Former Megadeth Duo Reveal Band Name And Share Song Clip

Former Megadeth duo, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover, have inked a record deal, announced the name of their new band, confirmed the band's lineup, and released a preview clip of one of their new songs.

The new band will be called Act of Defiance and they confirmed it will also feature former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand.

The group has signed a world wide deal with Metal Blade Records and the band is currently recording their debut album with producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall).

They expect to release the album this summer but are giving fans a little taste of what to expect with the release of an audio clip of the rough demo for a song called "Throwback." Check it out here.

Broderick had the following to say about the new developments, "I am so excited to finally be able to announce Act Of Defiance to the world. Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February and his performance and tones are simply incredible. I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio. The final mix and mastering will also be handled by Zeuss.

"I am also very honored to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. There is not a better label to be on than one where the employees (and owner) still understand and listen to METAL! They have shown a loyalty, backing and drive for their artists that few other labels have. As for our music, I am really enjoying the ability to create what is a killer mix of thrash and modern metal. It has a unique combination ranging from thrash to classical influences. I am very proud of what we have written and hope that you all dig it."

Drover shares his excitement, "Having our new band, Act Of Defiance, sign with Metal Blade Records is a real thrill for me. I started my musical career with Brian Slagel and the Metal Blade family many years ago, so to come full circle at this point is a real musical home-coming, of sorts. I couldn't be happier about that.

"What thrills me the most is the fact that myself, Chris Broderick, Henry Derek and Matt Bachand all have in common is that from the get-go, we wanted this band to be 100% PURE Heavy Metal! No compromises, no ulterior motives other than making the best HEAVY METAL music we can. Metal Blade shares this vision, which really puts us all on the same page, musically."

Bachand adds "I couldn't be more excited to begin this new adventure with Act Of Defiance. The positive energy that has collected between the four of us in such a little amount of time has been nothing short of incredible. Writing bass lines is something new for me as well, and I am looking forward to the challenge. All the songs are coming together great and I can't wait for the world to hear this."

Derek also had the following comment, "I'm extremely honored and excited to be a part of AOD. Everyone has been super cool and supportive, which is always a huge plus. I know this is going to be an awesome musical experience and the fact that I'm embarking on this journey with good people means everything. Cheers."

ROCK NEWS FOR 02/27/15

Scott Weiland Compares New Album Excitement To STP Debut

Scott Weiland has revealed that no recording process has excited him as much as his Stone Temple Pilots debut in 1992 - until he laid down tracks with new outfit The Wildabouts.

Their debut album Blaster launches in March via EarMusic, with Weiland previously stating the material was a departure from his work with STP and Velvet Revolver. And he says the vibe in his new band is similar to his early days in the studio.

He tells Loudwire: "Core was my first album and so there was a real special and exciting vibe during the making of that album. This was very similar because I am starting from scratch again with a new band.

"The writing, the demoing of the songs and the recording was just so exciting and I haven't been this exhilarated since making Core." Read more here.

Aerosmith Members Wants To Play Entire Classic Album Live

At least one member of Aerosmith would relish the prospect of performing one of the band's classic albums in its entirety at a concert as a special treat to fans.

"I've wanted to do that for a long time," says Brad Whitford, speaking recently to "We attempted to do it once, but it didn't work out-the band didn't feel strongly enough about the way the audience was responding to it. But I think that idea might be worthy of a special treatment, maybe in smaller theaters around the country."

Whitford went on to suggest the band could perform 1975's Toys in the Attic and 1976's Rocks back to back, playing the songs in the same sequence as they appear on the albums.

"We could also bring in some of our favorite friends and artists to join us-someone like Slash, for instance," he added. "That would really be fun." Read more here.

Queen and Adam Lambert To Headline Rock In Rio

Queen and Adam Lambert will headline the opening night of Rock In Rio's 30th anniversary series on Friday, September 18. The event marks the band's return after opening the inaugural event in 1985 with original lead singer Freddie Mercury.

"30 years ago, Queen performed in front of 250,000 people who fell in love with the band, and it became one of the most iconic moments of Rock in Rio," says Rock in Rio President and Founder Roberto Medina. "I am positive that the moments from 30 years ago will be rejuvenated and rejoiced with Queen + Adam Lambert, making it again a moment no one will ever forget."

Queen's opening night January 11, 1985 at Rio's custom built City of Rock exploded the record books, drawing an audience of over 250,000. The band's second appearance on January 18, brought their total Rock in Rio audience beyond 500,000. Televised to over 60 countries across the world, Queen's shows were watched by nearly 200 million people. Queen albums occupied all top ten places in the Brazilian album chart and "Love of My Life" became a new Brazilian anthem. Read more here.

Steel Panther Star Challenges Anthony Kiedis To A Sing-Off

Steel Panther's Michael Starr has challenged Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis to a sing-off and says he's ready to "beat the sh*t out of" Fozzy mainman Chris Jericho.

Starr called out Kiedis when it was suggested the latter would be angry that the Steel Panther man revealed the location of the bridge in Chilis' track Under The Bridge - and likened the title to a sexual act.

He tells Music Feeds: "It's called the LA Bridge. That is actually the bridge that Anthony sang about. It's totally true - it's right off Hollywood Studio City."

Speaking openly to Kiedis, he adds: "Come after me, man. I'm ready. I'll meet you under the bridge, bro. You and me. It's a sing-off. Anthony isn't a professional singer so I'm down for a sing-off." Read more here.

Brian Wilson Biopic Preview Released

A trailer has been released for Love & Mercy, the biopic about the life of Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson. The film debuted at last year's Toronto Film festival. It was directed by Bill Pohlad and stars Paul Dano who portrays the young Wilson, while John Cusack plays the singer-songwriter in later life.

Speaking about the project in 2013, Wilson told Rolling Stone: "I am thrilled that Paul has signed on to play me during one of my most creative explosions and most fulfilling musical times in my career.

"I still can't believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on the big screen. To have Bill Pohlad as the captain of the Sloop John B is amazing - it just makes me feel so humble."

Love & Mercy is due for release in the US on June 5, while a UK date has still to be announced. Watch the trailer here.

Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal Reveals Meaning Behind 'Little Brother is Watching'

Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal explains in a new interview with antiMusic's Tom Reardon the inspiration behind the title to his new solo album "Little Brother is Watching," which was released this week.

Thal explains, "It's pretty much just a statement on where society is right now. How we live day to day….everything we do is on display, for better or worse. I think mostly for better, but sometimes for worse. This is the world we live in.

"Wikileaks…a police beating….our neighbor falling on his butt. Whatever it is, or something of us we want to put on display. We're watching each other and we're being watched.

"The song touches on this and also how you're going to react to it. Be yourself, be you and do what you want and don't worry about anything. Be yourself, be human, and enjoy it. Nobody's perfect."

Read the full interview here.

Helloween Reveal New Album Details

Helloween have announced they'll release their 14th album, My God-Given Right, in June. The follow-up to 2013's "Straight Out Of Hell" carries 3D lenticular artwork by Martin Hausler, who took inspiration from Hollywood blockbuster Day After Tomorrow.

Frontman Andi Deris says: "I never know how, but somehow we did it once again. The album really rocks and kicks some major asses. We had the best folks with us to make this possible - producer Charlie Bauerfeind, and Martin Hausler, who made a massive artwork without stressing the whole colour range."

Guitarist Michael Weikath adds: "This proves what a bit of snow not only is able to do, but really causes. I personally hate snow and the cover shows that too much of everything is never good. I'm very happy with the new album."

Check out the artwork here.

Dee Snider Calls On Fans To Help Custody Battle

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has urged people to back a crowdfunding campaign to support a young girl in the middle of a legal battle over guardianship.

The Destiny Fund was started by a New York couple who took in the child - a distant relative - after finding her neglected by parents addicted to methamphetamine. It was set up to help cover expenses including a custody case and psychologist appointments. In addition, they say a lack of government support has left struggling financially.

Snider says on Facebook: "I am personally reaching out to all of my friends to help a friend. Do you have a child? Doesn't every child deserve a home, food, shelter and, most of all, a family to love them, cuddle them, protect them?" Read more here.




“Everything in the future is in reach, but the past was once our future” – John Lodge

Los Angeles, CA (February 25, 2015)--Esoteric Antenna, a label of the Cherry Red Records Group, is proud to announce the release of 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO, the new studio album by legendary MOODY BLUES member JOHN LODGE on May 5 in the U.S. and in Canada (with distribution via MVD Entertainment);  and on May 4 in the UK.  The title track, “10,000 Light Years Ago,” will be released digitally on April 14.

As vocalist and bass player of THE MOODY BLUES, 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO is Lodge’s second solo album. His first solo album, NATURAL AVENUE, was released in 1977, and was recently reissued on CD and Vinyl LP by Esoteric Recordings.  A member of THE MOODY BLUES since 1966, Lodge has written such hit songs for the band such as “Peak Hour”, “Ride My See Saw”, “The Eyes of a Child”, “Isn’t Life Strange”, “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock & Roll Band)”, “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone”, “Gemini Dream” (with Justin Hayward) and many more. 

10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO also reunites Lodge with special guest contributions from former MOODY BLUES members - flutist RAY THOMAS and keyboardist/mellotron player MIKE PINDER on the song “Simply Magic.”  Legendary guitarist CHRIS SPEDDING also appears on the album, among others.  The new collection was recorded at various locations and completed at The Mix Factory studios in Florida.  

From the opening song “In My Mind”, to the biographical “Those Days in Birmingham”, the more reflective “Simply Magic” and “Lose Your Love”;  to the rock influenced “Crazy”, the jazz–tinged “Love Passed Me By” and the powerful “Get Me Out of Here,” Lodge paints a variety of moods on a fine musical canvas.

Lodge comments; “Back in the 60s, when the dreams of a ‘new generation’ were being born, The Moody Blues wrote a stage show which became the album DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED.  The theme encompassed the past, present and future experiences of our lives. When DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED was successful, I knew that our decision to stick to our principles by writing and recording music we felt driven to create, was the right one. Upon reflection, I suppose that in my work with The Moody Blues, and in my solo work, I have continued to stick to that principle.”  

Lodge adds, “I think that this theme has continued in the music of The Moody Blues and in my music, and it’s a musical record of our generation travelling through life. With 10,000 LIGHTS YEARS AGO, I have continued this theme of constant evolution, as everything in the future remains in reach, and although the past is behind us, it once was our future.” 

For more than 40 years, THE MOODY BLUES have been one of the most enduring and consistent groups in the world. Their remarkable music has enthralled generations of fans since the 1960’s, and their recorded legacy contains some of the most important and ground breaking work in the history of popular music, having generated more than 70 million sales throughout the world. During the course of their illustrious career the band has earned 18 platinum discs and has won numerous awards, including the NARM Number One World Group Award of 1972, the Playboy Vocal Group of the Year Award, the Golden Ticket Award (for the sale of 100,000 tickets at Madison Square Gardens), as well as ASCAP and Performance Awards, the Ivor Novello Statue (in 1984 for an Outstanding Contribution to British Music), and an enviable place in rock history.

John reflects; “With a guitar, a blank piece of paper and a pen, the musical horizon has always been there. I go wherever the songs take me.”

Lodge will be on the “Timeless Flight – Polydor Years” tour as a member of THE MOODY BLUES in April and May in the U.S.;  and in June in the UK.

JOHN LODGE: “10,000 Light Years Ago” track listing is as follows:

In My Mind
Those Days in Birmingham
Simply Magic
Get Me Out of Here
Love Passed Me By
Lose Your Love
10,000 Light Years Ago

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Capricorn Archive Auction
Historical collectibles from the archives of Phil Walden and Capricorn Records

Auction Dates: March 14 - 22, 2015

Backstage Auctions is proud to present a truly historic memorabilia auction featuring the archives of Phil Walden and Capricorn Records and Studio. To say that Phil Walden was an entrepreneur and that Capricorn Records was his crowning achievement would only tell a small part of the story.

Starting his career by managing legendary R&B performers such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Clarence Carter, Etta James and Al Green taught Walden the broader ropes and strokes of the music business. Soon Walden would venture into running one of the South's biggest Talent Booking Agencies and before long, he had convinced the mighty Atlantic Records to fund a new label - and recording studio - in his home town of Macon, Georgia that would become the birthplace of 'Southern Rock'. Walden stood at the helm of the formation of arguably the most legendary Southern Rock bands of them all; The Allman Brothers Band.

The auction will showcase memorabilia featuring: Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Etta James, Allman Brothers Band, Duane & Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Chuck Leavell, Sea Level, Kingfish, Elvin Bishop, Dixie Dregs, Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Outlaws, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wet Willie, Stillwater, Alex & Livingston Taylor and those are just the headliners, there is a wide array collectibles from a variety of artists!

The auction also includes collectibles from a wide range of Rock, Country, Soul, R&B, Pop, Folk and Jazz artists who were represented by Walden's booking agency and / or recorded at the infamous Capricorn Studio in Macon, Georgia.

And of course the catalog will be filled with all types of collectibles, a breathtaking collection of well over 1,000 original recording reels that defined the Southern Rock, Soul and Folk sound from the 1970s! In addition to Record Awards, Plaques, Vinyl and many lots of authentic Color Slides, Negatives and Photos, there is an amazing collection of historical ephemera that includes Signed Concert Contracts, Booking Sheets, Handwritten Notes, Cancelled Checks, Business & Fan Correspondence, Record Company and Booking Agency Documentation, and much more.

If you are interested in learning a bit about Phil Walden and the empire he built, check out our latest blog - Capricorn Records - The Rise and Fall of One Man's Dream.

Let's get social and connect on Facebook and Twitter we will be posting all kinds of photos, previews and more while we ramp up to the auction.

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Miami, FL – THE MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, the world’s largest and longest running Heavy Metal and Hard Rock cruise, has only 34-cabins available before selling out its fourth consecutive year. Tickets for the remaining 34-cabins aboard this musical playground will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at $1,099 per person (double occupancy) and are available at

Sailing the Bahamas this April 18-22 aboard the MSC Divina, the four-day-and-night cruise celebrating the original legendary Castle Donington music festival held in England in 1980, will showcase Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music icons (including artists on the original festival bill)--such as Tesla, Europe, Night Ranger, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Extreme, KIX, Queensryche, Krokus, Stryper, Lita Ford, Black Star Riders, Y&T, plus many more (full lineup below)--and feature a full schedule of events and activities designed to encourage interaction between artists and fans.

This year’s cruise itinerary is kicked off by a two-night pre-party event at Miami’s Magic City Casino on April 15, featuring performances by Queensryche and Lillian Axe, and April 17, featuring performances by Stryper, Tyketto, Gabbie Rae and a special surprise guest artist. The fun continues the moment fans board the ship, meeting new friends poolside during the kickoff Sailaway Concert featuring cruise alumni, Tesla. This will set the tone for the next four days of events, including: Artist Meet & Greets, all-day stops at the private Monster Beach at Poseidon’s Grotto and the cosmopolitan resort mecca of Nassau, Bahamas, the Hot Tub Time Machine 80s Prom, “So You Think You Can Shred” fan competition, Fantasy Night Masquerade, “Rock Anthems Fan Jam” hosted by Izzy Presley, Cooking With Rock Stars, plus more events to be announced.

