Tom Petty Has No Hard Feelings For Sam Smith

Tom Petty has released a statement about the recent decision to add him and Jeff Lynne to the songwriting credits of Sam Smith's Grammy nominated track "Stay With Me" because of its similarity to Petty's hit "I Won't Back Down."

Petty had the following to say about the situation, "About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen.

"Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam's people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement.

"The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself.

"Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all."


ROCK NEWS FOR 01/30/15

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler Posts Message About Arrest

Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler on Thursday (Jan. 29) made his first public comments since he was arrested after an alleged bar fight in Death Valley on Tuesday (Jan. 27).

As previously reported, Butler was arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism after he reportedly got into an altercation at the Corkscrew Saloon where an unnamed individual was "struck" and a window was broken, according to a statement issued by the Inyo County Sheriff's department.

On Thursday, Butler acknowledged the arrest with two posts on his Facebook page. In one post he told fans "Thx for your messages & support following the unfortunate altercation that occurred."

Five hours later he posted a picture himself in the desert under the heading of "After that little distraction" showing him sitting on a platform in front of ghostly figure holding a bicycle. See the photo here.

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne also posted a message of support for Butler on his Facebook page on Thursday. Osbourne wrote, "Sending my love and support to Geezer Butler. I'm here if you need me."

Drum Legends Carmine & Vinny Appice Release New 'Drum Wars Live' Video - “Stand Up And Shout!”

Los Angeles, CA - Drummers and music fans worldwide are buzzing with excitement about the new live CD track and music video by drum legends, brothers, Carmine & Vinny Appice, titled “Stand Up And Shout!” Drumming demi-gods Carmine & Vinny Appice have both had extraordinary careers behind the drum kit, beginning with Carmine’s tenure in such legendary classic rock bands as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus as well as supporting stints with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. Meanwhile, younger brother Vinny made his name as a metal drummer for monster acts such as Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell.

Recently, these two drum virtuosos have been wowing audiences with their own rock show called “Drum Wars”, featuring not only the hits of their associated bands but also a thrilling series of solos that pit them against each other like the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battles of yore. Fortunately for us mere mortals, this unique concert experience was recorded in June 2014 at the Iridium in New York and is now available on CD courtesy of Deadline Music and Rocker Records. Along with Carmine and Vinny, the 'Drum Wars Live' CD features Jim Crean, Ethan Brosh and James Caputo!

After a bunch of friends and fans gave us a bunch of footage and photos from our 'Drum Wars' shows we decided to put together a video from our live CD. The 'Stand Up And Shout' video is a good representation of what 'Drum Wars' is – a kick-ass show!” - Carmine Appice

For those unsure of their ability to withstand the aural assault that the Appice brothers bring, a free downloadable track from the album has been made available on the Rocker Records website. Visit here:

When me and Vinny play together we push each other to our limits. Either while drum battling or playing great songs from our history on this CD, while backed up with a great band behind us!” - Carmine Appice

A CD of great music and drums that punch with power and energy.” - Vinny Appice

More 'Drum Wars Live' tour dates are currently in the works for March and beyond. Also, coinciding with the 'Drum Wars Live' CD release was a series of European shows featuring both Carmine & Vinny performing alongside a jaw-dropping list of metal vocalists and musicians. Dubbed the Metal All-Stars, this year’s crop includes Geoff Tate formerly of Queensrÿche, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, James LaBrie of Dream Theater, and lots more!! For details, visit:

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The ‘90s First Supergroup: Damn Yankees 
Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw, Ted Nugent Remember

Dallas, TX - January 29, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands join Tommy Shaw, Jack Blades, Michael Cartellone, and Ted Nugent in recalling their excellent adventure in Damn Yankees twenty-five years ago. 

The Nineties’ first supergroup actually lived up to the hype. The Damn Yankee’s self-titled debut sold a whopping two million copies off the backs of melodic rockers “Coming of Age”, “Runaway”, “Come Again” and the soaring # 3 hit single “High Enough”. But how did these guys come together in the first place?

Each frontman had a successful rock pedigree: Motor City MadmanTed Nugent, STYX singer/songwriter/ guitarist Tommy Shaw, and  Night Ranger singer/songwriter/bass player Jack Blades. InTheStudio host Redbeard gets the full story on how the group united and spent the next five years making records and touring constantly.  It was a unique musical partnership that worked both personally and professionally.  

Jack Blades : “When Tommy & I first started singing, suddenly we realized that we were phrasing the same, harmonizing, coming up with the same vocal ideas. It was if we had sung together for ten years.”

Tommy Shaw: “The first day of recording Nugent announced that he was taking all of us to hunt bear. So the next morning we showed up bare…naked.”

Ted Nugent:”I’m from the Motor City. We’re the “Murder Capital of America” not because we’re more violent. It’s because we’re better shots.”                                            

DAMN YANKEES/ InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:
Direct Link to Tommy Shaw website: HYPERLINK  “
Direct Link to Jack Blades website: HYPERLINK “
Direct Link to Ted Nugent website: HYPERLINK “
Direct Link to Michael Cartellone: HYPERLINK “

Night Ranger play special London concert on March 12th

Night Ranger; the critically acclaimed San Francisco hard rockin’ band, will play a special concert at the London Islington O2 Academy on Thursday 12th March. The special London show is being treated as a rare and intimate, warm-up to their Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival appearance on Saturday 14th March.

 Islington O2 Academy tickets are available from 0844 249 1000, and Ticket Web, Eventim, Gigantic or See Tickets. VIP Experience Packages can be booked from Night Ranger’s Website.

Night Ranger will perform songs from their multi-platinum 1983 album Midnight Madness, which includes their hits “Sister Christian”, “When You Close Your Eyes” and “(You Can Still) Rock In America”, plus songs 2014’s “High Road” album.  They’ve sold over 17 million albums worldwide, performed over 2,500 concerts, and played with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, ZZ Top, Journey and Whitesnake.

Click here for the official UK press release, videos and high-res photos:

Scott Weiland Changes Direction With New Album

Scott Weiland says his new project has more of an 'indie rock' feel than anything he's worked on in the past. The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman's new group is called Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts and he says it will appeal to fans who found some of his solo work, like 2008's Happy In Galoshes, a little too experimental for their taste.

The band release debut album Blaster on March 31 via Softdrive Records following a successful PledgeMusic campaign. And the singer says he's not been this happy musically since STP's debut album Core.

Weiland tells Mitch Lafon: "It's different than both of the rock bands I've been in. It's more of a garage rock, indie rock kind of feel. But it is still rock. So I think STP fans and Velvet Revolver fans who weren't into an experimental record like Happy In Galoshes will definitely be into this because it's got some big riffs on it." Read more here.

ZZ Top and Weezer To Do Live TV Mash-Up

ZZ Top will staging an unusual performance with Weezer as ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live for the debut installment of the late night talk show's Mash-Up Mondays on February 2.

Billed as "Wee-Z Top", the Texas trio - who just played on the show this week - will join the alternative rockers for the first edition of a month-long series on the late night program.

Other musical pairings in February include Morris Day and The Time (featured in Prince's film Purple Rain) and HAIM (Feb. 9), and Aloe Blacc and Blackstreet (Feb 16). Read more here.

Nick Menza Sidesteps Megadeth Reunion Question

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza has stopped short of confirming or denying whether he's returning to the band. Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that the sticksman, who left in 1998 after a five-album stint in Dave Mustaine's outfit, could be set to come back after the departures of Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick in November.

Megadeth last month released a teaser video showing bassist David Ellefson playing in their studio with an unidentified drummer. He and Menza attended the NAMM industry show in California at the weekend.

But Menza would only tell "It'll be final when it's final," then asked: "What do you think are the chances of me coming back?" Read more here.

Michael Sweet Wanted To Help Sebastian Bach Reclaim Skid Row Glory

Michael Sweet says he was tapped to produce a Sebastian Bach solo album that would have gone back to the sound of early Skid Row. The Stryper frontman claims Bach got in touch over an idea to work on the album, which Sweet would have co-written and produced - only for the former Skid Row frontman to go silent on the issue.

Sweet was asked for his view on Bach's comments that he has 800,000 Facebook followers yet sold only 5000 copies of his latest album Give 'Em Hell in the first week.

And according to Sweet, the answer is simple - Bach's fans want the Sebastian of old. He adds: "This isn't a bash against Sebastian at all, it's just my opinion. I think people wanna hear Sebastian of old. They wanna hear the Skid Row Sebastian. They wanna hear the hits. And he's giving them modern rock.

"It's a good album, it's a good-sounding album, but it's not the glory days." He also discussed the album project. Read about that here.

Ringo Starr Reveals New Album Details and Tour Dates

2014 was a great year for Ringo Starr--he reunited with his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney at the 56th Annual Grammys and again a few days later at the Grammys Beatles tribute The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute. He also had an exhibit in his honor at the Grammy museum, and and usual, he toured with his latest All-Starr Band.

And 2015 looks to be just as busy for the legendary drummer: he's going to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his solo work, he's just announced his latest album, Postcards From Paradise and he's going to be hitting the road again.

Postcards from Paradise sees him working with the above-mentioned All-Starr Band who he's been touring with. That includes Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, guitarist Todd Rundgren, founding Santana keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie, Mr. Mister bassist Richard Page, drummer Gregg Bissonette and former All-Starr and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ham.

Read more including tour dates here.

Genesis Film Shows Why Band Won't Reunite Says Hackett

Steve Hackett believes the reason why a Genesis reunion can't take place is clear to see from the 2014 band documentary Together And Apart. In October he appeared alongside Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks in a BBC film that he described as "biased."

Now Hackett tells ABC News Radio: "When people ask me, 'Is there going to be reformation?' I say, 'Look at the documentary and you'll get an idea of the priorities that come across.' I think it's probably extremely unlikely."

But he'd still take part if the opportunity arose, he adds: "It's been decades I've been saying, 'Call me if you need me.' My door is open to that, certainly." Read more here.

Y&T Crowdfunding Career Spanning Documentary

Y&T have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the making of a career-spanning documentary. And mainman Dave Meniketti hopes fans will step up so the band can tell their own story their own way.

The movie is to be built out of the hundreds of hours of personal footage shot over the years. It's set to cover their earliest days of rehearsing in Leonard Haze's grandmother's house, then move through the first two albums, touring with Journey, Boston and Queen, to their big breaks with AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne and Dio.

It's also designed to be a tribute to bassist Phil Kennemore, who died in 2011. Meniketti says: "In the past we'd ask a record company or a big corporation for funding - and in exchange, sign away our rights and artistic control." Read more here.


Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler Arrested After Bar Fight

Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler was reportedly arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism after he was allegedly in a bar fight in Death Valley, Ca on Tuesday (Jan. 27).

A man matching the description of the metal legend, real name Terence Michael Butler, reportedly got into an altercation at the Corkscrew Saloon where an unnamed individual was "struck" and a window was broken, according to a statement issued by the Inyo County Sheriff's department.

The department's Public Information Officer Carma Roper released the following details, "Shortly after midnight on January 27th Sheriff's Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park.

"After the Inyo County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation - resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window.

"Terence Michael Butler a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, CA was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation."

As you can see from the statement, while the age and name of the person arrested does match the Black Sabbath star, the department did not confirm that it was indeed Geezer Butler, who lists his Los Angeles area residence as being in Hollywood, Ca on his Twitter account.

At press time there was no word from Geezer or the Black Sabbath camp about the arrest and his last social media posts confirmed that he was in Southern California earlier this week.

Zakk Wylde Open To Reuniting With Ozzy Osbourne

Zakk Wylde says he would play with Ozzy Osbourne again if he was asked. Osbourne recruited the axeman in 1987 to replace Jake E. Lee - a move which sparked a long and fruitful relationship between the pair.

And Wylde says the love he has for the rock icon and his manager and wife Sharon, who he calls "mom," is "unconditional." When asked if he would be open to recording or playing live with Osbourne again, the Black Label Society man tells My Global Mind:

"Yeah, I mean, for whatever. If Ozzy needs me to go and pick up some milk and eggs and take them to the house I will do it. That's how my relationship is with Oz and mom.

"My love for them is unconditional so whatever they need me to do I will do it." Read more here.

Ellefson On Why He Thinks Megadeth Members Quit

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson believes former bandmates Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover left because they were facing nearly a year without playing live.

The guitarist and drummer will this weekend start recording with their as-yet untitled band, featuring former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner and Shadows Fall's Matt Bachand on bass.

Ellefson tells Loud: "I think Shawn should be remembered for some great stuff - the guy bleeds metal, that's for sure. But I think, with him, knowing there was going to be almost a year off the road; I sensed he wanted to get moving on some other things."

The bassist admits there seemed to be little advance notice of the lineup change, but thinks he knows why. "While we were on the road I didn't see any chinks in the armour," he says. "But once you get off the road, seeing there was going to be a year off - actually a little more, maybe - that's a long time." Read more here.

Cleopatra Records To Release Two Rare Live Albums By UK Prog Legends Renaissance!
Los Angeles, CA - Cleopatra Records will be releasing two rare live albums by UK progressive rock legends Renaissance. The first release on February 3rd is 'DeLane Lea Studios 1973'; a captivating live-in-the-studio recording from Renaissance performing to a small gathering of friends at the historic DeLane Lea Studios in London (used by everyone from The Beatles to Queen, Jimi Hendrix & Pink Floyd). Beguiling vocalist and ingenue Annie Haslam leads her group through nearly the entire fourth album 'Ashes Are Burning' with special guest appearances by Wishbone Ash's Andy Powell and folk singer Al Stewart!

Track List:
1. Can You Understand
2. Let It Grow
3. Sounds Of The Sea
4. Carpet Of The Sun
5. At The Harbour
6. Ashes Are Burning (with Andy Powell and Al Stewart)
7. Prologue

To purchase Renaissance 'DeLane Lea Studios 1973' CD:

Renaissance's 'Academy of Music 1974' will be released on March 31st and is an astonishing live performance of the ensemble at the height of their career. The concert showcases the band's latest release at the time 'Ashes Are Burning'. Unlike other prog-rock groups, Renaissance forwent much of the technology in favor of acoustic instruments and orchestral arrangements. Electric guitars and synthesizers were seldom used, giving the band's music more of a symphonic sound.

1. Can You Understand
2. Black Flame
3. Carpet Of The Sun
4. Cold Is Being
5. Things I Don’t Understand
6. Running Hard

1. Ashes Are Burning
2. Mother Russia
3. Prologue



Rolling Stone to Release Vast Collection of Archives for Free on Google Play Newsstand & Launches Daily Feed of Music and Cultural Content

Rolling Stone and Google Play announced today a collaboration to bring years of iconic stories to the digital world where people can read them freely. For the first time ever, Rolling Stone’s vast archives, including features by notable writers such as Hunter S. Thompson, Cameron Crowe and Matt Taibbi, will be available for free to everyone on Android and iOS phones and tablets exclusively on mobile through Google Play Newsstand, Google’s news reader app optimized for phones and tablets.  In addition to articles from the archives, Rolling Stone will also be releasing breaking stories as part of their daily feed of music, culture, lifestyle and political content on Play Newsstand, and all will be available on January 30.

Concurrently, will launch the CoverWall,, showcasing their rich history on a digital platform.  Users will be able to interact with Rolling Stone’s distinguished covers and magazine archives for an immersive experience.  Fans can view covers and read articles from the decades bringing notable pop culture history into the future.

“Google’s history of innovation makes them the perfect fit for our brand which is why we wanted to try something totally unique together,” said Gus Wenner, Head of Digital of Wenner Media.  “This collaboration is just as much about our history as it is our future.”

“From Fear and Loathing to the financial crisis, John and Yoko to Janet Jackson, Rolling Stone produced some of the most iconic music and political coverage in America for the past five decades. We're proud to offer this rich history to people for free, where they can explore and interact with every issue on Play Newsstand. It’s like a highway of information, revisited,” said Brian Irving, global head of marketing for Google Play.

With Play Newsstand, readers are able to discover more of the news and magazines they care about all in one app. Play Newsstand offers a rich mobile-first experience, providing access to Rolling Stone’s award winning content alongside other news sources.  The Newsstand home screen makes it easy for readers to browse breaking and archive news content, follow topics they’re interested in and share their favorite stories.

Starting Friday at 8 am ET, Rolling Stone’s archives and the new Rolling Stone Now feed will be available on Play Newsstand to people in the United States.
On Android:  Get the Play Newsstand app on Google Play at and add the Rolling Stone Now news feed by visiting
On iOS: Get the Play Newsstand app in the Apple App Store at and add the Rolling Stone News feed in the app.

Iron Maiden's Dave Murray Launching Signature Fender Guitar Line

Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray has announced that he has teamed with Fender to launch his own signature guitar line as part of the company's Artist Series.

The Dave Murray California Series Stratocaster is inspired by Murray's longtime onstage go-to guitar, combining Strat tradition with three Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups, the fast feel of a compound-radius fingerboard, and the high performance reliability of a Floyd Rose bridge and nut.

The new guitar line will be available starting February 17. Murray and Iron Maiden have been off the road since they wrapped up their Maiden England world tour last summer. Read more here.

Slash Jams With Richie Sambora, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter For Les Paul Award

Slash was honored with the Les Paul Award at the 30th annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in Anaheim, California on January 24.

The guitarist was joined for a performance by Richie Sambora, Orianthi and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and video of the jam has been posted online. The event honors individuals and companies for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production.

The Les Paul Award, named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honors individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology.

Instituted in 1991, the honor has been awarded to influential artists including Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Todd Rundgren and Peter Gabriel. Watch the video of Slash's jam here.

VoiVod Streaming New Song 'We Are Connected'

Veteran Canadian outfit VoiVod have launched a stream of We Are Connected. The track is one half of a split release with Century Media labelmates At The Gates which will be issued on April 7 on 7-inch vinyl. It will be made available directly through the label's store.

Voivod, who recruited Dominic 'Rocky' Laroche last year to replace outgoing bassist Yves 'Blacky' Theriault, began their Through Space And Grind tour across North America earlier this week.

The shows also feature Napalm Death, Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate. Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions and Phobia will also hook up with the main artists for select shows. Stream the new song here.

Def Leppard Reveal First U.S. Dates Of 2015

Def Leppard have announced that they will be performing at state fairs in two U.S. cities this summer where they will be sharing the bill with Styx and Tesla.

The veteran band is scheduled to appear at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, MN on August 27th and The Great Allentown Fair in Allentown, PA on September 1st.

These are the first U.S. shows the band has announced for this year as they continue to work on their new studio album. They have also announced two spring tours, one in Canada in April and early May and a run of European dates in May and June.

04/15 - South Okanagan Events Centre - Penticton, Canada
04/17 - Save On Foods Memorial Centre - Victoria, Canada
04/18 - Rogers Arena - Vancouver, Canada
04/20 - EnCana Events Centre - Dawson Creek, Canada
04/22 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, Canada
04/23 - Rexall Place - Edmonton, Canada
04/25 - Enmax Centre - Lethbridge, Canada
04/26 - Brandt Centre - Regina, Canada
04/28 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, Canada
04/29 - MTS Centre - Winnipeg, Canada
05/02 - Centre Bell Centre - Montreal, Canada
05/04 - TD Place Arena - Ottawa, Canada
05/05 - Budweiser Gardens -London, Canada

05/19 - Torwar - Warsaw, Poland
05/22 - ČEZ Aréna - Ostrava, Czech Republic
05/23 - O2 Arena - Prague, Czech Republic
05/25 - Porsche Arena - Stuttgart, Germany
05/27 - Stadthalle - Offenbach Am Main, Germany
05/28 - Palladium - Cologne, Germany
05/30 - Ejsberg Rock Festival - Esbjerg, Denmark
06/02 - Oslo Spektrum - Oslo, Norway
06/04 - Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg, Sweden
06/06 - South Park Festival - Tampere, Finland

United States:
08/27 - Minnesota State Fair - St Paul, MN
09/01 - Great Allentown Fair - Allentown, PA

Lita Ford's Ex Jim Gillette Tells His Side Of Their Breakup Complete with Court Documents!

The popular website Metal Sludge has released a very interesting interview with Jim Gillette, ex-husband of Lita Ford.  He claims Lita is not telling the truth and he has court documents to back up his explanation of why he received custody of the couple's children.   

 Below is a small expert from the interview:

 METAL SLUDGE: Jim, the interview we ran last week caused quite a stir. There are a lot of people online making comments. So we have to ask, is there anything you can share that might clarify (in the way of actual documentation) some unanswered questions. People are wondering why is it the court granted you sole legal and physical custody of your sons and why Lita Ford isn’t even allowed to see them?

JIM GILLETTE: I was really hoping that our last interview would stop Lita Ford from continuing her relentless public smear campaign. Because Lita refuses to stop with her odious and defamatory allegations and due to the fact that I’m not a fan of “he said / she said”, it is my sincere hope that the attached Sheriff’s report will remove any and all doubt regarding why my ex-wife is not allowed to see our sons and why I have sole legal and physical custody. This is only a sliver on the mountain of overwhelming and irrefutable evidence I have, regarding this most unfortunate situation.

MS: Ok, if she was given the kids, how did you end up with them today?

JG: The truth prevailed. There’s an old saying that the truth shall set you free. Well in this case, the truth – and a court order – set James and Rocco free. Free from the constant verbal, mental, and physical abuse bestowed upon them by their mother – Lita Ford.

Read it all here:

Rock Icon Eddie Van Halen Talks Innovation at the Smithsonian 
National Museum of American History and Zócalo Present“What It Means to Be American” Program
Guitar legend Eddie Van Halen will speak at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Zócalo Public Square Feb. 12 about innovation as part of the national “What It Means to Be American” program. The Dutch immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen will discuss his American journey, his role in creating one of the biggest American rock bands of all time, how he has reinvented the way the guitar is played and designed, and he will answer the question, "Is rock 'n' roll about reinvention?" Entertainment journalist Denise Quan will moderate the sold-out event.

Edward “Eddie” Van Halen (b. Jan. 26, 1955) is a Dutch American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, producer and self-taught inventor of guitar technology and technique that allows musicians to make sound in new ways. The Feb. 12 event is sold-out, and no public tickets are available. The event video may be accessed Feb. 13 at

Best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen is recognized for his innovative performance and recording styles, two-hand tapping, scorching solos and energetic concerts. Van Halen has invented guitar technology, technique and instruments that have redefined how the guitar is played and heard.

For the event Van Halen and Fender will donate a master-built replica of Van Halen’s infamous white-with-black-stripe Stratocaster. This is the guitar that changed the guitar world in 1978 when Van Halen cross-pollinated Gibson electronics with Fender body and neck designs. To represent the path of progressions in his instrument designs, a Stealth finished EVH Brand Wolfgang will also be included to represent his modern-day workhorse.

In addition to the guitars, Van Halen and Fender Musical Instruments Corp. will also donate an EVH Brand 5150-III amplifier and speaker cabinet to embody the journey and progression of his amplifier designs from the early ’70s through the modern day.

The National Museum of American History and Los Angeles-based Ideas Exchange Zócalo Public Square have partnered to present “What It Means to Be American,” a collaborative three-year initiative aimed at engaging leading thinkers, public figures and Americans from all walks of life to explore how the United States became the nation it is today.

The “What It Means to Be American” initiative will inform the museum’s upcoming exhibition projects centered on exploring the themes of democracy, immigration and migration, and the nation people build together. Additional events will take place in the museum’s Liberty Square, an interactive events space scheduled to open in 2016.

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the 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. 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. For more information, visit For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.


There is no denying vinyl's rise in popularity in recent years, and one of the most challenging and original releases of recent times - the debut EP from the Wild Beyond, 'Wake Up' - has been issued on vinyl. "I was thinking about a vinyl release during production," recalls Max Hodes, the mastermind behind The Wild Beyond. "The way the songs' lengths came out, it seemed natural. And given that vinyl is awesome, it also seemed awesome."
"The difference is in sound quality and that one can't play the songs through continuously. I arranged the album so that 'Wake Up' would feed into 'Opening.' Both songs are in B minor. I looked at the latter as a response to the former. But ALSO as a preposition. I like listening to the record in reverse order, beginning in B minor and ending in D major. The sound quality difference is a matter of preference. But there can be no question that looking at Ioannis' gorgeous artwork in the larger format is definitely preferable."
On the surface, the Wild Beyond make music that nods to classic rock without being retro or a throwback. It's influenced and inspired by the music of another era and another time, but its anchor is firmly entrenched in the here and the now. The Wild Beyond are admittedly a rock band influenced by jazz fusion and that is what makes them so unique, allowing for such sonic fluidity and experimentation.
Originally, Max cut his musical teeth in Brooklyn and now resides in Oakland, California, as he continues the process of honing his craft and recruiting musicians, fellow players and personnel to aid his quest of making an unforgettable musical racket.
And according to the band's leader, he is in the first stages of putting a tour together in support of 'Wake Up.' And what better way to prepare for the Wild Beyond concert experience than with the freshly released vinyl version of their debut!

Track listing for the vinyl:

Side A

Fire's Body
Just One Drop
Reflex Driver
Wake Up

Side B



Scott Weiland Says He Never Joined Art Of Anarchy Supergroup

The announcement of the new supergroup Art Of Anarchy, featuring former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal and Disturbed's John Moyer, was followed by immediate controversy when Weiland publicly stated that he was not a member of the group. And now Weiland has doubled down by insisting that he was never a member of the group.

Weiland tells Billboard, "I was never in the band. It was something I did when I wasn't doing anything. I was asked to write some lyrics and sing some melodies on the project. But it's not a band I'm in."

The singer's claims run counter to what Bumblefoot recently told Rolling Stone, "The five of us made an album together. Scott is currently the singer of the band. It's in writing; no confusion. But yes, Scott's solo album and tour are his priority and we're all on the same page about getting another vocalist if Art of Anarchy hits the road.

"But we don't need to cross that bridge just yet. Taking everything as it comes, one step at a time, letting it evolve organically. Where it goes from here (and with who!) is yet to be seen."

Sammy Hagar Launching His Own Radio Show

Sammy Hagar is venturing into a new area of media: radio. The Red Rocker will be launching a new radio show this spring entitled "Sammy Hagar's Top Rock Countdown."

The former Van Halen and Chickenfoot frontman will be hosting the weekly show which will be produced by Envisage Radio Group where he will count down lists of his favorite songs, comeback albums and more, according to the announcement.

Sammy had this to say about the show, "After more than 40 years in Rock & Roll, I've got a lot of knowledge, a lot of love, and always a lot to say so this is going to be a blast."

Hagar has put together a teaser clip to give fans a taste of what they can expect when the show launches sometime in the second quarter of this year. Check out the clip here.

Mad Season Add Special Guests To Reunion Show

Mad Season's reunion show this weekend will feature three as-yet-unnamed guest stars. A post on Pearl Jam's Facebook page teases fans with the news that the band's performance at the fourth annual Sonic Evolution show, held by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra on January 30, will see Mike McCready, Barrett Martin, Duff McKagan and singer Chris Cornell joined by the special guests.

The sold-out show will be a celebration of Seattle's grunge heritage and will see Mad Season's surviving members McCready, of Pearl Jam and Martin, of The Screaming Trees, play songs from the group's sole album, 1995's Above.

Pearl Jam's post reads: "This just in: Three additional special guests will join the bill for the Seattle Symphony Sonic Evolution event on Jan 30. Who do you think they will be?" Read more here.

Alex Lifeson Explains Why Rush Tour May Be Last Major Trek

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson says the band learned to enjoy home life during their year off - and that's one of the reasons their upcoming tour is likely to be the last of its kind.

The prog veterans have announced a run of shows notably shorter than their road trips of recent years, and all three members have hinted at difficulties in deciding whether to do it at all.

Now Lifeson tells Q107 Toronto: "We'd been working like crazy for five years. After the last tour we were exhausted and we decided to take a year off. I think over this past period we've got to really like being home and enjoying our family time.

"My wife and I did a lot of travelling - stuff we wanted to do for decades and hadn't been able to. We took advantage of that time off. Coming back to another big tour was a really tough decision. You can see that in the number of dates - it's a short tour."

But he continues: "We're getting excited. I'll admit it's been slow for me, and probably for Neil too. Geddy's ready to go on tour - he's excited about working." He had a lot more to say here.

Yes and Toto Teaming Up For North American Tour?

Yes and Toto could be planning a US tour together, if comments by David Paich and Alan White are anything to go by. The musicians were interviewed separately at the NAMM industry convention, and both were asked about their schedules for the year.

Toto keyboardist and vocalist Paich said: "I think we're going to be touring the States with Yes - our heroes. We're very excited." He also mentioned the month of August.

Meanwhile, Yes drummer White said: "We're just coming off the last album right now; we're laying back, smelling the roses a bit, then we'll be back at it.

"We're looking forward to getting back out. I think we're going to be touring with Toto." Stream the interview here.

Mark Knopfler Announces New Album and American Tour

Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has announced that he will be launching a North American tour this fall in support of his new solo album, "Tracker," which will be released on March 17th.

The North American tour is scheduled to kick off on September 10th in Vancouver, BC, Canada at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and conclude on October 31st in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

The new album will be released in various formats including a standard CD, a double vinyl, a deluxe CD with four bonus tracks, digitally, as well as box set that will include CD and vinyl copy of the album, a bonus CD featuring six extra tracks, a DVD with an exclusive short film directed by Henrik Hansen and an interview with Mark. Amazon is taking preorders for some of the formats here.

Knopfler had this to say about the album, "The album title 'Tracker' arrived out of me trying to find my way over the decades. Out of me tracking time - looking at people, places and things from my past, and out of the process of tracking as in recording tracks in the studio."

North American Tour:
9/10 - Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
9/11-12 - Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9/13 - Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
9/16 - Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
9/18 - Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/19 - Los Angeles, CA, The Dolby Theatre
9/20 - Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
9/21 - San Diego, CA, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
9/23 - Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
9/25 - Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
9/26 - Dallas, TX, The Majestic Theatre
9/28 - Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
9/29 - Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
9/30 - Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
10/2 - Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
10/3 - Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre - Murat Theatre
10/4 - Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
10/6 - Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
10/7 - Montreal, QC, Canada, Place Des Arts - Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre
10/9 - Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
10/10 - Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater
10/11 - Albany, NY, Palace Theater
10/13 - Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall
10/14 - Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
10/16 - Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/17 - Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
10/18 - Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
10/20 - New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
10/22 - Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
10/24 - Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheater
10/25 - North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
10/27 - St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
10/28 - Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
10/30 - Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
10/31 - Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts


Tracker Song Details:
"Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes"
"River Towns"
"Mighty Man"
"Broken Bones"
"Long Cool Girl"
"Lights of Taormina"
"Silver Eagle"
"Wherever I Go
*".38 Special"
*"My Heart Has Never Changed"
*"Terminal of Tribute To"
*"Heart of Oak"
**"Time Will End All Sorrow"
**"Oklahoma Ponies"

* = deluxe & box set bonus track
** = box set bonus track.


“America’s Amy Winehouse...Some artists choose to sing the blues; some artists find they have to live them as well” The Times

“Guitarists go-to girl”  Classic Rock Magazine

“Daring, brooding and angry” Guardian

“Astonishing” Express

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Beth Hart is to release her captivating new album ‘Better Than Home’ on Provogue/Mascot Label Group on 13th April 2015.

Her incredible voice has already moved guitar legends Jeff Beck, Slash, Joe Bonamassa and Buddy Guy to perform with her on records and live; making her, in the words of Classic Rock Magazine “guitarists go-to girl and the UK have firmly taken Beth to their hearts after recent stirring headline performances at the Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse and Hampton Court Palace.

Some artists choose to sing the blues and some artists find that they have to live them as well; the latter couldn’t be more fitting for Beth Hart. A prodigious talent in her childhood she’s been through more than most; FBI raids, her father going to jail, her sister died of complications from AIDS, expelled from school, she ran away from home to Brooklyn aged 15 to fulfil her dream of performing live. Scouts picked her up and she won $100k on Star Search beating a young Beyonce to claim the prize. Her break-through single ‘LA Song (Out of this Town)’ later became a hit reaching #6 in the US.  Pressure and a “dark period” hit; drink, drugs and an eating disorder followed – but performances on the Jay Leno and David Letterman shows grew her public profile. She spent the following years either on tour or in and out of rehab. In 2000 she confessed to being “nuts and struggling” and was diagnosed as Bipolar; doctors told her “you can’t handle this life in the music industry”, she was to prove otherwise.

