonprofit organizations with a presence at Chicago Open Air:
Chicago Open Air Kick Off Fiesta, hosted by Jose Mangin: Kick off the Chicago Open Air weekend with this fiesta. This intimate dinner will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal DJ Jose Mangin. The menu and more information will be announced in the coming weeks.
Chicago Open Air Official Pre-Party & After-Show Events: The official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party will be held at Concord Music Hall on Thursday, July 13. Bands and more details will be announced soon. In addition, official after-show events will be held at Double Door on Friday, The Metro on Saturday, and the official afterparty will be at House of Blues in Chicago on Sunday.
Gourmet Man Food: The initial Gourmet Man Food lineup includes selections from Chicago favorites such as: Bruges Brothers, Chicago Doghouse, Crème of the Crop, Dia De Los Tamales, Dinky’s Donuts, Kuma’s Corner, Pizano’s (Chicago deep dish), and Yum Dum. Additional Gourmet Man Food vendors from around the country will include: Aporkalypse Now, BBD’s Restaurant, Ben’s Burrito Bowl, Cheeze Louise, Cravin’ Cajun, Master of Patties, Ollie’s Tots, Pie Baby (wood-fired pizza), Sweet Pete’s, and The Big Cheesy.
Headbangers Bier Hall: This unique METAL themed dive bar is returning to Chicago Open Air. Headbangers Bier Hall will feature national and regional craft beers and artist inspired beverages including: Goose Island (Chicago – 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Four Star Pils), Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago – Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Vallejo IPA, Pony Pilsner), Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer, Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA – IPA, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’), Motörhead Wine, Revolution Brewing (Chicago – Fist City, Rev Pils), Surly (Minneapolis – Surly Hell Lager, Surly Furious IPA), Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago – Sidekick Extra Pale Ale, Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager), and more to be announced. Look for unique experiences throughout the weekend.
Monster Energy Experience: Fueling the festival experience with energy, the Monster Energy Experience offers free Monster drink samples and artist signings. Stop by the Monster Energy Experience and get energized for Chicago Open Air!
Kuma’s Corner: Kuma’s Corner will be returning to serve their signature metal themed burgers.
The Music Experience: The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards, and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. After laying your hands on the hottest equipment available, you will walk away feeling like a rock star and you may even see one there, too! Come and meet your favorite band members from the festival at the Music Experience Tent. You can win free amps, free guitars and get tons of other free stuff, as well.
FYE Fan Experience: FYE will be hosting the ultimate fan and artist interactive experiences throughout the festival! FYE is the only place at the festival to get your favorite band’s music, and maybe even get to meet your favorite Chicago Open Air performer!
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Guns N' Roses Mom Releasing 'Tell All' Book
'Sweet Child Of Mine: How I Lost My Son to Guns N' Roses' was penned by Deanna Adler, the mother of classic-era Guns N 'Roses drummer Steven Adler and it will be released on January 24 via Monarch Publishing.
In the book Deanna peels the lid back on life from her perspective as her son descended into drug addiction whilst one of the five foundation stones of the greatest rock n' roll band in history.
Deanna gives an honest look at the pain and suffering caused by the abuse, which became self-destructive. A gripping display of the dangers of drug addiction overcome by the persistence of a mother's love
The book promises to take readers on a rollercoaster of emotions from the highs of being a key member of Guns N' Roses to the lows of legal battles, financial ruin, two heart attacks, multiple suicide attempts, a debilitating stroke, and numerous stints in rehab.
Steven Adler has not rejoined his old band mates for their partial reunion tour although he has been invited to make guest appearances. He rejoined the band on November 5, 2016 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina to perform one song: "My Michelle". The previous night, Adler played "Out Ta Get Me" with the group at the same venue. Read more here.
Skid Row Making New Album, Confirm New Singer
Skid Row's Rachel Bolan told fans at a recent concert that they have officially hired ZP Theart as their official singer and they plan to soon begin recording a new album with the vocalist.
The band recruited the former DragonForce singer at the end of 2015 to replace Tony Harnell (TNT), who was in the band briefly following the departure of longtime frontman Johnny Solinger.
Footage from a recent concert in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has surfaced online where Bolan made the following comments to fans, "I wanna make this announcement finally formal. He's been with us for a year, our new lead singer, ZP Theart.
"We're going in the studio soon to make a new record. We love this guy. He just lives too far away. We've gotta get him to move to the States, but that's coming down the road." Watch the clip here.
Metallica Release Videos For Live Debut Of Two New Songs
Metallica have released official live footage of the debut performances of the "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" tracks, "Halo On Fire" and "Now That We're Dead", from a show at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea on January 11.
The two new tracks that made their first appearance in the band's live set during their first show of 2017. "'Halo On Fire', there's a juxtaposition in all of us, good, evil, and when does that come out, when does it show itself?," explained James Hetfield to the band's fan-club magazine So What! "Some people portray themselves as real saints, and the more their darkness is, the more they have to portray themselves as saints. So you're basically getting away from the real 'you,' like you're making up for all of this stuff that you think is really bad.
"I think also… what was that one show? 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'? I never saw it, but I saw some highlights of it where it was like, 'Oh, this guy is well accomplished and look at this guy.' And then he's got this basement of torture and horror all for his pleasure, and people were falling for it and wanting it. And then at the end of the day, they both bleed. It's not good for anybody." Watch that clip here and the "Now That We're Dead" here.
Steely Dan Announce Las Vegas Residency
Fusion rock icons Steely Dan have announced that they will launching a Las Vegas residency called 'Reelin' In The Chips' this spring at The Venetian Las Vegas's The Opaline Theatre.
The special run of shows will include nine 'Reelin' In The Chips' concerts beginning on April 12th and wrapping up on the 29th with American Express presale beginning today, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. PT through Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. PT. General public tickets will be available on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m.
Steely Dan's Donald Fagen and Walter Becker will be backed by Jon Herington (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), Freddie Washington (bass), Jim Beard (keyboards), a four-piece horn section and three backup vocalists, according to the announcement.
Zakk Wylde Releases 'Lost Prayer' Music Video
Black Label Society frontman and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde has released a new music video for the track "Lost Prayer", a song from his "Book of Shadows II" solo album.
The new clip was directed by Wylde's long-time collaborator Justin Reich and follows the promo clip for "Sleeping Dogs", which featured Slipknot / Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. Watch the new visual here.
Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Making Duets Album
Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie reported that the band was back in the studio last year, but due to Stevie Nicks' busy schedule things didn't get as far as everyone hoped.
In the meantime, McVie and Lindsey Buckingham have decided to switch gears and record their first ever duets album together. The pair, along with drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, have been working at Village Studios in West Lost Angeles, where Fleetwood Mac recorded Tusk in 1979. Their new album, tentatively titled Buckingham McVie, will arrive in May.
Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, McVie discussed the creative spark she felt after reconnecting with Buckingham. "We've always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we've done between us," she said. The two wrote "World Turning" from 1975's Fleetwood Mac together, as well as a handful of songs from 1987's Tango in the Night ("Mystified," "Isn't It Midnight" and "You and I, Part II"). Read more here.
JOHN LYDON TO RELEASE 'MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK' --CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF SONGWRITING ACROSS THE SEX PISTOLS AND PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL)--MARCH 31, 2017
In celebration of 40 years of songwriting across both the SEX PISTOLS and PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) eras, JOHN LYDON is delighted to announce the personal and truly exclusive publication of MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK. Due out March 31, 2017 and limited to 1000 copies, MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK is available to pre-order now via: https://mrrottenssongbook.concertlive.com. ***See the Q&A with JOHN LYDON below.
Presented in glorious, luxury large format (370x290mm portrait), MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK features never before seen artwork as well as annotated song lyric sheets spanning LYDON's entire career all written in his own hand. As the book unfolds, each album is featured with an exclusive introduction to the songs from JOHN as well as the original cover and hand-drawn artwork from LYDON to beautifully bind the lyrics to their meanings. MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK gives fresh insight into the purpose behind the words that have shaped over four decades of his songwriting career. Every one of the book's three-hundred, handcrafted pages reflect JOHN working night and day over the final six months of 2016. Each book is hand signed by the man himself and individually numbered.
MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK: Cover and original artwork by John Lydon. Photo link: http://msopr.com/files/mr_rottens_songbook.jpg
Always outspoken, controversial and sincere, JOHN LYDON, formerly Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and then lead singer in Public Image Ltd (PiL), John Lydon has secured a prime position as one of the most recognizable icons in the annals of music history. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols--the world's most notorious band--who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles such as 'Anarchy in the UK' and 'God Save the Queen.' So revolutionary was his influence, he was even discussed in the Houses of Parliament, under the Traitors and Treasons Act, which still carries the death penalty. Via his music and invective, he spearheaded a generation of young people across the world who were clamoring for change--and found it in the style and attitude of this most unlikely figurehead. With his next band, Public Image Ltd (PiL), Lydon expressed an equally urgent impulse in his make-up--the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978, he set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive in the 2010s. He also found time to collaborate on new dance records with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield. From his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents who grew up in post-war London, to his present status as a vibrant, alternative national hero, Lydon has remained a compelling and dynamic figure--both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, yet always heartfelt and honest statements, as a cultural commentator.
Q&A with JOHN LYDON:
What led to the creation of MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK?
I've written many songs over the years and I've always wanted to combine it all in one picturesque way. When I write songs, I think in pictures so it's the most appropriate thing I could do and looking at all the images together led to MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK.
In your recent biography, Anger Is An Energy, you mention that "words count" versus just "throwing around bricks as the voice of rebellion." Can you talk about this a bit?
Comedy is the root to the truth. If you take a thing too seriously, you kind of miss the point of what human nature really is. It's a hilarious romp through existence. You can learn a lot, firstly, by learning to laugh at yourself. Only then, can you begin to laugh at others and this is why when I draw and paint, I like to do it a cartoon-y way because I think it opens up the personality of the entire event--rather than some serious still-life which says nothing and gets us no-where...
Is there any piece of artwork in the book that is standing out to you or surprised you?
On most of the pieces, I don't sit down with a specific idea other than the actual songs. I'm quite amazed at what comes out of me. But the character on the front of the book, he's the biggest surprise of all because I was thinking how can I encapsulate what this book is supposed to unravel to the reader? That character just appeared on the page. I don't know what makes me draw these things.
What comes first? Art or music?
I just love drawing. I love the scratch of the pen on the page and the characters come out of that. To be fair to myself, that's what goes on in my head daily, all the time, 24/7. Every now and again, I manage to draw it onto paper. I use oils, pencil, and sometimes I just cut up bits of magazines and use different colors and blend them. Any medium suites me, but the more risky, the better and the more difficult the work involved, the more I enjoy it. This book was very hard to put together--getting the details to be absolutely perfect. Writing out the words, you might think that's easy. Bloody hell, if you don't know the song, no one does. When you're actually writing it, it's amazing how confused you could become inside your own songs. It's that Robin Williams in me that keeps going off into other subjects. I keep ping-pong ball around ideas and things ending up very, very confused. I had to learn how to focus which strangely enough I haven't done up until now. I gave myself the task and I had to stand by it.
Is the art process similar to writing songs?
Yes, but songwriting is a thought process that goes on for months, sometimes even years. Suddenly, while I'm drinking a cup of tea or eating baked beans, I'll just sit down and quickly write it out. It's almost like not thinking and it's like it's already been processed for me. Songwriting is like me explaining myself to me. I'm still in there as the confused little boy stuck in the hospital not knowing who he was from age 7 to 8. I didn't really know who I was until around 11 since all the memories returned very slowly. So there it is. While you're guessing who you are, this is what you're creating inside your head. I've been given a golden opportunity through music which I never planned on--it happened incidentally and that's when all the pieces started to fall into place. Now I'm looking at it at it like a big jigsaw puzzle of my life and slowly, but surely making it clear, not only to me but, to others. There's no evil intent in me at all...of course I could be lying.
What would you like people to take away from this book? Is there an overarching theme as a whole?
Well, if it's in the library, please don't take it away without returning it. I've been in the public spotlight since the 70s, that's a lot of pressure, but I've been able to cope with it and still maintain some kind of integrity. That's what I'm trying to get across here. You may be very confused, but as I say it's all little pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that I've haven't been able to put together myself, yet. But then again I don't know anyone who has walked into my life at any point absolutely picture-perfect. So I'm on the same trial as everybody else but I, at least, have found a way of expressing it.
Do you feel that writing songs comes easier than creating art?
No, it's just the same thing. Except, I'm very wary of the word "art" because the idea of interpreting thought into imagery has been corrupted so much. Even the title "Famous Artist" just comes on with some horrendous fake snobbery and institutional-ism. To put it simply, I look at the Sistine Chapel and wonder why they've all got little willies. Even the censorship in that is rampant, so everything is still being controlled and that's no good to any of us.
So art and music for you is the ultimate form of free expression?
Yeah, no boundaries, no rules, no regulations. Do as thy will because you're not doing any of it to hurt anybody. For me, a much more appropriate world would be one of complete open-mindedness. I don't care what language the man next to me uses. A clear message is what I want in life, transparency. I look into the thoughts behind the process, so I can write songs and now I discover that I can draw. I'm not making any issue out of it, but it's damn rewarding. I'll probably be publicly condemned.
What made you decide now is the right time to share the songbook?
Well, if you're gonna go to trial you might as well tell everyone! That would be the philosophy.
Metallica Plan 'Unique And Special' Grammy Performance
Metallica have announced that they will be making a "unique and special" performance at this year's Grammy Awards and they also revealed a very special guest will be joining them at their concert in Beijing this Wed. (Jan 18th).
The band had this to say about the Grammys appearance, "First, it was a total honor to be nominated, but now this?!!? We're beyond excited that we have been invited to perform on the 59th annual Grammy Awards telecast on Sunday, February 12, 2017.
"It's been three years since we were lucky enough to participate in the awards show when we last performed with world-renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang and we're thrilled to be asked back.
"We have something very unique and special planned for this celebratory night, so tune in to watch on CBS-TV... check those local listings for your timezone and keep watching here for more information."
Apart from the Grammys, Metallica also announced that they will once again be performing with Lang Lang. They say, "Three years ago we were honored to share the stage with world-renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang at the Grammy Awards as we performed 'One' together. It was one of the most creative, unique performances of our career," says Metallica.
"And we're thrilled to announce that Lang Lang will join us again, this time in Beijing on January 18, 2017 when we take over Le Sports Center for a sold-out stop on the first leg of the WorldWired tour this year. Having toured around the world himself, we're excited to collaborate with Lang Lang in his home country and are ready to kick off the new year with five shows in Asia... it's just the beginning of a full year of WorldWired, so we'll see you out there!" Watch the Grammy performance and rehearsal footage here.
Geoff Tate Insulted By Motley Crue Comparison
Being compared to Motley Crue was 'an insult' says former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate. Queensryche were often lumped in with a number of bands which broke through in the 80's including Motley Crue which Tate admits to taking exception to.
Speaking to The Irish Examiner he said: "When we started, genre wasn't really a thing in the business. Rock music was all encompassing. You had different bands doing different things and it was all totally fine.
"What happened was that the marketing mentality came into the business. They started breaking everything down and putting music in boxes. At that point, writers began placing us in the same box as Motley Crue. It wasn't about the music - it was a selling technique. To be compared to Motley Crue...? I took it as kind of an insult, frankly." Read more here.
Former Guns N' Roses Star Out Of Comfort Zone Without Duff
Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum admits being in a band without Duff McKagan was a big change after the pair spent 25-years as the rhythm section for a quartet of bands. With McKagan now back with Guns N' Roses for the partial band reunion, something Sorum has not been invited to take part in, the drummer is now fostering a bond with a new bassist in Kings of Chaos.
In an interview with Rob rush on the 94.3 Shark radio station, Sorum said: ""You know, I've got Robert DeLeo playing bass now [for Kings of Chaos], and we did the Hollywood Vampires together, and man, that guy is a musician. "And it's a great thing to get out of my comfort zone, because Duff McKagan was my bass player for 25 years. We did multiple bands together - Neurotic Outsiders and Velvet Revolver and Kings of Chaos and of course Guns N' Roses." He continued: "So it was good for me, because when you are a bass-player-[drummer] rhythm section, you create a bond and you kind of go through life with that guy, and I've always been his drummer and he's been my bass player.
"So when they went out there to do it [without me], I was, like, 'Oh, okay. Well, that's weird.' But it wasn't his decision, obviously. So I'm doing my thing, and I'm moving forward, and I get to run my own band which is great; I'm the boss. The only problem is everyone asks you questions all the time, so you've gotta be prepared for that, to be the boss of the band." Read more here.
Graham Bonnet Regrets Quitting Rainbow
Former Rainbow singer Graham Bonnet says in a new interview that he regrets his decision to leave the band and he blames what he now sees as a misstep on his ego.
Bonnet made the revelation during an interview with MetalTalk to discuss his new studio album "The Book". Asked if he regretted leaving Rainbow, he said, "Yeah, absolutely. Because I was probably a bit too… my ego was taking me somewhere else. I was a bit too cocky. But in the end, it worked out okay."
He was also asked if he had recorded vocals for the classic Rainbow song "I Surrender" and revealed, "I started to record it, yeah. I did some backing vocals and quit after the backing vocals were done, because we had nothing else. And I looked at Roger Glover, and I said, 'What else are you gonna do? I've done backing vocals. What else have you got?' 'We have nothing.' So I went back to L.A. And then they called me up a little bit later to say, 'We've got some more songs now.' I said, 'What's the point of me coming back now?' I said, 'I've decided to do something different.' [And they said] 'Well, look, if we get another singer in to do some of the songs you don't wanna do, we'll get somebody else to do those and you do what you wanna do, the songs you like.' And I said, 'No. That won't work - two singers.' So I just quit, believe it or not. What an idiot… I'm kicking myself now, because I should have stayed a bit longer. And I apologized for that to the band." Watch the full interview here.
Stephen Pearcy Downplays Bobby Blotzer's Role In Ratt
Ratt made major big news recently when they revealed that most of the members have regrouped following a battle with Bobby Blotzer. Frontman Stephen Pearcy downplays the former drummer's contribution to the band.
Pearcy spoke with Sleaze Roxx about the return of Ratt and was asked "what role did [Blotzer] really play in Ratt aside from playing the drums?" and the frontman responded, "Played drums and a pain in the a**."
He then elaborated, "The songs that he did get credit [for], we just threw him a bone. He had nothing to do with writing those songs. It's just to stop the complaining. It's like you calm the mad dog. Throw him a bone. And even on those later albums, those songs that he was able to do were not Ratt songs. They were not up to par.
"There were other people involved and you don't find out until after the fact so you know, you live and learn. It's one thing to make a living. It's another to make it on somebody else's music. Just because you were in this band doesn't mean you have control over every aspect of this band [music] you didn't write. Eventually, you're going to have to pay up." Check out the full interview here.
Megadeth's Nick Menza Official Cause Of Death Filed With Court
The official death certificate for former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza has been filed and it reportedly lists the cause of death as heart disease and blood pressure.
The "Rest In Peace" era Megadeth drummer died last May while performing at a music club in Los Angeles with his band OHM. Last week, TMZ reported (via Loudwire) that his mother filed his death certificate in probate court.
The drummer's mother Rose is said to have filed the certificate with the court along with other legal documents in order to be named the administrator of his estate, according to the report.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said at the time of Menza's death, "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."
Sebastian Bach Speaks Out About Today's Music Approach
Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach reckons modern musicians have the recording process backwards and they have lost the magic of nailing a killer vocal beneath the ever-improving modern technologies.
The singer believes the over-engineering in many modern rock records is 'too perfect' as he harks for the old days of recording. "I think a lot of that has to do with musicians nowadays recording with so much computer technology that it's almost impossible to feel their real soul," he said.
"Like in a Skid Row song, like '18 And Life' or 'I Remember You' or 'Monkey Business', that's really the sound that was coming out of my mouth; it's not Pro Tools or computers or anything like that.
"They didn't exist then. And the same, obviously, with all our favourite records in the '70s and the '80s, before computer came in the scene and recording. I think that's why we can't find any good frontmen - 'cause we can't hear them behind all this technology; everything sounds too perfect. Human beings aren't perfect."
Digging further into his theories on recording vocals with the new wonders of Pro Tools and production software he continued: "I think when you record an album and you go to sing and you can give a half-assed take, and then the producer, or the engineer, puts it on his laptop and adjusts it so it sounds like a good take, but it really is a bad take, that's like the opposite of the way we used to make records.
"We used to sing it a hundred times, or however many times it took, until we found the magic, most amazing take that we could do. And that's like the opposite way of recording." Read more here.
Armored Saint Release March Of The Saint and Aftermath Live Videos
Armored Saint are giving fans a little taste of their upcoming new live album with the release of videos of performances of the tracks "March Of The Saint" and "Aftermath".
The clips promote their new album "Carpe Noctem", which is set to be released on the February 24th, and is the veteran group's first live record since 1989's "Saints Will Conquer."
"Carpe Noctem" was recorded during the band's set at the Wacken Festival in 2015, as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany. Watch the "Aftermath" video here and the "March of the Saints" here.
Quiet Riot Headlining Rainbow Bar And Grill's 45th Anniversary
Sunset strip veterans Quiet Riot have been tapped to headline the Rainbow Bar and Grill's upcoming 45th anniversary celebration dubbed The Party In The Parking Lot.
The concert celebration will be taking place on an outdoor stage at the famed venue on Sunday April 23rd and will also include performances from Jetboy, Westfield Massacre, Streetwalkin Cheetahs and Black N Blue.
According to the announcement, the doors for the event will open at 2 PM and admission to the outdoor stage will be free with a minimum two drink purchase. Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali had the following to say "Get ready to Bang Your Head and Feel The Noize on the Sunset Strip."
David Bowie's 'Lazarus' Originally Involved Fake Bob Dylan Songs
David Bowie originally had a much different idea for his musical Lazarus than what ended up being produced. Nearly ten years ago, he approached author Michael Cunningham about working together on a project that he hoped would somehow involve aliens, a mariachi band and an entire catalogue of undiscovered Bob Dylan songs he would write himself.
Details about the musical, which never came to light because Bowie suffered a heart attack in 2004 and had to shelve the idea, were revealed in a new piece Cunningham penned for GQ. He shared the surprising phone call he received from Bowie himself and the resulting work the two put in together.
In addition to an expanded alien narrative that went above and beyond what Bowie had done in the 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, Cunningham wrote, "The plot would revolve around a stockpile of unknown, unrecorded Bob Dylan songs, which had been discovered after Dylan died. David himself would write the hitherto-unknown songs."
What those Bowie-as-Dylan songs sound like will forever be a mystery because he took things in a different direction after his heart attack. Bowie ended up adapting the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth for the stage, which starred Michael C. Hall in both the New York and London production. Still, since he could do a mean Bruce Springsteen and Lou Reed impression, it seems likely he would've nailed Dylan too. Read more here.
Legendary French Violinist Jean Luc Ponty To Tour The US Summer 2017!
Los Angeles - Legendary French violinist Jean Luc Ponty and his band will be bringing their “Atlantic Years” tour to the US beginning late May 2017! Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of the violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music.
Says Jean Luc, “We're calling it 'The Atlantic Years' tour since I am touring with my band from the late 70's - 80's with whom I recorded several albums for Atlantic Records.”
The Jean Luc Ponty Band features:
Jean Luc Ponty – violin
Wally Minko – keyboards
Jamie Glaser – guitars
Rayford Griffin – drums
Baron Browne – bass
Jean Luc Ponty Band 2017 US tour dates:
May 30 – Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
May 31 – Seattle, WA - The Neptune
June 01 – Eugene, OR - John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
June 02 – Los Angeles, CA - The Saban Theater Beverly Hills
June 04 – San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
June 05 – Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
June 07 – San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
June 08 – Agoura Hills, CA - The Canyon
June 09 – Scottsdale, AZ - Center For the Arts
June 10 – Las Vegas, NV - Allante Casino
June 14 – Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
June 16 – Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
June 17 – Austin, TX - One World Theatre
June 20 – Chicago, IL - City Winery
June 21 – Detroit, MI - Chene Park
June 23 – Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagara Casino
June 24 – Saratoga Springs, NY - Performing Arts Center
June 25 – NYC - B.B. King
After studying classical violin at the Paris Conservatory, Jean Luc Ponty turned to jazz in the 60's. Thanks to his revolutionary style he collaborated with some of the best European and American musicians such as Eddy Louiss, Daniel Humair, Niels Henning-Ørsted Pedersen, John Lewis, Lalo Schifrin, and Quincy Jones. He became the first bebop violinist and US jazz magazine “Down Beat” created a violin category for him in its critics' poll, until then violin was in the 'miscellaneous instruments' category. His pioneering work on the electric violin in the 70's attracted the attention of pop and rock musicians, he recorded with Elton John and participated to several tours and legendary recordings with Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. In 1975 he founded his own band and became one of the most prominent figures of the jazz-fusion movement in the USA, selling millions of albums that all reached the top of the US charts. Ponty's most recent album “The Atacama Experience” is considered as one if his best and to this day Ponty keeps touring with his band around the world.
