New Studio Album Available September 11

(Los Angeles, CA) August 26, 2015 – Iconic rock superstars, Scorpions, have partnered with Yahoo for their first global live stream performance on Saturday, September 12, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Fans can tune in at 9:10pm ET, to witness the Scorpions Brooklyn debut and enjoy a career-spanning setlist of Scorpions’ hits, anthems, ballads and vintage classics. The live stream will be available on desktop at, or through the Yahoo Screen App on mobile devices (iOS & Android) or connected devices (Apple TV, Roku, Xbox). 

Scorpions will be on tour in North American celebrating their 50th anniversary and the release of their 19th studio album, Return To Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), available September 11, 2015.  More information on the new release and upcoming tour dates (routing below) can be found at

Return To Forever celebrates a spectacular global return for Scorpions as the album is already available in many parts of the world going Top 10 in multiple markets including Finland, France (#5), Germany (#2), Greece (#1 debut), Russia (platinum!), Hungary, Japan (#4), Turkey (#4) Switzerland (#2), Malasia (their first gold!), Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.!  Produced by Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen (Sting In The Tail, “MTV Unplugged”), Return To Forever features 19 new songs including first single, “We Built This House,” currently at #3 at Classic Rock.  The track is available digitally as an instant-grat for the album preorder, available at Amazon: and iTunes:

Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, Scorpions were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970’s with their debut album, Lonesome Crow, released in 1972.  The band rose to arena status with seminal releases Lovedrive, Virgin Killer and Animal Magnetism.  In the 80s, Scorpions amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from Love at First Sting and Blackout, including multiple Top 10 singles "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "No One Like You," as well a string of successful singles such as "Send Me an Angel," "Still Loving You" and "Winds of Change." The band was also ranked #46 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit "Rock You Like a Hurricane" also landed as #18 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.  Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have received multiple honors including World Music Award winners, a postage stamp in Brazil, their Star on Hollywood Rock Walk, Echo honors, most recently they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award.

Scorpions Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring longtime members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, alongside James Kottak (drums) and Paweł Mąciwoda (bass), kicked off in May 2015 with dates on four continents.

North American dates feature special guests Queensryche.  
Date                           City                                         Venue
September 10          Boston, MA                       Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
September 12          Brooklyn, NY                     Barclays Center
September 13          Gilford, NH                        Meadowbrook
September 16          Moncton, NB Canada                    Moncton Coliseum
September 18          Toronto, ON Canada           Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
September 19          Montreal, QC Canada          Bell Centre
September 22          Columbus, OH                   LC Pavilion
September 23          Cleveland, OH                    Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
September 25          Windsor, ON Canada           Caesar's Windsor TBA
September 26          Chicago, IL                       Allstate Arena
September 29          Denver, CO                       Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
October 1               San Jose, CA                     SAP Center
October 3               Los Angeles, CA                 The Forum
October 6               Santa Barbara, CA              Santa Barbara Bowl
October 7               Las Vegas, NV                             The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
October 9               Seattle, WA                       ShoWare Center

ROCK NEWS FOR 08/27/15

Atlanta’s O.D.D. to Open for John Corobi

Atlanta’s Three Piece Hard Rock Band O.D.D. have been rocking stages since 2013 throughout the South East and on September 11th 2015 they will be opening for John Corobi at 120 Tavern, 1440 Roswell Road, Marietta GA.

These guys ROLL HEAVY with a big rock and roll sound & thousands of watts of volume, bringing vibes of Avenged, Sevenfold, Metallica & Anthrax.

 Currently the band is in the studio working on their upcoming album The guys in O.D.D are huge fans of John Corobi & also Asphalt Valentine who are also from Atlanta

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Guitar Virtuoso Adrian Galysh Teams Up with for Blues Album

Los Angeles, CA, August 26, 2015 - Guitarist, composer, and session musician, Adrian Galysh, is teaming up with for the release of his next album. An all-blues affaire, Galysh’s next album will be a departure from his mainly instrumental past efforts. Featuring his signature tasteful guitar work, and now his voice, he will be visiting some blues classics as well as recording original blues-rock songs. Joining him will be some very special guests that guitar fans are sure to love.

Adrian Galysh’s Pledge Music campaign is an interactive vehicle that enables music fans to witness behind the scenes videos and photos documenting the writing and recording process. Fans also get exclusive incentives like private performances, one-on-one Skype guitar lessons, signed CDs, posters, photos, instructional guitar books, downloads, t-shirts, one-of-a-kind artwork, and much more.

Galysh confesses, “I’m really excited by the direction my new music is going in. After my last album (Tone Poet), which was really complex in both composition, production, and performance, it is refreshing to take a simpler approach, using a core four piece rhythm section for these arrangements.”  Quickly adding, “Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure I’ll be adding a string section here and there! But, the new music is based in hard rock, rhythm and blues.”

In addition to raising funds to complete the new album, a portion of any of the proceeds that exceed this goal will go to the ALS TDI, a charity that funds medical research and therapy for people suffering from Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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

Guitarist Adrian Galysh is a Los Angeles based solo artist, session musician, composer, Guitar World Magazine online lesson columnist, as well as Education Coordinator for Guitar Center Lessons. He's the author of the book ‘Progressive Guitar Warm-ups and Exercises’. Adrian uses SIT Strings, Seymour Duncan Pickups and Effects, Brian Moore Guitars, Voodoo Lab, and Morley Pedals. 

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Classic Rock Legends The Lizards Feat. Ex-Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Cactus & Riot Members Release New CD!

Special Guest Appearances By Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) and Vinnie Moore (UFO)!

NYC - The long awaited new album from Classic Rock legends The Lizards, featuring members of Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Cactus and Riot, will be released in September 2015 on Hyperspace Records in partnership with drumming legend Carmine Appice’s Rocker Records. Titled “Reptilicus Maximus”, the band's 7th album features guest appearances by Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) and Vinnie Moore (UFO)! Once again the breathtaking cover artwork was created by longtime Lizards artist Rick Klemann.

“These hard rockin' Lizards have slithered their way to the top of the new 'original' classic rock heap. Like their alien counterparts they are simply out of this world!” - Nightwatcher's Rock Blog

The Lizards are drummer Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow/Black Sabbath/BOC), vocalist/keyboardist Mike DiMeo (Riot/Masterplan), bassist Randy Pratt (who also plays harp with Cactus) and guitarist Patrick Klein (who recorded and mixed the album), and have released seven critically acclaimed albums and three live DVDs in the past 13 years. The band's 2006 release “Against All Odds”, and their covers album from 2009 “Archeology”, garnered rave reviews from fans and music press alike worldwide, catapulting The Lizards into legendary status!

“Loved hearing The Lizards when they opened for UFO. Cool riffs, grooves and musicality with Mike DiMeo's killer vocals on top. Awesome new record and I am glad to be a part of it.” - Vinnie Moore, UFO

Says bassist and band leader Randy Pratt, “On our 7th CD, 'Reptilicus Maximus', we brought in a few of our touring buddies. David Lanik, of 'Sharks' kicks ass on 'Ton on the One', the opening track on the CD. Frank Marino, of Mahogany Rush, was the headliner on our first tour and dazzles on 'Evil Eyes', the second track. Vinnie Moore and UFO were the headliners on our LAST tour (so far). Vinnie shreds beautifully on 'Crash', a song I wrote the lyrics to in the hospital after my brutal car crash that sidelined us for awhile. We did a 2 month tour with Glenn Hughes and he came to New York to record 4 songs on our 6th CD, 'Against All Odds'. 'Miracle Man' is a song that he wrote specifically for The Lizards, and I believe we slay it. He and Mike DiMeo do another one of their over the top duets on the closing number on the record. We added Scott 'The Doctor' Treibitz on keys for this CD, adding some new textures, from dark and brooding synths and majestic pipe organ to honky tonk piano and funky hammond organ.”

“Having toured with The Lizards and getting to know the band personally, I was delighted when Randy asked me to play on a track with them.  And even if I hadn't gotten to know what a great bunch of guys they are, I still would have accepted the invitation gladly, because I just loved the track and the music they make.  With me it's always been about heart, and these cats bring it... straight from the heart.”   Frank Marino - Mahogany Rush

Says Randy, “The music runs from progressive rock to swampy blues, lyrics ranging from the sacred to the profane…all in the name of ROCK. Bobby Rondinelli told us that we got some of the best playing of his career on this record. Since he played with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, you can believe the drums are world class throughout!”

“I consider it a crime not to check out these hot sounding reptiles!” - Metalliville, UK

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Lenny Kravitz & Eagle Rock Entertainment Announce Live Concert Film Just Let Go Set for Release on October 23rd

Lenny Kravitz and Eagle Rock Entertainment are excited to announce the release of a new, live concert film entitled Just Let Go, which will be set for worldwide release on DVD, Blu-ray and all digital formats on October 23rd. Shot over the course of three months in the fall of 2014 during the European leg of Kravitz’s world tour, Just Let Go features spectacular live performances of some of the best loved tracks from the artist’s legendary career, including “Fly Away,” “American Woman,” “It Ain’t Over ’Til It’s Over,” “Let Love Rule,” “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” as well as new materials from his latest studio album, Strut

“I am a solo artist but Just Let Go reflects on the relationship with my band and the camaraderie that develops between us while out on the road,” states Lenny Kravitz. “The film takes a deeper look into what it’s like to be on tour and also gives an intimate perspective into my life with my band, both on and off the stage.”

Just Let Go features a total of 12 performances that are artfully intercut with behind-the-scenes raw clips, interviews, and intimate rehearsal footage. The film sheds insight into the artist’s creative process behind delivering his music and the aesthetic quality of the presentation that characterize his electrifying concerts. 

The tracklisting for ‘Just Let Go’:
1) Fly Away  
2) Dirty White Boots  
3) American Woman  
4) Dancin’ ‘Til Dawn 
5) Strut  
6) It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over  
7) New York City  
8) The Chamber  
9) Sister  
10) Dig In  
11) Let Love Rule  
12) Are You Gonna Go My Way

**As a Bonus Feature the film will also include full unedited live versions of: “Sister, ”Always On The Run,” “Sex,” “I Belong To You,” “New York City,” and “Let Love Rule.”

Lenny Kravitz’s tenth studio album Strut was released on September 23rd 2014 via Roxie Records/ Kobalt Label Services. The album is a real rock & roll record that hits hard rhythmically and looks back on the 1970’s metropolis of funky after-hours grooves and soulful hooks.

Kravitz has recently embarked on the US leg of his Strut world tour, which kicked off at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, NY on August 23rd Tickets and more information for the tour can be found at

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

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This Isn’t Your Average Crowdfunding Campaign…
Rock Legends ANVIL Offer Once-In-A-Lifetime PledgeMusic Fan Opportunities
Join ANVIL in the Studio, Attend a Live Rehearsal, Appear as a Guest on the New Album Anvil Is Anvil & More – Contribute Here:

Canadian cult metal act ANVIL is back! Striving to bypass the labels that have stood between the band and fans for years, ANVIL is creating their new record Anvil Is Anvil with a direct-to-fan approach in mind. Recently, the band teamed up with PledgeMusic to assure that fan connection, but unlike other crowdsourcing campaigns put forth by bands in the hopes of amassing a recording budget, ANVIL’s campaign strives to do so while truly providing fans with unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and personal, one-on-one opportunities that they will never forget.

ANVIL’s 2009 movie documentary, The Story Of Anvil made them famous the world over. Their albums are considered landmarks among a musical genre. Their 2011 release, Juggernaut Of Justice, and their 2013 release, Hope In Hell, were powerful and unrelenting.

Anvil Is Anvil will be their most potent yet, and feature guitarist/vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner, and new bassist Chris Robertson in top form. Featuring no concessions to short-lived trends and no modern frills, the brand new ANVIL record will feature traditional metal at its finest with massive classic rock elements – a sound that ANVIL fans love and deserve.

ANVIL and PledgeMusic are offering fans a chance to get up close and personal with the band, access exclusive content and be a part of a truly unique fan-to-band experience. With every pre-order, pledgers will get the AccessPass which will give them exclusive looks at behind the scenes videos, photos and messages from the band. Fans will also have several once in a lifetime opportunities to purchase:

·         In person or Skype drum lesson with Robb
·         In person or Skype guitar lesson with Lips
·         Guest back-up vocal appearance on the new record
·         One of Lips’ amps
·         The opportunity to attend a live rehearsal
·         A day in the studio with the band
·         Signed limited edition CD with bonus tracks
·         Signed drum head
·         Exclusive Pledger T-shirt
·         AMPU (Anvil Metal Pounders Union) deluxe lifetime membership and signed CD
·         Signed set list
·         Signed drumsticks
·         Handwritten lyric sheets  

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Guitarist and vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow  statesm “We are proud to announce to our fans that they can keep in personal touch with the band and be directly involved in the process of creating the next ANVIL album. This will be the first time that we’ve used a pre-sales platform and we are fully confident that getting closer to our fans through making the album will take the making of it and the final album to somewhere fantastic. Considering that almost anyone aware of ANVIL knows our long and sometimes brutal history, we’re hoping you would be honored to help and prove us right in our belief in you… and we promise another top notch ANVIL recording that we can enjoy for many years into the future.”

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Blues Boy Fulfills Lifetime Dream On NYC’s Most Hallowed Stage
Joe Bonamassa Dazzles with “Live At Radio City Music Hall” Out on CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray on October 2

Get the free song download of brand new track “One Less Cross To Bear”

In January 2015, Joe Bonamassa took the iconic Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall for the first time for a sold-out, two-night run that allowed him to fulfill his lifelong dream of performing in one of the world’s most legendary venues. On October 2, 2015, Bonamassa will share this experience with fans and music lovers around the world when he releases Joe Bonamassa – Live At Radio City Music Hall (J&R Adventures) as a CD/DVD set and CD/Blu-ray set. It will also air this fall on Palladia HD TV Network.

The set features over 75 minutes of music, two newly recorded songs, nine unreleased live tracks, over 2.5 hours of live footage, a special 45-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, a 40-page collector’s book with exclusive photos, and a sneak peek into Bonamassa’s childhood home and musical heritage. Everything is presented in a beautifully designed package – a perfect Christmas and Holiday gift for music lovers everywhere.

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Download the free song “One Less Cross To Bear”:
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With this career-defining moment, Bonamassa joined hundreds of legendary entertainers who have graced the same stage, from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Liberace, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ray Charles and BB King to Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Billy Crystal, The Eurythmics, Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, Sting, and many others. Bonamassa couldn’t be more thrilled, and more humbled, to be in the company of these icons. 

"I am extremely honored by a lot of things in my career, but honestly, as a born New Yorker, getting the opportunity to play the world’s premier concert theater will always be something I look back on and cherish. Thank you to the ten thousand people that came out over those two nights. It was a great honor,” said Bonamassa. 

These shows were the culmination and the finale of Bonamassa’s special half acoustic/half electric tour, which he showcased around the world for the past year and half. The first set has Bonamassa playing alongside the acoustic band “The Huckleberries” from his #1 Billboard CD/DVD An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House (Irish fiddler Gerry O’Connor, niyckelharpa and mandola master Mats Wester, keyboardist Reese Wynans, and percussionist Lenny Castro). He then shifts into electric mode for the second set with his regular touring band (bassist Carmine Rojas, keyboardist Reese Wynans, drummer Tal Bergman, trumpeter Lee Thornburg, trombonist Nick Lane, and saxophonist Paulie Cerra). 

Elmore Magazine praised the performance as “musically enrapturing and visually stunning” and called the overall evening “outstanding.” 

The history of the venue, coupled with the unique performance, make this a very special collector’s item for music fans everywhere who desire to relive Bonamassa’s dream-capturing moment for years to come.

1. I Can't Be Satisfied 
2. One Less Cross To Bear **
3. Living On The Moon * 
4. I Gave Up Everything For You, 'Cept The Blues *
5. Dust Bowl 
6. Trouble Town *
7. Still Water **
8. Different Shades Of Blue *
9. Happier Times *
10. Never Give All Your Heart *
11. Hidden Charms  
12. Love Ain't A Love Song 
13. So, What Would I Do? *
** Newly recorded song
* Previously unreleased live track

Joe Bites The Big Apple (titles)  
Dust Bowl 
Trouble Town *
Still Water **   
Different Shades Of Blue *

The Huckleberries - Introducing the acoustic band
Black Lung Heartache 
Happier Times *
Never Give All Your Heart *
Hidden Charms 
Living On The Moon *
I Can't Be Satisfied 
Double Trouble 
One Less Cross To Bear **  
Love Ain't A Love Song 

Introducing the Electric Band
"Happy Birthday Mom!"
I Gave Up Everything For You, 'Cept The Blues *
So, What Would I Do? *
** Newly recorded song
* Previously unreleased live track

Bonus Featurette: 
Joe Bites The Big Apple - (behind-the-scenes)


A Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan
August 27, 1990, The Day We Lost Our Pride And Joy 

Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton, Biographer Joe Nick Patoski Share SRV’s Legacy 

InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  pays tribute to the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan whose life was tragically cut short 25 years ago. 

Paying dues and playing the blues best sums up the early days of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s career as he left his home in Dallas, Texas to follow his older brother Jimmie Vaughan down to Austin in the mid-‘70s. Eventually Stevie Ray Vaughan would practically single-handedly re-establishing the Blues commercially and critically with Double Trouble bandmates drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon.  

Musical greats Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, invaluable songwriter the late Doyle Bramhall, and SRV biographer Joe Nick Patoski each share their personal stories about Stevie and the significance he and Double Trouble played on the entire blues idiom in a tragically shortened but legendary career.  

Select Program Quotes:
“I was so bowled over, so in love with this guy that was playing on stage from the heart completely. I started to feel ashamed of what I was going to do.” - Eric Clapton
“In playing with him (Stevie), there was a thing about him that was very simple. If it felt good, then it WAS good. It was a very trust-your-instincts band. Spontaneous. Didn’t matter if there were some minor performance mistakes. 
If the spirit was there, and there was fire and the feeling was good, it was happening.”   - Chris Layton  Double Trouble
“Stevie’s legacy is he was the guy who could put on a guitar, any guitar, play three notes and have people hooked... That you can’t teach.”  - Joe Bonamassa

Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute/InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: “
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Direct Link to Buddy Guy website: HYPERLINK “
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Dave Grohl Slams New Bands For Short-Changing Fans

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl slammed new bands during a recent concert because he feels that they are short-changing fans by putting on concerts that he thinks are too short.

Grohl, according to Consequence of Sound, told audience members a Foo Fighters concert in Calgary, "You don't want one of those little hour-and-a-half-long shows, do you? You don't want that sh*t.

"All of those new bands that play those little two-hour concerts, you don't want that sh*t. Two hours and 15, I don't think is enough. Two and a half hours, does that sound okay? That's not enough is it?

"Here's our f***ing problem. We've been a band for 20 f***ing years, we have a lot of f***ing songs, and then add my big mouth on top of that, and we're going to be here all night." Watch video here.

Metallica and Avenge Sevenfold Singers Do Zombie Auditions

Metallica frontman James Hetfield and Avenge Sevenfold singer M. Shadows are among the celebrities featured in a new promo video where they are seen auditioning to play zombies in the new video game Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 DLC.

The video is promoting a contest for fans to become "zombiefied" and be featured for the upcoming edition of game as part of a promotion to raise funds for a charity that helps veterans find jobs.

Apart for the Metallica and Avenge Sevenfold singers, the video also features actors Nolan North and Steve Blum, NBA star Roy Hibbert. Fans can view the video here and you can find out more details about the contest here.

Motorhead Frontman Fears The Death Of Rock 'N' Roll

Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is the latest rock legend to share his views about the current state of rock and reportedly said that half of modern bands do not deserve to be together.

"I think it's pretty poor right now," Lemmy responded when asked in the current issue of Kerrang! (via Blabbermouth) about the current state of rock. "We're waiting for something, and I'm not sure what it is. Maybe it's for the death of rock 'n' roll, y'know?

"I really don't know. I don't understand what we're waiting for at the moment, because we've been waiting for a long time. We deserve something, but we ain't getting it."

He then, according to the site, shared his view about today's bands, "I don't know why half of [modern bands] are together; 'cause they don't deserve to be. All they do is make a f***ing racket.

"I think we're still looking for an answer to punk, to be quite honest with you, 'cause Nirvana wasn't it, y'know? They were the closest, but that didn't last. I like some bands. I like Foo Fighters and Evanescence and stuff. But I don't know if we're going to get a real thing like punk again."

The Who's Hyde Park Concert Film Coming To Theaters

The Who will bring the final UK concert appearance of their 50th anniversary farewell tour to cinemas worldwide on October 7th with screening of "The Who: Live In Hyde Park".

The concert film captures the band at the famed London venue on June 26 of this year as they delivered a greatest hits set to 65,000 fans. The concert footage is rounded out with interviews featuring Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as Iggy Pop, Robert Plant, Johnny Marr and more.

Townshend had the following to say about the show, 'It's a good gig. You draw from all over the country but a London crowd is always a good crowd' It's a Royal Park so thank you your majesty, you can't play it without her permission.'"

As part of the 50th anniversary farewell trek, The Who will begin a fall North American tour in San Diego, CA on September 14. Watch the trailer for the film here.

Pink Floyd's Inflatable Pig Going Up For Auction

Pink Floyd's unruly inflatable pig Algie is one of a number of rock-related props going up for auction next month. Algie the pig was flown above London's Battersea Power Station during a photo shoot for Floyd album Animals in 1977.

It broke free in high winds and led to flights being cancelled at the city's Heathrow airport. It was later found in a field in Kent, and eventually returned to creator Rob Harries.

He also made a giant pig's head for Roger Waters' Berlin Wall concert, as well as work for AC/DC and Iron Maiden, and the Babylonian woman from the Rolling Stones' stage set. Read more here.


Asia Frontman John Wetton Issues Cancer Warning

Asia frontman John Wetton has posted a message online urging everyone to take preventative action against cancer as he gears up to begin chemotherapy treatment.

He will undergo his first session today (August 26th), after he confirmed in May that he'd been diagnosed with cancer and had surgery to remove a tumor.

Wetton, 66, says in a tweet: "I start chemo tomorrow. I urge everyone to be checked for cancer regularly, because cancer growth is rapid - and before you know it, agonizing." Read more here.


(New York, NY) - Music fans around the globe can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of Hurtsmile's new video for "Good Bye" on Taste Of Country.  The panoramic video with the decidedly acoustic and country-inspired sound is taken from the band's most recent studio album, RETROGRENADE.  Of the song, a departure from the rock-driven sound of the band, Hurtsmile frontman Gary Cherone commented, "We channeled our inner Eagles on this one; it's one of my favorites on the album.  My brother Mark wrote it and the lyrics are quite bittersweet."  "Good Bye" is the book-end companion piece to "Hello I Must Be Going," which made its premiere on Ultimate Classic Rock yesterday.  Click here to access the "Hello/Good Bye" graphic.

Hurtsmile is the collaboration of frontman extraordinaire/songwriter Gary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen), his brother/guitarist Mark Cherone (Flesh/SuperZero), as well as bassist Joe Pessia (Tantric/DramaGods) and drummer Dana Spellman. Following up on the band's acclaimed self-titled debut in 2011, the fan-funded RETROGRENADE pays homage to almost every genre Gary Cherone has excelled at in the past.  Gary Cherone's career is rooted in classic rock, but his innate diversity and broad influences have created unexpected detours and surprises.  As frontman for the critically-acclaimed rock band Extreme, Cherone has sold more than ten million albums worldwide and continues to tour the world.  On a brief hiatus from Extreme, Cherone joined the legendary Van Halen and co-wrote their VH3 with the band and toured the world with them.

In 2011, Gary teamed up with his brother Mark Cherone, Joe Pessia and Dana Spellman to record the self-titled debut, HURTSMILE, a musically aggressive sucker punch to the face featuring Cherone's most provocative lyrics to date.  Hurtsmile's music is chock-full of swaggering guitars, soaring vocals and trademark eclecticism, with The Boston Globe declaring the quartet "hard-hitting."   Hurtsmile is Gary Cherone (vocals), Mark Cherone (guitars), Joe Pessia (bass, mandolin) and Dana Spellman (drums, percussion).

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English musician, singer and guitarist BILLY MORRISON has confirmedFriday, October 23 as the release date for his new (and second) solo album, GOD SHAPED HOLE, to be released on his own King Mob Music label.

MORRISON--who currently plays guitar in Billy Idol's band and co-wrote songs on Idol's latest

KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUNDalbum--is joined by Idol bandmates Steve Stevens and Erik Eldenius, Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro and rock legend Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals on "Gods," a Morrison/Osbourne co-write) for the new album. GOD SHAPED HOLE--co-produced by MORRISON and Erik Eldenius--was mixed by Mike Clink (who produced Guns N' Roses' landmark debut album, Appetite for Destruction) and John Spiker

"Initially the plan was simply to record an EP of covers, but as with everything, the plan grew," MORRISON explains.  "I had a song I had written with Steve Stevens that I wanted to sing on, so that got thrown into the pot.  Erik (Eldenius) threw some ideas at me, and we started to record originals as well. My two best guitar mates from the two bands I'm in, Dave Navarro (Royal Machines and previously with Camp Freddy) and Steve Stevens, also both appear on the record, quite simply because they are awesome friends and did it without question, they showed up, did their thing, and supported me.  And then I got a text from Ozzy, wondering where I had disappeared to...I told him I had decided to record a solo album, and the next text back from him was 'Well I wanna sing a song on your record!'"  

MORRISON explains the inspiration behind GOD SHAPED HOLE which features 10 tracks--five originals and five cover songs (track listing below). "The five original songs were written with the spirit of independence that was so important at one time in music, and the complete autonomy and freedom that comes with a project like this. The covers are not huge hits, and most are by bands that never received the recognition they deserved.  This record comes from a place inside me--thanking and paying respect to bands and songs that truly made me want to play, to perform and to do it my way." 

Beyond his commitment to music, MORRISON is an accomplished artist who has been featured at the Branded Arts exhibition at Mann's Chinese Theater, in the 2015 LA Art Show and at The Village Studios.  His new exhibition DIS-EASE--a gallery of the rocker's original collection of fine art--will debut Wednesday, September 2 at Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills, CAA large scale piece of the GOD SHAPED HOLE will be on display at the show.   

"The GOD SHAPED HOLE artwork is all original acrylic on canvas pieces, painted by me in the same independent spirit as the music was recorded," says MORRISON.  "I have found painting to be extremely valuable in my life--a creative outlet that no one else is involved with--no managers, agents, band mates or unwarranted opinions! I have collected art for years and loved pop art since I first heard the Velvet Underground sing about drugs and transvestites when I was 12 years old. From there I learned about Andy Warhol, fell in love with graffiti, followed the early career of Banksy, became close friends with Shepard Fairey and eventually picked up a paintbrush last year. My paintings are just images I love, and the fact that other people like them, buy them, appreciate them, that is all 100% bonus for me. The process when I get it right is as satisfying as writing a great song. Marrying the music and art together in this package seemed the obvious thing for me to do." 

GOD SHAPED HOLEwill be available via i-Tunes and Amazon for $9.99, with individual tracks available for 99 cents, with the exception of "Gods" which is only available as an album track.  A Friday October 16 pre-order ($8.99) of the album will include two Instant Gratification tracks "Baby Hurricane" and "Alone In A Crowd," when the album is pre-ordered.  In addition, a limited number of "Art Packs" will be available Friday October 9 for pre-order via  This exclusive hard copy physical CD (numbered and signed) includes a fine art 18" x 24" lithograph print of the album cover (numbered and signed), hand written lyric sheets, glossy (signed) photograph and set of 4 Billy Morrison guitar picks.)  "Art Packs" are available at $175 + shipping and will be shipped on within two weeks of purchase. 

The GOD SHAPED HOLE track listing is as follows:
"Goodbye Jimmy Dean" (Boys Wonder)
"Baby Hurricane" (Flesh For Lulu)
"Cinnamon Gin"
"Alone In A Crowd"
"Housewife" (Wasted Youth--The U.K. Band, Not The U.S. Band)
"Hold It Down" (Senseless Things)
"You Are In My Vision" (Gary Numan And Tubeway Army)
"Ordinary Girl"


FACES Toast Hall of Fame Career Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Kenney Jones, the Late Ian McLagan Share Best

Dallas, TX - August 25, 2015. North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands takes a look back at some of rock’s most lovable and durable musicians, The Faces, until recently one of Rock’n’Roll’s most under-appreciated bands.

When Small Faces soulful dynamo frontman the late Steve Marriott left to form Humble Pie , drummer Kenney Jones, bassist Ronnie Lane, and pianist Ian McLagan picked up relative unknowns, singer Rod Stewart and bass player-turned-guitarist Ron Wood, both from the Jeff Beck Group.

The Faces, as they were now called, were known as much for their happy go lucky attitudes and a playful swagger to their music as for their endless trips to the pub. Rod Stewart explains:

“God, we used to drink...and that only came about because we didn’t think we were very good! Look at it: you had two guys out of the Jeff Beck Group  that had been fired, and you had the leftovers from the Small Faces, five losers if ever there were five losers, all thrown together! So we used to get really drunk and do the best we could, and it worked. That looseness and jangliness of all the music. It really worked!”- Rod Stewart

The Faces would eventually hit paid dirt with “Stay with Me”, the worldwide hit from their 1971 album A Nod is as Good as a Wink....  It would catapult the quintet from abject poverty to Top of the Pops seemingly overnight. But according to Stewart, Woody, and Jones In the Studio, the parallel success of Rod Stewart’s solo career would be too hard to stomach for some of the band. By the end of 1975 it would be over.

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(New York, NY) - Rock n' roll fans around the globe can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of Hurtsmile's new video for "Hello I Must Be Going" on Ultimate Classic Rock.  The video with the classic rock/pop vibe is taken from the band's most recent studio album, RETROGRENADE.  The song is inspired by a Marx Brothers song sung by Groucho Marx from the 1930 classic film "Animal Crackers."  Of the new video, Hurtsmile frontman Gary Cherone commented, "'I can't remember the last time I had this much fun making a video.  We didn't take ourselves too seriously, it almost turned into a blooper reel...I think it captures the spirit of the song."  Look for the video premiere of "Good Bye", the last track on RETROGRENADE and the book-end companion piece to "Hello I Must Be Going."  Click here to access the "Hello/Good Bye" graphic. 

Hurtsmile is the collaboration of frontman extraordinaire/songwriter Gary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen), his brother/guitarist Mark Cherone (Flesh/SuperZero), as well as bassist Joe Pessia (Tantric/DramaGods) and drummer Dana Spellman. Following up on the band's acclaimed self-titled debut in 2011, the fan-funded RETROGRENADE pays homage to almost every genre Gary Cherone has excelled at in the past.  Gary Cherone's career is rooted in classic rock, but his innate diversity and broad influences have created unexpected detours and surprises.  As frontman for the critically-acclaimed rock band Extreme, Cherone has sold more than ten million albums worldwide and continues to tour the world.  On a brief hiatus from Extreme, Cherone joined the legendary Van Halen and co-wrote their VH3 with the band and toured the world with them. 

In 2011, Gary teamed up with his brother Mark Cherone, Joe Pessia and Dana Spellman to record the self-titled debut, HURTSMILE, a musically aggressive sucker punch to the face featuring Cherone's most provocative lyrics to date.  Hurtsmile's music is chock-full of swaggering guitars, soaring


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Original Guns N' Roses Reunion Rumored For Music Festival

The inevitable first rumor of a reunion of the original lineup of Guns N' Roses has surfaced, following confirmation from Slash that he and frontman Axl Rose have reconciled.

The rumor came from the owner of the Cherry Bar in Melbourne, Australia, James Young, who said during an interview with Triple M Radio that he heard from a "heavy hitter" in the Australian music business that the original lineup of Guns N' Roses would be headlining the Soundwave Festival next year.

Metal site BraveWords reports that Young revealed the rumor before Slash confirmed in an interview with Aftonbladet TV that he and Axl are friends again.

Young told the Australian radio station, "I heard the most amazing rumor this week, from a very well informed heavy hitter in the Australian music industry, giving me the name of the headline act for Soundwave next year.

"Now we know that a mystery band has come in and saved the festival, and now owns it, so they are going to have a big say. So what mega band could it be? Well I have heard 'fantasized' on Wednesday night that it will be: Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagen, Slash and Axl Rose, the reformation of the original 1987 Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses lineup, can you believe it? It's incredible; I've had sleepless nights fantasizing about it."

However, this rumor would run counter to Slash's reaction in the same interview when asked about a possible reunion now that he and Axl are talking again. He said, "Oh, I couldn't answer that one, though. All right, let's get off the subject, 'cause, you know, that's an old one."

Black Sabbath Making Final Album Plans Says Gus G

Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Gus G believes Black Sabbath are close to starting work on their final album. The metal icons last year revealed plans to make one more record before retiring.

But the details have remained unclear, with doubt over an accompanying tour, and even more doubt over whether original drummer Bill Ward will rejoin Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for their swan-song.

But G thinks Sabbath will roll into action in the coming months - he tells My Global Mind: "We're doing Japan in November. However, I don't think there's going to be a lot coming out of Ozzy because he's going back to Sabbath to make another one.

"That's what they've been talking about. You never really know with them, so I don't make those kinds of plans with Ozzy." Read more here.

Paul McCartney Announces North American Tour Dates

Paul McCartney has expanded his Out There World Tour yet again, announcing a new string of North American dates that will be taking place this fall.

The new set of dates will kick off on October 13th in Columbus, OH at the Nationwide Arena and will conclude on October 22nd in Buffalo, NY at the First Niagara Center.

The tour also includes stops in State College, Pennsylvania at the Bryce Jordan Center on October 15th, Toronto, Canada at the Air Canada Centre on October 17th and Detroit, Michigan at the Joe Louis Arena on October 21st.

The Out There tour has so far visited 22 cities across the world this year and features material from McCartney's entire career; from his days in the Beatles, to his first solo band Wings and up to his latest studio album "New", which was released in 2013.

Paul McCartney 'Out There' North American Fall Tour Dates:
October 13 - Columbus, Ohio - Nationwide Arena
October 15 - State College, Pennsylvania - Bryce Jordan Center
October 17 - Toronto, Canada - Air Canada Centre
October 21 - Detroit, Michigan - Joe Louis Arena
October 22 - Buffalo, New York - First Niagara Center

Queen's Freddie Mercury Featured In Brand-New Charity Single

Queen icon Freddie Mercury's voice is featured in a brand-new single to be released next month in aid of his charity foundation. Little Freddie Goes To School will be premiered at the Official Freddie Mercury Birthday Party in Montreux, Switzerland on September 5, before going on general release on September 7.

It includes two recordings made during the frontman's Barcelona sessions - his late-night jam of When This Old Tired Body Wants To Sing and his a capella version of The Golden Boy.

The track was created after composer Stuart Leathem collaborated with Queen producer Dave Richards. Leatham says: "I don't write many songs - usually big modern-classical Mike Oldfield type works. I am, however, a big admirer of Freddie, and I was very lucky to call Dave my friend." Read more here.

Iron Maiden Reveal New Jumbo Jet Ed Force One For World Tour

Iron Maiden have revealed that they will tour the world next year in the biggest-ever Ed Force One, piloted by frontman Bruce Dickinson. The band's Book Of Souls world tour will see them play in 35 countries in 2016, aboard a Boeing 747-400.

Dickinson is currently in training for his license to fly the four-engine jet, which is much bigger and more powerful than previous versions of customized Maiden aircraft.

It'll take the band, crew and over 12 tons of equipment more than 55,000 miles around the planet to concerts in Australasia, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe.

Dickinson says: "When the opportunity arose from my friends at Air Atlanta Icelandic to lease a 747 for The Book of Souls World Tour, of course we jumped at the chance, who wouldn't? The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the Flight 666 DVD.

"Although in reality we cannot carry much more gear the savings in complexity, time and cost make using the 747 even more practical. All we will need to do is "paint" it and move a few seats around, with the added advantage that there is much more room for band and crew - our Krew can almost get a row of seats each to catch up on sleep on the flights! Furthermore, it is marginally faster 0.85 MACH and the range of around 7000NM (13,000 km) is much greater which means we will not have to make the refuelling stops we needed to with the 757. Read more and see a photo and promo graphic for the new Ed Force One here.

Glenn Danzig To Guest Star On Portlandia

Among the things that the television series Portlandia is known for are the guest appearances (along with the timely, nerdy humor and sendups on hipster culture, of course).

A list of the previous musicians to appear on show is as star-studded as a typical Coachella lineup: Eddie Vedder, J Mascis, St. Vincent, Joanna Newsom, Jack White, Josh Homme, Isaac Brock, James Mercer, Corin Tucker and Colin Meloy.