Now on her 7th solo record, album collaborations with Joe Bonamassa, ‘Seesaw’ and ‘Don’t Explain’, made it to the top #1 and #3 of the Billboard  Blues Albums Chart whilst ‘Live in Amsterdam’ entered the UK album chart at #18.  Her greatest validation as one of the defining voices of our time came when her tribute (alongside Jeff Beck) to Buddy Guy on The Kennedy Center Honors Special received one of the only 2 standing ovations of the evening, led by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. She has also worked with Guns ‘n Roses guitar maestro Slash on ‘Mother Maria’ from his album ‘Slash’.

The producer of The Kennedy Center Honors, Michael Stevens, and the musical director, Rob Mathes, saw what people have been seeing for nearly 20 years: a woman who wears her soul on her sleeve and has the pipes to back it up. Michael and Rob decided to produce her new album, ‘Better Than Home’.

What makes ‘Better Than Home’ her most intimate work ever, is that it goes to the depth of her soul, revealing terrible pain in her past, family issues and personal demons as well as her coming to grips with them and using that knowledge to find the real beauty in her life. No words do a better job of summing up what this new album is all about, than the lyrics to the title song, Better Than Home:

                I can feel my body breathing, I can feel my heart movin’ fast
                I am not afraid or lonely; I am not chasing the ghost of the past

Now Beth’s putting her past behind her, embracing the great things she’s done and the good things she has and looking forward such as on ‘Mechanical Heart’, which is a powerful love song to her husband, Scott Guetzkow.  “It was my way of saying”, she admits, “yeah, I don’t have a healthy or normal heart, but I’m going to figure out a way to bring you everything you need and want in life.” Whilst ‘Trouble’ is“a brass balls song…about a female who says, ‘Hey, I didn’t come here to make trouble, but the bottom line, it’s a whole lot of fun.’  It’s a bad girl song.”

In ‘We’re Still Living In The City’, she chronicles two peoples’ lives by their marriage together.  “They’re going through life…this rollercoaster.  But the one thing that’s always constant between them is…no matter what, I’m still crazy about him!”  ‘St. Teresa’ is an anthem with a unique point-of-view, narrated by a man in prison.  Inspired by the film, Dead Man Walking, she adds; “There’s this man, who knows everyone hates him, and there’s this woman, who’s very close to God, and she will love him and be devoted to him no matter what.”

‘As Long As I Have A Song’ is a stirring ballad that “represents my love and hate about being a songwriter.  What I love about it, it’s connecting, but, out of the blue, it can all go away.  You’re searching to get reconnected, and out of writer’s block.” Beth isn’t afraid of admitting her own shortcomings.  Mid-tempo ‘Might As Well Smile’ is a soulful reminder of that.  “You’re taking yourself too seriously, just smile, relax and just get through the tough time.”

‘Tell ‘Em You Belong To Me’ is one of the most personal songs on the album.  “This is about my relationship with my father.  When I was a kid, my Dad and I were as tight as can be.  Then he married this woman who would not allow me to have anything to do with him.  It’s the story of ‘You tell that lady you’re my Dad.’ ”  Showing a lighter side on ‘The Mood That I’m In’.  “It’s a fun song.  It’s about love, it’s about going out at night.  You’ve got someone that you’re crazy about but they’re not available to you, so you go searching for it in other people.”

The highly emotional, limited edition bonus track, ‘Mama This One’s For You’, reveals that she’s not afraid to tell her mother how much she loves her.  “It’s probably the most important song to me on the record.  I finally got how blessed I was to have my Mom.”

This album isn’t about the problems Beth’s faced in her life. Instead, she’s choosing to find the good things that have been there all along: accepting and loving her parents for who they really are, appreciating a good husband, facing her fears head on and ultimately finding ways to heal and convert that positive energy into music that moves people.  This is an incredibly moving, self written and composed record that’s going to reach people on a very personal level, because a one-of-a-kind artist found the perfect formula for exposing her very private inner voice and empowering it with her legendary outer voice. 

UK Tour Dates.
Thurs 30 April     Cheltenham Jazz Festival - Tickets
Fri 1 May              Colston Hall, BRISTOL - Tickets
Sun 3 May           Philharmonic Hall, LIVERPOOL - Tickets
Weds 6 May       O2 ABC, GLSAGOW - Tickets
Fri 8 May              Barbican, LONDON - Tickets
Sat 9 May            O2 Academy, LEEDS - Tickets
Mon 11 May       Corn Exchange, CAMBRIDGE - Tickets
Weds 13 May     Rock City, NOTTINGHAM - Tickets

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RUSH Creates Permanent Waves With Eighth Album
Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart Examine US Radio Breakthrough

Dallas, TX - January 27, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands journeys back to a pivotal moment in the history of the band Rush to examine the 1980 release of Permanent Waves.

Four years before the dawn of MTV and almost two decades before the internet revolutionized the music industry, Rush sold more than a million copies of 1978’s Hemispheres  album and sold out 10,000 seat arenas primarily on word-of-mouth and relentless touring. 

The hard rock trio faced obstacles at every turn and at every phase of their career, but the adversity only seemed to increase the collective resolve of Rush. 1980 would be a turning point and game changer. Rush, who had been mean spiritedly criticized by the rock press and ignored by the majority of radio in the western hemisphere would deliver Permanent Waves, the breakthrough that would unleash a streamlined, more modern-sounding Rush and deliver their first legitimate hits “The Spirit of the Radio” and “Free Will”. Geddy Lee shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the deliberate move Rush made musically 35 years ago.                                           
“We were happy with the challenge to write twenty minute pieces... We’d done it a number of times, and we felt it was almost becoming a cross to bear for us in a way. It was almost limiting us...We sort of tried to get back to our original desires as songwriters. I think we wanted to become a little more concise.”  - Geddy Lee

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Gregg Allman Announces Spring Tour

Gregg Allman has just wrapped up his first solo tour following the Allman Brothers Band retirement and now the southern rock legend has announced a new spring tour.

Billed as "An Evening with Gregg Allman," the new tour will be kicking off on March 13th in Northfield, OH at the Hard Rock Casino and concluding on May 9th with an appearance at Austin City Limits Live.

Allman's solo band will once again feature guitarist Scott Sharrard, Peter Levin on keys, drummer Steve Potts, percussionist Marc Quinones, bassist Ron Johnson and horn players Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin, according to Rolling Stone.

An Evening with Gregg Allman Dates:
3/13 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Casino
3/14 -- Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theatre
3/17 -- Kalamazoo, MI, State Theatre
3/19-20 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
3/21 -- Florence, IN, Belterra Casino Resort
3/24-25 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
3/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
3/28 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
4/18 -- Live Oak, FL, Wanee Music Festival
4/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Roxy Theatre
4/25 -- Indio, CA, Stagecoach
4/28-29 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon
5/1 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
5/2 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
5/5 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5/6 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Performing Arts Center
5/8 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
5/9 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live

Boston's Tom Scholz Angry About Vinyl Album Release

Boston mastermind Tom Scholz has revealed his anger over the release of recent album Life, Love & Hope on vinyl - even though he'd refused to approve the master version.

The band mainman, songwriter and producer says he always intended to launch the follow-up to 2002's Corporate America on LP, but he wanted to make sure it matched his notoriously high standards.

Scholz says: "Time and money went into making analogue mixes of the album so that serious listeners could hear the origin sound, instead of the now-typical sound of vinyl cut from digital mixes.

"As the world has converted to digital even when it's a bad idea, the facilities available to master an album from analogue tape to vinyl have nearly all gone away. Those that remain are not equipped or maintained like rooms were 20 years ago.

"The end result for Boston was an unacceptable vinyl master that had clicks, static and dropouts during many of the quiet segues between cuts." Read more here.

Megadeth Offshoot Recruit Shadows Fall Star

Former Megadeth duo Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have confirmed the addition of Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand to the lineup for their new band, which also includes former Scar The Martyr singr Henry Derek Bonner.

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

"I have known Matt for 15 years now and he is a great musician, songwriter, singer and all around great person," says Drover. "To say I'm jacked up about having Matt with us is an understatement!"

The band have been writing material for their debut album. "All the songs have shaped up nicely and there is a lot of metal dynamics on these songs, overall," explains the drummer. "Some of them are flat-out thrash-speed metal, others are uptempo, but I can assure you it is all 100% HEAVY METAL. Those who know me know I have always been an advocate for the more aggressive metal stuff, so if you're expecting anything to the contrary on this record, you would be dead wrong."

The group will begin recording its debut album this weekend in Hartford, CT. Read more here.

Faith No More Launching First North American Tour Since 2010

2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Faith No More. Not only does the band plan to release their first studio album since 1997's "Album of the Year" but the group will be launching their first North American tour since 2010.

The North American tour will be kicking off on April 15th in Vancouver, BC at the PNE Forum and will be concluding on May 15th in Philadelphia, PA at the Electric Factory.

The band is currently finishing work on the new album, which they are planning to release in May via their new imprint Reclamation Recordings. Faith No More's Bill Gould is overseeing the production of the new effort.

He had this to say about the tour, "Here we go. First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven't played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way."

The band will release the album's second single "Superhero" as a limited edition 7" single on March 17th. It will be released digitally on March 31st.

Rare Johnny Ramone Guitar Sells For $71K

A rare guitar owned by Johnny Ramone has sold at auction in the US for $71,000. The red 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1, pictured, was one of nine Mosrites owned by the Ramones man who died in 2004 from prostate cancer. It's autographed "Best always, Johnny Ramone, 5/22/90." It was auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.

Their executive VP Bobby Livingston says in a statement: "One of just nine Mosrite guitars owned by Johnny Ramone known to exist - it's not surprising that it was able to achieve such an impressive figure."

Auction notes indicate the instrument was the guitarist's chosen six-string for TV appearances in the 80s and had been modified by Ramone - with a new tremolo system and a DiMarzio FS-1 bridge pickup added. Read more here.

Phil X Not Trying To Be Richie Sambora In Bon Jovi

Phil X says he can't be himself when playing with Bon Jovi - and adds that he doesn't even try to be like the man he replaced. The guitarist - full name Philip Xenedis - stepped in for Richie Sambora in 2011 and again in 2013 when Sambora walked away for personal reasons. While he's loved every minute with Bon Jovi so far, Xenedis says he can't really be himself unless he's performing with his own band, The Drills.

Discussing his involvement in the upcoming film Hired Gun, Xenedis tells The Double Stop Podcast: "When you're a hired gun, your level of creative input is limited. Even when I toured with Bon Jovi, I couldn't be Richie, because I'm not. But I couldn't really be me, so I became this guy in the middle somewhere who was between the two.

"When I did the first 13 shows with Bon Jovi in 2011, on Sunday night I played in St Louis, it was the last show. Jon asked me to sing the last verse of Wanted Dead Or Alive and it was in front of 20,000 people. When I came home on Friday, I played at The Roxy with The Drills. And to me it was as exciting - 200 people, my songs, doing my thing, with people in the front freaking out." Read more here.

AC/DC's 'Big Balls' Remade For NFL Deflategate Controversy

AC/DC's 1976 classic, "Big Balls", has been updated as the quarterback Tom Brady, the New England Patriots and the NFL continue to deal with the Deflategate scandal heading into Super Bowl week.

Seattle's Sports Radio KJR has posted "Tom's Big Balls" as both a parody and commentary on the controversy, which revolves around the Patriots' use of deflated footballs in the first half of the team's AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18.

The footballs were replaced by NFL officials at halftime of that game after the Colts brought it to their attention; the Patriots went on to win 45-7. The NFL is continuing to investigate the matter while the Patriots deny their involvement in the incident; the team was caught cheating in 2007 when they videotaped opponent's defensive coaches signals in violation of league rules - an event later known as Spygate.

The Patriots will play the NFC Champion - and defending Super Bowl Champions - Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Arizona on February 1.

"Big Balls" first appeared on AC/DC's 1976 album, "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap." The record was originally issued in Australia before seeing an international release three months later…and 5 years later in the U.S. Read more and listen to the parody here.

Legendary Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson's “Mysteries Of Music” Special Now On Soundcloud!

Asheville, NC - Legendary singer/songwriter Jon Anderson's “Mysteries Of Music” special is now on Soundcloud! In this 40-minute special, Jon talks about his own musical development as well as his appreciation for World Music and the sounds of nature. The soundtrack includes many examples of these topics, as well as the YES masterpiece “Awaken”.

To listen go to:

In other news....

Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty have announced the formation of a new ensemble - The AndersonPonty Band! YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled! This past September the APB band gave a special live performance at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado. The show was filmed and recorded and is scheduled for release on CD/DVD this coming spring! Tour plans for the AndersonPonty Band are also currently in the works.

Check out the official AndersonPonty Band Facebook page:

Says Jon, “I am very excited listening to the live show we did in Aspen, the mix's and video are coming along great, so you wonderful peeps out there will have something new to listen to this spring time.”

GONZO Multimedia recently released of a new charity single “The Family Circle” by Jon Anderson and former Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley. The money received from the single will go to the following charities: Flutie Foundation – (Jon Anderson), Sahaja Yoga Meditation – (Matt Malley) and National Autistic Society (Rob Ayling, GONZO Multimedia president).

Listen to a sample of the track here:
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Bumblefoot Addressed Scott Weiland Supergroup Controversy

Guns N' Roses' guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has addressed the controversy sparked last week when former Stone Temple Pilots' frontman Scott Weiland distanced himself from the new supergroup Art of Anarchy.

Soon after the new group announced that they are preparing to release their debut album featuring Thal, Weiland, Disturbed's John Moyer and twins Jon and Vince Votta, Weiland issued a statement telling fans that he is not the group's permanent frontman.

Weiland told fans via his Facebook page, "I just saw some press about a side project called art of anarchy that I worked on last year - I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too, we had a lot of fun. When they find their front man to hit the road and play some dates, check them out."

Bumblefoot addressed Weiland's role in the band in a statement to Rolling Stone. He said, "The five of us made an album together. Scott is currently the singer of the band. It's in writing; no confusion. But yes, Scott's solo album and tour are his priority and we're all on the same page about getting another vocalist if Art of Anarchy hits the road.

"But we don't need to cross that bridge just yet. Taking everything as it comes, one step at a time, letting it evolve organically. Where it goes from here (and with who!) is yet to be seen."

He also explained how the new band is not in conflict with other groups the members may be involved with. "Art of Anarchy is not competition or a threat or interference to what any of us are doing - it's a complement, an addition, one I'm proud of creatively. No need to minimize or undermine or devalue a project we all worked on together over the course of two years.

"I enjoyed working with Scott. And I'm looking forward to the Wildabouts album release, the Bumblefoot album release, and the Art of Anarchy album release. The more music the better, it's what we do, right? :) Artists do collaborations and a month later, their own album comes out. This is normal stuff. All good. :)"

Rush Trek Likely Their Last Major Tour

Rush say their 40th anniversary tour is likely to be the last of its kind. The prog giants finally confirmed a 34-city US journey last week, after several months of discussion about whether to return to the road at all.

Guitarist Alex Lifeson had said he was looking forward to touring again while frontman Geddy Lee was less certain. And drummer Neil Peart admitted to Prog that the decision was a "true dilemma" for him because he felt he was "causing pain" to his family.

Now Rush say via a press release: "These not-to-be-missed concerts will highlight four decades of the band's music. This will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude." here.

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Hopeful About Cancer Fight

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is sharing an update on his ongoing battle with cancer. Campbell was diagnosed last year with Hodgkin's Lymphoma; he immediately began chemotherapy and other treatments.

"Well, I seem to be in a good spot at the moment," he tells Eddie Trunk. "You can never be too certain with these things, 'cause they can come creeping back. But after three rounds of chemo over the last two years, I did a stem-cell transplant in October. And the first PET scan that I did on New Year's Eve came back really, really good - there's no sign of the tumors - so I'm hopeful that we're on the right path. I mean, that's certainly the way I've been thinking."

"I'm not letting it concern me at all. But continuing for the next few years, I'll be doing more scans and follow-ups and stuff, just to make sure, but I'm certainly feeling healthy, you know?!"

The guitarist - who got married this past summer - explains how his treatment has unfolded since the cancer returned after he revealed things were in remission in November 2013.

"For anyone who knew anything about cancer, they'd probably say, 'Well, that's not unusual,'" says Campbell. "But I didn't. I got my diagnosis in the spring of 2013 when we were doing the Las Vegas residency with Def Leppard. And as soon as we were done with that, I started six months of chemo."

"And I just kind of naturally assumed you do the chemo, you do a scan at the end of the chemo and it shows that you're good, and that's it. But apparently not. It was, like, ninety-something percent gone, and it was what they couldn't see on the scan that came creeping back. And it came back so fast." Read more here.

Motley Crue Guitarist Thinks New Rock Bands Are Lacking

Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars believes many bands have forgotten what rock music is all about. And he insists that many of the acts coming through lack "punch and vigor" in their live performances.

Mars tells Ultimate Classic Rock: "There's a lot of bands that kind of forget what rock'n' roll really is - the show part and the raw, in-your-face kind of thing.

"Alice Cooper said guitars, drums and singers will always be part of rock'n'roll, but I think the newer rock'n'roll lacks something. There's that element that's a little bit light or lacking the heaviness, punch and vigor." Read more here.

Megadeth Offshoot Moving Closer To Album

Former Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover has confirmed he, Chris Broderick and Henry Derek Bonner have hired a producer for their upcoming album.

The sticksman, along with guitarist Broderick, quit Dave Mustaine's group in November and hooked up with former Scar The Martyr vocalist Bonner in the new project.

Drover previously said work was continuing on writing new material - now he reveals they're about to start laying down tracks in the studio and a record deal is imminent.

He says in a statement: "Another very productive week. We now have chosen who will produce our new record, we have chosen our bass player and will be signing our record deal this week. All will be revealed soon. February 1st it begins." Read more here.

Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick Announce Coheadlining Tour

If you thought Peter Frampton was gonna let that incident where he threw a fan's phone keep him down, you were wrong. So, so wrong. Ultimate Classic Rock reports that Frampton is hitting the road this summer with none other than Cheap Trick coming along for the ride.

It is set to hit a handful of cities across the United States and Canada. The tour, will kick off out west this June with a date in Lincoln, California, and continue through August, when it will wrap in Toronto.

The gaps in the tour indicate more stops to be announced, so stay tuned if and when they should make that information public. For now, scope the announced Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick co-headlining dates here.

Bob Dylan Giving New Album Away To Select Fans

If you're a member of AARP, that's now a bragging right--especially if you're a fan of Bob Dylan. The elusive songwriter gave his first interview in almost three years to the American Association of Retired Persons and he's also treating 50,000 of their members to his new album for gratis.

As for which members will be lucky enough to receive it? A publicist for the magazine has confirmed to Wondering Sound that the selection process will be completely random. 'If it was up to me, I'd give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine," Dylan told the magazine.

In his interview, Dylan added context to Shadows in the Night, his album of American standards previously recorded by Frank Sinatra, saying he was inspired to do it decades ago after hearing Willie Nelson's 1978 Stardust, a collection of tracks from the Great American Songbook. Read more here.

Rush Announce 40th Anniversary Tour

As expected, progressive rock legends Rush will be hitting the road later this year for a 40th anniversary tour of North American dubbed the Rush: R40 Live Tour.

The band will be kicking off the tour, named after their 2014 DVD and Blu-Ray collection, on May 8th in Tulsa, OK at the BOK Center and they will conclude the tour on August 1st in Inglewood, CA at The Forum.

The tour will be hitting major cities across the United States and Canada including St. Louis, Austin, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Tampa, Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, New York, Denver, Salt Lake City, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Phoenix and more.

Rush: R40 Live Tour Dates:
5/8 - Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
5/10 - Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
5/12 - St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
5/14 - St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
5/16 - Austin, TX, 360 Amphitheater
5/18 - Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
5/20 - Houston, TX, Toyota Center
5/22 - New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Arena
5/24 - Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
5/26 - Atlanta, GA, Verizon Amphitheater
5/28 - Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
5/30 - Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/8 - Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
6/10 - Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
6/12 - Chicago, IL, United Center
6/14 - Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
6/17 - Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
6/19 - Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
6/21 - Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
6/23 - Boston, MA, TD Garden
6/25 - Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
6/27 - Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
6/29 - New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
7/9 - Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/11 - Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/13 - Salt Lake City, UT, Maverik Center
7/15 - Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
7/17 - Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
7/19 - Seattle, WA, KeyArena
7/21 - Portland, OR, MODA Center
7/23 - San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
7/25 - Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
7/27 - Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
7/30 - Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/1 - Inglewood, CA, The Forum

Stream ULI JON ROTH’s Re-Visioning of “Catch Your Train” via LA WEEKLY
Hear the Track + Read an In-Depth Interview Here
Cut from ‘Scorpions Revisited’ – Out January 26 (Digital) / March 10 (Physical) via UDR Music
A Double-Disc Collection of Re-Imagined SCORPIONS Classics

Pre-Order via iTunes and Download “Catch Your Train” Instantly!… ULI JON ROTH’s unique return to his most famous musical legacy…

Guitar legend ULI JON ROTH will release Scorpions Revisited, a highly-anticipated brand new double album of 19 re-invented Scorpions tracks, on January 26 (digital) / March 10 (physical) via UDR Music.  

Today, LA Weekly is hosting the exclusive premiere of ULI JON ROTH’s re-working of the classic Scorpions track “Catch Your Train”, which is featured on Scorpions Revisited. The track stream is paired with an in-depth interview previewing Roth’s performance tonight (Jan. 23) in Hollywood, CA at the House of Blues – part of the Extreme Guitar Tour (see below for all dates). 

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Make sure to pre-order the album now via iTunes, and as a bonus with your order, receive “Catch Your Train” as an instant grat track! Pre-Order Here

For over four decades, ULI JON ROTH has forged new frontiers in the world of guitar, both in terms of approach and style. He even managed to invent the sky-guitar, a six octave lead instrument that remains unparalleled. But before he started to explore the creative worlds of music, philosophy and art, ULI JON ROTH was a member of European rock giants, the Scorpions, a band with which he helped create a new path in hard rock music. In 2013, venerated for his originality and dynamism at the time, Roth found himself intrigued by the memory of those early days which began 40 years ago, and specifically by the music he helped write, perform and occasionally sing on the albums Fly To The Rainbow, In Trance, Virgin Killer and Taken By Force. It lead to Roth deciding to spend a year re-visiting, exploring, performing and re-recording his favorite Scorpions songs.

The first results of this magical, mystical journey into his own past can be heard on ULI JON ROTH’s Scorpions Revisited, a double-disc CD recorded in Hanover, Germany which sees the maestro re-harness all the collective power and poise of those original Scorpions classics, and re-imagine them as he feels today. No one in their right mind would dare call these mere re-recordings, as it’s clear that ULI JON ROTH reinvents these songs from the soul up. Feast your ears, heart and emotions on ULI JON ROTH’s unique return to his most famous musical legacy.

“The material for this double CD was recorded last year in the same hall in Hanover that we used for the Scorpions rehearsals 1973-1978,” explains Roth. “Together with an amazing bunch of very talented young musicians, I revisited my personal favourites from the early Scorpions period, some of which were written in that same hall. It was an emotional few days and I am very pleased with the results in more ways than one. The idea was to stay truthful to the original spirit of the music, while also putting a new slant on it whenever it felt like the right thing to do. I feel we really succeeded in this and I’m very excited about this project. It was a intense journey into the past and I think we really managed to bring the songs back to life with a vengeance.”

The band which performed with Roth for these historic shows was Nathan James (vocals), Jamie Little (drums), Ule W. Ritgen (bass), Niklas Turmann (guitar, vocals), Corvin Bahn (keyboards, vocals) and David Klosinski (guitar).

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The 1980's was an extremely busy and fertile time for heavy metal, as quite a few sub-genres first rose to prominence during this time, including thrash metal, hair metal, and power metal. And one of the unsung heroes/trailblazers for the latter style is Ruthless. Hailing from Los Angeles and responsible for two classics of the metal underground (the 1984 EP 'Metal Without Mercy' and 1986's full-length 'Discipline of Steel'), Ruthless is reloaded with a powerful new line-up, and a brand new full-length, 'They Rise,' which will be released on Friday, January 30th.
Comprised of members Sammy D (vocals), Kenny McGee (guitars/vocals), Dave Watson (guitars), Jack Black (bass/vocals), and Jason Van Slyke (drums), Ruthless' reunion was not a pre-planned proposition, according to McGee. "This just kinda happened. Me and Sam were just thinking of doing some recordings...not even thinking Ruthless would ever happen again. But, after our new drummer, Jason, came down, the first practice, we went, 'Wow!!!' We fit together perfectly!"
"I threw out some guitar riffs and Sammy started singing, and we knew we had something. In 8 months we were ready to record. It came together naturally. The great thing about now is the line-up! All 5 of us are good friends and can actually hang out together. In the old line-up, we always had a member or two that was a problem. It is so awesome to be firing on all five cylinders."
And McGee is a firm believer in the new material (which was produced and engineered by Bill "Slayer, W.A.S.P., Armored Saint" Metoyer) - "I think this new album compares to the 'Metal Without Mercy' album. The opening song, 'Defender,' just kicks your ass!  Second song, 'Laceration,' is very melodic/slow picking in the intro, and then kicks into a killer double harmony riff. Third song, 'They Rise,' is another favorite - heavy bass riff and guitars. It lifts you up and drops you down. Also, 'Time Waits' is a slower song with very emotional singing - Sammy tears it up on the vocals."
With European festival appearances lined up for the summer and headline shows being arranged for Southern California, Ruthless is set to pick up exactly where they left off, warns McGee. "The one thing fans can expect is a high energy show that will crush some heads!”

1.  Defender
2.  Laceration
3.  Traitor
4.  They Rise
5.  Hang Man
6.  Time Waits
7.  Out Of The Ashes
8.   Frustration
9.   Systematic Terror
10. Gates Of Hell
11. Metal Without Mercy
12. Bury The Axe
13. The Fever
14. Mass Killer
Total Playing Time: 60:38 min

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When Silvertung issued their kickass album, 'Devil's in the Details,' in 2013, it spawned such standout tracks as "Coming Alive," "Justify," and "Déjà Vu." But interestingly, one of its best tunes, "Never Too Late," was never issued as a single. But now, this will finally change, as the song has been re-recorded with David Ivory (Ivory Productions) at the helm. A Grammy-nominated producer/engineer, Ivory has had two artists (Halestorm/Atlantic Records, Silvertide/J Records/Sony) signed to major record deals in recent years.

As Silvertung's guitarist, Codey, explains, "I'd been in the recording studio before, but this was my first time with a REAL producer. Ivory watched and listened, he knew exactly how to bring out the best in my guitar playing." The group's drummer, Danno, also has great memories of working with Ivory on the track - "Initially, David Ivory invited us to his studio in the Philadelphia region on his dime, to see if we had some chemistry. Those first sessions went really well – David likes to wave his arms and shout when you’re recording with him, but he brought out the best in us and we learned A LOT from him. He's very animated, with a lot of drummer jokes! I'm looking forward to working with him again."

A video was also recently filmed for the tune, which was directed by Wade Spencer (Spencer is the Media Manager of Imagen Records - based in Burtonsville, MD - where he oversees the company’s website development, graphic design, photography, video, and social networks). According to Silvertung lead vocalist, Speed, “We chose to shot the video at Image Engineering because their capabilities are limitless. Joe Suehle has done amazing work with Slipknot, Guns N' Roses, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, plus the Baltimore Ravens, NFL Films, 'American Idol' and so many others. We want a video that is over the top with a full spectrum of color, lasers, motion effects and more – and Joe is able to deliver on all fronts! We can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

"Wade has done videos for Framing Hanley, 3 Years Hollow, Candlelight Red, and many others," adds Danno. "We wanted to do a big video that would get noticed. We gave [Image Engineering] a rough stage layout design they custom built it complete with moving lights, lasers, fog and some explosions! I can’t wait to see the finished video, I know how it looked from my drum seat behind the band, I can only imagine what it looked like out front!”
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Soon, the world will get to experience the must see/hear "Never Too Late" single/video combo!


Guitar Virtuoso Ewan Dobson Embarks On Acoustic Metal North American Tour – February 2015

Guitar Virtuoso & YouTube Sensation Performing Solo Acoustic Instrumental Guitar

Canada - In February 2015, guitarist EWAN DOBSON embarks on a 3 month coast-to-coast North American Tour, hitting all major markets! North America is big, so Ewan Dobson will release not one, but two new albums to support his North American tour. ACOUSTIC METAL II is the first of these two new releases and is the follow-up to the Acoustic Metal 1. 12-String Guitar includes 12-string versions of material from Ewan´s previous albums along with 5 new unreleased songs. The show will include material spanning Ewan´s entire catalogue performed fingerstyle and with flatpick.


On Friday, July 4th, 2014, guitar virtuoso & YouTube sensation EWAN DOBSON releases his 9th solo album, Acoustic Metal II. Recorded in complete isolation in the backwoods of Canada just after completing his tour of Europe, Acoustic Metal II is the follow-up to Acoustic Metal (CandyRat Records, 2013). and features multi-tracked acoustic guitar played with a flat-pick. With Acoustic Metal II, Ewan shows that acoustic guitar can definitely be metal, and you don´t necessarily need distortion.

“Think Spanish Flamenco in a head on crash with a bus filled with Kerry King, Dave Mustaine and Dimebag Darrell! It’s when you listen to this record you can easily understand why ex-Megadeth guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman selected Ewan to play the acoustic parts that appears on Marty Friedman’s latest album Inferno. Friedman was even quoted saying 'Ewan played the parts so beautifully and with so much expertise and flair that Jason (Becker) and I were in awe of his performance.' Lets be fair, that statement alone deserves a round of applause.” -

“Time 2” from Ewan´s second album was his most successful song and became a viral video hit on the internet acquiring millions of views. The video has been specially featured on numerous media websites across the internet (ie:,, to name but a few). The song reached #1 on the iTunes charts in Finland, Germany and Sweden. It also reached #2 in Austria, #3 in Japan and the Netherlands , #4 in New Zealand and #5 in Denmark. To date, “Time 2” has accrued over 16 million views!

In early 2014, Ewan embarked on his first major tour of Europe. The “European Acoustic Metal Tour” consisted of 38 shows in 43 days covering Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary. The tour was a great success and the fans across Europe were delighted by his performances.

Immediately following this tour, Ewan recorded two albums back to back; 'Acoustic Metal II' and '12-String Guitar'. 'Acoustic Metal II' ups the game from the previous 'Acoustic Metal I', bringing with it heavier riffs and more evolved song writing. There are 14 new tracks guaranteed to captivate those who appreciate the heavy acoustic guitar and dual guitar harmonies. 'Acoustic Metal II' is played entirely with a flat-pick and does not contain any fingerstyle guitar unlike 'Acoustic Metal I'. It ranges from technical acoustic death metal to progressive acoustic metal and what could be described as “video-game acoustic metal.”

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“Condemnation” (first single from Acoustic Metal II):
"Time 2" Video: (over 16 million views)
“Paganini´s Hip” Video:
“Wash Away” Video:
“Blood & Ice” Video:
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Motley Crue Add New Show To Final Tour

Motley Crue have already expanded their final tour leg with the addition of a new Los Angeles show that will be taking place the day before their very last tour date on New Year's Eve.

As we previously reported, the group will kick off the last leg of their "Final Tour" on July 22nd in Eugene, OR at Matthew Knight Arena and concluding with the final tour date of their career on December 31st in Los Angeles, CA at the Staples Center.

Nikki Sixx released these comments about the trek, "In some of the cities, we could only reach a fraction of the fans who wanted to come see us play last year because of ticket demand so we're coming back to those places to bring them our full production including the Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as all pyro and every other bell and whistle.

"Even despite the overwhelming fan demand we can only add so many new cities in North America because of our commitment to take the Final Tour global on our final year."

Like their previous North American leg of the Final Tour, rock legend Alice Cooper will be opening for Motley Crue on most of the stops on their newly announced trek.

Jake E. Lee Injured, Red Dragon Cartel Postpone Tour Dates

Former Ozzy Osbourne axeman Jake E. Lee's band Red Dragon Cartel have been forced to postpone a run of shows over the weekend, after the bandleader suffered a back injury.

They were due to deliver two concerts in California and one in Washington - but they report: "Jake and the band wanted to play very much and apologise to their fans. Jake is now receiving treatment and he hopes to be back in action shortly."

The band, now featuring Lee's former Badlands colleague Greg Chaisson on bass, recently promised supporters that 2015 would be a busy year for the group. Read more here.

Megadeth's Ellefson Sad Over Lose Of Drover and Broderick

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson says he's "sad" that drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick have left the band. And he reveals their departure was similar to losing family members and that he'll miss them on stage and in the studio.

