BLACK SABBATH ACHIEVE FIRST-EVER U.S. #1 ALBUM IN THEIR 45-YEAR CAREER WITH ‘13’
“13” is proving to be a lucky number for BLACK SABBATH.
OZZY OSBOURNE, TONY IOMMI and GEEZER BUTLER have scored their first-ever U.S. #1 release in the legendary band’s 45-year career with their album, 13. Produced by Rick Rubin and released June 11 on Vertigo/Republic, the album sold more than 155,000 copies in its first week, 100,000 more units than the #2 album on the Billboard album charts. The album also topped the charts in the U.K., Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland. Here are additional Top Five global chart positions, with more to come as international charts are finalized: Australia (#4), Austria (#2), Belgium (#5), and Ireland (#5).
“The news is absolutely amazing--we couldn't have imagined this would happen,” says TONY IOMMI. “We have the greatest fans.”
“There have been so many amazing highlights in our long career,” says OZZY OSBOURNE. “To finally have our first #1 album in the U.S. is another incredible milestone for Black Sabbath. Thank you to all of our fans for their support and loyalty.”
GEEZER BUTLER says, "I’m absolutely stunned. Thank you all world wide for being the best, and most patient, fans ever.”
BLACK SABBATH will launch a much-anticipated 20-city North American concert tour in support of 13. Kicking off July 25 in Houston, TX, the tour will include shows in Holmdel, NJ (NY-area), Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Tinley Park (Chicago), San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto, ON before wrapping up September 3. The Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will then head to South America and Mexico this fall, with tour dates in the U.K. and Europe to follow this winter.
For more than three decades, rock fans have hoped for the return of the original BLACK SABBATH, but few could have predicted the forceful return-to-form of 13, which was produced by seven-time Grammy-Award winning producer Rick Rubin. The band that defined the heavy metal rock genre pick up immediately where they left off, delivering eight sprawling songs (five of them are over eight minutes) that possess every ounce of the maniacal vitality of their trailblazing work in the '70s. On 13, BLACK SABBATH are joined by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) on such epic songs like “God Is Dead?” (the album’s first hit single) and “End of the Beginning” (the new single). 13 is a testament to the enduring relevance of BLACK SABBATH's long-running reign.
BLACK SABBATH’s U.S. tour dates are as follows:
DATE CITY VENUE
Thu- Jul 25 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sat-Jul 27 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Mon-Jul 29 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre
Wed-Jul 31 W. Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Fri-Aug 02 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Sun-Aug 04 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Tue-Aug 06 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thu-Aug 08 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Sat-Aug 10 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Mon-Aug 12 Boston, MA Comcast Center
Wed-Aug 14 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Fri Aug 16 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun-Aug 18 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
Thu-Aug 22 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Sat-Aug 24 Seattle, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Mon-Aug 26 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
Wed-Aug 28 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri-Aug 30 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
Sun-Sep 01 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Tue-Sep 03 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Sports Arena
ROCK NEWS FOR 06/19/13
Mustaine and Newsted Plan Metallica Jam On Gigantour
Over the past month Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted have both hinted in interviews that they may team up on the upcoming Gigantour and jam a song together from their previous band Metallica and now Mustaine appears to confirm that they will be doing it.
The idea first appeared in an interview SkullsnBones.com conducted with Newsted where he said, "There is a chance that Mustaine and I will bust out some old Metallica that he was a part of. it has been talked about. I'm willing to throw down Phantom Lord – actually, whatever he calls out, I'm gonna throw down."
A short time later Mustaine told Grammy.com, "There's a really cool new relationship between the two of us. I saw he said something about us playing a song together and I thought, 'Wow, that's pretty interesting. It's doable, and I think it would be fun.'"
It now appears that Mustaine wants to make it a reality as he tweeted the following question to fans last week, "If I play a song I wrote in @Metallica w/@JasonCNewsted, which should it be? Ride, Metal Militia, Phantom, Jump, Khutulu, or Four Horsemen?
DAVE STEWART JOINS TALENTHOUSE AS CREATIVE DIRECTOR/MARKETING
“Create art. Collaborate globally. Liberate yourself.”--Talenthouse
Dave Stewart has joined forces with Talenthouse--“the world’s platform for creative collaboration” with 2.1 million members via its website (www.talenthouse.com)--as Creative Director/Marketing, it was announced by Amos Pizzey, Co-Founder and CCO of the company that launched in 2009.
One of the key inspirations for Talenthouse--which unites creatives, brands and agencies via design and creative invites--is actually The Hospital Club in London, the physical creative space which Stewart co-founded in 2004 with Paul Allen (Stewart still serves as its Creative Director). Pizzey says: “In a perfect synergy, I was introduced to Dave and finally the circle was complete.”
Says Stewart, the British musician, music producer, author, entrepreneur, filmmaker and philanthropist who’s been described by Bob Dylan as a “fearless innovator”:
“When I discussed my concept of creating a social club for the creative community with Paul Allen, we both understood the need for it--now it is a thriving community in the center of Covent Garden in London (http://www.thehospitalclub.com). The Talenthouse is a virtual manifestation of a creative members club based on the same principals: put creatives together and they will engage, play, build and deliver original works.”
Stewart--hailed as a “One Man Advertising Think Tank" by the UK’s Daily Telegraph--continues: “In my book The Business Playground I invented the word ‘Sponsorbility.’ I envisioned a time when brands would seek out artists to support and fund and vice versa in a free flowing creative dialog. What Amos and Roman Scharf [CEO of Talenthouse] have already created is a perfect platform where artist and brands meet. I want to take this to another level and I'm sure we will. Over the next 12 months there will be a major shift in advertising which already began years ago but now it’s a juggernaut. Don't be surprised if you see Tesla Motors accepting an Academy Award or Prada picking up an award for being producers of a musical on Broadway. The way I see the advertising world in the future is ‘Art Shaped.’”
“Content is one of the most powerful ways to connect with and influence anyone,” adds Stewart. “It's been used forever by marketers and basically anyone trying to sell anything to anyone. But there is so much poor quality and ‘foggy’ content out there. Talenthouse have created the perfect filtration system by connecting two very important dots…Brands and Artists.”
Some background on Talenthouse:
- Talenthouse was launched in 2009 with a mission to help " liberate all artists " by creating thousands of collaborative opportunities (creative invites - CI's) hosted by international artists and global brands enabling many life changing events for the next generation of creative talent.
- Talenthouse has hosted CI's with everyone from Adidas ,Nokia, Deadmau5 Dolce & Gabbana Paul McCartney and U2 and today creates and launches these campaigns to a global audience.
- The next phase of the platform is to offer and sponsor all our members to create and launch their own projects in all the creative disciplines there by enabling artists to "make money from making art.” This product was launched 6 weeks ago with Nokia and Vitamin Water as launch sponsors.
Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers 'Twisted Tales' CD Now Available!
“In our last meeting together before his passing, Ray and I were both very excited about the upcoming release of ‘Twisted Tales’. We signed off on the artwork and agreed that it should be released sooner than later. So, honoring that decision, I have proceeded with the release. We both were proud of this recording and hope that people enjoy it. This recording is dedicated to Ray’s memory” - Roy Rogers
Nevada City, CA - Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers have received no shortage of kudos since they first recorded together five years ago. Ray Manzarek’s signature keyboard sound was a cornerstone of The Doors - one of the most iconic rock bands of the 60’s. An inductee into the R&R Hall of Fame - he certainly needs no introduction. In the pantheon of music, The Doors’ music continues to be one of the most revered rock song catalogs of any band. Slide guitarist Roy Rogers has been lauded not only for his own recordings but for his long-time collaboration with harmonica master Norton Buffalo as well as his producing of 4 CD projects for blues icon John Lee Hooker and folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. He is well known worldwide for his mastery of slide guitar and has received 8 Grammy nominations for his work as artist and producer.
In 2011 Manzarek-Rogers released ‘Translucent Blues’- a blues-rock collection of songs tinged with poetry and literary references. The project reached #1 on the Americana Roots chart and debuted at #6 on the Billboard blues chart. The lyrical contributions came from such diverse co-writers as Jim Carroll, Warren Zevon and poet Michael McClure, among others. ‘Twisted Tales’ draws from some of those same writers to tell very different stories. Featured musicians are Kevin Hayes on drums, formerly with the Robert Cray Band; Steve Evans on bass who has performed with the Elvin Bishop Band; and George Brooks on saxophones, who has performed with John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain.
The new release is a collaboration of keyboard and guitar sounds that merge with stories, images and art. These two amazing musicians create an intoxicating; plush sound that is - more than unique. Manzarek and Rogers are seemingly an odd pairing - but their new recording unleashes a stunning musical landscape for the listener - this music will ‘take you for a ride’… There is a full-length documentary film to be released examining their unique collaboration and friendship in depth this fall.
‘Twisted Tales’ is destined to become a classic, not only as Ray Manzarek’s last recording, but also as a definitive work of two great artists. Available at www.manzarekrogersband.com/ Amazon and iTunes and retailers nationwide.
X ANNOUNCES U.S. FALL TOUR To Join Blondie’s “No Principals Tour”
Set to Release Limited Edition Box Set with Forward Authored by Ray Manzarek on September 3rd
Tickets On Sale June 21st with Select Pre-Sale Options
(Los Angeles, CA – June 18, 2013) – X, one of the leaders of the L.A. punk-rock movement, announce plans to join their east coast comrades, BLONDIE, as a Special Guest on their fall U.S. “No Principals Tour”. Set to kick off September 5th, the bands will hit U.S cities including Atlantic City, Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta and Philadelphia before wrapping October 4th in New York City at Roseland Ballroom. Every ticket purchased for the tour will include five exclusive new Blondie tracks from the forthcoming album, due for release later this year.
All shows go on sale Friday, June 21st, with the exception of Riot Fest in Chicago which is on sale now, the Dallas State Fair show which is free with the price of fair admission, and the Nashville, TN show which goes on sale July 12th.
There will be pre-sales for select shows: Hampton Beach, NH and Austin, TX pre-sale on June 20th only; Cincinnati, OH, Detroit, MI, Redmond, WA, San Francisco, CA, Saratoga, CA, pre-sale on June 19 & June 20th only. New York, NY pre-sale begins June 19th. Nashville, TN, pre-sale begins July 11th.
On September 3rd the band will release a vinyl 12” four-L.P. Limited Edition Collectors Box Set with a booklet forward authored by the late, great Ray Manzarek. The collection will feature ‘Los Angeles’, ‘Wild Gift’, ‘Under the Big Black Sun’ and ‘More Fun in the New World’, two of which appear on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The L.A. punk scene in the late 70s saw its share of greatness, but few acts were as talented as the now world-class, live, rock & roll band X. Their 2008 “13-31” Tour across the U.S. was truly something special, celebrating the band’s 31st anniversary. 2009 shaped up to be just as amazing for the veteran rockers, with appearances at SXSW and Coachella Festivals, along with their own “X – TRL” Tour, where fans to helped select each night’s set list. In 2011, X celebrated the 31st anniversary of the legendary album, Los Angeles, one that not only defined their career, but an entire musical era as well. The band also celebrated the re-release of their landmark award winning rock-umentary, X: The Unheard Music.
The original line-up of X remains John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.
X on Tour with Blondie - U.S. Fall 2013 Tour Dates:
September 5 Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
September 6 Niagara Falls, NY @ The Rapids Theatre
September 7 Atlantic City, NJ @ Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino – The Grand
September 9 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
September 11 Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
September 12 Royal Oak, MI @Royal Oak Music Theatre
September 14 Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
September 17 Redmond, WA @ King County's Marymoor Park
September 19 San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center
September 20 Saratoga, CA @ Montalvo Arts Center
September 23 Santa Fe, NM @ The Santa Fe Opera House
September 26 Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
September 27 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live – Ballroom
September 28 Dallas, TX @ State Fair of TX - Silverado Main Stage
September 30 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
October 1 Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre
October 3 Glenside, PA @ The Keswick Theatre
October 4 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
Ozzy Osbourne Can't Remember The 90s
In a recent interview to promote the new Black Sabbath album, "13," frontman Ozzy Osbourne says he was in such a booze and drug-fueled haze through the 90s that he can't even remember the decade.
"The best thing is that we are still f**king all alive to be in a band," Ozzy tells news agency Reuters. "I don't know about the rest of the guys, [but] I certainly had a good go at trying to kill myself with the alcohol and booze for all the years. I kind of missed the '90s, you know? I must have been in a cocaine haze, because I can't remember the '90s at all."
"We've all come out the other side, the other end," Ozzy continued. "It is good to be back sober and clean [even though I have had] a hiccup now and again along the way. I don't get up and the first thing I say is that I will have a shot of brandy. I don't do that or smoke cigarettes anymore. We are alive and it is a lot more fun being sober and enjoying your fellow workers that you are working with.
Metallica's Full Kill 'Em All Set Goes Online
Video has surfaced of Metallica's full surprise afternoon set at the Orion Music + More festival on Saturday, June 8, which saw the group perform their 1983 album, "Kill 'Em All," in its entirety.
James Hetfield appeared on stage to introduce a mystery band on the Orion bill named Dehaan; the guitarist was then joined by the other members of Metallica and the group blazed through their full debut album.
Metallica fans will recognize the band name Dehaan was inspired by the band's association with actor Dane DeHaan, who plays a lead role in the group's upcoming 3D concert film, "Through The Never," due for release in September. Check out the video here.
Aerosmith and Foreigner Duos Honored
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as well as Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner were inducted to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame on June 13th in New York City at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Tyler commented on the honor saying: "I love that Joe and I are getting inducted tonight because we put our nose to the grindstone. We can't get harmony if everybody is singing the same note."
Perry added, "It means that people are listening to what we're doing. Like Steven said, we're always under the hood working, or we're on the road, whatever. That's what the band is, it's work, and we're doing it."
Nickelback performed a cover of Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" during the ceremony, while Tyler and Perry took to the stage and performed "Walk This Way."
Queensryche Already Thinking Ahead To Their Next Album
The Todd La Torre-fronted version of Queensryche have not yet released their first album with the new line-up but they're already talking about where they'd like the follow-up to go.
With the band's self-titled album due on June 25, La Torre says he'd like to see the next album get heavier than its predecessor, and to explore longer song structures.
Speaking to London Rocks, La Torre said, "I wouldn't mind the next record kind of letting the music breathe a little bit more in the sense of… Today, people really want you to be into the meat of the song in a relatively short period of time. I think if we can write a long song in a very creative way, then that would be something that I'm looking forward to. A song like 'Roads To Madness' — that's a ten-minute song," adding "So we're just gonna try to outdo his record on the next one and see what we could come up with."
As for the impending court decision on the future of the Queensryche name, La Torre is confident he knows where it will go. "I feel very confident, everyone on our side feels very confident that Michael [Wilton] and Scott [Rockenfield] and Eddie [Jackson] will be awarded the name. And obviously, it'll boil down to whatever kind of corporate contracts are established and put in place and that kind of a thing.
"I'm sure there will have to be some type of financial compensation for whichever side gets it. But these guys were the majority, they were the songwriters.
Bruce Dickinson Secures Big Investment in His New Company
Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson's aircraft maintenance business, Cardiff Aviation, has secured a £5 million (approximately $7.68 million) investment that will help the new company develop across the South Wales aerospace industry.
About one third of the funds will be contributed by Finance Wales, the U.K. SME investment company and Welsh Government subsidiary, with the remainder coming from private or privately-owned investors, including Dickinson and his business partner Mario Fulgoni, according to Wales Online.
"The Welsh Government has played a fantastic role in a difficult economic environment in providing tremendous support and enthusiasm," says Dickinson. "Finance Wales' long-term backing is the fuel not just to put St Athan on the map, but has the potential to create a consequentially much wider impact across the entire South Wales aerospace industry."
Van Halen Expand Set List At Tour Kick Off
Van Halen kicked off their Japanese tour on in Nagoya on Tuesday at the city's Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, and the show featured 27 tracks and clocked in at 2 hours and 20 minutes, according to The Van Halen News Desk.
The band's expanded set list (that is normally 24 songs on this tour) included three additional tunes: "Atomic Punk," "Jamie's Cryin'" and "Mean Street."
Frontman David Lee Roth's solo featured a new twist from the 2012 shows, with his recent short film trailer "Tokyo Story" playing behind his introduction to "Ice Cream Man" as opposed to last year's "Dog Story" vignette.
