Documenting The Historic July 4, 1970 Performance In Front Of His Largest Ever U.S. Audience

About 100 miles south of Atlanta, next to a field just outside the town of Byron, there stands a plaque erected by the Georgia Historical Society marking the location of the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, where from July 3-5, 1970, “Over thirty musical acts performed, including rock icon Jimi Hendrix playing to the largest American audience of this career.” Despite the overwhelming attendance (estimated to be 300,000-400,000), the festival and Hendrix’s performance in particular, has not received its due in terms of historic importance and impact until now.

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, a new documentary film about the music legend’s Atlanta Pop set and the circumstances surrounding it, will debut on SHOWTIME on September 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is releasing the DVD and Blu-ray version on Oct. 30, which will feature bonus content not included in the broadcast version.  The film documents the massive festival hailed then as the ‘Southern Woodstock’ and recognized now as the last great US Rock Festival.  The film presents the story of how rock music’s burgeoning festival culture descended en masse to the tiny rural village of Byron, Georgia and witnessed Hendrix’s unforgettable performance.

The film details the efforts by Atlanta promoter Alex Cooley to create the definitive music festival.  Cooley secured such talent as Bob Seger, BB King and the Allman Brothers, but Hendrix was the critical component he needed to elevate the three day festival to a major cultural event.  Electric Church features interviews with Hendrix’s Experience band mates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell as well as Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Rich Robinson, Kirk Hammett, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, festival organizer Alex Cooley and many others.  The film contains breathtaking, color 16mm footage of Jimi Hendrix’s Independence Day appearance, a mere ten weeks before his untimely passing.  Standout performances include such Hendrix classics as “Hey Joe,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Purple Haze,” as well as confident, compelling versions of songs such as “Room Full Of Mirrors,” “Freedom,” and “Straight Ahead” that had not yet been issued by Jimi on an Experience album, but were intended to be part of the album he was working on that summer. “The Star Spangled Banner,” played against a backdrop of exploding fireworks, is another highlight, which Cooley recalls as having “knocked peoples’ socks off.”

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church – DVD

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church – Blu-ray                                        

The audio release Freedom: Jimi Hendrix Experience Atlanta Pop Festival, which Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings will put out on Aug. 28, includes six performances not seen in the Showtime documentary.  This will be available as a 2CD set and also as a 200-gram 2LP vinyl set.   The first 5,000 vinyl units will be individually numbered.

Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival – 2CD

Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival – 2LP VINYL

By the beginning of the 1970s, Jimi Hendrix was unquestionably one of the most exciting rock musicians of his generation, having captivated the world with his highly stylized approach to blues guitar. In Electric Church, Paul McCartney freely admits to worshipping him, adding, “We all played guitar. We all knew a bit. But he seemed to know more than us.”

Jimi Hendrix put the rock festival concept on the map with his blistering performance at California’s Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, headlining 1968’s inaugural Miami Pop Festival, and providing the soundtrack for the counterculture with a dazzling set at Woodstock in 1969.

His performance at the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival was not only significant on a musical level, but also in terms of socio-political dynamics. The organizers were keen to push back against the cultural divide that was very much in evidence in the Deep South. It was assumed that rural audiences would not take kindly to “long-hair” bands, and that black and white artists could not comfortably exist on the same bill; Atlanta Pop set out to challenge those beliefs. Hendrix’s music and message of universal love made him the ideal artist to represent that pushback, and, appropriately, was the first act booked for the festival.

In the sweltering Georgia heat, amongst intimidating bikers who were hired as security, hundreds of thousands of mostly young music fans descended upon the festival grounds, eventually knocking over fences and leaving the organizers with no choice but to declare it a free event. Law enforcement, not equipped to handle such crowds, adopted a hands-off policy with regards to crowd control, drug use and nudity. Against incredible odds, the event proved to be largely peaceful. By the time the Jimi Hendrix Experience took the stage on the evening of July 4, the audience swelled to more than 300,000.

Massive, anarchic music fests in the U.S., unencumbered by high ticket prices and corporate sponsors were soon to be extinct, and the Atlanta Pop Festival was the last of this dying breed. Glenn Phillips (Hampton Grease Band) says, “This was, certainly in retrospect, sort of the end of an era, and a great end to an era. It was a powerful moment.”

The Atlanta festival footage in Electric Church was shot by Steve Rash, later known for directing such Hollywood films as The Buddy Holly Story and Can’t Buy Me Love.  Rash intended for the footage he and his team were filming to be used for a documentary in the vein of Woodstock.  When a deal couldn’t be secured, virtually all of the film lay undeveloped inside Rash’s barn for over three decades. The full-color film stock held up remarkably well, and makes for a transcendent viewing experience.

Bill Mankin, who worked on the construction and stage crews for the festival, provides liner notes for the Freedom package, describing his first-hand account. He explains, “At the center of the vortex was the master magician on guitar: the personification of a life lived fully and wildly, with no boundaries, no limitations, and aiming for the stars at light speed.”


ROCK NEWS FOR 08/04/15


On August 2, 1986 Cinderella released their debut album, NIGHT SONGS. Tom Keifer remembers when he shot the cover with photographer Mark Weiss.  As Tom recalls,  "It was shot in the historic district of Philadelphia … but the most interesting thing that I remember about that shoot was that the album was called NIGHT SONGS and Mark scheduled the shoot for day time.. and I kept saying to him..that's not going to look right and he said I shoot day for night and I didn't know what the fuck that meant...and I just trusted him because I kind of liked this guy right off the bat.. I thought he was a straight-up cat.  And sure enough, when we got the pictures back it looked like it was nighttime.. So Mark Weiss is a fucking genius."

Tom talks about his rock scene growing up as a young kid-- and first seeing the Beatles and then The Monkees on TV and then... "I started hearing a different sound than the Beatles or the Monkees... and it was like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith and once I heard that... and the Rolling Stones…you know I remember hearing Jumpin' Jack Flash and Brown Sugar…and from that point on all through like my high school years that's all I wanted to do."  

He remembers his start in the South Jersey rock scene--"It was all cover clubs.. there was a cover club on every corner because the drinking age was 18 so they were packed nightly.  I'd get tired of that scene and I started to wonder why Led Zeppelin and the Stones and Rod Stewart got to make records and obviously it's because they had their own songs.  That's when I wanted to get out of the club scene and the cover scene and started writing songs…and that's what I did for a number of years and eventually it lead to putting Cinderella together."

Tom talks about MTV and the image of Rock & Roll-- "You know I grew up on the music of the late 60s  and the 70s and you're talking Janis Joplin and Rod Stewart and Bad Company, Free and Joe Walsh and the James Gang... and I could go on and on ...from the Eagles to Fleetwood Mac to Heart to the Rolling Stones…it was an incredibly creative time for music and not only did those artists influence you in the musical way, but they influenced you image wise.  You wanted to be like them so you started to emulate them...and you know all my heroes were pretty flashy… I loved Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  They were cool and had a touch of glam vibe to them... and Janis Joplin did, Aerosmith did.. so you learned in the same way in your fashion sense as you did in your music sense...and I think when Cinderella came around and we were in the part of the decade in the 80s where so much importance was placed on the visual because of MTV.  I think the over the top look that developed in the 80s was as a result of us taking our heroes to a whole other fuckin' level.  The 80s was all about excess and I think that's what it was about.  And I think that most of my buddies from the other bands would tell you the same thing.  It came from that glam, hard rock…you know, imagery of the 60s and the 70s and trying to take it somewhere new because all of a sudden there was this new visual thing called MTV where it was as much about the visual as it was about the music. Everything in the 80s was fucking over the top!  And it was cool.. It was a great decade."


This fall, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Invitation To Illumination – Live At Montreux 2011 on 2CD and Digital Formats – September 11, 2015 [MSRP $19.98].

On July 1st, 2011, the famed Montreux Jazz Festival hosted the reunion of master-guitarists Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin with their Invitation To Illumination concert. This is the first ever release of the audio from this unique concert, which includes most of the tracks from their classic 1973 album Love Devotion SurrenderInvitation To Illumination – Live At Montreux 2011 also features the late Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, playing harmonica on the final track.

Both Santana and McLaughlin have been regulars at Montreux throughout the years but this was the first time they headlined their own concert together. The show features compelling performances of the beloved tracks from   Love Devotion Surrender as well as songs that have influenced Carlos & John’s incredible careers, including songs by Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan & John Lee Hooker. This show is an incredible display of supreme musicianship by two of the most prolific guitarists to ever grace the world stage.  The line-up for this performance featured Carlos Santana (Lead Guitar & Vocals); John McLaughlin (Lead Guitar & Vocals); Cindy Blackman Santana (Drums); Dennis Chambers (Drums); David K. Mathews (Keyboards); Tommy Anthony (Guitar & Vocals); Raul Rekow (Congas, Percussion & Vocals); Etienne M'Bappé (Bass); Benny Rietveld (Bass); Tony Lindsay (Vocals); Andy Vargas (Vocals)

The evening captured on Invitation To Illumination – Live At Montreux 2011 was truly worthy of its title: Illuminating. A showcase of supreme musical virtuosity and spirituality, this 2CD set typifies the approach of these two great artists.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

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Disc One:
1) Echoes Of Angels   
2) The Life Divine  
3) Medley: Peace On Earth / A Hard Rain Is Gonna Fall / Stairway To Heaven / Summer In The City / Our Prayer / Free America / The 8th Of January / La Marseillaise / SOCC  
4) Medley: Right Off / Guitar Interlude / Voodoo Child (Slight Return)  
5) Vuelta Abajo  
6) Vashkar  
7) Medley: The Creator Has A Master Plan / Guitar Interlude  
8) Naima  
9) Medley: Lotus Land Op.47 No.1 / Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood 

Disc Two:
 1) Downstairs Blues  
2) Medley: Venus / Upper Egypt  
3) Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord  
4) Medley: Black Satin / Smooth Criminal / Land Of 1000 Dances  
5) Cindy Blackman Santana Drum Solo  
6) A Love Supreme  
7) Shake It Up And Go

Buddy Guy and Van Morrison Stream B.B. King Tribute Song

Buddy Guy has released a stream of his track Flesh & Bone, featuring guest collaborator Van Morrison. It's taken from his latest album Born To Play Guitar - and it's dedicated to the late B.B. King.

Guy tells Billboard: "Every time I go in the studio now, my mind is on all the great blues players that have passed on before B.B. They were my teachers. When I got to know them, they would always wind up saying, 'If I go before you, boy, keep playing those blues.'

"The last words Muddy Waters told me was, 'Man, just keep playing those blues.' I've got a song on the album for him - Come Back Muddy - so when we heard B.B. was gone I said, 'Let's put one on for him, too.'" Stream the song here.

Rush Play Last Date Of What May Be Their Final Tour

Rush performed the final show of their 40th anniversary R40 Live tour at The Forum in Los Angeles on August 1st. Video from the show, which may be the band's final tour date, has been posted online

The group's 2-set, 26-song show presented material from throughout their career, including many fan favorites and vintage album tracks. "Thank you for forty awesome years," posted the band.

Bassist Geddy Lee and Rush manager Ray Danniels have both discussed the group's plans to scale back the length of touring as band members approach their mid-60s in the next few years, with drummer Neil Peart wishing to spend more time at home with his family in California.

"It's most likely our last tour," said Lee recently. "I couldn't put it any more accurately. I can't say for sure. But it doesn't mean we don't want to work together still, it doesn't mean we won't do another creative project and I've got ideas for shows we could do that don't involve a tour." Watch the video here.

Don Henley Announces North American Solo Tour

Eagles star Don Henley has announced that he will be launching a North American tour this fall to promote the release of his first new solo album in 15 years.

The new album, "Cass Country" is set to be released on September 25th in various formats including a standard 12 song CD and digital version as well as a double disc 180 vinyl LP version.

Henley will be launching the Cass Country Tour 2015 on October 3rd in Phoenix, AZ at the Comerica Theatre and concluding the trek on November 12th in Philadelphia, PA at the Academy of Music.

Cass County Tour 2015 Dates:
10/3 - Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
10/5 - San Francisco, CA The Masonic
10/7 - Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
10/9 - Los Angeles, CA The Forum
10/13 - Denver, CO Bellco Theatre
10/15 - Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
10/17 - Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
10/18 - Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
11/2 - New York, NY Beacon Theatre
11/3 - Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre
11/5 - Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
11/7 - Detroit, MI Fox Theatre Detroit
11/8 - Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
11/10 - Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
11/12 - Philadelphia, PA Academy of Music

KISS Frontman Paul Stanley Spoofed In New Snaked Track

 KISS frontman Paul Stanley is the focus and title of the debut single by Hollywood duo Snaked. Paul Stanley sees video game composer and guitarist Hugh Myrone and DJ Depressed Teenager mix electronic music with clips of the Kiss singer's onstage banter.

They call their sound RDM - Rockstar Dance Music and the track is said to be "a lighters up ode to Kiss' frontman which blends massive guitar riffs and feels-murking chords with huge drum patterns which soar underneath Stanley's epic stage banter." And after hearing the song, Stanley said on Twitter: "Starting my day with this! Ha! What do you think?"

Stanley's bandmate Gene Simmons is determined to make another Kiss album in 2016 despite the frontman's misgivings. Simmons has written at least one track for the project, while guitarist Tommy Thayer said a studio return wasn't "completely out of the question." Check out the song here.

Aerosmith's Brad Whitford Reunites With Derek St. Holmes

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford has confirmed that he and singer Derek St. Holmes have reunited and are planning their second album together. Whitford left Steven Tyler and co in 1981 to work on Whitford-St. Holmes' debut album, which was released the same year.

Now they've teamed up again and are joined by Nashville bassist Charlie Anderson and Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta. Whitford tells Aero 101: "Derek and I have always been friends. We started writing a bunch of stuff and we started building a band. The next thing we did was go in the studio and we cut nine tracks in two days."

He says the album is almost done but they'll put the finishing touches on it once Aerosmith's current tour ends early next month. He hopes to tour the project across the US in November. Read more here.

Queensryche Reveal Details For New Album 'Condition Human'

Queensryche have unveiled the cover art and tracklisting for their upcoming album, "Condition Human." Due October 2, the band's 15th album was produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary) and recorded in the band's native state of Washington.

"The artwork depicts a beautiful innocence surrounded by the darkness of a jaded unpredictable world," says vocalist Todd La Torre. The project marks the group's first release since a public split and two-year legal battle over the Queensryche brand with former singer Geoff Tate.

La Torre joined in 2012 was on board for the band's 2013 self-titled effort and live shows, while Tate went on to form Operation: Mindcrime - named after Queensryche's 1988 album.

Queensryche are previewing the record with the lead track "Arrow Of Time." Currently playing shows across Europe, the band will hit the road with Scorpions for their North American dates this fall. See the artwork and tracklisting here.

The Dead Daisies Release Cuba Documentary

The Dead Daisies have taken part in the first-ever documentary launch via Twitter. Revolucion explores the supergroup's historic trip to Cuba in February - the first of its kind by an international band since the US government loosened travel and trade restrictions with the island nation.

As part of a cultural exchange the Dead Daisies performed a run of acoustic and electric shows that concluded with a set at the Cuba Rocks For Peace concert. During their visit, the band also recorded tracks for their second album - also titled Revolución.

Guitarist David Lowy said of the exchange organizers: "Their passion to get rock and get people down there to play was just exceptional. Their passion is what drives the whole project, which is fantastic. We went down with the expectation of entertaining - but we came out realising the people were teaching us some stuff."

He adds: "We really accomplished something really cool here. Music touches people in a very special way. It's very rewarding. This is why we play." Watch the documentary here.


ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Announces Debut Solo Album

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons will release his first-ever solo album, "Perfectamundo", on October 23. Inspired by Cuban music, Gibbons is joined by a handpicked group of musicians dubbed The BFG's on the project, which hearkened back to his early days when he studied Latin percussion in Manhattan with its preeminent virtuoso, "Mambo King" Tito Puente, a friend of Billy's bandleader dad.

Puente taught the young Gibbons the essential Latin rhythms via conga, bongo, maracas and, most importantly, timbales. "Banging away on 'em came back like riding on a lost bicycle," says Gibbons.

Produced by Gibbons and Joe Hardy and recorded in Houston, Los Angeles, Austin and Pontevedra, Spain, "Perfectamundo" was sparked by an invitation to perform at the 2014 Havana Jazz Festival, delivered by his Argentine-born, Puerto Rico-raised friend and musical collaborator Martin Guigui. Gibbons was unable to attend, but the concept inspired the ZZ Top guitarist to begin work in his Houston studio.

Three songs in, Gibbons hooked up with Guigui as well as Chino Pons, a Cuban friend who heads his own quartet in New York. "Chino, so to speak, sprinkled holy water on our efforts and expressed confidence that we were headed in the right direction," explains Gibbons, "and that bit of affirmation gave us the impetus for more forward motion." Read more and see the cover art here.


Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Beth Hart has announced a West Coast tour that begins on September 17 at The Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO.  As she continues to bring repertoire from her latest release Better Than Home to the stage, Hart has balanced a heavy year of touring across Europe and the U.S. Released on April 14 via Provogue / Mascot Label Group, the album is available here: while a trailer produced in front of the street date can be viewed via this link:

Highly revered for her visceral vocals, dynamic range and impassioned live performances, Hart has been leveling audiences for the past two decades. Throughout her illustrious career, she has collected numerous accolades, #1 and Top 10 positions on the Billboard Blues Chart, and a standing ovation from President Obama at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors (  While she has achieved much success in her professional life, it has been no secret that Hart’s personal life has included intense periods of struggle, from the loss of her sister to AIDS, to drug use and family strife, to an eventual bipolar diagnosis that was both frightening and liberating. The ultimate conqueror, Hart bounced back at full creative strength and is prepared to own and share her story on Better Than Home, an album that is surely her most profound body of work to date.

Hart continues to sell out venues across the globe.  Following her current European tour, these North American appearances are confirmed prior to a return overseas in November.

9/17     Englewood, CO                                                           Gothic Theatre
9/19     Salt Lake City, UT                                                     The Depot
9/22     Seattle, WA                                                                 Neptune Theatre
9/24     Vancouver, BC                                                            Vogue Theatre
9/26     Portland, OR                                                               Roseland Theatre
9/27     Spokane, WA                                                              Bing Crosby Theatre
9/29     Sacramento, CA                                                          Crest Theatre
10/01   Napa, CA                                                                    City Winery
10/03   Santa Cruz, CA                                                           The Catalyst
10/07   Anaheim, CA                                                              House of Blues Anaheim
10/09   Solana Beach, CA                                                       Belly Up
10/10   Agoura Hills, CA                                                        The Canyon

Beth Hart’s incredible, soul-baring voice and musicianship has earned her passionate admirers in guitar legends Joe Bonamassa, Slash (who played on Hart’s 2010 album My California), Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck. Two album collaborations with Bonamassa, 2013’s Seesaw and 2011’s Don’t Explain, made it to the top of the Billboard Blues Albums Chart (#1 and #3 respectively). Seesaw earned Hart a Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album.  Hart has had a series of celebrated solo albums including 1999’s Screamin’ For My Supper (which spawned the Top 10 Billboard Modern AC Chart hit “L.A. Song (Out Of This Town)”) and 2003’s platinum-selling Leave The Light On, which produced the #1 single “Learning To Live” in Denmark. Her 2012 album Bang Bang Boom Boom hit #3 in the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart.


Stryper is back to reclaim their throne in the hard rock/heavy metal world with the latest song from their upcoming 9th studio album, Fallen. The title track Fallen can be heard via YouTube at the following link: The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Oz Fox (guitars), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums) returns with an album of all new material showcasing the musicianship that garnered them a huge fan base in the mainstream world and the Christian market. From the opening choral refrains of Yahweh to the signature vocal scream at the end of King Of Kings, it is apparent that Stryper is back with their heaviest and most inspired work to date that is scheduled for release on October 16th via Frontiers Music SRL. Fallen is available for pre-order via digital retailers and can be ordered via iTunes at and via AmazonMP3 at It is also available in various physical configurations at Fallen was produced by Michael Sweet.

Fallen is about Lucifer before he became Satan. Its the story of how he got kicked out of Heaven. He tried to overthrow God and take over, describes Michael Sweet. The song talks about how beautiful he was. When he walked, there was music. He was the angel of worship and this incredibly powerful and beautiful being.

The latest song comes on the heels of the album teaser track, Yahweh, that was released last month and has been listened to over 135K times since it went live. Yahweh was a musical writing collaboration between Michael Sweet and Sevendusts Clint Lowery. Tracks like Pride, Big Screen Lies and Til I Get What I Need show that Stryper is back and better than ever. Stryper offers their unique interpretation of the Black Sabbath classic After Forever. The band flexes their softer side on the instantly memorable All Over Again which continues the journey Stryper fans began almost 30 years ago when Honestly was released to mainstream success.

The track listing for Fallen is:
1) Yahweh
2) Fallen
3) Pride
4) Big Screen Lies
5) Heaven
6) Love You Like I Do
7) All Over Again
8) After Forever
9) Till I Get What I Need
10) Let There Be Light
11) The Calling
12) King Of Kings

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. In fact, Stryper is the first band to ever have two songs in MTVs 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. Their last studio album No More Hell To Pay debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Top 200 landing at #35.

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd Pleads Not Guilty To Latest Charges

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has escaped a return to jail after pleading not guilty to the latest charges laid against him. He was last month sentenced to eight months of home confinement for making death threats and possession of drugs, following a raid on his New Zealand home in November.

But less than a fortnight later he returned to Tauranga District Court after being accused of breaching the terms of his home arrest by drinking. Judge Louis Bidois, remanding him without plea, had warned him he could be sent to prison if found guilty of the latest charges, and added the requirement that he undergo alcohol and drug tests on police request.

Today in court Rudd, wearing a leather jacket with an AC/DC logo on the back, was allowed to return home, pending another hearing in November. Judge RP Wolff described the situation as "relatively straightforward." Read comments from Rudd here.

Guns N' Roses Reportedly Parted Ways With Bumbelfoot Last Year

A new report indicates guitarist Ron 'Bumbelfoot' Thal left Guns N' Roses in 2014. The report is based on what an unnamed "source with Guns N' Roses" told music journalist Gary Graff.

"That is the thing I am not to elaborate on," Thal recently told Graff. "I think there's enough clues out there for you to figure out what I'm up to now. I'm a real busy guy and really enjoying everything I'm doing, and I think that everything I'm doing has a future and a bigger plan - the solo stuff, the other bands, the producing, the charity and educational things I'm doing. These are all the things I love that I've really missed, and I'm very happy to be putting my time back into that. It's really what I should be doing."

Graff now reports (via WRIF Detroit) that a source with Guns N' Roses has confirmed Thal's departure. "Bumblefoot quit last year," said the source. "I don't understand why he continues to be evasive on his status with the band -- he quit in South America. He told Axl he was done and (Las) Vegas would be his last run with the band."

Fan source Guns N' Roses News confirms the "report is legit. The quote did indeed come from a senior member of the @gunsnroses team." Read more and see the tweet here.

Ace Frehley Recruits Slash For Thin Lizzy Cover

Ace Frehley was joined by Slash in the studio on Saturday to record a Thin Lizzy classic for Frehley's upcoming all-star covers album. Slash tweeted: "Had a really fun, live session with @Ace_Frehley last night jamming on a #ThinLizzy tune for his new covers album. Good times!"

Producer Warren Huart tweeted a photo from the session, writing, "Tracked dueling guitar solos with @AceFrehley9 and @Slash at @spitfiremusicgp today #rocknrollhysteria"

For the follow-up to his 2014 effort, "Space Invader", Frehley originally revealed last summer that the project was in the works and would include guests like Lita Ford, Mike McCready from Pearl Jam.

"The album's going to be about my influences," said Frehley. "I'm probably going to do a Rolling Stones song, a Who song, possibly a Led Zeppelin song, maybe a Beatles song. Stuff from bands that I grew up on and greatly influenced me. Those are the songs I'd redo, besides vintage Kiss stuff and a Frehley's Comet track." See the tweets here.

Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven Lawsuit Hearing Set

A hearing has been scheduled in a Los Angeles federal court in the copyright-infringement lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven."

West Side Today reports U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner has set an August 17 scheduling conference in the case. The suit - brought by the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band - claims the acoustic introduction to "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, "Taurus."

In May, Led Zeppelin filed a response to the case by denying the allegations or claiming insufficient knowledge to answer them. "Answering paragraph 11 of the First Amended Complaint, including the First Amended Complaint's footnote 1, Defendants admit that Led Zeppelin has been called one of the greatest bands in history and its members were and are exceptionally talented," the group's answer reads, "but otherwise deny each and every allegation contained in paragraph 11 of the First Amended Complaint."

The group admit to playing shows with Spirit on their first US tour - where the Los Angeles band claims Jimmy Page was exposed to "Taurus" - and to using part of the Spirit song "Fresh Garbage" in a medley they performed during some concerts in 1968 and 1969.

Warner Music Group successfully argued in May that the case should be moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, where possible witnesses and business records are located.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division, is the same court where a jury ruled in March that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke should pay $7.4 million for infringing on Marvin Gaye's 1977 track "Got To Give It Up" with their 2013 hit, "Blurred Lines." Stream both songs here.

Judge Issues Ruling On Release Of Kurt Cobain's Death Scene Photos

Photos of Kurt Cobain's death scene are to remain unseen after a judge threw out a campaigner's bid to have them released. Richard Lee, who believes the Nirvana frontman was murdered in 1994, rather than having taken his own life, took the city of Seattle to court in an attempt to have the files opened.

Seattle Superior Court Judge Therese Doyle dismissed the bid, ruling that Lee hadn't filed his suit properly. Lee has vowed to refile, telling the Seattle Times: "I've never heard of a case where an issue of such public importance was dismissed because of such trivial circumstances."

Cobain's widow Courtney Love and daughter Frances both submitted declarations saying they could be put at risk if the pictures were made available. Read more here.

David Gilmour Releases 'Rattle That Lock' Video

Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour has released the video for the title track to his forthcoming album, "Rattle That Lock." Due September 18, the project sees Gilmour working alongside wife and lyricist Polly Samson and co-producer Phil Manzanera.

The video for "Rattle That Lock" was created by Alasdair & Jock from Trunk Animation alongside the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis.

"I love animation when it does something that can't be achieved any other way," says Gilmour. "The film Alasdair & Jock have made for Rattle That Lock highlights a darkness in the song that couldn't have been shown any other way."

The black and white, hand drawn animation depicts various facets from John Milton's 'Paradise Lost', from which Samson drew inspiration for the lyrics. "Rattle That Lock" will be available in a CD edition with clothbound, foil-blocked cover, including a 22-page booklet, and also on heavyweight vinyl, digital download and a deluxe box edition, which includes 4 Barn Jam films, 4 non-album audio tracks, 4 documentaries, and 2 promo clips.

A Deluxe Edition on CD+DVD or CD+Blu-ray versions will include 2 hardback books, a double-sided poster, a postcard in a dedicated envelope and a Gilmour guitar pick.

Gilmour will launch "Rattle That Lock" with a sold-out 11-date European tour, with shows starting on September 12 in Croatia; the run includes five concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. Watch the video here.

Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese TV Series Details Revealed

The long-awaited TV series produced by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and directed by Martin Scorsese will be entitled Vinyl and will air next year on US network HBO.

It's been in development since 2011 and will focus on the life of a New York record label exec in the 1970s and the "drug and sex-fuelled music business as punk and disco were breaking out."

Scorsese will direct the pilot episode and serve as one of the show's executive producers alongside Jagger. The pair previously worked together on the 2008 Rolling Stones documentary Shine A Light.

Bobby Cannavale will play American Century Records president Richie Finestra while Olivia Wilde will star as his wife, Devon. Also on board for the nine-part series are Ray Romano, Andrew 'Dice' Clay, and Jagger's son James, who'll appear as Kip Stevens, the frontman of fictional punk band Nasty Bits. Read more here.

Art Of Anarchy (Bumblefoot, Scott Weiland) Release New Video

Art Of Anarchy have issued a video for their track Time Every Time. It's lifted from their self-titled debut album which was released in June via Another Century. It follows the promo for 'Til The Dust Is Gone.

Guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal says: "This is a straight-up 'here we are doing what we do' video. A band playing their song. Bright lights and silhouettes, everyone diggin' in after a bunch of takes and knowing they got the shots they need.

"It was an accomplishment making these videos and capturing what seems to be chapter one for the band. This is life - things don't go as planned, it's about picking yourself up and coming back stronger. That'll be chapter two."

The shoot features singer Scott Weiland who's repeatedly denied ever joining the band, labelling the project a "scam from the beginning" and insisting he was only taken on as a hired session singer and songwriter.

But the Thal has insisted Weiland was "still technically in the band" and that the vocalist knew what he was getting into. Read more and watch the video here.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Savatage Team For Unique Performance

Last Thursday night (June 30th), at the Wacken Open music festival in northern Germany, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) and Savatage wowed 80,000-plus attendees with a never-before-attempted music festival performance.

Following a 40-minute Savatage set and a 40-minute TSO set, TSO and Savatage band members, across two of the festival's main stages, performed a perfectly coordinated set of fan-favorites. This ambitious feat, both musically and logistically, was helmed by Paul O´Neill. Al Pitrelli led TSO on the "True Metal Stage" and Jon Oliva headed Savatage on the "Black Stage." Beyond the unprecedented act of two bands hitting the stage at the same time, this show was also memorable as it marked progressive metal originators Savatage's first show in over a decade, TSO's first European festival show, as well as the only live appearances of both bands in Europe in 2015.

The closeness of these two bands is well-known to those versed in rock/metal lore. TSO was founded in 1993 by producer/composer/lyricist Paul O'Neill, who brought together Savatage's Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli to fulfill a vision for a group that could meld the sound of classical and fury of rock music with Broadway's storytelling to create a unique amalgamation O'Neill calls "Rock Theater." Since gaining massive popularity after beginning touring in 1999, TSO has grown to include additional members of Savatage within its ranks.

Prior to the festival, the bands issued this joint statement:
"All of us in Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Savatage cannot believe the luck that has given us the opportunity to take a break from recording the new (TSO) album Letters From The Labyrinth, so that we can meet up in Wacken, Germany and together, look back at how we got here, as well as forward to possibly catch a glimpse of what might be. This is a once in a lifetime show for Savatage & TSO that we hope you will never forget."

At 9:45 P.M., Savatage, including members Oliva, Pitrelli, Johnny Lee Middleton, Chris Caffery, Jeff Plate, Zak Stevens, Bill Hudson, plus several backing musicians (including TSO's Vitalij Kuprij), ripped through such Savatage songs as "Gutter Ballet," "Hall of the Mountain King," "Edge of Thorns," "Jesus Saves" and more.

As the Savatage set came to a close, guitarist Pitrelli raced to the other stage to join TSO for a fierce performance including "Prometheus" from its upcoming release Letters >From The Labyrinth, "Toccata/Carpimus Noctem" from the platinum-certified Night Castle and many more. For TSO's first set, the band consisted of John O.Reilly and Jeff Plate (drums), David Z and Middleton (bass), Angus Clark and Caffery (guitars), Mee Eun Kim and Derek Wieland (keyboards), Asha Melvana and Roddy Chong (strings). Vocal duties were handled by Jeff Scott Soto, Kayla Reeves and Andrew Ross, with the group also featuring dancers, background vocalists and more.

At 11 P.M. came the portion of the performance that left the crowd astonished: all band members took to their respective stages and began an hour-long simultaneous performance playing the same songs concurrently. They stormed through the set containing such songs as Savatage's "Turns To Me," a rousing version of "Believe" with a duet featuring Oliva and Robin Borneman along with TSO favorites including "A Last Illusion," "Requiem," "Beethoven," and "King Rurick" from TSO's forthcoming release. A united Trans-Siberian Orchestra featured four guitarists, four keyboard players, two drummers, two bassists, a string section, and multiple vocalists (including the addition of TSO's Russell Allen and Savatage's Stevens to the above). It was a sight to behold, with several generations on stage: from teenagers taking their first steps on an international rock stage to seasoned veterans who have toured the world many times over.

Throughout the two-plus hours, accompanying the unprecedented sonic storm, fans were treated to an incredible pyrotechnic display estimated to have cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. As anyone on site could attest, it was an unparalleled auditory and visual experience.

Paul McCartney's Tug of War and Pipes of Peace Set For Reissue

Paul McCartney's Tug of War and Pipes of Peace albums will be the subject of new deluxe reissues that are set to be released on October 2nd. We were sent the following details:

Released in 1982, Tug of War was Paul's first album following the break-up of Wings and his third solo LP overall. Hailed upon its release as "exquisitely crafted" by The New York Times and a "masterpiece" by Rolling Stone, Tug of War went to #1 in no less than nine countries. Tug of War yielded such classic tracks as Paul's #1 duet with Stevie Wonder "Ebony and Ivory," the top 10 single "Take It Away," and of course "Here Today," the conversation Paul never had with the late John Lennon that remains a staple of Paul's live set to this day. Pipes of Peace, Paul's fourth solo album, followed in 1983 and continued Paul's early '80s run of platinum records. Singles from Pipes of Peace included the title track and of course Paul and Michael Jackson's timeless "Say Say Say," a multi-format global chart-topping smash continually cited as a landmark of that or any year--as recently as 2007, Vibe magazine rated "Say Say Say" as one of the greatest duets of all time.

As with the GRAMMY-winning Band On The Run and Wings Over America Archive editions, Paul personally supervised all aspects of these releases and their various formats, which include:

Tug of War will be issued as a 2-CD Special Edition comprised of the 2015 remix of the entire album, plus a second disc of bonus audio featuring eight previously unreleased demos of both album tracks and outtakes "Stop, You Don't Know Where She Came From" and "Something That Didn't Happen," as well as demo and solo versions of "Ebony and Ivory" and more. The Tug Of War 3-CD/1-DVD Deluxe Edition adds the original 1982 album mix and a DVD featuring original music videos for the album's singles and the brand new 18-minute documentary "Fly TIA-Behind The Scenes on Take It Away" featuring previously unseen archival footage. In keeping with the award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection standards, the Tug Of War Deluxe Edition will include a 112-page essay book and 64-page scrapbook, while the strictly limited run of 1000 Super Deluxe sets will arrive in a limited edition acrylic slipcase with five hand numbered prints of images from the Linda McCartney archive.

The Pipes of Peace 2-CD Special Edition is made up of the original album plus a 9-track bonus disc with such exclusive gems as a 2015 remix of "Say Say Say" by Spike Stent, unearthed demos of three album tracks and outtakes "It's Not On" and "Simple As That," the previously unreleased "Christian Bop" and more. The 2-CD/1-DVD Pipes of Peace Deluxe Edition features a bonus video disc comprised of the original promo clips for all three of the album's singles, plus previously unreleased clips from Paul's film archives. The Deluxe configuration will also include a 112-page essay book and 64-page book that takes the reader behind the scenes on the "Pipes of Peace" title track video shoot.

Both albums and their companion bonus audio discs will also be released as 2-LP 180-gram audiophile vinyl editions complete with gatefold sleeves and download cards. The newly remixed and mastered Tug of War and remastered Pipes of Peace will also receive standard and Hi Res digital releases, as well deluxe digital and Hi Res releases featuring all bonus audio.

Iron Maiden Preview New Album The Book Of Souls

 Iron Maiden are sharing the first preview of new music from their forthcoming double album, "The Book Of Souls." Due September 4, the project was produced by Kevin Shirley and recorded in Paris in 2014.

Plans to release the record were delayed so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson - who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour - would have time to recuperate and assist in the preparations for the album's launch.

"We're really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it," says Dickinson. "We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we'd done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us.

"We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we'd finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!"

"The Book Of Souls" will be available in a 2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition, 2CD standard edition, Triple heavyweight black vinyl, High res audio (24-bit Mastered for ITunes and non-Mastered for iTunes) and Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz). Check out the preview clip here.

SAXON Releases Official “Battering Ram” Music Video WATCH IT HERE

21st Album “Battering Ram” Out in North America via UDR Music on October 16, 2015

Pre-Order Available via iTunes

US Tour Kicks Off August 19thOn October 16, 2015, legendary British heavy metal quintet SAXON will release their 21st studio album, Battering Ram, in North America via UDR Music. The new album boasts a clinically ‘heavy’ echo of SAXON’s glorious NWOBHM sound! Check out the official “Battering Ram” single music video today, here:

In this no-nonsense, sharp performance, Biff and the boys are captured at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, throwing down a thunderous performance of their forthcoming new album’s title track.  

Battering Ram is available for pre-order now via iTunes (with “Battering Ram” Instant Grat track) here:

Coming soon, Battering Ram will be available for pre-order via Amazon and various formats will include CD in Ecolbook, 180 gram Vinyl, Limited Edition Boxset (containing CD, Vinyl and a Bonus CD with the band performance of their Denim & Leather Tour “Saxon Over Sweden 2011” – 18 tracks). 

In celebration of the release of Battering Ram, SAXON will join select dates with Motörhead, and others with Armored Saint, in the US beginning August 19th. See below for all confirmed tour dates. 

SAXON US Tour Dates:
August 19 – Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium w/ Motörhead
August 20 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick w/ Armored Saint
August 21 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues w/ Motörhead
August 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine w/ Motörhead
August 23 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
August 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre w/ Motörhead
August 27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex w/ Motörhead
August 28 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
September 1 – Austin, TX @ Cedar Park Center w/ Motörhead
September 2 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre w/ Motörhead
September 3 – El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
September 4 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory w/ Motörhead
September 5 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues w/ Motörhead
September 6 – St. Louis, MO @ Pageant Theater w/ Motörhead
September 9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theater w/ Motörhead
September 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage – Prog Power
September 12 – Stafford, CT @ Palace Theater w/ Armored Saint
September 13 – Portland, ME @ Asylum w/ Armored Saint
September 15 – Washington, DC @ Howard Theater w/ Armored Saint
September 16 – Westland, MI @ Token Lounge w/ Armored Saint
September 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar w/ Armored Saint
September 18 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom w/ Armored Saint
September 20 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater w/ Armored Saint


On Battering Ram – with Biff Byford singing as well as he ever has, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt making full use of the term ‘shredding’ with their guitars and the lock-steady rhythm of Nibbs Carter’s bass and Nigel Glockler’s drums – the future and the past crash together in an ear-scintillatingly engaging, raucous, melodic-yet-classically heavy ten-song collection which will instantly be hailed as a SAXON classic. The title track, with its delectable twin guitar assault heralding the album’s commencement, gives the listener an instant crack around the chops, whilst traditionalists will be delighted to hear such a perfect marriage of old, classic SAXON with the newer, fresher invective in such riff-fronted fare as “Destroyer” and “Stand Your Ground”, but there are still moments of space and exploration which fans will love. 

“This one’s a natural progression from Sacrifice,” says Byford, “There’s a bit less rock’n’roll and a bit more ‘heavy’ on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much.”

Produced by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, Accept) at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, SAXON were able to hone in and whittle down any excess, finding the sonic space and balance to let Battering Ram’s riffs and melodies get the necessary space to scream front and center, Sneap bringing a crispness to the sound which evokes memories of the early ‘80s without for one moment sounding dated.  

“Yes, Andy has been in charge of everything with this album, I keep on overview of it all, but he’s done a great job and we’re both pleased with the results. We have a great partnership,” adds Byford. 

Lyrically, Battering Ram covers a variety of social situations, like the screaming fans who rage at the gig barriers (“Battering Ram”) or engaging in some good old fashioned myth (“The Devil’s Footprint” - a 200 year old tale of people waking up in winter snowfall to see unexplained hoof prints which they followed, looking for an answer in vain). 

“When I’m writing lyrics I like to switch back and forth between complex things, reality and rock’n’roll,” says Byford, “I thought the whole folklore behind “The Devil’s Footprint” made it great material for a metal song, being that it’s both historic and mythical.

“With “Queen of Hearts” I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland, and it’s about the chess game that happens in the story. I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood. Then you have songs like “Destroyer” and “Hard and Fast” which are ‘80s inspired songs with that modern slant on it. I’m a big fan of Marvel comics, and I wanted to write a song around the character Destroyer, and with “Hard and Fast” it’s as the title suggests, about driving fast! I do like to tie the lyric into the song, so if it’s going to be a song about driving fast, well, it has to be a fast, hard song!”

There is also the album’s closing cut, haunting, gripping, melancholic tale of the First World War, “The Kingdom of The Cross”, where a poem unfurls the feelings and horrors which comprised this most brutal of global conflicts. “This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War. Nigel had a piece of music which he played on a synthesizer for a couple of years that I really liked. We had an actor (and singer), David Bower from the band Hell, read the poem and I sang the choruses. I didn’t want it to be typical Saxon, so it is just keyboards, bass, me and Dave.”

Wonderfully uncompromising, with Battering Ram, SAXON have once again established their rightly-venerated credentials as Kings and vanguards of heavy metal music. 

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Guitar Virtuoso and Composer Stephen Duros To Release Highly Anticipated Concept Album ‘AEAEA’

This sense of balance between aesthetics and virtuosity is a real measure of talent, and this album displays plenty.” - Culture Court

Oakland, CA - Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, guitar virtuoso and composer Stephen Duros will be releasing a concept album titled ‘AEAEA’ on July 31, 2015! The rippling, rhythmic sounds Stephen Duros coaxes out of his nylon string acoustic guitar has roots in the traditional sounds of flamenco, but he's developed his own style. Bluesy bent notes with a hint of Asia and the Middle East in their tone, octave melodies and rhythms that include suggestions of jazz, reggae, pop and Arab music join the familiar pulse of flamenco's gypsy rumba in his emotionally satisfying compositions.

