JOE SATRIANI READYING U.S. TOUR
SET LIST TO FEATURE CLASSIC SONGS SPANNING GUITARIST’S 30-YEAR CAREER
Takes Home “The Maestro” Award at the 11th Annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards
Following his successful European tour, JOE SATRIANI is looking ahead to the North American “Surfing to Shockwave” 2016 tour. This much-anticipated tour launches February 25th in Seattle continuing through April 24th in Vancouver, BC, with a new date announced in the Philadelphia Area (see below for the full tour itinerary). The 45-date tour will celebrate SATRIANI’s 30-year career including music from his first solo album, Not of this Earth through his latest release, his 15th solo album, Shockwave Supernova.
The tour promises to be a highlight for any long time SATRIANI fan. Of course, the set list will contain fan favorites, but the legendary guitarist also promises to include some gems, pulled from the ‘Satriani Songbook’ which may not have ever been performed live, or in some cases, for a very long time. Songs such as: “Big Bad Moon,” “Friends”, “Crystal Planet”, “Not Of This Earth”, “Luminous Flesh Giants” and “If I Could Fly” have been confirmed as part of the set list.
The European tour was a critical success with Graffiti.Punctuated praising the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre show, saying, "Joe Satriani is a magician…he’s the real deal, performing seemingly impossible feats right before your eyes. No smoke. No mirrors. Just magic." While the Birmingham Mail declared, “Guitarist Joe Satriani performed a mesmerizing and thrilling set” and Classic Rock Magazine said of the Cardiff stop, “…the new material from Shockwave Supernova hits home – the soaring On Peregrine Wings, the fun Crazy Joe … and sweetly lyrical Butterfly And Zebra, but as ever it’s the old staples that elicit the most love – Always With Me Always With You … the sole vocal piece, Blue Dream’s Big Bad Moon … and must-have Surfing With The Alien has us all up on our feet at the close.”
Last week, Joe attended the 11th Annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour Award ceremony in London where Joe took home the award for “The Maestro” and was honored to present Brian May of Queen with the “Living Legends” award as well!
Joe’s touring band remains Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson/Aristocrats) on drums, Bryan Beller (Dethklok/Aristocrats) on bass and Mike Keneally (Steve Vai/Dethklok) on keys & guitar.
Tickets and exclusive Joe Satriani meet & greet and VIP packages available, for details please visit: http://www.satriani.com
“Surfing to Shockwave” Tour Itinerary:
February 25 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
February 26 Historic Elsinore Theatre Salem, OR
February 27 Grand Sierra Theatre Reno, NV
February 28 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
March 1 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
March 2 Fox Tucson Theatre Tuscon, AZ
March 3 Fox Performing Arts Center Riverside, CA
March 4 Pearl Concert Theater @ Palms Casino Las Vegas, NV
March 5 Talking Stick Resort Ballroom Scottsdale, AZ
March 7 Historic Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
March 8 Abraham Chavez Theatre El Paso, TX
March 9 The Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX
March 10 House of Blues Houston, TX
March 11 Laurie Auditorium San Antonio, TX
March 12 Orpheum Theater New Orleans, LA
March 14 Iron City Birmingham, AL
March 15 Saenger Theatre Pensacola, FL
March 16 Parker Playhouse Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 17 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
March 18 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
March 19 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
March 21 Carolina Theatre Durham, NC
March 22 Knight Theater Charlotte, NC
March 23 Symphony Hall Atlanta, GA
March 24 The National Richmond, VA
March 25 Sandler Center Virginia Beach, VA
March 26 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
March 29 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT
March 30 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
March 31 The Vets Providence, RI
April 1 Tilles Center Brookville, LI
April 2 Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC
April 4 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ
April 6 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA *
April 8 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, Ontario
April 9 UAB Center for the Arts Buffalo, NY
April 10 Hard Rock Cleveland
April 12 Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh, PA
April 13 Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
April 14 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI
April 15 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
April 16 The Fitzgerald Theatre St. Paul, MN
April 21 Grey Eagle Event Centre Calgary
April 22 River Cree Casino Enoch, AB
April 24 Venue to be announced Vancouver, BC
*New date confirmed – on-sale November 24
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ROCK NEWS FOR 11/20/15
Jon Anderson & Matt Malley's Single “Family Circle” Entered For Consideration For Grammy Nomination!
Los Angeles - Legendary YES singer/songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley's recent critically acclaimed single for charity, “Family Circle”, has been entered for consideration for a Grammy nomination! The money received from the single has gone to the following charities: Flutie Foundation - www.flutiefoundation.org (Jon Anderson), Sahaja Yoga Meditation - www.sahajayoga.org (Matt Malley) and National Autistic Society - www.autism.org.uk (Rob Ayling, GONZO Multimedia president)
“ 'Family Circle' came together when Matt sent me the beautiful music earlier this year. I sang the song and lyric idea and sent it back to Matt, thanking him for the great energy. Eventually, Matt added some more sounds and the haunting guitar solo. We decided to have all sale proceeds go to our respective charities. It's a pleasure to release this around Thanksgiving time, reminding us of our connection with our families and how our children keep us together, bonding our love of life.” - Jon Anderson
“Not only am I a fan of Jon's voice but I’m a fan of his fearless spiritual outlook which appears in all of his music. A mutual friend said we should meet and got us in touch and after talking a little,Jon said, 'So send some music!' - so I had a cup of my best Darjeeling tea, went into my studio and came up with the instrumental arrangement that you hear on 'Family Circle'. I sent the file up to Jon and it came back with his marvelous voice, lyrics…everything that brought the song to becoming fully realized.” - Matt Malley
Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the original lead vocalist and creative force behind YES. Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the ground-breaking album 'Fragile' as well as the series of epic, complex pieces such as “Awaken”, “Gates of Delirium” and especially “Close to the Edge” which were central to the band's success. Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group's biggest hits, including “I've Seen All Good People”, “Roundabout”, and “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. In addition, Jon Anderson had great success with a series of albums he did with Vangelis, and most recently released the critically-acclaimed solo album entitled “Survival and Other Stories” (GONZO Multimedia). In the fall of 2014 Jon Anderson teamed up with jazz violin legend Jean-Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band. The ensemble is currently on tour promoting the newly released CD/DVD titled “Better Late Than Never”.
Matt Malley is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter who is best known for co-founding the multi-platinum selling rock band Counting Crows back in the early 90's. He appears as bassist on their biggest hit records and songs. In 2004 Matt retired from the band so he could work from his studio at home and be with his family. He is a student of the Indian Slide Guitar and a fan of Progressive Rock, Celtic Folk, World and Indian Music.
Listen to a sample of the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hATdN-XMBSQ
The WIZARDS OF WINTER Holiday Tour Experience Begins!
They are Joined by TED NUGENT Bassist GREG SMITH
Featuring Original Members of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
*A Theatrical Holiday Rock Event for the Entire Family*
Hear Original Tunes and TSO Favorites!
Hard Copies of New Album The Magic of Winter Available Now
Digital Available Tomorrow, November 20th via iTunes
Yuletide rock opera ensemble The WIZARDS OF WINTER are kicking off their "An Evening with Wizards of Winter" holiday music experience today in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The tour will hit 21 U.S. cities, coming to a close on December 29th in Harrisburg, PA. This nightly two-and-a-half hour show is theatrical fun for the entire family!
The WIZARDS OF WINTER feature original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, so it comes as no surprise that in addition to performing an entire set of original holiday music at each stop of their rock opera tour, the group will also perform select TSO favorites, including "First Snow", "Queen of the Winter Night", "Christmas Eve in Sarajevo (12/24)", and "Christmas Nights in Blue".
The WIZARDS OF WINTER are pleased to announce that long-time Ted Nugent bassist/vocalist Greg Smith will be joining their ensemble on the road beginning December 3rd in Concord, NH through December 20th in Chicago, IL. Smith has also played bass and performed backing vocals for artists such as Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Alan Parsons Project, Blue Oyster Cult, Dokken, Vinnie Moore, Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics, and many more. Smith was also the principal bassist and backing vocals for the Tony Award-winning Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp musical "Movin' Out" for its entire three-year run on Broadway, in addition to one year on the road.
"I'm very excited to perform with The WIZARDS OF WINTER for 11 shows and am looking forward to meeting the fans," states Smith. "Drummer Tommy Ference and I have been friends for a few years now. When the Wizards needed someone to fill in for some shows, Tommy called me and asked if I was interested. I thought it would be great - the music is fun and challenging!"
Tickets for "An Evening with Wizards of Winter" are on sale now and available for purchase via www.wizardsofwinter.com/tour-dates/ or directly from the local venue.
The WIZARDS OF WINTER released their new original holiday music album, The Magic of Winter, last week. The Magic of Winter is produced by Eric Rachel at Traxeast (Symphony X, Skid Row, Styx) and can be ordered in physical format here or purchased on tour. The digital version will be available via iTunes tomorrow, November 20th. The album features the infectious single "The Spirit of Christmas", which you can watch the enchanting music video for here.
Rush Release 'Xanadu' Video From R40 Live
Rush have released a video of a performance of their classic 1977 track, "Xanadu", as a preview to the forthcoming "R40 Live" release ahead of it's November 20th release.
The song originally appeared on the group's fifth album, "A Farewell To Kings", which peaked at No. 33 on the US Billboard 200. "R40 Live" presents Rush live in concert in their hometown of Toronto over two nights this past June.
Mixed by David Botrill (Tool, Muse), the new live release is named after the group's 40th anniversary box set "R40." It will be available as a 3CD/Blu-ray or DVD set as well as standalone options for the concert film or live album. Watch the video here.
Gwar Announce Midnight In The GWARden Of New Year's Evil
Gwar have announced that they will be putting on a special show for New Year's Eve! "Midnight in the GWARden of New Year's Evil" will take place December 31st at the National in Gwar's adopted home of Richmond, Virginia. We were sent the following details about the event
This unprecedented celebration is a must attend for all Bohabs as Gwar is set to ring in the New Year with a special one of a kind performance. Special guests and exclusive events for the evening will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 AM Eastern HERE.
"I can't wait to commit a mass human sacrifice to bring about the end of the world at midnight on December 31st this year. If the world doesn't actually come to an end, at least we can still catch a buzz"
Gwar are currently in the midst of their 30th anniversary tour across North America.
Gwar Live Dates:
11/19 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
11/20 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live
11/21 - Houston, TX - Houston Whatever Fest
11/22 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn
11/24 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
11/25 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
11/27 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
11/28 - Orlando, FL - Venue 578
12/31 - Richmond, VA - The National
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Rush's Alex Lifeson Says Last Tour Didn't Feel Like Their Last
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson says their recent North American run of shows wasn't long enough and didn't feel like a true finish to their live career. He, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart hit the road throughout the summer in what's thought to be the band's last large-scale tour.
And Lifeson says although he went into the 35-date trek thinking it would indeed be their last, he's now not so sure. He tells Prog: "I don't know if I do still feel that way now. I thought the tour was great. I thought we played really well, the turnout was fantastic, I thought the set was great, the songs we chose were right.
"There was so much about it that was so positive and I think going into it there was the thought that this is the last one - a nice way to go out on top. But once we were in the middle of it or even towards the end of it, it seemed like it was just too short."
He continues: "I just wish we'd been able to do another 20 shows or so and it's too bad that we're going to miss the UK particularly. It just feels a little shy of a true finish, a complete resolution. But if that's the way it is, then we'll adjust to it." Read more here.
Motley Crue's Tommy Lee Returning To Farewell Tour
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee says he has fully recovered from a tendonitis injury that sidelined him for five shows on the band's farewell tour last month and that he will rejoin the group when they resume live shows in Helsinki, Finland on November 18.
"I'm back to 100 per cent," Lee tells The National. "I bruised a bone in my wrist, but after a serious double dose of cortisone that helped with the inflammation, and with the help of this little wrist machine to exercise it, I'm back to normal."
"I'm always getting injuries like bruised and bloody knuckles from catching a cymbal or the edge of a drum," he adds. "Drumming's pretty physical. We sit at the back of the stage getting beat up like a workhorse.
"Anytime you do something repetitive over a sustained period - and this tour's already been a year and a half - your body just says 'I'm hurt. I can't do this.' But I'm all good now. They got me back into shape."
Lee was first diagnosed with the injury to his left wrist in Buffalo, NY on October 14 and was pulled from the show on doctor's orders. Read more here.
Michael Schenker Group Singer Killed In Traffic Accident
Former Michael Schenker Group frontman David VanLanding has died in a traffic accident, it's been announced. The news of his death was confirmed by his family, while Schenker gave further details on the cause of his passing.
A family statement reads: "The immediate family of Dave VanLanding asks for your understanding and respect as we deal with the loss of David. The family will make an announcement once more details are known and arrangements are made. He was a great friend and touched so many millions of lives through his music and his kindness."
VanLanding joined Mannekin in the 80s and following their split in 1990, went out on the road with Tony MacAlpine on his Eyes Of The World tour. The singer took up vocal coaching before hooking up with Crimson Glory for live dates in 1993. He went on to form Erotic Liquid Culture before auditioning for the Michael Schenker Group in the mid-90s.
He did three tours with MSG and appeared on 1997 double album The Michael Schenker Story Live, recorded on the band's tour of Japan the same year. Read Schenker's statement here.
Fleetwood Mac Are Too Old To Rock Says Grace Slick
Former Jefferson Airplane vocalist Grace Slick says Fleetwood Mac are too old to rock'n'roll - but she has no problem with the Rolling Stones continuing.
And she's taken a pot-shot at her own later career, saying she should have left Starship a decade before she finally did. She retired in 1989, aged 50, and she's frequently argued that musicians who choose to perform rock and rap should bow out at a similar age.
Now Slick tells WENN: "There's something about old people singing rock'n'roll lyrics that bothers me - it just doesn't match. I saw a film of Fleetwood Mac doing something, and I was okay as long as I didn't look at them. I couldn't look at them. They sounded great, and if I looked away and imagined young people singing I was okay with it."
She continues: "The only so-called old people I've seen that I thought 'that still works' is the Rolling Stones. They did a thing that was filmed in a park in Great Britain, and the way they acted, the way they sang, the musicianship, just worked really well." She goes on to slam her former band Starship, read that here.
Bruce Springsteen Tour Speculation Heating Up
Earlier this week Bruce Springsteen revealed that he'll be returning to Saturday Night Live for the third time in three decades to perform as musical guest next month.
With his box set, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, being released a few weeks before he hits SNL, it's a safe bet that that's what he'll be promoting.
But fans are now speculating that Springsteen may be using the SNL appearance not just to support the box set, but to announce or support an upcoming tour.
Stan Goldstein, author of the Bruce Blog on NJ.com says he's hearing that live performances may not be too far off. "Look for Bruce to announce dates for a two- to three-month E Street Band tour that will start sometime in December," Goldstein tells Wicked Local.
It's also worth mentioning that at last week's Stand Up For Heroes benefit in New York, one of the prizes that was auctioned was tickets to an E Street Band concert, and a pre-show dinner with the E Street Band.
In the meantime, you can check out what the E Street Band used to look like, in a video from the upcoming box set here.
Keith Richards Releases 'Love Is Overdue' Video
Keith Richards has released a video for his cover of the Gregory Isaacs classic "Love Is Overdue." Isaacs scored his first Jamaican number one single with the tune in 1974.
Renamed "Love Overdue" by the Rolling Stones guitarist, it's the latest single from his solo album "Crosseyed Heart." Richards' first solo album in more than 20 years sees him reteam with drummer Steve Jordan and guitarist Waddy Wachtel for the project and joined by Stones backup singer Bernard Fowler, keyboardist Ivan Neville, singer Sarah Dash and other guests.
Richards and The Rolling Stones may regroup next month to begin writing and recording sessions for a new album ahead of January rehearsals for their first South American tour in a decade.
The 12-date América Latina Olé tour will begin in Santiago, Chile on February 3 and include multiple shows in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. Watch the new video here.
David Bowie Release 'Blackstar' Details In Teaser Video
David Bowie has released the art work for his upcoming album Blackstar. A 15 second psychedelic black and white video clip was unveiled on Wednesday (Nov. 18) on Bowie's Facebook page. At the end of the short video, the artwork is revealed as well as the effort's release date January 8, 2016.
Bowie's new single can be heard on the clip as well. The track which goes by the symbol 'â˜…" and is pronounced 'Blackstar," will be released tomorrow (Nov. 19) along with a short film directed by Johan Renck. A video for the song will also premiere tomorrow around the globe at 3:50pm ET with a U.S. broadcast premiere on Palladia.
Blackstar will be released on January 8, 2016, which marks Bowie's 69th birthday and the three year anniversary of his last album, 2013's The Next Day. Watch the video here.
Tedeschi Trucks Band Announce New Album 'Let Me Get By'
Tedeschi Trucks Band will release third album Let Me Get By in January, they've confirmed. Let Me Get By is released on January 29 via Fantasy/Concord.
It's guitarist Derek Trucks' first work since his 15-year career with the Allman Brothers Band ended last year, and it's the first time he and wife Susan Tedeschi have written every track for a release.
Trucks says: "What I hear in the music is this feeling that we're now putting 100% of what we have into this band - not going back to anything else, everyone giving it their all." More details here.
Marillion Announce Unconventional Documentary
Marillion will release a documentary entitled Unconventional early next month. It'll feature live action, in-depth interviews and show behind-the-scenes footage as the band prepared for the trio of performances.
It was filmed in the lead up to their 2015 Marillion Weekend at Port Zelande, the Netherlands, in March where they played three sets and performed 2001 album Anoraknophobia and 2004's Marbles in their entirety.
The band say: "This is not just a backstage view, it's also an exploration of how Marillion has endured and prospered in an increasingly challenging industry, how the band feel about their music, their reinvention of the music business, their lives, and of the unique relationship that Marillion has with its fans."
The DVD, Blu-ray is available for pre-order and is expected to be released in early December. Watch the trailer and read more here.
Anvil Announce New Album 'Anvil Is Anvil'
Anvil will release their 16th album Anvil Is Anvil on February 26. The follow-up to 2013's Hope In Hell will be issued via SPV/Steamhammer and comes on the back of the band's successful PledgeMusic campaign.
It was the first time guitarist and vocalist Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner and bassist Chris Robertson used crowdfunding. But they said earlier this year the time was right to explore an alternative way to raise cash.
They said: "After years of having record labels being in between the band and our fans, we're finally at a point in our history to directly connect. Considering that almost anyone aware of Anvil knows our long and sometimes brutal history, we're hoping you would be honored to help and prove us right in our belief in you." Read more here.
RICHIE KOTZEN RELEASES FIRST-EVER PROFESSIONALLY-FILMED DVD SHOWCASING VIRTUOSITY FROM AKASAKA BLITZ IN TOKYO, ‘RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE’ OUT NOW VIA AMAZON AND CD BABY
For fans of guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN, their wish for a professionally-filmed look at his intricate guitar and genre-spanning song stylings has finally come true in the form of his new DVD, RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE, which was released October 13 via his Headroom-Inc label.
KOTZEN and his band ended their 2014-2015 tour in Tokyo, Japan at Akasaka Blitz, where they shot the entire concert in high-definition. This is RICHIE KOTZEN and his band—bassist Dylan Wilson and drummer Mike Bennett--at their best. It features some of his classics, “You Can’t Save Me,” “Remember,” as well as new songs “Cannibals,” “War Paint,” and “Walk With Me.” The collection also includes off-the-chart improvisational solo sections between KOTZEN and his virtuoso rhythm section. This live DVD concert is a must-have for KOTZEN fans worldwide, and it’s the perfect introduction to those who have yet to be a part of the RICHIE KOTZEN experience.
With his guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, RICHIE KOTZEN has built a remarkably diverse 20-plus year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. During that span, KOTZEN toured with his trio extensively outside the United States, building a loyal fan base and selling out shows throughout Europe, Latin America, and Japan. In 1996, Fender guitars honored him with not one, but two signature model guitars. His signature model Telecaster is available worldwide and continues to be a top seller for the brand. In 2006, KOTZEN received one of his biggest personal honors when The Rolling Stones chose him to open up a string of Japanese shows placing him in front of some of his biggest crowds to date. He has not only built an incredibly successful solo career, but has also found himself writing, recording and playing live with a variety of different artists, including Jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Lenny White.
He currently plays guitar and fronts The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band’s latest HOT STREAK album debuted at #2 on the Billboard “Top Current Alternative Albums” chart and #5 on Billboard’s “Top Current Hard Music” chart).
CREED RETURNS WITH A NEW THREE-CD, FORTY SONG RETROSPECTIVE SET With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective due November 20, 2015; includes rarities, acoustic versions and demos
The Bicycle Music Company/Concord Music Group is set to release an all-new Creed compilation entitled With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective on November 20, 2015. The three-CD 40-song heritage set features the radio singles from all four of Creed’s studio albums and collects for the first time all the band’s soundtrack hits, rarities, live and studio acoustic versions in addition to three previously unavailable demos. The CD configuration for With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective will be a retail-exclusive title, available only at Wal-mart.
With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective’s Disc One covers the 16 radio singles — all written by Mark Tremonti and Scott Stapp — that launched Creed into the stratosphere as one of the best-selling rock bands of all time. Included are radio edits and other versions. Disc Two officially collects for the first time on one disc all the soundtrack hits, including rare Doors covers and three never-before-released demos, “Why”, “Blistered” and “More Than This”. Creed’s true legacy is their powerful live show, which they’ve performed for millions of fans all over the world. Disc Three of With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective includes a selection of the available studio and newly re-mastered live acoustic versions of their biggest hits.
With 40 million records sold worldwide, a highlight of the band’s many accolades is an RIAA Diamond certification signifying 10 millions records sold for Human Clay, which continues to remain one of the top 10 best-selling albums in the United States since Nielsen Soundscan tracking began in 1991. Creed won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for “With Arms Wide Open” and in 2000 would become the first band in history to chart seven consecutive #1 rock radio singles.
Creed is Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall. The band members remain active, with Mark Tremonti touring for his new solo album Cauterize and Scott Stapp set to resume his Proof of Life tour as well as Scott and his wife Jaclyn appearing on Vh1’s Couples Therapy.
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Quiet Riot Documentary Being Released On DVD
The acclaimed documentary "Quiet Riot: Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back" will be released on DVD this Thursday, November 19th. It is currently available via video on demand. We were sent the following details:
The film, directed by Regina Russell, is billed as an inside look at Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali's journey after losing his best friend and band frontman Kevin DuBrow (Brother of Dr. Terry Dubrow on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Orange County") to a drug overdose in 2007 as he forges ahead to conquer his loss, regain his life and put the band back together with a string of singers.
Director and producer Russell had the following to say about the film, "When Frankie told me he was planning to meet with Kevin DuBrow's mother to get her blessing to go on with the band and find a new singer, I thought this would be an extraordinary story for a documentary."
The film features cameos from Matt Sorum and Stephen Adler (Guns N' Roses), Glen Hughes (Deep Purple), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne), Dana Strum (Slaughter), John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Martha Quinn (Original MTV VJ).Watch the trailer here.
Queen’s Gamble On A Night At The Opera Pays Off Royally
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands speaks to Queen songwriters, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, about the make or break fourth album from Queen A Night at the Opera.
It would be next to impossible to understate the importance of Queen’s November 1975 A Night at the Opera, both to the band’s career and to the album’s influence on rock thereafter. Brian May, one of the finest guitarists in rock history, is joined InTheStudio by Queen drummer Roger Taylor in this classic rock interview for the 40th anniversary of this eclectic hard rock album which included: “Death on Two Legs”, “I’m in Love with My Car”, the progressive rock “The Prophet Song”, skiffle pub sing along “ ’39” , mainstream pop “You’re My Best Friend”, campy vaudeville “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon”, Freddie Mercury’sdrop dead gorgeous love song “Love of My Life” , and the mock operetta song for the ages “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Broke after three albums, Queen’s Brian May reveals to InTheStudio host Redbeard how desperate the band’s situation was, but also how determined they were to do it.
“It was definitely sink or swim. If that album (A Night at the Opera) hadn’t done what it did, that would have been the end of the band... We took a lot of risks and that was always the name of the game, I suppose. And “Bohemian Rhapsody”, in particular, everyone said, ‘you can’t put that out as a single’... Well that’s what we’re putting out and we’re not changing it.” - Brian May
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Metallica and Keith Richards Tribute Paris Attack Victim
Metallica and Keith Richards have paid tribute to Mercury Records' international product manager Thomas Ayad, who died during Friday night's terror attacks in Paris.
Ayad was one of the victims at the city's Bataclan venue, where 89 people were killed during an Eagles Of Death Metal show. Metallica posted a picture of frontman James Hetfied with Ayad from 2011 and issued a statement.
It reads: "We had great fortune to work with Thomas Ayad at Universal Music France for the past eight years and while Thomas had the official title of being our 'project manager,' we knew him as a member of our Metallica family - a fan, a friend and a warm, helpful, supportive familiar face each time we visited France.
"Friday, we lost Thomas at the Bataclan theatre in a way that none of us can begin to comprehend. Our thoughts are with Thomas' friends, family, co-workers and all Parisians during these very difficult times."
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards also paid tribute to Ayad on Instagram. He says: "My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Thomas Ayad. Words cannot express the horror of what happened in Paris. I am horrified by the tragic events that took place in Paris last Friday night." Read more here.
Tool Reveal 2016 U.S. Tour Dates
Tool have announced a list of US tour dates for January next year - with Primus revealed as the main support act. Maynard James Keenan's outfit will start the tour in San Diego on January 9. It follows an earlier teaser posted on Facebook in which the band said fans would be excited by the support act for the shows, now revealed to be Les Claypool and co.
Tool say: "Those faint glimpses of Tool shows that I recently perceived in the scrying mirror can now be considered official. Indeed, something wicked your way comes. The unparalleled sonic and visual experience of tool live."
Tickets go on sale on November 20. Tool drummer Danny Carey filled in for Primus sticksman Tim Alexander when the Primus man was recovering from last year's heart surgery. See the dates here.
Dave Grohl To Face Off Against The Muppets' Animal
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will be seen challenging The Muppets character Animal to a drum-off in an episode to be broadcast next month. ABC TV will screen the installment, entitled Going, Going, Gonzo, on December 1.
The Foo Fighters star previously appeared in 2011 movie The Muppets as a character called Animool in spoof band The Moopets. He was only seen for around five seconds, dressed in his own version of Animal's jumpsuit, collar and chain.
Asked who was the hottest Muppet, Grohl said at the time: "I think everybody had Miss Piggy fantasies - she seemed sassy. I always had a thing for Grover, to be hones, and his alter-ego, Super Grover. I had a Super Grover doll growing up." He added: "I've never wanted to f*** a Muppet, if that's what you're asking…" Read more here.
Bruce Springsteen To Perform On Saturday Night Live
Bruce Springsteen will perform on the December 19 broadcast of NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live. Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the episode will mark the New Jersey rocker's third appearance on the series following stints in 1992 and 2002.
Springsteen will be promoting the December 4 release of "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection", a 7-disc box set celebrating the 35th anniversary of his 1980 double album "The River."
The package presents the original record alongside "The River: Single Album" - originally named "The Ties That Bind" - a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" but never released.
"The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have," Springsteen wrote in the lyrics/photo book "Songs". "So we went back in the studio." Read more here.
Stone Sour Streaming Their Cover Of Bad Brains Classic
Stone Sour have made their cover of Bad Brains track Sailin' On available to stream. It's the opening track from Corey Taylor and co's Straight Outta Burbank EP, due for release on limited edition coloured vinyl November 27.
The release is limited to 5000 copies for Record Store Day's Black Friday celebrations. The EP also includes covers of Slayer, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden and Rolling Stones tracks.
Guitarist Josh Rand said: "To stay true to the original recordings of these songs, we tried to recreate the sounds and tones that the original artist used. This was both fun and challenging, but the end result was worth all the hard work everyone put in."
It's the follow-up to this year's Meanwhile In Burbank... set and, according to frontman Corey Taylor, is the second in what will be a trio of Burbank covers releases. Stream the song here.
Jethro Tull Streaming Previously Unreleased Song
Jethro Tull track Commercial Traveller has been made available to stream. The previously unreleased song features on Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die!: The TV Special Edition, which is released on November 27.
The collection features a previously unreleased re-recorded version of the album which was originally planned for a UK TV special. The package also includes flat transfers of the 1976 record, TV footage, outtakes and bonus tracks.
Ian Anderson says: "Here we are with a slight return to the heady years of 1976 and the notion that you're never too old to rock and roll. Remixed by Steven Wilson and unleashing upon an unprepared fan base the additional tracks, TV show recordings as well as other goodies, this collection brings back memories for me at any rate.
"Unfortunately, some memories have not returned to their rightful owner as I have little recollection of even recording the additional archive tracks. But there they are in glorious analogue multi-track form so it must have really happened.
"Enjoy and suck in the heady air of the seventies and promise not to laugh at the silly cozies and the hair-sprayed mane." Stream the song here.
Rush's Geddy Lee Lands HOSS Magazine Cover Story
An up close and personal profile of Rush frontman Geddy Lee is featured in the cover story of the next issue of Homeowner's Simple Solutions (HOSS) magazine.
Due on newsstands November 19, the November/December Holiday issue presents a 'backstage pass' of sorts as Lee brings readers inside his Toronto home to discuss his many personal passions - everything from wine to art to baseball to collecting vintage bass guitars and more.
The Rush legend reveals his vast wine collection, with hundreds of brands decorating his home as an extension of a wine cellar that houses over 5,000 bottles.
Lee shares his love of art, which shifted from photography to more traditional fare during a major US tour with Rush in the late 1980s. "It didn't matter what city I was in, I would go to an art gallery," says Lee. "What kept me sane on that tour was learning about art. You can learn a lot by buying the books and going to every gallery you can and seeing what they have there - letting your eyes take it all in."
An avid Toronto Blue Jays fan, Lee's home is decorated with scores of baseball memorabilia. In 2008, he donated almost 400 signed baseballs from his personal collection - all them autographed by former Negro League baseball players - to the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
The cover story is rounded out with a Closer To The Heart with Rush contest. Read more and see the cover photo here.
Joe Bonamassa Reveals His Retirement Plans
Joe Bonamassa is determined not to live like B.B. King by playing into his old age. The bluesman loves the career he's spent 26 years building - but he's already decided that it should come to an end before another 26 years go by.
And when he stops writing and performing music, he won't remain in the industry. Bonamassa tells The Classic Rock Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio: "B.B. King toured up until he was 89. I don't see myself on the road at 69. I see another 20, 25 years, maybe.
"If I do this for another 20, that'll be 46 years. I'm not going to overstay my welcome - I'll bow out way before it becomes apparent that I should." Read more here.
Devon Allman Announces European Tour
Devon Allman has confirmed a European tour in support of 2014 solo title Ragged & Dirty. He'll bring his band to France, Luxembourg and Belgium in March, between runs in North America.
Allman - who left Royal Southern Brotherhood before launching his record - recently said: "I think now more than ever is a great time to be an organic musician, whether it's bluegrass, soul, R&B or rock.
"The more people are force-fed crap, the more they seek out organic music. There's a resurgence - people are waking up and getting wise." See the newly announced dates here.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Leads John Lennon Tribute Concert Lineup
John Lennon will be honored with a concert celebrating what would have been his 75th year on the planet. The all-star tribute event will take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 PM ET.
Imagine John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert will feature performances from Steven Tyler, Pat Monahan, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Kris Kristofferson, Peter Frampton, Juanes and Chris Stapleton. More performers will be announced at a later date.
The concert will take place on Dec. 5 and for those not fortunate enough to be on hand, the show will air on AMC on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Lennon would have turned 75 back on Oct. 9th. Read more here.
Ritchie Blackmore's New Rainbow Singer Talks Upcoming Shows
Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero is thrilled to be working alongside Ritchie Blackmore for a series of rare rock shows by the Deep Purple guitarist next year.
Blackmore is teaming up with the Lords Of Black vocalist, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau for three concerts in June.
"I don't know from how long they had me on their list," Romero tells Rafabasa.com, "but they contacted me some months ago, at the beginning of summer, to tell me about a chance for an audition. I deeply remember that 'first day' and that first 'hello', doing your daily activities and receiving an email from Ritchie Blackmore himself is quite hard to assimilate, after a few days days, even weeks."
Prior to revealing the Rainbow 2016 lineup, Blackmore described Romero as "a cross between Ronnie James Dio meets Freddie Mercury." "I just think about how lucky I feel, not just to get the gig, but how the hell they found me!," says Romero. "Having so many good singers worldwide. From the first contact I just tried to give my best to get it, I always believed in myself and with the support of my family and close friends, even more.
"About his words I just can be thankful, he put the bar quite high with his description. But I'm also glad with his confidence on me to this huge task."
Read more and check out Romero's take on the Deep Purple classic "Stormbringer" here.
Audio Fidelity To Release Alice Cooper's “Muscle of Love” On 4.0 Quad SACD
“Alice returns to a pure rock sound...one of his most revered albums ever.”
Alice Cooper fans rejoice! Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing the final Alice Cooper group album on 4.0 Quad SACD. Muscle of Love is the seventh studio album by Alice Cooper and it was the last album to feature the entire original band, and it was a true grand finale at that. Cooper stated in an interview at the time that the album marked a return to fundamentals. “It's not complicated in any sense...It's very basic rock & roll throughout.”
The two best-known tracks are undoubtedly the Top 20 anthem “Teenage Lament '74,” which features none other than Liza Minnelli, Ronnie Spector, Labelle and the Pointer Sisters on backing vocals, and the rollicking title track. But other tracks are just as good - the Led Zep-stomping opener, “Big Apple Dreamin' (Hippo),” the gentle “Hard Hearted Alice” (a precursor to Cooper's future ballad-oriented direction), the raging “Working Up a Sweat,” and “Man with the Golden Gun.”
The 1973 return to the band's more hard rock roots was a successful creative choice and catapulted Muscle Of Love into Billboard's Top 10 Album Chart. That sound, complete with the prog-rock/heavy metal workouts, has proven over the years to be a significant piece of the Alice Cooper legacy.
“One of the best albums of the genre...a hard rock classic!”
INCLUDES: Miniature replica of the Institute of Nude Wrestling book cover
1. Big Apple Dreamin' (Hippo)
2. Never Been Sold Before
3. Hard Hearted Alice
4. Crazy Little Child
5. Working Up a Sweat
6. Muscle of Love
7. Man with the Golden Gun
8. Teenage Lament '74
9. Woman Machine
Produced by Jack Richardson, Jack Douglas
Mastered: Stereo CD, SACD & 4.0 Analog to High Definition DSD Digital Transfer: Steve Hoffman & Stephen Marsh
For more information: www.audiofidelity.net
A NOTE FROM FOGHAT’S ROGER & LINDA EARL ON THE BAND’S PLEDGEMUSIC CAMPAIGN
We want to let our friends know that we are working on a new project and would like to invite you to join in and lend a hand!
Foghat's new record “Under the Influence” has lots of new material and some kick-ass covers from our musical influences along with some amazing special guests. And, since December marks the 40th anniversary of Slow Ride, we are also recording a new version of the song as a bonus track in honor of Lonesome Dave and Rod Price, also with special guests!
We could use some help funding the project but we are not asking for donations! All we are asking you to do is pre-order the record. Either the download, CD or Vinyl, or any of the other cool experiences or VIP opportunities.
We partnered with PledgeMusic because they are all about music! A very cool site where you can pre-order items and get an Access Pass which gives you an inside look into what is going on ‘behind the scenes’ of both the recording and with the band. So we are asking for you to help us spread the word and be part of the making of this record.
Many people don’t realize how costly it is to make a record and we have funded the last 15 years worth on our own. It’s not like the old days where the record company paid for everything. And in the digital world, with so many people getting and listening to music for free, it gets cost prohibitive to keep being creative. So, since we love making new music and recording we are running a PledgeMusic campaign to make the best record we can.
We know how fortunate we are to still be out here doing what we love and seriously appreciate all of our friends and fans! If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be here! Thank you!
Keep on Rockin’
Linda & Roger Earl
Metallica Did Consider Firing Lars Ulrich
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett confirmed in a new interview the long running rumors that the band considered firing drummer Lars Ulrich back in the 'Masters Of Puppets' era.
Hammett played down the rumor, saying it was more frustration at the time than serious consideration of firing Lars. "You know, that was just an old thing," Hammett said in the interview with PYX 106 (via Blabbermouth). "I think at one point or another, we were pissed off at Lars, around maybe 1985 or something.
"We were unhappy, and we might have grumbled something to someone. And then that person might have picked up on it and made it something a lot bigger than it actually was."
Hammett may have been referring to Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. They report that Ian wrote about Metallica wanting to fire Lars in 1986 in his autobiography "I Am The Man".
Ian claims that Hammett and late bass player Cliff Burton told him that "they couldn't take being in the band with [Ulrich] anymore and were done putting up with him. I didn't ask why they were gonna kick Lars out. I figured it was because they wanted a better drummer, but apparently there was also a lot of business-related stuff going on behind the scenes they weren't thrilled with."
Hammett went on to praise Lars in the interview, saying, "To be completely honest, [Lars] has a lot of drive, and that's a part of the reason why I love the man. His drive and his motivation is just so intense, you know."
Rush Members Unsure About Band's Future
Rush frontman Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson shared their thoughts on the band's future in a new video interview with Rolling Stone in advance of the November 20 release of their "R40 Live" package.
The pair answered a variety of questions submitted by fans, including some looking for an update on the Toronto band's plans following what may have been the group's final tour.
"Are we going to tour again?" asked Lee. "That's the question that I'd like to know myself. I can't answer the question because I have no idea myself but it doesn't look good at this point.
"Not all of us agree on whether they want to tour again. It's difficult because we all have a sort of different idea about touring and, at this moment, we are not all on the same page."
During the 40th anniversary tour, the bassist discussed Rush'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.
Asked if they will regroup to write and record new music moving forward, Lee says "We don't have any immediate plans for that. Right now we're on holiday. I hope once the new year rolls around and the juices get flowing and we get hungry again we can talk about that." Read more here.
Scott Weiland Talks Possible Stone Temple Pilots Reunion
Scott Weiland believes he could be back in Stone Temple Pilots by 2017. And he says tensions surrounding the band's self-titled 2010 album were partly to behind Robert and Dean DeLeo's decision to dismiss him three years later.
STP branded him a "toxic" influence after his departure for the second time. They later brought in Chester Bennington as his replacement - but the Linkin Park frontman confirmed last week that he was no longer working with them.
Asked about his firing, Weiland tells 93.1 The Fox Rocks: "Part of it was the recording process. Don Was was there producing the album, and Robert and Dean wanted to produce the album with just the band.
"I didn't think that was a good idea. I kind of thought it was too many cooks in the kitchen. It was a difference of vision and it kind of started things off on the wrong foot. Then it spilt over into the touring."
Asked what he'd say if STP called him and invited him to rejoin, Weiland replies: "I think it would be beneficial to wait a little while - give it a little bit of time to let some air between us all before that happens. Like a year or something like that." Read more here.
Bruce Springsteen Releases Classic Live Video For The River
Bruce Springsteen has released a video of an unreleased 1980 live version of the title track to "The River" as a preview of his forthcoming 7-disc box set marking the 35th anniversary of the project.
The performance at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ is considered legendary in Springsteen circles as the New Jersey rocker and his band were on the road in support of their first double album.
Due December 4, "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection" presents the live show from Arizona alongside the 1980 album and its scrapped 1979 draft "The Ties That Bind", plus 22 outtakes from the studio sessions and an hour-long documentary/interview with Springsteen.
The rocker is previewing the upcoming package with an unreleased studio outtake, "Meet Me In The City", and a live version of "Ramrod." "The River" earned Springsteen his first No. 1 US album on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 5 million copies in the States alone. Watch the video here.
Conflicting Guns N' Roses Reunion Claims Surface
Another week and another batch of rumors and claims about a reunion of the original or classic lineup of Guns N' Roses have surfaced including conflicting claims from a former manager and another from Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx. Radio.com reports:
Guns N' Roses and Poison's former manager Vicky Hamilton did her best to dispel the rumors, posting on Facebook that she'd been in touch with Slash. "He says the G N' R tour isn't happening," she wrote.
Nikki Sixx on the other hand appeared to claim a reunion is coming. When asked on Twitter whether Guns N' Roses would ever reunite, Sixx responded in all capitals, "THEY ARE. EVERYBODY KNOWS."
Sixx may have insider information, since he currently plays in the band Sixx:A.M. with guitarist DJ Ashba, who recently-along with guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal-left Guns N' Roses over the summer. Sixx's information should be taken with a grain of salt, however, since he's been known for his cheeky sense of humor. Read the report for more details here.
FOREIGNER’S EUROPEAN AND ISRAELI 2016 SUMMER TOUR STARTS AT LONDON’S PALLADIUM ON TUESDAY 7th JUNE
Universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, FOREIGNER will rock across Europe and Israel for a massive summer 2016 Tour. A formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, the band will belt out full electric performances of their biggest anthems at some of Europe’s greatest venues starting at London’s Palladium on Tuesday 7th June, followed by dates at Belgium’s Graspop, Cologne’s Tanzbrunnen, Tel Aviv’s Caesarea Amphitheatre, and many more.
Tickets for FOREIGNER’S London Palladium concert go on sale Friday 20th November at 9am GMT from www.livenation.co.uk/artist/foreigner-tickets. Click here for the official UK FOREIGNER press page for the London Palladium concert - http://bit.ly/1ONeL4T
Fans will see why it Feels Like The First Time when the band performs rock’s greatest hits including the unforgettable anthems Juke Box Hero, Cold As Ice, Urgent, and I Want To Know What Love Is. With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, FORIENGER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems, the band continues to rock the charts more than thirty years.
FOREIGNER’S popularity continues to soar, having taken over the US media in 2015 with recent music usage in shows like Orange Is the New Black, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and the films Pitch Perfect, and Magic Mike. FOREIGNER is sure to generate the same excitement in Europe and Israel this summer as they bring their enduring brand of rock and popularity across the sea. “Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide,” says lead guitarist Mick Jones. “Unwittingly, we've weaved into the fabric of people's lives.”
