DAVE MASON TO KICK OFF ‘DAVE MASON’S TRAFFIC JAM’ JANUARY 3 IN ATLANTIC CITY; EXTENSIVE TOUR TO LAST INTO SUMMER
THE ICONIC SINGER, SONGWRITER AND GUITARIST’S NEW EP ‘FUTURES PAST’ READIED FOR RELEASE
DAVE MASON--Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and TRAFFIC co-founding member is heading out on the road in the new year with an exciting new project billed as “DAVE MASON’S TRAFFIC JAM.” The tour begins January 3 in Atlantic City, NJ with dates through the rest of the year. The iconic singer, songwriter and guitarist has been touring and recording regularly since he co-founded Traffic in 1966, after which he went on to a successful and acclaimed solo career as well as recording and/or touring with artists including Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie, Graham Nash, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Fleetwood Mac and more.
The “Traffic Jam” concerts will feature hits and deep album cuts from 1967’s Mr. Fantasy and 1968’s Traffic albums and additional Traffic jams plus new material and classic DAVE MASON music.
In 2014, MASON will also release a new EP titled FUTURES PAST, featuring new versions of his classic songs plus new material that he has written and performed on tour over the last few years. The EP will be available at http://www.davemasonmusic.com/ and at MASON’s live shows.
Renowned for such Traffic hits as “Feelin’ Alright” (covered by Joe Cocker) and “Hole In My Shoe” plus his solo signature tracks “We Just Disagree” and “Only You Know and I Know,” MASON is excited to perform the music of Traffic. “I think that it is important to keep alive the legacy of four young men from the heartland of England and their contribution to contemporary music,” says MASON. “And ‘Traffic Jam’--aside from the obvious material--will hopefully grow into the basis for other artists to participate. Keep the spirit alive!”
While on the road, MASON is an avid reader. “Right now, I’m reading the Prevost XL11 manual!,” he explains in his English wit, referring to the Prevost tour bus he’ll soon hit the highway in.
Before heading out on the Traffic Jam, MASON will wrap up three west coast dates before spending the holidays in his southern California home.
‘DAVE MASON’S TRAFFIC JAM’
DATE CITY VENUE
Thu 12/12 Garberville, CA Garberville Theatre **
Sat 12/14 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre Santa Cruz **
Sun 12/15 Napa, CA Uptown Theatre **
Fri 1/3 Atlantic City, NJ Revel Casino & Hotel
Sat 1/4 Albany, NY Hart Theatre at The Egg
Sun 1/5 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Thu 1/9 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
Fri 1/10 Huntington, NY The Paramount Theatre
Sat 1/11 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
Thu 1/16 Norfolk, CT Infinity Hall
Fri 1/17 Asbury Park, NJ Paramount Theatre
Sat 1/18 Salisbury, MA Blue Ocean Music Hall
Sun 1/19 Plymouth, NH The Flying Monkey Performance Center
Fri 1/24 Harrisburg, PA Whitaker Center – Sunoco Performance Theater
Sat 1/25 Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Auditorium
Sun 1/26 Beacon, NY Towne Crier Café **
Fri 1/31 Cleveland, OH Ohio Theatre Playhouse Square
Sat 2/1 Niagara Falls, NY Bear’s Den Showroom Theater
Fri 2/7 Chicago, IL Beverly Arts Center
Sat 2/8 Brighton, MI Brighton Center for the Performing Arts
Tue 2/18 Stuart, FL The Lyric Theatre
Fri 2/21 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theater
Sat 3/15 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
Sun 3/16 The Woodlands, TX Dosey Doe Coffeehouse**
Fri 4/25 Edwardsville, IL Wildey Theatre
Sat 4/26 Naperville, IL Wentz Concert Hall**
Fri 5/9 Lewisburg, WV Carnegie Hall of West Virginia**
Fri 5/16 Woonsocket, RI Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center
Sat 5/17 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
Sun 5/18 Newtown, NJ The Newton Theatre
** denotes Dave Mason Band dates
ROCK NEWS FOR 12/10/13
DREAM THEATER EARN SECOND GRAMMY NOMINATION, THIS TIME FOR “BEST METAL PERFORMANCE” FOR “THE ENEMY INSIDE” FROM THEIR CURRENT SELF-TITLED WORLDWIDE SMASH ALBUM
BAND TO LAUNCH MASSIVE HEADLINING WORLD TOUR JANUARY 15 IN EUROPE BEFORE REACHING NORTH AMERICA IN MARCH
DREAM THEATER’s spirit of adventure and fearless musical virtuosity continues to reap dividends for the progressive metal titans who’ve just earned their second Grammy nomination, this time for “Best Metal Performance” for their single “The Enemy Inside” from their current self-titled worldwide smash album on Roadrunner Records. The band--John Petrucci (guitar), John Myung (bass), James LaBrie (vocals), Jordan Rudess (keyboards & continuum) and Mike Mangini (drums)--received its first-ever Grammy nomination in 2012 for “On The Backs Of Angels” (from their A Dramatic Turn Of Events album) in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category.
DREAM THEATER has expressed their excitement over the Grammy news in this group statement: “We are all incredibly honored and excited about being nominated for a Grammy this year! News of our first nomination two years ago was amazing and now to be nominated for a second time is just mind blowing! We’re so proud to be included in such an awesome group of bands and extremely grateful to all the academy members who voted for us. To us the acknowledgment, affirmation and recognition of progressive music by the Grammys is especially meaningful and rewarding for us. Best of luck to all the nominees--and thank you once again!!”
The band’s current DREAM THEATER album made a spectacular debut at #1 on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart, while simultaneously entering at #7 on the overall Billboard 200. This marks the acclaimed group's third consecutive top 10 debut, and also saw DREAM THEATER making top 5 chart debuts in Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Holland, and Finland, as well as top 10 debuts in Denmark, Austria, and Norway with career high debuts in the United Kingdom and Australia.
With founding guitarist John Petrucci producing and studio luminary Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush) engineering and mixing, DREAM THEATER marks a brilliant new chapter for the band. Rolling Stone touted the collection as “…the birth of a new era in the band’s career,” while Loudwire exclaimed that “Dream Theater pushes the envelope into (a) new musical dimension, a cosmic realm reserved for the best.”
DREAM THEATER will tour in support of the new album, visiting 30 cities in 16 countries. The tour starts in Europe January 15 and runs through March 2, including two shows in Russia. Next, the band will tour North America beginning in March--full details will be announced soon.
Meanwhile, Live At Luna Park--the new DVD released November 5 via Eagle Rock Entertainment entered at #1 on Soundscan Music DVD chart. Live At Luna Park is available on 2DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Video, and a Deluxe Edition (which includes a 60-page hardback photobook, Blu-ray, 2DVDs, and 3CDs) here: http://tinyurl.com/.
DREAMCATCHER EVENTS PRESENTS THE G4 EXPERIENCE WITH JOE SATRIANI, PAUL GILBERT, ANDY TIMMONS AND MIKE KENEALLY
AUGUST 11-15, 2014 AT CAMBRIA PINES LODGE IN CALIFORNIA’S SCENIC CENTRAL COAST AREA
From August 11-15, 2014, musicians of all ages and levels will converge in California’s scenic Central Coast for the G4 Experience with guitar virtuosos Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons, and Mike Keneally. This unique music camp that combines entertainment, education and a vacation experience will be held at the picturesque Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, California, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Produced by Dreamcatcher Events, the G4 Experience (http://g4experience.com) is an extension of the G3 tour, a concert tour Satriani organizes that features him alongside two other well-known guitarists. “In 1996 I wanted to find a way to work with the guitar players I respected and we launched the first G3 tour,” explains Satriani. “Since then I have enjoyed countless hours playing and ‘experiencing’ the amazing talents of my peers. The G4 Experience is my chance to expand on the G3 idea. I’ve invited my friends Paul Gilbert, Mike Keneally and Andy Timmons. I know these guys can play amazing guitar and I want them to share that knowledge with the campers and with me!”
The event will kick off Monday, August 11 with a meet and greet with Joe, Paul, Andy, Mike and G4 Experience guests, which will be followed by a live performance from Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert that evening. Both Joe and Paul will offer daily master classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, while there will be breakout sessions with Andy and Mike. Evenings will feature live performances and once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions where instructors and guests can collaborate. Paul Gilbert calls the experience “fuel for the musical soul” and Joe Satriani feels the event offers guests “a chance to improve their skills, meet like minded players and be inspired.” “I hope to explore new facets of the instrument, meet some cool new players
and make some great guitar music,” he continues.
The intimate G4 Experience is available for a maximum of 175 attendees. The event size is limited so every guest will have the opportunity to spend time with each of the featured artists. “There are star performers at the camp, but this is much more than a handshake and a photo,” says Gilbert. “We have enough time to relax and hang out. And you’ll get plenty of concrete guitar ideas, and inspiring memories to take home.”
Tickets for the G4 Experience are on sale now at http://g4experience.com. Admission includes lodging, meals, master classes, breakout sessions, live performances and jam sessions. Every attendee will also receive a welcome kit with items including Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert guitar picks, an Ibanez guitar strap, and a commemorative G4 Experience poster.
As an added bonus, the first 100 people to register for the event will receive an Ibanez RG electric guitar courtesy of Hoshino. Each guitar will be signed by Satriani, Gilbert, Timmons and Keneally.
Featured musician/instructor Paul Gilbert elaborates on one of his favorite parts of hosting a camp like this: “I set up a massive jam session where I can play with every single person at the camp. I have everyone form a line, and have a guitar tech ready to help each person get plugged in, so when it’s their turn, they can start rocking with no distractions. When everyone is ready, I start a groove going, and give each person a few chances to trade solos with me. And don’t worry, it’s not a competitive event. Everyone soon gets into the groove, and as the ‘bandleader,’ I steer the jam to make it friendly, and as musical as possible. At the same time, I know that everyone leaves with a serious shot of adrenaline.”
For the G4 Experience, guests will choose from a variety of room options at Cambria Pines Lodge in scenic Cambria, CA on California’s Central Coast. Located on 25 acres of Monterey pines and landscaped gardens, Cambria Pines Lodge (www.cambriapineslodge.com) is within minutes of the Pacific Ocean and Hearst Castle, and is close to hundreds of wineries. Cambria is easily accessible by air via the San Luis Obispo airport and by car via the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
UK Prog Legends Nektar To Tour Europe In January 2014
London, UK - Hot on the heels of a successful US tour and the release of their critically acclaimed new album 'Time Machine', UK prog legends Nektar are preparing to tour Europe in early 2014! After a bit of an absence from European stages, Nektar is sure to be a treat for concert-goers who will be fortunate enough to catch one of the shows!
Nektar founding member Roye Albrighton (guitars/lead vocals) says, “We can promise you high quality performances wherever we play. I know I speak on behalf of the band when I say we are all looking forward to it.”
Nektar, featuring Albrighton, founding drummer Ron Howden, keyboardist Klaus Hentasch and bassist Lux Vibratus, although mostly British were formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1970. Their early albums featured a heady, exhilarating mix of progressive, experimental rock sounds that soon caught on worldwide at the height of the international prog-rock boom. Touring the world behind numerous album releases throughout the ‘70s & ‘80s helped to cement the band’s reputation as an influential prog-rock legend. Having undergone a variety of personnel changes over the past decade or so, the band now boasts its strongest lineup in years and is ready to prove so yet again to its many fans throughout Europe.
Nektar’s new album, 'Time Machine', featuring the band’s first album of new original material in several years, was released on Cleopatra Records in the USA on June 18, 2013.
Nektar Tour Dates:
Jan 8 – UK, London - Borderline http://www.seetickets.com/event/nektar/borderline/747392
Jan 9 – Germany, Dortmund - Piano Bar http://musiktheater-piano.de/wordpress/tickets-bestellen/
Jan 10 – Germany, Bonn - Harmony http://www.bonnticket.de/suchergebnisse/seo/NEKTAR%20Konzert%202014_679324_details.html?eventid=679324&pkey=1002.679324.0&eventtitle=NEKTAR%20Konzert%202014&cHash=5cfe47f448f3103aff8bb1971b84f8b5
Jan 11 – Germany, Frankfurt - Das Bett http://www.rangeins.de/frankfurt/nektar-2014-01-11-20-30-frankfurt-das-bett/
Jan 12 – Germany, Berlin - White Trash
Jan 13 – Germany, Hamburg – Marxx
Jan 14 – Denmark, Copenhagen – tbc
Jan 16 – Austria
Jan 17 - Austria, Ried Kik
Jan 18 - Austria, Greifenburg Kultursaal
For Further Information:
Nektar facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nektar/198355536955655
Nektar website: http://nektarsmusic.com/nn/home/home_new.asp
NEIL YOUNG TO PERFORM FOUR BENEFIT SHOWS IN CANADA TO SUPPORT ATHABASCA CHIPEWYAN FIRST NATION LEGAL DEFENSE "HONOR THE TREATIES" SHOWS TO TAKE PLACE IN JANUARY WITH SPECIAL GUEST DIANA KRALL TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13TH
December 9th, 2013 -(Burbank, CA.) Neil Young has announced that he will perform four benefit shows in his native Canada to raise money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund. The "Honor The Treaties" concert dates are listed below. A very special guest, Diana Krall, will also perform on each of the dates. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday December 13th.
The ACFN refer to themselves as K'ai Taile Dene, meaning "people of the land of the willow." A Legal Defense fund was set up to support the ACFN's legal challenges against oil companies and government that are obstructing their traditional lands and rights. As people of the land the ACFN have used and occupied their traditional lands in the Athabasca region for thousands of years, hunting, trapping, fishing and gathering to sustain themselves and continue spiritual cultural rights passed down through generations. The ACFN's legal challenges will ensure the protection of their traditional lands, eco-systems and unique rights guaranteed by Treaty 8, the last and largest of the nineteenth century land agreements made between First Nations and the Government of Canada, are upheld for the benefit of future generations.
For more info on the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, please visit: http://www.acfn.com/.
Tickets for the Canadian concerts will range from $55.00 through $250.00 and will be limited to 4 tickets per person. Tickets for all performances go on sale Friday, December 13/13.
In Toronto, tickets available at www.livenation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, Roy Thomson Hall Box Office or call 1-855-985-5000. In Winnipeg, tickets available at www.livenation.com, Charge-By-Phone 1-855-985-5000 and in-person at all Ticketmaster Outlets. In Regina, tickets available at www.livenation.com, Charge-By-Phone 306-525-9999 or 1-800-667-8497 or in-person at Conexus Arts Centre Box Office - 200A Lakeshore Drive.Tickets for all performances go on sale Friday, December 13/13. In Calgary, tickets available at www.livenation.com, Charge-By-Phone 403-294-9494 and in-person at Epcor Centre.
Doors Members Planning To Perform Together Again
Surviving Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore played an unexpected four-song set at a Jim Morrison memorial event last week and they're planning to perform together again.
The pair had previously discussed the possibility of taking the stage together after the death of keyboardist Ray Manzarek brought them together earlier this year. They hadn't been on speaking terms for nearly a decade following the launch of a spate of lawsuits.
Krieger and Densmore appeared side-by-side on December 5 to mark what would have been frontman Morrison's 70th birthday. They were only expected to take part in a question-and-answer session, but they surprised and delighted the audience at the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art by playing a set including People Are Strange and Love Me Two Times.
Afterwards Krieger told Rolling Stone: "We're talking about a show – a tribute to Ray for his birthday, February 12. We're going to try and get something together."
Paul Di'Anno Only Retiring From Iron Maiden Performances
Paul Di'Anno says he didn't mean he was retiring when he announced he was retiring. Instead, the colorful frontman insists he only meant he was going to stop performing Iron Maiden songs.
The news emerges almost exactly a year after he told fans he was "pulling the plug" in 2013. And last week he reiterated via Facebook: "For anyone who doesn't already know, I am retiring. But there are still have a bunch of shows to do that could not physically be placed into 2013."
But in a video interview with Metal Force, Di'Anno says: "It's not an actual retirement retirement. All I'm doing is retiring the Iron Maiden sh*t. I'm sick of it. I'm f**king done, mate.
"It was a nice gesture to say thank you on the anniversary of the Maiden albums and it got out of control."
Monster Magnet Cancel North American Tour Dates Due To Illness
New Jersey rockers Monster Magnet have cancelled the final four shows of their first North American tour in ten years due to an illness with frontman Dave Wyndorf.
"Full on flu," explained Wyndorf to fans in the announcement. "Voice-killer, gig-destroyer... I'm so sorry. I hate it more than anybody. We'll make it up, I swear."
"We are all totally bummed the rest of the tour is cancelled," added guitarist Phil Caivano. "Dave is really sick. We were trying to go day to day, only for him to get worse. I'd like to thank everyone who came out and all of you who planned to. No one is more bummed then us. We will be back."
Alter Bridge Announce North American Tour Dates
Alter Bridge have announced the initial dates of a 2014 US tour. Shows begin April 14 in Dallas and currently run to May 1 in Minneapolis, MN; more concerts will be revealed soon.
Alter Bridge recently wrapped up a headlining tour of Europe in support of their new album, "Fortress." The record debuted at No. 12 on the US Billboard 200 chart following first week sales of 30,000.
The band's fourth studio album and first since 2010's "ABIII" was overseen by long-time Alter Bridge producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Falling In Reverse, Story Of The Year, Incubus).
Unreleased Jon Lord Song Premieres Online
The estate of late Deep Purple icon Jon Lord have released "As Tears Go Passing," a previously unheard track from the Jon Lord Blues Project's 2011 live album.
It was recorded at Rottweill, Germany in May 2011 during their brief tour of the country, on which he was accompanied by Maggie Bell, Zoot Money, Miller Anderson, Colin Hodgkinson and Pete York.
His management explain on his official website: "Jon Lord Blues Project fulfilled Jon's desire to branch out from his orchestral world and focus on the Hammond organ through a series of club gigs across Central Europe."
Listen to the track here.
Coverdale Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of His Deep Purple Stage Debut
Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has commemorated his first live show with Deep Purple by posting a special tribute on the homepage of his website.
Coverdale – the so-called "singing salesman from Redcar" who was plucked from obscurity to replace Ian Gillan – made his stage debut with Mk III line-up of Purple 40 years ago today, on December 9, 1973.
The singer has posted the following message on the Whitesnake website: " It was 40 years ago this very day, December 9, 1973, when I had the indescribable honour of walking on stage with the extraordinary talents of Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Glenn Hughes at the KB Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark for the very first time.
"The Burn album had yet to be released, but it showed the balls of the guys in the band to go out and play brand-new, unheard songs to a rapturous Danish audience. An unforgettable experience for me."
AC/DC Classic May Upset Holiday Chart And Slade To Cash In
Former Slade members Noddy Holder and Jim Lea are in line to be paid £800,000 this year for iconic track Merry Xmas Everybody, 40 years after it was first released.
The songwriters continue to rake it in from royalties, with over £500,000 already earned during 2013. The Pogues' Fairytale Of New York is the second-biggest grossing seasonal single of the year, with Mariah Carey in third place.
Meanwhile, an online campaign to send AC/DC classic Highway To Hell to the UK number one spot for Christmas has led to bookmaker cutting the odds on the moment taking place. Paddy Power set the chances at 11/2, with only the as-yet unidentified X Factor winner and pop star Lily Allen doing better.
New Supergroup Celebrates Sunset Strip's 80s Glory Days
A new '80s supergroup will pay tribute to the classic hits of the era, hitting up casinos across North America after an initial run in Vegas. The band, Let It Rawk, features Black N Blue/ex-Warrant vocalist Jaime St. James, Stryper guitarist Oz Fox, Dokken/Quiet Riot/Great White bass player Sean McNabb, and Slash & The Conspirators drummer Brent Fitz. The anchor of the band is guitarist/creator/producer Stacey Blades (ex-L.A. Guns), and the band will feature floating members including Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda and original Bullet Boys drummer Jimmy D'Anda.
Let It Rawk celebrates Los Angeles' legendary Sunset Strip in its 80s rock glory days via a new multi-media show. They'll play the music of such hair-band legends as RATT, Motley Crue, W.A.S.P, Dokken, Stryper, Guns N' Roses, Black N Blue, L.A. Guns, Bon Jovi and Warrant.
The show debuts at the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station and Casino, 4949 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, on Saturday, January 18, and will play in Vegas a few times a month before hitting casinos nationally later in 2014.
Chris Cornell To Perform On Letterman
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has announced that he will perform on CBS-TV's The Late Show With David Letterman next Monday, December 16.
Cornell will play his song "Misery Chain", which appears on "Music From And Inspired By 12 Years A Slave", the soundtrack to the new pre-Civil War film based on the true story of Solomon Northrup.
"I was moved by this film and the story in a way that transcends any film experience I have ever had," says Cornell. "I was inspired to write a hundred different songs, but finally landed on one based on what I believe is an extremely important message I took from this man's journey. Compassion, basic human rights and love must be our priorities above race, religion or commerce. Every generation needs a reminder of that simple idea."
Bob Dylan's Historic Stratocaster Sells For Almost $1M
The electric guitar played by Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 has sold at auction for nearly $1m. Dylan caused a storm of controversy when he put down his traditional acoustic instrument and plugged in the Fender Stratocaster for three amplified songs in Rhode Island.
Festival founder George Wein tells the BBC: "He changed the structure of folk music. The minute he went electrics all these young people said, 'Bobby's going electric – we're going electric too.'"
Dylan lost the guitar when he left it on a plane 48 years ago. The pilot, failing to receive instructions from the musician's management, kept hold of it, and a legal battle over ownership was settled out of court recently.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends!
Here is a Rockin' instrumental version of our new release “Winter Wonderland" Watch & Listen here! http://tinyurl.com/FoghatWinterWonderland
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The all-instrumental tune is in digital-only format, and was released on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, via Foghat Records.
As Roger Earl explains, “I wasn’t so sure about doing a stinkin' Christmas song. Bah Humbug! But once the band all got together it turned out to be alot of fun. Towards the end, we had a few glasses of wine and everything was fine. Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas everybody!”
Bryan Bassett, who does some amazing slide playing on this track, also pointed out that he pays tribute to a legendary guitarist on the tune - "We decided to do a fun interpretation of a holiday classic and for my part I wanted to give a nod to one of my favorite guitarists, Lowell George of Little Feat."
"We're still not sure where the inspiration for this came from. It probably involved wine!” adds bassist Craig MacGregor. "Hope you all enjoy it, but don't play it loud next to your tree...everything falls off! Happy Holidays!!!"
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EDDIE VAN HALEN MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO LAUSD MUSIC STUDENTS
Van Halen Guitarist Tells Young Musicians "If You Have A Love Or Even A Like For Music, Go After It, Pursue It"
LOS ANGELES, CA (December 9, 2013) - Eddie Van Halen, one of music's most inventive and influential guitarists, made a surprise visit to music students at LA Unified School District's Foshay Learning Center on Thursday, December 5th.
Twenty seven aspiring musicians, under the tutelage of Music Director Vincent Womack, were transfixed as Van Halen inspired them to pursue their passion for music by sharing stories about the importance of music in his own life.
"I wasn't born 'Eddie Van Halen,' successful or famous, it took years of dedication and practice, practice, practice," said Van Halen.
To help better benefit students in their quest to master music, Eddie and the Fender Musical Instruments Company donated one of his signature EVH 5150lll amplifiers to the class. Eddie also presented each guitar student with a gift bag filled with EVH brand picks, guitar straps, cables, electric guitar strings and a Frankenstein key chain. Fender also contributed acoustic guitar strings to the gift bags.
After scoring a gift bag of his own, Mr. Womack said, "I am so grateful to you for fueling and inspiring us and raising the ceiling of possibilities for the kids. We will never forget today."
Van Halen's visit to the music students was inspired after he attended a fundraising event a few weeks ago for the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation where he was first introduced to Foshay's Musical Director.
Last year, Van Halen donated 75 electric guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation who distributed the guitars to nine schools throughout Los Angeles County. One of the lucky recipients of a guitar, a student named Jose, who was on hand Thursday received a hands on one-on-one lesson from the rock legend who took time to personally teach him the intro to the Van Halen classic "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love".
"The gift of music is yours, no one can take that away no matter what," Van Halen said to Mr. Womack's class. He added, "It is not a rich/poor thing nor does it discriminate. If you have a love or even a like for music, go after it, pursue it. Music helps lift your self-esteem, it gave me an identity, kept me out of trouble, gave me goals and the desire to improve. It gave me a life. I am an example of what music can do for someone. What it did for me, it can do for you all. Anything is possible".
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Armoury Records To Re-Issue Five Of Derek Sherinian’s Solo Albums on February 11, 2014
New York, NY (December 9, 2013)—On February 11, 2014, Eagle Rock’s rock label Armoury Records is delighted to be reissuing five of Derek Sherinian’s solo albums. [MSRP $13.98 each] As one of the most talented, respected and in-demand keyboard players in rock, he is known for attacking, confident and instantly recognizable style. A former member of Dream Theater and Black Country Communion, he has also played with Alice Cooper, Kiss, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen and Black Label Society. He is also a member of the supergroup Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine, Sherinian, (PSMS).
The first of Armoury’s reissue series is Inertia, which was Derek Sherinian’s second solo album, originally released in 2001. It marks the start of his long-term collaboration with Toto drummer Simon Phillips and includes contributions from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather and Tony Franklin. Black Utopia was the third solo album, originally released in 2003. It features contributions from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, Billy Sheehan, Yngwie Malmsteen and Al Di Meola. The track Axis Of Evil features a stunning guitar duel between metal icons Zakk Wylde and Yngwie Malmsteen.
Fourth came Mythology, originally released in 2004. It features contributions from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Stevens and a rare guest appearance by John Sykes. Blood Of The Snake was Derek Sherinian’s fifth solo album, originally released in 2006. It features contributions from Billy Idol, Slash, Zakk Wylde, John Petrucci, Simon Phillips, Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Lukather among others. Molecular Heinosity was Derek Sherinian’s sixth solo album, originally released in 2009. This album features contributions from Zakk Wylde, Virgil Donati, Brian Tichy and Tony Franklin.
Armoury’s reissue of these five Derek Sherinian solo albums represents their release at mid-price for the first time and is the perfect way to enjoy this incredible talent, described by Guitar World as the “King Of Keys”.
Additionally, a direct-to-consumer store will be available with all 5 CD’s and an exclusive shirt bundle. Click here to view link: http://www.theomegaorder.com/DerekSherinian
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Metallica Perform The Most Unique Show They Have Ever Done
Metallica performed in Antarctica on Sunday as part of a Coca-Cola Zero-sponsored promotional event, and the band are sharing photos from the concert.
"This was the most unique show Metallica has ever done," posted the group. "The band, contest winners, research station scientists (from Russia, South Korea, China, Poland, Chile, Brazil and Germany), and the ship crew, all crammed in this little dome out on the helipad of Carlini Station in Antarctica! The energy in the little dome was amazing! Words cannot describe how happy everyone was."
Metallica's dome performance was transmitted to the audience via headphones with no amplification. The Coca-Cola Zero contest was open to fans from several Latin and South American countries.
Check out the set list and photos here.
Stevie Nicks Reacts To Christine McVie's Possible Fleetwood Mac Return
Former Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie made headlines last month when she said she would like to rejoin the group after a 15-year absence, and now Stevie Nicks has offered her comments on the situation.
"I think she's probably been asked 5 million times to come back to the band," Nicks tells Billboard. "By all of us. By every one one of us. And she has said, in no uncertain terms, 'No. No. Absolutely not. No way.'"
"If Chris wants to come back to the band," Stevie continued, "I said to her, 'It's your band. I don't really think you have to ask. Because it's your band. McVie. Fleetwood Mac-vie? So, it all depends, Chris, on you. How you feel. Do you want to take this on again?'"
Black Sabbath Nominated For Multiple Grammy Awards
Black Sabbath's reunion studio album 13 has been nominated for a Grammy in the annual awards event, while their track God Is Dead? has been shortlisted for two more.
They're named in the categories of Best Rock Album, Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Song for the 56th ceremony, which takes place on January 26 in Los Angeles. The metal veterans have previously won just one Grammy, for their live rendition of Iron Man on 1999 album Reunion.
David Bowie and the Rolling Stones both have three nominations while Led Zeppelin and Queens Of The Stone Age have two, and Paul McCartney is named in four categories. Other nominees include Anthrax, Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage, Volbeat, Gary Clark Jr, Muse, Kings of Leon, Neil Young, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica.
Led Zeppelin's live set, "Celebration Day", has earned the band two 2014 Grammy Award nominations. "Celebration Day" captures a reunited Led Zeppelin in concert at London's O2 Arena on December 10, 2007, when they headlined a tribute concert for friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.
"Celebration Day" is up for "Best Rock Album" alongside David Bowie's "The Next Day", Black Sabbath's "13", "Mechanical Bull" by Kings Of Leon, "…Like Clockwork" by Queens Of The Stone Age, and "Psychedelic Pill" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
"Kashmir" from "Celebration Day" received a nod for "Best Rock Performance" along with David Bowie's "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", and songs by Jack White ("I'm Shakin'"), Queens Of The Stone Age ("My God Is The Sun"), Imagaine Dragons ("Radioactive"), and Alabama Shakes ("Always Alright").
David Bowie Up For Three Grammys
David Bowie's 2013 comeback album, "The Next Day", has received three Grammy Awards nominations ahead of next month's event in Los Angeles. Upon its release in March, "The Next Day" debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 album chart with opening week sales of 85,000.