Bob Dylan Spotted Painting Topless Women in Central Park
Bob Dylan ditched his microphone for an easel last Thursday (June 13) when he was spotted in Central Park, seemingly painting portraits of topless models lounging in the grass.
The musician tagged along with artist pal Richard Prince for the outing, which has caused a bit of a stir. While onlookers and art bloggers initially assumed Dylan was basing his work off the live models in front of him, it has been revealed that the inspiration behind his painting is actually a photo of Italian actress Sonia Aquino by fashion photographer Bruno Bisang. Read more, and see the NSFW image here.
This comes over a year in the wake of his 2011 painting scandal, in which Dylan was confronted with the very same issue of basing his work off of existing photographs.
Some even speculate as to whether Dylan even painted the latest work himself at all, or if Richard Prince might have lent an artistic hand. Critics of Dylan's past shows addressed the probability of his work acting as social commentary rather than art, making the integrity of its originality irrelevant.
Animal New York points out that Dylan is not be the first artist to take inspiration from others' photos. And, of course, Dylan comes from the music industry where plagiarism is always an issue. Indeed, Dylan has accused others of copying him (notably Hootie & The Blowfish in 1995, when they borrowed five lines of his "Tangled Up In Blue" for their "Only Wanna Be With You"; they reportedly settled out of court) and has also been accused of plagiarizing other people's music (though he told Rolling Stone that those who accuse him of that are "wussies").
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PAT TRAVERS Can Do Out on Frontiers Records July 9, 2013
Tracklisting: Can Do; Stand Up / Give It Up; Diamond Girl; As Long As I’m With You; Long Time Gone; Wanted (That Was Then / This Is Now); Armed And Dangerous; Here Comes The Rain Again; Keep Calm & Carry On; Dust & Bone; Waitin’ On The End Of Time; Red Neck Boogie.
“ ‘Allo, music lovers…, From the streets of Toronto, to the streets of London, now, here to kick your ass… The Pat Travers Band!!”
It’s early 1979, and the Pat Travers Band have just been introduced and subsequently recorded for what would become one of the slickest and hottest, Live guitar-rock albums ever committed to vinyl. ‘Live! Go for What You Know’ was a huge success on both sides of the pond, acclaimed by their musical peers, fans, and music critics alike. It was high-energy. It was electric. It was lightning in a bottle. The album, much like the Canadian musician himself, remains an influence for a whole generation of guitar slingers. This is the stuff Legends are made of.
Torontoborn Patrick Henry Travers has delivered one tasty release after another. From the powerhouse, rockin’ 70’s sound that launched his career, to the classy melodic eighties rock before a blues period in the nineties, but Pat isn’t looking to the past for his musical future. As the second decade of the Millennium dawned, Pat and the Band show no sign of letting up. The proof of the future are safe in the eight hands of Mr. Travers, second Guitarist Kirk McKim, Bassist Rodney O’Quinn and longtime sticksman, Sandy Gennaro.
“When I was contacted by Frontiers to record a new original studio album they asked me if I could create some music reminiscent of my earlier albums that were done in the U.K. and South Florida in the late ‘70’s early ‘80’s.” says Pat. “What made those records different was that I was allowed the luxury of spending some time in the studio without any outside influences and that’s when I could get really creative. Frontiers Records let me have the time I needed to work on the songs and production. Also the beginning of 2012 was a particularly creative period for me and I believe I have written some of my best material ever for ‘Can Do’ : a classic PT record ! ».
This Pat Travers Band is also one seriously tight rockin’ unit, and live, they always deliver.
From the streets of Toronto, to the streets of London, to the streets of the WORLD, now, here to kick your ass… The Pat Travers Band!!
Pat Travers: Guitar and Vocals
Kirk McKim: Guitar
Sandy Gennaro: Drums
Rodney O’Quinn: Bass Guitar
Monica Travers: Backing Vocals
Sean Shannon: Drums and Percussion
Doug Bare: Keyboards
Carl Cleaver: Keyboards
Sons Of Hippies To Premiere New Single & Video "Rose" On MXDWN
Los Angeles, CA – In anticipation of their brand new full length album, Florida-based psychedelic space rock trio Sons Of Hippies will premiere a new single and video "Rose" on the music & culture website MXDWN.com this Monday, June 17th. "Rose" is the second single from the Hippies' new album, Griffons At The Gates Of Heaven, mixed by Jack Endino (Nirvana, L7) and mastered at Abbey Road Studios, to be released July 16th on Cleopatra Records.
Directed by James Herrholz, "Rose" stars SOH vocalist/guitarist Katherine Kelly, drummer Jonas Canales and bassist David Daly out for a drive in their classic, cherry red Mustang on a sun soaked Florida afternoon when they encounter a seductive trio of car washing vixens. Much sudsy fun and playful teasing ensues. But things are not all what they seem and soon enough the story takes a shocking turn you'll have to see to believe!
iTunes single: http://georiot.co/2cph
Sons Of Hippies was conceived high in the mountains of Tennessee amid fellow music lovers at a festival on a 700-acre farm. Their name originated when Brazilian native Jonas Canales and Florida-bred Katherine Kelly probed familial bonds to discover they were, indeed, children of hippy parents. The duo's dreamy, melodic but complexly synthesized music struck a chord with audiences and earned the band a critic's choice award from Tampa's popular Creative Loafing magazine for "Best Modern-Sounding Record" in 2009. Bassist David Daly joined the group in 2011 and in December of the following year, the band signed with Cleopatra Records. The resulting album is the group's strongest and most ambitious set of recordings to date, and earned these young upstarts a spot on a summer tour with two giants of classic and progressive rock.
For more info on the tour, visit the band's official website: http://www.sonsofhippies.net
To pre-order the album on iTunes: http://georiot.co/2GFl
To pre-order the CD on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Griffons-At-The-Gates-Heaven/dp/B00CQ51JXO
ROB ZOMBIE’S GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE ONCE IN A LIFETIME ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN EVENT CURATED BY ZOMBIE, TO TERRORIZE LOS ANGELES
EVERY THURSDAY-SUNDAY FROM OCTOBER 10-NOVEMBER 2
EVENT TO FEATURE 3 HORRIFIC, BONE-CHILLING HAUNTED MAZES AND 15 NIGHTS OF MUSIC AT THE FAIRPLEX IN POMONA, CA
Groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie will unleash his Great American Nightmare on Los Angeles this Halloween season. This bone-chilling experience will combine the most advanced haunted house attractions with a not-to-be-missed music festival from top artists in hard rock, alternative, EDM, and more, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 through November 2, 2013 at the Fairplex FEARplex in Pomona, CA, just outside Los Angeles.
A creative collaboration between masters of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman, the fully immersive haunted house experience will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: Lords Of Salem Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. The shocking--and sometimes disturbing--fright attractions will offer a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacioushumor that will make one scream with fright and laughter.
As if these sinister attractions weren’t enough, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will also feature 15 nights of music from top national and regional artists in the indie/punk, EDM, metal, rock and Latin genres including Andrew WK, BL3ND, Blood On The Dance Floor, Dirtyloud, Dirtyphonics, Doctor P, Emilie Autumn, Evol Intent, Fei-Fei, Goldfinger, Heavygrinder, Kottonmouth Kings, Metalachi, One More Time, Ozomatli, Reel Big Fish, Terravita, The Used, Twiztid, William Control, Zomboy, and many more.
In addition to music, one special night will also feature the outrageous pro wrestling sensations Lucha Libre USA. Look for details about the music performance schedule--including additional major headlining acts--to be announced on June 29 and visit www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com for details.
"This is it! The ultimate badass Halloween experience! No one will walk away disappointed," says Zombie. "I am thrilled to bring The Great American Nightmare to California and begin a reign of bloody terror!"
The FEARplex for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will include 150,000 square feet of horror and entertainment and is not geared towards young children or the faint of heart. Patrons should be prepared for maximum scares!
At Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare, patrons will sequentially enter three different attractions, each completely different in look, theme and effects:
Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out: This harrowing attraction--based on Zombie’s 2012 The Lords Of Salem independent horror film--is designed to twist the mind. It will accentuate some senses while limiting others. Fear of the dark, claustrophobia, and fear of the unknown will be preyed on as the visitor attempts to traverse this sixty-degree maze.
The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D: Utilizing Chromadepth glasses, this innovative attraction will take the patron right into the middle of the irreverent world of Rob Zombie’s El Superbeasto2009 animated exploitation musical horror comedy film based on the comic book series of the same name. The attraction’s unique surprise entrance, brilliant colors, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor will make one scream with fright and laughter.
Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses: This terrifying attraction pays homage to the 10-year anniversary of the exploitation horror film House Of 1,000 Corpses, directed by Rob Zombie. This extreme, traditional haunted house will take visitors on a walking journey through a recreation of the film’s “Museum of Monsters & Madmen” along with an expanded “Murder Ride,” confronting notorious serial killers along the way. This high impact, highly detailed attraction will use state of the art animatronics, video effects, costuming, sound, scents and lights.
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is produced by Rob Zombie, Steve Kopelman and Andy Gould, along with event music producers Kevin Lyman and John Reese.
“Having produced haunted attractions for over 30 years, I have never been more excited about a project than I am with The Great American Nightmare. To produce an event with partners like Rob Zombie, Kevin Lyman, John Reese and Andy Gould is a dream come true. This no-holds-barred first year event is destined to change the haunted house landscape for years to come and I am ecstatic to be a part of it,” says Nightmare producer Steve Kopelman.
The Great American Nightmare Monster Midway will offer outdoor screenings of classic horror films, a DJ, food vendors, beer, wine and spirits, and much more, with freak show characters roaming throughout the grounds each night.
Nightmare music co-producer Kevin Lyman admits, "Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare is going to be so terrifying, you won't catch me in any of the three haunted houses! For those of you who are scaredy cats like me, there will be plenty of other attractions that are guaranteed to entertain, including a special concert each night."
"Great American Nightmare is one of the most exciting projects I have ever been associated with,” says Nightmare music co-producer John Reese. “The opportunity to work with the genius that is Rob Zombie is awe inspiring. This is set up to be one of the CAN'T MISS EVENTS OF THE YEAR!"
Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are available starting at only $30 beginning Saturday, June 29 at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and midway activities. Tickets will also be available for purchase onsite at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival San Bernardino show at San Manuel Amphitheater (June 29) and during the Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona Fairplex (August 30-September 29). VIP packages will also be available for purchase at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com.
Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 6:30 PM until 11:00 PM on Thursdays and Sundays, 6:30 PM until 1:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Fairplex is located at 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona, CA, centrally located in the heart of Southern California. The Fairplex is also home to the LA County Fair, the largest county fair in the world.
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is made possible through the support of sponsors including Monster Energy Drink and Ernie Ball.
KING KOBRA II OUT ON FRONTIERS RECORDS JULY 9, 2013
Tracklisting: Hell On Wheels; Knock ‘Em Dead; Have A Good Time; The Ballad Of Johnny Rod; Take Me Back; When The Hammer Comes Down; Running Wild; The Crunch; Got It Comin’; Deep River; Don’t Keep Me Waiting; We Go Round.
King Kobra’s long-awaited reunion album “King Kobra” (s/t) released on Frontiers Records in 2011, left no doubt that this was a band to be reckoned with. Even though nearly 25 years had passed since the original line-up recorded the landmark “Ready To Strike” and “Thrill Of A Lifetime” albums, the energy and immediacy of the bands lightning attack had not diminished one iota and fans responded in kind.
The thick, soulful vocals of Paul Shortino, dual guitarists Mick Sweda and David Michael-Philips, and the thundering bass and drums of Johnny Rod and Carmine Appice delivered an album that, while easily carrying on the tradition of the first two releases, brought a contemporary twist to a signature melodic, hard rock style.
2013 brings the aptly-titled King Kobra “II”. Produced by David Henzerling with Carmine Appice and Paul Shortino, the band digs even deeper into its hard rock roots to create an album that has all the swagger and swing of the classic 70’s albums (think Montrose, Bad Company, Deep Purple and even Carmine’s own legendary Cactus) with a crystal clear sound that combines the best of both analogue and digital recording techniques. From the tight and punchy “Have A Good Time” to the 8-minute epic “Deep River”, King Kobra II shows a more mature band confident of its songwriting ability performing with the technical prowess garnered over years of experience.
Paul Shortino - vocals
David Michael-Philips - Guitar
Mick Sweda - Guitar
Johnny Rod - Bass Guitar
Carmine Appice – drums
Backstage Auctions Presents The 2013 Vintage Pop 'n Rock Auction
Auction Ends: Sunday, June 23rd
Artists A - Z ~ Highlights
We thought we would give you a few highlights of the auction lots featured in BSA’s Artists A - Z categories. These categories are impressive and should not overlooked.
Below is a "sample" of the various artists / bands in the various A - Z sections, you can peruse the entire category or use our easy search feature for a complete list of lots on our site.
ABBA, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Allman Brothers, America, Blondie, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Cheap Trick, CCR, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Buffett, Mariah Carey, Neil Diamond, Paul Anka, The Alarm, The Band, The Cult, The Cure, Tony Bennett and the list goes on!
Fisherwoman, Aretha Franklin, Eurythmics, ELP, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Grand Funk Railroad, David Essex, Erasure, Sheena Easton, Flo & Eddie, Walter Egan, Four Tops, Fishbone, Flock of Seagulls, Gloria Gaynor, Guess Who, Mickey Gilley and more!
Little Feat, Jimi Hendrix, INXS, Jefferson Airplane, J. Geils, BB King, Little Richard, Nick Lowe, Billy Joel, Jamiroquai, Elton John, The Kinks, Kangaroo, Nick Heyward, Whitney Houston, Rick James, Nils Lofgren, Lulu, Carol King, Huey Lewis & The News and we even have a Liberace auction lot!
Merrilee & The Turnabouts, Joe Mock and Jabberwock, Alan Moberg, Sarah McLachlan, Meat Puppets, Marcy, New York Dolls, John Mayall, The Pretenders, Prince, Lou Reed, R.E.M., Linda Ronstadt, Runaways, Poco, Robert Palmer, Quicksilver Messenger Service, NRBQ, George Michael, Parliament / Funkadelic, Todd Rundgren, Rush, Moody Blues, The Police and so on, and so on.
Van Halen, Thin Lizzy, T-Rex, Robin Trower, Traffic, Mountain, Mott the Hoople, Frank Zappa, The Troggs, Styx, Three Dog Night, Johnny Winter, Sly & The Family Stone, The Staples Singers, Carly Simon, Starz, Michael Stanley Band, Frankie Valli, John Waite, Scorpions, Rick Springfield, Bob Seger, Tears For Fears - etc. etc. etc.
This category features lots containing multiple artists and bands and multiple pieces. Great deals can be found in this section, so be sure and take a look! From vinyl, videos, cds, tickets and passes, to underground magazines, press items, posters and tour books. There is a little bit of everything for everyone in this misc. category.
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Festival Promoter Wants Led Zeppelin and Guns N' Roses Reunions
Download festival promoter Andy Copping hasn't given up hope of a reunited Led Zeppelin or Guns N' Roses headlining a future Donington event.
He says: "You can't rule any bands at that level out. Led Zep, the original lineup of Guns N' Roses – I'd love to get them." He says he's close to confirming next year's headliners, although he won't name them.
"Van Halen remains on his wanted list too: "I'd love to get them, but who knows when?" he says. "Maybe one year it'll happen. I live in hope."
Pink Floyd Fans Make Wish Come True
Pink Floyd have released their entire back-catalogue on Spotify after saying they'd do so on once "Wish You Were Here" had been streamed one million times.
The target figure was reached in four days. Spotify boss Ken Parks says: "It's a great day for fans of prog rock, but it's also a great day for younger fans who have yet to be really turned on to the magic of Floyd.
"That's a lot of what this is about: bringing a new generation of fans to one of the biggest and most iconic bands in the world."
KISS Concert To Be Broadcast Live On TV
AXS TV will air a live KISS concert from Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday, June 20. The live broadcast will take place 3 p.m. ET/noon PT, with an encore presentation 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
KISS are currently playing a mixture of headline shows and festival dates across Europe this month in support of their latest album, "Monster."
The classic rockers unveiled a new spider stage for the tour, which they unveiled recently at the tour's opening date in Stockholm – watch video here. The main feature of the new design is the spider, which brings the band to center stage at the opening of the show.