2016 EUROPEN AND ISRAELI TOUR DATES
07 London, UK, The Palladium
12 Sofia, Bulgaria - Arena Armeec
14 Tel Aviv Israel - Caesarea Amphitheatre
15 Tel Aviv, Israel - Caesarea Amphitheatre
17 Dessel, Belgium - Graspop
18 Clisson, France - Hellfest
04 Wacken, Germany - Wacken Festival - SOLD OUT
05 Schwetzingen, Germany - Open Air Im Park
06 Nurnberg, Germany - Lieder am See
08 Cologne, Germany - Tanzbrunnen
09 Mainz, Germany - Nordmohle
12 Erlach, Switzerland - Lakeside Festival
LAST IN LINE - "Devil In Me"
Rolling Stones Eye December Recording Studio Return
The Rolling Stones could start recording their 23rd album in the next few weeks, guitarist Ronnie Wood says. It follows colleague Keith Richards' assertion that the band would gather next year to make the follow-up to 2005's A Bigger Bang.
Now Wood tells ABC Radio: "We'll maybe go into the studio in December, cut a few tracks and see what happens. We'll take it from there - see how it all goes. One thing at a time."
Frontman Mick Jagger recently said it would be "very nice" to record again, adding: "I've got a lot of new songs. I've done really good demos for all of them." Read more here.
Tool Announce Plans To Launch U.S. Tour In January
Tool fans may still be waiting for the band's next studio album but they won't have to wait much longer to see them live as the band revealed in an online post they are launching a U.S. tour in January.
The group kept in their unconventional character with the announcement proclaiming "TOOL TOUR VISIONS SOMETHING WICKED THIS… YOUR WAY COMES!" with the promise the tour routing and support band details will soon be announced.
Here is the band's message, "For those of you who only like NEWS about TOOL, here's something that should be of great interest. The impenetrable veil of my dark scrying mirror FINALLY CLEARED today - enough so, in fact - that I could perceive a large heptagram on a complexly lit stage where four performers were dwarfed by dramatic video projections. Evidently the sonic and visual extravaganza that I was receiving is a rare glimpse of FUTURE TOOL U.S.A. TOUR DATES in the month of JANUARY, 2016 e.v.
"However, with some of the images in the depths of the black glass not being clearly distinct… YET, fans will have to keep checking back (SOON) on the Tool websites and Tool facebook page for an official announcement containing a list of the SHOW DATES, CITIES and VENUES, as well as for info about a tour support act(s).
"Regarding an opening band(s), what I was able to discern through the ever-shifting veil will in all likeliness be exciting to many Tool enthusiasts. STAY TUNED, FOLKS… as my trusty SCRYING MIRROR CONTINUES TO CLEAR…"
Megadeth Frontman Explains Why Rust In Peace Era Lineup Didn't Reunite
Dave Mustaine says he wanted "nothing to do with" recent attempts to reunite Megadeth's Rust In Peace era lineup. After Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover quit the band last year, there were calls for frontman Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson to to bring back guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza.
The four got together to discuss the possibility, but it didn't work out and eventually Kiko Loureiro and Chris Adler were brought in to work on 15th album Dystopia, due out on January 22.
Ellefson later cleared Mustaine of any blame over the failed reunion attempts. Now Mustaine tells Overdrive: "There was a lot of upheaval in our camp over the last couple of years, with management changes, bad touring decisions made by our management, and the loss of my mother-in-law and the whole Rust In Peace reunion.
"David Ellefson was a total gentleman and stood up and said, 'Look, this wasn't his idea to do this reunion. It was my idea.' Because my take on it was that I really didn't want anything to do with it. As far as I was concerned, it's done and let's just leave it where it's at.
"Dave really wanted to do the Rust In Peace thing and I love Dave, he's my partner, so I figured, 'We'll see what happens.' When it didn't happen, of course, everybody blamed me and I was just politely saying, 'Go f*** yourself.'" Read more here.
Volbeat Part Ways With Founding Member
Volbeat have parted ways with original member and bassist Anders Kjolholm. Guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulson and drummer Jon Larsen announced the lineup change via the band's social media sites, while lead guitarist Rob Caggiano remains on board.
The pair says: "In connection with the planning and preparation of Volbeat's extensive future plans and wishes for 2016 and onwards, Volbeat and Anders Kjolholm part ways. All matters related hereto have been mutually and respectfully agreed upon. All announced shows will happen as planned.
"Anders has been a loyal friend and bandmate since 2001. We've toured most parts of the world and shared experiences that only few bands get to do. We're very thankful for this and wish Anders all the bext in the future." Read more here.
Leslie West Streaming New Album 'Soundcheck' Online In Full
Leslie West has made his upcoming album Soundcheck available to stream in its entirety via The Blues. The album - which features guest appearances from Peter Frampton, Brian May, Max Middleton, Bonnie Bramlett and the late Jack Bruce - is released on November 30 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.
West made his name in Mountain and has influenced guitarists including Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads and Jethro Tull's Martin Barre. Barre had the following to say:
"Prior to going into the studio to record Aqualung, I met Leslie, whose playing I absolutely loved. Leslie is well known for his association with Les Paul Juniors, and just after meeting him, I picked up a 1958 Junior because his sound was so incredible. I would say that he's the only guitarist who has ever influenced me directly." Listen to the album here.
Rush Release 'Subdivisions' R40 Live Video
Rush have released an online video clip of their performance of their 1982 track, "Subdivisions", as a preview to their forthcoming "R40 Live" release, which comes out in various formats on November 20.
The second single from the group's ninth album, "Signals", reached No. 8 on the US Album Rock tracks chart while the project went on to sell more than a million copies in the States alone.
"R40 Live" presents Rush live in concert in their hometown of Toronto over two nights this past June. The shows at the Air Canada Centre marked the first time the group have filmed in their hometown in almost 20 years.
Mixed by David Botrill (Tool, Muse), the new live release is named after Rush's 40th anniversary box set, "R40." "R40 Live" will be available as a 3CD/Blu-ray or DVD set as well as standalone options for the concert film or live album. Watch the video here.
Robert Plant Performance At Children's Charity Event Video Goes Online
Robert Plant performed at a children's charity event at the Egremont Market Hall in Cumbria, UK on October 24 and video from the show has been posted online.
Plant was invited to perform in aid of the Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children's Fund (CKDCF) by his friend Francis Dunnery. "Francis toured with Robert in the early 90s and then met him last month and asked him if he would come to Egremont," says Mark Andrews, the local face of CKDCF. "When I was arranging the publicity, I found myself typing 'Robert Plant at Egremont Market Hall' and it sounded surreal!"
Plant's 8-song set included covers of tunes by Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Tim Hardin and Lil' Millet And His Creoles, alongside three Led Zeppelin standards: "Down By The Seaside", "Going To California" and "Rock And Roll." Read more and check out video from the show here.
The Zombies Release Moving On Video
The Zombies have released a video for their track Moving On. It features on their sixth and latest album Still Got That Hunger, out now via The End Records/ADA.
The promo was filmed at their show in New York City in October - and keyboardist Rod Argent says he's had the idea for the track in his head for 38 years.
He tells Guitar World: "I actually started this song in 1977 when I wrote one couplet upon hearing of Elvis' death. For some reason it has stayed in my mind all these years - although it's no longer about Elvis.
"When I was writing material for this record, for some reason I couldn't get that couplet out of my mind. And I developed the whole song lyrically and musically." Watch the video here.
Motorhead Star Phil Taylor Dead At 61
Former Motorhead drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor died Wednesday at the age of 61. Taylor played in Motorhead from 1975 to 1984 and from 1987 to 1992.
Old bandmate and guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke broke the news via Facebook on Thursday. "My dear friend and brother passed away last night," wrote Clarke. "He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character. Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together. Rest in Peace, Phil!"
Motorhead issued a statement on Thursday, as well, writing: "Lil' Philthy...he who once shouted 'stop wincing about' on an album...he who fueled many a young boy's punk/metal hairstyles...he who played the drums with fury and intent...he who liked to call people 'wazzocks' once in a while...friend, Roman, Derbyshireman...rest in peace...with much love."
The drummer was featured on 11 early Motorhead records, including the band's 1975 debut, "On Parole", and their 1980 classic "Ace Of Spades." Taylor and Clarke reunited with Motorhead for a performance of "Ace Of Spades" at a show in Birmingham, UK last November. Check out video of the reunion here.
JACO Coming to DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms on November 27th
The fully authorized story of one of the most revolutionary bassists in music history, Jaco Pastorius
Produced by Robert Trujillo of Metallica
JACO, A full-length documentary film chronicling the life, music and ongoing influence of the mythic electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius, is being released on DVD/BluRay on Nov. 27, 2015. Produced by Robert Trujillo (bassist, Metallica) JACO incorporates interviews with musical visionaries including Sting, Joni Mitchell, Flea, Jerry Jemmott, Bootsy Collins, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and many others with never-before-seen photos and films from the Pastorius family archive. This extraordinary film reveals the story behind Jaco's life and music, both as a solo artist and member of Weather Report, the tragic arc of his demise and early death and the enduring influence and inspiration of his artistry and genius.
The DVD / BluRay release is a two-disc set. Disc 1 is the film and Disc 2 Features bonus material: 30 never before seen interviews with Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Bootsy Collins and many more. They talk about Jaco's incredible contributions to music, how he changed the instrument as well as musical boundaries, and also Jaco the person.
JACO had its world premiere earlier this year at Austin's SxSW Film Conference & Festival, and has appeared in many film festivals around the world winning awards at the inaugural Asbury Park Music Film Festival as well as the Athens Film Festival.
The film "(captures) the essence of what made Jaco Pastorius such an influential artist," declared the Montreal Gazette, praising "the glowing words of interviewees and the many recorded and live musical excerpts that he lets speak for themselves" and hailing JACO as "an enlightening introduction to a groundbreaking musician."
"A brilliant film about a brilliant musician. I love every minute of it." - Michael Kurtz, co-founder, Record Store Day.
The DVD / Blu-ray / etc will be distributed in the U.S. by MVD Entertainment Group. In Europe, contact Proper Records and Music Sales Ltd. In Canada, contact Conveyor / Universal
For more information and updates: www.JacoTheFilm.com
The red-carpet, world premier screening of JACO will take place at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown LA on November 22nd followed by a concert featuring Robert Trujillo and Mass Mental, Felix Pastorius and Hipster Assassins, special guest performers including Billy Idol, Flea, and more surprise guests to come. Tickets are now available, VIP tickets include a meet and greet with the artists: http://j.mp/1FVqOtJ
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BRITISH PSYCHEDELIC-POP LEGENDS THE ZOMBIES RELEASE THE FIRST OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FROM THEIR NEW ALBUM, STILL GOT THAT HUNGER!
"With a legacy rivaling that of nearly all of their fellow British Invasion mates — and that company includes theBeatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, and Small Faces — The Zombies have the singles, the albums, and the actual playing chops to rival any band that ever was." -Yahoo Music
"Still Got That Hunger is their first work that openly pays tribute to their remarkable endurance.
Hardly the final chapter — Argent and Blunstone have plenty of music left in them—
the record feels like the completion of the circle.
It feels like a band embracing their hard-won legacy at long last." -VH1
"Still Got That Hunger sounds as fresh and contemporary as any disc released this year.
But then, The Zombies’ music has always been timeless." -Pollstar
"...the band's trademark Baroque pop with a psychedelic twist." -All Music
"...quite possibly their best." -Innocent Words
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (November 12, 2015) – Iconic British psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have released the official music video for 'Moving On,' the lead single from their new full-length studio album, Still Got That Hunger, available now via The End Records. The music video just premiered with Guitar World - CLICK HERE TO WATCH!
The video was shot at their sold-out New York City show during their recent and historic U.S. tour. Says founding member and keyboardist Rod Argent, "I actually started this song in 1977 when I wrote one couplet on hearing of Elvis' death. For some reason it has stayed in my mind all these years, although it's no longer about Elvis. When I was writing material for this record for some reason I couldn't get that couplet out of my mind. And I developed the whole song lyrically and musically. What I like about this video is that it captures a typical day in our life on tour in America, and particularly where we first played, New York, which we still love so many years later.
THE ZOMBIES - 'MOVING ON' [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]
Still Got That Hunger
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About The Zombies:
The second U.K. band following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s hit singles “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No.” Ironically, the group broke-up just prior to achieving their greatest success – the worldwide chart-topping single “Time of the Season,” from their swan-song album Odessey & Oracle, ranked #100 in Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time.’ To this day, generations of new bands have cited The Zombies’ work as pop touchstones, and the band continues to be embraced by new generations of fans.
Following the break-up of the original band, Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career, and Argent rocked ‘70’s arenas with his eponymous band ARGENT, but the legend of The Zombies continued to take on a life of its own. By the start of the new Millennium, Blunstone and Argent were inspired to resurrect The Zombies. The media excitedly welcomed their return, leading to a 2011 performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
2013-2014 marked a major resurgence for the band, with two U.K. and five U.S. tours (including stops at SXSW in Austin, NYC’s Central Park SummerStage, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival and Milwaukee SummerFest)…the American release of their new album, Breathe Out, Breathe In (Huffington Post’s David Wild called the album “inspired” and said “some songs recall the haunting melodic heights of the group’s 1968 masterpiece Odessey and Oracle.”)… the debut on RollingStone.com & VEVO of their first-ever music video for “Any Other Way”… a PBS Special filmed on the legendary Austin City Limits stage….Eminem’s sample/cover version of “Time of the Season” on his comeback album… the amazing Keira Knightley "She's Not There" campaign for Coco Chanel… and the announcement of their first nomination to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
John Mellencamp Retrospective On 30th Anniversary Of Scarecrow
Dallas, TX - Nov 12, 2015. InTheStudio.Net, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 30th anniversary of John Mellencamp’s Scarecrow album with a look back at the many revealing interviews conducted with John over nearly a decade for InTheStudio.
John Mellencamp Scarecrow released this week in 1985 was loaded with hits including “Small Town”, “Lonely Ol’ Night” and “R.O.C.K. in the USA”. His list of Top 20 hits is so extensive it required the double-disc Words and Music compilation to fit them all. Scarecrow revealed some of the best of John’s songcraft. “Minutes to Memories” has cinematic characters with dialogue to rival any Larry McMurtry novel; “Between a Laugh and a Tear” is an under-appreciated gem featuring Rickie Lee Jones harmonizing on the choruses; and the driving “Rain on the Scarecrow” pelted the public apathy toward the disappearing family farmer, providing a spark to ignite the Farm Aid effort with Neil Young and Willie Nelson. All of the promise of the American Dream, and the contradictions, are evident in the gutcheck of the rural North American parallel universe in this revealing series of interviews.
“People think I’m the keeper of the small town. And everybody thought ‘Well hell this guy is really all about small towns.’ I’m not really. I wrote one song.” - John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp Scarecrow@ 30 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/john-mellencamp-2/”
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Nils Lofgren Receives Outstanding Contribution Award at Classic Rock Awards
“So honored to receive Classic Rock Mag's Outstanding Contribution Award and share the night with Amy and so many great musicians and friends, especially Andy Newmark, my award presenter. The UK has always been a magical music community to me and a second home to perform in. Amazing night!” Nils Lofgren
The 'Classic Rock Roll Of Honour (www.awards.classicrock.teamrock.com) is an annual awards program established in 2005 by Classic Rock Magazine (www.classicrock.teamrock.com) in the UK. Winners are announced at an annual awards show which took place on Wednesday November 11th at The Roundhouse in London. Each year, the Outstanding Contribution award toasts the towering figures who have straddled their era, shaken the scene, left their fingermarks on a stellar catalogue and safeguarded the spirit of rock as it rolls on through the decades. This year they chose to bestow this honor on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame E Street Band Member Nils Lofgren, an artist whose rock ‘n’ roll résumé is second to none according to Siân Llewellyn, the Editor of Classic Rock Magazine. Previous recipients of the Outstanding Contribution Award include: Jeff Lynne, Bob Ezrin, John Paul Jones, Ronnie Wood, and Jeff Beck amongst others. Nils was able to accept the award in person, as he is currently crisscrossing the UK on his second tour of the United Kingdom this year, promoting his new album just released to rave reviews and recorded there at the start of the year ( UK2015 Face the Music Tour –UK review here: www.allaboutjazz.com/uk-2015-face-the-music-tour-nils-lofgren-cattle-track-road-records-review-by-doug-collette.php?width=1920 ).
Just prior to departing for the UK, Nils performed at the Bridge School Benefit, an annual event organized by Neil Young (www.bridgeschool.org). Neil Young joined Nils on the song Believe, adding harmonica and sharing some vocals. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/nils-lofgren-neil-young-perform-believe-at-bridge-school-benefit-20151025 . When he returns from his 21 day UK tour, he will embark on US dates, currently booked through mid-year 2016.
For more information visit www.nilslofgren.com
Guns N' Roses Wife Hints At Reunion
Original Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan's wife has helped spark more speculation that the band may be reuniting and an official social media page from the band dropped some cryptic messages online last week.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville was capture on video with Duff's wife Susan Holmes-McKagan outside a recent benefit for the City of Hope cancer center.
In the video clip, Glanville declares on camera "Guns N' Roses is coming back, motherf-ers!" and Ultimate Classic Rock reports that instead of correcting her longtime friend, Duff's wife responded with a "Whoo!" Watch the video here.
The clip follows a series of cryptic tweets that were posted on the official Guns N' Roses Twitter account on Sunday that read, "What ever happened to no news is good news? Of course today everyone is a journalist. If only they could read lips…Surely they'll read between the lines."
On the far-less-reliable-source-than-a-spouse anonymous "music insider" front, Dish Nation has published the following quote from one such unnamed person, "Slash and Axl have verbally agreed to get things together again and reform the original band.
"The live shows is where they can show the world what they had and also make the greatest earnings. Promoters are quietly working away to land opportunities.
"Details of the reunion are expected to leak out in the next few days. Everyone is expecting huge demand for tickets, but the boys are very humble and are not sure what to expect."
Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Queen Rule Classic Rock Awards
Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Queen and were among the artists who scored big at this year's Classic Rock Awards ceremony that took place earlier this week.
The event was staged on Wednesday (Nov. 11) at the legendary Roundhouse venue in London, with Iron Maiden taking home the album of the year honor for their new 2-disc effort "The Book Of Souls" and AC/DC winning the "Band Of The Year" honor.
The event saw Joe Satriani present Queen's Brian May with the "Living Legend Award" on behalf of his trailblazing band. Previous "Living Legend" recipients have included Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Gregg Allman and ZZ Top, among others.
Led Zeppelin nabbed the "Reissue of the Year" trophy thanks to the Page-supervised reissue of the band's catalog in Deluxe Box form. Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, was bestowed the "Classic Album" honor. Foo Fighters, Joe Satriani and former Slade frontman Noddy Holder were among the other honorees. See the list of winners here.
Dio Supergroup Last In Line Part Ways With Claude Schnell
Dio offshoot band Last In Line have split with keyboardist Claude Schnell. The move comes ahead of the launch of debut track Devil In Me, which arrives next week, and the release of their album Heavy Crown in February.
Schnell was a member of the original Dio lineup alongside guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Vinny Appice. They reunited under the Last In Line name in 2013, and recruited vocalist Andrew Freeman to front the band.
Campell, also a member of Def Leppard, says: "The initial idea was to reunite the original Dio band to play the songs we wrote and recorded with Ronnie in the early 1980s. It was a limited ambition, but one that brought us great joy in reconnecting to this great music, to each other, and to our collective history.
"Our ambition at that time didn't extend to writing and recording any new music, but when we were offered the opportunity to do so by the Frontiers record label, we took that step forward."
Campbell adds that the band decided to mimic the procedure they undertook with 1983 Dio debut Holy Diver, which was written without keyboards in mind. He continues: "After Holy Diver was recorded we brought in Claude to embellish certain songs in a way that the guitar just couldn't do. From that time forward Claude became an essential part of the band's live shows.
"In retracing our footsteps, we again started to write as a four-piece, keeping the emphasis on guitar-driven songs. In the course of doing so we have decided to continue on that path, and remain a four-piece band." Read more here.
Randy Rhoads' Mother Delores Dead At 95
Delores Rhoads, the mother of legendary late guitarist Randy Rhoads has died aged 95. The news was confirmed by former Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rudy Sarzo on his Facebook page.
He says: "The world today has lost one of the most gracious and sweetest ladies I'm blessed to have known, Delores Rhoads. Please keep her and the Rhoads family in your prayers."
Osbourne also paid tribute to Delores, saying: "I am deeply saddened to hear of Mrs Rhoads' passing. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed. I have no doubt she is reunited with her son, Randy."
She founded the Musonia School Of Music in Hollywood after graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor's degree in music. When son Randy received his first guitar, he learned to play and read music at the school.
According to CSUN, Delores said of that time: "He couldn't have been more than eight years old, maybe younger. But he would sit there and play his heart out because he enjoyed it." Read more here.
Eddie Van Halen Reveals His Favorite Guitar Riffs Off All-Time
Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen revealed his picks for the best guitar riffs off all time during his interview for Billboard's Greatest of All-Time interview series.
Van Halen, who revolutionized rock guitar in the 1970s and 80s, stuck mostly to riffs from songs that predated his rise to fame and admitted compiling the list was difficult. "There are millions of riffs," Van Halen said. "I wrack my brain, trying to think. Obviously, I can't mention any of my own, right?"
But when he did come up with specific songs they included AC/DC's "Down Payment Blues" from their 1978 studio effort, Powerage, which Van Halen called "one of my all-time favorites".
He also cited Black Sabbath's "Into the Void" from their 1971 album Masters of Reality; Deep Purple's "Burn" (the title-track to the legendary band's effort that marked the debut of David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes); and Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" from their 1967 album Disraeli Gears. Check out the full interview clip here.
Allman Brothers Band Expand 'Idlewild South' For 45th Anniversary
The Allman Brothers Band will mark the 45th anniversary of their second album, "Idlewild South", with the release of a series of expanded reissues on December 4th.
The follow-up to their 1969 self-titled debut featured a pair of Allman concert staples, "Midnight Rider" and the epic "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed."
The album's title came from the band's nickname for a farmhouse it rented on a lake outside of Macon, Georgia during the project's recording, with its busy atmosphere reminding them of New York City's Idlewild Airport.
An updated series of the album will include a remastered edition on CD, vinyl and digital, a Deluxe 2CD set and a Super Deluxe 3CD/Blu-ray package.
The 2-CD Deluxe Edition adds 12 tracks, including a combination of outtakes, live and studio cuts, while a 3-CD and Blu-Ray Super Deluxe edition with 14 added tracks also includes the entire album (plus four additional outtakes, alternate takes or mixes) in Blu-Ray Pure Audio in 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround & Stereo. Read more here.
Pearl Jam's Performance Of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb Goes Online
Pearl Jam delivered their debut live performance of the 1979 Pink Floyd classic, "Comfortably Numb", during a show in Porto Alegre, Brazil on Wednesday and video of the performance has been posted online.
The tune was featured as part of the band's second encore during the 33-song, 3-hour show, the third stop on the group's South American tour in support of 2013's "Lighting Bolt." The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart upon its release with opening week sales of 166,000 copies.
Earlier in Porto Alegre the set, the Seattle rockers also performed Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive", an instrumental track from their 1967 debut, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn."
The South American run sees Pearl Jam performing nine shows, wrapping up with a November 28 stop in Mexico City. Watch video of the performance of the Pink Floyd classic here.
Anthrax, Motorhead, Quiet Riot Members In 'Hair I Go Again' Documentary
Members of Anthrax, Motorhead, Quiet Riot, LA Guns, Vixen and more will appear in an upcoming documentary. The film entitled Hair I Go Again will be released next year and follows friends Kyle Kruger and Steve McClure as they attempt to achieve rock stardom 30 years after their band Bullet In The Chamber failed to crack the US music scene.
The film is described as "a story about a lifelong friendship, insurmountable odds and dealing with the always present thought of 'what if?' It's a tale of rediscovery, determination, triumphs and failures."
It'll feature interviews with artists including Anthrax's Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna, Motorhead's Phil Campbell, Tesla's Jeff Keith, Operation: Mindcrime's Geoff Tate and members of Stryper, Quiet Riot, The Cult, Warrant, LA Guns and Vixen.
A trailer for the documentary has been released. View it here.
Mike Portnoy Makes The Winery Dogs Priority Over Other Projects
Mike Portnoy says that while he's happy to juggle multiple projects, The Winery Dogs are his main focus. The former Dream Theater drummer is know for his work with a variety of artists including Metal Allegiance, Twisted Sister, The Neal Morse Band and Flying Colours.
But as he, Richie Kotzen and Billy Sheehan prepare to head out on a European tour in January in support of second album Hot Streak, the sticksman says they are his top priority.
He tells Metal Assault: "I am as guilty as anybody for having multiple things, like the five or six different things I have currently going on, but all the other things I do are more part-time projects.
"They revolve around The Winery Dogs, which is the main thing in my life. We'll be on the road solid for the next year, doing over a hundred shows and traveling the world.
"I think we're definitely, finally proving that this is a real band and we're here to stay." Read more here.
Iron Maiden Would Have Recruited Judas Priest's Richie Faulkner
Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner might have become a member of Iron Maiden if things had worked out differently, he's revealed. He'd been working with Lauren Harris, daughter of Maiden mainman Steve, before joining Rob Halford's band in 2011, after the departure of KK Downing.
Faulkner tells GigsAndFestivals: "Steve was one of the first ones I told when I got the Priest gig.He's a great guy, and, like the guys in Priest, he's an idol and he's a teacher. He's one of these guys who's really supportive.
"I said, 'I've been approached by another band,' and he was over the moon when I told him it was Priest. He said, 'I would have had you in my band. If anything had happened to any of my guys, you were the guy that was going to do it." Read more here.
Foghat Launches PledgeMusic Drive! www.pledgemusic.com/foghat
Foghat has launched a new PledgeMusic drive to fund the making of a new album titled Under the Influence. While this is nothing new these days in the music industry , Foghat, as usual, has cranked it up to 11 and is offering their fans some of the most unique experiences ever seen on such a campaign!
These Fools for the City are even offering an opportunity to rock out with them on stage! How cool is that? If you have stage fright then you need not worry as you can bid on founding member and drummer Roger Earl to cook you and a friend dinner! And there is a wine party and several other unique opportunities up for grabs!
“Slow Ride” is the band’s most famous song and to celebrate it’s 40th anniversary Foghat is remaking the tune with, you guessed it, an opportunity for fans to join in on the chorus! The price to ‘Take it Easy’ on the chorus is a very affordable $300.00 But space is limited so you need to check it out NOW!
Other incentives include a guitar lesson from Foghat’s own Bryan Bassett, a round of golf with vocalist Charlie Huhn and, if you have an extra 50K laying around then the band will come to your house and perform live! Of course, if your pockets don’t run that deep there are opportunities to pre-order downloads, pre-order autographed CDs and even t-shirts and vinyl copies. There are backstage passes available for offer to meet the band and, for those nights where Mr. Sandman evades your children there is even a pledge that will earn you a bedtime story delivered by Mr. Foghat himself, Roger Earl.
As they do with their music, Foghat got creative on this sucker! So join in the fun and check it out today.
Click here to view what’s being offered and to join the party!
Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Collaborates With 15-year-old Soprano Emmie Beckitt On New Single “Welcome A Star”
London, UK - “Welcome A Star” is the first single from 15-year-old soprano Emmie Beckitt, in collaboration with classically trained pianist, composer and TV presenter, Rick Wakeman. Rick first met Emmie, who has been singing classical repertoire since the age of ten, at a fundraiser for Kids 'n' Cancer – and was so impressed by her crystal clear voice and effortless range that he decided her to record a song from his oratorio The New Gospels, which tells the real story of Christmas.
The result is “Welcome A Star”, a beautifully melodic Christmas song, released by Hope Records via Nova Distribution, on Friday 4 December. “Welcome A Star” was recorded by Emmie with the English Chamber Choir and the Orion Orchestra, and features Rick on keyboards.
Currently studying for her Grade 8 exam in singing, Emmie Beckitt takes part in the Senior School Chamber Choir at St Augustines, Scarborough, North Yorkshire and is also a member of her school orchestra and jazz band, as she plays tenor saxophone, violin and piano. When aged only 13, she supported Katherine Jenkins in concert and a year later, appeared at Roy Wood's sell-out show at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, where she received a standing ovation. She recently sang “The Hymn”, composed by Sir Tim Rice and Rick Wakeman, with an orchestra and choir, at The Sage Gateshead, as part of the Tim Rice Concert Series.
A Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Professor of the London College of Music, former YES keyboard player, Watchdog presenter and renowned Grumpy Old Man, classically trained pianist Rick Wakeman began his career as a much-sought-after session musician in the late Sixties, playing on more than 2,000 records by a wide variety of artists, including Cat Stevens, David Bowie, Marc Bolan and Black Sabbath. In the early Seventies, he found fame in his own right as a member of first Strawbs and then YES. As a solo artist and with YES, he has sold more than 50,000,000 albums. He has written a number of film scores and has become a TV regular, appearing on shows like Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Countdown and of course, Grumpy Old Men and Watchdog. He still finds time to perform numerous concerts around the world every year, ranging from his extremely popular one-man show to extravaganzas that feature symphony orchestras and choirs.
Both Emmie and Rick are patrons of the Chesterfield charity Kids'n' Cancer and a percentage of the profits from the sale of Welcome A Star will be donated to that organization.
Welcome a Star is released on Friday 4 December, and is available in CD and digital single formats:
Van Morrison Reveals Musical Inspirations, Wrestling With Fame
Dallas, TX - Nov 11, 2015. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands gets a rare glimpse into the reclusive life of the blue-eyed soul singer and songwriter from Belfast, Van Morrison.
Since quitting school at age fifteen, Morrison has spent a lifetime recording and performing music on a scale few artists can ever imagine. Van Morrison is perhaps the most prolific artist of the last fifty years, yet there is not a single singer/songwriter on planet earth who has released more albums in the twenty-first century, that are more universally acclaimed, than Van Morrison. According to Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Albums of All-Time, his 1971 Moondance comes in at #65 while Van Morrison’s debut Astral Weeks is ranked # 19!
With the help of the BBC’s John Bennett, InTheStudio gets special access to Morrison as he discusses his life and career against the backdrop of many of his early Warner Bros Records greatest hits, from “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Moondance”, “Domino”, “Wild Night”, “Tupelo Honey” to “Into the Mystic”,”St. Dominic’s Preview”,”Blue Money”, and ”Crazy Love”. Van underscores his commitment to his craft and reveals the passion that has driven him for over five decades now.
“You see I’ve always like done this because I loved the music. You know, it’s like what they said about jazz. You don’t do jazz for the money, you do it for love. I’m doing this for love, not fame, not money and that’s always been the m.o.” - Van Morrison
Van Morrison / InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/van-morrison/”
Def Leppard's Vocalist Suffering From Unexplained Spasms
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says he's been suffering from bronchial spasms for a couple of months. He points to the band's August 7 performance at biker festival the Sturgis Rally, South Dakota for the issue - but insists it won't stop him from performing their upcoming shows, which includes dates in the UK and Ireland next month.
He tells the Belfast Telegraph: "We've three American shows left, then we've a three-week break and then we're off to Japan before the British and Irish tour. Sometimes the road is tough. I've had a bronchial spasm for about nine weeks.
"It's when you've got a cough and all the doctors can't figure out why you have it. It's one of those random things, I just cough for no reason, but luckily I've managed to avoid it onstage."
He continues: "It was brought on, I believe, by the dust and gas emissions from when we played this biker festival. They line up their bikes and rev their engines while you play and when you've got 30,000 doing it you can imagine the kind of air you're breathing in. It can't be good for you."
He says that show, coupled with the fact the band have been on the road throughout 2015, means his throat "gets a battering every night" and adds: " Sometimes you just have to suck it up and get on with the show." Read more here.
Duff Reveals Unexpected Guns N' Roses Influences
Duff McKagan has recalled how jamming to classic funk records helped form the Guns N' Roses rhythm section's groove-fuelled style. The bass player and drummer Steven Adler jammed along to Cameo and Sly And The Family Stone albums as they were honing the band's early sound. And without that experience, McKagan says, they might never have developed the edge that made them the biggest rock band of their time.
McKagan tells Bass Frontiers: "Steven and I would play to Cameo, for Steven to get that groove. And that influenced the back groove on Appetite For Destruction. That's all from playing to Cameo, Sly And The Family Stone. Just kind of playing along to some cassette.
"And then we played ourselves, and we developed grooves. And he really became probably the best small-kit groove drummer there ever was. No rack toms. Just a floor tom and a snare and a kick drum, hi-hat, cowbell. But all you got at that point is groove. Your groove's gotta be deep, or go home. And he had a great groove."
McKagan also talks about seeing Axl Rose in action with LA Guns in Hollywood before he joined GNR. He says: "It was at The Troubadour. I got there late and saw a couple of songs. And it was just like a bull loose in the ring.
"It was, like, 'What the hell?' And he was different. He wasn't metal, and he wasn't punk - he was like his own thing. And I identified with that." Watch the full interview here.
Buddy Guy Shares His Jimmy Page Regret
Buddy Guy forgot to ask Jimmy Page an important question the only time they ever met - and he still regrets it. The blues icon has only ever come face-to-face with the Led Zeppelin guitarist at the Kennedy Center Awards in Washington, DC in 2012.
Guy tells MusicRadar: "I own the largest blues club in Chicago and I've got everybody to sign a guitar, but him. Now I can't track him down!" He recalls first encountering British blues musicians when he visited the country in 1965. "I toured with The Yardbirds and Rod Stewart was the valet," he says.
"I didn't know who Clapton, Beck, Jimmy Page, none of them was. They all were telling me they didn't know a Strat could play the blues. I laughed and said, 'What do you mean?'
"They were all looking at Gibson guitars. I went in there with a Strat and was playing in a kind of wild and crazy way, like throwing it up and catching it." Read more here.
Megadeth Have 'Cool Lineup' In Mind For North American Tour
Lamb Of God won't join Megadeth on their 2016 North American tour dates, Dave Mustaine has confirmed but he says he has a "cool lineup" in mind for the trek.
Randy Blythe and co are currently on tour with Mustaine's band in the UK, with drummer Chris Adler pulling double duty. But the Megadeth mainman told fans in a Periscope Q&A that the two bands won't join up for Megadeth's North America shows - the dates for which have yet to be confirmed.
Mustaine says: "I'm really excited about coming back to the States and doing our North American tour there. The dates are coming along pretty well. And we've got three bands we're gonna be taking out with us there.
"Not completely sure about confirming all of them, but if they do confirm, the guys that I'm thinking about - no, it's not Lamb Of God for North America - if those guys are on it, I think it's gonna be a cool lineup." Read more here.
Ritchie Blackmore's Former Singer Excited About New Rainbow
Former Rainbow frontman Graham Bonnet says he's excited at the prospect of seeing Ritchie Blackmore's latest band in action. The guitar icon recently unveiled his touring lineup for his upcoming rock shows.
And Bonnet, who previously urged Blackmore to "find the best young talent" rather than looking backwards, says he's sure the exposure the band will receive will stand them in good stead for the future.
He says on Facebook: "No one is happier than I about Ritchie's return to rock. I'm excited to see the band he has chosen as he has introduced so many amazing musician's to the world and I am sure that this will be no different.
"To this day, I thank Ritchie for giving me a career in an area of music that I might otherwise have missed." Read more here.
Beatles Session Drummer Andy White Dead At 85
Renowned session drummer Andy White has died at the age of 85 after a "massive stroke." The Scottish musician, who famously replaced Ringo Starr on the recording of the Beatles' debut single Love Me Do, died on Monday in New Jersey, USA.
His wife, the voice actress Thea White, broke the news to her husband's friend and fellow sticksman Clive Edwards - formerly of UFO and Wild Horses - in an email that has been passed to Classic Rock writer Dave Ling.
White says: "I am overwhelmingly sad to have to tell you that Andy had a massive stroke last Thursday and died this afternoon, never regaining consciousness. He so enjoyed communicating with you about your mutual drum set." Read more here.
Great White Singer Feel Guilty For Surviving Deadly Club Fire
Great White singer Jack Russell has recalled the debilitating survivor's guilt he experienced after the 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island that killed 100 people.
Great White's pyrotechnic display sparked the blaze at The Station club in Warwick. It raged out of control when non-approved soundproofing equipment went up in flames in the overcrowded venue.
This month, a deadly fire in a Romanian rock club resulted in the deaths of 45 people, with many more in critical condition in hospital. Russell plans to tell his story in an upcoming documentary on the 2003 blaze.
He tells 105.9 The Brew: "It's a story of my life intertwined with the story of the fire. It's really hard, but it's gonna give me a chance to apologise and say how I feel about it. I never had the chance to say, 'I'm sorry.'"
The vocalist says he experienced months of horror in the wake of the tragedy. He adds: "I was almost catatonic for three months. I couldn't stop crying. It was horrible. I'll never be over it and I don't think I ever should. I think I owe it to my fans that lost their lives to never forget them.
"It was like the 9/11 of rock'n'roll. I feel a guilt. I have this survivor's guilt, why did I get to live when so many other people didn't? I feel guilty for people coming to see me play and losing their lives." Read more here.
Foo Fighters Beat Rush For Classic Rock Award
Foo Fighters have been named winners of the Film (Or DVD) Of The Year prize at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. The Foos were up against Rush - R40, Cobain: Montage Of Heck, Love And Mercy, The Wrecking Crew, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me and Joe Bonamassa - Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks.
Dave Grohl and co scooped the award - voted for by Classic Rock readers - for their Sonic Highways series which documented their recording of the album of the same name.
The album was released last year as the eight-part HBO series was being aired. The show was later broadcast in the UK on BBC Four and is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Classic Rock editor Sian Llewellyn says: "The fans have spoken, and Sonic Highways has taken the prize for best film. Dave Grohl and the guys put together an excellent series that gave viewers a remarkable insight into the workings and history of eight great musical cities in America." Read more here.
Leslie West Streams New Song Featuring Queen's Brian May
Leslie West has released his cover of soul-blues classic Going Down, taken from forthcoming solo album Soundcheck, which is scheduled to be released on November 27th.
He invited Queen guitarist Brian May and vocalist Bonnie Bramlett to guest on his take on the Don Nix song, popularised by Freddy King and also recorded by Jeff Beck.
Mountain man West says: "I've been playing this song onstage for a long time, slow and quiet, then I build up and use the volume knob to create violin-like swells.
"I love the way my bass player Rev Jones plays it with me, so I wanted to get it on the album. I took the opportunity to play some different melodies over the chord progression." Stream the new song here.
Gentle Giant Score Chart Hit With Octopus Reissue
Gentle Giant are celebrating after their reissue of 1972 album Octopus entered the BBC Rock Chart at no. 34. The reissue is is available to purchase on CD, Blu-ray and digitally.
The band's fourth album was remixed by Steven Wilson and released in late October with bonus material and new sketches by artist Roger Dean who created the original cover art.
Singer Derek Shulman says: "Everyone in the band is delighted to hear that the music that we created in 1972 seems to be even more popular in 2015. To see Octopus in the top 40 is such a pleasant surprise.
"Steven Wilson remixed the music in 5.1 with his usual respect and care." Read more here.
Aerosmith's Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes Launching Tour
Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and longtime Ted Nugent vocalist Derek St. Holmes have announced dates for a fall US tour. The reunited pair will play a 2-week run starting November 12 in Milwaukee, WI and wrapping up November 22 in New Hope, PA.
The band lineup is rounded out by bassist Chopper Anderson, Tesla drummer Troy Lucketta and keyboardist Buck Johnson. Whitford and St. Holmes - who originally teamed up to release a self-titled album in 1981 - are recording a follow-up called "Reunion", with plans to release it in 2016.
"It's a classic rock album - modern classic rock," Whitford tells Billboard. "I mean, that's what we do. We're all rockers, and we're not gonna try and do anything else but what we know and what we love.
"I think a lot of Aerosmith fans are really going to enjoy this record because all I ever hear is, 'When you gonna do another Toys In The Attic? When you gonna do another Rocks?' That's what this album is. It's very straight-ahead, stripped-down classic rock." See the tour dates here.
New Self-Titled Studio Release Debuts @ #1 on Billboard’s Rock & Independent Album Charts
Album also secures #5 spot on Billboard's Top Current Albums Chart, #9 Billboard Overall Digital Album Sales & #10 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart
Band’s 11thStudio Album Also Claims 15 Top 10 Debuts Around the World
“Album of the week: ‘Def Leppard’ reveals a veteran band still ready to rock.” -USA Today
“On its self-titled new album, the veteran British pop-metal act sounds as vibrant as ever, delivering a characteristic collection of hooky, harmony-laden rockers and ballads led by throwback single ‘Let’s Go’” -Billboard
Def Leppard’s new self-titled studio album (Mailboat Records) debuted today at #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Top Independent Albums charts. The album also took the #5 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Albums, #10 spot on the Top 200 and #9 on the Overall Digital Album Sale chart, as well as claiming 15 top 10 debuts around the world.
In addition to the release of their new self-titled studio album, Def Leppard has just extended their massively successful North American tour due to overwhelming demand. The second leg will commence in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 27th and include a stop at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on February 16th (see full routing below). This new run of dates follows the band’s 70+ city North American tour and also sold out legs of the band’s world tour in Japan, Australia and the U.K, which are taking place this fall.
Def Leppard’s new album was recorded earlier this year at front man Joe Elliott’s studio in Dublin, Ireland. The release features 14 tracks in total and marks their first new collection of material in seven years. The album’s first single “Let’s Go” debuted in September and hit #1 on the Classic Rock radio chart.
Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages,” Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.”
About Def Leppard:
Def Leppard--Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums)—continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music. With 100 million records sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, the group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. For the past thirty years the band’s epic live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry.
For more information on Def Leppard’s US tour and tickets please visit the band’s web site at www.defleppard.com
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GENTLE GIANT'S OCTOPUS ENTERS BBC ROCK CHARTS AT 34
(Members Derek Shulman, Kerry Minnear and Ray Shulman available for interviews in support of Steven Wilson Remix CD/Blu-Ray)
For the first time in almost 35 years, 1970’s progressive rock band Gentle Giant is on the charts in their native UK. The Steven Wilson remix of Gentle Giant’s masterpiece Octopus has entered the BBC Rock charts at 34. OCTOPUS is receiving significant attention both in Europe and North America. Alice Cooper, himself featured "A Cry For Everyone" from OCTOPUS on his show, Nights With Alice Cooper the week of November 4.
Back in 1972, OCTOPUS hit the U.S. Billboard album charts for one week at 170.