And for the sixth season of the popular show, a new guest is coming to the Pacific Northwest: Glenn Danzig. The beloved Misfits and now Danzig leader will be playing a role of some sort, though the specifics are not yet released.

All we know is from an Instagram from one of the series' stars, Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein, who said "Summer Goths. With Danzig. Dreams (nightmares?) do come true." Check out the image here.

Ritchie Blackmore Should Focus On Deep Purple Reunion Says Bonnet

Graham Bonnet believes Ritchie Blackmore shouldn't waste time on trying to stage a Rainbow reunion - and he should instead try to settle his differences with Deep Purple.

Bonnet, who sang on Rainbow's Down To Earth album in 1979, said last week that "practical joker" Blackmore's proposed return might not happen - but he'd do "a show or two" with him if asked.

But the vocalist believes there's an even better option available. He tells Classic Rock "If he's really intent on rocking out again, then Ritchie should contact Purple, bury the hatchet with Ian Gillan and get back with them.

"Ask yourself, what would be bigger? A Rainbow reunion with me or Joe, or Purple with Ian and Ritchie?" Read more here.

Soundgarden Working On Material For Next Album

Chris Cornell has confirmed that Soundgarden have begun work on their seventh studio album. It will follow 2012 comeback title King Animal, which was recorded after the band got back together two years previously.

Cornell tells Rolling Stone: "We're already working on new material for an album. I've got several other irons in the fire and things going on that I won't mention now.

"There's a lot of things coming in a addition to Higher Truth, as well as a new Soundgarden album." Cornell's new solo record Higher Truth will be released next month. Read more here.

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Taking Part In Home Town Cancer Event

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi will highlight the loneliness of cancer victims at a public event that is taking place in his home city of Birmingham today (August 26).

He's taking part in Macmillan Cancer Support's Not Alone campaign, which aims to offer people an idea of how isolated it can feel after diagnosis. Iommi announced he had the disease in 2012 and later admitted he'll never live another day without feeling under threat.

He said in January: "Every day I feel around for lumps and bumps. Every time I get a pain in my stomach I think, 'Oh God, it's cancer.' It's horrible. I even dream about it. But that's my life now."

He'll invite passers-by in the Bullring shopping centre to step into an isolation box, which allows those outside to see in, while there's no connection with the world from inside. Read more here.

Tony MacAlpine Postpones Tour Dates Due To Cancer Scare

Iconic guitarist Tony MacAlpine announced on Monday that he has been forced to postpone his upcoming tours in Asia and Australia because he needs to undergo surgery after doctors discovered a mass in his intestine that may be cancer.

He broke the new to fans with the following Facebook post: "Last week I was taken to the hospital with severe stomach pains. Following blood work, multiple MRI scans and various procedures, medical doctors discovered a large mass in my intestine, and it seems likely that we are dealing with cancer.

"My doctors have advised me that this will need to be dealt with immediately, and I am scheduled for surgery this week. Recovery from this surgery will take a month - right when I was scheduled to tour the Australasian region.

"Providing all goes well, it is our understanding I should be well enough to perform on the coming European tour. For Australia and Asia, we are working on rescheduling the shows. We will advise you as soon as possible when the new dates are booked." Read the full post with refund info etc here.

Trout Donates His Time And Services With Collective Commitment Of 100% Of The Proceeds To Benefit Ascencia's Programs For Homeless Families, Adults and Veterans


Guitar World Premieres "Almost Gone"

Los Angeles, CA --- Walter Trout will headline the inaugural Urban Blues Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 29.  The event, which benefits Ascencia, will be staged at Raleigh Studios (5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038), and begins at 8PM.  Joining Trout will be Guitar Shorty, Trout Brothers Band, Arthur Adams, The Americans, The Scorch Sisters, Little Faith, and Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton.  Presented by Pacific BMW, tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the gate (with VIP passes available at $100).  Children 12 and under will be admitted free.  More information can be found here:

This appearance is especially poignant for the Southern California native who was homeless for a period of time during his younger years.  Trout shares, "You know we are all struggling in this life,  trying to do well. Some people have it better than others. This is a great cause for the folks who have slipped through the cracks and are homeless in our society. I have been there myself in the past a couple of times. It’s a great cause. All the money that is raised will go to the Ascencia Foundation. I hope you will come out, listen to the music, have a great day with us, and you can know in your heart that this is for a great cause – you will be doing something good.” Additionally, the Bluesman posted this video to YouTube in front of the appearance:

On October 23rd, Trout's next studio album titled Battle Scars will be released.  With bristling energy, unflagging virtuosity and lyrics that cut to the core of human hope and willpower, Walter the title chronicles his horrific battle with liver failure. The songs capture the international guitar hero on a new high — playing and singing at the peak of his abilities, infusing even his darkest numbers with creative joy that sweeps like a beacon.  "I’m thrilled about this album, about my life and about my music,” says Trout, who returned to the stage in June at the prestigious Lead Belly Festival in London’s Royal Albert Hall. “I feel that I’m reborn as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and a human being. I have a new chance at being the best musician and the best man that I can be. And I’m incredibly happy and grateful.”

Contrast that to early 2014, when Trout was lying in a hospital bed without the strength to move or speak, unable to recognize his own children, as he observed  his body waste away. But on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, Trout underwent liver transplant surgery and the slow process of healing began. “At first I wasn’t  strong enough to play a single note on the guitar, but as I regained my strength,  the music came back to me. Now when I pick up the guitar, it is liberating, joyful, and limitless. I feel like I’m 17 again.”

Battle Scars is Trout’s 18th album released by the Netherlands-based Provogue label and his 42nd overall, counting his pre-solo-career recordings as a member of the historic groups: Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Trout fell headlong in love with the blues in 1965 when his brother brought the first album by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band into his family's New Jersey home, and Trout heard the twin-guitar magic of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, combined with Butterfield's gut-deep harmonica-and-vocal performances. In his music-loving home, Walter was raised to the sounds of records by Ray Charles, Hank Williams, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, John Coltrane, Bo Diddley and many other musical giants.  Trout’s practical schooling started in earnest when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1973 and got gigs backing Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Finis Tasby, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, Percy Mayfield and Joe Tex. In 1981 he joined the remaining original members of Canned Heat. But the real turning point was his five-year tenure with British blues giant Mayall. Trout became part of the Bluesbreakers’ lineage of great guitarists along with Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor.

Trout founded his own band in 1989 and cut his debut album Life In the Jungle, rapidly becoming a star in Europe. His first U.S. release, 1998's critically heralded Walter Trout, also made him a fixture of the American blues-rock scene.

Over the decades Trout has accumulated numerous honors. He is a two-time winner of the “Overseas Artist of the Year” title at the British Blues Awards, and is a three-time Blues Music Awards nominee. Trout’s six-string prowess earned the number six slot in BBC Radio 1’s “Top 20 Guitarist” listener’s poll, tying with Queen’s Brian May.

Trout is now moving triumphantly forward in his 50th year as a guitarist. He is in the midst of a global tour with his band: keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure, and new bassist Johnny Griparic, who joined in time to record Battle Scars in Los Angeles’ Kingsize Soundlabs with Trout’s longtime producer Eric Corne.  “I don’t take this lightly,” Trout declares. “Marie says that all of the people who donated to our fundraiser for my medical expenses” — which generated more than $240,000 – “bought stock in me and my liver. When I play for them now, I have a responsibility to give back and offer the very best that I have.”

Bill Ward Explains Criticism Of Black Sabbath's 13 Album

Bill Ward has clarified his comments on Black Sabbath's 13 album - after he called it "a pile of sh*t." The drummer said last week that he had to distance himself from the band after he missed out on being a part of the 2013 release. That process included dismissing the record as "sh*t" - even though he admitted he'd only heard "20 bars" of the work.

Now he says those comments were taken out of context. On his Rock 50 show (via Blabbermouth), he reports: "I really, really love those guys. I am so passionate in my love for them. They are fantastic musicians. I never faulted their musicianship - ever. I've played with these guys since I was a teenager. And I love them. I'm in a dispute with them."

He continues: "Let's go back to 13 for a second, so I can make it clear for the record. I heard about 24 bars of one track and I just didn't like it at all. And I have that right not to like it. I haven't heard the rest of the album.

"I felt it would be quite painful to listen to. Not musically, but emotionally - it's quite painful to listen to something that you wanted to be part of, but were unable to be part of, because I'm fighting for some principles in my life." Read more here.

Rob Halford Looks Back On Judas Priest Suicide Trial 25 Years Later

Rob Halford has recalled the "tension and sadness" of appearing in court after Judas Priest were accused of encouraging two fans to form a suicide pact in 1985.

Legal action was launched after Raymond Belknap, 18, and James Vance, 20, shot themselves in Nevada, following a night of drinking, taking drugs and listening to the band's albums. Belknap died instantly while Vance lived for three years with major injuries.

Vance and his family alleged that Priest's cover of Spooky Tooth track Better By You, Better Than Me included subliminal messages that, when played backwards, included the phrases "Try suicide," "Do it" and "Let's be dead."

Priest attended court in 1990 while prosecutors attempted to prove they'd been an influence in the shootings. The charges were dismissed 25 years ago this month.

Halford tells Rolling Stone: "It feels like it was just yesterday - I remember walking up the steps at the courthouse and feeling the incredible fan support that we had every day. Then there was just the tension and the sadness in the courthouse, because at the heart of the matter were these two guys that lost their lives tragically.

"These two boys were massive Priest fans, and that made it even more heart-wrenching that this terrible combination of the night and the drugs and the booze and their state of mind turned into something quite terrible."

He recalls feeling "baffled" by some of the arguments he heard in court, adding: "The trial shook us up because it came from a country that we love dearly. Nevertheless, it was a great opportunity for a band like Priest to show the judge and the public - that was clueless about metal - that we had a bunch of guys who could string sentences together, be logical and intelligent, and have a deep conversation.

"I think there was the misguided belief that that wasn't going to happen. But we're not idiots, and we never will be." Read more here.

David Gilmour's Cover Of Beatles Classic Streaming Online

A David Gilmour cover of The Beatles 1966 "Revolver" track "Here, There And Everywhere" is featured on a free CD with the latest edition of Mojo magazine, due in stores on Tuesday.

Written by Paul McCartney and inspired by The Beach Boys song, "God Only Knows", Mojo reports the Pink Floyd guitarist actually sent his version of the tune - recorded with his son Joe - to the magazine two years ago.

"I really wish I had been in The Beatles," Gilmour tells Mojo. "[They] taught me how to play guitar, I learnt everything. The bass parts, the lead, the rhythm, everything. They were fantastic."

The tune is featured on the free Mojo disc, "David Gilmour & Friends", a collection of music designed to celebrate the guitarist's life, work and influence. Gilmour is featured on six songs on the project, which also presents tracks from Phil Manzanera, Robert Wyatt and The Pretty Things.

Gilmour is gearing up for the September 18 release of his fourth solo album, "Rattle That Lock." Stream the cover here.

Metallica's Black Album Examined In New Book

A new book on Metallica's self-titled 1991 record - known as The Black Album - by author David Masciotra will be published as part of Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 Series on September 24.

With more than 30 million copies sold worldwide - including 16 million in the States - "Metallica" delivered five singles including the smash "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam" and "Sad But True."

Masciotra gives readers unprecedented insight into the story behind the iconic album through interviews with James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted and producer Bob Rock.

"The book is a must read for Metallica, metal, and hard rock fans," says Masciotra, "as I will give up close and personal details, received personally from the band, into the making of The Black Album, and I will examine the importance of Metallica's music, along with the philosophical depth it possesses."

The Black Album continues to be the best-selling release of the US Nielsen SoundScan era, which started in 1991. Read more here.

Gene Simmons Ponders Lamb Of God With Dave Grohl Vocals

Kiss star Gene Simmons has given his seal of approval to Lamb Of God - even though he admits their music isn't quite his bag. And he can't help wondering what Randy Blythe's track 512 might sound if it had been approached differently.

The song, which appears on VII: Sturm Und Drang, tells of Blythe's experiences in a Czech prison cell before he was acquitted of manslaughter in 2013.

Simmons tells Rolling Stone: "Lamb are a solid bunch of musicians - capable and bombastic." But he adds: "While I like the backing track here, I must confess this type of vocal styling - what would happen if a werewolf tried to sing? - just ain't my thing. Not than I'm claiming I can sing, mind. Personally, I'd be curious what this fine backing track would sound like with a decent melody, and with Dave Grohl's vocals." Read more and check out the song here.

Allman Brothers Left Leaderless By Duane's Death Says Gregg

Gregg Allman says the Allman Brothers Band were left leaderless after the death of sibling Duane. And that's one of the reasons he has no regrets about bringing their 45-year career to a close in 2014.

He tells Newsday of the Allmans split last year: "Every organization needs a leader, a focal point," he says. "That's something the Allman Brothers, after my brother died, never had.

"It was just a bunch of head chefs together. I'm not saying anything down about the Allman Brothers. It was a beautiful experience. It might have lasted a little bit long." Read more here.

Grateful Dead Offshoot Dead & Company Announce Tour

As expected, the next incarnation of the Grateful Dead, called Dead & Company and featuring original Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann being joined by John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, will tour the U.S. this fall and winter.

The group has announced new string of tour dates to go with their Madison Square Garden tour dates set to take place on Halloween and the day that follows.

Notable on the new tour dates are their L.A. stops, scheduled for December 30 and 31, essentially making it a must-see New Year's Eve for Dead fans. Other stops include a couple in San Francisco at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, along with visits to Philadelphia, Albany, Boston, and our nation's capital.

Check out the tour dates, along with the image that was put on Instagram by the project here.

Michael Monroe Reveals Details For New Album 'Blackout States'

Former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe is unveiling the cover art and tracklisting for his 10th studio album, "Blackout States", due October 9 via Spinefarm Records.

Produced by Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Nomads) in Gothenburg, Sweden and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland, the project is the follow-up to the 2013 Finnish chart-topper "Horns And Halos."

Monroe recorded the album with his touring band - bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company Of Wolves), guitarist Rich Jones (ex-Black Halos/Amen) and drummer Karl Rockfist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig).

"I'm extremely excited about our new album, Blackout States," says Monroe. "It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock 'n' roll record - strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band.

"I highly recommend 'Blackout States' to anyone who's even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock 'n' roll at its best sounds like today."

Next week, Monroe will preview the record with the release of the lead single, "Old King´s Road." Read more including the tracklisting and see the cover art here.

Ginger Says Forget About Another Wildhearts Album

On the eve of an eight-date UK tour to celebrate the release of 20th anniversary of The Wildhearts' second full-length album p.h.u.q., Ginger has revealed a latest rift within the group's ranks, declaring: "It's a f***ing drama-fest and I'm done with it."

Operational again since 2012, The Wildhearts have split up and reunited several times before during a fascinating yet erratic 26-year history. Ginger, who has previously stated a desire to cease working under the Wildhearts banner, admits to approaching the p.h.u.q. revisited tour with mixed feeling.

"Earlier this year we [The Wildhearts] had a whole recording and touring plan, or at least I did, but then something personal happened that affected some band members' relationships, or, more to the point, mine with them," he tells Classic Rock in an interview to be published next month. "I certainly don't want to go into it in public but neither do I want to spend a ton of time writing with anyone I don't feel close to."

He adds: "If some people are dragging around what I consider negative baggage then I'm out, y'know? It's been the story of The Wildhearts since year dot. I'm sure we'll sort out our issues as a band, or at least live with them for the length of a tour, when face to face with our crowd again. But the fans are the ones I'm doing this tour for. And if it's fun then we'll probably tour once a year.

"As for writing another Wildhearts album, forget it. I wouldn't even know what to write about. A bunch of forty to fifty year olds still unable to get along? Yeah, count me in. Sounds like a riot. F*** that." Read more here.


Madame Mayhem is certainly a commanding and unforgettable figure - all you have to do is check out the new video for the song "Monster" for the proof. But dig a bit deeper, and you will discover that some of rock and metal's most renowned and respected names played a part in her forthcoming full-length album, 'Now You Know,' which will be released through BFD/RED on October 16, 2015 (in the USA and Canada).

A powerhouse team of rock talent including Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs) - who produced and played on the album - Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (formerly of Guns N’ Roses), Russ Parrish (“Satchel” from Steel Panther), and Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo) all appear on the fourteen-track recording.

But before the album's autumn arrival, fans can check out the striking clip for "Monster" (by Industrialism Films). "This video shows the escape from being trapped, under speculation, and breaking free to embrace your true self," explains Mayhem. "Raw and real! About how society can turn you into what they already think you are." 

Though a singer first (and frontwoman/showwoman during live performances), Madame Mayhem is also a songwriter, and plays piano and guitar. And soon, the world will experience her extraordinary talents!

Madame Mayhem - Monster [Official Video]

Van Halen Forced To Cancel Concert Due To Illness

Van Halen announced that they were forced to cancel their concert Sunday night (August 23rd) at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA because frontman David Lee Roth has the flu.

The band released the following statement: "Due to David Lee Roth suffering from the flu and the doctor recommending he rest his throat, Van Halen's concert tonight (8/23) at Hersheypark Stadium has been cancelled. Refunds will be available at point of purchase."

"To all the fans, we are SO sorry," tweeted bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. "This is such a huge bummer. We were really looking forward to this show… I wish this wasn't the situation." Read more here.

Guns N' Roses Icons Slash And Axl Rose Are Friends Again

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash confirms in a new interview that he and the band's sole remaining original member and frontman Axl Rose are friends again after years of being estranged.

The two had a falling out after Slash left the group in 1996 and hadn't spoken to each other for years but during an interview with Aftonbladet TV (via Brave Words), Slash was asked "I've heard that you've made friends with Axl Rose again".

Slash confirmed that they had by responding, "It was probably way overdue, you know. But it's…. you know, it's very cool at this point. You know, let some of that, sort of, negative… dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long."

This opened the door to the inevitable question about the classic Guns N' Roses lineup reuniting and Slash, who has been asked the question hundreds of times since he left the group, responded, "Oh, I couldn't answer that one, though. All right, let's get off the subject, 'cause, you know, that's an old one."

The current status of Guns N' Roses is unknown as guitarist DJ Ashba recently announced his departure and it's been reported that guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal left the group last year. Watch the Slash interview here.

Bill Ward Slams Black Sabbath's 13 Album

Bill Ward has described Black Sabbath's latest album 13 as "a pile of sh*t." The estranged Sabbath drummer didn't play on the 2013 record, having failed to agree on the contract he was offered. Frontman Ozzy Osbourne, however, blamed Ward's absence on the sticksman's health issues. Rage Against The Machine's Brad Wilk was behind the kit for the album.

Ward says he had to distance himself from the band after the fallout, with one tactic being to totally dismiss the album that was created without him. Ward - who remains locked in a war of words with Osbourne - tells the Eddie Trunk Podcast (via Blabbermouth): "I wasn't interested in the f***ing album 13. I've heard 20 bars of it - that's all I've heard - and then I turned it off and said, 'That's a pile of sh*t,' and that's the truth.

"I wanted to make sure that I went down the line and detached myself as much as possible. I had to stop loving them, because if you're loving a dog as it's biting you and ripping your insides out, it's hard to love a dog that's doing that." Read more here.

Dave Mustaine Would Turn Down Metallica Reunion

Dave Mustaine would be honored if Metallica asked him to rejoin the band - but he'd refuse the invitation. The Megadeth mainman formed his own quarter of thrash's Big 4 after being fired in 1983.

They finally resolved their differences in time to appear on stage together in 2010, and on a handful of occasions afterwards. Mustaine was asked on Twitter: "Would you come back to Metallica if James asked you to do it?"

He replied: "I would be honoured, but I would not." Asked whether he'd consider co-writing a song with Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, he said: "Nice try."

And asked to describe Ulrich in one word he responded: "Friend." Read more here.

The Doobie Brothers Reunite With Michael McDonald On Tonight Show

The Doobie Brothers reunited with Michael McDonald on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon last Thursday night (August 20th) and video of the performances have been posted online.

The pairing performed a medley of a pair of classics, "Long Train Runnin'" and "Takin' It To The Streets", on the program and recorded a web exclusive take on their 1979 No. 1 US hit, "What A Fool Believes."

A former member of Steely Dan, McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers in 1975 and his distinctive vocals were a defining part of the group's biggest hits of the era.

McDonald has occasionally performed with his former band in concert and appeared on 2014's "Southbound" album, which saw the group joined by a series of special guests to duet on re-recorded versions of some of their classic tracks.

The Doobie Brothers are currently playing dates across the US with Gregg Allman and a variety of guest openers. McDonald is performing solo US shows through to the end of the year following a co-headlining tour with Toto. Watch the Tonight Show performances here.

Iron Maiden's New Album Includes Song Inspired by Robin Williams

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson says the band have a song on their forthcoming album, "The Book Of Souls", that was inspired by the late Robin Williams.

"My favorite song is one I didn't write," Dickinson tells Corriere Della Sera. "It's 'Tears of a Clown,' which talks about Robin Williams. I ask myself how could he be so depressed when he always seemed to be so happy."

Williams committed suicide at his California home on August 11, 2014 after a long history of depression and health problems. Co-written by guitarist Adrian Smith and bassist Steve Harris, "Tears Of A Clown" will appear on Iron Maiden's first-ever double studio album. Read more here.

Geoff Tate's Operation: Mindcrime Album Trilogy Almost Completed

Operation: Mindcrime mainman Geoff Tate says his planned album trilogy is on schedule. When the former Queensryche frontman signed with Frontiers Music Srl in 2014, he revealed plans to record material in the spirit of his former group's 1988 and 2006 Operation: Mindcrime projects.

And, with the band's debut The Key set for release on September 18, Tate says the group are now deep into the trilogy project. The singer tells Sonic Abuse:

"The second album is recorded, so we're just getting ready to mix that right now, and the third album is mostly recorded - we've still got a couple of tracks left to do.

"We're still in the development stage with that record. But we'll be done with the whole project by October. That's my plan." Read more here.

Dokken Members In Reunion Talks Says George Lynch

Guitarist George Lynch says he's in talks with bassist Jeff Pilson about reuniting the classic Dokken lineup. They played together on five of their former band's albums between 1984 and 1997 - and have worked together in Dokken spin-off T&N.

Lynch tells Glide: "We're both incredibly busy so it's hard to find the time but every year or two, we try to make time to do some sort of project together. And the project that's on the table right now is possibly a Dokken reunion, but of course that comes and goes every couple of years so who knows."

Lynch and Don Dokken have exchanged barbed comments in the past, with Lynch saying the singer's voice wasn't "what it used to be" in May. That followed a public spat between the pair regarding the band's 1981 debut Breaking The Chains. Read more here.

Bon Jovi's 'Burning Bridges' About Bitter Split With Label

Bon Jovi have split with record label Mercury after 32 years - and frontman Jon Bon Jovi has told the whole bitter story in their song Burning Bridges. It's the title track of the band's "fan album," which has come ahead of their next fully-fledged studio release, expected next year.

Burning Bridges include the lyrics "After 30 years of loyalty, they let you dig the grave / Now maybe you can learn to sing or strum along / Well I'll give you half the publishing / You're why I wrote this song."

Bon Jovi tells Billboard: "It fulfills a commitment to Mercury Records. We've parted ways. I f you listen to Burning Bridges, the song, it's clearly spelled out."

He adds: "This hits it right in the head and tells you what happened. Listen to the lyrics. That's that." Read more here.

Ritchie Blackmore Rock Return May Be A Joke Says Graham Bonnet

Former Rainbow frontman Graham Bonnet suspects Ritchie Blackmore's promise of a return to rock could be a practical joke. Blackmore last month announced he'd temporarily set aside his folk music career for a short run of rock shows in 2016. The singer, who appeared on Rainbow's 1979 album Down To Earth, would love to reunite with the guitarist - but admits it's unlikely.

Bonnet tells Metal Mythos: "I don't know if it's fact or fiction because I know what Ritchie's like. He's a great practical joker. It wouldn't surprise me if he just said this on a whim.

"But I think if he was going to get a band back together, I think he would put the original Deep Purple lineup together. That's what I would imagine rather than Rainbow. But I don't know because sometimes he's hard to read." Read more here.

Darryl Way To Reunite With Curved Air At Anniversary Show

Curved Air have announced that they will be joined by original member Darryl Way at their upcoming 45th anniversary show in London. Way will join the current lineup on stage at Under The Bridge on September 4.

The band will be performing their greatest hits along with material from the latest album North Star. They will also play debut album Air Conditioning in its entirety.

Way says: "I'm looking forward to playing with my old band again and meeting up with our most dedicated fans." Way last performed with the band in 2009 and has worked as a solo artist since. Read more here.

Police Search Home Of KISS Star Gene Simmons

The home of KISS star Gene Simmons was searched by the Los Angeles Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on Thursday, according to local TV station KTLA.

LAPD's Mike Lopez told the media outlet that Simmons and his family cooperated with police and they are not considered suspects in their investigation.

A representative for Simmons told KTLA in a statement that the police task force was at Simmons home on Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Crest "to discuss a crime that may have occurred on their property last year while Simmons was away on tour with KISS."

The representative reiterated: "Neither Mr. Simmons nor an
y member of his family is a person of interest in the investigation." Watch the station's television news report about the search here.


First Release By Spotlight Gallery, A New
Business From The Parent Company Of Time Life

Fairfax, VA (June 10, 2015) –Time Life, today announced the release of three Limited Edition Clear Vinyl + Album Art Lithographs from the iconic and acclaimed Rolling Stones albums  – ABKCO Records’ 12 X 5, Let it Bleed and ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!’

Only 2,500 of these hand-numbered and embossed museum-quality lithographs signed in the plate by Rolling Stones members will be available through a special license granted by ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.  

These highly valuable collectible LP and lithograph sets, each with a Certificate of Authenticity, will be available at on a first-come, first-served basis.  The lithographs are printed on acid-free, 100# Opus dull cover stock measuring 20” x 24” with an image area of 16” x 16.”

It should be noted that no additional copies will be produced after the initial press run is exhausted and the signature plates will be destroyed. The printing plates contain the facsimile signatures of the band’s personnel at the time each album was recorded: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman on the 12 X 5 and Let It Bleed lithographs, and Jagger, Richards, Watts and Wyman on ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!’

Time Life will debut Spotlight Gallery and The Rolling Stones Clear Vinyl + Album Art Lithograph Collections with receptions in Los Angeles and New York.  The Los Angeles event will be hosted by Chris Carter, heard weekly on Sirius XM’s Radio’s Chris Carter’s British Invasion and on KLOS. The event takes place at Mr. Musichead Gallery, 7420 W. Sunset Blvd., in the heart of Hollywood’s “Rockin Row” on Thursday, June 18 from 7 to 10 PM and will be preceded by a VIP reception at 6:30.  The New York event is set for Thursday, July 9 at the ARChive of Contemporary Music, 54 White Street in Soho. Jonathan Clarke, whose Out of the Box show is heard on Q104.3 will host the event. Both the Los Angeles and New York launch receptions will provide an onsite opportunity to purchase The Rolling Stones Clear Vinyl + Album Art Lithograph Collections.  Both events will feature custom cocktails curated by Pura Vida Tequila.

12 X 5, the Rolling Stones’ second full-length U.S. release, in October 1964, combines tracks from the band’s earlier U.K. EP Five by Five (recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago) with additional material, including the smash hit singles “It’s All Over Now” and “Time Is on My Side.” 12 X 5 is dominated by the Stones’ takes on R&B and the blues, which would shape and inform the hard blues/R&B wing of the British Invasion in ensuing years. This “Clearly Classic” vinyl edition is sourced from the album’s original mono mix. The album’s cover, thought to be a visual riposte to Meet the Beatles, was shot by David Bailey. One of the most celebrated fashion/celebrity photographers of all time, Bailey was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his “services to art” and was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship “in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography.” 

The thoroughly cohesive and highly regarded Let It Bleed is considered by many to be the Rolling Stones’ best album. Tracks include “Midnight Rambler,” “You Got the Silver” featuring Keith Richards’ first lead vocal, the apocalyptic-themed “Gimme Shelter,” the band’s faithful take on Robert Johnson’s country blues “Love in Vain,” and the epochal “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The Let It Bleed album cover art is by Robert Brownjohn, the American-born graphic designer known for creating the title sequences of such films as Goldfinger and From Russia with Love. The Let It Bleed cover features a Dadaist LP-shaped cake created by cookbook author Delia Smith, the design inspired by the album’s original title, “Automatic Changer.” Let It Bleed’s innovative imagery has resonated over the years since its release in late 1969. The cover art was a recent addition to the design collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and was the subject of a commemorative postage stamp issued by Great Britain’s Royal Mail in 2010. 

‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!’ The Rolling Stones in Concert holds the distinction of being the first live album by any artist to reach No. 1 on the U.K. charts. Recorded at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on November 27 and 28, 1969, the featured concert was part of the U.S. tour during which the group was introduced for the first time as “the greatest rock and roll band,” as heard at the start of the album. Ya-Ya’s is considered the Stones’ finest live album and includes concert versions of the hits “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Street Fighting Man” and “Sympathy for the Devil,” but is most notable for a nine-plus-minute version of “Midnight Rambler” with extended harmonica solos by Mick Jagger, widely considered the greatest recorded version of the song. Shortly after the album’s release, rock critic Lester Bangs noted in his Rolling Stone review, “It’s still too soon to tell, but I’m beginning to think Ya-Ya’s just might be the best album they ever made. I have no doubt that it’s the best rock concert ever put on record.” The album’s cover was shot by David Bailey in February 1970 and the original design is by John Kosh (art director for over 100 album covers, including The Beatles’ Abbey Road, The Who’s Who’s Next, the Eagles’ Hotel California, and Rod Stewart’s A Night on the Town) and features an atypically exultant Charlie Watts holding two guitars alongside Jack, a donkey burdened with some of his drum kit and a guitar. It has been suggested that Bob Dylan’s song “Visions of Johanna,” which includes the line “jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule,” was the inspiration for the Ya Ya’s cover concept. 

The Rolling Stones Limited Edition Clear Vinyl + Album Art Lithographs will be available for purchase at 12:01am ET on June 10, 2015 at or by calling 1-877-914-3040, where future distinguished entertainment collectibles will also be presented.  

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Spotlight Gallery is owned and operated by Spotlight Collectors Gallery®.

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Time Life is one of the world's preeminent creators and marketers of unique music and video products and has extensive experience partnering with leading artists and performers in the entertainment industry. The company specializes in creating distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime.  

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ABKCO Music & Records is one of the world’s leading independent entertainment companies.  It is home to iconic music catalogs that include compositions and recordings by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, Eric Burdon, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks as well as the Cameo Parkway masters by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Clint Eastwood, The Dovells, ? & The Mysterians, Charlie Gracie, The Tymes and Dee Dee Sharp. Soundtrack releases include the 2015 Academy Award, GRAMMY and BAFTA winning soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s Golden Globe winner The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2013 Academy Award nominated Moonrise Kingdom, the 2010 Academy Award nominated Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Darjeeling Limited, Edgar Wright’s The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Independent Spirit Award Winner Safety Not Guaranteed, the international blockbuster Fast Five, Boardwalk Empire Volumes 2 & 3: Music from the HBO Original Series, the soundtrack to the first season of the hit Showtime series Californication and through ABKCO’s Little World Records imprint, American Girl:Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight. Releases on ABKCO’s SAR label include albums by L C Cooke, The Soul Stirrers, Johnny Taylor and the Valentinos.  ABKCO is active on many fronts including the release of critically lauded compilations and reissues from its catalog, film and commercial placement of its master recordings and music publishing properties in all media. ABKCO Films most recent release is Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality. The renowned cult director’s classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain, fully restored and remastered to HD, were shown at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival (Classics section) and at the prestigious 44th New York Film Festival. Other releases include the 2014 GRAMMY Award winning The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965. In 2003 ABKCO won a GRAMMY® for the DVD release of Sam Cooke – Legend and the following year released the DVD of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus to universal acclaim. Upcoming releases include a restoration of the Spaghetti Western Blindman starring Ringo Starr.  ABKCO Films is in pre-production on a biopic on the life of Sam Cooke.              


Audio Fidelity To Release Guitar Innovator Michael Hedges “Aerial Boundaries” on Limited Edition SACD

“The acoustic guitar re-invented...a musical flight of fancy!”

Camarillo, CA – Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing guitar innovator Michael Hedges critically acclaimed album Aerial Boundaries on a limited edition hybrid SACD! This will be the first time that the celebrated album has been made available on the SACD format.  It is important to note the "hybrid" SACD is compatible with all standard CD players and no special audio equipment is needed to enjoy the brilliant, remastered sound of unquestionably one of the most groundbreaking albums in acoustic guitar history.

Aerial Boundaries is the record that presented Michael Hedges to the world as the ultimate acoustic guitar visionary, stretching the limits of the instrument to accommodate his uncanny musical ideas. There are moments on the record where it seems impossible that so much music is coming from one man and his guitar. The liner notes inside the SACD booklet assures the listener that the guitar is the origin for every sound heard...attacking his instrument, snapping strings, banging on the fingerboard with his right hand. 

The songs on Aerial Boundaries are all beautiful and haunting and it is this emphasis on composition over technique that makes this such an important recording. Hedges' tracks feature layer upon layer of musical complexity and every performance expands the dynamic range of the instrument. Stirring, complex compositions like “Rickover's Dream,” “Spare Change,” and an ingenious instrumental take of Neil Young's “After the Gold Rush” are on full display. Hedges could be seductively quiet and suddenly explosive...slow or fast, timid or thunderous.

“There was simply no one like him,” Bonnie Raitt said of Michael Hedges following his untimely death in 1997, “a very gifted performer, arranger and composer whose music sounded like nothing that had come before it." Aerial Boundaries remains the late composer-guitarist's seminal work, and its innovations in technique, tuning, tone, and intensity remain key texts in modern acoustic circles. Hedges electronically manipulated some of the guitar sounds to an almost unrecognizable point and still managed to create music of untarnished beauty and so very rich in classical harmony. 

Aerial Boundaries is also available from Audio Fidelity on a deluxe 180g high quality vinyl pressing.

1. Aerial Boundaries
2. Bensusan
3. Rickover's Dream
4. Ragamuffin
5. After the Gold Rush
6. Hot Type
7. Spare Change
8. Ménage à Trois
9. The Magic Farmer

Produced by Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges, Steven Miller
Engineered by Steven Miller, Oliver Di Cicco, Bill Mueller, Michael Hedges
Mastered for this release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

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Joyful, energized guitar-and-vocal performances frame the dozen original songs that narrate his hard-won, life-or-death struggle waiting for, and ultimately receiving, a life-saving liver transplant.


New York, NY --- With bristling energy, unflagging virtuosity and lyrics that cut to the core of human hope and willpower, Walter Trout’s new album, Battle Scars, chronicles his horrific battle with liver failure. But the 12-song set, which will be released worldwide by Mascot Label Group’s Provogue Records on October 23 also captures the international guitar hero, on a new high — playing and singing at the peak of his abilities, infusing even his darkest numbers with creative joy that sweeps like a beacon.  "I’m thrilled about this album, about my life and about my music,” says Trout, who returned to the stage in June at the prestigious Lead Belly Festival in London’s Royal Albert Hall. “I feel that I’m reborn as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and a human being. I have a new chance at being the best musician and the best man that I can be. And I’m incredibly happy and grateful.”

Contrast that to early 2014, when Trout was lying in a hospital bed without the strength to move or speak, unable to recognize his own children, as he observed  his body waste away. But on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, Trout underwent liver transplant surgery and the slow process of healing began. “At first I wasn’t  strong enough to play a single note on the guitar, but as I regained my strength,  the music came back to me. Now when I pick up the guitar, it is liberating, joyful, and limitless. I feel like I’m 17 again.”

Initially, Trout hoped to capture his renewal and positivity in the songs, “but,” says Trout,  “they were coming out cliché and I wanted to write something deeper.” After Marie, Trout’s wife and manager,  suggested that he revisit the difficult experiences of his illness, the songs began pouring out. The first was “Omaha,” which resonates with smashing chords and vibrating low strings: a solo packed with pealing midnight howls. The lyrics tell a tale of a man haunted by death.  "I was in UCLA for a month, and later at the Nebraska Medical Center for five months in the liver ward — first waiting for the transplant, and then recovering from the surgery,” Trout recounts. “There were days when  somebody in the ward died while waiting. I’d hear families out in the hall crying and doctors trying to comfort them. And I knew there was a good chance that I’d be the next one to go. For ‘Omaha.’ I wanted to capture how that felt and sounded.”