Ponty also collaborates on occasional projects such as “The Rite of Strings” with Stanley Clarke and Al Di Meola. In 2011 Ponty joined the mythical American group RETURN TO FOREVER IV with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and Frank Gambale for a world tour spanning on 5 continents.
Ponty received the 2007 Jazz Trophy in Germany, the medal of Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in France in 2009, the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Awards in Ireland, and the Grand Prix of the Sochi Arts Festival in 2012 in Russia from the hands of world famous classical violist and orchestra conductor Yuri Bashmet. In 2012 Ponty performed his music with Orchestre Pasdeloup for his 50-year career celebration at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, then again with symphony orchestras in Brazil, Russia and Hungary in 2012 and 2013.
In April 2013 Herbie Hancock invited him to perform in Istanbul at “International Jazz Day” for UNESCO. Ponty also founded a new quartet with his daughter, pianist-singer-composer Clara Ponty which performed in France and Germany in 2014. Ponty also performed with the 89 musicians of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orcherstra for the Siberian Christmas Festival.
In 2014 Ponty recorded an album as an acoustic trio with Stanley Clarke on double bass and Gypsy-French guitarist Bireli Lagrene, which was released on Impulse/Universal in the Fall 2015.
Jean Luc recently formed the Anderson Ponty Band with Jon Anderson, co-founder and lead singer of British progressive rock band YES, a CD and DVD was released in 2015 followed by a North American concert tour.
Ace Frehley And Gene Simmons Fuel KISS Reunion Speculation
Both Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons have added fire to the growing speculation that the original lineup of KISS may be gearing up to reunite once again. Radio.com has the details:
Speaking with Louder Noise in late 2016, Frehley admitted, "I haven't heard anything from Paul and Gene, but if it's going to happen it should happen next year, I would assume. 2017 seems like a ripe year." If that sounds hopeful, Frehley was quick to caution. "But, you know, we'll have to wait and see," he added.
Paul Stanley disagreed, though. After appearing on Frehley's solo album, Origins Vol. 1, he batted away rumors about a full reunion. "I don't see it," he said.
While Stanley may seem dubious, Gene Simmons hasn't completely ruled it out. He shared a photo of KISS' original lineup on Instagram two weeks ago with only a question mark as a caption. See the photo here.
Acoustic Guitar Legend Tommy Emmanuel to Release ‘Music Gone Public’ DVD on February 3, 2017
On February 3, world-renowned “fingerstyle” guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel will release Tommy Emmanuel - Music Gone Public, a DVD collection of “greatest hits” from Tommy’s previous PBS airings. It includes seven never-before-seen performances and musical collaborations, and features personal stories about the songs and performances from Tommy himself.
The first season of Music Gone Public – Curated Concerts for Public Television was met with enormous success. The season featured programs created by producer Peter Berkow, including artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Frankie Moreno, Frank Vignola, and Antsy McClain, to name a few. Emmanuel’s program was a bit unique. Rather than highlight one concert, his episode combined many of his great performances for PBS over the last decade from previous features such as Center Stage, Tommy Emmanuel & Friends - Live from The Balboa Theatre, and Live and Solo from Pensacola, Florida.
Tommy Emmanuel’s five-decade career has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide, along with two GRAMMY nominations. Maintaining a tour schedule of nearly 250 shows a year, Emmanuel has been voted Favorite Acoustic Guitarist in both Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s reader polls. Emmanuel’s catalogue includes over twenty musical recordings of solos, duets, ensembles, cover tunes, originals, utilizing both electric and acoustic guitar. He has made six live performance DVDs, and six additional instructional DVDs. Tommy Emmanuel is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a CGP (Certified Guitar Player), an Order of Australia Medalist (AM) and the holder of an honorary Master’s Degree
Black Sabbath And Guns N' Roses Top Hot Tours List
Black Sabbath's farewell The End Tour, and Guns N' Roses' Not In This Lifetime reunion tour landed both heavy rock bands at the top the last Billboard Hot Tours List.
Metal legends Sabbath landed the top spot on the tour with a gross of $10,396,394 for the Latin American leg of their final outing with shows in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo where they played to over 152,000 fans.
Guns N' Roses, featuring original frontman Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, landed at No. 2 on the list after they grossed $2,637,421 for two concerts at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City in late November. See the Top 10 list here.
Dave Mustaine Claims Credit For Classic Metallica Song
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says that he hears himself in the title track to his former band Metallica's classic sophomore album "Ride The Lightning".
Mustaine, who was the original guitarist for the thrash giants, made the revelation for a special series called "My Life In 15 Songs" and he picked "Ride The Lightning" as one of them.
He said of the track, "There's certain riffs that you hear, and you just know who the songwriter is. And I'm not talking about just when I write. So there are certain parts of 'Ride The Lightning' and 'Leper Messiah' and the first album, all that stuff, you can tell little things that are similar with Megadeth's guitar playing 'cause you know there's so much you can do with an instrument. I think they did great with it.
"I didn't write all of the music in 'Ride The Lightning'. Lars wrote the melodic intro, and then the next part I wrote and then the next part I wrote and then the next part and then it went back to his part and then it went back to my next three parts and then at that point... who's keeping score?
"I got over them using my songs a long time ago. You can obsess on sh*t like that or you can let it go, and nothing is gonna change it. You've got two great bands. We're friends. Stuff happened. F***, I forgave Ellefson after suing me for 18-and-a-half-million dollars, I can forgive those guys for using my songs. And honestly if it hadn't have been for that vehicle, what we started - and I mean we with a capital f***ing W-E - you know, I think they did great. I'm really proud of them.
"By the time we put out Killing (Is My Business... And Business Is Good!) in 1985, I had moved on. But I had all this stuff in my mind, in my catalog that I didn't get a chance to show those guys. We were progressing down a very simplistic road with that band. I can't remember who said it, but someone very prominent, very smart said, 'Metallica is like to the Ramones what Megadeth are to the Clash.' And I thought that's probably one of the best things I've ever heard. I saw another comparison 'Metallica is Iron Maiden to Megadeth is Led Zeppelin' and I thought, "Hey that's really a good way to look at it, too." Because we are a little bit more twisty and turny."
Glenn Hughes Says He Never Had Falling Out With Joe Bonamassa
As Black Country Communion enters a Hollywood, California studio to record their new album, Glenn Hughes has dismissed the reports that he and Joe Bonamassa had previously had a falling out.
The supergroup, which features Hughes alongside Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol), is working on the follow-up to 2012's Afterglow. A near-four-year hiatus was previously reported as caused by tensions between Bonamassa and Hughes.
But in a recent interview with Icon Vs. Icon, Hughes stated: "One thing I want to make clear to everybody is that Joe Bonamassa and I never fell out. It just happened that after Afterglow was recorded and released in the fall of 2012, there was no touring schedule set. Being that there was no touring schedule set, I decided to leave the band simply because I needed to go back to my solo career. There was never falling out. Joe was continuing with his solo career and it just never worked out that we could do a lot of touring.
"Over the course of the years, we have spoken to each other and we had lunch the spring. We said, 'Wouldn't it be great to make another record? Maybe the time is right to do that.' There's certain times when people get back together for reunions and if they have their material, they have a good insight."
He added, "We are very focused on what we should do. We are making a rock album for rock fans. We're not making anything different than pure rock music in the tradition of what Black Country Communion set out to do in 2010." Read more here.
Vanilla Fudge Launch Their 50 & Still Rockin' Tour
Heavy rock icons Vanilla Fudge launched their 50 & Still Rockin' Tour on Thursday night (January 12th) in Sellersville, PA and have revealed the initial dates for the trek.
The tour continues tonight (January 13th) in New York City at BB King Blues and the veteran group has announced dates that so far run until April 22nd with a show in Palm Springs at the Fantasy Springs Casino.
The current lineup of the group features original members Mark Stein (keyboards/lead vocals), Carmine Appice (drums/vocals), Vinnie Martell (guitar/ vocals), as well as bassist Pete Bremy.
Stein had this to say, "There are very few acts that can say they lasted 50 years with the majority of their original members intact. There is a very special chemistry to the Fudge that only the four of us can create. We've tried the band with different members and it's not the same; this is the real thing. I think what makes us so unique is that the music of Vanilla Fudge remains the same while always changing."
Martell commented, "Our music transcends generational lines. Our old fans now bring their kids and grandkids to our shows...We've evolved as musicians while remaining true to our psychedelic symphonic vibe. It is a big rush for us to see so many age groups digging our music."
Appice adds, "We are doing what we have always done best: taking timeless pop and soul classics and giving them a completely new musical landscape. The songs are always familiar but they have never sounded like this before. It's about discovering new artistic boundaries and breaking past that line."
Touring isn't the only thing on tap for them in 2017, they revealed that they plan to release a new CD/DVD entitled "Live At Sweden Rocks" with release details still to be announced.
Announced Vanilla Fudge 50 & Still Rockin' Tour Dates:
January 12 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
January 13 - New York, NY - BB King Blues
January 14 - Hartford, CT - Infinity Music Hall
Feb 27 - Mar 4 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Flower Power Cruise
March 4 - Melbourne, FL - Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
March 5 - St. Petersburg, FL - The Palladium
March 7 - Coral Springs, FL - Coral Springs Center for the Arts
April 5 - Fall River, MA - Narrows Center for the Arts
April 6 - Shirley, MA - Bull Run
April 7 - Riverhead, NY - Suffolk Theater
April 8 - Pawling, NY - Daryl's House
April 20 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's
April 22 - Palm Springs, CA - Fantasy Springs Casino
David Bowie's Family Marked Anniversary Of His Death
While colleagues, friends and fans around the world marked the first anniversary of David Bowie's passing on Tuesday (Jan 10th), his family and business team shared their own series of social media tributes to the late entertainment icon.
The music legend lost his 18-month battle with liver cancer in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69. Bowie's official site shared an animated collage by Helen Green, writing, "We can be Heroes, for ever and ever @Helengreeen has created this beautiful animation referencing all 28 Bowie studio albums #BowieForever"
The singer's widow - model, actress and entrepreneur Iman - posted a photo of a double rainbow over the New York City skyline that was taken on the day of his passing, adding "Jan 10th, 2016 NYC Skyline #ForeverAndEver #ForeverLove #BowieForever"
And Bowie's son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, shared images of his father on what would have been the singer's 70th birthday on Sunday, writing, "Happy birthday (grand)dad. We love you. Goodnight." here.
Wayne's World 25th Anniversary Event Announced
Wayne's World's 25th anniversary will be celebrated with a special theatrical event which will see the film returning to movie theaters across the U.S. on February 7th and 8th, 2017.
The special events will include an exclusive introduction by Peter Travers (Rolling Stone Magazine and ABC-TV) and a videotaped chat with the director and cast members after the film. Wayne's World was originally released on February 14, 1992.
Paramount Home Media Distribution also will celebrate the anniversary with a Wayne's World Double Feature on DVD and Digital HD, arriving February 14, 2017. Plus, Wayne's World will be available on iTunes with new-to-digital extras, including a Director's Commentary and Making-Of featurette. Tickets for the February 7th and 8th events may be purchased here.
Def Leppard Announce North American Tour With Poison and Tesla
Set to Kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH!
"Animal" Live Video From New Concert DVD
And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit
Premieres Via Brave Words Today!
Live DVD Set For Release on February 10th
Fresh off winning their fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award, Def Leppard announce they will return to the road this spring for a three month run across North America. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through cities across parts of the U.S. and Canada. This new leg of dates follows the groups massive 70+ city 2016 tour and is set to kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH and wrap on June 25th in Indianapolis, IN. Joining Def Leppard on select dates are Poison and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Tickets will go on sale on January 20th and 21st at LiveNation.com.
The Def Leppard Rock Brigade Concert Club presales begin on January 17th also at LiveNation.com.
Front man Joe Elliott says, "We're thrilled to be able to take this tour to cities we didn't play in 2016. The demand for us to return, or rather extend the tour was phenomenal! There's a great buzz around the band right now and we're loving the fact that we can do this with the latest album being so well received."
In conjunction with the announcement of their North American tour, Def Leppard also premieres the live video for "Animal" via Brave Words. Click here to view, we encourage you to post and share! The live video clip is from the bands recently announced concert film, And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit which will be released on February 10th in partnership with Eagle Rock Entertainment. Click here to purchase.
Guitarist Phil Collen says, "Our last full concert DVD, excluding Viva! Hysteria, was 1987's in the round in your face which was shot on video. We felt an updated version was way overdue so here it is, the brand new Def Leppard concert experience!"
With two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard-Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, Rick "Sav" Savage and Rick Allen-continues to stand tall in the music industry and deliver some of the most iconic rock melodies and memorable anthems of all time. Most recently, their 2015 self-titled album featured singles "Dangerous" and "Let's Go" which premiered via RollingStone.com and hit #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart.
The tour also marks the first time in over 5 years that Poison will tour with all original members. Members including Bret Michaels, CC DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett. Poison has sold over 40 million records and is is set to perform some of its greatest hits including Nothin' but a Good Time, Every Rose has its Thorn, Talk Dirty to Me, Unskinny Bop and Something to Believe In.
Front man Bret Michaels says, "I could not be more excited. I know all of us will give one thousand percent on stage and we are looking forward to performing our hits together. I personally could not be more thankful for the three generations of fans and I love the music of Def Leppard and Tesla. This will be an amazing night of rock and roll. Don't wait because god only knows."
April 8, 2017 Manchester, NH SNHU Arena
April 10, 2017 Montreal, QC Bell Centre *
April 12, 2017 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
April 14, 2017 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
April 15, 2017 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
April 17, 2017 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
April 19, 2017 Green Bay, WI Resch Center^
April 21, 2017 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
April 22, 2017 Sioux Falls, SD Sanford Premier Center
April 24, 2017 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
April 26, 2017 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Cneter **
April 27, 2017 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
April 29, 2017 Ft Myers, FL Fort Rock ***
April 30, 2017 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville ***
May 2, 2017 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
May 3, 2017 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
May 5, 2017 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
May 6, 2017 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion ***
May 24, 2017 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 26, 2017 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma ***
May 27, 2017 San Antonio, TX River City Rockfest ***
May 29, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
May 31, 2017 Bozeman, MT Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
June 2, 2017 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place *
June 3, 2017 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome *
June 6, 2017 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena *
June 7, 2017 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
June 9, 2017 Seattle, WA White River Amph
June 10, 2017 Portland, OR Moda Center
June 12, 2017 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
June 14, 2017 Ontario, CA Citizens Bank Arena
June 16, 2017 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 17, 2017 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 19, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
June 21, 2017 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center **
June 22, 2017 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 24, 2017 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
June 25, 2017 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
* Def Leppard only
** Def Leppard and Poison only, no Tesla
***Def Leppard festival dates
^ Green Bay, WI and Chicago, IL on sale February 10
Asia Frontman John Wetton Sidelined By Cancer Battle
Asia vocalist and bassist John Wetton has been sidelined from performing for the next few months as he continues treatment in his three-year battle with cancer.
The music veteran, who underwent major surgery to remove a malignant mass from his abdomen in early 2015, updated fans on his health status via social media on Wednesday.
"I am disappointed to announce that, on the advice of my medical team, I have to withdraw from Cruise to the Edge, and from the first leg of the Journey tour, March 15 - April 4," Wetton writes. "I will soon be starting a new medical chemotherapy procedure, under which I will not be able to fly. I am grateful to the promoters of the cruise. I wish them pleasant sailing and I know my friends on the cruise, both artists and fans, will have a ball on the ocean wave, I will be with you all in spirit.
"My good friend Billy Sherwood will fill in for me within Asia, keeping my seat warm during the initial 12 Journey dates. While I am naturally disappointed to miss the beginning of what I know will be an historic Asia tour, I am intending to return to the stage with Asia later in 2017, dates soon to be announced. I know this decision will be in the best interests of my health and our fans, in the long run." Read more here.
King Crimson / Zappa / Bowie Guitar Legend Adrian Belew Announces Massive Spring 2017 North American Tour!
Asheville, NC – Legendary guitarist Adrian Belew, best known for his work with King Crimson, Frank Zappa and David Bowie, as well as his own critically acclaimed solo work, is happy to announce his Spring 2017 North American tour! A celebration of Adrian's massive body of work past, present, and future! The tour, which spans across 23 US States and 3 Canadian Provinces, starts on February 28 in Vienna, VA. Adrian is touring with his Power Trio featuring Julie Slick on bass and drummer Tobias Ralph, both virtuoso musicians.
Adrian recently scored the music to “Piper”, a short movie by animation studio Pixar, which was released on June 17, 2016. 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 was screened before “Finding Dory”, the full-length sequel to 2003's “Finding Nemo”. Meanwhile, Adrian continues to work on the latest additions to his FLUX project, including an album called FLUXbybelew Volume Two and an in-app addition entitled FLUXation Pack Two.
Adrian Belew Power Trio tour dates:
2/28/2017 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/hcabc63 ;
3/01/2017 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/z9l74ue
3/02/2017 - Pawling, NY - Daryl's House - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jfq75cj ;
3/03/2017 - Fairfield, CT - The Warehouse - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jotfzo6 ;
3/04/2017 - Burlington, VT - Artsriot - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jam3rly
3/05/2017 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/hzthptw
3/07/2017 - Buffalo, NY - The Tralf - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jlzvyhs/
30/9/2017 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/gvbufkc
3/10/2017 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache at The Intersection - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/hb3fhsc ;
3/11/2017 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall - http://www.shankhall.com ;
3/12/2017 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/h8vu926
3/14/2017 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/gso2kpk
3/17/2017 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/z37pgzg ;
3/19/2017 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/hvvd64y
3/21/2017 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/he4kgez ;
3/22/2017 - Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/htu8mvu ;
3/23/2017 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House - http://www.thecoachhouse.com/ ;
3/24/2017 - Agora Hills, CA - The Canyon Club http://www.canyonclub.net ;
3/25/2017 - Pasadena, CA - The Rose - http://roseconcerts.com/ ;
3/26/2017 - Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom - www.crescentphx.com
3/30/2017 - Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/h2a6fsp
3/31/2017 - St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/gqnz9du
4/01/2017 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School Of Folk - http://www.oldtownschool.org ;
4/02/2017 - Louisville, KY – Zanzabar - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jzgcx5y
5/03/2017 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/zp3v5rq ;
5/04/2017 - Asheville, NC - Isis Music Hall - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/h6fgnm4 ;
5/05/2017 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - http://www.catscradle.com ;
5/07/2017 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/h285drv
5/09/2017 - New York, NY – Iridium - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/gpgz6ly
5/10/2017 - New York, NY – Iridium - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jhdjofs ;
5/11/2017 - New York, NY – Iridium - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jtvd46y ;
5/12/2017 - Albany, NY – Sawyer - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/hsd36pb ;
5/13/2017 - Montreal, QC - Le Club Soda - http://www.clubsoda.ca ;
5/14/2017 - Quebec City, QC - Salle Jean Paul Tardif - http://www. sallejeanpaultardif.com/
5/16/2017 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/hg8aogc ;
5/17/2017 - Ferndale, MI - The Magic Bag - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/h8rpkas ;
5/18/2017 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theater - http://www. the20thcenturytheater.com ;
5/20/2017 - Nashville, TN - 12th & Porter - http://12andporter.com/ ;
Adrian Belew is a legendary guitarist well-known for his diverse travels around the musical map. He is a multi-instrumentalist whose solo records are critically acclaimed. His moving singing voice and prolific songwriting has endeared a loyal fan base of music lovers. His music is being discovered everyday by more and more listeners thirsty for great music with a creative standard not often pushed by the commercial music industry.
Adrian first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with Frank Zappa who later said, “Adrian reinvented electric guitar”. Adrian's signature tones, unique use of effects and whammy bar remains completely different, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today's guitarists. He was guitarist, songwriter and frontman Progressive Rock Powerhouse King Crimson for over 30 years. “Discipline”, Adrian's first record with King Crimson, is listed among the most important rock records ever made.
Adrian has had a career that commands both awe and respect from fellow musicians and loyal fans, from his first solo record “The Lone Rhino” to the Atlantic Records hit album “Mr. Music Head” or any of his other 20 plus solo records that push sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity. Adrian shreds on guitar but also writes beautiful songs that will make you cry. Yes, Adrian has taken his fans on a wild ride through countless world tours and albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Laurie, Anderson, and Paul Simon. He truly is the Twang Bar King!
“WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC PARTNERS WITH LEGACY AND PLEDGEMUSIC FOR BRAND-NEW CAREER-SPANNING BOX SET
SQUEEZE BOX: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS OF “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC FEATURES 14 REMASTERED STUDIO ALBUMS AND BONUS DISC OF RARITIES
INNOVATIVE CD AND LP PACKAGE HOUSED IN A REPLICA OF AL’S ACCORDION
“Weird Al” Yankovic, rock music’s legendary satirist, is partnering with Legacy Recordings and PledgeMusic for the release of Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic, a career-spanning box set.
The ultimate tribute to one of the most prolific musical careers of the last four decades, Squeeze Box features all 14 of Weird Al’s studio albums remastered on CD, 150-gram vinyl and digital, spanning from his debut album “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) to Mandatory Fun (2014). Mandatory Fun was not only the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard chart, but also the first to even reach that lofty position in over 50 years. Altogether, the albums included in Squeeze Box have earned multiple Grammy awards, as well as dozens of gold and platinum records in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Six of these albums will make their debut on vinyl as part of Squeeze Box. Each has been newly remastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Mark Wilder and personally approved by Yankovic. An Al-curated 15th bonus disc, Medium Rarities, features specially selected non-album tracks from across his remarkable career.
Fans can pre-order the collection now on "Weird Al" Yankovic's campaign page (pledgemusic.com/weirdalyankovic). The leaders in direct-to-fan platforms, PledgeMusic allows artists to get more personal with their fans, offering pledgers behind-the-scenes updates and items not available anywhere else. Pledgers who pre-order the Squeeze Box set will receive the AccessPass which offers access to exclusive artist updates, bonus content, and more.
Available in Fall 2017, Squeeze Box comes in a unique package worthy of Weird Al’s inimitable style: an amazing replica of his signature accordion, with each album stored in its bellows. An accompanying 100-page book will feature a trove of rare and unseen photos and memorabilia.
Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic will be sold through an exclusive partnership with Legacy Recordings, the Grammy Award-winning catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and PledgeMusic, a direct-to-fan music platform that will offer exclusive content and insight into the making of this one-of-a-kind set. Fans can purchase various bundles featuring signed test pressings and other merchandise available only through the PledgeMusic campaign. Upon pre-ordering the set, fans can check back for videos, images and updates on the project, from a trip to the mastering studio to early looks at the packaging and content.
About “Weird Al” Yankovic
“Weird Al” Yankovic’s pitch-perfect parodies and pastiches of popular music’s greatest acts have earned him millions of fans around the globe. By keeping his finger on the pulse of the pop charts and harnessing the promotional powers of the Internet and social media, Al went from novelty musician and favorite of radio personality Dr. Demento to left-field hitmaker when “Eat It”— a loving parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”—chewed up the charts in 1984 and earned a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording. Since then, getting a hit song sent up Weird Al has become a sign of true popularity, whether you’re Madonna (“Like a Surgeon”), Nirvana (“Smells Like Nirvana”), Coolio (“Amish Paradise”) or Lady Gaga (“Perform This Way”).
Now in his fourth career decade – with no signs of letting up – Weird Al has become the most notable comedy musician of the modern era, always holding up a funhouse mirror to the current musical and pop cultural landscapes.
“Children who bought Al’s albums for the hits risked accidentally picking up a broad-ranging musical education in artists, songs and styles they might never otherwise have been exposed to,” Nathan Rabin wrote in Weird Al: The Book. “If they weren’t careful, they just might learn something.”
Weird Al’s Mandatory World Tour, launched in 2015, has taken him across three continents with 200 dates including stops at The Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York, two nights at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and a sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall. Currently, Al can be heard as the voice of the title character on Milo Murphy’s Law on Disney XD.
About Legacy Recordings:
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world's foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most important musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Across a variety of platforms, the label offers contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.
Founded in 1990 by CBS Records (rebranded Sony Music in 1991), Legacy has expanded on its original mission (preserving and reissuing back catalogs of Columbia Records, Epic Records and associated CBS labels) to provide new and innovative avenues for artist and repertoire exposure including Grammy winning curated retrospectives, social media campaigns, Oscar winning soundtracks, new talent signings and groundbreaking campaigns for established artists and catalog. Following the creation of Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2005, Legacy assumed responsibility for recordings from the archives of the BMG family of labels (including RCA Records, Arista, J Records, Jive, Profile, Silvertone, Sony BMG Nashville and Windham Hill, as well as imprints including Bang!, CTI, Mainstream, Monument, Ode, and others).