"The Next Day" picked up nods for "Best Rock Album" and "Best Recording Package", while the project's second single, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", earned a nomination for "Best Rock Performance."
Bowie's first album in 10 years earned the singer his largest sales week for an album since SoundScan started tracking data in 1991 (Bowie's previous best SoundScan-era sales frame came when 2002's "Heathen" started with 55,000 at No. 14.).
Deep Purple Stream Song From NOW What?! Gold Edition
Deep Purple released the Gold Edition of their 2013 album, "NOW What?!", in Europe this past week, and the group has issued an instrumental version of "Hell To Pay" to help promote the project.
The 2-disc set includes an expanded version of the band's latest studio album along with two bonus tracks ("It'll Be Me" and "First Sign Of Madness"), and the "NOW What?! Live Tapes", a collection of 12 live songs that have been recorded in Rome, Milan, Gaevle and Aalborg on the band's current tour.
Fans who have purchased "NOW What?!" will have the chance to buy the double pack, paying less than a newly released live album. Fans of vinyl will have the chance to purchase the live album as a limited heavy vinyl double LP.
Rolling Stones Receive Three Grammy Nominations
The Rolling Stones have picked up three nominations for the 2014 Grammy Awards ceremony, which will be held January 26, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS.
"Doom And Gloom" is a finalist for Best Rock Song, which honors songwriters. Other tracks on the list are Black Sabbath's "God Is Dead?", Gary Clark Jr.'s "Ain't Messin' Around", the Paul McCartney/Nirvana collaboration "Cut Me Some Slack", and "Panic Station" by Muse.
In the Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package category, the Stones' release of "The Brussels Affair" – documenting a 1973 concert in Belgium – earned a nod, along with sets by Mayer Hawthorne ("How Do You Do [Limited Edition Box Set])," Mumford & Sons ("The Road to Red Rocks (Special Edition)," Paul McCartney & Wings ("Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)," and a various artists collection, "The Smith Tapes."
The Stones received a third nomination in the Best Historical Album category for "Charlie Is My Darling — Ireland 1965". That release will go up against projects featuring the works of Bill Withers ("The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums"), the New York Art Quartet ("Call It Art 1964-1965"), Sir George Solti ("Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Deluxe Edition)", and a various artists project, "Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980–1980."
The Story Behind The Eagles' Hotel California Album Cover
According to Eagles lynchpin Don Henley, the sleeve of 1976's Hotel California was intended to convey an atmosphere of "faded glory, loss of innocence and decadence".
There was no shortage of locations that fitted the bill in the band's home town of Los Angeles, but Henley looked further afield for his creatives, turning to the British art director Kosh, who had made his reputation with The Beatles (most notably 1969's Abbey Road) and consolidated it with work for The Who (1971's Who's Next).
Having moved to the US West Coast a few months earlier, Kosh was brought in by Eagles management to meet the band and hear a rough cut of the title track from their next album – a hummable but hollow-eyed tale of LA burnouts populating a hotel from which you 'can check out any time you like, but you can never leave'. Then, with the vibe established, it was down to business.
In a 2007 interview with The Rock And Roll Report, Kosh recalled that "Don wanted me to find and portray the fictional Hotel California hostelry – a hotel which would exemplify a classic California hotel – and to portray it with a slightly sinister edge".
Setting out with photographer David Alexander, the designer shot a shortlist of three locations. Henley chose a dusk shot of the Beverly Hills Hotel at 9641 Sunset Boulevard. Choosing the shot of the Beverly Hills Hotel was the easy part.
Rare Eddie Van Halen Song Goes Online
A rare 1983 Eddie Van Halen solo track, "All Fired Up", has surfaced online. The Van Halen News Desk reports the song was written and performed by Eddie as part of the musical score from the movie, "The Wild Life."
The guitarist wrote the full musical score for the film, which was written by Cameron Crowe ("Almost Famous"). "The Wild Life" stars Chris Penn, Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson and others as teenagers living and partying in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
According to the fan site, director Art Linson wanted a piece of music that would play in the background of a crazy, rowdy house party, and "All Fired Up" is what Eddie delivered. In the movie, viewers can hear only sections of the track, obscured by the loud party.
Parts of "All Fired Up" were later re-used for "A.F.U.(Naturally Wired)", a track that appeared on Van Halen's 1988 album, "OU812." Listen to the song.
THE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE RECEIVES CRITICAL PRAISE DURING FALL TOUR AND WILL HIT OVER 30 NEW CITIES THROUGH SPRING 2014 STARTING THURSDAY, JANUARY 16
THE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE—produced by Dan Aykroyd, Judith Belushi and original Blues Brothers musical director Paul Shaffer—recently wrapped a 31-date fall tour to critical praise. Adjectives such as “excellent,” “astounding,” “fun,” “terrific,” “outstanding,” “knock-out” and “entertaining” have all been used to describe this fun for all-ages show.
The tour will resume in 2014 with another 31 shows kicking off Thursday, January 16 in Idaho Falls, ID. From there, they will stop in various cities throughout Montana, Washington, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina and Florida among others before wrapping mid-April with stops throughout California. See below for full tour schedule. Look for more dates throughout the remainder of the year to be announced.
The live concert show combines the comedy and hit songs from the original 1980 hit film as well as the five iconic albums released by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Featuring Wayne Catania as Jake and Kieron Lafferty as Elwood, THE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE and their eight-piece intercontinental rhythm & blues revue band including erstwhile background vocals from Precious and Ebonie Taylor, the niece and grand niece, respectively, of the legendary Koko Taylor, pay homage to the humor, music and mayhem of the Blues Brothers and to Chicago’s rich musical history of blues, gospel and soul music. The show features all the Blues Brothers classics including “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Rawhide” and “Gimme Some Lovin’” among many others.
JORDAN RUDESS DREAM THEATER KEYBOARDIST AND AWARD-WINNING APP BUILDER RELEASES SOLO PIANO ALBUM “ALL THAT IS NOW”
“JORDAN RUDESS EXPLORES” THE INTERACTIVE AURAL AND VISUAL IOS APP RELEASED IN CONJUNCTION WITH ALBUM
JORDAN RUDESS, best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy-nominated prog rock band, DREAM THEATER, has released his latest solo piano recording, ALL THAT IS NOW. The album contains 13 pieces, composed and performed by JORDAN on his favorite instrument, a 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano. The album was created as part of a PledgeMusic crowdsourcing campaign in which almost 1,000 fans pledged between $10 to $5,000 in exchange for updates on his recording process and a battery of prizes ranging from private lessons to backstage passes. The PledgeMusic campaign also raised money for RUDESS’ upcoming orchestral album which will be released early in 2014.
Says RUDESS, “This album is very close to my heart. For years, I searched until I found the instrument of my dreams that would be the perfect extension of my musical thought, playing literally every piano I could find all over the world. I found my concert grand seven years ago and, ever since, my deepest musical connection occurs when I play my Steinway. It is my lifetime goal to purely translate the music in my mind, to my hands and then onto the keyboard. This album captures the magic of that connection. The recording was done simply in the piano room of my house using just my Steinway D and Earthworks microphones. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it.
In addition to his solo piano CD, ALL THAT IS NOW, RUDESS has also released a WIZDOM MUSIC interactive iOS app, “JORDAN RUDESS EXPLORES,” which enables an interactive aural and visual experience with the music from the CD. JORDAN RUDESS EXPLORES was created by Jordan with developer Joe Zobkiw to explore the intersection between the traditional and electronic world we all live in.
In addition to playing in DREAM THEATER, RUDESS, voted "Best Keyboardist of All Time" by Music Radar Magazine, is the President of a successful music App development company WIZDOM MUSIC (www.wizdommusic.com), creators of award-winning apps such as MorphWiz, SampleWiz, and Geo Synthesizer. Jordan has worked with a wide range of artists including LMR, his newest side project with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman, Liquid Tension Experiment, David Bowie, Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen, the Dixie Dregs, Rod Morgenstein, Enrique Iglesias, Tony Williams, Jan Hammer and the Paul Winter Consort. DREAM THEATER’s newest self-titled album was released this fall on Roadrunner Records. The band will begin a whirlwind 14-month world tour in January, 2014. Their full-length concert DVD, Live at Luna Park, released last month went immediately to #1 on the Music DVD charts.
Purchase the “JORDAN RUDESS EXPLORES” app here:
iTunes Store - http://explores.jordanrudess.com
Learn more about Jordan’s PledgeMusic campaign and pledge here:
PledgeMusic - http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jordanrudess
Win a signed copy of 'For Facts Sake' The New Book By Rock Icon Bob Daisley
Win a signed copy of Bob Daisley's autobiography, 'For Facts Sake'. To enter the competition, e-mail your answers to the following questions to email@example.com...
1. What was Bob's original title for the song that was re-titled SATO?
2. What name did The Blizzard of Ozz perform under for their first unannounced show?
3. How far apart were 'Blizzard of Ozz' and 'Diary of a Madman' recorded?
4. In less than 25 words, what is your favourite song from either 'Blizzard of Ozz' or 'Diary of a Madman', and why?
Bob will choose the winning entry. The competition closes on December 12th and the winner will be notified by e-mail and announced on the website.
For details go to http://www.bobdaisley.com/news/win-copy-facts-sake
RICHARD THOMPSON TO KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH EXTENSIVE TOUR
Dates begin January 10, 2014 and include shows at City Winery in Chicago, The Sandy Beaches Cruise and The 30A Songwriters Festival
“[Thompson is] a superior guitarist who always plays with a clear tone and exquisite taste, and provides no small amount of head-snapping surprises – features present in abundance on Electric.”
– Wall Street Journal
“Folk-rock the way it should be done, but from one of the most underrated guitarists in rock history. Listen and learn, Mumford. Listen and learn.” – Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions
NASHVILLE, TN – Dec. 5, 2013 – As the New Year approaches, Richard Thompson prepares for a headline tour that kicks off in Saratoga, CA on Jan. 10th, 2014. 2013 was a busy year for the legendary guitarist/songwriter with the release of his latest album Electric, and a full schedule of shows worldwide, including recent dates on the road with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Thompson was nominated for “Artist of the Year” at the 2013 Americana Music Awards and received critical acclaim for Electric, which was produced by esteemed musician/producer Buddy Miller.
Thompson will perform solo acoustic with his son Teddy as a special guest on many of the dates but will add his band mates to play as The Electric Trio on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Cruise and the following dates in Florida.
The recipient of BBC's Lifetime Achievement Award, The Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement in Songwriting Award, and named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of all time, Thompson is also one of the world's most celebrated songwriters. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, David Byrne, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt and many others have recorded his work. Thompson continues to astound both as a guitar player and performer as NPR Music says “[Thompson is] a folksinger who doesn’t sound out of place shredding like an arena-rock star…and still writes songs that sting and storm” with Rolling Stone adding “…the excellence is undeniable.”
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Jan 10, 2014 Saratoga, CA Montalvo Center *
Jan 11, 2014 Saratoga, CA Montalvo Center *
Jan 12, 2014 Saratoga, CA Montalvo Center *
Jan 18, 2014 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 30A Songwriters Festival *
Jan 19, 2014 cruise Sandy Beaches Cruise +
Jan 27, 2014 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre +
Jan 28, 2014 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live +
Feb 19, 2014 St. Louis, MO The Pageant *
Feb 21, 2014 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place *
Feb 22, 2014 Madison, WI The Barrymore Theater *
Feb 24, 2014 Chicago, IL City Winery *
Feb 25, 2014 Chicago, IL City Winery *
Feb 26, 2014 Chicago, IL City Winery *
Feb 28, 2014 Kent, OH The Kent Stages *
Mar 1, 2014 Pittsburgh, PA The Byham Theater *
Mar 3, 2014 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark *
Mar 6, 2014 Toronto, ONT Telus Centre – Koerner Hall *
Mar 7, 2014 Buffalo, NY Asbury Hall – Babeville *
Mar 8, 2014 Ithaca, NY Hanger Theater *
Mar 9, 2014 Middlebury, VT Town Hall Theater *
Mar 11, 2014 Brownfield, ME The Stone Mountain Arts Center *
Mar 13, 2014 Old Saybrook, CT Katharine Hepburn CAC *
Mar 14, 2014 Tarrytown, NY The Tarrytown Music Hall *
Mar 15, 2014 South Orange, NJ SOPAC *
* solo acoustic
+ Richard Thompson Electric Trio
TJ NIX AND PAUL PLUMERI - BLUES IN DISGUISE SET TO RELEASE DVD/CD COMBO 'LIVE AT PATRIOT'S THEATER'
TRENTON, N.J. - TJ Nix and Paul Plumeri, the core of Blues in Disguise, will show the world that live is where it's at with the release of the combo's first live DVD and companion CD on January 3.
The group, which has released one self-titled studio recording, chose one of its most anticipated live performances at the historic Trenton's Patriots Theater at the War Memorial to capture its hard-charging blues attack.
"The War Memorial is a beautiful venue," said Plumeri, a native of New Jersey's capital city. "It's sadly the only REAL venue in Trenton still standing that has history, class, and great acoustics. It is the sight of many memorable performances throughout my career, so it has special meaning to me."
The release captures a total of 12 tracks, culling from the band's debut CD and blues classics, as well as a few favorites from Plumeri's solo album, "Bishop of the Blues," done with a distinct Blues in Disguise twist.
"This recording goes to show that we can match anything on record, and then kick it up a notch!" Nix proclaimed. "That goes for our original tunes as well as the covers. The five classics that we chose were transformed into the 'Trenton Blues' style, and the tracks from 'Bishop of the Blues' took on a whole new life."
The synergy of the two longtime friends and collaborators - joined by Angelo DiBraccio (sax), Nick Hutton (acoustic guitar), Jerry Monk (bass), Marty Paglione (drums), and Michael White (drums)
- shines through on the 66-minute DVD and 77.88-minute CD, filmed in high definition and directed by Joe Cap, a graduate of Hofstra University who has worked with FUSE TV, DGIT, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Bam Margera.
"My appreciation for the blues was heightened by working on this project, and it was a true pleasure to work with such talented people ," Cap said. "Generally, I am set to work with people in the hip hop realm, however this project allowed me to understand the transcendent nature of this genre of music. I hope that everyone enjoys these videos as much as myself and crew enjoyed creating it."
The group's debut album received tremendous critical reviews:
"Don't dig into 'Blues in Disguise' expecting meandering blues jams. This raucous-yet-tightly-knit musical offering validates why the term 'Trenton blues' represents an ongoing, viable, and, most likely, way-overlooked facet of the blues genre." -- Willie G. Moseley, Vintage Guitar Magazine
"'Blues in Disguise' is a nonstop groove-fest that falls somewhere between the great Chess Records dates of the 1950s, the horn-laden pomp of Roomful of Blues and the six-string workouts of The Allman
Brothers Band. TJ Nix's diabolical diatonic harp skills float a string of melodic ideas that mesh perfectly with guitarist Paul Plumeri's daring jazzy and funky phrasings. 'Blues in Disguise' is just as heady
as it is heavy." -- Will Romano, author of Big Boss Man: The Life & Music of Bluesman Jimmy Reed
CHICAGO’S 1969 CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY ALBUM CHOSEN AS 2014 GRAMMY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating great recordings, The Recording Academy® has announced the newest additions to its legendary GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.
Chicago’s 1969’s Chicago Transit Authority was an immediate hit and an unprecedented double-album debut. This recording had an enormous influence on the music world, rock especially. With three lead singers and intense contemplative lyrics, the big band type of horn section mixed with acid rock was ground-breaking. It featured: “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is?”, ‘Beginnings”, “Questions 67 and 68” and “I’m A Man.” The album stayed on the charts for a then-record of 171 weeks.
The Grammy Hall Of Fame acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees.
The Fifth Beatle Movie Coming
"The Fifth Beatle", a biopic about the band's manager Brian Epstein, will start production next year and will become the first-ever feature film about The Beatles to secure music rights to their songs granting unprecedented access to the Lennon/McCartney music catalog.
Based on Tony Award winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary's recently-released graphic novel of the same name, the project will be directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On, The Break-Up).
"From the moment I read Vivek's graphic novel, I knew I wanted to be the person to bring Brian's story to the big screen," said Reed. "I'm a lifelong Beatles fan, obviously, but it's Brian's fascinating life that really blew me away and drew me to this project. He's the ultimate outsider who, against all odds, became the ultimate insider. He was responsible for shepherding the most popular artistic expression of "love" in the history of modern culture, and yet he wasn't allowed to express his own love during that time."
Gene Simmons of KISS To Host Rock Camp
KISS bassist Gene Simmons will host a spring 2014 edition of Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas. Set for March 27-30, 2014, Simmons will be joined by KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, Sebastian Bach, bassist Dave Ellefson of Megadeth and guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol).
Rock Star counselors include Lita Ford, drummer Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath) and more to be announced. "Mentoring adult and young rockers at the fantasy camp has always been an amazingly rewarding experience for me," said Simmons. "I enjoy teaching and handing over lessons I've learned from the business to young and upcoming talent."
The Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp is the world's only place where real people get the life-changing experience of meeting, writing songs, recording and performing with their musical heroes.
Bruce Springsteen Manuscript Fetches Almost $200K
What is one band's trash is some fan's treasure. This holds true for Bruce Springsteen, whose handwritten, working lyric sheet for his 1975 hit "Born To Run" sold for a hefty $197,000 at Sotheby's in New York City.
The lyric sheet, which dates back to 1974, was written in his hometown of Long Branch, NJ. The lyrics are written in blue ink on an 8 1/2-by-11 sheet of ruled notepaper. Sotheby's states the manuscript at one point in time belonged to Mike Appel, Springsteen's former manager and producer.
Springsteen's stream-of-consciousness style of writing can be seen in the lyrics on the manuscript, such as those in the excerpt below:
"This town'll rip the (out your) bones from your back / it's a suicide trap (rap) (it's a trap to catch the young) your dead unless / you get out (we got to) while your young so (come on! / with) take my hand cause tramps/ like us baby we were born to run." Possible lyrics on the margins of the manuscript include words like "Wild" and "Angels", as well as a word resembling "velocity".
Robby Krieger and John Densmore Host An Evening With The Doors
The Doors' Robby Krieger and John Densmore held a joint question-and-answer session Thursday (Dec. 5) at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles, following a screening of the 2012 documentary film, Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman.
Titled "An Evening with The Doors," the event featured remembrances of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died this past May, and singer Jim Morrison, who would have celebrated his 70th birthday this Sunday (Dec. 8).
"It makes me sick to think about all the cool stuff we might have come up with in all this time, had Jim lived longer," observed Krieger, in anticipation of the event. "I often wonder why so many great people pass on at such an early age. Could it be that when you're gone, you stay at that age for eternity? If so, the joke's on us."
The screening was part of Film Independent at LACMA, a film series produced by Film Independent and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and presented by The New York Times.
The Answer Expand New Horizon Tour
The Answer have confirmed 32 more tour dates in support of recent album New Horizon. Their journey kicks off in February and takes in the UK, Eire and Germany, with the album's title track released as a single on March 23.
The Irish outfit's fourth album was produced by ex Little Angels frontman Toby Jepson and received acclaim on release in September – Classic Rock said: "New Horizon delivers in style and Cormac Neeson's gravel-gargling vocals are stunning throughout."
Neeson himself says: "The first part of the New Horizon tour was absolutely fantastic, and we're back in a big way. We're really looking forward to getting out to perform in some towns and cities where we haven't been for a few years. It's a true 'Road Less Travelled' tour."
David Bowie Surprises Fans With New Video Debut
For years David Bowie had been quiet. Some fans just assumed he had retired. But in the wee hours of January 8 — his birthday, as it happens– he announced the imminent release of his first album in a decade, The Next Day. He then released — with no prior adieu — a single and video for "Where Are We Now?"
Yesterday morning (December 5), Bowie again, with no heads-up given, debuted a new video for "I'd Rather Be High (Venetian Mix – Wasted Edit)."
The video, featuring what appears to be vintage footage of soldiers celebrating their return home from war, reflects the lyrics in the seemingly anti-war song: "I'd rather be high/I'd rather be flying/I'd rather be dead/Or out of my head/Than training these guns on those men in the sand."
As for Bowie, the footage of him singing the song is filtered and warped. He's present, but not but not as present as compared to his recent clips for "The Next Day" or "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)." Or even his recent Louis Vuitton ad.
This year has seen Bowie pull off the unusual trick of maintaining a pop culture buzz for months on end without making a single promotional appearance or even performing. Instead, he has promoted his art with more art as in the aforementioned videos, as well as a clip for a remix of "Love Is Lost." That remix, done by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, was part of a batch of extra songs that made up the 2 CD/DVD expanded edition of The Next Day, which helped to keep Bowie in the news.
Ozzy Osbourne Celebrates Birthday With Family Feud
Ozzy Osbourne took to his Facebook page on his 65th birthday to wade into a family feud between wife Sharon and her brother David Levy. The siblings have been at odds for decades, with a truce of several years dissolving after they fell out over where their late father Don Arden was to be buried in 2007.
Earlier this week Levy, who suffers from MS, like the Osbourne's son Jack, said he wanted their mutual illness to heal the family rift and also discussed his concern for Sharon's interest in cosmetic surgery.
She lashed back, "I'm fuming. We call him Fredo after the weak son in The Godfather who sold the family out – that's my brother. It seems all he wants is our money. I want absolutely nothing to do with him," Sharon told the Mirror. "I feel very bad for him that he has MS but I can't help him with that. As far as him wanting to help Jack with his MS, I think it is an excuse.
Yesterday Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy joined the attack saying: "David Levy, brother-in-law in name only, leave my family alone. Stop selling false stories on my family. Get a job and be a man.
"Thank God you can choose your friends but you are stuck with your family – even though David Levy has never been and never will be family."
Legendary guitarist, MARTY FRIEDMAN, announces new studio album set for spring release
(Los Angeles, CA) Perhaps the most revered lead guitarist in thrash metal history, MARTY FRIEDMAN– whose groundbreaking work with Megadeth, Cacophony and as a solo artist has influenced legions of players around the globe -- is currently putting the finishing touches on a new studio album, "Inferno."
Tentatively set for a spring release, the album -- FRIEDMAN's first original material in four years, and his first album in more than a decade that will be released simultaneously worldwide -- will feature what FRIEDMAN feels is the heaviest, most intense playing of his career. A one-minute teaser can be heard below:
"I'm extremely proud of the work I've done with Cacophony and Megadeth, but I was never interested in stopping there," FRIEDMAN says. "'Inferno' is the album that fans of my work with those two bands have always wanted me to make. I've finally made it, and completely on my own maniacal terms."
As Guitar World recently revealed in an exclusive in-studio feature, "Inferno" will include several collaborations with players influenced by FRIEDMAN, including Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Revocation guitar whiz David Davidson and the flamenco/metal acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. In addition, the album includes FRIEDMAN's first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in the pioneering duo of guitar mayhem, Cacophony.
"On the guests' songs, each would write a song from scratch, and then I would arrange it and add my parts to it," FRIEDMAN says. "That way, we were both invested in it, and it’s a little bit of a deeper experience than just banging out a guest solo.”
Make no mistake, though -- "Inferno" is unquestionably a MARTY FRIEDMAN album, and one he plans to tour behind extensively (including his first U.S. performances since 2003). Furthermore, it features what FRIEDMAN told Guitar World is "the most intense writing and playing I can do," with the goal of "go(ing) completely ape-shit and smok(ing) everything else I've ever done."
"I wanted to create a new landmark to which my future music will be compared," FRIEDMAN elaborates further. "That idea of just going completely balls-out -- knowing what the full potential of my music and my playing could possibly be, and actually making it a reality -- was what drove me through the whole process."
Just as he changed the game in the worlds of metal and guitar once before with his revered solo debut "Dragon's Kiss," FRIEDMAN now raises the bar to a new level for a new generation with "Inferno." More information on the album will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Chris Cornell Cancels Tour Due To Injury
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has announced that he has been forced to cancel the final two dates of his current solo tour due to a recent shoulder injury.
"It is with regret that the upcoming December 5th Chris Cornell concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Florida and the December 6th concert at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida will be cancelled," Cornell's team said in a statement posted on his social media sites.
"After Chris was forced to cancel the November 27th show in Delaware to rest his shoulder for 2 days, he returned to the tour in Atlanta at Center Stage last night. This morning, the doctor has advised complete rest as the injury has worsened."
Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Working On Solo Album
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed that he is currently working on a solo album and also says that he is writing new music for Def Leppard.
"I got together with [bassist] Lou Castro and [drummer] Glen Sobel today to run through 5 songs for my new record," posted Campbell on Tuesday. "We'll be cutting demo tracks Dec 16th. Big excitement! Well, it is for me, at least..."
Vivian shared additional details in a post on Wednesday. "A few peeps have asked questions about my upcoming recordings, so here are some of the facts: I'm making a rock record (lots of guitar).
"I intend to sing, however, I may ask a real singer to help out if I fail miserably at the demo stages. I'm also writing for Def Leppard (we all are) as Leppard will be recording new music in February. So, all in all it's a busy time creatively."
Black Sabbath Almost Top DVD Chart
Black Sabbath's new live DVD, "Black Sabbath: Live… Gathered In Their Masses", has debuted at No. 2 on the Top Music Videos chart with opening week sales of around 9,000 copies in the United States.
The set features the band recorded over two shows – April 29 and May 1 – in Melbourne, Australia during the early stages of the group's world tour in support of their latest album, "13."
Black Sabbath are currently playing live dates throughout Europe; the fall trek wraps up in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England on December 22.
Eddie Van Halen Admits He Has Destroyed Vintage Guitars
Eddie Van Halen appears on the cover and is the featured interview in the January/February 2014 edition of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a preview of the issue is now available.
The story spotlights a personal tour of Eddie's favorite guitars, and the magazine has posted an excerpt of the story. "I'm not the typical guitar collector in the least," Van Halen tells the magazine. "I've bought a lot of vintage pieces over the years, but I've destroyed quite a few of them. People might think, How could you desecrate the Mona Lisa? but I really don't care what something looks like. I'm more concerned with a guitar's functionality, sound, and playability. That's why I started building my own guitars. Other guitars wouldn't do what I needed them to do, so I made my own."
Van Halen's most famous guitar is the red, white and black-striped homemade axe, alternately dubbed "Frankenstrat" or "Frankenstein." A copy of the iconic guitar that helped launch a DIY generation of players is currently housed in the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
"What trips me out about this guitar is that when I painted it red, that made it more famous," Eddie explains. "A lot of people still don't know that it's the same guitar as the black-and-white guitar on the cover of the first Van Halen album. That guitar went through a lot of different phases and changes."
Michael Monroe Says Hanoi Rocks Has Been 'Put To Bed'
Michael Monroe hasn't spoken to Hanoi Rocks bandmate Andy McCoy since the band's last show in 2008 and insists he doesn't have any reason to pick up the phone.
The vocalist is riding high with his solo outfit's latest album Horns And Halos, released after he endured pressure to repeat the success of its forerunner Sensory Overdrive.
But veteran performer Monroe is looking firmly at the future, and doesn't intend to look back at his first big band, which was "reborn" with guitarist McCoy in 2001.
He says: "Hanoi Rocks is finished. The rebirth felt right at the time and I'm glad we did it. I got to see what I could accomplish working with Andy as an equal partner, because he'd had a different attitude about me writing.
"We made three good albums, but it ran its course. It wasn't fun any more so we put it to bed."
Robert Plant and Neil Young Perform at Bert Jansch Tribute
Robert Plant and Neil Young were among those who paid tribute to late folk-rock pioneer Bert Jansch at a memorial concert on Tuesday, marking what would have been his 70th birthday.
The Pentangle co-founder died in 2011 after a battle with lung cancer, leaving a musical legacy which inspired a wide range of musicians including Eric Clapton, Donovan and Elton John and Nick Drake.
Guest performers at London's Royal Festival Hall included Led Zeppelin frontman Plant, Ralph McTell, Donovan, and Pentangle bandmates Jacqui McShee, Terry Cox and Danny Thompson.
Young recorded an exclusive video performance of Jansch's Needle Of Death, which inspired the Canadian's own classic track The Needle And The Damage Done. Plant sang Go Your Way My Love, later saying: "We all came to a similar place but we concentrated on different levels. Bert was a digger for us all."
Queen: The Studio Experience Opens
Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor were in Montreux on Monday evening (December 2) for the opening of a new exhibition dedicated to the band's long relationship with the Swiss city. During their visit, May also spoke about the forthcoming feature film based on the life and times of Freddie Mercury.
The event coincided with the renewal of Queen's partnership with Universal Music Group, with the promise of rare and unreleased material to be released. The deal was first struck in 2010, when a major catalogue reissue programme was launched that saw Queen material released on the Island label for the first time.
Queen: The Studio Experience focuses on their long history in Montreux, where they worked at Mountain Studios and created six albums between 1979 and 1995. The exhibition includes a wealth of Queen memorabilia, costumes, instruments, original handwritten lyrics to songs such as One Vision and Tie Your Mother Down, and other artefacts.
It also contains a small cinema and, as the centrepiece, the original control room of the studio, in which fans can sit at the desk and work the faders to create their own mixes from the master tapes of Made In Heaven and Mother Love, the last vocal take recorded by Mercury before his death from AIDS in 1991.
