Steve Tyler Urged Alice Cooper To Not Let Joe Perry Perform
Alice Cooper has revealed that Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler asked him not to let guitarist Joe Perry go back on stage after his mid-tour collapse in July.
Perry was on the road with the Hollywood Vampires when he suffered a health alert, which was rumored to have been related to his heart at first. He was back in action less than two weeks later - but not before Tyler had expressed concern for his longtime colleague, saying: "I know how to maintain my health. I don't think he knows how to."
Cooper tells CBS Local: "I didn't realise Aerosmith only did two shows a week. Honestly, I just figured everybody was like me. I do five shows a week, and very physical shows."
He continues: "Steven called me and said, 'Hey, don't put him back on stage - I'm afraid.' I went, 'Look, I'm going to talk to him and see how he is.' I went up to his room. He looked unbelievable, sounded great, got up and played the whole show. I never heard him play that good, so he's back." Read more here.
ROCK NEWS FOR 10/21/16
KILLER BEE REKINDLE THE MAGIC OF ‘70s STYLE ROCK WITH ‘EYE IN THE SKY’ RELEASE OUT NOW
Killer Bee are back with a new long awaited album - ‘Eye in the Sky’ - out now. It has been over two years since their last release, and the wait has proven to be worth it, as this new record is quintessential Killer Bee. The writing team of Rönnblom / Frank has done it again, as they deliver their well-honed 70´s style of rock - a la Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and the Scorpions.
Well known for their back to basic raw sound, Killer Bee have not swayed from their trademark style. And all the expected ingredients are included - hard and heavy riffs, signature vocals, and of course, the classic Hammond sound, which can be sampled via the links below:
Killer Bee - "Get On Board" (Official Music Video) https://youtu.be/0egtw6luue4
“’Get on Board’ went through a few vocal arrangements before I got the feel I wanted,” explains singer/producer Brian “Bee” Frank. “Due to the length of pauses in the recording process I was able to take a step back and look at things from different perspectives. Really glad I had that time to give the song the all it deserved.” And Frank also discussed the song’s video - “Being from Canada I did not really grasp what the cold war meant, but after living in Sweden for 26 years one starts to realize how very close the threat at the time was. In the making of this video we did it at an old abandoned cold war era - first strike airforce base. The base was an array of runways interacting with each other in literally the middle of nowhere. It was an experience for me to try and imagine how it could have been...it made me reflect on my first weeks here in 1990. We were driving in town and instead of a Deer Crossing sign I saw Tank Crossing signs (lol). Wow what a culture shock for a guy like me from good ole safe Toronto, Canada.”
Album Teaser - Killer Bee - Eye In The Sky - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSta5KaAWmw&feature=youtu.be
Amazon US digital sales music link is : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L7R4ZD2/ref=ap_ws_tlw_alb5
US iTunes sales link. - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eye-in-the-sky/id1144484988
Since the early ‘90s, the Bees have been delivering the sting…and now the hive has let the swarm loose!
The last couple of years have not been without trials and tribulations though - member changes, injuries, and production hold-ups have made this era a roller coaster ride for the band.
However, the band managed to persevere, as 2015 saw Killer Bee embark on an extensive US tour (covering over 40 cities in no less than 35 states), and the future is only looking brighter.
Radio programmers worldwide have begun to take notice, as Killer Bee are receiving positive responses to their music - climbing on playlists everywhere.
And alongside the new release, Killer Bee are currently in the planning stages for touring both Europe and North America.
Speaking about highlights from the recording sessions, Brian "Bee” Frank the lead singer and producer of the new record states, “‘Shout It Out’ is the ultimate 70´s feel with the screaming Jon Lord/Hammond playing by Denny DeMarchi. I remember when he was recording that solo. One take and it was done. At the end Denny said, ‘I can do it better,’ I said ‘No! It´s done!’ What a great moment. During the 90´s, Anders and I had a writing system...he played I sang. A song done normally it took no more than 30 minutes to get a song done. The last three albums have had a slightly different approach but on the writing of ‘The Fight,’ it was a magical moment. Back to the old school formula. 15 minutes.”
So catch a buzz and feel the sting…Killer Bee are BACK! Join the swarm!
‘EYE IN THE SKY’ TRACKLISTING:
1 Eye in the Sky
2 Shout It Out
3 One Step Closer
4 Higher and Higher
5 Face the Night
6 The Flight
7 Get on Board
8 Joystick Warrior
9 Right Between the Eyes
10 By My Side
KILLER BEE LINE-UP:
Brian “Bee” Frank – Vocals
Anders “LA” Rönnblom – Bass
Andre Hägglund – Guitar
Paul “Tonka” Champman – Guitar
Morgan Evans – Drums & Percusson
Denny DeMarchi – Keys
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A FOREIGNER’S TALE BY MICK JONES
FIRST-EVER OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY PUBLISHED AS PART OF FOREIGNER’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AVAILABLE ONLY AT FOREIGNERBOOK.COM; REGISTER NOW
October 20, 2016 - Legendary rockers FOREIGNER have been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits that continue to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Now they’re getting ready to embark on a brand new journey into the literary world with A Foreigner’s Tale, the band’s first-ever official biography that will be available in various formats, including a limited edition.
Produced in conjunction with Rocket 88 Books, it tells the story of FOREIGNER in the words of founder, guitarist and producer Mick Jones. It will only be sold via Foreignerbook.com where fans can register their interest in the book NOW and be sure of getting a copy when it is published in 2017. Registration is not a commitment to buy, but will ensure fans get the information on the book first, a pre-order discount and the chance to have their name printed in the book.
Sumptuously illustrated throughout, A Foreigner’s Tale tells the story of how FOREIGNER became one of the world’s most successful rock acts, and also traces Jones’ personal and musical path to forming the band, from his childhood in England in the 1950s through to present day. He tells funny, revealing and intriguing stories, beginning with his remarkable early musical career with Nero and the Gladiators in London, and in France with Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday in the 1960s (including a tour with the Beatles). From there, he describes working with some great musicians (among them George Harrison and Jimmy Page) before joining Leslie West and then Spooky Tooth in New York – where Foreigner first took shape. Rare, early, personal, candid, studio and live photographs illuminate this extraordinary story, along with FOREIGNER artwork, memorabilia and Jones’ personal record and guitar collection.
Coinciding with the release of A Foreigner’s Tale, FOREIGNER--Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums)—will head out on a world tour throughout 2017 in celebration of their 40 years as a recording, touring band. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game. Recent albums like Juke Box Heroes, a new compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, and The Best of Foreigner 4 & More, recorded live from The Borgata, Atlantic City, both entered the Billboard Top 200 chart. Foreigner also featured strongly in every category in Billboard's recently released “Greatest of All Time” listing. Catalog sales often eclipse those of Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen and most of their Classic Rock peers (Source: Nielsen SoundScan 2/11/16 - 2/3/16).
Guns N' Roses Song Part Of Murder Case
A court in California has heard how a man listened to Guns N' Roses hit Used To Love Her before fatally shooting his girlfriend. Thomas Michael Wilhelm, 52, is charged with first degree murder after he allegedly shot 45-year-old Christine Marie Murray in 2012 when their business partnership and relationship hit the skids.
The prosecution claims that on July 8, 2012, Wilhelm broke into a neighbor's house in Costa Mesa and stole a .32-caliber pistol before shooting Murray six times.
Around 11 minutes before the shooting, Wilhelm sent a text message to a friend saying that he was listening to Guns N' Roses track Used to Love Her. It includes the lyrics "I used to love her, but I had to kill her."
The couple's relationship soured when Wilhem's business, Wilhelm Sprinkler Co, was in financial difficulty and he asked Murray to help. He later accused her of trying to take over the business. Read more here.
Vince Neil Pleads Guilty To Battery Charges
Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil pled guilty in a Las Vegas court on Thursday to misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an incident in the city on April 7.
Neil is accused of dragging an autograph seeker to the ground by her hair during a lunch with actor Nicolas Cage at the Aria Hotel. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Neil's guilty plea via his lawyers - the rocker did not appear in court - is part of an agreement with prosecutors over a 120-day suspended sentence that includes a $1,000 fine, an online impulse-control counseling class and six months of trouble-free activity.
Should Neil fail to comply with any of the conditions of the agreement, he could face 120 days in jail. "Mr. Neil was pleased to put this behind him," said the singer's attorney, Richard Schonfeld. Read more here.
Metallica Announce First Concert Of 2017
Metallica have announced that they will perform their first show of 2017 in Seoul, South Korea as they tour in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."
"We're excited to kick off 2017 with the first show of what promises to be a year taking us to all corners of the globe on the WorldWired Tour," says the band. "The New Year will be just over a week old when we return to Seoul, South Korea on January 11, 2017 at the Gocheok Sky Dome for the first of six shows in that corner of the world... stay tuned for additional announcements in the coming days and weeks.
"Discounted floor tickets in Seoul will be available October 24, 2016 at noon local time for 24 hours. All tickets go on sale on October 26 at noon and are available through Interpark Ticketing, hotline (1544-1555), and the Interpark Ticketing app."
"This is just the beginning," adds the group. "We look forward to more shows in Asia and beyond!" The Seoul show will follow the tour's opening leg across Latin America this fall, which fires up on October 26 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Watch the video announcement and the band's latest promo clip here.
Eddie Van Halen Helping Bring Music To Kids
Eddie Van Halen is among the artists sharing their thoughts and support of The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports music education in public schools across the United States.
The Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music.
To date, the organization has donated over $20 million worth of instruments to over 1,400 schools, including a batch of 75 guitars Van Halen donated in 2012 and more gear in 2013 beyond his ongoing financial support.
"Can you imagine a world without music? It's a must. It has to be taught," says Van Halen in a new video as the Foundation received a National Music Education Award at the Americans For The Arts gala in New York this week. "I wanted to give back to the community, and especially kids in need who want an instrument but didn't have the opportunity I had.
"I wanted to donate instruments because I have so many guitars and nobody would take them… until we found Mr. Holland's Opus. It wasn't too long after that that I came to one of the schools and there's a kid playing one of my guitars. It makes you want to cry, you know? It was really that emotional for me." Watch the video here.
Glenn Hughes Streams New Song 'Let It Shine'
Former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes is streaming the track "Let It Shine", as the latest preview to the November 4 release of "Resonate."
Hughes co-produce the record with his guitarist Søren Andersen, and the pair are joined on the project by drummer Pontus Engborg and keyboardist Lachlan "Lachy" Doley.
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith guests on two tracks, including the lead single "Heavy." "It's my first solo album in 8 years," says Hughes. "Everybody needs to know that this is absolutely a return to rock music as a solo artist for me. My work is very varied. Groovy, funky, soulful, although the genre has always been rock. But this album is probably THE heaviest record I've done in at least 25 years.
"It's dense. It's dark. There's some aggression on this record. Every bloody track is begging to be played live." Stream the song here.
Last In Line, Dio's Jimmy Bain Literally Died With His Boots On
Guitarist Vivian Campbell says late bassist Jimmy Bain shouldn't have been with Last In Line when he died as he knew he was in ill health. Bain died in January of lung cancer when we was onboard Def Leppard's Hysteria On The High Seas cruise.
And while Leppard and Last In Line member Campbell says he doesn't think Bain knew he had cancer, he was taking antibiotics for pneumonia at the time. He tells Talk Is Jericho: "This band and this record was really the only thing that Jimmy had in his life to focus on and he was focused on it intently.
"That was his beacon of light and that was his salvation in the last couple of years of his life. He believed in this project so much and he was so excited to be doing this - and that's why he should never have gone on that cruise."
Campbell continues: "We didn't know he had cancer. I don't know if Jimmy did either, but we knew he had pneumonia. He had been diagnosed as having pneumonia and was taking antibiotics for it and he was not well. But Jimmy insisted on doing it and he wanted to do it.
"I'll say this about him. He was a true rock and roller to the end. He died with his boots on - literally. We found him in full regalia in his that cabin on the ship and he was living it to the end. He believed in it so much and it was so sad that he never actually got to see it." Read more and stream the full interview here.
Steve Hackett Leads Giants Of Rock Festival Lineup
Steve Hackett has been confirmed as headliner for next year's Giants Of Rock festival in the UK The three-day event will run from January 27-30 at Butlin's Minehead resort - and will see the former Genesis guitarist play tracks from Selling England By The Pound and Wind And Wuthering.
Other artists confirmed for Giants Of Rock include Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull, John Lees' Barclay James Harvest, Popa Chubby, Gun, Bernie Marsden, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Phil Campbell's All Star Band.
Hackett's appearance at the event comes ahead of his run of UK and Ireland tour dates, which kick off in Dublin on April 26. Hackett said: "I'm excited to bring my latest show involving a new set of Genesis and Hackett numbers to the UK in 2017." Read more including his upcoming dates here.
Former Pearl Jam Member Upset About Rock Hall Snub
Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is reaching out to the band via social media to request their help to have him included in their nomination for the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
"It's just a fine opportunity to see what Pearl Jam has to say in response," posted Abbruzzese on Facebook. "Let's see if they do the right thing. It'll be interesting to see the spin that is put on it. That band and its management have never been ones to shy away when an injustice is done. Let's see if they still have the courage to fight the good fight!
"I've seen them change a 15 year old settlement agreement just by ignoring its contents and withholding money that didn't belong to them in order to force me to accept the changes. They know how to play the game…their way! … The members of Pearl Jam have got to know what's the right thing to do. They can't justify ignoring my contributions. Like me or not."
