After landing in the Top Five on many of Amazon’s pre-order charts, including #1 on the Amazon BestSellers/Hard Rock chart and #1 on the Amazon Pre-Orders/Hard Rock Albums charts, THE WINERY DOGS--Richie Kotzen (vocals, guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), Mike Portnoy (drums)--are now celebrating a HOT STREAK of first week album sales. The trio’s second critically-acclaimed album sold 30% more than their 2013 self-titled debut, landing them on various Billboard album charts including #2 on “Top Current Alternative Albums” and #30 on the “Top 200 Albums.”  Elsewhere on the Billboard charts:

#5                     “Top Current Hard Music”
#5                     “Top Hard Music Albums”
#6                     “Top Current Rock Albums”
#6                     “Album Core / Genre Rock”
#15                   “Top Current Physical Albums”
#16                   “Top Current Albums” 

HOT STREAK is THE WINERY DOGS’ appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, which came out October 2 on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It was preceded by the first single, “Oblivion,” which was released to radio August 25 and quickly made its way onto the Top 30 of the Billboard “Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart.  A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out November 13.

What better way to spread the word about a new album than with a viral video?  Drummer MIKE PORTNOY highly entertained himself and fans by playing on a Hello Kitty drum kit for  On Wednesday, October 7 it was the #1 trending topic on Twitter. 

After playing over 100 shows worldwide in support of their self-titled debut album, THE WINERY DOGS are back out on the road to get behind HOT STREAK. Shows around the globe are already being planned for 2016.

About Loud & Proud Records:

Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winning multi-platinum band Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winning musician, actor and author Rick Springfield; rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident; multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk; Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers; critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Labels under Lipsky'sdirection in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.


ROCK NEWS FOR 10/13/15

Vintage 1977 Live Album by Johnny Thunders & The Hearbreakers Finally Sees Light Of Day, Celebrated With Record Release Party Gig By Walter Lure!

Los Angeles, CA - Rock out like a motherf****r with this previously unreleased live album by NY punk legends Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers performing at the very peak of their powers in front of an adoring hometown crowd at the Village Gate in Greenwich Village. Pulling from two shows recorded August 18 & 20, L.A.M.F. Live At The Village Gate 1977 has been declared by former Heartbreakers guitarist/vocalist Walter Lure as simply the best shows the band ever played in its brief but storied career. No wonder too since the band was mere months away from releasing their debut album, the now revered classic of early punk, L.A.M.F. Available on both CD, in a deluxe mini-LP gatefold sleeve, plus a limited edition hot pink 12” gatefold vinyl pressing, L.A.M.F. Live also features special guest performances by Robert Gordon and New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain! The album will be available everywhere on October 16 courtesy of Cleopatra Records.

To celebrate this momentous release, Walter Lure will be performing at two exclusive album release parties, the first at the Til-Two Club in San Diego on October 16 and the second at the Redwood Bar & Grill in Los Angeles on October 17. The show promises to be a wild ride through the L.A.M.F. album including such classics as “Chinese Rocks,” “Born Too Loose” and more!

Track List
1. Chinese Rocks
2. Pirate Love
3. Get Off The Phone
4. All By Myself
5. Let Go
6. Can’t Keep My Eyes On You
7. Chatterbox
8. One Track Mind
9. Take A Chance With Me
10. Born Too Loose
11. Boppin’ The Blues
12. Do You Love Me
13. I Wanna Be Loved

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Out October 16th on Frontiers Music Srl

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“The guitarist keeps good company on this album….They've created an accomplished set of radio friendly tunes on Dying to Live, including the sultry Long For the Days.” -Dave Ling, Classic Rock Magazine

 "To sum up “Dying To Live” it is a captivating, uplifting, joyous release to please and appease fans of Melodic Rock ,  and  in my humble opinion  ranks as one of the top must have Melodic Rock Albums released in 2015 to date." (10/10!) -Seb DiGatto, The Metal Gods Meltdown

"Hard rock the way it used to be. One of the best rock albums of the year? Quite possibly." (10/10!) -Alan Bannerman, Powerplay Magazine

Hollywood, Ca (October 12, 2015) – This Monday, October 12 - The world will hear what critics are calling “The Best Melodic Hard Rock Album Of The year!” JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 - DYING TO LIVE has come out of nowhere and is ready to take its place in the vanguard of the international melodic hard rock music scene. This All-Star band is fueled by the ferocious vocals of both Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen, and driven by the onslaught of lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra, the pounding rhythm of Tony Franklin (Bass), Vinny Appice (Drums) and Derek Sherinian (Keyboard).

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“Over the last 7-8 years while playing with Night Ranger, Rock of Ages, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and now Whitesnake, I've had many requests from fans for a solo project of sorts,” explains Hoekstra. “Here it is!  Recording it was a labor of love for me, as I did all of the writing, arranging, producing, etc.  I'm honored to have some of the finest musicians in rock today bring these songs to life for me.  Maybe I'm not a familiar "name" for many of you, but if you're a fan of melodic, hard-rock that's Dio-ish at its heaviest and Foreigner-ish at its lightest, I really think you'll like this.  Huge thanks go to Serafino Perugino and everyone at Frontiers for this opportunity and also for the generous move of sharing this entire album with you in advance!  Have a listen!”

Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of Scream and Until I Left You (featuring Jeff Scott Soto) plus Long For The Days and Anymore (featuring Russell Allen).

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Metallica Recording New Album 'Right Now' Says Hetfield

Metallica frontman James Hetfield reveals in a new interview that the band is currently in the studio recording their new album, the long-awaited follow-up to their acclaimed 2008 release "Death Magnetic."

Hetfield made the revelation during an appearance on EMGtv where he was discussing his new Het Set guitar pickups. He said, "We're recording right now, and there's the number one guitar, the number two guitar and here's the third-track guitars that just sound different. They all sound different."

hennemusic reports that the band spent much of the spring and summer on the road while they worked on sifting through hundreds of riffs for the project. "We have a lot of good songs," revealed guitarist Kirk Hammett in April. "The songs are ever-changing at this point. Nothing is etched in stone. We still have a lot of material have to sift through, still. We have well over a dozen songs and we still have well over two or three hundred riffs, too, so it's hard to say at what point we actually are in in the project.

"I don't think we hit the middle point yet. I would say we're at the 25 percent point, maybe 30 percent point. It's hard to say, but I mean we are working on it and there are songs and we're making plans to write more songs and record." Watch Hetfield's EMGtv interviewhere.

David Bowie Has Retired From Touring

Music legend David Bowie considers himself "retired" from touring, according to his booking agent John Gidding who was interviewed at the inaugural International Festival Forum, an event aimed at festivals and booking agents, according to Music Week.

'David [Bowie] is one of the best artists I've ever worked with," said Gidding. "But every time I see him now, before I even speak to him, he goes, I'm not touring and I say, I'm not asking."

Gidding then goes on to explain, "He has decided to retire and, like Phil Collins, you can't demand these people go out there again and again and again." Read more here.

Van Halen Can Return To Platinum Glory With Stryper Singer's Help?

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet says he'd love to hit the studio with Van Halen to help them emulate past successes. Sweet feels 2012's A Different Kind Of Truth - their first with David Lee Roth on vocals since 1984 - was a let down. He thinks they have it in them to produce material of a similar quality to their first two albums - and he wants to be the one to help.

Sweet tells The Metal Voice: "I'm a huge Van Halen fan - about as big as they come. You know when you feel a band is just going through the motions and just not giving it their best? That's what I felt with that album.

"It got some really good reviews and I'm sitting reading them thinking, 'I'm hearing something completely different.' I just didn't get it." He continues: "I'd love to get a hold of those guys and take them in the studio and take them back to the old school days and help them make an album that's comparable with Van Halen I and Van Halen II. They'd probably have a platinum-selling album if they did that." Read more and watch the full interview here.

The Stooges' Steve Mackay Dead At 66

The Stooges saxophonist Steve Mackay has died at the age of 66. Mackay's death leaves Pop as the only surviving members of The Stooges lineup that featured on 1970 album Fun House.

Mackay developed sepsis - an infection that can lead to organ failure - following surgery last month and he was in a critical condition at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, California.

The Stooges frontman Iggy Pop says: "Steve was a classic 60s American guy, full of generosity and love for anyone he met. Every time he put his sax to his lips and honked, he lightened my road and brightened the whole world. He was a credit to his group and his generation. To know him was to love him." See Iggy's post here.

Queen Releasing Classic 1975 Concert 'A Night At The Odeon'

Queen will release "A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975" in multiple formats (CD, DVD, SD Blu-Ray, 2 LP vinyl, Super Deluxe Box Set and digitally) on November 20.

The package captures the band's Christmas Eve concert at the famed London venue - the Hammersmith Odeon (now known as the Eventim Apollo) - a month after the release of their fourth album, "A Night At The Opera."

After playing five shows at Hammersmith earlier in the month, Queen returned for the finale of a 26-date fall UK tour that was broadcast live on BBC2-TV and BBC Radio 1.

"This concert was very special because it was the first time we ever played a whole show completely live on TV … the Christmas Show," says guitarist Brian May. "The quality, after great rescue work and transfer into the digital domain, is amazing. And the energy we had comes across very forcefully."

The concert took place while the album's lead single, "Bohemian Rhapsody", was in the middle of its record-breaking 9-week run at Number One in the UK charts. Read more including the tracklisting and watch the preview video here.

Clutch Go To 11 With 'Psychic Warfare'

Clutch barely missed scoring a Top 10 chart debut after their latest studio album, "Psychic Warfare", entered the US Billboard 200 album chart at No. 11. The band's 11th studio release sold 26,000 albums in its opening week.

The group recorded the project in Austin, TX with producer Machine at his Machine Shop studio, as well as some additional production at their home base in Maryland.

Clutch previewed the album's release of the lead track "X-Ray Visions." "The title 'Psychic Warfare' is taken from the track, 'X-Ray Visions," says singer Neil Fallon. "It's a tale about an unnamed protagonist who is forced to seek refuge in a flop house motel. He is hiding from several nefarious psychic forces, the worst of which is his own sleep deprived paranoia." Check out the video here.

Queensryche Score Top 30 Debut With New Album 'Condition Human'

Queensryche have landed a Top 30 debut on the US Billboard 200 with their 15th album, "Condition Human." The project enters the chart at No. 27 with opening week sales of 14,000 copies.

Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary), "Condition Human" marks vocalist Todd La Torre's second album with the group following their 2013 self-titled release and a split with original singer Geoff Tate.

In advance of its release, the Seattle band previewed the record with the lead single, "Arrow Of Time", and its follow-ups "Guardian" and "Hellfire." Check out the video here.

Mike Portnoy Aims To Respect AJ Pero's Legacy With Twister Sister

Mike Portnoy says he faced a delicate juggling act when he stepped into the late AJ Pero's shoes in Twisted Sister. As one of the most in-demand drummers in rock, Portnoy is no stranger to collaborating with groups other than his own. And he briefly joined Avenged Sevenfold in the wake of the death of their drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan, making this the second time he's replaced a deceased sticksman.

And while he loves nothing more than showing off his chops on stage, he knew he had to respect the legacy of Pero - who died earlier this year - as he had with The Rev.

Portnoy tells Noize In The Attic: "I know how to be a professional and know how to do what is called for, depending on the gig I'm doing. I play in six different bands and I wear very different hats in all of them. I know when I'm supposed to be a leader, be a collaborator or be a hired gun, like I am with Twisted.

"I had a similar scenario when I filled in with Avenged Sevenfold, coming in with a drummer that had passed away and honouring and respecting what laid before me. As sad as it is to say, this is actually my second time filling in for a deceased drummer and I kind of know how to handle the situation.

"At the same time I want to be me. To pay respect to AJ and The Rev, but I also want to be me, but be me very respectfully. Normally my stage presence is very acrobatic and trying to steal the spotlight. But I know when to pull it back and what hat to wear. With Twisted, I had to be very respectful and serve a purpose." Read more here.


Keith Richards Slams Led Zeppelin And The Who

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has once again openly criticized other legendary bands. This time he shared his low opinion of Led Zeppelin and The Who.

Richards has made recent headlines with negative comments about Metallica, Black Sabbath, and The Beatles' legendary album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

The guitarist spoke with Rolling Stone about his new solo album "Crosseyed Heart" and during the conversation he took aim at Led Zeppelin. He said, (via NME), 'I love Jimmy Page, but as a band, no. John Bonham thundering down the highway in an uncontrolled 18-wheeler. He had cornered the market there. Jimmy is a brilliant player. But I always felt there was something a little hollow about it, you know?"

Richard then reportedly said that The Who's frontman Roger Daltrey is "all flash" and criticized late drummer Keith Moon as not being able to play with musicians outside of The Who.

"[Moon] could play to Pete like nobody else in the world. But if somebody threw him into a session with somebody else, it was a disaster," he said. "There's nothing wrong with that; sometimes you've got that one paintbrush, and you rock it."

He then gave a little insight into where the criticism of other acts has been coming from, according to the report. "I just was never really interested in that many English rock'n'roll bands actually, at all."

Metallica Writes Pop Songs Says Depeche Mode Frontman

Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan says he can hear a correlation between his band and metal acts like Metallica. The electro pop icons have often been cited as influences on metal and rock acts and Gahan admits he is a fan of Tool.

And he is more than happy that Depeche Mode have made a positive impression on the world of rock and metal. Gahan tells Rolling Stone: "I have a great respect for heavy rock stuff. Metallica are a heavy-sounding band, but they write pop songs. They've got their dark moments, just like Depeche Mode have, but deep in there is a tune with a catchy chorus or a pop arrangement.

"Certainly bands like Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins - though I wouldn't necessarily call those metal bands - but Metallica really do their own thing and always have."

As for his own admiration for heavier groups, Gahan adds: "I've always liked Tool. In fact, the guitar player Adam Jones used to come over to my house a lot. His girlfriend was a roommate of this girl that was living with us, so he used to hang out with us when they were just coming up. I got to see them in a lot of little clubs, but you knew immediately they had something really special." Read more here.

Iron Maiden Star Lost Underwear Recordings

Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith has recalled the moment he lost a phone full of song ideas - which he'd recorded while sitting in his underwear. He lost the handset while the band were rushing to an airport in time for flight, during their last US tour.

And he admits he was embarrassed when a fan found it and watched his nearly-naked video clips. Smith tells MusicRadar: "In America we do runners from gigs - we jump offstage, jump straight into the cars and go haring off, and we stop at a gas station or a layby and change in the dark on our way to the airport.

"I lost my phone in America doing that, and it was full of ideas. I had no password on my phone, so this guy found it and he went through my ideas. There's me sitting in my underpants in a hotel room on video, singing and playing guitar." Read more here.

Don Henley Rocks Classic Song For TV Appearance

Don Henley performed his 1982 classic, "Dirty Laundry" and another track, during an appearance on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 8. Videos of the performances have been posted online

The second single from his solo debut, "I Can't Stand Still", earned the Eagles drummer a US Top 3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 along with a Gold record for sales of more than 1 million singles in the country.

On hand to promote his newly-released fifth solo album, "Cass County", Henley also played "Take A Picture Of This" from the set, which sees him joined by guests including Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard.

"Cass County" recently scored Henley his highest US charting solo album in his career when it debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 89,000 copies.

The set also landed No. 1 slots on both the Top Album Sales chart and the Top Country Albums chart. The drummer is supporting the release with a month-long fall tour of North America. Watch the Kimmel performances here.

The Scorpions Release 'Forever And A Day' Preview

The Scorpions have released a video preview of their documentary "Forever And A Day", which is scheduled to screen in select US cinemas starting on October 14.

Filmmaker Katja von Garnier accompanied the group on what was originally intended to be their farewell tour, following them on the road from Bangkok to Moscow, to capture candid moments, memories and live footage.

The Scorpions eventually changed their minds about retirement, returned to the studio to record a new album, "Return To Forever", and hit the road for a 50th anniversary tour. "I think it'll be a really special film for our fans," says singer Klaus Meine.

The Scorpions just wrapped up the North American leg of their 50th Anniversary Tour and will begin a series of European shows with a special club performance in Berlin, Germany on November 3.

The event will see fans win tickets by voting on the group's setlist via their website. Watch the doc preview video here.

Glenn Hughes To Mark Anniversary Of Friends Death With Special Show

Former Deep Purple member Glenn Hughes will return to Jakarta for a show to mark the 40th anniversary of his bodyguard's death in the city. Patsy Collins was a member of the band's crew when he fell down a lift shaft in the Indonesian capital on December 4, 1975. He initially survived two three-storey drops but later died of his injuries.

Hughes and three other crewmen were originally suspected of murder and spent a night in jail, before authorities released them. The following night, Purple abandoned their second of two Jakarta shows after heavy-handed police officers began assaulting members of the audience.

Hughes recalled last year: "That sh*t was flying - we were in a time bomb in the midst of war that had just started in the country. All of us were lucky to escape alive."

Now he tells Metal Shock Finland: "40 years after the death, I'm going to play that city again, to commemorate the loss of my friend, and go to a place I could never go to.

"They threw me in jail for murder and they let me out. We had to pay money to get out. It was a horrible event." Read more here.

Pink Floyd Prop Set For Auction This Week

A pair of eyes used on the cover of Pink Floyd's 2006 DVD release of live album Pulse will go under the hammer this week. The props were commissioned by EMI and designed by longer-time Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson.

They'll be up for sale at Summers Place Auctions, West Sussex, UK on October 13. The pair are six foot high, three foot wide and weigh in at 50 kilos. They're made of metal, plastic and paper and only 10 sets were ever created.

Thorgerson, who also designed artwork for artists including Def Leppard, Dream Theater, The Pineapple Thief, ELO, Rainbow, Scorpions and Muse, died in 2013 aged 69. Read more and see the eyes here.

Metallica's Kirk Hammett Explains Horror's Influence On Him

Kirk Hammett explains how horror movies and comic books have played a big part in his life both in and away from music. The Metallica guitarist says he identified with the horror genre as a young outcast growing up in San Francisco and that he saw parallels with his own life and that of the monsters in the books he read and films he obsessed over.

Hammett tells Collectors Weekly: "Believe it or not, I'm a totally introverted person. People see me onstage and see that I walk out in front 50,000 people not even batting an eyelash, but I'm just used to that.

"Because of my family history, I always felt like an outsider. I was super shy as a kid, very quiet and observant. I had trouble fitting into a lot of situations, and I felt like a monster myself. A lot of the stuff I saw the monsters experiencing on the screen, I had a version of that in my own life." Read more here.

Nirvana's Krist Novoselic Still Dreams About Kurt Cobain

Krist Novoselic reveals in a new interview that he still dreams about his former Nirvana bandmate, the late frontman Kurt Cobain, and describes the experience as "beautiful."

The bassist - who was seen speaking with emotion about Cobain in the authorized documentary Montage Of Heck - says that far from being haunted by dreams about the singer, he actually finds the images euphoric.

Asked if he still dreams about Cobain, Novoselic tells Fox Business Network's Kennedy: "I do. And it's beautiful. It's just loving. You know when you lose somebody and you see them in a dream and you just feel all this love? It's nice."

In a discussion centred mostly on his political views, Novoselic also touches on the 'paradigm shift' that took place on the rock scene as hair metal was effectively squeezed out by grunge. Read about that here.

Sammy Hagar Slams Van Halen For Blocking TV Performance

Sammy Hagar says Van Halen are jealous of him because they no longer perform material from the Van Hager era. The Red Rocker's latest rant against his former bandmates is an extension of claims he made earlier this year that the Van Halen brothers are trying to prevent him from performing songs from his time with the group.

Hagar says he discovered the issue when he was a taping of his appearance on a television show earlier this year. "I'd like this to be known," Hagar tells Rolling Stone. "The Van Halen brothers will not allow me to do any of my own songs on TV. They can't stop me from doing them live, because they've tried and they can't. They want to pretend like Van Hagar never existed. The only Number One albums they've had in their life, and they want to pretend like they never happened. I don't know why they hate me so bad, but I guess I'm too happy for them.

"Yes, it's true. They wouldn't let me do them. I can hire an attorney and fight them and I'm going too, but I didn't have time to do that then. On the new Circle DVD we're making from the live album, Led Zeppelin agreed to let us use their music. And Van Halen said, 'No.' And then I said, 'F*** you.' I don't need to do this to survive, and thank God, because otherwise, they would starve me out like I think they're trying to do."

"It's unbelievable that Led Zeppelin lets us cover their songs on TV and anywhere else," he continues, "and the brothers won't let me sing my f***ing songs. And why? 'Cause they can't do them anymore. Without me, they can't play those songs, and they're f***ing jealous. And that's the thing that gives me comic relief out of the whole thing."

Still bitter over his 1996 split with Van Halen and a failed reunion attempt in 2004 to market an ill-conceived greatest hits package, Hagar maintains it's up to the Alex and Eddie to step up and apologize. Read his comments about that here.

ZAKK WYLDE Officially licensed limited-edition bobble head detailing the master of Metal guitar, hand-numbered and limited to just 1500 units


The next figure in the Guitar Gods series is the founder of Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde

This figure representing the American musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist is limited to 1500 numbered units, stands at 7 inches tall, and is made of a lightweight polyresin. 


Displayed in a full color window box, here Zakk is accurately sculpted down to his beard, vest patches, and signature bulls-eye guitar.

All Guitar Gods figures are available at many independent retailers, comic shops, tattoo parlors, etc via distribution by MVD Entertainment Group - a company specializing in music-related distribution



Out October 16th on Frontiers Music Srl

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"Say Goodbye to the Sun” is the 5th single to premiere world-wide from Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s new studio album DYING TO LIVE, which will be released October 16th.  LOUDWIRE.COM is hosting this music extravaganza at 9:00 am PST/ 12:00 noon EST - CLICK HERE TO WATCH:

"Say Goodbye to the Sun” represents the heavier side of DYING TO LIVE,” explains Hoekstra. “It's the monstrous voice inside us all that tells us to abandon hope.  Vinny Appice (drums) and Tony Franklin (bass) provide thunderous support to the guitar riffs while Derek Sherinian (keys) adds tasteful playing throughout.  Russell Allen (lead vocals) just flat out rips this one to shreds, while Jeff Scott Soto adds the killer backing vocals.  I'm honoured to have these guys bring this song to life for me. I hope you dig it!" 

Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of Scream and Until I Left You (featuring Jeff Scott Soto) plus Long For The Days and Anymore (featuring Russell Allen).

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

Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.  Check out Joel’s official UK press page HERE.

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King Crimson and Asia Legend John Wetton Releases “Live Via Satellite” OUT NOW!

JOHN WETTON is the lead singer of ASIA, UK and the “Red” era of KING CRIMSON, with an extensive solo catalogue, which now includes “Live via Satellite” 

This 2 CD set collects together both of John Wetton’s acoustic solo concerts for radio broadcasts. The XM radio broadcast was only available for sale via his website over 10 years ago and has never had a commercial release.

The Swedish radio broadcast (previously unreleased) was thought lost in a fire, until a duplicate of the master tapes was found thanks to a long and tireless search by John Wetton’s fans.

Of the release, John Wetton said: “Both of these shows are from the same time period, but come from very different sources. The first, a Circus tent-like venue in a funfair in Stockholm: the second, a state-of-the-art facility in Washington DC, so the repertoire is similar, but venues could not be more different. Recording production is superb on both, it's a document of a slice of my life.”

As a lead singer, bassist and songwriter, John Wetton initially rose to fame with King Crimson and after that Wetton co-founded UK. In the early 1980s he was the frontman of the super-group Asia, his biggest commercial success.  ASIA’s self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world in 1982 and the band continues to this day.

He later formed the duo Icon with Geoff Downes (YES and The Buggles) and has had a successful solo career releasing a large number of studio and live albums, including the recent compilation The Studio Recordings Anthology. 

John Wetton's “Live via Satellite” will be released 9th October 2015 and is part of the ongoing release schedule of his own Primary Purpose label, working via Cherry Red.

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October 9, 2015 would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday. In honor of that event, Plowboy Records will release the digital single “I Can’t Imagine (A Tribute To John Lennon),” recorded by singer-songwriter/guitarist/pianist Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits.

“I Can’t Imagine” was recorded in Nashville in 2012, when Noone was brought onboard for a session to record “Something Old, Something New” for the Tribute To Eddy Arnold album. Producer Don Cusic presented the song he had written to Noone, which had resided on a shelf since 1980. It seemed a perfect fit to have a fellow musician of the British Invasion perform the song. Noone jumped at the opportunity. 

“I am pretty spiffed at the way it turned out,” says Noone. “Lennon used to buy me drinks in London after sessions at EMI’s Studios on Abbey Road. He would say ‘they have a two drink minimum and you aren’t 18 so you get two cokes Herman, and I’ll get two Bacardis.’ ”

With Noone on vocals, John Hobbs on piano, Andy Reiss and Chris Shruggs on guitar, Byron House on bass, Marco Giovano on drums, and Glen Duncan providing strings and other instrumentation, “I Can’t Imagine” was brought to life. 

The lyrics say it all… “I know there’s a reason why you’re not here, maybe it’s to show us that dreams live on, and the songs are still sung though the singer is gone.” Each verse is a loving send-up to John Lennon’s memory. 

“It took a long time,” concludes Cusic, “but the time was right.” 

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(Jethro Tull Guitarist’s music also has touch of blues; he’s doing tour press)

Martin Barre will be headlining his first solo tour of the States, starting this November as he is playing CRUISE TO THE EDGE November 15-19 with Yes, Marillion, Spock’s Beard, Enchant and rising prog guitarist Randy McStine. (In 2004, Martin co-billed in the United States with Willie Porter, whom he met when Porter opened for Jethro Tull in 2003.)

After Cruise to the Edge, Martin starts his solo date in Del Ray, Florida at the Arts Center on November 21, which is almost sold out.  The tour moves up the east coast through Fayette, Alabama, Tupelo, MS; Jackson, MS, Shreveport, LA; Atlanta, GA; Asheville, NC; Vienna, VA; Rocky Mount, VA; Sellersville,PA; Binghamton, PA, Cleveland, OH; Rochester, NY; New York City, and other TBA shows.

For the past four years Martin has toured the world with his own band to play the "classic" music from the Jethro Tull catalogue, but also many new tracks written by Martin including his new album, BACK TO STEEL, (plus his two recent solo albums MARTIN BARRE and AWAY WITH WORDS).

For 43 years Martin Barre was the renowned guitarist of Jethro Tull, and his role in the band cannot be overestimated. Bruce Eder wrote on, “His playing has provided much of the energy that allows the band to soar on record and in concert.”  

His unique sound and style contributed enormously to their success, which includes several chart topping albums, eleven gold and five platinum albums, a Grammy Award for CREST OF A KNAVE in 1988, and album sales exceeding 60 million units. Tull continues to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.

Martin’s guitar playing has earned him respect and recognition; he’s been voted among the best ever in the USA and in the UK for his playing on “Aqualung.” Beyond numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has plied those award-winning chops with many other distinguished artists, including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa and Chris Thompson. He has shared a stage with such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

Redoubtable drummer George Lindsay, alongside super songwriter and bass player Alan Thomson form the core of Martin’s accomplished band, with vocals performed by the talented and distinctive Dan Crisp. All members are committed to giving the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years with a few surprises along the way.
VIDEO  “Song For Jeffrey”

November 15-19: Cruise to the Edge
w/ Yes, Marillion, Randy McStine, Enchant, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Spock’s Beard…
November 21, 2015  Arts Garage in Delray Beach 
November 24  Fayette Civic Centre Alabama 
w/ opener Chris Simmons
November 25: Tupelo, MS, The Blue Canoe 
November 26 and 27: off
November 28 Bears on Fairfield, Shreveport, LA
November 29  Duling Hall, Jackson, MS  
December 2, Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA  
December 3: Asheville, The Grey Eagle  
w/ opener: The Get Right Band 
December 4:  Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA   
December 6, 7:30 pm: Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA 
w/ opener: The Get Right Band 
December 10 Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA 
w/ opener: Joe Deninzon & Randy McStine
December 11, Eclipse, Binghamton NY 
w/ opener: Joe Deninzon & Randy McStine
December 13  Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, Cleveland, OH
December 15 The Lovin’ Cup (Presented by the Bop Shop) 
December 18: The Spire Center for The Performing Arts, Plymouth, MA
December 19: Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY   

Guitar Virtuoso John Jorgenson to Release Limited Edition, 3-CD Box Set Divertuoso

“Brilliant guitarist!” - ELTON JOHN

Los Angeles - Much to the excitement of guitar players and musicians worldwide, John Jorgenson will release Divertuoso, a limited edition, 3-CD box set of three separate, all-new full-length albums featuring three of Jorgenson’s band configurations (gypsy jazz, bluegrass and electric) via Cleopatra Records on October 16, 2015.

Jorgenson's career has been wide-ranging, including playing lead guitar in Elton John's band for seven years; being a co-founder of both the groundbreaking The Hellecasters and The Desert Rose Band; being widely known as the U.S. Ambassador of Gypsy Jazz; and portraying Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head In The Clouds. Jorgenson has recorded or toured with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, The Byrds, Johnny Cash, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson and many others. Jorgenson is a GRAMMY Award-winner and has won many other awards, including being three-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) Guitarist of the Year.

