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Guns N' Roses To Play Rare Intimate One Off Show
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Some lucky Guns N' Roses fans will have the opportunity to watch the reunited band give a rare intimate performance at the iconic Apollo Theater on July 20th.

The special show will be by invitation only for subscribers to the SiriusXM radio service and will be broadcasted live on the forthcoming Guns N' Roses Radio as well as on the Howard Stern Channel (101).

The satellite radio service will be launching the limited run GNR channel on July 13th to celebrate the kick off the next Not In This Lifetime Tour leg of North America. The station will run until July 22nd and will feature studio, live and rare tracks from the band, as well cuts artists that had an influence on them.

SiriusXM advises that people who have subscribed to the service since June 7, 2017 can enter for the chance to win a trip to New York City to attend the show (2 tickets) including airfare and hotel stay. Find more details here.

ROCK NEWS FOR 06/22/17

22-YEAR-OLD ‘BUDDING MASTER’ JASON HARTLESS TO JOIN TED NUGENT ON DRUMS FOR SUMMER U.S. TOUR

When Ted Nugent takes his rock ‘n’ roll to the masses on his annual summer tour, he’ll be looking once again to his 22-year-old “budding master” to keep the indispensable beat that helps propel the guitar legend’s Motor City Madness across the USA.

JASON HARTLESS already is a Ted Nugent Band veteran as he prepares to embark on his second straight summer tour with The Nuge. But the Detroit-born, Berklee-schooled phenom began drumming at six months old (!) and has been a road warrior of high-pedigree for a decade, since he started touring at age 12. Along the way, Hartless has toured as the support act for the likes of Motley Crue, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool, Rev Theory, Mountain and Warrior Soul, and he’s been mentored by some of classic rock’s hardest hitting drummers, including Corky Laing (Mountain), Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie), Eric Singer (Kiss, Alice Cooper), and Todd Sucherman (Styx). It was through Laing that the industry first took notice of the young drummer – very young, in fact. Jason was just 9 years old when his Laing-produced solo album, First Division, was released with a band that included Richie Scarlet (Ace Frehley) and Jim McCarty (Cactus, The Rockets, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels).

Jason’s influences range from Buddy Rich to Keith Moon, from Jeff Porcaro to Zak Starkey, from Stewart Copeland to Steve Smith. 

"Playing with Ted has been such an incredible experience,” says Jason. “Being a fellow Detroit native, it’s really neat because Ted has always been a hometown folk hero. He’s really embraced me, and he’s been almost like a mentor. We always talk about how to really capture the full essence of a groove and how to hone that while playing his music. Sharing the stage with Ted every night is such an amazing experience. Being able to play all the legendary rock songs with the man who wrote them is a dream come true.” 

Nugent has nothing but a heap of praise for his young drummer. “He works like a dog and learns,” says Nugent. “He’s real. I have worked with some of the best drummers on the planet, and man, he’s right up there.” He adds that Jason locks in with Nugent Band bass player Greg Smith to become “the greatest, most throttling driving force in music today. We kill every song, every gig, every lick, every night.” 

Jason got right up there as Nugent’s drummer after touring as his opening act in the Detroit band Pistol Day Parade while still a teenager. When Jason was looking for a new touring gig in early 2016, he contacted with Nugent’s management and was invited to audition. 

Away from the Nugent band, Jason is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Music Business at the Berklee College of Music. Since the fall, Jason has been managing partner of Prudential Music Group, where he oversees day-to-day operations of two record labels and a publishing company. Pistol Day Parade, who Jason toured with from 2012 to 2015, was a Prudential artist that hit #19 on the mainstream charts with their song "Rockstars Girlfriend.” When not on tour, Jason teaches kids from ages 7-18 music at a School of Rock in Detroit, where as part of his drum lesson curriculum, he teaches Music Business 101. Jason released his first instructional DVD, Learn to Rock Drums with Jason Hartless & Friends, when he was only 16.

And the beat goes on.

See Jason Hartless on tour with Ted Nugent:
June 23 - Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover, NV
June 24 - Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, NV, United States
June 25 - Rabobank Theater, Bakersfield, CA
June 27 - Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
June 28 - The Canyon, Agoura Hills, CA
Jun 29-30 - The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA,
July 1 - Sunset Station Outdoor Amphitheater, Henderson, NV
July 2 - The Rose, Pasadena, CA
July 3 - The Cave Big Bear, Big Bear Lake, CA
July 6 - Redneck Country Club, Stafford, TX
July 7 - The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
July 8 - Billy Bob's Texas, Ft. Worth, TX
July 11-12 - SanJan Theater, Bonita Springs, FL
July 13 - Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL
July 14 - The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
July 15 - Iron City, Birmingham, AL
July 16 - Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, Montgomery, AL
July 19 - Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
July 20 - Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, IN
July 21 - Jefferson County Fair, Hillsboro, MO
July 22 - Fond du Lac County Fair, Fond du Lac, WI
July 23 - Lexington Village Theatre, Lexington, MI
July 24 - Lexington Village Theatre, Lexington, MI
July 27 - Effingham Performance Center, Effingham, IL
July 28 - Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
July 29 - Ozarks Amphitheater, Camdenton, MO
July 30-31 - Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL
Aug. 3 - Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, IA
Aug. 4 - Wisconsin Valley Fair, Wausau, WI
Aug. 5 - Medina Entertainment Center, Medina, MN
Aug. 8 - B.B. King Live Blues Club & Grill, New York, NY
Aug. 9 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH
Aug. 10 – Aura, Portland, ME
Aug. 15 - Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA
Aug. 16 - The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Aug. 18 - 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 19 - Triple S Harley Davidson, Morgantown, WV
Aug. 20 - The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
Aug. 23 - Packard Music Hall, Warren, OH
Aug. 24 - Foellinger Theatre, Ft. Wayne, IN
Aug. 25 - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights, MI
Aug. 26 - Fortress Obetz, Obetz, OH

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PRONG - “Zero Days”
Release Date: Friday, July 28th, 2017


The new PRONG-Album “Zero Days” is another monster of an album, another step towards refining the perfect PRONG-Sound and another album that lacks any filler or lacklustre moment.

Musically, it hits home from the first bars of the mighty opener “However It May End” to the last bars of the albums closing track “Wasting Of The Dawn”. Every track is it’s own emotional roller-coaster ride, chock-full of massive riffage, ironclad grooves and topped off by Victor’s ever-improving vocal delivery. 

“Zero Days" was once again produced by Tommy Victor, with trusted collaborator Chris Collier as co-producer and engineer.

Tommy Victor talks about “Zero Days”:

“I must say a lot of effort was put into this new “Zero Days” recording. From the minute I would get off tour, I would consolidate ideas from the road and form new ones. Again the focus was on creating good songs. We wanted this record to be modern as well as holding justice to all the previous releases. Again and maybe even more than normally I went crazy meticulous with the lyrics. I had built up a lot to say and I wanted to articulate them in the most intelligent way possible.I firmly believe the mission was accomplished all around. We are really pleased with the performances on this record, as well. It's a solid outing. We have the anthems, the bangers, the thrashers, the grooves, everything that makes up a PRONG record. It's definitely a record to listen to start to finish!!”

"Zero Days" will be released on July 28th, 2017 through Steamhammer/SPV as CD digipak, 2 LP gatefold, download and stream.
 
