Flea Reveals Direction Of New Red Hot Chili Peppers Album
Although we have no idea when the Red Hot Chili Peppers will release their forthcoming album, Flea has confirmed they're writing some pretty funky stuff.
The bassist has told Rolling Stone that the band is nearly finished writing and the new music is "super danceable, funky s**t and some real introspective, pretty stuff."
According to Flea, the band has written nearly 30 songs - far more material than they intend lay down on the album, but that's the norm for the Los Angeles foursome.
He told RS that he hopes to be touring the new album within a year.
ROCK NEWS FOR 10/21/14
SUPERTRAMP Co-Founder ROGER HODGSON Readies Fall Tour As “Crime of the Century” Celebrates 40th Anniversary
HODGSON’S SHOWS GIVE NORTH AMERICAN AUDIENCES OPPORTUNITY TO ONCE AGAIN EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC AND SPIRIT HODGSON CREATED WITH SUPERTRAMP
Roger Hodgson, legendary vocalist and singer-songwriter from Supertramp, is heading back to North America for a series of fall dates. Following extensive tours of Europe and South America, Hodgson kicks off his North America tour on November 4 in Wabash, Indiana.
Hodgson, one of the most gifted composers and lyricists of our time, co-founded the progressive rock band Supertramp in 1969. Roger was the driving force behind what fans call the “golden years” of the band that made Supertramp a worldwide phenomenon with album sales in excess of 60 million. He wrote, sang, and arranged the enduring rock standards such as “Breakfast in America,” “Give a Little Bit,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “The Logical Song,” “Dreamer,” “It's Raining Again,” “School,” and “Fool's Overture.”
Accompanied by a four-piece band, Roger Hodgson continues to perform all his hits he wrote and later recorded with Supertramp plus other classics of his such as “Child of Vision,” “Hide in Your Shell,” “Sister Moonshine,” and “Even in the Quietest Moments,” plus favorites from his solo albums - “Only Because of You,” “Lovers in the Wind,” and “In Jeopardy” - many of which can be found on his current CD release, Classics Live.
Uniting generations, Hodgson is transporting baby boomers back to their youth while giving younger concertgoers a taste of why his heartfelt songs have endured. In fact, this year marks the 40th Anniversary of "Crime of the Century," released in September 1974 (see a revised full press release below about the re-issues). Hodgson's song, “Dreamer,” became Supertramp’s first international runaway hit, driving the album to the top of the charts. “School,” “Hide in Your Shell,” and “If Everyone Was Listening”are also fan favorites from the album that Hodgson wrote and composed and often plays in concert.
Roger’s shows give North American audiences the opportunity to once again experience the magic and spirit that Hodgson created with Supertramp.
Roger Hodgson North America Tour Dates:
November 4 - Wabash, IN - Honeywell Center
November 6 - Detroit, MI - MotorCity Casino Hotel
November 7 - Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagara Falls Casino and Resort
November 8 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
November 9 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
November 11 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
November 14 & 15 - Rama, ON, Canada - Casino Rama
"Whether it's the melodic complexity of his songs, the harmonies he weaves with his band, the lyrics that sweep you away or his ability to still command the incredible upper range of his voice, 'beautiful' was what kept coming to mind over and over again during his performance. 'Breathtaking' might also apply. 'I want more' certainly would." ~ Ted Hansen - Mesa Classic Rock Music Examiner
"All these years I thought I was a Supertramp fan when actually I was and am a Roger Hodgson fan. What a show! WOW is all I can say." ~ David Wild, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone
Check out his latest release, “Classics Live.” This spectacular collection of Roger’s hit songs from concerts recorded around the world on his
2010 tour is available through his Store and iTunes.
Enjoy this video montage of Hodgson performing some of his timeless classics.
For more information, visit the Tour page on Hodgson’s Website or Events on his Facebook page.
For additional information on Roger Hodgson, visit his Bio.
SUPERTRAMP CRIME OF THE CENTURY DECEMBER 9, 2014 in the US (Dec 8 ROW)
1 CD /2-CD DELUXE EDITION/ BACK TO BLACK 180gm vinyl / PURE AUDIO BLU RAY / 3-LP 180 gm BOX SET / DIGITAL EQUIVALENTS
Featuring the cream of Rick Davies’ and Roger Hodgson’s songwriting, Crime Of The of the Century was the first of the many peaks in Supertramp’s illustrious career; an album that had everything to prove and tunes that effortlessly straddled the world of pure pop and progressive rock. The significant change that happened with Supertramp on this album was that Hodgson and Davies had each found their strength as songwriters and were writing alone. The LP eventually peaked at Number 4 on the UK charts and saw the band for the first time on the US Top 40. It was the music and the album’s cinematic sonic qualities that accounted for its impact.
Crime Of The Century is not only one of Supertramp’s greatest works, but one of the most highly regarded recordings of 70s rock music. Released in 1974, it put the band on the map after five years of struggle. With the unmistakable blend of the two songwriters – Davies’ and Hodgson’s – work, it married the sweetness of Hodgson’s ‘Dreamer’ -- the band's first big hit single -- with the grit of Davies’ similarly beloved ‘Bloody Well Right.’ In ‘School,’ ‘Rudy,’ and the title track, the band – Davies, Hodgson, John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg, and Dougie Thomson – helped define what would soon be known as ‘Adult Oriented Rock.’ This was -- and is -- not just an album that showed Supertramp's increased maturity, but a timeless gem marked by the incredible melodies and thoughtful lyrics of Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.
This 40th Anniversary edition contains the classic original album, remastered by Ray Staff at Air Studios, and a second disc features their 1975 Hammersmith Odeon concert, mixed from the original tapes by original on-the-night engineer Ken Scott, capturing the band on the verge of stardom, showcasing all of Crime, and also previewing tracks from the then-as-yet-unreleased follow-up, Crisis? What Crisis?
The 2-CD package comes with a 24-page booklet of photographs, and a new essay written by Phil Alexander, Editor-in-Chief of Mojo Magazine, containing new interviews with Dougie Thomson, John Helliwell, Ken Scott, Bob Siebenberg, Roger Hodgson, and 1973-1983 Supertramp manager Dave Margereson. Crime Of The Century is also available in 3LP and digital formats.
The heavyweight vinyl set in a beautiful box set, cut by Ray Staff at Air Studios, featuring all the material of the two CDs across three 180gm LPs, with an eight-page album-sized booklet with a longer version of Alexander’s essay, and two 10x8 prints.
Crime Of The Century was produced by Ken Scott (The Beatles’ ‘White Album’, David Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars). His engineering prowess merited a Grammy nomination and became one of the ‘go to’ albums for Hi-Fi demonstrations alongside Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.
Enjoy again the sonic excellence and musical and lyrical sophistication of this well-loved band on this timely celebration of one of Crime Of The Century, one of their landmark recordings.
ORIGINAL ALBUM: School / Bloody Well Right / Hide In Your Shell/ Asylum / Dreamer/Rudy / If Everyone Was Listening / Crime Of The Century
LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH 75: School / Bloody Well Right / Hide In Your Shell / Asylum / Sister Moonshine / Just A Normal Day / Another Man’s Woman / Lady / A – You’re Adorable / Dreamer / Rudy / If Everyone Was Listening / Crime Of The Century
Don Henley Unleashes A Monster 30 Years Ago
Dallas, TX - Oct 21, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Albums hosts Don Henley and songwriter/ producer Danny Kortchmar for a look at the Grammy Award-winning 1984 album Building The Perfect Beast.
“Dirty Laundry” from Don Henley’s first solo album I Can’t Stand Still was but a mere appetizer to Henley’s second post-Eagles effort Building The Perfect Beast. A monster of a success, BTPB contained the hit singles “All She Wants To Do Is Dance”, “Sunset Grill”, “Driving With Your Eyes Closed”, “Not Enough Love In The World” and the Eighties anthem “The Boys of Summer”.
Don Henley’s solo career was validated when BTPB would go on to sell over four million albums and garner Henley’s first solo Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance on “The Boys of Summer”. The accolades aside, Henley nevertheless admits to InTheStudio host Redbeard how he struggles to this day to understand the process of composing.
“The process of songwriting is still a mystery to me. I still don’t know how we get from the beginning to the end of it. It just happens. I still can’t quite explain it and I’m surprised, sometimes, that some of this stuff comes out of me.”
Don Henley / InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/don-henley-building-perfect-beast-30th-anniversary-don-danny-kortchmar/”
Original Dio Members Releasing New Album
Last in Line - the band made up of original Dio members Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Claude Schnell and Jimmy Bain - have signed a deal for an all-new album, due next year.
The lineup is completed by frontman Andrew Freeman, who's been with them since they started the project in 2012 and previously worked with Lynch Mob, the Offspring and Hurricane. Earlier this year they released a sneak preview of their track Devil In Me.
Now they've confirmed their album will appear via Frontiers Records early in 2015. Guitarist Campbell, now with Def Leppard, recently admitted the band had never planned to write together. He told TicketsThere: "It just seemed the next logical step after we'd done some shows. It seemed right to try to create a sound that's ours, not just trying to recreate the Dio sound."
Peter Gabriel Working On 'Happy' New Music
Peter Gabriel says he is working on a clutch of "organic dance" tracks for his next album. The former Genesis man has not released an album of original material since 2002's Up and has tentatively called the follow-up I/O, although no release date has been revealed.
He says he tends to wrote "moody" songs and wants to move away from that mould on his next record. Gabriel tells Rolling Stone: "I'm trying to do some happy stuff. Even now. Because it's very easy for me to fall into some moody stuff.
"I wanna do something that's more dance-y, and more like an organic dance record. I've got a couple of songs I've been working on the last two weeks that I think are beginning to go in that direction.
"I'm a self-conscious dancer publicly. But privately I really enjoy it. You know I was a drummer originally and I love grooves, I love rhythm. My kids would tell me I'm not quite good, but I am enthusiastic."
Alice In Chains Star Doesn't Think Grunge Killed Hair Metal
Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez refutes the view that grunge killed hair metal - because the two genres are beyond comparison. Inez says Seattle grunge bands spent years perfecting their sound while hair metal acts were more focused on girls, clothes and haircuts. But, he insists he did love the LA hair metal scene while it lasted.
Inez tells Lucas H Gordon: "The difference between the LA scene - I was born and raised here - and the Seattle scene is, Soundgarden was a band for 10 years before they got signed to a major label. So they had a lot of time to get together and gel as a band.
"Even all the bands like Nirvana and Alice In Chains in their early days and Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone - they had a lot of time to jam together before they released their music to the world. So I think that was very important.
"Where here in Los Angeles, they were just trying to mix and match bands by 'Oh, we need a bass player with long, blonde hair,' or 'We need a singer with curly hair.' They were just trying to do that.
"So the music started lacking, I think. But I'll tell you one thing about the LA scene - there was more girls in the 80s here than I've ever seen anywhere in my life. It was a really fun time to see that."
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Reveals Inspiration For Louder Than Words
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is sharing insight into the inspiration behind "Louder Than Words", the lead single from the band's forthcoming and final album, "The Endless River."
The song features lyrics by Gilmour's wife, author Polly Samson. "She's describing the slightly dysfunctional human relationships that we have within Pink Floyd," the guitarist tells Absolute Radio, "and how a lot of the time we don't communicate that well…we're not that good at talking to each other. When we play our instruments there's a communication that speaks louder than words."
Due November 10 (Nov 11 in North America), "The Endless River" serves as the band's tribute to keybopardist Rick Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.
The project features material recorded by Gilmour, Wright and drummer Nick Mason during sessions for 1994's "The Division Bell." Check out the video interview with Gilmour here.
SHIPROCKED 2015 SAILS FROM MIAMI TO GREAT STIRRUP CAY IN THE BAHAMAS ONBOARD NORWEGIAN PEARL FEBRUARY 2-6, 2015
ULTIMATE ROCK MUSIC CRUISE VACATION WILL FEATURE HEADLINERS LIMP BIZKIT, ALONG WITH CHEVELLE, METAL ALLEGIANCE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, BUCKCHERRY, P.O.D., SEVENDUST, TREMONTI, ANDREW W.K., LIVING COLOUR, FILTER, LACUNA COIL AND MANY MORE
ShipRocked--the ultimate rock music cruise vacation--will sail roundtrip between the Port Of Miami and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from February 2-6, 2015 onboard the Norwegian Pearl.
ShipRocked 2015--fueled by Monster Energy--will be headlined by Limp Bizkit, featuring Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, and John Otto.
Fred Durst says, “Limp Bizkit? New album? Sunshine? Metal party? Phil Anselmo? Unlimited lobster? Half-naked women? No rules? Loud music? Every day? Every night? Repeat five times in a row? You don't have to ask me twice. I'M IN!!!!! See you there, Bizkit heads!!”
The sixth ShipRocked will also feature Chevelle, heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Black Label Society, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Sevendust, Tremonti, Andrew W.K., Living Colour, Filter, Lacuna Coil, Nonpoint, Otherwise, Zach Myers of Shinedown with J.R. Moore & Zack Mack, Crobot, Thousand Foot Krutch, Wilson, Islander, Andy Wood, Letters From The Fire, Cilver, and DJ Lippy Rage.
For the first time, ShipRocked guests are invited to start their vacation early with the ShipRocked Super Sail Away Pre-Party on February 1, 2015. The Pre-Party will feature Chevelle’s only ShipRocked performance, as well as sets from Sevendust and Wilson.
For the Super Sail Away, cruise guests will avoid boarding lines by checking into their cabins during the day on February 1. The cost is about the same as a hotel room, food is included, the Super Bowl will be shown on big screens, bands will perform, and guests can check out the bars, get pampered in the spa, and gamble at the casino (while at sea).
For the Pre-Party, the Norwegian Pearl will set sail in the evening on February 1 and will return to pick up additional ShipRocked guests the next morning. Those already onboard will have the luxury of sleeping in while others are boarding. Cabins for ShipRocked 2015 are on sale now at www.ShipRocked.com.
Metal Allegiance--featuring singers Philip Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera) and Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), guitarists Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Scott Ian (Anthrax), and Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax) and David Ellefson (Megadeth), and drummers Charlie Benante (Anthrax) and Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater)--will put their spin on a scorching set of heavy metal’s most influential and recognizable songs.
"It'll be a blast to rejoin my fellow badass Metal Allegiance compatriots on ShipRocked 2015,” says Philip H. Anselmo of Metal Allegiance. “Expect more blasts from the past, plus some killer musicians amongst the awesome atmosphere of jamming on the water! Come out and jam with us!"
Mike Portnoy of Metal Allegiance explains, "After the recent debut of Metal Allegiance, we couldn't wait to get back together and throw down again! We're fans just like everybody on the other side of the stage watching us. We all love this music and Metal Allegiance gives us a chance to hang, jam and have fun with this unique brotherhood of metal!"
“ShipRocked is about great live music, and it's about the fans. The way that crowds have responded to Limp Bizkit's return to the stage – and the way the band has embraced its fans during those performances – truly epitomizes that spirit. And Metal Allegiance is a band of world class musicians, heavy metal legends in their own right, performing not just for the fans, but AS fans of the great hard rock and metal tradition that's helped to shape so many of the bands that we have on board this year,” says event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment.
Each ShipRocked is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that provides guests with the opportunity to vacation with their favorite bands, meet new friends, and reunite with old friends year after year. On any given day, guests might find themselves dining, drinking, rocking out, swimming, working out, or gambling alongside their favorite rock stars. The full-ship charter provides a one-of-a-kind experience for guests to have the time of their lives with thousands of like-minded friends.
Guests will spend two full days enjoying concerts and activities on a private beach on Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas (http://www.ncl.com/freestyle-cruise/great-stirrup-cay). The island features a large performance area on the beach with full production for rock shows and offers various island excursions such as parasailing, snorkeling, canoeing and more.
ShipRocked guests will enjoy multiple performances from every band on different stages throughout the ship, artist meet and greets, Q&A sessions, along with artist-hosted activities including contests, game shows, insane parties, theme nights and more.
During ShipRocked 2014, nearly 3,000 fans from 44 states across the U.S. and almost a dozen countries were treated to more than 50 performances from 25 artists on six stages aboard the Norwegian Pearl--and on the spectacular beach stage of Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas--along with three days of meet-and-greets with ShipRocked artists, comedy and DJ sets, impromptu stage-side signings, and more.
The 2014 ShipRocked Cancer Sucks! onboard charity auction raised over $100,000 towards funding innovative medical research and finding a cure for cancer. Auction items included one-of-a-kind rock memorabilia and concert experiences.
Check out recap videos from ShipRocked’s 2014 cruise here: http://vimeo.com/88719932.
Legendary YES Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley To Release Charity Single “The Family Circle”
London, UK - GONZO Multimedia is proud to announce the release of a new charity single “The Family Circle” by legendary YES vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson and former Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley. The money received from the single will go to the following charities: Flutie Foundation - www.flutiefoundation.org (Jon Anderson), Sahaja Yoga Meditation - www.sahajayoga.org (Matt Malley) and National Autistic Society - www.autism.org.uk (Rob Ayling, GONZO Multimedia president)
'Family Circle' came together when Matt sent me the beautiful music earlier this year. I sang the song and lyric idea and sent it back to Matt, thanking him for the great energy. Eventually, Matt added some more sounds and the haunting guitar solo. We decided to have all sale proceeds go to our respective charities. It's a pleasure to release this around Thanksgiving time, reminding us of our connection with our families and how our children keep us together, bonding our love of life.” - Jon Anderson
“Not only am I a fan of Jon's voice but I’m a fan of his fearless spiritual outlook which appears in all of his music. A mutual friend said we should meet and got us in touch and after talking a little, Jon said, 'So send some music!' - so I had a cup of my best Darjeeling tea, went into my studio and came up with the instrumental arrangement that you hear on 'Family Circle'. I sent the file up to Jon and it came back with his marvelous voice, lyrics…everything that brought the song to becoming fully realized.” - Matt Malley
Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the original lead vocalist and creative force behind YES. Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the ground-breaking album 'Fragile' as well as the series of epic, complex pieces such as “Awaken”, “Gates of Delirium” and especially “Close to the Edge” which were central to the band's success. Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group's biggest hits, including “I've Seen All Good People”, “Roundabout”, and “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. In addition, Jon Anderson had great success with a series of albums he did with Vangelis, and most recently released the critically-acclaimed solo album entitled “Survival and Other Stories” (GONZO Multimedia). In the fall of 2014 Jon Anderson teamed up with jazz violin legend Jean-Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band.
Matt Malley is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter who is best known for co-founding the multi-platinum selling rock band Counting Crows back in the early 90's. He appears as bassist on their biggest hit records and songs. In 2004 Matt retired from the band so he could work from his studio at home and be with his family. He is a student of the Indian Slide Guitar and a fan of Progressive Rock, Celtic Folk, World and Indian Music.
Listen to a sample of the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hATdN-XMBSQ
To purchase Jon Anderson & Matt Malley's “Family Circle”: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/family-circle-single/id911786898
Read GONZO Weekly's 100th issue! http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-100.html
Jon Anderson's official website: www.JonAnderson.com
Matt Malley's official website: www.malleyablemusic.com
PREVIOUS ROCK NEWS
Ozzy Thinks Technology Is Killing Music
Ozzy Osbourne says the rise of technology in music means bands are losing the ability to jam and shape ideas together. And the Black Sabbath icon - who's the subject of a free TeamRock iPad supplement - has first-hand experience of the phenomenon.
Ozzy tells Noisey.com: "The computer age is taking over and there's a lot of trickery. I've actually seen guys in bands. You go, 'Do you want to jam?' and they go, 'Jam? What's that?' Just playing anything together. They can't do it. 'I'll have to consult my computer first.' The art of being in a band is dying."
The singer says he's always proud when another musician is influenced by Sabbath - and he doesn't just mean by the music. He says: "I have people at Ozzfest going, 'Man, if it wasn't for Sabbath... we owe you so much.' I go, 'What part of this is influenced by Sabbath?' I get where they're coming from but it's not the music, it's what it says to the people." Read more and watch the video clip here.
WORLD-RENOWNED GUITARIST/COMPOSER STEVE HACKETT RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA FOR "GENESIS EXTENDED" TOUR
(New York, NY) - World-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett will soon return to North America for the last leg of his highly successful GENESIS EXTENDED tour, a continuation of the 2013/2014 GENESIS REVISITED II World Tour. The set list features all Genesis material and the performances include a specially-designed light show. The Steve Hackett GENESIS REVISITED II 2013/2014 World Tour broke box office records in the UK, Europe and Japan. Please see below for the full North American itinerary of the final tour dates; click here to check out the official tour trailer.
Of the GENESIS EXTENDED tour, Steve Hackett commented, "I'm thrilled to return to the States due to popular demand with my GENESIS EXTENDED show. It's exciting to play the Genesis music again with renewed energy from a fantastic band. Some of the numbers vary, but big favorites like "Supper's Ready" and "The Musical Box" remain an integral part. Catch the show this one last time!" Joining Hackett on stage will be an impressive line-up of musicians including Nad Sylvan (vocals), Roger King (keyboards), Nick Beggs (bass), Gary O'Toole (drums, percussion and vocals) and Rob Townsend (sax, flute and percussion). In other news, Steve Hackett is featured as a member of Genesis and as a solo artist on the new Genesis triple disc R-KIVE box set, available now.
Steve Hackett's double disc GENESIS REVISITED II (InsideOut Music) features reinterpreted Genesis classics from the period dearest to Hackett, the "golden era" 1971-1977, with a stellar array of guest performers; Hackett enlisted the help of 35 special guests to provide the songs with a new unique edge. The star-studded line-up includes respected vocalists Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth), Simon Collins (Phil Collins' son), Amanda Lehmann, Conrad Keely, Francis Dunnery, Neal Morse, John Wetton, Nad Sylvan and Nik Kershaw. Steve Rothery of Marillion and Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings and Transatlantic joined in to share guitar duties, while Jeremy Stacey and Gary O'Toole are amongst the chosen drummers. Also recently released is the live CD/DVD package GENESIS REVISITED - LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH. The 3 CD + 2 DVD (with 5.1) box set (InsideOut Music) features special guests including Nik Kershaw, John Wetton, Jakko Jakszyk, Amanda Lehmann and Steve Rothery.
In 2010, Steve Hackett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame at The 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony alongside his Genesis bandmates from the classic line-up: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. For more than three decades, Steve Hackett has been known for his innovative tone and extraordinary versatility as a guitarist and composer. He helped define Genesis' sound as lead guitarist in the classic line-up and went on to have a highly-successful career as a solo artist, and also as part of 80s supergroup GTR with Steve Howe.
Steve Hackett GENESIS EXTENDED North American tour dates:
13 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
14 New York, NY Town Hall
15 Westbury, NY The Space At Westbury
16 Concord, NH Capitol Center For The Arts
19 Lynn, MA The Lynn Memorial Auditorium
20 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
21 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
22 Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Auditorium
23 Albany, NY The Egg Center For The Performing Arts
26 Riviere-Du-Loup, QC Salle Alphonse Desjardins
27 Saguenay, QC Theatre Du Palais Municipal
28 Quebec City, QC Le Grand Theatre De Quebec
29 Montreal, QC Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
30 Gatineau, QC Le Theatre Du Casino
2 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
3 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live
6 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
7 San Francisco, CA The Warfield Theatre
8 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
10 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre
11 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
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Smithsonian Receives Brian Setzer’s Gretsch Guitar
Grammy Award-winning musician Brian Setzer donated his signature orange Gretsch guitar to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History during a ceremony Oct. 17. The replica guitar is evocative of Setzer’s original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, for which he raided his Monopoly game for two dice drilled holes in them and attached them to take the place of the missing tone knobs. To help resemble a 1950s-era “hot rod,” Setzer added three decals that, in the replica, were duplicated with the aid of a master guitar builder.
Setzer, an American guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, is known for continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music, first with 1980s rockabilly band the Stray Cats and then again in the late 1990s with his 18-piece “Rockin’ Big Band,” The Brian Setzer Orchestra. In 1987, he appeared on the big screen in the Ritchie Valens biographical film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran.
“Brian Setzer is a prolific and distinctive contributor to American music,” said John Edward Hasse, the museum’s curator of American music. “Proof of his legacy exists not only in the longevity of his career and in his lengthy discography, but also in his ability to cross musical boundaries.”
In 1982, Setzer released his first single with the Stray Cats, “Rock This Town” on which he played a 1959 Gretsch 6120 model guitar. As the guitar aged, it began to fall apart. Stephen Stern, a Gretsch master guitar builder, replicated every detail of the original guitar. When Stern presented it to Setzer, he found it to be virtually indistinguishable from the original. It is the 2006 replica that is now in the museum’s collection.
“What an honor it is to be in the Smithsonian just for playing the music that I love,” said Setzer. “Maybe in a hundred years people will look at my guitar and be inspired to play it and enjoy it the way I do.”
Setzer’s guitar will join a large and diverse collection of musical instruments at the museum that includes John Coltrane’s saxophone, Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet, Prince’s Yellow Cloud electric guitar and Eddie Van Halen’s “Frank 2” guitar.
Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. The museum helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. It is currently renovating its west exhibition wing, developing galleries on business, democracy and culture. For more information, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu. The museum is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free.
Rockin' the Wall – 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall - Announcing US Theatrical Tour & DVD and Digital Release!
Featuring David Paich (Toto), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), and Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot)
Studio City, CA - Lightyear Entertainment and Specialty Studios, in association with Rockin' the Wall Studios announce the Consumer release of “Rockin' the Wall” on November 4th, 2014. And a US Fall 2014 Theatrical Tour in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The feature length documentary offers an entertaining exploration of the power of rock music as a force for social change & liberation.
The film by Larry Schweikart and Marc Leif is based on Schweikart's book “Seven Events That Made America America.” It shows how music become a liberating force behind the Iron Curtain and helped give strength to the anti-communist revolution.
The documentary features interviews with several well-known rock musicians, including David Paich (Toto), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), and Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot), and Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge), as well as individuals who experienced life behind the Soviet controlled side of the wall.
The official motion picture soundtrack for “Rockin' the Wall” includes more than a dozen original or newly performed songs, featuring powerful re-makes of 60's and 70's classics “Ball of Confusion,” “People Got to be Free,” and “Train Kept a Rollin'” as well as original songs by Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera, and Mother's Finest, as well as all songs performed in the film.
“Music has the power to change the world!” - David Paich (Toto)
Schweikart is going 'on tour' with the film and will be participating in post screening discussions providing audiences with a rare opportunity to get an even better understanding of this monumental moment in history.
Since September, the “Rockin' the Wall - 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall” tour has been in Dayton, Cincinnati, Greenville, Ohio, Toledo, Atlanta, Asheville, N.C., Greensboro, N.C, Raleigh, N.C., Cullowee, N.C., Danbury, CT, Winter Garden, FL, Ave Maria, FL
Future USA Fall 2014 Tour dates below:
10/14, Wheeling, West Liberty University
10/30, Eureka, IL, Eureka College
11/4, Tacoma, University of Washington
11/6, Los Angeles, Luxe Hotel Sunset
11/7, Seton High School, Mesa, AZ
11/8, Chandler, AZ, Chandler Center for the Arts
11/9 (pending) Scottsdale, AZ, Shea Harkins Theater
11/14, Fulton, MO, Churchill Museum/Westminster C
11/20, Grand Rapids, MI, Acton Institute
12/1 (pending) Chicago, Theater of the Arts/Polish American Film Society
2/2015 (pending) Notre Dame and a Dallas showing.
(All dates and locations are posted on the film's website: www.rockinthewallstudios.com)
Ultimate Classic Rock Premieres ALICE COOPER “Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken” Performance Clip
For Every CD/DVD Sold, € 1 will be contributed to the Wacken Foundation!
Tomorrow marks the release of UDR Music’s ALICE COOPER Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken CD/DVD set! In celebration of tomorrow’s release, Ultimate Classic Rock has the exclusive release of an unreleased clip of ALICE COOPER’s Wacken “Welcome To My Nightmare” performance. Check out the clip here via Ultimate Classic Rock: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/alice-cooper-welcome-to-my-nightmare-video/
Not only is ALICE COOPER Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken CD/DVD set an excellent release in itself and a fantastic gift idea, it also benefits charity! When Alice learned about the charity aspect of the set, he was very happy to be one the first to participate and support the Wacken Foundation.
The Wacken Foundation is a non-profit organization, supporting the new blood of hard rock / heavy and metal music. For every CD/DVD sold, € 1 will be contributed to the Wacken Foundation.
Raise The Dead will be available as DVD + CD Digipack. The DVD contains 22 songs from the Wacken concert – including covers of The Doors’ ‘Break on Through,’ The Who‘s ‘My Generation’ and Pink Floyd‘s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ – plus bonus material shows + a 20-minute interview with the man himself, and the double CD features music from the complete concert. The set is also available in BluRay Amaray (Full HD) format. 22 Songs LIVE…. a phenomenal stage show, all classics in one package + ALICE COOPER – one the biggest entertainers ever! What’s not to love?
ALICE COOPER - not much has to be said about this incredible artist whose career spans five decades by now. The ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’ is recognized internationally as one of the world’s most beloved entertainers. He is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal and has been described as the artist who first introduced horror imagery to rock’n’roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre.
Paul McCartney Reveals Song Featuring Led Zeppelin's John Bonham
It was old meets new as music legend Paul McCartney debuted a never-before-heard old song featuring late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham in the most modern of ways: during a Twitter Q&A.
The track, "Beware of Love," was originally featured on the 1975 Wings album, Wings at the Speed of Sound, but not in the form debuted by McCartney. In this newly released version, percussion duties are handled by none other than John Bonham, a fellow musical master that is best known as the long-time drummer of Led Zeppelin before his untimely death in 1980.
Bonham's presence on the song, despite being relegated to his normal role as drummer, can be felt throughout, especially during the particularly memorable bridge.
McCartney tweeted, ".@raisingbiz Yes indeed! And here's the world premiere of it featuring John Bonham on drums: itunes.com/wings. #Wings #askPaul".
Read more here.
Lydon Will Never Reunite With 'Talentless' Sex Pistols
Sex Pistols will never take the stage together again, says frontman John Lydon. Speaking at a Q&A event to promote his new autobiography Anger Is An Energy at London's Rough Trade East record shop, Lydon insisted that he will never play again with Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and Paul Cook, labelling the trio "talentless f***s."
"Those talentless f***s can f*** right off," said Lydon, responding to a question as to whether the iconic punk band might be tempted into another reformation. "We loved each other for all of two and a half minutes. Those songs mean too much to me to go back to that situation again."
In an entertaining and lively 45 minute Q&A session Lydon also revealed that he'd been asked to work on a duet with Kate Bush, but that the female vocalist ultimately rejected his song, Bird In Hand, which he recalled as "a song about the illegal parrot trade."
Bob Marley's Final Tour Captured On Uprising Live! DVD
Eagle Rock have released a preview of the forthcoming DVD Uprising Live! by Bob Marley in form of the performance video clip for the track "Could You Be Loved".
Uprising Live! features footage of the live concert captured during Marley's final trek, The Uprising tour in the summer of 1980, that originally aired on the German television series Rockpalast.
Eagle Rock have set a November 24th release date for Uprising Live! and it will be offered in various formats including DVD, DVD + CD set, and Digital Video.
You can watch the preview clip here and we were sent the following details about the release: The Uprising Tour ran in Europe from May 30th to July 13th 1980 with five further dates in the USA in September. It was Bob Marley's last tour before his tragically early death in May 1981 at the age of just 36. The tour was in support of the Uprising album, (released June 10th 1980) and just a few days later, this show would be filmed from Dortmund's Westfalenhalle. Now, Rockpalast is presented here on DVD for the first time, with footage fully restored under supervision of Cedella Marley and Ziggy Marley.
On Uprising Live!, Bob Marley is in superb form and delivers a set full of energy and charisma, including the icon songs "No Woman, No Cry," "Exodus," "I Shot The Sheriff," "Redemption Song," "Is This Love," "Jamming," "Get Up, Stand Up," "Could You Be Loved" and many more. The show opens with a short set by the I Threes - Marley's backing vocalists - who traditionally would perform a few songs before Marley took the stage.
Judas Priest Reveal World Tour Dates
Judas Priest have extended their Redeemer Of Souls world tour by adding dates across Japan and Europe. But there's still no news on whether Rob Halford and co will visit the UK as they continue to promote their first album without guitarist KK Downing.
Previously announced shows saw them booked in North America until the end of next month, while they'd also confirmed appearances in Australia in February next year. Now they've added four gigs in Japan in March, and another six in Europe in June, making a total of eight on the continent.
Downing recently explained he'd decided to quit Priest in 2011 after feeling the veteran outfit had lost its spark, saying: "I don't regret leaving - I thought it had run its course. I miss what we had, but I don't particularly miss what we had become when I left."
Check out the European dates here.
Paul Stanley Calls Former KISS Members Flat Tires
Paul Stanley has continued the war of words with former Kiss members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, saying the pair were like "flat tires." Stanley and fellow Kiss member Gene Simmons have sniped at Criss and Frehley repeatedly down the years, since the drummer and guitarist left in 2004 and 2002 respectively.
Stanley tells the Joe Rogan Experience: "It's very difficult to move forward when two of the people are, at times, like flat tires. It becomes more of a problem when their reason for being is to foil and to throw off track what you're trying to do."
Stanley adds that he was happy splitting Kiss revenue evenly at first, until, he says, Frehley and Criss starting contributing less to the band's output. He says: "I never wanted or expected anybody in the band to do necessarily the same amount of work that I did, but I expected them to give 100%.
"I was all for splitting things evenly in the original lineup of the band up until those guys departed the first time, but you have to give your best."
Pearl Jam Pay Tribute To Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens With Song
While Pearl Jam played a show in Detroit last Thursday night (Oct. 16), frontman Eddie Vedder took a moment to dedicate a thought and a song to Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, the Mars Volta and Jack White band musician whose untimely death was announced on Oct. 14.
"We send our heart out to (Jack White) and his band," Billboard reports Vedder said from the stage. "The only thing we can do is try to take energy here (at the concert) so we can remember (Owens) fondly." They then played the song "Light Years" in his honor.
According to The Detroit News, it was one of many shoutouts by Vedder during the 170-minute concert - including Dennis Rodman, former Detroit Red Wing Chris Chelios, Mudhoney bassist Matt Lukin, and John Lennon, whose 74th birthday was the previous week.
There were also musical references to Detroit built into the set, including partial performances of the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog," Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold," the MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" and Kiss' "Detroit Rock City." Watch video of the performance and read more here.
Flaming Lips Ready For Backlash Over Beatles Cover Album
Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne says he's ready for a negative reaction to their Beatles tribute album With A Little Help From My Fwends, which sees them tackling Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in full.
And he believes the Fab Four faced a similar risk when they launched the original in 1967. Coyne tells MusicRadar: "People get very proprietary about this sort of thing. When we did Floyd's Dark Side there were some who had these violent, outraged reactions. It's like we defiled a classic or something.
"There's only one Mona Lisa, so if you put a moustache on it, you really f***ed it up. But music isn't like that - The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd still exists, and Sgt Pepper by The Beatles will still exist. We just did our homages to those records, because they inspired us."
Led Zeppelin Lose 1st Battle In Stairway To Heaven Fight
Led Zeppelin's first challenge to dismiss a lawsuit over allegations they plagiarised portions of their iconic 1971 anthem, "Stairway To Heaven", from a song by the group Spirit has been denied by a Pennsylvania judge.
Last month, the band challenged jurisdiction in the case, writing "The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, in response, the plaintiff amended the lawsuit with some emphasis on why a Pennsylvania judge should oversee the case: "Defendants are subject to specific jurisdiction in this district because they make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven' through CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances, other performances, licensing, and otherwise targeting resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven.'"