Totaling 40 tracks in all, Divertuoso showcases Jorgenson's incredible virtuosity as both a musician and songwriter in a variety of styles. Considered a master of the electric and acoustic guitar, and many other instruments, Jorgenson plays 12 instruments on the box set (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, clarinet, mandocello, soprano sax, bass, hammond organ, bassoon, keyboards, percussion), as well as vocals, and he composed a majority of the material. This release is a singular accomplishment not only for Jorgenson, but also for the guitar community as a whole. His mastery of these three disparate styles (gypsy jazz, bluegrass and rock) is on full display throughout these recordings.

The three records that are part of Divertuoso are:
John Jorgenson Quintet – Returning
J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band Featuring Herb Pedersen, Jon Randall & Mark Fain) - From The Crow's Nest
John Jorgenson - Gifts From The Flood

“I feel like a huge overview of my musical life is contained in this project,” Jorgenson said. “It incorporates many of the diverse styles that all co-exist in my world. Had I thought very long beforehand, I could have easily gotten overwhelmed at the amount of actual work it would take to create such a large body of work, but it really came together pretty naturally. I'm both relieved and proud to have Divertuoso out in the world.”

Returning is the latest recording by gypsy jazz veterans the John Jorgenson Quintet. Their music, both live and recorded, is a time-and-space transcending experience. All but two of the album's 13 tracks were written by Jorgenson himself. Jorgenson plays acoustic guitar, bouzouki, clarinet, mandolin, mandocello, and soprano sax on the record, and sings on one song. The New York Times has been quoted as saying: “Jorgenson is perhaps the best jazz guitarist alive.”

The 15-track From The Crow's Nest by bluegrass supergroup J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band featuring Herb Pedersen, Jon Randall & Mark Fain) was recorded at Sheryl Crow's home barn studio in Nashville over the course of three days. Pedersen (The Dillards and Old And In The Way) is a legendary vocal arranger and musician who also co-founded The Desert Rose Band with Jorgenson. Hit songwriter Randall, a former member of Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers, has toured with Earl Scruggs and Sam Bush. Fain is the long-time bassist for Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. The record includes lead and harmony vocals by Jorgenson, Randall and Pedersen, and when the three sing together, a magical 60's/70's folk air transforms the typical bluegrass “high lonesome harmonies” into an entirely different dimension. In addition to his vocal work, Jorgenson plays mandolin and acoustic guitar. Songwriters contributing to the record include Jorgenson, Pedersen, Randall (co-writer of the CMA Song of the Year, “Whiskey Lullaby,” with Bill Anderson, included in this set), Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark, JD Souther, Mitchell Jayne and Rodney Dillard (members of The Dillards) and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member Chris Hillman (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers).

The third album, Gifts From The Flood, is a John Jorgenson solo electric record. Jorgenson plays everything on it (guitars, bass, Hammond organ, clarinet, bassoon, keyboards, and percussion) with the exception of drums, which are played by Greg Morrow. The concept is an interesting one; Jorgenson had many guitars and amps completely ruined in the Nashville flood of 2010. As the guitars were restored and each one came back to him, new songs seemed to flow out of each one. The gratitude Jorgenson had just for having them back is captured on this record. Each song was named simply after the guitar that was used to create it, and all of the songs were written by Jorgenson alone. With everything from straight-ahead rock, to country-flavored picking (including a special guest appearance by Brad Paisley on one track), to cool surf-flavored grooves, Gifts From The Flood is anything but standard.

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The String Cheese Incident release the three-disc set, Rhythm of the Road: Volume 2, Live In Las Vegas – the second installment of SCI’s live archival series that highlights the band’s most celebrated concerts with re-mastered limited edition releases tomorrow, October 9, 2015 on SCI Fidelity Records.   

The String Cheese Incident were in the middle of their 2001 coast-to-coast summer tour when they pulled into Las Vegas for the band’s first ever, “Sin City Incidents.” Touring in support of the band’s new studio album “Outside Inside,” and a couple days after the live Austin City Limits TV taping, the band settled into the Aladdin Theatre in July 2001 for two incredible late-night Incidents. Rhythm of the Road: Volume 2, Live In Las Vegas features the best moments of that two night run and includes fan favorites such as “San José” and “Howard,” as well as rare bust-outs like “SKAT” and more. The audio has been completely re-mixed and re-mastered, creating a listening experience that all SCI fans will enjoy.

“We are excited to be releasing the second installment of our Rhythm of the Road live series,” said bass player Keith Moseley.  “It’s always fun to listen back through the archives and find old shows that we consider to be important shows in our band’s history. Las Vegas is always a big party and these shows in 2001 were no different.  It was July in Vegas so it was really hot.  Everyone was really going for it musically, stretching out some long jams during these late night shows.  This compilation features some songs we’ve never really officially released like ‘Dirk,’ ‘Cedar Laurels,’ ‘Howard,’ ‘Windy Mountain,’ ‘Turn This Around’ and many others.  We are real proud of it.”

Pre-orders for album are available now through the official SCI online store: Those who pre-order the album will automatically be entered to win one of several prizes – one hundred people will be randomly selected to receive a signed copy Rhythm of the Road: Volume 2, Live In Las Vegas.  Ten second prize winners will receive free MP3 downloads of every Las Vegas show that is available on, five first prize winners will receive the MP3’s as well as the official Aladdin Theatre show poster from 2001 signed by the band.  One grand prize winner will win a pair of tickets to all three SCI NYE shows in Colorado as well as the MP3’s and signed poster.

The String Cheese Incident released Song In My Head, their first studio album in nine years in 2014 through SCI Fidelity Records/Loud & Proud Records.  The album was produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads and included 10 new songs written collaboratively by the group over the past few years.  The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.  For more information please click HERE.

The String Cheese Incident formed in Crested Butte and Telluride, Colorado in 1993.  Over the years, the band, Bill Nershi (guitars and vocals), Michael Kang (mandolin, violin, guitar and vocals), Keith Moseley (bass and vocals), Michael Travis (drums and percussion), Kyle Hollingsworth (keyboards and vocals) and Jason Hann (percussion), has played over 1,500 Incidents, including their own festivals and Incidents across the country and they have been hailed for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, community spirit, philanthropic endeavors and their innovative approach to the business of music. 

The band will begin their fall tour in Minneapolis on October 14. 

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INXS Steal The Limelight On 1985’s Listen Like Thieves
Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly Share Story Of Band Breakout

InTheStudio.Net, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 30th anniversary of INXS breakout album Listen Like Thieves

Australia might as well be Mars when it comes to locations for bands to breakout of. But in the early 80s it was the home for INXS a young Aussie band reinventing the sound of modern music while benefiting from the added exposure of the MTV video age. 

Listen Like Thieves the band’s fifth album would deliver a near Top 10 album and a string of fresh hit songs including the title track, “This Time”, “Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)” and the Top 5 smash “What You Need”

Keyboard player, songwriter Andrew Farriss and sax man Kirk Pengilly share the tough and tender early days, surviving one-nighters and allying with a talented singer from Hong Kong-via-Hollywood the late Michael Hutchence.  

 Andrew Farriss reveals to InTheStudio host Redbeard how INXS was initially received in the US and shares insight on late singer Michael Hutchence.

When we came to the US after we got signed we had this “screaming” thing from little girls. ‘Why are all these people screaming and throwing teddy bears when we’ve just been performing to adults (in Australia club circuit)?’  It was very weird.”  

On Michael Hutchence

“I recognized in Michael this bohemian thing immediately. He had an ability to be able to walk out of a room and not want to walk back into it again. Michael was always walking from one door to the other like a gypsy. “   - Andrew Farriss

INXS Listen Like These @30 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:
Direct Link to INXS: HYPERLINK  “
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Brit legends The Zombies - announce a brand new studio album and UK tour
It’s been a highly productive past 18 months or so for influential musical icons The Zombies. Led by founder members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, The Zombies have completed a raft of shows across the US, made their second celebrated appearance at SXSW festival, seen their enduring classic Time of The Season’ sampled by Eminem (‘Rhyme Or Reason’), received a nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and completed a brand new studio album, produced by Chris Potter (The VerveUrban Hymns), which follows their acclaimed last album release, 2011’s ‘Breathe Out, Breathe In’. Not only that but the band rocked new music showcase The Great Escape in Brighton this year and created something really special with their live performance at this year’s Glastonbury. 
Originally formed in St. Albans back in 1961 with Rod Argent on piano and Colin Blunstone on vocals, the band soon found worldwide fame with a run of brilliant singles in the mid-60s such as ‘Tell Her No’ and ‘She’s Not There’. In 1968, they released their masterpiece album ‘Odessey And Oracle’, which later became admired as one of the finest-crafted LPs in musical history, producing the number 1 hit ‘Time Of The Season’. The band’s influence can never be overstated. From Nick Cave to Marshall Mathers, Paul Weller to Beck, the Foo Fighters to Fleet Foxes, musicians today still admire their sonic template, a masterclass in songwriting, arrangement, musicianship and production.

Despite originally disbanding in 1967 (the band officially reformed in 2004), The Zombies have always found their music in demand from subsequent generations. Their songs have been used in numerous films, television series and global advertising campaigns. From the hugely popular Mad Men through to last year’s Chanel campaign for Coco Mademoiselle, featuring Kiera Knightley, their music is quite simply timeless.
The band revealed the title of their new album live on BBC Breakfast as an exclusive on 29th July, with the UK premiere of the album track ‘Chasing The Past’ on 6 Music Radcliffe & Marconi show later that day, resulting in a wonderfully positive social media frenzy from fans tweeting and emailing links to the show. 
‘Still Got That Hunger’ has all the elements of an enduring rock opera, sitting as comfortably in the present day as it would have in the swinging decades of Aquarius. Opening the show with ‘Moving On’, Colin flexes his undeniably impressive vocal range before moving into ‘Chasing The Past’, a perfectly crafted piece of art, that leaves no doubt as to the band’s superb musicianship. A real showstopper comes up next with “Edge Of The Rainbow’, followed by the uptempo 1970’s Americana track ‘New York’, before dropping down to some blues and jazz-fuelled melodies with a re-make of their 1965 single ‘I Want You Back Again’ and a joyous choral reminisce, blended with classic rock guitar riffs on ‘And We Were Young Again’. Rod’s on form on keys in ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, a cheeky, charismatic number, followed by the Blunstone-penned ‘Now I Know I’ll Never Get Over You’, a radio-friendly classic that’s destined to be on everyone’s playlists. The quiet piano/voice duet ‘Little One’ comes next, before the final epic, euphoric concerto ‘Beyond The Borderline’ to complete this timeless musical journey. 

The artwork for the new album has been created by Terry Quirk, the original artist of their iconic album 'Odessey and Oracle', hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine and NME earlier this year as one of the greatest albums of all time.

The Zombies will shortly begin a month-long US tour incorporating their live debut of ‘Still Got That Hunger’, and will be returning to the UK (supported by Josh Flowers & The Wild) for further dates later this year.

The Zombies are: 
Vocals – Colin Blunstone
Keyboards/ Vocals – Rod Argent
Bass guitar – Jim Rodford
Guitar – Tom Toomey
Drums – Steve Rodford





October 9th, 2015 - (Burbank, CA.) -Neil Young has announced that the latest Performance Series release from the Neil Young Archives is Bluenote Café - which will be released on November 13th via Reprise Records. The album collects various performances captured during Neil's 1988 tour.

This superb live 2-CD, 4-vinyl LP set documents one of Young's most funky and heartfelt periods and features seven unreleased songs: "Soul of a Woman," "Bad News Comes to Town," Ain't it the Truth," "I'm Goin'," "Crime of the Heart," "Doghouse," "Fool for Your Love," and a searing 19+ minute version of the immortal "Tonight's the Night" from The Pier in New York City. The album is available for pre-order as of today at: and here.

Those who pre-order will receive and instant download of "Crime in the City". Other instant downloads will become available at regular intervals leading up to street date and will also be available through, iTunes and all participating digital retailers.   



The BRITISH LIVE PERFORMANCE SERIES--an eclectic collection of artists, all recorded live in the U.K.--is excited to announce three new releases set for October 30: BELINDA CARLISLE, JOE JACKSON and URIAH HEEP. The Guitar World website broke the news with an exclusive preview of Uriah Heep, which you can listen to here.

These exciting concerts follow up acclaimed sets from GLEN CAMPBELL and RICK WAKEMAN, which were released September 18, all on Los Angeles-based RAINMAN RECORDS. Check out an exclusive Glen Campbell track on ROLLINGSTONE.COM here.

Belinda Carlisle first found fame at an early age with the Go-Go's in the 1980s, and was already a rising solo artist by the time she performed this sold-out show at Birmingham NEC in 1990. The show includes big Go-Go's hits like "We Got The Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed" plus hits from her burgeoning solo career like "Mad About You" (a #3 hit), the #1 US and UK hit "Heaven Is A Place On Earth," "I Get Weak" (a UK Top Ten penned by Diane Warren) and "Circle In The Sand" (UK #4 hit). 

British singer-songwriter Joe Jackson broke onto the music scene with his first single, "Is She Really Going Out With Him," and would go on to release at least nine albums that charted in the UK. This show from Nottingham's Theatre Royal in August 1980 proves the musicianship of his band - guitarist Gary Sanford, bassist Graham Maby and drummer Dave Houghton - was clearly the product of many years' dedication. They were able to deliver a terse, muscular yet understated backing to frame Jackson's intelligently ironic lyrics.

Heavy rockers Uriah Heep broke onto the world stage in 1972 with the 'Demons & Wizards' LP and never looked back. They stand with Deep Purple as foundation-stones of the British rock tradition, having influenced generations of bands including Queen. Founded in the late Sixties as Spice, they rock on today with irrepressible guitarist/founder Mick Box still at the helm. This show was filmed in November 1989 for the UK TV show "Bedrock" and captures their second classic line-up at the peak of its collective powers. In the immortal phrase founder Mick Box is so fond of, ''Appy Days'... 

Next up in Rainman Records' British Live Performance Series are sets from ASIA and SQUEEZE.

Available JANUARY 22, 2016

Brand new track “Fatal Illusion” available now

Thrash metal genre pioneers MEGADETH will kick off the new year with the release of their 15th studio album Dystopia on Universal Music Enterprises /Tradecraft / T-Boy Records on January 22, 2016.

With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold).

The rest of the MEGADETH lineup is comprised of David "Junior" Ellefson on bass, new member Kiko Loureiro (formerly of Angra) on guitar, and drummer Chris Adler, who took time away from Lamb of God to record Dystopia. The result marks a true return to form, adding new blood and injecting a new burst of creative energy into the new album. 

"There's an excitement right now that I haven't felt for a really long time," exclaims Dave Mustaine.

Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia will be released on both CD and LP, as well as digitally through all online partners. “Fatal Illusion” is the first track released from the album, listen here.

Dystopia weaves together Dave Mustaine’s intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs with harmonious precision, paying homage to MEGADETH’s influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground.   MEGADETH burst onto the scene thirty years ago, virtually inventing a genre with their debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! (recently recognized by VH1 as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time) sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy® nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction.

       1.     The Threat Is Real
       2.     Dystopia
       3.     Fatal Illusion
       4.     Death From Within
       5.     Bullet To The Brain
       6.     Post American World
       7.     Poisonous Shadows
       8.     Conquer or Die!
       9.     Lying In State
       10.  The Emperor
       11.  Foreign Policy

Guns N' Roses Reunion Unlikely Says Former Member

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke says in a new interview that he would love to see the band's classic-era lineup reunite but he doubts that it will ever happen.

He replaced Izzy Stradlin in 1991 and enjoyed three years with the band. On the back of news that singer Axl Rose and founding axeman Slash were on talking terms again, rumors have circulated that a reunion is on the cards, potentially featuring Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler.

Asked whether he thinks it's likely, Clarke tells the Eddie Trunk Podcast: "No, I really don't. We've all heard the rumors. I actually didn't know the news that Slash and Axl had talked, and I see him all the time. I don't know. Obviously, it would be great for music if it did happen."

Meanwhile, former GNR drummer Matt Sorum batted away a question about a potential reunion. Sorum replaced Adler and features on the albums Use Your Illusion I and II and The Spaghetti Incident. Read more here.

Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, QOTSA Members Form Supergroup

A Seattle supergroup featuring members of Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age and Pearl Jam have announced their debut single will be released this week.

Ten Commandos feature Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, QOTSA guitarist Alain Johannes, Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd and Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats. Their single Staring Down The Dust is out on October 9 (Friday) via Monkeywrench Records, with an album to follow in November.

Reports claim that Screaming Trees vocalist and long-time QOTSA collaborator Mark Lanegan is also involved, although he is not named on the band's Facebook page or included in a group promo shot. See the photo and read more here.

Iron Maiden Expand North American Tour

Iron Maiden have added four Canadian concerts to their forthcoming North American tour next spring in support of their latest album, "The Book Of Souls."

The metal legends will perform in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver as part of the 2016 North American leg, which includes previously-revealed US dates.

"We're all excited to be coming back to Canada," says frontman Bruce Dickinson. "Especially as this time we'll be able to fly Ed Force One in to all four cities where we're playing, not just Toronto which was the only way possible on the first Ed Force One tour in 2008.

"We haven't decided on the set list as yet and won't until we start rehearsing but we really look forward to playing a number of new songs live, especially as the recording was so much live. However, as it's been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favourites too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind.

"We are also in the middle of creating the new show and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart !!! You certainly deserve it for your patience." See the dates here.

Former Megadeth Guitarists Guest On Prog Album

Prog metal group Redemption have announced that they will release sixth album The Art Of Loss early next year - featuring guest appearances by three former Megadeth guitarists.

Chris Poland, Marty Freidman and Chris Broderick have recorded parts for the record, to be released via Metal Blade. And the trio can be heard together on the track Thirty Silver.

Guitarist Nick Van Dyk says: "We're fortunate to have worked with a number of amazing musicians. Chris Poland has lent his immense talent, contributing his unique playing on the majority of songs - and elevating out music into extremely interesting territory.

"Additionally we have mind-blowing guest performances from Marty Friedman, Chris Broderick and Simone Mulanori, all of whom add so much." See who else is appearing on the album here.

Mike Portnoy Shows His Skills On Hello Kitty Drum Kit

Mike Portnoy has proved his versatility by playing a string of rock classics on a tiny Hello Kitty drum kit. The in-demand drummer hooked up with Loudwire for the stunt, which sees him trying to perform Slayer, Kiss and Rush hits on the three-piece child's kit.

As he walks up to the stage, Portnoy jokes: "What the f***, where is my tour manager? I specifically requested the Pokemon kit. I never play Hello Kitty. Obviously the f***ing guy did not get the rider. And a single pedal? I'm supposed to be doing Slayer tunes on this thing. But I'm an artist and a professional. I will rise above."

He goes on to play the intros to Strutter and Love Gun by Kiss, Criminally Insane and Raining Blood by Slayer and Rush classic YYZ. Check out the video here.

Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Yes Lead Rock Hall Nominees

Long snubbed rock acts Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Yes and Chicago are among the artists nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's induction class of 2016.

Other nominees for the class of 2016 include The Cars, Chaka Khan, Chic, Janet Jackson, The J.B.'s, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, and the Spinners.

Fans will be allowed to vote for their selection and the winner of the popular vote will get ONE ballot among the 700-odd voting members, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The organization will reveal the 2016 nominees in December and they will inducted at a black tie event in New York City next April.


Gail Zappa, nee Adelaide Gail Sloatman, age 70, departed this earth peacefully at her home on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, surrounded by her children. 

Married to Frank Zappa at age 22, Gail was a doe-eyed, barefooted trailblazer, giving equal value to her domestic and professional responsibilities as matriarch of the family and overseer of all Zappa enterprises. She devoted herself to partnering with her husband in the music business and raising their children, Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva.  

Gail enthusiastically executed her role as guardian of her husband's creative life and, with his passing, strove to ensure his legacy as one of the leading American composers and musicians of the 20th century.  In this and all business endeavors, Gail passionately advocated to establish clear definitions of intellectual property and copyright laws on behalf of not just her husband, but all artists.  While she conducted intricate legal negotiations with corporations as grand dame of the Zappa Family Trust, she never failed to impart the sense of humor that was part and parcel of her indomitable and formidable personality. Gail, self-described as a pagan absurdist, was motivated by love in all aspects of her life, kept her authenticity intact, unbowed and, simply put, was one bad ass in the music business and political world. 

Gail will forever be identified as a key figure in the creative renaissance that is Laurel Canyon. But more than any singular accomplishment, she defined herself in her personal relationships, happiest when surrounded by loved ones and artists, often one in the same.  The memories she leaves behind are indeed her own art form. Her searing intelligence, unforgettable smile, wild thicket of hair and trailing black velvets leave a blur in her wake. 

There is no further information to report.  This is the only statement that will be released by the family.





The multi-platinum British rock icon BILLY IDOL has joined the list of music luminaries set to perform at the benefit concert for RHONDA'S KISS--a foundation that raises money for cancer patients who can't afford treatment--on Tuesday, November 3 at The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles (5515 Wilshire Blvd). All ticket and VIP packages for the night are on-sale now (here)

Presented by Double Platinum, for the one-night-only event, renowned comedian and actor BILL BURR (Breaking Bad, Walk of Shame) will perform a special 30-minute set as well as emcee the event.Meanwhile, THE HELLCAT SAINTS--a band featuring a revolving group of musicians created by DAVE KUSHNER (Velvet Revolver)--including DAVE NAVARRO (Jane's Addiction), JULIETTE LEWIS (Juliette & The Licks), DUFF McKAGAN (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses), GILBY CLARKE (Guns N' Roses), MARK McGRATH (Sugar Ray), JOSH FREESE (NIN, Devo, A Perfect Circle) and pop-singer-songwriter KESHA, will perform. 

The night will also feature a VIP Gift Lounge from Double Platinum (Grammy Foundation, VH1 Save the Music, Sundance Film Festival), a talent meet-and-greet and a silent auction. The proceeds from the concert and auction (see items below) will benefit RHONDA's KISS. For tickets and VIP packages, visit: (here).  

RHONDA'S KISS ( is supported by the Marc A. and Rhonda L. Stefanski Foundation, a recognized 501(c)(3). In 2014, Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. While she lost her battle, one of the greatest gifts she left was to create Rhonda's Kiss an event to raise money to help those who receive a cancer diagnosis, but may be unable to make ends meet for treatment and support. Rhonda's Kiss provides financial support to decrease late-stage cancer diagnosis in urban communities and for patients in financial need by using a three-pronged approach that integrates outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance and emotional support). All funds will benefit City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. 

"The goal of the event is to provide an outlet for healing for our family, and to raise money to assist people in need who require financial assistance during cancer treatment," said Marc A. Stefanski, husband of Rhonda and Executive Director of the Marc A. and Rhonda L. Stefanski Foundation. "We were able to afford the best of care for Rhonda, and we realize not everyone is as fortunate as we are." 

Musician Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) adds, "Many people close to us have been touched personally by cancer, as I know first-hand, as the two most important women in my life have been affected cancer. I believe that, regardless of our backgrounds, access to treatment to beat this disease should be available to everyone." 

Ticket prices for the RHONDA'S KISS event are below; all donations are tax deductible:
 1)    General Admission: $75. Per ticket- (Limited to 400)
Standing room show tickets
Includes Appetizers & Cocktails

2)    VIP Ticket: $250. Per ticket - (Limited to 76 tickets)
Includes downstairs table seating, to relax and view show
Includes Appetizers & Cocktails

3)    Mezzanine VIP Access: $1,000. Per ticket (Limited to 100 tickets)
Includes Access to VIP Gift Lounge & Gifts presented by Double Platinum.
Access to Meet & Greet with band
Access to MC/ Host Meet & Greet
Includes Appetizers & Cocktails

All tickets for the event are available (HERE).

Concert and Silent auction

WHERE:        El Rey Theatre
     5515 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036

 WHEN:          Tuesday, November 3   6:00 PM -- 12:00 AM


Media Check-in & set-up on Red carpet.


Red carpet begins in front of El Rey Theatre


Red carpet ends.


Opening reception, cocktails, appetizers and gifting lounge.


Comedian Bill Burr performs comedy set.


Concert begins.

WHO:       Comedian and actor BILL BURR (Breaking Bad, Walk of Shame) will perform a special 30-minute set and emcee the night.

Featuring live musical performances from THE HELLCAT SAINTS featuring: BILLY IDOL, DAVE NAVARRO (Jane's Addiction), JULIETTE LEWIS (Juliette & The Licks), DUFF McKAGAN (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), GILBY CLARKE (Guns N' Roses), DAVE KUSHNER (Velvet Revolver), MARK McGRATH (Sugar Ray), JOSH FREESE (NIN, Devo, A Perfect Circle) and pop-singer-songwriter KESHA.


As a tribute to his late wife Rhonda, who passed away last November 2014 from pancreatic cancer, Marc A. Stefanski, and his children, hosted inaugural event on July 10, 2015 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called Rhonda's Kiss which raised over $600,000. Rhonda's Kiss raises money to help those who receive a diagnosis of any type of cancer, but are unable to make ends meet for treatment and support. Through The Marc A. and Rhonda L. Stefanski Foundation and in partnership with City Of Hope, proceeds from Rhonda's Kiss will provide financial support to increase cancer screenings in urban communities, and to assist patients diagnosed with cancer who are in financial need, by using a three-pronged approach, integrating outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance, and emotional support). For more information or to donate directly, contact:

About City Of Hope:

City of Hope is proud to be the beneficiary of the Rhonda's Kiss Foundation fundraising event to be held November 3, 2015. City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.  Our researchers discover treatments that revolutionize how patients across the nation battle their diseases.  And our physicians, surgeons and expert staff give life-saving care with compassion and comprehensive support.  Since its beginning more than a century ago, City of Hope has touched the lives of countless individuals facing the challenge of disease and has given them hope. For more information, visit:

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 SAXON Reveals Brand New Track “Queen of Hearts” + Lyric Video WATCH HERE via

21st Album “Battering Ram” Out in North America via UDR Music on October 30, 2015 (New Release Date)

Pre-Order Available via iTunes

On October 30, 2015, legendary British heavy metal quintet SAXON will release their 21st studio album, Battering Ram, in North America via UDR Music. The new album boasts a clinically ‘heavy’ echo of SAXON’s glorious NWOBHM sound!  

Today, Ultimate Classic Rock is hosting the lyric video track premiere for the new track “Queen of Hearts”. Listen here:

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

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

 Check out the official “Battering Ram” music video here:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on SAXON, please visit

 Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde Going To Rock Camp

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, and former David Lee Roth band guitarist Steve Vai are among the stars lined up to take part in next year's Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles.

The event allows musicians of all levels to learn from and perform alongside bona fide rock stars. The 2016 event marks the 20th anniversary of the camp and takes place from February 11 to 14.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and jam with Iommi, Vai, Black Label Society man Wylde, The Allman Brothers collaborator Warren Haynes and ELP drummer Carl Palmer. It will culminate with performance at the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

Black Sabbath icon Iommi - who was a judge on Sky Arts' talent show Guitar Star this year - says: "I've really enjoyed working with the students at Coventry University and the Guitar Star contestants in England, so I'm looking forward to meeting some more enthusiastic players at the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp in Hollywood." Read more here.

Original Alice Cooper Band Reunites For Special Event

The surviving members of the original Alice Cooper Band reunited for a performance in a Dallas record store on Tuesday (October 7th) and video from the event has been posted online.

Cooper made a surprise appearance at a signing event at the city's Good Records for bassist Dennis Dunaway's new book, "Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group."

Along with original guitarist Michael Bruce, drummer Neal Smith and current Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie, the lineup delivered an 8-song set of classic tracks, that included "Caught in A Dream", "Be My Lover", "I'm Eighteen", "Is It My Body", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Under My Wheels", "School's Out" and "Elected."

Original lead guitarist Glen Buxton died in 1997 of complications from pneumonia at the age of 49. The Alice Cooper Band was formed in 1968 with members of the Phoenix, AZ group The Spiders, and went on to record 7 albums of classic material - including 4 platinum records - before splitting in 1975, following which Cooper launched a solo career with "Welcome To My Nightmare." Check out video from the event here.

Chrissie Hynde Talks 'Lynch Mob' Reaction To Rape Controversy

Chrissie Hynde says the backlash from her sexual assault comments is like being the victim of a lynch mob. The Pretenders frontwoman encountered controversy in August when she discussed her opinions on the subject, after writing about her own experience of being attacked by a biker gang when she was 21.

Referring to the passage in her autobiography Reckless, Hynde said she took responsibility for the incident, adding: "If I'm walking around in my underwear and I'm drunk, who else's fault can it be?"

That led to a flood of negative comments, including rape victim Jackie Fox, formerly of the Runaways, who said: "This is just telling people who've gone through this experience, 'You're right, it is your fault.'"

Now Hynde tells NPR: "I'm not going to describe it because I've written about it in the book. But what I can say is, I never said I was raped. I've never used the word and it's not in the book."

