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Poison Drummer Rikki Rockett Cancer-Free Following Immunotherapy at UC San Diego Health

Rikki Rockett, drummer for the band Poison, got the best news of his life last week: his cancer is gone. Rockett was diagnosed with oral cancer more than a year ago. Several months ago, he came to Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, where he underwent experimental cancer immunotherapy, which has now eradicated the tumor.

Rockett says he joined the clinical trial not only out of concern about himself, but also about being around for his three-year-old daughter, Lucy, and his seven-year-old son, Jude.

Immunotherapy is a relatively new form of treatment that boosts the body's immune system, better enabling it to attack cancer cells. Under the care of Ezra Cohen, MD, professor of medicine and associate director for Translational Science at Moores Cancer Center, Rockett participated in a clinical trial that is testing a combination of two immunotherapy drugs that remove defenses cancers use against the immune system. This type of treatment is only available at a few specific medical centers around the country.

“We are delighted that Rikki responded so well to immunotherapy. He had already been through a lot with chemotherapy and radiation treatment before he came to us, but his cancer recurred,” said Cohen, who also leads the Solid Tumor Therapeutics Program at Moores Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. “That’s the advantage of immunotherapy over traditional therapy — there are fewer side effects, we can specifically eradicate cancer cells almost anywhere in the body, and it’s effective against tumors that are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation.”

Rockett broke the good news last week via his Instagram account, where he posted a photo of himself with Cohen. The drummer wrote in the accompanying caption: "Because of this man, I am cancer free!!!"

Already feeling better for the past few weeks, Rockett is slowly getting back into Brazilian jiu-jitsu, riding his motorcycle and taking care of his kids.

Rockett also wants to get the word out about immunotherapy — to those who have already exhausted other treatments like he did, but also to people newly diagnosed with cancer who might be able to avoid chemo and radiation.

“My hope going forward is that by talking to other cancer patients, I might be able to lessen their pain and suffering,” Rockett said. “I know from experience that chemotherapy and radiation are not fun. If I can help anyone else, it would help give reason to what I went through.”

About Rockett’s treatment

One of Rockett’s immunotherapy drugs is pembrolizumab (Keytruda), an antibody that inhibits the abnormal interaction between the molecule PD-1 on immune cells and the molecule PD-L1 on cancer cells, effectively releasing the “brake” and allowing the immune cells to recognize and attack tumors. Pembrolizumab is FDA-approved for some cancers, such as melanoma, but not Rocket’s oral cancer. The other experimental immunotherapy drug he receives in the trial is epacadostat, which inhibits the IDO pathway. This cellular system suppresses immune cell function and allows tumors to evade the immune system. The trial is sponsored by the company Incyte. Rockett will continue therapy in the trial until its completion. 

About Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health 

Moores Cancer Center is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. It is also the first and only San Diego-based member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers, and is certified by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPL), the leading quality program of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  

For adults newly diagnosed with cancer, treatment at an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center means superior survival and recovery rates due to the fullness of care, diverse medical, surgical, and radiation oncology sub-specialties, access to breakthrough clinical trials, advanced supportive care and utilization of exacting quality metrics.  

Patients have access to therapies, surgeries and clinical trials not offered in community settings. Moores Cancer Center currently operates more than 170 open treatment trials. These investigational therapies include advanced, highly personalized stem cell-based approaches and immunotherapies that leverage the inherent healing powers of the human body.    

In late-2016, UC San Diego Health will open Jacobs Medical Center, a 245-bed, 10-story facility where patients with cancer will have access to the Pauline and Stanley Foster Pavilion for Cancer Care, a space dedicated to specialized oncology, and to the A. Vassiliadis Family Pavilion for Advanced Surgery where surgical options include minimally invasive approaches, robotics, transplantation and other combinations of 3D technologies and lifesaving techniques that are only found at UC San Diego Health.

ROCK NEWS FOR 07/19/16


~SEPTEMBER 9, 2016~

Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release of Live In Manila from internationally beloved American band Journey on September 9, 2016.  Originally released on DVD in 2009, Journey Live In Manila is now being reissued in North America as a DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, and digital formats, and is the first time the audio has been available anywhere in the world [MSRP $34.98 DVD+2CD, $39.98 Blu-ray+2CD].  

Filmed in 4K resolution utilizing RED technology to deliver extraordinary quality, this release captures Journey’s concert at the SM Mall Of Asia in Manila, Philippines on March 14th, 2009. It marked the homecoming of the band’s then newly arrived singer and frontman Arnel Pineda. This concert film includes all the classics: “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Be Good To Yourself,” “Stone In Love,” “Open Arms,” “Faithfully,” “Still They Ride,” “When You Love A Woman,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” and more!

Journey delivered an inspired performance in front of an adoring crowd as they played a set of their greatest hits interspersed with tracks from their 2008 album Revelation (line moved from 2nd paragraph). The line-up for this amazing show -- that offers more than two hours of timeless music -- featured Arnel Pineda (lead vocals); founding member Neal Schon (lead guitar, vocals); Jonathan Cain (keyboards, rhythm guitar, vocals); Ross Valory (bass, vocals); and Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, vocals).

One of the most popular rock bands of all time, Journey has penned some of the best-known songs in modern music. Having earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums to date, Journey carved a distinguished legacy since their 1973 inception. Live In Manila proves exactly why they have achieved the accolades they enjoy.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world.  Eagle Vision is headquartered in London, and is a Universal Music Group company. 

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1) Intro Medley: The Journey (Revelation) / Majestic   
2) Never Walk Away   
3) Only The Young   
4) Ask The Lonely   
5) Stone In Love   
6) Keep On Runnin’   
7) After All These Years               
8) Change For The Better   
9) Wheel In The Sky   
10) Lights   
11) Still They Ride   
12) Open Arms   
13) Mother, Father   
14) Wildest Dream   
15) When You Love A Woman   
16) Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)  
17) What I Needed   
18) Edge Of The Blade   
19) Where Did I Lose Your Love   
20) Escape   
21) Faithfully   
22) Don’t Stop Believin’   
23) Any Way You Want It          
24) Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’   
25) Turn Down The World Tonight   
26) Be Good To Yourself   
27) Credits: The Journey (Revelation)





Megadeth Warns Of A Dystopian Future With The Global Premiere Of The Video For “Post American World”

Global metal pioneers MEGADETH premiered their video for the new single “Post American World,” along with complete details for the fall dates for the North American leg of their Dystopia World Tour. The tour kicks off in Casper, WY on September 20, 2016 and will take them across the U.S., visiting 16 states with special guests to include Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church and Havok.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 22 – check for specific market info and local on sale times and dates. There will also be an exclusive pre-sale for MEGADETH fan club members. Pre-sale tickets for Megadeth Cyber Army club members will begin on Tuesday, July 19 at 10 a.m. local time at ‪

Meanwhile, the current single “Post American World” takes an unflinching and timely look at the state of the modern world, and the dark vision of the Jake Macpherson-directed video takes the subject matter in still more menacing directions.  Most other artists are unwilling to tread in this territory, preferring veiled metaphors, or more often, completely ignoring the most important topics of our day.  But with their current album Dystopia, MEGADETH refused to compromise their craft and identity, and as such have again set the pace for modern metal.

Dave Mustaine comments: “The filming of Post American World was an eerie video shoot right from the beginning. Shot in just one day with only our guitars and drums, I knew that this was going to be amazing. There is something to be said about the simplicity of an artist and only his guitar or drums. This is clearly a “less is more" concept and director Jake Macpherson nailed it!“

The raw and uncensored video can be viewed, in its entirety, at

Dystopia has already been heralded as one of the top Metal albums of the year by major outlets, including Rolling Stone and Alternative Press.  The album’s chart impact was the strongest for the band since 1992’s Countdown To Extinction, debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart (behind Adele and Beiber), No. 1 album on Billboard’s Hard Music and Top Rock charts, and at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart.  Globally, Dystopia also achieved top 10 debuts in Canada (No. 2), Japan (No. 2 international chart), Finland (No. 3), Mexico (No. 4), Czech Republic (No. 5), Australia (No. 6), New Zealand (No. 6), Switzerland (No. 7), Poland (No. 8) and Germany (No. 10), which along with Belgium, Ireland and Spain contributed to achieve MEGADETH’s highest ever chart positions in their thirty year history in a total of 10 countries around the world. Other countries with significant sales or chart debuts included UK, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, and France. 

Go to for ticketing info and up-to-date information.

Sep 20             Casper Events Center                         Casper, WY+
Sep 22             The Joint                                                          Las Vegas, NV 
Sep 24             “Ozzfest” San Manuel Amphitheater              Devore, CA * +
Sep 27             WaMu Theater                                                 Seattle, WA
Sep 28             Matthew Knight Arena                                    Eugene, OR
Sep 29             City National Civic                                            San Jose, CA  

Oct 1               1st Bank Center                                               Bloomfield, CO  
Oct 3               Mid America Recreation & Conv. Complex      Council Bluffs, IA
Oct 4               Roy Wilkins Auditorium                                    St. Paul, MN
Oct 5               Sears Centre                                                   Chicago, IL
Oct 7               iWireless Center                                              Moline, IL
Oct 8               UWM Panther Arena                                       Milwaukee, WI 
Oct 9               Joe Louis Arena                                              Detroit, MI
Oct 11             Sands Event Center                                        Bethlehem, PA 
Oct 12             DCU Center                                                     Worcester, MA 
Oct 13             Mohegan Sun Arena                                       Uncasville, CT 
Oct 14             Prudential Center                                             Newark, NJ
Oct 16             BB&T Pavilion                                      Camden, NJ

* Festival date
+ Non-Suicidal Tendencies date

MEGADETH burst onto the scene thirty years ago, virtually inventing a genre with their debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! (recently recognized by VH1 as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time) sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy® nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction. | |

Lynyrd Skynyrd Tour Halted By Health Scare

Lynyrd Skynyrd were forced to cancel tonight's show in Lewiston, N.Y. as founding member Gary Rossington is under medical care after experiencing chest pains.

The guitarist had suffered a heart attack last October and underwent quintuple bypass surgery back in 2003. The upcoming dates on the tour are still up in the air depending on Rossington's condition and the advice they received from his doctor.

The band released the following statement on their official site on Monday (July 18th): "Lynyrd Skynyrd's performance at Artpark in Lewiston, NY on July 19th has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule the show in the near future.

"Founding member and guitar player, Gary Rossington, is seeking doctor's evaluation in Atlanta after experiencing some chest pains. Lynyrd Skynyrd will resume their tour once Gary is cleared by medical professionals. We will advise as soon as we have additional information."

 AC/DC With Axl Rose The 'Best Thing That Can Happen To Both Bands'

AC/DC fronted by Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose has won over KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons who enthusiastically endorsed the pairing in a recent interview.

Simmons says that Rose joining the legendary Australian rockers to take over for longtime frontman Brian Johnson, is the "best thing that can happen to both bands."

The KISS star made the comments during an interview with 105.7 The Eagle, telling the Montana radio station "I think it's great. I think Axl being with AC/DC - best thing that can happen to both bands.

"I don't know how long it's gonna last, but I hear the shows have been great, and I hear both Axl and AC/DC have been getting along fairly decently, he said.

Simmons then added, "In fact, KISS took out AC/DC on their first tour. The bands we've given first tour have included AC/DC, Rush, Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden… I mean, the list is long."

Brian Johnson was forced the pull out of AC/DC's Rock or Bust World tour after being advised by doctors that he faced permanent hearing loss if he continued with the trek. The full interview can be streamed here.

Yes Star Alan White Sitting Out Tour Due To Surgery

Yes have announced that drummer Alan White will be forced to sit out at least a portion of the band's upcoming tour as a result of undergoing back surgery.

The 67-year-old penned a letter to explain to fans that he had no choice but to have the surgery and hopes that with "some rest and physical therapy" that he will be able to "rejoin the Summer tour in the near future."

White posted a lengthy message on Yes' official twitter account on Monday explaining that he had dealt with "intense back pain which began halfway through Yes' spring European tour."

He added, "I've had no choice but to undergo surgery to repair an injured disc in my lower back. I'm pleased to announce a very positive result from this procedure, which took place in Seattle."

Jay Schellen, known for his work in Hurricane and Asia, will fill in for White when Yes kicks off their The Album Series: Drama + Topographic 1 & 4 tour. Read more including White's entire note here.

Ozzy Osbourne's New TV Series Preview Released

Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack are featured in a new trailer for their TV show, which begins later this month. Ozzy And Jack's World Detour sees the pair travelling the world while the Black Sabbath frontman indulges his passion for history.

The latest teaser features the singer - described as "a force of nature who defies time and space" - trying on a Regency-period wig, while he visits notable locations around the globe.

With the tagline "history can be a trip," the show premieres on History on July 24. Black Sabbath continue their farewell tour, which ends in their home city of Birmingham in February. Ozzy's wife Sharon last week said she didn't know whether she could trust him after their split over an alleged affair. Watch the trailer here.

Paul McCartney Jams With Grateful Dead's Bob Weir

After Dead and Company wrapped up their two-night engagement at Fenway Park, Boston fans likely believed the major excitement was over. Then for the encore, Paul McCartney joined the Dead's Bob Weir for a pair of numbers.

This marked the first time the two music legends ever performed together. New England Patriots tight end Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski also joined the band onstage.

