Gregg Allman Cancels All 2017 Live Appearances
Gregg Allman has cancelled all of the dates for his live schedule for 2017. No details were provided for the reason behind the cancellations, which included performances in Macon, GA., Atlanta, GA. Chattanooga, TN, Robinsonville, MS, and a 10-show residency at City Winery in New York City in July that was rescheduled from last fall due to a vocal injury.
"It has been determined that Gregg will not be touring in 2017," reads a statement on his official website. "For those of you who purchased tickets for shows in June, contact the ticket outlet from where you purchased the tickets for a refund."
Allman said the following at the time of the City Winery shows cancelation, "Not making a show is a really hard decision for me because I want to play so bad, but it's also hard on my partners and fans who make plans to be with me.
"I never want to put anybody in a bad spot. I'm so grateful for the people that I work with and for the fans that come to my shows and I want to be at my best for all of them.
"That means I'm going to have to wait until I'm feeling really good, not just good enough like I have been. Good enough isn't working for us all." Read more here.
ROCK NEWS FOR 03/14/17
Tool Announce North American Tour Dates
Tool fans are still waiting patiently for the band's new studio album but they won't have to wait too long to see the band perform live if they are close to a few select North American cities.
The band has announced eight new headline dates in addition to their previously revealed appearances at the Governors Ball and Boston Calling music festivals this spring.
The run of dates are scheduled to kick off on May 24th in Fairfax, VA at the Eaglebank Arena and will be wrapping up on June 8th in Rosemont, IL at the Allstate Arena.
Tool North American Tour Dates:
5/24 - Fairfax, VA - Eaglebank Arena
5/27 - Bangor, ME - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
5/28 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
5/30 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
5/31 - Hamilton, ON - First Ontario Centre
6/02 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
6/04 - New York, NY - Governors Ball Music Festival
6/05 - Pittsburgh, PA - Petersen Events Center
6/07 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/08 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
Metallica Jump To No. 2 On Album Chart With Hardwired
Metallica saw their latest album "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" almost return to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart after enjoying a 209% jump in sales last week.
The album shot up to the No. 2 spot of the chart for the sales week ending on March 9th from their previous week's No. 14 position after the record was bundled with ticket purchases for their upcoming summer tour.
Sales of "Hardwired", which topped the Billboard chart when it was released last November, increased by over 200% last week with album unit sales coming in at 79,000.
The overall tally when including the streaming metric was 81,000 units, an increase of 191% according to the publication. The band's summer stadium tour will be kicking off on May 10th in Baltimore, Md., at the M&T Bank Stadium.
Piece Of Jimmy Page Music History To Finally See The Light Of Day
Years before Jimmy Page helped form Led Zeppelin and rise to fame as one of the world's most lauded guitar players, he took his very first turn in the producer's chair.
Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds: The Beginning marked the first album Page ever produced, and now the 12-song demo will be available to purchase for the first time. "Now after 56 years, it is to see the light of day," Farlowe said in a statement.
Page recorded the band in 1961 at RG Jones Sound Studio in Morden, London. The result helped launch Farlowe and The Thunderbirds' career. The album will be available on April 30th. Read more here.
Paul McCartney Releasing Limited Edition Demos With Elvis Costello
Paul McCartney has announced that he will be celebrating this year's Record Store Day on April 22nd with the release of a limited edition three-song cassette demo with Elvis Costello.
The special release will feature the demos for "I Don't Want To Confess," "Shallow Grave" and "Mistress And Maid" which the Beatles legend recorded with Costello during the "Flowers In The Dirt" album sessions.
McCartney had these comments, "The demos are red hot off the skillet and that's why we wanted to include them on this boxed set. What's great about these songs is that they've just been written. So there's nothing more hot off the skillet as I say. So that was the kind of great instant thing about them.
"I hadn't listened to them in ages but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something and now the moment's finally arrived." A teaser video for the release can been seen here.
The Who Announce Las Vegas Residency This Summer
The Who announced that they will be going Vegas this summer by launching a six-show residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in late July and early August.
The special series of Las Vegas shows will be kicking off on July 29th and additional shows have been announced for August 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 9th, and 11th, according to the venue's social media.
"The set list or type of show is as yet undecided," the band wrote in a response to the following question on their Facebook page "So is this part of the Tommy 2017 shows? Or will this just be a greatest hits show?" See the dates here.
Boston Add More Dates To Hyper Space Tour
Rock legends Boston have expanded their upcoming North American tour once again, adding additional dates this May and June to the spring and summer Hyper Space Tour.
The new dates begin on May 3rd in Jackson, MS and include shows in Birmingham, Nashville, Huntsville, Montgomery, San Antonio, Catoosa, Shawnee, Paducah (KY), Louisville, Springfield (IL), Cedar Rapids, Madison, Prior Lake, Topeka, Grand Island, Denver and Phoenix.
These dates are in addition to the run of 21 summer shows that the band announced last week that will feature Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as their special guest.
Boston will be kicking off their busy touring season on April 14th in Hollywood, Fl at the Seminole Hard Rock Live and have announced dates that run through July 30th where they will play the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va.
Boston Tour Dates:
14 Apr - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock
15 Apr - Estero, FL - Germain Arena -
17 Apr - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
18 Apr - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
20 Apr - St. Augustine , FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
21 Apr - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
22 Apr - Lake Charles, LA - Golden Nugget
23 Apr - Shreveport, LA - Municipal Auditorium
25 Apr - Rogers, AR - The Wal-Mart Amphitheatre
26 Apr - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
03 May - Jackson, MS - Thalia Mara Hall
04 May - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall
05 May - Nashville, TN - Nashville Municipal Auditorium
06 May - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Civic Center
07 May - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Performing Arts Center
10 May - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theater
11 May - Catoosa, OK - Hard Rock - The Joint
13 May - Shawnee, OK - Grand Events Center
21 May - Paducah, KY - Carson Center
22 May - Louisville, KY - Palace Theater
23 May - Springfield, IL - Prairie Capital Convention Center
24 May - Cedar Rapids, IA - US Cellular Center
26 May - Madison, WI - Breese Stevens Field
27 May - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino
04 Jun - Topeka, KS - Landon Arena
05 Jun - Grand Island, NE - Fonner Park Events Center
06 Jun - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green
08 Jun - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
10 Jun - Murphys, CA - Ironstone Amphitheatre *
11 Jun - Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara Bowl
12 Jun - Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Arena
14 Jun - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre *
16 Jun - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre *
17 Jun - Las Vegas, NV - Park Theater -
18 Jun - Chula Vista, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre*
27 Jun - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
28 Jun - Houston, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugarland*
30 Jun - Dallas, TX - Starplex Pavilion*
02 Jul - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center*
05 Jul - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino*
07 Jul - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - CHI*
08 Jul - Dayton, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights*
09 Jul - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre*
11 Jul - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage*
13 Jul - Boston, MA - TD Garden*
19 Jul - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Amphitheatre*
20 Jul - Virgina Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*
22 Jul - Wallingford, CT - Toyota Oakdale Theatre*
23 Jul - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
25 Jul - Scranton, PA - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain*
27 Jul - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion*
28 Jul - Pittsburgh, PA - KeyBank Pavilion*
29 Jul - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheater*
30 Jul - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
* With Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Find ticket details/links here.
Iron Maiden Star Sitting In With Late Night With Seth Meyers Band
Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain is the latest music star to be the special guest drummer sitting in with Late Night With Seth Meyers house band The 8G Band.
McBrain will be performing with the band during the broadcasts this week (from Mon, March 13 - Thurs, March 16). The program airs at 12:35AM ET on the NBC television network.
The band shared the news via social media with a photo of the drummer that proclaimed "Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden comes to Late Night With Seth Meyers Mar 13-16." It was captioned with "Be sure to tune in and catch Nicko on -latenightseth this week! #LNSM #IronMaiden".
The appearance comes as the band prepares to launch the last two legs of their The Book Of Souls World tour. They will kick things off with a European trek in April and May, followed by their North American summer tour in June and July. See all of the dates here.
Pink Floyd The Wall Inspired Opera Coming To The U.S.
Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera will make its way stateside next year. The announcement came after the premiere of Another Brick in the Wall: L'Opera on Saturday (March 11) in Montreal.
The production is based on Pink Floyd's acclaimed 1979 double album "The Wall" and the first U.S. showing is scheduled to take place in July 2018 at the Cincinnati Music Hall.
The production will include the 70-piece Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, eight soloists, and 48 chorus members who will perform the opera alongside baritone Etienne Dupuis who plays the role of rock star Pink. Read more here.
Paul Simon Announces Summer Tour
Paul Simon has announced that he will be returning to the road this summer for a U.S. tour in further support of his latest studio album "Stranger To Stranger".
The newly announced dates are in addition to Simon's previously announced appearance at the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival in Wisconsin, which will be taking place on June 16th and 17th.
Simon will be kicking the trek off on June 1st in St. Augustine, FL at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and will conclude the road trip on June 28th in Denver at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Tickets for most of the shows will be going on sale this Friday, March 17th. Tickets for the Toledo and Cleveland stops will be available beginning on Saturday, March 18th.
Paul Simon Summer Tour Dates:
Jun 1 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Jun 2 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Jun 4 - Simpsonville, SC - Heritage Park Amphitheatre
Jun 6 - Charlotte, NC - Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jun 7 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
Jun 10 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion
Jun 11 - Toledo, OH - Zoo Amphitheater
Jun 13 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Jun 14 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Jun 18 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford Premier Center
Jun 20 - Billings, MT - MetraPark Arena
Jun 21 - Missoula, MT - Ogren Park at Allegiance Field
Jun 23 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
Jun 24 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheatre
Jun 25 - Lake Tahoe, NV - Havey's Outdoor Arena
Jun 28 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
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BREAKING NEWS: QUIET RIOT To Re-Record New Album “Road Rage” With New Lead Vocalist James Durbin
Following the departure of singer Seann Nicols from Quiet Riot, both Frontiers Music Srl and band leader Frankie Banali have made the joint decision to delay the release of the new Quiet Riot album, “Road Rage” until later this summer.
Both the band and label feel that in order to truly represent Quiet Riot’s lineup, new lead singer James Durbin should be the vocalist on “Road Rage.” In order to execute that plan and promote the album accordingly, and with the full support of the label, the band will go back into the studio and record the album with Durbin on vocals to ensure that they deliver the album that Quiet Riot fans have been patiently waiting for and truly deserve.
Regarding the critically important decision to re-record with new Quiet Riot vocalist James Durbin, Banali said, “After careful consideration, with the support of Frontiers and understanding the appeals from Quiet Riot fans to have our vocalist James Durbin represented on the new Quiet Riot release, we have made the decision to move forward and have James replace all the vocals on “Road Rage” with new lyrics and melodies for a summer 2017 release. Stay tuned!”
While the new Quiet Riot album will be slightly delayed as a result of the re-recording process, the Quiet Riot faithful can rest assured that the resulting album will be well worth the brief wait.
Famously known as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became a global sensation thanks to their monstrous smash hit 1983 album, “Metal Health.” The band now continues their historic journey in 2017 with founding member of the 1983 Metal Health era of QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali, veteran bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of QUIET RIOT since 1982) and guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been handling his duties since 2004).
Frankie Banali's history with QUIET RIOT spans over 34 years and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release from 1983’s METAL HEALTH through 2017’s “Road Rage”. After nearly ten years since the loss of his friend and co-founding member and bandmate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow's family, Frankie has moved forward with the band.
Frankie Banali – drums
Alex Grossi – guitars
Chuck Wright – bass guitar
James Durbin - vocals
QUIET RIOT Live:
March 18, 2017 -w- The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
March 24, 2017 -w- The Music Vault, Hardeeville, SC
March 25, 2017 -w- John F. Savage Arena, Toledo, OH
March 30, 2017 -w- The Machine Shop, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
April 7, 2017 -w- Bowery Live, West Palm Beach, FL
April 23, 2017 -w- The Rainbow Bar & Grill, West Hollywood, CA
April 28, 2017 -w-AVI Main Ballroom, Laughlin, NV
June 2, 2017 -w- City of Lincolnton, Lincolton, NC
June 11, 2017 -w- Motorcity Harley Davidson Festival, Farmington Hills, MI
June 23, 2017 -w- Phase 2, Lynchburg, VA
June 24, 2017 -w- 15th Annual Funstatic Festival, Big Spring, TX
July 1, 2017 -w- Sundown Salute, Junction City, KS
July 15, 2017 -w- The Horny Toad, Lake Ozark, MO
August 11, 2017 -w- The Texan Theater, Greenville, TX
August 12, 2017 -w- Maude Cobb Event Center, Longview, TX
August 18, 2017 -w- Chase Co. Fairgrounds, Imperial, NE
August 26, 2017 -w- Cruisers Stateline, Port Falls, ID
October 28, 2017 -w- Rock The Park Festival @ Dean Porter Park, Brownsville, TX
October 29, 2017 -w- The Avanti's Dome, Pekin, IL
Eagles, Fleetwood Mac Festival Add Journey and More
The rumored Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles bicoastal music festival has reportedly added some more big name rock icons to the lineup for the Classic East and Classic West events.
The music festivals are said to be taking place on July 15th and 16th at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, followed by the east coast installment at Citi Field in New York City on July 29th and 30th, according to reports.
Billboard now reports that the first night of festival will include sets from Eagles, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers and the closing night will feature Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles' official websites had no listings for the festival at press time
Metallica Recruit Hip-Hop Star For North American Tour
Metallica have announced that they have recruited DJ and producer Mix Master Mike to be part of the upcoming North American leg of their WorldWired tour.
The band says in the announcement, "Mike will be spinning some of your favorite (and ours!) hard rock and metal tracks throughout the evening at all of the stadium dates this summer. A pioneer in the hip-hop and DJ communities, you'll be able to catch his skillful, hard-hitting scratch work once the doors open each night and between acts before we hit the stage.
"Named as the 'world's greatest DJ' by USA Today, Mix Master Mike has won Grammys, been inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beastie Boys, spun at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the Emmy's, and has created music that has been featured on major television networks."
The tour is scheduled to kick off on May 10th in Baltimore at the M&T Bank Stadium and will conclude on August 16th in Edmonton at the Commonwealth Stadium.