He tells Spotlight Report: "It is obviously going to be different without them. We spent five years together with them in that lineup. That's a long time.

"We did multiple live albums with them, two studio albums, we toured together - so it's a bit like some family members are gone. Especially through the holidays I've kinda been a little sad about it.

"I realize that they wanted to move on to something else and I support them as my friends, but selfishly I'm definitely going to miss them for sure." Read more here.

Porcupine Tree Rumor Denied By Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson has shouted down a rumour that Porcupine Tree are planning to record their 11th album. The band went their separate ways after The Incident was released in 2009, and Wilson has been concentrating on his solo career ever since. Three years ago he said: "I don't have time in my life to do that and do what I'm doing now."

Now he tells FaceCulture: "One of the funny things about the internet is how quickly a lie can become a rumour can become a fact. It was just some guy who went on a website - I've never met him, he pretended he knew me - and he said something like 'Steven Wilson said the next project he's going to do is a Porcupine Tree album.'

Wilson explains, "He made it up. I've never met him. It became a rumour and before you know it people are saying to me, 'I hear you're doing this next.' No!" Read more here.

Chris Robinson Tells His Side Of The Black Crowes Breakup

Singer Chris Robinson has offered his first comments on the breakup of The Black Crowes and explained that the split was a result of the band's lack of songwriting.

"It came from songwriting," he tells the Broward/Palm Beach New Times. "The Black Crowes don't write songs anymore. They don't think of the present or the future. I like making albums and playing concerts. I was sitting on two EPs' worth of written songs."

Growing impatient, the singer revived the Chris Robinson Brotherhood - originally launched during the Crowe's 2010 hiatus - and released its third album, "Phosphorescent Harvest", last year.

"The Black Crowes were a rebellion," explains the singer. "This is a pragmatic reaction to how I feel. The only revolutionary thing we're doing is staying out of the music business. There's Olive Gardens and Red Lobsters in music. We just don't eat there. We're grassroots."

Chris' comments follow a statement issued by brother/guitarist Rich on January 15 announcing the end of the Crowes. "It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of The Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up," said Rich. "I hold my time with the Black Crowes with the utmost respect and sincerest appreciation. It is a huge swath of my life's body of work."

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This weekend starting tomorrow, Friday, January 23 at noon ET through Monday, January 26 at noon ET, SiriusXM’s Electric Area, channel 52, will broadcast exclusively a wide selection of sets captured aboard HOLY SHIP!’s January sailing.  Those who were unable to come aboard the three-day electronic music cruise can now experience the sets played from the likes of Disclosure back to back with Armand Van Helden, A-Trak back to back with Craze, Boys Noize, Gorgon City, Destructo, Odesza and more. Tune in to hear it all as well as details on how to win a cabin aboard the next HOLY SHIP! setting sail February 18-21 with Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Baauer and DJ Snake.

Listeners can enter for the chance to win a cabin on HOLY SHIP! from January 22 at 4:00 pm ET until January 26 at 10:00 am ET. See Official Rules for complete details at  

HOLY SHIP! returns to the high seas February 18-21 aboard the MSC Divina.  For more information log on to:


Randy Bachman, the man behind rock anthems such as “Takin’ Care of Business”, “Let It Ride” “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” and “American Woman,” will be releasing a brand new album under the moniker BACHMAN with rhythm section of Anna Ruddick on bass and Dale Anne Brendon on drums. Heavy Blues will be available worldwide on April 14, 2015 and features an enviable list of Randy Bachman’s contemporaries including Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and the late Jeff Healey; each musician contributing their signature-style guitar solos. BACHMAN will be touring extensively in 2015, with the first date starting in Milwaukee, WI on April 1. With internationally-acclaimed Kevin Shirley in the producer chair (Iron Maiden, Rush, Led Zeppelin), Heavy Blues marks the rare occasion that Randy Bachman has relinquished the producer reins. “'I’ve known Kevin for many years and watched his producer credits grow to include many rock legends,” explains Randy Bachman. “I knew that he could push me past my limit, pull me onto new paths and direct me down new roads.” A legendary figure in the rock n’ roll world, Randy Bachman has earned over 120 gold and platinum album/singles awards around the world for performing and producing. As the co-founder and principal songwriter for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman’s monstrous hits have garnered him the coveted #1 spot on radio playlists in over 20 countries and he has amassed over 40 million records sold. 

1. The Edge
2. Ton Of Bricks (Featuring Scott Holiday)
3. Bad Child (Featuring Joe Bonamassa)
4. Little Girl Lost (Featuring Neil Young)
5. Learn To Fly
6. Oh My Lord (Featuring Robert Randolph)
7. Confessin’ To The Devil (Featuring Jeff Healey)
8. Heavy Blues (Featuring Peter Frampton)
9. Wild Texas Ride
10. Please Come To Paris (Featuring Luke Doucet)
11. We Need To Talk 

TOUR DATES (more to be announced): APRIL
1-   Potawatomi Bingo Casino- The Northern Lights Theater-Milwaukee, WI
2-   The Arcada Theater- St. Charles, IL
4-   Quicken Loans Arena- Cleveland, OH
24- Ridgefield Playhouse- Ridgefield, CT
25- The Concert Hall at NY Society for Etical Culture- New York, NY

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Few rock guitarists have as impressive a resume as Michael Schenker does - as he has supplied his six-string talents to such world-renowned acts as the Scorpions, UFO, and the Michael Schenker Group over the years. And it is now confirmed that Schenker will be touring North America come the spring, in support of his killer new disc, 'Spirit on a Mission,' released March 24, 2015.
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock line-up proves to be one of the strongest that the German guitarist has ever played with, as it features the former Scorpions "Rock You Like A Hurricane" rhythm section of Francis Buchholz (bass) and Herman Rarebell (drums), as well as Doogie White (vocals, formerly of Rainbow), and Wayne Findlay (guitar/keyboards, and longtime Michael Schenker Group member).
The tour kicks off on March 25th at the Rockbar Theater in San Jose, CA (the day after the release of 'Spirit on a Mission'), and wraps up on May 2nd at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA (with special guest Don Dokken on the bill). In between, the tour will go coast to coast, including a performance at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on April 15th. 
“Promotion is definitely the next step,” says Schenker of hitting the road in support of 'Spirit on a Mission.' "Wherever we are needed around the world, we will be there to promote 'Spirit On A Mission.' I want to make Temple of Rock its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as Temple of Rock." To get a taste of the new line-up, view the video for the tune "Vigilante Man" here:
Undoubtedly, this set of North American dates are the first step towards establishing Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock as a global force.

Temple Of Rock — Spirit On A Mission — World Tour  Featuring:
Michael Schenker (guitar)
Doogie White (vocals)
Herman Rarebell (drums)
Francis Buchholz (bass)
Wayne Findlay (7 string guitar/keyboards)

MAR 25 2015 @ Rockbar Theater in San Jose, CA
MAR 27 2015 @ Tonic in Portland, OR           
MAR 28 2015 @ Studio Seven in Seattle, WA           
APR 01 2015 @ Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA
APR 02 2015 @ Yoshi's in Oakland, CA           
APR 03 2015 @ Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, CA           
APR 04 2015 @ M-15 Concert Hall in Corona, CA
APR 07 2015 @ Vamp'd in Las Vegas, NV           
APR 08 2015 @ Livewire Concert Hall in Scottsdale, AZ           
APR 10 2015 @ Trees in Dallas, TX           
APR 11 2015 @ 210 Kapones Live in San Antonio, TX           
APR 12 2015 @ 18th Street in San Leon, TX           
APR 15 2015 @ Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY           
APR 16 2015 @ Eclipse in Binghamton, NY
APR 17 2015 @ Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ
APR 18 2015 @ The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ           
APR 20 2015 @ Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA           
APR 22 2015 @ Rockpile West in Toronto, Ontario Canada
APR 23 2015 @ Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL  (Enuff Z Nuff guests on this performance)
APR 24 2015 @ Harpos Concert Hall in Detroit, MI           
APR 25 2015 @ Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL  (Enuff Z Nuff guests on this performance)        
APR 26 2015 @ Freaksters in Pontiac, IL           
APR 28 2015 @ Buffalo Rose in Golden, CO           
APR 30 2015 @ Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, CA          
MAY 01 2015 @ Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA          
MAY 02 2015 @ Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA (Special Guest Don Dokken)

Gundriver opening act for entire tour.



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Celebrate the Life & Music of RONNIE JAMES DIO: A Series of 5th Anniversary Memorial Activities Planned in Los Angeles – May 15-17, 2015

 MAY 15: Rock & Bowl Celebrity Charity Event @ Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, CA

 MAY 16: Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Memorial Service and Celebration of Ronnie's Music @ Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, CA

 MAY 17: “Ride For Ronnie” Motorcycle Ride from Glendale Harley Davidson to Los Encinos Park for BBQ and Live Music

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, is planning a weekend of activities in Los Angeles to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer's untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010. The weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a Celebrity Bowling tournament and the inaugural "RIDE FOR RONNIE" motorcycle ride and BBQ, according to Dio Cancer Fund Co-Founder/President, Wendy Dio.

A FREE public Memorial Service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16 to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Ronnie's passing. Several former band members and friends who worked with Ronnie over his illustrious career are expected to speak and perform his music. As seating for this event is limited, if you are interested in attending, please send an email, along with your name, phone number and the number of seats to:

The weekend will kick off on Friday, May 15 with a Celebrity Rock 'n Bowl tournament at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City.  It will be a fun evening of bowling, entertainment and a silent auction, which will include bowling pins autographed by Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, YES, Anthrax, Metallica and many others.

All events lead up to the inaugural "RIDE FOR RONNIE" motorcycle ride and BBQ on Sunday, May 17. Riders will depart from Harley-Davidson of Glendale and ride to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to food, live music, raffle/silent auction and more. Fans who don't ride are welcome to attend just the BBQ!

Further information on registering for the "RIDE FOR RONNIE" and purchasing tickets for Celebrity Bowling and the BBQ will be available shortly. Check back at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund website for updates.

A privately funded 501C3 charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised close to $1 million in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects.


Throughout history, no artist has so dominated the world of music as Bob Marley.  A musical, political and even spiritual icon, a figure of almost mythical proportions, both poet and prophet, Marley was the first Jamaican artist to give voice to the struggles of his people and the Rastafarian culture, and the first to gain worldwide fame.

Today, Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations around the world as his legacy lives on through his music. In the digital era, he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page drawing more than 74 million fans. Marley’s music catalog has sold millions of albums worldwide and his hits compilation, Legend, holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine’s Catalog Albums chart and remains the world’s best-selling reggae album.

The Marley family will honor the legacy of Bob Marley commemorating his 70th birthday milestone and his importance in the history of global music with a year-long celebration. 

UMe, a division of the Universal Music Group, will work closely with the Marley family for new unreleased material ensuring the highest possible quality, integrity and detail to honor the Marley legacy. The Marley family is also giving UMe unprecedented access for the first time to material from their private collections and their vaults. Releases will be announced throughout the year, sure to please longtime fans and collectors with rare and unearthed treasures, as well as Deluxe editions of key albums with bonus material. New material will highlight special treasures in both audio and video formats. The first release on the schedule is BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS--EASY SKANKING IN BOSTON ’78. The new package, of completely unreleased material available for the first time in any format, will come in Blu-Ray/CD combo pack, dvd/cd and cd versions. The video was shot with a hand-held camera by a fan that Marley allowed to sit right in front of the stage. The result is remarkable footage that captures Marley from just a few feet away, allowing one to experience the intimacy of his set.  While the cinematographer was shooting with film and needed to change rolls during the performance, the gaps in the live footage have been augmented with specially created animation over the existing audio. This also marks the first time they have approved newly created material, in this case animation, for a Marley release.  The animation video was produced by Craig Bernard and Sara Mora Ivicevich; created and directed by S77 & Matt Reed and Michael Scroggins was the Oil Light Artist on the project. Between them, their resume includes recent projects including Bruno Mars, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others.

Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley was born February 6, 1945 in Nine Mile, St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. Music was Marley’s escape and way to survive Trench Town, a government tenement housing project where he lived that was teeming with poverty and crime. One bright spot from Trench Town was another local, Alfarita “Rita” Constantia Anderson who he later married. He cut his first single, “Judge Not,” in 1962 when he was just 17. It turned out to be a local hit, and was followed by “One Cup of Coffee,” “Terror” and “Do You Still Love Me.” Although he earned very little money from his records, he ended up meeting Peter McIntosh (Peter Tosh), and together joined with childhood pal Neville Livingston (Bunny Wailer) to write songs together as The Wailing Wailers, named because they were ghetto sufferers who’d been born “wailing.”  They debuted with “I’m Still Waiting” and its “rude boy” ska style follow-up, 1964’s “Simmer Down,” topped the Jamaican charts.  Soon they would be known simply as the Wailers.

A man who rose from the humblest of origins to become a champion for the oppressed, Marley was a streetwise sharp dresser influenced by the U.S. civil rights movement and the music and fashion of black America.  He sang of rebellion, Rasta, partying, uprisings and love.  Long before the world discovered him, both Bob Marley & The Wailers and Jamaica were grooving to rocksteady classics “Sugar Sugar” “Soul Shakedown Party,” and perhaps his deepest devotional track, “Selassie Is The Chapel.”  Other classics included “Duppy Conqueror,” “Soul Almighty,” “My Cup,” “Trenchtown Rock” and “Small Axe.” 

Marley knew that his music and reggae was just limited to Jamaica and set his eyes on the world. In order to break out of the Jamaican market and on his own, Marley moved to London and signed with CBS Records U.K.. In 1971, Marley founded his own Tuff Gong label and was signed to Island Records by its leader Chris Blackwell, who had licensed some of his band’s previous releases for Island Records and offered Marley a deal to record their debut album, recording Catch a Fire at Harry J’s in Kingston. 1973’s CATCH A FIRE, their first album released outside Jamaica, signaled the emergence of reggae’s patron saint and immediately earned global acclaim, even garnering  the group its first tour of the U.S.  Reggae’s first true album, rather than a collection of singles, CATCH A FIRE included such well-known tracks as “Stir It Up,” “Concrete Jungle” and “Slave Driver”--all of them fiery, politically charged, and uncompromising.

The album BURNIN’ that same year launched the reggae anthems “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Get Up, Stand Up.”  Eric Clapton’s #1 pop version of “I Shot The Sheriff” gave a major boost to reggae’s acceptance with the general public and to recognition for Marley, who some have called the first Third World superstar.  But the album would be the last Wailers effort with Tosh and Livingston. By 1974, the original trio of Marley, Tosh and Livingston broke up, going their separate ways.

With a new backing band which included brothers Carlton and Aston “Family Man” Barrett on drums and bass, Junior Marvin and Al Anderson on lead guitar, Tyrone Downie and Earl “Wya” Lindo on keyboards, Alvin “Seeco” Patterson on percussion and the I-Threes (his wife Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths) on background vocals, Bob Marley and the Wailers hit their stride, achieving their first U.S. hit with “No Woman, No Cry,” from 1975’s NATTY DREAD. The album featured Marley’s name on top for the first time, and is considered by many to be his finest album and one of reggae’s best - balancing revolution and celebration like no other reggae album before or since. 

Marley then followed  it up with 1976’s RASTAMAN VIBRATION, which proved to be Marley’s American and commercial breakthrough, climbing to #8 on the Billboard 200. RASTAMAN VIBRATION paired hard-hitting tracks such as “War” (essentially a musical recitation of a speech by Haile Selassie, the Ethiopian emperor considered a prophet of Rastafarianism) with lighter fare such as “Positive Vibration.”

Bob Marley & The Wailers were declared Rolling Stone’s Band of the Year for 1976. “Marley, like Dylan, has transcended genre,” wrote the magazine. “You only have to see him on stage, a dancing dervish, dreadlocks wind-milling, to realize that here is a rock & roll star.”

Marley was becoming an international superstar, not just a pop music personality, but a political figure for the underclasses around the world, a lightning-rod for liberation in such songs as “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Exodus,” “Waiting in Vain,”  “One Love,” “Zimbabwe,” “Africa Unite,” “Wake Up and Live” and “Survival.”  The singer/songwriter was the target of an assassination attempt at his Kingston home on the night of December 3, 1976, during rehearsals for a free concert called Smile Jamaica.  During this attempt, a bullet grazed his chest, wounding his wife and manager. A defiant Marley went on to perform at the show just two days later, his injuries visible to one and all, and it further solidified his heroic stature as a real leader of the people and his true commitment to his words “One Love.”    The violence forced Marley to move to England for a two-year exile.

EXODUS would be Marley’s only album primarily recorded outside Jamaica; its London sessions were the first time the band recorded in the 24-track format.  His exodus resulted in an album that was tough and reflective, angry and romantic, suitable for domestic consumption and for crossover success. 

Featuring the international hits “Jamming,” “Waiting In Vain” and “One Love/People Get Ready,” EXODUS was named Album of the Century by Time Magazine.  “Every song is a classic, from the messages of love to the anthems of revolution,” Time wrote.  “But more than that, the album is a political and cultural nexus, drawing inspiration from the Third World and then giving voice to it the world over.”  The irony of EXODUS is that in leaving Jamaica, Marley brought reggae home to the rest of the world.  Along the way, he popularized the innovative form known as “versions,” which separated out and spotlighted the instrumental rhythm tracks to reggae songs.  Due to this process,  reggae’s loping, hypnotic rhythms would find its way into rock ‘n’ roll.

Upon his return, and not one to give up his quest for peace, he famously brought together Jamaica’s warring factions, having political rivals Michael Manley and Edward Siega join hands with him on-stage during his historic “One Love Peace Concert” in Kingston, which took place on April 22, 1978. No bullets this time.

Shortly thereafter, Marley was awarded the United Nations’ Peace Medal of the Third World in June, 1978, by the African delegation for his efforts “on behalf of millions of disenfranchised blacks round the world.” 

The mellow KAYA in early 1978 was highlighted by “Is This Love,” one of the most buoyant and unabashed love songs in the Marley repertoire, and “Satisfy My Soul.”  BABYLON BY BUS, released later that year, is considered one of reggae’s most powerful concert albums.  The fist-pumping SURVIVAL in 1979, with the track “Africa Unite,” was followed the next year by UPRISING, which featured the impassioned “Redemption Song.”  Marley’s support for the struggles of Africans brought attention to their plight and he became an honored guest on that continent, including performing in 1980 at the celebration of Zimbabwe’s Independence Day.

Bob Marley stands as one of the giants of world popular music, with his untimely death at the age of 36 on May 11, 1981 in Miami from cancer complications, leaving us without one of the most revered and influential performers of the 20th century. 

In 2014, thirty years after its original release, Bob Marley & The Wailers, LEGEND, shared the top of the charts, holding the No. 5 spot on Billboard’s 200 Album Chart among Maroon 5 (#1), Jeezy (#2), Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack (#3), and Ariana Grande (#4). Marley’s accolades include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994) and ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001).  His music was the centerpiece of a 2011 Grammy tribute by Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna and sons Damian and Ziggy Marley.  In 2004, Rolling Stone placed Bob Marley #11 in its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” and in 2012, an acclaimed feature-length documentary, Marley, directed by Kevin McDonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) was released to critical and audience acclaim.

Bob Marley’s legacy truly lives in the artists and generations he has influenced.  Today, the spiritual, political and musical resonance of Bob Marley’s work continues to be felt around the world. 

Bob Marley’s 70th birthday – an occasion to celebrate his global legacy.


Phil Collins InTheStudio On 30th Anniversary Of Grammy Award-Winning No Jacket Required

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands takes an informal look at the 1985 Grammy Award - winning ‘Album of the Year’  No Jacket Required with Phil Collins.

Thirty years ago this month Phil Collins’ star went into supernova, absolutely astonishing the entertainment world. It was not the first time the public had underestimated his considerable talents; that would have been ten years earlier, when Phil emerged from behind the drum kit of the British progressive rock band Genesis to write and sing when original frontman Peter Gabriel left.

By February 1985 Collins had recorded and released two solo albums, with a hit on each, and most telling was the fact that Phil had written and sung two non-album hit singles as well: the title track to the film Against All Odds, which went all the way to # 1, and a duet with Earth, Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey on “Easy Lover”

Collins’ music such as “Sussudio” and ”One More Night” has the utmost mass appeal, with an estimated 25 million copies of No Jacket Required  sold worldwide, half of that in the US. Phil Collins reveals to InTheStudio host Redbeard how his writing style has allowed the former child actor to reach beyond interpersonal relationships and expose important social issues like homelessness.

“I can’t escape the things that I see on the street... and so it’s that normal background that I think enables me to relate in a very simple style lyrically to most people. And also, I begrudge, and I actually get quite angry when people say, ‘Well he’s a rock star. How would he know what’s going out on the street? How would he know what it’s like to be homeless?’.  I don’t think you have to BE homeless to understand how bad it could be.”  - Phil Collins

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Album Slated for Release on January 23rd in EU and 27th in NA via Frontiers Music SRL

 Exclusive Pre-Order Available via PledgeMusic at

Sweet & Lynch are releasing another video from their upcoming debut album, Only To Rise. The video is for the song “Dying Rose” and premiered yesterday at ( The performance video, showing Michael Sweet and George Lynch playing the song together, was shot in a warehouse in Los Angeles last year. “Dying Rose” was directed by Devin DeHaven, known for his work with Rick Ross, Whitesnake, Kiss and R. Kelly to name a few. The video can be seen here:

 "Dying Rose is the perfect representation of this album. It's heavy yet dynamic with a riff and melody that reminds you of the greatest era in rock. George and I are proud of this song and excited that you all have the opportunity to finally hear it in it's entirety and to see it as well!" exclaims Michael Sweet.  

Only To Rise is scheduled for release in the United States on January 27th, 2015 via Froniters Music SRL. Backing up Sweet & Lynch on this new musical adventure is bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Brian Tichy. The album has been receiving postiive reviews with Blabbermouth stating ,“It'd be tacky to grab an easy pun and say here's a match made in you-know-where, yet an alliance between STRYPER's Michael Sweet and guitar hero George

Lynch is most definitely a match.” Target Audience Magazine recently raved, “Few sounds can capture the feel of the late 80s and early 90s like the clean guitar licks that scream from George Lynch’s (Dokken, Lynch Mob) fingers and out through his amp. Combine that with Michael Sweet’s (Stryper) powerful trumpeting vocals and you have the recipe for a hard rock album the likes of which we haven’t heard in years.” 

Sweet & Lynch recently launched a pre-order for the new album via PledgeMusic. The pre-order features various bundle packages for fans and is live at: The album is also available via Amazon at: Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes at will receive instant downloads of “Dying Rose,” “The Wish” and “September” with their order. 

From the opening notes of “The Wish” to the drum solo finish on the album-closer “Only To Rise,” it is evident that this musical partnership between Michael Sweet’s unmistakable voice and George Lynch’s signature guitar tone has yielded incredible results. Songs “Dying Rose,” “Me Without You” and “Strength In Numbers” showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Sweet & Lynch released a lyric video for the 9/11 inspired track “September” which can be seen here: and the video for “The Wish” can be seen here: An EPK featuring Michael and George discussing this new project can be seen here: Only To Rise was produced by Michael Sweet who also produced the last Stryper album, No More Hell To Pay, which received massive fan praise and critical acclaim alike.

Plans are currently being worked out for Sweet & Lynch to play a few live shows in the Spring of next year, making this different than any other supergroups that record together but never play live. More information will be announced in the near future. If the past records of these four musicians are any indication, no fan will want to miss these shows.

All-Star “Crazy Train” Cover feat. Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Rudy Sarzo & Vinny Appice – Streaming Now via ROLLING STONE
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Featured on “Immortal RANDY RHOADS – The Ultimate Tribute”  A Celebratory Album Feat. All-Star Guests – Out March 3rd via UDR Music

The Late Legendary Guitar Hero Memorialized in Sensational Cover Tracks

Album Includes Bonus DVD w/ Producer Interviews and More

As announced earlier this month, UDR Music will release a fantastic compilation of cover tracks, featuring an amazing all-star line-up, honoring the late, great Randy Rhoads – heralded as the legendary lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute and accompanying bonus DVD (with digipack edition) will hit stores on March 3, 2015.

Today, Rolling Stone is hosting the official worldwide premiere of the first track on Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute – a blazing cover of the hit Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz track “Crazy Train”. The track features an undeniably legendary line-up of musical greats: Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Rudy Sarzo and Vinny Appice. Stream the track here:

This track is just a taste of what fans can expect to hear on Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute, a collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs. The songs are performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, and more great musicians aside from the ones mentioned above, like Tim “Ripper” Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.

The album was produced and compiled by the Grammy-award winning guitarist and producer Bob Kulick at his own studio.

Along with the album, Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will also contain a bonus DVD available in the digipack version, including interesting interviews with some of the involved artists, hosted by Bob Kulick and a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, CA, set up by the Rhoads family.

Pre-order details coming soon! Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will also be available in double vinyl gatefold and digital formats.

A lover of classical music, Rhoads had taken initial steps into rock’n’roll as a 16 year old when he formed a band, that soon became Quiet Riot. Rhoads was vaulted to the limelight in 1979 when Ozzy Osbourne chose the relatively unknown guitarist to help shape a new future for him via his band, Blizzard of Oz. The result saw Rhoads co-script two of the most famous albums in hard rock history, Blizzard Of Oz and Diary of A Madman, and rapidly ascended the stairway of fame and recognition for his virtuoso playing and writing. Famed for the way he fused classical flavors with technically-excellent hard rock, Rhoads became one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock.

When he tragically passed away on March 19, 1982 in a plane accident, Rhoads was only 25 years old, but thankfully, the legend of his work, ethos and their continuing influence on a whole new generation of guitarists, has never dimmed.

Celebrate the life and legend of Randy Rhoads with Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute.

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Outstanding. By far the best Beatles show yet.”

"For those who love the Beatles, this show is about as good as it gets.”

The acclaimed Beatles concert LET IT BE will launch a U.S. trek starting Wednesday, February 18. LET IT BE is the only show with grand rights to The Beatles’ music, and it has played to rave reviews and sold-out crowds on London’s West End and on Broadway in New York City. Jam-packed with over 40 of the Beatles’ greatest hits, LET IT BE has already been seen by over 1 million people worldwide. The February trek will mark LET IT BE’s first North American tour after Broadway.  Following the U.S. and Canadian run of shows, LET IT BE will return to the U.K. for a series of dates at London’s Garrick Theatre before heading to Ireland in October 2015.

For the past 50 years, the music of The Beatles has touched millions of people around the world, and yet were experienced live in concert by very few. LET IT BE brings The Beatles’ incredible songs to a whole new audience of music lovers. All of the music is performed live before the audience so fans can relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, with live performances of early tracks. A partial set list from LET IT BE includes “Hard Day's Night,” “Day Tripper,” “Twist and Shout,’ “Get Back,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Strawberry Fields,” as well as global mega-hits “Yesterday,” “Hey Jude,” “Come Together” and, of course, “Let It Be.” LET IT BE will play for 'one night only' in most cities (see all dates below). Travel back to the magical 60’s when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!

Produced and created by Annerin Productions, LET IT BE is the only show featuring the music of The Beatles which has played both the West End in London and Broadway in New York City. Annerin Productions was originally involved with RAIN: A Tribute To The Beatles, which they helped evolve from playing cruise ships in 2004, to a successful run on Broadway in 2010. Annerin was involved in a lawsuit from RAIN when it took LET IT BE to London’s West End in 2012. RAIN has not returned to Broadway since 2011. As co-creators, the lawsuit was found to be without merit and the case was dropped. In just over two years, LET IT BE has gone worldwide with performances in Moscow, Japan, all throughout the U.K., Singapore, France, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand.  The February trek will mark LET IT BE’s first North American tour after Broadway

Catch LET IT BE in the following cities:





Canada Dates



Charlottetown, PEI, Canada

Confederation Centre of the Arts



Halifax, NS, Canada

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium



Saint John, NB, Canada

Imperial Theatre



Fredricton, NB, Canada

Playhouse Theatre



Moncton, NB, Canada

Capitol Theatre



Quebec City, QC, Canada

Grand Theatre



Montreal, QC, Canada

Place Des Arts



Ottawa, ON, Canada

Centrepointe Theatre



Kitchener, ON, Canada

Centre in the Square



Oshawa, ON, Canada

GM Centre



Hamilton, ON, Canada

Hamilton Place



Chatham, ON, Canada

Capitol Theatre



Toronto, ON, Canada

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts



Toronto, ON, Canada

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts



North Bay, ON, Canada

Capitol Centre



London, ON, Canada

Centennial Hall

US Dates



East Lansing MI, USA 

Wharton Center



South Bend, IN, USA

Morris Performing Arts Centre



Des Plains, Chicago, IL, USA

Rosemont Theatre



Detroit, MI, USA

Motor City Casino



Bethleham PA, USA

Theatre At Sands Casino



Syracuse NY, USA

Landmark Theatre



Rochester NY, USA

Auditorium Theatre



Buffalo NY, USA

Shea's Performing Arts Centre



Toledo OH, USA

Stranahan Theatre



Oxford, OH, USA

Millett Hall at Miami University



Sioux Falls SD, USA

Washington Pavilion

Canada Dates



Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts 



Regina, SK, Canada

Conexus Arts Centre



Saskatoon, SK, Canada

TCU Place



Prince Albert, SK, Canada

EA Rawlinson Centre



Medicine Hat, AB, Canada

The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre



Calgary, AB, Canada

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium



Edmonton, AB, Canada

Northern Alberta Jubilee Audtorium

About Annerin Productions:
Annerin Productions is a division of the Canadian based company, Jeff Parry Promotions, which has been a North American promotion company for over 32 years.  Having shifted focus over 10 years ago to produce shows in the form of high quality entertainment, Annerin Productions is now becoming a world class leader in creating nostalgic theatrical concerts for audiences to experience legendary artists who are no longer touring. Past productions include: “Bjorn Again, Barrage,” “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience” and “RAIN-A Tribute to The Beatles” which had a successful Broadway run in 2010/2011. Current productions include “PFX– The Pink Floyd Experience,” “The Australian Bee Gees Show” and “Let It Be-A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles.” When attending one of our shows, audiences get more than just a high quality performance--they are invited to become immersed in an entertainment experience!




If you often feel "tied to the whipping post" just after the holidays, then we've got just the rock cruise vacation for you next January!      

The one, the only, the legendary Gregg Allman has just been announced as one of the headlining artists for the forthcoming Rock Legends Cruise IV, the largest music festival at sea.

Talk about a ship-load of fun!

From such great songs as "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and "Ramblin' Man" to "Melissa," "I'm No Angel" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," fans of Gregg and The Allman Brothers Band can expect to hear him perform many of these songs and other classics on board the cruise.  

Like you, we hope he plays all of 'em!

"I've heard great things about the Rock Legends Cruise from some close friends," says Allman, adding "I look forward to being a part of it next year." 

"I, personally, have been a HUGE fan of Gregg Allman for more years than I'd like to admit," states Pam Myers of the Native American Heritage Association. "I am beyond thrilled for him to join us on Rock Legends Cruise IV. His legions of fans span many generations and we are certain they will jump at the chance to book this opportunity to see him in such an intimate setting."             

Like Rock Legends cruises past, Gregg Allman will be part of another amazing line-up presented by NAHA that is expected to feature several other well-known classic rock artists from the 70's and 80's, who will be performing their most popular songs over the four-night excursion. All Rock Legends Cruises have featured over twenty artists, each performing at least two sets, amounting to over 60 performances in all.                

To give you an idea of what's in store, some of the artists featured on previous Rock Legends Cruises include ZZ Top, George Thorogood and The Destroyers, The Marshall Tucker Band, John Kay and Steppenwolf and the late, great Johnny Winter on RLC I (December 2011); Foreigner, Paul Rodgers, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Kansas and Bachman & Turner on RLC II (January 2013); and The Doobie Brothers, Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers, 38 Special and Don Felder on RLC III (February 2015).  

Is it any wonder that Rock Legends Cruise III sold out nine months in advance?

Tickets went on sale for "IV" last October 1, 2014, with 1/3 of the available cabins selling the first week, yet there are many great cabins still available with pricing beginning at $899 per person (double occupancy) and as low as $599 per person if four people per cabin. Deposits can be made to hold cabins and monthly payments can be arranged.  

Rock Legends Cruise IV -- aboard Royal Caribbean's Freedom-class Independence of the Seas -- will depart Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Thursday, January 21, 2016, then dock in Grand Turk on Saturday, January 23, before returning to Fort Lauderdale on Monday morning, January 25, 2016.  