Says the group’s lead singer, Derek Shulman, who is North American chairman of Frontiers Records and oversees a worldwide management company, says, “Everyone in the band is delighted to hear that the music that we created in 1972 seems to be even more popular in 2015. To see Octopus in the top 40 is such a pleasant surprise. Steven Wilson remixed the music in 5.1 with his usual respect and care. All the Gentle Giant team especially want to thank the old and new fans for keeping the music we created years ago still vital today.”
OCTOPUS is Gentle Giant’s fourth album, featuring band members: Gary Green (guitars, percussion), Kerry Minnear (keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, cello, vocals), Derek Shulman (vocals, alto saxophone), Phil Shulman (saxophones, trumpet, mellophone, vocals), Ray Shulman (bass violin, guitar, percussion, vocals), John Weathers (drums, percussion, xylophone). The album was produced by the band and engineered and mixed by Martin Rushent.
Steven Wilson’s new 5.1 remix of OCTOPUS has been universally praised in the prog rock community, succinctly by Power of Prog’s Zachary Nathanson, who calls it “brilliant work.”
*This Blu-Ray / CD package also includes a bonus of Steven’s mix of live 15-minute concert performances of "Excerpts from Octopus" from the band's 1976 tour.
*New sketches by Roger Dean (who produced the original UK album cover) is included in the new packaging as well as artwork from the USA album (an octopus in a jar created by Charles White).
*The Blu-ray’s remixed album and added 15 minutes of live excerpts is in 96/24 PCM, DTS 5.1 Surround Sound Master Audio. The Blu-ray also includes instrumental mixes of 5 of the original 8 tracks from this album. Also included is the flat transfer of the original mix of the album. Yael Shulman (Derek’s daughter) films an actual Octopus swimming in an aquarium.
*The CD/Blu-Ray features a 16-page booklet with liner notes by Innerviews’ Anil Prasad.
*OCTOPUS, The CD/Blu-Ray is available through Caroline-UMG in North America, and on Soulfood in the rest of the world.
CELLIST/ROCKER JELA CELLO RELEASES 'CHRISTMAS DREAMS,' PLOTTING U.S. TOUR
Few musicians have the knowledge or talent to merge the symphonic sounds of the cello with rock music. But as evidenced by the emergence of Jela Cello, there is at least one musician who knows how to expertly combine both musical worlds.
And on November 6, 2015, her latest album was issued, 'Christmas Dreams' (released in a partnership between Imagen Records and Sanre Entertainment), which contains readings of such holiday classics as "Jingle Bells" (featuring Journey singer Arnel Pineda), "Deck the Halls," "The Little Drummer Boy," and "White Christmas," among others.
In support of 'Christmas Dreams,' Jela will be touring the U.S. (including a soon-to-be-announced performance at Carnegie Hall), as well as television appearances.
For ordering info for the ten-track release, visit the following links:
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Born in Valjevo, Serbia, Jela turned heads with an immensely popular cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" (which has attracted nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube), as well as leading the "Jela Cello Power Symphony Orchestra" (which is 60 musicians strong), in addition to be awarded such prestigious society awards as the "Golden Shield" and "Golden Charter" for her talents and contributions.
And soon, the masses will learn about Jela's exceptional talents, on the strength of 'Christmas Dreams' and upcoming U.S. performances!
'Christmas Dreams' Tracklisting:
1. Jingle Bells (feat. Arnel Pineda)
2. Sleigh Ride
3. Deck the Halls
4. The Little Drummer Boy
5. Santa, Santa
6. Silent Night
7. Let It Snow
8. White Christmas
9. Jingle Bells
10. Snowdust Pearl
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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Sad, Not Mad About Gang Attack
Randy Blythe says he's not angry at the gang of teenagers who attacked him in Dublin at the weekend - and that he's more saddened at the experience. The Lamb Of God frontman has told how he was the victim of an assault while he walked in the Irish capital late at night, taking photos hours before his UK tour with Megadeth commenced.
He was left with some minor injuries including head pain, and lost his glasses, a hat and an e-cig during the incident. But he's aware it could have been much worse.
Blythe says: "I've hurt myself worse skateboarding, so it's nothing I can't shake off. It was regrettable, but to a great degree it was also my own fault for not paying more attention to my surroundings. I knew better, but I got distracted taking photos.
"That's why I posted about it - to remind my friends and anyone else who might be out wandering in any city, not just Dublin, to remain alert at all times.
"These things can happen very quickly if you aren't on guard. It certainly did in my case, a matter of five seconds or so. Learn from my mistake. This is the reality of today's world."
He says the incident demonstrates that "we as a society are failing children," adding: "I'm not even mad at these youths. it's more sad to me that jumping strangers is how some kids get their kicks.
"To me this indicative of a lack of proper parenting. Boys will be boys, and I'm certainly no angel. But it never once occurred to me to gather four or five friends together and go beat some random person up for entertainment. That is not how my parents raised me. It's weak, cowardly, and very, very unmanly." Read more here.
Joss Stone Temple Pilots Mashup Performances Goes Online
Stone Temple Pilots were joined by soul singer Joss Stone filled for Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Mashup Mondays" series on Monday (Nov. 10) for a performance of the STP song "Interstate Love Song."
The Collaboration comes on the heels of Stone Temple Pilots' Chester Bennington announcement that he was leaving the band to focus on Linkin Park. "Interstate Love Song" was recorded with STP's original lead singer Scott Weiland for the band's 1994 album Purple.
Joss Stone and Stone Temple Pilots are the latest in Kimmel's "Mashup Mondays" series which has included Blackstreet with Aloe Blacc (Aloe Blaccstreet), Weezer and ZZ Top (Wee-Z Top), Kenny G and Warren G (Kenny & Warren G), Morris Day and The Time with Haim (Morris Day and the Haim).
Watch the mashup performance here.
AC/DC Classic Gets Unusual Makeover
AC/DC's classic track Thunderstruck has been reinterpreted - on the bagpipes. The song, which originally appeared on the Aussie giants' 1990 album The Razor's Edge, has been covered by Indian artist Archy J, aka The Snake Charmer, who's called her version Dubstruck and mixed the song with Asian tunes.
She says: "The world's first dubstep bagpipe track on a rock'n'roll song. This will definitely be something you have never heard before. No matter what music you listen to, there is something in this for everyone."
Archy J has previously covered Eluveitie's A Rose For Epona, and the theme tune for HBO TV series Game Of Thrones. Check out The Snake Charmers rendition of the classic song here.
Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Releasing His Memoirs
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will publish his memoirs in the fall of 2017 via HarperNonFiction and Dey Street Books. The project will see Dickinson tackle his thirty years with the metal legends, his work as a pilot, an aviation entrepreneur, a novelist, radio broadcaster and motivational speaker, as well as his recent battle with cancer.
"It was flattering to be approached to write a book about my experiences," says Dickinson, "and it seems an appropriate time to do this as I will have plenty of time on tour next year to work on a book. I am sure flying the 747 out round the World on tour will add to the tale with some unusual scenarios!"
"There's no one like Bruce," says Publishing Director Jack Fogg. "Which other rock musician can fly a 747, or fence at an international level? He's a total one-off; engaging, funny, warm, self-deprecating - a British eccentric in its very best form. His book will be outstanding and I am so delighted we get to publish it and work with him." Read more here.
Nobody Believed In Black Sabbath At First, Including The Band
Geezer Butler has recalled the indifference that greeted Black Sabbath in their early days. As the fledgling band were trying to record their self-titled 1970 debut album, they faced repeated rejection by record companies and struggled to get anyone to pay attention. Within weeks of its eventual release, Black Sabbath was a top 10 UK album and they were catapulted to international stardom.
Bassist Butler tells Metal Hammer: "Nobody believed that we'd ever do anything. And we didn't either. We thought we might get to do an album or two if we were lucky, and then we'd have to get proper jobs.
"Because we'd been turned down by so many record companies, told to come back when we could play our instruments - all the insults you could think of, they'd say to your face. We'd do showcases for record companies and they'd walk out after the second song.
"So it was a real battle trying to get that album done. And then when it came out, all the press hated it and slagged it off. It really was us against the world." Read more here.
David Bowie's Blackstar Extended Preview Goes Online
David Bowie has issued an extended preview of "Blackstar", a song he was commissioned to write as the theme for a new crime series, The Last Panthers.
The tune is the title track to a new album by Bowie, which he'll release on his 69th birthday on January 8 and a longer snippet of the track can be heard over a new trailer for the program, which is set to premiere November 12 on Sky Atlantic. Bowie hooked up with director Johan Renck to discuss the series while it was still in the early stages of production.
"I showed Mr. Bowie the two first episodes in the rough state they were at the time, and he liked what he saw very much," says Renck. "We discussed the various aspects of the show; naturally the plot line, but also the underlying currents of guilt and personality flaws.
"We talked about the dark heart of Europe. We talked about the biblical aspects of human nature. He asked if there was anything else to see, so I showed him the first concept board I had just made for the title sequence - images from the show laced with chimaeras and demons from the worlds of Bosch and Grunewald.
"That's when he said go - it all fits. Then he played me his new song Blackstar." Check out the video here.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Launches Janie's Fund For Abuse Victims
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has launched Janie's Fund, a new initiative with Youth Villages to provide services to girls who have endured neglect and abuse.
Inspired by the feedback to his 1989 Aerosmith song, "Janie's Got A Gun", Tyler says the ability to raise much-needed money and awareness to address the trauma of sexual abuse in children and to expand these services to aid even more girls has been a lifelong dream of his.
"As a father and grandfather," says Tyler, "I want to focus my energy on things that really matter and leave behind something else in this crazy world along with my music. I am starting Janie's Fund to give a voice to the millions of victims who haven't had one and encourage everyone to join me on this mission."
Janie's Fund launches with a historic 54 days of impact - running from November 8 - the 26th anniversary of the release of "Janie's Got A Gun", through the end of the year. Read more here.
Queensryche's Silent Lucidity Gets Harp Twins Tribute
Queensryche classic Silent Lucidity is the latest track to be covered by Harp twins Camille and Kennerly Kitt. The track is available to purchase via iTunes and Amazon.
The song originally appeared on the US outfit's 1990 album, Empire - and the band have given the classical version the thumbs up, saying the sisters performed the song "beautifully" on their Facebook Page.
The twins say: "Huge thank you to Queensryche for sharing our new electric harp duet cover of their incredible Silent Lucidity. We're honored." The sisters previously released classical takes of Metallica's One and Nightwish track Nemo. Check out the cover here.
Billy Gibbons To Rock TV On Conan Ahead Of Solo Tour
ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons has announced that he will be performing on Conan with his solo band The BFG's on Tuesday, November 17 just ahead of the kick off of his new tour.
Billy Gibbons and The BFG's will be on the late night talk show to perform the song "Treat Her Right," which is the lead track from Gibbons just released solo album "Perfectamundo."
Billy and the band will be kicking off a tour in support of the album on November 27th in Fort Lauderdale, FL at Parker Playhouse and concluding the trek on February 6th in Stroudsburg, PA at the Sherman Theater.
The tour will also include an appearance at the Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba with his itinerary showing performances on December 17th, 18th and 20th. Gibbons had the following to say:
"The repertoire on the album, including 'Treat Her Right,' invites the band to bring it forward live and in person. The prospect of taking it to Cuba in December is especially exciting . . . talk about wish fulfillment."
Billy Gibbons and The BFG's Tour Dates:
Nov. 27 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Parker Playhouse
Nov. 28 - Fort Pierce, FL - Sunrise Theatre
Nov. 29 - Saint Petersburg, FL - Mahaffey Theater
Dec. 1 - New Orleans, LA - Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 3 - Houston, TX - Cullen Performance Hall
Dec. 4 - Austin, TX - The Moody Theater
Dec. 5 - Lubbock, TX - City Bank Auditorium
Dec. 7 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
Dec. 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 9 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
Dec. 11 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
Dec. 12 - Aberdeen, WA - D&R Theatre
Dec. 13 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
Dec. 17 - Havana, CU - Havana Jazz Festival
Dec. 18 - Havana, CU - Havana Jazz Festival
Dec. 20 - Havana, CU - Havana Jazz Festival
Jan. 20 - Washington, DC - Lisner Auditorium*
Jan. 22 - Lexington, KY- Lexington Center- Lexington Opera House*
Jan. 23 - Atlanta, GA- Variety Playhouse*
Jan. 24 - Orlando, FL - Plaza Theatre*
Jan. 26 - Nashville, TN - City Winery*
Jan. 27 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall*
Jan. 29 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Live!*
Jan. 30 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater*
Jan. 3 - Detroit, MI - The Scottish Rite Cathedral at Masonic Temple*
Feb. 2 - New York, NY - Town Hall*
Feb. 3 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre*
Feb. 4 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse*
Feb. 6 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater*
Keyboard Legend Keith Emerson Releases Early 1960's Recordings on CD and Download! OUT NOW!
London, UK - Due for release on the 6th November 2015 is the CD and download editions of long lost THE KEITH EMERSON TRIO recordings made in Keith's parents' living room when he was a teenager. These recordings come from one of only four acetates ever made!
These 7 tracks were previously been made available by Record Collection (in early 2015) as a limited edition vinyl release. This is the first time these recordings have been released on CD and download.
Of the CD and download editions, Keith Emerson said: “Well, we all have to start somewhere! I'm happy that Cherry Red is releasing my very earliest beginnings and I hope it will inspire future generations of musicians.”
Keith Emerson first found success with The Nice in the late 1960's before going on to become a founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1970. ELP were critically and commercially successful through much of the 1970's, becoming one of the best-known progressive rock groups of the era. Emerson is widely regarded as one of the top keyboard players of the progressive rock era.
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Keith Emerson's official website: http://www.keithemerson.com/
Dave Grohl Suffers Stage Mishap During Foo Fighters Concert
Foo Fighters' recent show in Amsterdam was temporarily disrupted when frontman Dave Grohl became ensnared in a falling stage curtain. The band opened their set in the Netherlands with Everlong - but as the track kicked in and the screen fell, it landed on top of the singer.
It left him and the custom-made throne he's been using because of his broken leg trapped under cover. Grohl continued to play and sing but was forced to call a halt to proceedings while the curtain was slowly removed.
He said to the crowd: "Sometimes it's the f***ed up things that make you remember the show for the rest of your life." The band then started the track from scratch.
The group recently kept their promise to play in Cesena, Italy after 1000 fans staged a mass performance of Learn To Fly to temp the band to their town.
The Foos are currently teasing fans with a countdown clock on their website, which is due to reach zero on November 23. Watch video of the stage mishap here.
Aerosmith Feel Abandoned By Steven Tyler, Cancel Tour Plans
Aerosmith have cancelled most of their 2016 tour plans because frontman Steven Tyler wants to concentrate on his solo career, guitarist Brad Whitford reveals in a new interview.
And he thinks the singer's choice of focus is misguided, adding: "We kind of feel a little bit abandoned by him." Tyler - who launched country music single Love Is Your Name earlier this year - admitted in June that his colleagues were "not happy" about his commitment to solo work. But he added: "This is a side-project that's now turned into a love of life."
Whitford tells Billboard: "He seems to think his solo career is going to go great guns. He doesn't seem to realize, in my opinion, his fans around the globe want to see him in the context of Aerosmith - and don't really care for whatever he thinks he's going to do.
"I don't know if he gets that - but, hey, that's what he wants to do. I can't put a gun to his head. It's just pretty disappointing." Read more here.
Eagles' Don Henley Ejects Fan From Show For Shouting Don Felder
It's no secret that there's bad blood between former Eagles' member Don Felder and the group, which fired him in 2001. That bad blood rose to the surface once more during one of Henley's solo shows over the weekend (via Ultimate Classic Rock).
While introducing current guitarist Steuart Smith to the Detroit crowd, Henley took offense when a concertgoer sitting front and center shouted Don Felder's name.
"So I called him out," Henley explained about the incident. 'But he wasn't finished. Then, he blurted out, 'Don Felder taught Tom Petty how to play guitar.' I said, 'Okay, that's it, you're outta here,' and I had security escort him out." Read more here.
Def Leppard Score Top 10 Debut For New Album
Def Leppard's new, self-titled album has debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard 200 album chart, entering at No. 10 with first-week sales of just over 30,000 units.
Recorded earlier this year at frontman Joe Elliott's studio in Dublin, Ireland, "Def Leppard" marks the group's seventh US top 10 album. The group's 11th record and first new album in 7 years was previewed with the lead single "Let's Go."
Def Leppard begin live dates starting November 9 in Tokyo before playing shows in Australia and Singapore, and a December UK tour with Whitesnake and Black Star Riders.
The band will return to North America in the New Year to perform on a month-long US tour with Styx and Tesla. Check out the "Let's Go" video here.
Billy Idol Launching Las Vegas Residency Early Next Year
Billy Idol has announced the details and the dates for his Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay which the veteran rock star will be launching next spring.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, the show titled Billy Idol Forever is set for nearly a dozen dates at the House of Blues kicking on March 16, 2016. The British rocker will also take the stage on March 18, 19, 23, 25, 26 and May 4, 6, 7, 11 and 14. Tickets begin at $79.50 and go on sale at 10 AM Friday via the House of Blues website.
Idol, who turns 60 on Nov. 30, will be joined by legendary guitarist Steve Stevens and is expected to perform a healthy dose of his hits including 'Rebel Yell," 'Dancing With Myself," 'White Wedding" 'Eyes Without a Face" and his popular cover of Tommy James and the Shondells' hit 'Mony Mony." Read more here.
John Lennon and Kurt Cobain Items Fetch Big Dollars At Auction
A guitar owned by late Beatles legend John Lennon has fetched $2.41 m at auction - while Kurt Cobain's iconic MTV Unplugged cardigan sweater sold for $140,800.
The Gibson J-160E acoustic is thought to have been used to write and record Beatles hits including Love Me Do and I Want To Hold Your Hand and was put up for sale at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles where it was expected to fetch up to $800,000.
It ended up selling for $2.4m. The guitar mysteriously went missing 50 years ago before making its way to San Diego in the US where it was bought for a few hundred dollars by John McCaw. Read more and see the items and the tweets here.
Metallica Want To Rock As Long As The Rolling Stones Says Kirk
Kirk Hammett believes Metallica can keep performing into their 70s. The guitarist says that if the Rolling Stones can do it, there's no reason the thrash icons can't follow suit.
Hammett, 52, tells 103.3 The Edge: "We're all getting up there, but we still have drive, we still have energy, we're still inspired, we still have things that we wanna do. Mentally, emotionally - I think that we're not done yet.
"And if people like Keith Richards and Mick Jagger can do it into their 70s, why can't we? That's my attitude. And on a personal level, I'm a musician. I wanna continue to play and perform and do what I do, which is make music. I don't wanna stop doing this. I don't wanna stop making music. I will always be a working musician, until I can't be anymore." Read more here.
Dio Vets Last In Line Announce Debut Album
Last In Line will release their debut album in February, they've confirmed. The Dio-inspired group will issue Heavy Crown on February 19, 2016, via Frontiers Music Srl.
It was to due to be unveiled earlier this year but was postponed when guitarist Viv Campbell's cancer returned. As well as the Def Leppard guitarist, Last In Line features former Dio men Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, as well as ex Lynch Mob frontman Andrew Freeman.
Campbell previously said the album sounds, in places, like early Dio albums. He said: "I would say 50% of the songs would sound right at home on those first three Dio albums, and the others have a bit more of a modern edge to them." Read more here.
Flying Colors Streaming New Live Album In Full Online
Flying Colors are streaming their upcoming live album in its entirety via Prog. The supergroup issue Second Flight: Live At The Z7 on November 13 and all 15 tracks are streaming online. It was recorded in Pratteln, Switzerland, on the band's 2014 tour.
Bassist Dave LaRue says: "Flying Colors is like no other band to perform with. This tour was all about the joy of playing together, and sharing new songs with fans. Everyone felt something special that night, and I'm so glad we captured it."
The follow-up to Flying Colors' previous concert film Live In Europe will be available on multiple formats, including 4K UltraHD, Blu-ray, DVD, LP + MP3, CD, iTunes, Headphone Surround and Pono. Listen to the stream here.
Zakk Wylde and Mike Portnoy Lead Tony MacAlpine Benefit Lineup
Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai and Mike Portnoy are among a host of stars lined up to perform at a benefit concert for Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.
The guitarist, 55, postponed tours of Asia and Australia after the cancer was discovered and he later had to pull out of a European trek too. Wylde, Vai and Portnoy will be joined by John 5, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian for the gig, which takes place at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on December 12.
An auction will be held at the event, with guitars donated by Vai, John 5, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, Steve Stevens and Joe Satriani up for grabs. Read more here.
Phil Collins Would Love To Stage Genesis Reunion
Phil Collins says that he would love to stage a reunion with Genesis - but thinks it would have to be with the lineup he fronted, rather than bringing back Peter Gabriel.
The singer and drummer last month confirmed he'd come out of retirement after rethinking his life and receiving treatment for the physical issues that had hounded him.
He reported that he only needed to practice if he wanted to play drums again - but his latest comments suggest it might not be so straightfoward. Collins tells the Telegraph: "I'd love to do it, but it puts a bit of a kibosh on it if I can't play the drums. There's no reason why the three of us can't get back together, though. We still get along - always have done.
"The voice is alright, that's the main thing. Considering a lot of people don't even know I play drums, I could get away with it. It would piss me off, because it's the reason I started doing this in the in the first place - but I'm not sure anyone else would care." Read more here.
Stone Temple Pilots Confirm Split With Chester Bennington
After word spread that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington had left Stone Temple Pilots, the band confirmed that amicable parting of ways in a statement on Sunday night.
The news of the departure first came to light from the band's original singer Scott Weiland who told Alternative Nation, "He's not in the band anymore" and soon after Highly Suspect singer Johnny Stevens tweeted that he was approached by Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo to join the group.
Bennington released the following statement about his departure, "The last few years have been an amazing experience. I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up.
"With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short. Going in to this, the four of us... Robert, Eric, Dean and myself knew what we were up against.
"We decided in due fairness to friends, fans and the legacy of STP that it needs more than time was allowing me. And in all fairness to my bandmates in Linkin Park, as well as to myself and to my family, I'm going to focus solely on Linkin Park so I can contribute 100%. It's been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park."
The band had the following to say, "What an amazing and beautiful few years we've all had together. It was our honor to play and see all of you recently on tour. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together with Chester not only professionally, but even more so on a personal level.
"Sadly, it was evident that scheduling and time was working against us. Within this, there is a new beginning. There is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded. We have had the fortune of playing with some very talented singers over the last few months and will continue to do so until each of us feels and knows when the right person arrives."
Stone Temple Pilots will have a new singer tonight (November 9th) when they perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live with soul singer Joss Stone as Joss Stone Temple Pilots for the late night show's Mashup Mondays.
Scott Weiland Has 'Heard' Guns N' Roses Are Reuniting
Former Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland says that he heard that his former bandmates will be reuniting with Axl Rose in Guns N' Roses and also says that he believes Slash's former wife "kind of put the kibosh" on a Velvet Revolver reunion.
Rumors of a reunion of the original lineup, or the Use Your Illusions era, of Guns N' Roses have surfaced after Slash revealed that he and Axl Rose had settled their longtime feud.
Weiland was interviewed by Alternative Nation and was asked about his own feud with Rose and he responded, "There was a little going back and forth between the two of us at the time, but I think that Guns N' Roses are getting back together."
The site says they then pressed him on that response and he said, "I just heard that." Tommy Black, the bass player for Weiland's band The Wildabouts, added "we've heard rumors."
One reunion involved those same Guns N' Roses members that didn't come to fruition was with Weiland and Velvet Revolver. They did perform together again at a charity event in 2012 and discussed regrouping but it didn't happen.
Weiland shared his view of what prevented the reunion, "We did a show together, and there was talk about us getting back together, but Perla, Slash's ex-wife, kind of put the kibosh on everything … As far as getting back together, I thought at the time we would get back together and do a tour."
Alternative Nation will be publishing the full interview with Wieland later today (Nov. 9), in the meantime read the report featuring the GNR and Velvet Revolver reunions here.
Ritchie Blackmore Reveals Members Of New Rainbow
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow lineup for his upcoming rock shows has been revealed. The guitar icon will hit the road with his new version of Rainbow for two German Monsters Of Rock festivals in June, and an appearance at Birmingham's Genting Arena the same month.
The lineup will consist of Blackmore, Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau.
They'll play music from Rainbow and Deep Purple's back catalogue at the shows. Blackmore recently said his chosen vocalist was "a cross between Dio and Freddie Mercury." Read more here.
Paul Stanley Of KISS Addresses Gay Rumors
KISS frontman Paul Stanley has described long-standing rumours that he's gay as the "oddest" thing that's ever said about him. And he asserts that, if he was, he'd be proud of the fact.
Whispers have circulated for years that the iconic musician and father of four has kept his true sexuality a secret. But Stanley tells The Breeze: "As long as you're a good person, sexual orientation and stuff like that is totally irrelevant. That being said, I never saw a guy where I said, 'Gee, that's a close second to a woman.'
"I never looked and said, 'If I can't have that girl over there, I'm taking the bloke.' It's always persisted over time that I'm gay. If I were, I'd be proud to be whatever I am."
He adds: "That's always been really interesting, that some people can't take my comfort with sexuality, misreading it as something it's not. I scratch my head at that." Read more here.
Metallica's New Album Will 'Most Likely' Come In 2016
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says in a new radio interview that the band's new studio album, the follow up to 2008's "Death Magnetic," will "most likely" be released next year.
Hammett told Buffalo, NY radio station 103.3 The Edge WEDG-FM, "Well, you know, we're moving forward. We're hoping that the album will be released next year. It's pretty much more along the same lines as 'Death Magnetic' - kind of like that direction. And, you know, we'll see.
"We're into it. I don't wanna say that we're a third into it, or two-thirds into it, or an eighth into it, 'cause anything could happen that'll just change that number.
"But, eventually, you will see a new Metallica album, and it will most likely be in 2016, and at the very worst, at the beginning of 2017." Listen to the full interview here.
Carlos Santana's Longtime Percussionist Raul Rekow Dead At 61
Carlos Santana's longtime percussionist Raul Rekow has died, it's been announced. He made his debut on Santana's 1977 album Festival and went on to play on 15 other studio recordings, including Marathon, Beyond Appearances, Supernatural and last year's Corazon.
Santana said in a statement: "We mourn the loss of my brother Raul Rekow. He was an integral member of Santana for 34 years and the heartbeat of the band.
"His presence on the stage was one of power, grace, collaboration and joy. He redefined what it means to be a conga player. My heart goes out to his family.
"Raul, may you soar in heaven in the company of your mom and dad." See Santana's post here.
Queen and Adam Lambert To Rock Next Year's Sweden Rock Festival
Sweden Rock Festival has announced that Queen + Adam Lambert will be performing at next year's festival which will be taking place on Thursday, June 9th.
The festival will mark the group's first performance in Sweden in over 11 years. The festival organizers sent over the following details: It has been more than 10 years since Queen last visited Sweden, playing a sold out show at the Stockholm Globe Arena. Still, they have remained in the public eye and perhaps even built on their popularity since then.
Their musical "We Will Rock You" enjoyed tremendous success in Stockholm in 2010, Queen's music is continuously played on radio and television and just this past spring a Queen tribute show toured Sweden, selling thousands of tickets for each performance date.
This coming summer, Queen's Swedish fans finally have a chance to hear and see Her Majesty in the flesh again! "This is definitely one of the largest bookings in the history of our festival," says Martin Forssman, Promotor at Sweden Rock Festival.
"For a band of this magnitude, that haven't been to Sweden in so long, to do their only concert on Sweden Rock Festival, feels fantastic. They will bring a large production, and play all of their famous songs, so it's really rigged to become a magical evening."
The Cult Streaming New Song 'Dark Energy'
The Cult have released a stream of the song "Dark Energy" which is the lead single from their forthcoming album, "Hidden City." The album is the group's first to feature new bassist Grant Fitzpatrick.
Produced by Bob Rock and due February 5, the band's 10th studio album is the third and final installment in a trilogy of recordings that began with 2007's "Born Into This" and 2012's "Choice Of Weapon."
"Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual lives, our intimate interior lives," says frontman Ian Astbury. "I find today's gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it's a new phenomenon. My place is to respond, not react, to observe, participate and share through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart."
The Cult are hitting the road with Primal Scream for a series of 6 dates along the west coast of North America, with shows starting November 12 in Portland, OR. Stream the song here.
Vinnie Moore Reveals Unusual Approach To Recording With UFO
UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore says recording away from the band helps control his "schizophrenic personality." He released his eighth solo album entitled Aerial Visions in October via Mind's Eye Music.
And he reports he finds it easier writing and recording his own material as he finds the process "therapeutic." Moore tells The Rocktologist: "UFO is a rock band so when I write songs for that, it stylistically falls within a more defined range. Because my solo stuff is instrumental, things are more open and there are less rules so I can just explore and follow the inspiration wherever it leads."
He continues: "I am all over the place so this format is perfect for me. It's therapeutic for my schizophrenic personality, frequent mood changes, and problems staying focused with one task. I enjoy both musical realms, though." Read more here.
Devin Townsend Releases 'Deadhead' Video From Ziltoid DVD
Devin Townsend has released his performance of Deadhead from his Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall which is set to be released on November 13 via InsideOut.
It was filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall in April, featuring a cast of 12 actors and singers, narration from Bill Courage and guest stars Jean Savole, Chris Jericho and Dominique Lenore Persi.
Townsend recently said: "The whole thing was quite a challenge - but ultimately it worked and we were all very satisfied with it. If you enjoy what I do, you'll really dig it." Watch the video here.
The Cult Announce New Album 'Hidden City'
The Cult will release their 10th album entitled Hidden City on February 5. The new effort will be Ian Astbury and co's first studio release since 2012's Choice Of Weapon.
The Cult head out on a North American tour with Primal Scream next week where they'll be joined by new bassist Grant Fitzpatrick who made his debut with the band at a recent show in Texas.
Guitarist Billy Duffy says: "I had a great time getting back on the road after so much time this year in the studio. The first couple of days were in Austin starting off with The Cult show at Stubb's which was fun and the debut of new bass player Grant Fitzpatrick.
"I also got to play my new Signature Black Falcon for most of the set including the first time ever I've played Firewoman on a Gretsch." Read more including the track details, the upcoming tour dates and see the cover art here.
ROCK ROYALTY JOIN FORCES FOR A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR TONY MACALPINE
Guitar legends Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drum powerhouse Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehan and keyboard phenomenon Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.
The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.
In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Steve Vai, John 5, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, Steve Stevens, and Joe Satriani have all graciously donated personal guitars to be auctioned during the event. In addition, Rudy Sarzo has offered private lessons as an auction item, and Simon Phillips has donated a signature snare. Tony’s gear manufacturers Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG, Ernie Ball, Source Audio and Voodoo Lab have also generously donated equipment to be raffled.
Tony’s cancer diagnosis comes on the heels of his wife’s diagnosis with breast cancer in June, making the situation even more trying for Tony and his family.
“Tony is a dear friend, an absolutely sweet human being and one of the most talented musicians I've ever worked with,” says Mike Portnoy, “We are coming together to help raise money and awareness to help him fight his battle and come out on top!” Adds Steve Vai, “It's a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Zakk, John, Mike and Billy in support of our dear friend Tony. Tony has always been blessed with an exceptional talent and more so, he's an exceptionally cool guy. It's a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza.”
“Tony has been such an inspiration to me,” says John 5 “He is an incredible musician and an unbelievable talent. Please let's all come together and beat this!”
"Tony is our brother. We look forward to making a historical night, and raising a lot of money to help our friend in need.” said Derek Sherinian.
Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, his classic debut album, was recently ranked by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top Ten Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati; PSMS (Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian); as well as the Grammy nominated CAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing guitar and keys in Steve Vai‘s touring band The Breed.
Tony’s most recent album Concrete Gardens was released in May. Tony toured the US in June to promote the album, but was forced to cancel tours of Asia, Australia and Europe when his health deteriorated.
Tickets are on sale Saturday November 7 at 10am PT through LiveNation.com, with all proceeds going to help Tony and his family. A GoFundMe campaign will be set up for fans who can’t make the show, but still want to contribute.
Doors will be at 7 pm with the show set to begin at 8 pm. For tickets, visit www.livenation.com
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE THE WHO LIVE IN HYDE PARK CELEBRATING THEIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY~ DVD+2CD, BLU-RAY+2CD, DVD+3LP, AND DIGITAL FORMATS NOVEMBER 20, 2015
New York, NY (November 5, 2015)-The Who Live In Hyde Park will be released on November 20 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The formats are DVD+2CD set, Blu-ray+2CD set, DVD+3LP set and digital formats. The Deluxe Edition Blu-ray+DVD+2CD set will be out on December 4.
Filmed on June 26, 2015 as The Who celebrated their 50th anniversary, this stunning show with 65,000 fans in attendance at London’s famous Hyde Park is a triumphant return to their home city. This massive event formed a fitting culmination to The Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations and the set includes classics like “My Generation,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Pictures Of Lily,” “I Can’t Explain,” “You Better You Bet,” “Who Are You,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Join Together,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “I Can See For Miles,” and many more! This grand scale concert, complete with huge screens surrounding the stage and an exceptional light show, holds true to Pete Townshend’s promise at the start of the set: “You’re a long way away…but we will reach you!”.
“The Seeker,” an extra song from Hyde Park, is part of the bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray sets, as well as the stage screen films used at recent shows: a film by the band for “The Kids Are Alright” and “You Better You Bet” (both with Hyde Park audio) and “Squeeze Box” (with the original studio audio). The lavish Deluxe Edition comes packaged with an exclusive 60 page hardback photobook containing the DVD, Blu-ray & 2CDs.
This Hyde Park show was a true one-off, a mass coming together to mark this momentous moment in the history of one of the true greats, a band whose music has already stood the tests of time and will always be with us.
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.
For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at Carol@Kayosproductions.com. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KayosProductionsInc.
1) I Can’t Explain
2) The Seeker*
3) Who Are You
4) The Kids Are Alright
5) Pictures Of Lily
6) I Can See For Miles
7) My Generation
8) Behind Blue Eyes
10) Join Together
11) You Better You Bet
12) I’m One
13) Love Reign O’er Me
14) Eminence Front
15) Amazing Journey / Sparks
16) Pinball Wizard
17) See Me, Feel Me / Listening To You
18) Baba O’Riley
19) Won’t Get Fooled Again
* included as bonus on DVD / Blu-ray
Guitarist Doug Wahlberg Releases Debut Album "Flying Under The Radar"
“Doug Wahlberg's guitar playing is not from this earth.”- Ian Hunter
Westport, CT - Mott The Hoople legend Ian Hunter describes East Coast guitarist and singer/songwriter Doug Wahlberg’s playing as “not of this earth”. The Doug Wahlberg Band has been electrifying audiences for years, performing originals most cannot distinguish from main stream radio play. Their music features simple, melodic hooks, both gritty and laid back but always hypnotic and driving. These tunes will etch their way into your memory. While reminiscent of British and American classic rock, The Doug Wahlberg Band brings a modern approach to a retro sound, which can be heard throughout their recently released debut album titled "Flying Under The Radar".
“…Doug's blistering solo blew the roof off the place (Ridgefield Playhouse) and received a thunderous applause that was justly deserved. The Doug Wahlberg Band is F-ING great and a must see for all fans of classic guitar rock.” – Neal Smith, original Alice Cooper Group drummer and RnR Hall of Fame inductee
Band members have resumes that boast performances with the unparalleled talents of The Doors, Neal Smith of Alice Cooper Band, José Feliciano, and Ian Hunter. The band has opened for classic acts such as Paul Simon, Foreigner, George Thorogood, Blue Oyster Cult, The Ramones, Eddie Money, Rick Derringer, and Cheap Trick. Doug has worked on projects that included such legends as Rick Derringer, Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin and Bowie’s guitarist and producer Mick Ronson. He has been managed by Lester Chambers of the Chamber Brothers and has even performed at a birthday party for which the guest of honor was Andy Warhol.
“Doug Wahlberg is a great, great guitar player.” - José Feliciano
The Doug Wahlberg Band's music has traveled national and international air waves and been widely received in the college radio circuit. Members of The Doug Wahlberg Band have performed from coast to coast, as well as internationally, with concentrated club performances in New York City at hot spots like the Bitter End, The Cutting Room, and CBGBs, as well as East Coast venues like Foxwoods Casino, the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun, and The Ridgefield Playhouse. They even bent the blues rules playing their own brand of rock and roll at the Montreal Festiblues blues festival.
Now much to the excitement of the band's fans worldwide, the Doug Wahlberg Band has released their highly anticipated debut album "Flying Under The Radar"! Says Doug, “After Jeff Claypool joined the band, we decided that it was time to stop flying under the radar, and put out a new album. The CD was recorded digitally and in part on 2-inch tape, over several months, starting with the roughs in my home studio. Roughs for 'Love When it Rains', 'What If', 'Nothing' and 'Torture' were brought for mixing and mastering to Peter Hodgson, who has worked with Deep Purple, Gary Moore, and many others. 'The Lake', 'Broken', 'Waiting on the Sun', and 'Can't Wait' were recorded and produced at Moomba Studios (moombastudios.com) by Michael Patzig, who has worked with such artists as Michael Bolton. The album follows the theme of 'A Modern Approach to a Retro Sound'. Writing was inspired by everything from 'neighborhood experiences' in The Lake, to the answers to life's questions in 'What If'.”
“The Doug Wahlberg Band wears their 60's/psychedelic influences proudly, while still sounding crisp, modern and vital.” – Tim Sheehan, Program Director, I95 WRKI
The Doug Wahlberg Band is:
Doug Wahlberg – Doug plays signature Skeletone guitars, which have a unique body style and explosive tone. Doug has participated on projects with Jose Feliciano, Bernie Taupin (Elton John's lyricist), Mick Ronson (David Bowie’' guitarist and producer), Peter Tosh, and original Alice Cooper group drummer and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Neal Smith. In 2014 Doug played several guitar tracks on Neal's critically acclaimed album “The Green Fire Empire”.
Jeff Claypool – Jeff Claypool is a classically trained pianist, rock guitarist, and singer/songwriter. Jeff was chosen to perform for the series conducted by Aaron Copland: “Works of Copland” including “Fanfare For The Common Man”, “Rodeo” and “Appalachian Spring”. Jeff performed with Gregg Allman in the Southeast US during 1987-88.
George P. Miller – George is a bassist who has played with notables such as Robby Krieger and John Densmore of The Doors, and Chicago Loop.
Rich Genovese – Rich has played drums with Secret Service (Elliot Lewis, of Hall and Oates), and opened for such acts as Flock of Seagulls, The Motels, Edgar Winter, The Romantics, Rick Derringer.
“Classic rock is the vehicle; The Doug Wahlberg band is the fuel. You MUST check out this classic act.” – Jj Cichon, Producer for Lifeguardmusic.com
Along with promoting the new album, the band is currently working on a music video for “Love When it Rains”. They are also in the process of editing live footage working toward a DVD and online video content, as well as recording a new album, tentative release date summer 2016.
In closing, the Doug Wahlberg Band's message is echoed throughout their new album: “Keep the eternal flame of Rock & Roll alive worldwide!”
PBS Premieres "Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie" on Thanksgiving Day 2015 (Nov. 26, 2015).
Coming up on Thanksgiving Day 2015 (Nov. 26, 2015), PBS premieres "Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie" on TV stations across the country (8 pm - 9:30 pm EST, please check local listings). "Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie" is a singular multi-media event, the likes of which Guthrie's fans have never seen before. Arlo is joined onstage by his son Abe Guthrie (keyboards), Terry A La Berry (drums), Darren Todd (bass), and Bobby Sweet (guitar, fiddle). The PBS program is produced and directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Jim Brown, whose other films include 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary; Pete Seeger: The Power of Song; and The Weavers: Wasn't That A Time!.
Would you be interested in highlighting Arlo Guthrie and the 50th Anniversary of "Alice's Restaurant Massacree"?
Fifty years ago, in 1965, legendary folk music icon Arlo Guthrie took out the trash following a "Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat." The hilarious account of actual events that precluded Guthrie from military service in 1966 went on to become Alice's Restaurant, a platinum-selling record in 1967, and a full-length motion picture in 1969. Today, it's as much a part of Thanksgiving tradition as cranberry sauce. For the first time in a decade, Guthrie brings "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" in its entirety to the stage.
"Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie" includes live performances of the following songs: "The Motorcycle Song," "Chilling of the Evening," "St. James Infirmary," "Pig Meat," "Coming Into Los Angeles," "Alice's Restaurant," "I Hear You Sing Again," "City of New Orleans," "Highway In The Wind," and "My Peace." Please feel free to preview "Coming Into Los Angeles" at this link.
For a comprehensive list of Guthrie's forthcoming 50th Anniversary live performances, including his appearance at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 28, 2015, please see the press release below. For images and additional up-to-date information on this PBS program, visit the PBS Press Room. Registration for a username and password is required.
Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne Returns To Scene Of Urination Crime
Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne reportedly returned to San Antonio and issue a public apology 33 years after he was arrested for infamously relieving himself on the Alamo. Radio.com has the following details:
On February 19, 1982, Ozzy offended everyone in the lone star state by urinating on the site, which now stands in downtown San Antonio. He was arrested and banned from performing in the city until he donated $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the group who maintain the monument. Osbourne didn't make his donation until 1992.
The rocker returned to the scene of the infamous incident on November 5th with a History Channel film crew. According to a local San Antonio news site, Ozzy's official apology will be televised. Read more here.
Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Awaits Cancer Treatment Results
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says in a new interview that he will have to wait until next month to discover if his latest treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma has been a success.
He's been battling the disease throughout the recording process of Def Leppard's self-titled 11th album. And he says he's hopeful of good news come December.
Campbell tells radio station 100.7 WZXL: "I'm taking this drug called pembrolizumab. I'm part of a phase two clinical trial. I don't actually know if it's working yet. I'll find out in early December.
"My doctors and I are going to sit down and have a look and see if it's holding the cancer at bay or shrinking the tumours. If it is, I'll be able to continue this treatment for a couple of years, which will be the best possible outcome. If not, then I've got to reconsider my options.
"But I'm hopeful. I started this treatment six months ago, and it's been fantastic because it meant I was able to continue working as opposed to doing a more traditional treatment which would have meant I would have had to miss the tour." Read more and stream the full interview here.
Robert Plant Reveals New Song With Alison Krauss
Robert Plant has reunited with Alison Krauss for "The Light Of A Christmas Day", a new song featured on the soundtrack to the forthcoming holiday film "Love The Coopers" and the pair have released an online video for the track.