Tracklisting Digi:
01. However It May End 3:36
02. Zero Days 3:35
03. Off the Grid 3:18
04. Divide and Conquer 3:16
05. Forced Into Tolerance 3:16
06. Interbeing 3:50
07. Blood Out of Stone 4:12
08. Operation of the Moral Law 3:30
09. The Whispers 3:19
10. Self Righteous Indignation 4:13
11. Rulers of the Collective 3:01
12. Compulsive Future Projection 3:10
13. Wasting of the Dawn 4:39
14. Reasons to Be Fearful 3:31 (bonus track)

Tracklisting 2LP:
Side 1

01. However It May End 3:36
02. Zero Days 3:35
03. Off the Grid 3:18
Side 2
01. Divide and Conquer 3:16
02. Forced Into Tolerance 3:16
03. Interbeing 3:50
Side 3
01. Blood Out of Stone 4:12
02. Operation of the Moral Law 3:30
03. The Whispers 3:19
Side 4
01. Self Righteous Indignation 4:13
02. Rulers of the Collective 3:01
03. Compulsive Future Projection 3:10
04. Wasting of the Dawn 4:39

Digital:
01. However It May End 3:36
02. Zero Days 3:35
03. Off the Grid 3:18
04. Divide and Conquer 3:16
05. Forced Into Tolerance 3:16
06. Interbeing 3:50
07. Blood Out of Stone 4:12
08. Operation of the Moral Law 3:30
09. The Whispers 3:19
10. Self Righteous Indignation 4:13
11. Rulers of the Collective 3:01
12. Compulsive Future Projection 3:10
13. Wasting of the Dawn 4:39

 

After a self-prescribed hiatus, 2012 saw PRONG blow the hinges off the door with the release of “Carved Into Stone”. Seemingly out of nowhere, Tommy Victor and company managed to combine all the previous elements of the band's formula: thrash, hardcore, industrial metal, etc. with a new urgency and angst that struck a deep nerve with the band’s loyal fan-base and beyond.
 
The band marched onwards with 2014’s highly acclaimed “Ruining Lives” which spawned a number of instant classics. “Turnover”, "The Barriers" and the title track became staples in their live set when embarking on a bone breaking schedule of concerts around the world in support of the record. A video for "Remove, Separate Self" was released creating even more interest in this significant recording.
 
Recorded over the summer of 2014 and released in early 2015, PRONG’s cover album
“Songs From The Black Hole”was loved by fans and critics alike. Always game to make the unexpected move, the album featured songs from artists as diverse as Hu¨sker Du¨, The Bad Brains, Black Flag, The Sisters Of Mercy and Neil Young.
 
After yet another headline tour, it was straight back to the studio for another studio album. Just days after mixing was completed, PRONG went on the road with Danzig and SuperJoint Ritual in North America and released the first single “Ultimate Authority” on the day the tour began.
 
The album that followed, “X – No Absolutes”, was once again PRONG at their very best. The sheer intensity and ferocity of the albums opening triumvirate “Ultimate Authority”, “Sense Of Ease” and “Without Words” left the listener gasping for air. The album was once again followed by a massive world wide touring campaign, this time as special guest to Obituary and Exodus in Europe and to Testament and Sepultura in North America.
 
In between tours, Tommy Victor managed to write and record yet another album, his fourth album of all new works and his sixth recording project in as little as five years. Describing him as being at his most prolific is an understatement.
 
The new PRONG-Album “ZERO DAYS” is another monster of an album, another step towards refining the perfect PRONG-Sound and another album that lacks any filler or lacklustre moment.
 
Musically, it hits home from the first bars of the mighty opener “However It May End” to the last bars of the albums closing track “Wasting Of The Dawn”. Every track is it’s own emotional roller-coaster ride, chock-full of massive riffage, ironclad grooves and topped off by Victor’s ever-improving vocal delivery.
 
“ZERO DAYS” was once again produced by Tommy Victor, with trusted collaborator Chris Collier as co-producer and engineer.
 
Tommy Victor talks about “ZERO DAYS”:
 
“I must say a lot of effort was put into this new “Zero Days” recording. From the minute I would get off tour, I would consolidate ideas from the road and form new ones. Again the focus was on creating good songs. We wanted this record to be modern as well as holding justice to all the previous releases. Again and maybe even more than normally I went crazy meticulous with the lyrics. I had built up a lot to say and I wanted to articulate them in the most intelligent way possible.I firmly believe the mission was accomplished all around.
We are really pleased with the performances on this record, as well. It's a solid outing. We have the anthems, the bangers, the thrashers, the grooves, everything that makes up a PRONG record. It's definitely a record to listen to start to finish!!”

Prong European Tour 2017

16.06.B-Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting 
18.06.F-Clisson - Hellfest 
13.07.D-Hamburg - Hafenklang
14.07.D-Münster - Sputnikhalle
15.07.NL-Eindhoven - Dynamo Metal Fest
18.07.GB-Glasgow - Audio
19.07.GB-Belfast - Voodoo
20.07.IE-Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
21.07.GB-Manchester - Rebellion
22.07.GB-London - Underworld
26.07.D-Munich - Free&Easy Festival
27.07.D-Stuttgart - Keller Klub
28.07.D-Weinheim - Cafe Central
29.07.D-Essen - Nord Open Air
30.07.D-Siegen - Vortex
02.08.D-Potsdam - Waschhaus
03.08.PL-Kostrzyn - Woodstock Open Air
04.08.D-Wacken - Wacken Open Air
05.08.D-Veltheim - Festival Kult
06.08.D-Cologne - Rheinriot
09.08.D-Regensburg - Eventhall Airport
10.08.A-Graz - Explosiv
11.08.A-Vienna - Viper Room
12.08.CZ-Josefov - Brutal Assault Festival
25.08.D-Sulingen - ReLoad Festival 

Line-Up:
Tommy Victor - guitar, vocals
Mike Longworth - bass
Art Cruz – drums

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GRAMMY MUSEUM® TO OPEN EXPANDED EXHIBIT CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF SEMINAL L.A. PUNK BAND X 

X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles Now Slated to Open Friday, Oct. 13 (Previously scheduled opening date was June 30, 2017)

The GRAMMY Museum® is pleased to announce its plans to expand the forthcoming exhibit celebrating the 40th anniversary of seminal L.A. punk rock band X. Previously set to open on June 30, 2017, on the Museum’s fourth floor, X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles will now be displayed on the second floor in the Museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery, opening Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. With more artifacts and space than previously planned, the exhibit will give visitors a glimpse into how X's four original members – Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake – quickly established the band as one of the best in the first wave of L.A.'s flourishing punk scene.

Items on display will include:
•           Original instruments and gear played by the band
•           Handwritten lyrics and notebooks by Exene Cervenka and John Doe
•           Clothing and other personal items
•           Original concert flyers for L.A. shows
•           Rare photographs and artwork by Exene
•           X: The Unheard Music film, and more!

"We are so excited to be moving this exhibit to our main exhibits gallery, giving X, one of Los Angeles’ most influential punk rock bands, the recognition they deserve,” says GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman. "X played such an integral role in developing the West Coast punk movement, and we are excited to tell that story, now with even more artifacts and ephemera than previously planned."

"When we were in the early stages of developing the exhibit, we knew what an important story we’d be telling, but we had no idea just how many photographs, artifacts, and other items we would have access to,” continues GRAMMY Museum Curator Nwaka Onwusa. “Thanks to X, we outgrew our previously planned space before the exhibit even opened! We can’t wait to share this exhibit with our visitors, and we are so honored to be giving X the spotlight they deserve.”

