Led Zeppelin 'Stairway To Heaven' Case Headed To Trial

The judge in the copyright infringement lawsuit over Led Zeppelin's signature song, "Stairway To Heaven", has rejected a bid to delay the case and has set the stage for the trial to begin in May.

Bloomberg reports the lawyer for the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California had asked the Los Angeles court to grant extra time, in part to gather more information about the song's earnings which - by one estimate - suggests the 1971 classic has made more than half a billion dollars.

Surviving Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant objected to a proposed postponement to July, which would also have conflicted with Plant's European summer tour.

The court has scheduled a settlement conference next month for the opposing parties to try to resolve the dispute, while the band says they plan to file a motion for summary judgment to end the case.

The suit - brought by California's estate and members of Spirit - claims the acoustic introduction to 1971's "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, "Taurus." Read more and stream both songs here.

ROCK NEWS FOR 02/10/16


February 9th, 2016 (New York, NY) – The Finnish, cello-wielding metal quintet, APOCALYPTICA have announced they will bring their unique and exciting live show to 23 cities across the U.S. The tour kicks off on April 23 in Sayreville, NJ at Starland Ballroom, with bands 10 Years and Failure Anthem serving as support.  See full dates below. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday February 12th,but members of the band’s Fan Club will have the special opportunity to buy their tickets a day early on Thursday February 11th

"It’s really exciting for us to return to the US for another headline tour and we can’t wait to present a lot of new material from album Shadowmaker,”  says APOCALYPTICA.Our singer Franky Perez, who is a real entertainer, will definitely bring an interesting new edge to our show for those familiar with our live set. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones all across the U.S.” 

Fresh off their Japanese tour dates with VAMPS, APOCALYPTICA’s U.S. headlining run follows their 2015, critically-acclaimed, eighth studio album, Shadowmaker. Revolver said “Shadowmaker’ showcases their current blend of classical riffs, modern rock melancholy and manic rhythms” Unlike the band’s previous albums, which included various guest vocalists, Shadowmaker includes all vocals from Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway), who will also hold lead-singer duties on the upcoming tour.

The band’s current single ‘House of Chains’ produced by Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach) is currently climbing the rock radio charts. The lyric video for ‘House of Chains’ depicts a relationship with use of explicit horror clips and images perfectly capturing how powerful binding relationships can be. The themes of this song/video have already caught fans attentions propelling the video to over 100,000+ views since its release.  Check out the lyric video for ‘House Of Chains’ HERE

Since their inception in 1993, the cello wielding quartet of Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén have redefined the boundaries between rock, metal and classical music in a truly unprecedented way: they’ve not so much rewritten the rulebook as penned a brand new tome all of their own. Formed initially by four true virtuosos at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, over the course of seven highly acclaimed studio albums (of which they have sold in excess of five million copies globally) they have forged a reputation as an act capable of bringing million copies globally) they have forged a reputation as an act capable of bringing fans from both heavy and more traditional musical spheres together in euphoric celebration. The addition of vocalist, Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway) was the final piece of the puzzle for the band. From bow-eviscerating speed to sprawling, spine-shivering waves of sound, Apocalyptica’s sonic palette is as rich as it is diverse: Metallica covers, Wagnerian tributes alongside international Symphony Orchestra’s and collaborations with members of Slipknot, Soulfly and Bush all falling comfortably within the band’s remit.

  Sayreville, NJ (Starland Ballroom)                 23-Apr-16
  Pontiac, MI (The Crofoot)                             25-Apr-16
  Chicago, IL (House of Blues)                        26-Apr-16
  Minneapolis, MN (Mill City Nights)                  27-Apr-16
  Denver, CO (Ogden Theater)                        29-Apr-16
  Salt Lake City, UT (In The Venue)                 30-Apr-16
  Sacramento, CA (Ace of Spades)                01-May-16
  San Francisco, CA (Fillmore)                        02-May-16
  Los Angeles, CA (Henry Fonda Theater)     03-May-16
  San Diego, CA (House of Blues)                  05-May-16
  Anaheim, CA (House of Blues)                     06-May-16
  Tucson, AZ (Rialto Theater)                         07-May-16
  Houston, TX (House of Blues)                      09-May-16
  San Antonio, TX (Aztec Theater)                 10-May-1
  Dallas, TX (Gas Monkey)                              11-May-16
  New Orleans, LA (House of Blues)              13-May-16
  Tampa, FL (The Ritz Yabor)                          14-May-16
  Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Culture Room)                15-May-16
  Atlanta, GA (Masquerade)                            16-May-16
  Charlotte, NC (Amos')                                   17-May-16
  Baltimore, MD (Rams Head Live)                   19-May-16
  New York, NY (Irving Plaza)                         20-May-16
  Worcester, MA (The Palladium)                    21-May-16
  Philadelphia, PA (Trocadero)                        22-May-16


(Los Angeles, CA)  It was in March of 1965 that a young JEFF BECK was recruited by iconic band, The Yardbirds to succeed Eric Clapton on the recommendation of Jimmy Page. After innumerable live performances, ground-breaking albums and one of the most acclaimed careers as one of the premiere guitarists of our time, JEFF BECK celebrates 50 years of dynamic music making.

On August 10, 2016, BECK will make a very special appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, joined that evening by close friend and long-time collaborator, Buddy Guy, himself celebrating his 80th birthday! 

“Sharing the stage and this moment with Buddy is a dream for me.  His live concerts are  legendary and the music world would be a very boring place without his influence.”  -  Jeff Beck

Over the course of Beck’s illustrious 50-year career, the trailblazing guitarist has earned many accolades.  He’s been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – twice!  First as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and then again, as a solo artist in 2009.  Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and he has earned a total of 8 Grammy Awards during his long career. In addition, BECK has been a guest performer at scores of sessions with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Buddy Guy to Tina Turner and Mick Jagger.  Throughout his career, BECK routinely makes the fantastically difficult sound effortless.

Currently, BECK has been hard at work on his first book, focused on his twin inspirations - hot rodding and rock'n'roll - now bound together. The London-based Genesis Publishing Group plans to release BECK01, a high quality “signed, limited-edition” book, this year.  In BECK01 Jeff Beck takes us on the journey of a lifetime. Over five decades, he has blazed a trail, forging a unique guitar style lauded by critics, fans and fellow guitar legends.  Said BECK, “Right from the beginning, I've tried to do something with anything I've got hold of. At the age of 13, I built two or three of my own guitars. I painted the frets on. It was fun just to look at it and hold it… I knew where I was headed.”    In addition, BECK is hard at work on an officially sanctioned documentary and is currently penning his own autobiography. 

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2016 summer season are available online at or via phone at 323.850.2000 on the following dates:

*  New subscriptions are available for purchase today, February 9, 2016.
*  Group sales will be available February 16, 2016.
*  "Five or More" packages will be available March 15, 2016.
*  The Hollywood Bowl box office opens for single ticket sales on May 1, 2016. 




Clutch, the influential heavy rock band from Maryland has just announced new North American tour dates as “special guest of” Lamb Of God. The tour starts May 3rd in New Orleans at the Orpheum and will also feature Corrosion Of Conformity on all dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday February 12th. Additional dates on the Lamb of God tour and Clutch headline tour dates in May and June will be announced shortly.  In addition to the Lamb Of God dates, the band will be playing select US festival dates and have added an additional Melbourne show on their March 2016 Australian tour.

Clutch’s latest release "Psychic Warfare”, landed at #6 on the Billboard charts. Weathermaker Music, the band’s self owned label, sold over 26,000 copies of the new album in the first week of release. "Psychic Warfare” is the highest debut charting album for Clutch and Weathermaker Music to date. The album landed at #1 on Billboard’s Rock and Hard Rock charts respectively.

Psychic Warfare” was produced by longtime producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die) and consists of 12 new tracks. The album cover was designed by renowned photographer Dan Winters.

On Saturday April 16th, the band will be releasing a special limited edition 12” vinyl release for Record Store Day. The album will contain two previously unreleased tracks from the Psychic Warfare sessions: “Mad Sidewinder and “Outland Special Clearance. These two tracks, specifically mastered for this vinyl configuration by Paul Logus, will be on side A. The reverse side will have a large scale etching taken from the Psychic Warfare CD booklet design created by Dan Winters.  The jacket is hand numbered thick clear plastic showing the full art design, thus making this piece for Record Store Day 2016 a unique collectors’ item for all Clutch fans.

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

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






ISBN-13: 978-1523472758

ISBN-10: 1523472758

A rock filled collection

Hard N' Heavy is the latest rock based collection of reviews from Neil Daniels, the author of critically acclaimed books on Journey, ZZ Top, Bon Jovi, AC/DC and UFO.

This entertaining collection features reviews of Bruce Dickinson, Ace Frehley, Aerosmith, Black Label Society, Lemmy, L.A. Guns, Thunder, Rush, Whitesnake, and Metal Church amongst other seasoned names in rock. Daniels also explores the work of smaller, lesser known bands such as Breed 77, 22-20s, Hurricane Party, McQueen and Young Heart Attack. Hard N' Heavy is a devil's horn salute to the genre and an entertaining collection to stand alongside Daniels' other collected works such as Rock Bites, Get Your Rock On and Bang Your Head.

NEIL DANIELS is the author of respected biographies of Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Pantera. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages worldwide. Visit his official website at

NEIL DANIELS is the author of respected biographies of Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Pantera. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Visit his official website at

For more information, please contact Neil Daniels at Neil Daniels Books; email him at or visit

French Music Legends Magma To Tour North America Spring 2016!

Paris, France - One of music's most innovative and eclectic ensembles Magma will tour North America beginning in March 2016! Swirling riffs in odd time signatures, theatrical choir arrangements, heavy and distorted pulsing bass guitar, bombastic and minimalistic (sometimes both at the same time), dark and brooding, adventurous and angelic, jazzy or classical, but always with the highly innovative and original drums of founder and main composer Christian Vander. On the forthcoming US dates the legendary ensemble will be performing selections of new and classic Magma music!

“MAGMA is happy to return to the United States to play for Americans. We know you are passionate, respectful and curious about music. We find you to be generous and open. It will be a joy for us to see you this year.” - Christian Vander

Magma was founded in Paris in 1969 by Christian Vander, who derived his inspiration from a "vision of humanity's spiritual and ecological future" that profoundly disturbed him. Vander was a self-taught musician, who received some tips from drum legend Elvin Jones. In the course of Magma's first album, the band tells the story of a group of people fleeing a doomed Earth to settle on the planet Kobaïa. Later, conflict arises when the Kobaïans, who are descendants of the original colonists, encounter other Earth refugees. A distinguished aspect of Magma's music is that Vander actually invented a constructed language, Kobaïan, in which most lyrics are sung. Later albums told different stories set in more ancient times; however the Kobaïan language remained an integral part of the music. Reportedly, Christian Vander is also highly influenced by the work of jazz legend John Coltrane. “For my work, it is still Coltrane who actually gives me the real material to work on, to be able to move on.,” says Vander.

Clearly Magma is one of the most influential of all French bands. They have left a legacy of music that defies any of the standard and convenient classifications of rock, operating instead in a realm of their own creation. It waits to be discovered by new converts, and continually by older fans alike!

Christian Vander :  drums, vocals
Stella Vander :  vocals, percs
Isabelle Feuillebois :  vocals, percs
Hervé Aknin : vocals
Jérôme Martineau:  Fender Rhodes
Benoit Alziary : vibraphone 
Jim Grandcamp:  guitar
Philippe Bussonnet :  bass

Magma US tour dates w/special guest Helen Money

March 15 - San Diego, CA at Brick By Brick -
March 16 - Los Angeles, CA at The Regent -
March 18 - San Francisco, CA at Great American Music Hall -
March 19 - Portland, OR at Wonder Ballroom -
March 20 - Seattle, WA at Crocodile -
March 22 - Denver, CO at Gothic Theater -
March 23 - Cleveland, OH at Beachland Ballroom -
March 25 - Chicago, IL at Reggies - 
March 26 - Chicago, IL at Reggies -  
March 27 - Austin, TX at Mohawk -
March 29 - Atlanta, GA – TBA
March 30 - Philadelphia, PA at Underground Arts -
April 1 - New York City at Le Poisson Rouge -
April 2 - Toronto, ON at Opera House -

For more information: 
Magma official website
Magma official Facebook page:

Seventh Records:


PAUL GILBERT announces the details for the 2016 Great Guitar Escape 3.0 July 25-29 at the Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, CA. Packages are available at the event’s official site,

For the camp’s third year, the legendary shredder went all out and invited a few iconic friends to join him as guest instructors. These include Megadeth’s Kiko Loureiro and Dave Ellefson as well as former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal [Art of Anarchy], Andy Timmons [Danger Danger], and Bruce Bouillet [Racer X, The Scream]. This all-star lineup will be hosting workshops, reflecting their signature sounds and styles and offering an immersive experience for 75 campers. Moreover, they’ll be jamming, performing, and hanging with you 24/7.

About the Great Guitar Escape 3.0, GILBERT comments, “I really feel like we got the best lineup possible for version 3.0. Each instructor brings something extremely unique to the table. You’re going to learn, feel inspired, and most of all have a great time. This is four days of complete and total guitar immersion. We can’t wait. Get ready!”

Welcome to 4 days and nights of non-stop guitar, start to finish. This event will sell out, so make sure you sign up now.

Check out a video announcement from GILBERT that premiered on today


The rock group, CHiCAGO, is honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8 in New York and are looking forward to performing at the event.

The four original band members, Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, Jimmy Pankow and Walt Parazaider, will be there as well as former original band member Danny Seraphine.

Peter Cetera, despite the best efforts of the Rock Hall and the band to reach a happy middle ground, made his decision not to participate. He has made it clear twice now that he will not attend or perform.

Cetera, who was an original band member, has been gone for over 30 years.

Chicago have performed consistantly every year heading into their 50th anniversary without ever missing a year.

Says manager Peter Schivarelli, “The band has looked forward to this day since they got word of their induction.  They’ve waited a long time and are excited to perform for their fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame crowd.”

Alice Cooper On Guns N' Roses Reunion Lineup Mystery

Alice Cooper is speculating about the lineup for the upcoming Guns N' Roses reunion in a new interview with Rolling Stone. Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and unconfirmed others will launch a reunion run in April with two shows in Las Vegas, a stop in Mexico City and two appearances at Coachella.

While the rest of the band's lineup has yet to be revealed, Cooper is curious about the status of guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who played with the band from 1985 through 1991.

"I'm just wondering why isn't Izzy in there?" Cooper tells Rolling Stone. "I don't know about drums, but certainly Izzy is viable. You'd think if Slash and Axl are working together - and Duff is one of those guys that gets along with everybody - then at least Izzy would be one of the guys who would be a shoo-in.

"And maybe he is, I don't know," Cooper adds. "I don't what their setup is with him. But it's like not having Brian Jones with the Rolling Stones, if he were available." Read more here.

Motorhead's Phil Campbell Recruits Slipknot Star For Solo Album

Slipknot's Chris Fehn has recorded drum tracks for former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell's upcoming solo album. The as-yet-untitled album will also feature guest appearances from Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and Ugly Kid Joe vocalist Whitfield Crane.

The Slipknot percussionist posted a picture of himself and Campbell in the studio, along with the caption: "In the studio with Phil Campbell tonight. We're recording some straight greasy sh*t for everyone."

Campbell's official Facebook page adds: "The first guest appearance on Phil's solo album happened yesterday with Chris Fehn of Slipknot coming to the studio to record some mighty drums, followed by a late night jam session. Good times." See the photo here.

David Bowie's 'Blackstar' Tops UK Chart For Fourth Week

David Bowie continues to dominate UK music sales as the late rocker tops the album charts for a fourth straight week. The Official Charts Company reports the singer's "Blackstar" - which held the top spot for three weeks - has been replaced at No.1 with his 2002 collection "Best Of Bowie."

With the switch, Bowie becomes the first act to knock themselves off the top of the Official Albums Chart in nearly six years following a similar move by Michael Jackson following his death in 2009.

The achievement also means Bowie is the first artist since 2011 to occupy the top two positions on the chart; Adele last did it with "21" and "19." Bowie's strong album sales continue a month after his January 10 death from cancer; he currently has seven entries in the Top 40, down from 12 last week - which tied Elvis Presley's record for the same feat. Read more here.

Dream Theater's John Petrucci Nervous About Upcoming World Tour

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci says he's starting to panic ahead of the band's world tour. The run of dates to support latest album The Astonishing get underway next week with two nights at London's Palladium on February 18 and 19, where they'll play the 34-track album in full.

And with such an ambitious set planned, Petrucci says the reality of the their mammoth tour is starting to sink in. He tells Music Radar: "We're going to be in London rehearsing, getting the last-minute touches right on everything.

"We've never played that venue before, so it's going to be a great way to kick off our world tour. It really is a lot of music. I'm kinda panicking at this point. There's a lot to remember - it's pretty crazy, even for us." Read more here.

Steven Tyler Skittles Portrait Being Auctioned

A portrait of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler made out of Skittles is to be auctioned on eBay for charity. A replica of the artwork which featured on an advert shown during Super Bowl 50 at the weekend will be sold to raise money for the Aerosmiths singer's initiative Janie's Fund.

Named after the band's 1989 hit Janie's Got A Gun, Tyler's charity is partnered with organization Youth Villages, which provides trauma-informed care programs for victims of abuse or neglect.

The 67-year-old recently made track Red White And You available to stream from his upcoming debut solo album, which is due out later this year. The Aerosmith mainman has previously admitted his Aerosmith bandmates are "not happy" about the solo record as it has resulted in the Boston band scrapping most of their 2016 tour plans, according to guitarist Brad Whitford. Read more, see a photo of the portrait and watch the Super Bowl ad here.

Rick Wakeman Updating His King Arthur Album

Rick Wakeman is re-recording his classic album The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur and The Knights Of The Round Table, partnering with direct-to-fan company PledgeMusic and making available the opportunity to pre-order the new album.

Says Wakeman, "It has always been in my mind to re-record and once again perform an extended version of King Arthur..., as it has only ever been performed three times in the UK. I am delighted to now have the opportunity to do this and especially so with the help of the fans and my campaign on PledgeMusic. And if all goes well, maybe one day put it back on ice! In the meantime, I'm Iooking forward to the première performance at the O2 in London on June 19th as part of the Stone Free Festival."

Back in 1975 what you could squeeze musically onto a single vinyl disc was understandably inhibiting and so with this re-recording, (with full symphony orchestra, choir, band and vocalists), there will be all the original music and an additional 5 new compositions, all in the style of the original recording. Read more here.


Ritchie Blackmore's Singer Wants New Band To Make New Music

Vocalist Ronnie Romero has praised Ritchie Blackmore, saying the guitarist has been a mentor to him. Romero also reports he's keen to continue making music with the lineup, which also features Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau, following the three planned appearances.

The former Deep Purple icon plucked the singer out of relative obscurity to front his new-look Rainbow lineup last year ahead of two German Monsters Of Rock festivals in June, and an appearance at Birmingham's Genting Arena the same month.

And Romero, who also plays with his band Lords Of Black, says Blackmore's already had a huge influence on him. The vocalist tells Metal Shock Finland: "We had some jamming sessions and some new ideas for the songs. Ritchie is different from what the people think. It's very easy because Ritchie is a very nice guy and he's a legend - he knew everything about rock'n'roll.

"So all you can do is learn about it, his history and the way he sees the scene. He always teaches me, he's like a mentor for me." Read more here.


1974 The Promotion Man New York City, Morrell's New Book, Is Out Now  

As A 21-Year-Old Record Company Promo Man in 1974, Morrell Lived The High Life That Series Like "Vinyl" Depict  Memoir Takes Readers Behind-The-Scenes With John Lennon, Ron Wood, Alice Cooper, Jethro Tull, America And Many Others

BeatleFan Magazine To Feature Ken Sharp's Interview With Morrell 

Dave Morrell, author of 1974 The Promotion Man New York City, is telling tales about the record business in the 1970s - the same milieu that inspired HBO's upcoming Martin Scorsese-Mick Jagger-Terence Winter rock drama series "Vinyl." However, there's no need to read between the lines to know which A-list artist or mega-powerful music titan Morrell is talking about in his new book. All the stories are true - stemming from his stint as a 21-year-old promotion man for Warner Bros. in the decade of decadence - and he's not shy about naming names, whether it's Ron Wood sharing a joint with Dave in the back of a limo or Alice Cooper being convinced to speak at a PTA meeting or David Geffen wigging out at Dylan's Planet Waves listening party. 

Morrell will be sharing many of his stories on the first episode of The Classics presents "FABCAST" - a new Beatles podcast from United Stations Radio Networks that will premiere on April 1. Dave co-hosts the podcast with Howie Edelson and Stephen Bard

The next issue of BeatleFan Magazine will feature best-selling author Ken Sharp's extensive interview with Morrell, who details how his friendship with John Lennon evolved in the new book. "Morrell does not disappoint....[the book's] appeal lies in the core story of a young fan becoming an insider in the music business, yet never losing his youthful enthusiasm for his idols," said BeatleFan Magazine in a review of 1974 The Promotion Man New York City. The new book is the follow-up to Morrell's 2014 memoir, Horse Doggin'.