PledgeMusic is a global next generation direct-to-fan platform dedicated to empowering labels and artists to build communities, fund and pre-sell recordings, and provide unique experiences and exclusives throughout the entire music production and promotion lifecycle. PledgeMusic was named as one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Music for "Helping artists and fans get what they want.” – Fast Company - www.pledgemusic.com
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic
“Weird Al” Yankovic (1983)
“Weird Al” Yankovic In 3-D (1984)
Dare To Be Stupid (1985)
Polka Party! (1986)
Even Worse (1988)
UHF – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989)
Off The Deep End (1992)
Bad Hair Day (1996)
Running with Scissors (1999)
Poodle Hat (2003)
Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
Mandatory Fun (2014)
Guns N' Roses Star To Jam With Grateful Dead Legend
Imagine a Guns N' Roses classic era and Velvet Revolver member, a Grateful Dead legend and a Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers icon all sharing the same stage. Some lucky people won't have to imagine it.
Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir will be putting on a very special "one night only" Bob Weir and Friends performance during the D'Angelico's VIP party at this year's NAMM show.
The special jam will be taking place on January 20th at D'Angelico Guitars' Booth 212AB and will feature Weir along with Guns N' Roses' Matt Sorum, The Doobie Brothers' Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, The Rascals' Gene Cornish and Robert Randolph. Read more here.
Metallica Live Debut New Songs In Seoul
Metallica performed the live debut of a pair of tracks from "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" during their January 11 show at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, and video from the event has surfaced online.
The band delivered "Now That We're Dead" and "Halo On Fire" as part of an 18-song set as they resumed their WorldWired tour in support of their tenth album.
Dates in China, Hong Kong and Singapore this month follow the South Korean stop as part of the Asian leg of the trek. "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 291,000 equivalent album units, of which 282,000 were in traditional album sales. Watch the video clips from the concert here.
U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers Lead Bonnaroo Festival
Bonnaroo will be headlined by U2 (which the band had already announced) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As they'll do on all of the other dates on their tour, U2 will perform their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, in its entirety.
The festival will take place from June 8 through June 11 at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee. 4-day general admission festival passes start at $324, VIP packages range start at $1030 and platinum passes start at a paltry $5,000. All ticket information is available at the festival's official website.
The rest of the lineup includes Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Flume, The xx, Lorde, Travis Scott, Cage the Elephant, Marshmallow, The Head and The Heart, Big Gigantic, Glass Animals, Future Islands, Tory Lanez, Tove Lo. See the rest of the list here.
Prince Estate Inks Deal With Irving Azoff Founded GMR
The Prince estate has inked a deal with Irving Azoff founded Global Music Rights (GMR) to represent the catalog of songs that were written by the late music legend. We were sent the following details:
A long time advocate of artists' rights, Prince left ASCAP in 2014 seeking an alternative to traditional public performance licensing practices. The Estate, represented by Bremer Trust, their music industry advisors, Charles Koppelman and Londell McMillan, and attorney Jason Boyarski, concluded that GMR's philosophy of providing an elite group of writers with heightened customer service and control was most consistent with Prince's values. As of October 1, 2016, GMR is responsible for licensing for all of Prince's catalog --both released and unreleased tracks-- on a worldwide basis.
Commenting on the signing, Irving Azoff, founder of GMR, said, "I couldn't be happier that Prince, who, during his lifetime, I worked with at various times over the last 30 years, will have his incredible roster of works represented by GMR. Prince was an iconoclast, who never settled for second best, and now his Estate has ensured that the public performance rights are protected in a way befitting their significance."
GMR CEO, Randy Grimmett said, "Prince was a musical genius. It is a privilege to represent his vast catalog which has influenced, informed and inspired fans for decades."
Estate advisor Charles Koppelman stated that, "Uniting Prince with GMR was a no-brainer. Prince has always advocated for artist rights, and GMR is on the forefront of protecting performing rights for writers and composers. We are thrilled that we are part of Global Music Rights for worldwide representation."
STEVE JONES and The Foo Fighters on Jonesy's Jukebox at KLOS
STEVE JONES was joined by the Foo Fighters during his radio show, Jonesy's Jukebox, which broadcasts via the iconic Los Angeles rock station KLOS-FM (see photo below) on release day of LONELY BOY: TALES OF A SEX PISTOL (Da Capo Press), Jones' memoir. To listen to the segment and more info on Jonesy's Jukebox, click here. Jones capped the night off with a sold-out Q&A event and book signing at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles with fans. Meanwhile, you can catch Steve Jones' interview on PBS' "Tavis Smiley" this Friday, January 13. Check your local listings for exact air time. More information can be found here.
The Late Greg Lake's Memoir Lucky Man Coming This Spring
Emerson, Lake And Palmer frontman Greg Lake's memoir, "Lucky Man", will be published posthumously this spring by the Little, Brown Book Group imprint Constable.
Written in Lake's own words, the project will arrive just a few months after the musician passed away from cancer on December 7, 2016 at the age of 69. "I have been Greg's manager and close friend since 1972," explains Stewart Young. "In 2014 Greg was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He told me he was going to write his autobiography and it had to be in his own words. He had no regrets. In his wildest dreams he could never imagine having such a wonderful life; how extraordinary to have such a career in music - to do what you want, simply to expand, experiment!
"To love a woman, be married to her for 43 years, have a daughter he would be so proud of and then to cap it all a grandson who is now four years old and became the centre of his life. He then said, with a twinkle in his eye, I truly am a Lucky Man." Read more here.
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA HAS RECORD-BREAKING 2016
TSO’S WINTER TOUR 2016 HITS YEAR’S TOP GROSSING CONCERT TOUR CHARTS IN ONLY SIX WEEKS OF TOURING
‘THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS EVE’ IS TSO’S FOURTH TOP 10 ALBUM IN A ROW
2016 was another record-breaking year for Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO). Proving that the critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, progressive rock group is more popular on the road than ever before, TSO’s Winter Tour 2016 sold the most tickets per show in the group’s history, with a total in excess of 927,000. The tour also set a record gross for TSO with a total of more than $56.9 million. 20 years since the band’s first album, and since its historic touring debut, TSO has played in excess of 1,800 shows for more than 14 million fans, with tour grosses of over $625 million, and sold in excess of 12 million albums and DVDs. In 2009, Billboard magazine placed TSO at No. 25 on its “Top Touring Artists of the Decade.”
TSO’S 2016 Winter Tour kicked off on November 17 and concluded, after 105 shows, with special New Year’s Eve performances in Seattle and Cleveland. Based on the group’s perennial TV special “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” the 2016 Winter Tour played in 61 cities in a 45 day span. 2016’s tour was ranked No. 11 on the Worldwide Ticket Sales “Top 100 Tours” chart, No. 16 on the “Top 200 North American Tours” chart, and No. 25 on the “Top 100 Worldwide Tours” chart by concert industry trade Pollstar magazine. As in years past, TSO gave at least $1 from every ticket sold to charity – approximately $14 million has been donated in total.
Prior to the Winter Tour, Atlantic Records/Rhino Entertainment released The Ghosts of Christmas Eve on CD, vinyl and as a digital audio album. The album debuted at No. 2 on Billboard Top Rock Albums chart and No. 6 on The Billboard 200. Additionally, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, hit No. 2 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart, its seventh album to chart there.
Previously, TSO has enjoyed a string of successful album and DVD releases throughout its illustrious career. Night Castle debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart and is now certified platinum. Christmas Eve and Other Stories (1996) boasted the smash hit "Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24" and is certified triple platinum with over 3.5 million albums sold. The Christmas Attic (1998) earned certified double platinum status with 2 million albums sold. The Lost Christmas Eve (2004), featuring hit single “Wizards in Winter,” was certified double platinum with 2.5 million albums sold. Beethoven’s Last Night (2000), TSO’s first non-holiday rock opera, was certified gold with more than 650,000 album sales. 2015’s Letters from the Labyrinth was TSO’s third Top 10 album debut in a row, and it spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Chart.
Visit www.trans-siberian.com for more details.
Ozzy Osbourne Overdosed According To Daughter
Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Kelly claims in excerpts from a forthcoming book that the legendary Black Sabbath vocalist overdosed back in 2002 while his wife Sharon was battling colon cancer. Radio.com had the following details:
"Dad was there in his boxers, and I watched him scoop his hands into a bowl of pills, swallow a handful of something, and then wash it down with vodka," she recalled an excerpt featured in NME.
Another excerpt obtained by AOL recalls Kelly's ambulance ride with both her parents. '[Dad] leaned over to put his hand out to see if mum was breathing. Then he passed out with his hand over her mouth… The EMTs tried to pull him off, and dad, not knowing where he was or what he was doing, started to resist out of habit," she writes. 'They pulled over the ambulance and started to call the police."
'Dad could not handle the thought of losing mum," Kelly writes. Read more and find out why the news didn't come out back in 2002 here.
Rolling Stones Documentaries Coming To TV
A pair of documentaries tracing The Rolling Stones on tour in 2016 will see their US television premieres on the Starz cable and satellite channel later this month.
"¡Olé, Olé, Olé! A Trip Across Latin America" captures the group's road trip across 10 Latin American cities last spring, combining live performances with behind the scenes footage as it culminates in the historic tour finale with a free show in Havana, Cuba. The Starz premiere on Sunday, January 15 at 9 PM ET/PT follows the film's debut in nearly 300 US theaters last month.
"Havana Moon" presents the Stones' first-ever performance in Cuba before an estimated crowd of 1.2 million fans on March 25, 2016, marking the first open air concert in the country by a British rock band.
Following its worldwide debut in theaters last September and DVD release in November, Starz will bring the film to television for its US premiere on Sunday, January 22 at 9 PM ET/PT. Read more and see the trailers here.
Jack Russell's Great White Stream New Song 'Love Don't Live Here'
Jack Russell's Great White have published an online stream of their new track "Love Don't Live Here". The song comes from their forthcoming album "He Saw It Coming," which is set to be released on January 27th.
Russell had the following to say about his namesake band, which features Tony Montana, Robby Lochner, Dan McNay and Dicki Fliszar, "It's a powerful band. The music comes across very dynamically. It's what I always wanted it to be.
"Tony was a catalyst for moving forward. I was never as close to him as I am now. We never had the opportunity to write music together before. I also never knew he played guitar. When I first heard him, I nearly fell of my chair. He's my co-pilot. He's one of my best friends. I wish we would've been this close back in the day."
"We want the new material to blow people's ears back," Russell continues. "It has the elements of the best Great White music ever written, but there's an edge. Tony brings that validity, while Robby, Dan and Dicki add a new life. It's going to surprise people." Stream the new song here.
David Bowie's Widow Celebrates His Birthday With Tributes
David Bowie's widow, model, actress and entrepreneur Iman, has posted a series of social media tributes to her late husband on his 70th birthday.
The tributes arrived on Bowie's 70th birthday and just two days before the first anniversary of his passing from liver cancer on January 10, 2016. The entertainment icon fought a private battle with the disease for 18-months before his death at the age of 69.
"Jan 8th #ForeverLove #BowieForever" wrote Iman on Facebook and Twitter alongside a sketch of a young Bowie with his Ziggy Stardust character's makeup added in full color. An Instragram post titled #BowieForever presents a black and white photo of the couple embracing on a beach.
Iman and Bowie were married in a private ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 24, 1992. The pair have a 16-year old daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, and Iman is also a stepmother to Bowie's son from a previous marriage, Duncan Jones. See the tribute posts here.
Billy Joel Reveals His Favorite Songs
Billy Joel stopped by The Late Show to discuss his discography with Stephen Colbert. The late night TV show host pressed the "Piano Man" on his favorite songs.
Joel named "Vienna" atop the list, and Colbert agreed. Others in the top tier included 'And So It Goes," 'You May Be Right," 'She's Right On Time," and 'Scenes from an Italian Restaurant."
"I actually think about that on when I'm stage--what would I want to see me do?" Joel said. 'I tend to like the album tracks, not the ones that are the hit singles."
The pop icon also discussed building bikes for Bruce Springsteen and why he's reluctant to put out new music. And during the segment, Colbert teased Joel about his dearth of new material since 1993.
"Elton John said you should put out more albums," Colbert goaded. "I told Elton John he should put out less albums," Joel clapped back. During his visit, Joel also performed "Miami 2017." Watch his interview and performance here.
KANSAS PREMIERES CONCERT VIDEO FOR "RHYTHM IN THE SPIRIT"
KANSAS teamed up with Ultimate Classic Rock to exclusively premiere a brand new concert video for "Rhythm In The Spirit" today!
The song is taken from the band's new studio album The Prelude Implicit, which was released on September 23rd, 2016.
Fans can watch the video now at this link: http://bit.ly/UCR_RITS
In a joint statement, the band says, "It's been a long time since we've made a one song concert video and we had a great time doing it! 'Rhythm in the Spirit' was our unanimous first choice and we are very happy with how it turned out."
DUE TO HIGH DEMAND...LEFTOVERTURE 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR EXPANDS TO SELECT U.S. CITIES IN 2017
The band recently announced that they will be bringing their highly successful Leftoverture tour to more parts of the United States in the spring! For the first time in its 43-year history, the band is performing the hit album in its entirety. The tour showcases two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, and new songs from their new album, The Prelude Implicit.
Due to very popular demand, dates have been confirmed across cities such as Los Angeles, Portland, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and more.
In 1976, KANSAS released the album Leftoverture. Containing the smash hit and million-selling single "Carry On Wayward Son," along with fan favorites such as "The Wall," "Miracles Out Of Nowhere," and "What's On My Mind," Leftoverture became the band's breakthrough album. The album peaked at #5 on Billboard's Album charts and reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold. They are performing the album in its entirety on this tour.
NEW KANSAS LEFTOVERTURE 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR CONFIRMED DATES
March 24 Salina, KS The Stiefel Theatre
March 25 Tulsa, OK The Brady Theater
March 31 Des Moines, IA Shoyt Herman Place
April 1 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Theater
April 7 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace
April 9 Charleston, WV The Clay Center
April 18 Denver, CO The Paramount
April 20 Salt Lake City, UT Delta Hall at Eccles Theatre
April 22 Las Vegas, NV The Smith Center - Reynolds Hall
April 23 Chandler, AZ Chandler Center for the Arts
April 26 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 28 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
April 29 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
Tickets for the tour dates can be purchased now. More information is available at www.kansasband.com
Lou Gramm Addresses Foreigner 40th Anniversary Tour Report
hennemusic had the breaking developments in the story: : Original Foreigner singer Lou Gramm has confirmed plans to reunite with his former band during their newly-announced 40th Anniversary tour this summer, just a day after publicly stating that he had not been officially asked to do so in a story first broken by hennemusic.
"After the past 24 hours of some crossed wires and miscommunication, I can confirm that I and the rest of the original band have been invited to join Foreigner for a song or two at any show during this 4Oth anniversary year," Gramm posted Monday on his social media sites. "Dennis Elliot and Rick Wills will be in St Augustin, FL on 2/24. Ian McDonald, Al Greenwood and I will perform at a date yet to be determined. Thank you for your Patience & understanding." Read more here
Earlier report: Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm has struck down a report that he would be a special guest on select dates of his former band's upcoming 40th anniversary tour this summer.
Founding guitarist Mick Jones told Billboard in a report published this weekend that Foreigner's upcoming trek would include appearances at some of the dates by original members Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood.
Jones told the publication, "They're not on the whole tour, but there will be some appearances. It's the right time to do this. I'm looking forward to that and we'll see how it goes, and I'm sure it'll go down well."
A few hours after the report was published, Gramm took to Twitter and broke the following bad news (via hennemusic), "I Have Not been asked to Join Any Part of the SUMMER 40th FOREIGNER ANNIVERSARY Tour 2017." He retweeted the statement a few more times in response to various media reports.
ANN WILSON ANNOUNCES 2017 CROSS-COUNTRY 20-DATE SOLO TREK
"ANN WILSON OF HEART" TOUR DATES KICK OFF MARCH 8 IN SEATTLE AT THE MOORE THEATRE
ANN WILSON has announced her 2017 20-date solo tour. The ANN WILSON OF HEART cross-country trek kicks off Tuesday, March 8 at the Moore Theatre in WILSON's Seattle hometown before moving onto Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, Englewood, NJ and New Orleans, among other cities. Tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday, January 13. See the itinerary below and view the trailer here.
"The stage is a magical place where I can be beautifully in and out of control, where I can build a fire and then jump into it," says the esteemed and pioneering Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend who's known for her force-of-nature vocals. "The stage is where I have always lived; where I've expressed my deepest emotions and supreme joys." ANN continues: "I suppose I am addicted to it. I've never been much good at talking, but I can sing, and when I sing I connect with people in a much deeper, higher way."
What will fans experience at these shows? "People can expect the unexpected in 2017," ANN says. "A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production...The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of Heart."
Musicians on board for the ANN WILSON OF HEART tour include Craig Bartock on guitar (Heart member for a dozen years, who also performed in the Ann Wilson Thing for two years) from San Francisco; Andy Stoller on bass (the Ann Wilson Thing member for two years) from Seattle; Denny Fongheiser on drums and percussion (Heart member in the 1990's for two years) from Los Angeles. The name for the upcoming tour, explains ANN, "is to give people a point of recognition; to help people understand who I am and where I came from."
The ANN WILSON OF HEART dates follow the release of HEART's critically acclaimed 2016 BEAUTIFUL BROKEN album and summer headlining tour with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick, along with HEART solo shows before and after. "Heart is always evolving, changing," says ANN. "It is a living organism. Right now it's in a cocoon of metamorphosis, and we will see what emerges when the time is right."
Look for ANN to continue to announce more ANN WILSON of HEART tour dates. Here is the current itinerary:
Los Angeles, CA
Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts
Lake Charles, LA
New Orleans, LA
House of Blues
Cape Fear Community College Theatre
Charleston Music Hall
Peace Center for the Creative Arts
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
The Westbury Theater
Paramount Hudson Valley
Tupelo Music Hall
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Park Theatre PAC
ROCKLAHOMA 2017: BAND LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR 11TH YEAR OF AMERICA’S BIGGEST MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PARTY FRIDAY, MAY 26, SATURDAY, MAY 27 AND SUNDAY, MAY 28 AT “CATCH THE FEVER” FESTIVAL GROUNDS IN PRYOR, OKLAHOMA
DEF LEPPARD, SOUNDGARDEN AND THE OFFSPRING HEADLINE
A WEEKEND FILLED WITH PERFORMANCES FROM THE BEST CURRENT ROCK ARTISTS AND CLASSIC BANDS
A massive music lineup has been announced for the 11th year of Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, May 26, 27 & 28, 2017 at "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Soundgarden, Def Leppard, and The Offspring lead the music lineup for America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party, which features the best current rock artists and classic bands. The three-day camping festival features music on three stages, as well as a campground stage to keep the music going all night long. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.” In 2016, Rocklahoma had its biggest year ever, with over 70,000 fans attending the festival’s 10th year.
The current Rocklahoma band lineup is as follows: Soundgarden, Def Leppard, The Offspring, Stone Sour, Seether, Three Days Grace, The Cult, Skillet, Ratt (featuring Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier and Carlos Cavazo), Jackyl, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Taking Back Sunday, Suicidal Tendencies, Nothing More, Buckcherry, Zakk Sabbath, Diamond Head, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons, In Flames, Slaughter, Starset, Norma Jean, Fozzy, Red Sun Rising, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Wage War, Badflower, Goodbye June, DED, Royal Republic, Aeges, One Less Reason, Wildstreet, Black Tora, Lynam, Ratchet Dolls, ASKA, Moxy & The Influence, Niterain, The Tip, Diamond Lane, Nova Rex, Dead Metal Society, Deathgrip, Desire The Fire, Wild Planes, Electro_Nomicon, 3-D In Your Face, Coda Cutlass, Kore Rozzik, Retrospect All-Stars, Adakain, 5 Star Hooker, Arson City, The Chimpz, As Above So Below, Keychain, Stolen Rhodes, Nicnos, Paralandra, Hoodslide, NonHuman Era, The Mendenhall Experiment, Midnight Mob, Another Lost Year, Wild Fire, Final Drive, Sun and Flesh, BC and the Big Rig, Screaming Red Mutiny, The Adarna, Locust Grove, Skytown, Difuzer, Save the Hero, Reliance Code, Sweatin Bullets, The Normandys, Thousand Years Wide, The Fairweather, The Revolutioners and Weston Horn and the Hush.
“Every year we try to find that delicate balance of talent at Rocklahoma, and the lineup we’ve put together for 2017 will not disappoint,” commented Joe Litvag, executive producer of Rocklahoma. “Def Leppard has been on the wish list of our most loyal fans since the festival was created back in 2007, and to couple them, one of the most influential British rock bands of the last 30+ years, with Soundgarden, one of the most respected American rock bands of our generation, is really special for us. Add to the mix some of the hottest developing talent like Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Nothing More, and Rival Sons, and I think we’ve accomplished the goal of achieving one of the most diverse festival lineups of the year anywhere. It’s going to be a really memorable weekend!”
Presale weekend tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are available for purchase starting Tuesday, January 10 at 10:00 AM CST at www.Rocklahoma.com. The layaway option allows purchasers to split the cost into four monthly payments.
A Rocklahoma presale password to purchase the following tickets can be found on the festival’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages:
Weekend General Admission: $107
Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $347
Weekend VIP Reserved: $386
*** Ticket prices do not include fees.***
Those looking for an expanded festival experience are invited to purchase special Weekend River Spirit Casino VIP Packages. Full details for the River Spirit Casino Groupie Package, Roadie Package and Rockstar Packages can be found at www.Rocklahoma.com. All Weekend VIP Packages include access to exclusive backstage bar(s), pit, upper deck viewing platforms, on-site concierge, and more.
Those purchasing a River Spirit Casino Rocklahoma VIP option (including Reserved Weekend and Packages) will have the ultimate Rocklahoma experience! All VIPs receive upgraded parking and access to the VIP tent that includes all you can drink Bud Light, soft drinks, coffee, iced tea, water and an amazing assortment of food, served buffet style. This is the ONLY way to truly experience Rocklahoma.
The Rocklahoma public onsale is Friday, January 13 at 10:00 AM CST. Beginning at that time, ticket prices will increase, so fans are encouraged to buy during the presale. At the public onsale, prices will be as follows:
Weekend General Admission: $117
Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $387
Weekend VIP Reserved: $416
*** Ticket prices do not include fees.***
As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts will also be available for active military through Rocklahoma partner GovX (www.govx.com).
The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, with an endless party running around the clock for four days. General Admission Camping and VIP Camping tickets may be purchased as an add-on during online checkout at www.Rocklahoma.com. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 21 at Noon and will remain open until Noon on Tuesday, May 30.
Rocklahoma is supported by our rockin’ sponsors: Bud Light, Monster Energy and River Spirit Casino. These partners, along with many others, will feature interactive experiences, artist meet & greets, and other unique fan engagement opportunities throughout the festival.
Rocklahoma is produced by AEG Live, and is part of the World's Loudest Month concert series, which features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres during six consecutive weekends in April, May and June of 2017.
Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.
AWARD-WINNING IPAD MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, GEOSHRED, UPDATED WITH MIDI/MPE
Wizdom Music & moForte announce the release of GeoShred Version 2, an exciting update to the award-winning GeoShred musical instrument for iPad, now with MIDI/MPE support. GeoShred, Winner of a 2017 Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award as "one of the most innovative, groundbreaking products to emerge in the past twelve months", has been enhanced with unprecedented MIDI/MPE I/O control, new effects, and additional model control parameters.
To purchase and download:
Apple iTunes Store or http://www.wizdommusic.com/getGeoShred
GeoShred is highly expressive when controlling, and being controlled by, instruments that use the upcoming "MPE" MIDI specification (MIDI Polyphonic Expression). It's both a powerful synth and a formidable iPad based MIDI/MPE controller!
GeoShred is an expressive musical instrument with a multi-touch performance surface, coupled with an advanced physical model of a guitar. A fusion of Wizdom Music's Geo Synthesizer user interface (Jordan Rudess), and moForte's powerful, modeled guitar and effects chain based on the next generation Physical Modeling research of Dr. Julius O. Smith III of Stanford/CCRMA.
With GeoShred's physical modeling synthesis, you can achieve realistic guitar sounds that bend, stretch and manipulate the sound into endless possibilities. You can explore, edit and control the physics of a guitar model - including solid or hollow body, nylon or metal strings, pick position, harmonics and more.
GeoShred is NOT just another app. GeoShred is a powerful, musical instrument that offers a performance environment on a multi-touch surface unlike anything you've ever experienced.
GeoShred Version 2 Features Include:
- A fluidly expressive playing surface coupled with a Physically modeled guitar
- MIDI IN/OUT and MPE support
- MIDI control using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, virtual MIDI and all digital interfaces including the TASCAM iXR and iConnectivity
- MIDI configuration presets
- Customizable control surface that can be mapped to physical MIDI Controls
- Inter-App Audio and Audiobus support.
