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The date was Saturday August 16,1980. Rainbow took to the stage to headline the first rock festival ever staged at Castle Donington – a concert that would inevitably be the last live show featuring the line-up of Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Don Airey (keyboards), Graham Bonnet (vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Cozy Powell (drums).
Monsters of Rock contains all the surviving footage of this concert, and marks the first time that the audio from the show has been available as a full-length standalone CD.
This show was the culmination of Rainbow’s tour in support of the hugely successful 1979 album Down To Earth. Featuring new tracks alongside classics from earlier in their career, the set includes “Since You Been Gone,” “All Night Long,” “Stargazer,” “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Catch The Rainbow,” “Eyes Of The World,” and more. Punctuated with virtuoso solo spots which allow Blackmore, Airey, and Powell to shine, Monsters of Rock highlights the sheer musical prowess in the band. The show climaxes with Blackmore destroying his guitar and thrusting it into an amp which promptly bursts into flames before fireworks burst overhead, concluding a truly explosive show.
ROCK NEWS FOR 04/29/16
AC/DC's Bon Scott Hometown Statue To Be Unveiled This Week
A statue of AC/DC legend Bon Scott will be officially unveiled in the late singer's Scottish hometown of Kirriemuir this weekend. The Courier reports £45,000, 450kg bronze statue - funded by fans around the world - is the first in the country of the late rocker, who was born in Kirriemuir, Angus, but moved to Australia with his family when he was six.
The AC/DC landmark will have its official unveiling this Saturday as part of the 10th annual BonFest, a three-day music festival celebrating the singer's roots.
"It's amazing how many people don't know that Bon Scott came from Kirriemuir," says BonFest chairman John Crawford. "People know about J.M. Barrie and Peter Pan, but they are both famous sons of the town and there is room for them both."
"In 2008, Bon's Australian home town, Fremantle, unveiled a statue of him. At that point we started thinking it might be good to have one here where he started his life," said DD8 Music development worker Graham Galloway. "The unveiling will take place on Saturday, 30th of April, and will be carried out by some very special guests: Mark Evans, bass player on four of the Bon-era albums; Tony Currenti, drummer on AC/DC's first album; and Mary Renshaw, Bon's seamstress and 'soulmate.'
"We are looking at a total attendance of 3,700 and are expecting fans from all over the world to travel. We have confirmed travellers from the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Norway, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. All in all, it is shaping up to be an amazing weekend." Read more and see a photo of the statue with McKenna and Evans here.
Iron Maiden Will Try To Prevent Future Censorship
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has promised Chinese fans that he'll do something about government censorship that prevented the band from delivering their full-power show in China.
The country's Ministry of Culture is well-known for requiring changes to musicians' performances, including the banning of songs that might be seen to criticise the government, or which are regarded as subversive.
That didn't stop Iron Maiden from visiting China for the first time on their The Book Of Souls world tour - but it meant their performances didn't include pyros, smoke effects, Dickinson's flag-waving antics during The Trooper, throwing merchandise into the crowd or using strong language.
A fan video shot in Shanghai earlier this week shows Dickinson joking with the crowd, saying: "They did say 'no cameras.' Do I care? Everybody take out your camera device - take a picture."
He goes on: "It's great to be in China tonight. We ripped it up in Beijing, and we thought, 'That was a bit serious.' They had a few rules, so we kind of stuck by the rules and we didn't do any swearing. There's another thing I can't do - see if you can guess what it is later on."
With each swearword mouthed instead of spoken, he says: "We don't really give a sh*t about all that, because the most important thing is the music. The most important thing is that we're here, and you're here, and we're going to have a great f***ing time."
Dickinson then refers to a TV interview with guitarist Janick Gers, saying: "They've got these great pictures of the show with flames everywhere, dry ice and smoke. I thought, 'That's a f***ing shame, because we can't do that - we got a little bit restricted.'"
He adds: "Next time we'll have a word. Next time we come back to China." Watch video here.
Black Stone Cherry Sorry For Motorhead Drug Claim
Black Stone Cherry bassist Jon Lawhorn has apologised to Motorhead after saying late icon Lemmy and his bandmates had continually offered them cocaine on tour.
In a recent interview Lawhon spoke about the bands' road trip together in 2010, telling RockSverige: "All of them, not just Lemmy, all of them, would offer us whisky and coke every day. Whisky and cocaine. Every day we'd tell them no."
That led to a rebuttal on Motorhead's Facebook page, where a post read: "Mikkey has never done drugs. The only coke Lemmy loved went in his Jack Daniels. Sad to see people the band helped lie. An apology would be the decent thing."
Lawhorn later posted: "I am deeply sorry for any harm that I may have caused the Motorhead camp. Let me make it crystal clear that we were never offered any substances by Lemmy, Mikkey, Phil or their stage crew. We were offered substances by now former employees of the band while on tour with them and I should have made that distinction in my interview." Read more
Dee Snider Performs AC/DC Classic At Ultimate Jam Night
Twister Sister frontman Dee Snider performed the AC/DC classic, "Highway To Hell", during a surprise appearance at the Whisky A Go Go's Ultimate Jam Night in Hollywood on April 26.
"People were calling me saying I should audition for AC/DC," Snider told the crowd. "I said 'I was too tall.'" Event host and son Jesse Snider joined his father on the AC/DC tune, and Dee took center stage for the Twisted Sister smash "We're Not Gonna Take It."
Launched by Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright more than a year ago, the Ultimate Jam Night recently moved its weekly home from the Lucky Strike to the famed Whisky.
Other guest performers at the April 26 show included former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, former Megadeth bassist James Lomenzo, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and Chickenfoot drummer Kenny Aronoff. Check out video here.
Motley Crue Not Going To Disappear Despite Retirement
Nikki Sixx says Motley Crue will continue to be engaged with their fans despite having called it quits at the start of the year. The bassist says the band's legacy is too big to simply walk away, adding: "There's going to be Motley in your life for a long time."
Motley Crue played their last ever gig on New Year's Eve, and the performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles was filmed for an upcoming DVD release.
Sixx tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "We have a live DVD of our last performance ever that we've just finished mixing. It looks fantastic. It was a great show.
"We have a legacy that needs to be curated. We have vintage merchandise. We plan on obviously staying engaged with our fans. It's not like we're simply going to disappear. The Motley Crue movie will come out. There's going to be Motley in your life for a long time. In one way or another." Read more and listen to the full interview here.
David Lee Roth Shares Van Halen Tour Stories
David Lee Roth shares some vintage Van Halen tour stories on the latest edition of The Roth Show. In the episode entitled "Black Christmas Tree", the rocker recounts tales of how the band and road crew worked together to keep the party going long after the concert ended.
Van Halen were legendary for their post-show parties back in the day, as they built their own portable road gear to ensure the fun offstage matched the intensity of the on stage appearance wherever they were.
Roth hired a "Recreational Director" to organize post-show events, and when a specialist wasn't available, the road crew would step up. "Rudy the guitar tech invents 'The Later', kind of a fruity drink loaded with rum or vodka or something," explains Roth. "We called it 'Later' because you'd be later for the dance than you ever thought you'd be.
"We would have these parties, especially if you're playing multiple nights in a city - two, three nights at the local arena - and after the first night we'd have a big party. And then Rudy invented the "Super Laters", because they'd make you later for the dance than even 'the Laters' would make you late.
"This gets complicated. We had to build him a special road case, like six-and-a-half feet tall; it opened up like a closet wityh three big sections containing three industrial strength blenders, circuit breakers, a car stereo, mixing gear, disco lights and an ice bucket. It was called 'Raving Rude's Libation Station.' The biggest road case anyone had ever seen, and we would set up a tent in the open air and have a rompin, stompin' BBQ." Watch the episode here.
Iggy Pop And Josh Homme Rock Kimmel
Iggy Pop teamed up with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme on the late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live this week to play "Lust For Life" and video of the performance has been posted online.
Pop and Homme are on the road together in support of their collaboration album Post Pop Depression, and dropped into the Los Angeles studio to perform the classic 1977 track along with Sunday from the new record.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the book Total Chaos: The Story Of Iggy And The Stooges will be published on October 11 via Third Man Books. Watch the Kimmel performance here.
New Frank Zappa Reissues Announced
The next round of Frank Zappa reissues is to continue next month. Originally launched to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Lumpy Gravy and We're Only In It For The Money in 2008, the Lumpy Money Project/Object features alternative tracks, along with studio outtakes, instrumental mixes and interviews with Zappa.
It'll be presented on 3CD and also features a booklet with photos and liner notes penned by David Fricke and Gail Zappa. It'll be released on May 27 via Universal.
On the same day, Road Tapes Venue #1, Road Tapes Venue #2 and Road Tapes Venue #3 will be launched, each on 2CD. Find out more details about that release here.
Sebastian Bach Might Do Storytelling Style Book Tour
Sebastian Bach says he might launch a book tour to promote his upcoming memoir, 18 And Life On Skid Row. The former Skid Row frontman will release the book on June 28, which he says is filled with personal anecdotes and childhood photos.
Bach hints at book tour plans, He tells Billboard:: "My stand on that is like, do a storytelling thing with a visual component with old videos and I have all the mastered tapes from the Oh Say Can You Scream Skid Row DVD, Roadkill and all that.
"And I could show video that's never been seen. I'm excited about doing some sort of presentation with songs and stuff like that. That would be cool." Read more here.
Paul Simon Streams New Song 'Cool Papa Bell'
Paul Simon revealed a new song off his upcoming album Stranger to Stranger. It marks the second song he's shared prior to the album's release on June 3rd.
Titled "Cool Papa Bell," the song has a stream-of-consciousness factor to it. Simon sings about "Cool Papa" Bell or James Thomas, the early 20th century baseball player.
Simon's lyrics evoke a whimsical quality as he describes his current outlook as one people might call a new age fad, or his tattoo which reads "wall-to-wall fun." Simon even gets flippant, dropping a few "mother f-ckers," including one aimed at a squirrel.
"Cool Papa Bell" in some ways harkens back to his 1973 album There Goes Rhymin' Simon, at least in terms of melody and pop-folk rhythms. But it features certain updates like a tuba that peppers the light-hearted song with a weightier feel. Read more and listen to "Cool Papa Bell" here.
Neil Young Announces New Album 'Earth'
In March, Neil Young shared that he was back in the studio working on a new album, and now we finally have details about what the project will entail. Titled Earth, Young's newest album pulls together songs from albums old and new, as well as a previously unreleased song "I Won't Quit."
