Journey's Deen Castronovo Charged With Rape

Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was arrested and jailed without bail on Monday in Salem, Oregon after being charged with rape and additional items as part of an alleged domestic dispute incident on June 14.

The Statesman Journal reports Castronovo was arrested on a grand jury indictment on Monday in Salem with an upgraded list of charges that now includes five counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of first-degree rape, two counts of menacing, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree sex abuse, one count of coercion, one count of second-degree criminal mischief, and three counts of contempt of court.

Castronovo was originally charged with fourth-degree assault, coercion and menacing in the early morning incident. The drummer was arraigned in court on Tuesday while wearing a suicide smock and held without bail after Marion County Circuit Judge Audrey Broyles said he was a threat to the victim; the alleged abuse took place between April 25, 2015, and June 29, 2015.

According to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner, Castronovo sent 122 text messages to the victim and called her 35 times since his release on June 15.

"The texts ranged from threats to kill himself, that she hates him, that he hates her," said Gardiner. "They were sorrowful and vengeful - several also said he wanted to see her suffer for what 'she has done,' to him."

Gardiner said if bail was set he would violate his release agreement again. Read more here.

ROCK NEWS FOR 07/01/15



Here is a time-sensitive statement from Scotland Squire, the wife of Chris Squire--the Grammy Award-winning bass guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and founding member of Yes--who passed away Saturday, June 27.

"My best friend and the love of my life Chris Squire will be cremated today in Scottsdale, Arizona at 3:00 pm.  

However, knowing Chris, he might be running a bit late for the event; after all, he has always been the 'late ' Chris Squire.  

So at 3:00 p.m. Phoenix time, please take a moment to play your favorite Yes or Chris Squire song, or just think of your favorite Chris Squire memory.  

Sending my love to all." 

--Scotland Squire, July 1, 2015

AC/DC Catalog Added To Music Services

AC/DC has just done something that should make their fans very, very happy. They're now streaming. Yes, after forgoing the digital craze, concerned splitting their albums into individual songs would ruin a listening experience, the guys have decided to let fans easily stream their albums, we're talking 1976's High Voltage to their 2014 release, Rock or Bust and everything in between.

The band--who just put their music on iTunes three years ago, making their latest alum Rock or Bust, the first to be sold digitally--is now available to stream on Spotify, Rdio and Apple Music, which launches today (June 30).

As we know, some other fickle streamers like Taylor Swift and Dr. Dre, whose The Chronic will be streaming on Apple Music, have also put their music on the service. Read more here.



Just a week to go and the BULLETBOYS will embark on a National headline-tour with LA Guns axe-man Tracii Guns and iconic Swedish rock band Killer Bee w/guitar guru Paul Chapman from U.F.O. for the first leg of the Armed Alliance Tour.

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The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed), Marq Torien and engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. “Working with the Bulletboys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the 80's, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he's the real freak’n deal.  If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed 80's record you are completely wrong!”

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The BULLETBOYS are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays “For The Love Of Money” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), THC Groove and more – both albums produced by Ted Templeman .

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 Aerosmith's Steven Tyler To Premiere New Video On TV

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will debut the video for his solo country single, "Love Is Your Name", on ABC-TV's Good Morning America this Friday, July 3.

Tyler confirms the clip is scheduled for broadcast in the 7:00 AM hour of the program. The singer has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album on Big Machine Records' affiliated label Dot Records.

Tyler issued the single to radio last month and delivered the debut live performance of the tune on the May 13 season 14 finale of American Idol. Written by Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay, "Love Is Your Name" debuted on the US Billboard charts at No. 33 on the Country Airplay listings.

Tyler is currently on the road with Aerosmith as part of the Boston band's 15-date Blue Army tour, which opened in Glendale, Arizona on June 13. Stream Tyler's new single here.

Robert Plant's 'Doreen: The Movie' Cameo Clip Goes Online

Way back in the year 2000, Almost Famous was notably the first film to get the go-ahead from Led Zeppelin to use their music in a film. 15 years later, the former Zep frontman Robert Plant is going a step further and appearing in the upcoming British indie comedy, Doreen: The Movie.

The film, which is based on a popular YouTube character played by Gill Jordan that's inspired from a Birmingham Mail columnist, is using the cameo prominently in the movie's promotion, revealing Plant's appearance in the preview clip.

In the film, Plant plays an asphalt salesman from, wait for it, Black Dog Tarmac Ltd. When rejected for the sale of his product, he leaves a business card reading "Your 'Driveway to Heaven.'" Doreen never gets up to see Plant, despite the fact she is reading a magazine devoted to him. The film opens in the UK on October 17. Watch Plant's cameo from the film here.

Bill Ward Not Happy With Black Sabbath's Iron Man Results

Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he never stops listening back to his recorded work - and wishes he could improve certain aspects. The most famous example, he says, is Sabbath's Iron Man, from 1970 album Paranoid.

Ward tells LA Radio Sessions: "However, it is true to say that I still am listening to mixes. Probably the most famous one is the bass-drum sound on Iron Man.

"I'm still not happy with the f***ing bass-drum sound. But I let it go. I have let it go. But it's, like, that bass-drum sound, I wanted it to be so much bigger and better." Read more here

Grateful Dead Launch Merch Trucks For 'Fare Thee Well' Shows

As diehard Grateful Dead fans make the pilgrimage to Chicago for the band's three-night stand at Solider Field, they might want to clear some space on those credit cards for a unique shopping experience.

To coincide with the "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" shows happening July 3-5, two official Grateful Dead merchandise trucks will be driving around Chicago, setting up shop at various locations to sell licensed items exclusive to the trucks. Among the merch available will include t-shirts, hats, hoodies, jewelry, tote bags and more.

The trucks went into action beginning Tuesday (June 30) and will run through July 6. Fans looking to catch up with the Grateful Dead trucks in Chicago can track their movements and find location stops via the band's Twitter account, @GratefulDead, and by following the hashtag #GDtruckin. Read more here.

U2 Make Live Debut Of Rarity During Chicago Show

U2 debuted the "Songs Of Innocence" bonus track, "The Crystal Ballroom", during their show in Chicago on Monday. The tune from the deluxe edition of the 2014 album appeared during the fourth of a five-night residency at the city's United Center as part of the group's "Innocence + Experience" tour.

"Right now we're going to do something we've never done before," said Bono. "There's a bunch of people that have been on the road since we started this tour. I have no idea how they're paying for it. I have no idea how they've skipped school and work, husbands and wives. But they've been on the road and they've been asking for one song, so we kinda nearly figured it out. We'll tell you about it before we play it. It's called 'The Crystal Ballroom.'

"The Crystal Ballroom was a punk club we used to play that was called McGonagle's in East Dublin," he continued. "But historically it's called the Crystal Ballroom. That's where, historically, my mother and father used to go. I thought it was a bit weird we ended up at a punk club where my mother and father used to make out. Something just a little funky about that, in a good way."

U2 will wrap up their Chicago residency on Thursday before heading to Toronto for a pair of dates next week; they'll play four concerts in Boston before wrapping up the current North America leg with an 8-show run at New York's Madison Square Garden. Watch video of the performance here.

Led Zeppelin Release Preview Video For Next Reissue

Led Zeppelin have issued a video preview of the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1979 album, "In Through The Out Door." Due July 31, the project features a companion disc of bonus material, including an unreleased rough mix of every track from the original album with early versions including working titles such as "The Hook" ("All My Love"), "The Epic" ("Carouselambra") and "Blot" ("I'm Gonna Crawl").

Led Zeppelin's eighth album, "In Through The Out Door" hit No. 1 on both sides of the Atalantic, topping the UK charts and the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than 6 million copies in the States alone.

The project is one of three albums set to be released that will wrap up a year-long reissues campaign by the group; also due is 1976's "Presence" and 1982's "Coda."

Led Zeppelin launched the extensive reissues series last June with their first three albums, "Led Zeppelin I", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III"; it continued last October with "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy"; and was followed by "1975's "Physical Graffiti" this past February. Watch the video here.


Vivian Campbell Returns To Def Leppard Tour Despite Cancer

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell joined the band's newly-launched North American summer tour in Atlanta, GA on Sunday following news that his cancer had returned and video from the show has been posted online.

The group brought in Trixter guitarist Steve Brown in Campbell's place for the first few shows of the run - which opened in Tampa, FL last week - while he addressed his health issue with doctors.

First diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013, the guitarist had returned to action this spring after undergoing a stem cell transplant last fall before receiving word that the cancer had reappeared.

Originally set to miss the first two shows of the tour, Campbell was unable to make it to the group's third stop - in Birmingham, AL - on Saturday. "Despite my every effort (including trying to charter a plane)," said the guitarist, "the gods conspired to keep me from playing in Birmingham last night. But I'm Irish and stubborn; I fear no man, no god, and no cancer. Even if I have to walk, I WILL see you in Atlanta."

Campbell says he will receive future cancer treatments to accommodate the tour schedule so he won't have to miss any more shows. Read more and see video and photo from Vivian's return here.


We are extremely pleased to announce the upcoming release of Operation: Mindcrime's debut album, THE KEY on September 18th! To hear a taste of four songs from the album, check out this trailer: The first full song from the album will be released in the coming weeks!

Geoff Tate's new band features Kelly Gray on guitars (Queensrÿche), Scott Moughton on guitars, John Moyer on bass (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob) Randy Gane on keyboards, Simon Wright on drums (AC/DC, Ronnie James Dio), Brian Tichy on Drums (Whitesnake/David Coverdale, Billy Idol) with special appearances from David Ellefson (Megadeth), Mark Daily, and Scott Mercado.

More details coming soon!

Guns N' Roses Have Enough Songs For '2 Or 3' New Albums

Guns N' Roses have enough new material to record "two or three albums" according to guitarist Richard Fortus. He and keyboard player Dizzy Reed say the follow-up to 2008's Chinese Democracy is coming along nicely as the band members have been trading digital files and working on the tracks. But they still can't say exactly when it'll be released.

Fortus tells VerdamMnis Magazine: "So much has been recorded, we could get two or three albums, seriously. We sent our files in all directions. We can't wait to put it out as soon as possible."

Reed adds: "It'll be good. When will it come out? We still don't know. Only Axl knows, but it is very secret. Be patient." Fortus said this month that he expects a GNR album out in 2016. Read more here.

U2 Break Out Rarity In Chicago

U2 performed their 1981 track, "Gloria", for the first time in 10 years during their show in Chicago on Sunday night and HD video footage of the performance has been posted online.

"We're a band from the north side of Dublin called U2," said Bono as an introduction. "This is the first time we've played this song in about 20 years."

Last played live in December of 2005, the single from "October" was the second song of the third night of a five-night residency at the United Center as part of the group's "Innocence + Experience" tour.

Following their Chicago stop, U2 will play two dates in Toronto and four in Boston before wrapping up the current North America leg with an 8-show run at New York's Madison Square Garden.

After a five-week break, U2 will return to the road when they begin a European tour in Turin, Italy on September 4. Watch the video of the Gloria performance video here.

KISS Guitarist Hopeful For New Album

Tommy Thayer remains hopeful that KISS will record a new album - even if Paul Stanley isn't so sure. Stanley said in May that he doesn't think it's necessary for the band to put out a follow-up to 2012's Monster. However, his bandmate Gene Simmons said the following day that Kiss would issue their 21st album in 2016.

And guitarist Thayer seems to back Simmons' assessment. He tells Mariskal Rock: "I hope so. But I can tell you that nothing's planned. But it doesn't necessarily mean that we won't do one either.

"I know that you've heard different things from different people. And, hey, people can change their minds and have a different outlook next week or another month.

"If it is decided to do another record, suddenly we can be in the studio within a month. But there are no plans right now, but I wouldn't say it's completely out of the question." Read more here.

Dave Grohl Couldn't Watch Kurt Cobain Documentary

Dave Grohl says he couldn't watch the Kurt Cobain documentary as he knew some of the footage would upset him. The Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer was interviewed for Brett Morgen's hit film Cobain: Montage Of Heck, but the footage never made the final edit.

And as he lay in bed with his wife recently, she flicked on to HBO which was showing the documentary. But after watching 10 minutes of it, he became "terrified" of what some of the darker footage might have done to his state of mind.

Grohl tells the Washington Post: "All the footage of him as a child, I think that might make me sad, and then the dark stuff at the end I think would bum me out." Read more here.

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris Releases Live Video From British Lion

Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris has released a live video for the track "Eyes Of The Young" from his solo project British Lion. First issued in 2012, the record features Richard Taylor on vocals, David Hawkins on guitar and keys, Grahame Leslie on guitar, and Simon Dawson on drums.

Harris will take British Lion on the road for a full UK tour this summer with dates starting July 29 in Harlow. "As Maiden fans know," says Harris, "the band is unable to tour this year so I thought I'd do some British Lion live dates and make it a full UK tour this time round so we could get to places we didn't get a chance to play during the previous tours.

"We have a lot of fun doing the British Lion shows and we're playing clubs again, to keep that same vibe and intimacy which the fans seem to love as much as we do. We have some new songs in the set-list, so are really looking forward to getting out there and seeing everyone!"

Iron Maiden's plans have been on hold for several months following word that singer Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor at the back of his tongue that needed to be removed. Dickinson underwent surgery and chemotherapy this spring and was given the all-clear last month that the cancer had been successfully addressed.

On July 3, Iron Maiden will be presented with the 2015 O2 Silver Clef Award by UK charity Nordoff Robbins at their 40th anniversary gala, in recognition of the band's "outstanding contribution to UK music."

The honor also recognizes the group as one of the most globally successful and influential rock bands of all time, with more than 90 million albums sold worldwide. Watch the video here.

The Who Release Classic Performance Video From Shea Stadium 1982

The Who are celebrating the release of "Live At Shea Stadium 1982" with a performance video of their 1971 classic, "Behind Blue Eyes", from the package.

Now available on DVD, SD Blu-ray and digital formats, the set features the second show of the group's two-night stand at New York's Shea Stadium in the fall of 1982.

On the road in support of tenth album, "It's Hard", the trek was the last to feature Kenney Jones on drums. The run was also billed as the band's farewell tour, which wrapped up with two concerts at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens - the second of which was broadcast live on radio and via pay-per-view.

The Who went on to tour again in 1989, 1996, 2000 and several times since. The group played at the Glastonbury festival on Sunday as part of their 50th anniversary farewell tour, "The Who Hits 50!", and wrap up a short series of European dates on June 29.

A fall North American run starts September 14 in San Diego, CA. Watch the video here.

Yes Legend Chris Squire Dead At 67

Yes bassist and founder Chris Squire died Saturday at the age of 67, a month after revealing that he was suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Last month, Squire announced plans to undergo treatment after being diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes broke the news early Sunday, tweeting, "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire."

The band confirmed the news, saying "It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix, Arizona in the arms of his loving wife Scotty.

"For the entirety of Yes' existence, Chris was the band's linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years. Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today's well-known artists. Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of Yes' most endearing music, as well as his solo album, 'Fish Out of Water'.

"Outside of Yes, Chris was a loving husband to Scotty and father to Carmen, Chandrika, Camille, Cameron, and Xilan. With his gentle, easy-going nature, Chris was a great friend of many - including each of us. But he wasn't merely our friend, he was also part of our family and we shall forever love and miss him." Read more here.


New York, NY (June 29, 2015)--On September 11, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment, in association with the BBC, will release Live In Hyde Park by Jeff Lynne’s ELO on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats [MSRP TBA].  This release offers fantastic value with a full-length concert and feature-length documentary on the same disc.  The show from Hyde Park includes ELO’s hits “Mr Blue Sky,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Evil Woman,” “Telephone Line,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Showdown,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “10358 Overture,” “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head,” “Strange Magic,” and many more!

The Electric Light Orchestra, led by one of rock’s most iconic songwriters and producers Jeff Lynne, is one of the most successful bands of all time with global sales of over 50 million albums. In September 2014, Jeff Lynne’s ELO headlined BBC Radio 2’s “Festival In A Day” in London’s famous Hyde Park. It was the first time in almost 30 years that the band had performed on a festival stage. Jeff Lynne said, “It seemed like the entire 50,000 were singing and clapping along, which carried on for the whole night. The Hyde Park concert turned out to be one of the most memorable shows ever for me”.

The critics agreed, with The Times (UK) saying it was “near perfect” in their 5-star review and the Evening Standard (London) marveling that “ELO still have the power to flick switches” in their 4-star review. Neil McCormick of the Telegraph (UK) noted how “fifty thousand grown men and women sang along in joyous rapture to some of the greatest pop music ever heard.”

As well as the full Live In Hyde Park show, the Bonus Features offer the feature length documentary Mr Blue Sky – The Story Of Jeff Lynne and ELO and also new interviews filmed at Hyde Park. Jeff Lynne has been involved every step of the way with every aspect of this production, especially the audio delivery, saying: “It’s important to me that viewers experience the Hyde Park show exactly as it was performed on the night….in stereo.”

This show was a truly special moment that will live on in fans’ memories forever - the 50,000 tickets for the event had sold out in a matter of minutes and the fans sang along to hit after hit performed by Jeff Lynne and the band accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.  Live In Hyde Park by Jeff Lynne’s ELO will be cherished by all who love this truly important band.

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

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1) All Over The World  
2) Evil Woman  
3) Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
4) Showdown  
5) Livin’ Thing  
6) Strange Magic
7) 10538 Overture  
8) Can’t Get It Out Of My Head  
9) Sweet Talkin’ Woman  
10) Turn To Stone  
11) Steppin’ Out  
12) Handle With Care  
13) Don’t Bring Me Down  
14) Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King  
15) Telephone Line  
16) Mr Blue Sky  
17) Roll Over Beethoven

Dave Grohl's Broken Leg May Cost Foo Fighters Millions

Touring for major rock bands is big business, as any rock fan has surely acknowledged by now. For those rarified artists who tour stadiums, it's really big business. Between ticket and merch sales, there are millions to be made on a tour of that scale.

When head Foo Fighter Dave Grohl fell off the edge of the stage at a concert in Sweden earlier this month, dislocating his ankle and breaking his fibula, he finished the show, able to salvage the single gig. But, the band also had to cancel the remaining seven shows of their European tour.

Billboard speculates that the cancellation will cost the band about $10 million "in lost fees and travel expenses not offset by box office revenue." But, they suppose, the financial hit will be considerably harder if the band have to cancel shows on their upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to start on July 4 in Washington, D.C., twenty years to the day from the release of the very first Foo Fighters album.

The Foo Fighters haven't indicated that the U.S. shows are in danger of being cancelled, but Billboard reported that they got a "no comment" when they asked "the band's handlers" about whether or not the tour will begin as planned this week. Read more here.

Grateful Dead Recording Final Shows For CD/DVD Releases

The Grateful Dead will record next month's Fare Thee Well shows for a live package to be issued on November 20. Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will play three concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field on the weekend of July 3, 4 and 5 - and they'll mark their swan song with a series of releases.

A standard 'Best Of' double CD featuring highlights from the three shows will be joined by a 4CD/2DVD, Blu-Ray edition which will include the final gig in audio and video formats.

In addition, they'll release what the band call "the complete Chicago experience" in a 12CD/7DVD, Blu-ray box set. A total of 20,000 will be made available, each individually numbered. Read more here.

Anselmo Would Do Pantera Reunion 'In A Heartbeat'

Phil Anselmo says he'd hook up with former Pantera bandmates Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown again in a "heartbeat" if given the chance. The Down and Superjoint Ritual frontman reports he'd only do it to honour the memory of guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, who was shot and killed while onstage with Damageplan in 2004.

Anselmo tells The Metal Den: "If everybody was on board, I would do it in a f***ing heartbeat. It would be in honor of our fallen brother Dimebag - that would motivate me to do it for no other reason, other than the contingency of people who want to see it or the whole generation or two that missed out on it.

"I get all sides of it, so count me in. Believe me, if the phone call came tomorrow I'd be the first one doing pushups!" But Anselmo adds a note of caution, saying that chances of it happening are slim as he, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul are busy with their own careers. Read more here.

Fan May Help Rush's Alex Lifeson To Continue Despite Arthritis

The owner of a firm that makes specially-adapted musical instruments has offered to create a guitar for Rush star Alex Lifeson. Lifeson is suffering from arthritis in his hands - a condition his bandmate Geddy Lee feels will eventually spell the end of the band's touring life.

But now instrument maker - and Rush fan - Jody Michael thinks he can help extend Lifeson's playing career with one of his specially-built guitars, which he claims can overcome some of the problems experienced by musicians with conditions such as arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

His firm, Artisan Bass Works (ABW), uses patented ANSIR technology in its products. Put simply, it's an angled neck design which takes away much of the strain caused by having to keep the guitar in a playing position and makes the fretboard easier to navigate.

Mr. Michael hopes his designs will see his Rush journey come full circle. He's from Cleveland, Ohio, where the Canadian band first came to the attention of the world thanks to the support of local radio station WMMS. Read more here.

Motorhead Changed Approach On New Album 'Bad Magic'

Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee says the band changed the way they usually record for upcoming album Bad Magic. Their 22nd record will be released on August 28 - and the sticksman reckons it's their most spontaneous offering to date.

Speaking at a press event ahead of their appearance at Hellfest, he says: "It was different recording this one. This time we were in a recording studio writing the album and all playing it together.

"Before, we used to be in a rehearsal studio, write the songs and then we'd go in and record it one at a time. But here we recorded it live, right away, as we had the song.

"It's a very live, very spontaneous record. I think that works best for us." Read more here.

Nirvana Collection Coming To Vinyl and Blu-Ray Audio

Nirvana's self-titled 'best of' compilation is to be reissued on vinyl and Blu-ray audio in August. The collection was originally issued in 2002 and featured the previously unreleased studio version of You Know You're Right - the last song ever recorded by the band before frontman Kurt Cobain's death in 1994.

Nirvana will be available from August 28 on 45rpm double LP, pressed on 200-gram heavy weight vinyl and packaged in a furnace black gatefold sleeve with liner notes and a digital download card for 96kHz 24-bit HD audio.

A 33rpm single LP standard weight vinyl edition which will feature a download card for 320kbps MP4 audio is also available, along with a Blu-ray Pure Audio format in high resolution. See the track details here.

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider Explain Anger Over AJ Pero's Death

Dee Snider has defended his comments that late Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero was "irresponsible" for not getting his heart checked out. The singer said in April - a month after the drummer passed away from a heart attack while on tour with Adrenaline Mob - that he was "angry" with Pero for not taking his family's history of heart problems seriously.

After a backlash from fans, Snider has talked about the fervor on an episode of his Snider Comments podcast. He says (via Blabbermouth): "The fact of the matter is, it was the truth. And there was quite a bit of a reaction on social media, like, 'Dee Snider bashes his drummer.' The word 'bash' and 'attack.' And the first thing I said was, 'I love the guy.' And why would anybody be upset with someone doing what AJ did unless they cared about them deeply and loved them deeply?

"People die every day, and I don't go as far as to speak out about the way they chose to go. You know, I spoke out about AJ because I'm hurt, and his family is hurt, and world he left behind is in complete turmoil as a result of it."

He continues: "So here I had an opportunity to remind people that, hey, heart disease is just that - it's a disease." Read more here.

Glenn Danzig Covering Black Sabbath, ZZ Top On New Album

Glenn Danzig has revealed his upcoming solo covers album will feature tracks by Black Sabbath, ZZ Top and the Everly Brothers. The singer says Skeletons could be released as soon as next month, although no exact date has been announced.

Black Sabbath's N.I.B, Rough Boy by ZZ Top, The Troggs' A Girl Like You and Crying In The Rain by the Everly Brothers feature on the record. On his Sabbath cover, Danzig tells Rolling Stone:

"It's one of the Sabbath songs I really liked, and the first Sabbath record is pretty groundbreaking. I just dropped it down to a half beat, pulled all the bass out of the beginning, and it's just drums, guitar and vocals. When the chorus comes in, it's just big old bass chords and church bells.

"My attitude with covers is, make it your own or else leave it alone." He also hints that work on the next Danzig album is coming along nicely. Read more here.

Sebastian Bach Sees Rock As Adventure Not A Business

Sebastian Bach believes his humility is what makes him a hit with music fans - even those who aren't into his work. The former Skid Row frontman says he never thought he'd make it as a rock star, believing that title was exclusively for icons such as AC/DC and Van Halen.

Bach tells The Portland Mercury: "I don't take this too seriously. When I got into rock'n'roll, I never thought I would make it, because I thought that only gods could be rock stars.

"So I do everything with a smile, like, 'I can't believe this is happening.' And I think people feel that, that I'm a real fan of rock'n'roll. It's not a business to me - it's an adventure."

The singer adds he still feels like the kid who used to jump around his bedroom pretending a tennis racket was a guitar. He says: "Heavy metal and hard rock is something I feel in my blood, and it makes me move around, and f***ing jump - it gets me fired up. I think it goes back to when I was a little kid." Read more here.

Robert Plant Shares Live Videos Of Reworked Led Zeppelin Classics

Robert Plant is sharing footage of his performance of updated versions of a pair of Led Zeppelin classics at the recent Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival in Tennessee.

On the road in support of "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar", Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters reworked Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll" and paired together Howlin' Wolf's "No Place to Go" with his former band's "Dazed And Confused."

The singer's 11-song set also delivered "The Wanton Song", "Black Dog", "Going To California" and "Whole Lotta Love." Plant's June 14 show at Bonnaroo was his latest performance at the festival following a solo appearance in 2011 and a 2008 pairing with Alison Krauss.

Earlier this month, the singer was forced to postpone three shows - in Detroit, Toronto and Chicago - due to laryngitis. The shows have been rescheduled and added to a series of dates Plant will perform in North America in September. See the live videos here.



HAMISH ANDERSON--the 24-year-old Australian singer-songwriter and blues-rock guitarist currently touring North America in support of his acclaimed sophomore EP, RESTLESS--has just premiered the video for the EP 's next single, "Little Lies." The video, directed by Nicolas Wendl featuring Australian actor Richie Brancatisano (from ABC Family's "Chasing Life") hosting a mock up of a talk show in which ANDERSON and his band are the musical guests on, exclusively premiered this week in three countries via The Blues Magazine (UK), Culture Collide (US) and The AU Review (AUS), and can be watched here:

In addition, HAMISH's Daytrotter session recently premiered earlier this month (6/10). The session--recorded at Good Danny's in Austin, TX in-between his seven showcase performances at this year's South by Southwest Music (SXSW) festival--captures the guitar virtuoso performing "Little Lies" and "My Sweetheart You" from his RESTLESS EP, "Howl" off his self-titled debut EP, and a cover of Them Two's "Am I Good Man.Listen to the session here:

Next, HAMISH will head back on the road to kick-off the second part of his North American tour when he joins the likes of The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban and more in Quebec City at Festival D'ete De Quebec on July 17. HAMISH will also make his way throughout California with stops in Los Angeles Thursday, July 23 at The MintSan Diego FridayJuly 24 at the House of Blues Voodoo Room, and Oakland Monday, July 27 at Yoshi's, among other cities. See full list of tour dates below. For tickets, visit:

HAMISH teamed up with producer/engineer Krish Sharma (Rolling Stones, Counting Crows) for his sophomore EP, RESTLESS (released independently October 21, 2014), which showcases ANDERSON's blues-infused rock and engaging lyrical imagery. GUITAR WORLD proclaimed Hamish a "guitar phenom" when they premiered the video for the EP's first single "Burn," an adrenaline-charged blues explosion, infused with classic guitar riffs and dramatic drumbeats. Beyond "Burn," the other tracks on RESTLESS ("Shotgun," "Little Lies" "Restless," "Street Lights" and the live bonus track "My Sweetheart, You") display Anderson's wide-ranging guitar talents along with his distinctive vocals. Grammy Award-winning pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz (Tom Petty, Ray LaMontagne) adds his magic to "Shotgun" and "Street Lights." In addition, HAMISH's name was the first oneout the mouth of critically acclaimed artist Gary Clark Jr. when asked by Revolt TV which guitar players under 30 music audiences should be watching. Fans can purchase RESTLESS on Amazon or iTunes.


(New York, N.Y.): Finnish symphonic metal originators Stratovarius have set the release date for their brand new studio album Eternal. The record will be out September 18 via earMUSIC.  

The album will be released in Standard + Limited Deluxe Edition (with a CD + DVD mediabook, including live video tracks recorded at Loudpark Festival 2015 in Japan.)

Eternal Track Listing (September 18, earMUSIC)
"My Eternal Dream"
"Shine In the Dark"
"Rise Above It"
"Lost Without a Trace"
"Feeding the Fire"
"In My Line of Work"
"Man In The Mirror"
"Few Are Those"
"Fire In Your Eyes"
"Lost Saga"


On August 28, 2015, Nirvana’s self-titled, double platinum-selling (United States) / 7x platinum-selling (Worldwide) posthumous collection Nirvana (UMe) makes its debut on 45rpm double LP, pressed on 200-gram heavy weight vinyl and packaged in a furnace black gatefold sleeve with liner notes and a digital download card for 96kHz 24-bit HD audio; as well as a 33rpm single LP 150-gram standard weight vinyl edition which will feature a download card for 320kbps MP4 audio. Nirvana will also be released as a Blu-Ray Pure Audio in high resolution 96kHz 24-bit and is available in three stereo audio formats: PCM, DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD stereo.

Originally released in 2002, Nirvana features the rare and previously unreleased studio version of “You Know You’re Right,” the last song the band ever recorded, available exclusively  on this compilation. Also among the 14 classics on Nirvana: 1991’s breakthrough “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and fellow Nevermind singles “Come As You Are,” and “In Bloom,” In Utero singles “Heart-Shaped Box” and “Pennyroyal Tea,” as well as deep cuts including “About A Girl” from first album Bleach, “Been A Son” from the Blew EP, the non-LP single “Sliver,” and live acoustic versions of “All Apologies” and David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World” from the GRAMMY® winning MTV Unplugged In New York.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, Nirvana is one of the most influential rock bands in history. Selling over 43 million albums worldwide and returning unaffected rock ’n’ roll integrity and passion to the top of the charts, Nirvana would prove a singular inspiration to fans and musicians alike over the last two decades–and will undoubtedly do so for generations to come.

01.  You Know You’re Right
02.  About A Girl
03.  Been A Son
04.  Sliver
05.  Smells Like Teen Spirit
06.  Come As You Are
07.  Lithium
08.  In Bloom
09.  Heart-Shaped Box
10.  Pennyroyal Tea
11.  Rape Me
12.  Dumb
13.  All Apologies
14.  The Man Who Sold The World

Vivian Campbell's Cancer Return Delays Last In Line Album

Last In Line have postponed the release of their debut album after guitarist Vivian Campbell revealed he was being treated for cancer again. Last In Line had originally planned to release their debut later this year via Frontiers, but that has now been put off.

The Dio-inspired group is Def Leppard man Campbell's side project with Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell - who were all part of Ronnie James Dio's band. Former Lynch Mob frontman Andrew Freeman is the vocalist.

Campbell, 52, this week confirmed his Hodgkin's lymphoma had returned and that he would miss some Def Leppard shows as a result. He later announced he'd be back in live action with the band this Saturday, June 27.

Campbell tells Jam Magazine: "The reason why we're waiting until 2016 to release it is because I want to be available to tour the record. I think it deserves being given the opportunity." Read more, including an update on his treatment and watch the full interview here.

 Metallica Shying Away From Milestone Events

Metallica don't want to spend too much time celebrating career anniversaries, says drummer Lars Ulrich. The thrash icons' 35th year in existence is looming - but after they celebrated their 30th, he doesn't want to focus on the milestone.

Ulrich tells Billboard: "When you've been a band as long as we have, you can find an anniversary in anything. In 2011 we celebrated our 30th with a week's worth of concerts in San Francisco for our fan club. But you've got to be careful. You don't wave the flag continuously for old laurels, things you've done way in your past."

He adds: "It's tricky to find the right balance between looking into the future and celebrating the past. As active as we've been over the years, you can find a celebration in almost anything. So we kind of shy away from doing too much of that." See their upcoming live dates here.

Video From Def Leppard Summer Tour Kick Off Goes Online

Def Leppard kicked off their North American summer tour in Tampa, FL on June 23 and video from the show has been posted online. Opening night saw Trixter guitarist Steve Brown sitting in for Vivian Campbell, who recently announced that his ongoing battle with cancer - he was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013 - had returned for the first time since he underwent a stem cell transplant last fall.

Campbell also revealed that he will receive cancer treatments around the band's schedule and that he'll only miss the first two dates of the trek with Styx and Tesla; he will rejoin the tour this Saturday in Birmingham, AL.

Def Leppard's 17-song set in Tampa opened with their 1983 classic, "Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)", and relied heavily on material from their 1980s heyday.

"Hello America," said singer Joe Elliott the day after the show. "Wow !! What an opening night !!! I have seen some rain storms in my time, but last night's takes the biscuit !!! We were THAT close to having to pull the gig for safety reasons, but the second that was mentioned, the lightning seemed to change direction & it started to clear. Too late, however, for Tesla the Band to perform so they gracefully surrendered their spot to allow the show as a whole to take place …. good on ya boyz !!!

"Styx went down great as usual & then it was our turn to stand in the 90% humidity & 100 degree temperature, as I said what a start !!! GREAT crowd, thank you Tampa, you've set the tone for what hopefully will be a loud & proud tour !!! 1 down 59 to go … & Viv is hopefully back on Saturday !!!!" Watch the videos from the show here.

Former Megadeth Guitarist Enjoying Freedom Of New Band

Chris Broderick loves having the freedom to express himself musically in Act Of Defiance. The guitarist quit Megadeth last year along with drummer Shawn Drover and the pair quickly formed Act Of Defiance, which also features former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek and bassist Matt Bachand of Shadow's Fall.

Broderick tells Amps & Axes: "We've really enjoyed our writing together. It's just been so liberating to be able to not only express myself musically, but artistically. And it's been a great experience."

And he insists Act Of Defiance is not just another supergroup side project that will fall by the wayside. He says: "Right after Shawn and I left Megadeth, we were talking about how we had written all this great music and it was never going to be used. We started talking about, 'Why don't we do something? Why don't we put a project together?'

"From there, it quickly turned into a full-fledged band. It was like, 'Let's make this something solid - not just another project of players that's going to disband.'" Read more and check out the group's new music video here.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil Celebrity Wife Swap Episode Goes Online

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil appeared on the latest episode of the ABC-TV reality series Celebrity Wife Swap, and video of the episode is available to stream online.

The program - which sees two women of celebrity families trading households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) for one week - has Neil's girlfriend, Rain, swap places with Lila Nelson, the wife of Gunnar Nelson from the 90's band Nelson.

Rain heads to Nashville on the show to spend time with Nelson and his family while Lila lands in Las Vegas to hang out with the Motley Crue singer.

Neil and Motley Crue just finished playing a series of European festivals and will resume their farewell tour with North American dates starting July 16 in Anchorage, Alaska.

The group will wrap up their live career with three shows in late December at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, closing things out on New Year's Eve. Watch the Celebrity Wife Swap episode here.

Buddy Guy Jams With The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones were joined by blues legend Buddy Guy for a performance of the Muddy Waters classic, "Champagne And Reefer", at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI on Tuesday.

Video of the jam has been posted online. Guy did double-duty on the evening, opening the Stones' show at the city's annual event, which features more than 500 artists over an 11 day period.

The Summerfest stop at the sold-out 25,000-capacity Marcus Amphitheater marks the smallest venue on the band's Zip Code North American stadium tour, which was booked to promote the expanded reissue of their 1971 classic, "Sticky Fingers."

The project includes the original album and is rounded out with alternate and unreleased tracks from the sessions. The Stones were recently joined by Brad Paisley for a performance of their 1971 classic, "Dead Flowers", in Nashville on June 17. Watch video of the Stones and Guy jam here.


Back in print on CD with expanded artwork and new liners taken from recent interviews with the GRAMMY® Award-winning iconic guitarist. Also available digitally.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — After an incredible run through the 1970s on A&M Records, Peter Frampton reemerged in 1986 on a new label, with a new album and single that found him back on the Billboard charts and radios across the world.

Frampton's Premonition and When All The Pieces Fit will be re-released on Omnivore Recordings on August 28, 2015. Now will follow on September 4.

Premonition became Peter’s first release to make the Billboard Top 100 Albums in five years. Anchored by the mainstream rock hit “Lying,” the record featured a rejuvenated Frampton and nine solid tracks. He shared production duties with GRAMMY®-nominated producer Pete Solley (the Romantics, Motörhead, Oingo Boingo) and was joined by such highly regarded musicians as Steve Ferrone (Average White Band, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Tony Levin (King Crimson), Richard Cottle (Alan Parsons Project), and Omar Hakim (Sting, David Bowie). After Premonition’s release, Frampton joined his friend David Bowie on the latter’s 1987 album Never Let Me Down and its ensuing Glass Spider Tour, another step in his reintroduction to the masses. 

Frampton capped off a successful mid-’80s with his tenth studio release, 1989’s When All The Pieces Fit. The album hit the Billboard Top 200, following in the wake of 1986’s Premonition.