Music Connection noted, "Morrell's 1974 is, like his previous volume, a fun, breezy read." Rage Monthly praised 1974 The Promotion Man New York City as "a time capsule of the music industry in 1974...a little nugget of a book" and New Times Broward-Palm Beach hailed it as "fascinating."  

Within 24 hours of its release, 1974 The Promotion Man New York City climbed to No. 4 on Amazon's digital Music Business book chart. It is available now on in paperback and for Kindle. Morrell was a featured speaker at 2014's Beatlefest in Los Angeles and has been a panelist at three of the GRAMMY Museum's Record Theatre events, hosted and created by Marvin Etzioni.  

About the Author

Legendary record company promotion man/author Dave Morrell still just thinks of himself as the luckiest fan alive. Growing up in Kearny, New Jersey in the early 1970s, he amassed a collection of Beatles memorabilia so unique that when John Lennon heard about it, he promptly asked to meet the teen. Dave's engaging combination of smarts and moxie put him in the right place at the right time - and, like an East Coast Cameron Crowe, soon he was rubbing shoulders with his musical heroes on a regular basis. Thanks to a tip from a friend, Morrell landed a job as the Assistant Stock Boy in the eight-track tape department at the Warner/Elektra/Atlantic (WEA) warehouse distribution center in New Jersey and began his journey from mega-fan to promo man. Horse-Doggin' and 1974 The Promotion Man New York City are the first two volumes in a series of books from The Morrell Archives that chronicle his remarkable adventures at such record companies as Warner Bros., RCA, Arista, Capitol and Geffen. Having relocated to Los Angeles, Morrell is now doing independent promotion for companies like 429 Records and Lakeshore Entertainment and cruising the California coast in his convertible. 

1974 The Promotion Man New York City- The Morrell Archives Volume 2 By Dave Morrell

Available at and

Paperback: 978-1516871278| US Price: $12.99

King's X re-issues, 'Gretchen Goes to Nebraska' and 'Faith Hope Love', now available via Metal Blade Records; band set to kick off west coast tour this month

Progressive masters King's X recently re-issued two of their classic albums, Gretchen Goes to Nebraska (1989) and Faith Hope Love (1990), via Metal Blade Records. Both available as a double vinyl, Faith Hope Love has also been re-packaged on CD with two bonus live tracks recorded in Cleveland in 1992. To purchase these limited re-issues, please visit:

King's X's second full-length, Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, is based loosely on a short story by drummer Jerry Gaskill and is considered a landmark in the band's 30+ year history. Containing many fan favorites - such as the power ballad "Summerland", plus "Mission" and "The Burning Down" - Gretchen Goes to Nebraska also features the track "Pleiades", which is credited by guitarist Ty Tabor as being the genesis of the King's X sound when he presented the demo to the other band members a few years earlier. Additionally, the album track "Over My Head" received considerable play on MTV and radio, and ultimately set the trio up for broader success on subsequent releases.

The follow-up to Gretchen Goes to Nebraska - Faith Hope Love - was released the next year in 1990 and landed in the Billboard Top 100, thus becoming the band's highest charting album at the time. Led by the radio single "It's Love", King's X also hit #6 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart - their highest chart position! To-date, Faith Hope Love is still King's X's most commercially successful album, reaching gold status in the USA.

This month, King's X will embark on a west coast tour in support of these classic albums (and more!), with Kings of Spade joining them on the run.
King's X online:

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to present the return of DRIVE, SHE SAID with the release of their highly anticipated new album “Pedal to the Metal” on April 15th, 2016!

Mark Mangold's (one half of the driving force of Drive, She Said) creative rock flame was ignited once again after a performance with the Firefest version of Touch in Nottingham, UK in 2014. That creative desire and destiny intersected when he got an email from his old friend Serafino from Frontiers. Mangold, a renowned keyboardist, and his creative partner in Drive, She said, the amazing singer/multi-instrumentist Al Fritsch, then started talking with the Frontiers label about releasing new music. This was even more special of an event than a regular signing as Drive, She Said was the first proper artist that was signed to the label back when it started. 

Mangold and Fritsch got together and they penned a few sensational classic Melodic Rock / AOR numbers, chock full of marvelous and unforgettable vocal harmonies, as well as looking in the archives for two songs that they hadn't recorded before. 

Mangold says: “We tried to write this record as if we were again in the 80's/90's, with the benefit of time and modern recording techniques. In those days you needed to write a "hit" to get signed and carve out an original sound. This record was a challenge because we did not want to clone ourselves, or the many bands that have now have mastered this genre, or be generic. And yet we wanted to keep the record in that same world as the first D,SS record. And of course, we wanted to make it totally over the top! Ultimately it's about the songs and having fun, and last but never least to try to give the fans, or should I say the esteemed melodic "cult", something to... consider.” 

“Pedal to the Metal" is the final result: an absolute gem of a Melodic Rock album, guaranteed to please all fans of the genre. Check out an album trailer here:

Tickets on Sale Starting Friday, February 12 at 10:00 AM

 Following the tremendous success of the band’s 2015 tour, Dead & Company is launching its highly-anticipated 2016 tour on Friday, June 10 in Charlotte, North Carolina, before headlining Bonnaroo 2016 that weekend.  The celebrated group’s cross-country run features two nights at Citi Field in New York, a two show independence day weekend celebration at Folsom Field in Boulder and two nights at the famous Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin with the  tour scheduled to conclude with two shows at Boston’s iconic Fenway Park on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16.  Grateful Dead members Mickey HartBill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir; singer/guitarist John Mayer; Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge; and “Fare Thee Well” and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti will perform two sets of music drawing from the Dead’s historic catalog of songs.  A full listing of tour dates can be found below.

Tickets go on sale starting on Friday, February 12 at 10 AM at** with presale tickets available beginning Tuesday, February 9 at 10 AM. Check for complete ticketing information.

Dead & Company will make their late night debut on Thursday, February 18 when the band performs on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on NBC.

In October of 2015 the band took to the stage for their inaugural nationwide tour, kicking off with three sold-out concerts at the legendary Madison Square Garden and ending the year with two sold-out performances at the “Fabulous” Forum, and according to Billboard, the concerts are “magical.” 

Dead & Company 2016 Tour Dates:
Fri Jun 10                 Charlotte, NC                       PNC Music Pavilion
Thu Jun 16               Cincinnati, OH                     Riverbend Music Center
Fri Jun 17                 Noblesville, IN                     Klipsch Music Center
Mon Jun 20             Camden, NJ                          BB&T Pavilion
Tue Jun 21                Saratoga Springs, NY         Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Thu Jun 23               Bristow, VA                          Jiffy Lube Live
Sat Jun 25                Flushing, NY                        Citi Field**
Sun Jun 26               Flushing, NY                        Citi Field**
Tue Jun 28               Hartford, CT                         Xfinity Theatre
Sat Jul 02                 Boulder, CO                          Folsom Field**
Sun Jul 03                Boulder, CO                          Folsom Field**
Thu Jul 07                Detroit, MI                            DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat Jul 09                 East Troy, WI                       Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sun Jul 10                East Troy, WI                       Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Wed Jul 13               Pittsburgh, PA                      First Niagara Pavilion
Fri Jul 15                  Boston, MA                           Fenway Park**
Sat Jul 16                 Boston, MA                           Fenway Park**

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, unless otherwise noted.

**Tickets are not available through Ticketmaster for these concerts:
Citi Field concert tickets available HERE
Folsom Field tickets available HERE
Fenway Park tickets available HERE.

Van Halen's David Lee Roth Returns With The Roth Show

David Lee Roth has made his return online with the launch of a new website. As part of the launch, the singer is also debuting a new episode of his web series The Roth Show.

The Van Halen frontman's social media sites went dark at the end of January 2015 without explanation, just days before Van Halen announced plans to release "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."

Roth returned on February 7 with a new home at, with links to his Facebook and Twitter accounts. "D-Ro in the house, yo," posted Roth. "Peace, love, & concussions to all #SB50" Read more here.

 Megadeth May Rerecord Classic Songs With New Lineup

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine says he is considering re-recording the band's biggest hits with the current lineup. Asked whether he had given any thought to re-recording 1985 debut Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good with bassist Dave Ellefson, drummer Chris Adler and lead guitarist Kiko Loureiro, the frontman says that isn't on the cards.

But he did say he could be tempted to capture some of the band's classic songs with the fresh lineup. Mustaine tells Musik Universe in a new online video interview:

"If I did go back and record any old songs, it would probably be like a brand new interpretation of our greatest hits, because I think that focusing on any one record and showing an interpretation of all of our great songs by a new lineup would be more exciting. You never know. We might do that." Watch the full interview here.

Peter Cetera Backs Out Of Chicago Rock Hall Reunion

It appears that fans hoping to see Peter Cetera reunite with Chicago at the band's Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction are out of luck as Cetera says he is "frustrated and tired of dealing" with organizers of the event and does not plan to appear. reports:

On Monday (February 8) Cetera posted a note to his website, saying that he would not be attending the ceremony after facing problems with organizers setting up his appearance.

He wrote, "I just sent this to the RnR hall of fame people. This is the the short high road nice version of what I really wanted to say. I'll post that response at the appropriate time. Ciao,

"Hello Alex and Joel! Unfortunately, this scenario doesn't work for me. I know we all did our best to make it happen, but I guess it's just not meant to be. Personally, I'm frustrated and tired of dealing with this and it's time to move on. I have a life with two beautiful daughters and a solo career and its time to get back and give them all the full attention they deserve.

"Thanks for all your help and consideration! Have a great show and please send any individual award I receive to the contact you have for me." Read more here.

Guns N' Roses Exhibit Coming To Rock Hall

A new Guns N' Roses exhibit is set to open at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland later this month. In sync with the band's semi-reunion this year - which currently features Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan - the Rock Hall will feature the 2012 Inductees in its Legends Of Rock exhibit that will open on Friday, February 26.

Among the items on display will be a Guns N' Roses pinball machine owned by Slash; a black top hat with a brim that curls at edges worn by Slash; a button down madras plaid shirt with cut off sleeves worn by Axl Rose; a black Colorado Rockies short-sleeved jersey worn by Dizzy Reed; a prototype Slash guitar (a 1986 Les Paul replica, handmade by Kris Derrig); and black leather Converse high-top sneakers worn by Slash.

"We are thrilled to add Guns N' Roses to our Legends of Rock exhibition," says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President & CEO Greg Harris. "Their legacy and impact is remarkable and we are excited to share these items with fans during this historic reunion year.

"Slash is incredibly supportive of the Rock Hall, and by donating his Les Paul and pinball machine, he helped made this exhibit possible." Read more here.

Stone Temple Pilots Ready To Evolve With Next Singer

Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo says the band will be ready to get to work on new material almost immediately once they appoint a new singer. They posted a video at the weekend inviting applications from vocalists who feel they have what it takes to replace Chester Bennington, who stepped down last year.

And DeLeo says he, brother Robert and drummer Eric Kretz are itching to get to work as soon as possible. He tells Rolling Stone: "Robert, Eric and I have a lot of material kicking around. We really want to be able to make new music and forge on, move forward, evolve."

Candidates can download instrumental versions of STP tracks including Interstate Love Song, Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart and Vasoline, record themselves singing along and then upload them to the band's website, where STP will be able to hear them.

DeLeo adds: "A great singer will carry an average band. A great band won't carry an average singer. So what we're looking for is a pretty tall order." Read more here.

Ted Nugent's Stranglehold Featured In Super Bowl Commercial

Ted Nugent's 1975 classic, "Stranglehold", was featured in a Super Bowl commercial for website builder on Sunday and is now streaming online.

The ad cross-promotes Kung Fu Panda while relaying the benefits of building a "stunning website" for your brand. "Stranglehold" was the opening track on Nugent's 1975 self-titled debut album, which features several classics by the Michigan rocker including "Stormtroopin'", "Motor City Madhouse" and "Just What The Doctor Ordered."

"Ted Nugent" peaked at No. 28 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 2 million copies in the States alone. Nugent launched his solo career after a decade with The Amboy Dukes, who he formed in Chicago in 1964. The group is best known for its one hit single - the title track to their second album, 1968's "Journey To The Center Of The Mind." Watch the ad here.

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Previews New Discovery Channel Pilot

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons has released a preview video for the pilot episode of his new television series on the Discovery Channel, which will be premiering on February 29 at 10 PM ET/PT. We were sent over the following details about the show:

Hot rodding is not just about the cars, it's a lifestyle. In the pilot episode, Billy reaches out to one of the top hot rod builders in the business - Jimmy Shine. Billy has known Jimmy for more than 20 years and during that time, they've built dozens of award-winning hot rods. When they get together, you never know what kind of car will come to life. Billy acts as the creative director, driving the vision and finding the hidden gem vehicles while Jimmy executes and makes sure it all comes together. But it's a partnership that's often easier said than done.

"They call Billy the Howard Hughes of the blues because he's eccentric," Jimmy said. "Billy has his vision and I have mine. And sometimes it can be a bumpy ride getting to the finish line."

Together Billy and Jimmy hit the open road in an impromptu search of the perfect fixer-upper. If there is one thing Billy loves, it's a bargain especially when it comes to cars. After an exhaustive journey into the California desert, Billy finds the unlikely car behind his vision - a rusted and dinged up 1984 El Camino. With a rock star client like Billy Gibbons, you need to be ready for anything- even when asked to build a part car/part truck roadster for a big Hollywood event just three weeks away. It's a tight timeline, but if Jimmy can pull it off, there just might be a bigger-than-normal payoff for this master builder.

With Jimmy and his opinionated team of mechanics, it's all hands on deck as the team scrambles to make deadline and incorporate unconventional parts Billy has collected along the way - including an old bass drum pedal. And of course, no hot rod is complete without a hidden "Billy-ism" built into the car.

With so many moving parts, will Jimmy and his crew be able to make Billy's tight deadline and cash-in on the ambitious build? Or have they reached the end of the road with their celebrity rock star client? Watch the preview here.

Elton John Does Post-Super Bowl Carpool Karaoke

After Sunday night's Super Bowl 50, James Corden welcomed a very special guest to the latest edition of his "Carpool Karaoke" series--Elton John. The fellow Brits went to town on some of John's most classic singles, from emotional ballads to The Lion King soundtrack.

The duo performed "Your Song," followed by the peppy "I'm Still Standing," and a psychedelic "Crocodile Rock." Even more Elton John crowd-pleasers followed with "Tiny Dancer," "The Circle of Life," and they aptly closed with "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."

Elton has been gamely making the rounds to promote his new album, Wonderful Crazy Night, which was released on Friday. He's also revealed an upcoming collaboration on Lady Gaga's forthcoming solo album. Watch Elton's appearance here.

Stone Temple Pilots Reveal New Lead Singer Open Auditions

Stone Temple Pilots have announced that they will be holding open auditions to find a new lead singer. The move comes after Linkin Park's Chester Bennington left the band in November.

Bennington had been performing as lead singer following STP's decision two years prior to replace lead singer Scott Weiland, who has since passed. The band's website is currently under maintenance and promises to launch soon, but according to Alternative Nation it once contained the following message, inviting any interested singers to audition by submitting a video online.

"2016 marks a new year for Stone Temple Pilots: A year of hope, optimism, and most importantly, new music! We are immensely proud of all that we have been able to share with you over the years. Music, music, music. We very much want to continue doing that, but that's going to take a little help from all of you.

"As you know, prior to the untimely passing of our brother in arms, Scott, we had been working with the incomparable Chester Bennington. What you also likely know is that having Chester front two bands of this size and scope was too much for one man to be able to do and so regretfully we had to move onto a new chapter together. This is where you come in'

"We are officially announcing that we are seeking a new vocalist to front Stone Temple Pilots." Read more here.

Dan Hicks Dead At 74 From Cancer

Dan Hicks has died at the age of 74 after a two-year battle with cancer. The founder of Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks was diagnosed with throat and liver cancer in 2014.

His wife Clare released the following statement: "My darling darling husband left this earth early this morning. He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always.

"To all who loved him, know that he will live forever in the words, songs, and art that he spent his life creating. He worked so hard on each and every detail - they are all pure Dan." Read more here.

Anthrax Hit With Lawsuit Over Ugly Sweater

Anthrax have been hit with a $1 million copyright infringement lawsuit over the band's Ugly Hanukkah Sweater. Detroit artist Aaron Cummins claims he created the original design for the seasonal product in 2012, filed copyright papers on it in 2013, and has been selling it through his company Wet House.

Anthrax launched a limited edition of their Ugly Hanukkah Sweater last November through online retailer, who are also being sued. Frankie Blydenburgh, a Minnesota-based buyer for, tells the Detroit Free Press:

"This is the first I've heard that there's any issue with it. It's up to the merchandising companies we buy from to get the items cleared and make sure there's no copyright issues."

Blydenburgh adds Rockabilia bought the Anthrax Hanukkah sweatshirts from a company called Global Merchandising Services, which is also a defendant in the Detroit lawsuit. Read more and see the sweater here.

Slash Documentary Released on DVD

The documentary Slash: Raised On The Sunset Strip has been released on Blu-ray and DVD in North America. Initially launched in 2014, Raised On The Sunset Strip focuses on the guitarist's childhood in England and his later life in California as part of bands Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver and his solo work with Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators. It also includes new and archival footage, as well as his own personal anecdotes.

The film includes interviews with band members past and present, including Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, along with Lemmy, Dave Grohl, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Nikki Sixx.

Last month it was confirmed that Slash, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan would play together again under the Guns N' Roses banner at this year's Coachella in California - with two headline shows in Las Vegas dates and a Mexico City date later added. Read more here.

Lemmy Statue Coming To Rainbow Bar & Grill

Los Angeles artists Travis Moore has been commissioned to create a cast bronze statue of Lemmy to be erected outside the city's Rainbow Bar & Grill.

The late Motorhead frontman was a regular at The Rainbow and a memorial was held at the venue on the day of Lemmy's funeral on January 9. A mural was painted on the bar's wall as a mark of respect.

A crowdfunding campaign was launched last month to help pay for a permanent tribute to the singer and bass player and now Moore has been told to get to work on the project.

The life-size cast bronze statue will stand at just over 6 foot tall and will be situated in a special shrine that's currently being constructed in the patio bar area. Read more here.

Zakk Wylde Sets Release For 'Book Of Shadows II'

Zakk Wylde has confirmed his solo album Book Of Shadows II will be released on April 8. The record - which marks the 20th anniversary of the first Book Of Shadows release - will be issued via Spinefarm Records.

Wylde took part in a discussion about the album with Brad Tolinski for AOL. The former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist says: "I've always loved, especially during the drinking days with Oz, when I'd be touring with the boss, after we got done doing a show we'd jump in the submarine and roll on to the next town.

"I'd sit up the front with whoever was driving and we'd all meet up there and drink cocktails, listening to The Eagles, Neil Young, Creedence - solving the problems of the world, talking about everything. I've always loved the mellow stuff." Watch the AOL video here.

Alice Cooper On Sammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Trip TV Show

Alice Cooper was a guest on the latest episode of Sammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Trip. Other artists that appear on the show include Tommy Lee, Bob Weir and Nancy Wilson. The latest episode aired in the US on February 7 (Sunday).

The six episode series on AXS TV follows the former Van Halen frontman as he drives across the US with his band The Circle, and sees him interview and play with names from the world of rock.

And Cooper is the latest star to feature as the Red Rocker arrives in Phoenix, Arizona. Cooper tells Hagar: "I came up with Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. They were our big brothers, and you had to drink with them. You couldn't just sit there and have a Coke.

"I played in bars much longer than anybody thinks - and that's how you get good." Hagar said of the show: "Something that's always bugged me is that fans get to see us either onstage in concert or in interviews, and that's about it. There's so much cool, history-making stuff that happens off stage that fans have never really had access to, but I do. And that's where this show takes viewers." Check out the promo clip for the episode here.

The Winery Dogs Release 'Hot Streak' Video

The Winery Dogs have released a video for the title track from latest album Hot Streak. The promo sees the group in live action and also strolling through a casino. It was directed by Vicente Cordero.

Ahead of the release of Hot Streak, released last year, frontman Richie Kotzen said: "I feel we've taken the band to another level. The compositions are stronger on this album.

"I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We've widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward."

The Winery Dogs released a cover of David Bowie's Moonage Daydream in honor of the late star who died last month at the age of 69. Watch the video here.

Donovan Announces 70th Birthday Concert

Donovan will celebrate his 70th birthday with a show at The London Palladium on May 6. The 60s star says he'll treat fans to a best-of set featuring the likes of Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow, Hurdy Gurdy Man and Jennifer Juniper.

The show will see him perform on a stage set up in the mould of a 'Beat Cafe' with his band, bassist Danny Thompson, pianist John Cameron and drummer Gavin Harrison.

Donovan says: "With no hint of modesty, my muse Linda, Gypsy Dave and I succeeded in our mission back in 1963 to invade popular culture with The Bohemian Manifesto, and not only change the charts but enter the private creative lives of the most creative artists of pop.

"The Beatles, Stones and everyone in-between, we showed you how to break all the musical rules and enter your inner space. Sure we suffered for it. First to be busted and ridiculed, but hey, we three are invincible." Read more here.