A few days after his initial comments, Abbruzzese once again turned to Facebook to express some further thoughts on the Rock Hall situation. "I rarely gave anything less than all I had to give," he wrote of his time with Pearl Jam. "I left that stage feeling like I gave you all you could want, then punched ya square in the stomach and you liked it. I liked it, too. I still do. So do you......Knowing that makes me happy.
"I don't feel snubbed, I was shocked at first because I didn't know that the R&RHOF folks don't really know what's up. In the little press snippets that is going around, I seem upset. I think it's cool that it's happening. Now I'll see how it plays out. I am so moved and proud. I am proud to have touched so many with what I do and did with music." Read more here.
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Rolling Stones Cancel Concert Under Doctor's Orders
The Rolling Stones have been forced to cancel tonight's (Wednesday, October 19th) concert at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV due to a Mick Jagger illness.
"Lead vocalist Mick Jagger has come down with laryngitis and has been advised by doctors to rest his voice," announced the band early Wednesday. "We hope to have information about the possibility of rescheduling this date very soon. We encourage ticket holders to wait for that information before seeking refunds. We also hope to have further information about the status of the concert scheduled for Saturday, October 22.
"The Rolling Stones, T-Mobile Arena, MGM Resorts International, Concerts West and AEG Live apologize for any inconvenience this causes ticket holders."
Wednesday's date was the first of two scheduled shows in Las Vegas following the Stones' recent headlining sets at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, CA on October 7 and October 14. Read more here.
David Bowie's Final Songs Streaming Online
Two of the last songs ever recorded by David Bowie have been premiered on the BBC. No Plan and When I Met You were aired for the first time this week, with When I Met You being played on Shaun Keaveny's show on Radio 6 and No Plan debuting on Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 show.
The tracks appear on the Lazarus Cast Album, which is released on October 21 (Friday). The album, features tracks from Bowie's off-Broadway show Lazarus. It also includes another new Bowie track, Killing A Little Time.
Lazarus Cast Album was co-produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti and recorded with Donny McCaslin and his quartet - the musicians responsible for Bowie's final album Blackstar. Read more here.
Music's Future Uncertain Says Metallica's Lars Ulrich
Lars Ulrich says "nobody knows" what the future holds for the music industry - which he describes as being like "the Wild West." The Metallica drummer says the lack of predictability in the music business influences their laissez-faire approach to band activity nowadays.
Ulrich says in an interview: "I think you have to sort of accept that nobody really knows where it's going, so there has to be a lot of impulsive kind of attitudes.
"It's like a train that's moving, and you don't quite know where it's going, but you sort of try to steer it in the best way you can, realising that it may go in different places that you had no idea."
He continues: "The music business, or what's left of it, is very like the Wild West now. 15 years ago, when you put out a record, there was a particular way that you did everything. Now it's just whatever works for you." Read more here.
Rush Reveal Preview For Time Stand Still Documentary
Rush have issued an extended trailer for the November 3 North American cinema premiere of their 40th anniversary tour documentary, "Time Stand Still."
The project captures the Canadian rockers and their fans during the band's "R40" tour, rumored to be the last tour of its kind and the end of their life on the road.
"People pat us on the back for not compromising," says Geddy Lee as he looks back on Rush's storied career. "Well, we couldn't do that if our fan base wasn't there for us. They've given us the freedom to be us."
Fathom Events will screen "Time Stand Still" in theaters across the continent, with the main feature accompanied by an exclusive 20-minute film "Rush: A Salute To Kings." Watch the trailer here.
Billy Idol Extends Las Vegas Residency Into 2017
Billy Idol has extended his Las Vegas residency into 2017. Following a successful 2016 run at the House Of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino - which wraps up with shows this week - "Billy Idol: Forever!" will return next spring for dates in March and May.
"You the fans - the people that make it all happen - have spoken loud and clear," says the rocker. "Billy Idol Is Forever in Las Vegas for one year just isn't enough."
The residency sees Idol deliver tunes from throughout his career, including tracks from seminal British punk band Generation X to his solo hits. A Billy Idol Fan Club presale (password: FOREVER) is on now, with general public seats going on sale October 21 at 10am PT. See the dates and watch the announcement video here.
Rory Gallagher Statue Greenlighted By Belfast City Council
A statue of Rory Gallagher will be unveiled at Belfast's Ulster Hall. Belfast City Council's Planning Committee gave the proposal the green light at a meeting on Tuesday night and it will now go to a full council meeting for full approval.
It will be erected on the city's Bedford Street at the side of the hall where Gallagher played regularly. Rory's brother Donal tells the BBC he is ecstatic at the news, adding: "Belfast was a musical home for him, it was where he left Cork for.
"He had been to London, toured all over Europe but he was looking for a place where he felt he was at one with the music and Belfast offered that." Read more here.
Phil Collins Still Upset About Paul McCartney Encounter
Phil Collins made news this week with the announcement of his comeback tour but during an interview to promote the shows he revealed an old slight from Paul McCartney that he appears to still be upset about.
"I met him when I was working at the Buckingham Palace party back in 2002. McCartney came up with Heather Mills," Collins tells The Sunday Times (via Radio.com).
"I had a first edition of The Beatles by Hunter Davies, and I said, 'Hey Paul, do you mind signing this for me?' And he said, 'Oh Heather, our little Phil's a bit of a Beatles fan.' And I thought, 'You f--, you f--.' Never forgot it."
The former Genesis drummer and singer continues, "McCartney was one of my heroes. But he has this thing when he's talking to you, he makes you feel [like], 'I know this must be hard for you, because I'm a Beatle. I'm Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me.'"
KISS Star Reveals Awkward Steven Adler Moment
Kiss drummer Eric Singer has recalled the "awkward moment" when he came third in a drumming contest - while future Guns N' Roses sticksman Steven Adler didn't reach the final.
And he's used the memory to demonstrate how life can be unpredictable. Neither of them were established musicians when they entered the Los Angeles competition in 1984, hosted by veteran drummer Carmine Appice.
Singer tells MusicRadar: "It was a radio station. You sent in a tape and from that they picked 50 people, 15 girls and 35 guys. They had you play in a parking lot - out of that they picked the finalists. Steven Adler didn't get picked for the finals. I remember he was upset.
"His mother went up to Carmine Appice, 'How come my son Steven didn't get picked?' I was standing right on the sidewalk next to him, while his mother was asking Carmine. It had to be an awkward moment."
He continues: "The funny thing was, three years later he's in the biggest band in the world - so you never know how things are going to turn out. I made the finals. I didn't win, I took third place." here.
Jeff Lynne Proud Of ELO Rock Hall Nomination
Jeff Lynne has shared his reaction to Electric Light Orchestra being among the nominees announced Tuesday for possible induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The group are being considered for the Class Of 2017 alongside heavy hitters like Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes and The Cars, among others, and ELO co-founder and frontman Jeff Lynne says he is honored by the group's first-time nomination.
"I'm very proud to see my ELO music getting this great recognition," says Lynne. "It's a big honor to be nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame."
Formed in Birmingham, UK in 1970 by Lynne, Roy Wood and drummer Bev Bevan, ELO's unique mix of rock and classical elements saw the group amass a series of hits throughout the 1970s with songs like "Evil Woman", "Livin' Thing", "Strange Magic", "Telephone Line", "Shine A Little Love" and "Don't Bring Me Down", among others. here.
Pearl Jam, Yes, ELO, Journey Lead Rock Hall Nominations
Pearl Jam, Journey, prog icons Yes, Bad Brains, Depeche Mode and the Electric Light Orchestra lead the nominees for induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The Cleveland-based institution revealed the full list of 19 artists on Tuesday, which also includes The Cars, Jane's Addiction and Yes, among others.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
2017 marks the first year of eligibility for Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur, and first nominations for Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane's Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey and Steppenwolf; Yes snagged their third listing, the J. Geils Band and Kraftwerk picked up a fourth ballot mention, Joe Tex a fifth, and Chic a record-setting 11th appearance. Read more here.
MUSIC AND WINE...GET 'UNDER THE INFLUENCE' WITH FOGHAT!
Foghat are celebrating the release of their Double/180g Vinyl Edition of their latest release 'Under the Influence" this Friday October 21st! To promote the resurgence of vinyl, many indie record stores are giving away 'Under The Influence" posters with each purchase along with a chance to win an autographed guitar!
And to really have a good time, some very cool stores will host "Under the Influence" Listening parties at 7pm on the 21st featuring our own Foghat Cellars Wine! The Orlando store will also have some surprise guests!!
So, go support your local store and have a listen and a glass!
Fingerprints - Long Beach, CA https://www.facebook.com/events/1144887455598390/
Park Ave CD's, 291 Corrine Drive, Orlando, Florida 32803 https://www.facebook.com/events/1319189738099810/
Music Millenium - Portland, OR http://www.musicmillennium.com/Event/59968
Cactus Music - Houston, TX https://www.facebook.com/events/105193719955961/
Record Archive - Rochester, NY https://www.facebook.com/recordarchive
Feel free to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLATINUM-SELLING HARD ROCK ICONS, KIX, RELEASE TWO-DISC DVD/CD CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX - A DOCUMENTARY THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK PREMIERING LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM THE DVD OF “LOVE ME WITH YOUR TOP DOWN” TODAY
DOCUMENTARY INCLUDES THE MAKING OF ROCK YOUR FACE OFF - KIX’S FIRST NEW MUSIC IN 20 YEARS, INTERVIEWS WITH THE BAND, producer Taylor Rhodes, NOTABLE ROCK ARTISTS AND key rock music industry figures
NEW YORK, NY (October 19, 2016) - Platinum-selling Maryland hard rock icons, KIX will release CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX, a two-disc DVD/CD set, October 21, 2016 on Loud & Proud Records. The 71-minute film is an in-depth look into KIX’s decision to record their first new album, 2014’s Rock Your Face Off, in almost 20 years. Today, Ultimate Classic Rock is premiering a live performance of “Love Me With Your Top Down” recorded for the DVD. Watch it HERE.
The DVD - WATCH THE TRAILER HERE - also features the making of the album from bassist Mark Schenker’s studio, interviews with the band as well as notable rock artists such as Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, Jeff LaBar of Cinderella, Share Ross of Vixen, Shannon Larkin of Godsmack, and more, key music industry veterans such as radio personality Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic as well as Luc Carl and Keith Roth of Sirius/XM. It also includes a rare appearance by producer Taylor Rhodes (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, KIX’s Hot Wire).
The CD, CAN’T STOP THE SHOW (LIVE) offers never-before-released live KIX tracks recorded over the last three years. A bonus KIX logo sticker is inside the first manufacturing run, a special treat for KIX fans around the world, and each band member offers his own special contribution to the package’s booklet including vocalist Steve Whiteman’s rigorous exercise routine, cartoons by guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe, an essay by bassist Mark Schenker, a gear rundown by guitarist Ronnie “10/10” Younkins and a favorite recipe from drummer Jimmy “Chef Chocolate” Chalfant.
In 2014, KIX released their seventh full-length album, Rock Your Face Off (Loud & Proud Records) their first studio effort since 1995’s Show Business. The album debuted at #1 on Amazon’s “Hard Rock and Metal “chart, in the Top 50 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, #5 on the “Independent Albums “chart, #11 on the “Top Internet “chart, #17 on the “Top Rock Albums” chart, #27 on the “Indy/Small Chain Core Stores” chart and #33 on the “Physical” chart.
KIX will be performing select shows for the rest of the year. All tour dates can be found on the band’s website HERE. KIX will also be at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, VA on October 27, 2016 for a one-night-only special event – two screenings of their documentary CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX. The film will be introduced by filmmakers Steve Nerangis and Dale Jackson and following each screening the band will be on hand to do a Q&A with fans.
Pre-order CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX through Amazon HERE.
CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX CD TRACK LISTING:
1. Wheels In Motion (Live)
2. Rock Your Face Off (Live)
3. Cold Shower (Live)
4. Mean Miss Adventure (Live)
5. You’re Gone (Live)
6. Cold Blood (Live)
7. Can’t Stop The Show (Live)
8. Girl Money (Live)
9. Love Me With Your Top Down (Live)
10. Blow My Fuse (Live)
11. Love Pollution (Live at Sirius/XM)
12. Midnite Dynamite (Live at Sirius/XM)
Eddie Trunk (radio personality)
Taylor Rhodes (producer)
Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)
Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
Luc Carl (Sirius/XM)
Keith Roth (Sirius/XM)
Share Ross (Vixen)
Shannon Larkin (Godsmack/Wrathchild America)
Jeff LaBar (Cinderella)
Don Jamieson (Host of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic)
Jaime St James (Black N Blue/Warrant)
Chip Z'Nuff (Enuff Z'Nuff)
Alex Kayne (L'Amour)
Kevin Butler (Hammerjacks)
Steve Kicas (Hammerjacks)
Scott Spelbring (producer)
YES NOMINATED FOR ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017
YES has once again been nominated for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame following two previous nominations. It was announced this morning (10/18) that the band is on the ballot for the class of 2017.
"It is a distinguished honor to again receive a nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," shares drummer Alan White. "Yes has a history of being pioneers in exploring new musical territory, 48 years later the band is still continuing this quest, who knew? Thank you for the consideration of this esteemed award."