The official line-up for the 2015 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE is as follows: Tesla; Europe; Night Ranger; Tom Keifer of Cinderella; Extreme; KIX; Queensryche; Krokus; The Winery Dogs; Stryper; Lita Ford; Black Star Riders; Y&T; Zebra; Black ’N Blue; Faster Pussycat; Honeymoon Suite; Tyketto; Keel; John Corabi; Kip Winger; Michael Sweet; Richie Kotzen; Mike Tramp; Joel Hoekstra; Derek St. Holmes; Ron Keel; Leatherwolf; Babylon AD; Bang Tango; Heavens Edge; Frank Hannon Band; Lillian Axe; Rhino Bucket; Pamela Moore; Gabbie Rae; Atomic Punks; and AJ’s Bravehearts.

In addition, Eddie Trunk, host of VH1’s “That Metal Show” and “The Trunk Nation on Sirius XM, is returning this year as Master of Ceremony. Eddie will be assisted by an all-star lineup of personalities including Luc Carl from XM’s “Hair Nation,” Nikki Blakk from 107.7 FM’s “The Bone,” Keith Roth, host on Sirius XM’s “Hair Nation”/”Boneyard,” Don Jamieson, comedian, co-host of VH1's “That Metal Show;” Craig Gass, comedian/actor from Howard Stern’s channel on Sirius XM and DJ Will, music supervisor of VH1’s “That Metal Show,” In addition, this year’s cruise will feature a “Monster” version of the world famous Cathouse nightclub, complete with original proprietors Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat and Riki Rachtman of MTV’s “Headbangers Ball.”

Says Larry Morand of ON THE BLUE, “The Monsters of Rock Cruise has always been about fan and artist interaction and we have more bands and events this year than ever before.  Fans don’t just watch the artists perform, they make music with the artists. If you’re looking for all things Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, this is the cruise for you.”

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Legendary punk icons headline the 3rd Annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert –Guitarist Wayne Kramer (MC5, Mudhoney, The Gun Club) and bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges, fIREHOSE) will be joined by Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction) for an electric set of stage-diving energy whose raw power turns this set into a 1970 East Village punk club! “It is a big honor to play bass with these two gentlemen for such a hell disease,” explains Mike Watt. “It feels like the right thing for me to be part of and  I want to express gratitude for being included in such a gig.”.

The Rock Against MS Foundation is honored to have these gentlemen on the stage to support the build of the foundation and the ROCK house. “There is great power in community and when we work together for a common goal, terrific change can happen” states Wayne Kramer. “We will provide much needed resources for our brothers and sisters with this terrible disease and Kick Out The Jams, Motherfuckers!” 

This year we have an eclectic team to host the night with the sultry Melissa Maxx of KLOS and the effervescent Robbie Rist – you know him as Cousin Oliver from the Brady Bunch and the voice of Michelangelo/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!


In its finishing stages, the ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION will provide services from a three (3) grant resource system, which will provide daily care, quality of life needs and emergency funding, while assisting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live independent and full lives. Additionally, a brick and mortar facility we will call THE ROCK HOUSE is in the planning stages, and will provide free of charge, multiple programs and opportunities designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by MS.

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Arrest Warrant For Former Pearl Jam Member

It has been discovered that there is an outstanding arrest warrant for former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese that was issued in September of last year in Texas on drug charges.

hennemusic reports: The drummer was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance under 28 grams and the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, according to the Denton County Crime Stoppers website.

Abruzzese joined Pearl Jam in 1991 after drummer Dave Krusen checked himself into rehab following the completion of the group's debut album, "Ten." Read more here.

Metallica To Headline Rock In Rio

Metallica have announced that they have been selected to headline this year's Rock In Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this September.

The band had previously announced that they would be a headliner for the inaugural U.S. based version of the festival which will be taking place in Las Vegas on May 8-9 and May 15-16. They will be headlining the World Stage at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on May 9th.

The band had the following to say about headlining the Brazil flagship festival, "One Rock In Rio in a year is just not enough! We're very excited that we have been invited to be a part of the original Rock In Rio 30-year celebration by headlining one night during the festivities taking place September 18-27, 2015 at the City of Rock in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"This will mark our eighth (!) Rock In Rio appearance including the upcoming May show in Las Vegas. It promises to be quite the party as we join a stellar festival line up including Faith No More, System of a Down, Queens of the Stone Age, Slipknot and many others."

The band also advised fans that this would be their only concert in South America this year.

Coverdale and Blackmore Discussed Deep Purple Reunion

David Coverdale has revealed that he and former Deep Purple bandmate Ritchie Blackmore discussed the possibility of getting back together after the death of Jon Lord in 2012.

And although the idea didn't come to fruition, it may have informed Coverdale's decision to record an album of his Purple-era tracks with Whitesnake.

The singer - who fronted the MkIII and IV version of Purple from 1973 to 1976 - confirmed the launch of The Purple Album yesterday, describing it as "a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago."

Coverdale says in the latest edition of Classic Rock, on sale now: "The tragic loss of Jon made me finally realise that life is too f***ing short to hold animosity, bitterness and resentments.

"So I decided to reach out to Ritchie to share the sense of grief and loss of Jon with him, and to express my gratitude to him for bringing me on board Deep Purple. During the conversation we did discuss the idea of getting back together in some way, which was Jon's wish."

He says he didn't pursue the idea because "After several discussions with Ritchie's manager I felt I didn't share their vision of the project. I sincerely wished them well and respectfully withdrew." Read more from Coverdale here.

Pete Townshend Remasters Solo Albums For Reissue Campaign

Pete Townshend of The Who has announced that he will release 11 albums from his solo catalog digitally on February 25th as part of an extensive reissues program.

The 11 releases cover 1972's "Who Came First", his collaboration with The Faces' Ronnie Lane "Rough Mix", his musical version of Ted Hughes's "The Iron Man", his collections of demos "Scoop", "Another Scoop" and "Scoop 3", as well as the albums "Empty Glass", "All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes", "White City", "Psychoderelict" and the live album "Deep End Live!" featuring David Gilmour.

All 11 records will be remastered and reissued on CD later this year as part of an extensive reissue program for Townshend's solo material that will run into 2016.

Townshend and The Who recently played the first run of UK dates for their 50 anniversary farewell tour, "The Who Hits 50!"; the band will launch a North American leg in Tampa, Florida on April 15. Check out the reissue album details here.

The Scorpions Reunite With James Kottack Following Rehab

The Scorpions have welcomed drummer James Kottack back into their lineup following his 2014 arrest and jail time in Dubai and a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse.

"It was like a disaster," frontman Klaus Meine tells TV Rock Live. "He did make a mistake - he crossed the red line, definitely. This was not rock'n'roll and it was not funny. We said to James that he was pretty much out of the band. We told him, 'You have to go to rehab. You've got to take care of yourself and take it seriously.'We've set the doors wide open but it's really up to you.'"

Kottack returned to live duties late in 2014 and was on hand to record the group's new album, "Return To Forever." "He recorded the album in Stockholm at the end of last year, and we played two shows with him," adds Meine. "It was fantastic - it's great he's back in the family." Read more here.

Paul McCartney To Headline The Firefly Festival

The final headliner for Firefly Festival has been revealed, and it does not disappoint. Paul McCartney will be holding that spot come June 18-21 when the festival takes place in Dover, Del. Macca will be joined by the Killers and Kings of Leon.

McCartney's addition to the lineup isn't too surprising, though; he was long rumored as the headliner ever since the poster, with its blurred-out major headliner, first went live.

In smaller print on the lineup, you'll find acts with just as much recognizability like Morrissey, Modest Mouse and Spoon. Also playing will be Cage the Elephant, Run the Jewels, Gary Clark Jr., Charli XCX, Kid Cudi, Snoop Dogg and Foster the People, among many more. Read more here.

Sun Kil Moon, Blackberry Smoke Lead Led Zeppelin Tribute Album

This week, Led Zeppelin reissued their 1975 classic double album Physical Graffiti in a number of formats with the usual treasure trove of alternate versions of songs.

To celebrate, the excellent British magazine MOJO has compiled a track by track tribute to the album by a lineup showcasing the diversity of Zeppelin's influence.

The lineup includes Southern rock revivalists Blackberry Smoke, singer/songwriters Laura Marling and Michael Kiwanuka, Malian hard rock band Songhoy Blues, Mark Lanegan collaborator Duke Garwood, Sun Kil Moon and more.

The current issue of MOJO is now on newsstands in the U.K., and will likely be in the U.S. in a week or two. The tribute album is included with the magazine as a CD, but there's also a limited edition vinyl version. Find out how to order that and check out the tracklisting here.

First New Studio Album In Four Years Set For Release In May Via Frontiers Music SRL

Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in Europe on May 15th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums. The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon: a standard edition (, a deluxe edition ( featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind The Scenes featurette on the recording of the album and in a double LP vinyl format. Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise. All details will be announced soon.

“It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” states Coverdale. “As I said to Ritchie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert!”

From the opening notes of the classic track “Burn,” to album closer “Stormbringer,” Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like “Lady Double Dealer,” “Soldier of Fortune” and “Sail Away” are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake lineup featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums. A video for the first single “Stormbringer” can be seen here:

The tracklisting for The Purple Album is:
1)      Burn
2)      You Fool No One (interpolating Itchy Fingers)
3)      Love Child                                              
4)      Sail Away
5)      The Gypsy
6)      Lady Double Dealer
7)      Mistreated
8)      Holy Man
9)      Might Just Take Your Life
10)  You Keep On Moving
11)  Soldier Of Fortune
12)  Lay Down Stay Down
13)  Stormbringer

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
14)  Lady Luck
15)  Comin’ Home

DVD Content:
Lady Double Dealer - Music Video
Sail Away - Mix Music Video
Stormbringer - Music Video
Soldier Of Fortune - Music Video
Purple Album Behind The Scenes
Purple Album EPK

Whitesnake was formed in England in 1978 by Coverdale. The band has released multi-platinum selling albums throughout the years and have been known for hits such as “Slide It In,” “Here I Go Again,” “Still Of The Night” and “Is This Love.” Whitesnake will hit the road this summer on a headlining world tour.

KISS Defend Their Use Of Backing Tracks In Concert

KISS have admitted to using backing tracks during their current tour of Japan, but Gene Simmons and co are adamant that there is nothing wrong with the move.

Pre-recorded parts are being played along with the band during their performances of Samurai Son, one of two songs they recently recorded with Japanese pop outfit Momoiro Clover Z. But Kiss say in a tweet: "Recorded Samurai Son for Japan. To reproduce production here, we play live with extra tracks. Nothing to hide."

Blabbermouth reports that Simmons slated bands using backing tracks in 2012, saying: "We're sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes." Read more here.



SLASH and his band Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will kick off a U.S. tour Saturday, April 25 in Orlando FL. Today, (Feb. 24), the group announced new shows (New Orleans, Sioux City, Austin and Dallas) that have been added to their U.S. trek encompassing headlining shows and festival appearances. The month-long tour is the first solo trek supporting the group’s acclaimed studio album WORLD ON FIRE which is SLASH’s third straight solo album to debut in the Top Ten in the U.S and the second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums), TODD KERNS (bass) and FRANK SIDORIS (touring guitarist). In addition to festival appearances at WJRR Earthday Birthday, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Rise About Fest and Rock on the Range, the global rock heavyweights will headline New York City (Terminal 5), Baltimore (Rams Head Live) and Chicago (Concord Music Hall), among other cities, before wrapping Sunday, May 24 in Dallas (Southside Ballroom). Tickets for the new dates will go on sale starting Friday, (February 27) at (see itinerary below).

"The World On Fire tour has been nothing short of awesome,” says SLASH, “so I can't wait to jump on these U.S. festivals in May and mix in our headlining shows for a bunch of dates along the way."  

SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators unleashed WORLD ON FIRE (Dik Hayd, Sept. 2014) to worldwide praise, garnering SLASH some of the best critical acclaim of his career (see a sampling below). The band and their new album continue to receive accolades including: SLASH was honored with the Les Paul Award during the 30th annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (Jan. 24); “Artist and Album of the Year” from Ultimate Classic Rock; “Best Rock Album” from Guitar World magazine’s reader’s poll; “#1 on the Top 20 rock Albums of 2014” from Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles (; and Loudwire named Myles Kennedy “Best Vocalist” and Todd Kerns “Best Bassist.”

To read more critical soundbites for the new album WORLD ON FIRE, click here:


It’s been over two years since a full STYX concert was broadcast on national TV (“Styx:  The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live” DVD, which aired on VH1 Classic and the Palladia HD channel).  Now comes time for a brand new live event that’s set to premiere on AXS TV on Sunday, March 15 at 8pm Eastern Time/5pm Pacific Time. 

The band’s show was filmed at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV in front of a sold-out, adoring audience during last year’s “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour.  STYX performed many of their greatest hits, including “Come Sail Away,”  “Renegade,” and “The Grand Illusion.”  They even dug deep into their catalog for such fan favorites as “Light Up,” and were joined on stage by tour mate and former Eagles guitar legend Don Felder for “Blue Collar Man.”  Felder’s show earlier that same night was also filmed for AXS TV, which will air immediately following STYX’s special.  Felder’s special culminates with special guest STYX guitarist Tommy Shaw trading vocals and the classic electric guitar licks on “Hotel California.” 

Meanwhile, as STYX’s headlining tour continues to work its way across the U.S., the legendary Rock band has confirmed a massive summer tour supporting another legendary Rock band, Def Leppard, along with Tesla.  The three-month trek will launch in June and conclude October 4 in Bismarck, ND at the Bismarck Civic Center.  Combined, STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar), James “JY” Young (guitar, vocals), Chuck Panozzo (bass), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass) and Todd Sucherman (drums)--and Def Leppard have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. 

“Our 2007 tour with Def Leppard forged a friendship that's never wavered,” proclaims STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw.  “It was such an unforgettably fun experience for us.  We've all been waiting for the planets to align so we could do it again.  Well friends, they have indeed aligned!  And this time, those soulful bad boys from Sacramento, Tesla, will be there, too.  What a night of music this will be!

Is summer here yet? Come on!”

Guitarist James “JY” Young is equally as excited.  "The mutual admiration society between Styx and Def Leppard began in the UK in 1978 when Joe Elliott attended Styx's first-ever performance in Def Leppard's home town of Sheffield, England,” he says.  “Both bands having emanated from working class beginnings, either on the South Side of Chicago, or the Steel Town of Sheffield, England, there is a natural camaraderie and synergy amongst them.  I feel like these guys are long-lost brothers of mine.  It's going to be Guitars A-blazin' and Drums A-poundin' regardless of who’s on the stage, featuring arguably the most successful rock band of the late 1980's, paired with one of the most successful bands of the late 1970s, early 1980s.  The ingestion of too much sugar can lead to illness, but ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ is a recipe for healthy smiles and a fun night for everyone!!!”