"An X exhibit in a museum? Unbelievable! We are honored, dumbstruck and so grateful that all four original members are here to celebrate and share our history and 40th anniversary. It’s a very long way from a basement on Hollywood Blvd (The Masque) to the GRAMMY Museum, but we feel that we bring with us all the punks from then and now. We are just the representatives for what has gone before and what is still to come in the City of Angels." — Exene, Billy, DJ, and John

X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles will be on display through spring 2018.

Chris Cornell Featured On Forthcoming Johnny Cash Album
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Late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be featured on the forthcoming posthumous Johnny Cash album, "Forever Words: The Unknown Poems: The Music."

The project is based on a book of Cash's poems, about which his son, John Carter Cash, said, 'I want people to have a deeper understanding of my father than just the iconic, cool man in black. I think this book will help provide that."

Some of the poems date back to 1944 when the country icon was only 12 years old. They were found after the "man in black" died in 2003. The idea for the album started when Brad Paisley put one of Cash's poems to music, reports NME. The track, "Gold All Over the Ground," is a moving ballad based on a love poem Cash wrote to his wife June.

It is unknown what poem the late Cornell converted into a song. Other artists appearing on the album include Jewel, Paisley T-Bone Burnett and Kacey Musgraves. Read more here.

Metallica Can Still Fall Apart At Any Moment Says Hetfield
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Metallica have, perhaps, revealed how they're able to write music that sounds so frustrated and angry after all these years; there's still friction between some of the band members. They have been known to travel in separate buses, spend most of their free time away from one another and still argue when they're together.

They have been known to travel in separate buses, spend most of their free time away from one another and sometimes argue when they're together. "The band can still pretty much fall apart at any moment," frontman James Hetfield admitted in a new interview with Rolling Stone. "But we don't want that. We know too much now. It's come with time and growing up together, going through tons of s— together and possibly maturing" .

Hetfield added that over time the members have learned how to instantly infuriate one another, but these days they try to avoid going there. 'We know where all the nuclear buttons are with each other, but we don't push 'em," he said. "We love what we do, and we want to keep it going." Read more here.

 Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start The Fire' Gets Historically Accurate Video
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"Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray, South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio," Billy Joel sings in his 1989 hit "We Didn't Start The Fire."

This iconic classic might be one of the catchy tracks in existence, but it also offers up plenty of historical figures and events for its listeners. With this in mind, a fan recently released a new "Historically Accurate Almanac" video version of Joel's single.

The caption for the video reads, "'We Didn't Start The Fire' music video with historically accurate news coverage accompanying all 100+ events mentioned. Been meaning to get to this for my entire life. I hope you enjoy and thank you for watching." Watch the historical and original video here.

Styx Discuss The Concept Of Their New Album 'The Mission'
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Styx recently released their 16th studio album "The Mission." The band sat down with Radio.com to discuss the album's ambitious concept which chronicles the trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumphs of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033.

The music of The Mission was created to reflect the viewpoint of the six-person crew enlisted for the maiden voyage of Khedive, the first entry in a new fleet of nuclear-powered interplanetary spacecraft underwritten by the Global Space Exploration Program (or GSEP, for short). The Khedive team consists of The Pilot, a fully hands-on, seat-of-the-pants born leader; a First Officer who serves as the team's big-brother figure; an Engineer who is skeptical of every phase of the mission but remains confident in his own abilities to make the best of any technical situation; and a Top-Shelf Trio of science, astrophysics, and survivalist experts.

"There comes a day," Tommy Shaw explains, and on that day these human beings have to climb aboard that rocket and light the candle, and off they go, leaving everything behind, and everyone, and unfinished business. That was the way, to me, to make the record, there's all this technical stuff that goes with it, but to me, the heart of the concept is the experiences of the people, and that we could all relate to." Read more here.

Robin Trower Announces New Album And One Off Concert
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Rock icon Robin Trower has announced that he will be releasing his brand new studio album, which will be entitled "Time and Emotion", on August 4th.

He had this to say about the new effort, "I can honestly say I don't know when I have been happier with an album. I feel 'Time and Emotion' contains some of my very best work."

Trower also announced that he will be supporting the effort with his only UK concert this year with a show on November 29th at the Islington Assembly Hall in London.

"Time And Emotion" Tracklisting:
1. The Land Of Plenty
2. What Was I Really Worth To You
3. I'm Gone
4. Bitten By The Snake
5. Returned In Kind
6. If You Believe In Me
7. You're The One
8. Can't Turn Back The Clock
9. Make Up Your Mind
10. Try Love
11. Time and Emotion .

Motley Crue In The Studio For 'Girls Girls Girls' Anniversary
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The 30th anniversary of Motley Crue's "Girls Girls Girls" album is celebrated on the latest episode of the syndicated radio show
In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over the following details:

Show host Redbeard goes one on one with Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx for the sometimes hilarious, sometimes shocking story behind Motley Crue's four million-seller Girls Girls Girls.

A product of the '80s Hollywood Sunset Strip, Motley Crue were the quintessential LA hair metal band. Their string of hit albums and crossover songs on radio and MTV was only matched by their over the top live show, mounting legal bills and alarming drug use. By 1987 the band was dancing on a fine line between real life or death. Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil share their stories with In The Studio producer and host Redbeard.

Nikki Sixx: "We were a mess. I know we didn't go overseas (on Girls Girls Girls tour), because the management said, 'You guys go, and somebody's not coming back. Or if they do, they're coming back in a body bag... We were operating like a punk band! We were completely out of control." -

Vince Neil: "I remember my first gig. It was at my parents' house. First time I ever sang in front of anybody. I was in a band called Rock Candy. I thought my parents were going out of town for the night. So I had a small party of like 500 people (laughs). We're just jamming away, the place is packed, people jumping off the roof into the pool... It was a good time, but then my parents came home." Stream the episode here.

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David Lee Roth Responds To Ex-Van Halen Manager's Tell All
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Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth made a rare return to Twitter this week to offer a humorous response to a new tell-all book that was released last week by the band's former manager.

Roth had been absent from the social media site since last fall but suddently reappeared, or rather one of his representatives did on his behalf, following last week's release of Noel E. Monk's memoir from his time as the band's manager "Runnin' With the Devil: A Backstage Pass Into the Wild Times, Loud Rock and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen."

Roth appears to be laughing off the new book with his camp posting the following series of tweets: "In anticipation of inevitable inquiries & questions posed to David Lee Roth in regard to the publication of this 'book'...

"Mr. Roth's responses are as follows: Answer No. 1: Yes Answer No. 2: Probably Answer No. 3: My lawyer says I can't remember. Final response: What a long great trip it's been, stay frosty."

Allman Brothers Reunion Ruled Out By Derek Trucks
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Allman Brothers' Derek Trucks has ruled out the idea of the surviving band members reuniting under their name in the wake of the death of Gregg Allman late last month, despite other band continue to perform without key members.

Trucks addressed the idea the remaining band members reuniting in an interview). He said, "You can't have an Allman Brothers gig without an Allman brother. I've heard people try to argue that you can, but I'm not buying it.

"If Duane's not there, Gregg certainly better be there. There are a few bands out there right now that are using names that maybe shouldn't be. That's another discussion."