Stephen Duros performed with Ottmar Liebert from 2006-2009. His playing is featured on Ottmar Liebert’s Grammy nominated album ‘The Scent of Light’ and on his own three solo albums ‘Miranda’, ‘Urban Flamenco’ and ‘Thira’, which won Duros a place on the Grammy Ballot for a nomination in the Best New Age Album of the year category. He has worked with Billboard top 10 World Music artist, Lawson Rollins as the associate producer on the “Urban Trilogy” section of Rollins’ newly released album ‘Traveler’. He also plays in a band called “Path of Light” with Haitian percussionist, Jeff Pierre.

Duros explains that the concept behind the album is, "to recount a musical journey or odyssey. The album tells a story, much like a book does.  Instead of songs, the album has 12 chapters that are filled with twists and turns in the place of traditional songs. If listened to continuously, all the music connects into one long piece. The album title 'AEAEA' (ee-EE-a) is actually a mythological island found in the Greek poem 'The Odyssey'.  The album isn't about that island per-se, to me it was more of a great starting point for the journey.”

On ‘AEAEA’, Duros played the flamenco, electric and bass guitars, oud, keyboards, percussion, palmas and drum programming. Andrew Reissiger played the charango and also co-produced the record along with Duros. Louis Romanos played the drums and percussion, Gary Moser played the riq and darbuka, Jeff Pierre played a conga solo and the album also features a special guest electric guitar solo by Nouveau Flamenco pioneer, Ottmar Liebert.

Says Duros, “I came up with the first 10 minutes of 'AEAEA' in late 2011, shared it with Ottmar and he was really intrigued by not only the music, but also the concept. He suggested that I continue the journey and see where it goes without worrying about staying in the traditional boundaries of song length and I loved that idea. It was total musical freedom, no boundaries and the writing process was addicting. I do most everything in my home studio from writing, playing, engineering, you name it. Some great musicians also played on some of the sections including an amazing trippy electric guitar solo by Ottmar. I was thrilled he played on the record, he’s such a great musician and friend, I’ve learned so much from him over the years.”

Duros has also been the head lighting designer for the Grammy award winning band Toto from 1999-2014. His lighting work is showcased on Toto's 35th Anniversary – Live in Poland DVD. Also an artist, his cartoon work is featured on on Steve Lukather's signature pedal ‘The Luke’ made by the award winning pedal company, ToneConcepts.  

Stephen Duros is not only one of the most gifted guitarist musicians I know, he is also a renaissance man in that everything he touches in art, music and beauty becomes his own. You hear it in his playing... and my God he is also the best rock ’n roll lighting designer I have ever worked with at the arena level.  He did the lighting for our TOTO Live in Poland DVD which went # 1 worldwide in 2014 and is a total pro with humor, love and passion screaming for his work in any and all of these areas. When I heard his music I was floored because not one person could have all this diverse talent and soul.”  - Steve Lukather, 2015

You can dig this, people. Romanticism and the call of history, lost civilizations, dream chambers and the effigies of Kings.”   - Culture Court

To purchase Stephan Duros 'AEAEA' CD:

STEPHEN DUROS - AEAEA: “Chapter II” video on Vimeo:

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DEVIL CITY ANGELS Stream “All I Need” via Revolver Magazine - iTunes Pre-order with Instant Grat Tracks Live Now

DEVIL CITY ANGELS, made up of Rikki Rockett, Tracii Guns, Rudy Sarzo, and Brandon Gibbs, are streaming the track “All I Need” from their self-titled album today at Listen here:

The entire album will be available for preorder tomorrow at iTunes. Those preordering the album will receive “All I Need” and “Boneyard” as instant grat tracks.  

The album, scheduled for release September 18th via Century Media, remains available for physical preorder at and at

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David Byrne, Jerry Harrison Talk Talking Heads And More On 30th Anniversary Of Little Creatures

InTheStudio.NET the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Talking Heads biggest selling album Little Creatures.  

Their are popular bands, respected bands, influential groups, but then there are essential ones. The Talking Heads are such a group and in 2002 they were inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame on their very first year of eligibility. The Talking Heads, along with the Ramones, helped redirect and invigorate Rock’n’Roll and when Rolling Stone Magazine compiled their Top 500 albums of all time, the Talking Heads placed no less than four albums on it. 

InTheStudio host Redbeard speaks to both David Byrne and Jerry Harrison about the history of the Heads, from their humble beginnings at New York City’s CBGB nightclub to their international success in the 80s. 

“The band, I think for a long time were the kind of group that a lot of people kinda discovered...It wasn’t like all of a sudden one day we had a monster hit.” - David Byrne

“I think the Talking Heads were one of the first groups that tried not to be about some fan scene that was bigger than life, but tried to be about being strong within life that was ultimately real. And I think that is one of the reasons we’ve had staying power, because we then were able to change as our life’s took us into different interests.”  - Jerry Harrison

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"Rocky Horror is a family film." --Lou Adler, Producer

40 years after movie audiences began singing along to such hits as "The Time Warp," "Sweet Transvestite" and "Dammit Janet," THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW fans can own a piece of history with the newly re-mastered ABSOLUTE TREASURES soundtrack. Due out July 31 on Ode Sounds & Visuals and distributed by The Orchard, the soundtrack will be available as a limited-edition red vinyl two-disc set, and CD and as a digital release, which includes a bonus track will be available on August 21.

The red vinyl was created to honor the film's legacy and the devotion from fans to create something unique to celebrate this historic occasion.  "THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW has always had a mind of its own fueled by the insight and direction of its fans," says producer, Lou Adler.

The influence of the cult classic, which has been entertaining movie audiences since its debut, now spans fourgenerations.  "I recently heard a story about a man who went to see Rocky in the early 70's," says Adler.  "He later had a daughter who went to see Rocky in the 90's, and she now has a son, who just turned 15, and is seeing Rocky in the 2000's.  Proves that what I always said: 'Rocky Horror is a family film.'  Because THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is generally screened at midnight, age is a factor.  But as tweens become teens, they come to be the next generation of fans.  THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is in a way a right of passage." 

The digital release of ABSOLUTE TREASURES will include the movie's vocal version of "The Sword of Damocles." According to soundtrack producer Richard Hartley, "There were two artists who recorded 'The Sword of Damocles.'  Director, Jim Sharman and I were looking/listening for the 'Glam' rock sound of a Bowie and or a T. Rex.  We wanted a falsetto voice for Rocky, because after all he was just born.  The vocal performance in the film is that of an Australian singer.  It was recorded live on the set--I think on the 19th of December 1974. And that's the version that's in the film.  The one that has been included on soundtrack albums is the alternate take by one of the backing singers, which was used as something for the actor playing Rocky to mime to." 

**"The Sword of Damocles," movie version, digital bonus track will be available on the ABSOLUTE TREASURES soundtrack at iTunes, Amazon and all digital stores, as well as available free of charge on The Rocky Horror Fan Club SoundCloud at

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW--the longest distributed theatrical release in motion picture history--debuted as a London theatre production in June 1973.  The show came to America in 1974 with nine months of performances at Adler's Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.  On September 26, 1975, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW held its U.S. premiere at the UA Westwood Theatre in Los Angeles


Science Fiction/Double Feature
Dammit Janet
Over At The Frankenstein Place
The Time Warp
Sweet Transvestite
The Sword of Damocles
I Can Make You A Man
Hot Patootie - Bless My Soul
I Can Make You A Man (Reprise)
Touch-A,Touch-A, Touch Me
Once In Awhile
Planet Schmanet Janet
Planet Hot Dog
Rose Tint My World
        A.  Floor Show
        B.  Fanfare/Don't Dream It
        C.  Wild And Untamed Thing
I'm Going Home
Super Heroes
Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise)


IRON MAIDEN’s eagerly awaited new studio album The Book Of Souls will be released globally on September 4, 2015, through BMG in the U.S.A. (Parlophone Records rest of world). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year.  However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumor, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.

The stunning cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson, who has worked with the band previously, and because this 11-track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, it is IRON MAIDEN’s first ever double studio album.  There’s a broader split on the songwriting compared to previous Maiden records, with bassist and founder member Steve Harris contributing to seven of the tracks; six of them with Maiden’s guitarists and one sole composition.  This is also the first time since 1984’s Powerslave that an IRON MAIDEN studio album features two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson, one of which is the longest song Maiden has ever recorded! The Book Of Souls also features Dickinson/Smith collaborations.

Steve comments:
“We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously.  A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them, I think. I’m very proud of The Book Of Souls, we all are, and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!”

Bruce continues: “We’re really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!”

The full track listing is:

Disc 1
1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28

2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01

3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37

4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33

5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52

6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

Disc 2
7. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13

8. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32

9. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59

10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28

11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01

2CD Deluxe Hardbound Book Limited Edition
2CD Standard Edition

Triple Heavyweight Black Vinyl
High Res Audio (24-bit Mastered for ITunes and non-Mastered for iTunes)

Standard Res Audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz)

The Book Of Souls is the band’s 16th studio album since their eponymous debut in 1980 charted at No. 4 in the UK, in a career achieving sales of over 90 million albums worldwide. Their previous album, 2010’s The Final Frontier, was Maiden’s most successful chart-wise to date, reaching Number One in 28 countries and was their highest chart debut in the U.S reaching No. 4 in the Billboard 200.

Due to Bruce’s illness the band had to delay touring plans but promise to be out on the road again early next year, giving time for Bruce to make a full physical recovery to be ready for the rigors of Maiden live performances.

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     Other Iron Maiden artworks created by Mark Wilkinson were the covers for 1993’s Live At Donington and also 2002’s Best of The B-Sides from the Eddie’s Archive metal casket box set.
     Countries the band reached No. 1 in with The Final Frontier were:
Arabia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK.



The new album from influential heavy rock band Clutch entitled “Psychic Warfare” is now available for pre-order, along with exclusive bundle packages through the band’s official website at this location:

“Psychic Warfare” is the band’s eleventh studio album and will be released October 2nd via their own label Weathermaker Music. The album was produced by longtime producer Machine (Lamb Of GodEvery Time I Die) and consists of 12 new tracks. “The title ‘Psychic Warfare’ is taken from the track, ‘X-Ray Visions” states singer Neil Fallon. “It’s a tale about an unnamed protagonist who is forced to seek refuge in a flop house motel.  He is hiding from several nefarious psychic forces, the worst of which is his own sleep deprived paranoia.” The album cover was designed by renowned photographer Dan Winters.

Psychic Warfare” track listing:
01 The Affidavit 
02 X-Ray Visions 
03 Firebirds 
04 A Quick Death in Texas 
05 Sucker For The Witch
06 Your Love is Incarceration
07 Doom Saloon 
08 Our Lady of Electric Light 
09 Noble Savages 
10 Behold the Colossus 
11 Decapitation Blues 
12 Son Of Virginia  

Clutch will be embarking on a fall tour with special guests Corrosion Of Conformity (COC) and The Shrine supporting starting on October 3rd in Fort Lauderdale, FL at Revolution. Leading up to the tour, Clutch will be doing select festival dates along with a Labor Day weekend show at The Joint in Las Vegas supporting Primus.  The band will also be co-headlining with Mastodon on select dates with special guests COC as part of leg 2 of THE MISSING LINK TOUR which features full sets by both Clutch and Mastodon. Tickets are now available to the public and are on sale via the links below. Clutch have been pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music since the four original members got together in high school. 

Clutch is an unmatched musical force that has been best described as “the quintessential American Rock Band”. They released their tenth studio album Earth Rocker via their own label Weathermaker Music on March 16, 2013. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 giving the band their highest chart position to date. 

Clutch’s Earth Rocker reached #1 on the Rock Chart and #4 on iTunes' overall Top 100 album chart. Earth Rocker was awarded “Album of The Year” by Metal Hammer and garnered a Top 10 spot on Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Metal Albums of the Year”. Rolling Stone further enthused:  “Four Maryland lifers — road dogs who've been grinding since the early Fugazi administration, cranking out  seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs and singer Neil Fallon's nerdy, piss-taking wiseass lyrics — release their hardest rocking set to date. Look for a go-go break (and some clever punning on the phrase "drop the bomb!) on ‘D.C. Sound Attack!’ Inspirational verse: “if you're gonna do it/ do it live on stage/ or don't do it at all.”

Neil Fallon - Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster - Drums/Percussion

Metallica and Paul McCartney's Lollapalooza Sets To Stream Online

Metallica and Paul McCartney are just some of the artists scheduled to be live streamed from Lollapalooza, as the massive festival is live streamed all weekend via Red Bull TV.

With three channels to choose from, fans can navigate between live performances, artist interviews and interactive segments with hosts Sal Masekela, Ted Stryker and Julie Garcia.

Live from the Downtown Chicago's historic Grant Park, the festival will stream daily from 3-11pm ET (12-8pm PT) with encore performances airing overnight.

The live stream begins Friday afternoon with performances by Glass Animals, James Bay and Destructo, wrapping up with headliners, The Weeknd, Kaskade and Gary Clarke Jr. Read more and find the stream link here.

Guns N' Roses Fans Have 'Clues' To Bumblefoot's Status In Band

Guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal still won't officially confirm or deny whether he has left Guns N' Roses - but he says his previous comments make his position clear.

He's been fielding questions about his status in Axl Rose's outfit since the beginning of the year, describing his position as "awkward" and adding that he was "taking a bullet" in not answering directly. He later explained he'd never settled in the band.
Fellow guitarist DJ Ashba announced he'd quit the band this week in order to concentrate on his work with Sixx:A.M. Asked to clarify his position, Bumblefoot tells Gary Graff (via Blabbermouth): "That is the thing I am not to elaborate on - I think there's enough clues out there for you to figure out what I'm up to."

He adds: "Everything I'm doing has a future and a bigger plan. The solo stuff, the other bands, the producing, the charity and educational things - these are all the things I love that I've really missed.

"I'm very happy putting my time back into that. It's really what I should be doing." Read more here.

Motorhead Streaming New Song 'Electricity'

 Motorhead have released a lyric video for "Electricity", a track from their upcoming album "Bad Magic." Due August 28, the follow-up to 2013's "Aftershock" was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer Cameron Webb.

The set includes a cover of The Rolling Stones classic, "Sympathy For The Devil", as well as a guest appearance by Queen guitarist Brian May on another tune, "The Devil."

"Electricity" follows the lead single, "Thunder & Lightning." Motorhead are playing shows across Europe this summer, after which they'll kick off a North American tour with Anthrax in mid-August. Check out the new song here.

Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson Reveals His Greatest Accomplishment

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has described 1996 solo album Victor as the "greatest accomplishment" in his career. He says working outside of the Canadian trio forced him to take responsibility for every aspect of the work - and completing it felt all the sweeter as a result.

Lifeson tells Spin: "Everything was on my back. I produced it, I wrote it, I got musicians together, I played bass, I played guitar, I played keyboards, I worked on the cover art. I did the whole thing.

"That was probably my greatest accomplishment in personal terms of being a musician and taking on the responsibility of making a record - which we all share within Rush, with the producer, the three of us and our office."

He continues: "It didn't matter to me if I sold one copy or a billion. I did it. I put the time and effort in, and that was a very proud moment for me when I finished that record." Read more here.

U2 Have Two TV Specials Coming Soon

U2 have had plenty of film experience, with their own projects and writing and recording songs for movies. But they've yet to have their own HBO Special. Soon, however, that will be rectified.

The band is getting not one but two programs on the network this fall. Directed and produced by Davis Guggenheim (It Might Get Loud), the first project is a behind-the-scenes documentary that consists of interviews with band and crew members around their the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour.

The second HBO special revolves around the final stop on that tour in Paris at Bercy. Airing November 14, the film is directed by Hamish Hamilton. Read more here.

Def Leppard's Phil Collen Reveals What Inspired Delta Deep Project

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has revealed his Delta Deep blues project took form when he heard a Wilson Pickett track in a tea shop. The side-project features vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook, drummer Forrest Robinson and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, with guest spots from David Coverdale and Joe Elliott, plus lyrics co-written by Collen's wife Helen.

He tells Glide Magazine: "Me, Helen [Collen's wife] and Debbi - were in New Zealand having a break and we were in a tea store and a Wilson Pickett song came on the radio and it just inspired something else, just the vibe of it. So we went back and wrote 'Miss Me,' which was the first song we actually got together on. And all of a sudden we've got this sound and we started writing more.

"Then I played it for Forrest Robinson, the drummer, who I hadn't seen for a while. I hadn't seen him for ten years. He used to play with India.Arie, TLC, Sade, done a lot of hip hop stuff but also Jazz stuff. He was in the Crusaders for a while, which is phenomenal. But he wants to play rock and that's all he really ever wanted to do. So I played him this stuff and he said, 'Oh my God, I've got to play on this.' Then Robert DeLeo - a friend of mine kind of introduced us and said, 'You know, Robert is a huge fan of funk and blues and soul, gospel, rock and the whole deal.' Then we just clicked and then me, Helen and Debbi just kept writing songs." Read more here.

Scott Weiland Cancels Upcoming Tour

Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts have cancelled their upcoming UK and European tour. But their gig at London's The Garage on September 3 will go ahead as planned.

The run of shows had been due to take place across September and October to support the release of their debut album Blaster. A statement reads: "Scott and the band, along with management want the fans to know that this decision was not made lightly.

"But as it stood, the tour dates had far too many administration and production issues to overcome, and ultimately the fan experience would have been far below what Scott feels his loyal fans deserve." Read more here.

Jimmy Page Shares Triumph & Tragedy Of Final Years Of Led Zeppelin

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  concludes its conversations with Led Zeppelin founder, guitarist, producer and songwriter Jimmy Page with a revealing look at the final years of Led Zeppelin. 

For over a decade Led Zeppelin soared above the Rock’n’Roll world, setting course with their groundbreaking 1969 debut, then trailblazing through the Seventies selling millions of albums and concert tickets. But it was this very demand for more… larger crowds, longer tours… which would vie for focus from these four still rather young men trying, in some cases, to start a family or deal with fame and fortune. Factor into this heady brew the fate of the unknown and unforeseen, and you get legendary creative highs and the most tragic losses and lows.  That’s what you have with what turned out to be the final Led Zeppelin studio albums Presence in 1976, the timeless In Through The Out Door in 1979, and the post-original collection of rarities called Coda

InTheStudio host Redbeard speaks at length to band founder/ guitarist/ producer Jimmy Page about his comprehensive overhaul of the Led Zeppelin catalog which now has given fans the most authoritative look at the band’s illustrious career.  In Through The Out Door is played every day on US radio, but as the studio album which preceded drummer John Bonham’s death, Jimmy Page assures us that it was never meant to be Led Zeppelin’s last.

Of course it wasn’t. There’d have been another album after that. I know John Bonham and I had discussed that. And if you want to have an idea about what way that would go, well then just listen to “Bonzo’s Montreux” and see where he’s given a good hand to be able to do drum orchestra and really enjoy himself. He used to like to get into things where he could really get in and groove... We probably would have gone in that direction, but it’s hard to tell ….”  - Jimmy Page

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AndersonPonty Band Featuring Music Icons Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty To Release New CD/DVD “Better Late Than Never”

Los Angeles - One of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015 by the AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, is scheduled to hit the streets early Fall 2015! “Better Late Than Never” is the new album taken from a live performance, and enhanced with innovative production. The package includes a bonus DVD featuring outstanding performances by the band captured in September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado. 

The AndersonPonty Band has created some breathtaking new musical compositions. “Better Late Than Never” also showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “Roundabout” and “Wonderous Stories”, as well as some of Jean Luc Ponty's beloved compositions, with Jon's lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music and creating a very special and unique sound such as “Infinite Mirage” a new song incorporating Jean Luc's classic tune “Mirage”.

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 violin superstar Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of his instrument 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 legends have formed 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.” - Jon Anderson

Collaborating with Jon who is such a creative singer/songwriter is unlike any project I have done before. I knew that we had plenty of musical affinities to make it work, but the result is way beyond my expectations. It is also a lot of fun to reunite with these excellent musicians who played with me in the past, they really put their heart in this project and with Jon's creative input we are not just rehashing the past but giving a new life to the music we started developing decades ago.” - Jean Luc Ponty

The AndersonPonty Band also includes Jamie Glaser on guitars - well known guitarist who has worked with Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams and Lenny White; 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, Gregg Rolie 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 visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy.

Jean Luc Ponty was originally approached by Jon Anderson with the idea of working together as far back as the 1980's. Now 30 years later the dream has finally come to fruition! In support of the new release, a world tour is currently in the works. Also, a videography documenting the making of the “Better Late Than Never” album will be released along with videos and performances.

AndersonPonty Band tour dates:
10/27 - Philadelphia - Keswick Theater
10/29 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie
10/30 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 - Pittsurgh - Carnegie Theater
11/3 - Chicago - Arcada Theater
11/4 - Milwaukee - Milwaukee PAC
11/6 - Detroit - Detroit Music Hall
11/7 - Toronto - Danforth Music Hall
11/10 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
11/11 - Long Island - Paramount Theater
11/13 - NYC - Ethical Culture
11/14 - Boston - Berklee Performance Center
11/17 - San Francisco - Regency
11/18 - Sacramento - Crest Theater
11/20 - Los Angeles - Saban Theater
11/21 - Scottsdale - Talking Stick

For more information and forthcoming tour dates visit the official AndersonPonty Band website:

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Jon Anderson official website:
Jean Luc Ponty official website:


Partnership Spans Frank Zappa's Entire Creative Canon

Zappa Family Trust has partnered with Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) for a long-term, global licensing agreement for Frank Zappa's entire recorded catalog, as well as rights management participation across the rest of the visionary cultural icon's creative canon. The partnership spans Frank Zappa's vast music and film Vault for new product releases, trademark licensing, film and theatrical production.    

"This is literally an opportunity of a lifetime for me," says Gail Zappa. "I am universally thrilled with this partnership because the fans will have unparalleled access to Frank Zappa's Works--the doors to the Vault are now officially WIDE open. I'm especially grateful to announce that Ahmet, my personal Music Sherpa, worked directly with Bruce Resnikoff in creating this relationship and will be taking over the daily operations of the family business." 

"Stepping into this partnership with Bruce Resnikoff and Universal means we get to expand the business and continue to maintain the integrity of Frank Zappa's entire body of Work," says Ahmet Zappa. "The fans of Frank Zappa will have more music and more access--when they want it and how they want it. With Universal as our partner, I look forward to bringing to life Joe's Garage, The Musical, the release of The Roxy Movie, the release of the Disney Hall performance of 200 MOTELS under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen and so many more projects of this caliber. I couldn't be more excited about the future. It has been a privilege working with Gail and I'm passionate about what this opportunity with Universal means for our family moving forward. It is an honor to be stepping into my new role." 

"Frank Zappa is one of the most important and influential artists in music history," says Bruce Resnikoff, President/CEO, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). "An artist and composer, his prolific body of work, includes breakthrough and unforgettable rock 'n roll concept albums. With his legacy protected and guided by Gail Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust, we are privileged and look forward to collaborating and bringing his creative legacy in various forms to his new and longtime fans." 

The first Zappa Records/UMe release under the new agreement will be a remastered 40th Anniversary Edition of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's One Size Fits All album, to be released August 14 on 180-gram vinyl. Originally released in 1975, it was Zappa's final album with the Mothers of Invention line-up, featuring guest vocals by Johnny "Guitar" Watson on two tracks, "San Ber'dino" and "Andy." Additional releases confirmed for 2015 will be announced. 

In 2012, when the rights to the pioneering composer's masters reverted back to Zappa Records and the Zappa Family Trust--headed by Zappa's widow, Gail Zappa--the family made his entire recorded catalog available on iTunes for the first time and began remastering the albums from the original analogue masters for reissue on vinyl. Presented with proper care and attention to detail, the releases honor the iconic legacy of the composer, guitarist, bandleader, filmmaker and irrepressible wit.   

Frank Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY® Award in 1997. The official biography: Frank Zappa, American composer, fl. 1940-1993. 

Corey Taylor Discusses Lost Velvet Revolver Tapes

Corey Taylor says he's "fine" about his work with Velvet Revolver being lost for ever - even though he thought some of it was "pretty sweet." He's confirmed that he wrote three songs with Slash and co while they considered him as Scott Weiland's replacement, following an acrimonious split in 2008.

And the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman says he recorded nearly an album's worth of material before Slash decided he wasn't the right man for the job.

Taylor tells Loudwire: "I think it was 10 songs, nine or 10. There was a handful that we wrote and a handful that I rearranged based on music they already had. I think there was three songs that we wrote together, which were actually pretty sweet."

He adds: "The world will probably never hear them - which is fine. I would want another crack at working on some of that stuff, but that will never happen. It's all good." Find out why Slash wasn't sold on the idea of Corey taking over vocals here.

Jimmy Page Hopes To Release XYZ Recordings With Chris Squire

Jimmy Page hopes to release the recordings he made with late Yes bassist Chris Squire in 1981, he's revealed. They formed XYZ with Yes drummer Alan White, naming the project by abbreviating "Ex-Yes and Zeppelin" because all three were no longer with the bands that had made their names.

Work was abandoned after they failed to secure a suitable singer, although demo material has circulated and some of the music later appeared on the reformed Yes' 1983 album 90125. Squire died last month, aged 67.

Asked about releasing the recordings, Page tells "Absolutely, but I haven't worked on it. It's something I wanted to do after all the Led Zeppelin stuff was out.

"I wanted to contact Chris and Alan. The music was really good - it's the first thing I did after we lost John Bonham. I had a studio at the time and they wanted to get together. I thought it was like laying down the gauntlet: 'I'm not curling up under a rock and hiding.'" Read more here.

Allman Brothers' Mother Geraldine Dead At 98

Geraldine Allman, the mother of Gregg and Duane of the Allman Brothers Band, has died at the age of 98. Gregg Allman confirmed the news via his website, describing her as a huge supporter of her sons' musical careers.

Known as Jerry to her friends, she'd brought them up after her husband died suddenly in 1950, just five years after they'd married. Granddaughter Galadrielle Allman's says via Gregg's site: "Jerry had a motto taken from a poem by Sam Walter Floss: 'Let me live in my house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.' The modest beauty of this wish was typical of Jerry.

"She had a natural ability to live in the moment and celebrate the simple pleasures of life. Her door was always open to her many friends and she often had a full house. She took great pleasure in flowers and gardening.

"Her hands were always busy with handwork, crocheting and knitting beautiful things. She was a wonderful cook, and collected cook books and recipes. She loved the ocean and walking on the beach by her home." Read more here.

Operation: Mindcrime Release 'The Key' Video

Operation: Mindcrime - the band fronted by former Queensryche man Geoff Tate - have launched a video for their track The Key. It's the first single from debut album The Key, set for release on September 18 via Frontiers Music.

Tate's joined in the work by guests including Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and Disturbed counterpart John Moyer, plus drummers Simon Wright, Brian Tichy and Scott Mercado.

The mainman says of his three-album plot: "Each song is a scene or chapter. The words tell the story, the musical bed, the chord progressions and melodies, they set the pace. That's how I envisioned this album in total - very theatrical and definitely cinematic." Watch the video here.

Jimmy Page Looks At Led Zeppelin's Final Years In The Studio

The latest episode of the syndicated radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands concludes its conversations with Led Zeppelin founder, guitarist, producer and songwriter Jimmy Page with a revealing look at the final years of Led Zeppelin. The show sent over these details:

For over a decade Led Zeppelin soared above the Rock'n'Roll world, setting course with their groundbreaking 1969 debut, then trailblazing through the Seventies selling millions of albums and concert tickets. But it was this very demand for more… larger crowds, longer tours… which would vie for focus from these four still rather young men trying, in some cases, to start a family or deal with fame and fortune. Factor into this heady brew the fate of the unknown and unforeseen, and you get legendary creative highs and the most tragic losses and lows. That's what you have with what turned out to be the final Led Zeppelin studio albums Presence in 1976, the timeless In Through The Out Door in 1979, and the post-original collection of rarities called Coda.

InTheStudio host Redbeard speaks at length to band founder/ guitarist/ producer Jimmy Page about his comprehensive overhaul of the Led Zeppelin catalog which now has given fans the most authoritative look at the band's illustrious career. In Through The Out Door is played every day on US radio, but as the studio album which preceded drummer John Bonham's death, Jimmy Page assures us that it was never meant to be Led Zeppelin's last.

"Of course it wasn't. There'd have been another album after that. I know John Bonham and I had discussed that. And if you want to have an idea about what way that would go, well then just listen to "Bonzo's Montreux" and see where he's given a good hand to be able to do drum orchestra and really enjoy himself. He used to like to get into things where he could really get in and groove... We probably would have gone in that direction, but it's hard to tell …." - Jimmy Page

Stream the episode here.

Slayer's Kerry King Says The Grammys Are Clueless About Metal

Kerry King says Slayer's Grammy Awards were only good for one thing - showing them to his parents. The band have won two of the coveted awards, both for tracks from 2006 album Christ Illusion. Eyes Of The Insane brought them a gong in 2007 and Final Six secured a second the following year.

King tells Unrated: "No one involved with the Grammys has any idea about metal, let alone hard rock. The first time a Grammy was awarded to a metal band was Jethro Tull. Are you serious? Last year, Tenacious D - they're a f***ing joke band."

He continues: "When we won ours I think it was probably cool for my parents, because they understand what a Grammy is. They don't understand the bullsh*t involved with it, but to be able to come home with that big-ass heavy award and show it to my parents, that was important to me." Read more here.

Clutch Release X-Ray Visions Video, Announce Tour Dates

Clutch have released the music video for "X-Ray Visions", the lead track from their forthcoming album, "Psychic Warfare." Due October 2, the Maryland group's follow-up to 2013's "Earth Rocker" will be issued via their own Weathermaker Music label.

Clutch recorded the project at their own studio as well as producer Machine's place in Dripping Springs, Texas. "The title 'Psychic Warfare' is taken from the track, 'X-Ray Visions," says singer Neil Fallon. "It's a tale about an unnamed protagonist who is forced to seek refuge in a flop house motel. He is hiding from several nefarious psychic forces, the worst of which is his own sleep deprived paranoia."

Clutch have also announced new US tour dates for the fall that will see the band joined by special guests Corrosion Of Conformity (COC) and The Shrine for shows starting October in Fort Lauderdale, FL on October 3.

Prior to the tour's launch, Clutch will play select festival dates along with a Labor Day weekend show at The Joint in Las Vegas supporting Primus. The band will also be co-headlining with Mastodon on select dates with special guests COC as part of leg 2 of The Missing Link Tour which features full sets by both Clutch and Mastodon. See the dates and watch the new video here.

Gene Simmons Explains What Turned Him Onto The Beatles

Gene Simmons says he liked the Beatles as a teenager because his mother didn't approve of their looks. The Beatles' 1964 debut on The Ed Sullivan Show turned out to be a defining experience for Simmons, who recounted the event in his 2001 book Kiss And Make-Up.

Simmons tells Bass Guitar Magazine: "I remember thinking, 'They look weird.' They were very small people by American standards, and they looked feminine.

"They didn't look Italian or Jewish or Greek or black. They didn't even look like hoodlums. I started to think they were cool because my mother thought they looked silly. They looked like what they sounded like." Read more here.

Red Dragon Cartel's Latest Singer Not Sure If He Will Last

Red Dragon Cartel's fifth singer in a year, Shawn Crosby, admits he's not sure whether he'll land the role permanently. Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E Lee has struggled with securing a lineup, with five vocalists having fronted the band over the past four months.

Crosby, formerly of Jones Street, tells Rock N Roll Experience: "I thought I was retiring - I was in LA for 30 years and I moved back to my home town in Virginia.

"Anthony Esposito, the bass player, called me up and said they needed somebody quick. I'd opened a skate shop, but I closed it up and came out on tour, and I've been on tour since."

Asked whether he's a permanent fixture, he replies: "I don't know - we'll see. They say 'fifth time's the charm.'" He's hoping his connection with the late Ray Gillen, Lee's colleague in 90s outfit Badlands, will help. "I was really good friends with Ray," says Crosby. Read more here..

Steve Hackett Documentary Coming To DVD

Steve Hackett is the subject of an upcoming documentary DVD, which looks back over his entire career. In Steve Hackett - The Man, The Music he talks about his time in Genesis and GTR alongside his solo years.

The highs and lows of his path through prog are illustrated with interviews shot over a number of years. The feature also includes interviews with Steven Wilson, the late Chris Squire and producer Roger King, plus performance clips.

And Hackett offers an insight into his working process via exclusive studio session footage. The DVD will be launched in September via Wienerworld. Read more here.


Dave Mustaine Reveals New Megadeth Album Details

Megadeth have revealed the tracklist for their forthcoming 15th album, which is expected to be released later this year. Frontman Dave Mustaine unveiled the details during a special online chat at the Megadeth Cyber Army on Monday.

Megadeth's latest features 13 original tunes including "Death From Within", "Fatal Illusion," "Me Hate You", "Post American World" and the effort will also include two covers, "Melt The Ice Away" by Budgie and "Foreign Policy" by Fear.

Recorded in Nashville, the untitled album is co-produced by Mustaine and Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn), and is currently being mixed by Lamb Of God producer Josh Wilbur.

Megadeth's 15th album features new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God. The group debuted their new lineup during a performance at the Festival D'été De Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival), in Quebec City on July 18. See the full track list here.



Billboard ( will be premiering the new video from influential heavy rock band Clutch entitled “X-Ray Visions” on Wednesday, July 29th at 9:00 pm EST. The video was shot by renowned photographer Dan Winters. 

In addition, Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal (Sirius XM channel 40) will be premiering the audio track of “X-Ray Visions” throughout their programming from July 29th to July 31st.

Clutch will be embarking on a fall tour with special guests Corrosion Of Conformity (COC) and The Shrine supporting starting on October 3rd in Fort Lauderdale, FL at Revolution. Leading up to the tour, Clutch will be doing select festival dates along with a Labor Day weekend show at The Joint in Las Vegas supporting Primus.  The band will also be co-headlining with Mastodon on select dates with special guests COC as part of leg 2 of THE MISSING LINK TOUR which features full sets by both Clutch and Mastodon.. The special Clutch fan club concert ticket pre-sale starts 10am on July 29th at this location:

The new album “Psychic Warfare” will be available for pre-sale through iTunesGoogle Play, and Amazon starting this Friday July 31st. iTunes will have the song “X-Ray Visions” as an instant gratification track to go along with the digital pre-sale.

Clutch will be releasing its eleventh studio album October 2nd via their own label Weathermaker Music. The album was produced by longtime producer Machine (Lamb Of GodEvery Time I Die) and consists of 12 new tracks. “The title ‘Psychic Warfare’ is taken from the track, ‘X-Ray Visions” states singer Neil Fallon. “It’s a tale about an unnamed protagonist who is forced to seek refuge in a flop house motel.  He is hiding from several nefarious psychic forces, the worst of which is his own sleep deprived paranoia.” The album cover was designed by renowned photographer Dan Winters.

Clutch is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Neil Fallon, drummer Jean-Paul Gaster, guitarist Tim Sult, and bassist Dan Maines.

Psychic Warfare” track listing:
01 The Affidavit 
02 X-Ray Visions 
03 Firebirds 
04 A Quick Death in Texas 
05 Sucker For The Witch
06 Your Love is Incarceration
07 Doom Saloon 
08 Our Lady of Electric Light 
09 Noble Savages 
10 Behold the Colossus 
11 Decapitation Blues 
12 Son Of Virginia 

Clutch have been pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music since the four original members got together in high school. Clutch is an unmatched musical force that has been best described as “the quintessential American Rock Band”. They released their tenth studio album Earth Rocker via their own label Weathermaker Music on March 16, 2013. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 giving the band their highest chart position to date. 

Clutch’s Earth Rocker reached #1 on the Rock Chart and #4 on iTunes' overall Top 100 album chart. Earth Rocker was awarded “Album of The Year” by Metal Hammer and garnered a Top 10 spot on Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Metal Albums of the Year”. Rolling Stone further enthused:  “Four Maryland lifers — road dogs who've been grinding since the early Fugazi administration, cranking out  seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs and singer Neil Fallon's nerdy, piss-taking wiseass lyrics — release their hardest rocking set to date. Look for a go-go break (and some clever punning on the phrase "drop the bomb!) on ‘D.C. Sound Attack!’ Inspirational verse: “if you're gonna do it/ do it live on stage/ or don't do it at all.”

Neil Fallon - Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster - Drums/Percussion                                   

For more  information, check out the band’s website:


We are pleased to announce the signing of a new, super exciting Swedish melodic rock band: CRUZH!

The band came about when Anton and Butabi (both coming from the Sleaze band TrashQueen), who share a love for melodic rock and AOR, joined forces with Tony Andersson (from Dawn of Oblivion, one of the largest and most important goth metal bands in Europe), who previously worked as a studio musician on the TrashQueen record. All three operate as songwriters in Cruzh and among their influences are Def Leppard, Toto, FM official, Winger, FireHouse and Bryan Adams.

Get a taste of what you're in for with their song “Aim For the Head” on YouTube NOW:

Cruzh Official will be assisted by Erik Wiss in the mix and production of their yet untitled album, which will be released in 2016.


Due to the overwhelming success of Judas Priest's 17th studio effort overall, 'Redeemer of Souls' (which became the highest-charting album of their career, when it debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at #6), the band has announced a fall tour, which will hit the U.S. and Canada, from October 16th through November 12th. Supporting Priest on the U.S. dates and the Halifax engagement will be one of modern metal's top bands, Mastodon.

'Redeemer of Souls' also went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed releases of the band's career, with Rolling Stone stating, "Above all, 'Redeemer' is proof that Priest can still call themselves metal's defenders of the faith," while Revolver Magazine offered further praise, "Thus rejuvenated and recharged, the Metal Gods have delivered their strongest record in over a decade."

Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal's all-time classic anthems ("Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law," "You've Got Another Thing Coming," etc.) and albums ('British Steel,' 'Screaming for Vengeance,' 'Painkiller,' etc.). 

Ever since the release of 'Redeemer of Souls,' Judas Priest has been taking their music all over the world. And they are not finished yet, with the announcement of these new dates!


October 16th, 2015      Paso Robles, CA    Vina Robles Amp
October 17th, 2015      Las Vegas, NV        The Pearl                     
October 20th, 2015      San Francisco, CA  The Warfield Theatre
October 21st, 2015      San Jose, CA           City National Civic                 
October 23rd, 2015      Fresno, CA              William Saroyan Theater            
October 24th, 2015      San Bernardino, CA  Knotfest                     
October 27th, 2015      Vancouver, BC         Hard Rock Casino                
October 28th, 2015      Vancouver, BC         Hard Rock Casino                
October 31st, 2015       Regina, SK              Brandt Center                     
November 1st, 2015     Winnipeg, MN          MTS Center                     
November 3rd, 2015     Peoria, IL                 Civic Center                     
November 6th, 2015     Huntington, NY      Paramount Theater                
November 7th, 2015     Newark, NJ              Prudential Center                
November 10th, 2015    Halifax, NS             Scotiabank Center             
November 12th, 2015    Toronto, ON           Air Canada Center




Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner BRIAN SETZER and THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA will release ROCKIN' RUDOLPH--their first studio Christmasalbum in 10 years--on Friday, October 16 via Surfdog Records (track listing below). The 18-piece band will support the album with a major concert tour,the "12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour,"  delivering the rocking and colorful holiday extravaganza they're known for.

Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition, numbered deluxe package of the album (full details below) via Click here to watch a short sizzle video for ROCKIN' RUDOLPH.

"It's been about 10 years since I made a Christmas record," says SETZER. "It [Christmas music] just seems to get more popular every year. They're classic songs and you wonder after a couple records how many of them are left. Once you dig in you find, wow! I've haven't done 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,' you know. I've never done 'Here Comes Santa Claus!' Ones that everyone knows and are still out there. These songs are great songs. It doesn't matter if they're holiday songs or when they were written, they're just great songs. So the trick," adds SETZER, "is to make them sound hip. Some of them are eternally hip, you know, so you don't have to do too much."

Produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, etc...) and recorded in both Nashville, TN and Hollywood, CA, the 12-track ROCKIN' RUDOPLH includes highlights such as "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "Yabba-Dabba Yuletide," and "Rockabilly Rudolph," among other notable Christmas classic tunes with SETZER's trademark guitar work and vocal stylings matched with THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA's rockin' big-band horn arrangements.