Check out STYX at any of the following stops (with more to be added in the coming weeks):
DATE                           CITY                             VENUE
STYX Headlining:

Thu 2/26            Tulsa, OK                      The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Fri 2/27             San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Sat 2/28            Fort Worth, TX               Billy Bob's Texas
Thu 3/12            N Myrtle Beach, NC       House of Blues
Fri 3/13             Cherokee, NC                Harrah's Cherokee Pavilion
Sat 3/14            Orlando, FL                   Universal Studios Florida - Music Plaza Stage
Fri 3/20             Norman, OK                  Riverwind Casino
Sat 3/21            Mulvane, KS                  Kansas Star Arena 

STYX With Def Leppard and Tesla:
Thu 6/25                        West Palm Beach, FL    Cruzan Amphitheater
Sat 6/27                        Birmingham, AL             Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sun 6/28                       Atlanta, GA                   Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Tue 6/30                        Charlotte, NC                 PNC Music Pavillion Charlotte
Thu 7/2                         Bristow, VA                   Jiffy Lube Live
Fri 7/3                           Virginia Beach, VA         Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Sun 7/5                         Uncasville, CT                Mohegan Sun Arena
Tue 7/7                         Gilford, NH                    Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook
Thu 7/9                         Mansfield, MA               Xfinity Center
Sat 7/11                        Bethel, NY                    Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sun 7/12                       Darien Lake, NY            Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Tue 7/14                        Toronto, ONT.                Molson Amphitheatre
Fri 7/17                         Clarkston, MI                 DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thu 7/23                        Wantagh, NY                 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Fri 7/24                         Saratoga Springs, NY     SPAC
Sat 7/25                        Holmdel, NJ                   PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri 8/7                           Davenport, IA                 Mississippi Valley Fair (STYX ONLY)
Sat 8/8                          Sioux Falls, SD             Sioux Falls Arena
Tue 8/11                        Kansas City, MO           Starlight Theatre
Fri 8/14                         Sedalia, MO                  Missouri State Fair
Sat 8/15                        Des Moines, IA              Iowa State Fair
Mon 8/17                       Cincinnati, OH               Riverbend Music Center
Tue 8/18                        Nashville, TN                 Bridgestone Arena
Fri 8/21                         Dallas, TX                      Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sat 8/22                        Woodlands, TX              Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun 8/23                       Austin, TX                     Austin360 Amphitheater
Thu 8/27                        St. Paul, MN                 Minnesota State Fair
Fri 8/28                         Grand Forks, ND            Alerus Center
Sun 8/30                       Noblesville, IN                Klipsch Music Center
Tue 9/1                         Allentown, PA                The Great Allentown Fair
Thu 9/3                         Louisville, KY                 KFC Yum! Center
Fri 9/4                           Maryland Heights, MO    Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Sat 9/5                          Tinley Park, IL               First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Wed 9/16                      Auburn, WA                  White River Amphitheatre
Thu 9/17                        Ridgefield, WA               Amphitheater Northwest
Sat 9/19                        Mountain View, CA        Shoreline Amphitheatre
Tue 9/22                        Chula Vista, CA             Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Wed 9/23                      Phoenix, AZ                  Ak-Chin Pavilion
Fri 9/25                         Albuquerque NM            Isleta Amphitheater
Sat 9/26                        Denver, CO                    Pepsi Center
Mon 9/28                       West Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Wed 9/30                      Spokane, WA                Spokane Arena
Fri 10/2                         Bozeman, MT                Breeden Fieldhouse
Sun 10/4                       Bismarck, ND                Bismarck Civic Center



February 24th 2015 - Guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and producer Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has released his 10th CD entitled “Little Brother Is Watching” today. The album is an eccentric, upbeat collection of modern epic rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond. Specifically, his own life and coming to terms with what we all face - beginnings, endings, and moving on. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang and a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York.

Bumblefoot has over 20 years of releasing music, performing at international festivals, headlining solo tours, won many album of the month/year awards and has appeared on the covers of numerous music magazines as a solo artist. As lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses, Bumblefoot toured sold-out shows all over the world, headlining festivals with crowds up to 150,000 people. Bumblefoot's unique 'fretless guitar' can be heard throughout GNR's 2008 Chinese Democracy album.

Bumblefoot has current collaborations that include DMC from the iconic rap group Run DMC, and Scott Weiland in the supergroup Art Of Anarchy.  His music is often heard in TV, film and video games including the theme song to VH1's "That Metal Show". Bumblefoot also works with U.S. Embassies around the world on cross-cultural music programs, has his own line of award-winning hot sauces, and works with dozens of international charities visiting orphanages and children's hospitals with guitar in hand.

“Little Brother Is Watching” track listing:
01. Clots
02. Little Brother Is Watching
03. Argentina
04. Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore
05. Livin’ The Dream
06. Cuterebra
07. Higher
08. Women Rule The World
09. Sleepwalking
10. Eternity
11. Never Again

For more information, check out Bumblefoot’s web properties:


American Metal Giants TESTAMENT Add More Dates to “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Tour Routing Support from Thrash Leaders EXODUS + Texas Metal Assailants SHATTERED SUN
Get Your TESTAMENT and EXODUS Combined VIP Meet & Greet Experience via
TESTAMENT to Perform an Exclusive New Set List, Including The Legacy and The New Order in Their Entirety + Select Practice What You Preach Album Cuts

Bay Area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT recently announced what will surely be the greatest heavy metal tour of 2015, the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour! The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour will include support from fellow Bay Area-thrashers EXODUS and Texas melodic metal assailants SHATTERED SUN. As of today, several new dates have been added to the run, including dates in Philadelphia, PA, Cincinnati, OH and more. See below for all new dates, listed in red.

 All tickets go on sale on Friday, February 27th

The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour is your chance to meet TESTAMENT and EXODUS via a combined VIP Meet & Greet Experience package – available for the first time during this tour via

VIP packages for all dates will be available on Friday, February 27th. The combined VIP experience includes:
One Premium Reserved ticket or One General Admission ticket
A Meet & Greet with select members of TESTAMENT and EXODUS
Individual & Group Photo opportunities with select members of TESTAMENT and EXODUS
Exclusive TESTAMENT/EXODUS poster
Collectible TESTAMENT/EXODUS commemorative laminate
On-site check-in staff

In addition to its monumental line-up, the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour sees TESTAMENT serving up another surprise for die-hard fans of their early tenure. Each night, TESTAMENT will perform an epic headlining set that digs deep into the early discography that launched their worldwide career spanning two-and-a-half decades. TESTAMENT’s exclusive set will feature full-album performances of 1987’s classic body of work The Legacy and 1988’s unrelenting The New Order, in addition to select tracks from 1989’s mainstream crossover Practice What You Preach.

The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour marks the live re-introduction of TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio. This isn’t DiGiorgio’s first time playing with TESTAMENT, as he is credited for recording bass on 1999’s The Gathering and 2001’s First Strike Still Deadly. Additionally, the tour will mark the live debut of Alex Skolnick’s anticipated brand new signature ESP guitars and Budda amps. Learn more about the guitars and amps at these links.


In 2012, TESTAMENT’s Dark Roots Of Earth debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #1 on the Independent Albums chart, and #1 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart with the band’s highest first week sales since the inception of Soundscan. The album roared into the #9 position on the World Sales chart - a huge accomplishment for a metal band on a chart that included pop artists such as ADELE, JUSTIN BIEBER, LINKIN PARK, JENNIFER LOPEZ and MAROON 5.  In 2013, TESTAMENT released their Dark Roots Of Thrash live DVD/CD, recorded via multi-camera angles at their sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, New York. Order both titles from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.

Native Blood” is TESTAMENT’s award-winning video. 
View TESTAMENT’s official live video of “Rise Up” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.
Visit TESTAMENT online at


This year, thrash architects EXODUS celebrate 30 years since the release of their first album, thrash metal’s classic blueprint Bonded By Blood. Keeping with that tradition, EXODUS was joined by their original guitarist, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, on their most recent release Blood In, Blood Out (2014). In its first week, Blood In, Blood Out doubled the first week sales of their most previous full-length release, in addition to securing their highest charting position ever – #38 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, as well as #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart and #6 on the Independent Albums chart.  Blood In, Blood Out gained a strong foothold in European countries by topping several first-week international charts, as well as landing at #6 on Canada’s Hard Music chart. Order the dual-disc Blood In, Blood Out digi-pak from EXODUS recently finished up a highly-successful tour with heavy music titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies.

Blood In, Blood Out” is the latest video by EXODUS.
Visit EXODUS online at


Victory Records’ SHATTERED SUN are poised to dominate the metal scene. The six-piece is a remarkable example of hard work and determination, coming a long way from their industrious origins. SHATTERED SUN reflect the roots of their influences amidst their vigorous Southern backdrop, slamming together into a sound that is Hope Within Hatred, their debut album to be released April 21, 2015 via Victory Records. What sets SHATTERED SUN apart from the crowd is their lyrical content in a time where it seems most heavy music is about negativity and angst.  SHATTERED SUN empower with their message of hope and positivity. 

“Hope Within Hatred” lyric video by SHATTERED SUN.
Visit SHATTERED SUN online at


David Bowie Sacrifices Ziggy Stardust For Soul Of Young Americans 

Dallas, TX - February 25, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of David Bowie Young Americans.  

From ’72 thru ’74 Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust character fascinated the rock music world by leading the Glam trend, and pioneered the ever-increasing importance of visual fashion elements to popular music. However, the success of Ziggy was also its downfall. David Bowie remarks, 

“I had this terror in my mind that I was going to be trapped with Ziggy and the Spiders... There was no way I was going to be trapped in that character for the rest of my life.”

While setting up camp in New York City during the height of Ziggy-mania, Bowie found himself drawn to the mecca of American soul music, the Apollo Theater in Harlem.  The musical acts he saw there truly inspired Bowie, and new musical relationships were conceived including the introduction to guitarist and future Bowie collaborator Carlos Alomar, saxophonist David Sanborn, and unknown singer Luther Vandross. David shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the powerful effect American soul music had on him creatively.

“It was very hard for me to actually process that the music we were listening to (growing up in London) was associated with a lifestyle. Very naive, but true. It just came out of space! This stuff came from AMERICA... Coming to America, the impact was that this was real music coming from a way of life, and a lifestyle actually. It really came home in full force and I got completely overwhelmed by it , as I usually do by new experiences. I was just swept away with it, and I wanted to soak it up and then express it my way.”                                              

Bowie would score a Top 10 album with Young Americans  in February 1975 fueled by the # 1 hit single “Fame”, co-written with John Lennon and Carlos Alomar.  Young Americans would begin the transition of Bowie into his next formidable character, the Thin White Duke.

David Bowie Young Americans @ 40/ InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:

Direct Link to David Bowie website: HYPERLINK  “

Older Artists Selling More Music?

Music appears to be becoming an old person's game as it has been revealed that the average age of the ten best-selling artists of last year was 38. Only four of them, all pop acts, were aged 25 or under in 2014, with three in their 30s and one each in their 50s, 60s and even 70s.

The balance was heavily swayed by rock bands - AC/DC were the fifth best-selling band of the year, with an average age of 60, while Pink Floyd, at number seven, averaged 70 years old.

And 'king of pop' Michael Jackson, at number six, would have been 56 if he hadn't died in 2009. The information, sourced from the IFPI Global Record Artist Chart, was revealed by Music Business Worldwide, who comment: "Thought pop was music made for teenagers, by teenagers? Not any more."

See the list here.

David Ellefson Says Time Outside of Megadeth Helped Him

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson says spending time out of Megadeth helped him "grow up." He left in 2002 when mainman Dave Mustaine dissolved the band and was welcomed back into the fold in 2010.

And he says he sensed that guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover, who quit Megadeth last year, were interested in taking on a new musical venture - a move he says he can relate to because of his eight-years out of the band.

Ellefson tells Maximum Volume: "I did sense that a change was coming, especially when they both did it together. It was sort of like, 'Okay, they're obviously musically on to something else. And sometimes people do need to walk away and move into a different chapter of their lives in order to be clear and focused and give a new endeavour their 100% attention.

"I went through a similar thing like that back in 2002 when Megadeth disbanded. I was sort of forced into it. Fortunately, I had about eight years until I came back in 2010, where that process being in different groups and writing songs with people in a lot of different endeavours definitely helped me grow up and I appreciate having done that outside of Megadeth." Read more here.

Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Gus G Working On New Album

Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G is in the process of recording the follow-up to last year's debut solo album I Am The Fire and has promised "catchy tunes that are rock hard."

He tells Metal Shock Finland: "I've already written all the songs and we just finished tracking the drums. So once I go back home from this tour, I'm going to go straight back in the studio and start working hard on the guitars. We're aiming to finish it by summer.

"This time, there are going to be fewer guests. It's going to be more like a close group of people that I collaborate and co-write with. I'm excited about that. There's a lot more up-tempo and heavier stuff on it, and a lot of guitar in it." Read more here.

Steven Tyler's Solo Album May Inspire New Aerosmith Music

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford believes Steven Tyler's solo project could inspire the band to make another album. The chances of a studio return have been in doubt ever since the lukewarm reception for 2012's Music From Another Dimension. Last year drummer Joey Kramer said a follow-up was "unlikely."

But Whitford tells The Morning Call: "We're not currently in the studio or anything. We're not quite sure when we might get back. Steven is working on a solo album that he's been wanting to do for the last 20 years. I think a good deal of inspiration may come out of that - he may want to continue to write."

The guitarist adds: "Maybe at some point this year we might record some new music. Currently, no plans." Bassist Tom Hamilton says there's a possibility that, instead of writing new material, Aerosmith could go into their archive of unused tracks. Read more here.

 FM Release 'Diggin' Up The Dirt' Video

FM have released a music video for the song "Diggin' Up The Dirt," which is taken from the band's Heroes and Villains album, the follow-up to 2013's Rockville pairing.

"Well, here it is, the brand new video of the lead track from our new album," says singer Steve Overland. "It's called Diggin' Up The Dirt and it's about sleaze and the gutter press, and how they're not really interested in real news, just celebrity. It's a real FM rock anthem and we had great fun making the video. We hope you enjoy it."

FM announced new album Heroes And Villains earlier this month, and head out on tour in May. The band will also play at HRH AOR in March, and at the TeamRock-sponsored Ramblin' Man Fair in July.

Watch the video here.

Robben Ford Streams Collaboration With Keb' Mo' and Robert Randolph

Robben Ford has launched an exclusive stream of his track Justified, featuring guests Keb' Mo' and Robert Randolph. It's taken from upcoming album Into The Sun.

The album is set to be released via Mascot Label Group on March 30, also including guest spots with Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth and Tyler Bryant.

Ford recently explained: "The rule was to have no lid on things. I've worked very hard to master my craft as a musician and a songwriter - but other than relying on my strengths in those areas, I made sure there was room for new ideas and everything my collaborators brought to the music.

"When you're open to different concepts and approaches, the most beautiful things can happen." Stream the song here.