Derek also had this praise for Gregg Allman, "He was just a bona fide f***ing bad-ass. There's a lot of pretenders and a lot of people who think that those torches get passed, but there's not another Gregg. It feels like this fictional, amazing, Southern gothic epic. It's un-f-ing-believable."

Pink Floyd Founder's 'Dark Side Of Moon' Gold Record Being Auctioned
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One lucky Pink Floyd fan will have opportunity to own a Gold Record for the band's landmark "Dark Side Of The Moon" album that was owned by the late cofounding member Richard Wright.

The RIAA awards Gold Records for albums after they reach sales of 500,000 copies in the U.S. and Wright's award is scheduled to be auctioned on Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

Sanders had this to say, "Pink Floyd Memorabilia has been in great demand in recent months. Even the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is hosting a extremely popular retrospective of this iconic band."

Wright's Platinum album for "The Wall" sold in 2005 for over $40,000 and minimum bid for this Gold Record is set for $20,000. Visit the auction page for more details here.

Gene Simmons Announces Tour Dates For Solo Band
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KISS star Gene Simmons will be following his rare solo band performances earlier this month by hitting the road for a summer tour of select North American dates.

The Gene Simmons band will be kicking off their summer trek on August 4th in Funner, CA at the Harrah's Resort SoCal The Events Center and concluding on September 23rd and 24th at the Edmonton Expo in Edmonton, AB.

They will take a couple weeks off before they head to Japan for two dates including an appearance at this year's Loud Park Festival. They will be play dates in Buenos Aires, Monterrey and Mexico City before wrapping up their live dates with appearances at the Rhode Island Comic Con and the Austin Wizard World Con in November.

Gene Simmons Band Tour Dates:
8/4 - Funner, CA - Harrah's Resort SoCal The Events Center
8/5 - Riverside, CA - Riverside Performing Arts Center
8/11 - Mahnoment, MN - Mahnoment Casino
8/12 - Bowler, Wisconsin - North Star Mohegan Resort
8/25 - Windsor, Ontario - The Colosseum at Ceasars
8/26 - Aug 27 Chicago Wizard World Chicago, IL
9/8 - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theater
9/16 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Bike Week
9/21 - Minneapolis, MN - Matter.ngo Concert
9/23 - 9/24 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Expo
10/15 - Tokyo, Japan - Loud Park Festival
10/16 - Osaka, Japan - Zepp Osaka Bayside
10/21 - Fest Bolivia - Scream Bolivia
10/24 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Malvinas
10/28 - Monterrey, Mexico - Northside Festival
10/30 - Mexico City, MX -Pepsi Center
11/11 - 11/12 Providence, RI -Comic Con Rhode Island
11/17 - 11/18 Austin, TX - Austin Wizard World Con

Chris Cornell Posthumous 'The Promise' Video Released
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Survival Pictures released the official video for Chris Cornell's song, "The Promise", on Tuesday, June 20th to mark World Refugee Day. The tune is the title track to the 2016 film of the same name directed by Terry George and starring Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon in a love triangle drama set against the 1914 Armenian genocide.

"The Promise" was Cornell's last release prior to his passing in a Detroit hotel room on May 17 following a Soundgarden show in the city. Directed by Meiert Avis (Audioslave, U2) and Stefan Smith (Madonna, Sting), the clip mixes images of Cornell in the studio with refugees from around the world.

"'The Promise' to me is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it's also about shining a light on more recent atrocities,' Cornell explained at the time of the song's release. "The same methods used in the Armenian Genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis." Watch the video and read more here.

U2 Joshua Tree Tour Delayed Release Of New Album
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U2 bassist Adam Clayton says that the band's decision to celebrate the anniversary of "The Joshua Tree" was one of the reasons for the delayed release of their follow-up to their 2014 album "Songs of Innocence."

He made the revelation in a new interview. He said, "We said, 'We could put this record out this year, or we could celebrate The Joshua Tree and put out the [new] record when all that's done, and then plan a tour around it and all the things that go along with a new album."

"The only spoiler is that The Joshua Tree Tour has been an enormous, runaway success and we just keep adding dates. So the answer to your question is, [Songs of Experience] is ready to go, but at this point, I'm not sure when it's going to go because the tour is still up and running."

Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Going International
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is set to expand to Japan in September. The new Tokyo location will launch this fall with a small-scale exhibit and will grow from there.

Since opening its doors in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995, over 10 million visitors have traveled visited the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The museum holds everything from Elvis and Beatles exhibits to Kurt Cobain's guitar and gloves worn by Iggy Pop.

"Japan is the second-largest music market in the world, making it the perfect place for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's first international expansion," Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris said in a statement. Read more here.


Chicago Open Air Band Performance Times Announced For Second Annual Fest July 14, 15 And 16 At Toyota Park In Bridgeview, IL

Featuring KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, Korn & More  

ReverbNation Battle Of The Bands Contest Is Now Open,

Allowing One Unsigned Band To Take The Festival Stage  

Loudwire Premieres New Installment In “The Vikings Are Coming!”

Animated Video Series

Performance times have been announced for the 40-plus bands playing the second annual Chicago Open Air festival, July 14, 15 and 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago.

The Chicago Open Air music lineup leads off with a rare U.S. festival appearance from rock legends KISS (headlining Friday) as well as one of the first solo performances from Ozzy Osbourne (headlining Sunday) since the final Black Sabbath tour, where he will reunite with guitarist Zakk Wylde after a decade apart. Rock heavyweights Korn will headline Saturday. General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com and no service fee tickets are available at all Chicago-area Kuma’s Corner locations.

Chicago Open Air band performance times are as follows (subject to change). Festival doors open at 11:00 AM each day.

Friday, July 14
Main Stage                                                    BlackCraft Stage
9:50 PM KISS                                                   7:10 PM Meshuggah
8:20 PM Rob Zombie                                       5:30 PM The Dillinger Escape Plan
6:15 PM Megadeth                                           4:00 PM Vimic
4:40 PM Anthrax                                             2:50 PM Suicide Silence
3:20 PM Falling in Reverse                              1:50 PM Whitechapel
2:20 PM Crobot                                                12:50 PM Code Orange
1:20 PM Hell or Highwater                               11:50 AM Failure Anthem

Saturday, July 15
Main Stage                                                    BlackCraft Stage
9:35 PM Korn                                                   7:20 PM Clutch
8:05 PM Godsmack                                         5:40 PM Body Count
6:25 PM Seether                                              4:15 PM Mushroomhead
4:50 PM Steel Panther                                     3:00 PM Dragonforce
3:35 PM Avatar                                               2:00 PM Pig Destroyer
2:30 PM Metal Church                                     1:00 PM Black Map
1:30 PM Cane Hill                                             12:00 PM ReverbNation Battle Of The Bands Winner

Sunday, July 16
Main Stage                                                    BlackCraft Stage
8:25 PM Ozzy Osbourne                                 7:20 PM Slayer
6:25 PM Stone Sour                                        4:35 PM Behemoth
5:05 PM Lamb of God                                      3:10 PM KYNG
3:40 PM Amon Amarth                                                2:00 PM DevilDriver
2:30 PM Hellyeah                                             1:00 PM Norma Jean
1:30 PM Demon Hunter                                    12:05 PM Whores.
12:30 PM DED                                      11:15 AM Aversed

In addition, festival producers have announced an exclusive ReverbNation Battle of the Bands Contest, allowing one lucky unsigned act the chance to perform at Chicago Open Air. The submission period ends on Friday, June 30 at 11:59 PM CT. A winner will be selected and announced on Wednesday, July 5. For more details and to enter, please visit:

https://www.reverbnation.com/submission/details?campaign_id=18578&in_preview_mode=true&show_s1=true

Loudwire has also premiered the latest installment in Chicago Open Air’s “The Vikings Are Coming!” animated video series, which highlights Amon Amarth and the Vikings bringing all the great metal bands to Chicago. See the video here: https://www.facebook.com/LoudWire/videos/1820678767960714/

In addition to music, a number of special events, onsite attractions and festival partners make Chicago Open Air a must-attend destination. Here is a list of what attendees can expect.