The opening song “Almost Gone” is equally potent. As the fingerpicked introduction intones, Trout lays his cards on the table: “Now I get the feeling/Something’s going wrong/Can’t help but feelin’/I won’t last too long.”  The fatalism is balanced by the music — from the exquisite roar of Trout’s harmonica that follows those words to the ebullient, soaring six-string that gives the tune a tsunami of uplift. “Almost Gone” captures the strength I got from my wife, urging me to go on fighting when I was in pain, and on the verge of death,” says Trout. “I looked up into her eyes, and she gave me the power to carry on. That experience is reflected in my playing on the song.”  Another key track is “Gonna Live Again,” which gets its organic grounding from Trout’s acoustic guitar and the gentle quiver of emotion in his voice. “That’s me asking God, ‘Why me?’ When so many people died waiting, why did I survive? I’ve been given a chance to try again — a chance to be a better husband, a better father, and a better man.”

Battle Scars is Trout’s 18th album released by the Netherlands-based Provogue label and his 42nd overall, counting his pre-solo-career recordings as a member of the historic groups: Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Trout fell headlong in love with the blues in 1965 when his brother brought the first album by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band into his family's New Jersey home, and Trout heard the twin-guitar magic of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, combined with Butterfield's gut-deep harmonica-and-vocal performances. In his music-loving home, Walter was raised to the sounds of records by Ray Charles, Hank Williams, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, John Coltrane, Bo Diddley and many other musical giants.  Trout’s practical schooling started in earnest when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1973 and got gigs backing Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Finis Tasby, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, Percy Mayfield and Joe Tex. In 1981 he joined the remaining original members of Canned Heat. But the real turning point was his five-year tenure with British blues giant Mayall. Trout became part of the Bluesbreakers’ lineage of great guitarists along with Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor.

Trout founded his own band in 1989 and cut his debut album Life In the Jungle, rapidly becoming a star in Europe. His first U.S. release, 1998's critically heralded Walter Trout, also made him a fixture of the American blues-rock scene.

Over the decades Trout has accumulated numerous honors. He is a two-time winner of the “Overseas Artist of the Year” title at the British Blues Awards, and is a three-time Blues Music Awards nominee. Trout’s six-string prowess earned the number six slot in BBC Radio 1’s “Top 20 Guitarist” listener’s poll, tying with Queen’s Brian May.

Just prior to his illness, Provogue records was poised for a major “Year of the Trout” marketing campaign and worldwide tour celebrating his 25 years as a solo artist. The label released Trout’s then newly recorded  album, When the Blues Came Calling, and reissued his catalog on 180-gram vinyl. Additionally, Provogue published his  autobiography penned with British music journalist, Henry Yates: Rescued From Reality: The Life and Times of Walter Trout.  “Unfortunately, that tour didn’t happen,” Trout says. “Instead I had to cancel an entire year of touring. That’s what the song on Battle Scars, ‘My Ship Came In’ is about: My ship came in and I missed it! I’d waited all my life for a record label to get behind me to that extent, and then that plan fell apart.”

Trout is now moving triumphantly forward in his 50th year as a guitarist. He is in the midst of a global tour with his band: keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure, and new bassist Johnny Griparic, who joined in time to record Battle Scars in Los Angeles’ Kingsize Soundlabs with Trout’s longtime producer Eric Corne.  “I don’t take this lightly,” Trout declares. “Marie says that all of the people who donated to our fundraiser for my medical expenses” — which generated more than $240,000 – “bought stock in me and my liver. When I play for them now, I have a responsibility to give back and offer the very best that I have.”

Confirmed appearances include:
8/20     Denver, CO                                                     Oriental Theatre
8/22     Taos, NM                                                       Taos Blues Festival
8/29     Los Angeles, CA                                             Ascencia Urban Blues Festival, Raleigh Studios
9/10     Las Vegas, NV                                                Big Blues Bender
9/11     Las Vegas, NV                                                Big Blues Bender
9/20     Ventura, CA                                                    California Beer Festival
9/25     Solana Beach, CA                                           Belly Up
9/26     Huntington Beach, CA                                   Huntington Beach Library Theatre
10/02   San Francisco, CA                                          Biscuits and Blues
10/03   San Francisco, CA                                          Biscuits and Blues
10/04   Sacramento, CA                                              California Auto Museum
10/07   Yakima, WA                                                   The Seasons Performance Hall
10/09   Tacoma, WA                                                   Jazzbones
10/10   Burlington, WA                                              Skagit Center
10/17   Anchorage, AK                                               Williwaw
11/07   Frederikshavn, Denmark                                 Frederikshavn Bluesfestival
11/08   Malmo, Sweden                                              Sverige
11/10   Silkeborg, Denmark                                         Kedelhuset
11/11   Copenhagen, Denmark                                    Amager Bio
11/13   Harstad, Norway                                            Nordic Hall
11/14   Tromsa, Norway                                            Kulturhuset
11/17   Stockton, UK                                                  Arc
11/18   Glasgow, UK                                                  ABC
11/20   Holmfirth, UK                                                Picturedrome
11/21   London, UK                                                    Forum
11/24   Leamington Spa, UK                                      Assembly
11/25   Frome, UK                                                      Cheese & Grain
11/28   Amsterdam, Netherlands                                Carre
12/01   Hamburg, Germany                                        Fabrik
12/02   Berlin, Germany                                             Kesselhaus
12/03   Bochum, Germany                                          RuhrCongress
12/05   Zurich, Switzerland                                        Kaufleuten
12/06   Munich, Germany                                          Theaterfabrik
4/10     St. Petersburg, FL                                           Tampa Bay Blues Festival (headliner)

Traffic’s Gap Year Gives Way To 1970 Classic John Barleycorn Must Die 

Steve Winwood, Late Jim Capaldi Share History Of Early Traffic

InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  celebrates the 45th anniversary of Traffic’s John Barleycorn Must Die

The trinity from which came the legendary first three Traffic albums Mr Fantasy, Traffic, and John Barleycorn Must Die  included former Spencer Davis Group teen prodigy singer/organist/guitarist Steve Winwood, reed man Chris Wood, and drummer Jim Capaldi. Guitarist/singer Dave Mason, a former Spencer Davis roadie, shared a talent for melody with the other three on the first two Traffic albums, but little else personality-wise, and was cut loose for the second and final time before the second album hit store shelves. 

Meanwhile Winwood, Capaldi, and Wood incorporated such diverse musical influences as Memphis soul, old English folk, light psychedelia, Latin rhythms, and unapologetic jazz.  Traffic was delivering World Music decades before the term was coined. 

On the topic, reported by some journalists that Traffic’s Barleycorn... album actually started as a Steve Winwood solo album, Winwood had this to say to InTheStudio host Redbeard.

“When we were doing John Barleycorn album we never actually cut anything as a solo album...  I actually never got around to making that album (a solo album). It wasn’t like we kinda went halfway through an album and then suddenly said, well this will be a Traffic album instead of a Steve Winwood album. As soon as we got in and played we quickly realized it was a Traffic album.” - Steve WInwood 

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PonoMusic, the High-Resolution music company founded by Neil Young, presents a revolutionary breakthrough to music sales  

The PonoPromise:
Any album purchased from, regardless of its resolution, will be upgraded FREE if a Higher Resolution version becomes available. PonoMusic is the first and only music store offering this feature.

PonoMusic, the world's only Hi-Res Music ecosystem with a Hi-Res music store and portable Hi-Res player, has become the fastest growing High-Resolution music store since its introduction in January of this year, with over 2.5 million tracks of high-quality music ranging in resolution from 44.1/16bit to 192/24bit.

With interest in High-Resolution music growing, an increasing amount of the music is being released and then reissued by the record labels at higher resolutions. That creates a dilemma for consumers. Should they buy the best album resolution available now and worry they might have to re-purchase if it is released at a higher resolution later? The PonoPromise, Introduced by Neil Young, solves this problem. Customers can buy PonoMusic knowing they will never have to purchase the same music again. 
To be eligible, a customer needs to have made the original album purchase from

The PonoMusic Store will have a list of the upgraded albums as they become available.  To encourage the record companies to accelerate the growth of their High Resolution catalog, PonoMusic will be asking its customers to vote on which albums they'd like to see in Higher Resolution, then Pono will provide that information to the labels on a "Most Requested Upgrades Chart".

About PonoMusic:
In response to the eroding quality of increasingly compressed music files that lose the feeling of the music, PonoMusic was founded by legendary artist Neil Young with a mission to restore and save music quality so that everyone will have the opportunity to hear and feel what the artist created. 

The PonoMusic digital music eco-system consists of: The PonoMusic Store, with the largest selection of Hi-Res albums, the industry lauded PonoPlayer which plays high-resolution files and other formats better than any other portable device, and the thriving PonoCommunity that connects its members to discuss and share all things related to music.

Dave Grohl Has 'Social Anxiety' About Emmy Awards

Dave Grohl has admitted he suffers from social anxiety and that he is nervous ahead of next month's Emmys ceremony. The Foo Fighters frontman is used to performing in front of crowds of thousands, but he is not especially looking forward to the glitzy Los Angeles event, where the Foos TV series Sonic Highways is up for four awards on September 20 - Outstanding Informational Series, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Sound Mixing and Outstanding Sound Editing.

Grohl tells Gold Derby: "I have a little bit of social anxiety. It might seem hard to imagine, but in rooms like that, I kind of clam up. I mean put me at the f***ing Grammys, and I know everybody there, and I've got a bottle of whiskey in my hands the whole time, but we'll see what happens.

"It's just going to be such a crazy night, I just can't imagine. I think I'll feel like that kid who is the new kid at school, the first day at school. I'll probably just sit down, with my back up against the wall, just nervous, and waiting to see who is going to want to talk to me." Watch the full interview here.

Lady Gaga Says She Is The Next Iron Maiden

Pop superstar Lady Gaga has spoken of her love for Iron Maiden - and praised the "importance and scope" of heavy metal. The singer features in an upcoming issue of CR Fashion Book wearing a Maiden Number Of The Beast t-shirt. And she tells the publication that she doesn't want to be the next Madonna - she'd rather be the next Maiden.

Gaga says: "They're one of the greatest rock bands in history, in my opinion. Some people really don't know the importance of metal and the scope of it. Those guys were filling stadiums, and they still are.

"And it's because of the culture of the music, the poetry that's so powerful, that whenever the fans come together they unite in the essence of what Iron Maiden is all about. I always used to say to people, when they would say, 'Oh, she's the next Madonna.' No, I'm the next Iron Maiden."

She also tweeted a picture of her wearing the t-shirt. See the photo and read more here.

Jimmy Page Wouldn't Change Led Zeppelin's Approach Today

Jimmy Page says he wouldn't change a thing about how Led Zeppelin recorded their greatest works. The guitar icon has finished his massive Led Zep back catalogue remastering project and says he's ready to start playing the guitar again.

And while he respects modern studio techniques, he insists the most important thing for him is capturing the performance rather than chasing perfection.

Asked if he'd have done anything differently with Led Zep's recording methods if he'd had today's technology available, Page tells UCR: "My approach would still be to capture the performance of an artist. That's what all of this stuff is - the Led Zeppelin music and the music of the 60s and 70s of other artists - it's capturing the essence of why you're doing that particular track, the character of that track and the collective performance of the musicians and of their overdubs.

"In those days, if you were doing vocal overdubs, you'd go for it and you might maybe make it up with a couple of drop-ins, but that's it. You go for the full performance, not compiling it word by word. So, what it is is that you had to be direct, you had to make your mind up and be positive and deliver."

He continues: "You didn't have the option of having 50 different options of what you could do and take it easy. Don't take for a moment what I'm saying is that I don't really appreciate all of the stuff that goes on with computer mixing, because I think it's brilliant. But as far as performance, it's a different thing altogether." Read more here.

Kurt Cobain's Daughter Pushed For Controversial Scene In Movie

Montage Of Heck director Brett Morgen has hailed Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean Cobain for making his job as easy as possible. She was the one that convinced the Nirvana frontman's mother that a controversial scene showing Cobain clearly high on drugs was the right thing to do.

In the scene, Cobain is seen with baby Frances in his arms, barely able to keep his eyes open while under the influence of narcotics. Kurt's mother Wendy was not happy with the picture it painted of her son.

Morgen tells Billboard: "When Kurt's mother voiced some concerns about the way she was depicted, and the way Kurt was seen in the latter stages of his life, it was Frances who called and said, 'Grandma, this is not your film. This is Kurt's film, and how you experience things is quite different than the way Kurt experienced things.'

"I think the point was if we allow our mothers to dictate the content of our biographies they would be pretty nice. Of course the mother doesn't want to show her child in any light that's less than favourable. But it was Frances' desire to not hide the truth, and I think that both Frances and I arrived at the same point, which was we were not trying to tear Kurt down or put Kurt down, nor were we trying to put him on a pedestal.

"We were simply trying to look him in the eye, to empathize, to find a point of entry in which we can understand how he experienced life." Read more here.

Iron Maiden Release 'Speed Of Light' Documentary

Metal legends Iron Maiden have released a new online documentary about the making their "Speed of Light" video which features the clip's director and producer Llexi Leon.

The band premiered the new video late last week which features their mascot Eddie in a series of classic video game scenarios. The track is the first song the band has revealed from their forthcoming album. Watch the "Speed of Light" video here.

The band's new double album, "Book Of Souls", is set to be released on September 4th in various formats including double standard CD, digitally, deluxe 2 CD version and a triple heavy weight vinyl version. Watch the "Speed of Light" documentary video here.

Robbie Robertson’s Waltz Through The History Of The Band
Hawks, Dylan, Woodstock, The Last Waltz;  InTheStudio Explores Rock’s First Alternative Band 

North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands hosts Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson for an in-depth look at the musical history of the fathers of Americana,The Band. 

The Band can be traced back to The Hawks, led by Arkansan Ronnie Hawks, which included a young singing drummer, Levon Helm. That outfit toured juke joints from the American South up into Canada, where an under-age 15 year old Robbie Robertson in Toronto would listen from the alley behind the nightclub, eventually joining the Hawks. 

When the young bucks decided to make their own noise, Helm and Robertson were joined by singer/ pianist Richard Manuel, singer/ bass player Rick Danko, and organist/ tuba (!) player Garth Hudson. The quintet dutifully supported Bob Dylan in 1966 when he electrified his folk sound, changing the course of music history, and the supporting cast was quickly tagged as” the band” behind the insurrection.

Until The Band, rock was pretty much about youth culture: young love, fast cars, cruising the boulevard to music played almost exclusively by electric guitars at ever increasing volume. The Band, by contrast, sang about mature themes in historical and regional context, often in rural settings populated by simple folk that they called by name, which gave Robertson’s songs such as “The Weight”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, and “Up on Cripple Creek” an intimacy usually reserved for literature, not pop music. 

In 1969, Dylan and The Band’s sleepy country hideaway in rural upstate New York would become the youth culture epicenter of the world with the Woodstock Festival, although neither performed.  Robbie Robertson shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard what impact that event had on The Band and their town.

“After the Woodstock Festival, it changed EVERYTHING. It became the most famous small town in the world... And that was somewhat interesting for awhile, but then it wore off and a darkness settled in... I just wanted to do something new, and I left there (Woodstock) and moved to the West coast, and the guys all came out after that. And Bob Dylan was out living in Malibu too. It was a wave to the West. ‘Go West young man’, and we did.”  - Robbie Robertson

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Rock fans traveled from around the world and from various parts of the U.S. to be a part of Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows presented by SiriusXM Hair Nation last Saturday, August 15 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Southern California. The day-long rock festival celebrated Riki Rachtman’s World Famous Cathouse with band performances on two stages, artist signings, VIP Meet and Greets, a vendor village, a chopper motorcycle show, and go-go dancers.

Cathouse Live featured performances from some of the defining rock artists of the ‘80s and ‘90s, including Gilby Clarke’s All-Star Jam featuring Ace Frehley, Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Brent Muscat (Sin City Sinners, ex-Faster Pussycat), Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff), Evan Seinfeld (Attika7, Biohazard), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), and Brent Fitz (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators).

The lineup also included sets from Extreme, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Faster Pussycat (including an on-stage reunion with some original band members), Stephen Pearcy (the voice of RATT), Saigon Kick, Gilby Clarke, Dangerous Toys, L.A. Guns, Junkyard, Trixter, Autograph, Black ‘N Blue, Tracii Guns, Enuff Z'Nuff, BulletBoys, Bang Tango, Jetboy, Pretty Boy Floyd, Tuff, Little Caesar, Swamphammer and The Aviators.

The press had lots of praise for the festival, as noted below:

“…with Rachtman's well-curated killer lineup of Cathouse regulars (Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, Cinderella's Tom Keifer, Jetboy, Junkyard, Enuff Z' Nuff, Gilby Clarke, and of course Faster Pussycat, among others), it was easy to feel transported back in time to the big '80s era of big riffs and big hair.”
                        --Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo! Music, August 17, 2015

“…the highlight for many festival goers was the all-star jam that included such star players as Sebastian Bach, Ace Frehley, Gilby Clarke, Evan Seinfeld, Michael Starr, Nuno Bettencourt and Phil Lewis.”
                        --Chad Childers,, August 17, 2015

“A love of ’80s hair metal was the only requisite for having a good time Saturday night as fans of all ages descended upon Irvine Meadows for Riki Rachtman’s Cathouse Live.”
                        --Philip Cosores, Orange County Register, August 16, 2015

“This juxtaposition of bands and music was nothing short of brilliance and we can only hope Rachtman will bring this back again and again to connect more and more fans as well as bring new fans to the world of Cathouse.”
                        --Laura De Gaetano, Screamer Magazine, August 18, 2015

Here’s some of what Sebastian Bach posted on Instagram about his experience playing at Cathouse Live:

“An open letter to Southern California:
I am still on a high from Saturday's show at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. It's hard for me to put into words what this day meant to all of us. During our show there were moments when all the lighters were lit up, sorry I mean all the cell phones were lit up, because it's 2015 now. As far as the eye could see. It's always a breathtaking, beautiful vibe. The first time I played Irvine Meadows was 1989 with Bon Jovi...At the end of the night [at Cathouse Live] we got to shred 'Deuce' w Ace Frehley & the rock n' roll circle was complete. The crowd packed out the place and made us feel so special we cannot thank you enough. We will never forget Saturday!!!! Thanks to John Reese & Riki Rachtman & the bands & crew for throwing the party!! I only hope we can do it again sometime at the Cathouse LIVE!!! Southern California you made our set a night we will never forget!!!”

Sponsors for Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows included SiriusXM Hair Nation, Monster Energy, COLDCOCK American Herbal Flavored Whiskey, and The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen.

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About Riki Rachtman: Riki Rachtman is a radio and television personality, original founder and owner of the Cathouse and Bordello nightclubs in Hollywood. Based on the success of Cathouse, Rachtman went on to host MTV’s Headbangers Ball and co-hosted the nationally syndicated radio show Loveline. He now hosts his own nationally syndicated NASCAR and rock music radio show called Racing Rocks

About Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc.: Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) is one of the world's premier music festival production companies. With hundreds of live events worldwide each year, SGE works with agencies, brands and musical talent to produce or co-produce concerts across various genres and interests. SGE produces the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival and Funny Or Die’s ODDBALL Comedy And Curiosity Festival. In addition, SGE co-produces the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and conceived and developed KNOTFEST with Slipknot and 5B Artist Management. In the past, SGE co-produced the worldwide Rockstar Taste of Chaos, as well as many other national festivals and tours. SGE senior staff have a combined 60 years of experience in artist management, large scale festival production and brand integration and have worked with artists as diverse as Guns N' Roses and The Cure. SGE excels at integrating brands' needs with large scale musical entertainment. 

About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders:, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation and Live Nation Network. is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five ecommerce sites, with a database of over 119 million fans who visit our sites. Live Nation Concerts produces over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Artist Nation is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 200 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 250 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit


"The Devil To Pay" Set for Release on September 18 from Ruf Records

CD Launch Concert at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on September 15

Acclaimed blues rock band Savoy Brown, led by its seminal guitarist Kim Simmonds, celebrates its 50th anniversary year with the release of a new album of original material called THE DEVIL TO PAY and a worldwide concert tour to support it.   The album arrives on September 18 from Ruf Records while the tour, launching this month, will continue throughout the year and include shows in the U.S., Canada and Europe.  

The band will celebrate the release of THE DEVIL TO PAY with a special CD release appearance at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on September 15.

"When I started the band back in 1965, the concept was to be a British version of a Chicago blues band," Simmonds says. "And the exciting thing now is that vision is still alive."

With THE DEVIL TO PAY, featuring Simmonds on guitar, harmonica and vocals, Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums (who also comprise the touring band), Savoy Brown continues to showcase Simmonds' love of the blues, his deep commitment to the sound and his quest to challenge himself in both his songwriting and playing. Written and produced by the guitarist (who also sings and plays harmonica) and recorded at SubCat Studios in upstate New York, the CD opens with the smoldering "Ain't Got Nobody" and continues with the barreling "Bad Weather Brewing," "Grew Up In The Blues" and "Oh Rosa."   The album is highlighted by his dexterous guitar work on cuts like the finger-twist instrumental "Snakin'," the shuffle-powered "Watch My Woman" and his emotional songwriting, from the bleary repentance of a hangover on "I've Been Drinking" to the reprimand issued to a cheating woman on "Stop Throwing Your Love Around."

The driving force behind Savoy Brown, Simmonds taught himself to play guitar after falling in love with blues, R&B and rock through listening to his older brother's records. In 1965, as a teenager, he formed Savoy Brown in the first wave of British blues-boomers, signing to Decca, opening for Cream's first London show at Klooks Kleek and being name-dropped in the same breath as peers like Jimi Hendrix (with whom he jammed) and Eric Clapton.  

Savoy Brown emerged during a golden age for blues bands that spawned the likes of Fleetwood Mac, The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and many more. In addition to its dynamic live appearances, Savoy Brown gained acclaim from its records, including Savoy gems like "A Hard Way to Go" (from 1970's Raw Sienna) and "Tell Mama" (from 1971's Street Corner Talking) as well as "Hellbound Train" (from the 1972 album of the same name).

Throughout Savoy Brown's career, the band has featured a number of well respected musicians, among them Dave Peverett, Roger Earl and Tony Stevens, who went on to form Foghat, as well as players who have also been members of The Robert Cray Band, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, Fleetwood Mac and others. Throughout, Simmonds has always remained true to his roots and reaped the rewards, performing in iconic venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Fillmore East and West, releasing countless albums, and later enjoying a well-deserved induction into Hollywood's Rock Walk Of Fame, New York's Blues Hall of Fame and Ontario's Blues Hall of Fame.

However, he has hardly been resting on his laurels. He continues to tour and record, including the recent Savoy Brown CD releases: the critically acclaimed VOODOO MOON (2011). GOIN' TO THE DELTA (2014) and the double live CD/DVD set SONG FROM THE ROAD (2013). THE DEVIL TO PAY is his 45th album release.

Kim also performs solo gigs and has found creative expression as a painter. His Van Gogh-ish patterns of guitar "still-lifes" have attracted the interest of quite a few galleries. One of his guitar paintings adorns the album cover of his solo venture, "Out of The Blue."  

"Do I have anything left to prove?" asks Kim. "Perhaps not to other people, but to myself, yes. There's always, inside of you, a song not written or a new guitar lick waiting to come out. I still have the drive I had when was I was young, and that keeps the dream going."





(New York, NY) - To mark the 30th anniversary of anthemic rockers The Alarm's highly-acclaimed second album, STRENGTH, the entire album has been re-arranged and re-recorded by lead singer/songwriter Mike Peters to create a brand new listening experience.  STRENGTH (30TH ANNIVERSARY) is due out on October 2nd via Twenty First Century Records distributed by Alliance Entertainment Group and features Peters' stripped-down, heart-felt versions of such classics as title track, "Strength," "Spirit Of '76" and more.  STRENGTH (30TH ANNIVERSARY) was recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios. 

Of STRENGTH (30TH ANNIVERSARY), Peters commented, "I always felt that song for song, word for word, STRENGTH was The Alarm's best album of the 1980s and had layers of hidden qualities that were never truly revealed or properly explored back in those heady days."  Peters added, "STRENGTH is an album that has lived outside itself musically.  The themes of Love, Hope and Strength have gone from being words on a page or lines in a song, to literally giving life to thousands through the charity it gave birth to.  As a musician, you can only dare to dream so far, but STRENGTH has gone way beyond that now and hopefully these new recordings will help to inform and continue the legacy of STRENGTH for future generations."

In 2007, Mike Peters, a two-time cancer survivor himself, co-founded Love Hope Strength, the world's leading rock and roll cancer foundation.  Inspired by the powerful words he had written decades earlier, the charity promotes innovative, music-related outreach and awareness programs for cancer sufferers and their families.  Since 2010, the Love Hope Strength foundation has been hosting donor drives at concerts and festivals across the globe and has registered upwards of 100,000 individuals to the International Bone Marrow Registry.  Through these registrations, to date the foundation has provided more than 1,800 life-saving matches.  For more information on Love Hope Strength, please visit

Also available on October 2nd via Twenty First Century Records will be Mike Peters' 30th anniversary reworking of The Alarm's full-length debut album, DECLARATION, a version previously unreleased in North America. DECLARATION celebrated its 30th anniversary last year (2014).  Please see below for full track listings of both reworked albums; both albums will be available in stores on vinyl and CD, as well as to download online.

After a highly-successful series of sold-out solo concerts at New York City's Iridium this summer, Mike Peters will now take his powerful show on tour in North America in September.  Peters will play intimate venues as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of STRENGTH's release.  Please see below for tour dates and appearances, which include Rock The Skyline 2015, a charity walk/event benefitting the Love Hope Strength foundation (more information here).

Formed in Wales in 1981 by lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Peters, The Alarm came to be known for uplifting songs, idealistic values and a powerhouse live show.  With such ubiquitous hits as "The Stand," Sixty-Eight Guns," "Strength" and more, The Alarm were staples on the radio worldwide in the 1980s.  In addition to his charity work with Love Hope Strength, the foundation he co-founded, Mike Peters continues to tour the globe with the music of The Alarm and will be announcing new endeavors in the very near future.

Mike Peters North American tour dates:
 8         Washington, DC                      The Hamilton Live
 9         Stanhope, NJ                          Salt Gastropub
10        Philadelphia, PA                      World Café Live
11        Somerville, MA                       Johnny D's
12        Garwood, NJ                          Crossroads
13        Jersey City, NJ                       Rock The Skyline 2015
14        Londonderry, NH                    Tupelo Music Hal
15        Westbury, NY                         Mirelles'
16        Buffalo, NY                             Mohawk Pace
17        Toronto, ON                            Hugh's Room
18        Akron, OH                               Musica
19        Chicago, IL                              Old Town School Of Folk Music
21        St. Louis, MO                          The Old Rock House
22        Milwaukee, WI                         Shank Hall
23        Minneapolis, MN                     Fine Line Music Cafe 

STRENGTH 2015 track listing:
1.    Spirit Of '76
2.    Deeside
3.    Knife Edge
4.    The Day The Ravens Left The Tower
5.    Walk Forever By Your Side
6.    Strength
7.    Dawn Chorus
8.    Father To Son
9.    Only The Thunder
10.  Last Train
11.  Absolute Reality
DECLARATION 2015 track listing:
1.    Shout To The Devil
2.    Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke?
3.    The Stand
4.    Tell Me
5.    Howling Wind
6.    Blaze Of Glory
7.    Third Light
8.    The Deceiver
9.    Sixty-Eight Guns
10.  Declaration
11.  Marching On
12.  We Are The Light

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A Casual Guide To The Music Of KISS Frontman Paul Stanley

As “Starchild”, the frontman of the iconic American rock band KISS, Paul Stanley is undoubtedly one of rock music‟s greatest showmen. He has co-written some of the most successful rock songs of all time and some of rock‟s most enduring arena anthems such as „Rock And Roll All Nite‟, „Shout It Out Loud‟ and „Detroit Rock City‟. He was the driving force behind the band during some of their most difficult periods, notably in the 1980s. But there is more to Paul Stanley than KISS.

He has released two solo albums (1978‟s self-titled offering and 2006‟s Live To Win), performed in a theatrical production of Phantom Of The Opera, contributed to movie soundtracks, and committed himself to various musical and charitable causes. He is also an avid painter and has exhibited and sold his works. From the author of books on Richie Sambora, Brian May, Neal Schon, Rob Halford, Joe Perry and Adam Lambert, Live To Wincelebrates Stanley‟s musical legacy and gives nuggets of information and trivia about his career as well as a biography, discographies, a timeline, reviews and tributes from leading musicians and respected music writers. There are also previously unseen live photographs of the American rock icon.

Live To Win is essential reading for KISS and Paul Stanley fans.

NEIL DANIELS is the author of respected biographies of Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Journey and Pantera. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

Visit his official website at For more information, please contact Neil Daniels at Neil Daniels Books; email him at or visit

Metallica Movie Mission To Lars Coming To Theaters

Acclaimed Metallica documentary Mission To Lars is set for a limited US cinema release and will also be made available via VOD services beginning on September 25.

The 2012 British film follows journalist Kate Spicer as she tries to make her brother Tom's dream of meeting Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich come true. Tom has a form of autism called Fragile X Syndrome.

Kate - with the help of third sibling Will - sets out to take Tom from a care home in England to the United States to meet his hero. Kate says: We had this fantasy of hitting the road with Tom and recreating some of the magic of our teenage years cruising around in £100 cars, eating Burger King and listening to heavy metal on the tape deck. We thought it would be fun, bonding. We wanted to do something good for our brother. We were also sick of him endlessly asking."

But, the film's synopsis explains, "Tom's disabilities, a dysfunctional family, and heavy metal's Labyrinthine backstage world thwart the mission at every turn. Then as they get closer to Lars, Tom the man starts to shine and a touching and inspirational finale ensues."

Ulrich described the film as "deeply moving". Read more from Lars and watch the trailer here.

Geoff Tate's Operation Mindcrime Release 'Burn' Video

Operation: Mindcrime have released a video for their track Burn. The song is taken from Geoff Tate and co's debut album The Key, which will be released on September 18 via Frontiers Music.

The album marks Tate's first release since reaching a legal settlement with his former colleagues in Queensryche. The Key is the first in a trilogy of records that explores "international politics, the world economy and social ethos."

Tate says: "We've thrown out the rules for this record, and it's been really liberating. I'm a fan of old prog, and that music didn't stick to rules. It's inspiring and enjoyable to be able to explore, and it's great being in a position to write without constraints."

In the Burn video - directed by Seattle filmmaker Jamie Burton Chamberlin - Tate and the band are seen performing in the back of a stretch Limo, with an array of changing guests. Chamberlin also directed the band's video for Re-Inventing The Future. Watch the "Burn" video here.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler To Guest Star On Nashville TV Series

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will make a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of the ABC-TV series "Nashville." While there's no word on the timing of Tyler's appearance, the fourth season of the series will premiere on September 23, at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.

Tyler tweeted a picture of him and "Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere, writing, "Hayden and I getting a little 'crazy' on set at Nashville. You won't want to miss this. #PatsyCline"

The singer has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album on Big Machine Records' affiliated label Dot Records.

Tyler issued the project's lead single, "Love Is Your Name", to radio in May before delivering the debut live performance of the tune on the season 14 finale of American Idol on May 13. Read more and see the photo here.

Eric Clapton Film 'Slowhand At 70' Coming To Theaters

A new concert film, "Eric Clapton: Live At The Royal Albert Hall", will debut in cinemas worldwide on September 14. Subtitled "Slowhand At 70", the project captures the guitar icon during his 7-show run at the famed London venue in May in honor of his 70th birthday in March.

The series of shows also marked Clapton's 50 years in the music business and more than 200 performances at The Royal Albert Hall. Viewers will hear classic tracks and fan favourites from the Mississippi blues of Robert Johnson that originally inspired him, through Cream, Derek & the Dominos and the many highlights of Clapton's long solo career.

The cinema event will also include a special featurette filmed exclusively for theater audiences. Presented by Paul Gambaccini, it features interviews with Clapton associates Paul Carrack, Andy Fairweather Lowe and Chris Stainton, as well as journalists Hugh Fielder and Paul Sexton. Read more here.

Experience Hendrix Tell Their Side of Infringement Ruling

Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. have released a statement about a recent court decision involved the rights over late legendary guitar icon Jimi Hendrix which has widely been reported in the media as the settlement of a legal dispute between Jimi's sister Janie Hendrix who runs Experience Hendrix and another family member who is reportedly involved with another company.

Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. points out in their statement that what transpired was a court ruling against the other company that prohibites them from using Hendrix "marks in the advertising and sale of merchandise and in any business or domain name." Here is the statement that they released:

Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.,, has closed yet another chapter in its ongoing effort to protect the reputation and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. Experience Hendrix was founded over 20 years ago by James "Al" Hendrix, the rock icon's father, mandating a mission to preserve Jimi's place in cultural history and to offer his fans authentic Jimi Hendrix music and merchandise of indisputable quality.

In 2009, Experience Hendrix and its affiliate, Authentic Hendrix, filed suit In the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to stop Andrew Pitsicalis from infringing upon Hendrix family trademarks and from engaging in deceptive trade practices. In May of this year, the Court entered the Amended Permanent Injunction, prohibiting Pitsicalis from using registered HENDRIX marks in the advertising and sale of merchandise and in any business or domain name.

In 1995, Al Hendrix specifically hand picked the team he wanted to manage the family company to promote and protect his son's legacy. In recent years, Experience Hendrix has successfully fought against unauthorized Jimi Hendrix products such as vodka, coffee and other merchandise ventures. These actions are in keeping with Al Hendrix's vision of his son's legacy. This Permanent Injunction is yet another result of those continuing efforts. Ill-conceived schemes that infringe upon the trademarks established by "Al" Hendrix and the family company will not be tolerated.

"To say that we are elated by this decision would be an understatement," commented Janie Hendrix. "This is an amazing victory. Each time we face a legal issue that challenges our ability to effectively represent and protect Jimi's legacy, we put on our battle gear because we're fighting for something larger than life. Jimi isn't here, so we fight for him. The Permanent Injunction not only confirms our company's rights but also serves notice to those who would disrespect the mission that my father undertook when he founded our company. Preserving our rights means keeping the heritage left by Jimi and his music so elevated as to remain out of the grasp of those who would attempt to misappropriate it. We have always strived to make sure that the music we release and products we authorize are of the highest quality. It's a responsibility we take very seriously. This Injunction gives us more strength to ensure that the excellence of the artistry of Jimi will not easily be watered down, misused, or desecrated. We wish we did not have to dedicate time and resources that could be better served honoring Jimi's great legacy but protecting these rights is part of the responsibility tasked to us by my dad, Al Hendrix."

Bass Icon Jeff Berlin To Launch Pledge Music Campaign For New Tribute Album To Legendary Jack Bruce

Launch Date: Tuesday August 18th worldwide on Pledge

Clearwater, FL - Bass icon Jeff Berlin will be launching a Pledge Music Campaign on August 18th for a new tribute album to legendary Jack Bruce titled “Jeff Berlin Plays Jack Bruce: Songs For A Wailer”! Jack Bruce, best known for his work with classic rock legends Cream, as well as his critically acclaimed solo work, sadly passed away in 2014. Jeff Berlin, who has been called “the greatest bass player in the world”, was a personal friend of Jack's and felt the time was right for a tribute.  

Says Jeff, “Recording the music of Jack Bruce will be the most emotional recording project of my career. Jack was the greatest musical influence I ever had. As an impressionable 14 year old bass player, I was stunned by Cream, literally in awe of the music that came from them. And, in the center of the music were these strange and wonderful bass lines weaving in and out of the key, reaching for resolutions and finding them, again, and again. Jack’s playing was a living evolving improvisation. I simply never heard a bass player that had the breadth of originality like Jack had. In fact, I still haven’t!  

“ 'Jeff Berlin Plays Jack Bruce: Songs for a Wailer!' isn’t a cover CD, not in the literal sense. Except for a couple of tunes from his Cream period (arranged in ways that should surprise people) most of the songs on this CD come from other periods in Jack’s musical life before and after Cream. Jack's solo career represented a multitude of musical styles, so many in fact that his career reminded me of that famous quote from Forrest Gump: You never knew what you were going to get. This recording, to me, will be a new revamp of some of those songs, some of the best music that I heard from one of the greatest musicians of the last fifty years.”

Guest performers are:
Ginger Baker on drums
Chad Smith on drums
Paul Shaffer on Hammond organ
Allan Holdsworth on guitar

Guest list is still being expanded.