Graham Bonnet Band Release All Day And All Night Long Doc Online

Graham Bonnet Band bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone says she met the former Rainbow singer for coffee after they discussed music, work and their kids over email.

Heavenstone admits in the first part of Bonnet Band documentary All Day And All Night Long that she "didn't know anything" about him before he got in touch via professional networking site LinkedIn.

She says: "I knew All Night Long and Since You Been Gone but I didn't know anything about his rich litany of work. His email said, 'I'm always looking for new bands to work with.' I thought, 'Oh, maybe he produces now.'

"Even though it was really casual for me, I was in two bands at the time and I sent him links to both, and he got back and said he liked it. We had a few back-and-forth exchanges. It was very pleasant and I liked the way he presented himself.

"In one of my emails I said, 'It's very difficult for me to find the time to do this. I'm a single mom with two children and one of them has autism.' He wrote back to me, saying one of his children had autism too. That piqued my curiosity and I wanted to get to know him too.

"After a few more exchanges, we agreed to meet for coffee and I instantly liked him and loved his self-deprecating humor. He was just a geek and a goofball." Read more and watch the documentary clip here.

Dave Grohl Believes Nirvana's Success Came Too Fast

Dave Grohl recently was the guest on photographer-director Sam Jones's interview series Off Camera, where he discussed Nirvana's quick rise to fame, the pitfalls involved and his transition from band drummer to frontman for Foo Fighters.

Grohl says, "Unfortunately, Nirvana became too big too quick. Bands are like families that go through uncomfortable growing pains, and if it happens all at once, it's just too much to handle."

Grohl also remembers how he felt immediately after Kurt Cobain died and how that led him to create Foo Fighters. He explains: "When Kurt died, I woke up the next day and thought, 'I'm lucky to be alive'… It was a profound revelation I had the day after he died and it changed everything. It honestly changed so much of my life that I felt the most important thing was just appreciating being alive, good day or bad day. But after Kurt died, I really felt that way, like, 'Okay, I'm gonna try this. What do I have to lose? I'm gonna start this band and then I'm gonna be the singer.'" Read more here.

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Martina Edoff's latest release, 'Unity,' has been drawing rave reviews from the rock press. Case in point, Classic Rock Magazine saying, "This is the unmistakable sound of a singer raising her game," while Melodic-Rock praised, "Wow! That’s really all I can say. Wow! Martina sings with attitude and conviction. The musical performances on this album is faultless – to speak mildly. Also, the production here is top-notch, this records sounds like a million bucks!” 

And in February of 2016, Martina will be performing as a special guest on the Winery Dogs' European tour. 

And Martina is especially looking forward to the dates. "Exciting news to report - I will be supporting the Winery Dogs on their upcoming European tour in 2016! Looking forward to seeing you all, it’s going to rock!!"

Martina has also introduced a great new music video, "Come Alive," which was filmed in Buenos Aires, on November 14th 2015 (while the singer was supporting Tarja Turunen). 

With members from the well-known rock band H.E.A.T. supporting Martina, they simply rocked Buenos Aires - as seen in the "Come Alive" clip:

"I had so much fun in Argentina," says Martina. "The audience was amazing even though my music was new to them. I also had the pleasure to work with some of the guys from H.E.A.T. live on stage this time. I hope it shows in the video that we really enjoyed it. Buenos Aires rocks!!!"

Classic Rock Revisited recently stated, "The only thing better than hearing the new album by Martina Edoff would be seeing and hearing it performed live.” 

Soon, European rock fans will get their chance!


       19 F                      Olomouc Rocks @ U Klub, Olomouc, Czech 
       20 SA        Progresja, Warsaw, Poland 
       21 SU                    Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany     
       22 M                     Knust, Hamburg, Germany 
       24 W                     Debaser Strand, Stockholm, Sweden
       25 TH        Stickey Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden


Reunited Santana Stream New Song 'Anywhere You Want To Go'

Santana have made their track Anywhere You Want To Go available to stream. The song is taken from upcoming album Santana IV, due out on April 15. The record sees the original lineup reunite for the first time in 45 years.

Guitar icon and singer Carlos Santana, lead vocalist and keyboardist Gregg Rolie, guitarist Neal Schon, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve last worked together when they produced multi-platinum record Santana III in 1971.

Fans attending select shows on Santana's Luminosity tour this year will receive a CD copy of Santana IV with every pair of tickets. More details and the song stream here.



Rich Robinson, the celebrated guitarist and co-founding member of The Black Crowes, will issue new expanded catalog releases from his solo career via Eagle Rock Entertainment. These CD, LP, and digital formats will lead up to the May 2016 release of Robinson’s new solo album.

These newly re-imagined albums -- Paper, Llama Blues (February 26), Through A Crooked Sun, and Woodstock Sessions (April 15) – include previously unreleased tracks and penned essays from Robinson himself. The LP versions will be issued as colored vinyl: Llama Blues in blue, Paper in red, Through A Crooked Sun in white, and Woodstock Sessions in brown. 

In the aftermath of the Black Crowes dissolution in 2001, Robinson set out to realize his first solo album. Originally recorded in New York City in 2002, Paper was released in 2004. With its release – complete with an original painting by Robinson serving at its cover artwork – Paper showcased an array of diverse musical influences and superb guitar world. Eight years later, the 2” master tapes for Paper, which were housed at Robinson’s New Jersey storage facility along with his gear, fell victim to Hurricane Sandy. When the opportunity came to include the album as part of this catalog initiative, Robinson approached the restoration of these masters with fresh ears: he recorded new vocals, changed the sequencing, and remixed / remastered the album. Packaged with three previously unreleased tracks from these 2004 sessions, the February 26 release is the completely re-imagined version of Paper

Robinson’s second full-length solo album, Through A Crooked Sun, was conceived amidst an extended break from the Black Crowes, and was released in 2011. Recorded at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY, this record enjoyed wide acclaim from Robinson’s worldwide audience and represented a progression in his direction as a solo artist. 

The Llama Blues EP, which boasted blues-based songs, was previously limited to 1,000 CDs when it was released in 2013. This album quickly became a prized commodity for Robinson fans who reveled in the guitarist’s embrace of the blues idiom. Robinson captured the spirit of the blues pioneers who had inspired him, recording the sessions in a small room with one vintage RCA ribbon microphone. 

The Woodstock Sessions, originally released in November 2014, captures Robinson and his band performing live before an intimate audience at Applehead Studios. The album was recorded over two days, with two sets per day – one acoustic, one electric. Through the recording, the fans were just as much a part of the album’s creation as the band. They interacted with the band, and witnessed the artist’s creative process in a manner that most never get to experience. Robinson deftly mixed staples from his solo career with superb rendition of such signature classics as “Got To Get Better In A Little While” (which makes its debut on this expanded edition) and the Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’”. This experiment, breaking down the barriers between musician and fan, is what makes The Woodstock Sessions so special. 

Additionally, a limited edition 7” of Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ press on blue vinyl was released on Black Friday Record Store Day and quickly sold out. 

This line-up of releases is the perfect lead-up to Robinson’s upcoming new studio album this Spring. 

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world.  Eagle Vision is headquartered in London, and is a Universal Music Group company. 

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You can listen to the first new Jeff Healey song in 15 years ‘Daze of the Night’ here:

 You can see the Album trailer here:

 “He was like another one of my sons… Jeff Healey… (exhales hard)… oh my God.” BB King
“He was SUCH a great musician… a voice that is missed.” Steve Lukather
“Jeff was one of the sweetest, most humble and talented artists I’ve met…” Bonnie Raitt
"Jeff was an amazing colleague and as a musician and a personality, in a league of his own. I t was always game on for him. His generosity and sense of humor lasted till the end. He was brave without ever being dramatic. In a word, Jeff was inspirational”  Gary Scriven

2016 marks the release of Heal My Soul – the extraordinary lost album from Jeff Healey which has never been heard before by the public. March 25th of this year would have seen Jeff turn 50 years old and this album begins the celebration of a milestone year for a true musical icon.

Heal My Soul is the first album of new songs recorded by Jeff in over 15 years. It represents some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. Under the direct supervision of the Jeff Healey Estate these tracks were painstakingly restored and brought to life bringing into focus Jeff’s unique and special gifts as an artist. The music on Heal My Soul captures Healey in full flight, displaying the virtuosity that made the Toronto native one of the most revered musicians in the world during his all-too-brief lifetime. Key tracks include “Daze Of The Night,” the soaring acoustic ballad “Baby Blue,” and Healey’s soulful take on Richard Thompson’s “I Misunderstood.”

In a joint statement, Jeff Healey Estate Co-Administrators Cristie Healey and Roger Costa said, “Heal My Soul is a project that we have wanted to tackle for years. A 'lost' album, it contains material recorded during one of the most creative periods in Jeff's rock career. Until now, it has never seen the light of day. Jeff was very proud of this work and it features some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. With complete creative control we've laboured hard, tracking down recordings, identifying the right performances, restoring them to their proper stature and mixing and mastering them from the ground up. This has been a true labour of love for us from beginning to end and we're absolutely thrilled to be able to finally share this significant release with the world.”

Healey is remembered as one of the most outstanding guitarists and performers of the past 30 years. He lost his sight during early childhood due to retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Playing guitar since the age of three, he developed the distinctive lap-style guitar technique that helped bring him international attention by his late teens. A Grammy nominee and JUNO Award winner, his five releases with The Jeff Healey Band totaled millions of sales worldwide. Over the course of his career, he also shared stages and earned the admiration of countless other musicians including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Allman Brothers Band.

Healey died on March 2, 2008 at age 41 after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer.

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Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires Doing Lemmy Tribute

Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires, which includes Johnny Depp, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, among others, will pay tribute to the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister at the Grammy Awards next week.

Rolling Stone reports the band will perform a Motorhead classic as part of a two-song set that will also see the premiere of "As Bad As I Am", one of three bonus tracks featured on the upcoming deluxe edition of the Hollywood Vampires' 2015 self-titled debut that's due February 12.

"We started this band as a means to toast our 'dead drunk friends' at the Rainbow, all the ghosts in the bar," says Cooper, "and now I guess Lemmy is involved in that, too. Lemmy was one of those salt-of-the-earth guys. Find me somebody who didn't love Lemmy. He's just one of those guys that's impossible not to like.

"He was always funny," Cooper continues. "I'm a 'healed' alcoholic and I haven't had anything to drink in 35 years. A lot of people that drink always feel a little bit like they owe an explanation to me.

"A couple weeks before his death, Lemmy came up to me and said, 'Alice, I've quit drinking.' And he's got a glass in his hand. And I go, 'Really?' And he says, 'Yeah, I don't drink whiskey anymore. I drink vodka.' And I went, 'Lemmy, do you think your liver has any idea what color the alcohol is?' He said, well it's a step down from whiskey.' And I went, 'OK. Any step's a good step.'" Read more here.

David Bowie Classic Featured In Super Bowl Ad

David Bowie's 1972 classic, "Starman", provides the soundtrack to a Super Bowl 50 commercial for Audi and the full ad as well as an extended version, have both been posted online

Adweek reports the ad tells the story of a retired astronaut who rediscovers his passion for life - and powerful machines - when his son lets him drive the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus.

Entitled "The Commander", the commercial will be seen during the first quarter of this Sunday's game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

"Starman" was enjoying a renaissance even before Bowie's death from cancer on January 10. The tune was played in full during a sequence of Ridley Scott's space film The Martian.

The lead single from 1972's "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars", "Starman" peaked at No. 65 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the classic album hit No. 21 on the Billboard 200 and was a Top 5 record in the singer's native UK. Check out both versions of the commercial and the original track here.

Video Of Rolling Stones South American Tour Kick Off Goes Online

The Rolling Stones kicked off the South American leg of their ongoing world tour at Santiago, Chile's Estadio Nacional Wednesday night and several videos from the show have been posted online.

The 19-song set was full of classics and, as Rolling Stone magazine notes, the band performed "She's A Rainbow" from 1967's "Their Satanic Majesties Request" for the first time since 1998, and only the 11th time in their entire history.

The Santiago show also saw the debut of new backup vocalist Sasha Allen, who took center stage with Mick Jagger for "Gimme Shelter" as she fills in for longtime singer Lisa Fischer, who was unable to make the South American run due to prior touring commitments.

The 12-date América Latina Olé tour - which includes multiple dates in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo - marks the group's first shows of the continent in a decade.

Meanwhile, the Super Deluxe Edition of The Rolling Stones' 2015 reissue of their 1971 album classic, "Sticky Fingers", will compete for a Grammy Award at next week's event in Los Angeles. Read more and watch the videos here.

Jeff Lynne's ELO Announces U.S. Shows With Orchestra

Jeff Lynne's ELO will play three shows at the Hollywood Bowl this fall, marking the group's first Los Angeles dates in nearly 30 years. Lynne and crew will be joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Strings, conducted by Thomas Wilkins, for the Fireworks Finale shows on September 9, 10 and 11.

New subscriptions and group sales for the venue's summer season will be available February 9; "Five or More" packages go on sale March 15; and the Bowl's box office opens for single ticket sales on May 1.

Jeff Lynne's ELO are touring in support of 2015's "Alone In The Universe", the first album of all-new music released by the band in over a decade. The project was launched with the lead single, "When I Was A Boy." Read more and stream the single's video here.

Sex Pistols' Steve Jones Finds Unity In David Bowie's Passing

Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones considers himself a rather stoic fellow, but even he was roiled by the passing of David Bowie. Speaking with Billboard, Jones said Bowie's death "was like the 9-11 of rock and roll."

"I was paralyzed when I heard the news," said Jones. "For some reason I didn't ever think I would feel that way with someone's death, but with Bowie it just struck a chord.

"I like the fact that a lot of other people have responded the same way. It gives me some hope in humanity, that there are actually some people who appreciate culture and … not everybody is a bloody robot, you know?"

Jones went on to describe the era of early '70s "Ziggy mania" in Great Britain. "I was 16 or 17 at the most," he recalled. "You really hadn't seen anything like it, the look and the songs … Although I like 'Life on Mars,' The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane are the best albums ever. I never get bored with playing them." Comment here.

Earth, Wind & Fire Icon Maurice White Dead At 74

Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. He was 74 years old. White served as the iconic band's primary songwriter and co-lead singer. He was the older brother of current Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White, and former member Fred White.

The group was famous for their many hits including "Shining Star", "That's the Way of the World," "Devotion," "Reasons," "Sing a Song," "Can't Hide Love," and "September."

White was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in the early '90s, and stopped touring with the band in 1994. Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and are set to be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the GRAMMY Awards. Read more here.

Elton John Does Surprise Performance At Train Station

Legendary pop star Elton John has a new album coming out on February 5. He's taking the promotion of the album, Wonderful Crazy Night, to the streets. He recently surprised people in London's St. Pancras train station with a piano medley of some of his biggest hits.

Elton breezed into the roped off area and immediately got down to business. He thrilled the crowd as he ran through instrumentals of hits including "Benny and the Jets," "Tiny Dancer," and "Rocket Man."

The performance didn't last long. It was over in a little under four minutes. After the piano performance, he signed an autograph or two and was gone as fast as he entered. Check it out here.

Guns N' Roses Reunion Is Really Lame Says Def Leppard Guitarist

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen shares his view of the recently announced reunion between Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan and Collen does not appear impressed with the upcoming Guns N' Roses reunion or their original split back in the day.

"We obviously think it's really f****** lame," Collen tells The Telegraph. "I love Guns N' Roses, I think they're really cool, I'd love to see Slash and Axl and Duff play together, that's great. But I think it's f****** lame considering we've been hardcore. Our integrity's still intact, we've never split up. We've gone through if someone had a little sniffle or something, we soldier on.

"Someone dies, someone loses an arm, someone gets cancer, we soldier on. With Guns N' Roses, if someone has a little barney backstage, they can't deal with each other. I know it's difficult, but I do think it's pretty lame when you compare anyone else to us."

Former in Sheffield, UK in 1977, Def Leppard have survived the death of guitarist Steve Clark in 1991 from alcoholism, drummer Rick Allen losing his left arm in a car accident in 1984, and guitarist Vivian Campbell's diagnosis with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2013.

The group have just postponed the remaining dates of their winter US tour due to frontman Joe Elliott coming down with "severe laryngitis." Read more here.

GONG Legend Daevid Allen's Final Album “Daevid Allen Weird Quartet - ELEVENSES” To Be Released February 12, 2016

The Final Recordings from Gong & Soft Machine Co-Founder Daevid Allen!

Los Angeles - Purple Pyramid Records will be releasing on February 12, 2016 the final album from legendary Daevid Allen, one of the most innovative music artists to emerge from this planet! Daevid Allen Weird Quartet is a recording project bringing together Daevid Allen, founder of The Soft Machine and Gong, with Don Falcone of Spirits Burning, Michael Clare of Daevid Allen's University of Errors, and drummers Trey Sabatelli (The Tubes) and Paul Sears (The Muffins). “ELEVENSES” is the second album by this band, following 2005's “DJDDAY”, which was released under the band name “Weird Biscuit Teatime.” Daevid Allen Weird Quartet “ELEVENSES” is the last band album that Daevid worked on before his death, in March of 2015.

Christopher David Allen (13 January 1938 – 13 March 2015), better known as Daevid Allen, sometimes credited as Divided Alien, was an Australian and had a brilliant career as a poet, musician, artist, and one-time cab driver that spanned over fifty years. Daevid was constantly pushing boundaries and was always the center of activity. He continually inspired those around him to be creative and to achieve their best.

The Daily Telegraph said, “Allen revelled in being the court jester of hippie rock and never lost his enthusiasm for the transcendent power of the psychedelic experience. He once remarked, 'Psychedelia for me is a code for that profound spiritual experience where there is a direct link to the gods.' That he never attained the riches and fame of many of his contemporaries did not concern him.”

Daevid Allen Weird Quartet “ELEVENSES” album is a mixture of styles of music found throughout his career, plus a few surprises: a blues song in 7/4, a catchy Irish-tinged folk song, ambient and explosive instrumentals, a post-punk rave-up with Daevid's final message on a record.

Track List:
1. TransloopThisMessage
2. Imagicknation
3.The Latest Curfew Craze
4. Kick That Habit Man
5. Secretary Of Lore
6. Alchemy
7. The Cold Stuffings Of November
8. Grasshopping
9. God's New Deal
10. Dim Sum In Alphabetical Order
11. Killer Honey
12. Under The YumYum Tree Café
13. Banana Construction

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Metallica Announce Free HD Stream Of Super Bowl Eve Concert

Metallica have announced that they will stream their headlining performance at a Super Bowl 50 eve concert live from AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA on February 6.

CBS Radio's "The Night Before" annual event sees the band joined by special guests Cage The Elephant ahead of the big game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on Sunday, February 7.

"We can't wait to play our first show of 2016 and there's nowhere we'd rather kick off the festivities than in our own backyard," says Lars Ulrich. "Even though the show has been sold out for months, Metallica fans around the world will be able to join in on the madness."

The webcast will be a free 1080p FullHD stream live from AT&T Park, available on mobile and desktop devices at "We're set to hit the stage at approximately 8:30 PM PST, so spend Super Bowl Eve with us no matter where you are that night!," adds the group. Read more here.

Black Sabbath Postponed Another Farewell Tour Date

Black Sabbath postponed Wednesday, February 3rd's farewell tour concert in Vancouver, BC as Ozzy Osbourne continues to be sidelined by sinusitis.

"Due to continued severe sinusitis, Ozzy Osbourne will be unable to perform with Black Sabbath as scheduled," posted the band. "The Vancouver performance has been postponed. Details regarding the rescheduled date will be announced as soon as it is available. Please hold on to your tickets until further details are available."

The Vancouver show is the third Canadian date this week to be put on the shelf due to the health issue, following the postponement of a January 30 concert in Edmonton and a February 1 stop in Calgary, Alberta.

The next date on Black Sabbath's 6-week North American tour is scheduled for February 6 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA. Read more here.

Led Zeppelin Members Deposed In Stairway To Heaven Legal Battle

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin have been deposed in the copyright-infringement lawsuit against the band over their classic hit "Stairway To Heaven."

Bloomberg reports Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant were each deposed separately over the past month as part of pretrial discovery, according to new filings in Los Angeles federal court.

During the depositions in London, each member said that they had no idea what their finances or earnings were with Led Zeppelin, according to a filing by the plaintiff's lawyer asking for more time to investigate.

The suit - brought by the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band - claims the acoustic introduction to 1971's "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental "Taurus."

The two bands shared the bill at several shows in late 1968 and 1969. Led Zeppelin's guitarist, however, testified his memory of the era was vague, according to the filing by plaintiff's lawyer Francis Alexander Malofiy, who conducted the questioning. Read more and listen to both songs here.

Last In Line To Continue In Honor Of Jimmy Bain

Last In Line will perform at Frontiers Festival in Italy in April, but they haven't decided who will replace Jimmy Bain. Bassist Bain died last month of lung cancer. He was onboard Def Leppard's Hysteria On The High Seas cruising festival when he passed away, leaving his bandmates "devastated."

Now guitarist Vivian Campbell says the band will continue to work together to promote upcoming debut album Heavy Crown, due for release on February 20. But he says they're not looking forward to the "heavy decision" they'll have to make over who takes Bain's place.