Co-helming the project with Chris Lord-Alge (Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Stevie Nicks), Frampton also brought in some new song collaborators, notably the Rembrandts’ Danny Wilde and John Regan. Regan, who’d worked with Frampton since 1979, was also a member of Frehley’s Comet and played on records by Billy Idol, Bonnie Tyler and others. The album’s first single, “Holding On to You,” was co-written by Peter with GRAMMY®, Golden Globe®-, and Academy Award®-winner Will Jennings (“Up Where We Belong,” “My Heart Will Go On,” “Tears in Heaven”).

Other musicians on When All The Pieces Fit include Fourplay’s Nathan East, Steve Ferrone, and legendary percussionist Lenny Castro.

Now, originally released in 2003, was Peter’s 12th studio release. Proclaiming “I’m Back,” he addressed his longest gap between releases, and offered up a seriously strong collection of material. From riff-filled rockers to shimmering ballads and instrumentals, Now was not only a culmination of what made Frampton a superstar, but showed he was far from done creating.

Frampton reached back into his history with Bob Mayo (who played in his Frampton Comes Alive! band) on keyboards, and found a new songwriting collaborator in George Kennedy, whose resume includes tracks recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, and a Song of the Year GRAMMY® for Eric Clapton’s “Change the World.

In addition to Now’s 10 originals, Peter pays tribute to his then recently departed friend George Harrison with a searing cover of the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which not only captures the emotion of the original, but confirms Frampton’s stature as a guitar giant.

All three reissues, which include liner notes from writer Scott Schinder based on new interviews with Peter, are timed perfectly to coincide with Frampton’s first acoustic tour this fall. 

TRIXTER release their new official video “HUMAN ERA”! 

Trixter release their new official video “Human Era”!  The music video is a sample of the excellent musicianship you can expect from the 11 track new studio release “Human Era” out now via Frontiers Music Srl.







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

Wacken is a success story beyond par, starting out humbly by two friends in a field in rural Germany and becoming one of the best organized and attended metal festivals... ever. We were most impressed by the facilities, security, backstage, camping… in fact the whole production was superb. 

As was the crowd, an awesome sight from the stage, generating a palpable sense of occasion. In the sunset, we were treated to a great welcome from the sea of tattoos and black leather facing us.       
Festival crowds are unique because most people are there for the occasion itself rather than for any particular band. For us that is always a welcome challenge and a chance to connect with many who may never have seen us before. But the real stars are all in the audience. Thank you, Wacken. 
By way of contrast, the Budokan is a temple of peace (except for the infamous occasion when all the seating was destroyed). Made in Japan was partially recorded there and we've played there many times since. For such a large space, the acoustics are excellent; this special building never ceases to impress. 

On this particular evening, we came in at the back door, climbed the cool, marble staircase and entered the familiar dressing room. Feeling like we're the only people in the building, it's hard to believe there's even an audience out there. 

But there is, young and old, sitting patiently or chatting quietly—the embodiment of civility. It's almost like the respectful hush one might find in a cathedral. But they're here to rock. And rock they do. They may be quiet while they’re waiting, but they are far from shy during the show. They gave us an unforgettable evening. Thank you, Tokyo.

From the Setting Sun… (In Wacken) has been filmed by 9 HD cameras at Wacken Open Air Festival 2013. For the first time in Deep Purple's history, the band will release a 3D version of their performance on Blu-ray, filmed at Wacken.

…To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo) has been filmed by 12 HD cameras at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo in April 2014.
The audio of both shows has been mixed in Hamburg, Germany by Eike Freese and Alex Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn) with the supervision of Roger Glover.

From the Setting Sun… (In Wacken) and …To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo) will be made available on 2CD+DVD, DVD, Blu-ray (Tokyo performance), and Blu-ray 3D (Wacken performance) on September 18 on earMUSIC.

Megadeth Recruited Country Star To Play On New Album Track

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine recently said in an interview that the band's new album wouldn't contain anything "too out of the ordinary" but country music star Steve Wariner has revealed that he has recorded with the band.

Wariner tells The Tennessean, "Worlds collide. It's funny. Imagine Megadeth with steel guitar. That's what I did, and Dave Mustaine is the nicest guy in the world. Isn't that crazy? It's out of my world. You know me, I'm a traditional country guy. But the stuff I played on is awesome."

This follows Mustaine recent comments to Guitar World, "There's nothing too out of the ordinary on the record. I think probably the most noticeable thing will be how my playing with the San Diego Symphony affected some of my guitar work. Learning Vivaldi and Bach and all that, there's some stuff on the album where you can tell that made an impression on me."

Drummer's Fart Costs Venue $500

A venue owner in Washington DC is furious after a drummer's fart led to a $500 fine. Bill Duggan, proprietor of the Madam's Organ Blues Bar, was punished by the city's Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration because the unidentified musician opened a window at 1.30am last June.

But an enforcement officer happened to pass by and identified an operational policy violation, as venue doors and windows must be shut after 12.30am while live music is being performed.

Duggan said in a report: "He opened the window to let a fart out. He cracked it open for five minutes - and the inspector showed up." He tells Borderstan: "20 f***ing years with not one violation, and this is what they came up with. People get stabbed and shot in other establishments." Read more here.

Avenged Sevenfold Releasing Three Exclusive Tracks In Guitar Hero

Avenged Sevenfold will reveal three exclusive tracks on upcoming video game Guitar Hero Live. They've been working closely with publisher Activision and say those who pre-order the package ahead of its autumn release will receive music unavailable anywhere else.

Frontman M Shadows tells Game Informer: "What we're going to do with our exclusive content is you get to see an Avenged Sevenfold crowd at Download or Mexico City.

"We're still working out the details - and kind of see what it's like on stage as one of us and playing three live tracks that you can't get anywhere else. Instead of putting out a track that everybody's already heard, these are going to be exclusive tracks just for Guitar Hero."

He says the band have a shortlist of seven tracks but haven't decided what three they'll pick for the package. Read more here.

Megadeth Offshoot Act Of Defiance Release 'Throwback' Video

Former Megadeth duo Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have launched their new band Act Of Defiance with the release of the video for the project's lead track, "Throwback."

"'Throwback' came about through the influence of great thrash players such as Kerry King (Slayer) and Rob Cavestany (Death Angel)," explains Broderick. "They gave me the inspiration to write a tear-your-head-off, insanely fast rhythm. From there, it progressed, as I wrote, into a song that doesn't only have elements of thrash but everything in between with elements of progressive, and groove.

"I never expected 'Throwback' to be the first release off the CD, as it's not commercial, doesn't follow a typical verse-chorus-solo scheme, and is almost six minutes long," he adds. "However, when you hear the fire, emotion and brutality of the song, it becomes very clear that it was a contender to show people what Act Of Defiance is really about."

The "Throwback" video was directed by Corey Soria (Danzig), who impressed Broderick throughout the process. "It was awesome working with Corey Soria on the music video," says the guitarist. "He had the same vision as us and understood immediately what the song was trying to say and how it should look. Along with the insight he had, there was a tireless work ethic, doing different angles, pans and trying new ideas as he conceives them is an art in itself.

"When we looked at the first edit, my jaw dropped and then he came back with more that included post editing FX that added to the mood. From the camera angles, to the lighting and editing, this video far surpassed what I hoped for."

Both Broderick and Drover issued separate statements in late November - just hours apart - that they were leaving Megadeth to pursue their own musical interests.

Joined by former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand, the band have announced an August 21 release of their debut album, "Birth And The Burial", via Metal Blade Records. The record saw the group work with producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall). Watch the video here.

Slash Talks Difference Between Analog and 'Faceless' Digital Music

Slash says he still prefers the sound quality of vinyl and says digital distribution has made music "faceless." But the former Guns N' Roses guitarist is still excited to see how the situation develops in the future.

He tells BitTorrent: "I think there's something to be said for the sound quality on vinyl. I still record to tape because I think it sounds so much better. I'm waiting to see when digital is going to be able to develop a similar tonal quality as vinyl."

He reports that vinyl packaging makes purchasing an album "more personable" and adds: "Now the packaging is gone and people are recording from their laptops and their phones.

"It's drastically changed and become much more convenient and immediate, but it's become faceless at the same time. I'm excited to see how this changes in the future." here.

Warren Haynes Streaming New Song 'Beat Down The Dust'

Warren Haynes has premiered his track Beat Down The Dust with TeamRock. It's taken from solo album Ashes And Dust, set for launch on July 24 via Mascot Label Group.

The Grammy-winning Gov't Mule mainman and former Allman Brothers guitarist collaborated with the band Railroad Earth on the 13-track title. Haynes says: "Beat Down The Dust is written in the folk-song tradition and is politically motivated. It's one of those satirical songs where the narrator's viewpoint is the opposite of my own."

Additional guests on Ashes And Dust include Grace Potter, Shawn Colvin and Mickey Raphael, while Allmans' bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones appear on Spots Of Time. Stream the new track here.

Guns N' Motley Crue Supergroup The Dead Daisies Release Mexico Video

The Dead Daisies have released a video for their latest single Mexico. It's taken from the supergroup's second album Revolucion, which features new frontman John Corabi, ex of Motley Crue, alongside Guns N' Roses men Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed, Marco Mendoza, David Lowy and Brian Tichy.

Bassist Mendoza recently said: "When we were in the writing process, the idea came up to write a song about Mexico. Having spent the first 15 years of my life there, I was obviously excited.

"The result is a rocking in-your-face anthem with a very strong melody and hook. It's a winner, in my opinion." The Dead Daisies have tour dates coming up with Kiss and Whitesnake, then return to the UK in December. See the dates and watch the new music video here.

Saxon's Nigel Glockler Robbed After L.A. Show

Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler has had his kit stolen while on tour in the United States. The US trek was Glockler's first full tour with Saxon since his emergency brain surgery earlier this year. Udo Dirkschneider's son Sven filled in for Glockler on a number of UK and European dates as he recovered from the ordeal.

Saxon launched the tour in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 17 and the theft happened after their final gig in the US - at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles on May 30. Included in the items missing are a Canopus snare drum bought for Glockler by his wife as a wedding gift.

Glockler says: "Gutted and furious does not even come close to how I am feeling. Our crew assures me all the gear was packed up ready to be collected, so sometime between them packing and the shipping company collecting, they disappeared. My cymbals were all in one case - the case made it back with a few cymbals in it but most were gone - so these were definitely taken by someone at some point.

"The cymbals were done especially for me, featuring the Saxon logo and font - so those will be easily recognizable." Read more here.



Till Lindemann, lead singer of German metal band Rammstein, has today released his debut album as Lindemann, alongside Pain and Hypocrisy's Peter Tägtgren. The album, entitled Skills In Pills, is the first collaboration between the two and the first time English-speakers can fully appreciate Till Lindemann's utterly filthy and often hilarious lyrics, previously only heard in German. Skills In Pills features lead single "Praise Abort" (released just a few weeks ago with the Zoran Bihac-directed NSFW video), and 10 others, including "Golden Shower," "Fat," and "Ladyboy," rounding out the Lindemann debut.

"I planned to work with Peter on a song for a Pain record, and it turned into a record because we didn't stop working," Lindemann told Rolling Stone. "It was big-time fun and a big-time challenge to sing in English." While Tägtgren adds, "It's basically two idiots clunking their heads together, and all this stupid things comes out of it."

Skills In Pills available now:
Warner Music store:

NSFW-video for "Praise Abort":

Skills In Pills has already received early praise, with ARTISTdirect saying "The blessed union of [Lindemann and Tägtgren] yields an undeniable, unbridled, and unique ten songs that make the repulsive strangely soothing. It's an artful balance," while Consequence of Sound says "[Lindemann]'s trademark baritone is ever present, whispering sadomasochistic sweet nothings into your ears as Tägtgren brings in bright synths and detuned guitars to play heavily and happily along with fist-pumping drum beats." And Revolver asserts, "Driving, dramatic, and dripping with sexual deviancy...Skills feels like a distillation of the Till Lindemann way of life, expressing both filth and purity, strength and weakness."

Like all the best stories of death and destruction, the tale of Lindemann begins with a night of total debauchery. "One evening [in Sweden], our keyboard player and I went out to a biker bar with some girls," says Lindemann, "but one of the bikers there was the ex-boyfriend of one of those girls and wanted to kick my ass. He had a lot of friends with him, so we thought we were doomed - but then who should walk into the bar but Peter Tägtgren? He told them that we were cool guys, and not to beat the shit out of us..."

 From there, the two sat down to write just one song together, and soon Lindemann, the band, was born.

 Skills In Pills is available in the following versions:

  • Standard (Digipack)
  • Special Edition (Blu-Ray-packaging, high-quality booklet, bonus track)
  • 12" Vinyl (gatefold cover, 28-page booklet, bonus track, album-download-code)
  • Digital
  • Super Deluxe (Coffee-table-style book with 80 pages, high-quality package, CD with bonus track)

The track listing for Skills In Pills is:

  1. Skills In Pills
  2. Ladyboy
  3. Fat
  4. Fish On
  5. Children Of The Sun
  6. Home Sweet Home
  7. Cowboy
  8. Golden Shower
  9. Yukon
  10. Praise Abort
  11. That's My Heart*

*Bonus Track




Neil Young has announced that he will open his upcoming Rebel Content Summer Tour with a solo acoustic set. He will then be joined by the band Promise of the Real for a full electric show. Both sets will feature new songs and old favorites. The tour kicks off on July 5th at Milwaukee's Summer Fest. Please see below for all upcoming dates.

Promise of the Real is an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion). They have performed with their father, Willie Nelson, and Young on previous occasions.

You can view the video for "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop" right now on or here.  Another new video for the song "Wolf Moon" is available here.

In addition, Neil Young + Promise of the Real are gearing up for the June 29th release of a new studio album, the guitar-centric, highly-charged rock album The Monsanto Years, which they recorded together. The ecologically and environmentally-focused album The Monsanto Years will be released through retailers (as a special CD + DVD package and vinyl) and available digitally via iTunes, Official Neil Young Store and on Neil Young's high-resolution device PonoMusic. Click here to order through PonoMusic.

Rebel Content Tour dates:
Sun      July 5              Milwaukee Summer Fest                        Milwaukee,
Wed     July 8              Red Rocks                                            Denver, CO
Thurs    July 9              Red Rocks                                            Denver, CO
Sat       July 11            Pinnacle Bank Arena                              Lincoln, NE
Mon      July 13            Riverbend Music Center                         Cincinnati, OH     
Tues     July 14            DTE Energy Music Theatre                     Clarkston, MI
Thurs    July16             Susquehanna Bank Center                      Camden, NJ
Fri        July 17             Bethel Woods Center for the Arts            Bethel, NY
Sun      July 19            Champlain Valley Expo                           Essex Junction, VT
Tues     July 21            Jones Beach                                          Wantagh, NY
Wed     July 22            Xfinity Center                                         Great Woods, MA
Fri        July 24            Wayhome Festival                                  Oro-Medonte, ON


Nickelback Singer Needs Vocal Surgery, Band Cancels Tour

Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger will be undergoing surgery next month to remove a cyst that was discovered on his voice box, forcing the band to cancel the rest of their current North American tour.

Kroeger had this to say, "I am sorry I have to interrupt the party this summer and I am definitely not thrilled with the prospect of being silent for many weeks to come when I could be out there playing for our fans. I am relying on my doctor and his team to help get my voice back in good form as quickly as possible."

According to the announcement, Kroeger is expected to make a full recovery and the band plans to still embark on the European leg of their No Fixed Address tour which is scheduled to kick off on September 30th.

Nickelback's North American tour was scheduled to run until September 4th with a show in Durant, OK at the Choctaw Casino Event Center. The band expects to launch a new North American tour next year.

Van Halen To Headline Music Festival

Van Halen have been announced as one of the co-headliners for the 2015 edition of Atlanta's Music Midtown festival. The two-day event at the city's Piedmont Park - running Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19 - will see the veteran hard rock band perform alongside fellow co-headliners Elton John, Sam Smith and Drake, as well as other rockers like Lenny Kravitz and Billy Idol.

"Every year, we strive to take the festival to a new level and this year is certainly no exception," says Peter Conlon, President of Live Nation Atlanta. "With the addition of a fourth stage and this year's stellar lineup, I think we have done it again!"

The Atlanta appearance lands in the middle of Van Halen's summer tour of North America in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert." On July 10, Van Halen will expand their 2015 remastered reissues series with the release of four albums: 1979's "Van Halen II", 1980's "Women And Children First", 1981's "Fair Warning" and 1982's "Diver Down." Read more here.

Megadeth Revisiting Killing Is My Business For 30th Anniversary

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine is working on a 30th anniversary edition of the band's debut album Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good. It was released in 1985 and the band's mainman, who picked up the Metal Hammer Golden God award in London last week, reports on Twitter that he's working with producer Mark Lewis on the project.

Speaking to Metal Hammer last month, Mustaine revealed he wasn't bothered about what critics thought of the album when it was first released. He said: "There were comments good and bad, but I didn't care. All I knew was that I'd stuck my flag in the ground, and from then on we were going out with all guns blazing."

Mustaine recently said his work with the San Diego Symphony in 2014 has helped shaped their upcoming 15th album, and promised the follow-up to 2013's Super Collider would be "aggressive" and "dark." Read more here.

Slash Reveals New Album Plans

Slash has written tracks for his fourth album and aims to start production work early next year. The follow-up to 2014's World On Fire will be his third with Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, with studio sessions to come after their current world tour.

Slash tells Billboard: "We're working on material. When this tour's over we'll start some pre-production, and probably go into the studio in mid to late spring and record."

He says of his new songs: "They sound very rhythmic and that's definitely something that, for me personally, I'm going for. We'll see what that turns into. It changes.

"It sort of evolves; you start out with one idea and that sort of morphs into another idea. At this point it sounds like it's going to be really awesome, so I'm excited about it." Read more here.

Motorhead Announce North American Tour

Motorhead have announced that they will be launching a North American tour this summer as part of their 40th anniversary global trek and in support of their forthcoming album.

The summer tour is scheduled to kick off on August 19th in Riverside, CA at RHA and will be concluding on September 25th in Orlando, FL at the House Of Blues.

The veteran hard rock band will be supported on select dates by Anthrax and Saxon and the trek includes performances at this year's Riot Fests in Denver, Chicago and Toronto.

Motorhead will be releasing their new studio album, "Bad Magic" on August 28th. The new album, the band's 22nd studio effort, is the follow-up to their 2013 release "Aftershock".

Motorhead North American Tour:
Wed 19 Aug - Riverside, CA – RHA
Fri 21 Aug - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Sat 22 Aug - Los Angeles, CA – Shrine
Mon 24 Aug - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
Thu 27 Aug - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Fri 28 Aug - Denver, CO – RIOTFEST
Tue 01 Sep - Austin, TX - Cedar Park Center
Wed 02 Sep - San Antonio, TX – Aztec
Fri 04 Sep - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
Sat 05 Sep - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
Tue 08 Sep - St Louis, MO – Pageant
Wed 09 Sep - Indianapolis, IN – Murat
Fri 11 Sep - Chicago, IL – RIOTFEST
Sat 12 Sep - Detroit, MI – Fillmore
Tue 15 Sep - Wallingford, CT – Oakdale
Wed 16 Sep - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
Sat 19 Sep - Toronto, ONT – RIOTFEST
Tue 22 Sep - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
Wed 23 Sep - Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
Fri 25 Sep - Orlando, FL - House Of Blues

Tool Making Rare Live Appearance At Music Festival On Halloween

Tool have confirmed a festival appearance in October alongside Primus and Coheed And Cambria. The Monster Mash event takes place in Tempe, Arizona, on October 31.

It's the only confirmed activity in 2015 by Maynard James Keenan and co - as speculation continues over their fifth album. They've been working on the follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days for several years, although guitarist Adam Jones predicted in March that progress would speed up after a drawn-out lawsuit was settled.

Jones said: "We would have had an album out a long time ago. We would have been taking more tours. But we've been discouraged and distracted." Read more here.

Final Grateful Dead Concerts To Stream On YouTube

For those that are unable to attend Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Year of Grateful Dead in Santa Clara on June 27-28 and Chicago on July 3-5, and for those who are not in on the pay-per-view broadcast that the band has scheduled, another option has emerged for experiencing the Grateful Dead in what is billed as the final performance from the surviving members.

YouTube will be also broadcasting the concerts, with accessibility coming to users of Android, iOS, Chromecast, Apple TV, Samsung and Panasonic Smart TVs, Xbox360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and WiiU, the band announced in a press release.

Prices for the webcast will run $19.95 per night for the Santa Clara shows and $29.95 a night for Chicago. Along with cable and satellite television, movie theaters and satellite radio, the options of experiencing this huge music even seem unprecedented. Read more here.

Grohl Wants Future Foo Fighters Albums To Have Concepts

The Foo Fighters want to make sure all their future albums are tied to strong concepts, says drummer Taylor Hawkins - but mainman Dave Grohl appears less ready to commit to the idea, even though it's his own.

Last year's Sonic Highways contained eight tracks, each recorded in a different US city, and each accompanied by a documentary about that city's musical heritage, while previous outing Wasting Light was recorded using 20th-century equipment in a lo-fi setting.

Now Hawkins tells the NME: "It's not enough to just make a f***ing record any more. It used to be a simple process of writing a batch of songs, recording them and putting them out.You'd make three videos. If they were good MTV would play them and you'd sell some records. Now you need to do something different."

The drummer says it's all Grohl's idea: "Dave wants every record we make from now on to have some sort of concept around it, whether it's as large as Sonic Highways or as simple as, 'Hey, let's record Wasting Light to tape in my garage.'" Read more here.

Lady Gaga And Friends Covers Van Halen's 'Panama'

 Lady Gaga has never been one to shy away from a cover song, whether it is John Lennon's "Imagine," "Stand By Me," or The Sound of Music on the Academy Awards. But none of those could quite prepare audiences for a major departure for the pop star: covering Van Halen.

This cover of "Panama" wasn't exactly Gaga's doing, as it was during a show of her long-time friends, the band the Dirty Pearls, at New York's Gramercy Theater.

For the majority of the clip, Gaga dances around in her underwear, happy to provide the cover song's much needed '80s attitude. But a couple minutes in, Gaga gets her chance to sing, falling short of both faithfulness and inspiration.

Where Gaga excelled was in her antics, particularly her headbanging. Mid-way through the clip, Gaga forms a make-shift huddle with a couple of the band members, shaking her bleach-blonde hair to the anthemic song's rhythm. And if that wasn't enough, she also spit some sipped liquid at the crowd, losing a few punk points for gently throwing the open container into the audience, rather than tossing it with abandon. Watch it here.

 Vivian Campbell Won't Miss Def Leppard Tour For Cancer Treatments

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed that he will receive cancer treatments around the band's North American summer tour schedule and that he'll only miss the first two dates of the trek with Styx and Tesla - which opens in Tampa, Florida tonight (June 23).

This past week, Campbell - who was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013 - announced that the cancer had returned for the first time since he underwent a stem cell transplant last fall.

Now, the guitarist reports doctors will treat the health issue in such a way that he'll be able to rejoin the tour this weekend after missing shows in Tampa, FL (June 23) and West Palm Beach, FL (June 25).

"So, so happy to report that I've dodged the bullet of radiation," says Campbell. "I was due to start a course that would have sidelined me for most of the first leg of the US tour, but my brilliant doctors have steered me towards an alternative course of treatment that will enable me to rejoin the tour this Saturday night in Birmingham Alabama.

"Furthermore, they've tailored future treatments to accommodate the tour schedule so I won't have to miss any more shows." Read more here.




Just a few more weeks and the BULLETBOYS will embark on a National headline-tour with LA Guns axe-man Tracii Guns and iconic Swedish rock band Killer Bee w/guitar guru Paul Chapman from U.F.O. for the first leg of the Armed Alliance Tour.

BULLETBOYS VIP packages are available – You get special early access, VIP laminate, meet & greet, signed 8x10, you can bring 2 items to be signed and a special “merch package” full of cool stuff! Show tickets sold separate and must be purchased to activate the VIP package.

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The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed), Marq Torien and engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. “Working with the Bulletboys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the 80's, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he's the real freak’n deal.  If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed 80's record you are completely wrong!”

Look for their new MASSIVE release ELEFANTE on Cleopatra/Deadline Records OUT NOW!! You can ORDER this long awaited album here: and many other fine online outlets such as Amazon.


MON   07/06  TUCSON, AZ                          CLUB XS – NEW DATE!                 
THU      7/09    DALLAS, TX                             GAS MONKEY LIVE
FRI       7/10    HOUSTON, TX                         CONCERT PUB NORTH
SAT      7/11    AUSTIN, TX                              THE GATSBY
SUN     7/12    SAN ANTONIO, TX                 BOOZEHOUNDS
MON   7/13    MARRERO, LA                        BARATARIA LIVE
TUE      7/14    MEMPHIS, TN                          ROCKHOUSE LIVE
THU      7/15    JONES CREEK, GA                37 MAIN – NEW!
FRI       7/17    PITTSBURGH, PA                     REX THEATER
SAT      7/18    MANCHESTER, NH                 JEWEL NIGHTCLUB
SUN     7/19    NARRAGANSETT, RI               THE WHEEL HOUSE – NEW!
MON   7/20    NEW YORK, NY                       EDDIE TRUNK SHOW – LIVE
TUE      7/21    NEW YORK, NY                      GRAMERCY THEATER **EDDIE TRUNK TO HOST
WED    7/22    TORONTO, ON                       ROCK PILE EAST
THU      7/23    TOLEDO, OHIO                      BAR 145 – NEW!
FRI       7/24    WESTLAND, MI                       THE TOKEN LOUNGE
SAT      7/25    BOLINGBROOK, IL                 TAILGATERS
SUN     7/26    FRIDLEY, MN                           GB LEIGHTON’S PICKLE PARK
WED    7/29    MERRIAM, KS                         AFTERSHOCK
THU      7/30    COLORADO SPR, CO           PEAK 31           

SAT      8/01   MESA, ARIZONA                      CLUB RED   **NO TRACII GUNS – NEW DATE

THU      8/27    MELBOURNE, FL                     80’S IN THE PARK FESTIVAL
FRI       8/28    TAMPA, FLORIDA                  BRASS MUG – NEW DATE


10/16/15 GREEN BAY, WI                  PHATHEADZ BAR
10/18/15 PEKIN, IL                              ROCK N SKULL (AT GOODFELLAS) - W/ FASTER PUSSYCAT

The BULLETBOYS are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays “For The Love Of Money” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), THC Groove and more – both albums produced by Ted Templeman .

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CTC: GLENN HUGHES Returning To UK For 2015 Solo Tour

With recent announcements of live shows in South America and Europe in August, September and October, GLENN HUGHES, the legendary 'Voice of Rock', is extending his 2015 Solo Tour with new shows in the UK, spanning mid October into November.

Joining Hughes for his UK shows, will be DOUG ALDRICH (Revolution Saints & formerly Whitesnake, Dio) as guitar player and powerhouse Swedish drummer and longtime solo band member, PONTUS ENGBORG, rounding out the Trio.

The set will showcase highlights from Glenn's colourful career: Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Country Communion, California Breed along with his Solo material.

Tickets go on sale in the UK from 10:00AM GMT Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 from the venues listed below:

Mon 19 Norwich, UK - Waterfront
Tue 20 Newcastle, UK - Tyne Theatre
Thu 22 Belfast (Northern Ireland), UK - Limelight
Fri 23 Glasgow (Scotland), UK - The Garage
Sun 25 Holmfirth, UK - Picturedrome
Mon 26 Bilston, UK - Robin 2
Wed 28 York, UK - Fibbers
Thu 29 Manchester, UK - Club Academy

Sun 01 London, UK - Electric Ballroom

Commenting on the UK dates, HUGHES says: "It's always a great pleasure for me to play in the UK. I have lived in Los Angeles most of my life, but my career started back in the UK.  I love my fans, and personally interact with them online, or at venues on my travels. There is no greater high than performing and to reach out to my fanbase.

Joining my Band on Tour, will be Doug Aldrich, former Whitesnake and Dio Guitar player. Ronnie introduced me to Doug years ago, and I felt it was time to ask Doug to Rock with me.

It's gonna be E P I C…".

Support for the tour is Jared James Nichols who recently released his debut EP Old Glory & The Wild Revival.

Rod Stewart Announces New Album "Another Country"
Set For Release October 23th on Capitol Records; Pre-Order Now

Worldwide Album Pre-orders Begin Today - Tuesday, June 23; All Digital Pre-order's Include A Free Download of "Love Is"
Deluxe Album Pre-Orders Also Receive "In A Broken Dream" Download

Rod Stewart has finished work on his eagerly anticipated new album, "Another Country," to be released on October 23th via Capitol Records. "Another Country" continues a prolific new chapter in Stewart's storied career that began with 2013's, Time, his landmark last album which reintroduced him as one of rock's most gifted storytellers.

"I've found that the only way to write songs is to be as personal and honest as possible," Rod explains. "And when my last album was so well-received it gave me the confidence to keep on writing, and to examine and write about different things. It also gave me the freedom toexperiment with different sounds like reggae, ska and Celtic melodies."

Beginning today, fans who pre-order the 12-song standard or 15-song deluxe album from digital retailers including on iTunes ( will instantly receive a download of Stewart's first single "Love is." Fans who pre-order the 15-song deluxe edition will also receive an instant download of "In A Broken Dream," the infamous 1968 Python Lee Jackson song featuring the vocals of a yet unknown Rod Stewart. Stewart's vocals played catalyst for the song becoming a hit four years later, following his rise to stardom. Today, those infamous vocals can be heard on rapper A$AP Rocky's (Mark Ronson produced) hit "Everyday" which was just added to the UK's coveted Radio 1 playlist and was called a "Rod Stewart-sampling soul fantasia" by Rolling Stone. The album is alsoavailable for pre-order beginning today on Amazon ( and Google Play (

Collaborating closely with Kevin Savigar, who co-produced the album, Stewart embraced modern technology to record the album, "It seems like I've spent years of my life in a recording studio so being able to record this album at home, where most of the songs were written, felt so much more intimate and inspiring."

 With his singular voice, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Rod Stewart has built one of the most successful and enduring music careers of all time. In a career spanning more than five decades, he has amassed sales of more than 200 million albums and singles worldwide. Throughout his career, he's garnered two inductions into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 18 Grammy nominations, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting, and in 2007 was bestowed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen of England. In 2012, Stewart became a New York Times Bestselling author with the release of his autobiography. The following year, he released Time, his first rock album in a dozen years, on Capitol Records. The album features 11 original tracks and marked Rod's return to songwriting after nearly two decades. Time entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 1, setting a new British record for the longest gap between chart-topping albums by an artist -- and in the US, it marked Stewart's highest-charting album of original material since 1979.

Rod Stewart's "Another Country" Track List:
1. Love Is
2. Please
3. Walking In The Sunshine
4. Love and Be Loved
5. We Can Win
6. Another Country
7. Way Back Home
8. Can We Stay Home Tonight?
9. Batman Superman Spiderman
10. The drinking Song
11. Hold the Line *
12. A Friend For Life *

Deluxe Edition:
13. Every Rock 'n' Roll Song To Me
14. One Night With You.
15. In A Broken Dream *
*All songs except those marked with an asterisk were written & produced by Rod Stewart



Musician, songwriter and creative entrepreneur Dave Stewart has reached a wide-ranging agreement with Bertelsmann-owned new model music company BMG which will embrace not just music, but book and TV content and a string of other innovative projects.

 The deal plays to BMG's strength as the only music company to be integrated into a full-service global media business. It will also utilize Stewart's skills as a creative entrepreneur to generate new synergies between BMG's sister companies.

 Under the multi-faceted deal:

 BMG will exclusively administer music publishing rights to Dave Stewart's solo work including his work with fellow BMG writer Mick Jagger (the Golden Globe-winning 'Old Habits Die Hard' on the Alfie soundtrack), Superheavy ('Miracle Worker'), No Doubt ('Underneath It All'), Eurythmics ('I've Got a Life'), Stevie Nicks ('In Your Dreams') and Joss Stone ('Karma'), as well as his future work;

This includes songs he has co-written with artists on his own label such as Thomas Lindsey, The Lake Poets, Hollie Stephenson and Shel, and the latest single by his daughter Kaya Stewart 'In Love With A Boy', named this week as the hottest new record at US Pop radio;

BMG will administer rights in all contestants' songs from the forthcoming prime-time NBC songwriting talent show Songland, created by Dave Stewart and Executive-produced by Dave Stewart and The Voice producer Audrey Morrissey;

New American Library, a division of sister Bertelsmann company Penguin Random House will publish Dave Stewart's long-awaited autobiography next year;

Dave Stewart will record a live concert programme for Berlin Live, BMG's collaboration with pan-European cultural television broadcaster Arte;

Creative social network Talenthouse, in which Dave Stewart is the Creative Director and investor, is working with BMG to create new remixes of tracks from the seminal Trojan Records reggae catalogue as well as working on a documentary for this iconic Label.

       Stewart will act as a brand ambassador for BMG, responsible for driving new business opportunities through his extensive network, both to BMG and its sister Bertelsmann companies.

 BMG EVP International Writer Services Thomas Scherer said, "Dave Stewart is not only one of the supreme writers, artists and producers of the past three decades, he is a polymath active right across the entertainment industry with a unique ability to tap into the zeitgeist and to communicate with fellow artists. We are delighted he has decided to partner with BMG."

 Dave Stewart said, "BMG takes music publishing on to a new level. It's creative, transparent and fair and no other music company can offer a multi-platform deal like this. Many companies talk about synergy, but few have pulled it off. BMG is a new company with a new approach, but at heart it's a music company which really understands artists."

 BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, "Dave Stewart's enormous range of accomplishments is a reminder that in our connected world, music no longer exists in its own self-contained bubble. With the backing of Bertelsmann, BMG is committed to helping artists and writers capitalize on the vast number of opportunities now open to them."

Led Zeppelin Stream Previously Unreleased Track

Led Zeppelin are premiering "Hots On For Nowhere (Reference Mix)", an unreleased mix of the original track as featured on the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1976 album, "Presence."

Due July 31, the project features the original album plus a bonus disc featuring five unreleased mixes from the sessions, including alternate versions of "For Your Life," "Achilles Last Stand" and "Royal Orleans" alongside the previously unheard instrumental, "10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)."

Led Zeppelin's seventh album, "Presence" hit No. 1 on both sides of the Atalantic, topping the UK charts and the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than 3 million copies in the States alone.

"Presence" is one of three albums set to be issued on July 31 that will wrap up a year-long reissues campaign by the group; also due is 1979's "In Through The Out Door" and 1982's "Coda."

All three have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a companion audio disc featuring previously unreleased material related to the original release. Stream the new track here.

David Bowie To Launch Career-Spanning Box Set Series

David Bowie will launch a new series of career-spanning box sets this fall with the September 25 release of "Five Years 1969-1973." The 10 album/12 CD box, 10 album/13-piece vinyl set and digital download will feature all of the material officially released by Bowie during the era.

The package includes six studio albums, two live releases and "Re:Call 1", an exclusive, new 2-disc compilation of non-album singles, single versions & B-sides.

All versions of "Five Years 1969-1973" will present a 2003 stereo remix of "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" by the album's original co-producer, Ken Scott, previously only available on DVD with the LP/DVD format of the 40th anniversary edition of the album.

Among the tracks featured on the "Re:Call 1" compilation are a previously unreleased single edit of "All The Madmen" - originally set for a US release but never actually issued - and the original version of "Holy Holy", which was only ever released on the original 1971 Mercury single and hasn't been available in any official package since.

"Five Years 1969-1973" will also include a companion book with rarely-seen photos as well as technical notes about each album from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, an original press review for each album and a short foreword by Ray Davies of The Kinks. Check out the package and track details here.

Video Rush's Live Debut Of A Signals Classic Goes Online

Rush performed the live debut of their 1982 "Signals" album track, "Losing It", in Toronto on June 19 and video of the performance of the song at the show has made its way online.

The second of the band's two hometown concerts on the R40 Live tour saw the premiere of the song and a guest appearance by violinist Ben Mink, who played on the original recording.

Rush's 9th album, "Signals" peaked at No. 10 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 1 million copies in the States alone. Rush filmed both concerts in Toronto last week as part of their 40th anniversary R40 Live tour, marking the first time the band has filmed in their hometown in almost 20 years, dating back to a 1997 recording at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on the Test For Echo tour.

Prior to that, the group filmed a concert video and later released an accompanying album for the Grace Under Pressure tour in 1984 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The R40 Live tour kicked off in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month. Watch video 20-camera fan mix of their performance of "Losing It" here.

Former Queensryche Guitarist Chris DeGarmo Returns

Former Queensryche guitarist Chris DeGarmo has returned to music by appearing on his daughter's debut EP. The co-founder left the prog metal outfit in 1997, and he's kept out of the limelight until working with 22-year-old Rylie on six-track self-titled release The Rue.

DeGarmo, now a private jet pilot, didn't want to push her into an interest in music - but when she was 15 she heard him playing an acoustic guitar and told him, "I think I've got something for that." He tells Billboard: "I'd just been waiting years for that."

He says of The Rue: "There's not a bunch of window dressing and high-production values - but it's heavy on an emotional connection and it has a directness to it. I'm really proud."

Rylie adds: "Music is my favourite thing in the world. It's the stuff of life for me, my soul's content. I feel so alive and happy and functional when I'm making music - I'd love to pursue it." Read more and check a video here.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil On This Week's Celebrity Wife Swap

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil will appear on the next episode of the ABC-TV reality series Celebrity Wife Swap. Broadway World reports Neil swaps partners with Gunnar Nelson from the 90's band Nelson.