May 10 - Baltimore, MD - M&T Bank Stadium
May 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field
May 14 - East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium
May 17 - Uniondale, NY - The New Coliseum Presented by NYCB
May 19 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium
May 21 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range @ MAPFRE Stadium
June 4 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium
June 7 - Denver, CO - Sports Authority Field at Mile High
June 11 - Houston, TX - NRG Stadium
June 14 - San Antonio, TX - Alamodome
June 16 - Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium***
June 18 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
July 5 - Orlando, FL - Camping World Stadium
July 7 - Miami, FL - Hard Rock Stadium
July 9 - Atlanta, GA - SunTrust Park
July 12 - Detroit, MI - Comerica Park
July 14 - Quebec City, QC - Festival D'Ete de Quebec
July 16 - Toronto, ON - Rogers Centre
July 19 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau
July 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Rose Bowl
August 4 - Phoenix, AZ - University of Phoenix Stadium
August 6 - San Diego, CA - Petco Park
August 9 - Seattle, WA - CenturyLink Field
August 14 - Vancouver, BC - BC Place
August 16 - Edmonton, AB - Commonwealth Stadium
Pearl Jam Invite Former Members To Rock Hall Induction
Pearl Jam announced, via a handwritten letter shared on social media, that they are inviting all of their former drummers to appear with the band at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month.
The band wrote, "While awards and accolades are understandably subjective and a countless number of our peers have yet to be honored, we do feel fortunate the be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group.
"Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years. Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs." See the full letter here.
David Bowie Previously Unreleased Albums Set For RSD
Record Store Day celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2017 on April 22. And to celebrate the occasion, Parlophone is releasing two limited-edition David Bowie albums.
The first is Cracked Actor (Live in Los Angeles 1974), a live album recorded during the Philly Dogs Tour that is seeing its first-ever official release. It was mixed by longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, and features a band that includes Earl Slick (lead guitar) and Carlos Alomar (rhythm guitar) and Luther Vandross on (backing vocals). It's a companion to the long-available David Live album, also from 1974, with a different tracklisting.
The other album being released for RSD is Bowpromo, a recreation of a rare 1971 pressing that featured alternate mixes of songs that eventually wound up on Hunky Dory. See the tracklistings here.
Mick Jagger Guests On Brad Paisley's New Album
Country music star Brad Paisley has called on two classic rock legends to make guest appearances on his forthcoming album "Love and War", which will be released on April 21st.
It was previously revealed that Paisley recruited Creedence Clearwater Rival icon John Fogerty to co-write and guest on the album's title track but he has now announced that Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger teamed for another song.
The rock icon lends his voice to a track called "Drive Of Shame," which he co-wrote with Paisley and Rolling Stones and Jagger collaborator Matt Clifford, according to ABC.
The album is also set to include a song that was co-written by country music legend Johnny Cash entitled "Gold All Over The Ground"
Boston's Tom Scholz Honored By City For His 70th Birthday
Boston founder Tom Scholz received a special "Certificate of Recognition" from his band's namesake city to celebrate his 70th birthday last Friday (March 10th).
The city of Boston's mayor Marty Walsh issued the proclamation which reads, "In honor of your 70th birthday and In appreciation of your service as an engineer, musician and philanthropist, we thank you for being a dedicated resident of the City of Boston.
"You have brought Boston's spirit to people across the globe, from Toledo to Tokyo, where fans are welcomed to 'Boston' through music. On behalf of the City of Boston, thank you for dedicating your life to serving others and making the world a better place." See a photo of the honor here.
Steve Hackett Release 'Behind The Smoke' Video
Genesis icon Steve Hackett has released a music video for his track "Behind The Smoke." The song comes from his forthcoming album "The Night Siren," which will hit stores on March 24th.
Hackett had this to say about the new clip, "I'm thrilled with this video for the track 'Behind the Smoke' from my new album The Night Siren. Director Ivan and the I-Code team have created an extraordinary film here resembling an epic movie!
"It perfectly matches the song, which laments the predicament of refugees throughout the ages. More compassion is needed in this world for those escaping persecution and death." Watch the video here.
Eric Clapton Live With JJ Cale Released on Blu-Ray and DVD
Eric Clapton's DVD and Blu-Ray versions of his "Live In San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale" have been released, following the September 2016 release of the CD, vinyl set and digital album.
Apart from the live concert recording that was featured on the album versions, the new home video editions feature bonus footage of Clapton and Cale rehearsing "Anyway The Wind Blows" and "Who Am I Telling You?" for the concert. The home video can be ordered here.
The release was recording during the March 15, 2007 concert at the iPayOne Center in San Diego, CA, which featured Cale as a special guest and Clapton backed by guitarists Derek Trucks (now of the Tedeschi Trucks band) and Doyle Bramhall II.
The two-hour San Diego concert was a highlight of the tour as it featured JJ Cale as a special guest on five tracks (including "After Midnight" and "Cocaine"), as well as Robert Cray on the final song of the record, "Crossroads."
After successfully covering several JJ Cale songs over his career, Clapton finally collaborated with Cale in 2006 on the original album Road to Escondido. Clapton said at the time, "This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition, to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember."
Tell The Truth
Key to the Highway
Got to Get Better in a Little While
Anyway the Wind Blows
Who Am I Telling You?
Don't Cry Sister
Little Queen of Spades
Further On Up the Road
1. Anyway The Wind Blows
2. Who Am I Telling You?
Rush's Geddy Lee Will Not Perform At Rock Hall Induction
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has released a statement denying that Rush frontman Geddy Lee will be performing with Yes at their induction in New York next month following comments made by singer Jon Anderson.
Billboard reports the Rock Hall sent them a statement to clarify the situation after the music industry magazine published an interview with Yes co-founder Anderson where he said Lee would join the group for a performance of their 1971 classic, "Roundabout", in place of the late Chris Squire, who passed away in 2015.
"Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were only confirmed to do the induction speech for one of their favorite bands and not perform," the Rock Hall tells Billboard. "They, like all the other Yes fans, look forward to honoring them and watching them perform at the induction ceremony on April 7 and the HBO broadcast on April 29."
According to Rush's management, adds Billboard, "Geddy will actually NOT be performing with Yes and they are working on getting Billboard to retract/correct the (original) story." Read more here.
Poison's Rikki Rockett Celebrates One Year Of Being Cancer Free
As Poison drummer Rikki Rockett gears up for the band's long awaited return to the road, he celebrated a major milestone this week with the 1st anniversary of being cancer free.
Rockett underwent experimental treatment for his oral cancer and he reported via a social media post on Wednesday (March 8th) that it continues to be effective.
He shared with fans, "One year ago today I started a clinical trial for immunotherapy one week after my daughter, Lucy's 3rd birthday. I was faced with oral cancer that was not responding to radiation or chemo.
"My decisions: 1.) Have surgery that would render me unable to ever speak again. 2.) Try a different chemo that would only buy me time. 3.) Try a clinical trial of a new drug combination of immunotherapy. However, if it didn't work, it might be too late to change course and save me.
"I rolled the dice and began a trial at UCSD Moore's Cancer Center led by Dr. Ezra Cohen and Dr. Sandip Patel. Leaders in the immunotherapy field. Dr. Cohen was the lead Dr. for Head and Neck Cancer. I was more scared than I have ever been, but nine weeks later when I got my first PET/CT/MRI the cancer had shrunk over 90%!!! A mere nine weeks later I was 100% cancer free on July 13th, one day before my son, Jude's 7th birthday.
"One year later I am still cancer free and preparing for the Poison 2017 30th anniversary tour. I have Dr. Cohen, Dr. Patel, Tony Le, my amazing girlfriend Tc Smith, my friend Cortni Miller and the all the fantastic staff at UCSD Moore's Cancer center and last but certainly not least, God to thank. My little girl Lucy would touch my neck and say, "All gone Daddy" almost every day. It was gone…"
Kid Rock Announces American Badass Grill
Move over George Foreman, music star Kid Rock is going old school with his new "American Badass Grill" and hopes to keep fans barbequing all summer long.
Rock's new charcoal grill is made completely in the U.S. and he had this to say, "I'm not gonna lie. It is more expensive to make things in America. But it's important to me. I love America, and I want to do all I can to create manufacturing jobs at home,"
We were sent these additional details:The American Badass Grill's dual-damper system and natural convection environment give you total control to grill high and hot or low and slow - just like larger professional units. The 200 square inches of grilling space can hold up to twelve burgers all at once - or three beer can chickens.
The American Badass Grill comes with a 30-day Money Back Guarantee, and will be available in retail locations at a later date. For now, customers can order the grill at www.AmericanBadassGrill.com.
Ratt's Stephen Pearcy Releases 'Ten Miles Wide' Video
Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy has released a new music video for his track "Ten Miles Wide". The song comes from his solo album "Smash," which was released back in January.
Pearcy had these comments about the new album, "It took long enough to finish the new record Smash and it is well worth the patience taken, giving every song as much attention as the next.
"Erik Ferentinos (lead guitars & co-writer), Greg D' Angelo (drums) and Matt Thorne (bass, keyboards) and myself didn't settle on any first, second or third takes.
"We let some songs grow if needed, then go back and complete it. We're very happy with the outcome, that we were able to experiment and grow with the new songs." Watch the new video here.
Supergroup The Night Flight Orchestra Announce New Album
Classic and progressive rock supergroup The Night Flight Orchestra have announced that they will be releasing their third studio album, entitled "Amber Galactic" on May 19th.
The group features member of Soilwork and Arch Enemy and the new album was recorded at Handsome Hard Studio in Lund, Sweden. Frontman Björn Strid had this to say about the new effort:
"'Amber Galactic' was made during late nights and way too early mornings, when sometimes, in the corner of your eye, you can catch a glimpse of another dimension, where all the women are heartbroken space commanders in evening gowns, the champagne is always free and the drugs won't hurt you.
"We wanted to create more than just a listening experience, instead we want it to be an alternative reality. We hope that after listening to Amber Galactic, you'll be wide-eyed, horny and slightly drunk."
Guitarist David Andersson adds: "Musicianship in itself is not interesting, neither are the technical aspects of creating music. The ideas and visions behind the music are the only things really worthy of in-depth discussions. We've all reached a point where we can all pretty much play and sing whatever we want.
"We didn't talk much about chord changes or amplifiers during the recording sessions. But we spent a lot of time discussing Kierkegaard's concept of anxiety, different vintages of sparkling wine, the psychoacoustic aspects of modulation, the innate superiority of women and why a pearl necklace always look better when whoever wears it has a bored expression on her face."
'American Pie' Singer Don McLean Hit With Protective Order From Ex
A Maine court has granted Patrisha McLean an order of protection against her ex-husband, "American Pie" singer Don McLean, that will last two years.
The order follows a domestic violence assault by McLean in July 2016. At the time, McLean pled guilty and his attorney said he would've had a punishment of a $3,000 fine if he could stay out of trouble for a year.
No word as to how his inability to do so will affect any further fine. Patrisha says she's glad the order was granted. The songwriter's attorney did not return a phone call looking for comment, according to Billboard. Read more here.
Geddy Lee and Jon Anderson To Perform At Yes' Rock Hall Induction
Original Yes singer Jon Anderson says both he and Rush star Geddy Lee will perform with the band at their induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in New York next month.
Anderson tells Billboard that Lee will join Yes for a performance of their 1971 classic, "Roundabout", in place of the late Chris Squire, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 67 from Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL).
"Chris is going to be there in spirit," says Anderson. "He always believed that we should have been in the Hall of Fame 10, 29 years ago. It wasn't high on my agenda; 'It happens when it happens' was my mantra. But we know Chris will be there in spirit, in energy. I loved the guy very much Without him I wouldn't be here, that's for sure.
"And I can't believe it's nearly 50 years ago when me and Chris started the band. You think you're gonna be together two, three years maybe, if you're lucky, and here we are. Yes' music is still surviving." Read more here.
Frontiers Music srl is pleased to announce the release of WARRANT's new studio album, LOUDER HARDER FASTER on May 12, 2017!
Under their belt, Warrant has eight million records sold worldwide, two Top Ten Billboard albums, five Top 40 Billboard hits, five #1 MTV videos...the list goes on and on. Now, six years after the release of “Rockaholic,” the album that relaunched the band as a force to be reckoned with in the 21st Century, Warrant returns with another slab of muscular hard rock, aptly titled “Louder Harder Faster”, to be released on Frontiers Music Srl on May 12th.
With a line-up featuring original members, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, and Steven Sweet along with singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love), Warrant are now stronger than ever. Mason’s vocals remain a breath of fresh air and his swagger on the songs gives new life and a bright future to the band. With production handled by Foreigner and ex-Dokken bass player Jeff Pilson (Last In Line, Starship, Adler’s Appetite, etc.), Warrant is sounding tighter and playing better than ever before. "Louder Harder Faster", true to the band's roots, is full of rockers with some classic ballads thrown in and will surely send their faithful fans into a frenzy.
Erik Turner says, “[y]ou can hear and feel the emotions of the last 25 + years of being in this band poured into LHF. The fun and the frustrations, the pleasure and the pain… a whole lot of blood, sweat, tears and beers went into the making of this album. Love it or hate it, its the real f’ckn deal, 100% pure melodic hard rock. Hand crafted by five musicians who dedicated their lives to music when they were just little kids with big dreams."
Jerry Dixon adds, “Louder Harder Faster is truly one of our best records to date. It has all the classic Warrant ingredients that people have come to know, plus a lot of extras that keep it in the modern realm of todays music. It’s a perfect mix between Balls and Ballads. When we started this project over two years ago, we wanted to bring the listener back to the days of sitting in the living room and cranking up a record from start to finish. Making full records seems to be a lost art, we hope in some small way that this album helps people find that art again.”
Warrant was one of the most popular and successful rock bands to emerge out of Hollywood, CA in the late 80's and early 90's. The band was formed in the early 80's by Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon. In 1989, Warrant released their classic debut “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich”, which immediately entered the charts and launched the hit singles “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries”, and “Heaven”, which climbed up to number two on the US charts. With extensive touring for DRFSR, sales exceeded 2 million records in the U.S.