In between the concerts, meet & greets, Q&A forums and everything else "Rock Legends," passengers will be able to enjoy such onboard activities as surfing and Boogie-boarding (thanks to the ship's FlowRider surf simulator), basketball (full court), a mini golf course, rock-climbing, cantilevered whirlpools and a variety of gourmet restaurants and casual dining.      

Although a year away, it's worth the wait!   

Just ask the many passengers who come back year after year after year!

For further details on Rock Legends Cruise IV (including artists, specific details, cabin pricing and purchase, what's included and answers to frequently-asked questions, please see or call 888-666-1499.   

For information on Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas, please see .


The Native American Heritage Association is celebrating its 22nd year working on reservations in South Dakota and has been a 4-star charity with for a total of ten years. Native American Heritage Association tractor trailers are on the road daily with supplies to the various far flung communities and 94% of the organization's total budget goes towards program services which provide basic life necessities, including fuel assistance, food and clothing to 45,000 people. Many of these residents face an 80% rate of unemployment; 70% don't have transportation and many of those who do, don't have the means to purchase gas. Many Lakota Sioux live in abandoned school buses, shacks or government housing with no insulation, some live without indoor plumbing, in homes with dirt floors, no beds or furniture.

For information on the Native American Heritage Association, please see and .


10th Anniversary CD Reissue & First Time Vinyl Release Of The Landmark Pink Floyd Tribute Album Back Against The Wall!

Los Angeles, CA - In 2005, Purple Pyramid Records released one of the most ambitious and extraordinary undertakings in music history, a monumental gathering of progressive rock superstars including members of King Crimson, ELP, The Doors, Jethro Tull, Yes, Toto, Styx and others who came together to recreate Pink Floyd’s epic art rock opera, The Wall! Produced by the multi-talented Billy Sherwood and dubbed Back Against The Wall, the project garnered tremendous praise and earned its place among discerning fans of both Pink Floyd and the prog rock genre as a whole. Now, 10 years after, on January 20th Purple Pyramid proudly presents a 10th anniversary re-issue of the CD set featuring all new artwork and 5 bonus remixes. Plus, for the first time ever, this amazing recording will be available on vinyl in a deluxe gatefold jacket 2LP set! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of rock music history - get Back Against The Wall!

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1. In The Flesh? feat. Adrian Belew, Alan White & Steve Porcaro
2. The Thin Ice feat. Ian Anderson & Tony Levin
3. Another Brick In The Wall Part 1 feat. Steve Morse & Billy Sherwood
4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives feat. Billy Sherwood & Vinnie Coliauta
5. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 feat. Fee Waybill, Ronnie Montrose & Mike Porcaro
6. Mother feat. John Wetton, Adrian Belew & Alan White
7. Goodbye Blue Sky feat. Steve Howe & Billy Sherwood
8. Empty Spaces feat. Billy Sherwood & Robby Krieger
9. Young Lust feat. Glenn Hughes
10. One Of My Turns feat. Tommy Shaw
11. Don’t Leave Me Now feat. Tommy Shaw & Robby Krieger
12. Another Brick In The Wall Part 3 feat. Steve Lukather & Tony Levin
13. Goodbye Cruel World feat. Billy Sherwood & Tony Levin

1. Hey You feat. John Wetton, Steve Lukather, Tommy Shaw & Alan White
2. Is There Anybody Out There? feat. Adrian Belew & Billy Sherwood
3. Nobody Home feat. Rick Wakeman
4. Vera feat. Tommy Shaw & Steve Howe
5. Bring The Boys Back Home feat. Billy Sherwood & Jay Schellen
6. Comfortably Numb feat. Chris Squire & Alan White
7. The Show Must Go On feat. Adrian Belew & Vinnie Coliauta
8. In The Flesh feat. Billy Sherwood, Steve Porcaro & Vinnie Coliauta
9. Run Like Hell feat. Jason Chefe, Dweezil Zappa & Tony Kaye
10. Waiting For The Worms feat. Billy Sherwood, Tony Levin & Vinnie Caliauta
11. Stop feat. Billy Sherwood
12. The Trial feat. Malcolm McDowell
13. Outside The Wall feat. Billy Sherwood

14. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Electro Remix)
15. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (House Remix)
16. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Radio Remix)
17. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Dub Remix)
18. Comfortably Numb (Blackburner Remix)



Casual Guide To The Music Of Queen’s Brian May

Brian May is undoubtedly one of rock music’s greatest and best-known guitarists. Regularly appearing in ‘The World’s Greatest Guitarists’ polls and such, Brian May is a living legend and an icon to musicians of all ages. As a member of Queen, he is a household name and his innovative signature guitar riffs are world famous. Some of his most recognised songs for Queen include ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ and ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’. But there is more to this fiercely talented and intelligent man than Queen. He is a passionate activist and animal welfare charity enthusiast, an avid and popular blogger as well as an author and holds a PhD in Astrophysics.

Back To The Light, however, charts his musical career outside of Queen from the pre Queen band Smile to the Brian May Band in the 1990s and his two solo albums Back To The Light and Another World as well as his soundtrack compositions and many musical collaborations as a guitarist, producer and songwriter.

From the author of books on AC/DC, UFO, ZZ Top and Bon Jovi, Back To The Light celebrates May’s musical legacy and offers titbits of information and trivia about his career as well as a biography, discographies, a timeline, reviews and tributes from leading musicians and music writers. There are also previously unseen live photographs of the rock icon.

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

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Scott Weiland, Guns N' Roses, Disturbed Supergroup

Art of Anarchy, a new supergroup featuring Scott Weiland (Velvet Revolver/Stone Temple Pilots), Guns N' Roses' Bumblefoot and Disturbed's John Moyer, have released a preview of their self-titled debut album.

The group was originally formed by Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and twins Jon and Vince Votta, with Jon composing the music for the forthcoming album and Bumblefoot producing and engineering the effort.

Now the bad news for fans hoping for another Velvet Revolver; While the band recruited Weiland for the album, he says that he is not their permanent frontman and will not be touring with the group since he is focused on promoting "Blaster," the forthcoming album from his solo band Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts.

Weiland tells fans on Facebook, "I just saw some press about a side project called art of anarchy that I worked on last year - I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too, we had a lot of fun. When they find their front man to hit the road and play some dates, check them out.

"In the meantime, if you want to check out where I'm at RIGHT NOW, check out my band, SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS. I couldn't be more excited about our new record, Blaster, that comes out March 31st. You can see us on the road starting in Feb, and at Sundance next week and SXSW in March. Here's some footage of us in the studio performing White Lightning and a new song called Circles."

Art of Anarchy have posted a preview video of their forthcoming album, which they expect out sometime this spring, here and you can check out the band's Facebook page here.

Motley Crue Have Strong Reaction To Justin Bieber Question

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx gave Justin Bieber the double bird salute in response to a question from the morning news team at WGN-TV Chicago as they make the rounds to promote their farewell tour.

Following headlines that Bieber was seen hanging out with Keith Richards, WGN entertainment critic Dean Richards asked Sixx and singer Vince Neil what their reaction would be if the pop superstar approached the Crue to join them on stage.

While Neil shook his head at the thought, Sixx raised both hands with his middle fingers extended (the "double bird") on live TV, causing the morning hosts to erupt with laughter. Watch it here.

Ronnie James Dio Musical To Open This Spring

A new musical that will feature the songs from the career of the late legendary metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio will see its world premiere in Australia this March.

"The Legend of Dio - A Metal Musical" - a fictional comedy based on Dio's music, lyrics and imagery - will include material from Dio, Black Sabbath and Rainbow as presented by members of three Melbourne-based bands.

Billed as "equal parts Tenacious D, Rock of Ages and Shakespeare," the musical stars William James Smith from H.M.A.S. Vendetta as Dio, Barbariön frontman Myles Tauchert as Satan and Kat Stargazer of Horizons Edge as wife/manager Wendy Dio.

"The Legend of Dio - A Metal Musical" will premiere on March 6 at The Corner Hotel in Richmond. Read more here.

Megadeth Hope To Release Album With New Lineup This Year

 Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has confirmed the band are planning to release an album this year with a new lineup following the recent departures of guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover.

Both players issued separate statements in late November - just hours apart - that they were leaving to pursue their own musical interests; they have since confirmed plans to launch a new band together.

Now, Ellefson reflects on the lineup change, telling Spotlight Report "It is obviously going to be different without them. We spent five years together with them in that lineup, that is a long time. We did multiple live albums with them, two studio albums, we toured together. So it's a bit like some family members are gone."

"Especially through the holidays, I've kinda been a little sad about it," he continued, "I realize that they wanted to move onto something else and I support them as my friends, but selfishly I'm definitely going to miss them for sure. Things are moving forward of course and there will be a new development happening on that front."

Asked about the timing of the follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider", Ellefson says "It's supposed to come out later this year!" Read more here.

Rob Zombie Wrapping Up Work On 'Best Album Yet'

Rob Zombie tells fans in a new tweet that he has completed mixing his 5th solo album, which he says is his "best album yet". The forthcoming album marks the follow-up to 2013's "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", which debuted in the US Top 10.

The rocker tweeted: "Just finished the final mixes with @zeuss1 for the new studio album. Best album yet. No joke." Zombie worked on the project with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Hatebreed, All That Remains, Shadows Fall).

Zombie friend, photographer Rob Fenn, raved about Zombie's new music, tweeting "So EXCITED for this to come out. I was lucky enough to hear one of the songs while we were on the road, and can say what I heard was UNf***ingREAL!!!!" Read more here.

Graham Bonnet Launches Archives Series

Former Rainbow, Alcatrazz and Michael Schenker Group frontman Graham Bonnet has released, Private i: The Archives Vol.1, the first volume in his solo archive series.

The collection contains previously unreleased solo material recorded in 1975 following his departure from The Marbles and before he replaced Ronnie James Dio in Rainbow in 1979.

Bonnet recalls: "Those sessions were great fun and it was exciting to be recording for the first time my own compositions. We had some great people playing on the record. I recall Rick Wakeman was on one track, along with Phillip Goodhand-Tait, and my wife at the time actress Adrienne Posta. I played a lot of the instruments, as did my producer Kaplin Kaye."

The recordings have been fully remastered. Read more details here.

Billy Idol Forced To Postpone North American Tour Kick Off

Billy Idol has been diagnosed with a chest infection forcing his to postpone the kick off of his North American tour which was scheduled to launch tonight in New Orleans.

Idol is under "doctor's orders to recover," according to the announcement, and will now be kicking off the tour on Saturday (January 24th) in Philadelphia, PA at the Tower Theater.

Fans have been advised to hold on to their tickets for tonight's New Orleans and tomorrow night's (January 22nd) show in Atlanta until the rescheduled dates are announced.

Billy issued this message for fans, "I'm really disappointed to be missing everyone this week in the Big Easy and Atlanta. I was excited for these gigs but want to make sure I can give you the full on Idol rock show you deserve. Thank you for understanding while I get over this bug. We'll be back later this year!"

Billy Idol Tour Dates:
January 24 - - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theater
January 25 - - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theater
January 28 - - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
January 29 - - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theater
January 31 - - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theater
February 3 - - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
February 4 - - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
February 6 - - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
February 7 - - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
February 9 - - Denver, CO - Paramount Theater
February 12 - - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theater
February 13 - - Seattle, WA - Paramount
February 15 - - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
February 18 - - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
February 19 - - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
February 21 - - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan
February 22 - - Santa Ana, CA The Observatory


After a record-breaking 2014 with over 60,000 fans in attendance, Rocklahoma--presented by Bud Light--returns to “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK for its ninth year May 22, 23 and 24 with a lineup featuring top current rock artists and classic bands. America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party will feature not-to-be-missed performances from bands including Linkin Park, Tesla, Godsmack, Slayer, Volbeat, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, Live, Anthrax, Ministry, and many more.

The three-day camping festival features music on three stages each day. In addition, the campground stage hosts performances during the Thursday night campground party and in the afternoon and late night hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The current band lineup for Rocklahoma 2015 is as follows: Linkin Park, Tesla, Godsmack, Slayer, Volbeat, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, Live, Anthrax, Ministry, The Pretty Reckless, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Apocalyptica, The Winery Dogs (featuring Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy & Richie Kotzen), Motionless In White, In Flames, Aranda, Nonpoint, We Are Harlot, Young Guns, You Me At Six, Periphery, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Starset, Shaman’s Harvest, Upon A Burning Body, Sabaton, Like A Storm, Crobot, Islander, Sons of Texas, Wayland, Gypsy Pistoleros, Nasty Habit, Lynam, Bai Bang, Black Tora, ASKA, Kingdragon, BabyJane, Chaotic Resemblance, Firstryke, Dead Metal Society, Ratchet Dolls, Diamond Lane, Mystery, Ragdoll, Mycah, Delta Rose, Loveblast, Ruff Justice, Warlock Texas, Mach22, Dellacoma, Station, Tempt, Project Terror, London's Dungeon, Ivy Stone, Lamp Shade Betty, We The Ghost, Well Hung Heart, NICNOS, Even the Dogs, SONS, A Course Of Action, DREK, and Lovebettie, and will be hosted by Eddie Trunk.

“We literally spend months and months piecing together the exact right mix of artists for Rocklahoma each year,” commented Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the festival for AEG Live.  “Linkin Park and Slayer happen to be two of the most requested artists by the fans of Rocklahoma to play, so to get them both at the same time is a major coup.  But surrounding them with the exact right element of bands that span the spectrum of classic to current and metal to lighter rock, that’s the key.  This year’s lineup has that perfect balance with a little something for everyone”.

A Rocklahoma ticket pre-sale is underway now until Monday, January 26 at Noon CST at Special pre-sale prices are available for Weekend General Admission tickets, Weekend Reserved tickets and Weekend VIP tickets. A Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack is also available for purchase during the pre-sale and general on-sale. To get a code for access to the special Rocklahoma Internet pre-sale, “like” Rocklahoma on Facebook or visit and sign up to receive the Rocklahoma newsletter. Concertgoers will save by buying early, as general admission prices will increase at the public on-sale.

A limited number of discounted tickets are also now available for active military through GovX.

The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, with an endless party running around the clock for four days. Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing Campgrounds open on Monday, May 18 and will remain open until Noon on Monday, May 25.

In a review of last year’s festival, Jerry Wofford of Tulsa World noted, “While the three days of hard rock and heavy metal bring tens of thousands of people to this field in Pryor, it’s the rock community that keeps so many of them coming back year after year…the first thing people say when asked why they keep coming back: It’s the atmosphere. It’s the people, the hard rock and heavy metal community [May 25, 2014].”

Rocklahoma is part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series which features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct concert atmospheres across the country in April and May.

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.

Rocklahoma is proud to be supported by Bud Light, Hard Rock Casino Tulsa, Jack Daniel’s, Zippo Encore, ROUTE 66 RV, and Jägermeister.

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ROCKLAHOMA – Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Rock!

About AEG Live: AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices, and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, American Idols, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Coloseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.



The date was June 30, 1990, and the event was heralded as “The Best British Concert Of All Time.” 

Now, 25 years later, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the Live At Knebworth concert film on SD Blu-ray on March 17, 2015 [Pre-book Order Date February 20, MSRP $17.98]

Filmed at the Knebworth House in Hertsfordshire, this benefit concert for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and The Brit School For Performing Arts featured an all-star line-up, comprised of legends who all previously received the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Award: Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant, Elton John, Phil Collins, Genesis, Dire Straits, Tears For Fears, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, and Status Quo. All performed free of charge to support the cause.

Live At Knebworth presents a smorgasbord of famed songs performed live before a fervent festival crowd. McCartney delivers “Birthday,” “Hey Jude,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” Eric Clapton performs “Tearin’ Us Apart” and “Before You Accuse Me,” Elton John illuminates on “Sad Songs (Say So Much),” and “Sacrifice,” Genesis delves into an in-depth medley comprising “Turn It On Again,” “Somebody To Love,” and “Pinball Wizard,” Robert Plant is joined by Jimmy Page on “Rock And Roll” and “Wearing And Tearing,” Pink Floyd transports the crowd with “Shine On You Crazy” and “Run Like Hell,” and that’s just a taste of what this 32-track deep Blu-ray showcases.

Presented in upscaled standard definition with uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio, Live At Knebworth will now be made available in the best possible quality. Proceeds from the Blu-ray sales will continue to raise funds for the charity.

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

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 Motley Crue Announce Final Dates Of Farewell Tour, Free Album

Motley Crue have revealed the final tour dates for their farewell tour, including their very last concert on New Year's Eve, and they are also giving away a compilation album.

The band will be launching the last leg of their "Final Tour" on July 22nd in Eugene, OR at Matthew Knight Arena and concluding with the final tour date of their career on December 31st in Los Angeles, CA at the Staples Center.

Nikki Sixx had the following to say about the North American tour, "In some of the cities, we could only reach a fraction of the fans who wanted to come see us play last year because of ticket demand so we're coming back to those places to bring them our full production including the Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as all pyro and every other bell and whistle.

"Even despite the overwhelming fan demand we can only add so many new cities in North America because of our commitment to take the Final Tour global on our final year."

Like their previous North American leg of the Final Tour, rock legend Alice Cooper will be opening for Motley Crue on most of the stops on their newly announced trek.

Motley Crue are celebrating the tour announcement by teaming up with Google Play to give away free download of their Greatest Hits album from now until January 27th here.

Sixx had this to say about the album giveaway, "We set up the Final Tour so we could see our loyal fans in person one more time and thank them for all their support over the years.

"One of the many things we are doing before its all over is collaborating with the people at Google Play to give away our Greatest Hits collection for free through the week of January 20. Grab it!"

In addition to the North American tour, Motley Crue have also announced that they will be performing dates in Japan in February, Australia/New Zealand sometime this spring and they will be appearing a three leading European music festivals this summer, Download (UK), Sweden Rock (Sweden) and Novarock (Austria).

The band also plans to announce a final date in Las Vegas which will be taking place prior to the New Year's Eve concert in Los Angeles, as well as additional international dates.

Pink Floyd Collaborator Roy Harper Denies Child Sex Charges

 Pink Floyd collaborator and progressive folk musician Roy Harper has appeared in court to answer charges of abusing two girls. He's alleged to have sexually abused an 11-year-old girl in the 1970s and indecently assaulting a 16-year-old girl in the 1980s.

The 73-year-old appeared in Worcester Crown Court yesterday after being charged in April 2013. He'd previously been voluntarily interviewed by police. At the time an official statement said: "Roy vigorously denies the allegations that have been made against him and looks forward to clearing his name."

Harper is best known for his contribution to Floyd track Have A Cigar, while Led Zeppelin, who cited him as an influence, wrote the song Hats Off To (Roy) Harper as a tribute. He's also been namechecked by the Who, Kate Bush and Jethro Tull, among others. Read more here.

Marshall Tucker Band Kicking Off North American Tour This Week

Southern rock veterans The Marshall Tucker Band will be kicking off their extensive North American Searchin' For A Rainbow Tour this Friday in Greensboro, NC.

The band named the trek after their hit 1975 album "Searchin' For A Rainbow" and they have revealed dates that will be keeping them on the road for most of the year, with additional dates still expected to be announced.

Frontman Doug Gray had this to say, "It's looking like 2015 is shaping up to be our biggest tour schedule in years. We're adding new concerts to the books nearly every day and our booking agent can't answer the calls fast enough.

"We are so thankful that our fans have stuck with us for over four decades and continue to pack our shows. We're still out there Searchin' for that Rainbow."

Halestorm's Lzzy Hale Apologizes To Mother Over New Album

Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale has apologized to her mother over the content on the band's upcoming third album. The singer jokes that the record's subject matter might give her mother reason to blush, saying that rather than stray from their signature sound, the band have gone "further down the rabbit hole of everything that is Halestorm."

They'll issue Into The Wild Life on April 6 via Atlantic Records. Hale tells 98 Rock: "There's some craziness on this new record. People kept guessing, 'Okay, you'll stray from who you are, because it's your record.' And I'm like, 'No, no, no.'

"It's the complete opposite. It's just further down the rabbit hole of everything that is Halestorm. So, I apologise ahead of time, because there's a lot of truth to this record. I apologise to my mom." Read more here.

Highly-Anticipated Concert Event ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014’
Set To Kick Off ‘Classic Music Series’ in Movie Theaters on February 26

Fathom Events, Cinema 1 and Eagle Rock Entertainment to Bring a Year of Exciting Cinema Concerts to Select U.S. Cinemas

Fathom Events, Cinema 1 and Eagle Rock Entertainment are partnering to present a monthly “Classic Music Series” to be kicked off by legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Aerosmith. Fans will be blown away by Aerosmith on the big screen for a special one-night concert event on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7 p.m. local time. Captured live at Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK, in June 2014 as part of the band’s critically acclaimed 2014 “LET ROCK RULE” definitive rock & roll event. Rock’s most lethal army--Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford--rocked audiences in 16 countries with electrifying performances. The Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 19-song set list includes the band’s iconic hits “Love In A Elevator,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,“ “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Walk This Way,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion” and many more.

Tickets for “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014” are available at participating theater box offices and online at The event will be presented in more than 300 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

"It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night,” says Steven Tyler.  “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.”

“We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best,” said Joe Perry. “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember.  We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.”

"We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014,” Tom Hamilton says. “It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it.  Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”

“Aerosmith are rock legends and I am very proud Cinema 1 is a part of bringing this incredible band’s live concert performance to theaters across America,” said Ray Carolin, CEO of Cinema 1. “I am certain their fans are going to be blown away when they experience ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014’.”

The first event in the “Classic Music Series,” “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014,” will be followed monthly by a who’s who of rock and pop which will be revealed shortly. Expected events include: a singer with a history of hits since the ‘50s face-to-face with a modern pop mega-star, the beloved progenitors of the jam band genre, one of the UK’s greatest and most influential rock acts, a lauded guitar god and many, many more.

Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens said, “Aerosmith fans won’t ‘wanna miss a thing’ with ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.’ Music aficionados across the nation have a year full of great tunes ahead of them as the ‘Classic Music Series’ is set to bring the best of the best to the big screen all throughout 2015.”

For artwork/photos related to “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014” visit the Fathom Events press site.

AEROSMITH are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs®, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors.  Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.” With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.

About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Fathom Events takes audiences behind-the-scenes and offers unique extras, creating the ultimate entertainment experience. It is owned by a consortium called AC JV, LLC., comprised of AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to more than 775 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit

About Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Germany, France & Toronto.

Cinema One, Inc. (“Cinema 1”) is a company that specializes in the creation of exclusive special entertainment programs. Cinema 1 provides audiences in 50 States, and 60 countries exclusive programs including concerts, sports, Broadway stage plays and musicals, comedy, classic films, and other unique performing art programs. Cinema 1, and their global partners provide audiences with great entertainment events, the best seats in the house, at very affordable ticket prices - surrounded by the best surround sound systems in the industry.

Dead Kennedys Fans Perform Sex Act Onstage

A pair of Dead Kennedys fans could face criminal charges after being photographed performing a sex act onstage. Pictures circulated of a man performing the act on a woman on the stage of the Belly Up Tavern in San Diego as the punk icons were in the middle of their set on January 15.

According to KGTV, a spokesperson for the local sheriff's department said the couple could be charged with a misdemeanor for publicly exposing themselves if others are "offended or annoyed." However, no official complaints have yet been made in connection with the incident.

In a statement, the Belly Up Tavern says: "Of course, we don't condone this activity in our establishment and security stopped it right away. This is certainly a first for us." Read more here.

Lost Dimebag Darrell Video Surfaces Online

Previously unseen footage of Dimebag Darrell performing with Gasoline has been released. The video shows the band - which also features Pantera bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul - playing a New Year's Eve show in Dallas, Texas in 2001.

Uploaded to YouTube by fan Chris Stiles, the 47-minute set includes cover versions of Led Zeppelin and Metallica songs, as well as six original tracks. The Gasoline lineup on the night was completed by vocalist Thurber T Mingus and bassist Sean Time.

Stiles says: "Dimebag was very cool to hang with and loved having fun with his friends and fans. I was a young 18-year-old that was just happy to be accepted around him.

"I messaged the family many times about having this included in anything they officially released and never got any emails back so I'll go ahead and post it here for everyone to see.

"I don't think it's right to just hold on to it without letting others see what it's like to be around him." Watch the video here.

CSNY's Dallas Taylor Dead at 66

Former Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young drummer Dallas Taylor has died at the age of 66. Taylor drummed on Crosby Stills And Nash's debut album after becoming friends with Stephen Stills and stayed with the band when they added Neil Young and became CSNY.

He went on to play on Still's 1970 solo album and joined him in the group Manassas. He also played with Van Morrison during the course of an impressive career behind the kit.

His wife Patti Mcgovern-Taylor broke the news via Facebook. She wrote: "This morning at 2:30 am I lost the love of my life Dallas W Taylor. He came into my life almost 18 years ago and saved me as much as I may have saved him.

"To me he was just a good man, a good friend, a good father, a good grandfather or Pop Pop, a great drummer and much beloved by many. I cannot even find the words to put down to say how grateful I am for the many friends and family who have been there for both of us these many days he has spent in the hospital, especially last night." Read more here

Motley Crue To Rock Jimmy Fallon

Motley Crue will perform on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, January 22. The group are set to resume their farewell trek next month with a 5-date Japanese tour.

Motley Crue recently revealed the date and location of their final show, starting with a Facebook post on December 31. "Happy New Years Eve from me and the guys.

"It's been one great 2014 for us and we're really grateful to all the CrueHeads who came out and saw us live. It's crazy to think that exactly 1 year from tonight we are gonna perform our final show together." Read more here.

Glenn Hughes Confirms California Breed Is No More

Glenn Hughes has issued his first public comments on the breakup of California Breed. The former Deep Purple bassist formed the group in 2013 with Jason Bonham - from the ashes of supergroup Black Country Communion - and guitarist Andrew Watt, who revealed last week that the band had called it quits.

The group released their self-titled debut last May, but Bonham soon bailed due to scheduling commitments and was replaced by Queens Of The Stone Age/Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Joey Castillo.

"Good morning," began Hughes in a Facebook post. "On June 2 Jason left California Breed. We had just gone on sale with tickets for the USA and Europe tours. I felt it necessary to commit to these shows, as we had recorded an album and we needed to play and promote our work. Joey C came in and played drums, and helped us out on tour , and I am supremely grateful for this."

"What I couldn't commit to was a second album," he continued. "Cali Breed was Jason, Andrew and myself , and there was no way moving forward without all 3 original members."

"Over the past 4 decades I have built a very loving and loyal fan base, where I know most of you, through touring, signing autographs for all, or on social networks, where I see your photographs or avatar, and answer you, in whatever you wish to ask or share with me. Those of you who have met me, or know me, know that I deeply care about LIFE..."

Read what Hughes has planned next here.

Rob Zombie Reveals Release Date For Spookshow International Live

Rob Zombie will release "Spookshow International Live" on February 24. The 19-song set includes material from Zombie's latest album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", and a mix of solo and White Zombie tracks.

"It's been 8 years since our last live album so we figured it was time for another," said Zombie. "Actually we weren't planning on it, but we recorded a few shows and they sounded really great so we thought 'f*** it' let's get it out there."

"For the record," he added, "no overdubs, no fixes, no fake crowd, no nothing. 100% absolutely live. No joke." Check out the "Spookshow International Live" tracklist here.

Chicago Releasing Classic Concert In New Live Package

A live package featuring a Chicago gig recorded 40 years ago will be released next month. It follows the group's latest album Now: XXXVI as well as 1972 live package Live In Japan.

Chicago Live In '75 will be issued by Rhino Records on February 23 and features two hours of live music recorded in June 1975 at the Capital Centre in Largo, Maryland. Housed in a cardboard gatefold package, the set includes a 16-page booklet.

Live In '75 includes selections from all of the group's albums through up to Chicago VIII as well as a number of cover versions including The Beatles' Got To Get You Into My Life. Read more here.

'Fifth Beatle' Brian Epstein Fundraising Concert Announced

A concert will take place in Liverpool next month to help raise funds for a statue to 'fifth Beatle' Brian Epstein. The Statue 4 Eppy campaign is looking for £70,000 to build a lasting memorial to the Fab Four manager who died in 1967 - and they've lined up a gig at the city's Epstein Theatre on February 28 to aid them in their efforts.

Artists confirmed so far for the event include Ian Prowse, Ian McNabb, Billy Kinsley and Tony Crane, with further names to be announced in the coming weeks.

The track Our Friend will be launched on the night which was written by Bob Pitt and features contributions from Prowse, McNabb, Andy McClusky, Owen Paul, Billy J Kramer and Beryl Marsden. Read more here.

Dream Theater Announce Summer Festival Appearances

Dream Theater have announced they will appear at four European festivals this year. Frontman James LaBrie also says he expects the album to be out in the autumn.

The band will play three events in Germany and one in Spain in the month of July, after they return to the studio next month to begin work on the follow-up to their 2013 self-titled album.

Last year, Dream Theater released DVD Breaking The Fourth Wall which was recorded at the Boston Opera House in March 2014. Check out the festival dates here.

Nazareth's New Singer Leaves The Group

Nazareth singer Linton Osborne has left the band, saying "it didn't work out." He was confirmed as replacement for original frontman Dan McCafferty last year, after health issues forced the veteran to retire.

Osborne had performed a number of live shows with Naz during 2014, but some concerts were cancelled at the end of the year after he contracted a throat infection. Last week they announced their winter UK tour had also been postponed, with bandleader Pete Agnew reporting: "Although Linton is showing a slight improvement, his voice is in no condition to perform satisfactorily at this time."

Now Osborne says via Facebook: "I am no longer a member of Nazareth. It didn't work out, for me, or for the band. I'd like to thank Pete, Jimmy Murrison and Lee Agnew for the opportunity. I'd also like to thank Dan for his support and encouragement. Most of all, I'd like to thank the fans - you guys are something else, and because of you it has all been worthwhile."

He adds: "I hope to see you all again in the future at one of my own gigs. I'd also like to wish my successor all the best and Nazareth a fantastic 2015 and beyond." Read more here.



This past Monday evening (Jan. 12), ADOPT THE ARTS ( Los Angeles-based charity that preserves and creates arts programs in U.S. public schools--gathered their industry friends for an epic night of music and a live auction at The Roxy in West Hollywood. The event—honoring music legends BILLY GIBBONS (ZZ Top) and BUTCH TRUCKS (Allman Brothers Band)--was a smashing success, raising over $106,000 in one night for ADOPT THE ARTS which funds music programs in LAUSD elementary schools.

Artists thrilled the crowd performing with a rare set including classic hits from ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers Band at the concert which included honorees BILLY GIBBONS and BUTCH TRUCKS along with SLASH, DUFF MCKAGAN (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), RICHIE SAMBORA (Bon Jovi), STEVE LUKATHER (Toto), ORIANTHI (ex-Alice Cooper), EDGAR WINTER, JIMMY VIVINO (Conan O’Brien), BILLY DUFFY (The Cult), vocalist FRANKIE PEREZ, ADOPT THE ARTS founder MATT SORUM (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and THE DISREPUTABLE FEW, a group of surprise killer musicians, served as the backing band for the night (see the full set list below).

Here is the ADOPT THE ARTS set list at The Roxy concert and live auction:

ZZ Top set:
1. “Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers” (ZZ Top) (w/Billy Gibbons, Damon Fox, Billy Duffy)
2. “Tush” (ZZ Top) (w/ Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather, Jimmy Vivino, Edgar Winter on organ)
3. “Cheap Sunglasses” (ZZ Top) (w/Billy Gibbons, Edgar Winter on sax/ lead vocals with Gibbons)
4. “Rough Boy” (ZZ Top) (w/Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Matt Sorum)          
5. “Waitin’ For The Bus” (ZZ Top) (w/Billy Gibbons, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan)              
5. “Jesus Just Left Chicago” (ZZ Top) (w/Matt Sorum, Slash, Duff McKagan, Billy Gibbons)
6. “La Grange” (ZZ Top) (w/Billy Gibbons, Matt Sorum, Slash, Duff McKagan, Steve Lukather, Richie Sambora, Edgar Winter on organ) 

Allman Brothers Band set:
1. “Trouble No More” (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Jimmy Vivino, Butch Trucks)
2. “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’’ (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Franky Perez)
3. “Midnight Rider” (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Richie Sambora, Orianthi)
4. “Stormy Monday” (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Edgar Winter on vocals/sax, Jimmy Vivino, Slash)
5. “One Way Out” (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Steve Lukather, Jimmy Vivino)
6. “Statesboro Blues” (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Butch Trucks, Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora, Matt Sorum)
7. “Whipping Post” (Allman Brothers Band) (w/Butch Trucks, Matt Sorum, Slash, Richie Sambora and Billy Gibbons) 

In between live performances guests enjoyed a live and silent auction featuring generous donations and vacation packages from ADOPT THE ARTS supporters including: Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles, Villa del Palmar Resorts, John Varvatos, Billy Gibbons (guitar from Fender), Slash and Steve Lukather (guitars from Gibson), Matt Sorum (signed Guns N’ Roses bass drumheads), America (signed lyrics to “Ventura Highway”), artwork from Shepard Fairey, Tommy Hollenstein and Mathieu Jean, photography from Gene Kirkland and gift certificates from Dr. Garth Fisher MD, FACS Beverly Hills and Real Food Daily.