The episode - which see two women of celebrity families trading households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) for one week - will see Neil's girlfriend, Rain, swap places with Nelson's wife, Lila.

Rain heads to Nashville for the show while Lila will spend time with the Motley Crue singer in Las Vegas. Neil reportedly takes Lila gambling at Red Rock Resort, where he put down $50,000 on the craps table and kept it rolling until he walked away with $660,000.

The singer also cooked a dinner for 20 friends for the program while admitting that it was the first time he'd ever played chef in the kitchen. "I hadn't been in a supermarket to do grocery shopping since Motley Crue first went out on the road in 1981," confessed the rocker. "I didn't know where to find any of the ingredients." Read more here.

Sammy Hagar Releasing Cooking And Partying Handbook

Sammy Hagar will publish "Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook" on September 15 via Dey Street Press. The project sees Hagar share his passion for food and his secrets for rock-and-roll entertaining, including his favorite recipes from home, on the road, and his go-to vacation spots, Cabo and Maui.

The singer is joined by his celebrity chef friends from around the globe for insights into entertaining as readers pour over more than 50 food and drink recipes. Hagar also shares his greatest drink recipes - accompanied by true stories of the wild nights that brought them to life.

"Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook" is Hagar's second run as an author: in 2011, he published his memoir "Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock", which topped the New York Times Best Sellers List. Check out the promo video for the new book here.

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Takes Part In Music Therapy Week

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson visited music charity Nordoff Robbins' London centre on Monday to celebrate Music Therapy Week. It's one of his first public appearances since being given the all-clear from cancer in May - and the first since Maiden confirmed the launch of 16th album The Book Of Souls last week.

Dickinson met some of those helped by the charity and spoke to staff who provide care and attention - and even found time to jam a few acoustic guitar chords with some delighted children.

Music Therapy Week seeks to raise awareness of how Nordoff Robbins' programme can assist children with autism, adults with learning difficulties and people with neurological disorders.

The organization is committed to transforming people's lives through music - "whatever their age or background." Read more and see photos here.

Sammy Hagar Slams Eddie Van Halen Over Controversial Interview

Sammy Hagar has slammed Eddie Van Halen as a liar after the guitarist made disparaging remarks about former Van Halen bassist and vocalist Michael Anthony in a new interview with Billboard.

"Every note Mike ever played, I had to show him how to play," Van Halen tells Billboard. "Before we'd go on tour, he'd come over with a video camera and I'd have to show him how to play all the parts."

Eddie also downplayed Anthony's role in the Van Halen sound, saying "Mike's voice is like a piccolo trumpet. But he's not a singer. He just has a range from hell. Mike was just born with a very high voice. I have more soul as a singer than he does. And you know, people always talk about Mike's voice on Van Halen songs, but that's a blend of Mike's voice and my voice. It's not just him."

For his part, Anthony took the high road when asked by Billboard to react to Eddie's claims. He said, "I am proud to say that my bass playing and vocals helped create our sound. I've always chosen to take the high road and stay out of the never-ending mudslinging, because I believe that it ultimately ends up hurting the Van Halen fans."

Hagar, however, was not so kind in issuing a statement of his own defending Anthony, who he has continued to work with in Chickenfoot and The Circle. "It's really irritating to see them go after Mikey," responds Hagar. "Mikey didn't do anything - ever - to Van Halen. Mikey was the most loyal guy in the band. He was the first guy there at rehearsal, the last guy to leave, the guy that was… the first guy at the gig, the guy that flew the… carried the banner, the flag, the VH banner… he carried it every night. And the horseman with the flag, the flagman on the horse in the calvary. That was Michael Anthony, okay?! [He was] a hundred percent dedicated. [He] never did anything to hurt those guys. And they try to hurt him again, and again, and again.

"For Eddie to say he had to show Michael what to play and had to teach him all those songs, that is the biggest line of bullsh*t I've ever heard in my life," Hagar continued. "I was in that band for eleven years, and there was never a video camera involved of Eddie showing him what to play. Eddie would tell him what to play once in a while, and say, 'No, Mike, don't play with that many notes. Just stay on one note - boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom - so that I can f*** up and nobody will know it.' It was that kind of sh*t.

"And I am telling you straight up, especially on the '04 reunion tour, if Mike would have played any more than one note, it would have been showing that Eddie wasn't playing the right chords again and again and again; I couldn't sing to 'em, you couldn't play bass to 'em. So… that is a lot of bullsh*t.

"I don't know why they go after him like that," he added. "He doesn't deserve it. He's one of the greatest rock and roll bass players ever in the world. Michael Anthony is Top 5 rock and roll bass player in the world. Any bass player will tell you that, any musician will tell you that. Listen to him play on The Circle. He ain't going 'boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom' unless it was called for.

"Michael Anthony is a bad motherf***er. F*** you, Eddie Van Halen, for saying that about Mikey. You're a liar." Read more and see Hagar's video here.

Def Leppard Star Vivian Campbell's Cancer Returns

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed that his cancer has returned. Campbell was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013 and, after extensive chemotherapy treatments, has been battling the health issue both on and off the road after undergoing a stem cell transplant last fall.

"I'm saddened by the fact that my cancer has returned," says Campbell. "However, I'm beyond consolation that it's return will prevent me from being able to do my job for a while. I'm still working on a schedule of treatment with my doctors, but I will see you all very soon. My apologies."

Def Leppard are scheduled to kick off a North American tour with Styx and Tesla in Tampa, FL on June 23. At press time, the band had yet to announce plans for the trek without Campbell; last fall, the group brought in Steve Brown of Trixter to perform a series of dates in his absence from the lineup.

On June 2, Campbell revealed he was experiencing his first illness since the transplant. "Oslo tonight, and I have a sniffle," he wrote. "This is the first time I've been ill since the stem cell transplant and it's hit me rather hard; I feel very weak, so apologies to all who expected more of me tonight. Going back to the hotel to sleep." Read more here.

Gene Simmons Blames Fans Not Labels For Music's Downfall

Gene Simmons has defended record labels, insisting bands like KISS wouldn't have existed without them. Repeating his view that "the fans are killing music" via illegal downloads, the Kiss bassist adds that record labels were once the only business model in the world that gave money to artists without them ever having to pay it back.

He tells Planet Rock: "Record companies were a gift from heaven. Yeah, they're greedy, but they wanna make money just like you do. But they gave you money - millions. And if it wasn't for record companies, there'd be no Sex Pistols, there'd be no punk, there'd be no nothing. There would be punk, but it would be in a small club. It would never become huge.

"Record companies gave bands money that they never had to pay back. If the band failed and the records were a complete disaster, the advance money was all yours. What other business would give you that? If you go to a bank and they give you a million dollars, and your business goes under, they don't care it failed - they want their money back."

On how the fans are to blame, Simmons adds: "I blame the fans. Because the fans have decided en masse that they should get free music, download, fileshare." Read more here.

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Doesn't Remember Spat With Rush

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has said he doesn't recall his band treating Rush badly on tour - but he hopes he apologized. The prog icons have previously discussed how they were denied sound checks and had their volume cut while they supported Steven Tyler and co in the 1970s.

Rolling Stone this week repeated a long-standing story that, when the Joe Perry Project later supported Rush, frontman Geddy Lee made sure they were well-treated and told the guitarist: "I would never want anyone to feel the way we did when we opened for you." Lee says he doesn't remember the conversation, but that Perry apologised.

Now the guitarist has responded, telling Rolling Stone: "Frankly, I don't remember playing with Rush." But he adds: "The competition between bands was stiff, the competition between crews even stiffer, so I don't doubt Geddy's word."

He says Aerosmith were always given "the short end of the stick" when they opened for English bands, and so he always told their crew to "take care of our openers." Read more here.

Dave Mustaine's Symphony Experience Impacted New Megadeth Album

Dave Mustaine says playing with classically trained musicians has had an impact on his work on the upcoming 15th Megadeth album. Mustaine worked with the San Diego Symphony in April 2014 and reckons that experience will shine through on the follow-up to 2013's Super Collider, which is due out later this year.

And as well as the more refined edge to the new material, he says it'll be "aggressive" and "dark" keeping fans of the band's heavier work happy. Mustaine tells Guitar World: "I think a lot of people are gonna be happy, because the music is really aggressive again. There's nothing too out of the ordinary on the record. I think probably the most noticeable thing will be how my playing with the San Diego Symphony affected some of my guitar work.

"Learning Vivaldi and Bach and all that, there's some stuff on the album where you can tell that made an impression on me. These songs are definitely very dark." Read more here.

Late AC/DC Singer Bon Scott's Close Friend Looks Back

Late AC/DC icon Bon Scott has been recalled as a hard worker with strong ethics by close friend Peter Head. The pair knew each other for five years in the 1970s. They toured Australia as members of separate bands, then worked together in the Mount Lofty Rangers, before Scott became frontman of Malcolm and Angus Young's outfit.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of his death after a drinking session in London. Head tells Classic Rock's Rod Yates: "The very first time I met Bon he was a worker, mowing lawns and picking up rubbish. He'd work really hard, fast and efficiently - I thought, 'Wow, this guy has got direction in his life.'

"You could see he wasn't your average person, no matter what he did. He also had a sense of humour. He'd be cracking jokes and doing funny things. He worked hard, he was funny and he had a good sense of ethics."

Head remembers how Scott went out of his way to find unusual ways of doing things. "If there was as staircase he wouldn't walk down the stairs, he'd slide down the bannister. That sense of being a clown stayed with him - it's one of the main things about AC/DC.

"He did outrageous things. He was on Countdown dressed as a girl smoking a huge cigarette which looked suspiciously like a joint. Other people would think about it but they wouldn't do it." Read more here.

Thunder Release 'Black Water' Video

Thunder have released a video for their latest single Black Water. The track is taken from the album Wonder Days, released earlier this year. The follow-up to 2008's Bang debuted at no.9 in the UK chart in February.

In the clip for Black Water, the band are seen in the studio and onstage. Thunder had to cancel a gig in Paris this week after frontman Danny Bowes was struck down with a viral infection.

They say: "We're told Paris will be re-scheduled, later in the year. Once again apologies to those who bought tickets for that show." Earlier this month they played the Encore stage at Download. They'll play a number of European shows this summer, including a support slot for ZZ Top at Wembley, London. See the dates and watch the video here.

Praying Mantis Announce New Album 'Legacy'

NWOBHM veterans Praying Mantis have announced their 10th album will be released in August. The new album, entitled Legacy, will be release on August 21 via Frontiers Music.

It is their first album to feature Dutch duo, vocalist John Cuijpers and drummer Hans Zandt. The lineup is rounded out by guitarists Tino Troy and Andy Burgess, along with bassist Chris Troy.

It will be the follow-up to 2009's Sanctuary. Tino Troy says: "We had some great laughs doing this album, as usual. But at the same time we took it very seriously to get the right sound." See the artwork and track details here.

Iron Maiden Announce New Double Album

Now that Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is tumor free, the band are moving forward with the release of their new studio album "The Book Of Souls", which is set to be released on September 4th.

No strangers to epic songs, the legendary British heavy metal band have recorded a new truly epic album with so much music that it will be released in double CD and triple heavyweight vinyl formats.

In addition to the standard digital, 2CD, 3Record vinyl versions, the band will also be releasing a limited edition 2CD deluxe edition that will feature a hardbound book and two 24-bit high res audio versions including a mastered for iTunes version and a non-mastered for iTunes.

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

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

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


Disc 1
1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27
Disc 2
7. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
8. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01
2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition
2CD standard edition
Triple heavyweight black vinyl
High res audio (24-bit Mastered for ITunes and non-Mastered for iTunes)
Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz)

Read more and see the cover art here.

Bumblefoot Address Scott Weiland Art Of Anarchy Controversy

Guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal wishes Scott Weiland had called him to discuss supergroup Art Of Anarchy before labeling the project a "scam from the beginning."

The ex-Stone Temple Pilots frontman spoke out after the band was announced in January, also featuring Disturbed bassist John Moyer. And despite appearing in a video alongside the rest of the lineup, he insisted he "didn't even know what their names were" and that "it was something I did when I wasn't doing anything."

Asked if Weiland was aware that Art Of Anarchy was aiming to be a fully-fledged band project, Bumblefoot tells's Bob Schallau,, "Well, we thought it was. It's complicated (laughs). And also it has to do with legal stuff. It would have to do with contracts and all that. So I probably shouldn't talk too much about it. That could get in the way of whatever.

"But it was... I mean I don't want to throw anybody under the bus or anything, but contracts were worded clearly. We all knew what we were getting into and thought each other knew what we were getting into. So anything else came as a shock.

"And even when we announced the existence of the band in January, the night before camps were in touch with each other approving the bio and all those things so that nothing was a surprise. Even things that we didn't need to be in touch about like, 'Here's what I'm gonna say on Twitter, just so you know,' out of courtesy so that nothing for any reason rubs anyone the wrong way.

"And we made the announcement and then (laughs) we saw in the middle of... (pauses). Yeah. So it was disappointing. I would have much preferred if Scott had called me and said, 'Can we find a different way of doing this or wording this', or something that would be less damaging." Read more here.

The Rolling Stones Jam Classic Song With Brad Paisley

The Rolling Stones were joined by Brad Paisley for a performance of their 1971 classic, "Dead Flowers", in Nashville on Wednesday and video of the jam has been posted online.

Paisley did double-duty on the evening, opening the Stones' show at the city's LP Field, where he brought on special guests Carrie Underwood and Joe Walsh.

"We've got so many country artists here tonight," joked Mick Jagger, "When I went to the VIP room back stage, wow, I've never seen so much heartbreak!" Keith Richards added "We should come here more often. It's a great town."

The Rolling Stones are currently playing concerts on their Zip Code tour of North America to promote the expanded reissue of "Sticky Fingers", which is rounded out with alternate and unreleased tracks from the sessions. Watch video of the jam here.

New Beatles Musical Coming Next Year

A musical based on the Beatles' sessions in Abbey Road Studios will be staged at London's Royal Albert Hall next year. A replica of the iconic premises' Studio Two will be built for the production, set to open in April.

Producer Stig Edgren tells The Times: "It will be a musical documentary giving audiences an honest, respectful and accurate recreation of how history was made."

And he's insisted the cast won't be made up of Fab Four lookalikes. "We're not trying to look like the Beatles - we're trying to sound like them," he says. "The idea is you're watching them in recording mode." Read more here.

The Supersuckers Launch Eddie Spaghetti Cancer Fund

The Supersuckers have launched a fundraising campaign to assist frontman Eddie Spaghetti's cancer fight. They revealed earlier this week that he'd been diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer, forcing the cancellation of a European tour.

Last night's concert in Seattle was their last before he undergoes surgery on June 29, to be followed by radiation treatment and possibly chemotherapy. Spaghetti's wife Jessika Daly has told how the diagnosis was confirmed during a family road trip. She says on the band website: "On the afternoon of Monday, June 15, after five long days of holding our breath, the phone finally rang.

"'Eddie, you have stage three oropharynx cancer and you should come in for surgery as soon as possible. I was driving the car, and even though we knew the call was coming, I had to pull over. I couldn't breathe. He was scrambling for paper and a pen and I just felt my arms get weak. I saw his face become tense and scared. This was the news we'd waited impatiently for - it was the call that would change everything." Read more here.

Rammstein's Lindemann Feels Newcomers Don't Have A Chance In Music

Till Lindemann believes up-and-coming rock bands face an impossible task to make a living from their music. And the Rammstein vocalist insists there will be no future acts to take the place of the current global giants.

Lindemann tells Rock Sverige: "The only thing I can say is that I don't want to start a band these days. It's quite impossible to live off of it. The record companies don't give you a chance, like in the old days when they went, 'Here's a pile of money - go make a good record.'"

He describes modern music as "fast produced, home made, all digital and low-budget," and adds: "As a newcomer you have no chance. Everything is cheap and low budget, in my opinion." Read more here.




Def Leppard
's inaugural fan cruise, "Hysteria on the High Seas," a unique, four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami next January 21-25, 2016 aboard the MSC Divina, goes on sale today (6/18).

One of the greatest rock bands of all time, Def Leppard, will sail with their fans aboard the MSC Divina for the entire cruise, as "Hysteria on the High Seas" visits Grand Bahama Island and the private island paradise of Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Two payment plans are available for cabins aboard the full-ship charter, which are priced starting at $899 USDper person for double-occupancy cabins, and $600 USD per person for quad rooms (government fees, taxes, and gratuities not included). For booking and more information, visit:

This exclusive cruise is a fantasy camp for enthusiasts of Def Leppard, with non-stop entertainment, activities and fun. While this cruise is about all things Def Leppard, the "Hysteria" continues with some of the great names from the 80's and beyond, with an initial lineup that includes: Tom Keifer; Last in Line; Eric Martin (Mr. Big); Ritchie Kotzen; Kip Winger; Eddie Trunk and Luc Carl with more to come.  In addition, passengers sailing aboard the cruise will received complimentary admission to an exclusive pre-cruise event on Wednesday, January 20 in Miami, FL, featuring special guest artists and more (details TBA).

 Def Leppard's "Hysteria On The Seas" fan cruise will include:

  • Complimentary admission to the Def Leppard Cruise Pre-Partyon January 20 (Details TBA)
  • Stops at two exciting ports of call, Grand Bahama Island and private island oasis, Half Moon Cay.
  • Def Leppard Theater Performance
  • Def Leppard "Storytellers" Performance and Q&A
  • Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell in Last in Line Performance
  • Eddie Trunk's "Def Leppard, Behind the Music"
  • Daily performances from support artists on four stages throughout the ship
  • Support Artist "Storyteller" Performances
  • Support Artist Meet & Greets/Photo Ops, Jams and Q&A Sessions
  • Special Events, Theme Nights and much more
  • Additional Def Leppard events to be announced

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 visit:, or connect on Facebook and Twitter


Yesterday my song "Rockin' in the Free World" was used in an announcement for a U.S. presidential candidate without my permission.

A picture of me with this candidate was also circulated in conjunction with this announcement but It was a photograph taken during a meeting when I was trying to raise funds for Pono, my online high resolution music service.

Music is a universal language. So I am glad that so many people with varying beliefs get enjoyment from my music, even if they don't share my beliefs.

But had I been asked to allow my music to be used for a candidate - I would have said no.

I am Canadian and I don't vote in the United States, but more importantly I don't like the current political system in the USA and some other countries. Increasingly Democracy has been hijacked by corporate interests. The money needed to run for office, the money spent on lobbying by special interests, the ever increasing economic disparity and the well-funded legislative decisions all favor corporate interests over the peoples.

The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling is proof of this corruption, as well as the proposed trade deals, which would further compromise our rights.

These Corporations were originally created to serve us but if we don't appropriately prioritize they will destroy us. Corporations don't have children. They don't have feelings or soul. They don't depend on uncontaminated water, clean air or healthy food to survive. They are beholden to one thing - the bottom line. 

I choose to speak Truth to this Economic Power. When I speak out on corporations hurting the common man or the environment or other species, I expect a well-financed disinformation campaign to be aimed my way.  

Such is the case with the reaction to my new album The Monsanto Years, which covers many of these issues. I support those bringing these issues to light and those who fight for their rights like Freedom of Choice. But Freedom of Choice is meaningless without knowledge.

That's why it's crucial we all get engaged and get informed.  

That's why GMO labeling matters. Mothers need to know what they are feeding their children. They need freedom to make educated choices at the market. When the people have voted for labeling, as they have in Vermont, they need our support when they are fighting these corporate interests trying to reverse the laws they have voted for and passed in the democratic process. 

I do not trust self-serving misinformation coming from corporations and their media trolls. I do not trust politicians who are taking millions from those corporations either. I trust people. So I make my music for people not for candidates.

Keep on Rockin' in the Free World. 

- Neil Young

Ozzy Osbourne Recruits Slash For Halloween Supergroup Performance

Ozzy Osbourne has recruited former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and his Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler to perform with him when he headlines the second night of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on Halloween.

Billed as Ozzy + Friends, the band will also feature former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and there is no word yet which drummer will be performing with the band.

This year's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience takes place on October 30th, 31st and November 1st in New Orleans with Florence + the Machine headlining the first night and Zac Brown Band taking the headline slot on the closing night. Find more information and the full lineup here.

Van Halen Trying To Stop Sammy Hagar From Performing Songs?

Sammy Hagar is claiming that the 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.

"I feel obligated, because listen - we sold 40 million, 47 million records, whatever it was together," Hagar tells Eddie Trunk. "We had all those Number Ones. Those are great songs: 'Right Now.' 'When It's Love.' 'Finish What Ya Started.' … These are great songs that need to be played for the people that supported it during the era, and it actually irritates me when those guys try to act like it never happened."

Hagar then goes on to speculate about the band's motives while attempting to take a shot at the ability of original Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth. "I'm going, 'Why would you shoot yourself in the foot like that just because you can't do them anymore?'," says Hagar. "But don't act like they're not good songs and you can't play them and that they're not worth being played."

The Red Rocker tells Trunk the Van Halen brothers are out to shut his efforts down. "If you wanna know the truth, I'm gonna tell you something that's gonna stir everything and everybody up so bad, you're not going to believe it," Hagar continues. "Eddie and Alex Van Halen are trying to stop me from even being able to play those songs. They have had attorneys and people say 'No, he can't play them.' Sometimes you need permission to play something, like on TV and stuff, and they say no. They will actually fight legally to try and stop me, and I'm going crazy."

"I'm going, 'I'm gonna break these guys' neck'", threatens Hagar. "It's like they're so jealous they can't do them and they don't want them to be heard because they want to pretend like it never happened because of what they're doing now.

"When I got wind of this. I was going nuts. I've hired an attorney and I'm gonna fight these guys to the end. Those are my songs! I wrote every lyric and every frickin' melody on every one of those songs, and for those guys to say I can't sing my own songs … oh my God, I'm going crazy." Read more and listen to the full interview here.

Journey Hire New Drummer In Wake Of Deen's Arrest

Journey have hired drummer Omar Hakim for their summer tour following the arrest of longtime member Deen Castronovo on domestic violence charges in Oregon on June 14.

The band issued the following statement: "We Journey have made the decision to have Omar Hakim play drums for the band's upcoming U.S. concerts (Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 20 and the Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah on Saturday, July 4), as well as the band's Canadian tour (July 6 - August 3), due to Deen Castronovo's pending issues. We are very grateful to Omar filling in with his musical excellence."

Castronovo was arrested in Salem, Oregon after an early morning domestic dispute that saw the drummer charged with assault, coercion, and menacing; he was released on bail and a plea hearing has been scheduled for June 30. Read more here.


Blues Traveler, Butch Trucks & Very Special Guests ft. Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Jack Pearson, Lamar Williams Jr., Bill Evans, Bruce Katz, & Pat Bergeson, Ron Holloway Band

 Special Author Readings/Signings from:
Bill Kreutzmann & Benjy Eisen "Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead;"

Jaimoe & Alan Paul  "One Way Out: The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band"

AUGUST 13-16 | 2015 The Pavilion at Montage Mountain & Montage Mountain Water Park   

Tickets On Sale Now at

 The Peach Music Festival just announced the final line-up additions for this year's event, including Blues Traveler and Butch Trucks & Very Special Guests Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Jack Pearson, Lamar Williams Jr., Bill Evans, Bruce Katz, & Pat Bergeson and also the Ron Holloway Band.    In addition, there will be two special author readings/signings with Bill Kreutzmann & Benjy Eisen - Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead and Jaimoe & Alan Paul One Way Out: The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band. The new add-ons will close out an already stacked line-up featuring Gregg Allman, Santana, Bob Weir and Billy and the Kids, Willie Nelson & Family, Warren Haynes ft. Railroad Earth, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, and many more.

The Peach is again returning to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain & Montage Mountain Water Park in Scranton, PA on Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 16 for four days of camping, multiple stages, music, a water park and so much more. The Peach is the first-ever ABB-inspired festival in the Northeast Pennsylvania region and continues to grow into a summer festival staple loved by fans from across the nation.

Advance 4-Day passes and camping passes are on sale now and available at 4-day tickets start at only $155 (while supplies last, additional fees may apply). For full package, VIP and festival details, go to

Full Festival lineup:

Gregg Allman, Santana, Bob Weir and Billy and the Kids, Willie Nelson & Family, Warren Haynes ft. Railroad Earth, Butch Trucks & Very Special Guests Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Jack Pearson, Lamar Williams Jr., Bill Evans, Bruce Katz & Pat Bergeson, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Lotus, Old Crow Medicine Show, G. Love & Special Sauce, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Blues Traveler, Australian Pink Floyd, Beats Antique, Papadosio, Dark Star Orchestra (2 sets), Hard Working Americans, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Oteil & Roosevelt, Rusted Root, Dumpstaphunk, Dopapod, Cabinet (3 sets), The Werks, Twiddle, Deep Banana Blackout, Zoogma, Kung Fu, Tauk, Whiskey Myers, Holloway Kadlecik Project, Ron Holloway Band, The Heavy Pets, Bobby Lee Rodgers, American Babies, Turbo Suit, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Aqueous, Flux Capacitor, McLovins, Adam Ezra Band, Natalie Cressman, The Alchemystics, Miz & Friends, Tweed, The Blind Owl Band. This year, The Peach will host Sunday Sessions that include performances by Preservation Hall Jazz Band ft. Bob Weir; plus Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel.

Guns N' Roses Guitarist Was Blindsided By Backlash

Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba had never seen anything negative about himself online - until he joined Axl Rose's band. He replaced Robin Finck in 2009 and remains a part of the lineup that's said to be releasing new music next year. He's previously told how Rose had decided that "If he shows up in the room, he has the gig."

Ashba says in a Q&A session at GearFest in Indiana: "Even after I accepted and everything, I had no idea that the shoes I was stepping into were pretty hardcore.

"I'd never read a bad thing about me on the internet ever - it was like, 'You're not Slash. F*** you!' And I'm like, 'Oh sh*t, this is a whole different thing.'

"That kind of blindsided me, because my head wasn't even there. I was like, 'I'm a fan of the band. I'm just trying to help keep that music alive.'" He reflects: "I finally slowly won some of them over, so that's good." Read more here.


Ex-Judas Priest/Iced Earth vocalist visits Camden’s Devonshire Arms on July 15th

London, UK, June 17, 2015 – Metal legend Tim “Ripper” Owens commences his UK tour with a meet and greet appearance at the Devonshire Arms. The event is a chance for him and his band to connect with London’s metal fans on a more personal level and of course sign a few autographs.

“Hey all, I am really looking forward to touring the UK one of my favorite places in the world and I can't wait to start it off with a rare personal appearance to meet and hang with fans in London” Tim ‘Rippper’ Owens

Local bands Immortal Machinery and Dethonator kick the evening off, with music continuing into the night from DJ Elric (Into the Pit – metal club night/online radio show) and DJ 69 (Bloodstock’s Club Serpent/Retribution Alive – metal club night).

“This is going to be a memorable night… Ripper has been a big influence on us.” Members of Dethonator


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Double Disc All-Instrumental Album Features Legendary Guitarist Schon With Keyboardists Jan Hammer And Igor Len, Alongside Journey's Steve Smith

New York, NY --- Mascot Label Group's Music Theories Recordings and Neal Schon, in partnership with Guitar World, have premiered a full album stream of the 2-CD June 23rd release Vortex here:  The title is available for pre-order at iTunes (, Amazon ( and via Mascot Label Group: (

Neal Schon's upcoming all-instrumental album utilizes rock as its foundation, while also embracing elements of jazz, classical and world music in an 18-track stunning, sonically explosive collection of original compositions.  The release is dedicated to Schon's best friend and wife, who serves as his true inspiration every day (Both "Lady M" and "Triumph of Love" were written for her, the latter of which he performed at their wedding on December 15, 2013).  Schon shares, "This is an evolutionary album for me.  I’ve always aspired to be a better player and push musical boundaries. And sure, I’ve sold 80-million records with Journey, and I’m proud of that, but this album is really me — all based on my guitar, which is my ‘voice.’ It’s bold. There’s love, and there’s definitely fire and an element of danger. And the energy level is off the hook.”

That’s evident from the first, mysterious-sounding measures of “Miles Beyond,” the scalding tribute to jazz genius Miles Davis’ pioneering fusion recordings that opens the album. The tune blends Schon’s soaring leads, tectonic plates of grinding rhythm and brilliantly layered melodies within an arrangement that embraces Middle Eastern flourishes plus flashes of African drumming by Steve Smith. “Schon & Hammer Now” is a furious jam between the guitarist and his longtime friend and creative foil, Grammy-winning keyboardist Jan Hammer, whose many accomplishments include charter membership in the groundbreaking Mahavishnu Orchestra.  And the two match their brilliant technique and relentless invention throughout, sparring with the grace and speed of a young Mohammad Ali.  Schon reveals, "Jan is all over this album. I wrote the material to give Jan room to stretch.  There are not many three minute ditties. It’s all huge, epic, bombastic…futuristic.”  After hearing the completed album for the first time, Hammer made a succinct observation, “This is fucking amazing.”

“Airliner NS910” is further proof. It’s all speed and swagger, with Schon skywriting the song’s sweetly singing theme in the indelible vapor trail of the instantly recognizable operatic tones of his signature model Paul Reed Smith guitars. He reflects, "Since Vortex is a two-record set, it's both my ninth and tenth solo albums.  That’s where the ‘NS910’ comes from."

The music of Vortex originated in the hard drives that Schon is constantly filling with ideas for riffs, melodies and chord progressions at home. But they came to life at Berkeley’s Fantasy Studios, his preferred spot for recording since Journey cut the 10-times-platinum number-one album Escape there in 1981. Schon states, "It’s my home away from home.  I spend so much time there that they’ve given me my own locker.”

Schon produced and played bass on Vortex, too, and was joined in the studio by Smith and keyboardist Igor Len. Hammer and Len also appeared on Schon’s seventh solo album, The Calling, which was followed by the blues-inspired hard rock album So U.  He offers, "Igor and Jan complement each other, and me, beautifully."  And Vortex’s “Eternal Love” is a testament to Len’s creativity. The song, a richly emotional ballad, features Len alone on piano. The guitarist observes, “He sat down and played the tune spontaneously, and it was so gorgeous and deep that I had to have it on my album.” Schon offers his own reflective solo performance on Vortex with the sparsely arranged acoustic guitar meditation “Mom,” dedicated to his mother, Barbara Schon. He reveals, "Like most of the performances on this album, it wasn’t premeditated.  I’d just pick up a guitar and tell my engineer Jesse Nichols to hit ProTools.”

The intensely creative guitar giant has always had a seemingly innate ability to make glorious music. He began playing at age five and was inspired by soul vocalists like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and blues and jazz guitarists ranging from B.B. King Albert King, and Eric Clapton to Wes Montgomery. When Schon was just 15 years old, Carlos Santana invited him to join his band. Schon’s recording debut was on the classic 1971 album Santana III. He played the solo on the LP’s hit single “Everybody’s Everything.” Recently Schon has been working with Carlos Santana on a new album, co-writing songs and playing key performances including homecoming Santana concerts in Guadalajara and Mexico City that included Journey as the opening band.

Schon formed Journey in 1973 and has led the band through its astonishing 42-year history. Along the way Journey has sold well over 80 million albums, amongst which the band's Greatest Hits release was certified Diamond by the RIAA for sales in excess of 10 million copies.  To date sales now exceed 15 million copies.  Eight other Journey album releases have been certified multi-platinum.  Neal Schon co-wrote the timeless hit “Don’t Stop Believin,’" which now holds the title as the most digitally downloaded song in history.  Seventeen additional Journey singles were Top 40 hits,  Schon has received multiple Grammy award nominations for both his work with Journey and his solo recordings. And Journey has been nominated for the Rock ‘n’ Hall of Fame.

Besides solo albums and tours and his historic work with Journey, Schon has an extensive history of blue-ribbon collaborations. These include co-founding the supergroup Bad English and forming bands with vocalists Paul Rodgers and Sammy Hagar. He released two collaboration albums with Jan Hammer, Untold Passion and Here To Stay, while also performing on releases from Michael Bolton, Return to Forever’s Lenny White and many others. 

One thing he’s never done is considered resting on his laurels. Schon reflects, "I feel more aware and alive now than I've ever been.  Part of that is the sobriety I've had for the last seven years. I’ve also evolved as a person and a player though understanding the value of being in the moment – letting things happen and not thinking too much. There's an old blues saying: ‘If you’re thinkin’, you’re stinkin’.  When you stop thinking and just play from the heart, you discover your own voice. That’s the real thing, and that’s what Vortex is about for me.”

Rammstein To Begin New Album Later This Year

Rammstein will begin work on their seventh album in September, according to Peter Tagtgren. The Pain and Hypocrisy mainman has been working with the band's Till Lindemann on their Lindemann side-project and will release their debut Skills In Pills on June 23 via Warner Bros.

And despite Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe recently saying that the band would reconvene in a year to decide their future and that there was "no plan for an album" it seems as if that's changed - although the material might not be ready until 2017.

Tagtgren tells Bloody Disgusting: "Till is going to go back to Rammstein in September to begin pre-production stuff and he says that it usually takes two years from when they start until the album is done."

Tagtgren also reveals that Lindemann are already working on their second album - even before their debut's been released. He continues: "We're rolling already. We were already writing stupid lyrics when we were drunk and sh*t. We're going at it. We're going to go as long as we have inspiration." Read more here.

Massive Alice Cooper Box Set Coming

Alice Cooper will release "The Studio Albums 1969-1983", a 15 CD box set containing the rocker's complete output for Warner Bros. Records. Due July 31, the package opens with 1969's "Pretties For You" and runs to 1983's "DaDa."

The box presents material form the original Alice Cooper Band, a lineup that included guitarists Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith.

The group recorded seven albums together, including four consecutive platinum records that culminated with the 1973 No. 1 album, "Billion Dollar Babies."

The set is presented in a clamshell box and includes 15 albums, each one featuring the original artwork. Read more here.

Geddy Lee Reveals The Secret To Rush's Longevity

Rush frontman Geddy Lee says the band always ruled out adding members to their lineup - even when he was struggling to play all his parts in the early 1980s.

He wound up delivering lead vocals, bass, synth, foot pedals and triggering backing tracks when the Canadian giants explored a more electronic sound. Lee tells Rolling Stone: "Every rehearsal, I was screaming, 'I can't do it!' But it just felt wrong to have another dude on stage with us. We talked about it all the time. We still talk about it. But it's a no-go zone - can't do it."

He believes the balance between him, Alex Lifeson and Neal Peart is the secret to their longevity. "We're never mean to each other," he says. "If we disagree, we pout. That's sort of the Canadian way. But we did love punching Alex when he said something stupid."

Drummer Peart reflects: "If any of us were the slightest bit less stable, the slightest bit less disciplined, less humorous or more mean, or in any way different, it wouldn't have worked. There's a miracle there." Read more here.

Led Zeppelin Release Promo Video For 'Presence' Expanded Reissue

Led Zeppelin have issued a video preview of the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1976 album, "Presence." Due July 31, the project features the original album plus a bonus disc featuring five unreleased mixes from the sessions, including alternate versions of "For Your Life," "Achilles Last Stand" and "Royal Orleans" alongside the previously unheard instrumental, "10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)."

Led Zeppelin's seventh record, "Presence" hit No. 1 on both sides of the Atalantic, topping the UK charts and the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than 3 million copies in the States alone.

"Presence" is one of three albums set to be issued on July 31 that will wrap up a year-long campaign by the group; also due is 1979's "In Through The Out Door" and 1982's "Coda."

All three have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a companion audio disc featuring previously unreleased material related to the original release. Watch the promo video here.

America's Classic Albums Set For Remastered Box Set

Rhino will be releasing a new box set of America's classic album catalog from their time on Warner Bros. records. The "America: The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1977" 8-disc box set will be released on July 17th.

The label announced that the box set will be housed in a "clamshell box with each album in a CD wallet that replicates all of the original album art and inserts" and the music was taken from 2014 audio masters.

The set will include the following albums: America (1971), Homecoming (1972), Hat Trick (1973), Holiday (1974), Hearts (1975), Hideaway (1976), Harbor (1977), and America Live (1977). Fans can preorder the set here.

Fans Can Sign Dave Grohl's Cast Via Twitter

Adoring fans can now sign Dave Grohl's cast and all they need is Twitter. Fans were blown away by the rock god's insatiable desire to please his audience last week when he fell from the stage in Sweden and broke his leg, only to return and play the rest of the two-and-a-half hour set before being rushed to the hospital.

So, to give back to the indestructible Foo Fighter, creative agency EVB and web development group Bauscode came up with a way for anyone, anywhere to show their support.

In what the team is calling Operation #SignDavesCast, fans can log into SignDavesCast or simply tweet their well-wishes to Grohl tagging it with the hashtag #SignDavesCast.

While the tweets will appear on a virtual cast on the website, some will be chosen to be printed on a flexible cast sleeve and presented to Grohl while he recuperates from his post-injury surgery. Read more here.

Walter Trout Reveals Video Footage From Comeback Show

Walter Trout has released a backstage video clip shot during his return to action at London's Royal Albert Hall this week. He's on the road to recovery after the liver transplant that saved his life last year, assisted by fans who raised more than $250,000 to help with his medical bills.