In the summer of 1990, their second album “Cherry Pie”was released. The album turned out to be an even bigger success, featuring the Top Ten hits "I Saw Red", "Uncle Toms Cabin" and the rock anthem "Cherry Pie”, which received massive airplay on MTV and continues to get millions of plays on streaming services and YouTube to this very day.
WARRANT's signature style of rock is catchy, very melodic, and remains the band's calling card. The band is fired up and more inspired than ever musically! The band will be out touring in support of "Louder Harder Faster", so be sure to catch them when they hit your town! Full list of tour dates here: http://www.warrantrocks.com/tour-dates.html
"Louder Harder Faster" tracklisting:
1. Louder Harder Faster
2. Devil Dancer
4. Only Broken Heart
5. U In My Life
6. Music Man
8. New Rebellion
9. Big Sandy
10. Choose Your Fate
11. Let It Go
12. I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink (Bonus Track available on CD ONLY)
Robert Mason – lead vocals
Joey Allen – lead and rhythm guitar
Erik Turner – rhythm and lead guitar
Jerry Dixon – bass guitar
Steven Sweet – drums
The Joshua Tree - 30 Years
“The album that launched U2 into the stratosphere.”- Mojo, April 2017
"Heavy times call for “Big Music”… and there’s no music bigger than The Joshua Tree.” - Billboard, January 11, 2017
"Their 1987 masterpiece… Thirty years ago, the wild success of The Joshua Tree transformed U2 into the biggest band on the planet.”- Rolling Stone, January 2017
To mark 30 years since the release of U2’s fifth studio album The Joshua Tree, an anniversary edition of the iconic record will be released by Interscope Records on June 2, 2017.
Alongside the 11-track album, the super deluxe collector’s edition includes a live recording of The Joshua Tree Tour 1987 Madison Square Garden concert; rarities and B-sides from the album’s original recording sessions; as well as 2017 remixes from Daniel Lanois, St Francis Hotel, Jacknife Lee, Steve Lillywhite and Flood; plus an 84-page hardback book of unseen personal photography shot by The Edge during the original Mojave Desert photo session in 1986.
Released to universal acclaim on March 9, 1987 and featuring hit singles “With Or Without You”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name”, The Joshua Tree went to #1 in the U.K, U.S., Ireland and around the world, selling in excess of 25 million albums, and catapulting Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr “… from heroes to superstars” (Rolling Stone). Time Magazine put U2 on its cover in April 1987, proclaiming them “Rock’s Hottest Ticket” and the 12 months that followed saw U2 create indelible moments including the traffic-stopping Grammy Award-winning “Where The Streets Have No Name” video on the roof of a Los Angeles liquor store, and go on to win a BRIT Award and two Grammys - including Album of the Year - their first of 22 received to date; as well as a triumphant return home for four unforgettable shows in Belfast, Dublin and Cork in the summer of 1987.
The Joshua Tree was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. Recording took place in Dublin at Windmill Lane Studios and Danesmoate, the house which subsequently became bassist Adam Clayton’s home.
Full details of all formats are available at http://www.u2.com/news/title/the-joshua-tree-at-30
The Joshua Tree original track listing is as follows: Where The Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, With Or Without You, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Red Hill Mining Town, In God's Country, Trip Through Your Wires, One Tree Hill, Exit and Mothers Of The Disappeared.
The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 opens in Vancouver on May 12, 2017, kicking off a run of stadium dates across North America and Europe, including U2’s first ever U.S. festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer.
GET READY TO ROCK OUT WITH RINGO STARR AS AXS TV PRESENTS THE PREMIERE OF RINGO STARR AND HIS 2016 ALL STARR BAND ON SUNDAY, MARCH 26, AT 10 P.M. ET/ 7 P.M. PT
The Starr-Studded Super Group also Includes Todd Rundgren, Santana’s Gregg Rolie, Toto’s Steve Lukather, and Mr. Mister’s Richard Page
AXS TV is proud to announce the premiere of RINGO STARR AND HIS 2016 ALL STARR BAND on Sunday, March 26, at 10pE/7pP. In addition to Starr, the six-piece All Starr Band features Todd Rundgren, Santana keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister frontman and bassist Richard Page, saxophonist Warren Ham, and drummer Gregg Bissonette.
Filmed at the Foellinger Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN, on June 21 2016, the concert features the band at the top of their game as they deliver hit after hit. Highlights of RINGO STARR AND HIS 2016 ALL STARR BAND include “You’re Sixteen” and “Photograph;” “Yellow Submarine” and “With A Little Help From My Friends,” and the as well as Todd Rundgren’s “Bang The Drum All Day” and “I Saw The Light;” Toto signatures “Africa” and “Rosanna;” Mr. Mister’s “Kyrie” and “Broken Wings;” and the Santana staples “Evil Ways” and “Black Magic Woman;” among many others.
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Krokus Stream House Of The Rising Sun From New Covers Album
Krokus have announced that they will releasing a new covers album entitled "Big Rocks" on April 7th that will feature their take on classic songs from legendary rock artists.
The band has revealed the first track from the effort with an online stream of their version of The Animals' "House Of The Rising Sun" which can be heard here.
The album will also feature the band's renditions of famed songs from Queen, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin, Spencer Davis Group and more and will include an original song as a bonus track.
Krokus Big Rocks Tracklisting:
1. N.I.B. (originally by Black Sabbath)
2. Tie Your Mother Down (originally by Queen)
3. My Generation (originally by The Who)
4. Wild Thing (originally by The Troggs)
5. The House Of The Rising Sun (originally by The Animals)
6. Rockin' In The Free World (originally by Neil Young)
7. Gimme Some Lovin' (originally by Spencer Davis Group)
8. Whole Lotta Love (originally by Led Zeppelin)
9. Summertime Blues (originally by Eddie Cochran)
10. Born To Be Wild (originally by Steppenwolf)
11. Quinn The Eskimo (originally by Bob Dylan)
12. Jumpin' Jack Flash (originally by The Rolling Stones)
13. Backseat Rock N' Roll (Krokus original recording)
Foreigner 40: Lou Gramm, Mick Jones Reveal Birth Of Unique Partnership
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands examines the birth of late ‘70s rock juggernaut Foreigner with its two creative principles Lou Gramm and Mick Jones.
Foreigner was the brainchild of Englishman and former Spooky Tooth guitarist Mick Jones, a veteran musician in 1977 looking to re-energize his career with a fresh start in America. Jones teamed with fellow Brit Ian McDonald and they auditioned thirty-five singers before discovering Lou Gramm, an unheralded singer then in a band called Black Sheep from Rochester in upstate New York. After a series of auditions with Gramm, this unlikely pair found common ground in the studio, putting together a remarkable debut album Foreigner of ready-made radio hits including “Feels Like The First Time”, “Cold As Ice” and “Long Long Way From Home”.
Foreigner’s first release forty years ago would become the fastest selling album in Atlantic Records history. The skyrocketing success would later manifest as tension in the band and ultimately lead to a lineup change on their fourth effort, but it is the unique relationship between Lou Gramm and Mick Jones which would define Foreigner for a decade.
Speaking to Gramm and Jones, In The Studio producer and host Redbeard gets a clearer picture of the relationship behind Foreigner’s hit machine.
“I felt there was an interesting chemistry...based on Mick’s rock and roll experience and Ian’s eclectic left field background, that there would be some really really interesting songs... That was really appealing to me.” - Lou Gramm
“We (Mick and Lou) weren’t necessarily people who would hang out together. We sometimes found it, and still do find it, awkward to be together sometimes... I’ve gotten to know Lou over these years and he’s gotten to know me. We have different tastes. We have different things we like to do in our spare time. We occasionally get together socially, but it’s quite rare.” - Mick Jones
FOREIGNER @ 40 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: "http://www.inthestudio.net/online-on-demand/foreigner-first-mick-jones-lou-gramm/"
Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: HYPERLINK “http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ “www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations”
Direct Link to Foreigner website: HYPERLINK http://www.foreigneronline.com
Direct Link to Lou Gramm website: HYPERLINK http://www.lou-gramm.com
Direct Link to InTheStudio website: HYPERLINK http://www.inthestudio.net
Jordan Rudess solo piano concerts & KeyFest
KeyFest: The ultimate place for Keyboardists, GeoShredders, Seaboardists and multitouch musicians of all ages and skill levels to gather and share their music, sounds, technique, and technology.
"Imagine getting to hang out with legit rock stars while going to college classes and partying with them all night. A perfect storm for musical rejuvenation."
Learn from, listen to and jam with Jordan Rudess, Tom Brislin(Renaissance, Yes, Meatloaf) and Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson)
Explore playing keyboard leads, improvisation, technique, iOS programming, multitouch music apps, and next generation instruments like the ROLI Seaboard!
KeyFest welcomes keyboardists of all skill levels to gather together from June 19 - 23 at the elegantly rustic Full Moon Resort, in the Catskill Forest Preserve in Upstate New York.
For schedule of events, more details and to register - http://www.jordanrudesskeyfest.com/
RICHIE KOTZEN JOINS THE LINE UP FOR THE THE 5th ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONCERT & AWARD SHOW AT THE HISTORIC LOS ANGELES THEATRE SATURDAY, MARCH 25 2017
Hosted by Comedians BILL BURR & CRAIG GASS
RICHARD PRYOR to be Awarded the PLATINUM PEOPLE AWARD
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME MEMBER and GRAMMY NOMINEE NANCY WILSON of HEART TO DEBUT NEW BAND: ROADCASE ROYALE With LIV WARFIELD formerly of PRINCE’S NEW POWER GENERATION
“God gave me this MS shit to save my life” – Richard Pryor
"Richard Pryor is the best standup comedian of all time. When he passed away, I felt
like I lost a friend and I never met the man. That's how great he was.
I am truly honored to be a small part of this event." – Bill Burr
Guitar genius RICHIE KOTZEN (Winery Dogs/ Solo) just joined the ever growing All-star line-up of the 5th ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONCERT & AWARD SHOW – KOTZEN will bring his signature style of guitar brilliance with his solo band to the stage. He will be covering his extensive, critically acclaimed catalogue tossing in some unexpected classic favorites.
Hosted by comedians Bill Burr (Breaking Bad/Date Night) and Craig Gass (Sex in the City/Howard Stern Show). This amazing evening is comprised of comedy, music, art and awards – This special night is to raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis, while raising money build the first of many MS resource centers across the Nation and outreach program services.
HEADLINER: ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME MEMBER AND GRAMMY NOMINEE NANCY WILSON OF HEART - TO DEBUT NEW BAND: ROADCASE ROYALE with Liv Warfield Formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation. 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).
FEATURED ARTSTS: RICHIE KOTZEN (Winery Dogs), STEVEN ADLER (GnR), JERRY CANTRELL (AIC), MIKE INEZ (AIC), GILBY CLARKE (GnR), RUDY SARZO (Ozzy/Whitesnake), JEFF PILSON (Foreigner), JAMES LOMENZO (John Fogerty), JOEL HOEKSTRA (Whitesnake), DUG PINNICK (Kings-X), ROBERT SARZO (Hurricane), SCOTTI HILL (Skid Row), PHIL BUCKMAN (FUEL), MATT STARR (Ace Frehley), RODGER CARTER (John 5), BRUCE WATSON (Foreigner), JOE RETTA (Sweet), ANTHONY “TINY” BIUSO (Cadillac Tramps), HOWIE SIMON (Nelson), MARTY O’BRIEN (Lita Ford), SHAWN DUNCAN (Odin), MICHAEL BLUESTEIN (Foreigner), JOHN ALLEN (Bagpipe Badass) – Featuring QUEEN Nation! MORE ARTISTS TO ANNOUNCE & SPECIAL GUESTS!!!
ADDITIONAL FUN: This evening we are hosting an amazing art exhibition in the Ballroom, with a live art performance on stage during the music! Renowned artist Joey Feldman, rising-star Max Goldsmith and famed performance artist Norton Wisdom will be hosting an art exhibit of powerful paintings and Giclee prints up for sale, with proceeds going to the Rock Against MS Foundation. Norton Wisdom will be performing his art live on stage during the music, capturing the inspiration he gets from the notes.
The Los Angeles Theatre
615 S. Broadway @ 6th Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Platinum VIP w/M&G Package - $250
Silver - $60
Bronze - $35
*** Please email to reserve Wheelchair seating at info@rockagainstMS.org
Day Of Show Add $10
M&G: 6pm/ Doors 7:00/ Show 8:00
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Roadcase Royale Featuring Nancy Wilson, Liv Warfield to Release Debut Single "Get Loud" On iTunes March 17
Roadcase Royale, the new band featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation, premieres the live performance video of their debut single “Get Loud” exclusively with RollingStone.com beginning March 8. This video premieres along with an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone and Nancy Wilson about Roadcase Royale and Heart. “Get Loud” will officially be released to streaming and digital retail providers on March 17 and is currently available to preorder through iTunes. “Get Loud,” premiered during the Concert For America live stream on January 20 and a lyric video of “Get Loud” is currently available to view on the band’s official website.
Roadcase Royale’s musical talent 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. “Get Loud” will take center stage at the fifth annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert, which will take place on Saturday, March 25th at the historic Los Angeles Theatre. Nancy Wilson will perform songs in an all-star band during the event, and Roadcase Royale is the evening’s headlining performer for the band’s live debut performance.
This year RAMS is privileged to honor and celebrate the life of the world’s most iconic and influential comedian, RICHARD PRYOR. This is an additional award, recently added for public figures that have created awareness and outreach to educate people of this ... As Richard Pryor said “This MS shit.” “Richard’s genius wasn’t just making people laugh, he used his comedy as a way to communicate the truth,” explains Pryor’s wife Jennifer Lee Pryor. “More than anyone, Richard could appreciate RAMS’ mission to not remain silent. RAMS uses every means possible to enlighten, inform and educate the public about MS. Telling the truth is their genius too.”
Black Sabbath Confirm 'The End' Of The Band
It appears that Black Sabbath's recently completed farewell tour really may have been The End for the legendary heavy metal band if an image posted to their social media sites is to be believed.
Members of the group billed The End Tour as the group's retirement from touring and guitarist Tony Iommi left the door open to playing together again, telling Planet Rock following their final hometown shows, "I don't think we've ruled anything out apart from me not wanting to tour any more on that scale, but who knows, we may do something.