Campbell tells Linearock: "We're very, very, very sad to have lost him. But I know that Jimmy believed very much in the new record, Heavy Crown, and that he would want us to continue to play and to play the Frontiers festival. And we will continue to do that. We will play it in his honour.

"We still have to figure out who is gonna play bass moving forward. That's a heavy, heavy decision for us to make. It has to be someone that is appropriate and someone that does tremendous respect to Jimmy Bain's legacy.

"We have a few ideas, but it's obviously very early days yet. We don't even really wanna think about that just yet. It's not something that we want to dwell on right now. We're still mourning the death of Jimmy." Read more here.

Van Halen's David Lee Roth Making Online Return This Week

David Lee Roth has announced plans to launch a new website after being offline for the past year. The Van Halen News Desk reports the singer will open a new online home on February 7 at and deliver a new episode of his web series The Roth Show.

Roth's website and social media outlets went dark at the end of January 2015 without explanation…just days before Van Halen announced plans to release "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."

There's no word on whether or not the rocker will restart a Facebook page or actively return to Twitter, and the YouTube channel for The Roth Show currently hosts no content.

2015 saw Roth and Van Halen deliver a 3-month summer tour of North America in support of the live album. Things have been quiet in the Van Halen camp since they closed out their 2015 tour with a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in early October. Read more here.

Scorpions Stream Classic 'Still Loving You' TV Performance

The Scorpions have released footage of their classic, "Still Loving You", from a 1984 performance on the German television program Na Sowas! The video is featured in the recently released expanded reissue of "Love At First Sting", one of eight projects in their 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition series.

The German group's ninth album, "Love At First Sting" became their most successful US record when it peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1984 and went double-platinum by the end of the year, eventually reaching triple-platinum status in 1995.

The set was led by the US Top 25 hit "Rock You Like A Hurricane", and follow-up singles "Still Loving You" and "Big City Nights." The Scorpions released their 17th album, "Return To Forever", last March and launched a 50th anniversary tour in China in May before multiple visits to Europe and North America. Watch the video here.

Lita Ford Plays Teacher In New Commercial

Lita Ford has appeared as a music teacher in an advertisement for US recruitment company, Indeed. The clip sees the singer and guitarist celebrate her new job with a classroom guitar solo.

It's part of Indeed's Celebrations campaign, which also features treadmill dancer Marcus Dorsey and professional BMX rider Bo Wade moonlighting as ordinary workers with extraordinary talents.

Ford will support Halestorm on their US tour in April and will release her latest album entitled Time Capsule on April 15 via SPV/Steamhammer. It'll be the follow-up to 2012's Living Like A Runaway. Watch the ad here.

Dream Theater Release 'The Gift Of Music' Video

Dream Theater have released a video for their track The Gift Of Music. It's taken from their 13th studio album The Astonishing which was released in January via Roadrunner Records.

Last month, drummer Mike Mangini said the ambitious 34-track concept album blew his mind while they were laying down tracks in the studio. He said: "John Petrucci put together the whole thing, and he organized it in a really amazing way. And then he used our keyboard player, Jordan Rudess.

"When he plays, you see a landscape - you've got a picture in your mind. It's so visual, it's unbelievable. There really is nobody better to help bring a story to life, so you feel it and see it. It's not something I do on my instrument. So when I experience it, it blows my mind."

Dream Theater will embark on an extensive tour in support of the album later this month, starting with two dates at London's Palladium. The trek will see the band playing across Europe and North America. Watch the video here.

Black Stone Cherry Release 'In Our Dreams' Video

Black Stone Cherry have released a video for their track In Our Dreams. It features on their fifth album entitled Kentucky - out on April 1 via Mascot Label Group.

The video is set in a post-apocalyptic underwater world ruled by a nefarious leader - and drummer John Fred Young credits director Kyle Cogan with bringing the lyrics to life in the promo.

He says: "Kyle Cogan helped us to forge new ground, visually. His unique sci-fi storyline of two sisters, tragically separated into two social classes in an oppressed underwater civilisation run by an evil leader, accompanied the lyrics so well. Metaphorically, the story feels like it relates to current world circumstances."

Cogan adds: "From concept to completion, it was a total collaboration across many disciplines. We worked with the band to create a striking narrative that would require a heavily stylised world. It was great to see the vision come alive practically on set, and through visual effects in post production."

Black Stone Cherry are currently on the road across the UK on the Carnival Of Madness tour where they're joined on the bill by Shinedown, Halestorm and Highly Suspect. Watch the video here.

Mike Portnoy and Ian Anderson Guest On New Tiles Album

Tiles are to release their sixth album Pretending 2 Run on April 15. The double concept album is the Detroit band's first release in eight years, and will feature guest artists such as Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy and Jethro Tull mainman Ian Anderson.

Keyboardist Adam Holzman from the Steven Wilson Band, Miles Davis' jazz guitarist Mike Stern and Max Webster's lead vocalist Kim Mitchell will also appear on the album.

Guitarist Chris Herin previously said: "We knew this album was ambitious, lyrically and musically, but we didn't plan on it ballooning into a double album. The songs kept coming and the storylines demanded more trips into the central character's state of mind." Read more here

Tygers Of Pan Tang Ink Deal For New Studio Album

Tygers Of Pan Tang are in the studio working on a new album having signed a deal with Mighty Music/Target Group. The self-titled album will be released in August, with a European tour to follow. It's being recorded at Newcastle's Blast Studio.

Mainman Rob Weir tells TeamRock: "This is a landmark album for the Tygers. Self-titled and self-produced, we feel we have written some pretty special hard rock songs.

"The sound is classic Tygers and the new cover version we have chosen to record is spectacular - after all, Love Potion #9 is 34 years old. "It's a big year for the band, with 10 shows in South America in March, then festivals in Chicago, Ibiza, Gent, Alicante, a British tour starting October 21 and a European tour, we're going to be applying to the time lords for membership." Read more here.

Steven Tyler Super Bowl Commercial Preview Goes Online

Steven Tyler stars in a Super Bowl commercial for Skittles and the candy company is sharing a first look at the ad ahead of the February 7 event. The ad shows Tyler checking out a portrait of himself made of Skittles - and he's not too thrilled.

Adweek reports the commercial, which will air during the second quarter, was inspired by the apparent trend of Skittles fans making things (pictures, recipes, stop-motion films, etc.) out of the rainbow-colored candies.

The commercial is part of Skittles' "Root For The Rainbow" Super Bowl 50 campaign, which includes the company giving away 100,000 free packs of Skittles to fans if a rainbow appears over the game in San Francisco on Sunday. Use the the hashtags #SkittlesRainbow and #Contest prior to kickoff to qualify for the goodies.

The candy maker recently created "a custom, one-of-a-kind Skittles covered microphone for Steven" as a thanks for his work in the commercial. Check it out here.

RUSH Deliver Hard Rock Masterpiece 35 Years Ago
 Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart Direct Moving Pictures

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands rolls out the red carpet for the thirty-fifth anniversary of RUSH’s most successful album, Moving Pictures

Sales alone do not convey the importance of their eighth studio album Moving Pictures to Rush’s long career, nor to rock music itself. “Music was changing,” Rush lead singer/composer Geddy Lee tells us in this InTheStudio episode, and without Lee, guitarist/composer Alex Lifeson and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart embracing the fresh musical ideas in the crosswinds of the early Eighties with songs “Tom Sawyer”, “Red Barchetta”, “Limelight”, “Vital Signs” and “Witch Hunt”, it is doubtful that a path to mainstream success would have been cleared for later major bands including Metallica, Queensryche, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters, Tom Morello with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, and Dream Theater. 

InTheStudio host Redbeard speaks to Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart about the significance of Moving Pictures to the Rush legacy.                                                   

“It (Moving Pictures) gave us a kind of acceptance and credibility that none of our previous records had previously done.” - Geddy Lee

“It was very enjoyable making Moving Pictures. It flowed, everything sounded good. The vibe was good, everybody was in great spirits during the whole process.” - Alex Lifeson

“Being a trio is something that is special to us and I think it’s special to our fans too... We are known as a trio. Our reputation has a lot to do with our live show and what the three of us can do live.” -  Neil Peart

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Veteran rock ’n’ roll troubadour fights the good fight on his tenth studio album, World War Willie

NEW YORK, N.Y. — “There’s a lot going on in this world between the good, the bad and the in-between, and this album attempts to ride some of those horses,” Willie Nile says of his memorably-titled new album World War Willie, due out April 1, 2016 on River House Records, distributed by Virtual Label.   

The dozen-song set lives up to Nile’s reputation as a world-class songwriter, a singularly energetic performer and a true rock ’n’ roll believer. Currently in the fourth decade of a recording career that’s yielded a panoply of musical riches, the New York-bred artist is currently experiencing an exciting renaissance at a time when many of his contemporaries are winding down or giving up. 

“This past year has certainly been the busiest and most rewarding one yet, with so many satisfying shows and the completion of this new album,” he states.

Indeed, 2015 saw Nile achieve a series of high-profile milestones. For instance, early in the year, Bruce Springsteen joined Willie and band to perform the Nile anthem “One Guitar” during a Light of Day benefit show in Asbury Park, N.J.  A few months later, Nile was invited to sing with the Who and Springsteen at a Grammy/Musicares event honoring Pete Townshend in Manhattan’s Times Square. That summer, the Voice of America chose Nile’s composition “This Is Our Time” (from 2013’s American Ride) as the title and theme song of an event in Washington, D.C., in which Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai spoke forcefully about empowering women.

American Ride became one of Nile’s most acclaimed releases to date, topping numerous critics’ year-end best-of lists and being voted Best Rock Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards

World War Willie lives up to that standard with some of the most resonant songwriting and performances of Nile’s career. He recorded the album with longtime producer Stewart Lerman (Antony and the Johnsons, Loudon Wainwright III, Boardwalk Empire) and Nile’s longstanding band — Matt Hogan on lead guitar, Johnny Pisano on bass and Alex Alexander on drums — with additional sterling guest guitar from Steuart Smith (Eagles, Rosanne Cash) on three tracks.

“There’s a live feel to the tracks because we captured an actual performance on every one,” Nile says. “The band and I have done so many shows together that our instincts all seem to arrive at the same intersection at the same time. We all play and feel as one, and there’s an energy there that you can’t manufacture.” 

World War Willie’s title and cover motif reflect the turbulent state of the world as seen through Nile’s eyes, with a characteristic blend of sincerity and humor. 

“It’s a tough old world out there,” he says, adding, “The cover shot of me standing in front of an image of Dresden after it was bombed in World War II was taken at a club in Italy, outside of Verona. That riveting image of a world at war just spoke volumes to me about the human race. It left me speechless. What can you say about it that isn’t right there in front of you? Surely we can do better than this. For me rock ’n’ roll, at its best, helps to make some sense of the world. There can be a redemptive quality in it. I guess it’s me trying to make some sense of the world with rock n roll. It also reminds me of the good old days at CBGB’s in NYC.”

World War Willie embodies the distinctive mix of urgency, introspection, idealism and self-effacing humor that’s long endeared Willie Nile to his admirers.

The opening track, “Forever Wild,” pays tribute to the transformative power of rock ’n’ roll, while the anthemic “Let’s All Come Together” is a persuasive call for planetary unity, and “Trouble Down in Diamond Town” is a prime example of Nile’s flair for cinematic storytelling. “Runaway Girl” and “Beautiful You” demonstrate the artist’s knack for intimate balladry. And “World War Willie,” “Hell Yeah” and “Citibank Nile” demonstrate his knack for pointed, tongue-in-cheek humor.

The playful “Grandpa Rocks,” meanwhile, is a wickedly humorous declaration of longterm devotion to Nile’s chosen profession. 

“I have four grandchildren,” Nile notes.  “It’s a total gas and I totally embrace it.  Rock ’n’ roll is rock ’n’ roll, whether you’re 16 or 86. If it feels good and soothes the soul and gets the hips shakin’ and gets the mind turnin’, then you’ve got somethin’ worth singin’ about. I won’t be tied down by anybody else’s perception of what’s doable. Life it too short, and if Grandpa wants to rock, let him rock!”

Elsewhere on World War Willie, “When Levon Sings” pays fond tribute to the musical and personal spirit of the Band’s Levon Helm, and Nile pays tribute to another departed icon with a bracing reading of Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground classic “Sweet Jane.” The latter track was inspired by a memorable meeting with Reed ten days prior to his death. 

Reed was in good company among Willie Nile’s loyal fan base. That group includes the aforementioned Springsteen, with whom Nile’s guested onstage on several occasions, and Pete Townshend, who requested him as the opening act on the Who’s 1982 U.S. tour. The list of avowed Nile fans also encompasses Bono, Paul Simon, Ian Hunter, Graham Parker, Jim Jarmusch, Adam Duritz, Little Steven and Lucinda Williams, who remarked, “Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.”

The critics agree. USA Today described him as “a rocker’s rocker,” and The New Yorker dubbed him “one of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of the past thirty years.”  The London Times called him “a man who embodies the true spirit of rock ’n’ roll,” while England’s Uncut described him as “a one-man Clash” and “New York’s unofficial poet laureate.” And The Morton Report praised him for “crossing the power of the Clash with the social consciousness of Woody Guthrie.”

Or, as Blurt recently put it, “Nile remains at the high point of his career — living for every moment, tirelessly reminding the listener that all he’s ever really cared about is his undying passion for the music he both lives and loves ...  Exceptional release upon exceptional release — each packed with street-smart, original material — has kept pace with changing times and evolving tastes.”

Now, with World War Willie adding an exciting new chapter to his body of work, Willie Nile plans to continue doing what he’s always done: getting back out on the road and rocking.

“I’ve hit a good groove these days,” he asserts. “I’m enjoying the writing, the recording and the live shows more than ever. This is what I was looking for when I first started my musical journey. I’m very grateful that I get to do what I love to do and as long as the fire burns I won’t be stopping any time soon.”

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Longtime members of the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND including BUTCH TRUCKS and JAIMOE have gotten back together to form LES BRERS, a band celebrating the group's music and legacy. The group will hit Macon, GA's Cox Capitol Theatre March 23 and 24, with portions of the proceeds to benefit the Allman Brothers Band's Big House Museum in Macon. 

The pedigreed group consists of founding ABB members BUTCH TRUCKS and JAIMOE (drummers), longtime members OTEIL BURBRIDGE (bass) and MARC QUINONES (percussion), former ABB guitarist JACK PEARSON, frequent ABB guest BRUCE KATZ on keyboards, singer LAMAR WILLIAMS JR. (son of the former ABB bassist) plus guitarist PAT BERGESON (Chet Atkins, Lyle Lovett, Suzy Bogguss). 

LES BRERS are set to appear at the Allman Brothers' Wanee Fest in Live Oak, FL this April. Other summer festival shows are being booked. The band's name is a nod to the instrumental "Les Brers in A Minor" from the ABB's epic breakthrough hybrid studio/live Eat A Peach album, which was released in 1972 and cemented the band's superstardom status. 

The band will perform an eclectic selection of music familiar to fans of the Allman Brothers Band, whose unique improvisational style, great songwriting and heavy touring made them one of the most acclaimed bands in American rock history. They are members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (plus various other Grammy's) and many Gold and Platinum records.


RICHIE KOTZEN released his first-ever professionally filmed DVD, RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE, October 13, 2015 via his Headroom-Inc label. He has now made it available for fans worldwide to stream on his official YouTube page. 

As KOTZEN explains, “I was thinking that there are so many fans around the world that simply don't have access to or can't afford to buy this content.  Not that I'm looking to give everything away, but I thought by making this available for people to watch on YouTube I was sort of giving back a bit to all the great people who have bought my music, concert tickets, and generally supported my pretty much 'underground' career over the last 20 years. Those who can afford or desire to own the full resolution DVD still have the option of buying it as well...and I hope they do as I've still got a few on-going bills to pay (laughing).”

KOTZEN and his band ended their 2014-2015 tour in Tokyo, Japan at Akasaka Blitz, where they shot the entire concert in high-definition.  This is RICHIE KOTZEN and his band—bassist Dylan Wilson and drummer Mike Bennett--at their best.   It features some of his classics, “You Can’t Save Me,” “Remember,” as well as new songs “Cannibals,” “War Paint,” and “Walk With Me.”  The collection also includes off-the-chart improvisational solo sections between KOTZEN and his virtuoso rhythm section.  This live DVD concert is a must-have for KOTZEN fans worldwide, and it’s the perfect introduction to those who have yet to be a part of the RICHIE KOTZEN experience. 

He currently plays guitar and fronts The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band’s latest HOT STREAK album debuted at #2 on the Billboard “Top Current Alternative Albums” chart and #5 on Billboard’s “Top Current Hard Music” chart). The trio is on tour in Europe through the end of February.  U.S. tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.



It was the summer of 1978 in Lorelei, Germany when all hell broke loose after it was announced that Jefferson Starship would not be taking the stage after all, as a result of legendary singer Grace Slick not feeling well enough to perform. 

This wasn’t the first time a band had canceled a show at the Lorelei Amphitheater and, as a result, a riot ensued shortly after the Jefferson Starship cancellation announcement.  

Bottles and rocks were thrown at the stage and the band, fearing for their safety, quickly evacuated the area. By morning, the stage had been burned to the ground with many prized instruments lost, stolen or destroyed. All the members were devastated by the incident, including lead guitarist and hit songwriter Craig Chaquico, who returned the following morning to view the destruction. The only piece of equipment that he would recognize would be the charred metal corners of his Fender Bassman amplifiers. 

All was lost… or, at least, that’s what Craig thought until some thirty-six years later when his beloved 1959 Les Paul Standard Sunburst guitar was discovered in the hands of a collector. 

This is the story of what Craig has had to endure to get his guitar back… 

Like all the other band members who lost their equipment, there was no indication that anything had survived the riot so there was nothing to do but to move on, only sadness and nostalgia when the songs were heard on the radio through the decades. All hope was lost until 2013 when Jefferson Starship bassist Pete Sears was reunited with one of his prized bass guitars, inspiring Craig to begin a personal search for his own guitars. 

“This distinctive-sounding Les Paul was my voice on so many guitar solos, and I hope it finds its way back home soon,” states Craig, who purchased the guitar from Norman’s Rare Guitars in the mid-70s. “This quest isn’t only for me, but for all the musicians who have ever had their instruments lost or stolen over the years, then eventually found, that just want to get their babies back. For me, there’s a sentimental value involved and I’m still the rightful owner of this Sunburst.” 

Craig used this particular guitar on both the 1976 Jefferson Starship album, Spitfire, as well as the following release, Earth, that came out in 1978. Hit songs you can hear the ’59 Sunburst on include “With Your Love,” “Count on Me” and “Runaway” among others. 

And then it was gone… 

After the riot on June 17, 1978, Jefferson Starship would immediately continue on their European tour, having to purchase, rent or borrow replacement equipment. Their next show in Hamburg, Germany would mark the last time that the original line-up of Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, Craig Chaquico, David Frieberg, Pete Sears and John Barbata would ever perform together. 

In the spring of 2014, out of the blue, Craig was contacted by a fan from Vermont who thought he might have a guitar that Craig used in the Star Wars Christmas Special that featured Jefferson Starship performing a song penned by Craig called, “Light the Sky on Fire.” After conducting extensive research about that particular guitar, the fan uncovered the serial numbers of the instruments used on the 1978 European Tour and informed him of the serial number of his thought-to-be-destroyed 1959 Les Paul Sunburst, along with those of the rest of the instruments that were thought to have been destroyed that day. He went on to tell Craig that he’d seen someone in Southern California chat on a blog about the Sunburst. 

Extremely grateful for this information, Craig told the fan he could keep the Boogie Body, and quickly hired an attorney to find out the identity of the person on the blog. With the assistance of a private investigator, the attorney found the collector who had purchased the guitar from a dealer for an alleged $170,000 in February 2005. 

With the help of his attorney, Craig was able to contact the collector and inform him that the guitar was stolen from him after the Lorelei riot in 1978. The initial response was one of condolence, with the owner expressing a desire to return the guitar to Craig if there was a way to recover his own initial investment. Craig suggested that they turn to the dealer who sold him the guitar and/or the dealer’s insurance company and offered to help with these efforts to ultimately get his guitar back. Unfortunately, after further thought, the collector, perhaps realizing the now-increased value of the guitar, decided to engage his own attorney, reconsidering the return of the guitar to Craig. 

As the saying goes, “nothing’s easy,” and Craig decided at that point to let the legal process take its course... Backed by numerous photos taken by Jefferson Starship’s official photographer, Roger Ressmeyer, in the mid-70s, Craig was easily able to see that this was, indeed, “the guitar.” 

After a meeting to view the guitar that included Craig, his attorney and Norman Harris (who sold Craig the guitar) along with the collector, his attorney and the attorney for the insurance company that represented the known guitar expert and national dealer who sold the guitar, it was determined by the attorneys for all parties that mediation might be the way to solve the issue. Unfortunately, that effort also proved to be fruitless and the matter continues to move through the courts, costing Craig tens of thousands of dollars and countless hours. 

Craig, now represented by Peter Koenig of the San Francisco law firm, Walker, Hamilton & Koenig LLC, will have what is expected to be his final deposition in February. A trial to determine ownership is scheduled to commence on June 13 in San Francisco federal court. 