Standard ROCKIN' RUDOLPH track listing:
1. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
2. "Yabba-Dabba Yuletide"
3. "Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
4. "Rockabilly Rudolph"
5. "Here Comes Santa Claus"
6. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
7. "Swingin' Joy"
8. "Carol of the Bells"
9. "Little Jack Frost"
10. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
11. "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
12. "Yabba-Dabba Yuletide" (extended)

1. Brand New Rockin' Rudolph album on CD
2. Commemorative Sheet Music / Guitar Chart to "Nutcracker Suite" (just as Brian reads on stage!)
3. Custom Brian Setzer Die-cut Christmas Tree Ornament (3" tall, alloy metal) 
4. Brian Setzer's Own Murray's Pomade (Hair Product)
5. Commemorative BSO "Martini Logo" Stainless Steel Guitar Pick 
6. BSO Christmas Album Cover Drink Coasters 
7. Six Polaroid-style BSO Concert Photos
8. "Live in Nashville" 10x10 print 
9. Reusable 8GB USB Credit Card w/ Extras, including: 

Hi-definition .wav files of full 12-track ROCKIN' RUDOLPH album 
2 New Bonus Instrumental Tracks Not Included on Album:  "Deck The Halls" & "Little Drummer Boy"
Album Cover Rough Sketches by Artist Derek Yaniger 
Brief Behind-the-scenes video footage of BSO's Rockin' Rudolph recording session (House of Blues studio in Nashville, TN.) 
"Jingle Bells" - Live Performance by BSO (previously released) 
"Nutcracker Suite" - Live Performance by BSO (previously released) 
Behind-the-scenes look at Brian writing entire big band arrangement from scratch (previously released) 

OPERATION: MINDCRIME "Re-Inventing the Future" (New / Studio Album / Geoff Tate / 2015)

Get your copy of "The Key" here:  Pre-order from iTunes:  and Amazon:

The debut album from Operation: Mindcrime, THE KEY will be released September 18th on Frontiers Music Srl


DYING TO LIVE via Frontiers Music Srl on October 16, 2015 World-Wide



HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 29, 2015) Joel Hoekstra has announced the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album “Dying To Live” from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13Hoekstra is best known to rock fans as the currrent guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.

Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.

Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, song writing and arranging (music and lyrics).  The end result could best be described as hard, melodic, classic rock that is Dio'ish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest. 

“Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music.  I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing and playing in the genre that I'm known for, which is melodic, hard rock’’, explains Hoekstra. ‘’That’s when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13. Dying To Live focuses on struggles, potential pitfalls and the art of overcoming obstacles in life to finally arrive where we are meant to be.’’

Dying To Live was conceived before Hoekstra joined Whitesnake. David Coverdale gave the album his full blessing. “David wants his players to spread their wings and fly and of course be ready to rock when Whitesnake needs them, which obviously won't be an issue.”

Excited how the new album turned out, Hoekstra is looking forward to the overall reaction from fans and media. “I hope everyone will give it a listen. I feel it showcases my production, writing and playing in the genre I’m best known for thèse days. The line-up of musicians is stellar!  I want to thank everyone for any support in advance.  Life is good!

Enjoy an EPK for Dying To Live here:

      Album Tracklisting:
1.         Say Goodbye To The Sun
2.         Anymore
3.         Until I Left You
4.         Long For The Days
5.         Scream
6.         Never Say Never
7.         Changes
8.         The Only Way To Go
9.         Dying To Live
10.       Start Again
11.       What We Believe
12.       Kill or Be Killed (Bonus Track digital download)

The Musicians:
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake) - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob, Symphony X) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) – Drums
Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) – Bass

Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) – Keyboards
Chloe Lowery (Trans Siberian Orchestra) – Vocals
Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) - Additional Backing Vocals
Charlie Zeleny (Joe Lynn Turner) – Percussion
Dave Eggar (Amy Lee, Coldplay) – Cello

For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoeksta’s 13 and Whitesnake click and

Puddle Of Mudd Singer Arrested After 100 MPH Police Chase

Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin has been arrested following a drunken 100 miles per hour police chase in Minnesota. According to E! Online, an officer from Renville County Sheriff's Department observed Scantlin travelling at 30mph over the speed limit.

A 100mph chase then ensued before the singer was forced to pull over. When questioned, police say Scantlin was slurring his words and had "very watery and bloodshot eyes."

He's now been charged with DUI and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, and he could also face charges of failing to agree to further tests while in custody. Read more here.

Metallica Get Their Own Comic Book

Metallica have been immortalized in comic form with StormFront Media's latest biography, Orbit: Metallica. David Frizell, a rock artist famous for his work with Avenged Sevenfold, jumped at the chance to illustrate the cover for the comic book.

'It's Metallica! What rock artist wouldn't jump at the chance to draw them? I've followed them their entire career. They are the most influential metal band ever." According to the artist, much care went into the concept for the cover. 'I spoke with my brother, brainstorming ideas until I came up with this. I wanted the cover to be iconic and to look like it could be their next album cover." Sample pages can be seen below.

Formerly known as Bluewater Comics, Stormfront's unique approach is designed to capture the attention of "reluctant readers," who might not otherwise read biographical material. "It's my hope that these books teach readers about the people behind the hype," says the company's President Darren G. Davis. Read more and see some images from the comic here.

Dave Grohl Using Led Zeppelin To Heal His Leg

 Dave Grohl is air-drumming to help his broken leg heal, he's revealed. And the Foo Fighters mainman says he's noticed a big different after being forced to change his drumming style to take account of the injury.

He's been performing in a custom-built throne since falling off a stage in Sweden last month. The incident forced the Foos to cancel a handful of shows including a headline spot at Glastonbury - but the band were soon back on the road.

Grohl tells Q: "I've been air-drumming along to Led Zeppelin three times a day." Real drumming involves playing the bass pedal with his left foot rather than his usual right. "Ever since I started playing, my right calf muscle has been twice the size of my left, from stomping the hell out of my pedal," he says. "Now it looks like a sad little chicken wing." Read more here.

Iron Maiden's New Double Album Felt Right For The Band

Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers says the band's 16th album The Book Of Souls proves they're as valid now as they've ever been. The follow-up to 2010's The Final Frontier is their first double-length release, clocking in at 92 minutes and including an 18-minute track.

And they're not concerned if the extent of the work turns some people off. Gers tells Glide: "This is a time when people's attention spans are so limited. We just do what we want to do, and we've always done that. It wasn't that we set out to make a double album. It just ended up we had 11 songs in 92 minutes. If it feels right, that's what it is."

He adds: "I think this album proves we're still valid. The songs are powerful and edgy. There's all types of different songs and there's almost something for everybody - classically influenced, jazz influenced, rock and blues influenced. It's all there, and it's just indicative of what the band's about." Read more here.

New Keith Richards Documentary To Premiere On Netflix

Netflix will premiere the Keith Richards documentary, "Under The Influence", on September 18 - the same day his first solo album in more than three decades, "Crosseyed Heart", hits stores.

Directed by Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Best Of Enemies), the film is billed as "an unprecedented look into the sounds and influences of rock and roll icon Keith Richards."

"If there's a Mount Rushmore of Rock 'n' Roll, Keith's face is surely on it," says Neville. "He has always represented the soul of rock music-for all of the light and dark shades that implies.

"To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man-full of humor, knowledge and wisdom. That's the real Keith we've worked to capture in our film and I'm honored to bring it to a global audience via Netflix."

The portrait of Richards pursues the origins of his sound as a songwriter, guitarist and performer, charting influences back to the music that inspired him then and now - electric blues, country honky-tonk, southern soul, and more - as he creates his first solo album in 23 years, "Crosseyed Heart." Read more here.

Roxy Music and The Clash Icons In New Supergroup

Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera has formed a supergroup to perform at an Italian festival next month. They'll play at La Notte della Taranta in Salerno on August 22, alongside local musicians and dancers.

Along with violinist Anna Phoebe, it also includes Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, Italian singer Ligabue and Colombian guitarst Andrew Eche.

Manzanera - who co-produced David Gilmour's upcoming solo album Rattle That Lock - says: "I'm delighted that La Notte della Taranta has attracted such wonderful artists." Read more here.

Peter Frampton Announces His Very First Acoustic Tour

Peter Frampton has announced dates for his first-ever acoustic tour. The guitarist will be joined by Gordon Kennedy - longtime collaborator and co-producer of his Grammy Award-winning album "Fingerprints" - as well as his son, singer and guitarist Julian Frampton.

The 12-show run opens in Greeneville, TN on October 8. "This is a first for me and I'm very excited about doing a whole show acoustically," says Frampton. "I couldn't do it without the help of, my writing partner of 15 years, Gordon Kennedy who will be joining me for these shows.

"I see this show being 'me' performing the songs just as I wrote them on acoustic guitar or piano. I have done a lot of shows including 2 or 3 acoustic solo pieces and always enjoy the way it draws the audience and myself closer together."

"I couldn't be more ecstatic about the opportunity to support a legend while simultaneously spending time with family," adds Julian. "Two birds, one stone." See the dates here.

Bernie Torme Releasing New Album This Fall

 Bernie Torme has announced that he plans to release his latest album in October. He'll issue Blackheart at the start of the month - although no firm date has been given.

It was made possible thanks to a successful PledgeMusic campaign which began earlier this year. He says: "This album will have loads of guitar, some killer songs, and will again move from classic heavy rock into psychedelia and blues."

In 2014, he launched a similar incentive for Flowers & Dirt which smashed its target in just 24 hours. 10% of cash raised will once again go to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Read more here.

Guns N' Roses Guitarist DJ Ashba Leaves The Group

Guitarist DJ Ashba has announced his departure from Guns N' Roses after six years with the band. Ashba plans to focus on Sixx:AM (lead by Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx) as they prepare to release two albums in 2016 alongside a planned 2-year world tour.

The guitarist joined Guns N' Roses in 2009 as a replacement for Robin Finck, who left to rejoin Nine Inch Nails at the time. On Monday, Ashba posted a statement on his social media with the news of his exit from Guns N' Roses.

" is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I've decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I've shared with Guns N' Roses into fond memories. I have reached a point in my life where I feel its time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx:A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me. I have always been driven by my passion for creating music and Sixx:A.M. has always been a place where I can express myself honestly and share that passion with my two brothers and bandmates, Nikki Sixx and James Michael. As you know I have also been blessed with the love and support of my incredible wife, Naty, who has been at my side for much of this amazing journey.

"As I sit here writing this letter, I want to take a moment to thank Axl from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me. You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans. I also would like to thank each and every one of you fans for your love and support throughout the years. Without you, I am nothing. Please know that I do not take one minute of this amazing life for granted." Read his full statement here.9+After more than a decade, VOODOO HILL, the alliance between Dario Mollo and Glenn Hughes  returns with a new album.
Out in October via Frontiers.

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the eagerly anticipated new album from VOODOO HILL entitled “Waterfall” on October 16th in Europe and North America.

The new VOODOO HILL album – the third release from the musical alliance between Italian axeman and producer Dario Mollo and legendary former Deep Purple singer / bassist Glenn Hughes – is the culmination of a 30+ year career for Mollo as a musician, songwriter and producer. Dario Mollo’s career started in 1981 with the heavy metal band Crossbones, he continued to develop his abilities with musical giants like Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG), Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy, Deep Purple) and several others. The Voodoo Hill albums with Glenn Hughes has always marked a special milestone in Dario’s career though.

With the acclaimed first Voodoo Hill album in 2000, Dario, for the first time, had the chance to have a proper international release, while the follow up album “Wild Seed of Mother Earth” is probably the heaviest and strongest release ever from Dario. Both releases came out via the Italian label Frontiers with whom Dario has built a strong relationship during the years.

The new record came about as a result “of the most prolific and creative period I had in my entire career” tells Dario. “I wrote and recorded more than 35 song ideas in a very limited amount of time, leveraging from all the experiences I gathered as a guitar player, writer and producer. This creative phase had a further development when Dario Patti (keyboardist, bass player and orchestra arranger) came into the picture. He brought the songs a new palette of sounds and some superb arrangements. I also wanted the songs to sound as fresh as possible, trying my best to preserve the feeling of the overall performances, so I used very old school recording methods, including recording acoustic drums in rooms with natural reverb.

It was right in the middle of this creative spring that Serafino of Frontiers called me to see whether I wanted to finally work on a third Voodoo Hill album after all these years,” continues Mollo. “He said Glenn Hughes was available in principle, so the next thing I did was to choose the 11 songs which I thought suited the project the best. In comparison to the previous albums, I wanted to have Glenn more involved in the artistic decisions, so I sent him the songs before the final mixes in order to have his advices on the final result. That was a precious process that brought substantial changes, for instance on “Last Door”, where I literally changed the entire guitar riff to make it work better with the vocal melodies. In the end the song was basically rewritten and dramatically improved. It was a fabulous creative process, which I am truly confident will last more than a bunch of listening sessions and will offer a lot of enjoyment to all those will want to follow Voodoo Hill in this exciting musical venture”.

“Waterfall” is a strong and straightforward hard and heavy rock album which is equally split between aggressive and heavy moments and beautiful melodies. A stunning release which all fans of hard rock and heavy metal truly won't want to miss!

Waterfall” tracklisting includes: All That Remains; The Well; Rattle Shake Bone; Underneath And Down Below; Waterfall; Karma Go; Evil Thing; Eldorado; White Feather; Sunflower; Last Door.

Enjoy an album trailer via this link:





Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare--the ultimate Halloween horror event--returns to Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, IL (just outside Chicago) for its second engagement from September 25-November 1. Tickets go on sale for all Great American Nightmare dates on Friday, July 31.

October 2 & 4 will also feature two special concerts with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie.

"I am thrilled to be bringing The Great American Nightmare back to the Chicago area for its second year,” says Rob Zombie. “After last year's overwhelming response we've decided to return with a completely new Nightmare. It's more vile and disgusting than ever. Have fun."

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare 2015 will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films:

Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D: This irreverent school of pure terror is a hallucinogenic trip through the mind of Captain Spaulding (House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects). Startle after startle will thoroughly frighten even the bravest patrons, who won’t know if they should be laughing, screaming or crying.

The Devil’s Rejects: The murderous, backwoods Firefly family takes to the road to escape a vengeful police force that isn't afraid of being as ruthless as its target. Guests will become part of the state troopers’ search and destroy mission against the Firefly family, who are wanted for over 75 homicides and disappearances.

31: On October 30, 1975, five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage until the following night (Halloween), and are put in a compound named "Murder World." They're told that they are there to take part in a game named "31," where the goal is to survive the next 12 hours. This is made difficult by the fact that they are not alone in “Murder World” -- a violent gang of evil clowns are there and stalking their every move.

Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D and The Devil’s Rejects debuted at Great American Nightmare in Scottsdale, Arizona last year. 31 is a brand new, never-before-seen haunt based on Rob’s forthcoming film of the same name.

The fully immersive haunted house experience at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will include the ALL NEW Bloody Boulevard with major carnival rides, freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night. Note: Carnival rides will not be open on concert nights.

Great American Nightmare producer Steve Kopelman says, ”Given the tremendous support we received last year in Chicago, we are extremely excited to make it the first location that we are coming back to. Last year was just a taste of what’s in store. This year will be Bigger, Badder and Bloodier! We can’t wait to show Chicagoland our all new event.”

Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare go on sale Friday, July 31 at 9:00 AM CT, with prices starting at only $25. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions and the Bloody Boulevard activities.

Tickets for October 2 & 4 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 and a VIP-only bar.

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will celebrate the Halloween season on the following dates between September 25 and November 1: September: 25, 26, October: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and 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). On concert nights, Great American Nightmare will be open until midnight.

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 Center 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.




Mastodon are thrilled to announce they will hit the road in October and November for a fall North American tour with British metal icons Judas Priest, which kicks off on October 16th.  In addition, THE MISSING LINK TOUR (a co-headline tour w/ Clutch plus support from Corrosion of Conformity) also continues its forward momentum with new dates. All confirmed tour dates are below. That's a lot of "Mastodonian"live action for the masses!

Mastodon continues to ready new titles from their ongoing vinyl reissue series, which has already released stunning color vinyl pressings from their Reprise catalog to date:  Crack the Skye (2009)on baby-blue vinyl and Blood Mountain (2006) on solid yellow and transparent green vinyl. On August 28th, The Hunter will be reborn in resplendent solid red vinyl.  Their 2011 masterpiece drew critical accolades from the media:

"Any song that starts with a singer yelping "I burned out my eeeeeeyes" is automatically amazing. This beat has, like a thousand guitars, plus drumming so sick that even (an actual site) would be frightened." - Rolling Stone

"Like a monster movie back for the sequel, Mastodon continues to evolve...It's the sound of pure evil, and it is good." - Entertainment Weekly

"Artistic integrity and incredible musicianship in crafting albums as seamless as any in the metal canon. They are without a doubt one of the most talented bands -if not the most-to arrive in the 21st century, and with 'The Hunter' we can additionally praise them for their versatility and ability to grow and evolve. Mastodon truly make complicated music seem effortless." - Decibel Magazine 

At this point, Mastodon's "Asleep In The Deep," (track from their  current album, ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN)  video has garnered frenzied headlines and dazzled fans with its lysergically-laced,  bizarre imagery as only one might expect from the twisted minds of Atlanta-based Special FX Guru, Shane Morton, and renowned American artist Skinner (cover artist for ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN)which recently debuted onAdult Swim.  Click here to view.  Of course, once you've seen it you'll want to know how this piece of award-worthy filmmaking came to fruition.  Clickhere to find out.   Mastodon is excited to have a limited webstore exclusive bundle to celebrate the video which includes the "Asleep in the Deep" t-shirt and larger-than-life 24"x36" old school movie-style poster printed on 100# text paper.  Both the "Asleep in the Deep" shirt and poster feature the exclusive art by Skinner.  Order your exclusive Mastodon goods here.

Also, Mastodon's original new song "White Walker," exclusively from THE GAME OF THRONES MIXTAPE, Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 2, is still available here.

*** indicates Mastodon w/ Judas Priest Tour dates:
**indicates Mastodon co-headline w/ Clutch & Corrosion of Conformity as part of THE MISSING LINK TOUR
* indicates Mastodon Headline

***Fri     Oct 16           Vina Robles Amphitheatre                 Paso Robles, CA
***Sat    Oct 17           The Pearl                                         Las Vegas, NV
* Sun     Oct 18           Ace of Spades                                 Sacramento, CA
***Tue    Oct 20          The Warfield                                     San Francisco,CA                              
***Wed   Oct 21          City National Civic                            San Jose, CA
***Thur   Oct 22          Senator Theatre                                 Chico, CA
   Sat     Oct 24          KnotFest                                           San Bernardino, CA
***Mon   Oct 26          Rialto Theater                                   Tucson, AZ
**Wed    Oct 28          Austin Music Hall                              Austin, TX 
**Thur    Oct 29          Gas Monkey Live                               Dallas, TX
**Fri       Oct 30          Bayou Music Center                           Houston, TX        
*Sat       Oct 31          Civic Theater                                     New Orleans, LA   (w/ C.O.C.)
*Sun      Nov 1            Iron City                                           Birmingham, Al      (w/ C.O.C.)
***Tue    Nov 3           Peoria Civic Center Theatre                Peoria, IL
***Sat     Nov 6           The Paramount                                  Huntington, NJ
***Sat     Nov 7           Prudential Center                              Newark, NJ
***Tue    Nov 10          Scotiabank Centre                             Halifax, NS
***Thur   Nov 12          Air Canada Centre                            Toronto, ON

Additional Festival dates (Not part of Judas Priest or The Missing Link Tours):
Fri           Sep 25           Rio de Janeiro, BRA                           Rock in Rio Festival
Sun         Sep 27          Sao Paulo, BRA                                   Anhembi (outdoor)
Mon        Sep 28          Santiago, CHI                                      Comes Louder Festival
Sat           Dec 5           Reykjavik, ICE                                    Rokkjotnar Festival# #

Troy Sanders -- Bass Guitar / Vocals
Brent Hinds -- Guitars / Vocals
Bill Kelliher – Guitars
Brann Dailor -- Drums / Vocals

Blues Guitar Virtuoso Eric Gales To Perform With Lauryn Hill On The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon!

Los Angeles, CA - Superstar guitarist Eric Gales will be performing live with one of the most celebrated artists in modern R&B, ex-Fugee Lauryn Hill, on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon this July 30. The duo will perform “Feeling Good,” their collaboration for the Nina Simone tribute album Nina Revisited, which accompanies the release of a brand new Netflix exclusive documentary about the late singer called What Happened, Miss Simone? This is not the first time that these two talents have worked together - Hill tapped Gales to help her record studio tracks for her as yet unreleased follow-up album to the blockbuster The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. Meanwhile, Gales’ own solo album Good For Sumthin’, released in October of last year, has been highly praised, and a new live CD/DVD recorded at The Viper Room is due to be released by the end of the year. Gales will also embark on a massive world tour taking him to India, Germany, and Sweden beginning at the end of this month. See below for dates.

Eric Gales came to national prominence in 1991 when he won Guitar World’s Best New Talent award. A brilliantly dynamic performer, Gales started releasing solo albums and wowing audiences in 2001 with a style and sound that frequently reminds listeners of the late great Jimi Hendrix, whose upside down Fender Strat playing Gales emulates. No wonder then that Gales was asked to headline the extremely popular Experience Hendrix Tour joining a line-up that includes a true who’s who of guitar masters including Eric Johnson and Zakk Wylde both of whom make guest appearances on Good For Sumthin’. Look for more releases from this extraordinary performer on Cleopatra Records!

07/31/15 - Blues On The Chippewa Festival (at Memorial Park) - Durand, WI
08/01/15 - Famous Dave’s - Calhoun Square - Minneapolis, MN
08/07/15 - Heritage Music BluesFest - Wheeling, WV
09/26/15 - Treme Blues & Jazz Club - Islip, NY
10/08/15 - New Delhi, India
10/09/15 - Mumbai (Bombay), India
10/10/15 - Bangalore, India
10/21/15 - Rubigen, Switzerland - Mühle Hunziken
10/22/15 - Munich, Germany - Rattlesnake Saloon
10/23/15 - Remchingen, Germany - Kulturhalle 
10/24/15 - Dortmund, Germany - Piano 
10/25/15 - Weert, Netherlands - De Bosuil 
10/27/15 - Bremen,Germany - Meisenfrei 
10/29/15 - Göttingen, Germany - MUSA 
10/30/15 - Isernhagen, Germany - Blues Garage 
10/31/15 - Schwerin, Germany - Speicher 
11/02/15 - Fürth, Germany - Kofferfabrik 
11/04/15 - Frauental, Austria - Blue Garage 
11/05/15 - Vienna, Austria - Reigen 
11/06/15 - Reichenbach/Vogtland, Germany - Bergkeller 
11/07/15 - Berlin, Germany - Quasimodo 
11/09/15 - Odense, Denmark - Vollsmose Kulturhus 
11/14/15 - Sala, Sweden - Rockland 

Slayer's Kerry King Angers Mayhem Support Bands

Jungle Rot vocalist and guitarist Dave Matrise thinks that Slayer's Kerry King has sabotaged this year's Mayhem Festival tour with his recent criticism of the organizers of the trek and referring to the second stage as the "sh*t stage".

Matrise and members of Kissing Candice and Sister Sin shared their feeling about King's comments with Live Metal late last week. Matrise said, "I'm gonna be truthful - I take it very personal. I'm a longtime Slayer fan, and I hate to say it, but now I'm gonna change my thoughts about Slayer over this.

"It's because of the simple fact that there's a lot of people, including myself, and a lot of bands here that have a lot of money invested in this tour, and we're trying to make our money back, and we're trying to keep this thing rolling. And here's this guy, and he opens his mouth and sabotages the tour, in my opinion.

"And then he talks sh*t about Victory and that's our label as well, and calls it a 'sh*t stage.' Well, if it wasn't for Victory probably getting this stage, this tour would've never even happened.

"That's just my opinion, and if he would get off the bus once in a while instead of charging $20 for a picture or a signing or whatever the hell he does, he'd probably see that there's some really good talent out there, man.

"So yeah, I take it very personal. I think he stuck his foot in his mouth and I hope this turns on him and I hope for the worst. I have had enough - the guy's been runnin' his mouth enough and this is the final straw." Read more of Matrise's comments and the reactions from the other bands here.

Music Industry Needs To Start Over Says Dee Snider

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider believes that the music industry can't fix the current failing system and they need to start over with a "blank piece of paper" to devise a whole new playbook if they want to succeed.

He tells Ultimate Classic Rock, "Probably the best route they should take, I think they've been playing catchup for a long time - they're constantly trying to readjust and adapt. I think that probably the truth of the matter, the answer is to start from scratch and create a whole new playbook.

"Forget everything - they keep trying to adjust what they knew - throw it out the window and say, 'Okay, we're starting out, now how do we create a new music industry, forgetting everything that went before?' Just get it out of your mind. Because it haunts people, it clouds their judgement and they keep trying to recapture - and it all comes down to economics, you recapture that. Well, forget that - start with a blank piece of paper and say, 'Okay, now we're making a music industry. These are the elements we have, this is the way music is created, this is the way music is transmitted, this is how it's shared and enjoyed.' Build a whole new business plan off of that. I don't think anybody, at least that I'm aware of, has done that, started with just a blank slate and just started over. I think that's really what needs to be done. Just level the f-ing building and build something brand new.

Snider was then asked if he thinks streaming and social media has helped expose him to a new generation. He responded, "I have no idea. I saw a hashtag, Twitter in three words hashtag and I wrote, 'Verdict still out.' I don't know if it has value, if it has a place.

"You probably saw that Dave Draiman has removed himself from Twitter and social media. You know, he's been a punching bag, he tried to make statements like I have in a way, but even more so, political and really try to raise awareness and do things and he just got tired of hearing f-tards. Hashtag, #f-tards. [Laughs] So I don't know, for me.

"I know it has value for some people and I know Andy Biersack and Black Veil Brides, they've figured it out. They've made it work for them. And no, it's not the old business plan, it's a brand new one. He comes from there, you know, Andy, he started in social media and built it from the ground up out of that. He gets it, controls it, uses it, works it, loves it, embraces it and has figured out how to make it work for him. It's great. So God bless him."

Judas Priest Expand North American Fall Tour

Judas Priest have added a number of new dates to their upcoming North American fall tour leg that they are launching in support of their latest studio album "Redeemer Of Souls."

The U.S. and Canadian tour leg will be kicking off on October 16th in Paso Robles, CA at the Vina Robles Amphitheater and concluding on November 12th in Toronto, ON at the Air Canada Center.

Following the North American run the band will launch a European tour on November 7th in the Netherlands and the trek includes a UK leg that will feature Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock as special guests, followed by a short leg visiting several countries in mainland Europe with UFO supporting.

Remaining Summer Dates:
07/29- Fezen Festival - Székesfehérvár, Hungary
07/30 - See-Rock Festival - Graz, Austria
08/01 - Wacken Festival - Wacken, Germany

North American Tour
10/16 - Vina Robles Amphitheater - Paso Robles, CA
10/17 - The Pearl - Las Vegas, NV
10/20 - The Warfield Theater - San Francisco, CA
10/21 - City National Civic - San Jose, CA
10/27 - Hard Rock - Vancouver, Canada
10/28 - Hard Rock - Vancouver, Canada
10/31 - Brandt Center - Regina, Canada
11/01 - MTS Center - Winnipeg, Canada
11/03 - Civic Center - Peoria, IL
11/06 - Paramount Theater - Huntington, NY
11/07 - Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
11/10 - Scotiabank Center - Halifax, Canada
11/12 - Air Canada Center - Toronto, ON

Drumstick Pioneer Vic Firth Dead At 85

Drumstick pioneer Vic Firth has died at the age of 85. He launched his stick business in 1963 in Boston, Massachussets, during his acclaimed career as a concert percussionist. He enjoyed a 50-year stint with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, running a leading teaching studio and publishing a series of training books.

Everett 'Vic' Firth was once described as "the consummate musician, educator and businessman." He said he'd been inspired to start making sticks when he found the ones he was using didn't meet his requirements. He reported: "It came out of necessity - not of imagination or my ability to start a company."

The Vic Firth brand now manufacturers over 12 million sticks a year and boasts endorsees including Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain, The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts, Tool's Danny Carey, Rammstein's Christoph Schneider, Bullet For My Valentine's Michael 'Moose' Thomas and many others. Read more here.

Joe Walsh Announces North American Solo Tour

The Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh has announced dates for a fall tour of North America. He will perform 13 shows on the month-long run, which opens in Warren, OH on September 18.

The trek will reunite Walsh with one of his Barnstorm band members, keyboardist and drummer Joe Vitale; the lineup will also include guitarist Gannin Arnold, bassist Tommy Simms and drummer Drew Hester.

Walsh says he will be performing hits from throughout his career, ranging from the James Gang to his Barnstorm days, to the Eagles and his solo records…along with some surprises.

"I'm going back in the catalog to dig out some songs that I haven't ever played live, but everything everyone's coming to hear will also be in the show," says Walsh. "I've got a great band and I'm excited to play with my old friend Joe Vitale again. I also love being able to go into smaller venues. I've missed it…The interaction with the audience is much better, everybody has a good seat and it reminds me of the old days. I think I play my best in a small venue when the bass drums are kicking me in the pants. I'm really looking forward to it all."

Joe Walsh  Fall 2015 North American tour
Sep 18 - Warren, OH @ Packard Music Hall
Sep 19 - Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
Sep 21 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theater
Sep 23 - Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
Sep 25 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid Hudson Civic Center
Sep 26 - Bethlehem, PA @ The Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Oct 01 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Oct 07 - Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
Oct 10 - Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Oct 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Oct 14 - Westbury, NY @ Theatre At Westbury
Oct 16 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Oct 17 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater

Keith Richards Releases 'Trouble' Music Video

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has released a music video for the song "Trouble", which is the lead single from his forthcoming solo album, "Crosseyed Heart."

Directed by Morgan Neville ("20 Feet From Stardom"), the clip was filmed at Germano Studios in New York City, where much of the album was recorded.

Due September 18, the project marks Richards' first solo album in more than 20 years and the follow-up to 1992's "Main Offender." "I had a ball making this new record and working with Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel again," says Richards. "There's nothing like walking into a studio and having absolutely no idea what you're going to come out with on the other end. If you're looking for 'Trouble,' you've come to the right place."

The trio were rounded out by Rolling Stones backup singer Bernard Fowler, keyboardist Ivan Neville and singer Sarah Dash, alongside special guests including Norah Jones, Spooner Oldham, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell and Aaron Neville, while a pair of songs feature contributions from late Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys, who passed away last December at the age of 70. Watch the new video here.

Chickenfoot Not Worth Sammy Hagar's Time Says Satriani

Joe Satriani believes his Chickenfoot bandmates have given up on writing another album because they think it's too difficult. And that leaves the guitarist bewildered - and tired of trying to change their minds.

He's previously discussed how he thinks the supergroup has run out of steam after two records because singer Sammy Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith have lost focus.

Former Van Halen men Hagar and Anthony are concentrating on covers band The Circle, while Smith continues work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Satriani says of Hagar: "I don't think he believes that making original music is worth his time any more - which is kind of sad. I just don't get that part of it."

And he emphasizes: "A band I thought really had a future is calling it quits because they think it's too difficult. I don't understand that." Read more here.

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Planning Live Return

Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page reveals in a new interview that now that he has finished work on the reissue campaign for the iconic group, he will be turning his focus to performing live again.

Page was asked by The Toronto Star what his future plans following the reissue campaign for his former band's catalog. Page said, "I seem to have tireless energy when I get involved in things, on an almost OCD basis, which is a good way to do things because if you're gonna do something you'd better make sure you do it well. At least that's the way I do things. The benchmark of quality I go for is pretty high. I had a master plan and the master plan was that, at the end of these releases, then I would start putting all of this energy into being seen to play live again."

He continued, "But I haven't been able to because of all this other stuff. I couldn't concentrate properly on even thinking about another project until all of this was done. But now's the time. Now's the time to really get into the guitar to such a point that all the material I've got and all this revisiting of things that I've done in the past is put together so that it becomes a project."

Page was then asked what project he had in mind and responded, "Well, that is the project. I'm not being sarcastic or facetious when I say it's a guitar project because that's what it is. That's it. That's what it is until I've actually done it. It'll manifest when it manifests, really." Read the full interview here.

Pink Floyd Rejected Bob Ezrin's Rap Rock Inspiration

Famed producer Bob Ezrin encouraged Pink Floyd to experiment with hip hop back in 1987 when the band was working on their "Momentary Lapse of Reason" album.

Ezrin, who has also produced classic albums by KISS, Alice Cooper, among others, made the revelation during a 2013 interview. His comments went largely unnoticed at the time, but resurfaced following a recent link to a Guardian article on Reddit posting.

In the interview Ezrin revealed, "I became fascinated with [rap] in the Afrika Bambaataa days. I'm an early adopter … [I] brought some in when we were doing A Momentary Lapse of Reason … going, 'Boy, I think this stuff with a rock beat would be awesome.'"

David Gilmour, however did not share Ezrin's enthusiasm. The producer recalled Gilmour's strong negative reaction. "He said, 'Oh my God, that would be terrible. He couldn't believe it. He hated the idea." Read the Guardian report here.

Megadeth Recruit Lamb Of God Producer To Mix New Album

Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine has revealed that they have recruited Lamb Of God producer Josh Wilbur to handle mixing duties for the band's upcoming 15th album.

"I heard the first pass at an official mix for the song 'The Threat Is Real' that @JoshWilburMusic did," tweeted Mustaine. "I'm thrilled he's mixing! #Megadeth15"

Mustaine and Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn) shared production duties on the project, which was recorded in Nashville. Megadeth's 15th album will feature Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler and new guitarist Kiko Loureiro.

Megadeth debuted their new lineup during a performance at the Festival D'été De Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival), in Quebec City on July 18. Read more here.

Former Pantera Frontman Phil Anselmo Abandons Autobiography Plans

Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo says he's no longer interested in releasing his autobiography. He previously stated he would write an "upbeat" portrayal of his former band in his book which had been tentatively titled Mouth For War: Pantera And Beyond.

But he's shelved plans for his memoir saying it would be a backwards step. The Down and Superjoint singer tells Metal Sucks: "After reading Rex Brown's Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera and then all that's been said about Pantera, I don't want to do it right now.

"I'm not so sure that I want the rest of the world knowing all my business. There's got to be some limit or line. Maybe somewhere down the line, hopefully, 30 years from now, if I'm that f***ing lucky, or if I'm on my deathbed, then I'll speak and spout it out and tell everybody." Read more here.

Billy Corgan Slams Today's Alternative Rock Scene

Smashing Pumpkins mainman Billy Corgan has hit out at the current state of alternative rock music - saying Radiohead are the only band to do "anything new with the guitar" in recent years.

And he says while other genres are moving forward, rock has been stuck in a rut for two decades. He tells Entertainment Weekly: "If you look at most alternative rock music in 2015, it hasn't really evolved for 20 years.

"We get our asses kicked by EDM or some of these artists that are more keyboard and drum machine and reverb. They're engaging in new technology. Guitar isn't new technology - there are only so many ways you can warp it around.

"Radiohead was probably the last band that really did anything new with the guitar." Read more here.

Queen Release Video Trailer For New Box Set

Queen has released a video trailer as a preview of their forthcoming "The Studio Collection" Special Edition Vinyl Box Set, due for release on September 25.

The package will present 18 remastered vinyl editions of the complete collection of 15 Queen studio albums - from the 1973 self-titled debut to 1995's "Made In Heaven" - and comes with a fully customized limited edition Queen-branded turntable made by Rega.

The 15 albums are configured across 18 discs due to some tweaks in the change of format to vinyl: 1974's "Queen II" is spread across two records with a custom etching on the reverse side in tribute to the original "Side White" and "Side Black" presentation, while 1991's "Innuendo and 1995's "Made In Heaven" are double albums due to the longer running time on the original CD releases.

"The Studio Collection" presents each album in a different colour along with an illustrated 12 x 12 inch 108 page hardback book complete with introductions to each record - including quotes from Queen themselves, hand-written lyrics, rare photographs, memorabilia, and information on singles and videos. Watch the video here.

Whitesnake's Michael Devin Does Marriage Proposal On Stage

Whitesnake bassist Michael Devin proposed to his girlfriend, actress Drea de Matteo ("The Sopranos", "Sons Of Anarchy"), during the band's concert at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday, and video from the show has surfaced.

"Very, very special & magical night, Boys & Girls," tweeted singer David Coverdale. "Michael D proposed to his Beloved Drea De Matteo onstage!!! WooHoo."

"Cheers To Michael & Drea!!!!," he added in a separate tweet accompanied by an image of a button marked "press for champagne." Whitesnake are in the middle of their North American tour in support of "The Purple Album", a project that sees Coverdale re-recording classic songs from the Deep Purple Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on, including 1974's "Burn" and "Stormbringer" and 1975's "Come Taste The Band." Watch the video here.

Led Zeppelin Stream Alt Version Of 'When The Levee Breaks'

Led Zeppelin are premiering a rough mix of "When The Levee Breaks" titled "If It Keeps On Raining" as featured on the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1982 album, "Coda."

The completed track - which originally appeared on "Led Zeppelin IV" - was recorded in 1970 and is one of several alternate mixes appearing on companion discs included with the revamped "Coda" package.

Due July 31, the project presents the original album plus two discs featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974, including 1968's "Baby Come On Home" and a blues jam from the same sessions, "Sugar Mama"; rough mixes of "The Wanton Song" and "In The Light" from the "Physical Graffiti" sessions; and, an instrumental 1970 mix of "Poor Tom" and the previously unreleased instrumental "St. Tristan's Sword."

The set also presents "Friends" and "Four Hands" ("Four Sticks" from "Led Zeppelin IV"), two tracks recorded during a 1972 trip to India by Page and Robert Plant that saw the pair perform with the Bombay Orchestra.

The band's ninth and final studio album, "Coda" originally presented 8 unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. The project peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 1 million in the States alone.

The project is one of three albums set to be released that will wrap up a year-long reissues campaign by the group; also due is 1976's "Presence" and 1979's "In Through The Out Door." Stream the alternate version of "When The Levee Breaks" here.


 July 22, 2015 -- Got a pocket full of quarters?  Feel like heading to the Arcade?  That’s because…“Pac-Man Fever” is back!

Just as the new film Pixels is set for release on July 24, the iconic million-selling song "Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner & Garcia is re-released, in a new incarnation. “Pac-Man Fever (Eat ‘Em Up) 2015” featuring Jace Hall was rushed to market to coincide with the film’s release and is available on the song’s official website, Amazon and Spotify, and will soon be up on all other digital retailers. “Pac-Man Fever (Eat ‘Em Up) 2015" follows in the tradition of the original "Pac-Man Fever," which became an anthem for the video game generation and part of pop music culture. premiered a lyric video for the new version of the song today and can be seen here:

“‘Pac-Man Fever’ is either mentioned or played somewhere in the world every day,” declares Jerry Buckner.  “…With recent sightings on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show and at the end of the hilarious ‘Tweet Tweet’ skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Drake, and many more places.  That says a lot for the staying power of Pac-Man Fever.  We hope to continue that tradition with this latest version of the song.” 

Struck by the emerging video game fad in 1981, keyboardist Jerry Buckner and guitarist Gary Garcia wrote and recorded “Pac-Man Fever” as a tribute to the popular video game and shopped it around to various major record labels.  All the companies turned it down, but Arnie Geller heard something he liked and released it on his BGO Records.  The song became an instant hit after airing on a local Akron, OH radio morning show.  After selling more than 10,000 copies in its first week, the record shot up the national charts making its way to the Top 10 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” Singles Chart.  The excitement created demand for an album, and Buckner & Garcia set about quickly learning every popular arcade game they could.  The resulting album, Pac-Man Fever, was completed in just two weeks and became an instant sensation, selling over 2.5 million copies, and reaching #9 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. 

Subsequently, People magazine named “Pac-Man Fever” one of the top “pop cultural” events of all time.  New interest in retro video games prompted the duo to re-record the Pac-Man Fever album.  It was immediately embraced by fans and continues to sell worldwide.  

The duo continued to make music together until the untimely loss of Gary Garcia in 2011.  That same year, the full Pac-Man Fever album was made available to download on the Rock Band Network for play in the “Rock Band” video game.

1982 “American Bandstand” performance:



Shot By Academy Award Winner MURRAY LERNER In 16MM Film Restored And The Sound Remixed

DVD, Blu-ray, 2LP, CD and Digital Formats Out September 18, 2015

On September 18, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release What’s Going On – Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 by Taste.  This simultaneous release on DVD, Blu-ray, 2LP, CD, and Digital Formats represents the first-ever video release of this legendary performance. [MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray, $13.98 CD, $34.98 2LP]

What’s Going On – Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival tells the story of Eire's seminal rock band Taste. Formed in Cork, Ireland in 1966 by Rory Gallagher, Taste had a brief but influential career, releasing two studio albums in 1969 and 1970 and disbanding shortly after their legendary appearance at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival -- the centerpiece of this film.

The core of What’s Going On is the band’s performance at the festival on August 28th. Encapsulated within a documentary on the history and importance of Taste, the film features contributions from Rory’s brother and Taste road manager Donal Gallagher along with Brian May (Queen), The Edge (U2), Bob Geldof and renowned guitarist Larry Coryell.

Taste’s performance at the festival was so well received that when Jimi Hendrix was asked “How does it feel to be the best guitarist in the world,” he replied, “I don’t know, why don’t you go and ask Rory Gallagher?”

The original 1970 footage was shot by Academy Award winning director Murray Lerner. The 16mm film has been restored and the sound remixed for this 2015 version of What’s Going On – Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970, which includes all the tracks on the original 1971 Polydor LP plus several additional tracks.  Bonus features include three tracks from the German TV series Beat Club: “If The Day Was Any Longer”, “It’s Happened Before, It’ll Happen Again” and “Morning Sun”.  Additionally there are three conceptual music videos for the tracks “I’ll Remember,” “What’s Going On,” and “Born On The Wrong Side Of Time”. 

Rory Gallagher and Taste are also being celebrated with the I’ll Remember 4CD box set (Universal, August 28, 2015) which boasts remastered versions of their two acclaimed studio albums Taste and On The Boards, bonus tracks, and previously unreleased live concert recordings from Stockholm’s Konserthuset, The BBC and Woburn Abbey Festival, plus demos of both released and unreleased material.