- Multiple Modeled effects
- Modeled feedback and VCF effects
- Echo, a unique looper and multi-tap echo
- Finger vibrato, slide and fret scraping
- Unique mono mode using intervals of multiple strings.
- Built in Arpeggiator
- Alternative tunings
- Intelligent pitch rounding
- Easily share presets with friends
Praise for GeoShred
"GeoShred is brilliant- it's a real instrument." - Eddie Jobson
"A fantastic new invention which is going to revolutionize the way music is played, expressed and learned! "GeoShred" is one of the foremost best musical inventions I've had the pleasure to experience in recent years. Definitely 5 stars out of 5! GIGANTASTIVISSIMO.....R...A...Z !!!!!" - Patrick Moraz
"That's just nuts. You're [Jordan] the best-guitarist-without-a-guitar of all time" - Joe Satriani
"GeoShred is a breakthrough [musical instrument] for the iPad. Some might think it's the best evidence yet that there has indeed been reverse engineering of alien technology, but if that's the case, then aliens play guitar...and worship Jimi Hendrix." - Craig Anderton, Harmony Central
"Geoshred is a completely innovative music instrument that has become an essential tool for me in both worlds; on stage and in the studio. The quality, flexibility, expressibility and reliability of Geoshred have made it my go-to (and admittedly most used) iOS music app!" - Diego Tejeida, Haken
GeoShred at NAMM 2017
moForte will show GeoShred at NAMM 2017 Anaheim, California, January 19 - 22, Hall E, booth 1172
About Wizdom Music (http://www.wizdommusic.com)
Founded by Jordan Rudess, the legendary keyboardist of progressive metal band, Dream Theater, Wizdom Music is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of technology to create expressive and exciting tools for making music.
About moForte (http://www.moforte.com)
moForte is the developer of Audio Modeling products based on the next generation Physical Modeling research of Dr. Julius O. Smith III of Stanford/CCRMA. moForte is bringing unprecedented expressivity to electronic musical instruments.
Ritchie Blackmore Would Not Have Reunited With Dio
Ritchie Blackmore made his return to rock last year with a new version of Rainbow and he says in a new interview that would not have reunited with original frontman Ronnie James Dio if the legendary metal singer was still alive.
The iconic original Deep Purple guitarist was asked in an interview if he was disappointed that he wasn't able to invite Dio, who died of cancer in 2010, to be part of the Rainbow reformation.
He responded, "I hate to say it, but no, I wasn't. I'd finished with Ronnie a long time ago, and we kept in touch now and again but I went on to other things and he was in other things.
"We kept it very convivial and that, but I think neither one of us really wanted to get back together. He's a strong alpha male, and so am I; he wanted to go one way, I wanted to go the other."
Blackmore also discussed how the mid-90s regrouping of Rainbow came about and he explained why the lineup didn't last: "I kind of left the Purple camp and I was really at a loose end, I didn't know what I wanted to do. I just knew that I didn't want to travel anymore. They were all over the world, all the time, and I hate traveling. It's funny, because I chose a profession where all you do is travel. I thought maybe I'll re-form Rainbow and see how it goes.
"Popularity-wise, it went very well. But I wasn't pleased with the lineup. After being in the studio, I thought, You know, I'm not happy with the singer (Doogie White). My main connection with music is the singer and if I don't have a good singer, I can't force it. And when you bring somebody into a band, sometimes the egos go crazy, so I thought, 'Why am I doing this?'
"And Candy and I would often get around the fire because we were up in Massachusetts in a snow storm all the time, so we'd often spend nights coming up with ideas. And I noticed that I was having a better time playing songs that Candy could sing rather than what the singer at the time in Rainbow was coming up with.
"So I decided to gravitate more toward the ballads and Medieval/Renaissance music, which of course has been my favorite music since 1972. So this was like two things in one: We're having a good time and I'm playing basically Renaissance music, so I was very happy with that."
Def Leppard, Duran Duran Singers Lead David Bowie Tribute Concert Lineup
A large crowd of David Bowie fans convened in London's Brixton Academy on Sunday night for a charity concert to celebrate the late artist's legendary career.
The show took place on what would have been Bowie's 70th birthday and included performances by past members of his touring band, including guitarist Earl Slick, former King Crimson frontman and touring guitarist Adrian Belew, pianist Mike Garson and bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, who played on some of Bowie's biggest hits such as "Space Oddity" and "Young Americans."
Other guests included Bowie's close friend Gary Oldman, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot, UK Synthpop act La Roux, Keane's Tom Chaplin, Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon, Tony Hadley and members of Spandau Ballet.
The three-hour show was backed by the London Community Gospel Choir and a string section. Oldman sang the first song, "Dead Man Walking." Other numbers included "Let's Dance," "Changes," "Ashes to Ashes,' "All the Young Dudes," "Life on Mars," "Rebel Rebel," "The Man who Sold the World," "Suffragette City," "Starman" and "Space Oddity." Read more here.
U2 Announce 30th Anniversary Joshua Tree Stadium Tour
U2 will mark the 30th anniversary of "The Joshua Tree" by playing the album in its entirety for the first time on a 2017 tour of stadiums across North America and Europe.
The Irish band's fifth album, "The Joshua Tree" spawned three hit singles ("With Or Without You", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Where The Streets Have No Name") on its way to selling more than 25 million copies worldwide, including 10 million in the U.S. alone.
A two-month run across North America will begin in Vancouver, BC on May 12 and include U2's first ever US festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June. Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and One Republic will open select dates.
The band will hit Europe in July with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds as special guests. "It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally writtten, with global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk," reflects The Edge. "To celebrate the album - as these songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too - we decided to do these shows, it feels right for now. We're looking forward to it."
"Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years," adds Bono. "It's quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarization… all the greats... I've sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them. I'm up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are… it's gonna be a great night. Especially when we play at home. Croke Park.. it's where the album was born, 30 years ago." See the tour dates here.
Stone Sour Entering Studio To Record New Album
Stone Sour have completed prep work on their new album and are entering the studio to record the effort drummer Roy Mayorga revealed via Instagram posts on Sunday (Jan 8)
The drummer posted a photo along with the caption "That's a wrap on rehearsals. Now off to record! #stonesour #studiolife #2017 #dw #sabian #promark #evans @dwdrums @evansdrumheads @promarkbydaddario @sabiancymbals_official (photo by @stubs_dsm )"
Frontman Corey Taylor recently discussed the group's new album plans and revealed "We're gonna record it the old-fashioned way. We're gonna get us all in the room. We're gonna record it together; we're gonna have that energy bouncing off of each other. It's gonna be a modern throwback, let's put it that way, and it's gonna destroy people."
He then said that they plan to once again work with Jay Ruston, "We're gonna co-produce ourselves with a good friends of ours named Jay Ruston, who has done a lot of work with a lot of different people.
"He has produced and mixed Steel Panther, Anthrax [and] a bunch of different other people. He also mixed the two 'House Of Gold And Bones' albums that we put out, and he mixed the two covers EPs that Stone Sour put out as well.
"So we have a great relationship with him, and he's somebody we really trust and we absolutely love to work with. So we're really looking forward to going in with him and really making a kick-ass rock 'n' roll album."
Taylor also shared his excitement about the new songs that they have written for the effort, "I am so stoked. It'll be the first album that we're doing with [Johny] Chow, our bass player, and Christian Martucci, our new guitar player.
"And it is fantastic. It is some of the best material we've ever written. It is so good, and it is such a great amalgam of all of these different styles that we just absolutely love. It's got a little bit of the heavy, like we like to do, but it's also way more hard rock - way more rock 'n' roll and hard rock than heavy. I mean, there's even a little bit of punk in there. And there's an energy there that is gonna decimate and blow away a lot of stuff that comes out next year. That's how excited I am."
Motorhead Star Guests On Black Label Society's Lorina's New Album
Black Label Society guitarist Dario Lorina set to release his second instrumental album "Death Grip Tribulations" next month and it will feature a guest appearance from Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell.
Apart from the Motorhead/Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons icon on one track, Lorina is backed on the album by his long time musical partner Dan DC Conway (Drums), fellow Black Label Society bandmates John JD DeServio (Bass) and Jeff Fabb (Drums), former Lizzy Borden bandmate Marten Andersson (Bass).
The album will be released on CD and digitally on February 24th, 2017 via Shrapnel Records. Label head Mike Varney had this to say about the effort, "Death Grip Tribulations makes it clear that Dario Lorina has become a force to be reckoned with, as at twenty seven years of age he draws from experience far beyond his years, creating a collection of songs built on forceful rhythms, strong melodies and an arsenal of advanced guitar chops." Visit Dario's official site for more details here.
Judas Priest Stream Live Track From Turbo Anniversary Edition
Judas Priest have issued a live recording of "Out In The Cold" as a preview to the February 3 release of an expanded reissue of their 1986 album, "Turbo", as it marks its 30th anniversary.
The track is from a May 1986 concert at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO that is featured in the revamped package, which also includes a remastered version of the original album.
"Utilizing the tones and textures of the latest guitar effects, 'Out in the Cold' heard Priest reinvent the classic heavy metal ballad," says the band of the opening tune from the Fuel For Life tour. "The haunting opening refrain leads into a passionate empathy of lost love, building a forceful tempo that lifts the dynamics through to a wave-crashing conclusion."
Judas Priest's tenth album, "Turbo" peaked at No. 17 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 1 million in the country.
The expanded 30th anniversary reissue will be available as a 3CD set, LP and via digital download. here.
Bruce Springsteen Concert Film TV Premiere Announced
The concert film "Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band: Live In Barcelona" is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, January 15 at 8pE/5pP on the cable/satellite channel AXS TV.
The film features the late saxophonist Clarence Clemons and was recorded at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain stop of The Rising Tour on October 16, 2002.
Some of the songs performed included "The Rising," "Darkness On The Edge Of Town," "Badlands," "Dancing In The Dark," "Born To Run," "Born In The U.S.A.," and "Thunder Road", among others.
Joe Satriani Looks Back On Teaching Metallica's Kirk Hammett
Joe Satriani reflected on teaching guitarist Kirk Hammett during his first days with Metallica. Satriani has forged a successful solo career, but has also spent much of his time as a guitar tutor, and nurtured talent including Hammett, Steve Vai and Testament's Alex Skolnick.
Looking back on the days he spent with a young Hammett, Satriani tells Classic Rock: "Kirk was a great student. He was very eager to learn. His fingers moved great - and he had great taste in guitar players like Michael Schenker and Uli John Roth. He was completely musical.
"He'd been in Exodus, but all of a sudden got in this band, Metallica, and he disappeared for a few months then came back with a copy of Kill 'Em All. Thrash metal songs had brand new chord progressions that had nothing to do with blues, Zeppelin or the Beatles.
"Kirk would come in and say, 'Check out this new song I have to solo over - what key is this in?' Often the song wasn't in just one key. I had to teach him to decipher the song's tonality, to understand the musical possibilities, and how to make his own decisions on what to play."
Satriani says he remembers a "young kid full of talent and enthusiasm" and reports that Metallica track Hit The Lights perfectly captured the sound of the time and adds: "Kirk had just replaced another great guitar player, Dave Mustaine, and at first he took Dave's approach of playing blues rock over the progressions." Read more here.
Graham Bonnet Band Release 'Rider' Video
The Graham Bonnet Band have released a new music video for the track "Rider". The song comes from the group's 2016 studio album release "The Book".
Bonnet is best known as a former vocalist for a number of iconic hard rock bands where he sang on numerous classic albums including Rainbow's 'Down To Earth' (1979), Michael Schenker Group's 'Assault Attack' (1982), Alcatrazz's 'No Parole For Rock 'n' Roll' (1983) and 'Disturbing The Peace' (1985), and Impellitteri's 'Stand In Line' (1988).
His new solo band also features Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass, South American guitar sensation Conrado Pesinato on lead guitar, ex-Alcatrazz man Jimmy Waldo on keys, and Mark Zonder (known for his acclaimed work with Warlord and Fates Warning). Watch the video here.
FOREIGNER, CHEAP TRICK AND JASON BONHAM TOUR SET TO LAUNCH JULY 11th IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK
TICKETS GO ON SALE JANUARY 13 AT LIVENATION.COM
FOREIGNER’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE MAY 5th
“I Want To Know What Love Is.” “Cold As Ice.” “Hot Blooded.” “Juke Box Hero.”
FOREIGNER, the band behind these classic and iconic songs, is turning 40 this year and they’re bringing their friends along for the year-long celebration.
First up is a mammoth worldwide tour, set to launch in Syracuse, NY on July 11th. For the US shows presented by Live Nation, Foreigner will be alongside Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick — who are also celebrating 40 years since the release of their self-titled debut album -- and special guest Jason Bonham who will be bringing the music of Led Zeppelin to great night of rock ’n’ roll. Tickets go on sale January 13, 2017 at www.livenation.com.
“I never could have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner forty years ago, that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later,” says founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones. “I can’t express the gratitude I feel when fans share stories of how our songs have been woven into their milestones and memories over the years. This summer we are going to celebrate these songs, and I can’t imagine a better group of friends to share this monumental tour with, than Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham who are sure to make it a true tribute to the everlasting power of rock and roll."
Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, CHEAP TRICK is undoubtedly one of the most influential classic rock groups of the past 50 years. They have performed over 5,000 shows spanning four decades and have sold 20 million records worldwide. CHEAP TRICK formed in 1974 and while they have evolved throughout the years, the band continues to reach mainstream and critical success. Hits such as "I Want You To Want Me," "Dream Police," and "Surrender" have cemented the group as one of America's top rock 'n' roll bands of all time. In 2016, CHEAP TRICK released its 17th studio collection, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello
“I was thrilled to hear Mick Jones wanted me to be involved in celebrating 40 years of Foreigner. I spent 3 years as their drummer and had a great time," says Jason Bonham. "Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience show will hit home run after home run with these timeless classics done to perfection. JBLZE started 7 years ago as a way to show my appreciation not only to my dad and the music of Led Zeppelin, but also to the fans themselves. With the amazing Cheap Trick along with the one and only Foreigner this is show not to be missed.”
To coincide with the tour, FOREIGNER--Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums)– will be releasing a celebratory 40th anniversary album that features forty FOREIGNER tracks throughout the years entitled 40 – Forty Hits From Forty Years (RHINO). This album is a comprehensive compilation of original hits and several tracks from the current lineup with Kelly Hansen on vocals including “Cant Slow Down,” “Too Late,” and the Top 20 AC hit “When It Comes To Love.” The album also features two new songs, “The Flame Still Burns,” and “Give My Life For Love,” a brand new song by Jones. Rhino is kicking off a year-long catalog promotion with the January 24th picture disc release of Head Games.
Since the 1977 release of their first hit “Feels Like The First Time” and their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, FOREIGNER has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multi-platinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.
Recent albums like Juke Box Heroes, a new compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, and The Best of Foreigner 4 & More, recorded live from The Borgata, Atlantic City, both entered the Billboard Top 200 chart. Foreigner also featured strongly in every category in Billboard's recently released “Greatest of All Time” listing. Catalog sales often eclipse those of Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen and most of their Classic Rock peers (Source: Nielsen SoundScan 2/11/16 - 2/3/16).
Check out the tour at any of the following stops, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks and posted on the band’s official website. Fans can check out livenation.com for updates on tour dates and news.
Tue Jul 11
Thu Jul 13
Fri Jul 14
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sat Jul 15
Mon Jul 17
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Tue Jul 18
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Thu Jul 20
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Fri Jul 21
Darien Center, NY
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sat Jul 22
PNC Bank Arts Center
Tue Jul 25
Jiffy Lube Live
Wed Jul 26
Virginia Beach, VA
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Fri Jul 28
Sun Jul 30
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Tue Aug 01
West Palm Beach, FL
Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 02
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sat Aug 05
PNC Music Pavilion
Sun Aug 06
Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Tue Aug 08
Riverbend Music Center
Wed Aug 09
Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Fri Aug 11
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat Aug 12
Sun Aug 13
Klipsch Music Center
Tue Aug 15
Kansas City, MO
Wed Aug 16
Maryland Heights, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheater - St. Louis
Sat Aug 19
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun Aug 20
Wed Aug 23
Thu Aug 24
Sat Aug 26
West Valley City, UT***
Tue Aug 29
Chula Vista, CA***
Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 30
Los Angeles, CA***
Fri Sep 01
Sat Sep 02
Mountain View, CA***
Mon Sep 04
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri Sep 08
Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sat Sep 09
White River Amphitheatre
*** Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience not on this date
Additional dates and support to be announced
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST “LIVE” TOKYO FEATURING THE ORIGINAL MSG VOCALISTS GARY BARDEN, GRAHAM BONNET AND ROBIN MCAULEY TO BE RELEASED ON MARCH 24th 2017!
AVAILABLE ON 2CD, 2CD+DVD COMBO, LP, DVD, BLU-RAY, DIGITAL
Michael Schenker - Lead Guitarist (6 years younger brother of Rudolf Schenker)
1970 - At age 15 - Michael records his first album with the Scorpions creating instant international recognition.
1972 - At age 17 - Michael joins the British Rock Band UFO for 6 Albums reaching their highest success ever.
1978 - At age 23 - Michael leaves UFO after recording Strangers in the Night, becoming one of the most successful rock live albums of all time.
1979 - At age 24 - Michael opens the doors to America for the Scorpions with Lovedrive.
1979 - At age 24 - Michael starts his solo career.
Michael Schenker, one of music’s greatest rock guitarists, will release Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo – a stunning new live recording and filmed concert released by inakustik on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on Friday 24th March 2017.
Filmed and recorded at Tokyo’s International Forum on August 24, 2016, this historic concert features guest appearances from some of the greatest rock vocalists who have worked with Schenker over the years including M.S.G.’S Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley of the McAuley Schenker Group.
Watch the official trailer for Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo - http://bit.ly/2j8vwL0
“It's been a long time since M.S.G. - Live At Budokan,” says Schenker.
Like a miracle Michael Schenker returns to Japan with his past original singers from the '80's to celebrate the Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley at the amazing Tokyo International Forum. 5000 fans witnessed an anthology moment of quintessential hard rock music of the highest calibre.
Says Schenker, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, something like this took place with the original band members of “M.S.G.”. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable.”
Continues Schenker, “It's an amazing feeling to have all of my M.S.G. Family from the '80's performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our Assault Attack album that was originally released in 1982. Fortunately, being able to have the participation of original M.S.G. members such as Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and somehow, to perform with Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.”
Michael Schenker – Lead Guitar
Ted McKenna – Drums
Steve Mann – Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Glen – Bass
“It was just one enjoyable event from beginning to end,” says Schenker. “Seeing those happy, excited fans right from the beginning before the show even started, was incredible. It was like Budokan all over again.”
Schenker remains enthusiastic and overjoyed at performing Schenker Fest with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley all under the same roof in Tokyo.
“It’s wonderful how we all got on with each other. It felt incredibly natural, as if it was always like this. Right from the start of rehearsal, the chemistry was great. No problems, just pure fun.”
1. Intro: Searching For Freedom
2. Into The Arena
3. Attack Of The Mad Axeman ft. Gary Barden
4. Victim Of Illusion ft. Gary Barden
5. Cry For The Nations ft. Gary Barden
6. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie ft. Gary Barden
7. Armed And Ready ft. Gary Barden
8. Coast To Coast
9. Assault Attack ft. Graham Bonnet
10. Desert Song ft. Graham Bonnet
11. Dancer ft. Graham Bonnet
12. Captain Nemo
13. This Is My Heart ft. Robin McAuley
14. Save Yourself ft. Robin McAuley
15. Love Is Not A Game ft. Robin McAuley
16. Shoot Shoot ft. Robin McAuley
17. Rock Bottom ft. Robin McAuley
18. Doctor Doctor ft. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley
Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo is available in the following formats:
2 CD + DVD Combo
Michael Schenker started his professional career as a recording Artist in 1970 as a young hopeful talent in the Scorpions and followed this with a stint in the British hard rock institution UFO and then his own Michael Schenker Group before moving on to forming The Temple of Rock.
Over the years, Michael has not just experienced the highs and lows of life; but his development as a guitarist has been consistent, from a German Wunderkind to an experienced and technically highly skilled guitarist.
The Michael Schenker Group (abbreviated as M.S.G.) are a guitar-oriented hard rock band formed in 1979 by former Scorpions and UFO guitarist, Michael Schenker.
Michael Schenker's solo career instantly took off right from the start 1980 when the eponymous debut album, "Michael Schenker Group", featuring Gary Barden on vocals, entered the top 5 UK Album and Single Charts with Armed and Ready, followed by the release of Live At The Budokan.
In 1982, Graham Bonnet who had just left Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow was temporary replacing Gary Barden and recorded with M.S.G. the album Assault Attack which was to become many musicians’ favorite featuring Chris Glen on bass and Ted McKenna on drums.
In 1986, Schenker and vocalist Robin McAuley formed the McAuley Schenker Group, which lasted until 1992.
M.S.G.’s music is best described as mostly melodic hard rock with progressive undertones. Michael Schenker is famous for his black and white Gibson Flying V and for his unorthodox approach to lead guitar. Michael is sponsored by Dean Guitars and is well known in the neo-classical genre.
M.S.G. - DISCOGRAPHY
THE MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (1980) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
M.S.G. (1981) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN (1982) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
ASSAULT ATTACK (1982) Ft. Graham Bonnet (vocals)
BUILT TO DESTROY (1983) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
WRITTEN IN THE SAND (1996) Ft. Leif Sundin (vocals)
THE UNFORGIVEN (1999) Ft. Kelly Keeling (vocals)
BE AWARE OF SCORPIONS (2001) Ft. Chris Logan (vocals)
ARACHNOPHOBIAC (2003) Ft. Chris Logan (vocals)
TALES OF ROCK’N’ROLL (2006) Ft. Jari Tiura (vocals)
IN THE MIDST OF BEAUTY (2008) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
LIVE IN TOKYO – THE 30th ANNIVERARY CONCERT (2010) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
McAuley Schenker Group was a multi-national band featuring core members Robin McAuley (vocals) and Michael Schenker (guitar), a successor (and eventual predecessor) to Schenker's earlier band Michael Schenker Group. McAuley was initially contacted to replace singer Gary Barden in MSG. However, the strong partnership immediately formed between McAuley and Schenker led to the change of the name from Michael Schenker Group to McAuley Schenker Group, retaining the same initials of the previous band “M.S.G.”.
Their debut album Perfect Timing, released in 1987, included their first hit Gimme Your Love. Two years later, Save Yourself was released, giving this incarnation of M.S.G. its biggest hit with the power ballad Anytime (co-written by McAuley and the band’s guitarist, keyboard player Steve Mann), the album M.S.G. Schenker/McAuley followed in 1992, followed by "Unplugged" Live in 1993.
After that Schenker and McAuley went their separate ways. Michael decided to withdraw from the spotlight of the rock scene (doing occasional recordings with UFO and MSG, but focused mainly on experimenting with music, building a recording studio and had his own record company while also focusing on his development on a personal level.
2008 was Michael's return into the loop of rock’n’roll with a reunion album with Gary Barden "In the Midst of Beauty" on inakustik and from then on Michael developed step by step all the way back to the top again.
MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP - DISCOGRAPHY
PERFECT TIMING (1987)
SAVE YOURSELF (1989)
M.S.G. SCHENKER/MCAULEY (1992)
NIGHTMARE: THE ACOUSTIC M.S.G. (1992)
“UNPLUGGED” LIVE (1992)
OTHER INAKUSTIK ALBUM RELEASES:
MICHAEL SCHENKER & GARY BARDEN: GIPSY LADY (2009) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER: TEMPLE OF ROCK (2011) Ft. Michael Voss (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER: TEMPLE OF ROCK – LIVE IN EUROPE (2012) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK: BRIDGE THE GAP (2013) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK: SPIRIT ON A MISSION (2015) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK: ON A MISSION – LIVE IN MADRID (2016) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
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Aerosmith's Long Goodbye May Last Years And Include New Music
Aerosmith are gearing up to launch their Aero-Vederci, Baby Tour later this year which has been dubbed their farewell trek, but guitarist Brad Whitford says that it may be a very long goodbye for the veteran band.
Whitford recently spoke with Metal Express Radio about the band's not-so-impending retirement and told the outlet that they may tour for several years and may also record some new music.
"We really are calling it the Farewell Tour but it's going to probably take us between the next three to five years as we plan on touring the States, South America, Europe and Japan and wherever else, so it's going to take a while.
He had the following to say about the possibility of new music, "We're at the talking stage of doing some more music. It's quite hard right now as Steven [Tyler] is out on the road with his band. We had a talk a few weeks back about going into the studio. When that'll happen, though, I'm not sure. We certainly have plenty of ideas." Check out the full interview here.