Weir and McCartney performed Wings' 1972 hit "Hi, Hi, Hi" and the Beatles' "Helter Skelter," reported Billboard, McCartney captured the historic collaboration with some high-quality Instagram shots, which can be seen here.

Classic Cheap Trick Lineup Unlikely To Ever Reunite Says Bun E. Carlos

Former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos tells that the performance at this year's Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is most likely the last time that the classic lineup of Cheap Trick will perform together.

He said, "It probably is the last time, and it was real fun to get up and play. Like when [bassist] Tom [Petersson] rejoined the band in '87, when we sat down to practice, it was like, 'Oh yeah, the four of us play so much better together than the three of us without one guy. ' It was kind of that good old feeling again, and that was real nice."

"I've been asked repeatedly lately, 'Are you ever gonna play with these guys again?' I'm sure some promoter will come along and cough up the dough and offer us one more tour [with the original lineup]. And they'll say, 'Hey, that guy's not so bad, let's do one more!' I really don't anticipate that happening, though." Read the full interview here.

KISS Launching New Comic Book Series

KISS will revisit their glory days of the 70s by launching a new line of comic books this fall. Four decades after the band famously appeared in comics, the group have teamed up with Dynamite Entertainment for a new, futuristic, dark sci-fi adventure written by Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and illustrated by Kewber Baal (Army of Darkness: Furious Road).

The series will see four young friends embark on a dangerous mission - to uncover the truth about the mysterious Council of Elders and their underground home, the city of Blackwell.

"KISS has had a four decade-long, proud history in comic books, starting with Marvel Comics in the 1970s, and now with Dynamite's KISS comics," says bassist Gene Simmons. "Having our own comic book, I have to say, rekindles the thrill I first had as a young teenager, as I followed the adventures of my favorite superheroes. This is going to be fun." Read more here.


Ritchie Blackmore May Play More Rainbow Shows

Legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore says in a recent interview that his new version of Rainbow may do some additional shows and the set list will contain less Deep Purple material.

Blackmore was asked during an interview with Dutch radio station Radio Veronica if he had received any more offers for new shows following the limited run of special Rainbow shows earlier this summer.

He responded (via Blabbermouth), "Yes. Many. But I wanted to see how the three went. If they were disastrous and we had accepted more, it was gonna be awkward. We might do a few more shows again."

Blackmore was also asked if it was difficult to come up with the set lists for the recent Rainbow show and he responded, "No. [It was] very easy, in a way. We had about fifteen songs that were very obvious songs to play, like 'Catch The Rainbow'. And we incorporated a few Deep Purple songs - 'Black Night', 'Smoke [On The Water]', 'Highway Star' - of which some of the fans said, 'Why did you do those Deep Purple songs?'

A"nd I would say, 'Why not?' And they said, 'Well, we thought it was just gonna be Rainbow. We would prefer to hear [more] Rainbow songs.' Which I thought was kind of ironic again. I'm thinking, 'Wow! We just threw three songs in by Deep Purple when they wanted more [Rainbow].' And I noticed when they clapped, they weren't clapping so hard for Deep Purple [songs]. They said, 'We hear that every year,' 'cause [the current lineup of] Purple goes around [on tour]. So the next time, if we go out and we do anything, I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything." Read more from the interview and stream it in full here.

Guns N' Roses Detained At Border Crossing

Guns N' Roses were 'detained' crossing the border into Canada after a firearm was found on a tour bus that brought their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour to Toronto, ON on July 16th.

The tenth date on the band's summer run made its only Canadian stop at the Rogers Centre before a sold-out crowd of 50,000 on a Saturday night and video from the show has surfaced online. The 27-song set opened with "It's So Easy" and delivered a mix of tunes from the group's catalog over the 2-hour and 45-minute concert.

Prior to playing "Out Ta Get Me," Axl Rose shared a story of how the band was held up crossing the Canadian border on Friday when customs officials found a weapon on their bus.

"Driving into Canada, we get to the border and we get off the bus," explained Rose. "They take our passports, they take our phones, and then they come over and say 'We found a firearm on your bus.'

"'You did what? What?' 'Oh, yeah, we found a gun'" he continued. "So we weren't exactly arrested, we were 'detained' for a while. It was kind of fishy. They were very nice. They were very nice. They were very understanding.

"You know, s**t happens - you can forget you had a f***in' gun," he said sarcastically before shrugging, "Wasn't my gun."

A band representative confirmed the story to Billboard, saying "Yes, this indeed happened on Friday, July 15, as they were crossing the border coming from the Philadelphia tour stop on the 14th." The gun did not belong to any member of the group, according to the rep. Check out video from the show here.

Megadeth's David Ellefson Injured Backstage At Music Festival

Megadeth cofounder and bassist David Ellefson broke his foot ahead of the band's scheduled appearance at the Rockmaraton festival in Dunaujvaros, Hungary on Friday night (July 15), forcing the band to pull out of the event.

Organizers reported via their Facebook page that they called for an ambulance and Ellefson was transported to St. Pantaleon hospital for treatment, where his foot was put into the cast.

The post says that frontman Dave Mustaine took to the stage to break the news to fans at the event. Mustaine also reportedly posted an update via Periscope, according to a tweet from @MandatoryMetal1, saying that Ellefson broke his foot backstage.

Mustaine later released a video where he announced that Megadeth had pulled out of the Masters Of Rock festival in the Czech Republic which took place Sunday (July 17th.) He said in part, "Our bass player's received a severe break to his foot. I'm very, very sorry to tell you this. But we will make it up to you next summer. Please hang in there and stay metal."

Ozzy Osbourne Sounds Off About 'Stairway To Heaven' Trial

Ozzy Osbourne and Jeff Beck have spoken out about the recent Led Zeppelin copyright infringement trial where the rock legends were accused to stealing the opening to "Stairway To Heaven."

Led Zeppelin won the case last month after a jury found that they did not borrow the iconic song's opening from the 1968 instrumental "Taurus" by the band Spirit.

Ozzy was asked about the case by Rolling Stone and shared his strong reaction to the case. "It's f***ing crazy, actually," he said. "That should have never gone to court.

"I heard the original thing, and there's just a slight similarity. It's like saying any f***ing song with that kind of a guitar on it is a rip-off. It's not fair. There's only so many f***ing notes on a guitar, and it wasn't that much like 'Stairway to Heaven.' I'm amazed it lasted so f***ing long, you know?"

"You listen to 'All Right Now' by Free and you listen to Steve Miller's 'Rock'n Me,' and it's exactly the same riff and they haven't sued each other, It's exactly the same."

Osbourne went on to praise Led Zeppelin and concluded with "They don't deserve it. It's like, do you honestly think they'll sit there and go, 'Oh, we'll steal this and change it a bit like this so it sells.' F***. Give me a break. The song that was played was kind of a bit similar but it was only the chord sequence."

Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck also shared similar views in an interview with Billboard. "I had to smirk because I knew that Jimmy and Robert would come out on top," Beck said. "Apparently you can't copyright a chord sequence. It has to have a lyric or some kind of a meaningful melody to be copyrighted. And it is a chord sequence which has been used loads of times, but not in such an iconic way.

"It clearly is the same chord sequence (as Spirit's 'Taurus'), but then we're all guilty of stealing a chord sequence and sticking some words on top of it. So I think it's a bit of bravado to try to bring it to court, but Jimmy came out ahead. So, lucky Old Jim!"

Robert Plant Headlined Nice Jazz Fest Canceled Due to Terror Attack

Following the horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, the Nice Jazz Festival, which was to have featured Robert Plant, has been canceled. On Thursday night, an attacker drove a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 people and injuring more than 100.

The five-night festival (July 16-20) was set to feature sets from Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters, the James Hunter Six, George Clinton, Snarky Puppy, Laura Mvula, Massive Attack, Gallant, the Cinematic Orchestra, Youssou N' Dour and a dozen others, reported Billboard.

The attack came just hours after President Hollande said the national state of emergency that has been in place since last year's deadly terror assault in Paris, was slated to end on July 26. It has now been extended for three more months. Read more here.

Twisted Sister Rock 'N' Roll Saviors Box Set Released

A new Twisted Sister box set, entitled "Rock 'N' Roll Saviors - The Early Years," featuring three classic live recordings from the group, was released on Friday (July 15th) by Deadline Music.

The recordings date back to before the band became known world wide from their string of hit videos on MTV and their multi-platinum album "Stay Hungry", when they were still a band that had a fierce local following in Long Island, New York and surrounding areas, but could not get the major record labels to pay attention to them.

According to the announcement, the box set features live recordings of early classic tracks like "Rock 'N' Roll Saviors," "You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll," "The Kids Are Back," "What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)," "Ride To Live, Live To Ride".

Glass Onyon reports, "Each concert CD comes in its own individual wallet with inner sleeve and the whole set is packaged in a lavish, red velvet-lined box with pop up mirror. In addition to the CDs, inside the box is a full-color 20-page booklet of rare photos and extensive liner notes written by music journalist Malcolm Dome PLUS 3 signature guitar picks, a custom bright pink lipstick tube, and a backstage pass."

David Bowie's Art Collection To Be Displayed and Auctioned

A fan of all forms of artistic expression, David Bowie amassed an extensive private art collection of over 400 works before he died. This winter the late artist's collection will be displayed, then sold at auction.

Bowie owned more than 200 paintings from famous British 20th century artists, including Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland. Sotheby's will display the works publicly for the first time in November, then the pieces will be sold in a three-part auction that is expected to bring in more than $13 million, reported Billboard.

"Art was, seriously, the only thing I'd ever wanted to own," Bowie told the New York Times in 1998. 'It can change the way that I feel in the mornings," Billboard reported.

The Bowie/Collector collection will be on display from November 1 to 10. Read more here.

Alice Cooper Wants To Be Elected President and Prime Minister

Shock rock legend Alice Cooper wants to 'Make America Sick Again' so he has announced that he's running to be the next President of the United States and Prime Minister of Britain and released an updated version of his classic song "Elected.

"Alice Cooper is tired of the rhetoric, the mudslinging, the media frenzy," says the announcements. "Keeping his snake in his cage and the guillotine in storage, he is putting people before career. Alice Cooper wants to be elected."

Cooper's "Make America Sick Again" platform includes getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC and changing the name of Big Ben (in London) to Big Lemmy.

In honor of his presidential bid, Cooper has released a new version of his song "Elected," which you can stream here.

HALFWAY JAM - June 28th-30th
Central Minnesota’s premier rock and roll camping festival!

Located on Hwy 10 just 20 minutes north of St.Cloud - July 28th thru the 30th - HALFWAY JAM will feature top rock and roll bands from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s on two stages for what has become known as the party of the summer!

Beautiful wooded camping is available, sensational vending and a first class VIP experience!

Halfway Jam is back for a thirteenth year. While summer festivals are primarily dominated by massive corporate events, it’s refreshing to see a smaller operation have such success year after year. Halfway Jam’s thirteenth year showcases a solid three day lineup featuring a variety of classic and modern rock bands. General admission passes for all three days are $129.00. Tickets are still available so visit to get you tickets and camping and support independent music festivals.



MEGADETH are happy to announce the addition of Dirk Verbeuren as the band’s new drummer. Verbeuren, formerly of Swedish metal band Soilwork, has been performing with the band for months, his first show was Rock on The Range festival in May, to a crowd of 40,000 concertgoers. 

Most recently, Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler had performed all the drums on the band’s latest album, Dystopia, and had toured with MEGADETH when not otherwise busy with his band. 

Said bandleader Dave Mustaine: "Chris Adler's contributions are sure to be felt for years to come. Megadeth has been revitalized by Chris' playing, as well as his excellent suggestion of Dirk Verbeuren to drum with us. Tremendous thanks to Chris, and a big welcome to Dirk." 

New drummer Verbeuren had this to say: "Dave, David and Kiko, I'm thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled at the opportunity to perform and create badass music with you guys. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth - and for your encouragement and support." 

Said Adler: "It has been an honor and a pleasure to join my favorite band of all time, and to be a part of their return to the top. I had an amazing time with everyone involved, from the writing, arranging and recording, to the touring and friendships built along the way. There was no argument or drama, no hidden story. Megadeth needs and deserves a full time drummer, and as much as I'd like to be, I can't be in two places at once. For my part, I am very lucky to be a part of Lamb of God, and to also have gotten a chance to dance with my heroes at the ball.  I still can't believe it sometimes when I think of myself as a kid, opening up my Megadeth albums...and now I'm an alumni! I'm very proud of that - and I will continue to be their biggest fan."  

The global Dystopia tour, which is currently in full swing, will have visited five continents by the end of 2016.  Current tour dates are included below, with full information available at  

Dystopia originally debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, No. 1 album on the Hard Music and Top Rock charts. and No. 2 on the Top Album Sales chart. Globally, Dystopia also achieved top 10 debuts in Canada (No. 2), Japan (No. 2 international chart), Finland (No. 3), Mexico (No. 4), Czech Republic (No. 5), Australia (No. 6), New Zealand (No. 6), Switzerland (No. 7), Poland (No. 8) and Germany (No. 10), which along with Belgium, Ireland and Spain contributed to achieve MEGADETH’s highest ever chart positions in their thirty year history in a total of 10 countries around the world. Other countries with significant sales or chart debuts included UK, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, and France. A truly worldwide success. Heralded by fans and critics alike as ranking among MEGADETH’s strongest albums ever, Dystopia had already outsold the entire sales history of the band’s previous album – in only it’s first two weeks of release.