Fans can visit www.rockhall.com/vote to case their votes (one ballot per day) for whom they want to see inducted. Voting is open now through December 5. The top five artists from the fan vote will comprise a "fans' ballot" that will be counted along with the other ballots to determine the 2017 inductees, announced in December.
Along with White, on the Rock Hall ballot for YES is current guitarist Steve Howe, late bassist Chris Squire and former members Jon Anderson (vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and Trevor Rabin (guitar).
On the concert front, YES--Howe, White, Jon Davison (vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass) and Geoff Downes (keyboard)--head to Japan next month for a 6-date tour (November 21-29) performing the albums YESSONGS and TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS. Jay Schellen will also travel with the band for these dates to sit in for White at times until he is fully healed from this summer's back surgery. In early 2017, YES will once again host and headline the 4th annual CRUISE TO THE EDGE--set for February 7-11 aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas--featuring over 20 artist performances including YES (with White fully on drums), Kansas, Steve Hackett, Mike Portnoy, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Bad Dreams, and many more.
Founded in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES have created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces "Roundabout," "Close to the Edge," "I've Seen All Good People," "Owner of a Lonely Heart," "Starship Trooper," and countless others. Its albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, and 90125, have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, and have sold over 50 million records total in its career that has so far spanned almost five decades. Among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continues creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world.
Robert Plant's Austin City Limits Performance Streaming Online
For fans that missed former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant's appearance on Austin City Limits this past weekend, the long-running PBS show is broadcasting the episode online.
Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters' Austin City Limits performance featured a mix of classic Led Zeppelin and solo tracks, as well as newer material from the group's 2014 album "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar".
The song list from the episode was as follows: "The Lemon Song," "Rainbow," "Black Dog," "Turn It Up," "In the Mood," "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," "Little Maggie," and "Whole Lotta Love." Watch it here.
Metallica Launch A Different View Web Series
Metallica have released the first in a series of behind-the-scenes videos from their recent string of events in New York. Episode one of Metallica: A Different View follows bassist Robert Trujillo around the city as the band were in the Big Apple last month for the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, followed by an appearance on Sirius XM and the Howard Stern Show.
They then played an exclusive show for the Fifth Member fan club at the Webster Hall and took part in various press engagements. Videographer Brett Murray followed the band around the city for four days and videos featuring Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett will follow in due course.
In his video Trujillo discusses the importance of making an impact in New York. He says: "As a musician you have to roll through this town and you have to kick ass. It's kind of like London or LA, a major market, one of the biggest. You always want to make a statement when you roll through New York. That's where the party is." Watch the video here.
Chuck Berry Announces His First New Album in 38 Years
Rock and Roll legend and pioneer Chuck Berry celebrated his 90th birthday by announcing that he will be releasing his first new studio album in 38 years, entitled "Chuck", next year.
Berry recorded the new effort at a number of studios in the St. Louis area, according to the announcement, and it will feature mostly new songs that were written by the rock icon.
He is joined on the album by his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica), as well as Jimmy Marsala (bass), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums).
Berry is dedicating the new album to his wife of 68 years Themetta Berry. He says, "This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy. My darlin' I'm growing old! I've worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!"
Charles Berry Jr. had this to say about the new album, "What an honor to be part of this new music. The St. Louis band, or as dad called us 'The Blueberry Hill Band,' fell right into the groove and followed his lead. These songs cover the spectrum from hard driving rockers to soulful thought provoking time capsules of a life's work."
Phil Collins Won't Be Playing Drums On Comeback Tour
Genesis legend Phil Collins earlier this week announced his comeback Not Dead Yet Tour, but he had also revealed that he will not be playing drums during the shows.
He explained during a press conference that he is turning drumming duties over to his son Nicolas for the tour because of physical limitations. "I'll never play the way I used to. Something happened on the Genesis reunion tour. At the end of each show, I had a drumming duel with Chester Thompson, and one night something happened. It just went. I tried everything--bigger drumsticks and so on, but it just never came back.
"It's a mystery what happened, I just couldn't get it back. But I'm 65 and I played drums since I was five. I'd like to have the choice about being able to play, but I'm not going to cry myself to sleep about it.
"I had back surgery a year ago, I'd messed my hips up as well. That was a year ago and as of now I have a dropped foot, which means I have no feeling in it. I walk with a cane, but I'm hoping that gets better."
Collins had this to say about his son Nicolas taking over on drums, "He's learned from watching John Bonham, Chad Smith and me, so he's got some balls when he plays.
"He takes notes very well. It can obviously be awkward when it's family, they might not take criticism, but Nick is great at taking advice. We've played three short charity shows in Europe together, seven-song things, and the band have been very impressed with him."
Not Dead Yet Tour Dates:
06/04/17 - London - Royal Albert Hall
06/05/17 - London - Royal Albert Hall
06/07/17 - London - Royal Albert Hall
06/08/17 - London - Royal Albert Hall
06/09/17 - London - Royal Albert Hall
06/11/17 - Cologne - Lanxess Arena
06/12/17 - Cologne - Lanxess Arena
06/18/17 - Paris - Accors Hotel Arena
06/19/17 - Paris - Accors Hotel Arena
Sammy Hagar To Headline Rock Legends Cruise VI
The 2017 Rock Legends Cruise is already sold out but rock fans can begin making plans for the 2018 edition with news that Sammy Hagar has been tapped to headline RLC VI.
The four-night cruise will sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship from February 15th to 19th, 2018.
The announcement we received and the official website for the event list different, but similarly named ships (Independence/Liberty) of the Seas. Organizers launched the on-sale for the 2018 event today. Grab the details here.
The Ramones Street Naming Ceremony Pushed Back
The Ramones are updating fans with news regarding the upcoming street naming ceremony event in New York this month. The group will be honored with a street named Ramones Way in their hometown of Queens, NY.
Originally set for October 23, the band has announced a scheduling change to October 30 at 11:00 AM at the intersection of 67th Avenue and 110th Street in front of the main entrance of Forest Hills High School, which was attended by the band's original lineup of John Cummings (Johnny Ramone), Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone), Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone) and Thomas Erdelyi (Tommy Ramone).
Plans for Ramones Way were passed by the City Council in July. "Our community of Forest Hills has been the home of many famous artists," says councilwoman Karen Koslowitz. "Many legendary musicians also attended Forest Hills High School including Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Burt Bacharach, as well as the members of the famous punk rock group the Ramones. The Ramones played well in the 1990s and received numerous accolades and awards including an induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award." here.
Black Crowes Members Announce New Band The Magpie Salute
Rich Robinson has hooked up with former Black Crowes members guitarist Marc Ford, bassist Sven Pipien and keyboardist Eddie Harsch in new band The Magpie Salute.
They're joined by keyboardist Matt Slocum, drummer Joe Magistro and backing singers Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen from Robinson's solo band.
Robinson previously told Rolling Stone that he'd been performing regularly with the former Crowes men - minus his brother and vocalist Chris. He said: "I just did three shows up in Woodstock, with me and Marc Ford and Ed Harsch and Sven from the Crowes. They came and joined my band and we did a whole bunch of songs together." And to mark the announcement, the band have released a short trailer. Watch it here.
Bob Dylan Remains Silent About Nobel Prize Win
The Swedish Academy have given up trying to reach Bob Dylan after they awarded him the Nobel Prize For Literature last week. He has responded with silence since the news broke - and he made no mention of the accolade at his show in Las Vegas that night either.
Last Thursday, the 75-year-old became the first songwriter in history to be named a recipient of the award by the Nobel committee "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
The academy's permanent secretary Sara Danius says: "Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough." Read more here.
Original Judas Priest Singer Al Atkins Announces Solo Album
Original Judas Priest singer Al Atkins has announced his new solo album "Reloaded". A released date was not revealed in the announcement but the Pledge Music page showed that 52 days were left to pre-order the various packages as of Tuesday (Oct 18th).
Atkins has release a promo video for the album here and we were sent the following details about the effort: "The album is a collection tracks from the last four decades, that Al has either written or performed from his days in Judas Priest to his last live band Holy Rage. It features special guest appearances: with Ian Hill of Judas Priest, (who performed on the original recordings of some of these classics like 'Victim Of Changes' from the 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' album. Apart from Judas Priest Ian Hill has never recorded with anyone outside of the band until now!
"It also features John McCoy (Ex Gillan) Ralf Scheepers of Germany from Primal Fear dueting with Al on 'Victim Of Changes', A solo from Roy Z Ramirez of 'Halford' & 'Bruce Dickinson', A Japanese guitarist Tsuyoshi Ikedo from Unviel Raze, The Australian Stu 'Hammer' Marshall of Death Dealer, Chris Johnson from Holy Rage, from the UK Rob Allen on drums and last but not least long time friend and collaborator Guitarist & Producer of many of Al's albums Paul May.
"These tracks have appeared in various forms on many albums over the past forty years. 'Reloaded' also features a bonus track that is an excerpt of a guitar solo from the very Judas Priest demo featuring Ian Hill on Bass and KK Downing on guitar a never heard treat for all Judas Priest fanatics."
A Void To Avoid
Coming Thick & Fast
Cradle To The Grave
Love At War
Victim Of Changes
Mind Conception (early Judas Priest demo extract)
Status Quo's Rick Parfitt Sad About Missing Final Electric Shows
Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has released a handwritten message to fans, saying much he's missing the band's final electric shows. The veteran musician suffered a serious heart attack on the road in June and his management later revealed he'd "died for several minutes" during the incident.
He's expected to make a full recovery, although the statement said it was possible he'd "performed his last show" with the band. Quo confirmed earlier this year that their current tour would be their last full-power trip, although they didn't rule out further acoustic outings.
Parfitt, 67, says in his note: "Here I am sitting in a hotel in Malaga. Just thought I'd drop you a little line to say how much I miss being part of the last year of rockin.'
"But I must fully recover from the latest blip with my heart - and with what's left of it, I wish you all a Happy Christmas." Read more here.
Axl Rose Did Great Job With AC/DC Says Other Temp Singer Hopeful
Airbourne frontman Joel O'Keeffe says he'd have jumped at the chance to step in for Brian Johnson in AC/DC - but adds that Axl Rose "did a great job."
When Johnson was ordered to stop touring and AC/DC said they would bring in a replacement to complete their Rock Or Bust tour, some fans called for the band to consider O'Keeffe.
In the end, Guns N' Roses vocalist Axl Rose was brought in and went on to impress despite early scepticism.
Last week, O'Keeffe's brother Ryan said Joel would have been "humbled" to be asked to join fellow Australians AC/DC, and now the singer has spoken about it himself.
Joel O'Keeffe tells My Global Mind: "I wasn't called up but saw a lot of stuff online about it. We were in the studio at the time and I was really humbled by the online stuff that came out with me as a good fit.
"If the call had come through, I would have done it. I think Axl Rose did a great job, sung all the songs really well, and put on a great show. He has Brian's range and the Bon Scott's unpredictability and charisma. It was rock or bust...and it wasn't bust." Read more here.
Lemmy Death Conspiracy Theory Claims Made
Motorhead icon Lemmy is still alive after making a "blood sacrifice pact" with the Illuminati, it's been claimed. A conspiracy theorist who describes himself as an "Illuminati watcher" argues that Ian Kilmister didn't die in December 2015, but "ascended into the heavenly realm."
The Illuminati is said to be a group of supernaturals who secretly run the world for their own purposes. Although a real secret society with the same name once existed, there's no firm evidence that the modern organisation is real.
The "watcher" tells the Daily Star: "Lemmy signed up for the ultimate pact - he signed his soul to the devil in order to achieve fame and fortune.
"I'm not trying to take away from his skills, abilities, or talent. I'm saying that the game is rigged. You have to sign over in order to get access to high-profile celebrity status."
He adds that "ascended masters" including Lemmy "die but they don't really die. They actually make it, and ascend into the heavenly realm." Read more here.
KISS Arena Football Team's Future In Doubt
The future of Arena Football League team LA Kiss is in doubt, with reports suggesting the team have folded. They formed in 2013 and are co-owned by Kiss members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, along with the band's manager Doc McGhee.
And while there's been no official word on the team's future, it appears they've become the latest casualty in a turbulent week in the league, which has seen the Orlando Predators and Portland Steel collapse, while the Jacksonville Sharks and Arizona Rattlers announced their intentions to join the rival Indoor Football League.
AFL Player's Union Executive Director Ivan Soto says: "As I understand, the Kiss won't be involved in any football moving forward." LA Kiss player Caesar Rayford had another year on his contract with the team, but was signed to the Tampa Bay Storm on Friday along with several other LA Kiss players. Read more here.
FOGHAT ISSUE VINYL VERSION OF ‘UNDER THE INFLUENCE’ AND SOME COOL LISTENING PARTIES!!
With the popularity of vinyl coming back strong in recent times, what better band to get the vinyl treatment than Foghat - who has sold a huge amount of vinyl in the ‘70s!
On October 21, the group’s own label, Foghat Records (foghatrecords.com), will be issuing a double/180-gram vinyl edition of their latest release, ‘Under the Influence.’
Additionally, select indie record stores will be giving away posters with purchase (and select stores are throwing listening parties for the LP along with tastings of Foghat Cellars Wines www.foghatcellars.com!).