She adds: "I'm just telling my story. You know, it's almost like a lynch mob. I'd rather say, 'Just don't buy the f***ing book, if I've offended someone. Don't listen to my records.'

"I'm not here trying to advise anyone or tell anyone what to do, or tell anyone what to think, and I'm not here as a spokesman for anyone." Read more here.

David Gilmour Releases Animated 'The Girl In The Yellow Dress' Video

David Gilmour has released an animated video for "The Girl In The Yellow Dress", the latest single from "Rattle That Lock." It's the third video issued from the Pink Floyd guitarist's fourth solo album, following the title track and "Today."

Rattle That Lock" was recorded at various places, including Gilmour's Astoria houseboat studio and in Hove, Sussex, UK. The guitarist worked on the project with co-producer Phil Manzanera and wife and lyricist Polly Samson.

Gilmour launched a world tour in support of the record with a September 5 warm-up show in Brighton, UK before playing a sold-out 11-date European tour that included five shows at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

The guitarist will next perform dates in South America this December ahead of a North American run in the spring of 2016. Watch the new video and a behind the scenes clip with Gilmour here.

Megadeth To Appear With Tribute Band At Special Show

Megadeth will appear at a charity show in the UK next month - alongside a Megadeth tribute band. It takes place at the 12 Bar club in London on November 13, during Dave Mustaine and co's tour with Lamb Of God.

Megadeth UK will be joined by the real band in a night arranged by the British branch of the Megadeth Cyber Army, as part of its annual convention.

Just 400 tickets are available, priced £13 for club members and £30 on the door. A portion of takings will be donated to the Gingerbread charity, which supports single parents. Read more here.

Dee Sinder Launches New Attack On KISS Frontman Paul Stanley

Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider fired a new shot in his ongoing feud with KISS frontman Paul Stanley during a recent appearance on The Real Radio Show.

The war of words erupted between the two frontman after Snider took issue with KISS continuing to use the make-up characters of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss after the two founding members left the band. Snider said that he believed that new members wearing the same makeup as Frehley and Criss was an insult to fans.

During the new interview Snider expressed disbelief shock at the attention the feud has received. He said (via, "Look, it's crazy how international this feud between me and Paul Stanley has become. Not bad for a 'wannabe' or a 'buffoon.' " Snider was referred to names that Stanley had called him.

"Let me lay out my KISS credentials," Snider said "[I] own the first seven albums. I bought the first album before it had 'Kissin' Time' on it. I bought it in February, 'cause I lived in Nassau County, they lived in Queens, and there was a rumor about this cool band that had an album coming out, and I got it the minute it came out.

"I have stood in front of a mirror and lipsynched Paul Stanley vocals, made Paul faces in the mirror, okay? So I don't think I'm out of line to say that I have an opinion and that I feel that the Ace Frehley impersonator playing guitar now is an insult to fans."

Snider then took aim at Paul Stanley, "Paul, I love your band, I love your music. Why do you have to be such a dick? Alice Cooper is not a dick. Alice Cooper has inspired a million people and he's the coolest guy in the world, yet Gene and Paul, they've got this arrogance about them, like the world owes them something. We do owe you something, but let us offer it; don't insist we buy it from you."

Audio Fidelity To Release Tangerine Dream “Thief” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack On 180g Vinyl

“An impressive soundtrack...a signature film score and certainly one of the best electronic scores of the 80's.”

Camarillo, CA – Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing Tangerine Dream's Theif OST on 180g vinyl in November 2015. Tangerine Dream is among the most successful electronic groups of all time. The band was chosen by Michael Mann to write and produce the original score for Thief, his 1981 directorial debut. Tangerine Dream added their patented pulses, blips and whooshes to the film's highly stylized visual scenes. Up to this time, no one had ever used a sequencer for a neo-noir film...this score is one of the most unusual of its kind for American cinema.

Rather than a full orchestral score, Tangerine Dream's techno-based score uses synthesizer, percussion and electric guitar making for a fascinating and exciting soundtrack. Tracks like “Dr. Destructo” have a fast-paced percussion tempo. An engaging melody on “Beach Theme” makes it one of the album's most familiar and popular tracks, while “Trap Feeling” has a delicacy that compares favorably to Brian Eno's Music for Films.

There were two versions of the album only the US release included “Confrontation” an actual rock song of guitars, bass and drums written by Craig Safan. Band member, Edgar Froese stated at the time,”It was a pleasure working on the film because the exotic and shifting moods of Thief were perfectly suited to the kind of music we played...and yet we knew the music would also stand on its own.”

The soundtrack and the movie are inseparable. The music and movie have grown beyond cult classic status becoming an important part of the collected works of Tangerine Dream and Mann.

1. Beach Theme
2. Dr. Destructo
3. Diamond Diary
4. Burning Bar

1. Scrap Yard
2. Trap Feeling
3. Igneous
4. Confrontation

Edgar Froese– keyboards, electronic equipment, guitar
Christopher Franke– synthesizers, electronic equipment, electronic percussion
Johannes Schmoelling– keyboards, electronic equipment
Craig Safan– composed and performed “Confrontation”

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
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SQUEEZE ANNOUNCE FIRST ALBUM OF NEW MUSIC IN 17 YEARS with a new album, ‘Cradle To The Grave’, releasing November 13, 2015.

 LISTEN TO “Happy Days” HERE

Squeeze formed in 1974 and went on to write a dazzling collection of hook-filled hits including ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Take Me I’m Yours’,  ‘Another Nail In My Heart,’ ‘Pulling Mussels (From the Shell),’ ‘Tempted,’ ‘Black Coffee In Bed’ and ‘Labelled With Love’, which saw them awarded the Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution To British Music in 2008.

‘Cradle To The Grave’ is Squeeze’s 14th studio album and features the first collection of new songs from the band since 1998.

Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the songwriting duo Chris and Glenn are stronger now than they’ve ever been.“We reformed Squeeze in 2007,” says Glenn. “Things went so well, here we are eight years later. Four years ago we agreed that if we were to carry on, we really needed to work on new material.”

Chris Difford’s lyrics and Glenn Tilbrook’s music have prevailed through turbulent times over the past four decades, from the ever-changing musical landscape to their own internal reshuffles and an acrimonious break-up. In addition the pair will head to the U.S. in November and December for ‘The At Odds Couple’ Tour  – seeing Glenn and Chris reflecting on their careers, as part of Squeeze and as solo artists, sharing not only the music but also giving an insight in to what makes the two of them tick as a partnership.

Chris says of their fresh songs: “We’ve grown up a lot in the last few years, musically.  We still love and own our past, but as musicians we needed to grow.”

Squeeze have released 13 studio albums – ‘Squeeze’ (’78), ‘Cool For Cats’ (’79), ‘Argybargy’ (’80), ‘East Side Story’ (’81), ‘Sweets From A Stranger’ (’82), ‘Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti’ (’85), ‘Babylon And On’ (’87), ‘Frank’ (’89), ‘Play’ (’91), ‘Some Fantastic Place’ (’93), ‘Ridiculous’ (’95), ‘Domino’ (’98) and the re-recording of their classic hits ‘Spot The Difference’ (‘10). 

The tracklisting for ‘Cradle To The Grave’ is:
1. Cradle To The Grave
2. Nirvana
3.  Beautiful Game
4.  Happy Days
5.  Open
6.  Only 15
7.  Top Of The Form
8.  Sunny
9.  Haywire
10. Honeytrap
11. Everything
12. Snap, Crackle And Pop 



PUBLIC IMAGE LTDreleased their 10th studio albumWHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW... on September 4 to critical acclaim. The 11-track album, which charted at No.29 in the Official UK Charts, follows the huge critical success of 2012's This is PiL, the band's first album in 17 years.

The UK group has now announced they'll release new singles "Bettie Page" (in the U.S.) and  "The One" (in the U.K) as limited edition 7" etched vinyl on Friday, November 13. All cover artwork for the 7" etched vinyl is by JOHN LYDON. Pre-order links are available here: bundle set for "The One" and "Bettie Page" 7":, "Bettie Page" "The One"

Listen to the songs on Soundcloud here: "Bettie Page" and "The One"

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PUBLIC IMAGE LTD's music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, JOHN LYDON guided the band from their debut album 'First Issue' in 1978 through to 1992's That What Is Not. After a 17-year hiatus, LYDON reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.

Last year the band returned to Steve Winwood's Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds' to record the new album WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW... which was released ahead of their current 23-date UK/Europe tour. Following the UK/Europe tour the group will return to North America for their first show in three years, a special performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA on Halloween night, Saturday, October 31.  After their appearance at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience,PUBLIC IMAGE LTD will launch a North American tour on November 1 in Memphis, TN that will continue through November 29 in Los Angeles.Tickets forVoodoo are available nowat: and the PUBLIC IMAGE LTDU.S.tour is on-sale now

The group recently unveiled the "making of" the album video which was filmed in the Cotswolds' by John Rambo Stevens (John Lydon/PiL manager) who had unrivalled access to the recording and writing of the album. The video shows a candid glimpse of PiL's creative process and humour which is rarely shared.  Watch it here:

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW is self-funded by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD andis released on PiL's own label 'PiL Official' via Redeye in the U.S. and Cargo UK Distribution in the U.K. The iTunes version of 'WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW... also includes the promo video for "Double Trouble," plus the non-album 'Turkey Tits' as exclusive bonus tracks.

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Wymer Publishing To Release new book on Deep Purple - The Road of Golden Dust - The Deep Purple Story 1968-76

Deep Purple’s golden years of 1968-76 saw instant success with its debut single ‘Hush’ being a top 4 US hit in the summer of ‘68. But within two years the band was in the throes of potentially folding when their US record company went into liquidation. Fortunately, focusing on their homeland in Britain they relaunched their career with the groundbreaking In Rock LP in 1970. It was the platform that revitalized the band and by 1973 Billboard proclaimed Deep Purple as America’s biggest selling album artists for that year. But band break-ups, egos and eventually drugs and death, rocked the boat before they finally called it a day following a brief UK tour in 1976.

The Road Of Golden Dust documents those many ups and downs, drawing on the author’s interviews with many of the band and road crew including pivotal members, Ritchie Blackmore and the late Jon Lord. With co-operation from the band’s management, the author also unveils several new stories that help to explain the whys and wherefores that shaped one of Britain’s greatest and most influential rock bands of all time.

This book is completed with a detailed discography and is illustrated throughout. The author’s previous titles include the Ritchie Blackmore biography Black Knight and this book comes hot on the heels of his recent fact based title Deep Purple: A Matter Of Fact.

Alice Cooper Resurrects Supergroup Hollywood Vampires On Hard Rockin’ Tribute Album

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Albums  visits with Alice Cooper about his new project paying tribute to lost legendary musical friends the Hollywood Vampires. 

The legend of the original “Hollywood Vampires”, the loose collection of ribald rockers including John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon, and Alice Cooper, in the Seventies rarely saw the light of day but raved nightly on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, providing notorious stories of rock debauchery as well as many charter members to the Betty Ford Clinic. The sole survivor left to resurrect the tale, Alice Cooper, has once again attracted a colorful core crew (sober this time) including guitar great Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Guns’n’Roses rhythm section Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and the coolest rhythm guitarist with a Screen Actors Guild card, Johnny Depp.  Other guest Vampires include Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger , AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson, Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction.  

The new band thrashes through some powerful iconic rock songs including Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”, Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression”, The Who’s “My Generation”, John Lennon’s “Cold Turkey”, a Doors medley of “5 to 1/ Break On Through”, a mashup of Alice’s “School’s Out” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2” and many more.

Alice Cooper shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the reason for the new  supergroup.

“There’s a line in the song (Raise the Dead),’They didn’t lose their soul, They just lost control…’ Here we are (new Hollywood Vampires) singing about all of our dead drunk alcoholic drug addict friends, and we were all at death’s door! Everyone in that room at one point was ready to die, and we all survived it.  These guys (original Vampires) didn’t make it. We did, so it’s our obligation to do these songs and to honor these guys.”      - Alice Cooper  

All artist proceeds will go to MusiCares which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.

Hollywood Vampires/ InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at:

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list:
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Megadeth Cut Concert Short Due To Government Censorship?

Megadeth reportedly cut the opening show of their Dystopia tour short on Tuesday night (October 6th) in Beijing, China, according to The Beijinger, who speculates that it may have been done due to government censorship.

The blog reports that the show at the Huiyuan Space only last an hour and was filled with the band performing instrumental versions of songs like "Skin of My Teeth" and extended guitar solos.

The report also says that the band did not play some of the most popular songs of their 32-year-career like "Holy Wars/The Punishment Due" and "Angry Again."

The Beijinger speculates that the show may have been shortened or stopped by government officials because of comments made by frontman Dave Mustaine to the audience after the band's performance of the final song of the set "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?"

Mustaine reported told the fans, "Thank you for leaving so that we can come back and play again." The audience then left the venue without incident. Read the full report here.

Iron Maiden Add Dates To The Book Of Souls Tour

Iron Maiden have added a string of South American dates and a show in the Netherlands to their 2016 world tour. A run of North American dates, as well as shows in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, were announced previously.

The metal giants hit the road next year in support of latest album The Book Of Souls onboard a new and improved Ed Force One, to be piloted by frontman Bruce Dickinson.

Maiden will play 12 dates in South America in March, including two shows each in Mexico and Argentina, as well as five in Brazil. They'll perform at Arnhem's GelreDome in the Netherlands in June. See all of the announced dates here.

David Bowie's TV Theme Song 'Blackstar' Premieres Online

David Bowie's "Blackstar", a song he was commissioned to write as the theme for a new crime series, The Last Panthers, has been revealed via the opening credits to the program which will premiere next month across Europe on Sky Atlantic and on CANAL + in France .

A portion of the tune can be heard over the opening credits to the 6-episode program, which will star Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim and John Hurt when it debuts on November 12.

Bowie hooked up with director Johan Renck to discuss the series while it was still in the early stages of production. "I showed Mr. Bowie the two first episodes in the rough state they were at the time, and he liked what he saw very much," says Renck. "We discussed the various aspects of the show; naturally the plot line, but also the underlying currents of guilt and personality flaws.

"We talked about the dark heart of Europe. We talked about the biblical aspects of human nature. He asked if there was anything else to see, so I showed him the first concept board I had just made for the title sequence - images from the show laced with chimaeras and demons from the worlds of Bosch and Grunewald.

"That's when he said go - it all fits. Then he played me his new song Blackstar." The tune marks Bowie's first new song since 2014's "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" single. Check out the song via the show credits here.

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Is A Changed Man Says Attorney

An attorney for former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says that the rock star has "moved well beyond" the drama that saw him convicted of making a death threat.

Rudd, 61, was arrested last year after making threats on the life of an employee. The drummer later admitted he was fighting a drug addiction at the time.

Tuck says: "He is complying with his home detention, which means he's not drinking alcohol, not taking drugs. There was a meltdown, and there were behaviors which Phil really has moved well beyond.

"Phil has done a lot of work on himself and he's gone from strength to strength. Things have moved on from that time. We're well into the detention sentence and out the other side - and life is moving on." Read more here.

Phil Collins Streams Previously Unreleased Track From Reissue Campaign

Former Genesis frontman Phil Collins has released a stream of a previously unheard live version of his 1981 hit, "If Leaving Me Is Easy". It's taken from the bonus disc of the reissued version of his classic album of the same year, Face Value.

Face Value and 1993's *Both Sides *are being reissued on November 6, as the singer launches the Take A Look At Me Now campaign, which will see all his solo albums remastered and re-released in expanded form. The reissues have been curated by Collins' himself, and come with updated artwork, the original cover portraits having been re-shot. The extra tracks, many of which have never been issued on CD before, attempt to show how Collins's songs have evolved over time by contrasting the original studio versions with later concert performances.

"I've always been quite proud of my demos and have often made them available as B-sides, but with a few exceptions, I have avoided including those on these collections," says Collins. "Instead, I've focused on how nicely the songs developed when played on stage, rather than showing how they originated."

Each album in the series has been remastered by Nick Davis, who has worked on a number of Genesis projects, including the 1970-1975, 1976-1982 and 1983-1998 box sets. Read more and stream the song here.

Geoff Tate's Operation: Mindcrime Announce Winter Tour

Former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate's new band Operation: Mindcrime have announced that they will launch a run of 22 shows across Europe this winter in support of their support debut album.

The band will kick off their tour to support of "The Key" in Germany on November 13 and wrap things up on December 19 at the Knockout festival, also in Germany. Tickets can be purchased through the band's official website.

Former Queensryche singer Tate recently revealed his new outfit's second album has already been recorded, while work on the final part of his planned trilogy was well under way.

Operation: Mindcrime released Hearing Voices, Burn, The Stranger and Re-Inventing The Future from The Key, which was launched last month via Frontiers Music. See the dates here.

Don Henley To Perform On Jimmy Kimmel Live This Week

Don Henley will perform on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, October 8. The Eagles drummer is promoting his newly-released fifth solo album, "Cass County."

The country-inspired project sees Henley joined by guests including Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard. "Cass County" recently scored Henley the highest US charting solo album in his career when it debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 89,000 copies.

The set also landed No. 1 slots on both the Top Album Sales chart and the Top Country Albums chart. The drummer is currently supporting the release with a month-long fall tour of North America. Read more and see the video for the first single here.

Monster Magnet Streaming Cobras And Fire Redux Album Online

Monster Magnet have released an online stream of their full forthcoming album, "Cobras And Fire (The Mastermind Redux)", ahead of its official release this Friday, October 9.

The project sees the New Jersey band overhaul their 2010 album, "Mastermind", with revamped instrumentation including organ, piano and sitars…following the work they did with 2013's "Last Patrol" for its reissue as "Milking The Stars: A Re-imagining Of Last Patrol."

"With Cobras And Fire I wanted to present these songs in a much stranger and dirtier atmosphere," says frontman Dave Wyndorf. "Less 'classic rock' and more... well, I'd guess I'd call it a deranged fusion of garage-psych, fuzz punk and movie soundtrack music.

"All in all I call this the weirdest Monster Magnet yet, and that's a good thing! I hope you like it! Rock on!" Stream the album here.

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Loses Home Arrest Appeal

Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has lost the appeal against his home arrest sentence for making death threats and drugs possession. And the ruling judge has decided that there's no evidence the confinement order has affected his career - because it's not certain the Aussie giants wanted him to remain a part of the band when he committed his crimes.

Rudd, 61, was ordered to serve eight months of home detention in July, following his arrest last year. He was also told to pay $120,000 in reparation to his victims and he's continuing a rehab program for addiction to methamphetamine.

The drama led to AC/DC bringing back Chris Slade - although Rudd vowed in August that he'd get his job back. Lawyer Craig Tuck argued in New Zealand's Tauranga District Court that the sentence was "manifestly excessive" and that his client should have been dismissed without conviction.

But Justice Raynor Asher disagreed. And he countered the suggestion that conviction affected his job by saying: "Mr Rudd may practice as a musician in session work, and in concerts in New Zealand and other countries." Read more here.

French Psych Occult Rock Band AQUA NEBULA OSCILLATOR Wake The Dead On Their Brand New Live Album!

Los Angeles, CA - Aqua Nebula Oscillator have quietly but steadily taken the music world by storm since their debut album Under The Moon Of… released in 2008. Led by the mysterious multi-talented musician/madman David Sphaèr'os, the band has built a solid fanbase both in their home country and the world, touring and performing with bands such as The Cult, The Black Angels, The Dead Weather, and others. Pop Matters described the band’s sound as “injected with heavy traces of Amon Düül II, Hendrix, and MC5, then brought to life in a bubbling vat being blasted by Hawkwind at full volume.” One listen to Friday The 13th, ANO’s brand new live album, and you’ll hear why the band earns such high praise - in the studio, they might where their influences on their hand-knit, hempseed sleeves, but in a live setting, ANO are simply unlike any other band on the planet!

Recorded at a small club in France on the 13th of July 2014, Friday The 13th kicks off with an appropriately dark, nightmarish soundscape as Sphaèr'os’ gravelly voice invokes the spirit of Roky Erickson shouting, “Tonight is the night of the vampire!” Soon the band is layering sound upon frightening sound on a hallucinogenic trip through their catalog, beginning with “Spiritus Mundi,” the title track from the group’s 4th most recent studio album, into “Riot” from their breakthrough success, 2012’s Third, and concluding with “Ready To Fly” from their 2008 self-titled album. Each song becomes more deranged than the last such that even if you’ve heard the studio versions, these live versions will sound as fresh as any new material. So whether you’re a longtime fan or a curious newcomer, Friday The 13th is the ideal place to start with Aqua Nebula Oscillator. The CD will be available everywhere starting October 2 courtesy of Cleopatra Records.

Track List
1. Spiritus Mundi
2. Riot
3. Turn On
4. Human Toad
5. Innocent Tu Seras Incandescent
6. Kill Yourself
7. Jungle Man
8. Bloody Orgasm (The Forgotten One)
9. It’s Now Or Never
10. Up To The Sky
11. Tu Seras Roi
12. Lucifer
13. Ready To Fly

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(New York, NY) - World-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett will soon return to North America with his band for the "From Acolyte to Wolflight" tour 2015.  In celebration of his latest solo album, WOLFLIGHT and the 40th anniversary of the release of his first solo album, VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE, this tour will feature a unique blend of Hackett solo material and Genesis classics, including as-of-yet unperformed Genesis material.  The first half of the show will focus on Hackett's solo material, while the second half will highlight Genesis songs.  Along with such superb pieces as "Ace Of Wands," "Spectral Mornings" and songs from WOLFLIGHT, Hackett will conclude his two and a half hour show with Genesis material that was not part of his recent GENESIS REVISITED and GENESIS EXTENDED tours in 2013 and 2014.  Epic songs including "Lamb Lies Down On Broadway," The Cinema Show," "Can-Utility," "Hairless Heart" and "The Musical Box" will be performed.   

Of the "From Acolyte To Wolflight" tour, Steve Hackett commented, "The tour in Europe has so far gone down a storm, with fantastic reactions to both my new and classic material as well as Genesis numbers not played for many years such as 'Cinema Show' and 'Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'...I'm so looking forward to bringing this new show to  North America!"  Hackett will be joined on the tour by his incredible band: Roger King (keyboards), Gary O'Toole (drums and percussion), Rob Townsend (saxophones and flutes), Roine Stolt (bass and guitars) and Nad Sylvan (vocals).  Please see below for tour dates. 

Steve Hackett's latest solo album, WOLFLIGHT (InsideOut Music) explores a new chapter in Hackett's career.  The tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece ("Corycian Fire") to the Far East ("Wolflight"), the United States and Martin Luther King ("Black Thunder"), and also his very own childhood memories ("The Wheel's Turning") and the unresolved drama of domestic violence ("Love Song To A Vampire").  The video for the title track can be seen here

In 2010, Steve Hackett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame at The 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony alongside his Genesis bandmates from the classic line-up: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.  For more than three decades, Steve Hackett has been known for his innovative tone and extraordinary versatility as a guitarist and composer.  He helped define Genesis' sound as lead guitarist in the classic line-up and went on to have a highly-successful career as a solo artist, and also as part of 80s supergroup GTR with Steve Howe. 

Steve Hackett FROM ACOLYTE TO WOLFLIGHT North American tour dates:

 8         Westhampton Beach, NY       Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
10        Albany, NY                          Hart Theatre/Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center
11        Westbury, NY                         The Space At Westbury
12        Tarrytown, NY                          Tarrytown Music Hall
13        Washington, DC                      Lincoln Theatre
14        Wilkes Barre, PA                    FM Kirby Center For The Performing Arts
15        Newton, NJ                             Newton Theatre
18        Wilmington, DE                       The Grand Opera House
19        Lynn, MA                                The Lynn Memorial Auditorium
20        Glenside, PA                           Keswick Theatre
21        Collingswood, NJ                    Scottish Rite Auditorium
22        Fairfield, CT                            The Warehouse
23        Red Bank, NJ                         Count Basie Theatre
26        Lindsay, ON                            Academy Theatre
27        Lindsay, ON                            Academy Theatre
28        London, ON                            RBC Theatre Budweiser Gardens
30        Oakville, ON                           Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts

 1         Oakville, ON                           Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts
 3         North Tonawanda, NY            Riviera Theatre
 4         Northfield, OH                         Hard Rock Live
 5         Munhall, PA                            Carnegie Music Hall Of Homestead
 9         South Milwaukee, WI              South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
10        St. Charles, IL                         Arcada Theatre
11        Chicago, IL                              The Portage Theater

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(Singer/songwriter/bassist/multi-instrumentalist releasing music video exactly one month in advance of upcoming album, CITIZEN)

Billy Sherwood has unveiled the first single and music video, “No Man’s Land,” from his album, CITIZEN via Frontiers Music Srl's Facebook page as well as his own. It can be viewed at this link: The video and the song, which features Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/Kansas guitarist Steve Morse are about a World War I runner, someone who runs from trench to trench where his fellow soldiers are fighting, to pass messages from their leaders—the generals who are giving orders from behind friendly lines. 

In “No Man’s Land,” the Runner sees his buddies die, and, as the video progresses, seems to be walking more and more in a daze. Billy says, “You get the idea that he’s the only guy who walked away from the battle.” 

Billy used three distinct sources for footage in “No Man’s Land”: 1) archival footage from World War I, 2) a cameraman taping him up-close and facing front in a brightly-lit room, 3) modern day footage of a tall and powerful looking young man being the runner. “That is David Hussey,” explains Billy. “He’s in the prog band XNA which I produced/recorded. We shot the footage in the desert behind my house.” 

The video is directed by Devin DeHaven, and it reflects on war—the losses, pain, and darkness.   

“No Man’s Land” appears on Billy’s upcoming album, CITIZEN, which is being released on November 6, 2015 by Frontiers Music Srl.  All digital pre-orders of CITIZEN include an instant download of “No Man’s Land." Here are the pre-order links.:

Billy Sherwood created CITIZEN, a concept album based on a lost soul that is reincarnated into various periods of history. "I was inspired by the notion that General Patton believed he was reincarnated on various battlefields through time; I wanted to take that concept even further." As the songwriter/producer, Billy placed the citizen character into significant moments of history. 

A who’s who of the prog world appears on the album:

* Guitarists Steve Morse and Genesis’ Steve Hackett contribute some amazing fret work. 

* Both Alan Parsons and XTC’s Colin Moulding sing on the CITIZEN album. 

* Keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) and violinist Jerry Goodman (the Flock, Dixie Dregs, Mahavishnu Orchestra) are also on the album.

 * Billy’s Yes friends: all these keyboardists: Tony Kaye, Geoff Downes, Rick Wakeman and Patrick Moraz, plus current singer Jon Davison, and Billy’s mentor the late Chris Squire. 

Chris Squire handpicked Billy to fill in for him on bass and vocals in Yes, before he left for cancer treatment and ultimately, his recent passing. Billy started his career in the band Lodgic and then as a member of World Trade, who have two critically-acclaimed albums. He has produced and engineered for many artists including John Wetton, Motorhead, Queensryche, Paul Rodgers, and Yes. He joined Yes first as touring member on the “Talk” tour in 1994, and was a full time member from 1997 to 1999. He recorded two albums with Chris Squire as the “Conspiracy” project and released six albums with Circa, the band he formed with Tony Kaye.  

CITIZEN is Billy’s eighth album of new material, though he sees this as a group effort, "While I've created a lot of this record myself I couldn't have done it without the amazing talents brought to bear by all the great artists who participated. So I feel it's much more of a collective effort than a solo album. It's my desire to take this production onto the stage and some of these amazing artists can help bring this concept to life.”

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Deadline Records to Release Japanese Metal Legends SABER TIGER “Best Of” Album On Oct. 2, 2015

Los Angeles - On October 2nd, 2015 Deadline/Cleopatra Records will release worldwide the first-ever Greatest Hits package from Northern Japan's own Saber Tiger.

Sapporo, Japan's Saber Tiger was formed in 1981 by guitarist Akihito Kinoshita. After releasing three albums through an independent record label, Kinoshita eventually signed a major label contract withTokuma Japan Communications. Saber Tiger's 1997 major label debut album, Project One, thrust the band to the front of the flourishing Japanese metal scene. The album featured several famous guest musicians; vocalist Ron Keel (ex-Steeler and Keel), bassist Naoto Shibata (Anthem), and drummer Hirotsugu Honma (ex-Ezo and Loudness).

Saber Tiger then went on to record and release three hit albums (as well as a few others) while officially reformed with Takenori Shimoyama on vocals, Tomohiro Sanpei on bass, and Yoshio Isoda on drums.

Working together they produced two more albums, Paragraph 3 and Brain Drain. In 2001, Saber Tiger made their first release under their new major label VAP, naming the album simply Saber Tiger. With VAP they continued on to release F.U.S.E., The History of the New World -凶獣伝説- and the single “Eternal Loop”. Paragraph 3 and The History of the New World -凶獣伝説- were re-recorded compilations of the bands signature songs, with the new line-up and a heavier, more driven sound. They also released a live album named Live 2002 Nostalgia, on both CD and DVD.