Rory Gallagher would go on to enjoy an acclaimed and highly successful solo career.  Johnny Marr said, “The man who changed my musical life was Rory Gallagher, I picked up a guitar because of him.” 

The electrifying What’s Going On – Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 is an early example of Rory’s justified reputation as the ultimate live performer.

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1) What’s Going On  
2) Sugar Mama  
3) Morning Sun  
4) Gambling Blues 
5) Sinner Boy  
6) Same Old Story 
7) Catfish Blues  
8) I Feel So Good

1) What’s Going On  
2) Sugar Mama  
3) Morning Sun  
4) Gambling Blues  
5) Sinner Boy  
6) I’ll Remember  
7) I Feel So Good  
8) Catfish Blues  
9) Same Old Story  
10) Blister On The Moon 

Metallica Star Forms Project With Converge and Torche Members

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has formed a band with members of Converge and Torche - and they're recording tracks together. The results are to be released in digital and vinyl formats to raise funds for the Tony Hawk Foundation, which helps create skate parks in low-income communities.

The band features Converge and Doomriders' Nate Newton, Rick Smith from Torche plus Brent Eyestone and Graham Scala of Harmonic Cross. Guitarist and Magic Bullet label boss Eyestone tells Noisey:

"It's just going to be a couple of tracks. All the money that comes in will be donated to the foundation - we all like to skate and we believe in that charity." He adds: "There's no name and no release date. We're just rabid musicians who want to make new stuff and not put a cap on what it is." Read more here.

Spencer Davis Group's Eddie Hardin Dead At 66

Vocalist and pianist Eddie Hardin, best known for his work with Spencer Davis Group and Axis Point, has died at the age of 66. He also collaborated with a wide range of rock artists including Ronnie James Dio and several members of Deep Purple.

His partner Liz says he suffered a heart attack Thursday (July 23) while relaxing in a swimming pool. A post on Hardin's website reports: "He first came to prominence with Spencer Davis Group, before quitting - and later returning - with drummer Pete York, to work as Hardin & York for years.

"Then there was Axis Point, with former Family members, and a string of brilliant solo albums. The Wizard's Convention trilogy, with guest singers including David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, stands out." Read more here.

Jack White, B.B. King and Bob Dylan Featured In New Documentary

Jack White, the late B.B. King and Bob Dylan are featured in a documentary about the Chicago blues explosion that's seeking crowdfunding support. Made by John Anderson - who directed Brian Wilson concert movie Smile - Born In Chicago has already been screened at a number of US culture festivals.

Barry Goldberg, who also appears, says: "It's a very special film that tells the story of how we brought the blues to rock'n'roll - 'we' meaning the teenagers in Chicago in the mid-50s and early-60s, when we heard this amazing music coming from our radios.

"We wanted to learn first-hand where this music was coming from. And it was in our own back yard of Chicago." The documentary and soundtrack are available for pre-order now via the Pledge campaign, with limited-edition items including a signed box set, signed vinyl, premiere tickets, shirts, gold discs, and signed Elvin Bishop guitars. Check out the trailer and the Pledge campaign video here.

Lita Ford Believes Runaway Bandmates' Rape Story

Former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford says she believes ex-bassist Jackie Fox was raped by the band's impresario Kim Fowley. Fox spoke out this month about the events of New Year's Eve 1975, saying she was assaulted by Fowley after being force-fed drugs, while Runaways members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie were amonth the witnesses.

Fowley died of cancer in January. Jett and Currie have both denied Fox's description of the attack. Fox has argued that the musicians, who were all teenagers at the time, were victims of the situation too.

Ford tells Rockin' 101: "I do know that Jackie's not a liar. If she says somebody was watching her, and if she says that this happened, then I believe her. She's a little extreme at times - but still, it's not right. I wasn't there and no one told me about it. This is the first I've heard of it." Read more and stream the full interview here.

Deep Purple Rock Smoke On The Water on The Today Show

Deep Purple performed their 1972 signature track, "Smoke On The Water", on NBC's Today show at New York City's Rockefeller Plaza on Thursday morning and video of the performance has been posted online.

The band are currently playing shows on a summer tour of North America and are gearing up for an August 28 release of a pair of live albums. "From The Setting Sun… (In Wacken)" sees the group captured in concert at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival in 2013, while "…To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)" presents the group live at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in April of 2014.

"One band, two crowds, two countries - a tale of two cities indeed," says bassist Roger Glover. "From Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival, one of the biggest metal festivals in the world - and a city unto itself - to Japan and the stately Nippon Budokan, the most revered venue in Tokyo. Each with its own distinct personality."

"From The Setting Sun… (In Wacken)" and "…To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)" will be available on 2CD+DVD, DVD, Blu-ray (Tokyo performance), Blu-ray 3D (Wacken performance) and 3LP Gatefold. Watch the Today show performance here.

Warren Haynes Releases 'Beat Down The Dust' Video

Gov't Mule mainman and former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes has premiered a live performance video of his track Beat Down The Dust with TeamRock.

It's taken from solo album Ashes & Dust, created in collaboration with the band Railroad Earth, and released today via Provogue. Haynes recently explained: "I've been compiling songs that didn't necessarily fit in with Gov't Mule or the Allman Brothers, or even my last solo album.

"This record was really a chance to bring a lot of that music to fruition. It's given me the opportunity to take a lot of songs I love, that didn't have a home, and build a home for them." Watch the video here.




“This is, hands down, the BEST tribute to a band that this writer has ever seen, or heard.  It's done in a unique way, presented in stunning visual glory and contains audio so damn fine that you will swear you're sitting smack dab in the middle of Row number 10… To say this is a 'must-own' is an understatement.” -         Classic Rock Revisited (Rating: A+)


Lynyrd Skynyrd One More For The Fans will be available tomorrow, July 24, 2105 on Loud & Proud Records in partnership with Blackbird Presents.  The two CD/DVD set was filmed during one special night last November as an extraordinary collection of artists came together at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA to perform and celebrate the songs of Lynyrd Skynyrd, one of the most influential bands of our time.  This unique concert event centered around performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd and features performances by music legends and young talent, culled from multiple genres including Classic Rock, Country and Americana with Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph and Donnie Van Zant all coming together to perform songs from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s extensive catalog of music.  Highlights include a special rendition of “Travelin’ Man” with Johnny Van Zant singing along with an archival video of his late brother, Ronnie performing, as well as a rousing rendition of “Sweet Home Alabama” with Skynyrd inviting the entire star-studded line-up up on stage to perform along side them.

Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of the concert event, broadcast special and music release worked with Ken Levitan and Ross Schilling who also served as executive producers of the show. Don Was led the all-star house band as musical director for the evening.   

As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their 1976 live album, One More From The Road, at the landmark theatre. The title Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans! was inspired by that legendary album’s title.

Joining in the celebration of the legendary band was AXS TV as it served as the official broadcaster of Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans. AXS TV premiered the entire concert event July 19, allowing fans nationwide to enjoy these remarkable performances. Leading up to broadcast though were a series of clip premieres through  Yahoo! Music, Classic Rock Revisited, Relix, Rolling Stone Country and Billboard.  Lynyrd Skynyrd also recently returned to the CMT Crossroads stage with Brantley Gilbert for a performance which aired on June 27, 2015. 

With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million worldwide, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to build on the legacy that began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida.  Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar)

Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, the band also includes Mark "Sparky" Matejka (guitar), Johnny Colt (bass), Peter Keys (keyboards) and The Honkettes-Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase-on background vocals.

Lynyrd Skynyrd be on the road this spring and summer (tour dates below) in select cities across the U.S.

“Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans” Track Listing:
1. Whiskey Rock-A-Roller – performed by Randy Houser                
2. You Got That Right – performed by Robert Randolph & Jimmy Hall         
3. Saturday Night Special – performed by Aaron Lewis        
4. Workin’ For MCA – performed by Blackberry Smoke                    
5. Don't Ask Me No Questions – performed by O.A.R.  
6. Gimme Back My Bullets – performed by Cheap Trick
7. The Ballad of Curtis Loew – performed by moe. & John Hiatt
8. Simple Man – performed by Gov't Mule                 
9. That Smell – performed by Warren Haynes           
10.  Four Walls of Raiford – performed by Jamey Johnson              
11.  I Know A Little – performed by Jason Isbell  
12.  Call Me The Breeze – performed by Peter Frampton 
13.  What's Your Name – performed by Trace Adkins          
14.  Down South Jukin’ – performed by Charlie Daniels & Donnie Van Zant
15.  Gimme Three Steps – performed by Alabama                
16.  Tuesday's Gone – performed by Gregg Allman             
17.  Travelin’ Man – performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd With Johnny and Ronnie – Ronnie on big screen
18.  Free Bird - performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
19.  Sweet Home Alabama – performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd and All-star ensemble

Lynyrd Skynyrd 2015 Tour Dates:
7/31 - Morton, MN – Jackpot Junction Casino
8/1 - Council Bluffs, IA – GrassRoots II Festival @ River’s Edge Park
8/2 - Littleton, CO – The Hudson Gardens & Event Center – Outdoor Amphitheatre
8/4 - Sturgis, SD – Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground
8/6 - Roseburg, OR – Douglas County Fair
8/7 - Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
8/8 - Billings, MT – Montanafair
8/14 - Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/15 - Watertown, NY – Freshener/F.X. Caprara Summer Concert Series presented by DPAO at Watertown Fairgrounds
8/18 - Lewiston, NY – Artpark
8/19 - Harrisonburg, VA – Rockingham County Fair
8/21 - Avondale, IL – Eastbound Hoedown Music Festival
8/28 - Huber Heights, OH – Music Center at The Heights
9/3 - St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
9/4 - Alton, IL  - Liberty Bank Amphitheater
9/5 - New Lenox, IL – New Lenox Commons – Community
9/6 - Wauseon, OH – Fulton County Fair
9/15 - Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
9/17 - Jackson CA – Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel
9/20 - Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort & Casino
10/2 - Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater

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Tommy Lee Has 'Whole New Thing' Planned After Motley Crue

Tommy Lee is keeping tightlipped about his solo plans after Motley Crue play the last tour date of their career at the end of this year, but he did reveal that is already working on his next project.

Motley Crue are scheduled to play the final show of "The Final Tour," which they billed as their last tour together, on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles and so far Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars have given tidbits of information about their plans after the Crue play that final show.

Tommy Lee has now given a few hints at his future plans in a new interview with Clubhead TV (via Blabbermouth). Lee said, "Right now, I haven't really told anybody about my future plans, but just know that I've got plans, and I've been writing a bunch of music and kind of putting aside.

"I think I'm gonna take a little break, first of all, when we get down with the tour, 'cause this will be, by the time we're done with it, close to a two-year tour with Motley. So I'll take a little bit of time off, but, knowing me, I won't be able to sit around very long. I'm gonna start getting it together for some time in 2016. Just know that I've got a whole brand new thing planned that I've got going."

Read more and stream the full interview here.


HEART OF STORM--the internationally acclaimed one-of-a-kind live rock concert and Russian ballet experience--will make its premiere in Los Angeles on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at the Orpheum Theatre, 8pm (842 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014).

In celebration of its U.S. debut, HEART OF STORM is offering fans the chance to view these shows with complimentary tickets, only on July 24 and July 25. For complimentary tickets email: for media and VIP passes, contact:

In this in-depth interview below, HEART OF STORM's Derek Sherinian [keyboardist]and Gregg Bissonette [drummer], Doug Aldrich [lead guitar] and Tony Franklin [The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers] discuss how the show was born, its evolution from premiering in Europe last year in Mayto kicking off its U.S. debut this Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles and what fans can expect when they come to see this one-of-a-kind rock concert and ballet experience. View the sizzle reel for HEART OF STORM here:

HEART OF STORM is played live and loud by an all-star band including renowned keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), drummer Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, Electric Light Orchestra), lead guitar Doug Aldrich(Whitesnake, Dio, Revolution Saints), bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers) and rhythm guitarist Brent Woods(Warrant, Sebastian Bach) and alto saxophonist  Brandon Fields(Tower Of Power, George Benson). The music that was created needed a strong visual, so the group teamed with the young and talented Russian-Korean choreographer Stas Tsoy.The music, performance, and visuals come together to tell this unforgettable tale of a young Major named Storm as he travels to the depths of the labyrinth of Life, Death and Love.

This hybrid rock concert fused with stunning, young Russian ballet talent--spanning the Bolshoi Theatre, Swan Lake and the Nutcracker--inherits the tradition of classical ballet, while charting new territory into live, emotional theater. HEART OF STORM is an explosive and theatrical rock ballet extravaganza.

Get an in-depth look into HEART OF STORM here:

HEART OF STORM - Q&A WITH DEREK SHERINIAN (Dream Theater) GREGG BISSONETTE (Ringo Starr, Electric Light Orchestra), DOUG ALDRICH (Whitesnake, Dio) and TONY FRANKLIN (The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers):

Q: When did this whole idea for HEART OF STORM evolve from? What sparked it for you?

Derek Sherinian: The creator Alex Semenov approached me in late 2013 to produce and play on a rock instrumental record. Alex decided to have choreographed ballet performing live along with a rock band, he found Stas Tsoy a talented Russian-Korean choreographer and this sounded like an exciting, unique opportunity to me.

Q: What was your vision for this artistically? What message do you guys want to get across? What should people walk away with?

Doug Aldrich: Artistically, I thought this was a cool fusion of arts and I wanted an opportunity to push myself in some new directions after Whitesnake. This was really something interesting and obviously with a great bunch of friends that also happen to be at the top level as musicians. I hope to have people walk away feeling happy to see and hear something fresh that is a new idea.

Derek Sherinian: Heart Of Storm is Alex Semenov's vision. My job is to help him see his vision through on the musical end.

Tony Franklin: Heart Of Storm is part rock show, part Russian ballet--with a killer band, featuring top name rock musicians--and world class Russian ballet. 'Storm' is the main character, and the storyline follows his tumultuous journey of love, anger, jealousy and death. But this is not just a dance show with accompanying rock music. Both the band and ballet are interwoven into a unique, powerful and emotional performance. I've never seen anything like it.

Q: How did the idea of fusing the music with ballet come about? How did you create the songs to fit with the ballet choreography?

Derek Sherinian: The music was written first, and then the dancing was choreographed afterwards.

Doug Aldrich: Music has always been in ballet I guess, but this is a fresh approach that the composer felt would be more intense and fit well with the choreography. It could possibly reach a new audience that might otherwise skip ballet. I myself have never been to a ballet, but now I'm interested. The Red Rock Ballet is made up of very talented young dancers from Russia.

Q: What is the story of HEART OF STORM? Tell us about the production and look of the show.

Tony Franklin: The Orpheum Theater is the perfect setting. In the Broadway Theater District of Los Angeles, it has a long history dating back to the 1920's. The list of artists who've performed here is remarkable, including Judy Garland, the Marx Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder--the list goes on. American Idol and America's Got Talent are also filmed here. The Orpheum stage has been transformed to accommodate the unique Heart Of Storm production. The lights, the setting, the sound and performances are all fine-tuned to express the broad array of emotions of the storyline. I'm really excited to be part of Heart Of Storm.

Doug Aldrich: I was so immersed in learning the material that I didn't really know much about the story at first. But once we started to run the show together, it all made sense... The look seems to be heavy....very edgy, but with classic Ballet feel in spots. In other places it probably pushes the limit a bit.

Q: Can you elaborate on the band's chemistry? What's the dynamic like?

Derek Sherinian: Everyone in this band is not only incredible musicians, but incredible people as well. Tony Franklin and Gregg Bissonette are hands down the nicest rhythm section in rock! I am truly blessed to be working with such a great team of people across the board.

Doug Aldrich: Derek is our fearless leader and has put together a very diverse bunch of people to perform the music. I know Derek had been working on this for some time. Then I happened to be in Moscow for a day and I got a phone call from Brent Woods saying that he and Derek were out at a party in town and asked if I wanted to join. Haha. I was asleep and jetlagged so I didn't go, but a few months later Derek started to think about this production and called me to play. I have to say, it's been a huge amount of work for me to get up to speed, but we had so much fun that time has flown by. We are all very different people so it feels unlike any project I've been in. Gregg and Brent secretly coordinated wardrobe the entire time showing up with the same shit and shoes or whatever... Tony is truly one of the nicest people you could ever meet. His playing is just astounding... so giant. Like all the guys I reckon. Brandon has just blown me away...with horns and flutes!!! He has been very patient with us as he has not had to deal with a band this loud. But he seriously shreds if that can be deemed a compliment from me. Derek is that bad boy dude with chops that will back it up. Derek and Brent are serious gearheads which of course I can relate to. Derek has more gear than just about anyone I know.... I get it. There is always more room for something new. Brent plays so awesome. I'm really glad to work with him. He is playing solos as well, but also doing acoustic work which is very important with a ballet. Gregg is joking around all the time... always, but he just an insanely talented player. He like all these guys has played with the best of the best cause they are that good.

Gregg Bissonette: The band chemistry is awesome. I've been a fan of all of these musicians for many years and have played with everyone before except Brent Woods, but now he's my new best friend :). The first day I showed up for rehearsal, I was wearing a red Foo Fighters shirt and black jeans and Brent was wearing a red shirt and black jeans. Everyone commented on it, so each morning we decided to mess with the others by calling ahead of time and wearing the same colors. It took them a while to figure it out and they thought we were on the same wave length, but they quickly caught on :).We all really take the music seriously, as a drummer in the band you have two man jobs: the tempo, and controlling the dynamics... bringing it way down and way up when you need to. Brandon is one of the world's greatest sax players and I've played with him at the Baked Potato Jazz club in L.A., on his solo albums, and we were in the house band for the Latin Grammys a few years ago. I was in a band with Derek called Jughead which my brother Matt Bissonette (Elton John's bassist) and Ty Tabor (Kings X) were also in. Derek and I also played in Italy with Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple, that's where I played with Doug Aldrich as well. Tony Franklin and I have played a ton together over the years and have been great pals for 20 years. We played years ago on a movie called Endless Summer 2. It was a surf movie. We've done a million albums together and toured all over the world. Derek is the glue that brought us all together. He is a great guy, a fantastic musician, and a wonderful producer and band leader. The music we are playing with Heart of Storm is written so well that it lends itself to having a lot of dynamics, (playing at different musical volume levels). It's very passionate music and when everyone sees the dancers and storyline, they will love it and see that it's all brilliantly connected.

Doors: 6:30 PM, Show begins: 8:00 PM


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Van Morrison  "Another Glorious Decade" coming to DVD on September 18th

In the late nineteen seventies Van Morrison reappeared after several years on hiatus, a period during which he had gone from being one of the world's biggest stars to a memory from rock n roll's past - and music had moved on during his absence. On his eventual return, Morrison was a transformed figure: teetotal and motivated, but also garrulous and confrontational.

Over the course of the years that followed, he embarked on a journey in which he sought to find independence as artist and explore spirituality in his music; this film is the story of that journey.

Using rare archive, live and studio footage and brand new interviews with many of those who worked with Van across the decade covered by this program, a rare glimpse into the world of this very private musician, performer and writer is revealed - one that many fans of his music may find both surprising and enlightening.

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Bob Marley’s 70th birthday year-long celebration (2015) continues with the release of two new box sets, The Complete Island Recordings and The Complete Island Recordings: Collector’s Edition.  These two stunning vinyl collection sets will release September 25th, 2015, and feature 11 albums on 180-gram vinyl spanning a decade’s worth of Bob Marley & The Wailers releases on Island Records. The Complete Island Recordings will include 11-LPs packaged in a rigid card box with lift top lid, and wrapped in silver paper that simulates the brushed metal finish of a hinged lighter. The Complete Island Recordings: Collector’s Edition will included 11-LPs, a 70th anniversary slip mat and two photos in glassine envelopes, all packaged in a unique metal box set, numbered and lined with velvet and connected to truly emulate a hinged lighter.  Both boxes will include Bob’s 70th Birthday logo and all nine Bob Marley & The Wailers studio albums recorded for Island Records, featuring some of their most celebrated releases, including “Catch A Fire,” their 1973 label debut, and “Rastaman Vibration,” their 1976 breakthrough album in the United States, along with two live albums “Live!” and “Babylon By Bus.”  

The 11 LP’s from the box set will also be broken out and released individually on 180-gram vinyl beginning September 25th. Apart from the actual disc labels which will feature more recently reissued artwork, the LP’s will faithfully replicate the original album pressings.  The “Live!” album will include the original poster with the vinyl, while the “Exodus” album will feature the original gold metallic jacket with embossed lettering.  The “Babylon By Bus” album will feature the die-cut cover with the color printed inner sleeves showing through.


 Guns N' Roses Guitarist Explains Axl Rose's Motivations

Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus shared his beliefs about what motivates the band's frontman Axl Rose, in a new interview with's Bob Schallau.

Richard Fortus spoke with Schallau about the supergroup The Dead Daisies' new album "Revolución" and conversation naturally turned to his other group Guns N' Roses.

While Fortus said that the band's future plans are "up in the air" at the moment, he also discussed frontman and bandleader Axl Rose's motivations. He said, "Axl has always been cool with me and he's a hell of a musician. Some people are just really musical. They just are music and he is music personified, he really is. He's just one of the cats that just lives it. He always thinks musically. He listens - which is what makes him a great musician. Music is all that matters to him. I've never met anyone with as much musical and artistic integrity as Axl Rose.

"People talk about not doing stuff for money, but he really will not do something strictly for money. He's all about the music. It's gotta be about the music. That's why he doesn't do interviews, because it's not about the music. And to him that's the only thing that matters. I think that's incredibly admirable. Axl encompasses in a lot of ways what's missing from rock n' roll now - his mystique and he's an enigma.

"And he won't talk. He won't defend himself. People like Slash know that. They know Axl's not going to defend himself in the press. So they'll say whatever they want about him knowing he's not going to refute it. Because early on he got screwed over so much by journalists over and over again to the point where he won't do it. People are gonna say whatever the f--- they want to say. But he's at a place where it's not about anything other than the music. That's all he cares about and you don't see that anymore."

Fortus also discussed what his audition for the band was like back in 2001. He said, "I had received a call to asking me if I was interested in auditioning for GNR. I was heading out to L.A. in a few weeks at the time and I said 'Yeah sure. I'm going to be out there anyway doing a record so I'll do it at this time.' They said, 'Great.' I had spoken back and forth with their management and I didn't hear anything back from them, so I thought, 'It's not happening.' Then I got out to L.A. and Tommy Stinson [The Replacements] and Josh Freese [A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails], who were the bass player and drummer with GNR at the time, were the rhythm section for the album I was hired to play on.

"So I said, 'Hey! I was supposed to come audition for you guys this week. Funny that we're playing on the same session.' They said, 'Oh yeah! You're the guy! Well Axl found this guy Buckethead and he called off all the auditions.' We did the record and Tommy and I became best friends and we ended up doing a bunch of other stuff together. And Josh and I did some stuff together. But next time GNR needed somebody about a year later they called me again. At that time I was on tour in Europe. I had two days off and I flew to L.A. from London. I got off the plane did the audition, got to hang out with Axl talking about music, and then got back on the plane, went back to Europe and finished the tour I was on. After that tour ended I started with GNR in 2001."

Read the full interview here.

Tommy Lee Has 'Whole New Thing' Planned After Motley Crue

Tommy Lee is keeping tightlipped about his solo plans after Motley Crue play the last tour date of their career at the end of this year, but he did reveal that is already working on his next project.

Motley Crue are scheduled to play the final show of "The Final Tour," which they billed as their last tour together, on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles and so far Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars have given tidbits of information about their plans after the Crue play that final show.

Tommy Lee has now given a few hints at his future plans in a new interview with Clubhead TV (via Blabbermouth). Lee said, "Right now, I haven't really told anybody about my future plans, but just know that I've got plans, and I've been writing a bunch of music and kind of putting aside.

"I think I'm gonna take a little break, first of all, when we get down with the tour, 'cause this will be, by the time we're done with it, close to a two-year tour with Motley. So I'll take a little bit of time off, but, knowing me, I won't be able to sit around very long. I'm gonna start getting it together for some time in 2016. Just know that I've got a whole brand new thing planned that I've got going."

Read more and stream the full interview here.

Why Nile Rodgers Left The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers shared his views of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a recent interview with and explained why he "spiritually" left the controversial organization.

The famed musician and producer had the following to say about the Rock Hall, "I don't watch the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for obvious reasons. At the beginning I was part of the organization and I played at the inductions at the Waldorf Astoria with Paul Shaffer and those guys.

"But early on [in the Hall of Fame's lifetime], I left. Spiritually, I'm a hippie. My parents were beatniks. I know so much about rock and roll, or what I call rock and roll. When I was young, I played at Electric Ladyland when it was called Generation; it wasn't even a studio, it was a nightclub. On any given night, you would see Johnny Winter there, Jethro Tull, Danny Kalb and the Blues Project. That's who I was playing with, we were young kids, smokin'. Smokin'!

"To me, that's the bands that should be in the Hall of Fame. To me, rock and roll became this broad category that all music was in, once it hit the top 40. Now it feels gentrified. Like, when I was a kid, we were into Country Joe and the Fish and Quicksilver Messenger Service and Cactus. That's the [best] stuff, to me! How about Hapshash and the Coloured Coat and the Peanut Butter Conspiracy and Moby Grape?

"I remember when I first bought Dr. John the Night Tripper['s 1968 debut Gris-Gris]. In fact, Bowie and I have talked about covering "I Walk on Gilded Splinters." For years! It was passionate.

"When they describe Chic as a 'sub-genre' of rock and roll, I go, 'A sub-genre?' Everything is a sub genre of what rock and roll used to be! None of those bands sound like the early rock and roll artists! I went to the Country Music Hall of Fame and it was unbelievable. I felt like I was at the Museum of Natural History, it was the most moving thing, I was brought to tears. And I learned so much about country music and the history, and they had no problem acknowledging the contributions of black people and addressing the racism. The curator said, 'We changed it to 'country and western' so white people would buy it!' I didn't expect that! I thought it was really brave to address that, because people don't want to talk about that. It was a history lesson.

"I've been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - believe it or not, they've asked us to play - it sort of feels like the Hard Rock Cafe. But in my opinion, at the Rock Hall, you're not feeling those surf bands, you're not feeling [the band] Love. If bands didn't sell [a lot], they're not there, even though their influence was so strong. Like, Love: every band in L.A. wanted to be Love. The Doors wanted to be like Love!

He then expressed the same sentiment as many Rush fans over the years that the legendary prog trio were snubbed by the organization. asked him "But some bands that the Rock and Roll Hall have shunned, and seemed to hate, have gotten in recent years, like KISS and Rush." And he responded, "How could you hate Rush? That's ridiculous!" Read the full interview here.

Michael Monroe and Hardcore Superstar Announce Fall Tour

Former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe has announced that he and his solo band will be teaming up with Hardcore Superstar to launch a coheadlining tour of Europe this fall.

The tour will be kicking off in Birmingham, England on October 9th at The Library and concluding on October 28th in Dusseldorf at Zakk. Monroe will then play two special dates with Alice Cooper on October 29th in Plymouth and the 30th in Swindon.

Monroe is launching the tour in support of his forthcoming studio album "Blackout States", which is set to be release by Spinefarm Records on October 16th.

He had the following to say about the album, "I'm extremely excited about our new album, 'Blackout States'. It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock'n'roll record - strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band.

"I highly recommend 'Blackout States' to anyone who's even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock'n'roll at its best sounds like today."

Lynch Mob Streaming New Song 'Jelly Roll'

Lynch Mob have released a stream of their track Jelly Roll. It's taken from George Lynch and co's eighth studio album Rebel which will be released on August 21 via Frontiers Music.

The follow up to last year's Sun Red Sun is available to pre-order through iTunes, with those buying ahead of launch getting instant access to the track along with Automatic Fix and War.

Joining guitarist Lynch in the lineup are vocalist Oni Logan, drummer Scot Coogan and bassist Kevin Baldes. They'll take to the road across the US in August in support of the record. Stream the new song here.

Eddie Van Halen Slammed By Dee Snider

The feud between Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar has a new participant with Twister Sister frontman Dee Snider clearing coming out on the former Van Halen singer's side in a new interview with Ultimate Classic Rock.

The feud between Eddie and Sammy erupted after the guitarist made negative comments about Michael Anthony, downplaying the former Van Halen bass player and vocalist's contributions to the band.

Snider firsts defended Hagar, "You know, Sammy's the real deal. He's talented and he's a bad-ass. You know, he was a boxer before he was a singer, so he's fearless and he speaks his mind, and he has the success and the talent and the following to really back it up even more [than] the physical strength."

He then discussed Eddie Van Halen, "As far as Eddie goes, anybody who is really watching and paying attention, Eddie's out of his mind. I don't know, has anybody seen the thing where he just showed up and started jamming with some Mexican band at a restaurant and his boots were so destroyed that his toes were hanging out and his toenails?"

Snider asked the interviewer if they had seen the photos and when they answered no, he continued, "It's homeless s***. I first got wind of this back in the '90s when my son came home, who was about 8, and he said, 'Dad, do you know who Eddie Van Halen is?' And I'm like, 'Uh, yeah.' He goes, 'He was in my school today.' I was like, 'What? He was at your school?'

"This is on Long Island. Long story short, when he had the tongue cancer, his cancer specialist - one of them - was at Stony Brook University on Long Island, so he was flying in for treatment, [and] as a favor, because the teacher of this doctor's son was a Van Halen fan, he went to the school for a surprise visit to say hi to the teacher. But my son, he said that he looked like a homeless person. He looked like a bum, and I've heard that from so many people.

"So you're not dealing with a guy who has got it all together in the first place. With all of that being said, I don't even know what to say about him, other than bravo to Sammy for speaking out on Michael's behalf and not allowing that kind of trash-talk." Read the full exchange here.

Greg Lake's Legendary 1981 Performance At the Hammersmith Odeon In London To Be Issued On CD & Vinyl

Los Angeles – Purple Pyramid Records will be releasing legendary Greg Lake's live album from the Hammersmith Odeon in London, November 5, 1981, featuring guitar hero Gary Moore on CD & vinyl! The concert recording features ELP and King Crimson classic tracks such as “Lucky Man”, “Karn Evil 9”, “21st Century Schizoid Man” and “In The Court of The Crimson King”, as well as songs from his critically acclaimed first solo album from 1981. As a founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake has been a major force in music for over 40 years. He has long been considered a legendary voice and musical powerhouse whose impact changed the landscape of rock and roll. Many simply refer to him as “The Voice”.

The Greg Lake Band made its live debut on one of the biggest stages available to it, the annual Reading Festival in England in August 1981. Much of the set was new to the audience – Greg's first solo album would not be released for another month. But the band received a wild reception regardless, and there were enough old favorites on display to ensure the fans remained happy…including the show opener “Fanfare for the Common Man,” truly one of the most effective showstoppers ever to have opened a concert.

The band's full tour kicked off in October. Purposefully, Lake demanded smaller venues, the theaters and universities that truly represented a refreshing change from the monster domes he'd visited the last time he hit the road in 1977 with ELP. The string of shows launched in Wales, at Aberystwyth University, then moved onto Cardiff University, Dunstable Queensway Hall, Norwich University, Liverpool Royal Court Theatre, Newcastle Mayfair, Glasgow University, Edinburgh Playhouse, Sheffield Lyceum, University of Kent Canterbury, Birmingham Odeon, Leicester Polytechnic, Bournemouth Winter Gardens, Exeter University, St Austell Cornwall Coliseum, Crawley Leisure Centre and, finally, London's Hammersmith Odeon.

It was not an extravagant performance - no lasers, no levitating keyboards, no priceless Persian carpets. The myths and legends that surrounded ELP when they toured were all firmly locked away. The Greg Lake Band toured like a band, and on stage they simply took up their positions and played. Brilliantly.

That last date on the tour is where this disc was recorded, in front of 2,000 fans who now had every note of Greg's new album memorized, and the rest of the set firmly entrenched in their DNA: the snatch of “Karn Evil 9” that eased out of the opening “Fanfare”; “Love You Too Much,” the song Lake co-wrote with Dylan in what remains another of the tantalizing collaborations of the age; “Retribution Drive” and “The Lie” from Greg Lake. “21st Century Schizoid Man” and “The Court Of The Crimson King,” from Lake’s stint with King Crimson, wrapped up the evening in positively rhapsodic fashion, and, finally, “C'est La Vie,” from ELP's Works. (The version of this track included on the CD is taken from a show in New York City 1981).

“A single night at the tail end of a single tour, alive with promise, bristling with presence. And welcoming back some new friends, too” - Dave Thompson, writer

Medley: Fanfare For The Common Man / Karn Evil 9
Nuclear Attack
The Lie
Retribution Drive
Lucky Man
Parisienne Walkways
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Love You Too Much
21st Century Schizoid Man
In The Court Of The Crimson King

Bonus Track: C'est La Vie (Live in NYC 1981)

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GLENN HUGHES is pleased to announce his return to Japan rounding out his 2015 Solo Tour. Joining Hughes for the shows in Tokyo, will be DOUG ALDRICH (Revolution Saints & formerly Whitesnake, Dio) on guitar and powerhouse Swedish drummer, PONTUS ENGBORG.

It will be Hughes' first Solo live performances in the region for over 15 years.

8th - Shimokitazawa Garden - Tokyo, Japan
9th - Shimokitazawa Garden - Tokyo, Japan

Guns N' Roses Future Is 'Up In The Air' Says Guitarist

Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus says the band's future is "up in the air." Axl Rose's men have mentioned the possibility of releasing new material and touring for some time - but Fortus hasn't received an update.

And the status of guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, who said in February that he was in a "very awkward position" with reference to Guns N' Roses, has still not been confirmed.

Fortus tells "The current status is pretty up in the air. The last I heard, they wanted to finish up the recordings and put them out next year and start touring. But it's been a while since I've heard from anybody in that camp - management or Axl. So I really don't know."

He adds: "There's a lot of stuff recorded. I have no idea what will be used or scrapped, or if we'll end up redoing it. I really have no idea what's going on with that stuff." Read more here.

Slayer's Kerry King Calls Out Mayhem Tour Organizers

Slayer's Kerry King had less than kind words about the organizers of the Mayhem Festival tour, which the thrash legends are headlining this year, saying in a new interview "whoever booked [Mayhem] made a gigantic error".

King's comments come after Mayhem Festival and Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman made headlines after saying in an interview that metal bands have become "gray, bald and fat."

The Slayer guitarist spoke with Metal Insider this past weekend and had the following to say about the organizers of the tour, "Do I know this tour wasn't booked correctly? Absolutely I know this tour wasn't booked correctly.

"Gary Holt made the comment that usually there's the Main Stage, a second stage, a third stage, and then that piece of sh*t record stage…now what they're calling a second stage is at best a fourth stage and they're wondering why people aren't showing up.

"I think they waited too long and think all the talent that could have been on this took gigs in Europe. Because there's nobody here touring. It's easy to fill these stages but I guess they wanted a different price point, take away the second and third stage which I think had a lot of value. To me a second stage headliner is Anthrax, Machine Head…Whoever booked this made a gigantic error."

King was then asked if he felt that Slayer is having to carry the tour this year and he said, "(Without the extra stages) It's basically a glorified Slayer show. Let me put it to you this way, last year Slayer, Suicidal (Tendencies), and Exodus played the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee and sold it out. Mayhem came through 10 days ago and didn't sell it out. That's what I'm going up against here."

Read the full article including King's response to Lyman's "gray, bald and fat" comments here.

Spider From Mars' Dave Black Killed By A Train

Former Kestrel guitarist and vocalist Dave Black has died aged 62 after being hit by a train. Black, who formed Goldie in the 70s and played with the Spiders From Mars on their self-titled released in 1976, was killed on July 18 near Cullercoats station in North East England.

Former Goldie drummer Tom Knowles paid tribute to Black via the Newcastle Chronicle: "Dave was a truly wonderful guitar player and was an inspiration to so many.

"It's only two weeks since I last saw him play. He seemed in good spirits - I am at a loss to understand just what has happened. We have lost something very special. But, I have the memories." Read more here.

Yes Will Carry On Despite Chris Squire's Death

Yes drummer Alan White confirms the progressive rock icons will continue following last month's passing of founder and bassist Chris Squire. Squire died June 27 at the age of 67 from Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Now, White says the band will move forward at Squire's request. "It's certainly going to be hard without him, but he called me and asked me to keep everything going regardless of what happens," White tells Billboard.

"So absolutely we're moving ahead. I'm gonna do it for him. The fans are behind the band and want the band to keep moving forward here. It doesn't seem like anybody's kind of given up on the band, which is really encouraging and it'll help us move things forward.

"Things can't just stop, you know? We've got to maintain the Yes name and ... meet the high standards of musicianship Chris created." Read more here.

AC/DC's Back In Black 35th Anniversary Celebrated In The Studio

Syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands have released a special episode that celebrates the 35th anniversary of the second biggest-selling album in the world, AC/DC's Back In Black. The show sent over these details:

After four U.S. albums, AC/DC had finally gained a foothold in America with the breakout album Highway to Hell. But just when success was within their grasp, lead singer and co-writer Bon Scott died after a hard night of drinking. For most bands, losing a singer and frontman is a fatal blow, but not for AC/DC.

Following Bon's funeral in Australia, Malcolm and Angus Young returned to the UK to work through their grief the only way they knew how, writing music. Angus Young tells InTheStudio host Redbeard just how serious the band took their situation.

"We sat down and we said, 'This has got to be good. It HAS to be good'... If it had been the last thing we had done as a band, it had to be something." - Angus Young

Something, it was. At the time no one, not even the band could have imagined the heights to which AC/DC Back In Black would climb, going on to sell over 48 million records worldwide, the Mt. Everest of Rock (second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller ). Back in Black became an album full of Rock and Roll anthems like "Hells Bells", "You Shook Me All Night Long", "What Do You Do For Money Honey", "Shoot To Thrill", "Have A Drink On Me", "Rock'N'Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", and of course the title cut "Back In Black".

InTheStudio host Redbeard speaks candidly with Angus Young and Brian Johnson about the Back In Black period, including the death of Bon Scott, the hiring of Brian Johnson, the adventures of recording in the Bahamas, to their first gig ever with Brian in Belgium.

The AC/DC story would not be complete without a tribute to band patriarch Malcolm Young, who is on medical leave but continues to inspire.

"He's a sort of heart and soul behind the band. He lives and breathes it, and he's so important to all of us as a father figure. I can't say too much about the guy." - Brian Johnson

Stream the episode here.

Supergroup Teenage Time Killers Stream Song Featuring Neil Fallon

Supergroup Teenage Time Killers have released a stream of the song "Crowned By The Light Of The Sun" - a track featuring Clutch frontman Neil Fallon.

The group's debut album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is due on July 31 via Rise Records, and the project is the brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin, My Ruin guitarist Mick Murphy and producer John 'Lou' Lousteau.

The lineup features more than 30 members, including Reed's COC bandmates Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman, Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, Corey Taylor, Nick Oliveri and many others.

Mullin previously told TeamRock: "There's some pretty big names. But pretty much everybody on the list, I've known forever. It kind of reminds me of the old days when I used to put on punk rock shows in Raleigh, and I'd get my friends from Richmond or DC to come and play a show.

"The only guy I didn't know on this was Corey Taylor, but Lou from the studio is friends with him, and he was like, 'I'll do it next week.'" Stream the new song here.

Megadeth's Mustaine Intimidated By New Guitarist, Has Writer's Block

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine says Kiko Loureiro is the first guitarist since Marty Friedman that has left him feeling "intimidated" in the studio. And he says bringing the Brazilian axeman into the fold to replace Chris Broderick is paying off as they continue work on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2013's Super Collider.

He tells Revolver: "Finding Kiko was really a mind-blower. It was the first time since Marty Friedman joined the band that I was really intimidated as a player. He's such an amazing talent, and he's been coming in with all of these fresh ideas."

Mustaine previously revealed a handful of titles from the new album but admits he's been struggling to finish some of the songs. He continues: "I'm having a little bit of writer's block with the lyrics. I've got lyrics to nine of the songs written but the music's so good that I'll write something and go, 'Well, that doesn't live up to the music.'" Read more here.

Deep Purple To Rock The Today Show

Deep Purple will perform on NBC's Today show at New York City's Rockefeller Plaza tomorrow, Thursday, July 23 at 8:00 a.m. The band are currently playing shows on a summer tour of North America and are gearing up for an August 28 release of a pair of live albums.

"From The Setting Sun… (In Wacken)" sees the group captured in concert at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival in 2013, while "…To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)" presents the group live at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in April of 2014.

"One band, two crowds, two countries - a tale of two cities indeed," says bassist Roger Glover. "From Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival, one of the biggest metal festivals in the world - and a city unto itself - to Japan and the stately Nippon Budokan, the most revered venue in Tokyo. Each with its own distinct personality." Read more here.

David Gilmour Expands North American Tour

David Gilmour has expanded his 2016 North American tour in support of his forthcoming album, "Rattle That Lock." The Pink Floyd guitarist has added second shows in Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and New York, doubling the run's size to eight dates in the four cities.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 27 at 10 AM local time in each market via the usual outlets. Every ticket purchased online will include a "Rattle That Lock" CD.