"A couple of things I love about new vinyl releases is the re-emergence of an old art form – ie: album cover art and the return of high-quality analog audio played through great old stereos being pulled from the garage and resurrected," says the band’s guitarist, Bryan Bassett. “It’s black, it’s shiny, it’s beautiful and some really nice noises come out of it! And you can actually read the liner notes and see the photos!” adds drummer, Roger Earl.
Since its initial release on June 24, ‘Under the Influence’ has already proven to be the most successful Foghat release in years - with their presence felt once more on the Billboard Charts (debuting at #17 on “Hard Rock Albums,” and at #40 on “Independent Albums”).
‘Under the Influence’ has already received rave reviews from the music press, as evidenced by toddstarphotography.com, which raved, “I'll tell you, everything you guys did on this album in my mind steps up, because you guys kept that vintage Foghat groove, but you threw in - you called it Memphis earlier, but you kind of put a little more boogie in this than in some of your other efforts.”
Elsewhere, classicrockrevisited.com gave the album an “A” rating, stating, “Some bands not only defy time, they seem to exist outside of it. Foghat is one such entity. They are able to deliver, time and time again, music that is true to their nature, yet, despite not being the flavor of the day, sounds fresh and energetic. I suppose this is just an example of a band of brothers, who also happen to be first class musicians, remaining true to their vision. Suffice it to say, it works. Foghat has delivered a huge slab of bluesy, boogie rock that rivals any of their previous releases. This is an album of music, each song standing on its own merits with no filler. There is passion, honesty and most of all, a bunch of kick-ass, feel-good rock ‘n’ roll.”
And come October 21, record collectors will be able to obtain the latest jewel of their collection, with the vinyl edition of ‘Under the Influence’!
Listening parties at these indie record stores on October 21st at 7:00 P.M local time (in each time zone)
Cactus Houston, TX
Music Millennium Portland, OR
Fingerprints Long Beach, CA
Record Archive Rochester, NY
Park Ave CDs Orlando, FL
‘UNDER THE INFLUENCE’ VINYL TRACKLISTING:
Under The Influence
Knock It Off
She’s Got a Ring in His Nose
Upside of Lonely
Heard it Through the Grapevine
Made Up My Mind
Heart Gone Cold
Honey Do List
All Because of You
"Dream Weaver" Gary Wright Talks Songwriting, George Harrison, and More
Scott and Paul head over to Gary's house to chat about the unlikely role Florence Henderson played in his early career; how the first song he ever wrote landed him a spot in Spooky Tooth; what he learned from swapping new tunes with Elton John; how he forged a lifelong friendship with George Harrison; what he did for the future of synthesized music when he released his classic Dream Weaver album; why he was questioned when Judas Priest got sued for allegedly encouraging suicide on one of their records; what it was like to be a part of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band; and how he helped Jay-Z and Kanye West nab a Grammy award.
Grammy nominated writer and researcher Scott B. Bomar and ASCAP award winning songwriter Paul Duncan have just released the 47th episode of their bi-weekly podcast, Songcraft, featuring an in-depth conversation with Gary Wright.
Launching his professional career as a child actor on Broadway, Gary Wright eventually moved to Europe to pursue post-graduate studies in Psychology. While there, he co-founded the group Spooky Tooth as keyboardist and primary songwriter. He departed in 1970 to launch a solo career and, during this era, began working as a studio musician, playing on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album, Ringo Starr’s “It Don’t Come Easy,” Harry Nilsson’s “Without You,” and other notable recordings by legends such as B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis. His work with George Harrison led to a lifelong friendship, resulting in Wright appearing on every Harrison solo album in the 1970s. George recorded several of their co-written compositions, including “If You Believe” from his 1979 self-titled album and “That’s What It Takes,” which the two composed with Jeff Lynne for the acclaimed Cloud 9 album. After a second stint with Spooky Tooth from 1972-1974, Gary’s commercial breakthrough as a solo artist came when he signed with Warner Bros. Records. The Dream Weaver LP from 1975 spawned two massive hits; the title track, which became a #1 single, and “Love is Alive,” which climbed to #2 on the Billboard pop chart. He continued to record for Warner Bros. into the 1980s, with highlights including the critically acclaimed Headin’ Home album in 1979 and the Top 20 single “Really Want to Know You” from 1981. After spending several years exploring world music, Gary returned to his rock and pop roots with a Spooky Tooth reunion in 2004, followed by a multi-year stint in Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band beginning in 2008. His most recent release is the previously unheard album Ring of Changes, which he recorded in 1972 with his band Wonderwheel, featuring a pre-Foreigner Mick Jones. In 2014 Gary released his autobiography, Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation and My Friendship with George Harrison.
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Sex Pistol STEVE JONES To Release Autobiography-'Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol'-January 15 via Da Capo Press
Recognized as one of the key inventors of punk and celebrated as a living legend, guitarist and songwriter Steve Jones revisits his unruly, and often tragic, past in his upcoming autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol,due this January from Da Capo Press. Its release will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band's platinum debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks,which set the world on fire in 1977.
In Lonely Boy, Jonesrecounts the nihilistic songs, amphetamine-fueled music, and influential anarchical fashion that turned a street urchin into a founding member of a genre-defining band. From his days of petty crime and havoc-wreaking in England, to his first impression of Sid Vicious and famously blowing off the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Johnny Rotten, Lonely Boyoffers a portrait of a punk pioneer-a demigod to a generation of frustrated youth who identified with the band's political and social condemnations of life for the working class.
Traumatic childhood abuse and neglect, meaningless sexual exploits, life-threatening drug addiction, and bottoming out on heroin-all are covered candidly in Lonely Boy. It brings us face-to-face with a Steve Jones neither seen on stage nor heard over the airwaves, a man who spent his youth at the epicenter of angst in class-ruled Britain, taunting and ridiculing the establishment, who later, through sobriety, finally learned to be comfortable in his own skin.
Steve Joneswas born in West London in 1955. He founded QT Jones and the Sex Pistols with Paul Cook. The band eventually went on to become The Sex Pistols, and Jones was their guitarist until the band broke up in 1978. The Sex Pistols reformed in 1996 for a massive world tour-which produced an acclaimed live album, Filthy Lucre Live-and again in 2007-2008. A musician, record producer, DJ, and actor, he lives in Los Angeles, where he hosts Jonesy's Jukebox (http://www.jonesysjukebox.com/) on 95.5 KLOS FM and www.955KLOS.com every Monday through Friday between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. Ben Thompson is a London-based rock journalist and author. He has written books with Ray Winstone, Russell Brand, and Terry Gilliam.
THE DEAD DAISIES TO EMBARK ON USO TOUR TO SOUTH KOREA
The Dead Daisies are proud to announce their first-ever USO tour, which will take the band to South Korea. The group will visit Camp Casey, K-16 Air Base and Osan Air Base at the end of October.
Comments from the band: “After connecting with so many great servicemen & women on the ʻFreedom To Rockʼ tour with KISS in the US, we are thrilled about this opportunity to play for some of the people that defend our freedom all over the world. If youʼre a service member, catch us at a base in South Korea in October. If youʼre a fan, join us in supporting our military by visiting www.USO.org/FORCE to learn how to become a Force Behind the Forces.” ”
Bass player Marco Mendoza, whose father served in the Air Force, states: “Itʼs a great time to pay respect and give a little back.“ Singer John Corabi, son of an US Army serviceman, adds: “We will bring a little of America to you guys! We canʼt wait to get over there and play, itʼs going to be a blast!“
Video of The Dead Daisies announcing the USO Tour: https://youtu.be/AxOcvbgYXd8
About the USO:
The USO strengthens Americaʼs military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.
In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by Presidentʼs Circle Partners: AT&T, the BNSF Railway Foundation, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca- Cola Company, FedEx, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, NFL, Southern New Hampshire University and Four-Star Partners: Advisors Excel, BIC, ConAgra Foods, GEICO, Harris Teeter, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Starbucks, TKS, USAA and the Wawa Foundation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.
About The Dead Daisies:
The Dead Daisies are an old-school rock band that has taken the world of Rock by storm. The group features some of the finest musicians on the planet in their ranks: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio). John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).
The bandʼs third album “Make Some Noise“ was released in August, receiving huge praise from the music press all over the globe, and smashing straight into 23 charts around the world. The quintet just completed a massive summer tour through Europe and was the special guest on the coveted ʻFreedom To Rockʼ tour with KISS in the US as well as sold-out headline shows in NYC and LA. After having played their first Japanese show in early October, the band will perform on the KISS Kruise in early November and will set out for another European trek in November and December, this time co-headlining with The Answer.
Phil Collins Announces Comeback Tour
Genesis icon Phil Collins has announced a run of nine European shows for 2017, his first tour dates in a decade. He'll hit the road in June of next year, starting with a five-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Collins will then play two shows in Cologne, Germany, and two in Paris, France.
Having announced his retirement in 2007, the former Genesis man returned to the stage last year at an event for his Little Dreams Foundation and then performed live at the opening of the US Open tennis event in New York. Those appearances inspired him to tour again.
Collins says: "I thought I would retire quietly. But thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing. It's time to do it all again and I'm excited. It just feels right." Read more and see the dates here.
Metallica's Abandoned Video Game Scenes Revealed
Action scenes from a video game abandoned by Metallica 11 years ago has been revealed for the first time. The game, entitled Damage Inc, was trailed during the release campaign for 2003 album St Anger, and had been set for launch in 2005, but it didn't arrive.
Artist Calum Alexander Watt revealed some concept art he'd created for the project in 2011. Now gameplay scenes have been revealed from the only level that was ever created.
In the PtoPonline.com video below, Andrew Borman says: "The game was to be a post-apocalyptic action adventure game. No gameplay had been revealed at all.
"It was being developed for PS2, Xbox and PC. Mad Max, Blade Runner and Waterworld were just some of the visual influences. At the heart of the game is vehicular combat. There are a few base model vehicles in the game, each customized with different weapons and armor." Read more and watch the video here.
Jon Bon Jovi Tells His Side Of Richie Sambora Split
Jon Bon Jovi says the only contact he's had in three years with Richie Sambora has been via social media. The guitarist left the band at short notice in 2013, although the frontman has since said there's no bad feeling between them.
But the episode kicked off a period of Bon Jovi's life that he says has been so dark that he can't begin to describe it. He tells the Mirror: "Everything was great and we were just coming off a break - but he never came back to work. It was a shock.
"There was never a fight. There was never an argument. It certainly wasn't about money. He has since reached out on social media, which was very kind. But we never saw him again. Nobody." Read more here.
Queen's Faster Version Of 'We Will Rock You' Streaming Online
Queen have released a lyric video for the rare fast version of their classic song "We Will Rock You", as a preview to the November 4 release of "Queen On Air: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions."
The October, 1977 performance of the fan favourite is the only known studio recording of the fast version, captured during the sixth and final session for the BBC.
"'We Will Rock You' - profundity or just another teenage anthem!?" remarked BBC DJ John Peel upon airing the song in 1977. "I've never seen them live. I must admit I'd like to - a band that sounds like nutters, actually, and I like that because I like rock music to sound a little out of control."
The 2CD or 3LP set of "Queen On Air" presents twenty-four recordings by the group between February 1973 and October 1977, and includes include alternate versions of the band's debut single, 1973's "Keep Yourself Alive", among others. Listen to the song here.
Gene Simmons Aims For 'Electric Church' With Live Performances
Gene Simmons says it's the job of musicians to create "magic time" on stage to help fans forget about the mundanity of everyday life. The Kiss bassist describes the live arena as an "electric church" and says he believes live music can make a real difference to the lives of those in the audience.
Speaking after appearing with X Japan on stage in Tokyo at the weekend, Simmons tells Metal Hammer: "At the end of the day, all that matters is what happens on that stage - that's electric church.
"That's glory hallelujah, all hail rock'n'roll, where people who spend lots of after-tax money come to the show and their girlfriends have been torturing them about where did you go and traffic jams and all that.
"And it's our job - anyone who gets up on that stage - to create magic time. To make you forget about all that stuff and take you away, so just for those few hours...and then you get back to gravity, and all the chaos that's out there." Read more here.
Devin Townsend Project Release 'Stormbending' Video
Devin Townsend Project have released a video for their track "Stormbending". It come from their latest album Transcendence, which was released last month and followed 2014's Sky Blue, part of the band's Z2 release.
Mainman Townsend recently said: "It's so easy to say 'Everything's sh*t, man - it's all going to hell.' Making a statement that is positive was really where I wanted the power of this record to be rooted.
"I wanted to make something that's really beautiful, but strong. There's a ton of people that aren't giving up and you have to really fight to not give up, so this record is a celebration of that spirit."
Devin Townsend Project commence a European tour in January, with six UK dates in March. See the dates and watch the video here.
Soundgarden Announce Their Own Ice Cream Flavor
Soundgarden have confirmed a new ice cream flavor called Black Hole Rum will launch on October 30. Made by Seattle's Full Tilt Ice Cream shops, it's the latest flavor in the gelateria's Icon Series - described as "a rum ice cream with a dark fudge swirl."
The firm's owners, Justin Cline and Ann Magyar, are said to be longtime fans of the city's rock scene. They'd previously created their Mudhoney flavour in 2013 - inspired by the Seattle alt-rock band of the same name.
Soundgarden are the latest band who have announced their foray into the food and drinks market. Last week Deftones revealed they've teamed up with San Diego brewery Belching Beaver to create their own Phantom Bride beer. Read more here.