U.S. District Court Judge Juan Sánchez has now denied the motion to dismiss or transfer without prejudice, meaning that the Zeppelin parties can still try again.
Why Velvet Revolver Passed On Corey Taylor
Slash recalls how Corey Taylor came closest to being given the job of fronting Velvet Revolver after they parted ways with Scott Weiland. The band still haven't replaced Weiland after his dismissal in 2008, although Slash said recently he has not given up on the supergroup.
And now he says Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor was closer than anyone else to landing the role when they held auditions. Slash tells Rolling Stone Australia: "Probably the closest would have to be Corey, because everybody was rallying for him.
"And I love Corey to death, but something about it was just a little bit too - what's the word for it? You know how Corey sings. It's a very macho kind of thing. But it didn't have certain elements I thought it needed. So we just didn't go down that path. And that was the closest so far."
Find out what other named singer they considered here.
Fleetwood Mac Plan New Album
Fleetwood Mac have confirmed they are planning to record their new album in 2015. Following the return of keyboardist Christine McVie, the band - minus Stevie Nicks - spent two-months in a Los Angeles studio this past spring working on a batch of new songs by McVie and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.
Unavailable for the sessions because she was in Nashville recording her collection of lost tracks, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, Nicks returned in time for the group's autumn North American tour, which has just been extended to next March.
However, she will be involved in the recording process for the new Fleetwood Mac album. Buckingham tells the Wall Street Journal that he's had a chance to work on more tracks based on piano and voice demos provided by McVie.
Queensryche Frontman Suffers Personal Tragedy
Queensryche frontman Todd La Torre is mourning the death of his father, who took his own life this week. Chiropractor William La Torre, who was 73, was found dead on Thursday at the Florida health centre which he owned. Police have ruled his death a suicide.
Todd La Torre says via Facebook: "As many of you have become aware, my father is no longer with us. Although this is a very difficult time, this post is only to confirm that we will not be cancelling any shows.
"I have responsibilities to uphold, and will do whatever I can to perform to the best of my abilities considering the circumstances. Thank you for your support."
Read more here.
Primus Add 'Golden Tickets' Hunt To Wonka Album Launch
Primus will hide five golden vinyl versions of their new album - with those who find them winning free tickets to their gigs for life. Les Claypool's crew release concept record Primus And The Chocolate Factory on October 21 via ATO. The Willy Wonka-inspired album will be available on chocolate-coloured vinyl, with five of them in gold.
They will be randomly distributed with the regular chocolate versions, and like the golden ticket in the Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory film, those who find them will be given a reward. In this case, free Primus tickets for life.
Primus have released a new video teasing the release. A homage to the opening credits of the film, the video shows the records begin pressed and packaged in a factory.
Claypool tells Rolling Stone: "We need to make sure that kids in the future watch the original Willy Wonka and not the horrendous, horrible remake that came along and left the taste of feceas in our mouths."
Read more and watch the video here.
Paul Stanley Explains Why KISS Replacements Wear Same Makeup
KISS frontman Paul Stanley is sharing his thoughts on the use of KISS makeup by non-original band members. The group has taken heat through the years for current replacement players Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer's use of original makeup designs by original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
Now, Stanley admits mistakes were made in the past but that KISS will move forward with the band's original characters. "I think where we went astray is when we first replaced Peter and we decided we needed a new character," Stanley tells Joe Rogan of The Joe Rogan Experience. "And the problem with that kind of stuff is that it started to become - interestingly, I think - disingenuous. It took an air of 'fake' in the sense that it became a menagerie. I mean, we had a Fox [Eric Carr] and an Egyptian Warrior [Vinnie Vincent]. Next we would have the Turtle Boy and The Frog Man."
"So I think once we brought Ace and Peter back for the reunion tour," he continued, "which I hoped would go on forever… In other words, I hoped that everybody would get back together, everybody would see the error in their ways and we would move forward and stay together forever."
"But when that wasn't to be, I thought, you know, we really built these four images. And, arguably, you can go anywhere in the world and people know who KISS is, regardless of whether they know who those people are. So to give up that because we found that those guys were no longer either capable or wanted to give it a hundred percent, well, then who loses out? The fans. So, no. Those images are the images that will continue when I'm not here either."
More including the podcast where Stanley discusses other topics here.
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Pays Tribute To Rick Wright
Guitarist David Gilmour is paying his own tribute to late keyboardist Rick Wright as Pink Floyd prepare to release their first new album in 20 years, "The Endless River", this fall.
"He is an integral part of the flavor of pretty much everything we've ever put out," Gilmour tells Absolute Radio, "and sometimes in all the noise that [former bandmate] Roger [Waters] and I tend to make - verbally, in the press, on the records - he tends to get slightly overlooked but his part has always been there on everything you hear. It's him, it's idiosyncratic, it's different to any other player and has that indefinable something that great players have."
Due November 10 (Nov 11 in North America), "The Endless River" serves as the band's tribute to Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.
The project features material recorded by Gilmour, Wright and drummer Nick Mason during sessions for 1994's "The Division Bell." More including the video segment with Gilmour here.
Aerosmith's Joey Kramer Addresses Recent Health Scare
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is sharing some details regarding a health scare he experienced this summer. Aerosmith cancelled one show while Kramer stepped aside to undergo a "minor medical producer", the drummer missed a second show while recovering and had his son, Jesse, handle things in his absence.
In a new interview with Eddie Trunk, Kramer was asked what symptoms he experienced that made him consider medical attention during their summer Let Rock Rule tour with Slash.
"I thought that I had what they call acid reflux, and I kept getting this burning sensation in my chest, and that's what I thought it was," he explains. "So I kept taking antacids. And, finally, my GP [general practitioner] said to me, 'Just to make sure and rule out that it's anything cardiac related, go and take a stress test.'"
"So I went and took the stress test," Kramer continued. "I got through the echogram [echocardiogram] with flying colors. He said that my cardiovascular system looked like that of a 48- or a 50-year-old, and I'm 64. And then I got on the treadmill, and when I got on the treadmill, it started to bother me a little bit. And so he said he wanted me to go do what they call 'imaging,' and that's what showed the blockage. And then I had an angioplasty done, and they put two stents in my heart. And now I feel better than ever."
"And so, thanks to modern science, I'm back," he adds. "My 'recupe' time was, like, five days, and I took seven, and I was back on stage. And now it's better than ever. I feel great and the playing is great. And that's the story."
More including a full stream of the interview here.
Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Timetable For New Solo Album
Ozzy Osbourne has just released a pair of career-spanning "Memoirs Of A Madman" collections, but he's already sharing an update on the status of his next solo album.
"'Memoirs Of A Madman' was, because I've been not doing my solo stuff for quite awhile now, I've been touring with Black Sabbath, I just wanted to let everybody know I haven't stopped doing my solo stuff," Ozzy tells GMI Rock .
"It's like a bridge thing... So I'm gonna do one more Black Sabbath tour, one more album with Black Sabbath, and I'm in the process, as we go along, [of] collecting stuff that I'm writing. I've co-written about three songs so far for my own solo thing."
"It'll take about two or three years before I release solo stuff again," adds Ozzy, "so 'Memoirs Of The Madman' is just to say to the fans that I haven't stopped, y'know?"
More including a stream of the interview here.
Supertramp Expanding Crime Of The Century For 40th Anniversary
Supertramp will reissue their Crime Of The Century album later this year. Their third record was originally released in 1974 and this remastered version will mark its 40th anniversary. It launches on December 8.
The package features the original album, which has been remastered by Ray Staff, along with a live recording from the band's appearance at London's Hammersmith Odeon in March 1975. This disc has been mixed from the master tapes by original on-the-night engineer Ken Scott.
The album will be available on CD, 2CD, 180g vinyl, Blu-ray, digital formats and as a vinyl box set. The double CD package comes with a 24-page booklet featuring photos and interviews, while the vinyl box set includes an eight-page album-sized booklet, download code and two 10 x 8 prints.
More details here.
KK Downing Felt Judas Priest Lost Their Spark
Former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing says he misses being in the band, but doesn't regret his decision to leave. Downing, who had been with Preist since 1970, left the metal icons in 2011 and was replaced by Richie Faulkner.
And while his departure was put down to a breakdown in the working relationship with his bandmates, Downing now recalls not feeling "the spark" towards the end of his tenure.
He tells Digital Journal: "I felt that a lot of the spark wasn't there, for whatever reason, on stage. I felt I had it, but felt it wasn't what I originally signed up for. I always thought that Judas Priest should have been a high-energy outfit and ultra-sharp, but I wasn't enjoying it as much on stage as I should have been." Read more here.
Audio Fidelity To Release Trans-Siberian Orchestra's “The Christmas Attic” On 2-LP Set!
“THE HOLIDAY TRADITION FOR A NEW GENERATION!”
Camarillo, CA – Christmas arrives early this year with the release of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's rock opera “The Christmas Attic” on 2-LP Set by Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity. Originally released in 1998, “The Christmas Attic” is the second installment of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Trilogy. The story begins On Christmas Eve, when a young girl's curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic when she decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents' home while she should be asleep. This album contains a mix of vocal and instrumental songs. The track “Christmas Canon,” one of the TSO's most well-known songs, is a variation of Pachelbel's famous Canon in D Major, with lyrics and new music added as well as Boughs of Holly and a soulful rendition of Music Box Blues.
“The Christmas Attic” is being made available on vinyl for the first time in a 2-LP set. The brilliantly remastered records are packaged in a seasonal gatefold jacket that includes a colorful 12-page booklet filled with the tale of The Christmas Attic as well as the lyrics to all the songs.
When founder and producer Paul O'Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his goal was as straightforward as it was ambitious: “...create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before, following in the footsteps of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, the Who...but take it way, way further.”
With more than 9 million albums sold TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. They've become one of the world's top acts and listed in Billboard magazine as one of the top touring artists of the past decade. Their $20 million-plus stage production has played to over 11 million people in 80+ cities across the globe. TSO will once again be touring during the 2014 and 2015 holiday season with “The Christmas Attic” show. Last year they welcomed-in the New Year in front of over one million German fans in a nationally televised show live from the Brandenberg Gate.
“... a little Pachelbel, a little Bach, and some rock and blues”
1 The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
2 Boughs Of Holly
3 The World That She Sees
4 The World That He Sees
5 Midnight Christmas Eve
1 The March Of The Kings/Hark The Herald Angel
2 The Three Kings And I (What Really Happened)
3 Christmas Canon
4 Joy/Angels We Have Heard On High
1 Find Our Way Home
2 Appalachian Snowfall
3 The Music Box
4 The Snow Came Down
1 Christmas In The Air
2 Dream Child (A Christmas Dream)
3 An Angel's Share
4 Music Box Blues
Produced by Paul O'Neil
Co-Produced by Robert Kinkel
Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/trans-siberian-orchestrathe-christmas-attic
LAST IN LINE SIGNS DEAL WITH FRONTIERS RECORDS
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of LAST IN LINE featuring original Dio members, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, along with vocalist Andrew Freeman.
When he left Black Sabbath in early 1982 to form his own band, the late, great Ronnie James Dio took powerhouse Black Sabbath drummer, Vinny Appice with him.
Ronnie knew that he wanted a European flavor to balance-out the band, so he asked his former Rainbow bandmate and Scottish native, bassist Jimmy Bain to join him. In turn, Jimmy recommended a young Irish guitarist, Vivian Campbell to complete the line-up. When the four of them met and played for the first time in a North London rehearsal room in September 1982, the magic was evident and the classic Dio band line-up was born.
Between 1983 and 1985, in quick succession, that line-up wrote, recorded and toured the first three Dio albums. Widely considered to be the crown jewels of the Dio catalogue, Holy Diver, Last In Line and Sacred Heart went on to sell millions as the band, now reinforced by keyboard player, Claude Schnell, played to audiences worldwide.
By 1985, however, trouble was brewing and the fabric of the band had started to unravel. Beginning with Vivian Campbell’s firing during the Sacred Heart tour, one by one the other original band members left the fold and slowly the magic was lost.
30 years after the recording of Holy Diver, and without trying to replace the singular sound that was Ronnie’s voice, the original band have started playing the songs they created together again. Joined by the passionate, powerful and unique voice of vocalist Andrew Freeman, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell have united under the name of their classic album, Last In Line, to perform and tour their original songs again.
When any group of musicians write and record together, they create a sound that becomes uniquely theirs. Last In Line brings to life those early, classic Dio albums in a way that only they know how. In a way that only they can.
Frontiers plans to release the new recording in the spring of 2015.
Led Zeppelin Streaming Alternative Version of Rock and Roll
Led Zeppelin are premiering an unreleased version of "Rock And Roll" as a preview of the upcoming expanded reissue of their 1971 release, "Led Zeppelin IV", due on October 28.
"'Rock and Roll' has just got that cheeky energy about it," Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone. "It's a party. 'It's been a long time since I rock and rolled.' It says it all, really. It's great lyrics and it's a great performance."
"As a song, it was actually kind of punky; pre-punk," added bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones. "It was really fast too, onstage anyway. It just got really quick, a lot of energy. It's a lot of fun to play. The crowd loved it. We loved it."
Released in November 1971, the album - which is officially untitled - defined the sound of rock music for a generation with ubiquitous anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Black Dog" and "When The Levee Breaks". The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999, has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA.
The "Led Zeppelin IV" deluxe edition includes unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks", mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version "Stairway To Heaven", mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.
The group are releasing both "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy" on the same day. Check out the alternate version of "Rock And Roll" here.
UK Symphonic Rock Quintet Winter In Eden Release Highly Anticipated Third Album COURT OF CONSCIENCE
London, UK - Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, UK rock quintet Winter in Eden release their highly anticipated third album COURT OF CONSCIENCE on October 16, 2014. Recorded in Holland during 2013, the album contains eleven new songs which builds and further refines the unique style that is Winter in Eden. Featuring compelling vocals, muscular riffs, memorable hooks, swirling keyboards coupled with pounding bass and thunderous drums, the result is powerful, modern and balanced.
Produced by Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) and mixed by Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation), the album also features guest vocals by Jermain van der Bogt (For All We Know/Ayreon) and an unmistakable voiceover by multi-award winning Damian Wilson (Threshold/Headspace/Maiden United). 'Court of Conscience' retains the bands signature of thought provoking lyrics mixed with memorable melodies. Whilst no two songs are alike, fans will be delighted to hear that the bands approach to this album is a familiar one. With hard and heavy anthems such as “Knife Edge” and “Toxicate”, more chilled and progressive tracks such as “Burdened” and “It's Not Enough” plus the blues rock of “Affliction”, this album has something for every taste and mood.
Bassist Ian Heddle reveals, “We are really pleased to have the opportunity to release 'Court of Conscience' into the world market. Whilst the digital age has broken down borders and albums can be purchased via download, some people still like to own physical copies. The previous release (Echoes of Betrayal) was only distributed throughout the UK and we would often get messages from fans around the globe asking us to send stuff here, there and everywhere! Thankfully, we now have access to Cherry Red's resources and can actually get the real thing into your favourite store...wherever you are!”
Watch the official video for the track “With Intent” taken from the album here - http://youtu.be/Zt-omW7xwXs
Winter In Eden, a dark yet beautiful cocktail of power and passion. Their music builds from delightful symphonic instrumentals to crunching aggressive Metal. Between 2009 and 2013, the band released two full length albums, two EP’s and have entertained fans throughout the UK and Europe with numerous tours and festival appearances. The debut album 'Awakening' was recognised as one of the albums of the year. The track “Lies”, from 'Echoes of Betrayal' was awarded Classic Rock Magazine's 'track of the day' and they have been nominated in the 'Best New Band' (2012/2013), 'Best Live Act' (2013) and 'Best Female Singer' (2012/2013/2014) categories at the annual Classic Rock Society Awards.
Winter In Eden's energetic live performances have been enjoyed by capacity crowds in the UK at events such as The Cambridge Rock Festival and various Femme Metal Festivals alongside Delain and Revamp. Most recently Winter In Eden have taken their live show into mainland Europe, performing to increasing numbers in the Netherlands and Belgium, playing with acts such as Stream of Passion and Maiden uniteD.
Winter In Eden is:
Vicky Johnson – Vocals
Steve Johnson – Keyboards
Samuel Cull – Guitars
Ian Heddle – Bass
Steve Hauxwell – Drums
“Winter In Eden are the best female-fronted symphonic rock band Britain has to offer right now” - Classic Rock Magazine
“Albums as wonderful as this one from new British bands do not come along every day. It has been a complete revelation to me” - Fireworks
“The band stands out for their song writing, their vocals and their musicianship. And they're British too. Every song on here is first class” - Powerplay
“Fabulous set by a band destined for greatness” - Classic Rock Society
“All the quality and all the potential” - Dominion/Terroriser
1. KNIFE EDGE
2. WITH INTENT
3. CRITICAL MASS PART 1 - BURDENED
5. ORDER OF YOUR FAITH
6. IT’S NOT ENOUGH
7. BEFORE IT BEGAN
8. THE SCRIPT
9. CONSTANT TOMORROWS
10. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Official website - www.winterineden.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winter-In-Eden/110545798972772
To purchase Winter In Eden's 'Court of Conscience':
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Court-Of-Conscience-Winter-Eden/dp/B00MW67KSK/
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Court-Of-Conscience-Winter-Eden/dp/B00MW67KSK/
THIS SATURDAY- OCTOBER 18TH - JOHN 5 & THE CREATURES WITH HOST CHRIS BRODERICK @ WWW.STAGEIT.COM
FIRST EVER WORLD-WIDE WEBCAST PERFORMANCE - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH
CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE
Get your tickets before they sell out to see John 5 and the Creatures LIVE online world wide across 3 time zones! CLICK HERE to buy NOW: http://bit.ly/HMPGJ5
This once in a life-time LIVE online video concert is hosted by metal-shredder, Chris Broderick of Megadeth - LiveCast Entertainment, in association with Fender Guitar, Boss Electronics and Dean Markley Strings, are the proud sponsors – John 5 and The Creatures feature John 5 (guitar), Rodger Carter (drums) and Larry "Bones" Dennison (Dio, Tony MacAlpine, Lita Ford) on bass.
This live online experience allows the audience personal time with John 5 in an in-depth Q&A in real-time, which Chris Broderick will moderate. The audience will also have a chance to win unique giveaways throughout the show for the Top 13 supporters, including a signed John 5 Squire Telecaster, several signed BOSS pedals and other cool signed gifts.
This event will be broadcast online only, on October 18, 2014, across three time zones; The Americas at 7:00pm (PST); Europe at 7:00pm (BST); and the Pacific Rim at 7:00pm (HKT). This pay-per-view event goes on sale September 18, 2014. The tickets are not to a brick & mortar venue, but to a crazy online experience you will only get here, this night only – This will not be archived for later viewing so get your tickets before it sells out - Details can be found at www.john-5.com.
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AC/DC Lose Another Member?
AC/DC have issued the first photo of their new lineup without founding member Malcolm Young who left the group for health reasons but the photo is also missing another member of the band.
The image features singer Brian Johnson, guitarists Angus and Stevie Young, and bassist Cliff Williams … noticeably absent is drummer Phil Rudd.
The band recently used Bob Richards (Shogun, Adrian Smith Band) to handle drum duties for the filming of a pair of videos in London earlier this month, with Johnson telling fans that Rudd had been called away at the last minute to deal with a family emergency.
AC/DC were shooting clips for the title track to their forthcoming album, "Rock Or Bust", as well as the project's lead single, "Play Ball." Due December 2, "Rock Or Bust" is the Australian band's first album since 2008's "Black Ice."
AC/DC recorded the project at Vancouver's Warehouse Studio with producer Brendan O'Brien (Aerosmith, Pearl Jam) and engineer Mike Fraser.
Angus and Malcolm's nephew, Stevie, handled rhythm guitar on the album after Malcolm stepped away from the group to deal with ongoing health issues related to dementia, according to his family; he is now officially retired from AC/DC.
See the photo here.
Rolling Stones Replacing Member On Tour Due To illness
The Rolling Stones are about to hit the road again for a string of dates in Australia and New Zealand, but for the first time in a long time, they won't have saxophone player Bobby Keys on stage with them.
"Due to being a bit under the weather, Bobby Keys will not be joining the Stones for the Australian and New Zealand tour dates," the Stones announced via their website. "Bobby is under doctor's orders to take it a bit easy for the next month and hopes to see everyone soon."
Sitting in for him will be Karl Denson, a saxophonist/flute player/singer well known to jam band fans as the leader of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. He's also played with a number of other artists, including Lenny Kravitz and Steve Winwood.
"It's the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to see the world through a giant pair of lips," Denson said in a press statement, referring to the Rolling Stones' iconic logo. "It's going to be amazing to get even closer to this music that I have listened to all my life." Read more here.
Alice Cooper Plays Surprise Show At Bar
Alice Cooper played a surprise set at a Nashville bar on Wednesday following his opening gig with Motley Crue in the city as part of that band's farewell tour and video from the bar set has been posted online.
Cooper tipped fans off to the impromptu show via Twitter, writing "If you're looking for more rock after the #motleycrue #AliceCooper show in #nashville head over to Dan McGuinness and rock with my band!".
The rocker and his crew ripped through a set of classic rock covers at Dan McGuinness, just off Music Row. Fan-filmed video from the event features "Break On Through" by The Doors, The Beatles' "Revolution", Jimi Hendrix' "Foxy Lady", The Who's "My Generation" and Alice's 1972 signature song, "School's Out."
Many of the classic rock tracks are expected to appear on a covers album from Cooper, due sometime next year. Watch video from the bar jam here.
Rare Beatles Abbey Road Photos To Be Auctioned
A collection of rare photographs taken during the photoshoot for the Beatles Abbey Road album cover are to go up for auction. The set of six snaps, including the pictures used on the front and back cover, along with four rare outtakes, will go under the hammer at Bloomsbury Auctions on November 21.
Head of photography at Bloomsbury Auctions Sarah Wheeler says: "They are incredibly rare. I've spoken to other music dealers and no one has been able to find a complete set on the market for 10 years."
They were taken by Iain Macmillan, a friend of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, on August 8 1969. Paul McCartney chose shot number five to be the album cover.
Read more here.
Billy Idol Heading Down Under
Billy Idol has announced spring 2015 tour dates for Australia and New Zealand. The trek, in support of his forthcoming album, "Kings & Queens Of The Underground", will see the rocker play 8 dates in Australia and 3 shows in New Zealand, starting March 14 in Perth.
Idol will be joined by Cheap Trick for the run, as well as The Angels and Choirboys at various stops. The trip marks Idol's first concert tour of Australia since 2002 and his first of New Zealand since 1987.
Idol will release his first new album in almost a decade, "Kings & Queens Of The Underground", on October 21. He's also just published his self-written memoir, "Dancing With Myself."
Check out the tour dates here.
Anthrax's Scott Ian Reveals New Project Details
Scott Ian is a busy guy. He's currently promoting his memoirs I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax, and next month, he releases Swearing Words, a DVD of his self-described "speaking words" tour (a show in which he tells stories, but it isn't "spoken word" per se). Also, of course, Anthrax is often on the road, and the band is working on the follow-up to their 2011 album Worship Music.
But it turns out he has another project in the works, as he told Radio.com in an interview promoting I'm the Man. "There's a band called Mother Superior that you've probably heard of: they were the Rollins Band for years. It was Jim Wilson's band, he's been Daniel Lanois's bass player for years, he was just Emmylou Harris's musical director on her last tour. Jim and [Scott's wife, singer/songwriter] Pearl are writing partners, they've written all of Pearl's solo material together. We love Mother Superior, this kick-ass three-piece rock band from L.A. They've been gone for about seven years. I turned 50 last December. My birthday present to myself was, I cherry picked my 12 favorite Mother Superior songs, I put a band together, and we played a concert in the jam room in my house for like twenty of our friends, who are really into Mother Superior. The vibe in the room was so good. It was me, Jim Wilson, Pearl, John Tempesta [formerly of White Zombie, Exodus and Testament] on drums and Joey Vera [formerly of Armored Saint and Fates Warning, and briefly of Anthrax] on bass. We crushed it."
"Long story short: Tracy Vera is at work the next day, she's the Vice-President of Metal Blade Records. [President] Mike Faley walks in and says, 'I heard about this gig at Scott's house last night! [Photographer] Neil Zlozower called me and told me about it!' Neil's a big Mother Superior fan, too. 'Are they gonna do anything with that?' And she said, 'I don't know, I'll call Scott.' So she called and asked me, 'Do you want to do anything with this, because Metal Blade would sign it! It would be my project.' I was like, 'I would, but let me ask Jim!' And he said, 'That would be great!' So two weeks later, we went into the studio with [producer] Jay Ruston, set up live, and made the record in two days. Metal Blade's putting it out at the end of January. It f-ing rocks!"
Read more here.
THE CLASSIC ROCK ROLL OF HONOUR 2014 – ROCK’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS NIGHT – ANNOUNCES THE DOORS AS RECIPIENTS OF 2014 INSPIRATION AWARD VIA THE LA WEEKLY TODAY (10/15)
ONE OF MUSIC’S MOST RESPECTED AND HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EVENTS WILL BE HELD IN THE USA FOR THE FIRST TIME ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 AT AVALON IN HOLLYWOOD, CA
"In 1965 and ’66, our brothers across the pond were making a lot of beautiful noise, and we attempted to create our own magical sound out here on the west coast. It’s really nice to see them now turning around, coming back here to L.A., and recognizing what the four of us accomplished together on a beach in Venice, CA. To receive this award on our own soil, from the Brits, is an honor, and we take it as a sign of respect, so--thank you, from us and on behalf of our fallen brothers, Jim and Ray."
-John Densmore and Robby Krieger, The Doors
Hosted by UK-based Classic Rock magazine, the 10th annual Classic Rock Awards--the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour presented by Orange Amplification – announced today via LA Weekly that Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee The Doors are this year’s recipient of the Inspiration Award. As previously announced, the all-star November 4 event will be hosted by multi-platinum Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar and will air on AXS TV in December. Also announced is this year’s guest of honor and recipient of the prestigious Living Legend Award, Gregg Allman, one of rock's most acclaimed and beloved icons still continuing a great tradition. Voting is now open for the listener and fan-voted categories (full list of nominees below) and will close on Wednesday, October 22, vote: classicrockmagazine.com/awards.
The Doors stand as one of the most influential bands of all time; it is without doubt that today’s rock landscape would be unrecognizable without them. The Inspiration Award celebrates artists who have influenced others and left a lasting legacy on the world of rock and beyond. Classic Rock is honored to celebrate the music of The Doors, the memory of Jim Morrison, the recent passing of Ray Manzarek and the two surviving members, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, who will be presented with the award at the ceremony. Previous Inspiration Award recipients include: Rory Gallagher, Jon Lord (Deep Purple, Whitesnake), Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie), Ronnie James Dio, John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd), Mick Ronson and Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy).
Read today’s announcement on LA Weekly: http://tinyurl.com/kt2wlg2.
In celebration of The Doors announcement, Classic Rock magazine has put together a reader-voted list of their greatest songs of all time, http://tinyurl.com/kj42c7q.
In addition, today, (Oct. 15) the LA Weekly named the classic song “L.A. Woman” by The Doors as the #1 song written about Los Angeles. Read the excerpt from writer Nicholas Pell about the quintessential L.A. inspired song: http://tinyurl.com/mrxlpfc.
“You wake up on a chigger-infested couch after a late night of partying. The inside of your mouth tastes of stale cigarette smoke and hangover. You walk out to your ’69 Nova, pump the gas pedal twice, cross your fingers and pray to a god you don’t believe in that it starts. The engine fires up and you reach into your center console for your last smoke. Lighting it, you pull on a pair of shades even though the sky is still twilight blue and there are still stars twinkling overhead. Your temples throb as you drive around looking for donuts and coffee, hoping you can get some sleep before work.
And just as the sun cracks the top of its head over the Hollywood Hills, you hear ‘L.A. Woman.’
Congratulations. You’re part of the great chain of lowlife existence that arguably began with Mr. Mojo Risin’. Without this document of what it means to be young and degenerate in Los Angeles, we get no “Welcome to the Jungle,” no “Los Angeles” and certainly no “White Punks on Dope.” It all began here, and it sounds just as good now on the classic rock station as it did on the Mighty Met over 40 years ago.”
The Doors are one of the most iconic and important bands of all time. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, they were recipients of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But above all, it is their unique and unmistakable sound combined with powerful, scintillating and, quite frankly, mind-blowing live performances that make them rightful recipients of the 2014 Inspiration Award.
Intoxicating, provocative, uncompromising, mesmerizing, ground-breaking and poetic are just some of the superlatives that surround The Doors. Lead singer Jim Morrison is renowned worldwide as one of the greatest frontmen of all time, and along with Robby Krieger, John Densmore and the late organist Ray Manzarek, this formidable Los Angeles four-piece created an unforgettable legacy.
The band recently announced the November 11 street date of a previously unreleased documentary film that was produced by the band. Titled ‘Feast of Friends,’ the intimate and rare look at the explosive rock band is, after 45 years, finally being made available. Shelved due to lead singer Jim Morrison's legal issues, the film was only ever seen at a few film festivals and was never completed. Doors Property, LLC and Eagle Rock Entertainment have painstakingly remastered the audio and video and compiled bonus footage as well, including a historic British documentary from 1968 called The Doors Are Open.
Classic Rock editor Siân Llewellyn says: "In the year that we bring the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour to Hollywood, it's only fitting that we pay tribute to The Doors--one of the most quintessential Los Angeles bands of all time. The music Robby Krieger and John Densmore made with Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek is some of rock's most influential. It's high time we honoured them, and this is the perfect time and place."
Evan Haiman, AXS TV VP of music programming and production, says, “The 2014 Classic Rock Roll of Honour is destined to be one of the most ground-breaking events of the year, as music’s biggest names come together to honor one of the most iconic and influential bands of all-time. This eclectic lineup truly has something for everyone to enjoy, from up-and-coming acts and established favorites, to classic rock n’ roll royalty. Music fans cannot miss this historic night and we’re proud to be its official U.S. broadcast partner.”
Here is the full list of nominees for this year’s listener and fan-voted categories classicrockmagazine.com/awards:
The all-important listener and fan votes can be cast now at classicrockmagazine.com/awards. Voting closes on Wednesday, October 22.
Additionally, US radio listeners will be able to vote on their Classic Rock radio stations’ websites, via a sponsored digital banner which will be made available by Krantz Media Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group (KMG) and digital partners TUNEGENIE and Classics Du Jour. AdLarge Media will be exclusively responsible for radio advertising sponsorship sales. Fans also can vote for their favourite Classic Rock radio station. Radio station winners will be recognised in the Major Market, Medium Market, and Small Market categories. More details on US listener voting will be provided shortly.
For one night only, Classic Rock magazine plays host to some of the world’s most renowned rock legends. This exclusive evening welcomes some 400 artists, industry figureheads and VIPs with a champagne reception and a three-course dinner, followed by the presentation of the awards themselves. The evening culminates with a live performance.
Reflecting the explosive growth of the Classic Rock brand, the event has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the rare ‘must-dos’ on the rock calendar. It has consistently attracted A-List guests, including Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper, Slash, Rush, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Brian May, The Who, Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Rob Halford and Paul Stanley, among many others, as well as live performances from Jeff Beck with special guests, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rival Sons and Zakk Wylde.
This really is the ultimate in rock‘n’roll awards, and as such will be broadcast in the US on radio exclusively through KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group, it’s national programming partner VH1 Radio, producer of On Tap with Nik Carter, Vh1 Classic Rock Prep and Vh1 Rock Prep, and KMG's advertising sales partner Adlarge Media. In the UK it will be broadcast on TeamRock Radio. Check out highlights from past Classic Rock Awards here: http://bit.ly/1qVqXoT.
Orange Amplification returns for a fifth year as a major partner in presenting the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. Joining them are new sponsors MixRadio, official hotel partners the Sunset Marquis Hotel • Restaurant • Spa, Universal Music Group and Sammy's Beach Bar Rum.
About Classic Rock magazine
The world’s most revered and respected hard rock media brand. Every month Classic Rock magazine goes behind the scenes to bring the real stories of the rock legends from Led Zeppelin to Guns N’ Roses, Black Sabbath to Pink Floyd and from those who follow in their footsteps, from Alter Bridge to Rival Sons to the bands you’ve yet to discover. Written by the world's leading rock experts and featuring rock's most renowned photographers, Classic Rock unearths the reality from the myths. Every issue is packed with exclusive interviews and features on rock’s biggest names and tomorrow’s superstars, and includes the heftiest and most trustworthy rock reviews section on the planet. Classic Rock: the world’s only high-voltage rock’n’roll brand, available in print at all good retailers, on TeamRock.com and the recently relaunched new and improved digital edition available on Apple Newsstand. For more information on Classic Rock magazine visit classicrockmagazine.com.
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BOB MARLEY UPRISING LIVE!
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE DVD OF “ROCKPALAST” FROM MARLEY’S ULTIMATE UPRISING TOUR ORIGINALLY CAPTURED FOR GERMANY’S FAMED TV CONCERT SERIES – NOW FULLY RESTORED FOR THE FIRST TIME
DVD, DVD+2CD, AND DIGITAL VIDEO OUT NOVEMBER 24, 2014
On November 24, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Uprising Live! by Bob Marley on DVD, DVD + CD set, and Digital Video [Pre-book Order Date October 31, MSRP $14.98 DVD, TBA DVD+2CD]. This is the first ever DVD release of this classic concert, which originally aired on the famed German television series Rockpalast, from Bob Marley’s final tour.
The Uprising Tour ran in Europe from May 30th to July 13th 1980 with five further dates in the USA in September. It was Bob Marley’s last tour before his tragically early death in May 1981 at the age of just 36. The tour was in support of the Uprising album, (released June 10th 1980) and just a few days later, this show would be filmed from Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle. Now, Rockpalast is presented here on DVD for the first time, with footage fully restored under supervision of Cedella Marley and Ziggy Marley.
On Uprising Live!, Bob Marley is in superb form and delivers a set full of energy and charisma, including the icon songs “No Woman, No Cry,” “Exodus,” “I Shot The Sheriff,” “Redemption Song,” “Is This Love,” “Jamming,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Could You Be Loved” and many more. The show opens with a short set by the I Threes – Marley’s backing vocalists – who traditionally would perform a few songs before Marley took the stage.
February 6th 2015 will be, what would have been, Bob Marley’s 70th birthday and, with very few Bob Marley live concerts available on DVD, Uprising Live! will be a welcome addition for any fan.
Click here to view a video of "Could You Be Loved": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64tZdPWi82k
Bob Marley is one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century. In the digital era, Marley has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page now surpassing 69 million fans, ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among celebrity pages. His music catalog has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide since 1992 and his accolades continue, including an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001). Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to gain worldwide fame. A musical, political and even spiritual icon, a figure of almost mystical proportions, no artist has so dominated his genre in the history of modern music as Marley has reggae. For more information on Bob Marley, visit: www.bobmarley.com.
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.
For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at Carol@Kayosproductions.com.
I Threes Set:
1) Precious World
2) Slave Queen
3) Steppin' Out Of Babylon
4) That's The Way Jah Planned It
Bob Marley Main Show:
5) Marley Chant
6) Natural Mystic
7) Positive Vibration
9) I Shot The Sheriff
10) War / No More Trouble
13) No Woman, No Cry
14) Zion Train
16) Redemption Song
17) Could You Be Loved
18) We Can Make It Work
19) Natty Dread
20) Is This Love
21) Get Up, Stand Up
22) Coming In From The Cold
23) Lively Up Yourself
FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL II
Frontiers Records is excited and proud to announce the SECOND EDITION of the FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL – a two-days event which will take place again at the Live Club in Trezzo sull'Adda (Milan), Italy on April 11 and 12, 2015.