The night was made possible by the Carter Lay Charitable Fund which builds schools and provides education to children in local communities and worldwide. The Carter Lay Charitable Fund recently adopted Westminster Elementary school in Venice, CA through the ADOPT THE ARTS program. Co-Founded by Carter Lay and Crystal Fambrini in 2010, the Carter Lay Charitable Fund is dedicated to helping individuals and non profits whose focus is to make the world a more peaceful and happy place. “Matt's dedication and connection to the kids is inspirational, he treats them how I treat my own kids--with nothing less than pure love and support,” explains Carter Lay. “The energy created by Adopt The Arts has provided me an opportunity to invest in my neighbors and focus on a worthy cause in my own backyard. Venice, CA is my home and it is a must for me to give back to the community on a local level by adopting Westminster Elementary."

ADOPT THE ARTS--a 501(c)(3) non-profit funding arts programs in public elementary schools--was founded by musician Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and activist Abby Berman and works to preserve arts programs in U.S. public schools.  To raise awareness, ADOPT THE ARTS honors individuals who’ve had a long-lasting impact on music culture and who inspire young musicians to follow in their footsteps. Actress JANE LYNCH was the first celebrity to sign onto ADOPT THE ARTS and is on the Board of Directors; the advisory board also includes: SLASH, JOHN STAMOS, BILLY BOB THORTON, STEVE STEVENS, JULIETTE LEWIS, DANNY MASTERSON, SHEPARD FAIREY, ADRIAN YOUNG and GINA GERSHON.

According to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 50% of elementary school children in the district are not receiving arts education of any kind.  As in many school districts around the country, LAUSD has been slowly eroding its commitment to arts education, reducing the budget incrementally.  The LAUSD district also estimates that 80% of its student body is living at or below the poverty line, which means the vast majority of these elementary school children will not have access to the arts outside of school. “Adopt the Arts was born out of the frustration for my own children losing education in the arts,” explains ADOPT THE ARTS Co-Founder Abby Berman. “When the system is failing, we have to take action.  With influential people like my Co-Founder Matt Sorum adopting schools, we can preserve this valuable component to childhood development, which is also known to boost test scores.  Because Federal and State funding is falling short, the responsibility is upon us as concerned parents and citizens to ensure we’re raising a new generation of healthy and well-rounded individuals.” ADOPT THE ARTS Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder Matt Sorum adds, “We’re starting in our own backyard here in Los Angeles, and we’ll continue to adopt schools across the nation.  We believe that art is a universal and necessary language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds.”

About Adopt the Arts

Founded in 2010, Adopt the Arts Foundation brings together well-known artists, public figures, and the general public to save the arts in America’s public schools.  Co-founders Abby Berman and Matt Sorum believe that it is morally and ethically incumbent upon the public-at-large to foster the creativity, dreams, hopes, and imaginations of our children.  Adopt the Arts is dedicated to improving the academic performance of every child through the gift of making art and music available to public school students.  In 2011, Adopt the Arts chose Rosewood Avenue Elementary (West Hollywood, CA) as its pilot school, working directly with the principal and the booster club to ensure that the students receive exposure to all the arts disciplines, including music, dance, theater, and visual arts.  Adopt the Arts is paying the salary of the music teacher and has outfitted a music room with donated keyboards, guitars, and drums.  With the help of the arts education branch of LAUSD, Adopt the Arts is identifying the most underserved schools in the district as it prepares for its next series of adoptions.  In September 2012, Adopt the Arts donated 1,000 musical instruments (i.e. drum kits, keyboards, guitars, bass guitars) to LAUSD elementary schools. Each school site is available to be “adopted” by anyone that wants to help—whether a business, a working artist, celebrity or public figure—to underscore the importance of community involvement. As of December 2014, Adopt the Arts has now adopted Westminster Elementary School in Venice, CA and their music program will begin at the school in January 2015. (

About Matt Sorum

Matt Sorum is an American drummer and percussionist. He is best known as both a former member of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he recorded three studio albums, and as a member of the supergroup Velvet Revolver. Sorum is currently a member of the touring project, Kings of Chaos, and is a former member of both The Cult and Y Kant Tori Read. Sorum was also a member of Guns N' Roses side-projects, Slash's Snakepit and Neurotic Outsiders, and released a solo album, Hollywood Zen, in 2004. In 2012, Sorum was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N' Roses.

About Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons is an American musician, producer and actor, best known as the guitarist of the American rock band ZZ Top. Gibbons formed ZZ Top in late 1969 and released ZZ Top's First Album in 1971. The albums that followed, Rio Grande Mud (1972) and Tres Hombres (1973), along with extensive touring, solidified the group's reputation as a hard-rocking power trio. In the 1980s, ZZ Top released their three biggest-selling albums: Eliminator (1983), Afterburner (1985) and Recycler (1990). A wave of music videos for the hit singles "Legs", "Gimme All Your Lovin'", and "Sharp Dressed Man", among others, became mainstays on MTV. Gibbons was ranked at number 32 on the 2011 Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

About Butch Trucks

Butch Trucks  is an American drummer who is one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band. Trucks helped form The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, along with Duane Allman (guitar), Gregg Allman (vocals and organ), Dickey Betts (guitar), Berry Oakley (bass), and fellow drummer Jai Johanny Johanson. Trucks continues to record and perform with the Allman Brothers Band today. As the principal architects of Southern rock, the Allman Brothers Band forged a new musical sound built on  elements of blues, jazz, soul, R&B and rock and roll and help advance rock as a medium for improvisation. Their kind of jamming required a level of technical virtuosity and musical literacy that was relatively new to rock & roll, The Allman Brothers Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Fleetwood Mac Forced To Cut Show Short Due To Illness

Fleetwood Mac were forced to end their concert in Lincoln, Nebraska early on Saturday night after drummer Mick Fleetwood fell ill during the show, according to The Lincoln Journal Star.

The show came to a halt when Stevie Nicks told the crowd at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, "Mick is really sick," adding the drummer was backstage throwing up. "We feel terrible, but we can't really make him play. Give us a minute, and we'll figure out what to do."

The band regrouped and played two more songs, "Go Your Own Way" with a drum tech behind the kit and then, after a short break, Christine McVie returned to the stage at a grand piano for "Songbird" accompanied by guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.

"Poor old Mick is really sick," said McVie. "I sing this for him and for all of you." Read more here.

Metallica Confirm Return To The Studio To Work On New Album

Metallica have posted a teaser picture that finally proves they're working on the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic. They've posted an Instagram photo, taken by drummer Lars Ulrich, that shows Robert Trujillo recording bass parts for a song. The caption reads: "Rockin' along…"

Ulrich recently revealed the writing process for the long-awaited project began in 2013. Last month, Trujillo said he was excited by the songwriting they had completed to date, adding:

"We're just blueprinting everything right now. There are a lot of ideas, a lot of song bodies. You've got to go through the process. I'm really happy with what's happening instrumentally. So let's see how that journey continues."

Read more and see the photo here.

Slayer Guitarist Says New Album Is What Fans Hope It Should Be

Gary Holt says Slayer's upcoming record is "everything you hope a Slayer album should be." The band's first title without late guitarist Jeff Hanneman comes on the heels of the free 2014 single, Implode, which met mixed reviews from fans.

Holt tells SiriusXM: "Implode is a great song. I really love it. It's a lot a fun to play. But compared to the other stuff Kerry King has written, it's nothing - doesn't even touch it."

The Exodus leader, who began covering for Hanneman two years before his death in 2013, says the follow-up to 2009's World Painted Blood is "a little bit of everything, but everything I'd reference to is 100 percent Slayer. It's crushingly heavy and it's dark and sinister, and it's everything you hope a Slayer album should be. There's no ballads!" Read more here.

Aerosmith Concert Film To Hit Movie Theaters

Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, recorded during the band's headline festival set last year, will be screened in cinemas worldwide on March 3 ahead of a DVD release.

Steven Tyler and co closed Download 2014 on June 15 with a 19-song performance. It followed headline sets from Avenged Sevenfold and Linkin Park.

Tyler broke the news about the DVD project with a tweet from the studio three weeks after the event, saying on July 5: "Dun & dunner. Almost done mixing doningtonfestival. Record breaking 4 days w/ john shipp"

The film will debut in the US on February 26 before screenings in the UK and elsewhere the following month. Read more here.

Queensryche To Begin Recording New Album Next Month

Queensryche's Todd La Torre says the band plan to begin recording their new album next month. The frontman reveals they have 15 songs written and ready to record and adds that he has been heavily influenced by Alice in Chains when it comes to writing vocal melodies.

The album will be the singer's second with the band, after 2013's self-titled effort. La Torre tells Metal Nation (via Blabbermouth): "We're still in the demo thing. We've got 15-plus songs that, most of them, are all there. We're doing pre-production right now.

"I'm hopeful that we can start tracking next month. I was hoping we would be tracking by right now, but we're just not gonna rush. Our label, Century Media, they're awesome. Nobody's up our ass.

"It takes time. And this is the sophomore record with me in the band. That's a scary thing, because you can like the songs, but you don't know how it's gonna be perceived." Read more here.

Black Sabbath Legend Bill Ward Praises Anthrax Drummer

Bill Ward has hailed Anthrax's Charlie Benante as one of the most important drummers in the history of metal. The estranged Black Sabbath sticksman turned the spotlight on Benante on his Rock 50 radio show, praising him for his bass pedal technique and how he paces himself on stage.

"Those of you who have watched Charlie play, his bass drum work is phenomenal. He hits hard. He gets in the ring, he fights," Ward says. "I can appreciate when he talks about, 'Don't use up all your gas in the first song.' You've gotta take your time, you've gotta breath. He likes to pace himself.

"Anthrax - a great metal band with a great metal drummer. Versatile, original, passionate. Very important to metal. You can hear the passion, you can hear the strength. It's a quality, an attribute of a human being." Read more here.

Saxon Taking On The Devil And Taxation On New Album

Saxon frontman Biff Byford says the band's upcoming 21st album will feature themes as diverse as the devil and taxation. The singer reveals the names of two tracks from the record, which they are recording with producer Andy Sneap.

One song, called The Devil's Footprint, recounts a tale form the 1600s while another track, Tax Till You Drop, looks at evil of another kind. Byford tells the Metal Hammer Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio: "We have lots of ideas and I've been in the studio with Andy Sneap a couple of times going through the song ideas and melodies and putting titles to the songs. So we have started the next album. We'll be doing that at Andy's place this time and letting him have more control over the album.

"I'm looking at stories. One of the songs is called The Devil's Footprint which is about the time they woke up - I don't know what year it was, probably 1600s - and there was hoof prints over all the houses. They followed it for miles in the snow. I've written a song about that.

"Another one is Tax Till You Drop. We can do that, Saxon, we can drop in between classic rock and heavy metal." Read more here.

King's X Ask Fans For Help With Reissues

King's X are calling on fans to help gather material for a series of upcoming reissues. The veteran rockers plan CD and vinyl reissues of their classic early albums Faith Hope Love, Gretchen Goes To Nebraska, Out Of The Silent Planet, King's X, Ear Candy and Dogman.

And to help with the packaging and layout of the new versions, the band are asking fans to get in touch if they have any photos, flyers, gig tickets or other merchandise from the 1988 to 1996 era of the group.

The band say: "King's X will be releasing a series of reissues in 2015 on CD and on vinyl. The band and Metal Blade Records are putting together packaging and track listings at this very moment, and the band would like to ask fans for a favour.

"King's X are looking for photos, show flyers, ticket stubs, etc. from the 1988-1996 era of the band." Read more here.

California Breed Supergroup Breaks Up

California Breed, the band formed in 2013 by Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and guitarist Andrew Watt, have called it quits, according to an online post from Watt.

"To the California Breed fans here, I put everything I had into this band. All I can say is I was in it for the long haul," he wrote. "I have a lot of new music for you guys...going to be announcing my plans soon."

"I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you supporting us, buying our music, coming to our shows," he adds. "This is not the is truly the beginning...cannot wait to continue the quest to bring rock n roll back to the people that are hungry for it.

"What an amazing learning experience for me here and introduction to an amazing world of people and fans that share love for the same thing." Read more here.


“It's a gritty, hammering bulldozer of a song,” Billboard


Blaster, the March 31 release from Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, is available starting today for pre-order on iTunes  For the next three weeks, fans will receive a free download of “White Lightening” as an instant grat track when they order the first album ever from Weiland and his new band.  Weiland describes the track as “a musical homage to the film Lawless (starring Tom Hardy)… It's got a sludgy, bluesy stomp from start to finish yet there are ethereal elements that take you on a journey.” Billboard called the track “a gritty, hammering bulldozer of a song.”   Weiland will be performing at SXSW and at Sundance next week at Sundance’s ASCAP Music Café.

Another chance to preview the new album came earlier this week when Weiland and the Wildabouts launched their page at Pledge Music:  

It is on the direct-to-fan platform that fans can interact with the band and receive exclusive items and experiences from the legendary songwriter/lead singer whose riveting stage presence one reviewer likened to a “rock God.”  With each pledge, fans will receive a free download of “Modzilla,” an “indie, garage-wrecking track,” says Weiland, from Blaster.

Blaster was produced by Rick Parker [Black Rebel Motorcycle Club] and recorded throughout 2014 at Lavish Studios in Burbank and at The Sandbox in Beachwood Canyon.  Blaster features twelve tracks, all but one were written by Weiland.  Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts will hit the road in February in support of the new project   Additional shows will be added, but the 2x Grammy winning, multi-platinum selling songwriter/vocalist Weiland and his band already have a busy spring, with previously announced shows at SXSW, the Sundance Film Festival and additional festival dates.

Weiland and the Wildabouts’ guitarist Jeremy Brown, bassist Tommy Black, and drummer Danny Thompson, have a comradery fostered by years of jamming and touring together. After touring for several months in 2013, they hunkered down in Weiland’s Southern California studio and rehearsal space to write and record what would eventually become Blaster.

“The album has its own distinctive sound,” says Weiland, “but it also can entice those Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans who have stuck by me. Over the years, I’ve gone back and forth between art records and being in a band. This is a hybrid. What we’ve come up with is really heavy, slinky, and sexy. There’s a lot of fuzz. The best way to describe it is ‘Furry’.” I knew I wanted to make a rock record,” proclaims Weiland. “It all just came together.”

Scott Weiland has cumulatively sold over 44 million records worldwide with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. He’s garnered two Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Hard Rock Performance”—in 2005 for “Slither” and in 1994 for “Plush”. Stone Temple Pilots’ Purple debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 a feat also accomplished by Velvet Revolver’s Contraband. Weiland’s voice has driven some of the most recognizable hits in rock ‘n’ roll history including “Sex Type Thing”, “Wicked Garden”, “Creep”, “Interstate Love Song”, “Vasoline”, “The Big Empty”, “Sour Girl”, “Down”, and more. He released his memoir Not Dead & Not for Sale in 2011 to critical applause. Still, his most powerful music is yet to come with the release of Blaster.

 2/22/15: Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
2/24/15: Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
2/26/15: Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
2/27/15: Chicago, IL – Double Door
2/28/15: Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
3/2/15: Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
3/3/15: Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
3/6/15: Orlando, FL – The Social
3/7/15: Destin, FL – Club LA
3/10/15: New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
3/12/15: Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
3/13/15: Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
3/14/15: Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

Additional festival dates:
4/25/15: Welcome to Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
5/16/15: Rock on the Range – Colombus OH
5/30/15:  BottleRock Music Festival – Napa Valley

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From the 1976 Trick Of The Tail Tour through to the 2007 reunion, Genesis authority Alan Hewitt details the decades of rare recordings that document Genesis in it's natural environment- the stage.

The bands live story following Peter Gabriel’s departure in 1975, has not been documented in such detail before.

As if that wasn’t enough, the band’s story has expanded to encapsulate the burgeoning and incredibly successful solo careers of Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford (& The Mechanics), Phil Collins and Ray Wilson. The story of their live performances up to the present day is also told here.

This full colour publication is fully illustrated throughout its 250 plus pages with stacks of previously unpublished photos spanning the entire period, along with rare memorabilia, including posters, advertisements, handbills and tickets. 

With the added kudos of forewords by Phil Collins and Steve Hackett, this is an essential guide to Genesis and their solo live recordings from their most commercially successful period. 

A matter of Fact…it’s a new book about Deep Purple!

DEEP PURPLE A MATTER OF FACT is the perfect companion to Deep Purple's music.  Full of bizarre, obscure and amazing facts that have surrounded the band throughout its career of over forty years.  If you have ever had disagreements with fellow fans about various facts or want to test the biggest fan on just how good their Deep Purple knowledge is, then this is the book for you.

* How did Ian Paice and Rod Evans end up supporting Deep Purple?

* Why did Ritchie Blackmore's country and western guitar playing save him from a beating?

* Why did Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler review a Purple gig?

* Who first recorded versions of several Deep Purple songs, complete with an orchestra?

* Did Deep Purple's explosive performance at Plumpton really prevent Yes from performing?

* Who did Deep Purple sue for selling bootlegs?

* Which big rock star did the band get in a spat with at Knebworth?

* Why did the Bee Gees receive Purple's lifetime achievement award?

* What was Deep Purple's involvement with a film about a sixteenth century naval explorer that never got produced?

* Why were some of Deep Purple's recent gigs illegal?

The answers to all these questions, and many more amazing facts are revealed in this captivating book, which includes a foreword by tennis legend and Purple fan Pat Cash.   Based on interviews with band and road crew members, contemporary press articles, and drawing on management files, A Matter Of Fact helps to clarify the truth behind several stories.  It also dispels some untruths once and for all, as well a few previously un-revealed new stories that will appeal to even the most diehard fans.  

Jerry Bloom does an amazing job of collecting a collage of information and stories of the band members when they were in and out of their various bands before, during and after Purple.  The stories will keep any Deep Purple fan enthralled.  As anyone in showbiz will tell you there’s always a whole lot more going on than it appears.  This book is not just about the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle but an insight in to the tough day to day grind of a group of amazingly talented artists all with differing personalities.

SAXON Re-Releases Two Classic Collections, Out February 13, 2015 – “Heavy Metal Thunder – Bloodstock Edition” Reissue + “The Saxon Chronicles” 2-Disc DVD with Bonus Live CD

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Heavy Metal Thunder – Bloodstock Edition

The Saxon Chronicles

US Tour Dates Coming Soon!

SAXON is ready to kick off 2015 with the re-release of two classic collections, each covering significant career highlights as well as offering something new in their 2015 versions.

On February 13, 2015, SAXON greatest hits release Heavy Metal Thunder will make its market re-entry together with a brand new bonus CD, Live At Bloodstock. First released in 2002, Heavy Metal Thunder features 13 bona-fide SAXON classics from the halcyon days of the early 80’s, with eight of the cuts having been re-recorded again in 2001 to offer a fresh perspective. Amazon Pre-Order

At the same time, fans will also once again be able to buy The Saxon Chronicles, a double-disc DVD which now also includes a bonus CD titled Rock’n’Roll Gypsies 1989 Live. Released originally in 2003, The Saxon Chronicles is a double-DVD set which features not only the band’s 2001 Wacken performance, but original song videos, interviews and exclusive on-tour documentaries. Amazon Pre-Order

See below for tracklistings for both releases:

Heavy Metal Thunder Bloodstock Edition:
CD I Tracklist:         
01.       Heavy Metal Thunder
02.       Strong Arm of the Law
03.       Power & the Glory
04.       And the Bands played on
05.       Crusader
06.       Dallas 1PM
07.       Princess of the Night
08.       Wheels of Steel
09.       747 (Strangers in the Night)
10.       Motorcycle Man
11.       Never Surrender
12.       Denim & Leather
13.       Backs to the Wall         

Bonus CD II Live at Bloodstock 2014:
01.       Sacrifice 
02.       Power and the Glory 
03.       Heavy Metal Thunder
04.       Battalions of Steel 
05.       Motorcycle Man 
06.       And the Bands Played On 
07.       To Hell and Back Again 
08.       747 (Strangers in the Night) 
09.       Crusader 
10.       Wheels of Steel 
11.       Princess of the Night 
12.       Denim and Leather

The Saxon Chronicles + Rock’n’Roll Gypsies 1989 Live
DVD I Wacken Open Air Festival, Germany 2001 Tracklist:     
01.       Motorcycle Man
02.       Dogs Of War
03.       Heavy Metal Thunder
04.       Cut Out The Disease
05.       Solid Ball Of Rock
06.       Metalhead
07.       The Eagle Has Landed
08.       Conquistador (Drum Solo)
09.       Crusader
10.       Power And The Glory
11.       Princess Of The Night
12.       Wheels Of Steel (Guitar Solo)
13.       Strong Arm Of The Law
14.       20,000 Ft.
15.       Denim And Leather  

Bonus Stuff : Interview with Biff Byford
DVD II Tracklist:
Video: Saxon on Tour
Saxon Official Videos:
01.       Suzie Hold On
02.       Power And The Glory
03.       Nightmare
04.       Back On The Streets Again
05.       Rockin' Again
06.       (Requiem) We Will Remember
07.       Unleash The Beast + Behind The Scenes
08.       Killing Ground
Saxon on TV – Interviews, History, TV-Appearances:
01.       And the Band Played On
02.       Back on the Streets
03.       Never Surrender
04.       Denim And Leather
05.       Wheels of Steel

bonus Stuff: Text/Photo Gallery

Bonus: Rock’n’Roll Gypsies 1989 Live Audio CD Tracklist:      
1.         Power And Glory
2.         And The Bands Played On
3.         Rock The Nation
4.         Dallas 1PM
5.         Broken Heroes
6.         Battle Cry
7.         Rock 'N Roll Gypsies
8.         Northern Lady
9.         I Can't Wait Anymore
10.       This Town Rocks
11.       The Eagle Has Landed
12.       Just Let Me Rock       
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Legendary Producer Kim Fowley Dead at 75

Legendary record producer and music business icon Kim Fowley has died following a long battle with bladder cancer, according to a report from Billboard. He was 75.

Fowley was best known for his work with the Runaways, the all girl rock group that featured Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, as well as cowriting songs with KISS and Alice Cooper.

Back in late 2012, antiMusic's Morley Seaver conducted an indepth interview with Fowley and one of the topics they covered was his health battles. Here is an excerpt: antiMusic: You've had many health crises and yet describe yourself as "hard to kill" and "slow to die"….

Kim: I'm a bladder cancer survivor. I go every six months for the next 2½ years. It's the fastest growing male cancer so in between the treatments, it can come back. I'm a skin cancer survivor. Basal cell and prostate cancer. Positional vertigo. Bit by a West Nile spider. Then I had polio twice and pneumonia 9 times. Plus I've been shot. I've been knifed. I've been bricked and I've been bottled. And I've been in the Air Force of America so…

antiMusic: To what do you owe your ability to triumph over less than favorable odds? Are you a secret health freak with a magic tonic? Is it good genetics or are you just plain lucky?

Kim: Common sense within insanity. Good genetics and luck. My dad was 87 or abouts when he died and my mother was 82. So I guess I have between 9 and 14 years to go. Unless somebody's dad murders me for making love to their daughter.

The wideranging interview touched on his entire career from his days at Motown, as well as working with the man who coined the term rock and roll, to the Runaways and writing songs with KISS and Alice Cooper, to a very interesting story about Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose. You can read the full, very entertaining and enlightening interview, here.

Motley Crue Reveal Their Final Show Plans

Motley Crue have revealed the date and location of the final show of their farewell tour both in an online posting on Facebook and a new interview with frontman Vince Neil.

The band shared the timing of the event with a Facebook post on December 31, writing, "Happy New Years Eve from me and the guys. It's been one great 2014 for us and we're really grateful to all the CrueHeads who came out and saw us live. It's crazy to think that exactly 1 year from tonight we are gonna perform our final show together."

Singer Vince Neil shared more details with pal Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun. According to the article, the final Motley Crue concert will take place in Los Angeles on December 31st.

"I hope we can have our final after-party at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip where we began 34 years ago if it hasn't been torn down by then," said Neil. "It would be a fitting place to celebrate the beginning and the end."

The iconic venue on the Sunset Strip was where the band got its start in 1981. Read more here.

The Black Crowes Have Broken Up According To Rich Robinson

Guitarist Rich Robinson has issued a statement announcing the end of The Black Crowes after 24 years as a band. "It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of The Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up," said Robinson.

"I hold my time with the Black Crowes with the utmost respect and sincerest appreciation. It is a huge swath of my life's body of work. I couldn't be more proud of what we accomplished and deeply moved by the relationships people created and maintained with my music. That alone is the greatest honor of being a musician."

The guitarist revealed details regarding some controversy within the group that fueled his decision not to return. "I love my brother and respect his talent," he noted, "but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100% of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to."

"There are so many people who have helped and supported us along the way. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our fans, our friends behind the scenes, and to everyone who was a part of The Black Crowes." Read more here.

Gregg Allman Wants To Change Direction On Future Album

Gregg Allman hopes to make a country music record in the future, now he's laid the Allman Brothers Band to rest. But first he's working on a follow-up to 2011 solo release Low Country Blues.

Allman tells "You can expect a new record from me. I've got about enough for half a record now, but they're really coming fast." Asked to describe the material he says: "I don't know what you'd call it. Everybody seems to want some kind of label put on their music.

"It could be a mixture of it all - some songs are folks, some are straight-on blues, some of them are rock'n'roll. It's just good ol' music." But after that he may turn his attention to a project he's wanted to undertake for a while. "I really would love to cut a country record," he reports. Read more here.

Rush To Receive Humanitarian Award

 Rush will be honored with the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award as part of Canada's Juno Awards this spring. The honor recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.

"We are sincerely grateful to be recognized as this year's recipients of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award," said the band. "We are proud, honoured and humbled to be in the company of all Canadians who find it within their hearts to help those in need."

"We are proud to be recognizing Rush's noble legacy with this award," said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. "The group's dedication to countless charities and organizations over the course of their career is truly remarkable. Their tenacity and spirit serves as an inspiration to all of us, and we salute them for all of their exceptional work." Read more here.


Ann Boleyn, powerhouse vocalist for L.A. female-fronted metal act, HELLION, speaking to Eric Thompson in the current issue of Sweden Rock Magazine, explains the reasons for her mysterious disappearance from the music industry in the mid-2000s. 

“My absence from the music industry was not voluntary,” said Ann Boleyn.  “I was forced to flee because of problems with three stalkers.”

 One of the stalkers, a former financial advisor for HELLION, pled guilty to felony charges in 2003, and served time in prison.

 “The District Attorney issued restraining orders to keep them away from me.  The police could not protect me so I was forced to change my lifestyle and had to avoid places where I usually would go.  Even my friends were threatened by these stalkers.”    

 Ann Boleyn re-emerged in DÉTENTE in 2007, replacing legendary thrash singer, Dawn Crosby, who died of liver failure.

 Shortly after leaving DÉTENTE, Boleyn became depressed following the death Ronnie James Dio, in 2010.  Dio had produced HELLION. 

 “I was approached by a Japanese promoter to front an all-star tribute.  They wanted me to record a tribute album to Ronnie and to tour in Japan and possibly South America.  I had never been offered so much money for any music project, but I could not agree to it because I felt like I would have been profiting from Ronnie’s death.”

In 2014, Boleyn enlisted drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, UFO, QUEENSRYCHE), keyboard player Scott Warren (HEAVEN & HELL, DIO, TYPE-O NEGATIVE), bassist Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TONY MCALPINE), and up and coming shred guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle to record and tour for the first time in nearly a decade.  Georg Dolivo (RHINO BUCKET) also appeared as a special guest rhythm guitarist on HELLION’S recent North American tour.  Bassist Greg Smith (ALICE COOPER, RAINBOW, TED NUGENT) filled in for Englen on the recent tour due to a schedule conflict.

In October HELLION released their first CD of new music in a decade.  Hellion’s new CD, Karma’s A Bitch, was produced by legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who 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," along with Simon Wright and Ann Boleyn.

HELLION has revealed their first official lyric video from their new “Karma’s A Bitch” CD.  The new video may be found here:

Audio Fidelity To Release Soft Rock Legends Bread “The Best of Bread” On 4.0 Quadraphonic Hybrid SACD

“A true classic filled with rediscovered treasures...!”

Camarillo, CA – With many exciting releases scheduled throughout 2015, Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity starts the New Year off with the release of soft rock legends Bread “The Best of Bread” on 4.0 Quadraphonic Hybrid SACD! This 1973 recording is a great collection of music from Bread, the popular 1970's band best known for their mellow, smooth, melodic and often mournful tunes. Many of the classic Bread tunes included in this set live on through soft rock stations everywhere.

Lead singer David Gates crooned his way into America's heart, and starting with “Make It With You” quickly spun off hits like “Everything I Own,” “Diary,” “Baby I'm A Want You,” “It Don't Matter To Me” and “If.” At times, their songs had a more upbeat feel as with “Mother Freedom,” but they always retain that same soothing blend of soulful lyrics and gentle music. This album covers all the early hits and more delivered with a deceptively breezy tone by one of pop's purest vocalists. 

Audio Fidelity reassembled all the original masters of the tracks that appeared on the album release rather than work from the compiled "Best of..." master thus giving the recording a completely fresh, updated sound.

Make It With You
Everything I Own
Baby I'm-a Want You
It Don't Matter to Me
Mother Freedom
Down on My Knees
Too Much Love
Let Your Love Go
Look What You've Done

Produced by David Gates
Associate Producer: James Griffin
Stereo CD and SACD mastering for this release by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering, Los Angeles, CA
4.0 analog to High Definition DSD Digital Transfer by Gus Skinas at Super Audio Center, Boulder, CO

Gov’t Mule & John Scofield ‘Sco-Mule’ Released 26th January 2015 Provogue/Mascot Label Group

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The second instalment of the Gov’t Mule 20th anniversary celebration has been a long time coming, ‘Sco-Mule’ has been in the pipeline for over a decade and will now see the light of day on 26th January 2015 on 2CD/Double vinyl. In September 1999 Gov’t Mule was a little over 5 years old and began embracing and exploring personal influences which weren’t quite present in the music at that stage. They had written and recorded jazz-influenced instrumentals such as ‘Trane’, ‘Birth of the Mule’ and ‘Thelonius Beck’, but had never, at that point, done any “live” performances that were predominantly made up of instrumental songs.

At this point, enter jazz-rock guitarist John Scofield, who has previously played and collaborated with legends such as Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Chet Baker amongst others. Gov’t Mule had begun including more guests into the live shows and were joined by Scofield for two shows; one in Atlanta and the other in Athens, Georgia – this was after only one full rehearsal.

Talking about the shows Warren Haynes reflects; “We came out and played what would be the equivalent, time-wise, of a first set filled with hard-rocking Mule staples. Then we were joined by John Scofield and special guest keyboardist Dr. Dan Matrazzo for our first-ever all instrumental “sets”. In some ways this was the beginning of a new outlook for Gov’t Mule as we were constantly looking for new directions to explore. Less than a year later Allen Woody passed away and after a period we didn’t know if we would even continue.”

No two Gov’t Mule shows are the same, and like recent release ‘Dark Side of the Mule’, ‘Sco-Mule’ also reflects the breath and eclecticism of their talent with their ability to transform themselves continuously in a live setting. The band can draw on more than 300 songs in their repertoire (and often a host of special guests) to create a unique experience each and every time. The deep chemistry and steely confidence shared by the current line-up of guitarist-singer Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson and multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis also allows them to tackle any form of music and stamp it with their own identity. The series of new live archival releases really drives this point home with the third (‘Dub Side of the Mule’) and final instalment (‘Stoned Side of the Mule’) still to come. 

