29 Eric Clapton Guitars Up For Sale
A collection of 29 guitars owned and used by Eric Clapton are up for sale. Nashville's Gruhn Guitars in Tennessee are offering a variety of vintage and modern guitars
The collection includes a 1941 Martin 000-45 Clapton purchased from Gruhn in 2005, up for $150,000. A two-tone sunburst finish 2014 Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster, one of his main guitars in 2014, is also available for $42,500.
There are also two pre-World War Two Martin acoustic guitars, Custom Shop/Masterbuilt Fender Stratocasters, Gretsch, Roland, and Gibson electric solidbody and hollowbody guitars, vintage and modern D'Angelico guitars and an Epiphone Les Paul autographed by Les Paul. Read more here.
ROCK NEWS FOR 12/02/16
12 Days Of Led Zeppelin
InTheStudio.NET Hosts Ultimate Led Zeppelin Giveaway
December 2, 2016, Dallas, TX - Christmas comes early at InTheStudio.NET the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands with the launch of the 12 Days of Led Zeppelin holiday contests.
Two separate contests, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Collection Contest and the Daily Deluxe Led Zeppelin CD Contest will run the first twelve days of December with the Grand Prize - Ultimate Led Zeppelin Collection Contest winner being picked on Tuesday, December 13th.
Ultimate Led Zeppelin Collection Contest
One lucky winner will receive ALL nine Led Zeppelin studio albums in Super Deluxe box sets featuring Vinyl, CDs, beautiful coffee table hardbound books and hi-res downloads. Led Zeppelin I, II , III, IV, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, Presence, In Through The Out Door and Coda. Sign up HERE before midnight ET on December 12th for a chance to win.
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Visit "https://www.facebook.com/inthestudiowithredbeard/" each day for a chance to win daily Deluxe Edition CD sets of Led Zeppelin albums. One new contest with three winners everyday through December 11th. Multiple chances to win!
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Heart Gets Royal Treatment In The Studio
Ann & Nancy Wilson Share Forty Years Of Heart Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Dallas, TX - December 2, 2016. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands invites you to a command performance Live at the Royal Albert Hall with a special look at Heart’s legacy as a live touring band.
Curiously, Heart’s hall of fame Cinderella story from their 1976 debut onward was a North American phenomenon until the latter Eighties decade: 1987‘s Bad Animals was their first Top Ten seller in the UK, and the follow-up Brigade in 1990 was their best showing at #3. So it is not hard to imagine that headlining the regal setting of London’s Royal Albert Hall, with its long rich history of hosting the world’s greatest entertainers, would be high on Heart’s bucket list, crossing that off in spectacular fashion this past summer backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson share memories of their career on tour with In The Studio host Redbeard and the lengthy body of work that has made them one of America’s finest musical exports.
“We worked super, super hard in the early years ... We rented a car and went to every radio station in the country (US) and Canada. And we did the never-ending 275 show tour the first year that Dreamboat Annie came out... We were all kind of shellshocked by the end of the first big blitz, but we had a career going.” - Nancy Wilson
“People were hungry for what we gave them. We were almost the first of a kind...They loved our particular way with words...They liked the fact that they could go rock out at a Heart show and the guys got what they wanted, and then we came down and did beautiful sentimental songs so the women got to feel their hearts swell. And everybody got everything.” - Ann Wilson
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New Foo Fighters Album 'On The Books'
We know that the Foo Fighters are ending their touring hiatus this coming summer after the band announced a handful of European dates beginning in June of next year.
A number of burning questions remain: how many more dates will they add, where will they be, and will a new album accompany the Foos in 2017? Drummer Taylor Hawkins says there will be a new record 'at some point," in a new interview, but says the timing all hinges on Dave Grohl.
"We won't really be ready until Dave's ready to go. It's on the books, so we'll definitely be playing," Hawkins told NME. 'We never really know, we just wait for a text from Dave saying 'Hey, let's go down to the studio.'" Read more here.
Megadeth and Anthrax Stars Recording New Album
Megadeth's David Ellefson and Anthrax's Frank Bello have announced that they have hit the recording studio to make a new album for their Altitudes & Attitude project.
The thrash veterans are currently working with producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, Stone Sour) on the new effort at a recording studio in Hollywood, California. The group also features drummer Jeff Friedl.
Ellefson had the following to say "What started out as simple bass ideas quickly developed into some really great songs together. Our fans would probably never suspect that a couple of metal bass players would have songs like these inside of us.
"It's exciting to write melody with diversity while still pushing the limits of lead-bass playing. Frank's singing, and both of us playing guitars and other instruments, gave us a whole new dimension for creative opportunities."
Bello adds, "We thought it would be cool to let fans hear something they wouldn't expect from us - which is what Altitudes & Attitude is". Watch the band's previously released "Tell The World" video here.
Rush Streaming Unreleased 1976 Live Outtake
Rush are streaming an unreleased live outtake of "Something For Nothing" as a preview to the December 16 release of an expanded 40th anniversary edition of their 1976 album classic, "2112."
Alongside the title track, the performance is one of two songs on the reissue that were recorded during a series of 1976 shows at Toronto's Massey Hall that resulted in the band's first live album, "All The World's A Stage."
The Canadian rockers are marking the landmark studio album's anniversary with multiple editions of the project, including a 2CD/DVD set, 3LP vinyl and a Super Deluxe Edition that combines everything into one package.
The reissue presents a newly-remastered "2112" done at Abbey Road Studios, an additional CD of rare, live and previously unreleased material alongside newly-recorded tracks from "2112" by special guests - including Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters - and a DVD featuring a newly restored vintage 1976 concert recorded at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ plus bonus videos and interviews. Check out the stream here.
Frank Zappa Collaborator Allan Zavod Dead At 71
Composer Dr. Allan Zavod, who worked with artists including Frank Zappa and Eric Clapton in his career, has died at home aged 71 after being diagnosed with brain cancer last year.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, the renowned jazz pianist also worked with Duke Ellington, Jean-Luc Ponty, Cab Calloway, George Benson, James Morrisson and many more throughout his career. He also composed more than 30 movie and TV soundtracks - including 1989 movie Communion with Clapton.
Zavod achieved a music degree from the Conservatorium at the University Of Melbourne in 1969. At the recommendation of Ellington, who watched him perform, he furthered his studies at Berklee College Of Music in Boston, US - where he later became a professor. Read more here.
Status Quo Extending Last Night Of The Electrics tour
Status Quo have announced they'll extend their Last Night Of The Electrics tour in 2017. The band played several dates across Europe in October and November, with a run of UK shows scheduled for later this month, which were due to be the group's last ever electric performances.
But Status Quo's manager Simon Porter has confirmed the group's live commitments will continue into next year - with further acoustic gigs also planned.
He says in a statement: "Following the incredible reaction and success of the current European tour and as a result of requests from fans and promoters alike, Quo are delighted to announce that the Last Night Of The Electrics tour will be extended into 2017 - initially visiting territories not included on the current tour." Read more here.
Motorhead Were Not Always On The Same Page Writing
Phil Campbell says he and other members of Motorhead would sometimes fight for three days over song ideas. Though the guitarist wrote the bulk of their material, he admits it often took a while to get frontman Lemmy and drummer Mikkey Dee's approval.
He tells Metal Forces Magazine: "I could do whatever I wanted in Motorhead, but I'd have to fight for it sometimes, big time. I wrote nearly all of the material for Motorhead since I joined with Lem and Mik. Lem did all of the lyrics and he came up with his own songs and his own riffs, but the bulk of it was mine. Most of the time I got my way in the end, but it might have taken three days of fighting for it."
Campbell says he now has a "bit more clout" in his band Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, with his three sons and vocalist Neil Starr. He says rows over songwriting "sort themselves in 20 minutes." Read more here.
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Rock Hall Extends Fan Vote Deadline
Although fan voting for the 2017 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was supposed to wrap up on December 5th, the Hall has extended the deadline to December 15th.
The move comes after it was discovered something fishy seemed to be affecting the Hall's voting results, which spiked dramatically over the course of only one day with over 500,000 votes cast.
The Hall responded that they had investigated the situation and fixed the glitch. No matter how many extra votes seemed to have been falsely cast, Journey still leads the polling with ELO, The Cars, Pearl Jam and Yzes all trailing behind. Read more here.
Outrageous Axl Rose Tour Rumor Debunked
One of rock's most outrageous tour tales involving Mike Patton defecating in Axl Rose's orange juice has finally been debunked. The story goes that while on tour with Guns N' Roses in 1991, Faith No More frontman Mike Patton pooped in an orange juice carton he found in a fridge in Rose's dressing room, before putting it back on the shelf.
Recounted in countless interviews, backstage chats and even in books, it now turns out the incident never actually happened - according to Faith No More bassist Billy Gould.
While many of Patton's wilder tour antics did in fact happen, this is one tale that the band made up for a laugh. Asked whether the tales of Patton's antics were true or made up, Gould tells Classic Rock: "A little bit of both. We had fun, bringing those images to the mainstream. But the Axl carton story wasn't true." Read more here.
Don Henley Addresses Return Of The Eagles Speculation
Don Henley has shot down his own suggestion that the Eagles could return with the late Glenn Frey's son in his father's place. And he's added that he should never have made the comment at all.
The band staged a tribute to Frey, who died in January, at the 2016 Grammy awards the following month. Jackson Brown took the late co-founder's position.
In March Henley described the show as the Eagles' "final farewell" and added: "I don't think you'll see us performing again." But in September he said there was a possibility that Deacon Frey could take part in another round of shows.
Now Henley tells the Washington Post: "I don't see how we could go out and play without the guy who started the band. It would just seem like greed or something. It would seem like a desperate thing."
He says of his recent comments: "It really pissed me off, because I hadn't talked to the kid about it, or his mother. It's just another lesson in keeping my mouth shut." Read more here.
Metallica Threw Away 'Box Of Riffs' Says James Hetfield
James Hetfield has reported that Metallica didn't keep any unused riffs after completing work on latest album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. That's despite having notched up several hundred ideas that they felt were at least worthy of consideration.
Drummer Lars Ulrich has said that, prior to writing sessions for the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic, he went through a total of 1600 ideas to identify the strongest ones.
Now Hetfield tells La Viola: "Once an album is finished the box of riffs is thrown away. We use the best. There's no reason to save it if it's not good - we'll write new stuff. I'm very interested in moving forward."
He adds: "It was difficult, having 800 riffs on my phone or my computer, and all I wanted to do was, 'Let's write a new one now. Let's just do it.' There's something magical that happens when Lars and I get together and I plug into a loud, crunchy guitar sound. It moves me and I can create riffs." Read more here.
Prince Four-Day Celebration 2017 Event Announced
Prince's former residence of Paisley Park in Minnesota will celebrate the late legend with a four-day event next year. Celebration 2017 is scheduled around the one year anniversary of his death, and will run from April 20 to 23 (Prince died April 21, 2016).
The event will feature musical performances, panel discussions and guided tours. Performances will include Prince-affiliated acts like the Revolution, Morris Day & The Time, New Power Generation and Liv Warfield & Shelby J with members of 3rdEyeGirl.
"Bringing together musicians, creative personnel, special guests and friends who worked closest with Prince and knew him best, these four days will feature live music, panel discussions and presentations on Prince's tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker," Celebration 2017 organizers wrote in a statement. Read more here.
Black Sabbath Home Of Metal Program Going Global
A fan-focused project exploring the impact of Black Sabbath on arts and culture will go global on the day the band play their final show. The Home Of Metal program is currently based in the band's home city of Birmingham, where they'll perform the last two dates of their The End world tour on February 2 and 4 next year.
And on February 4, Home Of Metal creators Capsule will launch a three-year worldwide initiative after securing £450,000 in funding from Arts Council England.
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says: "An artist or band's success can be measured by their relationship with the fans, and the Home Of Metal exhibition brought home just how dedicated and loyal ours are. It's always humbling to realize how you've touched people's lives with your music. A project where fans are actively involved will be great."
Capsule say they're "inspired by the story of how four working-class lads from Birmingham changed the face of music." They aim to extend their project to North America, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and beyond, using an expanding digital archive, social media contact and international touring exhibitions. Read more here.
Rainbow Singer Covers Classic Queen Song
Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero has covered Queen track Innuendo with his band, Lords Of Black. They recorded the track during sessions for their latest album II.
Romero said: "I feel really good with my job. I tried to make justice, not just to the songs, but all the singers. I just try to sing the songs in my own way and my own style and I think the people appreciate that. I'm not just a copy of the other singers, I prefer to sing like Ronnie Romero singing those songs.
"I think the people prefer that - I think they don't like seeing a guy or pay for a ticket to hear a guy try to sing like Ronnie James Dio. It's not a good idea." Check out the Queen cover here.
Soundgarden's Kim Thayil Reflects On Badmotorfinger
Kim Thayil says working on Soundgarden's box set reissue of 1991 album Badmotorfinger has helped him get over the general discomfort he has always felt towards the record.
The 25th anniversary edition of Soundgarden's third album Badmotorfinger was released this month and guitarist Thayil says the process of trawling through old audio recordings and video footage gave him a better appreciation of the album, which he says he previously thought of as being tainted by the "MTV, commercial-radio thing."
Thayil tells Rolling Stone: "It's not a glowing, sunshine-y memory. I always think of how we shot two videos for Outshined. I developed this understanding of the song as being commercial and pedestrian and how it was in MTV's Buzz Bin.
"I thought it was a great album but I characterised it by this MTV, commercial-radio thing and the attention and fawning that comes with that." Read more here.
JUSTIN HAYWARD’S ALL THE WAY COLLECTION GETS DIGITAL RELEASE WITH 15 ADDITIONAL SONGS
New York, NY (November 30, 2016)— All The Way, Justin Hayward’s most recent new solo album, was originally released this past October. It is a testament to the scope and spirit of his incredible career outside of the Moody Blues. Eagle Rock Entertainment has just released an expanded 2CD digital set of the album, which includes an additional 15 songs.
Containing several songs that have not been released on any one Justin Hayward album before, the broad selection of the 30 tracks demonstrates the plethora of styles and sounds that Justin has perfected in his half-century career. Hayward’s celebrated songcraft is on full display here, presenting rare and unique versions of classic Moody Blues songs, solo live performances, and a recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Over the past five years, Justin has enjoyed a thriving solo career. In addition to playing sold out shows with the Moody Blues, with whom he’s shared a 50-year history, Justin performed before sold out crowds on his recent solo tour. His nationwide PBS concert special Spirits… Live - Live At The Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta began airing in 2015, following the DVD, Blu-ray, and CD release of the same concert in 2014, and his solo album Spirits Of The Western Sky (2013).
The full track listing follows, but illuminating Justin Hayward’s songwriting expertise, some key songs featured on All The Way include:
"The Wind of Heaven"
A heartfelt song about a wounded warrior who has left his soul on the battlefield and is having a difficult time adjusting to being back home, “The Wind Of Heaven” is dedicated to all of those who have served their country. The song has received standing ovations worldwide on Justin's solo tours. Co-written by David Minasian, an accomplished musician in his own right.
Justin originally recorded this song with English rock band 10cc. The original recording, produced by 10cc's Eric Stewart, went missing but was recently recovered from an old tape vault. Hayward fans have been asking for this original Justin/10cc version for years and now it’s included on All The Way. This is the first time it's been heard since 1974. The track is noted for it's beautiful guitar riffs and solos with Justin and his friend, 10cc guitarist Eric Stewart.
"I Dreamed Last Night" (Digital Only)
One of Hayward's most requested songs, it was originally on the Blue Jays album. Justin includes here a rare live version, recorded at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, FL. Justin is joined by vocalist Julie Ragins and guitar virtuoso Mike Dawes, who plays along with Justin's 12-string to create one incredibly rich sound.
"Gypsy" (Digital Only)
This classic was recorded with an Italian string quartet. This same quartet was also featured in a new video of "The Story In Your Eyes", which can be seen at justinhayward.com.
"It Won't Be Easy" (Digital Only)
Released for the first time, this song was written by Justin and produced by Grammy Winner Tony Visconti (who also produced David Bowie, among others). It was the theme song on the BBC Sci-Fi series Star Cops.
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Deep Purple Reveal New Album Details
Deep Purple's upcoming 20th album will be titled Infinite, the band have confirmed. They announced the name via Facebook and say it will be released next year. The clip also features some of the band's new material. Watch it below.
The news comes after Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover confirmed in October that the band had wrapped up work on the follow-up to 2013's Now What?!. He said in a video message "I have a little bit of news for you - not a lot, but some. I know a lot of you have been waiting for this new album of ours. Well, it's nearly there.
"We recorded it in Nashville in February and we've been working on it and the mixes were finally done a couple of months ago. It'll be out sometime next year - early spring. I'm in Hamburg and it's the first playback to some of the distributors and the record label chiefs and it's very exciting."
He continued: "I know you've been very patient - and so have we. We tour a lot and it's difficult to actually get some time in the studio sometimes. But the album is finished." Watch the video here.
Metallica Score Best Selling Rock Album In Two and Half Years
Metallica's new album "Hardwired … To Self-Destruct" not only debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. charts it has also scored the most first week sales for any rock album release in two and half years.
The legendary metal band's 10th studio album entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart at No. 1 after selling 281,645 copies during its first week of release. The total metric when including non-actual sales like streaming, etc was 291,266.
"Hardwired...To Self Destruct" also became the third largest chart debut of the year behind Drake's Views (852,000 in actual sales) and Beyonce's Lemonade (485,000 sales).
The album also topped the charts across the globe including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, and Sweden.
This was Metallica's sixth chart topping release in the United States beginning with their blockbuster "Black" album back in 1991. Their previous effort "Death Magnetic" sold almost half a million copies upon its release in 2008.
Axl Rose Reportedly Settles Lawsuit With Ex Guns N' Roses Member
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has reportedly settled a lawsuit that was brought by the band's former keyboardist Chris Pitman over alleged unpaid wages.
The case made headlines in September, with TMZ reporting that Rose signed a promissory note to Pitman in 2011 stating that he would pay the multi-instrumentalist $125,000 for a year's worth of work by October of 2012, and that the bill had not been paid.
Pitman's suit sought the original amount, plus interest, for a new total of $163,000. Now, according to TMZ, the case has been dismissed after the pair reached an agreement earlier this month.
While the terms are confidential, sources indicate Rose paid less than the requested $163,000 to settle the case. Read more here.
Eric Clapton Confirms Only North American Concerts For 2017
Eric Clapton has confirmed his return to the concert stage and revealed the details for two night stands that he will be staging in New York City and Los Angeles this spring.
The new dates are billed as his only North American shows for 2017 and will feature special guests Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan and Clapton will be backed by Walt Richmond, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Michelle John.
Slow-hand will kick things off in New York City at Madison Square Garden on March 19th and 20th before heading to the Los Angeles area for two shows at The Forum on March 25th and 26th.
Eric Clapton 2017 North American Dates:
Sunday, March 19 New York Madison Square Garden
Monday, March 20 New York Madison Square Garden
Saturday, March 25 Los Angeles The Forum
Sunday, March 26 Los Angeles The Forum
Dream Theater's The Astonishing Inspired Novel Announced
Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess has given details on The Astonishing novel. It's based on the band's 13th studio album, which revolves around a dystopian future where the power of music is used to wage war against an evil empire.
Rudess says: "Great news today! The Astonishing is going to be written as a novel. The book will add subplots, new characters, answer questions, and bring along some surprises, too.
"We're partnering with my good friend Peter Orullian - a very cool cat, who will write The Astonishing, which will come as a limited edition with lots of cool exclusives, including audio clips of songs we didn't use on the album."
A statement on Dream Theater's website adds: "Orullian is currently published by Tor Books, with an ongoing fantasy series in which music plays a key role, making him the perfect writer to adapt The Astonishing." Read more here.
Bowie, Prince, Nirvana Classics Lead Additions To Grammy Hall of Fame
While the Grammy awards are not really thought of as a major force in rock, the genre is represented in some of the recognizable songs that will be added to the Grammy Hall Of Fame.
David Bowie's "Changes," Deep Purple's "Smoke On Water," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and Prince's "Sing 'O' The Times" lead the list of 25 songs set to be added to Grammy Hall Of Fame.
Other songs being added this year include Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee," the Beach Boys' "I Get Around," Rod Stewart's "Maggie May," Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues," Dion's "The Wanderer," The Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie" and Elvis Presley's "Jail House Rock"
Yes Precursor's Mabel Greer's Toyshop Launch Song Series
Mabel Greer's Toyshop, who were the precursor to prog legends Yes, have launched a new music series where they will be offering up a new song each month.