Don Felder Explains What To Expect From Peter Frampton Tour
Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder has hit the road with Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus Tour and antiMusic's Morley Seaver recently spoke with Felder about his latest solo album 'Road to Forever' and asked what fans can expect from the shows. Here is that part of the interview.
antiMusic: You are doing a couple of short runs with the Peter Frampton show in a few weeks. How does it work? Is it like the Ringo Starr setup where everybody does a mini-set and you all play on everybody else's songs or do you just come out for your songs?
Don: I'm going to come out and sit in with Peter and his band and do probably three to four songs. I'll do a couple of Eagle songs like "Hotel". Peter will play guitar with me on "Hotel" and we'll do the harmonies. We'll do "Life in the Fast Lane" and he'll play guitar with me. We'll do Stevie Ray Vaughn's song, "Pride and Joy" so that he and I can trade off on vocals and we can trade off on guitar solos and you know, just have fun playing.
And we'll probably do "Wash Away" as well. It's been on the U.S. Classic Rock radio stations chart in the Top 10 for the last five weeks now so it's getting a lot of airplay and recognition here in the States so we're going to do that song as well. And then somewhere later in the show, I'll come out for the finale and I think he wants to do "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". So we'll trade off on that as well at the end of the show. You can read the rest of the interview here.
The tour also features Robert Cray, Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the M.G.'s), Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Vince Gill, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Davy Knowles, Roger McGuinn (founder/lead guitarist of the Byrds), Richard Thompson, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Vinnie Moore (UFO) and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick).
Thu 6/27 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Fri 6/28 Rochester, NY Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater
Sun 6/30 Webster, MA Indian Ranch
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Reunite
Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne and his wife/manager Sharon have reunited after their recent separation from eachother and are living together again as a couple.
Sharon has moved back in with the singer after he convinced her that he's been drug- and alcohol-free for months, according to a report by gossip site TMZ.
In April, Ozzy went public with his battle with substance abuse. The couple appeared together at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday and went home together after the show.
Queensryche Streaming New Album Online
The version of Queensryche fronted by Todd La Torre are streamed their upcoming self-titled album online and Classic Rock Magazine is streaming all 11 tracks on their site.
The band remain locked in a legal struggle with former singer Geoff Tate, who formed his own Queensryche after being fired last year and released his album Frequency Unknown in April.
Two versions of the band will exist until November, when a court will decide which of them is allowed to keep the name. The self-titled Queensryche album will be released later this month but you can listen to it here.
Bret Michaels A Big Fan Of His Star-Packed Solo Album
It would be nice to have a new album of Poison material one of these days, but frontman Bret Michaels doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get the band back into the studio. His latest is Good Songs and Great Friends, an album of covers of songs from his own catalog with a few covers thrown in for good measure.
The album features guest appearances from a veritable who's who of rock luminaries, including bassists Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) and Eric Brittingham (Cinderella), and guitarists Ace Frehley, (KISS), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Frank Hannon (Tesla), Leslie West (Mountain) and his own Poison bandmate C.C. DeVille.
There are plenty of guest vocalists too, including Mark Mcgrath (Sugar Ray), Jimmy Buffett, Loretta Lynn and Robert Mason (Warrant, Lynch Mob).
The album even includes a version of Michaels' track Party Rock Band featuring late Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo. "It's really not just a Bret Michaels album," the singer says. "I had so many other talented artists come in and support that it's really a Bret Michaels & Friends album. There's a staggering amount of talent on this! It's been such a fun project for me and I'm excited to share it with the fans."
Motorhead, Sabbath and Alice In Chains Winners at Golden God Awards
Motorhead, Black Sabbath and Alice In Chains were just a few of the artists honored at the 2013 Metal Hammer Golden God Awards event Monday night in London.
Motorhead received the 2013 Golden God Award, which celebrates and recognizes those who have significantly contributed, shaped and inspired the world of rock and metal.
Alice In Chains picked up the Icon award, presented to an artist that has transcended their status as a heavyweight of the genre to earn the status of undisputed legend.
Black Sabbath picked up two honors, earning Best UK Band and Best Album for the newly-released project, "13."
AC/DC Inspired The Cult's Electric
The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy says the band owe a lot to AC/DC for inspiring classic album Electric. They're gearing up for a UK tour where they'll deliver the 1987 record in full.
And Duffy says its success is down to his experience of seeing Bon Scott and the Young Brothers in Manchester in 1977. He tells Guitar International: "It was a very honest record. It was the soundtrack of what we were doing at the time – just having fun going round the world.
"It owes a great debt to AC/DC. I've always been into them. I saw them with Bon Scott in Manchester and I was actually able to hit Angus' guitar with my hand while Bon carried him through the auditorium.
Alice Cooper Pens Forward For Megadeth's David Ellefson Autobiography
Megadeth co-founder and bassist David Ellefson will publish his autobiography, "My Life With Deth," on October 29. It was written with Joel McIver, and features a foreword by Alice Cooper; it also includes contributions from Kerry King (Slayer), Scott Ian (Anthax), Ellefson's current bandmate in Megadeth, Shawn Drover, as well as former colleagues Chris Poland and Marty Friedman.
The memoir chronicles the story of Ellefson's fall into addiction during the band's early years, followed by his subsequent recovery and the return to faith which championed the band's rise to fame over the past several decades.
"My autobiography is not the usual tale of rock 'n' roll woe, but rather something I hope will truly inspire people," says Ellefson. "I have dedicated my life to my craft, and I wanted to share the story of how a kid with a bass guitar and the dream of rock stardom literally risked it all to move from the farm in Minnesota to Los Angeles, and with a lot of hard work, sacrifice and a little luck along the way, made the dream come true.
"I think the readers will enjoy the stories, as well as the hardships, of this way of life as a musician and artist. I've been very open about my life's obstacles and the means by which I overcame them. Now, my hope is that this story will inspire others to follow their dreams and really live out the purpose for their lives, too."
TOM KEIFER CONFIRMED MUSICAL GUEST ON LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN TOMORROW 6/18
NEW JERSEY (June 17th 2013) - Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist TOM KEIFER is confirmed to be the musical guest on LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN tomorrow, Tuesday June 18th.
Keifer’s highly anticipated debut solo album, THE WAY LIFE GOES, is out now and available everywhere via Merovee Records in conjunction with ADA Label Services. It was self-produced along with his wife Savannah Keifer and Chuck Turner, and recorded in Nashville.
Tom Keifer is currently out on his first ever solo tour supporting the effort.
For more information, check out the official website: www.tomkeifer.com
Tom Keifer Facebook: www.facebook.com/tomkeiferofficial
Tom Keifer Twitter: www.twitter.com/tomkeifermusic
Bill Leverty Gives Fans Free Song
“I recently wrote and recorded a new song, and I want to GIVE it to you as a big "Thank You" for being on my mailing list.
The song is called "Ace Bandage", and you can download it here for free: http://www.leverty.com/ace_bandage
Would you please help me by sharing the iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby links below via Facebook, Twitter, (or email your friends) to help me try to promote this tune?
CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/billleverty10
Thank you so much for your many years of support, and I hope you get many years of enjoyment from "Ace Bandage"!”
The GrandMothers Of Invention Featuring Legendary Zappa Alumni
Don Preston & Napoleon Murphy Brock To Embark On 'One Size Fits All And More' US Tour
Los Angeles, CA - Having just completed a month long European tour of performances in the CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA, AUSTRIA, GERMANY, HOLLAND, SWITZERLAND, the GrandMothers Of Invention, featuring legendary Frank Zappa Alumni Napoleon Murphy Brock and special guest artist Don Preston, once again will tour America. This time around the ensemble will be performing the ONE SIZE FITS ALL album in its entirety, along with other MOI/FRANK ZAPPA favorites from BONGO FURY, OVERNITE SENSATION, ROXY & ELSEWHERE, UNCLE MEAT and WERE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY!
Says Napoleon, “If you liked last year's tours of us performing the entire 'Roxy & Elsewhere' album, you will really have fun this tour, because we are doing 'One Size Fits All' in its entirety! (Which includes both German and English versions of “Sofa”) The difference between the GrandMothers Of Invention performing last year's 'Roxy', and this year's 'One Size Fits All', is that the original lead singer for both albums is the same lead singer performing these songs live on stage. This is NOT a tribute band! The GrandMothers Of Invention is the ONLY band currently playing the music of Frank Zappa with two of the original members of the Mothers Of Invention. Come on down and sing along if you know the words!”
Says Don, “This tour will be quite an adventure as we will be performing the entire 'One Size Fits All' CD. 'Inca Roads' is one of Zappa's best efforts in music writing along with the other songs on that CD, and the band is ready. This band is the tightest ever! Of course that includes the songs that Napoleon recorded with Zappa like 'Andy', 'Florentine Pogan' and 'Sofa #2'. Of course I will have some surprises that are just too weird to reveal here.”
The GrandMothers of Invention are the only Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention alumni who have been consistently performing the music of the maestro since 2003. From the classic 'Freak Out', 'Absolutely Free', 'We're Only In It For The Money', 'Uncle Meat', and 'Burnt Weeny Sandwich' and 'Weasels Ripped My Flesh', to 'Apostrophe', 'The Grand Wazoo', 'Overnite Sensation', 'Roxy & Elsewhere', 'Bongo Fury' and 'One Size Fits All' - they have performed on a very long list of classic Frank Zappa & the Mother's of Invention's albums, movies and other projects.
Says the press: “Rare are the musicians who can even play Zappa's music, let alone make it live and breathe. So Thank the Lord for the GrandMothers of Invention.”...“With two different Zappa eras represented, the GrandMothers have a wide palette of material to choose from.”…“They served up vintage psychedelia - rock songs with surreal lyrics, jazz-like harmonies and melodic complexity, with flashes of wacky satire.”...“Amazing virtuoso musicians, fun and funny.”
The GrandMothers Of Invention are:
NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK
(Mothers of Invention/Frank Zappa alumni from 1974 thru 1984), on vocals, tenor saxophone, flute, suavenicity, and dancing(!). Napoleon won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 2009!
(Mothers of Invention/Frank Zappa alumni from 1967 thru 1969,1970, 1971, and 1974 on keyboard synthesizers, electronics, IPOD, magic tricks(!), and vocals.
on drums, percussion, marimba, and vocals
electric bass, vocals
electric guitar, vocals
The GrandMothers Of Invention Tour Dates:
06/23/13 - The Coach House - 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA
06/24/13 - Club Congress - 311 East Congress Street, Tucson AZ
06/26/13 - Stubbs Bar-B-Que - 801 Red River, Austin TX
6/27/13 - Kessler Theater - 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas TX
06/29/13 - The Hi-Tone - 1913 Poplar Ave, Memphis TN
06/30/13 - The Parish Room – HOB - 225 Decatur St., New Orleans LA
07/02/13 - The Grey Eagle - 185 Clingman Ave, Asheville NC
07/03/13 - Cat's Cradle - 300 East Main St., Carrboro NC
07/05/13 - Syracuse Jazz Festival - Apulia Rd - Jamesville Beach Park, Syracuse NY
07/07/13 - Rams Head On Stage - 33 West St., Annapolis MD
07/09/13 - IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB - 48 West 63rd St., NYC
07/11/13 - The Magic Bag - 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale MI
07/12/13 – Martyrs' - 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL
07/13/13 - Dakota Jazz Club - 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis MN
07/16/13 and 07/17/13 - Jazz Alley - 2033 Sixth Ave. #255, Seattle WA
07/18/13 - Aladdin Theatre - 3116 S.E. 11Th, Portland OR
07/19/13 - Humboldt Brews - 856 10th St., Arcata CA
07/20/13 – Assembly - 1000 K St., Sacramento CA
07/21/13 - Yoshi's at Jack London Square - 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland CA
For more information:
GRANDMOTHERS OF INVENTION OFFICIAL SITE
GRANDMOTHERS OF INVENTION ON FACEBOOK
BLACKMORE'S NIGHT "'The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere over the Sea)" (Official Videoclip)
Blackmore's Night - 'The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere over the Sea)' taken from the album 'Dancer and the Moon' released 11th June - North America / 14th June Europe/ROW.
Upcoming artist interviews on Purrfect Timing Radio Show – HARDLINE
Never say never in the rock world...HARDLINE are doing live shows again for the first time since 2002 and will be headlining FIREFEST this October! Coming up this JUNE 22 we will be interviewing Johnny Gioeli and Alessandro DelVecchio - we'll be talking about the new album 'Fever Dreams', their recent appearance at Sweden Rock and of course, Firefest.
Purrfect Timing Radio Show airs Live on Megarock Radio and heard throughout the week on affiliate stations as well as podcast. To hear our interview with Hardline, tune in Saturday June 22nd between 1-3pm Eastern time.
Alice In Chains Vs Van Halen
Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell remembers how a stage war with Van Halen came close to getting out of hand in 1991. AIC were opening for VH and both bands had tried to disrupt each others' sets with a series of pranks.
Cantrell – who recently observed he and his band are "pretty light guys" despite the darkness of their music – tells Jim Dunlop: "The Van Halen guys got us like four times in one set.
"When we came out on stage, they had taken a bunch of three-foot strips of duct tape and put them all over the stage face-up. Within a couple of seconds we were all dragging around huge wads of duct tape.
"They sent out some strippers – not very attractive ones – who stayed out there for a whole song. Then they sent out one of their techs in a Little Bo Peep outfit with some live sheep.
"At the very end, we were playing Man In The Box and their crew came out and started dismantling our entire set around us. They left Sean Kinney with a kick and snare, left me with one cab, they just unplugged Mike Starr.
"And that was all in one set – I don't think anyone has ever topped that commitment to f**king with the opening act."
Whitesnake's David Coverdale Wants To End Robert Plant Feud
Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has offered an olive branch to Robert Plant and apologised for "ugly things" said about the Led Zeppelin icon in the past.
The pair have been at loggerheads since Coverdale teamed up with Zep guitarist Jimmy Page for the 1993 Coverdale Page album. In interviews at the time, Plant expressed some derision at the collaboration, coining the term 'David Cover-version'. Coverdale responded in kind, saying about the singer: "There's certainly no love lost between myself and Robert… I wouldn't send him cat food if he was starving."
Now during an interview set to be broadcast next Wednesday (June 19) on TeamRock Radio's Classic Rock Magazine Show, Coverdale said he wants to put an end to the animosities
DC told Classic Rock Magazine Show host Nicky Horne: "My last words to Jimmy in London were: 'I'd love to buy Robert a drink.' I said: 'When you speak to him, offer my sincere regrets for any negative things I've ever said, which were mostly defensive.'"
Cov continued: "I hold him [Plant] in the highest esteem as a human being, as an artist, and I really would like to, you know, sit down, buy him a drink, shake hands and say: 'I'm really sorry, you know, can we be friends again?'
"[Out of] my love and respect for Jimmy, I know he'll pass that on to Robert – and Robert might go and tell him to **** himself, who knows, but I don't hold any animosity, just disappointment in myself that I took the bait and ran with some ugly things. Because it's not appropriate for somebody I respect so much."
Black Sabbath Break Chart Record With 13
Black Sabbath's new album 13 has made Number One in the UK album charts. It's the first time Ozzy Osbourne and co hit the top spot since 1970′s Paranoid – meaning they now hold the world record for the longest time between Number One hits.
13, appropriately, sold 13,000 more than runner-up Beady Eye, fronted by former Oasis's Liam Gallagher. Ozzy says: "I'm in shock. The success of this album has blown me off my feet. We've never hard a record climb the charts so fast."
Rod Stewart, whose new album Time is at Number Three this week, previously held the UK's longest-gap record with 37 years. Bob Dylan was the former overall holder at 38 years.
Iron Maiden Open Show With Dramatic WWII Fighter Plane Flyover
Iron Maiden launched their headline set at Download this weekend with a Spitfire flypast. The classic WWII fighter plane crossed the skies above Donington three times before the NWOBM giants launched into 1988 track Moonchild in a cloud of pyrotechnics.
The Supermarine Spitfire Mk16, registration TE311 / 4DV, is maintained by the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight. Maiden's show was previously billed as the only UK show on the current leg of their Maiden England tour, which focuses on the set they delivered while promoting classic album Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son.
But at the end of the performance they announced they'd be playing London's O2 on August 3. Frontman Bruce Dickinson explained: "We thought that, because this tour has been such an amazing experience for band and fans alike, it somehow seems right to finish up back home in England and have the final show celebration on home turf. The 02 is a great venue to play with a really fantastic vibe, so we're really looking forward to this show being one almighty party.”