The album was recorded over the course of Young's 2015 tour, The Promise of the Real, and features performances that include his sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson.
The tracks mainly come from After the Gold Rush (1970), Ragged Glory (1990) and The Monsanto Years (2015). The 11-track album totals 98 minutes of music that will be presented as an "uninterrupted flow." Read more here.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN … THE BANGLES!,
16-TRACK COLLECTION OF THE BAND’S ’80s RARITIES, COMING ON OMNIVORE ON JUNE 24.
Set encompasses their debut single (as the Bangs), full EP, plus demos, live tracks, a commercial and outtakes.
Hand-selected by the band members from their personal music, archives, Ladies and Gentlemen . . . The Bangles! is a 16-track collection of re-mastered ’80s-era rarities, demos, live recordings and more, including their debut single and all of the tracks from their self-titled EP — produced by legendary Ramones/Blondie producer Craig Leon — unavailable since its initial release on vinyl in 1982.
The set is due out on Omnivore Recordings on June 24, 2016.
Encompassing the very first years of the band’s development, from their earliest days as the Bangs to their incarnation as the Bangles, this is the original line-up of Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson, and their first bass player, Annette Zilinskas. (Annette's replacement, longtime Bangles bassist Michael Steele appears on a couple of live tracks.)
“We’re so pleased to give our fans and music lovers alike the chance to enjoy the early fruits of our labor. Some of these tracks have never seen the light of day,” states drummer/singer Debbi Peterson.
“We’ve wanted to make these songs available to a new audience for a long time,” adds singer/guitarist Vicki Peterson. “We’ve thrown in a couple of live tracks, and even some of the first demos, all lovingly collected and re-mastered, so you no longer have to dig out a cassette player to hear them.”
Singer/guitarist Hoffs continues, “I feel a very special connection to our early recordings. The garage of my parents’ house was our musical laboratory, and we took all the flavors of our favorite bands and mixed up a concoction of jangly guitars, McCartney-inspired bass parts, grooves powered by punk energy, and harmonies galore! These songs and recordings were our musical manifesto — all that mattered and inspired us, fueled by youthful energy, hope and blind ambition.”
In partnership with the band, Omnivore Recordings is proud to offer this compilation (previously available as a download only), with many tracks available for the first time on CD. Ladies and Gentlemen . . . The Bangles!
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Led Zeppelin Could Settle Stairway To Heaven Lawsuit For $1
Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant could avoid the looming court case over classic track Stairway To Heaven by paying a $1 settlement and giving a songwriting credit to late Spirit guitarist Randy California.
And the representatives of California's estate say that future earnings from the credit would be used to provide musical instruments and music lessons for deprived schoolchildren.
The trial is set to begin on May 10 after it was alleged that the opening section of Stairway To Heaven, released in 1971, was based on Spirit trackTaurus, released four years earlier.
Page described the claim as "ridiculous" and recently said he'd never heard California's composition until legal action commenced. Led Zeppelin's lawyers have argued that California signed away his rights to his work and therefore his estate is not competent to sue them, and also that the musical construction in question is so common that it can't be protected by law - although District Judge Gary Klausner disagreed. Read more here.
CAROL-LYN PRESENTS THE “HERSTORY OF ROCK!” SHOW APRIL 27, 2016 (LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - USA)
Former Raiding the Rock Vault vocalist and longtime Vegas performer, Carol-Lyn Liddle, presents a 90 minute lesson of the most iconic females of rock and roll from the ground breakers to the hit makers and the rock and roll hall-of-famers! Relive the songs and stories of Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Linda Ronstadt, Cher, Tina Turner, Pat Benetar, Joan Jett and more!
The award winning singer says, “For years people have asked me to create my own show. This is my loving tribute to the women who shaped my musical soul, the ones who made me want to sing! I’ve engaged the best live rock musicians and dancers to help me tell their story…HERstory.”
Carol-Lyn has been dubbed “Las Vegas’ Queen of Rock” by her fans and has performed with amazing musicians such as Howard Leese (HEART, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Robin Zander (CHEAP TRICK, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Doug Aldrich (DIO, WHITE SNAKE), Hugh McDonald (BON JOVI), John Payne (ASIA) to name a few.
Former Jethro Tull Keyboardist Dee Palmer's “The Orchestral Sgt Pepper” and Other Titles Reissued
London, UK – Gonzo Multimedia has reissued Dee Palmer's “The Orchestral Sgt Pepper”! From 1968 until 1980 she was arranger and, subsequently, keyboardist with the globally prestigious, seminal English rock group, Jethro Tull. On leaving the group she produced an acclaimed series of albums of symphonic versions of prog-rock music of the 70's – Tull, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes, Queen etc. – performing them, live, in Europe and the Americas throughout the 90's.
In June 1967 The Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”, their eighth studio album. The critic Kenneth Tynan described it as "a decisive moment in the history of Western civilization". Richard Poirier wrote: “Listening to the Sgt. Pepper album one thinks not simply of the history of popular music but the history of this century.” Time magazine declared it “a historic departure in the progress of music – any music.” Newsweek's Jack Kroll called it a “masterpiece”, comparing the lyrics with literary works by Edith Sitwell, Harold Pinter and T. S. Eliot, particularly “A Day in the Life”, which he compared to Eliot's The Waste Land. The New York Times Book Review characterized it as a harbinger of a “golden Renaissance of Song” and the New Statesman 's Wilfrid Mellers praised its elevation of pop music to the level of fine art.
In 1994, Dee Palmer orchestrated this classic album for EMI at the famous Abbey Road studios with the Royal Academy Of Music Symphony Orchestra, donating the lion's share of the royalties for the benefit of impecunious music students at the Royal Academy, having once been one herself.
Currently working on a variety of projects including Dee's autobiography and a long awaited album of original songs, she has recently completed the choral arrangements of songs from three of her series of symphonic rock albums, with a future “Prog-Rock Prom” performance in mind.
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Other Dee Palmer titles to be reissued by Gonzo Multimedia:
Dee Palmer and The London Symphony Orchestra “Objects of Fantasy (The Music of Pink Floyd)” (release date May 25, 2016)
Personnel includes Steve Hackett, Mitch Dalton (guitar); Charlie Morgan (drums); Andy Pask (bass guitar); David Bristow, Dee Palmer (keyboards); Stan Saltzman (soprano saxophone); Phil Todd (tenor saxophone); Stephanie De Sykes, Clare Torry, Miriam Stockley, Tony Burrows, Carl Wayne, Ian Hunt (voice).
Dee Palmer and The London Symphony Orchestra “Passing Open Windows - A Symphonic Tribute to Queen”
Recorded in England on August 14-23, 1996. Personnel: Dee Palmer (conductor, keyboards); The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Neil Lancaster, Tim Whitnall, Carl Wayne, Mick Mullins (vocals); John Paricelli (guitar); Stan Sultzman (soprano saxophone); John Barclay (trumpet); Derek James (trombone); Dee Palmer, Andy Vinter (keyboards); Alan Walley, Tim Harries (bass); Matthew Rich (percussion)
Dee Palmer and The London Symphony Orchestra “Symphonic Music of Yes”
Personnel includes: Dee Palmer (conductor, arranger, synthesizer, piano, vocoder, Hammond organ); Jon Anderson, The London Community Gospel Choir (vocals); Steve Howe (guitar, background vocals, mandolin, dobro); Tim Harries (bass); Bill Bruford (drums); Gary Masters (programming); The London Philharmonic, The English Chamber Orchestra. Producers: Alan Parsons, Steve Howe, Dee Palmer.
Dee Palmer and The London Symphony Orchestra “We Know What We Like - The Music of Genesis”
Personnel includes: Dee Palmer, The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Steve Hackett (guitar); Ian Anderson (flute).
All four titles will also be released in a box set titled “A Vintage Case of Dee Palmer”.
Six Degrees From Steve Miller: Musical Giants Influence Space Cowboy
Dallas, TX - April 28, 2016. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands goes one on one with ‘70s musical icon and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller about his life and Greatest Hits.
From the time he was a toddler, Steve Miller was surrounded by giants of 20th century American music including Les Paul and Mary Ford, Charles Mingus, and T-Bone Walker. Not just their recorded music, but by them, in the flesh, as house guests in the Miller home in Dallas. Steve Miller’s brush with music royalty continued with a chance meeting with the Beatles that resulted in a Paul McCartney/Miller collaboration on the track “My Dark Hour”.
But by 1973 Miller needed more than six degrees of separation from rock and roll icons. Steve Miller needed a hit. Steve shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the story behind his first # 1 single “The Joker”.
“The Joker was the first album I produced myself...Every time I’d go to make an album, there would be this big huge fight about what to make. So finally I just cleared everything out and just went in and did it all by myself. No producer or anything. And that was my first gold single and my first platinum album! So that gave me a big boost of confidence.” - Steve Miller
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KISS Try To Limit Overinflated Resale Ticket Prices
KISS mainman Gene Simmons says the band struggle to stop fans paying overinflated prices for tickets on the secondary market. In 2008, the bassist appeared to support the resale of the band's tickets, telling Ticketnews: "There is no secondary market - there's only the market. That's the reality, and everything else is political jumbling. If somebody wants a ticket, they'll buy it or they won't."
But he now reports that while Kiss try and curtail "shenanigans" by offering tickets direct through their website, there will always be people out to take advantage of others when it comes to making money.
Simmons tells the BBC: "I don't like it but capitalism is capitalism. If you buy a piece of furniture you're allowed if you sell it for a profit. But we do try to limit that sort of shenanigans. You try to do the best you can but it is a free market system.
"The nature of money is that people tend to abuse it and when there the chance to make hideous sums on somebody who really wants something, people will take advantage of people." Read more here.
Nicko McBrain On Idea Of Iron Maiden Without Him
Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain says that he would be happy for Maiden to bring in a new drummer if he ever found himself unable to carry on playing.
He tells Metal Hammer: In Residence on Spotify:: "If I can't play, if my hands or arms don't work any more, then I'll pass the sticks on to someone else. There's too much great music in this band for them not to carry on if I couldn't do it. I'm not saying that could happen, but I'm not an idiot. I know what my capabilities are and I would never be a parody of myself."
Despite the Book Of Souls tour having months still to run, McBrain is already excited about the prospect of recording a 17th album. "We're a funny breed as a band," he says. "We have a plan but it doesn't really take much to put it together. We've talked about doing another album, I'd love to do another record." Read more here.