We were sent the following details: The songs will be initially available as downloads and buying all eight songs will qualify for a free CD and booklet at the end.
Since founding members Clive Bayley and Bob Hagger reunited, the band have written and produced this second album inside 2 years. The first offering "New Way Of Life" was co-produced by the bass player of YES, Billy Sherwood, who also featured on the album playing bass and keyboards. Tony Kaye, original organist for Mabel Greer and for YES, also played on "New Way Of Life".
"No need to wait another year for fresh new Mabel Greer sounds, we would like our audience to slowly savor the songs one at a time, rather than trying to digest the whole album in one sitting", said composer, singer and guitarist, Clive Bayley. "This new offering called 'The Secret' is comprised of all exciting new material, the prior album included songs written in the sixties", added Bob Hagger.
Hugo Barré, on bass guitar, accompanies Bayley and Hagger along with a new addition to the band, Max Hunt on multiple keyboards who also co-produced this new album. What is The Secret? - Well apparently we will have to wait until the all tracks are released before finding out - an intriguing story…
The first song "Big Brother, Little Brother", an almost 9 minute epic, laments the ongoing plight of Native American Indians. The track will be available from December 1, 2016 at all major distribution music platforms including iTunes and Amazon.
KISS Announce 2017 Spring Euro Arena Tour
KISS have announced a European arena tour which will take place in 2017. The rock veterans will hit Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria and Holland on the forthcoming dates.
It'll be their first tour on the continent since last year's series of sold-out festival and arena shows. Pre-sale tickets and VIP packages are now available through Kiss Army.
Bassist Gene Simmons recently discussed how musicians help fans escape everyday life. He said: "At the end of the day, all that matters is what happens on that stage - that's electric church. That's glory hallelujah, all hail rock'n'roll, where people who spend lots of after-tax money come to the show and their girlfriends have been torturing them about where did you go and traffic jams and all that.
"And it's our job - anyone who gets up on that stage - to create magic time. To make you forget about all that stuff and take you away, so just for those few hours...and then you get back to gravity, and all the chaos that's out there." See the dates here.
Killer With No Filler: 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV :
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant Discuss Artistic Climb To “Stairway”
November 22, 2016, Dallas, TX - North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 45th anniversary of one of Rock’s timeless classics, Led Zeppelin IV.
In a matter of four short years Led Zeppelin had delivered four groundbreaking albums each destined to top the other. Widely considered a hard rock, heavy metal band by many, Zeppelin would astonish everyone by creating one of hard rock’s first epic ballads, the most played record in rock radio history “Stairway To Heaven”. Jimmy Page shares with In The Studio host Redbeard just how immediate the reaction was.
“We were out touring and that album (IV) hadn’t come out and we played “Stairway” in the Forum (Los Angeles) and we got a standing ovation.” - Jimmy Page
Anyone assuming that Led Zeppelin’s allure was limited to the decade of the Seventies, or even the 20th century, simply has not been paying attention: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction 1995; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 2005; one-off 2007 London O2 Arena performance that had over six million ticket requests; and recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012 awarded by U.S. President Barack Obama, proving that the Led Zeppelin legacy and their music has certainly not diminished.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant share their views In The Studio as to why Led Zeppelin IV has stood the test of time to become the third highest selling album in music history.
"I wanted to make music that people would respect... I knew it was good, but I hadn’t got the faintest idea that it was ever going to become as big as it did... I wanted to do something that could stand the test of time.” - Jimmy Page
“We just did whatever... whenever it was most appropriate, with amplifiers, without amplifiers, in a desert, on top of a Welsh mountain, wherever it was which could be indicative and show what we were all about.” - Robert Plant
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The Brian Setzer Orchestra To Perform Private Concert for SiriusXM Listeners
"Christmas Rocks" concert to air on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country and Holly channels
NEW YORK - November 22 2016 - SiriusXM announced today that iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece The Brian Setzer Orchestra will perform an exclusive invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners in New York Cityon Tuesday, November 29. This private concert-to air on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country and Holly channels--is part of The Brian Setzer Orchestra's in-progress 13th annual "Christmas Rocks!" tour, presented by SiriusXM (full itinerary here). In December of last year, The Brian Setzer Orchestra also performed an exclusive invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners in New York City.
The private performance will feature the 19-piece band performing his unique take on Holiday classics, including songs from their first studio Christmas album in 10 years, 2015's Rockin' Rudolph, (Surfdog Records) plus Setzer's well-known hits from the Stray Cats and his solo career. Setzer recently released (November 4, via Surfdog Records) the Blu-ray/CD Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka! - Live In Japan.
The "Christmas Rocks" concert, taking place at The Hard Rock Café in Times Square, will air Friday, December 9 at 8:00 pm ET on Outlaw Country, channel 60, and through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at SiriusXM. Highlights from the concert will air on SiriusXM's Holly, channel 13. For rebroadcast times, please visit www.siriusxm.com.
After the broadcast, the concert will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM app for smartphones and other connected devices or online at http://www.siriusxm.com/streaming.
Outlaw Country plays country rebels like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, Dwight Yoakam, Hank Williams Jr., Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Drive-By Truckers and Old 97s.
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner Brian Setzer is a "Musician's Musician" credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the '80's and swing in the '90's). Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world's greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Brian appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the privilege of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of "The Simpsons." That same year, Setzer was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, SETZER received the distinct honor of being asked by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 "Stray Cat" guitar, joining an elite collection of musical instruments at the museum including Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet and John Coltrane's saxophone.
For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.
Magnolia Home Entertainment Acquires Rights To Acclaimed Documentary 'WE ARE X'
Magnolia Home Entertainment announced today that they have acquired home entertainment rights (physical and digital) to Stephen Kijak's WE ARE X. From the production team behind the Academy Award© winning Searching for Sugar Man, WE ARE X is a transcendent and beautifully shot rock 'n' roll story about the Japanese band X JAPAN, one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Celebrated as "a fascinating and assured documentary" (The New York Times) that "tells the greatest rock 'n' roll story America has never heard" (Pitchfork), WE ARE X is directed by acclaimed documentarian Stephen Kijak (Stones In Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man). The critically acclaimed music documentary premiered theatrically starting October 21 via Drafthouse Films and is continuing to expand in theaters in over 40 markets nationwide.
Under the enigmatic direction of YOSHIKI, composer, classically-trained pianist, drummer/percussionist, and the creative force behind the group, X Japan has sold over 30 million singles and albums combined, captivating such a wide range of admirers such as Sir George Martin, Gene Simmons, Marilyn Manson, Stan Lee, and the Japanese Emperor, while pioneering a spectacle-driven style of visual rock called Visual Kei, a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon. WE ARE X is an astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted--but truly unstoppable--virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world's most devoted fans.
"'WE ARE X' is an extraordinary and exhilarating documentary about the cultural phenomenon Yoshiki and his best-selling band X Japan," said Randy Wells, Head of Magnolia Home Entertainment. "Stephen Kijak's film is a true celebration of Yoshiki's enduring legacy."
"I've been overwhelmed by the reception to the film thus far," said Kijak. "I couldn't be more excited to be working with Magnolia, who I have admired for so long, to continue to spread Yoshiki's inspiring message of salvation through art and the incredible story of X Japan to the masses."
"We are delighted to be in the hands of such an experienced and successful distributor," said Producer John Battsek. "We are excited to partner with Magnolia to continue to tell the unbelievable story of Yoshiki and X Japan. Magnolia really is the perfect home for WE ARE X."
WE ARE X will arrive on Digital EST February 21, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and VOD March 7, 2017. Territories include U.S, Bermuda and Bahamas.
Film Website: http://www.wearexfilm.com/
X JAPAN Official Website: http://www.xjapanmusic.com
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Release 'Man On The Silver Mountain' Video
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have released a performance video of their 1975 classic, "Man On The Silver Mountain", as a preview to the November 18 release of their DVD and Blu-ray package, "Memories In Rock - Live In Germany."
The set captures the guitarist's return to the rock stage for the first time in two decades this past June with a new lineup for a pair of Monsters Of Rock festivals in Germany and a third date in the UK.
Blackmore was joined by Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith, bassist Bob Nouveau and backup singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn for the rare rock shows by the former Deep Purple legend.
Blackmore last performed rock in 1997 while touring in support of Rainbow's eighth album, "Stranger In Us All." That same year he went on to form the medieval folk band Blackmore's Night with then-girlfriend and now-wife Candice Night, and the group has gone on to release ten albums.
Rainbow are also sharing live footage of the Deep Purple classic, "Black Night", and their 1981 track, "Spotlight Kid", from the new set, which will be available via DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD and digital formats, with a deluxe version (DVD, Blu-ray and 2CD in a 48-page hardback photobook) and a 3LP version (180-gram vinyl) due on December 2. Watch the video here.
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS Reveal Music Video for Dark, Riff-Heavy New Track "Spiders"
Watch Now via Noisey & Read an In-Depth Interview with Phil Campbell
Motörhead Guitarist Teams with his Three Sons & Vocalist Neil Starr to Release Debut Self-Titled EP, out November 18, 2016 via Motörhead Music
Pre-Order Now via iTunes
Legendary Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell has teamed up with his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, plus vocalist Neil Starr, to release their debut self-titled five track EP, set to hit stores via Motörhead Music tomorrow, November 18, 2016. After breaking out with their charging, heavy metal party-ready first single, Big Mouth, it remains clear that the Motörhead legacy continues to prosper within PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS.
Today, PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS are revealing another side of band with a slower, lower, groovier track, "Spiders". Witness Phil Campbell shredding along with his sons in the track's brand new live music video, posted up now exclusively via Noisey. While there, make sure to read a new, in-depth interview with Phil Campbell regarding the self-titled EP, working with his sons, and various other topics: https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/phil-campbell-and-the-bastard-sons-keep-rock-n-roll-in-the-family
Produced by Todd Campbell at their own Stompbox Studios in Wales, UK, and mixed by Motörhead's producer Cameron Webb, PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS loudly shoves you head-first into its raw, gritty, classic and instantly-accessible rock n' roll charms. The new EP brings uniquely organic life and verve to every last riff and stomp.
You can pre-order the new PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS EP now via iTunes and receive "Big Mouth" as an instant grat track.
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS are touring throughout the UK for the remainder of 2016. The tour dates are:
Nov 18 The Venue - Selby, UK
Nov 19 Kasbah - Coventry, UK
Nov 24 Boston Music Room - London, UK
Nov 25 Open Live Music Venue - Norwich, UK
Nov 26 The Gateway @ Seaton Town Hall - Seaton, UK
Dec 2 Planet Rockstock - Porthcawl, UK
Dec 31 The Muni - Pontypridd, UK
Purchase tickets via www.philcampbell.net.
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS EP Track-listing:
1. Big Mouth
3. Take Aim
4. No Turning Back
5. Life In Space
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS is:
Phil Campbell – guitar
Todd Campbell – guitar
Dane Campbell - drums
Tyla Campbell – bass
Neil Starr – vocals
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS online:
BLACKBIRD PRESENTS ANNOUNCES “THE LAST WALTZ 40 TOUR”
Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson, & John Medeski To Headline 40th Anniversary Tribute Tour To The Band’s Historic Farewell Concert With Very Special Guests To Be Announced!
First Leg Of The US Tour Kicks Off January 2017
Tickets for all shows go on sale this Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10am EST
Blackbird Presents is proud to announce the first leg of “The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz” kicking off on January 21, 2017 at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida with tour dates running through February 2017 across multiple US cities. A full list of tour dates and venues is listed below.
Tickets for all shows go on sale this Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10am EST http://lastwaltz40.com
“The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz” captures the excitement from Blackbird Present’s two-night, sold-out concert event “Last Waltz New Orleans: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz” which took place during Jazz Fest 2016 at the historic Saenger Theatre. Heralded as one of New Orleans best events during Jazz Fest, the epic event paid tribute to The Band’s milestone final concert with unprecedented performances and an extraordinary lineup of artists. “The last 30 minutes of The Last Waltz @SaengerNOLA was best thing I’ve heard @jazzfest” said Keith Spera, music critic, The New Orleans Advocate.
Now the “The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz” will showcase a number of these artists across multiple US cities celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz. “I’ll never forget the experience of playing these songs with this group of musicians in New Orleans earlier this year. We are celebrating something truly special and I’m honored to be a part of it.” said Michael McDonald “The Last Waltz is a true piece of rock n’ roll history. The music is as soulful, relevant and powerful today as it was 40 years ago. We can’t wait to carry on the legacy of these songs for fans.” said Warren Haynes
Creator and executive producer Keith Wortman and Blackbird Presents have once again gathered a truly prodigious cast of musicians led by musical director GRAMMY® Award-winning guitar legend and vocalist Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/musician Don Was, with GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Michael McDonald, ACM Award-winning singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson, keyboard master John Medeski, and legendary funk drummer Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), along with the original horn arrangements of Allen Toussaint. In addition to the stellar lineup, “The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz” will surprise fans with some very special guests at numerous stops throughout the tour.
FOR COMPLETE DETAILS VISIT THE OFFICIAL TOUR WEBSITE:
The Last Walt
40 Tour Dates
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Hollywood, FL@ Hard Rock Casino
Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 in Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 in Atlanta, GA @ Woodruff Arts Center
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 in Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
*Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 in Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
*Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 in Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA @ Verizon Hall/Kimmel Center
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 in Toronto Canada @ Sony Centre
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 in Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 in Westbury, NY @ Theatre at Westbury
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Washington DC @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor
All dates, cities and venues subject to change.
*Jamey Johnson not scheduled to appear on indicated dates
The Last Waltz 40 Tour Lineup
Very Special Guests To Be Announced!
*Artists subject to change
Foreigner to release 'The Flame Still Burns' EP for Record Store Day's Black Friday Event
FOREIGNER turns 40 in 2017! To get the celebration started early, the band--Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums)–has some exciting plans for their fans during the remainder of 2016.
On Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 25--the same month the band entered Atlantic Record’s studio to record their first album in 1976 —Foreigner will release a 10” vinyl EP, THE FLAME STILL BURNS (via Rhino Records). The highly collectible EP features a brand new recording of the title track, a song Mick Jones wrote for the film Still Crazy. “The Flame Still Burns” was performed by a fictional band in the film and went on to win the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for songwriting. However, this electric version has never been officially recorded by Foreigner until now. The EP also contains a live version of “Juke Box Hero” and the original 1977 recordings of “Feels Like The First Time” and “Long, Long Way From Home.” A new video for “The Flame Still Burns” will premiere online on November 21st as part of iHeartRadio ICONS Featuring Foreigner Presented by Citi® MasterPass™ at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York. The exclusive 60-minute live event featured an intimate Q&A and live performance, hosted by Jim Kerr of Q104.3’s Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning Show which will stream on iHeartRadio.com and broadcast on iHeartRadio Classic Rock stations at 8pm local time.
FOREIGNER has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits that continue to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Also on October 26, they embarked on a brand new journey into the literary world with A Foreigner’s Tale, Mick Jones’ first-ever official biography that will be made available in various formats, including a limited edition.
Produced in conjunction with Rocket 88 Books, A Foreigner’s Tale tells the story of FOREIGNER in the words of founder, guitarist and producer Mick Jones and is sumptuously illustrated throughout. It will only be sold via Foreignerbook.com where fans can register their interest in the book and be sure of getting a copy when it is published in 2017. Registration is not a commitment to buy, but will ensure fans get the information on the book first, a pre-order discount and the chance to have their name printed in the book.
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Here’s the track listing for THE FLAME STILL BURNS EP:
1. The Flame Still Burns
2. Feels Like The First Time
3. Long, Long Way From Home
4. Juke Box Hero (live)
Guitar Legend ULI JON ROTH to Release Double Live Album Set "Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live in Japan"
Watch "Virgin Killer" from Tokyo Tapes Revisited via Guitar World
In Stores December 16, 2016 in North America via UDR Music
Digital via iTunes with "Virgin Killer" Instant Grat
CD/DVD, CD/BluRay via Amazon
Super Deluxe Box Set with 1978 Tour Footage, Vinyl, Photobook, Signed Certificate & More via UDR Music Webstore
One of rock n' roll's most venerated guitar gods, ULI JON ROTH, will release a very special live performance from the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo, Japan on December 16, 2016 via UDR Music, entitled Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan. The performance is a celebration of Roth's classic work with the Scorpions, and was recorded on February 20, 2015 at the same venue as the band's classic 1978 live album Tokyo Tapes.
Roth was a founding member of the Scorpions in 1973 before leaving to pursue a solo career in 1978 with his own Electric Sun. As the recognized creative heartbeat of the Scorpions, Roth achieved worldwide fame for his unique guitar and song-writing talents, in turn causing him to influence a plethora of modern guitar giants such as Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins and Steve Vai.
Watch a Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan clip of Roth and his band performing "Virgin Killer" via Guitar World now: http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-news-premieres/watch-uli-jon-roth-play-scorpions-virgin-killer-new-live-release/30192
Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan will be released in four different formats:
1 - Video & audio recording of Roth's Tokyo concert in a BluRay digipak containing one BluRay video disc and two audio CDs.
2 - The same as Product 1 only in a DVD digipak.
3 - A digital audio copy of the Tokyo concert.
4 - A super-deluxe boxset, limited to 800 copies. It will be a proper, lid-off shell box containing 4 heavyweight vinyl LPs of Roth's 2015 Scorpions Revisited release which has never been released on vinyl. There will also be an 80-page, gatefold, hardcover 12" book which will house 8 discs - 1 BluRay concert main-feature, 1 bonus BluRay disc (which will contain the original footage from the first Japanese Scorpions Tour 1978, shot personally by Roth on his Super 8 Camera), 2 audio CDs of the main Tokyo concert and 4 bonus audio CDs of Roth's Osaka and Nagoya dates on the same Japanese tour. The set will also include an ULI JON ROTH replica guitar key-ring, a t-shirt, and a signed certificate of authenticity, numbered and signed by Roth himself.
Pre-orders for Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan CD/DVD and CD/BluRay versions are available via Amazon at the previous hyperlinks, and digital is available via iTunes with Virgin Killer instant grat.
JOE PERRY TRAVELS TO JAPAN FOR CLASSIC ROCK AWARDS
AEROSMITH CO-FOUNDING MEMBER AND LEAD GUITARIST TO RECEIVE LES PAUL AWARD AT 32ND ANNUAL NAMM TEC AWARDS
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMER TO PERFORM AT CEREMONY ALSO HONORING BAND'S FAMED PRODUCER, JACK DOUGLAS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
Aerosmith co-founding member and rock icon JOE PERRY took time off from his work with Aerosmith and the Hollywood Vampires to be on hand last week (November 11) as the Classic Rock Awards 2016 made their debut in Tokyo, Japan.
"I've been a fan of Classic Rock Magazine for many years and appreciate what they do for our music, and I thought it would great to be part of an event as big as this," JOE PERRY says. "I literally just finished a six-week Aerosmith tour in South America and I didn't even have to unpack my bags. When I heard Jeff, Jimmy and Johnny and Cheap Trick were going to be there as well as bunch of my other friends, I couldn't resist and had to go. It was a party from the minute I landed to the time I left."
PERRY and his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp joined a cast of rock icons who were on hand for the show. PERRY and Depp performed a five-song set, accompanied by the all-star band honoree Jeff Beck had assembled for the night (details below) on "Stop Messin' Around," "Come Together," "Train Kept A Rollin,'" "As Bad As I Am," and "Sweet Emotion."
Jeff Beck was given the highest honors on the night and he assembled his own special band of musicians for the event. The all-star cast featured brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots on guitar and bass, guitarist Tommy Henriksen, of US-based supergroup Hollywood Vampires, and Korn drummer Ray Luzier.
The star-studded line-up also included PERRY's longtime friend Jimmy Page, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, and X Japan drummer Yoshiki, among others.
"Even though Aerosmith is considered Classic Rock, Jimmy and Jeff were and still are pioneers," JOE adds. "They have been an influence on my playing and have helped to create the foundation for what we now call Classic Rock. To count them as friends is a great thing."
Stone Temple Pilots Address New Singer Report
Stone Temple Pilots have reportedly hired former X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt as their new singer, according to a report based on information from an unnamed "source", but the band maintains that they have not reached a decision yet.
Entertainment Tonight is reporting that 40-year-old Michigan native Gutt is the Stone Temple Pilots' new frontman after the band launched a worldwide search to replace Chester Bennington.