“So far, no one seems to question that it is the same Sunburst,” states attorney Peter Koenig. “They seem to be arguing that Craig waited too long to search for the guitar so he’s lost his right to have it back. We shall see.” 

Craig, as a member of Jefferson Starship from 1974 to 1990, was the only member of the band to appear in every recording, album, tour and music video over the course of the band’s tenure in the rock and roll scene. 

Last year marked the 40th Anniversary of one of Jefferson Starship’s greatest albums, Red Octopus, and Craig was able to extensively reflect upon the Billboard chart-topping release in the September issue of Guitar Player magazine. 

In addition to Craig’s efforts to recover his guitar, his plans for 2016 include touring throughout the world with a unique crowd-pleasing show where he performs the Jefferson Starship and Starship songs he helped make famous in addition to a selection of songs from his dozen solo efforts released over the past twenty-three years. 

His first solo album in 1993, Acoustic Highway, helped create a genre of music and was Billboard’s #1 Independent New Age Album of the Year. His follow-up album, Acoustic Planet, garnered him a Grammy nomination in the category of Best New Age Album and also went to #1 on the Billboard charts. 

From rock and roll and the blues to contemporary jazz and new age, Craig has had over forty years of success in a variety of genres. 

Now that Craig has found his 1959 Sunburst, he’d like to find his 1957 Gold Top (Serial #7 8793 – only seventeen are known to exist of this particular model) played on the first two Jefferson Starship hit albums, Dragonfly and Red Octopus, that was also lost on that night in ’78. Yet another prized guitar played in major performances and on many hit recordings such as “Miracles,” “Play on Love” and “Ride the Tiger.” 

“I would love to see the day where Pete and I perform on the same stage with our newly-discovered instruments,” comments Craig. “This would truly be another rock and roll dream come true.” 

Time will tell. 

Stay tuned. 

Craig Chaquico performance video can be viewed at the following links:
The Hits -
The Blues -
Jazz -
Craig Chaquico Social Media:

 Website -
facebook - (this includes Craig’s recent statement regarding the passing of Paul Kantner)
Twitter –
Official YouTube Channel -


“Vital and menacing thrash…Megadeth sound reborn on Dystopia” - ROLLING STONE

“’Dystopia’ sees Megadeth come within hailing distance of their dazzling best.” - KERRANG

“Dystopia is an absolutely blistering return to the state-of-the-art bombast and refined technicality of past glories like Rust in Peace and Endgame.” - The Guardian UK

30 years into a groundbreaking career, hard rock and metal forerunners Megadeth return to take the no. 3 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart alongside Adele and Justin Bieber.  The release of Dystopia (UMe /Tradecraft / T-Boy Records) marks the highest chart impact for Megadeth since Countdown To Extinction, which debuted at no. 2.  Dystopia is the band’s 6th studio album in the top 10, and 11th studio album in the top 20. Also, Dystopia is the no. 1 album on the Hard Music and Top Rock charts, and no. 2 on the Top Album Sales chart.

Always a global band, Megadeth’s domination was felt overseas as well, with top 10 debuts in Japan (no. 2 international chart), Finland (no. 3), Mexico (no. 4), and Australia (no. 6), as well as Belgium, Ireland, and Australia achieving the band’s highest chart positions ever. Other countries with significant sales or chart debuts include UK, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, and France. 

Rock critics and fans around the world are hailing Dystopia as a triumphant return from one of the most important bands in the genre: 

Outburn Magazine proclaims, “…returning to more complex song structures of the band’s ‘Rust In Peace era…it’s everything one would want from a Megadeth album.” “The Megadeth of old is back,” Decibel says, and Loudwire professes, “Dystopia is a first-rate Megadeth album.”

Featuring 11 tracks, Dystopia was released on UMe /Tradecraft / T-Boy Records January 22 on CDLP, and digitally.  A special edition is also available featuring a groundbreaking Virtual Reality experience, which includes the new album, a CEEK Virtual Reality headset and a download code to unlock exclusive content.

T-Boy Records, UMe’s label partnership with veteran rock manager Andy Gould, has enjoyed previous Top 10 chart success with the No. 6 debut of Megadeth’s Super Collider in 2013. Rob Zombie’s 2013 album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/UMe), debut at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. Zombie’s sixth studio album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, will be released on April 29 by Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/UMe. EODM’s Zipper Down, hailed by Entertainment Weeklyas “simultaneously the heaviest, grooviest, and most pop-centric record that EODM has ever produced,” was released by T-Boy/UMe in October.

Guns N' Roses Announce New Reunion Concert

Guns N' Roses have added a new date to their 2016 reunion tour. The band announced on Tuesday that they will perform at the Foro Sol in Mexico City on April 19th.

Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and unconfirmed others will launch the reunion run with two shows in Las Vegas in April. The Mexico City date lands between the group's two headline spots at Coachella later the same month.

The 2016 shows will mark the first time the trio have performed together since a July 17, 1993 concert at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read more here.

Former Judas Priest Star Victim Of Beer Heist

Thieves stole $1500 worth of beer from a bar owned by former Judas Priest singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens. Tim Owens' Traveler's Tavern in Akron, Ohio, was broken into at the weekend, with 70 cases of beer taken from a walk-in cooler.

Owens - who fronted Priest between 1996 and 2003 - tells the Akron Beacon Journal: "It's a really sad thing that someone had to do this. Any time you get ahead in a business and someone does this, it's hard."

The bar, which also doubles as a gig venue, was set to host a wake on Saturday, so there was more stock than usual in the cooler. Owens adds: "I don't think it had anything to do with the event. I think it was probably an old employee or a regular who knew the cooler was back there and happened to steal that night." Read more here.

KISS Jam With 12-Year-Old

Kiss drummer Eric Singer stepped aside for a younger model when he allowed a 12-year-old to play with the band. Logan Gladden played and sang Nothin' To Lose with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer at the band's acoustic Meet & Greet set in Durant, Oklahoma, last Friday.

Logan, from Dallas, Texas, caught the attention of Singer when his parents posted YouTube videos of him playing along to rock songs when he was just three-years-old.

The sixth grade youngster tells TeamRock: "I've been playing drums and listening to classic rock music all my life. My parents put videos of me on YouTube when I was small and Eric saw them and invited me to meet him when I was three and he was with Alice Cooper.

"That day I played his drums during soundcheck and still remember it. Since then, Eric has helped me so much by giving me advice and introducing me to people and by following and supporting me and just being a cool friend. But I never thought I would actually get to play with them."

And Singer made Logan's dream come true when he invited him to take over on Friday night. Logan adds: "After a song ended, Eric asked Gene and Paul if I could come up and he told them he knew me and he promised them that it would be good." Read more and check out video here.

Motley Crue The Subject Of New Comic Book

Motley Crue are the subject of a comic book that chronicles their formation and the peak of their notoriety. Motley Crue: Livin' The Fast Life is produced as part of the Orbit series by Storm Entertainment and is illustrated by Jayfri Hashim, who also wrote the story with help from Michael Frizell.

Hashim, a native of Singapore, and Frizell, a lecturer at Missouri State University, have previously collaborated on several projects. Frizell says: "Jayfri has an enthusiasm for American rock bands unlike anyone I've ever met. He's a walking encyclopaedia of song lyrics and facts."

The comic is said to "highlight some of the more fanciful aspects of Crue's mythology." Storm Entertainment president Darren G Davis says: "Comics can promote literacy. Once, I was a reluctant reader, but comic books fired my imagination, the combination of striking visuals and succinct narration compelled me to learn to read. However, this particular comic book is aimed at adults." Read more here.

David Gilmour Announce European Summer Tour

David Gilmour has announced dates for a summer tour of Europe. The Pink Floyd guitarist will perform 13 shows in support of his latest solo album, "Rattle That Lock", starting June 25 in Wroclaw, Poland.

The summer run will be followed by a previously announced four-night stand at London's Royal Albert Hall, where Gilmour played five nights last fall.

The guitarist recently performed his first solo tour of South America, and will begin his 2016 concert dates in North America with a pair of shows in Los Angeles late next month. Read more including the dates here.

Janis Joplin Documentary Receives Theatrical Release In The UK

Acclaimed documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue will run in a select number of UK and Ireland cinemas form this week. The film, directed by Amy J Berg, presents a portrait of Janis Joplin and features archive footage alongside Janis's personal correspondence.

The fill also features new interviews with her family, childhood friends, musical associates and colleagues including Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and TV host Dick Cavett. Janis: Little Girl Blue is produced by Alex Gibney and narrated by musician Cat Power. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival last September.

After a special screening in London tonight (February 2), it opens at cinemas in the capital, Dublin, Manchester, Cardiff and Wallingford on Friday (February 5) and will then also run in Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield, Bristol, Brighton and Cambridge from February 12. Read more and watch the trailer here.


Def Leppard Postpone Tour For Medical Reasons

Def Leppard announced on Monday that they have been forced to postpone the remaining dates for their winter tour of the U.S. in support of their recently released self-titled album.

The band had previously canceled the kick off dates for the trek last week due to frontman Joe Elliott falling ill. He was previously sidelined on the band's Hysteria On The High Seas due to severe laryngitis.

Now the band revealed that they have been forced to postpone all of the dates from tonight's show in San Antonio until February 17th in Allentown, PA "due to illness."

Drummer Rick Allen told fans via his Twitter account on Sunday, "The Doctor basically said that if Joe continues to sing without resting his throat for a month he might do permanent damage."

February 02, 2016 - San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center)
February 03, 2016 - Lafayette, LA (Lafayette Cajundome)
February 05, 2016 - Corpus Christi, TX (American Bank Center Arena)
February 06, 2016 - Hidalgo, TX (State Farm Arena)
February 09, 2016 - Little Rock, AR (Verizon Arena)
February 10, 2016 - Bossier City, LA (CenturyLink Center)
February 13, 2016 - Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
February 14, 2016 - Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall)
February 16, 2016 - Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)
February 17, 2016 - Allentown, PA (PPL Center)

Former Bowie Keys Player Rick Wakeman Releases Piano Version of Life on Mars in Aid of Macmillan

“It was obvious from the listeners’ response to Rick playing ‘Life On Mars’ on Radio 2 Drivetime last Monday, that they wanted to own a copy of this beautiful piece of music, as well as make a contribution. With Rick releasing this new recording it’s a perfect way to do that.” 

BBC Radio 2 presenter, Simon Mayo: 

London, UK - Following the overwhelming response to Rick Wakeman’s piano tribute to David Bowie, Rick has recorded new piano versions of both Life on Mars and Space Oddity with royalties going to Macmillan Cancer Support. The tracks are now available from Amazon, as well as iTunes and Tesco.

Rick, a close friend who worked with Bowie, was the pianist on the original 1971 release of Life On Mars and appeared on BBC Radio 2 last Monday (11th January) on the day of Bowie’s death, to play his own tribute to the star. The video of his emotional performance has since been viewed over 2 million times on the BBC Radio 2 website and after receiving thousands of requests from fans, Rick headed back into the studio to re-record the tracks which include Life on Mars, Space Oddity and Always Together.

Rick said: "I feel extremely fortunate to be able to release my piano version of David Bowie’s Life On Mars and Space Oddity, both of which I performed on the original releases. I think it’s very apt for the proceeds to go to Macmillan, a charity that is so crucial to so many people. I witnessed this first hand when I lost my mother to cancer and the work they do comes from the heart and is truly priceless.

“Whilst some amazing advances in medicine mean that some form of cancers have a very high survival rate and indeed prolonged life in others, with all cancers it is a very tough time for both the patient and their loved ones. Hopefully the songs will not only be a fitting tribute to David, but will also raise some money to help Macmillan with the wonderful work they do, ensuring no-one faces cancer alone.”

Jane Maher, Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “We were so very sad to hear the news about David Bowie and our thoughts are with his family and friends. Sadly the number of people with cancer in the UK is growing rapidly and half of us will face a cancer diagnosis at some point in our lives, so it has never been more important that everyone gets the emotional, practical, physical and financial support they need. We want people to feel comfortable talking openly about what they’re going through with friends, family and experts or - through our online community – other people whose lives have been affected by cancer.

“We know that music is something that not only brings people together, but also helps them through difficult times and so we are deeply grateful that Rick has decided to donate the proceeds from these tracks to Macmillan. The money raised will help us to continue to offer a range of support for anyone affected by cancer.”

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(New York, NY) - New wave icon/synth pioneer Howard Jones and his full high-tech band will return to the United States this summer as special guests for the extensive Last Summer On Earth tour with Barenaked Ladies and OMD.  The tour is sure to be a fan favorite presenting much-loved hits from several decades; it kicks off at The Cabooze in Minneapolis, MN on June 3rd.  Please see below for tour dates, with additional tour dates to be added.  Howard is supported by Jonathan Atkinson on electric drums and Robbie Bronnimann on sequencing and additional keyboards. 

Electronic music pioneer Howard Jones has been a constant presence on the international touring scene for the past three decades, playing both intimate solo shows and dates with his full high-tech band set-up.  His most recent offering is ENGAGE, an entirely fan-funded visually-stunning multi-media project.  It is Howard Jones' most ambitious work to date, incorporating specially-commissioned visuals with music and an interactive live show.  ENGAGE is inspired by such diverse musical genres as electronica, contemporary classical and pop, fusing this audio mélange with other visual and literary arts such as ballet, modern dance and philosophy.  ENGAGE was performed in London, Los Angeles and New York and is available now as a DVD/CD package. 

Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene in 1983, with his very English songwriting and pioneering synthesizers. His first two albums HUMAN'S LIB and DREAM INTO ACTION were worldwide hits.  HUMAN'S LIB reached #1 in 1984 in the UK and featured the hits "New Song," and "What Is Love?"  In 1985, Jones released the follow-up, DREAM INTO ACTION, which quickly became a Top Ten Platinum album in the United States and featured the smashes: "Things Can Only Get Better," "Life In One Day," "No One Is To Blame," and "Like To Get To Know You Well."  Howard Jones has sold over 8 million albums worldwide and continues to make new music and tour the world.  

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BOSTON celebrates 4 decades with 2016 North American Tour


BOSTON celebrates 4 decades with 2016 North American Tour

Forty years ago, February 1st 1976, the amazing story of the iconic band BOSTON officially began when Tom Scholz and Brad Delp signed their recording contract with Epic Records.  Their first album, Boston, would quickly become the best selling debut album in history, and its founder Tom Scholz would become recognized for his charitable work, promotion of higher education, and technical innovation.

BOSTON recordings are known for their sonic purity and massive "cathedral of sound" (Cameron Crowe, Rolling Stone), thanks to Scholz' novel arranging, production, and instrumental performances, and Delp's artfully layered vocals.

Back in 1976 no one could have guessed that two unknown writer/performers were about to create albums that would eventually sell over 30 million copies.  The phenomenon surprised Scholz as well as the staff of Epic Records, at a time when the industry was caught up in the 70s disco bubble.  However, the popular description of the debut album as an overnight success, a "Cinderella story," could not have been farther from the truth.

For six long years Scholz worked as a design engineer for Polaroid during the daytime and then went to work at night in his home studio, writing, recording, engineering, performing - even inventing novel musical equipment - that would eventually bring the "BOSTON" sound to life.  But BOSTON almost never saw the light of day.  By the end of 1975, after so many years of exhausting work and spent savings, Scholz had decided it was time to accept defeat, dismantle his studio, and sell his equipment.  He then completed his planned final demo, almost as a formality, and suddenly everything changed.  That demo was "More than a Feeling."

Scholz' inspired compositions, musical instinct as a multi-instrumentalist, and technical wizardry, complimented by Delp's stratospheric vocals, created a new sound that many other groups and their record labels tried to imitate.  Following BOSTON's success, Scholz felt a new obligation as a role model, and has used BOSTON's popularity to promote education, empathy, and a healthy lifestyle.  He has donated millions of dollars to organizations that fight animal cruelty, feed the homeless, and help children.   Both Delp and guitarist Gary Pihl, a 30 year veteran of the band, also made substantial donations to these causes.  Under his direction, the band's tours have raised money and awareness for numerous causes including National Hospice, Sierra Club, Shriner's Hospital for Children, Sea Shepherds, and AIDS relief. 

Today BOSTON is recognized for the technical excellence of its live productions, the outstanding performance of its talented band members on stage, and their uncanny ability to reproduce all the unique sounds of their studio albums without the use of prerecorded material.  For their 2016 "Four Decades Tour" BOSTON will delight their audiences with a high energy set of their well- known hits plus extended live arrangements, accompanied as always by their own unique visual stage presentation.  The tour finale will feature a return to their first ever headline venue in the city of Boston at the Boston Music Hall, now known as the Wang Center.

Dates to be announced, check  and for show dates as they are confirmed.


You simply can't argue with the list of legendary artists that the members of Radio Exile have either performed on stage or in the studio with - Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Hall and Oates, Allison Krauss, Billy Idol, John Waite, members of Pink Floyd, Styx, Journey, Van Halen, the Rolling Stones, and Black Sabbath. And working with these renowned names has obviously rubbed off on their sound, as evidenced by the unmistakably classic rock sounds heard throughout their self-titled album, and their recently released video, for the track "No Pity on the Highway”:

Charlie states, "'No Pity on the Highway' just kind of captures that great classic rock sound of the late 70’s, with Dave’s Bonham-esque intro and Kenny and Jimmy’s great guitar riffing." Chandler adds, "It makes you feel as if you were rolling down the highway, so the lyrics kind of developed out of that, but kind of taking on life as being the highway that you are travelling down."

Comprised of members Chandler Mogel (Lead and Backing Vocals), Charlie Calv (Piano, Keyboards), Jimmy Leahey (Guitars, Backing Vocals), Kenny Aaronson (Bass), and Dave Anthony (Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals), the group has enlisted the help of such studio vets as Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Steve DeAcutis (Vanilla Fudge, Cyndi Lauper, Corey Glover, etc...), producer/A&R man Steve Lunt (Britney Spears, ‘NSync , Joan Jett ,etc...), and mastering engineer Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Train, Pete Townsend, etc....).

And the music press has already taken a liking to this fast-rising band, as evidenced by the following glowing quotes:

"Occasionally something will sneak up and hit you so hard you wonder 'where the hell did that come from'?....If there is a 'must have' album this year, here you have it boys and girls." ROCKTOPIA (UK)

"You’ve got to hand it to Charlie Calv...he delivers classic melodic rock unstoppable tour de melodic force. A terrific debut album from the guys, with a major   production and some very memorable songs." MELODICROCK (AUSTRALIA)

"The buzz in melodic rock circles round Radio Exile has become so loud over recent weeks.... one of the better melodic rock acts to arrive this year" SEA OF TRANQUILITY (USA)

Undoubtedly, the praise will soon translate to connecting with the rock masses, and Radio Exile's self-titled debut is the perfect introduction.

'Radio Exile' Tracklisting:
High Road, High Price
No Pity on the Highway
Feels Like Home
Higher Than the Sun
Hang On
Starting Over
Down In a Hole
A Cross on Stone
Road to Exile







The updated line-up for the inaugural MOONSTONE MUSIC FESTIVAL will include performances from Evanescence, AWOLNATION, Best Coast, Buckcherry, Kansas, Queensryche and many more.  Set to debut April 30 and May 1, 2016 in Orlando, FL at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, these acts join previously announced headliners KISS, along with full sets from DEF LEPPARD, KANSAS, FLAMING LIPS, VINTAGE TROUBLE, SEBASTIAN BACH, WHITE BUFFALO, SCOTT STAPP, SURFER BLOOD, and RAVENEYE at the multi-stage, live music celebration featuring five unique performance areas featuring an eclectic array of music and comedy. 

The updated MOONSTONE music line-up (as of February 2nd is as follows):
* KISS * Def Leppard * Flaming Lips * Evanescence * AWOLNATION * Best Coast * Buckcherry * Kansas * Queensryche * Scott Stapp * Stone Foxes * Wolf Alice *Sebastian Bach * White Buffalo * Steel Panther * Vintage Trouble * Raveneye * Live * Girlpool * John & Jacob * Eternal Summers * Elliot Root * Civil Twilight * John Moreland Surfer Blood * Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown * The Coathangers * Baskery *Hollis Brown * All Them Witches * Andrew Watt * Jane Lee Hooker * Creem Circus *Beebs & Her Moneymakers * Shotgun Betty * AMFMS * The Mud Flappers *Kaleigh Baker * AfroWhitey * Beartoe * Airsickness * Ashland *Sunghosts * Bloody Jug Band * The Groove Orient * Josh Hastick * Big Jesus *The Hitchhiker * Room Full Of Strangers * Mike Dunn * January May *Conrad Oberg * Gritt * Janani * Best Behavior * Jacie & The Knick-Knacks * 

In the comedy realm, MOONSTONE will showcase a comedic sampling of rock-friendly talent including Jim Florentine, Jim Norton, Judah Friedlander, Tom Segura, Nate Bargazte, Brent Morin and Stump The Trunk w/ Eddie Trunk Live!