Chicago Open Air Kickoff Dinner: Danny Wimmer Presents will be hosting the official Chicago Open Air Kickoff Dinner, held at Kuma’s Corner (2900 W. Belmont) on Thursday, July 13 at 7 p.m. For $50, attendees will be treated to burgers, appetizers and beer, and will have the chance to hang out with host Jose Mangin from SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal. A limited quantity of only 100 tickets will be available at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.

Gourmet Man Food: Festival attendees can savor a variety of local and regional cuisine throughout the weekend including selections from Bruges Brothers, Chicago Doghouse, Crème of the Crop, Dia De Los Tamales, Dinky’s Donuts, Kuma’s Corner, Pizano’s (Chicago deep dish), and Yum Dum. Additional Gourmet Man Food vendors will include: Aporkalypse Now, Porkchop, The Big Cheesy, Ben’s Burrito Bowl, Master of Patties, Pie Baby (wood-fired pizza) and The Cheesies Truck.

Headbangers Bier Hall: Presented by Decibel Magazine, this unique metal themed dive bar is returning to Chicago Open Air. Headbangers Bier Hall will feature national and regional craft beers and artist inspired beverages including: Goose Island (Chicago – 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Four Star Pils), Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago – Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Vallejo IPA, Pony Pilsner), Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer, Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA – IPA, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’), Motörhead Wine, Revolution Brewing (Chicago – Fist City, Rev Pils), Surly (Minneapolis – Surly Hell Lager, Surly Furious IPA), Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago – Sidekick Extra Pale Ale, Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager), and more to be announced. Look for unique experiences throughout the weekend.

Chicago Open Air will feature a variety of unique entertainment offerings to go along with its incredible music, food and beverage lineup, including the Monster Energy Experience (featuring signings with Chicago Open Air artists), the Jack Daniel's Experience, The Music Experience, Ellefson Coffee House, Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden, Heavy Tiki  Bar, Kuma’s Corner, BlackCraft apparel shop, FYE Fan Experience (hosting artist signings and pop-up performances with artists from participating record labels Roadrunner, Century Media / Another Century, Nuclear Blast / SharpTone Records, Spinefarm and Razor & Tie), Fxck Cancer and the Dyin 2 Live Dreams program, and Take Me Home animal rights advocacy foundation.

For more information on Chicago Open Air, visit www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.

Chicago Open Air sponsors include: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, FYE, Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer, Take Me Home Animal Rescue, The Music Experience, Roadrunner Records, Century Media Records and more to be announced.

Website: www.ChicagoOpenAir.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chiopenair
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chiopenair

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chiopenair

KISS Star Peter Criss Retires From Touring After Final U.S. Show
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Original KISS drummer Peter Criss announced that he is retiring from touring after he performed his last U.S. concert at The Cutting Room in New York City Saturday night (June 17).

During the show, Criss played a mix of classics, his own solo material and various covers. Speaking about his departure from the road, the 71-year-old drummer said that he wanted to say goodbye on his own terms, according to Billboard.

"I want to leave the stage happy," Criss explained. "I got onto the stage not thinking about making a buck. It was just pure: Play drums, have a good time, meet girls, travel and get out of Brooklyn."

Nothing has been scheduled yet, but Criss might offer similar farewell concerts in other countries. Read more here.

LIVE & LOUDER FOR PEACE & FREEDOM
THE DEAD DAISIES SET TO ROCK WOODSTOCK, POLAND WITH THE GORZOW ORCHESTRA


High Octane, rip-roaring hard rockers THE DEAD DAISIES are proud to announce a monumental return to WOODSTOCK POLAND featuring in a gripping headline performance at a special “CONCERT FOR FREEDOM” with The Gorzow Philharmonic Orchestra on August 3rd, 2017.

Founder & President of Woodstock Poland, Jurek Owsiak has the following thoughts on The Dead Daisies and their return to his Festival:

“Woodstock 1969 became an incredible spark which inspired all freedom thinkers of the world to face their biggest challenge yet – striving to achieve freedom, independence, truth, and try to build a true fraternity of people across the globe. For people in Poland, it became an inspiration to take a very important step on the road to regaining freedom and true independence. It was thanks to music, thanks to artists, who gave voice to our dreams which, 25 years ago, resulted in the creation of Polish solidarity and our Polish independence. We are so proud to say that it has been 23 years since we began to send the message of peace. It is especially important in such turbulent times as now.

We are very grateful that thanks to artists like you, and amazing initiatives like The Dead Daisies and their songs about freedom, we are able to nurture and develop these everlasting ideals. The spirit of freedom permeates the globe, unstoppable like the wind, and it reminds us that despite the different skin colors or creeds we are all united by the ideals of Love, Friendship, and Music.”

In the middle of a World Tour supporting the release of their new Live Album – Live & Louder, Doug Aldrich said the following:
“We are very, very, excited to be involved in the Woodstock Festival again this year. We will be performing with a sixty-piece orchestra!! It has been a big dream to do that! The Dead Daisies set list is going to be a one off special in the name of Peace & Freedom just for this show. Can't wait!!”

Alongside the announcement, THE DEAD DAISIES are releasing a new video today for “With You And I”, which was fittingly filmed at the band’s inaugural performance at the Woodstock Festival last summer. It features imagery in line with values that the world seems to have sadly forgotten.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/nMQzmJPRLN4

Singer John Corabi:
“I think the lyrics to "With You And I" are especially relevant at the moment, you can't turn the TV on and NOT see some sort of human decay anymore. We're battling each other in so many ways, it's disturbing. Be it political party differences, the struggle of black vs. white, religious differences, terrorism, famine, disease, pollution, climate change, etc. -- nobody is working TOGETHER in any way to find answers to these issues, and communicate as adults!”

Rock & Roll is indeed alive and well!!!

LINE-UP:
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) - guitars
John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream) – vocals David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) – guitars Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) - bass Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) - drums

About The Dead Daisies:
Influenced by 70’s and early 80’s rock, The Dead Daisies sound is soulful and accessible – equal parts of Aerosmith, Bad Company and Foreigner: muscular vocals, bluesy riffs, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks. With stellar musicianship and pulverizing live shows, fans worldwide are discovering the band that is bringing back Rock & Roll!

The band features in their ranks some of the finest Rockers on the planet, among them one of the premier lead guitarists of this day and age, Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio). He completes a powerhouse line-up consisting of charismatic singer John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), bassist extraordinaire Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), drummer to the stars Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and bringing the thunder from down under, Australian rhythm guitarist and founder David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).