Before the show Trout made the following admission: "I thought it was over. Even when I got the liver I couldn't play a note. It's been a long haul - but it feels awesome."

After receiving a standing ovation from the audience after his emotional performance, he can only say: "I have no words. I'm still overwhelmed. I can't express it."

Check out his upcoming tour dates and watch the video here.

Slash, ZZ Top, Godsmack Lead Louder Than Life Lineup

Louder than Life festival made its debut last fall in Louisville, Ky., and it's back to rock a second year. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, ZZ Top and Godsmack are among the big names slated for this year's festivities, which will take place Oct. 3 and 4 at Champions Park.

Other acts confirmed for the 2015 lineup include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, Seether, Bring Me the Horizon, Chevelle, Collective Soul, Of Mice & Men, Atreyu, Sevendust, Hinder, Saint Asonia, Hollywood Undead, Black Stone Cherry and 10 Years, among others.

Like last year, the festival will also offer award-winning bourbons, spirits and "gourmet man food" with more than 70 food vendors. "We're amping up about making the show at Louisville's Louder than Life," ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons said in a statement. "It's a win/win/win with rockin' and rollin,' terrific cuisine, and downright downable drinks. Even while performing we'll make way to check it out." Read more here.

Stevie Nicks Dedicates 'Landslide' Performance To Dave Grohl

Stevie Nicks gave Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl a special mention during Fleetwood Mac's gig Sunday at England's Isle of Wight festival. According to NME, Nicks dedicated the song "Landslide" to Grohl, who broke his leg after falling off the stage during a gig Friday in Sweden and somehow insisted on finishing the show.

"I'd like to dedicate this to Dave Grohl," Nicks told the crowd, NME reports. "Falling off stage, getting up and playing a two-and-a-half-hour set, I think that's awesome."

Nicks and Grohl know each other through working together on various projects. Nicks appeared in Grohl's 2013 documentary Sound City, and she has also recorded with him.

Grohl, thankfully, is okay, but the injury has caused Foo Fighters to cancel the remainder of their U.K. and European tour dates. Read more here.

Scorpions Announce North American Album Release and Tour

The Scorpions have announced a September 11th North American release date for an expanded version of their 19th studio album "Return To Forever," and they will be launching a tour to support the release this fall.

The new North American version will include 19 songs in all, including the three exclusive songs as well as four bonus tracks. The new version will be released in various formats including digital, CD and vinyl.

Frontman Klaus Meine had this to say about the album, "We have been overwhelmed with the amazing response to our new album across the globe and can't wait to finally release Return To Forever in North America.

He adds, "We have always had such a special connection with our incredible fans and are so excited to get them the new album and return to play live this fall."

On the eve of the album release, the band will be kicking off the North American leg of their Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour which will feature support from Queensryche.

The tour is scheduled to get underway on September 10th in Boston, MA at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion and will be concluding on October 9th in Seattle, WA at the ShoWare Center.

1. Going Out With A Bang
2. We Built This House
3. Rock My Car
4. House Of Cards
5. All For One
6. Rock 'N' Roll Band
7. Catch Your Luck And Play
8. Rollin' Home
9. Hard Rockin' The Place
10. Eye Of The Storm
11. The Scratch
12. Gypsy Life
13. The World We Used to Know
14. Dancing With The Moonlight
15. When The Truth Is A Lie
16. Who We Are
17. Crazy Ride (exclusive)
18. One And One Is Three (exclusive)
19. Delirious (exclusive)

Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour Dates:
09/10 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
09/12 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
09/13 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook
09/16 Moncton, NB Canada Moncton Coliseum
09/18 Toronto, ON Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
09/19 Montreal, QC Canada Bell Centre
09/22 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
09/23 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
09/25 Windsor, ON Canada Caesar's Windsor TBA
09/26 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
09/29 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
10/1 San Jose, CA SAP Center
10/3 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
10/6 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
10/7 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Hotel
10/9 Seattle, WA ShoWare Center

Kansas Working On First New Album Since 2000

Kansas have confirmed they're working on their first album since 2000's Somewhere To Elsewhere. Studio sessions began this week for what will be vocalist Ronnie Platt's debut, after he took over for Steve Walsh last year.

Drummer Phil Ehart says in a short video: "Kansas are in the studio today, starting our first new recordings in 14 years. We're pretty excited about that. The album will be out next year - in about three and a half years, four years!"

Guitarist Rich Williams talked up the chances of a studio return earlier this year, crediting Platt with re-energising the band. He said: "Having someone in now that's hungry and really wants to do this, there is no barricade." Check out the video the band posted here.

 Styx Box Set and Classic Albums Reissues Coming

Eight classic Styx albums are set to be released on heavyweight 180g vinyl both individually and in an 8-disc box set entitled "The A&M Years 1975-1984" on July 17th.

The reissues, part of UMe's "Back to Black" vinyl reissue series will include seven studio albums from the band's time with A&M records (Equinox (1975), Crystal Ball (1976), The Grand Illusion (1977), Pieces Of Eight (1978), Cornerstone (1979), Paradise Theatre (1981) and Kilroy Was Here (1983), and the double live album Caught In The Act (1984).

The box set will include all eight album and is currently available for preorder here. According to UMe during that era, "Styx earned four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA, along with 16 Top 40 smashes, including "Renegade," "Come Sail Away," and "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)."

Official Statement from Neil Young:

"Donald Trump was not authorized to use "Rockin' In The Free World" in his presidential candidacy announcement.  Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America."


First Six Albums Remastered Directly from the Analog Recordings

Newly remastered versions of Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning and Diver Down will be released on Friday, July 10, 2015.  Pre-orders for Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, and Diver Down on vinyl and CD are available now. Fans who prefer the digital version can purchase those albums now.

Mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA, was enlisted for the new versions of these six early Van Halen albums with David Lee Roth. In order to produce the original sound the band intended, Bellman cut straight from the quarter-inch, original analog tapes for CD; for 180-gram vinyl; and for the digital version. All six newly mastered albums will be available as a special set.
Remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984 were released on March 31, the same day that VAN HALEN released Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, a newly recorded live album featuring 23 songs that span of the band’s albums with Roth. Tokyo Dome Live in Concert is available as a double CD; four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl; and digitally.  A deluxe collection featuring Tokyo Dome Live In Concert and the newly remastered Van Halen and 1984 albums, as both a four-CD set and a six-LP vinyl set in special packaging, is also available. 
Van Halen announced a 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, which kicks off July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre, with concerts scheduled through October 4th when the band performs its first-ever performance at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. The tour will feature some of the classic hits included on TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT, such as “Dance The Night Away,” “Beautiful Girls,” “And The Cradle Will Rock…” “Unchained,” and “Everybody Wants Some!!” as well as blistering versions of “She’s The Woman,” and “China Town” from the group’s most recent studio album, A Different Kind of Truth. Most notably the band will be playing deep cuts that have never been played on stage before.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, VAN HALEN changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album and subsequently produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, and more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart than any other artist, the band's record of achievement is hard to top. The eponymous debut album and 1984 were both certified Diamond, for U.S. sales in excess of 10 million, placing them on an elite short list of double RIAA-certified Diamond Award honorees. VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

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 All dates, cities and venues subject to change.

Sunday, July 5

Seattle, WA

White River Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 7

Portland, OR

Amphitheater Northwest

Thursday, July 9

Concord, CA

Concord Pavilion

Saturday, July 11

San Bernardino, CA

San Manuel Amphitheater

Tuesday, July 14

Irvine, CA

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Thursday, July 16

Mountain View, CA

Shoreline Amphitheatre

Saturday, July 18

Salt Lake City, UT

USANA Amphitheatre

Monday, July 20

Morrison, CO

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Wednesday, July 22

Kansas City, MO

Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

Friday, July 24

Chicago, IL

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Sunday, July 26

St. Louis, MO

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 28

Pittsburgh, PA

First Niagara Pavilion

Thursday, July 30

Bangor, ME

Darling's Waterfront Pavilion    

Saturday, August 1

Boston, MA

Xfinity Center

Monday, August 3

Cleveland, OH

Blossom Music Center

Wednesday, August 5

London, ON

Western Fair District

Friday, August 7

Toronto, ON

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Sunday, August 9

Holmdel, NJ

PNC Bank Arts Center

Tuesday, August 11

Hartford, CT

Xfinity Center

Thursday, August 13

Wantagh, NY

Nikon At Jones Beach Theater

Saturday, August 15

Wantagh, NY

Nikon At Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, August 23

Hershey, PA

Hershey Park

Tuesday, August 25

Darien Center, NY

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Thursday, August 27

Camden, NJ

Susquehanna Bank Center

Saturday, August 29

Washington DC

Jiffy Lube Live

Monday, August 31

Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center

Wednesday, September 2

Indianapolis, IN

Klipsch Music Center

Friday, September 4

Detroit, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sunday, September 6

Bethel, NY

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Wednesday, September 9

Raleigh, NC

Walnut Creek Amphitheater

Friday, September 11

Charlotte, NC

PNC Music Pavilion

Sunday, September 13

Tampa, FL

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Tuesday, September 15

West Palm Beach, FL

Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Thursday, September 17

Birmingham, AL

Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Monday, September 21

Austin, TX

Austin360 Amphitheater

Wednesday, September 23

Dallas, TX

Gexa Energy Pavilion

Friday, September 25

Houston, TX

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Monday, September 28

Phoenix, AZ

Ak-Chin Pavilion

Wednesday, September 30

San Diego, CA

Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Friday, October 2

Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Bowl

Deadline Music To Release New Anthology By Hard Rock Legends AXE - “Rock 'n' Roll Party In The Streets”!

Los Angeles - Much to the excitement of rock fans worldwide, Deadline Music will be releasing a 2CD blockbuster career retrospective from one of the unsung heroes of classic hard rock who toured with every major metal act from Iron Maiden to KISS to Mötley Crüe, the indomitable AXE! The anthology includes the band's biggest hit single “Rock 'n' Roll Party In The Streets,” plus select cuts from the much sought after first 2 studio albums and much more!

AXE was formed in 1978 from the ashes of a band called Babyface and began recording their first album, “AXE” in 1979 and started a tour that lasted until 1984. Their second album, “Living On The Edge”, followed in 1980. In 1981, AXE changed labels and recorded “Offering” for ATCO Atlantic featuring the hit “Rock and Roll Party In the Streets.” The song reached #59 on the Billboard charts of the most-played-songs in 1982, and became a nationwide rock anthem. After 19 months of touring with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, the Scorpions, ZZ Top and Motley Crue, it was time to record the fourth AXE album - “Nemesis”. Continued success meant more touring. Band leader Bobby Barth was seriously injured in a car crash that led to the disbanding AXE and later joining Blackfoot. After his stint with Blackfoot, Barth took his talents to Australia to join Angry Anderson (Rose Tattoo), hitting the Top 5 on the Australian charts.

The reformed 1997 AXE line up featured former Frank Zappa vocalist Bob Harris, Bobby Barth on guitars, Edgar Riley Jr on keyboards and original drummer Teddy Mueller plus bassist Blake Eberhard, and keyboardist Rob Lowe. To his credit, Bob Harris has performed with some of the greatest artists in the music industry. Covering vocals and keys for Frank Zappa, he proved his ability as an outstanding musician and writer. Blake Eberhard is one of Colorado's premier studio and live bassists. He joined AXE after being hired by Barth for several recording sessions, and added a new dimension to the AXE sound. In the interim period between the band's split and the reformation, Edgar Riley Jr had worked with Frank Zappa and had also played with several unidentified bands in the Southern states of America and Teddy Mueller had got involved in the publishing industry.

“AXE has been one of the greatest musical and personal adventures in my life. However, it was always bitter sweet, because the tragic death of Michael Osborne created the space that I later filled. I will always be thankful to my friend Mark Pinske for introducing me to Bobby Barth. From the start he mentored me into the band's style and graciously included me in the writing process, and became one of my dearest friends for life. AXE has always been about the music - not the hype - and I feel honored to be a part of it.” - Bob Harris

A brand new AXE album, “AXE (Twenty Years From Home)” was released in September 1997 featuring re-recorded versions of choice tracks from each of the first four AXE albums, plus two from the recently released V record. For their 2001 album “The Crown” the group inducted new personnel guitarist Danny Masters and drummer Christian Teele. AXE would release a limited edition mini album “Live In America 1981” to commemorate their European 2001 tour dates. In the mid-2000's, AXE reformed again including singer Bob Harris and adding new members, Brad Banhagel, David Landes. The band toured throughout the US and Europe.

Now AXE fans worldwide are rejoicing with the pending release of AXE's “Rock 'n' Roll Party In The Streets – The Best Of”!

1. Life's Just An Illusion
2. Hang On
3. Sympathize
4. Forever
5. Back On The Streets
6. Battles
7. Living On The Edge
8. Fantasy Of Love
9. First Time, Last Time
10. Carry On
11. Running The Gauntlet
12. For A Little While
13. Rock 'n' Roll Party In The Streets*
14. Steal Another Fantasy*
15. Jennifer*
16. Burn The City Down*
17. Now Or Never*
18. Holdin' On*
19. Silent Soldiers*
20. BONUS TRACK: Bad Sometimes

1. Heat In The Streets*
2. Young Hearts*
3. All Through The Night*
4. Eagle Flies Alone*
5. Let The Music Come Back*
6. Masquerade*
7. Magic (In Our Eyes)
8. Heroes and Legends
9. Burn Me Once Burn Me Twice
10. Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
11. Any Place On This Highway (Is Home)
12. The Crown
13. Good Times
14. Torturous Game
15. Foolish Deception
16. BONUS TRACK: No Heroes

*Re-Recorded Versions

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Motor Sister to perform with Steel Panther next week

New music video online now!

Motor Sister to Take Part in Motörhead's "Motörboat"

Motor Sister have just confirmed a special show on June 26th in San Francisco with Steel Panther! The show is at the Regency Theater, and doors are at 8pm. Get tickets online now at HERE. In celebration of this show announcement, Motor Sister is proud to release a brand new music video for "Beg Borrow Steal" from their Metal Blade Records debut, "Ride." The Jack Bennett directed video is streaming now at!

Motörhead's "Motörboat" is known for their amazing lineups, and it was only fitting that Motor Sister be part of the bill. The band will bring the songs of Mother Superior to the high seas for the first time! The cruise takes place September 28th through October 2nd and more info can be found at

Motor Sister's "Ride" debuted on the Billboard charts after its first week of release. The album cracked the top 10 with the #9 position on the Billboard New Artist (Heatseekers) chart. Additional chart numbers have been listed below!

#12 Debut @ Billboard Hard Music Albums
#40 Debut @ Billboard Rock Albums
#27 Debut @ Billboard Independent Albums
#163 Debut @ Billboard Top 200 Albums (current)

MOTOR SISTER is a group of musicians whose collective musical pedigrees speak for themselves. Mother Superior founder, guitarist, and vocalist Jim Wilson fronts the band, with Anthrax's Scott Ian on guitar, Pearl Aday on backing vocals, Joey Vera on bass, and John Tempesta on drums.

"All you really need to know about Ride is that it kicks a massive amount of ass" Revolver Magazine

"the retro rock and roll band that you didn't even know you were missing in your life until right now!"

"This is kick ass classic sounding hard rock! Blazing guitars, great vocals and songs! Everything I love most about hard rock music in one killer album." Eddie Trunk

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Studio Album Featuring All New Material Planned For Fall Release Globally Video From The Royal Albert Hall:

Thirteen months ago Walter Trout underwent a successful life-saving liver transplant.  Last night, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the esteemed Bluesman took the stage for the first time following a long, arduous path of extensive rehabilitation and recovery.  The crowd welcomed him with a standing ovation, followed by two more during his performance.  This event was staged to benefit the Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice Care, and with Trout's altruistic commitment to participate in events that benefit good causes, this made the evening more meaningful than ever.

The Lead Belly Fest appearance kicked off a tour that will take Trout across the globe as he resumes his career of fifty plus years.  Trout shares, "I have been dreaming about this moment for so long. After experiencing the immense impact this has had on me as my body shut-down, and I could not walk, talk or even think about playing or singing, this seems almost surreal. It is like a phantom from another era that is mysteriously re-emerging, and here I stand stronger than I have been for years.  It is hard to express how poignant this feels to have my full voice, strength, musicianship and command of musical language back.  I am emotionally charged, explosive with feelings, and over the moon excited to re-experience what I love to do - playing for people – engaging them to walk with me through the Blues. Last night was an amazing experience, and although just a taste of what is yet to come, it feels unbelievable to pick up the guitar, step behind the microphone, and feel alive. My fans showed me so much love, support, and a commitment to help me in my time of need, the moment is here to get back out there and bring the music to each and every one of them who enabled me to see this day."

Walter Trout will make appearances across Europe and North America in the coming months.  His first announced U.S. date sold-out months ago, and will be staged at a venue where he has a long history - The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA on July 10. 

Confirmed appearances include:
7/05     Thunder Bay, ON                                           Thunder Bay Blues Festival
7/10     San Juan Capistrano, CA                                The Coach House
7/15     Ottawa, ON                                                    Ottawa Blues Festival
7/16     Gravenhurst, ON                                            Peter's Players
7/18     Kansas City, MO                                            Knucklehead's Saloon
7/19     St. Louis, MO                                                 Old Rock House
7/21     Davenport, IA                                                 Redstone Room
7/23     Sioux City, IA                                                 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/25     St. Paul, MN                                                   Lowertown Blues Festival
7/26     Omaha, NE                                                     Playing With Fire @ Miller's Landing
7/29     Bay Shore, NY                                                Boulton Center
7/30     Shirley, MA                                                    Bull Run
7/31     Norfolk, CT                                                    Infinity Music Hall
8/01     Wilmington, DE                                              Riverfront Blues Festival
8/02     Annapolis, MD                                               Ram's Head
8/04     New York, NY                                                B.B. King's Blues Club
8/05     Sellersville, PA                                                Sellersville Theatre
8/07     Niagara Falls, NY                                            Bear's Den @ Seneca Casino
8/08     Wheeling, WV                                                Heritage Blues Festival
8/09     Auburn Hills, MI                                            Callahan's
8/11     Cleveland, OH                                                Beachland Ballroom
8/12     Grand Rapids, MI                                          Blues on the Mall
8/14     Chicago, IL                                                      Buddy Guy's Legends
8/15     Wausau, WI                                                    Big Bull Falls Blues Festival
8/22     Taos, NM                                                       Taos Blues Festival
9/10     Las Vegas, NV                                                Big Blues Bender
9/11     Las Vegas, NV                                                Big Blues Bender
9/26     Huntington Beach, CA                                   Huntington Beach Library Theatre
11/17   Stockton, UK                                                  Arc
11/18   Glasgow, UK                                                  ABC
11/20   Holmfirth, UK                                                 Picturedrome
11/21   London, UK                                                    Forum
11/24   Leamington Spa, UK                                      Assembly
11/25   Frome, UK                                                      Cheese & Grain
11/28   Amsterdam, Netherlands                                Carre
12/01   Hamburg, Germany                                        Fabrik
12/02   Berlin, Germany                                             Kesselhaus
12/03   Bochum, Germany                                          RuhrCongress
12/06   Munich, Germany                                          Feriheiz

Walter Trout recently entered the studio to record an album of all new material that will be released this Fall.  His prior effort, THE BLUES CAME CALLIN' captured Trout reflecting on his omnipresent thoughts about mortality and his renewed appreciation for being alive.  Amongst the twelve new songs, ten are originals.  One is written by John Mayall for the occasion, and the other is a J.B. Lenoir cover. Trout searches his soul on this album and lays it bare allowing the celebration of his career to be infused with new appreciation for life.  THE BLUES CAME CALLIN'  was produced by Walter Trout and Eric Corne.  An EPK can be screened here:

Last year, Mascot Label Group's Provogue Records reissued multiple titles from Trout's career, presented a career spanning documentary, and released an official biography Rescued From Reality - The Life and Times of Walter Trout.  Co-written with British music journalist Henry Yates, the manuscript features previously untold stories, and is packed with rare photographs from the Trout's personal archive. It documents an initially blissful childhood, shattered by divorce, abuse, and violence.  As the story unfolds, it leads us through Walter’s life of heartache, poverty, living on the street and being “the only white guy” struggling in famous blues bands in LA in the late 1970’s.  Walter reflects on his time in the 1980’s when nobody cared to hear the blues, to being “discovered” and having long-time gigs as a hard-playing and hard-drinking and drugging globetrotting sideman with Canned Heat and John Mayall.  The book chronicles how Walter eventually became drug-free, broke out on his own and embarked on a solo career in 1989.

Grateful Dead Alums Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh Toast 50th Anniversary InTheStudio

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  maps out “what a long strange trip it’s been” for the last fifty years down the Golden Road of the Grateful Dead in a special two part, two hour summit featuring music and interviews with the band’s Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Phil Lesh. 

“We were just trying to make it from note to note,” admits Grateful Dead singer/songwriter/guitarist Bob Weir when asked if, in 1965, there was any way he and the others in The Warlocks could have imagined the 50th anniversary mania surrounding the Fare Thee Well final concerts beginning June 27 in Santa Clara, CA through the 5th of July in Chicago. 

Words fail and comparisons pale when attempting to describe the 20th century musical phenomenon of the Grateful Dead. In part one we learn that from their inception in San Francisco’s Haight/Ashbury district, the Grateful Dead were highly prolific writers and released many albums through 1980, even releasing two classics in one year, Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty in 1970 containing “Casey Jones”, “Sugar Magnolia”, “Friend of the Devil”, “Box of Rain” and “Truckin’”.  

InTheStudio producer/host Redbeard gives a comprehensive narrative tracing the bands early days with Weir, Hart and Lesh sharing the literal highs and lows; the artists who influenced them, the line-up changes, and the rascals and rip-offs in the business of music that nearly left them broke. Reflecting on the Grateful Dead legacy, Mickey Hart is pragmatic:

“When the music stops, there’s always the mythology. Who knows how long it will go on? We’ll know in a hundred years if it’s a footnote or if it’s really part of the fabric of culture. That’s how you know. History will tell the story.” - Mickey Hart

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Journey's Deen Castronovo Arrested

Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was reportedly arrested for alleged assault and other charges on Sunday morning in Salem, Oregon, according to the gossip site TMZ.

The site reports that the Salem Police Department told them that officers were called to a home believed to be the drummer's around 9A.M. on Sunday and he was arrested without incident.

They also report that Castronovo was released on bail after he was booked and charged with assault, coercion, and menacing. There is no word who else was involved in the incident.

In 2012, Castronovo was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and anger-management classes following an arrest in Salem where he was charged with fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest, interfering with a police report and coercion, according to the local Fox affiliate.

TMZ reports that the 2012 arrest was for the alleged assault of his girlfriend.

Foo Fighters Cancel Tour After Dave Grohl Undergoes Surgery

The Foo Fighters have been forced to cancel their upcoming European concerts as Dave Grohl recovers from surgery that he underwent on Monday after he suffered a broken leg in a fall off the stage during a concert last week.

Grohl released a lengthy statement about the accident and his injuries, saying that he dislocated his ankle and broke his fibula like an "old pair of take out chopsticks."

The band had previously canceled their shows at the Pinkpop Festival (June 14th) and last night's show in St. Gallen, Switzerland (June 16th). They have now cancel their appearances in London on June 19th and 20th, Edinburgh on June 23rd, Belgium on June 25th and their headlining performance at this year's Glastonbury Festival on June 26th.

Here is Grohl's message to fans, "Hey everyone…. Your old pal, Dave here. Been a while, eh? It's been one hell of a year, that's for sure. Looks like we've got some serious catching up to do! Hmmm, let's see…..where do I begin?

"Drumroll, please…. The funniest thing happened to me the other day in Sweden! Two songs into our set at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, I made a mad dash to the right of the stage during MONKEY WRENCH to shred some tasty licks for the kids up front. It was a beautiful night, beautiful stadium, 52,000 screaming people….dream gig! Well….wait for it….I definitely shredded something (ZING!) Wound up feet first over the Edge (pun intended), dropping about 12 feet, dislocating my ankle and snapping my fibula like an old pair of take out chopsticks. Whoopsie daisy. Not good. Without realizing the extent of my injuries, I stood up to get back onstage and crumbled like a sack of Joe Theismanns (look it up, kiddies). That sh*t was B-R-O-K-E.

"As I lay there on my back, I just thought, 'Are you kidding me? We haven't even gotten to the screamy bit of the song and the gig is f***ing OVER?' So, I asked for a microphone and told the audience I'd get fixed up and come right back to finish the show ASAP. Shock? Probably. But, I couldn't stand the thought of such a perfect night going to waste! I looked at our drummer Taylor and said, 'Bust out some Chevy Metal covers while they fix me up!' So, as the band kicked in to 'Stay With Me' by The Faces, the medics poured me onto a stretcher, took me off to the side, cut my favorite pants off (so bummed) and popped my ankle back into place. I asked if I could get back onstage to finish the show, but they said I needed a cast (which was 20 minutes away at the hospital) to hold my ankle in place. So I looked my EMT, Johan in the eyes and said 'Well, then you're coming up there with me right now and holding it in place until they can bring the cast here. Ready?' He stared at me wide-eyed for a second and said, 'OK, lets' go…'

"I don't know who was more scared, me or Johan. 5 minutes later, I don't know who was having more fun, me or Johan. (I actually looked at him in between songs and said 'This is pretty fun, isn't it?' He smiled and nodded yes.)

"Like clockwork, the cast arrived, I walked offstage for a song or two as they put it on me, and then came back to finish the gig. Let's just say that singing our song 'Walk' with a straight face was pretty goddamned hard. 'These Days' was a good one, too. (Easy for you to say! Your leg has never been broken!) All in all, it was without a doubt the single most bizarre Foo Fighters show in the entire 20 years of being a band. Hands down. What seemed like a tragedy at first turned into a triumph, and we all walked away with a new sense of appreciation for what we've got…

"Straight to the hospital for x-rays, where we finally saw the extent of the damage. That's when things got really real. I was told I needed surgery to fix the break. I decided to fly back to London and find a doctor that could see me ASAP. (Thanks for the recommendation, Paul!) An MRI and a few x-rays later, we set a date and prepared for the operation.

"Operation went well. Had a great team and nice stay in hospital. Good curry, too! Thank you to everyone involved. So….here I am, recovering with 6 metal screws in my leg, thinking about a lifetime of holding up TSA lines from here to Kalamazoo….damn.

"Here's the not so witty bit…….My doctors have advised me to lay low for a while. The most important thing now is for me to recover from the surgery, to keep my leg elevated so as to keep swelling down and prevent any infection/complication that could do long term damage. I'm not out of the woods yet, folks…

"Which means, and it kills me to say it…..the doctors have told us to cancel shows. I'm really so sorry, guys. You know I hate to do it, but I'm afraid it's just not physically possible for me at the moment. We're doing our best right now to work out a plan, so bear with us. You know we're good for our word. But for now, I need to make sure we have YEARS of gigs ahead of us….

"You have always stood by our band, and we will always stand by you. Like I say at every show, we wouldn't be here if it weren't for you guys. And I mean that. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I will do everything I can to come back and give you a night to remember for the rest of your lives AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

"Until then…my sincerest apologies. Your friend, Dave PS…….Kanye…..Imma let you have this one….."

 Rush Members Talks Future Music and Special Live Performances

Rush are currently on what they expect will be their last major tour but the members of the band continue to reassure fans that the tour will not be their farewell and they plan to carry on as a band after the trek is over.

Frontman Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson both addressed what the band might do in the future in separate interviews with Lee talking about new music and live options and Lifeson talking about possibilities for future live performances that wouldn't involve a tour.

The Montreal Gazette reports that Lee didn't hesitate when he was asked about another album. He said, "Absolutely. Again, I don't know if my partners agree, but I think they probably do.

"I can certainly see us writing together and putting a musical project together. I cannot really tell you how that would present itself in a live situation. I don't know that there is the will from my two partners to do any kind of tour. But I wouldn't exclude the possibility of doing a set of dates, or some one-off things."

Lifeson meanwhile sees the possibility of the band doing residency type shows in the future. He tells Niagara Falls Review, "I don't see us breaking up or hanging it up, but certainly this kind of touring has become much more difficult.

"So, maybe in the future we'd look at more special-event kind of things. We've always talked about doing, say, five days at Radio City, five days at Massey Hall, those sorts of runs instead of five, six, seven months."

Bumblefoot Felt Guarded In Guns N' Roses

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal recently did an extensive interview with's Bob Schallau to promote the new Art of Anarchy supergroup album project and the conversation turned to Guns N' Roses and he says that he was never able to "comfortably" be himself and not be guarded in the group and he is not sure if the members of the band "ever got to really know each other".

His current status in Guns N' Roses is unclear but he did confirm in the interview that he originally turned down the offer to join the group in 2004 after he was recommended by Joe Satriani.

He said, "Joe recommended me and sent me an email letting me know that in case they reach out that it's not some weird prank or anything, it's legit. A few hours later I heard from one of those guys in the band and we spoke for a couple of months. At the time in 2004 I was putting out an album every year or two, I was touring, I was producing a ton of bands, I was an adjunct professor at SUNY Purchase college teaching music production. I was making music for video games, TV shows, little indie movies. I was doing so many things and I was really happy doing them all. And I felt that every one of those things had a future and were growing and should be nurtured. I knew that if I put all that aside that I would be trading off a lot of things that we're important to me, that meant something to me and I felt had value. I was able to contribute something of worth to the world and I didn't want to give that stuff up. So yeah, originally I told them, 'Look, I don't think I'm the guy for this. I will help you find the right guy. I'd be happy to discretely get in touch with people and help you find the right guy, but I don't think I'm it.'"

He then explained why he decided to join the group in 2006. "Oh, it was a year and a half later and they had a tour coming up. They reached out again and I still didn't want to do it. I just didn't think I was right for it for a lot of reasons. Then my lawyer friend spoke to them on my behalf and said, 'Look, just leave him alone. He doesn't want to do it.' Instead he got back to me and said, 'You may want to talk to them.' And I was saying, 'No! No! No!' He said, 'Just talk to them. Hear what they have to say.' And I'm being a brat saying, 'No! No! No!' He said, 'For me, just talk to them.' And I was like, 'Alright.' So I went down. They were rehearsing in New York and I just brought my guitar, I figured we'd jam a couple of songs that night. So we did, and then the next night another three songs. And we jammed seven times and then hit the road for three months."

Bumblefoot was then asked about Wikipedia entry that said that he was not initially treated well in the band and that he had to "get a little violent" to gain other member's respect. He responded, "You know what, I don't want to get into dirt and all that negative crap. There were so many good things that happened with 'Guns'. People just wanna put all the bad stuff on Wikipedia. They don't wanna talk about any of the good stuff. They don't wanna talk about visiting a children's hospital in Dallas. Well, ultimately when I joined the band, in the first month, it's true and I'm not revealing anything that I haven't already put out there. So it wasn't the warmest welcome. I kind of had to earn it."

He was then asked if there were actual physical fights and he said, "Well, I think it was just more of a situation like a new family member was brought home without the other siblings' consent (laughs), or to their surprise. It was like, 'Who the f*** is this guy?' (laughs). So it took a good minute for us to get to know each other. I don't know if we ever did. I don't know if we ever got to really know each other to be honest. I feel like the environment I was in never gave me a chance to just comfortably be myself and not feel guarded. But that's just me, and that's just the way the pieces fell, you know." Read the full interview here.

Def Leppard's Collen Reveals Side Project Song Featuring David Coverdale

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is previewing his new blues project, Delta Deep, with the release of the track "Private Number" featuring guest vocals by Whitesnake singer David Coverdale.

The lineup includes Collen on guitar and vocals, singer Debbi Blackwell-Cook, Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, and drummer Forrest Robinson.

Due June 23, the band's self-titled debut album includes guest appearances by Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott, Sex Pistols/Manraze drummer Paul Cook and Girl/Manraze bassist Simon Laffy.

Delta Deep formed from a series of jams between Collen and Blackwell-Cook, who were eventually joined by DeLeo and Robinson. Stream the new track here.

AC/DC Classic In Mad Max Video Game Trailer

AC/DC's 1980 classic, "Hells Bells", is featured in the trailer for the upcoming Mad Max video game. Based on the Mad Max film series, the post-apocalyptic vehicular combat and third-person action game video game is set in an open world environment in which players take on the role of the title character.

Developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Mad Max will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 1.

"Hells Bells" was the second single from AC/DC's "Back In Black", one of history's best-selling records with an estimated 50 million copies sold. AC/DC are currently playing shows across Europe on their Rock Or Bust world tour, which marks the return of guitarist Stevie Young and drummer Chris Slade to the lineup following the retirement of founder Malcolm Young and a series of legal issues faced by longtime member Phil Rudd. Check out the game trailer here.

Aerosmith Not Happy About Steven Tyler's New Solo Album

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler says his bandmates are "not happy" about his solo project. He's working on a country music album and insists it's the right thing to do, despite what anyone else might think.

Tyler tells Rolling Stone: "I'm sure they're not happy. But Joe Perry has done five solo albums. I just thought, 'Hey, it's my turn in the barrel.' This is a side-project that's now turned into a love of life.

"I think we've got something here that the radio would love to play. That's why I'm in it - I love to take the power of 'wow' to the 100th degree." But the singer reports relations within the volatile Boston outfit are better than ever. "We try and keep the past out of it," he says. "It's a band and it's a family.

"It'll do it until I come screeching to a halt, all broken and battered. I'll scream, 'Yee-haw, what a ride!'" Read more here.


 As AEROSMITH gears up for their 2015 summer tour, a date has been announced for the release of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.  Due out September 4, the 20-song collection captures the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers delivering a scorching career-spanning show at the famed Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK in June 2014.  Filmed in high definition, the critically acclaimed concert film--which premiered in February with a highly successful nationwide theatrical run--will be available on multiple formats: Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for North America and DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for ROW/Europe.  Details about a special pre-sale--with bonus items--of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will be available in the coming weeks.

Headlining the massive Download Festival as part of the band's "Let Rock Rule" tour, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford unleashed supercharged versions of "Love In An Elevator," "Janie's Got A Gun," "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing," "Dude Looks Like A Lady," "Walk This Way," "Dream On," "Sweet Emotion," "Toys In The Attic," "Mama Kin," and many more.

In the Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 liner notes, David Wild--Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone--describes the performance as having "the same kind of power and overwhelming passion that has always remained at the very heart of the live Aerosmith experience...So whether you were fortunate enough to be there among the crowds at Donington Park that gloriously atmospheric night in 2014--or more likely, if you are just lucky enough to catch up after the fact today--there is only one appropriate shared reaction to what you are seeing and hearing here: genuine rock & roll shock and awe."

"It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night," says Steven Tyler.  "I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more."

"We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best," recalls Joe Perry. "Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember.  We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren't there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll."

"We're really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014," Tom Hamilton adds. "It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it.  Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain."

"I'm grateful to have been able to play this show at Donington," says Joey Kramer. "I thought the band played great, the audience was great. That night was a very special time."

"Playing in Donington has always been a highlight of the tour for us," adds Brad Whitford. "The fervor of the crowd there is a sight to behold and this night was no different."

Fans can now bring home the live experience of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014Breaking down the long-lasting appeal of the band and the contributions of each of its members, Wild writes in the liner notes:

●"Has any frontman ever stayed as deeply connected to the true spirit of rock & roll than Steven Tyler? The man's muse does just not seem to contain an off-switch, and somehow he continues to have more energy onstage now than ever before...take a good look at Tyler on fire here...Tyler's voice remains a tremendous force of nature..."

●"[Perry's] delivered some of the most thrilling and iconic guitar solos in all of rock history...the man is not simply one of our all-time greatest guitarists...Perry has also more than earned his place in the Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Steven Tyler, further validation of their shared place as one of rock's most respected songwriting teams ever."

●"Among many other virtues, Aerosmith is arguably the most soulful band in rock history, and a lot of the credit for that goes to powerhouse yet funky drummer Joey Kramer...Kramer's strong sense of feel provided Aerosmith with a solid foundation that keeps the band pumping...Kramer is the man credited with giving the band its eternally cool name."

●"Rock solid bassist Tom Hamilton is much more than simply half of one of hard rock's best and most versatile rhythm sections...Hamilton is not just a fine musician--he has also co-written a few of the most beloved Aerosmith classics...namely 'Sweet Emotion' and 'Janie's Got A Gun,' as well as a number of other fan favorites."

●"...[Brad Whitford is]...perhaps the group's most effective secret musical weapon...known as Aerosmith's band's rhythm guitarist...Whitford has shown himself to be the absolute perfect guitar slinger to partner with Joe Perry--a more trained axe ace who has done so much to allow Aerosmith to consistently sound like a massive guitar army, and even better yet, one that always wins."

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The Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 track listing is as follows:
1) Train Kept A-Rollin'
2) Eat The Rich
3) Love In An Elevator
4) Cryin'
5) Jaded
6) Livin' On The Edge
7) Last Child
8) Freedom Fighter
9) Same Old Song And Dance
10) Janie's Got A Gun
11) Toys In The Attic
12) I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
13) No More No More
14) Come Together
15) Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
16) Walk This Way
17) Home Tonight
18) Dream On
19) Sweet Emotion
20) Mama Kin


AEROSMITH are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs®, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors.  Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC's "Walk This Way." With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.