Following the huge success of the first edition (May 2014), we're happy to confirm that the Festival will have a follow-up. The complete bill is still under construction (we're almost there, anyway!), yet we're sure that we'll be able to build a very strong Festival, bringing you the best of Hard-Rock and Melodic Rock around! All international acts, 14 bands coming from all over the world that will make many Melodic Rock – Hard Rock fans' wet dreams come true... The complete Festival line-up will be announced in a very few days. So, stay tuned!
Tickets are on sale NOW! You can order them following this link: http://www.liveclub.it/en/tickets-on-line
V.I.P. TICKETS INFO
To start in the best way the second edition, FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL will feature a definitely nice “appetizer”, on the evening of Friday, April 10: a special pre-Festival party, with EXCLUSIVE ACOUSTIC SHOW performed by some of the artists that will play at the Festival!
V.I.P. packs will include access to this exclusive party with the chance to assist to this unique event and to meet the artists performing there.
The party will be held at the same Hotel where VIP-packs owners and most of the bands will be booked in. And there will NOT be tickets available for this show. So, won't you dare to miss this extra special party?
A LIMITED AMOUNT of 100 special V.I.P-pack are available, offering all of the following:
◦ 2-days ticket (April 11 + 12);
◦ EXCLUSIVE access to the party with acoustic shows on the night of April 10;
◦ VIP PASS with reserved access to the “VIP area”, which will be off limits to everyone, except VIP and AA pass holders. The VIP area is designed to get you up very close to the action, and it's located on the upstair spacious balcony, just opposite-side of the main stage, including also a wide “island” very close to the stage.
It does not entitle you to a personal “meet and greet” with the bands (which, anyway, will be visiting that area during the Festival), but it will give you the comfort of a nice and exclusive space to watch the action on stage.
◦ hotel accommodation for three nights (April 10 + 11 + 12) - including breakfast – at the official Festival Hotel (4 stars), where most of the bands will be booked in.
◦ exclusive shuttle-bus service from the Hotel to “Live Club” and back, after the show;
◦ exclusive gift-pack containing various Frontiers Records CD, exclusive Festival T-SHIRT, official Festival program and some more surprises;
◦ 2 free meals-tickets to be used at the exclusive restaurant inside the venue (upstair, just opposite-side of the main stage), which will be off limits to everyone except VIP and AA pass holders
◦ 4 free drink-tickets to be used at the bar inside the venue
VIP TICKET PACK (single room): 599 Euro / person
VIP TICKET PACK (double room): 549,00 Euro / person – If you want to share the room with your girlfriend or a friend, you can save Euro 50,00, and get exactly the same offer as per the single room-pack
VIP TICKET PACK (no accommodation): 399,00 Euro / person – If you'd prefer to sleep in your own bed, you can anyway buy a VIP pack, including the access to the VIP-area at the Festival, with no hotel-accomodation and no party/acoustic show (on April 10)
HURRY UP!!! ONLY 100 VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE!!!
MARKY RAMONE'S BLITZKRIEG ANNOUNCES NYC SHOW TO CELEBRATE RELEASE OF LEGENDARY DRUMMER'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY
There are few bands as widely respected and as influential as the Ramones. And now, the group's long-time drummer is gearing up to unveil his long-awaited autobiography, 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone,' which will be released on January 13, 2015, via Touchstone Books. And what better way to celebrate the book's arrival than with gloriously mega-decibel renditions of Ramones classics, which is exactly what Marky will be offering up on Saturday, January 17th at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC.
Joining Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg that night will be special guest Andrew W.K. on vocals, and for fans that want the ultimate experience, VIP tickets will be available, which includes a personal meet and greet with Marky and Andrew and an autographed copy of the book.
For fans who want to make sure they get their tickets, there will be a Live Nation / Music Geeks presale starting on Wednesday, October 8th at 10am and running until Thursday, October 9th at 10pm, before a public onsale begins on Friday, October 10th, at 10am.
To take advantage of the presale option, click on the following link and enter in the password:
Ticket link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004D42EBFB6E3F
"These songs are too good not to be played," says Marky. "I am really looking forward to playing live once more in my hometown of NYC, and celebrating the arrival of the book."
'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg' will serve as a social history of the New York punk scene from an eyewitness. Yes, it has plenty of tales from the dirty streets, drugs, and rock and roll, but it also takes readers on a musical journey of a legendary band. And a few days after it's release, fans will get the opportunity to rock out - and possibly meet - one of the greatest rock n' roll drummers of all time.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: www.markyramone.com
District 97 Featuring Legendary King Crimson/Asia Vocalist John Wetton Release One More Red Night: Live In Chicago CD – OUT NOW!
London, UK – Prog fans rejoice! A new live CD capturing a set of King Crimson songs performed by District 97 and former King Crimson lead singer John Wetton has been released on Primary Purpose via Cherry Red Records.
'One More Red Night: Live In Chicago' includes three songs from the iconic landmark album 'Red’; which inspired many musicians including Kurt Cobain. This CD also captures several other well-known songs from the three King Crimson studio albums John Wetton played and sang on, plus their earlier hit “21st Century Schizoid Man”. This is the first release of this recording and features many tracks which are now rarely heard live.
“I've said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt. Their shows are an exciting pleasure to attend, and I am proud to work, and be associated with them.” - John Wetton, Annapolis, October 1,2014.
District 97's drummer and 'One More Red Night' producer, Jonathan Schang, says “The first Crimson song I ever played live with John was 'Lament'. To hear 'that voice' coming from right in front of me, seemingly made only stronger by the passage of time, was an experience I shall never forget. Getting to know John more closely, both as a musician and a human being, is an honor and a privilege. I'm thrilled that our joint interpretations of his iconic work with King Crimson are now available for all to enjoy.”
1. ONE MORE RED NIGHTMARE
2. THE GREAT DECEIVER
4. THE NIGHT WATCH
5. FALLEN ANGEL
6. BOOK OF SATURDAY
7. 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN
9. EASY MONEY
To purchase District 97 & John Wetton 'One More Red Night: Live In Chicago':
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/More-Night-District-With-Wetton/dp/B00N3SE9US/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/More-Night-District-With-Wetton/dp/B00N3SE9US/
Cherry Red: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4842
iTunes US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-more-red-night-live-in/id912870501
iTunes UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/one-more-red-night-live-in/id912870501
District 97’s last album was Trouble with Machines, features a guest appearance by John Wetton on the mini-rock opera, "The Perfect Young Man":
John Wetton’s last solo project was a 2 CD re-issue of Monkey Business and Jack-knife, the former of which includes many of his early 1970s versions of tracks that went on to become some of King Crimson’s most iconic songs:
Official websites: www.district97.net & www.johnwetton.com
AS HALLOWEEN APPROACHES ROB ZOMBIE’S GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE EXPANDS HOURS FOR ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN HORROR EVENT IN VILLA PARK, IL AND SCOTTSDALE, AZ
As Halloween approaches, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare has an expanded schedule in both Scottsdale, AZ and Villa Park, IL. The ultimate Halloween horror event will continue to celebrate the season October 16-19, 23-26, 30-31 and November 1.
Great American Nightmare features attractions based on Zombie's own horror films.
At WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ, patrons take a sensory-deprived journey through The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out before witnessing the debut of Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D and The Devil’s Rejects.
At Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL, near Chicago, The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses – first seen at the inaugural Great American Nightmare in Pomona, CA in 2013 – have all been improved and enhanced based on visitor feedback.
The fully immersive haunted house experience at both Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare locations include the Bloody Boulevard with freak shows, musical entertainment--including Street Drum Corps’ renowned Blood Drums (Scottsdale) and Prime Evil Percussion (Villa Park)--roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night.
Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are on sale now at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com, with prices starting at $25. A limited number of VIP packages are also available for purchase at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com. All VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt and quicker access to the haunted attractions than general admission.
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare has received positive feedback from media for the haunts at both venues. Here’s a sample of the media comments:
Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are 7:00 PM until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays) and 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM (Thursdays and Sundays).
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is a creative collaboration between master of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman. The event is produced by Rob Zombie, Steve Kopelman and Andy Gould.
Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare at WestWorld Of Scottsdale is presented by 98 KUPD and at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park is presented by 101WKQX.
Ripper Owens Wanted Judas Priest To Fire Him
Former Judas Priest frontman Tim 'Ripper' Owens says he wasn't upset at leaving the band in 2003 following the return of Rob Halford - but reveals he still prefers his work with the group.
He left when the Metal God returned to the fold but insists the split came at the right time - and says he discovered he was out of the group via email.
He tells Uber Rock: "I always knew the reunion would come some day, but I've said it before, I wasn't upset - I really was ready to be out. Looking back now, if Halford's name had have been on Jugulator, it would probably have been hailed as a masterpiece.
"I had just finished recording Iced Earth's Glorious Burden when I told my wife, 'I almost wish Judas Priest would fire me,' because I'd never have quit. I got home and I got the email."
Read more here.
Yngwie Malmsteen Dire About Today's Music Industry
www.antimusic.comYngwie Malmsteen says the music industry money machine has died – making it impossible for new acts to break through. The Swedish guitar icon, like many other artists, blames advances in technology such as filesharing for the demise of the record business.
He tells The Rock Pit: "Basically what happened with the Internet was that the money machine was eliminated. When the money machine was eliminated, all these people who had nothing to do with the music, and who used to make millions of dollars, started to do something else. Then everyone went, 'It's fine, bands are still signed.'
"But it's not. The reasons bands were signed and new acts could get a shot was because people thought they could make money from these bands. So the fans got to hear new music while the machine was going around investing a million and getting 10 million back. Now when there's no return, no new bands are being signed or exposed and no record labels are acting like they did before.
"People love heavy metal, people love rock and roll and people love guitar players – but there's no money in it." And although he is relieved established acts like his own haven't lost out as much, he fears for the future if the current trend continues. Read what he had to say here.
Billy Idol Streaming Full New Album Online
Billy Idol is streaming his first new album in almost a decade, "Kings & Queens Of The Underground", ahead of its release on October 21. The singer has previously issued the project's lead single, "Can't Break Me Down", and a second track, "Bitter Pill."
"Kings & Queens" was primarily produced by Trevor Horn, with Greg Kurstin also contributing as a producer to two songs. Idol will launch a fall European tour in support of the record; the 3-week, 11-show run starts November 5 at the 02 Academy in Birmingham, UK.
The rocker has just published his self-written memoir, "Dancing With Myself." The autobiography delivers a brutally honest account of Idol's journey to fame - from his early days as frontman of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to his international solo career.
Listen to the album here.
Heart’s “HEART & Friends: Home For The Holidays” Will Be Released In North America As A CD/DVD And Blu Ray On November 10th
Sammy Hagar, Pat Monahan, Shawn Colvin And Richard Marx Join Heart For Once-In-A-Lifetime Collaborations
Heart’s “HEART & Friends — Home for the Holidays” will be released as CD/DVD, Blu Ray and digital download on November 10, 2014, it was announced today by Frontiers Music SRL. Last December, HEART’s Ann and Nancy Wilson returned to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits. Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined HEART for this unique concert which was taped on December 12th 2013 at the Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle. The Wilson sisters performed an array of holiday songs originally written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Sammy Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of HEART’s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan provided additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets with HEART.
“We had a great time putting on this show with special friends for the holidays. Warm moments and great music from all... and some saucy little elves too,” said Ann Wilson. “We have always held the holidays up as a wonderful whimsical time of year and celebrating it in our beloved home town with friends, songs and family was extremely magical,” added Nancy Wilson.
“Heart & Friends: Home For The Holidays” ended a prolific and award-winning year in 2013 for HEART, who have been enjoying a resurgence of popularity since 2010′s “Red Velvet Car”, which became the group’s first Top 10 album in 20 years. Many successful live shows and tours (including a 2011 tour with Def Leppard, and their 2013 “Heartbreaker” tour) have occurred with 2012 seeing the release of “Strange Euphoria”, a definitive career-spanning box set; the arrival of “Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll”, a best-selling autobiography; the announcement of Ann and Nancy Wilson’s HEART star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the release of Fanatic, HEART’s 14th studio album.
Earlier this year, HEART released “Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum” on Frontiers Music SRL. In addition to their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame HEART was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April.
PRE-SALE LINKS: CD/DVD: http://geni.us/HeartHolidaysAMZCDVD
ETHAN BROSH CONFIRMED AS DIRECT SUPPORT FOR UPCOMING RED DRAGON CARTEL/JAKE E. LEE TOUR
Guitarist Ethan Brosh is widely considered one of the most promising instrumentalists on the scene, as evidenced by his latest album, 'Live the Dream.' And now, he is set to open for guitar legend Jake E. Lee's band, Red Dragon Cartel, on a nearly month-long tour of North America, kicking off on December 2nd in New York City and wrapping up on December 20th in Baltimore.
"I feel both honored and privileged to once again take my band on tour with one of my all time favorite guitar players, Jake E. Lee!," says Brosh about the upcoming trek. "Jake's playing, writing and overall style have been an influence and an inspiration since the very beginning stages of my guitar playing. We've all been waiting many years to see Jake back on the scene so I feel lucky to be a small part of it on this upcoming tour. I can't wait to be back out there seeing my fans again and doing what I love to do most!"
Mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth) and featuring the talents of world-class bassist Dave Ellefson, as well as the mastering expertise of Bob Ludwig (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden), 'Live the Dream' is Brosh's most exciting and ambitious project to date. And the album cover painting by Joe Petagno (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd) is also sure to turn heads.
Issued by Carmine Appice's label Rocker Records LLC, "Live the Dream" is available for purchase via these links:
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Live-Dream-Ethan-Brosh/dp/B00HZMRX0Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393806359&sr=8-1&keywords=ethan+brosh
The buzz continues to build for guitar hero Ethan Brosh, and it will undoubtedly only grow stronger now that a brand new video has been filmed for one of the many standout tracks from his latest album, 'Live the Dream,' titled "Space Invaders.” The clip puts Brosh's impressive six-string skills front and center, which can be viewed in the link below.
As Brosh himself explains, "A music video is something that has to go hand in hand with the music that it's associated with. It is part of the art as a whole. It is the image that will stay in the minds of the listeners for as long as they listen to that particular musical piece. When I have a music video done, I take the process almost as seriously as I take my music. A lot of time, energy and attention to detail gets into play when we shoot or edit a video."
And Brosh has nothing but praise for the video's director, Seth C. Brown. "This video was made by Seth C. Brown who can turn any rushed, impossible to shoot scene with bad lighting into a beautiful work of art! I'm very proud of the new video for 'Space Invaders,' and can't wait to make more videos for this record!”
Space Invaders video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfYp4VdBzk4
Downward Spiral video (featuring George Lynch) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9ZsC_dgS8U
CONFIRMED TOUR DATES WITH ETHAN BROSH SUPPORTING RED DRAGON CARTEL:
Dec 2 Webster Hall NY, NY
Dec 3 Dobbs Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5 Mexicali Live Teaneck, NJ
Dec 6 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY [with Burning Heat]
Dec 7 1150 Oak Bar Cranston, RI [with Burning Heat]
Dec 9 Rockstarz Cheektowaga, NY
Dec 10 The Garrison Toronto, ON
Dec 12 Token Lounge Detroit, MI
Dec 13 Reggie's Chicago, IL
Dec 14 TBA
Dec 16 Dayton, OH
Dec 17 Agora Theater Ckeveland, OH
Dec 19 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 20 Fish Head Cantina Baltimore, MD
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: www.ethanbrosh.com
Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars Make House Call InTheStudio For 25th Anniversary Of Motley Crue's # 1 Album Dr. Feelgood
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 25th anniversary of Motley Crue’s 1989 #1 seller Dr. Feelgood.
The ‘80s was a decade of excess and Motley Crue was its poster child and willing participant. Their reckless abandonment and debauchery has been well documented, but what makes the Motley Crue story so fascinating is that with all the increasing mayhem came an unbelievable string of hit songs and albums.
The Crue’s 1987 album Girls, Girls, Girls was a #4 seller despite the band’s drug and alcohol- fueled crazy existence, but eventually, one by one, the members of Motley Crue all found help for their substance issues. With the newly found clarity, the songs which Nikki Sixx composed and which singer Vince Neil, piledriver drummer Tommy Lee, and guitar monster Mick Mars recorded including “Kickstart My Heart”, “Same Ol’ Situation”, “Without You” and the groove thing “Dr. Feelgood” blew every previous Motley Crue standard away, notching the # 1 album in America with over six million albums sold.
Sobriety didn’t stop the party on the road though, but it did allow them to remember it! The Dr. Feelgood tour would become the band’s biggest production ever,as Nikki Sixx tells InTheStudio host Redbeard.
“Dr. Feelgood tour, at the time 1989 ,(cost) $325,000 a week just to break even. A million two a month, and were gone for fifteen months. So we spent about $20 million just entertaining. So anything after that was ours. ‘Wow, you need a better business plan. What’s your exit strategy? Pee in the corner and blow everything up’.” (laughs)
Motley Crue ‘Dr. Feelgood’ /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/motley-crue-dr-feelgood-25th-anniversary-nikki-sixx-vince-neil-mick-mars/”
Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: HYPERLINK “http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ “www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations”
Link to Motley Crue website:
Link to InTheStudio website: HYPERLINK “http://www.inthestudio.net”
Arlo Guthrie Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Event That Inspired The Iconic Song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree"
US Tour January 21 - May 3, 2015
"A great reminder of just how effective a bit of absurdity can be when it comes to combating serious issues." -Rolling Stone
"A quintessential Guthrie composition in the way it turns a true story into an amusing folk tale." -New York Times
"The strength of 'Alice's Restaurant' is its feel of truth -- and how it speaks that truth to power." -Washington Post
"If there's one Turkey Day custom in our city that people actually enjoy, it's the airing of the classic 1967 Arlo Guthrie yarn 'Alice's Restaurant Massacree'." -Philadelphia Weekly
Legendary folk music icon Arlo Guthrie embarks on a 18-month North American tour launching January 21, 2015 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the event that inspired the seminal song, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree". A musical monologue running more than 18 minutes, "Alice's Restaurant" has become a Thanksgiving holiday anthem to families across the globe and it all originates from Guthrie's experience on Thanksgiving in 1965. Kicking off the tour in Daytona Beach, FL (Jan. 21, 2015), Guthrie will perform his most prominent work in its entirety each night on the tour, as well as selections from every full-length studio album he's released since his debut, Alice's Restaurant (1967). The forthcoming tour dates from January - May 2015 have been announced on www.risingsonrecords.com, and all of the confirmed shows thus far are listed below; additional dates will be announced in the coming months. Interviews and hi-res photos are available upon request.
"I didn't think I was gonna live long enough to have to learn 'Alice's Restaurant' again," Arlo Guthrie says with a smile. "It was a quirky kinda thing to begin with. Nobody writes an 18-minute monologue expecting fame and fortune. The initial success of the song really took me by surprise more than anyone else. The fact that I have contended with it for five decades either by having to learn it again or by not doing it, has been an interesting balancing act. I'm surely looking forward to adding it to the repertoire though for the 50th anniversary tour."
Folk songs enduring many decades of change only become classics when storylines remain just as relevant today as they were when originally composed. "Alice's Restaurant" is of this ilk; it's now weaved into the fabric of American society. Fans have embraced "Alice's Restaurant" as part of their annual Thanksgiving tradition, but also view it as one of the more pronounced anti-war rally songs. Every year, Arlo receives handfuls of letters from Vietnam vets and soldiers currently at war expressing their heartfelt connection to the song. Today, times are eerily similar to the mid-60's, with unpopular wars being fought far away from home, and soldiers finding ways to cope. Music is often the best thing to soothe the soul. However listeners interpret the quintessential tune, we can be rest assured that people of all different walks of life come together singing that famous chorus, "You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant...".
"Alice's Restaurant's" hilarious account of actual events that precluded Arlo Guthrie from military service (1966) became a platinum selling record (1967) and full-length motion picture (1969) at the outset of his lauded career. Interestingly enough, the song's lyrics reference the number 50 several times (i.e. "...there was five police officers, and three police cars, being the biggest crime of the last 50 years... I had to pay $50 to pick up the garbage..."), and here we are 50 years later commemorating the lengthiest hit single in music history. Due of its length, Arlo has only added the complete "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" to his touring menu on the 10-year anniversaries.
For the last five decades, Arlo has carried on the Guthrie family legacy of sharing timeless stories and unforgettable classics to audiences far and wide. "The Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour" brings together an ensemble of fine musicians never to grace the stage together at one time. Arlo's deft band includes Terry Hall (drums), Bobby Sweet (guitar, vocals), Darren Todd (guitar), and his son, Abe Guthrie (keyboards). Each show is also curated with a special multi-media presentation featuring previously unseen images from the Guthrie archives. More than 75,000 photos have recently been digitized, and selections will be projected along with Peter Star's claymation film depicting Arlo's "Motorcycle Song".
For the dedicated lovers of "Alice's Restaurant", they'll be happy to know the Old Trinity Church is still around. Arlo bought it over 20 years ago and renamed it "The Guthrie Center at the Old Trinity Church". He runs his non-profit foundation from the building, and it's his hope that it'll continue to be of service to the local
On "Alice's Restaurant" becoming such a cultural phenomenon, Arlo says, "Well, I've always loved good stories. And I've loved telling tall tales. Why people enjoy it is beyond me. I haven't sung 'Alice' for years and people still keep coming to the gigs. 'Alice' has taken on a life of its own and become attached to Thanksgiving. If I had to guess though, maybe because it's a story about a little guy against a big world."
Don't miss Arlo Guthrie as he tours in a city near you, performing one of America's greatest musical treasures! Below is a list of the announced tour dates, and additional shows will be added soon. Stay up to date on www.risingsonrecords.com.
Arlo Guthrie Presents "The Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour":
1/21 - Daytona Beach, FL - Peabody Auditorium
1/22 - Gainesville, FL - Phillips Center
1/23 - Clearwater, FL - The Capitol Theater
1/25 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - The Parker Playhouse
1/26 & 1/27 - Stuart, FL - The Lyric Theatre
1/29 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
1/30 - Statesboro, GA - Georgia Southern University
1/31 - Atlanta, GA - The Ferst Center
2/2 - Newberry, SC - The Newberry Opera House
2/5 - Frederick, MD - The Weinberg Center
2/6 - Manassas, VA - Hylton Performing Arts Center
2/7 & 2/8 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
2/10 & 2/11 - Hampton, VA - The American Theatre
2/13 & 2/14 - Asheville, NC - Diana Worthman Theatre
2/17 & 2/18 - Nashville, TN - The City Winery
2/20 - Knoxville, TN - The Bijou Theatre
2/21 - Birmingham, AL - Alys Stephens Center
2/26 - San Antonio, TX - Tobin Center
2/27 - Richardson, TX - Eisenmann Center
3/1 - Galveston, TX - The Grand 1894 Opera House
3/4 - Lafayette, LA - The Acadiana
3/6 - Rolla, MO - The Leach Theater
3/7 - Edwardsville, IL - Morris University Center
3/28 - Avon (Beaver Creek Village), CO - Vilar Center
3/31 - Santa Fe, NM - The Lensic
4/2 - Tuscon, AZ - The Fox Theatre
4/4 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Performing Arts Center
4/6 - Los Angeles, CA - Disney Hall
4/8 - Arroyo Grande, CA - The Clark Center
4/10 & 4/11 - Irvine, CA - The Irvine Barclay Theater
4/12 - Santa Clarita, CA - Santa Clarita PAC
4/14 - Livermore, CA - The Livermore Valley
4/16 - Davis, CA - Mondavi Center
4/17 - Berkeley, CA - Zellerbach Hall
4/18 - Napa, CA - The City Winery
4/24 - Denver, CO - The Paramount Theater
4/27 - Sioux Falls, SD - Washington Pavilion
4/28 - Omaha, NE - The Holland Center
4/30 - West Bloomfield, MI - Jewish Community Center
5/1 - Indianapolis, IN - The Egyptian Room
5/2 & 5/3 - Akron, OH - E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall
EVH® LAUNCHES 5150®III 1X12 50-WATT COMBO AMPLIFIER
After nearly three years in development, EVH is pleased to announce the launch of the 5150III 1x12 50-watt combo amplifier. This is not your average 1x12 combo by any stretch. In line with Eddie Van Halen’s legacy, this 1x12 is a true game changer, making players swear they’re standing in front of a half-stack.
The EVH 5150III® 1x12 is an all-tube combo amp, featuring three channels of pure 5150-III high performance tone (clean, crunch and lead).
Fitted with a single 12-inch Celestion®, 16-ohm speaker and powered by seven JJ ECC83 (12AX7) preamp tubes and two JJ 6L6 power tubes, it also features front-panel adjustable power output from 50 watts down to one watt. The adjustable power feature is especially useful in achieving “fully cranked” sounds while maintaining reasonable overall volume levels.
Features include a single input, rear-panel selectable output impedance (4, 8 or 16 ohms), versatile controls (gain, low, mid, high, volume, master presence, rear-panel master resonance, power level, reverb), built-in DSP reverb, rear-panel MIDI input and preamp output, two rear-panel parallel speaker outputs, rear-panel effects loop and headphone jack (mutes power amp), and four-button footswitch (controls all three channels and reverb).
Top-notch construction features a custom-shaped birch cabinet with special and exclusive internal baffling, vintage-style chicken-head control knobs, red jewel, plastic top strap handle and casters. A fitted cover is optional. Available in Black and Ivory.
For more information, go to www.evhgear.com.
SHARON OSBOURNE AND COOL BREEZE CONCERTS PRESENTS OZZFIESTA
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27-SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015 FESTIVAL AT THE HARD ROCK HOTEL, RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO
ALL-INCLUSIVE FIVE-DAY CELEBRATION OF MUSIC, COMEDY AND SPECIAL EVENTS TO FEATURE HEADLINING PERFORMANCE FROM FESTIVAL NAMESAKE OZZY OSBOURNE ALONG WITH A DINNER PARTY HOSTED BY SHARON OSBOURNE AND MUCH MORE
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT 10:00 AM (ET)
FIRST 500 ROOMS SOLD INCLUDE MEET & GREET WITH OZZY
If your dreams include a tropical vacation with rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE, start packing now for a trip to Mexico next May for Cool Breeze Concerts Presents OZZFIESTA. The all-inclusive, five-day event is set for Wednesday, May 27-Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico (http://www.hrhrivieramaya.com/). OZZFIESTA will conclude with an intimate beachside closing night performance from OZZY. Other OZZFIESTA highlights include a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne (included in select room packages), an opening night “Welcome Party” featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a Q&A session with OZZY OSBOURNE and his band, a Black Label Society full concert, a Comedy Club Night with stand up sets from Jim Norton and Jim Florentine, a Charity Golf Tournament benefitting The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, Osbourne Movie Nights and much more.
Tickets for OZZFIESTA go on sale Friday, October 17 at 10:00 AM (ET) at www.ozzfiesta.com. Ticket prices start at $1,899 per adult, $499 for children (4-17) and $100 for toddlers (newborn-3) and the first 500 rooms sold include a meet & greet with OZZY. All prices include room taxes and gratuities.
OZZFIESTA will take place at an all-inclusive five-star resort with all high-level amenities. The resort boasts Heaven at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a “resort within the resort” exclusive to adult guests, which features three adults-only pools and a private beach on the serene waters of the Caribbean Sea surrounded by the natural sea cove. The luxurious location also offers two family pools and a private white sand beach nestled along the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, a world-class 18-hole Robert von Hagge-designed golf course, nine on-site restaurants (ranging from casual to international gourmet selections) and 24-hour room service, top-shelf alcoholic beverages in six bars, a teen “backstage” lounge, the Little Big Club™ Experience children’s area with interactive play rooms and activities and playrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the resort property, unlimited phone calls to the continental U.S. and Canada. In addition, each room booked includes a $750 resort credit (which can be used for spa treatments, massages, golf and much more).
More information about tickets, the resort and travel options can be found at WWW.OZZFIESTA.COM.
ROCK CRUISE ROOMS ARE GOING FAST!
Rock Legends Cruise IV in January 2016
One third of available cabins in its first week of release!
People sure know a good time when they see it! NAHA would like to thank both the media and their amazing, loyal passengers for helping spread the word!
Great cabins are still available!
Black Flag's Greg Ginn Accused of Child Abuse
In an affidavit filed by his ex-wife, Black Flag co-founder Greg Ginn has been accused of child abuse. Marina Ginn, who filed the affidavit (via Consequence of Sound) on Oct. 10, details how her ex-husband's "behavior has recently grown increasingly erratic."
"He is routinely denying them food and threatening them, that he is increasingly abusing alcohol and drugs in front of them, and that they have witnessed confrontations and physical violence at the building where they live" -which doubles as his band's rehearsal space - she claims.
The details don't stop there. Marina also goes on to claim that Greg puts his children to manual work sometimes until 2 a.m., while deprived of food, which has made them feel like they're going to pass out of hunger - at which point Greg yells at them, "quit being lazy." When he does feed them, she says it's reportedly often just lettuce with vinegar, which makes them throw up, or vegetable soup with strong spices - presumably because he wants to control their weight.
She also claimed he tells his 10- and 7-year-old daughters both that they are getting fat and need to lose weight and "you're hot" and whistles at them. Read more here.
Sex Pistols' Lydon Feels Responsible For Sid Vicious' Death
Sex Pistols mainman John Lydon says he feels partly responsible for the death of Sid Vicious. The bassist died of a heroin overdose in 1979 and Lydon reveals he feels bad because he brought Vicious into the band, exposing him to the lifestyle that accompanied the group.
He tells the Gloucestershire Echo: "He didn't stand a chance. His mother was a heroin addict. I feel bad that I brought him into the band - he couldn't cope. I feel a bit responsible for his death. There you are - I've confessed my demons."
Lydon is currently promoting his book Anger Is My Energy: My Life Uncensored, which he says is a "story of my childhood and Johnny Rotten - not the one invented by Malcolm Mclaren."
Read more here.
Sammy Hagar Prefers Unplugged Dreams To Van Halen Version
Sammy Hagar says that he prefers his new acoustic version of the Van Halen classic, "Dreams", as featured on his new album, "Lite Roast", to the 1986 original.
"The reason that I'm so into the version on this record is that when you do something as great as 'Dreams,' a song like that, it's hard to f-k with that. People don't accept it," Hagar tells Ultimate Classic Rock. "People have tried it again and again and again and the fans get pissy when you f-k with a classic, usually. You know, like Robert Plant, who I love, when he goes out and does the Zeppelin tunes and he messes with them, you know, the Plant fans love it, [but] the hardcore Zep fans are pissy. [Laughs] They're like, 'We want to hear it the way we grew up with it and the way we loved it.'"
"I think what I've done with that song, it's a better song this way," adds Hagar. "The lyric has more meaning, you get it and it touches your heart closer and better. The other one is [such] a physical and emotional performance that the lyrics don't mean almost anything - you can say anything you want. But when I stripped it down, I finally sing it now, like the way I wrote those lyrics, I know what I'm talking about now. I think the fans, it touches them - people cry and sh-t when I sing this acoustically. So this song works."
Check out both versions here.
Gene Simmons Explains His Judging Style On New TV Talent Show
As KISS star Gene Simmons has proved this year, time and time again, he has no filter - and he won't sugarcoat anything. Now he'll be taking that approach to reality TV with his new concept Coliseum from Sierra/Engine Televsion.
"You can't sugarcoat s**t, pardon me," Simmons said about his anti-coddling approach to The Hollywood Reporter. "You can mentor anyone you like, but it's a waste of time if they don't have the goods intrinsically.
"We want to open the trap doors of life and get tough. There will be heartbreak, and people are going to cry and their dreams will be shattered, just like in real life."
In other words, expect more of a Simon Cowell than a Paula Abdul when it comes to Simmons' judging persona. "We want to create superstars, not just singers that get record deals," Simmons said.
Read more here.
BOB SEGER’S NEW STUDIO ALBUM RIDE OUT ARRIVES TODAY
DELUXE EDITION FEATURES BONUS TRACKS
APPEARANCES ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!, THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW
TOUR DATES ADDED
LOS ANGELES, CA — (October 14th, 2014) Capitol Records recording artist Bob Seger’s highly anticipated new studio album, RIDE OUT, officially arrives today, eight years after his previous platinum selling album FACE THE PROMISE was released. A series of rare high profile media appearances are scheduled as part of this week’s launch including Jimmy Kimmel Live! (October 14th) and The Ellen DeGeneres Show (October 16th).
“Mr. Seger ranks high on the short list of All American rock stars—John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen—whose hits in the 1970’s and ‘80’s created a musical map of the heartland. To his core fans, Mr. Seger represents something mythic, thanks to his stick-to-your ribs rock and lyrical images of wild youth and long roads leading to the mountains. His Detroit presence is equally vital.”
--John Jurgensen, Wall Street Journal, 10/10/14
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band have added cities to their Ride Out Tour, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Toledo, Columbus, Atlanta, Tampa, and Ft. Lauderdale. Bob Seger fan club members will have special access to purchase tickets in advance. For more details visit BobSeger.com.
The 17th studio album released by the rock icon, RIDE OUT holds true to his legendary sound, effortlessly marrying blues, country, and heartland soul into his trademark brand of Motor City rock ‘n’ roll. A collection of new songs, including “You Take Me In,” “All of The Roads” and “Hey Gypsy,” prove powerful and personal additions to the GRAMMY® Award-winning rocker’s extraordinary catalogue, rich with character and passion, and the great American songwriter’s always compelling take on the world around him.
Seger also lends his signature style to several personal favorites written by other artists, including the driving first track, “Detroit Made” written by John Hiatt, “California Stars” featuring lyrics by Woody Guthrie and music by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett, Steve Earle’s “The Devil’s Right Hand,” and “Adam and Eve” penned by acclaimed Australian singer/songwriters Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson.
“We decided to experiment and have some fun,” Seger recently told The Detroit News, adding, “You can’t go to Nashville as long as we have and not have some….”
Produced by Seger, RIDE OUT was recorded at Nashville’s historic Ocean Way Recording studios, with backing from a stunning array of Music City’s greatest musicians: Academy of Country Music Guitar Player of the Year 2014 Rob McNelley (who also serves as lead guitarist in Seger’s current live band), bassist Glenn Worf (Mark Knopfler, Tammy Wynette), keyboardist and longtime live guitarist Jim “Moose” Brown (Brad Paisley, Darryl Worley), and drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Joe Walsh). Vince Gill lends harmony vocals to “Listen,” while background vocals throughout the album come courtesy of Laura Creamer, Shaun Murphy, and Barbara Payton. RIDE OUT was mixed by multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Chris Lord-Alge (U2, Muse, Foo Fighters).
RIDE OUT is also available in a special deluxe edition featuring three bonus tracks (see attached track listing). The Standard Album is also released on 180 gram vinyl.
Seger is a multi-talented artist, songwriter, and producer whose indelible body of work has affirmed his place in the annals of American music. Inducted to both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Seger has sold over 52 million albums and has earned 13 platinum and 7 multi-platinum RIAA Certified sales awards, including such landmark albums as NIGHT MOVES, STRANGER IN TOWN, AGAINST THE WIND, LIVE BULLET and NINE TONIGHT, all of which have sold in excess of 5 million units.
official music video for Bob Seger’s “Detroit Made”
David Crosby Confirms CSNY Over, Says Young Angry At Him
David Crosby has responded to comments by Neil Young that he will never again tour as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and confirmed that the group is over.
Last week during a solo show in Philadelphia, Young showed the audience a guitar and said: "This was given to me by my good friend Stephen Stills. CSNY will never tour again, ever - but I love those guys."