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New Album Loud Hailer, Beck’s First New Studio Album In Six Years, Set For Release From Atco Tomorrow - July 15

His New Book BECK01 – Out Now

Tour With Buddy Guy Launches on July 19

And, A Special Career-Spanning Concert At The Hollywood Bowl on August 10

LOUD HAILER, Jeff Beck’s first new studio album in six years, combines fluid fretwork with topical lyrics to make a powerful statement about everything from the love of power, to the power of love. LOUD HAILER is available on Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment, tomorrow - July 15 on CD ($18.98), LP ($21.98), and digitally.   

Jeff Beck recently premiered LOUD HAILER on NPR’s First Listen

On Tuesday, July 19, BECK will launch a summer tour of the U.S. with blues legend Buddy Guy. And on August 10, Beck will make his Hollywood Bowl debut for a very special, career-spanning concert that celebrates 50 years of ‘dynamic music making’ with special guests including Steven Tyler.

In addition to recording LOUD HAILER, Beck was hard at work on his first official book, BECK01 (Genesis Publications, Available now, this signed, limited edition book explores Beck’s passions for hot rodding and rock ’n’ roll. 

Over the course of Beck’s illustrious 50-year career, the trailblazing guitarist has earned many accolades. He has twice been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. First, as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and then again, as a solo artist, in 2009. Rolling Stone ranked him as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and he has earned a total of eight Grammy Awards during his long career. In addition, Beck has been a guest performer at scores of sessions with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Buddy Guy to Tina Turner and Mick Jagger. Throughout his career, Beck routinely makes the fantastically difficult sound effortless. 

Track Listing
1.      “The Revolution Will Be Televised”
2.      “Live In The Dark”
3.      “Pull It”
4.      “Thugs Club”
5.      “Scared For The Children”
6.      “Right Now”
7.      “Shame”
8.      “Edna”




Fresh off of the release of Vol. 1 Prayers For The Damned, SIXX:A.M. is ready to showcase the track the band deemed worthy of sharing the name of the album, “Prayers For The Damned” as their latest single. The song boasts the trio’s ability to create a melodic anthem, while masterfully incorporating their rock spirit and musicianship that all three members are world renowned for. Having just impacted at radio, the self-titled track is already the most added song at Rock Radio this week, further proving that this new chapter of SIXX:A.M. is being welcomed by the rock world with open arms. Check out vocalist James Michael talking about the new single, “Prayers For The Damned” here.

Demand is calling for another video – and that is exactly what fans will receive. An elaborate, animated video for “Prayers For The Damned” will be released soon. Get your exclusive sneak peak of the new clip here and keep your eyes peeled for the full version forthcoming later this month.

SIXX:A.M. just successfully concluded the first leg of their 2016/17 world tour - their first real tour after almost 10 years of being a band. You can see an exclusive recap from the tour, including the biggest US Spring and European Summer Festivals, as well as their now-notorious “Hit ‘n’ Runs”, and an intimate glimpse behind the scenes narrated by James Michael and Dj Ashba here.
The second leg of the SIXX:A.M. world tour, will start with an extensive Canadian run this September followed by a stop in Japan, and ending the year with a massive U.S. tour starting in October before the band is scheduled to release ‘Volume 2’ of this year’s two-album endeavor.  
All upcoming SIXX:A.M. tour dates can be found here.

Grab your copy of Vol. 1 Prayers For The Damned at iTunesAmazonGoogle Play.

Frontman Brian Johnson Lands A New Gig

Legendary AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has a new gig as an online radio host. Johnson, who was forced to pull out of AC/DC's world tour earlier this year, is now hosting a show called The Producers on Planet Rock.

The show airs on Sunday and Wednesday nights via the online radio station and features Johnson spotlighting notable music producers including Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden/Journey/Aerosmith/ Joe Bonamassa), Bob Rock (Metallica/Offspring/The Cult/Motley Crue), Roy Thomas Bake (Queen/ David Bowie/Yes/Guns N' Roses), and Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters/Marilyn Manson/Deftones/Duff McKagan), according to the show description.

Johnson had the following to say in the show announcement, "Having been fortunate to work alongside some of the best producers in rock, it's great to be part of this show with Planet Rock.

"To be able to shine a light on how a producer captures a moment in the studio and turns it into rock 'n' roll dynamite, is great. Being able to listen to these guys talk about what they do best is a joy." Check out the show page here.

Ozzy Osbourne Appears In New Ghostbusters Movie

Ozzy Osbourne has made his return to the silver screen with a cameo appearance in the new Ghostbusters film franchise reboot which hit theaters today (July 15th).

According to the Birmingham Mail, the film includes a scene with a rock band called Beasts of Mayhem and they are visited by a ghost while performing on stage.

The Black Sabbath frontman reportedly appears in one short scene in the film which shows him with dark patches around his eyes and he asks his estranged wife Sharon if he is day dreaming again, according to the report. Read more details here.

This isn't the first time that Ozzy has appeared in a feature film. He played the Rev. Aaron Gilstrom in the 1986 horror film Trick or Treat, which also featured KISS star Gene Simmons.

Lemmy Statue Unveiling Plans Announced By Rainbow Bar & Grill

A full-size statue of late Motorhead icon Lemmy will next month be unveiled in his favorite haunt, the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, next month.

The bronze sculpture was created by artist Travis Moore after fans and friends contributed to a fundraising campaign following Lemmy Kilmister's death in December.

It's to be installed as the centerpiece of a shrine in the venue's patio bar area on August 24, with members of the public welcome to attend. Campaign organizer Katon De Pena said in January: "Lemmy was dedicated to us - now is our chance to say 'thank you.' Travis will create the best Lemmy sculpture on the planet." Read more here.

Zakk Wylde Explains How He Quit Drinking

Zakk Wylde says he quit drinking using the cold turkey method and didn't try to fill the alcohol void with anything else. The Black Label Society man gave up booze after a health scare in 2009 and recently joked that his life backstage was boring since he got sober.

Asked whether he looked to fill the gap left by alcohol with other pursuits, Wylde tells Oregon Music News: "Nothing. I know people say that you have to replace it with something. I have friends that go to AA.

"I also have friends that just stopped. I never went to AA. I didn't do anything. I just stopped. I have a friend that was mid way through a pint and he said to himself, 'Man, I'm done with this.' I asked him, 'Darren, you drinking anymore? He says, 'No, I stopped. I was getting silly but not to the point that I'm losing my wife, my family, I just think it's time to stop.'

"He wasn't getting ridiculous but he felt it was time to stop. That was it. It was that way for me. I just stopped. Then you have the other half that are on and off the wagon. It's like you run into them and they say they haven't had a drink in months... but I saw them or someone saw then the other day and they were smashed." Read more here.

David Bowie's Blackstar Biggest Selling Vinyl Album Of 2016

David Bowie's Blackstar album is the best-selling vinyl release of 2016 so far in the U.K, according to figures published by The Vinyl Factory, who revealed the top 10 list.

Blackstar was released on Bowie's 69th birthday, just two days before his death. It has sold 57,000 vinyl copies this year so far, with the nearest rival being Adele's 25 with 36,000 sales.

Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots is third in the list. The Musicians' Union has welcomed the news, saying it indicates young people are buying more physical products. See the top 10 selling vinyl albums in the UK so far in 2016 here.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Fears For Joe Perry Following Collapse

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler says he's "really concerned" about bandmate Joe Perry, who collapsed this past weekend while performing with the Hollywood Vampires.

The guitarist was taken to hospital after staggering off stage in New York City, and although he's been reported to be "doing better than feared," no details have been released.

Tyler fears that Perry, 65, is working himself too hard - and doesn't know how to stop. The singer tells Billboard: "I know my brother. He's just about the only other guy that's as passionate about his art as I am.

"He's always asking me to do three, four shows in a row. I can't - I'll blow my voice out. I know hot to maintain my career, my health. I don't think he knows how to."

Tyler suggests "someone's overbooking" the Hollywood Vampires, explaining: "I think they're all little burnt. I think they may need to look at that. Not young any more, you know?"

Reports that Perry may have had a heart attack remain neither confirmed nor denied, and it's not known when he'll return to action. He's due to commence an Aerosmith tour in September.

Tyler says: "I don't give a sh*t about the band - i want Joe to live. I'm really concerned that I'm not getting any news. I know that nobody's talking to me. I can only tell you that Joe's my brother, and I love him so much." Read more here.

Rare Albums By GUNHILL feat. John Lawton “Nightheat / One Over The Eight” Now Re-Released and OUT NOW!

London, UK - GUNHILL is a band from the 90's which featured JOHN LAWTON, the former lead singer of URIAH HEEP. This twofer collects together the cassette / fan club ONLY release ONE OVER THE EIGHT and the long since out of print and VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE to find second album NIGHTHEAT! 

Both discs feature bonus tracks with the intention of making this set the COMPREHENSIVE collection of all the Gunhill studio recordings! 

This re-release has been prepared with the full input of JOHN LAWTON personally and has had a 2016 remaster. 

“These two CDs are part of my musical history when I played together with some fine musicians, some quite young and some a bit more experienced. It was an opportunity to cover some tracks that I look back on as really great songs and a few original tracks that have stood the test of time.” - John Lawton

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Frontiers Music srl is excited to announce the release of “Resurrection”, the new album from Operation: Mindcrime, the brainchild of legendary vocalist Geoff Tate. The album is set for a worldwide release on September 23, 2016.

“Resurrection” is the second part of the musical trilogy from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate. Following one year after the release of the debut album in September 2015, Operation: Mindcrime continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensrÿche vocalist's iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music's most resolute forces and frontmen.

“The album “Resurrection” is the second part of our three album presentation or trilogy. It continues the story that began on the first album “The Key” with the near death experience of the lead character known as “H” and his subsequent recovery of the missing encryption key. With the Key finally in his possession, “H” has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called “The New Reality”. Or does he…,” explains Geoff Tate.

Tate continued, “I’m excited for people to hear and experience “Resurrection” because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album, “The Key”. Musically, it offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I’ve ever written.”

Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensrÿche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three GRAMMY nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations, and one MTV Video Music Awards along the way. The landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust Tate's unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples "Silent Lucidity" and "Jet City Woman." By the time the band released Promised Land in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music. From Mindcrime and Promised Land through 2009's overlooked gem American Soldier - Tate's ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans - Tate's 13-album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results.

“Resurrection” Track Listing:
1. Ressurrection
2. When All Falls Away
3. A Moment In Time
4. Through the Noize
5. Left For Dead
6. Miles Away
7. Healing My Wounds
8. The Fight
9. Taking On The World (Feature Tim Ripper Owens and Blaze Bayley)
10. Invincible
11. A Smear Campaign
12. Which Side Your On
13. Into The Hands Of The World
14. Live From My Machine

Musicians Featured On “Resurrection” Include:
- Geoff Tate - Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone
- Kelly Gray - Guitars, Bass, Vocals
- Scott Moughton - Guitars, Keyboards
- Randy Gane - Keyboards
- David Ellefson - Bass
- John Moyer - Bass
- Simon Wright - Drums
- Scott Mercado - Drums
- Brian Tichy - Drums
- Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
- Blaze Bayley – Vocals
- Mark Daily – Vocals
- Nick Greatrex - Guitars

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Mötley Crüe: The End Coming To TV Pay-Per-View And Video On Demand In The U.S. And Canada For One Month Starting July 16

Global Digital Pay-Per-View Stream Kicks Off at The Same Day
Beginning July 16, music fans can experience the final performance from iconic rock band Mötley Crüe during a month-long Pay-Per-View and Video On-Demand run of “Mötley Crüe: The End.” The once-in-a-lifetime event – held at the sold-out Staples Center in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve 2015 – will be available through leading cable, fiber and satellite television providers in the U.S. and Canada.
Also, beginning July 16, fans around the world will be able to catch all the action from Mötley Crüe’s final show via a digital PPV stream of “Mötley Crüe: The End” at In addition to the live show fans will also be treated to behind-the-scenes footage of the band’s final performance night.  Relive the legendary rock icons final show online beginning July 16th at 
Completing their 35-year touring career as a band, this epic concert viewing experience gives Mötley Crüe’s fans a chance to relive mega-hits such as “Kickstart My Heart,” “Girls Girls Girls,” “Home Sweet Home” and “Dr. Feelgood.” In January, 2014, Mötley Crüe held a press conference announcing their Final Tour, complete with a “cessation of touring” agreement signed by all members prohibiting any and all future live engagements under the Mötley Crüe name. Mötley Crüe’s two-year concert trek saw the band — Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums) — perform across five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia) for a total of more than 164 shows in 72 markets grossing over $100 million.
Known for their over-the-top production, Mötley Crüe did not disappoint for their last show ever on New Year’s Eve: from massive, cutting-edge pyro, including Nikki Sixx’s bass guitar spitting fire over 30 ft. into the air, and Tommy Lee’s “Crüecifly” drum roller coaster, amongst many other spectacular elements. Lead singer, Vince Neil, delivered an emotional “thank you” speech to the audience, while the band supplied next-level, high-octane fueled energy, ringing in the New Year on stage with thousands of balloons raining down on the crowd. The grand finale of the show included a blow-out performance of their hit single, “Kickstart My Heart” with Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil floating above the audience in far-reaching “cherry-pickers.” Leaving fans in tears, the show concluded with an emotional encore rendition of “Home Sweet Home” from the second stage riser in the center of the audience.
“Mötley Crüe: The End” was produced by Nate Parienti and Live Alliance, directed by Christian Lamb with Jeff Tremaine, creator of the “Jackass”series, directing the documentary segment. For more information about the band visit For artwork/photos related to “Mötley Crüe: The End,” visit the Fathom Events press site.  Watch the trailer here.
This exclusive Pay-Per-View event will be distributed by VUBIQUITY, the leading global provider of services connecting content owners and video providers to deliver entertainment on any screen. VUBIQUITY has captivated music fans [across the U.S. and Canada] through live PPV musical events including Imagine Dragons and Kiss, as well as “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Year of Grateful Dead,” the largest syndication of a music PPV event in history.  
Check local listings for “Mötley Crüe: The End” (Rated TV-14; $19.95 SRP; 112 minutes), available from July 16 to August 15 on PPV and VOD in SD or HD.