Paul McCartney Joined By Rihanna At Desert Trip Festival
Beatles legend Paul McCartney was joined on stage during the second weekend of the Desert Trip megafestival by Rihanna for a surprise performance of their 2015 hit single, 'FourFiveSeconds."
"We finally found someone under the age of 50," McCartney joked as Rihanna left the stage, referencing the mature crowd that makes up the festival's audience and inaugural lineup, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and The Who.
RiRi and Sir Paul performed their double-platinum single for the first time since they took the stage with Kanye West at the 2015 Grammy Awards here.
The Who Stream Previously Unheard Song From Debut Era
The Who are streaming a song called "The Girls I Could Have Had" which was written for the 1965 debut album "My Generation" and has never been released.
Pete Townshend wrote and recorded the song in his Chesham Place apartment where title track "My Generation" was written. He told NME that in 1965, the song didn't jive with the direction other band members wanted to take on the album.
"I have often said about my early songs that I tried hard to appeal to Roger's sense of late teenage machismo," he said. "Either that, or I attempted to sound like Jan & Dean so that Keith Moon - who was a surf music fan - would get behind the song. Here, a rather machismo and bragging song slipped away because it was more about me than Roger Daltrey, and certainly not a surf number."
Lyrically, the song describes the "girls [Townshend] could have had" if he weren't toiling away at making rock music. "It's about my lack of success with girls when I lived at Chesham Place, partly because I spent all my time in my studio," he said. "Roger did very well with girls; it would never have worked for him to sing this lyric. The lyric is also fantastical. I make it sound as though I was turning down girls every day. In real life I was probably piqued that rarely happened. My tape machine was my mistress."
The track will be part of the reissue of My Generation is available November 18. Listen to the new song here.
Rolling Stones Desert Trip Footage Goes Online
The Rolling Stones headlined the opening night of the second weekend of the Desert Trip festival in Indio, CA on October 14 and video from the show has surfaced.
The band's 20-song set featured several tunes that weren't played a week earlier, including "Get Off Of My Cloud", "Sweet Virginia", "Angie", "Live With Me" and "Paint It Black", among others.
The group delivered their live debut of a cover of the Buddy Johnson classic, "Just Your Fool", which has been teased as the lead single from the Stones' forthcoming album, "Blue & Lonesome."
Alongside a pair of guest appearances by Eric Clapton, the project marks the band's first studio album in over a decade as they cover tracks by a variety of blues legends. Watch the video footage from the music festival here.
Judas Priest Icon Rob Halford's Life Changed By Partner's Suicide
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford believes he'd have died years ago if he hadn't dealt with his drink and drug addictions. He believes he was one step away from being "lost" before entering rehab in 1986, after his partner's suicide forced him to face up to his issues.
The singer - who'd struggled with keeping his sexuality a secret - told VH1 Behind The Music in 2001: "My daily routine was, I would get up around six in the evening and slug down some big bottles of whatever just to get out of bed.
"I was ripping phones off the walls, trying to drive drunk, just a really obnoxious, hateful son of a bitch. I just hit those moments of such complete despair and confusion."
Asked about how sobriety has affected his longevity, Halford tells the Washington Times: "Without it I'd be dead. Literally, I'd be dead. I wouldn't be here. The place where I got to, the next step was lost."
He continues: "I love people. I love being in a band. I love making music. I had to figure out that was way more important than being addicted." Read more here.
Jerry Garcia's Early Studio Recordings Set For Release
Jerry Garcia's early studio recordings will be released as a new record Folk Time on November 11 and a track from the album is streaming online. Dating back to 1962, it sees the late Grateful Dead guitarist, then 20, on lead vocals, banjo and guitar in his folk and bluegrass band, Hart Valley Drifters.
It also features his longtime Grateful Dead collaborator Robert Hunter on bass, David Nelson on guitar, Norm Van Maastricht on dobro and Ken Frankel on banjo, fiddle and guitar.
They recorded the songs during autumn of that year at Stanford University's KZU radio station in two sessions named Folk Time and Flint Hill Special, which were organised by DJ Ted Claire. They covered tracks by American songwriters including the Stanley Brothers, Dock Boggs and the Mississippi Sheiks along with a variety of traditional folk songs. Listen to their cover of folk classic Roving Gambler here.
The Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' LEGO Announced
The Beatles' Yellow Submarine, along with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are about to be LEGO-ized, the toy manufacturer has announced.
The Yellow Submarine set is due in toy stores (and wherever else you can buy LEGOs) on November 1 and will run $60. The set consists of over 550 LEGO bricks including the 4 mini figures representing John, Paul, George and Ringo, as well as a Jeremy Hillary Boob figure (which they are simply calling "Jeremy" for fairly obvious reasons).
In the animated Yellow Submarine film, Jeremy lived in the Sea of Nothing and spoke mostly in rhyme, and is a self-described "eminent physicist, polyglot classicist, prize-winning botanist, hard-biting satirist, talented pianist, good dentist too." Sadly, no Blue Meanies will be included in the set. Read more and watch a promo video for the set here.
Wishbone Ash Founder Martin Turner Announces Solo Tour
Founding Wishbone Ash member Martin Turner has announced a 19-date UK winter tour. The vocalist and bassist will perform tracks from throughout his career including material from his 2015 album Written In The Stars.
Turner says: "We had such a great reception from audiences at our recent Written In The Stars shows in the UK, Poland and Germany, we can't wait to return to UK stages next month.
"I'm overwhelmed by the emotional connection audiences continue to make with the classic Wishbone Ash music which has been a backdrop to so many people's lives - mine included.
"The material from the recent Written In The Stars album, which is in the same ballpark melodically and musically, has been very well received wherever we have played."
In addition, a 32-disc CD box set titled Wishbone Ash: The Vintage Years is to be released by Snapper Music during 2017/18. Read more and see the tour dates here.
Gene Simmons Rocks KISS Classic With X Japan
Gene Simmons joined X Japan on stage to cover Kiss classic Rock And Roll All Nite at the first annual Visual Japan Summit this week. Simmons and the iconic Japanese band were also joined by lineup acts Glay, Luna Sea, Psycho Le Cemu, By-Sexual and Speed Of Lights during the performance.
The three-day music festival, held at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall, was a celebration of 'visual kei' - a Japanese music subculture spawned in the 80s and inspired by Western glam rock and heavy metal.
Kiss bassist Simmons recently praised X Japan frontman Yoshiki's onstage bravery, describing his intense performances as emotional "purging." He said: "I'm not brave like him. He goes up onstage and it's like gestalt therapy, like primal scream with Dr Janov. Shrinks still want you to do that. They want you to talk about the pain to get it out. When you see Yoshiki onstage, purging himself, crying and rolling around on the floor, that ain't showbiz. That's real."
The Kiss Expo Convention in Harajuku, Tokyo opened earlier this week, and runs until October 31. The exhibit features memorabilia and artefacts from the band members' collections. Watch the jam video here.
Beth Hart Releases 'Love Is A Lie' Video
Beth Hart has released a video for her track Love Is A Lie with Classic Rock. The song comes from on her eighth album Fire On The Floor, which was released this past Friday (October 14) via Provogue.
Fire On The Floor is described as a genre-crossing collection of 12 tracks that reflect Hart's teenage influences, with the singer previously reporting that recording the album gave her an emotional release following the bitter-sweet sessions for previous effort Better Than Home.
She said: "We were still in the mixing stages for that album and I knew I had to make another record. Making Better Than Home was so painful, because one of the producers, Michael Stevens, was dying of cancer. It was a very emotional record to write and to make.
"I wanted the songs for Fire On The Floor to get born real quick." Watch the video here.
Queensryche Slams 'Roach' Infested Music Industry
Queensryche's Todd La Torre has called out the "roaches" in what he describes as a "saturated" music industry. The singer says exposure is "exponentially much easier" in the age of the internet, and home production means more bands can self-promote, make music and videos. But he says these practices have lost much of their value - as they don't translate to concert ticket sales.
He tells The Underground: "It's a very, very, very cut-throat business - everyone makes money off your talent, everyone's taking their percentage. The music scene is a bunch of roaches trying to eat cookie crumbs, and everyone is scrambling for the cookie crumbs.
"I think it's much easier to have your name exposed, but making a name for yourself is kind of vague, because there's people that have millions of views on YouTube, but they can't sell out a 1000-seat venue. The only way you can make a good living, or a living - some make a great living, some starve - is to play live shows.
"It's very easy for people to click 'like' with a mouse, or it's very simple to just go to YouTube and watch something, and that's counted as one view. That's all well and good, and exposure is exponentially much easier.
"But because it's so much easier, you have a saturated industry. There's a million bands, everyone has a video, everyone can record stuff at home." Read more and stream the full interview here.
YES DRUMMER ALAN WHITE TO REJOIN THE BAND FOR JAPAN TOUR DATES NOVEMBER 21-29
BAND TO HEADLINE THE 4TH ANNUAL CRUISE TO THE EDGE SET FOR FEBRUARY 7-11, 2017
YES is excited to announce that drummer Alan White, who had to sit out the band's recent U.S. summer tour due to back surgery, will officially rejoin his band mates Steve Howe (guitar), Jon Davison (vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass) and Geoff Downes (keyboard) on their Japanese tour this November. Jay Schellen, the band's good friend who sat behind the kit all summer, will also travel to Japan and sit in until White is fully healed.
"Greatly looking forward to getting back on stage with my band mates to play YES music once again for our devoted audiences," shares White.
The 6-date trek, beginning November 21 in Tokyo, will feature YES performing the 1973 album YESSONGS, the band's first live album, as well as sides one and four of 1973's double album TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS, which received rave reviews throughout their 28-date U.S. outing this summer. Of the Tales portion of the show, Chicago Tribune Community Contributor Raymond Britt raved, "The pieces were nothing short of a tour de force of musical ambition, complexity and remarkable synchronicity. It sounded outstanding." Britt also added, "This version of Yes seems to play at a higher level, a more powerful level, like they've been together a decade or more. These guys are on no nostalgia tour. They play it like they mean business, with little intention of slowing down" (8/31/16). For their upcoming Japan tour, YES will perform at the Tokyo Orchard Hall on November 21, 22, 28 and 29, the Osaka Orix Theater on November 24 and Zepp Nagoya on November 25.
An expanded version of TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS featuring Steven Wilson Remixes was recently released October 7 via 1 BluRay & 3 CDs or 2 DVDs & 2 CDs (each set is available at Amazon.com). The fifth in a series of expended YES editions includes 5.1 surround mixes, new stereo mixes and high-resolution stereo mixes of the original music as well as extra material. Both editions feature restored artwork overseen and approved by Roger Dean, with an expanded booklet containing new sleeve-notes, photos and archive material.
In early 2017, YES will once again host and headline the 4th annual CRUISE TO THE EDGE. Set for February 7-11, the ultimate Prog Rock experience at sea will set sail out of Tampa, Florida aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of The Seas visiting Cozumel, Mexico and featuring over 20 artist performances including YES (with White fully on drums), Kansas, Steve Hackett, Mike Portnoy, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Bad Dreams, and many more. A limited number of cabins remain; go to www.cruisetotheedge.com to book a spot and to access additional information, including the full lineup, itinerary, pricing and ship details.
Founded in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES have created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces "Roundabout," "Close to the Edge," "I've Seen All Good People," "Owner of a Lonely Heart," "Starship Trooper," and countless others. Its albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, and 90125, have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, and have sold over 50 million records total in its career that has so far spanned almost five decades. Among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continues creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world.
Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize For Literature
Bob Dylan has become the first songwriter to win the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. The 75-year-old musician was named the recipient of the award by the Swedish Academy today "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
He is the first American to win the prize since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993. Sara Danius of the Swedish Academy says: "For 54 years now he's been at it reinventing himself, constantly creating a new identity. He is a great poet in the English speaking tradition."
Dylan has long been discussed as a potential winner of the prize, with former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion previously telling the BBC his songs work as poems and often have "extremely skilful rhyming aspects to them. They're often the best words in the best order." Read more here.
Metallica's Hammett Reveals His Cure For Anxiety And Stress
Metallica's Kirk Hammett says playing the guitar is his cure for anxiety and stress. In an advert for guitar string maker Ernie Ball, Hammett discusses his reliance on music when it comes to dealing with the everyday ills of life.
Hammett says: "If I'm bummed out, I'll go to my guitar. A lot of times when I'm really stressed out or I'm dealing with anxiety, I'll just play until I calm down.
"When I have this feeling inside that needs to get out, the guitar helps that feeling. It's a creative tool, but on the other hand, it's also a rehabilitative, emotional, spiritual tool that I use to feed my inner self."
The 53-year-old also reflects on how his childhood love for Kiss and Jimi Hendrix led him to take up the guitar and eventually go on to form what would become one of the biggest bands on the planet.
The full video interview can be viewed here.
The Who Announce 'My Generation' Box Set
The Who will release an expanded 5-CD Super Deluxe Box Set of their 1965 debut album, "My Generation", on November 18. 3-LP and 2-LP editions will follow on February 10, 2017.
The extensive 79-track box set package features unreleased songs, demos, mixes, remasters, new notes from guitarist Pete Townshend, an 80-page book, rare memorabilia and more. It can preordered here.
Mono and new stereo mixes of both the original album and its bonus tracks are delivered alongside a fifth disc of demos, included three unreleased songs discovered by Townshend last year that the other members of The Who hadn't even heard: "The Girls I Could Have Had", "As Children We Grew" and "My Own Love."