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Known worldwide for his innovative style, Jeff has graced bandstands and recordings with legendary players like Bill Bruford, Dennis Chambers, Neil Peart, Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, and Allan Holdsworth, and has led bands and recorded his own CDs for nearly 30 years. He has recorded for vocalists Patti Austin and kd Lang; he has traversed the progressive rock realm with former YES members Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe and is the only electric bassist to have played with jazz pianist Bill Evans. Jeff famously turned down an offer to join rockers VAN HALEN. Jeff is also hailed outside the usual musician ranks: Actor Gary Sinise (also a bassist) is one of his biggest fans, and renowned boxing trainer and ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas refers to Jeff as “the best in the business.” Jaco Pastorius considered Berlin a better soloist than he was. Geddy  Lee called Jeff “the best bass player on the planet”. Jack Bruce said that Jeff “was the greatest bass player I ever heard!” From straight ahead Jazz to Fusion to Prog-Rock, Jeff is famous for playing anything, always at the very highest level of proficiency and musicality.

 “Jeff Berlin Plays Jack Bruce: Songs For A Wailer” will be co-produced with Jeff Berlin by New York based producer John McCracken. John is a gold and platinum record producer/musician/engineer with over 100 recordings produced for major and independent record labels as well as TV and film. He has worked in all genres including rock, pop, jazz and classical/opera. John is also a former EMI Music Group Executive as Head of A&R/Staff Producer for EMI Music/Blue Note Label Group. There he worked with Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Rosanne Cash, Diana Ross, Sarah Brightman, Anouska Shankar (daughter of Ravi and half sister of Norah Jones), Robert Glasper and many others. John is currently spearheading guitar legend Allan Holdsworth’s Tales from the Vault PledgeMusic campaign. He is also an acclaimed guitarist and recording engineer and brings over 35+ years of experience at all levels of music production, A&R/project management and publishing.

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Album Features McLaughlin’s virtuoso 4th Dimension band
World Tour To Follow Album Release

“Playing and working with the same musicians in a band is a living process which unfolds as time goes by,” reflects guitarist, composer, and bandleader John McLaughlin when considering the release of his latest album, Black Light  – the third studio album to feature his band, the 4th Dimension.  Available via Abstract Logix on September 21, 2015, Black Light finds the relentlessly inquisitive, exploratory McLaughlin continuing to uncover new melodic and rhythmic pathways with the same fearless zeal that has made him one of modern music’s most admired and influential figures.

Black Light includes 8 original McLaughlin compositions, but the emotional core of Black Light, and one of McLaughlin’s finest acoustic performances on record, rests in “El Hombre Que Sabia” – a deeply moving tribute McLaughlin’s late collaborator, Paco de Lucía, who passed away in early 2014. “You cannot imagine how much I miss him,” reflects McLaughlin. “‘El Hombre’ is one of the pieces Paco and I had planned to record on a new studio album last year.”  The two had intended to compose an album’s worth of new material just before De Lucia’s untimely passing.

Otherwise electric, Black Light features the 4th Dimension – drummer/vocalist Ranjit Barot, keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband, and bassist Étienne M’Bappé – McLaughlin has gathered a trio of fellow travelers with the collective discipline, technical ability, musicianship, and imagination to support, enhance, and enrich McLaughlin’s challengingly expansive new material and methods.

“I am always excited to play with these musicians,” McLaughlin says enthusiastically – no small compliment given he has performed alongside an array of revolutionary talents in his lifetime. “Not only are they marvelous players, but they are great human beings, and as such we have developed, over the years, a deep complicity that comes through in the music.”

The latest dispatch from a life-long musical journey, Black Light shows no sign of slowing down or complacency on McLaughlin’s part. Rather, it is the fulfillment of an ongoing, evolving ambition to thoughtfully, consciously imbue his sonic constructions with maximal emotional resonance.   What exactly does the title, Black Light mean to McLaughlin?  “The words are irrational, but then, music is irrational, though with a particular kind of logic.  What the words mean to me is the following.  Musicians and artists of all kinds live in their inner world, and everything we do comes from the inside of our brain, heart.  When I look inside my head there's only nothingness, nothing to grasp hold of and yet, I can see images clearly, and more importantly, I can hear music without sound, and that has never been played. To me, this is also a world of light, but there is no light, very strange but wonderful. This is ‘Black Light’”

Following the international release of Black LightMcLaughlin and the 4th Dimension will set out on a world tour, continuing to explore and elaborate upon the album’s genre-defying material.  More dates to be announced shortly.

John McLaughlin - Australia/Asia Tour Dates

Tuesday, October 06, 2015               Perth, Perth Music Hall
Thursday, October 08, 2015              Sydney, Recital Hall
Saturday, October 10, 2015              Brisbane, The Tivoli
Wednesday, October 14, 2015         Melbourne, Melbourne Festival
Friday, October 16, 2015                   Jakarta, Cotton Club ** TBC
Saturday, October 17, 2015              Jakarta, Cotton Club ** TBC
Sunday, October 18, 2015                 Bali, Arma Ubud
Friday, October 23, 2015                   Tokyo, Blue Note
Saturday, October 24, 2015              Tokyo, Blue Note
Sunday, October 25, 2015                 Tokyo, Blue Note
Sunday, November 01, 2015             Bangkok, M-Theatre Hall
Thursday, November 05, 2015          Dhaka , Dhaka Jazz Festival
Friday, November 06, 2015               Mumbai, ** TBC

** To Be Confirmed



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (August 18, 2015) – After a 19-year hiatus, raucous rockers UGLY KID JOE are set to return with a new full-length album entitled, Uglier Than They Used Ta Be

The album, which was recorded at JT Studios and Balance Studios in Louisiana under the helm of producer and UKJ guitarist Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Godsmack, Evanescence), is scheduled for release in North America October 16th via Metalville/UKJ  Records. 

Whitfield Crane (Vocals) and Klaus Eichstadt (Guitars) teamed up with Sonny Mayo (Guitars), Shannon Larkin (Drums), Zac Morris (Drums), Cordell Crockett (Bass) and Dave Fortman (Guitars) to form the now 7-member line up a.k.a. “Seven Headed Monster” (pictured below) and write and record in the studio. The result is the most cohesive sounding UGLY KID JOE record to date. 

The chemistry flows so well throughout this new release, it's as though they never left. Uglier Than They Used Ta Be boasts a collection of well-crafted rock tunes, from the riff driven ‘Let The Record Play’ to the hard-hitting ‘She’s Already Gone’ and ‘Hell Aint Hard To Find’, the album offers up a collection of some of the best songs ever written by the band. 

“It's a full circle of sorts,” says Crane. “There was a lot of love and talent in one room and that is exactly what this album sounds like.” 

Uglier Than They Used Ta Be Tracklisting:
1. Hell Aint Hard To Find
2. Let The Record Play
3. Bad Seed
4. Mirror The Man
5. She’s Already Gone
6. Nothing Ever Changes
7. My Old Man
8. Under The Bottom
9. Ace Of Spades (feat. Phil Campbell of Motörhead)
10. Enemy
11. Papa Was A Rolling Stone
In addition to the nine newly written original songs, the album features a couple of cover songs including Rare Earth’s version of ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ with Australian chart-topping vocalist Dallas Frasca lending her unmistakable vocals behind Crane, and the Motörhead classic ‘Ace of Spades’ with a very special guest appearance from Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell who lends his signature sound to the timeless track. Campbell also appears on the tracks ‘My Old Man’ and ‘Under The Bottom’.

This September the band will head to the UK for an intimate tour finishing with two shows at the Underworld in London. 

Having first garnered success with the song “Everything About You,” which peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart [enjoying 20 weeks on the charts] and was later used in the movie Wayne’s World, the group’s debut E.P. As Ugly As They Wanna Be sold two million copies making it the highest selling debut E.P. of all time. 

The positive response to the band’s live performance of Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” prompted a studio version and was subsequently released as a well-received single that sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone and spent 20 weeks on the BB Top 100 Singles chart, peaking at number six.

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Led Zeppelin TV Special Set For Labor Day

Jason Bonham will be the host of AXS TV's Labor Day special that will focus on Led Zeppelin and will celebrate the 47th anniversary of the iconic group's first live show.

The nine-hour 'Whole Lotta Love' event on September 7th will include four showings of the Celebration Day concert film which documented the band's December 2007 reunion performance at the O2 Arena in London.

The surving members of the band, guitarist Jimmy Page, lead singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones, were joined by John Bonham's son Jason on drums for the special reunion they staged to pay tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Jason had the following to say about the show, "It's a great privilege and an honor to be even in the same breath as my father. To get a chance to play with these peers, with the band as well, you're gonna see what was truly one of the greatest days of my life."

The network will premiere the documentary at 11 AM, ET/8 AM, PT and air encore broadcasts at 1:15 PM, ET, 3:30 PM, ET and 5:45 PM, ET.

Megadeth Offshoot Act Of Defiance Streaming New Album Online

Act Of Defiance - the new band launched by former Megadeth duo Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover - are streaming their debut album, "Birth And The Burial", ahead of its official release on August 21.

The band - which also includes former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand - have also announced dates for their first-ever North American tour with live shows to begin October 22 in Las Vegas.

"We are all so proud for everybody to finally be able to hear Birth And The Burial streaming in its entirety," says Drover. "We worked extremely hard to make the best HEAVY METAL record we could, and we are all beyond excited for to sink your teeth into this record. We said from the get-go this record is 100% uncompromising heavy metal, and now you can hear it for yourselves!

"With the release of Birth And The Burial, we as Act Of Defiance can now at last announce our first co-headlining tour with our new Metal Blade label mates Allegaeon! This tour will be 100% complete HEAVY METAL and we cannot wait to see you all there!!"

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

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Announce Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour



(Scoop) Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has announced the dates and details for their 2015 Winter Tour which will focus on the band's Yuletide tale "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," and will include 100 shows in 60 cities across North America this November and December. We were sent the following details:

Based on TSO's multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, the story follows the journey of a young runaway who, on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall's past. "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" features such lasting crowd-pleasers as "Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24," "O' Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and "This Christmas Day."

TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O'Neill says, "'The Ghosts of Christmas Eve' brings me back to TSO's beginnings. We recorded this TV show before TSO had ever toured and it was almost like our first show. It was filmed in a majestic old theatre in Jersey City and we got to work with the legendary Ossie Davis, Jewel and Michael Crawford. There was a magic we captured and I think that's why it was so successful as a fundraiser for PBS. The special features some of the best songs from our catalog at the time. We want to keep the spirit of the story alive and weave it together to encompass the best of the Christmas Trilogy that fans of all three stories can enjoy. The band always gets excited when they get to do something new and now that we are finished up with Letters From The Labyrinth there is going to be lots of new music and twists for our fans on this tour."

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter 2015 Tour Dates

Date -City - Venue - Show Times
11/18 - Erie PA - Erie Insurance Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/18 - Council Bluffs IA - Mid-America Center - 7:30 PM
11/19 - Charleston WV - Charleston Civic Center - 7:30 PM
11/19 - Des Moines IA - Wells Fargo Arena - 7:30 PM
11/20 - Columbia SC - Colonial Life Arena - 8:00 PM
11/21 - Greensboro NC - Greensboro Coliseum - 3:00PM & 8:00PM
11/21 - Denver CO - Pepsi Center - 3:00PM & 8:00PM
11/22 - Greenville SC - Bon Secours Wellness Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/22 - Colorado Springs CO - World Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/24 - Salt Lake City UT - EnergySolutions Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/25 - Reading PA - Santander Arena - 7:30 PM
11/27 - Uncasville CT - Mohegan Sun Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/27 - Spokane WA - Spokane Arena - 8:00 PM
11/28 - Manchester NH - Verizon Wireless Center - 3:00PM & 8:00PM
11/28 - Seattle WA - KeyArena - 4:00PM & 8:00PM
11/29 - Hartford CT - XL Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/29 - Portland OR - Moda Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/02 - Louisville KY - KFC Yum! Center - 7:30 PM
12/02 - Sacramento CA - Sleep Train Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/03 - Ft Wayne IN - Allen County War Memorial - 7:30 PM
12/03 - San Jose CA - SAP Center - 7:30 PM
12/04 - Cincinnati OH - US Bank Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/04 - San Diego CA - Valley View Casino Center - 8:00 PM
12/05 - Dayton OH - Nutter Center - 3:00PM & 8:00PM
12/05 - Ontario ON - Citizens Business Bank Arena - 3:00PM & 8:00PM
12/06 - Grand Rapids MI - Van Andel Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/06 - Phoenix AZ - Gila River Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/09 - Richmond VA - Richmond Coliseum - 7:30 PM
12/09 - Austin TX - Frank Erwin Center - 7:00 PM
12/10 - Washington DC - Verizon Center - 7:30 PM
12/10 - New Orleans LA - Smoothie King Center - 7:30 PM
12/11 - Wilkes-Barre PA - Mohegan Sun Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/11 - Jacksonville FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum - 8:00 PM
12/12 - Newark NJ - Prudential Center - 3:00PM & 8:00PM
12/12 - Orlando FL - Amway Center - 3:00PM & 8:00PM
12/13 - Albany NY - Times Union Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/13 - Tampa FL - Amalie Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/16 - Providence RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center - 7:30 PM
12/16 - Atlanta GA - Gwinnett Center - 7:30 PM
12/17 - Boston MA - TD Garden - 7:30 PM
12/17 - Little Rock AR - North Little Rock Verizon Arena - 7:30 PM
12/18 - Hershey PA - Giant Center - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/18 - Houston TX - Toyota Center - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/19 - Philadelphia PA - Wells Fargo Center - 3:00PM & 8:00PM
12/19 - San Antonio TX - AT&T Center - 3:00PM & 8:00PM
12/20 - Buffalo NY - First Niagara Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/20 - Dallas TX - American Airlines Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/22 - Ottawa ON - Canadian Tire Center - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/22 - Wichita KS - INTRUST BANK ARENA - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/23 - Toronto ON - Air Canada Centre - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/23 - Oklahoma City OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/26 - Columbus OH - Jerome Schottenstein Center - 3:00PM & 8:00PM
12/26 - Kansas City MO - Sprint Center - 3:00PM & 8:00PM
12/27 - Pittsburgh PA - Consol Energy Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/27 - St Louis MO - Scottrade Center - 3:00PM & 7:30PM
12/28 - Chicago IL - Allstate Arena - 4:00PM & 8:00PM
12/29 - Detroit MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills - 4:00PM & 8:00PM
12/30 - Cleveland OH - Quicken Loans Arena - 4:00PM & 8:00PM
12/30 - St Paul MN - Xcel Energy Center - 3:00PM & 7:30PM

Iron Maiden Video Director Explains Speed Of Light Video Game Theme

Iron Maiden video director Llexi Leon said he put himself under pressure to make the band's Speed Of Light video the best work of his career. The track was released last week - the first material lifted from Maiden's 16th album The Book Of Souls, which is launched on September 4.

Leon, the creative director at Phantom management, tells Metal Hammer: "It seemed a perfect fit - 40 years of metal explored alongside four decades of video games.

"I pitched this idea to Rod Smallwood and the guys in the band. They loved the concept and asked if I could pull it off. I figured it was Iron Maiden so I had to pull it off - and it had to be the best thing I've ever done."

He continues: "The video is littered with nods to Iron Maiden artwork - whether it's the poses of the characters at certain key moments, or imagery woven into the background art. There's a lot to look out for in the video." Watch the video here.

Creed Wrote Almost Albums Worth Of Music During Reunion

Mark Tremonti says Creed wrote the best part of a full album during their 2009 reunion - but that it will likely never see the light of day. The guitarist is so busy with his other projects that he doesn't see Creed ever working together again.

He has been touring in support of Tremonti's second album Cauterize with plans to issue an already-recorded third disc, Dust, in early 2016. Around the same time, Alter Bridge will reconvene to record their follow-up to 2013's Fortress.

With so much going on, Tremonti says a return to Creed just isn't on the cards - even though the group penned "nine or 10" tracks in 2011/2012, at the tail end of their 2009 reunion.

Tremonti tells Alternative Nation: "My life is just so busy right now it would be hard for me to do anything else. There were some songs we worked on before things went south. On the last tour, we didn't see eye to eye to say the least, and then we put a halt on any new music. We had already gotten about nine or 10 songs ready to go.

"It just doesn't make sense for me though, having two new Tremonti records, a new Alter Bridge record and Myles will have a new Slash record. A new Creed record would be just too much stress." Read more here.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Leads Unite To Face Addiction Lineup

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is among the artists confirmed to perform at a Unite To Face Addiction rally in Washington, DC on October 4. Organized by the new non-profit organization Facing Addiction, the free event on the National Mall is designed to raise awareness and initiate dialogue about the problems of addiction in America.

Tyler will be joined by his Nashville-based band Loving Mary and will perform as part of a lineup that includes Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, The Fray, and John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls alongside a host of guest speakers.

"Unite To Face Addiction will mark the first time our nation will collectively stand up to addiction, a health problem that impacts 1 in 3 households," says Greg Williams, co-founder of Facing Addiction and a person in long-term recovery. "Twenty-two million Americans are currently suffering from a substance use disorder, and more than 23 million others are living in recovery. When you include the families of the afflicted, addiction impacts over 85 million people - we all know somebody. It's not 'those' people, it's all of us."

"When I lost my son, Austin, to addiction, I had no idea this tragedy was happening all over America - and that in our country, a life is lost to addiction every 4 minutes - the equivalent of a jumbo jet falling from the sky every day, with no survivors," adds Facing Addiction co-founder Jim Hood. "We know there are solutions to the addiction crisis and it's time for America to face addiction and exercise the political and social will to act on those solutions." Read more here.

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson To Give Blog Now, Live Forever Keynote

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson will deliver a keynote address at Blog Now, Live Forever in Mumbai, India in October. Dickinson will deliver an address on October 31, the first day of the two-day conference held at the Lalit Hotel in Mumbai and organized by blogging community IndiBlogger.

"Bruce Dickinson inspires millions across the world everyday by doing things that he loves and executing them with panache," say event organizers. "Fencing, flying airplanes, Aviation, hosting radio and TV shows, authoring novels and film scripts and brewing tasty beer are only some of his many interests and successes. He is undeniably the most loved entertainer and entrepreneur on the planet and we can't wait for him to grace the BNLF stage."

Dickinson was given the all-clear from a tumor following treatment earlier this year. Iron Maiden will issue their first-ever double studio album, "The Book Of Souls", on September 4. Read more here.


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For one night only, Uriah Heep reunites with core members of the classic 1970s line-up, welcoming both Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake to the Moscow Crocus' iconic stage, to perform the band's classic hits in a 2 hour set.

Originally founded by guitarist Mick Box in 1969, Uriah Heep is truly one of the pivotal classic acts that helped define the rock sound and an era. Part of the fabled 'Big Four' alongside Zeppelin, Sabbath and Purple, the Heep story still has a long way to go.

With classic songs like 'July Morning', 'Lady In Black', 'Gypsy', 'Easy Livin''and 'Stealin'' full of ambition, sophisticated writing, memorable tunes and, of course, the vocals - the 5 part harmonies were a clear influence on the operatics of Queen.

Uriah Heep was the first Western rock band to perform in Russia, the band has headlined at stadiums worldwide.

Uriah Heep tours all over the world, has released 23 studio-albums and sold more than 40 million units. Today's line-up is settled as Mick Box (Guitar/Vocals), Bernie Shaw (Lead Vocal), Phil Lanzon (Keys/Vocals), Davey Rimmer (Bass/Vocals) and Russell Gilbrook (Percussion/Vocals).

Uriah Heep will be joined on stage on October 15 by Ken Hensley [Hammond, vocals, slide guitar] and Lee Kerslake [drums, vocals]. Ken parted from Uriah Heep in 1980 to continue his song writing and solo career. Lee stayed with Uriah Heep until 2007.

The event will be 'Very 'Eavy, 'Very ‘Umble - a one-off, and truly unmissable.


This fall, Eagle Rock Entertainment will drop the simultaneous release of Rage Against The Machine Live At Finsbury Park on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats on October 16, 2015 [MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray]. 

Filmed in high definition at London’s Finsbury Park on June 6, 2010, this concert, which includes “Killing In The Name,” “Bulls On Parade,” “People Of The Sun,” “Guerrilla Radio,” “Bullet In The Head,” “Bombtrack,” “Sleep Now In The Fire,” and a cover of The Clash’s “White Riot”, comes with an interesting back story… 

In late 2009, a successful campaign was launched by English DJ Jon Morter and his wife Tracy to promote an alternative to the omnipresent X-Factor winner being the Christmas #1 hit in the UK singles chart. The track they nominated was Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name.” The band supported the campaign, donated the proceeds from the sales to charity and lead singer Zack de la Rocha promised that Rage Against The Machine would perform a free concert in the UK to celebrate the achievement. This is that concert. 

As bonus features, Live At Finsbury Park includes the “Behind The Scenes At Finsbury Park” feature and an interview with Jon & Tracy Morter

Sonically blending elements of heavy metal, punk and hip-hop with social consciousness, Rage Against The Machine earned acclaim as the thinking man’s rock band. With de la Rocha’s vicious lyrical delivery and guitarist Tom Morello’s guitar innovations (at times “scratching” riffs akin to a DJ) backed by heavy bombastic rhythms, Rage delivered scathing commentary about corporate America, government oppression, and other problems of the world at large, amassing a rabid fan following in the process. 

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

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1) Testify  
2) Bombtrack  
3) People Of The Sun  
4) Know Your Enemy  
5) Bulls On Parade  
6) Township Rebellion  
7) Bullet In The Head  
8) White Riot  
9) Guerrilla Radio  
10) Sleep Now In The Fire  
11) Freedom 
12) Killing In The Name

Prog Icon Billy Sherwood To Release New Solo Album and Career Retrospective – Now Available as a Direct Sales Offer Only!

London, UK - Prog icon BILLY SHERWOOD, best known for his work with YES and CIRCA:, has made available his new studio album DIVIDED BY ONE and a compilation called COLLECTION with a hand autographed postcard !

These two CDs and the signed postcard are ONLY available directly from ahead of a mainstream release in October 2015!  Orders through this website are being sent out NOW!

Says Billy, “I'm very excited to finally have 'Divided By One', my 7th solo release come out on CD. I'm proud of the record and look forward to getting it out there, I had many requests to release it on CD as it was only for download till now.”

BILLY SHERWOOD is the current bass player in the band YES and will be touring with the band throughout 2015. Billy Sherwood was a key part of the line-ups which created the YES albums OPEN YOUR EYES, THE LADDER and was also part of the TALK tour. He recently mixed the band's HEAVEN AND EARTH album and 2 subsequent DVDs.

DIVIDED BY ONE is Sherwood's seventh solo album and this edition through Cherry Red is its first release on CD. This CD release will be eagerly greeted by YES fans especially in light on Sherwood's recent return to the band in mid-2015.

Tracks include:
1. On Impact
2. The Scene Comes Alive
3. No Stone Unturned
4. Between Us
5. Divided By One
6. Sequence Of Events
7. Sphere Of Influence
8. Here For You
9. Constellation Codex
10. End Of An Era

COLLECTION is the ideal introduction to Billy Sherwood's solo career and includes TWO EXCLUSIVE TRACKS. This edition through Cherry Red is its first release on CD. 

Says Billy, “I'm happy to announce the release of 'Collection', it's made up of tracks from each of my previous solo records. In addition to that there are 2 bonus tracks, one is a new yet unreleased solo track and the other is a cover I did of Sting's song 'I Hung My Head'”

Tracks include:
1. Drone Decipher
2. Seeing Through The Walls
3. Call
4. On Impact
5. Dying Breed
6. The Recurring Dream
7. What Was The Question?
8. I Hung My Head*
9. Dark To Light*
(* Previously unreleased)

The albums will be available through third party distributors and retailers on Backyard Levitation Records, via Cherry Red Records from October 30, 2015

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On the heels of announcing ROCKIN' RUDOLPH--their first studio Christmas album in 10 years that's due out Friday, October 16 via Surfdog Records--BRIAN SETZER and THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA have revealed the itinerary for their 2015 "12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour."

The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner and his 18-piece THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA will visit 31 cities beginning Saturday, November 14 in Minneapolis and making stops in Detroit, New Orleans, Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others (full itinerary below). Their 12th annual tour will feature music off the new album, ROCKIN' RUDOLPH, available now to pre-order via as a limited edition box set, CD, vinyl or download; plus music off their three previous best-selling holiday albums; and original material from BRIAN SETZER. Pre-sale tickets for a select number of shows will be available beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time this Wednesday (8/19) here:

"It's always exciting to add new songs," says SETZER about the set list. "I'm thinking about opening with 'Rockin Around the Christmas Tree.' We have never done that one before." 

Produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, etc...) and recorded in both Nashville, TN and Hollywood, CA, the 12-track ROCKIN' RUDOPLH includes highlights such as "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "Yabba-Dabba Yuletide," and "Rockabilly Rudolph," among other notable Christmas classic tunes. SETZER's trademark guitar work and vocal stylings are matched with THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA's rockin' big-band horn arrangements-an unbeatable combination. 

Catch the 2015 "Christmas Rocks! Tour" in the following cities:

Sat-Nov-14       Minneapolis, MN           Orpheum Theatre
Sun-Nov-15      Omaha, NE       Orpheum Theatre
Tue-Nov-17      Waukegan, IL   Genesee Theatre
Wed-Nov-18     Detroit, MI       Fox Theatre
Fri-Nov-20        Northfield, OH  Hard Rock Live
Sat-Nov-21       Atlantic City, NJ            Caesars Atlantic City - Circus Maximus
Sun-Nov-22      Buffalo, NY       University of Buffalo - Center for the Art
Tue-Nov-24      Stamford, CT    Palace Theatre
Wed-Nov-25     Wilkes Barre, PA           Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
Fri-Nov-27        Mashantucket, CT         Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater
Sat-Nov-28       Englewood, NJ Bergen Perfroming Arts Center
Sun-Nov-29      Westbury, NY   Theatre at Westbury
Wed-Dec-02     Red Bank, NJ    Count Basie Theatre
Fri-Dec-04        Charlotte, NC    Ovens Auditorium
Sat-Dec-05       Atlanta, GA       Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Sun-Dec-06      Nashville, TN     Ryman Auditorium
Tue-Dec-08      New Orleans, LA           Saenger Theatre
Thu-Dec-10      Austin, TX         ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
Fri-Dec-11        Allen, TX           Allen Event Center
Sat-Dec-12       San Antonio, TX           Majestic Theatre
Mon-Dec-14     Tucson, AZ       Fox Tucson Theatre
Tue-Dec-15      Phoenix, AZ      Celebrity Theatre
Fri-Dec-18        Los Angeles, CA            Microsoft Theater
Sat-Dec-19       Indio, CA          Fantasy Springs Resort Hotel & Casino - Event Center
Sun-Dec-20      tba       tba
Tue-Dec-22      Bakersfield, CA  Fox Theater
Wed-Dec-23     Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Thu-Dec-24      San Francisco, CA         Warfield Theater
Sat-Dec-26       Spokane, WA    Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
Sun-Dec-27      Seattle, WA      Benaroya Concert Hall
Tue-Dec-29      Calgary, AB       Grey Eagle Resorts and Casino 
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Neil Young + Promise of the Realhave confirmed a second leg of the Rebel Content Tour which will resume Oct 1st , in Missoula, MT., and wind down in Berkeley, CA., on Oct 17.  All tour dates are listed below.

The Rebel Content Tour presents Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass/vocals) and Tato Melgar (percussion). Neil and Promise of the Real played together at the Bold Nebraska /Cowboys and Indians Alliance event last year along with Lukas and Micah's father Willie Nelson. They had such an instant synergy that Neil invited them to record his new album The Monsanto Years with him.

The first leg of the Rebel Content Tour has drawn a truly overwhelming response to Young + Promise of The Real's amazing energy. Ranging from solo acoustic, to full band acoustic, to full on raging rock jams these 2-to-3 hour, ever changing "dream set lists" feature material from both The Monsanto Years and Young's  entire catalogue and have left audiences enthralled:

"The ever-evolving ruby in the dust is back this summer, playing a mix of old and new songs with an enthusiastic backing band that includes the sons of the legendary Willie Nelson. The group unleashed a blistering 22+ song set that had a little something for everybody.  Unlike those of some of his contemporaries a Neil Young concert never feels like a "greatest hits" money grab. Even when he's playing his classics, he invests them with the same passion and intensity that has drawn fans to him throughout his long career." -- Relix

"The show started out folkie and familiar and grew in electric intensity and volume as the evening proceeded. Young let the music do the talking. The musicians acquitted themselves with garage-band raggedness and youthful enthusiasm.  Young still remains a commanding and often electrifying performer, one of the great instinctual rock artists and guitarists of all time." - The Boston Globe

"The band plays like a younger, scrappier version of Young's own Crazy Horse. Young's ragged and lived in, his voice a haunting yowl that's only grown more honest with age. He wears his rust well." - Detroit News

"Young is incapable of giving a bad performance simply because he's so committed to his music and his unique tenor voice is in fine form." - New Jersey Herald

"Young has been sounding the alarm about environmental issues for more than four decades now. He's warned us...That kind of honesty has been at the heart of his music. It's the warts-and-all passion that inspires us to hang with Young down any road he wanders." - Rolling Stone

Once again, "Neils Village " an alliance of regional grassroots organizations, advocates and national non-profits will  join this leg of the Rebel Content Tour.  "Neils Village" will be set up on concourse level at each of the venues and will engage attendees in sharing issues of sustainability and action. 

Focusing on the regenerative power of soil in bioremediation and carbon sequestration and for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.
Focusing on biodiversity and how the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature and the diversity of wild plants and animals.
GMO free advocates for sustainable food and ecological systems, supporting the people's right to know what's in their food and supporting the right for all people to have access to clean food and water.
Collective coalitions of individuals committed to working together to end corporate personhood, the prioritizing of corporations over people and taking a stand for true democracy.
Providing "solutions" to climate change, information about actions and promoting social justice as inextricably linked to a healthy environment
The ultimate newsstand to peruse, turning people on to news publications they actually can trust.
While Pono, Neil's hi Res music player and music provider, doesn't directly relate to sustainability, it does relate to quality of life. Pono players will be available for concertgoers to hear the difference for themselves and Pono representatives will be on hand to explain the player's features 

Links for each organization participating in"Neil's Village" will be revealed soon.

Don't miss the Rebel Content Tour this fall:

Thur      Oct 1    Adam Center/U of Missoula       Missoula, MT
Fri        Oct 2    Arena    Spokane                       Spokane, WA
Sun      Oct 4    Wa Mu Theatre                          Seattle, WA
Mon      Oct 5    Queen Elizabeth Theatre            Vancouver, BC (Honour The Treaties Benefit)
Wed     Oct 7    Chiles Center                            Portland, OR
Thur      Oct 8    Matthew Knight Arena                Eugene, OR
Sat       Oct 10  Santa Barbara Bowl                   Santa Barbara, CA
Sun      Oct 11  Cosmopolitan                           Las Vegas, NV
Tues     Oct 13  RIMAC Arena                            San Diego, CA
Wed     Oct 14  The Forum                                Los Angeles, CA
Sat       Oct 17  Greek Theater                            Berkeley, CA

Additional tour dates to be confirmed.

 Bill Ward Talks Possible Black Sabbath Reunion For Farewell Tour

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he still wants to reunite with the band for their planned farewell tour next year, but that he needs a public apology from Ozzy Osbourne and a "signable" contract before that will happen.

In April, Ward had a controversial public exchange with Osbourne over year-old-plus remarks by the singer that suggested the drummer was not physically fit enough to participate in Black Sabbath's 2013 album "13" and its accompanying world tour.

Osbourne refused to apologize and re-stated that the drummer was not fit to tour. Now, Ward says he'd still love to return and play with the band but can't do so without the two issues being resolved.

"If everybody could get on the same page," Ward tells 106.5 WFSL New Bern, NC. "My page, I've been quite pronounced about my page, which is a signable contract and an apology over certain issues that Ozzy said about me that weren't true. I'd like him to publicly apologize. He said these things at the public level, so I'd like him to publicly apologize. He's already responded to that, saying that'll never happen. So, as long as that'll never happen, then I probably won't be joining the band in 2016.

"Do I love them? Yes, I do. Would I like to play with them? Yes, I would. Am I upset about all the upset? Yes, I am. I'm very, very sad by all the fans' reactions and the way that things have split and gone different ways and everything else. It's not nice at all to be in this position, and it's not an easy responsibility for me to maintain when uncountable amounts of people are angry with my decision-making process, which was that I need a signable contract. And now I need an apology. First, it was, 'I just need a contract, guys.'"

"So, yeah, it's very sad, but I would love to [return to Sabbath]," adds Ward. "If we could get past everything, and everything else, I would love to be a part of it. You know, I love the guys. I mean, I still love Ozz. Just because we have a disagreement, or there's a disagreement on the table, I still love him very much." Read more here.

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Speaks Out About Cancer Fight

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has spoken exclusively to Metal Hammer about his battle with cancer. His original diagnosis in February indicated a single growth on his tongue, but he later revealed he also had two tumours removed from his neck. He was given the all-clear in May.

Dickinson tells Metal Hammer: "You end up with the metabolism of a hummingbird during this treatment because you're being cooked from the inside out.

"But your body's also trying to heal itself rapidly, and it goes into overdrive. I think that's one reason why you lose weight. It's simply because your system is banging away and then eventually it all dropped back down to normal. It's fascinating. Basically, I am my own science project." Read more here.

Vinnie Paul Looks Back At Meeting Eddie Van Halen

Vinnie Paul has recalled the first time he met Eddie Van Halen and how the encounter launched a long-standing friendship. The former Pantera drummer and his late brother Dimebag Darrell saw a parallel in their stories with that of EVH and his drummer brother Alex. And when Eddie turned up unannounced at a Dallas strip club owned by Vinnie, the guitar hero spoke about the similarities between the sets of brothers.

Paul tells a fan Q&A (via Blabbermouth): "Van Halen were a huge influence on me. Eddie and Alex inspired me and my brother so much. It was really just unbelievable the parallels that we had between ourselves.

"I remember the first time I met Eddie. He was in town and I was off doing something and my brother was in Phoenix. And my manager at the Clubhouse calls me and says, 'Hey, man, Eddie Van Halen is in the club. He wants to see you.' And I was, like, 'You've gotta be kidding me.'

"I hauled ass over, walked into the club, and he's sitting there at the table by himself waiting on me. I came in, and we gave each other a big hug. We'd been talking maybe 10 minutes, and he goes, 'It's unbelievable how much we've got in common - you and your brother, and me and Al.'"

Soon after that meeting, Vinnie and Dimebag were invited to watch Van Halen live as guests of Eddie. Read about that here.

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash Producer Bob Johnston Dead At 83

Bob Johnston, a Columbia Records producer who worked on landmark albums from iconic artists Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, has died at the age of 83, a friend confirmed.

He was behind the desk for Dylan's Blonde On Blonde album in 1966, and also oversaw Johnny Cash's live records At Folsom Prison in 1968 and 1969's At San Quentin.

One of Johnston's friends confirmed the news of his death at a Nashville hospice to The Austin Chronicle: "Bob's wife told me he passed away peacefully. The grand master waved his magical wand for the last time, then disappeared off into the night." Read more here.

Pink Floyd Is Officially Over Says Gilmour

David Gilmour has reconfirmed his position that Pink Floyd are finished as a band. The guitarist initially revealed the news last fall while promoting the release of "The Endless River", a project billed as a tribute to keyboardist Rick Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.

Gilmour is now restating the band's status as he promotes the September 18 release of his fourth solo album, "Rattle That Lock." Gilmour tells Classic Rock via Billboard: "I'm done with it. I've had 48 years in Pink Floyd - quite a few of those years at the beginning, with Roger (Waters). And those years in what is now considered to be our heyday were 95 per cent musically fulfilling and joyous and full of fun and laughter.

"And I certainly don't want to let the other five per cent color my view of what was a long and fantastic time together. But it has run its course, we are done - and it would be fakery to go back and do it again." He adds: "To do it without Rick would just be wrong."

Gilmour worked with wife and lyricist Polly Samson and co-producer Phil Manzanera on "Rattle That Lock", and he sees no reason to revisit his past."I absolutely don't want to go back," he explains. "I don't want to go and play stadiums... under the Pink Floyd banner. I'm free to do exactly what I want to do and how I want to do it. Obviously I accept there are people who want to go and see and hear this legend that was Pink Floyd, but I'm afraid that's not my responsibility." Read more here.

Iron Maiden Premiere 'Speed Of Light' First Song From New Album

Iron Maiden have released their first new music in five years. The metal giants this morning issued a video for their track Speed Of Light - which appears on upcoming album Book Of Souls, due out on September 4.

The video features Maiden mascot Eddie making his way through a series of video game-style events. Drummer Nicko McBrain recently called the band's first-ever double-length studio release "a stunning piece of work."

He added: "Every time you make a record it's the best you've ever made. This one, without a doubt, is the best record we've ever made. Sonically it's brilliant. The compositions of the songs are fantastic."