In 2002, due to different musical ideas and goals, Shimoyama left the band to pursue his own ambitions in the heavy metal music scene. He formed the band Double Dealer, with Norifumi Shima. They signed a European-wide record contract with NTS/Limb Music, traveling through Europe on a tour with Symphony X.

After Shimoyama's departure, Saber Tiger continued to write and record new music, producing the album Indignation in 2005, with vocalist Katsuto Suzuki.

In 2010, Saber Tiger announced the reunion with former members Takenori Shimoyama (vocals), Yasuharu “Machine” Tanaka (guitar) and Tomohiro Sampei (bass), and with Yasuhiro Mizuno as their new drummer. Eventually Takanobu Kimoto (ex-Double Dealer and Concerto Moon) replaced Sampei on bass. They began working on a new album at a studio in their hometown of Sapporo. The album Decisive was released on August 3, 2011, and was followed by a tour. On May 26, 2013, they performed at the Pure Rock Japan Live 2013 at Club Citta, alongside NoGoD, Galneryus and Onmyo-Za.

In 2015, a mutual friend of the band introduced them to Cleopatra Records VP/General Manager Tim Yasui, who was seeking to add more Japanese hard rock, punk and metal bands to the label's Deadline Records imprint. In honor of Saber Tiger's 35th Anniversary, a deal was struck to create the band's first-ever “Greatest Hits” package, culling tracks from 3 of the band's best albums: Messiah Complex (2012), Decisive (2011) and Paragraph IV (2011).

Current Saber Tiger frontman Takenori Shimoyama quotes, “We're so glad to be able to finally have a U.S. record deal and hope that the sounds of SABER TIGER reverberate across the land! We're very glad to be able to conduct activities in the US and we hope to make the sounds.”

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Van Halen's David Lee Roth Mocks Jon Bon Jovi and Bono

Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth poked fun at Jon Bon Jovi and U2 singer Bono during the band's performance at the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend. had the details:

During the breakdown of 'Dance the Night Away," Roth gave the audience a dance lesson, in case they planned on dressing up like him for Halloween, which he assumed many of them would be.

Eventually the topic turns to the "white boys". 'Bon Jovi has made a career of what we call the half-Jesus," said Roth, demonstrating the move 'and if you really mean it, you do a fist."

Later in the clip Roth addresses the full-Jesus. "You're wondering, 'half-Jesus?' [It] compels the question, 'What about the double-Jesus, Dave?' Bono, right? Nobody does the double-Jesus better than Bono. And he puts his hands in as he embraces the world." Watch the NSFW clip here.

Grateful Dead Offshoot Dead and Co Announce Free Show

Dead and Co., which features Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, along with John Mayer, Allman Brothers Band's Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, have announced a free concert next month. reports: They've announced that they are doing a free concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on November 7. The band announced the show on their website, where a link leads to a page on American Express's website, with a message that reads:

"After selling out two shows at Madison Square Garden, Dead & Company has teamed up with American Express to add a 3rd FREE show to the tour! To thank all the fans out there for the ongoing support, any member of the general public can enter for a chance to win two tickets to see the band at MSG on November 7!" Read more here.

Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese Preview New TV Series 'Vinyl'

HBO have revealed a trailer for the new drama series called Vinyl which was spearheaded by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, Award winning director Martin Scorsese and Boardwalk Empire executive producer Terence Winter.

The show explores the music industry in 1970s New York with cast members including notables Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano and Paul Ben-Victor.

HBO describes the premise as investigating music "at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop." From the trailer, Vinyl looks like it has a touch of Taxi Driver meets sex, drugs and rock 'n roll.

Vinyl debuts in January 2016. Watch the trailer here.

Glenn Danzig and Drake Mash-Up Hits The Web

The musical worlds of Glenn Danzig and Canadian rapper Drake have been brought together by YouTube user Worldwide Selects, who has created a masterful mash-up using Danzig's vocals from his hit "Mother" and the music from Drake's "The Catch Up."

The slow groove of Drake's 2014 summer hit with its sweeping keyboard works amazing well with the vocal track from Danzig's 1988 heavy metal classic. In fact, Glenn Danzig's "Mother" has never sounded so soulful and introspective.

In the description of the track Worldwide Selects writes: "My man Glenn Danzig killing us loudly with his incredibly soulful voice." Surely the mash-up won't turn into a beef between Danzig and Drake, like the MC's long and public feud with Meek Mill. Listen to the unique track here.

Phil Collins Plans Intimate Acoustic Show

Phil Collins is set to MC and perform an "intimate acoustic" set at a charity show in Miami in December - a year after he had to cancel it, according to local media reports.

The former Genesis man had aimed to come out of retirement for a performance in aid of his Little Dreams Foundation in 2014. But he called it off after suffering the effects of a long-standing neurological condition during soundchecks. He later said: "Trust me, you wouldn't enjoy it."

Now Collins has said he'll deliver an "intimate acoustic" show at The Fillmore Miami Beach to help fundraise for the childrens' charity he co-founded with ex-wife Orianne. Read more here.

Iron Maiden Singer Has No Desire To Compete With Younger Artists

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson says experience has taught them how to harness the energy of their youth for maximum impact. But that doesn't mean the band, in their mid-50s, are trying to compete with younger outfits.

Dickinson, who defeated cancer earlier this year, accepts it's not possible for Maiden to write the way they did 20 years ago. But that's not a problem since he has no desire to compete with younger artists - including his son Austin's outfit As Lions.

He reflects: "You've done those kinds of songs back then, and now there are other bands that are having that same moment in their own way at that same point in their career. Let them carry the torch.

"It's like me going into competition with my kids. Why would I? Apart from the fact that I really like them, what's the big deal? I'm doing my own thing. I've already been on that journey - now it's up to them to go on their own journey through various stages of their life." Read more here.

Ratt Stars In Legal Battle Over Use Of Band Name

Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini has launched legal action against drummer Bobby Blozter over use of the band name. DeMartini has alleged Blotzer has taken control of the title while they both own half of it, and wants him to stop "trying to take over the band."

The drummer last month changed his new outfit's title from Bobby Blotzer's Ratt Experience to simply Ratt. The lineup includes singer Josh Alan, guitarists Blaze and Doc Ellis, and bassist Scotty Griffin.

DeMartini later reported that the pair discussed the plans, and the guitarist asked him not to use their band name, explaining: "I said I had no problem with him playing songs he recorded with Ratt, but I didn't agree to him using the name in the title."

Now DeMartini says in his lawsuit: "In essence, Blotzer wants to hijack the name. Blotzer intends to fool Ratt's fans by touring with himself and a group of imposters calling themselves Ratt." Read more here.



In 2013, three of rock music’s preeminent musicians—Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan—joined forces to release their self-titled, self-produced debut album. Two years later, the trio known as THE WINERY DOGS is back with their second album, proving the immense critical acclaim, Top Ten chart positions and numerous sold-out shows worldwide wasn’t a fluke.

HOT STREAK is THE WINERY DOGS’ appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, which came out today on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It was preceded by the first single, “Oblivion,” which was released to radio August 25 and quickly made its way onto the Top 30 of the Billboard “Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart.  A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out November 13.

As of October 1, HOT STREAK was sitting at #7 on iTunes’ Pre-Order Rock Albums chart, as well as many of Amazon’s top pre-order lists, including:
#1         Amazon BestSellers – Hard Rock
#5         Amazon BestSellers – Rock
#9         Amazon BestSellers – Pop
#9         Amazon BestSellers – All Music
#1         Amazon Pre-Orders – Hard Rock Albums
#2         Amazon Pre-Orders By Price ($9.99)
#3         Amazon Pre-Orders – Rock Albums
#5         Amazon Pre-Orders – Pop Albums
#6         Amazon Pre-Orders – CD / All Music
#6         Amazon Customer Top 20 Picks

Last week, Eddie Trunk—who was instrumental in introducing Kotzen to Portnoy and Sheehan in 2012 when the band was first forming—premiered two songs, “Captain Love” and “Hot Streak,” on his weekly “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” SiriusXM radio show. “THE WINERY DOGS have taken the incredible precedent for songs and performance set on their debut to the next level with HOT STREAK,” Trunk says. “More brilliant stuff from what is easily my favorite new band.” 

Various interview video clips with THE WINERY DOGS have premiered recently on,,,,, and  

After playing over 100 shows worldwide in support of their self-titled debut album, THE WINERY DOGS are eager to head back out on the road to get behind HOT STREAK. Their first round of U.S. headlining tour dates will kick off October 3 in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Shows around the globe are already being planned for 2016. 

HOT STREAK shows the powerfully pedigreed trio’s initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the strum and headbang of “Captain Love” to the propulsive uplifting vibe of “The Bridge” to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of “Fire.” If these three Dogs thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, HOT STREAK barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory.

DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Mon 10/5          Boston, MA                  Wilbur Theater
Thu 10/8            Glenside, PA                 Keswick Theater
Fri 10/9             Sayreville, NJ                Starland Ballroom
Sat 10/10          New York, NY               Best Buy Theater
Mon 10/12         Atlanta, GA                   Variety Playhouse
Wed 10/14        Jacksonville, FL                        Ponte Verde Concert Hall
Thu 10/15          Tampa, FL                    State Theater
Fri 10/16           Ft. Lauderdale, FL         Culture Room
Sat 10/17          Orlando, FL                   The Plaza Live
Tue 10/20          Nashville, TN                 Wildhorse Saloon
Thu 10/22          Houston, TX                  Pub Fountains
Fri 10/23           Ardmore, OK                 Heritage Hall
Sat 10/24          Dallas, TX                     The Gas Monkey
Tue 10/27          Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Wed 10/28        Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Thu 10/29          St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theater
Sat 10/31          Denver, CO                   Marquis Theater
Mon 11/2          San Jose, CA                Rock Bar
Tue 11/3            Anaheim, CA                 House of Blues
Thu 11/5            Agoura Hills, CA            Canyon Club
Fri 11/6             Beverly Hills, CA           Saban Theater
Sat 11/7            Las Vegas, NV              Vamp’d
Sun 11/8           San Diego, CA              House of Blues

About Loud & Proud Records:

Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winning multi-platinum band Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winning musician, actor and author Rick Springfield; rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident; multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk; Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers; critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.

Beatles Cavern Club Recording Unearthed

A tape reel containing a recording of the Beatles performing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool has been found after 53 years and the tape is set to be auctioned next month.

Classic Rock reports: The recording of Some Other Guy was made in September 1962 - just four weeks before the Fab Four's debut single Love Me Do was released.

TV producer Johnnie Hamp found the reel in a desk drawer, and plans to auction it for charity next month. It was made because a crew had filmed the Beatles in the Cavern for an appearance on Granada TV's Know The North - but the sound quality was so poor that an overdub was required.

The show was never aired due to legal issues, but band manager Brian Epstein asked for five acetates to be made because he was so pleased with the tape. Read more here.

Def Leppard Streaming New Song 'Let's Go'

Def Leppard have released online stream of their new single "Let's Go". It was revealed via a new lyric video that showcases the song, which is the lead the track from the group's forthcoming studio album.

The new self-titled album is set to be released on November 27th. The new album will also be released nearly a month early on October 30th via a Classic Rock fanpack that will feature the album, an exclusive bonus track, 116-magazine and more.

Guitarist Phil Collen talked to Classic Rock about the new song. "When we started recording, the guitars were a little lightweight," he said. "We decided they needed to be way more aggressive and nasty. So that was the second coat of paint, if you like - we replaced some of the stuff we'd done earlier and just made it way more violent and aggressive.

"And then we did that on the vocals. We went overboard. We thought 'we're gonna do what Queen do'; we always said the blueprint was going to be Queen and AC/DC, a cross between the two. I did the riffs pretty much how I did Pour Some Sugar On Me. It had a danger of sounding a bit boyband-y, which is why we brought that edge back." Check out the lyric video here.

KISS's Paul Stanley Says Frehley and Criss Sold Out Cheap

KISS frontman Paul Stanley believes that original guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss made a bad deal when they sold the rights to their trademark makeup designs for what Stanley feels was too low a price.

Classic Rock reports: Current guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer wear the Spaceman and Catman designs after the original members handed over the rights.

Stanley tells 4KQ: "The guys basically sold it off for, you know, not a whole lot, because they didn't think it was worth anything. Quite honestly I've always thought our image and what we represent is priceless. It didn't matter to some people - it truly matters to me."

He compares the band lineup to a football team, saying: "If somebody is out, somebody else comes along. I don't think that when you go to see your favorite team, you're yelling that you want to see somebody who was in the team 20 years ago. Time moves on - but the team lives on." Read more and listen to the full interview here.

Mick Jagger and Jack White Collaboration Rumored

A new rumor that Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is collaborating with Jack White was sparked after the two were spotted together a recent concert in Nashville. has these details:

The two were listening to Canadian rock duo Death From Above 1979 perform live at Third Man Records, White's recording studio that also serves as a store, lounge and offices for the record label.

The sighting readdressed rumors that began as early as 2009 about White working with the Rolling Stones on their first studio album since 2005's A Bigger Bang. Rolling Stone pursued news that White had recorded some tracks with Keith Richards.

While Richards hesitated from commenting on White's role or potential role with the band, he did admit, "I enjoy working with Jack. I know Jack pretty well. He's a lovely player." Read more here.

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Streams Cover Of Slim Harpo Classic

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons has released a stream of his cover of Slim Harpo "Got Love If You Want It". It is a track on Gibbons' debut solo album, "Perfectamundo" which is set to be released on November 6th. Classic Rock reports:

Released as Harpo's debut solo track in 1957, the song was overtaken by the popularity of its b-side, I'm A King Bee, and traded a-side places on a single which went on to become a influential classic in its own right for the Louisiana bluesman.

Got Love If You Want It follows Gibbons' lead single, a cover of rockabilly singer Roy Head's 1965 hit Treat Her Right. Produced by Gibbons and Joe Hardy, Perfectamundo was recorded in Houston, Los Angeles, Austin and Pontevedra, Spain.

The Cuban music-inspired project was sparked by an invitation to perform at the 2014 Havana Jazz Festival and, while Gibbons was unable to attend, the concept inspired the ZZ Top guitarist to begin work in his Houston studio.

Three songs in, the guitarist hooked up with musical collaborator Martin Guigui as well as Chino Pons, a Cuban friend who heads his own quartet in New York.

Gibbons says: "Chino, so to speak, sprinkled holy water on our efforts and expressed confidence that we were headed in the right direction, and that bit of affirmation gave us the impetus for more forward motion." Stream the song here.

John Fogerty Announces 'Peace, Love And Creedence' Residency

Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty has announced that he will be kicking off 2016 with the launch of an 8-show residency at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas. hennemusic reports:

Running January 8-23, "Peace, Love And Creedence" will see Fogerty extend his "1969" summer tour show by performing music from the three albums he released that year with CCR, including "Bayou Country", "Green River" and "Willy And The Poor Boys."

"Peace, love and Vegas!," says Fogerty. "I'm excited to be coming to The Venetian and bringing my '1969' show for you all. "We are going to be rockin' my Creedence Clearwater Revival songs along with many more.

"We'll have some new things added to the show, too. Hope you all can come and help us rock it up in Vegas come January!" Read more including the exact dates here.


Album Awarded Four Stars By Rolling Stone, US Weekly And American Songwriter

                Henley Performs On "Jimmy Kimmel Live" On October 8 And Makes His "Austin City Limits" Debut On October 24

               Cass County debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Album Sales chart, marking the first No. 1 album of Don Henley's solo career. With more than 87,000 units sold in its first week of release, according to Nielsen Music, it was the top selling album of the week. It is also No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. Cass County is Henley's first solo studio album since Inside Job, which was released in May of 2000.  

Henley will perform on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Thursday, October 8, and make his "Austin City Limits" debut on October 24. Herecently received the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 14th Annual Americana Awards, which will be broadcast on PBS on November 21 as part of this season's "Austin City Limits." Henleyis currently touring in support of Cass County and will headline The Forum in Los Angeles, CA this Friday, October 9. Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin will open on all the dates. See itinerary below or visit

Named for the northeastern Texas county in which he was raised, Cass County represents both Henley's roots and the next stop on his creative journey. Recorded primarily in Nashville, TN, and Dallas, TX, it includes guest appearances by Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Mick Jagger, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Dolly Parton. It was produced by Henley and Stan Lynch, who also co-wrote 11 of the songs on the album. Cass County is available now at all music retailers, including iTunes and Amazon, and in the artist's official online store. The Target deluxe edition includes two exclusive tracks.  

"Henley has made an album of quietly defiant pure-country modernism...Everything in the music serves the sting and solace in the tales," said David Fricke in a four-star review for Rolling Stone. American Songwriter also awarded Cass Countyfour stars, calling it "arguably Henley's finest solo work" while US Weekly hailed it as "All your ears will want to listen to for the rest of 2015" in a four-star review. NPR, which premiered the album as a "First Listen," praised it as "true to his roots" and USA Today noted, "the emotional but unsentimental album draws on the music and the land of Henley's youth, but it doesn't dwell there." 

"Henley gets to the heart of the matter," observed The Boston Globe, which praisedhis "ability to slice to the bone with couplets both potent and poignant." "From a songwriting standpoint, solo Henley isn't far removed from Eagles Henley, exploring the nuances of lives that play out in a small town," said the Los Angeles Times. The Tennessean noted, "It's everything you would hope for in a Henley album." 

Henley shares hisjourney home with fans in the album trailerand offers additional insights in this "CBS Sunday Morning" feature. His performance of "Too Much Pride" on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" can be seen HERE. View the official video for "When I Stop Dreaming" featuring Dolly Parton HERE and the video for "Take A Picture of This" HERE

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

All Eyes and Ears On Intelligent Music Project III – TOUCHING THE DIVINE Feat. John Payne, Simon Phillips, Joseph Williams, Nathan East and Tim Pierce

TOUCHING THE DIVINE is the third studio album from Intelligent Music Project and the second all-star line-up, creating a remarkable infusion by its author and producer's musically erudite and unconventional style, and the full creative input of the legendary musicians. The production features session aces Simon Phillips (drums and percussion), Nathan East (bass) & Tim Pierce (guitars), and the remarkable voices of John Payne (ex-Asia) and Toto`s Joseph Williams, who bring their own flavor to all 14 equally outstanding pieces in the album.

Intelligent Music Project III is showcasing the chemistry and versatile style that went into IMP II - rich and layered, guitar-centric, melodic-progressive sound. Catchy tunes, and dynamic riffs melt flawlessly with Payne's and Williams’ trademark vocals while the immaculate Phillips – Pierce – East stamp their blueprint on the record all the way through.

The band's overall musicianship blends impressively with the complexity of musical arrangements, including unforgettable symphonic expansions. Matching the classic rock energy and instrumental charge with his lyrical patterns, rapt and diverse music theme development is the signature style that propels this all-star project of Milen Vrabevski, author and producer of TOUCHING THE DIVINE.

Watch THE MAKING (EPK of Touching the Divine) here:

Stand out tracks: Bursting out with track 1. “Opening (Cool inside)” - sounds like introductory rhapsody, seamlessly blending the exceptionally tasteful instrumental part into Joseph Williams' illustrative singing.

The pilot single “Sky” is a melodic, hard rocking piece, propelled by powerful guitar riffs and Joseph Williams' gently hitting vocals, scored by uncompromising guitar virtuosity.

“Escape” feat. John Payne's evocative timbre is a timeless rock ballad immediately reaching to the charts.

From the soul retriever “We Can” sung by John, through Joe's passion “Life” and the duet “Stay Up” (John & Joe) to the key tracks “Simply Feels Good” (featuring lead and backing vocals by John Payne, Joseph Williams and Carl Sentence, recently appointed as Nazareth's lead singer) and “Mind Projection” – Intelligent Music Project III marks its producer's determination to make one solid addition to the AOR classics of all times.

Says Simon Phillips, “It's really interesting to do a second project with Milen. In this new project 'Touching the Divine', musically the composition has developed, it's developed from the first record... and that's good to see.”

Says Tim Pierce, “This project is great, because it's very, very challenging and musical, in a way like Queen is musical... and it's got all of these layers and colors. Musically it's very fun, because it travels a lot of different places.”

Says Joseph Williams, “It's wonderful to explore working with Milen. The project has a wonderful message, accompanied with some beautiful music and some great rock 'n' roll – the musicians in this project are top 'noch.”

Says Nathan East, “This project is very special to me, because of the nature of the message of the project. I was very inspired and happy with the idea, because the message has value and meaning and I am about that. The word 'inspirational' is what I use to describe this project.”

Says Carl Sentence “There is a lot of music and a sense of depth in Milen's songs. They are not ordinary. They are very beautiful… and the way these songs are composed is very, very good.”

Says John Payne, “It's incredible opportunity to work with such great people – Nathan East, Tim Pierce… Wonderful songs – my favorite so far is 'Mind Projection', but there are a lot of great songs, a lot of great melodies and some great playing. You've got some world class players – Simon, Tim, Nathan East…and Joseph Williams singin', I mean – he is amazing!”

Says Milen Vrabevski, “This is a super band, which every producer would be happy to work with, and it gave a very good finish to our Intelligent Music Project, in this case – number III. I was enormously fortunate to be the author and producer of the whole project. The idea we want to share with the audience through this album is simple – we must find the Divine within ourselves in order to become the successful individual we want to be. We try to show how to do that.”

Intelligent Music Project III - TOUCHING THE DIVINE
Author and producer - Milen Vrabevski, MD

Simon Phillips - drums and percussion
Nathan East (appears courtesy of Yamaha Entertainment Group) - bass
John Payne - lead & backing vocals
Joseph Williams - lead & backing vocals
Carl Sentance - backing vocals & ad-libs, lead vocal part on track 7.
Tim Pierce - guitars
All: Invaluable full creative input!

Release date: October 2, 2015

Previous albums by the same author, featuring Simon Phillips, Joseph Williams & John Lawton are IMP I & II, respectively titled “The Power of Mind” & “My Kind O' Lovin'”

To purchase Intelligent Music Project III - TOUCHING THE DIVINE CD:

Videos: Intelligent Music Project III feat. Joseph  Williams - SKY

Intelligent Music Project III feat. John Payne - MIND PROJECTION

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Available JANUARY 22, 2016 

Brand new track “Fatal Illusion” available now

Thrash metal genre pioneers MEGADETH will kick off the new year with the release of their 15th studio album Dystopia on Universal Music Enterprises /Tradecraft / T-Boy Records on January 22, 2016.  

With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold). 

The rest of the MEGADETH lineup is comprised of David "Junior" Ellefson on bass, new member Kiko Loureiro (formerly of Angra) on guitar, and drummer Chris Adler, who took time away from Lamb of God to record Dystopia. The result marks a true return to form, adding new blood and injecting a new burst of creative energy into the new album.  

"There's an excitement right now that I haven't felt for a really long time," exclaims Dave Mustaine. 

Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia will be released on both CD and LP, as well as digitally through all online partners. “Fatal Illusion” is the first track released from the album, listen here

Dystopia weaves together Dave Mustaine’s intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs with harmonious precision, paying homage to MEGADETH’s influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground.    

MEGADETH burst onto the scene thirty years ago, virtually inventing a genre with their debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! (recently recognized by VH1 as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time) sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy® nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction

1.     The Threat Is Real
2.     Dystopia
3.     Fatal Illusion
4.     Death From Within
5.     Bullet To The Brain
6.     Post American World
7.     Poisonous Shadows
8.     Conquer or Die!
9.     Lying In State
10.  The Emperor
11.  Foreign Policy


Critically acclaimed and platinum-selling blues-rock band BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS are excited to release a brand-new live album, Live At Red Rocks June 6, 2015. The band (Todd Park Mohr, Brian Nevin, Rob Squires and Jeremy Lawton) have played the famed Colorado venue more than 20 times throughout their 31-year career, but this marks their first official live recording there and third live album overall.

BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS have also laid out their initial 2016 tour plans, with shows starting January 12 in Salt Lake City through late March (see dates below). The trek takes them all across the country with special guest MIKE DOUGHTY, and more shows are expected to be added. 

"That night at Red Rocks, we couldn't have been more on," says guitarist/singer Todd Park Mohr. "When we heard the playback, we knew we just had our best year of live shows ever. We're having a great run recently and are ready to hit it hard again in January with some brand new songs as well as fan favorites."  Live At Red Rocks (out 9/18 on Big Records) features 21 killer tracks from throughout their formidable career and showcases them both at their hard-rocking loudest as well as Mohr's plaintive and sincere best. 

BHTM formed in Columbine, CO in 1984 as a trio, with Lawton joining in 2004. They are one of the longest-running groups with all founding members in all rock history, and remain friends today. "We just like making music together," says drummer Brian Nevin, and bassist Rob Squires agrees. "We started as friends, and are proud to still have this wonderful opportunity to make music for our fans, friends and family." 

Beginning with Another Mayberry in 1989, critics noticed what audiences at BHTM live shows already knew. The All Music Guide praised the "subtlety of Mohr's lyrics" and his "individual world view." But it was the follow-up, 1990's Midnight Radio, that truly established the band as a creative force to be reckoned with. Its popularity led to a major label contract and the release of the platinum-selling Sister Sweetly in 1993. With subsequent albums such as 1994's Strategem and 1997's Beautiful World, the band earned a place among the top names on the jam band circuit, solidified by 1998's Live Monsters, the first official concert recording by Big Head Todd & the Monsters. Riviera was released in 2002, followed by 2004's Crimes of Passion, of which The London Times stated "American rock doesn't get anymore classy than this." Later that year, Live at the Fillmore was released to critical praise. All Music Guide called the release, the band's first with Jeremy Lawton, "loud, proud, and full of righteous raw ambience."

Silver Sleeve Records Launches With The Return of Hard Rock Outfit The Giraffes!

First single "Product Placement Song” Premiered on Brooklyn Vegan
Brooklyn Vegan 
Premiere : Giraffes - "Product Placement Song"

Silver Sleeve will be helmed by Lightyear VP and former Columbia Records A&R man Sky Spooner. It will focus on indie alt/rock bands, alt/country bands and active rock bands, in particular from (but not limited to) the vibrant Brooklyn music scene.

“Lightyear has always been eclectic in its releases, working in a variety of genres including rock, pop, r&b, hip-hop, reggae, world music, and jazz. Silver Sleeve is going to be different. We will have a distinct label identity. We will be looking for Hard/Fast/Loud/Punk/Psych/Surf/Metal music from stunning emerging artists all over the globe,” said Silver Sleeve President Sky Spooner.

The first band signed to the new label is The Giraffes. From 1996 to 2015, the Brooklyn-based Giraffes have shredded, burned, and leveled every audience from their Brooklyn hometown to the Sunset Strip, and back again. Lead singer Aaron Lazar and guitar wizard Damien Paris form the focus of the band supported by the locomotive rhythm section of maniac drummer Andrew Totolos and latest Giraffe, Josh Taggart on bass. 

The first release of the new album from The Giraffes, Usury, will be released digitally worldwide through Caroline/Universal Music Group on October 2, 2015. The CD and vinyl LP will be released January 29, 2016. The LP will be clear, audiophile vinyl, with an included download card, and of course packaged with a silver sleeve.  

The early digital release was scheduled to coincide with the band’s fall tour dates, including what is expected to be a sold-out show at Brooklyn’s The Wick on October 3, the Larimer Lounge in Denver on October 10, and The Slowdown in Omaha on October 16, plus many more.

Teaser Video from a recent show (a must see!):

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Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond by Phil Collen With Chris Epting

Who:  PHIL COLLEN – Lead guitarist for the Legendary band DEF LEPPARD with OC-Based writer, Chris Epting
What:  Exclusive Book Signing and Q&A Event with Phil Collen
When:  Monday October 19, 2015 7:00 PM 
Where:  Barnes & Noble – Huntington Beach

Details:  Phil Collen, lead guitarist of the legendary band Def Leppard, will discuss and sign his new memoir, Adrenalized: Life. Def Leppard, and Beyond. He'll be joined by his co-author Chris Epting for a Q&A session.  Chris Epting is an award-winning journalist and the author of 25 books.

In the mid-1980s, Def Leppard catapulted to rock n’ roll superstardom with their blockbuster album Pyromania – until tragedy threatened to put a quick end to their rocket ascent. Now, surviving lead guitarist Phil Collen reveals the truth behind the mythology of the band with his memoir ADRENALIZED: MY LIFE IN DEF LEPPARD AND BEYOND (Atria Books; October 27, 2015/ ISBN 9781476751658/ $26.00), setting the record straight in a rags-to-riches story populated with biggest names in music history. A voyeuristic peek into the inner-sanctum of rock stardom, ADRENALIZED is more than the usual cautionary tale; Phil Collen – an unlikely rock star from the start -- offers an inspirational portrait of self-discipline and human resilience.
Special Instructions 
This is a wristband event. Wristbands will be distributed beginning at 9:00AM on October 19 with the purchase of Adrenalized. Please call 714.897.8781 for more details.