Due September 18, "Rattle That Lock" sees Gilmour working alongside wife and lyricist Polly Samson and co-producer Phil Manzanera on the project. "Rattle That Lock" will be available in a CD edition with clothbound, foil-blocked cover, including a 22-page booklet, and also on heavyweight vinyl, digital download and a deluxe box edition, which includes 4 Barn Jam films, 4 non-album audio tracks, 4 documentaries, and 2 promo clips.

A Deluxe Edition on CD+DVD or CD+Blu-ray versions will include 2 hardback books, a double-sided poster, a postcard in a dedicated envelope and a Gilmour guitar pick. See the dates here.

Warren Haynes Streaming New Album In Full Online

Warren Haynes is streaming his entire new album Ashes & Dust with TeamRock ahead of its release on Friday (July 24th) via Provogue. The Gov't Mule and ex-Allman Brothers Band man recorded the work in collaboration with the band Railroad Earth, after a successful jam session led him to want to do more.

Haynes recently said of the material: "I've been compiling songs that didn't necessarily fit in with Gov't Mule or the Allmans, or even my last solo album. This record was really a chance to bring a lot of that music to fruition. It's given me the opportunity to take a lot of songs I love, that didn't have a home, and build a home for them."

Additional guests include Grace Potter, Shawn Colvin and Mickey Rephael, plus Allmans bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones. Check out the stream here.

Wolfmother Deluxe Two-CD and Two-LP Vinyl Versions Mark 10th Anniversary Of Band’s Debut Album, Slated for Release by Interscope/Universal Music Enterprises September 25

Grammy-winning Aussies’ 2005 Self-Titled Debut Will Include Bonus B-sides, Unreleased Demos, Live Tracks and Remixes, while Double-Album Set Will be Pressed on 180g Heavyweight Vinyl

Universal Music Enterprises will mark the 10th anniversary of Australian Grammy-winning rockers Wolfmother’s self-titled Modular/Interscope debut album, which first came out in 2005 via Universal Music Australia/Modular, featuring classic songs like the Top 10 U.S. alternative and #7 Mainstream Rock smash, “Woman” (earning Best Hard Rock Performance at the 2007 Grammys) and the Rock radio mainstays “Joker & the Thief” and “White Unicorn,” along with international hits, “Mind’s Eye,” “Dimension” and “Love Train.” Critics cited the band’s raw power, comparing it to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and classic psychedelic groups like Blue Cheer.

Wolfmother: 10th Anniversary will be available both as a deluxe two-CD physical set, digitally and – for the first time in the U.S. – a two-LP vinyl set, on September 25, with the original cover artwork by Frank Frazetta. The double-album set, issued on audiophile 180g heavyweight vinyl, features four bonus B-sides, including “The Earth’s Rotation Around The Sun,” an acoustic version of “Vagabond,” a Loving Hands remix of “Joker & the Thief” and a Mstrkrft remix of “Woman.” The double-CD will also be available in digital audio, while the two-LP set will come with a download card.

The 13 tracks on the original album release will be supplemented by another CD of demos, b-sides, re-mixes and live recordings, many of them from the band’s fabled Velvet Sound Demo, recorded at the Sydney studio of the same name in a single day for Interscope and producer Dave Sardy before arriving in the States to commence working on their proper debut.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale described the process of recording the demos “We just banged out that whole record in one day. And you can hear it’s pretty close to where the record actually ended up. I can't believe we were that good and we hadn't toured, we hadn't made any records before, we had no experience. It’s like, ‘What the hell was going on?’”

After Stockdale, a former fashion photographer, formed the band in Sydney with bassist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett, Wolfmother began jamming in his studio, an abandoned warehouse in the middle of the city, earning a princely $37 – and free beer – for their first gig in a local pub, picking out their name on the fly. 

The first album was recorded at Sound City (the drums), Pass Studios in Burbank (bass, guitars and some vocals) and Sound Factory.

Wolfmother went on to win Best Breakthrough Album and Best Rock Album, while the band took home Best Group at the 2006 Australian ARIA Music Awards, with “Woman” taking home Best Hard Rock performance at the 2007 GRAMMYs. The album peaked at #3 on the ARIA Albums Chart in Australia. In the U.S., it peaked at #22, and was certified gold by the RIAA. Rolling Stone named it the 16th best album of the year for 2006, while Metallica’s Lars Ulrich called it “awesome," and, following its release, “I would listen to it every day.”  “Vagabond” was used in the movie 500 Days of Summer, while “Apple Tree” was heard in the trailer for The Hangover Part III and “Dimension” was used in TV’s House.

The band followed up Wolfmother with 2009’s Cosmic Egg and last year’s New Crown.

“After we had some success, it felt like labels were more open minded to guitar driven bands, phaser pedals and general psychedelic lyrical content, so to speak,” says Stockdale. “Looking back now, I do see our first record as a catalyst for a bit of a change in the musical landscape.  Whatever Wolfmother’s roll or impact was on this change is questionable.  I’m just happy that we got in when we did and everything I've seen since seems pretty righteous.”

Wolfmother just finished recording their fourth studio album with producer Brendan O’Brien which will be released in early 2016.


CD1 - Original Album
1.   Dimension
2.   White Unicorn
3.   Woman
4.   Where Eagles Have Been
5.   Apple Tree
6.   Joker & The Thief
7.   Colossal
8.   Mind’s Eye
9.   Pyramid
10.   Witchcraft
11.   Tales From The Forest Of Gnomes
12.   Love Train
13.   Vagabond 

Bonus B-sides
14.   The Earth’s Rotation Around The Sun
15.   Vagabond (Acoustic Version)
16.   Joker & The Thief (Loving Hands Remix)
17.   Woman (Mstrkrft Remix)
18.   Love Train (Chicken Lips Malfunction Remix)

CD2 - Demos, B-sides & Live
1.   Dimension (Demo)*
2.   White Unicorn (Demo)*
3.   Woman (Early Days Demo)*
4.   Apple Tree (Demo)*
5.   Not Goin’ Home (Joker & The Thief – Demo)*
6.   Colossal (Demo)*
7.   Pyramid (Early Jam Demo)*
8.   Witchcraft (Rehearsal Room Demo)*
9.      Love Train (Rehearsal Room Demo)*
10.   Vagabond (Rehearsal Room Demo)*
11.   Woman (Live)†
12.   Tales From The Forest Of Gnomes (Live)*
13.   Mind’s Eye (Live)*
14.   Dimension (Live)†
15.   Where Eagles Have Been (Live)† 

*Previously Unreleased
Previously Unreleased in U.S.

Audio Fidelity To Release Mahavishnu Orchestra's “Birds Of Fire” On Limited Edition 4.0 Quad SACD

“...sets out to further define and refine its blistering jazz-rock direction.”

Camarillo, CA - Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity is releasing the classic fusion album Birds of Fire by the Mahavishnu Orchestra as a limited edition Hybrid 4.0 Quad SACD. Birds of Fire is Mahavishnu Orchestra's second album. It was released in the first half of 1973 and is the last studio album released by the original Mahavishnu Orchestra line-up before the group dissolved. The album became a major crossover hit, rising to number 15 on the pop album charts, and it remains the key item in the slim discography of the first Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Although it has much of the screaming rock energy of the band's first album, Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire is audibly more varied in texture, even more tightly organized, and more musical in content. A remarkable example of precisely choreographed, high-speed solo trading - with John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, and Jan Hammer all of one mind, supported by Billy Cobham's machine-gun drumming and Rick Laird's dancing bass.

Birds of Fire consists solely of compositions by John McLaughlin. This includes the track “Miles Beyond (Miles Davis)”, which McLaughlin dedicated to his friend and former bandleader. The SACD booklet features a poem entitled “Revelation” by Sri Chinmoy.

2. MILES BEYOND (Miles Davis)

Produced by The Mahavishnu Orchestra
Stereo CD & SACD mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
4.0 Analog to Hi Def DSD Digital Transfer:Gus Skinas 
Quadraphonic Sound Supervision: Harold J. Kleiner
Quadraphonic Re-Mix Engineer: Don Young

Audio Fidelity’s Hybrid Super Audio CDs offer three layers on the same disc
o    Single layer  2-channel stereo
o    Dual-layer  - SACD 
o    As an added bonus Surround Sound 4.0 all in one disc

Every Audio Fidelity Hybrid MULTICHANNEL Surround Sound SACD is compatible with all standard CD players.


One of Rock's greatest live performers is gearing up for a return to his natural habitat. Meat Loaf – the world-renowned performer whose career has spanned over forty years – has just announced plans for an upcoming fall tour, with the initial dates beginning October 23 at the Pechanga Theatre in Temecula, California. The shows will mark his first extended series of tour dates in 2 years.
“As a performing artist, being in front of a live audience is a feeling you can't get with anything else,” he says. “The adrenaline you feel when the fans are singing along with the words to your songs, combined with their loyalty, is an amazing feeling. After all, I didn't start yesterday, and they've been with me every step of the way.”
The Dallas native moved to California after college, and quickly formed his first band – named Meat Loaf Soul. He became a much sought-after performer in the Los Angeles area, landing a featuring role in a production of Hair. The exposure that he received from that role led to an audition with Motown, where he was paired up with Shaun Murphy for the duo Stoney & Meatloaf. Together, they tallied one Top-40 hit on the R&B charts (“What You See Is What You Get”), but even more highlights were ahead.
Meat Loaf appeared in a stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which later led to his being featured in the film of the same title. In 1977, he released his landmark album Bat Out Of Hell, and his career hit the fast lane. The album sold over 40 million copies worldwide, and led to successful follow-up albums such as Dead Ringer (1981) and Bad Attitude (1984). He earned a Gold single for the 1977 release “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad,” and achieved his biggest hit with 1992’s "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That),” which topped airplay and sales charts all over the world. The dramatic power ballad earned him a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo.
With a show comprised of the biggest songs from his long list of Gold & Platinum selling albums, Meat Loaf will not disappoint
The tour is set to begin 10/23. Initial dates announced include the below. Additional dates to follow.
10/23 Temecula, CA / Pechanga Theatre
10/28 Dallas, TX / Verizon Theatre
11/3 Detroit, MI / Motor City Casino Hotel
11/11 Westbury, NY / Theatre at Westbury
11/17 Bethlehem, PA / Sands Event Center
11/19 Englewood, NJ / Bergen PAC

 Bruce Springsteen Plays Surprise Concert At A Bar

Bruce Springsteen played a surprise 2-hour, 15-song set with Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey on Saturday and video from the show has been posted online. reports Grushecky hit the stage at 10:15 p.m. and played three songs before being joined by Springsteen for a mix of covers and tunes by both artists.

The rockers launched into a Gruschecky song before performing three Springsteen tunes from 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", including "Adam Raised A Cain", the title track and "Racing In The Street."

Among the other Springsteen tunes featured in the set were "Atlantic City", "Pink Cadillac" and covers of tunes he wrote with Patti Smith ("Because The Night") and for Joan Jett ("Light Of Day"), which the singer dedicated to fans listening outside the club.

"People out on the street, this is for you!", shouted Springsteen before launching into the final song of the night. Read more and check out the videos here.

Gene Simmons Disagrees With Paul Stanley Over New KISS Album

Gene Simmons reveals in a new interview that he is on a different page than KISS cofounder Paul Stanley when it comes to the idea of the band making another studio album.

Simmons was asked by Southern California newspaper The Press Enterprise in a new interview if there is any chance that the band would record new music soon and he contradicted Stanley's recent comments that it was unlikely the band would ever record another album.

Gene said, "Paul (Stanley) may think there's not going to be another record; I suspect there will be. We never force the issue. There is no one to answer to except our own gut.

"I recently wrote a song called 'Your Wish is My Command' and it feels like KISS. It came out pretty easy. When there's enough material, we'll look at each other and say 'you wanna?'"

Read the full interview here.

Queensryche Set Release Of New Album 'Condition Human'

Queensryche will release their 15th album, "Condition Human", on October 2 and are previewing the record with a stream of the lead track, "Arrow Of Time."

"Condition Human" marks the group's first release since a public split and two-year legal battle over the Queensryche brand with former singer Geoff Tate.

Vocalist Todd La Torre joined in 2012 was on board for the band's 2013 self-titled effort and live shows, while Tate went on to form Operation: Mindcrime - named after Queensryche's 1988 album.

Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary), "Condition Human" was recorded in the band's native state of Washington. Listen to the single here.

Motley Crue's Mick Mars Hopes To Change His Image With Solo Work

Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars says he feels like "the most unpopular person on the planet" - but he aims to change that with his solo career. He insists he has a lot to prove once the veterans bow out with their final show on New Year's Eve. And his first releases are likely to be an album and a book that focuses on his own take on his career, following 2001 Crue bestseller The Dirt.

Mars tells Classic Rock's Dave Ling: "It'll be a hard rock record, but it's tough to categorise. It's not metal. It'll make your hair fly back in the breeze."

He says of the book: "It won't be anything like The Dirt. After 30 years of being suppressed, I'm going to be bringing out a lot of sh*t." The guitarist doesn't think any of his family read the first title. Asked why not, he replies: "When I was sick, everyone but my parents abandoned me. I'm talking about my siblings - I was begging for help and basically they told me to go f*** myself. I haven't seen any of my family in 11 or 12 years, except for my son."

He still has a point to prove musically too. "I feel like I'm the most unpopular person on the planet. Everyone says I can't play the guitar - I'd like them to know that I can.

"Nobody can play like Jeff Beck. Nobody can play like Jimi Hendrix, though a lot of people try. And nobody can play like me." Read more here.

Dave Grohl's Doctor Jams With The Foo Fighters In Boston

The surprise hit of Sunday's Foo Fighters show in Boston was not Dave Grohl singing from the throne or his Cars or Van Halen covers, it was the fact that his doctor performed a song, and blew everyone away.

As Foo Fighters fans know, Grohl enjoys a guest or two on stage at their shows. At their Citi Field show in New York last week for example, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith took over drums for Taylor Hawkins for a cover of Faces' classic rock hit "Stay With Me."

But Sunday's performance was a bit unique. Grohl's orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lew Schon, joined the band on stage at Fenway Park in to sing the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." And this wasn't just a couple lyrics followed by a bow and applause. Schon sang the entire song and had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Read more here.

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Arrested Again

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with breaching conditions of his 8-month home detention sentence just 10 days after it began after he was arrested this weekend in New Zealand just 10 days after starting an 8-month home detention sentence on threatening to kill and drugs charges stemming from a series of incidents in 2014..

The Otago Daily Times reports Rudd was arrested at his home in Tauranga on Saturday night after being caught allegedly consuming and possessing alcohol while on home detention; reports also indicate prostitutes were present at the time of his arrest.

Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court Monday morning to address the breach before Judge Louis Bidois, who ordered the drummer to undergo drug and alcohol testing by police as an additional condition of his bail.

Rudd was remanded on bail and will return to court on the latest charge on August 3. Judge Bidois told the high-profile musician that any further offences could mean his home detention sentence being changed. here.

Videos Of Megadeth's Debut Of New Lineup Go Online

Megadeth debuted their new lineup during a performance at the Festival D'ete De Quebec in Quebec City on Saturday and videos from their set have been posted online.

The Quebec City Summer Festival is an annual 11-day music event held in the city's downtown during the month of July. "Great job done by the band and crew getting ready for Quebec," tweeted leader Dave Mustaine before the concert. "I am so ready for this show."

Led by Mustaine and longtime bassist David Ellefson, the group also features new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and studio drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God.

Megadeth performed tunes from throughout their career, including a cover of the Thin Lizzy classic "Cold Sweat." "Thank you for an amazing show tonight Quebec City!!!," posted Ellefson after the event. Read more and watch the videos here.

Rolling Stones Play To Record-Breaking Crowd At Final Tour Stop

The Rolling Stones wrapped up their Zip Code tour of North America on July 16 with an appearance at the Festival d'ete de Quebec in Quebec City and videos from the performance have been posted online.

The Quebec City Summer Festival is an annual 11-day music event held in the city's downtown during the first week of July. The final date saw the Stones play before a record-breaking crowd of 102,000 fans, who saw an 18-song set of classics that opened with tehri 1981 hit, "Start Me Up", and wclosed with their signature tune, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

The band recorded a video message thanking everyone who came to the 15-show tour, which opened in San Diego on May 24. "I met a lot of old friends," says Keith Richards, "and made a lot of new ones."

"I think we seem to be getting the hang of this," joked Mick Jagger before adding a hint of possible things to come. "I think maybe we should do it again sometime." Read more and watch videos from the show here.

Led Zeppelin Now Has Closure Says Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page says the July 31 release of expanded versions of the final three Led Zeppelin albums present a complete picture and bring closure to the studio work of the legendary UK band.

Produced by Page, the group launched the extensive reissues series last June with their first three albums, "Led Zeppelin I", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III"; it continued last October with "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy"; and was followed by "1975's "Physical Graffiti" this past February. The campaign wraps up on July 31 with the release of 1976's "Presence", 1979's "In Through The Out Door" and 1982's "Coda."

"It's a closure, if you want to use that word, on the recording world, the studio world of Led Zeppelin," explains Page, "and the time, those years that Led Zeppelin was indeed a living band. The series is an authoritative and complete picture.

"This is what I intended to do right from the beginning of it: to re-release the complete catalogue in the best quality available - whether it be vinyl or digital downloads or whatever it be; even the CDs were revisited. So there was that, but also the companion discs, which would supply so much more information across the board."

"It would be a portal into the particular time when the abums were recorded," adds the guitarist and producer. "And now you have all these sorts of fidifferent versions and alternate mixes. There's twice as much studio information as there was, but it's been done from an authoritative viewpoint - and a passionate viewpoint, too - about it all. It completes the whole of the picture of the recording world of Led Zeppelin." Watch the full video interview here.

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT - "The Other Side" (Official Audio)

Are you ready for a new song from Blackmore’s Night? Please enjoy "The Other Side" from their upcoming album, ALL OUR YESTERDAYS! Check it out and let us know what you think of Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore’s latest creation!

Pre-order the album on iTunes and "The Other Side" and the title track, "All Our Yesterdays" will both download instantly:  ALL OUR YESTERDAYS will be released on September 18th.




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Sony Music Entertainment Australia is proud to announce Buddy Guy, the legendary award winning blues icon, is set to release his brand new studio album BORN TO PLAY GUITAR on Friday July 31st 2015. The follow-up to his 2013 double disc release, RHYTHM & BLUES, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart, BORN TO PLAY GUITAR is produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and Buddy’s long-time collaborator Tom Hambridge. 

Buddy has today revealed the album cover and track listing for BORN TO PLAY GUITAR and the album features guest appearances by Van Morrison, Joss Stone, Kim Wilson and Billy GibbonsMorrison joins Buddy on the heartfelt ‘Flesh & Bone’, a song dedicated to the late great B.B. King.  On ‘Come Back Muddy’ Guy reminisces about the good ole days with his friend Muddy Waters

BORN TO PLAY GUITAR is released Friday July 31st and will be available for pre-order on Monday June 29th.

Don Henley Streams Song From New Solo Album 'Cass County'

Eagles drummer and vocalist Don Henley will release fifth solo album Cass County on September 25, he's confirmed and he has released a stream of the new song "Take A Picture Of This" online.

It follows 2000's Inside Job and sees him exploring his roots, while also setting out into new territory. Guest artists include Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton.

Henley named the album after the area where he was raised. He explains: "I'm a Southerner and a Texan. It's who I am and where I come from." He adds that the work is set in "the rural America that I knew - the family, the neighbours and the countryside."

The 12-track title was recorded in Nashville with co-producer and co-writer Stan Lynch. Henley and the Eagles will receive this year's Kennedy Center Honors in December. Stream the new song and check out the tracklisting here.

Stone Sour Recruit Lzzy Hale For Rolling Stones Cover

Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale has recorded guest vocals for a cover of the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter on Stone Sour's upcoming EP. And vocalist Corey Taylor has unveiled the bands they'll cover on the two releases to follow this year's Meanwhile In Burbank set.

Guitarist Josh Rand says: "A big thank-you to Lzzy for killing it on this track. It sounds amazing!" The second EP is entitled Straight Outta Burbank and includes Gimme Shelter along with material by Iron Maiden, Slayer, Motley Crue and Bad Brains.

No Sleep 'Till Burbank features tracks written by AC/DC, Van Halen, Rage Against The Machine, the Buzzocks and the Violent Femmes. Read more and see the studio photo here.

David Gilmour Releases Title Track To New Album 'Rattle That Lock'

David Gilmour has premiered the title track to his forthcoming solo album, "Rattle That Lock." The Pink Floyd guitarist is joined on the tune by The Liberty Choir and singers Mica Paris and Louise Marshall.

"The song 'Rattle That Lock' was inspired, musically, by the sound that's played on French railway stations," says Gilmour. "Before they make an announcement - a 4-note jingle is played. Every time I heard it would make me want to start dancing."

Due September 18, Gilmour's fourth solo effort sees him working alongside wife and lyricist Polly Samson and co-producer Phil Manzanera. "Rattle That Lock" will be available in a CD edition with clothbound, foil-blocked cover, including a 22-page booklet, and also on heavyweight vinyl, digital download and a deluxe box edition, which includes 4 Barn Jam films, 4 non-album audio tracks, 4 documentaries, and 2 promo clips.

A Deluxe Edition on CD+DVD or CD+Blu-ray versions will include 2 hardback books, a double-sided poster, a postcard in a dedicated envelope and a Gilmour guitar pick. Stream the new song here.

Queensryche Premiere New Song 'Arrow Of Time'

Queensryche have premiered "Arrow Of Time", a track from their forthcoming album. The group initially previewed the song via their PledgeMusic campaign, which provides bonus content and packages to fans supporting the project.

Due this fall, the follow-up to 2013's self-titled record marks the group's first release since a public split and two-year legal battle over the Queensryche brand with former singer Geoff Tate.

Vocalist Todd La Torre joined in 2012 was on board for the band's 2013 album and live shows, while Tate went on to form Operation: Mindcrime - named after Queensryche's 1988 album.

"The next album from Queensryche is hopefully coming out the first week of October," guitarist Michael Wilton revealed recently. "We are doing a worldwide release, and very much expected.

"And the record label, Century Media, is the one that will be putting it out, and they have the demos right now and are very positive and happy about it. I know that a lot of people are really anticipating this, so stay tuned and you won't be disappointed." Stream the new song here.

Bon Jovi Announce New Album and Plan Tour

Bon Jovi will release a new album called Burning Bridges next month, featuring a song that was written before guitarist Richie Sambora's departure from the band.

Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning is one of two new songs on the release, alongside We Don't Run. The first is described as a "bright pop song with a hooky chorus" while the second is "an anthem in the Bon Jovi tradition." Both were co-written by Jon Bon Jovi and producer John Shanks. Further contents have not yet been revealed.

A band spokesman tells Billboard: "Burning Bridges, which will be released on August 21, is an album for fans and will accompany any international tour. The band is hard at work on their next album, which will see a full-scale release in 2016." here.


Sixx:A.M. is the band formed by bassist Nikki Sixx, vocalist & producer James Michael and guitarist Dj Ashba. SIXX:A.M.’s previous two albums - THE HEROIN DIARIES and THIS IS GONNA HURT – both of which were accompanied by books of the same name - have sold over 600,000 copies and spawned 2 number one radio singles, “Life Is Beautiful” and “This Is Gonna Hurt”. Their third album, released in October 2014, called MODERN VINTAGE has garnered rave reviews.  The album's breakout hit single "Stars" has sold over 73K copies and its video has 1.1 million views.

The band’s first headline tour, a limited run of North American dates in April of 2015, was a huge success & the catalyst for the band’s most prolific period. Nikki explains "Sixx:A.M. is in the most creative place of our career and we've already completed almost 24 songs to date.  We're still on a writing and recording spree and plan on finishing up at least 30 songs total. Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the album have over 22 songs that tie together thematically and sonically. They will not be released at the same time to allow fans to absorb each album to its fullest but both will come out in 2016. This will be tied in with a 24-month world tour. For James, DJ and myself we think it’s the perfect time to release so much quality music to our fans who've been supporting us over the last 3 albums. We're ready."

James Michael adds, "There have been a few moments in Sixx:AM's history that I would consider 'turning points.' When "Life Is Beautiful" reached the top of the charts, we realized that the three of us had a real chemistry and a knack for writing songs that connected with people. When we recorded "This Is Gonna Hurt", it became clear that we had created a unique "sound" that only the three of us together could achieve. But, I believe that the most pivotal moment for us came when we set out on our first headlining tour for "Modern Vintage." Playing to sold-out audiences every night made it clear that we had finally become a real band. We have now taken that energy and inspiration into the studio as we embark on our most ambitious undertaking... A double album which leaves no stone unturned in our quest to create important music and push the boundaries of rock."

Dj Ashba sums it all up... "Imagine the next two years filled with world tours, meet n' greets and more new music by Sixx:A.M. than your ears can handle. Well that's exactly what's going to happen! Nikki, James and myself have all decided to make Sixx:A.M. our main priority! We are on a mission to give our fans even more than they could have hoped for, both musically and visually. Also, we would like to thank you for your patience, your loyalty, and most of all, for turning us into a real band. We'll see you on the road in 2016!"

For more insight into Sixx:AM’s 2016 plans, check out an exclusive video message from the band in the studio here:

Joe Walsh Throws Back With James Gang Rides Again

InTheStudio.Net, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates Ohio rockers the James Gang on the 45th anniversary of their breakthrough album Rides Again

You’d be hard pressed to find a bigger rock star who made his reputation from one album than Joe Walsh on the James Gang’s sophomore effort Rides Again. Founded by drummer and namesake Jimmy Fox, the James Gang were in many ways the essence of working class American Rock’n’Roll in the early 1970s, a no-nonsense band whose sound was as powerful as a steelworker and as steady as an assembly line.  One drummer, one bass player, and one guitarist, but the sounds that guitarist created and the songs that he wrote were a unique blend of British & American styles and a distinctive combination of lead, rhythm, and slide guitar techniques.

Joe Walsh reveals to InTheStudio host Redbeard that Walsh has been told that the James Gang inadvertently influenced another evolution of rock.

“I think maybe the James Gang could possibly have been one of the first heavy metal groups. We were certainly ahead of our time. The heavy metal groups seemto play with no dynamics at all. Just everything up all the way. That’s the only difference I think that the James Gang had from being a heavy metal group. I don’t consider myself the big brother or father of heavy metal at all, but I’ve heard compliments from people in heavy metal bands who grew up listening to things like “Funk #49” and “Walk Away”. And that’s rewarding. Makes me feel good.”   - Joe Walsh  

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Blues Legend Junior Wells’ Estate Entrusted to Cleopatra Records

Los Angeles - The estate of Blues Harp Legend Junior Wells has been entrusted to L.A. based record label Cleopatra Records in a newly announced arrangement.  

The deal was made between Cleopatra owner Brian Perera, represented by the law offices of Evan S. Cohen, and executor Martin Salzman, on behalf of Junior Wells’ daughter Regina Brown and includes sound recordings as well as publishing from Wells’ wide ranging catalog between his first recordings in the 1950s until his death in 1998.  

In addition to the sound recordings and publishing which includes unreleased masters, Cleopatra also purchased a variety of personal artifacts from the Blues legend, including his harmonicas, performance outfits, hats, canes, notes, photos and  personal  journals.

“We’re very excited to enter into this deal and be a part of the one of the all time icons in American Blues history, “ said Perera.  “We intend to keep the Junior Wells legacy alive with a variety of releases as well as merchandise and branding partnerships in the years to come.” Look for releases from Junior Wells and other blues artists such as Eric Gales, Shuggie Otis, and Harvey Mandel on the newly launched Cleopatra Blues imprint.

Junior Wells, real name Amos Wells Blakemore Jr. (December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998), was an American Chicago Blues vocalist, harmonica player and recording artist.  In addition to his many solo recordings on labels such as States, Chief, Profile, Delmark, Vanguard and Telarc, Wells was also known for his collaborations in  performances as well as recordings with artists such as Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison and the Rolling Stones.

Junior Wells is a member of the Blues Hall of Fame.  His albums, Hoodoo Man Blues (1966), It’s My Life Baby (1966) and Blues Hit Big Town (1977), as well as his single “Messin’ With The Kid (1960),” are in the Blues Hall of Fames in the Classics of Blues Recording category.  He has also received several honors and awards from the Blues Hall of Fame including, Best Historical Album and Traditional Blues Album of the Year.


“Behind The Songs” – Web Series Premieres
REDDIT “AMA” Session Confirmed for July 24th
AOL’s “BACKSTORY” Event in NYC on July 24th

Legendary guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, is gearing up for the release of his 15th solo studio album, Shockwave Supernova, on Friday, July 24th.  The weeks leading up to the album release continue to be filled with exciting activity from the renowned guitarist.

Recently, SATRIANI began debuting a web series he’s dubbed, “Behind The Album,” which gives fans a rare glimpse behind the scenes while making “Shockwave Supernova”.  The album was co- produced with John Cuniberti and recorded at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, with keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, drummer Marco Minnemann and bassist Bryan Beller.  The band are featured, with SATRIANI, in the “Behind the Album” series discussing the album recording process, the songs and the themes behind the album. 

On release day, Joe will participate in a Reddit “AMA” event where his fans will be able to ‘Ask Joe Anything’ during the online press conference event at 1pm ET.  That same evening, Joe will be the special guest on the new AOL original series, “BackStory” involving a live, feature-length interview with the guitar virtuoso to air from the AOL Studios in New York City.  The event will allow guests to enjoy a seat at an exclusive, career-spanning live interview, a meet-and-greet with Satriani, an autographed copy of Shockwave Supernova, plus complimentary beverages. Satriani will be interviewed one-on-one by respected journalist, Brad Tolinski as they discuss the new album and much more.

Leading up to the album’s release, exclusive song premieres have taken place on various music websites and accompanying “story videos” have followed on Satriani’s website and through his social media.  This week, Rolling Stone premiered an exclusive video of the iconic guitarist as he interprets various pop culture and art references, off the cuff interpretations left the magazine staff in awe. 

Check out the video here:

Fans are able to pre-order the new album with an exclusive signed poster only at Joe selected the art for the poster fans who submitted it.  The album is available for pre-order on Amazon ( and iTunes ( and will also be available to order as 2 LP 120 gram vinyl. 

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Earlier this year, Marky Ramone issued what is fast becoming known as the definitive book on the Ramones experience, 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone.' And the buzz about the book continues to grow; as Marky will be out promoting it with appearances. And while the book was originally issued in the U.S. on January 13th, it has just recently been released in such other territories as Brazil, England and Spain:

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Canadian fans should also keep an eye out for Marky, as he will appearing on August 6th at Phi Centre at 7:00 P.M in Montreal (presented by Heavy Montreal Festival and Grimposium -, to sign his book and also answer questions as part of a Q&A with journalist Kim Kelly (Noisey, Vice).

Then, just a few days later on August 9th, Marky will be performing all the Ramones classics with his band, Marky Ramones' Blitzkrieg (with Andrew WK), at the Heavy Montreal Festival. Also, a new, all-animated video clip has been issued for the song "I Wanna Win the Lottery" by Marky Ramone & the Intruders, which can be viewed here:

"Back in the nineties my friend won the NYS Lottery," explains Marky about the song. "I was struck by how his life changed overnight. It inspired me to write the song. It’s a universal daydream. The song was co-produced by me and my buddy, Lars Frederkisen from Rancid. A few years ago I met Laurent in Paris. He was a fan and came to my show. We share the same love of movies and anime. He asked if I would like him to do a video of 'Wanna Win the Lottery' and of course I told him yes."

And the accolades continue to pile up concerning 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg,' including stellar feedback from New Noise Magazine ("Probably one of the best books yet about a punk band that managed to influence so many outside of the world of punk"), Kirkus ("The last Ramone standing dishes on Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy, but the drummer is a lot more revealing about his own remarkable life outside the famously dysfunctional band"), and Classic Rock Revisited
("From driving his car in a drunken state through a retail store, to being the only Ramone to visit Joey on his deathbed, to keeping their music alive in the current day... this sucker will keep you reading, that is until you are done! Gabba Gabba Hey!"), among others.


Jimmy Page Reveals What Next Led Zeppelin Album Would Have Been

Jimmy Page has opened up on how Led Zeppelin's ninth album might have sounded - if the band hadn't split on the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. And the guitarist says he wasn't aware of any tension within the lineup as they worked on what would be their final releases.

Led Zep had endured a potentially permanent break after the death of Plant's young son Karac in 1977, and finally ground to a halt following Bonham's passing in 1980. Coda was released two years later.

But Page says he knows what the band would have done with their next studio title if they'd kept going: "Riffs. Interestingly-contructed riffs and hypnotic music," he says.

"John and I spoke about this a lot. Let's put it this way - on the next album, John wouldn't have been playing with brushes. John loved the idea of anything where he could really get going." Read more here.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Does Surprise Performance At A Park

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler surprised a handful of fans in a downtown park in Kelowna, British Columbia on July 13 when he stopped by and performed a taste of an Aerosmith classic on a piano.

The singer played the intro to his band's 1973 signature tune, "Dream On", just hours before the group's show at Kelowna's Prospera Place as part of their Blue Army tour.

Inspired by similar programs in other cities around the world, Kelowna's Pianos In Parks initiative - part of Festivals Kelowna - sees 5 free, playable and accessible pianos installed in high profile, public spaces throughout its downtown to encourage residents and visitors to stop by and play the instrument.

Aerosmith's 15-date Blue Army tour will wrap up in Grand Rapids, MI on August 4. The Boston band will release a new live package, "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014", on Blu Ray, DVD and Digital on September 4. Watch video of Tyler's park performance here.

Rob Zombie Completes Album But Delaying For Visual Component

Rob Zombie says his next album is ready to go - but he won't release it until he's had time to add a "visual component" to the work. The shock-rocker and his band completed work on the follow-up to 2013's Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor months ago.

But Zombie tells Loudwire: "I have this idea that I really want to make a visual component. I don't have time yet, because I'm in the middle of editing my movie. I didn't want to just throw the record out there and there's no videos. I'd rather just hold it and do it properly."

The title was recorded over several recording sessions across a 12-month period, and Zombie says it was a good way to work. "It really gave you time to live with it," he reports. "Sometimes you go into the studio and plough through a record, and at the end you go, 'That last track is bullsh*t,' or, 'I wish we'd cut that part down.' Living with it a long time made the record so much better." Watch the full interview here.

Iron Maiden Releasing New Stronger Limited Edition Beer

Iron Maiden will release a stronger version of their Trooper beer - to mark the original brew selling 10 million pints. The limited-edition beverage was once again created by frontman Bruce Dickinson, in association with the UK's Robinsons Brewery.

And while Trooper, launched in 2013, sells at 4.7% ABV, the 666 version is 6.6% ABV. Dickinson says: "Our fans have been asking for a stronger brew, and it seemed only right to this at 6.6%."

But he continues: "Despite the links with our song The Number Of The Beast, the name has come about as some research by historian Terry Brighton. He's shown there were 666 soldiers who rode in the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 - and not just the 600 of Tennyson's famous poem." Read more here.

Mad Season Releasing Reunion Show and Final Layne Staley Show

Mad Season's one-off 2015 reunion show is to be released on CD, vinyl and DVD next month - alongside a recording of the band's last performance with Layne Staley.

Surviving members Mike McCready and Barrett Martin collaborated with Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam's Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament plus Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan for the gig in January. They were accompanied by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Mad Season/Seattle Symphony: Sonic Evolution/January 30, 2015/Benaroya Hall is issued on August 28 via Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records and proceeds will benefit the Seattle Symphony and Vitalogy Foundation.

On the same date, Legacy and Columbia Records will reissue Mad Season: Live at The Moore - the final performance to feature the band's original lineup. Read more here.

David Gilmour Previews Title Track To New Album 'Rattle That Lock'

David Gilmour has released a preview of the title track to his forthcoming solo album, "Rattle That Lock." Due in September, the Pink Floyd guitarist's fourth solo effort sees him working alongside wife and lyricist Polly Samson and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera.

"The album was largely recorded in a studio in Brighton," says Gilmour of Rattle That Lock. "There are parts that are recorded on my houseboat, The Astoria, as well.

"The song 'Rattle That Lock' was inspired, musically, by the sound that's played on French railway stations; before they make an announcement - a 4-note jingle is played. Every time I heard it would make me want to start dancing."

Gilmour will launch "Rattle That Lock" with a sold-out 11-date European tour, with shows starting on September 12 in Croatia; the run includes five concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. Check out the song preview and the album EPK here.

The Scorpions Release 'We Built This House' Lyric Video

The Scorpions are premiering a lyric video for "We Built This House", the lead single from their latest album, "Return To Forever." The German rockers will release an expanded edition of the project in North America on September 11 that will feature seven bonus tracks including two exclusives: "Crazy Ride" and "One And One Is Three."

The updated version will be issued in sync with the start of the Scorpions North American dates as part of their 50th anniversary tour, which opens in Boston on September 10.

"We have been overwhelmed with the amazing response to our new album across the globe and can't wait to finally release Return To Forever in North America," says singer Klaus Meine. "We have always had such a special connection with our incredible fans and are so excited to get them the new album and return to play live this fall."

In November, the Scorpions will release expanded reissues of 1977's "Taken By Force" and 1978's "Tokyo Tapes." Both projects will feature many previously unreleased tracks, including demo versions of some songs dating back to 1977. Watch the video here.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Release 'Free Bird' Video From Tribute Show

Lynyrd Skynyrd have issued video of a performance of their classic, "Free Bird", as a preview to the July 24 release of "One More For The Fans", a 2CD/DVD set featuring highlights from an all-star tribute concert held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta last November.

The second single from the group's 1973 debut, "(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)", is one of the Southern rock icons signature songs; it peaked at No. 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 upon its release and continues to be a staple at rock radio.

The "One More For The Fans" event featured performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as music legends and young talent, including Cheap Trick, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt and many more.

As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded "One More From The Road" at the landmark theatre; the title of the tribute concert and release was inspired by that legendary album's title.

Other previews from the forthcoming package include the rare track "Travelin' Man" and a Cheap Trick cover of "Gimme Back My Bullets." AXS TV will premiere "Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans" on Sunday, July 19 at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST. Watch the "Free Bird" video here.

AC/DC's Classic Featured In Trailer For New Film 'Masterminds'

AC/DC's classic 1980 track, "What Do You Do For Money Honey", is featured in the trailer for the upcoming Zach Galifianakis film "Masterminds."

Due October 9, the heist comedy film - based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina - is directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Gentlemen Broncos) and also stars Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis.

"What Do You Do For Money Honey" was originally issued on AC/DC's blockbuster 1980 release, "Back In Black." The group's first effort following the death of Bon Scott saw singer Brian Johnson join the lineup as the project delivered four singles - including the smash "You Shook Me All Night Long" - on its way to sales of more than 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.

AC/DC are currently playing shows across Europe on their Rock Or Bust world tour, which marks the return of guitarist Stevie Young and drummer Chris Slade to the lineup following the retirement of founder Malcolm Young and a series of legal issues faced by longtime member Phil Rudd.

AC/DC will launch al fall stadium tour of North America August 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Watch the trailer and the original video for the track here.

Prog Supergroup Flying Colors Release 'Fury Of My Love' Video

Supergroup Flying Colors have premiered their video for Fury Of My Love with TeamRock. It's their way of celebrating being nominated for Band Of The Year and Album Of The Year at the 2015 Progressive Music Awards, run by Prog.

The "Fury Of My Love" track is taken from Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Steve Morse, Dave LaRue and Casey McPherson's album Second Nature, launched last year.

Portnoy says: "There is a real magic that happens when the five of us get together. It's a combination of these five very different styles and personalities that make Flying Colors so unique and special."

Neal Morse adds: "Writing with Flying Colors is exciting, challenging, and a lot of fun, because so much happens so quickly. I love the musical results." Watch the video here.

Sebastian Bach Selling Tickets To Wedding Reception

Former Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach will marry Suzanne Le next month, and you're invited. The pair announced their wedding reception party will be held at Rockbar, a venue in San Jose, California, on August 22nd.

The wedding event will be called 'Sebastian Bach & Suzanne Le Rock N' Roll Wedding Extravaganza," according to the venue's website, which adds, 'Rockbar will be hosting the wedding of Sebastian Bach to Suzanne Le and would like to cordially invite you to attend the reception of this exciting event. Sebastian will be bringing friends along from the film and music world."

This won't come free though: tickets for the reception cost $300, which also gets you into a 'Bands, Burlesque & Bach" meet-and-greet bachelor party at the venue the night before. Read more here.


Tickets On Sale NOW!

Read the back story on The Full Tilt Boogie in the Berkshire Eagle

Guitars, guitars, guitars! They’re the engines driving the hip shakin’, butt-quakin’ rock ‘n’ roll that will be reverberating through the green mountains of southern Vermont next month when THE FULL TILT BOOGIE music festival brings ZZ Top, Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, Blackberry Smoke, the Marshall Tucker Band, Trigger Hippy (feat. Joan Osborne & Jackie Greene), the Wood Brothers, Albert Lee featuring Cindy Cashdollar, Girls Guns & Glory and so much more to the alternating main stages of the newly revived scenic festival grounds at Green Mountain Racetrack.

THE FULL TILT BOOGIE, an historic one-day, two-stage guitar extravaganza set for Aug. 22, is by far the biggest music festival to play this picturesque setting since it hosted over 30,000 music lovers for the Lollapalooza Music Festival almost two decades ago.