Produced And Newly Remastered By Jimmy Page, With Previously Unreleased Companion Audio
Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including Limited Edition Super Deluxe Boxed Set

The deluxe edition of PHYSICAL GRAFFITI arrives 40 years to the day after the original debuted on February 24, 1975. As with the previous deluxe editions, PHYSICAL GRAFFITI has been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and is accompanied by a disc of companion audio comprising previously unreleased music related to the original release.

The companion audio disc that accompanies the deluxe edition of PHYSICAL GRAFFITI has seven unreleased tracks, including rough mixes of “In My Time Of Dying” and “Houses Of The Holy,” as well as an early mix of “Trampled Under Foot” called “Brandy & Coke.” All the unreleased companion tracks offer fans a chance to hear well-known songs from a different perspective, including the Sunset Sound mix of “Boogie With Stu” and “Driving Through Kashmir,” a rough orchestra mix of the band’s eight minute opus “Kashmir.” Also featured is “Everybody Makes It Through,” a strikingly different early version of “In The Light” with alternate lyrics.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (February 23, 2015) - For forty years, Krokus has produced high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock playing over 2,000 shows across five continents.

Now, for the first time in over two decades, the band returns to US shores. On April 18, the Swiss rockers board the MSC Divina for the Monsters Of Rock Cruise with a cast of seminal rock and metal acts, including Tesla, Europe, Night Ranger, Extreme, KIX, and Queensrÿche.

Following the cruise, the tour continues through a series of US cities, leading to the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA on May 6. 

Official Tour Dates:
April 18-22 -- Miami, FL -- Monsters of Rock Cruise
April 24 -- Houston, TX -- Concert Pub North
April 25 -- San Antonio, TX -- 210 Kapone's
April 26 -- Dallas, TX – Trees
April 28  -- Tulsa, OK -- The Vanguard
April 29   Kansas City, MO -- The Scene
May 1 -- St. Charles, IL -- Arcada Theatre
May 2 -- Columbia, MD -- M3 Festival, Merriweather Pavillion
May 4 -- El Paso, TX -- Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
May 5 -- Las Vegas, NV -- Count's Vamp'd
May 6 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Whisky A Go Go 

Krokus’ back catalogue and album sales are like no other Swiss rock band. To date, the band has already sold over 14 million records, receiving gold and platinum discs in the US and Canada. The milestones in their rock career are dotted around the world from Australia and the US, to Mexico, Russia, Japan, and China. 

Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House Of Rust, a live recording of the group’s sold-out hometown show at the House of Rust on August 30, 2013, was released in North America via The End Records in 2014.

Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash To Undertake Pilgrimage North America Tour!

Tour to span West Coast, South in April/May 2015

Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, returns to these shores in April 2015 for the first leg of their Pilgrimage North America Tour. Following spring and fall tours in 2014 that featured the group's best-selling “Live Dates” album, this year Wishbone Ash will present classics spanning their 46-year career and showcase selections from their latest release, “Blue Horizon.”

After logging more than 20,000 miles touring North America last year, the group will begin their 2015 spring tour in Vancouver, British Columbia, winding down the West Coast of the US and then heading across the South – hitting cities that include Portland, Seattle, Oakland, San Juan Capistrano, Ramona, Phoenix, Austin and Dallas. Visit for the complete schedule.

“The 'Live Dates Tour' went just great,” says bandleader and founding member Andy Powell. “To play Texas and California out West, and Mississippi in the Deep South, for example, was really nice. You realize just how popular guitar-based rock is in these places. We aim to repeat the experience and build on it this year.”

The title of the 2015 tour is a nod to the Wishbone Ash's beloved “Pilgrimage” album, but it's also a fitting way to describe what has become an annual journey filled with familiar faces and places. “Each year when we tour countries on our world circuit, these visits feel like pilgrimages to all our old haunts,” says Powell. “We visit venues we've performed in multiple times over the years. We know the staff there, we often stay in the same hotels, visit the same restaurants, we see the same folks thousands of miles apart. The fans, of course, are the major component. We catch up on their stories and their lives.”

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

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

While they're making pilgrimages to various parts of the globe, Wishbone Ash will undertake some live recording projects, as well: one a vinyl-only limited release direct from Metropolis Studios in Chiswick, London; another to be recorded over a three-day residency at Le Triton in Paris for a DVD release.

Powell also plans to publish his autobiography this fall. “It's quite an undertaking to put 45 years of being a touring musician in this one band into book form,” he says.

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash has to its credit 24 original studio recordings, 10 live albums and four live DVDs along with a DVD rockumentary (“This is Wishbone Ash”). The band is led by founding member Andy Powell on guitar and vocals, trading licks with Finland’s guitar wizard Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, an 18-year veteran of the band and in-demand studio musician, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers whose performance credits include Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson.

Lynyrd Skynyrd cites Wishbone Ash as a primary influence on their style along with Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and, more recently, heavyweights like Opeth. All have been transformed by the original, legendary twin-guitar approach of Wishbone Ash. There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than The Ash.

Longtime fans and new converts will find that Wishbone Ash offers an undeniable concert experience.

Tour dates and more information can be found at .



Newly formed rock supergroup Devil City Angels have announced that they will be releasing their debut effort through direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic. Set to arrive in early 2015, Devil City Angels debut has already garnered interest with their first single "All My People".    

Formed in June of 2014, the phenomenal supergroup promises energetic performances of some of their multi-platinum hits blended with new, original material. Consisting of Poison drummer Rikki Rocket, LA Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham and Cheap Thrills Brandon Gibbs on guitar and vocals, Devil City Angels are impacting the rock world with their musical talent.    

With multiple packages available to choose from, fans will be given the opportunity to receive exclusive updates, content and items via PledgeMusic. Pledgers can receive experiences and items such as a signed Rikki Rockett drum head, signed Rikki Rockett drumsticks, a 30-minute Skype music lesson with the band, personalized and handwritten lyric sheets, signed Tracii Guns signature guitar, and a custom drum set. 5% of all money raised will go to Little Kids Rock. Pledge now at:

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“Adult Books” b/w “We’re Desperate”To Be Re-Released on APRIL 18, 2015

Coincides with April Tour - Includes Stops in Denver, Aspen, Santa Fe before Heading to TEXAS

(Los Angeles)  X - THE Los Angeles Punk Leaders have announced a special vinyl re-issue of their very first single, "Adult Books b/w We're Desperate,” in their original 7-inch format, on April 18, 2015.   Pressed in limited edition color vinyl, Oakland-based, Superior Viaduct will release the X single along with four other classic punk singles from The Germs, The Dils, Flipper, and The Residents.

Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in LA's flourishing first wave punk scene. Featuring vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake, their debut 45 was released on the seminal Dangerhouse label in 1978. While these songs were later re-recorded for their second album, the versions on Adult Books / We're Desperate reveal X's raw talent for totally sincere songwriting and stripped-down rock n' roll. 

In other band news - X has a new live format that most fans have yet to experience.  After an experiment on the west coast on their way to the Pickathon Festival last summer, the band decided they enjoyed this new way of performing their classic hits and will continue with this format.  So, what does this mean?  It means that DJ gets to play the vibes, Billy breaks out his saxophone and the lyrics are upfront - loud and clear!   The band enjoys the flexibility of the new format, in part because it allows them to reimagine some of their legendary songs while also giving them the chance to perform some they never could before. 

As John Doe says, “There’s a sneaky, funky & smoky quality to the new versions of songs like ‘Beyond & Back,’ ‘The Unheard Music’ & ‘Hungry Wolf.’  It allows us to play songs we never had in the live set, like ‘Come Back to Me,’ ‘Drunk in my Past,’ ‘Dancing With Tears in My Eyes’ or ‘I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts.’”

X will hit the road this April, “Go West” beginning with a double dose in Denver before heading to Aspen, Santa Fe and Texas for three shows.  More live shows for 2015 will be announced very soon.

To get a feel for X and their new live format, check out live versions of three classic X Tunes performed this past year, here:

X on Tour – Featuring Exene, John Doe, Billy Zoom & DJ Bonebrake:

4/3/15                   Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
4/4/15                  Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
4/5/15                   Aspen, CO @ Belly Up, Aspen
4/7/15                   Santa Fe, NM @ Lensic Performing Arts Center
4/9/15                   Dallas, TX @ Trees Dallas
4/10/15                Houston, TX@ Warehouse Live
4/11/15                Austin, TX @ The Mohawk Austin


Jimmy Page Stokes Fire For Led Zeppelin On Fortieth Anniversary Of Physical Graffiti

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  goes one on one with Led Zeppelin founder, guitarist, producer and songwriter Jimmy Page on the 40th anniversary of Physical Graffiti

Led Zeppelin’s sixth release had completed a fundamental change in the popular music and media equation that began with their fourth album back in 1971. With the song “Stairway to Heaven” , Led Zeppelin had proven that the album format had matured to the point that a hit single for Top 40 radio release was no longer a necessity for big album sales. 

Before Led Zeppelin the conventional wisdom of A&R (record label) types was to focus on one sound or style to be successful. But Zeppelin’s international success resulted in more extensive concert tours taking them to the four corners of the world, which only stoked their creative flame such that epic songs on Physical Graffiti like “Kashmir” became musical bonfires, “Ten Years Gone” glowing embers, and “Custard Pie”, “Trampled Under Foot” and “In My Time of Dying” outright sonic blow torches. 

One of the enduring legacies of Physical Graffiti was Led Zeppelin’s uncanny ability to seduce the ears while also pummeling the listener with a sonic slam which knew no peer, often in the same song. Jimmy Page shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard how he made the conscious decision to innovate and not be derivative.

“I was really careful not to listen to too much other music... I wasn’t following what everyone else was doing in the same sort of category as us, that’s for sure. I was trying to do things that were really different.”  - Jimmy Page 

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Scott Weiland Premieres Another New Song

Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts are sharing a preview of their debut album, "Blaster", with the release of a video for the project's third track, "Modzilla."

The tune follows "Way She Moves" and "White Lightning" from the album, which is due on March 31. The 12-track set was produced by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and recorded at Weiland's Lavish Studios and the Sandbox in Los Angeles.

Joining Weiland in The Wildabouts are guitarist Jeremy Brown, bassist Tommy Black and drummer Danny Thompson. Watch the new music video for "Modzilla" here.

Early Iron Maiden Members Reunite

Four early members of Iron Maiden, who were part of the NWOBHM giants in 1977, staged a reunion this past weekend. Vocalist Dennis Willcock, keyboardist Tony Moore, drummer Barry 'Thunderstick' Purkis and guitarist Terry Wapram gathered at the Hope And Anchor bar, where Wapram's band Buffalo Fish were playing.

The moment was arranged by fan group Maiden 77, who admitted afterwards: "We had been planning something - but to be honest we didn't know if we could pull this off. A reunion of 80% of the 1977/1978 lineup! Thank you guys. It was an amazing night."

Moore only played one show with Steve Harris' band, before it was decided that keyboards didn't fit his sound. Thunderstick was Maiden's drummer for a few months while Willcock and Wapram spent nearly a year in the lineup. Read more here.

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Tour

Tedeschi Trucks Band have announced the initial leg for their "Wheels of Soul" tour that will be taking place this summer and will also feature Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, as well as Doyle Bramhall II.

The first eleven of the expected 20+ tour dates have been revealed with the tour set to kick off on June 5th in Paso Robles, CA at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre.

Tedeschi Trucks Band's singer and guitarist Susan Tedeschi, had the following to say about the tour "Sharon is really soulful and sweet and we know a lot of the Dap-King guys through different projects.

"There's a lot to look forward to and who knows-maybe we'll all get up and play together. The wheels of creativity are turning at all times; it should be fun and could be epic."

Wheels of Soul Summer Tour Dates:
6/5 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre
6/6 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
6/7 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
6/10 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
6/13 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
6/19 Somerset, WI Somerset Amphitheater
6/21 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival
6/23 Rochester, MI Meadow Brook Music Festival
6/25 Rochester, NY Eastman Theatre - Rochester Intl. Jazz Fest
6/26 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion
6/27 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center at The Heights

More dates still to be announced

Mayall, Green, McVie and Fleetwood Bootleg To Be Released

A 1967 bootleg recording of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring future members of Fleetwood Mac gets an official release on April 20 via Forty Below.

The bootleg was recorded in five London clubs during the three-month period in which Mayall, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood worked together.

Mayall secured the five-decade-old tapes recently and restored them with the help of Forty Below Records' Eric Corne, who says: "While the source recording was very rough and the final result is certainly not hi-fidelity, it does succeed in allowing us to hear how spectacular these performances were." Read more here.

Geddy Lee Addresses Rush's Final Tour Speculation

Rush frontman Geddy Lee discussed the band's upcoming tour and elaborated on the speculation that it would be the band's final "big tour" during his appearance on the season premiere of VH1′s That Metal Show this weekend.

"It's very hard to answer that question for a lot of reasons," Lee responded when asked the tour would be a farewell trek. "First of all, you know, the three guys in this band have very different opinions on this point in our lives. Everybody's in a very different space right now.

"We've done a lot of touring for the last 10 years, a lot of writing, a lot of working. (Drummer) Neil (Peart), for example, has a young child at home and he's said publicly, numerous times, that it's very hard for him to leave his daughter. She needs him.

"So, it's clear that we are at a point in our career that we have to slow down - and slow down dramatically. So, I'm not a guy who's in love with the farewell tour idea, but it's clear that this is going to be the last big tour that we're going to do for a while, anyway. I can say that."

He also talked about what he sees in the future for Rush. "In terms of 'are we still a band?,' yeah, of course we're still a band. Do we talk about writing? Yes, we talk about writing. Will we do gigs in the future? I don't see why not. But, when you are talking about a tour that's 35 shows, 40 shows, 50 shows at our age at this point in our lives, I don't know how many of those are still left in us."

The show also posted an exclusive backstage interview with Geddy that you can watch here.

Drum Legend Billy Cobham To Release Two Live Albums From 1992 Tokyo Concert

Los Angeles, CA – Much to the excitement of drummers and jazz aficionados worldwide, drum legend Billy Cobham will be releasing two live albums on Cleopatra Records. The first is 'Mirror's Image' on February 17 (CD & VINYL), follwed by 'Reflected Journey' on April 28 (CD). The albums are 2 parts of the same show recorded in Tokyo on February 15, 1992

What an amazing career Billy Cobham has had. From his auspicious start in the late '60s touring and recording with the great Miles Davis to his groundbreaking work with John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early '70s, Cobham built a reputation for complex and soulful drumming. But it wasn't until 1973 and the release of his first solo album 'Spectrum' that he took the title of jazz fusion's preeminent drummer with a style and technique all his own, one that has been a major influence on drummers worldwide ever since.

A stream of further albums would follow, both under his own name and in partnership with a host of allies. And each one pushed towards fresh frontiers as Cobham marched on through the 1970s and 1980s. He played with Jack Bruce, Mark-Almond, a revived Mahavishnu, Bob Weir and the Grateful Dead, and was even behind a Dead tribute band, Jazz is Dead, realigning the sound of the Dead for a whole new audience. Cobham's own band, Glass Menagerie, cut two truly luminous albums, and as a new decade, the 1990s, dawned, the drummer was as busy as he had ever been.