Groundbreaking musician and producer shares never-before-told stories of his life in music
Includes a foreword from longtime friend and collaborator Mick Jagger

New American Library (NAL), an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the publication of a new memoir by Dave Stewart, co-founder of the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics.  NAL Executive Editor Jennifer Schuster acquired World Rights to the book.  NAL will publish the book in hardcover on February 9, 2016 with a foreword by Mick Jagger.

In a memoir by turns intimate, wild, reflective, and revelatory, the prolific performer, songwriter, and producer best known for the international hit "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" looks back on a career that has spanned three decades and more than 100 million album sales. SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS: A Life in Music is the only memoir published by a member of Eurythmics and includes never-before-seen photos.

Says Stewart, "It has been a mind-blowing experience looking back on all of these adventures and wondering how I managed to survive a lot of them.  Just writing about the wild things that happened to me back in the 70's, 80's and 90's was exhausting.  Mind you not much has changed!  I must have taken a busy pill somewhere along the ride."

With a songwriter's rhythmic grace, a performer's sense of adventure, and a producer's astute sense of perspective, Stewart opens up about his little-known five-year relationship with Annie Lennox before Eurythmics;  their development into one of music's most successful and long-lasting creative partnerships; and the story behind their numerous worldwide smash hits including "Here Comes the Rain Again," "Would I Lie to You," "Missionary Man," and the evergreen "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."  Stewart's adventures outside Eurythmics are no less epic: he recalls here collaborating, recording, and creating havoc with legends like Bono, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, and Stevie Nicks, as well as relative newcomers like Katy Perry and Joss Stone.  These partnerships generated not just amazing music-including Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More," No Doubt's "Underneath It All," and Mick Jagger's "Old Habits Die Hard"-but also amazing and amusing stories.  Stewart recounts high-octane adventures with Nicks, Daryl Hall, and Bob Dylan, among others, sharing his life in candid detail: from signing with Elton John's label in the 1970's and failing spectacularly; to the mind-bending experience of touring the world as one of the biggest pop stars alive in the 1980's; and all the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll along the way.  Throughout, Stewart paints an atmospheric portrait of a golden age in music.

What emerges in SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS is a compelling profile of a brilliant creative mind and a voyeuristic peek into the frenetic but never boring life of a "musician's musician" (Rolling Stone).  Stewart's anecdotes reveal how a musical genius parlayed his creative talents into cutting-edge business ventures; and how an 80's frontman who shocked the world with a crazy new sound matured into a global innovator, a powerful behind-the-scenes force in the music business, and one of its most enterprising and respected artists. 

Adds NAL's SVP, Publisher Kara Welsh: "Sweet Dreams Are Made of This is a rollicking ride through the 80's: a colorful story that only a creative genius and true rock 'n' roller like Dave could have lived-and then retold-with such joy and energy."

Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart has many successful and wide-ranging endeavors.  He introduced innovative thinking and game-changing fundraising methods to Nelson Mandela, and founded new ventures, including First Artist Bank, an artist-centered bank serving the global creative community, and The Hospital Club, a sanctuary for artists and technologists to collaborate.  Stewart created and is co-executive producer of NBC's Songland, an upcoming competition show for songwriters.  He is also an investor and Creative Director for the creative social network Talent House.

Maiden will open The Book Of Souls World Tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 24 February 2016, playing nine shows in total, finishing up at The Forum, LA on April 15th.

The dates are:
FEB 24 - Ft Lauderdale, FLA - BB&T Center
FEB 26 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
FEB 28 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
MAR 30 - New York - Madison Square Garden
APR 05 - Detroit, MI - Palace Of Auburn Hills
APR 06 - Chicago, IL - United Center
APR 11 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
APR 13 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
APR 15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

Canadian fans please note that your dates will be announced very soon!

Tickets are on sale Oct 10th with fanclub presale on Oct 6th - see for details.

Geoff Tate, Chris DeGarmo Revisit Queensryche Empire On 25th Anniversary

Dallas, TX - Oct 1, 2015.  InTheStudio.Net, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands , celebrates the 25th anniversary of Queensryhe Empire

Coming on the heels of their breakthrough concept album Operation: Mindcrime, Queensryche delivered yet another curve ball with the release of their 1990 multi-million seller Empire.  Stretching the boundaries of Hard Rock Queensryche’s timeless ballad “Silent Lucidity” would catapult both band and song to the top of the charts, culminating with a Grammy performance in 1992 with famed orchestral arranger the late Michael Kamen.  

Former co-founders Chris DeGarmo and Geoff Tate share their thoughts on the Empire era of Queensryche with InTheStudio host Redbeard.

We just got into songs and not really the theme. We loved the theme, we were very proud of Mindcrime and loved what we did. But it was that shaking it up... wanting to go some place else. That’s kinda where our heads were focusing on less is more. I remember us talking about less is more as we got into Empire, because I think Mindcrime was an excess of a lot of things, but the right amount probably for that given project. But when we entered the Empire writing stage. It was “let’s deconstruct this thing here”.  - Chris DeGarmo

Geoff Tate admits that not every Queensryche fan or music critic was prepared to let the band out of the heavy metal box.

“The box is their (the record labels) definition of you. They use it to advertise what it is you do and explain what it is you do. But as a musician, as an artist you tend to want to try to experiment with what you do. Therefore the definition of the box becomes different with each project at least for us.”   -  Geoff Tate

Queensryche Empire@25 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:
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HOLLYWOOD, CA (September 30, 2015) – Seattle’s number one rock band, THE GUESSING GAME featuring Jeff Rouse (Duff McKagan’s band LOADED & Chris Jericho’s FOZZY) is joining Guns N’ Roses axe-man Gilby Clarke October 3rd at Malibu’s in Vancouver, WA – Then they will be back to hometown Seattle at The Crocodile as direct support for Into The Cold and The Pink Slips (Grace McKagan/ Duff’s daughter).

THE GUESSING GAME just released their epic new album DESTROY IT ALL on Guessing Game Music. The single DEATH VALLEY slammed the airwaves blowing the minds of the masses! With the aggressive sound of this new album, THE GUESSING GAME is ready to take their place in the vanguard of the international rock scene. Fueled by the ferocious vocals of Jeff Rouse, and driven by the onslaught of heavy guitar riffs, the band has been winning legions of fans with its uncompromising stage show.

In 2013, Rouse had sought out long time Seattle rock luminaries Kathy Moore (Brad, Satchel) Gary Westlake (Peter Frampton, Flight To Mars) Keith Ash (Star Anna) and Shawn Zellar(Redneck Girlfriend).

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Metallica Vs. Motley Crue Feud News To Vince Neil

It appears that someone forgot to tell Vince Neil that Motley Crue has had a longstanding feud with Metallica and he reveals in a new interview that he only learned of it with recent media reports.

Neil was interviewed on Tanner in the Morning show on Portland, Oregon's 105.9 the Brew on Monday (September 28th) to promote an upcoming show in the area and was questioned about the feud which was recently fueled by Tommy Lee posting a mocking photo online showing Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich with the words "Straight Outta Tempo".

Ultimate Classic Rock reports that Neil responded, "You have to ask [bassist Nikki Sixx] about that. I had no idea there was anything between us and Metallica until I read it. I had no idea."

The radio host then pressed Neil on it and the singer said, "I saw it, but, like I said, I had nothing to do with it. Because, like I said, I had no idea that there was any bad blood between us and Metallica.

"I wasn't involved. I have no idea. That's between Nikki and Tommy. Somebody said something to them, they said something back. Like I said, I wasn't involved."

He was then asked about the alleged lip-synching at the American Music Awards in 1997 which drew criticism from Ulrich and sparked a harsh response from Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.

Neil says of that performance, "There is no lip-synching in rock 'n' roll; I mean, it just doesn't happen. So it's kind of stupid thing to even talk about, because, I mean, anybody who goes to the show can tell there's no lip-syncing involved. It's pretty lame." Stream the full interview here.

Megadeth Releasing New Music This Month

Megadeth will reportedly launch Fatal Illusion as the lead track from their 15th album, an Amazon listing has revealed. The CD single is set for release on October 16 via Universal Japan, and it's available for pre-order now.

Mainman Dave Mustaine revealed the tracklist in July, after completing recording sessions with new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler.

The band's website is currently running a countdown clock, set to expire on October 2 (Friday) - when full album details could be revealed. Mustaine recently said: "Over the years we've always said, 'We're going back to our roots.' The naysayers just want Rust In Peace 20 times, which is never gonna happen."

However, he added: "A lot of the things were in that kind of vein. Now, is it going back in time? I don't know - but I like what I'm hearing." Read more here.

Phil Anselmo Forms New Metal Supergroup

Phil Anselmo has completed a death metal EP with a supergroup called Scour, he's confirmed. It's thought to feature Cattle Decapitation's Derek Engemann, former Animosity man Chase Fraser, Strong Intention's Jesse Schobel and Pig Destroyer's John Jarvis.

More details will be revealed once final negotiations are complete. Anselmo tells Hellbound: "The Scour thing was just something that popped up - it's something I think I can kill, I can lay it out."

He says the EP features a handful of short songs and continues: "It's predominantly modern-ish thrashy black metal stuff. I'm going to put my own spin on it." Read more here.

Black Sabbath Add European Leg To Farewell Tour

Black Sabbath have announced a run of European dates for next summer. The shows are part of their final tour and they previously revealed their 2016 plans for North America, Australia and New Zealand.

The latest leg starts in Budapest, Hungary, on June 1 and travels across the continent into July. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will also play at Moscow's Olympisky Arena on July 12.

As previously reported, Sabbath have been confirmed as Friday night headliners at next year's Graspop Metal Meeting on June 17. There's still no word if estranged drummer Bill Ward will be part of the band's plans after the public spat between him and Osbourne.

Sabbath are expected to record their final studio album next year. See the new dates here.

The Beatles' First Management Contract Sells For $553K

The Beatles first management contract sold Tuesday, September 29 at Sotheby's Rock and Pop auction in London (via Reuters). The buyer paid $553,121 for the paper, which was signed by all four Beatles, as well as their manager Brian Epstein.

John, Paul, George and Ringo signed the contract with Epstein in October 1962. Even though it was technically the group's second contract with Epstein, it was the first one to include Ringo, who had recently replaced Pete Best on drums, and therefore represent the Beatles as the world came to know them. Just days later, they would release their first hit single, "Love Me Do."

In a statement, Sotheby's specialist in books and manuscripts Gabriel Heaton said, 'Without this contract, and the relationship it represents, it seems inconceivable that the Beatles could have achieved all that they did. It took more than inspired musicianship and song-writing to remake popular music." Read more here.

Roger Waters Visited Beach Where His Father Died In WWII

Roger Waters has opened up on the emotional footage about his late father that appears in his The Wall concert movie. The former Pink Floyd man's Roger Waters The Wall hits cinemas this week.

It's based around scenes shot on his three-year world tour and accompanied by road-trip footage showing his first visit to the Italian beach where his father died during World War II.

Waters tells Rolling Stone: "I've never tried to visit, because my father's body was never found. I never really knew the circumstances of his death in any detail.

"We'd been in southern Italy, filming in the memorial garden at Cassino - a lot of people gathered, including a news crew. A British expat named Harry Shindler, living in Italy, saw it on his TV. He went, 'I might be able to help that person.'

"He traces people from the war who are missing, and tries to fill in the gaps. He called me and I went, 'Well, that's nice.' Bugger me - he found the spot where he was actually killed. The bit in the film that is just me looking at the sea, that is actually Anzio Beach. It was very moving to be there, but the whole trip was very moving." Read more here.



LOS ANGELES, CA—September 10, 2015—Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ann Wilson is set to release her first solo EP, The Ann Wilson Thing, on Rounder Records. Featured tracks on the EP include “Fool No More,” which was written by Wilson and described by her as “a heavy blues song about bad love

and the fleeting of time” and “For What It’s Worth,” described by Wilson as “a melding of some timeless lyrics with meat, hair and teeth.”

The Ann Wilson Thing was released digitally on September 18 and in stores October 9.

Wilson previously announced her first solo mini tour kicking off September 21 in Solana Beach, CA. Additional dates include The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center on October 6 and a second show at City Winery in New York on October 7. Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris with be sitting in

with Wilson at her Nashville City Winery date on October 15 and Jon Batiste, the band leader of the Colbert show, will join Ann for a song at the New York City Winery show.

In addition, Wilson’s Hartford, CT show at the Kate Hepburn Theater will be filmed by Connecticut PBS as part of their new “Kate Hepburn Series” and will air on PBS in February.

As a songwriter and lyricist, Ann Wilson has created a truly impressive body of work (“Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Magic Man,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Straight On”, “Even it Up,” “Mistral Wind,” and many, many more). However, her greatest gift, and first “calling” is singing and with this intimate

tour, she prepares to blow away her fans with up, close and personal, raw performances of blues and rock songs.

The Ann Wilson Thing won’t replace Heart but it will be a new experience for existing Heart fans, as well as for new fans who will love these songs.

The Ann Wilson Thing Tour Dates:
Sept 21 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
Oct 6 – Hartford, CT – The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Oct 7 – New York, NY – City Winery (two shows)
Oct 9 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head on Stage
Oct 10 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head on Stage
Oct 12 – Vienna, VA – The Barns at Wolf Trap
Oct 13 – Vienna, VA – The Barns at Wolf Trap
Oct 15 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
Nov 23 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s
Nov 24 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s (two shows)

For more information about Ann Wilson, please visit




“Powerful.  Emotional.  And unflinchingly honest” - VANITY FAIR
“The most intimate rock doc ever…The definitive Cobain portrait”- ROLLING STONE

Hailed as one of the most innovative and intimate documentaries of all time, experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the only fully authorized portrait of the famed music icon in KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK. Acclaimed filmmaker Brett Morgen expertly blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music, never-before-seen movies, animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest friends. Wildly creative and highly praised, the documentary follows Kurt from his earliest years in this visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist struggling to come to terms and make sense of his place in the world. KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, will be released by Universal Music Enterprises in multiple formats, including the Super Deluxe Edition as well as in Blu-ray, DVD and digital video formats. The soundtrack album, KURT COBAIN - MONTAGE OF HECK: THE HOME RECORDINGS will also be released on CD and digitally on November 13, 2015. A 2LP vinyl edition of KURT COBAIN - MONTAGE OF HECK: THE HOME RECORDINGS will follow on December 4, 2015.  In addition, a 7-inch Single featuring “And I Love Her” and “Sappy (Early Demo)” is also scheduled for release on November 20th.

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK SUPER DELUXE EDITION and KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK: THE HOME RECORDINGS both include the highly anticipated soundtrack, an aural complement to the documentary in both concept and experience. Comprised from various early and raw cassette recordings made by Kurt alone, the soundtrack allows a rare, unfiltered glimpse into Cobain’s creative progression from early song snippets and short demos to musical experiments and ultimately, pieces of songs or lyrics that eventually appeared on later Nirvana albums.

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK SUPER DELUXE EDITION will include the 2 hour plus, full-length feature film and 48 minutes of bonus interviews on Blu-ray and DVD, a 31 track deluxe soundtrack on CD and cassette, a 160-page hardbound book with extended interviews and images from the Cobain archive, a puzzle with a collectable storage container, movie poster, postcards and bookmark. The 31 track deluxe soundtrack CD is exclusively available in the Super Deluxe Edition and showcases tracks from the documentary including spoken word, demos and full songs.

KURT COBAIN - MONTAGE OF HECK: THE HOME RECORDINGS soundtrack will be released in two stand-alone physical formats: a 31 track deluxe album available on 2LP vinyl and a standard edition 13 track CD.  The standard soundtrack focuses on the music discovered on Cobain’s personal cassettes. The soundtrack will also be available in standard and deluxe digital editions.

The documentary, KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, is an authentic and unflinching look into Kurt’s life, art and mind through his own unique lens.  Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen, WA, through the height of his fame, the film creates an immersive cinematic insight into an artist who craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame. Brett Morgen who wrote, directed and produced the documentary began working on it in 2007 when Cobain's family approached him with the idea and offered him unrestricted access to all of Cobain's personal and family archives. The documentary features Cobain and Courtney Love's only daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, as a co-executive producer on the film and includes footage from various Nirvana performances as well as unreleased home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, and songbooks.

The title, KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, takes its name from a musical collage that was created by Cobain with a 4-track cassette recorder in 1988, of which there are two versions; one is about thirty-six minutes long and the other about eight-minutes long. Several of the film's scenes were animated by Stefan Nadelman and Hisko Hulsing. The film was co-produced by HBO Documentary Films and Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, also internationally billed as Cobain: Montage of Heck, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It was released in theaters across the globe by Universal Pictures and premiered on television in the United States in May, following a limited theatrical run. Following its initial global success, ABRAMORAMA re-launched Brett Morgen’s critically acclaimed documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck in select theaters across the country on August 7th.


 New CD Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Tour  

"If Brian Jones never did drugs and kept his Rolling Stones a blues band, 50 years later they'd be Savoy Brown." 

The legendary British blues band Savoy Brown, fronted by seminal guitarist Kim Simmonds, kicked off the band's 50th anniversary year with the release of their latest album of original material, THE DEVIL TO PAY from Ruf Records, which debuted this week at #4 on Billboard Magazine's Blues Albums chart.  They also debuted at #5 on the magazine's Album Core Genre Blues chart.  The band is on a worldwide concert tour to support the new album, with shows in the U.S., Canada and Europe.  

THE DEVIL TO PAY has been well-received, garnering comments such as: "A fitting bookend to a 50-year run, and the beginning of Year 51 with a new, very impressive album" from Elmore Magazine, and "It's an unadulterated orgy of blues rock that does exactly what what it's supposed to" from England's Classic Rock Magazine.

The album features Kim Simmonds on guitar, harmonica and vocals (in addition to his songwriting and producing duties), Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums and was recorded at SubCat Studios in upstate New York.  

Savoy Brown emerged during a golden age for blues bands that spawned the likes of Fleetwood Mac, The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and many more. In addition to its dynamic live appearances, Savoy Brown gained acclaim from its records, including Savoy gems like "A Hard Way to Go" (from 1970's RAW SIENNA) and "Tell Mama" (from 1971's STREET CORNER TALKIN') as well as "Hellbound Train" (from the 1972 album of the same name). More recent releases include the critically acclaimed VOODOO MOON (2011). GOIN' TO THE DELTA (2014) and the double live CD/DVD set SONG FROM THE ROAD (2013). THE DEVIL TO PAY is Kim Simmonds' 45th album release.



First Tour Of Japan In Support Of TOTO XIV & A Return To Europe

25 Date Tour Gets Underway On January 27th In Brussels

2015 has truly been a watershed year for Toto. After a ten year recording hiatus, the band returned with one of their most successful albums ever. TOTO XIV charted all around the world landing in the Top 10 on the charts in nine countries (Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland).  TOTO XIV also became the first new studio album to chart in the US & UK since 1988’s The Seventh One.  On top of all that, Toto spent most the year on tour in Europe and North America performing to packed houses.

Toto will return to the road in early 2016 with a new string of shows beginning on January 27th in Brussels.  Tour stops are scheduled in France, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.  The band will also return to Japan for eight dates beginning on March 3rd in Sundai.  These will be the first set of dates in Asia for Toto since the release of TOTO XIV.  Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday.  For the most up to date information please visit:

In the new year, Leland Sklar will return as the bassist for Toto, as founding member David Hungate comes off the road.  Hungate recently publicly shared, "There's no place like home, particularly after 4 months on the road.  The past two years reunion with Toto has been one of the sweetest experiences, and greatest honors of my life. All good things must come to an end however. I no longer have the stamina and resilience required for extended touring, and I do need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Much gratitude to the fans and friends who have supported the band over the years, and to my brothers in Toto... I can never thank you adequately for the music, the laughs and the friendship going back 40 years. Love and happy trails to you all.”

Collectively, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams offer, "We would like to express HUGE love and gratitude to or brother David Hungate for his gifted playing, his amazing professionalism and good humor.  It was awesome having you back these last two years and we will cherish the memories. You have not seen the last of us. Stay well brother."

TOTO XIV is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. TOTO XIV is the band’s first album of new material since 2006’s Falling In Between.  However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars.

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto.  As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.

27/1/16                            Brussels, Belgium                     Forest National
28/1/16                            Strasbourg, France                    Zenith
29/1/16                            Paris, France                            Olympia
31/1/16                            Bordeaux, France                     Patinoire Meriadeck
1/2/16                             Nantes, France                         Zenith
3/2/16                              Rouen, France                          Zenith
4/2/16                              Epernay-Pierry, France             Le Millesium
6/2/16                              Torino, Italy                              Parcolimpico Torino
7/2/16                              Montichiari, Brescia, Italy       Palazzetto dello Sport
9/2/16                              Vienna, Austria                        Gasometer
11/2/16                            Tilburg, Netherlands                 013 Poppodium Tilburg
14/2/16                           Groningen, Netherlands             Oosterpoort
15/2/16                           Aarhus, Denmark                       Scandinavian Congress Center
17/2/16                           Stavanger, Norway                     DNB Arena
18/2/16                           Oslo, Norway                             Sentrum Scene
19/2/16                           Stockholm, Sweden                    Fryshuset
21/2/16                           Helsinki, Finland                        Icehall
3/3/16                             Sundai, Japan                            Sundai Sun Plaza
4/3/16                             Yokohama, Japan                       Pacifico
7/3/16                             Tokyo, Japan                             Nihon Budokan
9/3/16                            Fukuoka, Japan                           Zepp (Fukuoka)
10/3/16                        Hiroshima, Japan                     Hiroshima Ueno Gakuen Hall
14/3/16                        Osaka, Japan                            Festival Hall
15/3/16                        Nagoya, Japan                          Nagoya Shi Kokaido

The Who Announce Rescheduled North American Tour Dates

The Who has announced the new rescheduled dates for their recently postponed The Who Hits 50! North American tour, which will now be taking place next year.

The band was originally scheduled to launch the tour this fall but they were forced to postpone the trek after frontman Roger Daltrey was diagnosed with viral meningitis.

The rescheduled tour is set to kick off on February 27 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and will conclude on May 29th in Las Vegas at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace

"I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better," Daltrey said in a statement. Guitarist Pete Townshend had the following to add, "We will be starting our rescheduled shows in March and will be coming back stronger than ever!"

"The Who Hits 50!" North American tour dates:
2/27 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
3/1 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre (10/19 tickets honored)
3/3 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
3/7 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
3/10 - Chicago, IL - United Center
3/12 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
3/14 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
3/16 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
3/19 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
3/21 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center
3/24 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
3/26 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
3/29 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
4/26 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre (12/1 tickets honored)
4/29 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
5/1 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
5/4 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
5/6 - Saskatoon, SK - SaskTel Centre
5/8 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
5/10 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
5/13 - Vancouver, BC - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
5/15 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena at Seattle Center
5/17 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
5/19 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
5/22 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
5/25 - Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center
5/27 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center
5/29 - Las Vegas, NV - Colosseum at Caesars Palace

 **Please note:  Tickets for the Toronto October  19 show will be honored on the March 1 date, while tickets for the December 1 show will be honored at April 26 performance.

Music Legends Unite! The Rock Pack Feat. Mickey Thomas of STARSHIP, Bobby Kimball original lead singer of TOTO, Steve Walsh formerly of KANSAS, Robin Zander of CHEAP TRICK, Fee Waybill of THE TUBES, and John Payne formerly of ASIA!

The Rock Pack To Perform At The Germain Arena, Ft Myers, FL. Nov 19, 2015

Fort Myers, FL -  November 19th sees the arrival of THE ROCK PACK at The Germain Arena, Ft. Myers, FL.

John Payne, former ASIA lead vocalist and co-creator of the #1 Vegas musical “Raiding the Rock Vault,” has created a unique new event. THE ROCK PACK concert is an incredible 80s rock extravaganza featuring the vocalists and the hits from six major classic rock bands.

The cast of stellar star singers includes Mickey Thomas of STARSHIP, Bobby Kimball original lead singer of TOTO, Steve Walsh formerly of KANSAS, Robin Zander of CHEAP TRICK, Fee Waybill of THE TUBES, and John Payne formerly of ASIA.  

This stunning show features the classic hit songs sung by the original singers; Dust in the Wind, I Want You to Want Me, We Built This City, Africa, Surrender, Beauty, The Flame, Rosanna, White Punks on Dope, Carry on My Wayward Son, Dream Police, Hold the Line, Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now and more.

Ringmaster Payne also extracts interesting stories from the cast of classic rock artists as well as pertinent visuals on huge screens. Throughout the show he sings the ASIA classics Heat Of The Moment, Only Time Will Tell, Sole Survivor, and Time Again.

Prepare yourself for an unprecedented evening of superlative music, enthralling stories and visuals.

THE ROCK PACK, Presented by KDIM Entertainment as part of The Classic Rock Series.

Who: The Rock Pack
When: November 19, 2015
Where: Germain Arena, Ft. Myers, FL

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Original Guns N' Roses Reunion Faces Big Hurdle

The original members of Guns N' Roses have been dogged by fans desire for a reunion and there was excitement recently when Slash revealed that he and Axl Rose has reconciled, but it appears that there are personal differences between other members that may be an obstacle to a reunion of the "Appetite for Destruction" lineup of the group.

Drummer Steven Adler, who was fired from the group in 1990 over his drug issues, has long been the only member that expressed a strong desire to see the original lineup play together again.

He once again discussed the possibility in a new SiriusXM interview on Monday night and said that believes that Duff McKagan and Slash have problems with him and doubt that he has cleaned up his act.

He said in the interview (via Blabbermouth), "I love those guys, and I always will, but Duff, he doesn't think I'm cool. He doesn't think I'm a cool guy. This is what people tell me. And he doesn't think I'm cool and that I'm not that great of a drummer. And Slash, he doesn't believe that I have 21 months and 21 days sober. He doesn't believe it.

"I don't know why, but they forget that at one time in their life, they were doing drugs and drinking and they were f***ing up. They forget that they were like that too. Duff has got 20 years sober or more, Slash has got, like, 11 or 12 years sober, and I've got a year, nine months and 21 days. So everybody gets it at a different time. I'm just thankful I got it."

He continued, "They don't think I'm cool and they don't think I can play drums that great and they don't think I'm sober. Duff, he has a right, in a way, but, like I said, he forgets where he came from too. But we did do some shows [together] in Japan [in 2013], and Duff invited [Steven's current band] ADLER to come down, and I was still drinking then. And the second I got to the airport, I made a beeline for the bar, and I just started doing shots of Jäger. And the whole trip I was sick and I was just a mess. And, you know, Duff's sober and he's very judgmental and forgetful of where he came from. And he was just so bummed and pissed at me.

"I mean, the playing part, the shows when we actually were performing, that went all right, but everything else… So I kind of ruined it and gave him the excuse to be able to say, 'Well, he's not cool and he's not that good.' But I stopped doing that. They stopped doing that. Just because they stopped doing it before I did doesn't make them any better. We're all people who have addiction problems. I was just able to get a grip on it later on in life than they did." Read more from the interview here.

Black Sabbath Add Festival Date To Farewell Tour

Black Sabbath has added a new stop to their farewell tour next year. The legendary band has been named as a headliner for the 2016 Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium.

This festival appearance is the first farewell tour stop that the band has announced in Europe. They have previously revealed dates in North America and Australia.

Graspop is an annual music festival that features a wide cross-section of band representing various genres within hard rock and metal. The 2016 festival will be place on June 17th-19th.

Organizers had the following to say the festival "Every year, thousands of metalheads from across Europe and beyond flock to festival park De Stenehei in Dessel, Belgium, for three days of virtuoso shredding, wrist-fracturing drumbeats and epic anthems.

"Last year's 20th anniversary edition hosted a record 150,000 metal fans. With the Metal Town camping facility filled to capacity and a sold-out Saturday, GMM2015 was the most successful edition yet."

Watch the announcement video here.

Megadeth Expand Preview Of New Music

Megadeth continue to tease their new music. They have now expanded the online preview of the first new music from their forthcoming 15th studio album.

After launching an online countdown on their official website counting down to Friday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m. EST, the band offered up an audio snippet of an unidentified track from the project featuring the rhythm section of bassist David Ellefson and drummer Chris Adler.

Megadeth have expanded the preview with the addition of rhythm guitar in the mix. The band posted on social media: "System 3, Rhythm Guitar Booted: Listen here:… #megadeth15"

When fans visit the website and wait :10, they'll now hear the same audio - with guitar added - playing on a loop. Read more here.

Steve Hunter Wins Aerosmith And Alice Cooper Royalty Fight

Guitarist Steve Hunter, who played memorable solos on classic Aerosmith and Alice Cooper songs, is finally to be paid radio royalties for his work. Hunter recorded parts for Aerosmith's Train Kept A Rollin from 1974 album Get Your Wings - as well as six tracks on Cooper's 1973 effort Billion Dollar Babies, including the title track, Hello Hooray, Raped And Freezin, Unfinished Sweet, Generation Landslide and Sick Things.

With the help of Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) and his wife Karen, Hunter will be paid royalties for the works, backdated up to 10 years in some cases.

The PPL gathered enough evidence for his name to be officially connected with the seven tracks that he did not get credit for when the albums were released.