Tonight, two vocal titans of two generations will team up for a new rendition of one of rock’s most legendary ballads for ABC’s summer program, “Greatest Hits.” 

On Thursday, July 14 FOREIGNER—lead guitarist Mick Jones, lead singer Kelly Hansen, bassist Jeff Pilson, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, guitarist Bruce Watson, Michael Bluestein on keyboards, and Chris Frazier on drums—joined musical forces with NATE RUESS (fun. lead singer) to perform their legendary worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Now as an added bonus, a re-recorded version of the song with both FOREIGNER and NATE RUESS is available for download and streaming   

“It was so exciting for us to collaborate with NATE, who I believe has one of the best voices in today’s music scene,” explains FOREIGNER founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones. “He blended so beautifully with Kelly Hansen, and I think fans of both FOREIGNER and NATE are going really love the new version of this song that’s already loved by so many fans around the world.” 

Originally released in 1984, “I Want To Know What Love Is” quickly became a #1 single in both the U.S. and the U.K., and to this day remains one of the 25 most performed songs in ASCAP’s catalog. It has been recorded by a diverse group of popular artists including Julio Iglesias, Shirley Bassey, Clay Aiken and Mariah Carey, and has been featured in the “Rock of Ages” movie and accompanying soundtrack album. It was also the 2015 season finale end title of “Orange Is The New Black.” With a message that resonates worldwide, the song has been translated into 14 languages and reinterpreted into many diverse genres.  

To download a “sneak peek” of tonight’s performance for posting, please click here.


After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year (the very first time they were nominated), the legendary rock and roll band with horns, CHICAGO, will be featured on two national TV shows in one week!

On ABC’s Greatest Hits this Thursday, July 14, Chicago will perform a medley including two #1 hits, “Look Away” and “You’re The Inspiration,” with rising young star Aloe Blacc on vocals.

Chicago was the house band at the famous (and infamous) Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip for quite a while when they began their career almost a half century ago. The Whisky is also where Jimi Hendrix first saw them and then took them on tour. Chicago were reunited with the LA venue when the TV show, CBS Sunday Morning, interviewed them there for a special segment scheduled to air this Sunday, July 17. Included in the segment will be performance from the band’s three sold out concerts during the July 4th weekend at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

In addition to their other national and international dates, Chicago will continue their very popular and successful tour with Earth, Wind & Fire, which will take place in October and November throughout Canada and in the U.S.

With February, 2017, only months away, Chicago is sprinting into their 50th year and very excited to celebrate this milestone.

Guns N' Roses Add New Leg To Reunion Tour

Guns N' Roses have announced dates for a South American tour this fall. The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan will extend their Not In This Lifetime run with the addition of 10 shows starting October 27 in Lima, Peru.

The trek will see the band play stops in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica, with more to come. On-sale information, including Nightrain fan club pre-sales, will be announced soon.

Guns N' Roses are currently playing shows across North America on a tour that launched in Detroit, MI on June 23. Following Tuesday's concert in Pittsburgh, PA, the group will perform this week in Philadelphia, PA (July 14) and Toronto, ON (July 16). See the tour dates here.

Poison's Rikki Rockett Says He Is Now Cancer Free

Poison drummer Rikki Rockett has reported he's free of cancer after undergoing a program of experimental treatment. He'd been fighting a tumour on his tongue since June last year, and later reported it had returned despite nine rounds of chemotherapy and 35 rounds of radiotherapy.

But after being accepted for the experiment at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, he says the tumour has completely gone. Rockett, 54, has posted a picture of himself with the center's Dr Ezra Cohen, saying: "Because of this man, I am cancer free!"

The drummer recently told how he'd retained an upbeat attitude, saying: "I was doing everything I could to think positive - that I was going to get on the trial." Read more here.

Why KISS Ditched Plans For Reality Competition TV Show

KISS drummer Eric Singer has revealed why the band drew up plans for a TV game show to recruit the next generation of members - then abandoned the idea.

The discussion came after Gene Simmons talked up the notion of KISS continuing once all the original men had gone, and came up with the game format alongside Mark Burnett, who devised The Apprentice.

The game show scheme was finally put to bed by band manager Doc McGhee. Singer tells Talk Is Jericho: "There was talk years ago about trying to do a TV show they were going to call KISS: The Next Generation, kind of like one of those reality shows, based on finding the members and putting them together.

"But the problem was, like Doc said, it's a great idea - but once you do that, then KISS as it is now, you're done. You can't do that kind of a show, then still keep being KISS. I think that's what probably made it not happen. They realized, 'No, we still want to play.'" Read more and listen to the full interview here.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Star Blasts 'Idiot' Comparisons

The Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has branded those who draw comparisons between him and previous guitarist John Frusciante as "idiots."

Klinghoffer joined the band in 2009 after having been a touring member, in the aftermath of his friend and collaborator Frusciante's refusal to return following a hiatus.

The multi-instrumentalist has now recorded two albums with the Chili Peppers - 2011's I'm With You and this year's The Getaway. Klinghoffer tells Russian outlet Metro News: "Of course it gets annoying. On one hand it's an honor for me to be part of this band, and be mentioned in the same breath as Frusciante.

"But all these comparisons are simply absurd. We are two totally different people. I have never tried to emulate his technique - and, of course, I was not trying to get him to leave the band." He adds: "Seriously, anyone trying to compare us is an idiot." Read more here.

Phil Collins Announces New Solo Collection

A Phil Collins compilation featuring 45 of his solo tracks is to be released later this year. Titled The Singles, the collection charts Collins' entire solo career - from his 1981 hit In The Air Tonight through to the title track of his 2010 album Going Back.

The package comes on the back of his Take A Look At Me Now retrospective campaign, with Nick Davis back on board to oversee the mastering process.

The Singles will launch on October 14 across three formats - 3CD deluxe edition, 2CD/4LP box set and via digital services. The box set incorporates 33 tracks in total. See the cover art and tracklisting here.

Megadeth Tease 'Post American World' Video

Megadeth are previewing a clip from a forthcoming video for "Post American World", a track from their latest album "Dystopia." Filmed in late April, the full video is expected to be released soon.

Frontman Dave Mustaine calls the song a spiritual (and riff-wise) follow-up to Megadeth's 1992 track "Symphony Of Destruction." "There are all kinds of governmental backdoor meetings and agreements that the U.S. government has with people that you and I as Joe Q. Six-Pack have no idea of the why, whens or how," Mustaine recently told the Houston Press about the song. "People don't want America everywhere. And we can be like 'Okay, screw it. We'll pull out.' And then they can see what happens."

Following its release in January, "Dystopia" debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 49,000 equivalent album units. The feat marks the group's highest-charting US album since 1992's "Countdown To Extinction", which debuted and peaked at No. 2. Watch the preview here.

The Ramones Stream Classic 'Blitzkrieg Bop' Performance

The Ramones are previewing the upcoming 40th anniversary expanded reissue of their groundbreaking 1976 album debut with a live version of their classic "Blitzkrieg Bop."

Recorded during the second set of a two-gig night at The Roxy in West Hollywood in August of 1976, it's one of the previously unavailable bonus tracks featured on a new 3CD/1LP deluxe edition of the collection due for release on July 29.

The deluxe package includes a remastered stereo version of the self-titled project, a new mono mix and a pair of live sets at The Roxy. "The earliest mixes of the album were virtually mono," says original producer and mixer Craig Leon. "We had an idea to record at Abbey Road and do both a mono and stereo version of the album, which was unheard of at the time. I'm thrilled that now, 40 years later, we followed through on that original idea."

The 40th anniversary edition's second disc spotlights single mixes, outtakes, and demos. Several of those recordings have never been released, including demos for "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," "53rd and 3rd," and "Loudmouth."

The third disc captures the band performing two full sets live at The Roxy on August 12, 1976. Rounding out the collection is a vinyl LP containing the new mono mix of "Ramones", all packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. The 3CD/1 vinyl LP set is a limited edition of 19,760 individually numbered copies. Stream 'Blitzkrieg Bop' here.


~September 2, 2016~

New York, NY (July 13, 2016)—Internationally renowned multi-million selling rock band Styx will be on full display this summer, when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases Styx: Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas via DVD [MSRP 14.98], Blu-ray [MSRP 19.98], and Digital Formats on September 2.

Filmed in high definition, Styx: Live At The Orleans Arena captures the band performing in July 2014, showering the crowd with a set list of hits and fan favorites: “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Renegade,” and more. Originally released on CD in June 2015, this incredible live concert will now be available on DVD and Blu-ray.

"Damn, we had a good time on that tour!” says vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw. “Night after night following Don Felder's legendary set, we couldn't wait to hit the stage for our turn at bat. Unforgettable."

Formed in Chicago in 1972, Styx played a key role in defining the AOR genre, and established themselves as one of America’s greatest rock bands. Their blend of soaring melodies, hard rock guitar, musical theatricality, and prog-rock elements earned them millions of global record sales and numerous platinum and multi-platinum albums. Styx: Live At The Orleans Arena proves exactly how they earned that legacy.

The set highlights the musical dexterity of Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums), Lawrence Gowan (vocals/keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass, backing vocals), and Chuck Panozzo, which is further boosted by a special surprise visit from a former Eagles guitarist -- Don Felder -- for a rousing performance of “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).”

To heighten the live Styx experience, Live At The Orleans Arena is punctuated with band / crew member interviews, detailing life on the road. Bonus features include the entire concert sans the interview footage, bonus interview footage, and a photo gallery.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world.  Eagle Vision is headquartered in London, and is a Universal Music Group company. 

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Track Listing:
1.)  Too Much Time On My Hands
2.)  Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
3.)  Light Up
4.)  Crystal Ball
5.)  Superstars
6.)  Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) – with Don Felder
7.)  Rockin’ The Paradise
8.)  Renegade

Steve Winwood Strikes Grammy Gold On 1986‘s Back In The High Life 

Dallas, TX - July 12, 2016.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  celebrates the 30th anniversary of one of the Eighties’ finer things musically, Steve Winwood’s Back In The High Life

At the tender age of only sixteen, Steve Winwood wrote and sang “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man” for the Spencer Davis Group. Then he formed the eclectic band Traffic, collaborated with Eric Clapton in the one-off Blind Faith, and then returned to Traffic for their legendary album Low Spark of High Heeled Boys. After recovering from life- threatening peritonitis in 1972, Steve Winwood recorded his first solo album in 1977, all before the age of 30.

In 1986, Winwood would release his fourth studio album Back In The High Life, which was platinum packed with hits including “Split Decision”  and  “Freedom Overspill” with Joe Walsh, “The Finer Things”, the album title track with James Taylor, and the Grammy Award ‘Record Of The Year’ “Higher Love”, one of three Grammys which the album earned.  Steve remarks to In The Studio host Redbeard how he viewed the remarkable multiplatinum Grammy-winning success of Back In The High Life.  

“It came a good twenty years into my career, which in itself is quite an odd thing, in  that it kind of made everything I’d done in my career the last twenty years seem to make sense. It gave depth to everything that I had done... It came at a time, I think, in my life where I appreciated what it meant.”  - Steve Winwood  

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“The Beatles and WWII” Featuring Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Brian Ferry, Keith Moon, Rod Stewart, Jeff Lynne, The Bee Gees and Others To Be Reissued On 2CD/DVD Set

Music sung by:  Elton John, The Bee Gees, Bryan Ferry, Jeff Lynne, Leo Sayer, Keith Moon, Rod Stewart, David Essex, Tina Turner, Helen Reddy, The Four Seasons, Lynsey De Paul, The Brothers Johnson, Richard Cocciante, Henry Gross, Status Quo, Peter Gabriel, and Frankie Vallii

London, UK - Legendary musical tribute “The Beatles and WWII” will be issued on CD/DVD by Gonzo Multimedia UK on July 15, 2016! Take a group of some of the most famous solo artists of the 70's - Elton John, Tina Turner, The Four Seasons, The Bee Gees, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry, Rod Stewart, Leo Sayer, Keith Moon, Helen Reddy, Jeff Lynne & Frankie Valli - get them to sing cover versions of some of the most famous Beatles songs ever written. Add a considerable dollop of authentic documentary footage of the Second World War telling the story of that epic encounter...and what do you have?

“The Beatles and WWII”!!!

Sound crazy? It is. But enormously entertaining, and occasionally very chilling. A unique blend of music and film like no other. Of that much we can be absolutely certain.