The album release was delayed to allow frontman Bruce Dickinson to fully recover from treatment for cancer. Book Of Souls will be available in 2CD, 2CD deluxe, triple heavyweight vinyl and various digital formats. Watch the video here.

Jimi Hendrix's Family Settle Legal Dispute

A legal battle between Jimi Hendrix's siblings has been resolved. Jimi's brother Leon and adopted sister Janie were at odds over the use of the Hendrix name.

They reportedly reached an out-of-court agreement, the Seattle Times reports. The case centered on Janie Hendrix's claim that her brother's firm was committing trademark infringement.

Janie Hendrix runs Experience Hendrix, which owns the rights to Jimi's estate, while Leon Hendrix and his partner Andrew Pitsicalis are behind Read more here.


Led by guitarist Jack Frost, Seven Witches has been one of America's best classic 80's-inspired metal bands - specializing in American traditional power metal, reminiscent of bands such as Helstar, Manowar, and Metal Church. And on September 18th, the group will be issuing their latest album, 'The Way of the Wicked,' via the ILS Group (and mixed and mastered by Joey Vera of Armored Saint and Fates Warning), which has been preceded by a video for a standout album track, "Better Days":

Comprised of Frost on guitar (Savatage, Belladonna, The Bronx Casket Co. Metalium, Speeed), Anthony Cross on vocals (Livesay, Shadow Image, Fischel's Beast, Attacker), Ronnie Parkes on bass (Farcry, Cleavage, Tango Down, Reece, Bonfire), and Johnny Kelly on drums (Type O Negative, Danzig, Pale Horse Named Death, Seventh Void, Kill Devil Hill), Seven Witches certainly possesses one of the most impressive pedigrees of any metal band past or present. 

And the metal community is taking notice of the band, as evidenced by over 3,000 "likes" on the band's Facebook page, while the praised the group's earlier album, 'Call Upon the Wicked,' by saying, "This is a must-own in all facets, and if the true meaning of power metal is ever in question during your moments of introspection this will shut tight any doors leading you astray, that I can guarantee." 

Soon, the rest of the world will get to experience the mighty metal of Seven Witches.

"Hey everybody, so pumped on our new release. I'm so proud of the way the guys just killed it on this album. Our first single and video is a fresh start for us. A true classic heavy rock feel with the rhythm section of the '70s and a throaty vocal feel. Hope you all like this I'm so happy with our new vibe." --J Frost


The Way Of The Wicked
Better Days
Among Us
Soul Searching
Without Man
When I Flew
Angel Of Salvation
Rise Up 


 Pre-order on iTunes or Amazon 

Hollywood, Ca (August 14, 2015) – will host the world premiere of the first single “Anymore” from Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s new studio album “Dying To Live.

CLICK HERE : premiere link --

Pre-order your copy now from iTunes or Amazon. Pre-order from either link, the single "Anymore" will download instantly, and the rest will download on the release date.

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

Joel Hoekstra is currently on tour with Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.

For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoeksta’s 13 and Whitesnake click and

Final Tour Not The End Of Motley Crue?

Vince Neil says Motley Crue could still work together after their Final Tour comes to an end. The band's touring career will wrap up on New Year's Eve at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, but the frontman insists they never said they are breaking up.

He tells the Oakland Press: "We've never said we were breaking up - we just said we're not touring anymore. We're gonna be definitely making more music together for different projects and stuff. But right now we're really just focused on doing these shows this year and finishing with a bang."

Neil adds that it won't hit him hard until the week of the very last gig. He says: "It's not really gonna hit anybody really hard until that last week, when we're really saying goodbye in Los Angeles." Read more here.

Roger Waters Planning New Album, Tour And Memoirs

Former Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is apparently working on a new album, planning a world tour, and working on his memoirs. All three of those bombshells were mentioned in an interview with Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

"We sat in the studio until 2 A.M., listening to his new songs. His desk in the studio is piled with papers - new songs with lots of notes and revisions," the writer, Gideon Levy, notes.

Elsewhere, he writes, "He's in the process of writing an autobiography… and plans to go on another world tour next year. He's a busy and active man." Read more here.

Geoff Tate Explains Why He Picked Operation: Mindcrime Band Name

Geoff Tate says he feared he would struggle to market himself once he was forced to stop using the Queensryche name. The singer had been performing under the name after splitting with the band, meaning two bands called Queensryche were simultaneously recording and touring. After a legal battle, Tate gave up the name, but was given exclusive rights to perform the band's classic album Operation: Mindcrime - which he took as the name for his new group.

Tate tells Seattle Sound Live: "I chose that name for two reasons. The first and foremost reason is that I needed a name that will be recognisable to my fans and a name that they were familiar with. I spent 35 years finding everything that I did and created, spoke about and thought about under the name of Queensryche.

"So, not having that name anymore left me kind of adrift in the 21st century where it is very difficult to let people know who you are, where you are at, if there is a new album out or appearing in their city. It is not like it used to be where there was one magazine or one newspaper that covered entertainment.

"Reason number two, I wanted to continue making conceptual music, conceptual albums, story albums." Read more here.

Rammstein Reveal 'In Amerika' DVD Details

Rammstein will release the 2DVD/2Blu-ray set In Amerika on September 25 via Island/UME. The package pairs a feature length documentary directed by Hannes Rossacher with a 2010 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden that marked the German outfit's first US show in a decade.

A chronological exploration of Rammstein's history, the documentary accesses material from the group's private archives, including never-before-seen footage.

The film also takes viewers behind the scenes of the band's retreat from America in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, before concluding with their eventual 2010 return to perform in New York.

In Amerika features guest appearances by Steven Tyler, Marilyn Manson, Iggy Pop, Anthrax's Scott Ian, CJ Ramone and many others. Rammstein's Live From Madison Square Garden concert film presents the band's long-awaited return to New York.

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

Marky Ramone Recalls Disappointing John Lennon Encounter

Marky Ramone has recalled his disappointment at meeting a drunk John Lennon in New York. The iconic rocker met the Beatles star in a nightclub, but didn't get the chance to speak to him about music as the alcohol had been flowing freely all night.

Ramone tells The Metal Voice: "I wish I could have met John Lennon under different circumstances, where I could have hung out with him and talked about music, but he was pretty inebriated.

"He came down the stairs of the 282 Club New York city, which is a well-known club, an after hours place, with a friend Bob Gruen. And he came down the stairs, tripping over the stairs and there he was and there I was."

Ramone tried to chat to Lennon, but only received a mumbled response. "Then I left," he adds. Read more and watch the full interview here.


Saxon Going Old School With New Album 'Battering Ram': Saxon News

Saxon will release their 21st album Battering Ram on October 16. The project is described as boasting "a clinically heavy echo of their glorious NWOBHM sound."

The follow-up to 2013's Sacrifice was produced by Andy Sneap at his Backstage Recording Studios in Derbyshire. Singer Biff Byford says: "This one's a natural progression from Sacrifice. There's a bit less rock'n'roll and a bit more 'heavy' on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much.

The band recently issued a video for the title track, which features fans rocking out at the barriers during live shows. Byford says he explores a variety of themes throughout the record.

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

"With Queen Of Hearts I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, and it's about the chess game that happens in the story. I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood"

Byford continues: "Then you have songs like Destroyer and Hard And Fast which are 80s inspired songs with that modern slant on it. I'm a big fan of Marvel comics, and I wanted to write a song around the character Destroyer, and with Hard And Fast it's, as the title suggests, about driving fast. I do like to tie the lyric into the song, so if it's going to be a song about driving fast, well, it has to be a fast, hard song." Read more here.


New CD compiles the cream of beloved veteran rocker’s groundbreaking vinyl EP series

“One of the fundamental things about the project was that I set out to not make an album,” Marshall Crenshaw notes. “So I did this project, and now at the end of it, there’s this album, for the album fans!”

The celebrated singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer is discussing #392: The EP Collection, his new CD on the Red River Entertainment label. The 14-track set collects a dozen standout tracks drawn from the innovative series of six 10” vinyl EPs that Crenshaw released between 2013 and 2015, plus a pair of never-before-heard rarities chosen especially for this collection. Street date is August 21, 2015.

The EP series was the product of Crenshaw’s decision to break away from the standard album/tour cycle by recording and releasing a steady stream of new music over an extended period. The endeavor proved wildly popular with his fans, and brought in lots of new fans too. 

“I really did love the EP project, and I’m kind of sad that it’s over,” Crenshaw comments. “I was looking for a different way of working that would keep me motivated; it was cool, because it had a sense of urgency; there was always something that had just come out and always something that was on the way. It was an inspiring way to work.” 

#392: The EP Collection’s twelve studio recordings encompass six new Crenshaw originals and six cover songs. The former group includes the bittersweet and beautiful “Grab the Next Train,” the surging and howling “Move Now,” and the hypnotic and atmospheric “Driving and Dreaming,” while the cover numbers include a reverent remake of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Carpenters chestnut “Close to You,” James McMurtry’s “Right Here Now,” longtime Crenshaw favorite Bobby Fuller’s classic “Never to Be Forgotten” and vintage numbers by the Easybeats, the Move and the Lovin’ Spoonful

Rounding out #392: The EP Collection are two previously unreleased tracks: a powerful live version of the Everly Brothers classic “Man with Money,” recorded with Crenshaw’s frequent touring partners the Bottle Rockets, during the week after Phil Everly's passing, and the infectious “Front Page News,” a ’90s recording of a previously unheard original that Crenshaw wrote with noted country tunesmith Leroy Preston (“I can’t remember when I did it, or why, but I like it!,” says Crenshaw).

“I was fortunate to have lots of brilliant people helping me on these tracks, and they really lifted the proceedings,” Crenshaw reports. “I’m proud about the range of super-excellent musicians who came on board for these sessions.”

#392: The EP Collection includes contributions from avant-jazz trumpet icon Stephen Bernstein, noted jazz vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, versatile Nashville bassist Byron House, Daniel Littleton of the band Ida, renowned composer/keyboardists Rob Morsberger and Jamie Saft, along with longstanding Crenshaw cohorts like guitarists Glen Burtnick and Andy York, bassist Graham Maby, Brian Wilson/Beach Boys sideman Jeffrey Foskett, and acclaimed indie troubadour Dan Bern, who co-wrote four songs with Crenshaw.

Meanwhile, on several tracks, Crenshaw worked on his own in his home studio, overdubbing all or most of the instruments and vocal harmonies himself. Crenshaw states, “I've been into the narcissist, solitary-genius thing for a long time. For instance, ‘Cynical Girl,’ on my first album, is just me, and ‘Someday Someway’ is my brother on drums and me on everything else. So working alone sometimes is standard procedure for me.”

Over the course of a recording career that’s spanned three decades, 13 albums and hundreds of songs, the Michigan-bred artist’s musical output has maintained a consistently high level of artistry, craftsmanship and passion, endearing him to a broad and loyal fan base. 

After getting an early break playing John Lennon in a touring company of the Broadway musical Beatlemania, Crenshaw began his recording career with the now-legendary indie single “Something’s Gonna Happen.” His growing notoriety in his adopted hometown of New York City helped to win him deal with Warner Bros. Records, which released his self-titled 1982 debut album. That collection established Crenshaw as one of the era’s preeminent rock ’n’ rollers, and that was confirmed by such subsequent albums as Field Day, Downtown, Mary Jean & 9 Others, Good Evening, Life’s Too Short, Miracle of Science, #447, What’s in the Bag? and Jaggedland.

Along the way, Crenshaw’s compositions have been covered by a broad array of performers, including Bette Midler, Kelly Willis, Robert Gordon, Ronnie Spector, Marti Jones and the Gin Blossoms, with whom Crenshaw co-wrote the Top 10 single “Til I Hear It From You.” He’s also provided music for several film soundtracks, appeared in the films La Bamba (in which he portrayed Buddy Holly) and Peggy Sue Got Married, and was nominated for Grammy and a Golden Globe awards for writing the title track for the film comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Since 2011, Crenshaw has hosted his own radio show, The Bottomless Pit, on New York’s WFUV-FM.  He’s currently working on Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s much-anticipated HBO series Vinyl, doing “some session work, a little bit of songwriting...”

His eclectic resume aside, songwriting and record-making remain at the center of Marshall Crenshaw’s creative life, and #392: The EP Collection confirms that his musical flame continues to burn as brightly as ever.  

“I still love recorded music and believe in it as an art form, whether it’s a single or album, or vinyl or CD,” Crenshaw asserts, adding, “I think I'll probably stick with it.”  

Kinks Legend Dave Davies To Release New Live Album “Rippin Up New York City: Live at the City Winery”

NYC - Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, Kinks legend Dave Davies will be releasing a new live album titled “Rippin Up New York City: Live at the City Winery” on September 4, 2015 on Red River which is distributed by Sony/RED. The recordings were culled from two exciting live performances by Dave and his band in NYC in November 2014.

Says Dave, “I'm very excited about the live album and the band sounds great. my son Simon did a great job helping me with the production. I look forward to seeing you all on the road this fall.”

In 1964 Dave Davies of the Kinks single-handedly made rock history when he sliced his little green Elpico amp speaker with a razor blade. Little did he know he was creating the 1st heavy metal guitar tone and riff in rock n roll, which he played on his band The Kinks' world wide hit “You Really Got Me”.

Nearly fifty years after influencing generations of guitarists Dave continues to rock and tour. His 2013 return to the U.S. to support the album “I Will Be Me” was a triumph both creatively and spiritually as he found new inspiration for his soon to be follow up album, the highly acclaimed, “Rippin Up Time”. Released in 2014, Dave embarked on yet another U.S. tour to support it. He was joined by Jonathan Lea on guitar, Tom Currier on bass and keyboards and legendary drummer Dennis Diken of the Smithereens.

The tour swept through venues in Milwaukee, Chicago, New Jersey, NYC and many more. Jim Sclavunos played drums for one gig in Bethlehem, PA. On every date Dave Davies and band played a highly charged set of solo album favorites, Kinks classics and new tracks. At the City Winery NYC on November 24 and 25, 2014 Dave and band put on an amazing concert to an audience of new and longtime Kinks fans, music industry stars and legends. They delivered two exhilarating nights of performances that rocked and ripped up the city’s nightlife. “Rippin Up New York City: Live at the City Winery” captures the live electricity of turbo charged rockers along with delicate and sensitive versions of acoustic favorites from past and present. A true genius who never fails to deliver, this Dave Davies live recording expresses the power, sensitivity, magnetism and creative expression of a seasoned yet spontaneous rock-n-roll visionary.

1. Intro
2. Rippin' Up Time
3. I’m Not Like Everybody Else
4. I Need You
5. Creepin’ Jean
6. Suzannahs Still Alive
7. See My Friend
8. Strangers
9. Flowers in the Rain
10. Front Room
11. King of Karaoke
12. Death Of A Clown
13. Livin' On A Thin Line
14. Where Have All the Good Times Gone
15. All Day and All of the Night
16. You Really Got Me

Dave Davies tour dates:
Oct 2nd, 2015- The Court of Honor Stage, The Big E, West Springfield, MA. 3pm and 8pm shows. Free with fair admission.
Oct 3rd, 2015 - The Court of Honor Stage, The Big E, West Springfield, MA 3pm and 8pm shows. Free with fair admission.
Oct 4th, 2015 - The Court of Honor Stage, The Big E, West Springfield, MA. 3pm show only. Free with fair admission.
Oct 8th, 2015-The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA
Oct 9th, 2015-Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
Oct 10th, 2015-Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
Oct 11th, 2015-Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
Oct 13th, 2015-Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, Bethlehem, PA
Oct 20th, 2015-The Howard Theatre, Washington D.C.
Oct 22nd, 2015-The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
Oct 23rd, 2015 City Winery NYC
Oct 24th, 2015-Narrows Center, Fall River, MA
Oct 26th, 2015-The Egg, Albany, NY
Oct 27th, 2015-Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
Oct 30th, 2015-Uptown Theatre, Napa, CA
Nov 1st, 2015-Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
Nov 3rd, 2015-The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
Dec 18th, 2015-Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK

To purchase Dave Davies “Rippin Up New York City: Live at the City Winery”:

Chris Cornell Reveals Details For New Solo Album 'Higher Truth': Chris Cornell News

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has revealed the details for his forthcoming fifth studio album, which will be entitled 'Higher Truth' and will be released by UMe on September 18th.

'Higher Truth' will be released in a standard 12-track version as well as a deluxe version that will feature four bonus tracks: "Bend In The Road," "Wrong Side," "Misery Chain and "Our Time In The Universe (Remix)."

Both versions will include the tracks "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart," "Dead Wishes," "Worried Moon," "Before We Disappear," "Through The Window," "Josephine," "Murderer Of Blue Skies," "Higher Truth," "Let Your Eyes Wander," "Only These Words," "Circling" and "Our Time In The Universe".

Cornell will be supporting 'Higher Truth' with a solo acoustic tour that will be kicking off on September 17th in Phoenix at the Orpheum Theatre and concluding on November 2nd in Austin, TX.

Metal Star Thinks Touring Festivals Face Bleak Future: Hellyeah News

Hellyeah guitarist Tom Maxwell says the days of touring festival events across North America are numbered as there's not enough variety. His comments come after the fallout from the Mayhem festival, where a war of words broke out between Slayer's Kerry King and event organizers. The spat resulted in reports that the festival wouldn't return next year.

Maxwell tells Pop Culture Madness: "I think the travelling festival is probably gonna die - unless some new bands emerge or unless they start branching out.

"I think the travelling summer tours are a gamble. Promoters are putting a lot on the line, and there's a lot of competition. And you can't have the same bands coming back every year. It's just stale.

"Bands get to the point of, like, 'F*** this! I'll just do it myself.' That's what Ozzy Osbourne did with Ozzfest. I think it's got a bleak future." Read more here.

Chris Jericho Forms New Supergroup With Obituary and Death Members: Obituary News

Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho, Obituary bassist Terry Butler and Nasty Savage guitarist Dave Austin are among the artists featuring in new supergroup Blood Divisions.

They'll release their self-titled digital covers EP on August 28 via Metal Blade Records, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the Rock & Rescue charity.

Jericho says: "Blood Divisions is an all-star collection of some of the most talented musicians to ever come from the legendary southern Florida metal scene.

"I'm so honored and proud to be a part of the project and very excited with the results. Trust me, it's going to tear all of your f***in' heads off, in the best possible way." Read more including the full band lineup and the EP track details here.


The HOT STREAK will continue this fall for THE WINERY DOGS (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass).  Their second appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, HOT STREAK, is set for release October 2 on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It will be preceded by the first single, “Oblivion,” set for release August 25 at radio.  A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out in early November. 

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

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

“I feel we’ve taken the band to another level,” explains Richie Kotzen. “The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We’ve widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward."

Mike Portnoy continues, “Everything on this album was more of a collaboration than on the first album. There’s just a natural chemistry. The three of us really mesh very, very well, both musically and personally. The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower that.” 

“I’m glad we’re not playing it safe and just doing songs that automatically fit in the category of what we did on the first record,” Billy Sheehan concludes. “Some of them are a little different, and we definitely took chances. And you have to do that — otherwise, you don’t grow." 

The trio first exploded onto the Rock scene with their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album that was released July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records and a sold-out worldwide tour.  THE WINERY DOGS debuted on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” chart at #3, “Top Independent Albums” chart at #4, “Top Rock Albums” chart at #5, “Top Internet Albums” at #8 and “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27. 

Here’s the complete track listing for HOT STREAK:
1. Oblivion
2. Captain Love
3. Hot Streak
4. How Long
5. Empire
6. Fire
7. Ghost Town
8. The Bridge
9. War Machine
10. Spiral
11. Devil You Know
12. Think It Over
13. The Lamb

Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following tour stops:
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Sat 10/3            Ridgefield, CT               Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 10/4           Jim Thorpe, PA             Penn’s Peak
Mon 10/5          Boston, MA                  Wilbur Theater
Thu 10/8            Glenside, PA                 Keswick Theater
Fri 10/9             Sayreville, NJ                Starland Ballroom
Sat 10/10          New York, NY               Best Buy Theater
Mon 10/12         Atlanta, GA                   Variety Playhouse
Wed 10/14        Jacksonville, FL                        Ponte Verde Concert Hall
Thu 10/15          Tampa, FL                    State Theater
Fri 10/16           Ft. Lauderdale, FL         Culture Room
Sat 10/17          Orlando, FL                   The Plaza Live
Tue 10/22          Nashville, TN                 Wildhorse Saloon
Thu 10/22          Houston, TX                  Pub Fountains
Fri 10/23           Ardmore, OK                 Heritage Hall
Sat 10/24          Dallas, TX                     The Gas Monkey
Tue 10/27          Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Wed 10/28        Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Thu 10/29          St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theater
Sat 10/31          Denver, CO                   Marquis Theater
Mon 11/2          San Jose, CA                Rock Bar
Tue 11/3            Anaheim, CA                 House of Blues
Thu 11/5            Agoura Hills, CA            Canyon Club
Fri 11/6             Beverly Hills, CA           Saban Theater
Sat 11/7            Las Vegas, NV              Vamp’d
Sun 11/8           San Diego, CA              House of Blues

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

Original Guns N' Roses Member Joins Hollywood Vampires Supergroup: Hollywood Vampires News

Alice Cooper has announced three live dates for his all-star covers outfit, Hollywood Vampires and has added former Guns N' Roses rhythm section of Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum to the live lineup of the group that also features Aerosmith's Joe Perry.

Set to release their self-titled debut album on September 11, the project led by the trio of Cooper, Perry, and Johnny Depp will be rounded out in concert by McKagan, Sorum plus guitarist Tommy Henriksen and pianist/guitarist Bruce Witkin.

Hollywood Vampires will perform two shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles on September 16 and 17 and play Brazil's Rock In Rio on September 24. Conceived by Cooper, the Hollywood Vampires project celebrates the spirit of the original drinking club of the same name that gathered at the upstairs bar of the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles from 1972, of which Cooper was a founding member.

Attendees would include high-profile musicians like John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon, Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz. The album, which presents covers of classic tunes by T. Rex, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Doors and more, sees contributions from an all-star lineup that includes Sir Paul McCartney, Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger. Read more and watch the teaser video here.

Legendary Artist Roger Dean To Appear At Rick Wakeman's WAKEmanFEST

London, UK - Legendary artist Roger Dean is the latest celebrity to be added to the line-up for Rick Wakeman's WAKEmanFEST in October 2015 in Lincolnshire. Roger will be holding a Question & Answer session on Saturday October 31st at 3:40pm – 4:00pm, as well as showcasing his spectacular art.

Known primarily for the dreamy, other-worldly scenes Roger Dean has created for Yes, Budgie, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant and other bands, Dean has said, "I don't really think of myself as a fantasy artist but as a landscape painter." His first album cover work was in 1968 for The Gun. He also did the artwork for Atomic Rooster's album In Hearing of... This album cover hinted at the inimitable style for which he would later become famous. In the same year Dean produced the cover for the first album by the African/Caribbean band Osibisa, which featured a hybrid insect/elephant. This was much closer to Dean's work as we came to know it and it attracted widespread attention. Later that year, he began the partnership with the progressive rock bands Yes (and Asia) for which he is best known. His first design for Yes was for their album Fragile. Dean designed the now-classic Yes "bubble" logo, which first appeared on the album Close to the Edge, and continued to create covers for the band. In addition to their album covers, Dean also contributed to his brother Martyn Dean's stage set designs for the band.

Though he primarily works with watercolour paints, many of his paintings make use of multiple media, including gouache, ink, enamel, crayon and collage. In addition to his cover paintings, Dean is respected for his calligraphic work, designing logos and titles to go with his paintings. There are three books chronicling Roger Dean's art: “Views” (1975) “Magnetic Storm” (1984) “Dragons Dream” (2008).

His work has inspired generations of young men and women who have become professional designers and artists!

WAKEmanFEST is the brainchild of Rob Ayling from Gonzo Multimedia and was conceived as a three day event that would revolve around people Rick Wakeman has worked with spanning over 40 years in the music industry and his own band, The English Rock Ensemble. The festival will run Friday 30th October, Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November.

The event will be held at the legendary Boston Gliderdrome in Lincolnshire. The venue started life as a roller skating rink, but began to attract musical acts in the 1950's. The venue's golden age came after it was rebuilt in 1964 following a fire. The rink remained but the Starlight Rooms opened and the biggest names in pop headed to the east of England, which includes Yes, The Kinks, Small Faces, Elton John, T.Rex and Jimi Hendrix to name a few.

Says Rick, “I wanted to create a festival I would want to go to myself. We have chosen as the venue for this 3 day event, The Boston Gliderdrome in Lincolnshire because of its amazing history. I remember playing there many times over the years, especially with YES. We are also hoping to organising various hotel deals for people to book into as well. It all starts on the Friday with a full day Saturday and a very special charity day on the Sunday which finishes around 5pm so everybody can head off home”.

As of June 1st, WAKEmanFEST is lining up like this...

Friday October 30th
Registration from 2:00pm
Video room open showing RW and related DVDs.
5:30pm – 6:00pm - Q&A with Cadbury Sisters
6:30pm – 7:00pm - Q&A with The 3 (or possibly 4) Wakeman’s.

Evening performance:
7:30 – 8:15pm - The Cadbury Sisters.
9:00 – 11:00pm - Wakeman Cubed.

Saturday October 31st
Video room running all day
VIP room open all day
2:00pm – 3:00pm - Q&A with cast of Sir Henry of Rawlinson's End
3:40pm – 4:00pm – Q&A with Roger Dean
4.30pm – 5:00pm - Q&A with Rick & The English Rock Ensemble
5.30pm – 6.00pm - Q&A with The Electric Strawbs.

Evening performance:
6:30pm – 7:30pm - Sir Henry of Rawlinson's End.(Rick Wakeman guesting)
8:00pm – 9:00pm - Strawbs (with Rick Wakeman guesting at end)
10:00pm – 11:30pm - English Rock Ensemble

Sunday November 1st
11:30am – Reception before buffet lunch
Midday – 2:00pm - lunch and table magic
During lunch - Three games people for people to play with all proceeds to the Grand Order of Water Rats plus an auction.

2:00pm – 2:30pm - The Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra
2:35pm – 3:00pm - Magician !
3:05pm – 3:45pm - Kevin Orkian
4:00pm – 5:00pm - Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble - Chrissie Hammond also making a guest appearance.

For more information:

Gonzo Multimedia:

John Fogerty Shares “Fortunate” Musical Life 
On Anniversary Of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Cosmo’s Factory 

North American syndicated Rock radio show website celebrates the 45th anniversary of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s  1970 classic Cosmo’s Factory with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and music legend John Fogerty.

On the eve of John Fogerty’s highly-anticipated autobiography Fortunate Son, it is inconceivable that any recording artist could create three albums in one calendar year, let alone three multi-million selling hit albums. But in 1969 Northern California musical quartet Creedence Clearwater Revival did just that, first with the Top 10 Bayou Country, followed quickly by the # 1 selling album Green River ,and then the Top 5 Willy and the Poor Boys

By 1970, you would suspect it was time to take a break!  Yet lead singer/ guitarist/ songwriter/ producer John Fogerty was a peerless prolific hit machine, leading CCR to record and release Cosmo’s Factory in July of that year, scoring no less than six additional Top 5 singles with “Travelin’ Band”, “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”, “Run Through the Jungle”, “Up Around the Bend”, “Who’ll Stop the Rain” , and “Long As I Can See the Light”

The composer of all of those songs, John Fogerty, shares his fortunate musical life with InTheStudio host Redbeard. 

“This comes from God, obviously. I won’t get too heavy on you here. We’re all here to work it out, I guess. And I’m supposed to be a musician. But this was a privilege , this was something that was given to me. It was nothing I earned or deserved.” - John Fogerty                                                

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Brooklyn, NY --- Last night backstage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Sony Music surprised the members of Toto with brand new plaques honoring that they have now sold over 40 Million albums worldwide. 

“Unreal...40 million albums over almost 40 years Thank You SONY and what a surprise,” remarked Steve Lukather.  “Thanks to the fans worldwide!” 

“Thank you SONY and thank you to everyone that has supported us all these years,” added David Paich. “Without you, none of this would be possible. We are all so grateful!”

 Toto are currently on a co-headline tour with YES in North America.


 New York, NY (August 12, 2015)— After postponing a brief North American tour earlier this year, The Yardbirds are pleased to announce their 2015 Fall tour. 

Kicking off on Friday, October 30 in Norfolk, CT, The Yardbirds – founding member and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jim McCarty, renowned guitarist Johnny A (Peter Wolf, Bobby Whitlock), bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Billy Idol), singer/blues harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone (Ram Jam & Doughboys), and guitarist/singer John Idan will tour throughout October and November. 

Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, guitarist Earl Slick will not be a part of this tour, as previously announced. 

Formed in 1960s’ London, The Yardbirds boasted some of the most infamous guitarists of all time – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Co-founded by McCarty with singer Keith Relf, rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, and lead guitarist Top Topham, the band unleashed a string of hits, including “For Your Love,” “Over Under Sideways Down, and “Heart Full Of Soul,” and in turn, influenced generations of musicians and fans. 

Electrifying, eclectic, and way ahead of their time, The Yardbirds’ continue their unbreakable legacy. The Yardbirds’ train keeps a rollin’ !!! 


2015 Tour Dates:
Friday, October 30                       Norfolk, CT              Infinity Hall
Saturday, October 31                  Bethlehem, PA          Musicfest Café
Sunday, November 1                   Newton, NJ             Newton Theatre
Monday, November 2                New York, NY         B.B. King’s
Friday, November 6                   Phoenix, AZ             Harrah’s AK Chin
Saturday, November 7                Lake Tahoe, NV      Harrah’s
Tuesday, November 10             Laughlin, NV                      Harrah’s
Thursday, November 12           San Juan Capistrano, CA     Coachhouse
Friday, November 13                Hermosa Beach, CA    Saint Rock
Sunday, November 15              Agoura Hills, CA    Canyon Club
Wednesday, November 18         Rockville, MD         Strathmore
Thursday, November 19            Hopewell, VA          Beacon Theatre
Friday, November 20               Boston, MA              Larcom Theatre
Saturday, November 21            Plymouth, NH        Flying Monkey
Sunday, November 22              Northampton, NH            Iron Horse


JIMI HENDRIX: ELECTRIC CHURCH, a new documentary film about the music legend’s Atlanta Pop set and the circumstances surrounding it, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 30th through Sony Music Entertainment Australia, Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings. The film documents the massive festival hailed then as the ‘Southern Woodstock’ and recognized now as the last great US Rock Festival. The film presents the story of how rock music’s burgeoning festival culture descended en masse to the tiny rural village of Byron, Georgia and witnessed Hendrix’s unforgettable performance.

The film details the efforts by Atlanta promoter Alex Cooley to create the definitive music festival. Cooley secured such talent as Bob Seger, BB King and the Allman Brothers, but Hendrix was the critical component he needed to elevate the three day festival to a major cultural event. ELECTRIC CHURCH features interviews with Hendrix’s Experience band mates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell as well as Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Rich Robinson, Kirk Hammett, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, festival organizer Alex Cooley and many others. The film contains breathtaking, color 16mm footage of Jimi Hendrix’s Independence Day appearance, a mere ten weeks before his untimely passing. Standout performances include such Hendrix classics as "Hey Joe," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Purple Haze," as well as confident, compelling versions of songs such as "Room Full Of Mirrors," "Freedom," and "Straight Ahead" that had not yet been issued by Jimi on an Experience album, but were intended to be part of the album he was working on that summer. "The Star Spangled Banner," played against a backdrop of exploding fireworks, is another highlight, which Cooley recalls as having "knocked peoples’ socks off.

The audio release FREEDOM: JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE ATLANTA POP FESTIVAL includes six performances not seen in the documentary and is set for release August 28th 2015. This will be available as a 2CD set and also as a 180-gram 2LP vinyl set.

In the sweltering Georgia heat, amongst intimidating bikers who were hired as security, hundreds of thousands of mostly young music fans descended upon the festival grounds, eventually knocking over fences and leaving the organizers with no choice but to declare it a free event. Law enforcement, not equipped to handle such crowds, adopted a hands-off policy with regards to crowd control, drug use and nudity. Against incredible odds, the event proved to be largely peaceful.

By the time the Jimi Hendrix Experience took the stage on the evening of July 4, the audience swelled to more than 300,000.



Multiple Grammy® Award-winning, Golden Globe Nominated and acclaimed singer and songwriter Chris Cornell will release his fifth studio album Higher Truth on Friday, September 18, 2015 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).  Starting today fans can pre-order the deluxe version of the highly anticipated album HERE, which contains four bonus tracks.

Produced by Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Neil Young), Higher Truth showcases Cornell's constant evolution as a master songwriter, lyricist and musical craftsman – telling human stories, which transcend musical genres.  Inspired by the stark arrangements of musicians like Nick Drake, Daniel Johnston and White Album-era Beatles, Cornell creates a musical universe unlike anything he has done before.

“Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart,” the first single from Higher Truth was premiered on Beats 1 / Apple Music on Tuesday, August 11th with Cornell sitting in on Zane Lowe’s show for a discussion about the new single and album. Fans who preorder the album on iTunes will receive “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” as an instant download. The lyric video for the song is directed by Josh Graham and beautifully reflects the essence of the song. View it HERE.

Cornell will kick off the Higher Truth acoustic tour on September 17th in Phoenix, AZ crossing North America before winding down on November 2nd in Austin, TX stopping at famed venues like the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Massey Hall in Toronto and more.  A full list of dates can be found below.

Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
Dead Wishes
Worried Moon
Before We Disappear
Through The Window
Murderer Of Blue Skies
Higher Truth
Let Your Eyes Wander
Only These Words
Our Time In The Universe 

Bonus Tracks
Bend In The Road
Wrong Side
Misery Chain
Our Time In The Universe (Remix)



(New York, N.Y.): Deep Purple have premiered the live clip of "Perfect Strangers" from their upcoming ...To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo) release via Billboard.

Allow yourself to be transported to a Deep Purple performance by watching the clip here.

 earMUSIC will release a pair of "must own" Deep Purple live releases from two different kinds of nights!

Check it this clip of "Space Truckin'," which jumps from the Wacken performance to the Tokyo show, effectively showcasing both concerts and atmospheres at once.

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

From the Setting Sun… (In Wacken) was filmed by 9 HD cameras at Wacken Open Air Festival 2013.

…To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo) was filmed by 12 HD cameras at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo in April 2014.

Pre-orders are available here and here

Kurt Cobain Soundtrack To Include 'Mindblowing' Unreleased Song: Kurt Cobain News

The soundtrack for Kurt Cobain biography Montage Of Heck will be released in December. Director Brett Morgen says the album - essentially a Cobain solo record - will be issued on December 6, the same day as the Cobain: Montage Of Heck DVD hits the streets.

The critically-acclaimed film was made with the full cooperation of Cobain's widow Courtney Love and features intimate and troubling scenes of the Nirvana icon as he battled his addictions in the run-up to his suicide.

Morgen tells Deadline he discovered "hours upon hours of never before heard Cobain music" as he trawled through archive recordings while making the documentary. He adds: "I could not possibly understand how this existed and nobody had encountered it before."

The film includes a previously unheard, 12-minute Cobain track that Morgen described as "mindblowing." Read more here.

Marty Friedman Would Rather Chew Glass Than Listen To Hendrix: Megadeth News

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman says he'd "rather chew glass" than listen to Jimi Hendrix. Friedman stresses that he respects the iconic guitarist's huge influence on many of his heroes, but he says he just doesn't get what all the fuss is about. And he reveals he's never been a fan of Bob Dylan's playing either.

Friedman tells Ultimate Guitar: "I'd rather chew glass than listen to Hendrix. I never got Hendrix. When I think of Hendrix, an image comes in my mind about a lot of hippies rolling around in mud tripping on acid and it just doesn't turn me on at all.

"And all that noise and feedback and I'm like, 'Play in tune.' I'm a big tuning guy and that's probably why I don't like Dylan because things go out of tune and it kills me.

"But then again, all of my favorite guitarists hail Hendrix. I'm a big Uli Jon Roth fan and he's the most beautiful guitarist. He probably loves Hendrix as much as Hendrix's own mother does. All the guys I respect love Hendrix so I know there's something there. It's just that I never got it because it never fit into my experiences." Read more here.

Keith Richards Solo Albums Getting Digital Release: Keith Richards News

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will reissue his solo albums "Talk Is Cheap" and "Main Offender" for the first time via digital outlets this Friday, August 14.

Richards' first solo album, 1988's "Talk Is Cheap" gave birth to Keith's X-Pensive Winos band featuring Steve Jordan, Waddy Wachtel, Ivan Neville, Charley Drayton and Sarah Dash.

The project included guest appearances by Patti Scialfa, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Maceo Parker, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor as well as Willie Mitchell and the Memphis Horns.