Beyond the performances, MOONSTONE will stimulate the soul, delivering positive emotions, passion and a party/celebratory spirit for festival goers all while paying homage to the Rock Gods. The outdoor weekend-long event is timed to take advantage of the perfect weather that Florida offers at the beginning of the U.S. festival season.  From the minute attendees enter the transformed Central Florida Fairgrounds, they'll be met with a colorful, atmospheric festival site and they'll be engaged in a stimulating layout offering a variety of entertainment options featuring rock music of all genres, comedy, side show attractions and live art, along with an astounding variety of food offerings and an eclectic market place.

Ticketing packages include Moonstone General Admission:  $229; Rock N Roll All Nite VIP package for $690 (includes access to multiple VIP areas and unlimited sponsored beverages within VIP areas, exclusive priority entrance, FREE VIP on site parking, exclusive multiple stage viewing, shaded and relaxed lounge seating); Teen Pass [10-17 only]  $127; Lets Get Rocked VIP Package:  $1500 (all VIP amenities, plus meet the Promoter With an Exclusive Private Tour of the Festival, Attend a VIP Early Access Private Event Friday, April 29, with Special Guests, Exclusive Access to the Stage Right Club Includes [Your Choice (1) Lunch or Dinner, Exclusive Private Bathrooms, Souvenir Festival T-Shirt and Lanyard]); Rock The Boat VIP:  $6,400 (All Lets Get Rocked VIP amenities, plus the ability to dock your boat at the MOONSTONE Custom Built Stage Two Slip, two VIP All Access Weekend Passes, plus the ability to purchase two Tag Along Passes: $500.00 [each two maximum]); GLAMP IT VIP:  $7,400 (All Lets Get Rocked VIP amenities including two VIP All Access Weekend Passes, plus the ability to purchase two (maximum) Tag Along Passes: $500.00, plus on-site Personal, Luxury, Air Conditioned RV [includes VIP Parking at RV Site]); ALMOST FAMOUS VIP:  $16,500 (All Lets Get Rocked VIP amenities, four all access festival passes, plus the ability to live like a rock star on your private air-conditioned luxury tour bus located in the artist compound, complete with your personal rider, full access to Mainstage Private Viewing Deck, exclusive MEET and GREET with the headliner of your choice, meals provided throughout the weekend, 24/7 on Call Liaison/Concierge, airport transfers to and from the venue).  Additional details including information on payment plans can be found here.  Please note:  children under 10 are FREE (one per adult).

Initial 2016 MOONSTONE sponsors include Full Sail University and Yuengling Beer.  For the most up-to-date information, please click here.



Madame Mayhem is one of the most striking rock performers to come along in some time - as seen in the new official video for the song "Left For Dead." Created by Industrialism Films, the clip can be viewed via this link:

"Left For Dead" comes from the album, 'Now You Know,' and was written by Corey Lowery and Madame Mayhem. According to the singer, "'Left For Dead' expresses the struggle of both a tumultuous relationship, and internal conflict with yourself to not be held down and to move forward."

Also upcoming is a string of dates in February and March opening up for the one and only Doro, including stops in Tampa, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Poughkeepsie, among other locations. "Really excited to be heading out on the road with Doro," says Madame Mayhem. "Can't wait to give the audiences shows to remember."

'Now You Know' features a powerhouse team of rock talent including Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs), who produced and played on the album, Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses), Russ Parrish (“Satchel” from Steel Panther), and Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo).

Billy Sheehan on Madame Mayhem's new record :

The album has also received rave reviews from the likes of Rock Revolt ("With the types of songs this fantastic group created and the vocal approach Madame painted over each track I have to say we have a winner") and Hard Rock Haven ("Hopefully this album is the start of something big! Madame Mayhem’s Now You Know is highly recommended for fans of hard rock and melodic metal!"), among other outlets.
Madame Mayhem dates opening for Doro:
February 27th, 2016   Tampa, FL               The Orpheum    
February 28th, 2016   Winter Park, FL       The Haven    
March 1st, 2016          Atlanta, GA             Variety Playhouse    
March 2nd, 2016         Charlotte, NC          Amos Southend
March 4th, 2016          Amityville, NY          Revolution    
March 5th, 2016          Poughkeepsie, NY  The Chance    
March 6th, 2016          Elmhurst, NY           Blackthorn 51



Frontiers Music Srl is truly excited to announce the return of the mighty TREAT with their brand new, kick ass album entitled “Ghost of Graceland”! It will be released on April 15th

Building on the success of their last album ”Coup de Grace” (2010), hailed by both fans and critics as a masterpiece, Treat is releasing an album packed with reflective, soul searching songs dressed in devilishly seductive yet hard hitting melodic rock.

 “This is where we are today. As a band, as musicians, songwriters and individuals. It’s a statement: this is us in 2016”, says main songwriter and guitarist Anders Wikström.

 ”Ghost of Graceland”, produced by long time TREAT fan and respected writer/producer Peter Mansson and co-produced by Anders Wikström, showcases a band with a thirty plus career, that are hungrier and more energetic than ever!

 To achieve the organic, pure, bold, (somewhat) cocky, contemporary sound with melodies and choruses to die for that they were going for, the band took a step back. Says Anders Wikström: ”It’s a musical as well as a personal soul searching. We traced us back to our roots, the music and the heroes that got us dreaming back in the 70’s: KISS, Van Halen, Sweet, Deep Purple and UFO. An era where music and musicianship really mattered and rock ’n’ roll was a matter of life or death.” TREAT got in the time machine and retrieved all that restless energy. But ”Ghost of Graceland”, with all it’s delicious, action packed and hook ladden melodic rock that could soundtrack a party, also sees a band that reflects on their personal lives.

 ”Ghost of Graceland” is Anders Wikström’s take on the world: both his own and the bands personal journeys, and perspective on modern life in general. ”I really wanted to express what goes on in my mind and talk about relationships, politics, economics and the choices we make. The title song is a metaphor… paradise or prison? It´s up to you to decide."

 ”I Don’t Miss the Misery” tells the story of a man on the brink of madness, going through hell and he finally sees the light; perspective changes in a crisis and you find new kicks in life. In ”Do Your Own Stunts”, which musically is in the same vein as the classic ”Get You On The Run”, Anders writes about a father trying to teach his kids how to live their lives to the fullest, and ”Together Alone” is a heartbreaking and powerful ballad, that sees Anders singing lead vocals for the first time. But, it wouldn’t be a TREAT album without a kick ass, Friday-night-let’s party-and-get-too-wild song: ”Too Late To Die Young” is a tongue in cheek classic rocker, with some clever name checking.

 Robert Ernlund (vocals), Anders Wikström (Guitars and backing vocals), Patrick Appelgren (keyboards, guitar and backing vocals), Jamie Borger (drums) and new bass player Pontus Egberg (King Diamond) are a powerhouse. Pontus replaces the band’s songwriting partner Fredrik Thomander who has also been performing live with the band since 2013. ”When we started working on this album and in need of a permanent replacement on bass, Pontus was the only guy we had in mind. He´s a good friend of ours and a fantastic musician and live performer. He and Jamie just blow the roof off together on this new album!” 

We’re doing what we love. We’re proudly flying the flag for hard and melodic rock. Honestly, this is a very, very good TREAT album”, says Anders Wikström. TREAT are proud, confident and hungry for more!

“Ghost of Graceland” tracklisting:
1. Ghost Of Graceland
2. I Don’t Miss The Misery
3. Better The Devil You Know
4. Do Your Own Stunts
5. Endangered
6. Inferno
7. Alien Earthlings
8. Nonstop Madness
9. Too Late To Die Young
10. House On Fire
11. Together Alone
12. Everything To Everyone

- Robert Ernlund – lead vocals
- Anders Wikström – lead guitars and background vocals (lead vocals on “Together Alone”)
- Patrick Appelgren – keyboards, guitars and background vocals
- Pontus Egberg – bass guitar
- Jamie Borger – drums




Legendary rock group FOREIGNER will release their first-ever live acoustic album, IN CONCERT.UNPLUGGED on February 5, 2016.   The band’s royalties will be donated to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the album is available exclusively via Amazon, with a special pre-order promotion kicking off on Monday, January 25, 2016 at

FOREIGNER recorded this unique acoustic album at a concert hosted by Edsel B. Ford II on August 24, 2015 at the Ford Motor Company Conference & Event Center in Detroit, MI immediately following the band’s record-breaking 10-show stand with Kid Rock at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. The sold-out trek with Kid Rock introduced well over half a million new fans to FOREIGNER’s nine Top 10 hits during each tour stellar performance. Foreigner will appear on “The Today Show” on Thursday, February 11 to premiere songs from the new album and announce upcoming tour dates. 

To coincide with the album release, FOREIGNER will bring its IN CONCERT.UNPLUGGED show to select venues including a special event at New York’s famed Lincoln Theater on February 17th. This tour is a prelude to a soon to be announced national tour in the fall with a grand finale at The Carnegie Hall in October.  Audiences will have an intimate experience witnessing masterful performances of such fan favorites as “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and many more. See below for initial tour dates.

FOREIGNER is on a major roll right now with streams and downloads soaring after their worldwide #1 hit “I Want To Know What Love Is” was featured as the 2015 season finale end title of “Orange Is The New Black.” FOREIGNER hits have also recently been included in such primetime TV shows as “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” among others. 

Foreigner is Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, flute, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards,vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar, vocals) and Chris Frazier (drums). 

Here’s the complete track listing for IN CONCERT.UNPLUGGED:
1. Double Vision
2. Say You Will
3. Waiting For A Girl Like You
4. When It Comes To Love
5. Fool For You Anyway
6. Dirty White Boy
7. Cold As ice
8. Feels Like The First Time
9. Juke Box Hero
10. I Want To Know What Love Is
11. Hot Blooded (bonus track) 

DATE               CITY                            VENUE
Thu 2/11          Westbury, NY               Theatre at Westbury
Sat 2/13           Port Chester, NY          Capitol Theatre
Sun 2/14          Morristown, NJ              Mayo PAC
Mon 2/15         Red Bank, NJ               Count Basie Theatre
Wed 2/17         New York, NY               Lincoln Center – Appel Room
Fri 2/19             Clearwater, FL              Capital Theatre
Sat 2/20           Jacksonville, FL             Florida Theatre 

For band bios:  More on the band’s website,

Megadeth Score Highest Chart Debut Since 'Countdown To Extinction'

Megadeth have scored a top US debut with their latest album, "Dystopia." Billboard reports the band's 15th studio release enters the Billboard 200 at No. 3 with opening week sales of 49,000 equivalent album units.

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).

"Dystopia" is the group's highest US charting album since 1992's "Countdown To Extinction" debuted and peaked at No. 2 upon its release. The follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider" features new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God following the fall 2014 departure of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover. Read more and watch the video for the title track here.

 Guns N' Roses Has Nothing To Do With Reported Video Shoot

As suspected, we received word that the video shoot being cast has nothing to do with the legendary hard rock band Guns N' Roses but is for a hip-hop group making a video for a track possibly called Guns N Roses.

The news of the video shoot spread over the weekend after a UK casting agency put out a notice looking for two "kidnapping bad ass chicks" (ages 18 to 26) to appear in a video.

The notice was clearly labeled in a tweet to the casting information "PAID JOB: GUNS N ROSES, LONDON #actor #actingjob #musicvideo" but the description went on to say "This is a narrative film for hip hop group."

The identity of the group was not disclosed but the headline of the notice was made to appear that it was for Guns N' Roses. antiMusic was informed by the band's camp that they have nothing to do with video shoot and it appears that it is for a video by this unknown hip-hop group for a song called "Guns N Roses", totally unrelated to the famed band that recently announced a reunion with several members of the original lineup.

Classic Queen Song Featured In Super Bowl Commercial

Queen's 1976 classic, "Somebody To Love", provides the soundtrack to a Super Bowl 50 commercial for the 2017 Honda Ridegline truck and video of the ad has been posted online ahead of the big game.

Directed by Bryan Buckley of production house Hungry Man, Adweek reports the ad promotes the new Ridgeline's truck-bed audio system, which uses so-called "exciters" to turn the whole bed into a giant outdoor speaker.

"It's a very unique feature," explains Honda's AVP of Marketing Tom Peyton. "Nobody else has it. And it's a little tough to communicate - although we will in some advertising later this spring, when the truck's at the dealers.

"It's not actually speakers. It's 'exciters' that makes the whole bed a speaker. It's pretty cool. … It would make a great tailgate vehicle." Watch the ad and the official video for the track here.

Motorhead Share Behind-The-Scenes Look At Last Music Video

Motorhead have released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video for "When The Sky Comes Looking For You", the latest track issued from their final album, "Bad Magic."

Directed by award-winning photographer Pep Bonet, the clip was filmed over two days in Palma de Mallorca with extras who had applied to be part of the filming after Bonet made an online appeal.

"It is Bonet's first music video piece," says the band, "and from its Sam Peckinpah' like approach to the calm mystery of actor Santi Oliver, the style, frame and intriguingly off-kilter atmosphere all encapsulate the best elements of Bonet's photography."

"Bad Magic" scored the band's highest US chart position in Motorhead's career, debuting at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 11,000 copies upon its release in August.

Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister passed away at his Los Angeles home on December 28, just four days after his 70th birthday. The legendary rocker's death certificate listed prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure as the official causes of death. Watch the video clip here.

David Bowie Wanted His Ashes To Be Scattered In Bali

David Bowie requested that his ashes be scattered in Bali as part of a Buddhist ritual, according to paperwork filed in New York. Bowie's will was entered at a Manhattan court last week under the singer's legal name, David Robert Jones.

He died on January 10 at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. His body was cremated in New York two days later. The will also reveals he left behind an estate worth $100million (£70m), half of which will go to his widow Iman.

The rest will be split between his children Duncan and Alexandria Zahra Jones. Bowie's personal assistant Corinne Schwab was left $2m and $1m was given to a former nanny, Marion Skene. Read more here

Vince Neil Confirmed For Celebrity Apprentice

Vince Neil has signed up to take part in the next season of The Celebrity Apprentice. The show - which began filming on Monday - will air for six weeks in the US on NBC this autumn.

The Motley Crue singer will be among 16 contestants, with UFC star Chael Sonnen, Jersey Shore's Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila also taking part.

The show sees celebs compete for a cash prize that will go to the winner's nominated charities. Neil is representing the Las Vegas-based Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health.

He tells the Las Vegas Sun: "I'll be raising money for great Las Vegas causes, so I hope the entire valley-wide community will be supporting whatever it is we have to tackle.

"I've set myself a record target of $1million and have begun reaching out to my rock star and country star friends to support me once the challenges get underway." Read more here.

Bad Company New Album Report Dubious

Is Bad Company really recording a new album with original vocalist Paul Rodgers? Probably not, when you consider the source, a site called MediaMass.

Social media lit up with reports over the weekend that the band was in the studio with their original vocalist for the first time in 35 years recording a 'back-to-roots album,' and that a tour was being planned for 2017. The site also claimed as many as eight songs had been recorded and that there was security on the doors to ensure no news got out.

But if you check out other stories on the site, you'll find a virtually word-for-word article about Billy Swan. And Morrissey. And Led Zeppelin. And Van Halen. Read more here.

Pink Floyd Icon Syd Barrett The Subject Of New Play

Late Pink Floyd star Syd Barrett is to be the subject of a play by Scottish author and playwright Alan Bissett. Bissett has been commissioned by the Scottish Mental Health Arts And Film Festival to write the play about Barrett, who left Floyd in 1968 and died in 2006 of pancreatic cancer.

His play, called One Thinks Of It All As A Dream, will run at this year's event which is held from October 10 to 31. It'll premiere at Glasgow's Oran Mor in October, before touring to the Traverse in Edinburgh and the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.

Bissett tells the Herald: "At the centre of it is a man in pain. Syd Barrett is unique in rock'n'roll history, and certainly haunted Pink Floyd's music after he left.

"There's no figure quite like him - which is itself attractive to a dramatist - but I also wanted to explore his multi-faceted character. He was by turns charismatic, selfish, principled and vulnerable." Read more here.

Blackberry Smoke 'Ain't Much Left Of Me' Live Video Released

Music City Roots have launched a live clip showcasing Blackberry Smoke playing their track Ain't Much Left Of Me. The band played the US venue recently, and performed the track which featured on their 2014 album The Whippoorwill.The band say: "For those of you that couldn't join us for Music City Roots, check out Ain't Much Left Of Me." Blackberry Smoke are currently on the road across the US and head to Australia next month in support of their most recent album Holding All The Roses, released last year via Rounder.

They'll return to the UK in June for an appearance at the TeamRock-sponsored Stone Free Festival at London's O2 on June 18 and 19. Watch the video clip here.

Marillion Add New Legs To 2016 Tour

Marillion have added more dates to their 2016 tour itinerary. Last month Steve Hogarth and co revealed a run of shows across North America in support of what will be the band's 18th studio album.

Now they've revealed appearances across Europe and South America. The follow-up to 2012's Sounds That Can't Be Made is currently available to pre-order through the band's PledgeMusic page in a variety of packages.

In January, the band said the new material was "in good shape" and revealed they had six working titles: The Leavers, El Dorado, Class, Things Buried, New Kings and Melt Our Guns.

The band will play this year's TeamRock-sponsored Stone Free Festival, which takes place at London's O2 on June 18 and 19. See all of the tour dates here.

Magnum Release 'Crazy Old Mothers' Video

Magnum have released a video for Crazy Old Mothers. It's the first track the band have issued from their upcoming album Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies, out on February 26 via Steamhammer/SPV.

Guitarist Tony Clarkin says: "The song is about working in a job you hate, when you had such big plans for yourself but you were too scared to take a chance and follow them through."

Magnum will embark on a UK and European tour starting in April in support of the album, which is available for pre-order on digipak/DVD, 2LP coloured vinyl, CD and digital formats. Watch the new video here.

Extended Van Halen Super Bowl Commercial Goes Online

Acura have released an extended version of their upcoming Super Bowl commercial that features the 1978 Van Halen classic "Runnin' With The Devil."

The ad for the 2017 Acura NSX high-end sports car marks the first time that the California band has licensed the song for commercial use. Acura bills the new vehicle as the "only so-called supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S."

"Ultimately we knew that we wanted this to be a rock song," says Leila Cesario, the national advertising manager for American Honda's Acura division. "The Super Bowl is a big American platform. It needed a big American band that screams excitement."

The commercial's soundtrack features the isolated vocal tracks of singer David Lee Roth along with instrumental segments of "Runnin' With The Devil", the second single issued from Van Halen's groundbreaking 1978 self-titled debut album. Watch the video here.

Black Sabbath Postpone Farewell Tour Dates Due To Ozzy Illness

Black Sabbath have postponed a pair of Canadian dates on their recently-launched farewell tour as frontman Ozzy Osbourne has taken ill. The news came just hours before the group's January 30 show at Rexall Place in Edmonton, while Calgary's February 1 concert has also been delayed.

"Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy Osbourne, the shows in both Edmonton and Calgary have been postponed," announced the band and promoter Live Nation via social media. "Details regarding rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as they are available."
The next scheduled date on Black Sabbath's 6-week North American tour is scheduled for February 3 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. The group launched its farewell tour - a.k.a. "The End" - in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20.

Osbourne's voice was shaky on opening night, according to Kevin Coffey of "Singer Ozzy Osbourne's voice wasn't great," he writes. "It wasn't awful, really. It simply wasn't very good. On Wednesday, he was sometimes flat. He was sometimes pitchy, occasionally off-key. He almost never hit the notes he was looking for. It was the first show of the tour, so maybe his voice will warm up." Read more including the band's tweet here.

Guns N' Roses Filming New Video?

The reunited Guns N' Roses will reportedly film a new video in London this week. A UK network called Casting Call Pro has posted an online ad for two "kidnapping bad ass chicks" (ages 18 to 26) to appear in a Guns 'n' Roses video shoot on February 6.

The post reads PAID JOB: GUNS N ROSES, LONDON. But then says, "This is a narrative film for hip hop group. The video follows the artist who has been kidnapped by a gang of female kick ass bad chicks. The film is 'Oceans 11/12/13' meets 'Reservoir Dogs' with slick cuts, split screen, etc.

"2 female kidnappers take the artist hostage and set up a ransom video where the artist performs into. The 2 female kidnappers will wear balaclavas and knee length bomber jackets, which will be provided. The hostages are are kick ass gun wielding bad girls."

As expected, Guns N' Roses have not publicly confirmed any plans for the possible video shoot ahead of the group's 2016 reunion tour launch in Las Vegas in April. Read more here

Original Jefferson Airplane Singer Signe Anderson Dead At 74

Original Jefferson Airplane vocalist Signe Anderson died last Thursday (Jan. 28) at the age of 74 - the same day bandmate and guitarist Paul Kanter passed away.

"One sweet Lady has passed on," wrote Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin on Facebook. "I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said 'Hey what are you doing here? Let's start a band.'"

"She was a real sweetheart with a terrific contralto voice coming from a solid folk background," posted Airplane bassist Jack Casady on Facebook. "Listen to how she made the three part harmonies of 'JA Takes Off' (first album) sound so thick … her wonderful tone between Paul's and Marty's."

"Signe was one of the strongest people I have ever met," wrote Airplane lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen on his blog. "She was our den mother in the early days of the Airplane … a voice of reason on more occasions than one … an important member of our dysfunctional little family." Read more here.