Prince Approached Journey Before Releasing 'Purple Rain'
This past week, the world has been saturated with Prince's 'Purple Rain". Between radio takeovers, Purple Rain screenings, and musical tributes to the artist, the anthem has pretty much been on repeat ever since the news of his untimely passing broke. With the song fresh in your mind, take a listen to Journey's song 'Faithfully."
Hear the similarities between the songs? Prince did, too, which is why he called up Journey's Jonathan Cain and asked for his blessing before releasing what would become his signature song.
Cain recalled going to Columbia Records' offices in Los Angeles to take a call from Prince, who said, 'I want to play something for you, and I want you to check it out. The chord changes are close to 'Faithfully' and I don't want you to sue me." "I thought it was an amazing tune," Cain said, 'and I told him, 'Man, I'm just super-flattered that you even called. It shows you're that classy of a guy. Good luck with the song. I know it's gonna be a hit.'"
Journey guitarist Neal Schon recalled Prince's classy move, too. "Prince felt, I guess, it was obvious enough that he was worried we were going to sue him. I think he called our office asking about it and we all talked about it and everybody said, 'Nah, it's the highest form of flattery. Let it go.'" Schon didn't even want a co-writing credit. Read more and check out the two tracks here.
Stevie Nicks Does 'Rhiannon' With Broadway's School Of Rock Cast
Stevie Nicks performed the Fleetwood Mac classic, "Rhiannon", with the cast of Broadway's School Of Rock at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York on Tuesday and video from the show is available.
Based on the smash 2003 film of the same name starring Jack Black, Broadway World reports Nicks surprised the audience when she joined the cast after their curtain call for the hit from Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 album.
"To be in the presence of these kids that are so amazing that honestly sometimes I close my eyes and I'm not sure that it's not Fleetwood Mac," Nicks told the crowd. "It's very trippy. They are so good."
After the performance, Nicks admitted that the appearance marked her first time on a Broadway stage. "I think this is my Broadway debut, and I'm thrilled," she said. "It was like being somewhere between eight and 13 again. I can't wait to send a tape of this to Lindsey [Buckingham] and my other guitar player, Waddy [Wachtel], because they're gonna die. They're not gonna believe it. They're so good." Read more and check out the videos here.
George Lynch To Score The Videogame 'Blackroom'
Guitarist George Lynch will provide the soundtrack to upcoming video game Blackroom, it's been confirmed. A Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project has been set up - and Lynch has been named as a key member of the team.
The first-person shooter is being developed by Id Software founders John Romero and Adrian Carmack under the Night Work Games banner. The pair are known for their work on classic games Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake.
Blackroom is described as "a visceral, varied and violent shooter that harkens back to classic FPS play with a mixture of exploration, speed, and intense, weaponised combat." Read more here.
Supergroup Phantom 5 Stream New Song 'They Won't Come Back'
Supergroup Phantom 5 have released an online stream of their track "They Won't Come Back." The song comes from their upcoming self-titled debut album, released on May 13 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Phantom 5 - formerly known as Supremacy - features former Bonfire singer Claus Lessmann and ex-Scorpions bassist Francis Buchholz, along with guitarists Michael Voss and Robby Boebel and drummer Axel Kruse.
Lessmann says: "I am very proud of being part of a very fine piece of melodic rock and I hope that many people will like and love it the same way we do.
"Everything came together very naturally and I had the feeling that our flow of creativity never seemed to run dry, just like it should be. After the more than painful situation with Bonfire, it was exactly the right thing, at the right time to do for me and it just felt and feels so damn right." Stream the song here.
Kip Winger Releasing Classical Music Album
Kip Winger has announced that he'll release an album of classical music next month. Conversations With Nijinsky was recorded at California's Skywalker Sound with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, was conducted by Martin West and co-produced by Leslie Ann Jones.
The record features Winger's ballet Ghosts, Conversations With Nijinsky, and his new composition A Parting Grace. Winger had the following to say about the project:
"I've spent my life dedicated to music. Since my early days with Alice Cooper, I've always known that my ultimate destination was composing classical music for the orchestra. It's been a great honor to work with Martin West, Leslie Ann Jones and this superb orchestra." Read more here.
Rob Zombie Raw And Uncut Interview Goes Online
An uncut and extended version of a classic Rob Zombie interview that first appeared in a 2004 documentary has been released online. Zombie spoke to Sam Dunn for the documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey - a conversation that Dunn describes as "the most quotable" interview he's ever carried out.
The new clip, is entitled Rob Zombie Raw And Uncut. Explaining the devotion of metal fans, Zombie says: "Metal fans love it forever. No one goes, 'Yeah I was really into Slayer one summer.' I've never met that guy. I've only met the guy that's got 'Slayer' carved across his chest."
He also discusses the importance of image in the music industry and his obsession with all things aesthetic when it comes to his work. Watch the video clip here.
Ray Wilson Releases 'Not Long Till Springtime' Video
Ray Wilson has released a video for his track Not Long Till Springtime, taken from fifth solo album Song For A Friend. It's to be launched on June 3, and it's the first of two full-length titles he'll release this year.
Song For A Friend is described as "a collection of musical short stories" dedicated to a close friend who died last year. Former Genesis frontman Wilson says:
"The meaning of life is the journey. This album encapsulate the journey. This album was written to inspire - when you feel like giving in, when you feel you're losing the will to keep pushing or fighting, this was written to help you dig deep, and fight for joy and peace in your life." Watch the video here.
Trevor Horn Announces Shows With Yes
Trevor Horn will join Yes onstage for two shows on their upcoming UK tour. He took over vocal duties in the band from Jon Anderson for 1980 album, Drama - leaving the prog icons in 1981 after just seven months.
Horn will join guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Billy Sherwood and frontman Jon Davison for Yes' shows at Oxford's New Theatre on May 9 and at London's Royal Albert Hall on May 10.
The band will perform Drama and 1971's Fragile in full on the run of shows. Horn has been rehearsing with Yes at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, UK.
Guitarist Steve Howe said: "This is the first time we'll be performing Drama in its entirety - and most of the songs haven't been performed in 30 years." See the dates here.
Prince's Paisley Park To Be Become a Museum
Prince's Paisley Park compound is about to get the Graceland treatment. The late singer's home will be turned into a museum in honor of The Purple One. Longtime Prince collaborator Sheila E. revealed the plans in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
The percussionist told the entertainment program, "We're hoping to make Paisley what [Prince wanted] it to be. [He] was working on it being a museum. He's been gathering memorabilia and stuff from all the tours, like my drums and his motorcycle."
Sheila E went on to describe one of the hallways in the sprawling estate, "There's a hallway of his awards and things, which he really didn't care about too much, but he displayed it for the fans because he knows that they would want to see it. There's pictures of him all down the halls, some you've seen before and some never [seen]' There's a mural on the wall with his hands out and on one side is all the people he was influenced by and the other side is all of us who have played with him' It's beautiful." Read more here.
AC/DC Ticket Holders Offered Refunds After Axl Rose Announcement
AC/DC fans who have bought tickets for the band's show in London are being offered the chance to claim a refund. Seetickets customers who bought tickets for the June 4 gig at the Olympic Stadium were today sent an email giving them the opportunity to claim a refund.
The show is part of the band's Rock Or Bust world tour and will feature Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose on lead vocals after Brian Johnson was ordered to stop touring or risk going deaf.
The message reads: "You have the opportunity to request a refund of your ticket. Refunds will be available from now until 5pm on Friday, May 6." Read more here.
THE WHO - WHO CARES ABOUT THE NEXT GENERATION PRIVATE FUNDRAISER TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES FROM THE WHO, EDDIE VEDDER AND JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
EVENT TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR UCLA HEALTH AUTISM TREATMENT PROGRAM AND TEEN CANCER AMERICA TO ALSO INCLUDE SPECIAL APPEARANCES FROM
DAVID SPADE, HOWIE MANDEL AND PAUL STANLEY
ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO BE RAISED VIA ONLINE SILENT AUCTION AND LIVE EVENT AUCTION WITH ONE-OF-A-KIND ITEMS INCLUDING CONCERT TICKETS, HOTEL PACKAGES,
ROCK & ROLL MEMORABILIA AND LUXURY ITEMS
"Thank you for supporting our movement for change."
Following a tradition of events that have taken place since 2006, THE WHO will team up with Eddie Vedder and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts for WHO CARES ABOUT THE NEXT GENERATION, a Tuesday, May 31 private fundraiser in Los Angeles to raise awareness and funds for UCLA Health Autism Treatment Program and Teen Cancer America.
The WHO CARES ABOUT THE NEXT GENERATION evening will include musical collaborations with special guests joining the aforementioned performers; Rockin' Cocktails provided by Patron; Festive Food Stations; and a Live Auction, with auctioneer Howie Mandel, who will be joined on stage by surprise special guests including David Spade and Paul Stanley.
In advance of the event, an online silent auction will feature once-in-a-lifetime items including rock & roll memorabilia, concert tickets, hotel packages, artwork and a variety of luxury items provided by UCLA Health and TCA Supporters including Four Seasons Resorts Lana'I and The St. Regis New York, The Lowell, Officine Panerai and Tumi. Additional details can be found here.
This intimate performance from THE WHO comes as the legendary band concludes the final leg of their critically acclaimed "THE WHO HITS 50!" North American tour, which wraps up May 29 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. "THE WHO HITS 50!" tour is being presented by AEG Live. Tickets are currently on sale at: www.thewho.com.
ABOUT UCLA HEALTH AUTISM TREATMENT PROGRAM
Today, one in every 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder. It is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S. The UCLA Autism Treatment Program is at the forefront of research and new treatments for autism, but too few practicing community clinicians are up-to-date. With these funds, UCLA experts will establish state-of-the-art free programs for community teachers and professionals to better impact the growing population of families with children on the autism spectrum.
ABOUT TEEN CANCER AMERICA
Every hour in America another 13-25 year-old is diagnosed with cancer. TEEN CANCER AMERICA is transforming their lives by building specialized in-patient and out-patient "teen zones" in our country's leading cancer treatment and research centers. With your support, these "teen zones" will soon be serving thousands of impacted young people and their families across the country - improving treatment, outcomes and survival rates. www.teencanceramerica.org
WhoCares is part of an event series that began in 2006 to raise money for UCLA's Autism Treatment Program and the treatment of teens and young adults battling cancer. These private events have raised over $6 million, with event expenses totaling less than 10 percent of funds raised. Donated dollars aided in the expansion of access to autism treatment services for children and families coping with an ASD diagnosis, as well as funding the first U.S. specialized teen cancer unit at UCLA and now, the launch of these units across the U.S. through the work of Teen Cancer America.