"Gathering these demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it's wonderful for me to have these tapes made fifty-two years ago to listen to," says Townshend. "I hope you enjoy them. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me. What an incredible group of strong, talented, young and engaging men they were!" A full tracklist for the the 5-CD SuperDeluxe box set can be found here.
Robert Plants Rocks Led Zeppelin Classic In ACL Preview Video
Robert Plant is streaming a video of his performance of the Led Zeppelin classic, "Black Dog", in the latest preview to his appearance on the acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits this weekend.
Following the release of Plant's "In The Mood", the tune is one of three Zeppelin tracks in the episode as The Sensational Space Shifters also deliver revamped versions of "The Lemon Song" and "Whole Lotta Love" alongside solo music by the singer.
Taped this past March during a brief US tour, the performance marks Plant's return to the acclaimed PBS series for the first time in more than a decade. Robert Plant on Austin City Limits will air this weekend via PBS; check local listings for the broadcast time in your area. Watch the video here.
Portnoy To Perform Dream Theater's 12 Step Suite At Music Fest
Mike Portnoy's Shattered Fortress have been added to the bill for next year's Be Prog! My Friend festival Barcelona where he and an all-star line up with perform Dream Theater's 12 Step Suite.
"I am so excited to be bringing my Shattered Fortress show to Spain and Be Prog My Friend!," says Portnoy. "The Shattered Fortress is myself and an all-star prog lineup performing Dream Theater's 12 Step Suite live in it's entirety for the first time! This is not 'a new band or project' for me, it is an exclusive event that will be making several select live appearances in select markets throughout the world in 2017... and Be Prog! My Friend is one of the selected shows!
The setlist at the show will be comprised of the 12 Step Suite and select other Dream Theater songs that I've written the lyrics to. Keep in mind, I have no plans (or interest) in revisiting DT material in any of my other bands... this is not an ongoing 'project' or career move... this is merely a unique event that I am doing in select markets in 2017 to share with fans around the world... so catch it while you can!" Read more here.
Neal Morse Band Release 'City Of Destruction' Video
The Neal Morse Band have released a video for their new track "City Of Destruction". It features on the former Spock's Beard man's upcoming concept album The Similitude Of A Dream, which is set to launch on November 11 via Radiant Records. It follows the launch of a lyric video for double track Long Day/Overture.
Morse is joined in the band by bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer, guitarist Eric Gillette and drummer Mike Portnoy - who has hailed the follow-up to 2015's The Grand Experiment as a milestone in his musical career.
Portnoy says: "I honestly think this is the album of my career. Neal and I have now made 18 studio albums together, and I consider The Similitude Of A Dream the absolute creative pinnacle of our collaborations together.
"I've always had a soft spot for double concept albums such as Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Who's Tommy - and I can bravely say that I think we've created an album here that can sit side by side with those masterpieces.
"Bold words, I know, but after a career of almost 50 albums, I honestly consider this to be one of the defining works of my career." Watch the video and read more here.
David Bowie Rockumentary Goes Online
Syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands have released a special two-part radio rockumentary that examines the mid-Seventies post-Ziggy Stardust American era of the legendary David Bowie. The show sent over details:
By 1975 David Bowie had abandoned the Glam Rock he had virtually invented in the guise of the ego-tripping tragicomic Fallen Rock Star, Ziggy Stardust, first as New York City blue-eyed soul man, then the LA decadence of his Thin White Duke persona. David Bowie was rock's full Moon, irresistible in his pulling power, while the rest of the rock world was like the tide, following inexorably yet always tagging behind.
In The Studio host Redbeard has assembled a two-part radio special with interviews he conducted with the late David Bowie about this mid-Seventies U.S. period that produced the albums Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and Station to Station which spawned the hits "Rebel, Rebel", "Young Americans", "Golden Years" and the # 1 hit "Fame". Bowie shared with In The Studio host Redbeard the mindset of his transition out of his famed Ziggy character.
"I had this terror in my mind that I was going to be trapped with Ziggy and the Spiders... and there was no way I was going to be trapped inside that character as being the rest of my life... But I didn't quite know what I was going to do. I really sort of painted myself into a corner by finishing Ziggy and the Spiders. And in a way that is a sort of freedom, because it meant I had everything and nothing all at the same time." - David Bowie
Spock's Beard Part Ways With Jimmy Keegan
Spock's Beard drummer Jimmy Keegan has quit the band to "pursue other interests." The band announced the split in a statement on Wednesday (October 12th).
Keegan joined the band full-time in 2001, replacing Nick D'Virgilio. But he had performed live with the band since 2003 before joining permanently. Spock's Beard say: "We regret to announce that Jimmy Keegan has resigned from Spock's Beard to pursue other interests.
"Jimmy has been a key member of the SB family since 2003, and his unique contribution will be sorely missed. His talents as a drummer and vocalist are world class, unsurpassed. We wish Jimmy well and look forward to what he's going to come up with next. Dude, you're the best!" Read more here.
John Mayer Pulls Out Of Prince Tribute Concert
John Mayer has pulled out of the Prince Tribute Concert, which will take place tonight in St. Paul, Minnesota. "Change of schedule for him," concert promoter Randy Levy told The Minneapolis Star Tribune. "That's about all we know."
Mayer's slot on the bill was a bit of an eyebrow-raiser in the first place. Most recently, the pop star toured with the Grateful Dead spinoff band Dead and Company. His last album was 2013's Paradise Valley and he really doesn't have any connection to funk music or Prince — though he can play a mean guitar, which connects his to Prince on some level.
More directly, Mayer's manager is Irving Azoff, who was contacted by L. Londell McMillan, a special adviser to Prince's estate, which was organizing the tribute show when it was scheduled for the U.S. Bank Stadium. It's unclear whether or not there's a connection between Mayer's disappearance and the venue change to the Xcel Energy center. Read more here.
U2 Hope To Release New Album Next Spring
U2 bassist Adam Clayton says the band are currently working on their new album, and hoping to release the effort, the follow-up to 2014's "Songs Of Innocence", next spring.
"We've been working on a record and we've been humming and hawing on whether it's finished or not," Clayton tells RTE's Shay Byrne. "We've decided it's not finished - we're going to work up until Christmas.
"I wish we were a little bit more definite about our scheduling because people have been expecting it, "but it'll be out next year, maybe March/April. That's the plan, but I'm not confirming it."
U2 originally aimed to have the project - rumoured to be titled "Songs Of Experience" - ready for 2016, but they continue to actively record new material while reportedly sifting through as many as 50 songs for possible inclusion.
Billboard reports Bono revealed this past summer that U2 will support the album with live dates in the second half of 2017. Listen to the full interview here.
KISS Should Not Reunite Says Anthrax's Scott Ian
Scott Ian says he doesn't agree with Kiss fans who continue to call for Ace Frehley and Peter Criss to return. The Anthrax guitarist and lifelong Kiss fan says he trusts Kiss mainmen Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons to make the right decisions for the band.
Guitarist Frehley was replaced by Tommy Thayer while Eric Singer is in the drum stool formerly occupied by Criss. And though he thinks Frehley could still cut it with Kiss, he is not so sure Criss still has what it takes.
Ian tells 99 Rock (via Blabbermouth): "As a fan, I would love to see Ace Frehley play one more time in Kiss. And I'm gonna be completely honest, and this is no knock on Peter, but the last time I saw them with Peter, on the Kiss/Aerosmith run, like 13 years ago, the tempos were terrible.
"Everything was just way too slow. So if that's the case, no, I don't wanna see that. I wanna see stuff played at the right tempo. If Peter could play it at the right tempo, then more power to him and I would love to see that. Of course I would.
"But it's not my band. It's Gene and Paul's band and those guys know what's right for their band. They've proven it. Stop questioning Gene and Paul." Read more and listen to the full interview here.
Zak Starkey's SSHH releases 'Dominos' Video
Zak Starkey and his partner Sshh Liguz are premiering the video for their cover of The Big Pink's Dominos exclusively with TeamRock. The Who and former Oasis drummer - who is the son of Beatles great Ringo Starr - and Liguz are working under the title of SSHH on the new project.
Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez - aka Jeordie White - and drummer Gil Sharone appear on the track, along with The Big Pink singer Robbie Furze.
The track features on SSHH's upcoming album Issues, which sees them cover a string of their favorite tracks along with members of the bands responsible for making the original songs. The video for Dominos can be viewed here.
Slash's Guitar From First Guns N' Roses Show For Sale
A guitar played by Slash during the early days of Guns N' Roses is expected to fetch up to $80,000 at auction. The metallic red BC Rich Warlock guitar goes under the hammer at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles on November 5.
Slash bought the guitar in 1984 from the Hollywood Music Store in West Hollywood and used it live for the first time at Madame Wong's West in Santa Monica, California, on June 16 of that year where he performed with pre-GNR group Hollywood Rose alongside Alx Rose and Steven Adler.
He later used it during the first ever Guns N' Roses show with the classic line up of Rose, Adler, Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on June 6, 1985.
Slash has signed the body of the guitar and also drawn his signature skull and crossbones logo and written "R&Fn R." It comes with a letter of authenticity also signed by Slash. Read more here.
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Vs Disruptive Fan
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine made an example of what he called a "pile of sh*t" fan who interrupted him during a gig. Mustaine was introducing the song Holy Wars…The Punishment Due during Megadeth's show at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois, when a fan shouted out as he was speaking.
Clearly unhappy at having to stop what he was saying, Mustaine tells the audience: "Okay, everybody, I'm gonna wait until this a**hole is done talking."
Addressing the man directly, Mustaine continues: "No, go ahead. Whatever you've gotta say is more important than what I've gotta say. Go ahead. No, don't act like a kiss-ass now. Talk or shut the f*** up."
Before continuing his story, Mustaine adds: "What a turd. Okay, so, like I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted by this pile of sh*t..." Watch video here.
Alice Cooper's Band Releasing Their Own Album
Alice Cooper's band will release their own record without the frontman, they've revealed. Guitarists Tommy Henriksen, Nita Strauss and drummer Glen Sobel say the album was recorded in hotel rooms using computers - with Sobel insisting that spending "crazy amounts of money" and working in studios to make music is "old-school."
He tells One On One with Mitch Lafon: "It's all of us in the Alice band minus Alice. We've been chipping away at this. It's not quite done, but it's getting there.
"I think the most cool, amazing thing about this is that it will demonstrate how you can make a record on basically almost no budget. We've used Pro Tools, we've been recording guitars, vocals in hotel rooms.
"I spent just one day in a real studio knocking out drums in Los Angeles. People don't have to spend crazy amounts of money on making records these days - that's so old-school."
Sobel continues: "If you've got a good set of gear, if you can tune your instruments well and sing in tune and play well, and have a good producer's ear, you can make a decent record." Read more here.
Rik Emmett Streams New Song Featuring Dream Theater's James LaBrie
Rik Emmett is streaming his new song "I Sing", which is a track featuring Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie that is included on the former Triumph frontman's forthcoming album, "RES9."
"I've been extremely blessed and fortunate to meet so many great musicians and beautiful people throughout my career, and to have the opportunity to collaborate and record with some of them is really icing on the cake," says LaBrie, who also handles vocals on the tune "End Of The Line." "What a thrill it was to record with Rik, who is such an incredible musician and overall down-to-earth cool guy."
Due November 11, the project by Emmett and his touring band Resolution 9 - guitarist Dave Dunlop, bassist Steve Skingley and drummer Paul DeLong - delivers new music with the help of guest appearances by LaBrie, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, and a reunion with Triumph members Mike Levine and Gil Moore. Stream the song here.
Lemmy Pop Vinyl Figure Set For Release
Toy manufacturer Funko have announced that they'll release a Pop! Vinyl figure of Motorhead icon Lemmy later this year. The latest in the firm's Pop! Rocks series will launch on November 7.
The box features the Motorhead logo with a Jack Daniel's motif on the side, while the figure shows Lemmy wearing his trademark hat and boots, an Ace Of Spades t-shirt and holding a bass.
Funko have previously released figures of Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Rotten and Babymetal among others. Watch Unboxing Rocks reveal the figure in a video here.
Stryper's To Hell with the Devil Tour Anniversary Tour Off To Big Start
Stryper report that they have seen record crowds at the first eight show of their 30th Anniversary To Hell with the Devil Tour which they kicked off last month.
The tour is scheduled to run until November 21st where it wraps up in Raleigh, NC at the City Limits Saloon and will be the last chance for fans to see them before they go on indefinite hiatus.
Frontman Michael Sweet shared his excitement about the trek so far, "We're only eight shows in and it's incredible. The fan response has been overwhelming. It's amazing that thirty years later, we're still here. And it's even more amazing that the fans are still here. We're totally humbled by it."
The tour features the band's trademark yellow and black costumes and includes two sets including the performance of the entire "To Hell With The Devil Album" as well as a second set featuring other hits and fan favorites. Check out the remaining dates here.
Rob Zombie Explains How He Ended John Carpenter Feud
Rob Zombie has confirmed that he and veteran filmmaker John Carpenter settled their differences quickly following a public war of words. Zombie directed a remake of Carpenter's 1978 horror movie Halloween in 2007, with the former White Zombie man claiming that the director was "very cold" towards him in documentary Halloween: The Inside Story.
That led Carpenter to call Zombie a "piece of sh*t" during an interview with film students. But last month, Carpenter reported the pair had buried the hatchet - a move Zombie has also now confirmed.