KISS Star Gene Simmons Grants Dying Teen's Final Wish

KISS icon Gene Simmons granted a dying teenager's wish by visiting him in his hospital bed. The bassist and singer spent time with 17-year-old Dilan Kohn at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Children's Hospital of Nevada in Las Vegas last week. Dilan died a few days after Simmons' visit, but staff have thanked him for making the youngster's dream come true.

A statement from staff at University Medical Center, where the Children's Hospital is based, says: "Last week, one of our patients, Dilan Kohn, got his final wish. The critically ill 17-year-old desperately wanted to meet and hang out with the rock'n'roll musician, Gene Simmons, from the band Kiss.

"Mr Simmons had not only been Dilan's idol, but also his inspiration growing up. Mr Simmons was sent an email request last Thursday afternoon and flew into Vegas the next morning. He showed up with a big bag full of signed memorabilia just for Dilan.

"The two hung out, shared stories and laughed together for well over an hour while staff looked on with tears in their eyes. Thank you Mr. Simmons for making this wish come true just in time.

"Unfortunately Dilan passed away peacefully a couple days later." See the online post along with photos here.

Former Dio And Rainbow Star Jimmy Bain's Cause Of Death Revealed

Last In Line bassist Jimmy Bain's cause of death has been confirmed as lung cancer. The former Dio and Rainbow man died on January 23 onboard Def Leppard's Hysteria On The High Seas cruising festival where Last In Line were due to perform. He was 68.

His bandmate Vinny Appice says Bain didn't even know he had lung cancer and that he was receiving treatment for pneumonia when he died. Appice adds: "The medical examiner report states the official cause of death was lung cancer. Jimmy didn't know he had lung cancer, but he did know he had pneumonia and was receiving treatment for it.

"This didn't stop him or slow him down, we had four rehearsals four hours a day, then a flight to Miami for the Def Leppard rock cruise. A pre-sail gig and sound check was scheduled for the following day. At the gig Jimmy played great and even sang that night while holding a heavy bass guitar on his back, never complaining or asking for help.

"Next day we preceded to board the cruise ship for a five-day voyage of which we were scheduled to play Sunday, the fourth day. That gig never happened as Jimmy passed away in his cabin the night before. We were devastated." Read more here.

Ace Frehley Announces Spring Tour

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has announced that he will be launching a US tour this spring. Shows begin in Houston, TX on February 26 and run into mid-April.

Frehley has been working on all-star covers album as the follow-up to 2014's "Space Invader." "The album's going to be about my influences," says Frehley. "I'm probably going to do a Rolling Stones song, a Who song, possibly a Led Zeppelin song, maybe a Beatles song. Stuff from bands that I grew up on and greatly influenced me. Those are the songs I'd redo, besides vintage Kiss stuff and a Frehley's Comet track."

Slash joined the guitarist in the studio last summer to help record a Thin Lizzy classic, while other anticipated guests include Lita Ford, John 5, and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam.

Frehley's first new album in five years, "Space Invader" scored a US Top 10 debut when it entered the Billboard 200 at No. 9 with opening-week sales of 19,000. See the dates here.

David Bowie's Blackstar Remains At No. 1 In The UK

David Bowie's "Blackstar" has topped the charts for a third straight week as the late singer continues to dominate UK music sales in 2016. Bowie also has another 6 albums on the charts - with 18 in the UK Top 100.

The Official Charts Company reports the project is one of five Bowie albums in the Top 10, including 2002's "Best Of Bowie" at No. 3, 2014's "Nothing Has Changed" at No. 5, 1971's "Hunky Dory" climbs three places to No. 9, and 1972's "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" jumps nine spots to No. 10.

The feat means Bowie is the first act to score five albums in the Top 10 since Michael Jackson managed six in 2009 after his passing. With seven more records in the Top 40 bringing his total to 12, the rocker ties Elvis Presley's UK chart record for simultaneous Top 40 entries, which the King achieved following his death in 1977. Read more here.

Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner Dead At 74

Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner died Thursday at the age of 74. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Kantner passed away from multiple organ failure and septic shock following a heart attack earlier this week.

The guitarist had a string of health problems in recent years, including a heart attack in March of last year. Guitarist Marty Balin co-founded Jefferson Airplane with Kanter in San Francisco in 1965. The group released their debut, "Jefferson Airplane Takes Off", in the summer of 1966 to little fanfare.

The addition of singer Grace Slick in 1966 and their second album, 1967's "Surrealistic Pillow", helped pioneer the Bay Area counterculture psychedelic rock scene referred to as the "San Francisco sound" during the "Summer Of Love."

A pair of US Top 10 singles - "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit" - delivered the group their commercial breakthrough as the album reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Read more here.

Guns N' Roses Mock Aerosmith Singer Over Reunion Claims

Guns N' Roses have taken to social media to mock Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler - and others - who have come forward with claims that they played a role in the band's 2016 reunion.

"Guns N' Roses would like to respectfully thank the many people taking credit for our upcoming shows and everything in between," posted the group. "Especially those whom we haven't spoken to in numerous years who, through the power of media, have somehow served a pivotal, even if non-existent, role. We and the fans thank you!"

The note takes direct aim at headline-making comments Tyler made to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show earlier this week. "I'm sure I'm not solely [responsible for them getting back together], but I did meet Axl in a couple of clubs a year ago and two years ago and three years ago," Tyler told Stern. "I bumped into him, and I had that talk… I said, 'You need to get f***ing back together again soon, because we all miss you.' Same thing someone said to me when Joe [Perry] and I were fighting. 'You've gotta get back together. What are you, crazy?'

"In fact, it was Jon Bon Jovi. I'm in rehab. He calls me up and goes, 'What the f*** are you in rehab? The world needs you. We're out here ripping it up, and everybody's asking for Aerosmith. You need to get out of here, because people in the world need you.'"

"So I'd say to Axl, 'You've gotta get together. There's a place and time where if you don't, you're gonna miss it.' And in another four or five years, no one's gonna even know who they were or care if they're on tour, and that's Steven Tyler's opinion." Read more here.

Van Halen Classic Featured In Super Bowl Commercial

Van Halen's 1978 classic, "Runnin' With The Devil", is providing the soundtrack to a Super Bowl 50 commercial for car maker Acura. The New York Times reports the ad for the 2017 Acura NSX high-end sports car contains no dialogue.

Instead, an isolated vocal track of singer David Lee Roth is set against images of the car, which will become available this spring for the sum of $156,000. Los Angeles ad agency MullenLowe U.S. created the commercial after reviewing a variety of songs from different genres.

"Ultimately we knew that we wanted this to be a rock song," says Leila Cesario, the national advertising manager for American Honda's Acura division. "The Super Bowl is a big American platform. It needed a big American band that screams excitement."

The Van Halen ad marks Acura's first Super Bowl commercial since 2012, when comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno dueled over the first NSX to come off the production line.

"Runnin' With The Devil" was the second single issued from Van Halen's groundbreaking 1978 self-titled debut album. Watch the Acura commercial here.

Def Leppard Release 'Dangerous' Video

Def Leppard have released a video for "Dangerous", the latest track issued from the band's 2015 self-titled album. The song follows "Let's Go" as the second single from the project, which was recorded at singer Joe Elliott's studio in Dublin, Ireland last year.

Def Leppard have become the first band to debut a new video in a music game, having teamed up with Guitar Hero Live, Activision and FreeStyleGames for the clip, which mixes animation with live concert footage.

"When the idea to premiere our newest music video for 'Dangerous' in Guitar Hero Live came about, we were thrilled," says singer Joe Elliott. "The way our fans discover and listen to our music has evolved so much throughout the years. Whether they're playing on vinyl, streaming the songs online or playing along to our music video in Guitar Hero Live, it's amazing to see how interactive music has become.

"There are so many interesting ways our fans experience our music, and having the video for 'Dangerous' debut in Guitar Hero Live felt like such a great way to reach all of our fans."

Def Leppard postponed the January 27 launch of their US tour due to illness. Watch the new video here.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Added To Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

On Thursday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sent out an email trumpeting their first three guest announcements for 2016 Induction Ceremony: Lars Ulrich of Metallica, the Black Keys and Rob Thomas. However, they didn't say what parts of the ceremony each artist will be involved in.

It's not a stretch to imagine that Ulrich will be on hand to present Deep Purple. A few years ago, when Rolling Stone spoke with the drummer about the Hall of Fame inductions, he said, "I'm not gonna get into the politics or all that stuff, but I got two words to say: 'Deep Purple.' That's all I have to say: Deep Purple. Seriously, people, 'Deep Purple.'"

Who the other two will be there for is up for speculation. But the Black Keys is a midwestern band who has consistently knocked out radio-friendly hits for years, so they would seem to be a logical choice to do the honors for Cheap Trick. Read more here.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil Working On New Solo Album

Former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has confirmed he's working on a fourth solo album - and he's hinted that he'll road-test some of the material on his upcoming tour.

Crue bowed out with a farewell show on December 31 after a two-year world tour. The performance is to be released as a film later this year, while the move version of their book "The Dirt" is also expected in 2016.

Neil tells the Michigan City News-Dispatch: "I'm going to always be the guy who was in Motley Crue - but I'm looking forward to recording more stuff.

"The music is exciting. It's good, fun, nasty, raw. That's what's important: good, fun songs. I think there's always room for this type of music." Read more here.

Last In Line Release Jimmy Bain Tribute Video

Last In Line have released a tribute video to Jimmy Bain, who died last weekend. The seven-minute clip features interviews with the bassist filmed while the band were working on debut album Heavy Crown, to be launched next month.

Bain died while Last In Line were taking part in Def Leppard's cruising festival in the Bahamas. He'd been unwell, but was determined to keep working.

In one of the conversations Bain recalls how he helped put Dio together with Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice and Vivian Campbell. He says: "I got a call from Ronnie in the middle of the night. 'We've left Sabbath, Vinny and I. We're going to put a new band together. We're looking for a bass player and a guitar player.' I said, 'Well, you've got the f***ing bass player.'

"I recommended two guitar players - Viv and John Sykes. John Sykes was too tall so we went with Viv. We jammed for about 20 or 30 minutes. It just clicked."

In another conversation, Appice explains how the band had to hide Bain in a flight case to avoid him being arrested, to which the bassist replies: "That happened a number of times."

Discussing his creative input, producer Jeff Pilson says: "You can tell everyone listens to Jimmy when we're tracking. Even though Vinny keeps time, Jimmy keeps the pulse." Watch the video here.

Phil Collins Explains Cautious Approach To Music Return

Phil Collins has explained why he's being cautious about future plans after coming out of retirement last year. And he's repeated that he doesn't think he'd be able to take part in a Genesis reunion that features Peter Gabriel.

The singer and drummer confirmed in October that he was returning to work after rethinking his life and receiving treatment for physical problems. He underwent back surgery the same month.

Describing himself as "back, a bit," Collins tells the BBC: "I woke up one morning last October with a devastating pain down my right side. It's from sitting for 60 years playing drums - bits wear out.

"We were doing the Genesis reunion tour in 2007 and something happened to my left arm nerve-wise. I lost a bit of grip. So I haven't played - but I should start practising again. To be honest I've stood back."

He says of another reunion: "We could probably put to bed the Peter Gabriel Genesis, especially if I can't really play that well. In my eyes that would be my role - I'd go back behind the drums.

"But the three-piece Genesis, we get on great. Anything is possible and I've learned one should never say never." Read more here.

David Bowie Once Auditioned for 'Lord of the Rings'

He played the Goblin King in Labyrinth, but could he have played Gandalf as well? It almost happened, according to Dominic Monaghan, the actor who played the Hobbit named Meriadoc Brandybuck in the Lord of the Rings films. The actor says he witnessed Bowie audition for a role in the films.

Speaking with Huffington Post, Monaghan recounted the moment he finished auditioning for Lord of the Rings at London casting agency Hubbard's. Afterwards, Monaghan was asked to stick around for a few minutes and receive feedback. From there, things took a memorable turn.

"As I was reading a magazine waiting, David Bowie came in and signed his little list and went in," Monaghan recalled. "And I'm assuming he read for Gandalf. I can't think of anything else he would've read for." Read more here.

Def Leppard Postpone Tour Kick Off Due To Illness

Def Leppard were forced to postpone Wednesday's launch of their US tour due to illness within the group. While the group did not provide further details regarding the health issue, frontman Joe Elliott was recently forced to sit out part of the band's inaugural "Hysteria On The High Seas" cruise after coming down with "severe laryngitis."

"The Def Leppard concert scheduled to take place at the Greensboro Coliseum on Wednesday January 27 has been postponed due to illness," announced the band. "A new date will be announced soon. Please continue to hold on to your tickets as tickets purchased for the January concert will be honored on the new date - no exchange necessary."

Unable to perform a January 23 show on the cruise, several rockers filled in for Elliott - including Last In Line's Andrew Freeman, Mr. Big's Eric Martin and Winger's Kip Winger - with some additional help from Def Leppard guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell. Read more here.

Guns N' Roses Reunion Lineup Speculation Heats Up With Band Exit

Guns N' Roses members Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed have announced their exit from The Dead Daisies to be part of "a momentous project in 2016."

The move fuels further speculation about the longtime players' participation in GNR's reunion tour, which to date has only confirmed the involvement of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

Keyboardist Reed has been in the GNR lineup since 1990, while guitarist Fortus has been on board since 2002. Guns N' Roses will launch the reunion run with a pair of shows at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 8 and April 9 - just two days after the venue's opening on April 6.

The band will then headline Coachella on April 16 and 23 as part of the two-weekend event. Former Whitesnake and Dio guitarist Doug Aldrich has taken Fortus' spot in The Dead Daisies as they begin work on a new album in Nashville with producer Marti Fredericksen. Read more here.

AC/DC Take Preemptive Move Against Counterfeiters

AC/DC have reportedly filed a federal lawsuit to block all non-authorized sales of its merchandise during their upcoming US tour. TMZ reports the band - who earned $180 million on the Rock Or Bust world tour last year - have taken the preemptive move against counterfeiters for US shows starting next week.

"Y'know, most of the those guys you see hawking t-shirts and hats outside the arena - the band's filed a federal lawsuit to get cops to shut them down," says TMZ. "The tour starts February 2 in Tacoma, and they're asking the court to launch a full scale attack - sending US Marshals and cops to the Tacoma Dome to arrest all offenders and seize all bogus goods. They're asking for the same show of force in other cities too."

The tour 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. Read more here.

Bruce Springsteen Added Dates To The River Tour

Bruce Springsteen has expanded The River Tour in support of a recently-issued 7-disc box set marking the 35th anniversary of the 1980 double-album.

The New Jersey rocker has added 14 US dates to the end of the current North American run that began January 16 in Pittsburgh, PA and confirmed a May 19 appearance in Portugal to headline the first night of Rock In Rio festival in Lisboa.

The new US shows will begin with a third and final date at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on March 19 and finish April 25 at New York's Barclays Center.

The run also includes a rescheduled Madison Square Garden concert, postponed Sunday due to a blizzard in New York; Springsteen returns to the venue for the make-up performance on March 28.

Last month, Springsteen issued "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection", which presents the original record alongside "The River: Single Album" - originally named "The Ties That Bind" - a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" but never released.

The 4CD/3DVD package also includes 22 outtakes from the studio sessions alongside an hour-long documentary/interview and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Read more including the dates and ticket info here.

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler Apologizes To Bill Ward

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has apologized in public to Bill Ward for saying that the ex-drummer had been invited to take part in the band's final show.

Earlier this week, Butler stated in an interview that Sabbath had offered Ward the chance to appear with them just before they took their last bow on The End tour.

The bassist reported: "It's been mentioned to him - but he doesn't want to do it. He wants to do the whole tour or nothing." That led Ward to accuse his former colleague of making "inaccurate statements," adding: "My management reached out to the Black Sabbath management to inquire as to whether or not they would like to discuss my participation in the tour. We were told there was no interest."

Now Butler has tweeted: "It appears Bill Ward was never invited to do a last show - my mistake. Sorry @billwarddrums." Read more here.

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme To Launch World Tour

Iggy Pop has announced he will be touring with Josh Homme in support of his latest album Post Pop Depression. He's announced a run of shows worldwide that will see the duo play alongside Homme's Queens Of The Stone Age bandmates, guitarist Dean Fertita and multi-instrumentalist Troy Van Leeuwen, as well as Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and session man Matt Sweeney.

Iggy and Homme recently performed Gardenia on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The song is available as an instant download with pre-orders of the album. They also made Break Into Your Heart available to stream.

Due on March 18 via Loma Vista, the pair recorded the album under the cover of secrecy at Homme's remote Joshua Tree and Pink Duck studios. Iggy says: "I wanted to be free. To be free, I needed to forget. To forget, I needed music. Josh had that in him, so I set out to provoke an encounter - first with a carefully worded text, followed by a deluge of writings all about me. No composer wants to write about nothing. He got revved up and we had a great big rumble in the desert USA."

Homme adds: "This was to go where neither of us had gone before. That was the agreement. And to go all the way." Read more here.

Foreigner To Offer Fans Recordings From Unplugged Tour

Foreigner will raise funds for the Grammy Foundation by offering fans live recordings of their upcoming acoustic tour via the launch of the free new app Stereocast.

Billed as "a first-of-its-kind, live-music purchase platform", Stereocast gives fans access to purchase as little as one song or the entire show for download immediately upon exiting the concert venue.

Stereocast will officially launch with the opening night of Foreigner's all-acoustic tour at The Theatre at Westbury in New York on February 11. All proceeds from purchases made on the new music app will go straight to the Grammy Foundation, which helps to provide funding for high school music programs.

"We are pleased to be partnering with StereoCast on this new initiative," says guitarist Mick Jones. "As we move into the digital age, we are always looking for new ways to make our music available in the most innovative manner. To walk away from our concerts with an immediate download of the once-in-a-lifetime moments meets that criteria.

"Furthermore, the ability to provide funds from StereoCast downloads to our high school choir partners music programs and to The Grammy Foundation's music in schools initiatives furthers a cause close to our hearts." Read more here.

Sammy Hagar Previews Grateful Dead Episode Of His TV Series

Sammy Hagar will be joined by Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead in the next episode of his new AXS TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip. Hagar is sharing a preview of his trip to San Francisco to hook up, talk music and jam with the pair of rock icons - including a run through the Grateful Dead classic "Loose Lucy."

His 6-episode series sees the Red Rocker drive across the country to jam with some of music's biggest names, including Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Alice Cooper and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell.

The opening program saw Hagar connect with Chickenfoot bandmate Michael Anthony to share memeories of the Sunset Strip and to jam a Montrose classic with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. Watch the preview here.

David Gilmour Performance With 30-Piece Orchestra To Air On TV

David Gilmour's upcoming show in Poland will see him accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra, he's revealed. His tour in support of last year's album Rattle That Lock arrives in the Polish city of Wroclaw on June 25.

The Freedom Square gig will see the Pink Floyd icon joined by long-time collaborater and orchestra conductor Zbigniew Preisner. There will also be a guest appearance by Polish pianist Leszek Mozdzer.

The event will be filmed by Aubrey 'Po' Powell and broadcast live on Polish TV. Gilmour last performed in Poland in 2006, in the Gdansk shipyards, to celebrate the founding of the Solidarity trade union. The show became the successful live album and DVD Live In Gdansk and also featured Pink Floyd's Richard Wright. Read more here.

Santana Talks Forthcoming Reunion Album

Santana are to release their forthcoming record, Santana IV, on April 15. The album sees the original members of the band reunite for the first time in 45 years.

Guitar icon and singer Carlos Santana, lead vocalist and keyboardist Gregg Rolie, guitarist Neal Schon, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve last worked together on the multi-platinum record Santana III in 1971.

Santana, who formed fusion supergroup Supernova last year with John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, says: "It was magical. We didn't have to try to force the vibe - it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as Santana."

"When you can go back and break new ground with joy and determination - and some whoop-ass energy - it gets you going. I think we achieved something very rare. This music was screaming to come out of us. It wasn't about nostalgia. It was about passion." Read more here.

Def Leppard Preview Dangerous Video

Def Leppard have released a video preview of "Dangerous", the second single from the band's 2015 self-titled album. The group have teamed with Guitar Hero Live, Activision and FreeStyleGames for the clip's debut.

"When the idea to premiere our newest music video for 'Dangerous' in Guitar Hero Live came about, we were thrilled," says singer Joe Elliott. "The way our fans discover and listen to our music has evolved so much throughout the years. Whether they're playing on vinyl, streaming the songs online or playing along to our music video in Guitar Hero Live, it's amazing to see how interactive music has become.

"There are so many interesting ways our fans experience our music, and having the video for 'Dangerous' debut in Guitar Hero Live felt like such a great way to reach all of our fans."

Guitar Hero Live is available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U console as well as Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

"Dangerous" follows "Let's Go" as the second track from the 2014 album, which was recorded at Elliott's studio in Dublin, Ireland last year. Watch the video here.

Saxon Release Box Set Preview Video

Saxon have released a video trailer for their upcoming Eagles And Dragons 9LP box set. The package is released on March 18 via Demon Records and features nine albums recorded between 1991 and 2009. It marks the first time the albums have been made available on vinyl outside Germany, Italy and the UK.