He was responding to a question about the band recording again. He continued, "We haven't spoken about it. That's another thing - we haven't talked about anything, really, that's to do with what's going to happen afterwards. But I'm sure something can happen somewhere."
Fast forward to Wednesday (March 8th) and the band shared an image on their social media that shows their classic logo with 1968 - 2017 written below it and the posts were captioned with the hashtag "#The End". See the post here.
Ace Frehley Sees 'Good Odds' For KISS Reunion
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley believes that the odds are even that he will reunite with the band. This is despite recent comments from frontman Paul Stanley, who basically ruled out a reunion with Frehley and original drummer Peter Criss.
Frehley did reunite with Stanley last year when the guitarist invited Paul to make a guest appearance on his covers album "Origins Vol. 1" and since then Ace been asked numerous times about his possible return to KISS.
Ace is careful to point out that there have been no discussions with the group about him rejoining but he remains optimistic about the possibility. He was recently interview by Kazagastão in Brazil and asked if there was a chance of a reunion and he said, "I haven't heard anything. But if I were a betting man, I'd say maybe 50-50. That's good odds."
The guitarist was asked about his relationship with Stanley and said, "Yeah, we're good friends". Ace then revealed that he and Gene Simmons recently reconnected, "I just saw Gene about a month ago. He came to my concert in Los Angeles. He hung out all night. [He was] very, very, very friendly. He was great with everybody." Check out the full interview here.
Paul Stanley told Billboard last month that he was not interested in getting the original lineup of KISS back together. When he was asked about the possibility, he responded "No. And that's not coming from any place of animosity. I sang on Ace's most recent album and did a video with him. I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we've done together is terrific.
"The band as it is - I've played with Eric Singer for, I think, 25 years and Tommy's been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of re-visiting the past.
"With that said, I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn't include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from."
Spinal Tap Hit Too Close To Home For Aerosmith's Steven Tyler
The famed 'mockumentary' "This Is Spinal Tap" hit too close to home for Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, according to guitarist Joe Perry who recalled the singer's reaction to seeing the film upon its release.
Tyler has been vocal in his dislike for the film in the past, revealing in a rare Library of Congress interview "That movie bummed me out, because I thought, 'How dare they? That's all real, and they're mocking it.'"
Now his bandmate Joe Perry has shared the story of when Steven first saw the film in a new interview. "When we watched Spinal Tap, my wife and I saw it, and we fell on the floor. It was great, every bit is brilliant as it was supposed to be, so good. Even then, we had been through it all six times. I told Steven the next day, 'You've got to see this movie! It's so f-ing good. It's hilarious.'"
But apparently Tyler did not see the humor in movie, "He was squirming and squirming, and he did not laugh the whole time. It was like he took the band's side on everything. It was like he did not - he didn't get it. He got indignant. And it was like, I couldn't believe it. So, my wife and I were cracking up - and we're watching Steven."
Bad Company Announce Reissues For Two Classic Albums
Bad Company have announced they are expanding their classic album reissue series with the May 26th release of 1976's "Run With The Pack" and 1977's "Burnin' Sky."
Following the 2015 series launch of their first two records - 1974's self-titled debut and 1975's "Straight Shooter" - the band are now set to deliver the next two albums in the catalogue as 2CD and 2LP sets.
Both projects will feature a remastered version of the original album as well as a second disc of bonus tracks presenting alternative versions of songs and previously unreleased tracks. Read more here.
Deep Purple Release 'All I Got Is You' Video
Deep Purple have released music video for their new single, "All I Got Is You", from their forthcoming album, "InFinite." The single is set to be released this Friday, March 10 as limited-edition CD digipak, limited 12-inch maxi vinyl and digital.
The clip features studio footage and images from the 97-minute movie documentary, "From Here To InFinite"; the movie is part of the limited CD+DVD edition of the album
"All I Got Is You" follows the project's lead track, "Time For Bedlam", as the second tune issued in advance of the April 7 release of the group's twentieth album.
The package delivers nine new tracks alongside a cover of The Doors' classic, "Roadhouse Blues." Deep Purple recorded "InFinite" last year in Nashville, TN with producer Bob Ezrin, who also teamed up with them on 2013's "Now What?!"
"Working with Bob," says singer Ian Gillan, "he said 'I'd like to hear you just stretch out and play as you used to do .. and the way you play on stage.' Wow, it was like someone opened a door and we went through it - and it was just like the old days." Watch the new video here.
Kids React To Guns N' 'Roses In Funny Online Video
What happens when you sit a bunch of kids down and introduce them to Gun N' Roses for the first time? Hilarity. After the success of "Kids React to Metallica," the clever minds behind the idea shared another installation, "Kids React to Guns N' 'Roses."
The kids, who range between ages 6 and 13, listen to the band's 1987 album Appetite for Destruction, and their reactions to the title alone are funny. "Ok, that's a weird name," says Max (age 8). Dominick (age 7) might have the best response, though. "What?" he asks, incredulously.
When they learn the band's name, Sydney (age 9) can't quite understand the combination. "Roses are so elegant and then guns are war and violence," she says. Most of the kids dig "Welcome to the Jungle," but some of the other songs don't quite hold up to the high bar it set. But, all in all, Guns N' Roses make some new fans.
Clever Sydney sums it up best. "These guys are gooood," she says, drawing out the last word. Watch it here.
KISS Announce Their Own Brand Of Cola
KISS have announced that they are expanding their merchandise empire with the addition of a new brand of soft drinks that they will be calling KISS Destroyer Cola.
Here is the official word from the band, "Rocket Fizz and KISS have reached a gigantic licensing and co-branding agreement. Rocket Fizz will be bottling and distributing worldwide Kiss soda pops, beginning with the Kiss Destroyer Cola. Rocket Fizz will also be producing Kiss and Rocket Fizz co-branded t-shirts and tin signs.
"The KISS Destroyer Cola will be available in all Rocket Fizz stores in one-three weeks. When you feel like you want to 'rock and roll all nite and party every day' stop by a Rocket Fizz and pick up a super duper cool Kiss soda pop, tin sign, and t-shirt!"
Toto Announce North American Summer Tour
Toto have announced that they will be hitting the road this summer for a North American headline tour that will be dubbed "An Evening With Toto" and the group has revealed the initial dates for the trek,
The veteran band will be launching the tour in support of their 2015 album "XIV" and it's set to kick off on June 2nd in Lake Charles, LA at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles - Grand Event Center.
The trek will feature Steve Lukather, David Paich Steve Porcaro, and Joseph Williams being joined by Lenny Castro, Shannon Forest, Shem von Schroeck and Warren Ham, according to ABC Radio.
Lukather had the following to say about the road trip, "We had such a great time last summer that we wanted to regroup and hit some cities we didn't get to last time."
An Evening With Toto Dates:
6/2 - Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget Lake Charles - Grand Event Center
6/3 - Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Hard Rock Live
6/4 - Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre
6/6 - Durham, NC, The Carolina Theatre
6/7 - Charlotte, NC, Knight Theater
6/10 - Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama - Entertainment Centre
6/13 - Greensburg, PA, Palace Theatre
6/14 - Annapolis, MD, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
6/16 - Easton, PA, State Theatre Center for the Arts
6/17 - Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino
6/18 - Wilkes-Barre, PA, The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
6/20 - Torrington, CT, Warner Theatre
6/21 - Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
6/23 - Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley
6/24 - Waterloo, NY, Del Lago Resort and Casino - The Vine
6/25 - Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
6/28 - Saint Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
7/1 - Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
Bobby Blotzer's Version Of Ratt Recruits Ex-Quiet Riot Singer?
Days after it was revealed that former Adler's Appetite singer Seann Nicols had parted ways with Quiet Riot, it appears he may have new gig with another 80s band featuring one classic era member: Bobby Blotzer's version of Ratt.
Blotzer posted audio of Nicols singing over a recording of a Ratt song along with the following lengthy message, "I see that an afternoon at a beach bar has taken on a life of its own out there regarding who is rumored to be in the frontman spot in Ratt. My wife and I were attending a friend's party in a small bar in Carlsbad, (down by San Diego) on Sunday, and hanging with some friends - jamming a few tunes on March 5th.
"In July, when we were on the very successful Ratt tour of 2016, and we had a few dropouts, I moved swiftly to a great array of awesome friends and great players - we never skipped a beat. Not a day or a show fell. When the other guys dropped, I asked our then singer, 'are you going too?', because the road might not be as easy as everyone thought it might be. I was apprised by a great buddy of mine that he knew of a ripping lead singer. I told our then singer about him out of sheer honesty. And he replied to me as he did at every single show 'no, you know how much I appreciate being in this, I'm in for the long haul.' The last time I spoke to him was December 16th, Kentucky show. Great! We continued thru the year with 35 more shows, give or take.
"This other lead singer guy sent me his voice singing over our Ratt songs with Pearcy's voice pulled out and him singing in place. Well, fking Hell, I was quite astonished to be honest. I stuck it out with the other singer, my word is real. But he knew there was someone in the wings. And the guy I met over the phone in July, ended up with our fellow touring band guys in Quiet Riot. Cool, way to go, I thought (also not knowing why our ex-bandmate Mr J. Pearl was gone from QR).
"But, the music business is an incestuous small world. So, there you go. There is still a war waging but I'm not going to get into those specifics. I will, though, give you a little taste of what I was sent on the road in July 2016. I wish I had future vision then. Check this out. Ratt along with Seann Nicols at the helm = Cya in Ft. Yates on the 18th." Listen to the track here.
NANCY WILSON, STEVEN ADLER, JERRY CANTRELL, RICHIE KOTZEN and MORE!!
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Original Paintings from Pink Floyd’s The Wall on Sale for the First Time
Multimillion-Dollar Collection of Masterworks Created for the Album, Concerts and Film, From the Private Collection of Gerald Scarfe
San Francisco, CA, March 7, 2017: San Francisco Art Exchange LLC (SFAE) has been selected to exclusively represent the most valuable collection of rock and roll artwork ever to be offered for sale: eleven original paintings created and hand-selected by famed English artist Gerald Scarfe, from Pink Floyd’s 1982 masterpiece The Wall. A major exhibition will be held in July with Scarfe in attendance at the invitation-only premiere to be held at SFAE’s gallery (458 Geary St, San Francisco, CA). Details to be announced.
The paintings being offered have been carefully selected by Scarfe as his most important works, and include several of the most famous images in rock history due to their association with The Wall. Among the paintings are the true definitive originals for iconic artworks such as The Scream, Wife With Flaming Hair, Giant Judge and Hammers, The Mother, Education For What? No Jobs!, The Wife's Shadow, One of The Frightened Ones, The Gross Inflatable Pig, Comfortably Numb, and The Teacher, as well as the massive original storyboard created for the film which incorporates 50 original renderings.
Epic in scale and steeped in rock history, these original works of art are marquis collectibles for major individual, corporate, and institutional collectors. Due to the extensive distribution of the imagery via album, live-performances, music-videos, and the film (along with the accompanying publicity), the artwork offered is among the most instantly recognizable and significant in pop culture.
One of the paintings available for purchase, Giant Judge and Hammers, will be prominently on display in London beginning May 13, 2017 as part of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s eagerly anticipated The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the first international retrospective of one of the worlds’ most ground-breaking and influential bands. This exhibition is expected to become one of the most successful on record.
The Wall album topped Billboard charts for 15 weeks, and in 1999 was certified 23 x Platinum. It remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling over 19 million copies between 1979 and 1990 in the US alone. The film was critically acclaimed when it was released in 1982 and won BAFTAs for Best Original Song and Best Sound. Scarfe developed the film's entire visual environment before the project began and his characters became a mixture of live-action and animated imagery, all of which played an integral role in the surreal narrative.
Gerald Scarfe is one of the world's most famous political cartoonists and caricaturists whose work has been seen in The Sunday Times and The New Yorker for decades. His artworks reside in the following permanent collections, among others: Tate Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and The Parliamentary Art Collection in London, as well as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
San Francisco Art Exchange is the sole gallery authorized to sell these paintings. San Francisco Art Exchange is known worldwide for record-breaking sales of album cover related artwork, and has represented such revered artworks as the originals for Abbey Road, Meet The Beatles, Rubber Soul, Imagine, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Ummagumma, Animals, Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, The Best of The Doors, Candy-O, and many, many more.
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ANDY SUMMERS TRIBOLUMINESCENCE SET TO DROP MARCH 24
TRIBOLUMINESCENCE is an album representing the style that SUMMERS has evocatively dubbed “New Exotic” — 14th solo album from this legendary guitarist builds on the sonic and artistic framework of his lauded 2015 set, METAL DOG —
Multi GRAMMY® Award-winning artist ANDY SUMMERS rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s as the guitarist of the legendary award-winning, multi-million-selling rock band The Police, recognized as the most successful and critically acclaimed group of the era. SUMMERS’ innovative guitar sound was a key element of the band’s popularity, creating a new paradigm for guitarists that has been widely imitated in the decades since.
Not one to ever rest on his laurels, SUMMERS launched a prolific solo career that continues to this day, positioning him on the cutting edge of musical innovation – all the while following his passion for music as he keeps diligently busy writing, touring and recording in the studio. As a guitarist, songwriter and composer, his 14th solo album, TRIBOLUMINESCENCE (set for release by Flickering Shadow Productions on March 24, available on all digital platforms in the U.S. and via Amazon and Cargo Records in the U.K.), proves to be his most introspective work to date and is a collection of nine new tracks reflecting the style that Summers has evocatively dubbed “New Exotic.”
“TRIBOLUMINESCENCE is actually a scientific word that means creating light from dark, which I believe is a great metaphor for any creative act and, especially, music,” stated SUMMERS. “I felt compelled to follow up the record I made last year, METAL DOG, where I was trying to go into a new territory — with not just a straight-ahead jazz or jazz fusion or rock or pop, but something very much my own genre. This record results from a lifetime’s worth of receiving influence, digesting it, and trying to create a new voice. I feel like I’m taking the METAL DOG album and moving on from there and trying to expand the writing, the tonal palette and this idea that I have about creating new music.”