Duff McKagan Reflects On Guns N' Roses Infamous Donington Appearance
Duff McKagan says Guns N' Roses' 1988 Monsters of Rock set has become so celebrated that people forget the truth of it. The band's controversial Donington appearance saw two fans crushed to death as a result of the weather conditions.
But despite the tragedy, GnR's show – which took place on the same day Iron Maiden played to a record-breaking crowd of 107,000 – ensured star status in the UK.
"What's kind of lost is that people think Guns N' Roses headlined Donington. We played at noon," McKagan says. "We were really low on the bill and we were just happy to be here."
Black Star Riders' Ricky Warwick Shattered About Dropping Thin Lizzy Name
Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick admits he was "shattered" by the belief that the band should not record as Thin Lizzy. Midway during recording the demos for a planned Lizzy album, he had to tell guitarist Scott Gorham that it was wrong, and they'd have to avoid using Phil Lynott's band name.
The result is BSR's acclaimed debut record All Hell Breaks Loose, which was released last month. Warwick tells Jam: "At the time we were recording, I told Scott my confidence had been shattered. Half of me is waking up in the morning pumped up that I'm working on a new Thin Lizzy record. How cool is that? It's the greatest thing ever.
"The other half of me is saying, 'This is so wrong. I can't do this.' And I said: 'For that reason alone, we can't do this as Thin Lizzy.'
"I think everyone was feeling the same way. Once the elephant was out of the room it felt okay. We said, 'We love these songs – we have to figure out a way.'"
Gary Moore's Girlfriend Cut Out of Estate?
An update on the estate of guitarist Gary Moore, who died in 2011, has been made public. The Daily Mail reports the former Thin Lizzy guitarist left none of his £2million estate to his girlfriend Petra Nioduschewski, because he did not draw up a will.
Nioduschewski battled in vain to resuscitate Moore in their room at a luxury hotel in Spain on February 6, 2011 as he died from a heart attack following a night of heavy drinking.
Probate records reveal that the guitarist left a net estate of £2,088,134 after liabilities. But High Court documents state that he did not leave a will so, under intestate rules, it is believed his fortune will be split between his four children.
Rare 1996 Def Leppard South African Concert Footage Surfaces
Some rare 1996 concert footage featuring Def Leppard's first tour of South Africa has surfaced. The UK rockers were captured live on the Slang tour for a TV special when they performed at Johannesburg Stadium in front of 40,000 people on December 5th, 1996.
The pro-shot broadcast video has been posted courtesy of Leppard fan site RockBrigadeForum.com. Def Leppard's first shows in South Africa also included dates in Durban and Cape Town.
The Slang tour saw the band play 133 concerts between May 1996 and April 1997. It was the first Def Leppard tour since the early 1980s where the band used an end stage rather than the centre stage. Check out the footage here.
Tesla Debut New Song In Biloxi
Tesla debuted a new song called, "Taste My Pain," during their live performance at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday night.
The California band recently recorded the tune at bassist Brian Wheat's J Street Recorders studio, with plans to release the song digitally as a single sometime this summer … and include it on a forthcoming album, which they're aiming to release in 2014.
Tesla's latest album, "Twisted Wires And The Acoustic Sessions," was released in 2011. The project featured 6 songs that were recorded in 2005, and 6 newly recorded tracks, including acoustic remakes of songs from the band's catalog, plus two brand new songs, "Second Street" and "Better Off Without You". Check out video of the performance here.
GNR, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Collective Soul Supergroup Plan EP
Kings of Chaos, the new supergroup featuring members of Guns N' Roses, Deep Purple, Velvet Revolver, Slash, Def Leppard, Collective Soul, The Cult, Alter Bridge, and Skid Row, rocked Cape Town, South Africa and revealed that they are planning to record an EP.
The EP revelation came during the band's "pre-concert hype" for the concert, according to a Rolling Stone South Africa's Doug Davenport who spoke with the band's ringleader Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver).
The supergroup revealed that they are currently working on writing original material for the EP as they travel across the globe performing their collective hits. However, they apparently did not offer a time table for when they expect the EP to be released.
You can read the Rolling Stone report for a full review of the show, which gives you an idea of the star power involved in this group, and also stream their exclusive interview with McKagan,here.
Mickey Thomas, legendary singer from Starship, joins RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT
The lead vocalist will bring his rousing sound to the show as a special guest performer, July 5 – 9
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Mickey Thomas, lead vocalist of the iconic ‘70s and ‘80s band, Starship, joins the all-star lineup of RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT, the Ultimate Classic Rock Concert Experience, July 5-9. Known for the unforgettable hits that defined the decade, including “We Built this City,” “Jane” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” Thomas will perform for five special shows, before continuing his national tour with Starship.
"We are really excited to have Mickey Thomas of Starship guest star in RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT,” says creator, director and producer John Payne. “Mickey is part of the history of this show. His voice is simply outstanding and one of my personal favorites.”
The story of classic rock comes to life with RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT. Boasting the ultimate set list, the show takes audiences on a magical musical journey, traversing the genre’s history from the ‘60s through the ‘80s.
RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT features classic anthems from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Eagles, Queen, Van Halen, AC/DC, Journey, Free, Bryan Adams, Supertramp, Toto, Deep Purple, and more, truly boasting "The Greatest Set List Ever."
The show’s all-star lineup includes Howard Leese [Guitar] (Heart), Tracii Guns [Guitar] (LA Guns, Guns n’ Roses), Robin McAuley [Lead Vocals] (MSG, Survivor), John Payne [Lead Vocals and Bass] (Asia), Paul Shortino [Lead Vocals] (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jay Schellen [Drums] (Badfinger, Asia), Andrew Freeman [Lead Vocals and Guitars] (Lynch Mob, The Offspring), and Michael T. Ross [Keyboards] (Lita Ford, Hardline).
Ticket prices for RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT range from $49 to $100 (plus fees) for a special Rock Star Package (which includes tickets in first five rows, t-shirt, concert program, album, meet-and-greet and VIP pass). Special discount tickets for $39 are available for locals. For an up-to-date schedule or to purchase tickets, visit the LVH box office or log onto thelvh.com, vegas.com, or ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.
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Black Sabbath Headed For Their First No. 1 Album
Black Sabbath are headed for their first US No. 1 album with the just-released "13" as industry sources suggest that the album may sell over 120,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 16, according to Billboard.
This will be a significant achievement for the band as Black Sabbath have previously only reached the Billboard US top 10 once, when their 1971 album "Master Of Reality" peaked at No. 8.
Black Sabbath have also issued video of drummer Brad Wilk in the studio during the sessions for the album. He was added to the Sabbath project when original drummer Bill Ward opted out of participating in the planned reunion album and tour.
"[Producer] Rick [Rubin] came up with the idea of using Brad for the album," explains bassist Geezer Butler, "And Brad's turned out to be a Godsend, really."
"It's a tough job drumming in Black Sabbath," says Rubin, "because there are a lot of drummers who can play the metal but there are not a lot of drummers who can play the blues, and jazz, and bring heaviness to these more jam-oriented pieces that are part of what Black Sabbath does." Read more and check out the video here.
Steven Tyler Feared He Would Never Be In Aerosmith Again
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler was a featured guest on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show on Wednesday. Among the topics discussed was the tension and fallout created in Aerosmith when Tyler fell off the stage in Sturgis, South Dakota in 2009 while on drugs; the singer injured his head, neck and broke a shoulder in the incident, which led to the cancellation of the tour.
"I was afraid I'd never be in Aerosmith again," Tyler told Stern. "And the guys were being wise-asses; 'you should sit on a stool.' I said I'll sit on a stool Joe (Perry) if you play ukulele. Howard, I was depressed, I was crying, I couldn't walk."
"Drugs took me down," explained Tyler. "Yes, it got us [Aerosmith] through the '70s … if it wasn't for Peruvian Marching Powder, we wouldn't have been able to do what we did from the '70s to '79. We played every state in the US except for Alaska and Hawaii."
The fallout from the 2009 stage incident led directly to Tyler signing on as an American Idol judge.
Ron Wood Says Rolling Stones 'Got To Find The Gaps To Record'
With the Rolling Stones' U.S. tour winding down (it comes to a close June 24 in Washington, D.C.), the question among fans is: Will this be the last time the band plays the states? The name of their tour – 50 & Counting – doesn't really shout "farewell tour."
Guitarist Ron Wood — still the "new guy" in the band, though he joined in 1975 — recently called Boston classic rock station WZLX (a Radio.com station) to chat a bit about his love of the city, recalling visiting Boston on tour when he was the bass player in the Jeff Beck Group.
With new songs "Gloom And Doom" and "One More Shot," recorded for last year's best-of collection GRRR!, in the setlist every night, do they have any plans to hit the studio again for a full-length album?
"Well it takes so much time and effort to take this thing back on the road, [but] we've got the big wheels rolling now. We've just got to find the gaps to record."
Zakk Wylde To Receive The Riff Monster Award
Zakk Wylde is set to be honored for his work with Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne and beyond at the Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards 2013 this summer.
Specifically, the Gibson loyalist will be honored with the Riff Monster award at the show, which is scheduled to rock The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Aug. 25.
In addition to Wylde, a crop of big-named guitarists and musicians are expected to appear at the event, including former Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot bass player Rudy Sarzo, founding Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tate, ex-AC/DC and Dio drummer Simon Wright and Scorpions drummer James Kottak.
Uriah Heep Says Trevor Bolder's Spirit Will Be With Them At Download
Uriah Heep insist late bassist Trevor Bolder will be with them on stage at Download this afternoon. The former Spiders From Mars man passed away last month after a cancer battle. The band had previously reported he was doing well and aimed to be back in action in time for the Donington show; but it wasn't to be.
Frontman Mick Box was moved to tears at Bolder's funeral earlier this month, saying: "I very much respected Trevor as a bass player, a singer, a songwriter and a friend.
"He was never one to go on about his previous successes; he was modest to the core and very quiet – unless he had a few brandies inside him! He was a deep thinker, really quite spiritual."
Now Heep say in a brief statement: "Can you feel the bass? Trevor is still with us! Hidden between the grooves of the vinyl, between the bits of the compact disc or between the veins of our bodies.
Motorhead To Receive 2013 Golden God Award
Motorhead will be receiving the 2013 Metal Hammer Golden God Award on Monday, June 17 at the metal magazine's annual honors in London.
The Golden God award celebrates and recognizes bands and musicians that have significantly contributed, shaped and inspired the world of rock and metal.
Motorhead, who will also close the Metal Hammer evening with a live performance, join a list of previous Golden God winners such as Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.
ICONIC ROCK PHOTOGRAPHER MARK WEISS FEATURED IN GOLDMINE MAGAZINE
GOLDMINE Magazine has a “BACKSTAGE PASS” with WEISSGUY!
“Rock and Roll Photographer Mark Weiss found his calling early in life...t just took a night in jail to get him to commit to it.”
Check out Mark’s cover photos and interview with Mark in GOLDMINE’s latest issue.
JANE'S ADDICTION RELEASE TEASER TRAILER FOR LIVE IN NYC (AVAILABLE JUNE 25TH ON DVD/CD, BLU RAY, DVD, CD, AND DOUBLE LP VINYL)
LIVE IN NYC WAS FILMED AT TERMINAL 5 ON JULY 25TH, 2011
Jane’s Addiction has always thrown THE most provocative and extravagant parties in rock, mixing a fierce musicality and streetwise lyrics with a theatrical flair. 2011 and 2012 saw the band - who have always outrageously combined electricity, sex and danger - return to the stage in support of their acclaimed album The Great Escape Artist (Capitol Records). Filmed at New York City’s Terminal 5 on July 25, 2011 at a free show for the album’s launch, LIVE IN NYC will be released on DVD/CD, Blu-ray and DVD on June 25, 2013 through Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). On the same date, the concert recording will also be released on CD and double-LP vinyl. A trailer for the release can be seen here: http://vevo.ly/ZJFHrs.
LIVE IN NYC encapsulates the true essence of Jane’s Addiction in concert, mixing music with performance art. With the band as the ringleaders, they take you, along with a diverse cast of vagabonds, through an extravagant world of flying burlesque dancers, trapeze artists and carnival sideshow antics, offering stunning visuals enhanced with a visual masterpiece of lasers, capturing the incredible mood of this spectacular night. Amidst it all, Jane’s Addiction, featuring frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney, gives astonishing performances of one classic after another including their 1988 Top 10 hit “Jane Says,” and live staples such as “Whores” and “Up The Beach,” and crushing versions of “Ocean Size” and “Mountain Song.”
Jane’s Addiction keeps the visual delights coming as they continue through their vast repertoire of hits and fan favorites, including “Been Caught Stealing” and “Stop!,” both No. 1 singles on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, “Ain’t No Right,” “Three Days,” and “Just Because,” which went to No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks and No. 4 on Mainstream Rock chart. LIVE IN NYC also features the debut live performance of their latest single, “Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object),” from The Great Escape Artist.
Jane’s Addiction’s unconventional and unique style could not be contained in one single category or format. They created the blueprint for what would be labeled “Alternative Rock” and kicked open the doors for generations of modern rock bands. And as the years have passed, Jane’s Addiction continues to keep pace in a modern culture that the band has helped to expand and progress.
Jane’s Addiction: Live in NYC
2. Ain't No Right
3. Just Because
4. Ted, Just Admit It...
5. Been Caught Stealing
6. Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object)
7. Up The Beach
8. Ocean Size
9. Three Days
10. Mountain Song
12. Jane Says
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JOHN FOGERTY’S ‘WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE’ CONTINUES TO EARN CRITICAL PRAISE
ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE ‘MYSTIC HIGHWAY’ IS #2 MOST PLAYED ON CMT PURE
“The result is some of the best new music Fogerty has made since, well, Creedence. His singing is strong and engaged, even scalding when he goes up against Kid Rock in ‘Born on the Bayou,’ and the current state of Fogerty’s guitar playing is summed up in his shootout with country picker Brad Paisley in ‘Hot Rod Heart’…Looking back at these songs, in this company, has brought out a fire and nerve in Fogerty. He sounds as renewed in these performances as the riffs and stories.” (Five star review) - ROLLING STONE
June 12, 2013 - JOHN FOGERTY’s new album WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE continues to build critical momentum, receiving one stellar review after another. The media is hailing the FOGERTY-produced album--which marks the Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s highest-debuting album (#3 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart) of his career (including Creedence Clearwater Revival releases)--as one of his finest works. Click here for what critics are saying.
A celebration of FOGERTY’s iconic songbook, the album is a collection of 14 songs: 12 classics and deep tracks (Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo material) from his remarkable canon of hits recorded in collaboration with today’s biggest superstars from the country, pop and rock worlds, plus two brand new solo songs.
FOGERTY is also receiving wide exposure in the country world via his single and video “Mystic Highway,” which is the #2 most viewed video on CMT Pure. Click here to view.
Fogerty's music is getting a wide array of radio airplay. Every song on the album was heard on-air from its very first week of availability at radio—a rarity in today’s radio paradigm. Fogerty participated in an hour long iheartradio concert which was simulcast by Q104.3 in New York City and promoted across 133 stations across the US, an unprecedented partnership. His entire release night concert in Los Angeles was simulcast by KLOS and telecast by AXS-TV. Multiple SiriusXM channels have featured interview and music content with John about Wrote a Song for Everyone. Fogerty was featured in an extended interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. The single “Mystic Highway” is getting airplay across formats and has become the #1 Most Requested Song at tastemaker station KCSN in Los Angeles. Album cut “Fortunate Son” with guest artists Foo Fighters is currently up to #4 on the Classic Rock singles chart.
On the concert front, JOHN FOGERTY—one of rock’s most important artists and a national treasure who’s sold over 100 million albums--will be rockin’ all over the world in 2013 and 2014. Additional tour dates were announced including a three night stint at New York’s Beacon Theater in November. More dates to come soon. In addition, FOGERTY has two festival sit-ins with Widespread Panic and Zac Brown Band.