The tune marks the first release by Plant and Krauss since their 2007 project, "Raising Sand", which picked up Album Of The Year honors at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
Due in theaters November 13, "Love The Coopers" stars John Goodman, Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Munn and more as four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration.
"The Light Of Christmas Day" will be featured on the film's companion soundtrack, which also includes songs by Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Sting and others. Check out the new song here.
Dave Mustaine Almost Rerecorded Megadeth's Debut Album
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says that he planned to re-record the band's debut album "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good" with their current lineup to mark its 30th anniversary.
A reissue is on the cards - but Mustaine reveals plans for a new version of the 1985 record were shelved as he, bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Chris Adler were too busy recording upcoming 15th record, Dystopia.
Speaking at a press conference in Russia, Mustaine says: "It's the 30th anniversary of it, so they wanted to remix it. I thought it would be better if we just completely re-recorded it with this new lineup because I think that would be really exciting. But we were in the process of making the new record."
Adler says he hopes they can play material from the album on their upcoming live dates, as he has a couple of favorites he's keen to perform. The drummer says: "We've been taking about that especially with the reissue coming out. It would be fun to do it. My songs are Skull Beneath The Skin and Looking Down The Cross." Read more and watch video of the conference here.
Rolling Stones Announce Stadium Tour Of South America
The Rolling Stones have announced they will be launching a stadium tour of South America early next, which will be the legendary band's first tour of the continent in a decade.
The 12-date América Latina Olé tour is scheduled to begin in Santiago, Chile at Estadio Nacional on February 3 and will include multiple shows in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.
"We love playing Latin America, and are excited about going to some cities for the first time!," says Mick Jagger. "The audiences are among some of the best in the world, they bring incredible energy!."
"We had a great time performing in stadiums last summer in the US," adds Keith Richards, "and are excited to come to Latin America for the first time in 10 years. The fans are amazing." See the dates here.
Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Jam At NYC Club
After the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" concerts this summer, some Dead fans may have questioned if bass player Phil Lesh would perform again with the other members of the "core four" - singer/guitarist Bob Weir, and drummers Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart.
The latter three are currently touring as the Dead and Company (accompanied by John Mayer, former Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well keyboardist Jeff Chimenti).
In fact, this past Saturday night (Halloween night), as Dead and Co. played Madison Square Garden, Lesh played his own gig a little over an hour away at New York's Capitol Theatre.
But it seems that it's all good with the former bandmates: last night Phil Lesh joined jam band Midnight North on stage at a small NYC club called S.O.B.'s, and the collective was also joined by Bob Weir. They performed the Dead's "Mr. Charlie." Watch the video here.
Rush Release Live 'Tom Sawyer' Video From R40 Live
Rush have released an online video featuring their performance of their 1981 classic, "Tom Sawyer", as a preview to the forthcoming "R40 Live" release, which will be available as a 3CD/Blu-ray or DVD set as well as standalone options for the concert film or live album.
The lead single from the group's eighth album "Moving Pictures" reached No. 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the project became the band's second US Top 5 record when it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
Due November 20, "R40 Live" presents Rush live in concert in their hometown of Toronto over two nights this past June. The shows at the Air Canada Centre marked the first time the group have filmed in their hometown in almost 20 years.
Mixed by David Botrill (Tool, Muse), the new live release is named after Rush's 40th anniversary box set, "R40." "Tom Sawyer" is the fifth track previewed from the package, following "Roll The Bones", "Jacob's Ladder", "Closer To The Heart" and "The Spirit Of Radio." Watch the video here.
Bruce Springsteen Streaming Unreleased Live Version Of Ramrod
Bruce Springsteen has released an online stream of an unreleased live version of "Ramrod" as a preview of his forthcoming 7-disc box set, "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection."
The 1980 performance at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ is considered legendary in Springsteen circles as the New Jersey rocker and his band were on the road in support of their first double album, "The River."
Due December 4, "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection" presents the live show alongside the 1980 album and its scrapped 1979 draft "The Ties That Bind", plus 22 outtakes from the studio sessions and an hour-long documentary/interview with Springsteen.
"The River" delivered Springsteen his first No. 1 US album on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 5 million copies in the States alone. Stream the song here.
Jeff Lynne's ELO Announce Intimate London Show
Jeff Lynne's ELO have announced an intimate show at London's Porchester Hall next week on November 9. Lynne will also play a show for BBC Radio 2 in London on November 12.
Lynne reactivated Electric Light Orchestra for a festival set at London's Hyde Park last year, and last month revealed he was planning a run of shows early next year.
They'll release Alone In The Universe on November 13 and Lynne will perform tracks from the record at the London show, along with a selection of ELO classics. Read more including ticket information here.
Deen Castronovo Says Domestic Violence Is A Choice
Former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo says he can't blame drugs for the domestic violence that put him in jail, lost him his relationship, and got him fired from Journey.
Last month he was sentenced to four years' probation for an assault on his fiancee in July that took place after a 24-day methamphetamine binge. This week he revealed the band had dismissed him while he was in rehab - but he insisted they did it out of love and not spite. He also said his ex-fiancee had saved his life by calling the police on him.
Now Castronovo tells the Statesman Journal: "I was a verbally abusive man. I was a physically abusive man. I abused her. It was wrong. I'm taking responsibility.
"I've realized that domestic violence is really a choice, and it is calculated. The drugs and alcohol exacerbated it immensely - but there's no excuse for what I did. I deal with it every day. It does come into my head every day, and it's deeper than regret or remorse."
He reflects: "You don't want to be 51 and in your fifth stint of treatment, and you've lost everything. The only time I felt self-worth was playing the drums. I used to live for cars, touring, the big houses. Meaningless crap - I'm happier now." Read more here.
The Eagles' Glenn Frey To Undergo Major Surgery
The Eagles have postponed plans to attend the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors next month as Glenn Frey is facing major surgery that will sideline him for an extended period of time.
Billboard reports the band confirmed that Frey "has had a recurrence of previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period."
"We send our best wishes to Glenn for a swift and full recovery," says Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter. "It felt only right to defer bestowing this extraordinary honor to the group when Glenn could also be in attendance." Read more here.
JOE SATRIANI AND ROBIN DIMAGGIO TEAM UP ON ORIGINAL SONG “MUSIC WITHOUT WORDS”
THE MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES TODAY ON YAHOO!
THE SONG COMMISSIONED FOR THE ANNUAL PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATION’S 69TH SESSION GALA
(Los Angeles, CA) World-renowned guitarist, JOE SATRIANI and United Nations Musical Director ROBIN DIMAGGIO, recently teamed up to compose a new song entitled, “Music Without Words” set for a digital release on November 4th. A portion of all proceeds raised from downloads and streams will be donated to support UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.
The song was first unveiled at the June 30th “Annual Presidential General Assembly of the UN 69th Session Gala” in New York City after being co-written by the two exclusively for the special event. The Assembly and Gala featured world dignitaries as well as the Heads of States from nations across the globe.
Accompanying the song is a dramatic music video directed by Ramin Ouladi, Los Angeles-based director, cinematographer, and editor, who developed the video concept. “Joe and I had a concept of doing a song about healing, where the music spoke without words. That's why I think we called it ‘Music Without Words.’” DiMaggio explains. “When it came time to add some images, it was tough to create abundance through visual statements. Ramin was the perfect addition. He brought a palette of pastels needed to make the story sync with the music.”
The video is premiering today on YAHOO! and can be viewed at music.yahoo.com. DiMaggio offers, “I am sure that when the audience, young and wisely aged, watches this, they will feel the message, whether they just listen to the audio or intensely watch the video.”
"Collaborating with Robin evolved naturally,” SATRIANI says. “Starting with him challenging me to create a melody that would touch the hearts of seven billion people, a call to humanity; a message of love. I’m thrilled with the song and this video fits the music perfectly.”
The song also features vocals from Ms. Monet, a Grammy-award winning vocalist, songwriter and performer who has sung with everyone from Boz Scaggs to Faith Hill, Toto and Queen Latifah. It was DiMaggio’s decision, as the producer, to blend the beauty of Ms. Monet’s vocals with SATRIANI's guitar to create such an incredibly moving piece.
SATRIANI recently released 15th solo album, “Shockwave Supernova” and is celebrating his 30th year as a recording artist with the “Surfing to Shockwave” 2016 Tour. U.S. dates begin in late February and continue through April (see current itinerary below). SATRIANI is the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer, with six gold and platinum discs to his credit (including one more gold award for the debut album by his band Chickenfoot), and sales in excess of 10 million copies. The critically acclaimed guitarist also has 15 Grammy nominations for songs such as “Always With Me, Always With You,” “The Crush Of Love,” and “Summer Song,” as well as full albums like Surfing With The Alien, The Extremist and Super Colossal.
Robin DiMaggio is known as one of the world's premiere drummers and classical/world percussionists. Robin is also a highly skilled songwriter, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, engineer, and instrumentalist. He has toured and recorded with veterans such as Paul Simon, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Diana Ross, Tupac, Dr. Dre, Luther Vandross, Lil Jon, Martina McBride, Daft Punk, Johnny Cash, and Chris Isaak, as well as with acclaimed world musicians, sitarist/composer Ravi Shankar and violin maestro L. Shankar. Robin was Musical Director and drummer for late-night TV’s Arsenio Hall Show on CBS Syndication, and TBS’ Lopez Tonight, hosted by George Lopez. He has appeared on David Letterman, performed at the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, and the MTV Music Awards. Robin produced former Eagles guitarist Don Felder's 2012 album, Road to Forever, and Stephen Bishop's 2014 release, Be Here Then. For the fifth straight year, Robin has been assigned the returning position of Music Director for the United Nations, where one of his many responsibilities includes coordinating musical guests for the official General Assembly Summit in New York City each September at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria. Robin has some incredible projects in the works, as he is in the preliminary stages of his new vision — the first U.N. School of Art, Culture and Music in Southern California.
Listen/Purchase “Music Without Words”: http://smarturl.it/Satriani_MWW_iTunes
FARE THEE WELL: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead - A New Book from Rock & Roll Photographer Jay Blakesberg To Be Released December 1, 2015
A vibrant visual record of the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary “Fare Thee Well” tour, Blakesberg’s latest offering gathers iconic images from all five performances, plus two rehearsal days, as well as band portraits, archival images, written tributes and setlists. This is the definitive inside look at the legendary, career-capping shows of the most prolific touring band in the history of rock and roll.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – FARE THEE WELL: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead is a fine art, hardcover coffee table photography book by famed rock photographer—and bona fide Deadhead—Jay Blakesberg. FARE THEE WELL will be released December 1, 2015 via Rock Out Books and is available for pre-order now atwww.rockoutbooks.com and other book retailers.
In late June/early July 2015, the “core four” surviving members of the Grateful Dead—Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart—reunited for five final shows billed as “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead.” Joining the lineup for these monumental shows were Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, former Dead member Bruce Hornsby and RatDog’s Jeff Chimenti. Lifelong Deadhead Jay Blakesberg was tapped as the event’s official photographer. With a talented team, including photographers Chad Smith and John Margaretten, Blakesberg documented all aspects of this historic, culminating moment in the Grateful Dead’s fifty-year career. From stadium soundchecks to Shakedown Street shenanigans, the colorful close to the long strange trip of the “band beyond description” is lovingly preserved in 305 images across the 208-page FARE THEE WELL.
Featuring dynamic band, crowd and venue shots from all five Fare Thee Well concerts—June 27 and 28 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA and July 3, 4 and 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL—Blakesberg’s FARE THEE WELL also provides access to intimate backstage moments and the group portrait session that yielded the final images immortalized on giant stadium screens throughout the “Attics of My Life” encore the final night in Chicago. Photographs of enthusiastic throngs of attendees—from old Deadheads to new converts—in various states of joy, anticipation and exhilaration, as well as concert ephemera like tie-dyed roses, homemade signs and backstage passes, serve to complete Blakesberg’s rich visual account of the multi-day event, its history and its legacy.
Former NBA star and devoted Deadhead Bill Walton provides the book’s Foreword, offering a deeply personal account of his experience at the Fare Thee Well shows. To Walton, this final tour—and, by extension, this book—serves as an emotional touchstone, transporting him back to a place of pure happiness. “It was a time and space that I will never forget. I am a proud and loyal Deadhead,” he writes. “This book serves to nurture and activate our finely tuned senses and bring the Fare Thee Well celebration back to life.”
Two essays by Gary Lambert, co-host of SiriusXM’s “Tales from the Golden Road,” add valuable historical perspective from firsthand recollections of Jerry Garcia’s memorial at Golden Gate Park and the immediate aftermath of his passing in 1995, to the planning and realization of the Fare Thee Well tour two decades later. Lambert muses on everything from the fervor of the Deadheads to the unlikely business model that catapulted the band into the rock and roll stratosphere. “Joyously undermining all the conventional wisdom of the music business, the band somehow survived and prospered,” Lambert writes. “And, after fifty years, it can’t be denied that the Dead’s art became a tradition unto itself…”
In the Afterword, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux marvels at his near miss with the Fare Thee Well experience. Initially uncertain about attending, his desire to reunite with his friends, and the broader Deadhead community, brought him home to Soldier Field. Lemieux extends a poignant invitation to revisit the experience again after another half century. “For those of us who’ll be around in fifty years, let’s reconvene in Chicago for GD100,” he writes. “Even though the band has packed and gone, if you ever have doubts on whether they were here at all, think back to this special weekend and the thirty years they toured (1965-1995), listen to the music play and go see them continue to play live. Yes, they were here, and it WAS a dream we dreamed one afternoon, long ago.”
The release of FARE THEE WELL comes on the heels of Blakesberg’s recent photography book, Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender (October 1, 2015). Hippie Chickcelebrates the unique connection between the vibrant community of free-spirited women who are inspired by, and help inspire, live music. Blakesberg’s visual anthropology beautifully captures the feminine festival and concert archetypes, and the individuals, who have graced the fields and performance halls of America since 1980. Earth mamas and fairy princesses, hula hoopers and whirling dervishes, front row regulars and flower crown makers; the entire tribe of dedicated, music-loving women—their fashion and their passion—is sensuously brought to life through Blakesberg’s artful lens.
About Jay Blakesberg: Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer, filmmaker and visual anthropologist whose work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Relix and many other magazines. He has photographed countless musical artists, including Dave Matthews, Phish, moe., Tom Waits, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Carlos Santana and, of course, the Grateful Dead to name a few. Blakesberg attended his first Dead show in September 1977 as a 15-year-old kid. Thirty-seven years later, he went on to become the official Fare Thee Well photographer for the band’s final five shows. FARE THEE WELL is his eleventh book of music photography.
Alex Skolnick's Planetary Coalition Reaches First Round of the 58th Grammy Awards
World-renowned guitarist Alex Skolnick's incredible global collaboration, Planetary Coalition, is being considered for nomination in Contemporary Instrumental (159) for the 58th Grammy Awards. In addition, it is also being considered in arranging, composition, and soloist categories. The album was submitted by ArtistShare, whose recordings have received nine Grammy Awards and eighteen Grammy nominations to date, alongside new releases by Gil Evans Project (the first release under the BlueNote/ArtistShare label partnership) and Maria Schneider (2005 Best Large Ensemble Album winner).
Described as a "gorgeous tour of the world's musical traditions" by University of Dayton's prestigious ArtsLive program, Planetary Coalition - Skolnick's first acoustic album and first world music project - made Guitar World's Fifty Best of 2014 as well as top 10 lists by Acoustic Nation and World Music Central. It consists of Alex's original compositions performed alongside international artists such as Rodrigo y Gabriela (Mexico), Kiran Ahluwalia (India), Yacouba Sissoko (Mali), Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez (Cuba), Yihan Chen (China) and many others. In certain cases, social issues are highlighted (such as "Salto," named for an Argentine agricultural region affected by Monsanto) and in others, musicians from politically conflicted regions are united (such as Palestinian Adnan Joubran and Israeli Gadi Seri). Twenty-seven musicians. Five Continents. One vision.
Alex Skolnick states, "I'm very pleased that Planetary Coalition is being considered for nomination in this year's Grammy Awards. The logistics of composing, rehearsing and recording this album (at times between activity with Testament, my trio and other projects), left me creatively satisfied but quite exhausted, so it's really nice to feel the appreciation. Confession: The Grammys have always felt a bit like a gated community or that annual high school party you were never invited to; I rarely tune in and know very little about the process. Regardless...to witness one's passion-project chosen for Grammy submission by ArtistShare, a reputable arts organization who've had a fair share of nominees and winners (all genuine, non-image driven artists) is a truly nice validation, whatever the outcome, for everyone involved (this project is about much more than me). Thanks to all who've believed and contributed in so many ways."
For more information on Alex Skolnick's Planetary Coalition, please visit www.planetarycoalition.com.
For more information on Alex Skolnick, please visit www.alexskolnick.com.
Prog Icon Billy Sherwood Releases Divided by One and Career Retrospective Collection OUT NOW!
London, UK - Prog icon BILLY SHERWOOD, best known for his work with YES and CIRCA:, has now released his studio album DIVIDED BY ONE and a compilation called COLLECTION – both OUT NOW!
These two CDs are available through all mainstream retailers and digital platforms (Amazon and iTunes etc) or alternatively there is a special offer including a signed postcard ONLY available directly from www.billysherwoodcollection.com
Says Billy, “I'm very excited to finally have 'Divided By One', my 7th solo release come out on CD. I'm proud of the record and look forward to getting it out there, I had many requests to release it on CD as it was only for download till now.”
BILLY SHERWOOD is the current bass player in the band YES is touring with the band throughout 2015. Billy Sherwood was a key part of the line-ups which created the YES albums OPEN YOUR EYES and THE LADDER. He recently mixed the band's HEAVEN AND EARTH album and 2 subsequent DVDs.
DIVIDED BY ONE is Sherwood's seventh solo album and this edition through Cherry Red is its first release on CD. This CD release will be eagerly greeted by YES fans especially in light on Sherwood's recent return to the band in mid-2015.
1. On Impact
2. The Scene Comes Alive
3. No Stone Unturned
4. Between Us
5. Divided By One
6. Sequence Of Events
7. Sphere Of Influence
8. Here For You
9. Constellation Codex
10. End Of An Era
COLLECTION is the ideal introduction to Billy Sherwood's solo career and includes TWO EXCLUSIVE TRACKS. This edition through Cherry Red is its first release on CD.
Says Billy, “I'm happy to announce the release of 'Collection', it's made up of tracks from each of my previous solo records. In addition to that there are 2 bonus tracks, one is a new yet unreleased solo track and the other is a cover I did of Sting's song 'I Hung My Head'”
1. Drone Decipher
2. Seeing Through The Walls
4. On Impact
5. Dying Breed
6. The Recurring Dream
7. What Was The Question?
8. I Hung My Head*
9. Dark To Light*
(* Previously unreleased)
For more information: www.billysherwoodcollection.com
Walter Trout becomes a Patron of the British Liver Trust
He has been given the gift of life and now he wants to help others
“I’m only still here because someone donated their liver” Walter Trout
You can find out more info on the British Liver Trust, become a doner and get a free download of the song Move On here
Renowned blues musician, Walter Trout, has proudly become a Patron of the British Liver Trust.
Walter received a liver transplant after nearly facing death in 2014. He now feels like a new man and has immense gratitude for his supporters, his donor and the medical community who gave him a second chance at life. Recognizing that liver disease is a ‘silent killer’ and many people are unaware of it until it is too late, he has become a Patron of the Trust because he wants to help raise awareness, much needed funding and encourage everyone to ensure that their loved ones know their wishes regarding becoming a donor. Walter is supporting the Trust in his upcoming November UK tour.
His new album Battle Scars, released on Provogue/Mascot Label Group chronicles his battle with liver failure. Walter found out that he had liver disease in 2013. His health deteriorated and he almost died. He spent a month in intensive care and then a further five months on a liver ward first waiting for a transplant and then recovering after surgery. His fans - many of them from England - used the internet to support Walter and help him raise $250,000 needed to help towards his medical bills for his liver transplant in 2014.
Liver disease is currently the third commonest cause of premature death in the UK – more than 12 million of us are at risk of liver disease yet we have very few resources compared with other conditions. With more funding into better research and care and by encouraging many more people to become a donor we can save more people’s lives. Without the funding that supports research and new developments in care and without people agreeing to donate their organs, Walter would not be alive today. He now feels he wants to give something back and raise awareness for the condition.
“I am delighted that Walter Trout has agreed to support the British Liver Trust and become our Patron.” Said Andrew Langford, Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust. “As Walter knows it is a silent killer and by the time that you have the symptoms it can often be too late. I would urge everyone to take the British Liver Trust's free online Love Your Liver health screener on our website to see if you are at risk. Please also make sure that your loved ones know your wishes regarding organ donation and consider joining Walter in supporting us.”
Talking about his involvement with the trust, Walter opens up; “Liver disease almost cost me my life. The disease progressively drained me of my life force until I was on the verge of death. A miraculous liver transplant allowed me to survive and thrive once again. I owe my life to the research and development in the medical field around treatment of liver diseases. I am happy to work with the British Liver Trust to promote awareness about the silent killer among us. I am thrilled because new treatments are emerging at the moment, and to help raise awareness around this, and to empower people to seek treatment, is something I feel privileged to do.”
At the end of each of each show on the tour, there will be leaflets at the merchandise booth with more information, where Walter will also be signing records.
You can find out more information about the British Liver Trust here
Walter will be touring the UK on the following dates:
Tues 17 November – Stockton, Arc - TICKETS
Weds 18 November – Glasgow, ABC - TICKETS
Fri 20 November – Holmfirth, Picturedrome - TICKETS
Sat 21 November – London, Forum - TICKETS
Tues 24 November - Leamington, Assembly - TICKETS
Weds 25 November – Frome, Cheese & Grain - TICKETS
Def Leppard's New Album Was Unintentional
Def Leppard explains in a new online commentary video clip that they originally didn't set out to make their new self-titled album, but it seemed to come together naturally.
Frontman Joe Elliott kicks off the video with, "We haven't made an album in seven or eight years. When you have five heads full of songs, you've gotta get 'em out... We kind of had the itch to write, we wanted to do new music..."
Bass player Rick Savage reveals how the sessions came together, "we set aside a month to actually get together in the studio and develop all these demos, song ideas, riffs, whatever you want to call them."
Elliott explains that the band had no intention of making a new album. He says, "We didn't get together to make an album, we got together to a couple of songs. Let's just write some songs and see where we go."
Phil Collen says, "We started writing songs. We didn't think it was worth doing an album in this day and age.... We got 12 songs like immediately" and Joe concludes "we got an album right here."
Collen then explains that the band wasn't motivated to make the new album by the normal circumstances, "The motivation behind it wasn't the normal one in the last twenty odd years where it has been a record company or an executive. It wasn't that at all, it was for the art part of it. For the love of making music."
Elliott reveals that the inspiration continued as they gathered together to work on the original dozen tracks they had come up with, "We got together again in May to do a couple of weeks of work on those 12 songs and we wrote two more. So we ended up with 14 songs." Watch the full video here.
Dio, Black Sabbath Supergroup Resurrection Kings Release Video
Resurrection Kings, the new group featuring Craig Goldy (Dio), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob, Dokken) and Chas West (Lynch Mob) have released a new video.
The new video clip is for the song "Who Did You Run To," which is one of the tracks that appears on the band's forthcoming self-titled debut album. The album is set to be released by Frontiers on January 29th but fans can get an early taste via the new video here.
We were sent the following background information on how the group came together: Everything started with a set of demos former Dio and Giuffria guitar player, Craig Goldy recorded with singer Chas West, a guy with an unbelievable set of pipes, who has worked with such bands as the Jason Bonham Band, Foreigner, Lynch Mob, Tribe Of Gypsies, and 3 Legged Dogg.
"It all started five years ago when Craig Goldy asked me to write together," says Chas. Out of those demo sessions, the song "Livin' Out Loud" strongly impressed Frontiers' President, Serafino Perugino. He then asked Craig to build up a project/band around that musical concept. He also suggested Sean McNabb for bass (Lynch Mob, Dokken , Quiet Riot ), while Craig brought in later former DIO band mate Vinny Appice on drums. "Serafino wanted to make an album with famous musicians from the 80's and I was flabbergasted when he asked me to participate" says Craig Goldy. "We've all known each other for a long time and it was a pleasure to work with everyone - my God with Chas, Sean and Vinny that's a killer line-up!"
Frontiers in-house writer and producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Hardline, Rated X) offered his services to the band and wrote (or co-wrote with Goldy) a few tracks to round out the material that was available. "He is a great songwriter, producer, musician and singer," says Goldy. "Some of the demo versions already had vocals and everything else, so all we did was learn the songs and then did them our way. When Sean and Vinny got a hold of these songs they really came alive and gave me automatic inspiration to write and perform on top of what was already written".
Deep Purple's Glover Believes Blackmore Inspired Metal Movement
As Ritchie Blackmore prepares to stage a series of rock shows, his former Deep Purple bandmate Roger Glover has hailed the guitarist as the man who inspired some of the best heavy metal acts of all time.
Bassist Glover says that founding Purple member Blackmore - who last played with the group in 1993 - was someone who bands in the "second wave of rock" learned from.
Glover tells Goldmine: "Ritchie was an amazing guitarist, way ahead of his time. And I think that informed a lot of the heavy metal players later on. The second wave of rock, if you like. The Judas Priests and the Saxons and so on. It still goes on. Purple was the stone thrown into the pond and the ripples are still moving out." Read more here.
Tom Waits Songs Make Steve Vai Uncontrollably Cry
Steve Vai says he can't listen to his favorite artist Tom Waits in public as he's likely to burst out crying. The guitar icon reveals he never goes anywhere without his Waits collection, but he doesn't dare listen unless he's on his own.
Vai tells Wikimetal: "My favorite artist right now is Tom Waits. I never go anywhere without everything he's ever recorded. There are some of his songs that I can't listen to in public because I start uncontrollably weeping.
"There's something about his voice, his music. He's just so connected and unique. I think he's the greatest American artist because he captures an intention and he makes you feel it, if you're connected with it." Read more here.
Metallica Reveals They Are 'Really Recording' In New Studio Video
Metallica have released a teaser video that shows frontman James Hetfield recording guitar parts for the band's long-awaited 10th album. The follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic has been discussed for several years, but the thrash icons only recently confirmed that recording sessions were underway.
The clip is only available to fan club members - but membership is now free. It starts with a welcome from drummer Lars Ulrich, who then leads the camera from a back lot area into the band's studio, where Hetfield, producer Greg Fidelman and others are working.
Ulrich then says: "There's a recording in progress so we'll just say hello real quick. This is James… What are you doing?" Hetfield replies: "Playing drums."
He's then asked to record something while the camera rolls, and when it takes a few seconds to get started, Ulrich says: "Are they recording, are they not recording? Welcome to the 21st century. Any hour now… Oh my God, they're really recording. How cool is that?" Read more here.
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Santana Spiritualizes Rock’N’Roll On 1970 Abraxas Album
Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve Share Story
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates one of the boldest, most successful, enduring and influential American albums, 1970’s Abraxas by Santana.
The original Santana was one of the last bands to emerge from the late Sixties San Francisco music scene, introduced by a lights-out performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival documented on film for the world to see. Until then no Artist had successfully infused the sounds of Blues, Salsa and Jazz into Rock, but Santana’s second album Abraxas would embody all of it, spending six consecutive weeks atop the US album charts, selling millions and being lauded as ‘Album of the Year’ by several publications.
Band leader Carlos Santana’s distinctive guitar sound became instantly recognizable to fans and iconic in modern music to this day. His passion for music, his belief in its power and its magic, transcends both cultural differences and musical categories. But for Carlos Santana, making music has never been about chart position or record sales. For Carlos, music is almost a spiritual quest, an expression of feelings too profound and intense for words. Playing music, says Carlos, is “like having a ministry”.
Carlos Santana elaborates on that thought with InTheStudio host Redbeard.
“ I think about planting certain sounds, certain cries, not whining, but certain cries, certain things in their hearts (concert goers). When you leave them... they say, ‘Man you guys left me pregnant with the sound. Even when you unplugged the amplifiers and the trucks roll away, it’s still in me.’ “ - Carlos Santana
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BERNIE MARSDEN & MATT SCHOFIELD PLAY PRUDENTIAL BLUESFEST 2015
BROOKLYN BOWL, LONDON 7TH & 8TH NOVEMBER
SATURDAY 7TH NOVEMBER – BERNIE MARSDEN, 4.30PM - FREE ENTRY + Q&A WITH ROBERT ELMS, 1PM
SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER – MATT SCHOFIELD, 8PM - £17.65 TICKETS
Watch the live video for Matt Schofield’s ‘The Day You Left’ HERE
Both Bernie Marsden and Matt Schofield will be playing the Brooklyn Bowl, Bernie a FREE show on Saturday 7th November at 4.30pm which will be preceded by a Q&A with Robert Elms. Matt will be playing at 8pm on Sunday 8th November
At a rough guesstimate Bernie Marsden’s name appears on a hundred albums – maybe more. In addition to a long-running solo career the Buckinghamshire-born guitarist has been a recording musician since the early 1970s via membership of such groups as Whitesnake, UFO, Wild Turkey, Babe Ruth, Paice Ashton & Lord, Cozy Powell’s Hammer, Alaska, M3 and many more. Though there’s a tendency to pigeonhole him as a blues-rock guitarist, each of Marsden’s acts had its own individual flavour. His current album, ‘Shine’ was released on Provogue Records – home of Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout and others – and many are likely to have put two and two together regarding its contents. But let’s be clear, shall we? ‘Shine’ is NOT a dyed-in-the-wool-blues album. “To me, it’s a classic rock album with a modern feel,” points out Marsden with customary good cheer. “When I asked the bosses at Provogue what type of album they wanted from me, they simply replied: ‘Make a Bernie Marsden album’. And that’s what I did.”
Matt Schofield is lauded as the British blues guitarist of current times. Guitarist magazine said, “There isn’t a better British blues guitarist playing currently”. With a fearsome live reputation his recent album and first on Provogue ‘Far As I Can See’, is his fifth studio album. He has also released four live collections, and a guitar instructional DVD for publisher Hal Leonard. The recipient of major awards - British Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year 2010, 2011 & 2012 (making him the first guitarist in the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame), Mojo Magazine Blues Album of the Year 2011 and British Blues Awards Album of the Year 2010 – he imbues this album with stunning musicianship; but never at the expense of heart and soul. Matt said, “I had some very distinct goals in mind, and a few definite broader concepts I wanted to explore. First and foremost I wanted to go as far as possible to capturing the same connection with the listener that I aim to make at a live show.”
Matt Schofield was rated in the top ten British blues guitarists of all time by Guitar & Bass Magazine alongside such icons as Eric Clapton and Peter Green. His prowess as a blues guitarist has seen him trade licks with iconic guitarists like Buddy Guy and Robben Ford; and brought him high praise in the ‘Penguin Book of Blues Recordings’ as one of only two living British artists to gain a maximum four-star rating.
Journey Fired Deen Castronovo Following Arrest
Deen Castronovo was fired by Journey in the weeks following his arrest for assault, he's revealed. And he's admitted he found the move "heartbreaking" - although he accepts the band did the right thing.
The drummer this week vowed to stay clean after being sentenced to four years' probation on six charges relating to a violent incident with his then-fiance in July.
In the statement he didn't discuss his status with the band, although he suggested that a return to work was some time away - while admitting he'd probably be dead if the situation hadn't become a police matter.
Now Castronovo tells UCR: "I was fired on August 10. I was terminated. I was in treatment at the time and I'm grateful I was, because that was heartbreaking."
He adds: "Journey has a stellar legacy and I've tarnished that. They did the right thing. They did what they needed to do." He reveals that he had to call the band's manager to ask about his status, and that's when he was told: "Well, we've decided to terminate you." Read more here.
Dave Mustaine Reveals Megadeth's U.S. Tour Plans
Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine has revealed the timing of a U.S. tour in support of the group's forthcoming project, "Dystopia," with the tour expected to launch in February.
"We're not gonna be heading back into the States until February of '16, I think, is when we start the U.S. tour," Mustaine told fans during a Periscope session on October 31.
"And we've got a pretty interesting lineup. I'm sure you guys are gonna be stoked. I can't say anything yet until it's confirmed. But it looks like everybody's gonna be accepting the tour. And it'll be four of us."
The 2016 US tour will sync up with the January 22 release of their 15th album, which marks the debut of new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God following last fall's departure of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover. Read more here.
Gilby Recalls Firing From Guns N' Roses
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke recalls how a "pissed off" Axl Rose brought his spell with the band to an abrupt end. He spent three years with GNR after replacing Izzy Stradlin in 1991 and says Rose was the one who wielded the axe.
Clarke tells Front Row Ravers: "Axl one day just wanted to change things up. I honestly didn't know what he wanted to do. He never talked to me directly, I always dealt with Slash.
"There was one week I was in the band and then the next week he was just pissed off with something. And finally one day, the checks stopped coming. That's how it all ended."
Clarke, who recently said couldn't see Slash reuniting with Rose in GNR, is still on talking terms with the guitar hero. And he says Slash is even more famous now than he was at the height of GNR's fame. Read more here.
Lars Ulrich Excited About Metallica's 'Night Before' Super Bowl Show
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke with Radio Alice in San Francisco about the band headlining the CBS Radio's "The Night Before" concert, which will take place the evening prior to Super Bowl 50, will take place at AT&T Park in San Francisco and will feature Cage the Elephant opening.
"So, there's a small sports event happening in February, it's Super Bowl 50," he said. "It's gonna be here in the Bay Area, and that whole week is gonna be Super Bowl madness, and one of the crazy events that week will be a giant Metallica show, the night before the Super Bowl."
"We're super proud to be play a big hometown gig. Metallica, being from San Francisco, flying the flag for all things Bay Area all over the world, to be part of the Super Bowl at home is an awesome thing for us… We came up here in 1983 and for 32 years, we fly the flag for San Francisco and we're very proud of that." Read more here.
Dream Theater Confirm Astonishing Album Title Following Leak
Dream Theater have confirmed that their upcoming 13th album will be called The Astonishing. The follow-up to 2013's self-titled effort will be released in early 2016, the band say. They moved quickly to confirm the title after promoters in Europe leaked it on a number of tour posters.
Dream Theater say in a Facebook posting: "And so it begins...our new album is entitled The Astonishing, and we cannot wait to share it with you early next year."
Earlier this week the band confirmed they would play the album in its entirety on their 2016 European tour, which starts in London on February 18. See the post which includes artwork here.
Spock's Beard Release 'Tides Of Time' Lyric Video
Spock's Beard have released a lyric video for their track Tides Of Time. The song is taken from latest album The Oblivion Particle, which was released in August.
"Tides Of Time" is also featured on an upcoming compilation album called The First Twenty Years, which will be released on November 20 via Inside Out Music.
It includes tracks from all 12 of the group's albums as well as a brand new 19-minute song penned by Neal Morse called Falling For Forever - with all members, past and present, performing on the track.
The First Twenty Years is available to pre-order. The album artwork has been released and can be viewed along with the lyric video here.
Billy Sherwood Streaming Title Song Of New Album The Citizen
Billy Sherwood has released a stream of The Citizen - the title track from his upcoming record. The song features late Yes bassist Chris Squire, along with keyboardist Tony Kaye. The concept album about a soul reincarnated in various historical settings is out on Friday (November 6) via Frontiers Music.
Sherwood says of the track: "I think people need to listen to the album once, and then start again with the song The Citizen as it shows that the guy has already been there throughout history."
Sherwood's latest solo album includes guest appearances from a string of artists, including Alan Parsons, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Steve Hillage, Partrick Moraz, John Wesley, Jerry Goodman, Dixie Dregs, Colin Moulding, Geoff Downes, Jordan Rudess, Rick Wakeman and Jon Davison. Stream the song here.
David Lee Roth's Unreleased Album Sounds Like Old Van Halen
John 5 says the album he has recorded with David Lee Roth sound like "old Van Halen." The pair recorded the as-yet-untitled album last year and, so far, there are no plans for it to be released. But Rob Zombie collaborator 5 insists it's a "great" piece of work and says he hopes Roth puts the record out at some point.
John 5 tells Guitar Player: "I know one thing - Dave loves the record. But he's doing Van Halen, which is doing great too. So we'll see what happens in the future. It's old Van Halen. It sounds like Could This Be Magic? It's just that sound, that tone. The songs are so good, they're really great."
John 5 and Roth previously worked together on the DLR Band album, but the guitarist says this latest record ended up being terrifying thanks to some last-minute changes.
He adds: "We did it without a click track, because he wanted that natural feel. Then he wanted to get drums on and some percussion, and the engineer was, like, 'Well, we're really gonna need click.'
"I'm leaving for a tour with Zombie in 40 hours. So Dave called me and he said, 'John, you've gotta come in and record the whole record again.' We're talking overdubs, harmonies, everything.
"He says, 'You've gotta come in and redo these guitars on the whole record.' Anybody else, I'd be, like, 'You crazy,' but it's Diamond Dave, and so I was, like, 'Okay.'" Stream the full interview here.
Metallica To Play Super Bowl 50 Eve Show
Metallica will headline a Super Bowl 50 eve concert in San Francisco next February. The band will play at year three of CBS Radio's "The Night Before" annual event at AT&T Park in San Francisco on February 6.
"How cool is this?" says drummer Lars Ulrich. "Super Bowl madness, AT&T Park and Metallica all coming together in one over-the-top hometown gig. We are of course beyond psyched and extremely honored to be flying the flag for not only Bay Area music, but for heavy music in general at CBS Radio's The Night Before 2016 edition.
"Get your dancing shoes ready, 'cause this is going to be one next-level, uniquely crazy event!" Metallica will be joined by special guests Cage The Elephant.
A Metallica fan club members presale starts November 3 while general public seats will go on sale November 6. Super Bowl 50 will take place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on Sunday, February 7. Read more and watch the video promo for the event here.
Dream Theater To Debut New Album In Full On Upcoming Tour
Dream Theater will debut their upcoming album live on tour across Europe, they've confirmed. The band last week began teasing the release on their website by telling fans: "The path will soon divide - choose wisely."
Now they've revealed the follow-up to their self-titled 2013 release will be performed in full on a run of theatre shows which starts in London on February 18th.
The announced dates continue through the following four weeks, with more dates to be added. Tickets go on general sale on Friday (November 6) and further details will be revealed soon. See the announced dates here.
Halestorm's Lzzy Hale Collaborates With Trans-
Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale has collaborated with Trans-Siberian Orchestra on a reprise version of "Forget About The Blame" from the band's upcoming album Letters From The Labyrinth.
Hale told Billboard.com the band wanted somebody with some 'whiskey dust' in their voice, and her name came up. "They ended up coming to me in Nashville during our last little stint of time off and cutting it, and it was awesome, just an amazing group to work with," she said.
As Trans-Siberian Orchestra mastermind Paul O'Neill told Billboard, "I needed someone to bring out the female side of it, so we decided we would have two singers sing that song for a different perspective. Lzzy Hale has a great voice. She's a great rocker, a lot of emotion. Robin [Borneman] and Lzzy, in my opinion, knocked it out of the ballpark." Read more here.
Scorpions Release Behind The Scenes Video For Album Reissue
The Scorpions have released a behind the scenes video preview of the expanded reissue of their 1977 album, "Taken By Force," which is set for release on November 6.
The German band are presenting part one of a documentary revisiting their fifth record and final project involving guitarist Uli Jon Roth. The reissue is one of 8 expanded albums issued the same day and featuring many previously unreleased tracks as part of the Scorpions 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions series.
In addition to "Taken By Force", fans will have access to expanded versions of "Tokyo Tapes" (1978), "Lovedrive" (1979), "Animal Magnetism" (1980), "Blackout" (1982), "Love At First Sting" (1984), "Savage Amusement" (1998) - as well as 1985's "World Wide Live." Watch the video here.
Jack Bruce, Robin Trower Lead Songs From The Road Release
Jack Bruce, Robin Trower and Gary Husband are the focus of Ruf Records' next Songs From The Road installment. The CD/DVD set will be launched on December 11, featuring previously-released material recorded in the Netherlands in 2009.
Cream icon Bruce and Procol Harum guitarist Trower first collaborated on 1981 album BLT, and 1982 follow-up Truce. They reconvened for 2008's Seven Moons.
But the run of shows in February 2009 - originally launched as Seven Moons Live - were the only times they performed live, with the addition of Gary Moore, John McLaughlin and Level 42 drummer Husband.
Ruf Records say: "After two gigs in Karlsruhe and Cologne, the trio was ready to play the Dutch city of Nijmegen. This night was very special, not because of the camera crew and the recording, but because Trower, Bruce and Husband had already formed a whole.
"The pleasure the guys had on stage makes this set a unique piece of rock music. Bruce - who died last autumn, but had already suffered several strokes of fate at the time of the recording - said during the show: 'It's fantastic to be here. For me personally, it's fantastic to be anywhere, actually.'" Check out the track details and cover art here.
Tesla, Sebastian Bach Lead Monsters of Rock Cruise Lineup
The fifth annual Monsters of Rock Cruise, which will set sail in February, has just announced its lineup, and the list includes hard rock and heavy metallers Tesla, former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach, Steve Vai, Queensryche and Extreme. More than 40 acts total are set to perform.
The theme for this year's Monsters of Rock Cruise is "Shredders from the Deep," and in line with that motif, the cruise will highlight wailing guitar players. The trip, which runs from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26, will being in Miami and make stops at the Great Stirrup Cay, Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas before sailing back to port.
Other acts onboard include Helloween, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G, Y&T, Michael Monroe, former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth, Whitesnake's Joel Hoekstra, Doro, Vixen and more.
On top of the live rock and metal jam, the cruise will also include complimentary guitar fantasy camps with Vai, Moore, Gus G, UFO's Vinnie Moore and others. One fan at each clinic will score a guitar autographed by some of the guitarists. Read more here.
Flying Colors Release 'Bombs Away' Live Video
Flying Colors have released a live video of them performing Bombs Away. The clip is taken from the prog supergroup's live album Second Flight: Live At The Z7, which was recorded in Pratteln, Switzerland, on the band's 2014 tour.
Keyboardist and singer Neal Morse says: "I love the guitar work in this one. Steve really nails it. This also has a really cool proggy string melody section that I can never get out of my head, in a good way. The only other thing I have to say about this song can be summed up in one word - cheezewizz."