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Guns N' Roses Guitarist Says New Album Should Be Out Next Year

Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus reveals in a new interview that he believes that the band will likely release a new album next year and launch a supporting tour.

The band's last album, the long delayed "Chinese Democracy," was released in November of 2008. But if what Fortus tells Stormbringer magazine is correct, fans will not have to wait as long for the follow-up.

Fortus made the new revelation when he and his Dead Daisies bandmate Marco Mendoza were interviewed prior to their Rock In Vienna Festival appearance earlier this month.

He told Stormbringer (via Loudwire), "We're gonna be doing stuff next year." He added, "We're not gonna have anything out this year. Yeah, next year, next year it should be out and we'll be touring." Watch the full interview here.

Rush Will Still Perform Live After Final Tour

Rush frontman Geddy Lee has given thought to how the band could extend their live career beyond their final tour. He reveals his thinking in the cover story of Rolling Stone - marking the first time the Canadian giants have received the rite-of-passage honor.

They're currently on the road on what's been described as the "last major tour of this magnitude" as drummer Neil Peart wants to focus more on family life, and he's suffering from tendonitis, while guitarist Alex Lifeson is dealing with arthritis in his hands.

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

Warren Haynes Changing Things Up On New Solo Album

Warren Haynes has set a July 24th release date for his third solo album "Ashes and Dust". The new effort offered an opportunity for the guitarist/vocalist to present songs that he'd been stockpiling which never felt right for Gov't Mule, the Allman Brothers or his previous solo work.

Haynes collaborated with New Jersey-based Americana band Railroad Earth on the album. "I've been writing songs all my life from a more folky, singer-songwriter, even Celtic direction," he says. "So this record was really a chance to bring a lot of that music to fruition. It's really given me the opportunity to take a lot of songs I love, that didn't have a home, and build a home for them."

He adds, "I love story songs. I was very influenced by the whole concept of writing songs that tell a story. When I first got bitten by the singer-songwriter bug, when I was 14, it was due to those people who transported you to another place and another time with their songs." Read more here.

Smashing Pumpkins Lineup Changes Again

Billy Corgan has changed the Smashing Pumpkins lineup again, with Brad Wilk and Mark Stoermer moving on. Rage Against The Machine drummer Wilk and The Killers bassist Stoermer played on the Pumpkins' most recent tour.

Blabbermouth reports that much-travelled drummer Robin Diaz and bassist Kate Cole will replace them. Responding to comments that Wilk and Stoermer had been sacked, mainman Corgan insists they were only ever onboard for those dates.

He says: "No one's been 'given the boot' from the band. Mark and Brad actually did more dates than we'd originally discussed. Love them both. And I've said it in 50 interviews now, there is no fixed lineup for SP. It's a tour-to-tour thing. Get it? Got it? Good." Read more here.

Buddy Guy Plans To Release New Album This Summer

Buddy Guy is planning to launch the follow-up to Rhythm & Blues later this year, he's revealed. And he's discussed how the previous title wound up as a double-length release.

Guy tells the Ithaca Times: "I actually recorded a new album back in December, and that'll be released a little later this summer." He says of his 2013 record: "Every time we would finish a session, if everybody felt good about it, we'd say, 'Let's do another.'

You need about 14, 15 songs for an album, but we had passed 18 songs and I said, 'Man, when is this going to be over?' But they kept throwing songs at me, and every damn thing we cut sounded pretty good." Read more here.

AC/DC To Be Inducted Into The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame

AC/DC have been named as one of 10 acts that will be inducted into The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame in Australia this November. The Age reports AC/DC will be honored alongside John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, The Seekers and others (complete list below) at a November 20 concert at the Palais Theatre headlined by Farnham.

AC/DC will be in Australia in November and guitarist Angus Young said Melbourne, where the group lived and made their earliest albums, still has enormous significance for the band after 40 years of recording, touring and selling over 200 million albums.

"Victoria has a special place in our hearts, especially the early years of the band," says Angus. "Thank you for the induction into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame. It is an honor." See the full list of inductees here.

Ginger Baker Slams Heavy Metal

Ginger Baker says he "detests" heavy metal and is unhappy that Cream are linked to the genre at all. The supergroup for which Baker played drums are sometimes credited with inspiring many early metal bands, but Baker is having none of it.

He tells Forbes: "I've seen where Cream is sort of held responsible for the birth of heavy metal. Well, I would definitely go for aborting. I loathe and detest heavy metal. I think it is an abortion.

"A lot of these guys come up and say, 'Man, you were my influence, the way you thrashed the drums.' They don't seem to understand I was thrashing in order to hear what I was playing. It was anger, not enjoyment - and painful. I suffered on stage because of that volume crap. I didn't like it then, and like it even less now." Read more here.

Alice Cooper Does Plan To 'Kill' Motley Crue On Stage At Final Show

Alice Cooper says that he only offered to "kill" Motley Crue on stage as a joke at the end of their final show - but Tommy Lee loved the idea so much that it will happen.

Crue are on their Final Tour, which ends in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve. Cooper is their main support and in January he said he'd lop off their heads with guillotines and auction them off on stakes.

Cooper, Lee and Crue singer Vince Neil spoke to TeamRock Radio ahead of Download, where Crue play the main stage on Sunday. Cooper says: "The idea was, because people were saying, 'It's not really gonna be the end,' and I go, 'New Year is their last show. You know how I know? Because I'm gonna kill them at the end.' Of course I was kidding, but Tommy said that wasn't a bad idea. With a machine gun and blood packs."   

Cooper is known for 'dying' in a variety of ways during his own gigs, and Lee jokes that he doesn't want blood packs - he wants the real thing. Lee says: "No blood packs, real bullets. We're tired, we're old, we're cranky. You've gotta put us down." Read more here.

Foo Fighters Cancel Shows After Dave Grohl Breaks Leg During Concert

The Foo Fighters have cancelled a pair of shows on their current European tour following a leg fracture to frontman Dave Grohl after he fell off the stage in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 12.

"As witnessed by tens of thousands in attendance at Foo Fighters' June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium, Dave Grohl took a nasty spill during the second song of the set," says the band. "With the help of on-site medical staff who patched him up temporarily, Dave was able to rejoin the band to complete that performance.

"While the full extent of Dave's injuries are still being determined, it was confirmed at a post-show hospital visit that he sustained at least one fracture. As a result, Foo Fighters have been forced to cancel their June 14 appearance at the Pinkpop Festival as well as their June 16 show at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland."

The Foo Fighters took an intermission following Grohl's accident, and then returned to the stage to play a series of covers before the singer rejoined them during a version of the Queen/David Bowie classic, "Under Pressure."

Following the Sweden incident, Grohl posted a photo of an x-ray displaying the fracture, adding "Thank you Gothenburg. That was amazing." See the x-ray and video from the incident at the concert here.

The Who's Roger Daltrey and Oasis Liam Gallagher Rock Classic Song

Roger Daltrey and Liam Gallagher teamed up to perform The Who classic, "My Generation", on the UK show TFI Friday on June 12. The one-off appearance was part of a 20th anniversary, 2-hour special for the UK series.

The pair were supported by a supergroup that included Who drummer Zak Starkey, former Oasis guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs and Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds.

The Who recently wrapped up a spring North American leg of their 50th anniversary farewell tour, "The Who Hits 50!" The band will open a European tour in Belfast on June 21, a trek that includes an appearance at the Glastonbury festival on June 28.

A fall North American run starts September 14 in San Diego, CA. Watch video from the TFI Friday performance here.

Videos From Aerosmith Summer Tour Kick Off Go Online

Aerosmith opened their Blue Army summer tour at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on June 13 and several videos from the show have been posted online.

The Boston band's 16-song set opened with their 1977 classic, "Draw The Line", and featured several of the group's 1970s classics, including "Toys In The Attic", "Back in The Saddle", "Mama Kin" and their signature tune, "Walk This Way", before closing with "Sweet Emotion."

The 15-date North American tour - with guests Living Colour - was inspired by the fans, according to guitarist Joe Perry. "The name Blue Army came from the fact that everyone in our audience from the 70's were wearing blue denim," he explains, "and it looked like a sea of blue, thus The Blue Army."

Aerosmith warmed up for the tour with a private, invitation-only show at Petco Park in San Diego, California on June 10 for guests attending the Cisco Live! Convention in the city. Watch videos from the tour kick off here.

Tony Iommi Remixing Forbidden Black Sabbath Album

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed that he will remix the band's 1995 album, "Forbidden", for its upcoming 20th anniversary reissue. "Forbidden" also represents Sabbath's last album before three-quarters of the original group reunited for 2013's "13."

"I really like the album but I was never happy with the overall sound," says Iommi, "so I'm going to re-mix it before it comes out again. Can't say when, too much going on right now."

Issued in June of 1995, the group's 18th studio album was the final Sabbath project to feature Tony Martin on vocals alongside Iommi and a lineup that featured bassist Neil Murray, keyboardist Geoff Nichols and drummer Cozy Powell. Read more here.

Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers Heading For Top 10 Debut

The newly-released reissue of the Rolling Stones 1971 album classic, "Sticky Fingers", appears to be headed for US Top 10 debut. Billboard reports industry forecasters predict the package will sell around 35,000 copies in its opening week.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

The chart's new top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, June 18. The Rolling Stones are currently playing concerts on their Zip Code tour of North America to promote the expanded reissue, which is rounded out with alternate and unreleased tracks from the sessions. Read more here.

Clutch Frontman Reveals Release Plans For New Album Psychic Warfare

Clutch frontman Neil Fallon has confirmed the band will release its new album, "Psychic Warfare", in September. The project marks the Maryland group's follow-up to 2013's "Earth Shaker" and will be issued via their own Weathermaker Music label.

"It comes out the third week of September, globally," Fallon tells Kerrang at UK"s Download Festival . "It's got eleven songs on it, and it's probably faster than 'Earth Rocker'. We wrote it pretty quickly after 'Earth Rocker', so we were, kind of, still in that headspace. It's got some thrashers on it."

Clutch recorded the project at their own facility as well as producer Machine's studio in Dripping Springs, Texas. Songs set to appear on "Psychic Warfare" include "X-Ray Visions", "Firebird", "Quick Death In Texas", "Our Lady Of Electric Lights", "Monsters", "Decapitation Blues" and "Son Of Virginia." Watch the interview here.

Slash Releases 'You're A Lie' Video From Upcoming Release

Slash has released a performance video of "You're A Lie" as a preview to his forthcoming package, "Live At The Roxy 25.9.14," which will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD, BitTorrent Bundle and as a 3LP set.

Due June 15, the set captures the guitarist and his band in concert at the famed Los Angeles venue as part of the Guitar Center's 50th anniversary celebrations and the launch of his latest album, "World On Fire."

The Roxy event was one of three shows Slash played in Hollywood's most legendary clubs to launch the record; he also rocked The Troubadour and The Whisky in the same week.

Slash is currently playing a mixture of headline and festival show across Europe. Watch the new video here.

Black Stone Cherry Shooting For Spring Album Release

Black Stone Cherry aim to have their fifth album out in the spring of next year. The band headline the 2016 UK Carnival Of Madness tour where they'll be joined by Shinedown, Halestorm and Highly Suspect in January and February.

The band's frontman Chris Robertson expects a single out before then, with the follow-up to Magic Mountain to follow. Robertson tells TeamRock Radio:

"We've got tour dates up until September and we're gonna start recording in October or November and hopefully have the album ready to be released in the spring next year, after the Carnival Of Madness tour. We hope to have a new song out for radio before we come over for the Carnival tour." Read more here.

Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 Coming To DVD

Following a limited theatrical release, Aerosmith's concert film "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014", is set to be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and digitally on September 4th.

"Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014", was captured during the band's headline performance at the Download Festival at Donington Park on June 15, 2014 in front of 80,000 fans.

The 19-song set list features many of the band's classic tracks including 'Dream On', 'Walk This Way', 'Sweet Emotion', 'Train Kept A-Rollin'', 'Walk This Way', 'Love in an Elevator', 'Janie's Got a Gun', 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)' and more.

Frontman Steven Tyler had this to say about the show, "It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night. I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage."

Tom Hamilton says, "We're really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014. It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain."

Joe Perry adds, "We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best. Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember… It will give our fans who weren't there around the world a chance to relive an ass-kicking night of rock and roll."

The theatrical released contained the following set list according to Ultimate Classic Rock:

1. Train Kept A-Rollin'
2. Eat the Rich
3. Love in an Elevator
4. Cryin
5. Jaded
6. Livin on the Edge
7. Last Child
8. Freedom Fighter
9. Same Old Song and Dance
10. Janies Got a Gun
11. Toys in the Attic
12. I Dont Want to Miss a Thing
13. No More No More
14. Come Together
15. Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
16. Walk This Way

17. Dream On
18. Sweet Emotion
19. Mama Kin

Kelly Keeling “This Love Our Paradise” Lyric Video (Official / New / Studio Album / 2015)

Here is a song from Kelly Keeling's upcoming album, MIND RADIO! Please enjoy the lyric video for "This Love Our Paradise" by hitting play on the image above!

Pre-order the album from Apple Music/iTunes here: and "This Love Our Paradise" will download instantly!

“Mind Radio” will be released July 3rd in Europe and July 10th in the US!


 While SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently in the midst of a headlining world tour, the group has partnered with BitTorrent to release 'LIVE AT THE ROXY 9/25/14' as a BitTorrent Bundle on Monday, June 15, the same day the live concert will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, 3LP, 2CD through all major retailers and digital formats simultaneously via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The group will make the digital version available in the BitTorrent Bundle on Monday, June 15 in the U.K. and on Tuesday, June 16 in the U.S. For more information, visit: (HERE).BitTorrent Bundle has a global user base of 170 million music and film fans.

Shortly after the release of their current WORLD ON FIRE album--SLASH's third straight solo album to debut in the Top Ten in the U.S and the second album with his official band The Conspirators--the iconic American rock guitarist, songwriter and film producer SLASH took the stage with his band THE CONSPIRATORS which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums), TODD KERNS (bass) and FRANK SIDORIS (touring guitarist) at the legendary Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. A staple of rock history that helped birth countless bands, including Guns 'N' Roses, the atmospheric venue gave fans a brilliant opportunity to see the band up close as they delivered a set packed with recent solo tracks, including several from the new album WORLD ON FIRE, and classics from Slash's days with Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver: "Ghost," "Back From Cali," "World On Fire," "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Anastasia," "Paradise City," "Slither," "Nightrain" and many more. The intimate setting inspired the band to deliver a scintillating, dynamic performance that is brilliantly captured on LIVE AT THE ROXY 9/25/14'.SLASH's guitar prowess paired with the raw energy of MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS proves a truly potent live force and LIVE AT THE ROXY 9/25/14' sets the benchmark for high octane rock n roll shows.

Last month, SLASH and his band partnered with IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare to raise awareness of the slaughter of elephants which is leading to their early extinction. To watch the video for "Beneath The Savage Sun" and get the song for free, Donate to IFAW (HERE) and Take Action (HERE). The U.S.-based charity IFAW works around the world on every aspect of the elephant crisis--on the front lines to stop the killing of elephants, in transit countries to stop the trafficking of ivory and in consumer countries to stop the demand for ivory products. For more information, visit:

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Myles Kennedy – Vocals
Todd Kerns - Bass & Vocals
Brent Fitz – Drums
Frank Sidoris - Guitar & vocals!/slash


1) Ghost
2) Nightrain
3) Halo
4) Back From Cali
5) Stone Blind
6) You Could Be Mine
7) Doctor Alibi
8) You're Crazy
9) Wicked Stone
10) 30 Years To Life
11) Rocket Queen
12) Bent To Fly
13) Starlight
14) You're A Lie
15) World On Fire
16) Anastasia
17) Sweet Child O' Mine
18) Slither
19) Paradise City

Guitar Legend Merrell Fankhauser Releases New Sci-Fi Symphonic Instrumental Surf Album “Signals From Malibu” on Gonzo Multimedia

Guitar legend Merrell Fankhauser has released a new Sci-Fi symphonic instrumental surf album “Signals From Malibu” featuring strange radio signals from the underwater anomaly off the Malibu California coast. A few years back UFO buffs began investigating some strange electronic signals that appeared to be emanating from a spot deep beneath the Pacific Ocean off the Malibu coast. They reported bizarre psychic phenomena in conjunction with them, and legendary surf guitarist Merrell Fankhauser was inspired to write music based on, and including them.

Says Merrell, “The song 'Signals From Malibu' was inspired by the odd anomaly that is off the coast of Malibu California 2000 feet on the ocean floor. The area has had many sightings of UFO's diving into and coming out of the ocean. This has led many to believe it is an underwater base. An ex Army radio expert recorded some strange signals coming from the area. The signal recordings were sent to me by Michael C. Luckman director of the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research and I incorporated them into the song. After listening more to the signals I was compelled to write a symphonic song using more of the signals titled 'Messages From The Dome'. I had the feeling the signals were communicating with me and I was inspired to keep writing the rest of the songs on this disc. If you feel tingly after listening don't worry its perfectly natural!”

Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had the international hit “Wipeout”. He has presented a number of television programs over the years including 'California Music', 'Route 66 TV Live', and in 2001 he began hosting a music show called 'Tiki Lounge' that airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and parts of the East Coast.

Watch the promotional video for “Signals From Malibu”:

2. MALIBU USO 3:19
4. POINT DUME 4:23
8. MYSTO SPOT 2:53

Merrell's new CD comes hot on the heels of his recently released critically acclaimed biography “Calling From A Star”, also released on Gonzo Multimedia.

To purchase “Signals From Malibu” CD:

To Purchase “Calling From A Star” (book):

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Slayer To Perform Under The Blood Moon

Motorhead have announced additional acts for their Motorboat cruise and have also revealed a very special performance for thrash legends Slayer who will be playing under a blood moon during the cruise.

Motorhead's Motorboat cruise will be setting sail aboard the Norwegian Sky from Port Miami on September 28th and that night Slayer will perform on the deck of the ship as the fourth and final "blood moon" lunar eclipse of the current lunar tetrad occurs at 10:47 PM Eastern Time.

Apart from Slayer, Motorhead have added several new acts to the cruise including Corrosion of Conformity, The Shrine, Others, No Words, Butterside, Sonia Harley, The Dead Deads.

They join the previously announced performers Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Phil Campbell's All Starr Band, Crobot, Motor Sister, KYNG, Fireball Ministr and Huntress.

The cruise will also feature comedians Brian Posehn and Big Jay Oakerson and is part of Motorhead's 40th anniversary celebration. Frontman Lemmy Kilmister had this to say, "40 years of Motörhead will be celebrated aboard the Motörboat, so boys and girls, you know what THAT means, right? There won't be a dry throat in the house!"

Find more details about the cruise here.

 AC/DC's Future With Phil Rudd Uncertain

AC/DC have stopped short of ruling out a return for drummer Phil Rudd - but say he won't take part in their upcoming shows in his home country New Zealand.

He was replaced by returning sticksman Chris Slade in the aftermath of his arrest in November. He later pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drugs possession, and faces a jail term of up to seven years when he appears for sentencing next month.

The band's tour manager has addressed rumors that Rudd would be behind the kit when their Rock Or Bust world tour reaches New Zealand in December.

Garry Van Egmond tells the Bay Of Plenty Times: "Chris Slade will be on drums. He replaced Phil when he left the band some years back." But he adds that there's "no confirmation that Phil has left the band permanently" and continues: "All I can say is that Phil will not be playing the New Zealand concerts." Read more here.

Acclaimed Actor and Metal Hero Christopher Lee Dead at 93

Iconic actor Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93. He passed away in a London hospital on Sunday, his family have confirmed. He'd been under medical supervision for three weeks.

Lee is remembered for a chain of Hammer House Of Horror films and as Scaramanga in James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun. But he found a new audience as Saruman in the Lord Of The Rings series, and as Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel films.

In his 80s he began working on a series of heavy metal albums. The first, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, won him the Spirit Of Metal Award at Metal Hammer's 2010 Golden Gods, and it was followed by 2013's Charlemagne: The Omens of Death. He released an EP called Metal Knight last year. Read more and watch the Metal Knight video clip here.

Gene Simmons Launches Radio Show 'I Love It Loud'

KISS star Gene Simmons launched a new radio show in the UK this week. Simmons' new BBC Radio 2 series I Love It Loud, was named after the classic "Creatures of the Night" track.

According to the BBC, the taped series finds Simmons playing some his favorite tracks from bands like Rush, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and Van Halen and KISS covers from artists like Lenny Kravitz, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder and more.

The networks also says that later in the series, Simmons will share the stories behind some of his most noteworthy collaborations including co-writing songs with Bob Dylan and Lou Reed (whom Simmons worked with on the 1981 KISS album 'Music From the Elder').

Simmons had this to say about the show, "When I was a kid and I turned on the radio - sure we had American RnB and we had the American versions of Rock and Roll - but it wasn't until I heard the Beatles, and then the Stones, and then Led Zeppelin and on and on and on that I feel in love deeply with this thing we call Rock.

"America created Rock and Roll, but it was the UK that gave the world Rock - Classic Rock. Guitars, amplifiers turned up to 11 - yes glorious 11. Louder is better. Bigger is better. You're girlfriend has been lying to you all these years - size does matter."

He adds, "I'm flattered that BBC Radio 2 has given me the chance to play the music that I love dearly, that I continue to play over and over again, that I introduce young people to. I

"'ll never forget when my son, Nick, first heard Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy, he went, 'What's that?' And then I played him Queen, and goes, 'What's that?', and that music continues to attracts new ears generation after generation which is why its Classic - Classic Rock."

Stream the first episode "Let There Be Rock" here.

KK Downing Rules Out Reunion With Judas Priest

KK Downing has ruled out even a special one-off reunion with Judas Priest and explains some of his reasons for leaving the band in a new interview with Guitar International.

Downing was asked about the band carrying on following their Farewell tour and his departure. He responded, "I'm glad Priest is continuing on. I was so close to doing that tour it wasn't funny. It was just one of those things. I had lots and lots of reasons for not continuing, as I wasn't content with things as they were.

"I wasn't happy with the band's live performance. I thought it could have been better, not that the fans would notice. To me, Priest was always a stealth machine and that's what I liked about it. Even though you get older you still need to be able to deliver the goods.

"People came a long way and paid a lot of money to see us so you've got to make sure you still give 110%. I thought that should be inherent and what it should always be."

He was then asked if he would ever consider reuniting with the band, even for a special one-off show and he said, ["Laughing] No, I don't think that will ever, ever happen!"

But he then went on to say the following about his replacement in the band, "obviously I'm quite happy for Richie Faulkner to be in the band. But, I really wasn't expecting to have someone who had so many familiarities as me, the looks and everything. At a glance nothing too much has changed for the fans."

Read the full interview here.

Duff McKagan On Working With Izzy Stradlin Again

Duff McKagan trusts former Guns N' Roses colleague Izzy Stradlin so completely that he wants to keep working with him for ever. The pair have collaborated on a number of studio projects since leaving GnR decades ago, most recently when the guitarist worked on the bassist's How To Be A Man EP, which ties in with his latest book.

McKagan tells Consequence Of Sound: "I've played on a bunch of Izzy's records over the last 15 years and it was really nice to be in the studio with him for a couple of days.

"I really trust whatever he does. If he says, 'I've got a part,' I know he's got a part. It's not like, 'Let me hear it.' It's like, 'He's got the part. Good - that's taken care of.'"

Discussing the chance of working together in the future, he says: "I'd like to do more music with him. For the rest of my life." Read more and watch video here.

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris Announces Solo Club Tour

Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris has announced that he is launching a solo club tour across the UK this summer in continued support of his debut solo album "British Lion".

The 22-date tour is set to kick off on July 29th at The Square in Harlow, Essex and will be concluding on August 26th at the London 02 Islington Academy.

Harris has this to say about the trek, "As Maiden fans know, the band is unable to tour this year so I thought I'd do some British Lion live dates and make it a full UK tour this time round so we could get to places we didn't get a chance to play during the previous tours.

"We have a lot of fun doing the British Lion shows and we're playing clubs again, to keep that same vibe and intimacy which the fans seem to love as much as we do. We have some new songs in the set-list, so are really looking forward to getting out there and seeing everyone!"

07/29 - Harlow The Square
07/30 - Bristol Bierkeller
07/31 - Cardiff Uni
08/02 - Birmingham Rainbow Warehouse
08/04 - Chester Live Rooms
08/05 - Lincoln Engine Shed
08/07 - Manchester Club Academy
08/08 - Newcastle The Riverside
08/09 - Edinburgh Studio 24
08/10 - Aberdeen Lemon Tree
08/12 - York Duchess
08/13 - Blackburn King Georges Hall Windsor Suite
08/14 - Doncaster Diamond Live Lounge
08/15 - Grimsby Yardbirds
08/16 - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
08/18 - Colchester Arts Centre
08/20 - Oxford O2 Academy 2
08/21 - Plymouth The Hub
08/22 - Southampton 1865
08/23 - Poole Mr Kyps
08/24 - Norwich The Waterfront
08/26 - London O2 Academy Islington

Rudy Sarzo Joins Supergroup Devil City Angels

Supergroup Devil City Angels have announced that they have recruited bassist Rudy Sarzo and revealed that they've penned a deal with Century Media Records.

The band was formed by former LA Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham and Cheap Thrill vocalist Brandon Gibbs. But Brittingham has moved on, with former Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot and Whitesnake man Sarzo coming on board.

Devil City Angels' self-titled debut album was produced by the band in Los Angeles and mixed in Nashville by Anthony Focx. It's scheduled for release on September 18. The band launched a PledgeMusic campaign for the album last year. Read more here.

Peter Frampton Unplugging For Classic Tracks On New Album

Peter Frampton reveals in a new interview with Billboard that his working on a new acoustic album that will feature new unplugged versions of some of his classic songs as well as a new track.

He tells the publication, "It's much more interesting than I thought it was going to be. I thought, 'Well, I'll just go into the studio and I'll whip off 10 or 11 of my songs just the way I wrote them.' So I sat down and I started singing them; when I started first listening to them they all sounded like they were on stage, without the band. It's just the way I've been doing these songs for 40 years, some of them.

"Then I realized this isn't what I want. I want as if you'd come up to the hotel before the show and we were talking and I'd be, 'Hey, I've got this new song 'Lines On My Face' I want to play you,' and I sit on the bed and I pull out an acoustic and I play it to you. That's the quality I'm shooting for."

Frampton also spoke with the publication about his involvement with AxCent Tuning Systems LLC's campaign. Read more details about that here.

Sebastian Bach Taking 18 and Live Tour Down Under

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach kicked off his 18 and Live Tour of North America this week and he is already looking ahead to the fall when he will take the tour Down Under.

Bach has revealed that his 18 and Live Tour will be visiting New Zealand and Australia beginning with a show in Christchurch, NZ on September 18th and concluding on September 27th with a concert at the Astor Theatre in Perth, AU.

He kicked off the North American leg of the tour on Tuesday in Portland OR and begins a string of Canadian dates tonight (June 12th) in Edmonton with the tour leg scheduled to conclude on July 14th in Dallas.

Bach will be heading across the Atlantic in late July to perform in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 24th followed by two shows in Spain (Barcelona on July 25th and Madrid on July 26th).

The tours come ahead of the release of Bach's autobiography, "18 And Life on Skid Row" which is scheduled to be released by Harper Collins in January of next year.

Living Colour Launching Tour With Aerosmith This Week

Living Colour have announced that they are hitting the road in North America this week as the special guests on Aerosmith's Blue Army Tour and the band has also revealed some of their own headline dates.

Aerosmith's Blue Army Tour will be kicking off tomorrow night (June 13th) at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ and will conclude on August 7th in Canton, OH at Tom Bensen Hall of Fame Stadium.

Guitarist Vernon Reid had this to say about the summer dates with Aerosmith, "It's incredibly exciting for us to open for one of America's, and the world's, most prominent rock bands."

Living Colour's announced headline dates including shows in Londonderry, NH; Uncasville, CT; Brooklyn, NY and Anaheim, Ca, with more dates still to be announced. The band will also be taking part in this year's Riot Fest in Chicago, which will be taking place on September 11th-13th.

Dates With Aerosmith:
06/13 - Glendale, AZ - Gila River Arena
06/24 - Evansville, IN - Ford Center
06/30 - Hidalgo, TX - State Farm Arena
07/07 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
07/10 - Salinas, CA - California Rodeo Salinas
07/13 - Kelowna, BC - Prospera Place
07/16 - Victoria, BC - Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
07/19 - Ft. McMurray, AB - SMS Stadium
07/22 - Cheyenne, WY - Cheyenne Frontier Days
07/25 - Minot, ND - North Dakota State Fair
07/28 - Ridgefield, WA - Amphitheater Northwest
08/04 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
08/07 - Canton, OH - Tom Bensen Hall of Fame Stadium

Living Colour Dates:
07/02 - Londonderry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
07/03 - Uncasville, CT - Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
07/04 - Brooklyn, NY - 44th Annual International African Arts Fest
07/09 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues Anaheim
09/11-13 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest

Rolling Stones Add Rascal Flatts To July 4th Concert

The Rolling Stones have revealed that their July 4th stop on the Zip Code tour at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will feature country stars Rascal Flatts as their special guests.

Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus had this to say about the announcement, "What an incredible honor for us to share the stage with real life rock and roll icons, the Rolling Stones!

"There are a lot of bucket list moments that you dream up as a performing musician, and this is a pretty wild one to actually have come true. You in fact CAN get some satisfaction!"

The Rolling Stones kicked off The Zip Code tour last month in San Diego, Ca and the trek is scheduled to wrap up on July 15th at the Le Festival D'Été de Québec in Quebec, QC.

Remaining Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour Dates:
June 12, 2015 Orlando, FL Orlando Citrus Bowl
June 17, 2015 Nashville, TN LP Field
June 20, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
June 23, 2015 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest / Marcus Amphitheater
June 27, 2015 Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium
July 1, 2015 Raleigh, NC Carter-Finley Stadium
July 4, 2015 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 8, 2015 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
July 11, 2015 Buffalo, NY Ralph Wilson Stadium
July 15, 2015 Quebec, QC Le Festival D'Été de Québec

Van Halen Announce Next Round Of Remastered Series Releases

Van Halen will expand their 2015 remastered reissues with the release of four albums on July 10. 1979's "Van Halen II", 1980's "Women And Children First", 1981's "Fair Warning" and 1982's "Diver Down" will be issued in the second installment of the series.

Van Halen launched the 2015 remasters series in March with the release of newly remastered versions of their groundbreaking 1978 debut, "Van Halen", and their 6th album, "1984."

The series has been overseen by mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums from the original quarter-inch tapes at Bernie Grundman Studios in Hollywood, CA. Read more here.

Julian Lennon’s White Feather Foundation gives $100,000 to Music for Relief for Nepal Earthquake Relief

Julian Lennon’s White Feather Foundation, dedicated to the betterment of life, has contributed $100,000 to Music for Relief’s Nepal aid fund. At the onset of the earthquake crisis, Julian launched a funding campaign through his Foundation via his social media platforms, including personally matching each donation. Music for Relief has been active in providing immediate aid since the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck on April 25. Funds raised are used to enable our partners on the ground to provide food, water, shelter, sanitation solutions, and to develop long-term recovery plans.

About Music for Relief

Founded by two-time Grammy winning/multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park, Music for Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to survivors of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters.  Since its inception in 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $7 million for survivors of multiple disasters across four continents including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, hurricane Katrina, China’s Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, and the 2011 earthquake & tsunami in Japan. The organization has responded to more than twenty natural disasters globally.  Music for Relief also supports environmental restoration and protection as a means of disaster risk mitigation including the planting of over 1 million trees to help reduce global warming.  The organization was recognized by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the Download to Donate program to raise funds and awareness in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Music for Relief’s Power the World program is a partnership with the United Nations Foundation to provide innovative clean energy solutions to families in the developing world without access to electricity. For more information visit:

 About The White Feather Foundation

The White Feather Foundation - headed by Julian Lennon with a goal to address environmental and humanitarian issues and in conjunction with partners from around the world helps raise funds for the betterment of all life. The White Feather Foundation has been recognised by Prince Albert II of Monaco who honoured the Foundation with the ‘Better World Environmental Award’ in 2008.

The White Feather Foundation has already funded and completed important projects relieving poverty and distress in Kenya, in the Amazon Basin, in Sri Lanka, in Peru and in Gambia as well as funding ecological projects in England. The White Feather Foundation has assisted the Amazon Conservation Team by funding a shaman school promoting native Amazonian spirituality and it’s central message of living in harmony with the natural environment. The White Feather Foundation also focuses on one of the most pressing problems that plague the developing world – CLEAN WATER. For more information visit:

KCRW Annenberg Show & Hopscotch, Kaboo Festivals Added To Itinerary
Performing First Four Albums – In Their Entirety – In Orange County

Hear Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun &  More Fun in the New World

 X , the long-time leaders of the L.A. Punk Scene, have announced more of their summer, live concert tour plans.   The original line-up will perform at the KCRW “Sound in Focus” Annenberg Live Series on August 8th with Dwight Yoakam.  The concert is free for all ages; those interested in attending need to RSVP at KCRW.comX have also been confirmed to perform at this year’s Hopscotch festival on September 12th in Raleigh, NC as well as September 19th at the Kaboo Festival held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA.

As was previously announced, X will bring their 4-Album Show plays to Orange County in July. In addition, an east-coast / mid-west swing will bring the quartet to Ridgefield, CT on July 17th before working their way south to DC and then across to the mid-west with plays in Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago.   X will then head east again with a show in Boston before wrapping up with 3 shows at the City Winery in NYC, August 1-3.

Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in LA's flourishing first wave punk scene. Featuring vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake, their debut 45 was released on the seminal Dangerhouse label in 1978. While these songs were later re-recorded for their second album, the versions on Adult Books / We're Desperate reveal X's raw talent for totally sincere songwriting and stripped-down rock n' roll.  This past April, the band re-issued that first single, in its original 7-inch format, as limited edition colored vinyl.

The original line-up of X remains John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.  

X Summer 2015 “How I Learned My Lesson Tour”
4-Album Play show in OC:
July 9                     The Observatory              Orange County, CA – Playing Los Angeles in its entirety
July 10                   The Observatory              Orange County, CA – Playing Wild Gift in its entirety
July 11                   The Observatory              Orange County, CA – Playing Under the Big Black Sun in its entirety
July 12                   The Observatory              Orange County, CA – Playing More Fun in the New World in its entirety

July 17                   Ridgefield Playhouse                                      Ridgefield, CT
July 18                   Underground Arts                                           Philadelphia, PA
July 19                   The State Theatre                                            Falls Church, VA
July 22                   Music Box Supper Club                                  Cleveland, OH
July 24                   The Magic Bag                                                   Ferndale, MI
July 26                   City Winery                                                         Chicago, IL
July 27                   City Winery                                                         Chicago, IL
July 28                   City Winery                                                         Chicago, IL
July 30                   The Sinclair                                                         Cambridge, MA
Aug 1                     City Winery                                                         New York City, NY
Aug 2                     City Winery                                                         New York City, NY
Aug 3                     City Winery                                                         New York City, NY
Aug 8                     Annenberg Space for Photography          Los Angeles, CA
Aug 28                  Shank Hall                                                           Milwaukee, WI
Sep 12                   Hopscotch Fest                                                 Raleigh, NC
Sep 19                   KAABOO Fest                                                    Del Mar, CA

More Dates TBA


Video For New Single “Automatic Fix” Out Now

Album Available for Pre-Order Via iTunes at 

Rockers Lynch Mob are back this summer with their most-anticipated release to date. Rebel, the band’s 8th studio release, is slated for worldwide release on August 21st via Frontiers Music SRL. The first song released from Rebel is the scorching “Automatic Fix.” The song features an exciting opening riff and vocal melody and Lynch burns on one of his best guitar solos. A video for the song can be seen here: Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes at will receive an instant download of “Automatic Fix.”

Talking about “Automatic Fix,” singer Oni Logan states , “This is an interesting song in that it was the last song that was recorded vocally. I initially thought that it might be best used as instrumental. I simply love this song because of its energy and attitude.”

From the blistering album opener “Automatic Fix” to the album closer “War,” it is clear Lynch Mob is back to show fans why they are one of rock’s most-loved bands. The Lynch Mob line-up on Rebel is comprised of namesake George Lynch on guitars, Oni Logan on vocals, Jeff Pilson on bass and Brian Tichy on drums. Songs like “Testify,” “Sanctuary,” and “Dirty Money” showcase Oni Logan’s trademark vocal ability while putting his diverse lyrical content on full display. The album was produced by George Lynch collaborator Chris "the Wizard" Collier. An EPK talking about the new album was recently released and can be seen at:

“With Rebel, we allowed ourselves to move outside our normally imposed self restraints and tread some forbidden sonic territories,” recalls George Lynch. “What surprises me is no matter how far we attempt to stray away from the classic ‘Lynch Mob formula,’ we can never really escape the chemistry between myself and Oni. There's just a thing that happens there that's unique to us and undeniable.”