 “The best collection of Beatles covers in a film EVER” 

In an article written by Ronnie Dannelley editor of Ear Candy Magazine: “The old 1976 film was the strangest mix of cinema and rock 'n' roll, combining World War II images (newsreels and Hollywood films made at that time) with the music of The Beatles (not The Beatles original recordings, but by various artists). The old movie combined a pastiche of World War II-themed film segments (both period films and post-war action films) with the backdrop of the music of The Beatles (NOT the original songs, but cover versions by various artists). Strange concept huh? A long story, but the end result was disastrous. The original distributor junked the film so completely that no copies survived, and the film took on its iconic status.”

Says legendary director Tony Palmer of his new film, “Although the original 1976 film had disappeared, thanks to the indifference and stupidity of the original distributor, instinctively I felt the central idea, and the material, and of course the music, were just too good to be lost forever.

“So for those fans who have had to rely on a few very poor quality extracts on YouTube, the 2016 film is a completely new experience, much of it in HD. Yes, we have used some of the original tracks, but added a lot of new archive footage, some never seen before. In addition, I have often used totally different music. The film starts with Vaughan Williams, and ends with Shostakovich, taking in Rachmaninoff en route and including many of the famous 2nd World War speeches by Roosevelt, Churchill, Montgomery, Chamberlain, Joe Kennedy and Hitler.  And the film makes reference to war-torn Syria and the massive problem of immigration along the way.

“It is a far more complex film than the original, and I hope will give everyone pause for thought about the troubled world in which we live.”

Produced by Sandy Lieberson
Directed & Edited by Tony Palmer
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Extensive Tour Commences Late-July

Chicago, IL --- Davy Knowles has announced the release of a new studio album Three Miles From Avalon on October 14.  Hot on the heels of the 2014's The Outsider, the full-length documentary Island Bound, and an extensive tour schedule, Isle of Man-born Knowles looks forwards with a collection of new songs marking a return to his roots and the sounds that first ignited his passion for music.  Recorded exclusively in his adopted hometown of Chicago, the capital of electric blues provided Knowles with a landscape steeped in legend, inspiring him to creatively explore the genre of music he’s always loved - energetic, guitar driven blues-rock. The pre-order for vinyl, plus limited edition signed memorabilia, alongside bundled merchandising packages is live on Pledge Music here:  A digital pre-order campaign will be available globally two weeks prior to release on September 30 via all retailers and at

Knowles began the recording process for Three Miles From Avalon with a fresh approach, one that has resulted in a dynamic, gutsy sound.  He offers, "I wanted to go back to the basics. The band and myself have racked up a lot of playing time together, and we have really started to gel. I wanted to capture that ‘live’ feel in the studio”.  This led naturally to a back-to-basics approach, and a search for authenticity when it came to recording the new materialKnowles reveals, “My favorite sounding records are certainly older ones, recorded to tape, with minimal fuss or overdubs. I wanted that lovely warm, vintage sound that only tape and glowing tubes can do.”

A raw, vintage sound is evident in the album’s opening two tracks, the hard-driving "Ain’t Much Of Nothing" and the live favourite, "What You’re Made Of", a homage to one of Davy’s musical heroes Rory Gallagher.  He offers, "Rory has been a huge influence for me, his energy and drive was so mesmerising. I wanted to get back to that high energy, big guitar riff style of writing.”

The album's third track "Falling Apart" adds dark drama to the record’s driving pace with its smoky verses and heavy, snarling, blues riff. Knowles reflects, "I’ve had this song kicking around for a long time, but it wasn’t until I had found this guitar pedal called ‘The Octron’ (one of only two pedals used by Knowles on the entire album) that the song and the riff really came to life, it’s got this wonderful menacing sound.” 

Storytelling has always been a vital ingredient in Knowles’ work, and the repertoire introduced on Three Miles From Avalon continues this legacy of introducing indelible characters to the listener's mind.  Weaving a moment of pathos into the track list is "Oxford MS" – a fictional account of shady dealing and violence.  Knowles offers, "Songs with characters and stories have always grabbed me, and I wanted to write one in the blues and gospel vein.  This one specifically is a story of blackmail, gambling and regret, though certainly not an autobiographical one!”  The title track itself brings forth a personal reflection through songs which the artist states, "is really all about being slightly further away than where you want to be, and the frustration that comes with that. Avalon is this Arthurian legend, the Island that could never be found. It became my metaphor for things just out of my grasp.”  The song also reveals the musical influences close to Davy’s heart, showcasing his love of blues and classic rock with affection.

The album closes on a hat tip to one of the all-time greats, Willie Dixon, with a re-working of his blues classic "What In The World." Performed with a live, ‘after hours’ feel, the track showcases Knowles’ confident and distinctive guitar playing, but also a powerful solo on the Hammond B3 by Andrew Toombs – demonstrating that Knowles and his tight-knit band all possess not only stunning technical ability, but soul too.  There is no question that this long road Knowles has travelled finds the artist passing through a crossroads with clarity focused on the destination he strives to reach.  Perhaps not as unattainable to reach as this fictional, mythical place he metaphorically alludes to in title.

Guns N' Roses Fan Has 'Where's Izzy' Sign Taken Away At Concert

A fan claims Guns N' Roses security ripped up her 'Where's Izzy' sign at Nashville's Nissan Stadium even though it made frontman Axl Rose laugh and respond with "that's a good question".

Caroline Campos made the sign similar to one which can be seen in the Don't Cry music video - and is also a reference to the band's former guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who is not involved in the reunion tour.

She held it up as former GNR drummer Steven Adler joined the band on stage to play My Michelle and Out Ta Get the weekend. She claims Axl Rose saw the sign and started laughing - but the security team and stage crew later "swarmed" the area to find and destroy it.

Campos says: "When the original drummer Steven Adler came out to play his set, I held up my sign with cheers from most of the people in my section. Axl looked at my sign and started laughing and said, 'That's a good question!' He seemed to appreciate the sign.

"I put the sign away during actual performances so I wouldn't block the people behind me, only held it up between songs when the lights came on. But about 10 to 15 minutes later, while GNR were playing November Rain, our section got swarmed by security and stage crew with headsets on."

She continues: "They went row by row asking 'Who has the sign? Who has the Where's Izzy sign?' Eventually they made it to the row behind me and saw the sign tucked under my chair.

"A guy in jeans and a black shirt tapped my shoulder and said 'Is that your sign? You need to give it to me.' I said 'Why? Who are you?'

"He showed a badge and said 'I'm with the band and they've asked for the sign to be removed.' I said, 'We aren't allowed to have signs? But I read that..' and he cut me off and said 'You can't have that sign. Give it to me.' " Read more here.

AC/DC Most Successful Rock Band This Year

AC/DC have topped business magazine Forbes' annual earning list for rock acts, after making an estimated $67.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016.

The Aussie giants racked up the equivalent of $185,000 every day in music, ticket and merchandise sales - despite enduring the losses of mainman Malcolm Young, drummer Phil Rudd and vocalist Brian Johnson, along with the impeding retirement of bassist Cliff Williams.

Their total is greater than the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, U2, Muse, Foo Fighters and the Dave Matthews Band's individual incomes, although all of them brought in more than $30m over the 12-month period.

Forbes say: "The nearly half-century-old Scottish-Australian band hit a bump in the road when lead singer Brian Johnson had to drop out of their world tour due to a medical condition. But AC/DC found an incredible replacement - Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, and so far, fan demand is undeterred.

"It's a long way to the top, but the group is right up there once again." See the top 8 list and read more here.

David Bowie Rejected Red Hot Chili Peppers Gig

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have recalled being rejected by David Bowie when they asked him to produce two of their albums. The band wanted Bowie - who died this year - to produce 2002's By The Way and 2006 effort Stadium Arcadium, but both times he turned them down.

Frontman Anthony Kiedis tells Classic Rock: "He wrote us extremely thoughtful, kind letters explaining why he couldn't - whether he was busy or just into something else at the moment.

"But a true gentleman, not a guy who just blows you off without an explanation." The Chili Peppers feature in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine, which hits the street on July 13 (Wednesday) and is available to TeamRock+ members now. Read more here.

Pantera Can't Fill Dimebag's Shoes With Zakk Wylde Says Anselmo

Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has explained his concerns over staging a reunion with former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in place of the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott.

The move has been discussed for several years, with Wylde having said he'd take the role if it was offered to him. Speaking at a fan question-and-answer session last month, Anselmo said: "Zakk is such a badass f***ing player, but I think he's just a different player. Different style.

"Tonality comes into it. He has a different tone than Dime. So there would be so many things to tweak, not to fill Dimebag's shoes, but actually play Pantera parts. There ain't no filling them f***ing shoes." Read more here.

 Triumph Reunite On Rik Emmett's New Album

Canadian rockers Triumph will reunite on record for the first time in three decades on the forthcoming solo album by guitarist Rik Emmett. The trio of Emmett, bassist Mike Levine and drummer Gil Moore last worked together in the studio on 1987's "Surveillance" before the guitarist exited the lineup in 1988.

"Mike and Gil joined Rik in the studio for his new album!" posted the band on Facebook. Due late this year, Emmett's latest project was recorded at Moore's Metalworks Studios near Toronto, ON and will be released under the banner RES9 (Rik Emmett Resolution 9).

The album will reportedly also include guest appearances by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie. Formed in Toronto in 1975, Triumph released ten studio albums - including "Rock & Roll Machine", "Just A Game", "Allied Forces", "Never Surrender" and "Thunder Seven" - before disbanding in 1993. Read more here.

Def Leppard Celebrate High 'N' Dry 35th Anniversary

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott has reflected on recording the band's second album High 'N' Dry. It was released in 1981 and this week celebrated its 35th anniversary. And Elliott says it was the album that helped forge their path to the top - and credits longtime producer Mutt Lange for his guidance through the studio sessions.

Elliott says: "35 years since the album was released - it doesn't seem that long because our career is constantly evolving. It's not like we split up for 10 years and then got back together. It's one part of our story - it's a building block in the whole process of what Def Leppard has become in 2016.

"When you look back at it now, there are bits of it that hit and bits of it that missed. But generally speaking, as the second album, it was the start of where we were going to go.

"We were open-minded and so happy to be working with a producer like Mutt Lange. He was like a teacher and we wanted to learn from him. He was this rock guru and we were prepared to get in the pit with him and wrestle it out."

Elliott reports that recording High 'N' Dry was "an enormous learning curve" and adds: "By the time we started doing Pyromania a year later, what we'd gone through recording High 'N' Dry, it had sunk in and we'd realised it was worth all the effort." Watch the video here.

Hollywood Vampires Resume Tour Without Joe Perry

The Hollywood Vampires resumed their summer tour in Kettering, OH Tuesday night without guitarist Joe Perry, who reportedly remains hospitalized after collapsing during a show in Coney Island, NY on Sunday.

Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and the band performed at the Fraze Pavilion, where fans were offered refunds before show time due to the Aerosmith legend's absence.

"While the Hollywood Vampires tour continues tonight at Fraze, Joe Perry will not be on stage," posted the venue on their social media sites. "Refunds will be made available to the original purchaser via the corresponding method of payment at the original point of purchase today, July 12, before the concert start time of 7:30pm EDT."

Perry remains in Coney Island Hospital, where he was last listed in stable condition following Sunday's incident, which saw the rocker stumble offstage and, according to sources, soon lose consciousness and go into cardiac arrest around 9:30 p.m, with police on the scene reviving him.

While Perry's current condition remains unknown, USA Today reports band publicist Sujata Murthy issued a statement Monday evening, saying "Joe Perry will rejoin his fellow Vampires on stage again soon." Read more and watch video from the show here.

Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Announce North American Tour

The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band have announced a North American tour starting in September. Drummer Fleetwood has just one commitment with Fleetwood Mac during 2016 - at the Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on July 28.

Later in the year he'll deliver set based around his main band's early years, with assistance from frontman Rick Vito, keyboardist Mark Johnstone and bassist Lenny Casellanos.

Fleetwood says: "Over my career I've been called a pop star and a rock star - yet in my inner heart I'll always be part bluesman. I've always remembered where I started.

"A lot of guys can play the licks, but Rick Vito has the tone and that's so important in real blues. And any bassist who plays with me has big shoes to fill." See the dates here.

David Gilmour Won't Play Pink Floyd's Echoes Without Richard Wright

David Gilmour says he won't play Pink Floyd track Echoes without late keyboardist and composer Richard Wright, who died of lung cancer, aged 65, in 2008.

Founding member, keyboardist and composer Wright played a major role in the rise of Pink Floyd during the 60s and 70s. He drew back from songwriting in the late 70s, eventually becoming a session musician with the group until he went back full-time in 1994.

As singer and guitarist Gilmour prepared to play the first-ever rock show for an audience in Pompeii's amphitheatre in Italy since Pink Floyd's 1971 recorded show at the site, his lyricist wife Polly Sampson admits they felt Wright's absence keenly as "one of the ghosts" among the ancient runes.

Gilmour tells Rolling Stone: "It would be lovely to play Echoes here, but I wouldn't do that without Rick. There's something that's specifically so individual about the way that Rick and I play in that, that you can't get someone to learn it and do it just like that. That's not what music's about." Read more here.

John Corabi Talks Motley Crue's Mick Mars Solo Album

John Corabi says he and former Motley Crue bandmate Mick Mars are still trying to find time to work together on the guitarist's debut solo album. Corabi - who was on vocals for Motley Crue's self-titled 1994 album - joined Mars in the studio earlier this year, with snippets for two tracks being shared later.

But the vocalist admits he's currently unable to devote as much time to the collaboration as he'd like because he's so busy with The Dead Daisies. He previously suggested someone close to Motley Crue was being "a little bit pissy" about his work with Mars.