On Friday, Crosby tweeted: "I hear Neil said 'there will never be any more CSNY shows.' That's like saying there are mountains in Tibet. We know, Neil. We already knew."
When questioned by fans as to an explanation for Young's comments, Crosby replied, "believe me, not going to happen", before adding, "he is very angry with me."
What caused that anger? Read one suggestion of what it was here.
Alice Cooper Calls Out Today's Pop Stars As Copycats
Alice Cooper says today's big pop acts are just copying his ideas. And he reveals he initially thought Marilyn Manson was unoriginal when he burst on to the scene - but says his stage antics are completely different to his.
He tells Music Radar: "I think the girls at this point have taken over the shows. You go look at Shakira, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga - they're doing Alice Cooper. That's what we were doing in the late 60s and early 70s through to now."
He continues: "When Marilyn Manson came out I said, 'OK, let me see, a guy with make-up on with a girl's name who does theatrics - I wish I'd thought of that. Marilyn and I are good friends now - we've toured together. If you look at his show, it's nothing like my show - he has his own style of grotesque.
"Rob Zombie does a really good show, Marilyn does a great show. Gwar and Rammstein - it's all derivative of what we started doing. But the Alice show is still different."
Scott Weiland Trying Something Different
Scott Weiland says his upcoming album with The Wildabouts has a different feel from his previous albums. The record, tentatively titled Blaster, has no firm release date, but the frontman says the material they've been working on is a "whole new experience" for him.
He tells Songfacts: "This album is different. When I was with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, one of the guys would have a song idea and we'd suss it out with the band. Then I'd write my melodies and then write my lyrics to the melodies.
"As a solo artist, I felt free to go off and explore different musical styles and find some sort of cosmic melting pot for it. That was fun, but it was more difficult to bring that to the stage because we had to have more players and a lot of effects.
"This is much more of an indie-sounding record but it still is very much a rock and roll record - there's big, fuzzy riffs and it's a whole new experience."
Read more here.
Led Zeppelin Preview Expanded House Of The Holy
Led Zeppelin are sharing a video previewing the Super Deluxe Edition of the upcoming expanded reissue of their 1973 release, "Houses Of The Holy", due on October 28.
Released in March of 1973, "Houses Of The Holy" features legendary tracks such as "The Song Remains The Same" and "No Quarter" while also showcasing the continuing evolution of the band's signature sound with the reggae-tinged "D'yer Mak'er" and the funk jam "The Crunge". The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 11 million copies.
The seven unreleased tracks on the companion audio disc include rough and working mixes for "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days" that reveal a deeper look inside the recording sessions of these classic songs. Other standout recordings include the guitar mix backing track for "Over The Hills And Far Away" and a version of "The Rain Song" without piano.
The group are releasing both "Houses Of The Holy" and "Led Zeppelin IV" on the same day. Led Zeppelin kicked off their reissue series in June with the release of expanded editions of the band's first three albums - "Led Zeppelin I", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" - each with a companion disc of bonus material.
Watch the preview video here.
Ozzy Osbourne To Receive MTV Honor
Ozzy Osbourne will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the 2014 MTV EMA (MTV Europe Music Awards) next month. The Black Sabbath frontman joins the ranks of previous recipients Bon Jovi (2010), Queen (2011), Whitney Houston (2012), and Eminem (2013).
"Ozzy's impact on music and pop culture has been tremendous," says Bruce Gillmer, executive vp of talent and music programming/events at Viacom International Media Networks. "For over four decades (and counting!) he's entertained, influenced, inspired and sometimes shocked legions of diehard fans around the globe."
Hosted by Nicki Minaj, the 2014 MTV EMAs will take place on Sunday, November 9 at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Ozzy has just released a pair of career-spanning "Memoirs Of A Madman" collections. Read more here.
Volbeat Begin Work On Next Album
Volbeat have already started writing material for their sixth album, which they hope to release before the end of 2015. Frontman Michael Poulson says the band are toying around with some new songs during downtime on their current North American tour with Five Finger Death Punch.
Poulson tells ArtistDirect: "I'm actually working on new songs right now. I just need to put work into them. I have snippets for at least three other songs. When I get home, I'll start to put all of the pieces together. We'll probably try them out again next tour. I'm in the writing process now."
He adds that the group - who include former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano - will look to progress their sound on the next record, without straying too far from what they are good at. Read more here.
Sammy Hagar Releases Birthday Bash Preview Video
Sammy Hagar has issued a video preview of his belated birthday bash concert, which is set to take place on October 18 at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.
The event will see Sammy Hagar & The Circle featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson playing a setlist spanning four decades - including hits from Montrose, Hagar's solo career, Van Halen and beyond - and with Bonham on board, they can also expect a few Led Zeppelin classics. In addition, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith will join Hagar and Anthony for a special encore by Chickenfoot.
"The good news is we are gonna be recording this," says Hagar. "We're gonna film this...we're not gonna let this get away. Not this big bash. I wanna see all your faces out there… I wanna hear your voices singing along with all them hits. The greatest setlist of all time!"
Hagar, who will turn 67 on October 13, was scheduled to perform his annual birthday shows at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on October 7, 9, 11 and 13.
The Red Rocker was forced to move the event following recent damage in Cabo caused by Hurricane Odile. Watch the birthday bash preview video here.
Dee Snider Celebrating 60th Birthday With New Song
Dee Snider will unveil three new songs as part of a career-spanning compilation due out next year. The Twisted Sister frontman will release Rock And Roll Ain't Dead - Dee Snider Essentials 1983-2015 next spring, featuring tracks from throughout his career.
Songs from Twisted Sister, Widowmaker, Desperado, Van Helsing's Curse and Dee Does Broadway will be included in the set, along with the three new tracks - his first in more than 20 years.
He tells Sleaze Roxx: "My writing partner, and inspiration really, is an amazing blues-rock guitarist named Nick Perri. I will be dropping the first single, Rock And Roll Ain't Dead, on March 15, 2015 - my 60th birthday - and the album after that." Read more here.
Robbie Robertson Recalls Early Career, Bob Dylan, Town Of Woodstock and Life in The Band
InTheStudio.Net, the web home for 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 on the 45th anniversary of The Band’s self-titled 1969 album.
The Band’s history can be traced back to The Hawks, led by Arkansan Ronnie Hawks, an outfit that found their niche touring juke joints in the American South. A 15 year old Robbie Robertson would join the Hawks first, followed by Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson.
This five piece band with the generic name might have been rock and roll’s first Alternative band. 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, wrote 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.
By 1965, Bob Dylan would electrify his folk sound by calling on Robbie Robertson and The Band to tour the world and change the course of music history. But Robbie admits to InTheStudio host Redbeard the surprising response they first received live on tour.
“Strange way to make a buck. Travel around the world, people booing you. Pack up, go to the next place, and they boo you.... It was hard sometimes to keep a stiff upper lip.”
The Band/InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/the-band/”
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Direct Link to The Band website: HYPERLINK “http://www.theband.hiof.no”
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THE WHO HITS 50!
50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR SET FOR NORTH AMERICA IN 2015
FIRST LEG TO KICK OFF APRIL 15 IN TAMPA, FL
TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17
SET LIST TO INCLUDE ICONIC SONGS: “WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN,” “MY GENERATION,” “BABA O’RILEY,” “WHO ARE YOU,” “I CAN’T EXPLAIN,” “PINBALL WIZARD” AND“BEHIND BLUE EYES”
THE WHO, one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands, will celebrate their 50-year legacy when they bring their “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour to North America in 2015. “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will kick off its spring run April 15 in Tampa, FL and include 20 stops throughout the east before wrapping May 30 in Forest Hills, NY. The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with west coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 17 at 10:00 AM (local time) at www.thewho.com. “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour is being presented by AEG Live.
Set lists on these shows will take their audience on an “Amazing Journey” through THE WHO’s entire career, from the band’s early days to classic albums including WHO’S NEXT, TOMMY, QUADROPHENIA, MY GENERATION and LIVE AT LEEDS, through the present day.
Citi is the official credit card of “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets for the U.S. dates beginning Monday, October 13 at 10:00 AM through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
Exclusive VIP packages for the “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour includes reserved tickets with amazing seats, special access to THE WHO’S VIP preshow soundcheck, pre-show VIP parties, autographed limited edition memorabilia and much more. Additional details on tickets and VIP packages can be found at www.thewho.com. In addition, $1 from each ticket sold on “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will benefit Teen Cancer America (www.teencanceramerica.org).
“From the band’s first hit single ‘I Can’t Explain’ to pioneering the rock opera with Tommy, The Who is one of the most influential and storied bands of our time,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing for Citi. “This will be one of the most anticipated tours of 2015 and we are delighted to be able to offer Citi cardmembers early access to see this legendary band perform.”
The classic songs fans can expect to hear on “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will appear on the band’s forthcoming WHO HITS 50! collection. Set for an October 27, 2014 release on Geffen/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), this definitive collection of THE WHO’s greatest tracks--from their very first recordings as The High Numbers right up to the present day with the brand new track “Be Lucky”--is being released to coincide with the band’s 50th anniversary tour.
The show--described by PETE TOWNSHEND as--“Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses” will see the band play all their classic anthems as well as tackling deeper cuts from their catalog.
“This is the beginning of the long goodbye,” says ROGER DALTREY of the upcoming tour.
PETE TOWNSHEND commented, “Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big Woodcutter's beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions. We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we're lucky to be alive and still touring.”
THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane. Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl. As they enter their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews for their performances of QUADROPHENIA in 2013.
New Pink Floyd Album Will Be Their Last
David Gilmour says upcoming Pink Floyd album The Endless River is their final work. And he believes lead track Louder Than Words, with lyrics written by his wife, is the ideal swan-song for their 49-year career.
The record, which comes 20 years after 14th title The Division Bell, is released on November 10. Gilmour tells the BBC: "This is the last thing that'll be out from us - I'm pretty certain there will not be any follow-up to this. And Polly, my wife, thought that would be a very good lyrical idea to go out on - a way of describing the symbiosis that we have. Or had."
Most of the tracks are credited or co-credited to late keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008. Gilmour admits: "I didn't necessarily always give him his proper due. People have very different attitudes to the way they work and we can become very judgemental and think someone is not quite pulling his weight enough - without realising that theirs is a different weight to pull."
Slash Addresses Velvet Revolver Singer Situation
Slash was asked to share an update on the status of Velvet Revolver as he promotes his third solo album, "World On Fire." Velvet Revolver released two albums, including 2004's "Contraband" and 2007's "Libertad", but have remained inactive since the 2008 departure of singer Scott Weiland, who returned to Stone Temple Pilots and was then fired by that group in 2013.
"We started working with Scott for that period and we made some cool music, but it was just a really, really hard thing to keep together, that exact lineup," Slash tells Radio.com. "When you're cutting off your nose to spite your face, there's a point there where it's, like, 'You've gotta either get it together or we're not gonna suffer through this.'"
"A lot of people are asking questions, and it's been very active under the radar," adds Slash. "I mean, nothing has happened with it as far as getting a new singer, so there's nothing to talk about. But there is activity going on, and there's people that we've been checking out. At some point the right guy's gonna walk in the door, and at that point, then we'll look into making another Velvet record."
Biopic About Late AC/DC Singer Bon Scott Going Forward
The man behind plans to make a Bon Scott biopic says recent legal decisions have cleared the way for his production to go ahead. Producer Rob Liotti, who'll also play the late AC/DC frontman, believes that no one can stop him telling his story, after courts backed the release of unofficial Jimi Hendrix movie All Is By My Side and Judas Priest film Dream Deceivers.
It follows attempts by AC/DC representatives to prevent the film being made. But High Voltage Productions will shortly start work on a cinematic trailer for their project, tentatively titled Bon Scott: The Legend Of AC/DC Unauthorised.
Liotti tells Bravewords: "The Hendrix and Priest films clear the way for this project - although I felt confident all along. We have a First Amendment right to tell this story, and we have the ability to utilise the Fair Use Doctrine in assisting us to do so."
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Will Never Tour Again
Neil Young will never tour with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash again, he's said. CSNY last hit the road in 2006, and made a one-off appearance at Young's annual Bridge School charity event last year.
Jambase reports that he made the comment on stage during the first of two solo shows in Philadelphia this week. He showed the audience a guitar and said:
"This was given to me by my good friend Stephen Stills. CSNY will never tour again, ever - but I love those guys." CSNY released their long-awaited 1974 live box set in July.
Clutch Frontman Says Piracy Helped The Band
Clutch frontman Neil Fallon says piracy probably helped grow his band's fan base. He believes illegal downloads expanded Clutch's reach and in turn brought more people to shows. As long as those who illegally download their music then come to gigs and buy a t-shirt, he says he "all right with that."
Fallon tells Pop Culture Madness: "In the 90s we had the backing of every major label on planet Earth. We got signed and dropped and signed and dropped. Nothing ever really happened for Clutch, we had very small shows - even if we got played on the radio.
"It was only when people started pirating music that our shows got bigger. I mean I can't say that for a fact, but I hazard a guess that if someone liked the band they heard for free, even though it was illegal, then they came to our show and bought a t-shirt and has become a lifelong fan. I'm all right with that."
But Fallon does have a problem with a different form of modern technology and how it relates to music. Find out what that is here.
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Appeals For Help Finding Missing In-Law
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and his wife, Pam, held a press conference on Friday to ask for the publics assiatance in locating his mother-in-law, Sally Estabrook, who has been missing since October 4.
NBC News 7 San Diego reports Mustaine spoke about the disappearance and search for the 75-year-old, who was last seen around 4 p.m. on October 4 at the Pinezanita RV Park and Campgrounds on Highway 79 in Julian, about 60 miles east of downtown San Diego.
Estabrook's husband noticed she was gone when he returned from a shower and couldn't find her. "Sally Estabrook went missing Saturday at 4 p.m. up at the Pinezanita Campground up in Julian," said Mustaine. "She has Alzheimer's, severe, [and] she's not communicative. And we're just asking everybody right now, because of the search and how extensively that it's gone, we're looking outside of the camp area now. And we're just asking everybody that may have been up there to take a look in your sheds, in your garages, any of the thick brush around your house. A lot of times, people that wander that have Alzheimer's are found very close to their home. They just take shelter underneath bushes and stuff. So we're asking that you look there."
"Also, anybody that's working in the medical field, in the hospitals and shelters, any of the senior citizens, adult homes, stuff like that, look at your patients," added Mustaine. "Maybe there's somebody there that's not supposed to be there. We need your help. For any of you that are watching this right now, we're just asking that if you see Sally - we call her nana - she's probably not gonna answer to you, just call 911 and then we'll go from there."
Mustaine said the search for Estabrook has intensified over the past few days, with search and rescue crews now looking in areas outside the Julian campground for any traces of the missing woman.
Watch video of the press conference here.
Paul Di'Anno Hopes To Release New Band's Debut This Year
Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'Anno says he hopes to release Architect Of Chaoz's debut album by the end of the year. He's still writing lyrics but has confirmed his new band already have four tracks recorded
He tells Sweden's GTV: "We haven't got a release date yet. I've got the lyrics for another six tracks done but I'm going to go in and semi-record them to show them to my boys. We're waiting for the budget from the record company, but we'll have it out by the end of the year."
He also says young bands trying to make it in the UK face an uphill battle, as there are fewer places for them to play. He continues: "It's pretty much dead over there because there's no vehicle for bands. Half the clubs have been closed down. It's all right if you're a big band but small bands haven't really got much chance."
More including a video of the full interview here.
OZZY OSBOURNE STATEMENT RE ‘THE MAIL ONLINE’ 9-11 NEWS STORY:
Ozzy angry over alleged misquotes!
“Firstly, I never spoke to 'The Mail Online.' Several quotes were pulled from another interview I did for The Shortlist that was posted earlier in the day and were taken out of context to create 'The Mail Online' story [about 9-11]. I apologize to anyone who may see these quotes and believe this is actually how I feel. Please know that I would never want to offend or hurt anyone--that was never or would ever be my intention. You would think that at my age I would finally realize that any conversation with a journalist can be twisted, reprinted and made into another story. It's another life lesson learned.
My representatives have asked 'The Mail Online' to pull the piece, but of course, they’ve refused and now it has been subsequently picked up worldwide because of the sensational slant 'The Mail Online' put on the story.
Love and peace to everyone. May your God go with you.”
2015 Rock Hall Nominees Announced
Green Day, Nine Inch Nails and The Smiths are among the artists nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2015. Other artists making the ballot for the first time include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers and Sting.
Rounding out this year's hopefuls are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, N.W.A., Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Marvelettes, The Spinners and War.
As has been the case for the past two years, the general public can cast votes alongside the historians, artists and industry honchos who comprise the Rock Hall voting body. The top five fan vote-getters will be consolidated and cast as a single ballot.
Read more here.
NEIL YOUNG TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM, STORYTONE, ON NOVEMBER 4TH VIA REPRISE RECORDS
VINYL EDITION TO FOLLOW ON DECEMBER16TH
PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE TODAY, OCTOBER 9TH
LISTEN TO NEW SONG "WHO'S GONNA STAND UP?" BASED ON A LIVE PERFORMANCE WITH CRAZY HORSE, ON SOUNDCLOUD HERE; MAXI-SINGLE WITH FOUR UNIQUE VERSIONS OF THE SONG AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE TODAY
Neil Young will release his latest studio album, entitled Storytone, on November 4th via Reprise Records. Storytone has 10 brand new compositions recorded live in the studio with a 92-piece orchestra, choir and Young.
He took a different approach with this record, first recording the songs on his own in a solo-setting, then creating compelling versions of the songs in a new light with an orchestra and big band, resulting in a deeply-personal emotional listening experience throughout the new record.
The first track released from the album is "Who's Gonna Stand Up?," which was originally performed at Crazy Horse shows in the U.K. this summer and more recently, as part of Young's solo acoustic set at Farm Aid. The track captivated audiences in its resounding plea to end dependence of fossil fuels in hopes of protecting the Earth's fragile eco-systems for future generations. To learn more about the initiative, visit: http://www.neilyoung.com/news/.
In addition to the new single available on Soundcloud, other standout tracks from the album include the bittersweet album opener "Plastic Flowers," the bluesy swing of "I Want To Drive My Car," the aching "Tumbleweed," or the heartfelt "When I Watch You Sleeping." Each song evokes an entirely different feel within the context of its presentation.
The pre-order for Storytone is available now at all participating digital retailers including iTunes & Amazon. Configurations include; a standard CD edition that features the 10 orchestral song versions of Storytone, the deluxe CD edition (containing both standard and solo versions), and the deluxe 180 gram double vinyl pressing, which will be released on December 16th and will feature both versions of the album.
Those who pre-order the deluxe CD edition, deluxe vinyl edition or the PonoMusic edition will receive instant downloads of both the orchestral and solo versions of "Who's Gonna Stand Up?"
Exclusive album bundles include a limited edition, heavy stock lithograph of the album artwork by Neil Young. Click here to pre-order.
All of the Storytone music was produced by The Volume Dealers (Neil Young and Niko Bolas), recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt with additional co-production, arrangements, orchestration, and conducted by Michael Bearden and Chris Walden.
The track-listing for Storytone is as follows:
Who's Gonna Stand Up?
I Want To Drive My Car
Say Hello To Chicago
Like You Used To Do
I'm Glad I Found You
When I Watch You Sleeping
All Those Dreams
SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS CURRENT SINGLE AND TITLE TRACK “WORLD ON FIRE” ASCENDS TO #1 ON ACTIVE ROCK
NEW ALBUM ‘WORLD ON FIRE’ RECEIVES CRITICAL PRAISE
“LIVE FROM THE ROXY” FULL CONCERT FILM TO BE BROADCAST ON NATIONAL TELEVISION VIA DIRECTV’s AUDIENCE NETWORK SATURDAY, NOV. 9 (8pm ET/PT)
SLASH and his band Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators--who unleashed their Top Ten new album WORLD ON FIRE late last month to worldwide acclaim-- have now ascended to #1 at U.S. Rock Radio with the album’s hell-raising first single and title track. The new album marks SLASH’s third straight album to debut in the Top Ten and clocked over 12 Top Ten debuts around the world. Listen to the song “World On Fire” HERE and watch the video HERE.
SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy” will air as a 90-minute concert special for broadcast exclusively on national television via DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Channel 239) on Saturday, Nov. 9th at 8 p.m. Presented by musician retailer Guitar Center, the full rock concert was filmed in 4k and 5.1 surround sound and features songs spanning SLASH’s storied career including material WORLD ON FIRE as well as Guns N’ Roses material.
Both the new album WORLD ON FIRE and the band’s explosive live performances are garnering SLASH some of the best critical acclaim of his career from media worldwide. Check out a sample of the critical reaction for the live shows and the album:
- Orange County Register “Slash, known for his guitar work in Guns N’ Roses and the supergroup Velvet Revolver, as well as his more recent solo career, showed up on stage with a wide grin. He was decked out in his signature black leather top hat and mirrored aviator sunglasses, and loyal devotees that were pressed up against the stage got an up-close-and-personal look at his mesmerizing finger work. He made it look effortless as the band launched into the opening track, ‘You’re a Lie.’ While Kennedy did 90 percent of the vocal work, bassist Todd Kerns stepped up to the mic and impressed during two songs, Slash’s solo cut ‘Doctor Alibi’ and Guns N’ Roses ‘Out ta Get Me.’ There were times when the already small venue seemed to get even smaller as Slash, who was 100 percent in the moment and in his element, would lean out into the audience and start shredding just inches from their happy faces. Beads of sweat dripped from his hands and off of the various Gibson Les Pauls he beat up during the set and the double neck guitar he brought out for ‘Anastasia.’ The band delivered an extended and powerful performance of GNR’s ‘Rocket Queen,’ and it was certainly a memorable moment when Slash walked to the very front of the stage, stood up on the amp, hoisted his guitar up on his knee and dug into ‘Sweet Child ‘O Mine.’ Fans roared along to Velvet Revolver’s ‘Slither’ and after a quick break the band returned to encore with a very rowdy and rockin’ ‘Paradise City.’” (Sept. 24, 2014)
- Loudwire “The hometown hero started his journey at the legendary Troubadour for a sweaty, packed, no holds barred performance that left those in the crowd rocked to the core and wanting for more. The headlining act was welcomed with a carnival-like soundtrack before launching into the show opener ‘You’re a Lie.’ ‘Nighttrain’ followed, giving audiences their first of several Guns N’ Roses classics of the night, while ‘Halo’ and ‘Standing in the Sun’ kept the momentum going and the energy high. It was six songs in before Slash and his band tackled the new material, but ‘Stone Blind’ was a solid choice to lead off with as the track was met with a rousing reaction and no noticeable drop off from the crowd. After ‘You Could Be Mine,’ Kennedy turned the vocals over to bassist Todd Kerns for a pair of tracks — ‘Doctor Alibi’ and the GN’R classic ‘Out Ta Get Me.’ The band chose this night in West Hollywood to provide the live debut of ‘Wicked Stone’ off the World on Fire album and this blistering song turned into an all-out jam with the crowd responding in kind. ’30 Years to Life,’ ‘Bent to Fly’ and the current single ‘World on Fire’ also provided a great live representation of the newly released Slash album as well. As for the remainder of the set, it was populated with GN’R favorites like ‘Rocket Queen,’ which featured an epic Slash guitar solo, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and the encore favorite ‘Paradise City.’ Other standouts included the Velvet Revolver favorite ‘Slither,’ with Kennedy leading the crowd in fist-pumping and singing along, and Slash’s own standouts ‘Starlight,’ ‘Anastasia’ and ‘By the Sword.’” (Sept. 24. 2014)
- Guitar World “…as a diverse record that covers a multitude of musical feels with a rawness and energy that’s reminiscent of Slash’s early work with Guns N’ Roses. Make no mistake about it: World On Fire is not a solo project. It was recorded by a band with all four members contributing their strengths as a whole.” (Sept. 2, 2014)
- Premier Guitar “With his current band, it appears Slash has found something he’s been looking for: a band that ignites together…This chemistry comes through on the group’s new album ‘WORLD ON FIRE.’ With its cohesive sound, this naturally flowing collection of 18 barnburners provides a foundation for Slash’s extraterrestrial, high-flying tones and extensive soloing.” (August 2014)
- The Sun (U.K.) “The title track is an energetic rock anthem filled with the unmistakably jagged bluesy riffs and solos from Slash’s guitar. Other highlights are the unstoppable ‘Wicked Stone’ and the more mellow ‘Avalon.’” (Sept 20, 2014)
- Guitar Player “The group [Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators] is now three albums into their career, and its latest, WORLD ON FIRE (Dik Hayd)—tracked as usual on analog tape—features some of the warmest-rock guitar textures, most dimensional and contrapuntal guitar arrangements, and most downright killin’riffs Slash has ever delivered. It also features camaraderie, chemistry, work ethic, and to use a rhythm section term, gelling that Slash-after paying more than his share of drama dues with those other two bands-certainly deserves. In Kennedy, Slash has found a lead singer who not only kills both the new stuff and the old, he also shows up to soundcheck on time. Guns, Revolver and Snakepit were all cool, but Slash now playing huge crowds under his own name, and playing the music he wants to, has finally found his real dream band.” (Cover story, Oct. 2014)
- ArtistDirect.com “delivered a brash, ballsy, and brilliant seventeen-song slab in the form of World on Fire. Slash's third solo album feels like a new beginning not only for the guitar god, but for rock music as well.” (September 15, 2014)
- Sunday Mail (U.K) “…A high octane ride.” (Sept 21, 2014)
- The Times (U.K.) “’Safari Inn’ is a heavy-duty, axe-wailing instrumental off new album ‘WORLD ON FIRE.’” (Sept 20, 2014)
Check out more early critical acclaim for WORLD ON FIRE here: http://msopr.com/files/slash-world_on_fire-critical_soundbites.pdf
WORLD ON FIRE marks SLASH’s third solo offering and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). For WORLD ON FIRE (released on Slash’s own Dik Hayd International and distributed through Caroline), SLASH and the band worked with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to create a powerful new turn for the band in 17 songs. WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.”
Watch SLASH's live interview on Huffington Post Live here: http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/slash-world-on-fire-new-album-guns-n-roses/53f7be5302a760147000069c
SLASH has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver. SLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers List. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. SLASH and his band release their new album WORLD ON FIRE September 16, 2014. www.slashonline.com.
HEAVEN & EARTH IN THE STUDIO WITH NEW BAND LINEUP WORKING ON NEW ALBUM SET FOR EARLY 2015 RELEASE
NEW BAND MEMBERS INCLUDE: KENNY ARONOFF (DRUMS), LYNN SORENSEN (BASS/VOCALS) AND TY BAILIE (KEYBOARDS)
Ty Bailie (Keyboards) and Kenny Aronoff (Drums)
Coming off last year’s acclaimed album Dig and an enthusiastically received 17-date 2014 European concert tour, HEAVEN & EARTH--who masterfully fuse elements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical--are back in the studio working on a new album (produced by Dave Jenkins and available via Quarto Valley Records) for 2015 with a new lineup. The Los Angeles-based band’s heralded musicians Stuart Smith (band founder/guitarist) and Joe Retta (vocals) are now joined by Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lynn Sorensen of Paul Rogers/Bad Company (bass/vocals) and Ty Bailie (keyboards).
Stuart Smith, an England-raised protégé of Ritchie Blackmore, is excited to share this news about the new HEAVEN & EARTH album (title and release date are TBA) and line-up. He says: "Joe Retta and I couldn't be more excited that Quarto Valley Records are once again behind us and that we have Lynn, Kenny and Ty on the new album. The writing chemistry between us is great and we have about 20 good ideas in the pot so far which we're working on. I think it's going to be Heaven & Earth's best album yet."
HEAVEN & EARTH’s new line-up includes:
- Kenny Aronoff, among the world’s most in-demand session drummers, will bring his tremendous drive, enthusiasm and creativity to HEAVEN & EARTH. In the mid-80s, Kenny began to develop an enormously successful career as a studio musician and went on to tour worldwide with artists including The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Styx, Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Gibbons, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, and many many more.
- Seasoned bassist/vocalist Lynn Sorensen--who’s been Paul Rodgers’ long time bass player and backing vocalist for over 10 years and moved over to Bad Company with Paul when he reformed Bad Company in 2008--is excited to join the band: "As a long time fan of Heaven & Earth it is an honor to have the opportunity to play with them. The Dig album simply blows my mind," says Lynn.
- Established B3 player/first-class keyboardist and founding member of the award-winning progressive jazz duo Ego Band USA, Ty Bailie brings his exceptional talents to HEAVEN & EARTH. Ty’s diverse talent and love of all things music has lead to him performing with a myriad of musical icons including: Steve Cropper (Booker T. and the M.G.’s), Kenny Burrell, Peter Frampton, Robbie Robertson (Bob Dylan, the Band), Wanda Jackson, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Ann Wilson (Heart), Ace Frehley (KISS), Counting Crows, Soundgarden, Yes and Tool, among others.
HEAVEN & EARTH connected strongly with music audiences on their 17-date European tour, garnering strong reviews along the way. The band will return to Europe next year when they play the Vasby Festival in Stockholm, Sweden July 17-28, 2015.
- “Those in the venue witnessed a very special show in an intimate setting and such an opportunity won`t be available for long as the band are destined for much bigger venues.” (Metal Express Radio)
- “What a Night!…On the evidence of this performance, you should move on Heaven & Earth, not to miss them!” (Rocktopia)
- “Heaven & Earth may well have delivered one of the best shows of the year….A very special show by a hugely talented band” (The Newcastle Chronicle)
- “The highly acclaimed quintet from Los Angeles have a created a fusion of Blues and Hard Rock with a touch of classical which contains everything you could wish for…power anthems, ballads and melodic rock rub shoulders in a rather potent mix” (The Bolton News)
HEAVEN & EARTH’s last album Dig (released this past April on Quarto Valley Records) was produced by Dave Jenkins--who’s turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power---and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto). HEAVEN & EARTH’s music comes together explosively on the album’s first single “No Money, No Love” and its controversial video which has logged over 500,000 view and can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/cdopr5d. Click here to stream Dig.
About HEAVEN & EARTH:
The origins of HEAVEN & EARTH align the band’s founder and visionary, Stuart Smith, with a rich lineage of rock’s most celebrated musicians. Kelly Hansen (Foreigner), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) and Kelly Keeling (King Kobra) all fronted the band at various junctures. Guitarists Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), singer and bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), bassist Steve Priest (Sweet) and drummer Carmine Appice (Jeff Beck Group/Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart), among others, have each contributed their extraordinary talents to HEAVEN & EARTH’s first two albums: Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith (1994) and Windows to the World (2000). HEAVEN & EARTH’s groundbreaking debut album, Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith, is considered a cult classic and brought Smith to the forefront of the guitar elite being compared in the press to Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page and garnering Smith the award for "Best Guitarist" and "Best New CD" for three years running at the Los Angeles All Access Music Awards. In the summer of 2012, the guitarist set out to mold HEAVEN & EARTH into a world-class recording and touring band which led to the recording of their new album Dig and now the future has never looked brighter for the band.
Critical acclaim for HEAVEN & EARTH’s 2013 studio album, Dig, here:
“…the album does a fantastic job at showcasing every possible side of the music…a band can create.”
--Kristyn Clarke, POPCULTUREMADNESS.COM, March 12, 2013
"The songs are utterly amazing with incredible vocals and hooks that lodge themselves on the brain and refuse to leave for days."
--Gerry Gittelson, METALSLUDGE.TV.COM, April 5, 2013
“Heaven & Earth is a band that has the true spirit of real rock and roll running through their hearts and souls…Dig…will have fans of guitar driven hard rock wetting their pants with excitement upon first listen.”
--Jeb Wright, CLASSICROCKREVISITED.COM, March 25, 2013
“Tapping into the methodology and madness of old-school rock with a new-school attitude, Heaven & Earth are shaking their classic rock roots down to the very core on their newest effort, Dig…”
-- Robert Cavuoto, GUITARINTERNATIONAL.COM, February 21, 2013
“…it has been quite some time anyone has heard a solid album’s worth of this particular style of music — majestic, triumphant, straight forward rock, without any of today's assembly line, paint-by-numbers blandness…Dig offers up 12 compositions, that will…satisfy…fans of solid musicianship, excellent songwriting skills,
and music that stands above whatever is being passed off as rock music today…Retta's vocals are dynamic, and strong, an excellent choice to deliver these songs. He sings with confident conviction, a trait necessary for this style of hard rocking, but always melodic, rock and roll…Music of this caliber deserves to be heard.”
--Bruce Forrest, VINTAGEROCK.COM, April 8, 2013
“Dig truly is a ‘band’ album. The mix, with guitars audible, focuses on presenting all instruments on an equal level and provides the framework for Retta to lay down his vocals…The music on Dig is bold, deliberate and powerful.”
--John Kindred, HARDROCKHAVEN.NET, March 11, 2013
“Heaven & Earth re-instill the music industry with timeless tracks off of their upcoming album, ‘Dig’…‘Dig’ resurrects the era by emphasizing the instrumental and lyrical diversity of classic rock.”
--Lonnie Nemiroff, SHOCKYA.COM, March 7, 2013
“This is an album that absolutely must be heard by any purist and old school rock fan. With those piercing and psychedelically hypnotizing riffs, licks and solos, the calming and chilling vocals and more, Heaven & Earth are one of those bands that make you say ‘where has this been?’”
--Reggie Edwards, THEFRONTROWREPORT.COM, March 4, 2013
“A new era has begun, folks. Or, should I say an old era has resurfaced...this new era has a fresh new face building a solid rock fortress upon that foundation. It’s Heaven & Earth.”
--Scott Itter, DRMUSIC.ORG, March 17, 2013
“If you’re a fan of classic rock, and you’re looking for a new band to get excited about, look no further than the melodic rock quintet - Heaven & Earth…This [Dig] 12 track, epic retro-rock masterpiece is an uncompromising throw back to the vintage sounds of the 1980’s versions of Rainbow and Bad Company, in sound, style
and musicianship…Every song can stand on its own and sadly, that’s really not very common nowadays.
--Thomas Orwat Jr., ROCKMUSICSTAR.COM, March 22, 2013
“‘Dig’ is twelve songs deep with each and every offering creating another facet of classic rock and roll performance."
-- East Chapman, MAINEMUSICNEWS.COM, March 17, 2013
"Their new album ‘Dig’ sums up the last forty years of rock music. You can hear their influence from the seventies, but it has a very modern energy and attitude, but most importantly these guys know how to play their instruments. Singer Joe Retta's voice is a combination of Paul Rodgers and Chris Cornell."
--Bob Zerrull, ZOIKSONLINE.COM, April 2, 2013
“Heaven and Earth got it right…from the production, to the riffs, to the incredible keyboard sound, the propelling vocals, the concept, the artwork it all just fits and puts every classic rocker back in time where this music once rule the land…”
--Denys Jaime, MYGLOBALMIND.COM, April 12, 2013
“…Dig is clearly a strong candidate for album of the year.”
--Joseph Suto, ROCKSHOWCRITIQUE.COM, May 14, 2013
“The new Heaven And Earth release, Dig…is a future classic that will influence the bands of the future. With its heavy guitar driven sound and thick Hammond organ, Dig is a masterpiece.”
-- Jeffrey Easton, METALEXILES.COM, May 21, 2013
“Heaven + Earth has created a masterpiece.”