The singer tells Indie Wire: "It ended so quickly. Basically, I saw something online, and he was obviously upset about something I said. But I wasn't sure what it was, because I love John. I've got nothing bad to say about him.
"I was like, 'Oh my God - what could I have possibly said? How did it get misconstrued? What was it?' I didn't know. So I immediately called him up, we talked for literally one minute, and by the end of it, it was all good." Read more here.
Rick Wakeman Announces Deluxe 'No Earthly Connection'
Rick Wakeman's sixth solo album No Earthly Connection is to receive a deluxe edition next month. It was originally released in 1976 and was recorded in France with Wakeman and his English Rock Ensemble.
It's been remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Andrew Walter and will be released on November 11 via UMC on 2CD. The second disc will feature live material recorded at Wakeman's show at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, in 1976 which was originally captured by the BBC.
No Earthly Connection will also feature a booklet with extensive liner notes, including an interview with Wakeman conducted by Prog editor Jerry Ewing.
A statement reads: "The album is also being released digitally as well as on a single CD and on vinyl. The original LP came with a small square sheet of reflective plastic, which when curved into a cylinder and placed on the front cover, allowed the viewer to see the cover's drawing undistorted and with a 3D-like effect - a barely discernible, thin, colourful arc on the cover then appeared as a rainbow keyboard about to be played by Wakeman's hands." Read more here.
David Bowie Spiders' Woody Woodmansey Announces Book
Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey is to release a book next month which details his time with late singer David Bowie. The drummer is the last surviving member of Bowie's The Spiders From Mars and started work on the publication in 2014.
A statement reads: "With the confidence of youth, Woody always thought he'd be in a famous band but the 19-year-old rocker from Hull never expected to be thrust into London's burgeoning glam rock scene, and also into a bottle-green velvet suit and girl's shoes.
"Playing with Bowie took him on an eye-opening and transformative journey. In Spider From Mars he writes candidly about the characters who surrounded Bowie, recalling the album sessions as well as behind-the-scenes moments with one of the world's most iconic singers.
"The result is an insightful, funny, poignant memoir that lovingly evokes a seminal moment in music history and pays tribute to one of the most outstanding and innovative talents of our time." here.
Metallica Release 'From Whom The Bell Tolls' Live Video
Metallica have released a video of a performance of their 1984 classic, "For Whom The Bell Tolls", during an exclusive September 27 show for fan club members at Webster Hall in New York City.
The appearance to promote the group's upcoming album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct", saw Metallica deliver a 15-song for Fifth Members that included the live debut of their latest single, "Moth Into Flame."
The Webster Hall event was part of a busy week in New York for Metallica, as they played the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 24, and performed on both The Howard Stern Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The fan club-only concert also landed on the 30th anniversary of the loss of bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus accident on the road in Sweden during the group's 1986 tour in support of their third album, "Master Of Puppets." Watch the video here.
Billy Sherwood Announces Four Intimate Solo Shows
Yes and Circa star Billy Sherwood has announced that he will be playing four special solo intimate venue shows in New York City early next month.
Sherwood will be taking the stage at the Iridium Jazz Club on November 5th and 6th where he will be playing two shows a night that will include material from his career.
He had this to say about the special shows, "Looking forward to playing in NYC!! It's going to be an interesting mix of songs from my various bands, (World Trade, Circa: , conspiracy, YES) and solo works including Citizen Please come out and be a part of this special night, my 1st solo shows in NYC."
Prince's Ashes Put On Display At Paisley Park
Prince's ashes have been put on display at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota. An urn containing the late rock icon's remains sits in the front atrium of the 65,000-square-foot complex, which opened its doors last week for fans to visit and pay tribute to the late performer.
The urn was designed by his sister Tyka Nelson and nephew President Nelson to resemble a miniature Paisley Park. The decision to exhibit his ashes has sparked controversy among fans.
Christine Schraml of Plymouth tells local news site Twin Cities: "I wasn't expecting that, and at first it was a little upsetting. But knowing how he kept his home based here and how he was proud to be from Minnesota, it felt good that he was home."
Twitter user Eric LaValle comments: "Prince's ashes have been horrifyingly placed in a Paisley Park shaped urn at the entrance of Paisley Park. This is not a joke." Read more here.
Rod Stewart Now Sir Roderick After Being Knighted
Rod Stewart is the latest music icon to be knighted in the UK. The singer was bestowed a knighthood at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his "services to music and charity."
Stewart, now officially Sir Roderick, shared his excitement with the following "[It's] a monumental honor . . . I couldn't ask for anything more. I thank Her Majesty and promise to 'wear it well.'"
The knighting was conducted by the Duke of Cambridge and Sir Roderick was honored in the Queen's birthday honors list, reports the BBC. Read more and check out video here.
Metallica's Ulrich Explains Long Album Delay
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has explained the long delay between their last album, 2008's Death Magnetic, and their upcoming 10th release Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, due on November 18.
Ulrich says recording is "much more sporadic" for Metallica than it used to be as they all want to remain close to their families in San Francisco during the process.
He tells TV (via Blabbermouth): "When you're at home, usually you drop the kids at school in the morning, come down to the studio at nine or 10, and then kind of work or record or grind or whatever until school pickup around three or four and then get into family mode.
"So it's kind of a different management of time when you make a record at home rather than when you go somewhere else, but I wouldn't change any of it.
"But it just sort of puts a different kind of focus on the record. But I'd like to think that the looser kind of approach has also helped the record sound a little less manic and precise and perfection-based, and we've got a good mix of some cool sonics and some cool, little-looser-around-the-edges and some kicking songs." Read more here.
Pixies Announce Warm-Up Club Mini-Tour
Some lucky Pixies fans in a handful of California cities will have the opportunity to see the band perform at music clubs when the group embarks on a warm-up mini tour later this month.
The dates will precede the band's launch of their world tour in support of their brand new album "Head Carrier" and will begin on October 25th in Santa Cruz and will include shows in Sacramento, San Luis Obispo and Ventura.
Black Francis had this to say about the short trek, "We haven't been on the road for about a year and a half, so doing these warm up dates will be a lot of fun.
"We're all very proud of the new album and are looking forward to playing some of the new songs live. We had a great time making 'Head Carrier' and are really happy about a lot of the feedback it's gotten. Having Paz in the band has been great, she's brought a whole new energy and made things fun again, and we're excited about continuing to make more new music."
Pixies California Warm Up Tour Dates:
10/25 Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
10/26 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
10/27 Fremont Theatre, San Luis Obispo, CA
10/28 Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA
John Lennon Graphic Novel Coming Soon
John Lennon's life story is to be told in a new graphic novel. Lennon will explore the late Beatle's childhood, his worldwide fame in the Fab Four and his marriage to Yoko Ono.
It's an adaptation of 2010 novel by French author and screenwriter David Foenkinos, which imagined the artist's sessions on his therapist's couch. The work is described as a "piece of true biographical fiction" which "recounts the defining moments and experiences that shaped pop music's - and popular culture's - most influential voice, as captured by Eric Cobeyran's moving graphic novel adaptation."
IDW Publishing unveiled the comic on the final day of 2016's New York Comic Con - on what would have been Lennon's 76th birthday. It will hit shelves in May 2017. Read more here.
Robert Plant Austin City Limits Preview Video Released
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters are streaming a performance of his 1983 single, "In The Mood," as a preview to this weekend's broadacst premiere of his appearance on the acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits.
Recorded in March at the end of Plant's Southern Journey tour of the American South, the hour-long set mixes tunes from 2014's "lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar" alongside covers of songs by Willie Dixon, Joan Baez and Bukka White, and revamped versions of Led Zeppelin classics like "Black Dog", "The Lemon Song" and "Rock And Roll."
The performance marked Plant's return to Austin City Limits for the first time in more than a decade. Robert Plant on Austin City Limits will air this weekend via PBS; check local listings for the broadcast time in your area. here.
David Bowie Ch-ch-ch-Changes 1974-76 Post-Ziggy Young Americans Soul Man, Then Thin White Duke
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands examines the mid-Seventies post-Ziggy Stardust American era of the legendary David Bowie in a special two-part radio rockumentary.
By 1975 David Bowie had abandoned the Glam Rock he had virtually invented in the guise of the ego-tripping tragicomic Fallen Rock Star, Ziggy Stardust, first as New York City blue-eyed soul man, then the LA decadence of his Thin White Duke persona. David Bowie was rock’s full Moon, irresistible in his pulling power, while the rest of the rock world was like the tide, following inexorably yet always tagging behind.
In The Studio host Redbeard has assembled a two-part radio special with interviews he conducted with the late David Bowie about this mid-Seventies U.S. period that produced the albums Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and Station to Station which spawned the hits “Rebel, Rebel”, “Young Americans”, “Golden Years” and the # 1 hit “Fame”. Bowie shared with In The Studio host Redbeard the mindset of his transition out of his famed Ziggy character.
“I had this terror in my mind that I was going to be trapped with Ziggy and the Spiders... and there was no way I was going to be trapped inside that character as being the rest of my life... But I didn’t quite know what I was going to do. I really sort of painted myself into a corner by finishing Ziggy and the Spiders. And in a way that is a sort of freedom, because it meant I had everything and nothing all at the same time.” - David Bowie
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EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS HEART LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA ON DVD, BLU-RAY, CD, AND DIGITAL FORMATS DECEMBER 2, 2016
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New York, NY (October 11, 2016)—On December 2, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment release Live At The Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra by Heart on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and Digital Formats [$21.98 Blu-ray, $16.98 DVD, $13.98 CD]. This film captures not only Heart’s first-ever live performance at the Royal Albert Hall but is also the first concert film of Heart performing with a full orchestra. Live At The Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra includes chart-topping songs like “These Dreams”, “Alone”, “What About Love”, “Barracuda”, “Magic Man”, “Dreamboat Annie”, and more!
Making their first live appearance at London’s Royal Albert Hall in June 2016 to a sold-out crowd, Heart was accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra who added further depth and epic scale to the band’s songs. The set included hits, fan favorites and both new and reinterpreted tracks from their most recent album Beautiful Broken.
The Line-Up for this special show features Ann Wilson (Vocals); Nancy Wilson (Guitar & Vocals); Ben Smith (Drums); Dan Rothchild (Bass); Craig Bartock (Guitar); Chris Joyner (Keyboards) and, of course, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nick Davies. As a Bonus Feature, this release includes an interview with the band.
The chemistry between band and orchestra, that Live At The Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra captures, added a truly magical quality to a concert that will live long in the memory of those Heart fans lucky enough to be present.
UFO & SAXON Announce Spring US Tour - The British Invasion 2017!
Rock legends UFO have announced a US tour with very special guests SAXON, beginning March 9 in Houston, TX and continuing into early April.
UFO, with their long standing line up of Phil Mogg (Vocals), Paul Raymond (Keyboards / Guitar), Andy Parker (Drums), Vinnie Moore (Guitar) and Rob De Luca (Bass), are back in the US after a phenomenally successful sold out tour in early 2016. They are currently working on their 22nd studio album after the last studio release A Conspiracy of Stars in 2015.
SAXON are touring on their latest release Battering Ram together with the new double live album set Let Me Feel Your Power (out October 28 in North America), both on the UDR Music label. After great success with both US headline shows and dates with Judas Priest over last few years, the band are back as part of this great package. SAXON are Biff Byford (Vocals), Paul Quinn (Guitar), Nigel Glockler (Drums), Doug Scarrett (Guitar) and Tim "Nibbs" Carter (Bass).
UFO's Phil Mogg states, "We are polishing the guitars, cleaning up the drums, I have a new front tooth, and our crew have bought themselves fresh mascara, some new tunes, and an airline ticket to the USA, to be joining our old pals SAXON on what will be a celebrational tour of all our favorite places. Look forward to seeing you there! Kisses, UFO."
SAXON's Biff Byford adds, "It's great to be back on the road with UFO. The last time we toured together was in the 80's so it should be fun and a unique package for the fans. See you in March. Keep the faith."
Special guest on all shows is Jared James Nichols.
UFO & SAXON US Tour Dates:
March 9 - Houston, TX / SCOUT BAR
March 10 - Dallas, TX / GAS MONKEY LIVE
March 11 - San Antonio, TX / ALAMO CITY MUSIC HALL*
March 14 - San Diego, CA / HOUSE OF BLUES
March 15 - San Francisco, CA / THE INDEPENDENTMarch 16 - Los Angeles, CA / BELASCO
March 18 - Anaheim, CA / THE GROVE
March 19 - Las Vegas, NV / HOUSE OF BLUES
March 21 - Denver, CO / SUMMIT CONCERT HALL
March 24 - Sioux City, IA / ANTHEM @ HARD ROCK CASINO
March 26 - St. Charles, IL / ARCADA THEATER
March 28 - Cleveland, OH / HOUSE OF BLUES
March 29 - New York, NY / BB KINGS
March 30 - New York, NY / BB KINGS
April 1 - Jim Thorpe, PA / PENN'S PEAK
April 2 - Allston, MA / BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL
Tickets are available from all usual agents and outlets.
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The Rolling Stones 'Hit A Wall' Recording New Album
The Rolling Stones 'hit a wall' when they started working on new songs for the follow-up to their 2005 album A Bigger Bang, says Don Was, the producer of their upcoming record Blue & Lonesome.