JOHN FOGERTY TOUR DATES:
DATE CITY VENUE
9/5-8 Arrington, VA Interlocken Festival w/ Widespread Panic
9/27-28 Nashville, TN The Lawn at Riverfront Park w/ Zac Brown Band
(exact date TBA)
10/10 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
10/11 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/12 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
10/15 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
10/17 Tulsa, OK Hard Rock
10/18 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre
10/19 Austin, TX ACL Live
10/20 Houston, TX The Woodlands Pavilion
10/29 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock
10/30 Orlando, FL Hard Rock
11/01 Salisbury, MD Wicomio Civic Center
11/02 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata
11/03 Durham, NC Durham PAC
11/05 California, PA Cal U Convention Center
11/06 Baltimore, MD Lyric Theatre
11/08 Washington, DC DAR
11/09 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre
11/10 Albany, NY Times Union Arena
11/12-14 New York, NY Beacon Theater
The Beatles’ HELP! – on Blu-ray 6/25!
‘Help!’ follows in the great tradition of classic comedy chase movies.
In this instance, John, Paul, George and Ringo, find themselves being pursued across the world by not one but two groups of fanatics with separate agendas.
Ringo possesses a ring with a large red stone set in the middle, sent to him by a fan. Unknown to him this artifact is the sacred sacrificial ring of Goddess Kaili: the deity of an Asian religious cult led by Swami Clang (Leo McKern).
The younger sister of High Priestess Ahme (Eleanor Bron) has been selected by Kaili’s thuggish followers as a human sacrifice. However, panic breaks out when, as she is about to be dispatched by the ceremonial-sword wielding fanatic, Swami Clang, he realizes that she is not wearing this religious bauble.
The human sacrifice is promptly placed on hold. Clang, Ahme and a bunch of bumbling henchmen organized by Blutha (John Bluthal), set about tracking down the wearer with the aim of retrieving the ring by covering Ringo in bright red paint and sacrificing him in the process.
Even before he realizes he is the object of these fanatics attention, Ringo finds that he can’t slip it off his finger. It’s stuck!
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Clang, the lovely Ahme is a secret Beatles fan with a shine for Paul.
These cult followers of Kaili frantically pursue The Beatles first, through London, then up the snow-covered Austrian Alps, followed by Buckingham Palace across Salisbury Plain and finally along the sandy beaches of the Bahamas.
Amidst this turmoil, two scientists named Foot (Victor Spinetti) and Algernon (Roy Kinnear) have become involved, being called in by the Government to try and remove the ring from Ringo’s finger. Algernon is a harmless fool, however, Foot is a megalomaniac and sees the ring as a means to “rule the world!” and is prepared to go to extremes to get his hands on the ring. Following up the rear is dapper Scotland Yard Police Superintendent (Patrick Cargill),
Fortunately, all attempts to remove this religious artifact from Ringo’s hand are thwarted at every turn often by John, Paul and George. This wild chase eventually culminates on a beach in the Bahamas when the ring suddenly falls off Ringo’s finger and those in pursuit are suddenly afraid to pick it up in case they themselves become splattered with red paint and selected as the sacrificial victim!
7 BEATLES TRACKS ARE FEATURED IN THE MOVIE
• ‘You're Going To Lose That Girl’
• ‘You've Got To Hide Your Love Away’
• ‘Ticket To Ride’
• ‘I Need You’
• ‘The Night Before’
• ‘Another Girl’
Ozzy Reveals There Was More Black Sabbath Drama
Ozzy Osbourne says the Black Sabbath organization failed to deal professionally with live drummer Tommy Clufetos, who was replaced by Brad Wilk in studio sessions for new album 13.
It means there's even more drama to the band's drummer issues, which started when original sticksman Bill Ward bowed out of the reunion with Osbourne months after it had been announced.
Guitarist Tony Iommi recently revealed he'd pulled the plug on negotiations for Ward's involvement after being diagnosed with cancer. Instead they hired Osbourne's drummer Clufetos to play a series of concerts in 2012, and again this year – but Rage Against The Machine man Wilk was brought in to appear on the record. That decision was made after producer Rick Rubin suggested Ginger Baker for the job, which the band vetoed.
"I don't really want to go into it. We had Tommy on hold, and it just didn't work out. We were going to use Tommy at the beginning and Rick was against it," Osbourne tells Spin. "It turned out that it wasn't dealt with professionally, and I got a bit pissed off. The way it was dealt with was wrong – you can't keep people waiting for nothing."
Pink Floyd Lands Fan In Jail
A 51-year-old Pink Floyd fan has been sentenced to 28 days in jail for repeatedly playing the band's albums at high volume throughout the night.
Paul Foster, of Chesterton, Stoke-on-Trent, was put behind bars for having ignored five injunctions against playing loud music in recent years. Neighbours reported they'd endured night after night of having to listen to The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall – followed by sessions of soul ballads.
One resident of Foster's street tells SWNS, "It's been a nightmare. I like Pink Floyd as much as the next man – but not when it's being played ten times a day until 4am.
"I've lost track of the times I've heard Barry White and Marvin Gaye coming from the house, but it was mainly Pink Floyd. I think whenever I hear their songs again I'll be climbing the walls."
Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell To Rock This Summer Despite Cancer
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says he is committed to summer touring despite his recent cancer diagnosis. Def Leppard are set to return to the road for summer dates starting June 22 at Hellfest in France.
"I posted about my cancer diagnosis (Hodgkin's Lymphoma) on my personal FB page a couple of days ago," writes Campbell. "Thank you to all who have offered support; I'm very, very touched by that.
"Be assured, however, that the Last In Line shows will still be happening in August - I have no intention of letting cancer slow me down. I look forward to seeing you all then. Vivian."
In addition to his duties with Leppard, Campbell will debut the reunited Dio band as Last In Line, 30 years after the recording of the legendary Dio albums "Holy Diver," "Last In Line" and "Sacred Heart." The band is being joined for the shows by vocalist Andrew Freeman.
Tom Petty Fans To Get A Refund
Tom Petty fans were heartbroken when his Saturday (June 8) concert in Los Angeles came to an abrupt end mid-set. But in a statement on Wednesday (June 12), Petty assured attendees that they will receive a full refund for their tickets.
The band was part way through their fourth show of a six-night residency at the Hollywood club the Fonda when the fire marshal declared the venue overcrowded and shut it down, according to the LA Times.
The newspaper reports that around 10:30 p.m., Petty informed the crowd that "about 100" people in the general admission floor area needed to either leave the concert or move up to the balcony, or the show could be shut down. When fans didn't budge, the singer stepped to the mic during an extended instrumental in the band's "Melinda" to say the show was over.
Luckily, frustrated fans will be getting their money back, as the group was only able to deliver three-quarters of their intended set. Billboard reported that Petty addressed his Sunday night (June 9) Fonda crowd with empathy in regards to the situation.
"We had to quit a little early last night," he said to the audience. "I don't like to assign blame, but it wasn't me. I'm absolutely sure we're going to work this out. If I have to pay it myself, everyone will be reimbursed."
The band's refund statement confirms that Ticketmaster will pay back the full price of each ticket, including all associated fees, and that "the satisfaction of fans is of paramount importance to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.”
Why The Clash's Simonon Didn't Want To Reunite For Corporate Rock Hall
The Clash bassist Paul Simonon has recalled his reasons for not wanting to reunite for the band's 2003 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Plans were dashed by the sudden death of frontman Joe Strummer ahead of the event – but the deal had not been done in any case. Simonon tells Rolling Stone: "Mick Jones, Joe and Topper Headon were very keen.
"The proviso was that, I think, if we got together and played, then we got the award. But to be honest, I didn't really want to reform the band, full-stop, especially not in that environment.
"My point was that if we were going to reform, it can't be in that corporate environment. Joe was unaware that the tickets were something like $1000 a seat, maybe more.
"I think if the Clash is going to reform, it should be somewhere where the seats don't cost $1000. Joe was unaware of that and, of course, he died a couple of days later, so I wasn't able to send him a message and give him that information."
Beatles' Octopus Garden To Be Transformed Into Children's Book
Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr announced this week that he's partnered with illustrator Ben Cort to transform the band's song "Octopus Garden" into a children's picture book. Simon & Schuster will publish the book this October in England, with a U.S. release date in January 2014.
It's also shaping up to be Christmas in July for Beatles fans this year, as rights to the Fab Four's merchandise in North America have been snapped up by Universal Music, with a wave of new products expected to hit store shelves as soon as next month.
According to Rolling Stone, Apple Corps, the Beatles' business firm, has teamed up with Universal's Bravado division to launch the new wave of merchandise. Coupled with Universal's ownership of the band's music, the company has the Beatles' market all but cornered in North America.
Universal's Bravado division handles merchandise for hundreds of marquee acts such as Guns 'N Roses, Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones, including the bevy of products for the Stones' current 50th Anniversary tour.
Saxon and Fozzy Announce Sacrifice And Sin Tour
Saxon and Fozzy will be teaming up for a North American fall tour that is named the "Sacrifice And Sin Tour," which is play on both band's most recent album releases.
The tour will feature support from Halcyon Way and is set to kick off on September 12th in Patchogue, New York at The Emporium and will conclude on October 10th in Vancouver, BC at The Venue.
"After our highly successful US tour last summer on Uproar, we've been chomping at the bit for the right opportunity to return to North America...and now it has arrived!" says Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho.
"To tour with the legendary Saxon is a metal dream come true and the perfect way to satisfy all of our amazing fans in the US and Canada and to make tons of new ones in the process. Get ready for Sacrifice and Sin...we're gonna tear your heads off and leave u screaming Fozzy, Fozzy, Fozzy!!"
"So far, the Sacrifice World Tour has taken us from the Bahamas to South America and back to Europe for the festival season," says Saxon's Biff Byford.
"Now it is time for us to return to North America for a series of dates with the one and only Fozzy. We have been friends with Chris Jericho for years so there has never been a better time to hook up with Fozzy for a tour that will take us from the east coast to the west coast and finally winding up in the Great White North."
Fozzy will be touring in support of their latest album, "Sin And Bones," and Saxon will be touring in support of their new album, "Sacrifice."
Sept 12- Patchogue, NY - The Emporium
Sept 13- New York, NY - BB King
Sept 14- Montreal, QUE - Corona Theater
Sept 15- Toronto, ONT - The Phoenix
Sept 17- Reading, PA – Reverb
Sept 18- Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Sept 19- Dayton, OH - McGuffy's
Sept 20- Flint, MI - Machine Shop
Sept 21- Joliet, IL – Mojoes
Sept 22- Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Sept 26- Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Sept 27- San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Sept 28- Houston, TX - House Of Blues
Oct 01- Tempe, AZ - Club Red
Oct 02- Long Beach, CA – Gaslamp
Oct 03- Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
Oct 04- Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
Oct 05- Corona, CA - M15
Oct 06- San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
Oct 08- Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Oct 09- Portland, OR - Mt Tabor
Oct 10- Vancouver, BC - The Venue
WINNER ANNOUNCED FOR FOGHAT SONGWRITING CONTEST
It's not often that fans get the opportunity to collaborate on a song with a rock band that has had the success that Foghat has obtained. But that was exactly what happened to a gentleman by the name of Phil Dessinger, when he won a contest asking fans to add lyrics to the originally all-instrumental tune, "495 Boogie," from Foghat's latest CD, 'Last Train Home.' And on July 9th, fans can hear the winning version, dubbed "The Word of Rock n' Roll," which is being issued via the band's own label, Foghat Records.
The contest entries were narrowed down to the final three by the band and judges Ken Dashow of WAXQ FM Classic Rock Radio in NYC and Jeb Wright of ClassicRockRevisited.com and then put up for voting by the fans. As Foghat explained in a statement: "Thank you to all of you who entered the ’495 Boogie’contest. What great lyrics! What an extremely difficult choice. We seriously like all three of the final entries (and many of the others), so for us they are all winners! But the votes are in and it was a VERY…VERY close contest."
"495 Boogie"(the most downloaded track on ‘Last Train Home’) was recorded in two takes. It came out of a jam with Roger's brother, Colin Earl, who came up with the song, Jeff Howell on bass and Lefty Lefkowitz on harmonica. Eventually, just for fun, Classic Rock DJ Charlie Ocean from Mobile, Alabama, added lyrics to "495 Boogie” renaming it "Big American Blonde,” and sent it to the band. Realizing that this was a very cool idea, Foghat decided to run a contest and invite their fans and all songwriters to add their own lyrics to the tune. Sadly, Charlie Ocean passed away on July 6, 2011, which led to the idea being put on hold. But eventually, the group felt it would be a fine way to pay tribute to their fallen friend, resulting in the contest running from October 2012 through February 2013.
And the lucky winner turned out to be Mr. Dessinger, whose back-story is an interesting one. The son of an original member of the CBS Orchestra through the golden years of live radio and TV, Phil followed his dad to all of the shows and grew up at what is now called the Ed Sullivan Theater. He has seen everybody perform from Sophie Tucker to the Beatles. He has written songs for a UNICEF-Special Olympics global campaign, an Off-Broadway rock musical and a series of independent artist projects.
Due to such anthems as “Slow Ride” and “Fool for the City,” Foghat has remained a classic rock radio staple since first appearing on the scene in the 1970's. And the band continues to rock on today, as evidenced by their aforementioned latest album, 'Last Train Home,' which was comprised of both original tracks and some fantastic re-worked blues classics. And Foghat's winning streak continues with the upcoming release of "The Word of Rock n' Roll."
"CONGRATULATIONS PHIL DESSINGER! Nice Job! Great lyrics…great story! Great positive song: 'Love my life, come on! May be a grind, but I’m strong'."
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Eric Clapton Suffers Back Injury
Eric Clapton has cancelled two concerts after suffering severe back pain. The iconic guitarist is receiving medical attention after being forced to call off shows in Vienna, Austria and Stuttgart, Germany this week.
It's not known whether he'll appear for the next scheduled gig in Oberhausen, Germany, on Friday. A statement says: "He is currently with specialists who will be able to better determine the course of treatment.
"He was looking forward to these concerts and regrets that he is not to be able to perform for the fans. He would like to apologise for any inconveniences these cancellations may cause and would like to thank the fans for their understanding."
Metallica Won't Release New Album Until 2015?
MTV News caught up with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett at last weekend's Orion Music + More festival in Detroit and learned that while the band is writing material for a new album, fans can not realistically expect it to be release until 2015.
"We do have a lot of musical ideas, we have something called 'the Riff Bank,' and the Riff Bank keeps getting bigger and bigger, still, to this day," Hammett said. "I'm writing stuff, Rob's writing stuff, James is writing stuff, Lars is writing stuff, continually expanding the Riff Bank.
"So, it doesn't look like we're going to be putting out an album any time soon this year, it would be an amazing stroke of luck and grace if our album came out next year.
But then he added "I think it's a more sober statement to say that the album will probably come out in 2015. That's a sober, realistic thing ... but we're psyched about it."
As for what he expects the new album to sound like, he said, "It's too early in the game to tell you it will sound like Death Magnetic. We have a lot of ideas but no actual finished songs, so it's hard for me to give you an accurate description. But we're looking forward to making it as heavy and as high-energy as possible, because that's what we want." Check out the MTV interview here.
Eric Singer KISS Tired Of Haters
KISS drummer Eric Singer has had enough of fans voicing negative opinions about the band's current incarnation. He insists the present lineup, featuring himself and guitarist Tommy Thayer alongside founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, cares as much about their legacy as the classic outfit which included Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.
Singer is enjoying his third stint with Kiss since first joining in 1991, and has appeared on the band's acclaimed recent albums Sonic Boom and Monster.
He tells Radio Nova: "The people that want to complain about 'I don't like this,' or 'I don't like that,' 'They should play this song,' or 'I only want the original band…' The bottom line is: this is how Kiss exists right now, in 2013. Be glad there's some version of Kiss and that we're out there touring.
"We have just as much passion and case just as much as the band ever did or ever could. That's what counts. If we didn't, we wouldn't be here. I mean, Gene and Paul don't need the money; they don't need to do this. They do it because they love doing it."
Bad Company Make Late Night TV Debut
Bad Company made their US late night television debut on Monday night when they performed on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. On hand to promote their 40th anniversary summer tour, the band played the title track to their self-titled 1973 debut album, "Bad Company."
The reunited band kick off their summer tour on June 15 in Rancho Mirage, CA. On June 20, Bad Company team up with Lynyrd Skynyrd in Auburn, WA for a series of co-headlining shows that run to July 27 in Bethel, NY.
Both bands celebrate significant 40th anniversaries in 2013, with Skynyrd having released their debut album on August 13, 1973 and Bad Company being formed that same year.
David Bowie Exhibition Headed To North America
The David Bowie exhibition, "David Bowie Is," which is currently running at London's Victoria & Albert, will be headed to Toronto this September through November.
The Art Gallery Of Ontario (AGO) will host the event, which explores the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon across five decades.