Reflecting on the collaboration Scofield recalls the moment the seeds were sown. “It was about 25 years ago that I first met Warren. He turned up at the New York club Sweet Basil and said we should play together sometime. He looked like Dennis Hopper in “Easy Rider,” and I wondered, “Who is this guy?”

Continuing he adds “Warren and I stayed in touch, and a few years later he invited me to play some shows with Gov’t Mule. I flew down to Atlanta to rehearse with Warren, Allen Woody, Matt Abts, and another special guest, Dr. Dan Matrazzo on keyboards. “These guys are the real deal,” I remember thinking. Although I’m known as a jazz player, I started out playing blues, and I think that Warren sensed that. I loved playing with them and I still do. The shows we did then were excellent musically and a lot of fun for me -I think they stand the test of time all these years later.”

Warren Haynes’ unparalleled ability to bring together different musicians into a cohesive whole or to pull off epic musical happenings is one of the many reasons why Haynes stands apart from the many great front men and guitarists who have graced the musical landscape. Combined with his guitar and vocal mastery, these skills have made him an in-demand presence and indispensable musical ally for many.

Sco-Mule will be released on 26th January 2015 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group

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AC/DC Star's Grammys Appearance In Doubt

The status of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's availability for the band's performance at next month's Grammy Awards is in question due to the conditions of his bail.

The International Business Times reports the February 8 Grammys appearance falls two days prior to Rudd's return to a New Zealand court to face multiple charges stemming from his November 6 arrest.

Part of Rudd's bail conditions is to reside in his Tauranga home, which may make it difficult for the drummer to leave the country for the event in Los Angeles.

The day the situation made headlines around the world, AC/DC released a statement saying, "We've only become aware of Phil's arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil's absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year." Read more here.

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Having Dispute With Robbie Williams

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has found himself embroiled in a property dispute with his neighbor, singer Robbie Williams. The Telegraph reports Page is trying to block Wiliams' plans to renovate his Victorian mansion on the grounds of the property's historical significance, and that the work may cause damage to his home and reduce its value.

Williams has applied for planning permission to revamp the house - both inside and out - to create a "contemporary standard of family living." Page has written the borough in a bid to stop the renovations.

"I am extremely concerned that this work will cause vibrations and possible structural damage with my house," writes Page. "It appears the proposed new window is at a height that will overlook the side of my house as well as the garden at the rear of my property, thus having a significant impact on the amenity of the house and its garden."

Read more here.

Tool Updates Fans About Work On New Album

Work on Tool's long-awaited fifth album is continuing slowly but surely, the band have confirmed. They've been creating the follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days for a number of years - with frontman Maynard James Keenan having admitted in 2013 that progress was "tedious."

In October guitarist Adam Jones posted a picture of Keenan in the studio with his colleagues, a situation that normally only occurs once all the music has been written.

Tool report on their Facebook page: "Starting the new year off on a positive note, Adam arrives at the Loft with an ending for an arrangement, and gets the nod of approval by the others. As long as they don't start with the ending, that's good news!" Read more here.

The Faces Reunite At Rod Stewart Birthday Bash

Rod Stewart staged a private Faces reunion as part of his 70th birthday celebrations at the weekend. The singer performed two songs with surviving members Ron Wood and Kenney Jones at his home in Los Angeles, intended as a tribute to keyboardist Ian 'Mac' McLagan, who died last month after suffering a stroke.

Their brief set was witnessed by just 120 guests during a 1940s-themed party featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Drummer Jones reported via Facebook: "Went to LA for Rod's birthday. Great night and played with my mates Rod and Woody. Only two songs but it was fun."

Fans have been hoping for a reunion since Stewart and Wood discussed a songwriting session in 2008. Two years later Wood, McLagan and Jones brought in Simply Red's Mick Hucknall to front the band. They were due to perform with Stewart at their 2012 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, but he bowed out at the last moment. Read more here.

Aerosmith Almost Hired Fatal Lynyrd Skynyrd Airplane

Joe Perry recalls feeling that someone was "watching over" Aerosmith when they avoided hiring the plane that crashed with Lynard Skynard onboard. The Convair CV-300 plane crashed in Amite County in the USA in October 1977, killing Skynard's lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, as well as three other people.

Aerosmith guitarist Perry recalls the band backing out of a plan to hire the same aircraft a week before the crash and says he counts himself incredibly lucky.

Perry tells Crave Online: "It was a terrible tragedy, and we just considered ourselves incredibly lucky. People were flying on all these different planes, and it was very common to be on a plane Fleetwood Mac had been on the week before.

"We've always felt there was somebody watching over us, and this was another example of that. People were put in our lives that helped bail us out for one reason or another. Fortunately we had someone looking at the plane that we would be taking, and he put his foot down.

"To be that close to it... it was really a blow, up and down the line. From knowing those guys, to the loss of music and beyond." Read more here.

Megadeth Offshoot Frontman Says It's A Miracle He Survived Crash

Former Scar The Martyr and current Megadeth offshoot frontman Henry Derek Bonner says that it's a miracle he survived a hit-and-run car crash at the weekend.

A concert with his band Thrown Into Exile had to be postponed after his vehicle was left on its roof. The driver who hit him, thought to have been drunk, left the scene on foot.

Bonner tells Blabbermouth: "The impact of the crash propelled me into three lanes of oncoming traffic. It's no small miracle that I'm still alive. Hell - I crawled back into the wreckage to retrieve my lyric book. How f***ing metal is that?" Read more here.

Waysted Founders In Online Feud

A furious war of words has erupted online between Waysted founders Pete Way and Fin Muir, amid allegations over plans to release bootlegs and tour. Former UFO man Way accuses singer Muir of trying to tour without him and says it had been "wrong to ever have called him a friend."

But Muir has countered with a denial that he and former guitarist Ronnie Kayfield were trying to "cash in" on the band's reputation. A post on Way's Facebook page reports that Muir has been "stopped by EMI from releasing bootleg Waysted live recordings" and adds: "He has been most unpleasant to me and I only knew what was going on behind my back when a chum called to tell me Fin and Ron Kayfield had asked him to play bass on a Waysted tour, and 'don't tell Pete.'

"I was devastated that they would be so Machiavellian and sly to try to deceive me like that and try to go out on tour fabricating the fact that I would be appearing. I feel this defamation is extremely spiteful."

Muir responds via the Waysted Facebook page by saying the post was written by Way's manager, Jenny Stanley-Clarke. He continues: "She slagged Ron off on here because he deemed to post live recordings of Waysted from the Dio/Ozzy tours 83/84". Read more here.

Robert Plant, Black Keys, Alabama Shakes to Play Mountain Jam

Back in the early days of weekend long "destination" festivals, lines were pretty clearly drawn. Coachella was for hipsters, Bonnaroo for hippies and Austin City Limits was roots music for grown-ups. These days, the lines have blurred. AC/DC has been announced as one of the headliners for this year's Coachella, Billy Joel and Kendrick Lamar share space on the top line on the Bonnaroo poster, and ACL hasn't announced their talent list yet, but last year's big names included Skrillex, Eminem and Calvin Harris.

But while most festivals trying to be all things to all people, upstate New York's Mountain Jam still caters towards the hippie contingent; although the lineup isn't strictly jam-bands, it has a very jam-band-approved vibe to it: the headliners are the Black Keys, Robert Plant and the Alabama Shakes.

Also on the bill are some staples of the jam scene though: Gov't Mule, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, moe., Railroad Earth, Rusted Root, the Wailers, and more.

Fish Plans Final Album and Farewell Tour

Former Marillion frontman Fish has reported that he's planning to end his musical career in 2017 after a final album, a set of re-releases and a farewell tour.

The singer has been working towards retirement for several years, but the acclaim surrounding his 2013 release A Feast Of Consequences has led to offers of live work he doesn't want to refuse.

And he wants to take the time to ensure that, when he goes, he's left a body of work as high in quality as it can be. Writing sessions for his final record will take place during the coming months, recorded early next year and released before the summer, leading to another European tour before a farewell season throughout 2017.

The former Marillion frontman reflects: "I feel comfortable with the scheduling - it gives me the time to prepare for the next important steps in my life. It means I will be retiring from the music business just before my 60th birthday, which I think is a pretty good time to ring the changes.

"I know there will be some of you who perhaps disagree with this ambition, and many who will be disappointed. But a man has to have a plan, and this is mine as I stare into a future which holds a lot of promise and new adventures."

Read more here.

Anthrax Used New Album Song For Game Of Thrones

Anthrax didn't have time to start a new song for the upcoming Game Of Thrones mixtape - so they sacrificed one that had been pencilled in for their upcoming album.

But the thrash giants, who are currently tracking the follow-up to 2011's Worship Music, made sure the lyrics were based on the award-winning TV show.

Guitarist Scott Ian tells Kaaos: "We didn't have time to start writing something from scratch. We listened to the material we had, and we all thought the same thing - this one demo just sounded like it should be the song for Game Of Thrones.

"They said, 'You have to pick something about the show to write about.' I'm not going to give it away now, but I got to write exactly what I wanted, so I was very happy about that."

He and bandmates Charlie Benante and Frank Bello are big fans of the series, and even tried to arrange a recording session on the Westeros throne room set. Ian says: "A lot of times you get calls for things and it's like, 'Nah, just say no.' But this, we were all very excited about." Read more here.

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker releases a new studio album featuring former Scorpions and Rainbow members

Award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker releases a new studio album entitled “Spirit On A Mission” Released by in-akustik, the album of all-new material features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band - ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), ex-Rainbow’s Doogie White (vocals) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).

The new album features twelve 12 classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker’s distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, the same rhythm section that originally performed together on the Scorpions’ 1979 album Lovedrive.  

Michael remembers how he came up with the name of the new album - “A while ago I was asked how I wanted to be remembered, and I said ‘as a spirit on a mission, spreading the joy of music from a place of pure self expression.’”

Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, while Wayne Findlay adds a new level to Schenker’s classic sound with his Dean 7-string guitar and keyboard arrangements.

Spirit On A Mission is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock.
The new album was recorded at Kidroom Studios, Muenster, Germany; the same studio where 2013’s Bridge The Gap album was recorded. The album was produced by Michael Voss and Michael Schenker, and engineered by Voss.

“After the Bridge The Gap Japan Tour in March 2014, I started to put new material together for what was to become the Spirit On A Mission album,” says Schenker. I went to the recording studio in June 2014 to put down the song arrangements and we finished recording in November.”

During the recording of the new album, the original recordings and guitars were stolen from the recording studio. Did this impact on the recording process of the new album?

“Yes we got robbed (some guitars and some music) and got very upset about it,” recalls Schenker. “Fortunately it was just performances and not compositions. We caught up and performed the music better than before. It forced us to work extra hard and longer but it made it stronger.”

For Schenker, the songwriting and recording process for Spirit On A Mission was very different from the 2012’s Bridge The Gap album.

Says Schenker - “I already knew ahead of time that I wanted to take Spirit On A Mission to the next level by adding more 7-string guitar on some songs to get more of the low heavy sound, and on other songs to keep it very fast and energetic with melodic vocals and a couple of mid tempo’s with more of my writing like in my UFO days.”

“Doogie did an amazing job with his melodies and singing,” adds Schenker. “Even though we had our instruments, music and equipment stolen from the recording studio, we had to re-record a lot of his vocals again, but when we did it the second time around, it got even better.”

“I asked Wayne to come up with a few cool guitar riffs on his 7 string. I added my parts to it and the outcome was very unique. Again, with the addition of Doogie’s vocals, we entered a whole new place that was an extreme pleasurable experience.”

The writing process and overall concept for Spirit On A Mission proved to be a fulfilling experience for Schenker and his band.   

Says Schenker - “I always write in the same way but this time, especially driven by a precise concept.” The picture was album balance for me and combine many years of emotions in one. I wanted lots of double bass drum to keep the fast songs rolling like a train with lots of energy covered with interesting elements, a couple of my UFO days-type of mid tempos and the 7 string low sound to get a very wide range of sounds and emotions.”

Michael’s Temple of Rock shared ideas and collaborated in a bigger way on the new album.

“All songs were co-written by Doogie and myself, “recalls Schenker. “Wayne co-wrote five songs. I originally wanted to write the album as a group effort, but I had this concept that needed to be focused on differently. However, Herman and Francis did very well by adding there amazing Rock You Like A Hurricane rhythm section parts that gave it all it needed.

The new album also sees guitarist and keyboard player, Wayne Findlay, takes on a bigger role.

“Wayne has been with me (MSG) since 1999,” says Schenker. “In 2004, I met Dean Guitars and they built me a 7 string. I played it for a while but thought it was too much of a sidetrack from what I was doing.”

“I always liked that low sound and asked Wayne to look into developing it on the 7 string. A couple of years ago we started to use a bit of Wayne’s 7 string guitar on Bridge The Gap as a slow introduction. Wayne looks like a Neptune (Ocean God) and he loves the ocean. I saw this as an opportunity to have Dean build him a Trident Guitar in order to make his character complete. I wrote a little piece about Wayne called Neptune Rising on the Bridge The Gap album and now on Spirit On A Mission Wayne was ready to co-write five songs, and has now become an essential part of Temple Of Rock.”

“Coincidentally,” says Schenker, “former Scorpions members Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz and myself were out of the loop of rock’n’roll around the same time, but for different reasons. When we recorded 2013’s Bridge The Gap album, we had not played together since the Scorpions’ Lovedrive album (1979). Sprit On A Mission is the second Temple of Rock album to feature the former Scorpions rhythm section.

Former Rainbow singer Doogie White is described by Schenker as an ‘extremely creative individual with a fantastic range and a voice that never stops.’  “How many people do you know that can sing nine shows in a row, without a day off and still have a voice with a range like his?”, says Schenker.  “He’s a real trooper.”

What are Schenker’s favourite songs from Spirit On A Mission, and why?

Says Michael – “I love Live and Let Live because it has everything. I love Vigilante Man because it’s heavy and melodic with a great tempo and sound. Something Of The Night turned out to be a fantastic outcome especially with that spooky Howler sound I developed awhile ago. Saviour Machine is an epic. Rock City, Bullet Proof, Restless Heart - I love the fast melodic stuff, and the other 7 string songs with a touch of ’70s rock.”

What are Schenker’s overall plans to promote the new album?  Does he plan on touring the album by relentless touring and playing summer festivals?

“Promotion is definitely the next step,” says Schenker. "Wherever we are needed around the world, we will be there to promote “Spirit On A Mission". I want to make Temple Of Rock its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as ‘Temple Of Rock’.

Bonus Track on Deluxe Edition + Vinyl Edition: Searching For Freedom (Instrumental)

All songs produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss
Engineer: Michal Voss

All songs are written by:
Music - Michael Schenker
Lyrics - Doogie White
Except* Music and Lyrics by
Michael Schenker, Doogie White, Wayne Findlay


FEBRUARY 24, 2015

On February 24, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment will issue the first ever release of House Party Live In Germany – the classic Rockpalast concert from The J. Geils Band – on DVD+CD and Digital Audio. [Pre-book Order Date January 30, MSRP $19.98]

The year was 1979. The J. Geils Band were touring Europe in support of the Sanctuary album and its hit single “One Last Kiss,” when they made a pit stop in Essen, Germany to perform on the famed television series Rockpalast. Filmed on April 21 at the Grugahalle, the aptly-named House Party Live In Germany features The J. Geils Band delivering their brand of raw, raucous, R&B-soaked Rock ‘N’ Roll in a solid 14-song set. The first half of the concert focuses on material from Sanctuary, while the second half blasts through earlier breakthrough hits, like “Looking For A Love,” “Give It To Me,” and “Ain’t Nothing But A House Party.”

In the 70s, The J. Geils Band developed a reputation for their faithful devotion to down-n-dirty bar blues (while most of their contemporaries drew more heavily from British blues-rock and psychedelia). As time progressed, their sound expanded into new directions and acquired more pop influences, leading them to score massive crossover appeal and commercial success with their 1981 album Freeze Frame and its smash hit “Centerfold.” House Party Live In Germany catches the band just before that key turn in the band’s career.

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

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Track Listing:
1.) Jus’ Can’t Stop Me
2.) I Could Hurt You
3.) Sanctuary
4.) One Last Kiss
5.) Teresa
6.) Nightmares
7.) Wild Man
8.) Looking For A Love
9.) Give It To Me
10.) Whammer Jammer
11.) Ain’t Nothing But A House Party
12.) Where Did Our Love Go
13.) Pack Fair and Square
14.) First I Look At The Purse

Legendary Blues Guitarist Harvey “The Snake” Mandel Releases Early Solo Albums In 6CD Box Set!

Los Angeles, CA - Innovative blues guitarist Harvey Mandel, has had the kind of career that musicians dream about. Most known for his pivotal work with blues rock institution Canned Heat in 1969 & 70 including their legendary performance at Woodstock, Mandel has over the course of his 6 decade career collaborated with music luminaries such as John Mayall, The Rolling Stones, Love, The Ventures and many more! But Mandel’s genius playing truly shines on his solo efforts, which he began releasing in 1968, and continues to release to this day. Now, some of these early solo albums are being made available in a deluxe 6CD box set from Purple Pyramid Records on January 20. The limited edition Snake Box includes 5 classic solo albums each packaged in its own sleeve with original artwork plus a bonus 1968 concert recording and a full-color booklet with in-depth liner notes! Taking its title from Mandel’s nickname “The Snake” given to him by Canned Heat’s keyboardist for his cracked leather jacket and his snake-like guitar licks, this box set is an essential piece for fans of this lethally talented musician.

Harvey Mandel began his career as the original guitarist for Chicago blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, appearing on his 1966 debut album Stand Back!. He then relocated to the Bay Area, performing often at a club called The Matrix, where local favorites like Jerry Garcia and Elvin Bishop would sit in and jam (a recording of which makes up the bonus disc of Snake Box). He then met up with renowned producer Abe “Voco”' Kesh, releasing his first solo album titled, Cristo Redentor in 1968, which included his extra-terrestrial version of “Wade in the Water,” still a classic to this day. Then the news arrived that Harvey Mandel had replaced Henry Vestine as lead guitarist of Canned Heat, and it was clear that his talents had been noticed by more than just a few musicians. After several tours and 3 albums with the Heat, he was recruited by British blues man John Mayall to be a member of the Bluesbreakers. In 1971 Mandel resumed his solo career, releasing several more albums including Baby Batter & The Snake.

One of Mandel’s most significant session credits was his participation on The Rolling Stones’ 1976 LP Black and Blue. His unique style is evident on the song “Hot Stuff.” When Mick Taylor left the Stones at the end of 1974, Jagger & Co. auditioned various guitarists, among them Mandel and the man who eventually got the job, Ronnie Wood. Following his success with the Stones, he became a busy session player with groups such as Love and The Ventures, and opened for Jeff Beck on his Canadian tour as part of a power trio with Jimmy Haslip, of the Yellowjackets. He relocated to Chicago in the late ‘70s and continued to tour extensively as well as supporting groups such as Roxy Music. Throughout the next 3 decades, Mandel has earned copious praises for both his solo work and his collaborative efforts becoming one of the most influential and best known guitar players of his era. Now’s your chance to own a box set featuring the albums that started it all!

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DISC 1: Cristo Redentor (1968)
1. Cristo Redentor • 2. Before Six • 3. The Lark • 4. Snake • 5. Long Wait • 6. Wade In The Water • 7. Lights Out • 8. Bradley’s Barn • 9. You Can’t Tell Me • 10. Nashville 1 A.M.

DISC 2: Righteous (1969)
1. Righteous • 2. Jive Samba • 3. Love Of Life • 4. Poontang • 5. Just A Hair More • 6. Summer Sequence • 7. Short’s Stuff • 8. Boo-Bee-Doo • 9. Campus Blues

DISC 3: Games Guitars Play (1970)
1. Leavin’ Trunk • 2. Honky Tonk • 3. I Don’t Need No Doctor • 4. Dry Your Eyes • 5. Ridin’ High • 6. Capurange • 7. Señor Blues • 8. Games People Play

DISC 4: Baby Batter (1971)
1. Baby Batter • 2. Midnight Sun • 3. One Way Street • 4. Morton Grove Mama • 5. Freedom Ball • 6. El Stinger • 7. Hank The Ripper

DISC 5: The Snake (1972)
1. The Divining Rod • 2. Pegasus • 3. Lynda Love • 4. Peruvian Flake • 5. The Snake • 6. Uno Ino • 7. Ode To The Owl • 8. Levitation • 9. Bite The Electric Eel

DISC 6: Live At The Matrix 1968
1. Jam • 2. You’ve Got To Feel It • 3. 3 O’Clock In The Morning • 4. She’s A Mojo Worker

Chrissie Hynde Finds Inner Rockstar: Pretenders Debut Turns 35

Dallas, TX - January 13, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  speaks to one of rock’s seminal female performers, the tough and talented Chrissie Hynde, as she shares the story behind The Pretenders’ 1979 self-titled debut album.

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Chrissie Hynde knew almost instinctively that her future was elsewhere. England would be the land of opportunity for her, first as a writer for London’s famed NME Magazine and then as the leader of the Pretenders, a post-punk musical outfit led by Hynde and populated by three young musicians, bassist Pete Farndon, guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, and drummer Martin Chambers, all of whom hailed from Hereford, England.

The Pretenders’ self-titled debut was met with quick commercial and universal critical success, scoring a Top 20 single with “Brass in Pocket” and selling over a million copies. Chrissie Hynde shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard her vagabond story, leaving Ohio for England and how and why she formed The Pretenders.

“By 1974 in the music scene I just kept getting more and more frustrated, really criticizing what was going on. So then I thought,’ If I feel this bad about Rock music, you know, maybe I could do better than that. And so I thought I better put my money where my mouth was.”  - Chrissie Hynde

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A classic rock guitar fan's dream tour will be making a coast to coast run across the United States.

An all star cavalcade of rock legends, including former and current members of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Dio, Judas Priest, MSG, Rainbow, Scorpions, UFO and Yngwie Malmsteen.

The XG Guitar Tour includes full performances by the legendary Uli Jon Roth and current UFO guitar extraordinaire, Vinnie Moore, Craig Goldy and introducing ... Black Knights Rising.

Black Knights Rising is an all star project comprised of John West (vocals) Craig Goldy (guitars), Elliot Rubinson (bass). Alessandro Bertoni (keyboards) and Vinny Appice (drums).

Kofi Baker (son of Cream sticksman Ginger Baker) will be drumming for Roth and Joe Lynn Turner* and Tim "Ripper" Owens** will serve as the vocalists on select dates.  Black Knights Rising bassist, Elliot Rubinson, the CEO of Dean guitars, will also be holding down the low end of things for Roth and Moore.

Beginning 10 February (Newport, KY), Bobby Rondinelli will step in to replace Vinny Appice.  Tim "Ripper" Owens will jump on for the remainder of the dates on that same night while Vinnie Moore exits the tour. Vocalist John West will appear on all dates.

A Dean guitar will be raffled off at every single show on the tour.  To enter, simply head to the merch booth and enter your eMail address on a form there.

Dates are as follows:

1/21 Ramona, CA - Ramona Main Stage*
1/22 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues*
1/23 Hollywood, CA - House of Blues*
1/24 Las Vegas, NV - Vamp'd*
1/25 San Jose, CA - Rock Bar Theater
1/26 Portland, OR – Tonic
1/27  Seattle, WA - Studio 7
1/29 Moorhead, MN The Garage
1/30  Spring Lake Park, MN – POVS
1/31  St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
2/1   Chicago, IL - Reggie's
2/2   Westland, MI Token Lounge
2/3   Toronto, ON Mod Club
2/4  Cleveland, OH The Agora Ballroom
2/5   Hartford, CT Infinity Hall
2/6   Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
2/7   Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
2/8  NYC, NY - BB Kings
2/9  Springfield, VA Empire
2/10 Newport, KY Southgate House**
2/11 Kansas City, MO The Scene**
2/12 Dallas, TX Trees**
2/13 Houston, TX Concert Pub North**

Canadian rockers Old James will be the support act on all shows.

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Metallica's St. Anger Album Re-Recorded

Daryl G and Chris D (from Grace The Skies) and Dave C (from Adust) have re-recorded and re-produced Metallica's opinion-splitting St Anger album. And TeamRock have declared that "it's bloody good."

When the album was originally released in 2003, Metallica divided fans across the world with the louder-than-the-Sun snare drum and distinct lack of solos.

But the album has been reimagined for the #STANGER2015 project with every riff and lyric re-recorded and the record itself shortened by 15 minutes. Check it out here.

AC/DC To Rock The Grammy Awards

AC/DC will perform during next month's Grammys ceremony on February 8, it's been confirmed. Described as "music's biggest night," the 57th Grammy Awards ceremony takes place at LA's Staples Centre and it'll be broadcast live on US network CBS. The show also features Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Eric Church.

It'll be AC/DC's first live appearance since Malcolm Young was forced to retire as a result of his dementia, to be replaced by nephew Stevie Young. It's also been revealed that the mainman was treated for lung cancer before he bowed out.

But it's still not known who will be playing drums, since Phil Rudd faces continued legal troubles after being accused of threatening to kill. Despite facing seven years in jail if found guilty, Rudd said last month: "I'm going back to work with AC/DC - and I don't care who likes it and who doesn't."

Read more here.

Ozzy Osbourne Announces Hell Gate Residency

Ozzy Osbourne's upcoming Halloween show, Hell Gate, will run as a month-long Las Vegas residency. The topic came up during Ozzy's visit Monday to the debut "After Dark" edition of the CBS daytime show The Talk, which the network is running this week as filler in Craig Ferguson's time slot following his departure last month.

"Hell Gate is something that is going to start on Halloween," explained his wife and manager Sharon. "It was meant to start last year, but couldn't get it together in time and Ozzy's is going to be in Vegas for the whole month."

"And what it is," she added, "is a Halloween experience. It's a very state of the art, interactive show that Ozzy will put on with everything that goes with Halloween." here.

Tim Drummond (Neil Young and Bob Dylan) Dead At 74

Bassist Tim Drummond who played with artists including Neil Young and Bob Dylan has died aged 74. Crosby, Stills and Nash biographer David Zimmer broke the news via Twitter and the St. Louis County coroner's office later confirmed his death to Rolling Stone. The cause of death has not been made public.

He played on many of Young's studio albums, including 1972's Harvest and 1992's Harvest Moon and contributed on all of his records between 1973 and 1980. His last performance with the singer/songwriter was on his 1993 release MTV Unplugged.

Drummond was on the road with Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young on their infamous 1974 reunion tour, and co-wrote Saved, the title track of Dylan's 1980 album and appeared with him on his Slow Train Coming and Shot Of Love records. Read more here.

Megadeth Shakeup Came At The Right Time Says Ellefson

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson says the time was right for Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick to leave the band. Drummer Drover and guitarist Broderick walked away late last year, leaving Ellefson and frontman Dave Mustaine as the band's only two remaining members.

And Ellefson says that while their departures were sudden, it was the right time for all parties concerned. He tells The Metal Review: "I think it was time. Shawn had been there 10 years. Next to me and obviously Dave, Shawn had been there the longest of anybody. He was a good soldier for Megadeth. In a lot of ways he helped bring me back into the fold. Shawn should always be remembered by the Megadeth fans as one of the true supporters who really got it.

"As a fan, a musician within the band, he got it. One of the songs he co-wrote ended up as a Grammy nomination, his record speaks for itself. Chris is just a phenomenal musician and a super great guy." Read more here.

Iron Maiden Release Preview Video For U.S. Trooper Beer

Iron Maiden are previewing the debut of its Trooper Beer in 500ml "Tall Boy" in cans in a new video ahead of its U.S. launch this month. The footage shows Trooper Beer going through the canning process at Robinsons Brewery.

Named after one of Iron Maiden's most popular songs, the beverage was personally designed and developed as a top quality Premium British Beer by singer Bruce Dickinson in tandem with Robinsons Brewery Head Brewer Martyn Weeks.

Typically available in bottles, Dickinson says cans have their advantages. "Firstly, cans are easier to recycle, require less packaging, get colder quicker and take up less space in your fridge," he said recently. "Secondly, cans don't break or smash, meaning they can be taken to venues, sporting events, campgrounds, beaches, and music festivals, where glass is not typically allowed."

"Thirdly," he continued, "aluminum cans are excellent protection against light and oxygen - beer's biggest enemies, so your drink tastes fresher longer. Done right, they're great for our beer." Check out the video here.

 Nazareth Forced To Cancel Shows Over Singer's Health Issues

Nazareth have been forced to call off another run of UK shows as vocalist Linton Osborne is suffering continued throat problems. He joined the band last year after original singer Dan McCafferty was forced to retire as a result of his own health issues.

A number of shows were postponed last month after Osborne contracted a virus - although the band delivered a concert to just 125 diehard fans, which will be released on DVD in March.

Bassist and sole remaining founding member Pete Agnew says: "We have to postpone our UK tour. Although Linton is showing a slight improvement, his voice is in no condition to perform satisfactorily at this time.

"He's been told that there is no immediate treatment for his condition, and that resting his voice is the only way to alleviate the problem." Read more here.

Quiet Riot Documentary TV Premiere Announced

Quiet Riot's upcoming documentary will air on US channel Showtime later this month, the band have confirmed. Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back will be shown in the States on January 29 and will be released on DVD and via iTunes on May 19.

The film, which was made possible thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, focuses on drummer Frankie Banali and his struggles to forge ahead with the band following the death of frontman Kevin DuBrow due to a drug overdose in 2007.

The documentary is directed by Banali's fiance Regina Russell and she reveals that when the sticksman said he planned to relaunch the group, she immediately thought it would make an ideal subject for a film.

She tells IndieWire: "We had been dating for about a year, and it was around that time when he said he was considering meeting Kevin's mother to get her blessings to go on with the band. I thought that sounded like a documentary, and he said, 'No! That's going to be a lot of trouble.' But I talked him into it and started following him around with the camera." Read more here.

Tedeschi Trucks Band Kicking Off 2015 Tour This Week

Following the retirement of The Allman Brothers Band, guitarist Derek Trucks is turning his focus to his other band Tedeschi Trucks Band, who will be kicking off their 2015 touring this week.

Tedeschi Trucks Band, which also features Derek's wife Susan Tedeschi, kick off their touring this Friday in Truck's home town of Jacksonville, FL at the Florida Theatre.

The home town show also serves as a warm up show to the band's very own Sunshine Music & Blues festival which will be taking place this weekend with the first day taking place in St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday and second day rocking Boca Raton, FL on Sunday.

The group have revealed dates through April 24th where they will be appearing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the band expects to announce additional dates soon.

In addition to the tour, Susan and Derek are scheduled to perform at the 25th annual MusicCares Person of the Year benefit concert in Los Angeles on February 6th.

This year, the annual pre-Grammy event will be honoring Bob Dylan and will also feature appearances from The Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and more.

The group will also be working on new music during the coming months and according to the announcement, they may preview some of the new songs on the road.

1/16 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
1/17 St. Petersburg, FL Sunshine Music & Blues Festival Vinoy Park
1/18 Boca Raton, FL Sunshine Music & Blues Festival Mizner Park
1/22 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre
1/23 Chattanooga, TN Tivoli Theatre
1/25 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
2/12 Nashville, TN Ryman
2/13 Nashville, TN Ryman
2/15 Wilkes Barre, PA FM Kirby Center
2/17 Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House
2/19 Greensburg, PA Palace Theatre
2/20 Washington DC Warner Theatre
2/21 Washington DC Warner Theatre
2/25 N. Charleston, SC N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
2/26 Pensacola, FL Saenger Theater
2/27 Macon, GA Macon City Auditorium
4/2 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater
4/3 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
4/24 New Orleans, LA Jazz & Heritage Festival

Additional dates to be announced

Original Heart Members Form New Band

Original Heart members Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier have launched a new spin-off called Heart By Heart. Bassist Fossen and drummer Derosier insist the act isn't a cover band, but rather the "second incarnation" of the rock group that found fame in the 1970s and enjoyed a revival in the 80s.

The classic lineup of Heart - which included Fossen and Derosier - was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013. Fossen says: "With Mike and me at the helm, we can, once again, help bring out those musical nuances and ignite the energy within our own band that made Heart one of the most beloved rock groups of our time."

Fossen's longtime collaborator Somar Macek take lead vocal duties in Heart By Heart while Randy Hansen is on guitar. Keyboards are handled by Bob Rivers while Lizzy Daymont is on guitar and vocals. Read more here.