About Woodstock Poland:
Woodstock Festival Poland (Polish: Przystanek Woodstock; "Woodstock Station"; English- language materials often refer simply to the Woodstock Festival) is an annual ticket-free rock music festival in Poland, inspired by and named for the Woodstock Festival, that has taken place since 1995. In 2009 Woodstock Festival Poland gathered above 400,000 people, in 2011 the attendance was above 700,000, in 2012 attendance was about 550,000 people, in 2013 attendance was about 500,000[4] and in 2014 attendance was about 750,000 (record). The average attendance for the past four years is 625,000 people. Since the 11th festival Przystanek Woodstock has been recognized as "the biggest open-air festival in Europe".


A NOTE FROM FOGHAT ON THEIR UPCOMING GIG AT THE ROCK GETAWAY AT THE HARD ROCK IN MEXICO!

We wanted to let you know about a really cool festival going on from October 6 to November 5th this year!  The Rock Getaway at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya on the beautiful east coast of Mexico  (Just south of Cancun)!

 Check out the lineup!  And get $500 off any room package if you use the code FOGHAT17 !

 Go for it!  www.rockgetaway.com

We plan on having a great time playing and partying and Foghat are performing 6 shows.  One each Thurs-Fri-Sat night (Oct 26-27-28 & Nov 2-3-4). So join us. you won't regret it!!! In fact...you may make some memories you won't forget!!

 

JARED JAMES NICHOLS --ACCLAIMED GUITARIST, SINGER AND SONGWRITER-- PARTNERS WITH LOUDWIRE.COM TO PREMIERE LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW SONG "LAST CHANCE"

CURRENTLY ON TOUR IN U.K. THROUGHOUT JULY
U.S. TOUR SUPPORTING UFO & SAXON COMMENCING SEPTEMBER 22-OCTOBER 15

SOPHMORE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM 'BLACK MAGIC' OUT SEPTEMBER 2017

Acclaimed blues power guitarist, singer and songwriter JARED JAMES NICHOLS has released "Last Chance," his new edgy, rocking single co-produced by NICHOLS and Tony Perry--son of Aerosmith's Joe Perry--and mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther) on Friday, June 16. Click here to listen. NICHOLS is currently performing throughout July in the U.K. with a subsequent U.S. tour in fall. The Los Angeles-based artist's itinerary is a mix of headlining dates, festival appearances at HELLFEST, RAMBLIN' MAN and STEELHOUSE in U.K. and an opening slot for Blue Öyster Cult, UFO and Saxon in U.K and U.S.. Click here for all tour dates.  

"Last Chance" is a more aggressive, in your face style song compared to NICHOLS' debut release found on 2016's Old Glory & The Wild Revival that, early on, found James Woods of GuitarWorld.com raving, "being a great blues guitar player is something you can't teach or absorb through osmosis. Real blues comes from the soul. You've either got it or you don't. In the case of Jared James Nichols, the former applies" (11/12/13). Now with "Last Chance," NICHOLS and Perry adventured to push the sonic limits. His second full-length album, Black Magic, is due out September 2017 (exact date TBA), but look out for a series of singles to be leaked this summer to coincide with tour dates. Fans can now purchase and stream "Last Chance" via all digital platforms. 

NICHOLS tells Loudwire.com, which exclusively premiered the song's lyric video this past Friday (6/16), "I wrote 'Last Chance' with the intent of leaving a scar! I love the power and fire in 70's rock like SABBATH and DEEP PURPLE. I wanted that energy in this track. Between the crazy guitar solo and the relentless groove, I went completely wild and just let it all hang out. Working with Tony Perry added an extra edge to the track. He has an ear and feel for shaping this kind of sound. It's a liberating feeling to work with someone who, like myself, isn't afraid to 'push' the equipment and limits while recording. We were definitely getting a little reckless and having a blast. You can tell...it directly transfers into the recording." 

Onstage, NICHOLS' music and skillset truly comes to life with his power trio rounded out by the Swedish-born rhythm section of Eriik Sandin (bass) & Dennis Holm (drums). JARED's presence becomes amplified with guitar in hand. Audiences have experienced that everywhere from his performances at NAMM and SXSW to tours supporting Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zakk Wylde, Walter Trout and Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame.  

In 2016 JARED was featured in a mini-documentary feature series called "Uncharted" sponsored by Honda through Uproxx.com. In just two weeks the clip had been streamed over four million times and led to two festival bookings at The StoneFree Festival at London's 02 Arena and Azkena Rock Festival in Spain. He has also been featured in numerous YouTube videos including hosting the vintage guitar show "Fretted Americana" which have already generated 150,000+ views. For the show, JARED was recently invited to play one of Eddie Van Halen's 1986 Kramer "Stryper" guitars which you can click here to watch. 

JARED continues to trek across the globe in 2017 supporting a U.S. tour with UFO and Saxon in March through April before heading to Europe in the summer for festival dates at Hellfest in France (supporting Aerosmith), Ramblin' Man Festival in England and Steelfest in Wales. Then he will return to the U.S. in the Fall supporting UFO and Saxon from September 22 through October 15.

CATCH JARED JAMES NICHOLS ON TOUR:

DATE

VENUE

CITY

9/22

Newton Theater

Newton, NJ

9/23

Paramount Theater

Huntington, NY

9/24

Baltimore Soundstage

Baltimore, MD

9/26

Theater Of The Living Arts

Philadelphia, PA

9/28

Flying Monkey

Plymouth, NH

9/29

Palladium

Worcester, MA

9/30

Webster Theater

Hartford, CT

10/1

Aura

Portland, ME

10/3

Queen Elizabeth Theater

Toronto, ON

10/4

Corona Theater

Montreal, QU

10/6

Machine Shop

Flint, MI

10/7

Ground Zero

Traverse City, MI

10/8

Concord Music Hall

Chicago, IL

10/9

Cabaret Room At  Tangiers

Akron, OH

10/11

Jergels

Pittsburgh, PA

10/12

Bogarts

Cincinati, OH

10/13

Star Plaza

Merrillville, IN

10/14

The Egyptian

Indianapolis, IN

 For more information on JARED JAMES NICHOLS, visit: FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE | INSTAGRAM

Foo Fighters' Debut Of Three New Songs Goes Online
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The Foo Fighters debuted three new songs during their June 16 performance at Iceland's Secret Solstice Festival, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The group delivered their new single, "Run", as part of a 16-song set at the annual concert, as well as "Lah Di Dah" and the full band debut of "The Sky Is A Neighbourhood" - all tunes expected to appear on the band's next album. "If you want, we can play all the new Foo Fighters music for you first before anybody else," Grohl told the crowd. "We really could."

Grohl directed the video for "Run" - which surfaced without notice on June 1 and sees the band rocking out with seniors at a retirement home

"It's something that we came up with not too long ago, maybe 3 or 4 months ago," Grohl recently told The Kevin & Bean Show on 106.7 KROQ Los Angeles. "We're about to go out and do a bunch of shows this summer so we kind of felt weird going out on tour without anything new to play, so we thought we'd offer this up before we go out.

"We're doing a bunch of festivals in Europe. We're playing Iceland, Latvia, Scandinavia, then we're doing the Glastonbury Festival in England, we're going to Paris, doing some stuff in Spain, kind of bouncing around a little bit. It's been a while. We haven't been on the road in a couple of years and we miss it, so we're going back out." Watch the live performance here.

Metallica Open To Revisiting Garage
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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says in a new interview that he is open to the idea of the band recording another "Garage" style covers album or even another performance with a symphony orchestra.