1992's "Main Offender" reunited much of the lineup from the debut and produced the hits "Wicked As It Seems" and "Eileen." The reissues come as Richards prepares to release his first solo album in more than 20 years, "Crosseyed Heart", on September 18. Read more here.

Status Quo's John 'Rhino' Edwards Announce Solo Album: Status Quo News

Status Quo bassist John 'Rhino' Edwards will release his second solo album on October 23. Rhino's Revenge II will be issued via Molano Music and comes 15 years after his debut solo record.

Edwards is joined on the recording by his sons Max and Freddie who play drums and guitar respectively. His daughter Mae also contributes backing vocals, while multi-instrumentalist Matthew Starritt also guests on the 12-track album which was recorded in 11 days.

Edwards says: "We went flat out, so we didn't have time to get precious about anything. I play Rhino Rock, Thug Rock, Animal Rock, Heavy Rock, Pop Rock, but with the main focus on the lyrics and the songs. It's rabble-rousing rock'n'roll."

Hear the tracks Tomorrow Is Today and Famous here.

Poison May Move On Without Bret Michaels

Poison drummer Rikki Rockett says Poison could move forward without frontman Bret Michaels. Rockett insisted last year there was no feud between himself and the singer. But he's recently been playing with his Poison bandmates Bobby Dall and C.C DeVille, with Brandon Gibbs from the sticksman's other outfit Devil City Angels on vocal duties.

He tells Sleaze Roxx:" When I was out touring with Devil City Angels, Bobby Dall came to one of the shows we played in Florida and jammed with us. He got the chance to get to know Brandon a little bit.

We got offered some shows that Bret either really wasn't interested in doing or if he had shows of his own scheduled - I can't recall exactly. In any event, Bobby and I looked at each other and said 'Why don't we just get Brandon to do them?'

"Now we'd never call it Poison but we did think it was good to offer the promoters a chance to work with the three of us with Brandon fronting the band. They took it - we did it and the response was amazing. It makes you really think. Is this something that we could do moving forward? I think we could."

Rockett reports he hasn't spoken to Michaels in months, and adds: "I just think that at this point in time he prefers to do his own thing. Bret has his own way of doing things and I'm getting the feeling that he'd prefer not to deal with the three of us if he can avoid it." Read more including Rockett's thoughts on making an album with Gibbs here.

THE WHISKY A GO-GO PRESENTS: A DAY FOR CHARLOTTE A Night for Childhood Leukemia & Charlotte 

Monday, August 17th will be an amazing night of rockstars hitting the stage at the World Famous Whisky A Go-Go to raise money for a sweet little girl named Charlotte.

This is a special night not only for Charlotte but also to Phil X (Bon Jovi) and his wonderful wife Lindy. “Both Christine and my wife Lindy were pregnant at the same time,” explains Phil X (Bon Jovi). “When Charlotte was diagnosed with leukemia we felt that helping this little girl we care about to get the proper care – Well, we just knew it was the right thing to do. People need to know about childhood leukemia. It is devastating for a family.” This wonderful girl, who is only 20 months, will require 2 years of chemo.

Phil X called upon his friends to help get this benefit together. Actor/Director Greg Grunberg (Heros/Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will host this night of All-stars – With STEEL PANTHER headlining, Phil X & The Drills (Phil X/Bon Jovi, Randy Cooke/Ringo Starr & Daniel Spree), Richie Kotzen Trio and The Barb Wire Dolls to open. The guests that are jumping in with The Drills are Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs/Mr. Big), Matt Starr (Ace Frehely/Mr. Big), dUg Pinnick (King’s X) and Brian Tichy (Dead Daisies/ Moby Dicks/Foreigner), Marq Torien (Bulletboys) and Scotti Hill (Skid Row).

WHEN:             MONDAY, AUGUST 17TH              
                        The Whisky A Go-Go
                        8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
                       VIP Meet & Greet: 5:30 PM       
                       Doors:  6:45PM
                       Show Starts at 7PM

•        GENERAL ADMISSION - $35
•        FLOOR - W/ PRE-SHOW MEET & GREET AT 6PM - $100
•        BALCONY - VIP MEET & GREET - $150
•        VIP - RESERVED BOOTH FOR 8 PPL W/ MEET & GREET - $1,000


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Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer, affecting more than 3,500 children in the U.S. every year. Leukemia affects two types of white blood cells that are responsible for protecting the body from disease: lymphocytes and granulocytes. Leukemias that affect lymphocytes are known as “lymphocytic” or "lymphoblastic," and those that affect granulocytes are called “myeloid” or “myelogenous” leukemias. 

Leukemia is also classified as either acute or chronic. 
Acute leukemia: White blood cells are released from the bone marrow into the bloodstream before they mature, where they reproduce rapidly. 
Chronic leukemia: The white blood cells are a bit more mature when released from the bone marrow, and multiply at a much slower rate.

Motley Crue Add Another Stop To Their Final Tour

Motley Crue have announced that they have added a Quebec City stop to their farewell tour. The band will play the city's new Centre Videotron on October 20.

Metallica will play the first show in the new building on September 16, as well as the final concert at Colisee Pepsi on September 14 as it closes after more than 65 years.

Motley Crue recently launched a North American leg of their farewell tour as they head down the home stretch of final live appearances that will last until the end of the year. Read more here.

Slayer Gave Fans Their Biggest Show Ever On Mayhem Tour

Tom Araya says Slayer spent more money on production for the Mayhem tour than they ever have before. The frontman reckons fans were treated to the best stage show in the band's history during the recent jaunt across North America.

He says: "The production has been bigger than we've ever done on any Slayer tour. The last few times that we've done the Mayhem tour we invested, but we invested quite a bit on this one."

And the singer/bass player has a special message for the fans, saying he owes them everything - and promises them metal will never die. He adds: "I love them, I love them to death. They're the sole reason why we're here. I owe a lot to Slayer fans. Metal is never gonna die, I wanna make that clear. There's some sh*t flying around. I'm telling you, metal has been around forever and it's gonna stick around forever. Don't let people tell you any different." Read more and watch the full interview here.

Queensryche's New Album Said To Harkin Back To Classic Albums

Michael Wilton says friends have compared Queensryche's upcoming album to their 1988 milestone Operation: Mindcrime and classic albums Rage For Order and The Warning.

Queensryche are set to release Condition Human on October 2 via Century Media, and Wilton points out that it sounds like some of original vocalist Geoff Tate's best work with the group. Wilton tells Heavy Demons: "From my friends that have heard it, they say, 'Ah, it pulls a lot from Rage For Order.' And I've had other people say, 'Yeah, this reminds me of The Warning a little bit.

"Other people said, 'This reminds me of Mindcrime a little bit - but more with a modern touch.' For me, it's whole new experience. It's the evolution of Queensryche. I just think there is so much heart put into this album, I think people will really enjoy it." Read more and watch the full interview here.

Motorhead Holding Contest For Fan Submissions For New Video

Motorhead are asking fans to submit footage of themselves rocking out as part of a contest to win prizes and appear in their music video for the song Thunder & Lightning.

The track is from the band's upcoming 22nd album, Bad Magic, which will be released on August 28 via UDR Music. Motorhead say: "Enter a video of yourself jamming/rocking out to Thunder & Lightning. You could be playing air guitar/bass/drums or actually performing on an instrument - or you could simply be rocking out having tons of fun listening to the track. We will cut our favourite entries into one big music video for everyone to enjoy."

The Grand Prize includes a trip for two aboard the band's six-day Motorboat cruise next month, which travels from Miami to the Bahamas and features more than 20 acts including Slayer, Anthrax and Exodus. Read more here.

Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Plans To Mingle With Fans At Exhibition

Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is holding an exhibition of his art in Los Angeles this month and he has released a video message for fans about the event.

Absence Of Corners is a collection of 15 works created through Ward's drumming and runs at Fathom Gallery in the California Market Center on August 15 and 16.

Ward previously showed the collection in Annapolis, Maryland in 2013. He says: "The art show is something where I sit down, and get involved with everybody. So I don't like to sit on some forum, and I don't like to be separated from the people that I'm with. So I like to mingle and hold hands and get involved, and talk about just about any subject.

"We're gonna be looking at my artwork that I did with brushes. A lot of people have been very stimulated and very excited by the art exhibition, and the paintings that we achieved last year." Read more and watch the video here.

Opeth Announce Special One-Off Orchestra Concert

Opeth have announced a one-off show in Bulgaria where they will be joined by the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. The event takes place at the Roman Theatre in Plovdiv on September 19.

Opeth say: "The orchestra has its roots in the 100-year-old orchestral tradition in Plovdiv and over the years has launched the careers of many world-famous conductors.

"Tracks played with the orchestra, among others, are Eternal Rains Will Come, The Drapery Falls, Demon Of The Fall and The Grand Conjuration. Opeth will also play a second set that includes tracks from the entire catalogue." Read more here.

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Says Criminal Charge Is A Complete Crock: AC/DC News

Estranged AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has described his arrest as "a crock of sh*t" and says all he needs to get back in the band is "five minutes" alone with Angus Young.

The 61-year-old sticksman was replaced on the band's Rock Or Bust world tour by Chris Slade after a court drama which saw him sentenced to eight months home arrest in New Zealand for threatening to kill and drug possession.

He tells Rolling Stone: "It came to a head at this woman's party, which was badly organized. So I sacked all those guys on the spot. I wanted them to sit down and listen to the album, have a snack and a cup of tea. It just got worse from there. I wasn't handling it very well. The whole thing was a little bit too much for me. But the threatening charge is just a complete crock... I wouldn't do that."

Asked whether the is still a member of AC/DC, Rudd says: "I know he knows that, because I've proven it before. Just give me five minutes in a room with [Angus Young] and I'll get my job back. I promise. I was doing hard personally and did some things I probably shouldn't have done. We've all got our cross to bear." Read more here.



Legendary singer ART GARFUNKEL is excited to announce a Carnegie Hall performance in his New York City hometown. The Saturday, October 3 show dubbed "At Last" is part of his in-progress array of domestic and international "In Close-Up" concerts. Tickets for the Carnegie Hall show go on sale Friday, August 14. GARFUNKEL has also announced more U.S. shows including Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre on Sunday, November 8

So far this year he has already performed in Korea, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and Denmark, as well as nearly two dozen shows in the U.S. This past June, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and Diamond-selling singer was invited to Tel Aviv, Israel, where he packed the 10,000-capacity Bloomfield Stadium. 

ART GARFUNKEL's tour, with guitarist Tab Laven, encompasses his solo hits, Simon & Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters--Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, A.C. Jobim and Paul Simon--and parts of his forthcoming autobiography.

GARFUNKEL is very much enjoying his time on the road, saying "I do a 90-minute show, where I mix songs and read poetic bits from my autobiography. I write about my life in show business, my woman, crossing the U.S. and Europe on foot, the mystery of it all. The act of reading these things, and the inflections and pauses, seems to me like singing. You learn to phrase with poignancy." You can check out a wide-ranging, five-part interview with here:

In other exciting news, Simon & Garfunkel have re-released their 1981 "Concert In Central Park"--where they played to 500,000 fans--on CD and DVD (out August 7 via Legacy Recordings), and PBS is airing the acclaimed concert film during August Pledge Week (check local listings).   Legacy also released Simon & Garfunkel: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection, the most comprehensive 12" vinyl Simon & Garfunkel anthology ever assembled, which includes the duo's five Columbia Records studio masterpieces (first released between 1964 and 1970) as well as Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits, their all-time best-selling title. GARFUNKEL's acclaimed two-CD collection The Singer is also being re-released in England in conjunction with his upcoming tour dates.

You can also dig into ART's website, where he chronicles--in order--every book he has read since 1968 (all 1,218 of them), his 60 favorite songs of all time, acting credits, poetry and discography:

Blessed with what the New York Times described as a "beautiful countertenor," singer ART GARFUNKEL has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. He has also enjoyed a successful film career, published a book of prose poems and released 12 original solo albums, the most recent being Some Enchanted Evening in 2007. Then, in 2012, he most proudly released his life's body of work, a 2-CD compendium, The Singer. Art and his beautiful wife, actress Kathryn Luce Garfunkel, have two sons, 24 year-old Arthur Junior--a magnificent singer in his own right--and nine-year-old Beau Daniel.



Detroit, MI – Kid Rock kicked off a record-breaking string of 10 sold-out shows in a row at Detroit’s venerated DTE Energy Music Theatre on August 7—with a little help from his friends.

The crowd of more than 15,000 was expecting Rock’s big hits, like “Cowboy,” “All Summer Long,” and “Born Free.” What they didn’t expect was a surprise appearance by the Motor City Madman himself—TED NUGENT

Just as Rock was launching into the intro of “Cat Scratch Fever,” NUGENT stormed the stage and demonstrated why he was named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive.  The jam with the two Michigan icons was an indelible moment for Detroit fans.

 “Kid Rock and The Nuge rocking the stage together? Total meltdown!  Too awesome to tolerate!” said concert-goer Toby Benoit.

Of course, NUGENT is no stranger to DTE, formerly known as Pine Knob Music Theatre.  NUGENT has been selling out the venue since it opened in the early 70’s.  And it was here that he celebrated his phenomenal 6,500th live performance on July 19th, 2014.

At Kid Rock’s personal invitation, TED NUGENT returned for an encore performance the following night, on August 8.

Killer Rock-N-Roll is wonderful wherever you celebrate it, but when the Kid Rock and Uncle Ted MotorCity planets align, the outrage factor is off the charts!” said NUGENT. “Kid Rock and his amazing band continue the uniquely volatile tradition of high energy soulmusic that Detroiters created and carry on with pure animal vigor. Good Lord almighty did we have a great time!”

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First Single, “Brand New Day” Available September 7th

Multi-platinum, recording artist Bryan Adams is set to release his thirteenth studio album, Get Up (UMe), on October 16th, announced today.   Produced by famed ELO frontman Jeff Lynne and co-written with his long-time collaborator Jim Vallance, the album features nine new songs and four acoustic versions, tracklisting below.  Get Up is available for pre-order now via all digital partners and includes instant-grat track “You Belong To Me,” followed by lead track “Brand New Day” available September 7, and the final early download, “Don’t Even Try” prior to street date.  Preorder link:

A performance clip will be released to accompany the first download “You Belong To Me,” and  fans can look forward to the official music video for “Brand New Day” directed by Adams featuring BAFTA Award-winning actress, Helena Bonham Carter, and musician Theo Hutchcraft from acclaimed synth-pop duo Hurts.                                                                                       

Get Up  is a solid collection of beautifully-crafted rock songs, from the fast and furious up-tempo tracks such as lead song “Brand New Day,” “You Belong To Me” and “Thunderbolt,” to the gentler songs such as “Don’t Even Try” and “We Did It All,” plus the alternative Adams-produced acoustic versions, highlighting Adams’ unique voice and depth.. 
Get Up is a body of work that Adams is truly proud off and with multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer Jeff Lynne - whose credits include The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Randy Newman and Tom Petty, as well as being the co-founder, producer and member of the Traveling Wilburys - at the helm shaping the record, Get Up will sit nicely alongside Adams’ earlier classics.

“It came together quite organically,” recalls Adams, “song by song, working with Jeff producing over the past couple of years whenever he had time. It was a great partnership as it gave me plenty of time to write the songs, most of which are a collaboration with Jim Vallance. We all worked primarily over the internet from Canada, Europe and LA, sending demos and parts of songs until we got it right.”

"I've always been a big fan of Bryan so getting to work with him was a great pleasure,” says Jeff  Lynne.  “Bryan would send me a demo across the internet, then I would play most of the instruments to make a finished backing track and send it back to him in England. There he would put the lead vocal on to the song and send it back to me in California.  5,400 miles apart! And it's turned out to be a rockin' album!"

”There is a carefree feeling about this album,” adds Adams “and in many ways it is the album I wish I'd been able to make 25 years ago.”

Adams continues to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his critically-acclaimed album Reckless last year, with a sold-out global headlining tour – upcoming North American dates below.   This summer, Adams will co-headlining with Rod Stewart at BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park Festival on September 13th

Get Up Tracklisting:
• You Belong To Me
• Go Down Rockin’
• We Did It All
• That’s Rock and Roll
• Don’t Even Try
• Do What Ya Gotta Do
• Thunderbolt
• Yesterday Was Just A Dream
• Brand New Day
• Don’t Even Try – Acoustic
• We Did It All – Acoustic 
• You Belong To Me – Acoustic
• Brand New Day – Acoustic

Upcoming tour dates:
Friday, September 18                                     Us Cellular Centre                            Bloomington, IL
Saturday, September 19                               Rogers Amphitheater                    Fayetteville, AR
Sunday, September 20                  Snowden Amphitheater               Memphis, TN
Monday, September 21                                Events Centre                                   Springfield, MO               
Wednesday, September 23                         Northrup Auditorium                     Minneapolis, MN
Thursday, September 24                              Sanford Centre                 Bemdji, MN
Friday, September 25                                     Tyson Events Centre                      Sioux City, IA



Fans of THE WHO can look forward to the Friday, September 11 reissue of the 1972 recording of TOMMY as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chambre Choir with guest soloists Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, along with Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Steve Winwood, Merry Clayton, Richie Havens, Sandy Denny, Maggie Bell, Graham Bell, and actor Richard Harris. The re-mastered set (available on CD and vinyl formats and digital download) will be released via Lou Adler's Ode Sound & Visual Records and distributed by The Orchard

After over 30 years of being out of physical print, THE WHO's rock opera TOMMY is returning to the world the way it was meant to be recorded and listened to with the addition of a full orchestral dimension (conducted by David Measham and arranged by Wil Malone), both lush and appropriately bombastic, to the comparatively spare original version that THE WHO released in 1969. The concept of producer Lou Reizner, TOMMY was recorded for and released on Lou Adler's Ode Records in 1972. It was performed by and featured the 104-piece London Symphony Orchestra and the 60-voice Chambre Choir

"I always saw the Who's version of Tommy as more of a sketch and felt there was more that could be done with it," says Pete Townshend. "The London Symphony project, I think, paved the way for more to come." 

"When Lou Reizner explained his idea and concept for the recording of Tommy and that Pete Townshend was on board, that moved me to become involved," adds Lou Adler.  "The recording sessions in England were dynamic and mind-boggling.  The size and sound of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Chambre Choir voices and the addition of the amazing soloists made Reizner's dream a reality." 

The 1972 recording has been re-mastered at 24/192 bitrate. In addition to the sonic re-mastering, the reissue will be pressed on grey vinyl and include the original design concept libretto with a 20-page color illustration of the characters and lyrics.  The original release of the album won a Grammy for Best Album Package and Rod Stewart's version of "Pinball Wizard" has become a staple of best-of collections throughout his career. ALLMUSIC.COM's Bruce Eder called this recording of TOMMY "...a beautiful interpretation of the piece..." praising in particular Daltrey's performances raving, "...all of Daltrey's numbers are outstanding..." and "the majestic conducting of David Measham..." 

(in order of appearance)
NARRATOR: Pete Townshend
NURSE: Sandy Denny
LOVER: Graham Bell
FATHER: Steve Winwood
MOTHER: Maggie Bell
HAWKER: Richie Havens
ACID QUEEN: Merry Clayton
TOMMY: Roger Daltrey
COUSIN KEVIN: John Entwistle
UNCLE ERNIE: Ringo Starr
LOCAL LAD: Rod Stewart
DOCTOR: Richard Harris

Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash Return to North America for Fall Road Warriors Tour

Danbury, CT - Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, returns to these shores in September with the Road Warriors North American Tour. The tour begins in Colorado and moves eastward through the month, passing through 12 states and Ontario, Canada. Longtime fans and new converts alike will revel in the group’s signature twin-guitar mastery and powerhouse rhythm section as they present classics spanning their career and showcase selections from their latest studio release, “Blue Horizon.

True road warriors, each year Wishbone Ash logs around 30,000 miles, roughly equivalent to circumnavigating the earth; but this year may just set an all-time record with a series of July performances in South Africa. “We are looking forward to reconnecting with fans from the past who are just catching on that we've been touring non-stop for 46 years, to see and hear how we’ve grown while carrying the torch,” says founding member Andy Powell “And for our faithful fans who have walked with us consistently through the years, we have some special things in store to reach new heights in our relationship.”

The Road Warriors North American Tour also comes on the heels of two live recording projects in May, including a direct-to-vinyl performance at renowned Metropolis Studios complex in London slated for a fall release, expected to be available on both vinyl and CD. “Recording live in a studio and going straight to acetate is rarely done,” says Powell. “The conditions have to be just right, because you only get one shot. Everything has to be in sync.”

Immediately following the Metropolis session, the band did a three-day residency at Le Triton Theatre in Les Lilas, Paris that was recorded for a DVD release in October. Powell says, “We recorded three nights of material, including current versions of some classic songs, plus some deep tracks that people won't necessarily expect.”

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash is led by Powell on guitar and vocals, trading licks with Finnish guitar master Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, an 18-year veteran of the band, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers whose performance credits include Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson.

Through the years the band has delved into various musical genres, from folk, blues and jazz to pedal-to-the-metal rock and electronica. Whatever the style, Wishbone Ash’s hallmark is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth. Wishbone Ash has to its credit 24 original studio recordings, 11 live albums and five live DVDs along with a DVD rockumentary (“This is Wishbone Ash”)

In 2014, the band released “Blue Horizon” (Solid Rockhouse Records) to international acclaim. Praised for its stylistic variety and powerful performances, the album features guest artist, Ireland’s Pat McManus, on fiddle for two tracks. “Blue Horizon” also includes two songs written by Aynsley Powell (Andy Powell’s son) and one by former Wishbone Ash guitarist Roger Filgate.

According to Powell, the album’s diversity reflects the culmination of several factors. “The band basically lives together year-round, so we have a very strong level of communication that translates in our performances and recordings,” he says. “We’ve come to an era where the industry has to pigeonhole a band as Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Heritage Rock and so on. The truth is that we have always kept our options open and always relied on the musicianship of the players to lead the way. It’s fun to be stylistically diverse and this has, in its way, contributed to our longevity.”

Powell has been working on his autobiography, “Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior,” which is slated for October publication and will be available through Amazon. “It’s quite an undertaking to put 46 years of being a touring musician in this one band into book form,” he says. “I’ve seen a lot of changes in the music business and the world in general, as you can imagine.”

There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than The Ash. Be sure to catch them on the Road Warriors Tour this September. Tour dates and more information can be found at


LYNCH MOB RELEASE "Testify" (Official Video)

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Directed by Sebastion Paquet
Produced by Jamie Brown
Production Company: Smoking Gun Inc
Director of Photography Sebastian Paquet
Edited by Jamie Brown

 Iron Maiden Frontman Makes Emergency Airplane Landing: Iron Maiden News

Iron Maiden frontman and experienced pilot Bruce Dickinson made an emergency landing at the RAF Halton base this past week when his replica WW1 Fokker Triplane started to run low on fuel.

The Bucks Herald reports Dickinson diverted his plane into Halton, where RAF personnel were on hand to refuel the historic plane. "We applaud Bruce Dickinson's decision to divert to RAF Halton rather than press to his destination with potentially low fuel," says Squadron leader Gary Coleman, officer commanding operations squadron at RAF Halton.

"To see such a well-regarded pilot, and world-renowned rock singer, make this decision is great for our student pilots to see. It makes them realize that anyone can find themselves low on fuel due to unforeseen circumstances and that the right decision is to divert.

"He really does have a magnificent Fokker Triplane, so it was a pleasure to provide it with a home for a few nights until we sent him on his way." Read more here.

Slash, Ramones, Motorhead Receive Honors: Motorhead News

Motorhead, the Ramones, the Runaways and Slash have been honored by the Indie Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles. The 40th anniversaries of the Runaways, Motorhead and the Ramones were celebrated at the event,

Guns N' Roses hero Slash was also honored when former bandmate Steven Adler and GNR biographer Marc Canter named him as a recipient of an IES Rock Honor.

Lita Ford, of the Runaways, said in a statement: "Thanks for remembering us and keeping the music and legacy alive. It's hard to believe it's 40 years since we met right there in North Hollywood and our lives forever changed from that day on. This is truly a great honor and thanks IES Rock Honours for inducting The Runaways." Read more here.

The Zombies Announce New Album 'Still Got That Hunger': Zombies News

Veteran rockers The Zombies will release their 6th album Still Got That Hunger on October 9 via The End Records/ADA. The follow-up to 2011's Breathe Out, Breathe In was produced by Chris Potter as part of a new record deal for the group.

Mainman Rod Argent says: "We're really excited to be signing our new album to The End Records - it somehow seems fitting that it should be released on a Brooklyn based label, as our very first American concerts way back in 1964 took place at The Brooklyn Fox Theatre."

The Zombies launched a PledgeMusic drive last September to raise funds for the project while giving fans exclusive access to the recording process as part of a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The band add: "We couldn't be more excited. We're really looking forward to this new chapter for The Zombies. Not only are we going to be touring constantly over the next few months - including a historic tour with original members - but we have this new album coming out and a lot of very exciting things are happening.

"This couldn't be possible if it weren't for the incredible fans who have stuck by us for so long. Thank you to everyone for the constant love and support, it's because of you that we've Still Got That Hunger, so thank you all." Read more here.

ZZ Top Have A Lot Of Material Left Over From 'La Futura' Sessions: ZZ Top News

Billy Gibbons says fans probably won't have to wait as long between ZZ Top albums as they did during the nine-year gap between Mescalero in 2003 and La Futura in 2012.

In an interview with The Morning Call, Gibbons said the band recorded so many tracks with megaproducer Rick Rubin for La Futura that there was enough left over to form the basis of a new album. "We're still looking at a lot of the material that remains unreleased that was created during those sessions with Rick," Gibbons said, adding, "Who knows, there's a lot of good stuff laying around."

Gibbons also offered a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why there was such a long gap between albums: it simply wasn't ready yet because Rubin didn't want to rush it. "It would be safe to say one of the most admirable traits that has endeared our band with Rick is his remarkable sense of patience," Gibbons said. Read more here.

Metallica In The Studio and Recording Says Hammett: Metallica News

Kirk Hammett has reassured fans that work is continuing on Metallica's long-awaited tenth studio album. Drummer Lars Ulrich said in May "I wouldn't hold my breath" over a completion or release date.

Now Hammett says: "It seems like we might not be doing anything - but we're in the studio, we're recording, we're working on music. We're in for weeks at a time doing exactly that."

The band headline the Reading and Leeds festivals at the end of August. They just released a live clip from their appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago earlier this month. Read more and watch the full interview here.



(New York, NY) - Rock fans around the globe can click here to check out the exclusive premiere of Canadian explosive hard rockers Kobra And The Lotus' brand new track "The Spirit Of Radio" on Ultimate Classic Rock today.  The song is, of course, a cover version of Canadian rock legends Rush's iconic track and is taken from the forthcoming EP, WORDS OF THE PROPHETS.  Due out on August 28th worldwide, the WORDS OF THE PROPHETS EP (Titan Music) features cover songs of great Canadian artists (see below for the track listing); it was produced by the Grammy-nominated Johnny K (Megadeth, Disturbed, Three Doors Down).  The EP can be pre-ordered now here.  Early reviews of WORDS OF THE PROPHETS have been glowing, with Metalholic declaring it "a bombastic and genuine celebration of rock and roll's golden age..."  Check out the sexy, vintage glam-inspired video for "Black Velvet" from the EP here.

Of their version of "The Spirit Of Radio," frontwoman Kobra Paige commented, ""There's no prouder moment than to take on the challenge of covering one of the greatest bands of all time. Few bands have accomplished what Rush has accomplished, and there will never be another band like them. They opened the door and shaped the way for all musicians to be more creative and brave with their music and they did it with unrelenting confidence and skill. It is with great honour and respect that we reinforce the message of these virtuosic music monsters and the importance of 'The Spirit of Radio'."  Kobra And The Lotus are currently on tour in the United States; please see below for the remaining tour dates. 

Known for supporting legendary bands KISS and Def Leppard on KISS' massive 40th  Anniversary North American tour last summer, Canada's explosive hard rockers Kobra and The Lotus' most recent album, HIGH PRIESTESS (Titan Music), was also produced by Johnny K and delivers a blend of fiery vocals (courtesy of lead singer Kobra Paige), heavy riff-laden melodies and ferocious musicianship.  Of the album, Decibel declared it "a stunning slab of beating, bleeding traditional metal heart and unadulterated bombast refracted and heightened through a dynamic prism of those very things that are actually right with modern metal." 

Led by frontwoman, the classically-trained vocal powerhouse and Calgary native, Kobra Paige, Kobra And The Lotus have been making a name for themselves worldwide with extensive touring and two well-received albums.  Kobra And The Lotus have already played the main stage at such massive European festivals as the UK's Download, Sonisphere (Spain), Hellfest (France), Gods Of Metal (Italy), Bloodstock (UK) and more.  The band has also supported the likes of Judas Priest on tour.  Of Kobra And The Lotus, Classic Rock Magazine avowed, "Kobra And The Lotus are a fire-breathing, female-fronted heavy metal bombshell..." 

Kobra And The Lotus United States tour dates:
11        Phoenix, AZ                            Club Red
12        Fullerton, CA                           Slidebar
13        San Jose, CA                          Rockbar Theater
14        San Francisco, CA                 DNA Lounge

Kobra And The Lotus WORDS OF THE PROPHETS track listing:
1.    Lay It On The Line (Triumph)
2.    Sign Of The Gypsy Queen (April Wine)
3.    Black Velvet (Alannah Myles)
4.    Let It Ride (BTO)
5.    The Spirit Of Radio (Rush)

To experience Kobra And The Lotus, please

Phil Rudd Hopes For AC/DC Return Following Home Detention: AC/DC News

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says he is hoping to return to the legendary Australian band's lineup when he finishes his 8-month home detention sentence in New Zealand.

"I've got a lot to think about now," Rudd tells 3 News. "I've grown up, but not grown old. I hope there's a difference. I still want to play the drums. I've got a lot of game left and I reckon I'm just starting to f***ing get cleared up. So I just want a chance to get back in with the boys and just carry on from there. This last tour bulls**t, you know, sure. Last tour, AC/DC will never retire, Angus will never retire."

After Rudd recorded "Rock Or Bust" with AC/DC in Vancouver last year, the band hired former member Chris Slade to handle drum duties in his place for the group's world tour, which launched on April 10 at Coachella.

"Slade! He's a good drummer, mate," says Rudd. "Chris Slade's a good drummer but I've got no idea what he's doing up there. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about. I got nothing against Chris. It's just he hasn't got a permanent job. I hope! That's all."
"I'm going to be back," he adds. "I've never been fitter; I've never felt better; I've never been psychologically or physically in better shape my whole life, and I love playing. I've realized who I am and what I can do and I just want a chance to go out there and show everyone who the man is. I'm the man."

In April, Rudd entered a guilty plea to one count of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis stemming from a series of incidents in 2014. Read more here.

Police Call On Metalheads To Help Identify Dead Metal Fan: Venom News

An investigator in the US state of Wisconsin hopes metal fans can help identify a man who was found dead 20 years ago. The body of a person aged 17-20 was found in Rock County in 1995, wearing a Venom shirt, and all attempts to find out who he was have failed. He's referred to as John Clinton Doe.

Now a charity has put up posters in metal venues and clubs, in the hope that someone might recognise a fellow music fan. The sign features a Venom logo and a reconstruction of how the man might have looked.

Jack Freiss created the Find JCD Project while working in the Rock County coroner's office. He's no longer employed there, but he's vowed to keep the project alive. Read more and see the sketch here.

Rush's Alex Lifeson Says Health Issue Isn't As Bad As People Think: Rush News

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has played down the effects of his arthritis, saying it isn't preventing him from playing. Frontman Geddy Lee said in May that he feared his colleague's pain would be the main factor in ending their live career, saying: "It kind of hurts me to see him when he's having a bad day, physically."

But Lifeson tells That Metal Show: "You have to be careful what you say these days - I almost regret ever mentioning it in the past. Everyone thinks, 'Oh, his hands. He's got arthritis. That's it, he can't play.'

He adds: "I feel it, just like we all do as we get older, aches and all of that stuff - but it doesn't impede my playing. It makes it a little more difficult, a little more challenging to do the fast stuff, and there's a little bit of feedback that I get from it the next day. But it's nothing that really stands in the way." Read more here.

Yes Pay Tribute To Chris Squire At First Concert Since His Death: Yes News

Yes began their first concert since the death of Chris Squire by paying an emotional tribute to the late bassist. The only man to have played in each of the prog veterans' lineups passed away in June after a battle with cancer. He'd been replaced by Billy Sherwood since beginning treatment earlier this year.

Last night in the Grand Theater, Mashantucket, Connecticut, the lights went down save for a single white spot, illuminating a Rickenbacker bass on a stand in the position traditionally occupied Squire.

A wave of applause erupted as images of the musician were displayed on stage screens and the sound system played Onward, one of his compositions from 1978's Tormato album.

Jon Davison, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Alan White and Sherwood performed a 90-minute set. Three songs in singer Davison thanked the audience for their support, saying: "We're all celebrating the magic of music - but also the remembrance of a great friend. We love you, Chris." Read more here.

Dave Grohl Performs On New B'Last EP: Foo Fighters News

Dave Grohl takes part in the latest EP from hardcore punk outfit B'last! - the Foo Fighters mainman recorded drums and oversaw production of the two-track title.

He stood in for former Queens Of The Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo, who was busy with other commitments when sessions took place. Bassist Nick Olivera, also ex-QOTSA, was also previously engaged, and was replaced by Black Flag's Chuck Dukowski.

Grohl, who's worked with Bl'ast! before, said in 2013: "They were the quintessential California hardcore band. They skated, they jammed, and they were like an explosion live." Read more and stream the songs here.

Dave Mustaine Explains Megadeth's Latest Lineup Changed: Megadeth News

Dave Mustaine says Megadeth's latest lineup changes were inevitable as the departed members didn't share his vision for the band. Megadeth recruited Kiko Loureiro and Chris Adler after Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick quit. The new lineup is working on the band's upcoming 15th album, due out later this year or in early 2016.

And mainman Mustaine insists the switches are a good thing, comparing them to changes made by Slayer and Metallica down the years. He tells The Leader:

"Bands are living organisms, and sometimes when you have four people and they don't all have the same vision, you've got to ask yourself what's good for the band rather than the individual, and we made some changes. The two guys we have playing for us now have been great.

"My godfather is Alice Cooper. How many guys has he had in his band? Slayer has had tons of people and Metallica has had changes, too. We all go through these unfortunate changes." Read more here.

Thin Lizzy's Philip Lynott Celebrated In New Play: Thin Lizzy News

A new play about late Thin Lizzy frontman Philip Lynott from former EastEnders actor Rob Mountford debuted on Friday evening at the Edinburgh Festival.

Described as "a hilarious, philosophical, rock 'n' roll one-man show", Vagabonds - My Phil Lynott Odyssey is an hour-long soliloquy co-written by and starring 40-year-old Mountford, who played Dr Farah Singh in the long-running soap back in 2013.

The storyline is jointly inspired by the lives of Thin Lizzy leader Lynott, who died in 1986, and by 40-year-old Mountford himself. The actor, whose CV also includes The Royal Shakespeare Company and spots on Casualty, tells Classic Rock:

"Phil was a black Irishman and I'm a brown Brummie but we both grew up as mixed race kids in predominantly white areas, and when that happens you either allow people to push you around or you take life by the scruff of the neck and go for it. Phil did the latter, and I thought it was about time there was a play about him." Read more here.

Led Zeppelin Score Top 10 Debut For In Through The Out Door Reissue: Led Zeppelin News

Led Zeppelin's expanded reissue of their 1979 album, "In Through The Out Door", has debuted in the US Top 10. Billboard reports the album reenters the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 9 with opening week sales of 24,000 units (23,000 from pure album sales).

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

"In Through The Out Door" originally spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 1979 and was last on the chart in 1980. Industry sources expected a Top 10 debut for all three of Led Zeppelin's July 31 reissues, but 1976's "Presence" and 1982's "Coda" failed to hit the mark; their chart positions will be revealed when the new chart is posted on Tuesday. Read more here.

Red Dragon Cartel Singer Wants New Album To Be A Little Badlandsish: Red Dragon Cartel News

Red Dragon Cartel singer Darren James Smith doesn't want to go into the details of how he got his job back with Jake E Lee's band. He's just glad to be given a second chance after leaving in March and hopes the band's new album goes into the musical territory of Lee's former band Badlands.

Lee struggled to replace him, with four other men having taken on the role before the original frontman's comeback was confirmed last week. Smith tells SleazeRoxx: "I don't know the reasons - but I like to think it's because I'm the guy for the gig, I guess."