--Adam Waldman, HARDROCKDADDY.COM, June 5, 2012
Purchase Dig online here: heavenandearthband.com/store/
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HEART’S “HEART & FRIENDS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”
OUT IN NOVEMBER ON FRONTIERS
SAMMY HAGAR, PAT MONAHAN, SHAWN COLVIN AND RICHARD MARX
JOIN HEART FOR ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME COLLABORATIONS
HEART’s “Heart & Friends – Home for the Holidays” will be released as CD/DVD, Blu Ray and digital download on November 7th in Europe and November 10th in North America, it was announced today by Frontiers Music SRL.
Last December, HEART’s Ann and Nancy Wilson returned to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits. Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined HEART for this unique concert which was taped on December 12th 2013 at the Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle. The Wilson sisters performed an array of holiday songs originally written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Sammy Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of HEART’s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan provided additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets with HEART.
“We had a great time putting on this show with special friends for the holidays. Warm moments and great music from all... and some saucy little elves too,” said Ann Wilson. “We have always held the holidays up as a wonderful whimsical time of year and celebrating it in our beloved home town with friends, songs and family was extremely magical,” added Nancy Wilson.
“Heart & Friends: Home For The Holidays” ended a prolific and award-winning year in 2013 for HEART, who have been enjoying a resurgence of popularity since 2010′s “Red Velvet Car”, which became the group’s first Top 10 album in 20 years. Many successful live shows and tours (including a 2011 tour with Def Leppard, and their 2013 “Heartbreaker” tour) have occurred with 2012 seeing the release of “Strange Euphoria”, a definitive career-spanning box set; the arrival of “Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll”, a best-selling autobiography; the announcement of Ann and Nancy Wilson’s HEART star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the release of Fanatic, HEART’s 14th studio album.
Earlier this year, HEART released “Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum” on Frontiers Music SRL. In addition to their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame HEART was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April.
CD audio track listing will include:
The River; Seasons, Rocking (feat. Shawn Colvin), Love Come Down at Christmas, POEM, All through the Night (feat. Richard Marx), All we need is an Island (feat. Sammy Hagar), Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar), Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Pat Monahan), Remember Christmas, Barracuda, Even it Up, Stairway to Heaven and Ring Them Bells.
DVD / Blu Ray track listing will include:
The River; Seasons, Rocking (feat. Shawn Colvin), Love Come Down at Christmas, POEM, All through the Night (feat. Richard Marx), All we need is an Island (feat. Sammy Hagar), Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar), Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Pat Monahan), Remember Christmas; Barracuda; Stairway to Heaven and Ring Them Bells.
Who Planning New Album
Roger Daltrey says The Who are set to record an album of entirely new material. In the wake of the release of new track Be Lucky, the frontman has dropped another hint that the band could be set to finally follow up 2006's Endless Wire.
The band have lined up a UK tour later this year to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and will also release a 2CD compilation album called The Who Hits 50 on October 28.
Daltrey tells The Mirror: "The Who have got a new record out. It's 50 years on and we have passed the audition. We've done one song and we are going to do a whole album. It's exciting."
Fleetwood Mac Add New Leg To North American Reunion Tour
Fleetwood Mac have expanded their reunion tour with Christine McVie with the addition of a new leg of 28 newly-announced shows to the North American run.
Currently on the road for a 40-show fall run that wraps December 20 in Tampa, Florida, the band will launch the second leg of the trek on January 16 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The On With The Show tour trek sees the return of keyboardist McVie, creating a reunion of the group's hugely successful mid-1970s lineup, which cranked out hit albums like 1975's self-titled release, 1977's "Rumours" and 1979's "Tusk."
Check out the dates here.
Paul McCartney Joins Effort To Save Venue
Paul McCartney has lent his support to save an iconic Liverpool venue. St Luke's Church, also known as the Bombed Out Church, was almost destroyed in 1941 during World War 2 and reopened as a public arts venue in 2007.
But after local funding was cut, a crowdfunding campaign was launched to raise cash to maintain the church grounds - and now McCartney has given his support to the project.
He says on his website: "The people of Liverpool should do everything possible to keep this venue open for the use of the people and run by the people. It's a place that is regularly staffed by students from the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts and people of all ages, religions and backgrounds.
"It would be a terrible shame if we lost this cultural icon."
Guns N' Roses Have Two New Complete Albums Recorded
The last we checked in with Guns N' Roses, frontman Axl Rose said that the band was halfway into the follow-up to Chinese Democracy and had a remix album of their 2008 album ready to go.
Now it seems like Rose has been even more prolific. According to an interview with guitarist DJ Ashba at Guitar International, Rose has two albums nearly ready to go.
"Axl, of course, has, I believe, two complete albums worth of songs already recorded and probably a s**tload of other stuff I've never heard," he said. "He's played me quite a bit of stuff that's phenomenal, and, hopefully, I can get my hands on it and put my little stamp on it, before all is said and done."
Whether that material includes the followup to Chinese Democracy that Axl mentioned is unclear, but either way, Guns N' Roses have new songs on the way.
The only holdup? Getting everyone into the studio at once.
Rob Zombie Says Musicians Do The Dumbest Things
Rob Zombie says most musicians have a natural talent for wrecking their own careers - and when presented with a choice between two moves, they'll make the wrong one.
Zombie believes long-time guitarist John 5 has the right attitude. "He's been in a million bands, from Marilyn Manson to David Lee Roth. He's been in this band for 10 years. He goes, 'I know it's not better anywhere else.'"
That's at odds with what he thinks is an immature attitude from others he's worked with. "Musicians are weird," he reflects. "Musicians have this real talent for doing the absolute dumbest things to their careers that they could possibly do. You give them two choices and they're always going to pick the wrong one. Always. It's just human nature, I guess."
Sixx A.M. Announce Their Very First Headline Tour
Motley Crue star Nikki Sixx has announced that his other band Sixx A.M. will be launching their very first headline tour early next year with select dates taking place across North America.
The band, which also features Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba, will be embarking on the tour in support of their third studio album, "Modern Vintage," which was released earlier this week.
The tour will feature support from Apocalyptica and is set to kick off on April 8th in San Francisco at The Regency Ballroom and will conclude on April 29th in Silver Springs, MD at The Fillmore.
Sixx, Ashba and singer James Michael will be joined on the tour by drummer Jeff Fabb (In This Moment, Black Label Society, Filter) and the Apocalyptica will be the supporting act.
Nikki Sixx had this to say about the trek, "Fans have been asking for years 'When is Sixx A.M. gonna tour?' and we've finally announced our first headline tour. We can't wait to play these songs live and put on a rock extravaganza for our fans. We're excited to announce that we're bringing along Apocalyptica as special guest because we are fans of their music and think this is going to be an amazing night of music from beginning to end'.
Apocalyptica's Eicca Toppinen says, 'When we heard about this tour, we loved the idea right away! We were on Nikki's radio show before and had a great time. I really liked Sixx A.M.'s first two albums and am very much looking forward to the new record. Going on tour with Sixx A.M. will bring a great night of music to all our fans."
DJ Ashba adds, "Over the years we feel we have taken our fans on some pretty incredible and diverse musical journeys. However, they have only been able to experience half of our vision. For the first time we are going to present a visual journey to go along with the music. This tour will be something you won't want to miss. This will be the ultimate Sixx A.M.. Experience".
Motorhead's Lemmy Reveals Unusual Health Problem
Lemmy has complained about his health regime after he was forced to cut down drinking and smoking - and was then even told to get over his craving for blueberries.
The Motorhead frontman is still recovering from a series of problems that nearly ended his career - and says one of the tests he underwent revealed the fruit was playing havoc with his health.
Lemmy tells Yahoo Music: "I would get these cravings. They found out there's something in blueberries that isn't good for me, so I stopped and got better.
"It's crazy - you can't drink anything but water and can't eat anything but fibrous bread. Getting old is a lot of fun."
Every Bob Dylan Lyric Collected In Epic Book
Every Bob Dylan lyric ever written will be collected together in a new book titled The Lyrics: Since 1962, making it what the president of Simon and Schuster, Jonathan Karp, calls "the biggest, most expensive book we've ever published."
The book will will be slightly larger than an LP, with more than 960 pages of Dylan's poetry, and weigh approximately 13 and a half pounds, according to The New York Times. The book will sell for $200, while an extremely limited version, signed by Dylan himself, will retail for $5,000.
Within the book's pages are tons of treasures that make the retail price seem like money well spent for ardent Dylan fans. Christopher Ricks, who wrote the 2003 book, Dylan's Visions of Sin, has penned a lengthy, "scholarly" introduction, and Ricks' co-editors, Lisa and Julie Nemrow, have designed the book's layout, which will present the song's chronologically, including reproductions of the original album art.
Gene Simmons Launching Me, Inc Book Tour
Gene Simmons has announced dates for a book-signing tour to promote his latest project, "Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life And Business."
Simmons will launch his 6-date book tour in Los Angeles on October 19; he'll also make stops in New York, New Jersey, Arizona and Illinois. Due October 21, the marketing advice book sees the bassist share his thoughts on business after years working to develop the KISS brand.
The brand has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages over 3,000 licensed merchandise items. Simmons and KISS are set to follow in the footsteps of several rockers when they play their first Las Vegas residency this fall.
After reviewing the viability of successful extended Vegas runs by Carlos Santana, Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Rod Stewart and Meat Loaf, among others, "KISS Rocks Vegas" will see the band perform 9 shows at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino between November 5 and 23.
Check out the book tour dates here.
David Bowie Has 3 Different Covers For Nothing Has Changed
David Bowie has unveiled three different Jonathan Barnbrook-designed sleeves for his forthcoming compilation, "Nothing Has Changed," which will be released on November 17 in Europe and November 18th in North America.
The 3CD Deluxe Edition/digital download features a Jimmy King photograph from 2013, while the 2CD Edition/Digital Download has a 1975 Steve Schapiro picture; the Double Vinyl features a Mick Rock shot of Bowie at his Haddon Hall home in Beckenham in 1972.
"A different image appears on each use," explains Barnbrook. "The linking theme is Bowie looking in the mirror. Something which was a strong enough 'archetype' to provide an immediately identifiable visual link but make it clear this was a collection of songs through the experience of one person's life, not necessarily a specific concept or period of time as albums tend to be."
Due November 17 (Nov. 18 in North America), the collection presents material from the music icon's 50-year career and include new songs alongside unreleased tracks and greatest hits.
"Nothing Has Changed" will be introduced by the lead single, "Sue (or In A Season Of Crime)", which will debut on Guy Garvey's Finest Hour program on BBC Radio 6 Music this Sunday, October 12.
Check out the covers here.
Dave Grohl and Queens Brian May Part Off All-Star Charity Song
Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl and Queen guitarist Brian May are among 27 artists united as the Impossible Orchestra to promote the BBC Music service.
The corporation brought big names together for a cover of the Beach Boys' 1966 track God Only Knows, led by mainman Brian Wilson and also featuring Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Jools Holland and Chrissie Hynde.
Wilson says: "God Only Knows is a very special song, an extremely spiritual song and one of the best I've ever written. All the artists did such a beautiful job. I can't thank them enough."
The track will be released as a charity single for the BBC's annual Children In Need telethon. The Foos' documentary series Sonic Highways - tied in with their album of the same name - launches on BBC Four on October 26. Queen tour the UK with Adam Lambert in January.
Check out the song here.
U2 Announce Jools Holland Performance
U2 are set to perform songs from their latest album, "Songs Of Innocence", on BBC Two's Later...With Jools Holland program which will air next week.
The band will appear alongside Sam Smith, Interpol and Zola Jesus on the long-running series when it airs Tuesday October 21 at 10pm and Friday October 24 at 11.05pm.
U2 recently made headlines when they launched "Songs Of Innocence" at an Apple event by releasing the album free to more than a half a billion iTunes customers.
The group experienced some backlash from non-fans and the music industry, with opponents charging the publicity stunt devalues music as a product while possibly making it harder for new acts to earn a living.
Read more here.
Porcupine Tree Stars Releasing New Burnt Belief Album
Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin and guitarist Jon Durant will release their second Burnt Belief album Etymology, on October 21 via Alchemy Records.
They've described the 12-track title as an "expansion and natural evolution" from their 2012 self-titled debut. Alchemy say: "While retaining the strong sonic identity laid down on Burnt Belief, Etymology features the additional input of three marvellous drummers, Vinny Sabatino, Dean McCormick and Jose Duque, to complement and reinforce the programmed electronic rhythms.
"The album is further enhanced by sensitive, deep electric violin performances from Steve Bingham, also known for his evocative work with No-Man."
Read more here.
RATED X RELEASES FIRST VIDEO: THIS IS WHO I AM
Debut Album From New All Star Hard Rock Band With Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner; Drummer Carmine Appice;
Bassist Tony Franklin and Guitarist Karl Cochran Due For Release November 10th on Frontiers Music Srl
Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label known for embracing new music from legendary Rock artists, has released the first video by its newest acclaimed band: RATED X. Entitled “This Is Who I Am,” the song is taken from the band’s self-titled debut set for release in the EU on November 7th and in North America on November 10th.
View THIS IS WHO I AM: http://youtu.be/jkmWYqztVi8
Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes here: http://geni.us/LDm, will receive an instant download of the song or it can be purchased as a digital single. RATED X was formed at the suggestion of, and under the guidance of Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino, and consists of singer Joe Lynn Turner, the former lead vocalist for both Rainbow and Deep Purple and a solo artist in his own right; drum legend Carmine Appice, (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder, King Kobra and others); Appice’s former Blue Murder band-mate and bassist, Tony Franklin (best known for his work with The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, and Whitesnake); and long-time Turner collaborator and former member of Ace Frehley’s band, guitarist Karl Cochran. Frontiers in-house
producer, Alessandro del Vecchio, not only handled studio production but added keyboards on several tracks. Pat Regan (Mr. Big, Deep Purple, Gotthard, Kiss, Doro) mixed the album.
The band’s debut album, entitled Rated X, features all new songs built upon a classic Hard Rock foundation, with a distinctly contemporary edge. “This Is Who I Am,” with its solid bottom, soaring guitar riffs driven by Turner’s compelling vocals, is sure to please hard rock fans around the world.
Says Joe Lynn Turner: “It’s about a personal experience of mine and I think it relates to everyone. We all want to shine as individuals. Too many people were judging me and telling me how to look and how to act; basically it’s about rebellion.” “It has a really cool groove,” says Carmine Appice. “I love the hook and I love what it is saying.” Much of the album was recorded in different cities, using current recording technology, however, it never strays from a solid band sound. “The songs will stand by themselves,” says Karl Cochran.” They are strong songs.”
Adds Tony Franklin about the project: “There is a lot of talent in this band and we respect each other. Some of us in this band have known each other for 20 to 30 years. So, it didn’t feel like something that had just been put together randomly. It feels real.”
For more info, watch the RATED X EPK here: http://youtu.be/mCnxyqlpspg
1. Get Back My Crown
2. This Is Who I Am
3. Fire And Ice
4. I Don't Cry No More
6. Devil In Disguise
7. You Are The Music
8. Peace Of Mind
9. Maybe Tonight
10. On The Way To Paradise
11. Our Love Is Not Over
12. Stranger In Us All
Preorder RATED X on Amazon: http://geni.us/RatedXAMZ
Tom Petty Reveals The Battle For Damn The Torpedoes
Dallas, TX - Oct 7, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn The Torpedoes album, a musical masterpiece that almost didn’t happen.
1979 was a strange year in music. A shift in sound had coined a new phrase on the radio, “New Wave”. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had been lumped carelessly into this category but would soon cast it off with their hit album Damn The Torpedoes.
As the Heartbreakers entered the studio for their third time at bat, suddenly and unexpectedly they were thrown a curve ball when their record label sold the Heartbreakers’ recording contract to one of the biggest major labels . Tom refused, sparking a David-vs-Goliath legal battle that lasted months, cost over a million dollars, and nearly bankrupted Tom Petty.
Meanwhile, the drama being played out in the courtroom could not derail Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ first Top Ten hit, “Don’t Do Me Like That”, providing unlimited musical inspiration for the band’s timeless rock anthem “Refugee”. Tom describes to InTheStudio host Redbeard how “Refugee” defined the legal battle that threatened his and the band’s future and gave them the strength to win the war.
“Refugee is like you had to leave one place and go to another without really wanting to, or to survive you had to go to another place. I think I was probably saying it to myself, in some sense there. I didn’t think I had to live that way or cower down and run away. “
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/tom-petty-heartbreakers-damn-torpedoes/”
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AC/DC Premiere New Song
AC/DC are premiering "Play Ball", the lead single from the band's forthcoming album, "Rock Or Bust." The group have also unveiled the track listing for their first studio album in six years, due out December 2.
The project is the group's first without guitarist Malcolm Young, whose illness required him to step away from the band earlier this year before they entered the studio; he is now officially retired from AC/DC.
Malcolm and Angus Young's nephew, Stevie, handled rhythm guitar duties on the record and will join the group for a world tour next year. Check out the new song and the album tracklist here.
Dave Mustaine's Mother-In-Law Missing
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine's mother-in-law, Sally Estabrook, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, has been reported missing, according to CBS News affiliate KFMB Channel 8 in San Diego.
The 75-year-old was last seen at the Pinezanita RV Park and Campground in Julian, California on October 4. Her husband noticed she was gone when he returned from a shower and couldn't find her.
"As you can imagine, they're pretty distraught," said Mustaine about how his family is dealing with the disappearance. "My wife is very, very upset. I think, with [my mother-in-law] having Alzheimer's, it complicates it so much."
Aerosmith's Joe Perry Critical Of Steven Tyler
Aerosmith's Joe Perry says his Toxic Twin Steven Tyler is less of a team player than he used to be. And the guitarist's biggest regret is that the band let too much control out of their hands in the 1970s.
His stormy relationship with Tyler has pushed Aerosmith to the edge of collapse on a number of occasions. Perry says of the partnership today: "Steve has become more driven and hungry for acceptance and fame than he was in the 70s, or even the early 80s. He was more of a team player back then.
"Even when I first met him I knew he was going to be a handful. There was something about him that was off. But everybody is quirky - he's also an incredibly talented musician and drummer with an incredible voice. I figured whatever comes along with that package I can deal with."
He had a lot more to say here.
Pink Floyd's The Endless River Album Details Leak
Professor Stephen Hawking makes a guest appearance on upcoming Pink Floyd album The Endless River, according to details about the album that have leaked online.
Music site Qobuz accidentally listed the record's full credits before correcting the error - but not before it was revealed that Hawking contributed to the track Talkin' Hawkin, which could be connected to his appearance on Keep Talking from 1994's The Division Bell.
Mainman David Gilmour recently said The Endless River was a tribute to late keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008. Now it's confirmed he's credited as writer or co-writer on 12 of the record's 18 songs.
In addition, Gilmour is confirmed as lead singer on Louder Than Words, one of the few titles to include a full vocal presence. He's also listed as backing vocalist on three other numbers.
Read more here.
Slash Praises Axl Roses Despite Falling Out
Slash has praised former Guns N' Roses bandmate Axl Rose as an honest man. The pair fell out 18 years ago, and there seems to be no chance of their relationship being repaired.
Singer Rose said in 2009: "What's clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion, and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is."
Despite that, Slash tells Loudwire: "Aside from the fact that's one of the greatest singer-frontman guys to come along ever, and a brilliant lyricist, he's a super-super intelligent, very astute individual.
"That's one of the things I've always admired about him. And he's one of the most straightforward honest people I've ever met." Read more and stream the full video segment here.
John Lennon's Solo Music Added To Spotify
Spotify just landed another Beatle. Today brings news that the streaming service has picked up John Lennon's eight-album-deep discography and three official compilations, spanning from 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to his posthumous album, Milk and Honey, released in 1984.
Although noticeably absent is Lennon and Yoko Ono's three-album experimental run 1968's Two Virgins and 1969's Life With the Lions and Wedding Album.
In the streaming war, Spotify's count is now three for four. Its catalog includes the solo discographies of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr; meanwhile, George Harrison remains a holdout.
Read more here.
Stevie Nicks Performs Fleetwood Mac Classic With Haim
In a new interview for T Magazine, a section of the New York Times, novelist Shelia Heti interviews Stevie Nicks and Haim. It was the preference of Nicks, Heti reports, to meet the Haim sisters, a Los Angeles-based all-girl band who have exploded over the last two years.
Nicks gives them lots of advice (about journaling, songwriting and - at their request - insight into managing their burgeoning fame) and apparently gave them a little more: the opportunity to perform one of the songs she wrote for Fleetwood Mac.
"I believe that if you close your eyes and see yourself up on that stage, being bigger than life, you become that person with that big, really good attitude," Nicks told the ladies of Haim during the course of the interview. "You're gonna be that rock 'n' roll woman that's gonna make people happy and take them out of their miserable lives for two hours . . . and they're going to want your music. And then, girls . . . at 66 years old, you can be starting a year-and-a-half tour that sold out its U.S. dates - in the first week."
Nicks and Haim collaborated on a piano-based performance of the hit single "Rhiannon." Nicks plays and sings primary vocals, with the Haim sisters joining on harmony. Read more here.
Alice Cooper Drum Legend Neal Smith Releases 'KillSmith And The Greenfire Empire' - The Last Rock Opera
Westport, CT – From Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame drummer, song writer and founding Alice Cooper band member, comes his latest killer album. Neal’s most recent album, the third in his critically acclaimed solo project KillSmith series that has garnered praise from fans and critics worldwide. And now, Neal takes his ferocious brand of rock and roll to another level! This time “KillSmith & The GreenFire Empire” weaves a tapestry of musical styles to tell the “GreenFire” story along with a little help from his friends.
Is this conceptual heavy metal adventure, being dubbed the last Rock Opera, destined to become a movie! The story of a poor boy who grows up in the jungles of South America, then becomes “Diablos the Emerald King” the most ruthless, furious and powerful drug lord in the world. As a young boy Diablos discovers an ancient secret that has been hidden for thousands of years in pre-Columbian jungle ruins. The secret he discovers is an ancient sacrificial drug called “GreenFire.” As GreenFire’s deadly addiction spreads like wildfire around the globe, it reaches a country called “Blue Soul Land.” The havoc it creates in “Blue Soul Land” and with grave consequences it unleashes the rage of a retired Special Ops Military hero who’s nicknamed “KillSmith.” “GreenFire Born Of Poison” is the first single off of the album.
Says Neal, “My newest album/CD "KillSmith & The GreenFire empire" is my first concept album since the glory gory days of the band “Alice Cooper.” It’s a story of a poor boy who grows up in the jungles of South America, then becomes “Diablos the Emerald King” the most ruthless, ferocious and powerful drug lord in the world. As a young boy Diablos discovers an ancient secret that has been hidden for thousands of years in pre-Columbian jungle ruins. The secret he discovers is an ancient sacrificial drug called “GreenFire.” As GreenFire’s deadly addiction spreads like wildfire around the globe, it reaches a country called “Blue Soul Land.” The havoc it creates in “Blue Soul Land” unleashes the rage of a retired Special Ops Military hero nicknamed “KillSmith” with grave consequences. Is "KillSmith & The GreenFire empire," the new heavy metal concept adventure CD being dubbed the last Rock Opera, destined to become a movie?”
KillSmith & The GreenFire Empire features: Neal Smith, lead vocals, backing vocals, drums, percussion, rhythm guitar and synthesizer. Peter Catucci, bass guitar, backing vocals and lead vocals on “Noelle No Wonder.” Very special guests performances by Lady Elizabeth Dellinger, backing vocals and intro lead vocals on “I Want Money.” Kevin Franklin, lead guitar. Pete “Keys” Hickey, synthesizer and keyboards. The amazing Hubert Martin lead vocals on “Good Morning Blue Soul Land.” Joe Meo, saxophone. Rick Tedesco, lead guitar, rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Doug Wahlberg, lead guitar.
Neal Smith and Kachina records presents “KillSmith & The GreenFire Empire”
1. BLESSINGS AND CURSES
2. GOOD MORNING BLUE SOUL LAND
3. SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER
4. THE KILL$MITH ÖVERTURE
5. PALACIO de ESMERALDAS
6. GREENFIRE – BORN OF PÖISON
7. I WANT MONEY
9. I REMEMBER BLUE SOUL LAND
10. DEATH TO THE KING
11. NOELLE NO WONDER
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Neal Smith is best known worldwide for his innovative drumming and outrageous stage antics with the original Alice Cooper band. His solid drumming is the hallmark sound behind such classic 1970's Alice Cooper hits as "School's Out", "I'm Eighteen", "Billion Dollar Babies" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy". Neal is also a prolific songwriter, who helped pen many of the groups best known songs. Alice Cooper was the first band to introduce theatrics to the rock and roll stage, the group has sold over 25 million records worldwide. Neal has six gold and five platinum records to his credit and has performed before millions on extensive grand world tours from the late 1970s to the present. Smith's trademark drum style can be heard on additional albums, including the Billion Dollar Babies “Battle Axe,” The Plasmatics “Beyond The Valley Of 1984.” Buck Dharma “Flat Out.” Deadringer “Electrocution Of The Heart.” Bouchard, Dunaway and Smith “Back From Hell” and “BDS Live In Paris.” Cinematik “Cinematik” and “One Full Moon Away.” And Neal’s most recent critically acclaimed solo project KillSmith. KillSmith CD’s “Sexual Savior” and “KillSmith Two” garnered praise from fans and critics worldwide. And now, Neal takes his ferocious brand of rock and roll to another level! This time “KillSmith And The GreenFire” weaves a tapestry of musical styles to tell the “GreenFire” story with a little help from his friends.
KillSmith And The GreenFire Empire features: Neal Smith, lead vocals, backing vocals, drums, percussion, rhythm guitar and synthesizer. Peter Catucci, bass guitar, backing vocals and lead vocals on “Noelle No Wonder.” Very special guests performances by Lady Elizabeth Dellinger, backing vocals and intro lead vocals on “I Want Money.” Kevin Franklin, lead guitar. Pete “Keys” Hickey, synthesizer and keyboards. The amazing Hubert Martin lead vocals on “Good Morning Blue Soul Land.” Joe Meo, saxophone. Rick Tedesco, lead guitar, rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Doug Wahlberg, lead guitar.
For more information: www.nealsmithrocks.com
AEG LIVE AND KBCO PRESENTS “3 NIGHTS OF THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT” NEW YEAR’S EVE INCIDENTS ANNOUNCED
BAND RETURNS TO COLORADO FOR THREE-NIGHT EVENT
TICKETS AND VIP PACKAGES GO ON SALE BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014 at 11:00AM MST
HEADLINING SUWANNEE HULAWEEN AND EAST COAST DATES
The String Cheese Incident will return to Broomfield, Colorado and the 1stBank Center for the third year in a row to play a series of New Year’s Eve headline Incidents – December 29, 30 and 31. The Incidents will be presented by AEG Live and KBCO, tickets go on sale beginning Wednesday, October 8th at 11am MST via SCI Ticketing through the band’s website: http://stringcheeseincident.com, followed by a general public on-sale on Saturday, October 11th at 10am MST.
Single day tickets will be available as well as a discounted three-day ticket package, with both GA Floor & GA Bowl options available. The NYE Incident will feature three full sets from SCI, and 12/31 has sold out the last two years, so tickets are expected to sell quickly. Ultimate Incident VIP Packages will include tickets and hotel accommodations - stay for up to three nights at the luxurious Westin Westminster Hotel just minutes from the venue. Enjoy VIP access and seating at the Incidents including a special “meet and greet” pre-party and private acoustic set with SCI, and limited edition NYE merchandise and gear. For more information go to the band’s website: http://stringcheeseincident.com.
For a taste of the event, watch a clip of band performing the song “Rivertrance” from last year’s festivities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI9WoDh8OwA&list=UUp0-IPbm6I9LlBG2fWUNmLg&spfreload=1
The band had a big summer headlining several major festivals including Electric Forest in Michigan, Lockn’ Music Festival in Virginia, Wakarusa in Arkansas and Phases of the Moon Festival in Illinois. The band will also be headlining their three-night Halloween extravaganza Suwannee Hulaween in Live Oak, Florida on October 31, November 1 and 2 before hitting the road for their own East Coast headline tour, which begins November 4, 2014 in Washington DC (tour dates listed below). All tickets are available through the band’s website.
The String Cheese Incident released Song In My Head, the band’s first studio album in nine years, April 29, 2014 on SCI Fidelity Records/Loud & Proud Records. The album was produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads and includes 10 new songs written collaboratively by the group over the past few years. The album debuted at number 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.
10/31/14 – 11/2/14 – Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Hulaween (headlining all three nights)
11/4/14 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
11/5/14 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
11/6/14 - Ledyard, CT @ The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort
11/7/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
11/8/14 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/10/14 - Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
11/11/14 - Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
11/12/14 - Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
11/13/14 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
11/14/14 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
11/15/14 - Burlington, VT @ Memorial Auditorium
12/29/14 – 12/31/14 - Broomfield, CO @ 1stBank Center
AC/DC Member Misses Video Shoot
AC/DC filmed two new music videos this past weekend in London, but one member was reportedly missing from the second day of the video shoot that took place in front of fans on October 4th.
Blogger Bob Fiddaman reports in a new article that drummer Phil Rudd was not at the shoot for a video for a future single release from AC/DC's new album, "Rock Or Bust".
He writes, "The band were introduced and each member walked down to the small round stage. Unfortunately, AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudd, had been called away at the last minute, his place being filled by Bob Richards (Shogun, Adrian Smith Band The Wild Family, Man)."
So far there has been no official explanation for Rudd's absence. Last month Rudd's 20-years in the making solo album 'Head Job' had a big first week of release in Australia, entering the ARIA album chart at number 22.
Read Fiddaman's full account of the video shoot here.
Jimmy Page Doing Q&A With Chris Cornell
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will host "An Evening With Jimmy Page" in Los Angeles next month where they will discuss the Led Zeppelin guitarist's photographic autobiography, "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page."
Set for November 12 at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel, tickets for the rare event go on sale Friday, October 10 from local outlets, including Amoeba Music and Book Soup, and nationwide from ticketmaster.com.
Due October 14, the book sold-out of its limited-edition run of 2,500 copies upon its initial release in 2010, becoming the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications' 40-year history.
The Los Angeles event is the third of three Q&A sessions Page is participating in to launch the book. Read more here.
Robert Plant Announces Another American Tour Date
Robert Plant will play a last-minute, late-night show at the Brooklyn Bowl this Thursday, October 9th with his solo band, The Sensational Space Shifters.
Plant and the band will head straight to the venue after their appearance on The Colbert Report, where the band will take the stage just after midnight. The special event will feature a DJ set from The Roots' drummer Questlove.
Plant issued a statement saying he added the show because he "can't get enough" of performing. "Any place, anywhere, anytime," he said. "Just gotta get it out."
Read more here.
Judas Priest's Rob Halford Frustrated He Can't Hit The Same Notes
Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford admits he'd like to be able to hit the notes he could 40 years ago. But the Metal God, who recently stated he could still scream his head off, says he's not holding back on his vocal delivery and that the band are sounding "unbelievable."
He tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "I'd like to feel that what I'm trying to do on Redeemer Of Souls are the best examples of my abilities right now. I'm going to places that I can go to - I'm not pulling back in any areas.
"I get frustrated. I freely admit that I wish I could do the stuff I could do when I was laying down tracks in 1974 or 1975, but that's just ridiculous - I don't think any singer can requalify those moments again. You go out and do your best.
"We've been jamming in the UK, rehearsing the setlist for the band's North American tour and it sounds unbelievable. The new material, especially, is just roaring out of the band."
Read more here.
BILLY IDOL TO EMBARK ON A TOUR OF THE U.S. AND CANADA IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY OF 2015
IDOL’S SELF-WRITTEN AUTOBIOGRAPHY DANCING WITH MYSELF OUT TOMORROW, OCTOBER 7
NEW ALBUM KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND WILL BE RELEASED OCTOBER 21
Rock icon BILLY IDOL will embark on a theatre tour of the U.S. and Canada in January and February of 2015. The North American tour, which begins January 21 in New Orleans, is the latest leg of IDOL’s “Kings & Queens Of The Underground Live” world tour that includes previously announced shows in Europe in November 2014.
Tickets for most of the North American shows (see full itinerary below) go on sale this Friday October 10. Concerts in additional cities will be announced soon.
Oklahoma’s BRONCHO, who recently released their critically acclaimed new album Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, will appear as special guest on all shows.
Today’s announcement of BILLY IDOL’s North American tour comes one day before IDOL will release his highly anticipated self-written autobiography Dancing With Myself, which will be released tomorrow (October 7) by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Idol was featured on yesterday’s CBS Sunday Morning and will appear tomorrow on NBC-TV’s Today Show and the Howard Stern Show on Wednesday, October 8. The following day, Thursday, October 9, BILLY IDOL will be interviewed live on stage as the keynote event of the 2014 CBGB Music and Film Festival in New York City.
Two weeks following the arrival of the autobiography Dancing With Myself, IDOL will release his first studio album in almost a decade, Kings & Queens Of The Underground, on BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services. Kings & Queens Of The Underground was primarily produced by Trevor Horn, with Greg Kurstin also contributing as producer to two songs, including the anthemic lead single, “Can’t Break Me Down.” USA Today recently named “Can’t Break Me Down” their song of the week, declaring “with its punkish drive, sneering vocals and roaring Steve Stevens guitar, Can't Break Me Down could have made a great follow-up to latter-day Idol hits.”
For all the latest BILLY IDOL updates and information, visit BillyIdol.net.
To watch BILLY IDOL on yesterday’s CBS Sunday Morning, click here.
Stream “Can’t Break Me Down” from Kings & Queens Of The Underground on Spotify: Billy Idol – Can't Break Me Down
To watch Episode 1 of BILLY's behind-the-scenes web series for Kings & Queens Of The Underground, click here.
BILLY IDOL WINTER 2015 U.S TOUR DATES
January 21: House Of Blues, New Orleans, LA
January 22, The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
January 24: Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
January 25: Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
January 28: Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
January 31: Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
February 3: Metropolis, Montreal, QC
February 4: Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
February 7: Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
February 9: Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
February 12: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
February 13: Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
February 15: The Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
February 18: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
All shows go on sale Friday, October 10. with the exception of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, which go on sale Friday, October 17. The on sale date for Oakland is TBA.
BILLY IDOL was an early architect of the sound, style, and fury of punk rock. His lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, making him one of the most recognizable faces in pop music, while selling out arenas everywhere he played. He has sold 40 million albums while scoring numerous platinum albums worldwide, nine top forty singles in the U.S. and 10 in the U.K. including “Dancing With Myself, “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” “Mony Mony,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy,” and “Cradle Of Love.”
BILLY was responsible for some of punk rock’s most memorable, literate, and evocative moments and created a pioneering new sound by bringing the spirit of ’77 to the dance floor, going on to fashion an immediately identifiable musical blueprint that integrates club-land throb, rockabilly desperation, and rock’n’roll decadence.
The autumn of 2014 will see IDOL return to the spotlight with two high profile releases that mark the latest chapter in the long and remarkable story of a musician, an inventor, a survivor, a father, a son, a man who returned from the brink, and a rebel whose yells made the mainstream sit up and pay attention.
On October 7, Simon and Schuster will publish BILLY IDOL’s autobiography, Dancing With Myself. It’s an electric, intelligent, brutally honest and entirely self-written account of BILLY IDOL’s journey to fame, from his early days as front man of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to a long and often decadent life lived loving sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, and motorcycles.
On October 21, BFI Records will release Kings & Queens of the Underground, BILLY’s first album of new material in nearly a decade. The album’s palette will be instantly familiar to lovers of classic BILLY IDOL, while announcing a firm step into the future. Produced by Trevor Horn (with two tracks co-written and produced by multiple Grammy nominee Greg Kurstin), it is full of thumping, cinematic songs about sin, redemption and the love of rock’n’roll.