And new territory it is. SUMMERS draws upon all his musical influences from around the globe and takes the listener on a sonic journey that begins with the opening track, “If Anything,” a majestic, sonorous piece featuring SUMMERS’ guitar with endless layers of rich tone and never-ending sustain. The journey moves to the title track, “Triboluminescence,” with its exotic, looping Indonesian Gamelan-like sounds that evoke the feeling of being in a village in Bali, and then to “Adinkra,” which is influenced by West African music, with Summers playing all the drums and percussion.
“Elephant Bird” is the fourth track on the album, and once again it opens with thick, rich, loops. “This track has a challenging background to play over, but I found a way using distortion on the guitar and playing natural harmonics. The result – which surprised me, is a positive melodic line,” commented SUMMERS. “I was able to create sounds that range from a muted Miles Davis trumpet to a very liquid, yet thick, almost two-trumpet sound!”
For “Shadyland,” SUMMERS again draws upon his love of jazz and creates a haunting harmonic setting, à la McCoy Tyner when he played with John Coltrane. His quartal guitar harmonies lend themselves perfectly to this dark jazz composition, which evokes the feeling and emotion of being in a small, dimly lit, smoke-filled jazz club.
“‘Haunted Dolls,’ the sixth track on the record, is interesting for me because I think the melody is intervallic, which is very Monk-like,” stated SUMMERS. “Of course the difference being instead of a jazz piano in the background, I’m using a loop, which for me, replaces the more standard harmonic accompaniment of a piano, but in a very ‘guitaristic’ kind of a way.”
“Gigantopithecus” is a song SUMMERS started working on a few years ago with an amazing drum rhythm. The staccato melody is played on a baritone guitar that is doubled with a fretless bass, acoustic bass guitar and other instruments for additional character. The title of the song refers to the name of an extinct ape that lived millions of years ago. “This track sounded to me like a big lumbering animal, so I felt Gigantopithecus was an appropriate name for this track,” said SUMMERS, laughing.
“Pukul Buny Bunye,” an Indonesian phrase that means hammering, striking keys, was the name Summers chose for this track, as it refers to the way he began working on this piece. “I started with two guitars in alternate tunings, and one had a capo on the 12th fret. I was playing them with chopsticks to get the background. Once I got that whole thing going, that was really the inspiration. I was setting out to find a melodic theme or thematic motive, but I had my Stratocaster guitar tuned way down, way below pitch. So, the track starts with these hammering guitars and then this off-the-wall solo comes in, which because of the tuning, made me play in a way that I thought was sort of funny. Then, it gets picked up by this crazy, almost like a marching band theme, again like an orchestra, until it goes into some very exotic chords and the guitar does a solo over that. So, it’s really quite a quirky piece, but for me it sat really well with the other tracks on the record which was the important thing.”
“Garden of the Sea,” the last track on the record, closes the sonic journey of TRIBOLUMINESCENCE and was created out of a set of sessions Summers did with the great Armenian cellist Artyom Manukyan. “Garden of the Sea is played with a reverse looping effect — it’s like playing into a mirror,” stated SUMMERS. “And when you set the cello against that, you get this beautiful, pastoral effect. It’s a lullaby at the end of the album.”
TRIBOLUMINESCENCE once again builds on the sonic and artistic framework of his lauded 2015 set, METAL DOG. The nine tracks on TRIBOLUMINESCENCE all feature SUMMERS’ rich, lush, multi-layered, rhythmically and spatial signature guitar tones that draws the listener in track after track.
Deep Purple Go Heavier On New Album Says Roger Glover
Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover spoke recently with Billboard about Infinite, the band's new album slated for release on April 7. Glover said making the record was somewhat analogous to working on a sophomore album.
"After a real standout album like [2013's] Now What?!, [we were thinking], 'What are we going to follow it up with?'" said Glover. "It's almost like the classic second-album syndrome. We wanted to make it different. We didn't want to make it sound like an extension of Now What?! So [Infinite] sounds a little heavier … a bit denser maybe."
Glover was also asked about the band's upcoming world tour, dubbed "The Long Goodbye." "We just want to carry on as long as nature allows or is kind of dignified," he said. "If we can't do what we do anymore, then yes, it's time to stop. But we're still doing it, and we're still enjoying it very much. So all we're saying is the door is closing, but it's not closed yet." Comment here.
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Snakecharmer’s sophomore album, “Second Skin” on May 12, 2017
The British hard rock supergroup Snakecharmer was originally founded in 2011 by former Whitesnake/David Coverdale members Micky Moody and Neil Murray along with the perfect mix of high calibre musicians including Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder, MAGNUM), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne), and Chris Ousey (Heartland).
The band’s debut self-titled album was released in 2013 and musically the record showed a finely crafted hard rock style mixed with blues and melodic overtones, akin to Micky and Neil's former band and Bad Company, with hints of early Foreigner as well.
Snakecharmer played live shows regularly in support of the album’s release and built a solid fanbase in the UK and Europe. In 2016, Moody left the band and was replaced by the Irish-born Simon McBride on lead guitar. Simon was hailed “among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world” by Guitarist Magazine and has built up an impressive resume playing with outstanding rock, soul, and blues artists.
“Second Skin” is the hotly anticipated second effort from Snakecharmer and brings the listener straight back to the good old days of real rock n' roll played with heart and soul. Slightly harder edged compared to the debut, but with roots still firmly planted in the classic hard rock vibe with a hint of late '70s AOR, this new record sounds fresh and crisp.
Bassist Neil Murray says “It’s been a rather long journey, but finally I’m very pleased to announce that Snakecharmer are soon to release our new album, Second Skin. The band has now found its own unique musical identity and in particular Laurie Wisefield and Chris Ousey have contributed some very powerful and melodic songs, which still have the Snakecharmer blues-rock distinctive trademarks. The band works in a very democratic and collaborative way, which means that sometimes there is a lot of discussion before decisions are finally made, and it was great to have a more objective viewpoint from producer Gary Stevenson, who also fired the band up with his ideas, enthusiasm and sonic skills. We can’t wait to get out on tour and play some of the new songs, together with the best of our established classics, both Snakecharmer and Whitesnake, and showcase our new virtuoso guitarist, the brilliant Simon McBride.”
Strong, passionate, rocking, and blues-laden, “Second Skin” is quality British hard rock at its very best!
1. Sounds ike A Plan
2. That Kind Of Love
3. Are You Ready To Fly
4. Follow Me Under
5. I'll Take You As You Are
6. Hell Of A Way To Live
7. Fade Away
8. Dress It Up
9. Punching Above My Weight
10. Forgive & Forget
11. Where Do We Go From Here
Chris Ousey – vocals
Laurie Wisefield – guitar
Simon McBride – guitar
Adam Wakeman – keyboards
Neil Murray – bass
Harry James – drums
John 5: to release Season Of The Witch
Season Of The Witch, the brand new full-length instrumental solo album from world-renowned guitarist JOHN 5, is out now and can be ordered via iTunes, Amazon and John-5.com, or streamed via Spotify. Season Of The Witch features JOHN 5’s backing band The Creatures (bassist Ian Ross and drummer Rodger Carter), and features experimentation with various genres – including western swing, Spanish flamenco, heavy metal and more – thoroughly showcasing JOHN 5’s diverse virtuosic abilities.
In celebration of the album’s release, JOHN 5 and The Creatures are on tour now! Tickets and VIP are available now – visit www.john-5.com/main/tour for more information and see below for all confirmed dates:
JOHN 5 took a different approach with the release of Season Of The Witch, choosing to share his new music with fans throughout 2016 by releasing several tracks individually in the form of various music videos. Tracks/videos released include the fast-paced “Black Grass Plague”, downtempo, introspective “Behind The Nut Love”, hard rocking “Now Fear This”, jazz fusion marathon “Here’s To The Crazy Ones”(featuring a bit of “monkeying around”), heavy metal Claymation shredfest “Making Monsters”, and last but not least, the whiskey-soaked “Hell Haw”. The videos have garnered nearly a million views, collectively.
“Since music is so visual nowadays, I thought these videos would be the best way to get my music out there, and it seems to have worked – now everybody knows the songs on the record,”states JOHN 5.“I put so much work into this record with the videos, the artwork, the songwriting and the playing – out of my catalog, this is by far my favorite solo record.”
Season Of The Witchtrack listing:
1) Book of Spells
2) Black Grass Plague
3) Guitars, Tits and Monsters
4) Now Fear This
5) Behind the Nut Love
6) Making Monsters
7) Dr. Evil’s Spook Show
8) Here’s To The Crazy Ones
9) The Macabre
10) Triple D
11) Hell Haw
12) Ode to Jasper
13) Season Of The Witch
JOHN 5has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slash has called JOHN 5, “one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”. JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Avril Lavigne, Garbage,Ricky Martin and others. His upcoming release, Season Of The Witch, followshis previous solo work, Careful With That Axe, which debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon release in 2014.
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Guns N' Roses Made History With MCG Concert
Guns N' Roses enjoyed big success with the Australian and New Zealand leg of their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour, according to the tour's promoter TEG Dainty.
They report that 353,000 tickets were sold for the eight shows that were part of the tour leg last month, including a sell out at the MCG in Melbourne which holds 74,000 people and made the band the first international act to sell out the venue.
TEG Dainty CEO Paul Dainty had this to say, "GUNS N' ROSES has a huge fan base in Australia, but I would say it's now bigger than ever after this fabulous tour.
"Every night the band delivered its trademark sound and performance. I can't speak highly enough of their professionalism and passion. We would love to see them back soon."
Asia's John Wetton Tributes Shows To Include Steve Howe
Asia have announced that are planning a series of four tribute shows to their late frontman John Wetton, which will feature the return of former guitarist Steve Howe.
The band shared the following news with fans via social media, "A tribute to John Wetton is being planned, end November, 4 dates including the Royal Albert Hall, with members of Asia as special guests of Foreigner. John Parr will be opening the show.
"Signed up so far are Geoff Downes and Steve Howe, with Carl Palmer unable to join due to prior commitments. Dylan Howe will be on drums and Billy Sherwood will be on bass and vocals.
"Note that this is an official tribute fully endorsed by John's estate, John's family, Lisa, Dylan, Geoff, Carl, Sam, Steve, Billy, management and all the Asia and official JW team."
Boston Announce North American Summer Tour
Boston have announced that they have added a new North American summer leg to their Hyper Space Tour which will feature support from Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
The new tour leg is scheduled to get underway on June 14th in Mountain View, CA at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and will conclude on July 30th in Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live.
Boston founder Tom Scholz made the following comments about the upcoming trek, "I am thrilled to have Joan and her band on tour with us this summer. Not only is she an amazing rock and roll performing artist, but even more exciting to me is that she is a fellow vegetarian and shares compassion for animal welfare."
Boston Summer Tour Dates:
06/14 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
06/16 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
06/18 - Chula Vista, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
06/28 - Houston, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugarland
06/30 - Dallas, TX - Starplex Pavilion
07/02 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
07/05 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - STL
07/07 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - CHI
07/08 - Dayton, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights
07/09 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/11 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
07/13 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
07/19 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Amphitheatre
07/20 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
07/22 - Wallingford, CT - Toyota Oakdale Theatre
07/23 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
07/25 - Scranton, PA - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
07/27 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
07/28 - Pittsburgh, PA - KeyBank Pavilion
07/29 - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheater
07/30 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Fleetwood Mac Stream Two Previously Unreleased Tracks
Fleetwood Mac are streaming a pair of previously unreleased tracks that come from their forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1987 album, "Tango In The Night."
Demos of the project's second single, "Seven Wonders", and the unissued tune, "Where We Belong", serve as a preview to the March 31 release of the project. The group's 14th studio album, "Tango In The Night" peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 3 million copies in the country and 15 million worldwide. The set features six singles, including the US Top 5 hits "Big Love" and "Little Lies."
The album currently stands as the final studio release by the band's most successful line-up of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.
Part of the group's ongoing reissue series, the remastered 30th anniversary project will be available digitally and as a single CD, a double CD with rare and unreleased recordings, and a 3-CD Deluxe Edition that adds a 180-gram LP, a disc of remixes and a DVD of videos and a high-resolution version of the album.
13 rare recordings from the era include the alternate version of "Mystified," a demo for the album's title song, plus the rare b-sides "Down Endless Street" and "Ricky." Stream the tracks here.
Pink Floyd Stream Rare 1968 TV Performance
Pink Floyd are streaming rare video of a 1968 performance of "Instrumental Improvisation" originally broadcast on the BBC TV program "The Sound Of Change", as a preview to the March 24 release of a series of individual volumes from "The Early Years 1965-1972" box set.
The band was filmed in concert in London, UK on March 26, 1968 for an episode about cultural revolution through music. The footage appears on the DVD/Blu-ray portion of "1968 Germin/ation", one of six volumes to be issued separately this month after appearing on last November's release of the box set.
The massive 27-disc package features 130 tracks from the band's formative years, including TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes, demos and more than 20 unreleased songs alongside 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage. Watch the video here.
FOREIGNER, CHEAP TRICK AND JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY MILESTONES WITH SUMMER TOUR CONCERT TICKETS FOR $19.77
Limited Time Offer Available March 6th At Livenation.Com
The year was 1977. Jimmy Carter was President. Star Wars was #1 at the box office. And Foreigner’s self-titled debut album was sweeping the charts with unprecedented fanfare. Cheap Trick released their first two records this year too, Cheap Trick and In Color, and 1977 went on to be one of the most important years in rock and roll history.
Foreigner, Cheap Trick and special guest Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will launch a mammoth summer tour kicking off in Syracuse, NY on July 11th presented by Live Nation. In honor of these 40th anniversary milestones, for a limited time starting March 6th, $19.77 priced tickets will be available at livenation.com. For some, it will “Feel Like the First Time” you bought a concert ticket at this special price!
“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 kicked off a year-long catalog promotion with the January 24th picture disc release of Head Games.
A limited number of $19.77 tickets will be available for the following stops. Fans can check out livenation.com for complete tour itinerary, tickets and news.
Tue Jul 11
Thu Jul 13
Fri Jul 14
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sat Jul 15
Tue Jul 18
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Thu Jul 20
Northwell Health at Jones Theatre
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
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***
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 30
Los Angeles, CA***
Fri Sep 01
Sat Sep 02
Mountain View, CA
Sat Sep 09
White River Amphitheatre
*** Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience not on this date
Metallica Reveal What Could Have Been With Lady Gaga
Metallica have given fans a glimpse into what could have been had the Grammy Awards not messed up during the live broadcast of their performance with robopop star Lady Gaga at the recent awards show.