CLASSIC ROCKERS FOGHAT TO UNLEASH NEW DVD, 'LIVE IN ST. PETE’ ON DECEMBER 10TH, 2013
Fans will soon be able to experience the high energy of a Foghat concert from the comfort of their living room, with the DVD release of their performance at Jannus Landing, “LIVE IN ST. PETE.” While most classic rock bands have made it due to monster selling studio albums, Foghat has always been an exception to that rule with their 1977 “FOGHAT LIVE” album being their biggest seller! (Double Platinum). And this holds true to this day as Foghat still tours relentlessly with their thunderous blend of blues, boogie and rock n’ roll. They hit the stage with all cylinders firing and still remain one of the best live bands today with not only as much energy but with 40+ years of additional experience.
One concert review stated “There is so much talent in this band it is ridiculous”. The man who we have to thank for keeping Foghat going and never stopping is founding member Roger Earl who treats the fans to a wicked drum solo. Incredible bassist Craig Macgregor has been a Foghat member since 1975 and played on some of their most successful albums in the 70’s including “FOGHAT LIVE,” “NIGHT SHIFT,” and “STONE BLUE.” Lead/slide guitarist Bryan Bassett is an alumni of both Wild Cherry and Molly Hatchet, while vocalist/guitarist Charlie Huhn played with Ted Nugent, Gary Moore and Humble Pie.
All of Foghat's classics are included in this DVD - "Fool for the City," "I Just Want to Make Love to You," "Stone Blue," “Drivin’ Wheel,” “ My Babe,” and of course, "Slow Ride, “ among many others.
Starting today, fans can get an exclusive first look at the DVD by checking out the band’s performance of ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’ over at UltimateClassicRock.com - http://UltimateClassicRock.com.
A stellar review of this show states: “We were in the front row which proved to be a dangerous situation as we were directly in Bassett’s “shred zone” and our faces were completely melted off. He played a cherrywood Gibson SG and was a Jedi Slide Master. Overall, the concert was exactly what you would expect from Foghat. Lengthy guitar solos, mostly the hit songs that they are known for, playing to the crowd and a 15 minute Slow Ride encore!”
Perhaps the editor of the popular Classic Rock Revisited website, Jeb Wright, sums it up best in the DVD's liner notes - "Brilliant Simplicity is the term I use to describe the music of Foghat. As a band, they do not try to dazzle you with their virtuosity, or baffle you with their bullshit. Instead, as this DVD proves, they simply rock you to your core and put a smile on your face. "
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www.foghat.net - http://www.foghat.net
www.facebook.com/foghat - http://www.facebook.com/foghat
www.foghatcellars.com - http://www.foghatcellars.com
BOSTON’S TOM SCHOLZ TO APPEAR ON ROCKLINE TONIGHT
Boston will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday December 4th, 2013 at 8:30 PT/11:30 ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with Tom Scholz at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log
onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com The show will be streamed for free on the Rockline website beginning the evening after the day of broadcast.
DAVE STEWART AND BITESIZETV WELCOME MUSIC LEGEND AND BEATLE RINGO STARR TO THE “THE RINGMASTER” INTERVIEW SET TO AIR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
Ringo Starr will make a special appearance Wednesday, December 4 on Dave Stewart’s and BiteSizeTV’s “THE RINGMASTER,” the first of its kind music variety show on the net (http://www.bitesizetv.com/#!/theringmaster). Taped in front of a live audience at BiteSizeTV’s brand new studio on Hollywood and Vine, the episode will feature Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart in a candid, wide ranging conversation. “THE RINGMASTER” is a one-hour, bi-weekly, multi-segmented party hosted by the iconic Grammy Award and Golden Globe winner Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, whose company Weapons of Mass Entertainment created the Los Angeles-based show with BiteSizeTV’s founder and CEO Ron Bloom.
The premiere episode of “THE RINGMASTER” (earlier this month) featured a surprise musical performance by Andy Garcia, who penned a song “Jamming with the Ringmaster” for the occasion. He was joined by legendary percussionist, Sheila E. as well as Ozomatli and the Dave Stewart Band and Choir. The episode also featured singer songwriter Judith Hill (“20 Feet from Stardom”), Somalian sister duo Faarrow and multitalented actor Elijah Kelley (“The Butler”). All the guests performed and then joined the party, being entertained by a steady flow of eye-popping sideshow performances from Lucha VaVOOM.
The show’s second episode featured two time Grammy-Award winning singer Colbie Caillat (in an exclusive interview and sneak peek at her new single), a conversation with actor Peter Facinelli about his new comic book series, and an interview and performance from award-winning composer/producer Hans Zimmer with Dave Stewart. The show has featured musical performances from actor/singer/musician Drake Bell, internationally acclaimed violinist Ann Marie Calhoun and indie British singer/songwriter Carina Round.
Each episode is spearheaded by Stewart as the Ringmaster and his guest host Rita D’Albert--co-founder of Lucha VaVOOM, the world-renowned Mexican masked wrestling/burlesque/comedy troupe--along with unexpected antics from a unique cast of characters.
About Ringo Starr
In June 2013 The GRAMMY Museum opened "Ringo: Peace & Love," a record-breaking exhibit which has had more than 90,000 visitors already and is the first major exhibit to focus on a drummer. It will remain open through March 2014. June 2013 also saw Ringo release his first eBook, Genesis Publications' PHOTOGRAPH, featuring never-before-seen images from his personal archives taken by and of Ringo. In October 2013 Genesis unveiled the limited edition hard cover version, with almost twice the amount of yet unseen photographs, accompanied by a series of 12 selected fine art prints. PHOTOGRAPH's publication date coincided with the conclusion of Ringo's most recent All Starr Tour which saw the group play Latin America ending with two shows in Las Vegas on November 23, 2013. In September 2013 Ringo was awarded the prestigious French Medal of Honor, being appointed Commander of Arts & Letters in recognition of his musical and artistic contributions. Ringo's most recent solo release was Ringo 2012 (Hip-O Records/UMe). In January 2013 UMe released the live DVD "Ringo at the Ryman." April 20, 2013, in conjunction with Record Store Day, UMe released a Ringo Starr seven-inch vinyl singles collection, featuring “Photograph,” “It Don’t Come Easy” and “(It’s All Down To) Goodnight Vienna.” In October 2013 Bloomingdales unveiled Ringo's "Shea Drum Kit," which they will display in their flagship New York Store before moving to Los Angeles in January 2014.
About Dave Stewart
Multi-media entrepreneur Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This],” “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “Would I Lie to You?”). Behind the scenes, he has produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, and Sinead O’Connor, garnering numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards along the way. Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist.
Stewart has scored films for several directors, including Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, and Ted Demme, and has written and produced the title songs for many hit movies. Together with Mick Jagger, he wrote and produced the score for “Alfie,” starring Jude Law, which won the pair a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
BiteSizeTV, founded by Internet and media entrepreneur Ron Bloom, is a first of its kind, vertically integrated entertainment network producing proprietary, premium, Hollywood studio-quality entertainment.
BiteSizeTV delivers its programming fresh every day from its live studios on the ground floor of the Hollywood W Hotel, virtually on the famed corner of Hollywood and Vine. BiteSizeTV.com is the company’s online platform, featuring a range of unique technological innovations and delivering content to computers, mobile devices, set top boxes and virtually any connected device. BiteSizeTV programming reaches millions of viewers every month through a growing network of connected TVs, digital satellite, cable and IP television systems.
BiteSize also maintains an exclusive feature film development and production arm led by Academy Award® winning producer Gene Kirkwood that provides a pipeline of commercial movies and franchise properties that extend across all formats.
At its core, BiteSize is a unique fusion of highly accomplished Academy and Emmy Award-winning creators, the hottest new up-and-coming TV and new media talent, and cutting edge Silicon Valley expertise.
Bob Dylan Facing Hate Speech Investigation
Bob Dylan is being probed in relation to alleged racist comments after a community organization raised a lawsuit against him. French authorities have placed the singer-songwriter under judicial investigation.
The CRICCF, which looks after the interests of Croatians living in France, have named Dylan in their legal action alongside the French edition of Rolling Stone.
They say quotes attributed to him, which were published in September 2012, amount to incitement of racial hatred and break national laws – and as a result he's been placed under judicial investigation.
In the interview Dylan is quoted as making a reference to the war of independence fought between Croatian and Serb forces in the 1990s: "If you got a slave master or [Ku Klux] Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood."
Rolling Stones Announce 14 On Fire Tour Dates
The Rolling Stones have announced a series of tour dates for their 2014 14 On Fire Tour. So far the band has announces dates in Asia, Australian, New Zealand and in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
For the Australian tour, the Stones will play shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Hanging Rock and Auckland, in addition to the recently sold-out concert at the revamped Adelaide Oval on March 22. Mick Taylor will be a special guest for the shows, which open March 19 in Perth.
"Can't wait to reconnect with all our friends in Australia & New Zealand," said Mick Jagger. "It's been a while since we've played to you all, so we are looking forward to being back on stage & playing your favourite songs."
"We all had such a ball this year and so we wanted to keep it going!," added Keith Richards. "The energy between the band is better than ever and we're all looking forward to coming back Down Under. I can't wait to get back on the stage with the boys"
Check out all the announced dates and more details here.
Former Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di'Anno Retiring From Music
Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno, who fronted the metal legends for their self-titled debut and their sophomore album "Killers", has announced that he is retiring from music.
Some lucky fans will be able to witness Di'Anno take the stage a final time before he hangs up his microphone for good. He tells fans, "For anyone who doesn't already know - I am retiring.
"But, there are still have a bunch of shows to do, that could not physically be placed into 2013 - even though I was contracted to do them during that period. So there's those shows (here and there) mostly in far off places, that I'll keep my word to perform at.
KISS, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Vince Neil and More To Rock For Kids
KISS, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil lead the lineup for a special concert this week that will benefit the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy.
The all-star benefit concert will feature the cover band Hairball backing the special guests which will also include Dee Snider, Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Kip Winger, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Joey Tempest of Europe and others.
The event will be taking place tomorrow, December 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Brennan Rock & Roll Academy state that their mission is to offer "children of the Boys and Girls Club a unique opportunity to not only learn about musical instruments, but to also grow and gain confidence by performing and working in groups."
More details and the latest additions to the event here.
Billy Joel Launching Indefinite Residency at Madison Square Garden
Billy Joel announced an ongoing residency at New York's Madison Square Garden. Joel will perform one concert there per month "for as long as his fans continue to want to come, which should be a long time," noted Hank J. Ratner, the president and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Company, at the event.
Prior to the announcement, Joel had already announced concerts at the famed arena on January 27, February 3, March 21 and April 18, all of which have sold out, according to his official website.
Another date was announced at the press conference: May 9, which is Joel's 65th birthday. Dates for Billy Joel's concerts past May will be announced at a later date, and he promises a unique show every night.
Like the other permanent residents of the Garden (The Knicks, The Liberty and The Rangers), Joel has been given his own custom logo. See it and read more here.
Queen Ink New Record Deal
Queen have signed a new, long-term deal with the Universal Music Group. The new deal, which covers the world outside of North America, comes three years after Queen first signed with Universal Music.
That move saw the band release music through Island Records for the first time in its history and signalled the start of a major re-mastering and repackaging programme, providing live tracks, alternative takes and other additional content for Queen's 15 studio albums.
Queen marked their 40th anniversary in 2011 with a major marketing campaign and a series of high profile events, including the Stormtroopers in Stilettos exhibition staged in London and a major BBC TV documentary on the band.
"We have also enjoyed working with Universal," said Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor. "In spite of being the biggest music company in the world they succeed in retaining a very hands-on personal relationship with their artists, something we much appreciate."
The Who Release Tommy App
As a complement to the deluxe version of The Who's Tommy that was just released, Universal Music has developed what they call "the world's first-ever digital box set." The app is available to download for free through iTunes for smart phones and tablets.
In the app the user can enjoy the first five songs from Tommy for free. You can listen to samples of the remaining songs or purchase them through iTunes for use in the app. The main focus of the app is the book written by Richard Barnes. The first chapter including photographs is available for free while the rest of the book can be downloaded through an in-app purchase.
The Tommy app also include the original album artwork by Mike McInnerney, which can be viewed with remarkable detail and clarity, all while listening to the album if you've purchased it. There are also five live videos included from The Who's Live At The Coliseum '69 concert, including "See Me Feel Me." For those who want to challenge their inner Pinball Wizard, there is a pinball game in the app based on the poster for the band's NYC Metropolitan Opera House gig in 1970.
Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Aerosmith Lead Hellfest Lineup
Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Aerosmith will headline France's Hellfest next June. The three-day festival in Clisson, France runs June 20 – 22, and will feature more than 120 bands.
Iron Maiden will make their first-ever Hellfest appearance with a headlining slot on Friday, Aerosmith will headline Saturday, and Black Sabbath will close out the weekend event on Sunday.
Black Sabbath are currently playing live dates throughout Europe in support of their latest album, "13." The band has just released a new live DVD, "Black Sabbath – Gathered In Their Masses."
U2's The Joshua Tree Enters Grammy Hall of Fame
U2's landmark 1987 album, "The Joshua Tree", is among the new entrees into the 2014 Grammy Hall Of Fame. U2's smash is among 27 recordings announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy for induction in 2014.
The Irish rockers' biggest album spawned three hit singles ("With Or Without You", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Where The Streets Have No Name") on its way to selling more than 25 million copies worldwide, including 10 million in the U.S. alone.
Rock albums joining U2 include Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush", George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass", Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Cosmo's Factory" and the Woodstock soundtrack.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’S ZAKK WYLDE Announces “An Evening With Zakk Wylde”
Thursday, February 13 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Friday, February 14 Duncan, BC Cowichan Theatre
Saturday, February 15 Kelowna, BC Level
Monday, February 17 Edmonton, AB The Ranch
Tuesday, February 18 Calgary, AB Flames Central
Wednesday, February 19 Medicine Hat, AB The Esplanade Arts Centre
Friday, February 21 Regina, SK The Exchange
Saturday, February 22 Saskatoon, SK Broadway Theater
Sunday, February 23 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Theatre
Monday, February 24 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
Wednesday, February 26 London, ON London Music Hall
Thursday, February 27 Toronto, ON The Danforth Music Hall
Friday, February 28 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
Toronto, ON – Guitar icon Zakk Wylde, leader of Black LabelSocieity has announced An "Evening With Zakk Wylde," a solo13-city tour across Canada featuring intimate versions of some of the band's most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde'sbest-selling solo album Book of Shadows and Southern rock band Pride & Glory.
"This is a special Thank You to the Canadian fans for making 'Ain't No Sunshine' top 20 - Top 20 people!" said Wylde. "I love Canada! They always welcome BLS and are so supportive. To do a more intimate, stripped down show, especially in cities where you're so embraced - is just the ultimate. You can take a song that you've played thousands of times, rearrange it and suddenly its something totally fresh and new. Acoustically, the songs are just as powerful and heartfelt. Even transposing them and performing them on piano, they are no less raw and familiar."
Zakk also has a special message to his Canadian fans: “Thanks to the Canadian chapter of the almighty Black Label for the success of Unblackened and the single, “Ain’t No Sunshine!!!” I am looking forward to an special evening with our Canadian family.”
Black Label Society have established themselves at the forefront of Heavy Metal with a series of hard riffing and hugely successful albums alongside worldwide tours that have cemented their reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation. On September 23, 2013, the band released the 2-CD set “Unblackened,” finding Black Label Society in a mellower mood in a performance taped at Club Nokia in Los Angeles earlier this year. The concert showcases the band's songs with a greater use of acoustic instruments but without losing any of their power and intensity. Zakk Wylde leads from the front as always, performing here on both guitar and piano and demonstrating the subtler side of his music alongside the blistering solos that his fans know and love.
For over 20 years he served as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist, a collaboration that produced a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling album No More Tears (Wylde wrote all of the music) and Ozzmosis. He has won nearly every guitar award imaginable, and is a major influence on a new battalion of rock guitarists currently popular today.
The last few years have seen Wylde’s life radically altered. Doctors recently discovered blood clots in his leg. “The doc was like, ‘you have, what, a drink a day? Six? 12? A case?’ I’m like, ‘It’s a liquid diet,’” says Wylde, laughing. “I mean, I’d drink beer while lifting weights. That’s Black Label Society style for you right there. But the doc told me if I kept this up, I’d be dead by the time I was 50. So I stopped drinking. No big deal.”
Bring on the Canadian tour, then.
ROCK TO THE RESCUE EXTENDS A HAND TO THOSE IN NEED FEATURING STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, RICHARD MARX, TED NUGENT, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, SURVIVOR, HEAD EAST & BRUSHVILLE COMPLETELY SOLD OUT
BENEFIT CONCERT AT U.S. CELLULAR COLISEUM IN BLOOMINGTON, IL ON DEC. 4 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CENTRAL ILLINOIS TORNADO & STORM VICTIMS
ROCK & ROLL MEMORABILIA CHARITY AUCTION LAUNCHED ON EBAY PLUS
ROCK TO THE RESCUE ACCEPTING DONATIONS AT ROCKTOTHERESCUE.NET
Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL (December 3, 2013) – STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON are proud to announce the complete sell out of tickets to Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need. On Wed., Dec. 4, this benefit concert at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois will raise funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes and winds. Scheduled to perform at Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need are REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX, RICHARD MARX, TED NUGENT, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, SURVIVOR, HEAD EAST and BRUSHVILLE.
Although tickets are no longer available to attend this concert, artists and organizers urge the public to bid on exciting rock & roll auction items, such as signed instruments, memorabilia and experiences at ebay.com/usr/rocktotherescue, as well as to directly donate to Rock To The Rescue at rocktotherescue.net. Rock To The Rescue will distribute funds raised from ticket sales, auctions and donations to the Midwest Food Bank, Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Tazwood Community Services, Toys for Tots and the Washington Rotary Club. Additional charities may be announced following the event.
Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. The Midwest Food Bank gathers large food donations from nationwide corporations and distributes them to social service organizations, as well as at national disaster sites. The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity is a Community Action Agency and leadership organization that promotes self-sufficiency and economic security. Tazwood Community Services was organized for the purpose of reducing the causes and alleviating the effects of poverty in Tazwood and Woodford Counties. The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to the less fortunate – a Toys for Tots toy drive will be held onsite at Rock To The Rescue. The Washington Rotary Club is a service organization located in Washington, IL and an affiliate of Rotary International.
Rock To tThe Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX’s Tommy Shaw and REO SPEEDWAGON’s Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands’ last tour together, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, Rock To The Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Hannah Shaw, daughter of Tommy Shaw, is Executive Director of Rock To The Rescue.
Cream Collaborator Martin Sharp Dies
Artist Martin Sharp, who designed the covers for Cream's Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire albums and helped to define the iconography of psychedelic rock, has died aged 71.
Sharp began his career in the 1960s as a contributor and art director for Oz, a revolutionary satirical magazine run by Richard Neville. He designed album covers and concert posters for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Donovan and Bob Dylan, and co-wrote the lyrics to Cream's "Tales Of Brave Ulysses."
''He was a fully-charged non-stop rocket in his younger years but it always continued on,'' Neville said, adding that Sharp was "an outsider but also an insider ... At core he was an artist beyond repute in my opinion, but not an artist necessarily certified by the academy."
Sharp died of emphysema at his Bellevue Hill home and art studio in New South Wales, Australia on Sunday.
Zakk Wylde's Evil Twin' Nick Catanese Leaves Black Label Society
Black Label Society rhythm guitarist Nick Catanese has left the band, it's been announced. Known as 'The Evil Twin' for his chemistry with mainman Zakk Wylde, he'd been part of the band since its formation in 1998.
In a brief statement BLS say: "We have amicably parted ways with longtime guitarist Nick, and wish him the very best in his future musical endeavours."
They haven't named a replacement but promise they'll make an announcement soon. The band are currently working in Wylde's studio on their next album, due for release early next year.
The former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist spoke to TeamRock Radio after being named Metal Guru 2013 at the Classic Rock Awards in November.
Scorpions Release 'Dancing With The Moonlight' Unplugged Video
To coincide with Scorpions' new MTV Unplugged release today (December 2) in the UK, the band have leaked footage of new song Dancing With The Moonlight from the performance.
Scorpions were filmed at an open-air show in Athens, Greece, in September, where they played three shows in three nights at the city's Lycabettus Theatre.
Frontman Klaus Meine says of the recording: "We played here many years ago. It is a beautiful place. I can remember that even back then the fans climbed on to the surrounding rocks. Of course we played some of the greatest classics this time, but we also performed a few new songs as well as material that we had never played live up to then. Those are songs which are very popular with the fans but which somehow never made it on to the set lists."
MTV Unplugged: Scorpions Live In Athens is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and CD.
Neil Young's Live At The Cellar Door Streaming Online
Classic Rock has premiered Neil Young's upcoming Archive Performance Series installment Live At The Cellar Door. The album was recorded during his six-night solo run at The Cellar Door in Washington DC from November 30 to December 2, 1970.
It includes a rare version of Cinnamon Girl performed on piano instead of guitar, plus renditions of tracks from After The Gold Rush, and Buffalo Springfield numbers Expecting To Fly, I Am A Child and Flying On The Ground Is Wrong.
Also included are early versions of songs which would appear in later albums, including Old Man, released two years late, and Bad Fog Of Loneliness, which didn't surface until 2007.
Live At The Cellar Door is released on December 9 via Reprise Records and it'll be available in digital, CD and 180g vinyl formats. Stream it here.
Megadeth To Rock Jimmy Kimmel
Megadeth announced that they will perform on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, December 16. The program airs at 11:35 PM EST / 10:35 PM CST.
The band are currently playing dates on their Super Collider US tour with openers Fear Factory and Nonpoint. Megadeth have been on the road since the late spring release of their new album, "Super Collider."
The project debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 album chart in June with opening week sales of 29,000 copies
Rod Stewart Says That '2015 Is Earmarked for The Faces'
If you're a fan of Rod Stewart's late-'60s and early-'70s eras, there's some good news and some bad news. Stewart called in to WZLX (a Radio.com station) and spoke with Carter Alan earlier today (Dec. 2) to talked about two potential reunions.
So, let's start with the bad news: his much-hyped reunion with Jeff Beck. Not happening: "Well, we seem to have lost contact with each other, sadly. Jeff's manager was the guy who was getting us together, but he's fired the manager since then, so that conduit has been closed off."
Which leads us to the good news: "I think we have got much more of a chance of getting the Faces back together, in fact, Ronnie [Wood]'s office is talking to my people, and we're ear-marking 2015." So it appears that the Jeff Beck Group/Faces reunion tour that he was talking about earlier this year was just a good idea.
Van Halen Working On New Album
During a recent interview on SiriusXM, David Lee Roth revealed that Van Halen are in the early stages of working on a new album, and audio of the session is available.
"I was up at (guitarist) Edward (Van Halen)'s house, maybe three days ago - just before I came here to the city - and we're starting to put music together," Roth told Ozzy's Boneyard host Jim Florentine. "Not to give away exactly what the package will be, it's gonna be about 18 months, I think."
"We start way, way, way in advance, 'cause we are eminently art-centric, which is a really fancy way of saying we really do generate all the artwork, the graphics, etc.," he continued.
"We don't hire out and have somebody design a bunch of album covers for us and then choose.... we start from scratch ourselves. Same thing with the merchandise - if you buy a t-shirt, that was designed, literally, in my living room. On and on... stage design, lighting rig, putting the show together - it takes about a year and a half, 18 months, because any idea that you have is 85 phone calls. Anybody can go, 'I got an idea, it's a stage that's shaped like, uh, like a square on top of a circle'. Great, my question never was, 'were you able to dream up a stage design', my question is, 'are you prepared to do the 87 phone calls that are about to follow now, to make sure it came out the way we decided'. And then there's another 80 phone calls that are gonna follow that because we have to figure out how to take the f**kin' thing apart and put it in the trucks and buses. And, and, and. So if you really want to generate the ideas from scratch and bring them all the way to the finish, you're gonna have to learn a few other languages, and you're gonna have to speak those over a lot of extra phone calls. And that's usually the break point for most artists.
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HOLLYWOOD, CA – (December 1, 2013) – Michael Angelo Batio is rereleasing his long awaited solo album after years of touring and performing clinics. Intermezzo features all new original music and is filled with Batio’s signature virtuoso guitar playing of mixed meters, great melodies, superb arrangements, world class production.
Intermezzo features a massive line-up of some of rock and metals best guitarists on the planet along with some heavy solos from his kickstarter supporters. The list of featured guitarist monsters include George Lynch, Guthrie Govan, Michael Romeo, Jeff Loomis, Craig Goldy, Dave Reffett, Chris Poland, Rusty Cooley, Mike Lepond, Elliott Dean Rubinson, Joe Stump, Andrea Martongelli, Alex Stornello, Bill Peck, Max Carlisle, Florent Atem, Annie Grunwald, and Tobias Hurwitz. This also is the first album that Batio recorded using his new Dean signature MAB 7 “Warrior,” which is a 7 string guitar.
The first hundred people to order get their name placed in a drawing for major prizes delivered just in time for Christmas! The runner up gets a HUGE MAB package from Michael – It has MAB’s 5 CD set containing No Boundaries, Planet Gemini, Hands Without Shadows, 2 X Again and Hands Without Shadows 2 – Voices with a T shirt called Divisible by Metal all signed by Batio - GRAND PRIZE is a signature MAB 3 guitar signed by MAB in a silver burst finish! Contest starts December first and Ends 12 noon December 20th – Batio will announce and call the winner December 21st. GO GET YOUR COPY NOW and GOOD LUCK – BUY HERE: www.angelo.com.
Badfinger Legend Joey Molland To Release Highly Anticipated New Solo Album 'Return To Memphis'
London, UK – Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, Joey Molland, best known for his work with the now legendary English band Badfinger, will be releasing his highly anticipated 4th solo album 'Return To Memphis' on December 2, 2013 on UK's Gonzo Multimedia! The new CD features 10 new Molland compositions recorded at the world famous 'Royal Studios' in Memphis.
Says Joey, “I was raised on a diet of Memphis music, and it was a thrill for me to record there.... I also made a lot of friends.”
Signed to the Beatles' Apple label in the late '60s, Badfinger would go on to score four consecutive worldwide hits from 1970 to 1972: “Come And Get It” (written and produced by Paul McCartney), “No Matter What”, “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue”. In 1971, a cover of the Badfinger song “Without You” by Harry Nilsson became a number one hit on the Billboard charts. Surviving member Joey Molland has continued to keep the Badfinger flame alight through concerts and recordings over the past 30 years. And now he is back with a fantastic new album 'Return To Memphis', which was produced by Carl 'Blue' Wise.
Says Joey, “The album is quite a departure for me and the sound is very different, the treatment of the songs, the song content, and Carl's production and Memphis roots all make for a much simpler approach. I wrote all the songs and they have a lot of meaning to me...I know everybody gets their own feelings out of songs, but you know, I think the songs talk about relevant things and I look forward to peoples' reaction to them. There are no real Badfinger power chords or anything like that. No real jamming guitars...well...maybe a little bit, and I do play some slide on it... Carl had four girls come in to sing 'oohs' and 'aahs' and harmonies which was great, and I played with a three-piece Memphis rhythm section. So it's a really simple sounding record and I'm just hoping that people will like it.”
Originally from Liverpool, Joey now resides in the US, where he continues to perform with Joey Molland's Badfinger. Along with Joey on guitar and vocals, the current lineup features Mark Healey (bass/vocals), Steve Wozny (keyboards/vocals), Mike Ricciardi (drums). For updated tour information check Joey Molland's official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OriginalBadfinger
Joey's new CD comes hot on the heels of the major buzz surrounding the Badfinger track “Baby Blue” being played during the finale of A&E's hit TV series 'Breaking Bad'. The song became the number one download in the world the week of the final episode!
To purchase Joey Molland 'Return To Memphis' CD: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15625/Joey_Molland-Return_To_Memphis.html
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Universal Music Enterprises and Burger Records Team Up For The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat Tribute Album Featuring Gap Dream, Natural Child, Curtis Harding and more
UMe will mark the 45th Anniversary of The Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat with multi-format, world wide release on December 10, 2013
Santa Monica, CA: Universal Music Enterprises and Burger Records have joined forces for the release of the 45th Anniversary of White Light/White Heat with a tribute album featuring indie artists Gap Dream (“Sister Ray”), Natural Child (“White Light/White Heat”), Curtis Harding (“Here She Comes Now”), among others. Lou Reed famously said "No one listened to it. But there it is, forever – the quintessence of articulated punk. And no one goes near it." This partnership between UMe and Burger Records proves 45 years later, fans and bands of every age continue to listen and be inspired by this iconic album and is a true testament of the influence of The Velvet Underground.
In anticipation of the 45th Anniversary, The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat Tribute Album will be available December 10th on cassette only, but starting on December 2nd and continuing to October 9th fans will be able to download a song a day for from the tribute album exclusively on SPIN.com
On December 10th, 2013, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition, a three-disc, 30-track set featuring both the original stereo and mono releases, completely remastered, with bonus tracks including alternate versions, unreleased outtakes, John Cale's last studio sessions with the band, and the official release of their show at The Gymnasium in New York recorded on April 30, 1967, which includes five previously unreleased performances culled from John Cale’s personal copy.
Originally released by Verve Records on January 30, 1968, the LP cracked Billboard's Top 200 albums chart on March 16, entering at No. 199. Forty-five years later, The Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat is considered one of the most influential albums of all time, laying down the blue print for punk and experimental rock, critically acclaimed and included on many “Top Lists” including Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time and on Rolling Stone’s Greatest Artists List.
Fullerton, California's Burger Records is a rock 'n roll philanthropic quasi-religious borderline-cultish propaganda spreading gang of suburban perma-teen mutants, trying their best to make quality records and tapes for you since 2007.