Spiders & Snakes Celebrate 25th Anniversary With 9th Studio Album Year Of The Snake Featuring Guest Appearances from Members of Fishbone, Asia, Yes, Steeler, Bitch, London & More!
Hollywood’s underground glam-metal rockers SPIDERS & SNAKES celebrate their 25th Anniversary with their 9th studio album – and first since 2008’s Melodrama (distributed by E1) – full of 10 new original glitter-rock anthems and a gloriously campy remake of the 1978 ANGEL hit “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore”, featuring guest appearances from members of 80s L.A. Metal legends STEELER and BITCH. The album will be released on digital stores worldwide on October 28th, 2014 on the Sansei Records Label.
On Year Of The Snake, band founders Lizzie Grey (guitars/vocals) and Tim Yasui (drums/keys/vocals) are joined by Phil St. Vincent on bass/vocals and former SWEET SAVAGE lead guitarist/vocalist Chris Sheridan. The album shows off this lineup’s songwriting depth as each band member shares their lead vocal chops and songwriting duties – differentiating this album from previous releases sung mainly by front man Lizzie Grey.
Guest appearances by Angelo Moore (FISHBONE), Billy Sherwood (YES), Ryo Okumoto (ASIA) and Dave Soble (THE FREEWHEELERS) “put the album above and beyond even our own expectations” says front man Lizzie Grey, who was recently put back in the spotlight after the re-release of the Penelope Spheeris classic film “Decline of Western Civilization: The Metal Years” as the leader of the infamous Hollywood band LONDON.
The album was mixed by Anthony Focx (STEVEN TYLER, VINCE NEIL, NIGHTRANGER, TED NUGENT) in Nashville and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (ROB HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DOKKEN, YES, SEPULTURA) in Los Angeles.
A 25th Anniversary and official Record Release party will be held at the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood (location of their first show back in 1990) on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 8:00pm.
STREAMING SONG SAMPLE “Kawasaki City” featuring Ryo Okumoto
Don’t Step Outta Line (featuring Angelo Moore from FISHBONE)
Too Angry (featuring Angelo Moore from FISHBONE)
Kawasaki City (featuring Ryo Okumoto from ASIA)
Driving Me Crazy
Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore (featuring Rik Fox from STEELER, Betsy Weiss from BITCH)
Over And Over (featuring Dave Soble from THE FREEWHEELERS)
The Digital Church (featuring Billy Sherwood from YES)
ROCKERS STEEL PANTHER CONFIRMED FOR UNITED STATES HEADLINING RUN IN DECEMBER
MAIN SUPPORT SLOT FOR ICONIC METALLERS JUDAS PRIEST ON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR CONTINUES
(New York, NY) - Rockers Steel Panther have been confirmed for a United States headlining run of tour dates in December. Steel Panther is currently bringing their raucous show to North American audiences on tour as main support for iconic metallers Judas Priest. Immediately following the Judas Priest tour, Steel Panther will make a quick jaunt to Japan for two shows and then will return to the United States to begin their December headlining run, rounding off a very hectic, successful year. Please see below for a complete list of 2014 tour dates. In other Steel Panther news, fans worldwide can check out the brand new video for "Pussywhipped" here.
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the epicenter for rock n' roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther have established themselves as the premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. With three full-length albums, a decade of sold-out residencies, worldwide touring, platinum-level You Tube status and such high-profile television appearances as "Dancing With The Stars," commercials and most recently, FOX NFL Sunday, the band is touring in support of their latest effort, ALL YOU CAN EAT. Released in April to rave reviews (Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services), the album bowed at #24 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart; garnering the band their third consecutive #1 album on the Top Current Comedy chart.
Of ALL YOU CAN EAT, Rolling Stone UK avowed, "There's a reason Steel Panther have transcended their origins as a covers band playing the Sunset Strip...It's dumb fun, but not as stupid as you think", while Metal Sucks declared, "Steel Panther's concept is genius...their songwriting is...preposterously snappy - and relatable." Click here to check out Steel Panther's hilarious recent appearance on FOX NFL Sunday; click here to check out the video for "The Burden Of Being Wonderful".
Steel Panther has been joined on stage by such musical icons as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Paul Stanley of KISS, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Billy Ray Cyrus, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave and more. The band played to the largest crowd of their career this past June when they closed the Download Festival in Donington, UK alongside Alter Bridge and Aerosmith. Steel Panther is Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums).
For more information, please visit: www.steelpantherrocks.com
JEFF BECK LIVE IN TOKYO DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Video
Featuring All New Material From His Upcoming Album!
November 24, 2014
New York, NY (October 6, 2014)—On November 24, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live In Tokyo by Jeff Beck on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats [Pre-book Order Date October 31, MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray]. The show features Jeff Beck with his new band performing some brand new, as yet unreleased, material. The set also includes “Stratus,” “Led Boots,” “Cause We Ended As Lovers,” “Big Block,” “A Day In The Life,” “Rollin’ And Tumblin’” and many more.
Jeff Beck is undeniably one of the world’s greatest guitar players. Technically brilliant, he is renowned for pushing musical boundaries and has excelled across many different genres from rock and jazz to pop and blues. His versatility and unmatched musicianship is captured beautifully on Live In Tokyo.
Filmed at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on April 9th 2014, these Japanese dates were the first to feature Jeff Beck’s new backing band of Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicolas Meier (guitars) and Rhonda Smith (bass). The setlist includes some freshly minted songs that fans will never have heard before. In contrast to Beck’s previous visual releases, Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s and Rock ‘N’ Roll Party (Eagle Rock Entertainment), which both filmed in small clubs, Live In Tokyo is filmed in a major concert arena and has a very different, more expansive feel.
A true guitar legend, Jeff Beck is captured showcasing new and classic material with equal aplomb on Live In Tokyo. It is a great addition to Eagle Rock’s live Jeff Beck collection. It is a great addition to Eagle Rock’s live Jeff Beck collection.
Click here to view a video of “Big Block”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-E1FBkzMms
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
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2) Little Wing
3) You Know You Know
5) Angel (Footsteps)
8) Where Were You
9) The Pump
10) Medley: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat / Brush With The Blues
11) You Never Know
12) Danny Boy
13) Blue Wind
14) Led Boots
15) Corpus Christi
16) Big Block
17) A Day In The Life
18) Rollin’ And Tumblin’
19) Cause We Ended As Lovers
20) Why Give It Away
VOLBEAT'S "A WARRIOR'S CALL" CERTIFIED GOLD BY RIAA
New York, NY --- Volbeat's "A Warrior's Call" from BEYOND HELL / ABOVE HEAVEN (2010) has been certified gold for sales of 500,000 units by the RIAA. Volbeat singer and guitarist Michael Poulsen shares, "Jon, Anders, Rob and I are very proud of this acknowledgement. The fact that each and every sale is a gesture made by the fans that fill the venues, buy our records, and support rock music, this is truly meaningful. Thank you to each and every one of you. We share this moment with all of those that work on our behalf to support Volbeat globally, and with the fans who know Rock music is alive and well."
Republic Co-Founder and C.E.O. Monte Lipman states, “Volbeat has fought hard to become one of the most important rock bands today. Their drive, determination, and amazing talent, continues to inspire us every day. We are thrilled with their success and congratulate them on this historic achievement.”
Volbeat is currently touring The United States on a co-headline run of arenas with Five Finger Death Punch. A full itinerary can be found here: www.volbeat.dk. The Danish quartet received their first GRAMMY nomination in the "Best Metal Performance" category for "Room 24" (Volbeat Featuring King Diamond) from OUTLAW GENTLEMEN & SHADY LADIES, and won Germany's Echo Award for "Best International Alternative Act." The band's repertoire has become a staple at Active Rock radio cementing their relevance with eight Top 5 singles, five of which reached the pinnacle of #1. Overseas, OUTLAW GENTLEMEN & SHADY LADIES has been certified platinum in their home country of Denmark, alongside Germany and Austria, with gold sales in Finland.
Since forming in Copenhagen in 2000, Volbeat has released five studio albums and two live offerings that have turned the band into superstars, collecting platinum discs and prestigious awards making them one of the most talked about bands around the world. Their current release debuted at No. 1 in Denmark alongside Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Austria. The album saw a debut at No. 2 in Finland, No. 4 in the Netherlands and Sweden, and No. 9 in The United States. Volbeat is Michael Poulsen (vocals/guitar), Anders Kjølholm (bass) and Jon Larsen (drums), joined by former Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, who produced the new album with longtime Volbeat co-producer Jacob Hansen.
Rock Icon Paul Revere Dead at 76
Paul Revere, the iconic leader of the band Paul Revere and the Raiders, has died at the age of 76. A cause of death has not been revealed but Revere has reportedly been in poor health and he announced his retirement from the group in July.
The band's official site broke the sad news to fans with a tribute letter to Revere singed by "Everyone who has ever met you." Here is part of the letter, "Dear Paul, Where do I begin? How do I tell you how much I love you and what you have meant to me? Have you ever met a person and felt like you've known them your entire life, sensed a familiarity and warmth? That's how I felt the very first time I met you, and the feeling only grew stronger the more I got to know you.
"Like most people, my initial introduction to you was on television, radio and records, but none of those mediums gave me a real clue to the one-of-a-kind life force that was Paul Revere.
"Sitting in an audience at my first Paul Revere and The Raiders concert introduced me to a larger-than-life dynamo of high-energy slapstick, outrageous and spontaneous humor and a genuine child-like joy. Everyone in attendance just knew that you MUST be a wonderful person offstage too, no doubt about it.
"Meeting you after a show in the autograph line cemented the deal for everyone. Just as fun, funny and spontaneous as you were onstage, extremely nice and accommodating to everyone who waited in the long lines to meet you. Take a picture - 'SURE, take TWO!' Sign these 20 albums? 'Why NOT, you helped pay for my first house, and my first wife!'
"Generous to a fault with your family, your friends and your band, there seemed to be no limit to your kindness. When you turned your attention towards someone, you made that person feel special and in your spotlight. You had a pet name for each person, and you never hesitated to tell them how exceptional they were. You appreciated the talent, beauty, skills and uniqueness you found in others, and you were never shy about telling them so. All the more reason for people to feel wonderful in your presence."
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Going Different Direction With Solo Album
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler shared an update on plans for his debut solo album during a video Q&A with Twitter Music at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco this past week.
"I'm going down to Nashville [in] January, February, March, April to write and see what we get," Tyler revealed. "You know, doing an album is kind of like panning for gold. You get so much sand and dirt until you find a little nugget and you work on the nugget. I always go backwards, you know? 'Living on the Edge,' why? Or 'Janie's Got a Gun,' why? Who's Janie? And then it works. You fill in the blanks."
"I grew up with the Everly Brothers," Tyler continued. "So even 'Cryin"s got a little [sings with an exaggerated twang] "There was a time when I was brokenhearted." It started like that - of course I had to do it Aerosmith-ish, which was more rocked out - but there's a piece of me that just loves country so much. And I'm not sure what kind of country that is, but it's got the fifth harmony, and anyone who knows who the Everly Brothers is - it's those kinds of melodies that are just so, so good."
In 2011, Tyler released a single, "(It) Feels So Good", which debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at No. 35, the highest charting song by any member of Aerosmith since 2001's "Jaded".
Last fall, the singer said he was in talks with Rick Rubin to produce his solo debut. Read what he had to say here.
Black Crowes RIP?
Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman is sharing an update on the band's current hiatus in a new interview with Rolling Stone and he believes that the band will never work together again.
"I've said in the past, 'I know we'll work again' or 'there's no way we'll work again,' and I've been wrong. But right now, the likelihood of us doing anything again is as low as it's ever been," says Gorman. "We could obviously all see things differently in a year, but I'll be surprised if the Black Crowes do something again. Ever."
"You know, 2015 is the 25th anniversary of our first album release and we're not working," he adds. "You could certainly make a strong case that we should tour next year, but we're all doing our own projects."
Read more here.
Pink Floyd Continue To Preview New Album The Endless River
Pink Floyd have issued a third audio preview of their first new album in 20 years, "The Endless River." Due November 10 (Nov 11 in North America), the project features material recorded by Floyd members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright 20 years ago.
"'The Endless River' has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions," explains Gilmour. "We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album.
"Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."
The album is a tribute to keyboardist Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65. Produced by Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson, its being billed as a four-sided instrumental album with one song, "Louder Than Words", to include new lyrics by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson.
Check out the preview here.
Steve Hackett Unhappy With Genesis Documentary
Steve Hackett has slammed the Genesis documentary that brought the five classic-era members back together, calling it a biased piece of work. He says the on-screen version of Together And Apart, broadcast over the weekend in the UK, failed to live up to the description he'd been given before he took part.
The guitarist understood the film would give equal coverage to his band and subsequent solo career, along with those of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks.
"It's certainly a biased account of Genesis history, and totally ignores my solo work. It does not deliver the theme of 'together and apart.'," Hackett says. "In interview I spoke at length as much about my solo career as my time in Genesis, but was not given any editorial involvement. I know the documentary will soon be on sale, but I don't be selling it via my own website."
Read more here.
Robert Plant To Appear On The Colbert Report This Week
Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant has announced that he will be the featured guest on The Colbert Report during the episode that will air this Thursday, October 9.
The singer will join host Stephen Colbert on the program to promote his new album, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar" and his current North American tour.
Plant recorded the project with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters, at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, UK.
Read more here.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry Joining Band On The Tonight Show Tonight
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has announced that he will be appearing on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon tonight, Monday, October 6.
Perry will sit with The Tonight's Show's house band The Roots during the program, as he makes the rounds to promote his memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith."
Due October 7, Perry opens up for the first time about the wild, inside story of his life in the legendary band he co-founded in 1970. The guitarist will promote "Rocks" with a book signing tour - see dates here.
Rush Launch Grapes Under Pressure Charity Auction
Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are offering fans the chance to score rare items with the launch of the Grapes Under Pressure 3 charity auction.
The 10-day auction of rare, vintage and signed (mostly) Rush memorabilia on eBay is part of the pair's Grapes Under Pressure (GUP3) initiative in support of Grapes for Humanity.
Lee and Lifeson have offered up a diverse collection of auction items including some never-before offered gems to help to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community. Read more here.
Brett Michaels Wants Mega Poison Summer Bash
Poison frontman Brett Michaels says he can't see the band touring next year unless it involves the original lineup. They've been the subject of speculation in recent weeks after Michaels talked up the chances of hitting the road for the first time since 2012 - despite the suggestion that one of the four was making things difficult.
Drummer Rickki Rockett said in February that someone was "making it a problem" but recently revealed: "There are a few things being thrown around by our management for next spring."
Now Michaels tells News 13: "I'm not officially going on record, but rumouring - I'm thinking of reuniting all of the originals. We can't go out without all of the original guys. It's got to be CC, Bobby and myself."
While he's not specific he adds: "I think we're going to have to throw a mega Poison summer bash next year." What did he have to say about a new album? Find out here.
Untimely Demise For Megadeth Star
Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover will guest on Untimely Demise's upcoming album. His brother Glen, who is also part of Dave Mustaine's lineup, is producing the album for the Canadian thrashers - the follow-up to 2013's Systematic Eradication. And the sticksman has released a clip from the studio.
He tweeted: "Having a blast recording some real thrash metal at Glen Drover recording studio in Southern Ontario for a band called Untimely Demise. These kids totally kick ass."
Meanwhile, guitarist Shawn, who recently recorded Discordia with Queensryche vocalist Todd La Torre, will release a single on Halloween with Untimely Demise frontman Matt Cuthbertson.
He says: "I've decided to stay on this fun and productive path of doing singles for a little while. I'm super excited about this new single called Walls Of Blood with Matt Cuthbertson - he is an awesome singer. I did all the guitars, brought in a session drummer and Matt did all the vocals.
"If you thought the last song was heavy, wait until you hear this one." Check out the video and read more here.
Roger Waters Reacts To New Pink Floyd Album
Roger Waters has issued a statement regarding the forthcoming album by Pink Floyd, "The Endless River." Due November 10 (Nov. 11 in North America), "The Endless River" is Pink Floyd's first new album in 20 years.
"Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November," writes Waters. "Errhh? I don't have an album coming out, they are probably confused.
"David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It's called Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd."
"I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that's 29 years ago," he continues. "I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip."
Roger Waters Guitar Legend Dave Kilminster Releases Long Awaited New Solo Album ...and THE TRUTH will set you free... OUT NOW!
London, UK - Guitar virtuoso David Kilminster, best known for his work with Roger Waters and Keith Emerson, is preparing to release an exciting new rock album titled '...and THE TRUTH will set you free...'! This incredible project sees Dave reunited with drummer Pete Riley and bassist Phil Williams who toured with Dave as part of the Keith Emerson Band, and also recorded with Dave on his first solo rock album 'Scarlet - The Director's Cut'.
Says Dave about his new CD, “I returned from THE WALL tour, both exhausted and exhilarated, and ready to direct all of that inspiration, passion and creativity into a new project. A year later, I held the master for this album in my hand… knowing it's undoubtedly the best solo work I've ever done...”
For the last eight years Dave was the featured lead guitarist with ROGER WATERS, joining Roger on his last two record breaking world tours; 'THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON LIVE', and (the highest grossing tour by a solo act EVER) 'THE WALL LIVE'!
Critics agree that David Kilminster is one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge from the UK. He is a sought after collaborator, band member and solo performer. After touring and collaborating a number of years with ELP legend Keith Emerson, fans will also know Dave from his work along side luminaries John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes, Guthrie Govan and John Young, among others.
Dave has released a series of instructional DVDs for Lick Library after the success of his global satellite series 'Killer Guitar'. Dave also won the inaugural 'Guitarist of the Year' competition, run by Guitarist magazine.
Watch the promotional video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmE9ATrlckI
5. SAVE ME
7. THE FALLEN
To purchase …and THE TRUTH will set you free…:
DAVE KILMINSTER – SCARLET THE DIRECTOR’S CUT
MURRAY HOCKRIDGE & DAVE KILMINSTER – CLOSER TO EARTH
DAVE KILMINSTER – PLAYING WITH FIRE (digital only)
For more information: http://davidkilminster.com/
GUITAR PHENOM ERIC GALES' "GOOD FOR SUMTHIN'" CD SET FOR RELEASE ON OCTOBER 28 FROM CLEOPATRA RECORDS
Acclaimed musician Eric Gales' newest CD release, GOOD FOR SUMTHIN', is an autobiographical journey from his Memphis upbringing to his current status as one of the most influential guitarists on the blues rock scene. The new CD, his 14th release, is scheduled to arrive on October 28 from independent Cleopatra Records.
GOOD FOR SUMTHIN' features the searing guitar work that has often brought Gales comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, but actually combines his own early influences -- musicians who themselves were Hendrix devotees such as Robin Trower, Frank Marino, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson. Says Gales, "Each of them has a different style, so I'm inspired by a lot of different music. All play a big part for me being who I am."
Eric Gales CD cover As Gales says, "Growing up and developing my music, I wanted to be able to emulate Eric Johnson... so to wind up touring with this him and having him on my record is like a dream come true!" The feeling is apparently mutual as Johnson, who appears on the album's closing song, "E2 (Note For Note)," reported: "Eric has created a new record filled with incendiary guitar licks that are inspired and inspiring to listen to. He has also added to this a bundle of cool vocal harmonies and excellent lead vocals.I'm happy to be a part of it, and may it shoot high towards the bright stars above."
This 1991 Guitar World Best New Talent Winner has never been one to rest on his laurels, and the past year has seen him on the road touring with the Experience Hendrix Tour-joining a line-up that includes a true who's who of guitar masters. Headliners include Eric Johnson and Black Label Society's Zakk Wylde, both of whom make guest appearances on GOOD FOR SUMTHIN'.
Produced by Grammy™ winning producer and recording artist Raphael Saddiq and using lush harmonies and intricate guitar work, the songs on GOOD FOR SUMTHIN' tell Gales' life story in a potent mix of musical genres... alternately bluesy, psychedelic, funky and rock. "Raphael is one of my best friends, and when I asked him if he minded producing, he said, 'I want to do this...you're one of the baddest cats I know!' So just having the opportunity to work with him was amazing. And to do it with one of my best friends-who just happens to be one of the baddest producers, musicians, arrangers and composers in the business- just gives me goosebumps!"
The blues-rock track "Going Back to Memphis" is a collaborative effort, with rock industry pioneer Mike Varney contributing the lyrics. The song features strong vocal harmonies and intense soloing, and summarizes Gales' career journey, which will culminate at a CD release party to celebrate the new album in his hometown of Memphis. Making the event at Minglewood Hall even more special is its occurrence on the eve of his 40th birthday. "I don't know how I feel about turning 40," he says, "but with this CD release, it ain't so bad!"
Gales' well-crafted CD features smartly written songs with a message and his exuberant musicianship, which range from the toneful solos on "You Give Me Life" that double his smooth vocals to the intense guitar interplay with guest Zakk Wylde on "Steep Climb." "Show Me How" combines a contemporary modern sound with influences of the 60's and 70's, while the collaborations continue on "Six Deep" as Gales' wife LaDonna joins the band on back-up vocals.
In Gales' own words, this record was a Eric Gales live4 long time coming. And as he sings on the CD's title track, "We all need music to bring about some change. All you gotta' do is listen, and I think you'll feel the same."
Look for Gales on the upcoming Lauryn Hill release, as the Grammy winning singer has requested him to play on several tracks of her new CD. A big fan of Hill's, Gales could not be more thrilled about the collaboration.
Eric Gales' excitement about his craft is contagious. "I am so proud of this new album," he says. "I really put everything that I have into this one. I wanted it to have an impact and be powerful, and the end result is just that!"
GOOD FOR SUMTHIN'
1. Come A Long Way
3. Going Back To Memphis
4. Good For Sumthin'
5. Six Deep
6. You Give Me Life
7. Heaven's Gate
8. Tonight (I'm Leaving)
9. Show Me How
10. Miss You
11. Steep Climb featuring Zakk Wylde
12. E2 (Note For Note) featuring Eric Johnson
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND -- 45TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER DELUXE EDITION, A SIX-CD SET, COMMEMORATES BAND’S 1969 SELF-TITLED THIRD ALBUM
65-track six-CD package on Polydor/UMe includes legendary 1969 album, featuring several different mixes, live recordings from The Matrix in San Francisco, case-bound book and liner notes by David Fricke
The Velvet Underground’s classic self-titled third album, released in March 1969, by MGM, was a departure from the band’s first two albums in more ways than one. Gone was co-founding member John Cale, and in his place was a 21-year-old with Long Island roots named Doug Yule, who stepped right in. The record was also a stylistic leap, as Lou Reed describes it in Rolling Stone editor David Fricke’s liner notes, “I thought we had to demonstrate the other side of us. Fricke calls it “a stunning turnaround… 10 tracks of mostly warm, explicit sympathy and optimism, expressed with melodic clarity, set in gleaming double-guitar jangle and near-whispered balladry. Or as the late rock critic Lester Bangs put it, “How do you define a group like this, who moved from ‘Heroin’ to ‘Jesus’ in two short years?”
How indeed do you describe an album which includes such classics as “Candy Says,” Reed’s ode to Warhol superstar Candy Darling; the aching love song “Pale Blue Eyes,” allegedly inspired by a girlfriend at Syracuse University who got away, with lead vocals by Yule; the inspiring “Beginning to See The Light”; the spoken-word narrative and musique concrete of “The Murder Mystery,” and the beautiful Maureen Tucker-sung “After Hours”?
Celebrating its enduring longevity, Polydor/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release The Velvet Underground – 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition, on November 24, 2014. This 65-track, six-CD package is housed in a case-bound book and features several different mixes including the remastered stereo mix by MGM house engineer Luis Pastor “Val” Valentin, a set of 1969 recordings, many of which were previously unreleased, from the Record Plant in New York City that were supposed to be the band’s fourth album, several of which ended up on Loaded and Reed’s first two solo releases, and unreleased live recordings from The Matrix in 1969.
The remastered Valentin stereo mix of The Velvet Underground will also be made available as both a single-disc CD, and as part of the two-CD Deluxe Edition version with a 12-track audio bonus disc featuring the best of Live At The Matrix, taped on November 26 & 27, 1969. Digital versions of both the single disc “Valentin mix” and the six-CD, Super Deluxe Edition will also be available through other digital partners including MFiT and HD Audio formats.
The Velvet Underground was the first album produced and arranged by the band themselves. Disc One of this collection contains the album stereo mix by MGM house engineer Luis Pastor “Val” Valentin, a veteran of sessions for Ella Fitzgerald and Stan Getz, recorded at T.T.G. Studios in Hollywood, while the band was staying at the Chateau Marmont. The second disc features what Sterling Morrison dubbed “The Closet Mix,” which Reed described as a way to “get directly to somebody, unfiltered… So, if you listen to the record, it’s like sitting across from you.” This was the original version on the 1969 pressings of the album, later replaced by yet another Val Valentin stereo mix. The third disc features “the promotional mono mix” of the album, including a mono version of the first single, “What Goes On” b/w “Jesus.”
The fourth disc in the set offers a version of the never-to-be-released fourth album, recorded in October 1969 at the Record Plant in New York City, and intended to get the band out of its contract with MGM. The sessions include 10 previously unheard mixes - four original 1969 vintage mixes and six new mixes, including 2014 mixes of “Lisa Says” and “I Can’t Stand It,” and the original 1969 mix of “Ocean,” which eventually were re-recorded for Lou Reed’s 1972 self-titled solo debut. Also included are the original 1969 mixes of “Andy’s Chest,” which appeared in a different version on Transformer, and “Rock & Roll,” redone for Loaded.
The last two discs feature performances by the Velvets from their stay at San Francisco’s The Matrix, owned by Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin, on November 26 and 27, 1969. These performances are, for the first time, compiled and mixed from the legendary, original 1969 multi-track recordings made by club manager Peter Abram and now owned by The Velvet Underground. Tracks include a nearly 37-minute-long “Sister Ray” and a version of “There She Goes Again,” interpolating the opening guitar quote from Marvin Gaye’s 1962 hit, “Hitch Hike.”
Newest member Doug Yule describes the year best to Fricke in his liner notes, pointing to the band’s “cohesiveness and creativity and just great music. We were feeling good. All we had to do was play. And it showed. That comes out in a band. You get tight, and you get creative.”
The Velvet Underground – 45th Super Deluxe Edition offers the ultimate proof.
DISC ONE: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
(“The Val Valentin Mix”)
1. CANDY SAYS
2. WHAT GOES ON
3. SOME KINDA LOVE
4. PALE BLUE EYES
6. BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT
7. I’M SET FREE
8. THAT’S THE STORY OF MY LIFE
9. THE MURDER MYSTERY
10. AFTER HOURS
DISC TWO: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
(“The Closet Mix”)
1. CANDY SAYS
2. WHAT GOES ON
3. SOME KINDA LOVE
4. PALE BLUE EYES
6. BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT
7. I’M SET FREE
8. THAT’S THE STORY OF MY LIFE
9. THE MURDER MYSTERY
10. AFTER HOURS
11. BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT (alternate “Closet Mix”)
DISC THREE: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
(“Promotional Mono Mix”)
1. CANDY SAYS
2. WHAT GOES ON
3. SOME KINDA LOVE
4. PALE BLUE EYES
6. BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT
7. I’M SET FREE
8. THAT’S THE STORY OF MY LIFE
9. THE MURDER MYSTERY
10. AFTER HOURS
Mono Single released April 1969
11. WHAT GOES ON
DISC FOUR: 1969 SESSIONS
1. FOGGY NOTION (original 1969 mix) +
2. ONE OF THESE DAYS (new 2014 mix) +
3. LISA SAYS (new 2014 mix) +
4. I'M STICKING WITH YOU (original 1969 mix) +
5. ANDY'S CHEST (original 1969 mix) +
6. CONEY ISLAND STEEPLECHASE (new 2014 mix)+
7. OCEAN (original 1969 mix)
8. I CAN'T STAND IT (new 2014 mix) +
9. SHE'S MY BEST FRIEND (original 1969 mix) +
10. WE’RE GONNA HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME TOGETHER (new 2014 mix) +
11. I'M GONNA MOVE RIGHT IN (original 1969 mix)
12. FERRYBOAT BILL (original 1969 mix)
13. ROCK & ROLL (original 1969 mix)
14. RIDE INTO THE SUN (new 2014 mix) +
+ previously unreleased mixes
DISC FIVE: LIVE AT THE MATRIX
November 26 & 27, 1969 (Part 1)
1. I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN *
2. WHAT GOES ON *
3. SOME KINDA LOVE **
4. OVER YOU *
5. WE’RE GONNA HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME TOGETHER *
6. BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT **
7. LISA SAYS **
8. ROCK & ROLL **
9. PALE BLUE EYES *
10. I CAN’T STAND IT ANYMORE *
11. VENUS IN FURS *
12. THERE SHE GOES AGAIN *
DISC SIX: LIVE AT THE MATRIX
November 26 & 27, 1969 (Part 2)
1. SISTER RAY ***
2. HEROIN *
3. WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT **
4. I’M SET FREE *
5. AFTER HOURS *
6. SWEET JANE **
All mixes previously unreleased.
* previously unreleased performance
** different source mix of this performance appears on 1969: The Velvet Underground Live
*** different source mix of this performance appears on The Quine Tapes Box Set
Gene Simmons Insists Rock Is Really Dead
Gene Simmons says he stands by his controversial comments on the current state of rock music, repeating his claim that "rock and roll is dead." And the Kiss star insists that he is entitled to his sometimes outspoken views, adding: "You're allowed to say stupid things."
Simmons came under fire from other musicians last month after he said that rock had been "murdered" and that it's almost impossible for new bands to make a living in the music industry.
Rob Halford and Dee Snider were among those to reject Simmons' view. Now, Simmons tells Kansas City Live: "Rock and roll is dead. I'm gonna ask you a question, and you decide, okay? From 1958 until 1988, it's 30 years, name hundreds and hundreds of classic rock acts?
"Okay, I've got Elvis Presley, the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin on and on and on. Even Motown, Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson.
"From 1988 until today, just give me five. You can't. No. Nobody. How about that?" Read the rest of his argument here.
Sammy Hagar Unplugs For New Album
The day after his 67th birthday, Sammy Hagar will release his first acoustic album, "Lite Roast." Due October 14, the project sees the Red Rocker teamed with Waboritas guitarist Vic Johnson to deliver stripped-down versions of tunes from Hagar's career, including a pair of Van Halen tracks: "Finish What Ya Started" and "Dreams."
"It was just me and Vic live in the studio with no overdubs," says Sammy. "Just two guitars, sometimes one guitar, sometimes just one voice, sometimes two voices."
Hagar previewed the album earlier this year with the release of a rehearsal video for "Halfway To Memphis", a track from his 2006 release, "Livin' It Up!"
More details here.
Cheap Trick Lawsuit To Go Forward
A Chicago judge has determined that original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos may move forward with a 2013 lawsuit he brought against fellow band members over claims that they have refused to compensate him based on existing agreements amongst the group.
Cook County Record reports US. District Judge Robert M. Dow sided with Brad Carlson (stage name Bun E. Carlos) and rejected two motions from the defendants - the other three members of Cheap Trick (lead vocalist Robin Zander, lead guitarist Rick Nielsen and bassist Tom Petersson) and corporate entities associated with it - to dismiss the suit Carlson brought over allegations of breach of contract and trademark infringement.
Carlson claims in his 11-count complaint, which was first filed in 2013 and amended earlier this spring, that the band has sought to lock him out of business decisions and withhold his share of the revenue despite an agreement he argues stipulates otherwise.
Read more here.
Stone Sour Fired Jim Root Over The Phone
Slipknot's Jim Root says he was sacked from Stone Sour over the phone. The guitarist recently said he was dismissed by Corey Taylor months before the news became public, while also revealing the move was for the best as it gave him more time to concentrate on upcoming Slipknot album .5: The Gray Chapter.
But now he says he was fired during a phone call - and still doesn't know the reasons why. He tells Music Feeds: "I still haven't talked to certain guys in that band, so I really don't know what they were thinking or 100% of the reason why they made the decision they made.
"It was basically put to me over a phone call and I thought that was pretty lame. Whatever - it is what it is." Taylor previously said he felt terrible about the decision and insisted the pair talked through the situation before work had started on the new Slipknot record.
Fleetwood Mac Kick Off Reunion Tour With Christine McVie
Fleetwood Mac launched their reunion tour with Christine McVie in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Tuesday, and fan-filmed video from opening has surfaced online.
The band's 24-song set featured tracks from their extensive career, beginning with "The Chain" and featuring five tunes that haven't been performed live in more than 16 years: "You Make Loving Fun", "Everywhere", "Over My Head", "Little Lies" and the final encore, "Songbird."
The trek sees the return of keyboardist McVie, creating a reunion of the group's hugely successful mid-1970s lineup, which cranked out hit albums like 1975's self-titled release, 1977's "Rumours" and 1979's "Tusk."
McVie previously joined the group for a one-off reunion last fall during a show at London's 02 Arena. Christine returned to the stage for a performance of the 1977 hit, "Don't Stop", which she wrote and sang on and reached No. 3 on the US singles charts as part of the smash "Rumours" album.
Check out video of several songs from the show here.
Motorhead Getting Ready For New Album
Motorhead are aiming to start work on their 22nd album in January, mainman Lemmy has reported. It follows the release of Aftershock last year, and a year of health woes which kept their touring activities to a minimum.
They returned to action earlier this year and just completed their first-ever cruising festival, and they'll return to the UK next month. Lemmy tells Full Metal Jackie: "We'll probably go in in January to start.
We never have anything ready - we go into the rehearsal studio about a month before and rehearse songs, then we go into the studio. I write the words in the studio, mostly. We don't have a plan. Motorhead never has a plan."
Jimmy Page Announces Q&A Event
Jimmy Page will participate in a Q&A session at London's Cadogan Hall on October 15. "A Life In Music: Jimmy Page" will see the Led Zeppelin guitarist discuss his photographic autobiography, "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page", with The Guardian's Music Editor Michael Hann.
Due October 14, the book sold-out of its limited-edition run of 2,500 copies upon its initial release in 2010, becoming the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications' 40-year history.
Page has chosen photographs representing the most significant moments in his career: from a schoolboy with a rock-a-billy quiff through his extensive work as a session musician; from The Yardbirds through Led Zeppelin, ARMS, The Firm, Outrider, Coverdale & Page and Page & Plant; playing with Roy Harper and The Black Crowes; collaborating with P. Diddy and performing with Leona Lewis at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Read more here.
U2 Already Have 70 Percent Of Next Album
Even though some of us are still trying to figure out how to get U2′s Songs of Innocence off our iCloud, the band is going to be gifting us with more music in the not-so-far future.
According to bassist Adam Clayton, who spoke to Q, the band have already finished the majority of their next album. "I think we've probably got 70 percent of the material that we think will go onto it," he said. "The 30 percent that we're missing I think we'll be able to generate relatively easily. But the amount of energy it will take to refine the perspective of those songs is hard to predict."
As for how it will be released? Considering the alleged title of their follow-up is Songs of Experience, you can likely expect that they will drop the album with some fanfare - and they might even invent another new album release method.
"Depending on how long it takes to be completed, there may be a whole new delivery method invented by then," Clayton said.
Fans Bet on AC/DC For Music Festival
AC/DC and Fleetwood Mac are the bookies' favorites to headline next year's Glastonbury festival. Rock icons AC/DC are 5/1 with William Hill to follow in the footsteps of Metallica, who became the first metal band to headline the event's main stage this year - to widely positive reviews.
Drummer Lars Ulrich predicted after Metallica's appearance that AC/DC would be next year's top act at Worthy Farm. But Fleetwood Mac are at 4/1 to headline the Pyramid Stage, putting them ahead of AC/DC and Muse, who are also 5/1.