Now Corabi tells UCR: "We're just honestly really trying to figure out what the deal is as far as the schedule. Because I don't want to hold Mick up and I also don't want to, without being cocky, I don't want to do it for the money. It's not about money.

"I want to be able to sit in a room with Mick. It's his first solo record that he's ever done outside of Motley Crue. So I want to be able to, when I sit in a room with him, I want to be able to sit there and it's going to take a little bit, I'm going to have to sit there for a little time and we're going to have to put material together.

"I want to be able to give him 100%. Right now, between his schedule and my schedule, I'm struggling to find chunks of time where I can go in and do it." Read more here.

Eagles' Joe Walsh Added To Classic Rock Awards Lineup

Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is the latest star to be confirmed as a guest at this year's Classic Rock Awards ceremony in Tokyo, Japan. It was previously announced that Jeff Beck's career will be celebrated at the event on November 11 at the 13,000-capacity Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena, while Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora and Orianthi will also perform on the night.

Now Classic Rock bosses have revealed that Walsh will also be present at the event sponsored by KLab Entertainment, along with Thailand rock heroes Slot Machine.

TeamRock's Executive Director Alexander Milas says: "Joe Walsh is nothing less than a living legend responsible for some of the greatest songs of our age." Read more here.

Twisted Sister Release Live 'We're Not Gonna Take It' Video

Twisted Sister perform their signature song, "We're Not Gonna Take It", in the latest preview video the band has released from their forthcoming live package, "Metal Meltdown."

The lead single from their third album, 1984's "Stay Hungry", reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 while becoming the group's only Top 40 single. The performance is captured on "Metal Meltdown - Featuring Twisted Sister Live At The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas", which presents the group's May 30, 2015 concert at the venue where they topped a bill alongside Extreme, Great White and Skid Row.

Due July 22, the package delivers the live debut of drummer Mike Portnoy with the band following the passing of A.J. Pero from a heart attack two months earlier while on tour with Adrenaline Mob. Read more and watch the video here.


The band KANSAS is giving its most loyal fans an exclusive limited sneak preview of its first new song in 16 years, 'With This Heart.'  This sneak preview will only be available until 11:59 PM on Thursday, July 14.  Click Here to stream 'With This Heart' via Sound Cloud.

With This Heart is the first single off KANSAS's new album, The Prelude Implicit, available September 23
"The Prelude Implicit" is Now Available for Pre-Order!!

CLICK HERE to pre-order "The Prelude Implicit" directly from KANSAS.  The album is available in Standard CD, Deluxe Digipak, and Double LP Vinyl.  

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Eric Singer On KISS Fans' Emotional Connection To Various Lineups

KISS drummer Eric Singer has suggested some fans get too emotionally attached to the band's previous lineups. The sticksman has had three stints with the veteran outfit since the death of Eric Carr in 1991. Singer then came on board permanently to replace Peter Criss in 2003 at the end of the 'Farewell' reunion tour.

Singer tells CRR: "I have many friends that will say their version of Kiss was Animalize or Hot In The Shade or it was another era. How can they say that? But I respect what they are saying.

"For that person, that is when they discovered Kiss and that was the time of their life when it really affected them and they had a connection to them. Everybody has a different timeline of the band when it emotionally connected with them.

He continues: "I'm not saying this to take away from Kiss at all, but Kiss was really about the show. What attracted you to them was that image and that show. If Kiss just stood on stage and played songs without the show then I doubt they would have held your attention.

"I understand that you can't try to take the emotional factor out of the equation. To fans that is impossible. It is not going to happen. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and they look at it from an emotional point of view. I get that and I respect it. You're not going to get me to think that way. I have a unique perspective in Kiss." Read more here.

Joe Perry Doing 'Better Than Feared' Following Collapse At Concert

Joe Perry is doing "better than feared" after collapsing during a Hollywood Vampires show on Sunday night (July 10), his Aerosmith bandmate Tom Hamilton has reported.

Perry was stretchered to hospital from the stage at Coney Island, New York City, after being seen to struggle during the concert, then staggering off before collapsing behind the scenes.

His health status has not been reported, although unconfirmed reports suggest the 65-year-old suffered a heart attack. Hamilton tweeted last night: "Thankfully, Joe seems to be better than we all first feared. Here's hoping he's back on stage soon, doing what he loves to do!" Read more here.

AC/DC Singing Gig Not For Cinderella's Tom Keifer

Cinderella singer Tom Keifer says he'd have been "humbled and honored" if he'd been asked fill in for Brian Johnson in AC/DC - but he doesn't think he'd have taken on the job.

Before the job was given to Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, Keifer's was one of the names linked with the job once AC/DC revealed Johnson had been ordered to stop touring or risk going deaf and that they'd be continuing with a guest singer.

Keifer tells Zoiks! Online: "I've seen my name brought up online, and I just wanna say - I guess this is the first time I'm publicly saying this - if I were asked, I'd be very humbled and honored, but I would not leave my solo band. I love my band, and we're having a good time out here. This is my home.

"I just don't know that anyone can fill those shoes. Or if it's somebody who's known, it's kind of weird - then it's not AC/DC. It was so cool when they found Brian, because he wasn't really known. And then he became known and then he became the voice of AC/DC. They're one of the few bands who have been able to pull that off. I don't wanna even touch those shoes." Read more here.

Mike Portnoy Invites Dream Theater To 50th Birthday Bash

Mike Portnoy has extended "an open invitation" to his former Dream Theater bandmates to join him for his planned performance of his 12 Step Suite at his 50th birthday bash next year.

The drummer recently revealed that he'll perform all five tracks of the 12 Step Suite in their entirety and in sequence on the Cruise To The Edge floating festival, which sets sail from Tampa, Florida, on February 7 and runs until February 11.

The 12-Step Suite is made up of five tracks, each of which featured on separate Dream Theater albums and Portnoy said he alway intended to play it live.

Now he adds that he'd love his former bandmates to join, but he says he doubts that will happen. Portnoy tells The National Student: "I would love nothing more than to perform it with them. But they've made it clear that they have no intention in reuniting at any point. So, life is short, this is going to be my 50th birthday and it just felt like the right time and place to finally play this music." Read more here.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Mistaken For Metallica By Customs Officials

Red Hot Chili Peppers were mistaken for Metallica by customs officials at Belarus Airport in Eastern Europe. The band were called into an office by airport staff and asked to autograph CDs and photos - but to their surprise, the items were Metallica-related.

Chili's bassist Flea says: "We were called into a custom officials' office at an airport in Belarus and they asked us to sign a bunch of Metallica CDs and photos.

"We tried to explain to them that we weren't Metallica, but they insisted that we sign anyway. They had the power. Well I did play Fight Fire With Fire with Metallica once. I love Metallica anyways, but I'm no Robert Trujillo." See the photo here.

Meat Loaf Gives Health Update Following On Stage Collapse

Meat Loaf has been placed on a strict health regime after he collapsed on stage in Edmonton last month. The singer said the incident was down to severe dehydration and tells Classic Rock he is now seeing a physical therapist four days a week in a bid to lose weight.

Asked how he is feeling since the collapse, Meat Loaf says: "I'm okay. Weak. I've gotta go to physical therapy. I had back surgery and knee surgery within the last two years, and the knee surgery failed, so I haven't been able to work out on tour.

"So I'm going to acupuncture, physical therapy, and a trainer, starting Monday for four days a week, an hour and a half each session." A number of shows were postponed in the wake of Meat Loaf's onstage collapse, but he says they will go ahead eventually and that he won't step back from future touring commitments. Read more here.

Hollywood Vampires To Continue Tour Despite Joe Perry's Health

Alice Cooper has confirmed that The Hollywood Vampires will move forward with their summer tour as guitarist Joe Perry remains hospitalized after collapsing during a show in Coney Island, NY on Sunday.

"Vampires!," tweeted the supergroup's frontman Alice Cooper on Monday. "Confirmed - We WILL see you in Ohio tomorrow night & for the rest of our dates! Thanks for supporting Joe!"

The group are scheduled to perform at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, OH on July 12. During the second song of The Hollywood Vampires show at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, Perry stumbled offstage and, according to sources, soon lost consciousness and apparently went into cardiac arrest around 9:30 p.m, with police on the scene reviving him.

The guitarist was taken to Coney Island hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Read more here.

David Bowie Was The Gateway Drug For Your Favorite Rockstar Released

Former REM singer Michael Stipe, producer Tony Visconti, The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell feature in the short film, David Bowie Was The Gateway Drug For Your Favorite Rockstar.

The video, which was filmed backstage at The Music Of David Bowie show in New York earlier this year, also features Cyndi Lauper, Laurie Anderson, Ann Wilson, Cat Power, Esperanza Spalding, John Darnielle, Rickie Lee Jones, Eugene Hutz, Bilal and Robyn Hitchcock.

Longtime Bowie producer Visconti says of the late rock icon: "The first time I saw him with Ziggy in person, he had all the regalia and and his hair was orange. I only recognised his voice and after two seconds, it's like, 'Well, it's David.'

"That's what I really got from him, that he never limited himself. This could be a lesson to everyone, that you aren't your style. You have a true self, but you can make things up and make them real and express them.

"You're not your hair, clothes - you can do this. He was the person that showed the world how to do that." Watch the film here.

Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour 'An Unqualified Success' Says Live Nation

he promoter of the Guns N' Roses Not In This Lifetime reunion tour says the shows have been "an unqualified success" despite apparently poor ticket sales on some dates.

Frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan announced their reunion earlier this year and made their comeback with gigs in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and at Coachella. They later announced a full run of dates under the banner of the Not In This Lifetime tour.

But some of the stadium shows have not sold well, according to fans and some media outlets. The Wall Street Journal reported that the GNR gig at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, saw 27,000 people attend the 70,000 capacity venue.

However, promoter Live Nation pointed out to Fortune that the venue's capacity had been reduced to 35,380 for the gig. And fans on social media claimed that the second of two nights at Soldier Field in Chicago had not sold well, with the first night selling out.

Live Nation says: "Guns N Roses' Not In This Lifetime tour is an unqualified success. Not only is it the no.1 rock tour of the summer, it will be one of the top grossing tours of 2016 and one of the most successful reunion tours of all time." Read more here.

Doug Aldrich Would Love To Play With David Coverdale Again

The Dead Daisies' Doug Aldrich says he "would love" to work with David Coverdale again in the future. Guitarist Aldrich was a member of Coverdale's Whitesnake from 2002 to 2014 before leaving to spend more time with his family.

And while he has his hands full with his new role in The Dead Daisies, Aldrich says he and Coverdale share a mutual love and respect and that he will always be open to working with the vocalist again.

In an episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon, due to be released later this week, Aldrich says: "I'm there for David if he ever needed anything, whatever I could do.

"I'm part of the family and I know David well enough to know that he feels the same and it would be no problem. But he also likes the challenge of exploring new ground with new people.

"We had some amazing creative times. If he needed me, I would absolutely be there if I was available and I would love to collaborate on something with him again in the future." Read more and listen to the full interview here.

Joe Perry Collapses During Hollywood Vampires Concert

Joe Perry collapsed offstage and was rushed to hospital during a Hollywood Vampires show at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, New York on Sunday.

Page Six reports the 65-year-old Aerosmith guitarist was performing with the supergroup on their summer tour of North America when he stumbled offstage and, according to sources, soon lost consciousness and apparently went into cardiac arrest around 9:30 p.m, with police on the scene reviving him.

A clip posted by Instagram user @leeniepics shows Perry wobbling offstage before being treated by emergency officials. "#JoePerry collapsed on stage just now!," she wrote. "He had to sit on drum kit and then went behind a small wall and passed out. FDNY and NYPD carried him off quickly."

Perry was taken to Coney Island hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. At around 10:00 p.m., Cooper stopped the concert and informed fans that Perry had not been feeling well.

"If you notice one of our brothers is not onstage with us, he was very sick before the show'," Cooper reportedly told the crowd. "Thanks to everyone asking about our brother @JoePerry," tweeted Cooper after the show. "He is stable right now, with family & is under the best care." Read more and see the video here.



At the personal invitation of Quincy Jones and legendary Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs to perform at the famed Swiss festival, Toto couldn’t resist the opportunity, resulting in Toto: Live At Montreux 1991. “From the perspective of the members of Toto," states guitarist Steve Lukather, “the Montreux Jazz Festival is amongst the most revered events staged in the world. Our association, as a band, and individuals, is something we are deeply proud of. So much fun, and so much history has graced the ground in and around the lake.”

On September 16, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will present this very special concert film from Toto’s storied history. Toto: Live At Montreux 1991 -- the last tour with Jeff and Mike Porcaro, alongside original members Steve Lukather and David Paich  -- will be available on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, and Digital Video in North America [MSRP TBA].

In 1991, Toto was in the midst of a run of headline dates and European summer festivals, while finishing their new album Kingdom Of Desire. It was a time of rebirth for the band, and the Montreux stage proved the perfect opportunity to test drive the new songs.  Fans could feel the electricity in the air as Lukather, Paich, and the late brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro took the stage.

“Yes! Time to take a trip in the ol’ Toto Hot Tub Time Machine! Back to 1991, yes ‘91! Where pure live music was performed on hallowed ground under the paternal wings of Quincy Jones and Claude Nobs,” states keyboardist David Paich. “When I first listened back, the thought omnipresent in my mind was simply, ‘That's that raw, sizzling energy we had in high school!’  Here we are - four valley dudes from Los Angeles with some assorted musical friends, bringing it once again.”