Queen Discover More Unreleased Freddie Mercury Material
Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed the band have discovered more unreleased material featuring their late frontman Freddie Mercury in their vaults.
"There's more in there than we thought, in the Queen source archive," May recently told Mojo magazine via The Guardian. "I'm a little nervous of saying there's an album there, but there's certainly a few tracks ... We've found some Freddie vocals, some demos."
The guitarist compared the project to Queen's 1995 album "Made In Heaven", released four years after Mercury's death due to complications from AIDS. As with those tracks, Queen are taking Mercury's unused takes, cleaning them up, and adding original music. "If we find an analogue 24-track of Freddie singing something that never got finished, the first thing we do is ... make [a digital] copy at the highest resolution you can," May said. "Then we start weaving our tapestry."
Guns N' Roses Guitarist Frustrated
Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has run out patience with the way the band's plans affect his solo career. Axl Rose's outfit tend towards last-minute decisions about touring, while most other acts prepare many months ahead of time. That leaves Bumblefoot faced with either cancelling solo engagements or not making them at all – and he says that's got to stop.
He tells Radio Future (via Blabbermouth): "It seems like the running gag was, 'If you want Guns n'Roses to hit the road, all you have to do is book your own tour. They'll book one at the same time and you'll have to cancel yours.'"
Bumblefoot – who joined GnR in 2006 and appears on their last album, Chinese Democracy – cites the example of a solo tour he'd planned for a previous January and February. GnR made their own plans forcing him to change his – but then things changed again and everything was scrapped.
"The changes came at a very big loss," he says. "It also came at a detriment to my name. You book something with agents and promoters, and their biggest concern is you're going to cancel because Guns is going to book something. When you do that, they're going to be very reluctant to book again. I can't let that happen any more."
Iron Maiden Named Of The Fastest-Growing Music Companies
Iron Maiden LLP, the UK metal band's holding company, has been named one of the fastest-growing music companies in the UK, according to a report by the London Stock Exchange.
Entitled "1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain", the firm's report names Iron Maiden LLP as one of six music companies outperforming other businesses in the sector; others include the music app Shazam, Kobalt Music Group and the production music library Audio Network.
The Guardian reports Iron Maiden fall into the £10-20m earning bracket, using billions of real-time data from sources such as email traffic, financial transactions, PCs on the web and office space.
Thin Lizzy Guitarist Reveals 'Absolute Bar-None Worst' Live Experience
Black Star Riders guitarist Scott Gorham has recalled the "absolute bar-none worst thing" that ever happened to him on stage. He severely injured his leg during a Thin Lizzy show after a jump went wrong – but he was on so much cocaine that he didn't know how much damage he'd done, and went back to finish the performance.
Gorham doesn't say when the incident took place, but he's remembered performing a number of shows with his leg strapped up during 1981′s Chinatown tour.
"I made a move, something I did a hundred times with Phil. I'd jump on the drum riser, play with Brian Downey a bit, do a big leap off, land, and Phil and I would be doing our thing, "He tells Total Guitar.
"In Washington DC, I jump up, mess around with Brian, I jump, I hit – and I just crumble on the floor. I couldn't get up; I'm looking at my guitar tech going, 'You've got to help me here.' Two guys unceremoniously drag me off stage behind my amps. I'm sitting there going, 'Oh man, I guess I just dislocated my knee. I'm okay now!' I was coked up to the eyeballs – feeling no pain."
Rare Bruce Springsteen Born To Run Manuscript To Be Auctioned
A handwritten working manuscript of Bruce Springsteen's 1975 classic, "Born to Run", will be offered as part of a Sotheby's New York auction on December 5.
"Although Springsteen is known to have an intensive drafting process," said Sotheby's, "few manuscripts of 'Born to Run' are available, with the present example being one of only two identified that include the most famous lines in the song."
The auction house says that most of the lines in this version from 1974 were written in Long Branch, N.J. and appear to be unpublished and unrecorded, however it does include "a nearly perfected chorus."
Joe Bonamassa Releases 'Christmas Date Blues'
(The Blues) Joe Bonamassa has released a seasonal track, Christmas Date Blues, which can be downloaded freeing return for a Facebook like or your email address .
The cheery number is a celebration of another great year for the guitarist, who recently launched his Tour De Force live collections. The blurb reads :
"Brighten up your holiday party with Bonamassa's music – enjoy the season and share the gift of his music with your friends. Thanks for supporting Joe. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"
If that seems just a little too cheery, producer Kevin Shirley adds his two cents on Facebook. Read what he had to say and grab the download link here.
Ted Nugent Added To Rock To The Rescue Benefit
Ted Nugent is the latest addition to the December 4th Rock To The Rescue benefit concert in Bloomington, Illinois, organized to raise funds for communities affected by the recent devastating tornadoes and winds in the State.
On November 17th, two dozen tornadoes touched down in Illinois, killing six people across the State and more than 2,400 homes were damaged or destroyed.
Rock To The Rescue will feature performances by REO Speedwagon, Styx, Richard Marx, Survivor, Larry The Cable Guy and Head East. Styx guitarist James Young and REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin are both Illinois natives.
Chris Cornell Suffers Injury
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell postponed a solo show in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday night due to a severe shoulder strain sustained earlier in the day.
"Chris had hoped to be able to make the show tonight, but doctors have advised that he rests," read the official statement. "The date will be rescheduled as soon as possible, and all tickets will be honored. Chris would like to apologize to everyone, especially those who have traveled to Wilmington for the show."
The date was part of Cornell's fall North American tour, comprised of intimate, acoustic shows under his "Songbook" format, with Chris performing tracks from throughout his career – including the debut of acoustic arrangements of songs from 2012's "King Animal", Soundgarden's first new studio album in over 16 years.
Sammy Hagar Reacts To Bar and Grill Partner's Death
Sammy Hagar has issued a statement following news that his previously missing Roseville, California business partner Stephen Pease has been found dead.
"I'm utterly saddened by the news of the passing of Steve Pease," said Hagar. "My family and I send our prayers and deepest condolences to his family and friends throughout the upcoming holidays and beyond."
The Sacramento Bee reports Pease, owner of Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar & Grill and several other Roseville businesses, was found by divers Sunday in the Pacific Ocean near Gualala, CA., according to the Mendocino County Coroner's office.
Status Quo Frontman Has Had Suicidal Thoughts
Status Quo frontman Francis Rossi has admitted to having near suicidal thoughts on occasion. And he says that when he's feeling low, thinking about the successes of his career doesn't help.
Quo released their 100th single earlier this year and have just been confirmed to play next year's Download festival. They've also booked another run of shows featuring the Frantic Four lineup.
But Rossi tells This Is Cornwall: "People think I'm stinking rich, which isn't the case. I'm well off and I have eight great kids, a great wife and a lovely house.
"But there have been times in my life where I've been sad, if not suicidal. Sometimes you think 'I just want it to stop.' When you feel like that money doesn't help."
Paul Rodgers Donates Rock Memorabilia for Online Charity Raffle
Paul Rodgers and his wife, former "Miss Canada" Cynthia Kereluk, have donated several pieces of memorabilia for an online raffle being conducted by the Willows Animal Sanctuary in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The items come from the couple's personal collection, and many are rooted in Rodgers' work in Bad Company and Queen. Items include a rare autographed Bad Company live CD from the North American 40th Anniversary Tour, a limited edition signed Paul Rodgers print, a signed limited edition Paul Rodgers booklet, a signed Paul Rodgers Muddy Water Blues CD, a beautiful original acrylic painting by Cynthia Kereluk Rodgers, and a signed Paul Rodgers and Friends DVD.
Willows Animal Sanctuary is a self-funded charity that assists animals in distress. The sanctuary currently cares for more than 90 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, 60 cats and dogs, 100 farm animals and birds, plus many small animals and reptiles. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the organization’s website. The drawing will take place December 14.
Saxon Release Unplugged Video Performance of Classic Song
Saxon have released a video for a new unplugged version of their 1979 track Frozen Rainbow. It originally appeared on their self-titled debut record, and the reworking features on new 14-track release Unplugged And Strung Up.
The band say: "We re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energised the likes of The Eagle Has Landed and Crusader by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension.
"Frozen Rainbow gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of; while Red Star Falling soars and sweeps through emotions with its orchestrally-arranged dovetail." Check out the video here.
Phil Collins Reportedly Ready To Make A Comeback
Genesis forums, including the Italian based genesis-news.com have been awash with excited chatter since drummer/singer Phil Collins made some recent comments to press at a premiere of the musical Tarzan in Stuttgart, Germany.
In comments widely reported in the German newspaper Bild, and also Hamburger Abendblatt, Collins not only revealed he is considering a return to working as a musician but also mentioned that he would even consider working as a member of Genesis again!
Collins was widely reported to have retired from the music business following health problems that prevented him from drumming back in 2011, although he was forced in the wake of much online and media speculation to announce on his own website that he was not retiring, but taking time out to focus on family life.
Now it appears that same family have inspired in him the desire to create music again. Back in August of this year, his eldest son Simon, singer and drummer with Prog Award winners Sound Of Conact announced of his dad: "He's great. He's doing really well. He's starting to write again actually and spending more time with family, myself included. I think he's just enjoying taking a much needed, much deserved break from the insanity of going on tour for years on end. As much as that is his deepest passion as it is mine, it's important to sit back sometimes and actually enjoy what you've achieved and spend some time with family. So that is what's happening in our camp."
CYCLE OF PAIN, Featuring Black Label Society Bassist JD Deservio, Delays Release of New EP “Pain Us” Due to Differences with Label
CYCLE OF PAIN, the side project of Black Label Society bassist JD Deservio will not release their upcoming EP, Pain Us, which was due out November 27th via Sliptrick Records. The band recently decided to amicably part ways with Sliptrick. The band apologizes for yet another delay in the release of this EP, but promises the wait will be well worth it!
A single and new video will be released around the holidays with the EP following shortly after, likely releasing in early 2014.
The band has several shows scheduled for December and January with Black Water Rising, none of which have been cancelled due to the label split.
CROSSROADS FESTIVAL 2013 ROCKS NYC
Rhino Presents Highlights From Eric Clapton’s Ultimate Guitar-Concert Event On DVD And Blu-Ray Sets And, For The First Time, On CD
Includes Performances By Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Los Lobos, Vince Gill, And More
All Versions Available
LOS ANGELES, CA – Last spring in New York City, Eric Clapton once again assembled an unparalleled lineup of the world’s most celebrated guitarists for the fourth incarnation of his legendary Crossroads Guitar Festival. While the previous three festivals were all hosted in sprawling outdoor stadiums, Clapton took the festivities indoors for the first time this year to “The World’s Most Famous Arena” Madison Square Garden. You can soon relive highlights from that epic, two-night display of guitar virtuosity with new video and audio collections coming this fall from Rhino.
Held every three years since 2004, the Crossroads Guitar Festival has quickly become the ultimate guitar-concert event, where the world’s greatest players perform together to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. Clapton founded this treatment and education facility in 1998 to help people suffering from chemical dependency.
This year’s shows featured performances by Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Steve Cropper, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes and more.
CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2013 will be available on November 19 for a suggested list price of $29.99 (two Blu-ray discs) and $24.99 (two DVDs). Both versions feature nearly five hours of music across 45 tracks, plus conversations with the artists and other behind-the-scenes footage from this all-star concert.
For the first time ever, audio highlights from the festival will also be released on CD and digitally, featuring 29 tracks. Released on the same day as the videos, the 2-CD set and digital download will be available for a list price of $19.98.
In addition to rousing performances of blues classics and renowned hit songs, many of the most memorable performances saw artists coming together for some stirring collaborations. Among the highlights were the surprise pairing of John Mayer and Keith Urban for the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down,” Vince Gill and Clapton taking on “Lay Down Sally,” Keb Mo and Taj Mahal covering the Sleepy John Estes’ song, “Diving Duck Blues,” Gill performing “Tumbling Dice” with Urban and Albert Lee and members of the Allman Brothers – Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks – joined forces for a haunting acoustic cover of Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done.”
As you would expect, Clapton features prominently throughout the show, including with his own band for “Tears In Heaven.” The legendary guitarist also tore through the Derek and the Dominos’ classic “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad” with the Allman Brothers Band, revisiting the time in 2009 when he joined the band during their annual residency at the Beacon Theater in New York.
The first Crossroads Guitar Festival was held in 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and gathered together an unprecedented collection of guitar icons from blues, rock and contemporary music. The sold-out show was chronicled in a two-disc DVD that has since gone on to become one of the world’s top-selling music DVDs, achieving the 10x platinum mark in the United States alone. The other two DVD sets met similar acclaim. The 2007 collection was certified 6x platinum, while the set from 2010 was certified 4x platinum.
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http://youtu.be/8_XqKLl5nJk - Eric Clapton's 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival (2-minute sizzle reel)
http://youtu.be/KKia-_OdEfY - Eric Clapton's 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival (15-second spot)
http://youtu.be/EJfkTcBNbqw- Eric Clapton's 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival (30-second spot)
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http://youtu.be/efFo-Clq844 - Eric Clapton "Got To Get Better In A Little While"
ETHAN BROSH TO OPEN FOR GUITAR LEGEND JAKE E. LEE'S NEW BAND, RED DRAGON CARTEL
If you live in the San Diego, CA area, on Sunday, December 15th, you now hereby have plans - witnessing the highly anticipated return of former Ozzy Osbourne/Badlands guitarist, Jake E. Lee, to the concert stage. On this evening, Jake will be hitting the stage at the Brick by Brick for an early show (which kicks off at 6:00pm), and opening the show will be fast-rising guitar talent Ethan Brosh, who is the leader of the Ethan Brosh Band. The line-up for the show will feature Ethan Brosh - guitar, Nili Brosh - guitar, Jon Reshard - bass, and John Anthony - drums.
Brosh's second all-instrumental album overall, 'Live the Dream,' was mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy, Megadeth), and features the talents of world class bassist Dave Ellefson, as well as the mastering of Bob Ludwig (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden), and an album cover painting by Joe Petagno (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd). His previous recording, 'Out of Oblivion,' featured the likes of Mike Mangini (Dream Theater, Extreme, Steve Vai), as well as guest appearances by George Lynch (Dokken), Greg Howe (Michael Jackson), and even artwork by Derek Riggs (Iron Maiden), while production duties were handled by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne).
But it is 'Live the Dream' that has brought great accolades for the talented guitarist, such as Guitar World Magazine raving, "The young guitarist combines a deep musical knowledge, the ability to seduce listeners with catchy melodies and a style that makes this up-and-coming talent shine."
And soon, Brosh will be sharing the stage with one of his all-time favorite guitarists. "A day which I've been quietly awaiting for many years will finally arrive on December 15th, at San Diego's Brick by Brick venue," says Brosh. "One of my biggest influences growing up none other than Jake E. Lee will finally be back on the scene after over 20 years of silence! I am very honored and excited to not only see Jake playing live for the first time but to open the show with my band. I will never forget the first time I watched the 'Bark at the Moon' video on MTV as a young teenager and the impact it had on me, just starting to play guitar at the time. Now, years later, guitar fans and rock fans in general will get a night jam packed with some of the most intense guitar playing possible!"
Love It Loud By Neil Daniels
Published by Createspace
Love It Loud is another hefty collection of reviews for die-hard rockersfrom the author of Reinventing Metal – The True Story Of Pantera And The Tragically Short Life Of Dimebag Darrell. In his latest bumper sized collection, acclaimed rock writer Neil Daniels has packed together literally dozens of gig reviews that date back several years. Daniels covers the full breadth of the genre from the legendary UFO to Rob Zombie via Bryan Adams, Bad Company, Dio, Marilyn Manson and the Metal Gods, Judas Priest, amongst lots of other artists in the world of rock and metal.
Love It Loud includes previously unpublished photos in in a 5.5 x 8.5 312 page paperback and eBook. Also available on the Kindle.
Mike And The Mechanics To Celebrate 'Living Years' 25th Anniversary
Mike And The Mechanics will be marking the 25th anniversary of their signature track 'The Living Years' with two releases on January 20 via Universal.
Genesis man Mike Rutherford's collective were formed in 1985 and launched a series of top-selling singles including Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground), All I Need Is A Miracle, Word Of Mouth and Over My Shoulder.
But The Living Years, from the album Living Years released in 1988, took the band to a new level – resulting in top-ten billings across the world and receiving a Grammy nomination. It was co-written by BA Robertson and sung by Paul Carrack.
Rutherford says: "I'm proud of the writing and recording of so many of the songs, and of all the musicians involved, along with the producers, engineers and technical staff. Especially Paul Carrack and Paul Young, two of the finest voices.
Queensryche Release Short Film
Todd La Torre's version of Queensryche have launched their 11-minute mini-movie Ad Lucem. The storyline was inspired by the four song from the band's self-titled album – their first without sacked founder Geoff Tate – which feature in the soundtrack.
La Torre explains: ""The overall theme of the song Spore is one that deals with personal demons, relationship struggles, career pressures, personal/professional morals and ethical dilemmas. These are issues we all face on some level and the video touches upon them all.
"Midnight Lullaby and A World Without deal with the loss of a mother during childbirth, leaving the father as a single parent, struggling to move forward through the turmoil. X2, though it opens up our album , provides for a nice outro to it all.
"The end result is a roller coaster of emotion in an effort to find a healthy resolve. We feel this conceptual video will really resonate with our fans."
Watch the short film here.
Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Tour Documentary Goes Online
A tour documentary featured on the new Deep Purple DVD, "Perfect Strangers Live", is now streaming online. The "Perfect Strangers Live" DVD mixes then-new tracks from the "Perfect Strangers" album with favourites from the early 70s.
Released last month, the project captures the 1984 long-awaited reunion of the classic Deep Purple Mark II lineup of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. It was the first time they had been together since 1973.
The lineup recorded a brand new studio album, "Perfect Strangers", and headed out on tour to promote it. The band's show in Melbourne, Australia was professionally filmed and is the only full-length concert recording of Deep Purple at this time. Check out the documentary
Iron Maiden Announce Summer Festival Appearances
Iron Maiden will headline two major German rock festivals next year: Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park. Maiden join other headliners Metallica, Kings Of Leon and Linkin Park at the events.
Rock am Ring takes place between Thursday, June 5 and Monday, June 9 at the Nürburgring racetrack in Nürburg, while Rock im Park takes place at the Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg.
Iron Maiden are currently on a break after wrapping up their Maiden England 2013 World Tour in front of more than 60,000 fans at Estadio Nacional in Stantiago, Chile last month.
Jimi Hendrix Classics Coming To BandFuse: Rock Legends
Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. announced to Tuesday that over a dozen classic Jimi Hendrix songs will be coming to the BandFuse: Rock Legends video game and fans that attend the upcoming Experience Hendrix Tour will be able to play the game at the shows.
The new deal calls for 15 signature songs from the Jimi Hendrix catalogue tp be made available to players. The tracks will begin to roll out in January 2014 as downloadable content in the BandFuse: Rock Legends Music Store.
The Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. camp sent over these additional details: Later in 2014, Hendrix will be integrated into the game as a rock legend, which will include interviews with present day guitar greats talking about Jimi Hendrix's technique and experimental style paired with archival video footage from his illustrious career.
"Jimi was never afraid to go beyond the limitations of traditional guitar teachings, and when fans jump into BandFuse they will be amazed at how cool it is to learn to play guitar like Hendrix," said Janie L. Hendrix, President/CEO of Experience Hendrix L.L.C. "The game provides players with the ability to play his exact sound, capturing the fuzz, feedback and tones that made his style legendary."
Earlier this week BandFuse: Rock Legends was announced as the title sponsor for the eighth edition of the celebrated Experience Hendrix Tour set to launch in March 2014. These special event performances represent an ongoing tribute to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. BandFuse: Rock Legends will have playable kiosks at each stop of the 20-city tour, giving attendees a hands-on experience. The tour features two of the in-game instructors from BandFuse: Rock Legends, metal legend Zakk Wylde and funk master Bootsy Collins.
"We are ecstatic to be working with the Jimi Hendrix team to bring his immensely explosive talent to BandFuse: Rock Legends," said Jeff Marshall, Director of Artist Relations, Realta Entertainment. "He was an unparalleled musical genius whose collective guitar works continue to be relevant and influential to budding musicians and music lovers the world over."
The Experience Hendrix Tour officially begins in Dallas at the Verizon Theater on March 11 and, thereafter roars through the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions with stops in St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Washington and Detroit with more than 20 concert dates.
Pink Floyd Playwright Worried More About Gilmour Than Waters
Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard was more worried about upsetting David Gilmour than Roger Waters when he was commissioned to write Darkside, the radio script based on Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon.
It was created for the BBC to mark the album's 40th anniversary earlier this year, broadcast in August, and has now received its CD release. Asked if he felt trepidation over removing most of Waters' lyrics, Stoppard tells the New York Times: "I had less trepidation about that than I did in writing over the music.
"I know David Gilmour somewhat better than I know the other members of the band, and I was feeling diffident about the possibility that David would mind if the music was pushed into the background, half-heard, in order for my words to take the foreground.
"So I called him up, and he was completely okay about that. He said, 'Go ahead, fine.' Let's face it: The Dark Side of the Moon is not vulnerable to being obscured by a radio play."
John Mellencamp: 1978- 2012, a massive, career-spanning box set in stores December 10, 2013
John Mellencamp 1978- 2012, combines in one package, albums Mellencamp recorded as John Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp and John Mellencamp for Polygram, Universal, Sony and Concord-affiliated labels. The set contains a total of 223 tracks and includes such mythic album titles as American Fool, Lonesome Jubilee, Scarecrow, Cuttin’ Heads and the more recent Life, Death Love and Freedom and No Better Than This. This is the ultimate holiday gift and a must-have for the holiday season!
MOTÖRHEAD Gives Thanks to Fans – Win a SOLD OUT Limited Edition ASG MOTÖRHEAD Guitar via CraveOnline.com
‘Tis the season! MOTÖRHEAD is giving thanks to fans by offering up a killer new prize via CraveOnline.com. Fans can enter to win a brand new, limited edition collector’s model of the ASG MOTÖRHEAD guitar (pictured above), which is currently sold out through ASG. Learn more about the guitar and enter to win at CraveOnline.com now.
MOTÖRHEAD’s new album Aftershock garnered their biggest selling first week and highest US chart debut numbers to date! You can order Aftershock now in Limited Edition format via Amazon.com at this link. The album is also available in regular CD format and vinyl (gatefold – 180-Gram Single LP). Digipack
The new music video for the track ‘Heartbreaker’ debuted in October via Rolling Stone at this location. Take a look! The video is produced by EPIGRAPHICS and features animated sketch art drawn by the man himself, Lemmy Kilmister. The video also features special live footage taken at several of the band’s recent top performances at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, Wacked Open Air, Rock In Rio, and more.
Learn more about MOTÖRHEAD at these websites:
Official Lemmy Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialLemmy
Official MOTÖRHEAD Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead
Official MOTÖRHEAD Twitter: @MyMotorhead
Official MOTÖRHEAD Website: www.imotorhead.com
King's X Frontman Dug Pinnick Rushed To The Hospital
King's X frontman Dug Pinnick was rushed to the hospital after the group's concert in Charlotte, N.C on Saturday (11/23). Pinnick apparently suffered some kind of setback from his hernia operation that took place in July.
"dUg Pinnick had to be rushed to the hospital last night after our show and is going to require further surgery and recovery from his hernia," the band informed fans in a Facebook posting.
They added that they were forced to cancel Sunday's concert and promised "We'll keep you posted on dUg's health. Thank you to everyone who came out to our shows the last couple of nights and to those who were planning to come tonight!"
Iommi Expresses Doubt About Another New Black Sabbath Album
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is worried that the band might experience an anticlimax if they try to make a follow-up to this year's album 13.
Their first record with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978′s Never Say Die went to number one across the world, winning them three Classic Rock Awards earlier this month.
Iommi, who's still being treated for cancer, has previously said he'd like to make more new music. But now he tells Revolver (via Blabbermouth): "I don't know if that would be an anticlimax if we wrote another album.
"I don't know if that would be a good idea after this one, because this one's done so well. I'm sure we'd all like to do one, but I don't know."
Motorhead Frontman Lemmy To Release Solo Album
Motorhead mainman Lemmy has nearly completed work on his solo album, he's revealed. And even if his recent health woes mean his days on tour are numbered, he has a stack of studio projects he wants to get done, including with his rockabilly outfit Head Cat.
The band recently rescheduled their winter UK and European tour dates for early spring next year when it became clear Lemmy hadn't fully recovered from the illnesses that put him in hospital for three weeks during the summer.
He tells Revolver: "After I get get better we're going to try to tour again. If I can't do that full-on, I want to do another album with Head Cat. And, of course, I want to do a couple more Motorhead records.
"But the next thing I've got coming out is my solo album, which is almost done. There are two tracks with the Reverend Horton Heat, two with The Damned, a track with Dave Grohl and a track with Joan Jett."
Jizzy Pearl Joins Quiet Riot
Quiet Riot have recruited Love/Hate vocalist Jizzy Pearl to take over vocal duties after they parted ways with Scott Vokoun who joined the band last year.
The band had this to say about the lineup change, "We are thrilled with the new addition and welcome Jizzy to the Quiet Riot family. The band is currently in the recording studio with Jizzy in preparation for the release of a new CD in early 2014.
The also had this to say about their former singer, "Quiet Riot and Scott Vokoun have parted company amicably and thank Scott for his past dedication and wish him much continued success."
Pearl will perform his first concert with the band at their New Years Eve show in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Cheap Trick Announce North American Tour Dates
Cheap Trick have announced a series of dates as part of their 2014 North American tour. Shows begin February 7 in St. Charles, IL and are currently scheduled to March 15 in Montreal, Quebec.
On January 17, 2014, Cheap Trick will perform on Guitar Center Sessions on Directv's Audience network , joining host Nic Harcourt for the appearance.
The band has seven more concerts on their 2013 calendar before breaking for the holidays. Check out the just announced 2014 North American tour dates here.
Eric Clapton Previously Unreleased 70's Era Song Premieres Online
Classic Rock have premiered a previously unreleased Eric Clapton track "Boogie Funk". It's taken from his box set Give Me Strength: The 74/75 Recordings, released on December 9.
The collection celebrates that incredibly creative period in Slowhand's career and includes expanded, remastered versions of studio albums 461 Ocean Boulevard and There's One In Every Crowd plus live record EC Was Here and the Freddie King Criteria Studios Session, on which "Boogie Funk" appears.
Give Me Strength: The 74/75 Recordings will be on sale as a 2CD set, 3LP set and six-disc box set. Get a taste of what to expect with the stream of "Boogie Funk" here.
NEW BOOK, 'THE FAITH NO MORE & MR. BUNGLE COMPANION,' PROVIDES OVERVIEW/ANALYZATION OF BOTH LEGENDARY BANDS
Despite being listed as an influence on countless notable bands, there has never been a book that tells the complete story of both Faith No More and Mr. Bungle. Until now. Author/journalist Greg Prato's tenth book overall, 'The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion,' serves as both a career overview and analyzation of both bands - tracing their ups and downs, uncovering quite a few unheard or uncommon tales, and of course, telling the stories behind such classic albums as 'The Real Thing,' 'Angel Dust,' 'Disco Volante,' and 'California.'
And many members of today's top rock bands offer up opinions and memories of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle exclusively for this book, including Jason Newsted (Newsted/ex-Metallica), Max Cavalera (Soulfly/ex-Sepultura), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Devin Townsend (Devin Townsend Project/ex-Strapping Young Lad), Ville Valo (HIM), Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses), Travis Stever (Coheed and Cambria), Angelo Moore (Fishbone), John Garcia (Vista Chino/ex-Kyuss), Wes Borland (Black Light Burns/Limp Bizkit), Everlast (House of Pain/solo artist), Mike Fleischmann (Vision of Disorder), Mitts (Madball), and Jeff Walker (Carcass).
Prato writes for Rolling Stone, and has penned such popular and critically acclaimed music book titles as 'Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music,' 'A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon,' 'The Eric Carr Story,' 'Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets,' and 'MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video,' among others. He is also a long-time fan of both bands - having interviewed every single Faith No More member who appeared on record over the years (of which excerpts from these interviews are included in this book), and having witnessed countless FNM and Bungle performances over the years.
Available as both a paperback version [$14.99, 210 pages] and a Kindle download [$6.99, 189 pages], 'The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion' helps put it all into perspective for fans of both bands.
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Europe's Exclusive Auction of 10 Special Edition Airbrushed Guitars
Proceeds from the sale of the Final Countdown guitar will help charity in the Philippines
Sweden's premiere rock band EUROPE celebrates their 30th Anniversary with an exclusive auction of their special edition guitar collection in Stockholm.
On Sunday 15th December 2013 one of Sweden’s most successful rock groups of all time, EUROPE, will celebrate 30 years of rock and roll by auctioning an exclusive collection of customised guitars.
Stockholms Auktionsverk has been accorded the honour of auctioning off ten uniquely airbrushed Gibson/Epiphone guitars personally autographed by all band members, including previous Europe band members Kee Marcello and Tony Reno.
Viewing on premises in Magasin 5 (Palermogatan 21-23) Stockholm, as well as online 28th November - 15th December 2013. Open Monday-Friday 1pm-5pm (CET) and Saturday 11am-4pm (CET).
Auction online: Sunday 15th December 2013
Catalogue and bidding: www.stadsauktion.se
‘70S HARD ROCK HIT MAKERS THE BABYS REUNITE, RECORD NEW SINGLE, PLAN NEW ALBUM
Isn't it time to reconnect with The Babys again?