David Bowie's Final Recordings Released On His 70th Birthday
An EP of David Bowie's final recordings has been released to mark the late singer's 70th birthday on January 8. Available now on streaming services, the four-song "No Plan" EP features the title track, "Killing A Little Time" and "When I Met You" packaged with "Lazarus" from 2016's "Blackstar" album, and is accompanied by a new video for "No Plan" directed by Tom Hingston.
The three tunes were first issued last fall on the Original Cast Recording of the Broadway musical, "Lazarus", a production featuring Bowie's music that was inspired by Walter Tevis' novel The Man Who Fell To Earth; the musician previously starred in the 1976 film adaptation of the same name that was directed by Nicolas Roeg.
A year ago, Bowie released his 25th album, "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday - just two days before his passing from liver cancer on January 10, 2016.
"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer," read the official statement delivered via the singer's social media sites. "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."
Following his passing, Bowie's "Blackstar" debuted at No. 1 on the UK charts and a total of 10 of his records landed in his native country's Top 40.Watch the video here.
Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Undergoes Surgery To Remove Lump
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says he is fine following recent surgery to remove a noncancerous lump from his throat. Last month, Iommi revealed that doctors determined his latest tests revealed the blood cancer lymphoma - first diagnosed in 2012 - was in remission but that they discovered a lump at the back of his nose that needed to be extracted and analyzed.
"Well, I had the treatment when I got back from (our tour of) South America," Iommi tells Planet Rock. "I went in for the throat operation - they found a lump at the back of my sinus in the throat and we had to have it checked in case it may have been cancerous.
"But it turns out it wasn't, which I found out on Christmas Day, which is brilliant! So far (I'm all good). I daren't say that - I'll probably fall down the stairs now!"
The guitarist shared the update while speaking with the UK radio station about "How Good It Is", a new song that he has just released with the Birmingham Cathedral Choir. Read more here.
Deep Purple Sue Accountant Over Missing Millions Of Dollars
Deep Purple are suing longtime account Dipak Shanker Rao after discovering that nearly $5 million dollars is missing following a review of their company's books.
The Times reports principal band members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice and the estate of Jon Lord have filed a lawsuit in London's High Court accusing Rao of siphoning off up to £4 million in royalties from their financial companies, HEC Enterprises and Deep Purple (Overseas) Ltd.
The High Court have frozen Rao's assets after he admitted "borrowing" or "lending" at least £2.27 million of the company's money. Only £477,000 has been recovered to date, while both companies went into administration (bankruptcy) a year ago.
The funds were discovered missing during a review of the group's books after former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore sued the companies last year, alleging that he was owed £750,000 in unpaid royalties. Read more here.
Billy Joel Announce 2017 Stadium Tour Dates
As we reported last week Billy Joel will be performing his very first concert at Dodger Stadium in May but that will not be the only stadium that will be rocked by the "Piano Man" this year.
Joel has announced additional stadium and arena dates including the very first concert that will be taking place at the Atlanta Braves new stadium SunTrust Park on April 28th.
The legendary music icon will be kicking off his 2017 live action this Wednesday (Jan 11) at Madison Square Garden in New York City and has announced dates that run through September 9th where he will stage a concert at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pa.
Additional cities include Orlando, New Orleans, Lincoln (NE), Uniondale (NY), Cleveland, Chicago and Boston, as well as additional residency dates at Madison Square Garden in Feb, March, April and May.
Billy Joel 2017 Tour Dates:
01/11 - New York, N.Y. - Madison Square Garden Arena
01/27 - Orlando, Fla. - Amway Center
02/10 - New Orleans, La. - Smoothie King Center
02/22 - New York, N.Y. - Madison Square Garden Arena
03/3 - New York, N.Y. - Madison Square Garden Arena
03/24 - Lincoln, Neb. - Pinnacle Bank Arena
04/5 - Uniondale, N.Y. - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
04/14 - New York, N.Y. - Madison Square Garden Arena
04/28 - Atlanta, Ga. - SunTrust Park
05/13 - Los Angeles, Calif. - Dodger Stadium
05/25 - New York, N.Y. - Madison Square Garden Arena
07/14 - Cleveland, Ohio - Progressive Field
08/11 - Chicago, Ill. - Wrigley Field
08/30 - Boston, Mass. - Fenway Park
09/9 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Citizens Bank Park
Black Star Riders Release 'Testify Or Say Goodbye' Video
Black Star Riders have released a new music video for the song "Testify or Say Goodbye". The track comes from their forthcoming third album, "Heavy Fire."
"Power, glory, rock n roll with a whole lotta soul," says frontman Ricky Warwick. "You gotta testify or say goodbye. Tell me no secrets, tell me no lies. Get up on the stand look me straight in the eye. You gotta testify or say goodbye... Kinda says it all, really!"
The tune follows the project's lead single, "When The Night Comes In", as the second preview of "Heavy Fire", due out February 3. Black Star Riders recorded album number three just outside of Nashville, TN with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Mastodon).
"Not many new bands get to record three albums these days," explains guitarist Scott Gorham. "Without doubt this is BSR'S best album so far. We had a great time recording it and can't wait to play the new songs live on tour in March."
The band will launch the record with a tour of the UK and Ireland that begins in Cardiff, Wales on March 2. Watch the video here.
Video From The Doors Special 50th Anniversary Event Goes Online
The surviving members of The Doors, guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore, marked the 50th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album at a special event in Los Angeles last Wednesday (Jan 4), and video from the celebration has surfaced online.
Joining Densmore and Krieger were family members of the late Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison as the city honored the group by proclaiming January 4 as the "Day Of The Doors" with a proclamation from Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin during a public event at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues, the location of the iconic "Venice" sign.
"Well, it's 50 years of The Doors," said Krieger. "We started right here in Venice and we're ending up right here in Venice too so it's all a cycle, you know?"
"The ocean is just right out there and that's where Jim got the idea to write the song Moonlight Drive," recalled Densmore. "So then we went to Hollywood and made it, but our roots are here."
Frontman Morrison died under suspicious circumstances in Paris, France in 1971 at the age of 27, and keyboardist Manzarek died from bile duct cancer in Rosenheim, Germany in 2013 at 74.
Remembering their fallen bandmates, Krieger explained, "You know you cannot say what Jim would have done or said because he always would do something different, but I bet you he would've been here and he would've dug it and I think he would've been proud."
"I'm sure Ray would've loved it," added Densmore. "He was always working the band, and this is great."
Following the ceremony - which included a ceremonial lighting of the Venice sign and the band's logo - Krieger and Densmore ran through a version of the band's classic, "L.A. Woman", as the crowd cheerfully sang along. Watch video from the event here.
Dave Mustaine Reveals Details For Megadeth Boot Camp
Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine is sharing details of the band's upcoming Boot Camp weekend that will see fans join the group on his private estate in Fallbrook, CA from March 10 - 13.
Megadeth Boot Camp will feature an acoustic performance by the band along with fireside stories from the road; guitar, bass and drum lessons, and a jam session; an off-site wine tasting with Mustaine, and more.
"It's gonna be at my estate in California," Mustaine tells Q104.3 New York's Jonathan Clarke. "I still have my home in California. I live in Tennessee full time now, but I still [have a home] in California. It has a vineyard on it, it's got a river running through it, a two-hundred-year-old oak-tree-farm kind of area - real neat. And we're gonna invite all the fans. They come the first night. We kind of get to know everybody, and then we'll have dinner and have a wine tasting.
"And then the next day is all clinics all day long - how to play guitar, how to play bass, how to play drums, how to write lyrics… And then we're gonna have the brewmaster from Unibroue [who collaborated with Mustaine on the official Megadeth beer À Tout Le Monde], he's gonna be there. We're gonna have a couple of other people there. The producer that worked on the record with me. We're gonna be recording in my studio there. We're gonna have the original track to 'Symphony Of Destruction'. Anybody that wants to can go in there and sing the original lyrics over 'Symphony Of Destruction', make their own version to take home with them. That's like a side thing; that's not included in the pack. And then that night, we'll have dinner and beer."
"Saturday morning," continues Mustaine, "(bassist) David Ellefson - as a guy that's got twenty-five years in a twelve-step program - is gonna do a meditational program that morning. And then Sunday, since he's pastor - some people would question that - he's gonna be doing a little non-denominational church service for us on Sunday morning. And then we're gonna do some more clinics and stuff like that.
"And Saturday night, we're gonna have like a s'mores party, and we're gonna sit around storytelling and stuff like that. And then Sunday, before we leave, we're gonna try and get all two hundred people to play 'Symphony Of Destruction' together and have this two-hundred-person army of acoustic guitars playing. 'Cause I figure somebody out of that two hundred is gonna know how to play it right, and they'll drown out the ones that don't." Read more here.
Journey's Neal Schon Talks Rock Hall Induction, New Projects
Even as Journey prepares for their April induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band's longtime guitarist, Neal Schon, is gearing up for a busy 2017.
In addition to the group's upcoming tour-which runs from mid-February through mid-July-Schon is working on three other projects: a collaborative album with drummer-producer Narada Michael Walden, an avant garde "techno" album, and, most notably, a stripped-down blues record with Joe Bonamassa producer Kevin Shirley. "Blues is where my roots are," he said, "so at the end of the [Journey] tour, I'm going to set aside some time to head into the studio and knock it out."
Speaking with Guitar World, Schon was also asked if he ever thought Journey would one day be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I didn't really think about it," he said. "We were up about 17 years ago, and when we weren't nominated, I kind of forgot about it. One of the main things that got us in was our fans voting so hard. The fans and the music are the main things for me. They spoke and the Hall listened. It's an honor to be in there and get the nod for some of the staples and cement we've made." Read more here.
Glenn Hughes Gearing Up For Solo Tour
Former Deep Purple icon Glenn Hughes is gearing up to launch his rescheduled tours of the UK and Europe later this month in support for his latest studio album "Resonate".
He had the following to say about hitting the road, "I'm thrilled to be coming over to tour the UK and Europe this month and February. My band will now be a four piece. On guitar is Søren Andersen, on drums Pontus Engborg, and on keyboards Jay Boe.
"Song selections will be a mix from my new album Resonate, and from my well of historic songs through the decades. This tour is all about ROCK and what it means to us all, including my band, and to my fans and friends. Let's get 2017 going with a killer night for ROCK lovers, movers and shakers. I'm in. Let's go! See you down the front!"
Hughes had originally planned to tour in support of release with a coheadlining trek with Living Colour but was forced to cancel the tour after Living Colour was added to Alter Bridge's European tour.
Glenn's new tour will feature support from Stone Broken and is set to kick with a UK leg on January 20th in Newcastle and concluding on February 2nd in Bristol.
The mainland leg will launch on February 4th in Vaureal, France and includes stops in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.
Glenn Hughes Tour Dates:
01/20 - Riverside - Newcastle, UK
01/21 - Islington Assembly - London, UK
01/23 - Robin 2 - Bilston, UK
01/24 - The Garage - Glasgow (Scotland), UK
01/26 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, UK
01/27 - Academy 2 - Manchester, UK
01/29 - Sub 89 - Reading, UK
01/30 - The Junction - Cambridge, UK
02/01 - The Church - Leeds, UK
02/02 - The Fleece - Bristol, UK
02/04 - Le Forum - Vaureal, France
02/05 - Boerderij - Zoetermeer, Netherlands
02/07 - Posten - Odense, Denmark
02/08 - Toldkammeret - Helsingor, Denmark
02/10 - Union Scene - Drammen, Norway
02/11 - Frimis Salonger - Orebro, Sweden
02/13 - Meet Factory - Prague, Czech Republic
02/14 - House Of Art - Spa Piestany, Slovakia
02/16 - Simm City - Vienna, Austria
02/17 - Zona Roveri - Bologna, Italy
02/19 - Serraglio - Milan, Italy
02/20 - Conrad Sohm - Dornbirn, Austria
02/22 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
02/23 - 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands
Gary Rossington Talks New Album and Lynyrd Skynyrd Anthems
Lynyrd Skynyrd legend Gary Rossington has been talking to Premier Guitar about his new album with wife Dale Krantz-Rossington, plus his ongoing dates with Lynyrd Skynyrd and the "perfect" Gibson Les Paul.
2016 was a major year for Rossington: as well as the new album, Take it on Faith, he also recovered from two heart attacks - one in October 2015 and one this past summer. But he's also still on a crusade to keep classic Lynyrd Skynyrd songs alive on the road.
"All these years later, 'Freebird' and some of these songs have taken on an anthem-like feel," Rossington understandably says. "Everybody yells out 'Freebird' or 'Sweet Home Alabama.' I'm the only one left that gets to tell about it... I'm gonna keep on going until I can't."
Of his new album with Dale he says, "Most of them were blues songs, and blues never changes. You can play blues from way back in the day until now... We just did it with tape, analog, you know? Put down a basic, overdubbed a little bit, and 'boom,' there it was. For blues, that's the best way. But we did a little Pro Tools for tuning up things and moving things and this and that." Read more here.
Rick Wakeman Changes His Tune About Yes Rock Hall Induction
Former Yes star player Rick Wakeman has changed his tune about attending the legendary prog band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following recent comments that he would be skipping the event.
Wakeman told fans via his on Wednesday (Jan 4) that he now plans to attend the induction after organizers "agreed" to a special tribute to his late Yes bandmate Chris Squire.
The keyboardist wrote, "I am very pleased to announce that as the Hall of Fame have now agreed to present Chris Squire's wife with a posthumous award acknowledging his massive contribution to YES.
"I have agreed to attend the Induction ceremony in New York to both stand proudly with my fellow band mates Jon and Trevor and also to watch Chris's wife Scottie collect this well deserved award on his behalf.
"I also hope that this move to acknowledge members of bands who sadly did not live to receive their own honour, means they can get them posthumously in the future".
Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Streams Unusual Collaboration
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is sharing a new song, "How Good It Is", that he recorded with the Birmingham Cathedral Choir. Iommi worked with his friend the Dean Of Birmingham, the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, on the five-minute arrangement which celebrates peace, harmony and the Cathedral's role in the heart of the city.
"How Good It Is" features the Black Sabbath legend on acoustic guitar with lyrics inspired by Psalm 133 and performed by men and boys from the Cathedral Choir.
"It's great to be involved with the Cathedral and doing something for it," explains Iommi. "When Catherine mentioned it, it felt like a nice thing to do, to be able to give something to the city.
"It's just a little bit different to Sabbath!" he joked. "We've done instrumental work before with orchestras and it's something I enjoy doing. It's completely different from any of the heavier stuff. This is a completely new piece of music and I'm really pleased with it." Stream the song here.
Billy Joel To Rock Dodger Stadium For The First Time
Billy Joel announced during a press conference on Thursday (January 5th) that he will be staging his very first concert at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, May 13th.
Despite being a New York native, Joel's early career was spent as a piano player and lounge singer at the Executive Room in Los Angeles, where he performed under the name, Bill Martin, and inspired his iconic song "Piano Man."
An American Express presale for the Dodger Stadium show will run from January 9th at 10 am through Thursday, January 12th at 10 pm and general ticket sales will begin on January 13th at 10 am.
The Dodger Stadium show follows Joel's landmark residency performances at Madison Square Garden, where he played one sold-out show a month beginning in January of 2014, according to the announcement.
Bob Dylan To Be Focus Of New Course At Cambridge
After being honored with the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, Bob Dylan in now officially highbrow! So much so, that England's Cambridge University is offering a course where you can study Dylan.
Not only that, but Cambridge - rated the world's fourth best University by The Times Education Supplement (after the California Institute of Technology, Oxford and Stanford) - will also throw-in some Leonard Cohen academia too.
From January, a new Cambridge course will examine the works and achievement of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, inviting students to assess their lyrics, music and poetry. It will be led by novelist and literary professor Jem Poster and musicologist and guitarist Stephen Ferron, focusing predominantly on the two artists' songs written during the 1960s. The two-day course runs on January 28 and 29, with participants welcome to attend either or both sessions.
The first will be devoted largely to Dylan, whose career spans more than 50 years and recently became the first musician to win a Nobel Prize for literature. Read more here.
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE KXM "SCATTERBRAIN"
“Scatterbrain” is the all new sophomore release from the super-group KXM comprised of drummer Ray Luzier (KoRn), guitarist George Lynch (Lynch Mob) and King’s X front man dUg Pinnick and is the follow up album to their highly successful 2014 self-titled debut release which landed at #31 on the Billboard Top 200.
“Scatterbrain” features 13 brand new tracks and was recorded at the Steakhouse Studio in North Hollywood California where the band once again tapped Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Flotsam & Jetsam/Prong/Last In Line) to engineer the new effort.
From the infectious riff of the album opener “Scatterbrain” to the outro of “Angel,” KXM have created something truly special and musically diverse. Songs like “Breakout,” “Calypso,” and “True Deceivers” are sonically different from each other taking the listener on a musical journey. Scatterbrain is thematically a darker record than the debut. The album builds upon the developed KXM rock sound but this time includes some different dynamics drawing inspiration from prog, ska, punk and metal. Through it all, it remains undeniably KXM.
Speaking about the recording process for KXM’s new record, vocalist dUg Pinnick comments, “We wrote all the songs right on the spot and immediately recorded them, everyone doing his part and no one telling the other one what or how to play, just like the previous album!”. Drummer Ray Luzier adds “We wanted to use the same formula as the 1st KXM record…book studio time, come in fresh every day with a new idea, run with it and not over think anything” .
Basically it was “Record-topia”, we showed up in the studio, camped out with a bunch of gear and let the tape roll!” states guitarist George Lynch. “Just like the first album, no pre-production, no rehearsal, no pre-written songs, every song was written as a product of an in-studio jam session!”
On the topic of the musical direction and overall vibe of the new album Ray recently told Modern Drummer Magazine; “It's a darker record than the first one, it's really heavy and it’s very soulful with dUg's voice leading the way". Ray further describes the direction of the new album, “There is some straight ahead rock, bits of prog, ska and tons of dynamics, there is a lot involved but it still sounds like KXM!” Official release date for KXM “Scatterbrain” is March 17, 2017. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
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U2 Plan Epic 'Joshua Tree' Anniversary Show?
U2 wished fans a Merry Christmas last week and in their quirky holiday video message the band eluded to a series of special 30th anniversary Joshua Tree shows.
"Next year's gonna be a big year for the U2 group," Bono said in the video message. "We have Songs of Experience coming… and to honor the 30th anniversary of Joshua Tree, we have some very special shows. Very special," he said. It now appears we may see the band reveal significant news about these shows as soon as next week.
On Wednesday, fan site AtU2.com reported that U2 and concert promoter Live Nation will partner for a joint announcement Monday, January 9. If the news is accurate, U2 will announce a show on May 20, 2017 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Read more here.
The Doors Expand Debut Album For 50th Anniversary
The Doors will release an expanded, 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their self-titled 1967 debut album on March 31. Packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book, the 3CD/LP set will include remastered stereo and mono mixes of the original record alongside a live recording from a March 7, 1967 performance at The Matrix in San Francisco, CA.
Remastered for the first time in nearly 30 years, the stereo mix of "The Doors" makes its return to CD after a decade while the mono mix makes its CD debut and also appears on the LP included.
The Matrix concert recordings deliver eight songs from the band's debut that were sourced from the recently discovered original tapes, which were previously thought to be lost; the upgrade tops a 2008 release of the material taken from a third-generation source. Read more here.
Black Country Communion Begin Recording New Album
Black Country Communion have entered the studio to begin recording their fourth album. The group connected for a series of writing sessions in September with producer Kevin Shirley.
"The gang is all here," tweeted guitarist Joe Bonamassa on Wednesday alongside a photo of the band in the studio. Bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes added on his social media sites, "Here we go. BCC4 recording in Hollywood."
The lineup of Hughes, Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham revealed plans last year to reunite after they disbanded in early 2013. Read more here.
Megadeth Hopeful The Band Will Finally Receive Grammy
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson remains hopeful the veteran thrash band will eventually win a Grammy Award after recently receiving their 12th nomination in the Best Metal Performance category as part of the 2017 ceremony.
The title track to the group's fifteenth album, "Dystopia", will compete for the honor alongside tracks by Baroness ("Shock Me"), Gojira ("Silvera"), Korn ("Rotting in Vain") and Periphery ("The Price Is Wrong").
"It's recognition by your industry and by your peers for the work that you've done," Ellefson tells FeMetal TV. "And I assume it's nice to win [laughs] - hopefully we'll know one day. It's always nice to be nominated.
"And I think being nominated for a metal band, that says a lot. Because if you're a pop act, if you're Nashville, or an urban act, a Grammy can really put a lot of wind in your sails - to sell records, to bring notoriety, touring… on all aspects. I remember Norah Jones, the little girl with eleven or whatever Grammys she had, it changed her life. Whereas a metal band, we've been around many years - we've done the ground work, we've done the leg work, we've toured, we have a very intrinsic connection with our fanbase already."
Megadeth received their first Grammy nomination for the title track to "Rust In Peace" in 1991, and the "Dystopia" nod marks the band's fifth in the past seven years.
Given the scope of music recognized by The Recording Academy, Ellefson has come to appreciate that metal is included - even if it barely registers a mention on the annual broadcast, let alone have a heavy rock act actually perform on the Awards.
"The Grammy thing is obviously wonderful," the bassist explains, "But I think we are a genre… And there's a lot of genres there, because there's something like a hundred categories; they only televise, like, twelve or fourteen of 'em on TV, but there's another, literally, sixty [or] seventy categories that they give away from 1 p.m. 'till 5 p.m. before the televised section starts - Tejano music, things that I barely even have heard of. And they're honoring that.
"And that is the thing that I think is cool about the Grammys - they have really widened themselves out to honoring all of these different genres, and deservedly so. There isn't just one-size-fits-all in music, so it's cool that they honor that, and it's great that metal is one of those." Read more and watch the full interview here.
Red Hot Chili Peppers To Appear in Ryan Gosling Film
What do Ryan Gosling and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have in common? They're both set to appear in Terrence Malick's forthcoming feature film, Song to Song.
Gosling will star opposite Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman, while the Red Hot Chili Peppers mark just one band among many that will appear in the film. The musically-driven Song to Song was originally titled Weightless and was filmed on location at Austin City Limits in 2012.
The synopsis sounds like a cross between a film noir and the Austin music scene. According to IndieWire, "In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples -- struggling songwriters Faye (Mara) and BV (Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Portman) -- chase success through a rock 'n' roll landscape of seduction and betrayal." It marks Gosling's second musically-driven film in less than a year. He starred opposite Emma Stone in 2016's La La Land.
Besides the Red Hot Chili Peppers, other artists and bands like Florence and the Machine, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Lykke Li, and the Black Lips will appear. Song to Song hits theaters on March 17th. Read more here.
Tool And Lorde Lead Governors Ball Lineup
The lineup for the 2017 Governors Ball has arrived and it's shaping up to be a star-studded weekend. Tool, Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, Lorde, Wiz Khalifa, Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Tove Lo and more will descend on NYC's Randall's Island Park for the weekend festival in June.
For Tool it will be the alt-metal icons and headliners' first appearance in an New York City venue in 11 years. Phoenix, Mark Ronson, Rae Sremmurd, A$AP Ferg, Franz Ferdinand and Charli XCX are also among the hitmakers on the list. Altogether, more than 65 artists will entertain the vast crowds on Randall's Island, and tickets are available via GovBall.com this Friday (Jan. 6) at noon.
The Governors Ball is celebrating its seventh year bringing a diverse array of live music to Manhattan. This year's event takes place June 2 to 4, and your can browse the full lineup here.
The Doobie Brothers and Chicago Announce Summer Tour
Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will hit the road together for a summer tour in 2017. The run of co-headlining dates kicks off on June 7th in Concord, CA.
'The perfect summer line-up, playing dozens of the best-loved rockin' pop classics. I'm happy to be hangin' out with our 'Doobie' friends' a great band," said Robert Lamm of Chicago in a prepared statement.
"We are so excited to once again be sharing the stage with our wonderful friends Chicago! They're a great band, and musically we fit together very well," added Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers. See the dates here.
David Bowie Lead Vinyl Sales To 25-Year High
David Bowie's final album, "Blackstar", led a resurgence in vinyl album sales across the UK in 2016, according to a year-end report from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
Released on his 69th birthday and just two days before his passing from liver cancer on January 10, Bowie's 25th studio record topped The Official Charts Company's year-end sales list ahead of Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" and classic albums by Fleetwood Mac ("Rumours"), The Stone Roses (self-titled), The Beatles ("Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band") and Nirvana ("Nevermind").
With five albums in the Top 30, Bowie helped the UK vinyl market see its biggest sales since 1991 with over 3.2 million LPs sold - a 53 per cent rise from 2015 and a ninth consecutive year of growth.
A niche format that accounts for nearly 5% of overall music sales, the depth of the vinyl revival is illustrated by the fact that over 30 titles sold more than 10,000 copies in 2016, compared to just 10 in 2015. Read more here.
Metallica Didn't Want Dave Mustaine At Rock Hall Induction?
Dave Mustaine wasn't part of Metallica's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and on Monday (January 2nd) he opened up about the snub that kept him from participating in one of the events he has listed on his bucket list.