AC/DC, who teased the track Play Ball last weekend to promote Major League Baseball's upcoming playoff games, will release new album Rock Or Bust on December 1 which they recorded without mainman Malcolm Young. He'll not return to the band due to health issues, with nephew Stevie Young stepping in to record and tour with the Aussie giants.
Read more here.
Stryper Frontman Sees Something Wrong With Social Media
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet says he is "deeply puzzled" that album sales don't equate with followers on social media. The vocalist/guitarist, who recently announced a collaboration with George Lynch, insists people just aren't buying music - and he can't understand it.
Sweet tells Totally Driven Radio: "Album sales don't equate to followers on Facebook and Twitter. If you have a million followers on Facebook and sell 10,000 copies of an album, something's wrong.
"There are reasons that play into it, obviously, such as people just don't buy music these days, people download, the economy's bad, people don't have the money - it goes on and on. But there's still something deeply puzzling about that."
Read more here.
Family Confirms AC/DC's Malcolm Young Has Dementia
Sad news from Down Under as the family of legendary AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young have confirmed media reports that the guitarist has been diagnosed with dementia.
"Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy," Young's family said in a statement to People magazine.
A recent report out of Australia quoted sources connected to the Young family that the rocker has been moved into full-time care in a nursing home facility in Sydney's eastern suburbs specializing in dementia.AC/DC recently announced Malcolm's retirement from the band he started with brother Angus in November of 1973. Read more here.
GENTLE GIANT "LIVE AT THE BICENTENNAL" OUT NOVEMBER 18
Classic 1970s Progressive rock band has more music from the vaults
Gentle Giant is delighted to present its first "official" live recording since 1976's “Playing the Fool Live."
Titled “Gentle Giant Live at the Bicentennial,” the recording was taken from a concert on the eve of the United States' 200th Birthday--July 3rd 1976 at the Calderone Theater, Hempstead, Long Island, which was broadcast on radio station, WLIR.
There are no overdubs or other enhancements on this truly live recording. It features Gentle Giant unedited, uninhibited and unrepentant.
The concert features the best-remembered music from past recordings as well as rare songs from the album “Interview” which the band was supporting at that time.
“Gentle Giant Live At The Bicentennial” 1976 is a 2-CD set release available everywhere from November 18th onwards on Alucard Music, distributed in North America by Caroline.
Enjoy Gentle Giant Live at the Bicentennial!
1. Intro/Just The Same
3. On Reflection
5. The Runaway/Experience
6. So Sincere
1. Excerpts from Octopus
2. Give it Back
Jimmy Page Looks To Form New Band
Jimmy Page has lost hope for a Led Zeppelin reunion and is considering plans to start a new project next year where he will play music from his entire career including new material.
"I don't think it looks as though that's a possibility or on the cards, so there's not much more I can say about that," Page told the NME during a playback of the forthcoming reissues of "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy" at Olympic Studios in London on Tuesday. "I'm not going to give a detail-by-detail account of what one person says or another person says. All I can say is it doesn't look likely, does it?"
During Tuesday's playback session in London, Page shared his thoughts on forming a new project. "If I was to play again it would be with musicians that would be… some of the names might be new to you," said the guitarist.
"I haven't put them together yet but I'm going to do that next year. If I went out to play, I would play material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds. There would certainly be some new material in there as well."
"I love playing live, I really do," he added. "Live concerts are always an interesting challenge because it means you can always change things as you're playing every night. You can make it even more of an adventure. I would play all of the things I'm known to play - instrumental versions of 'Dazed And Confused' etcetera, etcetera…"
Read more here.
Guns N' Roses' Bumblefoot Says It's Not So Easy For Axl Rose
Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal says he has grown during his time with the band but he admits life is very different for him and frontman Axl Rose.
Thal says it is impossible to compare the process of putting out his own solo record and the logistics behind Axl Rose releasing a new GNR album and he insists it's not easy for the much maligned mainman.
Thal tells Legendary Rock Interviews: "I don't even know how to begin to compare the two. For one thing, in my own situation, in Bumblefoot world, I have all the keys to the whole project. I know I have to write an album, record it and release it.
"In the GNR world, Axl holds the key, and when he decides to do something is when he decides to do it, and it's definitely at a different pace than say when I do things.
"Axl and I are two different people with two different lives and two totally different sets of hurdles to jump over, which totally affects our ability to release what we create.
"It's very hard to bust out anything when life becomes more complicated or you have more people trying to pull you in a million different directions or distract you. The bigger a band gets, the more that happens - so at Axl's level, it's definitely not easy and there's a million fires to put out where at my level there is maybe 10 fires."
He had a lot more to say here.
Judas Priest Already Looking Forward To Next Album
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford says he's ready to get back into making music after the success of 17th studio outing Redeemer Of Souls. And he reveals the band have a "hunger" to produce something special on their next album.
The Metal God tells Billboard: "There's a sense there's another great metal song to write, another great metal album to put together, and another great tour to go out on.
"It's the hunger - if you've still got that, it serves a series of purposes and reasons why you still do it. Maybe we're chasing the elusive finale, but right now I feel like it's amazing to think what might come next.
"I'm ready to jump into the next Judas Priest album." More from Rob here.
Sixx A.M. Went For Bigger Vibe On New Album
DJ Ashba says Sixx A.M.'s upcoming third album was improved by the addition of live drums in favour of programmed beats. The band - led by Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and featuring Ashba on guitar and James Michael on vocals - release Modern Vintage on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music.
And the addition of In This Moment drummer Jeff Fabb - who has also performed live with Black Label Society - made a big difference to the recording sessions, according to GNR man DJ Ashba.
Ashba tells Legendary Rock Interviews: "Jeff Fabb is an incredible drummer. It was a lot of fun to work with him and we were really happy to have him on the record.
"It was the first album where we actually felt it was important to capture that big album vibe we were going after. To bring in a live drummer, it really made a huge difference". Read more here.
Halestorm Producing 'Magical' Moments In The Studio
Halestorm have issued a studio update video from their current recording sessions. The US rockers are working on the follow-up to their second album, 2012's The Strange Case Of… And frontwoman Lzzy Hale, who recently revealed the group still feel like 14-year-olds, says the fact all four band members are recording simultaneously rather than individually is producing "magical" moments.
She says: "The approach to this record is very different than our past two records - it's very performance-based. It's based on whether or not we can all hit it at the same time or whether or not I can hit a note without having to be auto-tuned. It's definitely a challenge."
"We're going back to the beginning - it's the four of us in a room playing the songs that we've worked hard to narrow down and write - it's incredible. I'm so excited every day to wake up and get into the studio.
"Everyone's going after the emotion of it. They're going after the performance and is it magical? That's what we're going after - that amazing performance. We're all on the same level and just riding this wave together."
Read more and watch the video here.
Pink Floyd Engineer Andy Jackson Releasing New Album
Grammy-nominated Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson has confirmed he is to release his fourth solo album on November 3. Entitled Signal To Noise, the album is described in a press release as 'a fine modern, progressive work' which 'draws on Andy Jackson's exemplary work as an engineer and producer.'
Jackson says: "The album reflects on the sorting of what is important in life from the humdrum of everyday existence, and is in itself an analogy for the process of the creation of the album."
Signal To Noise will be available as either a single CD edition or a two-disc Digipack deluxe limited edition with a 5.1 Surround Mix. Jackson made his name as a recording engineer at Utopia Studios in London where he worked on Boomtown Rats' I Don't Like Mondays and Spandau Ballet's Chant No 1.
More details and a trailer for the album here.
Yes and IO Earth Lead Cruise To The Edge Lineup
Next year's floating prog festival Cruise To The Edge will feature Yes and IO Earth, as will be taking place onboard a bigger boat, organizers have revealed.
Cruise To The Edge 2015 will take place onboard the Norwegian Cruise Liner Pearl from November 15 to 19 and will sail from Miami, visiting Key West, Florida and a private island in the Bahamas.
The vessel will feature multiple stages of progressive rock music, 13 bars, 16 dining options a four-lane bowling alley and a rock climbing wall.
Bigelf, Anathema, Caravan, Allan Holdsworth and Messenger are among the other artists confirmed so far. Read more here.
Black Sabbath Plan Final Album and Farewell Tour
Black Sabbath are to record a final album together and will launch their final tour, Ozzy Osbourne has exclusively revealed to Metal Hammer. The heavy metal legends will team up with producer Rick Rubin once again to record the follow-up to 2013's hugely successful 13 album.
Speaking to Classic Rock at the end of 2013, Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler were hesitant about the possibility of making one final Sabbath album - "I don't know if it would be the right thing to do," Iommi admitted. "But who knows. The history of this band has taught me to never say never" - but frontman Ozzy now says that the band will begin work on the album next year.
"The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great," says Ozzy. "We all made friends, we didn't f*** around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we're going to do one more album, and a final tour. Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to Sharon 'What's going on? Because if there's no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again' and she came back and said 'Let me look into it.' Three weeks later I asked her about it again, and she said 'Oh, I still have to talk to so and so...' and I said 'Sharon, I ain't f***ing 21 any more, if we're going to do it I want to do it before I'm 70!' Time isn't on our side! So she made the call and came back and said 'Yeah, the record company wants another album.' I believe Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again."
Kinks Legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dave Davies To Release New Album 'Rippin Up Time'!
New York, NY - The man who forever changed the sound of rock 'n' roll when he invented distortion, Kinks legend Dave Davies, has recorded a brand new solo album of all original material called 'Rippin’ Up Time' on New York based Red River Entertainment. Produced by Dave Davies & David Nolte, the new CD features 10 original new songs written in the classic Kinks style that fans of all ages will want to hear. Listen to 'Rippin Up Time' here.
Dave Davies founded the Kinks in the early 1960's and forever changed music after he sliced up the speaker cone of a little green amp and created a revolutionary, distorted guitar tone and frenetic solo on the song “You Really Got Me”. Musicologist Joe Harrington described the Kinks influence: “ 'You Really Got Me', 'All Day And All Of The Night' ... were predecessors of the whole three-chord genre ... The Kinks did a lot to help turn rock n roll into rock.” In 1998, writer Bill Crowley wrote, “As lead guitarist and founder of The Kinks, Dave Davies is one of the most unpredictable and original forces in rock, without whom guitar-rock styles including heavy metal and punk would have been inconceivable. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dave's massive guitar sounds have inspired bands from Van Halen to Green Day.”
Dave explains that 'Rippin Up Time' is about “a man's reflections of the past, his fears, anxieties and optimism about the present and hopeful expectations about the future. I had a lot of ideas in my head thinking about the past and how we started and the Kinks and my own life and the present and what's happening with my life now and concerns and worries, anxieties about the future. I suddenly had an image of all the times overlapping as if they're all in one place in my mind. I thought I'd just write it from the point of view of a dream. It's a mixture of emotions that I was going through as I was writing the songs, some would be happy or reflective or sad.”
Hard hitting tracks “Johnny Adams”, “Nosey Neighbours” and title track “Rippin Up Time” show Dave's classic riffs, distinctive singing and playing style while songs like “Semblance of Sanity” and “Mindwash” take the listener to otherworldly, inner landscapes. Dave's son musician/producer Russ Davies' appearance is a surprise treat with his smokey vocals on “In the Old Days” and “Through my Window”. Says Dave, “It was wonderful working with my son Russ Davies and old friend David Nolte on this project and am really excited about the album.” Dave's accent and cockney brogue gives a delightful English flavour to many tracks. He shows his sensitive side in the pensive, futuristic ballad “Between the Towers” while “King of Karaoke” takes a humorous look at many people's favorite pastime. David Nolte's musical contributions and thoughtful co-production throughout 'Rippin Up Time' reveals an inspiring creative collaboration. Former E1 and PolyGram executive Bob Frank's Red River label which is distributed via Sony RED in the US is proud to be releasing 'Rippin Up Time' due out on October 28, 2014.
In a recent interview with Andy Greene of Rolling Stone, Dave imparted, “I like to work quick. You want to attack an idea when it's living and breathing. I didn't want to reach the stage where I heard the songs so many times I began to second guess myself, which has happened in the past." (read the entire Rolling Stone interview here)
Since the early days, Dave Davies has worked on a slew of critically acclaimed records, ranging from solo hit single “Death of a Clown”, to experimental Kinks records like 'Village Green Preservation Society' and 'Arthur' as well as the classic 'Lola' in the 70's. In the 80's Dave released experimentally prescient solo work like the eponymous album titled 'Dave Davies' or 'AFL1-3603' named after himself and/or the barcode symbol face cover art. His mainstream success continued in the 80's on hit Kinks albums 'Low Budget' and 'State of Confusion'. In the 90's he released more solo work such as 'Bug' and the compilation 'Unfinished Business'. His songs have been featured in films by John Carpenter and on TV shows like 'The Sopranos', which used his tune “Living On A Thin Line”. His tell-all autobiographical book 'Kink' was well received in the late 90's as well. In recent years, Dave has collaborated creatively with his sons. In 2010 he worked with son Russell Davies in the Aschere Project to create the hauntingly, beautiful rock electronica album 'Two Worlds'. The film 'Mystical Journey', directed by son Martin Davies, narrates Dave's longtime interest in the paranormal, Eastern philosophies and spirituality (the film inspired Julien Temple s BBC documentary 'Kinkdom Kome'). In 2013 Dave released 'I Will Be Me' on Cleopatra Records. No matter how diverse the ambition, Dave Davies puts his heart and soul in all of his projects.
Ever the visionary legend always ahead of his time, from slashing up a speaker cone all those years ago to his new release 'Rippin In Time', Dave Davies, rocks the past, present and, no doubt, the future!
1. Ripping Up Time
2. Semblance of Sanity
3. King of Karaoke
4. Front Room
5. Johnny Adams
6. Nosey Neighbours
8. Between the Towers
9. In The Old Days
10. Through My Window
Dave Davies 'Rippin Up Time' is available for pre-order on Amazon
Dave Davies embarks a 13-date American solo tour beginning November 11th in Milwaukee. He will be performing several songs from the new album, along with all the Kinks classics!
Dave Davies tour dates:
11th Nov, 2014 - Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
12th Nov, 2014 - City Winery Chicago. Chicago, IL
13th Nov, 2014 - City Winery Chicago. Chicago, IL
14th Nov, 2014 - The Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI
18th Nov, 2014 - Pullo Center, York, PA.
19th Nov, 2014 - The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick, MA
20th Nov, 2014 - Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT
21st Nov, 2014 - Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT
22nd Nov, 2014 - Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, Bethlehem, PA
24th Nov, 2014 - City Winery, New York, NY
25th Nov, 2014 - City Winery, New York, NY
26th Nov, 2014 - The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA
28th Nov, 2014 - BergenPAC, Englewood, NJ
On October 14, Legacy Recordings will celebrate 50 years of Kinkdom with the historic release of 'The Essential Kinks', the first-ever career-spanning retrospective anthology comprised of key recordings made for the Pye/Reprise, RCA, Arista and Columbia labels (track list below), and fully endorsed by the band. On November 10, Legacy will release an expanded CD/DVD deluxe edition of 'Muswell Hillbillies', The Kinks' 1971 masterpiece of working class social observation, a musical statement remarkably relevant in today's world. Newly remastered from the original analog tapes, 'Muswell Hillbillies' includes the original album in its entirety as well as nine bonus tracks (seven of them previously unavailable in North America), and a DVD of rare 1972 television appearances (never released in North America).
JOHN FOGERTY ANNOUNCES WORLD TOUR CELEBRATING ONE EXTRAORDINARY YEAR “1969” TOUR TO LAUNCH IN CANADA
COAST-TO-COAST Tour to start November 7th in Newfoundland
Tour Celebrates the Year Fogerty Released Three Seminal Albums
1969. It has been over four decades since that moment in history. Still, with our memories washed by 40 years of time the milestones appear unmistakably before us. All at once, the nation stood tall, eyes skyward, as we sought to be part of Man’s grandest adventure; setting human feet upon the Moon. Those same feet danced across the trodden grass of a New York farm as the brightest voices in music played for the Woodstock crowds. Yet, even as we stood, our hearts sank as thousands of our young men died, fighting in a little-known strip of Asian jungle called Vietnam. Music legend and societal icon, John Fogerty, was there in 1969. Yet, he wasn’t just present, he permeated the age. Fogerty’s music, his lyrics and his voice, through an amazing and never-duplicated release of three separate albums with Creedence Clearwater Revival (Bayou Country, Green River, and Willy and the Poor Boys) in that one year, gave the nation, even the world, an emotional and intellectual marker forever burned within our collective psyche. Now, in his 69th year, Fogerty is calling us back to 1969, to re-invigorate those ties that bind us, with his upcoming “1969” World Tour. The tour will kick-off this November with Cross-Country Canadian performances beginning in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on November 7 before heading west to finish in Victoria, BC on November 29th. More dates and countries will be announced for 2015.
This tour celebrates the music and the events of 1969 as heard through the music of John Fogerty, writer and producer of those three classic albums. As part of CCR, Fogerty performed at Woodstock, they toured the nation and gave voice to millions of fans. Fogerty felt what was coming, he says, “I just took it all in, everyone knew we were at a pivotal moment, I took it all in and turned it into songs.” He had already established himself as a distinctive voice with the hit song “Suzie Q”, but like all artists, he feared the label; one-hit wonder. With more songs like “Proud Mary” Creedence Clearwater Revival was the #1 band in rock ‘n roll. 1969 came to life through “Born on the Bayou”, “Green River”, “Bad Moon Rising”, an ode to the timing of Man Walking on the Moon, and “Down on the Corner”. In one of his most influential and controversial numbers, Fogerty made his personal declaration on the Vietnam War known through “Fortunate Son”. Harkening back to the spirit of the Irish Draft Riots of the Civil War, his lyrics shoved the unfair practices of the modern draft process into the nation’s focus. Ironically, Fogerty was drafted and is a proud Vietnam-era veteran of the Army Reserve, yet his heartfelt opinions on that conflict and its impact are not swayed.
John Fogerty is a true American original and one of rock ‘n roll’s all-time greatest artists. Even at 8-years old, in his hometown of El Cerrito, California, he had a name for his ‘band’, “Johnny Corvette and the Corvettes.” As leader of CCR, Fogerty forged a distinctive, groundbreaking sound all his own, equal parts blues, country, pop, rockabilly, R&B, swamp boogie, and Southern fried rock ‘n’ roll, all united by his uniquely evocative lyrical perspective. Later, Fogerty would prove to be an equally impressive solo artist. Among its many highlights are 1975’s John Fogerty – featuring the rollicking ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ – and 1985’s #1 phenomenon, Centerfield. With its trio of timeless hit singles, including ‘The Old Man Down The Road,’ ‘Rock And Roll Girls,’ and the irresistible title track, the multi-platinum collection marked Fogerty’s glorious return to the forefront of modern rock ‘n’ roll.
1997’s Blue Moon Swamp earned Fogerty further acclamation, as well as a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rock Album.’ Among his many other honors are induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the BMI Pop Music Awards’ prestigious ‘BMI Icon,’ and Performance Magazine’s ‘Theater Tour of the Year’ Award. In addition, Fogerty and Centerfield were honored during the 2010 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies – the first time the National Baseball Hall of Fame has immortalized a musician or song as part of the annual ceremonies.
In 2013, Fogerty released Wrote a Song for Everyone, a testament to the fact that the songs written by John Fogerty over the past forty-five years continue to speak in a powerful way to generations of music makers and music lovers. The album garnered rave critical reviews, including a coveted 5-star review in Rolling Stone.
The upcoming show will be centered around 1969, but also include his complete catalog of hits. Tickets are available now at johnfogerty.com and www.livenation.com. Complete tour listing below.
JOHN FOGERTY: “1969” TOUR DETAILS
November 7 St. John’s, NL Mile One Stadium
November 8 St. John’s, NL Mile One Stadium
November 10 Halifax, NS Halifax Metro Centre
November 12 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
November 13 Rama, ON Casino Rama
November 14 Oshawa, ON GM Centre
November 15 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
November 17 Sudbury, ON Sudbury Arena
November 19 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
November 20 Moose Jaw, SK Mosaic Place
November 21 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
November 23 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
November 24 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
November 25 Dawson Creek, BC EnCana Events Centre
November 27 Penticton, BC South Okanagan Events Centre
November 28 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Centre
November 29 Victoria, BC Save On Foods Memorial Centre
FRONTIERS MUSIC Srl SET TO RELEASE DENNIS DeYOUNG AND THE MUSIC OF STYX LIVE IN LOS ANGELES
Deluxe CD/ DVD combination will feature the greatest songs DeYoung originally recorded with Styx.
Powerful. Majestic. Compelling.
These are some of the words that have described the unforgettable live performances given by singer/songwriter/ keyboardist Dennis DeYoung. Now in 2014,
the nearly five decade musical legacy of DeYoung has come full circle. On October 21st Frontiers Music Srl will release Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of STYX Live In Los Angeles in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, encompassing the greatest hits of Styx sung once again
by the voice who made them famous.
Recorded and filmed for this special CD/DVD release and an October AXS-TV live concert special, these classic STYX songs were captured before an enthusiastic audience at the intimate El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on March 18th, 2014. The 2CD/DVD version is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com here: http://geni.us/DDYLiveAMZ Pre-orders of the Blu-Ray and digital versions will be made available soon.
“If you are a STYX fan this DVD CD package covers all the hits in one great concert experience,” says DeYoung, who wrote and sang nearly all of that legendary band’s radio hits, as well as a number of solo hits. “The intimate setting of the historic El Rey theater was the perfect venue to see me and the band up close rockin’ these tunes.”
Captured with 8 cameras in Hi Def, the show features DeYoung performing the band’s catalog of classic rock hits that became a staple on radio during the 1970s and 80s. Among them: “Lady,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Show MeThe Way,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Babe,” “Best Of Times ,” “Come Sail Away” and many others. DeYoung, who began playing with the members of Styx
in the early 1960s as a band called The Tradewinds, changed its name, wrote and sang the band’s breakthrough single, “Lady” in 1972. The group would go on to have over a dozen gold and platinum albums over the next twenty years. DeYoung left STYX in 1999. In addition to his success with STYX, DeYoung wrote and recorded several solo projects and did an album of Broadway standards, after touring as Pontias Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.
The CD/DVD combo will be released on the same day An Evening With Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of STYX concert special airs on AXS-TV, on October 21st, 2014. “To have this band and these songs on a Blue Ray DVD and two CD set is a dream come true,” says DeYoung. “I have to thank AXS-TV and Frontiers Records for this special opportunity.”
Track listing: CD1:The Message / Grand Illusion/ Lady/ Lorelei/ Blue Collar Man/ Show Me The Way/ Mr. Roboto/ Desert Moon/ Don’t Let It End/ Too Much Time On My Hands CD2: Rockin The Paradise/ Crystal Ball/ Babe/ Foolin Yourself/ Suite Madame Blue/ Best Of Times/ Renegade/ Come Sail Away DVD: Grand Illusion/ Lady/ Lorelei/ Blue Collar Man/ Show Me The Way/ Mr. Roboto/ Desert Moon/ Don’t Let It End/ Too Much Time On My Hands/ Crystal Ball/ Babe/ Fooling Yourself/ Suite Madame Blue/ Best Of Times/ Renegade/ Come Sail Away
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Guns N' Roses Planning Busy 2015
Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba is sharing an update on the band's plans for 2015 which he says will include a lot of touring and the band putting together a new album.
"We are planning on doing quite a bit of touring this coming year," Ashba tells Legendary Rock Interviews while promoting the forthcoming Sixx A.M. release, "Modern Vintage."
"The focus is getting in a studio and putting together what we all feel is the best Guns N' Roses record. Lack of material is not an issue. We have tons of stuff. Axl has two full albums that he has recorded, he has played me a bunch of songs off of that, are incredible! I can't wait to get in and kind of dive into those as well."
"I've written tons of songs & demoed up a bunch of stuff," he adds. "I think it is just a matter of getting in & sifting through the piles of material."
Judas Priest Kicking Off 40th Anniversary Tour This Week
As Judas Priest prepare to kick off their 40th Anniversary tour this Wednesday (Oct 1), singer Rob Halford says his is looking forward to hitting the road once again.
"It's a blessing, an absolute blessing," Halford tells Billboard. "It's remarkable, isn't it? What's really heartwarming about this is the fact that the so-called old guard of metal and rock are still as strong and thriving as we ever were.
"I have very close friends like [Black] Sabbath, who released a fantastic metal album [2013's 13] and went out on this huge world tour. They've been together longer than we have. Then you get [Iron] Maiden, then bands like Metallica, doing that type of process."
"All the bands that have been making this music for a very long time are still as strong and relevant as they ever were, so we're part of some very good company."
Queen + Adam Lambert Reveal European tour Plans
Queen + Adam Lambert have announced dates for a European tour in the New Year. The 6-week run will see the band play 21 dates in 10 countries starting January 13 in Newcastle, England.
Tickets for all shows will go on sale this Friday, October 3 at 9:00 am local time, except for a series of German concerts in February that will go on sale Saturday, October 4. Ticket pre-sales for fans registered with QueenOnline, Adam Lambert's Official Fan Club or The International Queen Fan Club begin September 29.
Last month, Queen + Adam Lambert wrapped up their 2014 concert dates in New Zealand, following a summer trek across North America, Asia and Australia.
Queen first teamed up with Lambert in 2009 to perform the band's anthem, "We Are The Champions", on American Idol's season 8 finale. The pairing partnered again in 2011 at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast. In the summer of 2012 they performed their first live concerts together with three sold-out shows in the UK at London's Hammersmith Apollo as well as concert appearances in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. "We have a very interesting set design," says guitarist Brian May. "It's big and daring. We're going to do it to the max."
"Each time we've worked with Adam with our music, he's just the most incredible front man," adds drummer Roger Taylor. "He's sensational. He has this amazing range, 'cause Freddie [Mercury] had a great range. Adam can really cover it. He's an extraordinary singer and a real talent. I feel he fits into our sort of theatricality. It is very comfortable."
Read more and check out the promo video here.
Stevie Nicks Inspired To Tackle Addictions By Writing Song
Stevie Nicks recalls how writing a song about a drug-addicted actress led her to tackle her own addictions. The Fleetwood Mac star releases her new solo album 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault on October 6. And one of the tracks, Mabel Normand, was written in 1985 after Nicks watched a documentary on the 1920s star.
Nicks tells Billboard: "Give Mabel Normand a special listen. Mabel was an amazing actress and comedian from the 20s, and she was a terrible cocaine addict. She eventually died of tuberculosis, but it was really her drug addiction that killed her
"She was in love with a famous director, who tried to get her off coke, and he was murdered. Rumour has it, drug dealers killed him. I saw a documentary of her in 1985, when I was at my lowest point with the blow. I was watching TV one night, the movie came on, and I really felt a connection with her. That's when I wrote the song. Less than a year later, I went to rehab at Betty Ford."
Read more here.
Ace Frehley Slams Paul Stanley's Playing
Ace Frehley has described Paul Stanley as "one of the sloppiest guitarists out there" after the Kiss frontman suggested his ex-bandmate had lost the ability to play.
Stanley recently claimed Frehley "threw away incredible potential and talent" and added: "He got involved with a whole lot of things that really diluted and diminished his craft. I saw that comet grow dim."
Now Frehley tells Metropolis Nights (via Blabbermouth): "That's hysterical, for Paul to try and say something negative against me as a guitar player. He should listen to himself playing live.
"He's more worried about jumping around and pointing his finger. That's been the problem since the beginning of Kiss - we all used to yell at him for making so many mistakes. I would try and cover for him.
"So for him to take a shot at my guitar playing - is he out of his mind?" Read more here.
HELLION ANNOUNCE NEW “KARMA’S A BITCH” MINI ALBUM & SINGLE
Iconic female-fronted metal act HELLION announce details of their first new album in over a decade. Entitled Karma’s A Bitch, the new mini-LP is set for release via HNE/Cherry Red Records on October 8 in Europe and the UK, just before the band set out on a massive tour of the US. The title-track ‘Karma’s A Bitch’ is to be released as a digital download on September 29.
With a stellar line-up featuring vocalist Ann Boleyn, drummer Simon Wright (formerly of AC/DC, DIO, and UFO), keyboardist Scott Warren (formerly with DIO and HEAVEN & HELL), bassist Bjorn Englen (formerly with Yngwie Malmsteen), and up-an-coming shred guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, this is easily Hellion's strongest line-up ever.
HELLION’s new tracks were produced by Simon Wright and Ann Boleyn alongside legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who has produced iconic albums, including DAVID BOWIE's "Hunky Dory", "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars", "Aladdin Sane" and "Pinups".
A top producer at Abbey Road Studios, Scott is also acknowledged as one of the five principal engineers for THE BEATLES. He has engineered countless classic works, including GEORGE HARRISON's "All Things Must Pass", ELTON JOHN's "Madman Across The Water", "Honky Chateau" and "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player." Other credits include gold and platinum albums by SUPERTRAMP, DAVID BOWIE, MISSING PERSONS, KANZAS, and more.
Scott recently said of the comparison between working with David Bowie and Ann Boleyn: "Working with Bowie or working with Ann of HELLION, you've got sheer talent.” Acknowledging Boleyn as the driving force propelling the band, Scott notes: "Over the years, the musicians have changed. The one musician that has always been the same is Ann. So once again, it's new musicians. The one constant thing about HELLION is Ann, and her incredible voice."
“Starting off with a mysterious and ethereal ghostly introduction, Betrayer quickly blasts into overdrive with a scream from Hell and the raw power the likes of which can only come from Ann Boleyn,” commented Rob DiMartini of Metal Scream Radio. “The title track, Karma's A Bitch, is a tough sounding rocker destined to be one of the strongest songs on metal radio this year.”
Di Martini continued, ”Hell Has No Fury delivers full-tilt metal with a sublime orchestral section by Scott Warren and the blistering guitar work of Maxwell Carlisle. Watch The City Burn takes listeners on an in-depth journey into the anger and chaos of a full-blown riot. The final piece, Til The End, begins with the hammering double-bass power grove of Simon Wright at his finest. With an anthem-like melody, this is a song that fans will be singing along with when Hellion hits the road.”
HELLION is set to kick off their North American tour in October (dates here), and are looking forward to hitting the UK & Europe afterwards!
Pink Floyd Release Another Preview Of New Album
Pink Floyd have issued a second audio preview of their first new album in 20 years, "The Endless River," which is scheduled to be released on November 11th in North America.
Produced by Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson, its being billed as a four-sided instrumental album with one song, "Louder Than Words", to include new lyrics by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson.
"'The Endless River' is a tribute to Rick," says Mason. "I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."
Check out the preview here.
Dave Davies Optimistic For Kinks Reunion Next Year
Last year Dave Davies put the odds that he and his brother Ray Davies wound mount a Kinks reunion at "50/50." Alas, no tour was forthcoming, but the guitarist is more optimistic about the chances for 2015.
"We have so much great music that goes back so many years," he said recently, speaking to Rolling Stone. "We both want to do something next year."
Davies comments come on the heels of an apparent misunderstanding between Ray Davies and Mojo magazine. Last month, Mojo quoted the Kinks leader as saying he would reform The Kinks in 2015, with or without Dave. Davies subsequently denied making any such statement, and recently the brothers even spent time together in England, playing music.
"It would be a shame if Ray and I didn't do something next year," Dave Davies continues. "I'm prepared to talk. If Ray's got some great ideas, let me hear them. I have my own ideas about how it should be presented. But I don't want it to be a Ray Davies show where he lets his little brother stand in the corner, which he likes to do. It has to be done properly and respectfully."
Read the original report here.
Def Leppard Mixing Things Up With New Music
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has revealed their new material is in good shape and will have a heavy and melodic vibe. The band have just wrapped up an extensive US tour with Kiss, and are now working on the follow-up to 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.
Collen tells Shor Bazaar FM91: "In February I went to Joe's house and we got 12 songs started. We went back in May and got 15, so they're really in good shape. We've still got more stuff to do on them, so that'll be ready next year - and they're very varied.
"You let other things influence you but you still retain your integrity and your sound. We feel we've done that. These songs are a cross section. Some are really heavy and very melodic, and some are just very different - but you can still tell it's Def Leppard.
"We're very excited about that and it will be out next year. We'll be touring a lot more next year as well."
Read more here.
U2 Explain New Album Cover
When U2 made the now-infamous decision to release their latest album, Songs of Innocence, for free with no advance hype (and load it onto people's iPhones without their permission), they hadn't even created artwork for the album.
However, the physical release of the album, due out Oct. 14, will in fact have a conventional album cover (as opposed to the photograph of a white-label pressing of the album that has served as the digital album's ad-hoc artwork).
At first glance, the cover seems a bit homoerotic: it's a shirtless Larry Mullen Jr. hugging a shirtless younger male around the waist. However, as the band explains on their website, the photograph is the band's drummer "protecting his 18-year-old son."
The post explains further: "The idea of the unique relationship between a parent and child, the image of a father and son, came from the band. The shoot with Larry and his son was initially an experiment but everyone loved it as a visual metaphor for the record."
See the cover and read more here.
Sammy Hagar Updates
Sammy Hagar has issued an update on the post-Hurricane Odile situation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico following the recent cancellation of his annual Birthday Bash shows in the resort town.
"Inspiring to see how the community and businesses have come together to get Cabo back on its feet," writes Hagar. "Everyone in Cabo working very hard.
"Still a lot of work to be done but amazing how much progress has been made. Kudos to the Government assistance!!! Could have never made it without their support."
"We estimate to have power back on at Cabo Wabo by next week and will then start testing all equipment," he continues. "Hoping to re-open soon along with airport and other businesses. Thank you to all of you that have sent good wishes. All of our staff is safe and we are working hard to assist on their needs. Peace."
Hagar, who will turn 67 on October 13, was scheduled to perform at his Cabo Wabo Cantina on October 7, 9, 11 and 13. The October shows have become an annual ritual for fans, and Hagar has recently announced a birthday concert in Las Vegas next month.
Read more here. .
TNT Streaming 30th Anniversary Concert Online
TNT have streamed their entire 30th anniversary show on video with Classic Rock, ahead of its DVD launch on September 29. The Norwegian veterans performed with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in June 2012, delivering a 19-song set that included tracks from across their career.
Founding members Ronni Le Tekro and Diesel Dahl were joined by Tony Mills and Victor Borge, with guest appearances by Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and Turbonegro's Hank von Helvete. Classic-era singer Tony Harnell, who's now rejoined the band, also performed as a guest.
"30th Anniversary 1982-2012: Live In Concert" will be released via Indie Recordings, and it's available for pre-order in DVD/CD, 2CD and download formats.
The DVD edition includes a documentary. Harnell, Le Tekro and Mills are featured in the next edition of AOR Magazine, to be published in December. Watch the concert here
AC/DC Giving Fans A Chance To Be In Their New Video
AC/DC have announced a contest to give fans the chance to appear in the band's new music video. The group posted the following message to fans with the details:
UK Fans: Will you be in Central London Saturday, October 4th** from noon to midnight? Want to be part of the next AC/DC music video? If so, enter for a chance to be a part of the shoot here: http://sweeps.acdc.com/
Last week, AC/DC revealed plans to release their new album, "Rock Or Bust", on December 2. The project is also the group's first without founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young, whose illness required him to step away from the band earlier this year before they entered the studio; he is now officially retired from AC/DC.
Read more here.
AC/DC Star Malcolm Young's Illness Revealed?
A report out of Australia indicates AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young is receiving full-time care for dementia, according to an anonymous "Young family connection".
The Sydney Morning Herald reports sources connected to the Young family have said Young, whose retirement from the band was announced on Wednesday, has been moved into full-time care in a nursing home facility specializing in dementia.