New York, NY (November 25, 2013)—Turn on any classic rock radio station across America and you'll invariably hear their timeless music. Best known for the smash hits "Isn't It Time", "Every Time I Think of You", "Head First", and "Back on My Feet Again", '70s hard rock hit makers, The Babys have reformed after a thirty-three year absence from the music scene (and inked a new record deal with SkyRocket Entertainment, a division of Rocket Science Ventures.)
We've had numerous offers through the years for the Babys to reform," said Wally Stocker. "The whole premise of this band is to keep The Babys alive and have a good time doing it."
The 2013 lineup of The Babys features original members, lead guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock along with new recruits: lead vocalist/bassist John Bisaha and Joey Sykes on rhythm guitar. Of the new members, Brock raves: "John Bisaha is an incredible singer. When I was holding auditions, we had singers lined up around the block to join the band and John was better than anybody." Adds Stocker about his new six-string comrade in arms: "Joey Sykes adds a whole new dimension to the band and has a style that works well in tandem with me."
"Not Ready to Say Goodbye", the band's first new recording in over three decades, will be available exclusively on iTunes on November 26th. The track evokes the spirit of past Babys hits "Isn't It Time" and "Every Time I Think of You". "When releasing our first single we discussed that it had to have the flavor of what we were known for some thirty-odd years ago," observes Stocker. Adds Brock: "It was just magical putting the new song together. By the time I finished putting brass and strings on it, I knew we had the goods." Concurrent with the single release, the band is presently shooting a new video for the track which will premiere the same day on the band's own YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, also on November 26th, The Babys will initiate a direct to fan pre-sale campaign for the new album via pledgemusic.com. Loyal followers of the band can pre-order the album and also become active participants following the progress of the new record in tandem with the group itself.
In November and December, The Babys will embark on a string of shows in Las Vegas, San Diego, Portland and Seattle. Currently hard at work penning new material, look for the first new Babys album in the first quarter of 2014 with an extensive slate of tour dates to follow.
Formed in London in 1974, The Babys were signed to Chrysalis Records on the basis of a four-song video, which predated the MTV video phenomenon by several years. Combining the muscular musical grit of Free/Humble Pie with a winning commercial sensibility, The Babys released five albums between 1977-1980 (The Babys, Broken Heart, Head First, Union Jacks and On the Edge) which yielded such hits as "Isn't it Time", "Every Time I Think of You,” "Head First", "Back on My Feet Again”, "Midnight Rendezvous" and "Turn and Walk Away". During that time, the group toured with the likes of Journey, Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick and built a loyal following based on their spectacular songs and explosive live performances. The group disbanded in December of 1980.
Now armed with a new single, forthcoming new album and accompanying national tour dates, The Babys are proving that they're not ready to say goodbye.
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Christine McVie Wants To Rejoin Fleetwood Mac
Christine McVie has admitted she'd love to rejoin Fleetwood Mac – but guitarist Lindsey Buckingham could prevent it from happening. She rejoined her bandmates for a guest appearance on the UK leg of their current world tour, which has been cut short after her ex-husband, bassist John McVie, was diagnosed with cancer and required urgent treatment.
It was the first time she'd been seen on stage with them since quitting in 1998 after 28 years. And she says she'd be delighted to make a more permanent return.
McVie tells the Guardian: "I like being with the band, the whole idea of playing music with them. I miss them all. If they were to ask me I would probably be very delighted. But it hasn't happened, so we'll have to wait and see."
"I think I was just music'd out," she says of her decision to leave. "I suffered from some kind of delusion that I wanted to be an English country girl. It took me 15 years to realise it's not really what I wanted at all."
Black Sabbath Wrote Lyrics About Tony Iommi Dying
Black Sabbath bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler has revealed that he penned a song about bandmate Tony Iommi's cancer following his diagnosis. In a Revolver magazine interview, Butler says he started a lyric called "Hanging By a Thread."
He told Revolver: "It was very much about dying, about giving your last breath and passing your spirit on." But the track didn't make it on the band's comeback album 13. "We never came up with the finished thing," says Butler.
Butler admitted that he feared the worst for Iommi, because former frontman Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with cancer in 2010. He added: "We didn't know if [Tony] was going to recover from it, especially after seeing Ronnie go so fast. Ronnie went right in six months from being diagnosed to dying."
Tony Iommi appears to be coping and recovering. Black Sabbath can end 2013 on a high. At the recent Classic Rock "Roll of Honour" awards they won the Album of the Year, Event of the Year and were given the Living Legend prize. 13, Black Sabbath's first album with Butler, Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne all together since 1978, soared to #1 in the U.S.A, the U.K, Finland, Canada, Germany, Demark and other countries.
Bruce Springsteen Announces New Solo Album
Bruce Springsteen will release a new album, "High Hopes", on January 14. Springsteen shared the album cover and tracklisting via his social media sites on Sunday.
The 12-song effort features a mix of new material and cover songs, including a duet with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello on the 1995 tune, "The Ghost Of Tom Joad."
In January, Springsteen will perform in South Africa for the very first time before kicking off a month-long tour of Australia and New Zealand in Perth on February 5.
Scorpions Preview Classic Song Performance From Unplugged Release
The Scorpions have released a performance of their 1975 classic, "In Trance", as a preview of the forthcoming new package, "MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live In Athens."
The band are joined by Hamburg-based singer CÄTHE for the title track to their third album. Due November 29 in Europe (January 21, 2014 in North America), the package features a mix of classic Scorpions tracks and new songs.
In September, the German rockers performed three MTV Unplugged concerts in Athens, Greece at the city's Lycabettus Theatre. "MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live In Athens" will be available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray disc. Watch the video here.
Deep Purple's 'Made In Japan' Getting 40th Anniversary Reissue
A 40th Anniversary edition of Deep Purple's "Made In Japan" is in production and set to be released in March 2014. Originally issued in December 1972 (in the UK; April 1973 in the US), "Made In Japan" captured the band live over three nights in August 1972 at Festival Hall in Osaka and at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
"Deep Purple was at the height of its powers," said keyboardist Jon Lord. "That double album was the epitome of what we stood for in those days. It wasn't meant to be released outside of Japan. The Japanese said, 'Will you please make a live album?'
"We said, 'We don't make live albums; we don't believe in them.' We finally said okay, but said we wanted the rights to the tapes because we didn't want the album to be released outside of Japan.
"That album only cost about $3,000 to make. It sounded pretty good, so we said to Warner Bros., 'Do you want this?' They said, 'No, live albums don't happen.' They wound up putting it out anyway and it went platinum in about two weeks."
ROCK TO THE RESCUE EXTENDS A HAND TO THOSE IN NEED -FEATURING STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON AND FRIENDS-TO BENEFIT VICTIMS OF DEVASTATING MIDWEST STORM
FUNDRAISING CONCERT AT U.S. CELLULAR COLISEUM IN BLOOMINGTON, IL ANNOUNCED FOR DEC. 4
TICKETS ON SALE SAT., NOV. 23 AT 10 AM
Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL (November 21, 2013) - In response to the recent wave of storms that brought tornadoes and highly-damaging winds to the Midwest, STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON have announced that they are using their combined might to help raise funds for those affected by this tragedy. On Dec. 4, these proud members of the Midwest’s rock elite will appear with special guests (to be announced shortly) at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois in a fundraiser: Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need. Funds will be earmarked for affected families in central Illinois communities that were left reeling in the wake of devastating tornadoes and winds. In order to maximize charitable proceeds, the artists, along with numerous vendors, crew and local staff, have generously forgone any personal compensation for the evening.
Tickets for this performance go on sale at www.ticketmaster.com for $58, $43 and $28 (tickets are subject to applicable service charges and event time and date are subject to change). Visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com/ for up-to-date information. Donations to Rock to the Rescue can be made at www.rocktotherescue.net.
STYX guitarist and IL native James “JY” Young said, “As we approach the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, I’m reminded of his famous quote, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’ The good people of Illinois lent support and a helping hand to every artist on this bill at different times in their respective careers, and we owe a tremendous debt. It’s our turn to ask what we can do for this great State, and the best way we know to help those in need is to get on stage and let the incredible healing power of music play its part in rebuilding Illinois."
REO SPEEDWAGON singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin said, "I am Illinois born and bred. REO Speedwagon is an Illinois band. The word ‘Illinois’ is music to me. The utter devastation and human suffering in Washington, IL and the surrounding areas is heartbreaking. I believe that we need to take care of our own... the people of Illinois are our own, and we are theirs."
"With our company being based in this area for over 40 years and my family living in Pekin which was effected by the storm, we wanted to do something to help all those affected. Everyone at Jay Goldberg Events have had friends, family members and employees who were directly impacted by the storm," said Jay Goldberg of Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment.
City of Bloomington Manager David Hales said, "The City of Bloomington has heavy hearts for those affected in the recent tornado outbreaks around Central Illinois. We know that our city and surrounding cities will pull together to help out and support this cause. We are glad to be hosting this benefit concert in our city."
"We are honored and excited to be hosting this benefit concert. We are passionate about our business and know this is the best way that we could help out. Everyone involved in putting on this concert has dropped everything to make this happen, and we are looking forward to a very successful event to help those that need it," said John Butler, President of Central Illinois Arena Management that operates the US Cellular Coliseum.
Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX’s Tommy Shaw and REO SPEEDWAGON’s Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands’ last tour together, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, Rock to the Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. For more information visit: www.rocktotherescue.net and www.facebook.com/rocktotherescue.
AWARD WINNING GUITAR LEGEND MICHAEL SCHENKER RETURNS WITH BRAND NEW ALBUM 'BRIDGE THE GAP,' UNITES WITH OLD FRIENDS
It's universally agreed that Michael Schenker is one of the greatest heavy metal/hard rock guitarists of all-time, as the amount of renowned guitarists that list him as a prime influence is off the charts. And on his newest release, 'Bridge the Gap,' this German guitar great has united with his old rhythm section from the Scorpions days - bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell - as well as enlisting ex-Rainbow singer Doogie White, plus guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay. And if that wasn't enough metallic star power, none other than Don Dokken lends his vocals to an exclusive track ("Faith") only available on the album's "deluxe edition."
Produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss (and engineered by Voss), 'Bridge the Gap' will be released in the US via the inakustik label on January 7, 2014 (and credited to "Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock"), with the traditional thirteen-track release features such fierce rockers as "Where the Wild Winds Blow" and "Horizons."
'Bridge the Gap' will be released in 3 configurations:
media book packaging, plus o-card with high relief and partial gloss coating of the Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock logo,
extended booklet with signatures of all band members,
bonus track, "Faith," sung by Don Dokken.
180 gr LP
Check out a trailer for the album here:
Michael Schenker will kick off the first round of 2014 dates with a US trek, which will feature a line-up comprised of Schenker, White, and Findlay, as well as bassist Rev Jones and drummer Pete Holmes, before the "album line-up" will take over for a World Tour starting in Japan in March.
And now, a word from Schenker himself:
I am very much looking forward to touring the States in Jan/Feb, and to introducing my new singer, Doogie White, and material from our brand new album, 'Bridge the Gap.' Doogie, Wayne Findlay and myself will be promoting our new album in the States before teaming up with the album line-up for a World Tour starting in March in Japan. We are all looking forward to rock you. 'Til then, keep on rocking.
Where The Wild Winds Blow
Lord Of The Lost And Lonely
Rock n Roll Symphony
To Live For The King
Land Of Thunder
Temple Of The Holy
Bridges We Have Burned
Because You Lied
Black Moon Rising
Dance For The Piper
Faith (Bonus Track – Deluxe Edition only)
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2013) – Melodic rock guitarist Adrian Galysh has recently interviewed Styx's Todd Sucherman, who played drums on Galysh's new release, Tone Poet. This in-depth interview discusses Todd's musical influences, how he got the Styx gig, recording gear, and his approach to tracking drums and percussion for Tone Poet.
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
"The track “Ur of the Chaldees” has a lot of layers and multiple tracks of percussion, drum set, and orchestral type playing, did you have a clear idea of how those parts were going to go down, or did you go for it and see what fits?
Read more here!
Tone Poet will be released on December 3rd, 2013. The album is currently on iTunes pre-sale here, and includes 12 tracks featuring vocal rock songs, instrumentals with world music influences, and sweeping orchestral works. While epic in scope, the album is tied together by Galysh’s tasteful guitar work and compositional style which is complemented by vocalist Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Royal Hunt, Uli Jon Roth), bassist Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai, Ring of Fire), and grooves by world-class drummer, Todd Sucherman (STYX).
TRIGGER HIPPY, FOUNDED BY BLACK CROWES DRUMMER STEVE GORMAN WITH JOAN OSBORNE, JACKIE GREENE, TOM BUKOVAC AND NICK GOVRIK, TO RELEASE DEBUT EP
LIMITED EDITION SELF-TITLED 10-INCH EP AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 29th AT INDEPENDENT US RECORD STORES
Free Track Offered For Download Today At RELIX.COM
Nashville, TN – November 21st, 2013 – Trigger Hippy, a new creative collective of musicians, is excited to announce their debut EP. The powerful, soul-infused rock and roll band was founded by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, and features twin lead vocals from multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne and singer-songwriter Jackie Greene who also plays guitar and keyboards. Rounding out the group are lead guitarist Tom Bukovac, who co-produced the EP with the band, and bassist Nick Govrik.
Trigger Hippy’s first recorded material, a self-titled limited edition 10-inch EP, will be available on November 29th at independent US record stores as part of a special Black Friday Record Store Day promotion. Fans can download the lead track “Turpentine” for free at RELIX.COM beginning on Thursday, November 21,st the same day a lyric video for the track is being released on the band’s new website, www.triggerhippy.net.
The 4 songs on the EP were written collectively by the band who draw much of their musical inspiration “…from the members’ shared love of R&B and soul—lots of Al Green and Stax, some old blues covers and a little bit of Led Zeppelin and Little Feat thrown in for good measure” as described by The Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Built for the stage, Trigger Hippy’s early warm up shows have already garnered acclaim. With the release of their debut EP, the band will announce extensive 2014 touring soon.
Trigger Hippy EP track list:
Heartache On The Line
Ain't Persuaded Yet
For up to date touring information visit bands brandnew website at: http://triggerhippy.net/
Also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/triggerhippymusic
British Heavy Metal Pioneers SAXON and Yahoo Music Unveil “Unplugged and Strung Up” Full Album Stream New Album of Alternative Takes on Classic Favorites Hits Stores on November 25, 2013 via UDR Music
British heavy metal legends SAXON and Yahoo Music have teamed up for a surprise of epic proportions! Today, Yahoo is streaming Unplugged and Strung Up, the band’s upcoming full-length release of fresh twists on classic tracks. Listen to the entire album now via Yahoo Music at this location (four days before release!), and buy your copy in stores on Monday, November 25th!
On Monday, SAXON and UDR Music revealed a brand new Unplugged and Strung Up album teaser, which also includes snippets of interviews with vocalist Biff Byford. Check out the video via UDR Music’s YouTube page here: http://youtu.be/551z5RxDn40
With Unplugged and Strung Up, SAXON introduces a carefully selected collection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.
SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase a digipack version of the release which will include 2002's storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits Heavy Metal Thunder. Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as ‘Motorcycle Man’, ‘Strong Arm of the Law’ and ‘Dallas 1pm’, it is a quintessential part of any collection. Order your copy of the digipack version here via Amazon.
As mentioned above, Unplugged and Strung Up reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXON songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK earlier this year, Biff and co. re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ and ‘Crusader’ by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. ‘Frozen Rainbow’ from the band's 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst ‘Red Star Falling’ soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally-arranged dovetail.
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A DONATION WILL GO TO THE STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND IN HONOR OF RONNIE JAMES DIO
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THE MOODY BLUES CRUISE II--the second annual fan cruise from The Moody Blues, sailing the Caribbean April 2-7, 2014 aboard the MSC Divina--have collaborated with The Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (DioCancerFund.org), a non-profit charitable fund formed in honor of the legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to stomach cancer in 2010. In support of the charity, the cruise will raffle a 2013 Mini Cooper--featuring customized cruise graphics with the “Moody Cooper” stylized logo plus a permanent plaque and certificate of authenticity signed by The Moody Blues--to one lucky fan aboard the ship. Hoisted aboard the MSC Divina with a 20-story crane, the Moody Cooper will be displayed on the pool deck throughout the cruise.
Passengers sailing aboard the MSC Divina will be given the opportunity to obtain raffle tickets in international waters during the cruise, with a donation going to Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund in Honor of Ronnie James Dio. Along with the one-of-a-kind Mini, the winner will be presented the keys to the car by The Moody Blues band members. In addition, the recipient will pose for pictures with the car and The Moody Blues, as well as receiving a souvenir “Making of The Moody Cooper” picture book and merchandise package.
Says Wendy Dio: “My husband, Ronnie James Dio passed away on May 16, 2010 from stomach cancer. I then vowed to raise money for cancer research and education in his name. To date, we have raised over $800,000 from fans and wonderful organizations such as the Monsters of Rock Cruise. We have given this money to organizations such as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Vanderbilt Cancer Research and T.J. Martell. We would like to thank The Moody Blues Cruise for their continued support, and hopefully one day find a cure.”
According to The Moody Blues Cruise spokesperson, Larry Morand, “This will make the cruise even more amazing for Moodies fans as one lucky passenger will drive away with The Moody Cooper and memories that will last forever. Better yet, raising money for cancer research and education for our close friends at the Dio Cancer Fund is the icing on the cake.”
The confirmed line-up for THE MOODY BLUES CRUISE II--recently included in USAToday.com’s list of “The Best Music Cruises At Sea”--Roger Daltrey performing select material of The Who plus some of his own favorites, Carl Palmer of ELP, Lighthouse and Shawn Phillips in addition to several notable artists from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s including The Zombies, The Orchestra starring ELO, Starship and Little River Band. Other classic rock performers confirmed include: Strawbs, Joe Williams of TOTO, Glass Hammer, Sound of Contact featuring Simon Collins, Jimi Hendrix Tribute featuring Randy Hansen, Eagles Tribute featuring Danny Vaughn, The Prog Rock Orchestra, Heavy Mellow and Mellow Yellow, who will treat fans to special performances at multiple venues aboard the MSC Divina.
Fans will have access to concerts, Q&A sessions, Karaoke Bar, special events and activities, while interacting with musical guests that influenced the music of the 70s and beyond. This is not just a “concert cruise.” It is a fan experience celebrating the years of incredible music since The Moody Blues’ legendary set at Isle of Wight Festival. THE MOODY BLUES CRUISE II provides a playground for the serious fan where music and luxury cruising hook up for the vacation of a lifetime. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and will only be available at www.MoodiesCruise.com.
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Ozzy Didn't Expect To Live Past 30
Ozzy Osbourne is convinced he's only still alive because his wife Sharon keeps him that way – but he admits there's a downside to her strong character.
Last week he picked up three Classic Rock awards at our ninth annual gala event in London, telling the audience of invited guests: "I never thought I'd be standing here, what, 45 years later? It's been an incredible year, after I spent all those earlier ones trying to kill myself."
Later he told the Daily Express: "I'm alive because I've got a strong wife, I think. I didn't expect to live past 30 – I remember when I was 21, saying I'd be dead by 40. hat was alright until I was 39 and a half."
But he added: "I have to watch X Factor. I have no choice: my wife kicks me in the arse if I don't watch it, every time."
Riot Change Name Following Death of Founder Mark Reale
Riot have renamed themselves Riot V, and they've committed to carrying on following the death of founding guitarist Mark Reale in 2012. He passed away after a lifelong battle with Crohn's disease, which had left him unable to contribute to recording sessions for his final Riot album Immortal Soul.
Earlier this year the band confirmed plans to keep working – and now they've named their new vocalist. Todd Michael Hall, previously of Jack Starr's Burning Starr and Reverence, joins Mike Flyntz, Bobby Jarzombek and Don Van Stavern in Riot V.
Riot V are at work on a new album, due next summer, and they're gearing up for a series of reissues via Sony, EMI and Metal Blade. They add: "We're inspired as never before and still at the top of our game. The new CD promises to be a true successor to Thundersteel, Privelege of Power and Immortal Soul. Mark and the Riot legacy will forever shine on."
The Beatles Score Top 10 Debut With New BBC Album
The Beatles have debuted at No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 album chart with their newly-released "On Air - Live At the BBC Vol. 2" package. The set sold 37,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the band their 31st US Top 10 album, according to Billboard.
"On Air - Live At the BBC Vol. 2" features 63 tracks, none of which overlaps with The Beatles' first BBC set, including 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band's members and their BBC radio hosts.
Between March 1962 and June 1965, no fewer than 275 unique musical performances by The Beatles were broadcast by the BBC in the U.K.; the group played songs on 39 radio shows in 1963 alone.
UFO Legend Pete Way Becomes Cancer Ambassador
Pete Way has become an ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK charity after revealing he's suffering from the disease himself. The ex-UFO bassist has put plans for the release of solo album Walking On The Edge on hold while he receives treatment.
But he was shocked to discover that prostate cancer kills nearly as many men as breast cancer does women – and he's decided to take action to raise awareness in the hope of turning the tide.
"I'm not too bad in the circumstances. I can't complain," Way tells Bloodstock Radio's Rich Davenport. "It surprised me that one man every hour dies of it. By 2030 it'll be the biggest cancer. But its standing isn't as high as other cancers."
Carlos Santana Filming Concert With New Album Guest Stars
Carlos Santana is preparing to release his first Spanish-language album. As reported by Billboard, the album, titled Corazón, will be released jointly by RCA and Sony Latin Iberia. Guest artists appearing on the record include Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley, Diego Torres and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, among others.
In conjunction with the release, which is expected to hit record stores in March, a live concert featuring Santana and his guests will be staged and filmed in Guadalajara, Mexico, on December 14. Titled Corazón, Live From Mexico: Live It to Believe It, the concert will be broadcast this spring on HBO Latino and HBO Latin America. A DVD of the concert will be available later in the year.
Santana's aim, in his choice of guests for the album and film, was to select artists who represent a broad range of countries. "Our goal is to change the energy of the world with this project," he said.
Sammy Hagar Added To Heart's Holiday Show
Heart have added special guest Sammy Hagar to their "Heart & Friends: Home For The Holidays " concert at Seattle's Benaroya Hall on December 12.
The sold-out show will also feature performances by Shawn Colvin, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan (Train). Last week, Heart released a new, double-A sided single for Christmas.
"Please Come Home For Christmas" sees the band duet with Aaron Neville, while "All Through The Night" features guitarist Nancy Wilson sharing vocals with Richard Marx. Listen to the new song here.
The Collection of Legendary Rock Icon Ronnie Montrose Offered at Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll
Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills – Friday, December 6th, 2013*
*Los Angeles, California…November 21, 2013*…Legendary rock icon Ronnie Montrose has been called the “Father of American Hard Rock,” an innovator and an incendiary guitar genius. For the first time fans of Ronnie Montrose will have the opportunity to bid on a vast array of instruments, personal items and
memorabilia from the late genius’ musical life which will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
Highlights of the Montrose Collection at Julien’s Auctions’ upcoming Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll event include an extraordinary array of Ronnie Montrose’s personal guitars, played on stage and part of his unprecedented place in rock history. It also includes personal items, stage and studio equipment and memorabilia.
For more information go to http://www.sweetrelief.org/news/ronnie-montrose
Registration is required to bid in this live auction and can be done in person at the exhibition and auction, or online before the sale at the JuliensAuctions.com - http://JuliensAuctions.com Registration page to bid by phone, proxy or in person, or online at JuliensLive.com - http://JuliensLive.com to bid live online, or by calling (310) 836-1818.
High Stakes & Dangerous Men: The UFO Story
‘Your new bass player is lying on the floor completely out of it on drink and drugs; he’ll fit in really well!’ (UFO manager telephoning Phil Mogg)
Life in UFO has never been dull, that’s for sure. The group has a reputation for partying as hard as it rocks, and controversy has never been too far away. Numerous line-up changes, splits, reunions and in-fighting have been par for the course but, 45 years after their formation, the band is still going from strength to strength and, arguably, producing the best music of their career.
Top metal writer Neil Daniels’ new book on UFO inevitably covers some of the ‘Spinal Tap’ moments in the band’s history (and there have been plenty), but also unashamedly puts the music centre stage.
Why not too? This band has been an enormous influence on so many of today’s top rockers: Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam and Slash from Guns N’ Roses, amongst others, are all admirers. The list of former members is impressive: Michael Schenker, Pete Way, Larry Wallis, Bernie Marsden, Paul Chapman, Billy Sheehan, Jason Bonham, Aynsley Dunbar, Tommy McClendon and more.
High Stakes & Dangerous Men includes a foreword by the American broadcaster and author Eddie Trunk, and an afterword by British rock journalist Peter Makowski. The book contains some rare and previously unseen photos.
Neil Daniels is the author of over a dozen books on rock and metal and has contributed to many music magazines, fanzines and websites. Visit neildanielsbooks.tumblr.com and neildanielsbooks.wordpress.com
For more information, please contact Phil Godsell at Soundcheck Books; email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0)7880 792259
Bon Jovi Named Highest-Paid Rock Musicians of 2013
Bon Jovi are back at the top of one chart: Forbes Magazine's highest earners chart for the year June 2012 to June 2013. Jon Bon Jovi and co may be going through the wars with an unresolved feud sending guitarist Richie Sambora home from their Because We Can world tour, and drummer Tico Torres enduring two hospital dashes over the summer.
But that didn't stop them bringing in $79m in the twelve-month period – less only than pop stars Madonna and Lady Gaga, who made $125m and $80m respectively. It's a significant increase from last year's figure, when Bon Jovi made $60m, putting them in overall sixth position. In 2011 they were second only to U2, bringing in $125m.
Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, last year's top earner Roger Waters, Muse and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were all paid more than $40m, says the respected magazine. And although the Rolling Stones generated "just" $39m, they did it over just 19 shows.
Rush Concert Film Coming To TV
Rush's newly-released concert film, "Clockwork Angels Tour", is coming to television, it will premiere on VH1 Classic on Sunday, December 1 from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Available on DVD/Blu-ray and CD, "Clockwork Angels Tour" features Rush filmed and recorded in concert last November at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
The 11-month marathon world tour crossed North America twice and ventured overseas to Europe in support of the band's acclaimed 2012 studio release "Clockwork Angels."
This week, guitarist Alex Lifeson revealed the Canadian band's plans for 2014. "We've committed to taking about a year off," says Lifeson. "We all agreed when we finished this tour (in early August) we were going to take this time off and we weren't going to talk about band stuff or make any plans. We committed to a year, so that's going to take us through to the end of next summer, for sure. That's the minimum. We haven't stopped or quit. Right now we're just relaxing. We're taking it easy and just enjoying our current employment."
John Mellencamp Celebrates Uh-Huh's 30th Anniversary In The Studio
Syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands this week celebrates the 30th anniversary of John Mellencamp's hit album "Uh-Huh".
The show sent over these details: "Johnny Cougar", as he was originally promoted, had started his career with a minor hit "I Need A Lover" off his second album only to find himself struggling commercially. It wasn't until 1982's American Fool album that John would see his first real success with the ditties "Jack And Diane" and "Hurt So Good". Armed with a # 1 single under his belt, John incorporated his real name Mellencamp into his professional identity and launched himself into Rock superstardom with Uh-Huh and the Top 10 hits "Pink Houses", "Crumblin' Down" and "The Authority Song".
John tells InTheStudio host Redbeard that the album was an important turning point for him creatively. "I think Uh-Huh was a lot better record than American Fool, simply because it was the beginning of me becoming focused on what I think I now do. That was really the beginning of me as a songwriter. All the rest of the records were me trying to figure out what the hell was going on. It took me a long time didn't it? (chuckles). Took like five albums." Stream the episode here.
ELP's Brain Salad Surgery Gets Ultimate Expansion
Emerson, Lake & Palmer classic album Brain Salad Surgery will be re-released as an extended Super Deluxe edition on April 7 next year, it's been confirmed.
The "ultimate expansion" treatment has been announced on the 40th anniversary of its original appearance in November 1973. Packaged in the famous artwork by HR Giger, the new edition will include 5.1 mixes, previously unreleased material and more.
ELP say: "We are amazed that after 40 years, so much of the original recordings, photos and artwork are still usable. Some of it has never been released before, but it's fascinating to hear how the recordings progressed. We are delighted that this new version will reveal some of these transitions."
JAKE E. LEE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM RED DTRAGON CARTEL FEATURING MANY SPECIAL GUESTS AVAILIBLE JANUARY 28TH ON FRONTIERS RECORDS
The newest band ready to take aim at the creative void in the hard rock world, Red Dragon Cartel, are set to release their debut album via Frontiers Records. The self-titled debut by the band made up of guitar legend Jake E. Lee, bassist Ronnie Mancuso, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley is set for release on January 27th 2014 in the UK and on the following day in the US. Jake E. Lee is best known for his work in Badlands and as guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne on Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin albums.
Red Dragon Cartel also features various guest appearances from some of music’s most notable faces including legendary Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander, original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, Kill Devil Hill/Pantera bassist Rex Brown, Slash’s Conspirators Todd Kearns and Brent Fitz and In This Moment front woman Maria Brink. The album was produced by Ronnie Mancuso and Jake E. Lee and was executive produced, mixed and mastered by Kevin Churko (In This Moment, Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch).