Mustaine tweeted, "I think that the @rockhall is opposed to me being in there. It is one of my bucket list items: The R&R HOF and my Grammy." Despite being Metallica's original lead guitarist and having writing credits on their first two albums, Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning, Mustaine wasn't among the founding or principal members inducted in 2009, which included James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo.
When fans wrote back exclaiming how much they loved him, Mustaine tweeted, "Thank you. I just wish that both of those boards felt the same way that you do. I am in there bcuz of Met in a way. But I'd like Megs to go!" Some outlets took Mustaine's original tweet and began asking why the Hall of Fame was keeping him from being inducted.
Once he caught wind of the error, he went back on Twitter to explain that it was Metallica who kept him from participating. "Your story is incorrect. Met didn't want me there, not the RNRHOF," he tweeted. Read more here.
Paul McCartney Jams Beatles Classic With The Killers
Paul McCartney joined The Killers on stage on New Year's Eve for a performance of a Beatles classic and video of the jam has been posted online. Radio had the following details: When you're a Russian billionaire, you can make a lot of things happen.
Roman Abramovich is a Russian billionaire businessman, investor, and politician and threw a private New Year's Eve party in St. Barts, according to Rolling Stone.
His bankroll was able to secure The Killers to perform and frontman Brandon Flowers was joined by Paul McCartney for a performance of 'Helter Skelter." Check out the video here.
Elton John Plays Tribute To George Michael
It seems as though 2016 involved more tributes than years past due to the staggering number of artists who unexpectedly passed away. Elton John contributed to the list of artists honoring musicians by paying tribute to his longtime friend George Michael.
While performing in Las Vegas last week (Dec. 29), John took a moment to honor Michael. He sang his 1974 hit "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," which he and Michael performed live in 1991 and released as a separate single. A large image of Michael appeared onscreen behind John, and during the song's chorus it transitioned into a shimmering, sunlight effect.
John tweeted a heartfelt message about Michael on December 28. "I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. RIP @GeorgeMichael," he wrote. Watch John's tribute to Michael here.
Yes’ 1972 Breakthrough Is Anything But Fragile
Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman Guest In The Studio
Dallas, TX - January 4, 2017. North American syndicated Rock radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands employs “affirmative” action for the 45th anniversary of the durable Fragile, released this day in 1972, with 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame upcoming inductees Yes co-founder Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman.
As the ‘70s began, the British music scene was in transition with the pop, psychedelic sound of the late sixties colliding with a heavier straight forward sound demonstrated by bands like Cream. Ultimately, it was a new progressive rock sound, almost classical in nature, that caught the attention of the British youth and soon the FM airways in the US.
For Yes, their 4th album Fragile and it’s unlikely hit “Roundabout” would be the breakthrough to catapult the progressive rock Londoners into arena superstars. Drafted as their new keyboard player then, Rick Wakeman shares with show host Redbeard how Yes found its mark when making Fragile.
“I was always convinced…and it sounds a bit egotistical, but I don’t mean it to, that when we did Fragile, all the time we were recording it, writing it and putting it together, that it was something very, very special.” - Rick Wakeman
Jon Anderson remembers,
“Probably around Fragile was the time that I started to become a little bit more like a director. They use to call me ‘Napoleon’. They never told me to my face (chuckles). It didn’t matter, I didn’t care, as long as it was happening. Later I learned the word ‘catalyst’.” - Jon Anderson
YES ‘Fragile’ /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/yes-fragile-45th-anniversary/”
Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: HYPERLINK “http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ “www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations”
Direct Link to YES website: HYPERLINK “http://www.yesworld.com”
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METALLICA – A THRASH METAL SALUTE BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE
WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 4, 2017
Metallica are the biggest American metal band in the world. Period. They literally changed the face of metal. They didn’t do it with just one album; they did over a period of time. They built a fanbase and conquered the metal world all almost single-handedly. Metallica had a passion for metal; it wasn’t about the scene, or the money, or even the booze and women – it was all about the music. It was about metal. Heavy metal.
This book – told in an A to Z format – is an easy going guide to the history of Metallica. It’s a scrapbook of sorts; featuring the musicians, the music, the tours, the influences and those who have been influenced by the band, however directly or indirectly. It is a compilation of lists, articles and reviews written over the past several years as well as some new pieces. It does not include every album or song, but some of the hits (and misses) as well as the people that made the music; those on and off stage, and the musicians (both past and present) who made the band what it is today.
Metallica – A Thrash Metal Salute is a book on metal for metal fans.
NEIL DANIELS is the author of respected biographies of Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Pantera. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.
Visit his official website at www.neildanielsbooks.com
Rick Wakeman Won't Be Taking Part In Yes Rock Hall Induction
Former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman is speaking out on the band's upcoming induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and revealed that "under no circumstances" would be taking part in the ceremony.
Wakeman and several members of the pioneering progressive rock group - including Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin, Alan White, Tony Kaye and the late Chris Squire - will be honored at an April ceremony in New York alongside Pearl Jam, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur.
Asked if he was pleased at the Rock Hall news, Wakeman says via his website: "Well I would have been if it had happened years ago when it was really well deserved. I find it hard to come to terms with the fact that so many bands are inducted into the Hall of Fame too late in their careers after key members have passed away. Classic examples are The Who and John Entwistle, Deep Purple and Jon Lord and now Yes and there will be no Chris Squire."
Regarding his plans for the event, Wakeman adds, "I have no idea if there will be any sort of reunion, but whatever happens under no circumstances will I be any part of it, neither will I be attending."
Wakeman joined Yes in 1971 for their fourth album, "Fragile", and served several short stints in the lineup before his final exit in 2004. here.
ERIC GALES TO RELEASE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD GLOBALLY VIA PROVOGUE / MASCOT LABEL GROUP ON FEBRUARY 24
“How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery” Dave Navarro
“One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world” Joe Bonamassa
“This guy could be the best player on Earth” Mark Tremonti
“He is absolutely incredible” Carlos Santana
“I feel the most free I’ve ever been in life, even more so than when I was a kid…you gotta help yourself man, once you can help yourself you can genuinely help someone else.”
“When I say the world will hear about it, you’ll see what I mean when you hear the record. This record is going to take me everywhere that I’ve never been, and everywhere I’ve ever wanted to go.”
New York, NY --- Provogue / Mascot Label Group will release Eric Gales new studio album Middle Of The Road on February 24. Memphis-born Gales shares, “Unfortunately you have to go through some things to be free. Now, I feel the most free I’ve ever been in life, even more so than when I was a kid. You gotta help yourself man, once you can help yourself you can genuinely help someone else.” The title, “Middle of the Road,” is the running theme throughout the record. He offers, “It’s about being fully focussed and centred in the middle of the road. If you’re on the wrong side and in the gravel you’re not too good and if you’re on the median strip that’s not too good either, so being in the middle of the road is the best place to be.”
The release is Eric Gales fourth album on Provogue/Mascot label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Black Stone Cherry, Warren Haynes, The Robert Cray Band, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) after Transformation (2011), Relentless (2010) and The Psychedelic Underground (2007) and it sees him at his most expressive yet; it is a deeply personal and reflective record that echoes where he is in his life right now and he opens himself up and allows himself the chance to really flourish.
It’s well documented that Gales was a child prodigy and heralded as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix when he released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 as a 16 year-old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 14 studio albums in total ahead of Middle of the Road and a host of other collaborations, one of which led him to work with producer Fabrizio Grossi (Alice Cooper, Joe Bonamassa, Billy F. Gibbons, Ice T, Leslie West, Slash, Walter Trout, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Paul Stanley, Supersonic Blues Machine).
Talking about working with Eric, Grossi offers; “I’ve been a fan of Eric since i first worked with him 15 years ago on a project with George Clinton & the P.Funk. His tone and his playing was wicked. Personally and musically Eric grew into a ‘monster’ , a really good one and he’s set on a path of huge success with a ‘taking no prisoners’ type of attitude! I know a very few musicians with such a musicality and Eric is right there a head of the bunch. I hope fans will dig. There’s lots of love, tears, sweat and “truth” in this record, which is what classics are made of. As far what I think about him: Eric is simply Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix’ love child, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”
Recorded in several locations; Room A Studio and Fab’s Lab in North Hollywood as well as Cuz Studio and Sound in Cleveland, MS and ‘Cotton Row Studios in Memphis, TN. With Aaron Haggerty (drums), Dylan Wiggins (B3 Organ), LaDonna Gales (All backing vocals), Maxwell ‘Wizard’ Drummey (Mellotron on Repetition) and Eric Gales providing all lead vocals, guitar and bass. It’s a beautiful snapshot of life right here, right now. “I played bass on the entire record, it was beautiful” he beams. “I’m a bass player at heart so Fabrizio was like ‘bro you need to be playing the bass’. It was something that was very natural for me to too, I loved it.”
Recent years have seen an array of musicians singing the praises of Eric Gales. Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction – Red Hot Chili Peppers) exclaimed that “How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery”, modern blues icon Joe Bonamassa said he is “One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world”, whilst Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge) said in a Classic Rock Magazine interview (Oct 2016) that “me and Myles [Kennedy] were on the bus looking up clips and we ran into some Eric Gales clips and we were just like ‘this guy could be the best player on Earth.’”
Talking about the accolades he is starting to receive he humbly adds;” It’s absolutely great, I’m grateful to see the recognition for the work that God has allowed me to continue to progress with. It’s beautiful to see the recognition to be finally coming and in the proper way, unlike times where I was engaged into heavy addiction, where it wasn’t such good publicity, but to see it be changed around, it’s a great turn of events.”
This refers to the time he spent in jail serving at the Shelby County Correction Center in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon. Elaborating he adds; “While I was in there all the officers and guards were like, ‘bro you know this isn’t where you’re supposed to be. When you get out of here, go take the world by the horns and ride it all the way out.’ It took a couple of years after but, I’m here.” Whilst he was incarcerated he was able to play shows, for the Mayor, the city and festivals, his own versio of Johnny Cash Walk the Line.
This is where Middle of the Road finds the rebirth of Eric Gales. A new album that has seen him more free than he’s ever been and on the biographic songs you take this journey with him. Along the way he brings in not only a host of guest and collaborators, but also those closest to him: Lauryn Hill, Gary Clark Jr, Eugene Gales, LaDonna Gales, Lance Lopez, Raphael Saadiq and Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram.
Much of the album is achingly heart on its sleeve and “Change in Me [The Rebirth]”is one of those moments, it’s about a new change in life. “I changed up some things in life and decided to go a new route”. “I wrote Carry Yourself with Raphael Saadiq and strangely enough, as I sit here looking at her that song is about LaDonna actually. It’s about how we met and how we grew to get to know each other through life and how she’s always carried herself. It has always been something I’m fascinated with. The only cover is the mesmerising interpretation of “Boogie Man” featuring Gary Clark Jr is something to behold. “I’m a fan of Freddie King anyway and I like that song. I just enjoyed the original version and I just put a little twist on it and music wise.” “Basically”, Gales adds, “The Boogie Man is about, so watch out cos there’s a bad guy on the way and you know, I’m coming! I think me and Gary did a really good job on that song.” “I shot the rhythm of “Been So Long” over to Lauryn Hill and she was like ‘that’s hot’”. And now begins the start of another beautiful collaboration. “I said I had an idea of what I wanted the song to be about, like it’s been so long since I’ve given myself a proper chance which goes back to “Middle of the Road” which is the reoccurring theme.” Continuing the rebirth is “Help Yourself,” features 16 year-old guitar sensation Christone ‘Kingsfish’ Ingram. “I’ve Been Deceived” has a multi-layered meaning to it. “Personally, I was talking about how I was deceived by addiction” he confesses and on “Repetition,” he goes back to the very beginning and where it started by collaborating with his ‘mentor’ and older brother Eugene Gales.
Audio Fidelity To Release Grand Funk's Shinin' On in Original 3-D Art Package on Limited Edition Hybrid SACD
Includes a BONUS pair of 3-D Glasses!
Camarillo, CA - Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing Grand Funk's widely popular classic rock album Shinin' On on limited edition hybrid SACD. Riding high off the success of their 1973 We're An American Band hit album and tour Grand Funk retained the extraordinary Todd Rundgren to produce Shinin' On, the band's eighth album.
Don Brewer, Mark Farner, Mel Schacher and Craig Frost took the band to another level. The songs are tight, the vocals are excellent and the group is in top form. Shinin' On is pure Grand Funk and considered a favorite among many fans and critics.
Shinin' On's best songs are the tracks that became the hit single releases: the SACD opens with the dynamic title track augmented by Craig Frost's keyboard work and pumped-up behind Don Brewer’s aggressive vocals the track infuses its hard-driving, spacey rock groove with some surprisingly ethereal vocal harmonies. The cover of the Carole King and Gerry Goffin penned “The Loco-Motion” turned this dance classic on its ear with a stomping beat and a screeching guitar lead from Mark Farner that shot the chuggin' pop remake straight to #1 on the Billboard singles chart and helped drive gigantic album sales.
Closing-out the album is Grand Funk's amped-up blues rocker “Little Johnny Hooker” which features Farner's powerful and driving guitar work.
The original album was packaged in a cosmic 3-D sleeve that had a pair of 3-D glasses embedded in the front cover to best appreciate the dramatic art work. Each Audio Fidelity Shinin' On SACD slip case will include a pair of 3-D glasses so the brilliant art work can be viewed as originally intended.
Another legendary hard-rocking album from Mark, Don, Mel and Craig – Grand Funk! So pump up the volume, break out those classic 3-D glasses and keep on shinin' on!
To Get Back In
Carry Me Through
Mr. Pretty Boy
Gettin' Over You
Little Johnny Hooker
Produced by Todd Rundgren
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
SACD Authoring: Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering
Release date: January 27, 2017
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Metallica Focused Music Festival May Be Coming
Metallica's Lars Ulrich revealed in an interview just before Christmas that band may resurrect their Orion Music + More but tweak it so that it is a "full-on Metallica" music festival.
Ulrich was originally asked by iHeartRadio in Canada about the band bringing back the Orion festival and he responded, "Hopefully, yeah. Hopefully. We sort of put that on the backburner when we dove into the record. But I think that we're gonna tour for years on this record.
"We just put most of '17 together, but we'll be out on this baby at least up through '19, would be my guess. So I think we'll try to get another Orion in. We did two Orions in the States. Maybe do one in Europe, maybe look at Canada, maybe look at Mexico, just to vary it a little bit."
He was then asked if they would make the event more metal focused and that's when he revealed the idea of making the event centered on Metallica. "The one thing that we talked about doing would maybe be to do something that was a little smaller an do something that was more… I think the word… What was the word that came up? Hmm… Like a boutique, where it's more full-on Metallica.
"Maybe it's just Metallica and some stuff, like museum stuff, and just maybe making it only Metallica for a whole weekend, but making it smaller. We haven't really dialed it yet, but we're looking at all the different options." Check out the full interview here.
The Kinks' Ray Davies Knighted By Queen Elizabeth
Ray Davies of The Kinks has been knighted for his service to the arts as part of Queen Elizabeth's annual New Year Honours list. The rocker was named among a lengthy list of UK citizens who were recognized for their work and contributions to society, including tennis star Andy Murray, Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance, actress Naomie Harris, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and former Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham.
"Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed," said Davies in a statement reported by the BBC, "but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write."
It's the second UK honour bestowed upon The Kinks frontman, who was initially awarded the CBE - Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - by the Queen in 2004. here.
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready Teams With NFL Star For New Songs
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has unleashed two new songs with some help from a high-profile friend. The tunes, called "Space in Between" and "Her Again," have lyrics by McCready's buddy and former NFL player Steve Gleason, who has ALS.
Gleason served as defensive back for eight seasons for the New Orleans Saints. He retired in 2007. His most famous move was blocking a punt during the Saints' first home game following Hurricane Katrina, which was against the Atlanta Falcons. Gleason's diagnosis for Lou Gehrig's disease, also called ALS, came in 2011.
A documentary called "Gleason" telling the story of Gleason's life and experience with ALS dropped earlier this year and is currently available via DVD.
The two new songs from McCready also feature Seattle singer Kim Virant on vocals. MP3s of the tracks are available for download via Amazon. Those who prefer wax can score the singles on blue and white vinyl at the Pearl Jam web store.
AC/DC's Angus Young Should Not Retire Says Ex-Bandmate
Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd reveals in a recent interview that he believes that band leader Angus Young should not retire despite the personnel setbacks the band had faced.
The legendary hard rock band lost their frontman Brian Johnson due to hearing issues, Angus' brother and co-founder Malcolm Young to medical issues and bassist Cliff Williams to retirement.
Rudd who was forced out of the band prior to their "Rock Or Bust" tour due to legal problems, was asked by Rich Davenport's Rock Show if he thinks that Angus should retire and he responded, "No, I don't think that's a good idea. Angus has never played better [than he did] on the 'Rock Or Bust' album. He's playing f***ing great. What's he gonna give it up for? That's like f***ing Napoleon not finding somewhere else to f***ing conquer." Stream the full interview here.
Eagles' Tribute From Bob Seger, Kings Of Leon Goes Online
Bob Seger, Vince Gill, Juanes and the Kings Of Leon performed Eagles classics at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC earlier this month, and video of the tribute to the band is now available.
Following an introduction by Ringo Starr, Kings Of Leon played the California band's 1972 single, "Take It Easy", with Colombian musician Juanes joined by guitarists Steve Vai and Steuart Smith for the classic, "Hotel California."
Vince Gill delivered "Peaceful Easy Feeling" before co-writer Bob Seger rocked through the Eagles' 1979 single "Heartache Tonight" and the finale of "Life In The Fast Lane", which saw the return of all the players to stage - including the evening's host Stephen Colbert.
Joe Walsh, Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit were on hand for the December 4 event, smiling and cheering enthusiastically throughout the tribute, which was originally set for last year but postponed following news that guitarist and founding member Glenn Frey was to undergo major surgery to address a recurrence of previous intestinal issues, which would require a lengthy recovery period.
Following surgery, Frey was placed in a medically-induced coma at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, where he passed away on January 18, 2016 at the age of 67 from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia. Watch the Kennedy Center event here.
Pearl Jam Help Family That Saved Eddie Vedder's Life
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder didn't just help a family who was having difficulty affording Christmas this year, he also found a way to give back to a man who saved his life more than a decade ago.
Over ten years ago, Vedder was involved in a boating accident in Hawaii when he and several friends attempted to navigate the tricky and at times treacherous Pailolo Channel. Their craft overturned, leaving Vedder and two female friends stranded until Ashley Baxter and her father Keith spotted and rescued them.
Well, cut to present day, when Keith unfortunately experienced a horrible boating accident himself. His leg was nearly sliced off at the calf, and has since developed a bad infection. Ashley serendipitously ran into one of the women she helped rescue years earlier following the incident, and after hearing about the family's terrible story, the woman began a GoFundMe page to help pay Keith's medical bills. The page raised $70,000, which Pearl Jam matched. Read more here.
Eddie Vedder Gave $10,000 To Struggling Family For Christmas
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder gave one struggling family $10,000 this Christmas after reading a mother's plea on Craigslist. Tyshika Britten, a Maryland mother of six, posted a note on Craigslist that went viral after being reported by The Washington Post.
"I am a mother of six, 5 boys and 1 baby girl ' I'm so hurt," Britten wrote. "I'm trying my best. I pray everyday and now I'm begging for help. I know it's not about the gifts, but they are kids! I'm such a failure right now . . . please help me."
Vedder read the note and sent a check for $10,000 to the family. "I was just so moved by the story and what this mother did for her children," Vedder said. 'I thought those kids must be so proud of their mother for reaching out. That takes a lot of courage." Read more here.
U2 Plan New Album and Very Special Shows For Joshua Tree Anniversary
U2 plan to release a new album and perform a series of shows marking the 30th anniversary of 1987's "The Joshua Tree", in 2017, according to a social media post from their frontman.
"Happy Christmas everyone. Next year is going to be a big year for the U2 group," says Bono in a new Facebook video featuring the band. "We have 'Songs Of Experience' coming and, to honor 30 years of 'The Joshua Tree', we have some very, very special shows coming. Very special."
The band have been working on "Songs Of Experience" over the past year; the record is the companion project and follow-up to 2014's "Songs Of Innocence", which made headlines when it was launched as a free release to more than a half a billion iTunes customers.
The album was featured on the group's 2015 "Innocence + Experience" tour, which wrapped up in Paris last December with the final show broadcast by HBO before seeing its official release in June. here.
KISS' Gene Simmons Says Rap Will Die, Rock Is Dead
KISS' Gene Simmons Says Rap Will Die, Rock Is Dead was a top 16 story of March 2016: KISS star Gene Simmons believes that rap music will die, reiterates his belief that rock is already dead and also makes a surprising suggestion of who can revive rock.
"I am looking forward to the death of rap," he said, echoing statements he said to Radio.com two years ago. "I'm looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyric and melody ' or just melody."
"I'm all for anybody talking," he says of hip-hop music. "'Wild Thing' was talking: 'Wild thing, she makes my heart sing--she makes everything '' There's no melody there. That's cool' But predominantly, music is about melody and lyric, whether it's rap or doo-wop, or yeah, even rock. Rap will die," he predicted. "Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy."
However, he doesn't see much that he believes in, even in his own genre. "As far as I'm concerned, rock is dead. There ain't no new bands. Foo Fighters, I love 'em, but they're a 20-year-old band. These are long-in-the-tooth bands: Nirvana, Pearl Jam. They're old bands."
He does think that rock, and music itself, could be saved by one of pop's biggest stars. "As far as I'm concerned, if Lady Gaga dropped the disco and the pole dancing and all that stuff and put together a rock band, that would be legitimate, because she's got the musical goods. She can write songs, play instruments and can actually sing. And she understands the fearless quality of spectacle. I'd love to see her do Queen-style music. She can do it. Madonna cannot." Read the original report here.
Ex-Guns N' Roses Manager Speaks Out Against Reunion
Ex-Guns N' Roses Manager Speaks Out Against Reunion was a top 16 story of March 2016: Former Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven believes cash is the motivation behind the band's partial reunion tour - and he says reuniting without Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler means it will be more of a Velvet Roses show rather than a classic GNR show.
In an exclusive interview with Eric Mackinnon of New Rock Times, Niven spoke frankly and openly about his thoughts on the forthcoming shows which will see Axl Rose and Slash join musical forces again for the first time in 22-years.
"We live in what the Chinese might call 'interesting times', began Niven when asked why now? Why this year for Guns to mend the fences which divided and eventually splintered the Most Dangerous Band in the World.
"I wish I could tell you that it is incontrovertible that Ax called Iz and said 'I have a handful of songs that we have to record and perform. I have some observations about the world I wanna get out there. I have titles like Demagogue. Illuminated. Armageddon. My Better Life. Think of it as Masonic Democracy. Lets get them done and, f*** it, lets get the old crew back together to take them on the road. Lets put that to bed at the same time.'"
"Unfortunately, all things considered, I can only assume that it's only for the money. How else to explain the lack of statements about creativity, or even who the band is? "How else to explain a ticket price of $1250 for row H." Read the original report here.
Aerosmith Farwell Tour May Not Be The End For The Band
Steven Tyler has expressed his doubt that Aerosmith's upcoming farewell tour, "Aero-Vederci Baby!", will really be a farewell for the band, in a new interview with Billboard.
The Boston rockers recently announced the first series of dates for the farewell run, with European shows starting May 17 in Tel Aviv, Israel. "The European tour is booked, locked and cocked and that's ready for next summer. And then we're coming back and we're doing the rest of the world," explains Tyler.
"Farewell? I'm not sure, but truth is, who knows how long we'll be touring as the original band? I don't think that needs to be said, I think that we're all freak of natures and Joe and I were talking on the phone yesterday and he said to me, 'We have no right being as healthy as we are after what we've been through.'
"Whether it's through the abuses of being on tour for 40 years or the abuses of substances or the abuses of life on life's terms, there's been a lot of abuse. But we're both looking pretty damn good for what's going on."
Tyler spent much of the past year and half recording and touring behind his solo debut, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere", which gave him some new perspective on things.
"Aerosmith is something else you'll never see again," he says. "We all love each other, five of us are still alive, every one of us is still playing better than ever - and I'm not just saying that because we just came off a South American tour. Yes, we have ups and downs. But one of the things I'm learning in life is that being away from each other is sometimes the healthiest thing we can do. You know? I dare to say that being away from each other may have saved a few marriages on this planet." Read more here.
Status Quo's Rick Parfitt Dies From Serious Infection At 68
Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt died Saturday in a hospital in Spain at the age of 68. The rock veteran passed away two days after being admitted to address complications from a shoulder injury he sustained in a fall.
"We are truly devastated to have to announce that Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has passed away at lunchtime today," said the Parfitt family and Status Quo manager Simon Porter in a joint statement. "He died in hospital in Marbella, Spain as a result of a severe infection, having been admitted to hospital on Thursday evening following complications to a shoulder injury incurred by a previous fall. This tragic news comes at a time when Rick was hugely looking forward to launching a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017 following his departure from Status Quo's touring activities on medical advice.