Hunter says: "Karen and I will not be retiring to Maui - these royalties are for radio airplay only and will go back no further than 10 years. It's a little piece and will add up." Read more here.

Graham Bonnet Releasing New Album Early Next Year

Graham Bonnet has confirmed he's working on an album of original tracks with his latest band. They're to be accompanied by a second disc featuring new recordings of some of the Rainbow, Alcatrazz and MSG vocalist's classic songs.

The follow-up to 1999's The Day I Went Mad is set to be released early next year via Frontiers Music, after he signed a deal with the label. The lineup features guitarist Conrado Pesinato, bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone and drummer Mark Zonder.

Bonnet previously discussed plans to record with them, saying: "It's been a while since I last released a full-length album - but this band is the perfect group of musicians to do just that." Read more here.

David Bowie 1969-1973 Rockumentary Goes Online

Syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Albums have released a special two part rockumentary special that takes a look at the significant era in David Bowie's career between 1969 and 1973. The show sent over these details:

When Rolling Stone writers ranked Bowie's 1972 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.... in the # 35 spot on their Top 500 Albums of All Time, "They didn't do so because of David Bowie's hairstyle," writes New York Times contributor and InTheStudio alum Joe Rhodes. For over 45 years we have witnessed the artistic genius of David Bowie, never more dramatically than in those beginning five years.

David Bowie had already shown his chameleon ways from his Mod beginnings to his pseudo-psychedelic folk rock Space Oddity , and later with his Dylan-channeling Hunky Dory. But it would be the invention of the cosmic character Ziggy Stardust that would give Bowie mesmerizing influence over an otherwise conventional musical landscape.

Bowie shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard which of his early albums was the critical lynchpin to develop the singular character that would become Ziggy Stardust.

Bowie says, "The one thing maybe I learned from doing Hunky Dory was how oriented I was to doing narrative... There were no real characters on Hunky Dory, but the idea of developing little story songs as opposed to just mood pieces, it obviously was quite strong in me and I think it gave me the motivation to propel myself towards something more cohesive as an album."

Check out part one of the special here and part two here.

Toto Bringing Back Previous Member For 2016 Tours

Toto has announced that Leland Sklar will be returning to the band next year when they launch tours in Europe and Japan in support of their first new album in a decade Toto XIV.

The European tour is scheduled to kick off in Brussels, Belgium on January 16th at the Forest National and they will visit cities in France, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Sweden before concluding on February 21st in Helsinki.

The band will then head east to launch their Japanese tour on March 3rd in Sundai at the Sundai Sun Plaza. That trek will be wrapping up on March 15th at the Nagoya Shi Kokaido.

Sklar will be reuniting with the band, taking the place of founding bassist David Hungate, who had the following to say about his reasons for stepping away from the group, "There's no place like home, particularly after 4 months on the road. The past two years reunion with Toto has been one of the sweetest experiences, and greatest honors of my life.

"All good things must come to an end however. I no longer have the stamina and resilience required for extended touring, and I do need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

"Much gratitude to the fans and friends who have supported the band over the years, and to my brothers in Toto... I can never thank you adequately for the music, the laughs and the friendship going back 40 years. Love and happy trails to you all."

The band had this to say about his departure, "We would like to express HUGE love and gratitude to or brother David Hungate for his gifted playing, his amazing professionalism and good humor. It was awesome having you back these last two years and we will cherish the memories. You have not seen the last of us. Stay well brother."

Megadeth Preview Music From New Album

Megadeth are sharing a preview of new music from their forthcoming 15th studio album. The band recently launched an online countdown on their official website featuring an image with a live digital clock counting down to Friday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Now, the band have tipped fans off to their first taste of a song from the follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider." The group tweeted: "System 2, Booted: . Listen closely… #megadeth15"

When fans visit the website and wait :10, music from an unidentified track from the project - featuring the rhythm section of bassist David Ellefson and drummer Chris Adler - starts playing on a loop. Read more here.

Guitarist Adrian Galysh Announced Campaign!

Hello Guitar Music Fan,

As you may know, I have teamed up with for the release of my next album. The 60 day campaign is already a little over it's halfway mark, and I truly appreciate all who have come on board for their support and input, thank you!

Pledge Music is an interactive vehicle that enables music fans to witness behind the scenes videos and photos documenting the writing and recording process, just for pre-ording the new album - for only $10! (I've already posted a number of videos, and updates - check'em out!)

In addition to all the free bonus materials included when you pre-order the album, you can also get exclusive incentives like private performances, one-on-one Skype guitar lessons, signed CDs and lyric sheets, one-of-a-kind artwork, t-shirts, and much more - feel free to mix and match, or make it a gift for that special music fan in your life. 

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IMPORTANT: Inspired by guitarist, Jason Becker, I have decided that in addition to raising funds to complete the new album, a portion of any of the proceeds that exceed this goal will go to the ALS TDI, a charity that funds medical research and therapy for people suffering from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. 

Take part in this exciting journey and visit the PledgeMusic campaign link here:

Thank you,

Adrian Galysh



(New York, NY) - Guitarists of the world, this Halloween, 2015 will bring the consummate treat: KHDK's Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal.  Conceived by guitar legend Kirk Hammett and designed by KHDK laboratories, the Ghoul Screamer is the perfect multipurpose guitar pedal, designed for the true guitar gearhead.  The pedal will be available for purchase October 31st, 2015.  Of the Ghoul Screamer, iconic guitarist and KHDK co-founder Kirk Hammett commented, "I'm excited as HELL!"  KHDK co-founder and industry vet David Karon added "Kirk had a very specific vision for the Ghoul, to perfect a circuit loved by generations and create massive tones that redefine overdrive."

The Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal possesses dramatic versatility with controls spanning from a clean boost all the way to a massive overdrive.  In addition to the three standard controls (drive, tone and volume), five more switches have been added to the Ghoul Screamer to greatly expand the sound palette - bass switch, high switch, body switch, compression switches and foot switch.  "With Kirk's diverse tones in mind, we knew he needed a Swiss Army knife of overdrives.  Under his direction, we achieved and surpassed his vision with the Ghoul Screamer," noted Antonin Salva, KHDK's Chief Engineer.

Founded by legendary Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and industry vet David Karon, KHDK Electronics is a brand new boutique guitar effects maker.  Working with world renowned musicians to develop their products, KHDK stands for an exclusive lifestyle brand which caters to artists who are not afraid to push the envelope.  Over the past few years, KHDK has relentlessly refined and polished their vision with pain-staking detail.  From conception to prototype each product has been carefully crafted by engineer Antonin Salva and hand-tested by a family-run manufacturer in Paducah, Kentucky.

KHDK co-founder Kirk Hammett needs no introduction.  As lead guitarist for Metallica for more than three decades, Hammett has sold hundreds of millions of albums, toured the world many times over and has been awarded multiple Grammy Awards and is regularly listed as one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time.  KHDK co-founder David Karon has had decades of experience creating iconic products for the biggest names in music.  With KHDK, he gives artists an independent platform for turning their creative visions into reality and delivering the highest class of stage and audio gear. 

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Blues, Rock & Metal Guitar Slingers Salute Legend Jeff Beck On A Newly Reissued Collection!

Includes performances by Def Leppard’s Phil Collen, Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Toto’s Steve Lukather, and blues icon Walter Trout plus George Lynch, Jake E. Lee and more!

Los Angeles, CA - Some of the world’s finest guitarists offer a master class in the arduous art and subtle science of playing Jeff Beck songs on Jeffology: A Guitar Chronicle, a collection of extraordinary cover versions of Beck’s best-known songs, played with all the fevered intensity and dynamic skill these virtuosos could muster. The album will be reissued with all new artwork by Deadline Music this October 2.

Founding member of platinum selling UK hard rockers Def Leppard, Phil Collen, offers a stunning and emotional interpretation of the gorgeous ballad “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” while blues man Walter Trout burns the house down with his rendition of “Blues Deluxe.” Former Ozzy axeman Jake E. Lee takes listeners on a face-melting ride through the blazing stunner “Rice Pudding” and main Crüe man Mick Mars provides the brilliant album closer. Each performer brings their own unique guitar playing personalities to these compositions pulled from a wide range of Beck’s career, showcasing both Beck’s under-heralded accessibility as well as his inimitable stylistic panache. Guitar players of all stripes and skill levels will find plenty here to hone their chops on, while Beck fans the world over will not want to miss this thoroughly satisfying listening experience!

Track List
1. New Ways / Train Train - Warren DeMartini
2. Led Boots - Vivian Campbell
3. Heart Full Of Soul - Paul Gilbert
4. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers - Phil Collen
5. Blues Deluxe - Walter Trout
6. Headed For Backstage Pass - Bruce Bouillet
7. People Get Ready - George Lynch
8. Rice Pudding - Jake E. Lee
9. Shapes Of Things - Stevie Salas
10. Behind The Veil - Steve Lukather
11. Happenings Ten Years Time Ago - Mick Mars

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Guitar Virtuoso ANGEL VIVALDI Announces First Full North American Tour, Kicking Off October 7th in New York City“ Touring You Apart” Tour – Co-Headlining with Basick Records Artist THE ALGORITHM

New Album Away With Words Part 1 Out Now | Order Here

Progressive guitar virtuoso ANGEL VIVALDI will be making his first full North American tour debut alongside co-headliners The Algorithm (BASICK Records) this fall on their “Touring You Apart” North American tour. Supporting Vivaldi is his powerhouse live band comprised of Mutiny Within drummer Bill Fore, bassist Jake Skylyr and guitarist Jason Tarantino. The tour kicks off on October 7th in New York City at Black Bear Bar and tours all throughout the states and Canada through November 22nd, coming to a close in Clifton, NJ.

“It's been a long time coming, but it's finally happening,” states Vivaldi. “I'm really going above and beyond to make the years of waiting worth it for everyone! It's going to be a party of love, positive energy and inspiration.”

See below for all currently confirmed “Touring You Apart” dates.

ANGEL VIVALDI w/ The Algorithm – “Touring You Apart” North America:
10/7 - New York, NY @ Black Bear Bar
10/8 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
10/9 - Toronto, ON @ The Rockpile
10/10 - Detroit, MI @ The Ritz
10/11 - Danville, IL @ Vintage Villains
10/12 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
10/13 - Kent, OH @ Outpost Concert Spot
10/14 - Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
10/16 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
10/17 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
10/18 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
10/20 - Dallas, TX @ Tomcats West
10/21 - Houston, TX @ Walters
10/22 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
10/23 - El Paso, TX @ LowBrow Palace
10/24 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
10/25 - San Diego, CA @ The Merrow
10/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Mystery Box
10/29 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/30 - Tahoe, CA @ Whiskey Dick
11/1 - Portland, OR @ Analog
11/2 - Spokane, WA @ The Pin
11/3 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/5 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar – No Algorithm
11/6 - Denver, CO @ Casslemans Venue – No Algorithm
11/8 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar – No Algorithm
11/9 - Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew – No Algorithm
11/12 - Fayetteville, NC @ The DHP – No Algorithm
11/13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge – No Algorithm
11/22 - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz – No Algorithm

Rated #3 in Prog-Sphere's Top Guitarists of 2014 alongside John Petrucci, Tosin Abasi and many others, ANGEL VIVALDI 's critically acclaimed Away With Words Part 1 (2014) catapulted him into a group of elite modern day guitarists. Metal Injection called it, “a beautiful amalgamation of progressive grooves and guitar shred”. Vivaldi unique blend of spell-binding guitar anthems, tasteful yet virtuosic playing and engaging song arrangements have captured the ears of many who would have never given instrumental music a listen. 2011’s Universal Language is a must-hear staple in today's instrumental album catalog. 

ANGEL VIVALDI has visually captivated millions with stunning video releases such as "A Martian Winter, "  ". . _ _ _ (Two)," and ". _ _ _ _ (One)." The stories and cinematography are beautifully coupled with Vivaldi's signature guitar themes and epic riffs.

ANGEL VIVALDI has current plans to release new music and announce new projects in 2016.

Japanese Prog Rock Band Yuka & Chronoship To Release Third Album “The 3rd Planetary Chronicles”

Japan – Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, the new album by Japanese Prog Rock Band ensemble Yuka & Chronoship will be released on September 25, 2015 via distributor Cherry Red Records Ltd. in the U.K. Titled “The 3rd Planetary Chronicles”, this is marks the third album by the group and promises to take you on a celestial musical journey! The setting of the band's new album is the Earth or the third planet from the Sun. “The 3rd Planetary Chronicles” is a grandiose concept album themed with scientific/technological revolutions in the human history. The CD booklet is designed by Hideji Oda, a Japanese manga artist associated with the Nouvelle manga movement, known for “Dispersion”, “Coo's World”, and “Miyori’s Forest”.

Watch the album trailer here

Yuka & Chronoship was formed in 2009, and is led by Yuka Funakoshi, a rare female artist in the genre, and consists of three other leading studio musicians in Japan: Shun Taguchi, Takashi Miyazawa, and Ikko Tanaka.

Yuka Funakoshi (Keyboard/Vocal/Composition) - As a singer-songwriter, Yuka had released three J-pop albums from Pioneer LDC and Sony; Shun Taguchi (Bass/Keyboard/Producer) - He has been working as a producer of Yuka Funakoshi since her debut, and had also worked as a producer of Princess Princess, a five-piece Japanese pop/rock girl band. He is also a reputed lyricist in Japan; Ikko Tanaka (Drum) - Ikko had worked as a tour and session drummer of B'z, a Japanese rock duo; Takashi Miyazawa (Guitar/Mix) - Takashi had worked as a studio musician for some projects led by Masataka Matsutoya, a Japanese arranger, composer, music producer.

Yuka & Chronoship's 1st album, “Water Reincarnation”, was released in June 2011, and their 2nd album, “Dino Rocket Oxygen”, in April 2013 in 31 countries from the French progressive label, Musea. Since 2009 when the band was formed, Yuka & Chronoship has been periodically playing mainly at live music clubs in Tokyo. In May 2013, the band appeared at Prog'Sud 2013, an annual progressive rock festival held in Marseille, France. In August 2014, the band was featured at Festival Crescendo 2014 in St.Palais-sur-Mer, France. In September 2015, Yuka & Chronoship will play at 2Days Prog+1 2015/Veruno Prog Fes in Italy.

Here's what the press have raved about Yuka & Chronoship:
“Fans of classic melodic progressive rock should eat this up.” - Expose
“Finely crafted retro-prog for all to enjoy.” - Sea Of Tranquility
“As contemporary instrumental progressive rock with some real twists – this is about as good as it gets.” - Get Ready To Rock

Says the band, “Having great respect for the symphonic progressive rock which is the royal road completed in the 1970s, new symphonic progressive which is not imitation is Yuka & Chrnoship's highlight. Moreover, the live performance is our strength.”

1. Birth of the Earth - Collision
2. Stone Age
3. Galileo I - And Yet It Moves ( E Pur Si Muove )
4. Galileo II - Copernican Theory
5. Birth of the Earth - Merger
6. Age of Steam
I. Pastoral Garden
II. Machine City
7. Wright Flyer 1903
8. On the Radio
9. Birth of the Earth - Magma Ocean
10. E = c#m
11. I am Thee (Awakening of Cloneroid)
12. Birth of the Earth - Embryonic Planet

Says the band, “We would like to play the gigs in various countries of Europe and the United States, and hope that Yuka & Chronoship will become recognized by many people in the world. We also plan to make a music video. The strength of Yuka & Chronoship lies in its live performance. The music video should showcase the band’s true values with its melodious lines and as a live performing band, and bring it to the audience in the world at large.”

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Kurt Cobain's Home Recordings Set For Release

Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's home recordings will be released this fall as the soundtrack to Brett Morgen's documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck."

Due November 13, both the film and "Kurt Cobain - Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings" feature various early and raw cassette recordings made by Kurt alone, giving fans a glimpse into Cobain's creative process.

Named after a musical collage Cobain created with a 4-track cassette recorder in 1988, the package will be released in both deluxe and standard formats: a 31 track deluxe album available on CD, cassette, 2LP vinyl, and a 13 track standard edition CD.

The 31-track deluxe soundtrack showcases tracks from the documentary including spoken word, demos and full songs, while the 13-track standard soundtrack focuses on the music discovered on Cobain's personal cassettes.

A 7-inch single featuring Cobain's cover of The Beatles "And I Love Her" and "Sappy (Early Demo)" will be issued November 20 and the 2LP vinyl version of the soundtrack is due December 4. Read more here.

Rolling Stones Open The Vault For Latest Classic Concert DVD

The Rolling Stones will release "From The Vault: Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990" on DVD and Blu-ray on October 30. The show from the band's world tour in support of 1989's "Steel Wheels" was one of 10 played at the Tokyo venue, which marked the first series of concerts the Stones ever performed in Japan.

The footage has been carefully restored and the sound has been newly-mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release of the show. "From The Vault: Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990" will be available as a 3-DVD and Blu-ray set, as well as a 4-LP+DVD package which will be issued on November 13.

The Japan concert marks the latest release in the Stones "From The Vault" series following "Brussels Affair (Live 1973)", "Hampton Coliseum (Live 1981)", "L.A. Forum (Live 1975)" and "Live At The Marquee (Live 1971)." Read more including the track details here.

Jimi Hendrix Concert Film Coming To DVD and Blu-Ray

The "Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church" concert film, which chronicles the late guitar icon and his band's headlining set from the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, is set to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 30th.

A previous version of the film aired on Showtime and the new DVD and Blu-Ray versions will include two songs performances from the July 4, 1970 music festival that were not part of the broadcast; "Red House" and "Freedom."

The home video will also feature a "special added bonus music video for 'Room Full Of Mirrors' that combines the existing footage with never-before-seen photographs of the performance," according to the announcement.

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church DVD and Blu-ray Song Performance List:
1) Fire
2) Spanish Castle Magic
3) Red House*
4) Room Full Of Mirrors*
5) All Along the Watchtower
6) Freedom*
7) Foxey Lady
8) Purple Haze
9) Hey Joe
10) Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
11) Stone Free
12) Star Spangled Banner
13) Straight Ahead

*Not in televised version

David Gilmour Scores His Biggest U.S. Hit With 'Rattle That Lock'

David Gilmour has scored his highest solo U.S. chart position on the Billboard 200 album chart with a No. 5 debut for his new solo album "Rattle That Lock."

The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 71,000 units. The feat sees Gilmour best his No. 6 chart position with his last project, 2006's "On An Island," according to Billboard.

The US news follows word that "Rattle That Lock" entered the UK charts at No. 1 on Friday as well as top spot in Italy, France, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and New Zealand.

The guitarist just premiered a video for "Today", the latest single from the project. Watch the video here.

Foo Fighters Jam Led Zeppelin Classic With Jewel

The Foo Fighters have surprised fans at recent concerts by bringing out special guests including Stevie Nicks, Gary Clark Jr., Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell and Chris Chaney, Yes' Jon Davison, and on Friday they continued the tradition.

The band performed in Phoenix on Friday (September 25th) where they were joined on stage to perform the Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta Love" by a special guest singer. But it wasn't a hard rocker; they jammed the song with Jewel.

Dave Grohl had fun introducing the performance with the following words, "We thought we should do a song together, so we picked some nice things that we thought would sound good and then she says to me, 'I don't wanna do that.' She says, 'I wanna do this.'" He then played the opening guitar riff to "Whole Lotta Love" to kick off the performance. Check out fan filmed footage of the jam here.

New Metallica Album Doesn't Make Sense Says Slayer's Kerry King

Kerry King recently spoke with the Irish Times about Slayer's eleventh studio album, Repentless, which was released on September 11. The interview also focused on Slayer's former guitarist Jeff Hanneman, the potential for new music and King's thoughts on thrash metal brethren Metallica.

The interview eventually turned to Metallica, who hasn't released a new album in seven years. "Funny thing is, I brought that up last night," King shared. "We were sitting around having some shots and I said, 'When's Metallica doing a new record?' When you think about it, it's kind of like us. You don't have to put out a new record," says King.

"People will come up to a certain point, because you've got such a catalogue. You can just keeping changing songs. They are really living on the first five records, I think. I'm not sure a new record makes sense for them. Death Magnetic was a nice version compared to St. Anger. Hopefully, they keep going along that line and get some of the riffs back." Read more here.

KISS Fan Streaming 45-Minute Clip Of Paul Stanley Stage Banter

A KISS fan has put together a lengthy audio clip featuring Paul Stanley's on-stage banter from over the years. The 45 minute clip is "great for ruining parties and torturing anyone who's trying to sleep," according to Christopher Armes Soundcloud site.

"Alright Toronto! You feel good?," Stanley screams at the beginning of the file. He continues, "Alright then listen you know we may be under clear blue skies but you know it's getting a little cool out tonight, but that ain't going to stop us. Because if we try hard enough we gonna get this place 'Hotter Than Hell'!"

The 45-minutes of stage banter features the singer and guitarist asking fans if they are "high," if they like to drink "Cold Gin." He also asks both the ladies and gentlemen in the crowd if they enjoy being licked, before the band launched into "Lick it Up," naturally.

Clips were pulled from various Kiss concerts over the years from Toronto, Detroit, Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, Atlantic City and their hometown of New York City, which got a special shout out. "There wouldn't be Kiss without New York City and the great state of New York," Stanley said to the audience in the Big Apple.

Stanley also does a lot of a cappella singing and attempts to have the audience sing his lines back. Fans can listen to all 45 minutes of Paul Stanley stage banter here.

Taylor Swift and Steven Tyler Perform Aerosmith Hit

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler joined Taylor Swift to perform the band's 1998 hit, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing", at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday and video for the performance has been posted online.

Written by Diane Warren, the tune appeared in the film, "Armageddon", and delivered the Boston band the first and only No. 1 US hit single after 28 years as a group.

"I don't know what else to say," said Swift in her guest introduction, "but when you've sold over 150 million albums with your band, when you have become an absolute rock n' roll icon.

"The person that's about to come out on stage has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with his band Aerosmith. Steven Tyler's here, Nashville."

Tyler has been based in Nashville for much of the past year as he works on his country-flavored debut solo album. "Holy Swift!!!," tweeted Tyler. "@taylorswift13 ...shined so hot n bright she made the sun jealous!!! Thanks for the fun."

Swift also shared her thoughts via Twitter, writing, "Singing 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' with @IamStevenT was an honor. So inspired by how sweet he was to all of us." Watch the performance here.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers Live in 1967 Gets Double Vinyl Release

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers - Live in 1967 (Never Before Heard Live Performances) is set to be released in a special double-LP vinyl version this Friday, October 2nd, by Forty Below Records.

The special vinyl edition is available for pre-order here and follows the release earlier this year of the CD version, which took home "Live Blues Album" and "Historical/Vintage Album" honors at this year's Blues Blast Awards that took place last Friday, September 25th in Chicago.

The recording features the iconic lineup of Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, who would go on to form Fleetwood Mac, and the new vinyl edition will feature a gatefold cover and is pressed on 140-gram vinyl.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers - Live in 1967 Vinyl LP Track Listing
1) All Your Love
2) Brand New Start
3) Double Trouble
4) Streamline
5) Have You Ever Loved a Woman
6) Looking Back
7) So Many Roads
8) Hi Heel Sneakers
9) I Can't Quit You Baby
10) The Stumble
11) Someday After Awhile
12) San-Ho-Zay
13) Stormy Monday

David Gilmour Tops The UK Chart With 'Rattle That Lock'

David Gilmour had an impressive first week in the UK for his new solo album, "Rattle That Lock," which gave the Pink Floyd legend his second No. 1 album debut on the chart.

Gilmour had previously topped the chart in 2006 with his album "On An Island" and The Official Charts Company, which keeps the music charts in the UK, says that he once again came out on top, handily beating Lana Del Rey's "Honeymoon," which landed as this week's No. 2.

Gilmour had the following to say about topping the chart, "It's thrilling to get a Number 1 album, we all want to hit the top spot, however long we've been at it, I'm delighted.

"I owe a debt of thanks to Polly Samson, for writing lyrics on four Number 1 albums, The Division Bell, On An Island, The Endless River, and now Rattle That Lock, and also to Phil Manzanera, my co-producer on the last three albums" Read the report here.

Demon’s Eye featuring Doogie White, former singer of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and current lead vocalist with Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock Releases New “Making of” Video

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Guns N' Roses Star Seriously Hurt In Motorcycle Crash

The Dead Daisies will be without Richard Fortus on their upcoming Australian tour after the guitarist was seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash. Fortus, who is also a member of Guns N' Roses, suffered multiple broken bones and a lacerated liver, but says he will make a full recovery.

He expects that he'll be back onboard for the band's scheduled appearance on the Kiss Kruise, which sets sail from Miami on October 30. His place for the Australia and New Zealand dates will be filled by Dave Leslie from Aussie band The Baby Animals.

Fortus says: "On September 17, I was involved in a motorcycle accident. As a result, I broke my shoulder blade, collar bone, six ribs, a toe, I have a bruised lung, lacerated liver and a concussion.

"Amazingly, my doctors have assured me that I will make a full recovery. I have never missed a show in my entire career and unfortunately, I will have to miss the entire Australian and New Zealand leg of this tour. I am devastated that I will not be able to play for the Australian and New Zealand fans, who have been so supportive and loyal." Read more here.

Former Megadeth Stars Poland, Menza and Lomenzo Form New Band

Former Megadeth members Chris Poland, Nick Menza and James Lomenzo have reunited to launch a fresh project. The unnamed band have been in the studio this year working on material for their debut release, with a sonic direction that has been described by some as "Led Zeppelin meets Metallica."

Menza says: "It's got some elements of that, but I'd say we're just so far beyond everything that's been heard already. It's gonna be a conglomerate of styles. It's gonna be what we like to do best - have fun, play. Our material is gonna be really out there. It's gonna be different. It's gonna be heavy, but it's gonna be us."

Guitarist Poland was a member of Megadeth from 1984 to 1987 and appeared on the group's first two albums, 1985's Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good and 1986's Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?

Drummer Menza was on board for four albums between 1989 and 1998, while bassist LoMenzo stepped in from 2006 to 2010 before founding member David Ellefson returned to the fold. Read more here.

Chickenfoot Working On New Album Says Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar reveals in a new interview that Chickenfoot, (his band with Joe Satriani, Red Hot Chili Pepper's Chad Smith, and his former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony), are working on a new album.

He tells Ultimate Classic Rock, "What we decided to do with Chickenfoot is casually write a record the way we're doing now. Like, Joe (Satriani) and I get together and get the song and then Chad (Smith) put drums on one song already and Mikey (Anthony) put bass on it and we did the vocals.

"We've got one f***ing finished song ('Before I Die') that to me, is the coolest song that we've maybe ever had. It's really bluesy and edgy and modern and it's f***ing cool."

He also explained the differences he sees between Chickenfoot and his other current project the Circle and why he thinks that Chickenfoot will continue, despite speculation that it was over. "I love Chickenfoot. It's just that for me, being able to play my whole career with the Circle is so important to me. I've gotta tell ya, the chemistry in the Circle is right up there with the chemistry in Chickenfoot, when Chad's in the band, Chad, Mike and I. It's the same kind of thing - it's just a little bit different.

"Chickenfoot, I think may be the most creative band I've ever been in. I think it's even more creative than Van Halen was in a sense. Joe is so prolific that Joe can write 20 pieces of music, beginning to end, bridge, chorus, solo section, intro, outro and just bring it and say, 'How do you like this?' And we go, 'Wow, that's great,' or 'Eh, it don't feel right to us - it sounds like Joe solo.' You know, whatever!

"Having a guy like that in the band that is so freakin' prolific - I've never seen a musician in my life like that - because he reads and he writes and he studies…he's a professor, so he's theorizing with music.

"I say, how about some mid-tempo thing like 'Every Breath You Take' by the Police. Joe walks in the next day and he's got it. How about something like 'Black Dog,' which was 'Soap On A Rope,' with the breaks where the vocal is and the next day Joe walks in with that. I mean, not just an idea….that whole f-in' piece and all I had to do is write lyrics and come up with a melody and that f-in' song was done. That's the way Joe is. Being in a band with that kind of creativity and the engine of Chad and Mike on the rhythm section is second to nothing.

"You know, Mike and Jason (Bonham) are bad-ass too, don't get me wrong, but I have to do another record with that band, because it's so creative." Check out the full interview here.

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Expects Lifelong Cancer Fight

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has accepted that he'll probably have to deal with cancer for the rest of his life. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013 then announced last year that he was in remission - before revealing in June that it had returned. Treatment continues as Def Lep work through a North American tour.

Campbell tells the Salt Lake Tribune: "It's going very, very well, thank you. The bad news is this cancer keeps coming back. The good news is the treatment I'm doing largely continues to work, which is a big, big part of the recovery for me, to be able to continue to do what it is that defines who I am.

"I've had a couple rounds of chemo - actually, three rounds of chemo. And last October I did a stem cell transplant. I kind of naively thought that would be it, and I was done with it. I guess, given the benefit now of my experiences with this, I kinda realize that I'll probably be dealing with it for the rest of my life."