Announcing “Immortal RANDY RHOADS – The Ultimate Tribute”
A Celebratory Album Feat. All-Star Guests SERJ TANKIAN, TOM MORELLO and More Out March 3, 2015 via UDR Music

 The Late Legendary Guitar Hero Memorialized in Sensational Cover Tracks

Featuring an All-Star Line-Up of Music Greats:
BERNIE TORME              
… and More

Album Includes Bonus DVD w/ Artist and Producer Interviews and More

One of the most venerated guitarists ever to grace hard rock music, the late, great Randy Rhoads (heralded as the legendary lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot) will be celebrated in the truest of fashions with the release of Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute on March 3, 2015 via UDR Music.

A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute is performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his brother Kelle Rhoads and more designated musicians like Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.

The album was produced and compiled by the Grammy-award winning guitarist and producer Bob Kulick at his own studio.

Along with the album, Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will also contain a bonus DVD available in the digipack version, including interesting interviews with some of the involved artists, hosted by Bob Kulick and a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, California, set up by Randy’s mother and run by his brother Kelle Rhoads.

Pre-order details coming soon! Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will also be available in double vinyl gatefold and digital formats.

A lover of classical music, Rhoads had taken initial steps into rock’n’roll as a 16 year old when he formed a band, that soon became Quiet Riot. Rhoads was vaulted to the limelight in 1979 when Ozzy Osbourne chose the relatively unknown guitarist to help shape a new future for him via his band, Blizzard of Oz. The result saw Rhoads co-script two of the most famous albums in hard rock history, Blizzard Of Oz and Diary of A Madman, and rapidly ascended the stairway of fame and recognition for his virtuoso playing and writing. Famed for the way he fused classical flavors with technically-excellent hard rock, Rhoads became one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock.

When he tragically passed away on March 19, 1982 in a plane accident, Rhoads was only 25 years old, but thankfully, the legend of his work, ethos and their continuing influence on a whole new generation of guitarists, has never dimmed.

Celebrate the life and legend of Randy Rhoads with Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute.

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THE WHO will perform their first U.S. festival appearance in more than 40 years at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, set for April 24-May 3 in New Orleans, LA.  THE WHO’s previous iconic U.S. festival appearances were in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival (where a coin toss decided whether they or Jimi Hendrix would close the evening’s performances) and at Woodstock in 1969 (where Townshend kicked Abbie Hoffman off the stage when Hoffman interrupted their set to make a political speech).

One of rock’s most legendary and defining bands will perform this special appearance as part of their 2015 “THE WHO HITS 50! North American tour.  THE WHO HITS 50!” tour--which includes special guests: 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Joan Jett & The Blackhearts--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 are currently on sale at  “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.

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.

One of America's most beloved annual cultural celebrations, the world-famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell began in 1970 and draws over 400,000 music fans from around the globe to New Orleans for two unforgettable weekends (April 24-26 & April 30-May 3, 2015) every spring. "Jazz Fest" features the biggest names in music on 12 stages plus an extensive craft fair featuring contemporary and folks crafts plus a highly acclaimed food fair featuring Louisiana's unique cuisine.  The 2015 Festival lineup includes:  Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Keith Urban, Pitbull, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, T.I., Trombone Shorty, Hozier, Widespread Panic, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Steve Winwood, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Allen Toussaint and hundreds more.

THE WHO’s 2015 North American tour dates are as follows:





2015 Tour Dates - Leg 1




Tampa, FL

Amalie Arena



Miami, FL

AmericanAirlines Arena



Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena



Raleigh, NC

PNC Arena



Duluth, GA

The Arena at Gwinnett Center



Austin, TX

Frank Erwin Center



Houston, TX

Toyota Center



Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center



Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center



St. Louis, MO

Scottrade Center



Louisville, KY

KFC Yum! Arena



Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena



Chicago, IL

Allstate Arena



Columbus, OH

Nationwide Arena



Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Center



Uniondale, NY

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum



Atlantic City, NJ

Boardwalk Hall



Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino - Sun Arena



Brooklyn, NY

Barclays Center



Forest Hills, NY

Forest Hills Stadium





2015 Tour Dates - Leg 2




San Diego, CA

Valley View Casino Center



Anaheim, CA

Honda Center



Las Vegas, NV

Colosseum at Caesars Palace



Los Angeles, CA




Oakland, CA

Oracle Arena



Portland, OR

Moda Center



Seattle, WA




Vancouver, BC

Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena



Calgary, AB

Scotiabank Saddledome



Edmonton, AB

Rexall Place



Saskatoon, SK

SaskTel Centre



Winnipeg, MB

MTS Centre



Minneapolis, MN

Target Center



Milwaukee, WI

BMO Harris Bradley Center



Chicago, IL

United Center



Detroit, MI

Joe Louis Arena



Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre



Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre



Pittsburgh, PA

CONSOL Energy Center



Newark, NJ

Prudential Center



New York, NY

Madison Square Garden



Boston, MA

TD Garden



Washington, DC

Verizon Center



Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Center

**Without Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.



On April 7th, world-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett will release his brand new solo album, WOLFLIGHT, via InsideOut Music.  Click here to check out the album's evocative cover art, featuring Hackett embracing wolves.  WOLFLIGHT is Steve's first original solo studio album since BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON in 2011.  The album will be available in North America in two physical configurations, as well as digitally.  Fans will have the option of purchasing WOLFLIGHT physically as a standard CD or as a deluxe version with a CD plus BluRay digipak, which will feature two bonus tracks.  Please see below for the complete WOLFLIGHT track listing with bonus tracks included.  Click here to watch the official video trailer for WOLFLIGHT.

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

Steve Hackett's electric guitar plays a powerful role, although we also hear him on acoustic guitar, Arabian lute and twelve string, along with his strong lead vocals.  Guest musicians include long time collaborators Roger King (keyboards & programming), Gary O'Toole (drums), Rob Townsend (sax, duduk), Nick Beggs (bass & stick) and Amanda Lehmann (harmony vocals).  Malik Mansurov on tar and Sara Kovaks on didgeridoo add an extra exotic element, plus YES bassist Chris Squire plays on "Love Song To A Vampire" and Hugo Dagenhardt plays drums on "Dust and Dreams".  The innovative songwriting team includes Steve Hackett, his wife Jo Hackett and Roger King.

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 WOLFLIGHT track listing:
1.    Out of the Body
2.    Wolflight
3.    Love Song To A Vampire
4.    The Wheel's Turning
5.    Corycian Fire
6.    Earthshine
7.    Loving Sea
8.    Black Thunder
9.    Dust And Dreams
10.  Heart Song
11.  Pneuma*
12.  Midnight Sun*
*bonus tracks only available on deluxe package

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Rock Is Twice As Popular Than Pop

Rock music is more popular than any other genre in the US, according to latest figures. Music Business Worldwide reports that data collected by Nielsen Music shows that rock claimed 29% of total consumption across album, individual track purchases and streams in 2014. R&B/hip-hop was second, taking 17.2%, while pop finished a distant third claiming 14.9%.

In terms of pure album sales, rock music was also the clear winner, claiming 33.2% of the market compared to 13.9% for R&B/hip-hop. However, when it came to streamed music, R&B/hip-hop was out in front with 28.5% compared to rock's 24.7% of the total market.

The annual report also shows that while vinyl purchases are on the up, sales of CDs and digital downloads declined from 2013, with more people now choosing to stream their favorite artists. Read more here.

Former Guns N' Roses Guitarists To Tour Together

Once upon a time the Guns N' Roses duo of Slash and Gilby Clarke were the coolest guitar team since... well, Slash and Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses. And lucky fans in Brazil and Argentina will be able to see these two on the same stage again in March when they tour together.

There's no word at this stage whether Slash and Gilby will jam together during the shows (Slash is touring with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators), but maybe we can give them a bit of a nudge, because that would be great, right?

Gilby and Slash shared the stage when G'n'R were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Slash, Gilby, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler and Matt Sorum performed three classic Appetite For Destruction tracks with Myles Kennedy on vocals. See the dates here.

Metallica's New Album Delay Explained

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo admits the band have become "lax" in their approach to songwriting in recent years. But although their interest in other projects mean it's taken time to focus on the follow-up to 2008 album Death Magnetic, he believes it's worth keeping fans waiting rather than rely on contributions from third parties.

Trujillo tells the No Treble Podcast: "The members of Metallica enjoy being creative. As they get a bit older and deeper in their careers, they get a little bit lax in terms of wanting to write songs.

"You'd be surprises how many known bands start writing with outside writers and stuff like that, and aren't actually writing their songs any more. With us it's the opposite - we've got so many song ideas, riffs, bass lines, whatever, that the hardest thing is trying to eliminate."

He describes the material as in the process of being "nurtured," adding: "It's pride; you're working on an art piece. It's got to be right, and what does that mean? Exploring.

"James Hetfield always has a handful of words for one possible word. Maybe this word doesn't work out; let's try these. It's a lot of work and it's time-consuming. But at the same time it's important. It needs to be done that way." Read more and stream the full interview here.

Megadeth Offshoot Frontman In 'Horrific' Hit-And-Run Accident

Former Scar The Martyr frontman Henry Derek Bonner has survived a "horrific" car crash after a suspected drunk driver hit-and-run in Los Angeles.

The vocalist - recently confirmed as a member of the unnamed band featuring ex-Megadeth men Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover - escaped relatively unscathed, although he was forced to cancel a planned show with his other band Thrown Into Exile.

Guitarist Mario Rubio reports via Facebook: "A suspected drunk driver hit Henry, causing his car to roll over three times. The driver left the scene. Thankfully he is okay and in one piece." Read more here.

Iron Maiden and Radiohead Follow Foo Fighters In Battle

Iron Maiden and Radiohead have joined Foo Fighters in taking action against ticket resellers. Maiden and Radiohead are among more than 80 signatories to an open letter calling on the UK Government to crack down on secondary sales of concert and event tickets.

Published in the Independent On Sunday, the letter is also signed by Bullet For My Valentine, Arctic Monkeys and various sports organisation including the Lawn Tennis Association and the Rugby Football Union.

Last November, Dave Grohl's Foos asked fans in the US to queue up for gig tickets rather than buy online in an attempt to defeat touts. The open letter says "unscrupulous" practices in the secondary ticketing industry are ripping off fans and damaging artists. It calls on the Government to protect fans rather than aid ticket sites such as Viagogo, StubHub, Get Me In and Seatwave.

The letter reads: "As representatives from the live event industry, responsible for putting on shows ranging from international sporting fixtures and world class theatre to intimate gigs, we are committed to ensuring that event-goers have the best experience possible at a fair price.

"The way that the secondary ticketing market is allowed to operate at present can seriously undermine that effort. It's high time the government stopped sticking up for secondary platforms, and decided to put fans first." Read more here.

Stone Temple Pilots Recording New Music

Stone Temple Pilots have begun recording new music with singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, bassist Robert DeLeo revealed in a tweet late last week.

"It's been a great week for writing new songs here at HOMeFRY," tweeted DeLeo on January 9 along with an image of the band in their practice room. "New STP starting Monday... Stay tuned."

Bennington was brought into the band after original frontman Scott Weiland was fired by Stone Temple Pilots in February of 2013, leading to a series of public statements and lawsuits by both parties.

In 2013, the revitalized group released an EP, "High Rise", which debuted at No. 24 on the US Billboard 200 chart following first week sales of 12,000 copies. Read more and see the photo here.

AC/DC Song and NFL Stars Featured In Beats Commercial

The AC/DC single, "Play Ball", is featured in two new commercials for Beats By Dre headphones from Beats Electronics. The ads - which features NFL players - made their debut during Saturday's NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.

"Athletes have a job to do. Talk from the outside is a distraction, but it can also serve as motivation. Watch the Beats film, Hear What You Want 2015, and see how today's football stars use the Beats Studio Wireless to tune out the talk and focus on their performance to get the job done. Featuring Richard Sherman and Von Miller."

"Play Ball" is the lead single from "Rock Or Bust", AC/DC's first album in 6 years. Last week it announced the band will headline the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival this spring.

Check out the new commercials here.

Halestorm Announce New Album and Reveal New Song

Halestorm have announced that their third studio album "Into The Wild Life" will launch on April 7th in North America, April 6th in the UK and April 3rd across Europe.

The follow-up to 2012's The Strange Case Of… will be released via Atlantic Records and to mark the announcement they've issued the track Apocalyptic. Frontwoman Lzzy Hale says: "This album is not a departure, it is an invitation to all things Halestorm.

"We didn't stray from who we are, there's just a lot more of who we are. If you dare, start with the outermost layer of the onion, our first single Apocalyptic which is the medium between where we left off on The Strange Case Of… and where Into The Wild Life begins.

"Lyrically and musically we explored everything that makes us tick. We set a standard for this record, and gave ourselves no choice other than to be unapologetically Halestorm in every way."

Read more and listen to the new song here.




HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 12, 2015) – John 5 & The Creatures will embark on a string of dates in 2015 in support of CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE starting Sunday, February 8 in Ramona CA. You can now get your special VIP package and have the experience of a lifetime!!

**You must have already bought a ticket for entrance of the show. The VIP Package is above and beyond you concert ticket!

John 5 & The Creatures consist of John 5 (guitar), Ian Ross (bass) and Rodger Carter (drums). Get your tickets NOW!

SUN     02/08 RAMONA, CA                       RAMONA MAINSTAGE
WED    02/11  LOS ANGELES, CA                 THE WHISKEY A GO-GO
THUR   02/12  SAN JUAN CAP, CA             THE COACH HOUSE
FRI       02/13  LAS VEGAS, NV                     VAMP’D
SAT      02/14  TEMPE, AZ                              PUB ROCK
TUES    02/17  LUBBOCK, TX                          JAKES BACKROOM
WED    02/18  AUSTIN, TX                              MOHAWK
FRI       02/20  TYLER, TX                                 CLICKS
SAT      02/21  HOUSTON, TX                         SCOUT BAR
TUES    02/24  SAN ANTONIO, TX                 KAPONE’S
WED    02/25  DALLAS, TX                             TREE’S
FRI       02/27  FT. DEFIANCE, AZ                  FT. DEFIANCE CHAPTER HOUSE

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Over $20000 Raised from Use of Cashless Wristbands

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, the charity founded in memory of the late rock singer, has been presented with a surprise donation raised by attendees of the 2014 Getaway Rock Festival held in Gävle, Sweden last summer. Representatives of the Festival-at which Slayer, Volbeat, Dimmu Borgir, Steel Panther, Airbourne, Paul Di'Anno and 50 other bands performed on three stages during the event-recently contacted Dio Cancer Fund President Wendy Dio to present the donation of $20,133.13.

The Getaway Rock Festival, held August 7-9, 2014, introduced a cashless payment system for the first time in its five-year history whereby attendees used cash and credit cards to load funds onto RFID chips attached to their Festival wristbands. The chips were then used to pay for purchases during the festival's run. At the conclusion of the three days, participants were given the choice of receiving a refund of any remaining funds contained in their chips or donating that balance to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The donation is the result of attendees opting to donate the money remaining on their chips to further the Fund's important work.

"I cannot thank the organizers of the Getaway Rock Festival and all the wonderful fans enough for making this donation possible," says Wendy Dio. "It came as such a wonderful surprise, and every penny will go to cancer research so that one day we will find a cure for this terrible disease that takes so many of our loved one's lives. Ronnie would be so proud of you all."

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded 501C3 charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education and is committed to raising money and awareness in hope of one day finding a cure for this dreaded disease. Ronnie James Dio, the world-renowned voice of Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell, died on May 16, 2010 of gastric cancer. A series of events to commemorate the fifth anniversary of his passing are in the planning stages for May, 2015.

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Hit Single “I See You There” On The Charts – New Video Out Now!
Exclusive Representation with Ashley Talent International
2015 Tour – Dates To Be Announced Soon

New York, NY (January 12, 2015)—With the release of their new album I’ll Have Some Of That, and their single “I See You There” hitting the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart at the end of 2014, The Babys aren’t slowing down any time soon...

The newly released video for “I See You There” is an intimate look at the band in a “behind-the-scenes” setting: songwriting, collaborating, performing, and generally enjoying making music together. The song, written by guitarist Joey Sykes, revitalizes the classic Babys melodic flair – that sound that made smash hits out of “Every Time I Think Of You,” “Head First,” and “Back On My Feet Again.”

Additionally, The Babys are proud to announce exclusive representation with booking agency Ashley Talent International, and a 2015 tour is in the works.

“We’re thrilled and honored to represent a band that not only possesses a rich history of hit records in the past, but has now achieved a Top 10 Billboard sales chart position in present times,” states Ashley Talent International CEO Mark Hyman.

The release of I’ll Have Some Of That marked a new era for the band. With new members Sykes and John Bisaha (lead vocalist/bassist), The Babys have retained the hooks, the melodies, the pristine songwriting, and the rich female backing vocals. It’s all there, reinstating the band’s signature sound.

The Babys are ready to carry that sound across the US and beyond when they hit the road this year, because let’s face it… “Isn’t It Time?”



STEWART & LINDSEYDave Stewart’s new personal project which partners the British singer, songwriter and producer with a one-of-a-kind young male singer from Louisiana, Thomas Lindsey—recently performed a special set of songs this past December at The Roxy in Los Angeles. These songs will be featured on their debut full-length album (release date TBA).

Footage of the two songs, with three more to be posted over the next week, can be viewed here:

“Leave This Town”:
“Friend Zone”:
Of the evening’s performance, Paul Zollo of American Songwriter said:
“First of all–the range–the man [Thomas Lindsey] sings in that angelic  high range where Aaron Neville resides, not falsetto but full belting voice, yet with  a bluesy edge and vigor all his own. When he started wailing on the first song he sang, ‘Leave This Town,’ the crowd was stunned. It was a new sound, rich in Southern resonance and deep blues, but all about now…they soared through several new songs that they wrote and recorded as the newly-dubbed duo of Stewart & Lindsey, and as Dave, who Dylan has called a ‘fearless’ guitarist, played stinging guitar leads as Thomas whirled and danced onstage, summoning the old Delta ghosts of blues and soul. Even when doing sad songs (‘maybe the saddest song ever,’ Dave announced) such as ‘Friend Zone,’ it was a joyous performance, the arrival of a brand new star on the scene, fully formed.”  (12/11/14)


MICHAEL DES BARRES Judges On 'American't Idol' Alongside Linda Perry And Sara Gilbert; New Album to be released in March!

There’s American Idol, and then there’s “American’t Idol,” a whole other animal featuring such judges as Deacon Cockfosters, Wendy (no last name) and Blue Stone who are better known as Michael Des Barres, Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry, respectively. In this clip, they judge such artists as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin, who are all harshly dismissed by the judges as not having what it takes to be an idol. Check out the clip and make up your own minds:

Meanwhile, if you want to discover THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE—the new album by MICHAEL DES BARRES—it will be released in mid-March on FOD Records (more details TBA.) It’s murderous rock and roll with such songs as “I Want Love To Punch Me In The Face,”  “Burning In Water” and “Can’t Get You Off My Mind,” a song penned by Linda Perry.

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Slash, Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth Lead Dave Grohl Birthday Bash

The Foo Fighters surprised fans last week with the announcement of a last minute show at the Forum in Los Angeles, but that was only the beginning of the surprises as the band brought out a who's who of rock stars to join them at the concert including Slash, Paul Stanley of KISS, Alice Cooper, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, Zakk Wylde and more.

The show, this past Saturday night, January 10th, served as Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's birthday bash which included Jack Black leading the audience in a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Grohl, according to Loudwire.

The Foo Fighters kicked off the show by bringing out KISS frontman Paul Stanley for renditions of the "Destroyer" classics 'Detroit Rock City' and 'Do You Love Me'. They were next joined on stage by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Black led the audience in "Happy Birthday" for Grohl before they broke into Queen's 'Tie Your Mother Down' and then Black took over lead vocals for Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song'.

The Foo Fighters then rocked "Congregation" and "Walk" before being joined by Alice Cooper to perform two of his biggest hits, "School's Out" and "I'm Eighteen".

The next special guest to join the Foo Fighters was Nick Oliveri for a cover of Roky Erickson's "Two Headed Dog". A few songs later the band brought out Zakk Wylde for covers of the Black Sabbath classic's "N.I.B." and 'Fairies Wear Boots'.

They were later joined by Perry Farrell for a jam of Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song" followed by the Rolling Stones hit "Miss You". The Foos then performed "Something From Nothing," 'This Is a Call', which featured a Trombone Shorty jam session, and "Best of You."

Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth then took the stage to perform the Van Halen classics "Panama" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" with Grohl and the band.

The Foo Fighters closed the show with a jam of the Chuck Berry classic 'Let It Rock' that also featured Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Slash and Zakk Wylde.

Check out the full setlist and videos of many of the jams here.

Van Halen Settle Legal Battle Over Use Of Their Name

Van Halen have settled a three-year legal battle with Kelly Van Halen, the ex-wife of drummer Alex Van Halen, over use of the family name in her business dealings.

Following the former couple's divorce almost 20 years, Kelly began using the famous last name for her construction and interior design company, but it was when she attempted to register a trademark for a variety of products that the band's holding company, ELVH Inc, challenged the matter in court with claims that it was diluting the band's brand and would be confusing to consumers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, attorneys for both Van Halen parties informed a California judge this past week that an October 2013 lawsuit should be dismissed, bringing an end to the legal dispute. ELVH attorney Jeffrey Cohen_ _says the case has been "amicably resolved."

Kelly's attorney, Daniel DeCarlos, reveals his client can continue to use her full name for her businesses, but has agreed to stay away from any music-related services that might tread upon the band's ground. Read more here.

Unreleased Kurt Cobain Songs To Be Included In Documentary

The first fully-authorized Kurt Cobain documentary will feature unreleased songs by the Nirvana leader. US cable network HBO will premiere Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck on May 4 and it will be given a UK cinema release in the spring.

Directed by Brett Morgan, the project is being steered by the late singer's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, who serves as executive producer. Billed as "a raw and visceral journey through his life," the film provides no-holds-barred access to Cobain's archives - home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives and songbooks.

Morgan explains Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck has taken years to research. He says: "I started work on this project eight years ago. Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth." Read more here.

Megadeth Offshoot Band Coming Together

Former Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover confirms the debut album with Chris Broderick and Scar The Martyr's Henry Derek Bonner is moving forward as planned.

Following Drover and Broderick's departure from Megadeth in November, the pair recruited Bonner - who left his group in April - and completed writing material for their debut.

Drover checks in with an update on the project, saying "Good progress this week for myself, Chris Broderick and Henry Bonner's new band. We finally picked the name of the band, close to choosing our bass player, selected the artist for the record and are very close to choosing the producer as well. Much more info real soon. Stay tuned." Read more here.

Dream Theater Planning New Album

Dream Theater will enter the studio to start work on their 13th album next month, according to a media report. The band also posted a link on their Facebook page confirming the news.

The band recently wrapped up a world tour and according to, the group will now begin work on the follow-up to their 2013 self-titled release in February, with frontman James LaBrie indicating it will launch this coming autumn.

Last year, Dream Theater released DVD Breaking The Fourth Wall which was recorded at the Boston Opera House in March 2014. Guitarist John Petrucci, who also produced the film, called the show "a major highlight in our career." Read more here.

Soto Says New Band Follows In Tradition Of Van Halen, Dio

Members of Jeff Scott Soto's group reckon he's created a real band atmosphere in the camp. The former Journey frontman releases his album Inside The Vertigo on January 29 via earMusic, and while the group carries his name, it doesn't feel like a solo record to the musicians who helped him record it.

Drummer Edu Cominato says: "To me it was a natural transition because we never felt like hired musicians. We've been touring with Jeff since 2009 and we always had this connection between us, we always had this unity. We are just confirming this with Soto."

Soto adds: "Inside The Vertigo was supposed to be my next solo album and I decided it sounded too much like a band, more so than a solo effort. So we simplified it by taking my last name as has been done through history with Van Halen, with Daughtry, with Dio, Dokken, Winger - so many other bands that used one person's name." Read more here.

UK Guitar Legend Chris Spedding Announces Brand New Album Featuring A Slew Of Special Guests Including Johnny Marr & Bryan Ferry!

Also includes Robert Gordon, “The God Of Hellfire” Arthur Brown, Glen Matlock, Deadwood actor Ian McShane and more!

Los Angeles, CA - Step right this way, folks, for the experience of a lifetime as guitar hero Chris Spedding showcases his newest, coolest action-packed, thrill ride - Joyland! Packed with more exhilarating highs and heart pounding surprises than any rollercoaster on the planet, Joyland is Spedding’s latest studio effort, his first since 2011 and his 13th original studio album overall in a career that now spans over 4 decades. Featuring 11 brand new compositions, a slew of pure rock riffs and tons of toe-tapping grooves, Joyland will be open to the public starting early 2015 courtesy of Cleopatra Records.

Adding to the excitement, Spedding has called on a number of friends and associates to help bring his newest creation to life. The album kicks off with a haunting spoken word piece voiced by the unmistakable tones of famed actor Ian McShane (HBO’s Deadwood), followed by a stunning, spine-tingling vocal performance by the God Of Hellfire himself, the one and only Arthur Brown. Former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock joins Spedding on the first of two stellar instrumental cuts, the other featuring none other than Smiths’ guitar god Johnny Marr - talk about a clash of titans! More astounding vocal performances arrive from Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry and rockabilly crooner Robert Gordon, both of whom make a perfect foil for Spedding’s vibrant guitar playing. Rounding out this stellar list of guests are a couple of Spedding’s old bandmates from the 1972 group Sharks, Andy Fraser and Steve Parsons, as well as newcomer Lane and another Roxy Music alum Andy Mackey. With this all-star gang of superb musicians on board, better hang on to your hats, kids, this is bound to be one wild ride!

1. Joyland with Ian McShane
2. Now You See It with Arthur Brown
3. Café Racer with Glen Matlock
4. Gun Shaft City with Bryan Ferry
5. Heisenberg with Johnny Marr
6. I Still Love You with Robert Gordon
7. The Pied Piper with Andy Mackey
8. Go Down South with Steve Parsons
9. Shock Treatment with Andy Fraser
10. I’m Your Sin with Lane
11. Message For Stella with Steve Parsons
12. Boom Shakka Boom

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Guitar Maestro ULI JON ROTH to Release “Scorpions Revisited”  

A Double-Disc Collection of Re-Imagined SCORPIONS Classics Out March 10, 2015 (US) via UDR Music

…Feast your ears, heart and emotions on ULI JON ROTH’s unique return to his most famous musical legacy…

US Tour Dates Below - Jan/Feb 2015

UDR, The Home Of Legends, is set to release guitar legend ULI JON ROTH’s brand new double album of 19 re-invented Scorpions tracks, entitled Scorpions Revisited, on March 10, 2015. Pre-orders for the album will be available soon.

For over four decades, ULI JON ROTH has forged new frontiers in the world of guitar, both in terms of approach and style. He even managed to invent the sky-guitar, a six octave lead instrument that remains unparalleled. But before he started to explore the creative worlds of music, philosophy and art, ULI JON ROTH was a member of European rock giants, the Scorpions, a band with which he helped create a new path in hard rock music. In 2013, venerated for his originality and dynamism at the time, Roth found himself intrigued by the memory of those early days which began 40 years ago, and specifically by the music he helped write, perform and occasionally sing on the albums Fly To The Rainbow, In Trance, Virgin Killer and Taken By Force. It lead to Roth deciding to spend a year re-visiting, exploring, performing and re-recording his favorite Scorpions songs.

The first results of this magical, mystical journey into his own past can be heard on ULI JON ROTH’s Scorpions Revisited, a double-disc CD recorded in Hanover, Germany which sees the maestro re-harness all the collective power and poise of those original Scorpions classics, and re-imagine them as he feels today. No one in their right mind would dare call these mere re-recordings, as it’s clear that ULI JON ROTH reinvents these songs from the soul up.

Track listing - CD1:
1.       The Sails Of Charon
2.      Longing For Fire
3.      Crying Days
4.      Virgin Killer
5.      In Trance
6.      Sun In My Hand
7.      Yellow Raven
8.      Polar Nights
9.      Dark Lady 

Track listing - CD2:
1.      Catch Your Train
2.      Evening Wind
3.      All Night Long
4.      We’ll Burn In The Sky
5.      Pictured Life
6.      Hell Cat
7.      Life’s Like A River
8.      Drifting Sun
9.      Rainbow Dream Prelude
10.  Fly To The Rainbow 

“The material for this double CD was recorded last year in the same hall in Hanover that we used for the Scorpions rehearsals 1973-1978,” explains Roth. “Together with an amazing bunch of very talented young musicians, I revisited my personal favourites from the early Scorpions period, some of which were written in that same hall. It was an emotional few days and I am very pleased with the results in more ways than one. The idea was to stay truthful to the original spirit of the music, while also putting a new slant on it whenever it felt like the right thing to do. I feel we really succeeded in this and I’m very excited about this project. It was a intense journey into the past and I think we really managed to bring the songs back to life with a vengeance.”

 The band which performed with Roth for these historic shows was Nathan James (vocals), Jamie Little (drums), Ule W. Ritgen (bass), Niklas Turmann (guitar, vocals), Corvin Bahn (keyboards, vocals) and David Klosinski (guitar).

 As noted, this is the first fruit from a re-engagement with his history that left ULI JON ROTH enjoying a surge of fresh creativity and approach to this classic material. Expect a further announcement for 2015. But for now, feast your ears, heart and emotions on ULI JON ROTH’s unique return to his most famous musical legacy.

 2015 ULI JON ROTH US Tour Dates:

21.01.2015 – California – Ramona – Mainstage
22.01.2015 – California – Anaheim - House of Blues
23.01.2015 – California – Hollywood - House of Blues
24.01.2015 – Nevada – Las Vegas - Vamp’d
25.01.2015 – California – San Josè - Rock Star Bar
26.01.2015 – Oregon – Portland – Tonic
27.01.2015 – Washington – Seattle - Studio 7
29.01.2015 – Minnesota – Moorehead - The Garage
30.01.2015 – Minnesota – Spring Lake Park – POVS
31.01.2015 - Illinois – St. Charles – Arcada Theatre

01.02.2015 - Illinois – Chicago – Reggie’s (& Sky Academy)
02.02.2015 – Michigan – Detroit – Token Lounge
03.02.2015 – Toronto – Mod Club
04.02.2015 – Ohio – Cleveland – Agora Ballroom
05.02.2015 – Connecticut – Hartford – Infinity Hall
06.02.2015 – New Hampshire – Londonderry – Tupelo Music Hall
07.02.2015 – New York – Poughkeepsie – The Chance
08.02.2015 – New York – Manhattan – BB King’s
09.02.2015 – Virginia – Springfield – The Empire

2015 ULI JON ROTH International Tour Dates:
19.02.2015 – Japan – Nagoya – Bottom Line
20.02.2015 – Japan – Tokyo – Nakano Sun Plaza Hall
22.02.2015 – Japan Osaka – Quattro

11.04.2015 – Full Metal Cruise II –
to                   Mediterranian Sea –
16.04.2015    Plama de Mallorca/Barcelona/Ibiza

24.04.2015 – Germany – Lauda-Königshofen – Keep it True Festival
22.05.2015 – Germany – Bocholt – Alte Molkerei
23.05.2015 – Germany – Bocholt – Alte Molkerei
22.08.2015 – Germany – Balve - Balver Höhle
27.08.2015 - Full Metal Cruise III –
to                  North Sea -
31.08.2015   Kiel/Copenhaven/Gothenburg/Hamburg

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Album Available March 3, 2015 – North American Tour Begins May 21

Groundbreaking songwriter, four-time Grammy-nominated artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Steven Wilson, is set to release his fourth solo album,
Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Kscope) on March 3, 2015.  Hand. Cannot. Erase. will be available at retailers nationwide and digitally with a limited deluxe edition for pre-order via Kscope ( Wilson and his band will embark on a tour through the UK and Europe in March and April 2015, then head to North America dedicating much of the summer beginning on May 21 in Albany – itinerary below.  

This latest collection from the prolific song-writer is a dynamic 11-song conceptual set, bringing together diverse aspects of his expansive sonic history. Recorded in September 2014 at AIR Studios London, Hand. Cannot. Erase. features the guitar-driven power, infectious melodies, and progressive sensibility of Wilson’s sprawling body of work.