Second Flight: Live At The Z7 is released on November 13 on multiple formats, including 4K UltraHD, Blu-ray, DVD, LP + MP3, CD, iTunes, Headphone Surround and Pono. Watch the video here.
Steely Dan Music Used To Celebrate Empire State Building Milestone
The music of Steely Dan has been used to mark the 50th anniversary of the installation of the Empire State Building's Master FM Antenna. A light show was put on to mark the occasion using the iconic New York landmark's tower beams. And it was accompanied by the band's 1978 track FM (No Static At All).
Lighting designer Marc Brickman, who also synchronised the Empire State Building's July 4 light display in tribute to the Grateful Dead's final Fare Thee Well shows, choreographed the event above the streets of Manhattan.
The building is bathed in various colors throughout the year to mark special events, such as Halloween, wins for the city's sports teams, charity events and historical anniversaries.
The next light show is scheduled for November 3, when the tower will be lit in red, white and blue in honor of Election Day. Check out video of the show featuring the Steely Dan track here.
Ozzy Osbourne Making New TV Show
Ozzy Osbourne is apparently returning to television. The Black Sabbath frontman reveals in a new interview that he is making a new TV program with his son Jack.
Osbourne provided the following details to Billboard, " Jack and I are doing a thing for the History Channel, like a father and son spoof on history. We went to Stonehenge and met a guy who thinks he's the f***ing reincarnation of King Arthur. And we went to Bletchley Park to see the machine [Alan Turing] used to break the [German] kind.
"We're going to Mount Rushmore, to the abandoned silos where America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It's educational for me, actually -- history with an Osbourne slant."
Ozzy also elaborated more on his recent comments about Black Sabbath opting out of making a final album and explained the reasons why. "We were gonna do one before the tour, but it would take three or four years to write and record an album, by which time I'll be f***ing 73 or 72 or something, so we decided just to do a farewell tour.
"Plus, after the last one [2013's 13, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200], if we did an album and it went to No. 2, people would go, 'It's over,' right?"
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Announce Third Show
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have announced details of their much talked-about UK show. It will take place on Saturday June 25 2016 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. The performance, which will celebrate the music of Rainbow and Deep Purple, will be Blackmore's first UK rock show in over 20 years.
"I just felt like playing some rock 'n' roll for a few days," says Blackmore, "just playing the old rock stuff, Purple stuff and Rainbow. I'm doing it for the fans, for nostalgia, and the singer I found is very exciting; he's a cross between Ronnie James Dio and Freddie Mercury.
"So this will mean exposing a new singer to the masses, and I'm sure he'll become pretty famous because of his voice." Details of the musicians joining Blackmore onstage will be announced on Wednesday, while tickets for the show will go on sale at 10am on Friday. Read more here.
Journey's Deen Castronovo Makes Plea Deal In Domestic Violence Case
Journey drummer Deen Castronovo revealed late last week that he made a plea deal for the charges he faced from his arrest after a domestic dispute at his home in Salem, Oregon back on June 14th.
Castronovo released a public statement about the arrest, apologizing for his actions and saying that the arrest and prosecution forced him to seek treatment for domestic violence and drug abuse and probably saved his life.
The following statement was published on deencastronovo.net on Friday (October 30th), "Two weeks ago, I, Deen Catronovo, made a plea deal with Salem, Oregon prosecutors. I plead guilty to one count of coercion, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of assault 4, and 2 counts of menacing. Ref: Case #15CR23974 in Marion County Court."
"Anyone who witnessed the events remains adamant that my abrasive behavior stemmed from the fact that I was at a drug-induced psychosis level of intoxication at the time of the occurrences. Otherwise, I am an easy- going guy who loves being a father and a musician."
"After my Indictment in June, I completed a 75-day inpatient treatment program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Springbrook Center, the most comprehensive drug abuse treatment center in the State of Oregon. It was at Hazelden that I quickly realized how dire the situation had become. I made a vow to myself and my family to not only stay sober but to dedicate time telling my story, speaking to promote sobriety, being a good example to my sons and advocating for the rights and assistance of domestic violence victims. I hope by telling my story I can help prevent someone else from making the same mistakes I did."
"Taking into consideration that I have been able to stay completely sober since my Indictment in June as well as the fact that I have continued domestic violence and drug counseling without any difficulties, Judge Jamese Rhodes sentenced me to four years of probation. The probation requires me to continue the domestic violence and drug abuse counseling."
"At the sentencing I apologized to my ex-fiancé, Deidra, and her family for the hurt I have put them through. I continue to wish Deidra the best. I know Deidra is not at fault for my behavior nor the consequences I have suffered because of it. Again, I want to apologize to Deidra, her family, my family, my band-mates in Journey and the fans of Journey. I'm sorry I let you all down. I have hit my bottom and I'm taking the necessary steps to ensuring that this never happens again."
"As devastating as this was for me it was far more devastating to Deidra and our children. Had it not been for her calling the police and the intervention of the prosecutors I'd probably be dead. I'm going to focus on my family, finding happiness in sobriety and helping others who might be going down the wrong path to avoid destruction. For now I'm taking it one day at a time and looking to discover what new path God has planned for me."
Scott Stapp Hoping For Creed 20th Anniversary Reunion
Scott Stapp says he hopes Creed will work together again - potentially to coincide with their 20th anniversary in 2017. The frontman suffered a public breakdown last year in which he claimed his family had been infiltrated by members of terrorist group ISIS and that his bank accounts had been frozen.
He says the ordeal was a result of his bipolar disorder and a cocktail of prescription and non-prescription drugs and that he's taking his recovery one day at a time.
And once he's back to full health, Stapp hopes to work with Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips in Creed. He tells Rolling Stone: "I recently ran into those guys, totally not planned at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando. I was taking my son and my wife down to the pool.
"We ended up hanging out by the pool for three hours, just talking and catching up with our families together. Right at that moment, the relationships began to have a new organic-ness. We've stayed in communication since then. I know that Mark and the guys have a lot going on, as well as I do.
"I definitely hope that when the time is right, and when our schedules make sense together, given the commitment that we already have, I do hope that we do get back in the studio and make another record. Our 20th anniversary is coming up in 2017. But we'll see how it works." Read more here.
AC/DC: Bon Scott Statue To Be Unveiled At Bonfest
A fan-funded statue of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott will be unveiled at the 10th annual Bonfest in the singer's hometown of Kirriemuir in Scotland next spring.
Event organisers DD8 Music secured funds for the project via a Crowdfunder campaign that recently surpassed its target of £45,000. Scott was born in Kirriemuir before his family moved to Australia and he eventually teamed up with AC/DC to worldwide acclaim.
Set for the April 29 - May 1 weekend, Bonfest will unveil the life-sized statue by artist John McKenna on April 30 in a memorial garden on Bellies Brae in the town, and will be officially revealed by former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans and Scott's 'soulmate' Mary Renshaw.
Evans will perform a solo set of material and join Renshaw - one of three co-authors of the newly-published book Live Wire - to participate in book signings as well as a Q&A session.
Also scheduled to appear is drummer Bob Richards, who appeared in videos for Let's Play Ball and Rock Or Bust last year when Phil Rudd was unable to attend the filming. Read more and see a photo here.
Helloween Celebrating 30th Anniversary With Hellbook
Helloween are marking their 30th anniversary with the release of a career-spanning project called Hellbook. The 498-page book traces the history of the veteran outfit that formed in Hamburg in 1984.
Hellbook presents anecdotes from the players themselves alongside unreleased live and backstage images, some available for the first time. With artwork designed by illustrators and designers like Frederick Moulaert and Marcos Moura, the project - referred to as the 'Helloween Bible' - was initiated by Carlos Vincente Leon and David López Gómez from Spain as a book by fans for fans.
Bassist Markus Grosskopf says: "For us, this book is highly emotional and evokes a thousand memories. Good moments as well as not so good ones are captured here. Thirty years of Helloween on almost 500 pages and no end in sight."
Guitarist Michael Weikath adds: "I wonder if this story will ever end. Flipping through the pages, there are many details I didn't know, didn't realize, or forgot. Here's hoping it will entice and thrill the interested reader - and do some good in unforeseeable ways." Read more here.
The Darkness Expanding Last Of Our Kind, Stream New Song
The Darkness have extended fourth album Last Of Our Kind with four previously unreleased songs. The deluxe edition will be launched on November 20, to tie in with their UK tour and they are streaming the track Million Dollar Strong.
The Darkness say: "The band has found some more tracks hidden under a carelessly-discarded catsuit, and thought they would make an excellent Christmas gift to their fans. The tracks join the phenomenal original 10 tracks which were unleashed earlier this year to critical acclaim."
The three additional titles are Messenger, Always Had The Blues and I Am Santa. Those who pre-order the title on CD or digital will receive an instant download of Million Dollar Strong. Check out the song stream here.
Soundgarden Hits Have Been Accidents Says Cornell
Chris Cornell says he never set out for commercial success as a songwriter. The Soundgarden frontman insists his hits have all been "accidents" and that he was always more interested in albums than singles.
Cornell tells Migs Cast (via Blabbermouth): "I always felt like if most of the people that came up with me and came out of the world that I came out of and my band came out of, if they seemed to try to write for commercial success, it probably had less commercial appeal somehow.
"And I always felt that way with me. I felt like I can write 10 songs, and if one of those somehow has a broader appeal, it's an accident. But that accident will happen occasionally. And I'm not necessarily ever the best judge of it. I don't feel particularly in touch with the commercial side of music as a fan, and I never was."
He continues: "I was always someone that liked the deeper album tracks and I liked the songs that I didn't hear on the radio - the songs that my friends hadn't heard. And maybe what went into making that song is something that appealed to me, that is why I like music that's different than, I suppose, what makes commercial music.
"I believe that, especially with commercial success, if that's your aim as a songwriter, I think you have to get in that lane early and stay there because there's a whole bunch of stuff you've got to work out. I never worked any of that out. I always felt like I'll do my best as a songwriter and an album recorder if I don't consider any of that, and I will have probably a better chance at having popular songs if I don't do that." Watch the full interview here.
Def Leppard's New Album Fanpack Version Released
The Classic Rock Magazine fanpack edition of Def Leppard's new album Def Leppard is on sale now. The album is the follow-up to 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.
"We got together to see what we had with maybe putting out a three track EP in mind," says Joe Elliott. "All of a sudden we had twelve songs on the go, and two more would come just a few weeks later. It's the first album we've ever made with no deal in place and no one looking over our shoulders so the freedom was immense, and I think you can hear it in the songs.
"The Fanpack is everything you need to know about Def Leppard... and more. And the brand new album, with two bonus tracks that are not available on the regular version. It really is a fanpack. It's there for the discerning Def Leppard fan to be able to read historical articles about the band, and our take on our new record."
The Fanpack features a 116-page magazine featuring all-new interviews with all five band members, all-new photos and a track-by-track guide to the album, a series of collectable art cards, and a metal Def Leppard keyring. It's available to order online and you can find a UK retailer that are carrying it here.
Fleetwood Mac Reveal Deluxe 'Tusk' Box Set Details
Fleetwood Mac will reissue their landmark 1979 album Tusk with a deluxe box set that dives deep into the band's archives of that ambitious effort. The set will feature an alternate version of the classic double album, as well as unreleased studio recordings, demos and remixes.
The band's 1979 album Tusk, which was the follow-up to Fleetwood Mac's hugely successful 1977 album Rumours, sold more than four million copies worldwide and peaked at number four on the Billboard album charts. It spawned the hit singles 'Sara," 'Think About Me," and the beloved title track.
The deluxe version of Tusk features five CDs, two LPs and one DVD, which contains a remastered version of the album, unreleased studio sessions, demos, as well as the original album on vinyl. It will also be available in a three-CD set and a standalone disc that contains the remastered version of the album.
Also included in the set is a two-disc collection of songs recorded live on Tusk tour in London, Tucson and St. Louis. Read more here.
Black Sabbath and Rammstein Lead Hellfest Lineup
Black Sabbath and Rammstein have been confirmed as the headline acts for next year's Hellfest event. The festival will take place in Clisson, France on June 17, 18 and 19, 2016.
Over 100 other bands have also been announced, including Megadeth, Korn, Slayer, Ghost, Paradise Lost, The Offspring, Twisted Sister, Bring Me The Horizon, Anthrax and Tremonti.
Organisers say: "We have tested your patience these last few days and we hope you will forgive us. As you know, instead of leaking tidbits of information, drip by drip, we'd rather go for the big splash.
"We are happy to announce this first list of groups, and we are equally curious to have your feedback on this 2016 vintage." Read more and see the event poster to see additional bands in the lineup here.
Ritchie Blackmore Plans Third Deep Purple and Rainbow Concert
Ritchie Blackmore will play one of three rock shows revisiting his music with Deep Purple and Rainbow next year in the UK according to his agent who addressed rumors that he would play the Download festival.
The guitarist recently announced appearances at a pair of Monsters Of Rock festivals in Germany next June, and there's been speculation about a live return at the UK's Download event.
"Rainbow will only be playing three shows in 2016: two in Germany and one in the UK," Blackmore's agent, Alec Leslie, tells Metal Shock Finland. "The UK performance will not be at Download Festival."
Leslie confirmed the guitarist's third rock performance next year will be announced on November 2. Read more here.
“The Citizen,” featuring Chris Squire and Tony Kaye, New Track from Billy Sherwood’s Upcoming Album CITIZEN
Frontiers Music srl has unveiled another song from the new Billy Sherwood album, CITIZEN. The song, "The Citizen" can be heard here: http://bit.ly/1P0WuRq. The album, CITIZEN is due out November 6.
This is the third song to be revealed prior to the new album's release on November 6th. All digital pre-orders of CITIZEN include instant downloads of "The Citizen," "Just Galileo And Me,” and "No Man's Land.” Pre-orders available here: radi.al/BillySherwoodCitizen.
In writing the song, “The Citizen,” Billy Sherwood’s main goal was to set up his concept album, CITIZEN, about a lost soul reincarnated in different eras. Almost modeling the album’s opening after the beginning scroll of the movie STAR WARS, he wanted the lyrics show how one thing could change the course of history. “I think people need to listen to the album once, and then start again with the song ‘The Citizen’ as it shows that the guy has already been there throughout history.”
Billy’s aware that the song “The Citizen” can also stand on its own, and—thus—be interpreted in other ways including the responsibility of citizens being informed. “That is the cool thing about music, people can read a lot of things into it. It shows how the music relates to the listener.”
It is significant that the song “The Citizen” is the last recording of Billy’s mentor, Yes bassist Chris Squire. Earlier this year when Chris was diagnosed with cancer, he handpicked Billy Sherwood to fill in for him on bass and vocals in Yes, before he left for cancer treatment and ultimately, his untimely death. Former Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye is also on the recording.
Other artists on the album, CITIZEN, are Yes keyboardists: Patrick Moraz, Rick Wakeman, Geoff Downes, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and Yes’ current singer Jon Davison.
Billy started his career in the band Lodgic and then as a member of World Trade, who have two critically-acclaimed albums. He has produced and engineered for many artists including John Wetton, Motorhead, Queensryche, Paul Rodgers, and Yes. He joined Yes first as touring member on the “Talk” tour in 1994, and was a full time member from 1997 to 1999. He recorded two albums with Chris Squire as the “Conspiracy” project and released six albums with Circa, the band he formed with Tony Kaye.
CITIZEN is Billy’s eighth album of new material, though he sees this as a group effort, "While I've created a lot of this record myself I couldn't have done it without the amazing talents brought to bear by all the great artists who participated. So I feel it's much more of a collective effort than a solo album. It's my desire to take this production onto the stage and some of these amazing artists can help bring this concept to life.
The Album, CITIZEN is being released November 6 on Frontiers Music Srl.
Listen to the song "The Citizen" at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZUEUKCZ8U8&feature=youtu.be
Metallica's New Album So Far Delivers The Heavy Says Kirk
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett discussed the direction the music is taking for the band's new album, the long-awaited follow up to 2008's "Death Magnetic," and he says that the music so far delivers in the heavy department.
Hammett spoke with Ultimate Classic rock about his 'Ghoul Screamer' guitar effects pedal and the conversation turned to the new album that the band is currently working on.
"It's heavy," he said. "We've got some heavy stuff going. It delivers on that front for sure. You know, I would say a lot of it is along the lines of Death Magnetic. A lot of it seems to be going along those lines.
He then warns that he doesn't want to make any definitely statement about the direction of the album at this point. "But you know, with social media now and everything else, I'm a little bit wary to comment too much on the album, because then people pick up on it. Then, people think that that's the final definitive statement on what this album is, or how much of it is done, or what it sounds like or whatever - and that's not really the case. It's not accurate. [Laughs.] We're still working on it."
Hammett also discussed the band's process for coming up with new music. "We go in there and see what we have, as far as material. Usually, you get the material together and then you can kind of see what the commonalities are and then from there just kind of expand on all of those commonalities and you know, after a while, you kind of have a uniform sound which later on turns into the signature sound of the album. That's pretty much what happens every time. But it happens over time and a lot of times, it isn't apparently obvious - at least to myself.
"But over the course of time, you just kind of watch how things are morphing and changing and then at one point, you're like, 'Hmmm, okay, it's sounding more complete now. I'm getting more of a complete picture of what this album is actually sounding like.' And then that's when you can actually start commenting on what the album really sounds like in earnest and correctly." Read the full interview here.
Motley Crue Really Is Breaking Up After Tour Says Sixx
Nikki Sixx says Motley Crue says that he believes that the band is indeed breaking up and explained that they have no plans to write and record new music following their final concert as a band on December 31 in Los Angeles.
"In my opinion, yes, we're breaking up," Sixx tells Cindy Scull of 97.1 The Eagle Rocks in Dallas/Ft. Worth. "We're done as a touring band. If you don't tour, you're not a band in a sense. Will we re-release our songs? Will they come out in movies? But I don't believe we're a band anymore after that."
Sixx explains there needs to be a reason to justify the group's time and energy to make new music. "I mean, the door's not shut," says the bassist. "But my belief is you make music to tour. And, you know, nowadays music is not the sole purpose anymore, even though we all love music and we live music.
"But what I'm doing right now with my other band, SIXX: A.M., I'm making a double album, and I'm gonna go on tour for two years. And music is a way to get people to come see the band to play the music for them, but in the end, the music isn't like what it used to be. Now you put a record out so you can tour."
Sixx reflects on his impression of how Motley Crue may operate once their live career is over after the 2-year farewell tour comes to an end. "I think Motley Crue will be a brotherhood and not a band," he adds. "We're gonna call each other and say things like, 'Hey, this movie's coming up. What do you think? We can put one of our songs in it. It'll be the tenth anniversary of us breaking up.' But I don't see a purpose to go in the studio and write songs." Listen to the full interview here.
Def Leppard Celebrating Album Release With 'Let's Go' Video
Def Leppard are celebrating the release of their new long-awaited self-titled album today (October 30th) with the premiere of the music video for the single track "Let's Go".
Frontman Joe Elliott had previously discussed the track with Rolling Stone. He told the publication, "It has that swaggering, mid-tempo rhythm, like '[Pour Some] Sugar [on Me]' and 'Rock of Ages'.
"The idea was, we wanted something familiar. I mean, when AC/DC comes back after years away, you're not going to get 'Bohemian Rhapsody' from 'em, you know? And you don't want it, either. You want 'Back in Black,' or something like it. For us, this is what we do. And it's something we enjoy doing."
The band released a preview of the "Let Go" video on Thursday with the full clip being released on their YouTube channel at some point today. Visit the page here.
KISS, Sabbath, G'NR Stars To Play Free Rock'N'Roll Fantasy Camp Show
Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles will be hosting a free concert for the latest Rock'N'Roll Fantasy Camp next Saturday, November 7th that will feature performances from some of rock star councilors from the camp from such bands as Guns N' Roses, KISS, Black Sabbath and more.
The intimate concert will begin at 7pm and will feature performances from Bruce Kulick of KISS, Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot and Whitesnake, Vinny Appice of Black Sabbath and other stars, along with participants from the latest camp.
The announced performers also include Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Ty Dennis (The Doors), Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper), Tony Franklin (The Firm, Kenny Wayne Sheppard), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne) and Buster Akrey (Iron Butterfly). RSVP tickets are available here.
Black Sabbath Add Festival Stops To Farewell Tour
Black Sabbath have added a pair of festival dates to their farewell tour of Europe. Over the June 3-5, 2016 weekend, the band will perform at Germany's Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park events.
Both festivals share the same lineup over the course of the three days. Black Sabbath's 2016 tour, billed as "The End", marks the group's final series of live shows after a five-decade career.
The extensive run begins January 20 in Omaha, NE before dates in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and a return to North America. Guitarist Tony Iommi recently revealed that his cancer issues have brought about the need for the farewell run after five decades on the road. "I can't actually do this anymore," said Iommi. "My body won't take it much more."
The 67-year old - who was diagnosed with blood cancer lymphoma in January of 2012 - continues to have regular checkups on the health issue. Read more here.
Slash, Lemmy, Kerry King In Father Of Loud Documentary
A host of artists have been confirmed for the upcoming documentary about the life of amplifier pioneer Jim Marshall. The film entitled Father Of Loud is expected to be released in 2016 and will feature contributions from Slash, Lemmy, Kerry King, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, Lzzy Hale, Billy Gibbons, Joel O'Keeffe, Adrian Vandenberg, Joanne Shaw Taylor, James Lynch and Joe Bonamassa.
Marshall, who died in 2012 aged 88, opened a drum shop in London in 1960 but decided to branch out at the request of musicians who visited his store. He said: "All the drummers used to bring their groups in with them, which is how I got to meet guitarists like Pete Townsend and Ritchie Blackmore. They kept pestering me to stock guitars and amps so I decided to give it a go."
His first prototype arrived in 1962 and the Marshall name grew into one of the most recognizable brands used by rock bands across the world. A Spotify playlist has been launched featuring tracks by the artists featured in the documentary, while a trailer has also been released. Watch it here.
Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody 'Beyond Analysis' Says May
Brian May says that he has never grown tired of classic Queen track Bohemian Rhapsody - but he doesn't like talking about what he believes the song is about.
The Freddie Mercury composition was released on October 31, 1975, and went on to become the third biggest-selling single in UK chart history. It's been the subject of several affectionate spoofs, including the iconic scene in 1992 movie Wayne's World.
May tells the BBC: "I'm not sick of it. You can't complain that people want to talk about it all these years later. I still enjoy hearing it - if it comes on the radio I'll turn it up and listen. But no air guitar. I'm too old."
He adds: "I do think Freddie enjoyed the fact there were so many interpretations of the lyrics. It's an outlandish song. I think it's beyond analysis." Read more here.
Chip Z'Nuff Releases 'Sunshine' Video
Chip Z'Nuff has released a video for his track Sunshine. It's taken from the Enuff Z'Nuff man's debut solo album entitled Strange Time, released earlier this year via Deadline Music.
Z'Nuff said of the album: "It's a stoner rock record. What I have with Enuff Z'Nuff is special but this is a labor of love. I started these songs while going through every type of hard time - family, finances, relationships - and found moments of clarity while writing."
Strange Time came bundled with a five-track bonus disc featuring former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler and also featured guest contributions from Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, Missing Persons frontwoman Dale Bozzio and Biff Butler - the son of Black Sabbath bassist Geezer. Watch the video here.
Graham Bonnet Expands 2016 Tour Including Homecoming Show
Graham Bonnet has added four dates to his 2016 UK tour including the former Rainbow, Alcatrazz and MSG singer's first show in the town of his birth, Skegness, since he was a teenager.
The Graham Bonnet Band will perform at The Suncastle in Skegness on February 3. Gigs in Swindon, Carlisle and Leeds have also been added to the tour.
Danny Merton of promoters Metal Mercenary Records says: "We're honoured to be able to be involved in bringing Graham home. We're sure everyone in Skegness will get behind him and it's going to be an emotional night."
The Graham Bonnet Band are working on a new album, due out early next year via Frontiers Music. See the dates here.
Black Sabbath Has 'Opted Against' Making Final Album
Ozzy Osbourne reportedly told a New Orleans newspaper that contrary to prior indications, Black Sabbath have "opted against" recording a final album before they retire at the conclusion of next year's farewell tour.
Osbourne spoke with The Times-Picaynne ahead of his performance at the Voodoo Music and Art Experience Festival this Halloween where he will be backed by Slash and his Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler.
While the feature included several direct quotes from Osbourne, the segment of the article that stated he said the band opted against recording a final album was not a direct quote.
Osbourne was however very clear that Black Sabbath's upcoming tour, that they are calling "The End," will definitely live up to it's name. "It's the end of Sabbath, believe me," he said.
He went on to explain the reason why the legendary heavy metal band is retiring. "In December, I'll be f------' 68 and I think it's time to call it the end of the day. I'm not saying I won't get on stage with Geezer or Tony (Iommi) or any of them some time, but officially we're going to be done.
"I don't want it to dwindle and dwindle and play just for the sake of making another f------' sack full of cash. So it's time, and then I'll go back to doing my own thing."
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi left the question of a final album open during a recent interview with the Birmingham Mail. He said, "I've been busy writing songs ever since the 13 sessions - at that point we thought there might be another Sabbath album. But that's up in the air now, so I don't know when or where they might appear."
Ozzy also spoke with The Times-Picaynne about playing solo for the first time in a number of years at the upcoming music festival, "It's been awhile since I've done anything on my own, maybe three or four years now. So I hope it sounds good. All I'm doing is going out there and having some fun. As long as the band plays well and the audience has a good time, that's all I'm caring about." Read the full feature here.
Metallica Preview New By Request Box Set Series
Metallica have released a small preview of their upcoming 4LP Live Metallica vinyl box set, which was recording during their concert in Montreal, Canada on August 9, 2014.
The Montreal set is one of four limited edition vinyl collections that the band is releasing from their 2014 Metallica By Request tour. The other three shows spotlighted in the series include Bogota, Helsinki and Istanbul.
Each 4LP set from the individual show will be limited to 500 copies and the records will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The band kicked off the series with the Montreal show and will release additional titles in the series each week in November beginning on the 9th.
The band is also offering four-pack of all four vinyl sets that they expect to ship by the end of November. Metallica have previewed the Montreal set by releasing an unboxing video. Watch it here.
Poison Will 'Do Something Special' Next Year Says Bret Michaels
Poison frontman Bret Michaels says in a new interview that he expects that the band, which has been inactive for the past three years, will do something special next year to mark their 32nd anniversary.
Michaels explained in a new interview with Lancaster Eagle-Gazette in Ohio (via UCR) that Poison is still a going concern despite their inactivity in recent years.
"We have never broken up, even though we all go on and do other things," he told the paper. "We are brothers. Next year will be the [32nd] anniversary and I'm sure we'll do something special."
Ultimate Classic Rock advises that fans not get too excited by his comments because he said the following back in 2014, "In 2015…I'm thinking - not officially going on record, but rumoring. I'm just thinking of reuniting all of the original - 'cause we can't go out with all of the original guys.
"It's gotta be CC [Deville], Bobby [Dall] and myself and I think we're going to have to throw a mega Poison summer bash together next year."
Megadeth Plan Special Release For Black Friday
Organizers of this year's Record Store Day Black Friday event have revealed that Megadeth will be celebrating the event with a special 12" vinyl release featuring two tracks from their forthcoming album "Dystopia".
According to the Record Store Day website, the special Megadeth RSD exclusive vinyl release will feature the tracks "The Threat is Real" and the b-side song "Foreign Policy".
The annual Black Friday event will be taking place on November 27th, the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S., where independent record stores offer fans exclusive releases from a variety of artists. You can find a list of participating stores here.
The new Megadeth tracks come from the veteran thrash band's forthcoming album, "Dystopia" which is scheduled to be released on January 22, 2016. The new effort was recorded by founding members Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson along with new recruits Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler and Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro.
Dave Navarro Previews Documentary About His Mother's Murder
(Classic Rock) Dave Navarro has released a trailer for his documentary about his mother's brutal murder. The movie will be available via video-on-demand services from December 1.
He lost his mum Constance when he was 15 when she was murdered by ex-boyfriend John Riccardi - and the tragedy sent the teenage Navarro into a spiral of heroin abuse and depression.
Mourning Son is co-written by the Jane's Addiction guitarist. He says: "Sharing my experiences could serve as a tool to help those who have survived the trauma of losing a family member to murder, or loss of any kind for that matter. Many of us invent our own coping skills.
"Mourning Son is my journey of discovering which of these mechanisms might send me further into suffering and which would help me recover and heal." Watch the video here.
Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson To Guest Star On Chicago Fire
Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will guest star on an upcoming episode of NBC-TV's Chicago Fire. The "2112" episode of Chicago Fire is currently scheduled to air on Tuesday, November 17 on NBC.
Series co-creator Michael Brandt teased the news via Twitter, wrting "What are the guys from Rush doing on our #chicagofire set?" Co-creater Derek Haas later confirmed the details with a photo via Twitter, writing, "Look at cast members 88 and 90. This is not a drill. The episode is 406, titled '2112.'"
Fan site Rush Is A Band helped break the news, as well, about the pair's involvement with the television drama which follows the lives of firefighters and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department. Read more and see the photo here.
The Beatles Streaming Restored A Day In The Life Video
The Beatles have released a restored video online for "A Day In The Life" as a preview to the November 6 release of an expanded edition of their compilation, "1."
The revamped edition of the group's 2001 collection of 27 number one hits has been remixed and expanded with companion videos and unreleased promotional footage.
"These videos and films are spectacular reminders of the era we lived in," says Paul McCartney. "They also rock!" The package will be available in multiple editions, including "1" with one bonus disc of video, as well as "1+", issued in deluxe CD/2-DVD and CD/2-Blu-ray packages along with a 124-page book; the videos will also come out as stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions.
A 2 LP, 180-gram vinyl package will follow at a later date. Read more and watch the video here.
Late Free Star Paul Kossoff's Guitar To Be Auctioned
Free icon Paul Kossoff's guitar is to be sold at auction for the first time in December. He played the sunburst 1959 Gibson Les Paul from 1970 until his death in 1976, and refused to be parted from it even after he broke its neck during a show.
It was later given to Beckett guitarist Arthur Ramm - who lent Kossoff his own instrument on the night the Gibson was broken. Auctioneers Bonhams will sell it on December 10.
Entertainment memorabilia specialist Natalie Downing says: "Kossoff is one of the generation of rock stars who lost their life to the excesses of the industry. His incredible musical talent continues to be recognized." Read more here.
Derek Trucks, Tom Waits Lead Blind Willie Johnson Tribute
Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are among the artists who'll appear on a tribute album to Blind Willie Johnson. The iconic slide guitarist is the subject of God Don't Never Change, featuring modern interpretations of 11 of the songs he originally recorded between 1927 and 1930.
Johnson died in 1945, leaving a legacy of gospel-themed music that inspired Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan, among others. His original recording of Dark Was The NIght, Cold Was The Ground is preserved on the gold disc attached to the Voyager space probes in 1977.
Trucks says: "I never heard a slide player, even to this day, play with that much emotion. I've only heard a few things that have hit me quite that strongly.
"There's something so honest about his recordings. Johnson's songs, lyrics and the ability to pair the slide with the voice were amazing. It feels like it came out of a different world." Read more including the track and performer details here.
Joe Bonamassa Postpones Show Due To Illness
Joe Bonamassa was focused to postpone Wednesday night's show at the Bournemouth BIC due to illeness. The guitarist says via Twitter that he has come down with a "head cold" and that the show will be rescheduled for a later, as yet unknown, date.
Bonamassa says: "Unfortunately, due to unexpected head cold that settled in overnight, we are gonna have to reschedule our gig at the BIC tonight. I really apologies for the inconvenience and hope to have a make-up date sometime this afternoon."
He is on the road in support of his most recent album, Different Shades Of Blue, and has two gigs in Brighton to come. He will also play at the 300-capacity Mr Kyps in Poole, Dorset, on November 1 - 10 years on from the night he made his UK live debut in front of just 100 people. Read more here.
Phil Collins Says That He Is No Longer Retired
Former Genesis singer and drummer Phil Collins reveals in a new interview with Rolling Stone that he's preparing to work on a new album, and he's planning a tour. This comes after years of Collins saying that he was finished with recording and touring.
The interview revealed that he is recovering from back surgery, and that his doctor told him "That my vital signs were all there. He said to me, 'If you want to play drums again, all you have to do is practice.'"
Collins says that last year, he had rehearsed with former members of his solo band, including bassist Lee Sklar. Drummer Jason Bonham filled in for Collins' long time touring drummer Chester Thompson (which is ironic, as Collins filled in for Bonham's father John at the famously uneven Led Zeppelin reunion performance at Live Aid in 1985). But they only worked together for three weeks.
As far as a Genesis reunion, Collins said he wanted to go out on his own first: "Let's start with this [solo] bit first. I love the guys. I would just prefer to do this first. For now, let's just see how this goes." Read more here.
U2 Jam With Noel Gallagher At London Concert
Former Oasis leader Noel Gallagher joined U2 for the encore of their October 26 show at London's 02 Arena and video of the jam has been posted online.
"We'd like to bring out one of my heroes, one of the band's heroes, to help us with this next tune," said Bono. "Will you welcome to the stage, the High-Flying Bird himself, Noel Gallagher."
The rocker joined U2 for their 1987 classic, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", which segued into The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" to close out the show.
The concert was the second of six sold-out dates at London's O2 Arena as part of U2's "Innocence + Experience" tour. The European leg is scheduled to wrap up late next month with four shows in the band's hometown of Dublin, Ireland. Watch the video here.
UFO Announce Dates For Their U.S. Spring Tour
British hard rock legends UFO announced that they will be launching tour of the U.S. next spring in support of their latest studio album "A Conspiracy of Stars," which was released earlier this year.
The band will be kicking off the 18-city tour on March 2nd in Akron, OH at The Tangier and concluding the trek on March 26th in San Francisco, CA at The Independent.
According to the announcement, fans can expect to hear some material from the new album on the tour along with classic tracks from the veteran group. "A Conspiracy of Stars," their 22nd studio effort, was produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore).
UFO A Conspiracy of Stars U.S. Tour Dates:
3/2 - Akron, OH - The Tangier
3/3 - Detroit, MI - The Token Lounge
3/4 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
3/7 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
3/8 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
3/9 - Kansas City, MO - The Voodoo Lounge
3/11 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
3/12 - San Antonio, TX - Alamo City Music Hall
3/13 - Houston, TX - Concert Pub North
3/15 - Denver, CO - Buffalo Rose
3/18 - Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
3/19 - Corona, CA - M15
3/20 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
3/21 - Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto
3/23 - Las Vegas, NV - Count's Vamp'd
3/24 - Agoura Hills, CA - The Canyon
3/25 - Los Angeles, CA - The Whiskey
3/26 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Paul McCartney Retraces Ten Years Of Beatle # 1s Archival Comments By The Late George Harrison
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Albums celebrates the #1 hits of The Beatles in a two-part radio special featuring Sir Paul McCartney and archival comments by the late George Harrison.
In today’s modern music it is hard to imagine any artist capable of being both Pop sensations and album rock innovators, commercially without peer, critically lauded over the course of a ten year career, that could remain relevant fifty years later. Even more daunting is to imagine the same group assembling an album collection of number one songs that would go on to become the # 1 selling album of the 21st century! One can only conclude that there will never be another Beatles.
Paul McCartney and the late George Harrison are both interviewed in a special two-part radio program following the chart-topping hits of The Beatles, year by year with the stories that give them critical context, from boyhood friends in Liverpool inspired by the sounds of American music like Buddy Holly and the Crickets, to writing and recording their own music and single handedly changing the music business. The Beatles record setting success gave them unprecedented creative license unlocking their musical imagination while changing how recordings would forever be made.
Paul McCartney shares his thoughts with InTheStudio host Redbeard.
“ After having worked in Hamburg (Germany) we had about eight hours of repertoire. The first album was done in a day because it was our stage act. Everytime you sat down to write a song it was a potential single... We wanted every single track we did... to be a completely new departure. Funny thing about the Beatles it was like ten years from beginning to end.” - Paul McCartney
“ We were put on such a pedestal, the whole world was kind of bowing and scraping to us... What happens in that condition, I think anybody who has any sense, you realize that there’s more to life than this. “ - George Harrison
The Beatles 1 / InTheStudio interview program is available now to STRAM at:
Part One “http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/beatles-1-pt-one-paul-mccartney/”
Part Two “http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/beatles-1-songs-pt-two-paul-mccartney/”
Direct Link to: The Beatles: HYPERLINK “http://www.thebeatles.com”
Direct Link to: Paul McCartney HYPERLINK “http://www.paulmccartney.com”
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BLACK SABBATH TRIUMPHANTLY RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND, "THE END" TOUR EXTENDED INTO FALL 2016 WITH ADDITIONAL NORTH AMERICAN SHOWS
Due to overwhelming demand, the road to THE END just got longer.
On the heels of their much-anticipated performances in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, BLACK SABBATH will end the epic journey they began nearly five decades ago with another run of North American dates in fall 2016. These shows will follow a mix of summer headlining and festival performances throughout Europe.
The second run of North American dates kicks off August 17 at Jones Beach Amphitheater in New York and includes stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (where the band last performed a sold-out show on their wildly successful 13 world tour in 2014), Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Detroit, and Dallas, among others, before wrapping September 21 at AK-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ.
The massive 2016 world tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time marks THE END for Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler as they close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible BLACK SABBATH story with this tour. BLACK SABBATH's THE END farewell tour promises to surpass all previous tours and will feature the band's most mesmerizing production ever.
Click here to see the updated video announcement.
Former Guns N' Roses Guitarist Hopes To Be Part Of Reunion
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke says in a new interview that he hopes that he will would be part of a reunion of the group and he reflected on the passion that the members of his era of the band shared.
Clarke was brought in to replace original guitarist Izzy Stradlin who left the group in 1991. Gilby was asked by The Times of India if he would take part if his era of the band, featuring Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, wanted to reunite.
He responded, "Of course, it was a great band. If Slash and Duff came back, it would be special. I would hope I could be a part of it if that ever happened. I had a great time during those years. We were young and didn't give a sh*t what anybody thought. Most people's memories are of the drama and negative sh*t. I remember being a part of a very powerful musical unit.
"Everybody cared deeply about the live shows and the music that was recorded. I enjoyed that. I really felt we were on the same page musically and were passionate about our performances."
Def Leppard's Joe Elliott Dispels Hysteria Era Misconception
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says the band avoided the rock'n'roll lifestyle during their Hysteria world tour - because their show left them too tired to party. And he doesn't care if that means he's a boring person.
The band were at the height of their fame following the release of blockbuster album Hysteria in 1987. But they decided to focus on the challenge of getting their performance right, rather than allowing themselves to indulge in distractions.
Elliott tells Maxim: "It was such an exhausting two-and-a-half hour show, we just wanted to go to bed. We knew it was going to be hard work to match an album like Hysteria live, because there were so many overdubs. It's like Queen learning to play Bohemian Rhapsody live, without using tapes in the middle bit. So we were really focused on what we did."
He adds: "All the other stuff was pretend, really. Everybody said, 'What do we really want out of this? Do we want to be one of these idiot Sunset Boulevard bands, or do we want to coat-tail off the back of the Who, the Stones, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Kinks and Queen?" Read more here.
David Gilmour Releases 'Faces Of Stone' Video
David Gilmour has released a new music video for "Faces Of Stone", a track from his latest solo album, "Rattle That Lock." It's a personal song by the Pink Floyd guitarist about the end of a life and a beginning of another.
"Towards the end of my mother's life, when she was suffering from dementia," Gilmour explains, "there was a brief crossover period of about 9 months, when she was alive and my daughter was newly born: this song is a musing on that time. Specifically it refers to a walk in the park where my mother was 'seeing' pictures, or 'faces of stone', hanging in the trees."
"Faces Of Stone" is the fourth video issued from "Rattle That Lock", following the title track, "Today", and "The Girl In The Yellow Dress." Watch the new video here.
Dream Theater Spark Album Speculation With Online Teases
Dream Theater's website has recently undergone something of a transformation, prompting fans into thinking the band have begin teasing about their highly anticipated new album.
Visitor's to the band's site, www.dreamtheater.net, are currently directed to a holding page that features two bold logos, offering fans the option to sign up for The Great Northern Empire or The Ravenskill Rebel Militia.
Those that do sign up are simply greeted with another holding page and the phrase 'Thank You'. With no access to the band's main site accessible at present, rumor is rife that the band have begun the countdown to the release of the follow-up to 2013's Dream Theater album.
Little information has been forthcoming about a new album from the band, but we are aware that a release had been pencilled in for 2016. Read more and see of the clues here.
Rush Release Live 'Spirit Of Radio' Video
Rush have released a video featuring the live version of Spirit Of Radio. It's taken from the band's forthcoming R40 package, filmed at the Air Canada Centre in the band's hometown of Toronto in June.
The R40 set includes a number of tracks that have never been played live before, or never previously filmed. It celebrates the band's career in reverse-chronological order, taking the audience backwards through time from 2012's The Anarchist to Working Man, performed as it was in 1974.
Rush have previously released videos of Roll The Bones and Closer To The Heart from R40. Drummer Neil Peart has revealed that Clockwork Lives, his follow up to his 2014 novel Clockwork Angels, will be published on November 20. Watch the video and learn about a special UK event with Prog magazine here.
Queensryche Announce 2016 U.S. Tour
Queensryche have announced dates for a U.S. tour early in the New Year in support of their latest album, "Condition Human." The month-long trek starts January 7 in San Jose, CA and is scheduled to wrap in Reno, NV on February 5.
Queensryche recently landed a Top 30 debut on the US Billboard 200 with their 15th album, as "Condition Human" entered the chart at No. 27 with opening week sales of 14,000 copies.
Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary), the project marks vocalist Todd La Torre's second album with the group following their 2013 self-titled release and a split with original singer Geoff Tate. See the dates here.
Jimi Hendrix's London Apartment To Be Open To The Public
The London flat where Jimi Hendrix lived will open its doors to visitors on a permanent basis, starting in February. The living room of 23 Brook Street has been restored to the way it was when the guitar icon lived there between 1968 and 1969. The £2.4m refurbishment also includes an exhibition and exploration display.
Hendrix's flat is connected to 25 Brook Street, where composer George Frederick Handel lived 240 years earlier. The result of both homes being open to visitors is described as "a genuinely unique new heritage site."
Handel And Hendrix In London creators say: "When Hendrix moved in on July 4, 1968, he was entering a period of his life when his musical foundations were no longer stable. He was considering the next phase of his career, with release of the Electric Ladyland LP due later that summer." Read more here.