He'll soon start co-writing the group's second album - which he says could sound like Lee's former band Badlands. "It's going to be a band effort," Smith reports. "I haven't heard anything yet, but I'm hoping it's going to be a little Badlandsish. I really love that stuff. Jake is quite a creative guy, so who knows what he's going to toss at us?" Read more here.

Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts Open To Playing Together Again

Ex-Allman Brothers Band colleagues Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts could play together again after relations appear to have thawed. They haven't spoken since the group split in 2000, and Betts declined an invitation to take part in the revamped edition's final shows last year.

Last week Allman - who's been performing Betts tracks with his solo band - told the Wall Street Journal: "Like they say, time heals. I haven't seen him in a very long time. I would love to play with him again." He added: "We had our ups and downs, and all our demons, but that's all way behind us now. There's nothing at all wrong with forgive and forget."

Now Betts tells TicketSarasota: "I have no problem with Gregg - never have. Sure, it would be fun to play with him again. We'll see where it goes." Read more here.



ATLANTA, GA – Joe Bonamassa’s second annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Music Festival has announced its final lineup of stellar musicians sailing aboard the Norwegian Pearl February 15-19 from Miami, FL to Cozumel, Mexico. Joe Bonamassa, his fellow artists, and fans continue to save the blues with this amazing music festival focused on promoting talented music veterans and remarkable up-and-coming artists. Guests will enjoy four days of non-stop tunes and unparalleled musical collaborations that you can only find on the high seas with an incredible lineup of today’s hottest blues-inspiredartists including:

Joe Bonamassa
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Blues Traveler
Beth Hart
Vintage Trouble
Marc Broussard
Shemekia Copeland
The James Hunter Six
Eric Bibb with Michael Jerome Browne
Eric Gales
Johnny A.
Black Pistol Fire
Davy Knowles
Kirk Fletcher & Josh Smith
Selwyn Birchwood
Jarekus Singleton
Gary Nicholson
Jim Suhler
Little Hurricane*
Larkin Poe*
Brother Hawk*
Homemade Jamz Blues Band*

Ship is almost full. To join, go to:

These diverse artists were handpicked to join the festival and create a blend of styles all rooted in the blues – a genre that embodies our deepest emotions, passions, loves and fears. Each artist in this genre feels a profound responsibility to preserve this great music tradition, which is in line with the festival’s ultimate purpose of keeping the blues alive for the next generation.

To further this mission, the festival has created a special stage for its Keeping The Blues Alive Ignite ARTISTS (artists indicated with an asterisk (*)).The tradition of blues music is just over a century old, and with each generation, young new prophets of the blues step forward. It is the mission of presenting partnerKeeping The Blues Alive Foundation to foster the newest wave of talent who will carry the torch for the next generation of blues enthusiasts. These cutting edge “Ignite ARTISTS” are the innovative trailblazers that will preserve the great blues traditions while interpreting them in exciting, new directions.

Alongside stellar music, the Norwegian Pearl will travel to Cozumel, Mexico, which offers a plethora of activities for travelers of all walks. Guests can stroll along tropical beaches, explore local cuisine, shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, or choose from a host of exciting excursions offered onboard. A destination of her own, Norwegian Pearl offers guests access to 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, two hot tubs, a full menu of luxurious spa treatments, and so much more!

There is a limited amount of cabins left so book now! Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea begin at $875 per person, plus taxes and fees. For more information about booking your vacation, visit us online at or call Sixthman directly at 877-379-9170 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

About Joe Bonamassa: As Joe Bonamassa enters his 26th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work.  Bonamassa's career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old.  Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 16 solo albums in the last 14 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures.  In 2013, Bonamassa earned his first GRAMMY ® nomination for Best Blues Album, and with the release of 2014’s new studio record Different Shades Of Blue, he debuted at #8 on Billboard's Top 200 (a career high) and received his fourteenth #1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist). In January 2015, he fulfilled a childhood dream when he headlined two sold out shows at New York City's legendary Radio City Music Hall.

About Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation:

Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation fuels the passion for music by funding programs and scholarships for students and teachers who possess the desire, but lack the resources or access to achieve their potential within the music industry. Through generous corporate sponsorships by industry powerhouses Ernie Ball Strings, Guitar Center, J&R Adventures, and individual donors, KTBA has been able to fund music projects affecting over 21,000 students and over 200 schools since January 2014. We accomplish this by making weekly donations to music projects in schools all over the country, and soon… the world!



Having returned to the studio in early 2015 to begin work on a new album – only taking breaks to debut new songs live during a triumphant return to SXSW, a Yahoo! Screen Live broadcast from House of Blues New Orleans, and their first appearances at the UK’s Great Escape and Glastonbury Festivals, iconic British psychedelic-pop legends, The Zombies are back!

Aptly titled, Still Got That Hunger, the new album, produced by Chris Potter (The Verve Urban Hymns, Rolling Stones Steel Wheels) is scheduled for digital and physical release October 9 via The End Records/ADA. 

“We're really excited to be signing our new album to The End Records - it somehow seems fitting that it should be released on a Brooklyn based label, as our very first American concerts way back in 1964 took place at The Brooklyn Fox Theatre!” – Rod Argent

The past three years have marked a major resurgence for the band, with two U.K. and five U.S. tours including stops at SXSW in Austin, NYC’s Central Park SummerStage, an appearance on Austin City Limits, the American release of Breathe Out, Breathe In (the group’s fifth studio album released in 2011) and the announcement of their first nomination to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. In 2015, The Zombies make another mark in the U.S. history books with the first time live performance of their 1968 masterpiece Odessey & Oracle.

For the first time ever, the group will bring Odessey & Oracle to American stages. All four surviving original members will recreate the seminal album in its entirety with full instrumentation. Founding and current members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, will be joined by original bassist/co-songwriter Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy for their first American tour together in five decades. The show will also feature the acclaimed current Zombies’ line-up featuring bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks), Rodford’s son Steve Rodford on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey, performing material from their forthcoming studio album.

The Zombies U.S. Tour: An Evening With THE ZOMBIES - ODESSEY & ORACLE -
The Odyssey Continues…

Sep 30 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre 
Oct 01 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre 
Oct 03 – Provincetown, MA @ Provincetown Town Hall 
Oct 06 – Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre 
Oct 08 – Washington, D.C. @ Lincoln Theatre 
Oct 09 – New York, NY @ New York Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall 
Oct 10 – Cranston, RI @ Park Theatre 
Oct 11 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre 
Oct 13 – Ridgefield, CT @ The Ridgefield Playhouse 
Oct 14 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall 
Oct 15 – Kent, OH @ The Kent Stage 
Oct 16 – Merrillville, IN @ Star Plaza Theatre 
Oct 17 – Milwaukee, WI @ South Milwaukee PAC 
Oct 19 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre 
Oct 21 – Seattle, WA @ Benaroya Hall 
Oct 22 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall 
Oct 24 – Beverly Hills, CA @ The Saban Theatre 
Oct 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

Tickets On Sale Now!

About The Zombies:
The second U.K. band following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s hit singles “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No.” Ironically, the group broke-up just prior to achieving their greatest success – the worldwide chart-topping single “Time of the Season,” from their swan-song album  Odessey & Oracle, ranked #100 in Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time.’  To this day, generations of new bands have cited The Zombies’ work as pop touchstones, and the band continues to be embraced by new generations of fans.

Following the break-up of the original band, Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career, and Argent rocked ‘70’s arenas with his eponymous band ARGENT, but the legend of The Zombies continued to take on a life of its own.  By the start of the new Millennium, Blunstone and Argent were inspired to resurrect The Zombies. The media excitedly welcomed their return, leading to a 2011 performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. 

2013-2014 marked a major resurgence for the band, with two U.K. and five U.S. tours (including stops at SXSW in Austin, NYC’s Central Park SummerStage, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival and Milwaukee SummerFest)…the American release of their new album, Breathe Out, Breathe In (Huffington Post’s David Wild called the album “inspired” and said “some songs recall the haunting melodic heights of the group’s 1968 masterpiece Odessey and Oracle.”)… the debut on & VEVO of their first-ever music video for “Any Other Way”… a PBS Special filmed on the legendary Austin City Limits stage….Eminem’s sample/cover version of “Time of the Season” on his comeback album… the amazing Keira Knightley "She's Not There" campaign for Coco Chanel… and the announcement of their first nomination to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Esoteric Recordings have announced the release of newly re-mastered and expanded editions of four classic Procol Harum albums, all of which are available now!

Boasting extra discs, bonus material and previously unreleased tracks, these reissues of the first four albums by Procul Harum are available now!

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic 1968 self-titled debut album by PROCOL HARUM. Released in January 1968, the record followed on from the huge international success of the band’s debut single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” and the follow up single “Homburg”. One of the finest releases of the era “Procol Harum” captured the exquisite song writing of Gary Brooker and Keith Reid and the excellence of the musicians in the group, namely Gary Brooker (voice, piano), Robin Trower (lead guitar), David Knights (bass guitar), B.J. Wilson (drums) and Matthew Fisher (Hammond organ). The overall result was a collection of songs that would prove to be truly ground breaking, despite only having being released in Mono at the insistence of producer Denny Cordell. 

Released in the UK in December 1968, “Shine on Brightly” followed on from the huge international success in 1967 of the band’s debut single ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ and the follow up single “Homburg” and built on the creative path begun on Procol Harum’s self-titled debut album issued in January 1968. Gary Brooker (voice, piano), Robin Trower (lead guitar), David Knights (bass guitar), B.J. Wilson (drums) and Matthew Fisher (Hammond organ) took the music of the band to new heights with this, their second album. Dominated by the 17-minute epic suite ‘In Held ‘Twas in I’, Procol Harum re-wrote the rule book of popular music with the material written and recorded for “Shine On Brightly”. 

Released in June 1969, A Salty Dog followed on from the superb albums PROCOL HARUM and SHINE ON BRIGHTLY. One of the finest releases of the era “A Salty Dog” saw the exquisite song writing of Gary Brooker and Keith Reid honed to perfection on highlights such as the album’s title track, “The Devil Came From Kansas”, “Wreck of the Hesperus”, “The Milk of Human Kindness” and more. Recorded at Abbey Road studios, the album captured the excellence of the musicians in the group, namely Gary Brooker (voice, piano), Robin Trower (lead guitar), David Knights (bass guitar), B.J. Wilson (drums) and Matthew Fisher (Hammond organ). 

Released in June 1970 and hailed by many fans as one of the finest albums released by the band, HOME saw the exquisite song writing of Gary Brooker and Keith Reid reach new heights on pieces such as “The Dead Man’s Dream”, the epic “Whaling Stories”, “About to Die” and more. Produced by Chris Thomas, the album captured a new line-up of the band featuring Gary Brooker (voice, piano), Chris Copping (bass guitar, organ), Robin Trower (lead guitar), and B.J. Wilson (drums). 





On course to sell out for the third-year-in-a-row, the 2015 CRUISE TO THE EDGE--the annual YES fan cruise and ultimate prog rock experience sailing the Caribbean this November 15-19--announced a few updates today (8/6), including: the addition of Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse Band and Haken to the artist line-up; confirmed an all-star tribute and musical farewell to beloved bassist and founding member of YES, the late Chris Squire; and two new payment options designed to make it affordable for prog rock enthusiasts to attend this historic event. Fans may secure their spot aboard the cruise for only $499 USD per person (details outlined below). 

The third annual five-day, four-night cruise will feature multiple stages of progressive rock music from the iconic and GRAMMY-winning rock band YES, special guest Marillion and 25-plus bands, aboard the NCL Pearl. A new addition to this year's cruise itinerary is a special pre-cruise event, complimentary to all cruisers, on Saturday, November 14 at Magic City Casino in Miami, before setting sail to crystal clear Bahamian waters, visiting Key West and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. The special pre-cruise concert will feature an IPA beer tasting, artist meet and greets, performances from Martin Barre of Jethro Tull, Three Friends and Lifesigns, as well as an after-hours "Electric Prog Jam," where passengers become the stars, playing instruments to selected prog rock songs. 

Legendary progressive rock bands YES and Marillion will lead an all-star lineup aboard this year's cruise (with most artists playing at least two sets),including the just-added acts (iconic drummer Mike Portnoy; Neal Morse Band and Haken), plus Anathema; Allan Holdsworth; Three Friends; PFM; Saga; Martin Barre, Caravan; Spocks Beard; Nektar; Änglagrd; Lifesigns; IO Earth; Airbag; Casey McPherson; Messenger; Dave Kerzner; Moon Safari; Barracuda Triangle; Jolly; Enchant; Thank You Scientist; Steve Rothery; Bad Dreams; and AHEPJ. It will all be hosted by UK journalist and preeminent YES expert, Jon Kirkman. 

Portnoy will act as official "music director" for an all-star tribute to beloved bassist and founding member of YES, the late Chris Squire. Portnoy will be joined on stage by many friends of Chris in this musical farewell to one of Progressive Rock's Greatest Performers.

Besides the great musical performances, prog-rock music fans will get a chance to participate in special events and activities, including: "Storytellers" style concerts featuring behind-the-scenes stories from select bands, showcasing their writing/recording style and process, band history; Prog Panel Q&A Sessions; Meet & Greets; Bon Voyage Sail-Away Concert and more.In addition, Multiple Performance Stages throughout the ship will keep the action going into the wee hours with a surprise or two along the way.  Finally, cruise attendees will be able to enjoy the ship's 13 bars and lounges, various eateries, casino, spa, fitness center, basketball and volleyball court, bowling alley and more.           

CRUISE TO THE EDGE has announced two new payment options (beyond the standard payment plan):

- EZ PAY PLAN: This special no interest installment plan is designed to assist fans who need an extended installment option in order to attend. While supplies last, fans may secure their spot aboard the cruise for ONLY $499 USD per person down (double occupancy), with the remaining balance payable over twelve equal monthly installments beginning the month after the initial reservation is completed and debited on the 15th day of each month (or next business day). Click herefor more information. 

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

CRUISE TO THE EDGE has been carefully designed to meet the discriminating requirements of the most avid music fan/cruise vacationer, producing a true fan and artist experience in a surreal and relaxing setting.  Produced by On the Blue Cruises, CRUISE TO THE EDGE is a playground for the serious fan where music and a luxury cruise hook up for the vacation of a lifetime. For more information, visit and connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Original Guns N' Roses Stars Duff and Izzy Recording New Album

Original Guns N' Roses colleagues Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin are back in the studio recording a new album. Joining the duo in the studio are Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga and Duff McKagan's Reloaded bassist Jeff Rouse.

The pair have collaborated on several projects since they split from Axl Rose in the 90s, including McKagan's How To Be A Man EP, which ties in with the bassist's book of the same name.

McKagan, who's released a clip from his Seattle sessions, said last month he'd be happy working with guitarist Stradlin for the rest of his career. He added: "I really trust whatever he does. If he says, 'I've got a part,' I know he's got a part. It's not like, 'Let me hear it.' It's like, 'He's got the part. Good - that's taken care of.'" Read more and watch the video that Duff shared online here.

Jimmy Page Says Led Zeppelin Singer Auditions Were A Nightmare

Jimmy Page has recalled his attempts to keep the remnants of Led Zeppelin together after their 2007 reunion show as a "nightmare." The guitarist says the original music he was creating with John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham was worth the effort - but things became too complex as they got waylaid by looking for a singer.

Robert Plant refused to keep working with the band after their one-off concert at London's O2, later released as Celebration Day. A number of vocalists were tried out, including Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Myles Kennedy of Slash and Alter Bridge.

Page tells Metal XS: "In the run-up to the concert, the only music we played was Led Zeppelin. But we played really, really well. Jason, myself and John Paul Jones played really well together so it made sense to see what we could do, using that same energy with new material."

He continues: "But of course, that's not good enough for other people - they want to keep trying singers out. From my point of view, the most important thing is to concentrate on your strengths, not your weaknesses. With the weaknesses, none of us sang. But we could play."

While Page wanted to focus on "shaping up songs so we've got a collection," he suggests he was overruled. "We kept trying singers and we compromised, and it actually became a total nightmare," he says. Watch the full interview clip here.

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine To Drive Pace Car At NASCAR Event

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine will be the honorary pace car driver for the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York this Sunday, August 9.

The event is part of NASCAR weekend at The Glen, billed as the largest sporting event in New York State. Fans will witness the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Xfinity and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series over the course of the weekend, with the Bully Hill 125 on Friday, Zippo 200 on Saturday and Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Sunday.

Mustaine and Megadeth are gearing up for the late 2015 release of their forthcoming 15th album. The project will feature 13 original tunes and two covers: "Melt The Ice Away" by Budgie and "Foreign Policy" by Fear. Read more here.

Foreigner Recording Unplugged Concert For Release

Foreigner will record their forthcoming album, "The Hits Unplugged And Live", at a private event benefitting JDRF (formally known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) on August 24 at The Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan.

Foreigner is donating their performance that evening and their royalties from the record - which will released in early 2016 - to JDRF. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2B in research over the past 45 years and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide.

"We are so pleased to be collaborating with JDRF for such a meaningful program," says guitarist Mick Jones. "Type 1 diabetes is a cause close to our heart, as our longtime tour manager's daughter was diagnosed with T1D in 2003 when she was 4 years old. There is tremendous anticipation around our first ever live acoustic album, and we're glad we could donate our performance fees and royalties to benefit such an important cause." Read more here.

Led Zeppelin Reissues May Make Top 10 Debut

The final three albums of Led Zeppelin's reissues series are headed for a possible debut in the US Top 10. Expanded versions of 1976's "Presence", 1979's "In Through The Out Door" and 1982's "Coda" were released on July 31 as the band wrapped up a year-long reissues campaign.

Billboard reports the trio of albums could each move around 25,000 equivalent album units in their opening week of sales. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

The three albums landed on the Billboard Top 10 upon their original release, with "Presence" and "In Through The Out Door" both reaching No. 1 while "Coda" peaked at No. 6. Read more here.

Motorhead: Through The Ages Game Coming Soon

Motorhead are joining the Victor Vran video game franchise with the release of their own expansion pack. Due later this year via Haemimont Games, Motorhead: Through The Ages will feature an entirely new storyline, new enemies, weapons and skills built around the band's themes.

Vran takes on religious fanatics, corrupt politicians and power-hungry oppressive rulers with the help of newly-designed Motor-Weapons, Motor-Powers and Motor-Skills.

Lemmy and co say: "This is an official expansion game for Vran, and will see all manner of devastated landscapes, dystopian urban environments and other elements all influenced by Motorhead's history and lyrics." Read more here.



Lynyrd Skynyrd One More For The Fans makes an impressive debut entering the Billboard Top 200 chart at #80#41 on Top Current Albums Chart, #15 on Top Current Rock Albums chart, #14 on Album Core Genre chart and #9 on Record Label Independent chart in the U.S.

Internationally, the band topped several charts as well including nabbing the #1 spot on the UK DVD Music Video chart#2 on the Music Video chart in Sweden#8 on the German Top 20 Musikvideo-Charts#5 on the Austrian TOP 40 Musik-DVD, and #67 on the Official German charts

The two CD/DVD set, was released July 24, 2015 on Loud & Proud Records in partnership with Blackbird Productions via RED Distribution in the U.S. & Canada, and through earMUSIC, the exclusive international licensing partner to Loud & Proud Records, in the rest of the world. The concert was filmed during one special night last November as an extraordinary collection of artists came together at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA to perform and celebrate the songs of Lynyrd Skynyrd, one of the most influential bands of our time.  This uniqueconcert event centered around performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd and features performances by music legends and young talent such as Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph and Donnie Van Zant all coming together to perform songs from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s extensive catalog of music.  Highlights include a special rendition of “Travelin’ Man” with Johnny Van Zant singing along with an archival video of his late brother, Ronnie performing, as well as a rousing rendition of “Sweet Home Alabama” with Skynyrd inviting the entire star-studded line-up up on stage to perform along side them.  Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of the concert event, broadcast special and music release worked with Ken Levitan and Ross Schilling, who also served as executive producers of the show. Don Was led the all-star house band as musical director for the evening.   

Classic Rock Revisited gave One More for The Fans an A+ hailing it as, “…hands down, the BEST tribute to a band that this writer has ever seen, or heard.  It's done in a unique way, presented in stunning visual glory and contains audio so damn fine that you will swear you're sitting smack dab in the middle of Row number 10… To say this is a 'must-own' is an understatement.”

As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their 1976 live album, One More From The Road, at the landmark theatre. The title Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans! was inspired by that legendary album’s title.

Joining in the celebration of the legendary band was AXS TV as it served as the official broadcaster of Lynyrd Skynyrd -One More For The Fans. AXS TV premiered the entire concert event July 19, allowing fans nationwide to enjoy these remarkable performances. Leading up to broadcast though were a series of clip premieres through Yahoo! Music, Rolling Stone CountryRelix, Billboard and Classic Rock Revisited,.  Lynyrd Skynyrd also recently returned to the CMT Crossroads stage with Brantley Gilbert for a performance which aired on June 27, 2015.

With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million worldwide, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to build on the legacy that began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida.  Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar)Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, the band also includes Mark "Sparky" Matejka (guitar), Johnny Colt (bass), Peter Keys (keyboards) and The Honkettes-Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase-on background vocals.

Lynyrd Skynyrd be on the road this spring and summer (tour dates below) in select cities across the U.S.

“Lynyrd Skynyrd -One More For The Fans” Track Listing:
1.Whiskey Rock-A-Roller – performed by Randy Houser               
2.You Got That Right – performed by Robert Randolph & Jimmy Hall        
3.Saturday Night Special – performed by Aaron Lewis        
4.Workin’ For MCA – performed by Blackberry Smoke                   
5.Don't Ask Me No Questions – performed by O.A.R.  
6.Gimme Back My Bullets – performed by Cheap Trick
7.The Ballad of Curtis Loew – performed by moe. & John Hiatt
8.Simple Man – performed by Gov't Mule                
9.That Smell – performed by Warren Haynes          
10.  Four Walls of Raiford – performed by Jamey Johnson             
11.  I Know A Little – performed by Jason Isbell  
12.  Call Me The Breeze – performed by Peter Frampton
13.  What's Your Name – performed by Trace Adkins         
14.  Down South Jukin’ – performed by Charlie Daniels & Donnie Van Zant
15.  Gimme Three Steps – performed by Alabama               
16.  Tuesday's Gone – performed by Gregg Allman            
17.  Travelin’ Man – performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd with Johnny & Ronnie 
18.  Free Bird - performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
19.  Sweet Home Alabama – performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd and All-star ensemble

Lynyrd Skynyrd 2015 Tour Dates:
8/6 - Roseburg, OR – Douglas County Fair
8/7 - Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
8/8 - Billings, MT – Montanafair
8/14 - Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/15 - Watertown, NY – Freshener/F.X. Caprara Summer Concert Series presented by DPAO at Watertown Fairgrounds
8/18 - Lewiston, NY – Artpark
8/19 - Harrisonburg, VA – Rockingham County Fair
8/21 - Avondale, IL – Eastbound Hoedown Music Festival
8/28 - Huber Heights, OH – Music Center at The Heights
9/3 - St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
9/4 - Alton, IL  - Liberty Bank Amphitheater
9/5 - New Lenox, IL – New Lenox Commons – Community
9/6 - Wauseon, OH – Fulton County Fair
9/15 - Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
9/17 - Jackson CA – Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel
9/20 - Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort & Casino
10/2 - Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater

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Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live At Montreux 1997 on 2CD and Digital Formats -- September 11, 2015 [MSRP $15.98]. 

This is the first ever release of the audio from this concert, which includes ELP classics from across their career including “Karn Evil 9” (“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends”),Hoedown,” “Take A Pebble,” “Lucky Man,” “Tarkus,” “Pictures At An Exhibition,” and “Fanfare For The Common Man.” Live At Montreux 1997 also boasts rare tracks that have never appeared on ELP studio albums such as “Touch And Go,” “Creole Dance,” and “Carmina Burana.”

In addition to the incredible set list, the included booklet features individual sleeve notes from Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer, known to all as ELP, were progressive rock’s first supergroup. Keith Emerson (keyboards) came from The Nice, Greg Lake (guitar, bass & vocals) from King Crimson and Carl Palmer (drums) from Atomic Rooster. Formed in 1970 they were an instant success and went on to have a series of huge selling albums throughout the seventies before splitting up in the early eighties. Reunited in the early nineties, they produced a new album, Black Moon, and began to tour again. In 1997 they embarked on a world tour which included this superb performance at Montreux on July 7.

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

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New York, NY (August 5, 2015)—Survivor founding member Jim Peterik has been intensely busy over the last year, with the 2014 release of his autobiography Through The Eye Of The Tiger: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Life Of Survivor’s Founding Member (BenBella Books), and 50th Anniversary of his band The Ides of March, which recently released their 5-disc boxed set Last Band Standing – The Definitive 50-Year Anniversary Collection in April (Ides Of March Records). 

Most musicians would be ready to take a break, but not the powerhouse that is Peterik! The singer-songwriter/guitarist is readying Eye Of The Writer – The Songs Of Jim Peterik – an unplugged CD and companion DVD that spans material from across his rich career. For his FIRST EVER unplugged release, Peterik is working with esteemed producer/arranger Fred Mollin, who is noted for his successful unplugged series of recordings with Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, Barry Mann, and Johnny Mathis, among others. 

The project will delve into both Peterik’s Survivor and Ides of March repertoire, and his solo work/achievements as a songwriter. Potential selections include the Grammy Winning, Oscar Nominated Rocky III anthem “Eye Of The Tiger,” 1970’s #1 Ides hit “Vehicle,” Survivor hits “High On You,” “Is This Love,” and “The Search Is Over,” and smash cuts he’s written made famous by other artists, such as .38 Special’s “Hold On Loosely,” “Rocking Into The Night,” and “Caught Up In You,” and Sammy Hagar’s #1 hit “Heavy Metal.” 

There’s one more component to this very special release: he’s inviting his fans to be a part of creating this album via PledgeMusic.  

A $35 donation to the PledgeMusic campaign will net a signed copy of Eye Of The Writer, along with a signed photo and an “Access Pass,” – an offer from PledgeMusic with a digital download of the album and access to behind-the-scenes updates during the course of the project’s creation. A donation of $2,000 will earn a custom song written and demoed for the donating fan. 

However, the real prize is “The Ultimate Peterik Fan Experience,” in which a fan is invited to co-write a song with Jim, attend the final recording session, and perform the song onstage with him at a venue to be determined. Topped with a signed guitar from Jim’s personal collection, and Jim’s hand-signed original framed platinum copy of the “Eye Of The Tiger” single as originally presented to the band by Epic/Scotti Brothers Records. hand-signed original platinum framed copy of Eye Of The Tiger as originally presented to the band by Epic/Scotti Brothers Records, this high end reward is exclusively reserved for fans who donate $25,000. 

"I am so pumped about this project and excited for you to be a part of it,” says Peterik. “I love the idea of my fans and friends in essence acting as my record company- having input- seeing behind the scenes and getting some cool stuff in exchange. It's the new reality of how to make a great record- and make a difference. Here's to the fun and great music we will make- together.  Cheers!” 

50 years in making, Eye Of The Writer – The Songs Of Jim Peterik will serve both as a unique retrospective of Jim’s outstanding career, and a very special gift to the fans for being there for the ride. 

Check out the PledgeMusic campaign here:

30 City Tour In Support Of New Album TOTO XIV

Los Angeles, CA --- After a ten year recording hiatus, Toto has returned with one of their most successful albums ever.  Released earlier this year, TOTO XIV charted all around the world showing the true dedication of their worldwide fans.  The album landed in the Top 10 on the charts in nine countries (Germany #4, Netherlands #2, Japan #2, Denmark #7, Czech Republic #10, Finland #5, Norway #6, Sweden #4 and Switzerland #3).  TOTO XIV also became the first new studio album to chart in the US & UK since 1988’s The Seventh One.

The band now begins an extensive North American tour this evening in Lynn, MA.  Toto will join forces with YES this summer for 27 of the 31 dates for a co-headlining tour.  Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award winning YES has sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades. YES continues with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative.

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

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

With over 35 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. Prior their North American tour the band embarked on a European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals.

Wed-Aug 05     Lynn, MA                    Lynn Auditorium*
Thur-Aug 06    Verona, NY                  Turning Stone Resort & Casino*
Fri-Aug-07       Mashantucket CT         Grand Theater at Foxwoods
Sat-Aug-08       Newark NJ                   New Jersey PAC
Sun-Aug-09      Atlantic City NJ           Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa - Event Center
Tue-Aug-11     Brooklyn NY                 Barclays Center
Wed-Aug-12    Baltimore MD               Pier Six Pavilion
Fri-Aug-14       Huber Heights OH        Music Center at The Heights
Sat-Aug-15       Sterling Heights MI      Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
Sun-Aug-16      Chicago IL                   FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly
Tue-Aug-18     Des Moines IA              Iowa State Fair – Grandstand
Wed-Aug-19    Saint Charles MO         Family Arena
Fri-Aug-21       Biloxi MS                     Beau Rivage Resort & Casino - Beau Rivage Theater
Sat-Aug-22       Alpharetta GA             Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park
Sun-Aug-23      Clearwater FL              Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tue-Aug-25     Houston TX                  Cynthia Woods Pavilion
Wed-Aug-26    San Antonio TX           Majestic Theatre
Thu-Aug-27     Grand Prairie TX         Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Fri-Aug 28       El Paso TX                   Cohen Stadium
Sun-Aug-30      Littleton CO                Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield
Mon-Aug-31    Salt Lake City UT        Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Wed-Sep-02     Tucson, AZ                   AVA Amphitheater                 
Fri-Sep-04        Scottsdale AZ               Talking Stick Resort & Casino
Sat-Sep-05       Pala CA                         Pala Casino - Starlight Theater
Sun-Sep-06       Los Angeles CA           The Greek Theatre
Tue-Sep-08      Saratoga CA                 Mountain Winery
Thu-Sep-10      Shelton WA                  Little Creek Casino Resort - Event Center
Fri-Sep-11        Airway Heights WA     Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Sat-Sep-12       Coquitlam BC               Hard Rock Casino – Vancouver
Nov 20 &21     Cancun, Mexico            Moon Palace Resort*

* - Toto Only


Having previously worked with a variety of artists (Dr. Alban, E-Type, the Poodles, etc.), singer Martina Edoff is ready to return to where her original musical love - classic hard rock - with the release of her solo debut, 'Unity' on October 16th via Into Records (distributed by Cargo Records), and will embark on a US tour from September 18th through October 3rd on a bill that will feature headliners Epica, as well as Eluveitie and the Agonist. Follow this YouTube link to view a tour trailer:

'Unity' was recorded at the legendary Bohus Sound Studios in Sweden, whose long list of clients since the start 35 years ago includes both ABBA and Status Quo (who recorded their hit album and best-selling single ”Rockin’ All Over The World” in the same studio). Martina’s producer and sound engineer, Tobias Lindell, has previously recorded, mixed, and produced bands such as Europe, Mustasch, and Hardcore Superstar at Bohus Sound. 

Martina describes the material on 'Unity' as "uptempo rock," but several ballads help even things out. 
Standout tracks (and their creative inspiration) include:

"It´s a wake up call for those who only seek satisfaction in the material world. The true wealthiness begins from the inside of ourselves."

Never Let You Down
"A proposal to someone who has been through bad relationship experiences."

World Has Gone Mad music video can be viewed here -

"Today in the western world we spend more time in front of a screen than we spend time in nature or with loved ones. Life passes by quickly without really noticing it. If we don’t open our eyes to the real world we might miss what really happens."

Spirit of Light
"To all the young ones out there who has their lives in front of them. How valuable they are and to tell them how fantastic they are."

I am Mining
"Ones that seek shall find. Its about to find whatever you are searching for and never give up even if it seems impossible."

Love Keeps Turning Away
"The game of love. Even if you fail you got to try it again."

Moment of Truth
"It´s about being in a relationship where the truth came out about lies and betrayals."

This Love is Crazy 
"Someone is playing with your emotions and you realize you gotta get out of it."

Argentina-based fans will get an opportunity to catch a performance by not only Martina, but also by Tarja Turunen as special guest support, at their show in Argentina on the November 14th, at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas:

Prepare to discover the supreme metallic talents of Martina on 'Unity' and the impending live dates!

Tour Dates with Epica, Eluveitie and The Agonist:
Fri Sep 18, O’Brians Event Centre, Saskatoon, SK
Sat Sep 19, Union Hall, Edmonton, AB
Sun Sep 20, MacEwan Ballroom, Calgary, AB
Tue Sep 22, Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Wed Sep 23, Neumos, Seattle, WA
Fri Sep 25, Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Sat Sep 26, Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA,
Mon Sep 28, Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
Tue Sep 29, Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
Thurs Oct 01, Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
Fri Oct 02, Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Sat Oct 03, Irving Plaza, New York, NY

'Unity' Tracklisting    
1.  Unity                                  
2.  Never Let You Down           
3.  World Has Gone Mad              
4.  Spirit Of Light                          
5.  Come Alive                            
6.  I Am Mining                      
7.  Love Keeps Turning Away   
8.  Moment Of Truth                 
9.  Sound Of Thunder               
10. This Love Is Crazy          
11. Caught In The Middle  



DAVE ‘BUCKET’ COLWELL, former guitarist with British hard rock super-group BAD COMPANY and HUMBLE PIE, has teamed up with fan-driven platform Pledge Music to launch the release of 20 GOOD SUMMERS, a brand new album by his new classic/blues rock band BUCKETS REBEL HEART.

After his last solo album, 2008’s Guitars, Beers & Tears featuring several star guest performers, this new album 20 GOOD SUMMERS is a collection of cohesive songs from the brand new outfit to be produced by Grammy-nominated rock legend CHRIS TSANGARIDES.

Alongside Colwell on lead-guitar, the lineup is completed by The Voice finalist ADAM BARRON (lead vocals), ROSS McEWEN (guitar), TOM SWANN (bass) and PAUL ‘TAFF’ EDWARDS (drums and co-writer). 

The album is set for a digital and physical outing via the band’s newly launched Pledge Music campaign in September, with plans for a UK tour afoot post-release.

Check out a trailer video at the band’s Pledge project page here:

Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell joined Bad Company in 1990 for the Holy Water tour, which would go on to become one of the top five highest grossing tours of 1991.  He also contributed to 1992's gold-selling 'Here Comes Trouble' album, 1995's 'Company Of Strangers' in support of which the band toured with Bon Jovi, and 1996's 'Stories Told & Untold'.

Prior to Bad Co., Bucket has also enjoyed tenures as guitarist for such bands as Humble PieASAPSamsonThe Eastenders and FM.

On the new Pledge campaign, he comments: “I’m very lucky to have music fans, loyal and interested in what I have to offer”.

Pledges for the album, signed CDs and exclusive merchandise can now be made via PledgeMusic at:



Crosby Stills and Nash were the musical voice of a generation.  They wrote of peace, hope and the social injustice they saw in the world and have continued to spread  their message for over 4 decades. Two time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Crosby will participate in a very special Q&A session at our upcoming camp November 5-8, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA.  You will have this once in a lifetime opportunity to sit in a room with David Crosby and ask him about his inspirations, his passions, his politics and what being part of such an influential musical super-group was really like. 

You will also have the chance to perform one of his legendary songs on stage with him, and get his feedback and tips as well as pictures to prove it to your friends and family :-).

Our other special guest at this camp with be iconic drummer Ginger Baker of Cream.  Imagine sharing the stage with this legend while jamming to a Cream classic....Ginger will also be participating in a Q&A session with our campers, and no questions are off limits.

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Foo Fighters Million Dollar Demos Leaked Online

Foo Fighters released their fourth album, One By One, back in 2002. According to legend, the band recorded a full album, scrapped it, and started over, and the resulting album was One By One.

The scrapped sessions would come to be known as "The Million Dollar Sessions," as it was rumored that the album had cost a million dollars by the time they decided to start over.

Those demos have now been posted to Reddit for free download. It appears that the post isn't authorized by the band. As a Redditor named "fftamahawk009″ explained, "These are the Million Dollar Demos, for those who don't know, and were the band's first attempt to record their fourth record, One By One, back in 2001.

"This was a pretty tough time for the band, no one was very happy with the recordings, which reportedly cost over a million dollars to make, and, long story short, this version of the album was scrapped and re-recorded in only 2 weeks. 11 songs were recorded.

"Of those, 10 were considered for the album. Of THOSE, 3 were officially released by the band ('Tired of You,' 'Walking A Line,' and 'Normal'). The remaining 7 were never officially released in full. 2 full songs were leaked ('Have It All' and 'Come Back'), and the other 5 were only 30-second clips or so. These are the remaining 7 IN FULL.

"This is the first time these have been made available in their entirety to the public, and have been sought after by die-hard fans (myself included) for the last 13 years. Most of the songs are similar to their final counterparts, while other songs like 'Come Back' and 'Lonely As You' are drastically different." Read more here.