Wilson describes the collection as inspired by a news story, of a woman who died in her apartment and went undiscovered for three years. "The basic concept of the record – it's about a woman growing up, who goes to live in the city, very isolated, and she disappears one day and no one notices. Now, your initial reaction when you hear a story like that is, 'Ah, little old bag lady that no one notices; no one cares about.'  But she was young; she was popular; she was attractive; she had many friends; she had family, but for whatever reason, nobody missed her for three years."  The dramatic theme of Hand. Cannot. Erase. is punctuated with moments of rhythmic urgency, somber introspection, and soaring beauty.  Fans are invited to follow the blog entries at

“First Regret”
“3 Years Older“
“Hand Cannot Erase”
“Perfect Life”
“Home Invasion”
“Regret #9”
“Happy Returns”
“Ascendant Here On...”

Best known as founder and front man of British rock act Porcupine Tree, Wilson has produced and collaborated with diverse acts as Opeth, Blackfield, Yes, Roxy Music, and XTC. His prolific engineering work can be heard on his mixes of classic releases from King Crimson, Jethro Tull, and most recently the 5.1 surround sound version of Tears For Fears’ classic Songs From The Big Chair reissue, released in November 2014. Porcupine Tree’s last album went top 30 in both the UK and USA, and the tour climaxed with sold out shows at Royal Albert Hall in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Following the release of his critically acclaimed 2012 release, The Raven That Refused to Sing, Wilson set out on a world tour, having assembled a virtuoso band - Marco Minnemann (drums), Nick Beggs (bass), Theo Travis (flute and sax), Adam Holzman (keys) and Guthrie Govan (guitar).  His latest studio creation completed, the cinematic Hand. Cannot. Erase. features dynamic performances by Wilson, his touring ensemble, and vocal accompaniment from
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Toto to Release First New Studio Album in Ten Years
Out In Europe 3/20, The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on 3/24

World Tour Commences In Glasgow on May 21, 2015, North American Dates To Follow

Los Angeles, CA --- Frontiers Music Srl has announced a March 20 release date for TOTO XIV in Europe, with The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on March 24.  The album will hit retail globally, with specific dates for territories in Asia, South America and others to follow. Configurations include CD, with a deluxe edition available featuring a "making of" documentary on DVD, expanded booklet that includes an in depth story and interview about the new album alongside exclusive pictures in ecol-book packaging. Additionally Toto XIV will be available as a 2LP vinyl set, and a Super Deluxe limited edition which includes the Deluxe CD/DVD edition, 2LP vinyl, an exclusive poster, t-shirt (large size only), and lithograph.  The album will be available via all digital retailers.  A pre-order has gone live via Amazon for the LP (, CD ( and Deluxe Edition (

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

Keyboardist Steve Porcaro reveals, "This is opposite of going through the motions.  We are treating this like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV.  We just want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.  Be true to ourselves and make the best music we can.  Entertain people which is what we were put on this Earth for."  Keyboardist David Paich reflects, "I think of TOTO as a unit and a band that carries a responsibility when it goes out there in to the public consciousness.   There is so much negativity and darkness that I think you have to be as Quincy Jones puts it, 'beams of light that blast through the darkness'." 

As they began the process of a return the studio, all of the principle long-term members brought their A-game to the table.  Guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather offers, "When you put us in a room, and everybody brings in their pieces, the next thing you know it all fits together. Everybody's performances are top notch.  We are really bringing our best out, forcing ourselves to make personal best choices, what's best for the music.  I'm really excited to hear what people think."  Singer Joseph Williams adds, "We are talking about a band where everybody is a writer, and everybody is a lead singer, and everybody is a player.  All involved brought this trio to the table where it could just live on its own." 

Founding bassist David Hungate returns to the fold, about whom Luke simply offers, "No one plays like David Hungate." Drums were performed by Keith Carlock who's commitments to Steely Dan prohibit him from participating in the 2015 World Tour.  Shannon Forest will be behind the kit, who was a part of the band's 2014 North American run. Luke offers, "Shannon is a world class drummer and we are honored to have him back with us."

The sessions were co-produced by CJ Vanston, who Paich looks upon as, "everything a producer is supposed to be and more - a musicians producer."  Vanston states, "There have never been better musicians on the planet, especially in a band together.  This is an amazing record and I am completely thrilled to be a part of it.  This is a dream job for me."  Porcaro offers an additional thought stating, "I think the band is hit upon a very healthy creative tension for this project.  I'm very excited about it."  For Williams he reflects, "Just imagine being able to stand on stage in front of enormous crowd of people, and you are playing great music with the best musicians in the world, and you look around, and they are some of your best friends in the world.  It's the best feeling any person could have."  For Porcaro he shares, "It is kind of hard to find words of what it means to have a smile on your face to go to work every day and we have the fans to thank for that - so thank you."

The band will hit the ground running with an extensive European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals. The itinerary begins in Glasgow on May 21, and takes Toto through the UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, and Belgium.  Ticket sales came out of the box with strength, with some appearances selling out within days of on-sale.  A North American tour will follow in the summer of 2015.  The band is also in the planning stages for their return to Asia later this year.

The last couple of years have been active, with a seven show sold-out tour of Asia that took them through Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai and Sapporo in April, 2014.  Also that month, the 35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Poland title was released, debuting at #1 in territories across the globe.  Last August and September, the band hit the road travelling across North America as co-headliners with Michael McDonald, which when it was all said and done was their most comprehensive tour on the continent in years. 

Historically, few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO.  As individuals, the band members’ imprint can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a HALF A BILLION albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with 225 Grammy nominations.  TOTO sold 35 million albums, and today continue to be a worldwide arena draw staging standing room only events across the globe.  They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles, and 35 plus years in to a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base.  It is not an exaggeration to estimate that 95% of the world's population has heard a performance by a member of TOTO. 

Toto also continues to raise awareness for ALS, for their brother and friend, Mike Porcaro, who has been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease.  The band commits energies towards fundraising for Police and Fire Departments of California and the Fallen Heroes initiative (, and help the United Nations in their humanitarian endeavors through music.

An EPK featuring the band's insights can be viewed here:

1.     Running Out Of Time
2.     Burn
3.     Holy War
4.     21st Century Blues
5.     Orphan
6.     Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
7.     The Little Things
8.     Chinatown
9.     All The Tears That Shine
10.  Fortune
11.  Great Expectations





Detroit, MI – January 8, 2015 – Tickets to see Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band in Salt Lake City, Lincoln, Sioux Falls, Kansas City, Indianapolis and Detroit will go on sale January 17th 10:00 a.m. local time.  

Bob Seger fan club members will have special access to purchase tickets in advance starting Wednesday, January 14, 10:00 a.m. local time.  Fans can join the “Bullet Club”, for as low as $15 and receive a free copy (digital or physical) of Seger’s new album, Ride Out.  All fan club members have access to purchase tickets in advance of the public on sale.  To become a member of the Bob Seger fan club, visit

Citi® cardmembers will have special access to pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday January 14th at 4:00 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program.  For complete details on Citi’s pre-sale, visit

Tickets can be purchased at, and  

Seger and his band hit the road in November in support of his new album, RIDE OUT.  Seger’s album and shows have garnered praise from fans and critics alike.     

“His Garden show both reiterated the depth of Seger’s classic catalogue and proved his continued engagement with it. Throughout [Seger] remained fully present, Seger’s uncommon sensitivity as a writer came through just as strongly. Seger’s vocals bear mention as well. It’s hugely rare to hear a voice so burly display such humanity.”     Jim Farber, New York Daily News

“Bob Seger could’ve just coasted on the familiarity of his dozens of hits Thursday at a packed United Center.  Instead, the dependable heartland rock veteran put on a clinic for any fellow artist or music fan wondering what it takes to keep filling arenas and pleasing audiences well into a career that spans six different decades.  Seger sang every word like he meant it, and backed up the conviction with a contagious energy expressed through body language that announced how much he loves his job.”                               Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune

 “His voice on Friday was as strong as ever, a soul baritone with a rasp telegraphing enthusiasm and ache. The Silver Bullet Band was muscular and steadfast. Mr. Seger’s music is still the ringing heartland rock he helped establish in the 1970s: rooted in 1960s soul and folk-rock, paced to sink in. Grizzled yet smiling and robust, with his stalwart voice and vigorous band, Mr. Seger and his songs promised that it’s possible to look back, with and without regrets, yet still live fully in the present.”                                       Jon Pareles, The New York Times

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Bob Seger "Ride Out" Tour- New Onsale Dates Announced

Show Date            City                              Venue                                               On Sale Date              Pre-Sale Date                              
Jan 20, 2015        Toledo, OH                Huntington Center                          On Sale Now
Jan 22                    Pittsburgh, PA           CONSOL Energy Center               On Sale Now
Jan 24                    Toronto, ON               Air Canada Centre                         On Sale Now
Jan 27                    Charleston, WV         Charleston Civic Center                                On Sale Now
Jan 29                    Columbus, OH          Nationwide Arena                          On Sale Now
Jan 31                    Atlanta, GA                 The Arena at Gwinnett Center     On Sale Now
Feb 3                      Ft. Meyers, FL            Germain Arena                               On Sale Now
Feb 5                      Tampa, FL                 Amalie Arena                                  On Sale Now
Feb 7                      Ft. Lauderdale, FL    BB&T Center                                   On Sale Now
Feb 10                   Lafayette, LA             Cajundome                                     On Sale Now
Feb 12                   Dallas, TX                  American Airlines Center             On Sale Now
Feb 14                   Houston, TX               Toyota Center                                 On Sale Now
Feb 17                   Wichita, KS                INTRUST Bank Arena                    On Sale Now
Feb 19                   Phoenix, AZ               Gila River Arena                             On Sale Now
Feb 21                   Las Vegas, NV          Mandalay Bay                                 On Sale Now
Feb 25                  San Diego, CA          Viejas Arena                                    On Sale Now
Feb 27                   Los Angeles, CA       TBD                                                  On Sale Now
Mar 3                      Sacramento, CA       Sleep Train Arena                          On Sale Now
Mar 5                      San Jose, CA            SAP Center                                      On Sale Now
Mar 7                      Vancouver, BC          Rogers Arena                                  On Sale Now
Mar 13                   Salt Lake City, UT     Energy Solutions Arena                                Sat, Jan 17th                Wed, Jan 14th
Mar 15                   Lincoln, NE                Pinnacle Bank Arena                     Sat, Jan 17th                Wed, Jan 14th
Mar 17                   Sioux Falls,, SD        Denny Sanford Premier Center  Sat, Jan 17th                Wed, Jan 14th
Mar 20                   Kansas City, MO       Sprint Center                                   Sat, Jan 17th                Wed, Jan 14th
Mar 22                   Indianapolis, IN         Bankers Life Fieldhouse               Sat, Jan 17th                Wed, Jan 14th
Mar 26                  Detroit, MI                   The Palace of Auburn Hills          Sat, Jan 17th                Wed, Jan 14th


More Mule on the Way!

The second instalment of the Gov’t Mule 20th anniversary celebration has been a long time coming, ‘Sco-Mule’ has been in the pipeline for over a decade and will now see the light of day on 26th January 2015 on 2CD/Double vinyl. In September 1999 Gov’t Mule was a little over 5 years old and began embracing and exploring personal influences which weren’t quite present in the music at that stage. They had written and recorded jazz-influenced instrumentals such as ‘Trane’, ‘Birth of the Mule’ and ‘Thelonius Beck’, but had never, at that point, done any “live” performances that were predominantly made up of instrumental songs.

At this point, enter jazz-rock guitarist John Scofield, who has previously played and collaborated with legends such as Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Chet Baker amongst others. Gov’t Mule had begun including more guests into the live shows and were joined by Scofield for two shows; one in Atlanta and the other in Athens, Georgia – this was after only one full rehearsal.

Talking about the shows Warren Haynes reflects; “We came out and played what would be the equivalent, time-wise, of a first set filled with hard-rocking Mule staples. Then we were joined by John Scofield and special guest keyboardist Dr. Dan Matrazzo for our first-ever all instrumental “sets”. In some ways this was the beginning of a new outlook for Gov’t Mule as we were constantly looking for new directions to explore. Less than a year later Allen Woody passed away and after a period we didn’t know if we would even continue.”

No two Gov’t Mule shows are the same, and like recent release ‘Dark Side of the Mule’, ‘Sco-Mule’ also reflects the breath and eclecticism of their talent with their ability to transform themselves continuously in a live setting. The band can draw on more than 300 songs in their repertoire (and often a host of special guests) to create a unique experience each and every time. The deep chemistry and steely confidence shared by the current line-up of guitarist-singer Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson and multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis also allows them to tackle any form of music and stamp it with their own identity. The series of new live archival releases really drives this point home with the third (‘Dub Side of the Mule’) and final instalment (‘Stoned Side of the Mule’) still to come. 

Reflecting on the collaboration Scofield recalls the moment the seeds were sown. “It was about 25 years ago that I first met Warren. He turned up at the New York club Sweet Basil and said we should play together sometime. He looked like Dennis Hopper in “Easy Rider,” and I wondered, “Who is this guy?”

Continuing he adds “Warren and I stayed in touch, and a few years later he invited me to play some shows with Gov’t Mule. I flew down to Atlanta to rehearse with Warren, Allen Woody, Matt Abts, and another special guest, Dr. Dan Matrazzo on keyboards. “These guys are the real deal,” I remember thinking. Although I’m known as a jazz player, I started out playing blues, and I think that Warren sensed that. I loved playing with them and I still do. The shows we did then were excellent musically and a lot of fun for me -I think they stand the test of time all these years later.”

Warren Haynes’ unparalleled ability to bring together different musicians into a cohesive whole or to pull off epic musical happenings is one of the many reasons why Haynes stands apart from the many great front men and guitarists who have graced the musical landscape. Combined with his guitar and vocal mastery, these skills have made him an in-demand presence and indispensable musical ally for many.

Sco-Mule will be released on 26th January 2015 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group

Tony Iommi's Cancer Likely To Comeback

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi is sharing an update on his ongoing cancer battle. The guitarist recorded Black Sabbath's 2013 album, "13", and completed a world tour with the band while undergoing medical treatment since being diagnosed with blood cancer lymphoma in January of 2012.

"When the doctors told me I had cancer I thought, 'That's it then'," Iommi tells The Mirror. "Cancer was death as far as I was concerned. I found a painful lump in my groin while I was in New York promoting my book. I thought it was my prostate acting up again, but Ozzy told me I should get it checked out. I came back to England and had an operation to reduce my prostate. It was painless but afterwards I needed a catheter."

"When that came out I went to see the surgeon. He said: 'Good news on the prostate. It's been cut down to a sensible size and everything is good there. But on the lump we took out, we found follicular lymphoma.' It's a type of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma."

Iommi was given an update from doctors, saying "The surgeon told me he doesn't expect the cancer to go away. There's a 30 per cent chance that it could, but more than likely it will come back and it could be any time."

"I look at life differently now. I could be here another ten years or just one year - I don't know." Read more here.

Led Zeppelin Expand Physical Graffiti For Deluxe Reissue

Led Zeppelin will release an expanded reissue of their 1975 double-album, "Physical Graffiti", on February 24 in North America (Feb. 23rd in other territories). Led Zeppelin launched their reissue series last year with the group's first five albums re-released as expanded editions with bonus material.

The new "Physical Graffiti" 3-CD set will include a disc of material featuring alternate mixes of songs on the group's sixth studio album. "Physical Graffiti" features Led Zeppelin standards "Kashmir", "Trampled Under Foot", "The Rover" and "Houses Of The Holy."

The project hit No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than 8 million copies in the States alone, while topping their native UK album charts and achieving double platinum for sales of 600,00. Check out the track details here.

Megadeth Reunion Predicted By Former Member

Former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover says he would bet money on Nick Menza rejoining the band. Drover - who played with Dave Mustaine's group from 2004 to 2007 - reckons Menza will return for a third spell to replace drummer Shawn Drover, who quit last year along with guitarist Chris Broderick.

Mustaine and bassist Dave Ellefson are the only two remaining members of Megadeth as it stands and they're in the process of recruiting new members. They released a video of them rehearsing with an unidentified drummer in December. Glen Drover tells Metal Wani: "I would bet money I don't have it's Nick Menza on drums. And whoever the guitar player is, we'll find out."

Drover ruled himself out of a return to the band in the wake of his brother Shawn and Broderick's departures, but he says he did enjoy his time with Megadeth for the most part. Read more here.

Rolling Stones Announce Very Limited Release

The Rolling Stones will issue their classic 1971 track, "Dead Flowers", as a single for the first time as part of 2015 edition of the Secret 7" program. The annual UK charity event sees 100 copies of 7 songs from 7 high-profile artists pressed onto 7" vinyl, each with unique cover art provided by fans.

Joining the Stones in this year's Secret 7" program are Peter Gabriel, St. Vincent, The Chemical Brothers, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Maccabees and Underworld.

The artwork for the singles will be exhibited at London's Somerset House between April 10 and May 4, before going on sale on May 4 at a price of £50 each.

The cover art hides the music within, so the "secret" is discovering which song you've purchased when you open the package. Read more here.

Adrenaline Mob Reveal New Album Details

Adrenaline Mob will release their third full-length release next month, they've announced. Titled Dearly Departed, the album will launch on February 9 via Century Media.

It will feature a previously unreleased track recorded during their Men Of Honor sessions last year, along with three acoustic versions of material from their 2012 debut Omerta. The disc will also include an edited take of the title track which originally appeared on their second record.

The band released eight-track covers EP Coverta in 2013 and the new disc also features more songs which influenced them in the past, including Queen's Tie Your Mother Down. Read more here.

The Neal Morse Band Release The Grand Experiment Video

The Neal Morse Band have released a music video for The Grand Experiment - the title track from their upcoming album. The five-track record launches on February 16 via InsideOut and Morse reveals the lead song came to life thanks to the creative input of drummer Mike Portnoy.

He says: "I am thrilled with how this song came out. During the recording sessions for the album, I remember waking up one morning wondering what was going to happen that day and not having a clue what direction the album would take.

"I was thinking, 'Man, this is a grand experiment!' And as I was lying there I thought of the chorus, but my original version was slower and more of a keyboard thing. Then the band got to it and Mike had the rockin' verse idea and it developed from there. The video was shot and edited by my son Chad. Hope you all like it."

Don Dokken Vs George Lynch Over Breaking The Chains

Don Dokken has hit out at former bandmate George Lynch over claims that the singer "destroyed" Dokken's debut album. On separate episodes of The Classic Metal Show, Lynch and Dokken trade barbs over Dokken's 1981 debut Breaking The Chains. Lynch says he and the rest of the band were "sent home" after recording their parts, only for the frontman to remix the entire thing.

But in response, Dokken insists Breaking The Chains was a solo project and that he was the only official member of the group at the time. Lynch says: "I did like it when we originally recorded it, but then Don got ahold of it and destroyed it. He basically sent us home from Europe and said, 'OK guys, we're done. I'm just going to stay back and hang out with my girlfriend.'

"What he did was he stayed in the studio when we were gone and had his way with the record, which was pump up all the vocals, take all my guitars out, destroy the mix. It just sounded weak and wimpy. It just killed it.

"It was actually pretty muscular and pretty tough when we were in the studio. It sounded so good. It was the first record I'd ever done, so we were committed to making a statement. Quite honestly, the sound was just unbelievable.

"Then when it was all done, he did what he did to it and he killed it. It's very hard for me to listen to because of that, because I knew what it was and nobody will ever hear that unfortunately."

On a later episode of The Classic Metal Show, Dokken slammed his former guitarist, insisting he must be "high." Dokken adds: "I guess George forgot that when we did Breaking The Chains, he wasn't in the band. He must be smoking something. When I did Breaking The Chains, it was a solo record deal. George was not in the band. Mick was not in the band." Read more here.

New Dates Added to Sco-Mule Tour

We are very excited to announce the addition of six more shows to the 2015 Sco-Mule Winter Tour featuring John Scofield. Pre-sales will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, January 7th at 12pm Noon local time at followed by the public on-sale Friday, January 9th.

2/22 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV
2/23 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO
3/7 - Sherman Theater - Stroudsburg, PA
3/8 - The Space - Westbury, NY
3/13 - The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY
3/14 - The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY

The much-anticipated Sco-Mule Album (Gov't Mule featuring John Scofield) is currently available for pre-order at the Mule Webstore. Build your own bundle with a CD, vinyl, exclusive lithograph and more! All pre-orders will include a special, exclusive bonus CD featuring "Spanish Moon," "Tom Thumb," and "Freeway Jam." Orders will ship on or around January 23rd.

Chicago II Anoints Band As Hit Machine
Founding Member Robert Lamm Recalls Sophomore Effort

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands speaks to Chicago founding member Robert Lamm on the anniversary of the double album musical colossus Chicago II

February of 1970, not even a year after their debut album Chicago Transit Authority, the band had shortened their name but not their fourteen-legged lineup. As former Bob Dylan sideman and Blood, Sweat and Tears founder Al Kooper told Lamm, Chicago’s sound was “…the perfect marriage of brass and rock”. 

Chicago, born out of their city namesake also known as the “Second City”, made the bold Chicago II, a two disc set that would go on to sell a record two million albums and spawn their first Top 5 hit “25 or 6 to 4” and two Top 10 singles “Colour My World” and “Make Me Smile”

Speaking with InTheStudio host Redbeard, keyboardist, singer, songwriter Robert Lamm sheds light on how three lead singers managed to front just one band.  

“ For most of the time that we were writing songs, we never thought about what key (it’s in), is it going to be right for whoever’s going to sing it.  We would basically write the song and see how far each one of us could go. So part of the idea about sharing lead vocals was necessity.” (laughs).  - Robert Lamm

Footnote: after over 120,000,000 albums sold, the second biggest selling artist in America (behind only the Beach Boys) is still not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Rock Sax Legend From The Beatles to The Eagles, Phil Kenzie Tours to Save Our R&R Sax Solo and Releases New Album

The Last Of The Great Rock Sax Players Phil Kenzie! Saxophonist With The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Al Stewart, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, The Eagles and many Others!

Nashville, TN - With the recent passing of Bobby Keys, the last of the legendary rock sax players still remains - Phil Kenzie! Phil has the great distinction of playing sax on The Beatles legendary 'Let It Be' album! Along with The Beatles, Phil's impressive resume includes recording sessions and tours with such iconic music groups and artists as John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, The Eagles and many others. It's easy to be familiar with Phil Kenzie's superb sax work. Just recall the soaring solos on Al Stewart's “Year of the Cat” or “Time Passages” still enjoying favored airplay to this day, or the punchy brass intro to “Jet” by Paul McCartney, or the inspired solo on “The Long Run” from “The Eagles Live” album. In fact, this gifted sax player/arranger has lent his masterful touch to hits by everyone from Rod Stewart to Jackson Browne, Stevie Nicks and Rosanne Cash to David Bowie, and in the process amassed some nineteen gold and platinum albums! Phil also holds the world record for the highest note ever played on Alto Sax on a solo on a top ten hit record (entry note on the first solo on “Time Passages” by Al Stewart). A documentary of Phil's incredible musical journey is in progress and is 99% finished. With 120 minutes in length, it is produced by Harry Jarvis an Independent video producer from Nashville TN.

Phil relates, “I'm originally from the Liverpool area in England and in my first band, The Pressmen, I played many of the clubs made legendary by The Beatles, even occasionally sharing billing with the 'Fab Four', including The Cavern and Hamburg's famous Star Club. So it was totally appropriate that I should be asked later to play on the most classic 'swan song' of the century, 'Let It Be'. This connection continued with my work on recordings for Apple Records, most notably John and Yoko's 'Plastic Ono Band' at Lennon's home in Ascot and all of the horn section work and solos on George Harrison’s 'All Things Must Pass' and playing in the massive sax section on 'Jet' for Paul McCartney and Wings. Through these sessions, I also worked with such notable stars as Eric Clapton, Steven Stills, Peter Frampton, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Doris Troy and Billy Preston.

“As a session man, I was doing gigs around London with Manfred Mann's 'Chapter Three', arranging and performing shows for Jack Good's psychedelic update of Othello entitled 'Catch My Soul', finding time to appear on Paul McCartney's 'Band On The Run' album and to be heavily involved in the hit cult classic 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', playing and recording both the show and the movie; supplying the screaming rock sax for Meatloaf's portrayal of 'Eddie'. During this time I also worked with Alan Parsons, David Essex, Joan Armatrading, Ian Gillan, Alex Harvey, Leo Sayer, Black Sabbath, Steve Harley, Marc Bolan, Wishbone Ash, Annie Lennox, David Bowie, The Coasters, The Temptations, Arthur Connolly, Mick Ronson, Ian Hunter and Roger Daltrey appearing on his 'Ride a Rock Horse' and 'One Of The Boys' albums and on both David Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs' album and his wildly inventive television special 'The 1980 Floor Show'. At this point I was asked by Alan Parsons to record what would become a legendary hit 'Year of The Cat' by Al Stewart. In the subsequent tour of America and another hit for Al, 'Time Passages', I caught the attention of Rod Stewart and was asked to join his band, recording with Rod what would turn out to be his biggest album to date 'Blondes Have More Fun'. I would ultimately appear on five albums for Rod including 'Footloose and Fancy Free', 'Foolish Behaviour', 'Rod Stewart Truly Live' and 'Greatest Hits'.”

Now, much to the excitement of his fans worldwide, Phil is releasing a CD titled 'A Night With The Cat'. The album, recorded between 1998 and 2008, has never been released before and is an instrumental depiction of the lyrics/story of “The Year Of The Cat” hit single by Al Stewart, in which Phil plays the world acclaimed hit saxophone solo. Titles on Phil's new CD reflect the lyrics of the song. Phil is backed on 'A Night With The Cat' by Peter White “king of the soft jazz charts”and legendary session players Bob Babbitt and Larry Knechtal.

Says Phil, “The album's listed producers are Phil Kenzie and Michael Snow and the album was recorded partially in Los Angeles and partially in Nashville Tennessee. It was done in my personal recording studios using analog and digital methodology and myself being the recording, mixing and mastering engineer. I am Industry recognized in these fields. My daughter Anna Pauline Kenzie did all the hand drawn and digitally colored artwork for the CD sleeve which is exceptional. Apart from both composition and musical artistic performances by current top 'Soft Jazz' star Peter White. There are what well might be the final recording performances from two of the biggest iconic pop/rock session artists of our age, Bob Babbitt ( Motown, “Poppa Was A Rolling Stone” etc) and Larry Knechtel (Bread, The Wrecking Crew, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” etc.). These two legends both passed away in recent years. The album contains a composition and a performance by Larry called 'Amazing' which I co-wrote with him.”

In support of his new CD release, plans for Phil's S.O.S.S (Save Our Sax Solo) tour is currently in the works. The show will premier at Jazziz Nightlife on Jan 15th, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Considered one of the greatest rock 'n; roll sax players of all time, Phil Kenzie has worked with The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Rodney Crowell, Roseanne Cash, Brian Wilson, Vince Gill, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Karla Bonoff, America, Boy George, Carly Simon, Randy Meisner, Steven Stills, Poco, The Pointer Sisters, Kenny Loggins, Tom Petty, Ronnie Spector, David Lyndley Eric Carmen and Debbie Gibson etc. At his latest sell out concert appearance with Al Stewart at The Royal Albert Hall on October 15, 2013, Phil received a standing ovation from a more than 6000 strong audience. Also, The Eagles have recently posted two songs on their official website featuring sax solos by Phil!

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Scott Weiland Returning With New Album and Tour

Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland has returned with his solo band that will be releasing their debut album and launching a supporting tour this spring.

The band, dubbed Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts, will be releasing their Rick Parker (The Dandy Worhols, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Jewel) produced album, "Blaster," on March 31st.

Apart from Weiland, the group features guitar player Jeremy Brown, bassist Tommy Black, and drummer Danny Thompson. Weiland had this to say about the album, "The album has its own distinctive sound, but it also can entice those Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans who have stuck by me.

"Over the years, I've gone back and forth between art records and being in a band. This is a hybrid. What we've come up with is really heavy, slinky, and sexy. There's a lot of fuzz. The best way to describe it is 'furry.'"

Prior to the album release, the band will be launching a North American tour on February 22 at Pub Rock in Scottsdale, AZ and have announced dates through March 14th in Boston at Brighton Music Hall.

They have also announced festival appearances this spring including the Welcome to Rockville Festival in Jacksonville, FL on April 25th, the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus OH on May 16th and the BottleRock Music Festival in Napa Valley, CA on May 30th.

Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts 2015 tour dates:
02/22 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock
02/24 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
02/26 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
02/27 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
02/28 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
03/02 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
03/03 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
03/06 - Orlando, FL - The Social
03/07 - Destin, FL - Club LA
03/10 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
03/12 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
03/13 - Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
03/14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

Festival Appearances
04/25 - Jacksonville, FL - Welcome to Rockville Festival
05/16 - Columbus OH - Rock on the Range Festival
05/30 - Napa Valley, CA - BottleRock Music Festival

Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham Band To Play Festival

Sammy Hagar and The Circle, the band featuring the former Van Halen frontman along with his former VH/Chickenfoot bandmate Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Black Country Communion) and the Waboritas guitarist Vic Johnson, are one of the groups that will be performing at this year's Carolina Rebellion.

The fifth installment of the annual music festival is set to take place on May 2nd and 3rd at the Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Charlotte, NC area.

Hagar had this to say in the announcement, "Playing with a band like The Circle, we've got a set list made in rock 'n' roll heaven and a band from rock 'n' roll hell. The only missing link is tens of thousands of rocking fans…HELLO CAROLINA!"

Apart from the Circle, the festival will also feature performances from Slipknot, Slayer, Korn, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Halestorm, Breaking Benjamin, and more.

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor had this to say of their headlining slot, "We are very excited to be headlining Rebellion this year! We're honored to be playing in the company of Cheap Trick, one of my all-time favorites, as well as playing with such good friends like Korn, Halestorm and Slayer!"

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis adds, "Three years ago, we reunited with our brother Head on stage at Carolina Rebellion. Since then, we made a new album and toured the world together. And now we're back to perform our first album in its entirety. Rebellion is going to be a really special show for us."

Saturday, May 2nd: Korn, Marilyn Manson, Rise Against, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Chevelle, Cheap Trick, Papa Roach, Bush, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Jackyl, Of Mice & Men, Live, Motionless In White, Periphery, Beartooth, Young Guns, Marmozets, Islander and more

Sunday, May 3rd: Slipknot, Godsmack, Slayer, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, The Pretty Reckless, In This Moment, In Flames, Tremonti, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Hatebreed, Starset, Butcher Babies, We Are Harlot, Exodus and more

Journey Announce Las Vegas Residency

Journey has become the latest classic rock act to announce a Las Vegas residency. "Journey Las Vegas" will see the band will perform 9 shows at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino between April 29 and May 16.

"We are looking forward to bringing it to you in Las Vegas during our residency at The Joint," said Journey guitarist Neal Schon of the residency. "See you soon!"

Journey are following in the footsteps of several other rockers who paved the way with successful extended Vegas runs, including Carlos Santana, Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Rod Stewart and Meat Loaf, among others. Read more here.

Kid Rock Releases First Kiss Video

Kid Rock has released a music video for the lead single and title track to his forthcoming album, "First Kiss." Directed by Eric Welch, the clip features Rock cruising in his truck while singing about lost youth and hearing Tom Petty on the radio.

Due February 24, the follow-up to 2012's "Rebel Soul" was produced by Kid Rock - with the exception of two songs which were co-produced by Dann Huff - and was recorded at his studio in Michigan.

Rock will tour this summer with his backing group, the Twisted Brown Trucker Band. Dates are expected to be announced soon. Watch the "First Kiss" video here.

Rush's Neil Peart Conflicted Over Touring Again

Rush drummer Neil Peart says he's in two minds about touring again as he doesn't want to leave his family for an extended period of time. He, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are still to decide whether they'll hit the road this year, although two leaked tour dates briefly appeared online last month before being pulled. And while Peart's reluctant to leave his loved ones behind, he says if they do play live, he'll put everything into the sets as it's part of his job.

He tells this month's Prog magazine: "It's a true dilemma - there's no right answer. People say to me, 'Are you still excited when you go on tour?' Should I be excited about leaving my family? No, and no one should. It's as simple as that: if you put aside the fantasy of it, it is what it is and has to be done. And that's fine and I pour my entire energy and enthusiasm into it, but of course, I'm of two minds about the whole idea."

And he says the thought of leaving his five-year-old daughter Olivia leaves him with feelings of guilt. He continues: "I've been doing this for 40 years - I know how to compartmentalise, and I can stand missing her, but I can't stand her missing me and it's painful and impossible to understand for her. How can a small child process that? And there's the guilt that comes with that - you fell guilty about it, of course. I'm causing pain." Read more here.