In 1992, working under the auspices of UNICEF, Cobham set out for Brazil, where he would be working with autistic outpatients and street children in Santos, a suburb of Sao Paulo. “The street children fell into my realm of operations almost by chance, as it was not part of my original mandate,” he explained. “But due to the unavoidable specter and shadow cast by so many little personalities with big hearts and so much time to ponder life without parental direction, it was inevitable that I would find myself working with them… some of the brightest minds harboring raw talent that I have ever witnessed to date. The shame of it all was that many would never have the opportunity to use their gift.”

A new project came into being, a band in which the voices and talents of the street children would be harnessed alongside the talents of Cobham's latest combo, the visionary trio that he put together with the then all-but unknown Ira Coleman on double bass; and Australian Joe Chindamo on piano. This was the grouping captured together on 1993's so-acclaimed 'Traveler' album. But another song informed by the Brazilian sojourn, “Street Urchin,” found its way onto 1992's 'By Design', and it was with that album fresh on the shelves that the trio set out on tour.

February 1992 saw Cobham, Coleman and Chindamo arrive in Japan, and it was there, in Tokyo on February 15, that they performed the breathtaking show from which these two albums have been drawn. Japanese audiences, says Cobham, are among his favorite in the world, and the feeling was clearly mutual. The audience's enthusiasm never lapses, and he rewarded them with a selection of songs that traveled back across his entire career - “Crescent Sun,” reaching all the way back to 1974's sophomore effort, 'Total Eclipse'; “Shabazz,” from the 1975 album of the same name.

The evening also looked towards the future - “Reflected Journey,” a magnificent piece that would later title one of Chindamo’s own solo albums; “Prime Time,” “Key Jane”…. And all of them reworked and rearranged for the demands of the night, and the skills of the three piece. On record, Cobham habitually introduced fresh players, fresh instrumentation, and allowed their interpretations to flavor the individual compositions. In concert, whole new rearrangements were called for, and it was a mark of the talents with which he surrounded himself that every fresh revision felt somehow definitive; every one opened new doors through which the improvisations could stroll. Tonight in Tokyo, those doors were open as wide as they have ever been.

Cobham remembers the night, hot and tight before one of his favorite audiences in the world. His latest album, 'By Design', was still fresh on the shelves and of course it would dominate the show, the epic “Mirror's Image,” the raucous “Street Urchin” and the playful “Kinky Dee” taking off from the CD for fresh destinations unknown. On record, Ernie Watts' sax was an integral part of the show; on stage, the trio moved in fresh directions and the music soared accordingly.

1. Mirror's Image
2. Street Urchin
3. Kinky Dee
4. Leeward Winds
5. Mirror Crack'd [CD ONLY]
6. Layed Back Lifestyle [CD ONLY]

To purchase Mirror's Image on CD:
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To download Mirror's Image on iTunes:

1. Prime Time
2. Key Jane
3. Reflected Journey
4. Crescent Sun
5. Shabazz
6. Improvisation

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 Stone Temple Pilots Say New Music Is More 'R-A-W-K-I-N'

Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz are sharing an update on the band's first full album with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.

The band are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to their 2013 EP, "High Rise." DeLeo explains the sound of the new music in a new interview with WAAF Boston.

"Although we've been trying for many, many years to get away from ourselves, we always keep coming back to our same spot - that person in front of the mirror," says the guitarist. "It kind of sounds like us. I'd like to think it's not anything we've done before; we definitely don't wanna repeat ourselves. It's just about kind of stumbling and writing some new musical terrain we haven't really explored before. But it's definitely R-A-W-K-I-N. Rawkin'."

"When we were writing these songs, it was just, like, 'Man, what gets us off on stage live?'," adds Kretz. "We wanna make sure that it has those elements where we're excited not just to present a good song, but something that has great performances on all our parts and something that the audience can just really enjoy." Read more here.

Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann Releasing Memoir This Spring

Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann has announced that he will be releasing his memoir, which was written by him and Relix and Esquire contributor Benjy Eisen.

Entitled "Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with the Grateful Dead" is set to be released on May 5th by St. Martin's Press. The hardcover will include 416 pages.

The synopsis says in part, "Everything a rock music fan would expect is here, but what sets this apart is Bill's incredible life of adventure that was at the heart of the Grateful Dead experience. This was a band that knew no limits and Bill lived life to the fullest, pushing the boundaries of drugs, drums and high times, through devastating tragedy and remarkable triumph.

"But at this book's beating heart is the music--theirs and others. Some of the greatest musicians and concerts were a part of the Grateful Dead's career, from sharing the stage with Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and The Who, to playing in the Acid Tests, The Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock and Altamont.

"Bill's life is a chronicle of American music and pop culture history and his epic personal journey is one of sonic discovery and thrilling experiences." You can preorder the book, read more and see the cover art, here.

Allstar Benefit Planned For Wings Guitarist Henry McCullough

Wings guitarist Henry McCullough is the subject of a star-studded fundraising event at the Half Moon, Putney, next month. The Spooky Tooth, Joe Cocker and Pink Floyd collaborator is unlikely to recover fully from his illness and requires 24-hour care and attention.

Tim Hinkley has gathered Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack, Andy Fairweather Lowe, Neil Inness, Suggs, Graham Parker and others to perform a show in support of McCullough, 71, who suffered a severe heart attack in 2012.

Hinkley says: "The heart attack has left Henry with a certain amount of brain damage, which has resulted in memory loss and functional instability. He's wheelchair-bound and the prognosis for the future is not good." Read more here.

Doug Aldrich Was Surprised At Dee Snider Insult

Former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich says Dee Snider "didn't know what he was talking about" when he went on a recent Twitter attack challenging his contribution to the band.

Twisted Sister frontman Snider called Aldrich out on Twitter, saying he was "tired of musicians who joined famous bands after their heyday claiming they are from those bands."

Aldrich tells Eddie Trunk: "We've done gigs together, Twisted and Whitesnake, but I never really met Dee that I can remember. I've got no problem with the guy."

He says the attack "hit me out of the blue," adding: "I was up late scouring eBay, looking for old guitars, as I do at night a lot, and I got a message that Dee had posted something. And I went on there, and I was just like, 'What is up with that?'

"Everybody knows Dee is a super-smart cat. I thought, 'This is weird.' It was like he was not educated at all and just spouted out this thing. So I tried to educate him a little bit of where I came from with Whitesnake, and I just tagged it with a little smackdown quick." Read more here.

Rush Releasing Hologram Edition of 2112

Rush are sharing a preview of the special vinyl Hologram Edition reissue of the band's 1976 classic, "2112", due March 17. Pressed on high fidelity 200gram vinyl, the unique Hologram Edition showcases a custom, hand- of the "Red Star of the Federation" in the album's dead wax runout of side two.

To reveal the spinning hologram, fans can use any focused source of light, such as the LED flashlight on a smartphone, directly above the turntable while playing.

The "2112" special edition will also come with a free download card for the high resolution Digital Audio version. "The first record where we sounded like Rush," says guitarist Alex Lifeson. Watch the video here.

Rob Zombie Releases Live Video From Upcoming DVD

Rob Zombie has issued a video performance of "Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga" as a preview to his forthcoming release, "Spookshow International Live."

Due February 24, the package captures the rocker in concert presenting a 19-song set featuring material from his latest album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", and a mix of solo and White Zombie tracks.

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

"For the record," he added, "no overdubs, no fixes, no fake crowd, no nothing. 100% absolutely live. No joke." Watch the video here.

The Doors Digital Festival Starts Today!

The Doors Digital Festival has been announced and is starting today Friday, February 20th exclusively on Qello Concerts.

Each weekend for the next eight weeks, Qello Concerts will unlock one classic The Doors concert film for fans to stream and watch for free!

The first film, “Live at The Bowl '68” will be released Friday Feb. 20, and a new film will be released every Friday for eight weeks. The films will be unlocked for 48 hours, after which they will be available to Qello Concerts subscribers only.  

The Doors Digital Festival will stream via the Qello Concerts app on all digital devices where Qello Concerts is available, including Apple TV, Roku, PlayStation, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Chromecast, Sony and Samsung Smart TVs, Amazon Kindle Fire and Windows Mobile, and via the Qello website at

This "digital festival" is also the first-ever QelloCast powered program. QelloCast is the immersive white label solution for artists, brands, and all content holders to stream and distribute premium video content to music fans worldwide.  With QelloCast, fans of The Doors will get access to a comprehensive The Doors curated experience that will include full-length concerts, award-winning documentaries, rare interviews, The Doors' themed collections, and more.

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Treated For Cancer

Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden announced that lead singer Bruce Dickinson has just undergone treatment for a small cancerous tumor on his tongue.

The band reports that the cancer was found early and Dickinson is expected to make a full recover. Here is the statement from the band, "Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue.

"A seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce's medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness.

"In the meantime, we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family's privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive."

Audio Fidelity To Release “The Best Of The Guess Who” Album On Limited Edition 4.0 Quad Hybrid SACD

Great classic rock...All their major hits!

Camarillo, CA – Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing The Guess Who's “The Best Of Guess Who” album on Limited Edition 4.0 Quad Hybrid SACD in April 2015. They didn't have street cred; they didn't look like stars; and they weren't considered "cool" by the ultra hip and snooty underground FM rock crowd. But over the course of their career, The Guess Who created some of the most transcendent and electrifying pop music of the Seventies. The Guess Who stubbornly flew in the face of fashion, trends, and the flourishing progressive rock movement, and built an enduring body of work that illuminates their status as immensely gifted pop rock practitioners.

Though influenced by the British Invasion, The Guess Who were purely Canadian rockers. The band scored a string of Top Ten hits in the late '60s and early '70s, including the psychedelic-romantic smash "These Eyes" and the riff-rocking anthem "American Woman." The band was a huge success in the States and even performed at President Nixon's inaugural ball (with the acerbic "American Woman" conspicuously omitted from the set list).

Burton Cummings' throaty baritone vocals and guitarist Randy Bachman's theatrical riffs gave the band their versatile sound - and their rocking classics sound as vital today as they did when they were first released.

As a special bonus that audiophiles and fans alike are sure to enjoy, Audio Fidelity has included in each package a miniature version of the coveted psychedelic poster that was contained in the original 1971 vinyl album release!

Track Listings
1. These Eyes
2. Laughing
3. Undun
4. No Time
5. American Woman
6. No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
7. Hand Me Down World
8. Bus Rider
9. Share The Land
10. Do You Miss Me Darlin'?
11. Hang On To Your Life

Mastered dual Channel SACD from all original masters by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering

Original Recordings Produced by Jack Richardson for Nimbus 9

Recording Engineer: Brian Christian

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Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings Sign Guitarist/Songwriter/Producer Steve Vai to New Multi-Album Deal

First Release Under New Agreement, Stillness In Motion - Vai Live in L.A.
Available in 2CD and 2DVD Configurations on April 7, 2015

Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings have signed virtuoso guitarist/composer/producer Steve Vai to a new multi-album agreement which includes plans to issue two fresh Vai sets in 2015 beginning with the release of Stillness In Motion - Vai Live in L.A. on April 7, 2015. 

Vai's first release under the new SONY/Legacy agreement will be Stillness In Motion - Vai Live in L.A., a spectacular performance recorded October 12, 2012 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Available in 2CD and 2DVD configurations, Stillness In Motion revisits the 49th concert from Vai's monumental Story of Light World Tour.

Running from 2012 through 2014, The Story of Light World Tour totaled out at 253 engagements (including shows, master classes and concerts with various orchestras) in 52 countries.

In addition to the full Club Nokia performance, the 2DVD configuration of Stillness In Motion includes a bonus disc premiering "The Space Between the Notes (Tour Mischief)," a revelatory video diary comprised of more than three and a half hours of footage, lensed around the world on-stage, off-stage and behind-the-scenes during Vai's epic Story of Light World Tour.

"To say that this tour was a powerful life experience would be like saying the sun is hot," writes Steve Vai in his personal liner notes penned for Stillness In Motion.

Following Stillness In Motion, SONY/Legacy will release an album of new Steve Vai material, marking a significant next chapter in the musician's growing canon.

The new multi-album deal marks an SME homecoming for Vai, who set the gold and platinum standard for rock instrumental music across a series of albums released through Relativity and Epic Records from 1990's game-changing Passion and Warfare (his 2nd album and 1st major label release) through 2007's orchestral Sound Theories, Vol. I & II.

Vai will be hosting his second Vai Academy — the ultimate guitar experience — August 2-6, in beautiful Vail, Colorado, at The Arrabelle at Vail Square.  With the theme All About The Guitar set for this year, attendees will spend four days and nights discovering the intricacies of the guitar while enjoying once-in-a-lifetime clinics, workshops and jams from the likes of Vai and his handpicked guest instructors, including special guests Eric Johnson and Sonny Landreth. Musicians of all ages and levels are welcome.  For more information, visit: Closing out the week of Vai Academy, Vai will headline Electric Day at Guitar Town on August 9 in Copper Mountain, Colorado, at The Village at Copper.  The free annual festival will also include performances that weekend by Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth, John Jorgenson and Andy McKee, among others.  For more information:    

About Steve Vai

Steve Vai, age 12, picked up the guitar in 1973 and started taking lessons from Joe Satriani (another future guitar hero) shortly after. He soaked up influences ranging from Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page to Jimi Hendrix and Brian May and by the end of the 1970s, was transcribing guitar parts for Frank Zappa. He became a full member of Zappa's band in 1980.

Rapidly becoming one of the most in-demand, versatile, eloquent and soulful sidemen in the business, Vai recorded with Alcatrazz, Whitesnake, David Lee Roth and Public Image Ltd.

He launched his solo career with the release of Flex-Able, a homemade indie album, in 1984. Since 1990, he has recorded and released eight studio albums, eight live albums, two EPs, 12 soundtracks, 20 compilation albums, seven videos and more. Steve Vai has earned 15 Grammy nominations and has won three Grammy Awards and appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums, playing with artists like Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Gregg Bissonnett and Joe Jackson, among others.

Stillness In Motion - Vai Live in L.A.