From the opening riff of "Deceived" to final sustained piano chord of "Exquisite Tenderness", it is clear Red Dragon Cartel has created an album that stands amongst some of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. Infectious songs such as "Shout It Out", "Wasted" and "Slave" showcase the band’s ability to write memorable hooks and vocal melodies.
Robin Zander of Cheap Trick lends his voice to the track "Feeder" and a lyric video for the song can be seen below.
Maria Brink of In This Moment lends her unique vocals to the track "Big Mouth". Paul Di’Anno and Sass Jordan also lend their talents to the band’s debut. Jake E. Lee’s trademark playing style instantly shines through and picks up right where he left off. The album will be available for pre-order on Amazon soon. The album can be pre-ordered from iTunes and comes with an instant download of "Deceived".
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The band will be bringing these new powerhouse songs on the road playing a handful of dates before embarking on a full tour in 2014. Tickets are currently on-sale and all information can be found on the band’s website: http://reddragoncartel.com
December 12th – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
December 14th – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater (Support of Queensryche)
December 15th – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
December 20th – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp'dRed Dragon Cartel - Biography
For nearly twenty years, everybody in rock ‘n’ roll wondered where Jake E. Lee was.
That’s mainly because his impact never dwindled. Every time "Bark at the Moon" came up in discussion, the question undoubtedly popped up as well. However, like an animal waiting for the perfect moment to pounce, Jake never stopped writing music. The right time happened in late 2011, when the shredder kept serendipitously crossing paths with long-time friend, notable session guitarist, and Beggars & Thieves bassist Ronnie Mancuso. Lee would eat at Mancuso’s Las Vegas restaurant occasionally, and one day, Mancuso posed a different question.
"I asked Jake to appear in a music video Beggars & Thieves was doing called ‘We Come Undone’," he remembers. "I was shocked he agreed. When it premiered, there was this outpouring of love for him. Everybody wanted new music. That’s when the idea of playing together was born."
Mancuso also shares Hideout studios with producer Kevin Churko [Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne], and the proverbial wheels began turning. Mancuso proposed that the two start a "project" produced by them and executive produced by Churko. Luckily, Lee had hundreds of riffs and ideas already recorded. The duo immediately went to work constructing the framework of the album. Around the same time, Mancuso created a Facebook page titled "Jake E. Lee Needs a Lead Singer and Drummer". After one post, they received thousands of entries. Two Canadian musicians, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley, instantly stood out.
"They’re very unique," says Mancuso. "Both of them added their stamp to the record. As we kept going, it became more and more of a band."
They chose the name Red Dragon Cartel as a nod to Lee’s Japanese heritage and the "gang" mentality of a unit who would die for each other. These four musicians also cultivated a focused, fresh, and fiery hard rock sound that embraced the lead guitarist’s classic style, while emitting a new kind of spark on their self-titled debut for Frontiers Records.
"It’s not like we stopped listening to music for the past two decades," chuckles Mancuso. "Those modern influences certainly pop up. At the same time, there are some inimitable elements to Jake’s playing. You know it’s him. Kevin and his son Kane were very meticulous in helping us harness that. It’s modern without trying to be modern."
The first song released from the album, "Feeder", tears through the 21st century with a flurry of guitar fireworks, Tom Peterson’s 12-string bass, pummelling percussion from Five Finger Death Punch skins man Jeremy Spencer, and vocals courtesy of Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander.
"That was a template for the whole album," Mancuso goes on. "Lyrically, it’s about people who suck the blood out of you. Whether it’s in a relationship or business, it’s about those people who take the positive energy out of you."
Meanwhile, on "Big Mouth", In This Moment singer Maria Brink delivers an impressive vocal spot, complimented by duelling solos from Lee and her band mate Chris Howorth.
Mancuso says, "I found this progression Jake wrote that I really liked. It was interesting and intriguing. Jake’s pedal started disintegrating during the solo, and we recorded that. It’s different than anything I’ve ever heard, and Maria brought something very special to it."
The same could be said for the hard-hitting "Deceived" as well as the entrancing album closer, "Exquisite Tenderness", which is the first song that Lee ever composed as a child. Also on the record, luminaries such as Rex Brown [ex-Pantera, Kill Devil Hill], Paul Di’Anno [ex-Iron Maiden], and Scott Reeder [ex-Kyuss] also make guest appearances, expanding the impact even more. It all solidifies this record as a true event for metal and hard rock fans everywhere.
"This is a complete album," concludes Mancuso. "I want people to come away with a whole album they can enjoy from start-to-finish without shutting it off. I hope they’re still doing that ten years from now like the classic albums we all grew up on and everybody would dream of from a group of guys like this."
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EAGLE ROCK IS ON TOP!
THE ROLLING STONES SWEET SUMMER SUN – HYDE PARK LIVE DVD #1 ON SOUNDSCAN THIS WEEK
MARKS EAGLE’S THIRD WEEK AT #1 ON THE MUSIC DVD CHART
New York, NY (November 20, 2013)—Topping the market in music DVD sales for the third week in a row, Eagle Rock Entertainment is enjoying success this week with The Rolling Stones Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live which just hit #1 on the Soundscan Music DVD chart in the US and Canada. This follows Eagle’s recent success with Dream Theater Live At Luna Park and Bruce Springsteen Springsteen & I, which held the top position the last three weeks. Eagle Rock now holds 29% of the music DVD market share.
President of Operations North America Mike Carden states, “All of us at Eagle Rock North America are extremely proud to release Sweet Summer Sun in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. We feel that with the several configurations including the deluxe book set that contains the iconic 1969 Hyde Park show, exclusive to this deluxe set, as well as the 2013 show on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD/digital audio, there is a configuration for every fan”
Released on November 11, Sweet Summer Sun chronicles The Rolling Stones’ historic return to London’s Hyde Park this past summer. Filmed over two spectacular outdoor concerts before 100,000 fans, this two-hour, packed with hits DVD includes not only the live performances, but also new and unseen backstage footage. “Start Me Up,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Miss You,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Gimme Shelter,” and many more are brilliantly brought to life via DTS Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo.
The Rolling Stones Sweet Summer Sun is available on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/2CD, 3LP/DVD, and a Deluxe Edition (60 page book, DVD, Blu-ray, and 2CD)
For more information on The Rolling Stones Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live, please visit: WWW.SWEETSUMMERSUN.COM
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH THREE NIGHTS IN COLORADO SHOWS TO KICK OFF BAND’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
SPECIAL GUESTS TO INCLUDE BOOTSY COLLINS, THE FLAMING LIPS, KARL DENSON, AND MORE
SCI FIDELITY RECORDS CELEBRATES 15th ANNIVERSARY
Nearly 20 years ago, a band formed in the small ski towns of the Colorado Rockies. Two decades later, THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT will be kicking off their 20th anniversary celebration with a three-night New Year’s run at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO. Set for December 28, 29 and 31, these shows will be the ultimate celebration of the life of the band, highlighted by special guest appearances, vintage relics from SCI’s past, and much more.
Joining THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT for the festivities will be Bootsy Collins on 12/28 and The Flaming Lips on 12/29. Karl Denson & Chris Littlefield (Tiny Universe Horns) will also be sitting in with the band on 12/28 and 12/29. Look for more surprise guests from the band’s past to be announced for the official 3-set New Year’s Eve show. Epic Incidents are sure to ensue from these musical collaborations.
As an added bonus, all ticket buyers will receive a download code good for a free MP3 of the remastered version of the band’s very first cassette tape. This old school album features early recordings of 11 classic songs, including classics like “Jellyfish,” “Lester Had a Coconut” and “Johnny Cash.” Tickets for all nights are on sale now at www.stringcheeseincident.com.
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT has also just released the video footage from their Independence Day run in Austin, TX this past summer. Presented by TourGigs and SCI, the band’s three-night run at The Backyard July 4-6 is now available (as individual nights or a three-night bundle) on HD DVD, BluRay and Digital Download at www.tourgigs.com. For the first time in seven years, the band returned to Austin and the outdoor venue proved to be a perfect setting for these Incidents, with beautiful sunsets shining upon the crowd as the first set of each night came to a close. After the sun had set, the lighting rig dazzled the crowd and the more experimental side of THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT was unleashed.
Look for the acclaimed independent band--BILL NERSHI (guitars and vocals), MICHAEL KANG (mandolin, violin, guitar and vocals), KEITH MOSELEY (bass & vocals), MICHAEL TRAVIS (drums and percussion), KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH (keyboards & vocals) and JASON HANN (percussion)--to release a new studio album produced by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) in Spring 2014. The release will be in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of their own independent record label, SCI Fidelity Records.
Since its formation in 1998, SCI Fidelity Records has delivered on its mission to support independent musicians everywhere, releasing over 75 albums from SCI, Keller Williams, Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Steve Winwood, Lotus, Railroad Earth and many more.
Rolling Stones Announce First Tour Date For 2014
The Rolling Stones have announced the first date of a 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand. The band will open the redeveloped Adelaide Oval on March 22, 2014.
"It's great to be invited to Adelaide to open the historic Oval," says Mick Jagger. "We're really looking forward to doing this gig, it will be the first time we've been to Adelaide in nearly 20 years, so see you there!"
"Hi everyone down in Adelaide, it's been a while since we were in your back yard," adds Keith Richards. "See you on March 22 when we'll take over your new stadium and make it our own, look forward to it."
The Rolling Stones will announce more Australia shows, and one in New Zealand, in the next few weeks; the band has confirmed that Mick Taylor will be joining them for the tour.
Aerosmith Announce New Tour
Aerosmith have announced a new leg for their Global Warming Tour. Starting with a show in Moscow on May 24, the band will make their way through Northern Europe for the next month before finishing off with a show in Milan, Italy on June 25.
For now, nine dates have been announced, but looking at the tour schedule there are several almost week-long gaps, so the addition of more shows is likely. Aerosmith will visit the Swedish capital Stockholm for the first time since 1999, having only played a couple of festival gigs in the country since then.
The tour also includes a stop at the Download Festival in Derby, UK on June 15. Aerosmith released their 15th studio album Music From Another Dimension! last year, but expect the setlist to focus around the band's older material from the seventies, and hit albums like Pump and Permanent Vacation.
Jimmy Page Shares Led Zeppelin and Notorious B.I.G. Mash-Up
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page's website feature a random Zeppelin-related news flash every day. On Friday last week (November 15), Page's official Twitter wrote "On this day Biggie Smalls" with a link to a mash-up of Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On" and Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize."
Called "Ramblize," the mash-up has basically put B.I.G.'s rap over Page's acoustic "Ramble On" riff, backed by a drum beat. The resulting track features the rap fitting in perfectly with the music that was created more than two decades before "Hypnotize."
Jimmy Page is currently busy remastering the entire Led Zeppelin catalog, which is supposed to contain unreleased versions of classic Zeppelin songs as bonus tracks. Last year Page told Rolling Stone magazine that one of the goals with the remastering process is to improve the digital listening experience:
"Everything is being transferred from analog to a higher-resolution digital format. That's one of the problems with the Zeppelin stuff. It sounds ridiculous on MP3. You can't hear what's there properly."
Bob Dylan Delivers 'Like a Rolling Stone' Video
Bob Dylan wrote the timeless "Like A Rolling Stone" in 1965, and despite its chart-topping success and legendary status, the song of the '60s never truly given its complete due as a single, until now.
The official music video for "Like A Rolling Stone" premiered today on Bob Dylan's website, part of the campaign for the release of Dylan's The Complete Album Collection Volume 1.
Although the song is just a little under 50 years old, the music video manages to put the track under a modern light by incorporating interactive components.
Viewers can use their arrow keys on the keyboard to flip through 16 television channels featuring actors, reporters, and cartoons lip-syncing to the iconic song. Although the connection between Pawn Stars and a Dora The Explorer rip-off cartoons to Bob Dylan might seem a bit strained, there's some humor and playfulness flipping between your cliche food and business channel hosts mouthing the lyrics to the song. The music video also includes a channel dedicated to a vintage live performance of Bob Dylan himself.
U2's Sunday Bloody Sunday Video From US Festival DVD Released
U2 are among the acts featured on the upcoming DVD release, "US Festival 1983: Days 1-3", due December 3 and a preview video of their performance and a video trailer for the release have been posted online.
Held on Memorial Day of 1983, the US Festival (US is an acronym for "Unite Us In Song") was a massive three-day celebration of music and culture sponsored by Steve Wozniak, formerly of Apple Computer. Wozniak financed the follow-up to the 1982 inaugural event himself, to the tune of approximately 10 million dollars.
A pre-cursor to festivals held today, the US Festivals were intended to be the celebration of evolving technologies, including a marriage of music, computers, television and people.
"Us Festival 1983: Days 1 – 3" includes the 3 days of New Wave, Heavy Metal and Rock in 1983 with performances from U2, The Clash, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Stevie Nicks, INXS, Men At Work, Stray Cats, Triumph, Missing Persons and more.
The DVD includes the legendary U2 performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday", The Clash's final performance with Mick Jones, a seminal performance for INXS in the US, and many other landmark moments in music history.
Watch the Sunday Bloody Sunday Performance here.
New Bruce Springsteen Single Leaks
While it isn't due for release until next Monday, Bruce Springsteen's new single, "High Hopes", was leaked online Tuesday, according to Rolling Stone.
The track was recorded during Springsteen's Australian tour in March. "We've never had a recording session during a tour in our lives," revealed Springsteen of the Sydney studio visit.
"We did a couple of things that I wanted to put down. So that was very exciting. And being with Tommy was exciting. The band – Steven, Nils [Lofgren], all those guys – continues to be a source of inspiration for me."
Originally recorded by Los Angeles band The Havalinas, a version of the song appeared on Springsteen's 1996 documentary and EP, "Blood Brothers."
Rush Stamps Get Special Limited Edition Autographed Covers
Toronto's First Post Office has created its own day-of-issue covers for the Rush stamp released by Canada Post earlier this year. There are, and will only ever be, ten of these envelopes in existence and each is personally autographed by all three members of the band.
Originally printed in an edition of 100, all unsigned copies of the first-day covers have been destroyed as per an agreement with the band's management.
Each 4" x 7 ½" cover is printed on 100% cotton paper and shows the band in an earlier era with the "star man" logo as a watermark. Each is numbered out of ten and comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by both the band's management and the museum's curator. The text on the back celebrates Rush's induction, in April of this year, into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame:
"On April 18, 2013, the Canadian band Rush was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. To celebrate that event, and to coincide with the release of a Rush stamp by Canada Post on July 19, 2013, Toronto's First Post Office has created a limited number of these commemorative covers. Toronto's First Post Office is a National Historic Site and museum operated by the Town of York Historical Society."
Soundgarden's Sub Pop Reissues Streaming Online
The forthcoming November 26 reissue of Soundgarden's debut Sub Pop EPs, 1987's "Screaming Life" and 1988's "Fopp", are both now streaming online ahead of next week's release.
Remastered by producer Jack Endino, the reissue marks the first time these tracks will be available digitally, and their first appearance on vinyl since the original, late-80s pressings (notwithstanding a long-gone, late-'90s repress of "Screaming Life").
"Ah, Screaming Life, Soundgarden's debut, and one of the first real records I made for anyone outside my own band," said Endino. "I already knew Soundgarden pretty well, since they and Skin Yard had shared the stage many times in Seattle's tiny club scene circa 1985-1986."
"Soon after opening Reciprocal Recording in July 1986, there I was with Soundgarden, trying to make the most of our eight tracks," he continued. "Somehow, we found room for all of Matt Cameron's 'bonus tubs,' Hiro's primordial Fender bass, and a whopping four tracks to share between Kim Thayil's mad guitar psychedelia and Chris Cornell's still-expanding voice. 'Nothing To Say' was the song that made us all look at each other and go, 'uh, holy crap, how did we do this?'" Check out the streams here.
Sebastian Bach's New Album 'In Final Stages'
Sebastian Bach has issued an update on his new album project, working alongside producer Bob Marlette. "Mix time!!," writes Bach. "We are in the final stages of the new album. We are mixing all the ingredients with precision & care in pursuit of the ultimate tasty treat for your precious earhole!"
"Trying to deliver a classic sounding record in the age of MP3s & compression is a challenge because all the records I love were records long before iTunes, Spotify , & the like," he adds. "My album is designed for big ass speakers on the living room floor on a hot summer night with the windows open cranking the tunes with your friends or the one you love ... do y'all do that anymore?"
The follow-up to 2011's "Kicking & Screaming" will feature guest appearances by Duff McKagan, John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) on the project, along with new guitarist Devin Bronson and longtime drummer Bobby Jarzombek.
Zakk Wylde, Bootsy Collins, Buddy Guy Lead Experience Hendrix Tour
Radio.com is proud to announce 2014′s Experience Hendrix Tour, the guitar-centric tribute to Jimi Hendrix that's run on and off since its first incarnation as the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Festival at Bumbershoot '95.
This year's tour will feature Buddy Guy, Bootsy Collins and Zakk Wylde, along with a busload of other guitar legends including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, Eric Johnson, Serbian blues-rocker Ana Popovic, Doyle Bramhall II, Mato Nanji of Indigenous, and Los Lobos co-frontmen Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo.
The tour is set to kick off March 11 in Dallas and run through April 3′s Detroit show. Other than Wylde and Popovic, the other artists have played the tour in the past. John McDermott, one of the tour's organizers, told Radio.com that while Wylde, Hildago, Guy, Zappa and Collins may be an odd combination, the goal of the tour is to show the scope of Hendrix's musical influence.
"We try to follow the roots to the fruits," McDermott said. "Before he passed away, we had [blues legend] Hubert Sumlin, who was a favorite of Jimi's. We have Buddy Guy, who is a favorite of Jimi's. We like to have a variety of [younger] players to show how broad and deep the influence is. "While Wylde spends most of his time on the road playing to all-metal audiences, it's not all that surprising that he signed on for this tour given his fandom (one of his sons is named Hendrix). As for the other tour rookie, Popvic, she first came to the attention of Hendrix fans via a cover of "Belly Button Window" on the 2000 tribute album Blue Haze. "Ana is somebody who we had seen, we saw a performance of 'If 6 Was 9,' which was great, so she was a no-brainer for us," McDermott said.
SCOTT STAPP FIRST LEG OF 2014 TOUR ANNOUNCED, PRESALES/VIP PACKAGES OFFERED THIS WEEK
PROOF OF LIFE DEBUTED AT #7 ON THE BILLBOARD ROCK CHART AND #35 ON THE CURRENT ALBUM CHART AS TWITTER FOLLOWERS SKYROCKET
"SLOW SUICIDE" VIDEO PREMIERES ON FUSE.TV TODAY
DONATING 10% OF ALL ONLINE MERCHANDISE SALES TO MUSIC FOR RELIEF EFFORTS IN THE PHILIPPINES
NEW YORK, NY (November 19, 2013) – Grammy-Award winning artist Scott Stapp will get back out on the road next year, announcing the first leg of his 2014 tour today. Stapp will play a series of special intimate shows for his fans beginning with the March 19, 2014 show at House of Blues in Dallas. Presale tickets and VIP Meet & Greet packages will be available on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 though this website. The public on sale date is Saturday, November 23, 2013 through Ticketmaster here.
Stapp just released Proof of Life on Wind-up Records last week, November 5, 2013. It debuted at #7 on the Billboard Rock Chart and #35 on the Current Album Chart. Since announcing the release of the album, Stapp's Twitter followers more than doubled, jumping to over 101,000 in just a few weeks. Stapp announced the tour via Twitter earlier today during a live Q&A with fans.
Proof of Life was produced by Howard Benson and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and is Stapp's second solo album; his first was 2005's certified platinum, The Great Divide. Today, Fuse is premiering the music video for the album's lead single, "Slow Suicide." You can watch it here.
In addition to the tour, Stapp announced today that he will donate 10% of all online merchandise sales through his merch store here to Music For Relief. Stapp was so moved by the devastation in the Philippines that he immediately wanted to help. Music For Relief was founded by the band Linkin Park after the Indian Ocean tsunami struck South Asia in 2004 to aid survivors of natural disasters. In 2006 the organization expanded its scope to include environmental restoration and protection as a means of disaster risk mitigation.
Proof of Life is Stapp's first new material since the release of his 2012 uncensored memoir, Sinner's Creed, in which Stapp shared his life story for the first time—from his fundamentalist upbringing, the rise of Creed, his ongoing battle with addiction, the rediscovery of his faith and the launch of his solo career. The gripping memoir is "proof" positive for Stapp that a higher power is always present, despite the colossal messes we sometimes make of our lives. Proof of Life is an 11-track collection of songs that chronicles the extension of his journey.
The new songs reflect the maturity and wisdom of an artist that has sold nearly 30 million albums with Creed, had three Grammy nominations and one win for Best Rock Song with "With Arms Wide Open," and 11 #1 Singles with "My Own Prison," "Torn," "What's This Life For," "One," "Higher," "What If," "Are You Ready," "With Arms Wide Open," "My Sacrifice" "One Last Breath," and "Overcome." Creed put out six albums - My Own Prison (1997) 6x Platinum, Human Clay (1999) 11+ million (Diamond), Weathered (2001) 6x Platinum, Greatest Hits (2004) 2x Platinum and Full Circle (2009) Certified Gold.
AEROSMITH’S BRAD WHITFORD TO SIT IN WITH THE ROOTS ON NBC-TV’S ‘LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON’ TONIGHT (11/19)
AEROSMITH guitarist BRAD WHITFORD will make a special appearance today (Tuesday, November 19) on NBC-TV’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Whitford--who just wrapped a series of dates with AEROSMITH in South America and Mexico--will sit in with the Roots in support of the recently released Guitar Aficionado: The Collections (Time Home Entertainment Inc., $50.00), an oversized deluxe volume of the world’s most epic guitars, the stories behind them, and the collectors and artists who own them. The Collections (www.guitarcollectionsbook.com) offers a rare glimpse into the collections of the world's most illustrious and storied players, including Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Carlos Santana, David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, Elliot Easton of the Cars, Joe Bonamassa, James Hetfield of Metallica, Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe, and many more.
In other news, AEROSMITH--Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (lead guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums)--recently announced dates in late Spring/Summer 2014 kicking off May 24 in Moscow, Russia plus an appearance at the U.K.’s Download Festival in June.
AEROSMITH are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors. Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.” With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.
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British Heavy Metal Legends SAXON Unleash Brand New “Unplugged and Strung Up” Album Teaser with Interview Footage
New Album of Alternative Takes on Classic Favorites Hits Stores on November 25, 2013
British heavy metal legends SAXON and UDR Music are pleased to reveal a brand new Unplugged and Strung Up album teaser, which also includes snippets of interviews with vocalist Biff Byford. Check out the exclusive new video via UDR Music’s YouTube page here: http://youtu.be/551z5RxDn40
Unplugged and Strung Up hits stores in the US on Monday, November 25th due to the holiday week, via UDR Music.
With Unplugged and Strung Up, SAXON introduces a carefully selected collection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.
Unplugged and Strung Up reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXON songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK earlier this year, Biff and co. re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ and ‘Crusader’ by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. ‘Frozen Rainbow’ from the band's 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst ‘Red Star Falling’ soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally-arranged dovetail.
As if this reinvention wasn't enough, SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase a digipack version of the release which will include 2002's storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits Heavy Metal Thunder. Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as ‘Motorcycle Man’, ‘Strong Arm of the Law’ and ‘Dallas 1pm’, it is a quintessential part of any collection. Order your copy of the digipack version here via Amazon.
FATES WARNING Launches “I Am” Live Video Clip + On Tour in North America Now!
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have recently finished a successful first European headlining tour in support of Darkness In A Different Light, their first new studio album effort in almost a decade and InsideOutMusic debut. The band is on tour in North America now with openers Halcyon Way and Artizan.
In celebration of the tour, the band has released a brand new live-footage music video for the track ‘I Am’. The clip was shot during their European tour and produced by Oliver Barth / Visions In Fear. The clip can be seen now via the InsideOutMusic YouTube channel here: http://youtu.be/bvzjBnsDy2Q
FATES WARNING’s Darkness In A Different Light has not only received great response from media and band supporters alike, but also managed to enter the official sales charts in Germany on #41, in The Netherlands on #90 and in the USA on #162 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, as well #50 on the Current Rock Chart, #14 on the Current Hard Music Chart, #142 on the Top Current Albums Chart and #5 on the Top New Artist Albums Chart.
Darkness In A Different Light was produced by FATES WARNING guitarist and main composer Jim Matheos and mixed by long time FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering duties were handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California. The artwork was designed by Conte di San Pietro.
In the U.S., Darkness In A Different Light is available in the standard CD jewel case and the Digital Download format.
All different formats of the album can be purchased in Europe from the InsideOutMusic online shop here: http://smarturl.it/fateswarning_iom
BILLY JOEL BACK AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN JANUARY 27
Billy Joel will return to Madison Square Garden on January 27, 2014 as part of the Time Warner Concert Series. The performance, presented by Q104, marks his first time back at the World's Most Famous Arena since his record-breaking "longest run of a single artist" in 2006 when he performed 12 consecutive sold-out shows, and his 2012 performance at the 12-12-12 concert to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Tickets for Billy Joel's January 27 show at Madison Square Garden will be available exclusively to Citi card members from Wednesday, November 20 at 10am ET through Friday, November 22 at 10pm ET. Tickets will then be available for purchase by the general public beginning 10am ET on Saturday, November 23 via Ticketmaster.com and by calling (800) 745-3000.
Last month, Billy performed his first Long Island concert in 11 years, paying tribute to Long Island Cares, the Hauppauge-based charity founded by Harry Chapin that he chose to receive proceeds from the sold-out show. Billy also returned to Europe for the first time in seven years to perform three sold-out shows in the UK and another at The O2 in Dublin. In December, Billy Joel will receive The Kennedy Center Honor, one of the United States' top cultural awards.
Rush On Hiatus
As Rush release their new "Clockwork Angels Tour" DVD this week, guitarist Alex Lifeson tells Billboard that the band will be on hiatus for most of 2014 but assures fans it will only be a short break and they will return.
"We've committed to taking about a year off," says Lifeson. "We all agreed when we finished this tour (in early August) we were going to take this time off and we weren't going to talk about band stuff or make any plans. We committed to a year, so that's going to take us through to the end of next summer, for sure. That's the minimum. We haven't stopped or quit. Right now we're just relaxing. We're taking it easy and just enjoying our current employment."
That said, Lifeson acknowledges that he and singer/bassist/keyboardist Geddy Lee - who both live in the Toronto area while drummer Neil Peart resides in California - "typically get a little bored, and so we enjoy writing and working together and I wouldn't doubt that some time in the new year we'll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing."
"It's going to be interesting to see where we do go next," he continues. "You know, the album is dying as a format. We're so used to it and we're so old school in that format, but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album? It's hard to say what the future holds, and it's just changing so rapidly. It's always hard to speculate where you're going to go."
Sammy Hagar and Motley Crue's Vince Neil Planning Tour
While Motley Crue has announced their intentions to retire, their frontman Vince Neil has revealed that he plans to continue performing and even broke news about a tour with Sammy Hagar.
Neil was recently interviewed by Vegas Rocks! Magazine and was asked about what he intended to do following the band's retirement and revealed that he is already working on a big tour with Sammy Hagar for next year.
The singer told the publication, "I have my own stuff. I have my solo band, and we have a lot of touring coming up. And actually, it looks like me and Sammy Hagar are gonna go out together for a long tour next year. I'll be carrying the torch for Motley Crue when Motley Crue is done."
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Wants Rick Rubin To Produce Solo Album
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has been meeting with Rick Rubin to see if popular producer will sign on produce his debut solo album, tentatively due next spring.
"I'm working on it," Tyler tells Rolling Stone. "I just got back from Russia. Tour was over last week, so I set up my studio, and I had dinner with Rick Rubin last night."
While their working together is not yet confirmed, Tyler seemed confident about Rubin's involvement when asked about the likelihood. "We did do 'Walk This Way' with Run-D.M.C.," he said. "That was his idea."
The Doors Surviving Members Plan Q&A At Special Event
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is hosting "An Evening With The Doors" on December 5, an event which will feature a screening of "Mr. Mojo Risin: The Making of L.A. Woman" and a Q&A with surviving band members Robbie Krieger and John Densmore.
The 2011 documentary "Mr. Mojo Risin: The Making of L.A. Woman" looks at the creation of The Doors' sixth album, offering a detailed perspective of the intense recording sessions that produced one of the group's most memorable records.
Krieger and Densmore will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening to discuss the band's legacy and their own careers.
Stryper Score Top 40 Debut With New Album
It's a chart result that's pretty much unprecedented in the modern era for 80s hard rock acts, especially those with a Christian element: 80s rockers Stryper have landed at a very respectable #35 on the Billboard Top 200 with their new album No More Hell To Pay.
The album also landed at #2 on the Contemporary Christian Albums chart, #3 on the Current Hard Music Albums chart, #3 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, #3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart and #6 on the Top Current Rock Albums. The album sold over 9,500 copies in its first week.
Hailed by fans as a return to their classic sound, No More Hell To Pay features the original lineup of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Oz Fox (guitars), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums), and was produced by Michael Sweet.
"We're humbled to be charting alongside some of the biggest and best in music today," Michael Sweet said. "We've worked hard to deliver the best Stryper record to date and we couldn't be more proud of "No More Hell To Pay"! The Yellow & Black Attack is back (well, we never really left). Here's to 30 more years and we'll see you on the road in 2014."