Zakk Wylde, Buddy Guy Lead Experience Hendrix Tour Lineup
Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde and blues legend Buddy Guy lead the guitarists' lineup for the next Experience Hendrix Tour which will be taking place early next year.
The tour, which celebrates the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix, will also feature Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, Indigenous guitarist Mato Nanji, singers Henri Brown and Noah Hunt, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton.
Special guests for the North American tour will include Keb' Mo', Doyle Bramhall II, Ana Popovic and the Slide Brothers with more still to be announced.
The tour will be kicking off on February 24th in Hollywood, FL at the Hard Rock Live and will be concluding on March 25th in Hampton Beach, NH at the Hampton Beach Casino.
Zakk Wylde had the following to say about the trek, "It's an honor to celebrate Jimi Hendrix's legacy and greatness with so many other amazing players, who have become great friends and family to me. His influence and inspiration will forever be undeniable!"
Buddy Guy adds, "Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest guitar players ever and we all need to keep his music alive."
Experience Hendrix Tour Dates:
02/24 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live
02/25 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
02/26 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theater
02/27 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater
02/28 - Charleston, SC - Gaillard Center
02/29 - Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn
03/2 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
03/3 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
03/4 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theater
03/5 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
03/6 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theater
03/8 - St. Louis, MO - Fox Theater
03/9 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
03/10 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
03/11 - Detroit, MI - The Fox Theater
03/12 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater
03/13 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theater
03/15 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Casino
03/16 - Syracuse, NY - Landmark Theatre
03/17 - Wallingford, CT - Oakdale Theater
03/18 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theater
03/19 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Casino
03/20 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Mid Hudson Civic Center
03/22 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theater
03/23 - Worcester, MA - Hanover Theatre
03/24 - New Bedford, MA – Zeiterion
03/25 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
UK Hitmakers Cutting Crew Release First New Album In Ten Years! OUT NOW!
London, UK - CUTTING CREW has announced details of their first new material for ten years. The multi-million selling, Grammy nominated UK outfit fronted by Nick Van Eede were responsible for one of the biggest hits of the 1980s - with (I Just) Died In Your Arms – and the band’s revelatory new album entitled Add To Favourites is their strongest to date and is OUT NOW on In Like Flynn Records, via Cherry Red Records.
A single from the album – the Jackson Browne/George Harrison-tinged Till The Money Run$ Out - was released on September 4th. With some glorious Californian harmonies Van Eede sings “Now you said that you like to play the field/And I should get over it/But when all of your games got to be revealed/I was the last to hear of it,”
It’s hardly surprising that (I Just) Died In Your Arms is seen as songwriter Nick Van Eede’s greatest achievement and yet this Pyrrhic victory surely masks Van Eede’s subsequent song-writing collaborations with artists including Mika, Pixie Lott, Marillion and Cher.
Add To Favourites, which features guitarists Gareth Moulton and Joolz Dunkley, bassist Nick Kay, keyboardist Jono Harrison, drummer Martyn Baker and the Blackjack Horns, is Van Eede’s “tip of the hat to artists I’ve always adored” – from Otis Redding to Frank Zappa(!)
The album also tackles weighty subjects such as relatives and friends gone too soon (Van Eede lost both his younger brother and his long-time Cutting Crew bedfellow Kevin MacMichael some time ago) on Looking For A Friend and the Berlin Wall on Berlin In Winter which Van Eede performed live in Berlin at the 25th Anniversary of The Wall’s demise last November.
Van Eede has revealed that he wrote “80% of the album under water” and the album’s startling artwork featuring our protagonist emerging as a knight from a swimming pool is inspired by the fact that Van Eede is a supremely gifted swimmer and that several of his friends have suggested he would be able to swim a mile whilst wearing full body armour. A full UK tour – due to take place above ground - is set to be announced in the next few weeks.
Watch the video for “Till The Money Run$ Out” Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWbd9k2SNWQ
1. TILL THE MONEY RUNS OUT
2. LOOKING FOR A FRIEND
3. BERLIN IN WINTER
4. KEPT ON LOVIN YOU
5. SAN FERIAN
6. ALREADY GONE
7. AS FAR AS I CAN SEE
8. BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE
9. ONLY FOR YOU
10. (SHE JUST HAPPENED TO BE) BEAUTIFUL
BRITNY FOX IS BACK & HITTING THE ROAD WITH A HANDFUL OF SELECT EAST COAST TOUR DATES
NOVEMBER: ATLANTA, NYC & PHILADELPHIA
Coming off a small run of successful West Coast dates, BRITNY FOX is hitting the East Coast for Farm Rock Atlanta, a two day festival of retro 80’s debauchery. BRTINY FOX then ends up in their home town of Philadelphia, PA with band Heavens Edge at the Theatre of the Living Arts.
BRITNY FOX is currently writing for a new album, which is a follow up to the BITE DOWN HARD album, which was released in 1991 – This musical jewel was a definite game changer on the classic BRITNY FOX sound that originally exploded in 1988. "It's awesome playing with Billy and Johnny again - Chris fits right in perfectly with us freaks,” exclaims Tommy Paris, lead singer. “The new songs are ass kicking, fun, heavy rock! It's a great time hanging out with Doobie, writing new tunes and putting a new show together! Can't wait to get back out on stage!"
SHOW DATES & INFO:
SAT 11/07 – NORCROSS, GA NORTH ATLANTA TRADE CENTER
FRI 11/13 – QUEENS, NY BLACKTHORN 51
SAT 11/14 – PHILADELPHIA, PA THEATRE OF THE LIVING ARTS – W/HEAVENS EDGE
BRITNY FOX comprises of Tommy Paris: Vocals/rhythm Guitar, Chris Sanders: Lead Guitar, Billy Childs: Bass and Johnny Dee: Drums. The band has sold close to 2 million in sales world-wide and charted on Billboards Top 10 for both Girl School and Long Way To Love.
Multi-Platinum Rock Band Stryper Tops US Charts with New Studio Album FALLEN
The most critically acclaimed album of the band’s 32-year career sells over 10,000 copies in the first week in the US and lands at:
#2 on Top Hard Music Albums
#2 on Top Contemporary Christian Albums
#2 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums
#5 on Top Current Rock Albums
#20 on Top Current Physical Albums
#26 on Top Current Albums
#29 on Top Current Digital Albums
#44 on the Billboard Top 200
With the October 16th release of their ninth studio album, Fallen, Stryper continues to dominate the hard rock/heavy metal scene. The Frontiers Music SRL release sold over 10,000 copies in the US during the first week of release landing at #2 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, #2 on the Top Contemporary Christian Albums chart, #2 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums, #5 on the Top Current Rock Albums chart, #20 on the Top Current Physical Albums chart, #26 on the Top Current Albums chart, #29 on the Top Current Digital Albums chart and #44 on the Billboard Top 200.
In addition, Fallen soared to #1 on the iTunes Top Metal Albums chart and #3 on the iTunes Top Rock Albums chart immediately upon release. Stryper’s latest studio effort consists of 12 songs showcasing the musicianship that has garnered them a huge fan base in the mainstream world and Christian market for three full decades.
"We are truly blessed to still be making music 32 years into our careers, music that relates and speaks to our fans worldwide,” says frontman and album producer, Michael Sweet. “We strive to outdo ourselves with each release and hopefully we've done that with Fallen. Here's to 32 more years!"
32 years after exploding onto the rock scene – and MTV – Stryper has delivered their most critically acclaimed release to date. The Associated Press recently decreed, "If this were 1986, this album would easily sell 2 million copies. But it's not, and that's a shame, because 2 million people need to hear how good this album is." Metal Onslaught Magazine recently raved in their first ever 10 out of 10 review, “Like a fine wine Stryper have improved over time and have become legends in the metal genre,” and CCM Magazine declared, “Arguably the most game-changing Christian rock band in history, Stryper continues to excel with a steady stream of new music that fits right alongside a ten million-album selling catalogue.”
The music video for the single, “Pride,” premiered exclusively at Billboard.com and can be seen here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6730798/stryper-pride-video-premiere-fallen-album-exclusive
Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Rocking since 1984, the band 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 MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.
Unlike many of their counterparts, Stryper is comprised of all four original members with Michael Sweet on vocals and guitar, Oz Fox on guitar, Tim Gaines on bass and Robert Sweet on drums.
For more information, visit www.stryper.com.
Rolling Stones Show Prevented Keith Richards Suicide?
Keith Richards reveals in a new interview that he believes having to play a Rolling Stones concert the night he learned his 10-week-old son Tara died probably prevented him from taking his own life.
Tara died of sudden infant death syndrome in 1976 and Richards tells BBC's Desert Island Discs (via ABC Radio) that having to play a concert in Paris right after he received the news saved him from a drastic reaction to the tragedy.
"It was such a shock at the time, especially [since I was] getting a phone call in Paris and this happened in Geneva, and I thought, 'I'm going to go mad unless I do this show tonight," he said.
"Maybe it was a sense of self-preservation…It was a rough, rough thing. And I had a feeling [that] I must go on stage now and I'll worry and grieve and think about all this after the show. Because if didn't go on the stage I'd have probably shot myself."
Richards also discussed his relationship with Stones singer Mick Jagger, comparing the sometimes heated rivalry to that of brothers. "Mick and I have a great relationship, except when we don't, which is when everybody hears about it.
"With Mick, I always felt it was a brother thing and what brothers don't fight occasionally? And we're always fighting for the right reasons. We just think that our version is more right than the other's."
Check out the full interview here.
Jeff Lynne Plotting Electric Light Orchestra Tour
Jeff Lynne is planning a run of Electric Light Orchestra shows in the UK early next year. And although nothing's been confirmed, he's considering the possibility of following them with a US tour.
He brought ELO back to life with a festival set in London's Hyde Park last year, and enjoyed the experience so much that he went on to complete his album Alone In The Universe under the band name.
But the cancellation of their last major tour in 2001 means he's being cautious about the future. Rolling Stone reports that Lynne's manager is "planning some big concerts in England in the spring." Lynne says: "As far as more shows, we'll see what happens. If it goes well I'll certainly do more stuff. Let's hope it goes well."
The previous tour was called off as a result of low ticket sales. "That showed me I probably shouldn't even bother," he recalls. "My manager spared me the details of everything. But I wasn't too demoralised, because I got some tunes in films, and I just love recording." Read more here.
Rush's Neil Peart Releasing New Novel In UK Next Month
The follow-up to Neil Peart's 2014 novel Clockwork Angels, based on the Rush album of the same name, is scheduled to be released in the UK next month, following the North American release last month.
Clockwork Lives - penned by the Rush drummer and author Kevin J Anderson - is released via ECW Press on November 5. It moves the story forward by looking at the lives of some of the first title's fringe characters.
ECW Press say: "In Clockwork Angels, Anderson and Peart created a steampunk world to accompany the Rush album of the same name. Now they return to the world they created.
"Marinda Peake leads a quiet life - she gave up on her ambitions to take care of her ailing alchemist father. When he dies, he gives Marinda a mysterious blank book that she must fill with other people's stories - and her own." Read more here.
U2 and Apple Music Give Fans Virtual Reality Video 'Experience Bus'
U2 and Apple partnered to launch The Experience Bus this weekend at the band's O2 Arena date in London. Fans were brought on to the bus where they wore virtual reality head gear for a one of a kind performance of the track "Song for Someone."
The band performs the song on an e-stage in the virtual reality video. Fans were asked to submit themselves singing the U2 song months ago, a lucky few of those videos were added to the virtual experience.
The Experience Bus will continue to be an element of U2's current Innocence + Experience Tour. The rockers say the bus will be at all four of their upcoming shows in Paris. It will also be present for their final two concerts in Dublin. Read more here.
Mike Portnoy Defends Metallica's Lars Ulrich
Mike Portnoy says Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's stage presence more than makes up for any perceived lack of technical expertise. The former Dream Theater and current Winery Dogs drummer is widely regarded as one of the best in the business, while Metallica's sticksman has taken flak in the past for his level of skill behind the kit.
But Portnoy insists he'd rather watch Ulrich entertaining the crowd instead of a technical wizard any day of the week. He tells Sticks For Stones: "I don't judge drummers based on their technical ability - I judge them based on the overall package and what they bring to the music they're part of.
"What Lars brings to the music of Metallica is absolutely invaluable. So I could care less if his meter might be slightly up and down, or if his fills are slightly sloppy. I don't care about that. There's way more to being a good drummer than precision and technique."
He continues: "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Lars, even though he takes a beating in the drum community. He's been a tremendous asset to Metallica, not only as a writer, but as a businessman, his abilities to market things, his ability to arrange music and his performance on stage He's a very animated player on stage." Watch the full interview here.
THE MOODY BLUES CRUISE III --FOUR DAYS AND NIGHTS, VISITING TROPICAL PORTS INCLUDING KEY WEST, FLORIDA AND GREAT STIRRUP CAY, BAHAMAS, FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 1, 2016-- ANNOUNCES ARTIST ADDITIONS INCLUDING:
VANILLA FUDGE, STRAWBS, CHUCK NEGRON (THREE DOG NIGHT), MARK FARNER (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD) AND BRIAN HOWE (BAD COMPANY)
THIRD ANNUAL FAN CRUISE CLOSE TO SELLING OUT
$899 PER PERSON CABINS RATES
AVAILABLE AT MOODIESCRUISE.COM
On the verge of selling out for the third time, THE MOODY BLUES CRUISE III--the annual fan cruise from one of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Moody Blues--has announced a number of updates, including lineup additions of Vanilla Fudge; Strawbs; Chuck Negron (former lead singer of Three Dog Night); Mark Farner (formerlead singer of Grand Funk Railroad); and Brian Howe (former lead singer of Bad Company).
The four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami, from February 26-March 1, 2016,will bevisiting tropical ports including Key West, Florida and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas aboard the NCL Pearl. Cabins are available now, starting at $899 per person (double occupancy). For booking and more info, visit: moodiescruise.com and connect on Facebook and Twitter.
As previously announced, joining The Moody Blues for one of the greatest floating classic rock events of the year will be cruise alumni The Zombies; The Orchestra; Ambrosia; Randy Hansen and Mellow Yellow. In addition to Christopher Cross; Renaissance; Rare Earth; John Waite; The Ides of March; Randy Hansen with the Music of Jimi Hendrix; plus Matthew and Gunnar Nelson performing "Ricky Nelson Remembered," a special tribute to their legendary father. As in past years, fans can expect multiple sets from their favorite bands, photo ops, special intimate performances and more aboard the NCL Pearl.
Christopher Cross made history in 1981, winning five Grammy Awards and becomingone of the decade's most successful performers. Renaissance, led by iconic vocalist Annie Haslam, brings their unique sound to the cruise with a fusion of folk, jazz, rock and classical influences. Finally, Rare Earth will rock the ship with their top 40 hits from the '70s, including "Get Ready," "I Just Want To Celebrate" and many more.
According to cruise spokesperson Larry Morand, "This is one of the finest classic rock lineups we have ever put together. Of course, The Moody Blues are a rock treasure and they sound as incredible as ever. As I tell people, life is too short to miss this one."
Fans will have access to private concerts, Q&A sessions, Fan Jam and Karaoke Bar, special events and activities, while interacting with musical guests that influenced the music of the'70s/'80s and beyond. This is not just a "concert cruise." It is a fan experience celebrating years of incredible music by one of the world's most beloved bands, The Moody Blues. THE MOODY BLUES CRUISE III provides a playground for the serious fan where music and luxury cruising hook up for a vacation of a lifetime. Limited cabins are available at $899, per person, double occupancy, while supplies last at www.moodiescruise.com.
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA’S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED LETTERS FROM THE LABYRINTH TO BE RELEASED NOV. 13
TSO’s 2015 Winter Tour Kicks-Off on Nov. 18
Los Angeles, CA – October 23, 2015 – Critically-acclaimed progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra will release its highly-anticipated new studio album, Letters From The Labyrinth, on Nov. 13 through Lava Records/Republic Records. Known for elaborate production and thematic CDs, with Letters From The Labyrinth, TSO has crafted a bold, conceptually provocative album that pushes the proverbial envelope once again -- this time with what TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O'Neill calls TSO's "first hybrid album.” In addition to being available at brick and mortar and online retailers, each 2015 Winter Tour concert ticket sold online will come with a digital copy of Letters From The Labyrinth.
Letters from the Labyrinth, TSO’s first full-length album since 2009’s Night Castle, is a major change for the way Trans-Siberian Orchestra creates new works. It is the first album not built around a completed story. Instead it is a collection of completed songs, which have left the safety of the studio where they were born, and the story will emerge from their combined journeys. The overall concept is based on Night Castle and a dialogue between the wisdom of the past and the hopes for the future, via a correspondence between a child and an old friend of the child's grandfather.
Letters From The Labyrinth deals with subjects as broad as humanity’s journey through the ages ("Time & Distance (The Dash)"), and as specific as the fall of the Berlin Wall ("Prometheus"), the world banking controversies ("Not Dead Yet") and bullying ("Not The Same"), which O’Neill co-wrote with his daughter. Produced by O’Neill at his Night Castle Studio in Tampa, FL, the forthcoming album also features Halestorm vocalist and frontwoman Lzzy Hale on the stirring “Forget About The Blame (Moon Version).”
Collectively, TSO has sold nearly 10 million albums throughout its illustrious career. Night Castle debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and is now certified platinum. Christmas Eve and Other Stories (1996), boasted the smash hit "Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24" and was certified triple platinum with over 3.4 million records sold. The Christmas Attic (1998) earned certified platinum status with over 1.8 million records sold. The Lost Christmas Eve (2004), featuring hit single “Wizards in Winter,” was certified double platinum with 2.3 million records sold. Beethoven’s Last Night (2000), TSO’s first non-holiday rock opera, was certified gold with more than 650,000 units sold.
LETTERS FROM THE LABYRINTH: TRACK LISTING
1. “TIME & DISTANCE (THE DASH)”
2. “MADNESS OF MEN”
4. “MOUNTAIN LABYRINTH”
5. “KING RURIK”
6. “PRINCE IGOR”
7. “THE NIGHT CONCEIVES”
8. “FORGET ABOUT THE BLAME (SUN VERSION)”
9. “NOT DEAD YET”
10. “PAST TOMORROW”
12. “NOT THE SAME”
13. “WHO I AM”
14. “LULLABY NIGHT”
15. “FORGET ABOUT THE BLAME (MOON VERSION)” FEAT. LZZY HALE -- BONUS TRACK
Since its formation, TSO has been a touring juggernaut, leaving crowds of all ages speechless after being introduced to the wonder of the group’s music and on-stage spectacle year after year. To date, TSO has played an excess of 1,600 shows for more than 12 million fans, cementing itself as one of the world’s biggest rock arena acts. TSO will hit the road again next month for its Winter Tour, based on the group’s cherished Yuletide story “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” featuring such lasting crowd-pleasers as "Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24," "O’ Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and "This Christmas Day." Starting on Nov. 18, TSO will take the 2015 Winter Tour to 60 cities across North America to perform 100 shows before ending on Dec. 30. TSO is constantly striving to provide new experiences and audiences can be assured the best is yet to come in 2015.
As in all previous years, a portion of all ticket sales will go to benefit select national and local charities. To date, TSO has donated approximately $12 million to charities.
Visit www.trans-siberian.com for more details.
JOE SATRIANI ANNOUNCES MORE DATES FOR “SURFING TO SHOCKWAVE” - 2016 RETROSPECTIVE TOUR
TOUR CELEBRATES “30 YEARS OF MIND-BENDING GUITAR DAREDEVILRY”
Los Angeles, CA – October 26, 2015 As was previously announced, JOE SATRIANI will launch his special “Surfing to Shockwave” 2016 tour on February 25th in Seattle, WA. Additional tour dates were announced today, including east coast, mid-west and Canadian dates, continuing the tour through April 24th in Vancouver, BC. The 45-date tour celebrating “30 Years of Mind-Bending Guitar Daredevilry,” a phrase coined in a June 2014 career-defining retrospective feature in Rolling Stone.SATRIANI will spotlight music from his first solo album, “Not of this Earth” through his latest release, his 15th solo album, “Shockwave Supernova”.
This past August, the world renowned guitarist released his 15th studio album, hitting Satriani’s highest chart debut at #19 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart. In addition, the album also debuted at # 3 on the Billboard Rock Chart and ranks as the highest charting all-instrumental rock album on Billboard’s Top 200 in the SoundScan era.
For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. Satriani’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.
Joe’s touring band remains Marco Minnemann on drums, Bryan Beller on bass and Mike Keneally on keys & guitar.
Tickets for the newly added dates will be on sale, October 30th with exclusive Joe Satriani meet & greet and VIP packages available as well, for details please visit: http://www.satriani.com
“Surfing to Shockwave” Tour Itinerary at www.satriani.com
Ritchie Blackmore To Play Another Deep Purple/Rainbow Show
Ritchie Blackmore has confirmed the second in a series of Best of Rainbow and Deep Purple shows planned for 2016 where the legendary guitarist will return to his rock roots to perform songs from the famed bands.
Blackmore will perform at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Loreley, Germany on June 17 ahead of his previously-announced appearance at the same event in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany on June 18.
Blackmore departed Deep Purple for the second time in 1993 and has been focusing his energies since 1997 on Blackmore's Night, a medieval folk band he formed with then-girlfriend and now-wife Candice Night.
"I'm now 70, so I just felt like playing some rock 'n' roll for a few days," the guitarist tells Billboard. "We're going to do four or five dates" - most likely in England, Germany and Sweden - "of just playing the old rock stuff, Purple stuff and Rainbow.
"I'm doing it for the fans, for nostalgia, and the singer I found is very exciting; he's a cross between Ronnie James Dio meets Freddie Mercury. So this will mean exposing a new singer to the masses, and I'm sure he'll become pretty famous because of his voice." Read more here.
Dave Mustaine Explains Megadeth's New Album Title
Dave Mustaine says the title of Megadeth's 15th album is a statement on the "decline in how people treat one another." The thrash giants will release Dystopia on January 22, featuring new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler.
Mustaine tells Heavy: "I've had this outlook for a long time that the world is a really good place with some bad people in it. Others might think the opposite. But I think if you were to take a consensus of people, they know the difference between right and wrong.
"People have manners and morals - but lately there's been a decline in how people treat one another. That's where Dystopia comes in. If people don't start loving each other and helping those in need then when that becomes more important than power, fame or money then I think we're going to be okay."
Mustaine feels Dystopia has a similar feel to Megadeth's acclaimed second album Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? He says: "I'm so happy with it. It reminds me of when we recorded Peace Sells… because it has that excitement." Read more here.
Ozzy Osbourne Fronted Billy Morrison Song Streaming Online
Billy Idol and former Cult guitarist Billy Morrison has released an online stream of his new track Gods, featuring guest vocals from Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne.
It's taken from Morrison's album God Shaped Hole, which also features Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. The trio previously worked together in live covers band Camp Freddy.
Morrison recently explained: "I got a text from Ozzy, wondering where I'd disappeared to. I told him I'd decided to record a solo album and the next text back was, 'I want to sing!'" Stream the new song here.
David Bowie Releasing New Album For 69th Birthday
David Bowie has officially confirmed plans to release a new album, "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday in January. Following various media reports speculating about the project, Bowie's camp issued word the album will be available on January 8 and that the title track will be the lead single and due for release on November 20.
The singer also confirmed that, contrary to reports, the song is not part of his new stage musical, "Lazarus", which will see its world premiere this fall in New York starting November 18.
Earlier this month, Bowie previewed the "Blackstar" title track as the theme for a new crime series, The Last Panthers, premiering on Sky Atlantic in November.
A portion of the tune can be heard over the opening credits to the 6-episode program, which will star Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim and John Hurt when it debuts on November 12. Read more here.
Sammy Hagar Rocks Van Halen Classic At 49ers Game
Sammy Hagar performed Van Halen's 1991 classic, "Right Now", during a special halftime performance at the San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on October 22 and video of the performance has been posted online.
Hagar was joined by guitarist Vic Johnson for the event, which was broadcast as part of CBS' Thursday Night Football lineup. While Hagar's set was not shown by CBS, the Red Rocker has recently made claims that Alex and Eddie Van Halen are trying to prevent him from performing songs from the band's Van Hagar-era.
Hagar continues to play material from his time in the group when he performs solo and with any of the supergroups he's a part of - the latest being The Circle, with bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson.
Hagar says he discovered the issue when he was a taping of his appearance on television earlier this year. "I'd like this to be known," Hagar told Rolling Stone, "the Van Halen brothers will not allow me to do any of my own songs on TV. They can't stop me from doing them live, because they've tried and they can't. They want to pretend like Van Hagar never existed. The only Number One albums they've had in their life, and they want to pretend like they never happened. I don't know why they hate me so bad, but I guess I'm too happy for them.
"Yes, it's true. They wouldn't let me do them. I can hire an attorney and fight them and I'm going too, but I didn't have time to do that then. On the new Circle DVD we're making from the live album, Led Zeppelin agreed to let us use their music. And Van Halen said, 'No.' And then I said, 'F*** you.' I don't need to do this to survive, and thank God, because otherwise, they would starve me out like I think they're trying to do."
"It's unbelievable that Led Zeppelin lets us cover their songs on TV and anywhere else," he continues, "and the brothers won't let me sing my f***ing songs. And why? 'Cause they can't do them anymore. Without me, they can't play those songs, and they're f***ing jealous. And that's the thing that gives me comic relief out of the whole thing." Watch Sammy's performance from the 49ers game here.
Fleetwood Mac Expand Tusk For Deluxe Reissue
Fleetwood Mac will release an expanded reissue of their 1979 double album, "Tusk", on December 4. The band's 12th record had the onerous task of following up their most successful record, 1977's "Rumours."
The band revisits "Tusk" with a 5CD/1DVD/2 LP Deluxe Edition featuring the remastered original album and a complete alternate version from session outtakes, as well as an additional selection of singles, demos and remixes, and 22 unreleased live performances from the band's 1979 Tusk tour; a 5.1 surround mix on DVD-Audio and vinyl of the original album on 2-LPs rounds out the set.
A 3CD Expanded Edition presents the same elements as the Deluxe Edition without the 2-discs of live material, while a 1-disc remastered version will also be available. Read more here.
Rolling Stones 1982 Leeds Performance Set For DVD and Album Release
The Rolling Stones will release "From The Vault: Live In Leeds Roundhay Park 1982" on DVD and Blu-ray on November 20th and they are previewing the project with a video of their performance of their 1978 "Some Girls" track, "When The Whip Comes Down."
The finale of the band's 1982 European tour in support of "Tattoo You" also marked pianist Ian Stewart's last show before his passing in 1985 and the group's final live performance for 7 years.
The Leeds footage has been carefully restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official video release of the show. "From the Vault: Live In Leeds Roundhay Park 1982" will be available on DVD, SD Blu-ray, DVD+2CD and DVD+3LP. Check out the tracklist and watch the preview video here.
Judas Priest's Rob Halford Draws Inspiration From Ronnie James Dio
Rob Halford says he listens to Ronnie James Dio to get himself in the right frame of mind before a gig. The Judas Priest frontman has always been a fan of the late Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio and Heaven & Hell singer, and he has revealed that Dio is his number one inspiration as a vocalist.
Halford tells OC Weekly: "I always listen to Ronnie before I go on stage with Priest because I find his voice invigorating. It gets my blood pumping and gets me in the zone before I go out and do my thing with Priest. I pretty much listen to him almost every time.
"I listen to Ronnie for so many weeks at a time. I find his voice so inspiring and so powerful for me as a singer. He was a very influential singer. If you listen to him now, you can almost imagine what he was like behind the mic in the studio because he's so committed.
"You can tell in his delivery, presence and performance. It's almost as if he's just recorded it and laid the track down last week. That's the great thing about Ronnie - he had that kind of engineered dynamic that is very difficult to capture in the studio, but he delivered that at every show night after night." Read more here.
Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock Release Communion Video
Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock have released a video for their track Communion. It's taken from second album Spirit On A Mission and will be released as a single to promote the band's upcoming European and UK tour dates - on which they'll play the track for the first time.
Schenker has also confirmed that the band will film their concert at Joy Eslava, Madrid, on November 19, for a DVD release early next year. He reports: "We chose Madrid because of the immense support we've received there in the past. The crowds have always been very special to me - their passion is second to none, and we hope to capture the energy and excitement of the audience and the band."
The outfit's current tour schedule include headline European shows, UK support slots with Judas Priest and a headline run in the UK. Schenker recently spoke about making a third album with the Temple Of Rock lineup, saying it's become a "very stable band." Watch the video here.
Anderson Ponty Band Premiere 'Wonderous Stories'
Anderson Ponty Band have premiered their version of Yes track Wonderous Stories with Prog. It's taken from former Yes frontman Jon Anderson and jazz-fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty's live album Better Late Than Never, which was recorded last year in Aspen, Colorado.
Ponty recently said: "Collaborating with Jon is unlike any project I have done before. The result is way beyond my expectations - we are not just rehashing the past, but giving a new life to the music we started developing decades ago."
Better Late Than Never is on sale now in DVD/CD, CD and digital formats. Anderson Ponty Band tour the US starting later this month. Watch the new video here.
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO ISSUE THE SIMULTANEOUS RELEASE OF THE JAM ABOUT THE YOUNG IDEA FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY WITH A PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED CONCERT FILM
2DVD, Blu-ray+DVD set, Deluxe Edition, and Digital Formats
DECEMBER 4, 2015 IN CANADA, JANUARY 22, 2015 IN THE US
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release About The Young Idea by The Jam. This is a simultaneous release on 2DVD, Blu-ray + DVD set, Deluxe Edition and digital formats [MSRP $24.98 Blu-ray+DVD, $19.98 2DVD, $39.98 Deluxe], which will be released on December 4 in Canada, and January 22 in the US.
About The Young Idea contains a feature length documentary with substantial bonus features and a previously unreleased full length concert in the two disc set. The live show includes ‘“Going Underground,” “Dreams Of Children,” “Modern World,” “Start,” “Strange Town,” “When You’re Young,” “In The City,” “The Eton Rifles,” “Down In The Tube Station At Midnight,” and more.
About The Young Idea charts The Jam’s career from their formation in the early seventies, through the heady days of chart success and on to their break-up in 1982. The program features extensive, brand new interviews with Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler alongside archive performance footage and new contributions from fans, journalists and many involved in the band’s career. The package contains About The Young Idea on Disc One and When You’re Young, The Jam’s performance on famous German TV show Rockpalast from 1980 on Disc Two.
As Bonus Features, Disc One of About The Young Idea includes not only additional interviews not included in the broadcast version transmitted by Sky Arts in September, but also four extra live tracks. Two were recorded at The Rainbow, London in 1979, namely, “It’s Too Bad” and “Saturday’s Kids.” The set also includes performances of “The Modern World” and “The Eton Rifles” from a show at The Ritz, New York City, May 1981. The Deluxe Edition of About The Young Idea contains the two DVDs plus a CD of the 1980 live show in a 40 page DVD sized hardback book.
Released in conjunction with the About The Young Idea exhibition at Somerset House in London, and the recent best of CD of the same name, this title makes up the ultimate set for any fans of The Jam.
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.
For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at Carol@Kayosproductions.com. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KayosProductionsInc and Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/KayosProduction
MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE: “SHREDDERS FROM THE DEEP” --THE FOUR-DAY, FOUR-NIGHT VOYAGE OUT OF MIAMI THIS FEBRUARY 22-26, ABOARD THE NCL PEARL-- ANNOUNCES BIGGEST LINE-UP EVER IN ITS 5-YEAR HISTORY
TESLA, STEVE VAI, EXTREME, SEBASTIAN BACH AND QUEENSRYCHE AREAMONG 40-PLUS BANDS CONFIRMED PLUS, COMPLIMENTARY GUITAR FANTASY CAMPS FEATURING CLINICS INSTRUCTED BY STEVE VAI, VINNIE MOORE (UFO), GEORGE LYNCH (DOKKEN AND LYNCH MOB), GUS G (OZZY OSBOURNE) AND OTHERS
CABINS AVAILABLE NOW AT MONSTERSOFROCKCRUISE.COM
MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE--the four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami this February 22-26, aboard the NCL Pearl--has announced its biggest line-up ever in its five year history. This year’s cruise, appropriately titled Shredders From The Deep, will feature 40+ bands including headliners Tesla, Steve Vai, Extreme, Sebastian Bach, Queensryche; Helloween and Y&T, plus guitar fantasy camps, pre-cruise events and more.
This year’s cruise itinerary includes pre-parties on February 20 and 21 (complimentary to all cruisers with entertainment/location TBA), visiting the private island of Great Stirrup Cay and the cosmopolitan resort meccas of Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas, plus a full day of Metal mayhem at sea. Cabins are available now, starting at $999 per person (double occupancy), with Special EZ Pay financing options also available for as little as $499 USD per person down (double occupancy), with the remaining balance payable over 12 equal monthly installments beginning the month after the initial reservation is completed. For booking and more info, visit: monstersofrockcruise.com and connect on Facebook and Twitter.
The MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE: Shredders From The Deep will transport fans back to the era when Metal wasn’t just a music genre, it was a way of life. The final artist lin-eup for the 2016 Shredders From The Deep cruise include headliners Tesla, Steve Vai, Extreme, Sebastian Bach, Queensryche, Helloween and Y&T. Joining the headliners is an epic array of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal artists featuring: Michael Monroe, Gotthard, Doro, Lynch Mob, Vixen, Dangerous Toys, Kingdom Come, Armored Saint, Saigon Kick, XYZ, Killer Dwarfs, Metal Church, Hardcore Superstar, Akira Takasaki of Loudness, Jeff Scott Soto, Gus G of Ozzy Osbourne, Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions, Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, Helix, Michael Angelo Batio, Vinnie Moore, Madam X, Tyketto, Anvil, Hellion, Dio Disciples, Lilian Axe, Soto, D-A-D, Heavy Mellow, Brandon Gibbs, Paradise Kitty and The Kix.
New this year to the cruise are Guitar Fantasy Camp at Sea Shredder Clinics, available to all passengers aboard the cruise for free as part of the cabin fee. Clinics will be given by Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore (UFO), George Lynch (Dokken and Lynch Mob), Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Michael Angelo Battio and Akira Takasaki (Loudness), with more instructors to be announced. Instructions to reserve these complimentary clinics will be given to cruisers a few weeks before the cruise.
According to cruise spokesman, Larry Morand, “The clinics are designed to give our passengers the opportunity to hone their guitar skills in an up close and personal experience with some of rock’s greatest shredders. Fans don’t just watch the artist perform, they make music with the artists.” In addition to all instruments being provided, artists in each clinic will be giving away an autographed guitar to one lucky fan in attendance.
In addition to the performances and clinics, the cruise will feature over-the-top special events only experienced on this voyage, including: Artist Meet & Greets, Monsters Rock & Roll Formal, Monster Gong Show Karaoke, Rock Star Dating, and Cooking with Rock Stars, and a “So You Think You Can Shred” Guitar Competition, with more events to be announced. As an added bonus, TV personalities and cruise hosts Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson from VH1’s That Metal Show will moderate the intimate onboard artist Q&A’s. Rounding out the spectacular celebrity line-up are radio personalities Luc Carl from XM’s Hair Nation, along with San Francisco bay area radio host Nikki Blakk.
About ON THE BLUE: ON THE BLUE is a leader in cruise charter innovation and promoter for the Monsters of Rock Cruise having sailed over 100,000 passengers in that last 20 years. The principals of ON THE BLUE have deep roots in the music industry, having provided world-class cruise ship production management for celebrities and musical artists for over two decades. ON THE BLUE has run dozens of charter and large group programs for organizations, corporations, celebrities and artists throughout North America, and has played major roles in the development of ground-breaking theme cruise concepts. Past charters have included an array of Fortune 500 companies plus theme cruises featuring entertainers such as Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Journey, Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Night Ranger, The Moody Blues, UFO, Queensryche, Tesla, Cinderella, Yes, Little River Band, UK, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer, Greg Lake and many others. For more information, visit otblue.com.
Metal Church - New Album EPK / Part 1 / The Return Of Mike Howe
METAL CHURCH / New Album EPK / Part 1 / "The Return of Mike Howe"! Part 1 features a behind the scenes look at the making of the new Metal Church album featuring singer Mike Howe and guitarists Kurdt Vanderhoof & Rick Van Zandt. Sign up for the official Metal Church newsletter at: http://www.MetalChurchOfficial.com and be the first to receive details on their forthcoming album and 2016 world tour!
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/wLBQKXQlKSc
RESULTS ARE IN...THE ZOMBIES' NEW STUDIO ALBUM STILL GOT THAT HUNGER IS OFF TO AN EXPLOSIVE START!
STILL GOT THAT HUNGER FIRST WEEK HIGHLIGHTS:
#15 - Top Internet Albums
#22 - Top Independent Record Label Albums
#94 - Top Current Albums
Iconic British psychedelic pop legends have witnessed an explosive start to the release of their full-length studio album, Still Got That Hunger, available now via The End Records.
Hot off the October 9th release, The Zombies will join Jon Batiste and the Stay Human band on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, next Friday, October 30!
HISTORICAL MOMENT ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS: THE ZOMBIES NOW WITNESS TWO CHARTING ALBUMS SPANNING 48 YEARS!
The Zombies' critically acclaimed album Odessey And Oracle first entered the Billboard 200 on March 15, 1969, peaking at #95 on May 10, 1969.
48 years later, with the surge of their latest album, Odessey And Oracle just re-entered Billboard, hitting #24 on the Top LP Vinyl Albums!
In 1967, The Zombies parted ways right before Odessey And Oracle impacted in the U.S. and would go on to become #100 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. But their coming back together in recent years for the Odessey And Oracle tour and the completion of Still Got That Hunger proves The Zombies legacy never left. Their enduring story is Rolling Stone's latest Encore Feature, now live! CLICK HERE TO WATCH!
TOM MORELLO & FRIENDS TO CELEBRATE THE MUSIC AND WRITINGS OF LABOR TROUBADOUR JOE HILL
Additional artists include Joan Baez, Ziggy Marley, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Boots Riley (The Coup), Tim Armstrong (Rancid), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Van Dyke Parks, Jill Sobule, The Last Internationale, David Rovics, Built For The Sea
November 17, 2105 // 8:00 pm // The Troubadour (Los Angeles)
On Tuesday November 17, 2015, Tom Morello will lead a group of musicians and actors during a unique event honoring the great labor songwriter Joe Hill at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Additional artists include Joan Baez, Ziggy Marley, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Boots Riley, Tim Armstrong, Wayne Kramer, Van Dyke Parks, Jill Sobule and David Rovics, with more special guests to be announced. The Last Internationale and Built For The Sea, who are both signed to Morello's Firebrand Records, will play as well.
As Morello notes, "Joe Hill's influence is everywhere. Without Joe Hill, there's no Woody Guthrie, no Dylan, no Springsteen, no Clash, no Public Enemy, no Minor Threat, no System of a Down, no Rage Against the Machine."
Musicians will perform songs from and inspired by Hill's extensive songbook - which features picket line and protest classics "There is Power in a Union," "The Rebel Girl," "The Preacher and the Slave, and "Casey Jones," among many others.
Actors will read from his moving letters and poetry including from a telegram Hill wrote to "Big Bill" Haywood from his jail cell in Utah: "Don't waste time mourning. Organize!" - a line that became a slogan of the U.S. labor movement.
Hill was assassinated by a firing squad in the State of Utah a century ago, November 19, 1915.
The event will also serve as the launch of a new edition from Independent publisher Haymarket Books of The Letters of Joe Hill: 100th Anniversary Edition, edited by Philip S. Foner, with a foreword by Morello All concert attendee will receive a free copy of the book.
The evening is presented by Haymarket Books, Civic Bakery, Wallace Action Fund, and California Nurses Association (CNA) / National Nurses United (NNU), Grand Performances, and is cosponsored by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Tickets cost $20 and are onsale now (ticket link below). Doors are at 8pm.
The Troubadour is located in West Hollywood at 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard just east of Doheny Drive and the border of Beverly Hills. All ages are welcome.
Tickets Here: http://ticketf.ly/1LBWRM4
Van Halen Considered Replacing David Lee Roth In 1977
Van Halen famously recruited Sammy Hagar to replace David Lee Roth when the original frontman left the band in the mid-1980s, but biographer Greg Renoff reveals that back in 1977 producer Ted Templeman briefly considered replacing Roth with Hagar.
Renoff spoke with the Boston Herald about his new book "Van Halen Rising," which chronicles the early days of the band and was asked about Templeman considering the singer switch.
He replied, "Ted told me that after he heard Roth sing in the studio in early 1977 on some demos commissioned by Warner Bros, he started having serious concerns about Roth's vocal ability, hence the flirtation with calling Hagar.
"But Ted made clear that this was nothing more than a thought that he toyed with for a few days in his own head. Roth, as I document in the book, redoubled his efforts to improve his voice by taking vocal lessons in 1977.
"The other key point is that Templeman says he knew that the other three never would have tolerated the idea of kicking Roth out for Hagar." Read the full interview here.
ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Postpones Kick Off Of Solo Tour
ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons has announced that he has postponed the start of a US tour in support of his forthcoming debut solo album, "Perfectamundo."
Originally set to begin November 10 in Atlanta, GA, Gibbons will reschedule the first 12 dates into early next year while moving the tour's official launch to November 27 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Due November 6 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. Read more including the new dates here.
Billy Joel Joined On Stage By Steve Miller And John Mayer
Billy Joel fans were treated to two surprise jams with special guests during his concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday night (October 21st).
Steve Miller jumped on stage to jam the Steve Miller Band classic "The Joker" with Billy and his band. Miller was in town to receive the Rocker of the Year Award at the annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala. Watch video of the jam here.
John Mayer jammed guitar on Joel's songs "This Is the Time" and "You May Be Right," as well as the Cream/Eric Clapton arrangement of the Robert Johnson classic "Crossroads". Check out video here.
Beatles Release 'Revolution' Video
To promote the upcoming deluxe reissue of their career-spanning hits album, 1 (dubbed 1+), the Beatles have released a music video for "Revolution." The performance clip was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and filmed on September 4, 1968 at Twickenham Film Studios.
Producer George Martin said about the song (via the Beatles' website): 'Plugging directly into the Abbey Road desk and pushing the needles into the red achieved the fuzz-guitar sound. We got into distortion on that, which we had a lot of complaints from the technical people about. But that was the idea: it was John's song and the idea was to push it right to the limit. Well, we went to the limit and beyond."