"He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, fellow band members, management, crew and his dedicated legion of fans from throughout the world, gained through 50 years of monumental success with Status Quo. Rick is survived by his wife Lyndsay, their twins Tommy and Lily and Rick's adult children Rick Jnr and Harry." Read more here.
Bruce Springsteen Releases His Final Concert With Clarence Clemons
Bruce Springsteen has released the final E Street band concert performance with saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 69 following complications from a massive stroke.
The group's November 22, 2009 concert at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY was a three-and-a-half-hour, 35-song marathon that included a rare performance of Springsteen's 1973 debut, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.", in its entirety.
In addition to Clemons' last arena show with the E Street Band, the event also marked the final date on the group's tour in support of the singer's sixteenth album, "Working On A Dream."
The Buffalo concert is available to download now through the Live Bruce Springsteen site, with a physical release scheduled for January 23. Read more here.
Guns N' Roses Reunion, Axl Rose and Taco Bell 2016 In Review
One of the biggest rock news stories of 2016 was the reunion of Guns N' Roses featuring frontman Axl Rose and original lead guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan.
In our first Day In Report of the year we saw Axl playing down rumors that the he would once again perform with the two other icons of the classic era of the band.
We reported: Axl Rose has issued his first public response to rumors of an impending announcement regarding a Guns N' Roses reunion. Rose tweeted on Friday: "The only thing I know 'confirmed' is my LOVE of Taco Bell! Mmmmm.... Taco Bell!! Happy New Years!!" Read the original report here.
But things quickly changed for the next day's report with the confirmation that that Rose, Slash and McKagan would be reuniting and would headline the Coachella Music Festival.
We had this to say at the time "The original lead guitarist and original bass player posted images on social media featuring the classic two-guns wrapped in roses Guns N' Roses logo over a backdrop of the festival site with "Coachella" written in the bottom corner.
"Slash posted his image to his Instagram account and McKagan added the photo to his Facebook page. The same image was added to Guns N' Roses' social media accounts. McKagan also added the classic GN'R logo as his profile picture on Facebook." Read the report here.
Phil Anselmo Says He Was Sexually Abused As A Child
Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo says in a new interview that he was the victim of sexual abuse during his entire childhood from "numerous people, both men and women".
Anselmo made the revelation while speaking to Rolling Stone about his controversial outburst at the Dimbash event in Hollywood back in January.
"This is sh*t I've never f***ing opened up about until now," he told the publication. "But when people constantly talk about being a victim or something, there are going to be certain points where I have to step back and go, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa.'
"Especially when people shout and scream about us living in a rape culture and men are this evil product. ... Guess who was molested his entire child-f***ing-hood by numerous people, both men and women. ... " He pauses, and then reveals, "Me."
He continues, "I've never told the world this, but I am now maybe because I'm almost 50 and I don't give a f*** anymore. But it happened. I never blamed the world for it like I'm seeing kids today do, putting everybody in one box. And the same thing goes for race and all this sh*t."
AC/DC Dominated Rock Music News In 2016
AC/DC swept top honors in the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards, captured the titles of Rock News Artist Of The Year and Rock News Story Of The Year, the daily rock music news site announced Thursday.
The Australian-based rockers made headlines during a tumultuous 2016 that saw the band lose longtime singer Brian Johnson over hearing loss issues, only to have Axl Rose step in for the remaining European and US dates on the Rock Or Bust world tour.
AC/DC were the most read-about artist in both hennemusic categories, which are determined by music fans: numbers are based on the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.
In the tradition of the weekly hennemusic Hot 10, the Top 10 in both categories were counted down over the past two weeks. "AC/DC were a priority for hennemusic readers throughout the year," says Bruce Henne. "The ongoing drama with lineup changes - especially the addition of Axl Rose in place of Brian Johnson - was palpable as the group landed four of the top 10 rock news stories of 2016, while their future remains a mystery."
Previous hennemusic Rock News Awards honorees include Van Halen, Pearl Jam, KISS, Guns N' Roses and Jimmy Page. See the Top 10 lists here.
The Kinks' Dave Davies Announces First Concert Dates For 2017
The Kinks icon Dave Davies has a very busy release schedule in 2017 and he is increasing his workload with the announcement of his first solo dates of the new year.
Davies plans to release his new solo album next year, his long-awaited documentary, Dave Davies: Strangers, as well as a collaborative album with his son Russ called "Open Road."
The guitarist has announced three U.S. live dates that will be taking place next April including St. Charles, IL at the Arcada Theatre on the 8th, Provincetown, MA at Provincetown Town Hall on the 15th and Londonderry, NH at Tupelo Music Hall on the 20th.
Earlier this week, Davis published a Christmas video message to fans that shows him in a pub toasting his fans with "Cheers! Happy holidays, everyone!" Watch the video here.
Black Star Riders Release New Trailer For 'Heavy Fire' Album
Black Star Riders have released a third video trailer to promote the upcoming release of their new studio album "Heavy Fire" which is set to his stores on February 3rd.
The new clip features band members Damon Johnson, Ricky Warwick and Scott Gorham discussing returning to the studio to work with "The Killer Instinct" producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Mastodon).
Warwick had the following to say about the producer, "Well you know we had such a good time making The Killer Instinct with him. Nick's a great guy, he's a musical genius, he's sonically very together and has great ears.
He's got a great passion for music, 24/7 he never switches off. The Killer Instinct was a very successful record for us and we felt there was no need to change the teams because we were happy. I think that has helped develop our own sound." Watch the video here.
J Geils Band In The Studio For 'Freeze Frame' Anniversary
The latest espied of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of The J Geils Band's chart topping album "Freeze Frame." The show sent over the following details:
Hailing from Boston, The J Geils Band went from regionally successful club act to one of the most popular live bands of the '70s. After fourteen years on the road and 11 albums the #1 Billboard single "Centerfold" gave the band its just reward, a HIT album. Peter Wolf reminisces with In the Studio host Redbeard about what fueled The J Geils Band for all those years and how it felt to finally be on top.
Peter Wolf had this to say, "One of the things about the Geils Band, we really weren't that ambitious about having a zillion seller or something. We never really went into rock'n'roll to make money, we went into rock'n'roll so maybe we didn't have to work 9 to 5.
"It was probably the happiest time in my life, because we were doing tours where every place was sold out and that's a performers dream... All the touring, all the one nighters and all the driving in station wagons and sleeping in funky hotels and funky dressing rooms, finally, there was a certain sense of respect coming back to the band." Stream the episode here.
The Hall of Fame 2017 Winners Announced
Journey, Yes, ELO and Pearl Jam all have been elected Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also getting in are folk artist Joan Baez and hip-hop star Tapac Shakur.
The ceremony is set for April 7th in Brooklyn, New York. The event will be broadcast by HBO.
Journey received the most votes. Unfortunately, the Cars did not get in…maybe next year. They deserve the honor.
YES TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017
Yes they can! YES will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the Class of 2017, it was announced this morning. The induction, following two previous nominations, will occur one year shy of the legendary progressive rock band's 50th anniversary.
"What an honor this is for us and all involved with the history of this band," shares guitarist Steve Howe. "We thank all the Yes fans who have been so passionate over the decades, and helped us to keep the flag flying. It is the fans who have constantly demanded our inclusion. They have been heard."
"We look forward to accepting this esteemed award next spring in honor of our fallen brother, Chris Squire, who would have been delighted to see his musical vision finally receive such recognition," adds drummer Alan White. "We thank everyone who voted for Yes. We'll see you soon, Cleveland!"
The members of YES who will officially be inducted into the Rock Hall are the "Union" tour line-up: current members White and Howe, the band's late bassist and founding member Chris Squire, and former members Jon Anderson (vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and Trevor Rabin (guitar).
"Yes was like my first girlfriend, to whom I was hopelessly committed," says Bruford. "Despite a couple of wrinkles, I'm glad to hear the old girl is in fine shape."
Kaye confirms, "I am honored to be included in Yes' induction. I am delighted for my friends in the band, and I salute Chris, without whom it would never have happened. Chris would have been so very proud."
In addition to Steve Howe and Alan White, YES' current line-up includes Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and Chris Squire's choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015).
Founded in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES have created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces "Roundabout," "Close to the Edge," "I've Seen All Good People," "Owner of a Lonely Heart," "Starship Trooper," and countless others. Its albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going For the One and 90125, have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, and have sold over 50 million records total in its career that has so far spanned almost five decades. Among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continues creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world.
Guns N' Roses Icon Izzy Stradlin Streams New Recording
Izzy Stradlin may have opted out of the Guns N' Roses reunion but that hasn't stopped him for recording new music. This weekend he revealed a new cover of J.J. Cale's "Call Me The Breeze".
The rock icon recruited Lauren Barth (vocals) and Jesse Aycock (guitar) to join him on the new version of the track. According to the YouTube description, Stadlin and his guests recorded the cover late last summer at the Brotheryn Studios in Ojai, California and Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Stradlin announced the release with the following tweet on Saturday (Dec 17), "Call Me the Breeze" features special guest appearances by Lauren Barth and Jesse Aycock . Two very talented artists ....check them out !" Check it out here.
Metallica Star Responds To Dave Mustaine's Big 4 Comments
Metallica's Rob Trujillo says he'd like to tour with Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax under the Big Four banner again in the future. The four thrash metal acts shared the bill for seven shows in the Sonisphere festival series in 2010. Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine - a former member of Metallica - recently said he wants all of them to hit the road together again.
Responding to Mustaine, bassist Trujillo says he's also keen to team up for another Big Four tour in future - but Metallica must focus on promoting their new album, Hardwired... To Self Destruct first.
He tells Loudwire: "The Big Four tour was really great. We had a great time - it was special and fun and I love Dave. Dave is amazing. Right now, the main focus is we've got this new album and we're going to go out and we're going to tour this and get into these new songs and take this journey right now."
He adds: "Maybe after we get this sort of out of our system, we can dive into Big Four mode and try and do that. I can see us doing it again. It was definitely a lot of fun. It makes me feel good that Dave wants to take that journey again." Watch the full interview clip here.
Iron Maiden's Eddie Animated For Christmas Video
A fan has used Iron Maiden's track The Book Of Souls to soundtrack an animated Maiden-themed Christmas video. Val Andrade's clip is called A Christmas Cheers 2 and featured a story centred on Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie. It's set to the title track from the band's recent album The Book Of Souls.
Andrade has also released an animated video for Maiden's track The Wicker Man. Iron Maiden recently wrapped up a world tour in support of the album and the band issued a Christmas jumper featuring a festive Eddie.
They are in good company when it comes to getting into the holiday spirit. Guns N' Roses have released a particularly striking Christmas jumper, while Spotify have sent Korn Christmas decorations to fans. Watch the videos here.
Marillion Announce New Live Double CD, DVD and Blu-ray
Marillion are to release Marbles In The Park through earMUSIC on January 20, 2017. The live release will be available on double CD, DVD and Blu-ray.
It was was recorded at 2015's Marillion Weekend in Port Zelande and pays tribute to their 2004 album Marbles. The DVD and Blu-ray editions also include the trailer for Unconventional, the documentary about the weekend conventions.
Marillion's most recent studio album F E A R was released in September and reached number 4 in the UK Album Charts. They recently announced their first concert at the Royal Albert Hall, which sold out in less than an hour.
See the Marbles In The Park tracklisting here.
Motorhead Producer Reveals Nearly Fatal Mistake With Lemmy
Producer Cameron Webb has recalled how he nearly talking himself out of his job with Motorhead - by calling them a heavy metal band. Mainman Lemmy, who died in December 2015, always insisted his outfit played rock'n'roll, and resisted any other genre label.
But Webb didn't know that when he first sat down with the band in 2004, with a view to becoming their producer. The meeting was arranged by Motorhead managed Todd Singerman.
Webb tells Produce Like A Pro: "I would always ask, 'When's Motorhead doing a record? I want to do one.' And he'd always say, 'You're too nice of a person. I would never put you in a room with them - they'd tear you apart.'
"All of a sudden, one day I get a phone call. It's Todd: 'Do you want to do a Motorhead record? Here's the deal. You're going to have dinner. If you like them and they like you, you're going to do a record. If they don't like you, you tried and it is what it is.'"
He recalls visiting Tower Records on his way to the meeting, but on discovering how many albums the band had released, he decided not to try to expand his education, but to rely on what he already knew of their 1970s and 1980s output.
Webb continues: "The one thing I wanted to do was make sure they were modern sounding. I didn't want them to sound too trashy - I wanted it to be full and big-sounding. Bands like System Of A Down had great-sounding records at the time. I wanted that for Motorhead.
"So I went up there, sat, ate steak, drank and talked shop. I approached them with, 'I want to make a heavy record, almost a metal record.' Lemmy says to me, 'Cameron, we're a rock'n'roll band. We're not a heavy metal band.'"
The producer knew instantly: "'Oh, man, I just blew it.' I walked out with the manager and he goes, 'Cameron, you almost did a good job. But you shouldn't have brought up that heavy metal thing.'
"Next day I got a call - 'You're on, show up at rehearsal.' And since then I've done every record. I built a trust with those guys." Watch the full interview here.
Phil Rudd Admits To Mistake With AC/DC
Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has reflected on the meltdown that led to him being replaced in the band, saying he shot himself in the foot. Rudd was dismissed from the band last year after being charged with threatening to kill and drugs possession, and wound up serving eight months of home detention in New Zealand. AC/DC replaced him with returning member Chris Slade.
And asked whether he was disappointed not to get the chance to perform songs from the group's latest album Rock Or Bust live, Rudd tells Eon Music: "I was very disappointed, but it's called 'shooting yourself in the foot', young man.
"I f***in' did it, mate, and I did it well. I'm sort of a little bit restricted on travelling around like I'm used to, but I'm coping with that, and I'm not done yet! "
Since Rudd's departure, frontman Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams have left the band, with mainman Malcolm Young having bowed out previously. Rudd recently said he was optimistic that guitarist Angus Young will return and that he wants to take part.
Now he reveals that he has spoken to the band and Johnson recently. He says: "I've had contact with the guys and the crew. I've heard from Brian. I spoke to Brian a couple of days ago. We were talking about cars and how f***in' useless he is - how much quicker I am than him! He's doing all right." Read more here.
Metallica Artist Addresses Album Cover Controversy
One of the leading creatives behind the artwork for Metallica album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct has admitted his team were "shocked" when they were told about its similarity to the cover of Crowbar's 1998 record Odd Fellows Rest.
Both images feature four band members merged into one multi-faceted head, with the face on the left sticking its tongue out. The comparison was flagged by fans almost as soon as the Hardwired sleeve art was revealed, prompting Crowbar leader Kirk Windstein to say: "I seriously doubt that any member of Metallica stole this idea from us. Any way you slice it, it's a cool cover idea."
Now Dimitri Scheblanov of the Herring & Herring agency tells Decibel: "It was pretty shocking that there was such a similar looking thing. But I had never heard of the band or the music. It was also interesting that it was another metal act. I still haven't listened to it, unfortunately.
"We went out to Minneapolis to see Metallica play. When we were at the afterparty with the band, somebody brought up the Crowbar thing. Everyone was like, 'Who the f*** is Crowbar?'
"That made it feel a little bit better, because we were kind of shocked. But because other people within the community didn't really know about them either we felt it wasn't such a huge deal." Read more here.
Guns N' Roses Didn't Skip Download Over Money
The decision by Guns N' Roses to play London's Olympic Stadium rather than headline Download in 2017 has "nothing to do with money," according to Donington chief Andy Copping.
Copping admitted at this year's Download festival that he'd love the reunited Guns N' Roses to make an appearance at Donington in 2017, but the festival recently confirmed Aerosmith, System Of A Down and Biffy Clyro as headliners for next year.
And Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan's reunited Guns N' Roses will play at the Olympic Stadium on June 16. Asked why Guns N' Roses couldn't be signed up as 2017 Download headliners, Copping tells the That's Not Metal podcast: "It's very, very simple. We'd been talking to Guns N' Roses when it was first being mooted that Duff, Slash and Axl were talking about getting back together.
"They did Coachella and then we talked about Download. I've got to be honest, and this is gonna surprise a lot of people, but it wasn't about the money. To them, it was about, 'We want to go out and do our own shows.' On that touring cycle in the early 90s they came to the UK three times and played at Wembley Stadium. That is huge. They wanted to play Wembley, but it was booked. So I said they should look at the Olympic Park." Read more here.
Dave Mustaine Outlines His Hopes For Big Four
Dave Mustaine has outlined his hopes for how any future Big Four shows might go. The Megadeth frontman has recently been talking up the chance of returning to stages alongside fellow thrash icons Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax - and this week Metallica's Robert Trujillo voiced his own support for the idea.
But unlike the historic performances in 2010 and 2011, Mustaine wants each of the leading acts to be given what he calls an "even shot" in front of fans. He tells Eddie Trunk on SiriusXM (via Blabbermouth): "If the conditions were right I think it would be great - when it's just the four of us.
"If you do the Big Four and you've got four or five little opening bands, that takes away from the phenomenon. We should all have relatively similar set times, we should all have relatively similar staging - really allow the four of us to be presented as equals and see where the chips lie."
He suggests that Metallica's leading position resulted in some shows feeling like "three openers and another band" and that there were other limitations to making the most of the events. Read more here.
Mike Portnoy Wanted Anderson Rabin Wakeman Gig
Busy drummer Mike Portnoy says there's one gig he would have found time for if it had been offered to him - working with Yes men Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman.
Anderson Rabin Wakeman recently completed their first-ever tour, which took in North America, with further dates in the UK and Europe to follow next year.
They're also working on new music with a band that includes bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Louis Molino III. Portnoy tells UCR: "I got to see Rick and Trevor a few days ago. We did a radio show together and it was good seeing those guys. I haven't seen the show. I'd love to, but I just haven't been around when they were playing."
The acclaimed drummer adds: "I'm kind of upset that the didn't call me! I was waiting by the phone for that gig… I would have loved to have played with those guys."
Portnoy has a history of crossing paths with Yes since his former band Dream Theater toured with them in 2004. "In 2014 Transatlantic and Jon Anderson did a set of Yes music together on my Progressive Nation cruise, and that was amazing," the drummer remembers. Read more here.
Queensryche Release 'Bulletproof' Video
Queensryche have released a video for "Bulletproof", a track from their latest album, "Condition Human." The band have issued the clip following the completion of a year-long world tour in support of their fifteenth record.
The Seattle rockers closed out their 2016 live schedule on December 16 as they wrapped up a fall US tour with guests Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal.
"Bulletproof is a journey through a relationship gone bad, however painful the relationship is you still find a way to persevere," explains vocalist Todd La Torre. "We elected to present the song in a live setting as a sharp contrast to the videos we've done for the album to help bring this chapter to a close and start the next journey." Watch the video here.
David Bowie Voted Favorite Musician By UK Fans
A poll of 2000 people commissioned by CamRate saw the late David Bowie named the nation's most popular male musician, with the top 20 list also featuring Elvis Presley, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Eric Clapton.
CamRate asked 2000 Brits to name their favorite actors and musicians, with Adele being named top of the women's category, followed by Kate Bush in second place.
A spokesperson from CamRate says: "In 2016 the UK is as mad about celebs as ever. We love to love them, too. Celebrity culture is a big part of modern life for most and we are all influenced by the works of these great public figures."
The top 20 male musicians list can be seen in full here.
Hall of Fame Rocker Ricky Byrd Is Asking For Your Help to Help Many Others Through the Power of Music
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd is asking for your help! His current Pledge Music campaign http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rickybyrd is raising money for Ricky to create a new CD that he will give away at recovery facilities and sell online. The money raised will go to his non-profit organization Ricky Byrd’s Clean Getaway to assist their outreach programs.
Ricky is a good guy and this is a great cause! Go to http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rickybyrd in order to learn more and to donate.
“Leading acoustic recovery music groups for the past few years at detox and treatment centers I know about the healing power of music. I see it in the patients and read it in the messages they send when they’ve left treatment”- Ricky Byrd – 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee w/Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Founder/CEO Ricky Byrd’s Clean Getaway Recovery Troubadour, Activist. Clean & Sober since Sept 25, 1987 has Performed, Recorded and/or toured with Roger Daltrey, Ian Hunter, Southside Johnny, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Mavis Staples, Billy Squier, Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector,Brian Wilson, Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Don Felder, Alice Cooper, Bruce Springsteen, Steven VanZant, Mick Taylor, Dion, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Bramlett, Billie Joe Armstrong, Bill Medley, Paul Shaffer.
Donate here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rickybyrd
Phil Rudd Hoping For Return To AC/DC
Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd believes the band still have a future and he wants to be part of it. He was dismissed last year after being charged with threatening to kill and drugs possession, and wound up serving eight months of home detention in New Zealand. The Aussie giants replaced him with returning member Chris Slade.
Since then frontman Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams have left the band, with mainman Malcolm Young having bowed out previously. But Rudd - who recently stated his "hellraising days are over" - remains optimistic that guitarist Angus Young will return, and he wants to take part.
Rudd says via the Belfast Telegraph: "I'd dearly love to play on anything that Angus does. Anything that might be - it's never over. I have great stories with all the guys from AC/DC.
We've gone through a lot together. Done a lot together, done a lot of damage together. I have great memories with AC/DC. Even though some of us might not be very well, we're not dead yet."
He reports that his former colleagues were "supportive and encouraging" as he struggled with his legal and addiction issues, and says that he feels like a new man after suffering a heart attack last year. here.
Ace Talks Possible KISS Reunion And Contact From Gene
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has spoken once again about the possibility that he'll reunite with the band. In a light-hearted comment he wonders if bassist Gene Simmons will extend an invitation when the pair meet next month.
Speculation has increased in recent months that Frehley will return to take part in a farewell tour that's thought to be pencilled in for 2018. The rumours were fuelled by frontman Paul Stanley's guest appearance on Frehley's solo album.
The original Space Ace said earlier this month that it was a "possibility" and added that, despite media reports, he'd remained friends with his former colleagues through thick and thin.
Asked about 2018, Frehley tells Talking Metal: "I haven't heard anything from Paul and Gene - although I did get a text from Gene the other day, wanting to come see me perform this January. Maybe he'll pop the big question. Who knows?"
He adds: "Whatever happens, we're all good. It's all good." here.
Rival Sons Streaming New Live Album Online
Rival Sons have made an exclusive live album from their performance at Download Festival in Paris earlier this year available to stream. Fans can now listen to the album on Deezer.
Drummer Michael Miley says: "We've released our entire set from Download Paris 2016. The rain had stopped and we kept playing, it was a pretty amazing show."
He adds: "We're gonna be giving away tickets for upcoming shows in France too, so go to Deezer to get your tickets and watch our performance at Download Paris. We'll see you in France very soon. We'll be playing a bunch of dates over there. A plus tard!" Check out the video here.
Metallica Challenged By Superfan On Jimmy Kimmel
Metallica were featured guests and performers on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on December 14, and video from the late night program is available to stream online.
Appearing in support of "Hardwired…To Self Destruct", the band played a game of "Who Knows Metallica?" trivia with a superfan from Cleveland, OH before sitting down with the host to discuss their first album in 8 years.
As part of a six-song set, Metallica rocked "Atlas, Rise!" and "For Whom The Bell Tolls" on the show, and "Creeping Death", "One", "Master Of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman" for what Kimmel revealed was the biggest crowd for a live performance in the program's history. Check out the videos from the appearance here.
Rex Brown Reflects On Bitter Pantera Break Up
The public exchange of insults that led up to Pantera splitting in 2003 wasn't necessary, says bassist Rex Brown. And he's recalled how he tried to keep out of the fight but wound up attempting to play the peacemaker as relations between frontman Phil Anselmo and drummer Vinnie Paul disintegrated.
The murder of guitarist Dimebag in 2004 put an end to any chance of a reunion, and the bad feeling between Anselmo and Paul remains unresolved. Brown tells Loudwire: "There's a bunch of stuff that went back and forth between Vinnie and Philip in the press, and I wasn't very thrilled with it.
"At the time I didn't feel that was necessary. We could have taken care of those problems, like we always have. At that point we needed to take a serious break. We'd been going for 12 years straight. I was caught in the middle and I didn't like the way it went down.
"It was a rough time, man. It really was." Read more here.
Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten Was Furious Over Nirvana's 'Nevermind'
The Sex Pistols' John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten detailed some of the records that have most shaped him, and even though he cited Nirvana's "Smell Like Teen Spirit" as one such song, it turns out he was pretty angry with the band for a while.
Speaking with Pitchfork, Lydon discussed how he thought Nirvana was copying the Sex Pistols when they named their 1991 album Nevermind. It felt oddly close to the Sex Pistols' 1977 album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.
"I remember being very angry at their album title being Nevermind," he admitted. "I thought Nevermind? Have you lost your bollocks or something?"