On display will be more than 300 objects from Bowie's personal archive; among them are 60 stage-costumes including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, Kansai Yamamoto's flamboyant creations for the Aladdin Sane tour (1973) and the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the Earthling album cover (1997).
Personal items such as handwritten set lists and lyrics, as well as some of Bowie's own sketches, musical scores and diary entries will also be shown.
The Darkness Plan Permission To Land 10th Anniversary Tour
The Darkness will mark the 10th anniversary of their debut album, "Permission To Land", by performing the record in its entirety on a fall U.K. tour.
The band will also play a selection of hits, b-sides and album tracks during the shows, which begin November 13 in London; the 6-week trek wraps up December 16 in Norwich, UK.
"Permission To Land" hit #1 on the U.K. charts and went on to sell 1.5 million copies in the UK; the success propelled the group to three BRIT Awards in 2004 - Best Group, Best Rock Group and Best Album – while also snagging two 2004 Kerrang! Awards for Best Live Act and Best British Band.
Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Supergroup Set Release
The Rides, a new all-star blues rock supergroup featuring guitarist Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield, CSN, CSN&Y), guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and keyboardist Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag) release their debut album Can't Get Enough on Monday August 26 via Provogue Records.
The album, which was produced by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), includes co-written originals as well as covers of classics by Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Neil Young and — this might come as a bit of a surprise — Iggy and the Stooges. It was inspired by the now classic 1968 album Super Session, which featured Stills on guitar on one side and the late Mike Bloomfield on the other.
Stills says The Rides is the blues band of his dreams. What was initially a collaboration between Stills and Goldberg really kicked into high gear when Shepherd became involved.
"The Rides are a perfect mix of generations, where three musicians who love and play the blues collide and create music that goes beyond all our other individual life experiences and career achievement," Shepherd says. "Stephen and I have rock backgrounds as well, but the blues is the fabric that holds this all together."
The Rides will embark on a world tour beginning in September, with dates in the UK planned for November.
Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Fighting Cancer
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed he's fighting cancer but says he's feeling "rather spiffy." He's two months into a six-month term of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a form of the disease which has a high clean-up rate.
And he says he wants fans to know in advance of Def Lep's upcoming tour dates so that they're ready for his lack of hair. Campbell reports: "I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of 'the cough that wouldn't quit'. Otherwise, how would I have known?
"After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough.
"What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn't make it to rehearsal that day, but it's okay; I know the songs by now!"
After Hodgkin's Lymphoma was diagnosed, Campbell was lined up for half a year's worth of chemo, which began in April. He says: "I'm feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate – so by my reckoning, if you're going to have a cancer, Hodgie's is the one to have!"
KK Downing May Join Geoff Tate's Queensryche Tour
Queensryche singer Geoff Tate has suggested retired Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing, who guested on recent album Frequency Unknown, could be joining his band for a brief stint later this year.
Tate says: "I like working with different people, and I don't ever want to be in a band again – a band that sticks together through thick and thin and all that. I want to constantly be changing it up to make it interesting and different.
"I want to play with as many great players as I possibly can – because I can. I can call up KK Downing and say, 'Ken, you've got time, two weeks in November, to play a short tour?' I can do that; and why not?
Black Sabbath Release 'God Is Dead?' Video Early
Black Sabbath have released the video premiere of "God Is Dead?", the first track issued from their brand new studio album, "13," a week ahead of schedule.
The band originally announced that the clip would debut on Monday, June 17. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Rick Rubin, "13" is the group's first full studio record with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's "Never Say Die."
Black Sabbath will launch "13" with a special live Town Hall event on the day of the album's release, Tuesday, June 11. Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will participate in the Black Sabbath Town Hall via Google+ Hangout streamed live on YouTube and Google+ and broadcast Live on Ozzy's Boneyard On SiriusXM at 7:00 PM (ET)
Adrenaline Mob Singer Discusses Mike Portnoy's Departure
Adrenaline Mob frontman Russell Allen is the featured guest on the latest episode of the Wikimetal podcast and he discusses the surprise announcement from Mike Portnoy that he is leaving the group and the band's future plans.
Allen said the following about Portnoy's departure, "We knew about it before he made it public. We want to keep working and we don't want to wait around for Mike to have the time, and he doesn't know when he will have the time again.
"He was asked to be in the band by myself, me and Mike Orlando had already written all the material and it was completely finished before Mike got in the band. It's a bummer, but he's got his side projects and the Mob's got to go on"
As for a replacement for Portnoy, he had the following to say, "We don't have a new drummer in mind, but we are writing new material right now and we're looking to record later this year. Mike was really cool and suggested some people to replace him and we're looking at all the options."
Richie Furay Doubts Buffalo Springfield Reunion Promise Will Be Kept
Richie Furay thinks there's no chance of Buffalo Springfield keeping their reunion promises – and he rues the way he was "stuck out there" as spokesman for a tour that never happened.
Surviving members Neil Young, Steven Stills and Furay got together for a charity show in 2010, leading to six more appearances the following year, including a memorable set at the Bonnaroo festival.
Soon afterwards they announced plans for a 30-date trek across the US during 2012 – but Young changed his mind, saying: "I'd be on a tour of my past for the rest of f**king time, which I can't do."
Two years on, Furay tells SoundPress.net: "It's just typical of the way things unfolded with the Springfields way back in the 60s. Not much has changed.
"We were all looking forward to doing it, and it didn't happen. I was kind of stuck out there as the spokesman – if anything happened again I would take a look at how far out there I'm going to go as a spokesman. I don't think it ever will again now; but I'll never say never."
Limited Edition Dio Holy Diver 30th Anniversary Guitars Coming
The 30th anniversary of Dio's debut, "Holy Diver," is being celebrated with a limited-edition guitar made by Artist Series Guitar with only 30 of the guitars set to be made.
Finished with Dio's exclusive artwork and built with solid mahogany, the Dio ASG is set with artwork from the "Holy Diver" album release. Once the graphic has undergone the ASG-designed, chemical bonding process, the guitar is then clear-coated, wet-sanded and buffed. This process forever seals the custom graphic to the guitar.
Pre-sale will begin on July 10, to mark what would have been Ronnie James Dio's 70th birthday. Released on May 25, 1983, "Holy Diver" has been hailed by critics as Dio's best work and a classic staple in the heavy metal genre. The album was certified Platinum for sales of 1 million copies in the US in March of 1989.
Jon Anderson Invites Fans To Film Upcoming Concert
Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson is bucking the recent trend of musicians trying to persuade their fans not to film concerts performances on their phones.
Anderson wants everyone to record his concert in Manchester on August 4, and he will then use the best submitted clips to construct a memento of the evening.
He says: "The show is unique – it's in the round, so please feel free to film parts or all of the songs. The peeps whose videos we choose will receive their own copy and a painting from me to commemorate the event."
Paul McCartney Continues To Bring Out Beatles Classics On Tour
“I've got a feeling you want to keep rockin'! So be it — let us rock!" This was 70-something Paul McCartney addressing his audience at Brookyn's Barclays Center two hours into a concert that saw him singing his sweetest ballads and his most face-melting rockers, while jumping between electric and acoustic guitar, piano and his iconic Hofner bass.
Saturday night's (June 8) stop on his Out There Tour took him to Barclays for the first time, and was the first show of a two-night stand that concluded on Monday (June 10).
This time around, he isn't promoting a new album, but rather, sort of plugging the recent reissue of Wings' 1976 live album Wings Over America. But, in a way, Sir Paul does have "new" material: He's playing a number of Beatles songs that had never been performed live, either by the Fab Four or by any of the members on their solo tours.
Unbelievably, that group of songs includes the show opener, "Eight Days A Week." McCartney has toured frequently since returning to the road in 1989, but has somehow never gotten around the playing that classic, which is kind of mind-blowing. But then again, this is a man whose two former bands dominated music and the radio dial in the '60s and '70s; there are simply too many songs to choose from in his catalog. But it was those eras — the '60s and '70s — that he concentrated on Saturday night: despite his impressive string of '80s singles, and a good amount of somewhat under-appreciated work since then, he played just two post-'70s songs: "My Valentine," from last year's standards album, Kisses On The Bottom (probably with his wife, Nancy Shevell in mind; so many of the songs he performed were written about his late wife, Linda) and "Here Today," which he wrote in tribute to his late friend John Lennon.
Also getting debut performances on this tour are some of the Beatles' more eccentric songs: "All Together Now" (which McCartney joked, "Is one of my more intellectual songs," referencing the child-like lyrics "One two three four/Can I have a little more?/five six seven eight nine ten/I love you!"), "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite," "Your Mother Should Know" and "Lovely Rita." And what that means is, Paul McCartney fans who have come to see him in concert over and over heard songs that they've never heard the man sing in concert before.
Robert Randolph Streaming New Song and Sets Album Release
Robert Randolph is giving fans an early taste of his forthcoming album, "Lickety Split," with the release of the first single from the effort, "Born Again."
The new album is set to be released on July 16th by Blue Note Records and is the first new album release from Randolph & The Family Band in three years.
Randolph had this to say about the new single, "We started writing Born Again as a love song. It was about that feeling you get when you meet a great woman and you just feel born again.
"My buddy had just gotten out of a relationship and he was talking about how he was going to find a new woman and have that feeling again. So that was the idea but even though it started out that way, once we were writing and jamming the result turned out to be something much more uplifting…almost spiritual."
Bill Wyman Says Rolling Stones Used To Fake Each Other's Autographs
Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman says that most of the band used to fake each others' autographs when they were signing stacks of memorabilia.
His suggestion means that thousands of items of highly-prized personalized items could be regarded as technically forged – and the only name fans can be certain over is that of drummer Charlie Watts.
Wyman, who left the band in 1993, tells Rolling Stone: "There's footage of us signing things in dressing rooms. There were stacks and stacks of books, programmes to be signed, and we just used to grab a bunch each and sign everybody's name.
"We all learned to sign each others' signatures – except for Charlie. He wouldn't sign anything. But me, Keith, Mick and Brian could all sign each others' autographs.
"When I see them for sale, I know two of them are not originals. But it was the only way to do it, because you couldn't pass this stuff around. You didn't have time; you were on stage in ten minutes."
ZZ Top Celebrate Box Set Release In The Studio
The new box set, "ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990)," is featured on this week's edition of the syndicated radio program In The Studio.
Released today, the set includes the original mixes for the group's first ten albums, spanning over 100 tracks that follow ZZ Top's journey from the honky tonks of Texas to the stages of the world, starting with the earthy blues and electrifying boogie that defined their '70s sound — "Just Got Paid," "La Grange," "Tush" and "Cheap Sunglasses."
"There's a lot of luck, to start with," guitarist Billy Gibbons tells program host Redbeard. "Some of these things you would like to prophesy, to plan this going a certain way.
"And yet it it's always unpredictable, always probably exactly opposite what you think you're going to do. But the first few notes that you're rippin', the first few chops that you're stabbin' at, you just don't really know where you're going."
Steve Perry Has Cancer Surgery
Former Journey singer Steve Perry has revealed that he recently underwent cancer treatment, just five months after the love of his life died of the disease.
He met psychologist Kellie Nash in 2011 after she'd already undergone a double mastectomy, then been told the cancer had returned. He only got to spend a year and a half with her before she passed away last December. And three weeks ago, he had a mole removed from his face, which was then found to be cancerous.
"Three weeks ago a routine mole was taken off my face and the lab report came back Melanoma skin cancer," Perry says in an online blog. "I've had two surgeries in two weeks to remove all the cancer cells and I've been told they think they got it all and no other treatments are required."
Perry further explains how he saw Nash in a TV documentary and asked to make contact. Two weeks later they went to dinner, and, he says: "I finally found her – we both knew we were meant to be together."
He goes on: "She continued chemo from May into December, when headaches started; cancer had gone to her brain. She started brain radiation and the chemo continued. One night she told me she just couldn't do it any more, and would I be angry if she stopped everything? I told her that never would I ever be angry with her."
After a "rough" few months, Nash heard of a new form of treatment which was available in New York, so the couple moved there from California in February 2012, where the medication "kept her alive with quality of life."
BLACK SABBATH CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF ‘13’ WITH TUESDAY, JUNE 11 BLACK SABBATH TOWN HALL STREAMED LIVE ON YOUTUBE AND GOOGLE+ AND BROADCAST LIVE ON OZZY’S BONEYARD ON SIRIUSXM FROM ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION, FOR CONTEMPORARY ART IN NEW YORK CITY
Rock legends BLACK SABBATH will mark the release of their new 13 with a special live event the day of the album’s release (Tuesday, June 11). All three members OZZY OSBOURNE, TONY IOMMI and GEEZER BUTLER will participate in the Black Sabbath Town Hall via Google+ Hangout streamed live on YouTube and Google+ and broadcast Live On Ozzy’s Boneyard On SiriusXM at 7:00 PM (ET). OZZY OSBOURNE and GEEZER BUTLER will appear from the live event at Angel Orensanz Foundation, For Contemporary Art, with TONY IOMMI beaming in from Birmingham, England, while 13 drummer Brad Wilk and Jack Osbourne (who directed the clips to launch the album) will join live face-to-face via Google+ Hangout from Los Angeles. The event will be hosted by comedian Jim Norton (a host on Ozzy's Boneyard and a co-host on The Opie & Anthony Show on SiriusXM).
Viewers around the world will join the celebration via: www.youtube.com/officialsabbath, the event will also air live on Ozzy Osbourne's SiriusXM channel Ozzy's Boneyard, via satellite on channel 38, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.
For more than three decades, rock fans have hoped for the return of BLACK SABBATH, but few could have predicted the forceful return-to-form of 13, which was produced by seven-time Grammy-Award winning producer Rick Rubin. The band that defined the heavy metal rock genre, pick up immediately where they left off, delivering eight sprawling songs (five of them are over eight minutes) that possess every ounce of the maniacal vitality of their trailblazing work in the '70s. On 13, BLACK SABBATH are joined by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) on such epic songs like “End of the Beginning,” “Loner,” “Dear Father,” and “Age of Reason.” 13 is a testament to the enduring relevance of BLACK SABBATH's long-running reign. 13 will be released June 11 on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the U.S.
CARMINE APPICE RECEIVES “BONZO BASH LEGEND AWARD” RECOGNIZING HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO DRUMMING
Groundbreaking drummer Carmine Appice was presented with the first-ever Bonzo Bash Legend Award on June 1 at the Bonzo Bash East Coast Invasion at Bergen PAC in Englewood, New Jersey. The Bonzo Bash is an all-star tribute to Led Zeppelin's John Bonham--celebrating his birthday and music--featuring the top drummers in rock music today. The event is sponsored by Modern Drummer magazine.
Carmine was recognized for his contributions to drumming since 1967 and his influence on Bonham. Carmine and KISS drummer Peter Crisswere both honored with awards. Carmine also acted as co-host for all three Bonzo shows, including the May 30 event held at the Gramercy Theater in Manhattan and May 31 event at Revolution Bar & Grill on Long Island. Joining Carmine to co-host Saturday's finale in New Jersey was VH1’s That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk.
2013 Bonzo Bash Founders Legend Award recipient Peter Criss of KISS--who was not present at the event--sent his congratulations to Carmine, stating: "I would like to congratulate my dear friend Carmine Appice who truly deserves this award for all his great years of influencing us drummers--including the late great John Bonham.”
In other news, catch Carmine as the featured guest musician on VH1’s That Metal Show for the episode airing June 22.
Carmine’s Website: www.CarmineAppice.com
Carmine’s Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Carmine-Appice-Himself/208613685844015
Carmine’s Twitter: @carmineappice1
Metallica Play Surprise 'Kill 'Em All' Set At Orion Festival
Metallica made a surprise appearance on the first day of the Orion Music + More festival this weekend and performed their debut album, "Kill 'Em All," in its entirety.
The band's surprise appearance was billed as the unknown group "Dehaan" and Metallica frontman James Hetfield let fans in on the secret in a coded way on his Instagram page earlier in the day by saying, "Don't miss Dehaan! #MUYA #mff#UwillRegretMissingThem#IfUdoUmightKillEmAll #winkWink#getIt?"