Sadly, this was Jeff Porcaro’s final tour with the band, before his passing in 1992. Lukather, who personally mixed Live At Montreux 1991 with legendary engineer Niko Bolas, expresses the real emotions that this concert channels, and how poignant it was to the band’s history:

“The most important thing is you can see and hear the love we have for each other and watching this in 2016 with Niko…well bittersweet is a term that has been so overused but in this case…there were tears and a lot of laughter as the memories of this night and this final tour with Jeff were captured.  You guys get to see a version of the band that will never and COULD never be again!”

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. With over 38 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world.

As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations. Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television.  They ARE pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles and enjoy a multi-generational fan base.

Last summer, they released their first new studio album in ten years –TOTO XIV – that debuted Top 10 in nine countries around the world and became their most successful album since 1988 in the U.S. and UK.  This August / September, the band will stage a headline tour of North America. Details are available via

Click here for a sneak peak at "On The Run":

Video Of Guns N' Roses 2nd Steve Adler Reunion Jam Goes Online

Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler performed with the band in Nashville, TN on Saturday night and video from the reunion jam has surfaced online.

Adler's second appearance with the reunited group in 26 years follows a surprise July 6 guest slot at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH for "Out Ta Get Me" and "My Michelle" from 1987's "Appetite For Destruction."

Adler stepped in for the same pair of songs again in Nashville while longtime drummer Frank Ferrer took a short break mid-way through the concert.

After being fired for excessive drug use in 1990, Adler has long lobbied for a reunion of the band's classic lineup, with guitarist Izzy Stradlin the lone holdout these days.

While Axl Rose sat out the group's 2012 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Alder and some of the other band members were on hand and performed at the ceremony.

Nashville marked the seventh stop on the group's Not In This Lifetime summer tour; Guns N' Roses will next perform at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA on July 12. Check out the videos here.

Led Zeppelin's Publisher Seeks Over $600K For Stairway Trail

Publishing company Warner/Chappell Music are seeking $613,000 in legal fees for the recent Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven copyright trial. The jury in the six-day trial ruled that Led Zeppelin did not plagiarize the opening chords of Stairway To Heaven from Spirit track Taurus.

Warner/Chappell asked for the money for defending Led Zep against plagiarism claims and accused the attorney who filed the case of "gross misconduct," according to Courthouse News.

Now Warner/Chappell wants to claim back the $613,000 in legal fees it says it spent defending the claim, which was led by solicitor Francis Malofiy. Malofiy - who was representing Michael Skidmore, the trustee for late Spirit guitarist Randy California - has since been been suspended for three months over his conduct in an earlier rights trial.

Warner/Chappell says: "Plaintiff's Philadelphia counsel's misconduct in this case is a continuation of the misconduct that earned him a substantial monetary sanction as well as a three-months-and-a-day suspension in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania." Read more here.

Sharon Osbourne Not Sure If She Can Trust Ozzy Again

Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon doesn't know if she'll ever trust him again after their recent split. The Black Sabbath frontman is alleged to have had an affair with a hairstylist, leading to Sharon's departure from their marital home in May.

But she remains hopeful that Ozzy can resolve his problems, and they're attending individual and couples' therapy to that end. Sharon tells the Sun: "Can I ever trust him again? I don't know. I'm now questioning every statement, every move. The lies and intrigue still hurt.

"I don't want to hurt him - I admire and respect him. And that's what I expect back: respect. I didn't get that. It's very hurtful when you don't get that respect and consideration from your partner." Read more here.

Status Quo's Rick Parfitt Expected To Make Full Recovery

Status Quo's Rick Parfitt is expected to make a "full recovery" following an "extremely life-threatening situation" after the band's show in Turkey last month.

The guitarist reportedly had a defibrillator fitted into his chest to monitor his heart following the incident - and he won't rush his return to the band until he has a clean bill of health, Status Quo manager Simon Porter says.

The son of Quo bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards will fill in for Parfitt on the band's summer tour, with Irish guitarist Richie Malone stepping in for the Leuven, Belgium and Edinburgh dates.

Porter says: "Rick is now making an excellent and steady recovery from an extremely serious life threatening situation following a Quo show in Turkey last month.

"He has now had a defibrillator fitted into his chest in order to regulate any future heart issues and has left hospital in order to recuperate with family and friends." Read more here.

David Gilmour Makes Triumphant Return To Pompeii

How do you play a show in a city obliterated by molten lava and fiery ash just under 2,000 years ago? If you're David Gilmour, you ring the ancient amphitheater with pyrotechnics and light it up.

Gilmour kicked off a two night tour stop in the ancient Roman city Pompeii on Thursday night (July 7), 1,937 years after it was destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption, and some 45 years after Pink Floyd used the same backdrop for their 1972 concert documentary film, Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii.

While Live at Pompeii had no audience in the amphitheater four decades ago, the first show of Gilmour's two-night stop was packed with spectators, making history as the first rock concert to be held in front of a crowd there.

"Tonight will be the first time since 79 A.D. that there's been an audience watching something here," Gilmour told Rolling Stone in an interview before the show. Check out some fan footage here.

KISS Star Gene Simmons Speaks Out On Blocking iPhones At Concerts

KISS star Gene Simmons says he backs Apple's plans to use infrared signals to prevent fans taking pictures or videos at gigs - but only if venues make it clear the technology will be in use.

The normally outspoken KISS bassist took an unusually balanced view on the news that Apple were granted a patent that could see them develop technology to disable iPhone cameras inside concert venues or cinemas by using infrared signals.

Simmons tells Do You Know Jack?: "Do I think they should have the technology to shut off your stuff? Well, maybe with your 'okay.' You know, at least beforehand, they say, 'Okay, you're about to enter a no-cellphone area.' That's fine. As long as you know going in."

Simmons says today's gig audiences are very different to those of the past and that he doesn't understand why anyone would want to spend a show looking at their phone.

"When we first started out, this was before cellphones or technology and even voice mail," he says. "There was no cable, there was no nothing, so at the concerts, they took away your cameras - they didn't allow you to do that."

He adds: "So, in a lot of ways, the concert experience, especially with Kiss, was real - it was emotional, it was deep. People would pass out and cry.

"Technology has made everything less emotional. When you get back home and look at your cellphone and the video there, and you go, 'Oh, I don't remember that from the concert.' Well, of course you don't, because you were too busy texting or looking at your cellphone." Read more here.

The Dead Daisies' John Corabi Frustrated With Motley Crue Feud Coverage

The Dead Daisies and former Motley Crue singer John Corabi has moved to put his feud with Nikki Sixx to bed. The former bandmates have been involved in a war of words over Corabi's role with the band after he replaced Vince Neil in 1992. Bassist Sixx said in April that the 1994 self-titled album recorded while Corabi was with the band had been a "painful" experience, and added that he hadn't been impressed by the vocalist's creative contribution.

Corabi initially stated that he "didn't give a sh*t" about his ex-colleague's quotes. But when asked again, he replied: "I have no idea why Nikki feels that I'm the biggest piece of sh*t to roam the Earth."

Now Corabi tells Music Mania: "Honestly, I've just been a little frustrated. I've done a few interviews in the last week or so where people ask me some question about my time in Motley or some of the recordings I've done with Mick Mars or whatever, and it's just, like, I'll sit there and talk for 10 or 15 minutes and there's no mention of The Dead Daisies.

"Obviously, I can't talk about Motley Crue, because they don't talk about the good things that I have to say about the guys or any of that - it's just always focused on one thing, the negative, and I'm just tired of it. I'm not that guy." Stream the interview here.

AC/DC's Cliff Williams Reflects On His Beginnings With The Band

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams recalls joining the legendary Australian band while on a break from the group's Rock Or Bust world tour. After years playing the UK circuit and releasing three albums as a founding member of the progressive rock group Home, the band split, with Williams and most of the group going on to back folk singer Al Stewart on a US tour in 1974.

The bassist joined UK rockers Bandit for their self-titled 1976 release before landing an audition with AC/DC a year later following the firing of Mark Evans shortly after recording 1977's "Let There Be Rock." Williams debuted with AC/DC on the tour in support of the album as he settled into a new life in Australia.

"My first album with the band was 'Powerage', and that was 1978," explains Williams. "It was all new and fresh, and these people, I didn't know them, and Australia and I'm from London, and there was the whole fitting in thing. They were great, very accepting."

"They were very famous in Australia when I joined them," he continues. "They'd pretty much gotten to the top of the heap there very quickly. And they'd been to Europe once or twice at that point, too.

"But we were still touring on a modest basis. We were playing small venues with little equipment, with a little van, and we were all driving together in a station wagon and stuff. And that, over the years, has changed. Not to say it wasn't fun; it was a lot of fun." Watch the full interview here.

Sebastian Bach's '18 And Life On Skid Row' Release Pushed Back

The release of former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach's autobiography 18 And Life On Skid Row has been delayed. Publishers HarperCollins say the book will arrive on September 27.

The book was scheduled to be released in June, but Bach explains to The Katt: "It's been delayed because it's a very big project - 600 pages with lots of pictures.

"They asked me for 30 pictures; I gave them 116. And I'm, like, 'It's my book, dude.' It's got a lot of stories of crazy sh*t that I did. But there is a beginning and an end to it, like a story arc, because my life was very weird." Read more here.

Dream Theater Release 'Moment Of Betrayal' Tour Visuals Video

Dream Theater have shared a video showcasing the visuals they use when performing the track Moment Of Betrayal onstage. The song is lifted from their latest album The Astonishing and the promo follows the release of their visuals video for track Hymn Of A Thousand Voices last month.

Keyboardist Jordan Rudess said of the record: "I think this is a particular creative adventure for us, to write a concept album very much like a musical or a rock opera.

"I think that whatever we decide to do next - which we haven't really decided - will be something very different." He added: "It's not going to be another concept album. I don't think that would be the best thing to do. But it will be some creative adventure that we'll feel like we want to put our energies behind." Watch the video here.

Motley Crue Release Video Of Farewell 'Girls, Girls, Girls' Performance

Motley Crue are streaming a video for their performance of the 1987 classic, "Girls, Girls, Girls", from their farewell concert film The End. The video arrives ahead of a Canadian screening of The End in select theaters on July 11.

The song was the title track and lead single from the band's fourth album; the tune reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 while the album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million copies.

Directed by Christian Lamb, the project presents the Crue's final live performance at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA this past New Year's Eve; the material is rounded with interviews and behind the scenes material shot by Jackass creator Jeff Tremaine. Watch the video here.

New Rainbow Frontman Won't Try To Sing Like Dio

Ronnie Romero says that "it's not a good idea" to sing in the style of previous Rainbow singers. The Chilean-born Lords Of Black vocalist, who was personally chosen for the role by guitar icon Ritchie Blackmore last year, thinks fans appreciate him more for being true to himself onstage - rather than copying former frontmen such as Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner.

He tells Metal Shock Finland: "I feel really good with my job. I tried to make justice, not just to the songs, but all the singers. I just try to sing the songs in my own way and my own style and I think the people appreciate that. I'm not just a copy of the other singers, I prefer to sing like Ronnie Romero singing those songs.

"I think the people prefer that - I think they don't like seeing a guy or pay for a ticket to hear a guy try to sing like Ronnie James Dio. It's not a good idea." Read more here.

Elton John Makes His Return To Music Video With 'A Good Heart'

Elton John has released a new music video for the track "A Good Heart" and the clip, directed by Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen, marks the first time the John has appeared in his own music video in eleven years.

Elton had this to say, "At this time in all our lives, when the world is changing so rapidly and we're all trying to make sense of everything, I think it's important to remember that it's not politicians, it's not money and it's not fame which make the world go round - it's love. It's something that is so easy to forget. I wanted to reflect that in this song and video."

The video features footage of Elton performing the song in a studio in London and the song comes from his latest studio album 'Wonderful Crazy Night'. Watch the video here.

Jon Bon Jovi Does A Surprise Wedding Performance

Jon Bon Jovi thrilled guests at a wedding reception in Miami recently when he agreed to get up from his table and step up to the mic to sing "Livin' on a Prayer." The performer for the wedding of a couple only known as Charlie and Jennifer, was jazz singer Lourdes Valentin, and since Valentin knew Bon Jovi was coming she added the song to her setlist in advance.

When Valentin invited him to the stage, he tried to pass, mouthing to the singer, 'You got this." Then, the gracious rocker stood up from his table and finished the song as a duet with Valentin.

"It was great filming this wedding for Jennifer and Charlie, and it was amazing that Jon made such a surprise by coming onto the stage and singing 'Livin' On A Prayer' together with the local Jazz singer Lourdes. Everyone is really happy we got this on video," read a statement from Cool Coconut Studio, which filmed the wedding.

Bon Jovi confirmed earlier this year that they'd completed work on their 14th album This House Is Not For Sale, which is due for release this year via Island/Universal Music Group following the band's split with Mercury after more than 30 years. Watch Bon Jovi tear it up at the Miami wedding here.


Back in the ‘70s, Foghat was a regular presence on the Billboard charts - on the strength of such hit albums as ‘Fool for the City’, ‘LIVE’, ‘Stone Blue’ and many others. 

And now, the veteran classic rock act is back where they belong - for the first time since 1983, Foghat is back on Billboard with ‘Under the Influence’ (debuting at #17 on “Hard Rock Albums,” and at #40 on “Independent Albums”). 