As Lennon said in a quote (also on the Beatles' website), 'I did the slow version [of 'Revolution'] and I wanted it out as a single: as a statement of the Beatles' position on Vietnam and the Beatles' position on revolution. For years, on the Beatles' tours, Brian Epstein had stopped us from saying anything about Vietnam or the war." Watch the video here.
Rush Release Live 'Closer To The Heart' Video
Rush have released a live video of their performance of their 1977 classic, "Closer To The Heart", as a preview to the forthcoming "R40 Live" release, which will be available as a 3CD/Blu-ray or DVD set as well as standalone options for the concert film or live album.
The track was the lead single from the group's fifth album, "A Farewell To Kings", which peaked at No. 33 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to Platinum status for sales of more than 1 million copies.
"Closer To The Heart" follows the debuts of "Roll The Bones" and "Jacob's Ladder" as previews to the live package, which is set for release on November 20.
Featuring songs from throughout their career, "R40 Live" captures Rush in concert in their hometown of Toronto over two nights this past June. Watch the video here.
The Winery Dogs Announce UK Winter Tour
The Winery Dogs have announced a run of four UK dates for early next year. The supergroup featuring Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy will play shows in London, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham as part of their world tour in support of second album Hot Streak, which was released this month via earMusic.
Drummer Portnoy says "We're so excited to bring the three-ring circus that is The Winery Dogs to Europe and the UK. We did our best to hit as many places as we could in the available window.
"But fret not if we're not hitting your country just yet, as we hope to come back in the summer as well to play as many places as we can. C'mon and join the fun." See the dates here.
End Of Jethro Tull Big Shock To Martin Barre
Martin Barre has described the end of Jethro Tull as a "big personal shock" that left him with a month to reorganize his life. And although he wasn't looking for a full-time solo career, he's happy with the way things have worked out - even though he can't help thinking about a future reunion.
Mainman Ian Anderson wound the band down in 2011 after deciding his future material would be released under his own name. Since then he's been touring with his own outfit, while his former guitarist is doing the same.
Barre tells UCR: "I always hate to hear, 'Oh, you've left Jethro Tull.' I haven't - Ian wanted to finish Jethro Tull, wanted to stop the band completely.
"It was a big personal shock to finish. Essentially the floor was pulled from underneath me, and I had a month to start from the beginning again. I am free, but I wasn't looking for freedom. I already had it." Read more here.
Metal God Excited Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath Leading Download
Rob Halford couldn't be happier that Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath will headline the 2016 Download festival. The Metal God graced the Main Stage at Donington this year with Judas Priest - but said the bill needed more in the way of British heavy metal.
He believes that will be remedied when Sabbath take the Main Stage on Saturday, June 11, and Maiden close the event the following night. Halford tells Metal Hammer: "It's absolutely brilliant. I'm hoping to catch that if I can. I wonder if my two pence had something to do with that?
"As much as I love the American side of metal and rock, I thought it was a bit lacking on the British side of things last year. That's been put right now. I wish we could have been on the bill too - it would have been absolutely massive to have three big British metal bands.
"But I'm absolutely stoked that Maiden and Sabbath are doing it, and I hope to grab an earful and an eyeful if I'm around at the time." Read more here.
Ozzy Was Feared Kidnapped Following Binge With David Lee Roth
Author Greg Renoff reveals in a new interview that police once feared that Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne had been kidnapped after he disappeared following a drug binge with Van Halen's David Lee Roth.
Renoff discussed the story while speaking to the Boston Herald about his new book on the early years of Roth's band, "Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal".
When asked for one of his favorite stories of decadence that he discovered while writing the book, Renoff responded, "I didn't discover the story, but I was able to really flesh out all of the details about the notorious Birmingham, Alabama 'Krell [Cocaine] War' between Ozzy and [Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth].
"In November 1978 in Birmingham hotel room, they both snorted enough coke to kill an elephant. After a bus ride to Nashville, Ozzy passed out for 24 hours in the wrong hotel room and in effect was missing.
"The police thought he'd been kidnapped. Let's face it, any story involving Ozzy, DLR, and drugs is going to be a fun one to tell." Read more of the interview here.
40th Anniversary of Bohemian Rhapsody!
Queen - A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75
The First Tour Bohemian Rhapsody Was Ever Performed On Super Deluxe Box Set, CD (Hollywood Records), DVD & Blu-Ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment) for release on November 20
Bohemian Rhapsody To Be Released on 12 inch For The First Time Ever With Original B-side November 27th 2015
Queen honored At The Q Awards With Bohemian Rhapsody collecting the Classic Single Award
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was the song that changed everything, a song that resonates through time, a special moment in music history that has yet to be repeated. At The Q Awards yesterday, Queen were presented with the Classic Single Award, marking the 40th anniversary of song which was originally released on October 31, 1975.
To mark the occasion for the first time ever, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will be released on 12 inch Black vinyl with the original B-side ‘I’m In Love With My Car’ on November 27, 2015. Alongside this, Queen, A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75, is set for release on CD (Hollywood Records), DVD & Blu-Ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment). This show was a culmination of the 26-date ‘Queen Invite You To A Night At The Opera’ UK tour and the first tour that they had ever performed Bohemian Rhapsody on.
The CD, DVD & Blu-Ray package features the band’s full live show, complete with a never heard before ‘second encore’ of ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’ and ‘See What A Fool I've Been’. The DVD and SD Blu-Ray versions also contain two special bonus features – 'Looking Back At The Odeon’, a brand new 22-minute documentary featuring a previously unseen interview with Brian May and Roger Taylor by Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris about the 1975 Hammersmith Odeon show, plus the rarely seen Live At The Budokan – Japan 1975 footage, featuring three songs (Now I'm Here, Killer Queen and In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited) recorded during their legendary tour of the Far East.
Spirits were high within the band for this show; ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ - universally hailed as one of the most ground-breaking ‘pop’ songs ever released – was in the middle of its record-breaking nine week run at Number One in the UK charts. Their fourth album, A Night At The Opera (the most expensive record ever made to that point) was climbing the album charts on its way to No 1, which it achieved three days after this concert.
With over 6.5 million copies sold worldwide, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is one of the world’s most well known and well loved songs. To this day, it continues to top ‘favorite song’ opinion polls and be discovered by new generations of music fans over and over again. Freddie wrote the whole song – including the composite harmonies – on telephone books and scraps of paper.
Brian May recalled recording ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’; “That was a great moment, but the biggest thrill for us was actually creating the music in the first place. I remember Freddie coming in with loads of bits of paper from his dad's work, like Post-it notes, and pounding on the piano. He played the piano like most people play the drums. And this song he had was full of gaps where he explained that something operatic would happen here and so on. He'd worked out the harmonies in his head."
Queen spent days overdubbing the vocals in the studio using a 24 track tape machine. By the time they were done, about 120 vocal tracks were layered together. The opera parts alone took longer than 70 hours to complete. At the time, it was the most expensive single ever made and upon presenting it to their record label, they were told by various executives that 5 minutes 55 seconds was too long and the song would never be a hit. But after the song was played by DJ and friend of Freddie, Kenny Everett, 14 times in two days before its official release, the song was only ever destined to be a hit. Hordes of fans attempted to buy the single only to be told by record stores that it had not yet been released. Over in the US, it was the same. American radio RKO managed to get a copy of the tape and started to play it in across their network, which forced the hand of Queen's US label to release the song in its entirety.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was Queen's first ever number 1 single and the 1975 UK Christmas number one, holding the top position for nine weeks. It is the first song ever to get to number one in the UK twice with the same version, and is also the only single to have been Christmas number one twice with the same version. The second was upon its re-release (as a double A-side single with ‘These Are the Days of Our Lives’) in 1991 following Mercury's death, staying at number one for five weeks, eventually becoming the UK's third best-selling single of all time.
The single has sold in excess of 6.5 million copies worldwide and has been covered by everyone from Kayne West during his 2015 controversial Glastonbury headline slot, Axl Rose, Elton John and Pink to The Flaming Lips and Elaine Paige and forever immortalized again by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in the smash hit 90’s film, Wayne’s World.
Queen - A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75 released November 20th
12-inch Black Vinyl Version released November 27th
Iron Maiden Add More Dates To Book Of Souls World Tour
Iron Maiden have announced a series of select European dates as part of their 2016 world tour in support of their chart topping new double album "The Book Of Souls."
The band revealed that they will headline the Rock In Vienna Festival in Austria, which takes place between June 3-5 and will also headline the Sonisphere Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland on Friday June 3rd.
Iron Maiden have also unveiled two additional headlining shows, including the Telenor Arena in Osolo Norway on June 15 and the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark on June 21 with The Raven Age and special guests Ghost. Read more here.
Sammy Hagar To Rock 49ers Halftime On Thursday Night Football
Sammy Hagar will deliver a special halftime performance at the San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA tonight, Thursday, October 22. Hagar will be joined by guitarist Vic Johnson for the event, part of CBS' Thursday Night Football lineup.
"We don't have confirmation on how much of the performance may be included in CBS' TV coverage," says Hagar, "so come in person if you want to be sure to enjoy it all! Redheads, post a gameday message using the hashtag #LevisStadium for a chance to be put up on the big screen when Sammy plays halftime at the 49ers vs. Seahawks game this Thursday!
"Whether you're in the crowd or across the country, the hashtag #LevisStadium on any social platform will get your comment/tweet submitted!
"Feel free to also tag the following to get all things Redrocker included in the viral conversation: #AWHAFY #49ers #Seahawks #LevisStadium" Read more here.
Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Receives Gibson Les Paul Award
On Monday (Oct. 19), Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was presented with the prestigious Gibson Les Paul Award at the 2015 Q Awards ceremony in London. The honor, bestowed in recognition of Iommi's outstanding contribution to music and pop culture, coincides with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Les Paul.
"Many thanks to Q Magazine and to Gibson," commented Iommi. "I have a long history with the guitar-maker." To commemorate the event, Gibson compiled some thoughts about why Iommi is so deserving of this special honor.
He invented a new genre of music: Sure, the phrase "heavy metal" had been invoked before (check out the lyrics to "Born to Be Wild"), but it was Iommi's minor pentatonic riffs, combined with "doom-and-gloom" imagery, that truly gave birth to the genre. "Every time I'm questioned about this, it's been confusing for me," Iommi told Gibson.com, in 2008. "It's just something that came out of me that was totally different because it was like doomy and the riffs were a bit frightening. And you know, it was something that I felt. It's really a mystical thing."
He's met-and conquered-adversity: Dating back to when he severed the tips of two fretting fingers, in a pre-Black Sabbath accident, Iommi has always persevered in the face of potential setbacks. Early on, in 1974, he explained how he adapted in the wake of the injury, with the help of thimbles as prosthetics. "I had to start all over again, which was kind of a drag," he said. "It involved a lot of determination and a lot of hard work and practice. I had to adopt a totally different way of playing. I mean, it's much easier when the flesh is there as it should be. Instead of, say, pulling a note, I have to sort of push it up to get a vibrato."
He's a riff maestro: From "Iron Man" to "Paranoid," from "War Pigs" to "Children of the Grave," Black Sabbath's songs have been powered primarily by riffs that, today, are etched into the fabric of classic metal. With characteristic humility, Iommi tends to downplay that singular gift. "[Drummer] Bill Ward may have played something and I just reacted to it," he told Gibson.com, explaining the origins of the riff for "Iron Man." "But I'm not sure, I really don't know. Without Bill and Ozzy that song would have never happened. I think it came at rehearsal. It was one of those occasions where I said, 'I've got a riff, I'll come up with something.' Then I just built it, worked on it from that. A lot of that stuff came fairly quickly; it just sort of happened."
His influence is pervasive: The likes of Judas Priest, Megadeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer-even Nirvana-would be unthinkable were it not for the pioneering impact of Iommi's work. Mastodon's Brent Hinds spoke for many when he wrote these words for Rolling Stone: "I remember the first time I heard Black Sabbath. My older brother got their album, Master of Reality, from a kid who lived next door. The music just struck me like lightning. Tony is a metal pioneer, but there's a real finesse to his playing; it's not all that fast. His phrasing has such a classic vibe, and I draw a lot of inspiration from Tony's trilling. I truly enter the Iommi-sphere every time I put a guitar on."
He's always taken the high road: Rock and rollers tend to be notorious back-biters. But … sift through the voluminous interviews Iommi has done through the years, and you'll be hard-pressed to find unkind words about anyone, including bandmates, former bandmates and peers. In 2008, Guitar World asked Iommi to recall his initial reaction to Ozzy Osbourne's first solo album, Blizzard of Oz. "It was good," he said. "I loved Randy [Rhoad's] playing. I didn't rush out right away to buy Ozzy's album because I was into what we were doing at the time. But I was pleased for Ozzy. It was the spark that got him going, and it was exactly what he needed." Later, in 2013, Iommi was asked about drummer Bill Ward's refusal to rejoin the band, purportedly over money issues. "It would've been nice to have had Bill involved," Iommi told Mercury News. "But we waited long enough for Bill, and what can we do? We can't make him do it. It was his decision. It was sad." Read more here.
The Rolling Stones Release 'Mixed Emotions' Live Video
The Rolling Stones have released a video of their performance of "Mixed Emotions" as a preview to the forthcoming release, "From the Vault: Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990," which will be released as a 3-DVD and Blu-ray set, as well as a 4-LP+DVD package on November 13th.
The US Top 10 lead single from "Steel Wheels" introduced the 1989 album, which peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 and went on to sell more than 2 million copies in the States alone.
Due October 30 on DVD and Blu-ray with a new mixby Bob Clearmountain, the new live package captures the band during the first series of concerts they ever played in Japan.
"Mixed Emotions" is the second preview from the set following the group's cover of the 1963 Bob & Earl track "The Harlem Shuffle." Check out the new video here.
Bruce Springsteen Goes Behind The Scenes Of The River Box Set
Bruce Springsteen has released a behind the scenes preview video of his forthcoming 7-disc box set, "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection." Due December 4, the project present material recorded for his 1980 double-album, "The River", which delivered the New Jersey rocker his first No. 1 US album on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 5 million copies in the States alone.
"We recorded and recorded and recorded and recorded," says Springsteen. "We were in the studio day after day after day, you know. I probably worked the hardest on some of things that ended up as outtakes…you never knew, I never knew. I didn't know where it was going."
The 4CD/3DVD package offers the original double album alongside "The Ties That Bind" - a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" but never released.
The set also includes 22 outtakes from the studio sessions alongside an hour-long documentary/interview with Springsteen and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.
The package adds a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs plus memorabilia documenting the album and the era. Watch the video here.
Leslie West Streaming His Take On 'People Get Ready'
Leslie West has released his version of Curtis Mayfield classic People Get Ready with The Blues, which is featured on the Mountain man's album Soundcheck, to be launched on November 20 via Mascot Label Group.
West recently explained the album title by saying: "I used to hate soundchecks. With my partner Felix Pappalardi, if we did a soundcheck we'd have to do half a show.
"One of his, one of mine... and we both sang. I like doing soundchecks now, because he's not around to bust my balls." The record features guest appearances from Brian May, Peter Frampton and the late Jack Bruce. Check out the new song here.
Def Leppard Guitarist Shares Story Behind New Song 'Dangerous'
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen shared the story behind the band's just released new song "Dangerous." The track comes from their forthcoming self-titled album, which is set to be released on October 30th (vinyl on November 6th).
Collen shared the following background on the new track with WRIF radio (via Blabbermouth), "I had a demo for 'Dangerous' as well, pretty much the whole music of that I had done.
"It was called 'Dangerous Drug' and Joe [Elliott] said, 'Wouldn't it be great if we called it 'Dangerous' and make it this kind of singalong chorus? We literally copied it exactly [for the album version]. I'd redone the guitars. We'd just done a slightly different guitar sound.
"We might have even kept some of the original demo, I'm not sure. That's really how it went...We didn't change anything musically at all."
Pre-Order Links Online for Gentle Giant’s Iconic OCTOPUS on Blu-Ray / CD
(Steven Wilson remix in stores October 27, 2015)
Classic rock/blues blogger Rev. Keith Gordon could not believe when he received the press release announcing the release of the Steven Wilson remix of Gentle Giant’s OCTOPUS on Blu-Ray / CD, right after he revisited OCTOPUS in his “Fossil Column” at his blog, THAT DEVIL MUSIC.
At http://www.thatdevilmusic.com/2015/09/fossils-gentle-giants-octopus-1972.html, Keith wrote “OCTOPUS, along with the following year’s IN A GLASS HOUSE and 1975’s FREE HAND would prove to be the cornerstones of the band’s enduring legacy.” “It worked out quite well,” the good Rev. states proudly. ”Each post has gotten approximately 3,000 unique page views.”
And pre-orders for the OCTOPUS Blu-Ray / CD package is also a head-turning experience.
Pre-order links are up on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/GGOctopus
and Amazon for the Blu-Ray at http://smarturl.it/GGOctopus_AmzBluRay
and the CD at http://smarturl.it/GGOctopus_AmzCD
Originally released in 1972, OCTOPUS is Gentle Giant’s fourth album, featuring band members: Gary Green (guitars, percussion), Kerry Minnear (keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, cello, vocals), Derek Shulman (vocals, alto saxophone), Phil Shulman (saxophones, trumpet, mellophone, vocals), Ray Shulman (bass violin, guitar, percussion, vocals), John Weathers (drums, percussion, xylophone). The album was produced by the band and engineered and mixed by Martin Rushent.
OCTOPUS has been tastefully remixed by Steven Wilson (who also remixed Gentle Giant's THE POWER & THE GLORY in 2014).
*This Blu-Ray / CD package also includes a bonus of Steven’s mix of live 15-minute concert performances of "Excerpts from Octopus" from the band's 1976 tour.
*New sketches by Roger Dean (who produced the original UK album cover) will be included in the new packaging as well as artwork from the USA album (an octopus in a jar created by Charles White).
*The Blu-ray’s remixed album and added 15 minutes of live excerpts will be in 96/24 PCM, DTS 5.1 Surround Sound Master Audio. The Blu-ray also includes instrumental mixes of 5 of the original 8 tracks from this album. Also included is the flat transfer of the original mix of the album.
The releases will be through Caroline-UMG in North America, and on Soulfood in the rest of the world on October 27.
• 1. The Advent Of Panurge. *
• 2. Raconteur Troubadour. *
• 3. A Cry For Everyone.
• 4. Knots.
• 5. The Boys In The Band. *
• 6. Dog’s Life
• 7. Think Of Me With Kindness.
• 8. River.
• 9. Bonus Live “Excerpts From Octopus 1976”.
• * Original stereo mixes and Penteo surround sound upmixes.
ARTIST: GENTLE GIANT
TITLE: OCTOPUS STEVEN WILSON
RELEASE DATE: 27 OCTOBER 2015
BOSTON’s Tommy DeCarlo ANNOUNCED NEW Single Out Now!
After spending the summer singing some of the greatest rock and roll hits
of all time, I decided to change things up a little with this one.
"I Wanna Be The One"
Words and music by Tommy DeCarlo.
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Captain Beefheart “Live in Cowtown, Kansas City 22nd April 1974” Rare Radio Broadcast Now Available!
London, UK – In their ongoing series of rare concert recordings, Gonzo Multimedia just released on CD Captain Beefeart “Live in Cowtown, Kansas City 22nd April 1974.” Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called the Magic Band (1965–1982), with whom he recorded 13 studio albums. Noted for his powerful singing voice with its wide range, Van Vliet also played the harmonica, saxophone and numerous other wind instruments. His music blended rock, blues and psychedelia with avant-garde and contemporary experimental composition. Beefheart was also known for exercising an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians, and for often constructing myths about his life.
During his teen years in Lancaster, California, Van Vliet developed an eclectic musical taste and formed friendship with Frank Zappa, with whom he sporadically collaborated. He began performing with his Captain Beefheart persona in 1964 and joined the original Magic Band line-up, initiated by Alexis Snouffer, in 1965. The group drew attention with their cover of Bo Diddley's “Diddy Wah Diddy”, which became a regional hit. It was followed by their acclaimed debut album 'Safe As Milk', released in 1967 on Buddah Records. After being dropped by two consecutive record labels, they signed to Zappa's Straight Records. As producer, Zappa granted Beefheart unrestrained artistic freedom in making 1969's 'Trout Mask Replica', which ranked 58th in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 1974, frustrated by lack of commercial success, he released two albums of more conventional rock music that were critically panned; this move, combined with not having been paid for a European tour, and years of enduring Beefheart's strict discipline, led the entire band to quit. Beefheart eventually formed a new Magic Band with a group of younger musicians and regained contemporary approval through three final albums: 'Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)' (1978), 'Doc At The Radar Station' (1980) and 'Ice Cream For Crow' (1982).
Van Vliet has been described as “...one of modern music's true innovators” with “...a singular body of work virtually unrivaled in its daring and fluid creativity.” Although he achieved little commercial or mainstream critical success, he sustained a cult following as a 'highly significant' and 'incalculable' influence on an array of New Wave, punk, post-punk, experimental and alternative rock musicians. Known for his enigmatic personality and relationship with the public, Van Vliet made few public appearances after his retirement from music (and from his Beefheart persona) in 1982. He pursued a career in art, an interest that originated in his childhood talent for sculpture, and a venture that proved to be his most financially secure. His expressionist paintings and drawings command high prices, and have been exhibited in art galleries and museums across the world. Van Vliet died in 2010, having suffered from multiple sclerosis for many years.
Isis magazine describes this recording of Captain Beefheart live in Kansas City in 1974: “There are very few truly iconoclastic figures in the history of popular music since the mid 20th century, but Don Van Vliet (1941-2010), aka Captain Beefheart, is certainly one of them. By the time of this April 1974 broadcast, Captain Beefheart - and the 29th incarnation in a long line of ever-mutating Magic Bands - had reverted to more traditionally-structured compositions, to the chagrin of some fans. The touring band included some highly revered players including reedsman Del Simmons, who had previously played with Charlie Parker, guitarists Dean Smith and Fuzzy Fuscaldo (recently with Curtis Mayfield), bassist Paul Uhrig from Bobbie Gentry’s group, and drummer Ty Grimes, fresh from Rick Nelson’s acclaimed Stone Canyon Band. Caught live in Kansas City, Beefheart was amidst an extensive US (and subsequent European) tour promoting his eighth album, 'Unconditionally Guaranteed'. The often truculent Beefheart is in an unusually upbeat mood throughout.”
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Rare Van Halen Cover Of Queen Classic Unearthed
A rare recording of Van Halen covering a classic Queen song, which was reportedly recently unearthed, has been posted online by the author of a new book on Van Halen's formative years.
Biographer Greg Renoff posted the live performance that was recorded at Pasadena High School on April 25, 1975 of Van Halen covering the song "Now I'm Here" from Queen's 'Sheer Heart Attack' album.
Renoff shared the rare recording to promote the release of his new book "Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal", which is being sold at the Van Halen Store.
Bravewords.com reports that the new book features material based on 230 original interviews with insiders including original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony as well as Pete Angelus, Marshall Berle, Donn Landee, Ted Templeman, and Neil Zlozower. Read more details about the book and watch the video here.
Slash Making Progress On New Studio Album
Slash has revealed his fourth solo album is 90% written, and he's aiming to record it early next year. It'll be his third studio outing with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, following 2012's Apocalyptic Love and 2014's World On Fire.
And the former Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist believes his outfit are only getting better. Slash tells SBSun.com: "The stuff for the next record is really great. Instead of peaking early and burning out, we've started at one place and escalated in terms of our creative inspiration.
"We just seem to get more in a groove the longer we star together, and the harder we work on the road. It seems to come out in the new material." Read more here.
Black Sabbath Add Download Festival To Farewell Tour
Black Sabbath will headline the Download festival at UK's Donington Park on June 11. The appearance is part of the group's farewell tour, which will see three-quarters of the original lineup - Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - perform around the globe one final time.
Tickets for the annual weekend event - which includes a closing night set by Iron Maiden - will go on sale on this Friday, October 23. "Download is my absolute favourite summer festival," says Ozzy Osbourne. "It's always like coming home. See you all there."
Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward will once again sit out the tour over contractual issues with the band and personal issues with Osbourne over remarks in recent years. Check out the promo video here.
Jack Bruce's Music Celebrated In New Two-Disc Anthology
Jack Bruce's work with Cream, BBM and his solo output is the subject of a two-disc anthology which is on sale now, to coincide with an all-star memorial concert later this week.
The iconic bassist and vocalist died last year aged 71, leaving a legacy that's celebrated in Sunshine Of Your Love: A Life In Music, released via Republic Records.
The label says: "Jack was a colossus with a restless musical spirit. His 50-year career saw him work with a wide range of collaborators across many genres. His virtuosity on the bass guitar set the standard by which other musicians would be judged."
Sunshine Of Your Love is on sale now. Bruce's career achievements will be marked at the Roundhouse, London, on October 24, during a concert featuring ex bandmate Ginger Baker, Phil Manzanera, Ian Anderson, Bernie Marsden and others. Check out the track details here.
Walter Trout To Receive Guitar Honor
Walter Trout has been named this year's recipient of the Sena European Guitar Award. Trout will be given the award at Club Ziggo in Amsterdam on November 27.
The famed guitarist will join a list of previous winners that includes Slash, Brian May and Steve Lukather when he receives the gong in the Netherlands next month.
Trout, who's fought back from near death ahead of a liver transplant, says: "It's an unbelievable honour. To be acknowledged is especially meaningful to me at this time of my life. It's a milestone I'll never forget."
SEGA jury chairman Jean-Paul Heck says: "He survived and came back stronger - Walter is a great example for the blues community worldwide." Read more here.
Jimi Hendrix Might Have Embraced Rap Argues Producer Eddie Kramer
Jimi Hendrix producer Eddie Kramer believes the guitar icon might have embraced rap music if he'd lived - and he'd have become an industry player like Jay-Z and similar modern artists.
The producer continues to take a hand in the release of material left behind when Hendrix died in 1970. He was involved in the production of documentary movie Electric Church, which tells the story of the Hendrix's appearance at the Atlanta Pop Festival, just weeks before he passed away.
Kramer tells the BBC: "This was the crossroads for him. The next move would have been incorporating some of the stuff that was on the street. He was aware of everything that was going on - he was a musical sponge."
He describes Hendrix's foray into "funky R&B" as a "first step" and continues: "Who knows where he may have taken it? He may even have gotten into rap. The idea of street music would have influenced him had he stayed alive." Read more here.
Queen Release Classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Live Performance
Queen have released a video of their performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a preview to the November 20 release of "A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975."
The lead single from their fourth album, "A Night At The Opera", was in the middle of a record-breaking 9-week run at Number One in the UK charts when the Christmas Eve show took place at the famed London venue.
The finale of Queen's 26-date fall UK tour was broadcast live on BBC2-TV and BBC Radio 1. "This concert was very special because it was the first time we ever played a whole show completely live on TV … the Christmas Show," says guitarist Brian May. "The quality, after great rescue work and transfer into the digital domain, is amazing. And the energy we had comes across very forcefully."
The DVD and SD Blu-Ray versions feature a documentary, "Looking Back At The Odeon", which includes a previously unseen interview with May and Roger Taylor by Old Grey Whistle Test host Bob Harris about the Hammersmith show.
The set also presents rare footage from Japan during the group's tour of the Far East. "A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975" will be available on CD, DVD, SD Blu-Ray, 2 LP vinyl, Super Deluxe Box Set and digitally. Watch the video here.
John Fogerty Does Impromptu Acoustic TV Performance of CCR Classic
John Fogerty delivered an impromptu acoustic performance of his Creedence Clearwater Revival classic, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?", on TBS late night show Conan on Monday.
The only single issued from the group's 1970 album, "Pendulum", the tune peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Fogerty is making the rounds to promote his newly-published memoir, "Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music", which sees the rocker explore his Northern California roots, CCR's success and his retreat from music and public life before returning to chart-topping solo success.
Fogerty also shared stories about his start as a songwriter and CCR's appearance at the 1969 Woodstock festival, where the group followed The Grateful Dead.
The rocker will play an 8-show residency at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas in the New Year. Running January 8-23, "Peace, Love And Creedence" will see Fogerty extend his "1969" summer tour show by performing music from the three albums he released that year with CCR, including "Bayou Country", "Green River" and "Willy And The Poor Boys." Watch the Conan performance here.
Black Sabbath Reunion With Bill Ward Looks Unlikely
Tony Iommi has offered the strongest hint yet that Bill Ward won't be part of Black Sabbath's upcoming farewell tour but he also says that a final album from the group "could happen".
The drummer dropped out of the band's 2011 reunion and subsequent album, saying he hadn't been offered a "signable" contract. The disagreement later exploded into a war of words between him and frontman Ozzy Osbourne.
Sabbath recorded 2013 album 13 with Rage Against The Machine sticksman Brad Wilk, then toured with Tommy Clufetos behind the kit. And although Iommi and Ward caught up at a recent awards ceremony, the guitarist says an original lineup reunion is unlikely as they work towards their last-ever tour.
Asked if Ward will play with Sabbath again, Iommi tells Gigwise: "No, to be honest. I don't know if that's going to happen. But who knows? You never know."
Sabbath's plans may or may not include a final album. "We've got some tracks we recorded with Rick Rubin," says the guitarist. "When we did our last album we made 16 tracks, but we only put eight on the album. There are tracks there that could possibly show their face at some point." He also discussed their final tour plans. Read about that here.
FIERY HARD ROCKERS MONSTER TRUCK PREMIERE NEW SINGLE "DON'T TELL ME HOW TO LIVE" ON CLASSIC ROCK
TRACK TAKEN FROM SOPHOMORE ALBUM DUE OUT EARLY 2016 VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS
(New York, NY) - Hard rock fans around the globe can click here to check out the premiere of fiery hard rockers Monster Truck's brand new single "Don't Tell Me How To Live" on Classic Rock today. The hefty, groove-laden track features the musical chops for which the band has come to be known. "Don't Tell Me How To Live" is taken from Monster Truck's forthcoming sophomore album, due out in early 2016 via Dine Alone Records in North America. The song will be available for purchase on all streaming services on October 23rd; click here to download the single cover.
Hamilton, Ontario's prodigious sons Monster Truck are one of the biggest groundswell stories in Canadian rock in the past few years, with two crushing #1 singles at Canadian Rock radio, a 2013 Juno Award for "Breakthrough Artist Of The Tear" and a 2014 nomination for "Rock Album Of The Year" under their belt. Their critically-acclaimed debut album FURIOSITY also made its mark internationally, not only debuting at #13 on the Top 200 Canadian Soundscan chart, but also hitting #3 on the German Rock/Metal chart and landing the band a Bandit Rock Award nomination for "International Breakthrough Artist" in Sweden. Of their sound, Noisecreep described Monster Truck as "a beautiful mix of Southern dirt, classic rock and blues...", calling FURIOSITY "one of the best breakout albums of 2013."
Monster Truck's unabashed dedication to creating killer riffs and putting every ounce of themselves into their show night after night, has created quite an impression not only with fans across the globe, but iconic rock bands as well. In recent years, the band has been championed by the likes of Slash and Alice in Chain's Mike Inez, has toured extensively in their native Canada, the U.S., Europe and the UK, touring alongside such massive acts as Alice in Chains, Slash, Nickelback, Deep Purple, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Alterbridge, Kid Rock. They have also performed at numerous major music festivals around the world including Download, Bonnaroo, Welcome to Rockville, Rock on the Range and Edgefest. Monster Truck is Jon Harvey (vocals, bass), Jeremy Widerman (guitars, vocals), Brandon Bliss (organ, vocals) and Steve Kiely (drums, vocals).
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The Scorpions "Forever And A Day"comes to DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms on November 27th
The new fully authorized Scorpions documentary Forever and a Day is wrapping up its theatrical run and will come to DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms on November 27th (in German with English subtitles). The movie takes a look at the German hard-rock legends' long career, while focusing on the band's Final Sting trek, which initially was intended to be a farewell tour.
As the film shows, during the 2011-2012 tour, the band members were so energized by the response from fans that they decided to scrap their retirement plans. Founding Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker says that if you watch Forever and a Day, you can see the veteran rockers come to the realization that they weren't ready to call it quits.
Schenker explains, "Seeing all these old fans, the new fans coming, everything was sold out, and getting told by the fans what the music means for them, then we more and more" understood that the time wasn't right for the band to retire.
Among the interesting career highlights covered in the movie is The Scorpions' historic 1991 visit to the Kremlin in Moscow to meet Mikhail Gorbachev. The band presented the then-Soviet president with a gold record for its hit ballad "Wind of Change," which celebrated the end of the Cold War.
Describing "Wind of Change" as "the soundtrack of the most peaceful revolution on Earth," Schenker says The Scorpions' visit with Gorbachev was "something very special" since they were the first, and possibly the only, Western band ever invited to the Kremlin. He adds that The Scorpions are still friendly with Gorbachev, who makes an appearance in Forever and a Day commenting about the group and the impact of "Wind of Change."
The Scorpions recently wrapped up the 2015 U.S. leg of its 50th anniversary tour, which also is in support of their latest studio album, Return to Forever. With regard to the band's future, longtime Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs says, "It doesn't look like the end is near. You know, we keep ourselves open now. We tried the farewell tour, and we [called] it afterwards the 'went well' tour."
The Scorpions will finish the year with a series of European dates in November and December, with more to come in February and March of 2016, including a run of shows in their homeland. Jabs says the band also plans to play more U.S. shows in May, and may visit South America and China as well. Check The-Scorpions.com for the group's confirmed itinerary.
New Autobiography by Wishbone Ash Guitarist Andy Powell “Eyes Wide Open: True Tales Of A Wishbone Ash Warrior” Now Available!
Written by Andy Powell with Colin Harper
Foreword by Ian Rankin
Five decades of life on the road, in the studio, and in the courtroom with progressive-rock pioneers Wishbone Ash
London, UK - In 1969, Andy Powell was one of four founding members of progressive rock pioneers Wishbone Ash. Forty-six years later, with no sabbaticals, he is still a member of Wishbone Ash. And he’s seen a lot of interesting things along the way.
Watching the birth of rock 'n' roll in the 50's; stepping into the swinging 60's mod scene as a teenager; touring the States with The Who; selling hundreds of thousands of copies of Argus; being managed by industry legend Miles Copeland; outliving punk and moving to America; battling former bandmates over the right to use the name Wishbone Ash, and fighting to keep that name alive through changing tastes and styles—Andy Powell has been there, done it, and seen it all. And he’s still doing it today.
Honest, unpretentious, and often wryly amusing, Eyes Wide Open is not just the story of one man’s adventures in music but also a journey through some of the most thrilling years of rock history.
“It’s a great pleasure to be able to say that the man behind the Flying V can write a bit, too.” —Ian Rankin
Andy Powell is a songwriter and guitarist best known as the founding and sole remaining original member of Wishbone Ash. Born in Stepney, London, in 1950, he now lives in the USA with Pauline, his wife of forty-plus years.
Colin Harper is the author of Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch And The British Folk And Blues Revival (2000), Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, The 60s, And The Emerald Beyond (2014), and The Wheels Of The World: 300 Years Of Irish Uilleann Pipers (2015).
Published by Jawbone Press (www.jawbonepress.com)
Featuring 408 pages with photo inserts, plus extensive discographies and concert listings
To purchase: Print book: http://www.amazon.com/Eyes-Wide-Open-Wishbone-Warrior/dp/1908279818/
Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), firstname.lastname@example.org
LESLIE WEST PRESENTS DEAN MISSISSIPPI QUEEN GUITAR TO LONG-TIME FAN AND MICROSOFT CO-FOUNDER PAUL ALLEN
WEST TO RELEASE SOUNDCHECK ON NOVEMBER 20
Album Features West Joined By Jack Bruce, Brian May, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Bramlett, Max Middleton And Others
New York, NY -- On Thursday evening at BB Kings in New York City, Leslie West welcomed long-time fan and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Pictured below are West and Allen, shortly after the guitarist presented one of his signature model guitars to the historical figure. On November 20, Leslie West will release Soundcheck via Provogue / Mascot Label Group, his latest studio recording which features appearances from Jack Bruce, Brian May, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Bramlett, Max Middleton and others. West will celebrate his 70th birthday on October 22.
BLUES GUITAR VIRTUOSO WALTER TROUT TRIUMPHANTLY RETURNS WITH NEW STUDIO ALBUM, BATTLE SCARS ON PROVOGUE RECORDS/MASCOT LABEL GROUP
OUT: 23 OCTOBER 2015 + UK NOVEMBER TOUR
You can listen to ‘Battle Scars’ over at Classic Rock
Joyful, energized guitar-and-vocal performances frame the dozen original songs that narrate his hard-won, life-or-death struggle waiting for, and ultimately receiving, a life-saving liver transplant.
With bristling energy, unflagging virtuosity and lyrics that cut to the core of human hope and willpower, Walter Trout’s new album, ‘Battle Scars’, chronicles his horrific battle with liver failure. But the 12-song set, which will be released worldwide by Mascot Label Group’s Provogue Records on October 23, also captures the international guitar hero, on a new high — playing and singing at the peak of his abilities, infusing even his darkest numbers with creative joy that sweeps like a beacon.
“I’m thrilled about this album, about my life and about my music” says Trout, who returned to the stage in June at the prestigious Lead Belly Festival in London’s Royal Albert Hall, where he received 3 standing ovations. “I feel that I’m reborn as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and a human being. I have a new chance at being the best musician and the best man that I can be. And I’m incredibly happy and grateful.”
Contrast that to early 2014, when Trout was lying in a hospital bed without the strength to move or speak, unable to recognize his own children, as he observed his body waste away. He had lost 13 pints of blood and was in a coma for three days. But on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, Trout underwent liver transplant surgery and the slow process of healing began. “At first I wasn’t strong enough to play a single note on the guitar, but as I regained my strength, the music came back to me. Now when I pick up the guitar, it is liberating, joyful, and limitless. I feel like I’m 17 again.”
One of the reasons Walter is still here and is now fit and healthy is through the overwhelming generosity of his fans and supporters which included a fan-organised YouCaring campaign which was set up by Kirby Bryant, the wife of British blues guitarist and Trout protégée Danny Bryant and this alongside various concert tributes raised $245,000 towards his healthcare.
Initially, Trout hoped to capture his renewal and positivity in the songs, “but,” says Trout, “they were coming out cliché and I wanted to write something deeper.” After Marie, Trout’s wife and manager, suggested that he revisit the difficult experiences of his illness, the songs began pouring out. The first was ‘Omaha' which resonates with smashing chords and vibrating low strings: a solo packed with pealing midnight howls. The lyrics tell a tale of a man haunted by death.
“I was in UCLA for a month, and later at the Nebraska Medical Center for five months in the liver ward — first waiting for the transplant, and then recovering from the surgery,” Trout recounts. “There were days when somebody in the ward died while waiting. I’d hear families out in the hall crying and doctors trying to comfort them. And I knew there was a good chance that I’d be the next one to go. For ‘Omaha.’ I wanted to capture how that felt and sounded.”
The opening song ‘Almost Gone’ is equally potent. As the fingerpicked introduction intones, Trout lays his cards on the table: “Now I get the feeling/Something’s going wrong/Can’t help but feelin’/I won’t last too long.” The fatalism is balanced by the music — from the exquisite roar of Trout’s harmonica that follows those words to the ebullient, soaring six-string that gives the tune a tsunami of uplift.
“‘Almost Gone’ captures the strength I got from my wife, urging me to go on fighting when I was in pain, and on the verge of death,” says Trout. “I looked up into her eyes, and she gave me the power to carry on. That experience is reflected in my playing on the song.”
Another key track is ‘Gonna Live Again,’ which gets its organic grounding from Trout’s acoustic guitar and the gentle quiver of emotion in his voice. “That’s me asking God, ‘Why me?’ When so many people died waiting, why did I survive? I’ve been given a chance to try again — a chance to be a better husband, a better father, and a better man.”
Battle Scars is Trout’s 18th album released by the Netherlands-based Provogue label and his 42nd overall, counting his pre-solo-career recordings as a member of the historic groups: Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.
Trout fell headlong in love with the blues in 1965 when his brother brought the first album by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band into his family's New Jersey home, and Trout heard the twin-guitar magic of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, combined with Butterfield's gut-deep harmonica-and-vocal performances. In his music-loving home, Walter was raised to the sounds of records by Ray Charles, Hank Williams, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, John Coltrane, Bo Diddley and many other musical giants.
Trout’s practical schooling started in earnest when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1973 and got gigs backing Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Finis Tasby, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, Percy Mayfield and Joe Tex. In 1981 he joined the remaining original members of Canned Heat. But the real turning point was his five-year tenure with British blues giant Mayall. Trout became part of the Bluesbreakers’ lineage of great guitarists along with Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor.
Trout founded his own band in 1989 and cut his debut album Life In the Jungle, rapidly becoming a star in Europe. His first U.S. release, 1998's critically heralded Walter Trout, also made him a fixture of the American blues-rock scene.
Over the decades Trout has accumulated numerous honors. He is a two-time winner of the “Overseas Artist of the Year” title at the British Blues Awards, and is a three-time Blues Music Awards nominee. Trout’s six-string prowess earned the number six slot in BBC Radio 1’s “Top 20 Guitarist” listener’s poll, tying with Queen’s Brian May.
Just prior to his illness, Provogue records was poised for a major “Year of the Trout” marketing campaign and worldwide tour celebrating his 25 years as a solo artist. The label released Trout’s then newly recorded album, ‘When the Blues Came Calling’, and reissued his catalog on 180-gram vinyl. Additionally, Provogue published his autobiography penned with British music journalist, Henry Yates: Rescued From Reality: The Life and Times of Walter Trout.
“Unfortunately, that tour didn’t happen,” Trout says. “Instead I had to cancel an entire year of touring. That’s what the song on Battle Scars, ‘My Ship Came In’ is about: My ship came in and I missed it! I’d waited all my life for a record label to get behind me to that extent, and then that plan fell apart.”
Trout is now moving triumphantly forward in his 50th year as a guitarist. He is in the midst of a global tour with his band: keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure, and new bassist Johnny Griparic, who joined in time to record Battle Scars in Los Angeles’ Kingsize Soundlabs with Trout’s longtime producer Eric Corne.
“I don’t take this lightly,” Trout declares. “Marie says that all of the people who donated to our fundraiser for my medical expenses” — which generated more than $245,000 – “bought stock in me and my liver. When I play for them now, I have a responsibility to give back and offer the very best that I have.”