Another hint that the mystery band had a tie to Metallica was given away in the name "Dehaan". Dedicated fans would notice that the star of Metallica's upcoming movie, "Through The Never," is an actor by the name of Dane Dehaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), who plays a member of the band's crew that is sent out on a mission during the band's set in the film. The synopsis says that while he is on this mission "he unexpectedly has his life turned completely upside down."
antiMusic's Anthony Kuzminski was on hand at the festival and has this report about the surprise set: When the artist line-up for Orion Music + More was announced a few months back, those who were closely dissecting the wide and vast array of artists noticed a band called "dehaan". No one could find anything out about the band, but the band revealed little tiny clues over the weeks leading up to the festival so at 4:30 on a perfect summer afternoon, the crowd around the Vans Damage Inc stage was full of fans anticipating a potential surprise from Metallica. The banner of "dehaan" was crossed over and replaced with "Metal Up Your A**", an infamous Metallica t-shirt and what was originally supposed to be the title of their debut 1983 LP which eventually became Kill 'Em All.
Shortly after 4:30, fans excitement went up a notch with the appearance of Ray Burton to the right side of the stage. His appearance elicited a chant of "Cliff-Cliff-Cliff", honoring the late Metallica bass player who helped take Metallica to another level musically. Ray went to a microphone and told the crowd to have a great time before James Hetfield appeared telling the crowd that "dehaan" was a mystery band from Baltimore before a shot of distortion paired with Lars Ulrich's crashing symbols initiated "Hit the Lights", the lead cut from Kill 'Em All. In honor of its 30th anniversary, the band decided it would be a good time to tear through the speed metal masterpiece in full. What followed over the next fifty-five minutes was a blistering joy ride of not just nostalgia, but peak into a world that most of the attendees could only imagine in their dreams. Something Metallica has done better than any other band (possibly aside from Iron Maiden) over the last decade if shifting between the present and the past. They are an ever evolving band who continues to reinvent themselves but are acutely aware of the fervent fan following they have and with every opportunity they get, they give the fans what they want. In 2006 when they toured Europe, they played Master of Puppets nightly in its entirety. At last year's Orion festival they performed Ride the Lightning in full the first night and Metallica aka The Black Album the following night. This is not because they have lost their creative mojo, but because it is what the fans want. Due to the speed with which these songs were written and recorded, they may not fit into the mold of an arena show, but at Orion, the songs were a reminder that Metallica was and still is the very best at what they do. When Hetfield told the crowd "This is like a festival, but a club as well", everyone understood completely what he meant. There was a communal and familial atmosphere to their set, with several life long fans holding their children on their shoulders from a distance so they can see, grasp and understand what this band means to so many people.
No sooner did Metallica launch into their set than a spirited and intense mosh pit open up. This was clearly Christmas for many as no one had envisioned Metallica ever performing Kill 'Em All top-to-bottom just for what it would take physically to make it a reality, but they didn't disappoint. Guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet was aligned as their guitars slashed and swayed the crowd into further hysteria on the metal roar of "The Four Horsemen", the ruthless swing of "Jump in the Fire" and astonishingly ferocious "Phantom Lord". Lars Ulrich delivered unconventional power behind the drum kit from the machine gun drum opening of "Motorbreath" and the quick-footed precision of "Whiplash" which required breakneck force that rippled throughout the crowd. Bassist Robert Trujillo was on another plane with his performing during the set. Of the four members, he has the toughest job as he has to live in the shadow of a ghost, the late Cliff Burton. Despite this, Trujillo captured Burton's spirit and on the bass solo "(Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth" he managed to deliver an emotional wallop to the crowd as his bass provided an emotional wallop to the crowd's heart. His fingers glided across the neck of his bass he was merciless and meticulously underpinning the band as they rallied around him taking the shred fest into a spiritual space. Metallica is a band who locks in on their musical mission every time they lift their instruments. Few bands can replicate this bond even if they tried. Closing out the set "Seek & Destroy" and "Metal Militia", not a single fan was disappointed. The band made their way off the stage but not before Lars Ulrich stepped behind a microphone with a wry smile telling the crowd "Next up…ReLoad". I've always believe the key to life is humor and as much grief Metallica received post-1991, I think they have carried themselves and respected their fans better than any touring band on the planet over the last decade.
Tom Petty Forced Off The Stage
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were sent off stage by a fire marshal after he said the concert audience was 100 people over capacity – despite evidence suggesting that wasn't the case.
The band had already played 90 minutes of their set in the Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, on Saturday night, when Petty was advised too many people were in the room. He made a joke of it – and was ordered off at the end of the next song.
After speaking to the health and safety officer, Petty had asked the audience if 100 of them would volunteer to leave, and members of his band added to the light-hearted spirit by raising their hands. He then said: "I've done my job, now I'm going to do what I do best," before starting into another track.
As soon as he'd finished it, Rolling Stone reports, he announced : "We're being told we have to go," and the band left the stage to heavy booing.
Radio spoke with guitarist/singer Warren Haynes, frontman of Gov't Mule, a member of the Allman Brothers Band, and a solo artist, ahead of last week's Haynes curated Mountain Jam and learned about Gov't Mule's new album plans and a special bonus for fans.
Regarding the new Mule album, Haynes says that they have a fairly unique idea for a bonus disc that will be included with the album. "Gov't Mule is almost finished with a new release that we're hoping to have out in September.
"The upcoming tour is called 'Prepare To Shout,' the record is called Shout. I also think–at the risk of sounding cliche–this is possibly the best record we've ever done. The band feels great, sounds great."
"The significance of the title, Shout," he continues, "is that we are going to create a bonus disc with alternate versions of the same songs with a bunch of different singers. The alternate versions will be someone other than myself singing."
Haynes won't reveal just yet who those singers are, but says he the band felt so strongly about the idea that they delayed the release of the album in order to get the bonus disc finished.
New Limited Edition Queen Collection Being Release This Week
A new limited-edition Queen collection, which will be entitled "Icon," is set to be released exclusively to North American retailers tomorrow, June 11th.
Amazon's descriptions states that this new compilation draws from every era of Queen's career - from the early hard rock of "Stone Cold Crazy" and "Tie Your Mother Down."
The 11 track collection also features the worldwide #1 hits such as "We Will Rock You," "We Are The Champions" and "Another One Bites The Dust" to the legendary "Bohemian Rhapsody" and more.
Queen have been certified by the Guinness Book Of Records as the biggest-selling British band of all time.
Previously Unseen Jon Lord Jam Video Released On His Birthday
Deep Purple legend Jon Lord would have celebrated his 72nd birthday yesterday and to mark the day, a previously unseen rehearsal clip has been released. It was shot in 2010 as the Deep Purple icon jammed Lazy with Doogie White and his band in Essen, Germany.
Lord died last July after a cancer battle and is comemmorated on Purple's new album Now What?! His family have also announced plans for a memorial photo book, of which they say: "It will contain lots of unseen photographs, and come with a recording of Jon's unreleased choral work From Darkness Into Light."
They're asking for contributions from those who met or knew him, saying: "If there's a story, a quote or a joke he told, anything you would be happy to see printed in the book and attributed to you, please send it to email@example.com. If you have a photo you would like to share, this would also be gratefully received." Watch the clip here.
Tesla To Release New Music This Summer
Tesla were in the studio last week recording a new song, "Taste My Pain," at bassist Brian Wheat's J Street Recorders studio. The group reveals that they have plans to releasing the song digitally as a single sometime this summer and include it on a forthcoming album, which they're aiming to release in 2014.
"[Singer] Jeff Keith and I made a demo in [the] studio, it's called 'Taste My Pain' and it rocks hard!," posted guitarist Frank Hannon last Wednesday.
"This will be the first real original song recording session for the band since 'Forever More' or 'Twisted Wires'. We are pumped to put it out this summer!"
Tesla's latest album, "Twisted Wires And The Acoustic Sessions," was released in 2011. The project featured 6 songs that were done in 2005 and 6 newly-recorded tracks, including acoustic remakes of songs from the band's catalog, plus two brand new songs, "Second Street" and "Better Off Without You".
UK Prog Legends Nektar To Release Highly Anticipated New Studio Album 'Time Machine' – June 18 , 2013
Los Angeles, CA – Prog legends Nektar return with their triumphant 13th album 'Time Machine' on June 18, 2013 on Purple Pyramid Records – the first album of new material in over 4 years – that band leader and founding member Roye Albrighton is calling “The best album Nektar has ever made!” 'Time Machine' showcases a new depth of songwriting, melodic complexity and musical exploration that hearkens back to early Nektar releases such as 'Remember The Future' and 'A Tab In The Ocean'.
Nektar, featuring Albrighton, founding drummer Ron Howden, keyboardist Klaus Hentasch and bassist Lux Vibratus, is British, but was formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1970. Their early albums featured a heady, exhilarating mix of progressive, experimental rock sounds that soon caught on worldwide at the height of the international prog-rock boom. Touring the world behind numerous album releases throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s helped to cement the band’s reputation as an influential prog-rock legend. Having undergone a variety of personnel changes over the past decade or so, the band now boasts its strongest lineup in years and is ready to prove so yet again to its many fans throughout North America. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original release date of the band’s classic album, 'Remember the Future', Nektar is looking to perform in its entirety this most heralded release from its vast catalog, a rarity in that the band has not performed the entire album live in years.
Nektar 'Time Machine' CD is available for pre-order now at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Time-Machine-Nektar/dp/B00CGUSM16
Nektar / Son's Of Hippies US Tour Dates:
June 20 – Sully's – Chantilly, VA
June 21 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
June 22 – Sellersville Theatre – Sellersville, PA
June 23 – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill – NYC
June 26 – The Winchester Music Hall – Cleveland, OH
June 26 – The RockPile Bar & Nightclub – Toronto, ON, Canada
June 28 – Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
June 29 – Viper Alley – Lincolnshire, IL
June 30 – Famous Dave's Blues Club – Minneapolis, MN
July 02 – Rogue Pizza Co. - Fayetteville, AR
July 03 – Cheer Up Charlie's – Austin, TX
July 04 – The Grotto – Fort Worth, TX
OVER A QUARTER OF A MILLION FANS TURN OUT FOR 2013 “WORLD’S LOUDEST MONTH”: WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE, CAROLINA REBELLION, ROCKFEST, ROCK ON THE RANGE, AND ROCKLAHOMA
ROCKLAHOMA AUTOGRAPHED BAND MEMORABILIA AUCTION UNDERWAY NOW TO BENEFIT OKC TORNADO RELEIF
Over 278,000 fans turned out for rock festivals on five consecutive weekends across the nation as part of the World’s Loudest Month, from April 27-May 26, 2013.
Created in partnership by AEG Live and Right Arm Entertainment, the World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in five distinct U.S. concert atmospheres. Over 100 bands performed at Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rockfest, Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma, solidifying the vitality of rock and metal music in America.
2013 marked the debut of the World’s Loudest Month App which featured the latest band lineups, artist bios, site maps, social feeds, pictures, videos, music and much more for all the World’s Loudest Month music festivals.
Here are some highlights from the 2013 World’s Loudest Month festivals:
Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville (www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com)
The third annual Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville drew over 25,000 people for the two-day destination music festival held April 27 and 28, 2013 at Jacksonville, Florida’s scenic Metropolitan Park, along the scenic St. Johns River. Florida’s biggest rock event featured performances from Alice In Chains and Limp Bizkit (marking the band’s first hometown show in over a decade), as well as Jacksonville legends Lynyrd Skynyrd and Shinedown, and many more.
Carolina Rebellion (www.CarolinaRebellion.com)
Over 45,000 fans turned out for the Carolinas’ biggest weekend of rock, held May 4 and 5 at the festival’s new home at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. The third annual CarolinaRebellion featured a lineup full of rock heavyweights, including Alice In Chains, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Steel Panther, Halestorm, and many more.
The 21st year for America's largest one-day music festival had 53,000 in attendance. The May 11 Kansas City, MO festival featured Alice In Chains, Seether, Papa Roach, Killswitch Engage and more.
Rock On The Range (www.RockOnTheRange.com)
In its seventh year, Rock On The Range--America’s premier destination rock festival--was sold-out, with over 105,000 tickets sold. The biggest rock festival in the U.S. featured more than 50 bands performing at Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19. Attendees travelled from 49 states and three countries for this year’s festival, which generated an economic impact of $17 million to the Columbus metro area.
50,000 fans turned out for this year’s Rocklahoma, the Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party that features the top current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. Rocklahoma celebrated its seventh year May 24, 25 and 26 with a stellar rock lineup including Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn and many more. Rocklahoma’s charity efforts have already raised over $50,000 for tornado relief in the Oklahomaregion this year and the festival is also hosting a charity auction with autographed band memorabilia from now through June 14. Visit www.rocklahoma.com for details and to bid on items from Rocklahoma bands.
"Rock music is alive and well in America, and the World’s Loudest Month proves it. It’s our goal to make each WLM festival the #1 rock destination experience in its respective region. We want the World's Loudest Month to be known as the leader of rock music festivals not only across the States, but all over the world," explains Gary Spivack, Co-Executive Producer of World’s Loudest Month for Right Arm Entertainment.
Monster Energy is the official sponsor of the World’s Loudest Month. The World’s Loudest Month also works with Revolver Magazine to bring you exclusive news, interviews and photos of all the festivals.
HEAVEN & EARTH RELEASE ELECTRIC LIVE PERFORMANCE OF "HOUSE OF BLUES" FROM THEIR FONDA SHOWCASE ON APRIL 10TH
NEW ALBUM DIG AVAILABLE NOW
HEAVEN & EARTH premiered a live performance of their song "House of Blues" on Aol’s Noisecreep.com yesterday, June 6. The electric performance was shot at the band's memorable record release show at the Fonda in Hollywood to celebrate the release of their new album, Dig (available on iTunes and Amazon).
Watch "House of Blues" live here: http://www.noisecreep.com/2013/06/06/heaven-and-earth-house-of-blues-live-exclusive-video-premiere/
"House of Blues" features some blistering guitar work by Stuart Smith, but gets its bluesy rock vibe from the powerhouse vocal delivery of front man Joe Retta and a wicked keyboard solo from Ed Roth midway into the performance. Add in some solid low-end work from drummer Richie Onori and bassist Chuck Wright and “House of Blues” comes off as a timeless bluesy rocker that must be heard by all rock purists and classic rock fans.
"House of Blues" live performance: http://youtu.be/kyyoZy-0kYI
"House of Blues" live performance EMBED:
'DIG' on iTunes: http://bit.ly/17LFDKM
'DIG' on Amazon: http://amzn.to/10bmeLP
New Metal Instrumental “Destroy” by Roy Z Released Free on Facebook Page
Summary: “Destroy,” a new heavy-metal instrumental single by Roy Z (Judas Priest, Sepultura, Sebastian Bach) can be downloaded now for free from the Zombie Squash facebook page in advance of its June 17th release date at iTunes & Amazon.“Destroy” was written, performed and produced by Roy Z and is the first single from the upcoming soundtrack for the free iOS and Android game Zombie Squash which stars the voice-talents of George A. Romero, the iconic director of “Night of the Living Dead.”
Phoenix, AZ June 7, 2013 – ACW Games announced the release of “Destroy” a heavy-metal instrumental single from the upcoming 'Zombie Squash Soundtrack' written, produced and performed by Roy Z known for his stellar production work with Sepultura, Sebastian Bach and Halford.
Before the single goes on sale at iTunes, Amazon, and other global outlets on June 17th, fans of the official Zombie Squash Facebook page (http://facebook.com/zombiesquash) can download a complementary MP3 of “Destroy” now. Users simply have to visit the Zombie Squash Facebook page, click on the “Destroy MP3” tab and “Like” the page. A download link is then revealed to the user.
“Destroy” is a high-tempo, shredding piece by Roy Z. With numerous credits including producing Judas Priest's 'Angel of Retribution' which debuted at #13 on the U.S. Billboard chart in 2005, Roy Z's signature ferocious sound is evident in “Destroy.” Roy Z plays guitar, bass and keys while Dave Moreno (Tribe of Gypsies) provides the bombastic drums. “Destroy” was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Adrenaline Mob, Yngwie Malmsteen).
The song erupts with a furious pace as does the thrill of the Zombie Squash game. Additional original songs by Roy Z are heard throughout the game.
A full-length Zombie Squash soundtrack written and produced by Roy Z will be released later this year.
A recent FEARnet review of the Zombie Squash game referred to the soundtrack as "headbanging metal…auditory mayhem." DreadCentral.com called Roy Z “a badass” where he was recently interviewed about the soundtrack.