The thrash legend's live performance with Gaga during the television broadcast was marred by an unplugged microphone for frontman James Hetfield. The error was later blamed on a stagehand.
The band has now shared video footage of their dress rehearsal along with the following message, "Perhaps you've heard by now that we experienced a slight bit of a technical difficulty when we hit the stage at the Grammy Awards with Lady Gaga a little over a week ago ' hmm, would that qualify as an understatement?!?"
They continue, "We've had so many of you ask and wonder 'what if,' so we thought it might be fun to also share with you what happened just a few hours earlier that day at the dress rehearsal with all cylinders firing just right. Collaborating, hanging and performing with Gaga was easily one of the most exciting, inspiring and enjoyable experiences of our career - she BRINGS IT every single time!! All we have to say is that we absolutely cannot wait until next time!" Watch it here.
Piece Of Pink Floyd 'Dark Side Of The Moon' History Being Auctioned
"The greatest" ever studio desk is up for auction. It was originally at London's fabled Abbey Road Studios 1971-1983 and is a custom EMI TG12345 MK IV console.
This was the desk used to record Pink Floyd's magnum opus Dark Side Of the Moon. Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, and The Cure also recorded on the console. It will be auctioned off later this month by Bonhams in London.
The Bonhams listing says the desk comprises: "40 channels with limiter/compressor on each, 4 echo returns and 16 monitors, MK3 feature cassettes, track monitor cassettes, dual channel 16 track sync mixer, two banks of 12 pairs of microphone channels, 8 pairs of main channels to centre section, monitor level controls for tracks 1-8 on left and 9-16 on right side..." Read more here.
KISS' Gene Simmons Preparing Box Set With 150 Unreleased Songs
KISS star Gene Simmons remains dead set against the band recording a new studio album but he does reveal in a new interview that he is preparing a box set that will reportedly include 150 previously unreleased songs.
Simmons spoke with Cantonrep.com and revealed "I can tell you I'm working on a box set that is gonna put together 150 songs that have never been released. That news is gonna be released soon."
When asked about the possibility of KISS recording a new album, he didn't sound hopeful or enthused with the idea, saying, "We're so busy touring around the world, and people in America might not know it, but we just came back from Japan, and we're going to Europe in May. We start in Moscow May 1.
"It's just tough to find the time to sit down for six months and do nothing but a record. I'm not inclined to go out there and work your ass off making something you're proud of and then to have everybody steal it and download it and file share it. That's not for me."
Quiet Riot Recruit American Idol's James Durbin As New Singer
Quiet Riot have confirmed that they have hired former American Idol contestant James Durbin as the latest singer to fill the void left by the late Kevin DuBrow.
The band has struggled to find a new frontman since deciding to reactivate following DuBrow's death and have gone through lead singers almost as often as longtime guitarist Alex Grossi changes his strings.
Durbin replaces former Adler's Appetite singer Seann Nicols who was in the band only a few months but long enough to lay down the vocals for the group's forthcoming album "Road Rage".
Drummer Frankie Banali addressed that difficulty in an interview with Billboard, "I think the record turned out great. But it's not that band anymore, so we have to deal with it. Is it troublesome? Absolutely. Is it risky? Absolutely. Is it the right thing to do? Absolutely!"
Banali also explained the reasoning for once again changing lead singers, "After doing all of five live shows [with Nicols], it became apparent to everybody that it really wasn't going to work. There were some serious creative and personal differences."
Durban gave another interview where he discussed taking the new gig and also revealed that he had previously been considered for the job but the timing wasn't right. "I was in talks to join Quiet Riot last fall when Jizzy Pearl was leaving, but I had just signed on for a residency show in Las Vegas and unfortunately couldn't make both gigs work at the same time.
"Fast-forward to last week, and I'm quickly learning the set and couldn't be more excited to hit the stage… I believe everything happens for a reason, not just by chance. I'm very grateful for the opportunity."
The band lineup is rounded out by bass player Chuck Wright, whose history with the band goes back decades. He recorded the famed bass lines on the title track to the band's chart topping 1983 album "Metal Health".
Ride For Ronnie James Dio Details Announced
Organizers have announced the details for The 3rd Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and Concert, which benefits the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
This year's event is scheduled to take place on May 7th in the Los Angeles area, kicking off with a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale and concluding at Los Encinos Park in Encino where a special concert will take place.
The concert lineup will include Ronnie's former bandmates the Dio Disciples, along with Lynch Mob, Eddie Money, Rough Cutt, The Loveless, Sonia Harley and No Small Children. Find more details, and tickets here.
The Monkees' Michael Nesmith Announces Autobiography and Album
Michael Nesmith has bid farewell the Monkees, but he's not done just yet. After giving what he said was his final performance with the group last year, Nesmith took some time to wrap up his autobiography, which will be published on April 18 2017.
Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff tells the story of Nesmith's life, starting with his childhood in Dallas - where he was raised by a single mother, Bette, who invented Liquid Paper - and moving on to the set of The Monkees in Los Angeles, where he became a star with his three young bandmates. As a band formed specifically for a TV show to ape the success of The Beatles, The Monkees was a unique project for the time... few outsiders likely predicted they'd all go on to have substantial musical careers
To accompany the book, Rhino will release a companion album on April 14 with the slightly modified title, Infinite Tuesday: Autobiographical Riffs. The compilation which will include 14 tracks from Nesmith's career, starting with his first recording, "The New Recruit," which he made under the name Michael Blessing. here.
Rolling Stones Currently Working On New Music
The Rolling Stones recently released an album of blues covers called Blue & Lonesome, and they're already gearing up to release another set-this time, original tunes.
According to frontman Mick Jagger, things are moving along quickly with the new songs. The legendary rock singer spoke with Showbiz411.com's Roger Friedman at Vanity Fair's pre-Oscars party, and he reported, "I'm working on new songs now."
Blue & Lonesome entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 4 in December. The album featured blues numbers previously recorded by various blues artists, including Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Eddie Taylor and Howlin' Wolf. Eric Clapton also appears on the album playing guest guitar on two songs. Read more here.
Grand Funk's all the girls in the world Beware!!! Released On Limited Edition Hybrid SACD
A rock/pop/R&B mainstream hit album... includes the HITS “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “Bad Time”
Camarillo, CA - Grand Funk Railroad fans rejoice! Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity has released Grand Funk's hit album all the girls in the world Beware!!! on Limited Edition Hybrid SACD. all the girls in the world Beware!!! is Grand Funk Railroad's ninth studio album. The 1974 album was the group's second album released that year.
First there was the heavy metal power trio, then the powerful hard rock quartet and then after years of loud, in-your-face rock albums and tours, Mark Farner, Don Brewer, Mel Schacher and Craig Frost went into the studio and made an album that has a lot more R&B and a lot less rock than ever before and way ahead of its time.
" 'all the Girls' was a bit of an experiment for Grand Funk. Disco had raised it's ugly head in 1974 and if you wanted radio airplay you needed to go in that direction. Grand Funk, not being a 'Disco Act', decided to do R&B which was really what GFR was all about. R&B pumped up on steroids. Enlisting veteran producer Jimmy Ienner, I think Grand Funk came up with the best rendition of the soul classic 'Some Kinda Wonderful' in history. Still played today in heavy rotation and probably every wedding reception in the world. Once again Audio Fidelity has done a great job on this SACD Hybrid. ENJOY!" - Don Brewer
The album's combination of high-gloss production and the band's energy resulted in some impressive hits: “Some Kind of Wonderful” is an exuberant, organ-drenched soul song that highlights the group's strong harmonies while “Bad Time” mixes a delicate, string-laden melody with a pulsing beat from the rhythm section to create a one-of-a-kind power ballad. all the girls in the world Beware!!! has many inventive moments. The seven-minute “Good & Evil” is fascinating for Brewer's strange, processed lead vocal. “Look At Granny Run Run” is sheer R&B fun and “Memories” is a serious stab at out-and-out balladry.
all the girls in the world Beware!!! was recorded at the Swamp, a studio owned by Mark Farner and located on his farm in Parshallville, MI. The recording sessions were engineered by Shelly Yakus with assistance from Kevin Ayers and Rod O'Brien. The album's producer was Jimmy Ienner, who had also worked with artists such as Three Dog Night, The Raspberries and the Bay City Rollers. All but two of the songs on the album were written by members of the band. Grand Funk Railroad continued to move further into the pop/rock mainstream with this hit album. In support of the release, the band embarked on an immensely successful worldwide tour in early 1975.
The album's artwork included taking the faces of the band members and manipulating them onto the bodies of famous body builders Arnold Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbo. The body builder photos are used on the front and back of the booklet. The center spread art is a Neal Adams illustration of the body builders surrounded by a crowd of young female fans.
4 Look At Granny Run Run
6 All The Girls In The World Beware
8 Good & Evil
9 Bad Time
10 Some Kind Of Wonderful
Produced by Jimmy Ienner
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio / SACD Authoring: Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering
For more information: www.audiofidelity.net
"LOCO (LOCOMOTIVE BREATH)" FROM JETHRO TULL: THE STRING QUARTETS BY IAN ANDERSON & THE CARDUCCI QUARTET AVAILABLE NOW!
MORE DATES ANNOUNCED ON THE MULTI-MEDIA TOUR, JETHRO TULL BY IAN ANDERSON
Ian Anderson and The Carducci Quartet have just released "Loco (Locomotive Breath)" from the new album Jethro Tull: The String Quartets, out which premiered yesterday on Billboard. "Loco" is a string quartet arrangement of "Locomotive Breath," Jethro Tull's 1978 hit off the group's album Bursting Out. CLICK HERE to read Billboard's new interview with Ian Anderson, conducted by renowned music journalist Gary Graff.
The String Quartets' version of "Locomotive Breath" is an instrumental that features violin, viola, cello, and bass, with Ian Anderson on flute. It was arranged by Ian’s keyboardist John O’Hara, whose mission was to “delve deeper and offer a new imagining of each piece. An orchestrator’s job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work.” O’Hara also felt “a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song.”
The track "Loco" is available now for download and streaming. Jethro Tull: The String Quartets will be available in the U.S. on March 24. CLICK HERE to reserve your physical copy today!
Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. With nearly 50 years’ history, the band has performed more than 3,000 concerts in 40 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year. Now, Ian Anderson, John O’Hara, and the Carducci Quartet are set to release Jethro Tull: The String Quartets, a collection of 12 re-imagined Tull classics, allowing Tull fans and classical music connoisseurs to enjoy the band’s vast catalog in a new way.
After the album’s release, Ian Anderson will return to the United States this May, June, August, and November to present multi-media JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson concerts in the Mountain States, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Midwest, Florida. He will be accompanied by Tull members David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), and Scott Hammond (drums). Please see below for more dates and ticket links to be announced:
JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson - U.S. Tour Dates
05/26: Red Rocks Amphitheater; Morrison, CO (with the Colorado Symphony) Tickets
05/27: Route 66 Casino; Legends Theatre, Albuquerque, NM Tickets
05/28: Plaza Theatre PAC; El Paso, TX Tickets
05/30: Smart Financial Centre; Sugar Land (Houston), TX Tickets
05/31: ACL Live at the Moody Theater; Austin, TX Tickets
06/01: Choctaw Casino, Choctaw Grand Theater; Durant, OK Tickets
08/13: Bethlehem MusikFest; Bethlehem, PA Tickets
08/15: Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands PAC; Canandaigua, NY Tickets
08/18: Meijer Gardens Amphitheater; Grand Rapids, MI Info
08/19: Chicago Theatre; Chicago, IL Theater Tickets
08/22: First Niagara Presents Tuesday in the Parl; Lewiston, NY Tickets
01. In the Past (Living In The Past)
02. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman / Reasons For Waiting)
03. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle)
04. We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)
05. Farm, the Fourway (Farm On The Freeway)
06. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood / Heavy Horses) **
07. Only the Giving (Wond’ring Aloud)
08. Loco (Locomotive Breath) **
09. Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song) **
10. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)
11. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells) **
12. Aquafugue (Aqualung)
** Available for instant download with the full album iTunes Pre-Order
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About The Carducci Quartet:
Winners of international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition, this Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. The Carducci Quartet are highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works.
Pink Floyd Stream Rare 1967 TV Performance
Pink Floyd are streaming video of a rare 1967 performance of "Interstellar Overdrive" originally broadcast on the Granada TV program "Scene - Underground", as a preview to the March 24 release of a series of individual volumes from "The Early Years 1965-1972" box set.
The band were filmed in concert at The UFO Club in London, UK on January 27, 1967 for the pop culture show; the track would appear on their groundbreaking debut album, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", a little over six months later.
Issued last November, "The Early Years 1965-1972" box set presented 27-discs featuring 130 tracks from the band's formative years, including TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes and demos and more than 20 unreleased songs. Also featured were 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage.
Pink Floyd are now set to release 6 individual volumes from the package, breaking down the massive project into bite-sized volumes by years - from the mid-1960s start with original member Syd Barrett to the growth shown by 1972 as the band prepared to record "The Dark Side Of The Moon" album. Watch the video here.
Deep Purple Singer Explains 'inFinite' Inspiration
Hard rock legends Deep Purple have announced that they will be releasing their 20th studio album, entitled "inFinite", on April 7th. It follows their acclaimed 2013 effort "Now What?!".
Frontman Ian Gillan explained the inspiration for the new album's title, "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? 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 in 'Finite'; by definition; whether he agrees or not.
"Ironically, he is quite wrong (scientists always are eventually), 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…" Check out the first single "Time For Bedlam" here.
James Taylor And Bonnie Raitt Extend Summer Tour
James Taylor and his special guest Bonnie Raitt have extended their summer tour plans with the announcement of over a month of dates across the U.S. in July and early August.
The newly expanded tour is in addition to the previously announced ballpark concerts: National's Park in Washington, DC (July 14), AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA (July 29), Chicago's Wrigley Field (July 17) and Boston's Fenway Park (Aug. 11).
The full tour is scheduled to kick off at the Prudential Center in
Newark, NJ on July 7th and will be concluding with the concert at Boston's famed Fenway Park.