But his medical team continues to approach the issue from every possible angle. "I'm trying a process called immunotherapy, which is the latest and greatest thinking in how to treat cancer," says Campbell. Read more here.

Iron Maiden Frontman Impressed By Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga's metal credentials have been given perhaps their biggest endorsement yet - with Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson describing her as "great" and way better than Madonna.

The pop star has won the approval of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford in the past, and she recently revealed how she woke up at 5am to buy Maiden's new album The Book Of Souls.

And in an earlier interview, Gaga said she doesn't want to be the next Madonna, as she'd rather be the next Iron Maiden. Now the Maiden vocalist has returned the compliment. He tells Corus Radio: "I think she's great, and I agree with her - she's not the next Madonna. She's way better than that.

"Because, first of all, she can sing - she's got a belter of a voice - and she's a really good instrumentalist. She's got a great sense of drama. And anybody that could turn up to an awards ceremony dressed as a bacon sandwich gets my vote. I mean, she's great." Watch the full interview here.

Megadeth Offshoot Act Of Defiance Launching North American Tour

Act Of Defiance, featuring former Megadeth stars Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover, Shadows Fall's Matt Bachand and former Scar The Martyr vocalist Henry Derek, will be launching a North American tour next month.

The recently formed group will be coheadlining the trek with Allegaeon and marks the band's very first national tour, which they are launching in support of their debut album "Birth and The Burial."

The tour is scheduled to get underway on October 22nd in Las Vegas at Count's Vamp'd and will be wrapping up on November 15th with an appearance at the Providence Metal Fest in Providence, RI.

Act Of Defiance and Allegaeon Fall Tour:
10/22 Las Vegas, NC - Count's Vamp'd
10/23 Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
10/24 San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
10/25 Pomona, CA - Glass House
10/28 Salt Lake City, UT - Area 51
10/30 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
10/31 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
11/01 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
11/03 Danville, IL - Vintage Villains
11/04 Chicago, IL - Double Door
11/05 Westland, MI - Token Lounge
11/06 Lakefield, OH - The Foundry
11/09 Toronto, ON - Mod Club
11/11 Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
11/13 Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
11/14 Holyoke, MA - Waterfront Tavern
11/15 Providence, RI - Providence Metal Fest

Rammstein Release 'Engel' Video From In Amerika DVD

Rammstein have released a performance clip of "Engel" from their live DVD In Amerika. The package presents a 2010 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden that marked the German outfit's first US show in a decade.

The band say: "The venue's more than 18,000 seats were snatched up for the special appearance within less than 30 minutes of going on sale, heralding Rammstein's return with a frenzied fanfare on par with the German band's elaborate stage presentation."

The show is accompanied by a feature-length documentary and a 20-minute film on the making of the 2009 album Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da. The newly-released set was previewed with an official trailer and performance clips of "Rammlied" and "Ich Tu Dir Weh". Watch the video here.

David Gilmour Releases 'Today' Video

Former Pink Floyd star David Gilmour has released the video for "Today", the latest single from his newly-released album "Rattle That Lock." Directed by Aubrey Powell, the clip features the guitarist in rehearsal for his current world tour alongside footage from a September 5 warm-up show in Brighton, UK.

"Today" follows the title track as the second song that has been released from the record, which Gilmour worked on with co-producer Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music.

"'Today' was one of the ones that Phil put together from two or three pieces of music of mine that I had sort of ignored," explains Gilmour. "He's very good at finding them and saying, 'that's great, you should it … and how about using it with that piece and that piece.' So he mocked that one up. It's a gift."

The Pink Floyd guitarist wraps up a sold-out 11-date European tour early next month following five shows at The Royal Albert Hall in London, with a South American run set for December. Watch the new video here.


Out October 16th on Frontiers Music Srl
Pre-order on iTunes and Amazon

Get ready for world premiere of the third single “Long For The Days” from Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s new studio album DYING TO LIVE, which will be released October 16th.  Frontiers Music Srl. is hosting the world premiere of the third single on their Facebook at 10:00 am PST/ 1:00 pm EST -CLICK HERE TO WATCH: premiere link –

"Long For The Days is a song about reflection and regret over a relationship gone badly," explains Hoekstra.  "It's a good old-fashioned, classic-rock style track that captures elements of some of my favorite bands (I'll let you figure them out!).  Vinny Appice (drums) and Tony Franklin (bass) lay it down while Derek Sherinian (keys) provides the right sounds and parts with tasteful perfection.  Russell Allen delivers one of my favorite vocal performances EVER and Jeff Scott Soto sings some amazing backgrounds to support them.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!"

Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of “Long For The Days” as well as "Until I Left You" and "Anymore" (featuring Russell Allen).

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

Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.

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Def Leppard's inaugural fan cruise, "Hysteria on the High Seas"--a four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami this January 21-25, aboard the MSC Divina--has announced a number of updates this week as the cruise is on the verge of selling out. Cruise updates include: the additions of Frank Hannon (long-time Tesla guitarist) plus KIXcomplimentary "on tour" photo with Def Leppard for all cruisers; Rick Allen's Art Exhibit aboard the ship; exclusive unveiling of Def Leppard's own craft beer; and two new payment options. For booking and more information, visit:

One of the greatest rock bands of all time and heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry, Def Leppard will bring their spectacular live shows and arsenal of hits (including tracks off their long-awaited new studio album out this October 30) aboard the MSC Divina, as "Hysteria on the High Seas" visits Grand Bahama Island and the private island paradise of Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. In addition, passengers sailing aboard the cruise will receive complimentary admission to an exclusive pre-cruise event on Wednesday, January 20 in Miami, FL, featuring special guest artists and more (details TBA).

This exclusive cruise is a fantasy camp for enthusiasts of Def Leppard, with non-stop entertainment, activities and fun. While this cruise is about all things Def Leppard, the "Hysteria" continues with some of the great names from the 80's and beyond, with a lineup that includes: Tom Keifer; Last in Line featuring the original line up from Dio's classic Holy Diver, and Last In Line Records featuring DEF LEPPARD's Vivian Campbell alongside fellow founding DIO members Vinnie Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, along with vocalist Andrew Freeman; Eric Martin (Mr. Big); Ritchie Kotzen; Kip Winger; and Eddie Trunk and Luc Carl as hosts. Just added to the line-up  Frank Hannon, long-time Tesla guitarist,  KIX--Steve Whiteman (lead vocal), Jimmy Chalfant (drums, vocals), Ronnie Younkins (guitars), Brian Forsythe (guitars) and Mark Schenker (bass)--who just released their highly anticipated and first new album in 19 years. KIX was recently hailed "Best Performers" at both Rocklahoma and M3 Rock Festival, where they played alongside metal heavyweights Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Queensryche and more.

Additional cruise updates announced include:

-The unveiling of a new Def Leppard craft beer that that band is working on; cruisers will have the opportunity to be the first to taste in an optional beer tasting event with the band (for a small fee). Details regarding pricing and ticketing will be announced shortly.

- Each passenger will be assigned to a photo group for their complimentary Def Leppard "On Tour" photo.

- Def Leppard's drummer--Rick Allen--will bring his visual expression to life with paint, light and canvas with his Rick Allen Art Exhibit aboard the cruise. Each amazing piece that Rick creates has a story and a connection to his life and cruisers will get to enjoy his work up close and personal.

As previously announced, Def Leppard's "Hysteria On The Seas" fan cruise will include: 

  • Def Leppard Theater Performance
  • Def Leppard "Storytellers" Performance and Q&A
  • Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell in Last in Line Performance
  • Eddie Trunk's "Def Leppard - Behind the Music"
  • Daily performances from support artists on four stages throughout the ship
  • Support Artist "Storyteller" Performances
  • Support Artist Meet & Greets/Photo Ops, Jams and Q&A Sessions
  • Special Events, Theme Nights and much more

DEF LEPPARD CRUISE has announced two new payment options (beyond the standard payment plan):

- EZ PAY PLAN: This special no interest installment plan is designed to assist fans who need an extended installment option in order to attend. While supplies last, fans may secure their spot aboard the cruise for ONLY $499 USD per person down (double occupancy), with the remaining balance payable over twelve equal monthly installments beginning the month after the initial reservation is completed and debited on the 20th day of each month (or next business day). Click herefor more information.

- PAID IN FULL PLAN: For those who prefer to pay their cruise fully in advance, a 5% discount off the base fare is available. Fans will save money and have the peace of mind of knowing that their cruise is squared away and fully paid for. Click here for more information. 

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(New York, NY) - Hard rock legends BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, fronted by guitar icon ZAKK WYLDE, have announced a batch of winter tour dates for the end of 2015 with special guests HUNTRESS and THE SHRINE. Tickets are on sale now. HUNTRESS has released their new LP Static today via Napalm RecordsTHE SHRINE will have an all new release due out early next year via Century Media Records.

Fresh off an electric performance last weekend at the Food Truck & Rock Carnival in New Jersey, BLS is gearing up to finish the year strong in the U.S. The last time the band performed in The States was during highly successful Unblackened Tour earlier this year. Originally performed as a one night only concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles for a live CD/DVD release two years ago, the show made its way across the U.S featuring intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’s best-selling solo album Book of Shadows & his Southern rock band Pride & Glory.  

Catacombs of the Black Vatican was released on April 8th, 2014 and debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #1 on the Rock and Independent Charts. The chart topping LP was also hailed as one of the "Best Albums of 2014" by REVOLVER MAGAZINE. The new effort has accumulated critical praise with outlets like LOUDWIRE declaring "Wylde’s guitar playing has always been at an extremely high level, but the instrument that’s improved steadily over the years is his voice." New Jersey's  AQUARIAN WEEKLY states, "This is Black Label Society at its finest!"

With cover appearances on the likes of both Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines and a first ever TV performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers following the release of Catacombs Of The Black Vatican, the presence of the band has dug itself deeper into the history of modern day rock music.


"**** Henley has made an album of quietly defiant pure-country modernism...Everything in the music serves the sting and solace in the tales." - Rolling Stone

Don Henley's first solo album in 15 years - Cass County - was released today by Capitol Records and is available now at all music retailers, including iTunes and Amazon, and in the artist's official online store. The Target deluxe edition includes two exclusive tracks - Henley's duet with Stevie Nicks, "It Don't Matter To The Sun," and "Here Come Those Tears Again," which features harmony vocals byVince Gill and Alison Krauss.

In support of the album release, the North American Cass County Tour 2015 kicks off October 3 in Phoenix, Arizona, and each ticket ordered online through the primary ticket outlet will also receive a Cass County deluxe CD. Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin will open on all the dates. See itinerary below or visit

"After a life in the fast lane, Don Henley is finding his way home," observed Anthony Mason, who profiled Henley for "CBS Sunday Morning" in this feature, which was shot in Linden - the Cass County, TX town where the GRAMMY®-winning singer-songwriter grew up. Henley performed "Too Much Pride," one of Cass County's 11 original songs, on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" earlier this week. View his performance HERE

Don Henley recently received the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 14th Annual Americana Awards, which will be broadcast on PBS on November 21 as part of this season's "Austin City Limits." His SiriusXM Town Hall appearance, which aired on Outlaw Country, was moderated by longtime friend Bob Seger and "Don Henley In Conversation with Billy Joel," which took place at New York City's 92nd Street Y, was livestreamed on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen. 

Recorded primarily in Nashville, TN, and Dallas, TX, Cass County was produced by Henley and Stan Lynch, who also co-wrote 11 of the songs on the album. It includes guest appearances by Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Mick Jagger, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Dolly Parton. View the official video for "When I Stop Dreaming" featuring Dolly Parton HERE and the video for "Take A Picture of This" HERE.

"Henley has made an album of quietly defiant pure-country modernism...Everything in the music serves the sting and solace in the tales," said David Fricke in a four-star review for Rolling Stone. American Songwriter also awarded Cass Countyfour stars, calling it "arguably Henley's finest solo work" while US Weekly hailed it as "All your ears will want to listen to for the rest of 2015" in a four-star review. NPR, which premiered the album as a "First Listen" in the week leading up to its release, praised it as "true to his roots" and USA Today noted, "the emotional but unsentimental album draws on the music and the land of Henley's youth, but it doesn't dwell there." 

"From a songwriting standpoint, solo Henley isn't far removed from Eagles Henley, exploring the nuances of lives that play out in a small town ('Waiting Tables'), dreams thwarted by forces beyond one's control ('Praying for Rain') and offering a pointed twist on the good-ol'-days nostalgia that's so popular in country of late ('Take a Picture of This')," said the Los Angeles Times.

Cass County is available as a 12-song standard CD and digital album, as well as a 16-track deluxe version, available on CD, digitally and a double disc, 180 gram Vinyl LP.  A super deluxe version, seen HERE, includes a 50-page booklet with exclusive photos, collector postcards, deluxe CD album and deluxe Vinyl (2-Disc 180 Gram) and can be purchased in Henley's official online store. A limited number of bundles are also offered, including a T-shirt and 12X12 lithograph. 

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New York, NY --- Flying Colors will be releasing the electrifying ‘Second Flight: Live At The Z7’ on November 13 via Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group on multiple formats (4K UltraHD, Blu-ray, DVD, LP + MP3, CD, iTunes, Headphone Surround, iTunes, Pono).  Timed to this announcement, the band and MLG have premiered "Mask Machine": (embed  link below).  Guitarist Steve Morse shares, "I really like Casey’s more aggressive vocal style in this song, and the lyrics are deep enough to appreciate on their own. It’s a fun song to play, and was a great way to end the show!” 

On only the eighth show of their 2014 fall tour, they took to the stage at Switzerland’s storied Z7 venue and captured on film a breathtaking live performance. “It was especially exciting because we had just performed many of these songs for the first time, days before,” explains Steve Morse. With their critically acclaimed sophomore album Second Nature out for only a week, the concert recorded an exceptional rarity: band and audience, together, discovering an album for the first time. That freshness is palpable in every frame of this Ultra-HD/Blu-ray/DVD release. With every crowd reaction you are transported there, becoming part of the event.

Flying Colors also explored technological innovation with the album, with unique ways for fans to experience it. Viewers can listen in 5.1-surround from the two best seats in the house: behind the front-of-house soundboard, or right in the front row. In another first, an audio-only version of the concert is available in Headphone Surround, which recreates the front-row surround mix entirely in headphones. The headphone mix will be available in formats up to uncompressed 24 bit / 192 KHz from HD audio distributors, such as Pono. For the warmest sound and highest possible fidelity, every one of the show's mixes was mastered to 2" analogue tape, and digitized separately for each audio format, by mix/mastering engineer Rich Mouser (Transatlantic, Weezer). 

The audio, itself, underwent a new audio engineering process, Harmonic Phrase Analysis, developed specifically for the show at Manchester Metropolitan University in England. The technology reduces the unwanted processing normally associated with contemporary live recordings, imparting a more organic feel to the sound field. The video was mastered by famed special effects company, Cinnafilm, using their revolutionary Dark Energy technology (IMAX). The result is unparalleled realism from the concert’s 24 cameras, as well as eye-popping Ultra-HD versions of the concert. 

‘Second Flight: Live at the Z7’ showcases a new level of musical prowess from the group, captures the candid energy of a new band, and lets fans experience them in innovative ways. It reflects the many hues and colors of the band members’ individual—and collective—unique creative expression. Casey McPherson recounted, “We had a blast playing these tunes and can't wait for you to hear them…you can feel the excitement!” before going on to joke, “I'm still trying to learn Steve's guitar parts, though.” It’s Flying Colors at their very best, and a new milestone in the band's soaring adventure.

Summarising the experience, Dave LaRue offered, “Flying Colors is like no other band to perform with. This tour was all about the joy of playing together, and sharing new songs with fans. Everyone felt something special that night, and I'm so glad we captured it.” 

Flying Colors’ debut in 2012 auspiciously challenged conventional wisdom about fusing complex music with mainstream song writing. Teaming the talents of such heavyweights as guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs), drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), keyboardist/singer Neal Morse (solo artist, Transatlantic, ex-Spock’s Beard), bass wizard Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai), with new pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band quickly established itself as one of rock’s most melodic enigmas. 

The mission was to join virtuoso players, a pop singer/songwriter, and the right producer—to create sophisticated music that was accessible. In 2009, executive producer Bill Evans brought the idea to Morse, Portnoy, Morse, LaRue, and music producer Peter Collins. Having helmed enduring works by progressive artists (Rush, Brian Wilson), as well as mainstream ones (Elton John, Bon Jovi), the renowned Collins was a perfect fit. The band was incomplete, though, even after Evans and Collins considered over 100 singer/songwriters. 

Then Mike Portnoy, one night on tour, heard Casey McPherson’s “Colder Months” in rotation on his iPod. McPherson had recently released New Morning (Hollywood Records), dominating the Billboard Top-10 for 17 weeks, and VH1’s Top-20 Countdown for four months. Portnoy realized, soon followed by everyone else, that McPherson brought the perfect tone to Flying Colors. 

Second Nature was released in September of 2014, debuting in multiple Top-10 charts, worldwide. In addition to numerous other accolades, the album received a Prog Award nomination for Album of the Year, with Flying Colors being nominated for Band of the Year. Adorned with artwork by Hugh Syme (Aerosmith, Stone Sour, Rush), mixed by prog rock stalwart Rich Mouser, and bookended by two tracks of truly epic stature—"Open Up Your Eyes", and the anthemic "Cosmic Symphony"—Second Nature was a fitting release for the band's sophomore outing. 

In late 2012, the band toured the United States and Europe, dazzling fans with Flying Colors originals and selections from the catalogues of the five members. ‘Second Flight: Live At The Z7’ is the follow-up to the band’s previous Blu-ray/DVD, the #1 European-charting ‘Live in Europe’, which knocked One Direction out of the Top-10.

Guns N' Roses Reunion Could End Slipknot

A Guns N' Roses reunion of the classic lineup of the group seems like an impossible dream despite the recent reconciliation of Axl Rose and Slash. But if a reunion did happen, it may have the side effect of making Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor retire from touring.

Taylor discussed the possibilities of a reunion happening in a new interview with Las Vegas Review Journal and while he doesn't think that it is likely to happen, he would be one of the most excited if it did.

"I will believe it when I buy the ticket. Let's put it that way. I mean, because nobody gets more excited about the thought of the Appetite lineup coming back together," Taylor said.

He then joked that he would have to retire and become the Guns N' Roses version of a Deadhead if it ever did happen. "I would retire from touring, because I wouldn't want to go up against that. You know what I'm saying? And then I would follow them like I was a Deadhead. Like I would just go to every show. But that's only if it's the Appetite lineup - or even if it's those guys with Matt Sorum, because I know that Steven [Adler] has some physical issues, but he can still play, man. I've seen him play. He can still jam, dude. That dude knows how to pound."

He then described his love for Guns N' Roses debut album "Appetite For Destruction": "Top to bottom … [Appetite is] one of those albums that you cannot listen to and not go, 'Holy s-t!' Like you put it on and you feel it, even if you're not into the music, you feel it.

"There's something so dirty and so raw and so amazing about that album. And the songs are amazing, you know. People like to talk about the production or the attitude … those f-ing songs are ridiculous!" Read the full interview here.

Push To Have Dave Grohl to Host 'Saturday Night Live'

By now, you might have thought that Dave Grohl would have hosted Saturday Night Live. After all, his appearances on the show number well into the double digits: he's performed as a member of Nirvana and (on multiple occasions) the Foo Fighters; as well as with Them Crooked Vultures, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and in Paul McCartney's backing band. And during that time, he's appeared in a bunch of skits. And as anyone who's seen the Foo Fighters in concert, any number of their videos, or caught Grohl's turn as Satan in Tenacious D's "Tribute" video or The Pick of Destiny knows that the guy is pretty funny.

But, as it turns out, he's never hosted SNL. That may change soon, though, thanks to an online petition, which reads, "This as [sic] a petition to generate awareness to Lorne Michaels and the executives at NBC and Saturday Night Live so they know that the fans (Grohlies) want Dave Grohl to host SNL with musical guest (Foo Fighters).

"There have been may musicians who have hosted SNL over the years, however Dave Grohl is the only one to appear on the show over 12 times and frequent in sketches, but never host!"

Apparently Grohl himself is interested; the petition is accompanied by a photo of the Foo Fighter holding a sign that says "Lorne, I wanna host Saturday Night Live!" Read more here.

Iron Maiden Singer Didn't Know Song Was Robin Williams Tribute

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson admits to having no idea that the song "Tears Of A Clown" was about the late Robin Williams until after he'd recorded it.

The track appears on the band's new album The Book Of Souls and pays tribute to the actor and comedian who took his own life in August last year. But the lyrics were penned by Maiden bassist Steve Harris and vocalist Dickinson says he didn't make the connection himself - even as he was recording his parts.

Dickinson tells Corus Radio: "Steve wrote the words to the song. He didn't tell anybody what it was about, and I had no idea when I was singing the song that it was about Robin Williams. So I finished doing the tune, and I went up to him and I said, 'These words are really cool. What's the genesis of the tune?' And he said, 'Robin Williams.' And I went, 'Wow!' It surprised the hell out of me, because it was so specific."

The singer says his surprise was mostly down to the fact that Harris' lyrics usually don't touch on recent, tragic events. Read more here.

ELO Set Release Of Comeback Album, Streaming New Single

ELO have confirmed that "Alone In The Universe", their first album in a decade and half will be released in November and they've made the first single "When I Was A Boy" available to stream.

Jeff Lynne's outfit will issue their 12th album on November 13 via Columbia records. The follow-up to 2001's Zoom is available to pre-order from September 25 (Friday) and those who do will get the single as an instant download.

Lynne says: "Music is such a powerful force in our lives. A good song can make people feel much less alone in this universe. And trying to create one of those songs somehow makes me feel less alone too. My whole life - from being that kid with a dream in Birmingham right until today - proves how much music can do."

Lynne revealed late last year that Elo was "a going concern again" and the band performed at the Grammys in February. Ashley Newton, president of Columbia Records, adds: "Jeff Lynne is a total master of his craft and Alone In The Universe is pure pop perfection. We are thrilled to be involved in the return of ELO and enormously proud to be releasing this contemporary classic on Columbia Records." Check out the new song here.

New Version of Ratt Announced By Bobby Blotzer

Drummer Bobby Blotzer has confirmed he's taken over the Ratt name following a five-year trademark battle and a new version of the group will head out on the Re-Invasion tour across North America in 2016.

He's moved on without former singer Stephen Pearcy who quit last year and has gathered a lineup around him consisting of frontman Josh Alan, bassist Scotty Griffin and guitarists Blaze and Doc Ellis.

The band say in a statement: "After a five-year battle over trademark issues, doing everything he could to appease and re-assemble the band, Bobby Blotzer, the CEO of WBS Inc has taken control of the Ratt brand." Read more and see a photo of the new band here.

Slayer's Kerry King Says We Are In 'A Good Time For Metal'

Slayer guitarist Kerry King says he knows metal is in good health by the number of people going to gigs. He reveals that the band's upcoming European tour is near to sold out already and that he sees that as a better indicator of the state of the scene than how many records they sell.

King tells The Irish Times: "I judge it more by people coming to shows rather than on people buying music. It's very different to what it was 20 years ago, but the live environment is unchanged, and that's when you see if you are doing well. The tour that's coming up is almost sold out already which is great news. It does seem to be a good time for metal."

He adds that Slayer hope to include five songs from latest album Repentless for their live shows, but insists he will never bore of playing the band's classic hits. Read more here.

Anthrax Turned Down This Year's Mayhem Festival

Scott Ian has revealed that Anthrax were approached about starring at this year's Mayhem festival - but turned it down as there wasn't enough money on offer.

The tour was headlined by Slayer, with guitarist Kerry King becoming embroiled in a war of words with promoter Kevin Lyman over the quality of the bill. Lyman previously accused "old, fat and bald" metal bands of inflicting long-term damage on the genre.

The future of the touring event is up in the air, with co-promoter John Reese saying the 2015 edition would be the last ever. Ian tells The Jasta Show: "We turned them down because the money was too low. We were like, 'No, that's ridiculous.' They said, 'Well there's no money.' That's not our problem. Why are we going to go out and get paid less than we're worth? That's insane." Read more here.

The Who Release Live 'Baba O'Riley' Video From Hyde Park Film

The Who have released a video of their performance of "Baba O'Riley" as a preview to their forthcoming concert film, "The Who: Live In Hyde Park." The film is set to screen in cinemas worldwide on October 7.

The project captures the band at the famed London venue earlier this year as they delivered the final UK concert appearance of their 50th anniversary farewell tour.

The concert footage is rounded out with interviews featuring Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as Iggy Pop, Robert Plant, Johnny Marr and more.

Last week, The Who postponed all remaining dates on their North American tour as singer Roger Daltrey continues to recover from viral Meningitis. "We are rescheduling all the shows for next Spring 2016," says Townshend. "We apologize to all our fans who have supported us in the last 50 years. Once Roger is completely well we will come back stronger than ever and Roger and I will give you all a show to remember."

The postponement affects almost 30 dates in the fall run. Watch the live video here.

Steven Wilson Explains Why Music Streaming Is 'Flawed'

Steven Wilson says his material won't appear on streaming services as the model is "flawed." He's just released his limited-edition compilation album Transience on vinyl only and says he's comfortable going down that route - even if it means his work doesn't reach a wider audience.

He says: "People are always asking me why I'm not on Spotify, and it's really difficult as I know I'm missing out on potential discovery. I just think the model is flawed.

"My solution is to go in the other direction and try to make the physical piece as appealing and as attractive as possible: doing special editions, making nice vinyl, and making the shows as visually spectacular as they can be."

Earlier this year, Wilson insisted the album format would survive as sales of his latest album Hand. Cannot. Erase. proved people wanted to immerse themselves in conceptual pieces of music rather than individual tracks. Read more here.

Bruce Springsteen Does Surprise Birthday Jam With Jackson Browne

Bruce Springsteen took to the stage Tuesday night (Sept. 22) with Jackson Browne for a New Jersey jamfest, just in time to celebrate the Boss' birthday.

While Springsteen turned 66 years-old Wednesday, it was the crowd at the Browne show in Red Bank, NJ that received a pretty awesome gift in the form of a Bruce surprise appearance.

The set began with Browne calling for Teresa Williams, his wife, to come to the stage. "I want Teresa on this song," he said, orchestrating the big reveal. Then came the introduction of the Boss and they dove into into rendition of 'Take It Easy," the Eagles classic, which Browne co-wrote.

Check out the performance here.


Nashville Natives Dominate Sold-Out Hometown Show

Nashville natives THE CADILLAC THREE rallied Saturday night at The Cannery Ballroom for an epic hometown show, which sold out in less than one week. During the raging headline concert, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler joined the trio on stage for “Sweet Emotion.” The iconic songwriter and prolific singer, who was introduced as the reason TC3 wanted to be musicians, proved the admiration was mutual when he revealed a shirt announcing he was the newest member of The Cadillac 4Watch the video a fan posted:

Music City born and bred Jaren Johnston (Guitar & Lead Vocals), Neil Mason (Drums, Percussion & Vocals) and Kelby Ray (Bass Steel Guitar, Dobro, Acoustic & Vocals) performed with a rare combination that is intuitive, authentic and organic. Their explosive live show highlights just how far these high school friends have come.
“Having our fans and the place we grew up party, dance and get loud, man, was everything to us,” said Jaren. “And seriously to have one of our biggest idols, and now friend, sing with us, we definitely couldn’t dreamed this up when we started this crazy journey.”
Fans from far and wide flocked to the venue, singing every word and raising a glass to the unabashed trio. Named the UK Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards Best New Band and playing to capacity crowds in the UK over the last several months, TC3 even saw a few of their familiar faces make the trek. For one-night-only access, Big Machine’s iHeart Radio channel also live streamed the entire show so fans everywhere could join the uninhibited musical party. Even Superstar acts like Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Eli Young Band rave about the greatness of TC3:
One of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know,” TC3 will hit the road this fall with Chase Rice and has previously toured with Eric ChurchDierks Bentley, among others. The trio has been nominated for ACM Vocal Event of the Year while Jaren scored GRAMMY nods for RISER (Dierks Bentley) & “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” (Tim McGraw), in addition to penning #1 hits for Keith Urban, Jake Owen and Billy Currington. He solely penned the band’s latest offering on Big Machine Records, “White Lightning,” and will join Kip Moore and Brett James tonight in New York City for a special CMA Songwriters Series taping of “Front and Center.” TC3’s eclectic catalogue also features album cuts for Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jack’s Mannequin, Meat Loaf and more.





The String Cheese Incident is thrilled to announce the release of Rhythm of the Road: Volume 2, Live In Las Vegas – the second installment of SCI’s live archival series that highlights the band’s most celebrated concerts with re-mastered limited edition releases.  The three-disc set will be released on October 9, 2015 on SCI Fidelity Records. Fans can get a taste of this special release exclusively today on JamBase, who is premiering the track “Got What He Wanted.”  Listen HERE.

