Doobie Brothers Reveal All-Star Guests For Tribute Album

The Doobie Brothers are calling on many of their country friends for their tribute album Southbound, which is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2014.

New acts confirmed for Southbound include Blake Shelton, Charlie Worsham, Jerrod Niemann as well as Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and Dann Huff on guitar. Previously announced guests include Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Zac Brown Band, Chris Young, Toby Keith, Love and Theft and Amanda Sudano of JohnnySwim.

In an interview with Lagniappe Mobile, Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston talked about the album's guests. "It's quite the lineup," he said. "We were kinda blown away that these folks would be interested in jumping on board with us, but they were eager to do it."

In an interview earlier this year with, Sara Evans expressed her excitement to be a part of the album. "They're singing all their hits with different artists and they let me choose which song I wanted to sing," she told "Sometimes I'll think things through before I answer questions or requests like that, but I immediately wrote back, 'Yes of course! I love the Doobie Brothers!'"

ROCK NEWS FOR 08/01/14


BRIAN SETZER has partnered with USATODAY.COM to exclusively premiere the music video for “Let’s Shake,” the lead single from his soon-to-be released album ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL (out Tuesday, August 12 via Surfdog Records). You can watch all the irresistible rockin' fun here

ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL is a straight-ahead rockabilly album from start to finish with 12 new songs set for release Tuesday, August 12. SETZER brings his trademark twang and fretboard fire, and he’s backed by three musicians that he says “are the best in their craft”: Mark Winchester (bass), Kevin McKendree (piano) and Noah Levy (drums). Recorded in Nashville, the album was produced by Peter Collins (who’s handled the same honors for SETZER albums Vavoom! and The Dirty Boogie). ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL is currently available for pre-order in all formats (including vinyl). You can pre-order the album here and on vinyl here.

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The world heard a new version of the AEROSMITH classic “Dream On” during the Spring 2014 premiere of ESPN’s award-winning news magazine show, E:60. Recorded in Los Angeles in early April, the song features Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, who are joined by the Southern California Children’s Chorus on this arrangement of “Dream On (Boston Strong 2014).” The track will be released today as a single via iTunes. In a powerful moment at last night’s AEROSMITH concert at The Forum, in Inglewood, CA the band surprised the audience by bringing the Southern California Children’s Chorus on stage to perform this special rendition of “Dream On (Boston Strong 2014).”

"The tragedy that took place during the Boston Marathon was unfathomable, but Boston is incredibly resilient and became even stronger. I am so honored to release this version of “Dream On” and to be able to have had the Southern California Children's Chorus perform with us last night was a beautiful moment, a true gift from up above," says Steven Tyler.

“The heinous act that took place during the Boston Marathon which shook not only the city but the world and touched us all demanded a positive response,” Joe Perry said.  “Boston Strong was that response and gave an example of our city’s inner strength. I would like to think that the strength of our performance on ‘Dream On’ last night with the Southern California Children’s Chorus in LA at the Forum was another rallying point for the goodness in all of us.”

“Dream On (Boston Strong 2014)” debuted Tuesday, April 15 on “E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest,” a special hour dedicated to the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.  The show presented five stories of survivors, narrated by celebrity voices of Boston At 2:49 PM, on April 15, 2013, as scores of spectators cheered on the Boston Marathon runners approaching the finish line, two hand-made bombs exploded.  In a split second, the lives of hundreds of people were forever changed. E:60 presented a special program remembering the lives lost and paying tribute to those who survived, their journeys of perseverance, courage, strength and love in the past twelve months.

In July, AEROSMITH embarked on this summer’s definitive rock experience, the LET ROCK RULE tour across North America with Slash. The tour kicked off Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY making stops in Boston, MA. (Xfinity Center), Los Angeles, CA (The Forum) and San Francisco, CA (Sleep Train Pavilion) among other cities, before wrapping Friday, September 12 in Sydney, NS, Canada (Open Hearth Park). These dates follow the band’s overseas trek, which kicked off May 17 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and hit numerous countries including stops in Russia, France, and Germany before ending on June 28 in the U.K.

AEROSMITH’s U.S. summer tour dates are as follows:

DATE          CITY                              VENUE
Sat     8/2    Las Vegas, NV                 MGM Grand Garden Arena
Fri      8/8    Stateline, NV                  Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
Wed   8/13  Concord, CA                    Sleep Train Pavilion
Sat     8/16  George, WA                    The Gorge Amphitheatre
Tue    8/19  Denver, CO                     Pepsi Center
Fri      8/22  Dallas, TX                       American Airlines Center
Mon   8/25  The Woodlands, TX         The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thu    8/28  Atlanta, GA                     Phillips Arena
Sun    8/31  Atlantic City, NJ              Boardwalk Hall
Wed   9/3    Newark, NJ                      Prudential Center
Sat     9/6    Bristow, VA                     Jiffy Lube Live
Tue    9/9    Clarkston, MI                  DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri      9/12  Sydney, NS, Canada       Open Hearth Park

Here are some clips from the special:
E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest – Preview
“Dream On” Video – Sneak Peek
E:60′s Chris Connelly interviews Steven Tyler and Joe Perry
All funds received by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry in connection with this track will be donated to charities helping those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.!/Aerosmith

Prog Icon Neal Morse To Release Eagerly Anticipated New Solo Album 'Songs From November'

Cross Plains, TN – Much to the excitement of Prog fans worldwide, Neal Morse will be releasing his eagerly anticipated new solo album 'Songs From November' on Aug. 19, 2014! Even a style as broad and accepting as Progressive Rock has its boundaries. Prog icon Neal Morse decided to break that mold and create a challenging new album. 'Songs From November' may be his bravest outing to date. Musically, creatively, and production-wise, it’s like nothing he’s ever done. Can you handle it?! It’s an album of “normal” songs! Songs even your friends might like!

Says Neal, “I listen to a lot of different kinds of music for various occasions…prog albums when I really want to focus on intricate music…sometimes jazz and classical. But many times I find myself attracted to 'feel good' singer-songwriter albums like a Jackson Browne or Graham Nash record. So one day I thought to myself…I'd like to make an album like that! 'Songs From November' is that album.”

Morse wrote most of the songs during a flood of ideas in November, 2013. He recalls, “They just kept pouring out that month…I don't really know why…but it was great!” After the epic Transatlantic world tour was completed in March 2014, Morse set out to make 'November' a reality. And he would craft it differently than anything before.

Says Neal, “I could've gotten together with a bunch of studio musicians in Nashville and banged this thing out, but I felt like the thing to do was to get together with this young drummer named Gabe Klein and work on it as a team. He is only 18 years old and amazing! We had a great time recording these songs and many more. We actually recorded twice as many songs as we needed and picked the best ones. It was the first time I've ever done that and it was very fruitful. I sent out 21 songs to a bunch of different people that I trust and chose from their lists. So that was also a totally new approach for me.”

The final 11 songs are among the best that Neal has ever composed – and the most surprising you will hear. In reinventing himself, he was ready to explore uncharted territory. Are you?

'Songs From November' is Produced by Neal Morse and Engineered and Mastered by Rich Mouser.

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Supertramp co-founder and singer-songwriter Roger Hodgson set for fall mini-tour
Legendary Roger Hodgson, vocalist and original singer-songwriter from Supertramp, is heading back to North America for a series of fall dates. Hodgson is recognized as one of the most gifted composers and lyricists of our time. He helped define a generation of progressive rock and wrote and sang Supertramp's globally successful and enduring anthems such as Breakfast in America, Give a Little Bit, Take the Long Way Home, The Logical Song, DreamerIt's Raining Again, SchoolFool's Overture -- songs that helped the band sell well over 60 million albums to date.

Hodgson co-founded the progressive rock band Supertramp in 1969 and was with them for 14 years. He wrote and sang most of the classic hits that brought Supertramp worldwide acclaim. Roger recently received 2 awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) for his songs being in the top played songs in their repertory, proving that they have indeed stood the test of time. Roger continues to perform his classics he recorded with Supertramp and other fan favorites live on tour around the globe.

Uniting generations at his concerts, Hodgson transports baby boomers back to their youth and gives younger generations a taste of why his heartfelt songs have endured. Audiences are once again experiencing the magic and spirit that Hodgson created with Supertramp.
His upcoming dates follow an extended Europe and South American trek, and kicks off on November 4th in Wabash, Indiana and wrap over two night -- November 14th and 15th in Rama, Ontario.

Roger Hodgson next performs on August 28th in Aurich, Germany.

Roger Hodgson North American Tour Dates:
November 4 - Wabash, IN - Honeywell Center
November 6 - Detroit, MI - MotorCity Casino Hotel
November 7 - Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
November 8 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
November 9 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
November 11 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
November 14, 15 - Rama, ON - Casino Rama Entertainment Centre

Enjoy this tour montage featuring all of the classic hits Roger will be performing on his worldwide tour –

For the latest news visit Roger’s Site. Check out his tour dates, discography, bio and Facebook




Although it’s said you can never go home again, SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have today (July 31) announced they’ll celebrate the release of their new album WORLD ON FIRE by returning to the iconic guitarist’s stomping grounds with a series of three one-night-only club shows: September 23 (The Troubadour) and then, moving up the hill to the world-famous Sunset Strip, September 25 (The Roxy) and September 26 (The Whisky A Go Go).

These gigs will amp up the excitement around WORLD ON FIRE--out September 16 SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International, distributed through Caroline--and honor the 50-year anniversary of the beloved musician retailer Guitar Center. Tickets for all shows go on-sale August 1 at

“We’re excited to unleash ‘World On Fire’ in a big way and be a part of Guitar Center’s 50th celebration,” says SLASH. "They’ve been really supportive of me since the very beginning on the Sunset Strip.”

Fans can be a part of history as Guitar Center will present SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy,” to be broadcast on national television on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) November 9th at 8pm. The 90-minute full rock concert will be filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound. Fans can enter to win a VIP trip for two to see The Roxy show and take home an Epiphone Les Paul signed by the legendary guitarist, visit to win.

“World On Fire” marks SLASH’s fastest-climbing song at radio ever; the album’s hell-raising first single hit the Top 10 this week. Listen to the song “World On Fire” HERE and watch the fun NSFW video HERE.

The WORLD ON FIRE disc marks SLASH’s third solo offering and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). For WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH and the band worked with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to create a powerful new turn for the band in 17 songs. WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.

SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently on their summer tour with Aerosmith in addition to select solo dates, see full itinerary below. The group rocked a packed house at The Forum in Los Angeles last night (July 30). For all dates and tour ticket packages, visit: Check out the set list from The Forum show below:

SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Set List from The Forum in Los Angeles
 “You're a Lie”
 “Standing In The Sun”
“Back From Cali”
“You Could Be Mine”
“World On Fire”
“By The Sword”
“Sweet Child Of Mine”
“Paradise City”
About SLASH:
has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet RevolverSLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers List. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. SLASH and his band will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE September 16,!/slash 

Mustaine For Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax Big 4 Reunion

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has revealed that he is open to the idea of playing more live shows with the Big 4: Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax in the future.

The four bands last came together at Yankee Stadium, New York in 2011 and in an interview with Kaaos TV, the metal veteran says while it would be good to hook up again, it shouldn't become a regular event as there has to be "something special" about the occasion.

"I'm open to playing and I don't really care who I play with," he says. "We had fun and it's important the fans have a good time. It would be great to do it some more, but there's also the beauty of it being something special and not doing it everywhere.

"There's something special about it being very rare, so I would do it again, but it also has to work out for everybody."

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Shares Big Cancer News

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is sharing an update on his ongoing battle with cancer. The rocker was diagnosed last year with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and immediately began chemotherapy and other treatments.

"For those of you that give a toss, here's the latest and greatest on my cancer situation," posted Campbell on his Facebook page. "I'm currently in Boston and I did a scan on Tuesday morning.

"The scan shows that the cancer is in remission. Great news, but I'm trying not to get too excited about it as I heard that same phrase late last year only to be disappointed again a few months after when it returned."

"The plan is to do a stem cell transplant as soon as the tour is finished," he added. "However, to keep me in remission my doctors have recommended that I do another, 3rd, round of the chemo (I.C.E.), so I'm back in hospital, all hooked up and doing my rock n' roll drugs. Keef would be most proud!"

David Lee Roth's Legendary Uncle Manny Roth Dead At 95

Manny Roth, who is best known as the founder of the New York City club Cafe Wha? and uncle to Van Halen singer David Lee Roth, has died at the age of 95.

Roth opened the original Cafe Wha? in 1959 at the corner of MacDougal Street and Minetta Lane; the legendary venue saw artists like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and others perform in its 1960s/1970s heyday.

"It is with great sadness that we report that Manny Roth, founder of Cafe Wha?, has passed away," posted the club on its Facebook page. "He was a legend in discovering talent, and he will be dearly missed by us all. Thanks for everything, Manny, and we hope to continue your legacy long into the future."

David Lee Roth posted a personal tribute on his website, writing, "Uncle Manny has passed away. He was 95 years old. He was happy, laughing and smiling right up 'til the end. His presence already missed, his contributions with us forever."

Alice Cooper Pays Tribute To Dick Wagner

Alice Cooper has paid tribute to former Alice Cooper band guitarist Dick Wagner, who died earlier this week from respiratory failure. Wagner co-wrote some of the band's biggest hits including "Welcome to My Nightmare" and "Only Woman Bleed".

"Even though we know it's inevitable, we never expect to suddenly lose close friends and collaborators," Cooper told Billboard. "Dick Wagner and I shared as many laughs as we did hit records. He was one of a kind. He is irreplaceable. His brand of playing and writing is not seen anymore, and there are very few people that I enjoyed working with as much as I enjoyed working with Dick Wagner.

"A lot of my radio success in my solo career had to do with my relationship with Dick Wagner," he continued. "Not just on stage, but in the studio and writing. Some of my biggest singles were ballads what I wrote with Dick Wagner. Most of Welcome to My Nightmare was written with Dick.

"There was just a magic in the way we wrote together. He was always able to find exactly the right chord to match perfectly with what I was doing. I think that we always think our friends will be around as long as we are, so to hear of Dick's passing comes as a sudden shock and an enormous loss for me, rock 'n' roll and to his family."

Geoff Tate Happy To End His Queensryche Story

Former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate says he's looking forward to ending his use of the band name with a certain amount of relief - because it no longer stands for what it once did.

And he admits the "terrible negative things" said by both parties has robbed him of some of his pride in what the band achieved while he was a member. Tate and his former colleagues settled out of court earlier this year, following their acrimonious split in 2012 and an interim legal judgment that allowed both to work under the title.

Once he completes his "farewell" tour he'll start being billed mainly with his own name, while the band now fronted by Todd La Torre will continue as the only Queensryche.

"It's kind of an end to the story. I'm very happy about that; very glad that we finally reached a settlement," Tate tells One On One With Mitch Lafon. But he adds: "There's a lot of mixed emotions. I'm glad I'm moving on. I wish things were different - I wish it hadn't gone to the level it went to with the lawsuits and all that stuff, and all the horrible negative stuff that's been said."

"That never was what I thought Queensryche was about. When I wrote Operation: Mindcrime people started saying, 'This is a thinking man's band' and I was very pleased with that monicker. That's what Queensryche meant to me - thinking music."

Zakk Wylde Leading Metal All Stars Supergroup One Night Event

Black Label Society mainman Zakk Wylde will lead supergroup Metal All Stars in a one-off London show in December, set to feature more than a dozen of the biggest names in rock history.

The lineup - who'll have completed a European tour by the time they visit the UK - includes Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche), Chuck Billy (Testament), Ross The Boss (Manowar), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Cronos (Venom), Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne) and drummer brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice. Many more are to be announced in due course.

The show takes place on December 16 at the O2 Academy Brixton and tickets, priced £27.50, go on presale via O2 on Friday, August 1, then general sale via Ticketmaster on Monday, August 4.

Check out the trailer and comments from some of the artists here.

Paul Di'Anno's New DVD To Include Iron Maiden Classics
Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'Anno has revealed details of his upcoming live DVD. The Beast Arises will include 17 tracks recorded in Poland this year, among them a number of Iron Maiden hits. Also included as part of the package is an interview with Di'Anno, photo gallery, discography and desktop images.

The artwork for the DVD features a close-up image of a shackled Di'Anno. It will also be available in CD, double LP and digital formats. It will be released in October.

Di'Anno has had an eventful career since he was sacked by Maiden in 1981 after appearing on the band's first two albums. Last year he announced he was "pulling the plug" on his career, but later changed his mind, saying he'd keep going once he underwent a knee operation. He's currently working on a studio album with German band Architect To Chaos.

Check out the tracklisting here.


Alice Cooper Band Legend Dick Wagner Dead at 71

Dick Wagner, celebrated guitarist known for his work with Alice Cooper, KISS and Lou Reed, has died. He was 71. According to the Detroit Free Press, Wagner succumbed to respiratory failure following two weeks in intensive care after undergoing a cardiac procedure.

Wagner's website posted the following on his passing: "It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow we have to let you know that Dick Wagner has left this world. Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble, it was simply too full of love, of music and life.

"His creativity and passion will live on forever in the legacy he has left for us, in his music and his words. We have so much of him to celebrate. Dick was prolific not only in the tangible realm of what we can see and hear but in the boundless energy of his spirit, which will never die.

"He was a fighter, but in the end his body couldn't keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest. Dick said in 2013, 'Love is in the air. Breathe deep.' Take Dick's advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair."



On the very day his “Farewell Tour” as Queensryche begins, Geoff Tate – one of rock’s quintessential front men and the lead vocalist heard on all Queensryche hits since the inception of the band – has announced that his current version of Queensryche will be forging ahead as OPERATION: MINDCRIME after the tour ends.

Named after Queensryche’s epic concept album from 1988, OPERATION: MINDCRIME -- a band consisting of Geoff Tate, Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), Randy Gane (Myth) and Kelly Gray (Queensryche 1998 – 2001, 2012 – present) -- will be entering the studio in September to begin recording a trilogy project that Geoff’s been working on for the past two years.

Tate, who has always enjoyed telling stories through music, considers the creation of the forthcoming trilogy one of his biggest and most ambitious works to date.

“I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story,” comments Geoff. “I knew that one record wouldn’t cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy. It’s an exciting project and one we’d like to release the first part of sometime next spring.”

With the evolution of his band, Geoff would like to concentrate on concept and story albums in the years to come. Fans like to call it, “Thinking Man’s Metal” and Geoff plans to continue expanding the musical dimensions of your mind.

“It doesn’t seem that long ago when I first brought the Mindcrime story to the band… they were, initially, against it. Chris DeGarmo was the first one to get on board and, once he did, we were able to move forward with what became one of our greatest achievements as a band.”

With the release Operation: Mindcrime – which won critical and popular acclaim and comparisons to the Who’s Tommy and Pink Floyd’s The Wall – Queensryche went on to bring their progressive music to sold-out audiences the world over.

With Geoff at the helm, Queensryche sold over 20 million albums worldwide and performed in over 46 countries.

That was then, this is now and Geoff Tate is looking forward to what lies ahead with his trilogy project.

“It is so refreshing to be able to concentrate on the many stories and ideas that I have been working on with no boundaries or restrictions,” states Tate, further adding, “With the newly-named band, I think fans will continue to enjoy the music we create and perform together and hope they share this new musical journey with us.”

Beginning July 30, Geoff Tate and his band mates will be spanning the states for a 22-date trek of what will be Geoff’s remaining performances as Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour.

While the name has changed, the distinctive rock vocals of Geoff Tate remain the same.

Turn it up.

Come on out.

It’s time to enjoy what is now known as the band, OPERATION: MINDCRIME.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 30 - Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California
Thursday, July 31 - The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
Friday, August 1 - Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California
Saturday, August 2 - House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, August 3 - The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
Thursday, August 7 - Strummer's in Fresno, California
Friday, August 8 - Theatre Deville in Vacaville, California
Saturday, August 9 - Downtown Amphitheater in Morgan Hill, California
Tuesday, August 12 - Music Marathon Works in Nashville, Tennessee
Wednesday, August 13 - Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina
Thursday, August 14 - The Chop Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina
Friday, August 15 - Ziggy's by the Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina
Saturday, August 16 - Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sunday, August 17 - Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia
Tuesday, August 19 - Trees in Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, August 20 - Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
Friday, August 22 - Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
Saturday, August 23 - Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
Sunday, August 24 - Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tuesday, August 26 - The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, August 28 - The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas
Saturday, August 30 - Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, Illinois


Owner of N.Y.-based Alto Music instrument and high-end studio equipment chain accomplishes lifelong dream with a debut album that showcases his skills as a musician, songwriter and producer

It’s been a long time coming, but Jon Haber has  finally managed to achieve a goal he’s had since he was six years old, when he first picked up a guitar, releasing his debut album, DEC3 through his own Raddist label, on Sept. 30.

 The man who owns the successful New York-based Alto Music instrument retail chain has now come full circle and is back on the other side of the counter, as a musician, songwriter and producer, a lifelong dream come true.

“I was in bands when I was younger, but I never stopped writing songs,” says the 49-year-old entrepreneur, who opened his first store when he was 24, temporarily putting an end to his playing career. “I didn’t want to look back when I was 70 and regret I hadn’t done it. I never had the opportunity to prove what I could do on this level.”

 Haber, who played virtually every instrument on the album, as well as wrote and produced all of the songs, is joined by two longtime collaborators Chris Saulpaugh (singer) and Mike Kalajian (drummer), whose births in three different decades give the band its name. Veteran keyboard wizard Shane Keister (Paul McCartney, Five for Fighting) and Coheed and Cambria’s Zach Cooper also make cameos on the album.

 With influences that range from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Boston, Radiohead and Foreigner to the Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Peter Gabriel and The Police, DEC3 is music for people who grew up on rock ‘n’ roll and the diversity of AM/FM radio, with indelible melodies, superb playing and memorable choruses. The album’s dozen songs range from tuneful ballads like “In Front of You,” a love song that could well serve as a metaphor for Haber’s own long-delayed ambitions, to anthems like “Where Should I Go Tonight,” which feature Saulpaugh’s yearning Bono-esque vocals. The crunchy “We’re All Friends” has an AC/DC feel and a classic sing-along rock chorus in its story of a renewed high school relationship through Facebook, while the crystal-clear harmonies and cascading guitar riffs of “Simple Mess” reflect Haber’s primary inspiration in the Fab Four. Both “4 Small Black and White Pictures of You” and the sing-song acoustic “Black Kid on a Pink Bike” capture the past with the unerring narrative alacrity of Bruce Springsteen.

The first single, “Red Line,” a song telling the story of the Syrian civil war from the viewpoint of a citizen caught up in the massacre, in which hundreds of thousands have been killed, and rapidly losing hope, will be released with an accompanying video on August 6. The song, with a sound byte of President Obama, includes the lyrics: “The leader of the whole free world/Said that he’d help rescue me/But he ain’t trying/He’s just coloring lines.”

“This is not about politics,” says Haber. “It’s more of a humanitarian theme. We should have done something, but we did nothing.”

 As a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Haber has been an activist, who has lobbied Washington for more music education programs in school. He also appeared in a national American Express Plum Card commercial for his Alto Music stores that stresses “putting instruments in the hands of more people.” His business eventually mushroomed into a musical instrument distribution company and an international manufacturing company.

DEC3 is the culmination of a lifelong devotion to music.

 “I’m doing this because I love it,” Haber continues. “This is a passion project.”

Metallica's Ulrich Predicts AC/DC Will Headline Music Festival

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that he thinks AC/DC will headline the 2015 edition of the Glastonbury Festival. The speculation comes as AC/DC complete work on a new studio album.

"Can I throw in my first bid for who I think [promoter] Michael Eavis has booked for next year?," Ulrich tells Q magazine. "I have heard it might be a band whose lead singer is British, but none of the rest of the band are. Yeah… AC/DC. Come on! Can you imagine that?"

AC/DC recently completed recording a new album in Vancouver without founding member Malcolm Young, who remains in hospital to address some health issues.

On April 16, AC/DC issued a statement regarding the band's status and future in the wake of rumors surrounding Malcolm's health and their possible retirement.

Ace Frehley Fires Back At Former KISS Bandmates

Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has hit back at Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley following a string of insults directed his way in recent months, saying: "If Gene and Paul had half a brain, they would realise what's going on and start saying good things about Ace."

In an interview with Guitar World, Frehley says he's fed-up with the pair's disparaging remarks and also boasted he could blow current Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer off the stage.

"When I was f***ed up, Gene used to say I was a drunk and a drug addict and that I was unemployable," he says. "Kick a guy when he's down, right? But they can't do that anymore, so it's like they're scratching their heads trying to come up with new ways to insult me."

Speaking about Stanley's comments that he was anti-Semitic, Frehley hit back: "That's just below the belt. Next I'll be a member of the Ku Klux Klan. My fiancee is Jewish and my whole life I've worked with Jewish people. I can't believe the stuff that comes out of their mouths.

"Paul has been so goddamn cranky lately. I mean, what's wrong, Paul? Aren't you happy? I know they must be frustrated because people are always writing about how Ace was the real deal. It's got to rub them the wrong way. They would like nothing more than for me to start drinking and taking drugs again and end up as a bum on skid row - but that's not going to happen."

Former Iron Maiden Singer Previews New Live DVD

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno has issued a preview of his forthcoming live DVD, "The Beast Arises." The rocker was filmed in concert on April 9 at the Lizard Club in Krakow, Poland as part of the Doładowanie festival.

Due October 6 in Europe and October 7 in North America, "The Beast Arises" includes tracks from the first two Iron Maiden albums, as well as Killers and Di'Anno solo tracks. The DVD will also contain bonus features such as an interview with Di'Anno, a photo gallery and more.

The project will also be made available on CD, digital and vinyl. Di'Anno was the voice and frontman for Maiden in their formative years; he appeared on the band's first two albums, 1980's "Iron Maiden" and 1981's "Killers", as well as 1981's "Maiden Japan" live EP.

Watch the preview here.

Slash Nominates Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi For Birmingham Honor

Slash has nominated Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi for the Pride Of Birmingham Award, reports the Birmingham Mail. Iommi has been confirmed as one of the presenters at the awards event, set for September 26 at the city's historic Town Hall.

"Tony is one of those guys who inspires everyone," said Slash, 49, who was born Saul Hudson in Stoke-on-Trent but now lives in Los Angeles. "I was brought up on Black Sabbath and he is one of the best rock and roll guitarists out there. As a fellow player, I can really appreciate all the nuances of his technique - he is one hell of a guitar player."

"This is the man who invented heavy metal in Birmingham and created Sabbath, a brand nobody can touch," he added. "Everyone you meet in rock circles will tell you that they were inspired by Black Sabbath and the band's influence is immeasurable.

"Besides which, Tony is a great guy and we've met on a number of occasions. There's just no stopping him. He comes down with lymphoma and what does he do? Reform Sabbath and do a world tour. He really is the Pride of Birmingham and he deserves a f******g medal."

CELEBRATING JON LORD the magical night in memory of the great man and musician featuring DEEP PURPLE, BRUCE DICKINSON, GLENN HUGHES, PAUL WELLER, RICK WAKEMAN and many others
To be released on CD, 2CD, and Digital Formats by earMUSIC / Eagle Rock Entertainment on
September 30, 2014

On September 30, 2014, earMusic and Eagle Rock Entertainment will proudly release Jon Lord, Deep Purple & Friends – Celebrating Jon Lord on CD, 2CD, and via digital formats in North America.

It was in 2006 when, once a year, a group of stellar musicians and stars of rock started meeting up in London for a night of live music. The main intent was to raise money for a charity called The Sunflower Jam.

At first the rumors about these sessions with Deep Purple, Robert Plant, Brian May and Alice Cooper were too good to be true, to the point that a few thought that they were nothing less than an urban legend.

"The Jam," as it soon started to be called, quickly became a cult night. A real must -- first for the artists themselves, free and happy to leave their commercial thoughts outside the venue and be able to enjoy playing music together with colleagues, friends and maybe even secret rivals, and for the audience, who often could simply not believe their eyes.
The Sunflower Jam started as an idea from Jacky Paice, who very often could count on the drumming of her husband Ian. Who would turn down playing with him?

The first editions were mainly open to guests and music business professionals that would contribute to the charity. Later "The Jam" became too good not to be available to the public.
It is in one of the earlier Sunflower Jams that Jon Lord played for the last time with his friends in Deep Purple, duetting on a peaceful "war of hammonds" with Don Airey, who had replaced Lord in Deep Purple when he decided he had enough of a life spent on the road, and after a lifetime dedicated to rock and roll, Lord left to concentrate on his first love: classical music and the combination of rock elements in it.

2014: "The Sunflower Jam" is a now a regular sold out event, with this fourth one taking place at the Royal Albert Hall.

Jon Lord sadly passed away in 2012, a few weeks prior to the release of the just finished remake of what is universally known as the first ever meeting of classical music and rock: the Concerto For Group and Orchestra. The same composition that Purple played live in 1969 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Considering the amount of respect, friendship and love expressed by anybody who had worked, played or simply met Jon Lord, it is not a surprise that the 2014 Jam would be completely dedicated to his music. The night turned out to be a historical moment in rock music: A full orchestra, led by director Paul Mann, gave wonderful arrangements to this repertoire going back and forth through fifty years of music, performed by many old friends. It was truly an unforgettable night.

The Albert Hall sold out to the last seat...

For four hours Jon’s music was shining. Commotion, jokes, laughs and a lot of music came together by magic.

All the wonderful musicians who played at the "Celebrating Jon Lord" Sunflower Jam have left an indelible mark. The set culminatied in a 45-minute finale by Deep Purple (the Purple Mk III songs played by Paice with old friend Glenn Hughes), who are eventually joined by Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Rick Wakeman of Yes fame, Steve Balsamo (who sang in the Jon Lord band and on his last studio album Concerto), members of The Temperance Movement, ex-members of Whitesnake Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, and the "modfather" Paul Weller.

The concert was divided into two acts: “Jon Lord – The Composer,” which focused on his classical music, and “Jon Lord - The Rock Legend,” which focused on his remarkable and revolutionary rock sound. “Jon Lord – The Composer” is featured on the single disc version of Celebrating Jon Lord, while the “Jon Lord – The Rock Legend” segment is featured on the 2CD.

Ian Paice remembers the Celebrating Jon Lord night with vivid memory.  Considering the time all the artists had to rehearse the music for the concert, (in Deep Purple’s case two hours the day before the show!), the resulting performance were nothing less than miraculous. A testament to the quality of the players and love for Jon and his works.

“It was like no concert I have ever played. Everyone in the Hall was there for a common purpose, to honour a wonderful man and a great musician. The Royal Albert Hall is a fairly large venue and can be intimidating, but that evening, it was more like a gathering of friends at their local, (if slightly oversized) pub than a regular show. I believe all the artists, the people in the audience and even the crew helping to make the show work, felt the difference that night.”

Everybody attending the show left the venue with an expression that clearly said "one day I will be able to say I was there"...

Now everybody will be able to see why.

Click the following link for the first images of the evening:

About The Jon Lord Fellowship

Since 2012, The Sunflower Jam have been working closely with the College of Medicine to support the amazing research that they are doing into non-toxic treatments for cancer. Following the sad death of Jon Lord from pancreatic cancer in July 2012, the College of Medicine have set up the Pancreatic Cancer Project sponsored by The Sunflower Jam which includes the development of The Jon Lord Fellowship. The Jon Lord Fellowship will be awarded each year to fund projects that display exciting and innovative approaches to fighting pancreatic cancer. The money will also fund smaller research projects that will make a difference in this field.

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New York, NY (June 23, 2014)—On August 19, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Justin Hayward’s Spirits…Live – Live At the Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta on DVD, Blu-ray, CD, and Digital Formats. [Pre-book Order Date July 25, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $13.98 CD]

Recorded at The Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta on August 17, 2013, Spirits…Live was captured during Justin Hayward’s tour in support of his recently released solo album Spirits Of The Western Sky – his first since 1996’s The View From The Hill. The legendary Moody Blues guitarist/vocalist, joined by acoustic guitarist Mike Dawes and keyboardists/background vocalists Alan Hewitt and Julie Ragins, presented a set of 15 songs, selected from the new album and some Moodys favorites. New tracks like “One Day, Someday,” “In Your Blue Eyes,” and “The Western Sky,” nestle comfortably between classics such as “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” and “Question,” encapsulating Hayward’s rich career as a songwriter.

Justin previously stated about the tour: “This tour will be something completely new for me. I'm bringing my 'song writing' guitars from home on the road for the first time. So this tour will have the feel and sound of my music room along with the vibe I was feeling as I wrote the songs.”

In addition to the full concert, the DVD and Blu-ray will also feature a Behind-The-Scenes featurette, allowing fans “backstage access” with Justin and his band.

For more than 40 years, Justin Hayward has performed and recorded with The Moody Blues, during which the group sold more than 70 million albums. Penning such timeless tunes as “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “The Voice,” and “Your Wildest Dreams,” Hayward’s songwriting was a driving force in the band’s success. He continues to thrill fans worldwide, and is recently completed a tour of the US.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

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1.) Tuesday Afternoon
2.) It’s Up To You / Lovely To See You
3.) In Your Blue Eyes
4.) The Western Sky
5.) Land Of Make Believe
6.) New Horizons
7.) In The Beginning
8.) One Day, Someday
9.) The Eastern Sun
10.) It’s Cold Outside Of Your Heart
11.) Your Wildest Dreams
12.) Forever Autumn
13.) Question
14.) Nights In White Satin
15.) I Know You’re Out There Somewhere


Morse, Portnoy, LaRue, McPherson and Morse Announce Tour To Commence October 2 in Los Angeles with Shows Planned For Chicago, Philadelphia, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, The U.K. and France Premieres Album Teaser:

Rotterdam, Netherlands --- Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Europe and the U.K. for the band's SECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label.  The critics were united in acknowledging the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most fascinating releases of 2012. Teaming the talents of such heavyweight names as Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band challenged conventional wisdom about combining virtuoso music and melodic songwriting. Or, as the quintet’s modus operandi was once memorably defined by founder Bill Evans, ‘crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way’. has premiered an album teaser featuring all five band members here:

Evans’ mission was to team a pool of virtuoso players, a pop singer/songwriter, and the right producer—to create sophisticated music that was accessible. Over 100 singer/songwriters were considered for the role. Portnoy pitched the idea of approaching McPherson, a member of the group Alpha Rev, whose 2010 album called ‘New Morning’ that dominated the Billboard Top Ten for 17 weeks. After an hour-long phone call with Evans, the band found their man. As Mike had quite rightly hoped, McPherson went on to prove the ‘x factor’ that elevated Flying Colors above the norm.  As Portnoy told Prog magazine: “The idea of having an actual singer – as opposed to a musician that also sang – really opened up a whole other world.”

The UK’s Classic Rock magazine hailed the band’s debut as “fearless”, praising its “Journey-sized choruses” and referencing artists as diverse as The Beatles, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors, Muse and even Frank Sinatra.  In late 2012, the band toured the United States and Europe, dazzling fans with Flying Colors originals and selections from the catalogues of the five members. The chemistry can be heard on ‘Live In Europe’, a Number #1-charting Blu-ray, DVD, CD and vinyl package recorded and shot in Tilburg, Holland.

Schedules allowing, the protagonists had always viewed Flying Colors as a genuine band as opposed to a mere side project, and quietly yet purposefully they began writing a second studio album. From the first writing session to final delivery of the masters in July 2014, the process took almost a year and half, albeit in four distinct stages: writing sessions via Skype in January/February 2013, another burst of writing and recording at Neal Morse’s house in Nashville, a trip to Portnoy’s home that spawned five additional songs, and finally individual recording/arrangement over the internet throughout the spring of 2014. This time the band opted to self-produce, with Evans, the man responsible for the concept of Flying Colors, reprising his role as Executive Producer and co-engineer. Besides offering a finely tuned set of ears, Evans would remix a track each time an amendment was made, before sending it onto each band member, allowing closer collaboration by the band.  “There was no repudiation of producer Peter Collins,” clarifies Evans, “but the guys had become a family and they wanted to try something different.”

“The first album was very much a blind date,” Mike Portnoy explains. “Although we already had ‘Team Dregs’ of Steve/Dave and ‘Team Transatlantic’ of myself/Neal, it was the first time that the five of us – seven if you include Bill Evans and Peter Collins – had collaborated together as a group. This time there was an existing chemistry, we had not only the prior experiences of making the debut album but also the 2012 tour as well.”

L.A. based metal act HELLION have announced that RHINO BUCKET front man, Georg Dolivo, will be joining Hellion as their rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist on Hellion’s upcoming North American “Karma’s A Bitch” tour in October.
“I am excited to be a part of what the new Hellion is doing, I've always been a fan of Ann and her incredible voice.” said Georg Dolivo in a recent interview.  “It’s especially great to be back working again with Simon Wright. And having Scott Warren and Maxxxwell Carlisle in the band as well is an added bonus!”  
“We rehearsed over the weekend and the band sounded heavy and tight. It was massive!” continued Georg Dolivo.  “I'm really looking forward to being involved in Hellion as I think the band rocks.”
RHINO BUCKET released two albums through Warner Brothers in the 1990s, followed by four more on Acetate Records.   Georg Dolivo will continue to write and record with RHINO BUCKET.
HELLION release their new five-song mini-LP October 7th in the USA on New Renaissance Records and October 8th in the UK and Europe on HNE/Cherry Red Records.  Pre-orders for Hellion’s new CD can me made through at this link: .  HELLION is also offering a special pre-order deal on HELLION’s “Karma’s A Bitch” fan-pack (which will be delivered before the tour starts) at: 
HELLION’s North American tour kicks off October 2nd in Los Angeles with the band’s first show and record release party.  While shows continue to be added, Hellion’s current North American Tour Dates are:
2 - Whiskey a Go Go - Los Angeles, CA
3 - Count Vamp'd - Las Vegas, NV
4 - Cactus Moon - Mesa, AZ
7 - Lasalle’s - Chico, CA
9 - The Hop - Spokane, WA
10 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11- The Bouquet - Boise, ID
15 - Red Line Tap - Chicago, IL
16 – Dead Horse – Pittsburgh, PA
17 - Rock Pile West - Toronto, ON
18 - Obsession Live - Ottawa, ON
19 - Legendary Dobbs - Philadelphia, PA
20 – Dead Fish Cantina – Baltimore, MD
22 - Devils Tail - Junction City, KS
23 -The Vanguard - Tulsa, OK
24 -The Chameleon Room - Oklahoma City, OK
25 - Concert Pub North Metal Fest - Houston, TX
30 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
More HELLION shows will be added to the acts tour.  For booking information contact Jan Davis from ATI at:

Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts Share Stories Of Famed Allman Brothers Band 1971 Fillmore East Performances

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  gets a front row seat to one of Rock’s legendary concert stands, The Allman Brothers Band 1971 live at the Fillmore East shows. 
By 1971 the Allman Brothers Band were on a roll with their second album, Idlewild South, breaching the Top 40 sales plateau for the first time, and bandleader Duane Allman had by then recorded the now legendary Layla album with Eric Clapton as Derek and the Dominos, resulting in Duane’s quick ascension to a premiere slide guitar player. 