ET says a "source" has told them that STP have begun rehearsals in Hollywood, Los Angeles, this week, and that they are expected to tour in 2017, playing old classics and new material.
But in a statement, a representative of Stone Temple Pilots says: "The band has been rehearsing with several singers over the past few weeks. They haven't made a decision yet."
Bennington left the group last year to concentrate fully on his work with Linkin Park. Original singer Scott Weiland was fired by STP in 2013 and he died last year of a drug overdose.
Announcing their search for a singer earlier this year, STP said: "We've already heard from many talented people, but want to make this an opportunity for many more so we've set up a way for you to do just that." Read more here.
Metallica Release Videos For All Songs On Hardwired Album
Metallica have released videos for all 12 tracks from 10th album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. The follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic is out tomorrow (November 18) with the band drip-feeding the individual promos over the course of the last 24 hours.
Now they've issued all the videos - and they've also added a separate live clip for their 2014 track Lords Of Summer, which features on the deluxe edition of the album.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield told Metal Hammer that he's excited to be releasing another studio album again - and also explained why Hardwired… To Self-Destruct took eight years.
He said: "We didn't mark it on the calendar - 'Eight years from now we're gonna have a record out.' And things happen - families, Lulu's, Through The Never's, festivals. So much that all of a sudden time slips away, and you realise, 'Oh, we can still be a band. Let's put some new music out.' Why does it take eight years? I don't like that fact.
I blame my kids! But we've still got lots of material." Watch all of the videos here.
Previously Unreleased Ronnie James Dio Music Coming In 2017
Previously unreleased Ronnie James Dio material is set to launch next year, his widow Wendy Dio has confirmed. Rhino Records issued the A Decade Of Dio box set earlier this year, which contained his first six albums from 1983 until 1993.
Wendy, who was also Dio's longtime manager, says there are "precious" tapes in the archives still to be issued - though she'd have to cut through some red tape to release her late husband's work with Rainbow.
She tells Eric Blair: "I have four albums that I own after that box set, and we have some precious things in the archives, which we're going to put out and add on there, and I think Rhino will put it out next year."
When asked whether there is unreleased video of the singer, Wendy replies: "Oh yeah. I'm talking all the way back. I've actually got stuff from Rainbow we're not allowed to put out, but we've got stuff. We videoed almost every show." Read more here.
Rolling Stones Unplug For Classic Song Performance
The Rolling Stones are giving fans a stripped down, behind-the-scenes look at one of their biggest hits, "Country Tonk" in a new 90-second clip available via The Guardian.
The new video clip rockers Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform an acoustic version of the 1969 classic song backstage during a pre-show dressing room jam.
The performance is early footage from an upcoming documentary that follows the band's journey across Latin America on their 2016 tour. In the clip, Richards is shown strumming his acoustic guitar and harmonizing with Mick Jagger. Check out the spirited performance here.
Two Leon Russell Memorials Planned
Since Leon Russell's death, tributes have poured in from music luminaries and fans who admired the iconic musician's work and life. Two memorials have been planned to celebrate his contributions, Pollstar reports.
The first will be a burial that will take place in Tennessee, where Russell lived at the time of his death. Another has been scheduled in his home state of Oklahoma. Elton John and Willie Nelson will serve as "honorary pallbearers," a testament to their friendship and professional admiration for Russell's talent.
The Tennessee funeral will take place on Friday at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet. The Tulsa, Oklahoma service will be held at Oral Roberts University's Mabee Center, which seats nearly 11,000. Read more here.
Aerosmith Release Farewell Tour Promo Video
Aerosmith are previewing the European leg of their farewell tour, "Aero-Vederci Baby!", with the release of a new promo video featuring Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
The group have announced the first series of dates for the farewell run, with shows starting May 17 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The summer 2017 trek combines headlining concerts with festival appearances - including UK's Download, Spain's Rock Fest, France's Hellfest, Italy's Firenze Rocks and the Sweden Rock Festival.
Tickets for the majority of the Aero-Vederci Tour dates will go on sale on November 18; check your local ticket provider for complete details. The Boston band recently wrapped up their 2016 live dates with a month-long tour of South America. Watch the video and see the dates here.
Black Stone Cherry Release 'Shakin' My Cage' Video
Black Stone Cherry have released a lyric video for their track Shakin' My Cage. The song features on the band's fifth studio album Kentucky, which launched in April this year.
The band are currently on their way to the UK for a run of shows in support of the follow-up to 2014's Magic Mountain. Speaking of the run of shows, Black Stone Cherry said: "We have been very fortunate to play some incredible shows in the UK the past few years. After headlining two arena tours and being a part of some amazing festivals, we wanted to bring it back to an atmosphere that we know our fans will enjoy and truly deserve.
"This tour is a way for us to bring the show to them and to play venues that allow us to deliver a very special night featuring two sets of music, like we've never done before. No other bands - just the four of us and our fans.
"We are truly thrilled to bring this unique Black Stone Cherry experience to the UK. We have never done anything like this before and we knew the UK was the only place to do it. That's all we're gonna say about it." Watch the new video here.
Grateful Dead Celebrating 50th Anniversary With Reissues
The Grateful Dead will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with the launch a reissue series in January that will include two-disc deluxe editions and limited edition vinyl of all the group's studio and live albums.
The rollout begins on January 20th with the reissue of the Dead's self titled debut, which will features a remastered version of the album together with a complete, and previously unreleased, concert from July 29th, 1966 and select cuts from July 30th, 1966 at the P.N.E. Garden Auditorium in British Columbia.
Subsequent reissues will be released on their respective anniversary dates. Check out the full track listing for the upcoming The Grateful Dead self-titled reissue here.
Jethro Tull Stream Previously Unreleased Version Of Classic Song
Jethro Tull have released a stream of a previously unreleased version of their classic song "Bouree." The so-named 'Morgan' version of Bouree was recorded at London's Morgan Studios on 23 April, 1969. It features on the brand new Elevated edition of Stand Up, which is released through Parlophone tomorrow. The new version of Jethro Tull's second album comes as a 2CD/1DVD set and includes the album's original pop-up artwork that came with the original album in 1969.
The new version features the original album and bonus tracks, remixed in both stereo and 5.1 by Steven Wilson, as well as a concert from The Stockholm Konserthuset from 9 January 1969, which also features on the DVD, when the band opened for Jimi Hendrix soon after guitarist Martin Barre had joined the band.
The new Elevated version is presented in book-sized packaging and includes a 112-page booklet with an extensive history the album, track-by-track annotations by Ian Anderson and rare and unseen photographs. Stream the song here.
Black Star Riders Stream New Song 'When The Night Comes In'
Black Star Riders are streaming a lyric video for "When The Night Comes In", which is the lead single from their forthcoming third album, "Heavy Fire."
Due next February, the follow-up to 2015's "The Killer Instinct" saw the band regroup with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Mastodon), at his studio just outside Nashville.
The group will dbeut material from the set on a full UK tour in March 2017.
"Not many new bands get to record three albums these days," says guitarist Scott Gorham. "Without doubt this is BSR'S best album so far. We had a great time recording it and can't wait to play the new songs live on tour in March." here.
Jimi Hendrix Guitar To Be Auctioned
The guitar Jimi Hendrix owned longer than any other is to be put up for auction, according to Guitar World. The late axeman's Epiphone FT79 acoustic was purchased for around $25 in August 1967 during the Experience's first tour of the US before he brought it back to England. It's expected to be put up for auction via the Bonhams website soon.
According to documents, Hendrix owned around 30 guitars in his lifetime, and most of them only stayed with him for a year. But Hendrix used his acoustic Epiphone for three years - during a time which could be considered his artistic and creative peak.
The Epiphone became his go-to instrument while in his Upper Berkeley Street flat, as neighbors had complained about the noise from his amp. He would use it to write riffs and arrangements - including his reworking of Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower.
A video of Hendrix playing Elvis' Hound Dog on the guitar at an after-show party in London can be viewed here.
Mike Portnoy's SIMILITUDE SIMULISTEN of The Similitude Of A Dream by The Neal Morse Band
Mike Portnoy did a two-hour Facebook Live chat on his official page (https://www.facebook.com/mikeportnoyofficial). Specifically, a track by track description of The Neal Morse Band’s new album, “The Similitude Of A Dream,” which was released last Friday, November 11.
Check it out here:
Guns N' Roses Called Nostalgia Act By Kirk Hammett
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has described the reunited Guns N' Roses as a "nostalgia act." As Metallica gear up to release their 10th album Hardwired... To Self-Destruct on November 18, Hammett commented on Guns N' Roses - who are on the road with Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan from their classic lineup for the first time since 1993.
And the fact that GNR have not recorded any new music and have been playing only their classic hits is "sad" to the Metallica guitarist. Hammett tells the Los Angeles Times: "Unfortunately, they've turned into somewhat of a nostalgia act, which to me is kind of sad."
Frontman James Hetfield says releasing new music makes Metallica "feel relevant." He adds: "I don't want to think we're trying to stay young by writing new stuff, but it makes us feel relevant. It makes us feel like we're still progressing." Read more here.
Metallica Add New Dates To WorldWired Tour
Metallica continue to expand their WorldWired tour in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct." The latest additions include show in Oakland, CA, Beijing, China and Mexico City.
The band had this to say about the bay area show, "In the last two months, we've been to New York City, Latin America and Europe so it's about time we plan some festivities right at home in the Bay Area!," says the band. "And what better way to wind down the year than a special Fifth Members show in our own backyard at the historic Fox Theater in Oakland, CA as we hit the stage there on December 17th for the last time in 2016... it promises to be quite the party!"
A Fifth Member presale starts November 17 at 10:00 AM PST; tickets are priced at $25 with all proceeds donated to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. "Everyone who comes to the show is encouraged to celebrate the spirit of holidays by bringing a donation of canned goods to the venue that night and we'll have collection bins by all the entrances," adds the group. "Take a break from the shopping and merriment to spread some holiday cheer with us in Oakland!!"
Metallica have also announced plans to return to China for their first appearance in Beijing at the Le Sports Center on January 18. The March 1 stop at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico will feature support from Iggy Pop.
The band says, "We've had so many amazing nights with some of the most passionate, crazy fans during the run of eight nights at Placio De Los Deportes in 2012," says the band, "and, of course, the three nights captured on video at Foro Sol in 2009. We cannot wait to see you again in March!" Read more here.
Dio Disciples' Goldy Believes They Are On Track With New Songs
Guitarist Craig Goldy says Dio Disciples are making music Ronnie James Dio would be proud of. In September he confirmed the offshoot act would make original music their late frontman would approve of - but that they'd bring their sound up-to-date. He also said they aim to release it next summer.
Goldy tells Loudwire: "It's original material, but it will also be music written in such a way that I think Ronnie would be proud of. I made a promise to fans at his first memorial, because of the relationship that him and I had that I've learned enough.
"You don't work side by side with a man like him that long and some of it doesn't rub off. So I made a promise that any time I do something original, I'll do it in such a way that I hope that I can make Ronnie proud.
"Some of the music that we've written for this project, the first words out of Wendy Dio's mouth were, 'Wow, Ronnie would be really proud,' so I think we're on the right track." Read more here.
Motley Crue Tops Music Video Chart With The End DVD
Motley Crue's farewell tour concert film DVD release, "The End: Live In Los Angeles", has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Music Video Sales charts.
Directed by Christian Lamb, the project presents the Crue's final live performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA this past New Year's Eve; the material is rounded with interviews and behind the scenes material shot by Jackass creator Jeff Tremaine.
The group closed out the 18-month run with three shows in their hometown after a July 2, 2014 launch in Grand Rapids, MI saw them hit the road for the last time.
The Final Tour consisted of 130 concerts around the United States, 16 shows in Europe, 5 shows in Asia, 6 shows in Australia region, and one in South America with a reported gross earnings of approximately 86 million dollars. Read more here.
Motorhead's Campbell Shares Fondest Lemmy Memory
Former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has revealed he came close to retirement after the death of mainman Lemmy and also revealed one of his fondest memories of the iconic frontman.
Campbell tells WalesOnline that the memory took place on tour a few years ago. "He called me in my hotel room and said, 'Phil, come down to my room now.' I thought, 'What have I done wrong now?'
"I was expecting him to say, 'I listened back to last night's tape and you played like sh*t.' But he said, 'I just wanted you to know, never once in all this time have I regretted having you in the band. You're a good man, Phil.' I've been blessed for the life I had with him. I wouldn't have missed it for the world."
Over the summer he converted his All Starr Band into Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, consisting of sons Tyla, Dane and Todd, plus vocalist Neil Starr.
"I was planning on semi-retiring after Motorhead finished - but I can't see that happening now," he reports. "We're going to have some fun with this. Getting back on stage has been good for me." Read more here.
Dream Theater To Play Images And Words Album On Euro Tour
Dream Theater have announced a European tour in January and February of next year, when they'll perform second album "Images And Words" in full at each show.
The road trip celebrates the 25th anniversary of the breakthrough work - the first to feature vocalist James LaBrie. Released in July 1992, Images And Words included classic Dream Theater tracks Pull Me Under, Metropolos Part I and Under A Glass Moon.
The shows, which will also feature "fan favourites" from the band's catalogue, following a world tour in support of latest album The Astonishing. See the dates here.
Rockers Join Dio Cancer Fund to Raise Over $36,000 for Cancer Research at 2nd Annual BOWL 4 RONNIE
Celebrity Bowlers Include Tom Morello, Brendon Small, Dino Cazares, John 5 and Eddie Trunk
The 2nd Annual BOWL 4 RONNIE Bowling Party, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org), was held on November 4, 2016 at the Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, California. Hosted by renowned radio and television personality Eddie Trunk and attended by 300 rockers, bowling enthusiasts and fund supporters, the event raised over $36,000 for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, now in its seventh year of raising awareness and much-needed funding for cancer research.
Among the rock musicians in attendance at the event were: Tom Morello (Prophets of Rage), Brendon Small (Dethklok/Metalocalypse), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Dino Cazares (Fear Factory), Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples/Tony MacAlpine/Yngwie Malmsteen), Chris Broderick (Megadeth/Act of Defiance), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Roy Mayorga and Christian Martucci of Stone Sour, Tim "Ripper" Owens (Dio Disciples/Judas Priest), Michael Spencer (Flotsam and Jetsam), Monte Pittman (Madonna), Lizzy Borden, Ira Black (Metal Church, Lizzy Borden), Robert Sarzo (Hurricane), Rudy Sarzo (Dio/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake), Scott Warren (Dio /Warrant), Craig Goldy (Dio), Simon Wright (Dio/AC/DC), David "Rock" Feinstein (Elf/The Rods), actor/ musician Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob/Quiet Riot/Dokken), Christine Devine (Fox 11 News anchor), Damon Fox (The Cult), Chris Hager (Rough Cutt), Marty O'Brien (Lita Ford), Mick Sweda (Bullet Boys), Jeff Scott Soto (Journey/Trans Siberian Orchestra), Joe Colover, Jessie Sanchez and John Hatfield of The Others, Chas West (Lynch Mob/Foreigner/ Bonham), Joe Retta (Dio Disciples/ Sweet), Marc Ferrari (Keel), Joanie Pimentel, Lisa Pimentel and Nicola Belinsky of No Small Children, Howie Simon (Nelson, Alcatraz), Herman Li (DragonForce), Brann Dailor (Mastodon), singer Ann Boleyn (Hellion), singer Sonia Harley and members of the Barb Wire Dolls. DJ Will provided music throughout the evening.
The event kicked off with open bowling and a VIP pre-party for lane sponsors, celebrities and their guests. The evening included a celebrity bowling tournament, a raffle and a special live auction. 100% of the net proceeds from the BOWL 4 RONNIE will go to the Dio Cancer Fund. At the event, the Dio Cancer Fund presented a check for $25,000 to further the research of Dr. David Wong, Director of the Dental Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Wong is developing a non-invasive saliva test for early cancer detection. The Dio Cancer Fund already presented Dr. Wong with $25,000 at their annual Ride for Ronnie Motorcycle event in May of this year. Dr. Wong believes this simple test will become available for medical use within the next three years.
Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Dio Cancer Fund Medical Director, explained that UCLA's Dr. David Wong is not kidding when he has said he is going to find a "blueprint" for gastric cancer, the disease that took the life of singer Ronnie James Dio in 2010. Says Kapoor: "The NIH (National Institute of Health) has recently given him a grant to do a 'prospective trial' looking at stomach cancer biomarkers There is going to be a 'liquid saliva' screening test for stomach cancer that I and millions of other doctors will be able to use in our offices. This simple saliva test might have saved Ronnie's life, and it will be able to save countless lives in the future." Information about Dr. Wong's research is available here: http://hspp.ucla.edu/wonglab/
A 6-string Jackson guitar donated by Chris Broderick of Act of Defiance and stage played by him while on tour with Megadeth in 2012 was auctioned to raise additional funds. Among the raffle prizes awarded were a specially-designed bowling ball and a bowling pin featuring the BOWL 4 RONNIE artwork, each accompanied by a Bowling Party donated by host venue Pinz Bowling Center.
In addition to emceeing duties, Eddie Trunk, host on Sirius XM's "Volume" and formerly of VH-1's "That Metal Show," captained his own bowling team comprising Tom Morello, Rock Feinstein, Jeff Scott Soto, John 5 and Tim "Ripper" Owens. His team took top honors for the highest celebrity bowling team score. The winner of the newly-minted Dean Schachtel Award-named for the late Dio Cancer Fund board member-for the highest overall bowling score went to Dio Cancer Fund supporter Scott Courtright.
2016 BOWL 4 RONNIE winners are as follows:
1st place celebrity team: Eddie Trunk, Jeff Scott Soto, John 5, Ripper, Rock Feinstein and Tom Morello
2nd place celebrity team: Marty O'Brien, Brendan Small, Dino Cazares, Chris Broderick, Howie Simon and Jinxx
3rd place celebrity team: Joe Colover, Jessie Sanchez, John Hatfield (all 3 in the band Others) plus Allie, Carrie, Trina
1st place team: Rhino Records
2nd place team: START/Rock & Rescue
3rd place team: LaPolt Law
1st place celebrity bowler: Marc Ferrari
2nd place celebrity bowler: Damon Fox
3rd place celebrity bowler: David "Rock" Feinstein
Last Place celebrity for lowest score: Monte Pittman
Dean Schachtel Award for Highest Score Overall - Scott Courtright (fan!)
Metallica To Stream Album Release Show
Thrash icons Metallica have confirmed that their Hardwired… To Self-Destruct launch show will be streamed live online from London on Friday (November 18).
They play the city's House Of Vans venue to mark the release of their highly-anticipated 10th album, which comes eight years after previous title Death Magnetic.
The band say: "It's almost here - a new Metallica record! To celebrate we'll be playing at the very intimate House Of Vans for Fifth Members and lucky winners of the Vans ticket contest.
"We hit the stage at 9pm GMT that night, and we want you to be part of the madness. Grab your favourite beverages and settle in to be part of the festivities by hitting Metallica.com or YouTube.
"If you're busy, no worries - the entire show will be available on demand in its entirety for seven days after the event. See you there!" Read more here.
Jimmy Page Accused Of Spying By Popstar Neighbor
Jimmy Page has been spying on next-door neighbor Robbie Williams, the pop star has claimed. It's the latest chapter in an ongoing disagreement between the pair after Williams began refurbishing his Kensington home four years ago.
Page, the Led Zeppelin icon, has objected to the development on a number of occasions, suggesting that the heavy work could have "catastrophic consequences" for his nearby 18th-century property.
Work has proceeded after the local council overruled the rock icon's objections - although Williams recently took a pot-shot by adjusting the lyrics of a Led Zeppelin song on stage, in apparent reference to the feud.
The singer made his claims in a radio studio when he thought he wasn't being recorded. The audio was released online but later deleted - but not before The Sun published a transcript.
The paper reports Williams as saying: "Our next-door neighbour isn't happy with us trying to renovate our house. It's caused a problem and it'll probably continue to cause a problem.
"But what's great about this whole thing is - it's Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin. It's not Jimmy the accountant from Chelsea. So at least we've got a good story.
"Jimmy has been sitting in his car outside our house with the windows down, four hours at a time, with recording equipment. He's recording the workmen to see if they're making too much noise. About two weeks ago the builders came in and he was asleep in his garden, waiting." Read more here.
Motorhead Came Close To Reuniting With Fast Eddie Clark
Fast Eddie Clarke has revealed he came close to a reunion with Motorhead in the 1990s - but Lemmy blocked it because he didn't want to upset the current members of the band.
Guitarist Clarke was part of Motorhead's classic trio, along with drummer Philthy 'Animal' Taylor, before being fired in 1982 after six years in the lineup. And he says he was preparing to take the stage with Lemmy in London when the mainman died in December last year - just weeks after Taylor.
Asked about a reunion, Clarke tells EonMusic: "I talked about it in the late 90s with Lemmy. I had a serious conversation with him and it was looking pretty good.
"Not to upset the present band, we were going to come up with maybe an acoustic thing, but do it in a really different way - get a female orchestra in suspenders and stockings.
"I'd have loved to have gotten back together. But Lemmy couldn't face down his band, really. He felt too guilty." Clarke says he understood: "Even though there was talk of a compensation package for them for a year off, I don't think he had the stomach for it. He'd been with Phil Campbell since 1984. It was a long time and you've got a bit of loyalty." Read more here.
Angry John Lennon Letter To Paul McCartney Being Auctioned
An angry letter from John Lennon to Paul and his then-wife Linda McCartney following the breakup of The Beatles has been put up for auction.
The two-page draft, typed and hand annotated under Lennon's company Bag Productions Inc letterhead, was responding to prior correspondence to Lennon from Linda McCartney. Though undated, it's estimated that it was written in 1971, shortly before Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono moved to the US. It is expected to fetch more than $20,000 when it goes under the hammer at RR Auctions.
Lennon begins the expletive-ridden letter with: "I was reading your letter and wondering what middle-aged cranky Beatle fan wrote it. I resisted looking at the last page to find out - I kept thinking who is it - Queenie? Stuart's mother? - Clive Epstein's wife? - Alan Williams? - What the hell - it's Linda!"
Lennon continues: "I hope you realise what sh*t you and the rest of my 'kind and unselfish' friends laid on Yoko and me, since we've been together." He also insists that, while he doesn't "resent" his former bandmate, he is "sorry for him." He also suggests the McCartneys' marriage wouldn't last another two years. Read the full letter here.
Rob Zombie Releases 'Get Your Boots On' Video
Rob Zombie is premiering a video for the track, "Get Your Boots On! That's The End Of Rock And Roll", the latest single from his current album, "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser."
The clip was filmed in concert at The Roxy in Los Angeles, CA in April of this year, a special warm-up date for the band before they headed out on a co-headlining summer tour of North America with Korn.
"Get Your Boots On!" is the sixth video issued from "Electric Warlock", which debuted earlier this year at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 41,000 units.
Zombie wrapped up his 2016 live dates with a three-show run in Europe last month; he currently has one date scheduled so far for 2017 - a June 10 appearance at the UK's legendary Download Festival. Read more and watch the video here.
Sammy Hagar Collection To Include New Songs
Sammy Hagar will release a new compilation, "This Is Sammy Hagar: When The Party Started, Vol 1", on November 18th with will include two new tracks - "No Worries" and "Never Said Goodbye".
"This CD is a collection of what I feel are the best songs I wrote post-Van Halen that mostly didn't get a lot of mainstream attention," explains the Red Rocker. "When I left Van Halen, I formed the Wabos as an alternative to the superstar big-time, high-maintenance commercial world I had been living in since I joined Montrose in 1972.
"With the Wabos: Jesse Harms, David Lauser, Vic Johnson, Mona and myself, we locked ourselves in my basement studio. We rehearsed and recorded anything and everything I wrote. Along with Bob Daspit, and a few other engineer-friendly people, we produced and engineered ourselves on a new technical recording device called Pro Tools."
The 14-song set mixes material from Hagar's four albums with The Waboritas, from 1999's "Red Voodoo" to 2006's "Livin' It Up."
"This is when the party started," Hagar adds. "I played hundreds, maybe thousands, of shows anywhere and everywhere without a set list and built a hard-core following of 'Redheads'. They were really into what we were doing. The birthday bash in Cabo got to the point where thousands of people were sleeping on the streets to hang out with us, and live the life we were living.
"These are some of the special songs, and some of the special times in my musical life, that I want to share with you in this special collection."
"This Is Sammy Hagar" also includes as an alternate mix of "Shag" and a new mix of the lead single, "Sam I Am", which is previewed here.
The Rolling Stones Recreate 1962 Apartment
Ever wonder what living with the Rolling Stones was like in the 1960s? A new exhibit in New York titled "Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones" provides some of the answers, dirty dishes and all.
"Exhibitionism" is now on display at Industria and Mick Jagger says it accurately recreates the band's first London apartment. "The building is still there – it's not a building that's been knocked down or anything, it's right around the corner from where I actually live now," Mick Jagger tells Billboard. "It's very redolent of the space . . . and it smells like it and feels like it. I just remembered how it really was."
Jagger assisted in the recreation and the replica looks very lived in, right down to the beer bottles and blues strewn around the flat. "There were a lot of places like that in the early '60s . . . you wouldn't want to live there now," Charlie Watts added. Read more here.
U2 In The Studio For Achtung Baby Anniversary
The latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 25th anniversary of U2's Achtung Baby. The show sent over these details:
By 1990 U2 was a band riding high from a decade of steady touring and hits, culminating with the 1987 'Album of the Year' Grammy Award for The Joshua Tree, documented on both the Rattle and Hum album and movie. Their next album, recorded in newly reunified Germany, would be set against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and freedom for the first time in a generation there. Locational inspiration quickly was challenged by an internal band crisis that threatened to break U2 apart right there.
On the 25th anniversary of Achtung Baby, In The Studio syndicated radio program host Redbeard got a revealing look at this critical period in U2 history with interviews from Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. discussing the near collapse of the band in the studio; the ideals that bound them; and the future to which they all aspired.
Larry Mullen Jr.: "Musically we had reached a stage where it just wasn't happening... When we went in to make Achtung Baby, it was difficult to make."
Bono: "We had to let go of something. I don't quite know what it was. We were holding onto the group too tightly."
Adam Clayton: "It took us awhile to kind of relearn what we were doing and trying to get to the essence of the songs."
The Edge: "We wanted the album to be very extreme. We didn't want to sound in anyway safe." Stream the episode here.
Vangelis Announce Massive 'Delectus' Box Set
Vangelis has announced a 13-disc box set called Delectus - set for release early next year. Delectus is issued on February 3, 2017, and features a chosen selection of his early work. The collection will include all of his albums on Vertigo and Polydor, recently signed by Universal and remastered for the first time ever under the composer's own supervision.
Vangelis says: "I always welcome remastering my old work for two basic reasons. Firstly, I get the opportunity to bring the sounds to today's standards. And secondly, it gives me the chance to go through the experiences and memories of the time."
Delectus is presented in a box with an essay and a host of rare photographs. The discs are housed in two die-cut, gatefold disc holders within a rigid 242mm square slipcase, and accompanied by a 64-page book. Read more here.
AC/DC's Malcolm Young Tribute Event Announced
An Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles this week will raise money for an Alzheimer's charity in honor of AC/DC's former guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young.
Young retired from the band in 2014 after he struggled with the onset of dementia, prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia.
The event takes place on November 15 (Tuesday) and will see a number of well-known artists, including former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright and Dio Disciples bassist Sean McNabb, covering the Australian band's songs.
The show will be live broadcast worldwide via Zinna TV, and will raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association. Read more here.
Guns N' Roses Beat Adele, Beyonce For Top Tour Honors
The Not In This Lifetime reunion tour has netted Guns N' Roses over $5.5m per show, which has placed them at the top of Pollstar's global concert chart.
Axl Rose and co made more than Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Adele and Coldplay per show - but their average ticket price of $117 was also the highest in the top 20 list.
Trade publication Pollstar assemble their chart from information provided by promoters and venue managers, resulting in an average per-event figure for each band.
Second on the list is Springsteen, who made $5.3m per show at a ticket price of $112. He's followed by pop stars Beyonce, Adele and Coldplay, who netted $4.9m, $4.2m and $3.9m respectively. Read more here.
Aerosmith Announce First Dates Of Farewell Tour
Aerosmith have announced the first series of dates for a farewell tour. Billed as "Aero-Vederci Baby!". the Boston band revealed a 2-month run across Europe next summer that combines headlining concerts with festival appearances - including UK's Download, Spain's Rock Fest, France's Hellfest, Italy's Firenze Rocks and the Sweden Rock Festival.
"Aerosmith just got done ripping through South America like true ambassadors of rock," says Steven Tyler. "The band is unstoppable right now and in Europe, we're going to keep doing what we do best... Let The Music Do The Talking...Living On The Edge, and living to rock another day."
"It's been 3 years since we have been on tour in Europe," adds Joe Perry, "and I can speak for my brothers that we can't wait to get over there and take it up a few notches. Last tour in South America we were running on all cylinders and I can see no reason to let up now." See the dates here.
Bruce Springsteen Rescued By Vets On Veterans Day
Dan Barkalow will never forget this year's Veterans Day, thanks to his own kindness, and Bruce Springsteen's broken down bike. Barkalow was leading the Freehold American Legion Riders back from a Veteran's Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey on Friday, when he noticed a biker broken down on the side of the road.
Without hesitation, the veteran pulled over to assist his fellow motorcyclist, who he immediately recognized as the New Jersey native rocker. He told CNN that he was 'a little starstruck" upon identifying the boss, but continued to assist him.
Unable to get Springsteen's bike battery to charge, Barkalow's group gave him a ride to a restaurant called Mulligan's, where the rocker treated them to a round of drinks, and chatted about motorcycles and 'good old Freehold" for about 45 minutes until his ride arrived. Read more here.
Helloween Reunite With Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen
Helloween have announced that they will be rejoined by former singer Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen for their world tour through 2017 and 2018.
The tour, named Pumpkins United, will see former Kiske and Hansen perform alongside current members, vocalist Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner. They'll perform material spanning the band's 30-year history and hit Latin America, Europe, Asia and North America on their trek.
Helloween say: "You believed in it for years and continued to ask for it. Now is the time. In fall 2017, Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen will once again mount a Helloween stage together and resurrect the band's legendary original lineup." Watch the promo for the tour here.
Elton John Pays Tribute To Leon Russell
One of Leon Russell's biggest fans, and also one of his most well-known collaborators, Elton John, has reacted to the new of the late artist's passing this weekend.
Sir Elton tweeted the following, "My darling Leon Russell passed away last night. He was a mentor, inspiration & so kind to me. I loved him and always will."
Elton John was a huge fan of Leon Russell's, but his fame soon eclipsed that of his idol. In the 2000s, Russell had nearly faded into obscurity, when John decided to invite him to do a duo album; which was a first for Elton, who had performed duets with other artists, but never collaborated on an album with another artist for an entire album. Read more here.
David Bowie 70th Birthday Concert Announced
David Bowie passed away just two days after his 69th birthday, so January 2017 will mark a bittersweet spread of anniversaries to observe and celebrate the music legend.
In South London, actor (and Bowie friend) Gary Oldman will join a tribute with scores of musicians in honor of Bowie's 70th birthday. The show will feature friends, collaborators, former band mates and special guests, all gathered to honor his indelible legacy.
So far, musicians for the London engagement include Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Mark Plati, Gerry Leonard, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Zachary Alford, Holly Palmer and Catherine Russell. Read more here.
Clutch Set To Begin Work On New Album
Jean-Paul Gaster says Clutch are aiming to start writing their 12th album within the next eight weeks. And the drummer hopes they continue to play live while they compose, because he enjoys the additional information provided by playing unfinished music to fans.
Gaster tells How Was It Detroit: "We'll take off the first three months of next year and we'll get down to writing, see what kind of direction that's going to take us in, then start making plans to record.
"Probably what will happen is we'll do some shows in the spring. For us, it's really important to play the new songs live. Those experiences are crucial to recording a record that you feel proud of. In the live setting you can immediately tell where the pulse of a tune is.
"You gauge by the audience reaction, how they're latching on, and you start to tweak things. That's really crucial - it brings the songs to life." Read more and watch the full interview here.
Motorhead Wake The Dead Box Set Announced
UDR have announced they'll launch the Motorhead Wake The Dead box set on December 16. The label also revealed they'll issue 2015's Bad Magic on a limited-edition silver picture disc on December 16.
The Wake The Dead collection will contain vinyl copies of their albums The World Is Yours, Aftershock and Bad Magic. They'll be presented in a special clam-shell box, with the cover highlighting Lemmy's famous doodles from those album eras.
The box will also include a classic photograph of Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee shot by renowned photographer Pep Bonet. Read more here.
Black Sabbath's Final U.S. Concert Footage Goes Online
Black Sabbath performed the final US show of their farewell tour at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX on November 12 and video from the event has surfaced online.
The reunited trio of Ozzy Osbourne. Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler delivered a 13-song set of classic 70s material - from show opener "Black Sabbath" to the finale of "Paranoid."
Billed as "The End", the group first announced farewell tour plans in late 2015 with shows starting in Omaha, NE on January 20. The trek has hit Australia, New Zealand and Europe this year alongside two North American legs, with the final series opening at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on August 17. Watch video from the final U.S. show and read more here.
Twisted Sister's Final Performance Footage Goes Online
Footage from what was billed as Twisted Sister's last ever concert has been released. The band performed at Corona Northside Rock Park Meeting Fest in Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday (November 12) and footage of their performance of We're Not Gonna Take It, filmed from the stage has been posted online.
Twisted Sister last year announced they'd call it a day after their 40 And F*** It Tour. Mike Portnoy filled in on drums in place of the late AJ Pero, who died while on tour with Adrenaline Mob in early 2015.
After the Monterrey show, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider said on Twitter: "You always remember your last. Gracias Monterey!" And addressing Portnoy, Snider added: "And thank you for honoring the late AJ Pero the way you did. We couldn't have crossed the finish line without you! #classact." Check out the video and read more here.
David Bowie's Art Auction Vastly Surpasses Expectations
The first day of the auction of art owned by late music legend David Bowie late last week took in $30.7 million, more than doubling the pre-sale estimates, according to the BBC.
The 47 pieces from Bowie's collection that were sold at Sotheby's in London on Thursday had been valued at between £8.1 million ($10.2 million) and £11.7 million ($14.8 million).
Bowie's family has kept artworks that are "of particular significance" but is selling the rest of his collection. The proceeds, after any fees and taxes are deducted, will go back to his estate.
The most expensive work sold was Jean-Michel Basquiat's Air Power, which went for £7.1 million ($8.98 million). Read more here.
ROCK CANDY RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF U.S. OPERATION WITH 4 NEWLY AVAILABLE COMPACT DISC TITLES SET FOR RELEASE THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016!
ALBUM PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW FOR DELUXE DISC RE-RELEASES FROM SAMMY HAGAR, THE NYMPHS, SALTY DOG AND TYKETTO
RED DISTRIBUTION TO DISTRIBUTE ROCK CANDY RECORDS IN NORTH AMERICA
The times they are a-changing, but luckily there remains one constant: great music will live forever and in the catalogue and reissue world that has never been more relevant.
In the land of rock, that’s hard rock, heavy rock, classic rock or, call it what you will rock, no label has won more acclaim and earned respect than Rock Candy Records. Owned and founded by former music journalist and A&R man Derek Oliver, Rock Candy has focused on breathing life into records that deserve a place in the pantheon of rock history.
Operating out of London, England for the last eight years, the label specialises in revisiting some of the most important and significant records from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
From Ted Nugent to Rick Springfield, by way of Quiet Riot, Dokken, Billy Squier, Toto, Ratt, R.E.O. Speedwagon, L.A. Guns, Ace Frehley, Hanoi Rocks, and Kansas, the label has re-activated some of the greatest records of the last forty years, buffing them up, and re-positioning them as 24 Karat diamonds. To date, Rock Candy has re-released over 300 titles in Europe.
Rock Candy has made a concerted effort to dig deep and unearth a string of lesser known acts and records ripe for reappraisal, albums that have always been hot on the collectors market but overlooked at the time of release or just slipped below the surface through no fault of their own. Records by Montrose (the band who wrote the track that inspired the company’s name), Hughes/Thrall, The Godz, Blue Murder, Smashed Gladys, Girl and Blackfoot) have all been brought back to life for a victory lap. Having conquered Europe, Rock Candy has now set up shop in North America, happily partnering with industry powerhouse RED Distribution.
It’s a match made in rock n’ roll heaven and one that will shortly see the launch of a U.S. offensive, starting with four tantalising titles on Friday, November 18th.
RED President Bob Morelli comments, “Derek Oliver’s Rock Candy imprint and RED are a perfect fit. Already a leader in unearthing the best in-demand out of print rock titles in Europe, the label joins RED like-minded music strategy in the U.S. As we outpace industry growth in vinyl Market Share, the addition of Rock Candy will help keep that trend alive and we are thrilled to have them on board.”
Keep an eye and, especially, an ear out for future offerings, but for now please raise a glass and join us for a toast to the imminent arrival of the following four solid gold classics all released on Friday, November 18th.
These forthcoming CD titles along with limited-edition select merch are available for pre-order now at the newly launched Rock Candy U.S. storefront.
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The Nymphs were signed to Geffen Records in the late 80s on a wave of hope and excitement. Fronted by Inger Lorre, she soon attracted a reputation for being controversial, volatile and unapologetic. She was unquestionably the real deal – and this record is a bonafide snapshot from the edge of Hollywood babylon during a time when music was being revolutionised in Los Angeles.
SAMMY HAGAR ‘ALL NIGHT LONG’
Sammy Hagar's early studio work was often considered rather dull compared to his work with Montrose, but his1978 live album suddenly reversed that criticism. Most live records are compromised by studio fixes but this record is pure dynamite – warts and all. Sammy’s performance is phenomenal and the energy level is through the roof.
SALTY DOG ‘EVERYDOG HAS IT’S DAY’
Formed in Los Angeles during the late 80s, Salty Dog honed their chops and assembled a line-up that was very different from what was happening on MTV. Indeed, the band’s style incorporated a number of influences, from the old school rock of Led Zeppelin to the contemporary cut and thrust of Guns ‘N Roses. It was a sound that paid homage to the blues; that’s the vintage gnarly influences of Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker.
TYKETTO ‘DON’T COME EASY’
The early 90’s presented a massive challenge to melodic rock bands, with the musical climate being transformed by grunge, a rush of angry young men playing stripped down rock built on angst and melancholy. For Tyketto this landscape meant that their arrival would be subjected to a chilly reception. Undaunted they were signed to industry giant Geffen Records and cut this, their powerful debut album. Inexplicably, the label sat on the completed record for over a year, but by then it was already too late.
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Rock Icon Leon Russell Dead At 74
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and iconic musician Leon Russell has died at the age of 74. He died in his sleep at in Nashville, according to his official Facebook page and his widow Jan Bridges.
Bridges released the following statement: "We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this very, very difficult time. My husband passed in his sleep in our Nashville home. He was recovering from heart surgery in July and looked forward to getting back on the road in January. We appreciate everyone's love and support."
Claude Russell Bridges was born in Lawton, OK on April 2nd, 1942. He began work as session musician in the 1950s and went on to work with artists including Jan and Dean, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, several Phil Spector records and the Byrds.
In 1969, he joined Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, a loose collective that occasionally featured Eric Clapton and George Harrison. In 1969, he co-produced Joe Cocker's Joe Cocker! album, and co-wrote the hit "Delta Lady."
He then put together the band for Cocker's legendary "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour. During that time, he wrote "Superstar," sung by Rita Coolidge and which was later covered by the Carpenters. In 1970, he released his self-titled debut, which featured one of his most popular songs, "A Song for You." Read more and watch Elton John's speech about Russell at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction here.
Metallica Announce Special Blackened Friday Event
Metallica will launch their new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct with a special event they're calling Blackened Friday. The band's 10th album is released on November 18 and they've announced that almost 100 US record stores will open at 11.59pm on November 17 (Thursday) to allow fans the chance to buy the record the minute it is officially released.
Metallica say: "Starting on Thursday, November 17 at 11:59pm, almost 100 stores will stay open at midnight selling Hardwired…To Self-Destruct LPs and CDs.
"Stores will be stocked with music, prizes and cool stuff including limited edition vinyl slipmats and posters to give away free with purchase." Read more here.
Rolling Stones Have 'Half An Album' Of New Songs
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger said they haven't thrown out the original material they were working on prior to abandoning it in favor of their forthcoming blues collection "Blue & Lonesome." Jagger says they have "half an album" of new music done.
Ronnie Wood explained that working on new songs took time. "It's like putting it on top of the strainer and seeing what soaks through by the time you come back to them again," he said.
"The lumps that are left on top after time has gone by, that's what you make your dough out of." Even though they have recordings of their "half an album," Wood added, "It wouldn't surprise me if we recut them all again. It's one of those things." Read more here.
Def Leppard Announce New Live Release, Stream Let's Go Video
Def Leppard have announced the release of a new live package called "And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit" and they have release a video for the song "Let's Go".
Due February 10 via DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD and Digital Video, the project captures the veteran UK band in concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI on their 2016 summer tour of North America.
"I had this idea that we should film one of the shows from the 2016 tour because apart from the 'Viva Hysteria' shows, we hadn't actually had a live performance filmed since 1988," says Joe Elliott. "With a new album out that was being so well received, it was just a case of where to do it. From the second the house lights went down, we could see the sun setting from the stage, and the energy from the crowd just seemed to intensify. It was a good choice and a great way to document Def Leppard in 2016."
Beyond the set of classic hits is a medley of "Hysteria" and the late David Bowie's "Heroes", while the DVD will also include bonus material: the official music videos for "Let's Go", "Dangerous", and "Man Enough", and the lyric video for "Let's Go". Watch the video here.
Ratt's Stephen Pearcy Announces Smash Album, Streams First Song
Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy has announced that he will be releasing his new solo album "Smash" on January 27th and this week he revealed a stream of the song "I Can't Take It".
He had the following to say about the new album, his fourth solo studio effort, "It took long enough to finish the new record Smash and it is well worth the patience taken, giving every song as much attention as the next.
"Erik Ferentinos (lead guitars & co-writer), Greg D' Angelo (drums) and Matt Thorne (bass, keyboards) and myself didn't settle on any first, second or third takes. We let some songs grow if needed, then go back and complete it. We're very happy with the outcome, that we were able to experiment and grow with the new songs." Stream the first song here.
Vivian Campbell Explains Reasons Behind Dio Firing
Vivian Campbell says Dio needed a "proper" band manager - and not the singer's ex-wife Wendy. The guitarist, who says he was fired by Wendy because he refused to accept a new contract, says the woman was not "musical" enough to understand that the group were a "creative unit" - and they weren't just Ronnie James Dio's "backing band."
He tells All That Shreds: "I would like to make emphasis on the point that I was fired from the band. So many people here 30-something years later people still think that I left Dio, but it was never my intention to leave the band.
"The reason I was fired from the band was that I refused to accept a contract that they offered me which was contrary to the original agreement Ronnie had made with Jimmy, Vinny and myself when the band was first formed. Wendy had different ideas for how it was going to be and for me it was a matter of principle and I refused to sign the contract and that's why I was fired."
Campbell has previously spoken out about Wendy - claiming she wanted Dio to be a solo act and thought each band member was replaceable.
He continues: "The original Dio band was a four-piece creative unit and Wendy never understood that. She's not musical. So, Ronnie and I, I think would have been fine. She doesn't know that the sign of a great band is the sum of the parts." Read more here.
Rival Sons Announce Non-Black Sabbath Tour Headline Dates
Rival Sons have announced a European tour kicking off in January. The California outfit have planned a number of shows in the UK, Ireland and Europe from January through March.
They've scheduled appearances in between their support slots on Black Sabbath's The End tour - before the trek kicks off in full swing in February. Drummer Michael Miley says:
"We're really excited to come back and play some shows for you. The Black Sabbath tour will be over by the beginning of February and we'll be moving on to headline clubs in the UK, Europe - and Ireland, for the first time. We'll see you soon." Read more here.
AC/DC Bluetooth Speaker Released
An officially licensed AC/DC bluetooth speaker in a guitar amp design is now available from iDance. The cabinet is made of MDF wood and covered in amp-like leatherette.
The speaker includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to two hours of continuous playback. It also works with most Apple and Android devices, or a 3.5 mini jack cable can be used to connect.
In other technology-related AC/DC news, hearing experts Asius Technologies are developing earbuds and in-ear monitors which they claim could help former AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson perform live again in six months. The 68-year-old vocalist said he was "moved and amazed" by the technology. Read more here.
Jeff Lynne's ELO, Jeff Beck Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Winners
Jeff Lynne's ELO, Def Leppard, Jeff Beck, The Struts and Cheap Trick were among the big winners at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. The ceremony was held in Japan for the first time ever, with the spiritual home of Sumo wrestling Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo packed with 8000 rock fans for the star-studded event.
The sold-out crowd watched performances from Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Rudolf Schenker, Johnny Depp, Phil Collen and Joe Elliott, Richie Sambora and Orianthi, Tesla, Cheap Trick, and a house band made up of Rob and Dean DeLeo from Stone Temple Pilots, Korn drummer Ray Luzier and Tommy Hendriksen of Hollywood Vampires.
Hosted by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, the celebration saw Jeff Beck presented with The Icon award by Led Zeppelin hero Jimmy Page, while Scorpions man Rudolf Schenker presented Richie Sambora with the Classic Songwriter prize.
Def Leppard scooped the fan-voted Album Of The Year prize for their self-titled album and Queen's The Studio Collection took the gong for Reissue Of The Year, also voted for by the fans.
Jeff Lynne's ELO were voted Band Of The Year by the fans, while X Japan mainman Yoshiki was named The Asian Icon. here.
Pink Floyd's Mason See End Of Audio 'Dark Period'
Nick Mason is glad that there's been a resurgence of interest in audio quality after a "dark period" of earbud listening. And the Pink Floyd drummer has argued that, while many bands have only recently become comfortable with releasing development-stage material, the practice has its roots in jazz music from years ago.
He was speaking during a launch event for mammoth Pink Floyd box set The Early Years 1965-1972, which includes almost everything the band had available in their archive.
Mason told YouTube: "This is a sea-change that a lot of bands have been through. It was unthinkable, 30 years ago, that we'd release anything except our final ultimate version.
"Everyone was worried about bootlegs and the fact that people would get to hear it in the wrong form, or too early. Now there's a sense that, if people are interested in how we develop something, that's fine."
He cites jazz icon Charlie Parker's albums as examples of how it's been done before: "They actually put out every take. You get a track and they give you the lot, so you can hear how they progressed and got to where they ended up."
Mason admitted that one of the few blocking points was sound quality - but believes it's a standard worth retaining. "We've been through a dark period of everyone listening to everything on earbuds and MP3 players," he says. "Now we're coming out the other side." Read more here.
Sixx A.M. Stream Their Version of Badfinger's 'Without You'
Motley Crue offshoot Sixx A.M. are streaming a cover of the Badfinger classic, "Without You", as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "Prayers For The Blessed."
The 1970 tune from the UK band's "No Dice" album went on to best become known as a US No. 1 hit for Harry Nilsson in 1971. Due November 18, "Without You" will appear on Sixx A.M.'s second album of 2016 and companion to this spring's "Prayers For The Damned."
The song follows the lead single, "We Will Not Go Quietly", and the album's title track as the third preview of the project. "Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1." debuted on the US Billboard 200 at No. 19 earlier this year. Stream the new cover song here.
Guns N' Roses Pop Vinyl Figures Set For Release
Toy manufacturer Funko have announced that they'll release Pop Vinyl figures of Guns N' Roses in December. Miniature doll versions of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan will launch in the lead-up to Christmas.
The box features the GNR logo, while the figures show each band member wearing their trademark outfits and holding their instruments. Pre-order them on Amazon.
Funko have previously released figures of Lemmy, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Rotten and Babymetal among others. Read more and see the other figures here.
Myles Kennedy Reflects On His Led Zeppelin Audition
Aside from Robert Plant, there are only a handful of people who can say they've sung with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin. Myles Kennedy is one of them.
Kennedy can still remember the exact day he auditioned for Led Zeppelin. It was Friday, June 13, 2008, 24 hours before his band Alter Bridge were due to appear on the main stage at the Download festival.
Alter Bridge were riding high on the on the back of their second album, Blackbird, as close to a full-blown stadium rock record as the 21st century had thrown up so far, and Kennedy was a key part of their a success. An unashamed belter, his to-the-back-row-and-beyond holler was a throwback to the glory days of the 70s and 80s.
That's probably why Jimmy Page decided to get in touch with him. Zeppelin themselves were in a strange place. Their high-profile reunion show at the end of 2007 had sparked a huge appetite for a tour. The only problem was that Robert Plant point-blank refused to do it. Searching around for a potential surrogate, their eyes settled on Kennedy.
"It was Jason Bonham [son of late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham] who reached out," says Kennedy today. "I hadn't talked to him in years, since we did the Rock Star movie together. He called me when we were on tour and said, 'Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and I are in London jamming, and we were wondering if you'd be up for coming in?'"
Kennedy thought he was joking, but he wasn't. And so on that fateful Friday, he found himself walking into a London rehearsal studio to be greeted by Page, Bonham and John Paul Jones. "I was completely freaking out, as you would," says Kennedy.
Introductions were made, nerves were calmed, gear was plugged in and the quartet began to play. At first they jammed on a few old Zeppelin songs, including Kashmir, The Rain Song and No Quarter, but then they began to ease into material Kennedy had never heard before - nothing more than sketches with the singer scatting over the top, but new material nonetheless. When they finished, Kennedy announced he was going to get a cab to the station to get a train to Birmingham ahead of Download the following day.
"Then Jimmy said, 'John and I are going to drive you to the train station'," says Kennedy. "On the drive, Jimmy and John Paul told me what they were considering. It was a new project, it wasn't going to be Led Zeppelin, and would I be interested in perhaps singing with them? My answer - and this is the dumbest answer of all time - was, 'Well, yeah, you guys are pretty much the sh*t. [Embarrassed laugh] I cannot believe I said that."
There was a second, four-day rehearsal the following September, but Kennedy kept his expectations in check. He knew they were trying out other singers, among them Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and that Page and Jones were the sort of people to keep their cards close to their chests anyway. Read more here.
Metallica Land Three Songs Simultaneously On The Charts
Metallica have scored the rare feat of landing three songs simultaneously on the US charts, according to Billboard. "Atlas, Rise!", the latest single from the band's forthcoming tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct", debuts at No. 22 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.
The tune joins previously released tracks "Moth Into Flame" at No. 6 and "Hardwired" at No. 23, marking the first time that an act has charted at least three songs on Mainstream Rock Songs simultaneously since Metallica last did it in 2008 with tunes from "Death Magnetic" including "The Day That Never Comes" (No. 1), "Cyanide" (No. 35) and "My Apocalypse" (No. 40).
Due November 18, the two-disc "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" was produced by Greg Fidelman, guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. Check out the official videos for all three charting songs here.
Rolling Stones Film To Hit Movie Theaters
The Rolling Stones have announced that they will debut their 2016 tour documentary, "Ole, Ole, Ole A Trip Across Latin America", in nearly 300 US theaters on December 12.
The project captures the group's road trip across 10 Latin American cities, combining live performances with behind the scenes footage as it culminates in the historic tour finale with a historic free gig in Havana, Cuba before 1.2 million fans.
The trek marked the Stones' first in the region since 2006's A Bigger Bang Tour. In addition to the film, the December 12 event will also features an exclusive introduction from the band and two full-length bonus performances from the Argentinian shows. Read more and see the trailer here.
Ozzy Osbourne Television Series May Continue
Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne reveals that says he and son Jack could potentially film another season of their History Channel series "Ozzy & Jack's World Detour."
The program, which aired in the summer, saw the pair travelling the world while Ozzy indulged his passion for history. Now Ozzy says they might return for another series after his veteran band wrap up their The End Tour in Birmingham next February.
He tells Houston Press: "I'm looking forward to my bed, spending time with my dog, Rocky, and, of course, my family. I will have a few weeks to rest and then there are talks about filming a second season of Ozzy & Jack's World Detour with my son, Jack."
When asked what the secret is to Black Sabbath's long-lasting appeal, he replies: "I don't know, but I am sure glad we have a draw. When we started, we had no idea that we would last five years, let alone 50 years.
"We have the luxury of being able to decide when to call it a day. We wanted to leave on a high note." Read more here.
Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler Not Looking Forward To Retirement
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler says his life will be "very empty" when the band retires next year. Their final US shows take place this week as their The End world tour moves towards its closing shows in their home city of Birmingham, UK, in February.
Asked what Black Sabbath's legacy will be, Butler tells Austin360: "It will be bittersweet. It's been a great achievement lasting so long and still being relevant. It's something to be proud of - but my life will be very empty without the band. I hope our music will be around for a very long time after we've gone."
He says of signature track Black Sabbath: "The riff is very dark and brooding, but the lyrics are warning against the darkness." Read more here.
The Moody Blues' John Lodge Added To Cruise To The Edge
The Moody Blues icon John Lodge has been added to the lineup for next year's Cruise To The Edge which will be taking place on February 7-11, 2017. We were sent the following details:
Coming off his first solo tour in the UK this September, Lodge's "10,000 Light Years Band" will accompany him aboard CTTE for exclusive performances and other events featuring the band. CTTE will be the first opportunity for fans to see Lodge and his mates "live" in the U.S.
Lodge and his band will be performing hits from The Moody Blues such as "Ride My See-Saw," "Candle of Life," "Isn't Life Strange," "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)," "Steppin' In a Slide Zone," "Peak Hour" and a treat or two from Blue Jays, plus songs from his critically acclaimed solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, which includes the single "In My Mind" and earned the iconic artist an "Anthem of the Year" nomination at the 2015 Prog Magazine Awards.
Sailing out of Tampa, FL, February 7-11, 2017, CTTE visits Cozumel, Mexico with a who's-who of prog-rock prodigies. Headliners YES, Kansas, Steve Hackett of Genesis and John Wetton of King Crimson and Asia join iconic drummer and former member of Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy, on this unparalleled music cruise experience.
In addition to hosting his 50th birthday bash on the cruise, Portnoy will--for the first time ever--perform the Dream Theater's "12 Step Suite" in its entirety. The music documents the musician's battle with alcoholism, and is an ensemble of five songs recorded by the band from 2002 to 2009, with titles that reflect his struggles: "The Glass Prison," "This Dying Soul," "The Root of all Evil," "Repentance" and "The Shattered Fortress."
Other esteemed performers confirmed include: Patrick Moraz, Bad Dreams, The Neal Morse Band, IO Earth, Spock's Beard, Alex Machacek, Ã„nglagard, Stick Men, Haken, Pain of Salvation, Curved Air, Frost*, Electric Asturias, District 97, Scott Henderson, Focus, The Fringe and Dave Kerzner. In addition, famous YES album design artist Roger Dean will be aboard to talk about the back story of his unique designs while the cruise will be hosted by UK journalist and preeminent YES expert, Jon Kirkman.
Video Of Pink Floyd Live Event Streaming Online
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason hosted a live global screening of exclusive audio and visual footage from the band's forthcoming box set, "The Early Years 1965-1972", on November 9 from YouTube Space in London, UK and video of the full event is available.
Mason and mix/mastering engineer Andy Jackson were on hand to introduce the package via a live stream ahead of the November 11 release of the massive project, which presents 130 tracks from the band's formative years.
The drummer says the public's passion for high quality audio and the advancement of home sound systems makes the timing of the box set ideal.
"We've been through a dark period of everyone listening to everything on earbuds and MP3 players," explains Mason. "Now we're coming out the other side. It's really quite important - in the studio you spend a lot of time and energy really trying to get this perfect sound, make it as good as you can. It's pretty depressing when people don't experience any of that.
"I think the resurgence of vinyl, and people looking at filling their living rooms with big speakers, it's a good thing to do. I'd like more people to get turned on to really good sound."
Following the London event, Pink Floyd released a new video for "Nothing Part 14" as the latest tune previewed from the package. Watch that clip and the full live event footage here.
Guns N' Roses Brazil Reunion Tour Footage Goes Online
Guns N' Roses brought the Not In This Lifetime tour to Brazil with a show at Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre on November 8, and video from the event has surfaced online.
The sixth stop on the band's South American leg - which opened in Lima, Peru on October 27 - saw the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan deliver a 23-song set of tracks from throughout their career, with particular emphasis on their 1987 debut, "Appetite For Destruction."
The event marked the first of six shows in Brazil, which now moves to Sao Paolo for two concerts before dates in Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Brasilia. Following the South American shows, Guns N' Roses will resume the tour in the New Year with dates in Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Watch the video footage from the show here.
Sting And Miranda Lambert to Perform at Thanksgiving Day Parade
CBS has announced that Sting and Miranda Lambert will perform at this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade which is set to be broadcast live on the television network.
It has also been revealed that Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier and The Insider's Keltie Knight have been tapped to team up to host the annual broadcast.
Casts of the Broadway musicals The Color Purple, On Your Feet! and School of Rock will also set to perform at this year's parade. Read more here.
Phil Collins Won't Rule Out Reuniting With Genesis Bandmates
Phil Collins has returned to music and he now says that he 'wouldn't rule out' working with his former Genesis bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks in the future.
The drummer-turned-singer previously said that writing his autobiography Not Dead Yet made him re-examine his time with the band. Now he recalls the spontaneous creativity he had with guitarist Rutherford and keyboardist Banks during their studio sessions.
He tells Prog: "Doing the book, I was reminded just what good friends we are. What I will say is that I consider what we had was pretty special. That the three of us would come in with nothing - there wasn't just one or two writers - we'd all three come in with nothing and we'd start playing until something happened.
"We'd record it and come back to it a few weeks later and from there songs would develop. That is pretty special, to have a relationship with guys that can do that. So I wouldn't rule it out." Read more here.
The Rolling Stones Invade Cuba Under A Havana Moon
Dallas, TX - November 10, 2016. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands catches up with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on the release of their concert film and album Havana Moon documenting their historic concert in Cuba.
In 1965 when Newsweek described the Rolling Stones “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” as “... the five words that shook the world ...”, maybe it should have included an asterisk, “*Except Cuba”. Only four years earlier the Cuban missile crisis had resulted in a US-USSR nuclear standoff barely ninety miles from Florida. President Kennedy prevailed, Soviet Premiere Kruschev blinked, but Fidel Castro’s Cuban people paid the price dearly enduring a half century of total isolation from Western travel, trade and culture.
In March 2016 a truly historic week saw U.S. President Barack Obama visit the island nation as a gesture of renewed reconciliation between the two neighboring countries, which served as the opening act for the main event: a massive free outdoor concert in the Cuban capital Havana, the first ever, by the band notoriously derided by Castro’s communist regime as the nadir of Western decadence, those same Rolling Stones.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards with the Stones have battled fashion and familarity, techno trend and the inexorable march of time, and in doing so have created a seemingly never ending desire to see them perform together. Mick Jagger shares with In The Studio host Redbeard his thoughts on what makes the Stones a viable live act even today.
“I think the thing about... the Rolling Stones now then maybe they were is they are consistantly a good band. We use to go out to do a tour and I can remember fantastic nights when the band would play brilliantly. Then I’d go out other nights and it would be terrible and I would feel really aweful at the end of the show... and that doesn’t seem to happen anymore.” - Mick Jagger
The Rolling Stones Havana Moon /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/rolling-stones-invade-cuba-havana-moon-mick-jagger-keith-richards/”
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Cliff Burton Would Have Been Very Against Softer Metallica
Metallica frontman James Hetfield believes late bassist Cliff Burton would have been resistant to the path the band eventually followed, especially on their Load and Re-Load albums.
Burton died in 1986 as Metallica were on the road in support of that year's classic album Master Of Puppets. And the follow-up ...And Justice for All, released two years later, is notorious for how then bassist Jason Newsted's bass is so low in the mix.
Hetfield is confident Burton wouldn't have allowed that to happen and he also thinks Burton would have had something to say about later albums Load and Re-Load, which he describes as "the U2 version of Metallica."
In an exclusive interview with Metal Hammer, Hetfield says: "I certainly would have thought there would have been some resistance, for sure. When I go back and I listen to ...And Justice For All, it couldn't have stayed on that path.
"We needed to bring in another set of trusted ears. I think Cliff would have probably interjected some different stuff, getting his bass heard and some more musically challenging things, probably.
"I would certainly think that Load and Re-Load, I would have had an ally that was very against it all - the reinvention or the U2 version of Metallica." Read more here.
Motorhead Need Rock Hall Induction After Lemmy's Death Says Hetfield
Metallica frontman James Hetfield says it's "really, really important" to have Motorhead inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame following the death of icon Lemmy.
The British band have been eligible since 2002 but remain unelected, alongside several notable artists who might have been expected to have been bestowed the honor.
But the Metallica man, who entered the Rock Hall in 2009, believes there's an added urgency in Lemmy's case. Hetfield tells 95.5 KLOS: "There are so many great bands that haven't been acknowledged - and if they do or don't, it's not up to me.
"It's just a nod, a tip of the cap. What does it really mean to be in there? I don't know. But to some of these bands it might mean the world. With the passing of Lemmy, it's really, really important for me to see Motorhead acknowledged in that - because there's no more rock'n'roll person on this planet than Lemmy." Read more here.
Alex Lifeson Helps Dance Duo Cover Rush Classic
Alex Lifeson has collaborated with Canadian dance music duo DVBBS on a cover of classic Rush track Closer To The Heart, it's been revealed. The EDM version is set for release early next year and follows Lifeson's guest appearance with former Triumph man Rik Emmett.
DVBBS consists of brothers Chris and Alex Van Den Hoef, whose appreciation for Rush is well-known. Alex says: "They're the greatest Canadian band of all time.
"When we were given the chance to remake a song with Alex, you can imagine how excited we were. We can't wait to bridge the gap between generations."
Chris adds: "I grew up a drummer, so Neil Peart was a legend to me, and a strong influence on my career." Read more here.
Dio Hologram Motives Revealed By Disciple
Dio Disciples guitarist Craig Goldy has described the hologram of Ronnie James Dio as a way of giving the late icon back to his fans - rather than attempt to raise the dead.
The projection of the vocalist was debuted at the Wacken festival in Germany earlier this year, and his widow Wendy confirmed plans were being made to make it part of a festival set in 2017.
Goldy - who played four stints with Dio between 1986 and the singer's death in 2010 - tells Loudwire: "What we tried to do as a gift to the fans was to give them him.
"It wasn't like we were trying to raise him from the dead. We know he's gone, but he's not gone. People love him because of the kind of person he was. Ronnie brought that 'Oh my God' moment, so that's what we tried to do in a similar way, just to keep that alive." Read more here.
Mike Portnoy Reveals What He Misses About Dream Theater
Mike Portnoy admits he misses the control he had in Dream Theater. The drummer was the mastermind behind much of their work for 25 years before he left in 2010.
Though he's always maintained it was the right decision, he says the collective songwriting process for his other projects The Winery Dogs and Flying Colors can be "incredibly frustrating."
He tells Noisefull: "To be honest, I miss being the captain of a ship. Because after I left Dream Theater, I've never been the clear leader. Everything I've done like Flying Colors, The Winery Dogs, they're more collaborative roles - and to be honest, I do miss the amount of control that I had in Dream Theater.
"I was able to make 90% of the decisions and direction in Dream Theater on my own and didn't really discuss everything and those guys kind of trusted me with that. So, I do kind of miss that." here.
Guns N' Roses 'November Rain' Given Unique Makeover
Fans can now experience the classic Guns N' Roses song "November Rain" done in hillbilly style via the new music video release from Steve 'N' Seagulls.
The group has made a name for themselves by presenting their down home styled versions of classic hard rock songs and their take on the GNR ballad comes from their sophomore album "Brothers in Farms".
The promo blurb for the new video states: "After witnessing this wistful saga of moonshine-marinated melancholy and boozed-up, barmy bayou bromance, you will no longer be able to watch the original video - let alone enjoy Slash's iconic guitar solo - the same way again." Check it out here.
Nikki Sixx Shares His Bathroom Habits
Nikki Sixx has revealed that he never washes his hands after using the bathroom. The former Motley Crue bassist and Sixx AM mainman says he washes his hands before peeing to void getting germs on his "junk."
Sixx tells Jenn Marino on his own Sixx Sense podcast: "My thing is this, and you have to be honest with me and tell me I'm right – wash your hands before, because you don't wanna get the bacteria all over it.
"I don't have a problem with my own smell on my hands, but I'm gonna shake a thousand hands a day and then I grab my junk. I've got a thousand people's germs on my junk.
"I don't want that. My own junk is my own junk, so I don't wash afterwards. So if you shake my hand, congratulations." Read more here.
Gregg Allman Cancels Remaining 2016 Tour Dates
Gregg Allman has cancelled all remaining 2016 live dates just days after missing a pair of shows due to a bruised vocal cord. Allman backed out on November 6 and 7 appearances at New York's City Winery as he attempted to recover from the injury, giving fans refunds while his band played both nights for free; now, he has cancelled the complete 10-show residency with the group playing free again on November 9 and 10 as a gesture to fans for their support.
"This is the hardest thing I've had to do in a long, long, time," says Allman. "I've been on the road for 45 years because I live to play music with my friends for my fans. As much as I hate it, it's time for me to take some real time off to heal."
Other dates expected to be affected include December 30 and 31 shows at the Lucas Theatre For The Arts in Savannah, GA, as well as some early 2017 appearances in January.
The City Winery shows in New York have been rescheduled for July 2017. Allman plans to take several months off to focus on his health so he can return to playing live later in 2017.
"Not making a show is a really hard decision for me because I want to play so bad, but it's also hard on my partners and fans who make plans to be with me," he explains. "I never want to put anybody in a bad spot. I'm so grateful for the people that I work with and for the fans that come to my shows and I want to be at my best for all of them. That means I'm going to have to wait until I'm feeling really good, not just good enough like I have been. Good enough isn't working for us all." Read more here.
Geddy Lee Accepts That Rush's Touring Days Are Over
Geddy Lee says he's come to accept that Rush's touring days are over, following their R40 US trip earlier this year. And guitarist Alex Lifeson reflects that "it's okay" as they consider what to do after drummer Neil Peart accepted a description of himself as "retired" then withdrew from making further commitments after the tour.
Lee tells The Strombo Show: "There's a bit of denial that gets you through. You go, 'Ah, this won't be the last one - we'll take a break, then we'll get back together and do another one.' You don't want it to end. I think I've accepted that it's probably the last one as a tour. We'll see."
Asked about their communication with Peart, Lee says: "We send all these things, but the responses are not as enthusiastic. We talk." Lifeson adds: "It's okay. It is what it is. I've been playing a lot to keep my fingers in it, and I'm finding it's really satisfying.
"I'm going some charity gigs with other guys - old guys like me that don't have gigs any more. It's fun to get together. It's not like it's over, you know." Read more here.
Rolling Stones Release 'Hate To See You Go' Video
The Rolling Stones have released a video for their version of the Little Walter classic, "Hate To See You Go", from their forthcoming blues covers album, "Blue & Lonesome."
Due December 2, the project marks the band's first studio album in over a decade as they cover tracks by a variety of blues legends alongside a pair of guest appearances by Eric Clapton.
The set was recorded over three days in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London. Guitarist Ron Wood previously shared some insight into the sessions for the follow-up to 2005's "A Bigger Bang."
"We went in to cut some new songs, which we did," said Wood in April. "But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people. But they really sound authentic." Watch the video here.
Phil Collins To Play Biggest Ever Solo Show At Music Fest
Phil Collins will deliver his biggest-ever solo show at next year's British Summer Time festival in London, he's announced. The former Genesis frontman and drummer sold out his comeback tour in just 15 minutes after revealing June dates in the UK, Germany and France.
Now he's confirmed an appearance in Hyde Park on Friday, June 30, with a full supporting lineup to be revealed in due course. Collins says: "The reaction from the British public has been overwhelming. I can't wait to play Hyde Park and see everyone there."
He said earlier this year: "I thought I would retire quietly. But I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing. It's time to do it all again and I'm excited. It just feels right." Read more here.
Dave Mustaine To Host Classic Rock Roll Of Honour
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine has been confirmed as the host for this week's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in Tokyo - where Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker has also been added as yet another guest star.
Mustaine and Schenker join a cast of rock icons that also includes Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Slot Machine, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo. Hollywood Vampires guitarist Johnny Depp was also confirmed as a guest performer this week.
Both Mustaine and Schenker will perform live at the event. The awards show takes place at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, on November 11 - the first time the event has been held in Japan. Read more here.
Marillion To Be Supported By John Wesley On Euro Tour
John Wesley will support Marillion on the European leg of their FEAR tour. The former Porcupine Tree/Fish collaborator, who has just released his latest solo album A Way You'll Never Be through InsideOut will appear at all dates throughout November and December with the band.
Wesley, on tour in the US with Steven Wilson, comments: "I am thrilled to announce that I will be joining my longtime great friends Marillion on the European leg of their 2016 FEAR tour.
"We had so much fun on the US tour that the band decided it be a great fit to extend the invite to have me in Europe as well. I will be performing solo, but on electric guitar and working in some surprises.
"A good amount of material will be from the new album, A Way You'll Never Be as well as a few old favourites. The new album will be on sale and I will be out at the end of every show to sign CD's and say hello, so be sure to stop by and say hi!" See the dates here.
Joe Perry Added To Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Lineup
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and X Japan mainman Yoshiki are the latest stars to be added to the incredible lineup for this week's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in Tokyo.
Perry and Yoshiki join a cast of rock icons that already includes Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Scorpions guitarist Rudolph Schenker, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Slot Machine, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo.
And Perry's involvement means he will join his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp, who was confirmed as one of the guest stars this week.
The awards show takes place at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, on November 11 - the first time the event has been held in Japan. Read more here.
Nick Mason Reveals Early Pink Floyd Embarrassment
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason reveals in a new interview the one thing that he found enormously embarrassing about the band's early years while he took a look back for the new "Early Years 1965-1972 box set".
Mason was asked about another member's recent comments that he couldn't take some of the band's early days material seriously because they "were just young guys getting together, wanting to be rich and get laid."
The drummer revealed, "Someone asked me what my reaction to watching some of this stuff is. It's partly nostalgia - but there's also enormous embarrassment. Us all scampering about in our shiny clothes - it's quite bizarre, now that we're rather elderly grandees of the industry. But it was fun, and I think that's quite nice, perhaps, to celebrate that." Read the full interview here.
The WIZARDS OF WINTER Announce the Return of Actor & Former Trans-Siberian Orchestra Vocalist Guy LeMonnier + More Tour Dates Added for the 2016 Holiday Season!
*A Theatrical Holiday Rock Event for the Entire Family*
Hear Original Tunes and TSO Favorites!
Holiday rock opera ensemble the WIZARDS OF WINTER are pleased to announce that as of today, 2016's holiday tour will now feature three former members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with the recent return of lead vocalist Guy LeMonnier. Hailing from Grand Rapids, MI, LeMonnier has performed and toured professionally with TSO and can be heard on their album Beethoven's Last Night, as well as the WIZARDS OF WINTER albums The Wizards of Winter and The Magic of Winter. In addition to his work as an accomplished stage actor, LeMonnier has also appeared on several popular TV shows - including Gotham, Broad City, Quantico, Power and the newest Netflix series Iron Fist - as well as commercials, voice-overs and independent films.
LeMonnier states, "I had the fortune of meeting the WIZARDS OF WINTER in 2013, and I found a group of musicians and friends that quickly became family. The excitement on that stage for their craft and their love for the audience is awe-inspiring and I'm thrilled to be back with the pack to rock the nation this holiday season."
Aiming to top the success of their 2015 tour - which saw them perform their brand of theatrical yuletide rock to thousands of performance attendees and grabbed the attention of mainstream media such as Entertainment Weekly and Yahoo Music - the WIZARDS OF WINTER are adding even more 2016 holiday tour dates! The ensemble will perform at venues this upcoming November and December in several eastern and central U.S. markets.
The WIZARDS OF WINTER recently announced further expansions to their ensemble cast, including the addition of Ted Nugent bassist/vocalist Greg Smith, former Trans-Siberian Orchestra vocalist Peter Shaw, seasoned vocalist Shawna Mehall and accomplished violinist Jenn Hamilton.
See below for a full listing of dates and please visit eachvenue or their websites for ticketing information.
The WIZARDS OF WINTER Tour Dates:
11/23 - Syracuse, NY @ Crouse Hinds Theater
11/25 - Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theatre
11/26 - Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
11/27 - Beverly, MA @ Cabot Theatre
12/1 - York, PA @ Strand-Capitol Perf. Arts Center
12/2 - Binghamton, NY @ The Forum Performing Arts Theatre
12/3 - Scranton, PA @ The Theater at Lackawanna College
12/4 - Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey Performance Center
12/7 - Parsippany, NJ @ Parsippany High School - Benefit Concert
12/8 - Tarrytown, NY @ Music Hall
12/9 - Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
12/10 - Collingswood, NJ @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
12/11 - Easton, PA @ State Theater
12/15 - Kalamazoo, MI @ State Theatre
12/16 - Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theater
12/17 - Milwaukee, WI @ Northern Lights Theater (Potawatomi Hotel & Casino)
12/18 - Turtle Lake, WI @ St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake Event
12/22 - Hagerstown, MD @ Maryland Theater
Check back for more performance confirmations and ticket links via www.wizardsofwinter.com/tour-dates/.
Motley Crue Sued For $30 Million By Opening Band
A band that supported Motley Crue on a U.S. tour are suing the now retired act for $30 million. New York-based The Raskins have reportedly filed a lawsuit at Manhattan Supreme Court.
The Raskins alleged that they were treated badly on the 2014 tour including an incident in Darien, Connecticut, where members of Motley Crue's road crew supposedly ran out on stage in monkey masks and sprayed The Raskins "with water guns filled with urine."
The New York Post reports that The Raskins put up with months of similar pranks after paying $1m to secure the support slot. The Raskins also say they were forced to play short sets in frequently empty venues as tour managers refused to open doors in time.
They also claim PA systems were turned off or interfered with during their sets and that they were denied the right to sell merchandise or to use dressing rooms. Read more here.
RED REIGN UNLEASH NEW EP, ANNOUNCE SHOW WITH LITA FORD
The Virginia-based band, Red Reign, have issued a self-titled EP overseen by Grammy-nominated producer, David Ivory (Halestorm, Roots, Silvertide), and will be celebrating its release with a performance on a bill with rock legend Lita Ford - on Friday, December 2nd at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, VA. Ticket ordering info can be accessed via this link: http://thebeacontheatreva.com/shows-2/
“We are extremely excited to play a show with Lita Ford and show fans what this band is capable of, when playing live,” says Red Reign drummer, Sammy Lee. “To coincide with the show we will be releasing our self-titled EP that will be available on all music downloadable sites as well as thru the band website www.redreignband.com.”
“Working with David Ivory has been great,” adds Lee, about the self-titled EP. “He really has an exceptional understanding of getting the band's ideas directly down on tape, and capturing the excitement of our live show.”
One of the EP’s standout tracks is “Not That Way,” which the band’s singer, Carlton “Bubba” McMichael describes as “one of those songs that is about a love gone bad and then the girl realizes she made a mistake in our relationship and wants to get back into the same relationship she poisoned. But the guy has gotten over her and moved on.” A lyric video for the track can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bObJneh54U
Other tracks include “Chains” (“About the feelings of being held back and looking for that escape”), “Toxic” (“The feeling of hopelessness in a relationship”), “Red Reign” (“The anger side of a relationship”), and “What is Love For” (“About you pouring yourself into a relationship, knowing it’s not going to go far”).
Originally formed in summer of 2013 in Richmond, Red Reign singer/guitarist Carlton “Bubba” McMichael and drummer Sammy Lee started the group, after leaving a cover band to pursue all original music band. A month after putting the plan together, bassist Larry Moore was added to the band, and guitarist Stevie Shred was added in early fall of 2015 to complete the band. The aforementioned self-titled EP is a follow-up to their debut full-length ‘Chasing Shadows.’
And on December 2nd, rock fans in Hopewell will get the opportunity to experience Red Reign live, in the flesh.
SELF-TITLED EP TRACK LISTING:
1) Not That Way
3 ) Toxic
4) Red Reign
5) What is Love For
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Metallica Announce Intimate Album Release Show, Tease Secret Events
Metallica have announced that they will be celebrating the November 18th release of their new album "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" with a special intimate concert in London.
The band will be playing the special release night show at the House of Vans in London. The intimate concert will be the culmination of the celebration events for the band in Europe including a midnight signing event at the HMV store on Oxford Street, and another special event which will be revealed on the Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter this Sunday, November 6th at 7:00 PM GMT.
The group will kick off the special promotions in Berlin on November 14th for as yet to be announced event. They teased it with the following "Our first stop is a special appearance that is still a bit top-secret as we've been asked to keep the details under wraps for just a few more days." Find more details about the UK events, including ticket details here.
Dave Davies The Kinks Reunion Rumor
The Kinks' co-founder Dave Davies has moved to stamp out the latest speculation that the band are about to reunite. But he says discussion is underway about "other stuff."
The Sun reported this weekend that he and brother Ray were aiming to perform as The Kinks at the Glastonbury festival, and also take their show to the United States.
A reunion has been thought more likely since frontman Ray guested at guitarist Dave's solo show in December last year, performing classic track You Really Got Me for a surprised audience. The pair had previously ended their two-decade feud by meeting and playing music together in 2014.
The Sun claims that Ray said: "Dave and I will definitely work together again. And we want to play live. Maybe The Kinks could play Glastonbury?"
But Dave reports via Facebook: "Me and Ray have not spoken about Kinks shows at all - although we're trying to work together on other stuff and we have worked on music together." Read more here.
Iron Maiden Ugly Christmas Sweaters Released
Iron Maiden fans can now celebrate Christmas in style with the released of the officially licensed ugly sweater and scarf by fashion brand retailers Middle Of Beyond.
The new ugly Christmas sweater is being sold for $84.99 and features the band's mascot Eddie styled from the Killers album artwork on front and the band's logo on back.
The scarf is available for $39.99 and is black with a red and white Iron Maiden logo as well as the Eddie artwork, an axe and "666" pattern and is 72 inches long and 7 inches wide. Check out both here.
Billy Idol Announces Record Store Day Release
Billy Idol has announced that he will be releasing "BFI Live!" exclusively on vinyl as part of this year's Record Store Day on Black Friday on November 25th.
The limited-edition 3-LP set - which features 16 tracks recorded in concert during the rocker's 2014-15 tour in support of his seventh album, "Kings & Queens Of The Underground" - will be individually numbered and available at participating indie Record Store Day retailers in North America; there will be no CD or digital version available for purchase.
The package delivers material from Idol's 2014 album alongside a cover of The Doors' classic "L.A. Woman" and hits from his own past like "Rebel Yell", "White Wedding" and "Dancing With Myself."
Idol will release a very limited number of the "BFI Live!" sets via the Official Billy Idol online shop at billyidol.net on December 9, when it will be available to hear via streaming services. Read more including the tracklist here.
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow The Focus Of New Book
Music writer Greg Prato has released his new book entitled 'The Other Side of Rainbow' that looks at the history of Ritchie Blackmore's post Deep Purple band Rainbow. Were sent the following synopsis:
When Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1975, many a rock n' roll fan was left befuddled. Why would one of rock's top guitarists leave one of the world's most popular bands? Regardless of the reason, listeners would ultimately be thankful, as Blackmore soon launched Rainbow - a band that rocked just as ferociously as Purple, whose music has proven to be timeless and incredibly influential on subsequent heavy metal bands.
And along the way, Blackmore proved to be extremely adept at spotting largely-unknown talent, and introducing them to the world - including vocalists Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, and Joe Lynn Turner. However, with Blackmore as the group's leader, band members came and went on a regular basis - preventing the band from possibly reaching their full potential.
'The Other Side of Rainbow' features nearly 30 all-new interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including former band members (Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey, Doogie White, etc.), those who worked closely with the band (Wendy Dio, Flemming Rasmussen, etc.), and were admirers of their music (Eddie Trunk, Charlie Benante, etc.). Get your copy here.
Walter Trout's Health Battle Book To Benefit Charity
Walter Trout's wife and manager Dr Marie Trout will donate proceeds from her upcoming The Blues - Why it Still Hurts So Good to musicians' charity the HART Fund.
The book is released on February 3 next year and is described as an exploration of the healing power of music. The Blues - Why it Still Hurts So Good is inspired by blues icon Walter Trout's battle with and recovery from liver disease which required a liver transplant.
Dr Marie Trout carried out academic research of blues fans and combined that knowledge with her personal experience of seeing her husband's health struggles to write the book. Read more here.
Johnny Depp Added To Classic Rock Roll Of Honour
Hollywood Vampires guitarist Johnny Depp is the latest star that has been confirmed as a special guest for the 2016 Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in Tokyo.
The musician and movie star joins a cast of rock icons that also includes Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Slot Machine, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo.
The awards show takes place at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, on November 11 - the first time the event has been held in Japan. Read more here.
Guns N' Roses Star Says He Will Always Side With Axl Rose
Dizzy Reed says he doesn't take his job in Guns N' Roses for granted - as Axl Rose could fire him whenever he wants. The keyboardist, who has worked with the band since 1990, also admits he instinctively trusts the frontman's decisions - and will always take his side in a rift.
He tells LA Weekly: "Axl's the one that presented me with this gig. It was his idea. He gave me this opportunity. He could fire me tomorrow. I try and give him my best, my all, all the time."
He adds: "If there's ever any rift, I'm going to take his side. It's not even a matter of agreeing or disagreeing. You can formulate all this stuff in your head and get worked up, but I know if I ask him about anything that doesn't make sense, when he explains it, it sets everything straight."
When asked whether lineup changes have affected his morale over the years, he replies: "It's just drama in the workplace. No matter who is playing in the band, we work really, really hard to make it work.
"When Axl picks up the microphone, it becomes what it is - Guns N' Roses. If you don't believe that, you don't have to be there." Read more here.
U2's The Edge Receives Les Paul Award
Music magazine Q held its annual awards show last week (November 2) at London's legendary Roundhouse venue, and the 2016 Q Gibson Les Paul Award went to The Edge from U2. The previous recipients of the award were Johnny Marr (2014) and Tony Iommi (2015).
The Edge received his award from Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood, quipping "I'm no Jeff Beck!" (Wood, of course, was bassist in the Jeff Beck Group back in the '60s.)
In the audience, Blondie's Deborah Harry applauded as Edge further called for guitars to replace synths "like it's 1981!" U2 also won Best Live Act - recent shows were the first the band have played "indoors" for years. Read more here.
Richie Sambora Claims He Didn't Really Want KISS Gig
Richie Sambora has recalled his audition for Kiss, just before he landed the Bon Jovi role that made his name - and he now claims that he didn't want to join Paul Stanley's band in the first place.
He tried out as potential replacement for Ace Frehley in 1983, but he already suspected he wasn't the right man for the job. Sambora tells Metal Express Radio: "I didn't really know what I was doing back then, and I didn't really want the gig.
"They wanted someone to replace Ace, but I think they wanted someone who worshipped them. I liked their music - but I wasn't into them in a big way." Citing his preference for Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and others, he adds: "I just thought it would be a good thing to go along and give it a go. I didn't feel like wearing any of their makeup, that's for sure." Read more here.
Documentary About Fleetwood Mac Founder Peter Green Gets U.S. Release
Man of the World: The Peter Green Story, the documentary about the Fleetwood Mac founder that aired in the U.K. back in 2009 is finally coming to DVD for a U.S. release on November 18th.
The film contains extensive and archive footage of live and studio performances, stills and original in-depth interviews with Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Mike Vernon (producer of Fleetwood Mac's Blue Horizons albums), Noel Gallagher, John Mayall, Dennis Keane (road manager), Martin Celmins (Peter's official biographer), Carlos Santana, Jeremy Spencer (the original Fleetwood Mac guitarist) and many others who worked with or know Green. Preorder it here.
Here is the synopsis: "After replacing the Eric Clapton in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Green went on to form Fleetwood Mac, one of the most successful bands of the Britain Blues Explosion. But after he left Fleetwood Mac, Green spent years in non-playing 'retirement' before a comeback.
"The film traces his early success with Pert Green's Fleetwood Mac (as they were fully called) - with the likes of 'Black Magic Woman,' 'Albatross,' and 'Oh Well' - and explores Green's drug use and his spiral into schizophrenia. It also examines how the electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) treatment he received arguably prolonged his illness and his absence from music. The story continues with Green's recovery and his return to the recording studio and live music scene in the mid-'90s." Read more here.
NEW BOOK, 'THE OTHER SIDE OF RAINBOW,' TELLS THE STORY OF ONE OF HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL’S ALL-TIME GREAT BANDS
When Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1975, many a rock n’ roll fan was left befuddled. Why would one of rock’s top guitarists leave one of the world’s most popular bands? Regardless of the reason, listeners would ultimately be thankful, as Blackmore soon launched Rainbow - a band that rocked just as ferociously as Purple, whose music has proven to be timeless and incredibly influential on subsequent heavy metal bands.
And along the way, Blackmore proved to be extremely adept at spotting largely-unknown talent, and introducing them to the world - including vocalists Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, and Joe Lynn Turner. However, with Blackmore as the group’s leader, band members came and went on a regular basis - preventing the band from possibly reaching their full potential.
'The Other Side of Rainbow' features nearly 30 all-new interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including former band members (Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey, Doogie White, etc.), those who worked closely with the band (Wendy Dio, Flemming Rasmussen, etc.), and were admirers of their music (Eddie Trunk, Charlie Benante, etc.).
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, and Vintage Guitar, and has authored such books as 'Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990's,' 'Iron Maiden: '80 '81,' 'The Eric Carr Story,' and 'Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.' 'The Other Side of Rainbow' is his 20th book overall.
'The Other Side of Rainbow' is available as a paperback version [276 pages, $19.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], a Nook download [$9.99], and an iBook download [$9.99].
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Guns N' Roses Reunite With Steven Adler In Buenos Aires
Following his appearance with Guns N' Roses in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 4, drummer Steven Adler once again joined the band again on November 5th and video of the jam has been posted online.
During the first appearance he joined the band for the "Appetite For Destruction" classic "Out To Get Me" and then performed "My Michelle" at the second show at the city's River Plate Stadium.
The event marked Adler's fifth reunion performance on the Not In This Lifetime tour with former bandmates Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan. Check out the video here.
Temple Of The Dog Kick Off Their Very First Tour
Grunge supergroup Temple Of The Dog launched their first-ever tour at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia, PA on November 4 and video from opening night has surfaced online.
The lineup of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron - who plays with both bands - have regrouped to perform this fall in support of the 25th anniversary reissue of their 1991 self-titled debut.
Opening with "Say Hello 2 Heaven", the group delivered a 23-song set featuring material from the album alongside covers of tracks by Mother Love Bone, Led Zeppelin ("Achilles Last Stand"), David Bowie ("Quicksand"), The Cure ("Fascination Street") and Black Sabbath ("War Pigs"), among others.
Including opening night, Temple Of The Dog will perform eight concerts in five cities this fall, with shows in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and the band's hometown of Seattle, WA. Check out video from the opening night here.
Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Unusual Cancer Remission News
Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi has revealed the "interesting" way that he discovered his cancer was in remission. The 68-year-old guitarist, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012 , was presenting the Spire Specialist Care Centre in Solihull with an award this summer when a journalist asked him about his health.
He tells UCR: "It was really interesting how I got the news. I only got it because I was presenting the hospital where I received treatment with an award, and a writer who I was doing an interview with asked me if I was in remission. I turned to my doctor and asked, 'Am I in remission?' The doctor said, 'Yes.' And that's how I got to know."
But Iommi is still cautiously optimistic on his road to recovery. He adds: "I'm always feeling around for lumps and bumps, and so I'm never comfortable. I had a friend that went into remission and she planned a big party, and then the cancer came back. You just never know." Read more here.
Dead Daisies Release A Song And A Prayer Short Film
The Dead Daisies have released a new short film centered around their latest single 'A Song And A Prayer'. The song comes from the supergroup's latest album "Make Some Noise".
Frontman John Corabi had the following to say about the track "This song turned out to have a special vibe to it, very accessible, which is really cool. But the lyrics are rather dark.
"In the end it's about hope, it talks about all the troubles we're all going through - and that you have to be hopeful, that you will come out of it. Always look on the positive side, that's the message." Watch the video here.
Volbeat Release 'Seal The Deal' Video
Volbeat have released a video for their track Seal The Deal. The song comes from their latest album, Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie, which was released in June.
The follow-up to 2013's Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies was introduced with the lead single The Devil's Bleeding Crown earlier this year.Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano previously said of the song:
"We already had the album title before we wrote this song and as is the case with all these songs, they came together musically before we had any lyrics. But this song, to me, very much has the spirit of Motorhead in it." Watch the video here.
Video From Twisted Sister's U.S. Farewell Concert Goes Online
Twisted Sister performed their 1983 classic, "You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll", at the final US concert of their farewell tour on October 22 at Badlands Live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and professional video from the show is now available online.
The title track to the group's second album was issued as the set's third single while the project peaked at No. 164 on the US Billboard 200 and No. 14 on the UK charts.
The South Dakota show is part of the band's 40th anniversary farewell trek, which also saw the release of "Metal Meltdown: Twister Sister Live At The Hard Rock Casino Las Vegas." Watch the video here.
Monster Truck Release Animated 'For The People' Video
Monster Truck have released an animated video for their track "For The People" with TeamRock. The song comes from the band's recent album Sittin' Heavy.
The video release comes as the Canadian rockers announce a UK and Ireland headline tour for March of next year. Frontman Jon Harvey says; '"We wanted the video for For The People to capture a certain vibe. The song was intended to be a pseudo-protest and very roots rock and the 70s style animation seemed to speak that. Besides nothing is cooler than hand drawn animation."
Guitarist Jeremy Widerman adds: "We wanted to try something new with the video and have a somewhat playful take on what is a really heavy topic these days. A throwback video of sorts to a time when the unifying of people and ideas was a far more popular subject." Watch the video and see the tour dates here.
Jon Bon Jovi Downplays Richie Sambora's Contributions
Jon Bon Jovi has downplayed Richie Sambora's songwriting contributions to the band on their past albums. Sambora parted ways with the group in 2014.
The Bon Jovi frontman spoke with Billboard about the band's new album "This House is Not for Sale" and he emphasized how the entire band played a greater role in shaping the music than in the past.
"This was more of a band record than I have made over the last three or four [records]," he explained. "What I mean by that was the guys were in the room the whole time. Some songs, from the notebook to the studio floor, took on a different life because of the band, where on the previous three records that would not have been the case. The record-making process changed with this album."
Regarding Sambora's role on past albums, Bon Jovi revealed, "Richie did participate in the record-making [in the past], but it was always me and [guitarist John] Shanks at the hip, and then Richie second to that, and then [keyboardist] David [Bryan] and [drummer] Tico [Torres]. David really filled that void left by Richie and took on a whole different leadership role in the studio, and it was a welcome addition." Read more here.
BMG announce extensive reissue program of the seminal albums by British hard rock legends Uriah Heep
BMG are delighted to announce an extensive reissue program commencing in 2016 and continuing through 2017, of the seminal albums by British hard rock legends Uriah Heep, who are one of the big four along with Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.
Created with the full collaboration of Heep themselves and curated by guitarist and founding member Mick Box, the reissues come as 2CD expanded packages, with the original LPs on CD1 re-mastered by renowned engineer Andy Pearce of Lou Reed and Black Sabbath fame and complete with liner notes by the bestselling rock author Joel McIver. Box and Heep’s sometime member Ken Hensley, composer of many of the band’s best-known songs, contribute to each album’s notes.
The reissue program kicks off with a new Uriah Heep anthology, ‘Your Turn To Remember: The Definitive Anthology 1970-1990’. Evoking an era when prog, hard rock and heavy metal co-existed in an era of glorious, boundary-breaking music, the songs on this 2CD collection trace the evolution of Heep from inexperienced studio musicians with everything to prove to bona fide, limo inhabiting rock stars. The Anthology cherry picks tracks from some of Heep’s most celebrated albums including ‘Demons And Wizards’, ‘Look At Yourself’, ‘Return To Fantasy’, ‘Equator’, ‘Conquest’ and ‘The Magicians Birthday’.
As Mick Box explains: “We were very green! If the engineer had said, ‘Stand in a fire bucket and plug your guitar into that radiator’, we probably would have done it. We had no experience of the studio at all. Two years later we were in America, playing to between 10,000 and 20,000 people a night. We were in a big bubble, with all the private Learjets and so on: I don’t think I went through an airport for 10 years! We were picked up by limos on the tarmac, and all that stuff. We’d take whole floors of hotels, with bodyguards outside each room. It got to those heady, silly heights, but I was personally always up for the fun of it. I never believed it was going to continue, but some did, which was a bit unfortunate...”
Additionally released in 2016 is Heep’s 1970 debut album ...’Very ’Eavy ...Very ’Umble’ - a must-buy for many fans. Originally released on the magnificent Vertigo spiral label with original mint condition first pressings now commanding a price of $600+, it is bursting at the seams with creativity and a desire to make a mark in the most fertile era that rock music has ever known, the album was a powerful statement of intent, showcasing the incredible vocals of the late David Byron. Witness the opening cut ‘Gypsy’, the musicians stop and start on a dime in a classic opening sequence before Byron’s soaring vocals introduce the ever-lovin’ subject matter. Hensley’s immense organ solo, which not only occupies most of the song’s midsection, but also restarts the entire song towards its back end, is a showcase of a young, hot musician with everything to prove. The musicianship shines bright throughout the album; from the Hendrix inspired blues rocker ‘Real Turned On’, and the Mellotron soaked ‘Come Away Melinda’, to the bombastic ‘Dreammare’ and majestic closer ‘Wake Up (Set Your Sights)’, Heep’s debut showcased a very promising new rock band flexing some serious musical muscle.
This new issue of ‘Eavy brings together the newly re-mastered original album with a second disc of never before issued alternate mixes. Three tracks on CD2 are from the late period Spice (pre Heep) sessions (just prior to Ken Hensley joining the fold) and the rest are all from the Very ‘Eavy sessions, recorded over a period of several months in late 1969 and early 1970. These bonus tracks were recently discovered by Heep uber fan, Robert Corich who has a library of unreleased music used across these re-issues.
Box adds: “Creativity in Uriah Heep was at a peak at the time. Nobody was breathing down our necks, so we moved into a more progressive field after ‘Very ’Eavy... Very ’Umble’. We were getting into a period where we would just write things and let them go where they wanted to go, rather than writing to a format. Not that there had been a format before, but this time we really let our hair down, if you like! We decided that there would be no restrictions whatsoever.”
Organist Ken Hensley looks back at this era fondly, saying: “It was beginning to sink in that we were onto something. The management company, the record company, the publishing company and everyone else were all on board, and we had made a bit of an impact with the first album, especially in Europe, so we had some momentum. I took most of the tracks in their rawest forms to the band, and together we turned them into full songs.”
The Uriah Heep reissue program continues with 1970’s ‘Salisbury’ featuring the huge international hit, ‘Lady In Black’.
You can purchase the releases here:
AT&T and AUDIENCE® Network Present: "PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO"
Concert Special Airs Friday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT On DIRECTV and U-verse (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114)
Watch A "First Look" From the Concert as Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Perform "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Outlaw Blues" on Ultimate Classic Rock Now (HERE)
Watch the trailer for "Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo" airing Friday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on AUDIENCE Network, DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114 (here).
Tune in to the AUDIENCE Network concert special "Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo" airing Friday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114). On this episode, Pat & Neil sit down with host Ted Stryker in Los Angeles for an in-depth interview spanning their history, musical influences and their latest projects.
For a preview of the AUDIENCE Network concert special "Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo," watch an exclusive "First Look" today on Ultimate Classic Rock as the band performs the classic song "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Outlaw Blues" (here).
Tune in Friday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT to watch the full concert special "Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo" on AUDIENCE Network, DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114. Watch and share behind-the-scenes clips of the episode (here)and (here).
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In 1979, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo met each other for the first time, in a small rehearsal room at SIR studios in New York City. The rest as they say "is history." Benatar's staggering vocal range and Giraldo's trailblazing artistry as a guitarist, producer, songwriter and arranger together forge the undeniable chemistry and unprecedented sound that created some of rock's most memorable hits, including "Love Is a Battlefield," "Heartbreaker," "We Live for Love," "We Belong," and the signature, "Promises in The Dark." Together, they have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won an unprecedented, four consecutive GRAMMY Awards. In 1982, Benatar and Giraldo were married and have two grown daughters. Their rock and roll love affair has endured for more than three and a half decades. Pat and Neil (Spyder) continue to tour every summer, selling out concerts and wowing audiences everywhere. Theirs is a chemistry that will undoubtedly be thrilling music fans forever.
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Bon Jovi MixTape "Runaway Radio" now Live on Pandora
In celebration of the release of the brand new Bon Jovi album, THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE, out today, Pandora is pleased to present their latest MixTape with Jon Bon Jovi, Runaway Radio. The station is now live and features new Bon Jovi songs, some favorite classics as well as songs from artists such as Kings Of Leon, The Black Keys, The White Stripes and more along with Jon’s personal commentary.
Click here to check it out.
The Outlaws Double live album "Legacy Live” to be released Friday, November 18th, 2016
For The Outlaws, it´s always about the music. Especially live music! For more than 40 years, the southern rock legend has celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. It’s a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road. It’s about a group that respects its own legacy while refusing to be defined by its past. But most of all, it’s about playing live, playing for their audience. The sextet proves just how well this combination works with Legacy Live, its brand-new double live CD, scheduled for release on November 18th, 2016 on Steamhammer/SPV. “I want people to hear this album and see our show and realize that The Outlaws are still there,” says founding member and front man Henry Paul. “Our goal is to unite the fans and bring the group back into the limelight.” Legacy Live consists of two CDs, full to the brim with classics such a ´There Goes Another Love Song`, ´Ghost Riders`, ´Green Grass & High Tides Forever` and ´Freeborn Man` as well as more recent material like ´It´s About Pride`, ´Hidin` Out In Tennessee` and ´So Long`. A total of 20 songs, every one of which proves: the gritty southern rock by The Outlaws mark 2016 is as intense and passionate as it’s always been.
And what is more: On stage, the band burns hotter than ever. “The Outlaws helped define Southern Rock for me and for generations of fans,” wrote American music journalist Bill Robinson in June 2012 in The Huffington Post. “Seeing them onstage with The Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd or countless others was, for a long time, one of the best experiences I could have.” The Outlaws’ live shows – more than 150 per year – are blazing 2+ hour tributes to the band’s rich history and fiery rebirth. Classic tracks and fan favorites from the first three albums – as well as The Henry Paul Band’s definitive “Grey Ghost” – share the spotlight with songs from the newer discs. “I think the fans are coming away from shows feeling a part of the Outlaws experience.”
Formed in Tampa in 1972, The Outlaws – known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies – became one of the first acts signed by Clive Davis (at the urging of Ronnie Van Zant) to his then-fledgling Arista Records. The band’s first three albums The Outlaws, Lady In Waiting and Hurry Sundown – featuring such rock radio favorites as “There Goes Another Love Song”, “Green Grass & High Tides”, “Knoxville Girl” and “Freeborn Man” – would become worldwide gold and platinum landmarks of the Southern Rock era. Known as ‘The Florida Guitar Army’ by their fans, The Outlaws earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band as well as The Doobie Brothers, The Who, Eagles and The Rolling Stones. Henry Paul left after the group’s third album to form The Henry Paul Band for Atlantic Records, and later the multi-Platinum country trio Blackhawk. Over the next 20+ years, The Outlaws would experience rampant personnel changes, tonal missteps, ill-fated reunions and bitter trademark battles. And with the tragic deaths of co-founding members Frank O’Keefe and Billy Jones in 1995, and especially songwriter/vocalist/lead guitarist Hughie Thomasson in 2007, it was feared that The Outlaws’ trail had come to an end.
Luckily, things turned out differently than expected: Along with founding members Henry Paul, Monte Yoho and Steve Grisham, the band features several of Southern Rock’s most respected veterans: Co-lead guitarist and longtime Outlaw Chris Anderson is well known for his collaborations with artists that include Dickey Betts, Lucinda Williams, Hank Williams Jr., and Skynyrd. Keyboardist/vocalist Dave Robbins is a co-founding member of Blackhawk and has written hit songs for artists that include Restless Heart, Kenny Rogers and Eric Clapton. Bassist/vocalist Randy Threet has performed with Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood and Blackhawk, and is familiar to TV audiences from USA Network’s ‘Nashville Star’. “From the very beginning, our band had a heart,” Monte Yoho says, “for The Outlaws, it’s still about the music. And more than ever, it’s about live music!”
Henry Paul – guitars, vocals
Monte Yoho – drums
Chris Anderson – lead guitar, vocals
Randy Threet – bass, vocals
Dave Robbins – keyboards, vocals
Steve Grisham – lead guitar, vocals
CD1: There Goes Another Love Song * Hurry Sundown * Hidin` Out In Tennessee * Freeborn Man * Born To Be Bad * Song In The Breeze * Girl From Ohio * Holiday * Gunsmoke * Grey Ghost
CD2: South Carolina * So Long * Prisoner * Cold Harbor * Trail Of Tears * It`s About Pride * Waterhole * Knoxville Girl * Green Grass & High Tides Forever * (Ghost) Riders In The Sky
To pre-order the release please visit : https://theoutlaws.lnk.to/LegacyLive
For additional information: http://www.outlawsmusic.com/
Allman Brothers Band Discussing Possible Reunion
Gregg Allman reveals in a new interview that the Allman Brothers Band members have recently been discussing embarking on a major city reunion tour.
The legendary southern rockers playing their farewell show in 2014 but Allman tells the Wall Street Journal (via UCR) that he and his fellow members are looking at regrouping.
"Been talkin' about it recently. Not 'starting' - but having a tour," he told the paper. "We've been talking about it. Major city tour. Been talkin' about it, now let's get that straight. Nothing signed in blood yet."
Allman also discussed his bout with pneumonia and says that he is "not quit over" it. Read more here.
Rush's Time Stand Still Theatrical One-Night Only Event Tonight
Rush have released the cover art for their new documentary Time Stand Still. It hits cinemas across North America today (November 3) with the DVD to follow on November 18.
Time Stand Still was shot during the band's R40 tour last year - widely thought to have been the last large-scale road trip of their career. The two-hour presentation includes 20-minute short A Salute To Kings, in which Gene Simmons of Kiss, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz discuss their experiences of the Canadian trio.
Producers Fathom Events said: "The popularity of a rock band can often be built on the road. That is how Rush did it over their 40-year history. But what happens if this unique relationship may be severed?
"Exclusive access to the band and crew throughout the tour provide the raw and vivid emotional undertones. At the core of the event are Rush's devoted fans. Their undying devotion and their quirky sense of ownership are on full display as the R40 tour comes to a crescendo in Los Angeles." Read more and see the full cover here.
Rik Emmett Streams New Song Featuring Rush, Dream Theaters Stars
Former Triumph vocalist Rik Emmett has released a lyric video for his track "End Of The Line". The song comes from Emmett and RESolution9 album RES 9 - out on November 11 via Mascot Label Group.
The track features guest performances from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie, and comes after Emmett released the songs I Sing and Human Race. Those were followed by an album teaser last week.
Speaking about End Of The Line, Emmett says: "Here's the monster riff-rock epic album finale, with special guest vocalist James LaBrie rippin' it, as only he can, and Alex Lifeson offering one heroic solo, full of kingly Lerxst-isms.
"Killer work from the boys in the band - Dave Dunlop, Steve Skingley, and Paul DeLong - with Paul's thundering drum fills hammering everything into place at the end." Read more and check out the song here.
Anvil Making New Documentary
Anvil are "halfway through" filming their new documentary. Though they're keeping details of the as-yet-untitled film under wraps, the Canadian metal veterans say it's nothing like 2008's Anvil! The Story of Anvil.
Frontman Steve 'Lips' Kudlow tells MetalTalk: "We're not talking about it, because there's no point, because it's a long way off. The filming is about halfway through, and it's not done yet. So what are we talking about? It's gotta get done first."
Drummer Robb Reiner adds: "We're really busting at the seams to tell people about a lot of it, but it's just not the right time to get into it, that's all. But when it comes out, it's gonna, I think, surprise the sh*t out of everybody."
After The Story of Anvil showed the band changing their own lives, Lips says the new film will show them changing everyone else's. Read more here.
Video From Guns N' Roses' Rosario Concert Goes Online
Guns N' Roses rocked the first of three shows in Argentina with a November 1 performance at Rosario's Estadio Rosario, and video from the concert has surfaced online.
The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan delivered a 23-song set over 2.5 hours as they continue the South American leg of the Not In This Lifetime world tour.
The month-long run follows the band's successful North American summer tour of stadiums that grossed $116.8 million while selling more than 1 million tickets from 25 concerts.
Guns N' Roses will next perform the first of two weekend shows at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 4. Watch the video here.
Billy Corgan Reportedly Loses Legal Battle With TNA Wrestling
Smashing Pumpkins' mastermind Billy Corgan has reportedly lost his legal battle to take over TNA Wrestling - the company which named him president in August.
He's been working with the wrestling firm since last year, first as a creative producer, and replaced Carter as president in the summer. Corgan gave the cash-strapped company three loans over the past few months - with the last payment reportedly given on the condition that he'd be permitted to take over the firm if it became "insolvent."
His lawsuit argued that this was what happened - but the judge rejected the claims because they "did not meet burden of proof." The judge did, however, order that Corgan's loans be repaid this week. Read more here.
Dweezil Zappa Says Family Trying To Trademark The Name Zappa
Dweezil Zappa says the Zappa Family Trust is planning to trademark the name Zappa - effectively banning him from performing under his own name.
Dweezil - the son of the late Frank Zappa - has been involved in a long-running dispute with the Zappa Family Trust (ZFT) over trademarks and music licensing surrounding his performances of his father's music.
His live show was originally called Zappa Plays Zappa, but he had to change it to Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa when the ZFT objected. Further intervention by the ZFT saw him perform under the banners of Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The F*** He Wants and Dweezil Zappa: Cease And Desist.
Now he claims the ZFT want to stop him using the name Zappa altogether and he has asked fans to contribute to a crowdfunding campaign to help him fund a legal battle over the rights.
Dweezil also claims the ZFT want to use his father's name to market branded "beer, wine and yoga pants." Addressing the audience at an October 28 show at The Warehouse in Fairfield, Connecticut, Dweezil says: "Now they are very intent to do something that is probably the most ridiculous thing ever. They have actually filed for a federal trademark for the surname Zappa on it's own, so that they can prevent me from using it for live concert entertainment or personal appearances, effectively making me only be allowed to exist as 'Dweezil'." Read more here.
BLACK SABBATH FINAL THREE U.S. SHOWS SET FOR NOVEMBER
PERFORMANCES MARK LAST-EVER STATESIDE PERFORMANCES OF BAND'S CAREER
THE END is upon us.
Late last year, BLACK SABBATH--Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler--announced their farewell world tour, "The End." And now almost a year later, the band will perform the final U.S. shows in their historic five decade long career.
The three final shows on the Live Nation-produced tour--November 8 at BOK Center in Tulsa, OK, November 10 at Toyota Center in Houston, TX and November 12 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX--wrap up nearly a year of headlining performances and the band's special one-off gig at this year's OZZFEST (Saturday, September 24 at the OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST double-header music and lifestyle weekend).
Following the U.S. shows, the greatest Metal Band of All Time will head to Mexico and then South America where they'll wrap up their 2016 dates before performing the last shows of their career, back where it all started in England. The lastleg of THE END tour will start with a January 17 show in Cologne, Germany before the band returns to the U.K. Those shows launch January 20, 2017 at the 3 Arena in Dublin before hitting arenas in Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and London (with two nights at The O2), culminating with two performances in their Birmingham hometown at the Genting Arena. The dates are below.
When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock 'n Roll history...BLACK SABBATH.
Here are BLACK SABBATH's final tour dates:
San Antonio, TX
Mexico City, Mexico
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Pedreira Paulo Leminski
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
The SSE Hydro
First Direct Arena
Details on Tickets,VIP packagesand more for the North American shows can be found at: www.Livenation.com
GARY ROSSINGTON, LEGENDARY FOUNDING MEMBER AND GUITARIST OF LYNYRD SKYNYRD, AND DALE KRANTZ-ROSSINGTON RELEASE TAKE IT ON FAITH TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 4, 2016
BILLBOARD EXCLUSIVELY STREAMING ALBUM TODAY
TAKE IT ON FAITH INCLUDES A WHO’S WHO OF MUSICIANS AND GUESTS SUCH AS ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, THE LATE RICHIE HAYWARD, Delbert McClinton, and MORE
Rossington - Gary Rossington, the legendary founding member and guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd along with Dale Krantz-Rossington (also his wife), whom many call The First Lady of Southern Rock, release an album 10 years in the making with Take It On Faith, November 4, 2016 on Loud & Proud Records. Today Billboard is streaming the entire album one day early – Listen HERE.
Last week Guitar World exclusively premiered the music video for the title track, “Take It On Faith” which was shot at the Rossington’s home outside of Atlanta. Watch it HERE. ABC News Radio says, “The song is a sentimental pop-rock ballad that showcases Dale's deep, soulful voice and Gary's acoustic slide guitar.”
The duo has been making beautiful music together for over 35 years beginning when Dale opened for Skynyrd in ’77 while she was singing with 38 Special, then as part of Rossington Collins Band in the ‘80s and then and now as part of the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd family.
Take It On Faith is comprised of 12 songs that are rounded out by an ace studio band that was put together by the album’s producer and engineer, David Z (Prince, Etta James, Buddy Guy). The line-up reads like a who’s who of studio masters (full list below) including Ben Fowler (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams, Billy Currington, Sara Evans), who provided additional mixing and production, players such as the late Richie Hayward on drums, Jack Holder on guitar, Bruce McCabe on piano and keyboards and David Smith on bass as well as some great guests including ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons who co-wrote “Good Side of Good,” Delbert McClinton, and two-time Grammy-Award winning producer, hit songwriter, recording artist and session guitarist, Gary Nicholson and more.
Gary co-founded The Rossington Collins Band with Collins in 1980. The band released two albums, including the 1981 Gold album Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere which yielded the rock hit “Don’t Misunderstand Me,” featuring Gary’s wife Dale on lead vocals. But they disbanded in 1982 after the death of Collins' wife, Kathy. Gary and Dale then formed The Rossington Band, which released two albums in 1986 and 1988, respectively.
For years, neither Gary nor Dale had any plans to cut another record together under the Rossington umbrella, content to share both stage and studio with their fellow Lynyrd Skynyrd brothers and sisters. Eventually, though, they realized they couldn’t ignore the wishes of their ardent fans any longer.
Take It On Faith Track listing:
1. Highway of Love
2. I Should’ve Known
3. Take It On Faith
4. Light A Candle
5. Dance While You’re Cookin’
6. Shame On Me
7. Good Side of Good
8. Through My Eyes
9. Something Fishy
10. Too Many Rainy Days
11. Where Did Love Go
12. Two Very Different Things
Loud & Proud Records
Journey Reunion With Steve Perry At Rock Hall 'Has To Happen'
Journey's Jonathan Cain says that former singer Steve Perry should perform with them if they get the final nod for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction next year.
The band have been shortlisted alongside Yes, Bad Brains, Pearl Jam and Depeche Mode among others. Inductees will be announced in December with the induction ceremony set for next April at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
Keyboardist Cain says they'd welcome the former vocalist, who left in 1998, back for a performance at the ceremony. He tells The Pulse Of Radio (via Blabbermouth): "The door's always been open for him to join us any time he wanted. I mean, that has to happen. That band has to play. They have to play their music - two songs and I think we get to do two or three. That's how it works."
But Cain also admits he thinks it's "wrong" that current singer Arnel Pineda wasn't invited by the Rock Hall - and he says they'll lobby for his inclusion if they're inducted. Deep Purple were involved in a similar tug-of-war over Rock Hall's lineup selection earlier this year." Read more here.
Metallica To Make Videos For Every Song On New Album
Metallica are planning to make a music video for every song on their forthcoming album "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", according to drummer Lars Ulrich.
The band's 10th album is released on November 18 and so far they have issued videos for the tracks Hardwired, Moth Into Flame and Atlas, Rise! Drummer Lars Ulrich says the band have been sure to stay active online in the run-up to the album's launch.
He tells The Straits Times: "We like to stay active on social media. It's fun to do stuff where it instantly shows up all over the world. You have to accept the way that the world is spinning. Now that YouTube is the world's biggest television station, we figured we may as well knock a video out for every song."
Metallica have been recording the videos while making the album and on downtime from their current run of tour dates. Ulrich adds: "The practicality of shooting 12 music videos is kind of crazy, especially when you're trying to promote your record, and you're all over the place, and trying to make sure it doesn't leak. I
t's crazy but, at the same time, fun." Read more here.
Slash's Ex-Wife Reacts To His Claims They Were Never Really Married
Perla Ferrar, the ex-wife of Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash has hit back at the guitarist's claims the couple were never married. Earlier this week, Slash indicated they never legally tied the knot and, as a result, Ferrar had no right to a share of his wealth following their divorce in 2014.
Slash said he discovered she was still married to previous partner Carlos Marty when they later applied for dual citizenship for their son, Cash. The forms for a final judgment were reportedly not filed properly, according to TMZ.
But in a new TMZ video clip, Ferrar says Slash's claims are false and they're causing distress to both her and the couple's children. She says: "It's very hurtful to me and disrespectful to our children, and I gave him 18 years of my life. It's a bit unexpected and humiliating to our family. It's quite sad - we got married two times." Read more here.
David Bowie Emojis Part Of Apple's iOS Update
A new update for Apple's iOS operating system includes David Bowie emojis. The iOS 10.2 update comes complete with a new range of emojis, including male and female characters complete with Bowie's iconic Aladdin Sane lightning bolt facepaint.
They are part of a profession selection that includes firefighters, painters, doctors, scientists, pilots, and others. Users will be able to make the David Bowie emojis shrug their shoulders, cross their fingers and even face palm.
A compilation featuring the singles of David Bowie is to be released next month. Titled Legacy, the collection will include a selection of the late icon's most popular tracks including Space Oddity, Ashes To Ashes, Ziggy Stardust, Heroes and The Jean Genie. Read more here.
Judas Priest Guitarist Reveals Band's Album and Tour Plans
Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner has revealed a status update on the band's follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls," during an interview with Sweetwater Sound's Mitch Gallagher.
"We've just been in the studio for a couple of months putting songs together," Faulkner says . "We haven't started the recording process yet, but we're recording demos; we're recording songs that work without the production to save them, if you know what I mean. But the core value… We're putting down some grassroots ideas and fleshing them out for the next Priest record.
"So we're gonna go into the studio to start recording in January. So it should be out sometime next year. But we're not touring next year. So we're gonna be touring, hopefully, in 2018." Check out the full interview here.
Guns N' Roses Now Very Focused And Intense Says Fortus
Guitarist Richard Fortus says that he has rehearsed more with Guns N' Roses in the past year than the previous 14 years. He made the revelation in a new video interview for Gretch.
The axeman left his role in the Dead Daisies alongside keyboard player Dizzy Reed in January to join Guns N' Roses at their Las Vegas and Coachella comeback shows - before they later announced their Not In This Lifetime world tour.
He tells Gretsch: "I've rehearsed more in this last year with that band than I have in the previous 14 years put together. It's been really intense, and very focused, and a great learning experience, as well as a great honour to play with those guys."
Last year, Fortus said the band would release new material for the first time since 2008's full-length _Chinese Democracy._ Axl Rose later confirmed he'd presented his Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan with new material. here.
U2's Bono To Be Honored At Women Of The Year Awards
Bono has been named Glamour magazine's first ever Man Of The Year. The magazine honors various women at its annual Women Of The Year Awards and has chosen the U2 frontman as the inaugural recipient of its new Man Of The Year honor.
Glamour's 27th annual Women Of The Year Awards ceremony takes place on November 14 in Los Angeles. Bono was given the award in recognition of his humanitarian work and his drive to end gender inequality.
He tells Glamour: "I'm sure I don't deserve it. But I'm grateful for this award as a chance to say the battle for gender equality can't be won unless men lead it along with women. We're largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions." Read more here.
Eddie Vedder and Bill Murray Duet Classic Song
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and actor Bill Murray have faithfully supported the Chicago Cubs at the World Series every night as the team closed in on its first possible title in more than a century.
The actor and the rock singer have led Chicago's Wrigley Field crowd through the traditional seventh inning stretch song, 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
Now, Vedder and Murray are performing together; sort of. At a post-game house party on Oct. 29 the two joined forces with Derek Trucks for a 'caught-on-film" unplugged duet of The Band's 'The Weight." Check it out here.
Glenn Hughes Forced To Cancel Tour
Glenn Hughes has cancelled his upcoming European tour - blaming support act Living Colour's decision to pull out and back Alter Bridge instead.
Living Colour were due to play a widespread of string of dates in the UK and Europe as support to Hughes this month and next, starting in Leamington Spa on November 8.
But Living Colour pulled out of the shows with Hughes last month, saying there had been an "unforeseen conflict." They later announced they would support Alter Bridge on their European dates instead.
Now Hughes has pulled the plug on the entire tour, pointing the finger at an "undermining manager." According to Hughes' management, Living Colour's new management team "knowingly booked them on to the Alter Bridge tour although they were already confirmed for the Glenn Hughes co-headline tour, which had been on sale since April."
The statement adds: "Alter Bridge and Glenn Hughes have been long-time friends and neither Alter Bridge, their management and agents or even Living Colour's agent TKO were aware that this was taking place" Read more here.
Historic Queen Recording Streaming Online
Queen have issued a lyric video for "My Fairy King" which was recorded during Queen's live worldwide radio debut on the BBC in February of 1973 - five months before the release of the band's debut album and single.
The new video is the latest preview to the November 4 release of "Queen On Air: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions." "That's the first from Queen," said BBC DJ John Peel during the program, "and, as far as I know, this is the first broadcast the group's had, so it's nice to have them along."
"My Fairy King" was featured on the group's debut and gave guitarist Brian May and the band an idea of what frontman Freddie Mercury was capable of when building songs in the studio.
"This was the first time we'd really seen Freddie working at his full capacity," explains May. "He's virtually a self-taught pianist, and he was making vast strides at the time, although we didn't have a piano on stage at that point because it would have been impossible to fix up.
"So in the studio was the first chance Freddie had to do his piano things and we actually got that sound of the piano and the guitar working for the first time which was very exciting. 'My Fairy King' was the first of these sort of epics where there were lots voice overdubs and harmonies. Freddie got into this, and that led to 'The March of The Black Queen' on the second album and then Bohemian Rhapsody' later on."
The 2CD or 3LP sets of "Queen On Air" set present twenty-four recordings by the group between between February 1973 and October 1977, and includes include alternate versions of the band's debut single, 1973's "Keep Yourself Alive", among others.
A 6-CD Deluxe Edition box set adds radio interviews and live concert broadcasts from 1973, 1981 and 1986, as well as a booklet of rare photographs and sleeve notes. Check out the new preview clip here.
Metallica's Best Album Is Still To Come
Metallica frontman James Hetfield says the band "haven't yet" made their best album. The thrash giants issue 10th album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct on November 18. And while they are pleased with how it has turned out, Hetfield insists the band continue to get better with every record.
At a Q&A with fans in Mexico, Hetfield says: "The next album is always going to be the better one. We haven't made our best record yet. We're continuing to keep improving ourselves as people, as musicians, as just human beings."
Asked why they took so long to follow-up 2008's Death Magnetic, Hetfield urges fans to keep up the pressure on the band to deliver an 11th album. He says: "It took a long time. People got mad. And I realised when we were playing the album for some of the journalists that it's such a great feeling to give birth to new music and how it makes other people feel made me feel good.
"So I don't know why we waited so long. Make sure we don't wait so long again, okay?" Watch the interview here.
Black Country Communion Eye Spring Release Of New Album
Black Country Communion aim to launch their next album in spring 2017, Glenn Hughes confirms. The bassist and vocalist says he's been writing the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2012's Afterglow with guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
The supergroup's lineup is rounded out with the drummer son of late Led Zeppelin man John Bonham, Jason, and keyboardist Derek Sherinian, who has previously worked with Dream Theater and Alice cooper.
He tells Myglobalmind: "We actually started about six weeks ago as Joe was at my home for about a week of writing. We are starting another week of writing together where we will finishing writing BCC 4. Then we go into the studio in January and the album will come out May 20.
"It's such a focused thing. Joe and I are very excited about BCC 4. Back in April, when Joe and I were having dinner in Santa Monica, we talked about making this new album - and decided to really go for it as well as how now may be the right time to do the reunion. Certain things work at certain times. The love and support we have behind BCC are amazing." Read more here.
Dee Snider Apologizes For Cannibal Corpse Comments
Twisted Sister's Dee Snider has apologized to Cannibal Corpse for calling their debut album "vulgar and disgusting." Snider was discussing censorship when he recalled how he was outraged when he first heard Cannibal Corpse's 1990 debut Eaten Back To Life.
But after later being called out on Twitter by former Cannibal Corpse singer Chris Barnes, Snider backed down and apologized. Although he faced up to censorship when he famously took on the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) in the 1980s, Snider said that Cannibal Corpse took things too far.
Snider told Noisy: "I once threw a record into the garbage - Cannibal Corpse's first record. I was disgusted, because, to me, it wasn't being artistic in any way. It was being vulgar and disgusting just for shock value." here.