The tracklisting for Rebel is:
1)      Automatic Fix                                                         
2)      Between The Truth And A Lie
3)      Testify
4)      Sanctuary
5)      Pine Tree Avenue
6)      Jelly Roll
7)      Dirty Money
8)      The Hollow Queen
9)      The Ledge
10)   Kingdon Of Slaves
11)   War

Lynch Mob formed in 1989 after George Lynch parted ways with his former band Dokken. This year marks the 25th Anniversay of Lynch Mob’s debut release Wicked Sensation, which is the band’s most popular work to date achieving gold-selling status. The band has released seven other albums throughout their career. Lynch Mob will be touring throught the summer in support of Rebel with more information to be announced at a later date.






Guests on the second annual Motörhead's Motörboat will experience once-in-a-lifetime events with two ultimate heavy metal icons.

On the first night of the cruise, one of the most heavy metal moments of all time will occur when headliners Slayer perform outside on the deck stage of Norwegian Sky under a red blood moon. September 28 at 10:47 PM Eastern Time marks the fourth and final lunar eclipse (sometimes referred to as a “blood moon”) of the current lunar tetrad (a series of four consecutive lunar eclipses with six full moons in between). It is one of only eight tetrads during the 21st century. Some believe this occurrence is a fulfillment of the “Blood Moon Prophecy” and signals “The Rapture,” as described in the Bible in Acts 2:20 and Revelation 6:12. Few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, with songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society, so the performance could not be more apt.

In the spirit of the evening, while waiting to see if the “end of the world” prophecy comes true, guests will celebrate “Blood Red Night” by donning something crimson, while enjoying Slayer’s intense performance during this rare astrological phenomenon.

Later in the week (Thursday, October 1), Motörboat guests will celebrate 40 years of the world’s biggest and baddest rock & roll band of all time--along with the release of Motörhead’s 22nd studio album, Bad Magic (due out August 28 on UDR Music/Motörhead Music)--during Motörhead’s 40th Anniversary Bash. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, guests will be invited to dress in their Motörhead best, or even as Lemmy, Phil or Mikkey themselves, while enjoying cake, libations, and of course lots of heavy music in honor of the rock legends.

Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister says, "40 years of Motörhead will be celebrated aboard the Motörboat, so boys and girls, you know what THAT means, right? There won't be a dry throat in the house!”

Motörhead's Motörboat--fueled by Monster Energy--will embark on its second voyage from Port Miami September 28 on Norwegian Sky, with stops in Nassau and the private picturesque island of Great Stirrup Cay in The Bahamas before returning to Miami on October 2. Visit to reserve a stateroom.

Additional performers have been added to the Motörhead's Motörboat lineup, which already features some of the greatest heavy rock bands in the world. New to the roster are Corrosion of Conformity (recently reunited with original vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan), The Shrine, Others, No Words (featuring guitar prodigy Nik Kai), Butterside, Sonia Harley, The Dead Deads, along with comedians Brian Posehn and Big Jay Oakerson, and late night comedy and band interviews with The S.D.R. Show (Sex, Drugs & Rock-n-Roll Show) with Big Jay Oakerson & Ralph Sutton.

The full lineup for Motörhead's Motörboat is as follows: 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, Big Jay Oakerson, The Shrine, Others, No Words, Budderside, Sonia Harley, and The Dead Deads.

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.

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. 

“…a metalhead’s dream. Think Hard Rock Hell-with-hot-tubs.

On the high seas. With a hard on.”

--Classic Rock, October 2, 2014

2014 Video Flashback:

AC/DC Star Phil Rudd's Sentencing Delayed

The sentencing of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd on a number of charges in New Zealand has been delayed to July 9. No reason was revealed regarding the reason behind the delay.

Sun Live reports Rudd was due to be sentenced on June 26 after pleading guilty in Tauranga District Court to one count of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.

In April, Rudd entered a guilty plea to drug charges and threatening to kill a former assistant, and the drummer could face up to seven years in jail. Read more here.

Motorhead Stream First Song From New Album

Motorhead are premiering "Thunder & Lightning" as the lead track from their upcoming album, "Bad Magic." Due August 28, the follow-up to 2013's "Aftershock" was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer Cameron Webb.

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

Motorhead recently launched a series of summer European dates, following which they'll kick off a North American tour with Anthrax in mid-August. Listen to the new song here.

Robert Plant Postpones Third Concert Due To Illness

Robert Plant was once again forced to postpone a concert due to an ongoing illness. This time he postponed his June 10 Chicago show at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion. It's Plant's third postponement this week as battles laryngitis.

"I'm not used to this," says the singer. "I just want to keep on doing what I set out to do when I first came to America - give 140% every night and be the best I can be at every show. It's maddening and frustrating to realize I can't do that right now. But I'll be back."

Tickets will be honored for the new date of Wednesday, September 23. Refunds are available at point of purchase until June 19 in the event ticket holders are unable to make the new date, which will not include The Pixies as openers; a new support act will be announced.

The Chicago concert is the third in a row affected by Plant's illness: he postponed a June 7 concert in Toronto when the health issue first flared up on Sunday, followed by a postponement of his June 9 date in Detroit. Read more here.

Glenn Hughes Jams Deep Purple Classics With Whitesnake

Whitesnake were joined by Glenn Hughes for a pair of Deep Purple classics at the Saban Thatre in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday and videos of both performances has been posted online.

The former Deep Purple members teamed up to deliver "Keep On Moving" and "Lay Down Stay Down" during the show, part of Whitesnake's North American tour in support of "The Purple Album."

The group's 12th release sees frontman David Coverdale re-recording classic songs from the Deep Purple Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on, including 1974's "Burn" and "Stormbringer" and 1975's "Come Taste The Band."

"The Purple Album" recently debuted on the US charts, opening at No. 6 on the Top Current Hard Music Albums, No. 15 on Top Current Rock Albums, No. 43 on Top Current Albums and No. 84 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts.

Whitesnake's North American tour - which kicked off May 28 in Airway Heights, Washington - runs to mid-August before the group takes a break, after which they'll hit Japan and Europe in the fall. Watch the videos of the Deep Purple jams here.

John Bush On Why He Joined Anthrax But Not Metallica

Former Anthrax singer John Bush has explained why he decided to take the job vacated by Joey Belladonna in 1992, after he'd refused to accept a role with Metallica several years earlier.

James Hetfield and co asked him to become their frontman in the early 80s, but he wanted to focus on his own outfit, Armored Saint - and remains convinced it was the right move.

Bush tells The Metal Voice of his Anthrax move: "I didn't like the idea that I was leaving the band, abandoning the band - but I just had to. We'd just made Symbol of Salvation. That was a great album. The results were kind of similar to what we'd accomplished before. It was time for me to move on." Read more here.

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Named Metal Hammer's Golden God

Metal Hammer has revealed that this year's winner of the Golden God award is mastermind of Megadeth, original Metallica guitarist and pioneer of thrash metal Dave Mustaine.

Mustaine is responsible for some of the best heavy metal albums in history, including the game-changing debut Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Speaking about the accolade, Dave Mustaine says: "I am truly humbled to receive this award, and to be recognized by your peers for your accomplishments, is almost as gratifying as not being recognized by the police for your accomplices." Read more here.

Critics Looked For Evil In Black Sabbath Because Of Name Says Geezer

Geezer Butler believes his Black Sabbath lyrics have been misunderstood over the years because critics focused on the band's name instead of their song words.

And he's underlined that the band's critics have missed the point about songs like After Forever, from 1971 album Master Of Reality. Butler, who writes most of Sabbath's lyrics, tells The Weeklings: "People always like to find the evil in the music, so they'd quote the 'pope on a rope' part out of context, as usual."

He says the song was inspired by the troubles in Northern Ireland at the time, adding: "We all believed in Jesus - and yet people were killing each other over it. To me it was just ridiculous. I thought that if God could see us killing each other in his name, he'd be disgusted." Read more here.

Rory Gallagher To Be Honored On 20th Anniversary Of His Death

Rory Gallagher's name will adorn a studio in the town where he grew up, and a conference room at the headquarters of Fender guitars, on the 20th anniversary of his death.

It's part of a series of worldwide events called Remember Rory, which take place this weekend to commemorate his passing on June 14, 1995. The blues-rock icon's nephew Eoin will perform one of his songs on Cork's famous Shandon Bells on Friday, while four radio stations broadcast Tattoo'd Lady at the same time. Live music will be performed on Rory Gallagher Plaza while other events are planned across Cork and elsewhere.

His brother and manager Donal tells the Irish Examiner: "His presence is immense. He constantly reoccurs in my dreams - in some ways it doesn't feel like he's gone.

"He was such a perfectionist that, when you're working with his music, you have to be careful you don't tamper with it. You do feel he is looking over your shoulder.

"I have nightmares where he asks me to play back an album or look at something, and I'm there, waiting for his approval. But we do what we can and I feel he's smiling down." Read more here.

 Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull Rock Opera Shows Will Include 5 New Songs

Ian Anderson says he'll showcase five new tracks on his Jethro Tull - The Rock Opera shows later this year. He previously reported the theatrical presentation would feature Tull classics including Heavy Horses, Farm On The Freeway, A New Day Yesterday, The Witch's Promise and Locomotive Breath. And he says while the vast majority of material will be recognisable to fans, there will be a few surprises.

He tells My Global Mind: "There are five new songs as such, short songs, but about 85% of the evening is the best-known Jethro Tull repertoire, whatever, that means.

"It includes many of the heavy hitters, those which people would generally agree were the most famous songs they would expect to hear in a best of Jethro Tull show."

He says he's attended several operas over the years and often finds them "hopelessly confusing" so he's made a concerted effort to make the experience easy to follow for audiences.

He continues: "I've been to a few and I haven't got a clue what's going on unless I read the programme notes." Read more here.

Led Zeppelin's Bombay Sessions To Finally Be Released

Led Zeppelin's Bombay Sessions will get an official release as part of the premastered version of the band's final album Coda. Part of the band's yearlong re-issue series program, which has already seen the release of premastered versions of the band's first six albums, Coda will be re-released alongside Presence and In through the out Door on 31 July, 2015.

If you were a fan of rock music and lived in Seventies-era Mumbai (or Bombay, as it was then known), you'll have recounted the story of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's impromptu gig at a local watering hole many times. The story, seared in the collective memories of pretty much every Mumbai rock fan that happened to be alive during the era, has many versions.

The basic plot points are this: Page and Plant happened to be passing through the city and had a night off. They walked out of their hotel and found their way to a nearby dive called Slip Disc. There they sat down for a quiet drink in the relative anonymity that an unfamiliar city afforded them. Eventually however, they were recognized and asked to go up on stage to play a few songs. They cheerfully obliged, rolling through a quick set that included 'Whole Lotto Love'. Eventually they left and though fans lined up outside the pub the next night, they never returned.

While this tale is pretty much the main focus of their Mumbai visits, it tends to distract from the fact that the duo did more with their time in India than an impulsive gig. Page and Plant's goal travelled to India at least four times over the course of the year, with the intention of collaborating and recording with Indian musicians.

Page's friend, the famed sitar player Ravi Shankar, introduced him to an Indian flautist named Vijay Raghu Rao. In Mumbai, Rao put together an ensemble of Indian classical musicians that also included the world-renowned sarong player us tad Sultan Khan. The sessions yielded reworked Indian-iced versions of Zeppelin songs 'Friends' and 'Four Sticks' as well as a number of other tracks. Read more here.





The BULLETBOYS will embark on a National tour starting with some key headline dates in June – Then they will be joined by LA Guns with Tracii Guns and iconic Swedish rock band Killer Bee w/guitar guru Paul Chapman from U.F.O. for the  first leg of the Armed Alliance Tour.

BULLETBOYS VIP packages are available – You get special early access, VIP laminate, meet & greet, signed 8x10, you can bring 2 items to be signed and a special “merch package” full of cool stuff! Show tickets sold separate and must be purchased to activate the VIP package.

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The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed), Marq Torien and produced/engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. “Working with the Bulletboys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the 80's, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he's the real freak’n deal.  If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed 80's record you are completely wrong!”

Look for their new MASSIVE release ELEFANTE on Cleopatra/Deadline Records, June 9th 2015. You can PRE-ORDER this long awaited album here:


FRI       6/05    SANDUSKY, OH                      BROKEN SPOKE SALOON
SAT      6/06    BRADLEY, IL                            THE LOONEY BIN
SUN     6/07    BEREA, OH                             THE GRINDSTONE
SAT      6/13    CHINO HILLS, CA                   SHAMROCKS

THU      7/09    DALLAS, TX                             GAS MONKEY LIVE
FRI       7/10    HOUSTON, TX                         CONCERT PUB NORTH
SAT      7/11    AUSTIN, TX                              THE GATSBY
SUN     7/12    SAN ANTONIO, TX                  BOOZEHOUNDS – NEW!
MON   7/13    MARRERO, LA                         BARATARIA LIVE - -NEW!

TUE      7/14    MEMPHIS, TN                          ROCKHOUSE LIVE
FRI       7/17    PITTSBURGH, PA                     REX THEATER
SAT      7/18    MANCHESTER, NH                 JEWEL NIGHTCLUB
MON   7/20    NEW YORK, NY                      EDDIE TRUNK SHOW – LIVE
TUE      7/21    NEW YORK, NY                      GRAMERCY THEATER **EDDIE TRUNK TO HOST
WED    7/22    TORONTO, ON                       ROCK PILE EAST
FRI       7/24    WESTLAND, MI                       THE TOKEN LOUNGE
SAT      7/25    BOLINGBROOK, IL                 TAILGATERS
SUN     7/26    FRIDLEY, MN                          GB LEIGHTON’S PICKLE PARK – NEW!
WED    7/29    MERRIAM, KS                         AFTERSHOCK
THU      7/30    COLORADO SPR, CO           PEAK 31           

SAT      8/15    IRVINE, CA                             CATHOUSE LIVE FESTIVAL
THU      8/27    MELBOURNE, FL                     80’S IN THE PARK FESTIVAL

The BULLETBOYS are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays “For The Love Of Money” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), THC Groove and more – both albums produced by Ted Templeman .

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The Greatest '70s Rock Icon Who Never Was …

Academy Award® Winner SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Returns to Theaters for Limited Run Special Engagements in New York City and Los Angeles

The Celebrated True Story of Musician Rodriguez is Currently Available On Digital HD, Blu-rayTM and DVD

“See this movie! Leaves you feeling joyous and moved.” – Marshall Fine, Huffington Post

  “Unravels the extraordinary mystery of an American Folksinger.Entertainment Weekly

CULVER CITY, CALIF. - Sony Pictures Classics’ SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, the critically-acclaimed and Academy Award® winning film (Best Documentary Feature, 2012) profiling the incredible but true story of rock musician Rodriguez, returns to theaters in June for special engagements in New York City and Los Angeles. Timed to Rodriguez’s U.S. tour with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN will be shown for one week limited engagements beginning June 19 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles and June 26 at the Village East Cinema in New York City.

Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit bar in the late 1960s by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album, which was expected to secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation, but in contrast, the album bombed and Rodriguez disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. Nonetheless, a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, his music became a phenomenon and an anthem for the people. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN follows two South African fans setting out to discover what really happened to their hero, leading them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a gifted songwriter with a penchant for lyrical flourishes influenced by Bob Dylan, and echoing Van Morrison’s jazz-rock-soul masterpiece,” the original motion picture soundtrack album to SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is the definitive collection of songs by 70s folk singer Rodriguez and features “I Wonder,” “Crucify Your Mind,” the classic song “Sugar Man,” and more from the award-winning film. Available now from Legacy Recordings / Light in the Attic, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is Rodriguez's first album to appear on the Billboard Top 100 album chart and spent 11 weeks on the Top New Artist - Heatseekers chart - peaking at No. 1. It is available now on iTunes: .

The film is currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with bonus features including commentary with Director Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez, as well as two featurettes: “An Evening with Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez,” which features the director and Rodriguez participating in fan Q&A; and “Making Sugar Man,” which provides a deeper look into the filmmakers’ process.

Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Momentarily hailed as the finest recording artist of his generation, he disappeared into oblivion – rising again like Lazarus in a completely different context a continent away. Unbeknownst to Rodriguez, he enjoyed a parallel life, full of acclaim and success, a world away.  SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.

The film was directed by Malik Bendjelloul, produced by Simon Chinn, and co-produced by George Chignell and Nicole Stott. John Battsek served as executive producer.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN has a running time of approximately 86 minutes and has been rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references.

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Mick Jagger, Keith Richards Deliver Rolling Stones Live To Zip Code Near You

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands gets a special delivery from the Rolling Stones as they criss-cross North America on their 2015 Zip Code Tour.  

The first week of June 1965 the Rolling Stones released their first US # 1 hit, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. Newsweek magazine called the song, “... the five notes that shook the world”. There would be many more over the next half century. Beloved and still massively popular, the Rolling Stones continue to deliver on the claim “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll band”, once viewed by some as a boast but now clearly a promise as delivered this month in concert across North America.

Battling fashion and familiarity, tech trend and the inexorable march of time, Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts have created in us a seemingly endless desire to see the Stones continue to perform together, perhaps in hopes that the glowing embers of their collective bonfire might re-ignite the optimism and passion in us all. 

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards sat down with InTheStudio host Redbeard to discuss The Stones live legacy.                                   

“I think the Rolling Stones are a very motivated band. I think that’s one of the reasons they’ve been around so long... The thing ... that’s different about the Rolling Stones now is they are consistently a good band.”   - Mick Jagger

“The interest thing is keeping a bunch of these guys together so long and they still feel there’s plenty to offer... It’s the Stones, we’re doing what we do, and if you like it, there it is.”  - Keith Richards

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Motley Crue Announces New Leg Of Farewell Tour

Motley Crue have announced dates for their farewell tour of Europe. The 12-date, 3-week run opens November 2 in Newcastle, UK and wraps up in Helsinki, Finland on November 18.

Motley Crue recently launched a fan vote to decide which European cities they will play on the tour as the group winds down its 34-year career this year.

The band are playing three European festivals this month; they performed at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 5 and will appear at Austria's Nova Rock on June 12 and UK's Download on June 14.

A North American summer run starts July 22 in Eugene, OR, and a recently-announced final leg kicks off October 5 in Hidalgo, TX. Read more including the dates and watch the new tour leg promo video here.

Robert Plant Postpones Another Concert Due To Illness

Robert Plant was forced to postpone his Detroit concert at the Meadow Brook Music Festival last night (June 9th) due to illness. Tickets will be honored for the new date of Thursday, September 10.

"Sunday morning I woke up with a flu that's developed into laryngitis," says Plant. "I'm really disappointed as I've only missed 1 gig in 15 years and now here's two in a row. It's heartbreaking. I'm furious, frustrated and silent."

Refunds are available at point of purchase until June 19 in the event ticket holders are unable to make the new date, which will not include The Pixies as openers; a new support act will be announced.

The Detroit concert is the second in a row affected by Plant's illness: he postponed a June 7 concert in Toronto when the health issue first flared up on Sunday. Read more here.

Gregg Allman Reveals 'I'm No Angel' Video From Upcoming Live Release

With the Allman Brothers Band now retired for good, Gregg Allman is moving ahead with his solo career, and his next release will be the live CD/DVD package, Back To Macon, GA, due out August 7.

Allman has been touring quite a bit as of late with his solo band, which now includes longtime Allmans percussionist Marc Quinones. Back to Macon, GA sees his current ensemble revisiting some of his Allmans classics as well as some of the highlights from his solo catalog, including his 1987 hit "I'm No Angel."

When we spoke to Gregg last year, he told us to expect more solo releases. He's planning to work with producer T-Bone Burnett on a follow up to 2011's GRAMMY-nominated Low Country Blues. Additionally, he said, "I also have one to cut in Muscle Shoals with Don Was, and that's a record I've long been pre-meditating, maybe thirty years, and the title will be All Compositions By' my name." Read more and watch the "I'm No Angel" performance here.

Fleetwood Mac Postpone Concert Due To Illness

Fleetwood Mac were forced to postpone yesterday's (June 9) show at the Genting Arena in Birmingham due to illness. The concert has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 7 and all tickets remain valid for the new date.

No further details were provided regarding which band member(s) are affected with a health issue at this time. The group's next scheduled show is at the Manchester Arena on June 12.

The On With The Show Tour sees the return of keyboardist Christine McVie, creating a reunion of the group's hugely successful mid-1970s lineup, which cranked out hit albums like 1975's self-titled release, 1977's "Rumours" and 1979's "Tusk." Read more here.

Metallica Releases 'Fight Fire With Fire' Live Video

Metallica are sharing video footage of a performance of their 1984 track, "Fight Fire With Fire", at the Rockavaria festival in Munich, Germany on May 31st.

The band's video highlight package also includes bassist Rob Trujillo and drummer Lars Ulrich in the meet and greet, and the group warming up in the Tuning Room before the show.

"Fight Fire With Fire" was the opening song on Metallica's second album, "Ride The Lightning." Metallica are also sharing audio of "The Frayed Ends Of Sanity" from the concert; the tune originally appeared on 1998's "…And Justice For All."

The Rockavaria appearance was one of four European festival dates Metallica delivered earlier this month. Check out the video here.

Slash's Rock Am Ring Performance Streaming Online

Slash performed at the Rock Am Ring festival in Mendig, Germany on June 6 and broadcast footage of his full set has surfaced online. The guitarist's hour-long, 10-song appearance mixed solo material with tracks originally recorded by Velvet Revolver and Guns N' Roses.

Slash is currently playing a mixture of headline and festival show across Europe in support of his latest album, "World On Fire." On June 15, Slash will release "Live At The Roxy 25.9.14", a package that captures the guitarist and his band in concert at the famed Los Angeles venue as part of the Guitar Center's 50th anniversary celebrations.

The Roxy event was one of three shows Slash played in Hollywood's most legendary clubs to launch the record; he also rocked The Troubadour and The Whisky in the same week.

"Live At The Roxy 25.9.14" will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD and as a 3LP set. Watch the festival performance here.

Billy Corgan Looks To Smashing Pumpkins Future, Not The Past

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan batted aside some loaded interview questions about his upcoming tour with Marilyn Manson and also shared his forward looking plans for the Pumpkins.

Corgan appeared to take exception to a Rolling Stone interviewer's questions about his upcoming tour with Manson being seen as "a nostalgia tour." He shot back, "Anybody who calls us a nostalgia show does not know what the f*** they are talking about.

"Seriously. I mean, [Manson] has just released one of the best albums of his career, and my last two albums were super highly reviewed and well received, so they don't know what the f*** they are talking about."

Corgan added, in response to the similarly themed follow-up question, "It's very simple: You've got two great artists, two great histories, still making great music. We are going to go out and kick ass as good or better than somebody in their twenties or thirties or whatever. Either believe it or don't - but if you don't, then you will miss something that you rarely see, which in this case will be three hours of really powerful music. I mean, there is a point where you can't apologize for that, or you can't really explain it to someone who's got their head up their a** with a selfie stick."

He also shot down reports that he plans to end the Smashing Pumpkins and shared his vision for the future of the band, "I think the new album we're making is very exciting. It's very futuristic. I've basically said that Smashing Pumpkins dies when I die, and maybe not even then. Maybe my niece will take over the franchise when I'm dead. Kiss is already talking about continuing past Gene and Paul, so why not the Smashing Pumpkins beyond William Patrick Corgan?

"We live in an era when everything is alive and everything is dead at the same time. If you are a fan of a particular band that's older, you can go on YouTube and relive their past as much as you want to. You don't have to go see them live. You don't have to listen to their new music. And then you have fans that are really not connected to, in my case, the Nineties. They know the Nineties music, sort of, but it's not their music. We are dealing with a conflux of so many different audiences coming from so many different directions now." Read the full interview here.




Legendary guitarists JOE SATRIANI and STEVE VAI are gearing up for their third benefit concert in support of music industry veteran and good friend, Cliff Cultreri, this coming weekend.  “A Benefit for Cliff III” will take place on Friday, June 12th at 8pm at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.  This event will feature performances by Satriani and Vai, as well as special guests, Animals As Leaders.

In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Satriani and Vai, along with other artists, have graciously donated various items to be auctioned at the event.  Among these items are autographed guitars from the trio playing that evening, Satriani, Vai and Tosin, plus a commemorative Ibanez guitar that will be signed by all of the musicians performing that evening. In addition, guitarist Paul Gilbert has donated an autographed guitar as well.  Along with the guitars, one 4-day camp pass for the Satriani “G4 Camp” taking place June 28 – July 2  in Cambria, CA as well as a 4-day pass to attend Vai’s camp, “Vai Academy 2015 - All About The Guitar” in Vail, CO, August 2-6, will also be auctioned.

Cliff Cultreri is the A&R executive who ‘discovered’ Satriani and Vai, as well as many other popular recording artists, while working at Relativity Records and Koch Entertainment. Cultreri is suffering from a host of Auto-Immune and Connective-Tissue disorders that are simultaneously attacking his immune system, a 1 in 100 million occurrence that causes severe pain and physical debilitations.  During his years in the industry, Cultreri has served as A&R for a number of top names including Allan Holdsworth, Billy Sheehan & Talas, Peter Frampton, Megadeth, Corrosion Of Conformity, Exodus, Anthrax, Death, Venom, Slash's Snakepit, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Modern English, Gene Loves Jezebel, Fat Joe, Common, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, 3-6 Mafia, KRS1, Beatnuts, C Murder, Kurupt, Soulja Slim, RZA, and many others in all genres of music.

In 2006, Satriani and Vai joined forces for the first Cultreri benefit show and in 2011, came together again for the second.  Through both benefits, the duo have raised money and brought attention to the devastation this disease takes on both the patient and their family.

Satriani and Vai hope to raise even more funds with this year’s benefit to help Cultreri and his family’s financial needs. "I'm looking forward to sharing the stage with my good friends Steve Vai and Animals as Leaders for a night of unforgettable music,” said Satriani.  With Vai adding, “It’s a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Joe and Tosin (of Animals As Leaders) in support of our dear buddy Cliff.  It’s a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza."

Reserved tickets start at $45 and are on sale Friday, March 27th through  A limited number of VIP packages, including a meet and greet with Satriani and Vai, are also available.  Doors will be at 7 pm with the show set to begin at 8 pm.

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Rock band KINGS OF CHAOS has announced they will perform in concert at THE FILLMORE on WEDNESDAY, JULY 29TH, 2015 to benefit Ric O’Barry’s DOLPHIN PROJECT, a not for profit campaign aimed at putting an end to dolphin exploitation and slaughter around the world.

Mr. O’Barry and KINGS OF CHAOS have joined forces to heighten awareness and raise funds for the Dolphin Project in the San Francisco Bay Area. The KINGS OF CHAOS lineup includes rock legends GLENN HUGHES (Deep Purple), SLASH (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), SAMMY HAGAR (Van Halen), MATT SORUM (Guns N’ Roses), GILBY CLARKE, DUFF MCKAGAN (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), BILLY DUFFY (The Cult) and MYLES KENNEDY (Alter Bridge). The supergroup will showcase its members’ collection of smash hits, as well as other classic rock favorites.

General tickets and VIP packages will go on sale on Friday, June 12th at 10:00 a.m. via and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are also available with no additional fees at The Fillmore box office on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and nights there is a show at the venue. VIP packages include access to artist sound check, pre-show meet and greet with the band, and priority entry. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to The Dolphin Project. There will also be a silent auction of one-of-a kind music memorabilia, which will start at 8:00 p.m.

Dan Aykroyd Plans The Blues Brothers Return

Dan Aykroyd has revealed he's working on a follow-up to 1980 movie The Blues Brothers. He played Elwood Blues in the 1980 original and starred alongside John Belushi.

Aykroyd is now working with the late actor's brother Jim on a film which he hopes to release on DVD and via on-demand TV services. He tells the Daily Mail: "I have a story in mind, and that might be something Universal may be interested in. A feature? I don't think so, they wouldn't back that, but maybe something to video.

"I might do a straight to video with a lot of music and that kind of thing where we could really pack it with music, make it a little smaller and still a valid piece of art." Read more here.


Song to Debut at the Annual Presidential General Assembly of the UN 69TH Session Gala on June 30th

(Los Angeles, CA) World renowned guitarist, JOE SATRIANI and UN Musical Director ROBIN DIMAGGIO, have teamed up to compose and produce a new song entitled, “Music Without Words” to be unveiled at the June 30th Annual Presidential General Assembly of the UN 69th Session Gala in New York City.  The Assembly and Gala feature world dignitaries as well as the Heads of States from nations across the globe.  Accompanying the song will be a video, compiled by the UN, featuring footage of people the world over.

The song was co-written by the two exclusively for this event and produced by DiMaggio as the UN Musical Director.  On his collaboration with SATRIANI, DiMaggio stated “Working with Joe has brought a new meaning to music, this masterpiece was a collaboration of elegance and prestige. This unforgettable elody is for all the human beings in sync with enlightenment and peace.”

A meeting between these two iconic musicians first took place when Robin, as musical director for the Arsenio Hall Show, asked SATRIANI to sit in with his band last fall.  A friendship sparked between the two and discussions of collaborating for the UN, began.  Fast forward to June 30th when the piece will debut at the UN Assembly. "Robin came to me with a beautiful challenge,” SATRIANI says, “to create a melody that would touch the hearts of six billion people, a call to humanity, a message of love. He sent me an awesome groove to get the ball rolling, I sent him back a melody, and we kept the collaboration going until we were both blown away. I’m thrilled with the final mix and can’t wait for people to hear it.”

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, to blend the beauty of Ms Monet’s vocals with SATRIANI's guitar to create such an incredibly moving piece. 

SATRIANI is currently readying his 15th solo album, “Shockwave Supernova” for release on July 24thSATRIANI 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 a musical force to be reckoned with. 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. He has also appeared on David Letterman and has performed at the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, and the MTV Music Awards, and was Musical Director and drummer for late-night TV’s Arsenio Hall Show on CBS Syndication, and TBS’ Lopez Tonight, hosted by George Lopez. Having traveled extensively from an early age, Robin’s music incorporates rhythms and sounds from diverse cultures throughout the world. The vast array of influences in Robin's life have made him a charismatic ambassador of the arts. 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 produced former Eagles guitarist Don Felder's 2012 album, Road to Forever, and Stephen Bishop's 2014 release, Be Here Then. 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. 

Led Zeppelin Streaming Previously Unreleased Song

Led Zeppelin are premiering an unreleased 1968 track, "Sugar Mama", as preview to the July 31 release of the expanded reissue of their 1982 album, "Coda."

The blues jam was recorded at Olympic Studios in London during sessions for the band's self-titled debut. "Coda" originally presented 8 unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978.

The reissue features two companion discs featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974, including 1968's "Baby Come On Home" and "Sugar Mama"; an early version of "When The Levee Breaks" from 1970 titled "If It Keeps On Raining"; rough mixes of "The Wanton Song" and "In The Light" from the "Physical Graffiti" sessions; and, an instrumental 1970 mix of "Poor Tom" and the previously unreleased instrumental "St. Tristan's Sword."

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

Taj Mahal Cancels Series Of Live Dates

Taj Mahal has cancelled all of his scheduled concerts through June and July so that he can take a "much needed break", which is sparking fears over his health.

Mahal, 73, has toured steadily for years and the gigs affected include his scheduled appearances at the Chicago Blues Festival on June 13 and the Vancouver Folk Festival on July 19.

A statement on his website reads: "It is with regret that The Maestro finds it necessary, at this time, to take a much needed break from the demands of his constant touring schedule.

"This brief hiatus will allow the time to re-charge his health and vitality." Read more here.

Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt Reacts To Jimmy Fallon's Video Remake

Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt was the featured guest on the latest episode of Wikimetal and he discussed Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black's recent frame-by-frame remake of the "More Than Words" video.

The show sent over these excerpts from the Bettencourt interview. On the remake: "It was pretty funny. It was actually a surprise because we didn't know, nobody told us or called us saying 'hey we're doing this video' so I was on the west coast and it came on the east cost first, and I got a few friends calling me saying 'hey, are you watching?' I didn't know what they were talking about. It was confusing and crazy because I had no idea."

"It was done in good taste, they weren't making fun of it, I think they were very respectful. I mean, when a guy puts on a wig and paints his nails and acts like you, it's very flattering"

On More Than Words hitting #1: "We were in the UK and getting phone calls here and there from family and friends saying that the song was playing a lot on the radio, tv... And we were in Germany when we got a phone call and Billboard said that the song would be a #1 tomorrow.

"And it was kind of strange because we weren't seeing it happen. This was before internet days, you know. So it was pretty amazing to find out that in the county that we were always struggling to make anything happen, our song went to number 1, so it's pretty special." Listen to the full episode here.

Newly Recovered John Lennon Guitar To Be Auctioned

An item like the guitar John Lennon used to record early Beatles hit "Love Me Do" might be called priceless by some, but in reality, everything has a price, and the one for this guitar is between an estimated $600,000 and $800,000.

Yes, the newly recovered instrument, a 1962 J-160E Gibson acoustic that was missing for nearly 50 years, is hitting the auction blocks. As Rolling Stone tells it, Lennon purchased the guitar in September 1962 and used it to write a number of classics with Paul McCartney, including "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Please, Please, Me," "All My Loving," "From Me to You" and "This Boy."

The guitar later went missing in 1963, at a Beatles concert at the Finsbury Park Christmas Show, only to be found and authenticated last year. It was apparently purchased by an amateur guitar player named John McCaw in the 1970s for a couple hundred dollars. Later, a friend noticed the guitar in a book of Beatles memorabilia. Read more here.

Aerosmith Learned From Music From Another Dimension

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry says the band have learned lessons from the mixed response to 2012 album Music From Another Dimension. And he's hoping they can at least try to record a follow-up next year.

Their 15th record was released after a tumultuous time that saw attempts to replace frontman Steven Tyler after he suffered an alcoholic relapse. It failed to live up to expectations, with a Metacritic average review rating of 54%.

Perry tells AZCentral: "I think I figured out what the fans have been asking for all these years. 'Why don't you do another Toys In The Attic or whatever?'

"There are certain things about those songs that you can try and recreate but the reason those songs are so powerful is because they've been around so many years. It's impossible to recreate that - you can write a great song but it's got to be around for 30 years."

He believes at least some of the tracks on Another Dimension will stand the test of time. "There were a couple songs in there that if you heard them live, you'd get off on them," he says. "We didn't get a chance to tour the record with the kind of emphasis that we did 30 years ago.

"And I think that if some of those songs had come out at a different time, they might have gotten a little more notice." Read more here.

The Compulsions To Rock Alice Cooper Radio Show This Week

The Compulsions, featuring Rob Carlyle, Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses), Frank Ferrer (Guns N' Roses) and Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls), will be appearing on Alice Cooper's radio show this week.

The band recently sat down for an interview and a performance of their new single "Lucky" for the rock legend's nationally syndicated show "Nights With Alice Cooper" and their appearance will air this Thursday, June 11.

The band has also released a new long-form trailer for their acclaimed new album "Dirty Fun." Rob Carlyle explains how the new trailer came about, "I recently became friends with a filmmaker named Andree Ljutica and Andree took an interest in the band, so I invited him to film us in the recording studio.

"After he shot the footage another friend, Owen Plotkin, offered the services of his editing studio, The Now Corporation. I couldn't have made this thing without those guys, so obviously I'm extremely grateful." Check out the trailer here.

Pete Townshend Angry Over Chart Snub

The Who's Pete Townshend took to the band's Facebook page this weekend to express his outrage that the new "Classic Quadrophenia" release will not being counted on the classic music chart in the UK.

The new version of the classic 1973 concept album "Quadrophenia" by The Who, which has been orchestrated by Rachel Fuller, is being released this week (today in the UK and Tuesday, June 9th, in North America).

It appears that Townshend learned that the UK classical chart will not include the release. He posted a series of messages on Facebook in response. He first wrote, "Classic Quadrophenia is not allowed in the UK Classical Charts?! Musical snobbery in the classical elite still alive & kicking then. F*** 'em"

A short time later he added, "There's a huge team behind this, rooted in the practical world of recorded classical music, who deserve better than this petty slap-down."

For his final post, he wrote, "I know I'm a rock dinosaur and I'm happy to be one, but the team behind Classic Quadrophenia are all young, creative and brilliant."

"Classic Quadrophenia" was conducted by Robert Ziegler and recorded at Air Studios in London in October of 2014 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and features vocals from acclaimed tenor Alfie Boe as well as Townshend on guitar and "cameo vocal roles", according to the official synopsis. Read the full description and order the album on CD, digital or vinyl here.

33 Injured By Lightning Strikes At Music Festival

33 people were hurt at Germany's Rock Am Ring festival when the site was hit by lightning twice. The first bolt struck the backstage area at 1am on Saturday morning, in Mendig, western Germany, injuring eight production staff.

Lightning-proof tents were opened for campers to shelter before a second bolt struck at 4am, injuring 25 people in one of the campsites. Local police say the victims were taken to nearby hospitals for observation and no severe injuries were sustained.

Around 90,000 are in attendance at Rock Am Ring, which ended on Sunday with sets from Slipknot, the Foo Fighters, Motorhead, In Flames and others. Read more here.

INSIDE METAL: Pioneers of LA Hard Rock & Metal (Part II) Available worldwide on June 9th!