James Taylor with Special Guest Bonnie Raitt Tour dates:
7/6 - Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
7/7 - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY
7/9 - Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA
7/11 - Infinite Energy Center - Duluth, GA
7/12 - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN
7/14 - Nationals Park - Washington, DC
7/15 - PPG Paints Arena - Pitsburgh, pA
7/17 - Wrigley Field - Chicago, IL
7/29 - AT&T Park - San Francisco, CA
7/31 - Ford Center at The Star - Frisco, TX
8/1 - Toyota Center - Houston, TX
8/3 - Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, LA
8/5 - Fed Ex Forum - Memphis, TN
8/6 - KFC Yum! Center - Louisville, KY
8/8 - DTE Energy Music Center - Detroit, MI
8/9 - Blossom Music Center - Cleveland, OH
8/11 - Fenway park - Boston, MA
QUIET RIOT "The Seeker" (Official Audio)
From the album ROAD RAGE. Get your copy NOW: http://radi.al/RoadRage
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BOBBY WHITLOCK AND COCO CARMEL CELEBRATE THE SPARKLY SHOES TOUR June 2017
Three of the most iconic albums in Rock ‘N Roll History – Derek & The Dominos’ Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and The Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street -- all have a common denominator… pianist/guitarist/songwriter, and co-founder of Derek & The Dominos, Bobby Whitlock.
Throughout the past decade, Bobby Whitlock has been performing and recording with his partner/wife – singer/guitarist/saxophonist CoCo Carmel. This summer, the couple will embark on “The Sparkly Shoes Tour”, kicking off on June 2 in Memphis. This very special 9-date outing is an intimate all-acoustic event, presenting Derek & The Dominos’ songs that were written / co-written by Whitlock, interspersed with his work with CoCo Carmel.
Expanding upon the experience, Whitlock and Carmel have handpicked a different local guitarist to perform with them at each show, ensuring that no two sets will be the same. Having worked with the most renowned guitarists in the world, they have carefully selected musicians who will highlight and embellish their already stellar repertoire.
To witness the music of Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel is to experience rock history in action. In 1969, Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett asked Whitlock to be their first “friend” in their new group, which later incorporated Eric Clapton as a “guest friend” on their European tour, followed by George Harrison. It was during this time Whitlock was invited to perform on Harrison’s landmark album All Things Must Pass. Those sessions sparked more songs, as Whitlock and Clapton began to collaborate, crafting material that would eventually feature on 1970’s historic Derek & The Dominos’ opus Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, which he co-produced. Whitlock’s songwriting contributions are the classics “Bell Bottom Blues”, “Keep On Growing”, “I Look Away”, “Tell The Truth”, “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad”, “Thorn Tree In The Garden”, and “Anyday”, which will be performed on tour.
Meanwhile, CoCo Carmel thrived in her own right, producing and co-producing several albums, including her own release First Fruit. Engineered and co-produced with her former husband Delaney Bramlett (who she was married to for 13 years), she unearthed this piece of her roots 20 years after its recording, after his passing. Having performed onstage with Dr. John, Phoebe Snow, Jon Bon Jovi, and Billy Preston, CoCo continues to helm the production and engineering of her work with Whitlock, including their well-received 2013 album Carnival.
This year, Bobby Whitlock has been ensconced in the studio recording an as-yet-untitled album, with musicians as varied as Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones), Charley Drayton (The Divinyls), Colin Linden (guitarist), Nick Tremulis (guitarist), Stephen Barber, and of course CoCo Carmel on vocals and sax. With several documentaries on the horizon, a new record, and the fiftieth anniversary of Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs in 2020, the next few years should be very full and interesting.
Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel are ready to get out, be with the fans and have some fun on The Sparkly Shoes Tour in 2017.
BOBBY WHITLOCK AND COCO CARMEL TOUR DATES:
June 2– Memphis, TN – The Warehouse -with guest guitarist (to be announced)
June 4- Nashville, TN – City Winery - with guest guitarist Colin Linden (Blackie and The Rodeo Kings)
June 6- Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic -with guest guitarist Moses Mo (Mother's Finest)
June 10- Shirley, MA - Bull Run -with guest guitarist ( to be announced)
June 11- Pawling NY - Daryl’s House -with guest guitarist Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd (formerly of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts)
June 13- New York NY – BB King Blues Club -with guest guitarist Ricky Byrd
June 14- Sellersville PA - Sellersville Theater -with guest guitarist Lou Maresca
June 24- Denton,TX - Dan’s Silverleaf -with guest guitarist (to be announced)
July 1- Houston, TX – McGonigels Mucky Duck - with guest guitarist Nick Michael Taylor
THE NEAL MORSE BAND SET TO LAUNCH U.S. TOUR AUGUST 17 IN ST. PAUL, MN; TICKETS ON SALE NOW; ‘MORSEFEST 2015’
2 BLU-RAY or 2 DVD + 4 CD CONCERT RELEASE DUE MARCH 24 ON RADIANT RECORDS
March 1, 2017 – First comes an album, then comes a DVD/Blu-Ray, then comes a tour.
THE NEAL MORSE BAND—singer/guitarist/keyboardist Neal Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette—released their highly anticipated and critically acclaimed double-disc concept album, THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM, November 11, 2015 on Radiant Records distributed by Metal Blade Records/SONY. It’s the eighth studio album with Morse, Portnoy and George, and the second as a true collaboration with this current lineup.
Clocking in at over 100 minutes, THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM is available in various formats: a two CD package, a Special Edition with the two CDs and “The Making Of A Dream” DVD, or as three vinyl records along with two CDs.
Later this month, THE NEAL MORSE BAND’s once-in-a-lifetime concert event, Morsefest 2015, will be released March 24 on Radiant Records distributed by Metal Blade Records/SONY as either 2 Blu-ray discs, or 2 DVDs with 4 CDs. Digital downloads of the music portion will be available from Radiant Records in uncompressed audio, and on iTunes.. Sonically, outstanding audio is delivered by veteran mix engineer Rich Mouser, who has mixed every frontline Neal Morse, Spock’s Beard, and Transatlantic album.
In addition to both concerts, a one-hour documentary puts audiences behind the scenes for this epic event. Featuring candid moments from the band, other musicians, and crew—it’s an engaging glimpse into the whirlwind staging of this event. Neal Morse’s classic TESTIMONY album will also be available for first time on vinyl.
Free from the constraints of studio recording deadlines, Morse expanded his musical vision on Morsefest 2015 and augmented the already amazing Neal Morse Band with live strings, five-piece horn section, orchestral percussion, female background singers and a full choir.
Over two nights (one on each video disc) in 2015, they perform new arrangements of material from Neal Morse’s career. The two concerts span over five hours, venturing beyond the studio versions they’re based on. In addition to complete performances of the SOLA SCRIPTURA and QUESTION albums, there are songs from Spock’s Beard (featuring guest Nick D'Virgilio), Transatlantic, and surprises—including performances with guitar legend Phil Keaggy. Accompanied by extravagant visuals, including three video screens and live dancers, Morsefest 2015 is the most massive live release of Morse’s career.
Now it’s time for THE NEAL MORSE BAND to hit the road again in support of both packages. Their latest round of U.S. tour dates will launch August 17 in St. Paul, MN at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall, preceded by shows in Europe and other international shows to be announced soon. Fans should check NealMorseBand.com for all the latest info.
Together, Morse and Portnoy have launched four bands, but the one that has endured the longest and has released the most musical output has been THE NEAL MORSE BAND. Over the years, Morse, along with Portnoy and George, always assembled musicians as needed to support Neal’s solo music. In 2012, they held auditions to find the musicians needed to fill out the band as a permanent lineup that would write music collectively. Hubauer and Gillette joined the band after three days of auditions. The fivesome went on to release THE GRAND EXPERIMENT in 2014 followed by the ALIVE AGAIN live DVD/2 CD package in 2015.
THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM has been racking up rave reviews since its release:
“...THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM is an expansive album that shadows similar beats (both musically and narratively) as past magnum opuses like Snow and the two Testimony offerings. Of course, that means that it contains everything that makes his music so special, like beautiful songwriting (‘Shortcut to Salvation’ and ‘Makes No Sense’), vibrant compositional freakouts (‘The Road Called Home’), and plenty of clever reprises (‘Confrontation’). That said, there’s also enough innovation (‘The Mask’ and ‘The Ways of a Fool,’ plus a general increase in vocal variety thanks to keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette) to let it stand on its own merits. In the end, THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM is a phenomenal accomplishment that further solidifies Morse as an exclusive and nearly matchless creative mastermind.”
--Popmatters.com, “The Best Progressive Rock and Metal of 2016” (#4)
“Serving astounding, progressive rock-style arrangements that balance adventurous instrumental passages and segments of restrained playing, the double-disc THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM never loses its grip on the concept of melody...This album delivers a listening pleasure we all deserve.”
-- Times Record (AR)
“All in all, this is quite an achievement by a group of musicians that didn’t need to improve upon already magnificent careers filled with incredible albums...THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM does the impossible and exceeds all expectations. It is absolutely a jaw-dropping release that will no doubt rank alongside the best albums by Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy, if not above them.”
“THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM is prog at its most bombastic...Over more than twenty tracks, the band throws all the prog staples into the mix...It’s a sprawling prog epic that demands your attention.”
Check out THE NEAL MORSE BAND at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 3/22 Barcelona, Spain Apolo
Thu 3/23 Milan, Italy TBA
Fri 3/24 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7
Sat 3/25 Aschaffenburg, Germany Colo-Saal
Sun 3/26 Berlin, Germany Lido
Tue 3/28 Warsaw, Poland Progresja Music Zone
Wed 3/29 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle
Thu 3/30 Limbourg, Belgium Salle Le Kursaal
Fri 3/31 Cologne, Germany Stollwerck
Sat 4/1 Malmo, Sweden KB
Sun 4/2 Tilburg, Netherlands O13
Tue 4/4 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Rockhal
Wed 4/5 Paris, France Divan Du Monde
Thu 4/6 Birmingham, U.K. O2 Academy 2
Fri 4/7 Glasgow, U.K. O2 ABC 1
Sat 4/8 Manchester, U.K. O2 Ritz
Sun 4/9 London, U.K. O2 Islington Academy
Mon 4/12 Tel Aviv, Israel Havana Club
Sun 5/6 Gettysburg, PA Rites of Spring festival
Thu 8/17 St. Paul, MN Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Fri 8/18 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Sat 8/19 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
Sun 8/20 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Tue 8/22 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
Thu 8/24 Boston, MA The Wilbur Theatre
Fri 8/25 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
Sat 8/26 Glenside, PA The Keswick Theatre
Sun 8/27 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
Fri 9/1 Cross Plains, TN Morsefest 2017
Sat 9/2 Cross Plains, TN Morsefest 2017
NEW SONG ALERT!
NIGHT RANGER "Comfort Me" (Official Audio)
BLACKBIRD PRESENTS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DATES FOR THE LAST WALTZ 40 TOUR
DUE TO SOLD OUT SHOWS IN NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, PHILADELPHIA AND BOSTON, BLACKBIRD PRESENTS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DATES FOR “THE LAST WALTZ 40 TOUR”
MUSIC LEGEND DR. JOHN JOINS GRAMMY® AWARD WINNING GUITARIST AND VOCALIST WARREN HAYNES, JAMEY JOHNSON, DON WAS, AND OTHERS TO HEADLINE FINAL DATES OF 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR HONORING THE BAND’S HISTORIC FAREWELL CONCERT
FINAL LEG OF THE U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF MARCH 30, 2017. TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS GO ON SALE MARCH 3, 2017, VISIT HTTP://LASTWALTZ40TOUR.COM FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFO
Due to overwhelming demand on the first leg of The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz, Blackbird Presents is proud to announce additional tour dates beginning on March 30, 2017 at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, Texas and running across multiple U.S. cities throughout the month of April. A full list of tour dates and venues is listed below.
Tickets for all shows go on sale March 3, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. EST at http://lastwaltz40tour.com
The Last Waltz 40 Tour, created by Keith Wortman and led by GRAMMY® Award-winning guitar legend and vocalist Warren Haynes and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/musician Don Was, has been met with critical praise and warm reception from audiences across the country who have been thrilled night after night by the amazing music of The Band showcased in a unique light. The additional dates will also include Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY® Award-winner Dr. John, Jamey Johnson, Terence Higgins, Danny Louis, an all-star horn section led by Mark Mullins featuring the original horn arrangements of Allen Toussaint, and very special guests Cyril Neville, Dave Malone, and Bob Margolin. Other very special guests to be announced.
“You soon knew that [The Band’s] legacy would be well feted. Earplugs were required — for the crowd, not the band,” wrote the Huffington Post in its review of the show at the Orpheum in Boston, Massachusetts. “The roar from the audience, which remained standing throughout the show, eclipsed even the occasional eerily screeching synth segments, and the unworldly bleats often coming out of the horns.”
"Whenever you’re doing someone else’s music, you’re paying respect and bringing the deepest parts of your own personality to bear. And you hope for surprises,” says Haynes in an article published by the Philadelphia Inquirer. "These songs – so deeply ingrained in the zeitgeist of who we are in this country – hearing them now is like finding a rare jewel.”
"People love these songs and they’ve become a part of the emotional zeitgeist of country. And unlike the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys or Pink Floyd songs, there’s nobody that’s playing this stuff for folks. You can’t really go to a concert and hear anyone playing The Band’s songs," says Don Was.
“The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz” is an extension of Blackbird Present’s two-night, sold-out concert event “Last Waltz New Orleans: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz,” which took place during Jazz Fest 2016 at the historic Saenger Theatre. Heralded as one of New Orleans best events during Jazz Fest, the epic event paid tribute to The Band’s milestone final concert with unprecedented performances and an extraordinary lineup of artists. “The last 30 minutes of The Last Waltz @SaengerNOLA was best thing I’ve heard @jazzfest” said Keith Spera, music critic, The New Orleans Advocate.
Creator and executive producer Keith Wortman and Blackbird Presents have once again gathered a truly prodigious cast of musicians led by musical director GRAMMY® Award-winning guitar legend and vocalist Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/musician Don Was, with GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Dr. John, ACM Award-winning singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson, and legendary funk drummer Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), along with the original horn arrangements of Allen Toussaint. Legendary promoters Larry Magid, Arny Granat, along with Live Nation and AEG, are the tour promoters.