Metallica Album Gets Unusual Remix

Metallica's controversial St Anger album has been remixed with all 11 songs playing at the same time - and the result is preferred by some fans. Producer Colin Marston has launched his YouTube channel with the remixed audio of all eleven songs running simultaneously. The nine-minute mix creates a cacophony of sound while shaving more than an hour off the original seventy-five minute release.

Marston is the engineer at Queens, New York's Menegroth The Thousand Caves studio and a member of four bands including Gorguts, Krallice, Dysrhythmia, and Behold the Arctopus.

Produced by Bob Rock and Metallica, St. Anger debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 and in 30 other countries around the world but received mixed reviews for the group's songwriting - including a lack of guitar solos - and the album's raw production.

Despite its controversial status amongst Metallica fans, Rock has revealed that St. Anger has some famous supporters, with Jimmy Page and Jack White both praising it. Rock tells Talk Is Jericho: "I know Jimmy. He got up and walked over to me, gave me a big hug, and said, 'It's great to see you, I love St. Anger album .'

"I was at the premiere, and Jack White came over. He says, 'I'm Jack White.' I said, 'I know.' He says, 'That's my favorite Metallica album.' So I'm okay with those two." Check out the remix here.

Alice Cooper Announces All-Star Hollywood Vampires Album

Alice Cooper has unveiled details for the debut album by his all-star covers project, Hollywood Vampires, who will release their self-titled debut album on September 11.

The trio of Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Johnny Depp organized the proceedings, which sees the three joined by a cast of rockers that includes Sir Paul McCartney, Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger, along with a spoken introduction to "Raise The Dead" by Sir Christopher Lee, recorded just before his death.

The record sees the collective deliver covers of classic tunes by T. Rex, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Doors and more. Conceived by Cooper, the project celebrates the spirit of the original drinking club of the same name that gathered at the upstairs bar of the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles from 1972, of which Cooper was a founding member. Attendees would include the likes of John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon, Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz. "To join the club," says Alice, "one simply had to out drink all of the members.

"I'm not here to defend their vices. Over-indulgence of any sort does not ultimately constitute for a healthy mind and body. And while on the periphery of those involved, wives may have come and gone, career choices may have been deemed dubious, and heartbreak in some cases stalked a dark corridor, but in the lair of the Hollywood Vampires only joy and laughter reigned."

The lead single combines Cooper's own "School's Out" with Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2." Read more including tracklisting, see cover art and video preview here.

Keith Richards Slams Landmark Beatles Album

Keith Richards has slammed the Beatles' landmark album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as a "mishmash of rubbish." And he says the Rolling Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request, released later the same year, is just as bad.

Rolling Stone named Sgt Pepper the Greatest Album Of All Time in 2003 and it's often considered to be a key moment in the development of prog rock, art rock and using production techniques as an art form.

But Richards tells Esquire: "The Beatles sounded great when they were the Beatles. But there's not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away. Why not? If you're the Beatles in the '60s, you just get carried away-you forget what it is you wanted to do. You're starting to do Sgt. Pepper.

"Some people think it's a genius album, but I think it's a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties-"Oh, if you can make a load of sh*t, so can we." Read more here.

Grateful Dead Members Recruit John Mayer For Halloween Concert

Three surviving members of The Grateful Dead are teaming up with John Mayer for a special concert on Halloween night that will be performed under the name of Dead & Company.

Mayer, along with former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart will stage the special October 31st concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Dead & Company will also feature RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and former Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and they will be performing two sets of music comprised mainly of classic Grateful Dead tracks.

Bill Kreutzmann had the following to say about the special show, "Fare Thee Well proved to me that I'm not done exploring new rhythmic territory with Mickey -- I'm recommending that everyone puts their helmet on, because we are going to blast our way into some serious drums and space…And with Mayer riding shotgun with Weir -- we're in good company, so to speak."

John Mayer shared, "I deeply love the Dead's music, and it has inspired me in ways I never imagined. To help carry this music is the opportunity and the honor of a lifetime."

Weir adds, "We're not done with these songs and they're not done with us. We're gonna take these old friends on some new adventures."

Marty Friedman Would Play With Megadeth Again For The Fans

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman says he'd perform with his old band again if given the chance - but only because the fans would love it. He left Megadeth in 2000 after recording five albums and moved to Japan in 2003 where he's built a successful career as a TV personality.

And the guitarist admits he hadn't given much thought to what he achieved with Dave Mustaine and co until he was promoting his 2014 album Inferno. Friedman tells the Metal Brainiac: "For the longest time it was the farthest thing from my mind. Then I started to really get a grip on what people think of Megadeth's stuff that I did.

"I hadn't forgotten about it but I really had no idea the kind of impact and the enthusiasm that the fans of that era have. I'd never really seen it with my eyes because I got sidetracked in Japan - I was oblivious.

He continues: "As much as I don't really like to go back and redo something that I've already done, I would still consider something like an event with Megadeth because the fans would love it; for no other reason than that." Read more here.

Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel Bring Back Original Singer

Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel made a surprising announcement that they have brought back original singer Darren James Smith into the group after parting ways with him earlier this year and going through several vocalists since then.

Here is what the band had to say, "We would officially like to welcome Darren James Smith (Harem Scarem) back to Red Dragon Cartel! He will be reuniting with the band for shows on September 6th and 10th in California followed by a tour of Japan that begins on September 15th!

"The band will be taking the rest of 2015 off from touring to hit the studio and start recording. The highly anticipated second album from Jake and RDC will be ready for release in the first few months of 2016!"

Rush, Disturbed, Halestorm Added To Rock Band 4

Tracks by Halestorm, Rush and Disturbed have been announced for video game Rock Band 4. It's the first title in the series since 2010 and will be released on October 6 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It comes bundled with guitar controller, drum pads and microphone.

Players will be able to import all their content from previous versions of the game into Rock Band 4, taking the number of available tracks for the new offering to over 2000.

Project manager Daniel Sussman told Eurogamer: "We really are taking the long view and positioning Rock Band 4 as the Rock Band for this console generation. We think we can support our audience through a series of title updates and content updates that expand the feature set over time." See the full tracklist here.

Rammstein Release Teaser Trailer For Amerika

Rammstein have issued a teaser trailer for an upcoming release entitled In Amerika. The short clip features stills of a live crowd, shots from around New York, including Madison Square Garden, along with snippets from their Amerika video from 2004.

No further details have been released - the band say simply: "More information coming soon." Their last album was 2009's Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da, although frontman Till Lindemann recently revealed the band would reconvene in September to work on fresh material.

Lindemann has been involved with with Peter Tagtgren on his Lindemann project, resulting in the launch of Skills In Pills in June. Check out the Amerika trailer here.

Blackmore's Night Reveal Mike Oldfield Cover

Blackmore's Night have streamed their cover of Mike Oldfield track Moonlight Shadow. It's taken from All Our Yesterdays, the 10th album from ex Deep Purple man Ritchie Blackmore's medieval rock band.

The guitarist last month confirmed he was planning a return to playing rock music in 2016 - but only briefly. He said: "We'll probably play three or four shows in June. That's all." He added that, despite Joe Lynn Turner having talked up the chances of a reunion, the ex Rainbow singer probably wouldn't be involved.

All Our Yesterdays is released on September 18 in CD, CD/DVD and digital formats, with vinyl and box set versions following on October 16. Stream "Moonlight Shadow" here.

Supertramp's Rick Davies Battling Cancer

Supertramp have cancelled all dates for its upcoming "Supertramp Forever" fall European tour due to health issues affecting the band's founder, Rick Davies. Davies was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma and has begun aggressive treatment to combat the disease.

"I was really looking forward to returning to Europe and playing with the band again," says Davies, "and I'm sorry to disappoint everyone who has overwhelmingly supported the upcoming tour. Unfortunately my current health issues have derailed me and right now I need to focus all of my energy on getting well."

Davies formed Supertramp in 1969 in London with Roger Hodgson. Marking the band's first live performances since their 2010 European tour, the "Supertramp Forever" concerts were scheduled to begin November 3 in Porto, Portugal and continue throughout 25 European cities. Read more here.


Highest Charting Instrumental Rock Album in Soundscan era
Set To Perform on The TONIGHT SHOW – This Evening
Chart Debuts in UK & Australia/New Zealand Also Top 25

Joe Satriani’s 15th studio album, Shockwave Supernova, has earned the multi-Grammy nominated guitarist his highest U.S. chart position of his career!  The album debuts today on the Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart at #19, the highest debut of his 30-year career, topping his former highest, 1992’s The Extremist, which hit #22 on its debut.  In addition, the album also debuted at # 3 on the Billboard Rock Chart and ranks as the highest charting all-instrumental rock album on Billboard’s Top 200 in the soundscan era.

To celebrate, Satriani will be sitting in with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, this evening.  Tune in to NBC at 11:35/10:35c pm to watch the iconic guitarist trade licks with Capitan Kirk and the rest of the band.

In addition to the U.S. chart success, Satriani also had high debuts in Australia/New Zealand at #23 and in the UK where it entered the chart at #22,making this his highest UK chart position since the self-titled, 'Joe Satriani' in 1995, which reached #21.

For two decades, Satriani has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza.  His studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them.  His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.  

Joe Satriani will set off on the start of his “Shockwave World Tour 2015” on September 17th in France.  The European leg will run through November 10th with the ending show in London.   The U.S. portion of the tour is set to begin early in 2016 with an announcement expected next month.  Joining Joe for the “Shockwave Tour” is Marco Minnemann (drums), Bryan Beller (bass) and Mike Keneally (keys & guitar). 

Watch the first video for title track, “Shockwave Supernova”:

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The String Cheese Incident announced their fall headline tour today.  They will play several Incidents beginning with two nights in Minneapolis on October 14.  They will also play Milwaukee, Detroit, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Boston and finally New York where they will play two nights at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

"There is nothing like touring through the Midwest and Northeast in the fall,” said bass player Keith Moseley. “We are psyched to get on the bus for a few weeks and hit some places we have not been to in a while.  It all leads into the third annual Suwannee Hulaween in Florida which we expect to be next level this year." 

Pre-sales for these Incidents will begin on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM MST at  Tickets will go on sale to thepublic on either Friday, August 7, 2015 or Saturday, August 8, 2015 (depending on the market).  Check for more information.

In addition to their fall headline tour, The String Cheese Incident will be playing two nights at Lockn’ Music Festival September 10-11, 2015 in Arrington, VA, one night of which they will be playing with The Doobie Brothers under the name, The Doobie Incident.  They are also headlining their three-night Halloween extravaganza Suwannee Hulaween October 30 – November 1, 2015 in Live Oak, FL which will feature performances by Pretty Lights, Primus, Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment, STS9, ODESZA, Slightly Stoopid and many more.  The String Cheese Incident will end the year with their fourth annual New Year’s Eve headline shows in Broomfield, CO December 31 – January 2, 2016.

The String Cheese Incident have been playing many dates and festivals this year so far bringing their hugely successful Winter Carnival tour across the western half of the U.S. They have also headlined three nights at Electric Forest, two nights at High Sierra Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes and three nights at Red Rocks which said, “…delivering three nights of virtuosic playing vibes to a sold-out crowd… amplified by a crystal-clear sound system and a spectacular light display which swathed the stage…the concert was raucous celebration of everything SCI fans have come to expect from the band over its 22-year career: a wide-ranging setlist, inspired jamming, and a reason for everyone with two legs in the vicinity of the stage to dance…SCI was simply on fire, and seemed to tap every measure of creativity and musicianship they brought with them to the stage.” 

The String Cheese Incident released Song In My Head, their first studio album in nine years on April 29, 2014 through SCI Fidelity Records/Loud & Proud Records.  The album was produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads and included 10 new songs written collaboratively by the group over the past few years.  The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart

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

2015 Fall Tour Incidents:
October 14 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
October 15 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
October 16 – Riverside Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
October 17 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
October 19 – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Indoors – Columbus, OH
October 20 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
October 21 – F Shed at the Market – Syracuse, NY
October 22 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
October 23 – Theater at Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
October 24 – Theater at Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Additional Dates/Festival Shows:
September 10 & 11 – Lockn’ Music Festival - Arrington, VA
October 30 – November 1 – Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, FL
December 31 – January 2, 2016 – 1STBANK Center – Broomfield, CO


Blackmore's Night Release New Video for Moonlight Shadow

Here is another new track from the upcoming Blackmores Night  album, ALL OUR YESTERDAYS! Check out "Moonlight Shadow" by hitting the play button on the image above!

Pre-order the latest release from the Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore led band on iTunes and "Moonlight Shadow", "All Our Yesterdays" and "The Other Side" will all download instantly:

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS will be released September 18th!

Pat Benatar Investigates Multi-Million Selling Grammy Winner  Crimes Of Passion on 35th Anniversary

Dallas, TX - Aug 5, 2015.  InTheStudio.Net, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands , celebrates the 35th anniversary of Pat Benatar’s sophomore multi-platinum album Crimes Of Passion

Pat Benatar, born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski in Brooklyn New York, no doubt inherited her 4 1/2 octave voice from her mother who’d been in the chorus of the New York City opera. But at 19, Pat decided to forgo Julliard and opera and got married.  

Her first big break would come as a cabaret singer at the club Catch a Rising Star, which would lead to a record deal and her first album, 1979’s In The Heat Of The Night.

Thirty-five years ago today, Pat released Crimes of Passion  containing a signature single, the Top 10  “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, followed by two Top 20 hits “You Better Run” and “Treat Me Right”.  The one, two, three punch would land Pat her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and set her on a pace eventually as “the 1980s’ most successful female rocker”, according to Rolling Stone

Pat Benatar shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard what it was like being a breakout female rockstar in the early ‘80s, with her record company pushing sex appeal while the Feminist Movement pushed back, with Benatar squeezed between them.

“It was an exciting time, but it was very confusing. Ten years down the road everybody figured out where to be and what’s cool and what’s not. It’s not like today when all of us made mistakes and now people can look at us and say, ‘Ok, we won’t do what they did.’  That’s the whole point of time passing. People now that come out get to see what not to do... We had no one, I had no one to look to.”

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Releases World-Wide August 20th on Guessing Game Music

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Seattle’s number one rock band, THE GUESSING GAME featuring Jeff Rouse (Duff McKagan’s band LOADED & FOZZY) is releasing their epic new album DESTROY IT ALL on Guessing Game Music.

 The single DEATH VALLEY will be the first to hit the airwaves blowing the minds of the masses! With the aggressive sound of this new album, THE GUESSING GAME is ready to take their place in the vanguard of the international rock scene. Fueled by the ferocious vocals of Jeff Rouse, and driven by the onslaught of heavy guitar riffs, the band has been winning legions of fans with its uncompromising stage show.

“Sometimes art imitates life. The Guessing Game has been the saving grace in mine,” explains Jeff Rouse, vocals/guitar. “Shawn, Kathy, Gary and Keith lifted me up and once again followed me down a path that I needed and wanted to explore.” In 2013, Rouse had sought out long time Seattle rock luminaries Kathy Moore (Brad, Satchel) Gary Westlake (Peter Frampton, Flight To Mars) Keith Ash (Star Anna) and Shawn Zellar(Redneck Girlfriend).

DESTROY IT ALL is a testament to what we have become as a band and what 5 people can do emotionally, artistically, and cinematically in once again a very short time.” – Jeff Rouse.

Pre-order’s get a $1 discount (so basically a free song) and they will be able to immediately download the song Royal Blue. The rest of this amazing album will be automatically downloaded on Aug 20th.

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Rod Stewart And The Faces Announce One-Off Reunion

The Faces are finally reuniting, but it will be for a one-off charity event. Rod Stewart and his two surviving bandmates - guitarist Ron Wood (whose day job these days is with the Rolling Stones) and drummer Kenney Jones - will perform a short set at a charity gig next month in England.

They're scheduled to play at the 2015 Prostate Cancer UK charity gig, dubbed "Rock 'n' Horsepower" at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey. The show will take place on September 5,

'This year is the 40th anniversary since The Faces parted ways, so it's about time we got together for a jam," Rod Stewart said. "Being in The Faces back in the day was a whirlwind of madness but my God, it was beyond brilliant. We are pleased to be able to support Prostate Cancer UK."

Jones added, "The years of The Faces were some of the best of my life and I'm so proud to have been a part of the band. I'm unbelievably excited to have the opportunity to get up on stage with Rod and Ronnie again. Ronnie Lane and Ian McLagan will be dearly missed but we'll raise a glass to them."

Wood said, 'Getting back on stage with the lads playing 'Stay with Me' and other favourites will be a blast and will make this a very special night. Being in The Faces was a mad and brilliant time for all of us and although we don't have Ronnie and Mac with us anymore this is our chance to remember them and say 'Had Me a Real Good Time.'" Read more here.


Original AC/DC Singer Plans Book About Band's Beginnings

Original AC/DC frontman Dave Evans is planning a book to tell the story of the band's first year. He was a member of the group for less than 10 months before being replaced by Bon Scott in October 1974.

He appeared on the single Can I Sit Next To You, Girl which was later re-recorded by Scott and appeared on the TNT album. Now he wants to give fans the full picture about the band's early days.

Evans tells The Australian Rock Show (via Blabbermouth): "One of the last books written about AC/DC didn't cover the first part of AC/DC, because without that first 12 months of the birth of the band, the rest of the history is not complete - it can't be.

"The fans want to know exactly what happened so I'm making some inquiries now to write the book, so that AC/DC fans out there can have the full collection."

He says he wants to speak up to also give other original members Colin Burgess and Larry Van Kriedt the credit they're due. Read more here.

KISS Frontman Paul Stanley Announces Club Show For Side Project

KISS frontman Paul Stanley will debut his new soul tribute band, Soul Station, at The Roxy in West Hollywood on September 11. Stanley bills the outfit as "a ten piece coalition of some of today's leading musicians paying tribute to an era of great soul music."

"When I was a boy," says Stanley, "before I ever saw The Who or Led Zeppelin, I saw Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. I saw the Temptations and all that music is part of the foundation of the music I've made.

"Soul Station is my chance to celebrate it for a night that's real, live and faithfully recreates the sound with the respect it deserves. Whether it's the Stylistics, the Dramatics, the Temptations, Smokey and the Miracles, Blue Magic and on, these songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away."

Stanley says fans should not expect a night of KISS music at a Soul Station show, even though KISS drummer Eric Singer is in the lineup. "I don't play guitar in the band and we don't do a single KISS song," he explains. "That's not what this is about. It's magical to hear those songs played right and we're making magic. Read more including the band's full lineup here.

Bun E. Carlos Drops Cheap Trick Lawsuit

 Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos has dropped a 2013 breach of contract and trademark infringement lawsuit against his fellow band members.

In 2010, Carlos contends he and his bandmates signed an agreement which noted that while he would step away from performing live, he would remain a fully-vested member of the band, hold equal shares in the band's fortunes, be an equal partner in the various corporations through which Cheap Trick conducts its business and would maintain the right to essentially nullify any business decision with which he disagreed.

Late last year, Cheap Trick members filed a countersuit against Carlos in a Deleware court stating the drummer was ousted from the group when he stopped touring with the band and that left him subject to removal as a corporate director without a unanimous shareholder vote.

"As far as the last few years have gone, I have dismissed my lawsuit against the band," Carlos tells Classic Rock Revisited. "I remain a twenty-five percent owner and a member of Cheap Trick. The decisions Cheap Trick makes I am a part of. That's basically how that kind of ended up.

"It is kind of a musical uncoupling type of thing. It's something like that, you know. In 2010, I got notified and was told, basically, to not show up for the next gig. One guy doesn't want me there and the other guys were fine with that. They asked if they could use my drums. I said, 'Yeah, go ahead and then send them back to me, please.' That is basically what happened.

"The lawsuits were about business, you know. There are ways to run a business and they weren't being run correctly in my opinion. I had to go to court to enforce my rights." Read more here.

Metallica Release Full Lollapalooza 2015 Performance

Metallica headlined Lollapalooza in Chicago over the weekend and the band have just released audio of their full 21-song set. The group are previewing the package with audio of their 1984 classic, "Creeping Death."

The three-day event at Chicago's Grant Park saw the metal veterans top the bill on Saturday, while Paul McCartney closed Friday and Florence + The Machine wrapped up the weekend on Sunday evening.

Metallica's Lollapalooza set is available at The band will launch a short series of European shows in Bergen, Norway on August 20; the trek includes appearances at both of the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals at the end of the month. Check out the "Creeping Death" performance here.

Fans Need To Support Bands If They Want Music Says Scott Ian

Scott Ian says fans must support new music from their favorite bands because there are long-term consequences if people continue with illegal downloading. And the Anthrax guitarist says it's not just artists who'll suffer if things don't change.

Ian tells Eddie Trunk Live: "Music's never been cheaper than now. You can get a brand new record from your favourite band for $10. And even that's high, because most bands will sell them cheaper.

"It wasn't that long ago that CDs cost $18.99 at the Virgin Megastore. Records cost half what they used to cost, and people aren't buying them as much, which is crazy to me. What more do the people want?

"I understand why it's happening but you would think people would just have the attitude, 'I'm gonna support music, I'm gonna support the bands I love, because if I don't support this, the bands I love aren't gonna be able to make records any more." Read more here.

Kirk Hammett, Paul McCartney In New Jimi Hendrix Documentary

A documentary focusing on Jimi Hendrix's performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival in 1970 will feature interviews with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood and others.

It's officially approved by Experience Hendrix LLC and receives its TV debut on the US Showtime network on September 4, followed by a DVD release via Sony on October 30.

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church explores how promoter Alex Cooley secured him for the festival bill, just weeks before the guitar icon's death. It includes performance footage of classic tracks plus material that was to appear later, and a version of The Star Spangled Banner that Cooley says "knocked people's socks off." Read more here.

Sammy Hagar Launching Lifestyle Brand Called Sammy's Island

Sammy Hagar has announced plans to launch his own lifestyle brand known as Sammy's Island which will initially include outdoor furniture, electronics, food, entertaining, beach wear, footwear, table top, jewelry and wall art, among others.

"For me, it started the moment I first stepped onto the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 1982. And again in Maui, Hawaii," says Hagar. "There's something about the island lifestyle that just makes your soul blissful and keeps you coming back for more. It's the feeling you get from being in paradise and there's no denying it.

"It's this quality of life and island vibe that I set out to infuse into Sammy's Island products. And my goal is to take you there-a state of mind that brings it all together. So welcome to my 'Island' - now let's get the party started!" Read more here.

Documenting The Historic July 4, 1970 Performance In Front Of His Largest Ever U.S. Audience

About 100 miles south of Atlanta, next to a field just outside the town of Byron, there stands a plaque erected by the Georgia Historical Society marking the location of the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, where from July 3-5, 1970, “Over thirty musical acts performed, including rock icon Jimi Hendrix playing to the largest American audience of this career.” Despite the overwhelming attendance (estimated to be 300,000-400,000), the festival and Hendrix’s performance in particular, has not received its due in terms of historic importance and impact until now.

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, a new documentary film about the music legend’s Atlanta Pop set and the circumstances surrounding it, will debut on SHOWTIME on September 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is releasing the DVD and Blu-ray version on Oct. 30, which will feature bonus content not included in the broadcast version.  The film documents the massive festival hailed then as the ‘Southern Woodstock’ and recognized now as the last great US Rock Festival.  The film presents the story of how rock music’s burgeoning festival culture descended en masse to the tiny rural village of Byron, Georgia and witnessed Hendrix’s unforgettable performance.

The film details the efforts by Atlanta promoter Alex Cooley to create the definitive music festival.  Cooley secured such talent as Bob Seger, BB King and the Allman Brothers, but Hendrix was the critical component he needed to elevate the three day festival to a major cultural event.  Electric Church features interviews with Hendrix’s Experience band mates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell as well as Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Rich Robinson, Kirk Hammett, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, festival organizer Alex Cooley and many others.  The film contains breathtaking, color 16mm footage of Jimi Hendrix’s Independence Day appearance, a mere ten weeks before his untimely passing.  Standout performances include such Hendrix classics as “Hey Joe,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Purple Haze,” as well as confident, compelling versions of songs such as “Room Full Of Mirrors,” “Freedom,” and “Straight Ahead” that had not yet been issued by Jimi on an Experience album, but were intended to be part of the album he was working on that summer. “The Star Spangled Banner,” played against a backdrop of exploding fireworks, is another highlight, which Cooley recalls as having “knocked peoples’ socks off.”

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church – DVD

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church – Blu-ray                                        

The audio release Freedom: Jimi Hendrix Experience Atlanta Pop Festival, which Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings will put out on Aug. 28, includes six performances not seen in the Showtime documentary.  This will be available as a 2CD set and also as a 200-gram 2LP vinyl set.   The first 5,000 vinyl units will be individually numbered.

Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival – 2CD

Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival – 2LP VINYL

By the beginning of the 1970s, Jimi Hendrix was unquestionably one of the most exciting rock musicians of his generation, having captivated the world with his highly stylized approach to blues guitar. In Electric Church, Paul McCartney freely admits to worshipping him, adding, “We all played guitar. We all knew a bit. But he seemed to know more than us.”

Jimi Hendrix put the rock festival concept on the map with his blistering performance at California’s Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, headlining 1968’s inaugural Miami Pop Festival, and providing the soundtrack for the counterculture with a dazzling set at Woodstock in 1969.

His performance at the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival was not only significant on a musical level, but also in terms of socio-political dynamics. The organizers were keen to push back against the cultural divide that was very much in evidence in the Deep South. It was assumed that rural audiences would not take kindly to “long-hair” bands, and that black and white artists could not comfortably exist on the same bill; Atlanta Pop set out to challenge those beliefs. Hendrix’s music and message of universal love made him the ideal artist to represent that pushback, and, appropriately, was the first act booked for the festival.

In the sweltering Georgia heat, amongst intimidating bikers who were hired as security, hundreds of thousands of mostly young music fans descended upon the festival grounds, eventually knocking over fences and leaving the organizers with no choice but to declare it a free event. Law enforcement, not equipped to handle such crowds, adopted a hands-off policy with regards to crowd control, drug use and nudity. Against incredible odds, the event proved to be largely peaceful. By the time the Jimi Hendrix Experience took the stage on the evening of July 4, the audience swelled to more than 300,000.

Massive, anarchic music fests in the U.S., unencumbered by high ticket prices and corporate sponsors were soon to be extinct, and the Atlanta Pop Festival was the last of this dying breed. Glenn Phillips (Hampton Grease Band) says, “This was, certainly in retrospect, sort of the end of an era, and a great end to an era. It was a powerful moment.”

The Atlanta festival footage in Electric Church was shot by Steve Rash, later known for directing such Hollywood films as The Buddy Holly Story and Can’t Buy Me Love.  Rash intended for the footage he and his team were filming to be used for a documentary in the vein of Woodstock.  When a deal couldn’t be secured, virtually all of the film lay undeveloped inside Rash’s barn for over three decades. The full-color film stock held up remarkably well, and makes for a transcendent viewing experience.

Bill Mankin, who worked on the construction and stage crews for the festival, provides liner notes for the Freedom package, describing his first-hand account. He explains, “At the center of the vortex was the master magician on guitar: the personification of a life lived fully and wildly, with no boundaries, no limitations, and aiming for the stars at light speed.”


On August 2, 1986 Cinderella released their debut album, NIGHT SONGS. Tom Keifer remembers when he shot the cover with photographer Mark Weiss.  As Tom recalls,  "It was shot in the historic district of Philadelphia … but the most interesting thing that I remember about that shoot was that the album was called NIGHT SONGS and Mark scheduled the shoot for day time.. and I kept saying to him..that's not going to look right and he said I shoot day for night and I didn't know what the fuck that meant...and I just trusted him because I kind of liked this guy right off the bat.. I thought he was a straight-up cat.  And sure enough, when we got the pictures back it looked like it was nighttime.. So Mark Weiss is a fucking genius."

Tom talks about his rock scene growing up as a young kid-- and first seeing the Beatles and then The Monkees on TV and then... "I started hearing a different sound than the Beatles or the Monkees... and it was like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith and once I heard that... and the Rolling Stones…you know I remember hearing Jumpin' Jack Flash and Brown Sugar…and from that point on all through like my high school years that's all I wanted to do."  

He remembers his start in the South Jersey rock scene--"It was all cover clubs.. there was a cover club on every corner because the drinking age was 18 so they were packed nightly.  I'd get tired of that scene and I started to wonder why Led Zeppelin and the Stones and Rod Stewart got to make records and obviously it's because they had their own songs.  That's when I wanted to get out of the club scene and the cover scene and started writing songs…and that's what I did for a number of years and eventually it lead to putting Cinderella together."

Tom talks about MTV and the image of Rock & Roll-- "You know I grew up on the music of the late 60s  and the 70s and you're talking Janis Joplin and Rod Stewart and Bad Company, Free and Joe Walsh and the James Gang... and I could go on and on ...from the Eagles to Fleetwood Mac to Heart to the Rolling Stones…it was an incredibly creative time for music and not only did those artists influence you in the musical way, but they influenced you image wise.  You wanted to be like them so you started to emulate them...and you know all my heroes were pretty flashy… I loved Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  They were cool and had a touch of glam vibe to them... and Janis Joplin did, Aerosmith did.. so you learned in the same way in your fashion sense as you did in your music sense...and I think when Cinderella came around and we were in the part of the decade in the 80s where so much importance was placed on the visual because of MTV.  I think the over the top look that developed in the 80s was as a result of us taking our heroes to a whole other fuckin' level.  The 80s was all about excess and I think that's what it was about.  And I think that most of my buddies from the other bands would tell you the same thing.  It came from that glam, hard rock…you know, imagery of the 60s and the 70s and trying to take it somewhere new because all of a sudden there was this new visual thing called MTV where it was as much about the visual as it was about the music. Everything in the 80s was fucking over the top!  And it was cool.. It was a great decade."


This fall, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Invitation To Illumination – Live At Montreux 2011 on 2CD and Digital Formats – September 11, 2015 [MSRP $19.98].

On July 1st, 2011, the famed Montreux Jazz Festival hosted the reunion of master-guitarists Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin with their Invitation To Illumination concert. This is the first ever release of the audio from this unique concert, which includes most of the tracks from their classic 1973 album Love Devotion SurrenderInvitation To Illumination – Live At Montreux 2011 also features the late Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, playing harmonica on the final track.

Both Santana and McLaughlin have been regulars at Montreux throughout the years but this was the first time they headlined their own concert together. The show features compelling performances of the beloved tracks from   Love Devotion Surrender as well as songs that have influenced Carlos & John’s incredible careers, including songs by Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan & John Lee Hooker. This show is an incredible display of supreme musicianship by two of the most prolific guitarists to ever grace the world stage.  The line-up for this performance featured Carlos Santana (Lead Guitar & Vocals); John McLaughlin (Lead Guitar & Vocals); Cindy Blackman Santana (Drums); Dennis Chambers (Drums); David K. Mathews (Keyboards); Tommy Anthony (Guitar & Vocals); Raul Rekow (Congas, Percussion & Vocals); Etienne M'Bappé (Bass); Benny Rietveld (Bass); Tony Lindsay (Vocals); Andy Vargas (Vocals)

The evening captured on Invitation To Illumination – Live At Montreux 2011 was truly worthy of its title: Illuminating. A showcase of supreme musical virtuosity and spirituality, this 2CD set typifies the approach of these two great artists.

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

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Disc One:
1) Echoes Of Angels   
2) The Life Divine  
3) Medley: Peace On Earth / A Hard Rain Is Gonna Fall / Stairway To Heaven / Summer In The City / Our Prayer / Free America / The 8th Of January / La Marseillaise / SOCC  
4) Medley: Right Off / Guitar Interlude / Voodoo Child (Slight Return)  
5) Vuelta Abajo  
6) Vashkar  
7) Medley: The Creator Has A Master Plan / Guitar Interlude  
8) Naima  
9) Medley: Lotus Land Op.47 No.1 / Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood 

Disc Two:
 1) Downstairs Blues  
2) Medley: Venus / Upper Egypt  
3) Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord  
4) Medley: Black Satin / Smooth Criminal / Land Of 1000 Dances  
5) Cindy Blackman Santana Drum Solo  
6) A Love Supreme  
7) Shake It Up And Go

Buddy Guy and Van Morrison Stream B.B. King Tribute Song

Buddy Guy has released a stream of his track Flesh & Bone, featuring guest collaborator Van Morrison. It's taken from his latest album Born To Play Guitar - and it's dedicated to the late B.B. King.

Guy tells Billboard: "Every time I go in the studio now, my mind is on all the great blues players that have passed on before B.B. They were my teachers. When I got to know them, they would always wind up saying, 'If I go before you, boy, keep playing those blues.'

"The last words Muddy Waters told me was, 'Man, just keep playing those blues.' I've got a song on the album for him - Come Back Muddy - so when we heard B.B. was gone I said, 'Let's put one on for him, too.'" Stream the song here.

Rush Play Last Date Of What May Be Their Final Tour

Rush performed the final show of their 40th anniversary R40 Live tour at The Forum in Los Angeles on August 1st. Video from the show, which may be the band's final tour date, has been posted online

The group's 2-set, 26-song show presented material from throughout their career, including many fan favorites and vintage album tracks. "Thank you for forty awesome years," posted the band.

Bassist Geddy Lee and Rush manager Ray Danniels have both discussed the group's plans to scale back the length of touring as band members approach their mid-60s in the next few years, with drummer Neil Peart wishing to spend more time at home with his family in California.

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

Don Henley Announces North American Solo Tour

Eagles star Don Henley has announced that he will be launching a North American tour this fall to promote the release of his first new solo album in 15 years.

The new album, "Cass Country" is set to be released on September 25th in various formats including a standard 12 song CD and digital version as well as a double disc 180 vinyl LP version.

Henley will be launching the Cass Country Tour 2015 on October 3rd in Phoenix, AZ at the Comerica Theatre and concluding the trek on November 12th in Philadelphia, PA at the Academy of Music.

Cass County Tour 2015 Dates:
10/3 - Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
10/5 - San Francisco, CA The Masonic
10/7 - Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
10/9 - Los Angeles, CA The Forum
10/13 - Denver, CO Bellco Theatre
10/15 - Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
10/17 - Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
10/18 - Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
11/2 - New York, NY Beacon Theatre
11/3 - Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre
11/5 - Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
11/7 - Detroit, MI Fox Theatre Detroit
11/8 - Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
11/10 - Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
11/12 - Philadelphia, PA Academy of Music

KISS Frontman Paul Stanley Spoofed In New Snaked Track

 KISS frontman Paul Stanley is the focus and title of the debut single by Hollywood duo Snaked. Paul Stanley sees video game composer and guitarist Hugh Myrone and DJ Depressed Teenager mix electronic music with clips of the Kiss singer's onstage banter.

They call their sound RDM - Rockstar Dance Music and the track is said to be "a lighters up ode to Kiss' frontman which blends massive guitar riffs and feels-murking chords with huge drum patterns which soar underneath Stanley's epic stage banter." And after hearing the song, Stanley said on Twitter: "Starting my day with this! Ha! What do you think?"

Stanley's bandmate Gene Simmons is determined to make another Kiss album in 2016 despite the frontman's misgivings. Simmons has written at least one track for the project, while guitarist Tommy Thayer said a studio return wasn't "completely out of the question." Check out the song here.

Aerosmith's Brad Whitford Reunites With Derek St. Holmes

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford has confirmed that he and singer Derek St. Holmes have reunited and are planning their second album together. Whitford left Steven Tyler and co in 1981 to work on Whitford-St. Holmes' debut album, which was released the same year.

Now they've teamed up again and are joined by Nashville bassist Charlie Anderson and Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta. Whitford tells Aero 101: "Derek and I have always been friends. We started writing a bunch of stuff and we started building a band. The next thing we did was go in the studio and we cut nine tracks in two days."

He says the album is almost done but they'll put the finishing touches on it once Aerosmith's current tour ends early next month. He hopes to tour the project across the US in November. Read more here.

Queensryche Reveal Details For New Album 'Condition Human'

Queensryche have unveiled the cover art and tracklisting for their upcoming album, "Condition Human." Due October 2, the band's 15th album was produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary) and recorded in the band's native state of Washington.

"The artwork depicts a beautiful innocence surrounded by the darkness of a jaded unpredictable world," says vocalist Todd La Torre. The project marks the group's first release since a public split and two-year legal battle over the Queensryche brand with former singer Geoff Tate.

La Torre joined in 2012 was on board for the band's 2013 self-titled effort and live shows, while Tate went on to form Operation: Mindcrime - named after Queensryche's 1988 album.

Queensryche are previewing the record with the lead track "Arrow Of Time." Currently playing shows across Europe, the band will hit the road with Scorpions for their North American dates this fall. See the artwork and tracklisting here.