Tues 17 November – Stockton, Arc - TICKETS
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Motley Crue Play More Farewell Shows Without Injured Tommy Lee
Drummer Tommy Lee has missed the past four dates on Motley Crue's farewell tour as he continues to recover from a case of tendonitis. Lee was first diagnosed with the injury to his left wrist last week in Buffalo, NY and was pulled from the show on doctor's orders.
"I'm so sorry to say that i'm unable to play drums tonight guys!!," Lee tweeted on October 14. "I woke up at 3am with tendonitis!! f***!!! Cant even hold a drumstick!"
Tourmate and Alice Cooper drummer Glen Sobel filled in for Lee at the group's final show in the city, and sat in again in Bridgeport, CT on October 16, Manchester, NH on October 17 and Bangor, ME on October 18.
"Rocked w/ Alice & covered for Tommy in Crue one more time tonight in Bangor, Maine," posted Sobel on his social media sites on Sunday. "He so wants to get back behind the kit but needed just a bit more time to make sure his wrist is good to go. He's been amazing through all this and is a class act who cheers me on during these last 4 shows.
"Tomorrow is a day off in Quebec City so that gives more time for healing & rest. Hopefully we'll be seeing T Lee rockin the kit for that show on Tuesday." Read more here.
Former Dio Members Supergroup Resurrection Kings Tease Album
Supergroup Resurrection Kings, a new band that features former Dio men Vinny Appice and Craig Goldy, have given fans a teaser video for their debut album.
The self-titled work is set for launch in January, featuring ex Lynch Mob singer Chas West and ex Dokken bassist Sean McNabb, alongside drummer Appice and guitarist Goldy.
The video contains clips from the band's music, along with details of how the four put the album together. They've also revealed the cover art, designed by Stanis W Decker. Watch the teaser video here.
Iron Maiden To Headline Download Festivals
Iron Maiden will headline a pair of Download festivals in 2016. The group will top the bill at the debut Download event at Longchamps Racecourse in Paris, France on June 10 before returning to their native UK for the annual concert weekend at Donington Park on June 12.
The homecoming will mark the band's only UK appearance of 2016 as they tour the world in support of "The Book Of Souls." Frontman Bruce Dickinson had this to say, "Download is a very special place for us.
"Not just because it's always great to play on home turf but because there's a truly unique vibe there, it's the very heart of England and of metal, so a fitting place for Iron Maiden.
"The crowd is always fiercely passionate and the whole band feeds off that famous Donington energy. We aim to deliver a really memorable show for our fans to close the 2016 Festival. Although this is our sixth time headlining at Castle Donington, it's the first time we've been able to land Ed Force One right on the doorstep of the festival site." Read more here.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry Working On New Solo Album
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry reveals in an online post that he has been busy in the studio working on a solo instrumental album. The guitarist's latest solo project is the follow-up to his 2014 EP, "Joe Perry's Merry Christmas", which saw him joined by pal Johnny Depp on rhythm guitar.
"Been in the studio working on my solo instrumental CD I began when writing Rocks my autobio, but didn't have enough time," tweeted Perry. "It'll have diversity, maybe 1-2 songs with me singing or another singer, but mainly it'll be an instrumental album."
The Boston band recently released "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014", which captures their headline performance on the final night of the Download Festival in Donington Park. Read more here.
Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Shares Valuable Lesson From Cancer Fight
Vivian Campbell's cancer battle has taught him the value of trusting his instincts when it comes to his health. And the Def Leppard guitarist believes it's a lesson others should learn as early as they can.
His treatment for Hogkin's lymphoma continues after he was originally misdiagnosed by medics who thought he was suffering from a persistent bug.
Campbell tells 93.3 WMMR: "I remember getting this head cold and flu-like symptoms, and a doctor gave me some antibiotics. Five or six weeks later I had the same thing come back, and the one thing that was constant was this cough that wouldn't go away.
"My doctor said, 'Sometimes it takes time for these things to heal up.' A respiratory doctor gave me an inhaler and nasal spray. I said, 'This isn't really getting any better,' and he'd just give me a stronger inhaler."
After a year he insisted on an X-ray, which identified there was a more serious problem. "A very brilliant doctor said she was pretty sure I had Hodgkin's lymphoma," Campbell recalls. "We did a biopsy a couple of days later, and there you go - Hodgkin's lymphoma."
He reflects: "One thing it taught me is that you really have to advocate for your own health. If you know something's wrong, even though doctors are very well educated, nobody knows your body like yourself. I knew something was wrong and my doctors just weren't listening." Read more and listen to the full interview here.
Blackberry Smoke Jam Black Crowes Song With Chris Robinson
Blackberry Smoke jammed the Black Crowes' track "Wiser Time" with Chris Robinson at a recent event and video of the live performance has been posted online.
It was shot at the Telluride Blues And Brews fest in Georgia last month, after band frontman Charlie Starr approached ex Crowes man Robinson about making a guest appearance.
Starr tells Rolling Stone: "If you're going to play a song by the Black Crowes you need to bring your A game. Those guys were one of the best rock'n'roll bands of the last 20 years. Whenever we do a Crowes song I always think, 'We better play it right.'" Watch video here.
Ritchie Blackmore Announces 1st Rainbow and Deep Purple Concert
Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has announced the first in a series of Best of Rainbow and Deep Purple shows planned for 2016. Blackmore will perform at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany on June 18.
Tickets for the rare rock event by the founding member of Deep Purple will go in sale November 6. "I am doing four dates in June, which will be all rock," Blackmore tells Noisey.
"I have the band basically together and it will be Rainbow and Deep Purple. It's just having fun but it's only four dates in Europe. I don't want to do anymore because I take what I'm doing now much more seriously."
Since 1997, Blackmore has been focusing his energies on Blackmore's Night, a medieval folk band he formed with then-girlfriend and now-wife Candice Night. Read more here.
Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh Diagnosed With Bladder Cancer
The Grateful Dead's bass player Phil Lesh revealed that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer earlier this month, forcing him to postpone two upcoming shows next weekend.
Lesh, who fought prostate cancer in 2006, posted the following message to fans via the Terrapin Crossroads' Facebook page,"I am sorry to let you know that I will need to cancel the October 24th and 25th Phil & Friends shows with Chris Robinson.
"I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in early October, and have spent the last few weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale doing tests and eventually surgery to remove the tumors. I am very fortunate to have the pathology reports show that the tumors are all non aggressive, and that there is no indication that they have spread.
"So thanks to my local doctor Cliff Sewell, and the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic, all is well and I can return to normal activities in two weeks from my surgery.
"Unfortunately, that means I will have to cancel the PLF shows scheduled for Oct 24/25. We will reschedule these shows as soon as we can, but in the meantime, keep a lookout for a free Grate Room show before I leave for the East Coast shows. I also plan to pop in and jam in the bar before we leave, so I hope to see you there at Terrapin. Love Will See You Through…."
Def Leppard Announce U.S. Tour and Stream New Song Dangerous
Def Leppard have announced that they will be once again teaming up with Styx and Tesla for a North American tour early next year. The band has also revealed the second song from their forthcoming album.
The band premiered the song "Dangerous" via Billboard. They had previously released the song "Let's Go". Both tracks are featured on their new self-titled album, which is scheduled to be released on November 27th.
Phil Collen gave Billboard the following background on the new track, "Dangerous is a few years old and was initially titled Dangerous Drug until Joe Elliott suggested shortening the name. I started it a few years ago; I think I had just been working with producer Mutt Lange on something. We copied it exactly. I redid the guitars, just a slightly different guitar sound. We didn't change anything musically at all." Check out the song here.
Def Leppard will be supporting the new album with a winter tour which is scheduled to kick off on January 27th at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC.
Like their just completed trek, the new tour will also feature Styx and Tesla, and dates have been announced through February 17th in Allentown, PA at the PPL Center.
Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla 2016 North American Tour Dates:
01/27 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
01/29 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
01/30 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
02/02 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T CenteR
02/03 - Lafayette, LA - Lafayette Cajundome
02/05 - Corpus Christi, TX - American Bank Center Arena
02/06 - Hidalgo, TX - State Farm Arena
02/09 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
02/10 - Bossier City, LA - CenturyLink Center
02/13 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
02/14 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
02/16 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
02/17 - Allentown, PA - PPL Center
Tommy Lee Sidelined For Another Motley Crue Final Tour Date
Tommy Lee has been forced to sit out a second Motley Crue show due to tendonitis in his wrist. The drummer surprised fans by missing the group's final appearance in Buffalo, New York on October 14 when he had to visit a doctor after waking up in the middle of the night with the problem.
And Lee had to remain on the sidelines again for the band's October 16 concert at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut as the issue showed no signs of improvement.
Lee posted the following message to fans on Friday via Twitter: "As some of you may have heard, I sustained an injury of severe inflammation to my left wrist and was unable to play the other night in Buffalo. I'm so sorry to say that the injury has not improved and it is unlikely I will be able to perform again tonight in Bridgeport.
"Regardless, the show must go on and Alice Cooper's amazing drummer, Glen Sobel will be filling in for me on drums. I will, however, come on stage to see everyone and also to play the piano with my good hand for the finale on Home Sweet Home." Read more here.
Mick Jagger 'A Clockwork Orange' Petition Being Auctioned
A petition signed by the Beatles and calling for Mick Jagger to star in classic film A Clockwork Orange is to go under the hammer. Auction house Paddle8 expects the letter to fetch between $18,000 and $25,000 by the time the bidding comes to an end on October 29.
The letter was signed by all four members of the Fab Four, as well as Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg, in 1968. It urges screenwriter Terry Southern to cast Rolling Stones frontman Jagger in the role of Alex in the film adaptation of Anthony Burgess' novel.
The petition called on Southern to choose the singer over actor David Hemmings for the part - although in the end it went to Malcolm McDowell when director Stanley Kubrick later acquired the rights to the script and released his controversial big-screen version in 1971. See the petition and read more here.
The Scorpions Cancel 50th Anniversary Club Show
The Scorpions have announced that they have been forced to cancel their plans for a 50th anniversary show at an intimate club in Berlin on November 3 due to technical issues.
"After their massive sold out arena tour in North America, the band will have to play in Rome on November 9 and thereafter in Milano and Paris," said the Scorpions. "Within the short timeframe between Las Vegas, Seattle and Rome, it unfortunately proved impossible to scale down the arena show and technical equipment needed to perform in a small club in such a way that the musical quality would be guaranteed which is very important to the Scorpions. For this reason the show in Berlin had to be withdrawn and the band would like to apologize for this."
The event saw 250 fans win tickets to the rare club date by voting on the group's setlist for the show, and the band has stepped up to provide an alternative experience. "Here is the good news for the competition winners: they will be invited to the Scorpions concert in Berlin on March 23, 2016 in the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin as VIP guests" Read more details here.
Bruce Springsteen Premieres Unreleased Song From The River Box Set
Bruce Springsteen will release a 7-disc box set featuring material recorded for his 1980 double-album, "The River." The rocker is premiering an unreleased outtake, "Meet Me In The City", as a preview of the forthcoming package.
Due December 4, "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection" presents the original record alongside "The River: Single Album" - originally named "The Ties That Bind" - a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" but never released.
"The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have," Springsteen wrote in the lyrics/photo book "Songs." "So we went back in the studio."
The 4CD/3DVD package also delivers 22 outtakes from the sessions - including 11 previously unreleased - an hour-long documentary/interview with Springsteen complete with solo acoustic guitar performances, and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.
The box set also presents a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs plus pages from Springsteen's notebooks, single covers, images and outtakes from the original album package, and other memorabilia documenting the album.
"The River" delivered Springsteen his first No. 1 US album on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 5 million copies in the States alone. Check out the tracklisting and the song stream here.
Nicko Wants Iron Maiden To Play With Symphony Orchestra
Nicko McBrain hopes Iron Maiden will one day perform epic track Empire Of The Clouds live - with the help of a symphony orchestra. The drummer insists the 18-minute track, which appears on latest album The Book Of Souls, can't be played effectively without additional performers.
And he thinks a symphonic concert, like the Royal Albert Hall show staged by late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord in London, would be the ideal time to dig up Maiden tracks that have never made it to the stage.
McBrain tells 98.7 The Gater: "What I'd like to see Maiden do before we step back from the touring schedule that we usually do, I'd like to see us do like what Jon Lord did years and years back [referring to a concert the Deep Purple legend played with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall], is do Iron Maiden songs with an orchestra.
He says he would love to do an orchestra show, "because there's a lot of stuff there. 'Alexander The Great' is a track that everybody's been moaning it's been never played live. I'd like to do things like that. Everything that we haven't covered I'd like to see us do an orchestral version of. Perhaps that will happen one day." Read more here.
Cream 10-Disc Replica Box Set Announced
A set of replica Cream vinyl singles will be released in a box set in December. The 10 discs, featuring original mono recordings which have been unavailable for decades, are presented in all-new sleeve designs, and cover the iconic outfit's output from 1967 to 1970.
The set arrives ahead of the 50th anniversary of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker's debut standalone single Wrapping Paper, which arrived in October 1966.
Polydor Records say: "Cream blazed an indelible trail through the latter half of the 60s with their challenging and exquisite melange of blues, pop and psychedelia.
"These tracks offered a window to the wilder, widescreen adventures of their long-players. Here they are in glorious mono with specially-designed picture sleeves - a fitting tribute to the skills of the three players, and especially to Jack Bruce, who left us in October 2014." See the track details and a photo here.
Walter Trout Streaming New Album 'Battle Scars' Online
Walter Trout has made his album Battle Scars available to stream in full with TeamRock ahead of its official launch later this week. It's set for release on October 23 via Provogue Records and reflects on his battle with liver disease and the transplant that saved his life.
Trout said: "At first I wasn't strong enough to play a single note on the guitar, but as I regained my strength, the music came back to me. Now when I pick up the guitar, it is liberating, joyful, and limitless. I feel like I'm 17 again.
"I'm thrilled about this album, about my life and about my music. I feel that I'm reborn as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and a human being. I have a new chance at being the best musician and the best man that I can be. And I'm incredibly happy and grateful." Stream the album here.
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Found Special Chemistry With New Lineup
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says that the addition of Kiko Loureiro and drummer Chris Adler to the group has created a special chemistry within the band.
The pair joined the lineup following the 2014 departures of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover and appear on Megadeth's 15th album entitled Dystopia, out on January 22.
Mustaine tells Music Feeds: "There's a lot of really great songs that, when they were in my head, I thought were going to turn out good. But after getting Chris Adler and Kiko to add their chemistry to the record...
"I've had great guys I've played with, but I think Kiko has the widest expanse of guitar playing knowledge. It's just given the record all of the flavor and tone that I've always wanted."
Mustaine reports the group dynamic has improved greatly with the skillset and personality of Loureiro. Read more here.
Foreigner's Kelly Hansen Talks Ghosts, Spice Girls In Kid Interview
Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen has given his take on ghosts, the Spice Girls and natural disasters while being interviewed by a child. The singer is the latest star to appear in the Kids Interview Bands series.
He revealed to pint-sized interviewer Piper that he could eat his own bodyweight in pizza and that, as a Californian, he lives in fear of earthquakes.
Asked if he believes in ghosts, Hansen says: "I don't think I've ever seen one. Some things have happened in my life that I can't explain, but I don't know if I'd go all the way and say that I believe in ghosts."
Before failing to name all five members of the Spice Girls, Hansen adds that he doesn't sing along when he hears Foreigner songs on the radio, as he needs to rest his voice.
And asked if he's ever seen anything funny in the audience while performing, he says: "All the time. Usually people doing funny things or holding funny signs. Sometimes I've forgotten lyrics because they've made me laugh." Watch the interview here.
Flying Colors Release Live 'Kayla' Video
Flying Colors have released a video for a live version of Kayla. It's taken from the band's Second Flight: Live At The Z7 album, which is released on November 13 and is the follow-up to last year's Second Nature album.
"It was especially exciting because we had just performed many of these songs for the first time, days before," says guitarist Steve Morse. The album was recorded in Pratteln, Switzerland, on the band's 2014 tour, and is the band's second live album, following Live in Europe, recorded on the band's debut tour in 2012.
"Flying Colors is like no other band to perform with," adds bass player Dave LaRue. "This tour was all about the joy of playing together, and sharing new songs with fans. Everyone felt something special that night, and I'm so glad we captured it."
Second Flight: Live At The Z7 is released on multiple formats, including 4K UltraHD, Blu-ray, DVD, LP + MP3, CD, iTunes, Headphone Surround, iTunes and Pono. Watch the video here
Deep Purple's Ian Gillan Rails Against Rock Hall Of Fame
Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan has branded the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's committee "bloody arrogant and rude." The singer's scathing attack comes as the band is nominated for inclusion for a third time, having lost out in both 2013 and 2014.
Purple have been eligible for more than 20 years and were also recently named top of the list in a public poll of acts that should be admitted to the Rock Hall.
Gillan tells Classic Rock: "I have no respect for them. They're the kind of people that having seen A Hard Day's Night decided that The Monkees would be America's equivalent to the Beatles. They've no idea what goes on in the big, wide world outside of their self-arbitrating surroundings.
"To me, those people are bloody arrogant and rude. I've heard that somebody on their committee dismissed us as one-hit wonders. I couldn't figure out whether that hit was Hush, Kentucky Woman, Black Night, Strange Kind Of Woman, Child In Time, Perfect Strangers, Knocking At Your Back Door or perhaps even Smoke On The Water.
"I'm very grateful for the other bands and artists that stood up for us with a view to our induction - that's nice of them. But I wish that the Hall Of Fame had had the discretion to ask us first. It's now become a debate in which we are too late to have the final word."
Gillan adds he had no idea they'd been nominated again and only found out when Classic Rock spoke to him. Read more here.
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE “COCAINE” FROM ERIC CLAPTON’S SLOWHAND AT 70 – LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Today, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release “Cocaine” from the upcoming Eric Clapton DVD+2CD / Blu-ray+2CD release Slowhand At 70 – Live At The Royal Albert Hall on the Eagle Rock YouTube Channel.
This landmark release captures Clapton performing at the Royal Albert Hall – his favorite venue -- for his 70th birthday. The set boasts incredible versions of his career-defining songs, including “Cocaine,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Layla,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “Crossroads,” and “Tears In Heaven.” The DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, and Deluxe 2DVD Box Set will be released on November 12, 2015.
The video will be available at 10:00AM EST: https://youtu.be/F-YOTJoKz_o
Click here to view a trailer: https://youtu.be/Sm8mD_vUfcg
Slowhand At 70 – Live At The Royal Albert Hall is available for purchase at the following links:
ROOTS ROCKERS THE BLACK CROWES RE-RELEASE FIRST FOUR AMERICAN RECORDINGS ALBUMS ON HIGH-GRADE 180-GRAM VINYL ON AMERICAN/UMe, DECEMBER 4
1990’s Shake Your Money Maker will come out as a single disc, while 1992’s The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, 1994’s Amorica and 1996’s Three Snakes and One Charm will all be issued as two-LP sets with sound cut directly from masters
Formed in 1989 in Marietta, GA, by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson while still in high school, and originally named Mr. Crowe’s Garden after a children’s book, The Black Crowes recorded a total of eight studio albums, starting with 1990’s Shake Your Money Maker, which was released by Rick Rubin’s Def American label. That debut, named after a classic Elmore James blues song, peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 5 million copies worldwide (and 3 million in the U.S.), with two singles, “Hard to Handle” and the acoustic ballad “She Talks to Angels,” going Top 30 on the Billboard 100 and #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with three more, “Jealous Again,” “Twice as Hard” and “Seeing Things,” also charting. The group went on to sell 30 million albums internationally, being named Best New American Band by Rolling Stone readers in 1990.
Shake Your Money Maker will now be released by American Recordings/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) December 4 as a one-album set, along with the band’s following three releases as double-LP sets – 1992’s The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, 1994’s Amorica and 1996’s Three Snakes and One Charm – all on high-grade 180-gram vinyl, with lacquers cut directly from the master tapes. The first two originally came out on Def American, the latter two after Rubin changed the name of the label to American Recordings.
Shake Your Money Maker: The band’s debut album featured two Top 30 Billboard singles in their cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” and the acoustic ballad “She Talks to Angels.” Recorded in the summer of 1989 in Atlanta and Los Angeles with producer George Drakoulias, the album featured Allman Brothers keyboardist Chuck Leavell. Several of the songs, including “Could I’ve Been So Blind” and “She Talks to Angels,” whose riffs were originally penned by Rich Robinson when he was 17, come from the band’s incarnation as Mr. Crowe’s Garden. Critics compared them to the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and the Faces.
The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion: The Black Crowes’ sophomore album, which went to #1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in May, 1992, eventually going double-platinum, will be released for the first time as a two-disc 180 gram vinyl set. It was previously released as a single LP in 2004 only in certain countries and only appeared in the U.S. in 2009 by way of an inferior quality third-party pressing. Now remastered for vinyl, the album was the first to feature Marc Ford on lead guitar, replacing Jeff Cease. The title comes from the full name of an influential hymnal compiled by William Walker in 1835. The four released singles each topped the Billboard Album Rock Tracks charts, including “Remedy,” (11 weeks), “Thorn in My Pride” (four weeks), “Sting Me” (two weeks) and “Hotel Illness” (six weeks), breaking a record previously held by Tom Petty. The disc also includes the band’s cover of Bob Marley’s “Time Will Tell.” Guitar World named it to the magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitar albums of all time.
Amorica: The first Black Crowes album to come out on Rubin’s newly renamed American Recordings label, the two-disc 180-gram vinyl reissue has been out of print in LP form since its initial 1994 release as a single album. The band, now a six-piece, had previously ditched the unreleased Tall, and its subsequent release caused plenty of controversy in the marketplace, with several retailers refusing to carry the album, whose original cover (later airbrushed) depicted female pubic hair visible under an American flag bikini. The original release eventually earned RIAA-certified gold for selling more than 500,000, peaking at #11 on the Billboard 200, spurred by three more Top 10 Mainstream Rock Tracks in “A Conspiracy” (#5, #23 Modern Rock Tracks ), “High Head Blues” (#8) and “Wiser Time” (#7)
Three Snakes and One Charm: The Black Crowes’ fourth album, also on American Recordings, was previously available on vinyl only as a boxed set of 7” singles, but now comes out for the first time as a two-LP set on 180-gram vinyl since its initial CD release in July, 1996. The original album peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200, with its two singles, “Blackberry” and “Good Friday,” reaching #6 and #3, respectively, on the magazine’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Produced by the band with Jack Joseph Puig – who also manned the boards for Amorica – the album was recorded in a rented home, which helped soothe the frayed relationship between the brothers Robinson, then finished at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles. The new production touches included the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on tracks like “(Only Halfway) to Everywhere” and “Let Me Share the Ride.” Two bonus tracks, originally included in the boxed set, “Just Say You’re Sorry” and a cover of Bob Marley’s “Pimper’s Paradise,” are included on the fourth and final side of the double-vinyl set.
Adam Ant "The Blueblack Hussar" In-depth documentary coming to on DVD and digital platforms in the USon October 16th
"Jack Bond's intriguingly unguarded fly-on-the-Ant-wall doc finds Adam himself a mite stomped-on by mental health issues and music-biz vagaries." - The Guardian
This Sunrise Pictures production was described as, "Amazing and wonderful", by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and, "Up there with Pennebaker and the Maysles Brothers", by Sam Dunn, BFI. The film's Director, the renowned Jack Bond, captures this true icon's extraordinary and brave comeback, after years of mental health problems. The 99 minute film comes packaged with bonus features like rare live performance footage, and a Q&A with Jack Bond hosted by journalist John Robb. The trailer can be seen here: http://youtu.be/lZ2d3TwWVLo
The Blueblack Hussar is Adam's latest persona and, so emboldened, he embarks on his first tour for 15 years with a new backing band, 'The Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse'. For the first time since his Punk roots, Adam is captured playing with a young, hungry band, and collaborating with the likes of Boz Boorer (Morrissey, The Pole Cats, etc). The film includes electrifying live performances, starting at London's 100 Club and culminating at Hyde Park, before an audience of 55,000. Jack Bond's 'fly on the wall' direction includes intimate scenes of Adam at home, backstage and even getting a new tattoo. The film exposes Adam's complex personality through the characters he interacts with on his journey, who include Amy Winehouse producer, Mark Ronson, Jamie Reynolds of The Klaxons and the legendary Pop Artist Allen Jones ('A Clockwork Orange'), Adam's art student days' mentor.
The film takes in the atmosphere pervading Adam's life in London, including that explosive show at the 100 Club. The Blueblack Hussar also follows his escape to Paris to record with his 'Bardoesque' backing singer, Twinkle and the enigmatic film star, Charlotte Rampling, who inspired his first album, 'Dirk Wears White Sox'. Jack Bond, one of Britain's most innovative directors, returns to the Cinema Verité roots of his ground-breaking 1965 film, 'Dali in New York' to portray the creative talent of Adam Ant, another 'mad genius'.
Jack Bond himself is an English Director/Producer of feature films and television documentaries, including films on Salvador Dali, Roald Dahl, Patricia Highsmith, Werner Herzog and The Pet Shop Boys. Three of his feature films: 'Separation', 'Anticlock' and 'The Other Side of the Underneath' have been re-released on DVD and Blu-ray by the BFI. Jack Bond is to be the subject of a biography by Kirk Lake ('There Will Be Rainbows', a biography of Rufus Wainwright) and is currently working on a new feature film.
The Blueblack Hussar is an honest - at times excruciatingly so - portrait of a troubled, but ultimately triumphant natural talent. The years may have marched on but Adam Ant, as this unflinching film proves beyond doubt, remains a true star.
Bonus Materials include:
Live performance of 'Whip in My Valise' at The Scala, London
Live performance of 'Young Parisians' duet with Boy George
Live performance of 'Deutsche Girls' at the Electric Ballroom, London
Q&A Jack Bond and journalist John Robb
NEIL YOUNG'S NEW WEBSITE GOEARTH.ORG IS A RESOURCE FOR GETTING ENGAGED
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Goearth.org is a reliable portalfor information on common sense, innovative and creative solutions to many of the crisis we face. Goearth.org connects us with some of the most effective organizations, working to conserve the natural world and protect our freedoms.
Many of these national, regional and grassroots organizations have traveled with Neil Young + Promise of the Real, on the groundbreaking "Rebel Content" tour. Neil's 'Village' of activist organizations have been educating and engaging fans at every show about crucial global and local issues, ranging from Species Conservation, Native Rights, Climate Change, Earth Ecology, Future of Farming, News You Can Trust to Freedom & Justice... GoEarth.org is Neil's online 'Village' and call to action. Go Earth!!
Nils Lofgren’s “UK2015 Face The Music Tour” coming to CD and digital platforms on November 13th, UK and US Tour Dates Announced
Nils Lofgren shows no signs of slowing down. When the E Street Band has down time, Nils seamlessly returns to his 47 year devoted solo artist fan base. After the successful release of an ambitious 10 disc career spanning retrospective last year entitled Face the Music , Nils began work putting together solo and duo acoustic shows to take on the road.
In January of 2015, Nils toured the UK to enthusiastic capacity audiences. Midway through the tour, his wife Amy insisted they record the last half of the tour, optimistic that it could lead to an album of live tracks that would capture the intimacy and inspiration they experienced night after night. The result is the UK2015 Face the Music Tour album, comprised of stellar performances by Nils Lofgren on vocals, keyboards, guitar and lever harp, and accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta on vocals, keyboards, guitar, trumpet and tap dance percussion. As with all Nils' live shows, the passion, musicianship and wonderful stories from his long, exceptional musical journey are front and center on this new recording.
To commemorate the release of the album Nils will be returning to the UK at the end of October, for 21 shows. Prior to departing he will join his longtime friend Neil Young for the Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View California. Organized annually by Neil Young and his wife Pegi, this year's event will feature Neil Young and Promise of the Real, Nils Lofgren, Sheryl Crow, St Vincent, Gary Clark Jr and the Dixie Chicks, among others. Proceeds from Bridge School Benefit tickets go to the Bridge School which helps children with severe disabilities and communication impairments.
Nils will continue to tour acoustically in 2016 including confirmed shows in the USA that include stops in Durham NC (1/21/16) Atlanta GA (1/22/16), Nashville TN (1/23/16), Conroe TX (1/29/16), Dallas TX (1/30/16), Austin, TX (1/31/16 ), Oakland CA (3/9 and 3/10/16), Mill Valley, CA (3/11/16), Saratoga, CA (3/12/16 ), Staten Island NY (4/1/16), Alexandria, VA (4/22 and 4/23/16), Uncasville, CT (4/29/16), NYC (4/30/16), Minneapolis, MN (5/17 and 5/18/16), Milwaukee, WI (5/19/16), Chicago, IL (5/20/16), and Valparaiso, IN (5/21/16).
"In January 2015, after a three year break from our traditional acoustic UK tours, we headed back in the dead of Winter, excited for another run of shows, town to town, on the bus, sharing music that hopefully spreads some good will and hope to linger with the wonderful audiences we've had, decade after decade. Accompanied by Greg Varlotta, our friend and amazing, multi-instrumentalist and our stellar crew, we all set out to do special, inspired shows everywhere. We were all thrilled with the audience response and it was Amy who insisted we record the last half of the tour, optimistic it could lead to an album of live tracks to commemorate this wonderful UK run. She was right and here it is. We hope you all enjoy it. It really is the audience that breaths the life, fire and inspiration into every performance. God bless you all and thanks again for your presence and magical energy, night after night, town after town, note after note. Peace and Believe." - Nils
Please check out audio sample of the track Too Many Miles here: https://soundcloud.com/mvdentertainmentgroup/nils-lofgren-too-many-miles
Confirmed track listing for Nils Lofgren’s “UK2015 Face The Music Tour”
TUNE IN TO HEAR: JOHN LYDON OF PUBLIC IMAGE LTD INTERVIEWED ON NPR'S WORLD CAFÉ TODAY, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 (Here)
GROUP CURRENTLY ON UK/EUROPE TOUR FOR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM 'WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW...' OUT NOW (Here)
SPECIAL U.S. PEFORMANCE SET FOR HALLOWEEN NIGHT, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 IN NEW ORLEANS AT Voodoo Music + Arts Experience TO BE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR LAUNCHING NOVEMBER 1 IN MEMPHIS
Tune into NPR's World Café starting today, Thursday, October 15, to hear John Lydon--frontman for the pioneering U.K. group PUBLIC IMAGE LTD--interviewed by World Café host David Dye about his career as they spin songs from the new album. Listen online worldwide here: http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe.
PUBLIC IMAGE LTDreleased their 10th studio albumWHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW... on September 4 to critical acclaim. The 11-track album, which charted at No.29 in the Official UK Charts, follows the huge critical success of 2012's This is PiL, the band's first album in 17 years. Below is a sampling of the praise from the media for PiL's new album 'WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW...':
The UK group has now announced they'll release new singles "Bettie Page" (in the U.S.) and "The One" (in the U.K) as limited edition 7" etched vinyl on Friday, November 13. All cover artwork for the 7" etched vinyl is by JOHN LYDON. Pre-order links are available here: bundle set for "The One" and "Bettie Page" 7": http://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/public-image-limited-pil-the-one-bettie-page-singles-bundle, "Bettie Page" http://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/public-image-limited-bettie-page-singleand "The One" http://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/public-image-limited-the-one-single.
Listen to the songs on Soundcloud here: "Bettie Page"https://soundcloud.com/public-image-ltd-pil/bettie-page/s-gWQx2 and "The One" https://soundcloud.com/public-image-ltd-pil/the-one/s-D3i0t.
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PUBLIC IMAGE LTD's music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, JOHN LYDON guided the band from their debut album 'First Issue' in 1978 through to 1992's That What Is Not. After a 17-year hiatus, LYDON reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.
Last year the band returned to Steve Winwood's Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds' to record the new album WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW... which was released ahead of their current 23-date UK/Europe tour. Following the UK/Europe tour the group will return to North America for their first show in three years, a special performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA on Halloween night, Saturday, October 31. After their appearance at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience,PUBLIC IMAGE LTD will launch a North American tour on November 1 in Memphis, TN that will continue through November 29 in Los Angeles.Tickets forVoodoo are available nowat: www.worshipthemusic.com and the PUBLIC IMAGE LTDU.S.tour is on-sale now viawww.pilofficial.com
The group recently unveiled the "making of" the album video which was filmed in the Cotswolds' by John Rambo Stevens (John Lydon/PiL manager) who had unrivalled access to the recording and writing of the album. The video shows a candid glimpse of PiL's creative process and humour which is rarely shared. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/JpefsQF_tmA.
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW is self-funded by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD andis released on PiL's own label 'PiL Official' via Redeye in the U.S. and Cargo UK Distribution in the U.K. The iTunes version of 'WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW... also includes the promo video for "Double Trouble," plus the non-album 'Turkey Tits' as exclusive bonus tracks.
The Grateful Dead Reveal 'Fare Thee Well' Album Details
The Grateful Dead have set a November 20th release date for "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" which features music from their sold out Fare Thee Well tour.
The album will come in numerous formats, ranging from a "best-of" double-disc which includes highlights from the three-night set at Chicago's Soldier Field to a 12-disc mega set that compiles every song from the July 3, 4 and 5 performances.
The official Grateful Dead website will be the only place to get the complete audio and video for all three shows. The two dead.net exclusive versions, one 12-CD/7-Blu-ray and the other 12-CD/7-DVD, will each be limited to 20,000 individually numbered copies.
Check out the extensive tracklist here.
Queen To Receive This Year's Classic Rock Living Legend Award
Forty years after the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen have been announced as the recipients of this year's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Living Legend Award. The award will be presented at this year's awards show, which takes place at The Roundhouse in Camden, London.
"I don't think there could be a more perfect year for us to honour Queen with the Roll Of Honour's headline award," says Siân Llewellyn, Editor of Classic Rock Magazine. "Almost four decades to the day that one of rock's defining songs made its phenomenal presence known, we get to celebrate the incredible, unparalleled career of the band that made it and who changed the world's soundscape forever."
Previous recipients of the awards have included Gregg Allman, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Rush, Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper and Lemmy. Read more here.
Lenny Kravitz Releases Live 'Are You Gonna Go My Way' Video
Lenny Kravitz has released a performance video of his 1993 smash, "Are You Gonna Go My Way", as a preview to the October 23 release of his live concert film "Just Let Go."
The title track to his third album helped deliver Kravitz his first US Top 20 record, which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200. Available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, "Just Let Go" was filmed over three months in late 2014 during the European leg of the singer's world tour in support of his latest studio album, "Strut."
"I am a solo artist," says Kravitz, "but 'Just Let Go' reflects on the relationship with my band and the camaraderie that develops between us while out on the road.
"The film takes a deeper look into what it's like to be on tour and also gives an intimate perspective into my life with my band, both on and off the stage."
Kravitz recently wrapped up dates on a fall North American tour with a September 19 set at the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta. Watch the video here.
Judas Priest Fans Helped Rob Halford Remain Sober For 30 Years
Rob Halford says Judas Priest's fans have helped him steer clear of drink and drugs for 30 years. The vocalist celebrates three decades sober in January and he hails his band's supporters for ensuring he never wavered in all that time.
Halford tells the Rock N' Roll Breakfast Show (via Blabbermouth): "Most of the Priest fans drink, but they keep me sober. That might sound crazy. But I have to go out there night after night and do my work in the way that's expected from me. And I can't go out there drunk.
"I can't go out there smashed and drugged. That's cheating my fans. That's giving them a poorer display. That's also part of my daily spiritual ritual - keeping clean and sober for my own well being, but also for my fans and everybody else."
And the self-styled Metal God urges anyone who is struggling to beat addiction not to be afraid to ask for help. Read more here.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Star Reassures Fans Following Heart Attack
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington released a message for fans on Wednesday thanking them for their support and giving them an update on his progress as he recovers from a heart attack that he suffered last Thursday, October 8.
"I just wanted to thank everyone for all the well wishes and support," says Rossington. "I am feeling better and taking it one day at a time and getting excellent care and support from my doctor and family. I will be back before you know it! It's gonna take more than a lil ole heart attack to keep me down… Much love and see you all soon!"
Rossington's daughter, Mary Elizabeth, broke the news on Sunday, saying "Dad had a heart attack on Thursday. They went in to repair and unclog the two stents they did previously in the year which had a blood clot, added a third stent to one vein and in two weeks we will need to go in to do a fourth stent in one of his bypassed veins from 12 years ago."
Both his daughter and the band have issued statements saying that Rossington is expected to make a full recovery. Read more here.
MOTÖRHEAD’S MOTÖRBOAT: ‘THE LOUDEST BOAT IN THE WORLD’ GETS EVEN LOUDER IN YEAR TWO AS SLAYER, ANTHRAX, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, HATEBREED, EXODUS AND MORE HELP MOTÖRHEAD CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF ROCK AND ROLL ONBOARD NORWEGIAN SKY
“YEAH, IT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE MOST METAL THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED” –VH1.COM
Motörhead’s Motörboat returned for its second voyage – and first onboard Norwegian Sky – September 28-October 2, 2015 departing from PortMiami and making stops in Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.
An international community of Motörheadbangers reunited for five days of blistering sun and blistering performances, as Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed and Exodus led a killer lineup rounded out by Corrosion of Conformity, Phil Campbell's All-Starr Band, Crobot, Motor Sister, KYNG, Brian Posehn, Fireball Ministry, Huntress and over a dozen more music artists and comedians.
Intrepid metalheads started the party a day early with the Official Motörhead’s Motörboat Pre-Party presented by TROOPER Beer at the Clevelander Hotel in Miami Beach on September 27. Motörhead’s Motörboat--fueled by Monster Energy and sponsored by Budweiser--officially got underway September 28 with a sail-away performance by thrash legends Exodus on Norwegian Sky’s deck stage – the first of more than 50 performances by Motörhead’s Motörboat’s two-dozen-plus artists.
True to their #letsdothisship mantra, Motörboaters packed their week with band meet and greets, a poolside Q&A with Slayer’s Kerry King and Paul Bostaph hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin, and hijinks on land and sea including the hotly contested Beach Wars captained by Crobot (with members of KYNG and Santa Cruz among those joining the chaos), a pool-draining belly flop competition judged by Charlie Benante of Anthrax and Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies, beer pong, drunk spelling bee, Motörbingo, a Motörboating contest hosted by Jill Janus of Huntress, and more. Early risers staved off hangovers with Heavy Metal Yoga and Java Monster Mornings with Tim “Ripper” Owens, while the all-night crowd rocked out at theme night parties with DJ Lippy Rage and took in The S.D.R. Show with Ralph Sutton, Big Jay Oakerson and a slew of band guests.
The icing on the cake for what RollingStone.com called “a metalhead’s dream cruise” came on the cruise’s final night, when fans and bands alike joined Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee on the ship’s deck for Motörhead’s 40th Anniversary Bash. The band was presented with a giant cake adorned with the Motörhead logo, and took a few moments to express their appreciation for their diehard fans.
The complete lineup for Motörhead’s Motörboat 2015 was: Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Corrosion of Conformity, Phil Campbell's All-Starr Band, Crobot, Motor Sister, KYNG, Brian Posehn, Fireball Ministry, Huntress, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Big Jay Oakerson, The Shrine, Others, No Words, Budderside, Sonia Harley, The Dead Deads, The S.D.R. Show with Ralph Sutton and Big Jay Oakerson, Mad Old Lady, Martyrd, Death Dealer, Dark Before Dawn, Santa Cruz, and Gabbie Rae, with host Jose Mangin.
Motörhead's Motörboat offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share an experience with their favorite bands and to see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship and on the island of Great Stirrup Cay . For more information, visit www.MotorheadCruise.com.
Norwegian Sky offers 13 complimentary and specialty dining options, 12 bars and lounges, a coffee bar, an outdoor pool, and five hot tubs. While onboard, guests can try their luck in the Sky Club Casino, relax in the onboard spa and get their heart pumping in the fitness center or full basketball court.
Motley Crue's Tommy Lee Forced To Miss Show Due To Injury
Motley Crue's Tommy Lee is suffering from tendinitis which forced the band to play without him at the Buffalo, New York stop of their farewell tour on Wednesday night (October 14th).
Lee tweeted the bad news to fans yesterday before the show, "im so sorry to say that i'm unable to play drums tonight guys!! i woke up at 3am with tendinitis!! f***!!! cant even hold a drumstick!"
He quickly followed up, "Dr. said not playing tonight and tomorrow the inflamation should go down to hopefully play the next show @ Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport"
Motley Crue recruited Alice Cooper drummer Glen Sobel to fill in for Lee. Sobel explained what happened via his Facebook page. He recapped the experience for fans following the show with the following post, "So today at 12:30pm I got a call from Motley Crüe management about me filling in for Tommy Lee who has a hurt wrist. After our Alice Cooper set, I rocked a set w/ Crue here in Buffalo, NY. It's been an insane day of prep & making cheat sheets.
"I can't describe what an honor its been to rock tonight with Vince, Mick, Nikki & Tommy who was handling some of the electronics and cueing me through the in ear monitors from side stage. No- I did not do the Cruecify drum solo. But I played with the guys for the finale of Home Sweet Home on the hydraulic stage by front of house.
"It's one of those things- had I known when I was a kid this would happen one day----you get the picture. Here's to hoping Tommy Lee's wrist heals up quickly. I'm familiar with the experience of playing though pain while being on tour. It isn't fun.
"Thx to all my Alice band mates & crew members (especially Michael Miller & Nick Engle) for making this day run smooth, and of course Alice for having me out on this amazing tour. See you at the next show!"
Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Angered Over Poor Health Claims
Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says that he was fit enough to continue playing with Ozzy Osbourne and co, despite his former bandmates' claims to the contrary.
He left the band in 2012 ahead of the making of 13, with the group staying he was too ill to take part in their reunion. Ward has disputed this point, stating the claims only materialized after he refused to agree to a contract he regarded as "unsignable."
He tells Ghost Cult: "I spent nearly a year with Black Sabbath, working on what would have been the 13 album. I was never in a position where I was never able to drum. It's really sad that those statements made about me that inferred that I wasn't able to drum.
"Never at any time was my drumming impaired, my health impaired or my ability to play drums. I'm so angry about those suggestions." Read more here.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce Rare Acoustic Performance
The Red Hot Chili Peppers announced that they will be unplugging for a rare acoustic performance at The Silverlake Conservatory of Music Benefit this coming weekend.
Flea and Anthony Kiedis on Wednesday announced the details of the event to benefit the music education organization, which will be held this Saturday, October 17th.