Tickets for THE FULL TILT BOOGIE are on sale NOW through Ticketmaster at $92.50. Free parking is included. Gates open 10 a.m. Complete information at

“THE FULL TILT BOOGIE features bands whose music meets at ‘the crossroads’ of Roadhouse Boogie, Southern Rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rockabilly and The Blues,” says promoter Tony Pallagrosi of UMT Presents, whose New Jersey concert company is aligning with Green Mountain Live! and TTM to produce the progressive, environment-friendly event. “This year’s inaugural festival features some incredible guitar-fueled artists. It’s gonna be 11 hours of some of the best hip shakIn’ music on the planet!”

Guitar fans won’t be able to resist the incendiary sounds and the serene surroundings that THE FULL TILT BOOGIE will deliver to the Pownal Valley, one of the most beautiful in all of Vermont.

And in another first, THE FULL TILT BOOGIE is using electric power generated by renewable resources. Hence the appropriately named Green Stage, which will be home to revered roots music troubadour Seth Walker; NJ Americana rockers Stolen Rhodes; high energy, “riffy” power trio Wild Adriatic; the Tangier Blues Band, led by world renowned rock photographer and music documentarian Danny Clinch; and local favorites T Bone Daddy.

Tucked between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Taconic Mountains in New York, it’s home to scenic farms and villages and the perfect destination for weekend getaways. Situated quietly between Bennington, VT and Williamstown, MA, the town of Pownal is known as "The Gateway to Vermont," with a rich history that predates the Revolutionary War.

THE FULL TILT BOOGIE promises its own revolution, musically speaking. It’s sparking a music festival revival at Green Mountain Race Track, the first of numerous music festivals being planned for the site in the spring, summer, and fall of 2016 and beyond. THE FULL TILT BOOGIE music festival offers convenient and spacious access with outstanding acoustics in a breathtaking setting.

After arriving through secure gates, attendees can spread out with plenty of room to see the stage, hear the music, and enjoy the festival’s wide array of top food truck vendors and beverage distillers from around New England. Green Mountain Racetrack offers easy access from across New England and the tri-state areas with a 45 minute drive from Albany and less than three hours from Boston, New York City, and Hartford. While there is plenty of parking available on site, attendees are encouraged to carpool, access the area via Peter Pan Bus Lines, or use the venue’s free bike storage. The Pownal area has many surrounding activities and is known for weekend getaways.

RYDE, a crowd-sourcing transportation company, has partnered with Green Mountain Live! to provide regional shuttle service to THE FULL TILT BOOGIE, enabling upscale motor coaches to shuttle fans to the festival grounds from surrounding cities and states, and provide an economical, environmentally-friendly, and highly social alternative to single-car driving.

About Green Mountain Live!

Green Mountain Live! is the home of premier music festivals and special events that will be offered throughout the summer and fall in a bucolic, rural setting in Vermont, conveniently located to major cities in New England and New York. The music venue has a vibrant history as the home of the former Green Mountain Racetrack. Known as “The Feel Good Track,” families from around New England would travel hundreds of miles to enjoy horse racing in the midst of Vermont’s incredible natural beauty. For more information, please visit




AEROSMITH’s new concert film Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014--a 20-song collection capturing the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers delivering a scorching career-spanning show at the famed Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK in June 2014--is now available to pre-order on the band’s website [DVD/CD, Blu-Ray/CD, with deluxe package options available that include a t-shirt and poster]. This news comes in the midst of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ current “Blue Army Tour 2015” (dates and critical quotes below).

Due out September 4 via Eagle Rock Entertainment, the critically acclaimed film--which premiered in February with a highly successful nationwide theatrical run--is available to pre-order on multiple formats: Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and on all digital formats for North America and DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for ROW/Europe. Click here to view the trailer:

Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 features the band’s all original members--Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford--headlining the massive Download Festival as part of the band’s “Let Rock Rule” tour, unleashing supercharged versions of “Love In An Elevator,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Walk This Way,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Toys In The Attic,” “Mama Kin,” and many more. For more information, click here to view the press release announcing the concert film release.

The Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 track listing is as follows:

1) Train Kept A-Rollin’
2) Eat The Rich
3) Love In An Elevator
4) Cryin’
5) Jaded
6) Livin’ On The Edge
7) Last Child
8) Freedom Fighter
9) Same Old Song And Dance
10) Janie’s Got A Gun
11) Toys In The Attic
12) I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
13) No More No More
14) Come Together
15) Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
16) Walk This Way
17) Home Tonight
18) Dream On
19) Sweet Emotion
20) Mama Kin 

Following their wildly successful and acclaimed 2014 “Let Rock Rule” tour, AEROSMITH--Rock’s greatest live act--returned to the road June 13 in Glendale, AZ where they kicked off their “Blue Army Tour 2015.This trek will take the band to 15 cities before concluding in Canton, OH on Friday, August 7 when they perform at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Concert for Legends. The concert will pay tribute to the legends of the game on the eve of the Enshrinement for the Class of 2015.

AEROSMITH’s 2015 summer tour dates are as follows: 

DATE                           CITY                            VENUE
Mon   7/13           Kelowna, BC                Prospera Place
Thu   7/16           Victoria, BC                           Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Sun   7/19           Fort McMurray, AB        Shell Place at MacDonald Park
Wed  7/22           Cheyenne, WY             Cheyenne Frontier Days
Sat    7/25           Minot, ND                     North Dakota State Fair
Tue   7/28           Ridgefield, WA              Amphitheater Northwest
Sat    8/1             Las Vegas, NV              MGM Grand Garden Arena
Tue   8/4             Grand Rapids, MI                  Van Andel Arena


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'LIVE AT THE ROXY 9/25/14'


Currently in the midst of their headlining world tour, SLASH: FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS--Slash (Guitar), Myles Kennedy (Vocals), Todd Kerns (Bass & Vocals), Brent Fitz (Drums) and Frank Sidoris (Guitar & Vocals)--will launch the "World On Fire" North American fall tour September 18 through October 24 (see full itinerary below).

Citi is the official credit card of the "World On Fire Tour," and Citi cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets through Citi's Private Pass Program beginning Tuesday, July 14. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.comThe regular on-sale for tickets will begin on Friday, July 17 (

Last month, SLASH and The Conspirators released 'LIVE AT THE ROXY 9/25/14,' the live concert on DVD, Blu-ray, 3LP, 2CD through all major retailers and digital formats simultaneously via Eagle Rock Entertainment and onlineas a BitTorrent Bundle, (here).

Shortly after the release of their current WORLD ON FIRE album--SLASH's third straight solo album to debut in the Top Ten in the U.S and the second album with his official band The Conspirators--the iconic American rock guitarist, songwriter and film producer SLASH took the stage with his band THE CONSPIRATORS at the legendary Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. A staple of rock history that helped birth countless bands, including Guns 'N' Roses, the atmospheric venue gave fans a brilliant opportunity to see the band up close as they delivered a set packed with recent solo tracks, including several from the new album WORLD ON FIRE, and classics from Slash's days with Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver: "Ghost," "Back From Cali," "World On Fire," "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Anastasia," "Paradise City," "Slither," "Nightrain" and many more. The intimate setting inspired the band to deliver a scintillating, dynamic performance that is brilliantly captured on 'LIVE AT THE ROXY 9/25/14'.SLASH's guitar prowess paired with the raw energy of MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS proves a truly potent live force and 'LIVE AT THE ROXY 9/25/14' sets the benchmark for high octane rock n roll shows.

Recently, SLASH and his band partnered with IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare to raise awareness of the slaughter of elephants which is leading to their early extinction. To watch the video for "Beneath The Savage Sun" and get the song for free, donate to IFAW (here) and Take Action (here). The U.S.-based charity IFAW works around the world on every aspect of the elephant crisis--on the front lines to stop the killing of elephants, in transit countries to stop the trafficking of ivory and in consumer countries to stop the demand for ivory products. For more information, visit:

Keyboard Legend Extraordinaire Patrick Moraz, Former Member of YES and the Moody Blues, To Release New Album “MAP” (Moraz Alban Project) With Outstanding Drummer Greg Alban!

Los Angeles CA- Patrick Moraz and Greg Alban proudly announce the release of their new CD “MAP”. 

Says Patrick, “The concept and the meaning of “MAP” is first and foremost the 'MORAZ ALBAN PROJECT'! Some time ago, Greg Alban, a very good friend of mine and a great drummer whom I have known now for more than 30 years asked me if I would like to start composing and arranging some music that he could play the drums on, with me. He wanted to record a whole album together and eventually of course, release it.”

So Moraz began composing and arranging the music for “MAP” in his studio in Florida, the project then moved to California, where it was further developed and recorded. This new music is a collection of instrumental pieces that range in style and spirit of World-Fusion, Rock and Jazz.

Greg Alban, originally from Columbus, Ohio, attended Ohio University and moved to Los Angeles in 1974 to pursue a career in music. Greg has studied with some of the great drummers and teachers such as Richard Wilson, Joe Morello and Joe Porcaro. Patrick Moraz first heard Greg Alban play drums when he was head of his own band ICE. They were performing at the famous and since shuttered Red Onion in Marina Del Rey, CA. Impressed with the playing skills of Alban and fellow band member John Avila, Moraz asked them to perform on his album, “Timecode”. Greg Alban who has worked with such artists such as “The Miracles”, Denny Laine (Wings) and Mike Pinera (Blues Image and Iron Butterfly) explains: “Patrick and I have been very good friends for a long time and I’m still always being surprised by the depth of his knowledge, not just about music but everything! He’s a creative genius and I’m honored to be working with him.”

Swiss born Patrick Moraz, is best known as an official member and keyboardist for the progressive rock bands “Yes” from 1974 to the end of 1976 and “The Moody Blues” from 1978 to 1991. He was classically trained at the Conservatory of Lausanne, but having a keen interest in jazz and world rhythms he decided early on to pursue composing and playing in these genres of music as well. This led to Patrick and his own trio and quartet, opening for major jazz artists and famous rock bands throughout Europe in the mid-sixties. He then formed the group “Mainhorse” with Jean Ristori in 1968 and released a self-titled album on Polydor. Then, after a long tour of Japan and the Far-East as musical director of a Brazilian Ballet Company, he came back and moved to England in the early Seventies to form “Refugee” with Lee Jackson and Brian Davison, both previously of  “The Nice”. They produced one album titled “Refugee” which to date is still revered as one of Prog-Rock’s monumental works known for Moraz’s highly inspired compositions and keyboard virtuosity.

Moraz rose to prominence in 1974 as a new member and keyboardist of “Yes”. He co-composed along with Yes’s” band members and played on the album “Relayer”, which led to what was to be “Yes’s” most successful ever world tour, playing to crowds which numbered from 25,000 to 120,00 at JFK stadium during the bi-centennial year of 1976.  In 1975-1976 all the then- members of “Yes” released solo albums. In the interim Moraz had moved to Brazil and composed the music for the “I” aka “The Story of I” which incorporated 16 Brazilian percussionists, making it an important staple of “world music”. “I” was Moraz’s first solo album and in 1976 it was voted the #1 Album of the Year by “Keyboard Magazine”. After his departure from “Yes” Patrick recorded his second album “Out In The Sun” on the “famous” Charisma Record Label, and moved officially to Brazil. 

In the last part of 1977 and the first part of 1978, time was devoted exclusively for composing and recording for the production of his 3rd solo Album, simply titled “Patrick Moraz”, in the company of the percussionists of Rio-de-Janeiro and Djalma Correa, who, several years later, was referred by Patrick to Peter Gabriel for his Album “SO”. 

Moving back to Europe via an appearance at the famous “Montreux Jazz Festival” in Switzerland, and upon their request, Patrick began touring with ”The Moody Blues” on their “Octave” tour in 1978, replacing their former keyboardist Mike Pinder. The two world Tours, ending in 1979 proved extremely successful! 

In 1980, having played and recorded on the new album “Long Distance Voyager” he was asked to become a member of the band. Subsequently, in 1981, “Long Distance Voyager” reached #1 on the US charts and proved to be one of their highest grossing albums to date. He continued touring and recording with “The Moody Blues” until 1991 and played on the four subsequent albums : “The Present”, “The Other Side of Life”, “Sur la Mer” and partially on “Keys of the Kingdom”. Moraz is also credited as composer and co-writer of the song “The Spirit”, which appeared on the 1986 album “The Other Side of Life”.

During recording and touring breaks with the “Moodies”, Patrick had continued to compose, play and record his solo albums “Future Memories 1” “Future Memories II”, (both “Live on TV”),  “Human Interface”, and “Timecode”. He also collaborated, (in 1979), with the renowned Romanian panpipe flutist, Simeon Stanciu, (a.k.a. Syrinx), for their album “Coexistence”.  From 1983 to 1985, Patrick Moraz and Bill Bruford, former member and drummer for Yes, decide to form a duet and tour under the name “Moraz-Bruford”. They recorded two albums, “Music For Piano and Drums” and “Flags” and managed to do three very successful worldwide Tours.

In 1991 having been with “The Moody Blues” for thirteen years, Moraz embarked on a solo career. To date he has composed and played acoustic piano on three solo CD’s, “Windows of Time”, “Resonance” and “ESP” all of which have been critically acclaimed and extremely well received. 

In 1995, exactly 20 years ago, Patrick Moraz performed throughout the USA on his C.H.A.T. tour (Coming Home America Tour). The tour was unique in that it was one of the first, if not the very first to be booked entirely over the Internet. Moraz played solo on acoustic Grand Pianos to audiences that numbered as small as two people to hundreds of people, taking place in eclectic venues which ranged from single homes, to large estates, corporate headquarters, churches, theaters, concert halls and museums. One of the concerts was filmed and recorded for a DVD and CD in Princeton N.J. and is titled “P.M. in Princeton”. The C.H.A.T. tour proved to be a huge success and an experience that Moraz says, “He will always hold very dear to his heart”.  

In 2009 he released “Change of Space”, and in 2011 Moraz released the electronic keyboard CD “Moraz Live/Abbey Road”  which features Patrick playing live electronic keyboards as well as a live acoustic piano improvisation. There  was also a piano-compilation CD titled “Pianissimoraz”, featuring a new and unreleased piece : The “one-&-only take” of the instant composition “Pure Love”.

And now much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, Patrick Moraz and Greg Alban are releasing their first album “MAP” in June 2015!

The album features amazing bass player John Avila, former member of “Oingo Bongo”, who also plays bass on “MAP”. The other great players featured on “MAP” are Lenny Castro on percussion, who has worked with such artists as “The Rolling Stones”, “Elton John”, “Eric Clapton” and many others. Renown and awesome bass player, Matt Malley, founder and former member of  “The Counting Crows”, expertly plays Indian Slide Guitar on “MAP’. Swiss virtuoso bass player Patrick Perrier and heavyweight multi-instrumentalist on tenor saxophone Dave VanSuch, both perform on “MAP” as well.

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Steve Morse autographed Music Man Guitar
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Flying Colors Vinyl Collection


“The proggy archbishops of AOR…a broad beasts with secrets to spill” Prog Magazine

Flying Colors are thrilled to announce that they have been nominated for two Progressive Music Awards: Band of the Year and Album of the Year. Hosted by PROG Magazine, presented by Orange Amplification, and in association with; the ceremony is to take place at the Underglobe at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London on September 3rd.

To celebrate this, they have released a new official video for ‘Fury of My Love’ which you can see here and are offering fans the chance to win exclusive prizes; a Steve Morse autographed Music Man Guitar, a 20-minute Skype lesson and conversation with Steve Morse, a Signed Drum Head and a Flying Colors Vinyl Collection. To enter, briefly share your favourite Flying Colors memory and vote over at The band will pick their favourite memory for the prize winners. Visitors can also vote for all Prog Award categories there.

Released in September 2014, ‘Second Nature’ (Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group) is an enthralling journey through cerebral pop and authentic progressive rock that led Prog Magazine to declare them as the, “proggy archbishops of AOR” and Classic Rock Magazine to name it as one of the albums of the year.

The band’s mission was to team virtuoso musicians with a pop singer joining to create sophisticated music that was also accessible. In 2008, executive producer Bill Evans brought the idea to a group of renowned artists, and the resulting band became Flying Colors: Mike Portnoy, Dave LaRue, Steve Morse, Casey McPherson and Neal Morse. Together, they create a unique fusion of vintage craftsmanship, contemporary music and blistering live performances. 

The Progressive Music Awards has established itself as one of the most respected events in the music calendar. The band is honoured to have been nominated, and warmly reminisces about working together. Steve Morse reflected: “Writing with Flying Colors is exciting, challenging, and a lot of fun, because so much happens so quickly. I love the musical results!” Continuing Mike Portnoy adds: “There is a real magic that happens when the five of us get together…it’s a combination of these five very different styles and personalities that make Flying Colors so unique and special.”

The album was lauded in the press, with magazines such as Guitar Techniques Magazine proclaiming that the band “creates musical magnificence.” Casey McPherson offered: “it’s a true, honest record. It's what happens when a massively talented band pulls from the deep to express their art. I am privileged to have been a part of it.” Agreeing Dave LaRue said: “The process was very organic, truly representing the evolution of this collection of musicians. It was an honour to be a part of it.”

Summing up, Neal Morse recalls one particular moment: “The ‘Second Nature’ album was an amazing adventure for me! I remember being stuck in Philadelphia and driving in a snowstorm in the middle of the night spontaneously to get to the sessions. But when we began to write and record songs like ‘The Fury of My Love’ and ‘Cosmic Symphony’ it was all well worth it. One of my favorite albums of which I’ve had the pleasure of being involved.”

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Slipknot Frontman Corey Taylor Slams Axl Rose

Corey Taylor has explained why he once played Axl Rose's piano with his private parts. The Slipknot frontman has previously told how, while playing a European festival alongside Guns N' Roses, he sneaked into a backstage area and played the Rose's grand piano - then placed his junk on the keys.

Asked by a GN'R fan how he could disrespect Rose in such a way, Taylor says on The Opie Show (via Blabbermouth): "Knowing Axl, it's quite easy, my friend. Anybody who makes his fans wait for two to three hours for him to go on stage, I have no respect for."

He then said, "I love Guns N' Roses, dude. I love 'Appetite [For Destruction]'; I think that's a fantastic album. But when you make your fans wait that long - and I don't give a f*** what hard-on just said: 'Oh, we expect it.' Well, you're a f***ing idiot then. All right? Figure it the f*** out."

He adds: "You know why there are really no original f***ing members of Guns N' Roses left? Because [Axl] made 'em wait three f***ing hours! You want an 'Appetite' reunion? Tell him to f***ing stop being a douchebag." Read more here.

Van Halen Rarities Performances Go Online

Van Halen soundchecked some rarities before opening their 2015 tour in Seattle, WA on July 5, and audio from the pre-show ritual has surfaced as an online stream.

Alex, Wolfgang and Eddie Van Halen can be heard running through instrumental versions of 8 songs in the 30-minute session - without lead vocalist David Lee Roth - in front of a group of VIP ticket holders.

Fans will hear the rarely-performed "On Fire" from the band's 1978 self-titled debut, the "Van Halen II" track "Light Up The Sky", "Drop Dead Legs" from "1984" and "Dirty Movies" from 1981's "Fair Warning" alongside cuts like "Romeo Delight", "Runnin' With The Devil", 2012's "China Town" and the "1984" single, "I'll Wait."

Van Halen performed seven of the eight songs on opening night, with the exception of "On Fire", which hasn't been played live since the group's 1984 tour.

The band are on the road this summer across North America in support of their latest release, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert." Stream the 8-song set here.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Expresses His View On Music Streaming

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich believes streaming services are the future of the music industry. But he admits such platforms are better for long-established acts than they are for rising-star outfits.

Ulrich tells the BBC: "I believe streaming is good for music. People sit there and go, 'I'm not getting paid very much,' - but streaming is a choice on all fronts.

"It's a choice for artists making their music available. It's a choice by the record companies that represent the artists. Fifteen years ago, those choices didn't exist."

He continues: "Streaming probably does benefit artists with higher profile. A lot of playlists that are being made available for people seem to feature higher-profile artists."

And Ulrich argues that platforms shouldn't take all the blame if new music isn't generating attention. Read more here.

The Scorpions Including Unreleased Tracks On Reissues

The Scorpions will release expanded reissues of 1977's "Taken By Force" and 1978's "Tokyo Tapes" in November. Both projects will feature many previously unreleased tracks, including demo versions of some songs dating back to 1977.

Former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth - a member from 1973 to 1978 - shared the news via Facebook. "Yesterday Uli Jon Roth and Klaus Meine did extensive interviews together concerning the official re-release of 'Tokyo Tapes' and 'Taken By Force'," wrote Roth. "Klaus and Uli had a great time reminiscing about the songs and events surrounding those monumental two albums on camera."

"Taken By Force" is the German band's fifth studio album and final project involving Roth. Recorded over a pair of shows in Japan, "Tokyo Tapes" is the group's first live album and includes tracks from their first five records. Read more here.

Megadeth Offshoot Act Of Defiance Streaming New Song

Act Of Defiance, the new band launched by former Megadeth duo Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover, are premiering "Refrain And Re-Fracture", a track featured on their upcoming debut album, "Birth And The Burial."

Due August 21, the project sees the pair joined by former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand as the foursome build a new brand for themselves.

"Refrain And Re-Fracture"'s creation started off with the classical guitar, of all instruments," explains Broderick. "I wanted a moody beginning into a heavy verse with each instrument entering and slowly, building the tension until the transition to the verse. At this point, a tempo change was needed for something more fast paced and aggressive with heavy vocals (Henry definitely delivered on that!!!).

"For the chorus I definitely was looking for as much melody as possible but still heavy in nature. The bridge to the solo and the solo has a much more modern feel to them, utilizing polyrhythms to create groove and an open canvas for my solo. As for the solo, hell, I just hope people like what I did! Overall I feel this song does a great job of showing how diverse Act Of Defiance can be while still staying firmly rooted in metal!"

""Refrain And Re-Fracture" is a great example of using musical dynamics in a heavy metal song," adds Drover. "All of us in Act Of Defiance have always been fans of cool acoustic/classical song intros before the metal assault kicks in, so when Chris presented this song to me I immediately loved the tune." Stream the new song here.

The Simpsons's Duff Beer To Become A Reality

The production company behind The Simpsons has finally decided to brew real-life Duff Beer, as featured in the long-running animated show. Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan said in 2011 that the on-screen drink had been named after him.

While a labelled brand has been available in the past, producers Fox have prepared their own recipe in response to continued illegal merchandise sales. And although the official Duff Beer will only be available in South America at first, it could go on sale elsewhere.

Fox boss Jeffrey Godsick tells the Wall Street Journal: "Once you see enough piracy, you're faced with two choices - one is deciding to fight, and the other is deciding to go out into the market with it

"I think there's potential to have Duff everywhere in world." Read more here.

Metal Fan Arrested After Boarding Bus Wear Metal Accessories

A 26-year-old metal fan was arrested in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday, for wearing a fake bullet belt. Kevin Young was apprehended after he boarded a bus wearing the traditional heavy music fan's garb, along with spiked gloves and bracelets.

He's to be charged with unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. A police report says cops only acted because others on board the bus panicked and called for help - claiming Young was carrying a gun.

Boston Police Department report: "Officers responded to a call for a person with a gun. The driver had pulled the bus over as passengers began calling 911, when a male suspect boarded the bus with what appeared to be military-grade ammunition strapped around his waist.

"The driver stated the passengers were in a panic, fearing that the suspect was about to pull out a weapon. Kevin Young exited the bus and was stopped by police, at which time it was discovered the ammunition was fake." Read more and see a photo of the belt here.

Motley Crue Name Sank Corabi Era's Chance Of Success?

John Corabi insists Motley Crue's 1994 self-titled album would have been a huge success if they'd released it under a different band name. He says they took bad advice by not following their own instincts. And they compounded the error by making their only release without Vince Neil into a self-titled work.

Corabi tells One On One With Mitch Lafon : "That album would have been massive had it been any other name but Motley. The band wanted to change the name. We were thinking of NC for New Crue. We were tossing around names. Nikki Sixx always wanted to call a band Christmas.

"All the people involved with the band - the record company, lawyers, agents, managers - everybody that was getting a commission saw that if Motley changed the name, Motley wasn't going to be making $300,000 a night. They were going to have to come back down to earth and start probably in theaters for a lot less money."

He continues: "Everyone saw their commission dwindle, and they were the ones that talked us back into it. 'You guys are Motley Crue, you can't do this, you just signed a huge record deal'. They talked us out of it." Read more here.

Slayer's Kerry King Thought Jeff Henneman Had Cheated Death

Slayer guitarist Kerry King says the band did all they could to save Jeff Hanneman from alcoholism. He died in 2013, aged 49, following a two-year illness caused in part by his drinking, which was cited in his official cause of death. His health problems had increased after he contracted necrotising fasciitis in his arm in 2011 and he never returned to full-time Slayer duties.

He's remembered in the title track of upcoming Slayer album Repentless, while his song Piano Wire also features on their first record without him. King tells the Illinois Entertainer: "He had literally cheated death when he had that arm injury. The doctor told him, 'First I'm going to try to save your life.' We didn't know if he was going to live.

"He got out of the hospital and he lived clean for a while. I'm like, 'Dude, you just cheated death - you got another shot and doing this all over again. Let's get you back on board playing some shows.'"

He continues: "I knew when he went into the hospital that last time, it was bad. I didn't think he was going to come out of that particular episode, but I didn't think it was going to be that quick." Read more here.

W.A.S.P. Releasing New Album 'Golgotha' In October

Veteran metal band W.A.S.P. has announced that "Golgotha," their first new studio album in six years, will be released under their new deal with Napalm Records on October 2nd.

Frontman Blackie Lawless had this to say about the new effort, "There are times in any band's career that somehow all things mesh together. Their experiences, influences, and personal timing bring them into a common space. This has happened with this record.

He continues, "Four years in the making has provided direction, but even greater reflection. Golgotha, where Christ was crucified - Hebrew for 'the place of the skull'."

Golgotha Track Listing:
1. Scream
2. Last Runaway
3. Shotgun
4. Miss You
5. Fallen Under
6. Slaves of the New World Order
7. Eyes of My Maker
8. Hero of the World
9. Golgotha

Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Priest, Foo Fighters Added To Rock Band 4

Classic tracks by Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne and recent tunes from Foo Fighters and Judas Priest are among 11 songs added to Rock Band 4, in advance of its October 6 release for PlayStation4 and Xbox One.

Music Systems' successor to 2012's Rock Band 3_ _aims to cover multiple decades, artists, and musical styles and adds new features including Freestyle Guitar Solo gameplay, which allows players to craft their own original guitar solos.

The latest list of song additions doubles the previously-announced setlist that featured songs by Jack White, The Who, Fleetwood Mac and Queens Of The Stone Age, among others.

It now includes Aerosmith's Toys In The Attic, Ozzy's Miracle Man, Priest's Halls Of Valhalla, the Foos' The Feast And The Famine and more. See the track listing here.

Runaways' Jackie Fox Stands By Rape Allegation Article

Last week, former Runaways bassist Jackie Fox went public with her rape allegations against the band's manager Kim Fowley, detailing a graphic account of what happened after the band's 1975 New Year's Eve show and who witnessed it.

After the Huffington Post article "The Lost Girls" gained traction online, Fox's once-bandmates Joan Jett and Cherie Currie issued statements maintaining they were unaware of the incident.

Fox, however, is sticking by her account. In a lengthy statement posted to her Facebook, she defended the reporter Jason Cherkis and alleged once again that her bandmates were fully aware of the incident.

'He spoke to every known living person who was there the night of my rape, save one," she wrote. 'All I can say about what was said and done is that my bandmates were children who'd witnessed something criminal and tragic," she continued. "I've no doubt they were dealing with it as best they were able. They had no responsible adults to guide them-only a rapist and his apologists."

Still, Fox doesn't place the blame on Jett and Currie, unlike many readers' reactions to the article. Fox, who told Cherkis about her research into "the bystander effect," which he included in the story, empathizes with why Jett and Currie allegedly didn't intervene at the time of the incident. Read more here.

DVD and Blu-ray Accompanying 2-CD Set Features 90 Minutes Of Live Concert Footage
Alongside An In-Depth Interview With Cray And His Band, and Testimonials From Legends
Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Jimmie Vaughan and Bonnie Raitt


New York, NY --- Open ears and an open mind are the essence of singer, guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray, whose career spans from the roots of the blues to the pinnacles of rock, from the 80s to this moment. He grew up listening to the gospel of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, Bobby Bland's soul, Jimi Hendrix's rock guitar and the Beatles pop sounds. Those influences and the signature sound Cray has imprinted on modern popular music are brought together in the Robert Cray Band's double CD and video package 4 Nights of 40 Years Live.

The set will be available in a variety of formats -  2 LPs with digital download card, 2 CDs + DVD, Blu-Ray + 2 CDs and digitally. 4 Nights of 40 Years Live will be released August 28 on the Netherlands-based Mascot Label Group.

The first CD is fresh, live recordings from four nights recently recorded at four venues in the LA area. With his current band --longtime bassist, collaborator and friend Richard Cousins, keyboardist Dover Weinberg (who was in Cray's first band) and drummer Les Falconer (O'Jays, Keb 'Mo) – Cray fronts a group that is solid, seasoned and vital. The playing is in the moment, and the sound is singular.

The thirteen cuts are selected from the Cray Band's recording library of 20 releases.  Among them are rock radio favorites “Bad Influence” and “Right Next Door (Because of Me),” the soul searing “Love Gone to Waste,” and “These Things,” a bluesy ballad that features one of Cray's string-bending and mind-blowing guitar solos.  The live CD is the fourth Cray Band release produced by Steve Jordan, who plays drums on several cuts. Also guesting are vocalist Kim Wilson and harmonica player Lee Oskar, tenor saxophonist Trevor Lawrence, trumpeter Steve Madaio and saxophonist Tom Scott.

The bonus CD is a revealing glimpse of Cray's early career and the promise of a future that would reward fans for decades.  Selected from the band's set at the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival and a 1987 appearance on the Dutch TV Show “Countdown,” the music captures the band's youthful presence and its ability to revive the blues without abandoning it. Included are favorites from the Cray's Band 80s set lists;  “Smoking Gun” and “Too Many Cooks.”

The 94 minute video in 4 Nights of 40 Years Live is a Cray Band convergence. Coming together are a mesmerizing blend of clips from the San Francisco Blues Festival, the Dutch TV show and the four concerts featured on the first CD. Between clips Cray comments on the band's history and his personal philosophy of music.  There is also behind the scenes footage of the band collaborating with producer Jordan. And putting the Cray Band in perspective are interviews with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmie Vaughan and Buddy Guy each giving their personal response to the music and the man.

It is extraordinary for musicians to thrive over four decades, and the Robert Cray Band is just that, extraordinary. The group has won five Grammy Awards, put 15 studio albums on the Billboard Charts, sold millions of records and toured the globe, playing clubs, concert halls, festivals and large arenas. Whether opening for John Lee Hooker or Eric Clapton, the band has captured audiences with music that is original, a sound that is distinctively rootsy and a performance style that keeps fans flocking back to see the Robert Cray Band headlining. 4 Nights of 40 Years Live is a testament to the band's past success and proof that the Robert Cray Band is as live as ever.

The track listing of 4 NIGHTS OF FORTY YEARS LIVE features on Disc One: "Shiver," "I'll Always Remember You," "Poor Johnny," "Won't Be Coming Home," "On The Road Down," "Sittin' On Top Of The World," "Wrap It Up," "Love Gone To Waste," "Bad Influence," "These Things," "Right Next Door (Because Of Me)," "The Forecast (Calls For Pain)," and "Time Makes Two."  Disc Two presents "I Guess I Showed Her," "Right Next Door (Because Of Me)," "Smoking Gun," "Still Around," "Too Many Cooks," and "T-Bone Shuffle."  For detail on the DVD track listing visit:

Robert Cray begins the North American leg of his global tour on July 30 in Paso Robles, CA at the California Mid-State Fair.  Confirmed appearances include:
7/30     Paso Robles, CA                                 California Mid-State Fair
7/31     Agoura Hills, CA                                The Canyon
8/01     Stateline, NV                                      Harrah's Lake Tahoe
8/02     Mammoth Lakes, CA                         Mammoth Lake Festival of Beers
8/04     Roseburg, OR                                     Music on the Half Shell
8/08     Lebanon, OR                                      Guitar Under The Stars (Cheadle Lake Park)
8/09     Snoqualmie, WA                                 Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom
8/11     Boise, ID                                             Egyptian Theatre
8/13     Breckenridge, CO                               Riverwalk Center
8/15     Boulder, CO                                       Chautauqua Auditorium
8/16     Deadwood, SD                                   Deadwood Mountain Hotel & Casino
8/18     Apple Valley, MN                              Weesner Family Amphitheater @ MN Zoo
9/18     Flint, MI                                              The Whiting
9/19     Glenellyn, IL                                       McAninch Arts Center
9/22     Manhattan, KS                                    McCain Auditorium
9/24     Wichita, KS                                        Orpheum Theater
9/26     Columbia, MO                                    Roots n Blues n BBQ Festival


Since its inception in the late 1960's, heavy metal has experienced quite a few ups and downs in popularity. But there was one specific decade that sticks out as the most troubling - the 1990's. In what seemed like one fell swoop, a style of metal that had been popular for much of the 1980's was rendered obsolete, and in its place, was a much more real, raw, and unique approach - detected in several new metal-based "sub-genres." Add to it several changes in the music industry and media, and it appeared as if traditional metal may have met its expiration date…before several bands (and a certain traveling festival tour) helped put headbanging rock back on track.
Written by journalist/author Greg Prato, 'Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990's' is the first book to focus entirely on this decade. Set in an oral history format, 'Survival' features over 80 interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including current or past members of Pantera, Sepultura, Fear Factory, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Dream Theater, King's X, Extreme, Winger, Cinderella, Living Colour, Faith No More, Primus, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Stone Temple Pilots, Kyuss, Danzig, Clutch, Life of Agony, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Within Temptation, Cradle of Filth, Death, Coal Chamber, and System of a Down (among many others), as well as Eddie Trunk, Riki Rachtman, and Lonn Friend. Also featured is a foreword penned by Pantera bassist Rex Brown.
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone and Guitar Player, and has authored such books as 'Iron Maiden: '80 '81,' 'The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion,' 'The Eric Carr Story,' and 'Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music.' 'Survival of the Fittest' is his 16th book overall.
Available as a paperback version [616 pages, $24.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], and a Nook download [$9.99], 'Survival of the Fittest' helps put the '90s and heavy metal all into perspective.
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Admirers of such prog rock heavyweights as of Pink Floyd, earlier Genesis, Yes, Renaissance, and Jethro Tull are sure to enjoy the latest release from Giannotti, entitled 'The Great Unknown.' The Connecticut-based singer/guitar/flute (multi instrumentalist) has previously appeared on the Jasper Wrath Album, three of Cannata/Cannata-Arc Angel CD’s and the 1997 Jasper Wrath 'Anthology' release, before recently issuing his aforementioned solo debut.

And Giannotti worked with the best in the business on 'The Great Unknown,' by enlisting Jonathan Wyner (who has previously worked with James Taylor, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Kiri Te Kanawa, etc.) to master the album, and having artist Ioannis (who has worked with Fates Warning, Dream Theater, AC/DC, Deep Purple, King Crimson etc.) to supply the artwork for the album cover.

Speaking to the Classic Rock Revisited site, Giannotti was asked the meaning behind the album's mysterious title. "Well Jeb, the answer to that question is........ Unknown. Sorry, couldn't resist. No secret meaning, it sounded mysterious and I like a little mystery. The Unknown is really about the future, for better or worse. In the title track it's making it for the better. For the most part I like my lyrics to be positive and uplifting. Too much negativity out there."

In the same interview, Giannotti was also asked if  'The Great Unknown' was written as a concept album. "It was never intended to be a concept album, although 'Sacred Ground' fits perfectly coming off 'The Great Unknown.' That said, because the theme of all seven pieces were written from the same perspective, they do seem to fit. The track order had to be in that sequence to make it work."

Additionally, the reviews regarding 'The Great Unknown' have been stellar, as evidenced by a write-up in Progression Magazine by John Collinge, which stated "Giannotti is an excellent singer, player, and composer of melodies that register addictively from the first listen. He also writes enchantingly cogent lyrics, whose themes of inner/outer travels through time and distance impart a wistfully poignant sense of wonder." 

Additionally, Classic Rock Revisited gave it an "A" rating, and offered further praise - "This one is a winner from start to finish. Buy this one and support real music being made by real artists." And writer Jeb Wright has been a supporter of Giannotti and his music, stating that "What was created is a complex and multi-demensional album that is honest and pure in it's intention. This is a classy, thought and feeling provoking album from the opening note until the finale" and "'The Great Unknown' is a progressive, art rock masterpiece.”

A video for the track ''The Great Unknown’’ can be viewed here:

Listen to 'The Great Unknown,' and discover a new world of great prog rock sounds!

''The Great Unknown'' Track Listing:
1. Intentions - Letting Go
2. Voyage
3. Dance of the Gnome
4. The Great Unknown
5. Sacred Ground
6. Corridor of Doors
7. A World Away


Investigation Into B.B. King's Death Closed By Police

B.B. King was not poisoned to death, the investigating coroner has said. It follows claims from some members of the blues icon's family that there had been foul play before his passing in May.

Instead, he died as a result of Alzheimer's disease and other physical conditions at the age of 89. The ruling closes the investigation into King's death. Las Vegas police confirm no further activity is planned in relation to the allegations.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg reports: "At this point we can say with confidence that Mr. King died of natural causes. Our condolences go out to the family and many friends of Mr. King. We hope this determination brings them some measure of closure." Read more here.

Why Dave Grohl's Stage Fall Was A 'Blessing In Disguise'

Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl has described the stage fall that left him with a broken leg as a "beautiful blessing in disguise." He sustained the injury in Sweden last month, forcing the band to call off four UK shows including a headline appearance at Glastonbury.

But he returned to action last week in a Game Of Thrones-themed chair, designed while he was under the influence of prescription drugs. Grohl tells Entertainment Weekly: "What seemed like a setback at the time has turned into the beautiful blessing in disguise.

"This throne, these crutches and these audiences make us play longer and harder than we ever have. It's this whole new energy in the show." He says of his stage prop: "The idea is just f***ing ridiculous, especially for a band that's never relied on any kind of production at all.

"We usually just put the amps on the stage, turn on the lights and play. now we've got this throne that shoots lights and smoke and looks like a f***ing UFO with guitar necks stuck on." Read more here.

Megadeth and Lamb Of God Teaming Up For Fall Tour

Megadeth have announced a co-headlining UK and Ireland tour with Lamb Of God. The tour will coincide with the release, later this year, of Megadeth's 15th studio album, while Lamb Of God will issue their latest, "VII: Sturm und Drang", on July 24.

The 5-date fall run will see Chris Adler performing double-duty with both acts as the longtime Lamb Of God player is also the current studio drummer for Megadeth.

"Having just finished an amazing record full of high-energy heavy metal with Chris Adler, Kiko Loureiro and David Ellefson," says Dave Mustaine, "I am excited to announce this tour and see all of the metal fans come out for this one. I literally can't wait to hit the stage again!"

"I have to say that it's definitely exciting to be announcing this one!," adds Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton. "It's been almost a decade since we've had the opportunity to tour with Megadeth, and we're absolutely thrilled to be teaming up with them once again for these very special UK dates.

"Also appearing will be our good friends and long time co-conspirators Children Of Bodom and Sylosis. This lineup is unstoppable! If you're not stoked about this bill, then you very simply do not like heavy metal! Take a plane, take a boat, hitch a ride, take the tube, bring your Wellies…see you there!"

Megadeth's 15th album will feature Adler and new guitarist Kiko Loureiro. "We have 15 tracks - 13 originals and two cover songs," frotnman Mustaine revealed recently. "We did 'Melt the Ice Away' by Budgie and 'Foreign Policy' by Fear." See the dates here.


Metal Supergroup Killer Be Killed Plan New Album

Metal supergroup Killer Be Killed will release their second album next year, Max Cavalera has confirmed. It follows the self-titled debut he launched last year alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato, Mastodon's Troy Sanders and The Mars Volta's Dave Elitch.

Cavalera tells Metal Hammer: "There's another Killer Be Killed record coming next year, and more Cavalera Conspiracy stuff in the future. At this point I'm just letting it roll. Whatever happens will happen - that's my attitude. I'm not forcing anything. If it happens, great; if not then it's still okay."

He adds of a reunion with Sepultura: "I think it'd be cool to go back and play those classic songs a couple more times, for the fans that didn't see it the first time around. I would love to do it for them - but if it doesn't happen, it's all good and life still goes on." Read more here.

Devil City Angels Release 'Boneyard' Video

Devil City Angels have released a video for their track Boneyard. The LA supergroup's line-up features Cheap Thrills' Brandon Gibbs on vocals and guitar, Poison's Rikki Rockett on drums, L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, and former Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo.

"Our chemistry goes really deep," says Sarzo. "We grew up on the same styles of music, and we're all children of the Sunset Strip. Tracii and I had the same path musically, and we connected. It's the same with the other guys. We don't want to lose sight of that legacy, but we want to do something new too. I call it 'Modern Vintage Rock!'"

"There aren't enough straight-ahead rock 'n' roll bands," says Rokkett. "We're proud of the work and believe in this. We're bringing it because there's a void."