FOR COMPLETE DETAILS VISIT THE OFFICIAL TOUR WEBSITE:
The Last Waltz 40 Tour Dates
Thursday, March 30, 2017 Dallas, Texas Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
Friday, March 31, 2017 Houston, Texas Revention Music Center
Saturday, April 1, 2017 Austin, Texas Bass Concert Hall
Sunday, April 2, 2017 San Antonio, Texas The Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
Friday, April 7, 2017 Detroit, Michigan Fox Theatre
Saturday, April 8, 2017 Louisville, Kentucky The Louisville Palace
Sunday, April 9, 2017 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Theater
Thursday, April 13, 2017 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
Friday, April 14, 2017 Valley Center, CA Harrah’s Resort Southern California
Saturday, April 15, 2017 San Francisco, CA The Masonic
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Reveals New Album Plans
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine laid out the band's plans for the future in a new interview, including their beginning work on their next studio album, the follow up to their acclaimed 2016 effort "Dystopia".
Mustaine was the featured guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekly radio program and revealed the following, "We have some American dates that we're looking at in summertime and some at the end of the year too. We can't really say what they are yet but we're pretty excited about what this year has for us."
"It's going to end this year," Mustaine said of the promotion for their "Dystopia" album and then added this about their plans for their next album, "I think the end of … What we're looking at, we're trying to start the songwriting process this year while we're out on the road, which will be good for us to start putting pen to paper and writing stuff.
"Kiko and I have actually been talking a lot about it the last couple weeks, sending files back and forth and so on and so forth, which is exciting for me because that's what makes me tick is writing music. When I see new files coming back and forth through my email it's like, 'Yes.' It's like Christmas."
He also had this to say about the making of their current album, "The creation process for Dystopia was really invigorating. Going into the studio this time it wasn't like there was a preconceived notion of what the song should sound like or how many [songs] should be on the record or who should do what solo, where or anything like that. Before, a lot of the records were pretty thought out from beginning to end prior to us even going into the studio. I think it was really liberating the way that we did this record. I think that that's going to continue on when we go in the studio next time because knowing now … See, the whole thing was going and … to do Dystopia I pretty much was at the point where I figured I don't care anymore about trying to write stuff for radio because it just backfires.
"Whenever you try and do something for somebody it usually doesn't work, it ends up being something that's hit or miss. At this stage in my life I don't want to be taking any chances. I want to have fun, I want to write music that I love listening to, and I think that's what we did with Dystopia. I'm really looking forward to the next time in the studio."
Randy Rhoads Remembered Shows Announced
Two special Randy Rhoads Remembered shows will be taking place later this month to mark the 35th anniversary of the tragic passing of the legendary guitarist.
The first show will be taking place The Canyon Club & Special Events Center in Agoura Hills, California on Sunday, March 19th, the actual anniversary of Rhoads death in an airplane accident while he was on tour with Ozzy Osbourne and the Blizzard of Ozz band.
The band lineup for the show will be lead by Randy's friend and former Blizzard of Ozz and Quiet Riot bandmate Rudy Sarzo. He will be joined by Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Billy Idol, The Dead Daisies), Dewey Bragg (Möth, Kill Devil Hill) and Steve Ferlazzo (Nuno Bettencourt, Soundcheck Live Founder).
Each song performance will feature a different guitarist paying tribute to Rhoads' iconic style. So far Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Scotti Hill (Skid Row) and Roy Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson) have been announced for the show.
The second tribute event will be taking place on Friday, March 24th at Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas. Each Randy Rhoads Remembered concert features every song that Randy wrote and played on from the "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary Of A Madman" albums as well as select tracks from Randy's early catalog with Quiet Riot, according to the announcement. You can more details, including tickets, here.
Reunited Ratt Announce Spring and Summer Dates
The recently reunited Ratt, featuring many of their original members, have announced they will be returning to the road this spring and summer for some live dates in various U.S. cities.
The reunited lineup features original singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini, as well as former Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo.
The string of new live dates will begin on April 26th at the Paramount in Huntington, NY and conclude with an appearance at this year's Rock Fest in Cadott, WI on July 12th.
The dates also include appearances at various music festivals including the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD, Rocklahoma, and another Rockfest In Kansas City.
Ratt Live Dates:
04/26 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY
04/27 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
04/28 - The Sherman Theater - Stroudsburg, PA
04/29 - M3 Rock Festival - Columbia, MD
05/28 - Rocklahoma - Pryor, OK
06/01 - Limelight - Peoria, IL
06/02 - Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
06/03 - Rockfest - Kansas City, KS
07/07 - Uncle Sam Jam - Woodhaven, MI
07/12 - Rock Fest - Cadott, WI
Robert Plant Rocks 'Whole Lotta Love' In TV Special Preview Clip
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters perform the Led Zeppelin classic, "Whole Lotta Love", in a preview to the March 5 AXS TV broadcast premiere of the singer in concert at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA last fall.
Plant's performance was part of David Lynch's Festival of Disruption, a two-day music, art, film & creativity festival curated by the legendary filmmaker.
The rocker's set also kicks off AXS TV's new Sunday Night Rocks series, which will feature concert broadcast premieres by artists including Def Leppard, Blondie, Ringo Starr and His 2016 All Starr Band, Mavis Staples, Alan Jackson, and a tribute to Kenny Loggins.
"Throughout the history of rock, few artists have been as influential and enduring as Robert Plant," says AXS TV's vice president of music programming and production Evan Haiman. "This incredible concert showcases the music icon at the top of his game, putting his signature vocals on full display as he blazes through an expansive setlist that will satisfy die-hard fans and curious newcomers alike."
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters live at the Ace Hotel will be broadcast on AXS TV on Sunday, March 5 at 10 pm EST. Watch the preview clip here.
U2 Accused of Stealing Material For 'Achtung Baby' Track
U2 are being sued by a British songwriter who is claiming that the superstar band stole musical elements for their song "The Fly" which was featured on their 1991 album "Achtung Baby."
The songwriter, Paul Rose, filed a lawsuit on Monday (Feb. 27) in a Manhattan federal court. Rose claims that U2 copied part of his song "Nae Slappin" for their song "The Fly," reports the New York Post.
The lawsuit alleges that U2 heard Rose's song after they signed with Island Records in 1989, which happens to be the same year he shared a demo of "Nae Slappin" with studio executives at the label. Rose seeks songwriting credit on the U2 song and $5 million in damages and lawyer's fees.
Listen to and compare U2's "The Fly" with Paul Rose's "Nae Slappin" here.
Aerosmith Is 'So Much Better Than' The Rolling Stones Says Kramer
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer says in a new interview that his band is a much better live group than rock legends The Rolling Stones, who he says are "not so good live."
Kramer made the comments in an interview with Classic Rock, who have published this excerpt, "First of all, as far as Aerosmith goes there is no band that has been around for almost 50 years that still has the original five guys in the band.
"Everybody is always raving about the Stones, saying the Stones this and the Stones that. I've never cared for the Stones. They never had anything to offer me musically, especially in the drumming department."
The drummer adds: "The Stones is not the original band and I do not care for them. I think if you came to see an Aerosmith concert, people would realize that we play so much better than them that it's silly because they're not so good live.
"Yeah, they are what they are and all of that, but I don't think there's a band out there today that does what we do." Read the full report here.
SIX 80'S NEW WAVE ICONS EMBARK ON RETRO FUTURA 2017, AMERICA'S PREMIER 80'S CONCERT TOUR
BILL FEATURES NEW WAVE STARS HOWARD JONES, ENGLISH BEAT, MEN WITHOUT HATS, MODERN ENGLISH, PAUL YOUNG, KATRINA (EX-KATRINA AND THE WAVES) AND BOW WOW WOW'S ANNABELLA
New wave fans rejoice, the summer's most star-studded bill returns this year with the Retro Futura tour 2017. Headlined by synth pioneer Howard Jones, the jam-packed show will also feature sets from the English Beat, Men Without Hats, Modern English, Paul Young and Katrina (ex-Katrina And The Waves). The line-up will also feature Bow Wow Wow's Annabella on certain dates when Paul Young will not be on the bill. Please see below for tour dates, more dates to be announced shortly; to purchase tickets, please click here.
Electronic music pioneer Howard Jones has been a constant presence on the international touring scene for the past three decades, playing both intimate solo shows and dates with his full high-tech band set-up. His most recent offering is ENGAGE, an entirely fan-funded visually-stunning multi-media project. It is Howard Jones' most ambitious work to date, incorporating specially-commissioned visuals with music and an interactive live show. ENGAGE is inspired by such diverse musical genres as electronica, contemporary classical and pop, fusing this audio mélange with other visual and literary arts such as ballet, modern dance and philosophy. ENGAGE was performed in London, Los Angeles and New York and is available now as a DVD/CD package.
Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene in 1983, with his very English songwriting and pioneering synthesizers. His first two albums HUMAN'S LIB and DREAM INTO ACTION were worldwide hits. HUMAN'S LIB reached #1 in 1984 in the UK and featured the hits "New Song," and "What Is Love?" In 1985, Jones released the follow-up, DREAM INTO ACTION, which quickly became a Top Ten Platinum album in the United States and featured the smashes: "Things Can Only Get Better," "Life In One Day," "No One Is To Blame," and "Like To Get To Know You Well." Howard Jones has sold over 8 million albums worldwide and continues to make new music and tour the world. Jones recently performed on NBC's top-rated morning and nighttime shows respectively, Today and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The English Beat are all about inclusion rather than exclusion and this shows in their personnel and musical influences. Formed in 1979, the band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter and Madness, the band became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British Two Tone Ska movement.
By Christmas of 1979, the English Beat were riding high with their first single, a cover of Smokey Robinson's "Tears Of A Clown". Over the next five years, they toured relentless with such mega-stars as David Bowie, The Police, The Clash and The Talking Heads and released three studio albums containing the smash hits "Mirror In The Bathroom," "Save It For Later," "I Confess" and more. The English Beat is Dave Wakeling (lead vocalist/guitarist), Matt Morrish (sax/vocals), Kevin Lum (keys/vocals), King Schascha (toaster), Brian "Nucci" Cantrell (drums), Michael "Railo" Railton (keys/vocals) and Larry Young (bass/vocals).
Men Without Hats have been creating iconic and irresistible pop music for over three decades and have soared back with the release of their latest album, Love in the Age of War. Led by charismatic front man, lead singer and songwriter Ivan Doroschuk, MWH has surged back starting with a breakout show at 2011's SXSW and followed by extensive, well-received touring across North America over the last few years. Along with keyboard players Lou Dawson, Rachel Ashmore, and guitarist James Love, Doroschuk and the Hats have been delivering high- energy shows packed with all of the band's absurdly catchy lyrics as well as great tracks from the new release, a disc that picks up where the hit making band left off. It's no surprise that this band has topped charts across the planet and even picked up a 1983 Grammy nomination for Best group (Culture Club won it). The Hats song catalogue always sounds fresh and relevant and Hats hits have been featured on The Simpsons, Family Guy and Glee. Their hit single "Pop Goes the World" now lights up TV screens in a TIDE ad.
Modern English band members Robbie Grey (vocals), Mick Conroy (bass), Gary McDowell (guitar) and Steven Walker (keyboards) first reunited in 2010, to tour the US, UK and Paris, before accepting an invitation to re-record "I Melt With You" for Mark Pellington's film of the same name. The band's most famous track was a US Top 50 single in 1984 after being featured in the rom-com film smashValley Girl. The band's most recent album is TAKE ME TO THE TREES, funded by PledgeMusic and released via Kartel Music Group.
After performing with several groups in his native UK, blue-eyed soul singer Paul Young really came into his own with the formidably accomplished solo album, NO PARLEZ, in 1983. NO PARLEZ contained the #1 hits "Wherever I Lay My Hat" and "Come Back And Stay". The release of his second solo album, THE SECRET OF ASSOCIATION, solidified his status as a world star with the success of "Every Time You Go Away". Paul Young continues to write, record and play live. His most recent album is 2016's GOOD TIMES. Paul Young will make his return to the stages of the United States for the first time in several decades.
Former lead singer from the Grammy-nominated band, Katrina and The Waves, Katrina now has a career both as a solo artist and with her new band. Katrina and The Waves had their first big break in 1984 when The Bangles covered their song "Going Down To Liverpool." This drew attention to the group and lead to an international deal with Capitol Records. The first Capitol album, KATRINA AND THE WAVES released in 1985, was a substantial critical and commercial success and "Walking on Sunshine" was a worldwide hit earning top ten spots around the globe. Since then, the song has been broadcasted over 2,500,000 times in the U.S. and was the highest played track on radio in the summer of 2008.
Annabella Lwin, at the tender age of thirteen, was one of the most photographed, talked about and popular vocalists in the early 80's as the original member and lead singer of Bow Wow Wow. With a string of hits such as "I Want Candy," "Do U wanna Hold Me?," "Go Wild In The Country" and "C30, C60, C90, Go!". Her unique vocals and mohawk hairstyle, defined a sound and era of pop culture, inspiring a brand new wave of up-and-coming artists today. Annabella has worked behind the scenes to help global charities like UNICEF and Save The Children Fund through Buddhist organization SGI as well as in front, performing at concerts such as Tsunami, with renowned musicians Dave Navarro (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains) and Billy Morrison (The Cult), for diabetes and other causes close to her heart, dog and cat rescue centers.
Retro Futura Tour 2017:
18 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater
19 Costa Mesa, CA OC Fair
20 San Diego, CA Open Air Theater
21 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery
22 Las Vegas, NV Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
24 Denver, CO Bellco Theater
28 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park*
29 Charlotte, NC Metro Credit Union Amphitheater*
30 Baltimore, MD Pier Six*
1 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
2 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn
3 West Allis, WI WI State Fair
4 Detroit, MI Meadow Brook
5 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live
6 Kettering, OH The Fraze Pavilion
9 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre
10 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
11 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
12 Wallingford, CT Oakdale
13 Albany, NY Times Union Center
14 Lynn, MA Lynn Auditorium
17 Minneapolis, MN State Theater
18 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theater*
19 St. Charles, MO Family Arena*
*No Paul Young, Annabella Lwin on the line-up
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