Long before it became a trend to record covers albums, Metallica released their first collection of tribute recordings with "The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Revisited" thirty years this August.

In 1998 they went even bigger with the release of "Garage, Inc", followed the next year by their "S&M" album, which was a live performance recorded with The San Francisco Symphony.

Hammett was asked about the idea of the band revisited those types of projects during an interview with 105.7 The Point (via Metal Injection).

He responded, "That would be nice. I don't believe we've done something like that since, I guess, around the Load, Reload, Garage Days Re-Revisited, S&M kind of period where there was just like a real concentrated period of output." Read more

Lynyrd Skynyrd Sue Former Member Over 1977 Plane Crash Biopic
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The surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd have filed a lawsuit against former bandmate and drummer Artimus Pyle over his plans to release a biopic depicting the 1977 plane crash that killed six people, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines.

Rolling Stone reports guitarist Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant's brother and lead singer Johnny Van Zant, and the estates of other Skynyrd members killed in the crash were among those who filed the lawsuit against Pyle and co-producer Cleopatra Records in Manhattan on June 16.

In the suit, Lynyrd Skynyrd argues that Pyle "is free to exploit his own personal life story" for the film, but the biopic is in danger of violating "a 1988 consent order" that members - Pyle included - agreed to concerning control of the Lynyrd Skynyrd copyright.

The order states that "No such exploitation of life story rights is authorized which purports to be a history of the 'Lynyrd Skynyrd' band, as opposed to the life story of the applicable individual." Read more here.

Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, The Clash Inspired Marvel Covers Coming
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Marvel have announced that they will release five Marvel Rock variant covers this September to celebrate the connection between music fans and comic book readers.

This theme follows Marvel's previously released hip-hop variant covers from the last few years. The covers will each pay tribute to a classic rock album that defined and expanded the musical genre:

Guns N' Roses' "Appetite for Destruction," "Nirvana's "Nevermind," The Clash's London Calling are the first iconic albums to get a Marvel makeover. Check out the first three covers here.

Queen And Adam Lambert To Rock Late Night TV This Week
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Queen and Adam Lambert have announced that they will celebrating the kick off of their new tour by performing on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, June 22.

The late night television appearance lands on the eve of the band's first North American shows in three years when they kick off a summer trek across the continent starting in Phoenix, AZ on June 23 - see full list of dates below.

The 7-week, 26-date arena run also includes two nights at The Hollywood Bowl this month as Queen debut a brand new state-of-the-art stage production and a set list that they hint will provide some surprises while marking the 40th anniversary of their biggest-selling studio album to date, 1977's "News Of The World."

"The general public knows the hits, so you've got to cater for that," says guitarist Brian May, "but we can chuck in a few things that people really don't expect. We'll do quite a bit more of that this time around. There are so many dimensions to Adam, which of course fits with our music. He can get down and do the rock stuff really dirty, and you have all those dimensions, and we can explore that even more."

"We're planning on doing stuff we either haven't done before or haven't done for a long time," adds drummer Roger Taylor "We started as an albums band, that's what we were. The fact that we had hits was just a byproduct." Read more here.

Blondie Stars Were King And Queen Of The Mermaid Parade
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Blondie singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein reigned over New York's annual Mermaid Parade this past weekend. The two took part in the colorful Coney Island parade on Saturday (June 17), serving as Queen Mermaid and King Neptune.

Harry and Stein were wheeled along the parade route in a wicker chair and greeted members of the crowd, many of whom lined up in the rain hours before the parade's 1 pm starting time.

The Mermaid Parade, which first launched in 1983, draws hundreds of thousands of people dressed in mermaid attire, and serves as the kickoff to summer. Read more here.

Genesis Cofounder Anthony Phillips Expands Album For Reissue
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Genesis founding member and guitarist Anthony Phillips's classic instrumental album "Slow Dance" has been expanded for a newly remixed deluxe 3-disc edition. We were sent the following details:

This new 3-disc(2 CD / 1 DVD) digipak Deluxe Edition of the album features a newly re-mastered original stereo mix and a 5.1 Surround sound mix by Simon Heyworth (on an NSTC / Region Free DVD), along with a CD of previously unreleased "Slow Dance Vignettes." It includes a lavishly illustrated booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and features a new essay by Jon Dann.

Says Phillips, " Slow Dance' was an important album to me because it represented the first time that was I able to do a full-scale album after all the miniatures of the, for me, thrifty 80s! I had stockpiled a number of ideas during those years and finally, due to the promise of an advance from my then record company, Passport, I was able to realise these on the big canvas, as it were. Alongside those ideas, I wrote a lot of new material, helped by the new gear, most which feature on Side 2. I was kindly advanced the money by my management Hit & Run and then….Passport went bust….?!!!

"Album all written but not recorded…! What to do …?! Hit & Run were terrific, didn't pressurise me and I was able to complete the album, secure a publishing deal with Virgin - which led to my catalogue being realised on CD - so the gamble paid off…Phew !!! But it was veritably a labour of love. Seven months very hard work. No road map for that album. Did it make sense …? One long continuous piece, broken up into two sides…?

"I really wasn't sure and having finished it, found listening to it unbearable ! Yet years on it has its admirers (one who even says he has not been moved thus by an album since…). So I must have got something right - and in the re-release we have tried to really make the re-purchase worthwhile with the improved sound of the main album, the extras CD and the 5.1.I hope the public agree!"

Tracklistings:
Disc One: Slow Dance: Original Stereo Mix Re-mastered
1. Slow Dance (Part One)
2. Slow Dance (Part Two)

Disc Two: Slow Dance Vignettes
1. Themes from Slow Dance
2. No Way Out (alternate mix)
3. A Slower Dance
4. Guitar Adagio from Slow Dance
5. Touch Me Deeply (demo)
6. Clarinet Sleigh Ride
7. Slow Dance Single Demo (alternate mix)
8. No Way Out (original mix with drums)
9. Lenta Chorum

Disc Three: DVD - 5.1 surround sound mix & 96 Khz / 24-bit Original Stereo Mix
1. Slow Dance (Part One)
2. Slow Dance (Part Two)

MR. BIG ‘Defying Gravity' new release date 

21.07.17 - CD / deluxe CD/DVD / digital
18.08.17 - LP / deluxe Collector’s Edition box set 

Mr. Big have announced full format details and a slightly delayed release date for their new album, ‘Defying Gravity’, pushing it back from the previously announced street date of 7th July.

The album will be available on CD, LP, deluxe CD/DVD, digitally and a deluxe Collector’s Edition box set that includes : deluxe CD/DVD, LP, poster, numbered lithograph, T-Shirt, sticker. The box set is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide. See artwork below.

The CD and LP contain the following tracklisting : 

Open Your EyesDefying GravityEverybody Needs A Little Trouble / Damn I’m In Love Again / Mean To MeNothing Bad (About Feeling Good) / Forever And Back / She’s All Coming Back To Me Now1992Nothing At All / Be Kind

The DVD contents are :

Defying Gravity [music video] / Everybody Needs A Little Trouble [music video] / Making of

Defying Gravity [video] / Making of Everybody Needs A Little Trouble [video] / Track by track interview. Total length is approximately 65 minutes.       

The first video from the new record, for ‘Everybody Needs A Little Trouble’, was made available on 5th June and can be seen here:  http://bit.ly/2s8c60k . The group are currently on tour in the US and are planning European dates in the autumn.