PIONEERS OF L.A. HARD ROCK & METAL (Part II) will be officially released on DVD worldwide this coming Tuesday, June 9th followed by OnDemand/PPV, Cable and digital formats (Netfilx, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Hulu etc). Part 1 of the DVD is currently available OnDemand in the US via the following cable affiliates: Cox, Charter, Verizon Fios, Mediacom, SuddenLink, RCN, Bresnan, and Frontier, and in Canada via Rogers, Shaw, Cogeco and EastLink TV. We added some great bonus material to Part II of the DVD as well including a full menu with deleted scenes, photo gallery and trailers. 

We also have great INSIDE METAL merchandise available at the website. Amazon is now taking pre-orders on Part II. Feel free to link below on your social media pages to help spread the word of INSIDE METAL!

The Replacements Break Up Again?

The Replacements appear to have split again - and for the last time. Frontman Paul Westerberg told a crowd at the Primavera Sound festival in Spain that they'd just seen the band's final performance.

He added that the band had remained at their hotel instead of attending soundcheck, calling them "lazy bastards to the end." He then smashed his guitar.

Billboard reports that two shows added to their schedule to make up for previously-cancelled ones will now not be played, and that attempts to record an album have been abandoned. Read more here.

Robert Plant Postpones Concert Due To Illness

Robert Plant was forced to postpone his concert in Toronto, Canada on Sunday night (June 7th) at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre due to illness.

"I woke up this morning and found that I had more of a similarity with a crooning Kermit than my normal Golden self, so heaps of apologies," says Plant. "It's not my idea of fun to miss a gig."

Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date of Tuesday, September 15. Support act The Pixies will not appear at the rescheduled date due to scheduling conflicts; a replacement act will be announced at a future date.

The singer's next scheduled show is March 9 at the Meadowbrook Music Festival in Rochester Hills, MI. Read more here.

Rush Filming Hometown 40th Anniversary Tour Stops

Rush have revealed that they will be filming a pair of upcoming shows in their hometown of Toronto, Canada as part of the 40th anniversary R40 Live tour.

The June 17 and June 19 concerts at the Air Canada Centre will mark the first time the band will have filmed in their hometown in almost 20 years with the recording in 1997 at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on the Test For Echo tour.

Prior to that, the group filmed a concert video and later released an accompanying album for the Grace Under Pressure tour in 1984 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

"Fans who have their coveted tickets to the sold out shows in Toronto,' says the band, "are encouraged to represent and wear Rush shirts, bring signs and come ready with their 'outside' voices." Read more here.

Keith Richards Ready To Make New Rolling Stones Album

The Rolling Stones just kicked off their latest North American tour, but Keith Richards is hoping they'll be able to sneak in some time at the studio real soon.

Richards told Rolling Stone, he'd like to see his band release an album real soon. The band hasn't released a new LP since 2005 with A Bigger Bang. "Funny you should mention that," Richards told Rolling Stone about a new album. "Just last week, the word 'studio' popped up while we were rehearsing. I said, 'Well, let's find a time. I'm ready!'"

Though he'd like to see a new album come out sooner or later, it may be later being that the band is on their current tour until July and is reportedly mulling over a South American tour this fall.

The good thing is, the band seems to be in high spirits with Ronnie Wood telling the mag they're in a good place as a band, saying it's the "best vibe ever within the band." Read more here.

David Gilmour Reveals New Album Details

David Gilmour previewed details and a few songs from his forthcoming solo album at a writing conference in Ireland on Saturday. Gilmour revealed his upcoming fourth solo album will be titled "Rattle That Lock."

Pink Floyd fan site Brain Damage reports Gilmour and wife/author/lyricist Polly Samson were featured guests at the 2015 Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas in Carlow, Ireland, where the pair were on hand to discuss their relationship as songwriters, which dates back to Pink Floyd's 1994 album, "The Division Bell."

The guitarist previewed snippets of two songs, including "Boots On The Ground" and "Girl With A Yellow Dress", a track that featuries a guest appearance by former Squeeze keyboardist and late-night UK TV host Jools Holland.

Samson described the theme of the album as 'Carpe Diem', seize every moment, look to the future, 'Just Do It' and don't be afraid or hold back. Read more here.

Creed's Mark Tremonti Explains Rift With Scott Stapp

Mark Tremonti says Creed singer Scott Stapp stopped talking to him when he realized the band's 2009 reunion wouldn't be permanent. The guitarist previously told how Stapp travelled on a separate bus to the rest of the band on the tour, and he now reveals Stapp assumed Tremonti would walk away from his other band Alter Bridge to devote himself full-time to Creed.

Tremonti tells Kerrang: "I think Scott just thought that we'd get back together with Creed and we'd forget about Alter Bridge. He doesn't understand how hard we've worked to build Alter Bridge.

"When you singlehandedly bring a band to its knees like he had done, and we all split up, and then you build something, you're not all of a sudden going to just jump back to the other band and forget what you've built.

"I think he took all his frustrations out on me. We were having lunch in catering. He was like, 'Hey man, what are you doing in January,' and I'm like, 'I'm going to the studio with Alter Bridge, we've talked about this.' He's like, 'Really?' From then on we didn't speak. On tour. On stage. Didn't speak." Read more here.

Keb' Mo' With Taj Mahal Working On Album

Grammy and a WC Handy Award winner Keb' Mo' has revealed in a new interview that he is working on an album with Taj Mahal - one of his personal heroes.

Mo', full name Kevin Moore, tells the Alaska Dispatch News: "We're doing original material. I've been working on it since November and it probably won't be done until fall."

He also reveals that he was so insecure about his musical future that, even after his career took off, he clung to a regular club gig in Santa Monica, California - even though he'd moved out of the area.

Mo' says: "For the first two years I kept calling them and saying, 'I'll be back'. It took four years for me to realize this might be working. I've seen so many flashes in the pan." Read more here.

California Breed Was Over When Bonham Left

Glenn Hughes says he wanted to split California Breed the moment Jason Bonham left - but he couldn't let down fan who'd already bought tour tickets.

He pulled the plug in January after the trio toured with replacement drummer Joey Castillo - and the move appeared to come as a surprise to young guitarist Andrew Watt, who said: "I put everything I had into this band."

The frontman and bassist, who was a member of Black Country Communion alongside Bonham before their acrimonious split in 2012, has returned to his solo career and tours Europe this summer with ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich at his side.

Hughes tells MyRockWorld: "When Jason left I had a decision to make - to fold the band completely and walk away with Jason, or continue with Andrew.

"The reason I chose to stay was because tickets were already on sale. I'm the kind of person, if someone has bought a ticket to see me, I'm going to show up.

"When Jason left it really wasn't a band any more. It was based around my thing. So I thought it would be best for me to go back to my solo work." Read more here.

Def Leppard Reveal Initial Guests For Hysteria On The High Seas

Eric Martin, Kip Winger and Richie Kotzen are among the first acts to be confirmed for Def Leppard's 2016 cruise. Def Leppard say: "Be prepared to get wet, wild and ready to rock."

Hysteria On The High Seas takes place aboard the MSC Divina, leaving from Miami, Florida, on January 21 next year and stopping at Half Moon Cay and Freeport in the Bahamas.

Def Leppard will be headlining, with guitarist Vivian Campbell's Last In Line also due to appear. Cinderella's Tom Kiefer, Winger mainman Kip, Mr Big's Eric Martin and The Winery Dogs' Kotzen have also been announced. Read more here.


Digital Sampler Available Now Featuring Label artists: Ryan Harvey, bell's roar, Built For The Sea, Lycka Till, Ramy Essam, Son of Nun



Tom Morello is furthering his commitment to standing up for justice through music by partnering with Ryan Harvey of the Riot-Folk Collective to launch Firebrand Records, a label dedicated to releasing and promoting revolutionary music from around the world. Firebrand is an independent, artist-friendly, international label featuring politically radical artists of diverse genres. The roster includes Harvey, bell's roar, Ramy Essam, Son Of Nun, Built For The Sea, Lycka Till and The Last Internationale.  Ike Reilly is also signed, in partnership with Rock Ridge Music, with a new album out June 16. Albums released on the label will be available digitally, distributed by Kobalt.  A nine-song digital sampler featuring select Firebrand artists will be available at all digital stores (download here at iTunes.)  "It's Like That" by Son of Nun can be heard exclusively at Rollingstone today while "Im Going To Live The Life I Sing About in My Song," a gospel song written by Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey and performed by The Last Internationale is up at Entertainment Weekly.

Morello is not only known for his incendiary guitar riffs as a founding member of Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and The Nightwatchman, but he is also widely recognized for his political activism. In the last year alone Morello performed in Mexico City denouncing the disappearance of forty three students, in Los Angeles in support of port truck drivers and in Seattle to push for raising the minimum wage to $15.  He also released "Marching on Ferguson" in protest of police violence, donating all profits from sales of the song to support protestor's legal defense.

Harvey has been taking his songs and stories of activism around the world over the last decade, performing in the underground political music scenes of some of the epicenters of recent uprisings including Cairo, Athens, Madrid, Reykjavík, and Lisbon. Co-founding the Riot-Folk musician's collective in 2004 and the veteran-focused anti-war group The Civilian-Soldier Alliance in 2007, Harvey has long explored the balance between music, activism, and cultural change. 

"We are creating a home for politically uncompromising artists to broadcast their music to the world," explains Morello. "Son Of Nun was helping operate a volunteer medical team during the Baltimore Uprising. Ramy was tortured and lives in exile because of his leadership role on the Egyptian Revolution. Ike and Ryan occupied the Capitol building in Madison. Lycka Till are a Swedish Clash and Built For The Sea a radical Portishead. bell's roar is a queer hero and The Last Internationale are the most badass political rock n roll band since Rage Against The Machine. These are not just artists who make revolutionary music, these are real revolutionaries who make great art." 

"Many underground political artists like myself agree that the ideas and perspectives we bring out in song need a larger platform - after all, we want to change the world," continues Harvey. "When I began scheming to build such a project, I naturally approached Tom. We had collaborated on a number of projects over the years, and he had a network within the music industry needed for such a visionary label. By giving such artists exposure, we will in turn expose a lot of regular people to radical ideas and perspectives about changing the world. That's a necessary process for any movement, and it's Firebrand's mission." 

1. "It's Like That"                  Son of Nun
2. "Foul Caviar"                     Ramy Essam
3. "Sinking Ship"                   Built for the Sea
4. "PTSD"                              Lycka Till
5. "Light In The Morning"     Ryan Harvey (feat. RAAST, Shireen & bell's roar)
6. "Slow" (Remix)                  bell's roar
7. "Carson McCullers"           Lycka Till
8. "Devil In Me"                     Built for the Sea
9. "Toss & Turn"                    Ryan Harvey

ABOUT FIREBRAND RECORDS:  We are living in an era of significant protest. In recent years, people around the world have surprised each other with their courage, strength, and willingness to stand against injustice - and where there has been protest, there has been music. Firebrand Records gives a platform for such voices. Born from these times, the joint-venture between Ryan Harvey and Tom Morello serves to release music that inspires, informs, and blossoms from these moments.

We know that music alone does not change the world, but we recognize that it is an integral part of the movements that do.

Please visit for more information on the individual artists.

Motörhead To Release Their 22nd Studio album BAD MAGIC on August 28th 2015 UDR Music/Motörhead Records

In their 40th Anniversary Year, the band also announces 40th Anniversary European tour in the Fall with more dates internationally to follow.

Freedom to believe don’t have a price
Innocence never gets too old
You need a bolt of rock
Severe toxic shock
Electricity deep in your soul

“Electricity” – Motörhead

After 40 years rattling teeth, bones and ears with their legendary rock’n’roll, you might excuse Motörhead if they wanted to ease off.
Put their feet up.
Relax a little.
But that’s just it…
this is Motörhead.

And instead, Motörhead gleefully say a loud and hearty ‘bollocks’ to that sort of feeble-minded thinking with their 22nd studio album, Bad Magic. Bristling with thunderous attitude, pioneering spirit and some of the fiercest rhythms and riffs that’ll beat your ears into submission this year, Bad Magic is a massive kick in the teeth for anyone who dared believe it might be otherwise. Indeed, if those people still remain, they would do well to grab some big fat earplugs, fall to their knees and pray like buggery, because big-rig head crushers like “Thunder And Lightning” and the especially l-o-u-d “Teach‘Em How To Bleed” show that Motörhead are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising and goddam heavy as ever.

Drawing on their own vast catalogue of road-warrior freewheeling rock’n’roll spirit, Bad Magic also strides confidently into some of the earlier attitudes of Motörmusic. Written and recorded in the studio together, for the first time in the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee era, the more ‘live’ approach to creating Bad Magic has obviously paid dividends in this regard. There is the driving malevolence of “Choking On Your Screams”,  with Lemmy in magnificently omnipotent vocal mood, “Electricity” carries a hefty chunk of punk attitude married with some of Phil Campbell’s best lead work in years, while “Shoot Out All of Your Lights” is all devilish, greasy biker-borne-screw-you-and yours, Mikkey Dee’s tribal drums pounding out a great path for more Kilmister proclamations. The boys even enjoyed a guest appearance from Queen’s Brian May on “The Devil”, adding a scintillating solo on this thunderous Motörstomper.

Produced at NRG Studios with long-time producer Cameron Webb, Bad Magic came together after a couple of years which saw Motörhead enjoy their most successful international era in over two decades off the back of their last release Aftershock. Lemmy also finally decided to face the fact he is flesh, blood and mortal like all of us, adjusting his lifestyle to kick the ass of health-issues and re-emerging stronger, leaner and meaner than ever. His own personal performances on Bad Magic rank as some of the most wide-ranging and unique he has delivered in years, and on the ballad “Until The End”, Lemmy opens up with equal levels explanation and intent on the simple but important matters which life conjures for us all. Add to all of this a wonderfully executed, gritty delivery of The Rolling Stones classic “Sympathy For The Devil”, and it will be clear to anyone with a pair of ears that Bad Magic is Motörhead’s finest work in over two decades.

You can also expect the road to get its ass-kicked by Motörhead once again in the last half of 2015! Starting in mid-August, there will be a North American tour with Anthrax which ends with the now-legendary Motörboat cruise between Sept 28th – Oct 2nd from Miami, Florida to Nassau in the Bahamas, also featuring Slayer and Anthrax among a bumper line-up of bands. And Motörhead’s 40th Anniversary European Winter tour will start on November 15th 2015 at Le Zenith in Paris, ending on December 6th at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland. More dates will be announced soon, so keep checking the band’s official website as well as the following social media platforms for details.

Twitter: @MyMotorhead

All in all, with Bad Magic’s release now confirmed, Motörheadbangers and rock’n’roll fans worldwide can prepare themselves for the prodigal return of rock music’s greatest, meanest, dirtiest and most relentless trio…yeah, believe it: Motörhead proudly, and defiantly, remain the flag  you’re proud to fly through thick and thin.

1.     Victory Or Die – 3.09
2.     Thunder & Lightning – 3.06
3.     Fire Storm Hotel – 3.35
4.     Shoot Out all of Your Lights – 3.15
5.     The Devil – 2.54
6.     Electricity – 2.17
7.     Evil Eye – 2.20
8.     Teach Them How To Bleed -3.13
9.     Till The End – 4.05
10.  Tell Me Who To Kill – 2.57
11.   Choking On Your Screams – 3.33
12.  When The Sky Comes Looking For You – 2.58
13.   Sympathy For The Devil* – 5.35

*by The Rolling Stones


Metallica today announced they would significantly drop the price and offer fans a discounted digital download of their concert for the X Games Austin this Saturday, June 6th. The deeply discounted price of $5 for all digital music formats (Including FLAC) will start today and last until July 15, 2015.  

During this period, Metallica will donate ALL the money raised via these sales to the Central Texas Red Cross to assist victims of the recent floods.

The show recording is available for preorder HERE, and will be fulfilled a few days after the actual performance.

LYNCH MOB – “Rebel” EPK (Official / New / Studio Album / 2015)

Metallica Release Massive 50-CD Box Set

Metallica have released "25 Nights Down Under", a 50-CD Box Set featuring all 25 live shows the band performed in Australia and New Zealand in 2010 and 2013.

Pre-orders for the $395 package were announced in April and the box set started shipping this week. For fans who aren't interested in the full package, all of the 2010/2013 concerts are also available individually at the band's website.

This Saturday, June 6, Metallica will perform the national anthem and a headline concert at the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas. Metallica were joined by pioneering skateboarder Tony Hawk to make the announcement of their appearance at the June 4-7 event, which showcases the best in extreme sports. Read more here.

Superjoint Ritual Return With U.S. Tour

Superjoint Ritual have announced a 12-date US summer tour. Before their run of US dates with King Parrot and Child Bite, Superjoint will play Hellfest in France on the weekend of June 19-21.

Down frontman Phil Anselmo resurrected the group last year under the shortened name Superjoint for their first gig in 10 years - despite the former Pantera man stating their appearance at the Housecore Horror Film Festival was a "one off."

And last month he revealed he was busy writing material for a variety of projects - including Superjoint tracks. He said: "I've been writing new Superjoint, been writing new Illegals. Actually I'm in a secret death metal project with some secret other guys from across the equator. It's called Metraton Ganga." See the U.S. Tour dates here.

The Who Announce Changes To North American Fall Tour

The Who will be returning to North American this fall to launch the next leg of their 50th anniversary tour and band has announced a series of new dates that are make-ups for postponed shows on their just completed leg.

The band was forced to postpone some of the dates on the spring leg after frontman Roger Daltry was ordered by doctors to rest his voice. The May 9th Louisville, Kentucky concert has been rescheduled for December 4th, the St. Louis show will take place on December 6th and the Kansas City, Missouri stop is now scheduled for December 8th.

The band has also rescheduled two previously announcement shows on the upcoming leg, to allow Daltry more time to rest his voice between shows. The Toronto show will now take place on December 2nd instead of October 21st and their concert in Oakland has been moved to December 13th.

The tour leg will be kicking off on September 14th in San Diego, CA at the Valley View Casino Center and is now scheduled to conclude with the rescheduled show in Oakland at the Oracle Arena.

Guitarist Pete Townshend had this to say about the leg that the band just completed, "The audiences have been amazing, warm and forgiving. Roger has battled sometimes, not so much with his voice as with a muscle problem that may well go back to a car crash in Australia many years ago. Towards the end he got better and better. And happier. Good to see."

The Who Hits 50! North American Fall Tour Dates:
9/14 - San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
9/16 - Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
9/19 - Las Vegas, NV, Colosseum at Caesars Palace
9/21 - Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
9/25 - Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/27 - Seattle, WA, KeyArena
9/29 - Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
10/1 - Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
10/3 - Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
10/6 - Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
10/8 - Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
10/10 - Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
10/13 - Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
10/15 - Chicago, IL, United Center
10/17 - Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
10/19 - Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
10/23 - Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
10/25 - Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
10/27 - New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
10/29 - Boston, MA, TD Garden
11/1 - Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
11/4 - Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center

Rescheduled Dates:
12/2 - Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
12/4 - Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
12/6 - St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
12/8 - Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
12/13 - Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena

Alice In Chains, Bullet For My Valentine Added To Guitar Hero Live

Bullet For My Valentine, Weezer and Alice In Chains have been added to the lineup for Guitar Hero Live. Anthrax, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Deftones and Mastodon have previously been revealed as part of the lineup.

The Alice in Chains song Stone, Buddy Holly by Weezer and Bullet For My Valentine 's Temper Temper will appear on the game, which is due out in the autumn.

On Facebook, BFMV say: "Stoked to be added to the awesome lineup of the new Guitar Hero Live video game." Also in the latest batch of acts added are New Politics, Queen, Wolfmother, Neon Trees, Deap Vally, Angus & Julia Stone and Catfish And The Bottlemen. See the full list of the latest additions here.

Reported 1977 Iron Maiden Video Goes Online

A recording thought to be Iron Maiden's earliest ever has been streamed online. The music-free 29-second clip, taped in 1977, features then-frontman Dennis Willcock introducing the band.He says: "We're called Iron Maiden. We're all about a sound that's called metal, if you know what that's all about. Scrap metal, yeah. We don't have enough room to move about here, by the looks of it, so someone's going to go arse over tit, I should imagine. Here we go."

Willcock was Maiden's second singer, after Paul Day co-founded the band in 1976. He was replaced by Paul Di'Anno in 1978. Willcock will play his first show in 30 years with his band GV1 at London's Bar 12 on June 13. Read more and check out the stream here.

Slash Release 'Live At The Roxy 25.9.14' Trailer

Slash has released the trailer for his forthcoming package, "Live At The Roxy 25.9.14," which will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD and as a 3LP set on June 15th.

The set captures the guitarist and his band in concert at the famed Los Angeles venue as part of the Guitar Center's 50th anniversary celebrations and the launch of his latest album, "World On Fire."

The Roxy event was one of three dates Slash played in Hollywood's most legendary clubs to debut the record; he also rocked The Troubadour and The Whisky in the same week.

Slash is currently playing a mixture of headline and festival show across Europe. Watch the trailer here.

Rush's Alex Lifeson On His View of Band's Future Beyond Final Tour

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson hopes the band will continue to play live shows after what's believed to be their final tour. And while he's previously talked up the chances of making another album, he's now discussed the possibility of two.

Rush are currently on the road across North American on a trip that manager Ray Danniels has said is "most likely the last of this magnitude." But Lifeson tells Guitar Center: "I could still see us going out and doing a special run - a couple of weeks here and there, those sort of things.

"We haven't discussed that but, I could see that happening. And possibly making another album or two. We love playing together and we really enjoy that aspect of our relationship." Read more here.

Duff McKagan Reveals Top Touring Tips

Duff McKagan has shared his top tips for inter-band harmony on the road. The former Guns 'N' Roses bassist reckons toilet etiquette and knowing a little about your destination helps keep relationships on tour free of unnecessary stress.

McKagan recently released his second book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions), along with a companion EP called How To Be A Man. He gives his vital travel tips to Rolling Stone.

He says: "If you don't read, know something about where you're at. Barrett Martin, who was the drummer for Screaming Trees and Mad Season, he's an actual professor. So he'll know about everything we're going by, like, 'That castle there.. something something."

One particular peeve of being on tour in Germany is how many times he has to hear jokes about the German word for a motorway exit - Ausfahrt. "You can laugh at the first six or seven Ausfahrt signs, but there is going to be an Ausfahrt sign every exit. You can only do it for so long."

And when sharing a room with a tour buddy, McKagan sticks to a strict rule regarding use of the toilet. He says: "Don't poo in the room if you're sharing it. Unless you get poo permission, like, 'Oh yeah, it's cool dude. I don't care.' Then you know you're really close with that guy." Watch the full video here.

Queen: Play The Game App Released

An official Queen app has been launched, giving fans the chance to win band merchandise. Solving a series of puzzles and answering questions can lead to winning real Queen merchandise.

Queen: Play The Game features images from the band's history along with re-sampled sounds from all the hits and recordings fans may not have heard. It was developed by Birmingham-based SoshiGames.

Queen archivist Greg Brooks says: "Queen: Play The Game presents a lot of imagery you may not have encountered before and in brand new puzzle formats." Read more here.

Led Zeppelin Announce Final Deluxe Reissues

Led Zeppelin will wrap up a year-long reissues campaign on July 31 with the release of expanded editions of their final three studio albums: 1976's "Presence", 1979's "In Through The Out Door", and 1982's "Coda."

All three have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a companion audio disc featuring previously unreleased material related to the original release.

The "Presence" bonus disc presents five unreleased mixes from the sessions, including alternate versions of "For Your Life," "Achilles Last Stand" and "Royal Orleans" alongside the previously unheard instrumental, "10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)."

Additional material from "In Through The Out Door" includes an unreleased rough mix of every track from the original album, including early versions with working titles such as "The Hook" ("All My Love"), "The Epic" ("Carouselambra"), and "Blot" ("I'm Gonna Crawl"). 

The band's final album, "Coda", originally presented 8 unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. Read more here.


ADLER the band led by former Guns N Roses drummer Steven Adler is gearing up for a handful of select summer shows starting in June. The upcoming tour dates will be the band's first live performances in over two years, and the band's first ever visit to South America.

Additional 2015 tour dates are currently being secured and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Initial ADLER 2015 dates are as follows:

6/18/15 -  Tailgators - Bolingbrook, IL
6/19/15 -  Hat Tricks - Pekin, IL 
6/20/15 - Jefferson Barracks Amphitheater - St. Louis, MO 
7/10/15 - Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
7/11 15 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV
7/23/15 - Real Plaza Centro Civico - Lima, Peru
7/24/15 - Arequipa Aura - Arequipa, Peru
7/25/15 - Frozzen - Cusco, Peru
8/21/15 - The Rock Pile - Toronto, Canada
8/22/15 - TBA – Canada
8/28/15 -  Mohegan Sun Casino - Uncasville, CT
8/29/15 - Blackthorn 51 - Queens, NY
9/26/15 - History Park - San Jose, CA
10/1/16 - Los Angeles, CA - Monsters Of Rock Cruise

ADLER’S debut album “Back From The Dead” was released at the end of 2012 via New Ocean Media. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jeff Pilson (FOREIGNER, DOKKEN) and mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, THEORY OF A DEAD MAN), the CD consists of 11 tracks, ranging from adrenaline-pumping rockers ("Back From The Dead", "Own Worst Enemy", "Another Version Of The Truth") to arena-rock anthems ("Good To Be Bad", "Blown Away") to powerful, heartfelt ballads ("Waterfall", "Just Don't Ask"). The album features guest appearances by Adler's former GUNS N' ROSES bandmate Slash and ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5. 

ADLER is comprised of Steven Adler, frontman Jacob Bunton (LYNAM, MARS ELECTRIC), guitarist Lonny Paul (ADLER’S APPETITE), and bassist Johnny Martin (CHELSEA SMILES). 

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Adler Twitter: adlerrocks

Tom Petty Unearths Lost Song

Tom Petty has released a previously unheard track entitled Somewhere Under Heaven, which he recorded in 1994. The song was co-written with Mike Campbell for 1994 album Wildflowers when Petty and producer Rick Rubin envisioned it as a double-length release, but remained unheard until now.

It will feature on Wildflowers: All The Rest, which includes more unheard material written between 1992 and 1994. No release date has been confirmed.

Petty recently settled out of court with pop star Sam Smith after it was decided his hit Stay With Me sounds similar to 1989 track I Won't Back Down, co-written with Jeff Lynne.

Petty said: "I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam - all my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen." It's available through digital retailers, and a teaser can be viewed here.

Satriani Tired Of Waiting For Chickenfoot, Starting New Band

Joe Satriani has given up trying to bring Chickenfoot together for another album - and he's aiming to form another band instead. The guitarist says he's tried to persuade singer Sammy Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith to make a follow-up to their second title Chickenfoot III, released in 2011 - but he's had no luck.

He's decided it's over despite a brief reunion with Hagar and Smith at a charity concert last month. Satch tells UCR: "So there was the three of us - three Footers were there, gentlemen of the Foot hanging out. But I get the distinct feeling it's just not going to happen.

"For reasons that are too boring to go into, I've kind of giving up trying to be the instigator, of trying to get another record done. At the end of the benefit, although it was one of those fun things with being up there with Sammy and Chad again, I just got the feeling that they're not thinking it's on the cards."

He reveals that much of the material on solo album Shockwave Supernova, out in July, was originally designed to be Chickenfoot music. Read more here.

ZZ Top To Rock La Grange At Long Last

ZZ Top will play La Grange for the first time, where it's likely that they'll perform their classic 1973 song "La Grange." On Sept. 5, the group will perform at the Fayette County Fair, just west of Houston in La Grange, Texas. Yes, it is a real city.

The song, however, wasn't exactly about the town; it was about the Chicken Ranch, located in La Grange. And the Chicken Ranch, it should be noted, was not a venue in which to purchase produce. In fact, it was a--how to say it?--bordello. The song, from their third album Tres Hombres, would become their biggest hit to date.

Frontman Billy Gibbons recently spoke with about the song."Well, it's fair to say we liked the blues groove," he said. "And, of course, the subject matter. It was a pleasant surprise when it began making its splash." Read more here.

The Sweet Launching Final Tour?

The Sweet will take to the road later this year for a 24-date tour which will "probably" be their last, according to guitarist Andy Scott. The Sweet are currently recording a new album at Real World Studios near Bath and promise further details in the near future.

Scott, along with bassist and vocalist Pete Lincoln, drummer Bruce Bisland and guitarist and keyboardist Tony O'Hara, open the tour in Eastbourne on November 10 and wrap it up in Cheltenham on December 13.

Scott says in a statement: "For Sweet to be going back out on tour in the UK on such a big scale for what will probably be the last time is a real thrill. Performing is at the very heart of what we do and though fashions change, our songs have lasted through five decades. When we're up on the stage in front of an audience it's almost as if time has stood still."

Joining the veteran glam rockers on all 24 dates of the Glitz, Blitz And 70s Hitz tour will be MUD 2 and the Rubettes, featuring original members Alan Williams, John Richardson and Mick Clarke. Check out the dates here.

The Grateful Dead Rehearsing 70 Songs For Final Concerts

As you may have heard by now, the Grateful Dead plan to wrap up their career with five upcoming concerts: June 27 and 28 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago. And in a new interview with The New Yorker, the band's guitarist/singer Bob Weir, along with Phish's Trey Anastasio who is filling in for the late Jerry Garcia, discussed a bit about the shows.

Weir noted that Jeff Tanski, a Broadway musician (who has worked on Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) has created charts for up to 70 Grateful Dead songs for the shows. Anastasio corrected Weir, saying, "Ninety! And by the time we're done I bet it's a hundred."

Anastasio also mentioned that he's learning all of those songs because "I don't want to be the problem," i.e. the reason why the band can't play as many different songs as they want to.

He also added, "Bob and I joked that the first song I sing ought to be 'Dire Wolf,' which has the chorus 'Don't murder me.'" Which reveals that Anastasio isn't just on hand to play Garcia's lead guitar lines, but also to sing lead vocals on at least some of the late frontman's songs.

He also mentioned that the band will probably play 18 songs per night. Read more here.

Pixies Working On New Album

Pixies are have confirmed they're working on the follow-up to last year's comeback album Indie Cindy. Frontman Black Francis says the band are looking for a producer and adds: "We're trying to find our sound right now."

They've already written a number of tracks for what will be their sixth record, and they've debuted an acoustic version of one song, Um Chagga Lagga, with Rolling Stone.

Other titles to be recorded include Super Lecker, O' Little Cloud and Down To Tulom. On Um Chagga Lagga Black Francis says: "It's kind of like a road movie. It's a French truck-driving song, about the seedier side of life on the road. It's about the things that happen at truck stops and gas stations and cornfields." Read more here.

Corey Taylor Worried About What Aliens Think Of Humanity's Stupidity

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor worries about what aliens think about humanity's stupidity - and wonders if that's the reason they haven't made contact.

But he insists he's no "ancient astronaut theorist" and uses his point to argue that people should stop accepting low-quality entertainment. In an excerpt from his book You're Making Me Hate You published by The Guardian, Taylor says: "Sh*t sells. You all love your sh*t. From your derivative music to your shiny hollow movies, from those videos displaying your idiocy on the internet to your addiction to fake reality on TV, that saying is a f***ing fact. Sh*t sells and it sells really well."

He continues: "Yes, I worry about what the aliens will think of us. I don't think we've been visited by a more advanced species. I don't think they're plotting to come invade. I think if they're watching, they're doing the same thing I am: wondering why the f*** you people are mesmerised by all of this half-assed entertainment.

"They've come to the conclusion that we're all apes in designer clothes. They are amazed that we can feed and shelter ourselves with all the stupidity we involve ourselves with. Worse yet, they believe our stupidity is contagious. They think that if they come here to make contact, they might catch our 'dummy' virus." Read more here.

The Flaming Lips Tribute Brian Wilson With Beach Boys Cover

The Flaming Lips have released a video featuring their cover of the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations, as a tribute to mastermind Brian Wilson. The live clip was shot at Brian Fest in March, where the Lips joined other artists in performing Wilson's music.

It's interspersed with interviews, including one with guitarist Steven Drodz, who says: "It's hard to believe that a guy that young was writing music that sophisticated - and it was called 'pop'."

The Lips last year released Beatles tribute album With A Little Help From My Fwends, and frontman Wayne Coyne later admitted he knew it was a risky move. Watch the video here.

Rolling Stones Reveal Eric Clapton Version Of 'Brown Sugar'

The Rolling Stones continue to spark fan excitement for the upcoming deluxe reissue of "Sticky Fingers" by previewing alternate versions of classic songs.

The latest alternate version of a classic song was revealed this week and it has a superstar guest. The band released a stream of a different version of "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton. Stream it here.

The track is just one of the previously unreleased bonus features from the expanded reissues of "Sticky Fingers", which is set to be released next Tuesday, June 9th. Amazon is taking pre-orders for the various packages here.

GLENN HUGHES announces DOUG ALDRICH as guitarist for European Tour

Following on from his recent announcement of a 2015 Solo Tour in Europe, GLENN HUGHES is excited to announce that DOUG ALDRICH (Revolution Saints & formerly Whitesnake, Dio) will join his Solo band as guitar player. Alongside Aldrich will be powerhouse Swedish drummer, PONTUS ENGBORG, with Hughes on bass & vocals, completing the Trio.

Commenting on the addition of DOUG ALDRICH to his Solo band, Hughes says:

"My friendship with Doug started when he was playing with my dear friend, Ronnie Dio. Ronnie would always introduce me to his bandmates who were always family.

So, on a fateful night in May 2010, I was playing at a festival in Bologna, Italy. I asked Doug if he would like to join me to play a couple of Deep Purple songs. We went into my dressing room and went over the arrangements of the songs, and we were good to go. I introduced Doug to the stage, and we performed for the audience. It felt natural & full of energy. Doug is a world class guitar player and bona fide Rock Star.

I was impressed with Doug's demeanor, both on and off the stage, hard-working, kind and loving, all the qualities that one needs to fulfill a fruitful life.

Our friendship continued as Doug joined Whitesnake, and I was happy knowing that my brother David Coverdale, would nurture Doug's talent, and give him the love to share with ROCK fans globally."

Hughes continues:

"On the fifth anniversary of Ronnie's passing, I connected with Doug again, and we chose to talk and remember how much we loved and missed him. We both asked what we were doing musically, and then out of the blue I asked him if he would like to come and play with me and do some Shows.

The answer was... I'm in!

We are both very excited to bring the love to ROCK fans, and carry the message that ROCK is alive. For me, it's time to get back onstage, it's where I belong... see you soon!"

Excited at joining Hughes' Solo band for the 2015 Tour, guitarist DOUG ALDRICH added:

"Glenn and I have been friends for years. I met him through the Dio camp as we were both very close to Ronnie.

We had played live together several times, first in Bologna, Italy for the Ultimate Guitar Festival, and most recently at the Jim Marshall 50 Year Memorial Concert at Wembley Arena in London.

I've had a huge respect for what he has accomplished, but to play with him was astonishingly cool.

So cut to a few days ago.

I was remembering Ronnie James Dio on the anniversary of his passing and posted on my Facebook Page about that night 5 years earlier in Bologna. I remember Glenn dedicating "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll", to Ronnie. It was right out of the blue and little did we know RJD would pass the next day.

Glenn and I were both pallbearers at the funeral.

Glenn heard about the Facebook post and gave me a call, also asking if I was up for a little jamming... I said YES for sure I was!!

We both agreed, it was long overdue to do a run of dates together.

Glenn had dates and I signed on!

I'm very excited about it all. If you hear of Glenn in town... GO see him cause I'll be there too!!"

Swedish drummer PONTUS ENGBORG has been in the Glenn Hughes band since 2010.

In 2010 Engborg was asked to join the Glenn Hughes band. On July 17th 2010 Engborg and Hughes met in Serbia. Without no rehearsal Pontus was able to perform with Glenn Hughes and his GH band for 21,000 people. Engborg has been a part of the Glenn Hughes band ever since.

When Pontus isn’t touring the world with Glenn Hughes, he frequently tours/works with artists such as:

Bill Champlin (Formally of the band Chicago)
Eric Martin (Mr Big)
Joe Lynn Turner (ex Deep Purple/Rainbow)
Graham Bonnet (ex Rainbow)
Steve Augeri (ex Journey)
Marco Mendoza (ex Whitesnake)
Bobby Kimball (ex Toto)
Robin Beck

Engborg has also toured with the late Fergie Fredriksen (ex Toto) and Jimi Jamison (Survivor) and many more.

Pontus Engborg is endorsed by Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drumheads and Promark Drumsticks.

Engborg on touring again with GLENN HUGHES adds:

"This is exciting times. I am so pumped and happy to start this Glenn Hughes journey again.

The GH band is ready to hit the road. Looking forward to seeing you all.

Get ready people! We're coming for YOU!"

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New 3CD Box Offers A Heavy Dose Of Rare & Unreleased Iggy Pop Recordings!

Los Angeles, CA - When Michigan based proto-punk band The Stooges called it a day in 1974, the music world mourned the loss of one of the most groundbreaking rock bands ever. Fortunately, the mourning didn’t last long as head Stooge Iggy Pop quickly launched a stunning solo career that arguably eclipsed his auspicious early years. Psychophonic Medicine is an incredible 3CD collection of rare and unreleased gems that focuses on Pop’s crucial late’70s, early ‘80s post-Stooges output. The collection, available everywhere June 23 courtesy of Cleopatra Records, features studio outtakes from the landmark albums The Idiot and Party including never before released alternate mixes and 2 tracks not previously released in any form! Each of these recordings provides important insight into how Pop evolved from punk pioneer to one of the most diverse and adventurous artists in music.