Recorded Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on October 12, 2012

Produced by Steve Vai 

2CD Edition

Disc 1
1. Intro/Racing the World
2. Velorum
3. Band Intros
4. Building the Church
5. Tender Surrender
6. Gravity Storm
7. Weeping China Doll
8. John the Revelator
9. The Moon and I
10. The Animal
11. Whispering a Prayer 

Disc 2
1. The Audience Is Listening
2. Rescue Me or Bury Me
3. Sisters
4. Treasure Island
5. Salamanders In the Sun
6. Pusa Road
7. Frank
8. The Ultra Zone (CD Version)
9. Build Me a Song L.A.
10. For The Love of God
11. Taurus Bulba

2DVD Edition 
Disc 1
1. Intro/Racing the World
2. Velorum
3. Band Intros
4. Building the Church
5. Tender Surrender
6. Gravity Storm
7. The Trillium’s Launch
8. Weeping China Doll
9. John the Revelator
10. The Moon and I
11. The Animal
12. Whispering a Prayer
13. The Audience Is Listening
14. Where Are We
15. Rescue Me or Bury Me
16. Sisters
17. Treasure Island
18. Beastly Rap
19. Salamanders In the Sun
20. Pusa Road
21. Earthquake Sky, Drum Solo
22. I’m Tired
23. The Ultra Zone
24. Frank

Disc 2
1. Build Me a Song L.A.
2. For the Love of God
3. Taurus Bulba

Story of Light Tour: The Space Between the Notes (Tour Mischief)
4. Leg 1 (Rehearsals/USA)
5. Leg 2 (Europe/Eastern Europe)
6. Leg 3 (Vegas/Netherlands/Russia/Ukraine/Europe)
7. Leg 4 (Australia/NZ/Indonesia/China/S. Korea/Japan/Taiwan/Thailand)
8. Leg 5 (Europe...again)
9. Leg 6 (USA...again)
10. Leg 7 (Mexico/South America/China)
11. Leg 8 (Vegas/Singapore/Malaysia/Israel/Europe/Russia/Ukraine)
12. Leg 9 (USA/St. Barths/Japan/France/Poland)


Swedish Rock Legends EUROPE Announce U.S. Tour Dates +“Monsters of Rock” Cruise Performances

 Win a Limited Edition EUROPE Merchandise Box Set – See Below for Details

 Watch the New “War of Kings” Music Video Now: - 75,000 Views and Counting!

 New Album War of Kings – Out March 10th via Hell & Back Recordings

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Swedish rock legends EUROPE will release their 10th studio album, War of Kings, on March 10, 2015 in the United States via Hell & Back Recordings.

In conjunction with the upcoming album release, the band will ship off on the Monsters of Rock cruise on April 18th from Miami, FL, and cruise to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, docking back in Miami on April 22nd. In addition to EUROPE, the cruise features performances from Tesla, Night Ranger, Lita Ford, and more. Visit for pricing and more information. 

Once back on land, EUROPE will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a stop at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. See below for a full listing of tour dates:

 EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:
4/18 - 4/22 - Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
4/24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatomi Casino
4/25 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
4/26 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
4/28 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues - w/ Black Star Riders
4/30 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza - w/ Black Star Riders
5/1 - Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den - w/ Black Star Riders
5/2 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - M3 Rock Festival
5/3 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun

Last week, in celebration of the release and forthcoming tour, EUROPE released their amazing new music video for the title track “War of Kings”, directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy). In less than two weeks’ time, the video has racked up over 75,000 views. Watch it here:

War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format. PRE-ORDER HERE via Amazon

Right now, you can win a limited edition EUROPE War of Kings box set, which includes a copy of the album, as well as a t-shirt, bonus DVD, postcard, and sticker. You can enter now to win the box set now via only two sites, and Good luck!

Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the quintet confidently creating 11 monstrously melodic, yet hard-hitting classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience.

War of Kings tracklisting:

1) War Of Kings
2) Hole In My Pocket
3) Second Day
4) Praise You
5) Nothin’ To Ya
6) California 405
7) Days Of Rock n Roll
8) Children Of The Mind
9) Rainbow Bridge
10) Angels (With Broken Hearts)
11) Light Me Up
Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental)

 EUROPE’s place as a legendary classic rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career, having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the ‘80s, under-pinned by their hit album and single The Final Countdown, before going on hiatus between 1992 and 2003. They reunited and quickly settled into a period of re-establishment which has seen them re-enforce their reputation worldwide as one of the premier purveyors of blues-tinged classic rock with an edge and some kick. Their last album, 2012’s Bag of Bones, saw EUROPE hit the UK top 40 rock album charts and debut at #2 on the Swedish national charts.

 War of Kings is set to take full advantage of the global groundwork EUROPE have put in over the last few years.

Joey Tempest – lead vocals, acoustic & rhythm guitar, keyboards
John Norum – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
John Leven – bass, backing vocals
Mic Michaeli – keyboards, piano, backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Ian Haugland – drums, percussion, backing vocals

For more information on EUROPE, please visit, and


AC/DC Concert Tickets In High Demand

Tickets for AC/DC's upcoming Rock Or Bust tour across North America are selling on the secondary market for more than $250. They're lined up to play a run of shows across the Pond starting in April at the Coachella festival and then a further 10 dates kicking off at the Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts in August - and prices are climbing steadily as fans rush to see the band's first live shows since 2010's Black Ice tour.

According to Forbes, the average cost of securing a ticket has now reached $255.82 which rivals that of other big-name artists including The Who and Fleetwood Mac.

The most expensive ticket on the market is the Aussie giants' gig at the Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton. The average price currently stands at $573.37 - 124.1% more expensive than the tour average. Read more here.

Man 'Enduring' Week Of Nickelback For A Cause

A man from the US is listening to Nickelback constantly for a week to raise cash for charity. Jesse Carey started the marathon session on Monday and will stop this coming Sunday - and he says he's received messages of support from across the world for his "ultimate test of human endurance."

He tells the Relevant podcast: "I want to lift the confidence of what a human being is capable of. It's the feeling I get after I watch a David Blaine special, and he's been locked in a block of ice upside down for reasons that were never made clear. All you need to know is that he did it.

"People have been kind enough to leave messages of encouragement. Somebody even said there's a darkness to the music and I'll have to do some sort of hot yoga cleanse after this - people are concerned for me spiritually, emotionally and even physically.

"No one knows what the brain will do when subjected to this type of Nickelback." The serious side to Nickelbackathon is Carey's drive to generate funds for the charity Water, which aims to build wells and give people across the world access to safe, clean water. Read more here.

Vinnie Paul Plans To Release A Cookbook

Vinnie Paul Abbott made a name for himself as the drummer of metal legends Pantera and continues with his current band Hellyeah. Now he is preparing to enter a different arena: drumming up fans appetites with his own cookbook.

He revealed his plans to release his long planned cookbook by Christmas during an interview with Vault With Shanda Golden. He said, "I'm going to get it out, I promise, by Christmas this year.

"About two Christmases in a row have kind of gone by. But we have a big tour coming up in Europe right after this [tour], so that way, I'll have a lot of time to myself to finish it up."

He elaborated, "I've already got about 125 recipes in it. It's called 'Drumming Up an Appetite With Vinnie Paul'. How clever is that? It's got a picture of me sitting behind a drum set. I'm holding two turkey legs, which are otherwise known as drum sticks.

"And it's all about cooking and having fun with it. I don't get too specific about it. But I do think a lot of people think cooking is throwing something in the microwave. And it's something that you've really got to be passionate about, just like playing an instrument.

"And if you put your heart and soul into it, and then you feed it to people, and you're [like], 'Oh, man! This is so good.' It makes you feel good. It's just like playing music; [people say] 'G-damn, I love this s-t!'"

Watch the interview here.

Y&T Delay New Album Plans

Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti says the band's hectic schedule will push their plans for a new album back to 2016. He said last year that the follow-up to 2010's Facemelter would likely surface in 2015, but that will now not happen.

He tells Iron City Rocks: "We're playing 70 to 80 shows every year, and that gives us a limited amount of time to really sit down and focus on writing and everything.

"But this year we've been talking about making a real effort to just get in the studio and start writing and put songs together. And when we get the time to finalise all this stuff, we're hopeful that we'll have new product out next year." Read more here.

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Changing Things Up For Solo Album

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons is working on a solo album inspired by Cuban music and he took advice from Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl before deciding to take the project seriously.

And despite his blues background, he describes the side-project as something of a return to his roots. Gibbons tells Rolling Stone: "When I was 13 I got a guitar and my dad, being the consummate entertainer, sent me to New York to study Latin percussion.

"I learned maracas, timbales, clavas, bongos - you name it. And having lived in Mexico a couple of years, I know just enough Spanish to get me in trouble."

He adds: "It's turning out to be such an obtuse, oddball, unexpected left-turn from ZZ Top. But there is something to it." Read more here.

Marky Ramone Offers Solution To Battle Smartphones At Concerts

Marky Ramone has offered his own solution to the controversial issue of phones being used at concerts. The drummer says his Smartphone Swatter deals with the "a**holes" who ruin the show for others in a spoof public service video.

Ramone explains: "I'm sick and tired of people holding up their smartphones at concerts. I make a swatter by gluing a punk rock seven-inch to a drumstick. Want to smash a smartphone? Use a Ramones record on a stick."

He also suggested buying a copy of his autobiography to use as a weapon. Artists from across the rock and metal world have weighed in on the question of using phones at concerts. Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson called one fan a "wanker" in 2012 after he was seen "texting for the last three songs." Read more and watch the video here.

Jimi Hendrix's Early Recordings Remastered For Reissue

Jimi Hendrix's early recordings with Curtis Knight & The Squires is the subject of a remaster release next month. You Can't Use My Name: The RSVO/PPX Sessions is the first in a series to focus on the work Hendrix did before The Animals' Chas Chandler took him to London in 1966 and set him on the road to icon status.

The recordings were the subject of near-constant legal battles during Hendrix's life, after he'd been signed up for $1 and a 1% royalty by PPX boss Ed Chalpin in 1965.

But his estate secured ownership in 2003. As a result, the 14-track compilation is the first fully-official edition of his work with the Squires, featuring recordings made between 1965 and 1967. It includes How Would You Feel and Welcome Home, which gave Hendrix his first recording credits, plus his early compositions Hornet's Nest and Knock Yourself Out [Flying On Instruments].

The title You Can't Use My Name comes from a studio conversation, included on the album ahead of the track. Hendrix, who's already involved in litigation against Chalpin, tells the businessman to keep his name out of marketing material related to the release. Read more here.

Aerosmith Compared Famed Music Festival Smell To A Farm

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton says the unique smell of the Download audience at is one of the most unforgettable things about playing the festival at Donington in the UK.

Steven Tyler and co are poised to launch live movie Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 in US cinemas. Shot during their 19-song headline set last year, it features tracks from across the veteran outfit's career. It arrives in the UK in May.

Hamilton says: "Every time we've been there it's been the funkiest, most earthy audience on the tour. Usually the crowd's been there are few days and it's been raining a few days.

"The audience gets a distinct aroma, between the mud and the folks who thought it was too far to the porta-cans. It's great - it smells like being on a farm." Read more here.

Def Leppard Will Reject Rock Hall Induction

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says in a new interview that band has decided that if were ever invited to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame that they would 'politely refuse' the induction. But he adds that the fans will have the final say.

Elliott says that the Rock Hall is "nice but not that important" and explained why it isn't that important to him or the band, "The biggest compliment I ever got was my first ... platinum disc because it's a representation of 1 million people who've bought your album, and those million mean a lot more to me than some people that decide whether you fit for the Hall of Fame."

"In fact, we've kind of all decided that even if we get asked we're just going to -- how can I put this? -- politely refuse, like the Sex Pistols did. Unless there was some sort of online campaign by our fans cause they were annoyed with us."

Check out the full video interview here.

Van Halen Choose Atlas Music Publishing For Global Music Publishing Deal

NEW YORK, NY (February 18, 2015) – Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen of the legendary rock group Van Halen have signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Atlas Music Publishing, as announced today by Richard Stumpf, CEO of Atlas Music Publishing. The agreement covers the entire Van Halen catalog (excluding the most recent album), and includes multiple hit singles and albums that have collectively sold close to 90 million copies worldwide, making the group one of the best-selling musical artists in history. The landmark deal with Atlas marks the first time Van Halen’s music has been published by an independent music publishing company.

Richard Stumpf commented: “Van Halen were the reason I first became an avid music fan, so it is both professionally and personally humbling to have Ed and Al join the Atlas family. Not many can say they defined a sound that would change the course of rock history – the Van Halens can. We are honored that these musical pioneers have chosen us to represent their songs for years to come. We will help ensure that new generations of music listeners are keenly aware of just how important Van Halen is to the music world and how incredible their songwriting is. Nobody combines melody and musicianship like Ed and Al.”

The Van Halen catalog epitomizes and pioneered good-time rock and roll songs that are relatable, crowd anthems constructed with a strong sense of melody and musicianship. Through the deal, Atlas Music Publishing will now administer such all-time favorites as: “Everybody Wants Some!”;  “Runnin’ With the Devil”; “Hot for Teacher”; “Unchained”; “Dance the Night Away”; “Panama”; “Jump”; “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love”; “Eruption” and many more.


Founded by Richard Stumpf (CEO) in 2013, Atlas Music Publishing is a service-oriented, digital market minded alternative to big box, high volume music publishing. Atlas was built on the belief that “Bigger is not better. Better is better.”  Bringing together a team of veteran music publishing executives with proven track records, the company currently represents songs performed by top stars including Madonna, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Luke Bryan,Keyshia Cole, Hillary Duff, Icona Pop, Prince Royce and Colbie Caillat. The company boasts a roster of hit-makers that spans multiple genres including Toby Gad, Printz Board, Dan the Automator, Jeff Cohen, and Ashley Gorley as well as emerging artists Falls, Street Joy, TDot, and Daniel and the Lion, amongst others. Well-funded by a mix of long-term strategic and financial partners with access to up to $400 million in capital, Atlas provides its writers with on the ground representation in every global territory, with its global headquarters based in New York. For more information, visit For breaking news updates and behind-the-scenes information follow @Atlasmusicpub on Twitter.



 "…the band's best effort thus far, capturing thick seascapes of illustrious lyrical visions… Sparkle in the Rain is a glimpse of what's to come from Simple Minds. Kerr's heart-wrenching vocals soar and such emotion only leads to earning a global following." – ALL MUSIC

Following the recent release of Big Music Universal Music Enterprises will release a four-disc digital box set of Simple Minds’ SPARKLE IN THE RAIN on March 31st. It will be the first time the entire back catalog of this era has been collected together.

Originally released in February 1984, SPARKLE IN THE RAIN (title taken from a line in ‘Book Of Brilliant Things’) was Simple Minds’ sixth studio album and, following 1982’s crossover album New Gold Dream, the one to cement their commercial success.

SPARKLE IN THE RAIN was initially started on the run with stays in residential recording studios booked during gaps during the New Gold Dream tour. A wintery sojourn at the Old Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire during January 1983 resulted in a number of interesting ideas, but it wasn’t until the summer when the majority of touring had finished, that Simple Minds’ new direction would solidify. ‘Waterfront’ began as a Derek Forbes’ single note bass line which, inspired by nocturnal walks Jim Kerr took along the disappearing River Clyde shipyards in the band’s native Glasgow, became a tribute to the city’s industrial past, and an expression of hope and optimism for the future. The song was quickly knocked into shape the days before the band’s final booked concert at Phoenix Park, and they were so confident with their new song, that they opened their set with it. From day forth, the era-defining song became perhaps the band’s most enduring, still in their set till this day.

Steve Lillywhite became the obvious choice of producer for the album, a man who knew how to handle the band’s dynamic new sound. With touring now complete, SPARKLE IN THE RAIN gradually took shape that September with initial preparatory work at Rockfield Studios in Wales and final recording at the legendary Townhouse, London. Kerr was adamant the resulting album should not be New Gold Dream part 2, but that the band should continue to expand and enhance their sound.