Even though he was initially upset with their album's title, he eventually came to see the song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the fierce sound it offered. Read more here.
JUDAS PRIEST 10TH STUDIO ALBUM TURBO REMASTERED AS 3 CD REISSUE TO BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 3RD 2017
British metal legends Judas Priest announce the reissue of their 10th studio album, Turbo.
The album has been remastered and will be released via Sony Music on February 3rd, 2017 on 3 CD (the original album and 2 bonus discs) as well as 1LP 150g vinyl.
Originally released in 1986, Turbo features all the hallmarks of classic Priest on tracks such as “Turbo Lover”, “Parental Guidance” and “Locked In”.
Included on disc 2 and 3 of the CD reissue is, previously unreleased, ‘Live in Kansas City’, a live recording from the band’s 1986 Fuel For Life tour in support of Turbo.
The band add “The 80’s is considered to have been the best decade for heavy metal – Judas Priest roared through it and at the half way point went into unchartered territory with ‘Turbo’. Always believing that metal should have no boundaries, Priest challenged themselves taking on board new technical inventions to create fresh ideas and push their sound forward. The combined songs show another side of Priest’s range of creativity that captures a theme and energy infused with the over the top sensibilities of that era. The ‘Fuel For Life’ tour certainly encapsulated the decadence of the times! ‘Turbo’ remastered and accompanied by a pedal to the metal live recording from Kansas reveals Priest on high octane – Raising fists and devil horns to the next level.”
DISC ONE – TURBO: REMASTERED
Rock You All Around The World
Out In The Cold
Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days
Hot For Love
DISC TWO – LIVE AT THE KEMPER ARENA, KANSAS CITY
Out In the Cold
Heading Out To The Highway
Breaking The Law
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
Rock You All Around The World
DISC THREE- LIVE AT THE KEMPER ARENA, KANSAS CITY
Victim Of Changes
The Green Manalishi (With The Two -Pronged Crown)
Living After Midnight
You've Got Another Thing Coming
Hell Bent For Leather
Deep Purple Stream New Song 'Time For Bedlam'
Deep Purple have released a lyric video for "Time For Bedlam", the lead track from their forthcoming album, "Infinite." Due April 7, the follow-up to 2013's "Now What?!" was recorded earlier this year in Nashville, TN with legendary producer Bob Ezrin.
"Time For Bedlam" will be available as instant download as part of the digital album pre-order, as well as on all streaming platforms starting Thursday, December 15 at midnight worldwide with the physical pre-order of the album to start at the same time.
A limited edition EP for "Time For Bedlam" - with non-album songs and unreleased recordings - will be released on February 3. Deep Purple will support their 20th studio release with dates on The Long Goodbye tour, with speculation it may the group's farewell trek.
"If you take it literally you may, quite reasonably, think the 'Finite' part of the word describes the life of Deep Purple, with a clear beginning and a nebulous end; but what of the 'in' bit?," says singer Ian Gillan. "The word infinite is a three-dimensional, double-edged sword. It describes something that goes on forever in all directions; not unlike its temporal equivalent 'Eternal' What's that all about?
"Stephen Hawking declared (in A brief History Of Time) that, before the Big Bang there was nothing. That would put the kybosh on the idea of our universe being Infinite, as he provides a starting point, which is not acceptable to the concept. So, Hawking's universe is 'Finite' by definition; whether he agrees or not."
"Ironically, he is quite wrong (scientists always are eventually)," Gillan adds, "therefore the Universe is infinite, which means it will never end, and also means that it never started, and the corollary to that of course is that we don't exist.
"There is a metaphysical solution to all this, but it will have to wait until the tour is over because (thanks heavens) there are only 24 hours in a day (for the time being) or 10 hours in a metric day. More on that later…" Stream the new song here.
Guitar Legend ULI JON ROTH Reveals Trailer for Double Live Album Set "Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live in Japan"
Watch/Read a Q&A via Ultimate Classic Rock
In Stores December 16, 2016 in North America via UDR Music
Digital via iTunes with "Virgin Killer" Instant Grat
CD/DVD, CD/BluRay via Amazon
Super Deluxe Box Set with 1978 Tour Footage, Vinyl, Photobook, Signed Certificate & More via UDR Music Webstore
Internationally renowned guitar legend ULI JON ROTH will release his new live double album/DVD/BluRay set, Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan, tomorrow, December 16, 2016, via UDR Music. Featuring a recent live performance from the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo, Japan, the set is a celebration of Roth's classic work with the Scorpions. Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan was recorded on February 20, 2015 at the same venue as the band's classic 1978 live album Tokyo Tapes.
In celebration of tomorrow's release, Ultimate Classic Rock is hosting an exclusive look at the official three minute Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan trailer, featuring clips from the video portion of the set. Watch the video and read about the set in a Q&A featuring commentary from Roth about the original Tokyo Tapes and more here: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/uli-jon-roth-tokyo-tapes-revisited-preview/
You can also watch a full Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan clip of Roth and his band performing "Virgin Killer" here: https://youtu.be/5UgaW0MVqVw
Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan will be available in four different formats:
1 - Video & audio recording of Roth's Tokyo concert in a BluRay digipak containing one BluRay video disc and two audio CDs.
2 - The same as Product 1 only in a DVD digipak.
3 - A digital audio copy of the Tokyo concert.
4 - A super-deluxe boxset, limited to 800 copies. It will be a proper, lid-off shell box containing 4 heavyweight vinyl LPs of Roth's 2015 Scorpions Revisited release which has never been released on vinyl. There will also be an 80-page, gatefold, hardcover 12" book which will house 8 discs - 1 BluRay concert main-feature, 1 bonus BluRay disc (which will contain the original footage from the first Japanese Scorpions Tour 1978, shot personally by Roth on his Super 8 Camera), 2 audio CDs of the main Tokyo concert and 4 bonus audio CDs of Roth's Osaka and Nagoya dates on the same Japanese tour. The set will also include an ULI JON ROTH replica guitar key-ring, a t-shirt, and a signed certificate of authenticity, numbered and signed by Roth himself.
Pre-orders for Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan CD/DVD and CD/BluRay versions are available via Amazon at the previous hyperlinks, and digital is available via iTunes with Virgin Killer instant grat.
R.E.M. Out Of Time In The Studio
Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills Examine 1991 Hit Album
North American syndicated Rock radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands goes back in time for the 25th anniversary year of R.E.M.’s multi-platinum 1991 hit album Out Of Time.
If you were fortunate in 1983 to discover the first full-length album Murmur from Athens, GA-based R.E.M., you probably realized that it sounded unlike anything else at the time and precious little ever since. Over the next four years and five albums, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry made some of the smartest, quirky, angular rock of any American band.
Largely on the popularity of “The One I Love” from 1987‘s Document, R.E.M. jumped ship to a major label to record the top-notch rocker Green in 1988. But for 1991‘s Out Of Time, the band did a re-think, returning in many ways to the more intimate approach of instrumentation and arrangements of those two earliest albums, but this time utilizing strings. What transpired was a cosmic aligning of stars. Out Of Time would produce three Grammy Awards, sell north of 10 million records in the US alone, and produce one of Rock’s timeless classics, “Losing My Religion”.
In an exclusive interview with In The Studio host Redbeard, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills take time out to put Out Of Time under the looking glass, examining what inspired them to make such an unconventional album.
“We did Green which was kind of a big record, big drum sounds, big guitar sounds,... We wanted to make a little more human-sounding record.” - Peter Buck
“The best song is one you can play on one guitar around a campfire.” - Mike Mills
“Pop culture just swung into our little stubborn trajectory... The most clear and obvious time was “Losing My Religion”, where we wrote a song that didn’t have a chorus and had a mandolin as a lead instrument. And for some reason (it) captured the imagination of just about every single person who was breathing.” - Michael Stipe
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COLIN HAY FOLLOWS BANNER YEAR
WITH DEFINITIVE SOLO RELEASE, FIERCE MERCY
New album due March 3, 2017
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Fierce Mercy is an epic, cinematic step forward from singer-songwriter Colin Hay, most beloved for his intimate, confessional live shows but most widely known for being an influential and celebrated frontman. The range of artists who have chosen to cite him as a muse or who have found themselves on stage with him in the past year spans the genre landscape from heavy metal, to Americana, to Cuban rhythms and beyond. His inclusion as a playlist favorite from the likes of Metallica to The Lumineers reflects his continuing relevance and broad appeal.
The album is due out March 3, 2017 on Compass Records.
Recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville and mixed by Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White) and Gordon Hammond (Buddy Miller, Don Williams), Fierce Mercy explores themes of love and loss, mortality, and even the odd UFO sighting, but always with the singular perspective and insightful wit that define Hay’s work. He has created a new classic in his impressive repertoire (this is his 13th solo release), using a palette of pop songcraft, Americana flourishes, and soundtrack-ready strings. Fierce Mercy is animated by its pensive, honest, and impassioned lyrics, and, Hay adds, by a sense of urgency felt deeply in the song “The Last to Know,” which introduces the album’s title concept of “fierce mercy.”
“When you’re in your 20s, you think you’ve got all the time in the world,” Hay said. “You get older, and you go through a quickening. Everything seems to get faster.”
Using his gift for expressing struggle in a way that resonates with a wide variety of people, he compares this to the messages mankind is getting on a global level: “With the changing weather patterns, or the polar ice caps melting, we’re getting all of these warnings, and a lot of them are incredibly fierce. But they still feel somewhat merciful — they’re not destroying us totally. We’re all being told, ‘Listen, you can still maybe address this, and it won’t get to the point where I have to take you all out. You’ve still got a shot.’”
Ten of the album’s 13 stellar compositions were collaborations with Michael Georgiades, who contributed to Hay’s previous sets Gathering Mercury (2011) and American Sunshine (2009). The pair co-wrote two of the album’s clear stand-outs, the pop vocal ballad “A Thousand Million Reasons” and the Americana leaning “Come Tumblin’ Down.” "Michael Georgiades is my secret weapon but I guess now with this album it’s not a secret anymore,” Hay jokes.
Some of the songs are deeply personal: “She Was the Love of Mine,” is an elegy for the singer’s mother, who died three years ago. Some are novelistic: “Frozen Fields of Snow” recounts the story of a war veteran returning to his childhood home after outliving the other members of his unhappy family. “Sometimes lyrical ideas will come into your head, so you follow them and see where they go,” Hay says.
Largely recorded in Topanga with Hay’s wife, Cecilia Noël and Hay’s regular accompanists — bassist Yosmel Montejo, drummer Charlie Paxson, keyboardists Fred Kron and Jeff Babko, and guitarist/tres player San Miguel Perez — Fierce Mercy was completed in sessions at Compass Sound Studio in Nashville with Compass Records principal Garry West at the helm, who also contributed bass on a few cuts.
Hay says, “Garry is always trying to get me to Nashville to do some recording, to get me out of the comfort zone of my own studio — get me out of my lair! So I went to Nashville and we recorded the strings with a nine-piece section, and he introduced me to some players that he loves, who added another fantastic layer to the album.”
The Nashville players include guitarists Audley Freed (Sheryl Crow, the Black Crowes, the Dixie Chicks) and Doug Lancio (John Hiatt), pedal steel guitarist and organist Jim Hoke (Iris Dement, Don Henley, Darius Rucker) and Compass co-founder Alison Brown (banjo).
Though many music fans will be glad to see the end of 2016, it was something of a breakout year for this career artist that included a three-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe; performances on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and ABC’s Greatest Hits; sharing the stage with Of Monsters and Men, Milk Carton Kids, Choir Choir Choir!, Kings of Leon; being publicly cited as an influence by artists as distinct as James Hetfield of Metallica, Jeremiah Fraites of the Lumineers, Troy Sanders of Mastodon, and the Infamous Stringdusters; as well as the completion of a documentary film about his career entitled Waiting for My Real Life, named for one of his best known solo recordings. Now finding himself in the unprecedented place of having both ’80s fame and indie credibility, it's possible that Hay has delivered the defining album of his solo career.
Fri., Jan. 13 BOULDER, CO eTown
Sun., Jan. 15 MORGANTOWN, WV WVU Creative Arts Center
Tue., Jan. 17 ANN ARBOR, MI Leon Loft
Wed., Jan. 18 FRANKLIN, TN Music City Roots at The Factory at Franklin
Thu., Jan. 19 ENGLEWOOD, NJ Bergen Pac
Fri, Jan. 20 HOMER, NY Centers for the Arts of Homer
Sat., Jan. 21 NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA Fallsview Casino Resort
Sun., Jan. 22 STATE COLLEGE, PA State Theatre
Sat., Jan. 28 SAN JOSE, CA Sap Center
Sat., Feb. 11 KEY WEST, FL Key West Theater
Sun., Feb. 12 BOCA RATON, FL Boca Raton Resort & Club
Wed., Feb. 15 FORT LAUDERDALE, FL The ’80s Cruise
Sat., Feb. 18 FORT LAUDERDALE, FL Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Sun., Feb. 19 CLEARWATER, FL Capitol Theatre
Mon., Feb. 20 ORLANDO, FL The Plaza Live
Wed., Feb. 22 ST. AUGUSTINE, FL The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Thu.-Sat., Feb. 23-25 ATLANTA, GA City Winery
Wed.-Thu., Mar. 1-2 LOS ANGELES, CA Largo at the Coronet
Sun., Mar. 5 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Palace of Fine Arts
Tue.-Wed., Mar. 7-8 NASHVILLE, TN City Winery
Fri., Mar. 10 CHICAGO, IL Thalia Hall
Sun.-Mon., Mar. 12-13 ALEXANDRIA, VA The Birchmere
Wed., Mar. 15 GLENSIDE, PA Keswick Theatre
Fri., Mar. 17 BOSTON, MA Wilbur Theatre
Sat., Mar. 18 NEW YORK, NY Concert Hall at NY Society for Ethical Culture
Thu., Mar. 30 THE ACADEMY Dublin, Ireland
Sun., Apr. 2 BELFAST, UK The Limelight
Mon., Apr. 3 GLASGOW, UK Old Fruit Market
Tue., Apr. 4 LONDON, UK Union Chapel
Thu., Apr. 6 MANCHESTER, UK The Dancehouse Theatre
Fri., Apr. 7 EDINBURGH, UK Queen’s Hall
Sat., Apr. 8 ABERDEEN, UK Lemon Tree
Mon., Apr. 10 GATESHEAD, UK The Sage
Colin announced his record to his fans via Facebook by posting a track from the new album with a holiday appropriate message about hope and love.
JULIAN LENNON RE-RECORDS “SALTWATER” CELEBRATING SILVER ANNIVERSARY
New Julian Lennon App To Launch December 14
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, photographer, documentarian and philanthropist, Julian Lennon, has re-recorded his hit single “Saltwater” to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release, announced today. Originally released in 1991 from his fourth studio album Help Yourself (Atlantic/Charisma Records), “Saltwater” has taken on a life of its own amongst fans and peers as a humanitarian call to action. The anniversary recording will release on Wednesday, December 14th, exclusively at JulianLennon.com and will go wide on digital platforms across the globe on December 30. A proportion of the Proceeds from single sales will go to The White Feather Foundation.
Produced by Lennon and Justin Clayton, mixed by Andreas Ahlenius, and mastered by Björn Engelman, ‘Saltwater' was co-written with longtime collaborator Mark Spiro and Leslie Spiro in 1990, and was Lennon’s first stand on environmental conservation and the plight of indigenous peoples of the world. The single was certified platinum in Australia, topping the singles chart for four weeks, as well as reaching #6 on the UK singles charts, while also hitting Top 10 Radio throughout the rest of Asia & Europe.
“I felt that after 25 Years of watching what has been happening to Our Mother and All of Her Children, that I owed it not only to Myself, but to everyone, in many respects, to rerecord this song of sympathy/empathy, this Philanthropic Anthem, for future generations that hadn’t heard it before, and to remind myself too, of the challenges we still face… And as a Shy and introspective Man myself, who has no political agendas as such, the only way to make My Voice truly heard in Life’s Arena, was to sing this song again, with a more appropriate, and contemporary take on today’s world, because it seems to me, and many others, that the World is 25 times worse than it was 25 years ago, on a Humanitarian & Environmental level…. Hopefully, ‘Saltwater25’ can bring around that awareness of what We’re doing again, and maybe, just maybe, change a few minds into making some major changes, for the betterment of all…”
The video for “Saltwater,” Executive Produced by Dick Carruthers (The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney), is a delight of mixed media techniques, created at Trunk Animations London studio (Coldplay, Elton John). Directed by Layla Atkinson and Jock Mooney and Produced by Richard Barnett. Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4AXdRtr_UQ
Also arriving just in time for the holiday break is the new Julian Lennon App, an interactive gateway to all of Lennon’s current works including photography, philanthropy and music. The App looks to connect Julian's fanbase from the physical world into the digital world via its unique 'App Only' content QR scanner. Using an award-winning security system, the App is a modern platform that will inform, engage, and reward users. Designed and developed by 45digital.com for the Julian Lennon team the App will be available on iOS (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/julian-lennon/id1154576995?mt=8) and Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.julianlennon.app.android&hl=en) platforms.
Modern day Renaissance man, Julian Lennon, has a sensitive and poetic vision of life coursing through his exquisite photography, philanthropic pursuits, and his acclaimed music. In 2007, Lennon founded the global environmental and humanitarian organization The White Feather Foundation whose key initiatives are education, health, conservation and the protection of indigenous culture. He produced the compelling documentary whaledreamers, shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and earned 8 International Film Festival Awards, as well as serving as executive producer on recent documentary Lost Girls, as well as the forthcoming Quest and Connected. He is a renowned photographer and garnered many outstanding reviews for his iconic images from his multiple collections including Horizon, Alone, Timeless, and most recently, Cycle. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter returned with his first album in 15 years, the critically-acclaimed 2013 release Everything Changes (Music From Another Room), a masterwork of powerfully vulnerable and sophisticatedly accessible adult pop. Soon to add author to his CV, 2017 will see his first in a series of children’s books, Touch The Earth (Sky Pony Press). Lennon continues to write, produce music and independent documentary feature films, and is currently exhibiting his photography in galleries and art fairs around the globe. For more information visit www.julianlennon.com, www.julianlennon-photography.com and www.whitefeatherfoundation.com.
Steve Hackett To Release New Album The Night Siren
Guitar virtuoso and rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), releases his latest album The Night Siren on Friday, March 24th 2017, through InsideOut Music (Sony).
As implied in the title, The Night Siren is a wake-up call…the warning of a siren sounding in this era of strife and division.
The Night Siren showcases Steve’s incredible guitar as strongly as ever, along with musicians from several different countries, who Steve invited to join him in celebrating multicultural diversity and unity. This includes singers from Israel and Palestine, who both actively campaign to bring Jewish and Arabic people together. There are also instrumentals from the USA and Iraq, and a multiplicity of sounds, including the exotic strains of Indian sitar and Middle Eastern tar and oud, the ethnic beauty of the Peruvian charango, and the haunting Celtic Uilleann pipes.
Steve is widely travelled, making friends everywhere he goes, and has always embraced multicultural diversity. In these times of unrest, he has been inspired to express his belief that the world needs more empathy and unity. His wish to involve a range of musical sounds, instruments, musicians and singers from different parts of the world is both a development of his eclectic approach to music and shows how people can be brought together, even from war-torn regions.
Talking about his latest work, Steve says, “This latest waxing represents a bird’s eye view of the world of a musical migrant ignoring borders and celebrating our common ancestry with a unity of spirit, featuring musicians, singers and instruments from all over the world. From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide. But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defences. To quote Plato, ‘When the music changes, the walls of the city shake’.”
The musical journey takes us from ‘Behind the Smoke’, focusing on the plight of refugees throughout the ages, to the penultimate track ‘West to East’ which reflects on the damage of war and the hope for a better world.
From personal to universal, the themes celebrate the life force, breaking free from chains of repression.
Full Track Listing:
1. Behind the Smoke
2. Martian Sea
3. Fifty Miles from the North Pole
4. El Niño
5. Other Side of the Wall
6. Anything but Love
7. Inca Terra
8. In Another Life
9. In the Skeleton Gallery
10. West to East
11. The Gift
In addition to singers Kobi and Mira (Israeli and Palestinian), also featured on the album are Nick D'Virgilio (drums) from the USA, Malik Mansurov (Tar) from Azerbaijan & Gulli Breim (drums & percussion) from Iceland, along with regular Hackett collaborators: Roger King, Nad Sylvan, Gary O'Toole, Rob Townsend and Amanda Lehmann. Additional musicians who add to the rich flavour of the album are Christine Townsend (violin & viola), Dick Driver (double bass) and Troy Donockley (Celtic Uilleann).
Steve Hackett is returning with an exciting new show, Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett, for a 13 date North American tour in February and March 2017.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album, Wind and Wuthering, Steve and his band will be performing several tracks from the album as well as fan favourites such as ‘The Musical Box’ and other Genesis numbers never performed before by Steve's band including ‘Inside & Out’, ‘One For The Vine’ and ‘Anyway’ as well as material from The Night Siren.
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
Tuesday, February 14th City Winery Nashville, TN
Wednesday, February 15th City Winery Nashville, TN
Friday, February 17th Victoria Theater Newark, NJ
Saturday, February 18th State Theatre Ithaca, NY
Wednesday,February 22nd Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
Thursday, February, 23rd NYCB Westbury, NY
Friday, February 24th Santander PAC Reading, PA,
Saturday, February 25th Playstation Theater New York, NY
Sunday, February 26th Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA
Tuesday, February 28th 20 Monroe Live Grand Rapids, MI
Wednesday, March 1st Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
Thursday, March 2nd The Oakville Centre Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Friday, March 3rd Kleinhans Music Hall Buffalo, NY
The Night Siren will be released through Inside Out Music on Friday, March 24th in the following formats:
Special Edition CD/Blu-Ray Digipak featuring 5.1 surround sound mix & "Making of...” feature.
Standard Jewel case CD.
About Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, who produced several of the band’s most acclaimed albums including Selling England by the Pound (a favourite of John Lennon) and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. With Steve's extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he involves influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues. He is equally adept in his classical albums that include renditions of pieces by composers from Bach to Satie, his own acoustic guitar compositions that have gained the admiration of many, including Yehudi Menuhin, and ambitious guitar/orchestra albums such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic.
Sebastian Bach Claims Actress Ditched Brad Pitt For Him
Former Skid Row lead vocalist Sebastian Bach claims that he is at the center of an infamous story from the late 1980s involving actors Christina Applegate and Brad Pitt.
Applegate attended the 1989 MTV Movie Awards as Pitt's date, only to ditch him halfway through the night to hook up with a mystery man. And while promoting his autobiography 18 And Life On Skid Row, Bach claims he was the man that the Anchorman star ditched Pitt for. Former Skid Row man Bach tells Elliot In The Morning: "She was interviewed recently on Entertainment Tonight or something, and they asked, 'What was the dumbest thing you ever did?'
"And she goes, 'One night I ditched Brad Pitt for this other dude.' And that dude would be me. So there was a time on this earth when Sebastian Bach was, like, a hotter lay than Brad Pitt. Of course that's going in the book. I've gotta tell somebody that!" here.
Alice Cooper Expands 2017 Tour Plans With US and Euro Tours
Alice Cooper has announced an additional series of live dates for 2017, which will see the legendary rocker perform shows during new tours in the US, Europe and the UK.
A month-long US spring run begins in Biloxi, MS on April 21 and is scheduled to mid-May; the trek is followed by seven European dates in the middle of summer and a November UK tour.
Presale tickets for the US shows are available now, with general public seats on sale December 16 at 10 AM local time. A mix of headline and festival appearances in Europe for July and August are set, with tickets for some shows already on sale.
Cooper's first headline UK tour in 5 years will see him joined by special guests The Mission and The Tubes. See all of the dates here.
Matt Sorum Couldn't Handle Crazy Guns N' Roses Life Now
Matt Sorum has recalled the surprise, pride and anger that went with being a member of Guns N' Roses in the 1990s. He replaced Steven Adler behind the drumkit in time to record double-album Use Your Illusion and toured the world with Axl Rose and co while they were commonly described as "the most dangerous band in the world."
Sorum took some heat for making comments about the Foo Fighters that were taken to be negative. But he says what he meant was: "I wish I could be in a band like Metallica or the Foo Fighters - a band that runs that smoothly. I didn't say they're not dangerous.
"People ask me what's different about rock'n'roll and I say, 'It's not as dangerous as it was.' I'm not saying that's a good thing. I was in the most dangerous rock'n'roll band in the world at the time. That's been an amazing journey, but I can't handle living my life like that any more."
Now that Guns N' Roses are touring with Slash and bassist Duff McKagan back in the band, Sorum reflects: "Those were the greatest times in rock'n'roll. What's going on now is great for them, but I was there when it was great too - probably the greatest.
"They're out there doing that, going on stage on time every night. Times have changed, haven't they?" Read more here.