"We'd gone in the studio to start cutting some new songs," says Was, who has worked with the Stones since 1994. "Around day three we just hit a wall and Keith suggested that, to cleanse the creative palette, we play 'Blue and Lonesome,' the Little Walter song. Fortunately we ran the tape and it was just awesome."
The process was so inspiring that the band continued on the same path. "The whole mood of the room changed dramatically in those three-and-a-half minutes," Was tells the BBC "So we said, 'let's do another one', and 'let's do another one.' "They just called songs off that they knew and loved. It was very spontaneous. And by the end of the day we had six." Read more including details about the Eric Clapton collaboration here.
Pantera Covered All Songs From Guns N' Roses' Appetite
Vinnie Paul says Pantera covered every song on Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction before they hit the big time. The former Pantera and current Hellyeah drummer says that before they signed their first major record deal, Pantera were obsessed with Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut album and covered all 12 tracks.
Paul tells WRIF (via Blabbermouth): "It was huge, man. Before Pantera got a record deal, that album came out, and we covered just about every song on that record and it was before that band blew up.
"We were such fans of the music. And it took that record about a year before it caught on, and then it caught on. Man, it's one of my all-time favourite records. To this day, Welcome To The Jungle, you hear it in front of every football game, in front of every hockey game, it won't go away.
"And that's a great thing when there's a song that has that kind of life. And then, of course, they're back doing it and they're touring. I saw them the other night at the big, gigantic here in Dallas, and I thought it was amazing." Read more here.
Beach Boys Legend Brian Wilson Working On New Album
Brian Wilson's new memoir (entitled I Am Brian Wilson) chronicles his struggles with drug abuse and mental illness resulting from his experimentation with psychedelics at the height of the Beach Boys' fame.
And while the October 11th release of his book is first on The Beach Boys legend's agenda, he also promises that fans could hear new music before the end of the year.
He told BBC Radio 1 that he's working on an album, a steady fallback for a guy who says he "[knows] how to write rock'n'roll." Wilson said drug use caused him to begin hearing sounds and sometimes "threatening" voices in his head, a horror he struggles with to this day. Read more here.
The Winery Dogs Streaming Documentary Online
The Winery Dogs have shared a short tour documentary showcasing the band's performance in Mexico City from earlier this year. Singer and guitarist Richie Kotzen, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy were on the road in May in support of the trio's second album Hot Streak. And in the clip, filmmaker Nico Merkin follows the band around the city, showing them onstage, meeting fans and conducting promotional work.
Portnoy says: "Great video recap of The Winery Dogs in Mexico! The upcoming live Blu-ray/DVD from Santiago should be out early 2017."
Reflecting on what makes The Winery Dogs tick in the clip, Kotzen says: "It's an interesting combination. Billy has a way of playing the bass that's very unique - he incorporates the kind of lines on the instrument that a bass normally wouldn't do.
"Because I sing, every move that I make when I write is, 'How can I sing over that? What's the melody?' I look at it from that angle so it kind of keeps things in a more basic format.
"I think some of the crazy stuff - the over the top wild stuff comes more from the other two guys which is what makes it kind of unique. Not to say I don't bring crazy stuff, because I do." Watch the documentary here.
Saxon Release Live 'Battering Ram' Video
Saxon have released a live video of their performance of "Battering Ram", which is the title track of their 2015 album. The clip is lifted from Biff Byford and co's live package Let Me Feel Your Power which launched across Europe this week and will be issued in North America on October 28.
Let Me Feel Your Power features material recorded in Munich and Brighton, along with bonus material taken from a Chicago show from September 2015. It'll be the NWOBHM veterans' 10th live album. They previously issued a clip of Wheels Of Steel.
Let Me Feel Your Power is available in several formats, including DVD/2CD, Blu-Ray/2CD, digital download and a deluxe vinyl version which also includes the Blu-ray and 2CD, and is limited to 1500 copies.
The band are currently working on the follow-up to Battering Ram, and are eyeing a summer 2017 release for the as-yet-untitled album. It'll feature the track They Played Rock And Roll, which frontman Byford recently reported was a tribute to late Motorhead leader Lemmy. Read more about that and watch the new live video here.
Eric Clapton Releases Live Video For 'Wonderful Tonight'
Eric Clapton is streaming a performance of his 1977 hit "Wonderful Tonight" from the recently-released set, "Live In San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale."
The second single from "Slowhand" peaked at No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the album reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 3 million in the States.
"Live In San Diego" captures Clapton in a 2007 concert as part of a tour in support of his and Cale's 2006 album, "The Road To Escondido." Cale sits in on five tracks, including three from "Escondido" and two made famous by Clapton: "After Midnight" and "Cocaine."
The guitar icon recently revealed the extent of health issues that have made playing music, among other things, a challenge for the 71-year-old. "I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year," said Clapton. "It started with lower back pain and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy, which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg. [It's] hard work to play the guitar and I've had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve. And I've had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old." here.
Cliff Burton Anticipated Metallica's Success
Cliff Burton predicted Metallica's future huge success, according to his father Ray. Ray Burton says his late son was always confident - although not cocky - about his abilities and Metallica's chances of hitting the big time.
Reflecting on the 30th anniversary of Cliff's death, Ray says the family still receive regular royalty payments and that his son was sure he'd be able to provide for his parents down the line.
Ray Burton tells The Metalsucks Podcast: "The royalties have been coming my way for quite some time. He could see things coming along, he felt that they were doing well.
"He told his mom and me, 'I'm gonna buy you two a house when this thing gets going better.' So he had an idea that the band was going to be a success. And boy, was it ever."
On Cliff's faith in his own ability, Ray adds: "Cliff knew he had talent, but he wasn't cocky about it. But he felt the music that he was getting and playing with James and Kirk and Lars was pretty good, and he was quite satisfied with it.
"He said that he felt that if he couldn't make a living with Metallica, he had enough talent to be a studio musician. So that's a lot of confidence in your own ability. But at the same time, I heard him say several times, 'There are a hundred kids out there in garages that play the guitar as well as I can.'
"That kind of thinking toward yourself also helps in everyday life. You have that confidence about your own abilities, and Cliff had a degree of confidence. But as I say, he wasn't cocky about it in any sense of the word." Read more here.
Van Der Graaf Generator's Peter Hammill Announces Residency
Van Der Graaf Generator founder Peter Hammill has lined up a three-night residency in London. He'll play at the city's Cafe Oto on March 2, 3 and 4, 2017, with tickets going on general release on October 12 from the venue's website.
The venue say in a statement: "Making a mockery of genre boundaries and consistently confounding expectations, Hammill's work spans numerous styles and approaches while always maintaining his own unique sound.
"Now, nearly five decades on from the debut Van Der Graaf Generator release, Hammill's creative spark shows no sign of abating and we're very excited to host him performing solo across three nights at Cafe Oto." Read more here.
Deep Purple Icons Going To Rock Camp
Deep Purple icons Ian Paice, Steve Morse And Glenn Hughes will help Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp celebrate the music of the legendary group next March.
They will be taking part in the event in Hollywood, Ca on March 2nd-5th including the finale jam that will be taking place on the final night at the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.
Glenn Hughes had this to say, "Always my pleasure to return to RRFC. An honor to give back what has freely been given to me, & to help capture the Spirit of Rock Music with the Campers. Music is The healer , and is the greatest natural high. Share the love with gratitude. We suit up, show up and ROCK . See you all in LA."
Steve Morse adds, "I'm excited that I've been asked back for a visit at Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp, this time in Los Angeles. Can't wait to get back to Camp again and jam with some of these great players!" Find more details about the camp here.
Video Of Paul McCartney and Neil Young Desert Trip Jam Goes Online
Neil Young joined Paul McCartney for a pair of Beatles classics at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, CA on Saturday, October 8th, a video of the jam has been posted online.
Following his set with Promise Of The Real, Young sat in with McCartney for the Sgt Pepper classic "A Day In The Life" and a snippet of John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance."
The later returned for a jam of The White Album track "Why Don't We Do It In The Road", a song McCartney has never performed live before. Check out front row shot fan filmed video here.
How Metallica Pig Attack Became Immortalized On Album Cover
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has recalled being attacked with a pig's head and a ham sandwich while playing the Monsters Of Rock festival at Donington in 1985.
And he's told how the moment came to be immortalized in the album artwork of classic album Master Of Puppets. He lived through the experience soon after he'd become a vegetarian, which made it all the more unpleasant for him.
Speaking in a video that promotes their book Back To The Front, documenting the making of Master Of Puppets, Hammett says: "Someone threw a pig's head up on stage. I couldn't believe it. someone actually went to a butcher's shop, got a pig's head, put it in some sort of receptacle, drove, carried it into the show and waited for the moment to launch that pig's head."
He played on while thinking angrily: "My guitar smells like devilled ham - this is killing me!" while his roadie and photographer Ross Halfin looked on from the side of the stage.
Hammett adds: "I remember looking over to my guitar tech, who was laughing, and Ross Halfin was standing right next to him, and Ross took the shot. That's the shot that's on the back of Master Of Puppets." Watch the full interview clip and read more here.
Scott Stapp Fronted Supegroup Art Of Anarchy Release New Video
Creed's Scott Stapp returns to the music world as the new frontman for the supergroup Art Of Anarchy and the band has released a video for their new single "The Madness".
The group, which also features Disturbed bassist John Moyer, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and twin brothers Jon and Vince Votta, premiered the new video with Billboard.
They will also be making their debut live performance on October 27th at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City and have tapped Cilver and The Dives to open the show. Watch the new video here.
Will There Ever Be Another AC/DC Or Metallica?
Will there ever be another AC/DC or Metallica, or is the age of the arena rock star over? If you ask Disturbed frontman David Draiman, he'll tell you it's complicated.
Chatting with Argentina's Vorterix radio, Draiman spoke about the current state of rock music and what's ahead for the next generation of heavy music makers. "Look, one can only hope, pray and try to become a legend. It's not something that's guaranteed, it's not something that's automatic, there's no scientific formula for it," Draiman said.
"But one thing that people need to reconsider here is that the elements that existed that made the Lemmys, the Ozzys, the AC/DCs and Metallicas of the world - MTV, big rock radio; things of that nature - don't exist anymore. So it takes longer, and it takes more persistence, and it takes more consistency these days to achieve that level."
He added, "Maybe it can't be done in twenty years. Maybe it takes a lifetime. And if that's what it takes, given the change in this environment, then that's what it takes."
Draiman went on to say he believes there are still "the Freddie Mercurys of our time" out there, even if they aren't getting the exposure right now. "...I definitely think that there's a future generation, and there's even a current generation of luminary rock stars out there who don't have the kind of visibility that, in the past, used to be able to make (that) happen," he said. "And that'll come in time." Comment on the report here.
Video From Rolling Stones Desert Trip Opening Night Goes Online
The Rolling Stones headlined the opening night of the Desert Trip mega festival in Indio, CA this past Friday, October 7 and video from the show has surfaced.
The hit-filled 20-song set opened with the 1981 classic, "Start Me Up", and included the band's live debut cover of The Beatles' "Come Together", and the "Steel Wheels" single "Mixed Emotions",.
The show also included an updated rendition of the Eddie Taylor blues classic "Ride 'Em On Down," delivered live for the first time since 1962 with a studio version to be included on the group's forthcoming album "Blue & Lonesome."
The new classic rock festival - running October 7-9 and 14-16 at the Empire Polo Club - sees the Stones and Bob Dylan perform on Fridays, Paul McCartney and Neil Young on Saturdays, and Roger Waters and The Who on Sunday evenings. here.
Stevie Nicks Rocks 'Leather And Lace' For Late Night TV
Stevie Nicks performed her 1981 hit, "Leather And Lace", on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on October 6th and video of the performance has been posted online.
Prior to the Late Show performance, the Fleetwood Mac singer joined actors Taylor Lautner and Zach Galifianakis on the panel to discuss their various current projects, with Nicks promoting her latest release, "24 Karat Gold -Songs From the Vault", and an upcoming North American tour with The Pretenders that will begin in Phoenix, Arizona on October 25.
Nicks revealed that her last two albums were directly inspired by the Twilight series of films - especially 2009's "New Moon" - which featured Lautner.
"If it hadn't been for your movies," Nicks told the actor, "I've since made two records - In Your Dreams and 24 Karat Gold -- I would never have never made those albums because I was so staunch in my belief that it was over." Watch the video clips here.
Led Zeppelin's Stairway Named Greatest Guitar Solo Ever
Jimmy Page's guitar solo on Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven has been voted the greatest ever by Classic Rock magazine. His work on the 1971 track was voted no.1 by a panel of critics, bands and readers in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine which features the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
But despite the plaudits, Page says it's not his best but "it's pretty damn good." Jimmy Page tells Classic Rock: "Is Stairway To Heaven my best Zeppelin guitar solo? No, but it's pretty damn good. The solo was done very quickly - in actual fact there were already layers underneath, the bottleneck you can hear was on before the solo.
"Anyway, I just said, 'Roll it,' took a deep breath, that's what I usually do, and then go. I had a couple of cracks at it because you didn't have as many options as you would have now. Back then you had 16 tracks and could only put guitar solos down where the vocal wasn't.
"You'd save maybe three tracks to lay guitar solos into which meant you could have two or three cracks at it and then choose the best." He adds: "If everyone else says it's my best solo then that's great, that's good, but there are others that I prefer." Read more here.