To that end, SPARKLE IN THE RAIN sees the line up of Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes, Mick MacNeil and Mel Gaynor (now a permanent fixture – playing on his first full Simple Minds album) move in a more cohesive, rock-orientated direction, in part, propelled by Gaynor’s powerhouse drumming, though the album still retained traces of their new wave past. As well as the aforementioned ‘Waterfront’, the album featured religious references and symbolism (‘Book Of Brilliant Things’, ‘East At Easter’), a critique on celebrity (‘Up On The Catwalk’ (album’s third single) as well as a cover of ‘Street Hassle’ (featuring Kristy MacColl – also on ‘Speed Your Love To Me’, second single from the album), a homage to one of their biggest influences, the now sadly deceased Lou Reed (whom later guested on the band’s Street Fighting Years album).

The illustrious lyrics and the political and personal love songs were matched by MacNeil’s throbbing synth-beats and piano flourishes, Burchill’s dominating, new wave guitar chimes and Forbes’ swooning bass lines. Kerr’s song writing thrived on the band’s striving amidst a new emerging sound and direction. The album cemented Simple Minds’ reputation as one of the major bands of the 1980s and prepared the groundwork for the worldwide hit album Once Upon A Time.

The SPARKLE IN THE RAIN digital box set consists of four discs. Disc one is a re-master of the original album – re-mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Andrew Walters and overseen by Charlie Burchill. Disc two features rare B-sides, some making their CD debut for the first time. These include: a live version of NGD’s ‘Hunter And The Hunted’, which shows the band’s evolving sound; acclaimed 12” remixes of ‘Waterfront’ (Steve Lillywhite looped the drums to create an extended intro, as well as stripped instrumentation to create a huge, expansive track), ‘Speed Your Love To Me’, ‘Up On The Catwalk’ and ‘A Brass Band In Africa’, and ‘Bass Line’ – the original instrumental that became ‘White Hot Day’. Disc three features a previously unreleased concert recorded at Barrowland in the band’s hometown of Glasgow, on 28th February 1984. The concert continues on disc four, with the rest of the disc completed by a three-track BBC Radio 1 session from September 1983.

The SPARKLE IN THE RAIN re-master will also be available on digital download, a 2 CD version Pure Audio Blu-ray and LP.



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Turning 25, Eric Johnson Grabbed Guitar Grammy With Ah Via Musicom 

North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands website sits down with the phenomenally gifted guitarist Eric Johnson on the 25th anniversary of his Grammy Award-winning million-selling album Ah Via Musicom.  

Eric Johnson’s career arc resembles not so much a rainbow but rather an EKG. In the mid-70s Eric played lead guitar in the Austin blink-and-you-miss’em  band  The Electromagnets and did session work on Cat Stevens’ 1978 album Back to Earth. By 1980 Eric had developed an almost mythical reputation as a spectacular guitarist, enough to garner a cover story in Guitar Player magazine even before he had a record deal.

Initially signed to Warner Bros Records, in 1986 Eric Johnson released his highly regarded debut album Tones. Much of the music for his next album had already been written during the Tones sessions, but it would be four more years and a label change before fans would hear it.

In February 1990 Ah Via Musicom was unleashed, selling over a million albums and producing three Top 10 rock radio tracks including the Grammy Award-winning ‘Best Rock Instrumental Performance’ single, “Cliffs of Dover”

Eric’s guitar sound and style on Ah Via Musicom would revolutionize a generation of players. InTheStudio host Redbeard asked Eric what it was about his initial boyhood relationship with the guitar that still remains with him today. 

It’s like a world you can go to. You can visit this world where all the parameters , all the guidelines and rules, don’t really apply. I guess it’s sort of a fantasy world, but it turns out reality. You can enter this fantasy world and it will turn out a product of reality sometimes... It was kind of an escape thing. You could go off somewhere and do something you really love and bathe in that sound of it, and not have to operate on the same wavelength in a way.” - Eric Johnson                                          

Eric Johnson Ah Via Musicom/ InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:

Direct Link to Eric Johnson website: HYPERLINK  “

Kid Rock Explains $20 Concert Tickets

Kid Rock says keeping the costs of his live shows down is vital and reveals he's surprised other artists haven't followed suit. He heads out on the road across the US this summer to support his upcoming album First Kiss. And he's frozen ticket costs at $20 - a price he introduced during his Best Night Ever Tour in 2013.

He tells Billboard: "I'm so happy about the $20 thing. I've said before, I feel like I'll be able to ride this into the sunset. We've even learned more from being the guinea pig to do it the first time, and now we've learned so much more.

"We thought about raising the ticket price five bucks, and then we're like, 'Let's just keep it $20. Let's find ways that we can be more efficient now that we've done it one time, that we can make more money but we're not messing with the people who are paying.' I'm just very fortunate to be in a position to do it."

Rock is able to keep his ticket prices down by partnering with the gig venues and ticket outlet Live Nation and then splitting the costs from the shows. And he says he's no idea why other artists haven't copied his business model. Read more here.

Page Says Led Zeppelin Couldn't Keep Up With Fans Demands

Jimmy Page says Led Zeppelin couldn't meet the demands of fans during the height of their success. And he reveals they could have played more live shows if their tours across the US weren't so hectic in the 70s.

He tells the Associated Press: "There was a supply and demand - and the demand always outsourced the supply that you could give as far as concerts go.

"The States is a massive continent and it got to the point where, during the 70s, we were doing multiple shows in New York, Chicago or LA and it would just be sell-outs. There was demand but we had to move on.

"You know the volume of record sales, you've heard about it, and it's exactly the same with the attendance. We broke records, I know we did, but we still couldn't supply the demand." Read more here.

Eric Clapton, Little Richard Lead Blues Hall of Fame Inductions

Eric Clapton, Little Richard and Tommy Brown are the three living performers that will be included into the Blues Hall of Fame at a special event this year, the Blues Foundation has announced. We were sent the following details:

Eric Clapton has been tapped for induction into the Blues Hall of Fame for his many musical achievements as well as for his role as a popularizer of the entire genre. He brought the blues to audiences in his native Britain and throughout the world, illuminating the work of the original blues artists who inspired him.

With his induction, Little Richard joins an elite group of Blues Hall of Fame icons including Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley who built upon rock 'n' roll's foundation in the blues. His earliest recordings were in the blues vein and, throughout his career, he continued to employ a blues format in his work.

In the early '50s Tommy Brown broke through nationally fronting the Griffin Brothers Orchestra with the #1 hit "Weepin' & Cryin'." He brought his intuitive sense of showmanship to the blues over a career that has now spanned over 75 years.

Their induction will be held in conjunction with the three days of events May 6-8 surrounding the 36th Blues Music Awards on May 7 and the public Grand Opening of the bricks and mortar Blues Hall of Fame on May 8 in Memphis, Tennessee. With living musicians like B.B. King and Buddy Guy, and legends like Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor, the Blues Hall of Fame consists of blues music's best and brightest stars.

The Blues Foundation is now in the final stages of the renovations needed to showcase these legendary performers and their work with Blues Hall of Fame exhibits at its 421 S. Main headquarters in downtown Memphis. The Blues Hall of Fame will honor inductees year round, provide interactive and educational exhibits, and create a place for serious blues fans, casual visitors, and students to congregate, celebrate and learn more about the Blues.

For tickets and more information go here.

Saxon's Nigel Glockler Recovered From Emergency Brain Surgery

Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler has made a full recovery from emergency brain surgery, and plans to get back to work soon. He collapsed during the band's winter UK tour in December and was diagnosed with an aneurysm.

Doctors put him through two procedures after the first wasn't entirely successful. He was sent home from hospital in January to recuperate. Former Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider's son Sven stood in for Saxon's February shows, although Glockler performed one track, Strangers In The Night, in London on February 7.

Now Glockler reports: "The neurosurgeons have informed me that I have made a 100% recovery, and there is zero damage at all from the aneurysm - mainly due to the part of the brain it was located in.

"This means I am okay to get back to work, but I'm told to easy back into it in my own timeframe." Read more here.

Lou Reed Slammed The Beatles and Doors In Lost Interview

Lou Reed branded The Doors "stupid" and The Beatles "garbage" in a lost interview released after 28 years. The late Velvet Underground frontman's interview with journalist Joe Smith was recorded in 1987 but has only surfaced now in an animated video created by Blank On Blank.

In it, Reed insists the Velvet Underground never intended to make money out of their music and says he was amazed by the negative reaction to their 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico.

Asked how he thought his music stacked up against rival bands of the time, Reed pulls no punches. He says: "I know this sounds pretentious, but the other stuff couldn't even come up to our ankles. The level that we were on compared to everyone else, I mean they were just painfully stupid and pretentious. What I mean by stupid, I mean like The Doors.

"I never liked The Beatles, I thought they were garbage. I liked nobody." Read his comments about the Velvet Underground here.

Faith No More Premiere New Song In Concert

Faith No More last night performed their track Cone Of Shame, from comeback album Sol Invictus, for the first time. Fan site FaithNoMoreFollowers revealed an audience video of the performance alongside the evening's setlist.

Mike Patton and co opened their second of two shows in Tokyo with the song, which appears to match keyboardist Roddy Bottum's description of the album's material as featuring "really simple instrumentation" and "a lot of pianos."

Bottum tweeted after the performance: "Tonight was the first performance of Cone Of Shame. it felt good to do that in Tokyo to rectify the wreckage of last night's tumult. Hug." Read more here.

Boston Announce North American Tour

Classic rock legends Boston have announced that they will be hitting the road across North America this spring and summer in support of their 2013 album "Life, Love & Hope".

The band has confirmed an extensive run of tour dates on their website beginning on April 30th in Tuscaloosa, AL and concluding on August 9th in Wichita, KS.

Boston's mastermind Tom Scholz began this year by issuing a letter to fans explaining that he did not approve of the vinyl version of "Life, Love & Hope" that was released and in fact, he rejected the vinyl master for the release because it didn't meet his standards as a producer.

The band has confirmed the following dates via their official website:
30 Apr - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
01 May - Orange Beach, AL - Amphitheater at the Wharf
02 May - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
06 May - Melbourne, FL - Maxwell C. King Center
07 May - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
15 May - Simpsonville, SC - Charter Amphitheater
16 May - Charleston, SC - Family Circle Cup Stadium -
22 May - Cherokee, NC - Harrah's Cherokee
23 May - Panama City, FL - Marina Civic Center
24 May - Saint Augustine, FL Saint Augustine Amphitheater -
03 Jun - Niagara Falls, Ontario - Fallsview Casino Resort
04 Jun - Niagara Falls, Ontario - Fallsview Casino Resort
06 Jun - Atlantic City, NJ - Trump Taj Mahal-Mark G Etess Arena
25 Jun - Fargo, ND - Scheels Arena
26 Jun - Fort Dodge, IA - Rogers Sports Complex – Shellabration
27 Jun - Brainerd, MN - Lakes Jam
28 Jun - Grand Island, NE - Heartland Events Center
02 Jul - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion For The Perf. Arts
03 Jul - Elgin, IL - Grand Victoria Casino - Festival Park
18 Jul - Battle Creek, MI - Firekeepers Casino - Event Center
26 Jul - Inglewood, CA (Los Angeles) - The Forum -
27 Jul - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts
28 Jul - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts
30 Jul - Saratoga, CA - Mountain View Winery
31 Jul - Paso Robles, CA - California Mid-State Fair
06 Aug - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair
08 Aug - Washington, MO - Washington Town and Country Fair
09 Aug - Wichita, KS - Intrust Bank Arena

Metal Scribe Martin Popoff Is Back with More to Make us Embrace our Inner Metal God!

Check out this note from Martin and pick up some new stuff that will rock your eyes out!  

Martin says:

Hey folks,

Another SEVEN new “making of” eBook documents for ya, eight each at 98¢, or 99¢ on iTunes.

Just go to and stick Martin Popoff name in the search or hit/paste the links below. Each are sweet ‘n’ easy pdfs—or ePub or .mobi—with color pictures and lotsa my previously unpublished interview footage with the bands. Same with the iTunes—all set for your Mac or iOS device. Full blurb text following links.

1. Savatage – Sirens (1983, 13 pages)
The metal class delivered, in 1983, at least three of the genre’s greatest records, Kill ‘Em All, Melissa and Sirens, the latter, by our band at hand, Florida’s Savatage. One of those would albums would represent a new strain of metal, but the other two are distinguished as highly professional records of rich and traditional metal might coming from outta nowhere, debuts of frightening skill and authority. Come celebrate what is perhaps the finest indie album every bestowed upon the world of heavy metal, through the words of all four of the record’s magic makers.

2. Savatage – Power Of The Night (1985, 11 pages)
Florida metal craftsmen Savatage found themselves wielding a major record deal with Atlantic after the effusive praised bestowed upon the band following their landmark 1983 debut, Sirens. The sophomore album did not disappoint, with the band turning in a monstrous affair of rumbling traditional metal, track after track on Power Of The Night molten of riff and bruised and battered of rhythm, while vocalist Jon Oliva proved himself a thespian shrieker for the ages. Come here the story of how the album was recorded in a haunted Bearsville studio and then the debacle that was the band’s very first tour, after which Savatage would have to sack their bass player and rethink their future.

3. The Stooges – The Stooges (1969, 12 pages)
Sadly, three of four of this record’s makers are gone, with only Iggy Pop remaining. However, here the story is told, through the words of brothers Ron and Scott Asheton, interviewed by the author a few years back when The Stooges were mounting their first reformation. A proto-metal classic, The Stooges includes the likes of 1969 and I Wanna Be Your Dog. Come here the story of metal being born, at the garage end of it, as it crashed out of booming Detroit in the late ‘60s, courtesy of these cats and the MC5.

4. Iggy And The Stooges – Raw Power (1973, 18 pages)
One of the most notorious records ever made, Raw Power is a mountain of filthy guitar tones and sneering vocals, recorded like garbage but a car crash from which one cannot look away. Featuring the likes of Death Trip, Penetration and Search And Destroy, Raw Power is considered to be a crucial proto-punk shot across the bow. And here’s the story of that record, as told by James Williamson, Scott Asheton and brother Ron Asheton, sadly, the latter two now deceased.

5. Motorhead – Bomber (1979, 17 pages)
Motorhead was on a drink- and pill-fuelled roll as they roared into the studio to make their third album, buzzsaw 1979 classic Bomber. Classic front cover, available in blue vinyl... lots of cool things about this catchy upturn of brightness after the churn of Overkill. Come hear what Lemmy, Philthy Phil and mostly guitarist Fast Eddie has to say about this early and clanging NWOBHM cornerstone.

6. Angel Witch – Angel Witch (1980, 12 pages)
The joy and purpose of writing up the story of Angel Witch’s foreboding self-titled masterpiece of doomful NWOBHM is in the telling of a record every bit as good as the first Iron Maiden. Angel Witch in fact were the second coming of Black Sabbath, before Witchfinder General took the glory, Kevin Heybourne and Co. creating a massive collection of scary, evil songs for Bronze Records, incredibly early within the NWOBHM, specifically 1980. The quality enclosed matches the infernal painting on the packet—come learn for yourself, a little more about a stone cold classic that should be in every metalhead’s collection.