ABOUT THE WHO
THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane. Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl.
Five Finger Death Punch Issues Statement in Regards to Prospect Park Lawsuit
In response to a recent lawsuit filed against the members of Five Finger Death Punch by their label, Prospect Park LLC, the band has released the following statement:
Desperate people do desperate things.
We are saddened, but not surprised by the recent lawsuit filed by Prospect Park, LLC against the members of Five Finger Death Punch. It is the latest in a long line of exploitative and abusive bullying tactics used by our former manager and current label CEO Jeff Kwatinetz to extract money from and wield power against the band.
Jeff Kwatinetz is well-known as a former music industry powerhouse whose erratic behavior and affiliated corporate bankruptcies have caused most of his companies’ clients, including Backstreet Boys, Korn, Smashing Pumpkins, Janes Addiction and Azalea Banks to flee in droves. In fact, we also fired Prospect Park management four years ago in an effort to escape an arrangement that more resembled indentured servitude. Five Finger Death Punch’s recordings are now one of Prospect Park’s last remaining and most valuable assets still under contract.
Five Finger Death Punch is prepared to record and deliver the final album this year under its recording agreement, but instead of allowing us to record, Prospect Park has chosen to sue us, hold us for ransom and squeeze extra money out of its contract rights by attempting to sell an interest in future recordings. What’s worse is that Prospect Park very deliberately filed their meritless lawsuit the same week we are trying put our Fall co-headlining arena tour on sale.
In its lawsuit, Prospect Park states that Five Finger Death Punch has plateaued and that its sound is stale, yet on multiple occasions and in writing Mr. Kwatinetz referred to the most recent album, Got Your Six, as the band's "best album yet". Five Finger Death Punch is the best selling Active Rock band of the last 24 months and one of the top selling Active Rock bands of this decade. Every single first week album sales figure has been higher than the last. In fact, there is not one shred of evidence to suggest that Five Finger Death Punch’s career remains on any trajectory other than an upward one. Any statement or suggestion that Five Finger Death Punch is suffering from some kind of slump is untrue.
Prospect Park does not want us to record our next album with Kevin Churko, who at this point is part of our family and who has produced the last five of our six albums. As for the creative process, Mr. Kwatinetz has never been to the studio during the making of any of our albums, he has never met Mr. Churko and Prospect Park repeatedly failed to pay Mr. Churko on time.
As for our singer, Ivan Moody, his issues are no secret and were recently and successfully addressed with the love and support of his family and bandmates in a rehabilitation facility. Never once did Prospect Park Management or Recordings support any efforts to get him sober, preferring the band continue making albums and touring.
We are confident that the evidence will expose the allegations in Prospect Park’s complaint as completely meritless and that the band will recover substantial damages and be released from any further obligations to Prospect Park based on the cross-complaint that we intend to file. – Five Finger Death Punch
Music Icon STEVEN TYLER to Headline LaconiaFest on June 15, 2016
LaconiaFest: June 11-19, 2016 Weirs Beach Drive-In Theatre in Laconia, New Hampshire
LACONIA, NEW HAMPSHIRE - When the producers of LaconiaFest set out to create the most iconic music experience of all time in New Hampshire, they had one name on the list. Steven Tyler. Today, LaconiaFest announced that legendary music icon Steven Tyler is set to perform on the main stage of the motorcycle music festival on June 15, 2016. Tyler will take the stage at LaconiaFest backed by his Nashville-based band, Loving Mary.
A beloved staple in New Hampshire, Tyler has a longtime connection to the area. In addition to spending his childhood summers in Lake Sunapee, it is where he met the members of the Joe Perry Jam Band, which later evolved into Aerosmith.
One of music's most recognizable and dynamic performers, Tyler has been cited by Rolling Stone as "one of the greatest singers of all time." Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide and he has won four GRAMMY® Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and an Emmy® Award. Tyler is currently working on his highly-anticipated solo album that is scheduled to be released this summer on Big Machine Label Group's Dot Records. His critically-acclaimed single, "RED, WHITE, & YOU" is available now.
Tyler also has a love for motorcycles, making him a natural fit for the festival. In September 2007, Tyler launched a line of custom motorcycles, now named Dirico Motorcycles, and is a co-founder and partner of the motorcycle brand.
"We couldn't be more proud of Steven Tyler's homecoming to the state of New Hampshire for LaconiaFest," says Tyler Glover, co-producer of LaconiaFest. "Fans in this area grew up listening to Tyler's iconic voice several times a day on the radio, and they are even more eager to see him perform in person."
Tickets for the June 15th Steven Tyler show will be announced and go on sale soon via www.laconiafest.com.
LaconiaFest Ticket Information:
Tickets for four of the nine LaconiaFest concert dates are on sale now, giving you access to over 50 performing artists - with more to come during the remaining five dates! LaconiaFest VIP Pit and VIP Tower tickets will be available for purchase within the coming weeks, delivering next level festival status including the best views, expedited entry and VIP perks to be announced soon. All General Admission, VIP Tower and VIP Pit tickets include "all-day" in and out access to the LaconiaFest attractions and facilities for that day.
GA ticket prices range from $30 to $70, and VIP PIT and VIP Tickets start at $100. Get your tickets now via www.LaconiaFest.com or www.TicketGalaxy.com and stay tuned for more information on tickets for the remaining five dates, coming soon!
LaconiaFest is sponsored by Ticket Galaxy, Stoli Vodka and Monster Energy.
For more information, visit www.LaconiaFest.com.
"SONS OF ANARCHY" CAST MEMBERS JOIN 2ND ANNUAL "RIDE FOR RONNIE" MOTORCYCLE RALLY & CONCERT FOR RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND ON SUNDAY, MAY 22
Emilio Rivera (SOA's 'Marcus Alvarez') Will Lead Ride from Harley-Davidson of Glendale to Los Encinos Park, Encino To Raise Awareness and Funds for Cancer Charity
Afternoon Concert in the Park Features Live Music from Great White, Lita Ford, Dio Disciples, Gabbie Rae, Budderside and More
Hosted by DJ Will
Actor Emilio Rivera ("Marcus Alvarez" on the "Sons of Anarchy" television series) will lead the 2nd Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and Concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Following Rivera at the front of this year's RIDE will be a VIP pack comprising "Sons of Anarchy" actors Michael Beach ("Taddarius Orwell 'T.O.' Cross) and Sean McNabb ("Tacoma-VP") as well as Wendy Dio, Ronnie James Dio's widow and co-founder-president of the Dio Cancer Fund, rocker Lita Ford, who will also perform at the concert following the RIDE, Frank Kramer of KLOS Radio's popular "Heidi and Frank" morning show, and "Boston" Tom Foresteire. Forestiere will ride the one-of-a-kind "Holy Diver" Harley-Davidson motorcycle he won at the recent Street Party that launched this year's RIDE. It is custom-painted with the illustration from the cover of Ronnie James Dio's iconic "Holy Diver" album.
Riders will assemble for a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11AM. The RIDE will take them through the streets of Los Angeles County to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to an afternoon of live music, raffle and live auction, various food and merchandise vendors and more. The Inaugural Ride, held in May 2015 as part of a weekend of events commemorating the 5th anniversary of the passing of Ronnie James Dio, contributed to raising $155,000 for the cancer charity from that weekend's events.
Festivities at Los Encinos Park will commence at 11:30AM with live entertainment provided by rockers GREAT WHITE (http://greatwhiterocknroll.com/), LITA FORD (http://litafordonline.com), DIO DISCIPLES (https://www.facebook.com/DioDisciples), GABBIE RAE (http://www.gabbieraerocks.com), BUDDERSIDE (http://budderside.com), SONIA HARLEY (http://soniaharleymusic.com), and DOCTORS OF THE EARTH (https://www.facebook.com/Doctors-of-the-Earth-253960587952582). The concert will be hosted by DJ WILL (http://metaldjwill.com/).
The "Sons of Anarchy" cast members will also participate in a Meet & Greet at Los Encinos Park during the afternoon events. Rivera, Beach and McNabb will be joined for the Meet & Greet by actress Natalie Skyy, who played Kiki on the
popular series. Emilio Rivera, whose acting career spans some 25 years of roles on television and in films, including the Oscar-winning "Traffic," is an avid motorcyclist and supporter of charitable motorcycle events. His upcoming projects include the films "Badsville," "Better Criminal," "Fade Away" and "Smartass." Michael Beach is also a familiar face on television, with appearances on "The Blacklist," "Secrets and Lies," "Blue Bloods" and a pivotal role on the critically-acclaimed series "ER." In addition to his string of acting credits, which include theatrical productions and appearances on television's "NCIS Los Angeles" and "Community" as well as "Sons of Anarchy," Sean McNabb is well-known as a rock musician who has played bass guitar with Quiet Riot, Dokken and Lynch Mob, among others. Natalie Skyy made her pro Mixed Martial Arts debut as a ring girl with Strikeforce in 2008, which led her to serve at her 2nd MMA fight night collaboration with the Texas-based MMA show, "Shark Fights." Her new film "3 Days" is slated for a 2016 release,
Rocker Gabbie Rae will host another Meet & Greet following her set at the Park to promote Free2Luv (http://www.free2luv.org), the Anti-Bullying initiative for which she is a spokesperson.
Gourmet food trucks will be on site at the Park throughout the afternoon. Among the participating food trucks will be Slammin Sliders, G's Taco Spot and Archie's Ice Cream. Premium beer sponsored by Ninkasi Brewing Company will be available as well as wine, soft drinks and water courtesy of Solar Rain.
An array of merchandise-teeshirts, caps, CDs, wristbands, event souvenirs, etc.-will be available for purchase, and a "Jumble Sale" booth featuring gently-used items and collectibles benefiting the Dio Cancer Fund will be also on site at the Park. Additional vendors are being finalized.
A live auction will be held during the concert that will include a B.C. Rich guitar signed by Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), King Diamond and Geoff Tate and a custom-made "Cut" leather motorcycle vest with a set of specially-embroidered Dio Cancer Fund patches. Additionally, there will be a raffle for a special limited edition ASG Vision Motörhead white-body guitar with the "Ace of Spades" graphic and other items.
Additional RIDE FOR RONNIE sponsors who are helping to make this year's event possible include Harley-Davidson of Glendale, Bigg Time Entertainment, Production Resource Group (PRG), Law Tigers, Mates Studios, Clair Global Audio, Monster Energy Drink, Western Bagel and Starbucks (San Fernando Road, Glendale), among others.
100% of the net proceeds from the RIDE FOR RONNIE will go to the Dio Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org).
Both riders and concert-goers can purchase their tickets by visiting: www.diocancerfund.org/events
$30/rider (includes concert admission)
$10/passenger (includes concert admission)
$20 concert admission only
Day of Event Prices:
$35/rider (includes concert admission)
$15/passenger (includes concert admission)
$25 concert admission only
2016 RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and Concert Schedule
Sunday, May 22, 2016
9:00am - 10:45am: Rider Check-In & On-Site Registration
9:00am - 10:30am Continental Breakfast
Kickstands up at 11:00am
Harley Davidson of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204
11:30AM - Gates open
11:45AM- 5PM Concert
Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark Street Encino, CA 91436
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org) was formed in memory of the legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to gastric cancer in 2010. A privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised over $1 million. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects. The recent passing of several high profile musicians to cancer has served to reinforce the commitment of the Dio Cancer Fund to support research and education that furthers early detection, prevention and treatment of prostate, colon and gastric cancers.
HARD ROCKERS MONSTER TRUCK TO SPONSOR CAR AT GEICO 500 NASCAR RACE AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY ON FOX THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH
FIRST SINGLE "DON'T TELL ME HOW TO LIVE" MOTORS IN TO TOP 25 AT ACTIVE ROCK RADIO
(New York, NY) - Hard rockers Monster Truck are sponsoring the #24 JGL Racing Toyota Camry driven by rising star Brandon McReynolds at Saturday's Xfinity NASCAR race at the world famous Talladega Superspeedway. The car can be seen throughout practices and during the race on Saturday, April 30th across FOX's programming. As part of an ongoing relationship with FOX Sports, Monster Truck will be filming segments about the car and the band to be aired during Saturday's race. An image of the car can be seen here. Tune in all weekend on FOX to catch Monster Truck coverage during practice and the race. If you are attending Talladega, look for the band hanging with fans and Brandon throughout the weekend at the track.
In other news, "Don't Tell Me How To Live," the first single from Monster Truck's recently released album, SITTIN' HEAVY, is now #23 at Active Rock radio. The epic video for the single recently made its exclusive worldwide premiere via Ultimate Classic Rock. In the band's native Canada, "Don't Tell Me How To Live" catapulted into the Top 5 at Canadian Rock radio just three weeks in.
Fresh off a highly-successful run of tour dates in Europe, the United Kingdom and their native Canada, the Truck are now in the midst of the first United States leg of their extensive touring cycle. The United States run of dates include such major rock festivals as Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range. In between these festivals, Monster Truck will play a combination of headline shows and support dates with such established artists as Rob Zombie, Volbeat, Shinedown and more respectively, bringing their explosive show to the masses. Please see below for the itinerary.
Monster Truck's new album SITTIN' HEAVY has been receiving rave reviews with Amps And Green Screens referring to it as ""...one of the best albums of 2016...when you hear what they've laid down on SITTIN' HEAVY you will get down and thank whatever Gods you pray to that you were in the presence of greatness." The Dedicated Rocker Society avowed "In a word, this album is infectious. SITTIN' HEAVY has a unique groove-centered sound that's difficult to categorize but impossible to get out of your head...This is ass-kickin', gutsy rock n' roll..." SITTIN' HEAVY is available now via the band's webstore, Dine Alone webstore and iTunes. Click here to access album art. SITTIN' HEAVY debuted at #3 on the Canadian Soundscan chart.
Hamilton, Ontario's Monster Truck has been championed by the likes of Slash, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and Alice In Chains' Mike Inez and has toured extensively in their native Canada, the U.S., Europe and the UK, touring alongside such massive acts as Alice In Chains, Slash, Nickelback, Deep Purple, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Alterbridge, Kid Rock. They have also performed at numerous major music festivals around the world including Download, Bonnaroo, Welcome to Rockville, Rock on the Range and Edgefest and will do so again this year. Monster Truck is Jon Harvey (vocals, bass), Jeremy Widerman (guitars, vocals), Brandon Bliss (organ, vocals) and Steve Kiely (drums, vocals).
Monster Truck United States tour dates:
27 Dallas, TX House Of Blues - Cambridge Room****
29 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade****
30 Jacksonville, FL Welcome To Rockville
3 Houston, TX Warehouse Live****
4 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa****
6 Knoxville, TN The International****
7 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion
9 Nashville, TN Exit/In****
11 Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center**
13 Racine, WI Route 20 Outhouse****
14 Somerset, WI Northern Invasion
15 Fargo, ND Fargo Civic Center*****
17 St. Louis, MO Duck Room At Blueberry Hill****
18 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
20 Columbus, OH Rock On The Range
21 Detroit, MI Saint Andrew's Hall - The Shelter****
28 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom****
**supporting Black Stone Cherry only
*****supporting Rob Zombie
ROCKLAHOMA DAILY BAND LINEUPS ANNOUNCED FOR AMERICA'S BIGGEST MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PARTY MAY 27, 28 & 29 IN PRYOR, OK
SINGLE DAY TICKETS ON SALE AND WEEKEND GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET PRICES INCREASE MAY 2
MISS ROCKLAHOMA FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FAN VOTING UNDERWAY NOW
The daily band lineups are now available for Rocklahoma--America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party--May 27, 28 & 29 at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK just outside Tulsa.
Rocklahoma celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2016 with a lineup of the best current rock artists and classic bands, including Scorpions, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, Chevelle, 3 Doors Down, SIXX:A.M., Collective Soul, Sebastian Bach, and many more.
The three-day camping festival features music on three stages each day, as well as premium onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages. In addition, the Rocklahoma campground stage hosts performances during the Thursday night campground party and in the afternoon and late night hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Concertgoers are encouraged to save money by purchasing Rocklahoma tickets now at www.Rocklahoma.com. Single Day tickets go on sale Monday, May 2 at NOON CDT. At that time, Weekend General Admission, Weekend GA 4-Pack and camping ticket prices will increase. Weekend VIP Reserved tickets are now sold out. Ticket prices as of May 2 will be as follows:
Weeekend GA (through 10:59 PM ET on May 6) -- $162
Weekend 4-Pack (through 10:59 PM on May 6) -- $570
Single Day GA -- $85
GA Camping (weekend, does not include ticket) – $100
VIP Camping (weekend, does not include ticket) - $120
The daily band lineup for Rocklahoma is below (subject to change). Those who are camping can start the weekend early with the Rocklahoma Thursday night campground party.
Thursday, May 26 (Campground Party): Even the Dogs, Drek, Nicnos, Emperors and Elephants, Well Hung Heart, Framing The Red, Hoodslide, BC and The Big Rig, Roots of Thought, Grind
Friday, May 27: Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, SIXX:AM, Last In Line, Pop Evil, The Sword, Bang Tango, Shaman’s Harvest, Red Sun Rising, Wilson, Freeway Mad, Snew, NiteRain, Banshee, Chaotic Resemblance, 3-D In Your Face, 5-Star Hooker, Deathgrip, Kore Rozzik, Severmind, Arson City, Stolen Rhodes, SiK, Five Hundredth Year, Octave Jaw
Saturday, May 28: Scorpions, 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul, Hellyeah, Bullet For My Valentine, Sevendust, P.O.D., Texas Hippie Coalition, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Avatar, Wild Throne, Chainmail, Ragdoll, Dead Metal Society, Prophets of Addiction, Mycah, Salems Lott, Beggars Jam, Electronomicon, Teer, Enslaved By Fear, Screaming For Silence, Lovebettie, Lawless Hearts, The Grizzly Band, Locust Grove, Unwritten Rulz
Sunday, May 29: Five Finger Death Punch, Chevelle, Sebastian Bach, Steel Panther, Saint Asonia, Great White, Thousand Foot Krutch, Escape The Fate, Mystery, The Glorious Sons, Second Pass, Citizen Zero, Avenging Benji, Project Terror, Diamond Lane, Nova Rex, Ratchet Dolls, The Tip, Hellectrokuters, Moxy & The Influence, As Above So Below, Dryvr, Suede Panther, The Dirtboxwailers, Vox Squadron, The Brothers Moore
The Top 10 finalists have been announced for the annual Miss Rocklahoma competition. Fan voting is underway now at www.Rocklahoma.com, and continues through May 16. Five finalists will compete on stage at Rocklahoma for the chance to be named Miss Rocklahoma 2016.
General Admission Camping and VIP Camping tickets are still available for Rocklahoma, and may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing email@example.com. The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, with an endless party running around the clock for four days. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 22 at Noon and will remain open until Noon on Tuesday, May 31.
Visit www.Rocklahoma.com and download the Rocklahoma mobile app (available for FREE via iTunes and Google Play) for more festival information.
Rocklahoma is produced by AEG Live, and is part of the World's Loudest Month festival series, which features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct concert atmospheres across the country in April and May.
Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.
Rocklahoma is supported by great corporate partners including Bud Light, Jack Daniel's, Zippo, Monster Energy, Deep Eddy Vodka, Jägermeister, and US Cellular. These partners, along with many others, will feature interactive experiences, artist meet & greets, and other unique fan engagement opportunities throughout the festival.
ROCKLAHOMA — Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Rock!
About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices, and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, American Idols, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Coloseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
David Gilmour Combines Pink Floyd Classic With 'Purple Rain'
Legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour paid tribute to fellow acclaimed guitarist Prince during his concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 24th, a few days following Prince's untimely death.
Nearly four-and-a-half minutes into the 1979 Pink Floyd hit "Comfortably Numb" Gilmour launched into a guitar-soaked instrumental version of "Purple Rain" that lasted for more than a minute.
As the band played, the stage was bathed in purple light. Nearly four-and-a-half minutes into the song, Gilmour played "Purple Rain" on guitar before kicking into the classic "Comfortably Numb" solo at 5:32. Watch it here.
Iron Maiden Change Lyric At First Show In China
Iron Maiden played their very show ever in China debut at Beijing's LeSports Center on April 24 and video from the historic show has been posted online.
Polish Iron Maiden fan club SanktuariuM reports the band performed the standard setlist from "The Book of Souls" world tour, but the show did feature a few changes.
From a production standpoint, there were no pyrotechnics during the concert and the band members were reportedly not allowed to throw items like wristbands and drumsticks into the crowd.
Iron Maiden did, however, make some minor alterations to their content: during "The Trooper", frontman Bruce Dickinson did not wave the Union Jack flag as usual, and he changed a line in the title track to 1984's "Powerslave" - "Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave" was presented as "Tell me why I had to be a Wicker Man."
The Beijing show was followed by a date at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 26. Watch the video including fan shot clips of the changed lyrics and the official video released by the band here.
Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley Reunite For New Video
Ace Frehley has released a new music video for his cover of the 1970 Free hit "Fire and Water". Like the song, the video features a guest appearance from the guitarist's former KISS bandmate Paul Stanley.
Frehley had the following to say about working with Stanley again, "It was great working with Paul again and all the years we've spent apart doing other projects seemed to vanish once we hit the stage!"
The new video is also the first time since 1998 that both Frehley and Stanley appear in a music video together (KISS' "Psycho Circus"). "Fire and Water" is one of the tracks from Frehley's new covers album "Origins: Vol. 1" which topped the hard rock album chart. Watch the new video here.
Led Zeppelin's Page and Plant Unlikely To Appear At Stairway Trial
Led Zeppelin men Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are unlikely to appear in court to answer copyright charges over classic track Stairway To Heaven, because the judge may not have the authority to make them do so.
And the band have successfully argued for the repression of evidence that was to be used against them when the jury trial begins in California on May 10. The legal action centers on whether Led Zeppelin plagiarized 1967 Spirit track Taurus in the opening section of Stairway, which was released four years later and followed the bands touring the US together.
Page and Plant have both recorded depositions that will be presented to the court, assuming that no settlement is reached before the case commences next month. Bandmate John Paul Jones was excluded from the case during Klausner's pre-trial ruling.
Lawyers representing the estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy California this week submitted a list of various Taurus recordings that they believe reinforce their position.
But District Judge Gary Klausner has agreed that the only recordings to be heard are those taken directly from the copyrighted sheet music. Read more here.
Sixx: A.M. Say 'Don't Be Evil, YouTube'
Sixx: A.M. have called on YouTube to pay artists a fair share of streaming revenue, saying: "Don't be evil, YouTube." Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba and James Michael say YouTube pay artists about one sixth of what rival Spotify and Apple do, adding that Google-owned YouTube's founders are worth a combined $75billion.
Sixx AM - who issue their second album Prayer For The Damned on April 29 - say: "We are a lucky band, grateful to have all had success prior to the creation of Sixx AM.
"We have always been vocal about artists' rights. We stood with Taylor Swift when she spoke up about the absence of royalty payments to artists by Apple Music.
"We chose today to speak up about how YouTube unfairly pays artists and labels an estimated 1/6 of what it's competitors Spotify and Apple pay and why this must be addressed.
"We have deep respect for Google's spirit of innovation and YouTube's contribution to the field of technology and entertainment, in fact the data we are citing comes from Google itself, but the facts don't lie. Our large community of hardworking artists is being exploited to make a very small percentage of people extremely rich." Read more here.
Iggy Pop's Story Of The Stooges Book Coming
A book detailing the history of the Stooges is to be released later this year. Titled Total Chaos: The Story Of Iggy And The Stooges, it was edited by Jeff Gold who compiled the book after conducting several interviews with Pop.
The book is described as "the first book telling Iggy Pop's story of the Stooges from his own words. Grammy winning editor and avid music historian Jeff Gold spent two days at the rock legend's home sharing pictures and memorabilia from his collection."
The hardback will be published on October 11 via Third Man Books and also features "a trove of unseen photos." Best-selling author Jon Savage and Johan Kugelburg also contributed to the final edit. Read more here.
Megadeth Guitarist Didn't Play During Audition
Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro has recalled how his audition for Dave Mustaine didn't include playing his instrument. The Angra member was recruited last year following the departure of Chris Broderick, and he appears on 15th album Dystopia alongside guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God.
Loureiro tells WSOU: "People are always asking, 'How is it to work with Mustaine?' He has this reputation because sometimes he says stuff that people don't agree with. But to be honest, Dave, he's just a super gentleman.
"When I met him the first time, when I was kind of auditioning, we just hung for a day in Nashville. He was showing me Nashville - we had lunch, we had coffee, beer at night.
"I hung with him the whole day. I didn't play at all for my, let's say, audition. I discovered a very sharp guy, very intelligent. He's very into politics, he's very sharp in the music business in general, and he's a gentleman." Read more here.
Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose Had More Fun At Second Coachella Show
Axl Rose revealed his current favorite AC/DC song and reflected on the reunion shows at Coachella as he was caught on video Monday rolling through Los Angeles International Airport on a scooter en route to join the Australian band for rehearsals ahead of their European tour next month.
Rose will be fronting the group for the remaining dates on their Rock Or Bust tour after Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to stop performing immediately or risk total hearing loss.
AC/DC's European shows with Rose will begin May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal. TMZ touched base with Rose on AC/DC at LAX and asked him about Guns N' Roses recent pair of headlining sets at Coachella.
"The shows went really good," said Axl. "The crowd was amazing. It was really nice. The first show was good. The second show was more fun. The crowd was even more responsive." Watch the video and learn his favorite AC/DC song here.
Little Caesar Announce Double Live Album
Little Caesar have announced they'll release a double live album next month. Brutally Honest: Live From Holland will launch on May 6 via Unison. It was recorded at Muziekcentrum De Bosuil, Weert, Netherlands on June 20 last year.
The band say of the record: "It captures a moment in time where our adoration for the power of music, with all its subtle imperfections, combined with a welcoming audience, create an experience that will never occur again.
"We hope you enjoy it and we hope to get to enjoy a similar exchange with you - in person - so that we can get to make great music with you all. Without you, your love of music and your support of Little Caesar, we would never get the gift of that cherished exchange." Read more here.
The Jelly Jam Streaming New Song 'Stain On The Sun'
The Jelly Jam have premiered their track Stain On The Sun with Prog. It's the second song released by the prog supergroup, which features John Myung of Dream Theater, Ty Tabor of King's X and Rod Morgenstein of Winger. They previously issued Care.
Both tracks feature on the band's upcoming fourth album entitled Profit, out on May 27 via Mascot Label Group. Tabor said of the album: "There really is no Jelly Jam 'sound.' In order to make Profit the strongest album, we recorded a lot of excess music and chose songs that work together towards the general story idea.
"Musically and sonically we started experimenting a lot further than we had before. It stands on its own as an album beginning to end with a purpose. It's not just a bunch of songs thrown together. It's an entire journey through a story." Stream the song here.
Kid Rock 'Beyond Devastated' After Fatal Accident
Kid Rock is "beyond devastated" after he discovered the body of his 30-year-old personal assistant and friend Michael Sacha, who was killed in an ATV accident on Rock's property in Nashville earlier this week.
Rock writes on his official website, "I am beyond devastated to report that my personal assistant Mike Sacha passed away today in an ATV accident here in Nashville. He was a member of our family and one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with.
"I know I speak for us all in sharing my deepest condolences to his family. I can not imagine how they must feel. Myself, the band, our family, friends and co-workers are devastated over this loss. We were supposed to be back in Michigan today, but I am going to stay here with Mike until I can bring him home to his family.
"We've already been contacted by the press asking if it was me who was in the accident, so I want to stop any rumors before they spread. I'm asking everyone to please respect our and his families' privacy in this difficult time. RIP Mike. We will never forget you, my friend. - Kid Rock"
Police in Nashville put out the following statement about the accident, "Investigation by North Precinct detectives shows that an ATV accident is responsible for the overnight death of Michael Sacha, 30, on private property at 3631 Knight Drive owned by Robert Ritchie, known professionally as musician Kid Rock. Sacha worked for Ritchie as a personal assistant.
"Officers were called to the scene at 11:36 a.m. and found that Sacha was deceased on the embankment of the property's long driveway. Detectives learned that Sacha drove two individuals who had attended a cookout down the driveway to meet with an Uber driver at midnight. While riding the ATV back toward the residence, Sacha apparently lost control and crashed.
"Ritchie began looking for Sacha late this morning when he couldn't find him at the residence. Ritchie and a friend discovered Sacha on the embankment and immediately telephoned for help."
Prince's 'Purple Rain' Expanding To Over 200 Theaters
The music world is still in mourning following the devastating news of Prince's untimely death, less than one week ago. Fans, and artists alike, are having a hard time dealing with the loss of the iconic and unique artist, which manifests into the endless tributes to the legend.
One such tribute took place in cinemas last weekend when Warner Bros. and AMC Theaters teamed up to show Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain. Due to the overwhelming success of the showings, the film will be expanding into over 200 theaters across the country on Friday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Purple Rain will play in 212 AMC theaters, more than doubling the amount of houses that showed the film as a tribute to Prince last week. Read more here.
SANTANA IV Debuts at #5 On Billboard’s Top 200 Chart
New Studio Album Reunites Legendary Band Lineup 45 Years After Santana III
Las Vegas, NV, April 26, 2016: Santana IV has debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, #2 on Billboard’s Top Current Chart, #2 on Billboard’s Rock Chart, and #1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart. Released April 15, 2016 on Santana IV Records with distribution by Thirty Tigers/RED Distribution, the wildly anticipated studio album reunites the revered early ‘70s lineup of guitar icon Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums). The album signifies the first time in 45 years – since 1971’s multi-platinum classic Santana III – that the quintet has recorded together. This album marks Santana’s fourteenth Top 10 album.
"We are thrilled with the opening week’s results of our new record Santana IV,” says Michael Vrionis, President of Santana IV Records, LLC. “People were waiting for this project for over 40 years. We knew from the first day in the studio that this music would resonate with our fans. We can't thank them enough for their continued support."
Santana IV features 16 all-new tracks written and produced by the band that burst with the same unparalleled energy and superlative musicianship that made Santana a pioneering force in world music and a household name across the globe. Joining the core Santana IV band on the album are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with the legendary vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts.
Few bands can pick up a musical dialog after 45 years apart, but on Santana IV each band member reaches a new level of virtuosity and communal intuition on a collection of songs that easily stands side-by-side with the group’s treasured early work.
“When you can go back and break new ground with joy and determination – and some whoop-ass energy – it gets you going,” says Santana. “I think we achieved something very rare. This music was screaming to come out of us. It wasn’t about nostalgia. It was about passion.”
Santana IV is currently available on CD, Double 180 Gram Vinyl with Download Card and Digital configurations.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH AND SHINEDOWN JOIN FORCES
TO CO-HEADLINE FALL’S BIGGEST ARENA ROCK TOUR PRODUCED BY FRANK PRODUCTIONS/NS2/CMoore Live WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SIXX:A.M. AND SUPPORT FROM AS LIONS
VIP PRE-SALE BEGINS THIS WEDNESDAY; LOCAL AND VENUE
PRE-SALES START THURSDAY AND GENERAL TICKET ON SALE
KICKS OFF THIS FRIDAY AT 10 AM ET
SIXX:A.M. NEW ALBUM — PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED —
OUT THIS FRIDAY
Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown are partnering to co-headline the biggest Fall Arena Rock Tour 2016 produced by Frank Productions/NS2/ CMoore Live — an epic trek that kicks off on October 18th in Little Rock, AR, and crisscrosses North America through December. See tour dates below. More dates will be announced soon.
The tour is also highlighted by Special Guest SIXX:A.M. featuring vocalist/producer James Michael, bassist Nikki Sixx and guitarist Dj Ashba. UK newcomers As Lions, featuring Austin Dickinson, will round out the supporting lineup, following the tour’s previous openers-turned-success stories Nothing More and From Ashes To New.
Tickets are available for purchase via VIP and fan club pre-sales tomorrow at 10 am ET at Ticketmaster.com. Local and venue pre-sales begin Thursday, April 28th, at 10 am local time on Ticketmaster.com. The general public on-sale starts this Friday, April 29th at 10 am local time. For more information and exclusive VIP Packages, go HERE or HERE
Says Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory about the tour: "I wanted to give you a brilliant quote about trying to keep rock music alive by assembling bills that can sell out arenas where everyone can have the production rock shows deserve, or bringing out new talented bands and expose them to huge crowds... or about rebuilding a community with the help of rock radio, and donating to good causes while we are at it… but we are so busy doing it that I ran out of quotes”.
Shinedown has always been about sharing the undeniable power of rock music,” says Shinedown frontman Brent Smith. “And performing live is where we make that connection most directly, where we can truly experience that power together with our fans in its purest form because we are literally sharing the same physical space, living in that moment as one. Five Finger Death Punch shares that passion and commitment, and, like us, leaves it all out on the stage every single night. Come experience the power of rock music with us.”
“We are really excited and proud to be part of this tour with FFPD and Shinedown. Having spent many months in the studio recording Prayers for the Damned, it will give us the opportunity to play our new songs and hits in arenas", says bassist Nikki Sixx. "They have been such supporters of new music and we are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this powerful night of music!” adds vocalist & producer James Michael. "I can’t tell you how excited we are to be sharing the bill with FFDP and Shinedown, this tour is going to be off the f’n chain, can’t wait to see you all out there!” states guitarist Dj Ashba.
“This will be the most explosive and dynamic rock tour these cities have ever experienced!” added Frank Productions president Charlie Goldstone.
The bands have partnered to donate $1 from each ticket sold on the tour to four hand-picked charitable organizations close to their hearts: Five Finger Death Punch chose the Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation, Shinedown selected MusiCares, SIXX:A.M. will support Jada Pinkett Smith's Anti-Human Trafficking organization Don't Sell Bodies, and As Lions will donate to Make A Wish America. In addition to the $1 donation per ticket, the bands have teamed up with Crowdrise to give fans the option to enter for the chance to win VIP tickets plus a Meet & Greet by choosing to donate an additional $5 at the time of purchase. Fans who don't live in one of the cities on the tour, but would still like to support the efforts, can visit Crowdrise to donate $5 and be entered for a chance to win a flyaway to the show of their choice plus a Meet & Greet with all four bands.
Coinciding with the announcement of the Fall tour, Five Finger Death Punch are also celebrating the platinum certification of their 2009 album War Is The Answer, as well as the gold certification of their 2013 album The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Vol. 1.
Shinedown recently launched “Asking For It” – the third single off of the multiplatinum rock band’s current album “THREAT TO SURVIVAL” - with an electrifying performance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!.” “Asking For It” follows the album’s back-to-back #1 singles “Cut The Cord” and “State Of My Head,” and looks to build upon the band’s already record-setting tally of 20 chart-topping singles.
SIXX: A.M. will release their highly anticipated fourth album,Prayers for the Damned this Friday, April 29th. Pre-order the album http://smarturl.it/SixxAMPFTD.
Five Finger Death Punch’s highly acclaimed sixth album, Got Your Six, hit new sales heights for the band around the world with its September 2015 debut. In the U.S., it debuted at #1 on Top Album chart, #1 on the Overall Digital Album chart, and #1 on the Hard Music Album chart, as well as at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, and sold 115K in the first week of release. This was the first #1 Album for the Las Vegas hard-rockers. Impressive international chart numbers rolled in from Australia and Canada (#3), Germany and Sweden (#5), and the UK (#6), to name a few. Five Finger Death Punch have grown exponentially in just a few years, racking up 16 consecutive top 10 hits, five #1 hits, four gold and a platinum album. With the release of 2013’s The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1 (recently certified gold) and Volume 2, the band created continuous new content with which they outsold the majority of bands in their genre, selling 2 million albums over the past three years in North America alone. The band is currently taking Got Your Six around the world touring throughout 2017. Don’t miss the brand new lyric video for “Boots and Blood,” from Got Your Six, premiering tomorrow, April 27th. For more info on the band, visit:www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com
Known worldwide for their unparalleled streak of hits, Shinedown is without question one of the most successful rock bands of the 21st century. The band’s unmatched ascendancy over multi-format rock radio has seen the band achieve a record setting 20 #1 singles, including back-to-back chart-toppers “Cut The Cord” and “State Of My Head” off of their latest album, “THREAT TO SURVIVAL.” Released last fall, “THREAT TO SURVIVAL” debuted at #1 on both Billboard’s Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums chart, and #5 overall on the Billboard 200. The band just launched the album’s 3rdsingle “Asking For It.” Shinedown exploded onto the rock scene with 2003’s RIAA-certified Platinum debut album “LEAVE A WHISPER,” has had every album since - “US AND THEM” (2005), “THE SOUND OF MADNESS” (2008), “AMARYLLIS” (2012) – score either Gold or Platinum success. Hailed by fans as a fiery and always exciting live act, Shinedown have toured hard throughout their career, including countless headline treks and festival appearances. The band has shared their explosive performances with a national audience through high profile television appearances on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and TODAY, CBS’ The Early Show, and TBS’ Conan, among others. In 2009, Shinedown received an American Music Award nomination for “Best Alternative Rock Band.” Shinedown is: Brent Smith (vocals), Barry Kerch (drums), Zach Myers (guitars), and Eric Bass (bass). For more information, please visit www.shinedown.com.
Formed in Los Angeles in 2007, SIXX:A.M.’s mission has remained steadfast: to provide the masses with iconic, hard rock that boasts unrivaled musicianship. Comprised of vocalist and producer James Michael, guitarist Dj Ashba, and bassist Nikki Sixx, the band has released three studio albums; The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack (2007), This Is Gonna Hurt (2011), and Modern Vintage (2014), and has sold over 1 million albums globally. On April 29th, SIXX:A.M. will release Volume 1 of their new double album Prayers for the Damned via Eleven Seven Music. The album’s first single “Rise” is currently #7 on the Rock charts and climbing. The band recently announced their #ReasonToRise campaign, in which they urge people to look at their surroundings and take a stand for issues they believe in. Fans can share on social media what makes them raise their fists and act using the hashtag #ReasonToRise. Watch the video for “Rise” here. The band will kick off their global 2016 Prayers for the Damned Tour at Welcome to Rockville on April 30th followed by performances at all other major US and European festivals this spring and summer with a string of US headline shows in May and many more dates soon to be announced. For more information on tour dates and the band, please visit www.sixxammusic.com
As Lions, comprised of vocalist Austin Dickinson, guitarists Conor O’Keefe and Will Homer, bassist Stefan Whiting, and drummer Dave Fee formed in late 2014 and have been on the road ever since. Called the “Hot New Band of 2015” by Metal Hammer, the band has been keeping busy by touring building a national following through the United Kingdom. This year, As Lions will release their debut album, produced by multi-platinum award-winning producer David Bendeth, (Paramore, Papa Roach), on Better Noise Records.www.aslionsband.com
Five Finger Death Punch / Shinedown
10/18 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
10/22 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
10/23 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
10/25 West Valley City, UT Maverik Center
10/27 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
10/28 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
10/29 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
10/31 San Jose, CA SAP Center
11/02 Portland, OR Moda Center
11/03 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
11/05 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
11/07 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
11/09 Billings, MT MetraPark Fairgrounds
11/11 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Civic Center
11/17 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
11/18 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
More dates will be announced soon.
Steve Miller To Be Part Of HBO's Rock Hall Broadcast
It appears Steve Miller will perform on the televised version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A recent press release from HBO lists Miller as performing 'Rock'n Me" and 'The Joker."
Miller's inclusion had been in some doubt, the rock legend has revealed in a recent interview that he is still quibbling with HBO over television rights and could prevent the network from airing his portion of the awards ceremony.
'I spent part of today talking to my lawyer, and we're still negotiating," he told the San Diego Tribune. 'We're demanding they clean up their paper work -- their paper work is just ridiculous!" Read more here.
WORLD-RENOWNED GUITARIST/COMPOSER STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE 2CD/2DVD, BLU-RAY "THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOL" WORLDWIDE JUNE 24TH VIA INSIDEOUT MUSIC
DELUXE PACKAGE TAKEN FROM HACKETT'S RECENT ACOLYTE TO WOLFLIGHT WTH GENESIS REVISITED TOUR
(New York, NY) - World-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett has announced the release of his acclaimed Acolyte To Wolflight With Genesis Revisited Tour as a 2CD/2DVD deluxe package and stand-a-lone Blu-Ray; THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOL will be released worldwide on June 24th via InsideOut Music. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first solo album VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTEand following his latest album WOLFLIGHT, the Acolyte To Wolflight With Genesis Revisited Tour was Hackett's effort to represent the many chapters of his career. Featuring two sets - one highlighting his solo work, the second paying tribute to Genesis - the two hour performance was greeted with enthusiasm by both fans and critics. THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOLwill be available as double CD plus double DVD digipak, separate Blu-Ray edition as well as digital album including the two audio CDs. Please see below for the track listings and click here for cover art.
Hackett chose Liverpool to document the highly-successful tour: "When Inside Out told me that I could film a gig on the British leg of the 2015 tour for release, I thought that we should do it away from London (and) I felt doing it in Liverpool had a certain ring to it," explains Hackett. "This is an extraordinary city and the Philharmonic Hall is an extraordinary venue. Besides, it's not as if Liverpool is known for having any good music - there's never been a good band from there. Ha!" Hackett's love for Liverpool goes back to his time with Genesis: "We played there a few times in the '70s, and the fans have always been very good to me there. And as a huge Beatles fan, I also know the landmarks there, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. I have been on the Magical Mystery Tour. So, the city means a lot to me from that point of view as well. The Beatles set the benchmark for all of us who have followed; we take our imagination from them."
A multi-camera shoot, the recording was done with no prior rehearsals, but Hackett had every confidence in the people he was working with. Paul Green, who did the filming and editing, and Ben Fenner, who mixed the audio, work with Steve regularly and knew exactly what he was looking for. "Paulwas also very innovative" - Hackett reveals - "He used one particular technique to show what Gary was doing on drums, and it is an unusual effect I have never seen before. The drums seem to arc, because of the lens he's using. It gives a very different perspective to the whole viewing experience." The line-up for the performance is as follows: Steve Hackett (guitar, vocals), Roger King (keyboards), Nad Sylvan (vocals, tambourine), Gary O'Toole (drums, percussion, vocals), Rob Townsend (saxophone, woodwind, percussion, vocals, keyboards, bass pedals), Roine Stolt (bass, variax, twelve string, vocals, guitar) with special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann.
Steve Hackett's latest solo album, WOLFLIGHT (InsideOut Music) explores a new chapter in Hackett's career. The tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece ("Corycian Fire") to the Far East ("Wolflight"), the United States and Martin Luther King ("Black Thunder"), and also his very own childhood memories ("The Wheel's Turning") and the unresolved drama of domestic violence ("Love Song To A Vampire"). The video for the title track can be seen here.
In 2010, Steve Hackett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame at The 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony alongside his Genesis bandmates from the classic line-up: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. For more than three decades, Steve Hackett has been known for his innovative tone and extraordinary versatility as a guitarist and composer. He helped define Genesis' sound as lead guitarist in the classic line-up and went on to have a highly-successful career as a solo artist, and also as part of 80s supergroup GTR with Steve Howe.
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ACE FREHLEY CRACKS THE U.S. TOP 10
"FIRE AND WATER" MUSIC VIDEO FEAT. PAUL STANLEY DUE 4/27
FIRST RECORDING WITH ACE + PAUL IN 18 YEARS!
ORIGINS VOL. 1 OUT NOW
ACE FREHLEY has cracked the U.S. top 10 with his latest effort Origins: Vol. 1 charting at #1 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, #3 on the Billboard Rock chart and #6 on the Billboard Current chart selling 16k units in its first week of release according to Nielsen Soundscan. Origins: Vol.1 and its success serves as the follow up to Space Invader, which debuted at #9 on the Top 200 Chart in 2014, the same year Ace Frehley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with KISS.
The space Ace also confirms today, for the first time, that his all new music video for "Fire and Water" will feature his former band mate and KISS’ co founding frontman Paul Stanley, and will be released Wednesday, April 27th, coincidentally Frehley’s 65th birthday. A recently revealed teaser can be seen here.
The music video holds its place in rock and roll history as the first time in 14 years that Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley shared a stage since KISS’ appearance at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. It's also the first time Frehley has released a music video since 1989, which was Frehley's cover of "Do Ya" by ELO and The Move.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ACE FREHLEY released Origins Vol. 1, a collection of 12 newly recorded classics from Ace’s formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll on April 15, 2016. This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS' 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus.
Ace spoke with Rolling Stone about the new record, his guest players and recording with Paul after all these years. Rolling Stone writes: Regarding his reunion with Stanley, Frehley shrugs off any residual tension between the two of them. "We've always been friends," he says. "The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy."
Rolling Stone debuted "White Room," a few weeks ago, the classic hit originally performed by Cream. Other guests are none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy's classic "Emerald," Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs staple "Wild Thing," Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition "Parasite" for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Magic," and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS “Alive!” mainstay "Cold Gin." "White Room."
Walter Trout announces new release, ‘ALIVE in Amsterdam’, recorded live in Amsterdam on the blues legend’s comeback tour & released June 17th on Mascot/Provogue.
Battle Scars World Tour to hit the US and Europe this year.
To be released June 17th on Mascot/Provogue, ‘ALIVE in Amsterdam’ is the sound of a man announcing his resurrection after a period on the ropes. As Trout’s army of international fans are painfully aware, recent times have taken the bandleader to the brink, following a bleak diagnosis of life-threatening liver failure and hepatitis C in 2013. Trout’s rebirth began with a successful transplant in May 2014, and gathered pace with 2015’s ‘Battle Scars’: the acclaimed studio album that channeled his near-death experience into raw autobiographical songs.
Walter Trout has never sounded so alive. The date is November 28th, 2015. The location is Amsterdam’s opulent Royal Theatre Carré. And the occasion is a live performance of the blues-rock legend at full-throttle. “We were rocking,” remembers Trout of the comeback concert captured on ‘ALIVE in Amsterdam.’ “If people are expecting a laid-back show, that’s not what they’ll get. This is potent stuff…”
Yet for this lifelong road-warrior, a return to the stage was always the ultimate goal. And last summer, as Trout headed out on a comeback tour that blew the roof off venues from the Royal Albert Hall to Buddy Guy’s Legends club in Chicago, every fan in the house saw that the man wasn’t just back, he was better than ever. “That whole tour was kinda triumphant for me,” Trout reflects. “Just to be back, after what I went through. But also to be playing with a renewed energy and commitment.
With songs pulled from every era of his five-decade career, the ‘ALIVE in Amsterdam’ set is potent stuff indeed, from the stinging Luther Allison cover “I’m Back,” to the plaintive B.B. King tribute “Say Goodbye To The Blues,” which builds from neck-tingling guitar swells to a stunning virtuoso climax. ‘Battle Scars’ is well-represented by the harmony-bolstered rocker “Almost Gone” and the raucous “Tomorrow Seems So Far Away,” while Trout is joined by his son Jon for “Rock Me Baby,” and even finds time for a fistful of fan favorites, including “The Love That We Once Knew” and “Marie’s Mood.” “You can hear that a guy yells out for ‘Marie’s Mood,’” he laughs. “I actually hadn’t planned on doing that one…”
Urgent, impassioned and electrifying, it’s a live album to treasure, and the perfect appetite-whetter as Trout heads out on tour this year, stopping off at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals in the US and Europe. Walter shows you magic in the studio, of course. But it’s on the stage where he truly comes alive. “I get into the energy and the moment and the excitement of it all,” he says. “I think I’m a very different guitarist live…”
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Available formats: 3LP+Mp3, CD and Digital.
MEGADETH’S UNIQUE 360o LIVE PERFORMANCE OF “POISONOUS SHADOWS” FROM VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE
On Monday, April 25th, Megadeth premiered a 360o view of the band performing “Poisonous Shadows” taken from the Virtual Reality experience for the new album Dystopia. The video gives fans a unique perspective of a VR filming. The full live performance of “Poisonous Shadows” can now be viewed here (http://smarturl.it/Megadeth360).
Featuring 11 tracks, Dystopia was released on January 22nd and debuted at no. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, no. 1 album on the Hard Music and Top Rock charts and no. 2 on the Top Album Sales chart. Globally, Dystopia also achieved top 10 debuts in Canada (no. 2), Japan (no. 2 international chart), Finland (no. 3), Mexico (no. 4), Czech Republic (no. 5), Australia (no. 6), New Zealand (no. 6), Switzerland (no. 7), Poland (no. 8) and Germany (no. 10), which along with Belgium, Ireland and Spain contributed to achieve MEGADETH’s highest ever chart positions in their thirty year history in a total of 10 countries around the world. Other countries with significant sales or chart debuts included UK, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, and France. A truly worldwide success, Dystopia outsold the band’s previous album Super Collider (2013) in only 4 weeks.
MEGADETH is currently on the North American leg of their Dystopia World Tour, visiting a total of 12 states and throughout Canada, before performing across Europe in June and July, and in Latin America in August. MEGADETH will also be making special festival appearances. Go to www.megadeth.com/tour for ticketing info and up-to-date information.
Apr 28 Coliseo de Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Apr 30 Fort Rock @ JetBlue Park Ft. Myers, FL*
May 1 Welcome to Rockville @ Metropolitan Park Jacksonville, FL*
May 2 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
May 5 The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
May 7 Carolina Rebellion @Rock City Campgrounds Concord, NC*
May 20-22 Rock On The Range @ MAPFRE Stadium Columbus OH*
May 22 Rock‘n Derby @ Shaghticoke Fairgrounds Schaghticoke, NY*
May 26 Badlands Pawn Sioux Falls, SD
May 27-29 Rocklahoma @ Catch The Fever Festival Grds Pryor, OK*
May 29 River City Rockfest @ AT&T Center San Antonio, TX*
* Festival Dates
MEGADETH burst onto the scene thirty years ago, virtually inventing a genre with their debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! (recently recognized by VH1 as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time) sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy® nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction.
Guns N' Roses Add New Stadium Dates To Reunion Tour
Guns N' Roses have expanded their summer stadium tour of North America with the addition of four US concerts. The Not In This Lifetime Tour now includes second shows in Chicago, IL, Foxborough, MA and East Rutherford, NJ, as well as a new date at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
A Nightrain official GN'R fan club pre-sale for all four shows is on now; a Citi cardmember pre-sale begins Tuesday, April 16, and general public tickets will go on sale Friday, April 29 at 10 am local - except Foxborough, which happens Saturday, April 30 at 10 am local.
The summer run opens at Ford Field in Detroit, MI on June 23, with dates running to the end of August. The trek will see Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan perform material from the band's legendary albums, including 1987's smash "Appetite For Destruction" - the biggest selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide. See the dates here.