But the party doesn’t stop there - the set also contains some of Iggy’s most electrifying live performances. Disc 2 is the first ever CD release of the legendary show at Paris Palace 1979. This incredible full-length recording showcases Iggy at his most explosive and audacious, ripping through such favorites as “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “Cock In My Pocket,” “Kill City” and more! A newly discovered audio source from Pop’s San Francisco performance in 1981 wraps up the collection in fine form with scalding versions of “I Need More,” “Lust For Life,” “TV Eye,” “1969,” “The Winter Of My Discontent” and others. Each of the three discs is packaged in its own wallet and comes with a gorgeous 36-page full color booklet featuring rare photos from the archives of longtime Stooges photographer and co-author of the only authorized Stooges biography, Robert Matheu, who also wrote the liner notes. And if that isn’t enough, the box includes a special bonus track of Iggy’s duet with Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino that was featured on HBO’s True Blood! Both collectors and the curious will find Psychophonic Medicine an irresistible aural trip.


THE WINERY DOGS (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass) has entered a Los Angeles recording studio to start work on the follow-up to their debut album, which will be self-produced and released in North America this fall on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC.  Details will be announced in the coming months, although fans are already getting news about the band’s fall U.S. tour, which is set to kick off October 3 in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

The trio exploded onto the Rock scene with their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album that was released July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records and a sold-out worldwide tour.  THE WINERY DOGS debuted on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” chart at #3, “Top Independent Albums” chart at #4, “Top Rock Albums” chart at #5, “Top Internet Albums” at #8 and “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27.

"I am thrilled to be back in the studio with MIKE and BILLY recording the second WINERY DOGS record,” proclaims RICHIE KOTZEN.  “I mentioned in an interview months ago that I thought based on how we’ve grown as a band, that this record could expand creatively beyond what we did on record one.  After only two weeks of recording, I am convinced this sentiment is true.  I can’t wait to see where this all goes and share it with our listeners."

"We are excited to unleash THE WINERY DOGS' second album,” says Loud & Proud Owner and President Tom Lipsky.  “The band took the world by storm with their debut album; fans went crazy and musicians and critics voiced their respect. The new album is going to take them to another level, and we are proud to be part of that journey."

On April 15, 2014, THE WINERY DOGS released their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album in North America on Loud & Proud Records as two very special editions.  THE WINERY DOGS SPECIAL EDITION is comprised of two-CDs.  Disc 1 is the standard album and Disc 2 is entitled UNLEASHED IN JAPAN 2013, comprised of 10 songs recorded live in Japan during their July ’13 tour, including “Criminal,” a track previously unavailable in the U.S., along with a 16-page booklet of live photos and lyrics.  UNLEASHED IN JAPAN 2013 is also available as a stand-alone digital album.  DOG TREATS: THE WINERY DOGS DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION, a limited edition release, is being sold in a box resembling a box of dog treats, and includes the SPECIAL EDITION collection of music, a DVD featuring four music videos and interview footage, demos from the original recording sessions, a “studio diary” written by Mike Portnoy, as well as some unique merchandise unavailable elsewhere.


Tour brings high-energy, uplifting, raw, ramshackle, guttural, backyard country band from coast to coast during summer months.

NEW YORK, New York — Spirit Family Reunion will take to the road in support of their sophomore album Hands Together, released this past April 14th. The 12-song set was mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Uncle Tupelo) and produced by the band in Coney Island, N.Y. Hands Together followed up the New York band’s critically acclaimed 2012 debut No Separation, a grassroots self-release that resulted in over 10,000 albums sold side-of-stage. Also issued on the band’s own label, Hands Together was released for the first time worldwide (through InGrooves Fontana in the U.S.)

After more than 250 live shows in support of their debut, Spirit Family Reunion have become a live favorite, stunning audiences at the Newport Folk Festival, Stagecoach, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass among other festivals, and touring with Levon Helm, Alabama Shakes, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Dr. Dog, Felice Brothers, Blitzen Trapper, Trampled by Turtles, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Their spirited live show has received critical acclaim, with the SF Weekly naming them one of the best performances at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, noting, “The charge in the air was celebratory. We had been baptized." On seeing the band live for the first time, Detroit’s Metro Times wrote, “It was like when (Jon) Landau discovered Springsteen. When Aretha discovered Ray Charles.” NPR Music’s Bob Boilen stated that the band were his favorite find at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival. 

In an effort to have no divide between the band and its audience, Spirit Family Reunion started playing live in New York City subway stations, farmers’ markets and street corners in 2009 before taking their performances to live music venues. The overflowing energy and lack of separation between the band and audience translated to the stage and also inspired the title of their debut album, one filled with a sound they call “open-door gospel”: gospel music not tied to any specific denomination.

Hands Together was tracked in a temporary studio once belonging to hardcore producer Don Fury and was recorded by the band’s longtime engineer (and longer-time bike mechanic) Andrew Gerhan (Sonny & the Sunsets). It was housed in one of the oldest buildings located on Surf Avenue in Coney Island, above the bumper cars, across from the elevated train and in between Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and the infamous Cyclone rollercoaster. Recording took place in bouts between tour dates, with sessions starting in late winter 2014 and completed in early fall when the area was a ghost town. (During the summer months in between, it was a circus outside.) The band maintained their high-energy classic sound in these sessions, armed such tools as a custom handmade banjo, thrift-store washboards and marching drums, and a vintage Neumann tube microphone they sang around. The studio setting also led to experimenting with some new sounds such as echoplex tape delay, a plastic recorder, and a portable electric organ called a “hymnmaster,” which according to the Internet does not seem to exist.

The band is confirmed to perform at Newport Folk Festival, Red Wing Roots, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and Mountain Jam, Austin City Limits and at the Los Angeles Bluegrass Situation 2015. 



MARCO MINNEMANN – CELEBRATION CD - Available June 1st, 2015

ORDER NOW (First 1,000 Autographed)

Marco Minnemann is looked upon by his peers and fans as one of the most innovative drummers on the international music scene today. As a solo artist, Marco proves he's not just about drums: on this album he composed all the songs, lyrics and plays every instrument on the album (along with engineering and recording the record and mixing a number of the tracks).

Marco has performed and/or recorded with The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, Buddy Rich Big Band, Necrophagist, Nina Hagen, Kreator, Eddie Jobson, UK, Paul Gilbert and on the critically acclaimed album, Levin Minnemann Rudess - including Tony Levin on Bass and Stick, and Jordan Rudess on Keyboards.

CELEBRATION: A signature sound and cohesive vibe of melodic, heavy art rock. Marco has teamed up again with Lazy Bones' recordings and Producer Scott Schorr, the team behind the critically acclaimed, EEPS (Marco's 2014 solo album.)


Megadeth Announce First Show With New Lineup Including Adler

Megadeth's new lineup will make their live debut in Canada next month - with Lamb Of God's Chris Adler behind the kit. The thrash giants will play Quebec City Summer Festival on July 18.

Dave Mustaine and co are preparing their 15th album with Adler as guest sticksman, alongside new guitarist Kiko Loureiro. The pair were brought in after Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover quit last year, and an attempt at reuniting the band's Rust In Peace era lineup failed.

Adler was initially hired for studio duties only, but bassist David Ellefson this week confirmed he aimed to play as many shows as his schedule would allow, saying: "Chris was like, 'Dude, I'll move anything I can to try to make it happen.' He may play one show with us and go, 'I don't ever want to do that again.' We'll find out, as it's coming up." Read more here.

Metal Fans Are The Most Loyal According To Spotify

Heavy Metal fans are more loyal to their favorite bands than followers of any other genre in the world, according to research by streaming service Spotify.

Figures suggest that metal fans are over a fifth more likely to keep listening to core bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden, while fans of the next-highest genre, pop, will tend to listen to a wider range of acts.

Analysts monitored how often a listener would return to artists defined as central to a genre. They discovered that, on a global basis, metal fans stick to their favourites much more often than those who prefer pop, folk, country, rock, hip-hop, reggae, jazz, EDM, classical or blues.

Spotify say: "Metal fans are the most loyal of all. One could also conclude that the more guitar-oriented genres inspire more loyalty in the listener."

Read more here.

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi To Mentor On TV Talent Show

Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed that he will be a mentor on Guitar Star, a new UK reality competition series that focuses on guitarists.

Iommi will be joined by fellow mentors Lee Ritenour, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Milos Karadaglic for the program, which will debut on the Sky Arts channel on June 9 with host, DJ Edith Bowman.

The winner of the nine-week competition will perform on the main stage at the Latitude festival. "I'd like somebody who plays from the soul," says Iommi, "so I look for that really, as opposed to somebody learning every single note and getting everything perfect. I prefer it coming from the blues side and something coming from inside." Read more and watch the official video interview clip with Iommi here.

Noel Gallagher Makes Counter Offer To Paul McCartney On Oasis Reunion

Noel Gallagher has responded to Sir Paul McCartney's recent plea for Oasis to reunite by issuing a challenge to the Beatle legend: "Yeah, well, tell him if he writes our comeback single, it's on."

Gallagher made the - joke? Plea? - in an interview with Yahoo's Lyndsey Parker. "Tell him to write an Oasis track and then we'll talk," he continued. "I'll just put that out there."

Gallagher conceded that the constant fan demand for an Oasis reunion is flattering, if a little confusing, noting that when the band was together the British press couldn't wait for it to implode, "and then when it did implode, they can't wait for it to be back together again." Read more here.

Hellyeah Guitarist Sitting Out Tour Due To Injury

Hellyeah guitarist Tom Maxwell will sit out the rest of the band's European tour after breaking his foot in three places. Fellow guitarist Chris Brady will handle guitar duties on his own for the remainder of the tour.

They have eight more shows in Europe, including the Download festival later this month, before returning to the US when Maxwell will be fit for the Mayhem festival.

Drummer Vinnie Paul says: "We are sorry to announce Tom broke his foot in three places and will not be participating in the rest of the Euro tour but we will carry on with Chris Brady holding down the guitar force. Tom will rejoin us for Mayhem." Read more here.

Slayer's Kerry King Has Advice For Young People

Slayer's Kerry King says his one piece of advice for the youth of today is to just "do what you want." The guitarist believes that attitude worked out just fine for Slayer and he thinks it's the best policy for youngsters trying to work out what they want to be.

He tells Loud Ones: "Obviously, do what you want because you know more than anybody what you want to do. That's what we tried to do. We definitely turned heads and pissed of a lot of people. And here we are 30 years later playing to Converse parties so I guess we did some sh*t right."

Discussing some of the most memorable Slayer gigs down the years, King adds that playing in Jackass star Bam Margera's back yard was something he will never forget.

He adds: "The Bam show was really cool. We kind of went out there, I think it was right after God Hates Us All. I've played worse stages than that and it was in his back yard. It sounded great. I'm sure he pissed off some of his neighbors and the fans loved it." Read more here.

The Grateful Dead Announce Massive Limited Edition 80-Disc Box Set

No one would ever accuse the Grateful Dead of brevity, but their new box set takes things to an altogether new level. Grateful Dead: 30 Trips Around the Sun is an 80-disc box set commemorating the band's 50th anniversary; it's filled with 30 unreleased concert recordings spanning the band's entire career.

In case you don't have the shelf space, it will also be available as a USB drive. The collection will include one show from each year of the band's existence, starting in 1966 and ending in 1995.

From start to finish, the box set will be 73 hours long. Perhaps 73 hours isn't quite enough for you. Well, hopefully you have a turntable, because the box set will also include a gold-colored 7-inch vinyl single. The A-side is "Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)" from the band's earliest recording sessions in 1965; the B-side is the last song the band ever performed together live, "Box of Rain" recorded during their final encore at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9, 1995.

All of the shows included on the box have not yet been announced; but Rhino Records have revealed that the set will include a 1967 show at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and a 1987 show at New York's Madison Square Garden. However, they note that none of the unreleased shows in will be available for individual purchase on CD "at any time in the future."

The box also comes with a 288-page book featuring an presumably long essay written by Nick Meriwether, who oversees the Dead archives at the University of California, Santa Cruz, along with special remembrances of the band submitted by fans. It will also include a scroll with a visual representation of how the band's live repertoire evolved through the years. Read more here.


DELTA DEEP Is A New Soulful Blues Rock Project Featuring Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Michael Buble, Luther Vandross) and Forrest Robinson (India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders)

Special Guests include Joe Elliott, David Coverdale, CJ Vanston, Paul Cook & Simon Laffy

(Los Angeles) Phil Collen, lead guitarist of Def Leppard, announces the formation and release of his new blues based music project, DELTA DEEP, coming this summer.  Collen recorded the mix of original and hand-picked cover tracks with fellow DELTA DEEP bandmates Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Buble & Luther Vandross), Forrest Robinson (drummer for India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders, TLC), and Robert DeLeo (bassist for Stone Temple Pilots). Their self-titled debut album will be released on June 23, 2015 on Mailboat Records and also features special guest appearances by Def Leppard vocalists Joe Elliott, Whitesnake’s David Coverdale, Sex Pistols/MANRAZE drummer Paul Cook, and GIRL/MANRAZE bassist, Simon Laffy.

Collen initially started DELTA DEEP in 2012 after jamming at home over the course of a year with friend and relative, Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Blackwell-Cook is the Godmother of Collen’s wife, Helen). What started as a casual pairing singing Motown and classic blues staples while Debbi frequently visited Collen’s home quickly turned into much more.  Collen, Helen, and Debbi began writing original music which Collen and Debbi recorded in Collen’s home studio.  Later that year, a chance meeting re-acquainted Collen with Memphis native  and enigmatic heavy metal, jazz, & r-n-b drummer Forrest Robinson. A friend suggested giving STP bassist Robert DeLeo a call.  Sharing a loving affinity for soul, funk and the blues, DeLeo was the perfect fit. According to Collen, “We really wanted Robert in this band. He had the added firepower of being the premiere pioneer and most ‘badassed bass player’ to come out of the alternative rock explosion.

The best description of DELTA DEEP, a multi-racial band, has been “Aretha and Tina in their prime singing over early Zeppelin”. Original song and lead off single “Bang The Lid introduces the musical synchronicity of Collen, Blackwell-Cook, DeLeo, & Robinson. Blackwell-Cook also duets with Collen on the album tracks as well as with featured vocalists Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott-Mistreated and Whitesnake’s David Coverdale-Private Number. Legendary Sex Pistol’s punk drummer Paul Cook and Collen’s former bandmate from GIRL bass player Simon Laffy” guest on the classic cover Black Coffee.  Guesting on the Delta Deep original song, “Burnt Sally” is  keyboardist, CJ Vanston (Tina Turner, Toto, Joe Cocker, Carol King) adding to the soulful tune on the Hammond 3 Organ.

Collen is widely known to millions of rock ‘n roll fans for his iconic albums with Def Leppard. When asked what made him decide to do a blues project Collen responded, "Blues was created out of something completely different from what we hear today. I grew up listening to rock music but then I found out it was all based on blues. Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix, all of those guys….they got it from the blues. When I hear Debbi sing, I can hear the pain. She’s an incredibly beautiful 62 year old black woman who has been through things and she can sing through her pain. Not everyone can do that and not everyone sounds like Debbi.”

While many artists aim to make their mark by creating new genres or introducing their own new versions of music, Collen and DELTA DEEP melded their blues inspirations with who they are as artists and are unleashing that expression onto the world.

Check DELTA DEEPs website and for breaking news, new content, and tour information.


New Album of Re-Imagined Deep Purple Songs Lands At #6 on Top Current Hard Music Albums, #15 on Top Current Rock Albums And #43 on The Top Current Album Charts In The U.S. 

Tour Kicks Off on May 28th

Rock icons Whitesnake continue to show why they are a musical force to be reckoned with. The Purple Album was released last week via Frontiers Music Srl and has stormed the charts around the globe. In the US, the latest release landed at #6 on the Top Current Hard Music Albums, #15 on Top Current Rock Albums, #43 on Top Current Albums and #83 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. Around the globe, you can also find The Purple Album at #18 in the United Kingdom, #9 in Finland, #17 in the Czech Republic, #11 in Switzerland, #34 in Norway, #18 in Sweden (#1 on the Hard Rock Charts in Sweden), #13 in Germany, #24 in            the Netherlands and #8 in Japan.

"The Snakes & I are thrilled with the incredibly positive response to The Purple Album. Our sincere thanks to ALL for the amazing support we're receiving for the album & The Purple Tour!!" exclaims David Coverdale.

The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums. The album is currently available on Amazon in a deluxe edition format ( featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind the Scenes feature on the recording of the album. A standard edition is also available and can be ordered here: and digitally via iTunes at:

Whitesnake is also planning to release a limited edition box set of The Purple Album on June 30th. The box set includes the deluxe edition of the CD alongside a 180-gram, 2 LP vinyl version, a poster and sticker as well as a limited edition lithograph and can be ordered here: The 180-gram vinyl, also available as a stand-alone piece and can be ordered here:

Whitesnake have released four different videos (a combination of traditional music videos and static YouTube clips) for songs from The Purple Album. Added together, these videos total have received over a million plays and counting, showing that fans new and old still love this iconic material, band and vocalist. From the opening notes of the classic track “Burn,” to album closer “Stormbringer,” Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like “Lady Double Dealer,” “Soldier of Fortune” and “Sail Away” are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake line-up featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums. A video for the first single “Stormbringer” can be seen here: The track “Burn” can be heard at: and “Lay Down Stay Down” can be heard at: The video for “Soldier Of Fortune” premiered on (, and is now live and can be seen here:

Whitesnake will also be hitting the road this month in support of The Purple Album. The upcoming world tour kicks off in the U.S. on May 28th in Airway Heights, WA. The 42-city trek runs through the summer wrapping up on August 16th in St. Charles, MO. The tour will be making stops in Las Vegas, NV; Beverly Hills, CA; Atlantic City, NJ; and Orlando, FL among others. The band will be performing songs from The Purple Album as well as countless hit songs from their catalogue including “Here I Go Again,” “Is This Love,” and “Still Of The Night.” Tickets for all shows are on sale now and more information and purchase links can be found at:  

Whitesnake was formed in England in 1978 by Coverdale. The band has released multi-platinum selling albums throughout the years and have been known for hits such as “Slide It In,” “Here I Go Again,” “Still Of The Night” and “Is This Love.”



It's been over three years since legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Mason has performed in the Hawaiian Islands and he's looking forward to his long-awaited return next month.

Beginning Thursday, June 11, Dave and his band, Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, will be hitting the stage at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theatre for his first of four shows in four consecutive nights on the Hawaiian Islands.      

The performance in Maui will be followed by shows at the Kauai Community Center on Friday night (6/12), the Honokaa Theater on the Big Island on Saturday night (6/13) and the Mamiya Theatre in Honolulu on Sunday night (6/14).

The last time Dave island-hopped was in December 2011, when he joined the Steve Miller Band for performances on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.

The performance at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Oahu was particularly memorable as he, along with Jack Johnson and Henry Kapono, joined Steve Miller on stage for Steve's classic song, "The Joker."      

Dave Mason's Traffic Jam takes fans on a journey back to the greatest days of rock with a show full of music history as Dave retraces the earliest days of his career with Traffic and the works that launched his successful solo career.

A career that now spans over an incredible five decades.  

Dave, of course, co-founded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band with Steve Winwood while both were still teenagers, creating music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers.  

He would go on to further establish himself as a successful songwriter, guitarist and solo artist.  

Over the years, Dave has penned several hits along the way including classic rock radio favorite "Feelin' Alright" (originally recorded by Traffic in 1968 and a year later by Joe Cocker), "Only You Know and I Know" and "Hole in My Shoe" among others.

He enjoyed seeing "Feelin' Alright" performed by Barry Minniefield and Jack Gregori on NBC's immensely popular TV show,  The Voice, in March and, ultimately, gave both an open invitation to join him on stage at some point this year.               

During his illustrious career, Dave has performed and recorded with such rock and pop legends as Paul McCartney, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, David Crosby, Graham Nash, "Mama Cass" Elliot, Derek and the Dominos and Delaney and Bonnie.  

Yes, that's Dave playing the 12-string acoustic guitar on Jimi's classic rendition of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower."  

The year's already been a busy one for Dave as he has performed dozens of dates thus far including a special engagement on the Rock Legends Cruise III in February.        

In September, Dave will be a special guest performer at the Lockn' Festival's  Mad Dogs & Englishman tribute to the late, great Joe Cocker that will feature the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Chris Robinson, Doyle Bramhall II and friends, taking place at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia.           

In addition to his own music endeavors, Dave is heavily involved with Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that provides free musical instruments and lessons to children in public schools throughout the United States. He sits on the organization's Board of Directors as an honorary member.

 More recently, Dave has focused some of his off-stage efforts towards a charity called Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV), an all volunteer movement that provides veterans transitioning to civilian work with tools that have ranged from computers to boats to tractors.

 "Thank You" -- a song written and recorded by Dave as a tribute to our Vets -- can be downloaded for free at this link -      

 A true rock and roll road warrior, Dave likes to perform upwards of 100 dates a year or more...     

 Traffic Jam pulls out all the stops and is one show that shouldn't be missed this year.

Membran/The Orchard Sign Label Deal With Dave Stewart

Eurythmics frontman Dave Stewart partners with Membran/The Orchard for marketing and distribution of artists signed to Dave Stewart Entertainment

Grammy, Golden Globe, and Brit Award-winning musician, songwriter, and producer, Dave Stewart, has signed an exclusive worldwide marketing and distribution deal with Membran/The Orchard.

Through his Dave Stewart Entertainment banner, Stewart focuses on developing and launching the careers of talented young artists around the world. Through these deals, emerging artists will work directly with Stewart, who will fund, co-write, produce and offer all creative services for each of the albums.

This is not the first collaboration between Stewart and Manlio Celotti, Membran CEO and The Orchard GmbH MD. Celotti has worked closely with Stewart in the past to provide marketing and distribution services for the musician's solo albums in Europe, developing a strong relationship among the two throughout the years.

"It's been a pleasure working with Manlio and Membran over the years," says Stewart. "They are a great, honest and hard-working company that not only provides excellent digital services, but also creates fantastic physical products. Now that Membran has joined forces with The Orchard, the largest digital distributor in the world, I can't wait to start releasing these albums."

 The recently forged strategic partnership between Membran and The Orchard provides a robust worldwide physical & digital distribution and marketing infrastructure for Dave Stewart Entertainment's releases. The first artists to be released via this new collaborationare Thomas Lindsey, The Lake Poets, Hollie Stephensonand Shel. They demonstrate Stewart's talent to discover gifted young artists, as well as the unmistakable genius in his production and songwriting that made him the "hit-machine" he was with Eurythmics.

"I've been working with Dave for years and am still blown away by his never-ending creativity and limitless vision," said Manlio Celotti. "The quality of the talent that he has discovered is simply spectacular, and I'm truly honored to have the opportunity to develop these new artists alongside him."

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Special 2015 edition of beloved absurdist jam-driven outfit to feature Col. Bruce Hampton alongside original members Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, and Jeff Sipe.

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – Referred to in a recent Relix feature as “The Jamband Velvet Underground,” the influential dada-jam trailblazers Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit will return to rattle the landscape this summer with a series of live performances – than band’s first since a much-talked-about 2011 reunion at the Georgia Theatre in Athens.

With the daring, iconoclastic Hampton at the helm, the Aquarium Rescue Unit played a seminal role in fostering today’s vital, thriving improvisational music community. And their presence is still felt: Since Hampton and the band parted ways in 1993, the band’s members have gone on to both inspire and enliven the music of the genre’s most revered practitioners: Herring (guitar) with Widespread Panic,The Dead, Jazz is Dead, the Ringers, and his own solo project. Burbridge (bass) with his band the Peacemakers and with the Allman Brothers and the Tedeschi Trucks Band; and Sipe (aka Apt. Q-258, drums) with his own trio and collaborations with Phil Lesh, Béla Fleck, Susan Tedeschi, Trey Anastasio, Jazz is Dead, Alex Machacek, Debashish Bhattacharya, and many more. For these dates, the ARU will also be joined by keyboardist Matt Slocum, who performed with them at the 2011 Georgia Theatre show.

Which leaves the good Colonel (retired)...a seismic catalyst of the first order, Hampton’s presence was first felt as a member of the cult Georgia ensemble the Hampton Grease Band. From there, Hampton – a mesmerizing blues-inflected vocalist, freewheeling guitarist, and caustic ringmaster – applied his boundless energy, cosmic wit, and fearless exploratory zeal to pursuits as varied as standup comedy, wrestling, and music ranging from free jazz to hillbilly blues. The Aquarium Rescue Unit coalesced during a weekly jam session in Atlanta before taking their act on the road, signing with Capricorn Records, and helping to found the first H.O.R.D.E. tour.

“Bruce is a visionary that has enriched the life of anyone that's worked with him,” says Jimmy Herring. “He gives you an outlet that encourages finding your own voice, but he's quick to point out that freedom can be a prison…”

“Being a part of Bruce's musical world is a liberating experience in that he entices the players to discover their true and full expression,” explains Jeff Sipe. “With Col. Bruce there's always the threat that something radically different is going to happen midstream,” Oteil Burbridge adds.

Periodic Aquarium Rescue Unit reunions, both with and without Hampton, have taken place over the past two decades, but these shows represent the band’s first sustained run of dates since 2007. The sets will feature a mix of new and old material. Most crucially, every performance will be recorded for a possible live album release on the Abstract Logix imprint.

While listeners and musicians are already salivating at the potential of this reunion, no one is more excited than the ARU members themselves.  “While the youthful ARU was exciting live, I think the more experienced ARU can have more of an impact,” Burbridge reflects. Sipe concludes, “After 26 years, we’re all friends and are still inspired. Getting together again is for me a rare privilege and one that's filled with magic, because each of my friends are so brilliant and truly awesome.”

When asked for his thoughts on the upcoming reunion, Hampton simply responded, “Activate.”

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Confirmed Dates
7.29.2015 Fox Theatre, Boulder CO
7.30.2015 Fox Theatre, Boulder CO
7.31.2015 Mishawaka, Bellveue CO 
8.1.2015  Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
8.5.2015  Iron City, Birmingham, AL
8.6.2015  Cannery,Nashville TN
8.7.2015  Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
8.8.2015  Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA
8.9.2015  Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
8.12.2015 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
8.13.2015 The National, Richmond,VA
8.14.2015 The Howard Theatre, DC
8.15.2015 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester,NY
8.16.2015 Brooklyn Bowl, NYC,NY

Metallica's Lars 'Needs A Good Slap Sometimes' Says Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne has described Metallica as "family" to her and Ozzy - even "big mouth" drummer Lars Ulrich. Bassist Robert Trujillo was a member of Ozzy Osbourne's band before moving to Metallica in 2003, as detailed in documentary movie Some Kind Of Monster. But the organisations had been close since touring together in 1986.

Sharon tells SiriusXM (via Blabbermouth): "I feel like we're their parents. We've known them from when they were so young, seeing them all grow up, have their own families.

"And since Robert joined them, we're even more connected with them. It's family. We have so much respect for Metallica - I just personally love each and every one of them."

She adds light-heartedly: "Lars is a bit of a big mouth. He needs a good slap sometimes - but we love him." Read more here.

Megadeth and Anthrax Stars 'Finalizing' New Joint Project

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and his Anthrax counterpart Frank Bello are putting the finishing touches on their collaboration project Altitudes & Attitude, it's been confirmed.

The pair have been working on a full-length album for the last six months and Ellefson says they've recorded "some great tunes." He tells White Line Fever: "We are finalizing, probably in the next two weeks, getting the vocals and final bits done on it. I'm excited about it. There are some great tunes."

The project was devised when the pair were doing bass clinics together and rather than just play Megadeth and Anthrax material, they decided to write fresh music instead.

Ellefson continues: "This other spirit soars when the two of us get together, get in a room and start writing songs together. They just fall off our guitar necks. And it's a beautiful thing.

"What's cool about it is we haven't left our bands. And that's the beauty of it because we have this whole other side of us that gets to be exposed. So it's very genuine, very pure, and I think that really comes through with the music." Read more and check out a performance from the project here.

Scott Weiland Left Stone Temple Pilots Long Before Firing Says Chester

Stone Temple Pilots new singer Chester Bennington says former frontman Scott Weiland had departed the job long before he was officially fired. The Linkin Park vocalist was brought in by STP to replace the sacked Weiland in 2013 and has so far featured on one EP, High Rise, and is writing new material with the band. But Bennington says he doesn't see the transition as him filling Weiland's shoes.
He tells The Columbus Dispatch: "For me, it wasn't inserting myself in someone's shoes. I felt that position had been vacant for a long time. Even though Scott was there, honestly, I don't think he had 'been there.'

"In the initial conversation we had, I said, 'Why do you guys want to give up your legacy?' It's kind of a scary thing, but the music is too deserving, too good, to not have a chance to continue. People come to a lot of pre-judgments. A lot of them are going to be mad about it. But the idea of creating something new means you let the other thing go." Read more here.

Asia Singer John Wetton Recovering From Tumor Surgery

Asia singer John Wetton has revealed in a new statement that he is recovering from the removal of a tumor following an operation earlier this month.

Asia singer has thanked doctors who led the successful surgery, and he also thanked fans for their support. His team released the following statement on his official website:

"On May 16, John underwent surgery for the successful removal of a 1 kilo [2.2lb] malignant mass. John wishes to extend his thanks to Mr Chan and his team. John is also beyond grateful for the wonderful wishes and prayers received. John is recuperating." Read more here.

Art Garfunkel Slams Former Music Partner Paul Simon

Art Garfunkel says he "created a monster" after becoming friends with Paul Simon because he felt sorry for him. But even though they've spent 45 years apart, he's still living in hope of a reunion with the colleague who helped make his name.

The duo went their separate ways after the launch of 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water, the biggest-selling release of its time. Garfunkel tells The Telegraph the pair became friends at school because he felt sorry for the diminutive Simon. "That compensation gesture has created a monster," he says.

Talking about the split he adds: "It was very strange. I don't want to say any anti Paul Simon things, but it seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead. What I would have done is take a rest from Paul, because he was getting on my nerves. The jokes had run dry.

"A rest of a year was all I needed. I said: 'I'm not married yet. I want to jump on a motorbike and tour 'round Europe, chasing ladies.' How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What's going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?" Read more here.

Faith No More Score Top 10 Hit With New Album 'Sol Invictus'

Faith No More's comeback - which began with reunion shows in 2009 - has high a high point as the band's new album Sol Invictus begins to hit the album charts internationally, clocking in at Number 6 on the UK charts and Number 2 on Australia's ARIA charts.

The album's Billboard 200 debut position will be officially announced on Thursday. Vocalist Mike Patton told Billboard last week that when the band initially reunited there were no plans to write new material. But eventually the rest of the band began working on new music. "Those guys were working on stuff, and if the music wasn't so great I wouldn't have been a part of it," Patton said, "But it was incredibly great."

When asked whether he thought people wanted to hear new Faith No More music, Patton said "I have no idea! Who knows whether they will like it or not? I never wanted to be a 50-year-old guy making music [for] teenagers. I don't think any of us did. But all I can tell you is we're making good s**t. I don't care who listens." Gibson report here.

Sebastian Bach Announces '18 And Life On Skid Row' Autobiography

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has announced that he will publish his autobiography, "18 And Life On Skid Row", on January 19, 2016 via Harper Collins.

Billed as an "uncensored, unfiltered memoir," the former frontman for Skid Row tells the story of his life and times - from joining Kid Wikked at 14 to selling more than 20 million albums with Skid Row to building a successful solo career.

Bach also developed a career as an actor, appearing on numerous television shows and on Broadway. From growing up in The Bahamas and small-town Canada to the world's concert stages, "18 And Life On Skid Row" is Bach's life story in his own words. Read more here.

Police Investigating B.B. King Murder Claims

Two of B.B. King's daughters have claimed he was poisoned to death by members of his management team, according to court papers. Las Vegas police confirmed that homicide detectives were investigating the claims.

Patty King and Karen Williams made legal documents available to the Associated Press in which they allege executive LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson killed their father. 

King died on May 14, aged 89. Plans for his burial have been put on hold as his body has been returned to a mortuary pending the results of an autopsy, which may take up to eight weeks. Read more here.




May 26, 2015 - (Burbank, CA.) - Neil Young + Promise of the Real have joined forces and will release a new studio album, entitled The Monsanto Years, on June 29th via Reprise Records. 

The ecologically/environmentally-focused album will be released via all retailers and in the Neil Young Official Online Store. The Monsanto Years will be available in a special CD + DVD package, vinyl, iTunes, and PonoMusic high-resolution audio. The vinyl package will be released in August. Actual date to be announced shortly. Pre-orders begin today, May 26th. Click here to pre-order.

Beginning today, those who pre-order The Monsanto Years, will instantly receive downloads of two brand new tracks from the album: "Big Box" and "A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop."   You can view the video for "A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop" right now at

For this guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged rock album, Young is joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion). They have performed with their father, Willie Nelson, and Young on previous occasions. For the first time, they recorded together and will now tour under the banner of the Rebel Content Tour. For further information on Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, visit:

The Rebel Content Tour featuring Young + Promise of the Real will hit the road kicking off July 5th at Milwaukee Summer Fest.

As previously mentioned, along with every ticket purchased online for Neil Young, you will receive your choice of the CD + DVD package or digital editions of The Monsanto Years.  You will receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album on June 29th.  Offer is not valid for festival dates.  Tickets are on sale now.

The Monsanto Years TRACK LISTING:
1. A New Day For Love
2. Wolf Moon
3. People Want To Hear About Love
4. Big Box
5. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop
6. Workin' Man
7. Rules Of Change
8. Monsanto Years
9. If I Don't Know

The Monsanto Years DVD TRACK LISTING:
1. Big Box
2. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop
3. Rules Of Change
4. Workin' Man
5. Monsanto Years
6. A New Day For Love
7. Wolf Moon
8. People Want To Hear About Love
9. If I Don't Know 

Rebel Content Tour dates:
Sun       July 5                Milwaukee Summer Fest                       Milwaukee, WI
Wed      July 8                Red Rocks                                             Denver, CO
Thurs    July 9                Red Rocks                                             Denver, CO
Sat        July 11              Pinnacle Bank Arena                             Lincoln, NE
Mon      July 13              Riverbend Music Center                        Cincinnati, OH          
Tues     July 14              DTE Energy Music Theatre                   Clarkston, MI
Thurs    July16               Susquehanna Bank Center                   Camden, NJ
Fri         July 17              Bethel Woods Center for the Arts         Bethel, NY
Sun       July 19              Champlain Valley Expo                        Essex Junction, VT
Tues     July 21              Jones Beach                                         Wantagh, NY
Wed      July 22              Xfinity Center                                        Great Woods, MA
Fri         July 24              Wayhome Festival                                Oro-Medonte, Canada

Duff McKagan On Guns N' Roses Break Up and Possible Reunion

Duff McKagan spoke with WIND-FM's Hunter and Michaels morning show about the break up of the original lineup of Guns N' Roses and also his views on the possibility of a reunion.

McKagan had this to say about the break up, "I think every band is different, for sure. With our band, it was a lot of things. We just got really big. Once we started getting big, we got really big really fast. And there's no 'how-to' instructional manual for that thing, what happens to your life. We just fall into every kind of stupid typical thing that we thought we'd never fall into."

He also had this to say about the possibility of a reunion, "It could happen, and it could not. And I think it would be wonderful, one day, if we reconciled, first and foremost. That alone would be cool." Stream the full interview at Loudwire here.

Sebastian Bach Says Bolan Is Skid Row's Bill Ward

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has described bass player Rachel Bolan as 'the band's Bill Ward.' Bach - who was sacked by Skid Row in 1996 - says Bolan is the only member of the band who has a problem with him. Comparing the situation to that which exists between Black Sabbath's estranged drummer Ward and frontman Ozzy Osbourne, Bach hints that jealousy could be at the heart of Bolan's dislike of him.

He tells Metal Injection: "I've talked to all of those guys except the bass player, and he is the one that has it in for me. Some of these musicians like to use this term 'lead singer's disease,' and I think that's a way of dealing with the extra attention that the frontman gets.

"And it's not just Skid Row - it's Aerosmith, Van Halen, Kiss and Black Sabbath. I guess Rachel is, like, the Bill Ward of Skid Row. I think that's really what it is. Because I haven't given that guy any reason to dislike me in 19 years." Read more here.

Trent Reznor Part Of Batman: Arkham Knight Game

Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor is behind the music for upcoming video game Batman: Arkham Knight. He's listed as music consultant on the title, set to be launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 23.

Producers have released a trailer for the game last week featuring NIN track The Wretched, and tweeted: "Please join us in thanking Trent Reznor for his vision."

It's been suggested by fans that he was instrumental in getting directors Tim and Jeff Cronenweth to work on the project, after collaborating with them on Gone Girl and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - the latter winning Reznor a Grammy. Check out the trailer here.

Clutch's Tim Sult Reveals The Changing Roles Of Neil Fallon

Things could have been so different for Clutch, had frontman Neil Fallon continued in his early role as the band's DJ. The singer started out as the group's guitarist before a stint handling samples and spinning discs. Guitarist Tim Sult recalls the origins of the band and how a change in musical direction led to Fallon switching roles.

Originally called Moral Minority, t