MR. BIG - ‘Defying Gravity’ : press release

“OK, we’re rolling.” With those three declarative words (spoken by producer Kevin Elson right after the music kicks in on ‘Open Your Eyes’, an instant callback to the beginning of ‘Addicted to That Rush’, the hard-charging lead track on the band’s self-titled 1989 debut), Mr. Big plants the flag between past, present and future with ‘Defying Gravity’, the band’s ninth original studio album.

Recorded in just six days at Ocean Studios in Burbank, California, the album reunites Mr. Big with the aforementioned Elson (Journey, Europe, Lynyrd Skynyrd), who is back behind the boards for the first time since helming the band’s first four albums. ‘Defying Gravity’ deftly showcases that patented Mr. Big blend of crunch and melody, from the freight-train ride of opening cut ’Open Your Eyes’ to the harmony-laden wonderment of ‘Damn I’m In Love Again’ to the nostalgia trip of ‘1992’ (recalling the days when the band was flyng high atop the singles charts with their international smash ‘To Be With You’) to the barnstorming slide-blues closing track, ‘Be Kind’. Overall, the album is prime evidence that the only thing Mr. Big remains tethered to is their ongoing pursuit of achieving creative excellence. 

“It’s inspiring to work with Mr. Big,” observes guitarist/songwriter Paul Gilbert, who penned much of the material on the new album. “I know that any ideas I bring into the studio have to go through our long-established band filter, which means the songs all have to rock, have melody, and put a grin on the faces of all of my bandmates to make the final cut.” What that means is Gilbert, lead vocalist Eric Martin, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Pat Torpey all have to agree collectively on the finished product — as does touring drummer Matt Starr, who also joined in on the studio proceedings this time around.

That tried-and-true “all for one, one for all” mentality is one of the main things that fuels Mr. Big to reach for new heights whenever they are recording. “That’s what makes a band a band,” believes Torpey. “I think we all feel that way. It’s not one guy’s vision that the other guys all just follow. We’re always kicking ideas around to come to some kind of consensus. And that makes Mr. Big music what it is.”

Adds Sheehan, “I like recording with a sense of urgency. Put a mic in front of us, roll tape, and that should sound like what you’re hearing from us live. When you can create that kind of pressure in the studio in a short amount of time, it makes for better songs — and better performances.”

Once Martin got in sync with Gilbert, the album took shape in a relatively short amount of time. “My music tells you more about me than I can actually tell you myself,” the vocalist admits. “And ‘Defying Gravity’ is about ignoring everybody in life who tells you it can’t be done; that it’s impossible to do what you love. You have to stand your ground whenever someone tells you to give up your dream to do anything your heart desires — whether it be as a musician, painter, dancer, or whatever you want to be — in favour of a life that’s safe and conventional.”

To a man, Mr. Big couldn’t be more pleased to be working with Elson again. “Kevin Elson is really good at steering the ship through rough waters and making it seem like they’re not rough waters,” Gilbert notes. “He’s a very even-keeled guy — mellow, but he still gets it done.” Concurs Sheehan, “It was glorious and fantastic. Kevin creates an atmosphere of ease and creativity. He’s full of so many ideas. Really a wonderful man.” Torpey adds. “We’ve got a lot of history with him. He’s a great guy, super-talented. It’s not like having a dictator for a producer, just somebody who barks commands. He’s got so much 

experience, history and pedigree — and he’s also a really good friend, so the vibe in the studio was perfect.” Sums up Martin, “I always loved Kevin because of his musical sense, and I love singing in front of him. Kevin has a different approach that’s more cerebral. He has a lot of ideas like a musician and a songwriter would. Kevin’s a huge piece of our recording puzzle. He’s a musician’s friend. He gets good sounds, and I trust his insight and his criticism. Kevin has the golden touch, and he knows how to make great voices sound even greater.”

One of the key tracks on the album, ‘1992’, hearkens back to the glories of much headier days for Mr. Big - albeit with tongue planted firmly in cheek. “That was an incredible period in our lives, right when the rumblings of grunge were starting to happen,” Gilbert points out. “So here I am writing about and tweaking something that was so positive in just about every way, but it did open the world to us. Suddenly, we were playing stadiums in Indonesia, just going all over the place. And to this day, whenever we start a  tour, we end up going all around the world. That whole era, back when we all still had giant hair(!), really opened the door for us. Thankfully, people still gravitate toward the underlying thing that is still important, and that’s the music.”

Sheehan adds his own spin: “It’s a song about its own history. It reminds me of Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’, a song where a band looks back and talks about how it all went down in a clever way. And ‘1992’ certainly pops for me from a philosophical point of view.” Muses Torpey, “Who would have thought we would actually be talking about something like this 25 years later? But I’ve had those thoughts myself. It’s really interesting to reflect back like that and actually have it come out in a song. It’s an epic kind of song that’s got the classic rock stuff, the crazy guitar-and-bass stuff, and the big vocals from Eric. It’s a Mr. Big song, no doubt.”

Speaking of the band’s inherent instrumental virtuosity, there is plenty of it on display during the middle section of ‘Mean to Me’, where Paul and Billy trade a score of hot licks back and forth. “That song came about very quickly,” Gilbert reports, “and the solo was a first take with no overdubs at all; it was done live with the band. The delay I used helped make it twice as fast, but you still have to be dead-on accurate, and play the notes super-staccato so that it doesn’t get sloppy. Billy, however, does it all for real where no effects were necessary. He battles my technology-aided solo with the pure fire from his hands.” Observes Torpey, “The songs themselves are always important, but we always want to come up with the right vehicle to have some gymnastics between those twin towers of rock, Billy and Paul. That’s a big part of what we do, and we utilise it. I hope the fans like it.”

Martin is proud that ‘Defying Gravity’ showcases the best of what Mr. Big has to offer. “There’s something about this band. We’ve been through a lot of stuff together,” he notes, “but there’s a spiritual bond we all share, no matter what. And that raises you up to give the best performance you can for a record that came together so quickly, like this one did.” Adds Sheehan, “This record really seems to fit in with some of my favourite times in music, which were right around ’68 to ’74. The other thing is, Mr. Big is really a singing band, and I love the fact we have that here with the background vocals we were able to add to some of the songs.”

For his part, Gilbert is very much looking forward to bringing ‘Defying Gravity’ to life for Mr. Big fans the world over: “We’re aware that we’re going to be playing this music onstage, and we’re no longer just going to be looking into each other’s eyes — we’re going to be looking into the eyes of the audience. We know our audience quite well, and we’re looking forward to seeing their reactions to the album.”

Torpey has the final word: “The title says it all: 'Defying Gravity'. We’re still here, and we’re still keeping the ball rolling down that hill. We’re still doing it. The album has a positive message, and that’s what I like about it. We can still fly, even after all these years.”

Indeed, Mr. Big’s keen combination of their virtuosic nature with a DNA-infused sense of melody continues to enable listeners the ability to sing along to every word they hear. Not a lot of acts can do that as deftly as Mr. Big does, and ‘Defying Gravity’ finds this still-hungry band collectively leaning into it to push their music into new stratospheres. Climb aboard.

MR. BIG
Eric Martin – Vocals
Paul Gilbert – Guitar
Billy Sheehan- Bass
Pat Torpey- drums
with Matt Starr – drums
Produced by Kevin Elson

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