In March of that year the Allmans would perform four shows over two nights at New York’s Fillmore East, as well as the venue’s closing night in late June. All of these shows were recorded and select tracks were released as the band’s third album in July 1971, becoming the Allman Brothers Band’s first Top 10 album.

Singer, songwriter and organist Gregg Allman and former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts sat down with InTheStudio program host Redbeard to recall the magic of those original band shows on the release of The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings. Gregg Allman shares with host Redbeard the mindset that permeated the band’s live performances and created some of the most legendary extended musical jams ever recorded.  

“There were no boundaries back then in the early ‘70s. There was no, ‘We better shut this tune off at a certain time’. It was never even thought of.”

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Adrian Galysh 'Stripped' Release Concert with Tony MacAlpine

Guitarist, composer, and session musician, Adrian Galysh, will be celebrating the release of Stripped on August 13, 2014 at Saint Rocke (142 PCH, Hermosa, CA 90254) sharing the bill with shred-legend Tony MacAlpine. Save on tickets and get a FREE download of Galysh's recent studio album, Tone Poet here:

Stripped digital pre-sale begins August 12th, and includes 15 play-along tracks pulled from his last three solo releases. Taking the best parts of his albums King Friday, Earth Tones, and Tone Poet, this album strips away Galysh’s own lead guitar parts, leaving guitarists room to play their own leads over some of the most exciting tracks available.

“Being a guitar teacher for over 20 years, I know the benefit of wood shedding over play-along tracks. While jamming with other musicians is the best way to develop your musical vocabulary, sometimes that isn't always possible, and play along tracks are a great substitute.” Galysh continues, “Luckily with every album I've done, I’ve asked the engineer to mix a play along track version of select songs for me. These mixes would usually be used for solo performances and clinic situations, and are now available to everyone”.

Stripped gives guitarists the opportunity to improve their lead playing by letting the player practice and experiment with new techniques, scales, and arpeggios, wherever and when ever they want, making the most out of their practice time.

Track List:

    Black Coffee
    Green Eyed Lady
    Lady Alaine
    Just For Today
    Earth Tones
    Terrestrial Races
    True Happiness
    Defiance, Ohio
    Ave Maria No Morro
    Interstellar Café
    La Dolce Vita
    Tone Poet
    Echoes of El Greco
    Ur of the Chaldees
    Spring (The Return)

Stripped will be available September 2nd, 2014 via as well as all major online music resources (iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon).


Produced And Newly Remastered By Jimmy Page, Each With Previously Unreleased Companion Audio Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including Limited Edition Super Deluxe Boxed Set, Available October 27/28

The second round of reissues begins with one of the most artistically influential and commercially successful albums in the history of music, Led Zeppelin IV, and continues with 1973's chart-topping Houses Of The Holy. As with the previous Deluxe Editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve
Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art
Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing
Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art
High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit
Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia
High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered

Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio

Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl

Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet

Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP's first pressing in exacting detail

Remastered album and companion audio will both be available

Pete Way Receives Good News In Cancer Fight

Pete Way has this week been given the all-clear after a battle with prostate cancer and he says his experience has left him more ashamed than ever of his drug-addled past.

The former UFO, Ozzy Osbourne and Waysted bassist was diagnosed last year after he went to the doctor complaining of blood in his urine. It was that early decision to seek medical help that Way credits with saving his life.

But support group sessions left him thinking again about the fabled drug-fuelled antics of his past. Way tells TeamRock: "I met some amazing people during my treatment. I had radiotherapy and all that stuff, and I'll never be able to listen to an addict again tell me how hard it is to stop using. I'd say, 'You're f***ing mad - just come down to the cancer club to put it all into perspective.' I'm ashamed when I think of the things I did, testing every drug you can imagine."

Sixx A.M. Releasing New Album This Fall

With Motley Crue on their farewell tour, Nikki Sixx is already looking ahead and has just announced the released of a new studio album from his other band Sixx A.M.

This weekend, the band updated fans via their official Facebook page with the following message, "We got the official release date for our single to go to radio and the street date for the album…Photo sessions and video are done. The cd packaging is almost done…Here we go……."

Now Classic Rock reports that the new album is scheduled to be released on October 6th, which is a Monday, the usual release date in the U.K. and North America releases typically follow on the next day.

Sixx says of the album, "I think fans are going to love this record, and I think new people will come in and be really surprised by it. Our first two records don't sound the same, but there's a sound with the band and I think we're going to continue that tradition."

Primus Going Willy Wonka For New Album and Tour

A small issue like a drummer's heart attack isn't going to hold Primus back from their lofty plans. The trio's frontman Les Claypool told Rolling Stone that, despite the fact that drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander recently went under the knife for open heart surgery in the wake of his heart attack, he's expected to be behind the kit for their next tour, which starts in October.

What that kit will look like is another story: Claypool describes his percussion setup for the band's upcoming album, Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, wasn't a drum set, strictly speaking, but more like "A giant circle, or a pile of things to bang on."

"He's so musical at what he does, and he can be very orchestral when he wants to be, and taking him off a traditional kit just brought forth these sounds that we've just never gotten from him before," Claypool said. "If you saw this kit, you'd laugh your ass off. He couldn't get in and out of it. We'd open up a portion of it and shove him in there and then lock him in with other pieces of things."

The album itself is a tribute to the classic 1971 musical film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder (and not, he points out, the 2005 remake directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp: both artists are talented, he said, but "But like all human beings, every now and then, we crap in our pants").

The album is due on Oct. 21, with the band kicking off a tour the following night at the Tower Theater in Pennsylvania. Perhaps equally as exciting will be the return of the Primus candy bars made by Pennsylvania's Asher's Chocolates - which were originally created for a New Year's Eve concert - including Mr. Krinkle (crisped rice), Professor Nutbutter (peanuts) and Bastard Bar (dark chocolate).

Scorpions Demands Force Festival To Raise Ticket Prices?

The organizer of a Finnish rock festival claims that the "diva-esque" demands in the Scorpions' 38-page rider reportedly forced them to almost double ticket prices.

The German outfit are said to have asked bosses at Lahti for five chauffeur-driven limos, porcelain toilets for each member's exclusive use and a larger stage than anything previously built at the site.

In order to fulfill the band's requirements, single-day tickets were hiked to almost double their usual price, causing a fan backlash. Allu Koskinen, boss of the Rockcock Festival, refused to release the full rider document but said: "We don't want to raise prices, even though the pressure is on due to those extra expense. We just have to hope for a great turnout."

J.J. Cale Being Inducted Into Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame

Singer/Songwriter J.J. Cale will be posthumously inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame this fall. Cale, who passed away from a heart attack last year at the age of 74, will be honored in an event at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa on November 1.

The ceremony will feature performances from many of Cale's friends and past collaborators. Other Oklahoma music greats to be inducted this year include Elvin Bishop, Jim Keltner (a close friend of Cale's who also plays on Eric Clapton's tribute album - The Breeze, as well as many of the greatest records in rock and roll history), Chuck Blackwell and Lowell Fulson.

Cale was one of the originators of what became known as the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. Some of his most recognized songs were hits for others, including "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton and "Call Me The Breeze" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.




FLYLEAF--the five-piece, multi-platinum alternative rock band--have premiered their brand new video for “Set Me On Fire” today, Tuesday, July 29. Watch the clip and read the Q&A with FLYLEAF on HERE. “Set Me On Fire” marks the first single from their fourth studio album, BETWEEN THE STARS, set for release September 16 on Loud & Proud Records. Starting today, BETWEEN THE STARS is available for pre-order on iTunes HERE.

The video for “Set Me On Fire” was directed by Noel Maitland (Speechless, Kings of Summer) in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Los Angeles.

FLYLEAF--KRISTEN MAY (vocals), SAMEER BHATTACHARYA (guitars), JARED HARTMANN (guitars), PAT SEALS (bass), JAMES CULPEPPER (drums)--recorded BETWEEN THE STARS in Los Angeles with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine, Avril Lavigne). The band will announce a fall U.S. tour soon.

FLYLEAF has consistently dominated the Active, Alternative and Mainstream rock charts throughout their career. They released the eponymous debut album, Flyleaf, in 2005 which went platinum and spawned the singles "I'm So Sick," "Fully Alive," and the smash "All Around Me," which sold over one million digital downloads, was a Top 20 hit at Top 40 radio and won the BMI Pop Award. Their second album Memento Mori was released in late 2009 and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard charts, featuring the singles "Again" and "Missing.”  Their third album New Horizons was released in late 2012. After months of touring the world with the new line-up addition of KRISTEN MAY on vocals, FLYLEAF released a new EP Who We Are in 2013 which featured the song “Something Better” with P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval on vocals. They've shared the stage with Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Evanescence and many more. Conscious of constantly giving back, they played special shows for American troops stationed in Afghanistan as well as Okinawa, Japan.

Robert Plant Offers Fans Chance To Make Video

Robert Plant has teamed up with Genero to hold a contest for a fan to create the official video "Rainbow", the lead single from his forthcoming new album, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar."

The creative direction is being left completely open, so entrants are advised to listen to the song, be inspired, and create something that reflects their vision for the tune.

The official selection and finalist group will be chosen by Plant and Genero. The selected video will receive $3,000 and have their video used as the official music clip for "Rainbow."


In this ultimate guide to the subgenre, acclaimed heavy-metal journalist Martin Popoff examines hair metal in an all-encompassing oral history jacked up by a kaleidoscope of outrageous and previously unpublished quotes, anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia. The Big Book of Hair Metal features the observations of dozens of musicians, producers, promoters, label execs, and hanger-ons in examining hair metal's rise and fall as well as all the bands that kept Aqua Net in business through the Reagan recession: Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Poison, Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Warrant, Great White, Whitesnake, Cinderella, Vixen, Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Guns N' Roses, and dozens more. I

n crafting a narrative of hair metal, Popoff also examines the factors that contributed to the movement's rise (including MTV, Reagan's "morning in America," and a general move toward prudish morals); the bands that inspired it (the Sweet, New York Dolls, Alice Cooper, and KISS, for a start); and the scenes that nurtured it (the Sunset Strip, anyone?). The ride finally ended circa 1991, when hair metal was replaced by grunge, but what a ride it was. Here it is in all of its primped-up glory.

THE BIG BOOK OF HAIR METAL features more than the obvious and usual suspects.. The superstars and also-rans are included, and with 580 (!) photos, the depth and the number of bands and musicians featured is staggering.  Nothing is left out—its big, bold and loud like the music, telling the complete history of the music you know you STILL love.

About the author:  Martin Popoff has been described as the world's most famous heavy-metal journalist. He has penned more than 40 books on hard rock, heavy metal, and record collecting, including Voyageur Press' Rush: The Illustrated History. He has also worked in film and television, his most recent projects being Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and VH1's Metal Evolution. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

A Casual Guide To The Music Of Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams is one of the most successful Canadian singer-songwriters of all time. He rose to fame with his third album, 1983’s Cuts Like A Knife, before the release of his global breakthrough opus Reckless, which Adams celebrated in 2014 with the sold out 30th Anniversary Reckless Tour. His best known song remains ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ which was the lead song for the 1991 hit movie Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. It also happens to be one of the best-selling singles in popular music history.

This book is about the music, from his self-titled debut album right up to recent studio releases, Room Service and 11.

From the author of the acclaimed Don’t Stop Believin’ – The Untold Story Of Journey and Electric World – A Casual Guide To The Music Of Journey’s Neal Schon, Reckless is the first book to exclusively explore the music of one of popular music’s great unsung heroes and Canada’s most famous rock export. The book explores his musical legacy and offers titbits of information and trivia about his various non-music projects but mostly this handy fans book is about the music of Bryan Adams.

Reckless is essential reading for Bryan Adams fans. 

Neil Daniels is the author of over a dozen books on rock and metal and has contributed to many music magazines, fanzines and websites. Visit his website:

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 The writer/performer of such classic hits as “Eye of the Tiger” and “Vehicle” reveals his life both on-stage and off, including having a chart hit as a 15-year-old, penning one of the great inspirational anthems of all time and touring with Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead

You may not recognize the name Jim Peterik, but the songs he’s written have made an indelible mark on pop music history, an incredible first-person tale he relates in his biography, Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Life of Survivor’s Founding Member, published by BenBella Books on September 23.

It’s all here, from his beginnings as a 15-year-old in the Ides of March, which the Illinois native playfully dubs “The Beatles of Berwyn,” scoring a #2 Billboard hit in 1970 with the horn-laden “Vehicle,” to being personally asked by Sylvester Stallone to write a song for Rocky III, which turned out to be “Eye of the Tiger,” the triple-platinum, Grammy-winning inspirational anthem that gives the book its name.

“This is my chance to connect the dots and put a face behind those songs,” says Peterik about writing the book. “I love the past, but I don’t live there. And I’m not ashamed of it, either. I’ll be playing ‘Vehicle’ until the day I die, but I would feel unfulfilled if I wasn’t paying it forward, discovering new talent and writing with my heroes.”

Through the Eye of the Tiger offers a close-up view of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle – its pitfalls and triumphs along the way, as Peterik’s anecdotes include The Ides of March touring with Led Zeppelin (opening for them in Winnipeg), Janis Joplin (“I had to walk her home because she was too inebriated to get to her hotel”), the Grateful Dead (“I shared a deli tray with Jerry Garcia without getting dosed”) and the Allman Joys (the predecessor to the Allman Brothers).

It’s also a cautionary tale about the dangers of drugs and groupies, which Peterik carefully avoided during a 42-year (and counting marriage) to his wife Karen, whom he met when he was 17 and she was 15 during a Turtles concert at their high school. The two have a 24-year-old son, Colin, who is a musician himself, which makes Jim one proud father.

“I don’t think I could have written this book 10 years ago,” says Peterik. “I’ve finally reached a point where I see a very bright future for all the things I’m doing, but I can also appreciate what I’ve done. I thought the time was right to tell my story.”

That story includes a personal invitation from Sly Stallone, who left a message on his answering machine to call him, then asked if he’d write a song for Rocky III, which turned into “Eye of the Tiger,” a huge hit still ubiquitous at sporting stadiums and arenas everywhere. “I got the title from what Burgess Meredith tells Rocky in the movie,” says Peterik about the song he co-wrote with Survivor bandmate, guitarist Frank Sullivan, revealing it was the demo that made it into the final movie. “It had the mojo,” he said simply.

A world class tunesmith, Peterik’s songs have sold 30 million around the world, with 18 Top 10 hits, including “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught Up in You,” “Rocking Into the Night,” “Fantasy Girl,” collaborating most recently with Brian Wilson on the title track to the Beach Boys’ acclaimed album, That’s Why God Made the Radio. The artists Peterik has worked with over the years include .38 Special, Sammy Hagar, REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, Buddy Guy, the Doobie Brothers, Cheap Trick, Night Ranger, Dennis DeYoung, Reba McEntire, David Hasselhoff, Johnny Rivers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“I always lived in a creative bubble removed from the business,” he says. “For me the song is the ‘vehicle’… pun intended.  I did everything in the service of the song. It didn’t matter what happened on the bus or in the dressing room. I wanted my message of positivity to survive.”

To that end, Peterik’s first book, Songwriting for Dummies, is a best-seller about his own creative methods, and he travels around the world giving seminars on the subject.

As for his survival, he credits it to never losing his focus. “I’m a late bloomer,” says the 64-year-old. “I’m now the guy with the purple hair, red leather suit and striped guitar. It’s a delayed response to the fact I took a back seat all those years. I’m having the time of my life.

“I do this for the love of music, to hear my God-given voice echo across a filled auditorium.”

Later this year, Peterik will mark the 50th anniversary of his still-active The Ides of March with a deluxe, 70-song, three-disc reissue of the seminal band’s catalog, including a DVD featuring a live concert from Chicago’s House of Blues, Rare footage, interviews with the band and videos of “Vehicle” and “Last Band Standing.”

“Writing this book tore me apart,” he admits. “Going through the good times – those early idyllic years as a teenager with The Ides of March, and then with Survivor, surviving some rough times. It was very painful dredging all that up… the separation from my wife for months at a time, when the loneliness would just grip me, with music my only drug.”

Peterik captures it all in Through the Eye of the Tiger, the memoirs of a true rock ‘n’ roll Survivor.

Twitter:  (@jimpeterik)

Scott Weiland Says Drug Issues Are In The Past

Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland has insisted his drug problems are 14 years in his past. And he says the upcoming album from his band the Wildabouts marks a new beginning for an older version of himself.

His addiction issues were cited in his departure from VR in 2008, which has left the band in limbo ever since, and his dismissal from STP last year, which saw them hiring Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as his replacement.

Just two weeks ago Weiland discussed the chance of a, "easy money" reunion with Slash, Duff McKagan and co in VR, while the interviewer described the singer as "slurring all the time" and saying it wasn't clear whether he was "joking or just in a daze."

But now the frontman tells News1130: "Past demons are past demons. That's stuff with I dealt with, like, 14 years ago. I guess Keith Richards gets asked about it, so why shouldn't I? But it's not something I think about ever - those days of my dope abuse and use are long since by me."

He also discussed his new album.

Paul McCartney Reveals Classic Wings Albums Reissue Plans

It's almost time to revisit "Listen to What the Man Said" and "Silly Love Songs." Paul McCartney's legendary band Wings will reissue expanded editions of the albums Venus and Mars (1975) and At the Speed of Sound on Sept. 23 in the U.S. The reissues will hit U.K. retailers a day earlier on Sept. 22.

The reissues will be available in a variety of formats. The standard edition is a two-CD set that will feature remastered editions of the original albums and a second disc of bonus material, such as demo versions and unreleased tracks. Meanwhile, the deluxe edition will boast a slew of extras, including a hardback book with never-before published photos, new interviews with McCartney, "material" from the McCartney archives and additional track information.

It will also come with a bonus DVD filled with archival footage from the era, including some that's yet to see the light of day until these reissues. The new editions will also be released in gatefold vinyl and digital formats.

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare Added To New City

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare has announced a second engagement for 2014. The newly announced event will hit the Chicago metropolitan area on select nights from September 26 to November 1 at Odeum Expo in Villa Park, Illinois.

Opening night will also feature a special one-night-only concert with Rob Zombie. "I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to TWO new cities this year," said Zombie. "My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year."

As previously announced, Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare will also make its debut at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Arizona for select nights from September 19 to November 1.

Motley Crue Want Farewell To Be Happy Funeral

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee wants every show on their final tour to be like a "happy funeral." The band kicked off their run of global farewell performances at the beginning of this month, backed on the US dates by Alice Cooper.

Lee's feelings have been inspired by attending the wakes of friends and family. He tells the Reno Gazette Journal: "I find it so odd that after somebody's funeral, everybody gets together and has drinks and celebrates and parties.

"You're like, 'This is f***ing weird.' But there's something real cool about it because everybody's celebrating a life and death simultaneously - the beginning of something new and the end of something old. So I think we've figured out that's how we want this to play out: much like a happy funeral, a celebration."

Tom Petty To Rock Jimmy Kimmel

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will help launch their new album, "Hypnotic Eye", when they perform on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live this Thursday, July 31.

Due in stores Tuesday, the follow-up to 2010's is the band's first new studio album in four years. "Hypnotic Eye" will be available in CD, digital, high resolution Blu-ray audio and vinyl formats.

The vinyl will be available as 1-LP or as 2-LPs inclusive of an additional track not available in any other format. A North American tour with Steve Winwood begins August 3rd in San Diego, California.

Check out video here.

AC/DC's Brian Johnson To Race At Event This Weekend

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson will drive a mini in a race this coming weekend in his native UK. Johnson is set to take part in the Nostalgia Weekend at the Croft motor racing circuit near Darlington, a venue he used to visit in the 1960s to watch MG racing, according to The Journal.

He will be racing in a mini at the fifth Croft nostalgia event. "I was 17-and-a-half when I got my first car - a Ford Popular, sit-up-and-beg style and with only three gears," says the rocker. "That August, I was in my home village of Dunston near Gateshead with not much to do, when somebody said there was racing on at Croft - so on a rainy day and with just one windscreen wiper on this Popular, myself and two friends headed down there. We drove straight past the lady on the gate because we couldn't afford to buy tickets."

"Having got my initial taste of live motor racing at Croft, I jumped at the chance to race at the Nostalgia Weekend," Johnson continued. "I was recently one of the drivers in a Porsche 911 that finished first-in-class and 20th overall at the Le Mans Classic, but it'll be quite a departure from that car's big fat tires and rear wing to the little Mini I'll be driving this weekend!"

Accept Discuss New Album In Online Trailer

In the first of three trailers to promote Accept's new album, Blind Rage, co-founding member Wolf Hoffmann says the band decided on the album title after seeing Dan Goldsworthy's cover artwork.

Hoffmann says: "This album was different from the last as we had the cover artwork very early on. When we saw it, everybody knew right away this was it. It felt like Accept and it felt right for us.

"None of the song titles we had worked with the cover so we figured we'd come up with something that symbolises what Accept and our music stand for and Blind Rage just seemed to be fitting. It says it all - it's about aggression. Metal has never been about love and peace, it's always been in your face and Blind Rage seemed to be totally fitting. If you look around the world, there's a lot of blind rage going on, so it seems to be very relevant.

Speaking on Accept's official website, Goldsworthy says it was an "honour" to work on the cover and reveals he's looking forward to hearing the album. Read about that and watch the trailer here.

Gary Numan Release 'I Am Dust' Video

Gary Numan has launched a video for his single I Am Dust ahead of two live appearances in the UK. He'll headline the inaugural Alt-Fest in Northamptonshire next month, then play London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on November 28. He's just confirmed Gang Of Four as special guests for the London show.

The video was made with audio-visual artist Chris Corner, bets known for his IAMX project. Numan says: "was a very exciting promo to film. The wealth of creative ideas pouring from Chris was very impressive - he knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it. Plus he was able to translate those ideas into clear instructions for me to follow. It was hard work, to be honest, but very enjoyable."

I Am Dust is taken from an EP of the same name, available now via Mortal Records, as is Numan's latest album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind). Watch the video here.

Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen Charity Album Fraudster Facing Jail

A fraudster who conned investors out of nearly $600,000 by vowing to release a charity album featuring Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen faces up to four years behind bars.

Kasey Anderson from Portland, USA, also said he would host a concert in aid of the West Memphis Three - three men convicted of murdering three young boys in Arkansas that many believe were wrongly accused because of their love of heavy metal and their case was the subject of the "Paradise Lost" documentaries.

Anderson, 34, was caught defrauding 30 investors for the non-existent album and later also conned more money by claiming he was to host a live show featuring some of the album's apparent stars.

However, he was actually using the money to bankroll his own musical career. He says mental illness and drug abuse led him to lie to friends.

Mick Jagger Reflects On Meeting James Brown

Mick Jagger says he wasn't interested in talking business with James Brown when the pair met in the 1960s. The Rolling Stone's financial abilities are regarded by many as one of the reasons his band make so much money.

But the frontman, whose production company will release Brown biopic Get On Up on Friday, suggests it wasn't always so - while admitted he learned many lessons from the Godfather of Soul.

"James was always very nice, very generous; but he talked about business a lot and I wasn't that interested," Jagger tells USA Today. "I'd listened to Live At The Apollo intently - you can hear he's a great performer, and I was picturing how he would dance. Then I went to see him at the Apollo and I was blown away. I was impressed by how hard he worked, and how he had the audience in the palm of his hand. That was a learning experience for me."

Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson Release Muddy Waters Cover

Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson have released their version of Just To Be With You, recorded by Morganfield's father Muddy Waters in 1956. It's taken from For Pops, the pair's 14-track tribute to the late blues icon, set for launch on August 19 via Severn Records in the year of what would have been his 100th birthday.

Label boss and producer David Earl says the project came about after the launch of Morganfield's album Son Of The 7th Son and the Fabulous Thunderbirds' On The Verge. "The phone was ringing off the hook," Earl recalls. "The subject was always the same - 'You have to get Mud and Kim to do an album together.'"

The pair are joined on For Pops by Chicago blues guitarists Billy Flynn and Rusty Zinn, pianist Barrelhouse Chuck, bassist Steve Gomes and drummer Robb Stupka.

Check out the song and read more here.

Jon Bon Jovi Controversy Over Buffalo Bills Rumors

An investment group that includes Jon Bon Jovi is looking to buy the NFL team the Buffalo Bills, according to The Hollywood Reporter. One of Bon Jovi's partners is Larry Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls the NBA's Raptors and NHL's Maple Leafs. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi is the former co-owner of the Arena Football League team the Philadelphia Soul.

The Hollywood Reporter's article also notes that the group is looking to build a new stadium in the Toronto area, which, if true, would likely be met with its share of controversy.

That's because under terms of the team's lease with the state and county, the Bills are not allowed to negotiate with anyone who, to their knowledge, has an intention of relocating the team before the end of the 2022 season, when the lease ends.

The team is being sold following the death of Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson in March. Although the Bon Jovi-led group has not said that the change in ownership would move the team from Buffalo, many believe that it is their intent to do so.

Kickstarter Campaign for film about the life of Chicago guitarist Terry Kath

During the formative years of rock and CHICAGO, Terry Kath was the heart and soul of the band and was considered one of the genre's greatest guitarists. Hendrix said Kath was better than him. However, Kath's life ended in early 1978 from a self-inflicted (but accidental) gunshot wound. His daughter, Michelle, was only 2 years old at the time. Now 38, she is producing a documentary about his life that will premier in 2015. Please visit to find out much more. Michelle Kath Sinclair lives in L.A. where she is a DJ. (As a side note, she also is Kiefer Sutherland's step daughter since her mother was married to him after Kath's death. She's also the wife of actor Adam Sinclair.). If you click on the kickstarter link below, you can view a snippet of the film that includes brief excerpts of interviews with current band members Walt Parazaider, Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane and Jimmy Pankow, as well as former member Danny Seraphine, and another great guitarist - Joe Walsh. ELO's Jeff Lynne also is a supporter of this project. This documentary will touch on many aspects of Kath's life, including the circumstances surrounding his death - as you can tell from the preview on


Black Stone Cherry Robbed

Black Stone Cherry have appealed to fans to help find stolen equipment after their storage space was broken into. The band lost eight guitars, a set of cymbals a bass amp and more when thieves raided their shed in Glasgow, Kentucky.

BSC, who are currently touring in support of fourth album Magic Mountain, have posted pictures of the missing instruments. The band had the following to say in a statement:

"We normally wouldn't post about stuff like this, but these items mean a lot to us and we want to find them. If anyone knows the whereabouts, sees them anywhere or has any information, please contact the police."

Mike Portnoy Calls Out Dream Theater Fan Over T-Shirt

Mike Portnoy has asked fans to show some sensitivity after being offended when a man appeared at a meet-and-greet wearing a Dream Theater shirt promoting the first album they made without him.

The drummer sensationally quit the band in 2010, leading to a chain of emotional claims and counter-claims from both parties - and although he tried to rejoin months later, they refused his approach because Mike Mangini had already been given his role. They went on to release eleventh studio album A Dramatic Turn Of Events in 2011, inspired by the lineup change and the adjustment of dynamic within the band.

Portnoy, who's currently touring with latest project the Winery Dogs, told of his unhappiness after a fan met him at a signing session in New York last week.

He wrote on Facebook: "Somebody came to my signing wearing a Dramatic Turn Of Events shirt. Really? Couldn't find a DT shirt from 1985-2010? Please try to use some sensibility/sensitivity when choosing a shirt for an MP event."

Iron Maiden Fans Launch Online Petition

A group of Iron Maiden fans have launched an online petition to have Derek Riggs brought back on board as the band's artist. Riggs, who's credited with inventing the band's Eddie mascot, created every album cover from 1980's self-titled debut until 1990's No Prayer For The Dying, before his contribution was reduced.

There's been a flurry of online petition activity recently, with haters of Ghost launching a campaign to have the band split, and supporters lashing back with a counter-campaign.

Now Maiden fan Derek Tigner from the USA has joined the movement, and he's secured nearly 400 signatures on his petition. He says: "Derek Riggs' artwork and visual direction is second to none. Many fans view his artwork to be as influential as the music Maiden produces."

Ace Frehley Says KISS Didn't Play Rock Hall Over Reunion Talk Fears

Ace Frehley says he believes that one of the reasons the original KISS lineup did not perform at their spring induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was over fears by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley that it would lead to talk of a reunion.

"After 40 years, you think they could have given the fans 15 minutes that night," Frehley tells the Daily Express. "Peter and I wanted to perform, the Hall of Fame wanted us to do it, but Paul and Gene shot it down. It was a moment in history that was lost and some of the fans will never forgive them for that."

"But I'll tell you why Paul and Gene didn't wanna perform with me and Peter - they were afraid of history repeating itself," he continued. "When me and Peter performed with them on the MTV Unplugged sessions in 1995, the place went completely crazy and they had to scrap their album that they had just recorded with Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer and they had to do a reunion tour.

"They're on tour right now with Tommy (Thayer) and Eric (Singer) and they didn't want anything to overshadow that. They were afraid that everyone was gonna demand a reunion again if we played."

Megadeth's Mustaine Rules Out Menza and Friedman Return

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine says bringing back ex-members Marty Friedman and Nick Menza would be like "putting a rotten tooth back in your mouth."

He admits he still receives requests to have the fired pair rejoin the band - but insists there's no chance of it ever happening. Drummer Menza was behind the kit between 1989 and 1998 while guitarist Friedman spent a decade with Mustaine from 1990. Both first appeared on fourth studio album Rust In Peace while Menza departed after Cryptic Writings and Friedman was gone following eighth outing Risk.

Asked whether fans still demand their return, Mustaine tells Loaded Radio: "Yeah - but that makes as much sense as somebody saying, 'Put a rotten tooth back in your mouth.' I've seen stuff that Menza's been saying and it's unfortunate. I know Marty's happy doing what he's doing.

"If I wanted to get them back I would have worked it out - but I don't."

Paul Gilbert's Favorite Singers Inspired New Instrumental Album

Shrapnel Records have announced that Paul Gilbert's new instrumental album "Stone Pushing Uphill Man" will be released on August 5th in North America in both physical and digital formats.

The Mr. Big and Racer X guitarist had this to say about the new album, "For my new 'Stone Pushing Uphill Man' album, I decided to bring my guitar to the forefront and let it sing.

"To do this, I used the inspiration of my favorite singers. Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, Elton John, James Brown, Sting, k.d. lang, and more. These voices are always in my head. With my guitar I could finally reach their high notes.

"The challenge was to match their emotion and expression. This was my goal as a guitarist. 'Stone Pushing Uphill Man,' is the first big step to truly find my voice on the guitar.

"I wanted the inspiration of my favorite singers for such a big challenge, so I chose a lot of cover songs. I think listeners will be surprised at what I've been able to do with the guitar".

1. Working For The Weekend
2. Back In The Saddle
3. I Got The Feelin'
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
5. Why Can't We Do It In The Road
6. Shock Absorber
7. Purple Without All The Red
8. Murder By Numbers
9. My Girl
10. Wash Me Clean
11. Stone Pushing Uphill Man

Paul McCartney, Joe Perry and Alice Cooper Secret Project

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry revealed that he went into the studio with Beatles legend Paul McCartney, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp to record for a "private" project.

Perry made the revelation during an interview with The Chicago Sun-Times. He said, "I did a [recording] session with Paul McCartney a month and a half ago for a private thing," Perry told the paper earlier this week. "I met him once or twice [over the years] to say hello.

"To spend 6 or 8 hours in studio with him recording! He makes you feel like [you're recording with just another guy]. He just happens to be a mother--g huge talent! Everyone's in the room at once; you play until you get a good take."

When asked what it was like to play with McCartney, Perry said, " It's the great ego leveler. I was in the studio with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, playing guitar, and the three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we're sitting here with Paul McCartney! And we're all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids. Paul was really nice. He's all about business [when he's recording]. At 72 he can still hit all those notes."

Perry wasn't ready to offer up details about why they were all in the studio together. He said, "It's a project that were keeping under wraps for now. There will be [an announcement when the time is right]."

Music Legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty Announce Formation of New Music Ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band!

Los Angeles, CA - Music legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty announce the formation of a new ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band! YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!

A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God” - Jon Anderson

The Anderson Ponty Band also includes Jamie Dunlap on guitars - well known as a film and television composer, most notably 'South Park'; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band will visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy, while creating new compositions as well.

The Anderson Ponty Band have been writing and arranging old favorites during the past three months. They will be in residence for three weeks in September at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado rehearsing, recording and playing a public performance on Saturday September 20th. An album will be finished in Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in early 2015. Also, a videography documenting the making of the album will be released as well as videos and performances. A world tour beginning in March 2015 is in the planning stages.

The Anderson Ponty Band announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign today July 25th beginning at 2PM Eastern. The campaign will encourage fans and friends to become a stakeholder in the project. Numerous tiers of donations will be rewarded by album downloads, premium CD/DVD packages, VIP ticket access, merchandising, special one of a kind collectibles, special meet and greets with the band and much more.

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Jon Anderson official website:
Jean-Luc Ponty official website:

Kansas Announces New Keyboard Player

KANSAS announces that David Manion will be handling the main keyboard parts for the band on stage along with new lead vocalist and keyboardist Ronnie Platt. Manion has also handled keyboard responsibilities for Billy Greer’s Seventh Key.

“To say how excited I am for the opportunity to be playing keyboards with KANSAS would be the understatement of my life. Composing, recording, and performing have not only always been my passion, it is what I am built for,” says Manion. “It truly is a dream come true. To be a part of a band with a 40-year history, with so many albums out, and one that has proven to have put so much of the “prog” in progressive music since virtually the beginning of the genre, is the greatest feeling I have had in quite some time. I love the music and fans can expect me to put everything I have into the performance.”

KANSAS drummer Phil Ehart states, “It’s going to be great having David up on stage. He’s a world class keyboard player and a long time member of the KANSAS family.”

“I’ve been working with David since the mid eighties,” adds KANSAS bassist and vocalist, Billy Greer. “For me, he has always been the ‘go to’ guy when any keyboard work was needed. As good as he is at designing and running a light show, I know David’s heart has always been in performing live onstage. I’m very excited for David to get this opportunity to show his real passion. David has done a phenomenal job on all the Seventh Key stuff and will bring the same integrity to the music of KANSAS!”
Manion’s first concert will be in Oklahoma City, OK on September 12.


“Great American Nightmare may be the best example yet of the upsizing of haunted houses over the last decade…” --Steven Kurutz, The New York Times, October 24, 2013

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare has announced a second engagement for 2014. The ultimate Halloween horror event will invade the Chicago metropolitan area select nights from September 26-November 1 at Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL.

Opening night will also feature a special one-night-only concert with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie.

"I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to TWO new cities this year,” said Zombie. My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year."

The Great American Nightmare’s second city will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. These attractions were first seen at the 2013 GreatAmerican Nightmare debut in Pomona, California and have been improved and enhanced based on visitor feedback.

The fully immersive haunted house experience at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will include the Bloody Boulevard with freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night.

”After the tremendous success last year we all felt we wanted to bring Great American Nightmare to as many people as possible,” says Great American Nightmare producer Steve Kopelman. “Chicago is a haunted house hotbed with the Odeum Expo center being the go-to haunted house venue for the past two decades. We really feel the Midwest will welcome this event with open arms and this will be the ultimate Chicagoland Halloween event.”

As previously announced, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will also make its debut at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Arizona for select nights from September 19-November 1. This engagement will feature the following three attractions--two that have never been seen before--based on Rob Zombie’s horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D, and The Devil’s Rejects.

At Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare, patrons will sequentially enter three different attractions, each completely different in look, theme and effects:

The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out: This harrowing attraction--based on Zombie’s 2012 The Lords Of Salem independent horror film--is designed to twist the mind. It will accentuate some senses while limiting others. Fear of the dark, claustrophobia, and fear of the unknown will be preyed on as the visitor attempts to traverse this sixty-degree maze.

The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D: Utilizing Chromadepth glasses, this innovative attraction will take the patron right into the middle of the irreverent world of Rob Zombie’s El Superbeasto 2009 animated exploitation musical horror comedy film based on the comic book series of the same name. The attraction’s unique surprise entrance, brilliant colors, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor will make patrons scream with fright and laughter.

Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses: This terrifying attraction pays homage to the exploitation horror film House Of 1,000 Corpses, directed by Rob Zombie. The extreme, traditional haunted house will take visitors on a walking journey through a recreation of the film’s “Museum of Monsters & Madmen” along with an expanded “Murder Ride,” confronting notorious serial killers along the way. This high impact, highly detailed attraction will use state of the art animatronics, video effects, costuming, sound, scents and lights.

Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare go on sale Wednesday, July 30 at 10:00 AM CT at, with prices starting at only $25 for September 27-November 1. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions and the Bloody Boulevard activities.

Tickets for opening night (September 26) include the Rob Zombie   concert and will be available starting at only $45. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available for purchase at All VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt and quicker access to the haunted attractions than general admission. Some packages also include a designated viewing area for the concert.

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will celebrate the Halloween season on the following dates between September 26 and November 1:

September: 26, 27
October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
November: 1

Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 7:00 PM until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays) and 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM (Thursdays and Sundays).

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is a creative collaboration between master of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman. The event is produced by Rob Zombie, Steve Kopelman and Andy Gould.

Odeum Expo is located at 1033 North Villa Avenue in Villa Park, IL, just outside Chicago. It’s easily accessible from downtown Chicago by major highways, and from the Tri-State area by tollways.

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare is presented by 101WKQX.


Hollywood Monsters - Big Trouble

Featuring Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus - on bass), Don Airey (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker - on keyboards), and Vinnie Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath - on drums)

Hollywood Monsters are the brainchild of vocalist, guitarist, composer, Stephane Honde, a French expatriate, who after living in Los Angeles since 2012, recently moved to Sacramento, California) Honde first became noticed when fronting Mamooth, subsequently garnering a well-deserved reputation as a guitar virtuoso when playing in Cafe Bertrand, a French rock group he joined in 2004. The band toured, playing humongous stadiums such as the Stade de France, with an audience capacity in excess of 80.000 - performing with classic rock giants such as AC/DC and Deep Purple, the latter for whom they opened on thirty-six dates across Europe in November 2006, and another 12 in March of 2007.

Honde recorded two albums with Cafe Bertrand - both critically acclaimed and commercially successful - "Les Airs Empruntes" (2005) and "L'Art Delicat du Rock'N'Roll" (2008), before leaving the band in 2011. Honde then embarked on a length tour with Paul Di'Anno, oriignal voaclist with Iron Maiden before absconding to California. Once in Los Angeles Stephane Honde befriended Tim Bogert, coaxed him out of retirment and convinced Bogert to play on his debut album...and voila, the Hollywood Monsters were born.