Boneyard is taken from the band's self-titled debut album. "It's in the boundaries of late seventies and early eighties rock'n'roll," says Guns. "At the same time, there's an element pop. It can be bluesy. It can be loud. It's straightforward though and a different pace for all of us." Watch the video here.

Led Zeppelin Legend Jimmy Page Announces Book Signing Event

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will host a signing of his photographic autobiography, Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, at Indigo in Toronto on Tuesday, July 21.

Reissued last year, the book sold-out of its limited-edition run of 2,500 copies upon its initial release in 2010, becoming the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications' 40-year history.

With incredible attention to detail, the guitarist has chosen photographs representing the most significant moments in his career: from a schoolboy with a rock-a-billy quiff through his extensive work as a session musician; from The Yardbirds through Led Zeppelin, ARMS, The Firm, Outrider, Coverdale & Page and Page & Plant; playing with Roy Harper and The Black Crowes; collaborating with P. Diddy and performing with Leona Lewis at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Page has officially put pen to paper about his career in this expansive edition. His words take the form of extended captions, which describe and document pivotal moments and events. He has also included visas, photos and stamps from his own passports. Read more details about the event here.

Opeth Not Letting Fans Dictate Their Musical Direction

Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt says some fans need to realize that they don't know what's best for the band. And while he'd never set out to intentionally upset his followers, they have to allow the musicians to do what they feel is artistically right.

The Swedish outfit have dealt with criticism from some quarters as they moved away from the extreme-heavy sound of their earlier years. Akerfeldt tells The Metal Review: "They have a hard time understanding that they don't call the shots - and perhaps they don't know what's best for the band.

"On a strictly commercial level, if we wanted to avoid confrontation we'd do music we think the fans want to hear. Records like Blackwater Park and Ghost Reveries came about on those premises."

But he continues: "We don't treat this band like a money-making machine. We're not businessmen - we have a very pure kind of interest in music."

And he's ready to keep moving away from Opeth's roots. "I don't want to scare people off even further, but there are styles of music that I love, but haven't taken in yet." Read more here.

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Appealing Threatening To Kill Sentence

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has filed an appeal following his July 9 sentencing to 8 months of home detention by a New Zealand court after admitting threatening to kill and drugs charges stemming from a series of incidents in 2014.

In April, the drummer entered a guilty plea to one count of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis. Last week, the Judge banned Rudd from taking any drugs not prescribed to him and he will be monitored 24 hours a day during his home detention, which he'll serve at his waterfront Tauranga mansion.

Now, the New Zealand Herald reports Rudd's lawyer has lodged an appeal to the July 9 sentencing. A series of significant new insights around the case emerged from the sentencing hearing, including:

• Rudd has been meeting one-on-one with a specialist psychiatrist but authorities have remained concerned about his behaviour. It emerged ESR results showed Rudd had tested positive for cannabis in a test in December.

• Rudd has reconciled with his would-be victim and agreed to pay him a substantial sum of money in reparation - the Herald can not reveal the amount for legal reasons. Mr Tuck told the court a process that had "started badly" had "ended beautifully".

• Rudd's lawyer claimed that a conviction would result in losses in the tens of millions of dollars that would have came from being able to tour with AC/DC. The Crown cast doubt on this assertion, pointing out there was no direct evidence that Rudd was still a member of the band.

• The rocker put the threats he made to his former employee down to "methamphetamine-induced psychosis". Read more here.

Drum Wars featuring Carmine & Vinnie Appice coming to Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Music fans on the west coast: man your battle stations!  The Drum Wars is coming to Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Spearheaded by music superstars Carmine and Vinnie Appice, the show will land at The Whiskey in LA on July 16th and Vamp’d in Las Vegas on July 18th. The show Carmine &Vinny  in concert and  with a barrage of percussive interplays between the two drum brothers, featuring music from all the bands that have Been part of That list includes Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, DIO, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder, John Lennon among others.

“Drum Wars is NOT a big drum solo; it is a showcase of the best hard rock and metal music Vinny and I have been involved with throughout our careers,” says Carmine Appice. This is not a drum clinic- it’s a full blown concert. “ The band is incredibly versatile and gives us the ability to offer an amazing array of rockin’ songs.” In addition to the Appice brothers, Drum Wars features Jim Crean on vocals, Phil Sousan (Ex-Ozzy Osbourne)on bass, and T-Bone Anderson (Gov’t Mule/ Planet of Abts).  Drum Wars recently sold out at Tupelo Hall and has seen large crowds elsewhere.

Both Carmine and Vinnie have a long history of success as drummers. Carmine was a founding member of   The Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, and King Kobra , Carmine Appice has long been acclaimed as one of the greatest rock drummers of all time. In 1972, he formed BBA with guitarist Jeff Beck and bassist Tim Bogart. After that group, he was asked to join The Rod Stewart Band, where he stayed for many years, and co-wrote one Stewart’s biggest hits, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.” And "Young Turks" In addition to his continued touring with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and his own band, Appice remains one of the most in-demand session drummers on the scene.

Vinnie Appice, like his older brother Carmine, has also become a much in-demand drummer on the contemporary rock scene.  He was a member of Black Sabbath, DIO (with Ronnie James Dio), and Heaven & Hell. He has also performed with Rick Derringer and most recently, LaSt in Line the original Dio band .

Tickets for Drum Wars at The Whiskey in Los Angeles July 16th can be purchased at and the show July 18th at Vamp’d in Las Vegas are available at:

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Ann & Nancy Wilson Perform Heart Exam On 1985 Multi-Million Seller 

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  speak to Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Ann and Nancy Wilson about their five million plus seller 1985 Heart album on its thirtieth anniversary. 

Heart’s enduring career has no doubt been because of the resilient musical leadership of both singer/ songwriter Ann and guitarist/ singer Nancy Wilson, although it did not always appear that way.  The “blood is thicker than water” cliche had proven to be true several times throughout their career, but perhaps never more than during the early 1980s. Ann and Nancy share with InTheStudio host Redbeard what led them to take the reins and ultimately to reinvent Heart.

“By 1981 we were already leading the band. We just came out and did it... The band was in a lot of turmoil, and we were the only ones who could be unified enough to lead the band.”  - Ann Wilson

“Right before the self-titled Heart album, we were without a record company and we were changing management... In the MTV era that we were in then, we put on the costumes and it was fun! Got out the flashpots, got the record company, got the budget, got the videos going and made sort of like a comeback, at a time when Heart’s career was really flagging... We really lucked into some great people who helped us reinvent.”  - Nancy Wilson

That reinvention yielded hit after hit including “What About Love?”, “Never”, “Nothing at All”, “If Looks Could Kill” and Heart’s first # 1 single “These Dreams”.

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Zoom Undergoing Chemo for Cancer Will Miss Summer Dates
Texas Guitarist – JESSE DAYTON – To Sit-In for Zoom

It was announced yesterday, Billy Zoom - the legendary guitarist for the seminal punk band X will not be joining his bandmates on their July and August dates as he seeks immediate medical treatment for bladder cancer.

Texas guitar player, Jesse Dayton (Waylon Jennings, Supersuckers) will be sitting in for the iconic guitarist temporarily.

Dates beginning on July 17th in Ridgefield, CT and continuing through August 3 in NY at City Winery will feature Dayton stepping in for Billy.  Remaining festival dates in August and September are yet to be determined.

As was previously announced, X, the long-time leaders of the L.A. Punk Scene,  will perform at the KCRW “Sound in Focus” Annenberg Live Series on August 8th with Dwight Yoakam.  The concert is free for all ages; those interested in attending need to RSVP at KCRW.comX have also been confirmed to perform at this year’s Hopscotch festival on September 12th in Raleigh, NC as well as September 19th at the Kaaboo Festival held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA.

Beginning yesterday and continuing through the weekend, X bring their 4-Album Show plays to The Observatory in Orange County with Billy in his original position, Cheshire grin and all. 

Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in LA's flourishing first wave punk scene. Featuring vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake, their debut 45 was released on the seminal Dangerhouse label in 1978. While these songs were later re-recorded for their second album, the versions on Adult Books / We're Desperate reveal X's raw talent for totally sincere songwriting and stripped-down rock n' roll.  This past April, the band re-issued that first single, in its original 7-inch format, as limited edition colored vinyl.

The original line-up of X remains John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.  Jesse Dayton fills in for Billy Zoom from July 17 – August 3.


John Fogerty Vs Former Creedence Clearwater Revival Bandmates

John Fogerty has filed a civil suit against his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates for breach of contract regarding their use of the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

Rolling Stone reports the claim, which was filed Friday in California, states that former CCR bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford haven't paid Fogerty for the use of his songs as well as his share of their "touring and merchandise" since December 2011, despite a 2001 agreement to do so.

Cook, Clifford and the widow of rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, John's brother, preemptively sued Fogerty last December over what they feared was "pending litigation."

For his part, Fogerty reissued the same statement he made in December. "No lawyers, lawsuits, or angry ex-band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs," said the singer. "These frivolous lawsuits in the past took me away from the music I loved. I am going to continue to tour and play all my songs every single night I am out on the road. No matter how anyone else sees it, they are my songs." Read more here.

Def Leppard Releasing New Album In October

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has revealed the band's 11th album will be launched in October. And he says the follow-up to 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge is "probably the most diverse thing we've done."

Collen tells WAAF: "I think it's the best thing we've done since Hysteria - I really do. It's the loudest rock guitars we've ever had." And he believes the project is all the stronger for having developed organically. "We thought we were going to do an EP or a single, and we came out with 12 songs, and now we've got 14," he says.

"There wasn't any industry - no record company executive or anyone saying, 'You've got to do an album.' It was purely because we wanted to write songs, and we felt the need to do that.

"In the old days the Stones, Zeppelin, James Brown, the Beatles, they'd go into the studio when they had an idea and they'd record it. We've done it like that, and it has a fresher kind of sound for it. The integrity is just amazing - you can hear that in the grooves." Read more here.

Ritchie Blackmore Sues Over Deep Purple Royalties

Former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is suing two management companies over claims that he is owed over a million dollars in unpaid publishing royalties and legal costs.

The Daily Mail reports Blackmore is claiming that a 2003 lawsuit brought by the lineup of Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice against two management companies - HEC Enterprises and Deep Purple (Overseas) - should have included him and that he should be compensated as part of the settlement reached between the parties.

Blackmore claims he is entitled to receive one fifth of up to 85 per cent of the income from 14 of the band's classic albums after he hired an audit by a specialist accountant covering the years between 2007 and 2013, which showed 'very substantial' under-accounting by both management companies.

According to the documents, a former director of both management companies admitted last November that £370,561 was due to Blackmore, and later revised this upwards to £480,638. Read more here.

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Live Streaming Rare Interview

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will take part in a rare live streaming interview with fans today, July 13. The live stream interview will begin at 7:30pm CET.

The guitarist is promoting the group's year-long reissues campaign, which will wrap up on July 31 with the release of 1976's "Presence", 1979's "In Through The Out Door" and 1982's "Coda."

To participate in the Page session, fans will need to download the Periscope app from the app store (Android/iOS). Partricpants should then follow the user name Warner Music Germany directly at Periscope in order to attend the video live chat via and Periscope. Read more here.

The Who Sabotaged At Music Festival?

The Who were victims of backstage sabotage ahead of their Glastonbury festival appearance, a senior roadie has claimed. And despite guitarist Pete Townshend describing it as one of the worst shows they've ever played, the tech insists they scored a definite victory.

He reveals that The Who were added to the Pyramid Stage bill at the last moment, "replacing Prince who decided not to come this year." Townshend told the 100,000-strong crowd on June 28: "This could have been better, but it's as good as it can be. It would have been great to have had a sound check and sorted ourselves out before we came out and hit you with all this sh*t."

The roadie says in a blog on the band website: "As we began to prepare, we found someone had sabotaged the carefully-tested audio connections for much of our gear. We've never seen that before - but we're good at plugging things in, so all damage was repaired in time."

He continues: "Within a few songs, we knew something was wrong. The band were playing more than a little loose, rather sloppy in fact. Pete was growing angry right away, yelling at one point that the band ought to play 'like we're in the same f***ing band' and telling brother Simon to pay close attention to their sync together.

"Soon after, Pete decided the sound screens in front of Zak's drums were in the way, and violently pulled them over. It helped, though, and he was more happy for a bit. The audience loved the raw violence of it, a rare display of anger you'd not see at others' shows. One more reason to see The Who.

"Late in the show, Roger decided he wanted all the screens off the drums, which is generally his own worst nightmare. He likes a controlled sound in his middle zone. The screens are up there directly at his own request.

"After deliberation on whether to follow his orders, we waited till the end of the Tommy set and came out en masse to remove the screens - then Rog decided he didn't want them taken down! And within a song, he walked right over and then pulled them off himself. Go figure!" He had more to say, read it here.

Van Halen Classic Featured In New Minions Movie

Eddie Van Halen's classic solo, "Eruption" from the band's self-titled debut album, is featured in the new animated film, "Minions," which opened in theaters this past weekend.

At one point in the story, one of the characters - Stuart - is handed a guitar and told it is a "super mega ukulele." He plays a few notes before launching into Van Halen's groundbreaking solo and driving the crowd wild.

"Eruption" is one of several classic rock tracks featured in the film, alongside tunes by The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks and Donovan, among others.

"Eruption" introduced Van Halen - the guitarist and the band - to the world in 1978 as the lead-in to the first single from their self-titled debut: a cover of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me."

Eddie's tone, speed and use of two-handed tapping techniques on the track were game-changers, influencing guitarists from the day it was released. Read more and see both the footage from the movie and stream the original track here.

Gene Simmons Explains Why KISS Did Scooby-Doo Movie

KISS star Gene Simmons has explained the band's decision to appear alongside Scooby-Doo in the feature Rock And Roll Mystery. The band revealed in April that they voice themselves in the movie, which marks the second time they've guested with the cartoon dog and his friends. The soundtrack also features a brand-new KISS song.

Simmons tells IGN: "We do very very few cross-branding things. We're very careful about who we associate with. Scooby-Doo is iconic so for us it was a no-brainer. When Warner Brothers came to us and said, 'How would you like to do a crazy-wacky thing?' It was like, 'Crazy-wacky is our middle name. What it is?'"

He adds that the movie pays homage to graphic novel culture and says of the plot: "It's a story that meanders left and right. When you think you've got it figured out, the portals of space and time open up and you're off into the deep wonderland of it all."

It starts off with a trademark Scooby-Doo scene: "There's a theme park, and we're invited to okay the Kiss World. It's haunted, there's a witch and spells," says Simmons.

"You find out that she's fake but there's a mystery behind the mystery, and we're off into deep space with superpowers and planetary-sized dangers. Just like in the Fantastic Four there was Ego, the living planet - and shame on you if you don't know what I'm talking about." Read more and stream the full interview here.

Eagles Star On 24-Hour Supervision After Murder-Suicide Threats Alleged

Founding Eagles bassist Randy Meisner has been placed under 24-hour court-ordered supervision after he allegedly threatening to kill himself and others. Meisner allegedly threatened murder-suicide with an AK-47 assault rifle and a pile of pills in January and will be under round-the-clock care for at least the next few weeks, the New York Daily News reports.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Cunningham appointed a temporary guardian to manage Meisner's drug prescriptions and health ahead of a follow-up hearing scheduled for September.

The 68-year-old was in court to oppose the order, but spoke only to confirm his name. Meisner said in May that his long-time friend James Newton was lying when he said that Randy's wife Lana keeps her husband in a "state of near-constant inebriation" because "he is easier to control when he's drunk."

Newton filed papers in April seeking a legal intervention known as a conservatorship - an American legal concept where a guardian and protector is appointed by a judge to manage the financial affairs of another due to physical or mental limitations or old age.

This week's emergency ruling related to Meisner's medical affairs came after Newton's lawyer Troy Martin argued in court that Meisner has been diagnosed as bipolar. Read more here.




Legendary guitarist, punk legend, and all-around nice guy, Billy Zoom, has been diagnosed with cancer.   Today Zoom was given the news that he has an aggressive form of bladder cancer and immediate treatment is necessary to fight the disease.  The 67-year-old musician/producer/electronics wiz will begin chemo treatment next week. 

In early 2010, Zoom revealed that he had been successfully treated for prostate cancer.  After undergoing a radical prostatectomy, the cancer was caught in its early stages and he was given the ‘all clear’. 

X and Zoom are committed to this weekend’s 4-album play shows at Orange County’s The Observatory where Billy will join his longtime bandmates on stage to play songs from his iconic bands first four albums.  Joining X for these shows will be The Blasters and Mike Watt.

X will continue with their previously announced July and August mid-west and east coast tour dates as planned in support of Billy and his family.  A replacement for Zoom will be announced shortly.

X and manager, Mike Rouse, have begun a fund to help Zoom with his upcoming medical costs. 

Statement from X:  “In the music community, we all take turns helping each other.  Punk rock and benefits: you name the cause, and the bands and fans will be there.  Now it's our turn to help Billy Zoom, the wittiest, smartest, nicest, best guitar player & friend we know.  We would do anything to help him get better, help take care of his family, and lessen his woes Please keep Billy in your prayers and send some positive energy his way! Donating a few bucks will take away some of his financial stress and worry. And it's the punk rock thing to do.”

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Acclaimed Documentary “Can’t Stand Losing You” Releasing On DVD

Legendary guitarist, songwriter, photographer and filmmaker,  Andy Summers, is set to release his latest solo music project, Metal Dog, July 14, 2015, announced today.  Metal Dog is Summers’ new instrumental collection – a unique soundscape of cinematic jazz fusion audio visions creating audio pictures for the mind’s eye.  The collection will be available via digital retailers including Amazon (, and the CSLY web page, Http://  For more information on all of Andy Summers’ projects, please visit

The 10-track release includes instrumentals composed, produced and performed entirely by Summers at his studio, ‘Mother Divine,’ in Venice, CA.  Metal Dog features his iconic razor edge guitar sound layered with multiple instruments including bass, drums, keyboard, a variety of electronics, and a Paloma (Indian stringed instrument that depresses notes along the neck with accordion like buttons).  The tracks on Metal Dog highlight Summers’ guitar skill and illustrate his use of the instrument to achieve modern guitar collections that are fresh and challenging in a style that pushes past the standard ideas of genre.  

Summers’ enthusiasm radiates throughout the project, “my original inspiration for this was music for contemporary dance” he said.  “Which still holds, but as I got further into the music it became a thing unto itself til it presented as a collection for a release, but definitely it scores by experimental music.”

Formerly a member of the iconic band, The Police, Summers is also celebrating the release of his film, ”Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police,” available July 14 nationwide.  The critically acclaimed documentary is based on Andy Summer's acclaimed memoir, "One Train Later."  Theatrically released earlier this year, the film, directed by Andy Grieve who edited “The Armstrong Lie” and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” with concert footage directed by Lauren Lazin, follows Summers’ musical journey from his early days in the London music scene to his chance encounter with drummer Stewart Copeland and bassist Sting.  Utilizing rare archival footage and photographs shot by Summers, the filmmakers catch up with the band members thirty years after the group broke up as they reunite for the highly anticipated reunion tour, weaving together the past and present to explore a life devoted to music. The film is distributed in North America by Cinema Libre Studio and is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand (Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Itunes).


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DAVE DAVIES, guitarist and co-founder of the legendary group the Kinks, will perform a rare concert at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on Friday 18 December 2015. Tickets go on sale Monday 13 July from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 871 8819 or from

He’ll perform solo songs, hits and Kinks classics which showcase his unique writing style along with the revolutionary guitar sound he created and such classics as You Really Got Me. He will be joined by Jonathan Lea (guitar), Tom Currier (bass) and Dennis Diken of the Smithereens (drums).

Since the early 1960s, Dave has worked on a great number of critically acclaimed albums, ranging from solo hit song Death of a Clown, to experimental Kinks records like Village Green Preservation Society and Arthur and the classic song Lola in 1970.  Dave further helped shape the sound of the Kinks with his singing and lead guitar on the classics Come On Now and I’m Not Like Everybody Else.

Journey's Deen Castronovo Trial Date Set

A trial date has been set for Journey drummer Deen Castronovo following a pair of arrests last month relating to an alleged domestic dispute in Salem, Oregon.

The Statesman Journal reports that Castronovo will appear before Marion County Circuit Judge Thomas Hart on October 22 at 9 a.m. for a two-day trial.

Castronovo was initially arrested on June 14 and charged with fourth-degree assault, coercion and menacing in the early morning incident. The drummer was released on $20,000 bail and was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Following his June 15 release, according to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner, Castronovo sent 122 text messages to the victim and called her 35 times.

The drummer was arrested on a grand jury indictment on June 29 that stated the alleged abuse took place between April 25 and June 29. Castronovo was arraigned June 30 on five counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of first-degree rape, two counts of menacing, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree sex abuse, one count of coercion, one count of second-degree criminal mischief, and three counts of contempt of court, according to the indictment.

At a bail hearing July 1 details of the alleged domestic violence were revealed. Read more here.

Led Zeppelin Premiere Another Previously Unreleased Track

Led Zeppelin are premiering a stream of a rough mix of "In The Evening" from the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1979 album, "In Through The Out Door."

Due July 31, the project features a companion disc of bonus material, including an unreleased rough mix of every track from the original album with early versions including working titles such as "The Hook" ("All My Love"), "The Epic" ("Carouselambra") and "Blot" ("I'm Gonna Crawl").

Led Zeppelin's eighth album, "In Through The Out Door" hit No. 1 on both sides of the Atalantic, topping the UK charts and the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than 6 million copies in the States alone.

The project is one of three albums set to be released that will wrap up a year-long reissues campaign by the group; also due are 1976's "Presence" and 1982's "Coda."

Led Zeppelin launched the extensive reissues series last June with their first three albums, "Led Zeppelin I", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III"; it continued last October with "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy"; and was followed by "1975's "Physical Graffiti" this past February. Check out the song here.

The Runaways Star Claims Late Manager Kim Fowley Raped Her

When Jackie Fuchs left the Runaways in 1977, rumors swirled. At the time, no one on the outside knew exactly why the bassist would walk away in the middle of a tour--but, almost four decades later, Fuchs is finally telling her story.

In a lengthy article by The Huffington Post, titled "The Lost Girls," Fuchs has revealed the horror that caused her to quit the band. She alleges that she was drugged and raped by band manager Kim Fowley, and it happened in front of a room of people, including her former band members.

'I remember opening my eyes, Kim Fowley was raping me, and there were people watching me," she said, recalling what happened after the band's 1975 New Year's Eve show in Orange County, Calif.

'It turned into this really disgusting Grand Guignol-like theater performance that he put on," said witness Kari Krome, a then 13-year-old aspiring songwriter who was also preyed on by Fowley. 'And Jackie was dead, dead, dead drunk--like corpse drunk. She was just laying down on her back, sound asleep, out of it."

Krome said Fowley picked up Jackie's arm 'and it flopped down like a marionette. ' He had to manually move her body parts into positions that he wanted for himself." That's one of the less graphic descriptions of what happened that night after Fuchs was given a handful of Quaaludes. Read more here.

Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Announces New Solo Album

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will release his first solo album in more than 20 years, "Crosseyed Heart", on September 18. Richards will give fans their first taste of the album with the release of the lead single, "Trouble", on July 19.

"I had a ball making this new record and working with Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel again," says Richards. "There's nothing like walking into a studio and having absolutely no idea what you're going to come out with on the other end. If you're looking for 'Trouble,' you've come to the right place."

The trio were rounded out by Rolling Stones backup singer Bernard Fowler, keyboardist Ivan Neville and singer Sarah Dash, alongside special guests including Norah Jones, Spooner Oldham, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell and Aaron Neville, while a pair of songs feature contributions from late Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys, who passed away last December at the age of 70.

The project represents the follow-up to Richards' last solo effort, 1992's "Main Offender." Read more here.

Bruce Springsteen Releases 'Tunnel Of Love' Tour Recordings

Bruce Springsteen has kept a mostly low profile since wrapping up his tour for High Hopes in May of last year, save for a few appearances, including an unannounced one at Brian Wilson's recent New Jersey concert and a more well-publicized one at an event paying tribute to Pete Townshend of the Who.

However, he has been, at long last, opening his vaults and releasing classic live recordings from concerts spanning his entire career. In May, the announcement came that a show from 1984's Born in the U.S.A. tour was forthcoming. And now he's releasing a show from the next tour, promoting 1988's Tunnel of Love.

Those two tours, though, couldn't be any more different. Whereas in 1984, Springsteen had graduated from arenas to stadiums, and was actively pursuing pop stardom, by 1988, he was retreating from it, and willingly downsizing back into arenas. Born in the U.S.A. asked big questions about our country, and did it with production aimed at MTV and the pop charts. Tunnel of Love turned its gaze inward, asking questions about adulthood, and seemed not to care if anyone liked it. The E Street Band, featured fully on Born in the U.S.A., were essentially guest players on a couple of songs on Tunnel. And "Born to Run" was stripped of its stadium rock arrangements; instead, Springsteen did a solo acoustic version of it.

As for the tour itself, Springsteen had changed his fashion sense, moving from whatever t-shirts, jeans and sneakers he could stuff in a gym bag to button-down shirts, bolos, slacks and shoes. More striking was the fact that his long time right hand man, saxophonist Clarence Clemons, seemed to be demoted. His sax had to compete with an entire horn section that Springsteen hired for the tour, and backing singer (and future Mrs. Springsteen) Patti Scialfa took more active a role as Bruce's on-stage sidekick. Read more including the track details here.

Roger Waters The Wall Theatrical Event Trailer Released

Roger Waters has released the trailer for "Roger Waters The Wall" worldwide cinema event screening which will be taking place on September 29 via Fathom Events.

Directed by Sean Evans and Waters, the documentary was shot in three cities during the bassist's three-year solo tour. The film will be screened alongside an exclusive interview with Waters and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason entitled "The Simple Facts."

The Wall Live tour brought the famed 1979 Pink Floyd album to arenas and stadiums around the world between 2010 and 2013. Waters played 219 dates that brought in a total of approximately $458 million dollars in box office revenue.

Waters was on hand to premiere the feature at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, where he introduced the film and participated in a Q&A session after the screening.

On July 24, Waters will reissue his 1991 album, "Amused To Death." The updated version of Waters' third solo record will include a new 5.1 surround remix of the album on high-definition Blu-ray audio and a new remastered stereo mix completed by longtime Waters / Pink Floyd collaborator and co-producer James Guthrie. Read more and watch the trailer here.

Joni Mitchell Reportedly Making 'Remarkable Progress' In Her Recovery

Joni Mitchell is making "remarkable progress" as she recovers from a stroke and brain aneurysm, says her lawyer. The 71-year-old Canadian - best known for 1970 hit Big Yellow Taxi - was hospitalised in March after being found unresponsive at her Los angeles home.

But representative Rebecca J Thyne reports that the singer is talking again and is "expected to make a full recovery." Her comments are made in court papers which were lodged in the process of passing decision-making powers on to Mitchell's friend, Leslie Morris.

Thyme's statement continues: "When I arrived she was seated at her kitchen table feeding herself lunch. She also told me that she receives excellent care from caregivers round-the-clock." Read more here.

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Sentenced For Threatening To Kill Charge

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been sentenced to 8 months of home detention after admitting threatening to kill and drugs charges in New Zealand.

9 News reports Rudd, 61, was sentenced Thursday morning in Tauranga District Court. The drummer will be monitored 24 hours a day during his home detention, which he'll serve at his waterfront Tauranga mansion.

In April, Rudd entered a guilty plea to one count of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis. After Rudd recorded "Rock Or Bust" with AC/DC in Vancouver last year, the band hired former member Chris Slade to handle drum duties in his place for the group's world tour, which launched on April 10 at Coachella. Read more here.



HEAVEN & EARTH--the Los Angeles-based quintet who masterfully fuseelements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical on their acclaimed album Dig, which they toured Europe in support of throughout 2014--are back in the studio working on a new album (produced by Dave Jenkins and available via Quarto Valley Records) set to be released this fall (title and date TBA). In between writing and recording the new album, HEAVEN & EARTH--Stuart Smith (band founder/guitarist), Joe Retta (vocals), Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lynn Sorensen of Paul Rogers/Bad Company (bass/vocals) and Ty Bailie (keyboards)--will make an appearance at the Väsby Rock Festival in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday, July 17. Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) will be filling in on drums for Aronoff, the band's regular drummer, as he's currently on tour with John Fogerty.  

Says Stuart: "We've been hard at work writing for the new Heaven & Earth album which has been a long process as we felt we had a lot to live up to after Dig. We spent 14 months crafting and recording the songs for that album--and after all the positive reviews and press, myself and Bruce Quarto, our record company president, felt that we had to bring out something equally as good or better. We've been aiming for the 'better' end of the bar we previously set." Stuarts adds:  "I'm pleased to say that we've got quite a few new songs that we're really happy with and will be releasing a few teasers very soon.  We'll also be debuting a few songs off the new upcoming Heaven & Earth album at the Vasby Festival this month so we're really looking forward to that. On a personal note I'd like add that I'm really looking forward to playing live for the first time my 'Stuart Smith Signature Model' guitar built by Aero3 Guitars. It's been sounding amazing on recordings and rehearsals but I'm looking forward to blasting it out at a big festival." 

HEAVEN & EARTH connected strongly with music audiences on their 2014 17-date European tour, garnering strong reviews along the way.

  •  "Those in the venue witnessed a very special show in an intimate setting and such an opportunity won`t be available for long as the band are destined for much bigger venues." (METAL EXPRESS RADIO)
  • "What a Night!...On the evidence of this performance, you should move on Heaven & Earth, not to miss them!" (ROCKTOPIA)
  • "Heaven & Earth may well have delivered one of the best shows of the year....A very special show by a hugely talented band" (THE NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE)
  • "The highly acclaimed quintet from Los Angeles have a created a fusion of Blues and Hard Rock with a touch of classical which contains everything you could wish for...power anthems, ballads and melodic rock rub shoulders in a rather potent mix" (THE BOLTON NEWS)

HEAVEN & EARTH's third studio album, Dig--released April, 2013 on Quarto Valley Records--was produced by Dave Jenkins--who's turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power. The album features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto). HEAVEN & EARTH's music comes together explosively on the album's first single "No Money, No Love" and its controversial video which has logged over 545,000 views and can be viewed here: Stream Dig onSoundCloud or Spotify now. 


The origins of HEAVEN & EARTH align the band's founder and visionary, Stuart Smith, with a rich lineage of rock's most celebrated musicians. Kelly Hansen (Foreigner), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) and Kelly Keeling (King Kobra) all fronted the band at various junctures. Guitarists Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), singer and bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), bassist Steve Priest (Sweet) and drummer Carmine Appice (Jeff Beck Group/Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart), among others, have each contributed their extraordinary talents to HEAVEN & EARTH's first two albums: Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith (1994) and Windows to the World (2000).HEAVEN & EARTH's groundbreaking debut album, Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith, is considered a cult classic and brought Smith to the forefront of the guitar elite being compared in the press to Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore,Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page and garneringSmith the award for "Best Guitarist" and "Best NewCD" for three years running at the Los Angeles All Access Music Awards. In the summer of 2012, the guitarist set out to mold HEAVEN & EARTH into a world-class recording and touring band which led to the recording of their new album Dig and now the future has never looked brighter for the band.

Here's a sample of critical acclaim for HEAVEN & EARTH's 2013 studio album, Dig, has received:

 "The songs are utterly amazing with incredible vocals and hooks that lodge themselves on the brain and refuse to leave for days."  --Gerry Gittelson, METALSLUDGE.TV.COM, April 5, 2013

"Heaven & Earth is a band that has the true spirit of real rock and roll running through their hearts and souls...Dig...will have fans of guitar driven hard rock wetting their pants with excitement upon first listen." --Jeb Wright, CLASSICROCKREVISITED.COM, March 25, 2013

 "Tapping into the methodology and madness of old-school rock with a new-school attitude, Heaven & Earth are shaking their classic rock roots down to the very core on their newest effort, Dig..." --Robert Cavuoto,GUITARINTERNATIONAL.COM, February 21, 2013

" has been quite some time anyone has heard a solid album's worth of this particular style of music - majestic, triumphant, straight forward rock, without any of today's assembly line, paint-by-numbers blandness...Dig offers up 12 compositions, that of solid musicianship, excellent songwriting skills, and music that stands above whatever is being passed off as rock music today...Retta's vocals are dynamic, and strong, an excellent choice to deliver these songs. He sings with confident conviction, a trait necessary for this style of hard rocking, but always melodic, rock and roll...Music of this caliber deserves to be heard." --Bruce Forrest, VINTAGEROCK.COM, April 8, 2013

 "Dig truly is a 'band' album. The mix, with guitars audible, focuses on presenting all instruments on an equal level and provides the framework for Retta to lay down his vocals...The music on Dig is bold, deliberate and powerful." --John Kindred, HARDROCKHAVEN.NET, March 11, 2013

 "Heaven & Earth re-instill the music industry with timeless tracks off of their upcoming album, 'Dig'...'Dig' resurrects the era by emphasizing the instrumental and lyrical diversity of classic rock." --Lonnie Nemiroff, SHOCKYA.COM, March 7, 2013

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Rolling Stones 'Dumbfounded' By Poster Controversy

The Rolling Stones are "dumbfounded and perplexed" after posters promoting their 2016 "Exhibitionism" event at London's prestigious Saatchi Gallery caused a scandal in London.

The Guardian reports the neon ad - which shows the crotch of a woman in a bikini, with John Pasche's famous lips logo placed in a cheeky position - has been banned on the London Underground and at bus stops around the city until a new, less lewd version of the poster is provided.

Created by British designer Mark Norton with help from Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, the Stones were advised that the "Exhibitionism" poster was not suitable to run in its original form. For it to be approved for public display, the group were told the logo must be moved away from the crotch and on to the woman's belly button instead.

The "tongue over belly button" posters will go up in London on Monday, while the rest of the country will receive the original "tongue over pants". A spokesperson for the Rolling Stones says: "We are dumbfounded and perplexed at this rather silly decision. Perhaps something to do with the fact that it's the Rolling Stones and controversy still seems to follow them everywhere." Read more and see the "offending" poster artwork here.

80s Metal Fans Grew Up to Be 'Better Adjusted Adults' Than Their Peers

Metalheads from the 1980s grew up to be happier and better adjusted adults than many fans of other genres, a study has suggested. The research would appear to make a mockery of high-profile 1980s campaigns against the metal lifestyle, run by organizations such as Tipper Gore's Parents Music Resource Center. Metal in the 80s was often frivolously linked to devil worship, drug abuse and suicide.

The research published by Taylor & Francis Online sought to test the validity of studies carried out in the 1980s which claimed fans of bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath were at risk of "poor developmental outcomes."

And, Pacific Standard reports, the new research finds that most of the metalheads who took part in the study "were significantly happier in their youth, and better adjusted currently" compared to peers who were into other music.

The study also reports that those who focused on types of music outside of heavy metal "sought psychological counseling for emotional problems more than any other group, indicating a less happy and fulfilling perspective on their 1980s adolescence." Read more here.

Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Recalls Firing Ozzy Osbourne

Bill Ward has recalled how he volunteered for the "sh*t job" of firing Ozzy Osbourne from Black Sabbath in 1979. Matters had come to a head between the frontman and his colleagues after his drinking and drug-taking spiralled out of control - leading them to conclude that he had to go.

They didn't reunite until 1997 and didn't record again until 2013, by which time the drummer was out of the band after saying he hadn't been offered a "signable" contract.

Ward tells The Quietus: "I'm like the f***ing janitor in that band. Most of the time I always got the sh*t jobs that nobody wanted to do. But at the time, I thought maybe I was the best guy to do it. I kind of volunteered to do it. Up went my hand - and it was one of the worst things I've ever done in my life, to be honest with you.

"I didn't want him to leave the band, but I could understand the reasons why. That was a tragic day. That was the day the band imploded." Read more here.

Iron Maiden Mascot Eddie Inspired Pop Art At Comic Con

Iron Maiden mascot Eddie is featured in the first-ever exhibition of official spin-off artwork, which has just been unveiled at San Diego's Comic Con. The pop art display on the Acme Archives booth includes material inspired by classic tracks Powerslave, 2 Minutes To Midnight, To Tame A Land, Killers and more, with limited-edition prints of each item on sale via Dark Ink Art.

Dan Mumford, who created his take on Powerslave, says: "The epic cover was burned into my brain from an early age. Not only does it raise Eddie up to his rightful god status - it allowed me to play with some incredible imagery, and create a piece that hopefully does him and the band justice."

Maiden manager Rod Smallwood says: "Eddie has long been recognised by our fans as an iconic figure. That Pop Culture, which draws upon movies, art, comics and literature, should wish to welcome him to their ranks is a huge tribute to his longevity, unique symbolism and importance to millions of fans around the world.

"With such a rich canvas and so much love for the character, it is fitting that he stands inside Acme Archives with his peers. And of course terrorises them all." Check out the artwork here.

Geoff Tate Throws Out 'The Rules' For First Operation: Mindcrime Album

Operation: Mindcrime mainman Geoff Tate has the tracklist and artwork for debut album The Key. It's to be launched on September 18 via Frontiers Music, and marks Tate's first release since reaching a legal settlement with his former colleagues in Queensryche.

Tate says: "This album is quite adventurous. Of course, there are key elements in the music, melody and phrasings that are really identifiable. But throughout my career I've opened my eyes and ears to new standards and arrangements, and that's what keeps things fresh and exciting as an artist.

"We've thrown out the rules for this record, and it's been really liberating. I'm a fan of old prog, and that music didn't stick to rules. It's inspiring and enjoyable to be able to explore, and it's great being in a position to write without constraints." Read more here.

Clutch Announce New Album Psychic Warfare

Clutch will release their new album, "Psychic Warfare", on October 2. Clutch recorded the project at their own studio as well as producer Machine's place in Dripping Springs, Texas.

The band have unveiled the cover art and tracklisting for the project, which marks the Maryland group's follow-up to 2013's "Earth Rocker" and will be issued via their own Weathermaker Music label.

"The title 'Psychic Warfare' is taken from the track, 'X-Ray Visions," says singer Neil Fallon. "It's a tale about an unnamed protagonist who is forced to seek refuge in a flop house motel. He is hiding from several nefarious psychic forces, the worst of which is his own sleep deprived paranoia."

The album cover was designed by photographer Dan Winters. See the artwork and track details here.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Release Rare Performance Video

Lynyrd Skynyrd have issued video of a performance of the rare track, "Travelin' Man", as a preview to the July 24 release of "One More For The Fans", a 2CD/DVD set featuring highlights from an all-star tribute concert held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta last November.

The tune - which first appeared on the group's 1976 live album "One More From The Road" - made its studio debut on the 1997 compilation, "Twenty." The studio version and the new live version present a duet featuring singer Johnny Van Zant and his late brother, original Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant.

The "One More For The Fans" event featured performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as music legends and young talent, including Cheap Trick, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt and many more.

As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded "One More From The Road" at the landmark theatre; the title of the tribute concert and release was inspired by that legendary album's title.

AXS TV will premiere "Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans" on Sunday, July 19 at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST. Watch the new video clip here.

Paul McCartney Frustrated By John Lennon's 'Martyr' Status

Paul McCartney has admitted to feeling "frustrated" that the murder of John Lennon in 1980 elevated him to the status of a "martyr" - meaning the rest of the Beatles were relegated to the background.

And he argues that the perception that Lennon led the band is usually supported by offsetting his best work against McCartney's worst. The 73-year-old tells Esquire: "The Beatles split up and we were all sort of equal. George did his record, John did his, I did mine, Ringo did his. It was as we were during the Beatles' time.

"When John got shot, aside from the pure horror of it, the lingering thing was, 'Now John's a martyr, a JFK.' I started to get frustrated because people started to say, 'Well, he was the Beatles.' Me, George and Ringo would go, 'Hang on - it's only a year ago we were all equal-ish."

McCartney emphasizes that he's not trying to put down his late colleague's achievements. "John was the witty one," he says. "John did a lot of great work and post-Beatles he did more great work. But he also did a lot of not-great work.

"The fact that he's now martyred has elevated him to a James Dean and beyond. I didn't mind that - I agreed with it. I understood there was going to be revisionism. It was going to be, 'John was the one.'

"If you just pull out all his great stuff and then stack it up against my not-so-great stuff, it's an easy case to make." Read more here.




Now in its second year, the OREGON SUMMER CONCERTS: GUITARS UNDER THE STARS three-day music festival in Lebanon, Oregon is confirmed for Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9. Celebrating three varied nights of music focusing on the guitar genre, the family-friendly GUITARS UNDER THE STARS weekend is returning after a triumphant debut in 2014.

Held at the bucolic Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon, OR the festival celebrates both national and local talent, with an emphasis on guitar-driven music. Beyond live performances, guitarists of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in one of six clinics on site, with kids being encouraged to take up music. Festival organizers are working with Oregon-area music stores--like 5 Star Guitars in Hillsboro and McKenzie River Music in Eugene--to provide new guitars to local area kids who would not otherwise get the opportunity to pursue their interest in music. Campers can participate in after-hours entertainment once the main musical acts are finished including acoustic performances and comedy segments. Mr. Tie Dye will be displaying the world's largest Tie Dye labyrinth consisting of 7'x10' individual panels that will make up the 100x100 foot square Labyrinth. Each panel is truly a work or art and not by any means your ordinary Tie Dye.