7. Quartz – Stand Up And Fight (1980, 19 pages)
Birmingham bashers Quartz were long in the tooth as they kerrang’ed their way into the NWOBHM with their MCA-issued classic Stand Up And Fight (see Mick Hopkins’ tale about opening for the Beatles!) from 1980. But all of that experience as friends of Black Sabbath through the ‘70s stood them well as they crafted their magnificent second studio record, a gorgeously recorded suite of songs that surely should have made the band stadium rock stars. Come hear the story of opportunities missed and misfortune heaped, from two original members, as we celebrate a record that the author steadfastly considers one of the three greatest albums from the entire NWOBHM.

Also available: full length-books on Scorpions, Ted Nugent, all six Ye Olde Metal, UFO, Blue Oyster Cult, all three of the Thin Lizzy trilogy, four different Deep Purple books, my authorized Rush book and bopt of the Top 500 title—all at $8.88 each.

- Martin Popoff



SLASH and his band Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will kick off a U.S. tour Saturday, April 25 in Orlando FL. The month-long U.S. trek  encompassing headlining shows and festival appearances is the first solo tour supporting the group’s acclaimed studio album WORLD ON FIRE which is SLASH’s third straight solo album to debut in the Top Ten in the U.S and the second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums), TODD KERNS (bass) and FRANK SIDORIS (touring guitarist). In addition to festival appearances at WJRR Earthday Birthday, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rise About Fest and Rock on the Range, the global rock heavyweights will headline New York City (Terminal 5), Baltimore (Rams Head Live), and Chicago (Concord Music Hall), among other cities, before wrapping Saturday, May 23 in Houston (House of Blues). Tickets will go on sale starting today, (February 17) at (see itinerary below). Expect more dates to be announced next week.

"The World On Fire tour has been nothing short of awesome,” says SLASH, “so I can't wait to jump on these U.S. festivals in May. As well as mix in our headlining show for a bunch of dates along the way."  

SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators unleashed WORLD ON FIRE (Dik Hayd, Sept. 2014) to worldwide praise, garnering SLASH some of the best critical acclaim of his career (see a sampling below). The band and their new album continue to receive accolades including: SLASH was honored with the Les Paul Award during the 30th annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (Jan. 24); “Artist and Album of the Year” from Ultimate Classic Rock; “Best Rock Album” from Guitar World magazine’s reader’s poll; “#1 on the Top 20 rock Albums of 2014” from Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles (; and Loudwire named Myles Kennedy “Best Vocalist” and Todd Kerns “Best Bassist.”

WORLD ON FIRE achieved over 12 Top Ten chart debuts around the world upon its release. The album’s title track and first single “World On Fire” ascended to #1 at U.S. Rock Radio. Their new single “Bent To Fly”--showcasing SLASH’s stellar guitar work and frontman Myles Kennedy’s vocal command of both high and low ranges--is already in the Top 20 at Active Rock (watch the “CONAN” performance below). WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to the acclaimed Apocalyptic Love album (2012) which also stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, debuting at #4 as the top rock album. Apocalyptic Love has the added distinction of spawning SLASH’s first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sunday.” And now with WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have now hit their stride at rock radio and with fans worldwide.

Overseas Tour Dates:
WED     2/18      Wellington Central, NZ    Tsb Bank Arena
SAT      2/21      Melbourne, Australia       Soundwave Festival
SUN      2/22      Adelaide Sa, Australia     Soundwave Festival
TUE      2/24      Sydney NSW, Australia   Hodern Pavilion
THU      2/26      Melbourne, Australia       Festival Hall
SAT      2/28      Brisbane, Australia         Soundwave Festival
SUN      3/1       Sydney, Australia           Soundwave Festival
WED     3/4       Santiago, Chile   Teatro Caupolican
SAT      3/7       Buenos Aires, Argentina  Mandarin Park
MON     3/9       Lima, Peru         Parque De La Exposicion
WED     3/11      Quito, Ecuador   Agora De La Casa De La Cultura
SAT      3/14      Rio De Janeiro, Brazil     Fundicao Progresso
SUN      3/15      Belo Horizonte, Brazil     Galopeira
TUE      3/17      Brasilia, Brazil    Net Live
THU      3/19      Curitiba, Brazil   Master Hall
FRI       3/20      Porto Alegre, Brazil        Pepsi On Stage
SUN      3/22      Sao Paulo, Brazil            Espaco Das Americas
WED     3/25      Mexico City, Mexico        Pepsi Center Wtc
THU      3/26      Guadalajara, Mexico       Estudio Cavaret
SAT      3/28      Monterrey, Mexico          Auditorio Banamex

U.S. Tour Dates:
SAT      4/25      Orlando, FL       Central Florida Fairgrounds - WJRR Earthday Birthday
SUN      4/26      Jacksonville, FL  Welcome To Rockville (Festival)
SUN      5/3       Concord, NC      Rock City Campgrounds - Carolina Rebellion
TUE      5/5       Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
THU      5/7       New York, NY    Terminal 5
FRI       5/8       Hampton Beach, NH       Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
SAT      5/9       Bangor, ME        Darling's Waterfront Pavilion - Rise About Fest 2015
TUE      5/12      Sayreville, NJ     Starland Ballroom
WED     5/13      Baltimore, MD    Rams Head Live
FRI       5/15      Columbus, OH    Columbus Stadium-Rock on the Range (Festival)
MON     5/18      Chicago, IL        Concord Music Hall
TUE      5/19      Sioux City, IA     Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
SAT      5/23      Houston, TX      House of Blues

European Tour Dates:
MON     6/1       Oslo, Norway     Sentrum Scene
THU      6/4       Solvesborg, Sweden       Sweden Rock Festival 2014
FRI       6/5       Nuremberg, Germany     Rock Im Park 2015
TUE      6/9       Hamburg, Germany        Sportshalle

6/12-6/14          Donington Park, England Download Festival!/slash


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Available Today Along With “Orphan” When You Pre Order TOTO XIV

First New Studio Album in Ten Years Out In Europe 3/20, The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on 3/24, World Tour Commences In Glasgow on May 21, 2015

Frontiers Music Srl has announced a March 20 release date for TOTO XIV in Europe, with The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on March 24.  The album will hit retail globally, with specific dates for territories in Asia, South America and others to follow.   

Fans can now listen to the second track to debut from TOTO XIV which is: “Holy War.”  The song is available now along with “Orphan” as an instant grat track beginning today on iTunes worldwide when you pre-order:  You can hear the track here:

Configurations for the album will also include CD, with a deluxe edition available featuring a "making of" documentary on DVD, expanded booklet that includes an in depth story and interview about the new album alongside exclusive pictures in ecol-book packaging. Additionally Toto XIV will be available as a 2LP vinyl set, and a Super Deluxe limited edition which includes the Deluxe CD/DVD edition, 2LP vinyl, an exclusive poster, t-shirt (large size only), and lithograph. 

Toto XIV is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective genius of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. TOTO XIV is the band’s first album of new material since 2006’s Falling In Between.  However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars.

Keyboardist Steve Porcaro reveals, "This is opposite of going through the motions.  We are treating this like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV.  We just want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.  Be true to ourselves and make the best music we can.  Entertain people which is what we were put on this Earth for."  Keyboardist David Paich reflects, "I think of TOTO as a unit and a band that carries a responsibility when it goes out there in to the public consciousness.   There is so much negativity and darkness that I think you have to be as Quincy Jones puts it, 'beams of light that blast through the darkness'." 

As they began the process of a return the studio, all of the principle long-term members brought their A-game to the table.  Guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather offers, "When you put us in a room, and everybody brings in their pieces, the next thing you know it all fits together. Everybody's performances are top notch.  We are really bringing our best out, forcing ourselves to make personal best choices, what's best for the music.  I'm really excited to hear what people think."  Singer Joseph Williams adds, "We are talking about a band where everybody is a writer, and everybody is a lead singer, and everybody is a player.  All involved brought this trio to the table where it could just live on its own." 

The band will hit the ground running with an extensive European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals. The itinerary begins in Glasgow on May 21, and takes Toto through the UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, and Belgium.  Ticket sales came out of the box with strength, with some appearances selling out within days of on-sale.  A North American tour will follow in the summer of 2015.  The band is also in the planning stages for their return to Asia later this year.

The last couple of years have been active, with a seven show sold-out tour of Asia that took them through Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai and Sapporo in April, 2014.  Also that month, the 35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Poland title was released, debuting at #1 in territories across the globe.  Last August and September, the band hit the road travelling across North America as co-headliners with Michael McDonald, which when it was all said and done was their most comprehensive tour on the continent in years. 

Toto also continues to raise awareness for ALS, for their brother and friend, Mike Porcaro, who has been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease.  The band commits energies towards fundraising for Police and Fire Departments of California and the Fallen Heroes initiative (, and help the United Nations in their humanitarian endeavors through music.

An EPK featuring the band's insights can be viewed here:

1.     Running Out Of Time
2.     Burn
3.     Holy War
4.     21st Century Blues
5.     Orphan
6.     Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
7.     The Little Things
8.     Chinatown
9.     All The Tears That Shine
10.  Fortune
11.  Great Expectations

5/21     Glasgow, UK                                                  Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
5/23     Dublin, Ireland                                                Vicar Street (SOLD OUT)
5/25     Manchester, UK                                             02 Apollo Manchester
5/26     London, UK                                                    Apollo Hammersmith
5/28     Paris, France                                                   Zenith
5/29     Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg                       Rockhal
5/30     Amsterdam, Netherlands                                Ziggo Dome
6/02     Sonderborg, Denmark                                     Molleparkens Friluftscene
6/03     Copenhagen, Denmark                                    Falkoner Theatre
6/04     Solvesborg, Sweden                                        Sweden Rock Festival
6/06     Bergen, Norway                                              Bergen Calling
6/07     Oslo, Norway                                                 Sentrum Scene (SOLD OUT)
6/10     Bremerhaven, Germany                                  Stadthalle
6/11     Berlin, Germany                                             Tempodrome
6/12     Leipzig, Germany                                           Parkbuhne
6/13     Dresden, Germany                                          Junge Garde
6/15     Cologne, Germany                                          Tanzbrunnen
6/16     Offenbach, Germany                                      Stadthalle
6/17     Stuttgart, Germany                                         Freilichtbuhne Killesberg
6/18     Abenberg, Germany                                        Burg Abenberg
6/20     Hinwil, Switzerland                                        Rock The Ring Festival
6/21     Klam, Austria                                                 Castle Clam
6/23     Wroclaw, Poland                                             Orbita Hol
6/24     Warsaw, Poland                                              Torwar
6/26     Budapest, Hungary                                         Petofi Hall
6/27     Bucharest, Romania                                        Sala Palatului
6/28     Sofia, Bulgaria                                                Arena Armeec
6/30     Belgrade, Serbia                                               Kalemegdan Fortress
7/03     Milan, Italy                                                     City Sound Milan
7/05     Rome, Italy                                                     Cavea Auditorium
7/07     Kufstein, Austria                                            Festungsarena
7/08     Munich, Germany                                          Olympiahalle
7/10     Zottegem, Belgium                                          Rock Zottegem Festival
7/13     Morzine, France                                             Morzine Harley Days
7/15     Nimes, France                                                 Festival de Nimes
7/16     Vienne, France                                                Theatre Antique
7/19     Taormina, Italy                                               Anfiteatro Romano


The early 21st century has seen the rediscovery of several rock acts from yesterday that never got their due back when they were recording and performing (artists such as Pentagram and Rodriguez immediately come to mind). And there is another overlooked '70s group that should now finally get the attention it has long deserved: Kelakos. 

Recording and working out of Ithaca, NY, Kelakos was composed of singer/guitarist George Michael Kelakos Haberstroh, guitarist Mark Sisson, bassist Lincoln Bloomfield, and drummer Carl Canedy. Kelakos issued its first single in 1976 and an 11-song album in September 1978, 'Gone Are the Days,' which sounds impressively on par with favorite cuts that classic rock radio stations have been playing for the past few decades. 

And now, record collectors and musicologists will be able to hear the music of Kelakos, with the fully-remixed release of the 15-track disc, 'Uncorked: Rare Tracks From A Vintage '70s Band,' which contains such standouts as “Gone Are the Days” and “How Did You Get So Crazy” (which were also released as a single way back when), “Boogie Bad Express” and the memorable “Frostbite Fantasy” as well as a never-before-released song, "In the Sun." 

And if one of the band members' names sounds familiar, it should: Canedy is the long- time drummer for heavy metal vets The Rods, in addition to producing classic releases in the '80s by such bands as Anthrax, Overkill, TT Quick, Exciter, and Possessed, among others, and a solo album “Headbanger” in 2014. And after reading the liner notes to 'Uncorked,' other names should pop up – keyboardist David Kent, who played with Hall & Oates; and engineers Alex Perialas, who went on to work with many of the same aforementioned standout metal acts that Canedy worked with; Tony Volante, who went on to engineer for several album artists including Donald Fagan and is now film and television re-recording mixer at Sound Lounge in NY; and Les Tyler, who became a top executive at DBX, Carillon Technology and THAT Corporation. 

Lead singer and guitarist Haberstroh continued to write and record, building a prolific catalogue of original music. Sisson pursued his passion for electric guitars and became a sales professional, often contributing pedal steel tracks on Haberstroh’s recordings. Bloomfield went to Washington to pursue international relations in and out of government, performing charity concerts in recent years with a band including other officials and guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan fame. 

Now, music fans will finally hear what Kelakos was all about, with the release of 'Uncorked: Rare Tracks From A Vintage '70s Band.' 

Boogie Bad Express 
Funky Day 
Gone Are The Days 
Frostbite Fantasy 
All You Need Is A Ticket 
How Did You Get So Crazy 
Lovin' so Fine 
Change Your Mind 
Follow Your Dream 
Persephone's Poison 
Till The Break Of Day 
Break Of Day Coda 
In The Sun 
There's A Feeling 

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 3rd ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS returns to the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood with yet another amazing All-Star line up. This year will be the first time ever for people all around the world to watch this LIVE! With so many requests each year from all over the world, we decided to add a cool way for you to be a part of this amazing night!  Go to this direct link:

This LIVE airing lets you get cool stuff too – The more you donate during the show you get cool autographed gifts and swag!  You can even end up with a Schecter guitar singed by ALL the artists!

 Please help us, help those that suffer. MS is a brutal disease that there is no cure for. People are losing their life as they know it – They need help NOW to have a better quality of life! Buy your tickets now!

 In its finishing stages, the ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION will provide services from a three (3) grant resource system, which will provide daily care, quality of life needs and emergency funding, while assisting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live independent and full lives. Additionally, a brick and mortar facility we will call THE ROCK HOUSE is in the planning stages, and will provide free of charge, multiple programs and opportunities designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by MS.

 WHEN: Wednesday, March 4th 2014               


                        The Whisky A Go-Go
                        8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
                        VIP Meet & Greet: 6:00 PM
                        Doors:  7:00PM
                        Show Starts at 8PM



 $15 AND UP! The more you DONATE you get cool gifts!


About Multiple Sclerosis

  • Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
  • MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.
  • Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
  • Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.
  • MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.

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