Stephane Honde recently signed an agreement with Mausoleum Records for the release of the debut album entitled "Big Trouble" by his new band: Hollywood Monsters. The talented Hollywood Monsters line-up on "Big Trouble," besides Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus - on bass, additionally welcomes the performances of some more of Stephane's talented pals, including: Don Airey (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker and dozens more - on keyboards), and Vinnie Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath - on drums), the latter for whom Stephane had written the song "Village Of The Damned" as an hommage...before ever meeting Vinnie!



The rock band, MR BIG, announced today that its drummer, Pat Torpey, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and unfortunately will be unable to perform all of his normal drumming duties on the band’s upcoming World Tour in support of the band’s new album, …The Stories We Could Tell.

“ I’ve been dealing with Parkinson’s symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened.  I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability. “, stated Torpey.   

MR BIG intends to announce a drummer in the near future whom will handle most of MR BIG’s drumming duties on the Fall 2014 tour and expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participating in the groups acoustic set.

Rare Early AC/DC Single Fetches Almost $4500

A copy of AC/DC's rare 7" single for the original version of "Can I Sit Next To You, Girl" featuring their original singer has sold for almost $4,500 USD on eBay.

ACDCCollector reports the single, which features original singer Dave Evans on vocals, is featured on a New Zealand-only Polydor label pressing, b/w "Rockin' In The Parlour."

The 7" single sold for $4,471 USD on the popular auction site. Originally recorded and released in 1974, "Can I Sit Next to You, Girl" is the band's debut single. The song presents Evans on lead vocals, Malcolm and Angus Young on guitars, older brother George Young (The Easybeats) on bass and ex-Masters Apprentices member Colin Burgess on drums.

AC/DC re-wrote and re-recorded the song with new singer Bon Scott, and reissued it on the 1975 Australia-only album, "T.N.T."; it later appeared on the international version of the "High Voltage" album in 1976.

Stream the original version here.

Stevie Nicks Announces 24 Karat Gold Album Release

Stevie Nicks has a new album on the way, but it's actually not that new. According to Rolling Stone, her upcoming release 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault will be out Oct. 7 on Warner Bros. and will feature songs written by Nicks between 1969 and 1987, along with another two that were written in 1994 and 1995.

In a recent interview, Nicks decided to revisit the previously lost songs after checking out the bootlegs on YouTube. "We went onto YouTube and we found all the songs that, somehow, were taken from my house or picked up or loaned out or whatever … and we went to Nashville (and recorded them)," Nicks said. "So they're like all starting from like 1969 maybe? I call them my 24 karat gold songs."

Nicks has a surprise in store for vinyl fans, who will be able to grab a copy of a limited edition double LP on Sept. 29. "Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story," Nicks said in a statement. "They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories - the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you."

Judas Priest Share Story Behind New Song Snakebite

Judas Priest are sharing the story behind "Snakebite", one of the tracks found on their new album, "Redeemer Of Souls," which gave the band the first US Top 10 album of their career.

"Just a great live song," says guitarist Glenn Tipton. "I think it will be fantastic to play it live. It's a little bit like 'You've Got Another Thing Coming…it's got that sort of vibe going for it. But a great live track. It's a track written for the audience and it does the job."

The 17th release by the UK metal legends debuted at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 with 33,000 copies sold; the band previously peaked at No 11 with 2008's "Nostradamus."

Watch the video here.

ZZ Top Release Live Gimme All Your Lovin' Video From New DVD

ZZ Top have issued a performance of the 1983 "Eliminator" classic, "Gimme All Your Lovin'", from their newly-released package, "Live At Montreux 2013."

Available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, the set captures the Texas trio in concert at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland on July 10, 2013.

The set features a blend of tracks from classic early '70s ZZ Top albums such as "Tres Hombres" and "Fandango" through their '80s blockbuster period with "Eliminator" and "Afterburner", up to their most recent release and return to their blues roots with 2012's "La Futura."

A few days ago, ZZ Top announced that they have been forced to postpone the start of their summer US tour following news that bassist Dusty Hill will undergo surgery to remove two kidney stones this week.

Read more about that and watch the video here.

Edgar Winter to Pay Tribute To Brother Johnny On Tour

Last week, the music world mourned the death of legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter. But perhaps no one is more appropriate to pay tribute to the man than his own brother, Edgar Winter.

With a tour on the immediate horizon, Rolling Stone points out Edgar has released a statement on Facebook about his brother and how the upcoming Rock 'n Blues Fest Tour will be reconfigured to pay tribute to Johnny:

My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together. I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart.

Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time. But more than all that, he's my brother-in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name.

The upcoming tour will now feature a selection of songs typically associate with Johnny, performed by all involved, which includes the Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Rare Earth member Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds.


Live At The Whisky Slated for Release in September via Frontiers Records

Stryper is back with their latest release, a live CD/DVD combination called Live At The Whisky. The live recording will be available on September 19th in Europe and September 23rd in North America, via Frontiers Records and is truly a must have for any fan!

The concert was recorded at a sold-out show last November at the famous Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. The 16-track collection documents the band’s first show in support of their latest critically acclaimed release, No More Hell To Pay. From the show opener “Legacy” to the final notes of show finale “Soldiers Under Command,” Live At The Whisky documents Stryper’s rich musical legacy that spans over 30 years.

The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitars) and Tim Gaines (bass) showcase the musicianship and songs that garnered the band a huge fan base in the mainstream world and the Christian market. Live At The Whisky was produced by Michael Sweet is available for pre-order at Amazon at

"We've always wanted to record a live album that captures the rawness of the band and this is it! We couldn't be more thrilled then to have captured this at the infamous Whisky, where it all began for us. After 30 years, we're still proud to do what we do and hopefully it shows. This is an intimate performance, the way it should be."

The DVD of Live At The Whisky also contains the music video for “No More Hell To Pay” and “Sympathy” from their latest album No More Hell To Pay. It also features an interview segment the band recorded for Nashville All Access.  A trailer for the DVD can be seen at

The track listing for Live At The Whisky is:

1) Legacy                                                            9) The Rock That Makes Me Roll

2) Marching Into Battle                                       10) No More Hell To Pay

3) You Know What To Do                                   11) Jesus Is Just Alright

4) Loud And Clear                                              12) Always There For You

5) Reach Out                                                     13) All For One

6) Calling On You                                               14) The Way

7) Free                                                              15) To Hell With The Devil

8) More Than A Man                                           16) Soldiers Under Command

Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up, Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil and In God We Trust. Stryper is also the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated band has sold upwards of 10 million records worldwide.


Special Benefit Concert for Ricks Springfield’s Good Friend and Guitar Tech Ruben Velasco


Grammy award winning rocker Rick Springfield is hosting a charity concert tagged “Rock For Ruben” in benefit for his good friend and guitar tech Ruben Velasco.    Rick Springfield and band will perform a full concert along with John 5 (Rob Zombie) joining the stage for some serious shredding. More special guests to be announced in the following weeks to come. This is not a usual Springfield concert –Expect the unexpected!

“I have been with Ruben since 1998. He has been my guitar tech for many years and a very close, dear friend,” explains John 5, guitarist for Rob Zombie. “It was heartbreaking to hear this news and it is so important to raise this money to help Ruben in his battle against cancer as well as raising awareness.”

The concert’s goal is to raise money to help pay for medical expenses associated with Ruben’s battle against cancer. “Ruben Velasco, our friend and guitar tech extraordinaire is fighting for his life,” says Springfield. “He has been diagnosed with fourth stage cancer and has a lot of medical expenses coming up in his fight. Any and all donations would be loved and welcomed.”

This special benefit concert for Ruben will be held on August 20, 2014 at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.  The event will also include some exclusive VIP opportunities including a private pre-concert dinner with Rick and only 18 guests. For further details on the "Rock for Ruben" benefit concert, please visit:

Ruben's favorite animal charity organization, Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, is also accepting individual donations on his behalf and will channel 100% of your donation directly to Ruben.  Donations can be made at:

Guitar Hero Tommy Bolin's First Band Zephyr To See 1969 Debut Album Reissued On Both CD & Vinyl

Los Angeles, CA - Tommy Bolin fans, you are in for a treat! The 1969 recorded debut of the guitar great performing with his first major act, Zephyr, the blues and jazz influenced rock and roll steamroller fronted by powerhouse female vocalist, Candy Givens, will be reissued courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records starting August 5. With newly remixed and remastered audio created under the supervision of founding member David Givens, this gem of an album has truly been restored to the band’s original vision. As Givens says, “For the first time you can hear what we heard before everything went wrong. I’m happy with the results!”

Happier still will be Bolin fans everywhere as a treasure trove of unreleased live material and studio improvisations were also uncovered in the process of remixing the album. These include performances of the band at small clubs in their home state of Colorado as well as Reed’s Ranch where the band opened for The Grateful Dead. In addition, the studio rehearsals showcase Bolin’s adventurous playing on two free form jams as he lays down blistering solos and eerie atmospheres courtesy of his Echoplex effect.

A limited edition 2,000 unit pressing of the reissue in a 3CD deluxe box set was released in May and has already been sold out, but a single disc version is set to arrive August 5 and a special 180 gram colored vinyl pressing will follow later this year.

Get a glimpse into the early salad days of this inimitable virtuoso whose rise to fame occurred nearly as fast as his untimely exit. His music lives on!

1. Sail On
2. Sun’s A Risin’
3. Raindrops
4. Boom-Ba-Boom
5. Somebody Listen
6. Cross The River
7. St. James Infirmary
8. Huna Buna
9. Hard Chargin’ Woman

10. Guitar Solo / Cross The River (Reed’s Ranch, Colorado Springs, CO - July 3, 1969)
11. Jam (San Bernardino, CA 1971)
12. Uptown (To Harlem) [Boulder, CO 1971]
13. Sail On (Tulagi’s - Boulder, CO June 19, 1973)
To order the CD on Amazon:

To order the digital version on iTunes:



Renowned American rock group CLUTCH have released SUMMER SOUND ATTACK--a 10-song compilation of their most popular songs for streaming and download on iTunes ( week via their label Weathermaker Music. SUMMER SOUND ATTACK includes “Electric Worry,” “The Regulator,” “50,000 Unstoppable Watts,” “Earth Rocker” and many more key tracks from the seminal group. 

Today, Wednesday, July 23, the Maryland-based CLUTCH--NEIL FALLON (vocals, rhythm guitar), TIM SULT (lead guitar), DAN MAINES (bass,) JEAN-PAUL GASTER (drums and percussion)--announced they’ll headline their first-ever South American performance on August 3 as part of Converse Rubber Tracks Live in Brasil. Supporting acts for the São Paulo, Brasil show will include The Sword alongside local acts DLC and Magueriebes. “Clutch has never been to São Paulo and come to think of it, Clutch has never even been to South America,” states CLUTCH frontman NEIL FALLON. “We're stoked to finally have the opportunity to play. Big ups to Rubber Tracks for inviting us. And knowing that we will be there with our good pals, The Sword, makes it that much better. It's gonna be a good night of rock and roll!”  Starting today (July 23rd), the only way to get into the free CLUTCH Converse Rubber Tracks Live Brasil show is to sign up now on:

Before heading south of the equator, CLUTCH have a handful of U.S. shows this week
Thursday, July 24, Syracuse, NY (Westcott Theater), Friday, July 25 Pittsburgh, PA (Stage AE), Saturday, July 26, Columbus, OH (The LC Pavilion-99.7 Blitz Smokeout Fest) and Sunday, July 27 Winston-Salem, NC (Ziggy’s) before returning for a fall U.S. tour kicking off September 5th in Providence, RI. See all tour dates for CLUTCH below.
“Electric Worry”
“The Regulator”
“The Mob Goes Wild”
“Earth Rocker”
“Gone Cold’
“50,000 Unstoppable Watts”
“D.C. Sound Attack!”
“Crucial Velocity”
CLUTCH are on the road supporting their critically acclaimed full length album, EARTH ROCKER--just released as a triple deluxe version via Weathermaker Music.  EARTH ROCKER was tagged by Rolling Stone on their “Top 20 Metal Albums” list and hailed by the magazine for its fusion of “seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs” (December 2013). Produced, engineered and mixed by Machine (King Crimson, Lamb Of God), EARTH ROCKER continues to garner the group some of the best reviews of their career so far, see  critical soundbites  below and here:

For more information on CLUTCH: and

New Model Army is excited to announce the release of their new album BETWEEN WINE AND BLOOD  on September 16th, 2014 on earMUSIC

New Model Army will release their new album Between Wine And Blood on September 16th, 2014 on earMUSIC / Eagle Rock Entertainment as a 2CD set. [MSRP $17.98]

Between Wine And Blood is both a brand new studio mini-album of 6 new songs and an 11 track live album recorded on the band's current Between Dog and Wolf tour in London, Nottingham, Cologne, Cambridge, and Amsterdam. Between Dog and Wolf, released last September, received some of New Model Army's best reviews in their 34 year career and was certainly their fastest selling album in 20 years, charting top 30 in UK and Germany. The major European tour through the end of last year reflected this success.

The second half of the Between Dog and Wolf tour, planned for the Spring of 2014, was postponed until Autumn when drummer Michael Dean was diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and advised not to play shows. Instead the unexpected time off was used to record 6 brand new songs for the mini studio album to accompany the live tracks.

“When we finished ‘Between Dog and Wolf’ we wanted to keep the momentum going, and with Michael being unwell, the time became available to get back in the studio earlier than we planned. Michael was there writing and co-producing whilst he recuperated. The result is an eclectic and immediate-sounding New Model Army mini-album and feels to us like a logical move from ‘Between Dog and Wolf’s’ experimentation,” said lead singer Justin Sullivan.

Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), who previously mixed Between Dog And Wolf, took the helm once again, mixing Between Wine And Blood in LA. "It was a pleasure again - and beginning to feel very much as if Joe's part of the NMA family,” said Sullivan.

For an early listen of Between Wine And Blood, check out the recently released official stream of “Guessing”:

Megadeth Star Captures UFO On Video

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza has released an online video clip of what he described as a "totally awesome" UFO that he saw in the night sky on Monday.

Menza says he was in his front garden, looking at the moon with his two sons, when four moving lights appeared in the sky and began dancing around each other.

He admits he doesn't know what it was, but adds that four witnesses saw the "totally awesome" display. "It had the shape of a triangular object with rounded tips, glowing yellow and white," he says. "We lost sight as it went up through the clouds.

"I know what I think it was - I would like to hear from others who may have seen the same thing, or anyone who has a reasonable explanation." Check out the video here.

Rob Zombie Sorry For Cutting Show Short

Rob Zombie has apologized to fans after he was forced to cut his headline set short and leave the stage after just two songs at Rock Fest in Wisconsin this past weekend.

Zombie posted a message on Facebook on Tuesday explaining to fans what happened, "I am very sorry to everyone who was at RockFest. Believe it or not this is the first time in 29 years I have not been able to finish a show. I have played through many many nights with a f***ed voice. I knew it backstage but came out and tried anyway, but failed.

"I understand people are pissed, but what can you do? It is easy to say 'man up and just do it' but when no sound is coming out there is nothing you can do. If you have ever lost your voice before, then you know it doesn't magically return just because you want it to.

"If there was a way to do the show I would have done it, as I have many, many times before. F***, I done shows where I walked to the side of the stage between songs to vomit I was so sick. Whatever. I'm not looking for sympathy and I don't expect anyone care but these are the facts.

"As far as everyone yelling 'I've been a fan for 20 years and now I f***ing hate you! you pussy rockstar!' What can I say f***ing sh*tty stuff happens sometimes. I tried explaining it into the mic before I left the stage but I could barely croak out a word. Do you think their was any upside to that show for me? Nope, it's all a big f***ing mess that I wish never happened. We are trying to figure out a time and place to make it up to everybody.

"I don't take the fans for granted and I don't take this situation lightly. My goal is to never let the fans down, but on that night I did. Unfortunately I had no choice."

Status Quo Releasing Frantic Four Live Packages

Status Quo have announced that they will be releasing live album, Blu-ray/DVD, and vinyl packages that were recorded during their last Frantic Four show earlier this year.

The run of concerts during March and April saw the classic lineup of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coughlan reuniting for what they've insisted was the final time.

Their performance at Dublin's O2 venue takes pride of place in the set, but an additional CD features 14 tracks recorded during other stops on the tour. The band say: "It all led to Dublin - the final show of the final tour. Ever.

"Quo commemorate one very special night with this release, available on 2CD, double-vinyl, DVD and Blu-ray. As well as the full concert, visual formats contain a CD made of highlights from the final tour. The Blu-ray also has the documentary made by Sky News' Ian Woods entitled The Final Fling?"

Joe Bonamassa Had To Push Himself On New Album

Joe Bonamassa releases his new album, Different Shades Of Blue, on September 22. Unlike previous album Driving Towards The Daylight, which featured a number of blues standards, the new collection is made up entirely of tracks Bonamassa was involved in writing.

"It's been a while since I've been involved in the writing on an entire album", says the guitarist. "So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album.

"I've really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years."

More including a video trailer for the album here.


This October, the career of rock icon OZZY OSBOURNE will be celebrated with the Epic Records/Legacy Recordings MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN collections.

Due out October 7, MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN (CD) serves as a career spanning audio release, featuring 17 of OZZY’s greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career and will be available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations.  Pre-order now available at Amazon.

The MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN (DVD) is a definitive visual two-disc DVD set which includes classic music videos, along with unreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career.  Both sets offer fans of the multi-platinum recording artist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter hours of entertainment from OZZY’s distinguished solo career.  Pre-order also available at Amazon.

On July 22, fans got a sneak peek of MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN via Twitter. By using #OzzyRules in accordance with the number of tweets, engaged fans were able to unscramble the cover artwork and unlock a video teaser (

In addition, an exclusive AUTOGRAPHED limited edition fan bundle will be available (  This includes an autographed poster, 2 DVD set, CD, 2 LP picture disc vinyl, along with a Creative Allies fan designed poster, which will feature an image personally chosen by OZZY (Http://

OSBOURNE's ongoing solo career spans four decades--as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of Black Sabbath--and his music is as relevant today as ever; it still resonates daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. OZZY’s latest solo release--his tenth studio album, 2010’s Scream--debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts, featuring the No. 1 Mainstream Rock smash “Let Me Hear You Scream.”

From the first notes of OZZY’s 1980’s solo debut Blizzard Of Ozz and follow-up Diary Of A Madman to classic albums No More Tears and Scream, no hard rock solo artist has had quite the same reach as OZZY; his distinctive vocal delivery and larger than life onstage persona quickly endeared him to millions of rockers.  OZZY immediately had the attention of fans of heavy music with rock staples “Crazy Train,” “Mr. Crowley” and “Flying High Again.”  With the 1991 release No More Tears, OZZY continued his radio success with acclaimed and hugely successful singles “No More Tears” and the smash hit “Mama, I'm Coming Home.”

The track list is as follows:
1. Crazy Train
2. Mr. Crowley
3. Flying High Again
4. Over The Mountain
5. Bark At The Moon
6. The Ultimate Sin
7. Miracle Man
8. No More Tears (edit)
9. Mama, I’m Coming Home
10. Road To Nowhere
11. Perry Mason
12. I Just Want You
13. Gets Me Through
14. Dreamer
15. I Don’t Wanna Stop
16. Life Won’t Wait
17. Let Me Hear You Scream
Details on the Memoirs of a Madman 2 DVD are as follows:

DVD One features more than two dozen of OZZY’s classic and unforgettable  music videos from across his discography, including a bonus alternate version of “Mama, I’m Coming Home” and making-of footage from the videos “Let Me Hear You Scream” and “Life Won’t Wait.”

DVD Two features live performances and interview clips spanning OZZY’s solo journey, much of which makes its debut on DVD. Some selections have appeared on long out-of-print VHS releases; others will be seen here for the first time, making this an essential package for fans old and new. OZZY’s union of music and visuals could not be more perfect, and the Memoirs Of A Madman DVD showcases that to brilliant effect.

The Memoirs Of A Madman DVD track listing is as follows:


Bark At The Moon
So Tired
The Ultimate Sin
Lightning Strikes
Crazy Train
Miracle Man
Crazy Babies
Breaking All The Rules
No More Tears
Mama, I’m Coming Home
Mr. Tinkertrain
Time After Time
Road To Nowhere
I Don’t Want To Change The World (Live)
Perry Mason
I Just Want You
See You On The Other Side
Back On Earth
Gets Me Through
In My Life
I Don’t Wanna Stop
Let Me Hear You Scream
Life Won’t Wait
Let It Die
Mama, I’m Coming Home (alternate version)
The Making of Let Me Hear You Scream
The Making of Life Won’t Wait

Rochester, NY 1981

I Don’t Know
Suicide Solution
Mr. Crowley
Crazy Train
Ozzy’s Bunker
Albuquerque, NM 1982

Over The Mountain

MTV 1982
New York, NY 1982
Fairies Wear Boots (clip)
Ozzy’s Bunker
Entertainment USA 1984

Kansas City, MO 1986
(Jake E Lee, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo)
Bark At The Moon
Never Know Why
Ozzy’s Bunker
Killer Of Giants
Thank God For The Bomb
Secret Loser

Ozzy’s Bunker
Philadelphia, PA 1989
(Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo)

Bloodbath In Paradise
Tattooed Dancer
Miracle Man

MTV 1989
Marquee, UK 1991
(Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo)

Bark At The Moon (clip)
Studio 1992
San Diego, CA 1992
(Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo)

I Don’t Want To Change The World
Road To Nowhere

Japan 1992
Ozzy’s Bunker

No More Tears

Studio 1992
MTV 1992
Mama, I’m Coming Home
Studio 1992
Ozzmosis Recording Session 1995

Ozzfest 1996
(Joe Holmes, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)

Perry Mason
Fame & Fortune
Tokyo, Japan 2001
(Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)

Gets Me Through

Fame & Fortune
Ozzfest 2007

(Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin)
Not Going Away

Black Rain Photo Shoot
Las Vegas, NV 2007
(Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin, Adam Wakeman)

I Don’t Wanna Stop
Scream Recording Session 2010

London, England 2010
(Gus G, Blasko, Tommy Clufetos, Adam Wakeman)

Let Me Hear You Scream
Philadelphia, PA 1989
(Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo)

Flying High Again
 Tokyo, Japan 2001
(Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)


David Lee Roth Completes New Album With John 5

Guitarist John 5 is sharing an update on the status of a new David Lee Roth solo album. Currently playing in Rob Zombie's band, John 5 landed his big break when he teamed with the Van Halen singer for 1998's "DLR Band" project.

"[Dave and I] just made another record, and it's, like, the 'California Sessions', [Dave] was calling it," John 5 tells Mitch Lafon. "And it's 11 of the greatest songs you'll ever hear, and it's just me and Dave, and we had Gregg Bissonette play drums on it. And it's unbelievable. There's a song called 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill'. And you know, just great, great songs. And hopefully sometime it'll see the light of day. But he's, of course, busy with Van Halen and all that stuff. But it's an incredible record."

"[The new album with Roth] was made not too long ago - like, probably, maybe, a year and a half ago or something like that," he continued. "'Cause I always go over to his house and we write music and things like that. It's a lot of fun.

"They're all original songs. I would just go over to his house during the day and write this music and then he would book the studio at night. So we would go into A&M Studios - Henson Studios, it's called now - and we'd record. And it's so great. I mean, it sounds like just Dave from that 'Van Halen I' or 'II' or 'Women And Children First' era, [in terms of his] singing [style], and it's incredible, man. It's really incredible. He loves it too, so maybe it'll see the light of day sometime."


Outing Includes Show At The Forum In Los Angeles (October 24) And Three-Night Stand At MGM Grand In Las Vegas (October 31 - November 2)

Online Ticket Request Period Is Underway; Tickets Go On Sale To General Public Beginning Thursday, August 7

Rolling Stone Readers Vote Phish's Fuego One Of The 10 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far"

There's a reason why Phish's summer trek will only take the band as far west as Commerce City, CO, where - for the fourth consecutive year - the group will wrap things up with a trio of Labor Day weekend shows at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (August 29-31). Today Phish revealed plans for a 12-date fall tour that will take the band to seven West Coast cities. See below for itinerary.

An online ticket request period for the fall tour is currently underway at Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, August 7. For details, visit

Phish will kick off the autumn outing on October 17 with its first-ever show at Matthew Knight Arena, which will also mark the band's first show in Eugene, OR in 20 years. The group will play two consecutive nights at Santa Barbara County Bowl (October 21 & 22), a venue Phish first played as openers for Santana in 1992, and its first show at Los Angeles' Forum since Valentine's Day 2003. The tour will conclude with Phish's first shows at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (October 31 - November 2).

The band'snew album, Fuego, was produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel) and debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 earlier this month. Rolling Stone readers named Fuego as one of the "10 Best Albums of 2014 So Far" and NPR Music hailed it as Phish's "finest work in more than a decade." The New York Times' Jon Pareles praised it as "frisky" and noted the depth of the lyrics for songs like "The Line" suits the band as it "recharges for its fourth decade."

"After the reflective gratitude of 2009's Joy...the party is back in full swing," said Rolling Stone and The Associated Press concurred, noting, "It's a fun, spirited, rocking record." "Featuring female backup vocals, powerful horns and a gripping wah-wah solo from frontman Trey Anastasio, Fuego's '555' takes a page from the book of Allen Toussaint funk. Phish captures that sophisticated-groove vibe and makes it its own, said Time Out New York."[Fuego] feels bigger, brighter...than anything else they've ever done," said Entertainment Weekly.

Phish - 2014 Tour Dates    

7/25     Charlotte, NC              PNC Music Pavilion
7/26     Columbia, MD              Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/27     Columbia, MD              Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/29     Portsmouth, VA           nTelos Wireless Pavilion
7/30     Portsmouth, VA           nTelos Wireless Pavilion
8/1       Orange Beach, AL        The Amphitheater at the Wharf
8/2       Birmingham, AL          Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
8/3       Alpharetta, GA                        Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
8/29     Commerce City, CO     Dick's Sporting Goods Park
8/30     Commerce City, CO     Dick's Sporting Goods Park
8/31     Commerce City, CO     Dick's Sporting Goods Park
10/17   Eugene, OR                  Matthew Knight Arena
10/18   Seattle, WA                 Key Arena
10/21   Santa Barbara, CA        Santa Barbara County Bowl
10/22   Santa Barbara, CA        Santa Barbara County Bowl
10/24   Los Angeles, CA          The Forum
10/25   San Diego, CA              Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/27   San Francisco, CA        Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10/28   San Francisco, CA        Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10/29   San Francisco, CA        Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10/31   Las Vegas, NV              MGM Grand
11/1     Las Vegas, NV              MGM Grand
11/2     Las Vegas, NV              MGM Grand

On A Low Budget Ray Davies Guests InTheStudio For Kinks Bestseller’s 35th Anniversary

Dallas, TX - July 22, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio:The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  spares no expense celebrating the 35th anniversary of The Kinks’ 1979 album Low Budget.

Of all the British bands that stormed America’s shores in the British Invasion of the 1960s, none has had a more checkered career than The Kinks. The Kinks weren't as cute as the Beatles or as nasty as the Stones but an odd mix of campiness and raw power, as likely to kiss each other on the lips as they were to have full blown punch outs right there on the stage.

The middle 1970s were tough going for The Kinks until they reclaimed their rock bona fides with a trifecta of revitalized rock, first on 1977's Sleepwalker, then 1978's Misfits, and their biggest seller ever, Low Budget  in 1979. 

Kinks' leader Ray Davies shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard what the late seventies rebirth meant for the band.

“In America coming from nowhere again, it was like having a second opportunity to do it, because we really didn't do it the first time. You know the first time around when we came to America, the band nearly broke up. So we really didn't go all the way. (On the Low Budget tour) It was fun and it was great to see the audience love the work. "

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Gilby Clarke embarks solo on a worldwide summer tour - kicking off in London, England at The Underwolrd.  Before Clarke crosses the pond, he will deliver to all the fans a new track, which will be announced in the weeks to come.

Recently, Clarke released a new video Tijuana Jail – Originally released in 1994, Clarke updated this fan favorite with a 2014 video version that can see here:

Best known for his tour of duty with Guns n’ Roses, Gilby Clarke was 17 when he traded Cleveland for Hollywood. A troubadour in the Ronnie Wood tradition: a barroom brawler with attendant Stonesy swagger, plus a catalog of well-written ditties. Clarke joined Guns in the early 90’s as the Use Your Illusion tour kicked off. He appeared on the bands Spaghetti Incident, Live Era ’88-’91 & Greatest Hits albums. Surviving the longest tour in history - Clarke went solo & came out swinging with PawnShop Guitars. A catalog of rock n roll purity: Tijuana Jail, Cure Me… Or Kill Me… & The Stone’s Dead Flowers put this record on many year-end top 10 lists.

Along the way Clarke split time producing worthy bands: LA Guns & The Bronx while touring/recording with Heart, The MC5, Nancy Sinatra & Slash’s Snakepit. Clarke also starred in the CBS TV show Rockstar Supernova with Tommy Lee and joined his new bandmate for an all-star VH1 Rock Honors appearance. Recently, Clarke & his GNR alumni pulled off an amazing Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame performance when the band was inducted in 2012 & continues to play with the ex-gunners from time to time in Kings Of Chaos.

07.24.14 BOSTON, MA                      THE WILBUR THEATRE 
07.27.14 AKRON, NY                        BRAUNS CONCERT COVE **NO QUIET RIOT - ***NEW DATE
08.01.14 STURGIS, SD                        GLENCOE PAVAILION ** BULLETBOYS TO OPEN
08.15.14 SIOUX CITY, IA                    HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO W/ QUIET RIOT
08.16.14 RINGLE, WI                          Q & Z EXPO CENTER W/QUIET RIOT
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YES, the iconic and Grammy-winning rock band, released their new studio album HEAVEN & EARTH today (7/22) on Frontiers Records. An album that’s sure to please both long-time and new YES fans, HEAVEN & EARTH is available on Amazon (link here: and on iTunes (link here:,

Coinciding with today’s album release is the premiere of the HEAVEN & EARTH EPK on, featuring the multi-platinum progressive rock band--bassist CHRIS SQUIRE, guitarist STEVE HOWE, drummer ALAN WHITE, keyboardist GEOFF DOWNES and singer JON DAVISON--discussing the new album at length and what the album means to the band. Watch the EPK here: The lead single “In A World Of Our Own” is currently in the Top 20 on the Mediabase Classic Rock Chart and climbing and the lyric video to accompany the single premiered last week (7/14) on MUZU.TV. Check out the lyric video here:

Having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades, HEAVEN & EARTH sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative. The new album contains eight new tracks, each of which boasts the unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as “the YES sound.” YES’ distinctive layered music, swirling arrangements, brilliant vocals and harmonies are all in abundance. For HEAVEN & EARTH, YES teamed up with legendary Grammy Award winner, Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper, etc.), who handled the production and Billy Sherwood (Toto, Paul Rodgers, Air Supply, etc.) who mixed the album. Also onboard is long-time YES artist, the world-renowned Roger Dean, who again brings his masterful artistic creativity to the album’s cover art and packaging.

Fans can explore the new album on YES’ new micro-site: Each week leading up to today’s album release the band premiered a 90-second excerpt from a song off the new album on the micro-site, along with the song’s lyrics.

Tracklisting for HEAVEN & EARTH:
Believe Again
The Game
Step Beyond
To Ascend
In A World Of Our Own
Light Of The Ages
It Was All We Knew
Subway Walls

To coincide with the release of HEAVEN & EARTH, YES is currently on their summer tour, titled “An Evening with YES,” featuring the band performing, in their entirety, 1971’s groundbreaking album FRAGILE for the first-time ever and a repeat performance from last year’s tour of 1972’s CLOSE TO THE EDGE, followed by an encore of the band’s greatest hits and songs off the new album.

YES is proud to provide special show packages, which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited-edition gifts from YES, and much more. For more information on prices, on-sale dates and to purchase YES packages/tickets, go to

About YES:
Since its founding in 1968, YES has created much of rock history’s most important music, including iconic pieces like ‘Roundabout,’ 'Close to the Edge,’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People,’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart,’ ‘Starship Trooper,’ and countless others. Its albums, including ‘Fragile,’ ‘Close to the Edge,’ ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans,’ and ‘90125,’ have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA. YES continues to inspire millions of musicians, fans, and music lovers around the world.

Purchase the new YES album HEAVEN & EARTH at:

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U2 May Still Release New Album This Year

Work on U2's 13th album had stalled previously sometime between when Danger Mouse was working with the band and Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth came in to lend a hand. Suddenly, what was expected to be a 2014 release, well, wasn't.

Through all the confusion, U2 has officially remained committed to releasing the LP this year, despite reports that he was not satisfied with the work.

Now, thinking has again shifted, with the band feeling confident about their new material and going ahead with plans to put out their follow-up to 2009′s No Line on the Horizon this year.

"The U2 comeback is very much on for this year," a source told UK's tabloid The Sun. "This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy. But they're very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."

George Harrison Memorial Tree Destroyed By Beetles

Now this, Alanis Morissette, is truly ironic. The George Harrison Tree planted near Los Angeles' Griffith Observatory in 2004 was recently infested by beetles-yes, beetles, b-e-e-t-l-e-s-causing it to die.

According to the Los Angeles Times, trees in Griffith Park have occasionally been destroyed by bark beetles and ladybug beetles. The paper also reported that the pine tree, which grew to be over 10-feet tall, will be replaced, but no timeframe has been given as of yet.

As of right now, fans of The Beatles visiting the observatory will be able to check out the commemorative plaque, which still remains in the spot where the tree used to be.

Def Leppard Delaying Vegas Residency To Work On New Album

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott has revealed in a new radio interview that the band will delay its 'Viva! Pyromania' Las Vegas residency this was to take place this fall due, and instead the band will be focusing on making a new studio album.

"Yes, we are gonna go back and probably do 'Viva! Pyromania'. But it'll not be [until] towards the end of next year, because we've got a new record in the making," Elliott told WKGR 98.7 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

"When this tour [with KISS] ends - this tour ends mid-September - and then we'll take a couple of weeks off to just go see our families and remind them that we exist.

"And then we're gonna get back on the horse and start finishing [the new Def Leppard] album off. We did a month [writing and recording] in February, we did two weeks in May, and then we're gonna spend the rest of the year when the tour is done - most of it, at least - recording this album so we can get it out for springtime."

"And that means, if we can do that," he continued, "we'll get back out on the road by April or so, and I think we're gonna head off Down Under first, do Australia, Japan, maybe some more areas of the Far East, South Africa, and then come back up and do Europe and then we'll be back in the States in the summer and then go around the rest of the world after that. So, yeah, think we're gonna be in November 2015, back in Vegas again."

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Really Excited About New Solo Song

Joe Perry says he is excited by a number of songs he has penned for his next solo album. The Aerosmith guitarist hopes to put out his sixth solo record - the follow up to 2009's Have Guitar, Will Travel - sometime next year.

And he says he has "about six songs" he's really excited about already written. He plans to complete the record once he's done promoting his upcoming memoir Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith.

Perry tells ArtistDirect about the project, "I've got about six songs I'm really excited about. I want to get into them as soon as possible. That's the main focus now."

Guns N' Roses & Whitesnake Supergroup Joins Def Leppard/KISS Tour

Rock supergroup The Dead Daisies are about to join up with the mammoth Def Leppard/KISS summer tour, after already smashing it on the road with Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd this month.

The band will be joining the Def Leppard and KISS trek on August 2nd in Atlantic City, NJ at the Boardwalk Hall. The band features Jon Stevens (Noisewoks, INXS and rumour has it a 90s Van Halen audition) on vocals, guitarists Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses/Psychedelic Furs) and David Lowy (Mink/Red Phoenix), bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses/Hookers & Blow) on keys, and drummer Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne/Whitesnake/Billy Idol).

"I am pretty pumped to hit the road with The Dead Daies and bring some some kick ass, analog rock and roll music to all of you with the legendary KISS and Def Leppard and help make your summer as memorable as possible," says Dizzy Reed. "So fire up the grill, chill the beer and the Jager and get ready to ROCK! See you soon!"

Before joining the Def Leppard/KISS tour, the band will hit the studio with producer Ben Grosse (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, Marilyn Manson, Filter, KD Lang) in Los Angeles to record some new material.

But fans and the curious won't have to wait too long to hear new music: the band will release a new EP titled Face I Love on August 1, featuring four hard-hitting rock tracks including a cover of The Beatles' "Helter Skelter." The EP's title track was launched in late June in conjunction with an innovative app where fans were encouraged to upload uploading photos of faces they love, to become part of the artwork for the EP cover and touring posters.

Richie Sambora Launches Les Paul Tribute Concerts

In conjunction with what would have been Les Paul's 99th birthday, guitarist Richie Sambora announced a handful of tribute concerts to honor the late guitar legend.

Sambora, who was close friends with Les Paul, took the stage at New York's Iridium last night (June 22), and will perform again tonight. It will be an intimate event at the club, which has a capacity of only 170 guests, and Sambora promises to play a mix of his solo material, Bon Jovi classics, as well as some songs made famous by Les Paul himself.

"Les was my good friend, and he was genius," Sambora told Guitar World. "When I play the Iridium, I know he'll be on my shoulder and I'm gonna do my best to make him proud. This show is not about me-this is my tribute to him and that's how I'm gonna frame it. It's pretty intense, man. I just hope I don't get too emotional!"

When asked what guitars he would be using for the Iridium gigs, Sambora's answer was a given: "Ha! Les Pauls, of course," he said laughing. "I'm lucky enough to have some real nice ones, including an unbelievable white one Les gave me himself."


Symphonic rockers The Wizards of Winter and legendary record cover artist Ioannis are happy to present the official cover art for the The Wizards of Winter’s self-titled album, to be released this Fall.  According to artist Ioannis, “I just completed the artwork for the new WIZARDS OF WINTER new album - a talented bunch of individuals that fuse prog symphonic rock with classical and holiday songs to a great result. The goal here was to create a wintery fantasy scene reminiscent of Scandinavian landscapes with just a touch of mysticism and a tip of the hat to Lord Of The Rings, a major book in my teenage years. I hope the art sets the scene to this band’s music and helps the audience along on this voyage.”

Fall tour dates – which will feature original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as special guests – are still being finalized. The first single from this album, the instrumental hit "March Of The Metal Soldiers", was released at the end of May. The band is donating a portion of the proceeds from all sales of this track to the Wounded Warrior Project to honour those who have served in the United States military. (Video is here: )

For more info on The Wizards of Winter, visit

For more info on Ioannis please go to his website: and .

Surgery Delays ZZ Top Tour Kick Off

ZZ Top announced that they have been forced to delay the kick off of their North American summer tour because bassist Dusty Hill will be undergoing surgery to remove two kidney stones this week.

The band's publicist Bob Merlis says in a statement that "the kidney stones were discovered in the course of a routine physical examination where Hill's doctor advised him that they should immediately be removed, lest they cause more serious problems down the line."

Hill will require two weeks of recuperation following the surgery and the tour will now be kicking off on August 6th in Sturgis, SD and ZZ Top will be launching their tour with Jeff Beck on August 8th in Missoula, MT.

Iconic female-fronted metal act HELLION announce details of their first new album and tour in over a decade.  Entitled Karma’s A Bitch, HELLION’s new mini-LP is set for release October 7 on New Renaissance Records in the US, and via HNE/Cherry Red Records on October
8 in Europe and the UK.  The cover artwork (featured below) was designed by British artist Wolven Claws of The Crystallomantic Art.  
With a stellar line-up featuring vocalist Ann Boleyn, drummer Simon Wright (formerly of AC/DC, DIO, and UFO), keyboardist Scott Warren (formerly with DIO and HEAVEN & HELL), bassist Bjorn Englen (formerly with Yngwie Malmsteen), and up-an-coming shred guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, this is easily Hellion's strongest line-up ever.  

HELLION’s new tracks were produced by Simon Wright and Ann Boleyn alongside legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who has produced iconic albums, including DAVID BOWIE's "Hunky Dory", "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars", "Aladdin Sane" and "Pinups".

A top producer at Abbey Road Studios, Scott is also acknowledged as one of the five principal engineers for THE BEATLES.  He has engineered countless classic works, including GEORGE HARRISON's "All Things Must Pass", ELTON JOHN's "Madman Across The Water", "Honky Chateau" and "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player."  Other credits include gold and platinum albums by SUPERTRAMP, DAVID BOWIE, MISSING PERSONS, KANZAS, and more.

Scott recently said of the comparison between working with David Bowie and Ann Boleyn: "Working with Bowie or working with Ann of HELLION, you've got sheer talent.”

Acknowledging Boleyn as the driving force propelling the band, Scott notes: "Over the years, the musicians have changed. The one musician that has always been the same is Ann. So once again, it's new musicians. The one constant thing about HELLION is Ann, and her incredible voice."

“Starting off with a mysterious and ethereal ghostly introduction, Betrayer quickly blasts into overdrive with a scream from Hell and the raw power the likes of which can only come from Ann Boleyn,” commented Rob DiMartini of Metal Scream Radio.  “The title track, Karma's A Bitch, is a tough sounding rocker destined to be one of the strongest songs on metal radio this year.”

Di Martini continued, ”Hell Has No Fury delivers full-tilt metal with a sublime orchestral section by Scott Warren and the blistering guitar work of Maxwell Carlisle. Watch The City Burn takes listeners on an in-depth journey into the anger and chaos of a full-blown riot. The final piece, Til The End, begins with the hammering double-bass power grove of Simon Wright at his finest. With an anthem-like melody, this is a song that fans will be singing along with when Hellion hits the road.”

Hellion’s new CD can be pre-ordered through at:  A fan pack will also be available through Hellion’s official website at:

Hellion’s new song, “Hell Has No Fury” is available for streaming at:

HELLION is set to kick off their North American tour in October (see below).

October 2 - Whiskey a Go Go (Los Angeles, CA)
October 3 - Count Vamp'd (Las Vegas, NV)
October 4 – Cactus Moon (Mesa, AZ)
October 7 – Lasalle’s (Chico, CA)
October 9 – The Hop (Spokane, WA)
October 10 - El Corazon (Seattle, WA)
October 11- The Bouquet (Boise, ID)
October 15 – Red Line Tap (Chicago, IL)
October 16 - TBA (Detroit, MI)
October 17 – Rock Pile West (Toronto, ON) 
October 18 - Obsession Live (Ottawa, ON)
October 19 - Legendary Dobbs (Philadelphia, PA)
October 22 – Devils Tail (Junction City, KS)
October 23 –The Vanguard (Tulsa, OK) 
October 24 --The Chameleon Room (Oklahoma City, OK)
October 25 -- Concert Pub North Metal Fest (Houston, TX)
October 30 – Brick By Brick (San Diego)
Hellion is booked by Jan Davis of Ashley Talent International and can be reached at: 

Cleopatra Records Partners With Carmine Appice's Rocker Records to Release Rare Live and Studio Recordings By Cactus, Bogert & Appice and Travers & Appice!

Los Angeles, CA - Much to the excitement of music fans around the world, Cleopatra Records has joined forces with drum icon Carmine Appice's Rocker Records and will be releasing rare live and studio recordings by US rock legends Cactus, Tim Bogert & Carmine Appice and Pat Travers & Carmine Appice!

“I’m so excited that my label Rocker Records has partnered with Cleopatra Records to put out this collection of RARE and UNIQUE kick ass rock !!!” - Carmine Appice


Available Now!
The band referred to as America’s Led Zeppelin, Cactus, offer this stunning concert performance recorded in late 2012 at the Garden Shimokitazawa club in Tokyo! Features founding member and Vanilla Fudge/Ozzy Osbourne alum Carmine Appice plus Detroit blues legend Jim McCarty (formerly of Mitch Ryder’s backing band The Detroit Wheels), vocalist Jimmy Kunes (formerly of Savoy Brown), bassist Pete Bremy and harp player Randy Pratt!

1. Swim
2. One Way...Or Another
3. Bro. Bill
4. You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover
5. Alaska
6. Electric Blue
7. Muscle And Soul
8. Evil
9. Parchman Farm
10. Rock N’ Roll Children

Available August 5!
Drum legend Carmine Appice reunites with his fellow rock n’ roll superstars Tim Bogert & Jim McCarty for a very special Cactus reunion show at B.B. King’s in New York - June 2006! Includes powerful performances of Cactus’s live favorites “Parchman Farm,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Evil,” “Bro. Bill” and more! Like a fine double-barreled bourbon, this group has only grown stronger and better over the years!

1. Long Tall Sally
2. Let Me Swim
3. One Way...Or Another
4. Cactus Music
5. Bro. Bill
6. Muscle And Soul
7. Oleo (Bass Solo)
1. Part Of The Game
2. Evil
3. Cactus Boogie
4. Parchman Farm
5. Rock N’ Roll Children

Available September 2!
A blockbuster multi-media 2CD+DVD live set recorded in 2012 from the mighty Cactus! Features one single, mind blowing concert performance captured on both audio CD and crystal clear digital video, and includes some of the band’s finest versions of “Bro. Bill,” “Parchman Farm,” “Evil” and more! This show was recorded the night after Evening In Tokyo at the very same venue.

1. Long Tall Sally
2. Let Me Swim
3. One Way...Or Another
4. Bro. Bill
5. You Can’t Judge a Book By The Cover
6. Alaska
7. Muscle And Soul
8. Electric Blue

1. The Groover
2. Evil / Drum Solo
3. Big Mama Boogie
4. Parchman Farm
5. Randy’s Song
6. Rock N’ Roll Children
7. Part Of The Game

1. Long Tall Sally

2. Let Me Swim
3. One Way...Or Another
4. Bro. Bill
5. You Can’t Judge a Book By The Cover
6. Alaska
7. Muscle And Soul
8. Electric Blue
9. The Groover
10. Evil / Drum Solo
11. Big Mama Boogie
12. Parchman Farm
13. Randy’s Song
14. Rock N’ Roll Children
15. Part Of The Game

Available August 19!
Longtime partners in crime and one of the tightest rhythm sections in all of rock music, bassist Tim Bogert & drummer Carmine Appice, team up with musical friends and family for this special studio album! Features Vanilla Fudge alumni Bill Pascali, Teddy Rodinelli, and Vince Martell PLUS special guests T.M. Stevens (James Brown / The Pretenders) & Brian Auger (Rod Stewart)!

1. Bye Bye Love
2. Falling
3. Black Box
4. Eternity
5. The Star-Spangled Banner
6. Falling (with Brian Auger)

Available September 16!
Together again on this very special live album recorded in 2004, guitarist Pat Travers and drummer Carmine Appice, along with special guest bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm), bring the house down with some of the realest, rawest classic rock you’ve ever heard! Includes Travers’ biggest hits “Snortin’ Whiskey” and “Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)” as well as a supercharged version of the mega hit Appice co-authored “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and lots more!
1. Taken
2. Better From A Distance
3. I Don’t Care
4. Crash And Burn
5. Livin’ Alone
6. Tony Solo
7. Gotta Have Ya
8. Keep On Rockin’
9. Snortin’ Whiskey
10. Can’t Escape The Fire
11. Evil
12. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy
13. Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)
14. Stand Up

To purchase:
Cactus - An Evening In Tokyo

Cactus - Live In The U.S.A.

Bogert & Appice – Friends

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' New Album Streaming Online
A few days after streaming five new songs on his website, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' entire new album is available to stream via NPR ahead of its release next week.

Hypnotic Eye, the band's first album since 2010′s Mojo, marks the band's 13th. Out via Reprise Records, the record features 11 tracks, plus a 12th as a bonus for purchasing via Blu-Ray, digital or vinyl. Stream it here.

In addition to the new album, Petty and co. will head out on a tour behind Hypnotic Eye starting next month. The dates start Aug. 3 in San Diego and stretch all the way to Oct. 10 in Los Angeles.

Stone Sour Release House Of Gold & Bones Lyric Video

Stone Sour have released a new lyric video for their track "The House Of Gold & Bones," which is the title track of the group's two-part album release (Pt 1 in 2012 and Pt 2 in 2013).

The artwork used in the promo is taken from the three-issue comic series written by frontman Corey Taylor, based on the themes of the double-album set.

The band parted ways with guitarist Jim Root earlier this year - but he and Taylor are currently working together on Slipknot's long-awaited sixth album. The band have begun dropping hints about its content on their website in recent days.

Watch the video here.

Robert Plant Launching New Album At iTunes Festival

Robert Plant will launch his new album, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar", with an appearance at the iTunes Festival in London on September 8, the day the record is released in the UK.

Due September 5 in Europe and September 9 in North America, the project was recorded at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, UK.

The album features 9 new songs and two covers: The Stanley Brothers' "Little Maggie" and the Lead Belly tune, "Poor Howard."

John Bonham Memorial Fundraising Event Taking Place Next Month

A fundraising event to help raise cash for a memorial in honor of Led Zeppelin drummer Jon Bonham will take place August 2 in Redditch, England.

The Redditch Advertiser reports the show at the town's St Stephen's Church will feature the late drummer's sister, singer/songwriter Deborah Bonham, who will be playing a special acoustic set.

It has been set up by members of the John Bonham Memorial Fund, whose aim is to raise an initial £50,000 for the design and installation of a fitting permanent memorial in Redditch town centre, the birthplace of the legendary drummer.

Judas Priest Score Highest Debut Since 'Screaming For Vengeance'

Judas Priest have reached the UK album top 20 with 17th studio release Redeemer Of Souls. The number 12 position is the third-best chart placing in their career after classic work British Steel reached number 4 in 1980 and Screaming For Vengeance made number 11 two years later.

Redeemer Of Souls was released on Monday, and marks their first studio album following the retirement of guitarist KK Downing, whose 2011 departure turned the band's thoughts towards splitting up. That changed when they hired Richie Faulkner in his place, and Priest have since said that, even though large-scale world tours are behind them, they'll keep going as long as they can.

Frontman Rob Halford has confirmed their 17th album won't be their last. Speaking in a Q&A for Nikki Sixx's Sixx Sense radio show, the singer says: "No - absolutely not."

He reveals the title track is his favourite at the moment, explaining: "It's very precise, articulate song and it carries all the classic vibe of Judas Priest."

More including a stream of the interview here.

88 Early Jimi Hendrix Recordings To Be Released

More rare Jimi Hendrix recordings will be released over the next three years. We were sent these details: Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings have announced that they have acquired the full and complete rights to 88 studio and live recordings made by Curtis Knight & The Squires featuring Jimi Hendrix in 1965-1967.

They announced that they plan on releasing these historic recordings--properly mixed, mastered and annotated--in definitive new editions, curated and remastered under the direction of Eddie Kramer (Hendrix's long-time sound engineer) over the next three years.

The total buyout of these master recordings places a historic exclamation point following decades of litigation between Jimi Hendrix, Ed Chalpin and PPX Enterprises. All 88 tracks recorded by Chalpin and PPX from 1965-1967 are finally under complete ownership and control of Experience Hendrix LLC.

In the early 1960s, before launching a solo career that continues to influence pop, rock and soul music, Jimi Hendrix was a little known sideman, working for short periods with a variety of artists including the Isley Brothers, Don Covay, Little Richard and the Harlem-based R&B combo Curtis Knight & The Squires.

Ed Chalpin was an entrepreneur and record producer who founded PPX International, Inc, in 1960; PPX specialized in providing backing tracks for movies, TV shows, trailers and commercials, working with a variety of artists, producers, directors, music supervisors, record companies, and production companies. During his tenure as a guitarist for the Squires, Curtis Knight introduced Hendrix to Chalpin. On October 15, 1965, Chalpin inked a notorious three-year recording contract--for $1.00 and a 1% royalty--with Jimi (then "Jimmy") Hendrix and Curtis Knight & The Squires that would prove endlessly problematic, once the guitarist hit big with his own group, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, in 1967.

Knight's single releases featuring Hendrix as a sideman did not enjoy commercial success and the guitarist relocated to Greenwich Village where he formed Jimmy James & The Blue Flames in 1966. Animals bassist Chas Chandler discovered Hendrix performing at the Café Wha? as Jimmy James that summer and offered to take him to London.

When Jimi signed with manager Chas Chandler and began his transition from sideman into the stratosphere, Chandler dutifully sought out, and bought out every contract his new artist might have outstanding. The exception, Hendrix's 1965 agreement with PPX, became the source of a string of legal battles running from the 1960s into the 21st century.

Through the years, many of the recordings Hendrix made with Curtis Knight & The Squires were made available in misleading packages (often misrepresented by images of Hendrix leading the Jimi Hendrix Experience as opposed to being a member of the Squires) and have never been properly released, or evaluated, as vital and explosive exemplars of electric R&B and essential components in Jimi's artistic evolution.

In 2007, Experience Hendrix LLX obtained a stipulated court order of almost $900,000 against Ed Chalpin. The payment to Experience Hendrix was the culmination of a 2006 lawsuit commenced in New York against Chalpin and two of his related companies.

The case dates back to a 2001 lawsuit in the UK High Court by Experience Hendrix against Chalpin and his PPX Enterprises to enforce a 1973 consent decree, which limited Chalpin's rights in Hendrix recordings to 33 masters largely recorded in 1965 when Hendrix was an unknown backing guitarist for the R&B combo Curtis Knight & The Squires.

On July 5, 2002, a London High Court order was issued which read: "Ed Chalpin / PPX Enterprises Inc. must not issue or release recordings on which Jimi Hendrix performed in any capacity whatsoever (other than 33 songs with Jimi Hendrix as a sideman)." In 2003, a New York State Court upheld the UK court's decision.

The 88 recordings include a mythic live performance on December 26, 1965 (before Jimi's upcoming success in England) at George's Club 20 in Hackensack, New Jersey, as well as studio tracks cut by Curtis Knight & The Squires with Hendrix in July 1967 (after the May 12 release of Are You Experienced that same year).


Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the September 23 simultaneous release of Yes’ Songs From Tsongas - The 35th Anniversary Concert - Special Edition on 2DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats, and the first ever release of Songs From Tsongas as a 3CD set. [Pre-book Order Date August 29, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $24.98 DVD, $TBA CD]. 

The Special Edition of Songs From Tsongas contains two different concerts from Yes’ 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White. In addition to the originally released Songs From Tsongas show, this DVD is packed with an additional 70 minutes of never-before-released highlights from Lugano. Songs From Tsongas offers a fantastic set list of favorites and rarities including “Going For The One,” “Roundabout,” “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” “And You And I,” “Starship Trooper,” “Wonderous Stories,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Ritual,” “Turn Of The Century,” and many more captured here in all their glory.

Disc One of the Special Edition DVD contains the whole concert from the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts, previously spread across two discs. This epic show features tracks from across the band’s career including an extensive acoustic section (tracks 11 – 18) and some tracks that have rarely been performed live. This entire concert is featured on the Songs From Tsongas 3CD.

Disc Two features a very different concert on the same tour filmed at Estival in Lugano, Switzerland. This outdoor show has a stripped down stage and full on rock versions of the acoustic tracks from Tsongas while the crowd wield a multitude of umbrellas against the pouring rain, which is clearly not preventing them having a great time!

As a Bonus Feature, the DVD includes another track “Ritual,” also filmed at the Tsongas Arena, and an insightful interview with legendary designer and Yes collaborator Roger Dean who created the brand new stage set for the shows.

Songs From Tsongas – The 35th Anniversary Concert is an incredible collection that no Yes fan should be without!

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Scott Weiland Asks Velvet Revolver To Reunite

Scott Weiland says he's spoken to his former Velvet Revolver bandmates about reuniting to perform at some upcoming music festival- for "easy money."

The band have been on hiatus since firing the singer in 2008, regrouping just once for a charity show in 2013. Despite Weiland's attempts at talking up his relationship with his former colleagues, guitarist Slash last year stated he'd never work with the vocalist again.

But Weiland tells La Press: "There is no problem. I even called the guys to propose the idea of doing some shows together in a few months. We are on good terms - but I don't want to be a member of Velvet Revolver full-time. If possible I'd like to only play at festivals. You know, to make easy money."

And he's convinced his former colleagues can afford to help him out. 

Primus and Puscifer's Alexander Has Heart Attack

Tim 'Herb' Alexander, drummer with Primus and Puscifer, has suffered a heart attack, it's been confirmed. The 49-year-old will receive open heart surgery today (July 21st) or tomorrow, and his colleagues have called on fans to offer their moral support in the coming days.

Puscifer say in a brief statement: "Calling All Cars! Rough news. @timalexander suffered a heart attack. Open Heart Surgery on Mon/Tues. Global Positive Thoughts, Por favor. @Puscifer We need our Herb the Ginseng Drummer aka Peter Merkin alive and thieving."

Confirming that Alexander is to undergo treatment for blocked arteries, Primus mainman Les Claypool says: "Herb is a strong Herculean fellow, and we all expect him to be up and around in no time. But with all surgical endeavors we want to make sure he has the best energy working for him."

Gregg Allman Biopic Executive Producer Turns Himself In To Police

Jay Sedrish, the executive producer and production manager of Midnight Rider, the now-suspended Gregg Allman biopic, turned himself in to Wayne County, Ga., police on Thursday (July 17) following his July 3 grand jury indictment on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing related to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones.

Sedrish was charged, along with the film's director Randall Miller and fellow producer Jody Savin in the death of Jones, who was struck and killed by a train on the set of the film in February. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Sedrish was released after posting $27,700 bond.

Ivoluntary manslaughter is a felony carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison under Georgia law. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor punishable by no more than a year in prison.

Jones died in an onset incident during the filming of Midnight Rider on Feb. 20, while the crew was shooting a sequence on railroad tracks, which they apparently did not have permission to do.

Gene Simmons Says There Is No Chance Of KISS Reunion

Gene Simmons that there is no chance of the original KISS lineup ever reuniting, despite their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame this past spring.

"Not a chance," Simmons tells the Tampa Tribune. "We've already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn't be fair to Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer]. It wouldn't be right."

He also discussed the Rock Hall induction: "We have no reason to complain," explains the bassist. "We're the luckiest sons of bitches to walk the face of the Earth. If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame added us or didn't, it didn't matter to us. We only did the induction with Ace [Frehley] and Peter [Criss] because the fans wanted it. But it was a slap in the face that they didn't acknowledge Tommy and Eric. They've been in the band longer than Ace and Peter. If the Grateful Dead can have 10 members in and out of the band and a lyricist, who was never in the band in the Hall, how can you explain that? Or how can the E Street Band get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? The E Street Band? Well, then why not the Silver Bullet Band or the Heartbreakers. I don't get it."

Asked how he might change the Rock Hall if given the chance, Simmons says, "The first thing I would do is move the bodies buried in the wrong place."

Former Megadeth Stars Cover Metallica Classic

Former Megadeth members Nick Menza and James LoMenzo's recent studio sessions are already bearing fruit - with the pair releasing their cover of Metallica's Motorbreath.

Earlier this week, it was reported that drummer Menza and bassist LoMenzo were working on a new project with Davor Garasic from thrash band Sufosia.

They recently jammed at Menza's Disintegrator Studios in California, where they played classic Megadeth tracks and a selection of covers. The download of Motorbreath is the first public release from the trio, who will flesh out future plans following LoMenzo's current touring commitments with John Fogerty.

Check out the song here.

Rolling Stones Hint At Future Plans

Guitarist Keith Richards has hinted in a new online video for fans that the Rolling Stones are planning more work after they complete their 2014 commitments.

Speaking in a video released to thank their European fans for support during their recent tour, the guitarist says: "This band is really picking up steam now - there's something in the air."

While his bandmates make equally positive-sounding comments without committing to anything, Richards adds: "Our strength lies in being together. There's a certain chemistry. I can't put my finger on it - if I knew the answer I'd bottle it and sell it.

"It's been a real buzz. I think I may keep this job on."

Watch the video here.

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Releases Lyric Video For Solo Track

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has released a lyric video for his track Repo Man, taken from solo album Head Job. It's set for launch in August, and Rudd has described it as "All Phil, no filler," adding: "We didn't put anything on there that we didn't like. I hope everyone thinks it's a great album from start to finish - because that's the idea."

The band includes Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin, who recorded vocals, guitar and bass, while Rudd produced the record in his newly-built studio in Taurange, New Zealand.

AC/DC have just completed work on a new album, without input from Malcolm Young, who's taking time out due to illness. Rudd says: "We're happy to have it done, and it's all very good."

Check out the song here.

Johnny Depp Jams With Aerosmith In Boston

Aerosmith were joined by actor Johnny Depp for the finale of their show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts on Wednesday, and video of the guest performance is available.

Depp teamed up with the Boston rockers to play their version of Tiny Bradshaw's "Train Kept A-Rollin'", the final tune of a 19-song set. The actor has previously joined the band for "Train" before, including an appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in 2012.

The Mansfield stop was part of the North Aerican leg of Aerosmith's Let Rock Rule tour, which sees the band on the road this summer with Slash. Check out video of the jam here.

Weird Al Explains Kurt Cobain's Reaction To Nirvana Parody

Weird Al Yankovic has spoken about his conversation with Kurt Cobain after the prankster decided to record a parody of Nirvana hit Smells Like Teen Spirit.

In an video interview with Loudwire, Yankovic says he was nervous about asking the Nirvana frontman for permission, but that Cobain was "cool" with the idea.

He says: "I remember that phone conversation very well - I wish I had recorded it, it would have been a nice little piece of history. I was very nervous, and I didn't know how he would take my requesting the parody. But he was extremely cool. I just told him, 'hey, it's Weird Al Yankovic and I would love to do a parody of Smells Like Teen Spirit.'

"His initial reaction was, 'oh, is it going to be a song about food?', because a lot of my hits at that time were. I explained it's about how nobody could understand his lyrics. There was probably half a beat on the phone and he said, 'yeah, yeah - sounds like a funny idea.'"

Former Dio Guitarist Rowan Robertson Joins Bang Tango

Former Dio and Vast guitarist Rowan Robertson has joined Bang Tango and will be taking part in the group's 25th anniversary tour, the band have confirmed.

He was a member of Ronnie James Dio's outfit from 1989 until 1991, joining at the age of 17 to replace Craig Goldy after doggedly pursuing an audition over the courses of a year. During that time he appeared on the band's album Lock Up The Wolves.

Frontman Joe Leste says: "Rowan has been a huge breath of fresh air. We've always been fans of his playing as well as his work ethic. We're writing the best stuff we've come up with in years. I can't wait for the fans to see this improved version of the band."

Johnny Winter Dead At 70

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter died on Wednesday (July 16, 2014) in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland, confirms his representative Carla Parisi of Kid Logic Media. He was 70.

Reports of Winter's death surfaced on Wednesday night with American Blues Scene reporting that that several independent sources close to Winter confirmed his passing.

The wife of Winter's collaborator Rick Derringer, Jenda Derringer, also reported his passing on her Facebook page: "We were just told by a reliable source that Johnny has passed."

She later added, "He passes early this morning in Zurich, Switzerland." When asked how it happened, she said, "That I do not know, but he was not in good health and was very frail and weak."

Kid Logic Media confirmed the news early Thursday morning. They sent over the following message, "Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16, 2014 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland.

"His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists. An official statement with more details shall be issued at the appropriate time."

Classic Rock reports that Winter was due to release his 19th studio album "Step Back" in September. Winter - elder brother of Edgar - was born in the Mississippi delta and started out playing alongside Muddy Waters, B.B. King and others in his teens. Following the launch of 1968 debut album The Progressive Blues Experiment he signed to Columbia for the largest advance ever paid.

Read their report for more including tributes from Matt Sorum and others here.


Guns N’ Roses concert film, Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas released on July 1, 2014 by Universal Music Enterprises has remained at No. 1 since its debut on Billboard’s Music DVD chart two weeks ago.  Clocking in at just under three hours, the band’s explosive set includes all of their biggest hits and classic GNR staples.

Available now in the United States on Blu-ray™, featuring the complete concert film in both 3D and 2D plus an interactive 3D photo gallery, and standard DVD featuring the 2D version of the film. Both releases are mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and feature bonus interviews with the band. The GN’R Appetite For Democracy Official App (IOS/Android) brings the concert experience to a new level by connecting GNR directly with their fans, allowing fans to connect with each other via social media, buy exclusive merchandise, check tour/cinema dates for the movie, preview digital tracks of the film; and purchase or stream via VOD the digital long form concert.    

Produced by Rock Fuel Media's Barry Summers, Appetite For Democracy 3D is the first official Guns N’ Roses live concert film since 1992’s Use Your Illusion concert video and features brand new live performances of classic GNR tracks including “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Mr. Brownstone,” “Paradise City,” “Nightrain,” “It’s So Easy” and “Rocket Queen,” from their pivotal, 1987 No. 1 debut album Appetite For Destruction; “Patience” and “Used To Love Her” from 1988’s No. 2 charting album Lies; “November Rain,” “Don’t Cry,” “Civil War” as well as the band’s signature versions of Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door;” powerful renditions of The Who’s “The Seeker” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2;” and much, much more. 

In 1987 Guns N’ Roses burst onto the hard rock scene and, with their punk rock ethics and an uncompromising, explosive sound, turned a scene filled with synth-pop and hair-metal on its end, propelling the band to the top of the charts. Filling stadiums and arenas across the globe, much like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Sex Pistols, Guns N’ Roses wrote their own chapter in rock and roll history and continue to make their own rules.

Now, celebrated worldwide as one of the most important rock acts in music history, Guns N’ Roses are Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums). Guns N’ Roses continue on their sold-out global arena tour, with shows in the US, Europe, visits to Latin America and multiple festivals, having played to millions of fans around the globe.

Ron Howard Making Beatles Movie

Apple Records, White Horse Pictures and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment just announced a new authorized documentary for Apple, based on the first part of the Beatles' career, before they retired from performing concerts. As with all Beatle-related projects from Apple, the film will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

Howard said, "I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

This film will focus on the Beatles' legendary early shows at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and their residencies in Hamburg to their last public concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966.

The Beatles began touring Europe in late 1963, but it was their much-celebrated appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on February 9, 1964 that led to the Beatles' popularity exploding, and "Beatlemania." By June of that year, the band had gone on their first world tour; they would continue on a relentless schedule for two subsequent years. By the time the band stopped touring in August of 1966, they had performed 166 concerts in 15 countries and 90 cities worldwide. more on this story

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Releasing Solo Album

Even though the water for solo albums from drummers of successful rock bands is murky at best, a first solo album from a drummer at least holds the possibility of greatness, or even listenability.

So, when Phil Rudd, drummer for AC/DC, releases his first ever solo album, Head Job, on Aug. 29, anticipation can run rampant, as there is no previous indication on whether it will be great like Phil Collins or more like Radiohead's Phil Selway, for whom the response was a bit more mixed.

As noted by Ultimate Classic Rock, Rudd spoke with Australia's Triple J radio to make his own play on his name, promising "plenty of Phil… but no filler." Though normally out of the spotlight, Rudd also hoped "everyone thinks this is a great album from start to finish because that's the idea."

Motley Crue's Tommy Lee Wants To Add Fan To Rollercoaster Drum Rig

Motley Crue's Tommy Lee wants to add fan to his drum solo on the band's farewell tour. Billed as "The Cruecifly", Lee's solo sees the rocker move around the venue on a rollercoaster track where he is flipped upside down while performing.

"I wanted to add an extra seat," the drummer tells ABC News Radio, "because I wanted to take a fan with me, which we may still do. We're still kinda messing around with the insurance company, because it's one thing to insure me over the audience, but it's another to insure another just regular folk that I pick out of the crowd. That's a whole other animal, so we're working on it."

Lee has performed stunts during his solo for years, and he says "The Cruecifly" tops them all. "I've been wanting to do [this] my whole life, and [other tours have been] leading up to this," he explains. "This is like the mothership."

Robert Plant Releases Short Film Preview of New Album

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has released "Returning To The Borders", a short film about his forthcoming solo album, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar."

The footage follows Plant as he wanders the English countryside while recalling his travels in the American south that provided lyrical inspiration for the project.

"I've been away a long time from these borders," says the singer. "I spent a lot of time traveling through the south. I was searching to see if I could find out the character of the area from the radio that was on in the car. So I wrote the lyrics against an amazing link to those days, back in the 1930s and '40s, when the south was the center of the black revolution in music, before the Great Migration up to Chicago." Check out the film here.


Judas Priest's 17th studio effort overall, 'Redeemer of Souls,' is set to debut in the Billboard 200 charts at #6, which is the highest US album chart debut of the legendary British band's career. Also, with a #5 chart debut in Canada, it is the highest chart-peaking album and first top five debut in the Canada Soundscan era.

And the album reviews have been some of the best of Priest's entire career as well, including Rolling Stone declaring "'Redeemer' is proof that Priest can still call themselves metal's defenders of the faith," while All Music Guide stated "'Redeemer of Souls' is also the loosest (attitude-wise), leanest (arrangement-wise), and most confident-sounding collection of new material the band has released in ages."

It was also recently announced that Priest (singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis) will be hitting the road this fall, along with special guests Steel Panther.

To purchase 'Redeemer of Souls' (which is available as both a 13-track standard version and a 18-track deluxe version), follow these links: - iTunes - Amazon

The metal gods have returned with the triumphant 'Redeemer of Souls'…and their strongest stateside and Canadian chart positioning ever!



Judas Priest Add 13 Dates To North American Tour

Judas Priest have announced that they have expanded their upcoming fall North American headline tour in support of their new album, "Redeemer Of Souls."

The band have added 13 US dates to the previously-announced trek, including stops in Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Los Angels, San Jose and Denver.

Steel Panther are special guests on the tour, which kicks off October 1 in Rochester, New York and will now wrap up November 22 in Tacoma, Washington.


 Universal Music Enterprises and Mercury Records to Release The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Band’s Historic 1971 Performances At Bill Graham’s Iconic New York City Venue

Package Contains All Four Performances From the Legendary Weekend of March 12-13, Which Yielded At Fillmore East, as Well as the Allmans’ Headlining Set From the Fillmore East’s Closing Weekend, Available July 29

LOS ANGELES – One of the best live albums of all time is about to get considerably better. The Allman Brothers Band’s cornerstone LP, At Fillmore East, compiled from the four sets recorded on the weekend of March 12-13, 1971, has been expanded, stretching over six CDs with fifteen unreleased tracks. Additionally, The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings contains the complete June 27 performance during the iconic venue’s final weekend, after the band was handpicked by impresario Bill Graham to headline closing night. Produced by Bill Levenson, who compiled the definitive Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective (Rounder, 2013), The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings captures the most inspired improvisational rock unit ever at the peak of their prodigious powers, blazing their way through extended instrumental elaborations, so taut and virtuosic, that the crowds that packed the Fillmore East on those memorable nights were utterly transfixed. When it came to live performance, no other band could touch the Allmans.

In his scrupulously detailed notes for the set, Allmanologist John Lynskey writes: “From its inception in March 1969, the Allman Brothers Band rapidly established a near-mythical reputation through its incendiary, marathon concerts. No other group could touch the Allman Brothers when it came to extended, improvised jamming; they truly were in a league and dimension of their own. Duane Allman was joined by his brother Gregg on keyboards and vocals, the dual drumming combo of Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, bassist extraordinaire Berry Oakley, and Dickey Betts, Duane’s foil on guitar. Together, these individually talented artists blended into a unit whose sum exceeded the total of its impressive singular parts. The group toured relentlessly—they spent 300 days on the road in 1970 - honing their sound and building a loyal fan base, one show at a time. An Allman Brothers’ concert could not be explained, it could only be experienced, and by word of mouth, the group became known as ‘the people’s band’ for their no-frills approach to live music.”

As Lynskey notes, the Allman Brothers Band’s magic has always existed primarily on the concert stage, but on the weekend of March 12-13, 1971, when they rolled into Manhattan to play four shows at the iconic East Village venue, they raised the bar higher than ever. “That weekend in March of ‘71 when we recorded At Fillmore East, most of the time it clicked,” drummer Butch Trucks recalls. “We were finally starting to catch up with what we were listening to. We had lived together…we got in trouble together; we all just moved as a unit. And then, when we got onstage to play, that’s what it was all about—and it just happened to all come together that weekend.”

The four shows were recorded by veteran Atlantic Records engineer/producer Tom Dowd, who’d not only produced the Allmans’ second album, Idlewild South, but also the sessions for Derek & the Dominos project, putting Duane Allman together with Eric Clapton for some mind-blowing extended guitar duels. That album, Layla, dramatically backed up those who’d been calling the upstart Allman Brothers Band the most exciting live act on the planet, and its little-known 24-year-old leader a fiery six-string virtuoso to rival Clapton, Beck and Page. Dowd and Atlantic, consequently, wanted to put out a live album to capture a skilled and adventurous band in full flight, the two guitars circling each other like a pair of falcons, stretching their material into thrilling and electrifying shapes. No matter that the Allmans had yet to tackle most of their live material in the studio—this band wasn’t about the studio.

“If we could just get people to come out and see us,” Duane Allman told interviewer Bud Scoppa on the afternoon of Friday, March 12, before their first pair of headlining sets, “I know they’d like what they heard.”

How right he was.

The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings
CD 1
      March 12, 1971 – First Show
1.   Statesboro Blues  4.08 (previously unreleased)
2.   Trouble No More  3.48 (previously unreleased)
3.   Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’  3.19 (previously unreleased)
4.   Done Somebody Wrong  4.01 (previously unreleased)
5.   In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed  17.05 (previously unreleased)
6.   You Don’t Love Me  16.55 (previously unreleased)
CD 2
      March 12, 1971 – Second Show
1.   Statesboro Blues  4.12 (previously unreleased)
2.   Trouble No More  3.50
3.   Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’  3.28 (previously unreleased)
4.   Done Somebody Wrong  4:30
5.   In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed  19.50 (previously unreleased)
6.   You Don’t Love Me  19.10
7.   Whipping Post 20.00 (previously unreleased)
8.   Hot ‘Lanta  5.09
CD 3
     March 13, 1971 – First Show
1.   Statesboro Blues  4.20
2.   Trouble No More  3.48
3.   Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’  3.47
4.   Done Somebody Wrong 3.55 (previously unreleased)
5.   In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed  13.00 
6.   You Don’t Love Me  19.10
7.   Whipping Post  17.15 (previously unreleased)
CD 4
      March 13, 1971 – Second Show – Part 1
1.   Statesboro Blues  4.19 (previously unreleased)
2.   One Way Out  4.30 (previously unreleased)
3.   Stormy Monday  10.14
4.   Hot ‘Lanta  5.00
5.   Whipping Post  22.00
CD 5
      March 13, 1971 – Second Show – Part 2
1.   Mountain Jam  33.00
2.   Drunken Hearted Boy (with Elvin Bishop)  7.30
CD 6
      June 27, 1971 – FILLMORE EAST Closing Show
            Introduction by Bill Graham  (previously unreleased)
1.         Statesboro Blues  5.52
2.         Don't Keep Me Wonderin'  3.34
3.         Done Somebody Wrong  3.37
4.         One Way Out 5.01
5.         In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed  12.44
6.         Midnight Rider 3.01
7.         Hot Lanta  5.41

8.         Whipping Post  19.17
9.         You Don't Love Me  17.56

In other Allman Brothers Band news, the band recently announced a residency at the famed Beacon Theater on Oct. 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, and 28 on top of their already announced tour dates.

Additionally, a contest to design a commemorative poster for The Allman Brothers Band and The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings will start on Wednesday, June 11.  One winner will receive $600 and a copy of The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings. A second place runner-up will receive $250 and third place runner-up will receive $150. Each runner-up will also receive a copy of The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings. For more information on the contest, check out

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Joe Bonamassa releases new music video – the first glimpse from upcoming new solo record Different Shades Of Blue, out Sept. 23
Click here to watch the music video for title track “Different Shades Of Blue”

GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock guitarist/singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa has released the first music video and track from his upcoming new solo record Different Shades Of Blue (J&R Adventures) to be released September 23, 2014. This is Bonamassa’s first studio album in two years and the first of his career to feature all original material. The result is a record with more of an experimental edge than previous Bonamassa records that explores the outer reaches and the many different sounds that shape the blues genre.

Preorder Different Shades Of Blue here:

Bill Leverty Sends Message to Fans About his new Song “The Heart Heals the Soul”

I wanted to let you know that I've just put out a new song called "The Heart Heals The Soul". I thought I'd try something different and put out a video as soon as the MP3's were available on iTunes, Amazon, & CD Baby. 

The song is an acoustic, singer/songwriter style song. It has a very personal meaning to my family and myself. I hope you like it!

The video was shot in HD, so if you click the link below which will take you to Youtube, you can click that "settings" button (looks like a little gear) in the bottom right of the screen to watch the video in HD. Any comments you leave on Youtube are always appreciated!

Here's the Youtube link:

If you want to support my music directly, you can go to my website and click the "donate" button.

I will email you the 320k MP3, artwork & lyrics for $1.

If you prefer to buy your music from iTunes, Amazon or CD Baby, the links to the song are below.



CD Baby:

Thank you so much for your many years of support. Your love and support of music helps keep it alive.

Hope to see you on tour this summer...


Alice Cooper, All-American Boy Exposed InTheStudio 

Dallas, TX - July 15, 2014.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands presents a tutorial on why little boys shouldn’t play with meat cleavers, nooses, high voltage, snakes, and Mommy’s make-up and fishnet stockings…unless you plan on going into show business as the King of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper!

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper is on the road and on the big screen this summer, touring with his rock progeny Motley Crue (just one of the hundreds which Cooper inspired), and featured in a new documentary film/dvd titled Super Duper Alice Cooper so the time seems right for Alice’s brand of wrong for InTheStudio.

The band Alice Cooper made notorious headlines but few fans when they first appeared on the radio in 1971 with Love It to Death. Alice’s stage act then was confrontational, even horrifying, and without the campy humor that would inform the act just two years later on Billion Dollar Babies.  

But what made Alice Cooper a household name was the savvy string of hits, indelibly changing the rock concert world while revolutionizing American Top 40 radio at the same time with “I’m Eighteen”, “Under My Wheels”, “Be My Lover”, “School’s Out”, “Elected”, “No More Mister Nice Guy”, “Welcome to My Nightmare” and “Only Women Bleed” from five Top 10-selling albums.  

The career ride for Alice Cooper careened from the whole band sleeping in one motel room to the covers of Time and Newsweek magazines; from fairways to national airwaves; from rehab to Rock Hall in 2011.  Alice reflects with InTheStudio host Redbeard on why Alice Cooper connected then, and lives on today.

” I think it was because we were such a shock to the nation, image-wise. We were the band that drove the stake through the heart of the Love Generation. Everything that the hippies didn’t believe in. For the first time in a long time music was not political, it was fun! Alice Cooper was like the biggest juvenile delinquent Rock and Roll horror show of all time. But not only the image was there, the most important thing in our mind was the fact that the music has to stand up years from now. It has to stand up even after they forgot what we did on stage.” 

Alice Cooper ‘Best of’ /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:

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Fan's Brain Injury Not Motorhead's Problem

Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has no sympathy for the fan who ended up with bleeding on the brain from allegedly headbanging at one of the band's concerts. The guitarist took a less compassionate view than his bandmate Mikkey Dee, who last week said he hoped the 50-year-old German fan was okay.

The man was treated at Hannover Medical School in Germany after complaining of a constant headache in the weeks after attending the gig. It was discovered he had developed a subdural haematoma on his brain which doctors linked to headbanging.

But Campbell insists that if fans overdo it in the moshpit, they have no one to blame but themselves. He tells TeamRock Radio: "I read it in the paper. That's just journalistic crap. It's nothing to do with Ace Of Spades or music. We don't have a problem with anyone. We just do our own thing.

"If people get into trouble while we're playing, that's their problem. It's a bad thing, but we don't try to get people to get into trouble or whatever.".

New Tool Music Delayed By Lawsuit

It's been eight years since Tool has released an album. With all the fan speculation as to why the great delay exists, it appears the culprit is a complicated lawsuit.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey explained that the trouble began in 2007 when an artist and friend of Jones sued the band for artwork he said he'd provided.

The band thought they were protected because they'd purchased insurance for this type of thing. Unfortunately, the agency from which they'd purchase the insurance sued them as well over technicalities. So, the band counter-sued.

If all goes as well for the band, the case will be put to rest when it hits court in January. "The whole thing is really depressing," confessed Carey to Rolling Stone.

"The bad thing is it's really time-consuming. As we've gotten older and our priorities have changed, it's hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there's lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out."

The Winery Dogs Working On Next Album

Rock supergroup The Winery Dogs (Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy) will hit the studio soon to begin work on album number two, guitarist/vocalist Kotzen has revealed.

In an interview with GetYourRockOut's Felicity Hall, Kotzen said he wasn't feeling any pressure about following up the band's successful 2013 debut, which entered the Billboard chart at number 27 with sales of around 10,200 copies a year ago.

"Once you start looking at music like a math equation and you start making choices that are outside the realm of creativity, you put yourself in a situation for a lot of emotional failure," Kotzen said. "And when you're there, then the music is meaningless and everything suffers and then things fall apart. So I think whatever we do, we'll do what feels natural and what the three of us can get behind."

Slash Prefers To Look Forward, Not Backward

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash insists that he is more interested in "pushing forward" with his music rather than dwelling on his past achievements.

Slash says he is continually asked about his time in Guns N' Roses, despite the fact he hasn't spoken to Axl Rose since he left the band in 1996. He tells the Ottawa Citizen: "Really, the only people that obsess about Guns N' Roses is the media. I'm an in-the-moment person. I don't look too far in the future and I definitely don't draw on past stuff. Whatever it is you're doing right this second, just do that and do the best you can at it — just keep pushing forward."

Slash, who is currently on tour, releases his third solo album, World on Fire, on September 15 and says playing live at the moment is very different from his previous experiences.

Blues Tribute To Creedence Clearwater Revival Coming

Blitzen Trapper, Duke Robillard, Trampled Under Foot and Mike Zito are among the blues artists who appear on an album dedicated to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The 12-track A Blues Tribute To Creedence Clearwater Revival will be released on July 22nd in North America and on August 25th in the UK via Cleopatra Records, and it's available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes now.

The label say: "Since the group's breakup in 1972, numerous bands and artists have offered their own spins on CCR's greatest songs, but none as unique as the versions heard here. Treats await fans of CCR, blues music, and lovers of timeless Americana rock."

Scorpions Classic Used In New TV Commercial

The Scorpions 1984 classic hit song, "Rock You Like A Hurricane", is being used in a new television commercial entitled "Be The Man That Every Woman Wants" for Fiber One cookies.

The lead single from the band's ninth album, "Love At First Sting", peaked at No. 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100; the project reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and sold more than 3 million copies in the States alone.

Earlier this year, the band released "MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live In Athens", a package compiled from three concerts in Athens, Greece at the city's Lycabettus Theatre last fall.

Watch the TV ad here.

Rolling Stones Keith Richards Talks Jagger's Harp Skills

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards raves about the band's frontman Mick Jagger's harmonica skills in the latest episode of his online video series, "Ask Keith."

"To me, Mick Jagger is one of the best blues harp players on the world," says Keith in the minute long clip. "He does things you wouldn't dream of vocally."

The Stones wrapped up the European leg of their 14 On Fire Tour at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark on July 3. The band returns to the road this fall to play Australia and New Zealand, shows that were rescheduled from this spast spring following the sudden passing of Jagger's longtime girlfriend, L'Wren Scott.

Watch the episode here.

Kansas Announce New Vocalist Ronnie Platt


KANSAS would like to introduce lead vocalist and keyboardist, Ronnie Platt, as it’s newest member. Ronnie’s first show with the band will be September 12 in Oklahoma City, OK, where he will take over singing duties for departing vocalist Steve Walsh.

Ronnie, please meet the greatest fans in the world…..

“I want KANSAS fans to know, first and foremost, I’m one of them,” says Platt, a Chicago area native. “Heck, I’m a blue collar guy that rides a Harley and I’ve spent most of my adult life earning a living by driving a truck. I’m a long time fan of the music and have always looked up to Steve Walsh. My goal is not to replace Steve; no one can do that. It is my goal and responsibility to sustain the integrity that is KANSAS. This is a lifelong dream and I would like to thank Phil, Rich, Billy, and David for the opportunity. Yes, I’ve got the job, but now it’s time to earn it….and I take nothing for granted that has been given to me. My performance in KANSAS will be how I’ve always performed, with passion and enthusiasm. “

KANSAS drummer Phil Ehart states, “After considering other candidates, it became clear Ronnie was our guy. He’s a perfect fit musically and personally with the band. His passion for the band and the music, as well as his musicianship, is exceptional.”

KANSAS guitarist Richard Williams adds, “Once we get back from Europe, we’ve got a lot of work to do to be ready for our fans in September. People can expect us to shake things up musically and dust off some songs we haven’t played in quite a while. Who knows? With Ronnie now on board, there may even be new music in our future!”

Ronnie, welcome to KANSAS!

New Van Halen Music Speculation

An online photo of Eddie Van Halen visiting a mastering studio in Los Angeles has surfaced, fueling speculation about possible activity in the Van Halen camp.

"Eddie Van Halen came by to visit Howie at his studio," read the post on the Facebook page of the Howie Weinberg Mastering Studio. Weinberg mastered Van Halen's 2012 album, "A Different Kind Of Truth." The world renowned mastering engineer's resume includes 4 Grammy nominations, 4 TEC Awards, over 3000 releases, 200 Gold Records and an estimated quarter of a billion records sold.

Earlier this year, reports indicated the band were actively working on new music. In February, Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti confirmed activity when he was asked about new music from his solo project, Tremonti - which now includes bassist Wolfgang Van Halen.

"With Wolfgang in the band now," said the guitarist "he does a lot of work with Van Halen right now, they're putting together a new album, so it's going to be hard to get everybody's schedules to line up.

Keith Emerson and Greg Lake To Release 'Live From Manticore Hall' CD July 14, 2014

London, UK – Welcome to Manticore Hall! Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, two of the founding members of prog legends Emerson Lake & Palmer, will be releasing their highly anticipated new CD 'Live From Manticore Hall' on July 14, 2014 on Manticore Records, via Cherry Red. The duo's forthcoming live album captures their unique two-man versions of a selection of well known material from ELP’s celebrated catalog, including the hit “Lucky Man”. These recordings were taken from a live show during their 2010 world tour and presented here for the first time!

“ 'Live At Manticore Hall' is an introspective revisit to some of the music of ELP. I think Greg and I gave it a personal touch with our Q&A sessions midway through the show. It was a delicate transformation that we present now.” - Keith Emerson

“I think this album offers a very interesting perspective upon how Keith and I work and create together.” - Greg Lake

Track Listing:
To purchase Keith Emerson & Greg Lake's 'Live From Manticore Hall' CD:


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On April 3, 1975 the Mk III line-up of Deep Purple – guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, frontman David Coverdale, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, keyboard player Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice – performed at the Liebenauer ice rink, located on the outskirts of mountain-cradled Graz, Austria’s second largest city after Vienna.

Enthused by Deep Purple’s arrival in town, the local press dubbed the concert “das Rockereignis des Jahres [the rock event of the year]”. And it was – in more ways than one.

Previously unreleased in its entirety, Graz 1975 – will be released in North America on September 23th, 2014 on earMUSIC / Eagle Rock Entertainment.

After Graz, Deep Purple would play just two more shows – in Saarbrücken, Germany and Paris, France – before Blackmore left to form his new band, Rainbow. The remaining band members would regroup quickly with American guitarist Tommy Bolin in tow.

In order to preserve Blackmore’s final run of Mk III concerts for posterity, Deep Purple’s managers had brought the Rolling Stones mobile recording studio over to mainland Europe. And what a show it was! Graz 1975 is absolutely electrifying and exhilarating. Indeed, it has long been regarded as the holy grail of concert recordings among Mk III connoisseurs. A performance that has never been available in its entirety until now.

Kicking off with a blazing performance of “Burn,” Graz 1975 is a wild eight-track ride, firing on all pistons. Blackmore plays with controlled brutality. The vocal interplay between Coverdale and Hughes has never sounded so good. And, of course, stalwarts Lord and Paice give it a good kicking – and then some.

The track listing, naturally, is weighted heavily in favor of Mk III recordings, with just two songs from Deep Purple’s previous incarnation with Ian Gillan on vocals and Roger Glover on bass: the iconic “Smoke On The Water” and the almost-as-iconic “Space Truckin’.” Still, it’s true to say that, from beginning to end, Graz 1975 showcases Deep Purple Mk III at the absolute top – and also, ironically, at the end – of their game.

After almost 40 years the concert is still captivating. It is the perfect example that, for Deep Purple, there is no need for extravagant video projections or expensive fire shows to play a unique and fascinating gig. All they need is their music. It is the love and passion for their music that makes every single show a unique experience.

Track Listing:
1. Burn
2. Stormbringer
3. The Gypsy
4. Lady Double Dealer
5. Mistreated
6. Smoke On The Water
7. You Fool No One
8. Space Truckin’


Today (7/14), the iconic and Grammy-winning rock band, YES, premiered a lyric video for the lead single--“In A World Of Our Own”--off their new studio album, HEAVEN & EARTH (set for release July 22 in the U.S. on Frontiers Records), exclusively on MUZU.TV. Check out the lyric video for “In A World Of Our Own” (penned by frontman Jon Davidson and bassist Chris Squire) here:

Having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades, HEAVEN & EARTH sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative. The new album contains eight new tracks, each of which boasts the unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as “the YES sound.” YES’ distinctive layered music, swirling arrangements, brilliant vocals and harmonies are all in abundance. For HEAVEN & EARTH, YES teamed up with legendary Grammy Award winner, Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper, etc.), who handled the production and Billy Sherwood (Toto, Paul Rodgers, Air Supply, etc.) who mixed the album. Also onboard is long-time YES artist, the world-renowned Roger Dean, who again brings his masterful artistic creativity to the album’s cover art and packaging. HEAVEN & EARTH, available now for pre-order on Amazon (link here:, is an album sure to please both long-time and new YES fans. Fans who pre-order the album from iTunes (link here: will receive instant downloads of "In A World Of Our Own" and "Believe Again".

Fans can explore the new album on YES’ new micro-site: Each week the band will premiere a 90-second excerpt from a song off the new album, along with the song’s lyrics.

Tracklisting for Heaven & Earth:
Believe Again
The Game
Step Beyond
To Ascend
In A World Of Our Own
Light Of The Ages
It Was All We Knew
Subway Walls

To coincide with the release of HEAVEN & EARTH, the multi-platinum progressive rock band--bassist CHRIS SQUIRE, guitarist STEVE HOWE, drummer ALAN WHITE, keyboardist GEOFF DOWNES and singer JON DAVISON--are currently on their summer tour, titled “An Evening with YES,” featuring YES performing, in their entirety, 1971’s groundbreaking album FRAGILE for the first-time ever and a repeat performance from last year’s tour of 1972’s CLOSE TO THE EDGE, followed by an encore of the band’s greatest hits and songs off the new album.

YES is proud to provide special show packages, which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited-edition gifts from YES, and much more. For more information on prices, on-sale dates and to purchase YES packages/tickets, go to

About YES:
Since its founding in 1968, YES has created much of rock history’s most important music, including iconic pieces like ‘Roundabout,’ 'Close to the Edge,’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People,’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart,’ ‘Starship Trooper,’ and countless others. Its albums, including ‘Fragile,’ ‘Close to the Edge,’ ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans,’ and ‘90125,’ have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA. YES continues to inspire millions of musicians, fans, and music lovers around the world.

Pre-order the new YES album HEAVEN & EARTH at:

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CALIFORNIA BREED have just announced live shows in the USA as Special Guest of ALTERBRIDGE throughout the month of OCTOBER 2014.

Oct 07 - Sands Bethlehem Events Center - Bethlehem, PA
Oct 09 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Oct 10 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Oct 12 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY
Oct 13 - Freedom Hall / Lancaster Co. Convention Center - Lancaster, PA
Oct 15 - Hard Rock Live - Northfield, OH
Oct 16 - The Pageant - St Louis, MO
Oct 20 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
Oct 22 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
Oct 23 - Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA
Oct 25 - The Warfield - San Francisco, CA
Oct 26 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA

Visit for ticket/venue details.

KISS Announce Las Vegas Residency

KISS announced their first-ever residency in Las Vegas. From Nov. 5-23, "KISS Rocks Vegas" will take over The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

The shows will play to a much smaller audience than KISS is used to: The Joint will seat about 3,200 for these shows. Paul Stanley told USA Today, "Usually, going into a smaller venue means eliminating things.

"The great thing about going into The Joint, it gives us the opportunity to add. Much in the same way as a Broadway show, when you have a permanent installation, you're not breaking down every night to travel. So we can do things we wouldn't normally do."

"What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it. We intend to blow the roof off the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino," Gene Simmons said in a press release.

Metallica Show Their Comic Side In ESPN Commercial
ESPN released their hilarious new "This Is Sports Center" promotional ad today, starring none other than Metallica. The 30-second TV commercial will air today during ESPN's coverage of the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

The spot plays off Metallica's now nascent relationship to New York Yankee Mariano Rivera. Now retired, Rivera was known for his entering the field to Metallica's "Enter Sandman." The song became so synonymous with the baseball great that when Rivera retired, the band flew in to perform the song at the ceremony. According to ESPN, the track was so married to Rivera that the Hard Rock retired the song from the music system at "all Hard Rock-branded restaurants, hotels and casinos worldwide with the exception of Hard Rock Cafe Yankee Stadium."

As if the band is now suddenly out of job, the ESPN spot portrays the band as no longer having anything do to. The ad begins with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich pitching athletes and coaches on using their songs as entrance music.

Sadly, no one is interested. Putting the nail in the coffin is ESPN anchor Stuart Scott's break room run-in with Kirk Hammett. Scott detaches a piece of paper from the bulletin board and uses it to wad up and throw away his gum, only to realize it was a flier for Hammett's guitar lessons.

Ex-Alice Cooper Guitarist Dick Wagner Recovering From Heart Surgery

Former Alice Cooper guitarist Dick Wagner is recovering in hospital after heart surgery. The 71-year-old was last week admitted after complaining of breathing problems and later underwent surgery to 'clean up' an artery.

The work improved blood flow to the heart by 30%. However, he remains under observation after developing a severe lung infection.

Dick's son Robert says via Facebook: "Prayers are welcome right about now. My dad is still in the hospital with a deep lung infection. Tomorrow they will 'wash' his lungs. Doesn't sound fun, but I'm hoping it works and he can breathe again."

Joe Bonamassa Releases Different Shades Of Blue Video

Joe Bonamassa has launched a music video for the title track of upcoming album "Different Shades Of Blue", which will be his first album featuring all original material.

The 11-track record is due in September 22 and sees the bluesman back at work with producer Kevin Shirley, alongside organist Reese Wynans, bassist Carmine Rojas and Michael Rhodes, and drummer Anton Fig.

Bonamassa recently said: "I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album. I've really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it - and I feel like I owe them an original record after all these years."

Watch the video here.

Former Megadeth Members Form New Group

Ex-Megadeth men Nick Menza and James LoMenzo are outlining plans to work together on a project which will see them writing, recording and touring with a full band in the future.

Drummer Menza and bassist LoMenzo got together recently for a jam session in California, where the pair cranked out classic Megadeth tracks along with a number of Led Zeppelin covers.

Also included in the session at Menza's Disintegrator Studios was Metallica's Motorbreath, where the pair were joined by guitarist/vocalist Davor Garasic from Croatian thrashers Sufosia.


July 14, 2014 -- When RICHIE KOTZEN plays his guitar, you know it’s him.  The guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter possesses an inimitable style that’s both instantly recognizable and immediately striking.  This unique style courses through THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, a career retrospective collection set for release September 2 on Loud & Proud Records.  It encompasses this iconic talent’s entire career of his most essential work and includes two CDs of classic material, acoustic performances, bootleg material and two brand new songs (“War Paint” and “Walk With Me”), and a DVD of music videos, acoustic performances and bootleg material.  A three-song sampler, including the two new songs along with “Lie To Me,” is being serviced to rock radio stations later this month.  Fans can pre-order the album at

KOTZEN personally curated THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive and concise introduction to his extensive body of work.  “I’ve really changed and grown as an artist and as a person,” he says.  “I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist.”

“War Paint” builds from an opening bluesy riff into a bombastic chorus punctuated by KOTZEN’s gravelly delivery and impeccable lead playing.  He explains, “It was a challenge to make a studio recording sound like a live band with only one musician playing all the instruments.  I think I accomplished that on this track.”  At the same time, “Walk With Me” sees KOTZEN evolving once more and incorporating a Theremin, an antique electronic instrument, into an emotive and engaging anthem.  “There was a specific sound I was hearing in the song,” he reveals.  “I realized it was a Theremin, so I bought one.  I spent a couple of weeks learning it.  I used that where the lead guitar would normally go.  It was a really rewarding departure for me.”

With his guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, RICHIE KOTZEN has built a remarkably diverse 20 year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.  During that span, KOTZEN toured with his trio extensively outside the United States, building a loyal fan base and selling out shows throughout Europe, Latin America, and Japan.  In 1996, Fender guitars honored him with not one, but two signature model guitars.  His signature model Telecaster is available worldwide and continues to be a top seller for the brand.  In 2006, KOTZEN received one of his biggest personal honors when The Rolling Stones chose him to open up a string of Japanese shows placing him in front of some of his biggest crowds to date.  He has not only built an incredibly successful solo career, but has also found himself writing, recording and playing live with a variety of different artists, including Jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Lenny White.  He currently plays guitar and fronts the band The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band’s self-titled debut album debuted at #27 on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart).   

With his 20th full-length solo album on the horizon for 2015 as well as countless gigs, RICHIE KOTZEN’s legacy is only continuing to expand.  “When you perform, record or write, you go to a different place,” he concludes.  “It’s another world. I love hearing people react to the music and lyrics.  That’s the ultimate reward.”

Stay tuned for solo touring news, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here’s the complete track listing of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN:

1. War Paint *
2. Walk With Me *
3. Love Is Blind
4. Go Faster
5. Fooled Again
6. OMG (What’s Your Name?)
7. Help Me
8. Bad Situation
9. Lie To Me *
10. Fear
11. You Can’t Save Me
12. Doing What The Devil Says To Do
13. Remember (Reprise)
* never before released *

1. What Is (2014)
2. High (2014)
3. Change (2014)
4. Special (2014)
5. Paint It On (Acoustic Version)
6. Holding On (Acoustic Version)
7. Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice) - (Acoustic Version)
8. The Road (Acoustic Version)
9. Regret (Original Demo Version)
10. Damaged (Original Demo Version)

1. Walk With Me (2014)
2. Paying Dues (2009)
3. 24 Hours (2011)
4. Larger Than Life (2009)
5. Losing My Mind (2005)
6. Help Me (2012)
7. Chase It (2008)
8. Player (2011)
9. The Shadow (2011)
10. My Angel (2011)
11. I Would (2008)

About Loud & Proud Records

Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for new releases by Neil Young, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation, multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf, supergroup rock band The Winery Dogs, renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident, multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk, Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers, critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC/Edel AG. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.

Judas Priest On Track For Their First U.S. Top 10 Album

Judas Priest are projected to score to land the very first US Top 10 album of their career next week when "Redeemer Of Souls" hits the Billboard album charts.

Billboard reports that industry sources have forecasted that the group's new album is set to sell upwards of 30,000 copies during it's first week in stores, which would be enough for the album to debut in the Top 10.

The metal legends previously peaked at No 11 with 2008's "Nostradamus." Information regarding the new Billboard charts will be released on Wednesday.


Tickets and Upgrade Packages On-Sale Friday July 18th

Band on Tour in Support of Their Latest Critically Acclaimed Album Fortress

(July 14th, 2014 – New York, NY) Hard rock’s greatest asset of recent years, Alter Bridge, is hitting the road stateside one more time in 2014. The band will be heading out on a headline run this October in support of their latest album, Fortress. This latest 13-city run comes on the heels of their sold-out run this past Spring which had criticsraving across the country. ArtistDirect raved about the band’s live show: “Alter Bridge deserves to be one of the biggest bands in North America… It’s time for a revolution over here. It’s time for Alter Bridge to rule...” The headline tour kicks off October 7th in Louisville and runs through October 26th where it wraps up in Los Angeles with more dates possibly to be added during the tour. Alter Bridge will be making stops in Huntington, St. Louis, Seattle and San Francisco to name a few. California Breed has been tapped to open the entire tour. Tickets for the tour are on-sale Friday, July 18th at 10AM local time and fans can go to for direct buy links to each show.

Alter Bridge will also be offering fans the chance to buy a VIP upgrade package at the time they purchase their tickets for entry in to the show. A ticket forentry must be purchased before the VIP upgrade. The Alter Bridge 2014 Fortress Fall Tour VIP Upgrade will include:

•   Meet & Greet with Alter Bridge
•   Photo Op with Alter Bridge
•   Autograph session with Alter Bridge (1 item per person)
•   Visit to Alter Bridge Soundcheck
•   Exclusive Alter Bridge VIP Merchandise, which includes:
                      One Alter Bridge lithograph
                      One Exclusive Alter Bridge tour item
                      One Commemorative Alter Bridge VIP laminate
                     One Commemorative Alter Bridge VIP ticket

•   Priority VIP check-in
•   Crowd free merchandise shopping
•   On-Site VIP Host

Alter Bridge will also be making a stop at the upcoming Louder Than Life Festival on October 4th before their headline tour kicks off. The festival is taking place in Louisville, KY and Alter Bridge will be playing alongside the likes of Judas Priest, Korn, Limp Bizkit and Stone Temple Pilots to name a few. Tickets for the two-day festival can be purchased here:

Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, One Day Remains.  In 2007, the band released Blackbird, the album that elevated the band’s profile worldwide.  Guitarist Magazine voted the epic solo in the title track “Blackbird” the “Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time.” ABIII was released in 2010 and the single “Isolation” gave the band their first #1 single.  Alter Bridge has appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR have used their music.  When AlterBridge is on hiatus, singer Myles Kennedy can be found fronting Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.  Guitarist Mark Tremonti recently released his fist solo project All I Was that included Wolfgang Van Halen playing bass with Mark on the road.

Oct 4th Louisville, KY     Louder Than Life Festival
Oct 7th Bethlehem, PA   Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Oct 9th Worcester, MA   The Palladium
Oct 10th            Sayreville, NJ     Starland Ballroom
Oct 12th            Huntington, NY  The Paramount
Oct 13th            Lancaster, PA    Freedom Hall at the Lancaster County Convention Center
Oct 15th            Northfield, OH    Hard Rock Live
Oct 16th            St. Louis, MO     The Pageant
Oct 20th            Denver, CO       Paramount Theatre
Oct 22nd           Seattle, WA       Showbox SODO
Oct 23rd            Spokane, WA     Knitting Factory
Oct 25th            San Francisco, CA          Warfield Theatre
Oct 26th            Los Angeles, CA Wiltern

Moondance Jam is Ready to Rock this Week
REO Speedwagon, Seether, & Styx headline the festival's deepest lineup in years

WALKER, MINNESOTA  – July 14, 2014 – For the past several years, Moondance Jam has relied on names like Kid Rock, KISS and Motley Crue to highlight their festival. This year they have spread the wealth across the lineup to put fifteen national acts back on the main stage for the first time since 2010. But that doesn't mean they're missing big names. REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Styx and Foreigner will carry on the festival's classic rock tradition while Seether, Collective Soul, Alter Bridge, Sublime with Rome, The Wallflowers, Skillet and Sick Puppies bring in the 90s and modern rock sound that newer fans crave. Need some hair metal? No problem, Autograph and Slaughter will be there. Want some classic rock that goes deeper into the 70s? Badfinger featuring Joey Molland and former Eagle Don Felder will take you on a trip back in time.

“We are so happy with the lineup this year,"  says owner Kathy Bieloh, “we have several bands playing early time slots that could easily be opening for a headliner in the 9 o'clock spot. Even the bands playing the 3 o'clock shows would be bumped up a time slot the past few years. We're hoping to see a lot of Jammers in the concert area all day with all of this talent. Even our side stages are beefed up this year.”

In all there are 50 bands on four stages at Moondance Jam this year.  Get there early for the Wednesday night Pre Jam Party featuring Mountain Ash, The Fabulous Armadillos and Hairball. Or check out the MDJ Saloon and Tiki Bar stages between main stage bands. They  will be rocking tributes to The Beatles, Tom Petty, ZZ Top, Chicago, Rush, Janis Joplin, Heart and Wings to go with a bunch of fantastic bands covering all of your favorite songs from the past 50 years. You can even chill out in the air conditioned Lazy Moon Bar & Grill and listen to some great tunes from the acoustic stage.

If that's not enough, the camaraderie and festive feel in the campgrounds is almost worth the trip itself. Many of the campers have been coming to the same campsites for years and have developed friendships with their camping neighbors and other Moondance friends that they see just once a year. And they seem to add new Jammers every year to their list of friends.  It's not uncommon to have a smiling stranger nod your way and wish you, "Happy Moondance!" several times a day.

Moondance manager, Jon Bieloh, says the campgrounds are ready to go, "We've been cutting grass like crazy this year with all of the moisture, but it eased up on us lately and the campgrounds are really looking nice. I just looked at the extended forecast and it says 75-80 degrees for every day of the Jam and into next week. If that holds up, we're going to have a lot of happy Jammers. Plus it will make it easy for the bands and production crews to do what they are best at... putting on a great rock show."

Tickets and camping for Moondance Jam 23 will be available at the gate if you haven't already  purchased them in advance.  Prices, ticket and camping options and schedules for all of the stages can be found at

Camping and Concert Gate Times
Early camping check-in on Wednesday runs from Noon until 9:30 p.m. Even if you didn't originally purchase 4-day camping, you can upgrade at the gate if you want to come a day early. Check-in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday runs from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Please do not show up before the check-in time – you will not be allowed to wait on the highway.

Concert gates open at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and at noon on Thursday through Saturday. Even though the VIP tent is not open Wednesday, there will be an early VIP check-in on Wednesday from 5 PM - 8 PM to avoid the lines on Thursday.

Location, Parking & Shuttles
Moondance Jam is held on the Moondance Fairgrounds grounds 6 ½ miles southeast of Walker, MN on HWY 200. There is $15/day parking available at the Moondance Fairgrounds parking lot just off of HWY 200 and $5/day motorcycle parking near the East concert gate (accessible through gate #1). Northern Lights Casino offers $10 parking in their lot 2.5 miles west of Moondance.  Moondance Jam provides a free shuttle service that runs to and from the  concert gates when they open until the concert area is empty.

Festival Seating for G.A. and Organized Lawn Chair Seating
Moondance Jam began as classic rock festival with their open festival seating for all general admission ticket holders and continues that tradition today over two decades later. That means everyone at Moondance has equal opportunity to get up to the front of the stage or sit back on the lawn seating area. Concert goers who wish to bring in a lawn chair need to purchase a chair tag. Tags are available at the gate for $30. You can also purchase a Moondance Chair at the Lazy Moon or Shirt Shack for $50 that includes a lawn chair tag. If you already have a lawn chair tag, Moondance Chairs are only $20. Lawn chair seating spots are given on a daily first-come-first-served basis, so if you want to "reserve" your spot in the lawn chair seating area, get to the concert area early and stake your claim.

Featured at Moondance Jam for 2014
Moondance has four different bars with various specials throughout the Jam. The Lazy Moon Bar & Grill features a full food menu, a breakfast buffet and bloody mary bar in the morning and off sale beer and liquor throughout the festival. New this year at Billy B's bar on the hill is a beer pong tournament that starts at noon on Saturday along with free beer & wine tasting by Harvest Moon Festival and bloody mary bar from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Moondance Jam camping contest is held Thursday and Friday afternoons from noon to 3 p.m. Winners of the beer pong tourney and camping contest get tickets for Moondance Jam 24 and grand champs also get to go to the Backstage Bar on Saturday night.

Main Stage Schedule
Wednesday, July 16 Pre Jam Party (free for all 3-day ticket holders)

10:30 p.m. - Hairball
9:00 p.m. - The Fabulous Armadillos
7:30 p.m. - Mountain Ash
Thursday, July 17
11:00 p.m. – Seether
9:00 p.m. - Collective Soul
7:00 p.m. - Alter Bridge
5:00 p.m. - Sublime with Rome
3:00 p.m. - Sick Puppies
Friday, July 18
11:00 p.m. – Styx
9:00 p.m. – Foreigner
7:00 p.m. - Don Felder
5:00 p.m. – Skillet
3:00 p.m. – Autograph
Saturday, July 19
11:00 p.m. - REO Speedwagon
9:00 p.m. - George Thorogood
7:00 p.m. - The Wallflowers
5:00 p.m. - Badfinger featuring Joey Molland
3:00 p.m. – Slaughter
*Schedule and lineup are subject to change without notice.
More information can be found online at or by calling the Moondance Hotline at 877-MOONJAM.


It seems like the days of flipping through vast vinyl, cassette, or CD collections is a thing of the past. And while there's no denying the convenience of having all your favorite albums on a mobile device, it's becoming more common for recordings to get lost in the shuffle and/or completely forgotten about. 

Author/journalist Greg Prato is willing to provide some assistance, with his 12th book overall, Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention. Inside, you will find countless albums that you may have completely forgotten about or perhaps have never even heard of before. Either way, all 354 of these titles get the "Prato Stamp of Approval." 

Starting with AC/DC's Flick of the Switch and wrapping up with Zombi's Surface to Air, countless styles of music are represented in between - rock n' roll, hard rock, heavy metal, alternative, new wave, punk, hardcore, grunge, jazz, fusion, psychedelic, prog, folk, blues, funk, soul, rap, spoken word, power pop, big band, glam, experimental, instrumental, soundtracks…the list goes on and on. But the selections stay strong!

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, whose writing has appearing in Rolling Stone, among other outlets. He is also the author of several acclaimed books, including Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, The Eric Carr Story, and MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video, among others.

Now available as paperback ($12.99, 256 pages), Kindle ($9.99, 287 pages), and Nook ($9.99, 256 pages) versions,
Overlooked/Underappreciated is sure to put you in the most musical of moods!

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Last Original Ramones Member Tommy Ramone Dies

The last surviving member of the seminal punk rock band the Ramones has passed away: CBS News reports that drummer Tommy Ramone, born Erdelyi Tamas, has died. He was 62.

His death was announced by the Ramones' official Twitter account in the early hours of Saturday morning. The account tweeted, "We are saddened to announce the passing of Ramones founding drummer Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone. #RIPTommyRamone."

Born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, he co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone (born Jeffrey Hyman), bassist Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) and guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings). All four changed their stage names to "Ramone" after forming the band, something which all subsequent members of the band did as well.

"It wasn't just music in The Ramones: it was an idea," said Tommy Ramone in 1978. "It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music - it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different. Originally it was just an artistic type of thing; finally I felt it was something that was good enough for everybody."

Guns N' Roses' New Album Close To Being Done

It took them reportedly 14 years to make Chinese Democracy, which finally saw the light of day in 2008, but Guns N' Roses' followup is almost done - if it isn't already.

In fact, they might even have two more records due out soon. In an interview with Rolling Stone, keyboardist Dizzy Reed said the band has "a s-tload of songs" leftover from Chinese Democracy sessions that could compromise another album or two. "If the new record is not done, then it's close to being done," he added.

Reed's report is consistent with an interview frontman Axl Rose gave to Revolver earlier this summer when he said, "We recorded a lot of things before Chinese was out. "We've worked more on some of those things and we've written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call the second half of Chinese. That's already recorded. And then we have a remix album made of the songs from Chinese. That's been done for a while, too."

Tony Iommi All For Tom Jones Collaboration

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has told TeamRock that he'd like to collaborate with iconic Welsh singer Tom Jones. Back in the 1980s, a UK rock magazine ran a spoof news story claiming that Jones, most famous for his 1960's mega-hits Delilah, What's New Pussycat? and The Green, Green Grass Of Home, had been lined up to front Black Sabbath

The suggestion was that the new-look Sabbath would take a concept album based on a mythical monster visiting a Welsh pit village on the road, for the Minotaur/Miner Tour. Though the story was a joke, it sparked a conversation between Iommi and Jones which led to a friendship blossoming between the two men.

"I've met Tom a few times and we were talking one day and he said 'Did you ever see that thing in the press about me joining you guys?'" Iommi reveals. "I said 'Yes, I did' and he said 'It's not a bad idea, is it?'"

"I like Tom, he's good," Iommi adds. "I'd actually like to do something with him. It could work."

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Forced To Cancel Tel Aviv Show

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have announced that they have been forced to cancel their July 17th concert at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv due to the current security situation in Israel.

Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv Israel, Neil Young & Crazy Horse have been forced to cancel their concert appearance originally scheduled for July 17th in Hayarkon Park.

A spokesperson for Young's camp said: "It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we must cancel our one and only Israeli concert due to tensions which have rendered the event unsafe at this time. We'll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace."

"I will be making donations to both the Louise Tillie Alpert Youth Music Centre of Israel, and Heartbeat", said Mr. Young, "two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together."

The Scorpions Explain Why They Didn't Say Farewell

The Scorpions say they have had too much fun on their three-year long 'farewell tour' to actually call it a day. The band had planned to retire at the end of their mammoth global trek but singer Klaus Meine admits the temptation to keep going has been too strong.

He tells Deutsche Welle: "When you start a three-year farewell tour, you know you've got a long time ahead of you. But that long period went by much faster than we imagined. The closer we got to the goal - Munich in December 2012 - the stronger the feeling was that we hadn't come to the end at all.

"There were so many images in our minds and so many emotions in our hearts. Everything we experienced between 2010 and 2012, the 200 concerts, it was all so powerful. You stand on stage, look down and see so many fans, including the younger generation, who are really getting into it and saying, 'Guys, this is so cool. We're seeing you for the first time. When will you be back?'

"It's so motivating and inspiring to play for three generations. We're all having too much fun to put down the guitars."

Walter Trout Gives Post Live Transplant Interview

Walter Trout has spoken exclusively to Classic Rock about his recovery from the last-gasp liver transplant that saved his life. The American blues-rock guitarist, 63, is still hospitalized after suffering some post-op complications but in a first interview since the surgery Trout reveals that his health is slowly improving.

"Around a month ago I woke up to find I was bleeding out of my butt," he reveals. "Over the next 20 minutes I lost all of the blood in my body - they had to replace 13 pints - and went into a coma for three days. After that I had this thing called an encephalopathy, which is temporary brain damage. I couldn't speak English and didn't know who I was or recognize anybody else. Basically, I was a vegetable and that condition lasted another six or seven days. I should have been dead at that point."

However, Trout survived. His body did not reject the new liver (he's unaware of the donor's identity). He is beginning to regain weight and his faculties are returning. He's even jovial enough to make a quip about his surname.

"My biggest problem is recovering from the surgery because I've been filleted like a fish… hey, there's a joke for you," he laughs. "So my sense of humour is back but I need to work on my strength because after losing 100lbs I don't have enough muscles in my forearm to bend a [guitar] string. I don't know if I'll ever get back to where I was before, but I'm going to try."

Dream Theater's Uncool Factor Brought Them Success

John Petrucci from Dream Theater says being "uncool" became the prog outfit's greatest strength. And the guitarist says the new generation of progressive rock bands is heartwarming for Dream Theater, who are relative veterans of the genre.

Ahead of the band's recent headline slot on the Saturn Stage at Sonisphere, Petrucci tells TeamRock Radio: "Yeah, less cool is correct. Our second album came out and Nirvana and all that was all over the radio.

"For some strange reason for that time, 1992/93, Pull Me Under from that album somehow broke through and was a radio hit. It didn't make any sense in the midst of what was going on with grunge - but it was poking through and it was interesting.

"Over time, those differences and the uncool factor and everything else actually became our strengths; what separated us out and make us successful in the long term."

Rob Halford Exciting That Queen Is Touring Again

Rob Halford has spoken of his joy at seeing Queen performing with Adam Lambert - and says he hopes Motley Crue's final tour turns out not to be their last.

The Judas Priest frontman says on Nikki Sixx's Sixx Sense radio show: "I've been a huge Queen fan since they began. I actually went and saw some of their very, very, very early shows in England, and they just blew me away. I just couldn't believe it. These guys were doing extraordinary things for that time in rock and roll. And the thing is, at the end of the day, it's the music, the music, the music. The music lives longer than we do."

Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor have launched a North American tour with American Idol finalist Lambert in place of late frontman Freddie Mercury - and Halford thinks it's the right move. He says: "It's just great to see the guys out on the road. They don't need to go out. They've got all the gold and platinum albums. But what they're doing is a sincere display of their love of their music. So I wish them all the best."

The Kinks Blast Claims Jimmy Page Played On 'You Really Got Me'

The Kinks have called out the BBC over a new Radio 2 documentary that claims Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page played on their signature song and 1964 hit, "You Really Got Me."


"PLEASE TWEET YOUR COMMENTS AT BBC DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER @KELLIEREDMOND @dannybaker5live AND @BBCRadio2 . Tell them to get their facts straight...I, Dave Davies, invented the distorted guitar sound and played the solo on You Really Got Me and Ray Davies played rhythm guitar. We never used ANY other guitarists on any Kinks hits."

A session musician at the time, Page has always maintained that he did not play on the song, which hit No. 1 in the UK and No. 7 in the US.


There are few musicians who have penned as many anthemic rock tunes as Randy Bachman. Often referred to as the “architect of Canadian rock n’ roll, Bachman’s catalogue of hits include "American Woman," "These Eyes," "No Time," "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," "Takin' Care of Business," and "Roll On Down the Highway." And now, Bachman himself offers thrilling in-concert renditions and earnest tales behind the creation of all of these classics (and many more), on 'Every Song Tells A Story,' a fourteen-track CD/DVD set that will be released on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 via the Independent Label Services Group (ILS).
A video teaser of the DVD can be viewed via this link:

A pre-order option is available via Amazon:

Recorded in April 2013, at Pantages Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg, 'Every Song Tells A Story' features Bachman in a rare and intimate setting, weaving together the transcendent and iconic hits of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive with the often-humorous stories that originally brought the songs to life.  Inspired by his award-winning radio program 'Vinyl Tap,' Bachman takes his master storytelling and voluminous musical knowledge on the road and leads fans on a guided journey that encapsulates the last 30 years of popular music presented by one of the greatest rock legends of our time.

A legendary figure in the rock and roll world through his talents as a guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer, Bachman has earned over 120 Platinum and Gold album and single awards, garnered the No. 1 spot at the top of radio play lists in over 20 countries and has amassed over 40 million records sold. Earlier this year, Bachman was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, as well, he received his second inauguration into the Canadian Musician’s Hall of Fame when Bachman-Turner Overdrive are honoured at the 2014 JUNO Awards; The Guess Who were previously inducted in 2001.

1. Prairie Town
2. Shakin’ All Over
3. These Eyes
4. Laughing
5. No Sugar Tonight
6. No Time
7. American Woman
8. Roll On Down The Highway
9. Let It Ride
10. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
11. Takin’ Care Of Business
12. Hey You
13. Undun
14. Lookin’ Out For 1

Bachman & Turner Tour Dates:
7/26 - Ohio Expo Center & State Fair - Columbus, OH
8/23 - Oregon Amphitheater - Albany, OR
8/24 - Alaska State Fair - Palmer, AK
8/30 - Cannery Casino & Hotel - Las Vegas, NV
11/1 - England Brothers Park (Born to Ride Jam 2) - Pinellas Park, FL

Randy Bachman Tour Dates w/ Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy plus special guests:
8/26 - The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA
8/27 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
8/29 - Oval Park - Visalia, CA

CHARM CITY DEVILS SIGN WITH THE END RECORDS - New Full Length Album ‘Battles’ Due September 23rd

 For the past several months the members of the Baltimore-based hard rock outfit - Charm City Devils - featuring John Allen (lead vocals), Anthony Arambula (bass), Jason Heiser (drums), Nick Kay and Victor Karrera (guitars), have been hard at work writing new music for their third full-length album – Battles.

Scheduled for release on September 23rd via The End Records/ADA, the band’s forthcoming album promises to delight fans with the return of Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Egypt Central, 12 Stones), who also spearheaded production duties for the group’s 2012 sophomore release, Sins, which spawned the hit single "Man Of Constant Sorrow", landing them a #20 position on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.  

Frontman John Allen elaborates, “Working with Skidd was a no-brainer really! He manned the board for our highest charting single and always gets the sweetest tones! Plus, he's a good, down to earth dude, he's one of us. We are so excited about our new relationship with The End and ADA! We are looking forward to great things with our new label partners!”


01. Tear It Apart
02. Crucify
03. Shots
04. Everyday
05. Want
06. God's Gonna Cut You Down
07. Lying To Yourself
08. Rich N Famous
09. Destiny
10. Karma
11. Let It Go

For More Information:
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Guns N' Roses Taking A Break, Not Retiring

Longtime Guns N' Roses keyboard player Dizzy Reed set the record straight on the band's upcoming plans and addressed the recent "retirement" rumor in a new interview with Billboard.

The rumor was sparked in May by an online gossip website claiming that an unnamed source told them that Axl Rose was considering retirement following the band's recent Las Vegas residency.

Reed addressed the report during the interview. "You know, so much of that crap gets out there, you can't believe any of it," Reed told Billboard. "At this point, having been in the band for so long, nothing surprises me.

"When I hear things like that I immediately dismiss them until I hear further. I'm never really concerned enough to even ask where it came from, or why, because if it's that important I'll be getting a phone call."

Reed did confirm that the band is taking some time off following the recent end of their residency but vows that they will be back. "Guns are definitely taking some time off, but we'll see. I'm not sure if we're gonna be doing anything else this year. Hopefully we will, but definitely next year. We can't stay away too long."

As for new music, Axl Rose recently confirmed in an interview with Revolver Magazine that Guns N' Roses has a wealth of material. "We recorded a lot of things before 'Chinese' was out," Axl said. "We've worked more on some of those things and we've written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of 'Chinese'. That's already recorded.

"And then we have a remix album made of the songs from 'Chinese'. That's been done for a while, too. But after Vegas, we're going to start looking very seriously at what we're doing in that regard."

Reed also talked about that material but also said that the band members have been working on additional material. "We've all been handing files back and forth to one another in various combinations," he said.

Stone Temple Pilots and Chester Bennington Working On New Music

Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo revealed that the band has been working on new music with current singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.

"Spending the week writing new #STP material here at HOMeFRY...," tweeted DeLeo, along with an image of the band in their practice room. "…And having a blast..." read the follow-up tweet with more smiles from the group members.

Bennington was brought into the band after original frontman Scott Weiland was fired by Stone Temple Pilots in February of 2013, leading to a series of public statements and lawsuits by both parties.

The revitalized group released an EP, "High Rise", last fall; the project debuted at No. 24 on the US Billboard 200 chart following first week sales of 12,000 copies.

Steve Hackett Addresses Genesis Reunion Rumors

Steve Hackett says he is open to the idea of a Genesis reunion – although he insists there are no such plans in place. The guitarist took to Twitter to address rumors of a reunion of the original line-up of the prog rock heroes.

The five musicians – Hackett, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford – have been spending time together for the recording of an upcoming BBC documentary called Genesis: Together And Apart.

But Hackett says: "To my knowledge there are no plans for a Genesis reformation including the five of us. We only met to be interviewed for the documentary."

In a later tweet, he adds: "Yes I'm always open to the possibility of a reunion and I hope the others are too, but it's not currently on the table."

Dio Supergroup Last In Line Preview New Song

Last In Line, which features members from the original lineup of Dio, are giving fans a small taste of what they can expect when the band releases their debut album.

The original members of Dio, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, reunited after the death of Ronnie James Dio and formed Last in Line with Hurricane and Lynch Mob vocalist Andrew Freeman.

The group decided to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the second Dio album, "Last In Line," by giving fans on Facebook a small taste of their new music.

The band is offering fans a preview of the song "Devil In Me", which is one of the tracks on their forthcoming debut album. Fans can listen to the unmixed sample by liking the group's Facebook page here.

Motorhead Feel Bad For Fan's Headbanging Injury

Motorhead feel bad for a fan who developed bleeding on the brain after headbanging at one of their shows. The man was treated at Hannover Medical School in Germany after complaining of a constant headache in the weeks after a spending a night headbanging at the gig a few weeks before. It was discovered he had developed a subdural haematoma on his brain.

Drummer Mikkey Dee tells TeamRock that he felt bad when heard about the 50-year-old German fan's medical complaint, but added that at least it confirmed Motorhead is the hardest rocking band in the world.

Dee says: "The first thing I thought was, 'Oh, no, poor guy.' Of course, we don't want anyone to get hurt at our shows. And it obviously had a happy ending I guess. They said, 'It's confirmed, Motorhead is the hardest-rocking band in the world'.

"I feel for the guy. I'm sorry for him that he ended up getting injured that bad from being at a Motorhead show. But I think we're gonna send him a hockey helmet and maybe a neck brace or something. He's gotta take it a little bit cooler."

Iggy Pop, Tommy Lee, Duff McKagan Helping Sum 41's Deryck Whibley

Earlier this year, Sum 41's Deryck Whibley was admitted to the hospital with failure in both his liver and his kidneys due to years of drinking issues, which he noted could have resulted in his death if he had just one more drink.

In a new interview with Kerrang (via NME), Whibley talks about his support unit. "Now I'm sober, I don't get calls from certain people that I used to," he says. "Now I'm the bum-out to them. Who wants to invite the sober guy to the party? Y'know who has been incredibly supportive? Iggy Pop. He had a lot of great advice; he's been through it all. We've been friends for years."

"Same for Tommy Lee from Mötley Crüe," Whibley says. "He told me what to expect from people, that not everyone will understand. Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum from Guns N' Roses have been great too. We go out for coffee and talk about sh*t."

The Outfield's John Spinks Dead at 60

The Outfield's guitarist and songwriter John Spinks died on Wednesday after a long battle with liver cancer. The melodic rock group enjoyed a string of top 40 hits in the 1980s. He was 60 years old.

The band's biggest hit "Your Love" hit no. 6 on the singles chart and helped propel their debut album, "Play Deep," to multi-platinum sales status in the U.S. The band's latest album was 2011's "Replay."

The band broke the sad news to fans with the following Facebook post: "It is with great sadness to inform you that John passed away at 09.55 on Wednesday 9th July 2014. He was 60 years old. As many of you know, he had been suffering from liver cancer for many years and bravely fought the disease until the very end. We are relieved that his passing was peaceful and painless.

"John was a loving husband, inspirational father, doting grandfather and gifted songwriter. His musical career started from a very young age and he wanted more than anything for people to listen and enjoy his music. He passed away knowing he achieved his ambition.

"If it were possible, we know John would have liked to have thanked each and every fan of The Outfield personally. He admired and respected the emails from thousands of loyal followers who commented on his music and enquired about his health. This alone, gave him motivation to battle through the sometimes dark days.

"We would like to thank you for 'Your Love' and the continued support you have given John throughout his career. He loved making music and playing his guitar. He found pleasure knowing that his music made people happy and bought them fond memories. He worked hard with many days in pain to finish the Replay album. There were times when he could barely pick up his guitar, but he refused to give up knowing he would disappoint fans. The hardest day for John was when he put his guitar in its case announcing his hands could no longer play.

"During the last months of his life, John, Tony and Alan wrote new material. What the future holds for this is unclear at the time of this writing.

"There is so much more we could say, but for now, we would like to grieve the loss of John.

"God bless you all.

"Jean, Lee and Paul xxx

Steel Panther Tapped to Open for Judas Priest on Upcoming North American Tour

“Fanthers Worldwide” Exclusive Presale Available Now at and Steel Panther VIP Experience Available July 11th at

Steel Panther continues their musical attack on the United States this Fall playing alongside heavy metalicons Judas Priest. The band comprised of Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia was tapped to open the upcoming North American tour for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of heavy metal. The 20 city run (with more to be added) will kick off October 1st in Rochester, NY and will run through mid November wrapping up in Salt Lake City. The tour will make stops in major markets including Brooklyn, Detroit, Baltimore and Los Angeles to name a few. Fans that join the Steel Panther fan club, “Fanthers Worldwide,” get exclusive access to ticket presales beginning, July 9th at 10am local time. Membership includes an exclusive Steel Panthert-shirt and laminate/lanyard; access to ticket presales, members only Fanther Forum; access to exclusive videos, photos, contests and more. Current “Fanthers Worldwide” members can log in to their fan club membership for further information and access to presale tickets. Go to for more information. Tickets for most of the upcoming dates are on-sale Friday, July 11th and will be available via

“I cannot believe that we are touring with Judas Priest. One of the most iconic heavy-metal bands of all time! We are going to have THE most amazing tour this fall,” exclaims vocalist Michael Starr. “If you don't buy a ticket for the show, you must be a Justin Bieber fan. Death to all but Metal!”

Steel Panther will be offering a limited number of VIP Experiences for each of the upcoming shows with Judas Priest. The VIP Experience will be an upgrade available to Steel Panther fans that have already purchased a ticket to the show and will consist of all of the following:
•        Preshow Meet & Greet with Steel Panther
•        Sexy Photo op with Steel Panther (props & costumes provided)
•        Autograph signing by Steel Panther (body parts encouraged)
•        Preshow VIP Host
•        Priority VIP check-in
        Preshow drinks and crowd free merchandise shopping
•        Exclusive Groupie Merchandise and more!
The VIP Experience goes on-sale on starting July 11th and is available via Steel Panther’s website at

Steel Panther has been on the road in support of their highest chart debut of their career, All You Can Eat. The album was released on Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services and stormed the top of the charts landing at #24 on the Billboard Top 200. The band also garnered their thirdconsecutive #1 album on the Top Current Comedy Charts. The album is currently available at all physical and digital retailers or can be ordered via SteelPanther.TVAll You Can Eat was produced by Jay Ruston and Steel Panther.

Steel Panther was, for a long time, rock’s best-kept secret: a cult legend on the LA scene. But in recent years due to the success of their albums (all of which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Comedy Album Charts), and live shows, the band has enjoyed huge acclaim from fans and peers alike. Steel Panther has been joined on stage by a who’s who of musical icons such as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Paul Stanley of KISS, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Billy Ray Cyrus, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Green Day to name a few.  Steel Panther has also been seen on Dancing With The Stars, Bad Girl’s Club and most recently in a national web campaign for Warner Brothers Pictures hit film, Rock Of Ages. The band played to the largest crowd of their career this past June when they closed the Download Festival in Donnington, UK alongside Alter Bridge and Aerosmith.

American Folk Legend Jim Croce Sees Brilliant Career Overview In Rarities Of His Greatest Hits Including A Previously Unreleased Concert From 1964!

Los Angeles, CA – On July 22nd, the legacy of folk singer Jim Croce will see added to its distinguished discography, the release of Lost Time In A Bottle, a 24-track collection of rare versions of all his greatest hit songs including “Time In A Bottle,” “Operator,” “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “I Got A Name.” The collection will be released by Cleopatra Records first on CD, with a 2LP vinyl version set to follow shortly thereafter.

Between the years 1966 and 1973, Croce released a mere five studio albums and 11 singles, 2 of which made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Sadly, we lost this incredible artist on September 20, 1973. His body of work however has lived on in a timeless state as new fans and old have embraced the incredible songwriting that has made him into the legend that he is today.

Included on Lost Time In A Bottle, is a previously unreleased radio concert from Cazenovia College in 1964. Recorded near the beginning of Jim’s career, it is a marvelous showcase of the storytelling skills and sparkling personality that the world would soon come to love.

1. Next Time, This Time (Harper College 2/5/73)
2. New York’s Not My Home (Harper College 2/5/73)
3. You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (Harper College 2/5/73)
4. Careful Man (Harper College 2/5/73)
5. A Good Time Man Like Me (Demo)
6. Tractor Trailer Story Intro (Harper College 2/5/73)
7. Speedball Tucker (Demo)
8. Operator (Demo)
9. Hard Time Losin’ Man (Demo)
10. Seems Like Such A Long Time Ago (Demo)
11. It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way (Harper College 2/5/73)
12. Bar Story Intro (Harper College 2/5/73)
13. Roller Derby Queen (Harper College 2/5/73)
14. One Less Set Of Footsteps (Harper College 2/5/73)
15. Dreamin’ Again (Harper College 2/5/73)
16. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown (Demo)
17. Time In A Bottle (Demo)
18. I Got A Name (Live 1973)
19. Charley Green, Play That Slide Trombone (Cazenovia College 1964)
20. San Francisco Bay Blues (Cazenovia College 1964)
21. Washington At Valley Forge (Cazenovia College 1964)
22. La Bamba (Cazenovia College 1964)
23. Seek And You Shall Find (Cazenovia College 1964)
24. Woke Up This Morning (Cazenovia College 1964)

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New AC/DC Album 'Difficult' Without Malcolm

Brian Johnson says, with or without ailing guitarist Malcolm Young, AC/DC's 15th album is complete. Johnson admitted in a new interview that Malcolm's absence was definitely felt during the album's completion, something that has informed the record as a whole, for which he was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young.

"Stevie, Malcolm's nephew, was magnificent, but when you're recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn't well, it's difficult," Johnson said. "But I'm sure he was rooting for us. He's such a strong man. He's a small guy but he's very strong. He's proud and he's very private so we can't say too much. But fingers crossed he'll be back."

Johnson also noted that Young was still in the hospital at the time of the interview, posted yesterday (July 9). It's still unclear what illness is currently ailing the band's rhythm guitarist.

Bruce Springsteen Premieres Short Film 'Hunter of Invisible Game'

Yesterday, Bruce Springsteen premiered his short film Hunter of Invisible Game, based on the song of the same name from his recent album, High Hopes.

A 10-minute, 15-second film with no dialogue, it stars Springsteen as a man wandering through the countryside and is reminiscent of scenes from The Book of Eli or the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

During the film's intro (about five-and-a-half minutes), his character flashes back to his past life with a family - who we don't see him with through its duration. Soon a young boy leads him to a farm where he lives with a community of people, recalling the community that Tom Joad met under the bridge in Grapes of Wrath.

The community welcome Bruce('s character). The film time shifts a lot, but it seems that he decides not to stay, and then moves on, a solitary man. Springsteen has yet to do any interviews explaining the film.

Paul Di'Anno Releasing Live DVD in October

Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'Anno will be releasing his new live DVD, "The Beast Arises," on October 7th in North America and October 6th in Europe.

More details about the release are still to be announced but Metal Mind Productions sent over the initial details and a preview video clip. The DVD was recorded at the Lizard Club in Kraków, Poland on April 29th of this year.

Di'Anno performed classic songs from the first two Iron Maiden albums (Iron Maiden and Killers), along with tracks from his band Killers and solo tracks.

In addition to the concert, the DVD will also feature bonus material including an interview with Di'Anno, a photo gallery and more. The label says that the concert will also be released in CD DG and 2LP formats.

Check out the preview here.

Eddie Van Halen Visits The Set Of FX Series The Bridge

Eddie Van Halen and his wife Janie visited the set of the FX series The Bridge on Tuesday, and they have posted some photos of their appearance online.

"Thank you to @TheBridgeFX for having us on set today," tweeted Janie. "Arrested by Mexican police and escorted to jail." The couple shared the images of Eddie being handcuffed and ready to be put in the back of a police car, and another of the two sitting in a jail cell.

There's no further details regarding the visit, so it's unknown if Eddie may have a guest appearance coming up on the program, or if actress and stuntwoman Janie is actively involved in the production, or if either or both simply have friends involved in the series.

Judas Priest Album Launch Video Goes Online

Judas Priest launched their latest album, "Redeemer Of Souls", with an autograph session at New York's Hard Rock Café on Tuesday, and video from the event is available.

Band members Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner arrived in a convertible to chants of "Priest! Priest! Priest!" before heading indoors to sign copies of the record.

"Redeemer Of Souls" is available in a standard version and a deluxe edition with five bonus tracks. The project marks Faulkner's studio debut with Priest; he replaced founding member K.K. Downing following his retirement in 2011.

Watch the video here.

Slash To Receive Guitar Legend Award

Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver legend Slash will be honored as the first recipient of the Guitar Legend Award at the inaugural AP Music Awards in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21.

Hosted by Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and presented by Alternative Press, the event will see 15 awards handed out, with fans casting their votes in 12 different categories.

The evening at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame will feature performances from A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Asking Alexandria, Fall Out Boy, Falling In Reverse, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Machine Gun Kelly, the Misfits, Sleeping With Sirens, twenty one pilots and Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, with more to be announced.

The AP Music Awards will be broadcast on AXS TV beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on July 21. Slash will release his third solo album, "World On Fire", on September 16.

AC/DC Complete New Album

AC/DCfrontman Brian Johnson has revealed that the band has completed work on their new studio album and that he wanted an unusual name for the effort.

Johnson broke the news to TeamRock before a ceremony on Wednesday in Northumbria, where he was on hand to receive an honorary doctorate degree.

The band recorded the album in Vancouver and Johnson says, "It was brilliant over there. We're done. I'm very excited and we've got some great songs."

He also revealed that he "wanted to call the album Man Down," in reference to rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young who has been forced to take a leave from the band due to health issues. He adds, "But it's a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that."

Read the full report for more details from Brian here.

Photo ID left to right: VP Jamie Richardson, CEO Bill Ingram, Marci Ingram, Sheryl Cooper, Alice Cooper, White Castle President Lisa Ingram, Corporate Relations Manager Erin Shannon

New York, NY (July 8, 2014)- Dreams can come true, as rock icon Alice Cooper can attest, following his induction into the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame at White Castle headquarters in Columbus, Ohio on July 7th, 2014.

As a child of Detroit, Alice learned to love White Castle's iconic sliders at an early age, and has never lost his taste for them over the years.   He also learned to love rock and roll, and pursue his career in a band, and achieved induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

Little did he know that another Hall of Fame, also in Ohio, was in his destiny.

Following a tour of White Castle headquarters led by Bill, Marci and Lisa Ingram (the company is a fourth-generation family-owned business), company VP Jamie Richardson conducted a brief  chat with Alice in a room full of White Castle employees, including a band that performed some of Alice's songs (he actually JOINED them for "No More Mr Nice Guy," much to their surprise), and then Alice was presented with a plaque commemorating his induction into their White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame.

Said Alice, "a lot of my fellow rockers are going to be envious of this honor."  Asked how it compared to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Alice responded "there's no comparison," carefully ducking the question.

The stop at White Castle headquarters took place on a day off during Alice's summer tour as Very Special Guests to Motley Crue on their "All Bad Things Must Come to An End" tour, which plays the Schottenstein Center in Columbus tonight as part of the 72 show run.  The summer tour continues through August 31, and then resumes in autumn, October 10 through November 22. 

Alice has often talked about his love of White Castle in interviews and on his syndicated "Nights With Alice Cooper" radio program, and served White Castle at the party following the premiere of the "Super Duper Alice Cooper" documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in April in New York City.  The documentary, Produced by Banger Films (same team that produced the award-winning Iron Maiden and Rush documentaries), has recently been released in both DVD and Blu-Ray by Eagle Rock Entertainment

Alice Cooper on tour in 2014 -- tourdates at
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Don Henley InTheStudio For 25th Anniversary Of Grammy Award-Winning Album The End Of The Innocence

Dallas, TX - July 8, 2014.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Albums  spotlights the Grammy Award-winning third solo album from Don Henley, The End Of The Innocence.

When the Eagles flew the coop in 1981, the members went their own ways for thirteen long years. Don Henley released his first solo album I Can’t Stand Still in 1982 with the hit “Dirty Laundry”, and then in 1984 he released Building the Perfect Beast which would go on to sell more than 4 million copies while garnering a Grammy Award. 

Don Henley was not quick to repeat that success, waiting a full five years before releasing, The End of the Innocence in the Summer of 1989, an album written in search of heroes and coming to grips with imperfect relationships. The album would score three Top 40 hits, “The Last Worthless Evening”, “The Heart of the Matter” and the title track “The End of the Innocence”, selling over six million domestically while winning another Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.  

Don Henley shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the difference between being in a group and being a solo artist.

“In a group like the Eagles you have to bow to the group as a whole...Now I’m totally responsible for everything that’s on that record. In a way that’s frightening, but on the other hand it’s very freeing. I can do whatever I want and I don’t mind taking the rap for it. People will know what my personality is by the songs that I write.”

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Deep Purple, fresh off a European tour to support their 19th studio album NOW What?!, is heading stateside for a North American trek! The tour kicks off August 4 in Scottsdale, AZ (all tour dates below).

NOW What?! was originally released in North America in April 2013 via earMusic / Eagle Rock Entertainment. The album marked the next great chapter in the band’s 40+ year career, blending the classic 70s Deep Purple spirit with modern production and a progressive mindset. Having reached #1 in Germany, Russia, Czech Republic and Austria, charting Top 5 in 7 countries and Top 10 in 10 countries, not to mention hitting the British Top-20 for the first time in 20 years, Deep Purple celebrated with the release of NOW What?! Gold Edition earlier this year, which included additional songs and a live bonus disc.

In anticipation of their return to North America, Deep Purple will release their next single to radio: “All The Time In The World.”

Blazing off the success of NOW What?!, Deep Purple is ready to bring the sizzle to the States this summer!

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Deep Purple US / CANADA Dates:
08/04/14    Scottsdale, AZ                  Talking Stick Casino         8:00pm
08/05/14     Ventura, CA                      Ventura County Fair       8:00pm
08/06/14    Costa Mesa, CA               Orange County Fair          8:00pm
08/08/14    Lincoln, CA                       Thunder Valley               8:00pm
08/09/14    Roseburg, OR                   Douglas County Fair        8:00pm
08/10/14     Snoqualmie, WA             Snoqualmie Casino           8:00pm
08/13/14     Saratoga, CA                     Mountain Winery          8:00pm
08/14/14     Valley Center, CA             Harrah’s Rincon Center  8:00pm
08/15/14     Las Vegas, NV                  Fremont St. Downtown 8:00pm
08/16/14     Wendover, NV                   Peppermill Casino         8:00pm
08/20/14    Elgin, IL                             Festival Park                 8:00pm
08/21/14     Windsor, ON                     Caesars Casino              8:00pm
08/22/14    Rama, ON                          Casino Rama                 8:00pm
08/24/14    Morristown, NJ                  Mayo PAC                     8:00pm
08/25/14     Englewood, NJ                  Bergen PAC                  8:00pm
08/26/14    Westbury, NY                     NYCB Theatre            8:00pm
08/29/14    Biloxi, MS                          Hard Rock Casino          8:00pm
08/30/14    Orlando, FL                        Hard Rock Live            8:00pm
08/31/14     Hollywood, FL                  Seminole Hard Rock       8:00PM


As their new album NOW: CHICAGO XXXVI hits stores today (7/8), CHICAGO are excited to see the new video for the song "More Will Be Revealed" posted exclusively on Check out the video here: The new album was released in the U.S. via Frontiers Records and captures the band-adored by generations of fans since they formed in 1967-at their "rock with horns" best.

Currently on tour in Europe, the band return to American shores for a tour with REO Speedwagon July 31 through September 9, to be followed by more headlining dates on their own.

The band--founding members ROBERT LAMM (keyboard, guitars, vocals), LEE LOUGHNANE (trumpet, guitar, percussion, vocals), JAMES PANKOW (trombone, percussion, keyboards, vocals), WALTER PARAZAIDER (woodwinds, backing vocals) along with JASON SCHEFF (bass, vocals), TRIS IMBODEN (drums, percussion), KEITH HOWLAND (guitars, vocals), LOU PARDINI (keyboards, vocals) and WALFREDO REYES, Jr., (percussion)-recorded the album on "The Rig," their custom-made state-of-the-art mobile studio. Penned by Robert Lamm, "More Will Be Revealed" is an uptempo signature CHICAGO song, replete with powerful horns and an immediately catchy funk groove.

Featuring 11 brand-new, original songs from the group known for their groundbreaking rock-with-horns sound, "NOW" CHICAGO XXXVI was written and recorded on the road during the band's rigorous, never-ending tour schedule, playing for fans who have supported them since they formed in 1967.

After Europe, they return to the U.S for a tour with R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON including an August 1 date at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, an August 9 show in Chicago as well as New York-area shows August 16 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ and August 17 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY. Tour dates can be found here: 

"NOW" CHICAGO XXXVI is available via Amazon here, iTunes: and on the band's website here: 

Check out the album's EPK here: 

Originally formed as the CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY in 1967, the band found almost immediate success and have become a bona fide institution of American music. Their signature sound of solid rock songs augmented by the best horns in the business has endeared them to several generations of music fans. Hit singles include "If You Leave Me Now," "Saturday In The Park," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "25 or 6 to 4," "Beginnings," "I'm A Man," "Hard To Say I'm Sorry," "(I've Been) Searching So Long," "Look Away," "Just You And Me" and "Old Days," among others. The band has accumulated a total of 47 gold and platinum records awards and their Chicago Transit Authority album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year. Chicago, the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades, came in at #13 in Billboard magazine's list of Top 100 artists of all time, the highest-charting American band. 


Guitar Virtuoso Adrian Galysh’s Best Tracks Get Stripped

Guitarist, composer, and session musician, Adrian Galysh, will release Stripped on September 2, 2014. Available as a digital download, Stripped includes 15 play-along tracks pulled from his last three solo releases. Taking the best parts of his albums King Friday, Earth Tones, and Tone Poet, this album strips away Galysh’s own lead guitar parts, leaving guitarists room to play their own leads over some of the most exciting tracks available.

“Being a guitar teacher for over 20 years, I know the benefit of wood shedding over play-along tracks. While jamming with other musicians is the best way to develop your musical vocabulary, sometimes that isn't always possible, and play along tracks are a great substitute.” Galysh continues, “Luckily with every album I've done, I’ve asked the engineer to mix a play along track version of select songs for me. These mixes would usually be used for solo performances and clinic situations, and are now available to everyone”.

Stripped gives guitarists the opportunity to improve their lead playing by letting the player practice and experiment with new techniques, scales, and arpeggios, wherever and when ever they want, making the most out of their practice time.

Track List:
Black Coffee
Green Eyed Lady
Lady Alaine
Just For Today
Earth Tones 
Terrestrial Races
True Happiness
Defiance, Ohio
Ave Maria No Morro
Interstellar Café
La Dolce Vita
Tone Poet
Echoes of El Greco
Ur of the Chaldees
Spring (The Return)
Stripped will be available September 2nd, 2014 via as well as all major online music resources (iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon).

Guitar Legend Steve Hillage Releases 'Live At The Rainbow 1977' CD 

London, UK - Steve Hillage is one of the most idiosyncratic and instantly recognizable guitarists in the world. Associated with the Canterbury scene, he has worked in experimental domains since the late 1960s. Besides his critically acclaimed solo recordings, along with prog legends Gong, Steve has been a member of the ensembles Khan and System 7. And now, much to the excitement of Steve Hillage fans worldwide, Gonzo MultiMedia UK has released 'Steve Hillage – Live At The Rainbow 1977' CD on June 23, 2014!

Says Steve, “I'm really happy to finally release this full live recording - it's amazing how sharp and fresh it still sounds today!”
Steve Hillage first came to prominence as a member of the multi-national rock band Gong. Steve appeared on successful albums such as 'Angels Egg', 'You' and his final album with the band 'Shamal'. Steve recorded his first solo album in 1975 entitled 'Fish Rising'. This album was recorded whilst still a member of Gong. Shortly after however, Steve and his partner Miquette Giraudy left Gong embarking on a career that continues to this day under the name System 7.

In 1976 Steve recorded the album 'L', which was produced by Todd Rundgren. The album was a huge success and Steve subsequently formed the first Steve Hillage Band, which included former Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker and future Camel bassist Colin Bass. The band made its live debut at the Hyde Park concert staged by Queen in September 1976.

From 1976 to 1979, Steve Hillage released several critically acclaimed albums and toured the world. This album shows the guitar icon at the top of his game, playing a classic show at the Rainbow Theatre in London in 1977 featuring songs from the album 'Motivation Radio', which was the follow up to 'L', and an amazing American rhythm section. It contains glorious, life affirming music, which is as spiritual and uplifting now as it was when recorded nearly 40 years ago.

Octave Doctors
It's All Too Much
Light In The Sky
Electrick Gypsies
The Salmon Song
Solar Musick Suite (Part 2)
Saucer Surfing
Searching For The Spark
Hurdy Gurdy Man

Steve currently sees his System 7, Mirror System, and Steve Hillage Band entities as operating in parallel and has been writing some new rock-based material for a possible Steve Hillage Band album for release in 2014/15. System 7 and Japanese psychedelic progressive jam-band ROVO released a new CD in September 2013. To hear samples of the new album: 

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“Ted Nugent’s new album not only satisfies, it leaves us wanting more!”
ShutUp&Jam!…hits the vintage Gonzo mark with tightened songwriting…and of course, plenty of fleet-fingered guitar heroics…”
--THEOAKLANDPRESS.COM (Michigan), July 7, 2014

Multi-platinum guitar icon TED NUGENT returns with a new full-length album SHUTUP&JAM!, out today (7/8) on Frontiers Records. This release marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years and features the lead single “She’s Gone” with special guest Sammy Hagar, for an epic lead vocal duet with NUGENT. SHUTUP&JAM! is available on Amazon and iTunes. In the U.S., fans can pick up a special edition of SHUTUP&JAM!--featuring the exclusive bonus track "Johnny B. Goode Forever"--only at Best Buy (or order it online:

NUGENT leads the pack of renowned musicians, handling guitar and vocal duties, alongside bassist Greg Smith, drummer Mick Brown and longtime musical cohort guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes. Special guest Sammy Hagar brings his vocal power to the lead single “She’s Gone”--which is  also accompanied by a special performance from one of the most respected drummers in rock, Johnny “Bee” Badanjek of the legendary Detroit band Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. "She's Gone"--currently in the top 5 at Classic Rock Radio--premiered on ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM (6/9), listen here: Three other tracks were premiered leading up to today’s album release, including: "Never Stop Believing” on BILLBOARD.COM, “Everything Matters" on GUITARWORLD.COM and “I Love My BBQ” on Frontiers’ YOUTUBE channel.

To coincide with the release of SHUTUP&JAM!, TED is currently on his national headlining tour (full tour itinerary below). Ticket info for all shows is available at

has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist's prodigious talents, earshattering volume & over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of "Motor City Madman," along with international acclaim.

Recognized as the world's leading guitar showman, NUGENT’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multiplatinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes' “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to classics like “Stranglehold” (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time), Damn Yankees chartbuster “High Enough” and cult classic “Fred Bear” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan & Wisconsin).
NUGENT was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, TED delivers the Ultimate Life Soundtrack. A TED NUGENT show is not just a performance—it’s a firebreathing celebration!

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Mike Portnoy Slams New Pink Floyd Album As Disrespectful

Mike Portnoy has slammed news of a first Pink Floyd album in 20-years as "disrespectful". The former Dream Theater and current The Winery Dogs drummer is a self-proclaimed Floyd fanatic and he took to his official Facebook page to hit out at the news that Floyd will release new album The Endless River in October.

He says: "What's this about a new Pink Floyd album? Last I checked, Waters is no longer in the band and Wright and Barrett are dead. If these are leftovers from The Division Bell sessions, then just put them on a The Division Bell special-edition release.

"It's disrespectful to Roger and everything he built for all those years. Just do a solo album, Dave. In my opinion, the Pink Floyd heyday was Atom Heart Mother through The Wall, and those were mainly driven by Roger - conceptually, musically, everything."

Rolling Stones Planning a Museum?

Last week when the Rolling Stones visited Sweden for a stop on their 14 On Fire tour, Mick Jagger visited the ABBA museum in Stockholm. Jagger reportedly spent about 45 minutes being treated to a personal tour of the museum, which includes memorabilia like old stage costumes, and photographs. Jagger also got to take a look at the museum's "stage" where visitors can participate in ABBA karaoke together with holograms of the band.

But the visit wasn't purely for the frontmans entertainment. Jagger and his band mates are reportedly looking in to the possibility of opening a similar museum for the Rolling Stones in London.

"I had heard he wanted to build a similar thing in London. That is why he wanted to come here and look. He is planning a Rolling Stones museum," said former ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus about Jagger's visit according to the Daily Star. "It was an inspirational visit. Mick has saved lots of clothes which they can display," Ulvaeus continued.

The Rolling Stones wrapped up their European tour with a gig at Denmark's Roskilde Festival on July 3. Next up for the band is a tour of Australia and New Zealand in October and November, to make up for shows that were postponed in the spring following the suicide of Jagger's longtime partner L'Wren Scott.

Judas Priest Reveal Story Behind New Album Redeemer Of Souls

Judas Priest are revealing the story behind the making of their brand new studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", in a newly-released online video package.

In stores this week, the project marks guitarist Richie Faulkner's studio debut with Priest; he replaced founding member K.K. Downing following his retirement in 2011.

"We just were ready to get the metal roaring again," explains frontman Rob Halford, "and to make concise, strong songs of character that collectively would come together and be a very grand statement that the Priest is back in that world of classic metal that we wanted to reinforce again."

Watch the video here.

Journey's Jonathan Cain Reacts To Steve Perry's Live Return

Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain is sharing his thoughts on former bandmate Steve Perry's recent return to the live stage after a 20-year absence.

In the past couple of months, Perry teamed up with alternative rock band EELS to sing some Journey classics at shows in St. Paul, Minnesota, Washington, DC and Los Angeles, creating a major buzz and fueling speculation that he and Journey may reconnect.

"I think it's great that he broke the ice and went out with the Eels and performed," Cain tells writer Michael Cavacini in a new interview. "I think it needed to happen. You get a monkey off your back. You get out in front of the people and feel what that feels like. I'm very happen for him that he has embraced this concept of, "This is who I am today and I don't sing like I used to sing." I think he'll enjoy it and embrace it."

"He deserves to be out there on stage," he continued. "I think it's wonderful. I could never understand why he seemed to be in recluse mode, hiding away somewhere. When you're Steve Perry, one of the greatest voices of all time, you should be on a stage where you belong. So, good for him. I'm happy he's out there flexing his chops."

Bruce Dickinson Explains Why Iron Maiden Avoid Hyde Park

Bruce Dickinson reckons Iron Maiden are too loud to play at London's Hyde Park and has slammed the capital's noise laws. Maiden headlined Sonisphere on the same weekend Black Sabbath were performing at Hyde Park - and Dickinson says he knows where he'd rather be.

"Knebworth and Donington are great. They let you make a racket which is all the fans want to hear," Dickinson tells the Daily Star. "We considered playing Hyde Park again.

"The thought of filling central London with Iron Maiden fans is brilliant. However, the noise restrictions at Hyde Park are so silly. If somebody has a loud conversation you have to shush them."

Sebastian Bach Compares His Drinking To Monopoly

Sebastian Bach says he is living a teetotal lifestyle after 25 years of drinking "every night". The former Skid Row frontman has compared drinking to the board game Monopoly - saying it landed him in trouble on too many occasions.

Bach tells Mike James Rock Show: "I know this is gonna come as a shock to the continent of Europe, but I don't drink anymore. I'm not exactly straight-edge, but I don't drink alcohol. I might have a smoke once in awhile, but I don't drink.

"You know the game Monopoly? Do not pass 'go' - do not collect $200, go straight to jail? That's what drinking is for me. I just get pretty crazy on it, and I don't know when to stop. Some people can be social and have a drink now and then. When I start drinking, I don't know when to stop.

Iron Maiden May Launch Their Own Museum

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson says that the band is considering opening their own interactive museum filled with stage props and equipment from their lengthy career.

"We've got loads of gear kicking around," singer Bruce Dickinson tells the Daily Star. "I don't want it to end up in some po-faced museum, with people in white suits saying 'Don't touch this'."

"I donated a jacket to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame," he continued, "and it was locked away in a glass cabinet miles away from your eyes." "Eddie's not that sensitive," he laughed, referring to their legendary mascot..

New Tribute To Pink Floyd Founder Syd Barrett By Garden Music Project To Be Released July 7, 2014
'Inspired By Syd Barrett's Artwork' – The New Debut Album By Garden Music Project

London, UK - Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd fans rejoice! On July 7, 2014 AR Garden Records, via Cherry Red will release the debut album by the Garden Music Project, which features music inspired by the paintings by PINK FLOYD founder SYD BARRETT. 'Inspired By Syd Barrett's Artwork' is a unique masterpiece of 12 tracks that truly reflect the early artistic concept of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett and his music legacy in modern times. The release will coincide with the eighth anniversary of Syd Barrett’s passing in 2006.

The music on this release can be best described as an epic interpretation of Syd Barrett’s paintings using Synesthesia perceptions. This music venture was created by Adriana Rubio. All the music was written by Adriana Rubio and Alexander Ditzend together with Alexander Ditzend (guitars & lead singing), Stefan Ditzend (bass guitar & saxophone), Nicolás Saganías (drums & percussion), and Fabrizio Gamba (keyboards & synthesizers).

Says Adriana, “I was born a Synesthete and for a long time I liked the idea of making a CD album using Synesthesia perceptions as a new way to compose music. Syd Barrett's paintings are the key to this as he's been the inspirational muse to make it happen.

“Syd was very sensitive of Synesthesia color-sound shifts onstage and in studio sessions, and it is mainly linked to his passion for painting. For the most part he was a visual artist, and I dare to say that even though he was retired from the music scene, he continued making music through painting as he had the ability to 'hear colors' and 'see music notes' through painting.

“As the project creator myself, I started digging into Syd's colored paintings and even into black and white drawings to visualize the music notes and hear them through the intensity of their colors. To start with, I wrote the basic music lines of three songs which were discussed with the band members Alexander Ditzend (guitars & lead singing), Stefan Ditzend (bass & saxophone), Nicolás Saganías (drums & percussion) and Fabrizio Gamba (keyboards & synthesizers) to taste the waters. It worked out great!”

The full length album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Casa Frida Studios in March 2014 - a Tribute to Syd Barrett's paintings and music legacy!

Track Listing:
8. CRIME SCENE (To the memory of Doctor Arthur Barrett)

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MARCO MINNEMANN – EEPS CD  - Available July 9th, 2014 ORDER NOW (First 1,000 Autographed)

Marco Minnemann is looked upon by his peers and fans as one of the most innovative drummers on the international music scene today.  As a solo artist, Marco proves he's not just about drums:  on this album he composed all the songs, lyrics and plays every instrument on the album (along with engineering and recording the record and mixing a number of the tracks).  Marco has performed and/or recorded with The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, Buddy Rich Big Band, Necrophagist, Nina Hagen, Kreator, Terry Bozzio, Mike Keneally and last year's critically acclaimed album, Levin Minnemann Rudess ‐ including Tony Levin on Bass and Stick, and Jordan Rudess on Keyboards.

EEPS:   A signature sound and cohesive vibe of melodic rock, experimental/avant garde, and prog. with a few pop songs thrown into the mix. (Album produced by Scott Schorr and Marco Minnemann)



Track Listing:
1.  Cheap as F**k and Awesome As Hell
2.  OC DC
3.  Eeps
4.  Live Ghost
5.  Soul Dance
6.  Obvious
7.  Right on Time and Out of Tune
8.  Sushi Cat Doll
9.  Sunshine
10. The Split
11. Painter
12. Dead Ghost
13. Douche
14. Synthetic Swans
15. When I Was Gone Bonus Cuts (Exclusive to CD)
16. 360 Degrees
17. Talking About LMR
18. Villain Vultures

Foreigner's Lou Gramm and Mick Jones Reuniting For New Music

Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm has confirmed that he is reuniting with guitarist Mick Jones to work on new music, but it will be for their solo albums and not the arena rock band's next album.

"Sometime in September, Mick and I are gonna get together and write some music," Gramm said to Rochester, N.Y.'s 95.1 the Brew, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. "I'm excited about it and very much looking forward to it.

"I'm actually helping him with a couple of songs on a solo album that he's gonna be releasing, and he's gonna help me with a couple of songs on an album that I'll be releasing next year."

Although Jones was recently quoted as saying that he and Gramm were considering working together on leftover music from the 1980s, Gramm says that the material is much newer.

"It's actually the songs we were writing, working on together when we split up in 2003," Gramm says. "So those were songs that were done at the end of the '90s and early '00s, and they're really good."


Motorhead Fan Suffers Brain Injury From Headbanging

Metal and rock fans are being warned about the dangers of headbanging after a 50-year-old man developed a blood clot on the brain during a Motorhead concert.

Doctors in Germany say the man complained of a persistent headache in the weeks following the gig and they discovered bleeding on the brain which developed into a clot, the BBC reports.

The man said he had no history of head trauma and said he hadn't been drinking excessively or taken any drugs. But he added he had been headbanging at the 2012 gig.

Surgeons at Hannover Medical School successfully removed the clot, but in their case report, the doctors warned: "Some fans might be endangered by indulging in excessive headbanging."

Pink Floyd Confirm New Album Release Plans

Pink Floyd have officially announced plans to release their first new album in 20 years this fall. "Pink Floyd can confirm that they are releasing a new album 'The Endless River' in October 2014," posted the band on Monday.

"It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright."

"The album is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson," they added. "Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the summer."

Judas Priest Expand North American Tour

Judas Priest have expanded a fall North American tour in support of their new album, "Redeemer Of Souls," which is being released in North America today (July 8).

The band have added two Canadian dates to the previously-announced trek, including the Bell Centre in Montreal on October 6 and Casino Ramna in Orillia, Ontario on October 7.

Steel Panther are special guests on the tour, which kicks off October 1 in Rochester, New York and will wrap up November 18 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Johnny Depp Stars In Paul McCartney's New 'Early Days' Video

Paul McCartney took a left-field approach when casting the video for "Early Days," a remembrance song for John Lennon off his 2013 album New. Rather than find lookalikes for himself and Lennon, the former Beatle went with unknown actors playing aspiring musicians in 1950s South - and instead of putting Johnny Depp front and center, which could have overshadowed the video's heartfelt story, McCartney relegated the actor to a peripheral role as one of his bandmates.

Macca's unexpected choices work in the video's favor. But the decision to briefly show Depp is also part of an inside joke between the pair, who've worked together before on Paul McCartney's videos for "My Valentine" (2012) and "Queenie Eye" (2013). "It's getting to be a running gag," McCartney told Rolling Stone. "He's like the Alfred Hitchcock of my videos. And he's good!"

It wasn't hard for Depp to get into character, especially considering he has a musical pastime - as a guitarist, he contributed to Oasis' 1997 song "Fade In-Out" and was a member of the supergroup P, alongside Butthole Surfers' singer Gibby Haynes, Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, and Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones.

"He used to be a musician before he was an actor, you know," McCartney explained. "One of his old bandmates actually organized getting me that cigar-box guitar that I played with Dave Grohl on 'Cut Me Some Slack,' that we ended up getting a GRAMMY for. So I knew he could play."

But even if Depp didn't have prior experience in a band, McCartney likely still would have cast him; he thinks that actors are naturally suited to try their hand at music, and vice-versa. "They're similar gigs, really," he added. "Ringo [Starr] used to know Peter Sellers very well, and Peter wanted to be a drummer - that was his secret closet ambition. You run into a lot of guys who play who are actors. There a bunch you can think of. Bruce Willis does it. Then there are people who do both, like Jared Leto." More including the video.

Black Sabbath Receive Platinum Award For 13

Black Sabbath received a worldwide platinum award for their 2013 reunion album, "13", prior to their show at London's Hyde Park on Friday. "13" was the group's first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's "Never Say Die."

"Thanks to everyone who purchased the 13 album and came to see us play along the tour!," posted the band. "We received a plaque at Hyde Park for 1 Million sales and the album reaching #1 in 14 countries. Thank you all!"

While "13" saw a return of Osbourne to the Sabbath lineup, original drummer Bill Ward declined to participate in the reunion tour and album over a contractual dispute.

Motley Crue Can't Use Tommy Lee's Cruecifly At Some Shows

Motley Crue just launched their Farewell tour but some fans that attended the band's July 4th stop at the Milwaukee Summerfest were disappointed that Tommy Lee didn't use his elaborate drum setup at the show.

Lee's rollercoaster like setup for the tour has been dubbed "The Cruecifly" and Lee took to Twitter this weekend to explain why he won't be using it at all stops on the trek.

Lee tweeted, "Hi guys. Want you to know certain venues cannot handle The Cruecifly. It's not our fault their roof cannot hang the rig. It's massive!" You can see video of Lee on The Cruecifly here.

The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night Restored For 50th Anniversary
The Beatles' feature film debut, A Hard Day's Night opened 50 years ago this week, on July 6, 1964 and a newly restored version of the film is back in some theaters now.

A new digitally restored version of the much-lauded musical comedy hit screens nationwide over the Fourth of July weekend. Directed by Richard Lester, the original movie was shot with a production budget of just $500,000, and went on to gross more than $12 million.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Janus Films hired producer Giles Martin-son of Sir George Martin-to remix and remaster the soundtrack at Abbey Road Studios, for 5.1 sound systems. The film features such classic songs as "I Should Have Known Better," "If I Fell," "Can't Buy Me Love" and the title track.

Pink Floyd Releasing First New Album In 20 Years

Pink Floyd are set to release their first new album in 20 years this fall. Guitarist David Gilmour's wife and Floyd lyricist Polly Samson broke the news on Twitter on Saturday.

Samson posted the following tweet, "Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called 'The Endless River'. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful."

The project marks the group's first release since 1994's "The Division Bell." Keyboardist Wright died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65. The news follows reports this spring that Gilmour was in the studio working on a new solo album, which backup singer Durga McBroom-Hudson now reveals was for the new Floyd album.

"The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled 'The Big Spliff' that [drummer] Nick Mason spoke about)," she wrote. "Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then."

"It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks," she added. "David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them."


Melodic hard rock that would provide the perfect soundtrack to a party is the style that Germany's export, Unbreakable, specialize in, as evidenced by their must-hear new album, 'Knockout,' as well as their freshly-filmed video, "Rock the Nightlife." The clip, which features the band playing the tune (and shots of a beautiful video vixen) can be viewed here:

And the band - which is comprised of Al Crespo (vocals), Martin Ries (guitar), Pascal Alles (guitar), Lukas Mittler (bass), and Alexander Ries (drums) - are 100% pleased with the clip. "Our video shoot at Grabowsee near Berlin, Germany was fantastic. We had a lot of fun with Herman Rarebell, Oliver Sommer, and the team from AVA Studios. We filmed the whole day; it was so exciting that we don’t want to stop! So check it out, keep on rocking, and let's celebrate!" 

'Knockout' (which was produced by former Scorpions drummer Rarebell) is now available for purchase as a very special "pre-release" version, which comes with a custom bottle opener key chain. While the rest of the world will have to wait to acquire the album (July 29th in the US and August 18th in Europe and the rest of the world), fans can purchase the pre-release version right now, exclusively from Dark Star Records:

Once the album drops, Unbreakable plan to hit the road hard, showing the world that they can rock and party with the best. "You can expect a high energy rock show and hard power chord guitar riffs with melodic solos, a high metallic voice and driving drum rock beats. We feel like home wherever the stage is!"



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New York, NY --- Bernie Marsden and Mascot Label Group's Provogue Records have announced a September 30 release date for SHINE.  Marsden has been a prolific artist since the early 1970s, contributing performances to approximately one hundred albums.  He has enjoyed a successful long-running solo career, alongside being a key member of ensembles that include Whitesnake, UFO, Wild Turkey, Babe Ruth, Paice Ashton & Lord, Cozy Powell’s Hammer, Alaska, M3 and others.  An album trailer can be screened here:  Additionally, has premiered the lyric video for "Linin' Track" today which can be screened here:

Looking towards the release of SHINE, the Buckinghamshire-born guitarist shares, “To me, it’s a classic rock album with a modern feel.  When I asked the bosses at Provogue what type of album they wanted from me, they simply replied: ‘Make a Bernie Marsden album’. And that’s what I did.”

The light, airy commercial feel of ‘Shine’ is largely attributable to producer Rob Cass, who pieced together its contents in Studio 3 of the legendary Abbey Road facility, though the backing tracks for three of its selections were cut at Riverside Studios in Somerset. During the 1980's Cass had actually spent six months as the lead singer of Marsden’s group Alaska before carving a career as a successful producer with a wide range of rock, pop and classical artists. It was Cass who sought out Marsden, emailing him to suggest they catch up over a reunion lunch at the home of his production company, located at Abbey Road Studios.

Marsden offers, “Rob wanted to thank me for having sent him an air ticket to come to London from Ireland [to join Alaska] and helping to get his career underway.  Coincidentally, I was looking for a producer because I’ve been writing, playing and producing for too long. I really liked the sounds that Rob gets, and that’s how the whole thing came together. If people think I was recording at Abbey Road because Whitesnake’s ‘Here I Go Again’ made 18 gazillion quid then they’re quite wrong… though it did make 17 gazillion quid!”

Marsden believes that the famous facility has an atmosphere that permeates the sounds created within its walls – hence the album’s final instrumental song is titled NW8, after the studio’s postcode. He reflects, “The Beatles recorded Revolver, my favorite album of theirs in Studio 3, so it has that sense of history.  I honestly believe Abbey Road to be the best studio in the world.”

Although Marsden was wary of flooding the credits with too many special guests, SHINE does feature some extremely well-known names, from Joe Bonamassa to Whitesnake singer David Coverdale, and the Deep Purple duo of Ian Paice (drums) and Don Airey (keyboards). Jimmy Copley of Jeff Beck fame behind the kit and Mark Feltham of Nine Below Zero also supplies some breathtaking harmonica playing.  Marsden states, “I can’t help it, I’ve got a lot of mates – and quite a few of them are guitar players."

The complete track listing of SHINE is: "Linin' Track," "Wedding Day," "Walk Away," "Kinda Wish She Would," "Ladyfriend," "Trouble," "Who Do We Think We Are?", "Bad Blood," "Shine," "Dragonfly," "You Better Run," "Hoxie Rollin' Time," "NW8."  Mascot Label Group's Provogue Records will issue the album on August 18 in Europe.



The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND have announced the on-sale information for the final shows for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group that formed in 1969. Tickets for their October 27 and 28 performances at New York City's Beacon Theatre will go on sale to the public Friday, July 11 at 10:00 AM Eastern. These final ABB performances bring the band full circle back to the Beacon, a venue the band has played exactly 232 times since their annual tradition began there in 1989.

This comes after the news that the band rescheduled dates for four shows at the Beacon Theatre that were postponed in March: Tuesday, 10/21, Wednesday 10/22, Friday, 10/24 and Saturday, 10/25. Tickets purchased for those sold-out shows (originally set for 3/25, 26, 28 & 29) will be honored on these dates for the corresponding days (see itinerary below). Fans unable to attend the rescheduled shows can return tickets for a refund at the point of purchase prior to August 1.                                                                                                   

As part of the 45th anniversary celebration, the band recently released a new DVD 40, filmed at the Beacon on their 40th anniversary, where they performed their first two albums The Allman Brothers Band and Idlewild South in their entirety. Their monumental breakthrough live album At Filmore East (cited by Rolling Stone on their list of 25 Best Live Albums) will be celebrated by Universal Records with the July 29 release of a six-CD set.

The current lineup of the band--founding members GREGG ALLMAN (vocals and keyboards), BUTCH TRUCKS (drums and tympani) and JAIMOE (drums) plus longtime members WARREN HAYNES (vocals, lead and slide guitar), DEREK TRUCKS (slide and lead guitar), OTEIL BURBRIDGE (bass) and MARC QUINONES (congas and percussion)--is, at 14 years, substantially longer than any other version of the band.

Meanwhile, the band is gearing up for two nights of concerts as part of their very own PEACH FESTIVAL, August 14-17 in Northeast Pennsylvania. In its third year, PEACH FEST 2014 will feature artists including the ABB on two nights, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Trey Anastasio Band, Lotus, Big Gigantic, the Taj Mahal Trio, Blackberry Smoke, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, the London Souls and more. The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND will close the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, VA on Sunday, September 7.  

Tickets for the October 27 & 28 Beacon Theatre shows go on sale to the public Friday, July 11 at 10AM ET and can be purchased at and and via charge by phone at 866-858-0008.   If tickets remain, they will also be available at the venue box office beginning Saturday, July 12 at 11:00AM. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, July 8 at 10AM ET through Thursday, July 10 at 10PM ET.

Here is the band's final itinerary:
DATE:                   CITY:                                  VENUE:
Sat-Sun 8/16-17        Scranton, PA                        Peach Fest
Sun 9/7                     Arrington, VA                       Lockn' Music Fest
Tues 10/21                New York, NY                      Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 25 honored)
Weds 10/22              New York, NY                      Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 26 honored)
Fri 10/24                   New York, NY                      Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 28 honored)
Sat 10/25                 New York, NY                      Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 29 honored)
Mon 10/27                New York, NY                      Beacon Theatre
Tues 10/28                New York, NY                      Beacon Theatre
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In November 2012, with a team of 3D cameras rolling, the legendary, multi-platinum selling rock band Guns N’ Roses took the desert by storm, performing a blistering set at The Joint in the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Clocking in at just under three hours, the band’s explosive set includes all of their biggest hits and classic GNR staples.

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release the live Guns N’ Roses concert film Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas, on July 1, 2014, which will be available in North America on Blu-ray™,featuring the complete concert film in both 3D and 2D plus an interactive 3D photo gallery, and standard DVD featuring the 2D version of the film. Both releases are mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and feature bonus interviews with the band. The GN’R Appetite For Democracy Official App (IOS/Android) brings the concert experience to a new level by connecting GNR directly with their fans, allowing fans to connect with each other via social media, buy exclusive merchandise, check tour/cinema dates for the movie, preview digital tracks of the film; and purchase or stream via VOD the digital long form concert.     

Produced by Rock Fuel Media's Barry Summers, Appetite For Democracy 3D is the first official Guns N’ Roses live concert film since 1992’s Use Your Illusion concert video and features brand new live performances of classic GNR tracks including “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Mr. Brownstone,” “Paradise City,” “Nightrain,” “It’s So Easy” and “Rocket Queen,” from their pivotal, 1987 No. 1 debut album Appetite For Destruction; “Patience” and “Used To Love Her” from 1988’s No. 2 charting album Lies; “November Rain,” “Don’t Cry,” “Civil War” and “Estranged” from their 1991 releases Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, the latter shooting to No. 1 on The Billboard 200; and current favorites off their 2008 No. 3 album Chinese Democracy including “Better,” “Catcher In The Rye,” “This I Love,” “Street of Dreams” and the album’s title track. Appetite For Democracy 3D also features the band’s signature versions of Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door;” powerful renditions of The Who’s “The Seeker” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2;” plus performances of Bumblefoot’s “Objectify” featuring Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal on vocals and Tommy Stinson’s “Motivation” with Stinson taking over the mic.

In 1987 Guns N’ Roses burst onto the hard rock scene and, with their punk rock ethics and an uncompromising, explosive sound, turned a scene filled with synth-pop and hair-metal on its end, propelling the band to the top of the charts. Filling stadiums and arenas across the globe, much like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Sex Pistols, Guns N’ Roses wrote their own chapter in rock and roll history and continue to make their own rules.

Now, celebrated worldwide as one of the most important rock acts in music history, Guns N’ Roses are Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums). Guns N’ Roses continue on their sold-out global arena tour, with shows in the US, Europe, visits to Latin America and multiple festivals, having played to millions of fans around the globe.

Chinese Democracy
Welcome To The Jungle
It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Rocket Queen
Live And Let Die
This I Love
Catcher In The Rye
Street Of Dreams
You Could Be Mine
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Another Brick In The Wall part 2
November Rain
Don’t Cry
Civil War
The Seeker
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Used To Love Her
Paradise City

Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes Lift The Hood Up On The Cars Candy-O  For 35th Anniversary

Dallas, TX - July 3, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  celebrates the 35th anniversary of The Cars sophomore smash Candy-O.

The Cars first album accelarated slowly from its Spring 1978 release. The Boston based band was quickly tagged as a New Wave group, a kinda catch-all description of modern rock music that owed little to the Blues, Elvis, the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin. The Cars instead sited influences like the Velvet Underground and Lou Reed, plus Iggy Pop as prototypes for The Cars angular alternative sound. But unlike the Velvets or Iggy, The Cars were mainstream.

By the July 4th 1979 holiday, a scant fourteen months after The Cars' debut album all eyes and ears were trained upon the quintet's next model, Candy-O.  "Let's Go", "Since I Held You", "It's All I Can Do", "Dangerous Type" "Got a Lot on My Head" and the title track "Candy-O" would send sparks to the cylinders, resulting in two Top 40 hits and four million albums sold.

Cars frontman Ric Ocasek shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard his belief about the movement of music. 

“I think you should be able to dance to every song. I always thought moving to a song was part of the mental attitude one should have. Not necessarily prescribed sorta dance steps, but basically movement.  I always thought things were rhythmic in a way you could dance to, even if they were ballads."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 3, 2014) – Gilby Clarke embarks solo on a worldwide summer tour - kicking off in London, England at The Underwolrd.  Before Clarke crosses the pond, he will deliver to all the fans a new track, which will be announced in the weeks to come.

Recently, Clarke released a new video Tijuana Jail – Originally released in 1994, Clarke updated this fan favorite with a 2014 video version that can see here:

Best known for his tour of duty with Guns n’ Roses, Gilby Clarke was 17 when he traded Cleveland for Hollywood. A troubadour in the Ronnie Wood tradition: a barroom brawler with attendant Stonesy swagger, plus a catalog of well-written ditties. Clarke joined Guns in the early 90’s as the Use Your Illusion tour kicked off. He appeared on the bands Spaghetti Incident, Live Era ’88-’91 & Greatest Hits albums. Surviving the longest tour in history - Clarke went solo & came out swinging with PawnShop Guitars. A catalog of rock n roll purity: Tijuana Jail, Cure Me… Or Kill Me… & The Stone’s Dead Flowers put this record on many year-end top 10 lists.

Along the way Clarke split time producing worthy bands: LA Guns & The Bronx while touring/recording with Heart, The MC5, Nancy Sinatra & Slash’s Snakepit. Clarke also starred in the CBS TV show Rockstar Supernova with Tommy Lee and joined his new bandmate for an all-star VH1 Rock Honors appearance. Recently, Clarke & his GNR alumni pulled off an amazing Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame performance when the band was inducted in 2012 & continues to play with the ex-gunners from time to time in Kings Of Chaos.


07.10.14 SAN DIEGO, CA                 HOUSE OF BLUES 
07.11.14 BEVERLY HILLS, CA             SABAN THEATRE 
07.12.14 ANAHEIM, CA                    HOUSE OF BLUES 
07.16.14 GOLDEN, CO                      BUFFALO ROSE **NO QUIET RIOT
07.20.14 JOLIET, IL MO                      JOE’S MUSIC VENUE 
07.22.14 PORTLAND, ME                   ASYLUM BALLROOM
07.24.14 BOSTON, MA                      THE WILBUR THEATRE 
07.27.14 BRISTOL, CT                         BLEACHERS BAR **NO QUIET RIOT
08.01.14 STURGIS, SD                         GLENCOE PAVAILION ** BULLETBOYS TO OPEN
08.15.14 SIOUX CITY, IA                    HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO W/ QUIET RIOT
08.16.14 RINGLE, WI                          Q & Z EXPO CENTER W/QUIET RIOT
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Gregg Allman Biopic Filmmakers Indicted for Involuntary Manslaughter

Three filmmakers that were involved in the Gregg Allman biopic, Midnight Rider, have been indicted for involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass, following the death of a crew member during filming in February.

Filmmakers Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish were all charged in Georgia's Wayne County Superior Court on Thursday, July 3rd over an accident which left seven crew members injured and 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones dead.

Filming of a dream sequence for the movie was underway on train tracks in Doctortown Landing, Georgia when a train unexpectedly crossed a trestle bridge, causing the fatality and the injuries and the producers of the film reportedly had not secured permission to film on the tracks, according to media reports.

ABC reports that a grand jury impaneled last Wednesday returned an indictment against the married couple Miller and Savin, who own the company that was producing the film, and Sedrish, who was an executive producer and unit production manager.


Phil Collins' Son and Sound Of Contact Frontman Arrested

Sound Of Contact frontman Simon Collins has been arrested on suspicion of drug dealing, according to reports. The frontman - who is the son of Genesis star Phil Collins - was arrested by Wiltshire Police on suspicion of supplying class A drugs, although he denies any wrongdoing.

He was also questioned over allegedly being in possession of class B drugs, the Daily Mail reports. The 37-year-old was released on bail pending further inquiries.

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police says: "A 37-year-old man from Devizes has been arrested for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and for possession of a class B drug."

Collins denies the charges.

Black Sabbath Play Final Concert Of 13 World Tour

Black Sabbath played the final show of a world tour in support of "13" with a performance in London's Hyde Park on Friday, and fan-filmed video from the event is available.

The band opened with their 1970 classic, "War Pigs", before running through a 13-song hit-filled set that featured only two tracks from the latest project.

Black Sabbath were joined by a lineup that included Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motorhead, Soulfly and Wolfmother, among others. "Thank you to everyone for coming to see us on this tour," posted guitarist Tony Iommi after the concert. "It was a pleasure to play for you." Video footage from the show can be seen here.

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has posted a video message to fans on the eve of the performance. "Hello everybody. I wanna thank you for all your messages on Facebook. It's been great," says Iommi. "We've had a laugh, and some of them have been really great and very supportive. Thanks so much. I am at home at the moment, about to leave for Hyde Park, which we'll play tomorrow (July 4), and I'm really looking forward to that."

"The tour has been marvelous; we've had a great year, and you couldn't wish for better," he added. "It's been phenomenal ,and you've been phenomenal. And thanks for coming to the shows and being supportive. Thank you very much and we'll see you on the next tour. Thank you very much."

AC/DC's Brian Johnson To Receive Doctorate Degree

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is to be named a doctor by an English university next week The 66-year-old rocker will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Northumbria at a ceremony on Wednesday, July 9.

The uni's website says: "Brian Johnson, who was born down the river at Dunston, is the lead vocalist for AC/DC, one of the world's most successful rock bands.

"They have sold an estimated 150 million albums world-wide and their most recent tour, Black Ice, is claimed to be the third highest-grossing tour of all time."

Living Colour Releasing New Album And Reveal 30th Anniversary Tour

Living Colour have announced that they are not only celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new North American tour but they are also releasing a new studio album.

The band have not yet announced a release date for the new album, entitled "Shade", but they did reveal that it will be released sometime this fall. The new album follows 2009's "The Chair in the Doorway"

"Shade" reunited the band with Ron Saint Germain, who engineered their multi-platinum debut "Vivid." German produced the new album and he is currently mixing the effort with the band.

Guitarist Vernon Reid had this to say about the album, "Shade is the sound of a band coming to terms with its shadows and light."From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn to the golden lure of Hollywood, Shade is the next chapter of a unique American journey."

The band has revealed the initial dates for their 30th Anniversary tour that will also be supporting the new album release. The announced tour dates begin on September 18th in Toronto, ON at The Opera House.

At press time the tour includes dates that span from the kick off in mid-September to the final announced date that takes place on December 7th in Hanover, MD at the Maryland Live Casino. Additional dates are still to be announced.

Iron Maiden Play Final Maiden England World tour Concert

Iron Maiden played the final show of their Maiden England world tour with a headlining set at Sonisphere UK on Saturday, and fan-filmed video from the event is available.

The 16-song set opened with "Moonchild" from 1998's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son", and focused largely on their 1980s period. The Maiden England stage show closely mirrored, in terms of production and content, the original 1988 concert video of the same name - reissued on DVD last - originally shot on the "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour."

The band played 100 shows to more than 2 million fans in 32 countries over the course of the 2-year tour, which began in June 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Prog Supergroup Escape The Cult Release New Video

Escape The Cult have released a video for their debut single I'm Absolute. The prog supergroup - which features former and current members of Primus, A Perfect Circle and King Diamond - have created a unique take on the 'lyric video' format, with words from the song appearing as part of the background and scenery throughout.

Escape The Cult is the brainchild of Kamlath bass player Peter G Shallmin. He is joined by drummer Tim Alexander, formerly of Primus and A Perfect Circle. Mike Wead of King Diamond and Mercyful Fate is on guitar duties while French singer Matthieu Romarin, from Uneven Structure, completes the line-up.

Escape The Cult's debut album All You Want is released on Monday, August 18. Single I'm Absolute is out now. Watch the new music video for the debut single  here.

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Gets Married

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell married his longtime girlfriend Caitlin Phaneuf on Friday and also explained to fans why he received a "buzz" haircut.

"My girl and I got married yesterday," posted Campbell on Saturday. "We had a great ceremony featuring family and friends and the Leppard band and crew. So happy! Pictures to follow."

He also shared an update on his ongoing battle with the return of his Hodgkin's lymphoma. "In other news, I have to buzz cut my hair as I'm leaving most of it on my pillow due to the new chemo I just started," he wrote. "I'll be sporting a new 'do' tonight in Irvine [California]."

Campbell and Def Leppard are currently on a summer tour of North America with KISS, which wraps up August 31; he'll then be able to refocus his energies on more treatment.

"I'm actually doing this new high-tech chemo treatment, I'm about halfway through it already, and it's really kind of easy going," he recently told The Daily Herald. "It's the first new drug that's been discovered for Hodgkin's since 1977 and they made this discovery in 2011, and it's actually being pioneered here at City of Hope, so I'm part of this research clinical trial that's going on."


Motley Crue suffered technical difficulties and made such big mistakes in some of their songs the concert actually had to be halted.  This led to the band being showered with boo’s from their own fans during the opening night of their highly publicized Farewell Tour.  According to Adam Graham of the Detroit News the band, “trainwrecked three times, actually, the first coming less than 20 minutes into the show.”  After describing the band’s breakdowns Graham admitted the opening act faired much better, “The group was upstaged by Alice Cooper, who in his reliably hard-rocking and fun 50-minute opening set came off looking like the old pro that he is.

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On June 30, 2014, Steve Walsh informed the members of KANSAS that he is resigning from the band. His last performance with KANSAS  will  be August 16, 2014, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

As KANSAS continues on, the band wishes Steve only the best in his future endeavors, and thanks him for the 41 years.


In celebration of all the grilling and outdoor cooking that will be happening all over the U.S. this Fourth of July, multi-platinum guitar icon TED NUGENT has unleashed another track--appropriately titled, "I Love My BBQ"--from his upcoming album, SHUTUP&JAM! (out Tuesday, July 8 on Frontiers Records).

Listen to "I Love My BBQ" here:

SHUTUP&JAM! marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years. NUGENT leads the pack of renowned musicians, handling guitar and vocal duties, alongside bassist Greg Smith, drummer Mick Brown and longtime musical cohort guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes. Special guest Sammy Hagar brings his vocal power to the lead single--“She’s Gone”--for an epic lead vocal duet with NUGENT. The song also features a special performance from one of the most respected drummers in rock, Johnny “Bee” Badanjek of the legendary Detroit band Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. "She's Gone" was premiered on ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM (6/9) and is available as an instant grat on iTunes for fans who pre-order the album there (for those who don't know, this means the song will automatically download to their iTunes once they complete the pre-order purchase).
SHUTUP&JAM! is available now for pre-order at Amazon and iTunes. In the U.S., fans can pick up a special edition of SHUTUP&JAM!--featuring the exclusive bonus track "Johnny B. Goode Forever"--only at Best Buy (or order it online: starting Tuesday, July 8.

To coincide with the release of SHUTUP&JAM!, TED kicks off his national headlining tour today (7/3) in Wichita Falls, TX (full tour itinerary below). Ticket info for all shows is available at

has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist's prodigious talents, earshattering volume & over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of "Motor City Madman," along with international acclaim.
Recognized as the world's leading guitar showman, NUGENT’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multiplatinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes' “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to classics like “Stranglehold” (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time), Damn Yankees chartbuster “High Enough” and cult classic “Fred Bear” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan & Wisconsin).
NUGENT was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, TED delivers the Ultimate Life Soundtrack. A TED NUGENT show is not just a performance—it’s a firebreathing celebration!

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Gregg Allman Hospitalized

Allman Brothers Band legend Gregg Allman has reportedly checked himself into a hospital for an undisclosed illness, forcing him to cancel or postpone several concerts.

Allman's official site and Facebook made no mention of the hospitalization as of Wednesday night, but his Facebook page did announce that Tuesday night's concert in Boise, ID had been postponed with the new date to be announced.

The news of the hospitalization came from a report from Oregon Live. The publication reported that Allman checked himself into a hospital on Monday but did not indicate what caused the veteran rocker to do so.

Peter Dammann, the artistic director of the Waterfront Blues Festival, said on Monday that Allman was canceling his entire tour including Sunday's appearance at the festival.

"He decided to cancel the gig tonight in Boise yesterday," Dammann said on Monday. "This morning I called up his agent and said, 'What's going on?' They said, 'We're evaluating, we'll get back to you.'

"A couple hours later, I got a note from management that said, 'We're canceling the whole tour.' They didn't give us any specifics on what's happening with Gregg."

Foreigner and Styx Tour Buses Catch Fire

Two tour buses for Foreigner and Styx's Soundtrack of Summer Tour were damaged in a fire at a parking facility in Philadelphia on Wednesday, according to the local CBS affiliate.

CBS Philadelphia reports that "the fire started shortly after noon at a tour bus parking facility at 2nd and Callowhill Streets near Penn's Landing" and the station has video footage showing the rear of one tour bus engulfed in flames and another nearby bus also on fire.

Firefighters were on the scene quickly and were able to put out the fires. The buses were not occupied and both bands reported via their social media pages that no one was hurt and the fires would not disrupt their tour plans.

Styx reassured fans on Wednesday, posting on Facebook, "Thank you for all of the tweets, messages, and comments. We're all okay and the buses were not occupied. No one was hurt. Also, the show is still on for tomorrow evening in Camden, NJ."

Watch the local CBS video report of the fires here.

Almost 150 Rare Bob Dylan Acetates Discovered

Nearly 150 previously unknown acetates of songs Bob Dylan was working on at the turn of the '70s have been discovered. As reported by Rolling Stone, the acetates were made by Dylan as he was recording the 1969 album, Nashville Skyline, and the 1970 albums Self Portrait and New Morning.

The recordings, which are currently in the hands of collector Jeff Gold, previously belonged to a woman who owned the Greenwich Village building where Dylan had rented a room to use as a studio. It's assumed Dylan simply left the acetates at that location when he moved out of the space.

The material includes alternate mixes, alternate takes and a handful of never-before-released outtakes. Among the latter are electric versions of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues," and a gospel-tinged take of "Tomorrow is a Long Time."

Columbia Records owns the master tapes for Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait and New Morning, but it's likely the newly discovered acetates are the only sources for the in-progress mixes.

Ian Gillan To Sing Smoke On Water With 1000s of Guitarists

Deep Purple's Ian Gillan is backing a world record attempt for the most number of amateur guitarists playing at the same time. The singer will take a break from Deep Purple's world tour to front Guitars On The Beach, the massive attempt on the world record for the greatest number of guitarists simultaneously playing one song together - with the band's classic Smoke On The Water one of the songs being performed.

It will take place on Lyme Regis beach on Saturday, September 6. Gillan - who has sold more than 100 million albums and has a home in the Dorset seaside town - astonished organisers by volunteering to take part.

After hearing that organizers were planning to include the Deep Purple hit in the set of songs for the giant beach band to perform, he sent them a note saying: "I hear you might be doing Smoke with the massed guitars and if that is the case I thought I'd offer my services if you need a singer."

Guitars On The Beach organizer Geoff Baker says: "My jaw hit the floor. This is sensational news."

Rob Halford May Collaborate With Lady Gaga

Rob Halford says he and Lady Gaga have discussed a possible collaboration. The Judas Priest frontman met Gaga backstage at one of her gigs in San Diego earlier this month. At the time, she tweeted a picture of the pair.

Now Halford has told how he and the pop superstar talked about working together in the future. He tells The Huffington Post: "It was a real moment come true.

"We didn't really have much time to talk. She's busy. I'm busy, but we've agreed to get together at some point and just hang out and maybe do something. I don't know if that will ever happen, but I love her to death."

Genesis Cofounder Anthony Phillips Releasing Box Set

Genesis founding guitarist Anthony Phillips has signed to Esoteric Recordings and will release a 5CD retrospective box set later this year. Phillips founded Genesis alongside Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks with whom he recorded the albums From Genesis To Revelation and Trespass.

Since leaving the group in 1970, he has worked on a range of projects including solo albums The Geese And The Ghost, Wise After The Event, Slow Dance, 1984 and Field Day.

He has to date also released 10 albums in the "Private Parts And Pieces" series and four volumes in the Missing Links series. His back catalogue will be celebrated with the release of a 5CD deluxe boxed set in October entitled Harvest Of The Heart.

It will feature recordings made between 1969 and the present day. In addition, the set will include 10 previously unreleased songs and the rare track Compression by Mike Rutherford - previously unreleased on CD - which features Anthony and was the B-side to Mike's 1980 single Working In Line.