"Our festival is about more than a rock concert or a party--anyone can put on a concert." says OREGON SUMMER CONCERTS' co-founder JASON ALAN CRIPE. "We want music fans and their families to come for the weekend, camp out, and enjoy the eclecticism of the three different nights. We've created a family-friendly environment where like-minded music fans can gather and enjoy a wide array of rock and blues music. This event is designed to inspire!"

Tickets for the shows are available as a three-day package and individually, and there are an array of on-site camping options as well.

For Full Line-up visit 




Tuesday, September 18, Geoff Tate's new band, Operation: Mindcrime, will be releasing its long-awaited debut album, The Key, on Frontiers Music Srl.

Perhaps one of Tate's most ambitious recordings to date, The Key examines what one might do if they discovered "the key" to changing the way we view the world, the way we look at time, the way we travel, and could essentially change the human condition... for better or for worse.

Fresh from the creative mind of Geoff Tate, The Key features a dozen songs (see entire track listing below) and marks part one of an epic musical trilogy that initiates that very question within a web of international politics, the world economy and social ethos.

A trailer featuring snippets of four songs from the album ("Burn," "Re-Inventing the Future," "Life Or Death?" and "The Fall") is now available at  with pre-orders of the album now being taken at  and .

The Key is the debut album under Tate's new Operation: Mindcrime banner, a creative platform that continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensryche vocalist's iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music's most resolute forces and frontmen.      

Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensryche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nomimations, and one MTV Music Video Award along the way.

The landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust Tate's unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples "Silent Lucidity" and "Jet City Woman."

By the time the band released Promised Land in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music.

From Mindcrime and Promised Land through 2009's overlooked gem American Soldier - Tate's ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans - Tate's 13-album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results.

The Key continues in that fine tradition.              

"Musically, this album is quite adventurous," says Tate of his first release in a new worldwide deal with Frontiers Music SRL. "Of course there are key elements in the music, melody and phrasings that are really identifiable, but throughout my career I've opened my eyes and ears to new standards and arrangements, and that's what keeps things fresh and exciting as an artist - we've thrown out the rules for this record, and it's been really liberating. I'm a fan of old prog, and that music didn't stick to rules. It's inspiring and enjoyable to be able to explore, and it's great being in a position to write without constraints."  

The results are a series of albums that don't languish in nostalgia, instead offering listeners an opportunity to delve into a world of ideas and inspiration that Tate has been nurturing for the better portion of the last decade. Instead of asking, "Who killed Mary?", Operation: Mindcrime now asks, "What are the implications of changing the world?"  

"Like every album I've ever done, people will hear and experience it differently, and that is something that I look forward to," continues Tate. "Music is an intimate experience - your inspirations are unique to you, and will be heard differently through every set of ears and experiences - but isn't that really what makes art exciting? It inspires us all in different ways and for different reasons, and this album is no different. There are quite a few sections of this album that help propel the story with segues and dialogue, but the lyrics don't lay out a breadcrumb trail and tell the story in a linear fashion, there's a puzzle. We have several characters, and three other people singing lead vocals on the first album. That made it even more fun for me and helps give the album its own special character.  

"Musically, there's quite a smorgasbord, we've played with sound and established a sound palate - heavy guitar, obviously, cool drumming... all the music is very sophisticated, and there are interesting time changes, the band is playing with different countings and we switch throughout each piece. We can perform the verse in one feel, the bridge in another, and transition to a new chorus, very challenging stuff and lots of different sounds that people probably haven't heard on one of my albums before - new and different guitar sounds and vocal treatments, very dynamic stuff."  

Joining Tate on The Key are a hard-hitting cast of familiar faces and new collaborators: bass players Dave Ellefson (Metal Allegiance) and John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob), drummers Simon Wright (AC/DC), Scott Mercado (Candlebox) and Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne), guitarists Kelly Gray (Queensryche) and Scott Moughton (Geoff Tate), keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) and vocalist Mark Daly (The Voodoos).

Tate makes one point exceptionally clear - Operation: Mindcrime isn't a band, it is a musical project of like-minded people uniting to achieve a common goal. While the songwriting rests predominantly on the shoulders of Tate, Gray and Gane, it's up to every contributor to add their influence and help color the landscape.         

"The songs on these records tell a story, and each song is a scene or chapter - every scene is different. The words tell the story, the musical bed, the chord progressions and melodies, they set the pace. That's how I envisioned this album in total, very theatrical and definitely cinematic.         

"How do we describe passion?" Tate asks in conclusion, cautiously answering his own question: "Music is a personal journey, and all you can do is write what moves you. That's what passion is - it's so difficult, yet it's such an important human emotion. There are moments on this record that really impact me, the questions raised and the music those questions are set to... I don't know if it will have that same effect on everyone else, but that's where my passion and their passion meet. I do this because I love doing it. I love touring and I love playing live, performing with like-minded people in front of like-minded audiences, and being there in the moment together when all of our passions collide."               

And if, in the process, Geoff Tate can tell a story that turns people on end and keeps them talking long after the music has stopped playing? That's not just icing on the cake, that's what it's all about...

That is Operation: Mindcrime.    

And come this September, fans will have The Key.   

With music videos currently in production and a first single that's expected to be released by the end of this month, further mind expansion is yet to come.

Re-Inventing The Future
Ready To Fly
Discussions In A Smoke Filled Room
Life or Death?
The Stranger
Hearing Voice
On Queue
An Ambush Of Sadness
Kicking In The Door
The Fall



ALBUM CREDITS: Recorded and Mixed by Kelly Gray 







In March of this year, DEE SNIDER and his Twisted Sister bandmates mourned the loss of their drummer, AJ Pero, and announced that the 2016 touring season (the 40th anniversary of the band’s formation) will be the end of the road for the world-dominating force of nature that is Twisted Sister.  While perhaps he is best known as the lead singer of the ‘80s sensation, there is so much more to DEE SNIDER.

DEE SNIDER is continuing to make music on his own, releasing “To Hell and Back” exclusively via his website,, as a free download.  He co-wrote the song with Silvertide founder/guitarist Nick Perri. This track will be included in a new album that DEE is currently working on with Grammy®, Emmy® and Oscar® winning writer/producer Damon Ranger (“Life Of Pi”).  The new project will also feature material from DEE's past including his worldwide hits with Twisted Sister.

Later this summer, DEE and his band--Nick Perri (lead guitars), Dan McCafferty (rhythm/lead guitar), Nicolai Nifoussi (bass), Joe Franco (drums)—will launch a solo tour which will take him to Europe and South America for festival shows including Rock In Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Rock Of Ages Festival in Baliingen, Germany.  He’ll also be performing a number of headlining shows in the U.S. starting with the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD on August 3. 

DEE SNIDER has starred in several reality TV shows including appearances in three seasons of Celebrity Apprentice, Gone Country with John Rich, MTV’s Rock The Cradle with his son Jesse Blaze, Growing Up Twisted, an A&E series featuring the entire Snider family and their Long Island lifestyle, ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, and Celebrity Holiday Homes.  He has also been a frequent host on the MTV Networks and, with more than 20 years on the air in radio, his own long-running, nationally syndicated radio show House Of Hair can be heard on over 200 stations in North America and at  DEE also recently launched a much-heralded podcast “Snider Comments” on the PodcastOne network.  His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in DEE being heard in many radio and TV commercials, animated shows, documentaries and a yearlong stint as the voice on MSNBC.

Never setting limits, DEE wrote, produced and starred in Dee Snider’s StrangeLand. This horror movie has become a cult classic, literally creating the torture film sub-genre. The sequel, StrangeLand: Disciple is currently in development. With the success of StrangeLand, DEE was tapped to host a weekly radio show on all things horror, Fangoria Radio, on Sirius XM.

In 2002, VH1 signed DEE to star as himself in their original movie production of Warning: Parental Advisory.  Co-starring Mariel Hemingway, Jason Priestley and Griffin Dunne, DEE re-created his role during the 1985 congressional record labelling hearings. Battling the Beltway wives, most notably Tipper Gore, DEE, along with Frank Zappa and John Denver, turned DC politics upside down, carrying the banner of his Twisted Sister legendary anthem “We're Not Gonna Take It.”

His recent starring role on Broadway in the hit musical Rock Of Ages generated national interest and appearances on The Today Show, CNN’s Joy Behar Show and a legendary spot on The Jimmy Fallon Show where DEE guested with The Roots and Jimmy on Twisted Sister’s self-penned hit, “I Wanna Rock.” The Rock Of Ages run inspired him to make a brand new record for Razor & Tie, DEE DOES BROADWAY, featuring some of the Great White Way's biggest songs, side by side with Broadway legends like Patti LuPone and Bebe Neuwirth, in his own indomitable style.  His self-penned memoirs, Shut Up and Give Me The Mic, were released in the summer of 2012 from Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster to critical acclaim, coinciding with Warner Pictures’ release of the Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta Jones, Russell Brand film version of Rock Of Ages, which features two of Twisted Sister’s biggest hits. 

Since starring in Rock Of Ages and recording DEE DOES BROADWAY, DEE SNIDER’s Broadway connection has continued to grow.  “Dee Snider’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Tale” (lyrics, music and book by DEE SNIDER) completed a highly successful nine-week run throughout the 2014 holiday season at Broadway in Chicago, and is heading for Toronto this year.  DEE also produced the off-Broadway hit ensemble “Puppet Shakespeare,” (five stars, New York Times) and the international award-winning short film “Fool’s Day.”

In 2014, DEE was the recipient of the prestigious Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for his charitable work spanning several decades. Most notably, he spent twelve years as the national spokesman and Grand Marshal of the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies initiative (for whom he raised $325,000 with his Celebrity Apprentice win), established his annual Ride to Fight Hunger for Long Island Cares, and donated his Gold and Platinum album awards to Broadway Cares for auction.

Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton Reveals Cancer Fight Update

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton says doctors have declared him cancer-free. Originally diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer in 2006, the bassist successfully underwent treatment at the time, and the health issue that returned in 2011 is now gone again.

"My doctor thought I was pretty much done with the cancer that I had in '06 and then it came back a few years later," Hamilton tells Long Island Pulse. "I was faced with losing my way of life…if not my life. But there's a guy here in Boston that Adele referred to [Steven Zeitels], who does novel surgeries and was able to do a procedure that got the cancer out of my throat without having to ruin the rest of it.

"I just saw him the other day and he said, 'You beat this one. You can keep coming to see me if you want, but I don't think you need to worry about this cancer coming back.' I said, 'I'll come back to see you every six months from here until eternity, if it's alright with you!'" Read more here.

Led Zeppelin's Final Concert 35th Anniversary

Tuesday (July 7) marked the 35th anniversary of the last Led Zeppelin gig with all four original members. The show took place at Eissporthalle in Berlin, and was the last of fourteen gigs during a European tour in support of the band's latest album In Through The Out Door, which was released in August the previous year.

The show opened with "Train Kept A Rollin'" - a song that had been in Zeppelin's repertoire ever since their first show less than twelve years earlier. If the opening song sounded a bit stiff, the band really hit their stride with the second number - "Nobody's Fault But Mine." Jimmy Page in particular delivered a blistering solo.

Although there are no videos available from the Zeppelin's last gig, it's worth noting that visually the band was trying to adapt to the times. While not jumping on the disco bandwagon like the Rolling Stones, and Kiss, the four members of Led Zeppelin had definitely altered their stage outfits in an attempt to fit in better with the New Wave crowd. Gone were the blue jeans, replaced by slacks, and even the occasional tie, and the band had trimmed back their big manes of hair, if ever so slightly. But these are all cosmetics, and normal for any band wanting to stay current. What is important is the music - and that still rocked every bit as hard as it had during the height of the band's popularity in the middle of the previous decade. If you want to see what Led Zeppelin looked like in the latter stages of their career, check out videos from their gig at the Knebworth Festival on August 11, 1979, which was fortunately filmed for posterity.

Sonically, there was an added presence of keyboards, and synthesizers. Especially in new songs like "In The Evening," and "All My Love," but also in classics like "The Rain Song," and even "Kashmir." It was Zeppelin's way of updating their sound, and also the result from much of the material on In Through The Out Door being initially conceived by Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones. In my opinion it's fun to hear these live versions of the songs. Perhaps they give a glimpse as to what would have been if the band had continued on.

Just two and a half months after the concert in Berlin, drummer John Bonham was found dead in his bed on September 25. It has been reported that Bonham, who was struggling with a severe alcohol addiction, had downed the equivalent 40 shots of vodka during a twenty-four hour period prior to his death. Led Zeppelin had already booked a US tour at the time of Bonham's passing, but in December 1980 the band announced that they were calling it quits rather than finding a replacement for Bonham. Since their final gig in 1980, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin have only reunited a handful of times, most recently in December 2007, which resulted in the live CD, and DVD Celebration Day.

"This is the last concert, so we intend to have a better time now than perhaps we have had before," said Plant in the banter between "The Rain Song," and "Hot Dog" during the gig in Berlin. Although he was only talking about the end of the tour, not knowing it was the band's last show as a foursome, in hindsight it's quite a statement. See the setlist for the show here.

Dave Grohl Jams With Pearl Jam and Blind Melons Stars At Biker Rally

This past Saturday (July 4), Dave Grohl was scheduled to play what for him and his band was a very special show: a concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Foo Fighters.

But apparently, headlining RFK Stadium wasn't enough. On that same day, he kicked out some early morning jams at a motorcycle rally taking place at local craft brewery DC Brau. When it comes to rockin', it seems the guy just can't help himself.

As CBS Radio's WXRT reports, the event featured original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen, Jonny Kaplan, Rami Jaffee of the Foo Fighters and Blind Melon guitarist Chris Thorn. Never one to turn down a good jam session with old friends, Grohl showed up to the event and went on to perform "Cinnamon Girl."

With purple cast situated on a padded metal folding chair, and wearing khaki shorts and a black T-shirt, Grohl laid into a supercharged version of the classic Neil Young song. Read more and see video here.

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson 'Cautiously Happy' With Cancer Outcome

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson is currently recovering from cancer treatment after two tumors were found in his throat, forcing the band to delay the launch of 16th album The Book Of Souls.

Dickinson says: "I did take it easy for a while and I'm still conscious that I should take it easy." But he adds: "Why? If I'm feeling fine, fit and all the rest of it?

"I consider myself to be extremely lucky that everything is okay. I've got a completely unrestricted airline medical back, just as good as it was before. The doctors were amazing. The treatment was uncomfortable but it worked. I'm cautiously happy with the outcome." Read more here.

Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel Announce 5th Singer In A Year

Red Dragon Cartel have named former Jones Street singer Shawn Crosby as their latest vocalist. Crosby is the Jake E. Lee led band's fifth frontman in just four months.

Darren James Smith appeared on the band's 2014 self-titled debut album, but left in March over concerns regarding touring plans. His replacement Michael Beck lasted just a few short weeks before former Lynch Mob and Jason Bonham man Chas West signed on - only to replaced by Paul D'Eath, who's now out of the picture.

Crosby says: "I will be singing for Jake E Lee's Red Dragon Cartel for the month of July and, hopefully, for many months and years after. That is, if we can all play nice in the sandbox together! I'm sure we will. I couldn't be playing with a cooler bunch of guys."

He'll make his debut on July 9 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, joining a lineup that also includes third bassist Anthony Esposito and drummer Jonas Fairley. Read more here.

U2 Preview 'Song for Someone' Short Film Starring Woody Harrelson

U2 are going a bit further than your average band when it comes to the visual for one of their new songs, creating a short film to accompany their track "Song for Someone" from their latest album Songs of Innocence.

What's the difference between this and, say, a new music video? Generally, length: expect this to be longer than the average music video. The short is directed by Vincent Haycock, who has helmed videos for Madonna, Calvin Harris, Paul McCartney and Lana Del Rey. His work to date has been big, broad and sweeping in scope but not necessarily strong on storytelling, so this should be a shift in pace.

Woody and Zoe Harrelson are set to star in the project, with a press release from Interscope Records saying the former plays "a man being released from prison after years of incarceration."

To precede its debut, a trailer has been released for the short. The short will debut on Sundance Thursday, July 9, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, following the season 3 premiere of Rectify, a series that follows a man released from jail after several years when DNA evidence casts doubt on the verdict that put him there. See the preview here.

Download The Grateful Dead 'Fare Thee Well' Show For Free

For anyone that was unable to check out the Grateful Dead live in concert over the 4th of July weekend in Chicago, or for anyone that wants to relive the experience, professionally recorded audio of the first night's show has now surfaced for download.

As CoS reports, NYCTaper has put up the July 3 performance from the Dead, shifting away from the site's usual local coverage and covering one of the most anticipated bootlegs in recent times.

Of course, the Grateful Dead are very cool with recording of their shows, long offering a special seating section for tapers. Check out the setlist and grab the download link here.


New York, NY—Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release on September 18 2015 of Pat Metheny - The Unity Sessions on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats [MSRP TBA]. Featuring new performances of songs from the Grammy winning Unity Band record, the expansive Unity Group KIN(←→) recording, and touchstones from the entirety of Metheny’s illustrious career, these are essential performances that serve as a rare visual documentation of some of the best music of Metheny’s ever expanding career.

 Pat Metheny - The Unity Sessions finds the 20 time Grammy-winning guitarist and the youngest member of the Downbeat Hall of Fame at the helm of one of his best bands ever. This concert was filmed as they wrapped up a 150-date world tour, with an intimate studio performance filmed in at 5 Angels Theater in New York City.

As well as the amazing full concert itself, The Unity Sessions include an insightful filmed interview backstage with Pat Metheny and the band.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

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 Track Listing:
1) Genealogy  
2) On Day One  
3) This Belongs To You  
4) Roofdogs 
 5) Come And See  
6) Kin  
7) Born 
8) Rise Up 
9) Adagia  
10) Sign Of The Season  
11) Go Get It  
12) Cherokee  
13) Police People  
14) Two Folk Songs (1st)  
15) Medley

BLACKMORE’S NIGHT to release the tenth studio album entitled “All Our Yesterdays” in September on Frontiers! 

On September 18, 2015, Frontiers Music SRL will release ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, the tenth studio album from Blackmore’s Night, the world’s number one Renaissance act and one of the most popular folk-rock bands in the world. 

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS will be released on a variety of formats: CD, CD/DVD, 2LP, Box Set and Digital. Pre-orders for the CD, CD/DVD and Digital versions are available on here: and on iTunes at

* CD/DVD Deluxe edition includes the full album plus a DVD with music videos for "All Our Yesterdays” and “Will O’ The Wisp,” plus an extensive interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night on the making of the new album;
* 2LP vinyl edition with a gatefold sleeve;
* Box Set Limited Collector’s edition includes CD/DVD deluxe edition, 2LP, tshirt (L size ONLY), poster, lithograph.

Blackmore’s Night vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Candice Night says, “There’s a theme to ALL OUR YESTERDAYS’ chosen songs that focuses on the attitude of living in the present, and looking toward the future, because we are, indeed, enriched by our past. My main theme and inspiration has always been nature and folklore from around the world.” 

Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore’s lives and creative journeys have taken them through different characters and songs from a variety of times in history. That is part of the attitude in the song "Where Are We Going from Here,” about a traveling minstrel’s journey through life and age. 

The title track (and also the first single and video), “All Our Yesterdays” echoes the sounds of Candice’s Russian roots, while a new song written by Germany’s George Hesse is an old-style, fiddle-driven instrumental with the Welsh title “Allan yn y Fan” (meaning “Out There”). Ritchie’s heritage includes family from Wales. 

The album also includes stunning instrumentals: the acoustic guitar piece, “Queen’s Lament” and the dramatic “The Darker Shade of Black” that spotlights violin and guitar.

Elsewhere on the recording, “Earth Wind and Sky” is a delicate ode to nature. “The Other Side,” a latter-day folk dance joins two jigs that Candice sings: “Coming Home” and the supernatural-themed, “Will o’ the Wisp.”  

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS gets further inspiration from Candace and Ritchie’s home town, where they take part in community folk nights during which the neighbors share guitars and songs, and sing melodies that have come from a variety of times in their own history. That’s how they fell in love with songs of various radio formats of years gone by. The album includes  the Linda Ronstadt hit “Long Long Time” (penned by Gary White); the Mike Oldfield song, “Moonlight Shadow;” and an inspiring Maypole Dance treatment of  Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe.”  

Blackmore’s Night is a true musical and spiritual collaboration between vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night and her husband, legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The two met in 1989 when Deep Purple challenged Candice’s then radio station to a charity soccer match.  In 1993 she sang on Rainbow’s DIFFICULT TO CURE tour. They co-wrote four songs for Rainbow’s STRANGER IN US ALL and in 1997 they formed Blackmore’s Night; they continue to play Faire Festivals all over the world.

 Journey's Deen Castronovo Threatened Suicide

Journey drummer Deen Castronovo begged police officers for help and threatened to take his own life ahead of his arrest last month. And lawyers for the 50-year-old have told a court he was high on methamphetamine when he was detained.

Castronovo was arrested on June 14 in Oregon on charges related to domestic violence and then released. It can now be revealed that Castronovo's attorney, Jeffery Jones, said he was first taken to Salem Hospital because of his condition.

He was arrested again on June 29 over 16 charges including one of first-degree rape. At the hearing connected with that arrest, Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner played two voicemails, recorded before the earlier arrest.

In the first, Castronovo is heard saying: "I'm sorry. You should call me. On Friday you will be forcibly removed from my house. My life is ruined. You didn't have to call the cops. I've suffered and now you're going to suffer. I love you."

A second voicemail is directed at police officers, in which the drummer says: "I don't care any more. I'm going to kill myself. Give me some help. You think this is a joke? I'm sick and I need help." Read more here.

Rob Halford Reveals Judas Priest's New Album Plans

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford says in a recent radio interview that the band is planning to return to the studio next year to record the follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls."

"We have such an incredible reaction to Redeemer Of Souls that that really motivated us to crack the whip and get on with making the next record pretty quickly," Halford tells Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx co-host Jenn Marino.

"The clock is ticking, you know. We can't afford to wait three years, or five years now, to make the record. And especially while we're having this great, kind of vibe with the fans and just this massive Priest family love fest type of deal."

"Who wants to go home and sit down for a year," he continues. "And especially while the band is buzzing and the energy's there creatively. We had so much stuff happening in the studio we had to put blocks on because we were on a time schedule with the label. So we do have some stuff kind of left over from Redeemer Of Souls." Stream the full interview here.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Releases 'Love Is Your Name' Video

Before the first note is heard in Steven Tyler's new music video for his first country single, "Love Is Your Name," it is quite evident that the Aerosmith frontman is not shedding his former rock status.

The video begins with a lone microphone shown in an empty arena adorned with several of Tyler's iconic scarves. These scarves are the focal point of the video as a backstage door opens to reveal a bohemian woman holding onto them as she journeys to make it to his backwoods concert.

Directed by Trey Fanjoy and shot outside of Nashville, "Love Is Your Name" shows Tyler standing outside a worn down front porch in the countryside before being joined by friends for an impromptu concert around a bonfire. There's a chandelier hanging from a tree, some dream catchers and a friendly raccoon that looks on as Tyler sits between the trees.

Tyler hasn't completely left his rock status behind, as his scarves are brought back to him by the video's end, but that's OK. Country music is just as much about today as it is yesterday.

'I can't hide my voice, everybody knows that," he recently told CBS Radio's Minneapolis' Buz'n 102.9. 'I want my harmonies to be heard good and loud."

"Love Is Your Name" is the first single off Tyler's upcoming debut country solo album, expected sometime this year on Big Machine. Watch the video here.

Duff McKagan Looks Back At His Darkest Moment

Duff McKagan has recalled the time he believed his drug addiction would kill him. And he's explained why Adolf Hitler would be one of his three chosen guests at a fantasy dinner party.

The former Guns N' Roses bassist makes the comments while answering the renowned Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal personality traits. Asked about his darkest moment, McKagan says: "It was really being stuck in addiction and not being able to get out of it and thinking that this would be the end of me soon."

He reveals his idea of earthly happiness is self-confidence, adding: "Finally being truthful with yourself, just for one day, can have really great follow-up."

On his dinner guests he reports: "Of course you'd say the Dalai Lama and Oprah. But I was thinking Hitler." He'd like to ask the Nazi leader: "'What the f*** is your deal? I've read about you, I know about you - do you realise you're insane, or do you not think you're insane?'"

McKagan is currently promoting his second book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions). _It was published alongside an EP that includes a collaboration with former GNR bandmate Izzy Stradlin, who the bassist wants to keep working with for the rest of his life. Stream the full interview here.

Slayer's Kerry King Suffered Double Death Blow

Slayer's Kerry King has revealed how he was struggling to deal with the death of his roadie when bandmate Jeff Hanneman also passed away. Hanneman died in 2013 from alcohol-related illness, after reporting he'd contracted necrotising fasciitis from a spider bite.

King tells tells the Phoenix New Times: "A lot of people don't know that a year before Jeff died I lost my guitar tech. He passed away too. More unexpected than Jeff was - that was difficult for me."

The tragedies went towards inspiring the track Chasing Death, which appears on upcoming Slayer album Repentless. King explains: "I'm getting to that age where you deal with more deaths then you do weddings.

"I was having conversations with Jeff about his spider bite and everything, and I told him that he had just been chasing death. I said he needed to focus on getting better and get rolling again.

"So part of that song is about addiction and part of it is about the finality of dealing with death. I don't know. I had to write it. I don't usually have to write songs - but I had to write that one."

King also recalls making plans to record a song with Pantera axeman Dimebag Darrell in the months before he was murdered in 2004. Read about that here.

Joey Belladonna Reflects On Firing From Anthrax

Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna recalls his sacking from the band in 1992 - saying they wanted a vocalist with a "bit more of a growl." He was replaced by John Bush, but made a return in 2010 after Bush's second spell came to an end. Asked why he thought was was ousted in the first place, Belladonna says he puts it down to the band wanting a different vocal style - but he still doesn't quite understand why.

He tells Somewhat Legendary: "They wanted something different, that's all I can tell you. They wanted something with a little bit more of a growl, a grunt - the 90s thing. And they just pushed aside whatever clean and tenor I had. It just didn't fit. Whatever, what are you gonna do?

"Sometimes maybe I was a little too clean for everybody. I mean, look at the times where Anthrax didn't feel I was right for their band, which was shocking to me, because I thought we had a cool thing. And obviously, you can see we're carrying on now. So you get confused, what I used to do and how it wasn't right, at one time, for them."

Anthrax are putting the finishing touches to their upcoming 11th album. No release date has been revealed for what will be the follow-up to Worship Music. Stream the full Belladonna interview here.




Classic Rock in association with Loud & Proud Records presents the World Premier Video of Cheap Trick Performing the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Gimmie Back My Bullets" from the upcoming album One More For the Fans to be released July 24th!  CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER

Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose story began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida, have maintained and continue to build their legacy as one of the most influential bands of our time.  With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide they’ve been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and both Rolling Stone Magazine and VH1 have recognized them as one of the “100 Greatest Artists Of All Time.”  Lynyrd Skynyrd has had three albums go double Platinum, a second go platinum and their last record, Last of a Dyin’ Breed, which debuted at #14 on the Billboard Top 200, has been certified gold.

On July 24, 2015 the band will release One More For The Fans, a live concert two-CD/DVD set which will be available via Loud & Proud Records in partnership with Blackbird Presents.  One More For The Fans features performances of songs from Skynyrd’s extensive catalog of music by the band themselves joined by an extraordinary collection of special guests.

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Journey's Deen Castronovo Charged With Rape

Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was arrested and jailed without bail on Monday in Salem, Oregon after being charged with rape and additional items as part of an alleged domestic dispute incident on June 14.

The Statesman Journal reports Castronovo was arrested on a grand jury indictment on Monday in Salem with an upgraded list of charges that now includes five counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of first-degree rape, two counts of menacing, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree sex abuse, one count of coercion, one count of second-degree criminal mischief, and three counts of contempt of court.

Castronovo was originally charged with fourth-degree assault, coercion and menacing in the early morning incident. The drummer was arraigned in court on Tuesday while wearing a suicide smock and held without bail after Marion County Circuit Judge Audrey Broyles said he was a threat to the victim; the alleged abuse took place between April 25, 2015, and June 29, 2015.

According to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner, Castronovo sent 122 text messages to the victim and called her 35 times since his release on June 15.

"The texts ranged from threats to kill himself, that she hates him, that he hates her," said Gardiner. "They were sorrowful and vengeful - several also said he wanted to see her suffer for what 'she has done,' to him."

Gardiner said if bail was set he would violate his release agreement again. Read more here.


Here is a time-sensitive statement from Scotland Squire, the wife of Chris Squire--the Grammy Award-winning bass guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and founding member of Yes--who passed away Saturday, June 27.

"My best friend and the love of my life Chris Squire will be cremated today in Scottsdale, Arizona at 3:00 pm.  

However, knowing Chris, he might be running a bit late for the event; after all, he has always been the 'late ' Chris Squire.  

So at 3:00 p.m. Phoenix time, please take a moment to play your favorite Yes or Chris Squire song, or just think of your favorite Chris Squire memory.  

Sending my love to all." 

--Scotland Squire, July 1, 2015

AC/DC Catalog Added To Music Services

AC/DC has just done something that should make their fans very, very happy. They're now streaming. Yes, after forgoing the digital craze, concerned splitting their albums into individual songs would ruin a listening experience, the guys have decided to let fans easily stream their albums, we're talking 1976's High Voltage to their 2014 release, Rock or Bust and everything in between.

The band--who just put their music on iTunes three years ago, making their latest alum Rock or Bust, the first to be sold digitally--is now available to stream on Spotify, Rdio and Apple Music, which launches today (June 30).

As we know, some other fickle streamers like Taylor Swift and Dr. Dre, whose The Chronic will be streaming on Apple Music, have also put their music on the service. Read more here.



Just a week to go and the BULLETBOYS will embark on a National headline-tour with LA Guns axe-man Tracii Guns and iconic Swedish rock band Killer Bee w/guitar guru Paul Chapman from U.F.O. for the first leg of the Armed Alliance Tour.

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The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed), Marq Torien and engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. “Working with the Bulletboys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the 80's, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he's the real freak’n deal.  If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed 80's record you are completely wrong!”

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The BULLETBOYS are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays “For The Love Of Money” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), THC Groove and more – both albums produced by Ted Templeman .

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 Aerosmith's Steven Tyler To Premiere New Video On TV

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will debut the video for his solo country single, "Love Is Your Name", on ABC-TV's Good Morning America this Friday, July 3.

Tyler confirms the clip is scheduled for broadcast in the 7:00 AM hour of the program. The singer has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album on Big Machine Records' affiliated label Dot Records.

Tyler issued the single to radio last month and delivered the debut live performance of the tune on the May 13 season 14 finale of American Idol. Written by Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay, "Love Is Your Name" debuted on the US Billboard charts at No. 33 on the Country Airplay listings.

Tyler is currently on the road with Aerosmith as part of the Boston band's 15-date Blue Army tour, which opened in Glendale, Arizona on June 13. Stream Tyler's new single here.

Robert Plant's 'Doreen: The Movie' Cameo Clip Goes Online

Way back in the year 2000, Almost Famous was notably the first film to get the go-ahead from Led Zeppelin to use their music in a film. 15 years later, the former Zep frontman Robert Plant is going a step further and appearing in the upcoming British indie comedy, Doreen: The Movie.

The film, which is based on a popular YouTube character played by Gill Jordan that's inspired from a Birmingham Mail columnist, is using the cameo prominently in the movie's promotion, revealing Plant's appearance in the preview clip.

In the film, Plant plays an asphalt salesman from, wait for it, Black Dog Tarmac Ltd. When rejected for the sale of his product, he leaves a business card reading "Your 'Driveway to Heaven.'" Doreen never gets up to see Plant, despite the fact she is reading a magazine devoted to him. The film opens in the UK on October 17. Watch Plant's cameo from the film here.

Bill Ward Not Happy With Black Sabbath's Iron Man Results

Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he never stops listening back to his recorded work - and wishes he could improve certain aspects. The most famous example, he says, is Sabbath's Iron Man, from 1970 album Paranoid.

Ward tells LA Radio Sessions: "However, it is true to say that I still am listening to mixes. Probably the most famous one is the bass-drum sound on Iron Man.

"I'm still not happy with the f***ing bass-drum sound. But I let it go. I have let it go. But it's, like, that bass-drum sound, I wanted it to be so much bigger and better." Read more here

Grateful Dead Launch Merch Trucks For 'Fare Thee Well' Shows

As diehard Grateful Dead fans make the pilgrimage to Chicago for the band's three-night stand at Solider Field, they might want to clear some space on those credit cards for a unique shopping experience.

To coincide with the "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" shows happening July 3-5, two official Grateful Dead merchandise trucks will be driving around Chicago, setting up shop at various locations to sell licensed items exclusive to the trucks. Among the merch available will include t-shirts, hats, hoodies, jewelry, tote bags and more.

The trucks went into action beginning Tuesday (June 30) and will run through July 6. Fans looking to catch up with the Grateful Dead trucks in Chicago can track their movements and find location stops via the band's Twitter account, @GratefulDead, and by following the hashtag #GDtruckin. Read more here.

U2 Make Live Debut Of Rarity During Chicago Show

U2 debuted the "Songs Of Innocence" bonus track, "The Crystal Ballroom", during their show in Chicago on Monday. The tune from the deluxe edition of the 2014 album appeared during the fourth of a five-night residency at the city's United Center as part of the group's "Innocence + Experience" tour.

"Right now we're going to do something we've never done before," said Bono. "There's a bunch of people that have been on the road since we started this tour. I have no idea how they're paying for it. I have no idea how they've skipped school and work, husbands and wives. But they've been on the road and they've been asking for one song, so we kinda nearly figured it out. We'll tell you about it before we play it. It's called 'The Crystal Ballroom.'

"The Crystal Ballroom was a punk club we used to play that was called McGonagle's in East Dublin," he continued. "But historically it's called the Crystal Ballroom. That's where, historically, my mother and father used to go. I thought it was a bit weird we ended up at a punk club where my mother and father used to make out. Something just a little funky about that, in a good way."

U2 will wrap up their Chicago residency on Thursday before heading to Toronto for a pair of dates next week; they'll play four concerts in Boston before wrapping up the current North America leg with an 8-show run at New York's Madison Square Garden. Watch video of the performance here.

Led Zeppelin Release Preview Video For Next Reissue

Led Zeppelin have issued a video preview of the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1979 album, "In Through The Out Door." Due July 31, the project features a companion disc of bonus material, including an unreleased rough mix of every track from the original album with early versions including working titles such as "The Hook" ("All My Love"), "The Epic" ("Carouselambra") and "Blot" ("I'm Gonna Crawl").

Led Zeppelin's eighth album, "In Through The Out Door" hit No. 1 on both sides of the Atalantic, topping the UK charts and the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than 6 million copies in the States alone.

The project is one of three albums set to be released that will wrap up a year-long reissues campaign by the group; also due is 1976's "Presence" and 1982's "Coda."

Led Zeppelin launched the extensive reissues series last June with their first three albums, "Led Zeppelin I", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III"; it continued last October with "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy"; and was followed by "1975's "Physical Graffiti" this past February. Watch the video here.

Vivian Campbell Returns To Def Leppard Tour Despite Cancer

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell joined the band's newly-launched North American summer tour in Atlanta, GA on Sunday following news that his cancer had returned and video from the show has been posted online.

The group brought in Trixter guitarist Steve Brown in Campbell's place for the first few shows of the run - which opened in Tampa, FL last week - while he addressed his health issue with doctors.

First diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013, the guitarist had returned to action this spring after undergoing a stem cell transplant last fall before receiving word that the cancer had reappeared.

Originally set to miss the first two shows of the tour, Campbell was unable to make it to the group's third stop - in Birmingham, AL - on Saturday. "Despite my every effort (including trying to charter a plane)," said the guitarist, "the gods conspired to keep me from playing in Birmingham last night. But I'm Irish and stubborn; I fear no man, no god, and no cancer. Even if I have to walk, I WILL see you in Atlanta."

Campbell says he will receive future cancer treatments to accommodate the tour schedule so he won't have to miss any more shows. Read more and see video and photo from Vivian's return here.


We are extremely pleased to announce the upcoming release of Operation: Mindcrime's debut album, THE KEY on September 18th! To hear a taste of four songs from the album, check out this trailer: The first full song from the album will be released in the coming weeks!

Geoff Tate's new band features Kelly Gray on guitars (Queensrÿche), Scott Moughton on guitars, John Moyer on bass (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob) Randy Gane on keyboards, Simon Wright on drums (AC/DC, Ronnie James Dio), Brian Tichy on Drums (Whitesnake/David Coverdale, Billy Idol) with special appearances from David Ellefson (Megadeth), Mark Daily, and Scott Mercado.

More details coming soon!

Guns N' Roses Have Enough Songs For '2 Or 3' New Albums

Guns N' Roses have enough new material to record "two or three albums" according to guitarist Richard Fortus. He and keyboard player Dizzy Reed say the follow-up to 2008's Chinese Democracy is coming along nicely as the band members have been trading digital files and working on the tracks. But they still can't say exactly when it'll be released.

Fortus tells VerdamMnis Magazine: "So much has been recorded, we could get two or three albums, seriously. We sent our files in all directions. We can't wait to put it out as soon as possible."

Reed adds: "It'll be good. When will it come out? We still don't know. Only Axl knows, but it is very secret. Be patient." Fortus said this month that he expects a GNR album out in 2016. Read more here.

U2 Break Out Rarity In Chicago

U2 performed their 1981 track, "Gloria", for the first time in 10 years during their show in Chicago on Sunday night and HD video footage of the performance has been posted online.

"We're a band from the north side of Dublin called U2," said Bono as an introduction. "This is the first time we've played this song in about 20 years."

Last played live in December of 2005, the single from "October" was the second song of the third night of a five-night residency at the United Center as part of the group's "Innocence + Experience" tour.

Following their Chicago stop, U2 will play two dates in Toronto and four in Boston before wrapping up the current North America leg with an 8-show run at New York's Madison Square Garden.

After a five-week break, U2 will return to the road when they begin a European tour in Turin, Italy on September 4. Watch the video of the Gloria performance video here.

KISS Guitarist Hopeful For New Album

Tommy Thayer remains hopeful that KISS will record a new album - even if Paul Stanley isn't so sure. Stanley said in May that he doesn't think it's necessary for the band to put out a follow-up to 2012's Monster. However, his bandmate Gene Simmons said the following day that Kiss would issue their 21st album in 2016.

And guitarist Thayer seems to back Simmons' assessment. He tells Mariskal Rock: "I hope so. But I can tell you that nothing's planned. But it doesn't necessarily mean that we won't do one either.

"I know that you've heard different things from different people. And, hey, people can change their minds and have a different outlook next week or another month.

"If it is decided to do another record, suddenly we can be in the studio within a month. But there are no plans right now, but I wouldn't say it's completely out of the question." Read more here.

Dave Grohl Couldn't Watch Kurt Cobain Documentary

Dave Grohl says he couldn't watch the Kurt Cobain documentary as he knew some of the footage would upset him. The Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer was interviewed for Brett Morgen's hit film Cobain: Montage Of Heck, but the footage never made the final edit.

And as he lay in bed with his wife recently, she flicked on to HBO which was showing the documentary. But after watching 10 minutes of it, he became "terrified" of what some of the darker footage might have done to his state of mind.

Grohl tells the Washington Post: "All the footage of him as a child, I think that might make me sad, and then the dark stuff at the end I think would bum me out." Read more here.

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris Releases Live Video From British Lion

Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris has released a live video for the track "Eyes Of The Young" from his solo project British Lion. First issued in 2012, the record features Richard Taylor on vocals, David Hawkins on guitar and keys, Grahame Leslie on guitar, and Simon Dawson on drums.

Harris will take British Lion on the road for a full UK tour this summer with dates starting July 29 in Harlow. "As Maiden fans know," says Harris, "the band is unable to tour this year so I thought I'd do some British Lion live dates and make it a full UK tour this time round so we could get to places we didn't get a chance to play during the previous tours.

"We have a lot of fun doing the British Lion shows and we're playing clubs again, to keep that same vibe and intimacy which the fans seem to love as much as we do. We have some new songs in the set-list, so are really looking forward to getting out there and seeing everyone!"

Iron Maiden's plans have been on hold for several months following word that singer Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor at the back of his tongue that needed to be removed. Dickinson underwent surgery and chemotherapy this spring and was given the all-clear last month that the cancer had been successfully addressed.

On July 3, Iron Maiden will be presented with the 2015 O2 Silver Clef Award by UK charity Nordoff Robbins at their 40th anniversary gala, in recognition of the band's "outstanding contribution to UK music."

The honor also recognizes the group as one of the most globally successful and influential rock bands of all time, with more than 90 million albums sold worldwide. Watch the video here.

The Who Release Classic Performance Video From Shea Stadium 1982

The Who are celebrating the release of "Live At Shea Stadium 1982" with a performance video of their 1971 classic, "Behind Blue Eyes", from the package.

Now available on DVD, SD Blu-ray and digital formats, the set features the second show of the group's two-night stand at New York's Shea Stadium in the fall of 1982.

On the road in support of tenth album, "It's Hard", the trek was the last to feature Kenney Jones on drums. The run was also billed as the band's farewell tour, which wrapped up with two concerts at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens - the second of which was broadcast live on radio and via pay-per-view.

The Who went on to tour again in 1989, 1996, 2000 and several times since. The group played at the Glastonbury festival on Sunday as part of their 50th anniversary farewell tour, "The Who Hits 50!"