Second Coming, an album of re-recorded Stryper classics, sold less than half the number of copies of No More Hell To Pay in April and handed at #117. Their 2011 covers album The Covering sold 4,600 copies to hit #175, and their previous album of new material, Murder By Pride, reached #73 in 2009.
Roger Waters Reflects On Original Pink Floyd Frontman Syd Barrett
Roger Waters reflected on the legacy of original Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett at the recent Billboard Touring Conference, describing the troubled songwriter as "very talented" but "only incandescent for a year or two maybe."
During the 80-minute discussion, Waters also recalled Floyd's 1967 U.S. debut performance at San Francisco's Winterland, saying Janis Joplin pilfered a pint of Southern Comfort he had just purchased just before the show.
Earlier this week, Waters spoke with Rolling Stone about his forthcoming solo album--his first "rock" effort in 20 years. "I finished a demo of it last night," he revealed.
"It's 55 minutes long. It's songs and theater as well. I don't want to give too much away, but it's couched as a radio play. It has characters who speak to each other, and it's a quest. It's about an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they are killing the children." The veteran rocker went on to say he isn't sure whether he'll support the disc with a tour.
Robert Plant Releases Second Episode of New Web Series
Robert Plant has posted the second episode in his new 8-part web series, "Zirka", which documents his 2003 trip to perform in Mali and the Festival In The Desert.
Plant appeared at the famed festival alongside Ali Farka Toure, Tinariwen and many others. "It was a journey of revelation — one of the most illuminating and humbling experiences of my life," Plant explained recently to Rolling Stone.
"[The trip] took us from the scurry and bustle of our world into the homeland of the Tuareg, the Sahel of Mali, Timbuctoo, and north to Essakane. A journey that could only reinforce the power and the great gift of music across and between cultures. . . sharing outside of language." Check out the video here.
Black Sabbath React To Living Legend Award
Black Sabbath were the big winners at this year's Classic Rock Roll of Honor ceremony in London. The heavy metal pioneers picked up three prizes, including the coveted Living Legend award, reports NME.com.
"I didn't even expect to live this long," said Ozzy Osbourne, accepting the awards. "When I was 21 I thought I would be dead by 40. That was alright until I was 39." He later added: "I never thought 43 years ago I'd be standing here. We're in shock--this year has been an incredible event for us."
Guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler attended the event as well. "It's fantastic to get the awards," said Iommi. "When we started out we never thought about it, you just wanted to play. Even this time, we never thought for a minute [the new album] would get to number one. We just wanted to make an album."
In other Sabbath news, the band has just announced another round of North American live dates, kicking off at the end of March.
STEVIE NICKS TO RELEASE 'IN YOUR DREAMS' DVD DOCUMENTARY ON DECEMBER 3RD
Highly Acclaimed Film Reveals Portrait of Nicks As She Collaborates with Dave Stewart on the Fascinating Journey of Creating Her First Album in a Decade
Nicks To Appear at DVD Signing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Hollywood on December 4th 7:00 pm.
November 18, 2013 - Los Angeles, California - Rock legend Stevie Nicks, fresh off of Fleetwood Mac's sold out worldwide tour, will be releasing her intimate DVD documentary "In Your Dreams," it was confirmed today by Warner Bros. Records.
"In Your Dreams" is a portrait of the illusive Nicks as she and Stewart embark on a musical journey to write and record the critically acclaimed "In Your Dreams" CD , Nicks' first studio album in over a decade. Nicks called this "the greatest year of my life" and felt compelled to share the joyful experience with her fans.
The DVD is currently available for pre orders. The limited edition deluxe dvd bundle that included a DVD personally signed by Nicks, a handwritten individually numbered limited edition of a letter by Nicks and never-before seen photos has already sold out its 1000 copy limit.
Co-produced and co-directed by musical wizard Dave Stewart, "In Your Dreams" was shown at The Hamptons International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, SXSW and Toronto Film Festival, and had a theatrical release in 53 cities.
The inner life of the legendary Nicks has by her design long been kept at a distance from the public.. We learn in "Dreams" that her world features costume parties, elaborate dinner feasts, tap dancing, fantasy creations and revealing songwriting and recording sessions all of which are captured on film. Fans will also get to see cameo appearances by Edgar Alllan Poe, Mick Fleetwood, Reese Witherspoon, a massive white stallion in the backyard, owls and naturally a few vampires who appear in several "home movie" style music videos.
Along with tracking the Nicks/Stewart creative partnership, "In Your Dreams" has plenty of other cinematic payoffs including rare never before seen personal scrapbook stills from Nicks' childhood and a wealth of candid backstage and performance shots taken over the last 35 years.
The documentary was produced by Dave Stewart's Weapons of Mass Entertainment.
“The Epic Queen Tribute Show” – Taking Place on December 1st at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY
In honor of World AIDS Day (December 1), “The Epic Queen Tribute Show” is taking place at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn. Many local bands will perform covers of songs by the legendary British rock band Queen, whose original lead singer Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991. Saint Vitus has generously donated the use of their space for this show, and all artists are performing without compensation so that 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).
Artists performing Queen tunes at this “epic” event include Blue Coupe (featuring founding members of Blue Öyster Cult and the original Alice Cooper group), HUFF THIS!, Nick Didkovsky (of Doctor Nerve), Craig Greenberg, Corn Mo (of .357 Lover), XAVIER, Jason Trachtenburg and The Pendulum Swings, Guillotine Riot, Love Crushed Velvet, Chaos & Lace, Jesse Krakow, QRT (with Wizard of Roz), Athena Matsil, Even Twice, Matt Chiaravalle, Rob Walbourne (of Queen Orlenes), Doug Bleek, Oscar Rodriguez and more—with surprise guests!
The show will be MC’ed by NYC improv actor Katie Halper with help from Freddie Mercury look-a-like Ethan Yavin and comedian Lee Camp.
Official sponsors donating covetable raffle prizes include Pentatonic Guitars, Candy Drip clothing, DopDop Salon, and Hair Metal Salon.
Tickets to the show are $10 and may be purchased in advance at Ticketfly.com; they will also be available at the door.
DEF LEPPARD "VIVA! Hysteria" - new Video Album Sampler released & video chart entries!
DEF LEPPARD have recently released a new “VIVA! Hysteria” Album Sampler on Youtube which can be enjoyed following this link: http://youtu.be/PJ2VPQDvhzA
DEF LEPPARD’s “VIVA! Hysteria” video package entered the top 5 national music video charts in 7 countries (U.S.A., Canada, UK, France, Australia, Sweden and Finland) and was Top 15 in another 3 countries (Germany, Switzerland and Japan) in the week of release. The album version also charted in the Top 30 national charts in the USA and Germany, with Top 100 entries in other territories, including the UK.
“Viva! Hysteria” was released last October 18th in Europe and 22nd in North America on Frontiers Records and includes a stunning HD live recording of DEF LEPPARD’s eleven-show residency which started on March 22, 2013 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas in which the band played for the first time ever their hit album “Hysteria” from start to finish, along with a selection of their other greatest hits and hidden gems from their catalogue.
Available on Frontiers Records in Blu-Ray, DVD, 2CD+DVD, digital download and a limited edition 2CD+Blu Ray, with “Viva! Hysteria” DEF LEPPARD bring their over the top production to your house.
"3 DOORS DOWN ACOUSTIC - SONGS FROM THE BASEMENT" TOUR ANNOUNCED
Band Hits The Road January 10th With Plans To Perform Deep Cuts And Hits From Extensive Catalog of Songs In An Intimate Setting
3 Doors Down return to the road on January 10th in Reno, Nevada for "3 Doors Down Acoustic - Songs From The Basement." Alongside some of their biggest hits the band will reach into their extensive catalog to perform fan favorites rarely heard live. Limited VIP tickets featuring on stage seating will be made available offering the rare chance to "sit in the basement with the band" in this intimate, live setting. On hitting the road to perform acoustically, Singer Brad Arnold shares, "We experimented with an acoustic show in Nashville and had such a great response that we decided to take it on the road. We’ve never toured like this before, some of these songs have never been played live!”
Last week, 3 Doors Down staged the 10th annual The Better Life Foundation concert on November 16 at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The long-term mission of the foundation is to make a positive change in the lives of children in need of food, shelter, and medical assistance, and to enhance the lives of children and young adults with special needs. Funds raised are distributed to organizations and hospitals that fulfill the band's mission to enable children to develop their potential, achieve their goals, and become caring and responsible adults. Operating with the mission statement, "Changing the World, One Life at a Time," 3 Doors Down has committed their energies over the past decade to make a tangible contribution for those in need through this annual event, and continuous efforts to generate funding to support these goals.
In November 2012, 3 Doors Down released The Greatest Hits, returning to the rock charts with the Top 5 hit "One Light." The collection features nine #1 remixed and re-mastered hits, alongside three new songs. The band then staged three successful North American co-headline runs with Daughtry. 3 Doors Down also toured overseas, visiting Russia for the first time alongside appearances in Dubai, Mexico, and across the European continent performing for hundreds of thousands of fans.
Roy Harper Charged With Alleged Child Sexual Abuse
Roy Harper has been charged with sexually abusing a girl from the age of 12. The progressive folk musician, 72, will appear in Hereford Magistrates' Court on Monday in relation to nine counts of sexual assault, which are alleged to have taken place between 1975 and 1977.
The incidents are said to have taken place in Herefordshire and relate to one victim. Harper, who is based in Ireland, is probably best known for his guest vocals on Pink Floyd's 1975 track Have A Cigar. He also worked with Led Zeppelin and is cited as an influence by the Who, Kate Bush and Jethro Tull, among others.
The musician was summonsed last month after he was voluntarily interviewed by police in February. A brief statement was posted on his Facebook page.
Guns N' Roses Top Dangerous Driving List
Guns N' Roses track "Paradise City" is one of the most dangerous songs to listen to while driving, according to a list released by insurance website Confused.com.
They used their MotorMate app to monitor the behaviour of motorists as they drove 250 miles without music playing and the same distance with sounds on.
The firm says that listening to rock music caused men to drive more aggressively, moving faster and braking later. Women responded in a similar way to hip-hop.
Vince Neil Clarifies Motley Crue's Reason For Retiring
Vince Neil says Motley Crue's farewell tour plans are not related to guitarist Mick Mars' health, following recent comments to the contrary by drummer Tommy Lee.
"I don't know why Tommy would say that," Neil tells Vegas Rocks! Magazine. "It really had nothing to do with Mick's health. It was just because we all felt — at least me and Nikki [Sixx, bass] and Mick — felt that it was just we didn't wanna go out on the bottom.
"We didn't wanna be one of those bands that start fading away. We've been on top for 32 years, and it's great. And it's just like, you know what? By the time we finish this tour, it'll be in 35 years of Motley Crue. So… that's really kind of it."
Journey Donate Over $350K To Philippines Storm Relief
Journey have donated more than $350,000 to victims of the storm that struck the Philippines earlier this month. The band are fronting a US appeal for more funds while the International Committee of the Red Cross are running a wider campaign.
Over 11 million people are believed to have been affected after super typhoon Haiyan made landfall on November 7, killing more than 4000. It's thought to have been the second most intense storm on record in the area with wind speeds reaching 200mph.
Journey frontman Arnel Pineda, a Filipino who remains based in Manila, is aiming to take a leading role in recovery efforts – and he's started by pledging the six-figure sum from his bandmates and their associates Live Nation, Creative Artists Agency and manager John Baruck.
Robert Plant Pays To Play In Charity Soccer Match
Robert Plant has paid £900 to play in a testimonial football/soccer match next year for the Wolverhampton Wanderers as part of a fund-raising effort for the Birmingham Children's Hospital.
The former Led Zeppelin frontman's bid was part of total figure in excess of £8,000 collected for the hospital at a fund-raising dinner Thursday night, according to The Guardian.
The May 2014 testimonial match between the Wanderers and Sunderland is a tribute to newly-retired Wanderers' captain Jody Craddock, who played for both teams in the Premiere League; his son, Toby, has been treated for leukemia at the Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Allman Brothers Release Whipping Post Video From Crossroads DVD
Eric Clapton is sharing video of a performance of "Whipping Post" by the Allman Brothers Band as seen on the new live package, "2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival."
Due for release November 19 in North America on DVD and Blu-ray and – for the first time ever – audio highlights on digital and CD, the clip is the second one issued from the set featuring the Allmans – watch Clapton and the band play "Why Has Love Got To Be So Sad" here.
"2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival" features nearly 5 hours of music across 45 tracks, plus conversations with the artists and other behind-the-scenes footage from the event. Watch the video.
Paul Rodgers Release Cover Of Sam & Dave Classic
Paul Rodgers is sharing his cover of the Sam & Dave classic, "I Thank You", as a preview of "The Royal Sessions", a collection of classic R&B and soul songs redone by the Bad Company singer due in early 2014.
Recorded at Memphis' Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, "The Royal Sessions" features Rodgers' interpretations of songs by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles, among others
Produced by Perry Margouleff, "The Royal Sessions" pairs Rodgers with an all-star roster of legendary musicians who played on the original hits dating back to the '60's. The classic rhythm section includes Reverend Charles Hodges (Hammond B3), Michael Tolls (guitar), LeRoy Hodges Jr. (bass), "Hubby" Archie Turner (Wurlitzer), Steve Potts and James Robertson Sr. (drums), The Royal Horns and the Royal Singers. Check out the cover here.
Scorpions Release MTV Unplugged Preview
The Scorpions have released a video preview and movie trailer of the upcoming release of "MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live In Athens."
Due November 29 in Europe (January 21, 2014 in North America), the package features a mix of classic Scorpions tracks and new songs performed acoustically.
In September, the German rockers performed three MTV Unplugged concerts in Athens, Greece at the city's Lycabettus Theatre. "MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live In Athens" will be available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray disc. Watch the preview here.
Ace Frehley Lands New Record Deal
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has signed a new two-album deal with eOne Music. Frehley announced his new deal with eOne Music Friday morning on the Mancow radio show in Chicago.
This summer, Ace was in the studio recording with drummer Matt Starr (Burning Rain) and bassist Chris Wyse (The Cult, Owl) for the follow up to his 2009 release, "Anomaly."
Frehley is also working on a companion to 2011's "No Regrets: A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir", which debuted at #10 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list upon its release in 2011. Check out video here.
Mystery of Roger Waters' Father's Death Solved
Pink Floyd icon Roger Waters has written a personal poem of thanks to a war veteran who ended his lifelong search for his father. Lieutenant Eric Fletcher Waters was killed in World War II – But that's all his son ever knew about the dad he never met, and his sense of loss has inspired much of his creative output, including 1979 Floyd masterpiece The Wall.
He's admitted in the past to being "very angry" about having grown up without a father figure, and continues to support veteran activities, including inviting fans to submit photos of their family war dead for inclusion in recent live performances of The Wall.
Now 93-year-old Harry Shindler, who'd never heard of the band until he met Waters at a veterans' memorial event, has followed a paper trail which resulted in his discovery that Lieutenant Eric died around 11.30am on February 18, 1944 during the Allied landings at Anzio, Italy, in a once-open field that's now the centre of the town of Aprilia.
TREY ANASTASIO BAND ANNOUNCES WINTER 2014 TOUR
Online Ticket Request Period Begins Friday, November 15; Tickets Go On Sale To General Public Beginning November 22
Run Kicks Off January 28 And Includes Two-Night Stands In Denver And New Orleans
Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) will kick off 2014 with a headline tour of intimate U.S. venues, beginning with a two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO (January 28 and 29). The run will include TAB's first shows in New Orleans since 2005 (February 7 and 8 at House of Blues) and the group's first-ever show in Orlando, FL (February 11 at House of Blues). On Valentine's Day, Trey Anastasio Bandwill play a return engagement at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, where the live album TAB at the Tab was recorded in 2010.
Tickets for all shows will be available through a real time presale beginning this Friday, November 15, at http://treytickets.rlc.net. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, November 21. See below for itinerary or visit www.trey.com for further details.
2013 has been a rewarding year for Anastasio, who is a founding member of Phish. Hands On A Hardbody, a musical written by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright that Anastasio and Amanda Green penned the music for, opened on Broadway. It received three Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Original Score (Music And/Or Lyrics) Written For The Theatre. In his latest classical outing, Anastasio played a sold-out show with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) at Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, DC. The program featured orchestrations of classic Phish songs and solo Anastasio compositions. In addition to touring with TAB, he spent the summer and fall on the road with Phish, which will wrap up a sold-out, four-night stand at Madison Square Garden on New Year's Eve.
TREY ANASTASIO BAND - UPCOMING 2014 TOUR DATES
1/28 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
1/29 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
1/31 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
2/1 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
2/4 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave.
2/5 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
2/7 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
2/8 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
2/ 9 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
2/11 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
2/13 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
2/14 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
2/15 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Ballroom
DAVE STEWART AND BITESIZETV PRESENT THE NEW BI-WEEKLY ONE-HOUR MUSIC VARIETY SHOW “THE RINGMASTER” DEBUT EPISODE SHOWCASES MUSICAL DIVERSITY WITH OZOMATLI, ANDY GARCIA, TERRI NUNN OF BERLIN, VANESSA AMOROSI AND MORE
NEXT EPISODE TO AIR NOVEMBER 20 WITH COLBIE CAILLAT,PETER FACINELLI, HANS ZIMMER DRAKE BELL, ANN MARIE CALHOUN AND CARINA ROUND
Grammy Award-winning Ozomatli, Oscar® nominee Andy Garcia, Terri Nunn of Berlin and award-winning Australian singer Vanessa Amorosi are among the diverse guests featured on the premiere episode of “THE RINGMASTER,” the first of its kind music variety show on the net. Having just debuted last week (November 6), the one-hour, bi-weekly, multi-segmented party is hosted by the iconic Grammy Award and Golden Globe winner Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, whose company Weapons of Mass Entertainment created the Los Angeles-based show with BiteSizeTV’s founder and CEO Ron Bloom.
It all takes place in front of a live audience in the circus-like, anything-goes atmosphere of BiteSizeTV’s live Hollywood and Vine studio. Watch the debut episode here: http://www.bitesizetv.com/#!/theringmaster
Next, the second episode of “THE RINGMASTER” will premiere Wednesday, November 20 with these special guests: two-time Grammy Award-winning singer Colbie Caillat (in an exclusive interview and sneak peek at her new single), a conversation with actor Peter Facinelli about his new comic book series and an interview and performance from award-winning composer/producer Hans Zimmer with Dave Stewart. The show will also include additional musical performances from actor/singer/musician Drake Bell, internationally acclaimed violinist Ann Marie Calhoun and indie British singer/songwriter Carina Round. Each episode is spearheaded by Stewart as the Ringmaster and his guest host Rita D’Albert--co-founder of Lucha VaVOOM, the world-renowned Mexican masked wrestling/burlesque/comedy troupe--along with unexpected antics from a unique cast of characters.
The premiere episode of “THE RINGMASTER” is highlighted by a surprise musical performance by Andy Garcia, who penned a song “Jamming with the Ringmaster” for the occasion. He was joined by legendary percussionist, Sheila E. as well as Ozomatli and the Dave Stewart Band and Choir. The episode also features singer songwriter Judith Hill (“20 Feet from Stardom”), Somalian sister duo Faarrow and multitalented actor Elijah Kelley (“The Butler”). Stewart sits with Kelley (Lee Daniels’ the Butler) to discuss how he discovered Hip-Hop/Pop duo Faarrow as they perform their song, “Drive By Love.” Meanwhile, Terri Nunn and Stewart perform an acoustic rendition of Berlin’s ‘80s smash “No More Words.” All the guests performed and then joined the party, being entertained by a steady flow of eye-popping sideshow performances from Lucha VaVOOM.
About Dave Stewart
Multi-media entrepreneur Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This],” “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “Would I Lie to You?”). Behind the scenes, he has produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, and Sinead O’Connor, garnering numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards along the way. Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist.
Stewart has scored films for several directors, including Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, and Ted Demme, and has written and produced the title songs for many hit movies. Together with Mick Jagger, he wrote and produced the score for “Alfie,” starring Jude Law, which won the pair a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
BiteSizeTV, founded by Internet and media entrepreneur Ron Bloom, is a first of its kind, vertically integrated entertainment network producing proprietary, premium, Hollywood studio-quality entertainment.
BiteSizeTV delivers its programming fresh every day from its live studios on the ground floor of the Hollywood W Hotel, virtually on the famed corner of Hollywood and Vine. BiteSizeTV.com is the company’s online platform, featuring a range of unique technological innovations and delivering content to computers, mobile devices, set top boxes and virtually any connected device. BiteSizeTV programming reaches millions of viewers every month through a growing network of connected TVs, digital satellite, cable and IP television systems.
BiteSize also maintains an exclusive feature film development and production arm led by Academy Award® winning producer Gene Kirkwood that provides a pipeline of commercial movies and franchise properties that extend across all formats.
At its core, BiteSize is a unique fusion of highly accomplished Academy and Emmy Award-winning creators, the hottest new up-and-coming TV and new media talent, and cutting edge Silicon Valley expertise.
MICHAEL MONROE PREMIERES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR ‘STAINED GLASS HEART’ ON GUITARWORLD.com FROM NEW ALBUM ‘HORNS AND HALOS’ OUT NOW ON SPINEFARM RECORDS
HEADLINING U.K. TOUR KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 27 IN NEWCASTLE
MICHAEL MONROE, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, über-energetic frontman and iconic rock 'n' roll legend, has premiered the new video for “Stained Glass Heart” on GUITARWORLD.com “Stained Glass Heart” marks the third single from his new studio album HORNS AND HALOS, out now on Spinefarm Records.
“I'm feeling quite excited about our new ‘Stained Glass Heart’ video,” explains MICHAEL MONROE. “It was shot in Helsinki at an amusement park on a perfectly grey and rainy day which made it look more like an ‘abusement park.’ The video turned out very cool and classy.”
Watch the clip on GUITARWORLD.com here: http://tinyurl.com/ll5r4mx
On the live front, MICHAEL MONROE has revealed plans for an extensive world tour. After a three-date trek in Japan, a headlining U.K. tour will begin November 27 in Newcastle and the group will also appear at this year’s Hard Rock Hell festival on November 30 in North Wales. Following the U.K. run, the group will perform three shows in their home country of Finland. MICHAEL adds, “Now that the new album is out, we can finally play the new songs live and create a whole new set-list. That's why I’m especially excited about the up and coming tour dates. See you all soon down the road!” Expect more dates and countries to be announced soon.
HORNS AND HALOS is the follow-up to the 2011 critically acclaimed Sensory Overdrive, winner of Classic Rock Magazine's "Album Of The Year" and a No. 1 record in MONROE's Finnish homeland. It is a cosmopolitan affair, mixed by Petri Majuri at Seawolf Studios in Finland and written and recorded around the world by MONROE's international posse--bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York dolls), guitarist STEVE CONTE (New York Dolls, Company Of Wolves), drummer KARL "Rockfist" ROSQVIST (Chelsea Smiles, Danzig) and Swedish guitar star DREGEN (Backyard Babies). MONROE is a frontman whose reputation is genuinely global and whose influence continues to be felt, with musicians of all ages (from Dave Grohl to the original Guns N' Roses members) citing his groundbreaking career as a source of inspiration.
The album’s first single released earlier this spring, "Ballad Of The Lower East Side,” is a nod to MICHAEL's early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-'80s breakup of glam-punk pioneers Hanoi Rocks (for which he was the frontman). It also appears on HORNS AND HALOS. Watch the video for "Ballad Of The Lower East Side" at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhAbtZXu2RU
The headlining U.K. dates for MICHAEL MONROE are as follows:
15th Japan, Osaka-Shi, Quattro
16th Japan, Tokyo, Liquid Room
17th Japan, Tokyo, Bay Hall
27th Northumbria Uni, Students Union, Newcastle
28th Duchess, Leeds
29th Cathouse, Glasgow
30th Hard Rock Hell, Prestatyn, N. Wales (festival appearance)
1st Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
2nd Thekla, Bristol
3rd Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
4th O2Academy, Islington, London
5th Finland, Lahti, Finlandia-klubi
6th Finland, Turku, Caribia Areena
7th . Finland, Helsinki, Kaapelitehdas
For more information on MICHAEL MONROE, visit:
BEATLES REIMAGINED FEATURING EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS AND NINE U.S. INDIE ARTISTS, OUT NOW VIA COMMUNITY PROJECTS “ALL MY LOVING” VIDEO FROM THE WELL PENNIES PREMIERES TODAY ON UNDER THE RADAR
With contributions from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and nine U.S. indie artists from diverse genres, BEATLES REIMAGINED honors the greatest modern songwriters of all time while infusing their music with a 21st century twist. The BEATLES REIMAGINED album--released October 1 on Community Projects--is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the recording and release of the Beatles songs from 1963-4 including “From Me To You,” “She Loves You,” “All My Loving” and “I Saw Her Standing There” which cemented the band’s status as rock and roll royalty. The album, which ranges from indie, rock, Americana and folk to electronic and everything in between, is garnering positive reviews from critics and fans alike for its inspired sound which is both foreign and familiar.
Today (Wednesday, November 13), Under The Radar magazine has premiered the new video for “All My Loving”--the lead song on BEATLES REIMAGINED performed by The Well Pennies. USA TODAY has praised the upbeat track: “Boston folk-pop duo [The Well Pennies] tweaks a familiar melody, adds strings, for a new Beatles Reimagined set, with delightful results.” (10/1/13) Watch the video here: http://tinyurl.com/ksok5v4.
“The Beatles are so iconic and loved by the world that it seemed like a risky move to re-imagine the well-known melodies and lyrics of their music,” explains Bryan Vanderpool of The Well Pennies. “Even then we couldn't pass on this chance to honor their legacy and the influence they've had on us and so many other artists."
The Beatles themselves were influenced by American artists such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis Presley, and BEATLES REIMAGINED returns their music to the heartland that inspired them: the United States. On BEATLES REIMAGINED, hotly tipped U.S. indie artists re-envision the songs on their own terms: alternative folk (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), acoustic folk (The Well Pennies), indie-rock (Mobley), indie-pop (Jhameel), new-rock (Badwolf), new-wave (Adventure Galley) and electro-dance-pop (Night Panther) through downtempo/lo fi (Feverbody), old school soul (Doom & Gloom) and retro-pop (Leftover Cuties). 100% of the label’s net album sales from BEATLES REIMAGINED album will be donated to the Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles (www.rockcampforgirlsla.org).
Watch Night Panther’s video for “I Wanna Be Your Man” off BEATLES REIMAGINED: http://tinyurl.com/m4wavto
About BEATLES REIMAGINED:
In 2012, The Adage Group partnered with Round Hill music and purchased the North American publishing rights to songs from the Beatles 1963 breakout hits “I Saw Her Standing There,” “She Loves You,” “From Me To You,” “Misery,” “There’s A Place” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.” Adage CEO Herb Jordan and legendary music business entrepreneur Owen Husney of Zoom-Muzic executive produced BEATLES REIMAGINED and assembled a twenty-something production team including Tim Anderson (ImaRobot, Solange) and Kevin Carvel (Atlantic Records, A&M/Octone, NBC’s “The Voice”). They recorded BEATLES REIMAGINED with the rules that each artist had to be indie, none of the artists could be born in the era of the Beatles, none of the recordings could sound like a Beatles cover and all of the songs are from 1963-1964, the breakout period for the Beatles. “There’s nothing left for the Beatles, but to be relevant to today's music,” explains Herb Jordan. “Beatles Reimagined is a compelling artist discovery project whose mission is to reinvigorate the timeless writing of Lennon and McCartney through the eyes of today's most creative independent artists, not through the filter of 1963.” Expect to hear these songs in multiple avenues as HBO’s “True Blood.” Released (October 1) via Community Projects 100% of the label’s net album sales from BEATLES REIMAGINED will be donated to the Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles (www.rockcampforgirlsla.org). BEATLES REIMAGINED honors the greatest modern songwriters of all time while infusing their music with a distinctly 21st century twist.
Cult Legends THE MISSION To Release 'Swan Song' EP LISTEN TO 'SWAN SONG (RECONSTRUCTION CIRCA 1984)' ON SOCIETE PERRIER AVAILABLE DECEMBER 3, 2013 VIA THE END RECORDS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (November 12, 2013) - It is with huge pleasure that The Mission announces the release of their new single, by popular demand 'Swan Song', the 2nd single from their recent album 'The Brightest Light'.
Societe Perrier is excited to premiere the 'Swan Song (Reconstruction Circa 1984)' remix off the new EP.
They have also filmed a new video, again directed by Rhory Danniells, for the single that was partially shot using the new MOVI M10 handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal. This is the first music video to be shot in Europe with this equipment. For more information on the MOVI M10, please click HERE
The video will be released along with the digital EP on Tuesday 3rd December in North America via The End Records from all usual digital outlets.
'Swan Song' EP Tracklisting
1. Swan Song (radio edit) - Produced by David M Allen, edited by Wayne Hussey.
Wayne: "We've chosen Swan Song as the next single because of it's overwhelming popularity with our audience, both live and on the album. It's certainly the most 'Mission' like song on the album, it's epic. As is the video that we've made for the song."
2. More Than The Truth - Produced by David M Allen with additional production and mixed by Wayne Hussey. A new song that the band recorded during The Brightest Light sessions.
Wayne: "We went a bit electronic with the rhythm track of this, hence it didn't really sit with the rest of the songs on the album for which we employed a far more organic approach. An album needs to sit together as a whole and have cohesion. That's why it always takes me days to decide on which tracks to use and in what
order. A big part of the process, even in this day and age of random playlists on an iPod. But this song is cool, it has a good energy and I like it's tension. Not that I've been in a club for a long time but I can see this being played and not clearing the dance floor."