After a hiatus that started in 1996, SKID ROW returned to the big stage—literally--opening for KISS in 2000. Exhilarated to tour with the heroes who rallied them in the first place, the band was reinvigorated by being underdogs who needed to come out fighting to prove themselves.  “When we put the band back together, we needed to reintroduce SKID ROW as relevant without relying too much on past success,” explains bassist Rachel Bolan. “We wrote songs and hit the road.  We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren't doing it for lack of something better to do.”

2003’s THICKSKIN and 2006’s REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE were battle plans for hundreds of live shows with new singer Johnny Solinger out front, every night being a hard fought battle to win new fans and convince the old ones.  RISE OF THE DAMNATION ARMY - UNITED WORLD REBELLION:  CHAPTER TWO is SKID ROW coming out swinging.  Rachel and guitarist Snake Sabo tapped again into the potent songwriting collaboration that built the band.  Sabo says they were eagerly up to the challenge.  “We seem to be at our best when we're faced with adversity.  It's us against the world again--and by us I mean the band and the fans who stick with us and carry the SKID ROW torch without fail.”

New plans came together in an Atlanta recording studio. But it's a different time, a different industry, so they decided to record a series of EPs.  “The idea really appealed to me,” says Bolan, “especially with the constantly changing musical climate. I like the idea of a steady flow of new music, as opposed to releasing a full-length album then riding it for the next two years.”

That guerrilla burst of recording a concise EP fostered a focused intensity that was liberating, says Snake.  “The pressure seemed to be lifted.  That immediately set me at ease and it became really exciting.”

Exciting and potent, prompting Solinger to exert the full range of his ability.  “The third time in the studio as the voice of SKID ROW was the proverbial charm, and the proof is in the tracks.  RISE OF THE DAMNATION ARMY - UNITED WORLD REBELLION:  CHAPTER TWO is the most meaningful work I've done with the band.  It's definitely the most I've been challenged, vocally.”

That sound is rambunctious exuberance. They got older, but SKID ROW never really grew up. RISE OF THE DAMNATION ARMY - UNITED WORLD REBELLION:  CHAPTER TWO is still the youth gone wild, their musical spark still burning gasoline.

Here’s the track listing:
We Are The Damned
Give It The Gun
Catch Your Fall
Damnation Army
Zero Day
Sheer Heart Attack
Rats In The Cellar


Although they're currently on tour in Europe, iconic rock band CHICAGO will celebrate the Fourth of July with the release of a lyric video for their new song "America" this week. Check out the clip here: Their forthcoming album NOW: CHICAGO XXXVI is set for release in the U.S. July 8 via Frontiers Records.

After the band--founding members ROBERT LAMM (keyboard, guitars, vocals), LEE LOUGHNANE (trumpet, guitar, percussion, vocals), JAMES PANKOW (trombone, percussion, keyboards, vocals), WALTER PARAZAIDER (woodwinds, backing vocals) along with JASON SCHEFF (bass, vocals), TRIS IMBODEN (drums, percussion), KEITH HOWLAND (guitars, vocals), LOU PARDINI (keyboards, vocals) and WALFREDO REYES, Jr., (percussion)--wrap up their European tour July 18, they'll return to the U.S. for a busy summer of touring with REO Speedwagon, followed by more headlining dates of their own.

LOUGHNANE says, "Hey everybody! We're touring in Europe for the next few weeks and we're going to miss being able to celebrate the 4th of July at home with our families. We hope you all enjoy the new album, NOW-Chicago XXXVl. Check out the 'America' video and watch for us in a town near you in August. We'll be touring with REO Speedwagon. Happy 4th!!" 

"America," "Now" and "Love Lives On" are available as instant grats with the iTunes pre-order (for those who don't know, this means the song will automatically download to their iTunes once they complete the pre-order purchase).

Featuring 11 brand-new, original songs from the group known for their groundbreaking rock-with-horns sound, "NOW" CHICAGO XXXVI was written and recorded on the road during the band's rigorous, never-ending tour schedule, playing for fans who have supported them since they formed in 1967.

After Europe, they return to the U.S for a tour with R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON including an August 1 date at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, an August 9 show in Chicago as well as New York-area shows August 16 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ and August 17 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY. Tour dates can be found here:

Pre-orders for "NOW" CHICAGO XXXVI are available on the band's website here: as well as via Amazon here and iTunes:

Check out the album's EPK here:

Originally formed as the CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY in 1967, the band found almost immediate success and have become a bona fide institution of American music. Their signature sound of solid rock songs augmented by the best horns in the business has endeared them to several generations of music fans. Hit singles include "If You Leave Me Now," "Saturday In The Park," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "25 or 6 to 4," "Beginnings," "I'm A Man," "Hard To Say I'm Sorry," "(I've Been) Searching So Long," "Look Away," "Just You And Me" and "Old Days," among others. The band has accumulated a total of 47 gold and platinum records awards and their Chicago Transit Authority album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year. Chicago, the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades, came in at #13 in Billboard magazine's list of Top 100 artists of all time, the highest-charting American band.

Deep Purple Releasing New Album Next Year

Deep Purple have confirmed they will release a new album in 2015. Frontman Ian Gillan previously revealed the band were holed up in a studio in Portugal. And bass player Roger Glover has announced the follow up to 2013's Now What will arrive next year.

Glover says the writing session in Portugal produced a number of ideas for new songs. Ahead of their performance at Hellfest in France, Glover tells Rock Meeting: "What happened with 'Now What' is we had a writing session in Spain for about a week or so, and then we had another writing session, and then we recorded the album. And it was eight years between albums. We can't live that long to do another eight years.

"We had a writing session a couple of weeks ago in Portugal, and we've got about a dozen rough ideas and jams, some of which will make it. We'll have another writing session later in the year and I think, probably, I don't know when next year, but sometime next year, there'll be another album."



Following Appearances in GA, FL, and KY, Michael Ballard's Full Throttle Saloon opens August 4 for the Annual Sturgis Rally, Followed By Throttle Fest Kansas City

Trimble, TN --- The week-end of June 6 and 7 marked the rebirth of an American town.  As the S'loonshine Distillery opened its doors, Trimble, Tennessee in the blink of an eye became a destination with a bright future fueled by the vision of local resident and Full Throttle Saloon proprietor Michael Ballard.

Once A Booming Cotton Town, Trimble now faces an optimistic future on the heels of entrepreneur and hometown resident Michael Ballard's commitment to the local economy.  With his partner Jesse James Dupree  and his American Outlaw Spirits, which owns and operates Jesse James America's Outlaw Bourbon, the grand opening of the opening of both Full Throttle S'loonshine and American Outlaw Spirits distilleries offers a celebration of hope alongside a rebirth of commerce and job creation.  The residents of Trimble, and the greater population of the state of Tennessee now celebrate opportunity.  Located  just west of Jackson, in the northwest corner of the state, Trimble was incorporated in 1905, and has a population between 600 and 700 residents.  Mayor James A. Davis, a lifetime resident recently offered, "It is great to have Michael back in Trimble.  He has become a major success, and on behalf of the entire community we welcome him, Jesse and the Full Throttle S'loonshine Distillery.  His return to his hometown and the commitment he exhibits in creating jobs for the residents of the county goes a long way towards supporting the urban development of Northwest Tennessee."

The distillery is now fully opened, with visitors travelling in to Trimble for tours of the facilities.  Both Ballard and Dupree hope that this will become a destination further nurturing the rebirth of the town in building commerce for area hotels, restaurants and businesses in proximity to the base of their operations. Both successful prior to forming a partnership, the duo launched the television show Michael Ballard's Full Throttle Saloon. They individually launched spirit companies, and on Ballard's vision have committed significant resources to planting roots in the town of Trimble.  When announcing the opening, Ballard shared, "Growing up in the community, I witnessed a thriving local economy face hard times. It forced me to leave Trimble, and build success elsewhere.  The Full Throttle Saloon has afforded me the resources to return with the intent of supporting a community that did so much for me as a young man.  Now a father, I could not be happier to witness my daughter going to the same school I did.  I look forward to being a part of job creation, and providing opportunities for the population of Northwest Tennessee." Dupree adds, "The rebirth of this American city will provide a destination for thousands of people each year to come and visit.

Last year, Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree challenged the Tennessee Whiskey labeling law.  They continue to challenge legislation seeking a repeal of current definition of "Tennessee Whiskey" to those spirits aged in unused oak barrels, per the claim it has created an uneven playing field per the existing shortage that gravely impacts all smaller distilleries who do not own internal cooper plants.  The lobbying did not fall on deaf ears, and the consideration for repeal was moved to summer study panels.  Ballard and Dupree have vowed to not capitulate in their quest versus the goliath that is Louisville, KY based Brown-Forman Corp., who first proposed the establishment of this Tennessee Whiskey law.  Ballard and Dupree jointly state, "If a car is manufactured in Michigan then it is a Michigan car just like any whiskey made in the state of Tennessee is a Tennessee whiskey. "

Jesse James Dupree will be active with bottle signings through out the summer.  Upcoming appearances include July 3 at Sherlocks in Kennesaw, GA (6-8PM) and July 4 at Total Wine & More's grand opening in Dayton Beach, FL (with Michael Ballard).  On July 5, Jackyl will perform at Wild Bills in the Atlanta area at the branded event Full Throttle Fifth, with both Dupree and Ballard on-site, which follows an afternoon appearance at Killer Creek Harley Davidson.  Later that month on the 19th, Dupree and Ballard will be joined by Angie and others from the Full Throttle family for the Sturgis, Kentucky rally which will be followed by a Jackyl show on the 26th at the Halfway Jam in Royalton, MN where a signing and M&G will be staged at Westside Liquors.

In August, Michael Ballard's Full Throttle Saloon opens its doors for the annual Sturgis, SD rally from the 4th through the 10th.  Performances planned for this year feature entertainers that include Ted Nugent, Jackyl, Brett Michaels, Cinderella's Tom Keifer, Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band, Molly Hatchet, Nigel Dupree, and Wayland. Following successful events in Myrtle Beach and Chicago, additional Throttle Fests planned for 2014 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Giving Away New EP

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are living up to the lyrics of one of their hits and giving away a live digital EP and the band have also released the live recordings from their Isle of Wight appearance last month.

Although it doesn't contain the song "Give It Way", the band are giving away a new live EP featuring performances that were captured during the 2012-2013 I'm With You tour.

Drummer Chad Smith selected the five free tracks that make up the EP. The tracks include "Breaking the Girl", "Wet Sand", "Snow", "Power of Equality" and "Strip My Mind". You can download it here.

The band has also released a new digital live album from their Isle of Wight Festival appearance that took place on June 14, 2014. The live 17-track set was recorded and mixed by Jason Gossman. You can preview and purchase that album here.

Michael Monroe Says Hanoi Rocks Will Never Reunite Again

Michael Monroe says that Hanoi Rocks will never reunite again. Monroe, who fronted the group during two separate spells, believes that here's no need to do so because his current solo group is "more of a band" than the unit that Hanoi became during their second incarnation.

The singer spoke on behalf of Hanoi Rocks whilst collecting an Inspiration award at Metal Hammer's recent Golden Gods ceremony. "This is the band's first ever award, and I flew in especially to accept it," he enthused. "Hanoi Rockss are still one of the best-kept secrets in rock'n'roll, but it's great that some people still remember us as a very special band."

Monroe insists that although the band reunited for a second eight-year spell in 2001, a third run is out of the question. "Hanoi broke up [first time around] when Razzle died and Nasty [Suicide, guitarist] left the band - it was more important to save the integrity of what we were doing than to push on for the sake of it," he says. "Nobody could replace Razzle or Nasty. For Hanoi, none of the usual rules applied, getting rich and famous really wasn't what it was about. So we stopped."

Slash Helped Lemmy During Recovery From Surgery

Slash was a regular visitor at Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister's house as he recovered from his recent health problems, the Motorhead man has revealed.

As he prepares to play with Motorhead at Hyde Park this week, Lemmy says Slash turned up at his Los Angeles home as he worked back to health following surgery to implant a heart defibrillator.

Slash had his own heart problems following his lifestyle while in Guns 'N' Roses. Lemmy tells Rolling Stone: "He was at my house more than he's ever been before, encouraging me. He's a really f***ing good guy."

David Coverdale's Home Invaded By Bear

Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale's Lake Tahoe home was raided by a black bear at the weekend. The singer, who was at home at the time, bravely confronted the unwanted intruder.

"It must have weighed 450-500 lbs", Coverdale tells Classic Rock. "It took out two armed screens, opened the fridge, ate his fill, then took a HUGE poop. I came upstairs and interrupted him. I shouted like crazy as I couldn't find my air horns. Thank God, he remembered where he entered.

"I quickly looked around as I saw the mess and couldn't see where he gained access, then he headed for some sliding doors that we leave open when it's hot. They're only open five or six inches, and we have ' bear poles' that prevent anyone or thing opening them. But I saw with my own eyes the creature rear up on its hind legs and squeeze out, taking an antique Tiffany lamp out as it escaped. Heartbreaking".

Nikki Sixx Talks Motley Crue Farewell Tour, New Song, Alice Cooper

Motley Crue launch their farewell tour tonight (July 2nd), and on the eve of their final opening night, bassist Nikki Sixx released a message to fans saying the band is ready to go.

"It's been a f***ing crazy rollercoaster ride deciding to end Motley Crue's career after over 3 decades and go out on top," writes Sixx. "The preparation started over a year ago and is just ending with the final assembly of the biggest show we've ever had. I would say this show reflects our love of being extremist…"

"The new song, 'All Bad Things', sounds great in the set alongside the classics and deep fan favorites," he continued. "The vibe of the tour is really f***ing positive…It's a celebration and the band is tighter than we've been in years."

"It's also an honor to have Alice Cooper as our support act on this run," says the bassist. "I can't imagine a better set of songs from the beginning of Alice to the final bow of Crue. Opening night is tomorrow….Here we go……."

Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Video Casting Call Goes Online

If you've ever wondered how the disaffected kids in the bleacher stands were chosen for Nirvana's iconic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video, take a look at this casting call.

Consequence of Sound has posted an image of the casting call for the video, which was shot in 1991.The band was searching for 18-25 year olds in logo-less clothing who could "adapt a high-school persona, i.e. preppy, punk, nerd, jock…" for the video, which took inspiration from The Ramones' musical comedy Rock 'n' Roll High School.

Little did they know they'd be subjected to having to hear "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on repeat for hours to make their boredom more realistic. As the story goes, after 12 hours of shooting, the extras became so restless they trashed the set - reportedly with Kurt Cobain's blessing, who had been clashing with director Samuel Bayer over his narrative-driven approach.  More including the image of the casting call.

Renaissance's Classic Gets Limited-Edition Gold Hybrid SACD Reissue

Renaissance's classic Scheherazade And Other Stories is the latest prog album to receive the Audio Fidelity treatment - it will be released as a limited-edition gold hybrid SACD.

The boutique label specialize in delivering 24-carat gold CDs which deliver "the ultimate sound of a classic recorded performance without the irregular plated surfaces of standard aluminum discs."

Audio Fidelity describe the 1975 four-track masterpiece as the band's magnum opus, adding: "The work is unique, because it represents a rare example of musical collaboration between Michael Dunford and the rest of the group.

"Renaissance is a band that went through various permutations, the best known being the lineup featured herem who shine throughout the album - Annie Haslam's soaring, pure vocals; John Tout's considerable piano prowess' Jon Camp's imaginative bass; Dunford's guitar and Terence Sullivan's drums."



--the five-piece, multi-platinum alternative, hard rock band—have premiered “Set Me On Fire” today, Tuesday, July 1, on HERE. The explosive track marks the first single off the group’s fourth studio album BETWEEN THE STARS which is now set for release September 16 on Loud & Proud Records“Set Me On Fire” hits rock and alternative radio formats July 7.

“We’re excited to release our first single, ‘Set Me on Fire’ today and we can’t wait for people to hear it,” explains FLYLEAF lead vocalist KRISTEN MAY. “It’s about the passion we feel when we first fall in love and our emotions are running high, along with our thirst for this great life and all it has to offer.  There is so much beauty, excitement and hope in this world and when we collide with one another and fall in love, magic happens.  I hope everyone turns this song up to eleven, and sings at the top of their lungs.”

Last week, the group--KRISTEN MAY (vocals), SAMEER BHATACHARYA (guitars), JARED HARTMANN (guitars), PAT SEALS (bass), JAMES CULPEPPER (drums)--shot a video for the song with director Noel Maitland (Speechless, Kings of Summer) in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. See the pictures below, and expect the video to debut at the end of July.

FLYLEAF recorded BETWEEN THE STARS in Los Angeles with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine, Avril Lavigne). The band will announce a fall U.S. tour soon.

FLYLEAF has consistently dominated the Active, Alternative and Mainstream rock charts throughout their career. They released the eponymous debut album, Flyleaf, in 2005 which went platinum and spawned the singles "I'm So Sick," "Fully Alive," and the smash "All Around Me," which sold over one million digital downloads, was a Top 20 hit at Top 40 radio and won the BMI Pop Award. Their second album Memento Mori was released in late 2009 and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard charts, featuring the singles "Again" and "Missing.”  Their third album New Horizons was released in late 2012. After months of touring the world with the new line-up addition of KRISTEN MAY on vocals, FLYLEAF released a new EP Who We Are in 2013 which featured the song “Something Better” with P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval on vocals. They've shared the stage with Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Evanescence and many more. Conscious of constantly giving back, they played special shows for American troops stationed in Afghanistan as well as Okinawa, Japan.

About Loud & Proud Records
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for new releases by Neil Young, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation, multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf, supergroup rock band The Winery Dogs, renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident, multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk, Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers, critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC/Edel AG. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.

The Who To Launch Long Goodbye With 50th Anniversary Tour

The Who announced that they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year by launching The Who Hits 50! British tour, which frontman Roger Daltrey says "is the beginning of the long goodbye."

There is no word yet if the tour plans will extend to other markets across the globe but Daltrey's comments have lead to speculation that this is the first leg of the band's farewell tour.

The British trek is scheduled to kick off on November 26th in Dublin, Ireland and will include stops in Belfast, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff and will conclude on December 17th in London.

The Who Hits 50! tour will feature music spanning the legendary band's entire career from present day songs, classic hits and deep cuts from the band's classic albums including Who's Next, Tommy, My Generation, Quadrophenia and even material from their The High Numbers days.

Guitarist Pete Townshend bills the setlist as 'Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses'. Here is what he had to say about the tour, "Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big woodcutter's beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions.

"We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we're lucky to be alive and still touring. If I had enough hairs to split I would say that for thirteen years since 1964 The Who didn't really exist, so we are really only thirty-seven."

Here are the British Tour dates according to the band's official site:
Nov 26 - Dublin, Ireland - O2
Nov 28 - Belfast, Ireland - Odyssey Arena
Nov 30 - Glasgow, Scotland - SSE Hydro
Dec 02 - Leeds, UK - First Direct Arena
Dec 05 - Nottingham, UK - Capital FM Arena
Dec 07 - Birmingham, UK – NIA
Dec 09 - Newcastle, UK – Metro
Dec 11 - Liverpool, UK - Echo Arena
Dec 13 - Manchester, UK - Phones4U Arena
Dec 15 - Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint
Dec 17 - London, UK - The O2

Vai Academy 2014

The very first Vai Academy-- a 4 day immersive musical learning experience featuring Steve, Guthrie Govan, Vernon Reid and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter has just finished at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, NY and was a great success! We have posted a few pictures on will continue adding to the gallery in the coming weeks. Did you participate in this one-of-a-kind event? Please post your review on the forums. Steve and the Vai Academy Organisation would love to read your reviews!

Steve to host and BOSS Webinar July 16
Steve will be doing a live webinar with and BOSS - PERFECT PEDAL ORDER - on July 16 at Noon PDT. The topic is: "How to order your pedals to get the sound you want." Sign up for the webinar via the Musicians Friend website.

EVO Packages in Japan
Due to popular demand, more EVO Experience Packages have been released for Steve's tourdates in Japan, starting July 7th. For more information visit the tour dates pages.


Guitar Legend Carl Verheyen of Supertramp Releases New CD 'Mustang Run' Feat. Simon Phillips, Chad Wackerman, Jerry Goodman and Bill Evans

“Carl is known as a studio guitar player but he’s much more than that. His records have the great feel of a live player. He plays with a lot of feeling” - John Fogerty

Los Angeles, CA - Much to the excitement of guitar players and Supertramp fans worldwide, guitarist Carl Verheyen has released his new CD 'Mustang Run'. In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl Verheyen has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 25 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern day guitar scene.

Says Carl about his new CD release, “My goal was to break out of the mold of Carl Verheyen Band CDs and do a progressive instrumental album. I wanted the opportunity to weave thick textures of sound using dozens of instruments and tones. My motivation was the sheer joy of hearing those sounds in the air!”

“We’ve been friends for many years and Carl has always amazed me with his versatility and technique. He’s a fine player.” - Albert Lee

Carl has won numerous polls and musical honors in the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK. A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As the creative force behind The Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres. Carl's musical influences are just as diverse and range from George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Alvin Lee, Leslie West to Miles Davis, John Mclaughlin, Steve Morse, Chet Atkins and Andy Summers, among others.

“Every time I start to feel good about my playing and general overall knowledge of the guitar, I will get together with Carl and see truly how far I have to go. I am proud to call him my friend. A master of the guitar and a hellava nice guy to boot.” - Joe Bonamassa

'Mustang Run' features performances by some extraordinary musicians, which includes Simon Phillips, Chad Wackerman, Jerry Goodman, Bill Evans, Jimmy Johnson, Stuart Hamm, and Gregg Bissonette. In regards to the assortment of legendary music artists that grace his new release, Carl explains, “My previous CD called 'Trading 8s' was a collaboration with some of my guitar player friends. I had Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Morse, Scott Henderson, Albert Lee and Rick Vito trading solos with me. On 'Mustang Run' I wanted that inspiration to come from the rhythm section, so I called different bass players and drummers to suit the songs. I love to play with musicians that I have a deep musical relationship with, because the studio scene in LA breeds hundreds of 'casual' musical relationships. The great players on 'Mustang Run' are all friends that I've known and performed with for years.”

“Carl Verheyen is a REAL guitar player!” - Robben Ford

A much sought after studio musician, Carl plays on other artists’ CDs whenever his busy schedule permits. He has recorded and played with a virtual who’s who of the music industry. His vast collection of movie soundtrack and television credits are enviable. Carl was heard by 67, 000,000 people as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards. He will also be heavily featured in the forthcoming film documentary about the electric guitar, 'Turn It UP!'

“Carl is a true pro and a great player/musician. He can do anything, and as one who is supposed to do this, me (ha-ha), Carl comes through with heart and soul and is really not only an awesome musician but a really good guy. That counts ALOT in this biz, especially these days.” - Steve Lukather

On the educational front, Carl has produced two instructional videos called 'Intervallic Rock Guitar' and 'Forward Motion' as well as various on-line lessons. He also has a book/CD detailing his unique “intervallic” style called 'Improvising Without Scales'. Another book entitled 'Studio City' is a compilation of all the columns Carl wrote for Guitar Magazine between 1996 and 1999. He has written a monthly column for Chitarre, Italy’s #1 guitar publication as well as Guitar World and Guitar Jam Daily, a website devoted to serious guitarists. He currently writes a monthly column for Guitar Player, contributes to other guitar publications, and blogs regularly for and his own site. Carl also lectures and teaches at clinics and master classes regularly when not on the road.

“Carl is so overwhelming to sit in a room and jam with, let alone his playing on records and stage. You get the impression there is no style or territory he is unable to explore.” - Brad Paisley

Carl recently co-designed a signature guitar with LsL Instruments, the “CV Special,” combining the best elements Carl seeks in his ideal guitar; they are now available for purchase worldwide. As if that weren’t enough, working closely with Dean Markley, Carl developed a line of signature strings for the electric guitar that perfectly balance the tremolo bridge of the Fender Stratocaster, the Carl Verheyen Balanced Bridge Helix HD string set . 

“Carl is one of those experienced, great players that you could put in any situation and get a wonderful guitar solo. I personally love the fact that he enjoys what he does and radiates positive energy whenever I have seen him.” - Steve Morse

In support of Carl's new CD release, he will be touring Europe in the fall 2014. His band will feature bass virtuoso Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ritchie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Berlin), who is featured on 'Mustang Run', and master drummer/percussionist John Mader (Joe Satriani, Booker T, Electronic Arts' “The Sims”, Tony award winners “Rent”, “Lion King” and “Wicked”).

In closing Carl has this to impart, “Before I made 'Mustang Run' I pulled out about 10 CDs that I seem to listen to all the time. None of them were 'shredders' or heavy bombastic music, but none of them were 'easy listening' either. I realized they all had melodic qualities that made them endure the test of time. So my main goal: make a record the bears repeated listening. If you discover new things with each play I've done my job!”

For more info:

'Mustang Run' CD preview:

“Fusioneers Disease” from the 'Mustang Run' CD, with Simon Phillips (Toto, Who, Protocol II), Cliff Hugo (Supertramp, Ray Charles) and Jim Cox (Albert Lee, Streisand, Ringo, Aerosmith, Knopfler):

“Spirit of Julia” from the 'Mustang Run' CD (same musicians):

Take One Step: Appreciating Carl and CVB live!:

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Member Suffers Stroke

Neil Young and Crazy Horse bass player Billy Talbot has been forced to sit out the band's European tour that kicks off next week after he suffered a minor stroke.

Warner Bros. Records said in the announcement on Monday that Talbot's doctors expect him to make a full recovery but they have advised him not to join the tour so that he can recover.

Talbot will be replaced on the tour by Rick Rosas, who has a long history of performing with Young including with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

The tour will be kicking off next Monday, July 7th in Reykjavik, Iceland at the Laugardsholl and will conclude on August 8th in Alsace, France at the annual Festival de la Foire aux Vins.

07/07 Reykjavik Laugardsholl
07/10 Cork Marquee
07/12 London British Summer Time
07/13 Liverpool Liverpool Echo Arena
07/15 Turkey Kucokcitifix Park
07/17 Tel Aviv Hayarkon Park
07/20 Ulm Munsterplatz
07/21 Barolo Open Air Barolo
07/23 Vienna Stadthalle
07/25 Munchengladbach Hockey Park
07/26 Dresden Elbufer
07/28 Mainz Norde Mole Open Air
07/30 Copenhagen Forum
08/01 Bergen Bergen Festival
08/03 Stockholm Music and Arts Festival
08/05 Lockeren Lockeren Festival
08/07 Monte Carlo Sporting Club
08/08 Alsace Festival de la Foire aux Vins

Metallica Frontman Calls Out KISS and Scorpions For 'Farewell' Tours

Metallica have lasted over 30 years and it's natural that talk of their retirement comes up in interviews but James Hetfield says the band won't be like KISS or the Scorpions and launch farewell tours that aren't really farewell tours.

"I don't think that's fair to anyone," Hetfield says in the latest issue of Kerrang. "Kiss' farewell tour for the 10th time? Scorpions were done and then they tour? You can't say that and then not do it.

"I don't know what's in store for us. I don't want to go on the history of how other bands have done it. We're unique in our own path and unique in how our path ends."

Motorhead Delay Expanded Album Release

Fans hoping to get their hands on Motorhead's "Aftershock - Tour Edition" this month will have to be a little more patient. The band announced that the release has been pushed back.

Citing a production error, the band announced on Monday that the new expanded edition of their latest studio album will now be released on August 26th instead of this month.

The new version is set to feature the studio album along with a bonus disc that will include live material that is comprised from the band's 2014 West Coast Tour.

Motorhead fans will get a little taste of what is come this month. On July 7th VH1 Classic will premiere the live video for the song "Lost Woman Blues" which was captured at The Warfield in San Francisco on Friday April 18th, 2014.

The band will be performing at various music festivals across Europe this summer.

"Aftershock" Track Listing:
Coup de Grace
Lost Woman Blues
End of Time
Do You Believe
Death Machine
Dust and Glass
Going To Mexico
Silence When You Speak To Me
Crying Shame
Queen of the Damned
Keep Your Powder Dry

Bonus Live CD Track Listing
Damage Case
Stay Clean
I Know How To Die
Over The Top
The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
Rock It
Lost Woman Blues
Doctor Rock
Just `Cos You Got The Power
Going To Brazil
Killed By Death
Ace Of Spades

Motörhead Festival Tour:
04. July Hyde Park London, British Summer – England
06. July Roitzschora, With Full Force – Germany
11. July Aix Les Bains, Esplanade du Lac – France
25. July Moscow, Crocus City Hall – Russia
27. July Minsk, Palace of Sports, - Belarus
01. August Wacken Open Air – Germany
03. August Lokerse, Lokerse Feesten – Belgium
10. August Colmar, Theatre de Plein Air – France
13. August Avenches, Roman Amphitheatre, Switzerland

Ozzy Osbourne All For Becoming Sir Ozzy

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has responded very favorably to the latest fan push to have Queen Elizabeth II honor him with a knighthood. Ozzy says he "can't imagine anything better" than receiving the honor.

The latest initiative to have Osbourne knighted was launched by Australian fan Helen Maidiotis, who started a petition to have Osbourne honored by the Queen. Ozzy was asked by British magazine Time Out London about the fans move and he responded, "I've heard about that. Getting knighted? I can't imagine anything better," he said with a smile.

"And my wife [Sharon] would become a Lady, which would be pretty cool. But I'm not gonna get upset if it doesn't happen. I never thought I'd get further than Aston [in Birmingham, England, where he was born]."

Ozzy also discussed how he doesn't look back over his long career which began in 1969 with the formation of Black Sabbath. "I don't do that [look back], but I guess I should a bit more. Because I know when I had my first successful album with Black Sabbath I thought: 'Oh, this is great, this will last a couple of years, I'll just get drunk every night and have a few chicks in my room,'" he recalled.

"And here I am, 45 years down the road, and I'm doing better than ever. I haven't always been on top of the world, there have been bad times as well, but you don't just give up at the first sign of choppy waters, you carry on rowing."

Mick Jagger Pokes Fun at Rolling Stones and Monty Python Reunion

Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones have found themselves at the butt end of a fair amount of jokes about their age, not to mention questions about whether it's appropriate or not for them to still tour, 50 years after they started. So Mick Jagger probably jumped at the chance to shoot a video introducing the reunion of legendary British comedy troop Monty Python.

The video, which precedes a string of performances by the five surviving members of Monty Python, saw Jagger "taking the piss" out of them (and himself), to use the British term.

In the video, Jagger watches a soccer (or football) match with Stones drummer Charlie Watts at his side. An assistant informs him that one of their crew members is in London for the Monty Python reunion shows.

"Monty Python?" Jagger asks, "They're still going?" The assistant points out that they have 10 shows booked. "10 shows? They must be coining it in! It must be expensive! Who wants to see that again? It was really funny in the '60s…"

"Well, the first show sold out in 40 seconds."

"Wow!" Jagger replies. "Still, it's a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money," he says, mirroring the complaint often aimed at the his own group. "The best one died years ago!" he says, a reference to Graham Chapman, who died in 1989.

"You've seen it all before! I mean, they've put it all up on YouTube!" he adds.

Motley Crue Preview Justin Moore's Version Of 'Home Sweet Home'

Motley Crue are previewing country rocker Justin Moore's version of "Home Sweet Home" from the forthcoming album, "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Motley Crue."

Joining Moore on the track is Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil; the band are previewing the track by sharing a behind the scenes look at the making of the video for the tune.

Due August 19, the project sees a variety of country artists covering Motley Crue tracks as the rockers prepare to launch their farewell tour this summer. "Nashville Outlaws" features performances by Rascal Fatts, LeAnne Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Gretchen Wilson and more.

Watch the preview here.

Guns N' Roses Release Live 'Sweet Child 'O Mine' Video

Guns N' Roses have released a performance of "Sweet Child 'O Mine" from their new package, "Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live From The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas."

The new DVD and Blu-ray collection were released today. The sets features the band filmed in concert on November 21, 2012 during their first residency in Las Vegas.

The Blu-ray includes the complete concert film in both 3D and 2D plus an interactive 3D photo gallery, and the standard DVD presents the 2D version of the film.

Watch the video here.

Bruce Springsteen Releasing Short Film

Bruce Springsteen will debut a new short film, "Hunter Of Invisible Game", on his website next week. The project sees the rocker working with director Thom Zimny.

Set to premiere July 9 at 12 PM ET at Zimny who has shot several music videos for Springsteen in recent years, including everything from his last two releases, 2012's "Wrecking Ball" and 2014's "High Hopes."

The singer has not yet provided additional details about the film, which may turn out to be an extended video for the song of the same name from his latest album.

Watch a preview of the film here.


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Jethro Tull: Passion Pay An Extended Performance 2CD+2DVD SET OUT NOW

The 1973 A Passion Play album and Château D'Hérouville Sessions as new Steven Wilson mixes in PCM 96/24 stereo, 5.1 DTS surround sound mix and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound, with a flat transfer of the original album master at PCM 96/24 stereo
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June 30th, 2014 - (Burbank, CA.) - Neil Young & Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot has suffered a mild stroke and will not be able to join Crazy Horse on their upcoming European tour. Though Talbot's doctors expect him to make a full recovery, they have advised Talbot to sit this tour out and recover his strength.
Crazy Horse will be joined on tour by Rick Rosas, who has played with Young extensively throughout the years, including in Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

The Crazy Horse line-up will also be enhanced by backing vocalists, Dorene Carter and YaDonna West, best known for their memorable work with their own group Mahogany Blue.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

07/07   Reykjavik                      Laugardsholl
07/10   Cork                             Marquee
07/12   London                         British Summer Time
07/13   Liverpool                       Liverpool Echo Arena
07/15   Turkey                          Kucokcitifix Park
07/17   Tel Aviv                        Hayarkon Park
07/20   Ulm                              Munsterplatz
07/21   Barolo                          Open Air Barolo
07/23   Vienna                         Stadthalle
07/25   Munchengladbach         Hockey Park
07/26   Dresden                       Elbufer
07/28   Mainz                          Norde Mole Open Air
07/30   Copenhagen                 Forum
08/01   Bergen                         Bergen Festival
08/03   Stockholm                    Music and Arts Festival
08/05   Lockeren                      Lockeren Festival
08/07   Monte Carlo                 Sporting Club
08/08   Alsace                         Festival de la Foire aux Vins

For further information contact Rick Gershon at Warner Bros. Records Publicity: 818-953-3473 /

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(Official / New Album / 2014 / Feat. M. Mendoza, D. Castronovo)

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Taken from the Frontiers Records release SO U. 

Guitar legend Neal Schön has joined forces with bassist Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) to create a unique body of work with jazz and blues-inspired virtuosic hard rock playing, entitled SO U.  The new album features Schön, Mendoza and Castronovo splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee's songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades.

Neal Schön commented, "This is a great new record that features all three of us -- Deen, Marco and myself -- sharing lead vocals.  Enjoy!"

Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schön has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n' roll's top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time.  Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana.  Schön moved on in 1973 to form Journey.  With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious "Legend Of Live Award" at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013.   As the only member to record on all of Journey's albums, Schön continues with the band today in its latest incarnation. 

In addition to 6 solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schön has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects. 

His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring "THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schön still has it going on -- and then some...The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious." 

In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schön also worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition "Neal Schön Signature Model Custom Les Paul" guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.

Neal Schon: guitars, lead vocals
Marco Mendoza: bass guitar lead vocals
Deen Castronovo: drums, lead vocals

Michael Schenker Denies Trying To Take Over Aerosmith

Michael Schenker has denied attempting to "take over" Aerosmith. The German guitarist auditioned to replace Joe Perry back in 1979, but he claims that both parties were too spaced out to make anything of the liaison.

According to Tyler in the official Aerosmith book Walk This Way, Schenker strolled into the rehearsal room and greeted himself, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer with the immortal announcement: "Hello, I'm taking over. Before I join your band, I want it clear I'm taking over right now. Here - my jacket - take and hang up."

"No, no, no… it wasn't like that at all," he protests. "I wasn't trying to take over their band. How could I do that? This is Aerosmith. They have Walk This Way, it's an all-time great rock song. They're fantastic.

"What happened was that Peter [Mensch] flew me to New York. Steven wasn't doing so good at the time, and I wasn't in the best shape either. I ended up sat in my hotel room for five days waiting for something to happen. And when it did… it was worthless. Nobody was in a fit state to make it work.

"But later, when I started the Michael Schenker Group [in 1980], Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton wanted to be my rhythm section," he continues. "We did some rehearsals but then just as we were getting somewhere Steven got better, so they went back to Aerosmith."

Duff McKagan Open To Being Velvet Revolver's Singer

Duff McKagan says he would consider fronting Velvet Revolver, but admits he'd rather bring in a specialist singer. The bass player revealed the band - in which McKagan and former Guns 'N' Roses colleague Slash both star - are still looking for a replacement for Scott Weiland, who was sacked in 2008.

McKagan sings in his own project Loaded and wouldn't rule out taking over main mic duties in Velvet Revolver too.

He tells TotalRock Radio: "I would consider it, but I think it's the type of band that it's best if we have a lead singer. I like rocking with Slash. When we play, I like rocking with the guitar players and the drummer and being able to fly around.

"When I sing with Loaded, I can't move at all. I'm playing guitar and I'm singing. I wrote too many lyrics in the songs. There's just too many goddamn lyrics, and you can't ever move away from the mic, except when I jump into the crowd, and then the band's playing and I get back up and I have to sing more."

Alice Cooper Debuts New Guitarist Nita Strauss

Alice Cooper debuted his new guitarist Nita Strauss during a series of three solo dates in Michigan as he and the band warm up for the launch of the Motley Crue farewell tour in Grand Rapids on Wednesday.

Formerly of the all-girl tribute band The Iron Maidens, Strauss recently replaced Orianthi in Cooper's band and the Crue trek will be her first with the group.

Earlier this month, the shock rocker released the new documentary film, "Super Duper Alice Cooper." Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Deluxe Limited Edition box, the project tells the tale of how preacher's son Vincent Furnier went on to strike fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper.

Watch video of Nita performing with Alice here.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Is The Ringo Of Metal Says A7X Drummer

Avenged Sevenfold drummer Arin Ilejay has hailed his Metallica counterpart Lars Ulrich as "the Ringo of metal" - saying he's one of the most underrated musicians in the world.

And his appreciation of Ulrich's approach served him well when he joined A7X and was asked to "dumb down" his performance for latest album Hail To The King.

Ilejay tells MusicRadar: "In so many ways Lars really is the best metal drummer. He doesn't have the crazy chops but he has the best stage presence. He's out of his mind, but writes incredible parts for the music. Ringo and Lars get the least amount of credit, but they're absolute geniuses."

He admits that he and A7X fans had expected to hear him go crazy on Hail To The King, following in the footsteps of late drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan and stand-in Mike Portnoy. "But the band wanted me to create my own sound and legacy," Ilejay says. "They wanted me to dumb it down and play caveman-like. I was bummed at first - but it helped to have heard drummers like Lars."