Zombie Squash, a free game for Apple and Android devices, was created by Attila Juhasz whose metal credits appear along with Roy Z's on numerous Halford and Fight releases for graphics, marketing and editing. In the 90s, Juhasz published the metal magazine New York Onslaught and managed N.Y. rockers 'No More Johnny.'
Zombie Squash features the voice talents of George A. Romero, the iconic director of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and the Godfather of all zombies.
Zombie Squash is a world where plants and vegetables like turban squash and pumpkins turn into zombie squash spawned from the evil experiments of Dr. B. E. Vil (Romero), owner of the bio-chemical, genetics company Monsterno Corporation. You play as Jack Stompingtail, a fearless rabbit who fires carrots and other garden ammo at the zombie squash onslaught. The player has to try and stop the Zombie Squash from taking over the world. An addictive, survival-mode mini-game is also included.
The fun-for-all ages, tongue-in-cheek, action game is available for free from iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon.com. Free HD tablet versions of Zombie Squash are also available for the iPad and Kindle Fire.
“Destroy” YouTube Teaser:
NEW 180 GRAM GATEFOLD SLEEVE COLORED VINYL EDITIONS DUE OUT THIS MONTH FROM ICONIC ROCK VOCALIST SEBASTIAN BACH: “KICKING & SCREAMING” AND “ABACHALYPSE NOW”
“AMERICAN METALHEAD” VIDEO TAKEN FROM “ABACHALYPSE NOW” PREMIERES TODAY
Iconic rock vocalist Sebastian Bach is proud to announce the forthcoming release of two brand new vinyl editions: one for his most recent studio album, KICKING & SCREAMING, and one for his recent live album, ABACHALYPSE NOW (taken from the CD/DVD package of the same name). The UK label ROCK CLASSICS, under license from Frontiers Records, will issue both. KICKING & SCREAMING, will be available on 180 gram, limited edition single red gatefold vinyl on June 17th and can be pre-ordered here. ABACHALYPSE NOW will be released on 180 gram, limited edition double colored gatefold vinyl later in June, exact street date to be announced, and can be pre-ordered here. One disc of the set will be transparent blue and the other clear. In other news, Bach fans worldwide can click here to check out the video for “American Metalhead,” taken from the CD/DVD package ABACHALYPSE NOW.
Sebastian Bach’s latest studio album, KICKING & SCREAMING, was produced by Bob Marlette and debuted in the Top 75 of the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Outburn declared, “Sebastian Bach delivers a balls out gang of mountainous hooks, titanic grooves and straight down the middle hard rock.” Sebastian Bach’s recent CD/DVD package, ABACHALYPSE NOW, also received stellar praise, with Revolver avowing that “the fact remains that Sebastian Bach is still one of the most dynamic frontmen…” Bach was recently named one of the 100 greatest living rock stars by Revolver.
Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW’s hit series “Gilmore Girls”, starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and national touring companies (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.
NEW ARTWORK BY ICONIC ALBUM COVER ARTIST ROGER DEAN REVEALED FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 DEBUT OF YES’ ‘YESTIVAL’ VOLTO!--FEATURING DANNY CAREY OF TOOL--ADDED TO THE LINEUP
FULL DAY-INTO-NIGHT MUSIC FESTIVAL IN FULL QUADRAPHONIC SOUND TO TAKE PLACE AT SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 7 AT 10AM
The iconic and Grammy-winning rock band YES are excited to announce an addition to their first-ever festival--YESTIVAL, a day-into-night musical adventure in full quadraphonic sound--set for Saturday, August 3 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ. VOLTO!, a new band featuring TOOL drummer Danny Carey, has just been announced as a performer along with the previously announced artists including The Musical Box, Renaissance featuring Anne Haslam and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 7 at 10 AM EST and will start at just $35. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, Susquehanna Bank Center Box Office, Live Nation Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets or by-phone at 800-745-3000. YESTIVAL is presented by Live Nation.
In other news, iconic cover album artist ROGER DEAN has revealed new artwork created just for the festival. The British artist has created many of the memorable YES album covers since 1971, as well as his work with other like-minded artists.
VOLTO! features Danny Carey from TOOL, guitarist John Ziegler (of Pygmy Love Circus) and bass player Lance Morrison (of Don Henley and Alanis Morissette’s bands). Carey says, “To say that I am excited to play the Yestival would be an understatement. I have been listening to Yes for over 40 years now so this will literally be a dream come true." Their debut album Incitare will be released July 23.
“THE RIDES” - the new all-star blues rock supergroup featuring guitarist Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield, CSN, CSN&Y), guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and keyboardist Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag) release their debut album “Can’t Get Enough” on CD, digitial download, and vinyl in the UK on Monday 26th August via Provogue Records.
GENERATION-SPANNING TRIO BLISTERS THROUGH CO-WRITTEN ORIGINALS AND COVERS OF CLASSICS BY ARTISTS INCLUDING MUDDY WATERS, ELMORE JAMES, IGGY AND THE STOOGES, AND NEIL YOUNG
No stranger to top flight musical partnerships, legendary singer-songwriter and Buffalo Springfield/CSN/CSN&Y principal Stephen Stills unites with fellow guitar slinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd and venerable Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg to form the new all-star blues-rock supergroup The Rides. The multi-generational outfit’s debut album, "Can’t Get Enough", is set for CD, digital download, and vinyl release on Monday August 26 via Provogue Records.
Featuring 4 co-written originals, a handful of covers, and a vintage, previously unrecorded Stills gem "Can’t Get Enough" was inspired by - and is an homage to - the now classic 1968 album Super Session, which featured Stills on guitar on one side, and the late Mike Bloomfield on the other (Bloomfield had founded Electric Flag with Goldberg, who also played on Super Session, as did Blood, Sweat & Tears keyboardist Al Kooper).
The Rides bring a historic and distinctively American musical blues rock hybrid into the 21st century. Described by Stills as "the blues band of my dreams", The Rides will embark on a world tour beginning in September, with UK November dates to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
The Rides (L-R) - Stephen Stills (guitar, vocals), Barry Goldberg (keyboards),
Kenny Wayne Shepherd (guitar, vocals)
The project began with Stills and Goldberg writing together at their mutual manager Elliot Roberts’ recommendation. "It was like finding a long lost soul brother" says Goldberg (who hadn’t met Stills before, their shared 1968 credit notwithstanding). "We connected on so many things, started jamming, and soon had begun writing our first song."
Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the mixing desk
When Kenny Wayne Shepherd arrived, The Rides’ three-way chemistry immediately clicked. "The Rides are a perfect mix of generations, where three musicians who love and play the blues collide and create music that goes beyond all our other individual life experiences and career achievement," says 35-year-old, Shepherd, who’s had six #1 Blues albums. "Stephen and I have rock backgrounds as well, but the blues is the fabric that holds this all together."
That exhilarating creative sorcery blasts through ten tracks, four of them Stills, Shepherd, Goldberg co-writes including the album-opening barnburner "Roadhouse" - about the life of an itinerant bluesman - the melodic, CSN-esque "Don’t Want Lies," and the title track, a groove soaked, guitar-heavy anthem with a soul-baring lead vocal by Stills. Other highlights include a Crazy Horse-calibre interpretation of "Rockin’ in the Free World". "Everyone gets off on this one," says Goldberg, "it’s just a ton of electricity on this Neil Young classic."
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
The four additional covers are the tracks on which Shepherd sings lead, including "Talk To Me Baby" and "Honey Bee" by blues giants Elmore James and Muddy Waters, respectively, and Iggy and The Stooges’ "Search and Destroy," which The Rides truly make their own. The album closes with the raucous "Word Game," a song Stills wrote during his late ’60s era with Buffalo Springfield, but never recorded. "It’s an old acoustic song that I had fun adapting to an electric band," he says.
Kevin McCormick (bass guitar)
The in-the-moment energy and unscripted emotion of "Can’t Get Enough", however, are among the album’s greatest strengths, as is the powerhouse guitar interplay between Stills and Shepherd, and the stellar accompaniment from Goldberg - who, as a teenager in his native Chicago, sat in with Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and Howlin’ Wolf, and went on to play keyboards for Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, formed The Electric Flag, and composed with Gerry Goffin.
Chris Layton (drums)
The album was recorded live in the studio over the course of about a week at EastWest in Los Angeles, helmed by long-time Shepherd producer Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads, Modern Lovers). Mostly first or second takes made the album’s final cut. In addition to Chris Layton, Shepherd’s drummer, and also a veteran of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble, the album features bassist Kevin McCormick (CSN, Jackson Browne).
"In the spirit of that simple, raw authentic 40s and 50s blues music the three of us love, we got in there and boom! A few takes and we were done," says Stills. "The songs have muscle; they don’t sound dated or contrived. They’re very natural and organic. I can’t wait to tour with these guys and start recording again."
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Vs Fan
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine snapped on a fan and had him ejected from the band's show in Manchester, England on Wednesday night and video of the encounter has been posted online.
Captured on video, Mustaine's profanity-laced tirade reportedly began following a 10-minute stoppage early in the concert due to technical issues. When Megadeth returned to the stage, the fan booed the frontman and his rant began.
Black Star Riders Score Top 5 Debut
The debut Black Star Riders studio album, "All Hell Breaks Loose," has entered the US charts. The project opens on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #5 and the Billboard Hard Rock chart at #19 after selling 2,206 copies in its first week.
"Myself and the BSR Boys are totally blown away by our U.S. chart placings," says singer Ricky Warwick. "Thank you all for your continued support!"
Black Star Riders made their live debut last week to launch the new project at The Marshall Theatre at Milton Keynes, UK. The set featured a mix of new music along with some classic Thin Lizzy tracks.
Robert Plant Inspired By Led Zeppelin Bandmate John Paul Jones
Robert Plant took inspiration from Led Zeppelin bandmate John Paul Jones in his efforts to keep his career moving forward. The singer says he's been doing a great deal of writing in the past year with a view to making the most of how his voice sounds today.
He's currently touring with his Sensational Space Shifters following outings with his Band Of Joy, Alison Krauss and The Strange Sensation; and says his next project will be based on "something resembling a British condition."
Plant tells LA Weekly that his main motivation is "the sound of a new project; the sound of music developing" and adds: "Over the years I've seen all these artists that I respect that are able to create all these amalgamations with other artists. I've watched the way John Paul Jones has worked through his life. I have great respect for him.
"He's right in the middle of writing an opera right now, and people are taking him seriously as a writer in the classical mode. But he can also play in Them Crooked Vultures and play mandolin with Seasick Steve."
Black Sabbath Feared They Picked The Wrong Drummer
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler feared that the band had picked the wrong drummer when they started working with Brad Wilk on upcoming album 13.
They selected the Rage Against The Machine man from a shortlist drawn up by producer Rick Rubin – which included Ginger Baker – after Tony Iommi ended negotiations with original sticksman Bill Ward over his return.
But Geezer Butler admits they thought they'd chosen the wrong man for the job at first. The bassist tells Faster Louder: "We literally had two weeks to work with him before we recorded the songs. The first week we were going, 'This guy's just not working out,' and we were panicking.
"We went into the studio and recorded the first three songs with him – and that was probably where Rick really worked out the most. He had the definite idea of what the drummer should do, so he was communicating with Brad, and he's worked with Brad before."
Paul McCartney Set For Hour Long Colbert Report Special
To hear Stephen Colbert tell it, Paul McCartney is a pretty talented artist just looking for a break… and of course, Colbert is ready to give it to him. In a press release announcing the budding singer-songwriter's appearance on his show, Colbert said, "I think this McCartney kid's got something special and I'm gonna put him on the map!"
Seriously, though. The former Beatle will appear on a special one-hour episode of The Colbert Report on Wednesday, June 12 from 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. ET/PT.
The "super-sized" show will feature an interview, as well as performances of songs featured on McCartney's current Out There Tour, the new 2013 reissue of Wings Over America, "and more" (according to the press release), with one song to be exclusively available at Colbert's website after the fact.
BRIAN WILSON RETURNS TO CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP; CURRENTLY RECORDING AND SELF-PRODUCING HIS 11th SOLO STUDIO ALBUM
Beach Boys Legend Has Been Joined In the Studio by Jeff Beck and Others
Hollywood, California – June 6, 2013 – Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson has returned to Capitol Music Group and he is currently recording and self-producing his 11th solo studio album at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios. Wilson has been joined in the studio by talented friends he personally invited to record with him, including guitar icon Jeff Beck.
Wilson has also asked his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and David Marks to join him in the studio, as well as session all-stars Don Was and Jim Keltner. He has brought in Vinnie Colaiuta and Tal Wilkenfeld, who for several years have toured and recorded as Jeff Beck’s rhythm section, and members of Wilson’s longtime touring band, including Jeffrey Foskett, Scott Bennett, Paul Mertens, Darian Sahanaja, and Probyn Gregory, have also participated in the sessions.
Last year’s Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion made headlines around the world as one of the year’s top entertainment stories. The iconic band released their 29th studio album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 (the group’s best-ever album chart bow), and embarked on their 50th Anniversary Tour, the band’s first major outing to include Wilson in more than two decades. The sold-out trek took Wilson and his former bandmates The Beach Boys to more than 70 cities around the world, including their first concert at the Hollywood Bowl since 1965, headlining performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and tour-closing concerts at London’s O2 Arena and Royal Albert Hall.
Wilson continued to write new songs throughout The Beach Boys’ whirlwind anniversary year, which also included a GRAMMY® Award win for him for The Beach Boys’ long-awaited SMiLE Sessions release. He told family, friends, and journalists around the world that he had a rock & roll-driven album in mind, and he looked forward to returning to the studio when he got back home to California.
“I was really moved by the fans’ excitement about The Beach Boys’ album and tour last year,” says Wilson. “It charged me up and my head was full of music - I just couldn’t wait to get back into the studio to let it out.”
With rock & roll in mind, Wilson looked to Jeff Beck, a guitar virtuoso named one of the top five players of all time by Rolling Stone and a friend whose music has meant a lot to him over the years. Wilson says, “When I watched Jeff Beck perform ‘Surf’s Up’ to honor me at the MusiCares Person of the Year event in 2005, I knew I had to find a way to work with him. He absolutely blew my mind and we’ve been friends ever since. Jeff’s incredible guitar playing is exactly what I want for my new album and I’m also looking forward to performing live with him soon.”
Installed at Ocean Way, Wilson and his hand-picked band of friends have taken a fluid, woodshedding approach to the recording process, letting collaborative creativity drive the sessions. Wilson is working with longtime collaborator Joe Thomas to hone the arrangements, often assembling pieces from various takes. Details about the album and its release will be shared soon.
Wilson is pleased to once again be working with his team at Capitol Music Group. “My long relationship with Capitol and the people there means a lot to me,” he says. “I’m very happy, because the label has grown a lot and I’m working with a great group of people who have welcomed me back to Capitol with good ears and open arms.”
Capitol Music Group chairman and CEO Steve Barnett says, "Brian Wilson is simply one of the most important figures in the history of popular music, and he continues to have a far-reaching and influential impact on our culture. His contributions to the legacy of Capitol Records are immeasurable, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that he is once again part of the Capitol family and that he is already employing his enormous musical powers to create new music. What a pleasure for me to say, 'Welcome back, Brian'."
One of popular music's most deeply revered figures and one of the past century’s most important composers, Brian Wilson began his career as a teenaged co-founder of The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes, and 1966’s Pet Sounds is universally hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time. Wilson’s innovative vocal and instrumental arrangements for major hits including “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” and the No. 1 smash “Good Vibrations” made The Beach Boys America’s preeminent band of the 1960s. With their 50th anniversary reunion, launched with a performance on last year’s GRAMMY® Awards telecast, The Beach Boys became the first American band to reach the 50-year milestone.
Brian Wilson has also achieved great solo success with 10 of his own albums released to date, including his acclaimed 2004 completion of an album he first began recording in the ‘60s, Brian Wilson Presents… SMiLE, which reached Billboard’s Top 20 and earned him his first GRAMMY® Award for a recording. Wilson has also performed major, sold-out SMiLE and Pet Sounds tours in recent years with his own band. Wilson is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient and a Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee, and as a member of The Beach Boys, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY® Award in 2001.
Brian Wilson will be performing select shows this summer with Al Jardine and David Marks:
July 20 – Atlantic City, NJ The Grand @ The Golden Nugget
July 21 – Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE—Outdoor Stage
July 23 – Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium
July 25 – Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
July 26 – Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival
July 27 – Apple Valley, MN Weesner Family Amphitheatre
Oct 20 – Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre