Great White Set to Release Full Circle 6/2
Changes? Yeah, they’ve had ‘em. Fallen off the path? Guilty. Slowed down? No way. Never.
FULL CIRCLE Release Date: June 2, 2017
1. I'm Alright
2. Movin' On
3. This Is The Life
4. Let Me In
6. Cry Of A Nation
7. Give It Up
8. Big Time
9. Never Let You Down
10. I've Got Your Back
Full Circle, the new album from Grammy nominated, multiplatinum recording artists, Great White, teams up the rock and roll band once again with its original producer, Michael Wagener. It’s an honorable nod to their first EP Out of the Night (Aegean Records, 1983) and debut self-titled full-length record (EMI,1984). Wagener, is of course the legendary producer behind the iconic Alice Cooper, Megadeath, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and a slew of other rock gods. Full Circle’s chemistry is palpable – Wagener’s influence is immediately felt…but take note, this is not one-and-done swan song for a band that has churned out chromium-laced hard rock since the early ‘80s. No, this is far from the word ‘finished.’ It’s back to work and back to where it starts – one song at a time.
Recorded at Wagener’s Nashville-based WireWorld Studio, Great White spent the majority of January and February 2017 sequestered in Music City. Set for worldwide release, June 2, Full Circle’s packaging includes a must-have companion DVD called “Making of Full Circle.” Rockslide Entertainment (produced by Todd Sadowski) captured the band developing the songs in the studio – a never-before-seen band access. The footage is just another look at how Great White works together, puts egos aside for the love of their fans.
Much like 2012’s Elation (Frontiers Records) the core song writing team of Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie and Terry Ilous worked heavily alongside Audie Desbrow and Scott Snyder. The first single, “Big Time” is a sharp, cutting track. Their swagger and gladiator attitude is first-hand knowledge, and the listener is galvanized.
In total, the 10 tracks on Full Circle range from the gut-punching “Give It Up,” to the bass-heavy “Cry Of A Nation,” the easily-embraced, more acoustic “Let Me In,” to the dynamic “This Is The Life.” Full Circle is overflowing with start-to-finish, balls to the wall, classic Great White triumphs.
“We can’t thank our fans enough for being there with us over all of these decades,” Kendall said. “It sounds insane to say decades, and when you think about it, that’s how long it’s been since we worked with Michael Wagener. Being excited in the studio with him is an understatement – he’s a driving force and a legend behind the soundboard.”
“Great White is fueled by performing live – we love that energy that you can’t find in the studio,” Lardie said. “But, when you do get us working on a new record, there’s a bond that is forged – it’s almost like alchemy…it’s years of stories, heartache, momentum and love that we put to track.”
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LUST FOR VINYL: UME RESURRECTS IGGY POP'S HISTORIC FIRST THREE LPS ON LIMITED-EDITION
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DAVID BOWIE & TREVOR JONES’ ICONIC LABYRINTH SOUNDTRACK TO BE REMASTERED AND REISSUED ON VINYL MAY 12 VIA UMe
Los Angeles – April 26, 2017 – Extending the 30th anniversary celebration of the beloved film, Labyrinth, Jim Henson’s mesmerizing and enduring fantasy classic, David Bowie and Trevor Jones’ iconic soundtrack will be remastered and reissued on vinyl on May 12 for the first time since its original 1986 release. Long out of print, the album, which was remastered at Capitol Studios, will be available on high quality 120gm black vinyl and include the faithfully replicated original jacket and artwork, including the original EMI America logo and the printed inner sleeve featuring photos of Bowie from the film. Pre-order Labyrinth here: https://UMe.lnk.to/LabyrinthLP
Praised by film critics and moviegoers alike for its astonishing imagery and distinct characters, Labyrinth has been celebrated for being wildly ahead of its time. Directed by Jim Henson and executive produced by George Lucas, the film, which stars David Bowie as Jareth, The Goblin King, is full of memorable creatures brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, working closely with acclaimed artist and conceptual designer Brian Froud.
In a 1986 interview with Movieline, Bowie recalled his first meeting with Henson to discuss the film: "Jim Henson set up a meeting with me while I was doing my 1983 tour in the States, and he outlined the basic concept for Labyrinth and showed me some of Brian Froud's artwork. I'd always wanted to be involved in the music-writing aspect of a movie that would appeal to children of all ages, as well as everyone else, and I must say that Jim gave me a completely free hand with it. The script itself was terribly amusing without being vicious or spiteful or bloody, and it also had a lot more heart than many other special effects movies. So I was pretty well hooked from the beginning.”
Described by The Atlantic as “101 minutes of Bowie rock opera and Hensonian spectacle,” Labyrinth was the second major soundtrack that Bowie worked on, falling between his 16th and 17th studio albums, Tonight and Never Let Me Down. He wrote and recorded five original songs for the film, including "Underground,” “As The World Falls Down” and “Magic Dance” with its famous oft-repeated opening: “You remind me of the babe/What babe? The babe with the power/What power? The power of voodoo/Who do? You do/Do what? Remind me of the babe.” All songs were performed by Bowie except “Chilly Down” which was sung by Charles Augins, Richard Bodkin, Kevin Clash, and Danny John-Jules, the actors who voiced the ‘Firey' creatures in the film. In the aforementioned interview with Movieline around the film and soundtrack’s release, Bowie revealed an obstacle he encountered while recording. “With ‘Dance Magic’ - the song for Jareth and the baby, sung by them and the goblins in the castle throne room - I had problems,” Bowie explained. “The baby I used in the recording studios couldn’t, or wouldn’t, put more than two gurgles together, so I ended up doing the baby-gurgle chorus myself! It’s an up-tempo song, and visually exciting.”
The 12-track soundtrack is rounded out with Trevor Jones’ memorable score. The synth-based instrumentals, described by All Music Guide as “synthesizers blended cautiously into orchestral ensembles to provide a suitably ethereal tone,” represent pivotal moments from the film and include “Into the Labyrinth,” “Sarah” “Hallucination,” “The Goblin Battle,” “Thirteen O'Clock” and “Home at Last.” Jones and Henson previously worked together on the live action fantasy classic, “The Dark Crystal.”
Labyrinth celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and the film and soundtrack have only grown in popularity since its release on June 27, 1986. Last year, a newly restored 4K version of the movie was released back in theaters with a limited engagement theatrical run in the United States giving fans the opportunity to see it back on the big screen. On September 20th, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film on Blu-ray, next-generation 4K Ultra HD™, and as a multi-format 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition complete with unique “mirrorbox” packaging that included a mini replica of the film’s climactic and iconic final scene. All versions include a host of all-new bonus content and a gorgeous 24-page Digibook filled with rare photos and a look behind the scenes.
LABYRINTH OST TRACK LISTING
1. Opening Titles Including Underground
2. Into The Labyrinth
3. Magic Dance
5. Chilly Down
1. As The World Falls Down
2. The Goblin Battle
3. Within You
4. Thirteen O’Clock
5. Home At Last
AC/DC Kids Video A Big Viral Hit
AC/DC are the focus of a new hit video but not in the way that the hard rock legends would expect. The Kids React to AC/DC video has had over 1.8 million views in less than 10 days.
The YouTube clip was a recent release in Fine Brothers Entertainment's always humorous series of videos where they shared the reactions of children to classic bands and a wealth of other topics.
The AC/DC focused episode produced some funny reactions from the new generation including one child's shock that they band was formed in the early 1970s. "I can't believe they're still alive for that long!"
While the kids appeared to love the music, frontman Brian Johnson's signature vocals were a challenge to some of the children. "I seriously cannot understand a single word he was saying". And then there was the reaction to Angus' school boy uniform. Watch the video here.
Paul McCartney Adds New U.S. Dates To One On One Tour
Paul McCartney is a decade past 64 but fans still clearly need him as the Beatles legend has announced that he has added new U.S. dates to his ongoing One On One Tour.
McCartney kicked off the tour last April in Fresno, Ca and will be returning to the states this summer for another round of dates that will be launching in Miami at the American Airlines Arena on July 5th.
The dates are broken up into two legs, one in July and one that begin in September. The additional stops will include shows in Tampa, Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and will be wrapping up on October 1st in Detroit at the Little Caesars Arena.
U.S. ONE ON ONE Tour Dates:
07/05 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena
07/10 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
07/13 - Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Arena
07/15 - Bossier City, LA - CenturyLink Center
07/19 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena
07/21 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
07/23 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center
07/25 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park
09/11 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
09/15 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
09/19 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
09/23 - Syracuse, NY - Carrier Dome
09/26 - Uniondale, NY - NYCB LIVE's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
10/01 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
Boston, Deep Purple and Alice Cooper Lead $20 Concert Offer
Boston, Def Leppard, Deep Purple and Alice Cooper are just some of more than 50 major tours that are part of Live Nation's "Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion" where they are offering $20 tickets.
The promoter will be offering $20 tickets for over 1,000 shows this summer during the special promotion which is scheduled to kick off on May 2nd and run through May 9th.
Other major rock tours that are part of the promotion include Chicago and Kings of Leon, The Doobie Brothers, Korn with Stone Sour, Incubus, Muse with special guest Thirty Seconds to Mars, Lifehouse and Switchfoot, Nickelback with Daughtry, Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows, Depeche Mode, Dead & Co, Styx and REO Speedwagon, Sublime with Rome and The Offspring, Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper and a lot more. Find more details here.
Ian Anderson In The Studio For Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick Anniversary
A new episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 45th anniversary of Jethro Tull's album Thick As A Brick with Ian Anderson. The show sent over these details:
When more than one rock critic in 1971 declared that Jethro Tull's international hit album Aqualung was a concept album, band leader and songwriter Ian Anderson, the the 24 year old singer and famously one legged flute player of Jethro Tull set out to purposely confound those pundits with the band's next album.
Unquestionably and uniquely in a category all its own, Jethro Tull's 1972 epic Thick As A Brick is the only album in history to attain # 1 sales on Billboard containing only one song, albeit 43 minutes long! For composer, singer, flautist Ian Anderson, Thick As A Brick's ultimate irony here is that the album was conceived by Anderson as a total spoof of music critics purporting to ascribe imaginary meaning to the band's preceding Aqualung album as well as a send up of rock's progressive darlings at the time. Ian Anderson explains in an interview with IN THE STUDIO host Redbeard.
Ian Anderson: "The saving grace of Thick As A Brick is that sense of humor stays sufficiently close to the surface that you don't get pissed off at the album for being too arty, too clever, too bombastic or at least hopefully you don't if you moderately like Jethro Tull. That sense of humor is always there." Stream the episode here.
John Mellencamp Announces Late Night With Seth Meyers Appearance
John Mellencamp will appear as a guest on NBC-TV's Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday, April 26. The Indiana rocker is gearing up for the April 28 release of his 23rd album, "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies."
Country music legend Carlene Carter joins Mellencamp on the set, which was recorded at his Belmont Mall Studio in Belmont, IN, just outside of Bloomington.
"Carlene and I met," Mellencamp tells Parade, "while she was performing in 'Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County', for which Stephen King wrote the libretto and I wrote the music." Read more here.
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STYX IS READY FOR TAKEOFF WITH THEIR FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 14 YEARS, ‘THE MISSION,’ DUE OUT JUNE 16 ON ALPHA DOG 2T/UMe
Welcome one and all to THE MISSION, STYX’s sonically sweet 16th studio album and its most ambitious, most challenging, and most rewarding release to date. Please take note of the official stardate, as THE MISSION has duly been set for liftoff June 16 on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. Fans can pre-order the album at any of these online retail outlets and Styxworld.com.
The first single, “Gone Gone Gone,” was released today at radio and online retail outlets. A video premiered on Billboard.com and can be seen here.
“The planets truly aligned for THE MISSION, and I couldn’t be prouder,” says vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw, who co-wrote the album’s storyline with longtime collaborator Will Evankovich (Shaw/Blades, The Guess Who). “It’s our boldest, most emblematic album since PIECES OF EIGHT.”
As founding guitarist James “JY” Young continues, “In the 40th anniversary year of our release of our biggest selling album of all time, GRAND ILLUSION, it just seemed truly appropriate to save our new studio album until this year. Needless to say, I’m very excited.”
“THE MISSION is a deep, conceptual, and cinematic epic that offers listeners a thrilling emotional journey — and all ‘cast’ with impassioned guitar parts and those textured, ‘chill-inducing’ Styx vocals. Guitarists Tommy Shaw and James Young sound like they’re energetic upstarts with something to prove, rather than members of a band with decades of history. This is a truly brilliant soundscape, as well as a tribute to the evocative power of the guitar.” — Michael Molenda, Editor-in-Chief, Guitar Player
“A throwback to the styles of classic Styx records like THE GRAND ILLUSION and PIECES OF EIGHT, THE MISSION is a wonderful mix of knotty, '70s-era progressive rock madness alongside the melodic power pop the band does so well. Todd Sucherman might be the baby of the group, but he’s an old soul when it comes to finding the right flavor for the new material—and he’s not shy to provide a healthy slab of blazing hand technique, elevating parts to a whole other level of excitement.”
-- Ilya Stemkovsky, Modern Drummer
“Styx have really delivered a welcome addition to their catalog with the arrival of THE MISSION, which wraps in all of the important elements of their much loved classic sound, with a wealth of big hooks, anthemic choruses and most importantly, an album’s worth of really good Styx music.”
--Matt Wardlaw, UltimateClassicRock.com
Indeed, THE MISSION is an aurally adventurous 43-minute thrill ride that chronicles the trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumphs of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033. From the hopeful drive of “Gone Gone Gone” to the stargazing machinations of “Locomotive” to the rough-riding blaze of glory that permeates the hard-charging “Red Storm” to the elegiac optimism of the closing track “Mission to Mars,” the album succeeds in delivering the greater good from a band that continues to fire on all cylinders, 45 years after signing its first recording contract.
In fact, THE MISSION--which was recorded over a two-year period at Blackbird Studios, The Shop, and 6 Studio Amontillado in Nashville--displays the best aspects of the ongoing in-harmony musical intersection of the six-man STYX team: the aforementioned guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, co-founding guitarist/vocalist James “JY” Young, keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan, original bassist Chuck Panozzo, drummer/percussionist Todd Sucherman, and bassist Ricky Phillips.
The new music was created to reflect the viewpoint of the six-person crew enlisted for the maiden voyage of Khedive, the first entry in a new fleet of nuclear-powered interplanetary spacecraft underwritten by the Global Space Exploration Program (or GSEP, for short). The Khedive team consists of The Pilot, a fully hands-on, seat-of-the-pants born leader; a First Officer who serves as the team’s big-brother figure; an Engineer who is skeptical of every phase of the mission but remains confident in his own abilities to make the best of any technical situation; and a Top-Shelf Trio of science, astrophysics, and survivalist experts.
“The album feels simultaneously comfortable and new,” observes Gowan. “It’s both entertaining and charming, and a natural progression of our sound.” Concludes Panozzo, “THE MISSION is a sincere and honest representation of how STYX built upon where we were in the 20th century in order to go somewhere new in the 21st century.” And that’s the gist of THE MISSION, STYX’s bold sonic voyage into an exciting new frontier with the goal of discovering how the universe’s mysteries unfold—and then creating the perfect soundtrack to accompany it.
Light it up, let’s get this show on the road!
Here’s the track listing for THE MISSION:
2. Gone Gone Gone
3. Hundred Million Miles from Home
4. Trouble at the Big Show
6. Radio Silence
7. The Greater Good
8. Time May Bend
9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong
10. Red Storm
11. All Systems Stable
13. The Outpost
14. Mission to Mars
1. Overture (Side A)
2. Gone Gone Gone (Side A)
3. Hundred Million Miles from Home (Side A)
4. Trouble at the Big Show (Side A)
5. Locomotive (Side A)
6. Radio Silence (Side A)
7. The Greater Good (Side B)
8. Time May Bend (Side B)
9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong (Side B)
10. Red Storm (Side B)
11. All Systems Stable (Side B)
12. Khedive (Side B)
13. The Outpost (Side B)
14. Mission to Mars (Side B)
Pre-order link: https://UMe.lnk.to/TheMission
New Book on the Way on Motorhead by Martin Popoff: Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: The Rise of Motörhead
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Two years in the making, welcome to my new book on Motörhead, issued by the highly discerning ECW Press, my first book for them since Judas Priest: Heavy Metal Painkillers ten years ago. Signing and shipping now, it’s called...
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: The Rise of Motörhead
As the back cover (in part) says, this is the first book to celebrate the classic-era Motörhead lineup of Lemmy Kilmister, Fast Eddie Clarke and Philthy Phil “Animal” Taylor.
Through interviews with all of the principle troublemakers, Martin Popoff, author of 62 books on heavy metal, celebrates, over the course of the book’s action-packed 260 pages the formation of Motörhead in 1975, and, in detail, the records that made them legends, namely Motörhead, Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith and Iron Fist, followed by an epilogue that brings the story up to date.
Eminently quotable, Motörhead come to life in this book as bad luck bad boys incapable of running their lives right, save for Fast Eddie who is charged with holding the thing together against all odds doused in drink and drugs, most notably speed.
Within the context of the book, Popoff also examines the heady heavy metal climate of the times exploding into what was known as the New Wave of Heavy Metal, including Motörhead’s unique position in the scene as both originators and bridge band to the punks, most notably The Damned.
A first-hand account in Popoff’s dependable style, Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers includes interview footage from Brian Robertson Mikkey Dee, Phil Campbell and the band’s manager at the time Doug Smith as well as members of Hawkwind, Angel Witch, Girlschool, Tank and Twisted Sister.
And of course, prominent are the many highlights from Martin’s many chats over the years with Fast Eddie, Phil and Lemmy, the latter two of which died after Martin had finished the manuscript, requiring a last-minute update due to their shocking demises.
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Van Halen Icon Michael Anthony Hit With Personal Tragedy
Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is mourning the death of his infant grandson, Rex, at just two weeks of age. The bassist is sharing news of his family's loss and their efforts to raise funds for the hospital in Rex's name.
"I am doing the 'Walk L.A.' in June for Children's Hospital L.A. with our families to give back a little to the hospital that did so much for my grandson and other children that come here," Anthony explains.
The Chickenfoot and The Circle is encouraging others to participate in the June 17 event while he and his family are hoping to raise $10,000 in donations to benefit the hospital.
Rex Becerra was born to Anthony's daughter Elisha and husband Billy Becerra on March 20, and, as the rocker explains, he "was quickly diagnosed with Heart Disease within 9 hours of birth and was transported to two hospitals and ultimately landed at Children's Hospital LA where he underwent open heart surgery. The surgery was successful, however, Rex's heart was too weak to overcome the recovery."
After the family removed him from life support, Rex passed away on April 4. "We are tremendously proud of Rex," says Anthony. "In the short time on earth he left a lasting impression that our family will cherish." Read more here.
Rick Wakeman Launches Pre-Sale Campaign on PledgeMusic For “Crimes of Passion” Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set
London - Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman has launched a pre-sale campaign on PledgeMusic for a very special limited edition Deluxe Box Set of his soundtrack “Crime of Passion”.
Originally released in 1984 “Crimes of Passion” was directed by Ken Russell and starred Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin and Annie Potts. The film explores themes of human relationships and mental illness. A mix of sex and suspense.
“Working with Ken Russell was not only a highlight in my musical life but also a great learning time for me as well….Ken truly understood film and film music like no other. He knew what he wanted, but after telling you then expected you to take his ideas to another level.
“He was always involved and came to stay with me during my writing period. He would listen and make suggestions. He would always be complimentary if you did something he really liked and if he felt something wasn’t working musically he would discuss it with you and explain what he needed for the film.
“I learned so much from Ken and to this day I feel it is a tragedy that in his later years film companies didn’t give him more opportunities to show off his talents.
“ 'Crimes of Passion' is a much deeper film than it has ever been given credit for. It took many years before 'Lisztomania' became cult and recognised for the clever film it was and I class 'Crimes of Passion' in a similar way…
“With every film Ken ever made the viewer and listener has to immerse themselves into every crevice of the work and may take multiple viewings before his genius is truly absorbed.” - Rick Wakeman, New York April 2017
There will only be 250 of this deluxe edition manufactured and each will contain a signed and numbered certificate. There will also be additional signed items and exclusive experiences as part of this pre-order campaign.
Release date 2nd June 2017
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MARLEY FAMILY CELEBRATES 40th ANNIVERSARY OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS’ CLASSIC EXODUS
Four Separate Releases Out This June
Ziggy Marley-Curated “Restatement” Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues; Gold-Colored Vinyl of Original Release and Live Album set for June 2
4 LP Super Deluxe Version Available June 30
LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2017— Bob Marley & the Wailers’ classic Exodus album, the ninth studio album of the band, was released on June 3, 1977, featuring a new backing band including brothers Carlton and Aston “Family Man” Barrett on drums and bass, Tyrone Downie on keyboards, Alvin “Seeco” Patterson on percussion, and the I Threes, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley on backing vocals, and newest member Julian “Junior Marvin” on guitar. The album was released on June 3, 1977, just six months after an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley's life in Jamaica in December, forcing him to flee to London, where Exodus was recorded.
This June, The Marley Family, Island Records and UMe will mark the 40th anniversary of Exodus – named the “Best Album of the 20th Century” by Time magazine in 1999 – with a series of four separate reissues, three of which will feature Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues, son Ziggy Marley’s newly curated “restatement” of the original album.
As part of the celebration, Ziggy Marley has intimately revisited the original session recordings, uncovering unused and never-before-heard vocals, lyric phrasing and instrumentation, incorporating and transforming these various elements into brand-new session takes.
On June 2, UMe will release a version of Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues in a two-CD package that includes the original album and the Ziggy Marley “restatement”; a three-CD set (and digital equivalent) that includes the original Exodus, Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues and Exodus Live. A limited edition gold vinyl version of the original 1977 album will also be available.
A Super Deluxe, four-LP, two-7” single vinyl version includes the original LP, Ziggy Marley’s restatement Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues, an Exodus Live set recorded at London’s Rainbow Theatre the week of the album’s release, Punky Reggae Party LP which includes a previously unreleased extended mix of “Keep On Moving”, and a pair of vinyl 7” singles, including “Waiting in Vain” b/w “Roots” and “Smile Jamaica (Part One)” b/w “Smile Jamaica (Part Two).” In celebration of the Exodus 40th Anniversary, fans who pre-order the Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues Super Deluxe edition via BobMarley.com or uDiscover.com will receive a digital download of the entire package as well as an exclusive Stephen Marley “Juggling” of the song ‘Exodus’ with a reimagined music bed and different lead vocalists including Beenie Man, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley and more to be announced, on June 2nd in advance of the June 30th physical release date. Following Jamaican music customs of taking a music track (known as the "riddim" or “juggling”) and have several artists record original songs with original lyric and melody on that track, Stephen Marley has recorded a “Re Likk” EP of the Exodus Riddim that will be available exclusively in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Ziggy approached the “restatement” project with the utmost respect for his father's music and the message. Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues is his vision of how his father might have accessed these songs today. Ziggy's respectful, but experimental approach places them in a brand-new context, like listening to this classic album again, for the first time.
Ziggy uncovered 10 lead vocal outtakes for “One Love,” proceeding to piece together a dazzling, new lead vocal from the outtakes, which includes vocal booth lyric ad libs near the end of the song. He also assembled a noteworthy roster of musicians to record a new music bed for “Turn Your Lights Down Low” - which leads the song into deeper elements of R&B. Bob's original vocals sit atop this fresh music bed, creating a new soulful experience with this iconic song. Ziggy and his hand-chosen musicians provide subtle instrumental textures throughout this knowledgeable reimagining from the multiple Grammy® winning heir to his father’s legacy.
Full details of all formats are available at http://www.bobmarley.com
Ziggy Marley will be embarking on a summer tour beginning June 12 in San Diego, CA. In addition to his own lauded catalog, Ziggy will also be incorporating music from Exodus into his set. For more information, please visit: http://ziggymarley.com/upcoming-shows/
NORTHERN INVASION BAND PEFORMANCE TIMES, FESTIVAL EXPERIENCES AND
NORTHERN INVASION GOOD EATS ANNOUNCED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 13 AND SUNDAY, MAY 14 FESTIVAL AT SOMERSET AMPHITHEATER IN SOMERSET, WI WITH SOUNDGARDEN, KID ROCK, GODSMACK, THE OFFSPRING, BUSH, PAPA ROACH AND MANY MORE
The band performance times, list of festival experiences, and Northern Invasion Good Eats have been announced for the third annual Northern Invasion, Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI. Northern Invasion will host the biggest rock bands for over twelve hours each day on three stages, and offers a top tier campground experience. Soundgarden and Kid Rock will headline Northern Invasion 2017, which will also feature Godsmack, The Offspring, Bush, Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Amon Amarth, Opeth and more. For all details and to purchase tickets, visit: www.NorthernInvasion.com.
Northern Invasion band performance times are as follows (subject to change):
Saturday, May 13
Monster Energy Main Stage Stillwater Stage
9:45 PM Soundgarden 7:25 PM Pierce The Veil
8:15 PM Godsmack 5:45 PM Sum 41
6:30 PM Bush 4:25 PM The Story So Far
5:00 PM The Pretty Reckless 3:10 PM I Prevail
3:45 PM The Struts 1:55 PM Dorothy
2:30 PM Of Mice & Men 12:45 PM Dinosaur Pile-Up
1:20 PM Rival Sons 12:00 PM As Lions
St. Croix Stage
8:10 PM In Flames
6:25 PM The Dillinger Escape Plan
4:55 PM Every Time I Die
3:40 PM Volumes
2:25 PM Bleeker
1:15 PM Wage War
11:30 AM Sleep Signals (ReverbNation Battle Of The Bands winner)
Sunday, May 14
Monster Energy Main Stage Stillwater Stage
9:40 PM Kid Rock 7:25 PM Amon Amarth
8:10 PM The Offspring 5:45 PM Opeth
6:30 PM Papa Roach 4:25 PM Attila
5:00 PM Alter Bridge 3:10 PM Bad Omens
3:45 PM Nothing More 1:55 PM Radkey
2:30 PM Motionless In White 12:45 PM Goodbye June
1:20 PM Starset 12:00 PM The Charm The Fury
St. Croix Stage
8:05 PM Gojira
6:25 PM Fozzy
4:55 PM Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
3:40 PM Citizen Zero
2:25 PM Sylar
1:15 PM Badflower
11:30 AM Cold Kingdom
Northern Invasion Good Eats will feature food offerings from top regional and national restaurants and vendors. The general admission Good Eats include: Pele’s Wood Fired Pizza, BBQ Cabin, Ben’s Burrito Bowl, Big Cheesy, Best Way Greek, Hebros Kitchen, Jammin Concessions, O’Neil’s Amusements, Island Noodles, Classic Home Cookin, Chicken On A Stick, Mount Olympus, Burger Factory, Tube Steak Boogie, Bubba’s Fried Chicken, Burger Meister Truck, and Apple River Kettle Corn. Northern Invasion’s VIP Good Eats will include: Cantina Ole, Sacrilicious, and Pie Baby.
Here’s a list of some of the onsite experiences at Northern Invasion:
Monster Energy: Stop by the Monster viewing deck to refuel and meet some of your favorite Northern Invasion artists! Make sure to check back throughout the festival for a signing schedule. Most companies spend their money on ad agencies, TV commercials, radio spots and billboards to tell you how good their products are. At Monster Energy, we chose none of the above. Instead we support the scene, our bands, our athletes and our fans. We back athletes so they can make a career out of their passion. We promote concert tours, so our favorite bands can visit your hometown. We celebrate with our fans and riders by throwing parties and making the coolest events we can think of a reality.
Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song Returns To U.S. Singles Chart
Led Zeppelin's 1970 classic, "Immigrant Song", has entered the US charts after appearing in the trailer for the upcoming third movie in Marvel Studios' Thor franchise, "Thor: Ragnarok."
Billboard reports the only single released from "Led Zeppelin III" debuts on the Hot Rock Songs chart at No. 16 with 7,000 downloads sold in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen Music, while also re-entering the Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart at No. 1. "Immigrant Song" originally peaked at No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1970 while the album went on to US sales of more than 6 million copies
In theaters on November 3 and directed by Taika Waititi, "Thor: Ragnarok" sees Thor held captive on the planet Sakaar without his hammer while he must win a gladiatorial duel against old friend the Hulk in order to return to Asgard in time to stop Hela and the impending Ragnarök from ending civilization there. Watch the trailer here.
Zakk Sabbath Announce Limited Edition Album
Zakk Wylde's all-star Black Sabbath tribute band Zakk Sabbath have announced that they will be releasing a new limited edition live album as the group prepares to launch a spring tour.
"Live In Detroit" is set to be released on June 16th as a vinyl LP in multiple color variations (preorder page lists black and clear versions) and will feature an epic 13 minute and 25 second performance of "War Pigs" on side one, with "Supernaut" and "Fairies Wear Boots" on the B side. Check out the preorders here.
The recordings were captured during the band's October 28th, 2016 concert at The Fillmore in Detroit. Aside from Wylde, the group also features bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie), and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bl'ast!).
Fans can catch the band on the road this spring when they launch their U.S. headline tour which is scheduled to kick off on May 18th at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.
Live In Detroit Tracklisting:
1. War Pigs (13:25)
2. Supernaut (4:57)
3. Fairies Wear Boots (7:33)
US Tour Dates:
5/18 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
5/19 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
5/20 - BB&T Pavilion @ WMMR BBQ - Camden, NJ
5/21 - MAPFRE Stadium @ Rock On The Range - Columbus, OH
5/23 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
5/25 - Warehouse Live Studio - Houston, TX
5/26 - Gas Monkey Live - Dallas, TX w/ The Sword
5/27 - Catch The Fever Festival Grounds @ Rocklahoma - Pryor, OK
5/28 - Fubar - St. Louis, MO
5/30 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
5/31 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
6/02 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
6/03 - KQRC's Rockfest - Kansas City, MO
6/04 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
6/06 - The Pin - Spokane, WA
6/07 - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA
6/08 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
6/09 - Riverview Ranch @ 40th Annual Redwood Run - Piercy, CA
6/10 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
6/17 - El Rey - Los Angeles, CA
Poison's Rikki Rockett Launches Drive For Cancer Therapy
Poison drummer Rikki Rockett is raising awareness and funds to support immunotherapy at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health after successfully completing a clinical trial that declared him cancer-free last summer.
Following a 2015 diagnosis that confirmed the presence of oral cancer, the rocker initially received standard radiation and chemotherapy treatment before checking in to Moore's for the experimental procedure.
"I was more scared than I have ever been," explained Rockett, "but nine weeks later when I got my first PET/CT/MRI, the cancer had shrunk over 90%!!! A mere nine weeks later, I was 100% cancer free on July 13th, one day before my son Jude's seventh birthday."
Rockett joined the reunited Poison lineup for a 30th anniversary tour that recently began and will see them play their own headline dates while on the road with Def Leppard and Tesla.
The drummer is now asking concert-goers to join him in supporting immunotherapy at Moores Cancer Center. At US stops on the band's 2017 tour now through June, attendees will hear his story, watch a video about Moores and be given the opportunity to donate $10 by texting "RIKKI" to 50555. (Anyone else at home can also participate at any time.)
"Without the doctors and staff at Moores Cancer Center, I can honestly say I don't think I'd be here today, to say nothing about playing drums and going on tour again," says Rockett. "I am incredibly grateful that I've got my life back and I'll get to see my two children grow up." Read more here.
The Who Add Dates To North American Summer Tour
Rock legends The Who continue to add dates to their North American summer tour plans in addition to the group's upcoming residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
The band's summer tour is now scheduled to kick off with an appearance at the Festival d'Ete de Québec on July 13th and conclude in Stateline, NV on August 16th at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys.
In between they will be playing shows in Canandaigua (NY, 7/16), National Harbor (MD, 7/18), Uncasville (CT, 7/20), Atlantic City (NJ, 7/22), Grand Rapids (MI, 7-25), and San Francisco (CA, 8-13).
These dates are in addition to their six-date Las Vegas residency at the The Colosseum at Caesars Palace that will run from July 29th through August 11th.
The Who North American Summer Tour Dates:
07/13 - Québec, Province of Québec - Festival d'Ete de Québec
07/16 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC
07/18 - National Harbor, MD - MGM National Harbor
07/20 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
07/22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
07/25 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
07/29 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
08/01 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
08/04 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
08/07 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
08/09 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
08/11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
08/13 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
08/16 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
Quiet Resort Town Gives Birth To Hard Rock Masterpiece:
Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, Roger Glover Revisit Machine Head
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands marks the anniversary of one of the cornerstones of hard rock, Deep Purple Machine Head.
Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple are credited by many as the third jewel in the British hard rock crown. At the suggestion of their accountant, Deep Purple would look to save some money by recording their 1972 album Machine Head outside of the UK tax jurisdiction and in the quiet resort town of Montreux, Switzerland.
The events that transpired before and during the recording of Machine Head are legendary, immortalized in the band’s iconic song “Smoke On The Water” which details the massive fire that destroyed the venue where Deep Purple were set to record. Singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover share with IN THE STUDIO host Redbeard the story that has become Rock and Roll folklore, resulting in Deep Purple leaving Switzerland with a career-defining album.
“We have always had a kind of aversion to recording studios, for various reasons… We are not very good studio workers… We are quite naive about studio technique and technology. We concentrated very much on the music.” - Ian Gillan
“It (Montreux) was a very small sleepy town in the early Seventies… It was the place you retired to… And we’re looking for somewhere we can make a lot of noise in the middle of the night. That’s a pretty tall order.” - Roger Glover
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Axl Rose Doesn't Deserve Negative Image Says Ex Guns N' Roses Star
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose does not deserve the negative portrayal that he has received says his former bandmate Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal in a new interview.
Thal spoke with XS Rock about the acclaimed new album "The Madness" from his group Art of Anarchy, which also features Creed frontman Scott Stapp and Disturbed's bass player John Moyer, and the inevitable topic of his former band came up.
Ron was asked is Axl is really as difficult to work with as he is portrayed in the media and the guitarist answered, "He's a human being and he has a big heart. The press doesn't give him the same consideration that they would some other people. You know, they try to hold him to a different standard, where he's always supposed to be happy and smiling, nothing should ever be wrong and he's always supposed to be in a good mood and do the right thing and that's stupid.
"It's bullsh*t. It perpetuates a lot of negativity and incites a lot of negativity that isn't deserved. He's dealt with a lot of that. I had a great, great time working with him. Is everything perfect? No. I've probably pissed him off more than the other way around, but he's just a human being."
Journey Split With Steve Perry Over Stupid Issues Recalls Schon
The issued that caused Journey's split with former singer Steve Perry "were kind of stupid looking back" reflects Neal Schon in an interview following the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
The guitarist was understandably excited and emotional at the induction, not only over the Rock Hall honor, but also with reconnecting with Perry for the first time in over a decade at the event, and looked back at the issues which caused the singer to leave the group.
Schon discussed going into Perry' room at the induction event with Rolling Stone and shared his hope that they could rekindle their friendship. He said, "At the end of Journey, around [the 1996 album] 'Trial By Fire' or even 'Raised On Radio'  we were having a falling out as far as the direction of the band. It was more or less like that.
"There were a lot of other issues going on that were kind of stupid looking back. I'd hoped we'd put everything aside and get back to our great friendship that we always had, the admiration and respect we had for one another. I felt like that was definitely there. Some of his friends were in the room with my wife and I, and they snapped some photos. People can genuinely see that he was very happy and so was I. Every picture tells a story."
Neil also revealed what happened when he reunited with Steve backstage at the induction, "I looked at him and said, 'Hey, man, I really miss you.' There was very good eye contact. It was real. It wasn't just things being said because of the ceremony and to keep things cool. He said, 'Coffee is way overdue for us.' I went, 'Let's do it. Please.'"
Rainbow Singer's Supergroup The Ferrymen Release New Video
The Ferrymen, the music project featuring members of Rainbow, Primal Fear, and Rage, have release a music video for their new single "End Of The Road".
The song comes from their projects self-titled debut album which is set to hit stores on June 2nd. The band features Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall ), Ronnie Romero (Lords Of Black , Rainbow), and Mike Terrana (Rage, Axel Rudi Pell, MasterPlan).
The Ferrymen began last summer when Karlsson shared some tracks he had written with singer Ronnie Romero, who's profile got a big boost last year when Ritchie Blackmore recruited him to handle lead vocals for his special return to rock Rainbow shows. Watch the new video here.
Hendrix, Grateful Dead Lead Monterey Pop Anniversary Album
The 50th anniversary of the iconic Monterey International Pop Festival is being celebrated with the release on an album featuring historic performances at the event.
The album, entitled "Iconic Performances From The Monterey International Pop Festival", will hit stores and digital retailers on June 6th and will include previously unreleased performances from The Grateful Dead and Laura Nyro.
The other tracks will include other notable performances from artists like Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Simon and Garfunkel, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas & The Papas and more.
Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"
Paul Butterfield - "Driftin Blues"
The Grateful Dead - "Out In the Cold, Rain and Snow"
Siand Garfunkel - "Sounds of Silence"
Laura Nyro - "Poverty Train"
The Electric Flag - "Wine"
Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit"
Big Brother and the Holding Company (feat. Janis Joplin) - "Ball and Chain"
The Who - "Substitute"
Hugh Masekela - "Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song)"
Otis Redding - "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
Jimi Hendrix - "Like a Rolling Stone"
The Mamas & The Papas - "California Dreamin'"
Joe Bonamassa Announce Live Acoustic Album and Concert Film
Joe Bonamassa had announced that he will be releasing a new live album and concert film entitled 'Live At Carnegie Hall -An Acoustic Evening' on June 23rd.
The recordings for the new album and home video were captured during the January 21st and 2nd concerts at the famed New York City venue during Bonamassa's 2016 acoustic tour.
'Live At Carnegie Hall -An Acoustic Evening' will be released in various formats including CD, vinyl, DVD, and Blu-Ray and a new trailer for can be streamed here.
Blondie Release 'Long Time' Music Video
Blondie have released a new music video for their single "Long Time" and the band has announced that the track will featured in their special limited edition Record Store Day offering.
The song comes from the group's forthcoming studio album "Pollinator," which is set to be released on May 5th. The video was directed by Dikayl Rimmasch and shot in New York City.
The special Record Store Day release of the single will be issued on 7" vinyl and will also feature the non-album cut of a song called "The Breaks". It will be limited to just 750 copies and will be available in select U.S. record stores. Watch the video here.
Blues Music Awards Week Announced
The Blues Foundation have announced details for the Blues Music Awards Week, which commences in Memphis on May 8. A wealth of wonderful events will happen throughout the week surrounding the main attractions: the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the Blues Music Awards.
The 38th class of Blues Hall of Fame inductees will be feted at a ceremony May 10 that will take place at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts (225 S. Main St.) beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Honorees include Johnny Copeland, Henry Gray, Willie Johnson, Latimore, Amy van Singel, Magic Slim, and Mavis Staples, W.C. Handy's book, Father of the Blues, and a number of classic recordings, among them John Lee Hooker's album Real Folk Blues, inducted during his centennial year.
A 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception precedes the induction ceremony, which will be highlighted by testimonials, video clips, and acceptance speeches. Tickets cost $100 and are available at Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tickets.
On May 11, the Blues Music Awards will be presented at the Memphis Cook Convention Center (255 N. Main St.). Sugar Ray Norcia leads this year's contenders with seven nominations, with other blues greats to include quadruple nominee Chicago-based guitarist Toronzo Cannon and triple nominees Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, William Bell and the Nick Moss Band battling it out for the hotly contested Best Album honors.
Festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. in the Convention Center's Grand Lobby with a pre-awards party, where some BMA nominees will perform. The ceremony, in the Grand Ballroom, includes more nominee performances, a seated dinner and, of course, the presentation of the awards. Tickets are $150 and may be purchased at Blues Music Awards Tickets. Find more details here
New Prince EP With Unreleased Songs May Be Released Friday
A new Prince EP entitled "Deliverance" featuring six previously unreleased tracks may be released this Friday, April 21st, which would be the first anniversary of his death. But the release has been reportedly legally challenged by his estate, according to Radio.com.
Following the early release of the title track, "Deliverance," on iTunes and Apple Music, reports surfaced claiming that Prince's estate and Paisley Park had filed a federal suit against the EP's co-writer, co-producer and co-mixer George Ian Boxill for holding onto the Deliverance tracks for all these years. The lawsuit put the value of the work at over $75,000, Billboard reports.
The estate argues that Boxill's refusal to return tracks violated a contract he made with Prince. The suit was filed in Carver County district court last Friday, but re-filed in federal court Tuesday. The estate and Paisley Park has requested "any and all masters, copies and reproductions" be returned. Read more here.
Original Alice Cooper Band Reuniting For Special Show
Members of the original legendary Alice Cooper Band will be reuniting on stage for a special one off performance next month, the shock rocker has announced.
Alice will be joined by his former bandmates Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce for a special performance during his May 14th concert at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville.
Cooper and his current band will be playing and then Alice will be joined by Dunaway, Smith and Bruce for a special "mini-set". All three also appear on Alice's forthcoming Bob Ezrin produced album.
Alice had this to say about the special show, "We've recorded much of my last album and my new one in Nashville and it's such a great music town. With so many musician, songwriter and producer friends here, as well as great rock fans who come to our concerts, it's special to be performing with Neal, Michael and Dennis in Nashville for them."
Candice Night’s Starlight Starbright Receives ZoneMusicReporter Nomination for “Best Vocal Album”
ZoneMusicReporter recently announced their 2016 Award nominations, which includes Candice Night’s Starlight Starbright (Minstrel Hall Music) for “Best Vocal Album”.
Sharing this honor with fellow nominees Enya (Dark Sky Island - Reprise Records / Warner Music), Seay (In The Garden - Tuscan Sun Music), Rebekah Eden (Rowing In Eden - self-released), and 2002 (Celtic Fairy Lullaby - Galatic Playground Music), singer-songwriter Candice Night states “I'm so excited to be nominated for the Best Vocal CD award. This CD, Starlight Starbright, was truly a labor of love, created and inspired during life changing experiences…the birth of my two children.”
The award-winning vocalist (also frontwoman and multi-instrumentalist of Blackmore’s Night) released Starlight Starbright in 2016, receiving praise from critics and fans alike. Night crafted this album – a collection of lullabies dedicated to and inspired by her children – as a reflection of her foray into motherhood. “My children were instrumental in the creative process of Starlight Starbright…it was inspired by them and the purity and innocence of childhood”.
Beyond the lullabies, the album has an additional layer, as a vehicle for relaxation. Played in spas and schools alike, helping children with hypersensitivity, Starlight Starbright continues to prove its timeless nature, and its ability to connect with all ages.
“In My Arms”, off the Starlight Starbright album is currently charting on the iTunes Top 200 Children’s Music Chart in the UK.
The winner will be announced at the ZMR Music Award Concert in New Orleans on May 13, 2017.
MEGADETH KICKS OFF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ON JUNE 23, 2017
Special Guests Include Meshuggah, TesseracT and Lillake
GENERAL ON-SALE STARTS APRIL 21, MEGADETH CYBER ARMY FAN-CLUB PRE-SALE APRIL 19
GRAMMY® Award winning Thrash Metal pioneers MEGADETH have announced the details for the 2017 leg of their North American Tour, which kicks off on June 23 in Big Flats, NY. This headlining tour will take them across the U.S as well as Canada.
Tickets for the North American Tour go on sale beginning April 21–check www.megadeth.com for specific market info, local on-sale times and dates, and information on special VIP packages. There will also be an exclusive pre-sale for MEGADETH fan club members beginning April 19 at 10:00am EST, with details available at www.megadeth.com/cyberarmy.
MEGADETH will be on tour in support of their new album Dystopia featuring the 2017 GRAMMY® Award winning tittle track “Dystopia.” Dystopia reached No. 3 on The Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Hard Music/Top Rock charts.
Along with band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, MEGADETH’s current lineup includes Kiko Loureiro on guitar, David Ellefson on bass and Dirk Verbeuren on drums.
Joining MEGADETH on their North American Tour will be special guests Meshuggah, TesseracT and Lillake.
North American Tour Dates are as follows:
Jun 23 Big Flats, NY Budweiser Summerstage
Jun 24 Montebello, QC Amnesia Rockfest*
Jun 25 Boston, MA House of Blues
Jun 27 Philadelphia, PA Fillmore
Jun 28 Portsmouth, VA Portsmouth Pavilion
Jun 29 Silver Springs, MD The Fillmore
Jun 30 Columbus, OH Express Live
Jul 5 Windsor, ON Caesars**
Jul 7 St. Charles, MO Family Arena
Jul 8 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
Jul 9 Houston, TX Revention Music Center
Jul 11 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Jul 13 Oshkosh, WI Rock USA*
Jul 14 Chicago, IL Chicago Open Air*
Jul 15 Cadott, WI Rock Fest*
More dates to be announced shortly!
**MEGADETH and Meshuggah only
MEGADETH will then join Scorpions, one of the most iconic and influential hard rock bands of all time, as special guests on their Crazy World tour. The tour kicks off on September 14 with a month-long run of dates including stops in New York, Dallas, Toronto, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, amongst others, with more dates coming.
Scorpions’ Crazy World North American tour with special guests MEGADETH
Sept 14 Reading, PA Santander Arena
Sept 16 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Sept 22 Toronto, ONT Budweiser Stage
Sept 25 Denver, CO 1st Bank Center
Sept 26 Salt Lake City, UT Venue TBA
Sept 29 Spokane, WA Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
Sept 30 Seattle, WA Tacoma Dome
Oct 3 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort
Oct 4 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Oct 7 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Oct 8 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Arena
Oct 11 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
Oct 12 Dallas, TX Pavilion at the Music Factory
Oct 14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
Oct 15 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
More dates to be announced shortly!
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 a 2017 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Metal Performance,”11 additional GRAMMY® nominations, a SILVER CLIO for their Dystopia campaign and scored five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction.
SNAKECHARMER - "Punching Above My Weight" (Official Audio)
Stephen Stills Plots Historic Album and Tour with Judy Collins; On the Road Now with Supergroup The Rides
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also putting the finishing touches on his long-awaited, much-anticipated autobiography
Stills recently performed with rising star Amanda Abizaid; he and wife Kristen planning a return of their Autism Speaks' Light Up the Blues benefit
Los Angeles, CA, April 19, 2017: The phrase “hardest-working man in show business” gets thrown around a lot, but one look at Stephen Stills’ calendar proves that he has undisputedly earned the title. With not one, but two tours planned for 2017, during which time he’ll record an album with fellow music legend Judy Collins as well as continue work on his much-anticipated autobiography, it’s clear that the only thing Stills has no use for is complacency.
First up on Stills’ agenda is his current tour with The Rides, the explosive multi-generational blues-rock supergroup he formed in 2013 with guitar phenom Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Chicago session/touring keyboard great (and founding member of The Electric Flag) Barry Goldberg. Stills, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (for Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash), knows a killer musical lineup when he sees it – let’s not forget his beloved early ‘70s country/blues-rock ensemble Manassas – and he calls The Rides “the blues band of my dreams” (this from the man who cut the iconic Super Session album with Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield, a disc that also featured Goldberg).
The Rides are touring behind their sophomore release, Pierced Arrow, which, like the band’s Grammy-nominated debut, Can’t Get Enough, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Blues chart. Reflecting on the dynamic chemistry of The Rides, Stills told the Huffington Post, “I’ve learned a heck of a lot from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and being with Barry is like putting on an old shoe because he and I write together like guys before Crosby, Stills & Nash, before I ever met the three. We just slip into a song and it’s just graceful.”
Between live dates with The Rides, Stills will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his relationship with music legend Judy Collins with an extensive joint tour – it’ll mark the first time they’ve ever shared a stage together. (Although in-between his time with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Stills did serve as Collins' part-time accompanist.)
Their new tour is beginning in late July and will be wrapping in early September, but it will be preceded by another first: In April, Stills and Collins will record an album with an eye toward a Summer 2017 release. The two have worked in the studio together on only a couple of occasions (notably, Stills' appearance on Collins’ 1968 album Who Knows Where the Time Has Gone), but this will mark the first time they’ve combined their unique talents for a collaborative album.
The story of Stills and Collins is already in the history books: The two met in 1967 and dated for two years. During this time, Stills poured his feelings into a transfixing song that he titled “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” which one was of the standout moments among other standouts on CSN’s landmark 1969 debut album. On their summer tour, Stills and Collins will perform songs from their upcoming album along with treasured selections from their impeccable catalogs, as well sharing warm and intimate stories from their amazing journeys that took flight five decades ago in Laurel Canyon.
No doubt Collins will figure prominently in Stills’ upcoming autobiography, a memoir he began years ago and is determined to finish without the aid of a ghostwriter. Explaining his goal to see the book through to completion on his own, Stills told Rolling Stone, "Dammit, I'm writing it myself. Why would I use a ghostwriter? Do you want a 300-page People interview?" And the inveterate perfectionist is even using a typewriter to tell his tale: “You can't write on a computer on a bus," he said. "The keyboard jiggles around too much and there are too many typos. You spend all your time backing up. A Selectric is heavy and it sits on the table in the bus and you can hit it hard."
Stills recently lent his singular guitar talents to the title track of rising star Amanda Abizaid’s newly released EP Walking in Twos. Abizaid has released several well-received EPs and albums, and she’s written songs for the films 3 Below, 13th Alley and Dark Ascension. Walking in Twos was inspired by Abizaid’s experiences working with Aeta Filipino children.
Each year since 2013, Stills and his wife Kristen have co-hosted star-studded Autism Speaks benefit concerts called Light Up the Blues. They subject of autism is a deeply personal one for the Stills family, as their son Henry has Asperger Syndrome. Due to the recent passing of Autism Speaks co-founder Suzanne Wright, Stephen and Kristen have announced that the 2017 event will be postponed.
In a joint statement, they said, “We are so grateful for the overwhelming demand for tickets and support for Light Up The Blues this year. While it has left a hole in our heart, we have made the decision to not host our beloved benefit for 2017 and wanted to let all our family, friends, and fans know. After four extremely successful Light Up The Blues concerts, we will take 2017 to focus and expand our fundraising campaign efforts and resources to better serve the international autism community. We will return in 2018 energized to again Light It Up Blue.”
Stephen Stills – Judy Collins Tour Dates: http://www.stephenstills.com/tour
Classic Eddie Van Halen Solo Gets Unusual Makeover
Fans can now experience Eddie Van Halen's famous guitar solo for Michael Jackson's hit song "Beat It" in an entirely new way thanks to an unusual cover by the Bottle Boys.
The group, which performs songs by blowing into beer bottles, recently released their unique cover of the "Thriller" classic complete with Eddie's iconic guitar solo.
They had this to say about the cover via their official site "We could play Michael Jackson songs all day long - there is so much gold!! So now we did a bottle version of one of his number one hits: 'Beat It'! And to make it an even greater challenge we incorporated a bottlified version of Eddie Van Halen's legendary guitar solo on the track. Safe to say, we never played this fast before!" Check it out here.
KISS Star Peter Criss Explains Why He Is Retiring
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has explained why his upcoming dinner concert following the New York KISS expo will be very last live performance in the U.S.
The special show is scheduled for June 17th at the Cutting Room in New York City, following his participation in the Expo which will be running from June 9th and 11th.
Criss will also be staging his very last Australian live performance next month and explained the reasons why he is retiring in an interview with The Rockpit. He told the Australian outlet, "You know what, I'm seventy one, that scares me when I say that (laughs), but if you're around me I'm like a fifteen year old kid, I really am. But I've had an amazing career in music; I was around in the 60's and 70's which was about the best time to be a musician.
"I actually saw Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison and The Beatles when I was young. I've seen the greatest of the greats perform; I grew up at a time when music was so cool. There was Bob Dylan, and things were changing - things were becoming amazing for musicians in the world. So I played clubs for 15 years, then I started the band with the guys.
He continued, "I'm a big Bee Gee fan, I was watching the salute to Barry (Gibb, the last surviving Bee Gee), I've been a big fan since they started and I love that he got up there and performed and I see now all these guys from the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and we're all in our 70's now, and I hate to say it but were dying out and that's so real, there's less Rock and Roll in the world. Less music in the world and it's kinda sad.
"So I'm 71 I'm in the best health I've been in for a while and I thought if I'm gonna do it I gotta do it now. I had male breast cancer and I beat it and that's really changed my life, and my wife also beat cancer too, so I went out I signed autographs, I wrote a book and the fans man, and you don't get this up on stage in front of 70,000 people it's just thank you, goodnight and you're gone, so you never really hear from the fans at that level, so when I connected again I got to hear their stories and they'd ask me if I'd play again or sing again, there was so much love.
"And when I looked around everyone was slowing down or retiring like Eric Clapton, and I wondered what I has left. I think there are a couple of books, maybe a comedy, and I have an album I've been sitting on for nine years now! And I want to finish that properly.
Queen and Adam Lambert Announce European Fall Tour
Queen + Adam Lambert have announced that they have added a new European (including UK and Ireland) leg to their tour plans, in addition to their previously announce North American trek this summer.
The band will be kicking off the mainland portion of the tour on November 1st in Prague at the O2 Arena and will finish on November 17th in Kaunas, Lithuania at the Zalgiris Arena.
They will then head across the channel and begin the UK/Ireland portion on November 25th in Dublin at the 3 Arena and conclude the tour on December 15th in London.
Roger Taylor promises that the upcoming tour "will look entirely different to the show we took around before. Production has really changed a lot, the things you can do now, you have a much broader palette, the technology has really come along. But we don't use it all. We don't play to click track. It's 100% live. We're planning on doing stuff we either haven't done before or haven't done for a long time. We started as an albums band, that's what we were. The fact that we had hits was just a byproduct."
Brian May adds, "The general public knows the hits, so you've got to cater for that, but we can chuck in a few things that people really don't expect. We'll do quite a bit more of that this time around. There are so many dimensions to Adam, which of course fits with our music. He can get down and do the rock stuff really dirty, and you have all those dimensions, and we can explore that even more."
Lambert shared these comments, "What people should know if they came to the shows a couple of years back, is obviously we will still be playing the big hit songs you know and love from Queen, but we thought it would be good to challenge ourselves a bit.
"Change it up a little bit, change the visuals, change all the technology, change the set list to some degree. We will probably be pulling some other songs out of the Queen catalogue which we haven't done before, which I am very excited about."
Queen + Adam Lambert European Tour Dates
1st November - Prague, Czech Republic, O2 Arena
2nd November - Munich, Germany, Olympiahalle
4th November - Budapest, Hungary, Sportarena
6th November - Lodz, Poland, Atlas Arena
8th November - Vienna, Austria, Stadhalle
10th November - Bologna, Italy, Unipol Arena
12th November - Luxembourg, Amneville Galaxie
13th November - Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
17th November - Kaunas, Lithuania, Zalgiris Arena
25th November - Dublin, 3 Arena
26th November - Belfast, SSE Arena
28th November - Liverpool, Echo Arena
30th November - Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
1st December - Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
3rd December - Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
5th December - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
6th December - Leeds, First Direct Arena
8th December - Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
9th December - Manchester, Arena
12th December - London, 02 Arena
15th December - London, The SSE Arena, Wembley
Jimmy Fallon Tributes David Bowie On SNL
Former castmember Jimmy Fallon hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend (April 15) and his opening monologue which was mostly musical including a tribute to David Bowie.
He was joined by recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nile Rodgers for a full version of Bowie's classic "Let's Dance" (which Rodgers produced).
Fallon was joined by the SNL cast, a troop of backing dancers, and musical guest Harry Styles, for a take on the song. It wasn't funny, but it was pretty amazing, and a nice tribute to the Thin White Duke. Watch it here.
Def Leppard TV Special Preview Goes Online
Def Leppard are sharing a video preview of the US broadcast premiere of their recently-released concert DVD, "And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit", on AXS-TV this weekend.
Part of the media outlet's new Sunday Night Rocks series, the project captures the group in concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI on last summer's tour of North America.
"And There Will Be A Next Time" recently toppled The Beatles' "Eight Days A Week" to debut at No. 1 on the US Billboard Music Video Sales chart while also claiming top spot in Canada and France alongside Top 10 showings in the UK, Ireland, Germany Spain and Portugal.
"Thank you to all of our fans around the world for supporting our latest DVD release," says the band. "And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit" will premiere on AXS TV on Sunday, April 23 at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT. Watch the preview here.
Gene Simmons Says Fans To Blame For Music's Downfall
KISS star Gene Simmons has never been one to bite his famous tongue and he continued that tradition in a recent interview where placed the blame for the downfall of the music business squarely on fans.
Simmons made an appearance on the Thunder Underground podcast and was asked his opinion of online streaming music services like Spotify. He responded, "Good luck to 'em. I am not a supporter. I do believe in free market economy - supply and demand and all that kind of stuff - and I support Taylor Swift and Metallica and anybody else who doesn't wanna play the game; The Beatles didn't wanna play the game for a long time."
He went on to explain that he is "a rich bastard" and it doesn't affect him but says that it is hurting up and coming bands. Gene explains, "Imagine you're a new band and you have your passion and your music and you really love it, you can't do it. There's nothing else. They can't show up live, because they don't know who you are, so somehow you've gotta get the music out there. But if you wanna earn a living, you can't get the music out there.
"So you're living in your mother's basement, you have to have a dayjob and the kids get your music for free. 'I'm just promoting my live shows.' It doesn't work. And the people that killed all the new bands are the fans themselves. It wasn't corporate America, it wasn't aliens from space. The people that killed the music they love are the people who love the music."
TERRY ILOUS, lead singer of Great White & founder of XYZ to release new solo album
Terry Ilous, lead singer for the band Great White, and founder of 80's metal band XYZ is premiering his third solo venture, Gypsy Dreams, on Friday, April 28th, 2017.
A video trailer for the album can be viewed via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K900FNP5rrQ
Terry Ilous relocated to Hollywood, California from Lyon, France in 1986 forming the metal band XYZ along with friend and bassist Pat Fontaine. Ilous quickly became a favorite on Sunset Strip scene in the late 80's before getting signed to Enigma / Capitol Records. After selling over 1.5 million records worldwide and touring with artists such as Foreigner and Alice Cooper; Ilous has continued to release albums well into the 2000’s along with film, song-writing, and television work.
In 2009 Terry was contacted to play a handful of dates with multi-platinum recording artists Great White; who are one of the few bands of that era to still be consistently touring to sold out shows. In 2011 the line-up was made official and Great White immediately headed out on an extensive year long tour followed by a new album in 2012 that was highly praised by the media & fans alike. With the song 'Hard To say Goodbye' reaching #8 in the Billboard Radio Chart.
Currently Ilous has been finalizing his latest project, Gypsy Dreams, a cover album of classic rock and hard rock favorites with a Latin and flamenco edge.
The album features an amazing cast of L.A. based artists including, Luis Villegas [Grammy nominated artist ] on Guitar, Jose Garcia [vocalist, renowned flamenco guitarist] on Guitar, Chris Trujillo [former percussionist for Toto, Black Crows] Drums / Percussion, Al Velasquez [Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Michael McDonald, Albert Lee] on Drums / Percussion, Mike Paganini - [renowned session player, Bassist] on Bass, Ben Woods - [renowned flamenco guitarist w/ Benise, Heavy Mellow] on Guitar, Mike Bennett [Alicia Keys, Pitbull, Ritchie Kotzen] on Drums / Percussion, Jesse Stern [George Clinton, Chad Smith] on Bass & Natalie Gelman [singer / songwriter] on Background Vocals.
Terry States: "This album is just the start in a series of different projects I have in mind for the future. I decided to start with covers of familiar & rock favorites to introduce the Latin / Flamenco Rock sound to my audience, and I plan to start up a series of intimate club shows reminiscent of close-knit Latin & Gypsy gatherings.”
Terry on recording “Long Train Running” - "In the late 80's I would warm up with Long Train Running while on the road with XYZ; and for years I wanted to record the song with more of a Latin edge."
Terry Ilous on recording “Heaven & Hell” - "Dio was arguably one of the biggest inspirations in music. And this is one of the songs that really influenced my decision in making this album.”
He adds: " This has been a long road, but the final tracks sound truly amazing, and are definitely worth the wait. I thank all my fans & band for being a part of this journey and for all your support along the way, I couldn't have done it without each and every one of you."
Gypsy Dreams Track listing.
1. Whole Lotta Love - (Led Zeppelin)
2. Boys Of Summer - (Don Henley)
3. In Your Eyes - (Peter Gabriel)
4. Long Train Running - (The Doobie Brothers)
5. Wicked Game - (Chris Isaak)
6. Heaven And Hell - (Black Sabbath)
7. Ride Like The Wind - (Christopher Cross)
8. Love Bites - (Def Leppard)
9. Kill The King - (Rainbow)
Terry Ilous – Vocals
Luis Villegas– Guitar
Jose Garcia– Guitar
Mike Paganini – Bass
Mike Bennett – Bass
Ben Woods – Guitar
Jesse Stern - Drums / Percussion
Chris Trujillo – Drums / Percussion
Al Velasquez – Drums / Percussion
Natalie Gelman – Background Vocals
Gypsy Dreams is slated to be released Friday, April 28th, 2017 via digital format on iTunes.
The physical copy will be arriving in May 2017 on Terry Ilous private label, Fyco Records and can be pre-ordered here: http://terryilous.com/new-release/
Connect with Terry Ilous:
Ritchie Blackmore Records New Songs With Rainbow Singer
Ritchie Blackmore revealed in an interview for the cover story of the May edition of Burrn! Magazine in Japan that he has recorded new music with Ronnie Romero, who handed vocals for his Rainbow shows last year.
According to a translation from the long-running Deep Purple focused website The Highway Star, Blackmore was asked in the magazine interview about being in the studio recording new music.
Ritchie replied, "We were recording until yesterday in the studio at our home. We finished yesterday. We recorded some songs for Blackmore's Night and 2 songs with the new singer for Rainbow." Read some more tidbits from the feature here.
Ann Wilson Of Heart's Husband Sentenced For Assaulting Nancy's Children
Heart's future as a band remains unknown following news that the husband of singer Ann Wilson, Dean Wetter, has received a suspended sentence in a Seattle court after assaulting her sister and bandmate Nancy Wilson's children backstage during a concert in their Seattle hometown last summer.
Seattle PI reports Wetter - who plead guilty last month to two counts of fourth-degree assault - was handed a suspended sentence of 364 days in jail, meaning he will not serve any time. His plea agreement includes restitution, two years of probation, counseling and no contact with his nephews.
Police and court documents indicate the August 2016 incident at White River Amphitheater began when Nancy's twin 16-year-old sons asked Wetter if they could check out his and Ann's new tour bus. Wetter provided access but reportedly became upset when one of the pair left the door open, despite his instructions to keep it closed to prevent the dogs inside from escaping.
The 66-year-old physically assaulted one of the twins and, when the second one returned to assist, Wetter grabbed him by the throat to the point where he was unable to breathe; the twins escaped and called 911 for assistance. Read more here.
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Undergoes Hip Placement Surgery
Sixx:AM and former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is recovering from recent hip placement surgery and is sharing details about the experience on his syndicated radio show, Sixx Sense.
"There's so much about it that I was excited about, and then there was parts of me that I was a little bit freaked out about," explained Sixx (audio below). "The thing that was interesting is, at first, when I heard that I needed that, I had that feeling, 'Oh my God! That's like an old person thing.' And I started getting a lot of feedback from our listeners and people in their 30s and 40s that have had hip replacement. In fact, I was just talking to a friend of mine, and his wife, who is 38, just had it done. So it's actually more common than not. And especially because people are more active now."
"It's amazing what they can do with modern medicine," he continued. "I have to tell you, I was up, I was walking. The next day, I walked three hundred feet, and the next day, with only a cane, I walked up a flight of stairs, they showed me how to get in and out of a car, and they sent me home. And I've been here in the house pretty much ever since then.
"I went out a little bit yesterday, and I kind of took it too far. But I just wanted to be active. So, for anybody out there that has to go through a surgery like this, it's probably the best thing you'll ever do for yourself, 'cause I'm really feeling a lot better than I was before I went in for surgery."
The bassist revealed via social media that there's more procedures in his future. Read more here.
Metallica Add Special Stop To WorldWired Tour
Metallica have announced that they have added a very special stop to the North American leg of their WorldWired tour. The trash legends are set to rock a benefit concert in Newton Iowa.
The show will also include performances from Metallca's tourmates Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat and will be taking place on June 9th at the Iowa Speedway.
The special event will benefit the Native Fund, which is an organization that was created by actor Ashton Kutcher and NFL star Dallas Clark to provide relief to their fellow Iowans in need.
The band had this to say "We're honored that Ashton and Dallas invited us to be a part of this special event and look forward to giving back to a state that has been so supportive of Metallica throughout our career. Hope to see you there!"
Tickets will be going on sale to the general public via Ticket Master on April 21st at 10AM local time and a special presale for Metallica's Fifth Members will begin on April 19th at 9am local.
AC/DC With Axl Rose Belittled By Former Member
AC/DC recruiting Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose to complete their world tour has been met with mixed reactions from former drummer Phil Rudd with him vacillating between praising and belittling the pairing.
Rudd said in a Music Radar interview back in January that he was surprised at how well Axl did with the group. "I watched some clips the other day of Axl singing with the boys. I was surprised; it wasn't too bad. I was quite surprised, I thought he did quite well and that's not an easy gig, mate, it's not an easy gig at all. AC/DC is a tough gig for everyone in the band. I saw Angus jamming with Guns N' Roses as well. Apart from watching those clips though I don't know what's going to happen or what's going on with the band."
Fast forward to last week and Rudd spoke to KaaosTV ahead of his show at the WS Arena in Finland and he shared a more dismissing opinion of Axl and AC/DC, saying "That's obviously to for fill a contractual obligation," according to BraveWords.
During the chat, Rudd also expressed his desire to record with AC/DC leader Angus Young again. "I'd like to be involved with Angus again, maybe on the next album or something. I have a few travel restrictions, so I'm not even sure if I can get into America. So I have some limitations on what I can do. I'm just making the best of my situation at the moment."
Eddie Van Halen's Favorite Guitarist Allan Holdsworth Dead At 70
Acclaimed guitarist Allan Holdsworth, said to be one of Eddie Van Halen's biggest influences, has died at the age of 70 and a number of musicians have paid tribute.
A cause of death was unknown at press time. His daughter Louise broke the sad news to fans via Facebook. She wrote, "It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius.
"We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. - Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori"
The one time Soft Machine guitarist was hugely influential to an entire generation of guitarists including Eddie Van Halen, Neal Schon and Gary Moore, but never reached the level of public acclaim of many of the guitarists that he influenced.
In the early 1980s, Eddie Van Halen was said to proclaim that Holdsworth was "the best, in my book" and "so damned good that I can't cop anything." A number of noted musicians shared their tributes via social media.
Journey's Neal Schon wrote via his Twitter account, "RIP Allan Holdsworth Wow... how very sad. Enjoy life it's been 2 very heavy years... God Bless."
Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy posted "F*ck!!!!! RIP Allan Holdsworth....One of the all-time greats and innovators...no Holdsworth = no Eddie Van Halen".
Steve Lukather tweeted "I cant believe it! Allan Holdsworth, legendary guitarist of our generation ! He changed the game + was the sweetest guy ever... RIP"
Peter Frampton wrote "Oh no so sad to hear this. Brilliant unique guitar master player. Rest In Peace Alan."
Rest In Peace Allan Holdsworth (August 6, 1946 - April 16, 2017)
Between April 4 and April 10, Allan played 3 SOLD OUT shows in Southern California. He left us on a high chord!
A tech-savvy man of 71, he taught me to have fun with my cellphone, as he always requested that we text important notes to him. No email, just texting! He got me using emojis like the British flag, pictures of snowmen, and broken hearts. Allan’s favorite was a smiley guy that gritted its teeth.
This note is a scrapbook of remembrances from friends of Allan’s. Chris Hoard’s two paragraph recollection will give biographical insight and personal remembrances. I’m also including links to video, writing, and a podcast interview. In the next few weeks there will be a variety of articles on Allan—interviews conducted by Bill Kopp for PROG magazine and Joe Lalaina for GUITAR WORLD.
One of the fans posted on his Facebook page, “I swear he made some chords up.”
Robben Ford dubbed Allan “the John Coltrane of the guitar.”
This instructional video, put out by Alfred Music in the 1980s, shows Allan explaining how he comes up with his chords: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h-MdM7JCGs
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing a number of industry people that have worked intently with Allan through the years: Manifesto Records’ Dan Perloff, manager Leonardo Pavkovic, music writer/researcher/Allan friend Chris Hoard, guitar maker Jim Reiske, photographer Glen Laferman. Under their thoughts are links to some of my favorite interviews that Allan did in the past few months.
recent photo of Allan’s: https://www.flickr.com/photos/8320698@N05/32797009505/in/album-72157611847817960/
NOTES FROM FRIENDS AND THE MEDIA
“I feel very fortunate to have been the producer on the recent Allan Holdsworth reissue projects for Manifesto Records. Getting to know Allan over the last year and putting together something for him that will honor his great legacy was a privilege. Allan hadn’t played out in a while, but had recently done four sold out shows in Southern California, that’s what I call going out on a high note!"
-Dan Perloff, Manifesto Records,
"There is no greater measure of a life well-lived than the amount of people he had impacted, and by that measure the artist Allan Holdsworth lived a very good life. This man took a plank of wood, a few strings and some wires and transformed people's lives in a way that few others have. The ultimate genius of the rarest kind. So much history with Allan."
– Leonardo Pavkovic, MoonJune Music (associated with Allan Holdsworth between 2001-2016)
“Allan is a celebrated musical legend among so many great contemporaries, and among today’s younger generation of master musicians whom he performed and collaborated up until his sudden passing. So many of the most revered musicians of the half-century consider Allan Holdsworth to be one music’s leading musical innovators and most original voices. Those close to him knew him as a humble genius with a wonderful sense of humor, and a generous and kind soul at his core. Allan’s many collaborations are now the stuff of legend, as were his friendships, collaborations, touring performances and recordings with so many jazz and rock luminaries, among them the late Tony Williams, Jack Bruce, Gordon Beck, and John Wetton among others.
“Allan’s career began as a London-based journeyman sideman who captivated the attention and imagination of guitarists world over was unparalleled in modern times—he recorded and toured with Soft Machine, U.K., Bill Bruford, Jean-Luc Ponty, Gong, Stanley Clarke, and performed as a member of HoBoLeMa, the improvisatory “supergroup” ensemble which last performed in 2014; it was formed by Frank Zappa/Jeff Beck drummer Terry Bozzio, with drummer Pat Mastelotto, and bassist/stick player Tony Levin. In 1980 Holdsworth launched a successful solo career with drummer/keyboardist Gary Husband, which began a succession of self-produced studio albums band leader and principal composer featuring his singular “Holdsworthian” conception. Allan had just released his solo career retrospective 12-CD box set of 11 studio albums, and one live disc, aptly titled The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever. Holdsworth strongly resisted the proposed name, but eventually allowed it, having been lobbied by many friends and fellow musicians that it was indeed an accurate view of how his fellow musicians and fans viewed his contribution to music and the evolution of his instrument.”
“There is an indisputable truth suspended in all the music Allan created. The burden of being a mortal, saddled with this answer to a universe of creativity, weighed heavily on Allan. He was the temporary flame keeper, like Parker and Coltrane before him. His musical genius was searing. I will miss his humbleness and hospitality. Seldom has a man walked so unassuming a walk and influenced so many fellow human beings. Rest in Peace Maestro.”
—singer/songwriter Jim Reiske built several guitars for Allan, “We have been friends since mid 1980s. He was like a brother.”
“It is with a heavy heart that I share the lost of my friend and client, Allan Holdsworth. I have been Allan’s photographer nearly 33 years, and just saw him live last week. His box set was just released. Condolences to his family and circle of friends. He and Gary Moore are drinking with God. Goodbye my friend, and thank you for your music and friendship.”
-Glen Laferman, photographer
More Allan info for you:
George Varga, San Diego Union Tribune Obituary (Allan lived in San Diego)
Eric Harabadian conducted Alan’s last official interview for DOWNBEAT
Friends of Dan has friends and fans of Allan talking about his guitar chops interspersed in a very spiritual interview about playing his instrument.
Delightful overview on Allan’s boxset by John Kelman
KISS Star Peter Criss Confirms His Final U.S. Show
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has confirmed plans to play a show in New York City this June that he is billing as his very last live performance in the United States.
He had previously revealed his intention to play the show but Criss has now confirmed the details. It will be taking place at the Cutting Room on June 17th and Alex Salzman will acting as the musical director.
Billed as a "dinner performance and rock n' roll all night after-party", Peter will be joined by The Cold Seas' Erik Rudic and will be backed by the group "Sister Doll."
The announcement that we received says that "Peter is very excited and is bowing out his way." and "He is performing this show for all his fans who have been asking him since his departure of his fellow founders for one more time so here ya go."
Eagles Star Discusses Cancer Battle and Glenn Frey Death
Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit discussed his cancer battle and how he is dealing with death of band cofounder Glenn Frey in a new interview promoting his upcoming North American tour in support of his latest solo album "Leap Of Faith".
"Things are looking really good [now]," Schmit tells NPR (via Gibson) about his throat cancer battle following his 2012 diagnosis.
"It chipped away at my voice a bit. I didn't even know if I was going to be able to talk, let alone sing…. I met Plácido Domingo the day after the Kennedy Awards and I was thrilled beyond belief because he has changed from being a tenor to a baritone. He just said, you know, I'm just going for it, I'm doing it still in a different range. That's basically what I got to say to him was, 'Yeah me too.'"
Schmit also discussed the January 2016 death of Glenn Frey. "You know, it took quite a while to process it. I don't know if I'll ever finish processing it, but I'm better now. I mean, life has to go on.
"All three of us, Joe [Walsh] and Don [Henley] and I, are all doing our separate projects right now. We're just moving on."
The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's' Documentary Set For Release
The Beatles landmark album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in June and a new documentary is set to be released to mark the occasion.
The film, It Was 50 Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond, was directed by Alan G Parker and will be receiving a theatrical release in the UK on May 3rd, followed by a DVD release on July 3rd.
Interviews for the documentary include Simon Napier-Bell (Music Manager), Hunter Davies (Official Biographer), Tony Bramwell (Brian Epstein's Right Hand Man,) Pete Best (The Beatles), Freda Kelly (Official Beatles Fan Club Secretary), Philip Norman (Lennon/McCartney Biographer). Watch the trailer here.
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Streaming New Song
Fleetwood Mac stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are streaming "In My World" as the lead single from their forthcoming self-titled debut album
Due June 9, the pair reveal the project developed naturally since McVie rejoined the band in 2014 for their "On With The Show" tour. Bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie are the rhythm section for much of the album, which was recorded at Village Studios in Los Angeles.
"We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically," explains Buckingham. "The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions, and said to ourselves, 'What took us so long?!'"
"We've always written well together, Lindsey and I," adds McVie, "and this has just spiralled into something really amazing that we've done between us."
Buckingham and McVie will support the record's launch with a summer series of concert dates across North America, starting June 21 in Atlanta, GA. Stream the song here.
Night Ranger's Kelly Keagy Undergoes Heart Procedure, Taking Break
Night Ranger's Kelly Keagy has announced that he has undergone a successful heart procedure and will now be taking a six week leave of absence from the group to give him time to recover.
The drummer and vocalist will be sitting out the band's upcoming spring dates for their 35th Anniversary World Tour and the band have recruited Cinderella's Fred Coury to play the dates this month, with former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo taking over drum duties next month.
Keagy had the following to say, "I've dealt with a heart abnormality my entire life. At the recommendation of my doctors, I decided to undergo a procedure that will allow me to come back even stronger.
"I've asked the guys in the band to go ahead with the tour, and I'm looking forward to rejoining them on the road as soon as I can. I'm grateful for the support and prayers of my family, my bandmates, and our fans, which have meant everything to me as I've gone through this process."
The band added, "We support and applaud Kelly's decision to put his health first and undergo this treatment now so he can be back at full strength as quickly as possible. While it will be strange being out on the road without our brother Kelly for the first time in the band's history, we take comfort in knowing it's a temporary situation, and he'll be back soon even stronger to continue the 35th Anniversary World Tour.
"We're grateful to our buddies Deen and Fred, for agreeing to step in as guest drummers for Night Ranger during Kelly's short hiatus (Deen will perform at the May shows and Fred will perform at the April shows). They've both been good friends of the band for years, and it'll be great to be rockin' America with them while Kelly recuperates.
"We know our fans join us in sending their thoughts and prayers to Kelly and his family as he recovers from his procedure, and we look forward to reuniting with him on the road very soon as we celebrate the release of Don't Let Up and the 35th Anniversary World Tour rolls on."
Journey's Neal Schon Takes On Why Steve Perry Didn't Sing At Rock Hall
Journey guitarist Neal Schon believes he knows why Steve Perry decided not to perform with the band during their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame last week.
Steve Perry did attend the ceremony and accepted the honor but opted not to reunite with the band on stage. Schon spoke to Rolling Stone about the memorable night and during the interview we asked if he had read the tabloid reports that surfaced ahead of the event that claimed Perry planned to perform with them.
Schon responded, "I couldn't help it. My phone was blowing up. I was on the phone with management. I was talking to them and they were kind of puzzled too since they hadn't heard anything from his manager, and his manager didn't know anything about it. After that they just made a statement saying he was just showing up to accept the award. Knowing everything else and how he was feeling – he was very emotional too – it's understandable to me that he wouldn't want to sing. It was just highly emotional."
In the follow-up question he was asked if he had hoped that Steve would change his mind about performing and Neal answered, "I wasn't even thinking like that. To me, the main thing with Steve is that we were always great friends and music was kind of always there, but right now we haven't seen each other in so long. I'm just looking forward to getting reacquainted with the guy and be his friend. That's where I'm at." Watch video of the induction and performance here.
MEGADETH UNLEASHES VIDEO GAME TO FIGHT THE INVASION
Fans Can Play Megadeth Invasion for a Chance to Win a Dystopia Prize Pack, Including a Kiko Signature KIKOSP2 Ibanez Guitar
Today, thrash metal genre pioneers MEGADETH unleash “Megadeth Invasion”: a video game for Cyber Army fans to fight the invasion for a chance to win a Dystopia Prize Pack, including a Kiko Signature KIKOSP2
Fans can either log in now or sign up to the Cyber Army, MEGADETH’s official fan club, to play at www.megadeth.com/invasion
Made in partnership with Songkick, the Cyber Army can log in to battle space monsters for the opportunity to win additional prizes including a Dystopia Deluxe VR bundle; a Dystopia poster signed by Dave Mustaine; and a vinyl Dystopia record. Songkick and MEGADETH will choose the winner May 1, 2017.
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 a 2017 Grammy® Award for “Best Metal Performance” for the title track “Dystopia,” 12 Grammy® nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction.
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NIGHT RANGER’S KELLY KEAGY TAKES LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL HEART PROCEDURE
Rock Veterans Castronovo & Coury to Fill In Temporarily Behind Drum Kit as Legendary Band’s “Don’t Let Up / 35th Anniversary World Tour” Continues
Kelly Keagy, the drummer, co-lead vocalist and co-founder of the acclaimed, multi-platinum and long-running band Night Ranger, is taking a temporary leave of absence from the band during April and May, as he recovers from a successful heart procedure, Night Ranger announced today. Veteran drummers Deen Castronovo (formerly of Journey/Bad English) and Fred Coury (Cinderella) will sit in for Keagy for the next 6 weeks during the “35th Anniversary World Tour”, which coincides with the release of the band’s 11th studio album, Don't Let Up.
Keagy issued the following statement:
“I’ve dealt with a heart abnormality my entire life. At the recommendation of my doctors, I decided to undergo a procedure that will allow me to come back even stronger. I’ve asked the guys in the band to go ahead with the tour, and I’m looking forward to rejoining them on the road as soon as I can. I’m grateful for the support and prayers of my family, my bandmates, and our fans, which have meant everything to me as I’ve gone through this process.”
Keagy is now at home continuing his recovery, which is expected to take six weeks.
Night Ranger’s Jack Blades (lead vocals, bass), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Keri Kelli (lead & rhythm guitars), and Eric Levy (keyboards) issued the following statement:
“We support and applaud Kelly’s decision to put his health first and undergo this treatment now so he can be back at full strength as quickly as possible. While it will be strange being out on the road without our brother Kelly for the first time in the band’s history, we take comfort in knowing it’s a temporary situation, and he’ll be back soon even stronger to continue the “35th Anniversary World Tour”.”
“We’re grateful to our buddies Deen and Fred, for agreeing to step in as guest drummers for Night Ranger during Kelly’s short hiatus (Deen will perform at the May shows and Fred will perform at the April shows). They’ve both been good friends of the band for years, and it’ll be great to be rockin’ America with them while Kelly recuperates.”
“We know our fans join us in sending their thoughts and prayers to Kelly and his family as he recovers from his procedure, and we look forward to reuniting with him on the road very soon as we celebrate the release of Don’t Let Up and the “35th Anniversary World Tour” rolls on.”
For more information, visit NightRanger.com.
OUT TODAY! DEMENTIA, 1st SINGLE FROM NYC GUITAR ROCKERS HONEY WEST, FEATURING 'ODD COUPLE' SONGWRITING DUO IAN McDONALD OF FOREIGNER & KING CRIMSON AND SHAKESPEAREAN MEMBER OF THE ACTORS STUDIO
Pre-Orders also start TODAY for Bad Old World Debut Album, Due for May 19 Release via Readout Records
HONEY WEST, the New York guitar-rock band featuring the new "odd couple" songwriter pairing of Foreigner and King Crimson founding member Ian McDonald, and Shakespearean thespian Ted Zurkowski of The Actors Studio, will be releasing DEMENTIA, the self-deprecating 1st single from its explosive debut album, Bad Old World (Readout Records), TODAY.
DEMENTIA, the album’s closing track, is a tightly wound, foot-stomping, Saturday-night rocker highlighted by multi-instrumentalist McDonald’s baritone sax – which originally left a memorable imprint on T. Rex’s iconic “Get It On (Bang A Gong).” But Zurkowski’s typically droll, self-deprecating lyrics elevate the song far beyond the typical party-hearty blueprint, and identify its creators as a rock ’n’ force. DEMENTIA is a perfect portal into the off-kilter world of HONEY WEST, so named after the groundbreaking 1960s TV series about a sexy female secret agent.
ABC News Radio called DEMENTIA "infectious," citing - you guessed it - McDonald's "rocking" sax solo. As of today, the track is available as a single on all major digital services, including iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify. Bad Old World, due May 19, will be simultaneously available for pre-order TODAY as well on iTunes and Amazon. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive an "instant gratification" track of DEMENTIA included in the purchase. Here's the iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bad-old-world/id1223188582?ls=1&app=itunes
Aiding and abetting McDonald and Zurkowski in HONEY WEST is a troupe of top-shelf musicians including drummer Steve Holley, whose credits include, among other notable artists, Paul McCartney & Wings, and McDonald’s son Maxwell on bass. BAD OLD WORLD also boasts a special guest appearance by Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be Giants), who plays bass on several tracks.
Former Pearl Jam Star Not Invited To Rock Hall Induction
Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese says in an online post that he was not invited to the band's recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite the group appearing to publicly endorse the idea of former members attending.
When controversy arose about former members not being included in the induction (original drummer Dave Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron were), Pearl Jam shared the following statement, "While awards and accolades are understandably subjective and a countless number of our peers have yet to be honored, we do feel fortunate the be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group. Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years. Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs."
Abbruzzese took to his Facebook page to share his reaction "to a statement someone made online" which was later republished and he decided to directly share it with his followers. He wrote, "the band and the hall did not invite or contact me.. The band tweeted that they welcomed the idea of the event granting the possibility of all the drummers to be in the same room. That isnt an invite.
"I personally have deep respect for all drummers and of course the five that participated in the pearl jam bands carreer… I am going to say this; For the band to put me in the same light as Matt Chamberlain & Dave K really was a slap in the face.
"Nothing to do with those guys as people or players. Respect… but as a contributor? A band member? A definitive contributor to the energy and power of where the band went? …the sacrifices, the work, the physical and emotional contributions…not to mention the personal weight of carrying onthrough and after unceremonious and disrespectful way I was fired. I gave this band all I had to give every single moment I was in it. I never played for a paycheck. I never let the band down. I never let the music down. I never let the fans down… not once. I suppose that is why I am still such a point of contention.
"Truth be told, if I would have been inducted, I would have requested my tech, Jimmy Shoaf Jr. and my daughter, Francesca to say a few words on my behalf. IF THEY HAD invited me to be there to witness the bands induction? Nope. To do that would justify the mistake and disrespect the core fans that took this band to heart back when all we were to become, we had to earn and also, most importantly, we had to prove we deserved every single time we took the stage. And we did that. We, the Pearl Jam band & original crew, deserved to be inducted & respected. I’m proud of my old friends for managing it all so well. I dont know if I heard anyone say it, but you’re welcome and thank you, too.
"Okay. There, I said it. I own it. I have to clarify that I mean no disrespect at all to pearl jam, it's management or anyone who has ever been or currently is a member of the organization."
Freddie Mercury Biopic To Finally Hit Theaters Next Year
The biopic about late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been a longtime coming with casting shakeups and delays but the legendary band's guitarist Brian May says that it will finally arrive in 2018.
He said the film would come out 'next year," though he didn't reveal what that date would be, reports NME. The movie will star Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) as Queen's late, dynamic frontman and has been in development for a long time.
Sacha Baron Cohen was once attached to play Mercury in the biopic but left the project over creative differences with Brian May. Before he bailed, he gave some interviews that revealed a bit about the rich material in the movie.
'There are amazing stories about Freddie Mercury," said Cohen. 'The guy was wild. There are stories of little people with plates of cocaine on their heads walking around a party." Read more here.
David Bowie's 'Lazarus' Musical Going Virtual
Fans will soon be able to witness the stage production of late music legend David Bowie's "Lazarus" in an entirely different way during a special screening later this month, according to Radio.com
The stage show is coming to virtual reality. The show, which starred Michael C. Hall, concluded it's run in London earlier this year, which is why this latest development is such good news for Bowie fans.
The material will be screened April 30, during the V&A's 2017 Performance Festival. At the presentation, the recording process also will be explained. Read more here.
Rob Halford And Jim Breuer Rock Judas Priest Classic
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford teamed up with Jim Breuer to perform his band's classic song 'You've Got Another Thing Coming" on Wednesday night's episode of The Comedy Jam.
The Comedy Central program pairs up comedians and musicians. During the latest installment Breuer started his set talking about how much he loved metal music and went on to discuss how he looks forward to the day that the special brand of rock will be on the oldies station. He continued to paint the picture, describing a potential 'wheelchair mosh pit" in his future.
The comedian proclaimed his undying love for Judas Priest, then introduced the rock icon saying, 'When I was a kid I prayed to God, and a priest came to me' Judas Priest."
Admitting this was the greatest moment of his life, Breuer sang his heart out, alongside the metal legend. Check out the performance here.
Classic Bob Seger Track Getting Limited Edition Reissue
A classic Bob Seger recording is getting a special limited edition reissue from Jack White's Third Man Records for this year's Record Store Day on April 22nd.
The label announced a special limited edition yellow-colored vinyl 7" single that will feature Bob Seger System's 1968 track "2+2=?" on side A along with classic track "Ivory" on the flip side.
"2+2=?" was remastered for this release directly from the analog tapes by Robert Vosgien and cut by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering and it was also be the first vinyl reissue of the song in almost four decades.
The label will be following up the RSD limited release with a wider standard black vinyl edition at a later date, according to the announcement.
Music Artists Share Tributes To J. Geils
Music stars have paid tribute to J. Geils band founder and guitarist J. Geils (John Geils Jr.), who died Tuesday afternoon (April 11) at his home in Groton, Massachusetts. He was 71.
Police found Geils at about 4 p.m. when they were called to his home to do a wellness check and found him unresponsive, reported The Boston Globe. It is believed that he died of natural causes, but his death is still under investigation, which is standard protocol when someone dies and no one else is present.
"We just heard that J. Geils has passed away," wrote Foghat drummer Roger Earl. "Sad. We did so many shows with them back in the 70's and they were one of the best bands we ever toured with. Great, great music. Our thoughts are with his family at this time."
"Sad to lose J. Geils," wrote Nils Lofgren. "Me n Grin learned so much opening for @TheJ_GeilsBand. J and band were always kind." Read more tributes here.
The Kinks Ray Davies Says He Doesn't 'Have Many Friends'
Kinks legend Ray Davies is promoting his forthcoming album and he reveals in a new interview that he doesn't interact with his fellow rock stars and says that The Who's Pete Townshend in even more insecure than he is.
"I don't have many friends," Davies said in a recent interview with England's Newstatesman. 'I love people but when it comes to friendships, I . . . not back off, exactly, but would rather observe than interact."
While that may be partially why he's such a celebrated songwriter, it also speaks to his reclusiveness. And, it seems that he rarely compares notes with other artists from his generation.
He discusses some of his peers: "I hated the lifestyle of Paul McCartney. I didn't want to be like Elton John or Rod Stewart." He added, 'There's only one person who's more insecure than I am, and his name is Pete Townshend." Read more of his comments about that here.
Scott Stapp Reveals Eerie Connection To Scott Weiland
Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp had revealed an eerie experience and connection that he had to the late Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Recover singer Scott Weiland and said it was almost as if Weiland was speaking to him from the grave.
Stapp now fronts the supergroup Art of Anarchy (which features former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer) but it was Weiland who sang on the group's debut album.
The singer shared a story in a recent interview that prior to joining the new band he was on a solo tour and happened to be using the same tour bus Weiland died on.
"All of a sudden, it was almost like Weiland speaking to me from the grave, man. It was a very weird feeling that I felt," Stapp recalled "I remember being in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, on the bus. And really feeling like I could hear or feel him saying, 'Dude, this could have been you. And this could be you if you continue that path. Don't do what I did. Don't go down that road.' And, literally, I'm having this moment."
Autograph Cofounder Keni Richards Passes Away
The original drummer and cofounder of the 1980s hard rock group Autograph, Keni Richards had died, according to a social media post by guitarist Steve Lynch.
Lynch wrote on the band's Twitter page, “Very sad news today my friends. I just got confirmation that Keni Richards, our original drummer and co-founder of Autograph has passed away.
"He was the mighty force that was our backbone 1983-1988. We wish him a pleasant and peaceful journey. Our love and condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed greatly.”
Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan also tweeted about the sad news. He wrote, “Keni will be missed. An amazing soul and funny as hell. Damn. Love you Keni.”
The band enjoyed their biggest success with their hit song "Turn Up The Radio," from their 1984 album "Sing In Please". The music video for the track received heavy rotation on MTV but the band failed to follow up on that success.
Keni left the group in 1988 and then performed with Dirty White Boy before retiring from music due to back problems. antiMusic editor Keavin Wiggins adds, "I knew Keni for a brief time in the mid-1990 and he was a genuinely great guy that lit up a room when he entered it. He will be dearly missed."
DEF LEPPARD SET TO POUR SOME SUGAR ON MOTOR CITY IN THE PREMIERE OF “DEF LEPPARD… AND THERE WILL BE A NEXT TIME: LIVE FROM DETROIT” AIRING SUNDAY, APRIL 23 AT 10 P.M. ET/7 P.M. PT
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKED OFF ON APRIL 8TH IN MANCHESTER, NH
LOS ANGELES – April 13, 2017 – British rock and roll veterans Def Leppard’s new live concert experience DEF LEPPARD… AND THERE WILL BE A NEXT TIME: LIVE FROM DETROIT will premiere on AXS TV—airing Sunday, April 23, at 10 PM ET/7PM PT.
Filmed live at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, DEF LEPPARD… AND THERE WILL BE A NEXT TIME: LIVE FROM DETROIT boasts a roaring setlist and high-octane stage effects, as the rock masterminds send the crowd into all-out “Hysteria” with a perfect blend of signature hits and modern favorites. Highlights include “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Photograph,” “Let’s Get Rocked,” “Rock Of Ages,” “Animal,” “Foolin’,” “Let’s Go” and much more. The recently released concert experience hit #1 in North America and notched 8 international Top 10 placements on DVD charts.
Fresh off winning the fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award, Def Leppard returned to the road on April 8th for a three-month run across North America. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through cities across parts of the U.S. and Canada. This new leg of dates follows the groups massive 70+ city 2016 tour and kicked off on April 8th in Manchester, NH and will wrap on June 25th in Indianapolis, IN. Joining Def Leppard on select dates are Poison and Tesla.
With two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard—Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, Rick “Sav” Savage and Rick Allen—continues to stand tall in the music industry and deliver some of the most iconic rock melodies and memorable anthems of all time. Most recently, their 2015 self-titled album featured singles “Dangerous” and “Let’s Go” which premiered via RollingStone.com and hit #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart.
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MARK WEISS / DAVID BANEGAS – TWO MEDIUMS / ONE VISION
ROCK & BREWS – ORLANDO TO FEATURE FOUR DUAL-VISIONED ROCK ART PAINTING
The Rock & Brews Orlando Grand Opening - Monday, April 24th
What happens when you have two visionary modern artistes merging their talents? Well, when you are talking about rock photographer Mark Weiss and painter/artiste David Banegas, you wind up with a breath-taking, larger-than-life image of Mark’s images morphing into David’s art. Four portrait paintings will be featured at a new music-themed Orlando restaurant, Rock & Brews - located at 6897 South Semoran Blvd. by the Orlando airport.
One of the paintings is based on an image Weiss photographed of Axl Rose during the historic Guns N’ Roses concert in 1987 at The Ritz in New York City. Add to the 10’ x 30’ mural, three more textured and stylized mirror image paintings from Weiss’ archives and you begin to envision the mural’s impact. The “wall of art” was commissioned by entrepreneur Scott Paul for the Rock & Brews in Orlando. The restaurant needed to artistically exemplify its “rock roots” and it had to be contemporary. The merged artwork of Mark Weiss and David Banegas was the answer.
The Rock & Brews Orlando grand opening is open to the public on Monday, April 24th, the above-mentioned rock icon paintings are displayed on the Rock & Brew’s wall of distinction. There will be a silent auction where the proceeds will go to the Orange County Animal Services of Mark’s iconic classic rock photos as well as David’s embellished half/half giclee of Axl Rose, at a special community night celebration on April 22.
“I met Scott in February 2017. I was touring with KISS, taking photos for their tour-book. As I walked into the hospitality room where Gene and Paul were discussing future openings of Rock & Brews, Scott walked over to me and asked if I was ‘Mark Weiss – the photographer’. He told me about how he ripped my photos out of magazines and plastered them on his bedroom walls three decades ago. Scott proceeded to tell me that he had opened 3 Rock & Brews locations and was opening another in Orlando shortly. The restaurants are covered wall to wall with album cover art and photographs. He expressed his love for art and showed me photos of the Rock & Brews in Texas where a huge painting of Stevie Ray Vaughn was proudly displayed. I showed him the merged art I did with artist David Banegas. After a couple of weeks, the project came to life.” – Mark Weiss
Picasso once said, “(a painter) paints not what he sees, but what he feels”. Seeing the combined effort of two artistes such as Mark Weiss and David Banegas, equals one new focused vision – one feeling - locking in a moment in time, image and feel.
Photographer Mark Weiss and artist David Banegas met at the Lunch Break 2011 Gala in Red Bank, NJ. Both contributed their art to raise money at the charitable event. Mark was auctioning off his classic rock photographs; while David was painting live - a portrait of Elvis Presley that was raffled off at the event. David’s unique execution of painting caught Mark’s eye; inspiring him to approach David with the idea to have him paint a mirror image of his most iconic Rock & Roll images. The partnership was formed! Both artists continue to donate their work to help bring focus and funds to charitable causes.
About the Artists
Mark Weiss got his first camera in 1973 at the age of 14. He made a deal with a guy in his New Jersey neighborhood to cut his lawn all summer in exchange for a 35 mm camera. A couple years later in high school, Mark began sneaking his camera into concerts. He developed the prints in his parent’s bathroom and sold them for a buck a piece. In 1977 Mark was arrested for selling his photos outside of the Kiss Concert at Madison Square Garden and spent the night in jail. The next day he walked into the offices of CIRCUS magazine with his portfolio. The rest is Rock N Roll history! Mark traveled around the world photographing tours for Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Guns ‘n Roses, Kiss and Bon Jovi also creating album covers such as Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry.
More about Mark www.weissguygallery.com
David Banegas grew up in Bolivia and has been painting since he was 6 years old. He explains his unique work as “something that happens at the moment, it flows” If there is a name for this method it would be “Action Painting”, It is done layer upon layer and is created with pure feeling” Once he captures the eyes, he is “locked in place and the rest of the painting then follows.” It comes from letting go of all fears and painting what is felt and so this is a transcendent moment.”
More about David www.davidbanegas.com
Rock & Brews is not just a cool Orlando-based restaurant – it is a rock restaurant that pays homage to artists who rocked our world. You’ll feel it the minute you walk through the door. The founding partners in Rock & Brews are: rock icons Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, restaurateur/hotelier Michael Zislis and concert industry/merchandising veterans Dave and Dell Furano. More about Rock & Brews – www.rockandbrews.com
AC/DC's Angus Young Was At Center Of Odd All-Star Jam
AC/DC's Angus Young is a legendary guitarist but during an impromptu all-star jam he decided that he wanted to play drums and that set the stage for a performance that the audience and rockers involved will never forget.
The unique jam session is just one of the memories that Chris Glen (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Michael Schenker Group) shares in his new book "Chris Glen: The Bass Business." Ahead of this Friday's release of the new book, Glen revealed an excerpt that recounts that memorable night when he hit the stage with legendary drummer Cozy Powell, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander and Angus Young:
“MSG [which featured him and Powell at the time] had just finished a tour with Molly Hatchet, and we were about to do Canada with Cheap Trick. Seattle in America is a bit like Crewe in Britain – all trains seem to go through there, and all bands seem to go through there. So we were in this club in Seattle, and Cheap Trick were there, and AC/DC were there too – they had the same management as Michael. Angus Young is a tea drinker now, but I think back then he was still up for anything. So that’s what we were drinking … anything!
“We were all sat across six tables and there had been a band playing. The manager of the place said, ‘Come on, some of you guys play a song,’ and Cozy went, ‘Okay, who’s up for it?’ It was really a case of, ‘Who can still stand up?’
“So it was Cozy, me, Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander and Angus. We were just getting up and Angus decided he wanted to play drums, so Cozy said, ‘Right, let’s not play our real instruments!’ I’d already gone to pick up the bass, but Cozy said, ‘No, I’m playing the bass. You play the guitar.’ Rick and Robin were happy because there were keyboards and a microphone.
“We did ‘Highway to Hell,’ but the whole thing was a clusterf— ... Angus was trying to show me the chords while we did it. At one point he took my right arm and held it up the guitar neck to do the fingering!
“He could hold a beat and Rick was singing, and the bass is just bump-bump-bump, which was no problem for Cozy. But I was f—ing terrible. I remember at the end the crowd went wild – or maybe they were just angry. We said ‘Thank you!’ but we meant ‘Thank you for putting up with us.’
“Common sense prevailed and we didn’t do another song. But by that time, all the girls in the room had found out who we were, so that looked after itself. I just about remember thinking, ‘This is one for the book … ’ and here we are!”
The book's co-author, former Classic Rock news editor Martin Kielty is offering a signed limited-edition hardcover and a signed paperback via his website here.
Poison To Deliver A Few Twists On Comeback Tour
This past weekend, Poison kicked off their first tour in over half a decade as part of a North American spring trek with Def Leppard and Tesla and bassist Bobby Dall says fans should expect some twists on the trek.
Dall told ABC that Poison are delivering "a greatest-hits show…with a few twists." And he told them that one of those twists is his first bass solo in over 20 years, which he put together specifically for the tour.
He also shared reassuring news about drummer Rikki Rockett battle with oral cancer, "[H]e appears to be in remission [and] everything is going very well for Rikki."
Poison will also be playing some stand alone headline dates along the trek, the first from the original lineup in almost a decade, and Dall offered these details about their plans for those concerts, "We'll play the same show that we play with Def Leppard, and then we'll play another two or three [songs to] stretch it out." Read more of the interview and see the dates here.
Def Leppard's Phil Collen Talks Mutt Lange and New Release
Def Leppard's Phil Collen was the featured guest on the latest episode of The Rock Brigade Podcast, hosted by Jeb Wright and James Rozell. The show sent over these details:
We discuss the band's latest Blu-Ray, And There Will Be A Next Time: Live >From Detroit in-depth. Phil even admits that seeing himself on the big screens can make him forget to play! In addition Collen talks about the band's current tour with Tesla and Poison. This is the rock show of the summer!
Phil talks how Mutt Lange tutored the band to create their massive vocals, even adding his own vocals to the mix. Phil is also taking the production values Lange taught him and is now producing the new album by Tesla. We also discuss the legend of what went on below the round and what Steve Clark meant to the band. Phil tells us how he was able to quit the party life that took the life of Steve, his best friend.
After the interview Phil decides to play a game with Jeb and James and he makes a few crazy revelations including the weirdest thing he's ever seen a groupie do and wearing a grass skirt on stage!To get all the of the story you have to listen to the podcast! Check it out here.
Joe Bonamassa Sells Out Most Of Upcoming Tour
Blues star Joe Bonamassa is gearing up to launch his spring tour of the UK and with most of the shows are already having sold out, fans are advised to move quick to snap up tickets to the remaining shows.
The sells out include the two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall (April 20 & April 21) and the Blackpool Opera House (April 22). But there are still a limited number of tickets available for the Edinburgh Usher Hall (April 18) and Sheffield Arena (April 24) shows, according to his camp.
Fans are told to expect a set of material from Bonamassa's latest studio album "Blues of Desperation" along with performances of fan favorites from his career.
UK Tour Dates:
Edinburgh Usher Hall Tuesday 18 April
Royal Albert Hall Thursday 20 April (Sold Out)
Royal Albert Hall Friday 21 April (Sold Out)
Blackpool Opera House Saturday 22 April (Sold Out)
Sheffield Arena Monday 24 April
J. Geils Found Dead At Home At Age 71
The J. Geils Band founder John Warren Geils Jr. was founded dead at his home in Groton, Massachusetts on Tuesday (April 11th). He was 71 years old.
Former J. Geils Band vocalist Peter Wolf posted a tribute on his Facebook page with a classic photo of the group with the caption ""Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P. Jay Geils".
Although the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominated band started in the late 1960s, they didn't enjoy their biggest success until the early 80s with a string of hits including "Love Stinks," "Freeze-Frame" and their chart topping song "Centerfold", which was fueled by the music video that received healthy airplay on the then new MTV. Watch the clip here.
2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees YES Featuring JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN, RICK WAKEMAN ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman have added additional dates to their recently announced 2017 North American tour.
The newly confirmed dates include:
Tue/Aug-29 Friant, CA Table Mountain Casino
Thu/Sep-21 Port Chester , NY Capitol Theatre
Thu/Oct-5 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
Tue/Oct-10 Melbourne, FL King Center For The Performing Arts
Fri/Oct-13 West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center For The Performing Arts
Sat/Oct-14 Miami , FL Adrienne Arsht Center For The Perf. Arts
On-sale dates announced soon.
“It's very simple,’ explains band founder and vocalist Jon Anderson about the recent decision to change the band’s name from ARW to YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman. “The fans want it, we want it and it's our right to use the name. YES music is in our DNA!”
The definitive line-up of the greatest progressive rock band ever – Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman – together again LIVE! For tickets, tour and VIP information, go to HYPERLINK "http://yesfeaturingarw.com/" \t "_blank" YESfeaturingARW.com.
The worldwide tour with YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman is being produced by renowned concert promoter Larry Magid, who is considered an architect and leader of the modern concert business. With over 17,000 concerts and live events to his credit and still counting, he has produced national and international tours for YES, Billy Crystal, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Robin Williams, Gladys Knight, The Isley Bros., Earth Wind & Fire, ARW, Il Divo, The Allman Brothers Band, Patti LaBelle, Grover Washington Jr. and many others. In 1985 Larry Magid, co-produced the American portion of Live Aid, and in 2005, he was the American producer of Live 8. In 2001, he produced the United We Stand concert at RFK Stadium to benefit the victims of Sept. 11.
YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman
Confirmed 2017 Tour Dates
All shows are going on-sale shortly
Go to www.YESfeaturingARW.com for on-sale information
Newly announced U.S. dates marked ***
Sat/ Aug- 26 Stockton, CA Bob Hope Theatre
Mon/ Aug- 28 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery
Tue/Aug-29 Friant, CA Table Mountain Casino***
Thu/ Aug- 31 Las Vegas, NV Smith Center
Sat/ Sep- 2 Layton, UT The Kenley Amphitheater
Sun/ Sep- 3 Littleton, CO Hudson Gardens
Tue/ Sep- 5 Kansas City, MO Kauffman Center
Fri/ Sep- 8 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater (new showdate)
Sat/ Sep- 9 Hammond, IN Venue at the Horseshoe Casino
Tue/ Sep- 12 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
Wed/ Sep- 13 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
Fri/ Sep- 15 Akron, OH Goodyear Theater at East End
Sat/ Sep- 16 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Mon/ Sep- 18 Quebec City, QC Grand Theatre du Quebec City
Tue/ Sep- 19 Montreal, QC St. Denis Theatre
Thu/Sep-21 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre***
Sat/ Sep- 23 Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Sun/ Sep- 24 Brookville, NY Tilles Center
Wed/ Sep- 27 Newark, NJ NJ PAC (NJ Performing Arts Center)
Fri/ Sep- 29 Reading, PA Santander Performing Arts Center
Sat/ Sep- 30 Trenton, NJ Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
Sun/ Oct- 1 Philadelphia, PA Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
Wed/ Oct- 4 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
Thu/Oct-5 Albany, NY Palace Theatre***
Sat/ Oct- 7 Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.
Sun/ Oct- 8 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Tue/Oct-10 Melbourne, FL King Center For The Performing Arts***
Wed/ Oct- 11 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Fri/Oct-13 West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center For The Perf. Arts***
Sat/Oct-14 Miami, FL Adrienne Arsht Center For The Perf. Arts***
Sammy Hagar Releases 'No Worries' Music Video
Sammy Hagar has released a new live video for his track "No Worries". The song was one of the new tunes included on the Red Rocker's recently released compilation.
The former Van Halen frontman promoted the release of "This Is Sammy Hagar Vol. 1 - When the Party Started" last November by releasing a series of track by track videos and "No Worries" was one of the songs he discussed.
He revealed that he co-wrote the song with his nephew Tom Solis and had this to say about his collaborator, "He lives in Orange County on the beach. He's kinda a Sammy Hagar kinda guy, you know? Growing up in that world of playin' bars and pickin' up on chicks and hangin' at the beach." Watch the new video here.
Metallica Frontman Addresses Lady Gaga Speculation
Metallica have been the focus of intense speculation about future plans to collaborate with Lady Gaga following their Grammy performance together, but James Hetfield has now put those rumors to rest.
The legendary thrash band planning to pair up with the pop star in the future has been subject of several dubious, tabloid like reports on metal blogs and even an April's Fool joke that spread to many of those same sites.
Now, frontman James Hetfield discussed the possibility in an interview with the newspaper La Tercera La Tercera in Chile. Telling them (via a translation from BraveWords), "I have no interest. But just being with her gave me a different energy, she goes beyond the limits, like us."
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Announce Album and Tour
Fleetwood Mac stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have announced that they will be releasing their new duo album on June 9th and will be launching a U.S. tour this summer to promote it.
The album will be entitled "Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie" and fans will be getting their first taste of the effort when the first single, entitled "In My Word", is released this Friday, April 14th.
The Fleetwood Mac legends will be kicking off their summer tour on June 21st in Atlanta, Ca at Chastain Park and wrapping up the trek on July 27th in Denver, CO at the Paramount Theatre.
Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVieTour Dates:
6/21 Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park
6/23 Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheatre
6/24 Raleigh, NC - The Red Hat Amphitheater
6/26 Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
6/28 Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
6/30 Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/2 Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
7/3 Chicago, IL - Northerly Island
7/5 Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
7/19 Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle
7/21 Murphys, CA - Ironstone Amphitheatre
7/22 Las Vegas, NV - Park Theatre
7/25 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
7/27 Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
1. "Sleeping Around The Corner"
2. "Feel About You"
3. "In My World"
4. "Red Sun"
5. "Love Is Here To Stay"
6. "Too Far Gone"
7. "Lay Down For Free"
8. "Game Of Pretend"
9. "On With The Show"
10. "Carnival Begin"
Ozzy Osbourne To Rock Sturgis This Year
Now that Black Sabbath has retired, Ozzy Osbourne is ramping up his solo ventures and has been confirmed for this year's Sturgis Buffalo Chip festival, organizers announced on Tuesday (April 11).
Ozzy will be playing on the event's Wolfman Jack Stage on August 9th. Sturgis Buffalo Chip president Rod Woodruff had these comments, "You never know what to expect with Ozzy, but you can be sure it will be over the top.
"He puts on an incredible show and this is one of those performances you just can't miss. You may not have another opportunity to see the legendary Ozzy Osbourne live on stage. I wonder if he's still biting the heads off bats?" Watch the announcement video here.
Yes React To Anderson Rabin Wakeman Name Change
Yes have issued their response to ARW's announced earlier this week that they have changed their name to Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman.
The prog legends had this to say, "While Jon Anderson has rights to use the name as one of the co-owners of the trademark, Yes' position is that every effort should be made by promoters, ticket agencies and all involved to respect Yes' magnificent and loyal fanbase and minimize confusion regarding the use of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman."
In the announcement about the name change, original Yes frontman Anderson offered this explanation, "It's very simple. The fans want it, we want it and it's our right to use the name. YES music is in our DNA!"
The rebranding came following the band's long awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week.
Royal Blood Announce New Album 'How Did We Get So Dark'
Royal Blood have unveiled some details regarding the release of their forthcoming second album along with a new preview video clip for the new effort.
Titled "How Did We Get So Dark?", the follow-up to the group's 2014 self-titled debut will be issued on June 16. "We had a warehouse space in Burbank [in California] and it was great," said Kerr recently. "We'd party at night and write all day. By that point, we felt the record was coming together and there was a bit of a theme between the songs."
Royal Blood are scheduled to begin their 2017 live schedule with a May 27 gig at Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland opening for Guns N' Roses; they'll then spend the summer playing festival dates, beginning with a busy June that will see them at The Governors Ball in New York, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, and The UK's Eden Project and Glastonbury during the last week of the month. Watch the preview clip here.
Keith Richards Shares His Tribute To Chuck Berry
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards took to his Facebook page this past weekend to share a lengthy tribute to the late rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry.
Richards wrote, "To Put Chuck Berry into words! That is a task. If I flip the coin and wonder how the f*** Chuck Berry reacted to me when he first heard my feeble efforts to spread his groove, my guess is a disdainful chuckle and then a gleam as he imagined the royalties roll in. Then a realization that his music was far more important than he had ever imagined. (He did thank me for that). And, let's face it, Chuck had imagination. Just check the songs. All is revealed on 'Monkey Business', 'Wee Wee hours', 'Jo Jo Gunne', 'You Can't Catch me', 'Childhood Sweetheart'… let alone on 'Johnny B. Goode', 'Little Queenie' or 'Around & Around'. It goes on and on: 'Let it Rock', 'Sweet Little Sixteen' or the heartbreaking 'Memphis.'
"You have to hear the original recordings to get the whole picture. Let us make no mistake about him. His inventiveness, natural exuberance, brought all of the variations of this vital music together, be it Rockabilly, country, R & B, Jazz or pop. His own roots went wide and deep, even back via Louis Jordan to the big bands. But we're talking about a complicated and thoughtful man here. Listen to 'No Money Down', the incredible 'Bye Bye Johnny' with its reversed riff. As a lyricist his imagination, the themes and subject matter took songwriting to a level yet to be matched. Who else could come up with 'Too Much Monkey Business'. Throw in as well 'No Money Down', 'Memphis, Tennessee' and 'You Can't Catch Me' … a song that John Lennon reworked with 'Come Together'. And then there were the guys he worked with; Johnny Johnson, on piano, an icon of boogie and feel; Willie Dixon, the BASSMAN!; Freddie Below and Ebbie Harding on drums.
"He was a very guarded and private man, essentially warm hearted, though he spent a lot of time disguising that fact which could give the opposite impression. Hard to know, moody, but when you got him at the right time, beautifully friendly. It's hard to find the words to describe his contradictions: warm, infuriating, moody, disarmingly charming, angry. He once gave me a black eye for daring to touch his guitar. Quite Right!!! I called it Chuck's greatest Hit.
"At the moment I sense the same feeling I had at 15 years old when Buddy Holly died. A sickening thud to the guts and a feeling of losing a member of the family. For me the world went from black to white to glorious Technicolor when I first heard 'Little Queenie.' There was no doubt in my mind: It was obvious what I had to do and I haven't changed since. The effortless ease with which he laid down the rhythm makes a mockery of countless grimacing lip biting agonizing imitators.
I'm still working on it.
"He brought joy to us; the feeling for a fifteen year old guitar player that there was more to life than seemed possible. With the exuberance, he brought a casual ease and a rhythm that makes bits of your body move you didn't know you had. In essence, he was a revelation. I ain't 15 no more but the joy remains."
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Says “Yes!” To Anderson, Squire, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe, Kaye, White & Rabin
Dallas, TX - April 12, 2017. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands expands on YES’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with exclusive interviews of members past and present.
Of all the bands that came to the forefront of the progressive rock movement of the early 1970s, none found more critical and commercial success than YES. What distinguished YES from other progressive rock bands back then was that the grandeur of the music never obscured the melody of the songs. Jon Anderson’s unmistakable high clear singing voice and bassist Chris Squire’s harmonies gave YES a focal point and a lyrical framework strong enough to support the band’s dazzling musicianship.
YES have now received the ultimate honor in Rock and Roll, induction into its Hall of Fame. IN THE STUDIO has opened its vaults to produce a two-part radio and online exclusive featuring interviews with Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Bill Bruford, Alan White, Trevor Rabin, and YES co-founder the late Chris Squire. Below are highlights conducted by IN THE STUDIO host Redbeard:
“People assume there is a controlled or organized system that we have for doing a record, and really it’s totally disorganized, untogether. Nobody knows from one minute to the next what’s going on!” - Trevor Rabin
“I think in many ways we stumble along looking for an opening.” - Tony Kaye
“I think YES is something that hovers above the collective unit and keeps it in tow, keeps us working hard, and keeps our spirits in the right direction in order to make good music with a defined idea.” - Jon Anderson
“I was always convinced that what we were doing (on Fragile) was something very, very special.” – Rick Wakeman
“ I think definitely the YES theme has always been a hopeful one. I think we’ve used dark expressionism to show the difference between good and evil.”
- Co-Founder Chris Squire
YES Best of PART 1 / InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/yes-ultimate-pt1-jon-andersontony-kayebill-brufordsteve-howethe-late-chris-squire/
YES Best of PART 2 / InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/online-on-demand/yes-best-pt-2-jon-andersonthe-late-chris-squirealan-whitetony-kayesteve-howetrevor-rabin/
Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list:
HYPERLINK “http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ “www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations”
Enter for a chance to Win YES: The Complete Albums CD Box Set: "http://www.inthestudio.net/contests/yes-rocks-box-hall-fame/"
Direct Link to: YES HYPERLINK “http://www.yesworld.com”
Direct Link to: YES - ARW HYPERLINK http://www.YESfeaturingARW.com
Direct Link to: Chris Squire HYPERLINK “http://www.chrissquire.com”
Direct Link to: Jon Anderson HYPERLINK “http://www.jonanderson.com”
Direct Link to: Rick Wakeman HYPERLINK “http://www.rwcc.com”
Direct Link to: Bill Bruford HYPERLINK “http://www.billbruford.com”
Direct Link to: Steve Howe HYPERLINK “http://www.stevehowe.com”
Direct Link to: Alan White HYPERLINK “http://www.alanwhite.net”
Direct Link to: Trevor Rabin HYPERLINK “http://www.trevorrabin.net”
Direct Link to InTheStudio: HYPERLINK “http://www.inthestudio.net”
The Dead Daisies Announce The The Dirty Dozen Tour 2017
**A Dozen Dates Announced For Live & Louder North American Tour**
THE DEAD DAISIES’ awesome live juggernaut is set to storm into North America in August for a dozen prime live dates as part of their Live & Louder World Tour, in support of the release of their landmark ‘Live And Louder’ album on Spitfire Music/SPV/eOne on May 19th. Heralded “The Dirty Dozen Tour”, the trek is set to kick off in Chicago, IL on August 10th and will wrap in Las Vegas, NV on August 27th.
“The Dirty Dozen Tour” is inspired by the classic 1960s movie of the same name. “Rehearse them, Excite them, Arm them - then turn them loose on the Fans!”
It will be the band’s first North American Headline Tour where demand has been steadily building after 2016’s smash success of their third album “Make Some Noise”.
Lead singer John Corabi - “We're all very excited for our very first North American headline run. We're kicking it all off on August 10th in Chicago and ending it in "Sin City" Las Vegas!!! You guys have been amazing with all of your support and requests for shows here, so we're giving it to you "LIVE AND LOUDER", and "down and dirty" on "The Dirty Dozen Tour 2017"!!!! See ya on the road kids!!!”
Before being turned loose on North American audiences, the troops will be fresh from playing some of the most prestigious & high profile UK & EU Rock Festivals coupled with a series of headline club shows, dates in Japan to then make their long-awaited debut in South America. From South America it’s back to one of the EU’s largest Festivals “Woodstock Poland”, to be part of a “Concert Inspired by Freedom” which will see the band perform with a 60-piece Orchestra.
The “Live & Louder” - World Tour 2017 will visit the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, Holland, France, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Poland, Canada and the USA.
”LIVE & LOUDER”, will be available in multiple deluxe formats & perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016. The result, once again mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Bad Company), is an absolute stunner!
Lead guitarist Doug Aldrich has some choice words about the upcoming live album - "Live & Louder really helps define The Dead Daisies’ sound. Like bands I've been involved with co-producing (Whitesnake and Dio), we have a great team that makes sure our sound is consistent and we are always looking to pump it up. Onstage I just play guitar but our crew and production team are very instrumental in capturing what happens on stage. Now get out there and go Live & Louder with us this summer!!”
Special Guests on this run will be THE DIVES which the band made instant friends with on the previous years’ KISS Kruise and who will add their own blend of signature rock and roll to the fiery package.
Rock & Roll is indeed alive and well!!!
Check out the “Make Some Noise - Live & Louder” video here: http://bit.ly/2mcS4ft
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) – Guitars
John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream) – Vocals
David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) – Guitars
Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) – Bass
Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) – Drums
THE DIRTY DOZEN TOUR – NORTH AMERICA 2017:
Thu 10 Aug Arcada Theatre | Chicago IL
Fri 11 Aug Shelter@Saint Andrews | Detroit, MI
Sat 12 Aug Lee’s Palace | Toronto, ON
Wed 16 Aug House Of Independence | Asbury Park, NJ
Thu 17 Aug Highline Ballroom | New York NY
Fri 18 Aug Rams Head Live | Baltimore, MD
Sat 19 Aug Masquerade | Atlanta, GA
Sun 20 Aug The Basement East | Nashville, TN
Wed 23 Aug Gas Monkey | Dallas, TX
Fri 25 Aug El Rey Theatre | Los Angeles, CA
Sat 26 Aug House of Blues | San Diego, CA
Sun 27 Aug Counts Vamp’d | Las Vegas NV General on-sale April 14, 2017 Tickets:
LIVE & LOUDER WORLD TOUR 2017:
Fri 2 Jun Rock Hard Festival | Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Sat 3 Jun Rock In Vienna | Vienna, Austria
Sun 4 Jun Substage | Karlsruhe, Germany
Mon 5 Jun Druso | Bergamo, Italy
Tue 6 Jun Dynamo | Zürich, Switzerland
Thu 8 Jun Amager Bio | Copenhagen, Denmark
Fri 9 Jun Sweden Rock Festival | Solvesborg, Sweden
Sun 11 Jun Download Festival | Donington, United Kingdom
Mon 12 Jun Liquid Room | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Wed 14 Jun Boerderij | Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Fri 16 Jun Le Forum | Vaureal, France
Sat 17 Jun Hellfest | Clisson, France
Sun 18 Jun Graspop Metal Meeting | Dessel, Belgium
Tue 20 Jun Hirsch | Nürnberg, Germany
Wed 21 Jun Hellraiser | Leipzig, Germany
Fri 23 Jun Harley Days Festival | Hamburg, Germany
Sun 25 Jun Bluesiana | Velden, Austria
Mon 26 Jun Bluesiana | Velden, Austria
Tue 27 Jun Rockhouse | Salzburg, Austria
Wed 28 Jun A38 | Budapest, Hungary
Thu 29 Jun Lucerna Music Bar | Prague, Czech Republic
Sat 1 Jul Freigericht Rockt Festival | Freigericht, Germany
Thu 3 Aug Woodstock Poland | Kostrzyn, Poland
Wed 5 Jul Shibuya Club Quattro | Tokyo, Japan
Thu 6 Jul Umeda Club Quattro | Osaka, Japan
Wed 12 Jul Opera de Arame | Curitiba, Brazil (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
Thu 13 Jul Carioca Club | Sao Paulo, Brazil (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
Sat 15 Jul Vorterix | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sun 16 Jul Teatro Vorterix | Rosario, Argentina
Wed 18 Jul Venue tba. | Santiago, Chile
More South American Dates to be announced!
JOE SATRIANI’S G4 EXPERIENCE
4 DAYS OF GUITAR MAGIC WITH VERY SPECIAL GUESTS PHIL COLLEN, WARREN, DIMARTINI, & PAUL GILBERT
Plus Celebrating 30th Anniversary with Stu Hamm & Jonathan Mover
JOE SATRIANI announces special guests Phil Collen [Def Leppard], Warren DiMartini [Ratt], and Paul Gilbert joining him for the 2017 G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary. The event is July 24-28 at Asilomar Center in Carmel, CA.
About this year’s camp, SATRIANI says, “I’m thrilled to have guitarists Phil Collen and Warren DiMartini joining Paul Gilbert and myself for this year's G4 camp. What an incredible lineup! Phil, Warren, and Paul are all virtuosos with a wide range of professional experience in the music world. Together, we look forward to sharing all of our musical knowledge with this year’s G4 campers.”
Phil Collen echoes that sentiment, saying, "I'm thrilled and honored to be joining Joe on the G4 experience and I'm stoked to get to play with him and to share some of my experiences with all the attendees "
For its fourth installment, the G4 Experience enjoys a game-changing and historic first. The camp will celebrate the writing, recording, and performance of SATRIANI’s seminal GRAMMY Award-nominated, platinum-selling 1987 epic, Surfing with the Alien—one of the most successful instrumental guitar albums ever made. Recognizing the record’s 30th anniversary, campers will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull back the curtain on the album with the visionaries behind the music.
SATRIANI will be joined by longtime co-conspirator and Surfing with the Alien co-producer John Cuniberti in addition to other special guests. His original live band during the record’s tour cycle, Stu Hamm and Jonathan Mover, return for the first time since 1995 for the evening’s performances.
For more information on G4, visit: g4experience
Don Jamieson reveals details for new comedy album, 'Communication Breakdown'; launches new track, "Kiefer", online
On April 21st, former "That Metal Show" host and comedian Don Jamieson will release his new comedy album, Communication Breakdown, via Metal Blade Records. Recorded at The Funny Stop in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Communication Breakdown's title and cover come from Don's Rutgers University senior yearbook photo. Don explains: "My young nieces and nephews found the photo at my mom's house and starting texting me how funny it was, and when I saw it again after so many years, I agreed! I majored in communication, so it was just a matter of adding the 'Breakdown' to it, which is obviously something you never want to happen in comedy." For a preview of Communication Breakdown, the track "Kiefer" can be heard at: metalblade.com/donjamieson - where the album can also be pre-ordered.
Communication Breakdown track-listing:
1. Dave Mustaine Riffs, Intervention, Baby in t...
2. Sober, Finger-Banging, Drunk Logic
3. Weed, Cigs, Election 2016
5. Myrtle Beach
6. Free Clinic, Raccoons
7. Rockers Aren't P.C.
8. Where Have All the Rock Stars Gone?
9. Rocking Women, Viking Metal, Big Four
10. Vagina No-No's, Van Fucker, Doggie Style
11. Dating at 50, Threesome (Almost)
12. Brad & Angelina, Great Head, Mr. Brownstone
13. Johnny Depp
Named one of the top 10 metalhead comedians by Revolver Magazine, Don has captured some of his most irreverent work to-date on his third album, Communication Breakdown. Don explains: "This album has tons of jokes but really revolves around 4 or 5 longer stories, which is something I've never really done before. I usually just like shot gunning jokes like beers at a frat party, but this time around I tried something a little different. It took a while to develop them for the stage but am really happy with the way they turned out, particularly the track 'Kiefer', which is a true story about a crazy night with the '24' actor.
Other than that, there's a little bit of something for everyone on this disc, and I hope people who buy or steal it enjoy it as much as I do."
Don Jamieson online:
A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ONE OF HISTORY'S MOST SUCCESSFUL ROCK 'N' ROLL BANDS 'WE ARE X'
From Acclaimed Director Stephen Kijak and the Oscar®-Winning Producers of Searching for Sugar Man, X JAPAN Documentary Takes Center Stage on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD on April 25 from Magnolia Home Entertainment Under The Magnet Label
"If We Are X proves anything, it's that rock bands can experience similar trials: acrimony and fatalities, but also, sometimes, glorious comebacks." - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"It succeeds as an examination of why we turn to escapist art and what we do when it's no longer there." -- THE WRAP
"Invoking the spirit of an epic rock show, We Are X expresses all the energy, joy and sadness of X Japan's music." -- THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
On Tuesday, April 25, WE ARE X, the transcendent and captivating rock 'n' roll documentary about one of the most successful bands in history, X JAPAN, arrives on Blu-Ray™, DVD and Digital HD from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet Label. From director and acclaimed documentarian Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man), and produced by the Oscar-winning production team behind Searching for Sugar Man, WE ARE X profiles the blockbuster Japanese rock band X JAPAN and its enigmatic frontman YOSHIKI--composer, classically trained pianist, drummer and the creative force behind the band's wild success.
Featuring interviews with Gene Simmons, Marilyn Manson, Stan Lee and more, WE ARE X dives into YOSHIKI's life and X JAPAN's attempt to break into the American music industry. Supported by concert footage, band interviews and fan photos, the compelling film takes a look at X JAPAN's hardships and conflicts including suicide and cultism. Also spotlighting the band's triumphs, WE ARE X explores the group's phenomenal success, boasting more than 30 million albums and singles sold, countless sold-out concerts around the world, and fans in North America, Europe, Latin America and South East Asia.
Special features for WE ARE X include deleted scenes featuring Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi and clips from Kitty Con, the New Economy Summit, Tateyama and the X Museum, as well as deleted interviews with members of X JAPAN. Extras also include seven interview vignettes with YOSHIKIi about WE ARE X, and two live performances, "Forever Love" and "Kurenai," from X JAPAN's 1997 "The Last Live" concert at the Tokyo Dome. A tribute to the band with the "Born to be Free" Fan Video featuring concert footage and global fan interviews is also included. The documentary will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $29.98 and $26.98, and on Digital HD via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video and additional digital retailers on April 25.
WE ARE X soundtrack available now via Sony Music's Legacy Recordings:
iTunes Link: http://smarturl.it/WeAreX_iTunes
Amazon Link: http://smarturl.it/WeareX_amz
TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT: TO LAUNCH SPRING TOUR STARTING APRIL 16 IN CHICAGO, IL
NPR INTERVIEW OUT TODAY (HERE)
LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE "PEARL ON THE STRING" TODAY ON ROLLING STONE COUNTRY (HERE)
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW SOLO ALBUM 'LEAP OF FAITH' OUT NOW VIA BENOWEN RECORDS
"a soundtrack for that sort of pitch-perfect American landscape, mixing bluegrass, Cajun, rock, Seventies soul and California country..."
--Rolling Stone (9/26/16)
After his sold-out winter trek, TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT is gearing up for his spring tour launching Sunday, April 16 in Chicago, IL (see dates below). Before heading out on the road next week, TIMOTHY joins NPR's "HERE & NOW" with host Robin Young for an in-depth interview spanning his music history; listen (here). As TIMOTHY's new single "Pearl On The String"--off his critically acclaimed new solo album LEAP OF FAITH--heads to radio, listen to it today, April 11 on Rolling Stone Country (here).
Rolling Stone hailed LEAP OF FAITH--out now via Benowen Records--"a soundtrack for that sort of pitch-perfect American landscape, mixing bluegrass, Cajun, rock, Seventies soul and California country..." (9/23/16). Elsewhere, Bass Player added "...veteran Eagles bassist/vocalist Timothy B. Schmit spins some memorable yarns on his sixth solo outing--all delivered within his folk-rock, country-rock, yacht-rock, and rock & roll wheelhouse. The reggae-tinged 'Slow Down' and 'All Those Faces' establish Schmit's overall preference for rich, minor-chord colors. Downstairs, his bass leads the backbeat pulse of 'What Should I Do,' while 'You're So Wild' starts with a country two feel before Schmit's upper-register riffing provides the subhook in the edgy chorus. Closing matters is the horn and accordion-infused ballad gem, 'This Waltz'" (December 2016). LEAP OF FAITH is available now via Benowen Records as a 180 gram 2-LP vinyl set, CD and digitally. For exclusive bundles, visit (here) iTunes (here).
For the East Coast run which kicks off April 16 in Chicago, the groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player from the legendary rock groups Eagles and Poco and his band will perform songs from TIMOTHY's four-decade long career.
TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT--the groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player from the legendary rock groups Eagles and Poco--recorded the 12-track solo album in his Los Angeles studio with co-producer with engineer Hank Linderman. LEAP OF FAITH marks the culmination of SCHMIT's unhurried, yet inspired reflections of life. Illuminated by an array of fine musicians and singers, the new album plays like a multicolored corona around SCHMIT's distinctive artistry. From the jaunty opening track "My Hat" to the soaring harmonies and heartfelt reflections of "This Waltz," this is more than another album in a great artist's catalog. Writing and recording between touring with the Eagles, the songs on LEAP OF FAITH have a broad compass. "Slow Down" is a note to self on escaping life's pressures coasting along on a reggae pulse sweetened by jazz giant Gary Burton's vibraphone, while "What I Should Do" has a Muscle Shoals feel; steamy, funky, and sensual. On "Goodbye, My Love," he takes us deep down into traditional country with Paul Franklin's glistening steel guitar layered over the changes. And on "It's Alright," his most intimate song, SCHMIT needs only his own acoustic guitar to express profound love.
Below are the TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT tour dates:
TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT
SPRING TOUR DATES
Cohoes Music Hall
Bay Shore, NY
Jim Thorpe, PA
Ramshead (2 day play)
New York, NY
South Orange, NJ
South Orange PAC
New Hope, PA
Havana New Hope
THE CLASSIC SHOWS
Los Angeles, CA
Night Ranger Feared Losing Brad Gillis To Ozzy Osbourne
Night Ranger feared they would have to find a replacement for Brad Gillis after they witnessed the guitarist perform live with Ozzy Osbourne in the early 1980s.
Gillis was recruited by the Black Sabbath vocalist to help him finish his world tour in support of his "Diary Of A Madman" album in the wake of Randy Rhoads tragic death in March of 1982.
Brad was featured on Ozzy's double live album "Speak of The Devil" which featured performances of classic Black Sabbath songs, and was reportedly recorded due to a contractual obligation.
In a new interview with the Rock Brigade Podcast, Night Ranger's Jack Blades reflected on the band's reaction to seeing Gillis play with Osbourne. He recalled, "We had our record deal and Brad got a call to go off with Ozzy. We were waiting for him to come back. Ozzy was doing a live show for Westwood One or King Biscuit Flower Hour or something.
"We had not seen Brad playing with Ozzy so [Night Ranger drummer Kelly Keagy] and I went to the show. He sounded so f***ing good…he sounded so huge. Kelly and l looked at each other and said, 'He's not coming back. We are going to have to find another guitar player.'" Listen to the full interview here.
NEW SONG ALERT! WARRANT "Devil Dancer" (Official Audio)
Black Sabbath Plan Final Shows Documentary, Possible Live Album
Metal legends Black Sabbath are planning to put together a documentary about their final shows in their hometown of Birmingham and may also release a live album of the concerts.
The band ended their farewell tour with two shows at the Genting Arena on February 2nd and 4th and guitarist Tony Iommi has reportedly told NBC that he is currently mixing the audio tracks from the shows for a possible live album.
The report stated that he is working on the possible live effort, and followed it with this direct quote from Tony, "We'll actually be doing a documentary," he said. "My job at the moment is to have a listen to what we've done."
Iommi also reiterated that the end of touring with Black Sabbath does not mean the end of his music career. "I'm certainly not retiring from playing and doing stuff. But I think since my illness I've had to look at things differently, think sensibly. I feel fine, but I still go for checkups and tests and at the moment I'm okay."
Guns N' Roses Up For Three Top Billboard Awards
The Guns N' Roses reunion featuring Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan continues to pay off as the band has earned three nominations for this year's Billboard Music Awards.
The band is up for the awards for Top Duo/Group, Top Touring Artist and Top Rock Tour and their former mega-tour mates Metallica have been nominated for Top Rock Artist and Top Rock Album for their latest effort "Hardwired…to Self-Destruct".
The thrash legends are competing for the album honor again the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "The Getaway" and Radiohead's "A Moon Shaped Pool." Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band received noms for Top Touring Artist and Top Rock Tour. See the full list of nominations here.
Don Henley, Steve Miller, Roger Daltrey Lead Rock Getaway Lineup
The upcoming Classic East and West festivals will not be the only opportunity for classic rock fans to get their live fix this year thanks to the just announced Rock Getaway.
An impressive roster of iconic artists have signed on to take part in the inaugural 11-day music festival that will be taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Solidaridad, Mexico from October 26th through November 5th.
Due to the length of the event organizers have broken it up into 4, 7 and 11 day packages with the Steve Miller Band, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Bad Company and Foreigner leading the 4 day line-up.
The 7 and 11 day package will include the live performances from the smaller package as well as sets from the Eagles' Don Henley, Santana, George Thorogood and the Destroyers and more.
4-Day Package Lineup October 26 - 29 or November 2-5: Steve Miller Band, Roger Daltrey, Bad Company, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Cheap Trick, Don Felder, Blue Oyster Cult Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Foghat, Queensryche, Los Lobos
7-Day & 11-Day Package Lineup October 26 - November 1/October 30 - November 5 or October 26 - November 5: Don Henley, Santana, Steve Miller Band, Roger Daltrey, Bad Company, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Cheap Trick, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Don Felder, Blue Oyster Cult, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Foghat, Queensryche, Los Lobos, Warren Hill, Olivia Rox, Sahnas Brothers, Atomic Punks (Tribute to Van Halen), Guns 2 Roses (Tribute to Guns and Roses) and more.
Find the additional information, including ticket details here.
Gene Simmons Made Emotional Tribute To Chuck Berry At Memorial
KISS star Gene Simmons made an emotional tribute to rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry during a public memorial this past Sunday (April 9th) ahead of the private funeral service in St. Louis.
According to press reports, Simmons said the following at The Pageant where the public memorial was held, "These shades are going to help me a lot because in back of them are real tears.
"He was breaking down barriers that nobody suspected. Chuck, he changed more little white boys and white girls lives than all the politicians with their big talk just by making them move. Just by grabbing a hold of them on the outside and the inside and changing their lives."
The Cult Announce Live 17 Spring Tour
The Cult have announced that they will be returning to the road this spring to launch their Live 17 tour to further promote their latest studio album "Hidden City".
The veteran band released the studio effort in February of 2016 and launched a world tour in support of it last year and they have now added the additional 17 U.S. dates this May.
The new run of shows will be kicking off on May 3rd at the Rams Head Live in Baltimore, and will wrap up with an appearance at this year's Rocklahoma festival on May 27th.
The Cult Live 17 Dates:
05/03 - Rams Head Live Baltimore, Md
05/05 - Carolina Rebellion Festival Concord, Nc
05/06 - Harrah¹S Atlantic City Atlantic City, Nj
05/07 - College Street Music Hall New Haven, Ct
05/09 - Zeiterion Performing Arts New Bedford, Ma
05/10 - Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, Ny
05/12 - Goodyear Theater At East End Akron, Oh
05/13 - The Venue At Horseshoe Casino Hammond, In
05/14 - The Pageant Saint Louis, Mo
05/16 - House Of Blues Dallas, Tx
05/18 - House Of Blues Houston, Tx
05/19 - Ip Casino Studio A Biloxi, Ms
05/20 - Jefferson Theater Beaumont, Tx
05/23 - Selena Auditorium Corpus Christi, Tx
05/24 - Aztec Theater San Antonio, Tx
05/25 - Strand Theatre Shreveport, La
05/27 - Rocklahoma Festival Pryor, Ok
Queen Release New 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Video
As Queen prepare to hit the road for their summer tour featuring Adam Lambert on lead vocals, they have released in the latest in their series of new lyric videos.
The legendary band shared their latest "official karaoke style" video for their landmark song "Bohemian Rhapsody" which features footage of the original video along with lyrics. Watch it here
The new clip for the "A Night At The Opera" classic follows the release of similar videos for other hit songs including "Radio Ga Ga," I Want It All", "We Will Rock You".
The Queen + Adam Lambert North American arena tour is scheduled to kick off on June 23rd in Phoenix, AZ at the Gila River Arena and will finish on August 5th in Houston, TX at the Toyota Center.
Queen + Adam Lambert North American Tour Dates:
06/23 - Phoenix, AZ - Gila River Arena
06/24 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
06/26 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
06/29 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
07/01 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
07/02 - Vancouver, BC - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
07/04 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place
07/06 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center Arena
07/08 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Arena
07/09 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
07/13 - Chicago, IL - United Center
07/14 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
07/17 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
07/18 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
07/20 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
07/21 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
07/23 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
07/25 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
07/26 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
07/28 - New York, NY - Barclays Center
07/30 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
07/31 - Washington D.C. - Verizon Center
08/02 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
08/04 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
08/05 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
Led Zeppelin Classic Fuels 'Thor: Ragnarok' Trailer
Led Zeppelin's 1970 classic, "Immigrant Song", is featured in the first trailer for the upcoming third movie in Marvel Studios' Thor franchise, "Thor: Ragnarok", due in theaters on November 3.
Directed by Taika Waititi, the film sees Thor held captive on the planet Sakaar without his hammer, while he must win a gladiatorial duel against old friend the Hulk in order to return to Asgard in time to stop Hela and the impending Ragnarök from ending civilization there.
The project stars Chris Hemsworth in the title role alongside an all-star cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins, among others, with music by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo.
"Immigrant Song" was the only single released from "Led Zeppelin III." The tune peaked at No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the album went to US sales of more than 6 million copies Watch the trailer here.
2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees YES Featuring JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN, RICK WAKEMAN ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 10, 2017) - Rock icons Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman are proud to announce that effective immediately, they will officially be known as ‘YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman’, which is the name they will be touring under in North America during the latter half of 2017.
“It's very simple,’ explains band founder and vocalist Jon Anderson. “The fans want it, we want it and it's our right to use the name. YES music is in our DNA!”
The definitive line-up of the greatest progressive rock band ever – Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman – together again LIVE! For tickets, tour and VIP information, go to YESfeaturingARW.com.
The reviews are in from their recent worldwide tour…
“Every song sounds like a celebration. Every song is uplifting.” - Classic Rock Magazine
“There were multiple ‘pinch me’ moments throughout the show.” - Daily Express
“Yes, These Guys Still Have It: Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman faithfully delivered the spirit and the essence of the music of the band from which they derived...and they did so in grand style.”
- Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
“Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman affirm Yes' musical legacy” – St. Louis Post Dispatch
“There were many standing ovations on the evening, not surprising with the commendable performance put on by these five musicians.” - Rock Show Critique
“Truly was a momentous concert. Great song selection, tight performances from everyone, and a little fun at the end…If they’re coming to a town near you, DO NOT miss it.” - Progarchy
“Can Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman still dazzle? Yes, indeed!” - The (Salt Lake City) Herald Extra
“Sometimes comebacks from beloved musicians can be disappointing; not so this time.” - Goldmine Magazine
Since reuniting for a U.S. tour in 2016, YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman have performed sold-out shows in Israel, the UK, Belgium and Holland, and have a Japanese tour scheduled for April. Due to public demand, they return to tour the U.S. again from August 26th through October 11th. In addition to the tour dates, the trio will be recording new material throughout the summer for a projected album release of early 2018. Also upcoming is a DVD that was filmed at the final UK show of their recent European tour (at Manchester Apollo, on March 25th), for release later this year. And to the delight of longtime YES fans, all three were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame on April 7th.
The most successful prog rock group of all time, YES, was co-founded by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968 and went on to sell millions of units with releases such as Fragile, Close to The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Going For The One and 90125, as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours.
Whilst Rick is predominantly associated with the '70s "prog era" of the band (which saw YES become a worldwide stadium headliner) and Trevor associated with the '80s "pop era" of the band (which furthered the band's popularity - including the band's biggest chart success), Jon is the bridge between both factions (as he was a member of both eras). The touring band line-up is completed by two extraordinary musicians - Lee Pomeroy on bass and Louis Molino III on drums – who help to ensure that YES’ immaculate artistic legacy remains intact.
The worldwide tour with YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman is being produced by renowned concert promoter Larry Magid, who is considered an architect and leader of the modern concert business. With over 17,000 concerts and live events to his credit and still counting, he has produced national and international tours for YES, Billy Crystal, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Robin Williams, Gladys Knight, The Isley Bros., Earth Wind & Fire, ARW, Il Divo, The Allman Brothers Band, Patti LaBelle, Grover Washington Jr. and many others. In 1985 Larry Magid, co-produced the American portion of Live Aid, and in 2005, he was the American producer of Live 8. In 2001, he produced the United We Stand concert at RFK Stadium to benefit the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Confirmed 2017 YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman Tour Dates
All shows are going on-sale shortly
Go to www.YESfeaturingARW.com for on-sale information
Additional U.S. and International dates to be announced soon
Sat/ Aug- 26 Stockton, CA Bob Hope Theater
Mon/ Aug- 28 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery
Thu/ Aug- 31 Las Vegas, NV Smith Center
Sat/ Sep- 2 Layton, UT The Kenley Amphitheater
Sun/ Sep- 3 Littleton, CO Hudson Gardens
Tue/ Sep- 5 Kansas City, MO Kauffman Center
Thu/ Sep- 7 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
Sat/ Sep- 9 Hammond, IN Venue at the Horseshoe Casino
Tue/ Sep- 12 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
Wed/ Sep- 13 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
Fri/ Sep- 15 Akron, OH Goodyear Theater at East End
Sat/ Sep- 16 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Mon/ Sep- 18 Quebec City, QC Grand Theatre du Quebec City
Tue/ Sep- 19 Montreal, QC St. Denis Theatre
Sat/ Sep- 23 Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Sun/ Sep- 24 Brookville, NY Tilles Center
Wed/ Sep- 27 Newark, NJ NJ PAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center)
Fri/ Sep- 29 Reading, PA Santander Performing Arts Center
Sat/ Sep- 30 Trenton, NJ Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
Sun/ Oct- 1 Philadelphia, PA Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
Wed/ Oct- 4 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
Sat/ Oct- 7 Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.
Sun/ Oct- 8 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Wed/ Oct- 11 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Rush's Geddy Lee Jams With Yes During Rock Hall Induction
Rush's Geddy Lee and former Yes members Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman performed with the legendary prog group during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Friday.
Lee had previously struck down reports that he would be playing with the group during the special event but when they took the stage to perform their iconic song "Roundabout", Geddy played bass in the place the late Chris Squire.
Geddy and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson officially inducted Yes in the Rock Hall. With Lifeson saying, "We all start somewhere, and my journey with Yes started when I was a teenager. I may have smoked a cigarette or something. I spent hours picking my way through songs like 'Starship Trooper' and 'Yours is No Disgrace.' I must have played 'Starship Trooper' a million times. Yes helped give me the gift of music, which is everything, as you know."
He then elaborated on Yes' influence on him as a musician. "The musical choices we make in our youth, helps to determine who we become." Lifeson then advised, "Choose Chris Squire's amazing bass tone. Choose Jon Anderson's ethereal vocals. Choose Fragile. Choose 'Roundabout.' Choose the glorious guitar work in 'Owner of a Lonely Heart.' And definitely, choose Yes."
Geddy Lee had fun with his speech, recreating Lifeson's memorial "blah blah blah, comments during Rush's long delayed induction in the Rock hall. Lee then discussed how a friend name Oscar turned him on to Yes. "Through Yes, I was tuning into a wider world of possibilities." Read more about the event and watch videos of the speeches and performances here.
Steve Perry Releasing Solo Album, Reunites With Journey At Rock Hall
Steve Perry may have disappointed fans by not performing with Journey during their Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction last week, but he did share the good news that he plans to release a new solo album later this year.
Perry reunited with his former bandmates at the Rock Hall induction ceremony, giving an acceptance speech where praised the band's current singer, saying "I must give a shout out to a man who sings his heart out every night, Arnel Pineda."
Steve then went on to credit the fans for the induction. "You're the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!," he told the crown. "From my heart, I must tell you, I've been gone a long time, you've never not been in my heart. Thank you so very much."
Perry revealed to ABC Radio at the event that he has been recording music for a new solo album, and they report that he plans to release it later this year.
He says that the new music was inspired by a personal tragedy but he has found that doing recordings has been "cathartic." He explained, "I met someone and I feel in love with this person. And I lost this person to breast cancer four years ago."
"In the midst of that, I had written some songs, and before I met her I had sketched some. And so about a year ago, I started recording," Perry told the outlet. "Basically the record is an emotional expression, and a reason to make one. It's been a real cathartic experience going back to that emotional place that I thought I would never go back to. And we really have been doing our very best to capture what I think are some timeless songs."
Stevie Van Zandt Announce First Solo Album In 18 Years
Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist Stevie Van Zandt has announced that he will be releasing his first new solo album is almost twenty years this spring.
The new album, released under the moniker Little Steven, will be entitled "Soulfire" and is set to hit stores on May 19th. If follows Van Zandt's 1999 effort "Born Again Savage".
The album will feature Stevie revisiting some of the tracks from his entire career. He had these comments, "I've always been very thematic with my work, very conceptual. I need a big picture, I can't just do a collection of songs, that doesn't work for me.
"In this case, the concept became me. Who am I? I'm kind of my own genre at this point. So I tried to pick material that when you added it all up, really represented me. So there are a couple of covers, a couple of new songs, and some of what I feel are the best songs I've written and co-written over the years. This record is me doing me."
Jethro Tull's Songs From The Wood Anniversary Edition Announced
Rhino have announced that they will be releasing a limited edition 40th anniversary set of Jethro Tull's tenth album "Songs From The Wood" on May 19th.
The limited edition limited edition "Songs From The Wood: The 40th Anniversary" release will feature 3 CDs and 2 DVDs including the new album completely remixed in stereo by Steven Wilson.
The bonus material will include previously unreleased tracks and alternate versions, unseen video footage from the group's November 21, 1977 concert at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland and a 96 page book that will feature a track by track commentary from Ian Anderson.
Guitarist Martin Barre reflects on the album, "It was a very tight band, one of the strongest line-ups Tull ever had... I think that Songs From The Wood and Heavy Horses [the follow up album] as a pair of albums are near the top of the tree."
Warrant Streaming New song 'Devil Dancer'
80s rockers Warrant have released a stream of their new track "Devil Dancer". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Lounder Harder Faster".
"Devil Dancer" is the second track that the veteran band has revealed from the new album, following the previous release of the lead single "Only Broken Heart"
The new "Louder Harder Faster" record, which follows their 2011 studio effort "Rockaholic", is set to be released on May 12th. Check out the stream of the new song here.
Mike + The Mechanics' New Album Enters Chart In Top 10
Mike + The Mechanics scored a No. 6 debut on the UK iTunes album chart upon the release of their brand new studio effort "Let Me Fly", which hit stores last Friday.
Stateside, the album entered the U.S. iTunes rock chart at No. 23. The record is the second release featuring the lineup of band leader Mike Rutherford and Luke Juby, Gary Wallis, Anthony Drennan, Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar.
The Genesis star reflected on the differences between their last album "The Road" and this new effort, "The Road didn't move anyone's world as we made it just after we'd met. We've learned to play together now.
"For me, it's about proving I can write a good song, but the older you get, the less you let yourself off with 'it's not bad', the less you pretend and the tougher you are on yourself.
"The hardest part of the whole process is staying relevant, but anyone who says success doesn't matter is a liar: what you really want is people to like it. Then you feel it's all been worth it. It's as simple as that. Oh and my wife loves it, more than she's loved an album of mine for a while! Trust me, that's a really good sign."
Videos Of ELO and Pearl Jam Rock Hall Inductions Go Online
Video footage from Electric Light Orchestra and Pearl Jam's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 7 at New York's Barclays Center have surfaced online.
ELO cofounder Jeff Lynne opened the evening with a performance of "Roll Over Beethoven" as part of a tribute to Chuck Berry, who passed away at his St. Louis, MO home last month at the age of 90.
Lynne then led his touring band through ELO's "Evil Woman" and "Mr. Blue Sky" before longtime associate, George Harrison's son Dhani, had the honor of inducting his friend and the group's Roy Wood, Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy into the Rock Hall.
"It's such a pleasure to get one of these," said Lynne, "because I've watched lots and lots and lots, hundreds, of people getting awards. It's like my dad said, everything comes to him what waits." Check out the ELO video clips here
During Pearl Jam's induction, David Letterman offered a funny, clever and witty introduction to the group, recalling his interactions with them through the years on and off the airwaves.
"I used to have a television show, they were on my show 10 different times over the years," aid Letterman. "Every time they were there, they would blow the roof off the place and I'm not talking figuratively. They actually blew the roof off the place. For two years I did a show without a roof over the goddamn theater."
The current Pearl Jam lineup of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron were joined by founding member Dave Krusen to offer their thoughts on the Rock Hall honor while thanking their musical influences, family, friends and fans.
In closing out the night's speeches, Vedder began talking about the reality of climate change and ended up addressing the unwavering support of their fans.
"We've been through a lot, this group," Vedder explained, "and if it weren't for everybody out hearing about our music, if it weren't for everybody out here who came to the shows ... Those are the things that really kept us together when we felt the responsibility to the music was bigger than ourselves or our own personal needs. We knew we were better together than apart.
"It was you. I love these people so much. I feel like maybe we're about halfway there to deserving something, immaculate of this statue, maybe halfway there. But this is very encouraging. And we're very grateful."
Pearl Jam then reunited with Krusen to perform their debut single, "Alive," before Cameron stepped in for "Given To Fly" and "Better Man."
The Seattle band led the traditional all-star finale jam with their fellow inductees as they wrapped things up with Young's "Rockin' In The Free World." Watch the clips here.
Bon Jovi Reschedule Two Shows, Cancel One Due to Illness
Bon Jovi postponed two concerts late last week because frontman Jon Bon Jovi is reportedly battling bronchitis and the band also canceled an upcoming show in Denver.
The group was scheduled to play two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City this past Friday and Saturday but have rescheduled the dates to April 13th and 15th due to the reportedly illness.
While the NYC shows are expected to happen on the new dates, the band's scheduled April 14th concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver was canceled outright with the venue stating the show was pulled "due to unforeseen circumstances".
Most likely it was due to the logistics of the rescheduled Garden shows, but no reason was provided for why the Denver concert was not rescheduled for a different date. The band's Facebook page showed only 58 guests registering their interest in attending the original show.
GREGG ROLIE (SANTANA, JOURNEY, RINGO STARR) BECOMES THE 22ND MUSICIAN TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE EXCLUSIVE TWICE INDUCTED CLUB OF THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Gregg Rolie (Legendary Keyboardist, Vocalist, Songwriter) takes his rightful place tonight at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in New York City as a two-time member of the Hall. He is the only artist being inducted for a second time this year. And, he is only the 22nd musician to obtain this honor.
He was first inducted as a founding member of Santana; and, now for this year’s class, Journey, for whom he was the original lead singer. Currently, he has been a featured member of Ringo Starr’s All Starr band for the last five years. And, last year, he participated in Santana IV, the wildly anticipated studio album that reunited 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. In between all of that, he has had several bands and a longtime solo career.
A year after graduating from high school in 1965, Rolie joined Carlos Santana and others to form the Santana Blues Band, which was later shortened simply to Santana. As a founding member of Santana, Rolie was part of the band's first wave of success, including an appearance at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in 1969 and central roles in several hit albums. He is perhaps best known for being the original lead vocalist, with his voice driving such classic Santana hits as “Black Magic Woman” (US #4), “Oye Como Va,” “No One To Depend On” and “Evil Ways.”
In 1973, Rolie joined a new band with ex-Santana guitarist Neal Schon; this became Journey who is being inducted this year into the Rock Hall. He was keyboardist for the band's first six albums. On Journey and Look into the Future, he was lead vocalist, and on Next he shared those duties with guitarist Neal Schon. After Steve Perry joined the band in 1977, Rolie sang co-lead vocals on several songs on the albums Infinity, Evolution, and Departure.
BLUES TRAVELER Embark on Headlining 2017 Spring Tour
18-Date Run Kicks Off Tonight in Pocola, OK Includes New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Date
Blues Traveler has announced dates for their 2017 Spring Tour, which kicks off tonight, April 7 at the Choctaw Casino in Pocola, OK and wraps up with a performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 7. Tickets are on sale now at www.bluestraveler.com, with a handful of shows featuring support from Gene Evaro Jr.. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below.
Keyboardist Ben Wilson says, “Time to load up the gear and get the BT party bus rolling! We are pumped to be back on the road and rocking out for all the BT fans out there!”
Blues Traveler -- John Popper (lead vocals, harmonica), Chan Kinchla (guitar), Tad Kinchla (bass), Brendan Hill (drums), and Ben Wilson (keyboard) -- have a proven reputation for their improvisational live shows and tireless touring. With a total of twelve studio albums -- four gold, three platinum and one six-times platinum -- they have sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide, and played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people. Their hit "Run-Around" is the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, and earned them a Grammy® for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
The group’s most recent release, Blow Up The Moon, was its first collaborative album. Keeping an open-minded perspective on making music, the unique and successful process enlisted a range of artists across the musical spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop.
2017 Spring Tour Dates:
04/07/17 - Pocola, OK - Choctaw Casino+
04/08/17 - Fort Worth, TX - Billy Bob’s Texas+
04/09/17 - Wichita, KS - Orpheum Theatre
04/11/17 - Pueblo, CO - Memorial Hall
04/13/17 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
04/14/17 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
04/15/17 - Tempe, AZ - Four Peaks Tasting Room +
04/21/17 - Greensboro, NC - Cone Denim Entertainment Center
04/22/17 - Charlotte, NC - Fountain Plaza at the NC Music Factory +
04/23/17 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage
04/25/17 - Kalamazoo, MI - Kalamazoo State Theatre
04/27/17 - Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theatre +
04/28/17 - Jefferson, IA - Wild Rose Casino +
04/29/17 - Dubuque, IA - Diamond Jo Casino +
05/02/17 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird Theatre
05/04/17 - Frankfort, KY - Grand Theatre +
05/05/17 - Macon, GA - Cox Capitol Theatre
05/07/17 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival +
+ show will not include Gene Evaro Jr.
About Blues Traveler:
Blues Traveler emerged in the late ‘80s and are best known for their improvisational live shows and tireless touring, and their breakthrough, multi-platinum selling album four, which earned them a GRAMMY for Best Rock Performance and features hit singles “Run-Around” and “Hook.” Throughout their career the band has released 20 full-length albums with their most recent, Blow Up the Moon, being a collaborative effort featuring a range of artists across the musical spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop. Throughout their extensive career, Blues Traveler has earned a massive fanbase of dedicated and loyal followers and continues to do so with each performance.
AC/DC and Axl Rose Need To Record Album Says Original Singer
AC/DC need to record an album with Axl Rose to make this incarnation of the band "legitimate", according to the legendary group's original singer Dave Evans.
The Guns N' Roses frontman took over lead vocal after Brian Johnson was warned his faced permanent hearing loss if he continued to tour. AC/DC's original vocalist Dave Evans was asked his thoughts about this incarnation of the band during an interview with The Australian Rock Show.
He told the program, "Well, I like the fact that the brand is still out there, 'cause that's all it is these days, it's just a brand. Angus is the only original member left, and a lot of the others are all gone too.
"If he wants to keep the AC/DC brand going, which he can do, because he's still in the band, they need to settle on a new singer, whether it's gonna be Axl or not, and they need to record a new album, to make it legitimate. That way, AC/DC as a brand, and Angus, will have a new record out."
He then elaborated saying that band has undergone many lineups and in fact they were on "their third bass player and third drummer by the time I left the band. There's been a lot of lineups.
"There's been four singers now, including Axl. So it's been a revolving situation since the very original first lineup with myself and the other boys. If they wanna keep the brand going again with a new lineup, with Angus, they need to record a new album and see how the fans take that." Download the full episode here.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Leader Paul O'Neill Dead At 61
Trans-Siberian Orchestra co-founder and mastermind Paul O'Neill died from a chronic illness this week at the age of 61, according to a statement issued by the group.
The band issued the following, "The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O'Neill has passed away from chronic illness.
"He was our friend and our leader -- a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all. We ask that you respect Paul's family's privacy now. We will make additional announcements shortly."
Chris Caffery, who worked with O'Neill in Savatage as well as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra shared this tribute via his Facebook page, "I remember walking into the offices of Contemporary Communications for the first time. All of a sudden I see that guy from the club! It was Mr. Paul Oneill. Paul managed and produced Heaven and my very first professional paycheck came from him when I was a 17-year-old kid.
"33 years later I look back on my career and think of how lucky I am. How lucky I was to live just about every single dream I ever had as a kid about being a rock 'n' roll musician and a rockstar. The man who created that magic has passed away from us and the emptiness that I'm feeling cannot be described in words.
"They always say they are moments in your life in which from that moment on things will never be the same. Meeting Paul was one of those moments and losing Paul is definitely one of those moments as well.
"There are 1 million different things that I want to say right now. I can't really put them into words. I'm praying for his family, his daughter especially. Im praying for all of us in the TSO and Savatage family we lost our big brother, a mentor...our hero...our leader.
"All Paul ever wanted to do was change the world through his music he did that and so much more. Rest In Peace Paul. It's time to catch up on that sleep you have been missing for the past 20 years... I love you and I'm gonna miss u. Chris".
Journey Wanted Singer Inducted Into Rock Hall
Journey's Jonathan Cain says that he wishes that the band's current lead singer Arnel Pineda could be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the other members of the group.
The induction will include most of the current lineup of the veteran band as well former members Steve Perry, Gregg Rolie and Aynsley Dunbar and Cain believes that Pineda, who was discovered via YouTube videos would worthy of induction as well, according to ABC.
Cain told them that "I think he's [Pineda] certainly one of the reasons why we're [in the Rock Hall]." The keyboard player addressed the challenges the Filipino-born singer faced taking center stage in the place of Steve Perry.
"It was a real act of faith to jump in those shoes," Cain said. "I mean, barely coming to America for the first time…mastering English…jumping on stage as the lead singer of Journey, going from a club singer to a rock star in two years' time. It's a pretty amazing feat".
Arnel's journey from a Filipino singer discovered by guitarist Neal Schon via YouTube clips to his audition and early days with the band was the subject of the award winning documentary "Dont Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey."
Black Star Riders Release 'Dancing With The Wrong Girl' Video
Black Star Riders have released a music video for their track "Dancing With The Wrong Girl". The song is third single from their third album, "Heavy Fire."
Directed by Louis Catlett, the clip was filmed in East London's neon-clad Gods Own Junkyard. "The greatest lie we can endure is from our own denial," explains frontman Ricky Warwick about the song, "sometimes two wrongs can make it alright."
Black Star Riders launched the album with a spring UK tour, following which they announced the amicable departure of drummer Jimmy DeGrasso. "In a mutual decision, Black Star Riders and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso have decided to part ways," said the group via social media. "The band wish him well in his future endeavours and thank him for the great albums, killer shows and good times together. The new drummer will be announced shortly." Watch the new video here.
Brian Setzer Announces Rockabilly Riot Tour
Stray Cats icon Brian Setzer has announced that he will returning to his roots this summer by launching his Rockabilly Riot! Tour across the U.S. and Europe.
He will be kicking the domestic leg off on June 7th at Humphrey's in San Diego and concluding the leg with a still to be announced concert that will be taking place on June 29th.
Setzer will take a couple weeks off before heading to Europe where he will begin that trek in Tours, France on July 9th at the American Tours Festival. He's announced dates in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and Finland.
The frontman will be backed by bassist Mark Winchester, drummer Noah Levy, and keyboard and guitar player Kevin McKendree. Brian had this to say about his bandmates, "When you look up rockabilly in the dictionary there is a picture of Mark Winchester. He grew up slapping the bass and is in a class of his own. The relationship with the drummer and the bass player in rockabilly is very unique. The slap bass is a rhythmic sounding instrument, so the drummer has to be very in time with him in order not to sound sloppy.
"Noah Levy is a very on-the-beat solid drummer, whereas me, as a guitar player, I push everything while they hold it all in place. And when you're talking about the great rockabilly piano players, it's a very short list, and Kevin McKendree is on it. And he also plays guitar incredibly well. We all just complement each other."
Wed, 6/7 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's
Fri, 6/9 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Sat, 6/10 - TBA - TBA
Mon, 6/12 - Arvada, CO - Arvada Center Amphitheater
Wed, 6/14 - Clear Lake, IA - Surf Ballroom
Thur, 6/15 - Oshkosh, WI - Leach Amphitheater
Sat, 6/17 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Sun, 6/18 - TBA - TBA
Tue, 6/20 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
Wed, 6/21 - Lynn, MA - Lynn Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
Fri, 6/23 - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre
Sat, 6/24 - Atlantic City, NJ - Harrah's Atlantic City
Sun, 6/25 - Danbury, CT - Ives Concert Park
Tue, 6/27 - Lewiston, NY - Tuesday in the Park
Thur, 6/29 - TBA - TBA
Sun, 7/9 - Tours, France - American Tours Festival
Tue, 7/11 - London, UK - O2 Kentish Town Forum
Wed, 7/12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Rivierenhof
Thur, 7/13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - TivoliVredenburg
Sat, 7/15 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
Sun, 7/16 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkaus
Mon, 7/17 - Leipzig, Germany - Parkbuhne
Wed, 7/19 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall
Fri, 7/21 - Seinajoki, Finland - Seinajoki Stadion
Sat, 7/22 - Lahti, Finland - Lahti Bikers Fest
Elton John To Reveal Previously Unreleased Tracks For RSD
Music legend Elton John is noted as an avid record buyer so it is only fitting that he will be offering up a very special release for this year's Record Store Day on April 22nd.
Elton has announced that he will reissuing his '17-11-70' album as a 2 LP 180g vinyl set that has been remastered by Bob Ludwig and will include six previously unreleased tracks.
John shared the following background details about his historic recording, "The album '17-11-70' was not meant to be a live one at all; we did one of the first-ever stereo radio broadcasts live at A&R Recording Studios in New York City in 1970 on the 17th of November.
"It was Phil Ramone's studio, one of the greatest producers of all time, and we just went in the booth and played it as a three-piece: Nigel Olsson on drums and vocals, Dee Murray on bass and vocals, and myself. There was a studio audience of about 100 sitting outside the booth, hearing it coming through the loud speakers, and we just played.
"I'm astonished by how good we were, listening to this record. A lot of it was improvised, and you can do that when you're a three-piece band because I'm really the lead instrument, and Dee and Nigel were so brilliant at following what I did.
"There's a 16-minute track on it that was completely improvised, more or less, and I'm very proud of it: I think it's one of the greatest live albums ever made. It wasn't initially coming out as a live album, but there were so many bootlegs in those days that the record company put it out. I'm glad they did because it really is something I'm very, very proud of."
A1 Take Me To The Pilot
A2 Honky Tonk Women
A3 Sixty Years On
A4 Can I Put You On
B1 Bad Side Of The Moon
B2 Burn Down The Mission (Incl. My Baby Left Me / Get Back)
C1 Indian Sunset Previously unreleased bonus track
C2 Amoreena Newly remixed bonus track
C3 Your Song Previously unreleased bonus track
D1 Country Comfort Previously unreleased bonus track
D2 I Need You To Turn To Previously unreleased bonus track
D3 Border Song Previously unreleased bonus track
D4 My Father's Gun Previously unreleased bonus track
Krokus' Chris von Rohr Featured On The Rock Brigade
Krokus star Chris von Rohr was the featured guest on a recent episode of The Rock Brigade Podcast where he discussed a number of topics including the band's cover album "Big Rocks".
The show sent over the following details: The Rock Brigade Podcast's Jeb Wright and James Rozell caught up with Krokus founding member Chris von Rohr to talk about the album, and much more.
He tells how the band chose each song on the album and how they went to great lengths to Krokus-ize each track. In addition to the new album Chris talks about the band's origins and recounts opening for the Scorpions when Uli Jon Roth was in the band, as well as his first trip to America where he learned that the type of 'job' a groupie offered him was not one that meant he had to do actual work.
Chris also discusses how the band were pressured by the record company in the mid-1980s to abandon their metal roots, a mistake that they learned from, as Krokus in 2017 is back, harder and heavier than ever before. Listen to the episode here.