The LPs are pressed on luxury 180-gram vinyl and include inner sleeves with lyrics, presented in a hand-numbered outer slipcase box with a specially commissioned cover painting by artist Paul Gregory.

In addition, 500 copies with a framable print of the cover signed by frontman Biff Byford will be available exclusively via Demon's online store. Byford says: "From 1991's Solid Ball Of Rock to 2009's Into The Labyrinth, this is the first time we have ever had a vinyl box set of nine albums in one package - never to be done again - with exclusive cover art work from Paul Raymond Gregory. I can't wait to get my hands on one." Watch the video here.

David Bowie's Son Thanks Fans For Their Support

Duncan Jones appreciates the fans who have paid tribute to his late father, musician and actor David Bowie. Jones tweeted out a note on Saturday (Jan. 23) thanking fans for their support and beautiful messages after Bowie's passing earlier this month.

Jones tweeted a sketch of three hands signaling the "thumbs-up" sign, as well as the message, "Hi all. Just wanted to thank you for the incredibly kind words & thoughts. I'll be easing my way back into Twitter."

Jones, a British director, hadn't said much publicly about his dad's passing up until this point, initially stating that he would be "offline for a while." Bowie died of cancer Jan. 10 at the age of 69. Read more here.

New songs "Starmaker" and "Blame It ON Me" join the well-embraced radio singles for "Devil In Me" and "Martyr". A lyric video For “Blame It On Me” and a music video for “Starmaker” are now also available... 
Last In Line has released two new singles and videos (a lyric video for “Blame It On Me” and a music video for “Starmaker”), in tribute to the memory of bassist Jimmy Bain. Jimmy Bain passed away at the age of 68 this weekend. Both songs and videos were scheduled for release prior to Bain’s passing and his excitement for the world to experience these new songs has caused the band to decide to move ahead with their releases this week.
As guitarist Vivian Campbell stated in a statement on his social media: “It's with the heaviest of hearts that I must confirm the news of the passing of our dear friend and Last In Line band-mate, Jimmy Bain. It was Jimmy who gave me my first big break in the music industry and for that I am forever indebted. Jimmy was immensely proud of our new album and his input to it was immeasurable. We will continue to celebrate his life through his music. On behalf of Vinny and Andrew, our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this most difficult of times. Rest in peace, dear friend.”
The lyric video for “Blame It On Me” can be seen here: also premiered the lyric video for the song as word of Jimmy’s passing circulated. The video for “Starmaker” can be seen here:

Last In Line formed in 2012 when original Dio band members reunited to pay tribute to the memory of Ronnie James Dio who passed away in 2010. The band took their name from the legendary Dio album that guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Vinny Appice all performed on. While playing that original material, they started to write and create new songs that would later beoce the debut Heavy Crown. They tapped newcomer Andrew Freeman to handle the vocal duties and the nucleus for Last In Line was created..
All 4 songs” come from the debut album Heavy Crown. The record is slated for release worldwide on February 19thvia Frontiers Music SRL. The band released an official video last November for the song “Devil In Me” that has been viewed over 223,000 times since. The video for that song can be seen here:

Jimmy's contributions are undeniable, from his work with RAINBOW, THIN LIZZY and PHIL LYNOTT, WILD HORSES, GARY MOORE, and of course DIO (among others).

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The Cars Classic Albums Remastered For New Box Set

The Cars will release remastered versions of their first six albums in a box set this spring. Due March 11, "The Elektra Years 1978-1987" presents the Boston band's classic-era output in one collection and available on CD and digitally.

The extensive package includes "The Cars" (1978), "Candy-O" (1979), "Panorama" (1980), "Shake It Up" (1981), "Heartbeat City" (1984) and "Door To Door" (1987).

Among the 60 tracks are the band's biggest hits, including "Just What I Needed", "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," "Shake It Up", "Let's Go" and "Drive."

Ric Ocasek oversaw digital remastering for the set while drummer David Robinson served as art director, with each of the six studio albums presented in a replica sleeve with original artwork. Read more here.

Steven Tyler Helped Spark Guns N' Roses Reunion?

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has revealed how he helped Guns N' Roses reunite - by offering advice to Axl Rose that had been given to him by Jon Bon Jovi.

Singer Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan will perform together in April for the first time since 1993, with appearances confirmed in Las Vegas and at the Coachella festival. The rest of the band's lineup is yet to be confirmed.

Tyler tells Howard Stern on SiriusXM: "I did meet Axl in a couple of clubs. I had that talk. I said, 'You need to get back together again soon, because we all miss you.' Same thing someone said to me when Joe Perry and I were fighting - in fact, it was Jon Bon Jovi.

"I'm in rehab. He calls me up and goes, 'What the f*** are you doing? The world needs you. We're out here ripping it up and everybody's asking for Aerosmith. People in the world need you.'"

He adds he told Rose: "You've got to get it together. There's a place and a time where, if you don't, you're going to miss it. In another four or five years no one's going to even know or care - and that's Steven Tyler's opinion." Read more and stream the full interview here.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil For Celebrity Apprentice?

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has reportedly signed on to be a contestant on the next installment of NBC-TV's The Celebrity Apprentice when it returns this fall.

According to TMZ, Neil is the first celebrity confirmed for the new season, which will mark Arnold Schwarzenegger's debut as host since the network parted ways with Donald Trump last June.

The singer joins a lengthy list of rockers who have appeared on the reality series, including Dee Snider, Gene Simmons, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath and season 3 winner Bret Michaels. Read more here.

Mick Jagger Shares Stupid David Bowie Regret

Mick Jagger has recalled how David Bowie used to steal his ideas for use on stage - but he says it never bothered him. The Rolling Stones frontman has paid a personal tribute to his close friend, who died earlier this month at the age of 69.

Jagger tells Rolling Stone: "He used to copy me sometimes, but he'd be very honest about it. If he took one of your moves he'd say, 'That's one of yours - I just tried it.'

"He'd always look at my clothes labels. When he would see me, he'd give me a hug, and I could feel him going up behind the collar of my shirt to see what I was wearing. I didn't mind sharing things with him because he'd share so much with me. It was a two-way street."

Jagger says it's "really stupid when you think about it" that the pair's 1985 charity cover of Dancing In The Street was the only time they properly collaborated, adding: "We enjoyed camping it up. The video is hilarious to watch.

"We had to record the song and film the video in one day. We walked straight form the studio onto the set. At the end of the day we were saying, 'See, it can be done! Why are we spending years in the studio?'" Read more here.

Mustaine Feared Ellefson Would Leave Megadeth For Metal Allegiance

Dave Mustaine admits that he was afraid bassist David Ellefson would leave Megadeth to commit to Metal Allegiance full-time. The band stopped touring in 2014 after Mustaine's mother-in-law died and other band members sorted out business affairs. Mustaine says the cracks had begun to show by the time they regrouped to record album no.15 Dystopia last year. The album was released on January 22.

He says Ellefson was dedicating more time to Metal Allegiance - which boasts a rotating all-star line-up including Alex Skolnick of Testament, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Charlie Benante from Anthrax and Slayer's Gary Holt.

The supergroup released its self-titled debut album in September. The 54-year-old frontman tells Full Metal Jackie (via Blabbermouth): "You know, at the beginning of 2015, I didn't even have a full band. But I had a vision, and I was determined.

"And now that it was, basically, me by myself, because I didn't know what was up with Ellefson. He was off doing his Metal Allegiance stuff, and I figured, 'Maybe I need to look for a new bass player now too.'" Read more here.

Thin Lizzy's Eric Bell Announces Solo Album

Founding Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell will release solo album Exile next month. Bell formed the band with Phil Lynott and Brian Downey in 1969 and gave the group their iconic name.

Exile features 10 tracks, including the Gary Moore dedication Song For Gary and a cover of Little Richard's rock'n'roll classic Rip It Up. It was recorded in Chesire and is Bell's first studio effort since 2009's Lonely Nights In London.

He says: "I'm trying to cover the whole spectrum of music with Exile. This album reflects the music I like to play and listen to." Bell left Lizzy on New Year's Eve 1973, blaming ill-health caused by the band's lifestyle. Read more here.

Tedeschi Trucks Band Stream New Song 'Don't Know What It Means'

Tedeschi Trucks Band have launched a stream of their track Don't Know What It Means. It's taken from their third album Let Me Get By, to be released on January 29 via Fantasy Records.

The record represents guitarist Derek Trucks' first work since ending his 15-year run in the Allman Brothers Band - and also the first time he and wife Susan Tedeschi have written every track of a collection.

Trucks recently said: "What I hear in the music is this feeling that we're now putting 100% of what we have into this band - not going back to anything else, everyone giving it their all." Stream the song here.

Wolfmother Release 'Victorious' Video

Wolfmother are premiering a video for the title track to their forthcoming album "Victorious." Due February 19, the follow-up to 2014's "New Crown" was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O'Brien.

Vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale says "Victorious" presents a mix of styles, all suited for big rock shows. "We wanted to get back to that big sound," he explains. "The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production. It's wild, energetic and perfect for a festival main stage."

The band will launch a North American tour in support of "Victorious" on February 24 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN; the 6-week run will be followed a series of European shows in April and May.

Joining Stockdale in Wolfmother's touring lineup are bassist Ian Peres and drummer Vin Steele. Watch the video here.

Black Sabbath And Bill Ward Dispute Over Final Show Claims

The feud between Black Sabbath members over failed attempts to fully reunite ahead of their farewell tour continues. Things flared up last week when bassist Geezer Butler said that drummer Bill Ward was not healthy enough to tour behind the group's 2013 album "13", which prompted an immediate denial from Ward.

Now, Butler claims Ward has been invited to perform at the band's final US show in Phoenix, AZ on September 16. "It's been mentioned to him," the bassist tells "But he doesn't want to do it. He wants to do the whole tour or nothing. We'd love him to come on at the very last gig and be part of the whole thing, but he didn't want to do that. And I understand: I wouldn't want to be asked to come out just for the last gig. It's a shame, but that's the way it is."

"If he's there, he's welcome," says Ozzy Osbourne. "But I don't really want to talk too much about Bill Ward! Because every time I do, he starts getting pissed off at me! Things are quiet between us right now, you know?"

"It's a shame that Bill won't be a part of it, but whatever happened, happened," adds Butler. "It's great that at least the three of us can end it on a high note and be friends together. I still get on with Bill, I saw him last year at some award show. We got on great, we had a laugh together. It's not personal, as Bill would say, it's business."

Ward denies the invitation and has stepped up to issue his side of the story. "I must respond once again to inaccurate statements made by Geezer," writes Ward on Facebook. "I never received an offer to play the final show of The End tour with Black Sabbath. When the tour was confirmed, my management reached out to the Black Sabbath management to inquire as to whether or not they would like to discuss my participation in the tour. We were told there was no interest. That is last conversation we had with them regarding the tour.

"I will say that I wouldn't want to play only one gig when I am completely capable of touring. I would not validate their untrue statements about my health by playing only one gig. Also, I wouldn't want to show up for only some of our fans and not for all our fans when I could have played multiple shows." Read more here.


Victoria Williams is a well-known artist who has played all around the world on stages ranging from New York's Beacon Theater to The Bottom Line, to the Folies Bergere with Randy Newman in Paris, and from festival stages to country dive-bars both as a solo artist and with her band The Loose Band and later the Harmony Ridge Creek-Dippers. She has worked with Lou Reed, Peter Case, Neil Young, Gus VanSant, D.A. Pennebaker, Mark Olson, Pearl Jam, Maria McKee, Rickie Lee Jones and many other music and film luminaries. 

Victoria is also well known to the Sweet Relief family. In 1993 Vic was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Because she didn't have health insurance at the time, a great group of musicians got together and made the album Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams, to raise monies for her medical costs. With the funds remaining Victoria created the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund for the benefit of other musicians. 

She has made 14 records herself, as well as on many other artists recordings. She has starred in motion pictures and documentaries, and has charmed and entertained music lovers wherever she has gone for almost four decades.  Her list of collaborators and associates is a treasure-trove of some of the world's finest artists and filmmakers. 

Victoria has dedicated her life to sharing her love of music and her particular brand of storytelling with anyone who has ears to hear. She has played countless fund-raising events over the years for the benefit others. 

Now Victoria Williams needs some help from us. In mid-December 2015, Vic had a seizure and injured her back and fractured her shoulder. 

With rest, appropriate medical care, and physical therapy, she is expected to fully recover. Her medical insurance will not be covering these costs. Also, the amount of time her healing requires is going to keep her from working for a while. Any time off for a working musician is a financial hardship and the longer it takes, the larger the bills. 

She will also be requiring paid assistance around the house while she convalesces. With our help, it shouldn't be long before she is able to pick up her banjo or Stratocaster again. 

Please help us spread the word and please help Victoria by donating today ( Let's get this songbird back up flying again where she belongs.

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“He was like another one of my sons… Jeff Healey… (exhales hard)… oh my God.” BB King

“He was SUCH a great musician… a voice that is missed.” Steve Lukather

“Jeff was one of the sweetest, most humble and talented artists I’ve met…” Bonnie Raitt

"Jeff was an amazing colleague and as a musician and a personality, in a league of his own. I t was always game on for him. His generosity and sense of humor lasted till the end. He was brave without ever being dramatic. In a word, Jeff was inspirational”  Gary Scriven

 2016 marks the release of Heal My Soul – the extraordinary lost album from Jeff Healey which has never been heard before by the public. March 25th of this year would have seen Jeff turn 50 years old and this album begins the celebration of a milestone year for a true musical icon. 

Heal My Soul is the first album of new songs recorded by Jeff in over 15 years. It represents some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. Under the direct supervision of the Jeff Healey Estate these tracks were painstakingly restored and brought to life bringing into focus Jeff’s unique and special gifts as an artist. The music on Heal My Soul captures Healey in full flight, displaying the virtuosity that made the Toronto native one of the most revered musicians in the world during his all-too-brief lifetime. Key tracks include “Daze Of The Night,” the soaring acoustic ballad “Baby Blue,” and Healey’s soulful take on Richard Thompson’s “I Misunderstood.”  

In a joint statement, Jeff Healey Estate Co-Administrators Cristie Healey and Roger Costa said, “Heal My Soul is a project that we have wanted to tackle for years. A 'lost' album, it contains material recorded during one of the most creative periods in Jeff's rock career. Until now, it has never seen the light of day. Jeff was very proud of this work and it features some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. With complete creative control we've laboured hard, tracking down recordings, identifying the right performances, restoring them to their proper stature and mixing and mastering them from the ground up. This has been a true labour of love for us from beginning to end and we're absolutely thrilled to be able to finally share this significant release with the world.” 

Healey is remembered as one of the most outstanding guitarists and performers of the past 30 years. He lost his sight during early childhood due to retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Playing guitar since the age of three, he developed the distinctive lap-style guitar technique that helped bring him international attention by his late teens. A Grammy nominee and JUNO Award winner, his five releases with The Jeff Healey Band totaled millions of sales worldwide. Over the course of his career, he also shared stages and earned the admiration of countless other musicians including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Allman Brothers Band. 

Healey died on March 2, 2008 at age 41 after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer.

 Adopt The Arts Benefit Concert Celebrating The Legacy Of Duane Allman Confirmed For Thursday, January 28 At THE RECORD PARLOUR: 6408 Selma Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028 (8:30pm)

THE RECORD PARLOUR--the one-of-a-kind vintage vinyl shop and lifestyle store--will host a special concert to benefit the Adopt the Arts Foundation on Thursday, January 28 at 8:30pm (6408 Selma Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028). The evening will celebrate the music and legacy of Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band and features a full night of music, a silent auction with rock & roll memorabilia including Allman Brothers Band signed items and an open bar will be served. The Adopt the Arts Foundation ( brings together well-known artists, public figures, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and the general public to save the arts in America's public schools. The event is free with RSVP (here), donations are welcome and encouraged. 

The Adopt The Arts house band, The Disreputable Few, will perform alongside special guests including singer Brooklyn Allman (daughter of Duane's brother Gregg Allman), GRAMMY and W.C Handy-award winning sax man Sublett (B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy), trumpeter Mark Pender (David Bowie, Joe Cocker, They Might Be Giants, Diana Ross), from the Conan O'Brien Show, vocalist Robyn Kirmsee (Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Macy Gray) and Gia Ciambotti (Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Cole, Lucinda Williams, Chicago). The Disreputable Few band featuring--Mark Tremalgia (guitar and vocals), Randy Ray Mitchell (guitar and vocals), Paul III (bass and vocals) and Dan Potruch (drums)--a stellar lineup of musicians who have worked alongside the greatest names in music including Donna Summer, Joe Walsh, Daniel Lanois, Keb Mo, Courtney Love, Mick Taylor, Annie Lennox, Joe Perry, Warren Zevon and more. 

Located in theheart of Hollywood, THE RECORD PARLOUR has an authentic vibe with over 50,000 vinyl records, vintage stereo gear and music memorabilia surrounding artists as they perform and while fans search for vinyl treasures. The shop is hosts live performances, listening parties, press conferences, interviews/photo shoots and can even record live performances to vinyl onsite via a vintage record lathe. ABC TV's "EYE on L.A." recently featured this new Hollywood landmark; watch the episode here:


Adopt The Arts-Winter Benefit Concert






The Record Parlour


6408 Selma Avenue 


(Cahuenga Blvd. & Selma Ave.)



Starts at 8:30PM 


The event is free with RSVP (here) an open bar will served all night and donations are welcome and encouraged. Donate to Adopt the Arts to save the arts in America's public schools. Suggested donation is $10. Please choose RSVP "complimentary" in the link (here) if you are unable to donate at this time.
6408 Selma Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028



Journey and Santana Teaming Up For Spring Concerts

Journey and Santana are teaming up to perform three shows this spring to help launch "Santana IV", a reunion record featuring members of both bands.

Due April 15, the project sees Journey guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Gregg Rolie regroup with Carlos Santana and drummer Michael Shrieve, among others.

The two bands will play New York's Madison Square Garden on April 13, the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on April 15 and the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on April 16.

Schon and Rolie were members of Santana before leaving in 1972 to form Journey alongside former Santana manager Herbie Herbert. Journey will follow the April series with a North American tour starting in May that will see the band joined by The Doobie Brothers and guest Dave Mason. Read more here.

Brian Wilson Celebrating 'Pet Sounds' Anniversary With Tour

Brian Wilson, founding member of The Beach Boys, has announced a tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his former band's classic album, Pet Sounds.

The album, originally released on May 16, 1966 is considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time, and will be performed in its entirety by Wilson and his band as they will be joined by former Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.

"It's really been a trip to sit here and think about releasing Pet Sounds 50 years ago," says Wilson. 'I love performing this album with my band and look forward to playing it for fans all across the world."

Show starts in Australia on March 26th and will end in California on October 14th at Harrah's Casino in Lake Tahoe. Tickets will go on presale January 27 and then go officially on sale January 29th. See the dates here.

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme Stream New Track 'Break Into Your Skin'

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme continue revealing what their upcoming album Post Pop Depression will entail. After appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Jan. 21 to premiere the album's first single "Gardenia," the pair released "Break Into Your Heart" Monday (Jan. 25).

Loaded with reverb, Iggy's vocals hover against a guitar riff that would make Queen's of the Stone Age proud. The song's subdued rock sound, replete with heady sustain, has a traipsing rhythm to it that contrasts the forceful lyrics.

"I'm going to break into your heart/ I'm going to crawl under your skin/ I'm going to break into your heart and follow/ Until I get under your skin/ And the wall comes tumbling down/ And you finally let me in/ I break into your heart," Iggy sings on the song.

Post Pop Depression drops March 18th. Listen here.

Jimmy Bain's Death News Leaked Online Before Family Informed

Last In Line drummer Vinny Appice has revealed the band's frustration that news of Jimmy Bain's death went online before they'd had time to tell his family.

And he's suggested some people only spread the word because they wanted to "attach themselves to a tragedy." Bain passed away at the weekend on Def Leppard's cruising festival, while Last In Line geared up for the launch of debut album Heavy Crown. He was 68.

Close friends of the veteran bassist began posting online tributes to him soon after he'd died - but that was before his relatives had been informed. Appice says: "We are very sad about the news, and in shock. The band are also saddened that the news leaked out before we were able to contact Jimmy's family.

"Within an hour and a half it was all over the internet, confirmed by people that have no business confirming anything about this, and not knowing the facts of the situation. We apologies to Jimmy's family, and Jimmy's memory." Read more here.

David Bowie's Blackstar Remains At No. 1

David Bowie's final album, "Blackstar", has earned a second week at the top of the UK charts. The Official Charts Company reports the project sold just over 80,000 combined sales to maintain its hold on No. 1.

Bowie continues to dominate the charts in his native land with 8 more entries in the Top 40, including two in the Top 10: his 2002 retrospective "Best Of Bowie" leaps from 18 to No. 3, while 2014's "Nothing Has Changed" lands at No. 6.

Outside of the Top 10, 1971's "Hunky Dory" climbs two places to No. 12, 1972's "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" slips two to No. 19, 2013's "The Next Day" moves up one to No. 24, 1977's "Low" holds steady at No. 31 and 1983's "Let's Dance" climbs 7 into the No. 35 spot.

The music icon died on January 10, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of "Blackstar." Read more here.