Released on June 24th, ‘Under the Influence’, produced by Grammy winner Tom Hambridge, draws from Foghat’s collective musical influences, as the band not only brought in some special guests from their past,  who helped launch and inspire the Foghat story, but also invited some new friends into the mix to continue the journey of this never idle band. 

And the album has already received rave reviews from the music press:

"…  Foghat's current lineup makes for one, damn good rock and roll band.  In today's awful musical landscape, where "rock and roll" has been replaced by "cut and paste" it seems like a good, blue-blooded rock and roll album can be hard to
find, especially if you're looking for new stuff from the bands we grew up on.” Mark Cartwright, Q957

“….It’s therefore loaded with up-tempo guitar rock that fizzes out of the speakers …. The whole thing is stuffed full of potential radio hits and I can imagine this album will be a staple of American radio for years to come.” Bernard Baker, Maximum Volume Music

 “Foghat has delivered a huge slab of bluesy, boogie rock that rivals any of their previous releases. This is an album of music, each song standing on its own merits with no filler. There is passion, honesty and most of all, a bunch of kick-ass, feel-good rock ‘n’ roll.”  Jeb Wright, Classic Rock Revisited

And to celebrate this welcome chart positioning and critical success of ‘Under the Influence,’ the band will be doing what they’ve done best for decades - hitting the road hard, and bringing their unmistakable rock to a concert venue near you.  

‘Under the Influence’ track listing:
Under The Influence 
Knock It Off 
She’s Got A Ring In His Nose 
Upside of Lonely 
Heard It Through The Grapevine 
Made Up My Mind 
Hot Mama 
Heart Gone Cold 
Honey Do List 
All Because Of You 
Slow Ride 

Tour Dates:     
SAT   7/16/2016          ALBANY OR                        LINN COUNTY FAIR    
WED 7/20/2016          OMAHA NE                         BAXTER ARENA 
FRI   7/22/2016          WALKER MN                       MOONDANCE JAM 25 
SAT   7/23/2016          SAN BERNADINO CA           2016 LOST HIGHWAY FESTIVAL
FRI   7/29/2016          PASO ROBLES, CA               MID CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR       
WED 8/3/2016            COLUMBUS OH                   OHIO EXPO CENTER & STATE FAIR 
THU  8/4/2016            KITCHENER ONT CN           VICTORIA PARK 
SAT   8/6/2016            ST. OKOBOJI IA                  ARNOLDS PARK 
MON 8/8/2016            STURGIS SD                      FULL THROTTLE SALOON    
TUE  8/9/2016            RIDGEFIELD WA                 CLARK COUNTY FAIR 2016 
THU  8/11/2016          SOLANA BEACH CA             BELLY UP TAVERN      
FRI   8/12/2016          SANTA CRUZ CA                 SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK 
SAT   8/13/2016          SEDALIA MO                      MISSOURI STATE FAIR       
FRI   8/19/2016          WENDOVER NV                  PEPPERMILL CASINO 
SAT   8/20/2016          SALAMANCA NY                    SENECA ALLEGHENY CASINO       
MON 8/22/2016          AIRWAY HEIGHTS WA         NORTHERN QUEST CASINO        
SUN 8/28/2016           UNCASVILLE CT                  MOHEGAN SUN CASINO     
FRI   9/2/2016            WOODWARD OK                 OKLAHOMA ANNUAL H.O.G. RALLY      
SAT   9/3/2016            WALLA WALLA WA              WALL WALLA FRONTIER DAYS 
SUN 9/4/2016             HURON SD                         SOUTH DAKOTA STATE FAIR        
FRI  9/9/2016             LAS CRUCES NM                   RED HAWK GOLF CLUB
SAT   9/17/2016          COTTONWOOD AZ              THUNDER VALLEY RALLY 2016 
MON  9/19/2016         ELKHART IN                           PRIVATE SHOW
WED 9/21/2016          NEW YORK CITY NY            B.B. KINGS BLUES CLUB & GRILL       
FRI   9/23/2016          YAKIMA WA                       CENTRAL WA STATE FAIR 2016 
FRI      10/7/2016       GRETNA LA                        GRETNA HERITAGE FESTIVAL                                         
SAT   10/8/2016          COLONIAL BEACH VA           COLONIAL BEACH BIKE FEST        
FRI   10/14/2016 LAS VEGAS NV                   GOLDEN NUGGET CASINO & HOTEL        
SAT   10/15/2016 TYLER TX                           T.B. BUTLER SQUARE        
THU    11/10/2016      TAMPA FL                                THE CUBAN CLUB
SAT   11/12/2016 MIAMI FL                            MAGIC CITY CASINO


Lou Gramm, Mick Jones Recall
1981 Album of the Year, Foreigner 4 

Dallas, TX - July 7, 2016.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  visits with Lou Gramm and Mick Jones for the 35th anniversary of Foreigner’s most significant album, Foreigner 4.  The Album of the Year in 1981, it was # 1 seller on the American charts for ten weeks, producing the hits “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, “Urgent”, the rocker “Night Life” , and the classic “Jukebox Hero”

In the late1970s the band Foreigner seemed destined to become a classic case of too much, too soon. The band’s first, 1977’s Foreigner and then Double Vision in 1978, were multi-platinum hits of unprecedented proportions and Foreigner entered the Rock and Roll arena as a full blown star. It was heady stuff, to be sure, but that kind of rapid success is often a recipe for quick decline as well. 

For Foreigner the critical point came after their third album Head Games which was released in 1979. Head Games didn’t do as well as the first two albums, and the six Foreigner band members started to blame each other, resulting in departure of two of Foreigner’s original members. There were serious questions as to whether the remaining four should continue as the band Foreigner. In the end Mick Jones, Lou Gramm, Rick Wills and Dennis Elliott decided to forge ahead, making their most successful album ever. Mick Jones, Foreigner’s founder and lead guitarist, and former singer, songwriter Lou Gramm reflect with InTheStudio host Redbeard, on the crisis and eventual vindication that marked Foreigner 4.  

“We started to rehearse for the 4 album. I was so frustrated because I felt that the direction of the band was getting so diverse, with everybody wanting to express themselves... I wasn’t hogging the writing. I was ready to be challenged by anybody else’s ideas, and as far as I was concerned the objective was to achieve a great album...and I was pretty strong minded about it.”  -  Mick Jones

“It was only after a week in the studio that the kind of undercurrent and dissatisfaction came to a head and the changes were made, or I think the band would have fallen apart right in the studio.” - Lou Gramm

FOREIGNER 4 @ 35 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:
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Album Celebrates Trout's Resurgence Following The Guitarist and Blues Singer-Songwriter's Hard-Won, Life-Or-Death Struggle Waiting For, And Receiving, A Life-Saving Transplant 

New York, NY --- Walter Trout hits the highways of the U.S. and Canada this August for appearances to support his recently released live album ALIVE In Amsterdam.  The tour begins on August 13 at the Cincinnati Blues Festival, and will wrap on the 30th in Denver, CO at the Oriental Theater.  Following a return to Europe, Trout will be back in the U.S for appearances in December.  Provogue / Mascot Label Group has shared a gratis download of "Say Goodbye To The Blues" with fans globally, which  is available here:  The Alive In Amsterdam album trailer can be screened here:

ALIVE in Amsterdam celebrates Trout's rebirth following a successful transplant in May 2014.  His prior release, 2015's Battle Scars channeled his near-death experience into raw autobiographical songs.  The live album captures Trout's performance November 28th, 2015 at Amsterdam's opulent Royal Theatre Carré.  Trout shares, "We were rocking.  If people are expecting a laid-back show, that's not what they'll get. This is potent stuff.  That whole tour was kinda triumphant for me.  Just to be back, after what I went through. But also to be playing with a renewed energy and commitment." 

With songs pulled from every era of his five-decade career, the ALIVE In Amsterdam set presents the Luther Allison cover "I'm Back," to the plaintive B.B. King tribute "Say Goodbye To The Blues," which builds from neck-tingling guitar swells to a stunning virtuoso climax. Battle Scars  is well-represented by the harmony-bolstered rocker "Almost Gone" and the raucous "Tomorrow Seems So Far Away," while Trout is joined by his son Jon for "Rock Me Baby," and even finds time for a fistful of fan favorites, including "The Love That We Once Knew" and "Marie's Mood." Trout recalls, "You can hear that a guy yells out for 'Marie's Mood.'  I actually hadn't planned on doing that one..."

Confirmed appearances include:
8/13     Cincinnati, OH                                                Cincinnati Blues Festival
814      Cleveland, OH                                                Beachland Ballroom
8/16     New York, NY                                               City Winery
8/18     Barrie, Ontario                                                Violet's
8/19     Barrie, Ontario                                                Violet's
8/20     Niagara Falls, NY                                           Seneca Casino
8/21     Syracuse, NY                                                  Funk 'n' Waffles
8/24     Bloomington, IL                                             Castle Theatre
8/25     Davenport, IA                                     Redstone Room
8/26     Paola, KS                                                        Paola Roots Fest
8/27     Omaha, NE                                                     Playing With Fire Concert Series
8/28     Des Moines, IA                                               Lefty's Live Music
8/30     Denver, CO                                                     Oriental Theater
12/03   San Pedro, CA                                                Warner Grand Theater




Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends HEART will release BEAUTIFUL BROKEN--their first new album in four years and first for Concord Records--this Friday, July 8.

BEAUTIFUL BROKEN--HEART's sixteenth album in a career with over 35 million albums sold--finds Ann and Nancy Wilson exploring new songs, but taking some of their favorite "cherry picks" from their catalog and rerecording and rethinking them. The title track and first single--the hard-hitting "Beautiful Broken"--features a dynamic guest vocal contribution by Metallica's James Hetfield with Ann Wilson.

BEAUTIFUL BROKEN was co-produced by Nancy Wilson with Heart's bassist Dan Rothchild. Rothchild had previously produced Better Than Ezra's platinum-selling Deluxe, but he also comes from rock royalty: his father was legendary Doors producer Paul Rothchild. BEAUTIFUL BROKEN was recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, the same studio the Doors cut their best work. 

Starting next week--Thursday, July 14--HEART will launch their summer headlining run with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick (which kicks off Thursday, July 14), to be followed by HEART solo shows in October.

AC/DC Icon Reveals Retirement Plans

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams says he plans to retire following the band's Rock Or Bust world tour. Florida's Gulfshore Life reports Williams plans are, in part, due to the changes the group have faced over the past few years, including the 2014 retirement of founder Malcolm Young due to dementia, a series of legal issues faced by drummer Phil Rudd, and the spring 2016 departure of singer Brian Johnson due to hearing loss issues.

"It's been what I've known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I'm backing off of touring and recording," says Williams. "Losing Malcolm, the thing with Phil and now with Brian, it's a changed animal. I feel in my gut it's the right thing."

All three longtime members have seen their roles filled by others: guitarist and nephew Stevie Young stepped in for Malcolm; Chris Slade returned to handle drums after Rudd recorded "Rock Or Bust"; and, the band accepted an offer from Axl Rose to help them fulfill their remaining 2016 tour dates in place of Johnson.

Williams joined AC/DC in 1977 following the firing of Mark Evans shortly after the group completed the recording of the "Let There Be Rock" album. Williams performed with AC/DC on the tour in support of the record before making his studio debut with them on 1978's "Powerage." Read more here.

Ex-Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di'Anno Recovering From Lung Surgery

Paul Di'Anno says a "rugby ball-sized abscess" on his lungs turned out not to be cancer. The former Iron Maiden frontman, 58, is living in a care home in his home town of Salisbury, England, as he recovers from an operation to remove the non-malignant abscess.

He expects to be in care for up to eight weeks and says that he could have to wait six months for an urgent knee replacement operation. After an interview with his friend and fellow former Maiden singer Blaze Bayley was reported on this week, fans were worried that Di'Anno was battling cancer. But he insists that is not the case.

Di'Anno tells Classic Rock: "I collapsed at home after coming back from Argentina and a scan found a massive big black shadow on my lungs. I thought I was on my way out, but it turned out to be non-malignant.

"It was an abscess that was all infected and the size of a rugby ball. It turns out I've been living with this thing in me for the last few years. The doctors said it was an airborne thing that caused the infection and I could have picked it up anywhere.

"I had to go into recovery after the operation and rather than go back to my home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I stayed here in England and I'm now in a care home." Read more here.

Metallica's Lars Compares New Album To 'Master of Puppets'

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has offered a comparison between iconic 1985 album Master Of Puppets and their next release. And he's admitted his biggest regret with their third title is the amount of reverb used in the mix.

Speaking the US Library Of Congress on the occasion of Master Of Puppets being added to its permanent registry, Ulrich says: "Obviously the album has resonated with not only the Library, but with fans and critics. I'm not sure I can sit down and listen to it, though, and not yell, 'Will someone turn the reverb down!'"

He adds: "I guess there's a cohesiveness in the songwriting and the production. It works really well as a cohesive landscape, a musical territory. I'm happy it all lined up."

He recalls being "infatuated with the overdubbing opportunities and with all we could do in the studio" as they worked. Ideologies change - they go through arcs," he reflects. "At that time there was an evolution happening and people took it seriously.

"The record we're now working on is more about capturing a mood, making it sound raw and not overproduced. But it was a different vibe then and we were comfortable with it - we were excited about multi-tracks and all the gadgets." Read more here.