3. Swan Song (Reconstruction Circa 1984) - Produced & performed by Wayne Hussey.
Wayne: "I wanted to re-record the song and make it sound like something I may have heard on the dance floor of a goth club in 1984. I used a 909 drum machine for that authentic 80's drum sound and the guitar sounds are all phase and chorus. Nostalgia is all we've got to look forward to."
4. Swan Song (Deconstruction) - Produced by David M Allen with additional production and recording and remixed by Simon Hinkler & James Bacon.
Simon: "I worked with my old friend James Bacon on this. In the 90's we were two thirds of electro band Mindfeel, and as such have spent countless studio hours together, so I thought it would be interesting to apply some of that aesthetic to a Mission remix. I set off at 6am and drove up from Devon to Sheffield. The first half of the day was a bit mad, with Dave (Allen) in London, uploading missing vocal and guitar files and us downloading them into the mix. But we decided on the vibe pretty much straight away - taking out the chord changes and rooting it down to just the verse bass line, which all the other recorded elements work really well
with. James put in a keyboard pad, and all in all I think we achieved quite a Mindfeel-sounding mix of a Mission song."
5. Swan Song (Reaper Version) - Produced by David M Allen. Vocal by David M Allen.
Dave: "When the idea of different mixes for Swan Song was suggested I found it difficult to think of a different approach as nowadays I do everything to make the mix I finish "the one". Coming back from a Saturday night pub Kareoke session and frankly a little tipsy I had the crazy idea to sing it myself. At least I thought that
Wayne would have some amusement out of it along the lines of "Cheeky Fucker !". To my mixed feelings of horror and pride, he said that he liked it and asked if it could be used. Vanity won over horror for which I beg the listeners indulgence."
6. Swan Song (Lament) - Produced & performed by Wayne Hussey.
Wayne: " I was sat at home watching TV and strumming my nylon stringed classical guitar and this version of the song just naturally evolved. Obviously with one eye on an acoustic version that I'll be able to play at my solo shows it is proof that a good song can be played in any one of myriad ways. I think this is probably
my own personal favourite version of the song. Of course it is."
All tracks mastered by James Bacon.
Also available: The Mission's most recent album 'The Brightest Light' featuring original members Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams and Simon Hinkler along with drummer Mike Kelly. This is an work that pulls from The Mission's history and showcases their talent and musicianship in a new era.
LEGENDARY INTERNATIONAL HARD ROCKERS SCORPIONS' "MTV UNPLUGGED" TRACK LISTING REVEALED
CD/DVD AND BLU-RAY DUE OUT JANUARY 21ST IN NORTH AMERICA
VIA SONY INTERNATIONAL; PACKAGE INCLUDES NEW ACOUSTIC VERSIONS OF BEST-LOVED CLASSIC HITS AS WELL AS NEW MATERIAL
(New York, NY) - The track listing for legendary international hard rockers the Scorpions' new offering MTV UNPLUGGED has just been revealed. Please see below for the complete list of songs on the CD and DVD. Due out in North America on January 21st, 2014, material from MTV UNPLUGGED is taken from the Scorpions' first-ever "MTV Unplugged" show and features new acoustic versions of best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. MTV UNPLUGGED will be available in North America as a deluxe CD + DVD package and as a Blu-Ray. MTV UNPLUGGED is being released in 50 countries, a testament to the German band's iconic status worldwide. Click here to access the cover of MTV UNPLUGGED.
Recorded and filmed just a few months ago on September 11th and September 12th of this year, the Scorpions' MTV UNPLUGGED was culled from two dynamic acoustic sets at the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, Greece. The spectacular open-air theatre, situated 300 meters above the city, was an impressive backdrop for the first-ever open-air show in the history of "MTV Unplugged" (the theatre also shares a birth year with the Scorpions themselves, having been built in 1965, the same year the Scorpions formed). In other news, the Scorpions are still in the midst of their epic Farewell World Tour; the tour has been going on for more than three years now. To the delight of their fans there is no end in sight, as to date the band has only played 23 out of the 38 countries planned on the itinerary.
The Scorpions is Klaus Meine (vocals/guitar), Rudolf Schenker (guitars/vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums); additional musical support on MTV UNPLUGGED includes contributions from Swedish musicians and producers Mikael Nord Andersson (guitars, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Martin Hansen (guitars, harmonica, vocals). The duo is also responsible for the arrangements on MTV UNPLUGGED.
The Scorpions is one of the most successful international hard rock bands of all time, selling upwards of 75 million records worldwide and playing more than 5,000 concerts in 80+ countries globally. Formed in Germany in 1965, the band has come to be known for their colossal radio and MTV hits "Rock You Like A Hurricane," "No One Like You" and "Wind Of Change," as well as their status as international rock ambassadors. VH1 ranked the Scorpions as the #46 Artist on the "Greatest Artists Of Hard Rock" special, while "Rock You Like A Hurricane" came in at #18 on VH1's "Greatest Hard Rock Songs". The band recently received a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk in Los Angeles. To date, the Scorpions have released 18 studio albums and 5 live records.
Scorpions MTV UNPLUGGED track listing:
1. Sting In The Tail
2. Can't Live Without You
3. The Best Is Yet To Come
4. Dancing With The Moonlight - new song
5. Delicate Dance - new song
6. Love Is The Answer - new song
7. Follow Your Heart - new song
8. Send Me An Angel
9. Where The River Flows
10. Rock You Like A Hurricane
12. Still Loving You
13. Big City Nights
14. Wind Of Change
15. No One Like You
1. Sting In The Tail
2. Can't Live Without You
3. Pictured Life
4. Speedy's Coming
5. Born To Touch Your Feelings
6. The Best Is Yet To Come
7. Dancing With The Moonlight - new song
8. In Trance
9. When You Came Into My Life
10. Delicate Dance - new song
11. Love Is The Answer - new song
12. Follow Your Heart - new song
13. Send Me An Angel
14. Where The River Flows
15. Passion Rules The Game
16. Rock You Like A Hurricane
17. Hit Between The Eyes
19. Rock N' Roll Band - new song
21. Still Loving You
22. Big City Nights
23. Wind Of Change
24. No One Like You
25. When The Smoke Is Going Down
STRYPER’S LATEST RELEASE NO MORE HELL TO PAY STORMS THE US CHARTS!
Band’s Critically Acclaimed Album Lands At #2 on the Contemporary Christian Albums, #3 on the Current Hard Music Albums, #3 on the Top Hard Music Albums, #3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums, #6 on the Top Current Rock Albums, #33 on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums and #35 on the Billboard Top 200
Live CD/DVD Recording at the Legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on November 16th is SOLD OUT
Stryper have shown that they are still a force to be reckoned with in the hard rock/heavy metal world with the debut of their recent Frontiers Records release, No More Hell To Pay. The band have stormed the charts landing at #3 on the Current Hard Music Albums and Top Hard Music Albums charts, #6 on the Top Current Rock Album charts, #33 on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums and #35 on the Billboard Top 200 selling over 9500 copies the first week. Stryper also regained their dominance on the Christian charts landing at #2 on the Contemporary Christian Albums and #3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums. No More Hell To Pay also reached #1 on the iTunes Top Rock Album Charts and #8 on the iTunes Top Album Charts when it was released on November 5th. The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Oz Fox (guitars), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums) return with an album of all new material showcasing the musicianship that garnered them a huge fan base in the mainstream world and the Christian market. No More Hell To Pay was produced by Michael Sweet.
"We're humbled to be charting alongside some of the biggest and best in music today! We've worked hard to deliver the best Stryper record to date and we couldn't be more proud of "No More Hell To Pay"! The Yellow & Black Attack is back (well, we never really left). Here's to 30 more years and we'll see you on the road in 2014," exclaims front man, guitarist and producer Michael Sweet.
Stryper, who have become known for their trademark yellow and black outfits and incredible live shows, will be recording a live CD/DVD this month in Los Angeles. The sold-out concert, taking place at the famous Whisky a Go Go on November 16th, will be the band’s first show since the release of No More Hell To Pay and will be documented for a future release from the band known for hits such as “Calling On You,” “Free” and the Top 40 hit “Honestly.”
Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up, Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, Stryper is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated band has sold upwards of 10 million records worldwide.
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Love It Loud By Neil Daniels Published by Createspace
Love It Loud is another hefty collection of reviews for die-hard rockersfrom the author of Reinventing Metal – The True Story Of Pantera And The Tragically Short Life Of Dimebag Darrell. In his latest bumper sized collection, acclaimed rock writer Neil Daniels has packed together literally dozens of gig reviews that date back several years. Daniels covers the full breadth of the genre from the legendary UFO to Rob Zombie via Bryan Adams, Bad Company, Dio, Marilyn Manson and the Metal Gods, Judas Priest, amongst lots of other artists in the world of rock and metal. Love It Loud includes previouslyunpublished photos in in a 5.5 x 8.5 312 page paperback and eBook. Also available on the Kindle. ISBN: 978-1492994404. Visit http://neildanielsbooks.wordpress.com& http://www.facebook.com/NeilDanielsBooks.
In A Dark Room – Exploits Of A Genre Fan By Neil Daniels Published by Createspace
In his latest collection of articles and reviews acclaimed rock author Neil Daniels turns his attention to the world of genre films, TV and books. In A Dark Room encompasses Daniels’ reviews of Hard Case Crime pulp novels and modern genre films, chiefly, thriller, action and fantasy. Also featured are lengthy articles on Alan Moore film adaptions, superheroes on the big and small screen, and contemplations on horror and western cinema. Daniels’ Unlocked Box cult TV pieces, which were originally published in Fireworks: The Melodic Rock Magazine, are also included in this collection. The book is rounded off with a series of interesting interviews with acclaimed genre writers, authors and journalists such as David Langford, Roz Kaveney, David Bishop and Kim Newman, amongst others. In A Dark Room is a handy collection of writings for fans of genre films, TV and books. This 444 page 6.69" x 9.61" paperback includes photos. Also available on the Kindle. ISBN: 978-1493675814. Visit http://neildanielsbooks.wordpress.com& http://www.facebook.com/NeilDanielsBooks.
U2 Releasing New Album Early Next Year
U2 have been hinting that their follow-up to 2009′s No Line on the Horizon would be out soon and it seems they are now close to revealing an actual release date.
Billboard reports that the band is looking to release their new album in April with plans to announce the official date in a commercial at this year's Super Bowl, which will air February 2.
Earlier this year, Bono and the guys were spotted at New York City's Electric Lady Studios with Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, sparking rumors that the album, which has been in the works since the band's 2009-2011 tour, would be ready for release in 2013. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was also reportedly seen at the studio, though there is no word yet whether it was for work or for play.
In a recent interview with Irish radio station, 98FM (via NME), bass player Adam Clayton hinted at what fans can expect from the upcoming record. "I think it's a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity," Clayton said. "If you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years. It's a combination of those two things and it's a really interesting hybrid." more on this story
Lou Reed Public Memorial Details
The music world lost a legend last month when Lou Reed died on Oct. 27 from liver disease. While musicians and music fans continue to mourn the loss of Reed, a public memorial for the singer and Velvet Underground leader has been set for today, Nov. 14 in New York.
According to his Facebook page, the memorial will be held today from 1:00-4:00 p.m. EST at The Paul Milstein Pool & Terrace at Lincoln Center. "A gathering open to the public — no speeches. No live performances, just Lou's voice, guitar music & songs — playing the recordings selected by his family and friends," the page states.
Reed's final interview recently surfaced online. On Sept. 21, he was in New York for a photo shoot for Parrot Zik headphones when film director Farida Khelfa sat down with Reed to discuss music and the origin of sound, among other topics.
When asked why he chose to pursue music, Reed simply said that he loves it. "You do what you love or you get arrested," he said. Watch here.
Rush's Getty Lee Voting For Deep Purple and Yes For Rock Hall
Rush's latest tour for their 2012 album Clockwork Angels saw them revisiting old songs for the first time in decades (and in some cases, ever) and adding a new dimension to their classics. Their latest live album/concert film, Clockwork Angels Tour, has a lot going for it — it features performances of many songs from the new album accompanied by the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble, as well as supremely rare live tracks such as "Territories" and "Body Electric".
Fans can catch a preview of what's to come on this starting at 12:00 Noon EST on Thursday (Nov. 14) where for 24 hours we'll have six performances from the DVD available exclusively to stream on Radio.com. And then, starting at 12:00 Noon EST on Friday (Nov. 15), we'll have two songs ("Red Sector A" and "Middletown Dreams") to watch on demand.
Placing some strings behind their 1984 song "Red Sector A" adds a certain gravitas to one of the heaviest tracks in the band's catalog. Ostensibly, it's a song about a dystopian future where people are kept in prison camps. But bassist/singer Geddy Lee tells Radio.com that the lyrics are based in the past, and are quite personal to him and his family. Drummer Neil Peart (who doubles as the band's lyricist) wrote the song based on Lee's mother's life.
"That's a fantasy song," said Lee, "but there's no question that some of the lines came out of a conversation I had had with [Peart], telling him about some of my mom's experiences at the end of World War II and her liberation from concentration camps. So some of those truths resonated with him, and he put them in another context, a sci-fi context. There's no question that there's not a night that I sing that song that I don't think about that story that my mom told me and about her liberation."
Lee's mother was interviewed in the 2010 Rush documentary, Beyond The Lighted Stage, and in an interview last year, Lee noted that she was thrilled about Rush's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. "[It] made my mom very happy, so that's worth it." He still seems a bit bemused about being accepted by the Hall Of Fame's voting body, which had ignored the band for well over a decade.
"I think it's been a slow crossover from the outer reaches of rockdom to the mainstream. I think what happened was, a lot of Rush fans that had grown up with our music and had great passion for our music, started finding themselves in a position to 'pay it back' in a way. And people like [director] John Hamburg making I Love You Man and insisting that the only band that elicits that kind of passionate response is Rush. So that kind of thing kind of reintroduced us into the eyes and ears of many people and the documentary [2010's Beyond The Lighted Stage] went a long way to doing that as well, and slowly there were just these accolades that just helped pique interest."
Now, Lee is preparing to fill out his ballot for next year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction class (all Rock Hall inductees are voting members). While he hasn't figured out exactly who he'll vote for, he did tell Radio.com at least two of the artists who will make his ballot.
"Well, certainly Deep Purple, certainly Yes," he admitted. "I have to give it a more complete thought but those are two names that stand out as omissions in my view. I think one of the things the Hall of Fame looks for is influential bands. And if influence is a big part of their criteria, and you can make the case clearly for Deep Purple."
Zakk Wylde Planning New Black Label Society Album Release
Zakk Wylde was a guest and performer at this week's Bass Player LIVE! Concert & Awards Show. He was there to show his appreciation for Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, an award winner. Wylde and Butler were the guitar/bass combo on Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzmosis album of 1995.
Zakk loves his Black Sabbath. He says, "My first album was [Black Sabbath compilation] We Sold Our Souls for Rock'n'Roll. Just terrifying. I've been a lifer even since."
Zakk's Black Label Society's live album/DVD, Unblackened, is out now. It includes covers of Leon Russell's "Song For You" and Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone" in an acoustic setting. But Wylde says heavy-riffing Les Paul-roaring Black Label Society is coming soon.
"I'm working on the new album right now," Wylde says. "It'll be out in April . What's different? It will be the same as the last nine records. Just different song titles!"
UFO Legend Pete Way Thanks Fans For Support In Cancer Fight
Former UFO bassist Pete Way has thanked fans for their support after revealing he'd been diagnosed with prostate cancer. And he admits he was moved to tears when he discovered how much goodwill people felt towards him.
On Monday the 62-year-old told Classic Rock he was feeling "good, positive and determined to beat it," adding: "I'm lucky – this is prostate cancer, not lung cancer, not pancreatic cancer. If you're going to get cancer this is the best one you can have. And they caught it early."
He also told how the tumour was discovered by accident as doctors continued to treat him for liver disease, caused by years of hard living.
Now Way says via Facebook: "Thanks everyone for your amazing support. I am absolutely knocked out by your kind words, best wishes and prayers for recovery – and no longer feel I am fighting this thing on my own.
"I'm not the sort of man who cries but I must admit to shedding a tear when I read your kind words.”
Clapton Releases Allman Brothers Jam Video From Upcoming DVD
Eric Clapton is sharing a performance of "Why Has Love Got To Be So Sad" with the Allman Brothers Band from the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival, which will be released in the next week on DVD and Blu-ray and – for the first time ever – audio highlights on digital and CD.
The set features nearly 5 hours of music across 45 tracks, plus conversations with the artists and other behind-the-scenes footage from the event. On April 12 and 13 in New York City, Clapton assembled an unparalleled lineup of the world's most celebrated guitarists for the fourth incarnation of his legendary festival, where the world's greatest players perform together to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. Clapton founded this treatment and education facility in 1998 to help people suffering from chemical dependency.
This year's festival featured two different nights of music with performances by Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Steve Cropper, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes and more. Watch the video here.
Black Sabbath Release Video From Grammy Museum Event
Black Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler made a special appearance at the Grammy Museum's Clive Davis Theater on November 6, and the band is now sharing video from the event.
The pair were on hand for "An Evening With Black Sabbath", which featured a sneak peak at their forthcoming DVD, "Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses", following which Ozzy and Geezer took part in a Q&A interview with Vice President of The Grammy Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman, where they shared their thoughts on the band's reunion, their No. 1 "13" album and the group's current world tour.
Due November 26, "Black Sabbath - Gathered In Their Masses" was recorded over two shows – April 29 and May 1 – in Melbourne, Australia during the early stages of the group's current world tour. Watch the video here.
MANRAZE – FEATURING PHIL COLLEN (DEF LEPPARD), PAUL COOK (THE SEX PISTOLS) & SIMON LAFFY (GIRL)RELEASE NEW EP – I SURRENDER
Will Be Featured Guest On Rockline – November 18, 2013
(Los Angeles) MANRAZE, the London-based rock band formed by iconic Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen, along with punk rock forerunner Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) on drums and Simon Laffy, rockin’ bass player of Collen's former glam-band, Girl, release their new EP, I Surrender available on iTunes today - November 12th. On November 18th MANRAZE will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn. Fans can tune in at 8:30 pm PT/11:30 pm ET. Check rocklineradio.com for more details.
When not rocking together, the MANRAZE trio continues to keep busy. Collen holds down his ‘day-job’ as lead guitarist with Def Leppard, heading with the band into a Dublin studio in February to write and record new music. Collen is also working on his own blues album Delta Deep featuring soulstress Debbi Blackwell-Cook and is currently writing his auto-biography (Simon & Shuster/Atria) due out late 2014. Cook has been working with Edwyn Collins first on his 2013 album release Understated, and then touring with Collins playing live shows. Currently, Cook is also playing in Subway Sect with Vic Goddard, touring and recording a new album. Laffy has taken his talents into another creative lane having authored two novels in his ‘off-time’, Red Sunrise and Seed of Satan. Both are historical fictions set around epic events of the 20th century and are in the process of being published.
It all started in 2004 when Phil Collen, after 20+ years as lead guitarist for Def Leppard, decided to express himself via another creative outlet. After a fateful conversation with Simon Laffy and a next day chance meeting with Paul Cook MANRAZE was formed and finally released their debut album SURREAL through Universal Records in the summer of 2008 to rave reviews. In August 2011 the trio re-enetered the studio and released punkfunkrootsrock which featured the single, “Over My Dead Body.” In the spring of 2011 the MANRAZE single “I, Superbiker” was the theme song for the feature documentary of the same name. Directed by Mark Sloper, and released solely in the UK, the documentary is an in-depth expose’ into the merciless world of competitive speed bike racing and a look at the men who have dedicated their entire existence to this incredibly dangerous, adrenaline-fueled sport. MANRAZE’s single “Take On The World” featuring Debbi Blackwell-Cook was subsequently released in 2012 as a part of the soundtrack to Sloper’s sequel film “I, Superbiker: The Showdown” which chronicled the rise of 2011 British superbike racing champion Tommy Hill.
JOHN FOGERTY EARNING RAVE REVIEWS ON CROSS COUNTRY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
FOR THE FINAL BEACON THEATRE SHOW AND LAST NIGHT OF THE TOUR THIS THURSDAY IN NYC, HE WILL PERFORM BOTH THE ‘COSMOS FACTORY’ AND ‘BAYOU COUNTRY’ ALBUMS IN THEIR ENTIRETY
Since he launched his much-anticipated national concert tour October 10 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, JOHN FOGERTY’s North American tour has been steamrolling across the country playing to full houses and earning vast critical acclaim. Throughout the tour, the iconic singer, songwriter and guitarist is performing his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival albums Cosmos Factory and Bayou Country for the first time ever in the U.S., along with other FOGERTY/CCR gems including the two new songs (“Mystic Highway,” “Train of Fools”) from his current album WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE, which received Rolling Stone magazine’s highest rating--a rare 5 stars.
The tour is set to close out on a high note tonight with the first of three shows (November 12, 13 and 14) at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. For the final Beacon show and last night of the tour this Thursday (November 14), FOGERTY will perform both Cosmo's Factory AND Bayou Country in their entirety In response to the overwhelming feedback from fans.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winner has been making music that continues to speak in a powerful way to generations of music makers and music lovers, and his fall tour is a joyous celebration of his iconic songbook of hits.
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax Shows Prevented By Politics
Slayer frontman Tom Araya says politics within one band are preventing more Big 4 thrash shows. And he suggests disagreements had already appeared before Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax played their last concert together.
Fans of the genre were delighted when the acts teamed up for a series of appearances in 2010 and 2011, immortalised in a live DVD release which topped sales charts across the world.
But there's been no more action since then – and Araya believes it's likely to remain that way. He tells Gazette.net: "I don't want to say politics is preventing that. It's not the politics between bands – it's the politics of character in one particular band.
"We had an issue that came up on the New York show which really freaked everybody out. The New York show happened; I think that was the last time we did the Big 4."
Sammy Hagar Restaurant Closes Without Notice and Developer Missing
A Sammy Hagar restaurant in Roseville, California closed Monday without warning and the developer who created it has gone missing, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.
The paper reports Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar and Grill on Vernon Street had a sign on its door Monday announcing its closure, according to the Roseville & Granite Bay Press Tribune. The letter stated the restaurant was closed temporarily due to unforeseen events, according to the Press Tribune. Event calendars for the venue on other sites showed live music performances there through Dec. 20.
Developer Steve Pease and partner John Yip formed Innova Restaurant Concepts LLC to open the restaurant, which was similar to others bearing Hagar's name, many of them in airports.
Pease was last seen October 28 and reported as missing by co-workers to Roseville police three days later, said public information officer Dee Dee Gunther
Stevie Nicks To Guest Star On 'American Horror Story: Coven'
Anyone who's been watching this season of American Horror Story knows that Stevie Nicks' spirit has already been a supporting character on the show. But according to the show's creator, Ryan Murphy, Nicks is now expected to appear on the show in the flesh.
Earlier today Murphy took to Twitter to announce the Fleetwood Mac singer's upcoming cameo. He tweeted "Guess who's visiting the Coven? The legendary Stevie Nicks!"
The third season of the mini-series, called American Horror Story: Coven, takes place in present-day New Orleans, flashing back to the 1830s, and focuses on all the black magic the city has to offer. One character in particular, Misty Day (played by Lily Rabe), is a necromancer who is especially obsessed with Nicks, copying her style and using "Rhiannon" as her theme song.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy talked about calling Nicks to ask her if he could use her likeness on the show. Read what he had to say here.
Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood Jams With Mick Taylor
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and his band took over New York's Cutting Room for a handful of shows over the past weekend. With him on stage was the man whom Wood replaced in the Rolling Stones, Mick Taylor.
Rolling Stone magazine report that Wood kicked off the evening with the Jimmy Reed shuffle "Shame, Shame, Shame." Taylor took care of the solo on his Gibson Les Paul. It might seem like an odd pairing, that there would be resentment between the two guitarists being how they're both closely linked to the same position in the most successful rock band in the world. But Wood's and Taylor's relationship go back to both musicians pre-Stones days when Wood would fill in for Taylor in his band The Gods when the latter's stage fright got the best of him.
Jimmy Reed songs made up the backbone of the show, which aside from the opening track included Wood's and his band's take on "Bright Lights Big City," and "Going To New York." Wood relished the spotlight and getting the chance to be the main focus for once, while Taylor was content standing to the side delivering solos.
David Crosby's First Solo Album in 20 Years Features Mark Knopfler
David Crosby will release Croz, his first solo album in twenty years, on January 28. The album will feature a guest appearance from Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler.
Crosby began recording the album two years ago with help from his son James Raymond and co-producer Daniel Garcia. The sessions took place at Jackson Browne's Groove Masters studio in Santa Monica, California as well as at James Raymond's home studio. "We didn't have any money," Crosby explained to Rolling Stone. "None. We could have gone and gotten a deal, but everybody in the music business is very leery about the big companies and what kind of lifespan they might have. Most people are doing it on their own, so that's what we did."
The album includes a guest appearance from Mark Knopfler on album opener "What's Broken." As Crosby explains, "We sent him the song and he just [expletive] killed it. He did me a huge favor and we don't even know each other. He's just brilliant." And jazz great Wynton Marsalis plays trumpet on the track "Holding on to Nothing."
Croz will be supported by a North American tour which begins on January 28 in New York City. The shows will be divided into two parts: the first set will feature Croz played in its entirety, while the second will take in material from throughout Crosby's career, including songs by The Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash, CSNY and his solo works.
Black Star Riders Premiere 'Kingdom Of The Lost' Video
Classic Rock has premiered the new video from Black Star Riders. The clip is for the track "Kingdom Of The Lost", which was directed by award-winning Irish documentary-maker Michael Beattie.
The track is taken from the Thin Lizzy offshoots' debut album All Hell Breaks Loose, which was released to acclaim earlier this year. BSR released a lyric video for Kingdom Of The Lost in May, with frontman Ricky Warwick describing it as "one of the most personal songs for me on the record".
Guitarist Scott Gorham recently said the band were considering a second album, which might be recorded in September next year. Before that, though, he's planning a handful of Lizzy shows.
Iced Earth Announce New Album and Tour
Iced Earth have announced the release of their new studio album 'Plagues of Babylon' which they will be releasing on January 21, 2014 and they will support it with a North American tour.
The North American "Worldwide Plagues Tour" will be kicking off on April 4th in Grand Rapids, MI and is scheduled to last for six weeks and will feature support from Sabaton and Revamp
"This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover," says Jon Schaffer of 'Plagues Of Babylon'. "I'm sure it will go down as a classic in the epic Iced Earth catalog. We feel that the package with Sabaton and Revamp is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!"PAUL RODGERS CELEBRATES THE SONGS AND MUSICIANS OF MEMPHISON “THE ROYAL SESSIONS”
Bad Company’s Founding Singer, Songwriter And Multi-Instrumentalist Records Versions Of Classic Songs At Memphis’ Royal Studios With Original Session Musicians
November 11, 2013 Santa Monica, CA: Paul Rodgers, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company, has partnered with 429 Records and is gearing up for the release of “The Royal Sessions”—a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks. Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with “The Royal Sessions” as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records—recordings by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles which made such an indelible impression on the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer.
Produced by Perry Margouleff, “The Royal Sessions” is an extraordinary recording which captures the music in its pure form—live band and vocal takes as performed together at Royal Studios by Rodgers and an all-star roster of legendary musicians. The band is a dream lineup of those who played on the original hits dating back to the 60’s. The classic rhythm section includes Reverend Charles Hodges (Hammond B3), Michael Tolls (guitar), LeRoy Hodges Jr. (bass), “Hubby” Archie Turner (Wurlitzer), Steve Potts and James Robertson Sr. (drums), The Royal Horns and the Royal Singers. “The Royal Sessions” will be released on 429 Records in the U.S. (international release dates below).
“The Royal Sessions” is a remarkable project that came together as Rodgers was working on a solo record and producer Margouleff had just discovered that Royal Studios was still up and running under the auspices of Willie “Pops” Mitchell’s son Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell. The opportunity to record in such a hallowed place with musicians he considered personal heroes was a dream come true. The Memphis players forged an immediate bond when presented with his formidable talent and sincere love of the songs. Deeply felt, powerfully sung and expertly played, it features a cross-section of material hand-picked by Rodgers, songs of great historical significance and personal meaning.
Says Rodgers: “I really felt I had to get deeper inside myself than I ever had in my life. The end result is that recording these songs left me recharged as a singer and also as a songwriter. My favorite part was the love we could feel in the room throughout all the sessions. We all spoke the same language.”
Says Margouleff: “I wanted to make the most of this incredible opportunity so I recorded Paul and the band live in the studio. We captured the pure energy of their performance. Recording in an all analogue format the sonic quality is unparalleled and the listener can experience the music on a deeper level.”
All of the proceeds from “The Royal Sessions” will be donated to local Memphis music education programs. Special showcase performances by Paul Rogers with the musicians on “The Royal Sessions” will be announced.
“The Royal Sessions” track listing:
1) Thank You
2) Down Don’t Bother Me
3) I Can’t Stand The Rain
4) I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
5) That’s How Strong My Love Is
6) Walk On By
7) Any Old Way
8) It’s Growing
9) Born Under A Bad Sign
10) Dreams To Remember
“The Royal Sessions” will be released worldwide on the following dates:
United States February 4th
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