The String Cheese Incident were in the middle of their 2001 coast-to-coast summer tour when they pulled into Las Vegas for the band’s first ever, “Sin City Incidents.” Touring in support of the band’s new studio album “Outside Inside,” and a couple days after the live Austin City Limits TV taping, the band settled into the Aladdin Theatre in July 2001 for two incredible late-night Incidents. Rhythm of the Road: Volume 2, Live In Las Vegas features the best moments of that two night run and includes fan favorites such as “San José” and “Howard,” as well as rare bust-outs like “SKAT” and more. The audio has been completely re-mixed and re-mastered, creating a listening experience that all SCI fans will enjoy.

“We are excited to be releasing the second installment of our Rhythm of the Road live series,” said bass player Keith Moseley.  “It’s always fun to listen back through the archives and find old shows that we consider to be important shows in our band’s history. Las Vegas is always a big party and these shows in 2001 were no different.  It was July in Vegas so it was really hot.  Everyone was really going for it musically, stretching out some long jams during these late night shows.  This compilation features some songs we’ve never really officially released like ‘Dirk,’ ‘Cedar Laurels,’ ‘Howard,’ ‘Windy Mountain,’ ‘Turn This Around’ and many others.  We are real proud of it.”

Pre-orders for album are available now through the official SCI online store: Those who pre-order the album will automatically be entered to win one of several prizes – one hundred people will be randomly selected to receive a signed copy Rhythm of the Road: Volume 2, Live In Las Vegas.  Ten second prize winners will receive free MP3 downloads of every Las Vegas show that is available on, five first prize winners will receive the MP3’s as well as the official Aladdin Theatre show poster from 2001 signed by the band.  One grand prize winner will win a pair of tickets to all three SCI NYE shows in Colorado as well as the MP3’s and signed poster.

The String Cheese Incident released Song In My Head, their first studio album in nine years in 2014 through SCI Fidelity Records/Loud & Proud Records.  The album was produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads and included 10 new songs written collaboratively by the group over the past few years.  The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.  For more information please click HERE.

The String Cheese Incident formed in Crested Butte and Telluride, Colorado in 1993.  Over the years, the band, Bill Nershi (guitars and vocals), Michael Kang (mandolin, violin, guitar and vocals), Keith Moseley (bass and vocals), Michael Travis (drums and percussion), Kyle Hollingsworth (keyboards and vocals) and Jason Hann (percussion), has played over 1,500 Incidents, including their own festivals and Incidents across the country and they have been hailed for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, community spirit, philanthropic endeavors and their innovative approach to the business of music. 

The band will begin their fall tour in Minneapolis on October 14.  Track listing for Rhythm of the Road: Volume 2, Live In Las Vegas and all tour dates are listed below.

Rhythm of the Road: Volume 2, Live In Las Vegas Track Listing:
Disc 1
01.    Intro
02.    San José
03.    Got What He Wanted
04.    Freedom Jazz Dance
05.    Why You Been Gone So Long
06.    Cedar Laurels
07.    Sittin’ On Top of the World
08.    SKAT
09.    Black and White
Disc 2
01.    Get Down Tonight
02.    Howard
03.    Windy Mountain
04.    Turn This Around 
05.    Daryl
Disc 3
01.   Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
02.   Desert Passage Jam 
03.   Come As You Are
04.   Let It Go
05.   Dirk
06.   Mouna Bowa 
07.   Aladdin Jam 
08.   Shantytown

Tour Dates:
October 14 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
October 15 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
October 16 – Riverside Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
October 17 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
October 19 – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Indoors – Columbus, OH
October 20 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
October 21 – F Shed at the Market – Syracuse, NY
October 22 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
October 23 – Theater at Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
October 24 – Theater at Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
October 30 – November 1 – Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, FL
December 31 – January 2, 2016 – 1STBANK Center – Broomfield, CO

Metallica and Motley Crue Feud Reignited By Tommy Lee

The old animosity between Metallica and Motley Crue has been reignited after Motley drummer Tommy Lee mocked Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich with a Twitter photo following appearances by both bands at this year's Rock in Rio festival.

The bad blood between the groups date back to their early days when Motley Crue were the kings of the glam scene on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood and Metallica were one of the pioneers of the thrash metal scene but were forced to relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from Los Angeles to find a more receptive audience.

One of the most notable exchanges in feud included Ulrich accusing the Crue of using a backing tape during their appearance on the 1997 American Music Awards which caused Nikki Sixx to respond, "Dear, Sweet, Fat, Balding Larz (love the make up babe!). Taking your ever moronic soapbox position on a subject that's NONE of your f***ing business has made you to be an a**hole as usual.

"Considering that me and Tommy know that your live tapes have been re-recorded, And ALL your instruments were repaired in Pro Tools (and had the balls to lie to your fans and call it a 'live' album)...People in glass houses should NOT throw rocks!!! considering you decided to take your bullsh*t to the press, we feel its only fair to return the punch!! You are such a poseur and thanks for releasing that 'load' of sh*t CD of made more room for us."

Now, Tommy Lee has poked fun at Lars' drumming ability by posting a photo on Twitter that was created by a N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton meme generator that that shows the words "Straight Outta Tempo" over a photo of Ulrich.

Scott Weiland Reportedly Sued By Lawyers For $50,000

Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland is reportedly being sued by the law firm for alleged unpaid fees in the legal fight that followed his firing from STP.

G&M Law reportedly filed a lawsuit against the singer claiming that Weiland owes them $50,000 for legal services they provided for him in 2013, according to a report from the gossip site TMZ.

The firm represented Weiland when he was sued by his former bandmates and they also filed a countersuit on his behalf. He dropped the firm in 2014 and they reportedly claim that he failed to pay his balance with the firm.

Weiland and the band eventually settled their dispute, with Stone Temple Pilots retaining their name but with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington filling the lead vocalist role.

AC/DC Upsets Chicago Cubs Manager

The Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is none too happy with AC/DC. Apparently there were some Dirty Deeds done at historic Wrigley Field when the band played a show there last Tuesday, and not all of them occurred on stage.

"Since the AC/DC concert we've had a little bit of trouble," Maddon told ESPN. "I don't know if they [the band] were out there taking ground balls in 9-inch heels."

The grounds crew at Wrigley replaced the grass that was in the outfield during AC/DC's Rock or Bust tour stop with brand new sod, but according to ESPN, a number of players have expressed concern over the condition of the field. Read more here.

Pink Floyd Reunion Would Be Impossible Says David Gilmour

David Gilmour just released a new solo album called Rattle That Lock, and to help promote the release, he did a rare U.S. television interview last weekend on CBS This Morning.

In the interview, the former Pink Floyd singer and guitarist talked about why he will never, ever do a Pink Floyd reunion. Gilmour said he's been finished with Pink Floyd "for a long time" and that following Pink Floyd band mate Rick Wright's passing, it would be "impossible" to do a proper reunion.

He added "there would be no great joy in it" for him if he did do a reunion at this point. Gilmour concluded that the group "ran its course in a wonderful way. I don't miss it."

A song off Gilmour's solo album called "A Boat Lies Waiting" is actually a tribute to Wright, who passed away of cancer in 2008. Read more here.

Rob Zombie Teams With Mila Kunis For TV Horror Comedy Series

Rob Zombie has been named co-producer and director of an upcoming TV comedy horror series. Deadline report that the show entitled Trapped has been commissioned by US network Starz in conjunction with Mila Kunis' Orchard Farm Productions.

It was created and written by Arrested Develpoment co-producer Joey Slamon and focuses on a family who find themselves under siege from a murderous cult.

Zombie says: "Me and my pal Mila have some crazy sh*t planned." Orchard Farm's Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov will also be onboard as executive producers. Read more here.

Motorhead Releasing Their Own Brand Of Whisky

Motorhead have unveiled their own branded whisky. The tipple adds to the band's Motorhead Drinks line which already includes beer, wine and vodka. Motorhead Whisky launches on October 1, but only in Sweden for the time being.

Lemmy and co have collaborated with Swedish award-winning distillery Mackmyra on the drink, which is said to have strong bourbon influences. The frontman - who recently said he had switched from his usual drink of bourbon and Coke to vodka and orange - says: "Life is less painful with Motorhead Whisky. I may consider having a sip now and then."

The drink is described as an "alert and vital - almost cocky - perfectly balanced whisky with nice caramel and typical vanilla notes from American oak." Motorhead are said to have played an active role in both choosing casks and blends.

Drummer Mikkey Dee adds: "We think it's great fun to launch a whisky in collaboration with a Swedish, world-famous distillery, Mackmyra. The whisky is incredibly good, with full character and fully flavored with a superb bourbon touch, as it's been aged in new American oak casks." Read more here.

Corey Taylor Reveals New Stone Sour EP Release Plans

Stone Sour's second in a series of three cover EPs will be out in October or November, frontman Corey Taylor has revealed. Straight Outta Burnbank is the follow-up to this year's Meanwhile In Burbank... and features Halestorm's Lzzy Hale singing a version of the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter as well as takes on material by Iron Maiden, Slayer, Motley Crue and Bad Brains.

Taylor tells Lazer 103.3 (via Blabbermouth): "It's done, it's mixed. We've got the artwork all together. It's looking to come out either October or November. So that's where that's at. And it's awesome. It's really good.

"We're actually more into this one than we are Meanwhile In Burbank. And that's nothing against the first one; the first one's super solid. This one is so diverse, but it all feels really good." Read more here.

David Bowie Writes Theme Song For New TV Series

David Bowie wrote the theme song for British Sky Broadcasting's new series The Last Panthers (via Billboard). The six-part crime drama starring Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim and John Hurt focuses on a European diamond heist based off the Pink Panthers gang.

Bowie wrote the eponymously titled theme song-his first such endeavor in 20 years-after meeting with the series' director Johan Renck. 'I was looking for one of the icons of my youth to write the music for the title sequence but was presented with a god," Renck said of Bowie. "His first response was precise, engaged and curious."

The director went on to describe hearing the final product, "The piece of music he laid before us embodied every aspect of our characters and the series itself-dark, brooding, beautiful and sentimental (in the best possible incarnation of this word). All along, the man inspired and intrigued me and as the process passed, I was overwhelmed with his generosity. I still can't fathom what actually happened." Read more here.

Demon's Eye - Under The Neon - new album feat. Doogie White (ex-Rainbow) -

Rock legends like Jon Lord and Ian Paice from Deep Purple had several concerts together with Demon's Eye and were quite taken with their musicality and power. After building up a reputation as a Deep Purple Tribute Band, they established their name as an original band with their successful debut album „The Stranger Within“ in 2011. With „Under the Neon“, Demon’s Eye have now released their second album, once again featuring Doogie White, former singer of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and current lead vocalist with Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock.
Doogie White: „“Under the Neon“ is a high energy album full of exciting and vibrant songs complimented with dynamic performances from everyone. I think it’s just great! Difficult 2nd album? Not at all. The band have breathed brand new life into their classic sound. Demon’s Eye play music that is based on the greatest era of rock music: the seventies. It‘s traditional British heavy rock music done by Germans… and a Scotsman (laughter). It’s for people who love that classic sound where bands experimented and explored with their music and delivered outstanding yet unpretentious musicianship. The wonderful thing is that the sound is classic and the approach is new and fresh. The songs are really brilliant, dynamic and varied. It‘s a style of music I enjoy and relate with and I try to make what I bring to the party as colorful, challenging and as triumphant as I can.“
The CD will be available in stores in Europe and digitally worldwide.

"Welcome To My World" - official videoclip (of course, a song from "Under The Neon"):

The album website:

The return of the KHYMERA Project is fully in the hands of Dennis Ward – New album « The Grand Design » out in December on Frontiers

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the fourth album of the KHYMERA project entitled “The Grand Design”, on December 4th in Europe and North America.

While the KHYMERA project started out as an alliance between Italian producer/musician, Daniele Liverani and then KANSAS singer Steve Walsh, it actually developed into a regular musical project when Pink Cream 69/Unisonic bassist and producer Dennis Ward came into the picture.

While known as a bass player, Dennis always sings background vocals with his bands, so it was quite interesting for many fans to hear his voice taking the lead on the Khymera albums “A New Promise” and “The Greatest Wonder”. While the project went on hiatus for some time, it was a natural choice now for Dennis to grab the reins and take complete control (both on the songwriting – together with Paul Logue and Michael Klein - and on the production side) of the new album, “The Grand Design”, which comes 7 years after the release of “The Greatest Wonder”.

“Everything changed this time!” says Dennis Ward. “First of all there were no songs written by outside writers, just the people involved in the recordings and Paul.  I wrote all the melodies and lyrics this time, something I had not done on the previous KHYMERA albums, but regardless it was a very comfortable working situation.”

The band is also totally “new”. Other than Ward, no other old members performed on the album. “I was on tour playing with Unisonic in Europe and Japan” tells Dennis, “we had a double headlining bill with Edguy and I was really impressed by Felix Bohnke’s drumming.  He’s a fan of AOR and was more than happy to participate to the new KHYMERA album, which was great because his style fits so well. Whilst collaborating on one song with Paul Logue (EDEN’S CURSE), he came up with an idea to have a certain type of choir in the song which he worked out with Pete Newdeck.  I was so impressed by the choirs Pete made and how they fit to my voice that I asked him to be Khymera’s “backing vocalist”. His choir ideas greatly impacted the entire outcome of the album.   

“A couple songs ideas that Paul Logue presented had beautiful pianos in them,” continues Dennis.  “I too had a piano song and asked Paul who played his piano parts in. He told me of Jim Rykbost, whom I’ve never worked with.  Jim is a down to earth Piano player, not just a keyboarder. With all due respect to many pop/rock keyboarders the true art of playing the Piano seems to get lost these days. Jim had the feel and the mood I was looking for and took the songs to another level. Since I also needed keys I quickly got into contact with Eric Ragno, someone I’ve worked with in the past and has so much experience and class in AOR.  I love his modern approach to building AOR keyboard parts.”

Musically, the new album very much follows along the logical progression of the musical path that was started a few years ago. “The Grand Design” is a strong, extremely melodic release, which showcases the fantastic vocal abilities of Dennis and highlights his great skills as a songwriter and producer.

“The Grand Design” truly offers one of the most shining examples of what great European Melodic Rock is all about: crystal clear production, soaring vocals, killer musicianship and songwriting that reminds fans of the heydays of the genre when bands like Giuffria, Icon, and Signal ruled the airwaves.

Enjoy the new album trailer here:

 “The Grand Design” tracklisting includes: Never Give Up On You; Tell Me Something; Say What You Want; I Believe; A Night To Remember; She’s Got The Love; Land Of Golden Dreams; The Grand Design; Streetlights; Who’s Fooling Who; Finally; Where Is The Love.

Dennis Ward: bass guitar and lead vocals
Felix Bohnke: drums
Michael Klein: guitars
Eric Ragno: keyboards
Jim Rybkost: piano, additional keyboards

Songs For The Dead”, The Brand New Album From Norwegian Industrial / Alternative-Rock Band Magenta, To Be Released October 16th On Cleopatra Records!

Los Angeles, CA - Norwegian Industrial /Alternative-Rock band, Magenta will unleash their long awaited new album “Songs For The Dead, a true masterpiece of dark & savage beauty. Leading off the campaign for the album will be an official audio-video for the album’s first single “Ghost”, produced by Al Jorgenson of Ministry and featuring synths by Stephan Groth of Apoptygma Berzerk.

Magenta “Ghost" (Official Audio/Video)

Magenta was formed by Vilde Lockert Odden and Anders Odden in 1995. They have always taken inspiration from the wide range of music they like and describe their work as a soundtrack to a movie you have to create in your head.

Anders Odden is well known in the international metal scene as guitarist for Norwegian black metal legends, Satyricon. His guitar prowness has also served well for Cadaver, Apoptygma Berzerk and Celtic Frost to name a few. But unlike any of these, Magenta is his main musical outlet as a composer/writer.

"Songs For The Dead" was borne through deep tragedy. The Magenta family had been invited to stay at Ministry leader, Al Jourgensen’s 13th Planet Studios compound during the Xmas of 2012. They arrived the same day that Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia left after finishing some recording. Then shortly after, on December 22nd, news reached them that Mike passed away. Everyone at Al’s compound was overwhelmed with grief. To try to get somewhat back to normal in the midst of this, they all decided to record something. The Magentas daugther, Regine, had written a song called "Ghost" in the castle of Duke Hank Von Hell (ex-Turbonegro) the Xmas before. They recorded this track with Al's magic touch and the idea for the album dedicated to those who have past on, was born.

The album is like a requiem and is a new birth for Magenta. It is the first album Magenta have done that they feel represent them fully as the kind of musical entity they want. As Anders himself has said; "Magenta is my playground where I can be as diverse and melodic as I want to." 

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Slash and Duff McKagan's AC/DC Jam Video Posted Online

Duff McKagan, and Slash inadvertently added more fuel to the Guns N' Roses reunion rumor mill when the pair reunited during a recent charity event in Los Angeles.

McKagan and Slash teamed up with fellow Velvet Revolver bandmate Dave Kushner, Franky Perez from Apocalyptica, and comedian Bill Burr on drums.

The impromptu band played the Guns N' Roses classics "It's So Easy," and "Paradise City," as well as a cover of AC/DC's "Highway To Hell." Check out video of the band's cover of "Highway To Hell" here.

Kurt Cobain's Beatles Cover Song Streaming Online

Director Brett Morgen discovered a goldmine of previously unreleased audio and footage while working on his Kurt Cobain biopic Montage of Heck. One of the surprising finds is a very raw acoustic version of The Beatles' classic "And I Love Her," performed by Cobain on an acoustic guitar.

According to Stereogum, a 7″ record containing The Beatles cover and the Cobain rarity "Sappy" will be released on Nov. 20. Back in May we reported that Morgen said he had enough unheard Cobain songs to release a full-length album. No word on whether there will be a full release, but this 7″ should keep fans happy for a bit.

The John Lennon and Paul McCartney-penned "And I Love Her" was originally featured on the Beatles' 1964 album A Hard Days Night. It has been covered by a diverse range of artists including Diana Krall, Pat Metheny and Al Di Meola. Listen to Cobain's cover here.

AC/DC Launching Rock Or Bust Beer

AC/DC will launch its own Rock Or Bust beer in Australia via ALDI Supermarkets on September 30. The Shout reports the beer will be available in time for the Australian leg of the band's world tour of the same name, which starts in Sydney on November 4.

The pale lager is made by German brewery Karlsberg and has been brewed to the "Reinheitsgebot", the German Beer Purity law of 1516. "We're very excited to celebrate AC/DC's legendary rock status with the launch of AC/DC Beer in Australia," said an ALDI Australia spokesperson. "The combination of great German Beer and Aussie Hard Rock just seems like a match made in heaven."

AC/DC are currently playing dates on their North American tour, which will wrap up at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on September 28. Watch the Rock or Bust video here.

Anthrax's Scott Ian Unleashes On Spotify

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian was the featured guest on the latest episode of The Jasta Show where he covered a lot of topics including the sad state of music festivals this year and he shared his very strong negative feels about the Spotify music streaming service.

Here is that segment of the interview: "I don't have Spotify. I don't stream. I don't do any of that. So I'm ignorant to that. That's a good question that I'll ask my manager. Like, all our old Island catalog, is 'Among The Living' on Spotify? I have no idea. If it is, I'm sure we're not making any off it. Even if we had the best deal in the world, we still wouldn't be seeing any money from Spotify. That's why when I hear musicians use Spotify, I'm, like, 'Really? You're supporting a company that's ripping you off.' That's amazing. 'Yeah, but it's so easy to just have your music.' I'm, like, 'It's really easy to have my music without Spotify.' I just never got that. You know this company is f***ing you, yet you are still okay with using it. That's weird to me."

"The thing is, I get it, I get it. It's how a lot of people on the planet get their music now, and I'm not against that. I wouldn't say, 'Don't put our records on there,' because I understand it now. It's, like, great, that's how you're getting our music, and then maybe you're gonna go buy a ticket next time we come through. So I get that; I totally get it.

"On the other side of that, I'm still the guy who… I came from the era where you could actually have a platinum album. How many records went platinum in America last year? That's a f***ing joke. So take your streaming and shove it up you're a**, is really how I truly feel about it. But that doesn't mean I'm gonna be a caveman and say, 'We're not streaming.' I want our music to get out there. I want as many people to get exposed to it as possible." Stream the full episode here.

Stevie Nicks Performs With The Foo Fighters

Stevie Nicks and HAIM joined the Foo Fighters for a pair of classic tracks at The Forum in Los Angeles on Monday September 21st which was one of two dates the Foo Fighters are playing at The Forum as part of their North American tour in support of 2014's "Sonic Highways.".

Nicks took center stage to duet with Dave Grohl on her 1981 single, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", with the guitarist handling Tom Petty's parts from the original version. Nicks then sang "Gold Dust Woman" from Fleetwood Mac's 1977 smash, "Rumours."

The September 21 show was one of two dates the Foo Fighters are playing at The Forum as part of their North American tour in support of 2014's "Sonic Highways."

Grohl continues to perform on a metal throne with his leg in a walking boot as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered during a June 12 show in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The rocker fell off stage early in the show, received treatement, and returned to finish the concert, but the incident led to the cancellation of the group's European tour, including the pair of UK dates. Watch video of the two song performances with Stevie Nicks here.

Metallica Star Sets Release For Jaco Documentary

The Jaco Pastorius documentary produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo will be released on November 27. Jaco explores the short life of bass icon Pastorius - widely regarded as one of the most influential and talented electric bass players of all time.

He worked with Joni Mitchell and The Weather Report, among others, and released a string of solo albums. He died in 1987 at the age of 35 following a fight in a Florida club.

Trujillo and his partners at Passion Pictures will team up with Black Friday and Record Store Day organisers for the launch. Jaco will be released via on demand streaming services and digital download on the same day that it is issued on DVD and Blu-ray.

Also issued on the same day will be the Jaco: Original Soundtrack album. The production was made possible via a successful PledgeMusic campaign, which has already hit 166% of its target - and still has three days left to run. Read more here.

Iron Maiden's Epic Songs Come Naturally

Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris admits the band find it hard writing short songs these days. They've recorded long tracks in the past but made latest album The Book Of Souls their first double studio release as it contains several lengthy pieces, including the 18-minute epic Empire Of The Clouds.

Harris tells Goldmine: "We've always done what we wanted to do right from the first album, so there's no difference there. It's just that we do have difficulty writing short songs these days. I don't know why that is. It's just the way it evolved."

He continues: "There's no real reason besides the fact that we do have all kinds of influences. Some of them being prog kind of stuff. But we're not trying specifically to be like anything other than just writing what the songs we feel are right at the time."

Harris reports part of the excitement of the writing process is that they don't know what the end result will be, and adds: "We just go in and do it and what comes out, comes out. It's only afterward, when we do interviews, when we try to analyze it. We don't analyze what we do. We just do it." Read more here.

Chris Cornell Covers Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U

Chris Cornell performed a cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" recently on SiriusXM and video of his performance of the song has been posted online.

Prince originally wrote the tune for one of his side projects, The Family, and it went on to become a worldwide hit for Sinead O'Connor in 1990. Cornell is making the rounds to promote his newly-released fourth solo album, "Higher Truth."

The follow-up to 2009's "Scream" was recorded earlier this year in Seattle with producer Brendan O'Brien. Cornell launched a 6-week theater tour of North America in San Diego, CA on September 18. Check out the song performance here.

Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Admits To Retirement Ploy

Keith Richards has owned up to pretending he was going to retire in order to secure the services of everyone he wanted for his solo album. Crosseyed Heart was released last week, alongside a Netflix documentary about the Rolling Stones guitarist's life.

In a US TV interview, host Jimmy Fallon asked him about saying in the studio: "I don't know, maybe I'll just retire." Richards replied with a laugh: "Yeah, I did say that - but actually it was a ploy. If I threaten to retire, suddenly guys will come out of the woodwork."

Crosseyed Heart features longtime collaborators Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel plus guest spots from Bobby Keys, Norah Jones and others. Richards last week confirmed that the Stones have made "definite plans" to record an album next year. Watch the interview here.


The first U.S public screening of the new film Window Of Opportunity will double as a fundraiser for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.   Set for Wednesday, October 28 at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, the "Window of Opportunity" event will be hosted by producer JOHN DENSMORE (THE DOORS) and writer/director SAM JOSEPH.

The film follows the weekend antics of a pair of corporate fat cats who try to pawn their financial misdeeds off on a young executive, with deadly results. "It's dark, suspenseful, and comic, and addresses a theme that I've been worried about for awhile: corporate greed," says Densmore, drummer for THE DOORS, best-selling author and longtime social activist. "You couldn't get more aligned with the themes of this film than Bernie Sanders' platforms. So, we've decided to make the first public screening of the film a fundraiser for Bernie 2016...and make a statement against the corporate greed that's been tearing apart our country."

Originally written and produced by Joseph as a Los Angeles stage production, the work drew praise from fans and critics alike. L.A. Weekly said the "dark comedy hilariously skewers a take-no-prisoners corporate culture that would do a cost-benefit analysis on human suffering and for which death may be more profitable than life (4/12/06)." The screening will mark the first time the film (with Oliver Muirhead, Jack Maxwell, Phil Proctor, Rayna Tharani, Kym Jackson and Ty Granderson Jones) has been screened publicly,

with all ticket proceeds going to the campaign.

 After his career with The Doors, Densmore pursued a wide array of projects. He has written two books: his best-selling autobiography Riders On The Storm and The Doors Unhinged. He has also written, acted in and made music for a number of plays as well as made several television appearances.

Writer/producer Sam Joseph is an accomplished playwright including the stage musical "Campaign" and the marital infidelity comedy "Two Times Two." He has also written for a number of TV shows including cartoons like "Dennis the Menace" and "Duck Tales" and the feature film "Off Your Rocker" starring Milton Berle and Red Buttons.

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In 1986 JOE SATRIANI released his first solo album through Relativity Records, “Not of This Earth”.  Fast-forward to this year when SATRIANI released his 15th solo album, “Shockwave Supernova” to critical acclaim.  To mark this major milestone anniversary, SATRIANI will bring to life the “Surfing to Shockwave” 2016 Tour, an evening spotlighting his 30-year career.

The 45-date tour celebrating “30 Years of Mind-Bending Guitar Daredevilry,” a phrase coined in a June 2014 career-defining retrospective feature in Rolling Stone, launches February 25th at Seattle’s legendary Paramount Theatre crossing the US into Canada ending April 24th.  The shows will highlight music over SATRIANI’s entire career, including songs the legendary guitarist hasn’t played live in over 20 years!

This August, the world renowned guitarist released his 15th studio album, hitting Satriani’s highest chart debut at #19 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart.  In addition, the album also debuted at # 3 on the Billboard Rock Chart and ranks as the highest charting all-instrumental rock album on Billboard’s Top 200 in the SoundScan era. 

The critical acclaim for Shockwave Supernova was unprecedented:
“…Joe Satriani has proven himself to be one of the most imaginative, brilliant and talented rock guitarists ever to strum six strings.” - Rolling Stone
“…Satriani leans into ringing arpeggios that build into one of the soaring lead lines that have helped him rack up five gold albums and one platinum LP, along with 15 Grammy nominations since 1989.”- The Wall Street Journal
 “The immutable fact which emerges from repeated listens to Shockwave Supernova is that this is a combo for the ages and maybe the best one we’ve heard on Satriani record to date.”  - Popmatters

For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza.  Satriani’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them.  His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.

Joe’s touring band remains Marco Minnemann on drums, Bryan Beller on bass and Mike Keneally on keys & guitar.

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Metal Stars Help Cover Dio Classic With Metal Allegiance Supergroup

Supergroup Metal Allegiance have released a video for their cover of Dio classic We Rock, which appears only on the deluxe edition of Metal Allegiance's self-title album.

The song features vocals by Tim 'Ripper' Owens (Judas Priest/Iced Earth), Steve Souza (Exodus/Testament), Chuck Billy (Testament), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy/ The Agonist), Chris Jericho and Mark Osegueda (Death Angel).

While the music is provided by Mike Portnoy, David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and Gary Holt (Slayer/ Exodus).

The video also features a number of the other artists who appear on the record. Watch the video here.

Fans Petition The Grateful Dead To Play Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

The Grateful Dead have been making the most of their 50th anniversary following the highly publicized Fare Thee Well shows and the upcoming Dead & Company tour with John Mayer. Now a fan is trying to help the band celebrate their milestone on a huge stage.

A fan named Douglas Machado has started an online petition to have the iconic band play the halftime of the Super Bowl. The website states: "For 50 years, the greatest of the great in the music industry have graced the Super Bowl stage, dazzling us with their artistry just as the league's best have dazzled us with their athleticism.

"To commemorate 50 years of Super Bowl history, what better group of musical engineers to set precedence during such an occasion, who are also celebrating 50 years of historical excellence, than the remaining members of The Grateful Dead!"

While it sounds like a far-fetched plan, it would be a tremendously serendipitous event for a myriad of reasons. Both the Grateful Dead and Super Bowl are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2015. Also the big game is taking place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., just one hour South of the band's stomping grounds of San Francisco and where they kicked off their Fare Thee Well shows in epic fashion. Read more here.