According to the Young family connection: "If you were in the room with [Malcolm] and walked out then came back in one minute later, he wouldn't remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short term memory. His wife Linda has put him in full-time care."
AC/DC have not commented or made any public statements revealing details of Malcolm's health issues to date.
LIMITED EDITION and SIGNED ROCK & ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS TO BENEFIT LUNCH BREAK…
It’s time to give back with a little help from my photos!
I am often asked to donate classic rock photographs from my archives. I would have never imagined when I was 16 and sneaking my camera into concerts that I could make a living out of it, much less help out some people in my own hometown by donating the sale of these photos three decades later. My career as a photographer has been a dream come true, and it’s time to give back.
As many of you know, for the past three years I have been passionate about a campaign I started for LUNCH BREAK, the soup kitchen (and so much more) in my hometown of Red Bank, NJ. The campaign is entitled FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME and I am donating images from the first time I photographed the musicians in the 70s and 80s, with the proceeds benefitting LUNCH BREAK. After last year’s successful campaign raised more than $10,000, I have teamed up once again with Charitybuzz online auction for Round 2! This year’s auction runs from September 24 to October 15. To see the photos that are up for bids go to www.Charitybuzz.com/LunchBreak
AEROSMITH’S JOE PERRY TO KICK OFF 14-STOP BOOK TOUR OCTOBER 7 IN NEW YORK TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF NEW MEMOIR ‘ROCKS: MY LIFE IN AND OUT OF AEROSMITH’ OUT FROM SIMON & SCHUSTER ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7
JOE PERRY--Aerosmith co-founding member and rock icon in his own right--will embark on a 14-stop book tour beginning Tuesday, October 7 in New York, in conjunction with the release of his new memoir Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith (S&S; Hardcover; October 7, 2014; $27.99). After New York, the book tour continues with stops throughout the U.S., including a mid-tour stop at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. Full list of dates are below and online here: http://joeperry.com/joe-perry-tour.
With total candor and without apology, in ROCKS Perry shares what life is like as the lead guitarist and co-head writer of Aerosmith. Both a study in brotherhood and solitude, Perry reflects on the people who stood beside him during the highs and lows as he and Aerosmith skyrocketed into a world of fame and utter excess. Beginning with a foreword by Johnny Depp, ROCKS has already earned praise from some of the biggest names in rock and roll: “An insightful and harrowing roller coaster ride” (Slash); “Rocking Joe Perry ‘rocks’ again” (Jimmy Page); “When I grow up, I want to be Joe Perry” (Gene Simmons). And with over 100 photographs showing Perry’s life on- and off-stage, ROCKS is “evocative” and “will strike gold with every Aerosmith fan” (Publishers Weekly).
Fans can come see JOE and get their copy of his official autobiography signed at the following dates and locations listed here:
New York, NY
BARNES & NOBLE @ Union Square
BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH @ The Coolidge Corner Theatre
GUITAR CENTER - Boylston Street
THE PAPER STORE @ Framingham
THE STANDARD CLUB OF CHICAGO
Arlington Heights, IL
GUITAR CENTER - Arlington Heights
THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME
Los Angeles, CA
BARNES & NOBLE @ The Grove
San Francisco, CA
GUITAR CENTER - San Francisco Proper
San Francisco, CA
BOOK PASSAGE @ The San Francisco Ferry Building
CHANGING HANDS BOOKSTORE
GUITAR CENTER - Scottsdale
Los Angeles, CA
Pre-order ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith here:
Amazon.com - http://amzn.to/WiG3qm
Barnes & Noble - http://bit.ly/1twTeSY
BAM - http://bit.ly/1Belzi2
Indie Bound - http://bit.ly/Yfg4ln
Audible.com - http://bit.ly/1xgPRSx
For more information, visit: joeperry.com
DAVE STEWART ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM ‘ZOMBIE BROADWAY’ PRODUCTION AIMED TO START 2015
DAVE STEWART ENTERTAINMENT has announced that pre-production has begun on the musical feature film adaption of DAVE STEWART’s 2008 graphic novel (Virgin Comics) ZOMBIE BROADWAY.
Producers Pam Williams, David Jacobson and Dave Stewart are currently raising financing with an aim to start production on the film in 2015. Producers engaged the startup creative community financing firm, First Artist Ventures, to assist in securing early stage development support.
Screenwriter Cole Haddon is writing the project, which will feature original songs & music composed by Dave Stewart and Michael Bradford. Cole has a host of high-profile writing projects set up including Dodge & Twist and Leviathan at Sony and he most recently created last year’s Dracula on NBC. In addition, renowned Swedish director Jonas Akerlund will helm the project; Akerlund has won three Grammys and numerous top directing awards for his work for artists such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, and most recently HBO’s concert event “On The Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z,” among others. His past feature credits include the cult favorites, Small Apartments, Spun and Horsemen.
The ZOMBIE BROADWAY feature is a high-concept horror musical that’s part “Rocky Horror,” part “Bullets Over Broadway,” set in a Zombie-ridden, apocalyptic New York where the fate of the city lies in the hands of the only surviving musical theatre troop putting on the show of their lives.
Producers Pam Williams and David Jacobson most recently put together the financing and produced Lee Daniels’ The Butler, one of the most celebrated films of 2014 which grossed over $181 million worldwide. The ZOMBIE BROADWAY graphic novel was created by Dave Stewart, David Harris, and Christine Schenley.
About DAVE STEWART:
Multi-media entrepreneur Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This],” “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “Would I Lie to You?”). Behind the scenes, he has produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, and Sinead O’Connor, garnering numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards along the way. Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist.
Stewart has scored films for several directors, including Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, and Ted Demme, and has written and produced the title songs for many hit movies. Together with Mick Jagger, he wrote and produced the score for “Alfie,” starring Jude Law, which won the pair a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
For a full bio on STEWART, visit: http://davestewartent.com/team/davestewart/
MOTÖRHEAD Invites Fans to Make Official “Killed By Death” Video
The official MOTÖRHEAD website is currently running a competition inviting submissions for a live video version of “Killed By Death” from the special tour edition of the Aftershock album.
MOTÖRHEAD fans who have dreamt of making an official video for their favorite band have finally got their wish. To celebrate the Tour Edition of the Aftershock album (a double-disc set containing Aftershock and a bonus live disc from MOTÖRHEAD’s Spring US dates titled Best of the West Coast Tour) fans are invited to create a video for the live version of “Killed By Death” from the release.
Creativity is greatly encouraged (don’t be boring!), and the production can be as mighty or modest as the imagination desires. Let the thunderous riff and wry lyrics conjure your best Motörvisions, and the video that wins will be premiered on major music video stations plus websites worldwide by the band’s label UDR/MOTÖRHEAD Records. The winning director/creator will also receive some very exclusive MOTÖRHEAD prizes, as well as the satisfaction of having one of the band’s official videos under their creative belt.
Entrants must use the audio of “Killed By Death” from the new touring edition of Aftershock and entries should be uploaded to YouTube with “Killed By Death Fan Video Motörhead Contest” in the subject line. Also visit the band’s Official Facebook page and post links to your video creations there too. We will pick the very best submissions, and then the fans will vote for the winner.
All entries must be uploaded by NEXT TUESDAY, September 30th, 2014.
We look forward to seeing some great pieces of film in the coming weeks and remember, MOTÖRHEAD For Life.
The Who Premiere New Song Be Lucky
The Who are premiering their first new song in eight years, "Be Lucky." The track will be featured on the forthcoming compilation, "The Who Hits 50!", set to be issued in sync with the start of their 50th anniversary farewell tour of the same name this fall.
Due October 28 in North America (November 3 in UK and elsewhere), the 2-disc package presents 41 classic Who tunes plus the new song. "Be Lucky" was produced by Dave Eringa, best known for his work with the Manic Street Preachers and Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey.
Recorded at the end of the summer at British Grove and Yellow Fish Studios, "Be Lucky" features long time Who live players Zak Starkey (drums) and Pino Palladino (bass) with the keyboards being provided by ex-Style Council and Dexys sideman Mick Talbot.
In keeping with their ongoing support for Teenage Cancer charities, the band have donated their royalties from the song to Teen Cancer America, a charity founded in 2011 by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.
Check out the new song here.
Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Addresses His Stem Cell Treatment
Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell has issued a statement about his upcoming stem cell transplant, which he hopes will keep Hodgkin's lymphoma from returning again.
Campbell was diagnosed with the cancer in 2013, which briefly went into remission only to return again. He received further treatment and cancer is once again in remission and he will be undergoing the stem cell transplant in an attempt to keep the cancer from returning once again.
He wrote on the band's official website, "As many of you know, I've been scheduled to start a stem cell transplant and as soon as I got home from tour I began the necessary tests and preparations. I'll be admitted to hospital soon for all the yucky bits, so in the meantime I'm headed to Target to stock up on cozy pajamas, fresh underwear, and a sackful of car-porn.
"Unfortunately, this means that I won't be able to perform with the band on the upcoming NFL broadcast on Sept. 28th, nor will I be able to do the shows scheduled for Oct/Nov.
"While I can't say that I'm looking forward to the process ahead, I'm very much looking forward to what I feel will be a most successful outcome. Next year will be very busy for Def Leppard with a new album and a world tour, and frankly, I don't think they would sound as loud without me, so I have no intention of letting the team down!
"See you all (with hair!) in 2015. - Viv"
Sammy Hagar Reveals Alternate Birthday Bash Plans
Sammy Hagar will hold a Birthday Bash concert in Las Vegas next month following the recent cancellation of his annual shows in Cabo San Lucas due to damage caused by Hurricane Odile.
"Attention Redheads-- the search has ended for the right place for Redheads to come gather in October!," posted the Red Rocker. "Sammy's Belated Birthday Bash will land in Vegas on October 18th at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. It will feature Sammy & The Circle (Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Vic Johnson) and Joe Satriani and Chad Smith are showing up for a rare Chickenfoot appearance to wrap up the encore!"
"Redheads holding Cabo Bday Bash tix will be able to transfer them (if you wish) until Oct. 12th and general tickets go on sale Thursday at 10am. Those from the Cabo bash who do not transfer tickets will be automatically refunded starting Oct 13th.
David Gilmour Comments On Emotional New Pink Floyd Album
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour has described the band's first album in 20 years as "emotional and evocative." The Endless River, a tribute to late keyboardist Rick Wright, will be released on November 10.
The album consists mainly of material created during sessions for 1993's The Division Bell. Gilmour tells Uncut: "To me, it's very evocative and emotional in a lot of moments.
"And listening to all the stuff made me regret Rick's passing all over again. This is the last chance someone will get to hear him playing along with us on that way he did."
Judas Priest's Rob Halford Reacts To Rock Is Dead Argument
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford disagrees with Gene Simmons' argument that rock is dead - and instead Halford insists the genre has never been in better shape.
Kiss star Simmons recently claimed the industry offered no support for rising artists, while online piracy had devalued music. He said: "Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered."
That led to responses from Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett and Twisted Sister vocalist Dee Snider. Now Halford tells Mitch Lafon: "I've heard that statement a number of times through the decades. I don't think it is - I think it's in incredible shape right now. Never been stronger.
"We're surrounded constantly by new talent, and the enthusiasm keeps rock alive and strong. I think it'll always be that way."
Classic Whitesnake Concert Set For Live Release
Whitesnake will release "Live In '84 - Back To The Bone", a collection of material from the period, on November 11 in North America (Nov 7 in Europe).
Available on DVD and Deluxe CD/DVD packages, the project is being issued in sync with the 30th Anniversary of Whitesnake's multi-platinum "Slide It In" album.
"Live In '84" has been culled from audio and video recordings and unheard demos from the private collection of Whitesnake leader and vocalist David Coverdale. The set presents an ultra-rare collection of material performed by the band's acclaimed 83-84 line-ups.
Featured on the record are drummer Cozy Powell (Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, MSG, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath), bassist Neil Murray and guitarist John Sykes, whom Coverdale credits with inspiring a whole generation of musicians after his work on the band's 1987 self-titled album.
Bonus content includes legendary keyboardist Jon Lord performing his last show ever with Whitesnake. "It's still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who originally recorded the 'Slide It In' album with me have passed away," says Coverdale. "It's incredibly difficult to articulate: Cozy Powell...Mel Galley...Jon Lord…All amazing people and amazing musicians. Their memories live on in our hearts and in the music they made. I miss them beyond words… Wait until you see and hear them playing as only they can and add in the fiery guitar assault of the incredibly gifted John Sykes, plus the relentless melodic bass pounding of Neil Murray."
More details here.
Robert Plant Explains Band Dynamics
Robert Plant says his band The Sensational Space Shifters are like 'brothers' to him. They worked together on his latest album Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar, which launched this month via Nonesuch Records.
And Plant reveals that while he was "inspired" working on 2010's Band Of Joy, he was excited to get back to the UK to hook up with his group to work on the new record.
He tells CBS This Morning: "To be inspired is a wonderful thing and I spent time in Nashville and made a record with Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller. I was always doing covers, beautiful American pieces, songs I could never have written because they came from their vision of music. So to go back to the UK and actually create something really fresh and new was fantastic.
He continues: "I'm with these guys I've played with before I met Alison Krauss. I went back to Britain and teamed up with my old friends and there's a great ethnic and musically intense combination of West Africa and British trance music.
"I've got a very powerful band, very humorous, very funny - they're like a bunch of brothers."
Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Begins Gig As Professor Of Music
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is sharing photos from his first day as a teacher at UK's Coventry University. On Wednesday, Iommi posted images of an in-class session as well as an autograph line where he signed materials for students.
The guitarist's role as a Visiting Professor Of Music was announced by the school in June. "It is a tremendous honour to have Tony here with us as a Visiting Professor," said Dr. Sara Reed, Head Of Department For Performing Arts at the University at the time of the announcement.
"His huge wealth of experience and musical knowledge is beyond value to our students. It's a fantastic opportunity for them to learn from such an immensely talented individual and all in the department sincerely look forward to working with Tony in the future."
Last fall, Iommi received an Honorary Doctorate Of Arts degree from the institution. Black Sabbath wrapped up their "13" world tour in July. Check out the photos here.
BOB SEGER’S RIDE OUT TOUR
BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND RIDE OUT TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
Detroit, MI – September 25, 2014 - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band announced today they will hit the road in support of Seger’s first new studio album in eight years, RIDE OUT, with their 2014 / 2015 RIDE OUT TOUR.
The tour will be Seger’s most extensive since 2006/2007 Face The Promise Tour and will give Seger & his Silver Bullet Band the opportunity to perform once more for fans across the US and Canada including stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta, Pittsburgh Buffalo, Toronto, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Phoenix.
Tickets for the first leg of the tour will go on sale Saturday, October 4th, at 10:00 a.m. local time on Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Halifax and Saint John go on sale October 11th at 10:00 a.m. local time from Ticketatlantic.com or Harbourstation.ca. (see schedule below.) Appearing in select markets is Very Special Guest The J. Geils Band.
Bob Seger fan club members will have special access to purchase tickets in advance starting Wednesday, October 1st at 10:00 a.m. local time. To become a member of the Bob Seger fan club, visit www.BobSeger.com.
Citi® cardmembers will have special access to pre-sale tickets to shows in the U.S. beginning Wednesday October 1st at 4:00 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete details on Citi’s pre-sale, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
Seger’s RIDE OUT album, his first new studio album since his 2006 platinum certified album Face The Promise, will be released in stores October 14th. The album can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.com.
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s live performances have led to record sales in excess of 52 million including 13 platinum and seven multi-platinum RIAA-certified album sales awards. Seger holds the distinction in 2010 for the #1 Catalog Album of the Decade for his Greatest Hits, which has sold over 9 million copies in the U.S. alone.
BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND
RIDE OUT TOUR 2014 / 20015
Bob Seger Fan Club
Show Date City Venue On Sale Date Pre-Sale Date
Nov 19, 2014 Saginaw, MI The Dow Event Center On Sale Oct 4 On Sale Oct 1
Nov 22 Bangor, ME Cross Insurance Center On Sale Oct 4 On Sale Oct 1
Nov 24 Halifax, NS Scotiabank Centre On Sale Oct 11 On Sale Oct 9
Nov 26 Saint John, NB Saint John Harbour Station On Sale Oct 11 On Sale Oct 9
Nov 29 Boston, MA TD Garden On Sale Oct 4 On Sale Oct 1
Dec 2 Albany, NY Times Union Center On Sale Oct 4 On Sale Oct 1
Dec 4 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena On Sale Oct 4 On Sale Oct 1
Dec 6 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena On Sale Oct 4 On Sale Oct 1
Dec 9 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena On Sale Oct 4 On Sale Oct 1
Dec 11 Chicago, IL United Center On Sale Oct 4 On Sale Oct 1
Dec 13 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center On Sale Oct 4 On Sale Oct 1
Dec 17 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center On Sale Oct 4 On Sale Oct 1
Dec 19 New York, NY Madison Square Garden On Sale Oct 4 On Sale Oct 1
Jan 22, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced
Jan 24 Toronto, ON TBA TBA TBA
Jan 29 Columbus, OH TBA TBA TBA
Jan 31 Atlanta, GA TBA TBA TBA
Feb 5 Tampa, FL TBA TBA TBA
Feb 7 Ft. Lauderdale, FL TBA TBA TBA
Feb 12 Dallas, TX TBA TBA TBA
Feb 14 Houston, TX TBA TBA TBA
Feb 19 Phoenix, AZ TBA TBA TBA
Feb 27 Los Angeles, CA TBA TBA TBA
For additional information on Bob Seger, please visit: www.bobseger.com
FRONTIERS MUSIC Srl Set To Release WHITESNAKE’s LIVE IN ‘84 - BACK TO THE BONE, New DVD/CD With Classic And Rare Performances Available For The First Time.
WHITESNAKE fans worldwide now have something to be excited about! To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE’s multi-platinum ‘Slide It In’ album, Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label, will release “Live In ‘84 - Back To The Bone”, a complete celebration of the group’s awe inspiring lineup during what many feel was the incredible beginning of what Coverdale called his desire to make WHITESNAKE more ‘electrifying’ on record & on stage.
Set for release in the EU on November 7th and in North America on November 11th, this release will be available in DVD and a Deluxe CD/DVD edition.
Culled from audio and video recordings & unheard demos from the private collection of WHITESNAKE leader and vocalist, David Coverdale, the release offers an ultra-rare collection of material, performed by the band’s acclaimed 83-84 line-ups. Featured on the record & driven by the awesome Cozy Powell on drums (ex- Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, MSG and later on Gary Moore and Black Sabbath, among others); unique guitarist John Sykes, whom Coverdale credits with inspiring a whole generation of six stringers after his breathtaking work on the WHITESNAKE ’87’ album & Bassist Exceptionale Neil Murray.
There is also an extraordinary emotional bonus content featuring legendary keyboardist Jon Lord performing his last show ever with WHITESNAKE on video & also the bonus CD.
“It’s still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who originally recorded the ‘Slide It In’ album with me have passed away,” says Coverdale. “It’s incredibly difficult to articulate: Cozy Powell...Mel Galley...Jon Lord…All amazing people and amazing musicians. Their memories live on in our hearts & in the music they made. I miss them beyond words… Wait until you see & hear them playing as only they can and add in the fiery guitar assault of the incredibly gifted John Sykes, plus the relentless melodic bass pounding of Neil Murray.”
Coverdale and co-producer Michael McIntyre launched a worldwide search for the best quality video footage and audio tracks from the 1984 tour. Among the gems found was a set from: ‘Super-Rock’, recorded at the first Japanese rock festival at Seibu Stadium in Tokyo and an invaluable video of Jon Lord’s final appearance with WHITESNAKE recorded live in Sweden. “All of the features on this package have been treated lovingly & respectfully, with no expense spared, utilizing technology to improve sound & picture quality,” says Coverdale, who personally oversaw all elements of this release.
Concludes Coverdale, “These are memories I treasure and delight in sharing with you as we continue our celebration of the 30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE’s ‘Slide It In.”
CD (only available in combo edition):
2. Guilty Of Love
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. Slow An’ Easy
5. Walking In The Shadow Of The Blue
6. Ready An’ Willing
7. Guitar Solo
8. Crying In The Rain
9. Soldier Of Fortune
10. Love Ain’t No Stranger
11. Ready An’ Willing
12. Slow An’ Easy
Bonus Tracks - Jon Lord’s Final Performance with Whitesnake (Medley)
13. Gambler (featuring Jon Lord)
14. Guilty of Love (featuring Jon Lord)
15. Love Ain't No Stranger (featuring Jon Lord)
16. Ready an' Willing (featuring Jon Lord)
2. Guilty of Love
3. Love Ain't No Stranger
4. Ready an' Willing
5. Slow an' Easy
6. Crying in the Rain
7. Guitar Solo
8. Soldier of Fortune
9. Drum Solo
10. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
11. Don't Break My Heart Again
Bonus Tracks - Jon Lord’s Final Performance with Whitesnake (Medley)
12. Gambler (featuring Jon Lord)
13. Guilty of Love (featuring Jon Lord)
14. Love Ain't No Stranger (featuring Jon Lord)
15. Ready an' Willing (featuring Jon Lord)
DVD Bonus Gallery - “Slide It In Slide Show” with Rare Unseen Photos - The music bed contains snippets of private demos from David’s personal archives.
CLUTCH U.S. HEADLINING WINTER TOUR TO LAUNCH DECEMBER 27 IN CINCINNATI AND WRAP JANUARY 10 IN AUSTIN
ANNOUNCE PRE-PRODUCTION ON ELEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM DUE OUT 2015 VIA WEATHERMAKER MUSIC
After a summer of epic gigs including their first-ever South American performance, a headlining show in Sao Paulo, Brazil; stunning crowds at all three Riot Fest shows (Toronto, Chicago and Denver), CLUTCH has announced a winter U.S. tour which will launch on December 27 in Cincinnati and wrap up on January 10 in Austin. On the upcoming winter trek, CLUTCH will debut a handful of new songs on the road. Torche and Lionize will join the band as support for the entire run (see dates below).
CLUTCH--NEIL FALLON (vocals, rhythm guitar), TIM SULT (lead guitar), DAN MAINES (bass) JEAN-PAUL GASTER (drums and percussion)--will re-team with the acclaimed producer Machine (Lamb Of God, King Crimson, Crobot) for a pre-production session in October. The recording of the new album is scheduled to begin in January 2015 with the same team that worked on CLUTCH’s last album Earth Rocker, tagged by Rolling Stone as “seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs” (Dec. 2013). The group’s critically acclaimed Earth Rocker album received a 3-disc triple deluxe release this summer via Weathermaker Music. CLUTCH’s upcoming album is due for worldwide release mid 2015.
Asked about the musical direction of the new album NEIL FALLON says: “The best thing is just following your gut. I think if we tried to make ‘Earth Rocker 2,’ it would be D.O.A. But then again, you don't wanna completely abandon it. We started writing for the next album pretty quickly. So it does bear a lot of similarities to Earth Rocker, just because we're coming off the heels of that album. If we’d waited five years, I'm sure it would be a different story."
Catch CLUTCH on the road in the following cities:
The Shindig Music Festival with Jane's Addiction, Rise Against, Gogol Bordello, Halestorm
The Shindig Music Festival
House of Blues
Lake Buena Vista, FL
House of Blues
New Orleans, LA
House of Blues
House of Blues
House of Blues
FLYLEAF NEW ALBUM ‘BETWEEN THE STARS’ DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD TOP CURRENT ALTERNATIVE ALBUMS AND ON OVER 15 CHARTS IN NORTH AMERICA
NATIONAL HEADLINING FALL TOUR BEGINS THURSDAY, OCT. 2
“…Between the Stars is tight and melodic and unrelentingly hook-driven, poppy enough in places to recall Paramore or even (on the great new single ‘Set Me on Fire’) a more ferocious No Doubt.”
--Allison Stewart, REVOLVER, October 2014
FLYLEAF—the five-piece, multi-platinum alternative rock band--released their highly anticipated fourth studio album BETWEEN THE STARS (9/16 via Loud & Proud Records) and have impacted the Billboard charts this week landing the #1 spot on Billboard Top Current Alternative Albums, #3 Billboard Current Contemporary Christian Albums, #3 Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums and #4 Billboard Top Hard Music Albums, amongst securing positions on several additional charts (see full list below).
CHART POSITIONS FOR FLYLEAF’S BETWEEN THE STARS:
#1 Billboard Top Current Alternative Albums
#3 Billboard Current Contemporary Christian Albums
#3 Billboard Top Christian / Gospel Albums
#4 Billboard Top Hard Music Albums
#8 Billboard Top Current Rock Albums
#20 Billboard Independent Albums
#20 Billboard Internet Albums
#23 Billboard Digital Albums
#32 Billboard Top 200 Current Albums
#33 Billboard Top 200 Albums
#41 Billboard Top Physical Albums
Meanwhile in Canada, BETWEEN THE STARS debuted at #39 on Billboard Top 200 Albums, #30 on Billboard Top Current Hard Music Albums and #46 on Billboard Top Current Alternative Albums.
FLYLEAF recorded BETWEEN THE STARS’ 12 songs--which are rooted in powerful vocal melodies, driving bass and drums along with bold guitar work that create a heavy, hypnotic soundscape throughout--in Los Angeles with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine, Avril Lavigne). BETWEEN THE STARS is available for purchase on iTunes HERE and Amazon HERE.
FLYLEAF—KRISTEN MAY (vocals), SAMEER BHATTACHARYA (guitars), JARED HARTMANN (guitars), PAT SEALS (bass), JAMES CULPEPPER (drums)—are gearing up for their national fall headline tour launching Thursday, October 2 in Waco, TX. The trek, with opening acts Ryan White and Lullwater, will hit the Gramercy Theater in New York City on Thursday, October 16 and the House of Blues in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 4 before wrapping Friday, November 7 in San Diego, CA. Tickets are on-sale now. For the full tour itinerary and more information including where to purchase tickets, visit: www.flyleafmusic.com/tour.
Catch FLYLEAF on tour this fall:
San Antonio, TX
210 Kapones Live
Corpus Christi, TX
House of Rock
Baton Rouge, LA
The Loft @ Center Stage
Rock & Roll Hotel
TT the Bears
New York, NY
Colorado Springs, CO
The Summit Music Hall
Salt Lake City, UT
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
House of Blues
House of Blues
San Diego, CA
North Park Theater
EARLY CRITICAL PRAISE FOR BETWEEN THE STARS:
“…Flyleaf has done well with replacement Kristen May (formerly of Vedera), who joined the band in late 2012 and sounds fully at home on the band’s fourth album. Hard-driving rock, capably sung by May, expertly produced by Don Gilmore, and—as was the case from their earliest days—deliberately and aggressively avoiding metal clichés whenever possible. Good for them.”
--Dave DiMartino, YAHOO!, September 16, 2014
“Produced by Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park and Avril Lavigne), Between the Stars is Flyleaf’s fourth studio album. It delivers 12 hook-laden tracks that are deeply rooted in guitar-based rock. Guitarist Jared Hartmann’s hypnotic riffs are tastefully executed, creating a surreal landscape of infectious melody that takes the listener on a sonic journey.”
--James Wood, GUITAR WORLD, September 23, 2014
“Flyleaf enter a new stratosphere altogether with their majestic fourth full-length offering Between the Stars. It’s heavy at all the right moments, but the songwriting advances light years, yielding some of the band’s biggest anthems to date. Moreover, the instrumentation stands out as eloquently spacey and soaring, bringing a robust energy to each musical moment. Kristen May also delivers an undeniably powerful, passionate, and poetic performance throughout. Go Between The Stars with Flyleaf—it’s precisely where hard rock should be heading.”
--Rick Florino, ARTIST DIRECT, September 4, 2014
“…Between The Stars, a tighter, harder-edged but surprisingly more hook-driven effort than their past three full-length efforts”
--Joe Bosso, MUSICRADAR.COM, September 16, 2014
“…more than an alternative album, Between The Stars takes you on a sonic journey. One that tastefully fuses a heavy, hypnotic landscape with infectious pop melody.”
--James Wood, AXS.COM, August 27, 2014
“It is quite apparent when listening to the new album that a lot of heart and soul went into its’ creation. Flyleaf truly let it all out with this album and out of the 12 songs that make up Between The Stars it was difficult to find one that wasn’t up to speed… songs such as ‘Thread’, ‘City Kids’, and the albums closer ‘Home’ truly showcase May’s ability as a singer. Her vocals echo so much emotion that the listener can literally feel the music when listening…the band has the uncanny ability to create a hard and heavy album without losing a certain level of pop sensibility that is just astounding…on Between The Stars there is sure to be a track (or more) that connects emotionally with the listener and the band has done a phenomenal job with their latest effort.”
--Kristyn Clarke, UNSKINNYPOP.COM, September 4, 2014
JOE SATRIANI PERFORMS ON ACCLAIMED MUSIC SERIES FRONT AND CENTER AIRINGS BEGIN OCTOBER 21st on PUBLIC TELEVISION
Induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame to Take Place in October
World Tour Continues Through South America, Australia, New Zealand & Singapore
(Los Angeles) Joe Satriani performed an exclusive 99th birthday commemorative concert for celebrated guitar pioneer Les Paul on June 9, 2014. The special show was filmed for the new season of public television’s acclaimed music series Front and Center. Satriani’s performance will begin airing on October 21st. Check local listings for specific air dates and times in each market and for a sneak peek at Joe’s episode, click here:
This has been a landmark year for one of the most influential and respected instrumental rock guitarists to emerge in the past three decades. This year saw a release of both a comprehensive career box set and the multi-Grammy nominated guitarist’s first memoir, both released earlier this year.
Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings presents brand-new digital masters, overseen by Joe Satriani, with each CD packaged in a replica cardboard jacket. The library collection is housed in a specially designed clamshell box with a booklet filled with photos and memorabilia from across the decades.
Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings is the ideal audio accompaniment to "Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir," Satriani's autobiography (benbellabooks.com), released this past May.
In other news, Joe will be honored is his home town of Long Island NY where he, along with the legendary music executive, Clive Davis, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (www.limusichalloffame.org) The ceremony is set to take place on October 23, 2014 at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY.
Over his career, Joe Satriani has earned 15 Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy nominations alongside Platinum (Surfing With The Alien, Flying in a Blue Dream) and Gold (Surfing With The Alien, Flying in a Blue Dream, The Extremist, Time Machine) certifications for his solo recordings. He also racked up Gold and Platinum certifications for the DVD Live in San Francisco and 2 G3 DVDs G3 Live and Live in Denver.
Joe will continue his 18-month 140 date Unstoppable Momentum tour with stops in South America, New Zealand and Australia before winding up the year in Singapore on November 13th.
Joe Satriani 2014 World Tour
September 23 Royal Center Bogata, CO
September 25 Teatro Nescafe de las Artes Santiago, CL
September 27&28 Gran Rex Theatre Buenos Aires, AR
October 1 Citi Bank Hall Sao Paulo, BR
October 3 Net Live Brasilia Brasilia, BR
November 1 ASB Theatre Auckland, NZ
November 2 The Opera House Wellington, NZ
November 4 The Tivoli Brisbane, AU
November 6 State Theatre Sydney, AU
November 8 Palais Theatre Melbourne, AU
November 9 Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide, AU
November 11 Astor Theatre Perth, AU
November 13 The Star Theatre Singapore, SG
LIVE AT WACKEN 2013 - The World‘s Biggest Metal Festival on 3DVD / 3Bluray / 2CD!
Available Now via UDR Music
Wild and hot - that was the Wacken Open Air 2013! The 24th Wacken Open Air included over 120 bands on seven stages, 75.000 fans and most of all sun, sun and more sun. Metalheads from all over the world celebrated the most legendary party of them all and turned the little village of Wacken in Northern Germany into the place to be for any self-respecting Metalhead.
The 24th Wacken Open Air once more proved to be unique, with a special vibe which has to be experienced to understand. “Live at Wacken 2013“, brings this atmosphere right home on DVD, Bu and CD! The hits, the legends, the fans - and many, many memorable shows.
The 3-DVD-set and also the 3-Bluray-set offer plenty of music with 43 bands and 106 songs. The audio version on 2 CDs features 32 highlights. “Live at Wacken 2013“ is available now on DVD, CD, BluRay Amaray and as digital download.
What‘s even better, there are some gems hidden in some of these: One Golden Ticket for a “Lifetime Membership for the W:O:A“ giving the lucky winner the opportunity to enjoy the festival every year till eternity without buying a ticket. Also randomly included are ten Silver VIP Tickets that include a tour through the Artist Village on the festival grounds. A dream come true for any Metalhead...
“Live at Wacken 2013“ even serves a good cause that keeps heavy music alive: All bands and labels have donated their royalties to the Wacken Foundation, a non-profit organisation in support of the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal scene (www.wacken-foundation.com). UDR Records will also be making a donation of 1 Euro for each and every DVD & CD sold, with everyone involved, from manufacturing to marketing, supporting the Foundation.
You will see Rock icon Alice Cooper, who knows better than most how to put on a show. His Wacken appearance is no exception, with three guitarists, lots of action and hits like ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘Hey Stoopid’. Nightwish with new singer Floor Jansen receives ecstatic reactions, Metal Queen Doro celebrates her 30th anniversary of being on stage, and Sabaton sings with a huge audience choir in the midday sun. Mr. Rock‘n‘Roll himself, Lemmy Kilmister, hits the stage, ignoring recent health issues that caused several show postponements. In blistering heat, Motörhead delivered a shortened set, blasting through ‘Damage Case’, ‘Metropolis’, ‘Over The Top’ like only they can. Deep Purple have been equally groundbreaking as the genre‘s forefathers and played Wacken for the first time. The fans were not disappointed, as shown during their classic ‘Lazy’.
“Live at Wacken 2013” on 3DVD / 3Bluray / 2CD – bring home the best metal party worldwide!
NEIL YOUNG RELEASES NEW SONG "WHO'S GONNA STAND UP?" FROM UPCOMING STUDIO ALBUM STOREYTONE
September 25, 2014 - (Burbank, CA.) - As previously reported, Neil Young has released a brand new studio recording titled, "Who's Gonna Stand Up?," via NeilYoung.com.
The new song is featured on Young's upcoming album, STOREYTONE, which will be released this November. Details to be revealed soon. The song was originally performed at a Crazy Horse shows U.K. this summer and more recently part of Young's solo acoustic set at Farm Aid this past Sept 13th, at Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh North Carolina. The audience did indeed stand up and sing along in unison in support of the song's plea to end our dependence of fossil fuels and realize our responsibility to protect our earth's fragile eco systems to ensure the quality of life for future generations. To learn more visit: http://www.neilyoung.com/news/
Young also recorded the track backed by a 92-piece symphony and choir. Live, orchestral and solo acoustic versions of "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" are all available via NeilYoung.com. Young encourages you to post and share "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" now. Three versions to choose from:
Live version with Crazy Horse:
Solo Acoustic version:
"I'd like to make a record with a full-blown orchestra, live -- a mono recording with one mic. I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past. To me that's a challenge and it's a sound that's unbelievable, and you can't get it any other way," Neil told Billboard in March.
Pink Floyd Preview New Music
You can now hear a snippet of Pink Floyd's upcoming The Endless River, their first album in 20 years. The 30-second video features a smooth guitar solo courtesy of David Gilmour, languishing above a proper bit of ambient psychedelia.
Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright died in 2008, leaving only David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason. "The Endless River is a tribute to Rick Wright," explained Mason in an interview with Rolling Stone. "His playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound."
Former Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera joined the band to record The Endless River, which also incorporates old sessions from Wright. In a statement, Gilmour explains that the album "has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album."
Listen to the clip here.